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Why Hello There, Sophomore Year. Nice to Finally Meet You.

Posted By lindsey on September 4th, 2012

Even though a small part of me wonders where summer went and how it’s possible that I am already back in Rhode Island, I am thrilled to be back in my home away from home.

Two weeks ago I filled every last inch of my car with stuff that I insisted I needed for my first apartment. My car is not that big, so luckily my parents were kind enough to drive down with everything else a week later. I, of course, still had to make a few Target runs because there was no way my roommate and I were about to let our apartment look bland. Though there are still bags that need to be unpacked I love coming home to something other than just a normal dorm room. Even though I am a couple of miles of campus, I absolutely love living in Almeida and we even have a walk in closet!

Next mission, though… find a job that could somehow fit in my crazy schedule.

The reason I came back to campus two weeks ago is because of Late and International Orientation. There was quite a large number of incoming students at this orientation, in fact way more than I had ever anticipated. Everything more or less went off without a hitch, but now I am pretty sure the true test of my abilities will come in to play. Can I remember all of my orientees names? No probably not. Can I at least remember their faces? I can sure try. The challenge starts now. (Actually, a week ago as I was moving one of my student’s futons up to the 5th floor of the residence hall…)

The Fun Kids

The Fun Kids

Classes began last Wednesday, which basically means that reality set in. Sometimes it feels like I am on campus so much doing other things not related to academics that I forget what I am here for. I was reminded over the summer though when I had to purchase ten textbooks… Anyway, I started off my first sociology class well by arriving 20 minutes late after thinking I could get from my apartment, down Metacom Ave., find a parking spot in J-Lot, and walk to CAS within 20 minutes. For future reference, it’s not possible.  After finally making it to CAS I then walked into the wrong classroom (late…) which was extremely awkward. Eventually, I found my class in a completely different building and made the walk of shame into the CORRECT classroom. Good first impression, huh? Other than that, I am hoping that I will enjoy all of my classes this semester especially considering I took on a sixth course. It’s always go go go in my world!

Back to the fun stuff. CEN!

1,2,3 Weekend finished up yesterday with an amazing performance by Stephanie Coplan and We The Kings. The weather couldn’t have been better and there was a great turn out- I wish I knew the final count! The only downside is now I have the line “Check Yes Juliet” stuck in my head and am driving everyone crazy because I can’t stop humming the tune. But hey, I don’t have a problem with it. :) CEN’s Arts & Culture chair played The Avengers on Saturday night, and even though it unfortunately had to be moved into the field house due to weather approximately 220 students showed up to watch the action film. I really don’t like movies, and yet I only got up once and didn’t fall asleep! That is basically a new record for me. Oh! And of course we had Arden Myrin on campus on Friday night! Did you know that she is from Rhode Island?!

We The Kings

We The Kings

That is all I have for now. Have a good week everyone and happy fall!

PS- HI CAROL!!!

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Midnight goodbyes, fresh hellos, and some lady named Irene…

Posted By lindsey on September 2nd, 2011

Thursday

I’m not going to lie, I was not quite willing to accept the inevitable fact that tomorrow I was going to be leaving home and moving to a state that I had only ever been to twice. This idea about not being ready to move out was reinforced today when my mother had to remind me, at 18 years of age, to put my shoes on before driving my younger brother to football practice. Remembering to put on shoes must have just escaped my otherwise preoccupied mind, right?!

Anyway, my bags were all packed (many of them at that) and all I had left to do was say my goodbyes. Goodbye to my childhood friends, goodbye to my family, and the hardest part of all, goodbye to my three adorable dogs- Twinkie, River and Slush. Today I put hundreds of miles on my mother’s car, trying to work around friend’s schedules and not missing a single goodbye (I even went out a midnight to say goodbye to one last friend). But, in the words of Vitamin C, “Keep thinking that it’s not goodbye, keep on thinking it’s time to fly”. So that’s exactly how I made myself look at things. The opportunities awaiting me around the corner were bound to be endless.

Friday

I wasn’t sad to leave home. I wasn’t excited. I really wasn’t anything. It was the strangest thing ever! The drive was long and miserable. I had packed too much to fit in my mothers car causing me to be crammed in the back seat with everything that I was pretty convinced I “needed”. (Come to find out, I didn’t need most of it!!!) However, once I finally arrived at Roger Williams University I couldn’t wait to be settled in.

Once all of my roommates arrived, we spent our time trying to make our room look like it hadn’t just been hit by a tornado (come to find out, we had another natural disaster later…). When putting four girls into one room, making everything organized is bound to take hours. And that’s exactly what it did. By the time we were all done with that we went down to the Commons. I’m pretty sure we all gained the freshman fifteen that night, the food here at Roger Williams is the BEST. Sorry Mom, it might even beat some of yours a little bit…

Sunday

Welcome, Hurricane Irene to Bristol, Rhode Island. Luckily, my roommates and I got along quite well, along with every other student in my unit. None of us had much of a choice but to socialize with each other considering the situation, so hey, I suppose that’s a positive! We had no power except for a generator to power the emergency lights and we were told to stay indoors as Hurricane Irene whipped all throughout our campus- knocking trees down by the library and throwing branches all over. Did I mention we had bagged breakfasts and lunch, too?! One begins to realize how dependent we are on power to generate our sources of entertainment (television, laptops, FACEBOOK, etc.) when it no longer exists.

The aftermath of Irene was seemingly worse than the storm itself. The power didn’t come back on until Tuesday afternoon, just before the university was planning on making the call on whether or not we could all just go home and begin our semester later the following Tuesday. Instead, classes were to start on Thursday, and I couldn’t wait to finally feel like I was actually a college student.

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