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Long Time No Blog

Posted By lindsey on March 5th, 2013

Why hello there! Long time no… blog? My apologies.

I think that college may have finally gotten the best of me, and I’m pretty sure someone is making up for all of the free time that I had last year. Never have I had four different to-do lists going at the same time, all of which combined take up half of my computer screen. And no, I am not joking… though I wish I were. So, with my “free time” I have come to four conclusions as to why I have so much work to do before spring break.

A)   It’s good to practice how much you can function with very little sleep.

B)   I have to make up for last year and not being all that busy.

C)   It’s midterms week and I actually have midterms.

D)   All of the above.

On the bright side, spring break is right around the corner meaning I’ll finally be able to go home and potentially sleep for a week straight. Productive use of time? Probably not. Worth it, anyway? Yes.

At first I thought this semester would put me over the edge because of involvement. But then I realized my involvement on campus is what keeps me sane when I need a break from studying. For example, I should be doing an assignment that’s due in twelve hours but my brain turned to mush after balancing chemical equations, so blogging is the perfect break! Anyway, I could talk about how I just spent my evening balancing chemical equations and determining how much energy a reaction will make, but instead I think it will be more fun to talk about everything I normally do. Here is the entire month of February in a nutshell.

Last weekend I gave a couple of tours of our residence halls for the Accepted Students Days. It probably doesn’t sound like it could have gone all that badly, and I don’t think it did. However, I’m not necessarily the greatest at public speaking so that was a challenge. And to top it all off, my wonderful CEN co-chair decided to scream my nickname to get my attention while surrounded by parents and prospective students. Never a dull moment with CEN, is there?

February has been a busy month gearing up for March Meltdown, and multi-tasking preparing for Spring Weekend. I’m looking forward to coming back from break and being emerged in exciting events for a week, all which spiral around a James Bond theme! Of course one of the most anticipated parts of March Meltdown is that on Friday the 22nd, the spring concert artist(s) will be announced to the campus at our release party which is bound to be so much bigger than last year. Do you remember how excited you got when you were a little kid and the ice cream truck drove around in your neighborhood? I’m that excited.

On a different note, I finally finished decorating my room a month and a half or so after moving in. Better late than never, right? I’m not sure what happens to all of my wall decorations every time I switch rooms, but it seems as if I’m always buying new posters to hang up. Maybe when I graduate I’ll find a pile of posters and photographs that I thought were lost forever.

Back to academics real quick, then I need to force myself to be productive. I am taking this course called ‘disasters’ as an elective for my major and I have determined that it is by far the coolest class I have taken thus far. We spend everyday discussing disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Buffalo Creek Flood and a heat wave in Chicago, and then analyzing how they were sociologically un/natural due to the people that were impacted. In fact, individuals that are impacted by disasters aren’t necessarily impacted at ‘random’. Until this course, I never really considered how many factors such as race, class, age, etc. can influence who experiences a disaster personally. Its sort of weird to think about, but really interesting at the same time. It’s all so fascinating!

Anyway, that’s all for now. I apologize for being so scatter brained. I’ll be back soon to tell you all about March Meltdown and spring break! Thanks for reading!

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CEN, Cotton Candy and Spring Break #2

Posted By lindsey on May 9th, 2012

I would like to apologize ahead of time if this blog ends up being sporadic and unorganized, but so many little things have happened recently here at school and at home that I have so much to say. It’s funny actually, I am sitting in the Hawk’s Nest in the Recreation Center with my planner right next to me that way I can remember everything that has happened in the last couple of weeks. I suppose that’s what happens when I don’t blog for a while… I end up forgetting everything I have done! But on the bright side, this blog will have more than one picture!

The first week in April I went home to see my brother. He is in the Army and stationed in Germany right now, so he isn’t home all too often. It basically felt like I had two spring breaks, considering I had only been back in school for two weeks after March break. I enjoyed being home, though the amount of work I had to make up when I got back to school last week was unimaginable. For the most part, my professors had no problem with me leaving for a week as long as I completed everything that I was going to miss… but little did I know that was going to be multiple papers, an exam and a lot of reading! But hey, at least I finally got the work out of the way! On the Wednesday of that week my parents took my two brothers and I to the New England Aquarium in Boston, specifically to see the penguins! Then we went to lunch at Legal Seafoods, which was delicious. Though… does anyone else see the problem with eating seafood after going to an aquarium?

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When I got back to campus on Sunday night I picked Mr. Finn up from his babysitter, and then finished all of the homework that I procrastinated on… which was quite a bit of it. Whoops… ;)

On Tuesday I had an opportunity to go to admissions and speak with two fellow freshmen on a live web broadcast. Basically we just had a conversation about life here as a freshman while sitting in front of a webcam. It was pretty neat to share my experiences live even though I’m always sharing what is happening with my freshman year :).

After that I went directly to my last SOAR class of emerge. It feels like just yesterday that I was starting SOAR and playing a large amount of ice breakers at Baypoint. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? I took more out of that class than I had expected, especially knowledge about what they call the three C’s – Commitment, Congruence and Consciousness of Self. In all honesty, the fact that my SOAR class ended made me realize how rapidly my freshman year is also coming to an end. But that also means Summer 2012 and orientation is that much closer!!

That Thursday I had a CEN interview for a chair position for the 2012-2013 year. With that being said,  I am very very very very VERY happy to tell you that next year I am going to be the Community Liaison chair for CEN!!!! I am beyond excited that I don’t even know what to say other than YAY!

Speaking of CEN… Saturday night was our final comedian, Harland Williams, with opener Adam Grabowski. Both of them made me laugh so hard that I was basically in tears the entire night. I made a mistake though by leaving the field house briefly and as a result when I walked back in to go back to my seat Harland Williams saw me and proceeded to make fun of me in front of 250 people. It was extremely embarrassing but now looking back on it quite hilarious. Note to self- don’t try to leave without being noticed!

Last night was the annual Steak & Lobster dinner here at the university. Fun fact- I don’t like steak OR lobster. But I went anyway, partially because I was dragged along and partially because I felt like I needed to experience this anticipated event at least once. As expected it was pretty busy and entertaining to watch people try and open full sized lobsters. Apparently a lot of people actually enjoy steak and lobster…go figure!

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I don’t know if I have said this before, but our food here at RWU is delicious. One of my favorite things about dining here is the surprises that we occasionally have. I don’t watch baseball, so I didn’t know that sometime last week was opening day for the Boston Red Sox, but the Bon Appetit staff did and had “baseball” food for us outside of Upper Commons (hot dogs, COTTON CANDY, popcorn and pretzels). Yum!

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March Meltdown 2012

Posted By lindsey on March 26th, 2012

As promised, I have a whole bunch of stuff to talk about that happened since I arrived back at RWU after spring break and I even have pictures this time! Okay, maybe just one… (Thanks, Ruddy!)

I brought a new friend back to school with me who is now living in my dorm room. He is a blue beta fish named Mr. Finn, or Finius. For being a fish he is pretty entertaining, though out of all the fish in the sea I think I picked the craziest one. Quite often when I come back to my room I find him under the rocks stuck (or sleeping??) so then I have to save the day. Luckily it is always a happy ending for my little friend, but I am seriously considering switching to pebbles.

On Wednesday, CEN had a photo booth in the Lower Commons as a part of March Meltdown. It was just like one of those photo booths that can be found in malls, but free! I don’t really have much else to say about it other than that it was awesome.

In my Anthropology class on Thursday my professor showed us clips of…. WALL-E!!! That movie is without a doubt my favorite Disney Pixar movie ever, so needless to say I really enjoyed that class. I never even thought of looking at Wall-E from a cultural perspective, but in reality a lot of the movie can be looked at that way. Wall-E and Eve both utilize the “trash” differently, and at one point Wall-E even threw away a diamond ring and kept the box because he wanted something with a function. Think about it, how many of us would keep the ring BOX instead of the diamond ring?! Maybe it’s just a movie, but still, I’d rather analyze it since I have seen it 10.5 billion times…

Friday evening was CEN’s RELEASE PARTY! Sometimes I am not the best at explaining what events looked like, so since a picture is worth 1,000 words… just look at it and see for yourself :)

CEN Release Party!

CEN Release Party!

The guy on stage was Basic Physics, the artist we won through a Facebook contest. Pretty cool, huh? The release party was a countdown to the announcement of the spring concert, with Maui Wowi smoothies, an oxygen bar, food and a lounge area. Oh, and in case you’re wondering our spring concert this year is…..

THE WHITE PANDA, FAR EAST MOVEMENT AND GYM CLASS HEROES!!!

On Saturday night to finish off March Meltdown was Last Hawk Standing, hosted by one of our COREs here at the university and featuring current students. These students were competing for “best seat in the house” tickets for our final comedian (don’t worry, I’ll tell you shortly), tickets to a comedian of their choice and an opportunity to open for our final comedian as well. The students, and our host, were hilarious!! Our final comedian was in the movie Dumb & Dumber, Employee of the Month, and more…

HARLAND WILLIAMS!!!!

After a busy week, I’m looking forward to getting to relax (hopefully) and not be loaded with a bunch of homework. *Knock on Wood*

Talk to you soon!

-Linds

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Spring Break!

Posted By lindsey on March 15th, 2012

I know I said that I would try and write another blog within a week of my last one, not two weeks, but apparently that didn’t happen. I promise I tried but I was so slammed with homework and exams before spring break that it took every last bit of energy that I had to not go crazy! But, I am here to tell you all that I survived and am now home relaxing for spring break. Well, minus the loads of homework I was assigned to do this week… but that’s a battle I’ll tackle later.

I received my Resident Assistant decision letter on the 28th of February. I was chosen as an alternate which I am still happy with because it wasn’t a no! Though, I must say, that day felt like one of the longest days of my life as I sat around waiting for a letter to appear in my dorm and having no idea what time I was going to receive it. Every single time the card scanner outside our dorm beeped I jumped a little bit hoping it was my CORE walking in.

The week before break I was packed with papers, observations and exams. It was great. Generally I live on a schedule because I am extremely Type A, but this week was worse than most! I needed everything done on schedule, that way I could make it to meetings and prior obligations on time, and still have enough time to go to the gym, sleep and breathe. I don’t even have Wednesday classes and I was out of my room for a good nine hours straight that day. So even though I felt like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, it was great when I was finally able to take a break and not do anything for any matter time.

Last Saturday was the Northeastern Anthropological Association (NEAA) conference at Bridgewater State University. I was given an opportunity to attend, and it was an offer I just couldn’t give up even if I did have to wake up at 5:00am on Saturday to get there. All day professors and undergraduate students presented their research, all of which fascinated me. I guess that’s a sign that I’m majoring in the right thing then, isn’t it? :) Afterward the past, present, and future presidents of NEAA presented different aspects of Anthropology to everyone at the conference such as what one can do as an anthropologist and exciting stuff like that. But really what I enjoyed the most from this conference was listening to students just a couple of years older than me present their research to adults who have been in this field for years and be commended on their work. Also, there was a past graduate from RWU there presenting her research that she used as her senior thesis!

I suppose that’s all for now. But I promise next week is full of a bunch of fun events so I am sure to have a lot to write about! Stay tuned!

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