Oops…

…I realize that I never kept up with my list of happy things. Last week was an absolute nightmare as I spent 7 hours every night at the warehouse working on my bag that I had to make for my final. It’s sad that I wasn’t able to keep up with my list, and it reflected in my mood throughout the week since I was more stressed than happy on a daily basis.

But now the end it in sight! Only one more week until I am home for winter break! Though these last two weeks have been moving along at a snail’s pace, I’m hoping that the next seven days go by fast. Though it is finals week I am much more calm since the work load is winding down. I’m excited to have a month off in terms of school work, projects, and exams.

So though I can’t promise that I will be able to post something that makes me happy everyday until I go home since I know I will probably get preoccupied with the work I have to do, I hope that I can get a few more posts in before I leave to go home!

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Post #18: Reacting to Class Podcasts

Here it is, the last assigned blog post of the semester. Oh how far we’ve come. Today in class we got a chance to listen to some of the podcasts of the other groups in the class. Overall, I felt that they were really good and most of them proved to be interesting to listen to because of the energy brought to the discussion.

One thing that I liked about most of the podcasts played in class is that the structure of the discussion was much more like a conversation and less like a script. I think this was very effective in communicating the group member’s ideas in the discussion because it made their responses to questions and prompts feel much more genuine than how a script would sound. Along with this, I noticed that all of the podcasts we listened to were about topics that the members were interested in whether it be food, football, or winter olympic sports. I think this can apply to the podcast Alvin and I created, since we chose a topic that affects us and that we can relate to and therefore talk about more. Plus, in choosing a topic that is interesting the energy and mood conveyed to the audience translates as much more positive and therefore makes the audience interested in what you have to say.

I think that everyone in the class had fun with this assignment. Though it was much different than traditional writing assignments, everyone was able to put their own unique spin on the project to make it more interesting to them. I think it’s important to have students do projects that allow them to have this kind of freedom. In being able to choose your own topic students can choose something that is enticing to them, therefore giving them more motivation to complete the assignment. I’m glad that we were able to end the semester with projects that gave us more freedom as writers. I hope that in my writing future I am given more opportunities to have freedom in my work.

A letter to my best friend

Hi. How are you?

It’s crazy to think that just a year ago we were working our asses off with college applications, the start of VE, the craziness of option II, and life in general. A year ago we saw each other every single day, and it was like that for the last four years… and now we are about 4 hours away from each other in two different states.

I just wanted to say that even though we don’t get to talk as much, rant as much, or see as much of each other, you still make me happy. Whenever I get a message or snapchat from you I get happy, knowing that you took time out of your hectic schedule to reach out to me. For this blog I have been posting things that make me happy in order to get me to the end of the semester, and I think you are very deserving to be on this list of happy things.

I can’t wait until I get to see you over winter break, and I hope we can hang out a bunch and catch up on all the crazy things that have happened since starting college. I wish you all the best with all your final exams and projects. Though I miss you, I know that you are doing amazing things in college and that as soon as we get hope we will be able to hang out just like old times. Thank you for making every one of my days that much happier by being my best friend. So it goes.

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Post #17: The Podcast Experience

Finally, the podcast assignment is done and finished and ready to be submitted tomorrow night! It feels like we have had this podcast assignment looming over our friends for the longest time, so I am thankful to finally have it done.

Once Alvin and I got to work and we started focusing on the task at hand the process was not as difficult as we thought it would be. We went with the idea of discussing college relationships and the different experiences of two of our different friends. I wrote out the introduction and the conclusion and sent it to her to proof read. Then, Alvin went and interviewed Gabby and I went to interview Erin. After that, all four of us got together and we had a roundtable discussion about commitment and party culture. Though during the roundtable discussion we were all very giggly and laughing the recording process went much smoother then we though it was going to be, as did the recording of our introduction and conclusion.

Some aspects of this assignment that weren’t quite as fun was just the timing of it, considering that we did most of our recording the week before it was due, meaning we had a lot of other work to do for other classes. Other than that the assignment really wasn’t terrible. It was a little annoying to do research to back some of our questions and topics, but once that was done everything else was alright to complete. Hopefully our voices don’t sound super weird when we listen to the podcasts in class. That may be the worst part of this assignment: the fact that we are going to have to listen to our recorded voices. Regardless, I liked that we had a lot of freedom to do whatever topic we wanted for this podcast and I liked that I got to do it with my friends.

House of memories

Today’s happy thing, though it means a lot to me, is going to be a brief one, because there is so much to say that it is better to keep it short and sweet. With this semester of college being the first time I’ve ever been away from my family long-term, I have come to appreciate all the time I get to spend with my mom, dad, sister, and of course, dog. Whether it is playing video games with my dad, doing my sister’s makeup for a sweet sixteen, shopping with my mom, or chasing my dog around downstairs, I have come to appreciate the little things that I get to do with them. I’m excited to go home over winter break so I can have more than just one week to spend with everyone. I know there are fun times to come and more memories to make in the near future. Only 13 more days!

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The good, the bad, and the dirty work

Coming in to college, I applied as a fashion design major. I knew I loved to sew and make garments but I was unsure if this was going to be the right career path for me and if I could really see myself doing this the rest of my life. However, as soon as I started fashion here at Syracuse I knew that I was in the right major.Right off the bat I reconnected with my love for sewing and getting to be precise in my work to create beautiful garments.

Quickly I have learned that being a fashion design major has it’s hardships though. Every night during the school week I am at the warehouse sewing for some period. Sometimes it’s only from 7pm to 10pm, but I have even been there from 7pm to 2am in order to finish work for our construction class. While others are quick to complain about the long hours of work and the tedious stitches and samples we need to practice, I love getting to practice different techniques and add them to the different garments we make. This semester I made my first ever pair of jeans which I had so much fun with, while others complained and struggled through the assignment.

I am really glad that I picked fashion design as my major. Even though I get frustrated at times and feel like I am drowning in work (for example I have exactly a week to make a vest and a bag of my own design right now) I am so proud of the end results and wouldn’t trade that feeling for any other major.

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My World

I’m starting off day one of my happiness journey with something that I have mentioned several times before on my blog and that I feel very strongly for: color guard.

Color guard has been my world since the end of my freshman year of high school. I fell in love with the amazing sport as soon as I joined. I loved being able to push myself to do such amazing and beautiful things that I never thought I could ever do. Color guard has taught me determination, persistence, discipline, and precision that has translated to my everyday life. I love the atmosphere of getting to work with my friends to put together amazing shows that move audiences.

Though I encountered a lot of adversity last year when I tore my ACL and meniscus and had to get surgery three weeks before our winter season ended. I am so happy that I have had the experiences I have had with my team, my family. I wouldn’t trade the time I spent with them for anything and I desperately wish to get back out there. I hope to sometime soon participate in a summer marching band and/or an independent winterguard to get back to spinning and doing what I love. I can’t wait to see my teammates, my friends, and my staff over winter break and hopefully attend some practices.

Getting to spin and perform for giant audiences has been one of the most memorable and happiest things I have ever participated in.

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Post #16: More podcast updates

I feel like we have had this project assigned for such a long time and now it’s due in a week (well if you want extra points, which I do so we are going to try to have it done for the fourth).

We originally want to have the podcast recorded before thanksgiving break so that a) we wouldn’t have to worry about it this week and b) so we would have enough time to edit it on garageband. Unfortunately for us, the plan didn’t work since the two people we are having in our round table discussion weren’t able to get together with us. So now the plan is to get together Thursday afternoon before one of our classes and sit down for an hour to record this podcast.

Unfortunately the responsibility of researching and writing the introduction and conclusion of the podcast as well as all of the questions, has fallen on me and I barely enough time to eat and sleep this week. So my plan is to write out the introduction and conclusion tonight and tomorrow morning so that way we will be all set for Thursday and then Alvin can edit the recording and we can get it submitted by Sunday.

I know that this project is supposed to be a pretty laid make assignment so I am not too worried yet about the process of getting it done. I’m hoping that on Thursday we will be able to have a good discussion regarding our topic and get everything we need recorded in order to eliminate any stress about other things we have to do for other classes. I think that once all of the writing is done the recording will be pretty easy and hopefully lead to a successful end product!

Silver Lining

A week is gone and I have now returned from my thanksgiving break. Understandably for the past week I have not had the chance to post anything on my blog since I was busy spending time with family and friends. However, I had an amazing time getting to meet up with friends I haven’t seen in the past three months, hanging out with family on thanksgiving day, and getting to step away from the hustle and bustle of college living.

…but a week is only so long and now it is time to get back to work for these last three weeks of school before I am off for winter break! While I am happy that I only have to get through two weeks more of classes and one week of finals, the days leading up to the end are going to be some of the busiest I’ve ever had with essays, podcasts, projects, garments, and plastic objects all due in less than two weeks. So in order to keep my sanity (which I can already feel slipping) I am going to go out of my way to post every day of December until the end of the semester about one thing that makes me happy. With thanksgiving having just passed and Christmas just around the corner, I think that this is the perfect time to remember the things that make us happy:) Wish me luck in tackling these last few weeks of my first semester of college!

A Much Needed Break

I’m so glad the week has come and I have the opportunity to hang out with my family and relax! I know that as soon as I get back to school I will be super busy with final projects, papers, and exams, but for the time being it is nice to not have to worry about any of that for a week. These past two days I have been able to hang out exclusively with my family, and I am excited to be able to get together with my friends in the next coming days before thanksgiving.

Also, I am very excited to be able to spend time with my dog, Rocky! Here are some pictures:)

Here’s to the week to come!

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