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.

Love you! 🙂

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.

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.

🙂

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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Thanksgiving Plans

ONE WEEK. One week left until I go home for thanksgiving! I can’t wait to see my family and friends and have a chance to relax without having to worry about school. So, because I am so excited I figured I would make a list of all the things I am looking forward to doing over my week long break.

  1. See my dog! (If you could’t already tell from my blog post about my dog, Rocky, I miss him very much)
  2. Go out to lunch with my mom and get to talk to her face to face as opposed to on the phone
  3. Play video games with my dad, something that we did a lot over the summer, trying to see who could finish a game faster
  4. Hang out with my sister since I feel like I didn’t have much time to hang out with her for the two days I saw her over parent’s weekend
  5. Meet up with my group of friends, called the Breakfast Bunch, and have a fun time going out to eat, and in addition to this my friend group, called C4
  6. See one of my best friends who goes to Temple University
  7. See all my friends for that matter
  8. See the marching band’s show on thanksgiving and see guard friends and staff members that I have missed dearly
  9. Get ready to host thanksgiving at our house, even though my mom is going to be super stressed out about it
  10. Get a haircut (I really need one:))
  11. Sleeping in my own bed in my own room with no roommates!
  12. TAKING A SHOWER IN A NON-COMMUNAL BATHROOM
  13. Blasting music/listening to music without earbuds/getting to sing out loud
  14. Setting up for Christmas the day after thanksgiving
  15. Not having to worry about homework/school work for a short amount of time
  16. Getting to drive again/getting to go to different places
  17. Seeing my extended family over thanksgiving and getting to tell them about how I am liking college so far (also show them pictures of the dresses I have made along with the skirt and jeans-which I am currently working on- I made for class)

Needless to say I am looking forward to a lot of things over thanksgiving break, and I am glad I only have to wait one more week before I can do them all! 🙂

Charrette Success

For the past week, all of the freshmen in the school of design have been hard at work creating projects that can be relational on the body and off the body. This charrette, meaning an intense period of design, made us freshmen think outside the box to create interesting and thought provoking models.

For my group, we decided to make a helmet that could also function as a basket off of the body. We inspired our design around a native american basket weaving, meaning peace, that we wove on the inside of the basket and juxtaposed this with army camouflage creating motifs of war. We titled our project “Protecting Peace” since the military is responsible for keeping countries safe, therefore place the weaving of peace on the interior shows that the external military is protecting it. We were really proud of our project and in the process became really good friends! Here’s pictures of our helmet/basket below:

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I’ll show you a marching band

I’ve discovered that I’m not very into watching college football. Last night, my friend and I attended our first college football game. From spending the past three years watching my high school football games, I was able to tell her the main idea of what football was all about, but our team was still losing from the beginning. By the second quarter, almost the entire student section had left with more leaving by the minute.

Once halftime came, I looked forward to the performance of the marching band. As a member of the color guard at my high school for the past three years, I wanted to see how college marching band compared to high school. Sadly, I was disappointed. The band itself played fine, but I critically examined their drill formations and color guard flag work. For some reason it just wasn’t as complicated and entertaining as high school bands were. I found myself missing my teammates and missing performing. However, watching the band gave me a newfound appreciation for the discipline and technique I and 180 students learned, and my overall time spent with the South Brunswick Viking Marching Band*.

We ended up leaving the game early, and even though we didn’t win it’s good to be able to say that we participated in a college tradition. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to basketball season.

*Want to see what I did? Check out the link below to see my marching band’s show from last fall titled “Momentum”. I’m one of the girls spinning the rifles and sabres. I promise you it’s worth a watch.

 

Just your average Friday night…

There’s definitely something to be excited about for the Friday night after the first week of classes. For freshmen at least, the week has been full of meeting new faces, reading through different syllabus’ and trying to maneuver across the campus correctly while not getting lost. So of course, come the weekend everyone wants to just relax for a little.

My idea of a Friday night didn’t involve parties. Instead a few of my friends and I decided to go see the new Star Wars movie that they were playing at the Everson Museum downtown. However, what seemed like a fun idea quickly turned into frustration as we walked around looking for the provided buses and came up short. With the minutes creeping by we soon met other students interesting in attending the movie as well. Some came and went but after a while it remained only myself, my two friends from my fashion class and two film students who were trying to attend the movie to receive extra credit. The five of us started talking and quickly we were making some fun conversation but nevertheless it was getting late and none of us wanted to have to be walking home alone past eleven.

After we all went our separate ways I walked back to my dorm by myself amongst the crowd of people exiting the football game. Despite being near crowds of people I found myself at peace with my thoughts and couldn’t help but look at the night sky. Though light pollution blocked out some of the specks of light scattered across the inky veil of black, I managed to spot several constellations and a few planets. I may have been walking in a crowd of football goers, but while walking and looking at the sky I felt small and insignificant compared to the majesty of space and everything that lies in it.

So my plans might have been a bust that night but from that experience I not only made some new friends, but I was able to just stop for a second and take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and appreciate the stars. The natural beauty that surrounds us is something that we sometimes miss due to our busy lives. I say take a few minutes at night and step outside for even just five minutes and take a break to look at the stars, you might just come back with a good story to tell.