Category: Living

Living at UIC: res halls (dorms), food, getting around campus.

The Foundation of Individuality

The foundation of Individuality

The social fiber on which we exist is build up of many norms that some of us hold as true while others refute these claims. Social norms have always been a part of the American social culture. It has help people to buy more of one type of thing opposed to the other, and even the ways in which one should raise their child. Norms have sculpted this society in the past present and future. Even from the “pink flamingoes” popularity, to energy saving cars skyrocketing into demand.

We have all attached ourselves to different norms that make us who we are. Norms are believed due to the lack of our own personal knowledge and experience. If we were born with all the information we needed we would not depend on anyone.Thus we would not follow the norms that were passed down. Our parents are usually the savior or culprit behind why we believe the things we believe.Their experience in life has helped them to attach themselves to these norms and even ones taught to them by their parents as well.

Their experience has helped them to determine what is important and what is not. Even though these moral norms have been instilled by family, it is also possible that most have been reinforced due to the workings of the church’s teachings.The church has provided a basis for the social script. This social script has helped to guide people in making decision about everyday living. Things such asbeing nice to people, the way we respect our parents, and the significant instanding firm to ones beliefs.

I have always been told how to speak, think, eat, run, play, read and write. Anything you name I can probably attest to being told how to do it. One major norm that my family passed down from generations is the keen lesson in walking in your parents’ footsteps. To walk in ones parents’ footstep is the easiest way to avoid unforgiving mishaps and hurts. My dad once told me that the best way to become a better person quickly is to take notes from the person who messed up before.

This I believe is one of the most important norms of society and for me, this is important to me due to the fact that I am the first to attend college. Being the first to Attened College is not something that came easy to me, I am the youngest of three and all the mistakes and wrong moves my siblings made are the markers that guided me to this point. That is why I strongly believe that following these social norms are extremely helpful. We have all at some point become patrons of this accumulated knowledge. Some might argue that one should have total free will and complete control over his or her life, but thanks to the norms we have inherited many of us have come to make the right choices.

The debate over whether or not the norm of following what is been told, is an even bigger concept from the in herited traits that got us humans this far, the ability to reason. Because we have listened to the advices and dictation passed on from generation to generation we are able to make keen choices which allowed for great strides ahead. New ways of thinking and new ways of living, now I ask you is this so wrong? These norms are things I live by and find no fault with. The norms we live by help to protect us, for example, telling a child who cannot swim to stay away from water unattended. This norm of safety can be very well the key componentin saving this Childs life.

Another norm which I have grown accustomed to is that of treating a woman with respect. I was always told that no matter how a woman talks to you or treat you she still deserves respect. This was one ofthe social scripts that I found myself deeply attached to, mostly because I had sisters. I always thought that if I were able to give a woman respect in the manner that I was taught then hopefully it would come back to my sisters. It would come back in the sense that some other guy would treat then with the same or hopefully more respect. “Respect can go a long ways”, that’s what my father use to tell me, I never understood why until about five years ago. Respect shows people appreciation and gratitude, it makes them feel elated. Is it just about being elated? No, it’s much more than that. I believe in reciprocity and this social script has not only in my opinion returned good favor to me but hasalso help me to help others.

Respect and traditional keepings go hand in hand to me, because it has allowed me to become a better person in general. I am by no means saying that for the rest of my life I will be doing as told, at some point in everyone’s life they have to make a choice. One must make the choice rather to follow a path that has been proven good or to deviate. It is even encouraged in taking something good and making it even better. Each norm in our precious society has helped to shape who we have become and are becoming. It is through this process we find out our true identity. My experiences have not only made me grateful for the norms taught to me, but it also pushes me to become an advocate.

Norms benefits me as an individual who is now legally his own keeper, by helping me to have learned from my parents mistakes and to make my life much easier. These social scripts have helped to make living just a bit contented, if it were not for norms then there would be no order and the same things would keep reoccurring.

However, abiding by the sovereign norms of your family does not totally paint the picture of who you are. The average American follows the typical norms of society. Things such as man to woman marriage,college degree, getting a house, getting a car and the way one should talk. It is through norms that we gain our own self identity.

Super Senior

3.25.12 Hello Summer! (did we skip spring?)

Temperatures are in the 70s and everyone at UIC is looking good. Facilities is rushing to get the air conditioning on as lectures halls heat up across campus. So start kicking with summer fashion in class as I show you a couple of pics of what I did during Spring Break.

Chicago's infamous, The Second City. I saw their show "A Romantic Dot Comedy"

 

UIC Gymnastics Championship. Also visited my friend who sang the National Anthem at the Meet. Go Flames!!

Second City is one of Chicago’s famous comedic troupe. Alumni to the theater includes comedians such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, Halle Berry, Steve Carell, and much more. There are different shows which can be found on their website: http://www.secondcity.com/

SUPER SENIOR YEAR PICS (still in progress)—

Never forget those friends you've made in college. The adventures you've had. The picture above was taken right before we kayaked down the Chicago River.

 

Senior Resident Assistant for JST and I've had the honor to help lead this fantastic group of individuals to one of the greatest years I've seen at JST.

I’ll show more pics from them later in the year, but for now stay tuned in for next week’s topic, “Top 3: Secrets to Getting an Internship ”

Stay classy Chicago,
-Darren

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

ANSWER FROM LAST WEEK: Favorite 90s cartoon character would be Chocolate Boy from Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold.

TOPIC NEXT WEEK: Top 3- Secrets to getting Internships

Spring in Kentucky!

Hola UIC!

I have just come back from one of the most AWESOME trips I have ever taken. I had the pleasure of attending alternative spring break with the Newman Center. It was a service trip to the Appalachian region in Kentucky.  Each day was different from the other in every aspect.

We left on Sunday at dawn, we had morning mass and then headed out. The drive to Kentucky seemed longer than the drive back. We made a quick stop at Arby’s for lunch and then continued on our journey.  The Kentucky roads were very curvy, I was surprised that I did not get car sick. Although they were curvy, they were spectacular with a lot of rock formations, colorful trees and streams. When we finally arrived at the campsite (Camp Andrew Jackson) we had a wonderful dinner followed by orientation.  We were also broken down into crews (mine was the Green Crew). After an eventful day we headed to bed or to the lunchroom where we spent some time with our new friends from school.

Kentucky’s Breathtaking sights.

The days started early, almost everyone was up by about 6:15 AM.  On Monday, we started with breakfast and a quick orientation followed by a trip to our worksite. I had the pleasure of working with very motivated peers (Mayra, Danielle, Megan, Jake, Steven, and Zhou) and inspiring crew leaders (Larry, Tom, and Dorothy). On the first day we concentrated on getting the house ready for our siding by taking out some boards and picking up nails from the ground.  After we came back from the worksite we had the opportunity to take a bath and have supper before the musical entertainment started. We were entertained by Mitch, who sings folk music from the Appalachia region, every one of his songs was meaningful and told a different story.  After the performance, we had our individual college reflection time (in which we talked about our experience and reflected on it) and then headed to the cafeteria to play an almost never ending UNO game.

Our Never Ending UNO Game

On Tuesday, the day started almost the same as Monday without the orientation portion. We headed to our campsite a bit earlier. Larry, one of our crew leaders, brought his trailer to the worksite. It contained anything and everything that could be needed to work.  I was surprised by the confidence that everyone had in us I used a lot of different power tools even though I had never even used a drill before. We worked on the siding by setting down some pink insulation to make it a bit easier for when we put up the actual vinyl siding. I also had the opportunity to help put two new windows on the house. After our workday ended we came back, had supper, and showered before our presentation. We had a very interesting presentation by Father Rausch. He talked to us about a new way of obtaining coal (Mountain Top Removal) that has been devastating the ecosystem and the health of the Appalachian residents. This system consists of blowing up portions of Coal Mountains and then excavating and removing the coal. Because of this way of mining, a lot of hazardous materials run off to the water ways and they have been inflicting on the health of the residents for years. I was extremely surprised to find out about this. If you would like to know more about mountain top removal, you should check out this website: http://mountainkeeper.blogspot.com/.Father Rausch talking to us about MTR.

On Wednesday, the workday was filled with good chaos. I call it good chaos because we were joined by another crew (the black crew) and by ladies who were working with another portion of the Christian Appalachian Project (called Healing Rain). With their help, our worksite worked on a deck, vinyl siding, and drywall.  I love working with a lot of people it really makes me feel at home. I grew up in a big family; chaos is almost my middle name. On Wednesday we also had the most delicious donuts and soft drinks (Ale-8-One).  After we came back from our worksite on Wednesday we had free time. Our school group decided to go hiking. Our route started off rough with a large upward hike. After the route evened out a bit, we took pictures on rock formations and continued our journey. We came upon more rock formations. I tried to climb it but my foot slipped and I ended up with a small temporary souvenir from our hike. Our hiked had started around 7:00 PM and almost halfway in, the sunset and our trip back was in the dark. We were very lucky to have Alex, a UIC Alumni and experienced volunteer, guide us back to camp.  The way back was a bit scary because sometimes the ground wasn’t as visible and the way down was steep.

On Thursday, our last day of actual work, we finished the siding and helped with some of the other smaller tasks.  On Thursday we also had our Family/Student Appreciation we invited our family (the family whose house we were working on) and we had the opportunity to share our experience with everyone else who attended the trip. After the dinner, we came back to our camp and had reflection time with our college.  Almost no one went to sleep early on Thursday night. Everyone was busy saying good bye and finishing their affirmations (notes to our CAP community in which we write something positive to everyone who worked with us).

The Green Team

On Friday, we ended our service time with CAP by filling out some paperwork and saying goodbye to our spectacular crew leaders and members. After we packed our bags, we headed back to Chicago. We made a short stop in Berea, a little town in Kentucky with a lot of old time shops and centers. We also stopped in Louisville for lunch as a group.

Our Quick Stop in Louisville for Lunch.

Ending the trip was not easy, everyone that is part of the Christian Appalachian Project made the experience enjoyable. The cooks, made delicious meals and always greeted us early in the morning and after our workday with big smiles and positive attitudes. I even considered them my temporary mother figures, I broke out and asked them for help with the getting rid of some itchy hives in my arms.  The staff all had their own way of motivating us with their morning devotions and instructions. The students were all passionate and very hard working. Our crew leaders all had so much experience and patience for our inexperience.  I can definitely say that I could not have spent my Spring Break doing anything better.

The CAP Community

When I came back from my trip I was anxious to see my family. My sister planned “brothers and sisters night” It was fun, all of my nephews were there. My youngest nephew, Fabian even helped me read my affirmations by setting them out all over the table top and floor. It was nice to come back to my amazing family after a whole week without them.

Thanks for reading this week!

-Leticia

*Photos generously shared by the Christian Appalachian Project, Andrea Hernandez, Anna Slota and Mark Ayala. Mark also made a YouTube video about the experience, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJTJhoy92d0&context=C4d77713ADvjVQa1PpcFNuWwK62dfdkHGV-4ha7wNP_VYB97L2y5w=.

Bake Sale Bloopers

I’m 28 years old, and I just held a bake sale at school. (not just me, but I say that for dramatic effect)  It was a fundraiser for the student association of medical artists. SAMA, if you want to know. We were out of money, so why not a bake sale?

Fellow medical illustration student (April) manning the sale.

As my non-UIC friend put it- aren’t bake sales for fourth graders? (she’s really cool)

No, friend, they are not. Bake sales are for everyone. Anyone who’s everyone. All ages. Your grandma.  Your grandpa. You’re sons and daughters. You. Because who doesn’t like chocolate, sugar and carbohydrates in the morning?

Actually a lot of people, I found. Students who have places to be and a large coffee in their hand because they’re on 3 hours of sleep don’t always like the idea of stopping for a banana muffin. A lot of people are also on diets, I found, or gave up baked goods for Lent.  Note to self: don’t hold a bake sale during Lent. It drops sales by at least 20% (this is an estimate and would be an interesting study).

Some bake sale observations and helpful things I learned:

1) People who just went to dunkin donuts down the hallway don’t necessarily want homemade cookies. But I bet they regret their decision.

2) Whatever happens at a bake sale, stays at a bake sale.

(only because why would anyone gossip about a bake sale? There’s nothing to say.)

3) Yelling: “kidney cake pops!”  “brownies!”  “eyeball cookies!”

gets people’s attention but does not necessarily make them hungry.

Eyeball cookies. Really.

Kidney cake pops. Yep.

4) The most receptive and most interested people are the employees of UIC, not the students. Not sure why, but our first five customers were employees or professors.

5) There is a fine line between making money on a bake sale, and falling into further deficit.

6) When it’s 75 degrees out in mid March in Chicago, people want to be biking, talking and loitering outside. They do not hang out inside next to bake sales. No amount of sugar can replace sunshine after a long, (not so terribly cold) winter.

But overall, it was a great experience. We did get some sales. Someone even solicited us! About a third of the people wanted to know who we were, which was nice because they were actually interested in the cause.  Talking to random people on campus is super fun, and a great sales experience. I would suggest (if you’d like to host a bake sale on campus) try to get the afternoon shift, don’t hold it during Lent or right before spring break, and don’t do it when it’s over 50 degrees outside. And don’t yell out the word “kidney” when you’re trying to sell cookies. That way, you might just make a profit!

Forgive But Can’t Forget

I feel like UIC needs more discussion. I want to be engaged with the community more, but how can that happen is nobody wants to converse with you? Or maybe they would, but they would never want to initiate it because it just seems socially awkward to talk to a complete stranger. I don’t get why this is awkward or uncommon because I always overhear people going to parties and meeting new people, having a “good time” doing God knows what. Yet you put those same people in a classroom and they’ll say nothing, stare at the ground or the chalkboard. There’s nothing stopping me to reaching out to people, but I’d really have to go out of my way to do it with no guarantees.

I think this whole “Kony 2012″ activism is just another hype. I mean, of course it is awful what he is doing and yes, he should definitely be stopped. We all know that, but the “how” is where we’ve got it all wrong. The campaign for Invisible Children has been around for awhile, but why the sudden interest now when it’s been around for so long? It’s like people have never heard of it before, but they have. They just didn’t “know” because they didn’t seek to understand or investigate for themselves. I’m not into politics, but there should be no reason for the U.S. government to go play police for the whole Earth. I’m pretty sure the Ugandans are pissed at our “sudden reaction” to the situation that doesn’t appear to have as much weight as it did before when it was actually going on in their country. It’s like when Japan had that awful tsunami and nuclear meltdowns last year, and we were in awe the whole time and constantly sending money to help with their situation and for the longest time there was so much media on it, especially about the radioactivity supposedly spreading to California and Chicago (I really don’t think so). My cousin was actually in Japan when that happened, and here we were in American freaking out when she responds with, “Whoa, chill! It’s actually not that bad here as everyone thinks it is.” And what about Haiti? That earthquake was devastating, and we were all sending money to help them with that situation…but what is it like there now? No one talks about it anymore. We just forgot.

And here is where I currently stand. We forget about the things that happen in the past because they apparently “don’t matter anymore.” We do this in our own memories, and I really hate it. I had a long talk with one of my friends from AAIV about a situation that happened to me and I had to tell him straight up that I was bothered by the whole Christianity thing and how they don’t do what they say.

I know it’s wrong to think that because “God’s followers” aren’t perfect that I shouldn’t be deterred by God, if he exists…but come on. I can’t get closer to You that way. I wasn’t bothered at first because I just laugh away my problems initially and I hate when people worry about me…but later when I was by myself and had time to reflect, I was angry and upset. This is not directly a Christianity thing I have a problem with, but because they are all so open about being religious I feel like what they say and do should align. They’re all really nice people, but when it came to a point that they were in a situation where they were unfamiliar, danger, they just froze. I mean, where the Hell was my Good Samaritan?

I have some things to work on myself. I’m glad I have a good family to tell me what things I have issues with that I must change if I really want to move forward in my life. I need to stop being nice to avoid getting taken advantage of and played with, stop making excuses for others, and be more confrontational to things that eat away with me. They’re right, and I think almost all of our problems can be solved if we just faced them straight on through confrontation. It’s the hardest thing to do, but it’s the most effective and you get to the point faster and waste time less.

I feel really bad about making my friend feel guilty about the situation, actually two of them in particular. I’m really glad I got to tell them how I felt, and I got to hear their side of the story. If I hadn’t done that, I’d probably continue to have this pessimistic view of everything and shut myself from interacting with others.

I just want to encourage others to be more active in their relationships. One of the reasons I avoided Facebook for so long was the fact that I didn’t feel connected to people who were my “friends.” I didn’t want to delete them, though, because what if one day you actually do become good friends with them. It’s not good to miss opportunities like that, so I continue to keep an open mind about others. I didn’t touch upon the “forget” part of my post title, but I feel that even though we are probably way different from the people we were in our past, they’re still in us and I don’t think it’s right to pretend like those things never happened.

If someone cheats on you, you might forgive them. If you do, they’ll be pretty happy and so genuinely thankful, but you know what happens? They’ll forget, and take you for granted again. It’s some evil cycle I think all of us are kind of stuck with unless you don’t associate with them anymore, but as humans I feel like we’re too kind. Even the most evil or messed up people, I think, had something critical in their lives that made them become the way they are, and going back to those roots is how we can really help others.

Auto Show 2012

If Batman was thinking straight he would have had this SV as his Bat-mobile. I would!

Now this is what I call a Show stopper. I wonder what my high school mates would think of me if i pulled up in this at our 10 year school reunion. lol i will put this on my list of petty things to do before i'm 30.

I was thinking, if i buy a F1 car I would be justified in telling my friends I have no

 extra room for rides. lol jk

I wish i could drive home in this car. I wonder why they build cars that top 200 MPH but the speed limit is 55

 

I wonder what it would be like to get stuck in a tight parking spot with this beautful machine.

Junior Year!!– First Year as an RA

Updates!!

So excited, I actually got my first 100% on my engineering exam! Thank you foundations. So on to what’s happening this week, we made concrete in our Civil Engineering class and now we test the strength as shown below:

Concrete made from last week, we placed molten sulfur to create a leveled cap for the compression test

 

In order to know the strength of the concrete, we place it under compression.

****So below are my pictures from Junior Year at UIC*** 
My junior year at UIC, I accepted the offer to become an RA at Marie Robinson Hall apartments. It was a bittersweet feeling. I missed my friends at JST but I knew that being an RA was its own separate journey. And on that journey, I made so many new friends and discovered more about myself than I could have ever realized.

 

My first day on duty as an RA. Hanging out with my fellow staff at MRH.

 

Taking residents to festival in the park with my fellow RA Ajay

 

Faculty in Residence in Campus Housing. The famous Bill Kohler makes his "Headlines and Hashbrowns" program for residents in the apartments.

 

Remember the year of "swine flu?" We are training for that. Staff were trained in assessing and handling possible swine flu contaminations.

Stay tuned again next week as I show my Senior Year Pictures =)

-Darren
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Topic Next Week: Senior Year– The year I joined ROTC

Answer From Last Week: My biggest memory in college was actually my duty nights at MRH. I loved my staff and residents.

Question of the Week: Spring break is coming up!!!– What are your plans??

What to Expect Out of March

It’s hard to believe it’s already half way through the semester at UIC and I feel like I haven’t learned too much. The spring semester seems to always be a drag to most of us undergraduates, probably because the only break you get is spring break, and the professors always give you “spring break studying” or assignments to do. I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere special so there’s nothing to look forward to besides summer!

When I look over the material that I have to know for my upcoming exams (I have three in one week and it’s going to be crazy), I’m in denial that we went over such things. It is as if my professor randomly came in the night and had my hand to my pen, forcing me to write down notes after notes after notes! In retrospect, I’ve learned a lot in such little time and it’s a pretty awesome feat. The hard part now is keeping it in my head and doing amazing on those exams!

Chompy is on his favorite rock!

This is currently my background picture on my new phone (Samsung Galaxy S2). Chompy is still in his hibernation mode, and he clearly didn't want to be disturbed! It amazes me how far he can hide in his shell. His fat rolls are sticking out and it's adorable.

I’m sorry for being a bit “emo” on my last post, but I think we all have those moments where we just question every single little thing we do in our lives and try to make sense of it, making plans of everything and the “what if’s.” In the end, it might just be better to take one day at a time and focus on the present than being stuck in the past or future.

Then again, I might just be moody because my skin is being stupid. I went to the dermatologist on campus and they wanted me to try Protopic again, which I’ve had prescribed to me before for my eyelids and it worked, but it gave me a burning sensation for two days. They wanted me to give it another try since the topical steroids aren’t doing too much for me, but it’s the same result. We might try doing phototherapy if I get it approved by my regular doctor. My dermatologist also told me I should start getting my eyes checked once a year by a campus optometrist since the medication can mess with my vision. I’m kind of nervous for phototherapy since it uses UV rays, but I guess I’m willing to try it out if it will help get rid of the my eczema. They have a light box in the UIC dermatology clinic where it’s like a tanning bed but it’s not bad like a tanning bed is. I don’t get it, but I’m sure the science is there (I’ll confirm this later, haha).

I like it when it’s a new month. It’s kind of like another chance to get back into the game. A revival of my motivation that I’m looking for! This month is going to be packed, but I know I’ll make it through with a smile. My week seems decent if you pretend those exams are easy:

  • 3/3 – Honors College Ball
  • 3/5 – Allergy shots; Nutrition 307 exam
  • 3/6 – Organic chemistry exam
  • 3/7 – AAIV small group
  • 3/8 – Nutrition 296 exam; HAC meeting
  • 3/9 – Writing club
‘Til then. Toodles.

UIC Sophomore YEAR

Hey UIC!

So below are my pictures from sophomore year. Back then, I decided to run for James Stukel Towers Hall Council President. (For those of you who don’t know, I was also Bolingbrook HS Class President). What inspired me to run was my true nature of getting involved on campus.

Personally, I didn’t like any student organizations that required elections– I always thought that it would lead to drama, but I decided to stick with it and run a campaign for old times sake. It definitely was worth it!

Eventually I did win the election by having majority vote against 3 other great candidates. So the following pictures are a tribute to my sophomore year at UIC:

My little secret. When I went to UIC, I didn't tell anyone I was Senior Class President because I didn't like the attention. People from Bolingbrook already had high expectations and I wanted to escape that pressure.

With the help of my friends, we kick started the campaign for JST Hall Council. With a lot of effort placed, we won the election.

JST Hall Council 2008-2009

APRIL FOOLS DAY-- My roommates actually pranked me when I came back from my physics exam sophomore year. They had the room filled up to my chest in balloons.

 

How I looked sophomore year. I got the Jackie Chan look!

As you grow old, your best friends get married. One of my best friends got married sophomore year to the love of his life. Congratulation to Aiden and Rowaida!!!!

 

While exploring Chicago, NBC 5 News were interviewing UIC students about campus life. We decided to pose in front of their news van =)

 

After my sophomore year, I originally decided not to follow through my Mathematics major and wanted to pursue my true passion in Engineering. With the help of UIC’s Liberal Arts and Sciences’s Advisers, they help set me up my junior year for acceptance and transfer into UIC’s College of Engineering.

Also at the end of that year, I was offered a position to become an RA (Resident Assistant) for Marie Robinson Hall Apartments. I got ACCEPTED into the world of UIC Campus Housing!!

Next week, JUNIOR YEAR– First year as an RA,
-Darren

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TOPIC NEXT WEEK: Junior Year!!! First year as a UIC Resident Assistant

ANSWER FROM LAST WEEK: My biology professor said that climate change is not from “global warming” but rather “global cooling”

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s your biggest college memory???

 

There’s a Cloud Over My Head

Perhaps it is the weather, but I do think something is missing inside of my daily routine that makes me slack, complain, and feel sad.

Perhaps it is because I lost my grandfather, but I don’t know how to relieve that or how anyone could help me with that. Although it probably contributes to this pain I feel, I don’t think that’s the case. If anything, the thought of him just makes me want to work harder in life.

So what is this sudden feeling of helplessness? I guess the root of it might have been influenced by my weekend at Winterfest and trying to understand more about Christianity since I never knew about it growing up besides that some people just believed in a God and some didn’t. It left me with more questions, and I don’t think it was good–but overall I still had fun with everyone and I’m thankful for the experience. I guess I just feel like I don’t belong in that “crowd” and need space to myself to figure things out.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my future and things become less and less sure. I mean, what if I don’t get into medical school? What if I don’t get married? What if I never have kids? What if the world really does end this year in December? What if what I really want to do is start working after receiving my Bachelor’s degree? I wish school didn’t take so long because you have to push some things farther and farther away and you have to neglect some things that used to make you really happy. I want to be motivated again, but right now it’s kind of gloom and doom over here. Then again, I might just be overreacting because “I’m still young.”

The co-ed basketball team I was in didn't win, but we still had a heart to carry on!

Co-ed intramural basketball was a blast! We didn't win any games, but I don't think the team was built to do that in the first place anyway. We always came pretty close and a lot of the girls didn't play basketball at all before so I'd say it was a great experience for them! Can't wait for more in the future.

I hate that excuse for everything. The whole elementary and secondary education system treats their students like they don’t know anything and when they come to college, then they REALLY don’t know anything.

Reader, do you have any obstacles that are getting in the way of your “plans” for the future, and how do you get by?

Okay, I’ll stop being so mopey. I’m going home to fill out my FAFSA and apply for summer programs so I can have something to look forward to! Things have been okay with school, but I know I need to stop being social and revert back to the person I was last semester and last year in terms of studying schedules. I finally got a smartphone and all I do is feed microbes (live wallpaper) and check Facebook. Remember when I would never go on? Oh it’s a curse.

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