Spring break is in one week. That means this coming week is full of midterms, projects and papers that are due. It is a lot of work. However, this is also the time I am beginning to hear back from organizations to which I sent an application and my resume. This is my last Summer before graduating, so it’s important to me to try something new and to be one step closer to knowing what it is I will be doing with my life.
So, on top of doing all my school work, I have been speaking with a few different organizations about setting up interviews. Interviews are really exciting! I actually enjoy doing interviews because they are like windows to the opportunities that are possible for me. I see interviews as possibilities for my future. Right now, there are some pretty exciting possibilities for my future. I really believe I can achieve my dreams and goals. I see the first few steps of getting there being accomplished.
Through all the stress and all the homework being done for school, it’s important to remember the good things that are happening too.
Usually, I spend a lot of time in the library during finals week. This weekend has changed that though. This semester is really challenging. It has required a lot of work, and so I’ve been putting in my time at the library. Work hard now, so I can enjoy my life more fruitfully later, right? That’s what I’m telling myself.
Anyway, here are some pictures of the library, my home away from home right now.
“Be nice to me. I gave blood today.” That’s what’s written on the sticker I am given by one of the red cross nurses after my successful blood donation.
Today was the first time I ever donated blood. There are often blood drives held on campus, and I always see when they are being advertised. This blood drive was different though. Today, HLSU helped to co-host this blood drive. The Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) contributed volunteers and helped to advertise for this event. As Vice President I saw an opportunity to lead by example.
In order for the blood drive to be successful, we needed many donors. I thought, why not just host the blood drive, but donate too?
There is a real, very logical answer for that question and it is …. because I am scared.
I am scared of needles. It’s not a phobia. My phobia is of people in costumes like Chuck E. Cheese(but that’s for a different post). I am just afraid of needles. It’s not as thought I have never had a shot or had my blood drawn. I have a health condition that causes me to encounter the needle far more than I would like. I just try to avoid being around needles if I can. It’s also something about having your blood drawn out of you that is just really freaky. I have this theory that your insides should stay inside and your outsides should stay outside, so having blood drawn is something that really grosses me out.
But I did it. I had my blood drawn because I want to conquer my fears. I did it because it was a challenge for me. I had my blood drawn because it might help someone else out some day, and I hope it does. I did it because I could. I physically could, so I did. I just had to overcome my mental mind blocks, and I was able to “make a difference!”
From Left to Right: Me, alive after giving blood with my official sticker, A reminder of the next time I will be able to give blood, Me sitting in the chair right before it was about to go down.
This week I began salsa lessons here at UMBC. The pre-registration fee was really cheap for UMBC students! It was only $30 for the entire semester. I find salsa to be the most difficult form of Latin Dance but also one of the most beautiful. We are learning New York Style Salsa, so it is more commonly seen in the United States.
The class seems like it will be a lot of fun though. I love to dance, so that’s great. And I have some friends in the class too, so it’s nice to share the experience with them. It’s also a good way to unwind after a hectic week. I love dancing because for me it’s one of those things that just makes me smile. No matter the kind of day I had, how I am feeling, or what’s going on in my life, I always find joy in dancing. I’m really glad I have the opportunity to learn a new style of dance at school to show off to my family when I go back home.
In the spirit of latin dance, here is a bachata (my favorite kind of latin dance) song that I really enjoy. Maybe you will too!
I love lists. They help me de-stress and reorganize my life. This week has been especially stressful for me. On top of having a lot of homework due and a lot of applications to finish, I have been sick which has really slowed down my thought process and energy.
So….Here is a list of things I do to calm myself when I begin to get a bit too stressed out, in no particular order. Maybe one of these things will help you.
- Call my mom or sister (whoever I can get ahold of)
- Listen to music and sing as loud as I can (current song: Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Sara B)
- Run the campus circle (if you run certain parts twice, it can be about 3 miles)
- Eat Chocolate
- Dance in my kitchen (or maybe a more appropriate place where other people are dancing)
- Drink Tea
- Make Lists (like this one)
- Read a book that is not for school ( I especially like mystery novels)
- Remind myself that I can do anything (well, maybe not anything - but definitely my homework)
School is hard. I’ve never known anyone who said it was easy. But it is easier when you know how to handle the stress and to have people to share the stressful times with. No matter how hard it gets, it’s easy to remember that everyone else in school is going through the same thing too!
I have been watching a lot of movies on my laptop recently, maybe that’s the cause of my problem. I’ve been catching up on some of my favorite tv shows during the snow days and did watch a movie or two. Maybe this is karma.
But all weekend I have been working diligently on my homework. In fact, today I spent many hours just working on my online math homework alone. Maybe my computer has been working harder than I have, which I can understand because if I’ve been getting headaches I can only imagine how tired my computer must be.
No matter the reason, the truth remains – my computer is not working. I don’t want to say it’s died yet, but I’m trying everything I can to revive it. I’ll be taking it to be inspected as soon as I can. In the meantime I’ll be accessing the Internet via library computers and my phone.
This is college real life.
This is not a drill.
Essay I wrote that’s due Tuesday – it will be rewritten. Research sources I had found – will be relocated. Blog I had begun to write – replaced with new post about how I lost the original because my laptop broke. Luckily, those are really the only things I lost. Also I’m really glad all the other homework I had due this week I had done and submitted. I was prepared for a disaster.
And with that I will end, because I’m not really a texter and typing all these words on my phone is beginning to hurt my hands.
It’s only been the second week of school and already there are emails to be sent, papers to be written, and career fairs to attend! This past week I went to a Summer job and internship fair. It felt really good to be in that interview position again. It’s really exciting for me to talk to prospective employers and think of all the possibilities! Plus – they usually give away free things, and who doesn’t love free things?
This semester may be my most challenging yet. I am taking 6 classes that are all difficult upper-level credits. This semester I see myself doing a lot more running, yoga, homework and listening to music, all with the intentions of being successful in the challenge that is Spring Semester 2014.
This is the song I will be listening to today. I will be listening to it while I continue to finish all my homework. Enjoy!
Everyone goes to college or receives a higher education for different reasons. Some people go to college and don’t even have a reason, it’s simply just what you do. In high school I remember many people would ask where I was going to college, what I was going to study and what I want to do with that. People still ask me all those same questions. I have never been asked why I want to go college.
I think it’s an important question that not many people think about. Some people grow up knowing that they will be going to college. No one ever tells them why they should go or why they should want to go. So many people receive higher education in the United States some people think the value of a degree has lessened. Other people think college is really about living out the last of your years before you have to settle down into the ‘real world’. Whatever your reason for attending college, I hope you believe in it.
Neither of my parents received college degrees when they were younger. My dad recently received his bachelor’s degree through the University of Maryland University College. Because my parents seriously regretted not receiving degrees when they were younger, they told me and my siblings how important it was to work and receive a degree while young, because it only gets more difficult as life responsibilities increase. This thought has remained with me and has contributed to my motivation for attending college.
so….Why do I go to college?
Opportunities. Just the fact that I have an opportunity to go to college is HUGE! The fact that I am eligible to receive financial aid to pay tuition and that I don’t have to work are opportunities I know not everyone receives. UMBC has given me every opportunity I have had to my multiple PAID internships. Those will be critical in getting a job once I graduate. And that is why I am here, in addition to the fact that I just really enjoy learning (certain subjects). I want to learn and gain skills and have the opportunity to add experience to my resume so I can get a decent job that I actually enjoy after school. And with that money I can pay off loans, pay bills and travel! So if it really came down to it, maybe that’s why I go to college. So one day I will be able to afford to travel and learn even more!
I think snow days are one of those things that everyone appreciates, young and old. I remember as a kid, snow days were so exciting. Still now, the anticipation of a snow day is just as exciting as it was back then. This past week we had two snow days here on campus. The campus looked so lovely blanketed in snow.
It was also really nice to have some extra time to sleep in and relax before finals really began. ‘Tis the season people begin to sleep through their alarms, pull all-nighters and get very stressed. It is very common that the final paper or test makes or breaks your grade. Luckily having jobs and internships on campus makes this time less stressful than it could be. All my supervisors understand this is a crazy week. And they have all shown their support with study goodies. Below is a picture of some treats I got from one of my internships.
It’s nice to know that you’re not going through this stressful week alone!
Studying for a final with some treats!
Winter is finally upon us. Some people are happy about that, while others like me are not.
I admit – I am a big baby about the cold. If it is below 50 degrees I try to spend as much time inside as possible. It’s really no fun for me. A lot of my plans this weekend were cancelled due to the freezing temperatures. I was going to go to the Baltimore City Flea Market on Saturday to do some early Christmas shopping. However, the whole event was cancelled because the winds were blowing away all the vendors displays.
So, instead I watched movies and baked.
I was going to try to go to the Baltimore City Farmers Market the next day so I could still get a few things, but it was so cold my hands began to hurt as soon as I walked outside and I simply could not bear it. I decided my holiday shopping would have to wait.
So, instead I watched movies and studied.
Today was a very important and exciting Men’s Soccer game that I wanted to attend. I was really excited to cheer for a UMBC team and see them win (hopefully). But it was still really cold, and I needed to do some more studying for a test
So, instead I studied and stayed warm.
It’s a cold, cold world out there. My warm-ness be with you.