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.
For many high school seniors, these next few months will be filled with writing essays about yourself, filling out applications and asking for official transcripts. These applications are usually for a University, and it is a very stressful time. Well, that application season never ends. For many college students it is important to apply to Summer programs, graduate schools, jobs and internships, because they often begin careers. I have been submitting many applications for Summer programs and internships, this past month and will probably be doing so for the next few months. Application deadlines are very early and can be missed or forgotten about.
It’s hard to think about plans for next Summer, when I am trying to figure out my schedule for this winter – it seems so far away. But these opportunities are not ones I want to miss. I am putting in the extra work, to submit official transcripts, ask for letters of recommendations and complete many applications. Knowing how to complete an application, and do so well is so important. Applications are something you will be submitting for the rest of your life, not just for college.
I had the great opportunity to go to Philadelphia this weekend and see the exhibit, ‘One Day in Pompeii’ at the Franklin Institute. The trip was hosted by the Ancient Studies Department and we were given subsidized fees for travel and entrance. It was nice to leave UMBC for a day and relax in a different city. The exhibit itself was very informative and interesting. At one point, they even tried to reenact the day Mount Vesuvius erupted!
When I was 15, I helped my mother plan my quinceanera for about 250 people. Since then, I have known all the hard work, all the stress, all the mistakes, all the mishaps that happen when planning a large event. I also know the gratifying feeling of putting all your effort and time into something and seeing the happiness it can bring others.
I had the great opportunity to have that feeling again this weekend, when HLSU hosted ‘El Encuentro’. It is our annual fall cultural event filled with food, performances and dancing. This was my first time planning the event as vice president and it was the first time I truly saw all the effort (and paperwork) that goes into making these cultural events happen at UMBC. We, as an HLSU organization, spent a lot of time trying to make this an enjoyable event for everyone.
And, I think we were successful. We received a lot of positive Feedback and sold out of tickets! It was great to have an opportunity to give back to the UMBC community and really strengthen my event planning skills – another set of skills UMBC has helped me gain.
Photo Credit: Gaby R.
The location of UMBC is one of my favorite things about UMBC. We are close enough to Baltimore City to attend many of the unique restaurants, festivals, and events that happen. Our location in central Maryland, also puts us in close proximity to University of Maryland, College Park and Towson University. This past weekend a group of us carpooled and went to a cultural event at Towson.
Being able to go to these nearby cities, provides many options of things to do. This past weekend I also went to see my favorite musical, Les Miserables, performed at Toby’s dinner theater in Columbia, MD. It was only about 15 minutes away.
A few friends and I also traveled to the pumpkin patch this past weekend. It was a lot of fun with a corn maze, hot chocolate and pumpkin bread! All of this again, was only about 15 minutes away.
College is a unique experience that I think many people take for granted. If you think about all the people in the world (7.117 billion) and the percentage of that people that have graduated from college (6.7%), that is not a lot of people in the world who get to experience the stress of finals, the excitement of a pep rally, the gratifying feeling of getting an ‘A’ in class, and meeting a lot of people who are also excited about going to college.
College is the opportunity to learn many new things and really discover yourself. I have been able to try and do things I never thought I would. This past week was homecoming and it was so much fun! It was full of free things and new events. One event that occurs with each homecoming is the Rob Magin 5K Dog Chase. I started taking a jogging class this semester and saw this as an opportunity to really become a true runner. Last semester, had you told me to run a mile, I would have thought you were trying to kill me. Running the 5K was really an accomplishment for me. It felt great to have people cheering for me and crossing that finish line made me think about how I really can do and be anything I want to. College allows all these opportunities to try something new and discover new goals. College also helps you to achieve those goals.
Not everyone has the opportunity to scream and cheer for the basketball team as they run out. Not everyone has the opportunity to learn how to run properly and run a 5K. Not everyone has the opportunity to learn all the things that college students learn. I am extremely grateful to have these opportunities here at UMBC.
College is a lot of things. It is stress, it is hard and it is FUN!
This weekend was filled with lots of fun experiences. Friday, I went to see a concert with my sister. The band was called Two Door Cinema Club. The concert was in DC, but being in the location where I am here in Baltimore, it was not an issue getting to and from the concert. It was a lot of fun, and the city is always so pretty at night.
Saturday, HLSU hosted its first ever Retreat. This was an opportunity for everyone in the organization to hang out and get to know each other in a less formal setting. It was a lot of fun. Of course there was dancing and lots of food, both of which made the day an ultimate success. It was great to spend time with friends and really relax. I always try to do the absolute best I can with school, so I think I work pretty hard, but it is also important to truly relax. Forgetting about everything for a few hours with your friends and laughing A LOT is the way I like to live a balanced life. This weekend was especially fun, spending time with my friends.
Today, I went back to the farmer’s market to grocery shop. It was a lot of fun. They have all kinds of vendors. There is one booth where they sell many types of mushrooms! I got some delicious apples and talked with a really nice artist. That too, was lots of fun.
But alas, now comes the part of the weekend where I am in the library doing homework. I’ve been doing homework all weekend, but when people come to the library, like me- it is to do some serious amount of homework. So I am prepared for the night, with study music playing, a bottle of water, my textbooks and comfy clothes.
College is a lot of fun and there is always something to do, but at the end of the day there is homework to be done.
Some of the best memories in my life is when I stumble upon something new and exciting. I enjoy going to church, and so on a beautiful sunday morning I decided to try a new church in the city. It was a beautifully renovated church. The structure was that of a really old church, but the furnishings had been redone. It’s always nice for me to see the really old churches and think of all the history those churches have lived through. After church, I saw a farmer’s market about a block away. I love farmer’s markets! I love meeting the vendors and seeing all the unique things they have to sell. I immediately walked over, enjoying the gorgeous weather, and saw the biggest farmer’s market I’ve ever seen. It was HUGE! There were farmer’s selling produce, bakers selling bagels, restaurants selling food, vendors selling homemade jewelry. There were so many things to look at and purchase. The entire area smelled delicious too! I got some chicken curry, rice and Mango Lassi! YUM! It was a beautiful day to be out and about, surrounded by beautiful things, and delicious food. It’s one of my favorite things about UMBC – being close to Baltimore City. I am able to have that city feeling, without the cost!
This week was lots of fun and very busy. I had my first test of the semester. I think it went well, so it’s been a good start to the semester. This week, with the beautiful weather, I really appreciated my morning jogging class. I have really began to like jogging and jogging around the campus early in the morning is especially fun. It’s nice to have a moment to appreciate the day and the lovely campus. One nice thing about the location of UMBC is that it is kind of in between Towson University and University of Maryland at College Park. This makes it easy to maintain relationships with people who go to these school and even make friends at these schools. This week my friends and I attended an event at College Park. We saw a band, Jukebox the Ghost, perform. It’s nice that we are able to use the local university’s resources too.
My roommates and I also went to see Insidious 2 this weekend. I am afraid of scary movies, and some of my roommates are too. So, to help us cope with the scary movie, we moved all our beds out into the living room of our apartment and had a sleepover. It was like we were ten again! I was very glad the apartment was big enough to fit us all in the living room. Then, I also saw the movie, No Instructions Included, or in spanish it is No Se Aceptan Devolciones. My friend and I cooked a delicious meal of Arugula salad with an artichoke and tomato pizza on pita bread. Buen Provecho!
This weekend, I did more that watch movies, I also worked. For the admissions office, some Student Assistants and I went to Towson, the city – not the university, to a city park where a festival was being held. The festival hosted Dr. Freeman Hrabowski as the keynote speaker. Everyone had their phones out and were recording his speech. He really is a local celebrity. It was fun to see everyone react to our University’s President so positively.
I had an AMAZING summer and hope you did too. I had an internship with the Department of Treasury through a program called HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Shout out to UMBC Shriver Center for helping me obtain that internship! I was able to make some good money this summer, meet new friends, gain professional experience and enjoy many new adventures. During my internship, I was also able to meet one of the directors of the program I was working on, who is a UMBC Alum! Her office was decorated in black and gold. It’s always fun to find a connection to an Alumni, as well as network.
It’s been tough transitioning into school mode again, but it had to be done. Here are some highlights of my first few weeks back at UMBC.
-Moved into an apartment and have been able to make some really delicious food!
-Hosted the first HLSU General Body meeting which was super successful! And took care of all the paperwork that goes with being in a Student Organization, as Vice President
-Lost one of my textbooks and had to buy a new one
-Began a new internship, teaching a SUCCESS class
-Facilitated my first discussion as a Diversity Education Intern
It’s been busy, but I’ve been having fun too! I’ve been enjoying the nice weather and time with my friends. Here are some pictures I’ve taken this past week, and a video from the Airborne Toxic Event concert I went to this weekend. Being so close to Baltimore, I’m able to attend events, like the concert, or try new exotic foods, like Kangaroo.