Willyard, Samantha D: November 2008 Archives
I love Thanksgiving break! It's a mini-vacation before our real vacation. I know I plan on going home and getting a LOT of work done, so it won't be much of a vacation for me. It's really exciting to see this time of the year roll around, Christmas lights start to make their way up, sales start, and holiday movies start being shown on tv. YAY! Plus, this year over Christmas Break, I'll be in Florida for 11 days.
So on the grad school preparation front, not much has changed. I've started looking into GRE study guides, practice exams and dates for next semester. I know it seems early, but this year is already flying by for me.
In regards to the grad school selection front, I'm still nervous about looking at schools so far away. Like I said before, my mom really doesn't want me to go. Well, she does, she wants me to get my masters and she wants me to be happy, but she's scared to have me looking at schools so far away. We're really close, and she's going to miss me. I've known that since I started looking at schools, so that's been well and good. WELL... this weekend, she brought up grad schools in front of my brother. My brother is 10, and we fight most of the time, but we're really close. So he got really defensive and teary eyed (I didn't say that if he asks!) and expressed how much he did NOT want me going far away. It was sad, but I told him if I went far away it would give him a reason to vacation. Funny, but he started to like the idea of me going away after that.
I'm also planning on flying down to NC this summer with my mother to check out the two schools I'm looking at. We checked out local airports and hotels this weekend.
OH! And in case I forgot to mention, I got RE-HIRED as an Orientation Leader for 2009. So if you're an incoming student or parent/guardian of an incoming student, odds are you'll see me this summer! I can't wait!
Well as a early holiday gift, this entry resemble this week... short.
Thanks for reading,
So it's my FAVORITE time of the semester, it's time to pick classes for next semester. I love making schedules and seeing how late I get to sleep in or how early I get to go back to my room or work for the day. It's like this semester is starting to get old and lose it's excitement, so I need something new to look forward to. Plus, I love seeing what classes I'm going to take and how close I am to graduation. (After next semester I'll be right on track to graduating on time.)
So basically, first you contact your advisor. You can find them on ISIS under academics. You can e-mail them to set up an appointment or stop by their office hours to see when they can meet with you.
Then, you meet with your advisor. You'll go over what classes you have to take and make a tentative schedule. You can see where you are credit-wise.
Then you'll check your enrollment appointment. Your enrollment appointment is when you can register for classes. It goes according to credits. The first day is 100+ credits and they go down by 10's until open registration.
Finally, on your registration date, you wake up early (7:50 AM) so you can register for classes at 8am on ISIS. (You can sleep later, but classes fill up quick, so I don't recommend it.)
I love my classes next semester. I couldn't get into spanish because it filled, but there's always next year. As my mom says "NBD" (no big deal).
Well this week is crazy even though it's only 3 days long, so I'm going to get some work done.
Thanks for reading,
How are you? To those faithful readers, I apologize for my lack of updates. Life has been insane lately and it doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Well I took Sunday night off from school work to go to an event on campus. To Write Love On Her Arms came to UMass Lowell. For anyone who doesn't know, To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an organization dedicated to giving hope and help to people suffering from addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide. My description definitely doesn't do the organization justice, so you should definitely check out the website http://www.twloha.com.
The organization started about 2 and a half years ago and they already have a huge young adult following. Needless to say, the program was packed! There were about 200 people there. These people were all different kinds of people. There were UML students, high school students, other college students and parents. It was great to see so many people there who cared about the same cause.
So these two musicians, Josh Moore and Zach Williams came with TWLOHA and performed. They told some really beautiful stories and played some really beautiful music. I was touched. Then a few people on the TWLOHA Team told us their stories and I admit, I cried a little.
Then the founder, Jamie, talked for a while and asked the audience some questions and people shared bits and pieces of their stories. I admit, I cried a lot. It was amazing.
I'll post the picture I took as soon as I load it on my computer, but it isn't working right now.
Well, now back to the insanity that is my homework... No really, it's insanity.
Thanks for reading,
Sorry I haven't written in a while. When I tell you I had the BUSIEST week of my LIFE, I mean it. Tests, after exams, after papers, after interviews... phew. Today was the first day I sat down and took a deep breath (before homework of course.)
So last Saturday was BACHA. BACHA is Boston Area College Housing Association. It was an all-day conference in Boston @ Northeastern. It was great! I attended a great presentation called "At First Glance" and it was all about stereotypes and respecting the people you're surrounded by. The presentation was by 2 old RD's here at UML. They both work at Simmons College now and it is great to see them so happy and doing so well! I also attended a FABULOUS presentation on Grad School! It was all about how to get into grad school and the timelines you have to follow. We also talked about Grad Schools with intentions to go into Student Affairs. It was so awesome! I feel a lot more confident about grad schools now.
I guess the presentation on respect made me think about life in my own residence hall. Respect is KEY! If you don't respect your roommate, neighbor or floormates, how are you going to build relationships and friendships? How are you going to grow as a person? Living with 80 people in a hallway is sure a new experience, and not everyone transitions well, so here are three steps to being a better resident!
1 - Turn down the music! If you're even questioning if it's too loud, it's too loud. Walls aren't exactly the thickest here at UML and odds are your neighbor doesn't want to hear Beyonce or Fall Out Boy BLARING through the wall.
2 - Don't yell in the hallway! Walk down the 20ft. to your friends door and ask her for her stiletto heels you want to borrow, don't yell 3 rooms away. Odds are the rooms in between you don't care if you NEED red heels.
3 - Don't tear down signs, door tags or decorations! A LOT of work goes into them and they brighten up the residence hall. By tearing them down you're showing disrespect to EVERYONE! Just be nice! Besides, what did the flower with someone's name on it do to you?
Have a GREAT week,