Results tagged “fall 2008” from Hawk Talk - Christian

It does not matter how you look at it, there's always an end and a beginning.  In this situation, my summer break is going to end and my senior year will begin in 4 short days.  This transition is sinking in pretty deep for me, especially in my family.  My sister moved back to Salem State yesterday, and my brother, who's a freshmen, will move to Salem State tomorrow.  My youngest brother had his first day of junior year in high school on Thursday.  These three events were like big reminders for me, like an alarm clock that goes off around 9am in the morning (which is going to happen in 3 minutes).  They were reminders that my possible last year of college is coming up pretty soon.  I'm sitting here on my bed with amazement and a little bit of sadness.  This really might be my last year seeing all of my Exercise Physiology buddies.  Throughout the years, I've had great memories with my EP buds ranging from afternoon sessions at the Kinesiology labs, "venting" in Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships, having fun in Introduction to Data Analysis, or just plain hanging out in the commuter room.  I'm definitely planning to add more memories to the unerasable cache in my noggin before I (hopefully) cross the stage and receive my diploma. 

Do you remember your senior year in high school?  It was the year when you were finally called an upperclassman, the big dog, the leaders of the school, or whatever you call it now.  All the freshmens in UMass-Lowell should know how it feels.  Now, the class of 2013, who were all big time big shots in their high schools are now back to square one: freshmens.  Don't worry!  Being a freshman here is a HUGE difference than being a freshman in high school.  In high school, everyone automatically knows you're a freshman due to the young face, height, and inability to find your class in the maze-like halls.  In college, no one will know who you are.  Heck, if I ever walked by you, you probably think I'm a freshman due to the young face... Ha! That was a joke.  No matter if you had a great or horrible time in high school, college is an absolutely clean slate.  You have the decision to take that slate and write your story the way you want it to be. 

So I have a challenge for all freshmen in UML.  Can you take the slate, start new, and finish with flying colors?  Can you look at every supposed "obstacle" and fight through it and not break a sweat?  (I wrote something about these so-called obstacles from one of my past blogs.  You should read it).  From my perseptive, I'm getting close to finishing my story on that slate and I can definitely tell you that I'm never going to stop writing it. 

Any questions, comments, problems, lawsuits?  You can email me at

- Christian '09 


Commuters Prepare!

Hello everyone, 

I'm looking at my calendar, and there are about two weeks left of August.  That means the fall semester is coming up (way too) fast. 

For new commuter students, there's a lot of things you have to expect on the first few weeks of classes:

1)  GET YOUR PARKING PERMIT!   This is the most important thing to get before first day of classes!  The permit is a decal that states that you are a commuter student and you have the authority to park in most parking lots.  If you do not have the permit on the first day, you will get a UML Police Parking Ticket, or what the commuters call the infamous "Orange Envelope."  So please get one as soon as possible!  To order a permit online, please go to this website:

2)   The parking lots in UMass-Lowell will be filled quickly and traffic will be a "I-93 highway crawl."  This is probably due to students trying to find the large parking lots, and other students still moving into their dorms.  From what I heard from other students, the parking lot right next to Sheehy Hall was removed and turned into a green spot (and I still don't know why).  So traffic will be tighter than usual and parking spots will be harder to find.  I would definitely leave your house earlier than planned.  Try to plan out your route in advance by driving to UML before move-in day so you can get accustomed to where to go, so the first day vehicle jam won't be a major surprise to you. 

3)   Get your vehicles checked by your mechanic before you start driving to school everyday.  It is a good idea to get your brakes fixed, check your engine light, tires, and other car stuff.  This step is basically a time to prevent any future breakdowns during the school semester.  Trust me, you don't want to miss classes because your car fails to start in the morning!  When the semester moves on into October, it is good to think about winterizing your car, because slippery roads are dangerous.

4)  Talking about breakdowns and bad weather, sometimes you may get stranded in UML.  It's a good idea to have extra clothing in the car, some toothpaste, a toothbrush, and other essentials that will help you through the night.  Please don't sleep in the car with the engine on... there will be carbon monoxide build up and that's deadly!  If you know a friend that has a dorm, sleep over there instead.  Trust me, especially in the winter, the car freezes up.

5)  Know the gas stations around the area.  Fortunately, UML South has a gas station right next to it.  The prices there are fairly inexpensive compared to others in the area.  But it's a good idea to fill up before you leave your house.  I created a link from Google Maps that shows all the gas stations around Lowell:  Google Maps: Gas Stations in Lowell

6)  Here's a tip about parking again:  Please don't create your own parking space.  This is the reason why commuters get ticked off.  Some people tend to park in places that aren't considered as spaces at all, or some are stupid enough to park on a handicap space when they aren't handicapped!  Please remember this:  as long as you park in an area that says that you are allowed to park there, and your vehicle is between the white solid lines, you will be fine!

Well those are the basic points for the first few weeks of classes.  There are probably other points that I did not go over, but as soon as I think of others, I'll re-edit this blog. 

Please ask questions if you are confused about anything about the commuter life.  I will be a senior this fall and I think I know my way around as a commuter :-)

If you do have questions, you can email me:

- Christian

26 is the magic number.  Unlike, baseball with its magic number, the magic number I'm talking about decreases everyday... 25...24...23... and so on.  To tell you the truth, I'm looking forward to my first day back.  I get to see my buddies who I basically lost contact with the whole summer, catch-up with some cool professors, and feel like I have a mission again.  For the whole summer, it felt like I did not have a mission or a major plan or thing to do.  Sure, I worked, coached baseball, and stuff, but my summer was very disorganized, not well-planned, and not as memorable as I would have liked.  Out of a scale of 1-10, I would rate my summer a 4 or a 5.  This is probably due to the remnants of past problems that continued to poke me here and there.  As much as I like to put stuff in the past, sometime always triggers me.   

Look at this analogy.  Picture a man walking down the beach along the ocean.  Everyday that passes, a shell is picked up and placed in a bag.  Day after day, the man continues to pick up shell after shell.  Weeks passed, and the bag gets heavier and heavier.  One day, the load was too heavy and the bag rips and shells slowly fall out of the bag.  Everyday after the bag rips, the bag gets lighter and lighter.  The man finally feels less burden by the load.  As soon as the the bag empties, something pokes your shoulder - maybe its the wind, or raindrops, or something.  The man turns around, and looks at the mess.  Thinking its not such a big deal, the man continues to walk.  But even when the man walks, he still gets those pokes from the wind, or something.  Maybe that's the artistic way of saying how I feel about the summer so far. 

Plus there's tons of other stuff that I haven't done for my senior year - paper work, plans for after senior year, and stuff to get to what I probably want to do for the rest of my life.  The word that is emphasized in the last sentence is probably.  Every day that number decreases,  I become more uncertain to what I want to do after I graduate college.  DPT School?  CSCS?  EP?  What is my path?  Seriously, I've tried hard to carve a path this summer but I still haven't found what I was looking for.   I don't know.  Maybe I'm not motivated?  I just don't want to be a no-one after college.  Or the guy who worked his "butt" off to achieve nothing.  Maybe I'm not the only one that feels like he or she doesn't know what he or she wants to do.

Well, that's enough of my talk.  Enough of this rambling.  I'm going to leave this post with a thought: 

"What's more important to my life?  Money?  Fame?  Intelligence?  God?  Chance?  Luck?"

- Christian

P.S. - Because of the summer is whining down to a pulp, I'm going to blog more about my commuter experience, so all perspective commuter students know what's coming up!  If you are a commuter student and you need some questions answered, you can email me: or look further in my blog about my commuter experience.   

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