Entries tagged with “break” from Hawk Talk - Hai

Every year, it always seems that I catch Bronchitis for some reason. Before college, I always had to go to the doctorís around this time of year and get prescribed with antibiotics to alleviate my bronchitis. As scheduled, I began to show the symptoms again, and right away I knew what it was. But since I was at school, I had no idea what to do, I knew there was a Health Services, but I wasnít sure if they would be able to prescribe medicine. My parents offered to drive me home for a doctorís appointment, but missing classes and driving such a long way for medicine just didnít seem like a better option than toughing out the virus. With Health Services looking like the best option, I called them up for an appointment and was extremely pleased to find out that the nurse practitioners there were able to prescribe. The very next day, I went in for my appointment and left with my prescription. Luckily, there were many pharmacies around campus, so getting my proper medicine was a breeze.

Fortunately for me, I felt 100% right before spring break started. I always heard of people going to all different places to spend their spring break, but I decided that it would be best to just stay home so I could work. When I was in high school and short on money, I could always depend on my parents to spot me here and there, but in college theyíre not around to help out. It definitely helps me to become more independent and learn the value of whatís necessary and unnecessary.

Thatís it for now, hopefully I can still enjoy my spring break!

-Hai

First day back!

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One good tip for move-in day: come early. Before break, signs were posted around the halls that the university would be open at noon Sunday January 25th, but like my first move in day, I came a couple hours earlier. When I moved in, at 10, I was one of only 4 cars on the street, no congested hallways, and was able go through the whole process rather easily. When I arrived to the room, everything was as we left it. Everyone thought that the school would have someone come in over break and do a little cleaning up of the floors, but no such thing happened. The hallways looked very clean, but the rooms were not cleaned at all, at least not mine or any of my friends' rooms. I unpacked all my things, said my goodbyes, and was able to organize my side of the room before anyone else arrived. Later on, around 12:30-1:00, I helped a couple of my friends move in, and it was just hectic. There were cars double parked all down Pawtucket St., and you couldn't help bumping into people left and right. After I helped all of my friends move in, I went back to my room to rest and while I was lying down, my other three roommates were scrambling around the room, putting clothes away, and rearranging furniture. I was definitely glad that I had come so early, otherwise I would have had to deal with the chaos that was going on in my room.


The bad thing about move-in day was that the bookstore was closed. It didn't make sense to me why they would close the bookstore the day everyone moved in and the day before classes. Most of my friends, me included, were going to have our parents assist us with purchasing books, and with them already present for moving in, it was the most convenient time. With parents already here and classes beginning the very next day, it was the perfect day to keep the bookstore closed.


It was nice to be back though. My friends and I hung around and were glad to be back. We watched T.V. and did everything we used to do, and everything was the same again. Every once in a while, one of us would say, ďI miss doing this.Ē, and we would all agree.


I have to start getting ready for my first class though, till next time,

-Hai

Hey guys, itís Christmas Eve!! I havenít blogged in a bit since Iíve had finals and had to pack, but Iím home now and found the time to blog.

Finals as I suspected, were not difficult, but at the same time, were not a breeze. It didnít require endless hours of mind straining studying, but at the same time I couldnít just go into every final without studying. All my finals were in the same format; all the students in every section that the teacher had were sat in a huge lecture hall and given the test. Compared to high school, finals are the same; just a cumulative review of everything learned. Some of my friends werenít really comfortable with their studying skills and decided to go to the free tutoring services offered by the schools. Both before and after the exam they felt very confident and recommended the services for next semester. I did well on all my finals, but I think Iíll give the tutoring a try next semester.

My last final was Monday morning, and I left campus that same afternoon. Since I was the last to leave the room, I was responsible for final move-out procedures: Shut & lock all windows, empty all the trash cans in the room, unplug everything, lock the door, etc. We were allowed to keep anything we wanted in our room, but it was made clear anything missing when we came back from break was not the universityís responsibility.  Coming home the 22nd of December was definitely late compared to my friends. Many people were already back by the first week of December, but because of that, they end break earlier as well.

Iíve been working at my current job (Hollister) for about a year and a half now, and Iím thinking about going on a job hunt for something new. Long hours and minimum wage just doesnít cut it anymore, especially since Iím on my break. I worked a total of 12 hours last night and didnít come home until 3AM! I understand since itís Christmas, the store needs a lot of cleaning, but working till the early hours of the morning just isnít worth minimum wage.  I probably will keep the job for winter break because itíll be hard to find someone thatíll hire me for just a month, but I definitely will go job hunting in the summer.

Itís only been two days since Iíve left campus but I miss it already! In college, you can be with your friends for as long as you like, right when you wake to right when you go to bed. A couple nights ago, while it was snowing, Bourgeois and Leitch (the two freshman residence halls) had a snowball fight at 1AM. It was a mutual agreement that my hall, Bourgeois, won. After the fight, my friends and I were talking about how this would not be possible at home.

Thatís it for now, Iíll be sure to blog again real soon!

-Hai

Thanksgiving Break Update

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This past Thursday was Thanksgiving, and a time when most, if not all, students go home. The university was open until 5PM and I had class until 3:45PM. Some of the students, such as the athletes, either stayed all break or came back on Friday. I went back home Wednesday night and was able to enjoy Thanksgiving with my entire family.  Midnight on Black Friday, my family has a tradition of visiting the Wrentham Premium Outlets. We left at 10:00PM, and what is usually a 20 minute drive became a 2 and a half hour drive. I was able to get a couple things there, but going so late was definitely not worth it.

One thing that I was able to get at the Wrentham Outlets, was a backpack. Before college, I was wondering what sort of backpack I should carry around; I didnít want something too big or too  small, too nerdy, etc. For the first couple months I was doing just fine with just a drawstring bag provided by the Student Government Association, but I decided that I wanted a regular backpack to look a little more mature and collegiate like. I ended up getting a backpack with enough space for all my books and school supplies, as well as my laptop. Bringing my laptop to class definitely helps with taking notes, since I can type faster than I write freehand.

Another good thing about going home for Thanksgiving was being able to work. Money is very scarce as a college student, and I was very happy when my old store called me up and asked me to work. I ended up working Black Friday during the night, and Saturday. My paycheck is on a biweekly schedule so Iím waiting excitedly for it to arrive.

I came back to the University Sunday November 30th during the day because my intramural hockey team had its first playoff game during the evening. It was a very close game between us, The Shamrocks, and the opposing team, Couple Beers No Beers, but we ended up winning 7 to 6. I was recently informed that the team which wins the entire playoffs will play the intramural champions from Merrimack. Winning the entire playoffs is kind of a stretch, but hopefully weíll be able to do it. Our next game is December 9th against one of the best intramural teams, Team Compete.

Thatís it for my Thanksgiving update! Time to study for finals!

-Hai

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