Entries tagged with “finals” from Hawk Talk - Hai

Six Flags Trip!

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Hey guys! Finals are almost over, and I have only one left Wednesday morning, so I have a bit of time to study before my last one. So far all of my finals have gone fairly well, and my grades have been posted up on ISIS (the online system that we use to register for/find out grades for classes and such), and it seems like all my studying has paid off. A good way to relieve stress and kill time until my final on Wednesday was our Six Flags trip today!

 Iíve mentioned in a previous blog that my friends and I won, and a handful of other UML freshman, won a trip to six flags for free. Today we left campus at 8:00AM, and arrived at Six Flags at 10:00AM. It was kind of a down sight when we left, rain and damp weather made the day seem to be a flop, but it turned out that we didnít experience a single drop of rain at the park. Weather was nice, and earlier on, there were no lines to any of the rides. My friends were shocked to find out that I had never gone on a rollercoaster before, so this was an extra special trip for us. At first, I held onto dear life ever ride, but as I rode them more, the more fun I had and the less scared I got. By the end, I didnít want to leave, and kept returning to every ride again and again. One bummer of the trip was the closing of Superman.  I was excited for my first time going on Superman, but it was closed until May 22nd. Overall though, everything was extremely fun, and a fellow classmate that accompanied us ended up winning a Wii!

Hopefully my final on Wednesday will go well, till next time,

-Hai

Gotta Be Here!

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I was surprised waking up Sunday morning to a rush of buses piling into East campus, unloading waves and waves of parents and students. A huge banner carrying the, ďGotta Be Here!Ē slogan was hung up across the Fox Tower, and it soon became clear that it was welcome day for the incoming students. Seniors from high schools came excited and parents came full of questions. I could see many of my fellow classmates rushing into the area where they served guests food, taking advantage of the free food and avoiding the obligation of swiping a meal plan. I was wearing a UMass Lowell sweatshirt, and had no intentions of being a tour guide, but I had families actually follow me up the Fox elevators and come visit my friendís room. I didnít mind it since it wasnít my room and thought it would be funny to embarrass my friend by unexpectedly show up at his door with random families looking to see how college students live their lives. Campus was pretty crazy until around 2, at which time I believe the tours and welcome day ended.


An upcoming event to note is the ďBeat the SystemĒ event that is going to be held tomorrow I believe.  This event is supposed to help students learn the doís and doníts of housing sign-ups, a process that has me confused. Iím not so much confused of what to do, but just unsure of what further steps I should take. As a freshman, Iíve filled out the application before, but Iíve made friends that I want to room with, and am unsure of how to request them. As told to me by the RAís, the event should have lots of entertainment and free giveaways, but the most important part of the event is the raffle. Reslife will be raffling off the first 10 spots in housing, meaning if you win one of the 10, you will be the first of 10 to choose where you live on campus. If I win the raffle, Iím aiming to secure a suite in Donahue, an upperclassman suite, and then attempt to ďpull-inĒ my friends.


Important dates to remember:
Housing Deposit due April 17th
Last day to withdraw from a class is April 13th


In a previous post I mentioned being able to upload videos that I took of the Hockey East Finals, but unfortunately, it seems that I left all my cables back at home and wonít be able to upload any of the videos.


Thatís it for now, till next time,
-Hai

BIG Vacation Weekend!

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As spring break was coming to an end, a big event for UML came. I knew that our hockey team was in the Hockey East semi-finals, but unfortunately I wasn't able to make the game because of work. Right as I was getting out of work though, I received a call from a friend who was screaming with excitement. "WE MADE IT TO THE FINALS!", was the only thing he kept yelling into the phone, and I knew that we had won the game. This would be the second time UML has made it to the Hockey East finals, so this was a pretty big deal for us. We would be facing Boston University, and my best friend from High School happens to go to that school, so this was just all one big coincidence. Everytime we had faced Boston University in the past year, the games would be close, and usually ended with the teams only being a score behind, so although Boston University is #1 (or #2?) in the nation, we still had a good chance.

I was able to take Saturday off to go to the game, so I was pretty excited to watch the game at T.D. Banknorth. This was also going to be the first time that I've seen my friends since the start of break, so I knew it was going to be fun. I brought along my video camera and was able to film some parts of the game, but unfortunately I forgot to charge it and wasn't able to get some later parts of the game. Sadly enough, we ended up losing 0-1. It was still fun and a good time, but it would have been better if we had won. The train rides back to South Station was ridiculously packed with both students and parents.

Being only a freshman and being able to see our hockey team go all the way to the finals was pretty exciting, and makes me wonder how far we'll make it in the years to come.

Sunday was move-in day, and usual I came extra early to beat the crowd. I'd recommend coming a couple hours before they say to, I've done it for orientation, move-in day, and everytime we come back for break. By the time I've settled in and unpacked all my roommated come back and are fumbling around and dodging each other trying to unload all their belongings.

It seems that I've misplaced a couple cables for my video camera, so I'll upload the video of the game in the next entry. Thanks for reading,
-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

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