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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

After looking back upon my first year here at UML, I notice that the school gives a lot back to their students. Almost every week, there is some school sponsored event in the common room of each building where students have a chance to win great prizes. Iíve gone to several of these events, sometimes walking away with a prize. Each time I went, they had us sign in with our names; something I thought was pointless. But , contrary to my belief, putting my name down for each event, was useful.  It turns out, if you signed your name into 4 of the school events you automatically get a free trip to six flags! My friends and I have been to about 6, so we were pleasantly surprised when we found out we could all go to six flags, FOR FREE! Such a great way to end the year, plus I found out that I got my room in Donahue that I wanted, so the end of this year is just turning out better than I could expect! Now all I have to do is survive through finalsÖ

-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

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

LATE night entry!

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I know itís very late, and I should be sleeping, but I was up late, studying for a couple midyears that I have tomorrow. I hope Iím not scaring any prospective students because most of my friends donít even think that my math and politics midyear will be very difficult, but just to be on the safe side, I usually try to throw in some extra studying in.  Since I was up late and had things to write about, I decided that I would blog about things that happened recently.

This past Wednesday (October 22nd), there was a Hip Hop Live concert, with stars such as David Banner and, one of my favorite rappers, Talib Kweli.  Tickets were 10 dollars if you bought them before the concert and 20 at the door, which is cheap considering David Banner and Talib Kweli are very well known and famous rappers. Since money is scarce in college and I didnít buy tickets beforehand, I ended up not going to the concert. A couple of my friends that did go said it was amazing and everyone at the concert got free Sony headphones.  Iím kind of jealous that I didnít go, but anything that saves money is O.K. with me.

On Thursday (October 23rd) there was a captainís meeting for all intramural sports from 9PM-11PM. In efforts of staying in shape, getting ourselves involved around campus, and just for fun, my friends and I decided to create an intramural soccer team. Last time I played soccer competitively was in middle school, but Iím pretty confident I still have some skills left. The team consists of 7 players, including myself; 3 guys and 4 girls, and our name is ďThe IncrediblesĒ. Weíve all had previous experience playing, so Iím sure weíll do at least an O.K. job on the field. Our first game is this Thursday at 9:30PM, which is late, but Iím more of a night person myself anyways.

Friday (October 24th) was the first hockey game, which is a big deal around campus and to most students. Before the game there was a BBQ, and any food freeing me from my 14 meals a week is welcome.



My friends and I all had all gotten Mohawks for the game a couple weeks earlier, but we decided to shave them off after a while because we didnít like them. Before the game started, we all painted our entire upper body to be true super fans, and were extremely excited to be the loud and boisterous cheerers. Much to our displeasure though, we soon came to find out that shirts were required in the Tsongas Arena. We had our shirts off for 2 seconds before we were told by a worker that they prohibited such activities, but we were given a voucher for free popcorn and soda for our efforts. Putting that aside, the game was fun to watch, almost all of UML was there to watch, including alumni and parents, and to make it even better, UML  defeated Providence  4 to 1.




This weekend was open house weekend and Iíve seen flyers around campus about the different activities. My parents arenít coming up this weekend, but there were some events that I was interested in, so I decided to drag my friends along with me to check it out. A couple of my friendsí parents came, but just going with my friends and without my parents was fun too. It turned out to be entertaining, there were many activities for both young and old. There was free food, horseback riding, a rock wall, free pumpkin decorating, professional artists that did caricatures, and plenty more. CAPA was handing out free live fish in tanks that you decorated yourself, and I ended up getting two fish that I named Tonka and Katie. I was told by an R.A. from Leitch that they had fish as well last year, and her fish lived until May.

This past week was a pretty eventful one, packed with activities. Iím looking forward to my first intramural soccer game this Thursday, and will definitely write about how that turned out. But now, I must head off and get some rest before my midyears.

Till next time,

-Hai



Columbus Day Weekend

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This past weekend, I went home for the weekend; the second time that Iíve been home since I got here.

Iíve heard that going home is exciting and all; nice home cooked meal and a place to do free laundry, but it wasnít as great as I thought it was going to be. It was fun seeing my old friends again, since they were all home for Columbus Day weekend as well. I was able to work a lot on Saturday and Sunday at my old job, which was nice since I find myself scrapping at the bottom of the barrel for money. Seriously, college kids go through a lot of money. I was never homesick, and even now, I donít really feel homesick at all, but seeing my old town and all the sights again did make me reminisce on past memories. When I wasnít hanging out with my old friends or at work, I found myself sitting at home, bored. I left Saturday morning but ended up coming back to UML Sunday night because I just felt so much more comfortable here. After talking to my friends, I saw that they felt the same way. If you got bored at home, you really had nothing to do, but I always found myself with something to do here at UML.

As I was writing this, a couple of events occurred. Some people I know were caught with alcohol in their ďdryĒ dorms a couple weeks ago, and I just got a phone call about their suspension. They were handed the ďletter of deathĒ, delivered by an RA. They got a three day housing suspension, meaning they canít enter any of the dorms, and they really donít know what theyíre going to do about housing.  I feel bad, of course, but at the same time, they shouldnít have had alcohol in the dry dorms.

As I was talking on the phone, I had to step out of my room because my roommates were playing video games, and when I looked out the window (my room is conveniently at the end of the hall by the window) I saw a crowd of people standing on the third floor of Leitch (the building right next to mine). I called up a friend of mine, who lived on the third floor, and he informed me that a fight was going on. I thought it was something serious, but it ended up that two kids were horsing around just wrestling.

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