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I know I am extremely late with the whole “new year” posts, but now I finally have time to share about how things are going to be different for me in 2014. I have coined 2014 the year of work. From working in my classes to working in the theatre, this year I am becoming more of a “working girl”. This year I plan on making sure that I give every class my full attention so that my education can be top priority. Also this year I plan to be more involved in school activities, from fun events hosted by FAB to possibly even becoming a member of FOCUS. This year will definitely be a new start for me. So I guess you could say ,”New year new me!”


2014 is a very big year for me.  Some might be thinking I am graduating this year; not just yet I’m not.  This year I will be turning 30.  The big 3-0.  A time where people will joke that I am approaching being “over the hill” because they think it’s funny.  There is a part of me that is FREAKING OUT about beginning my third decade of life.  So, I am using that fear to make 2014 the most fun year of my life thus far.  In order to achieve this goal, I have started a  list of things to do.  While this is an ever-growing list (I do have a whole year after all) here are some of the things I would like to do: go ice skating at Steinberg, go to a winery, play bingo, take more pictures with my actual camera… and the list goes on.  I am sure some of these things many people have already done and that’s why they are on my list.  I feel like I am going to turn 30 and I haven’t done a lot of the things people my age have done.  Life gets chaotic and messy while trying to work, go to school, take care of a family, and still find time to go out and enjoy myself.  So this is the year that enjoying myself comes first; I’m ready to experience a year’s worth of fun and memories.


Alumni Posts

A Good Start

by Alumni Posts on February 7, 2012

in Academics

Well, we are few weeks into the semester and I am already back into the swing of things. I am doing all my homework, going to class, and using my planner effectively. If I keep this up all semester I could get straight A’s! ;) Only time will tell! Until then, I will continue to work my butt off! Here’s to a good start and here’s to good habits! Better cross my fingers now for the rest of the semester. I am still very excited about classes and learning new things! But, I am still counting down the weeks until spring break! Got to survive somehow!

Goal for the week: Stay slightly ahead on my homework and treat myself to a homework free weekend :)

Goal for the year: Keep my good habits going!


I’ve only had three days of classes so far (my schedule works out so that I don’t have any classes on Fridays!), but I’m exhausted by school already, and the (admittedly weak) enthusiasm with which I came into the new term is swiftly dimming. (Geek-out time:  if you graphed on a Cartesian plane the change in my enthusiasm this week, it would look like the graph of y = 1/x.  You know, a curve that starts up close to the y-axis, then curves downward until it hits its horizontal asymptote and basically gets closer and closer to zero?  That’s exactly what it’s like.  I’m sure you either love me or hate me right now.)

My new course schedule is chock-full of computer science classes- a math class (Algebraic Structures), a programming class, a compiling theory class I’m affectionately calling “Dragon Studies” because of the drawing of a knight fighting a dragon on the textbook cover (plus, compiling theory seems like it’s going to be a… dragon), and an intro to server technology class.  My only non-C.S.-related classes are American National Government and Newspaper Workshop, and they only meet once per week.  I’ve got a lot of gaps between classes every day, but I have a feeling it won’t be long until all that time won’t seem like enough in which to finish my homework every day.

Actually, I think the classes I’m taking are going to challenge me to be more disciplined in my study habits.  I’ve kind of leaned heavily on math classes in the past semesters for credit hours, and although I had homework every night, there wasn’t any memorizing of terms to do.  Not to say that my classes have been easy (because they really, really haven’t), but there wasn’t the same amount of studying involved outside of homework – you do the problems every night, you get a good idea of what you’ll be doing on the test.  The computer science classes I’m in currently are different – they’re heavy on theory and vocabulary, and I’m going to have to get into the habit of sitting down and memorizing my notes every night.

Honestly, I don’t have much hope for myself on this front – I hate studying, even though memorizing things isn’t that difficult for me.  It’s imperative that I at least try, though – I’d hate for a bout of laziness to be what brings me down this semester.

We’ll see how this all goes, and you, dear reader, will most certainly be kept in the loop about it.

So tell me, are your classes a switch-up from last semester?


It Feels So Gooood To Be Back

by Alumni Posts January 19, 2012

Break was fantastic. Break was phenomenal, break was magnificent, break was everything I could have wanted and more. But since break is over and I’m back at school, I might as well be happy to be back! And I am: happy to be around my friends and happy to get started with what should be […]

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It’s a New Beginning!

by Alumni Posts January 19, 2012

I always love the beginning of a new semester because it’s a chance to start new and fresh. I like getting all new classes, it really makes learning more interesting. The long winter break was definitely refreshing and readied me for this new semester. Waking up for my 8 AM class however, wasn’t too easy. […]

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Eventful First Night Back

by Deanna January 19, 2012

Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. day, was our first day back in the dorms. It was very exciting to be back in our own little homes away from home, and great to see everyone as well. Just after I got back from the DSAC for dinner, my work called me in to close, so I […]

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Here We Go Again!!!

by Alumni Posts January 19, 2012

Well here we are again! First blog of the second semester! Today feels like a whole new year for me. I have a new room, roommate, and classes! So far I love it! It is great that I can just jump back into the groove of school and hanging out with my friends. I always […]

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