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Ted Drewes

Good afternoon!

I figured I should post a blog since I’ve been slacking off..I apologize for that! :)

I hope everyone had a good weekend. If you ask me, I think it was in-between. First, everyone know Friday, April 12, was Fontbonne Service Day, right? Of course you do. And my accomplishment for that day was being the team captain for my group! That was a huge step for me.

My group went to the Shalom House for our service site. Shalom House is a shelter for homeless women who needs help to rebuild their lives. It’s a really great place because the women receive services and support for as long as they need until they’re able to live on their own, and they don’t have to pay anything until then. Classes are also provided for them, such as communications and skills. Rebecca Tucker was our volunteer coordinator and we communicated really well.

Our duties were to prepare and cook for our women. Our menu included spaghetti, garlic bread, corn, fruit salad, lemonade, brownies and hummingbird muffins for dessert. Yummm. The women really enjoyed it! Our group did an amazing job together. Our next assignment was helping Janette with sorting out things in their sanctuary area. There were so many new/old things in there! From what I remember, there were clothes, shoes, bags/purses, etc. Even boxes of Oreo cookies! Anthony Hall and Erica Garcia were definitely busy taking those away. They did great!

It was definitely a great service day. Rebecca really, really, really appreciated us, and I was so happy to hear that. I may come back next year!

Friday was also one of my cousins’ birthday. She’s 16 now! Man, the years really flew by. It was a pretty fun night with family, karaoke, Vietnamese pancakes (banh xeo) and a random game! I guess we could call it Name that Name in ABC order. Something like that.

Saturday was just work day. The usual. Then Sunday, I also went to work but afterwards, my sister and I went to Fontbonne to pick up friends to go for some Ted Drewes! Our fellow friends were Sem, Carlos, Erica, and Ahmed. If I was able to pick them up earlier, Izzy could’ve made it too. There’s always next time!

So yeah, that’s all I wanted to say about my recent weekend. Be safe, and take care!

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As we only have about two and half weeks left of this year (can’t wait to be able to say I completed my freshman year of college!), everything is beginning to pile up. Teachers are at the point where they are realizing they don’t have as much time left to teach us everything they need/want to, so they begin to add more and more and after a while you look at your Griffin Scratch and wonder, “When am I supposed to have time to do all this, eat, sleep, and still keep up hygiene and NOT go insane?!”

Okay, so not maybe everyone’s thought process, but when you work at least four nights a week like I do, it is really overwhelming when you just think about all the work that has to be done these next few weeks.

I keep telling myself that I can do this, I can get all the work done, and I will succeed and then I can enjoy summer! I have been giving myself a few little stress breaks lately that include: Ted Drewes, a St. Louis must, trips to the batting cages to relieve stress, drawing with chalk, bike riding, and walks to Concordia’s fields. Once May 14th is over, and I have freshman year under my belt, I will be a much happier, un-stressed person! I cannot wait for next year to live in Medaille and have my own room. I feel like sophomore year will just be all around better in many ways.

I needed to write this blog because sometimes just ranting about stress makes you feel a little less stressed. I apologize to anyone who read this, but thank you for helping me :)

Happy Exams, and “may the odds be ever in your favor”! (Hunger Games quote)

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T.G.I.S.B. (Thank God It’s Spring Break.) All of my friends and I have been waiting for this week of freedom for so long now. Don’t get me wrong, I love school – I just desperately need a week-long mental break from all the tests, quizzes, and homework.

My spring break started last Friday after I finished my calculus test. It was nice to literally just leave school right after that monster of a test. On the way home, I stopped by Ted Drewes to celebrate the beginning of my week-long freedom. Despite the apparent increase in price in my favorite Ted Drewes treat, I attest to Ted’s famous words: “It really is good guys, and gals!”

So now, after a morning of shopping with my mom, I’m sitting here at my computer, getting ready to start some homework. Yes, homework. Despite the fact that I’m not behind in any of my classes, I have so much to do. I have a microbiology take-home test to complete, a speech to work on, chemistry notes to take, and a chemistry review quiz that is a major part of my grade, plus whatever else is on my to-do list that I’m simply forgetting about right now.

It’s kind of sad that I have so much to do over break; however, I’m really just grateful to have a break to begin with. As long as I can do some fun stuff in the mornings and evenings, I’ll be alright. Have a great rest of the break, everyone, and I’ll see you when we return to school on Monday.

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