First Semester? Check that one off the to do list!!

Happy belated holidays, everyone!!  I’ve just begun my second semester at college and I’m loving it!!  Looking back on my first semester, I can definitely say it was an adjustment, to say the least!  I found the amount of work manageable, but wasn’t thrilled with my chemistry professor.  My roommate was kind of a pain, but she was homesick so she transferred.  And to make everything worse, I broke my hand and rowed on it for the entire season…owww!!!  But wait…didn’t I say that I loved college?? I’ll say it again just in case you missed it.  I LOVE COLLEGE!!  I have the most amazing group of friends, and my teammates are pretty great too. I love rowing here and being part of the outing club (I’m actually going winter camping with them next weekend, and skiing with them every wednesday during the winter!! ).  And I feel like I’ve learned how to live with people in close quarters and I’m a pro at studying now.  I have a new roommate who is fantastic!  She’s so funny and genuine and I can’t wait to spend the rest of the semester and the next three years with her.  Also, one of my best friends from high school has just arrived on campus because she had january admission to the college! I have to admit, going from the luxurious vacation life of getting enough sleep, and watching TV to organic chemistry  and german classes all week was a bit of a shock, but I’m getting back into the swing of things.  And the good news is, I’m close enough to home to go home for the weekend sometimes or to take trips with friends and family. Last weekend my family went skiing in the Adirondacks to celebrate my little cousin’s 10th birthday.  It was SO much fun!  And just like flying down a mountain on skis, college is so exciting and has a certain feeling of freedom that you just can’t feel anywhere else.  I wish you all a wonderful winter!  Until next time, my friends (aka when I have enough time to write another post!). ImageImageImageImage

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Boston, England and the WORLD!!

Faneuil Hall at night

The end of my crew season was fantastic!!  We had great results at our regattas and I ended the season as the only freshman rowing in a varsity boat, which was very exciting!  Unfortunately I have a stress fracture in my hand so I can’t row for a while ( or do anything involving my upper extremities) which is a bummer.  My classes from this semester are great and coming to a close in the next few weeks.  Today I registered for next semester’s classes which will be sociology, organic chemistry, german and comparative literature.  I’m just really hoping for a good chem professor because this semester has been rough…to say the least.  But luckily my grade is doing well now and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it!  It’s also nice having a break from crew and having a bit more free time. This past weekend I went to my teammate’s house in Boston and it was SO much fun!!  We walked around town, went to the aquarium and saw the Blue Man Group.  It was HYSTERICAL!!  I also found out today that I will have the opportunity to travel to England this summer for the Henley Royal Regatta which is literally the most legitimate regatta in the world!  It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and one that every rower dreams of.  Needless to say, I REALLY want to go.  And what’s next?  I’m not quite sure!  Thanksgiving vacation is starting this weekend and will run for ten days.  I’m excited to see my family and be home for a while.  Then it’s the home stretch before the semester ends.  And after that?  Maybe it will be an EMT class so I can be part of my school’s emergency medical service.  Maybe it will be research or an internship.  I guess we’ll just have to see.  I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday! Stay warm and stay safe!!

5 Days and Olympics Hangover

5 days left, it’s crunch time!  I just sent about ten billion emails to every department on campus that exists to get some information for this week.  Today I also watched the olympic basketball final and the closing ceremony.  And as I sit here typing this, I’m thinking to myself: what am I going to do with myself for my last ever 5 days before college?  Now that the olympics are over my life will have no excitement (except for my surprise event on thursday…any guesses to what it is??).  Seriously, every night I say “just 15 more minutes of olympics and then I’ll go to bed” but I say that multiple times before it actually works and the next morning (for the past 17 days) I wake up with olympics hangover.  However, there is packing to be done and many things to do, time to start being productive again.  So congratulations to every athlete that participated in the 2012 London Olympics, especially team USA.  You inspire me, you motivate me and you never cease to amaze me.  Good luck in Rio!

Awake My Soul…MUMFORD AND SONS CONCERT!!!!!

Last night I was lucky enough to go to the Mumford and Sons concert with my family and some of my friends.  For anyone who doesn’t know, Mumford and Sons is a british folk-rock band and they just happen to be my favorite band EVER!  This was also my first concert ever so that was pretty exciting in itself.  Their sound is really unique and their music is hard to classify but the music makes you want to stand up and dance and the poetry of the lyrics is beautiful.  But seriously, if you don’t know Mumford and Sons you should really stop reading and check out their music on iTunes  RIGHT NOW (then continue reading :)).  Currently they only  have one album (Sigh No More) and their second album is coming out on september 24th.  Last night was an experience I’m never going to forget.  It was nice to spend time with friends and family and to laugh a lot while singing along to my favorite band.