Spring? Is that you????

Well, we’re starting to see some more sunshine here in central New York, which is a relief…I think my extremities are STILL thawing out from the long winter!  My rowing team took a two week training trip to Florida to kick -off our spring season and let me tell you, it was not easy coming back from 80 degree weather to a foot of snow on the ground.  In fact, this winter has been particularly brutal.  Usually when the team comes back from Tampa they are able get right on the water (which is a good thing because there’s only one week from the time we come back to our first race, yikes!!), but this year there was still ice on the river and except for groups that went to unload the trailer and break up ice, nobody went to the boathouse during the first four days back.  We were lucky enough to get out for a short row on friday, the day before we raced.  The first weekend back we headed  to another school in NY on Saturday and to a school in Boston on Sunday for a solid weekend of racing.  We were luck enough to get some time on the water this past week and we concluded the week with another tough weekend of racing.  For me, the race this weekend was a chance to see my family, which is always nice.  And although the weather was very cold and wet for all three races so far, I can say one thing for sure: I love racing as a part of this team.  The other girls are great, and so are the coaches.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings!

In other news, it’s supposed to be 72 degrees here tomorrow!! WOO HOO!!!!!  Then again, it snowed today so I’ll believe it when I see it.  Classes are good and I think I’ve got the hang of managing a college work load.  I also just got accepted to be an on campus EMT for my school and I’m SO excited.  That means that this summer I’ll get to take an EMT class and when I get back to campus I’ll be able to start work as part of their agency.  One of my best friends from high school also got accepted to me an EMT so It’ll be really good to share the experience with her.  At this point I’m also picking classes for next semester (I have a pretty good registration time!) and I now know where I’ll be living next year!

So as the days get longer and (hopefully) warmer, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, springy spring!  Only one more month until summer vacation (and the end of my first year of college…….um…..wut??)!!

Cheers!

P.S. In case it ISN’T looking like spring in wherever you are reading this from, here’s a picture of me in a snow storm.

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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

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!!

Entering the World of College Athletics

Today I got an email from the captains of my new rowing team which was pretty exciting. I’ve always wanted to row in college and was a recruited athlete. My school is NCAA devision III so it isn’t as much of a time commitment as a devision I school but like any college sport, the training is intense and time consuming. That being said, I can’t wait to row next year!!! In the email the captains said that the coach would be sending out a summer work out plan this coming Wednesday…yay?? Hopefully it’s fun stuff like running and biking outside because I don’t know if I can handle an entire summer on the indoor rower. But no matter what, I’m ready for the challenge and the summer work out plan is just the beginning of it.