Monday, November 17, 2014

2000 Degrees

On Saturday night after we were on a high from our much needed win, I went with my friend and one of her roommates to place on College Avenue called 2000 Degrees. It is one of those places where you paint pottery.

I was thrilled that they had holiday stuff out. That being said I opted to paint a gingerbread man plate. And let me tell ya. It was super difficult to pick out colors. Not gonna lie. It took me forever. But, once I made my final decisions, it was super therapeutic to sit there and just paint away. I think it could be a good stress reliever with finals coming up. I hope to make it back soon to paint something else! Have you ever painted pottery at a place similiar?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Etiquette Dinner

Last night, I attended a free four course etiquette dinner with my FastStart mentor program at the Nittany Lion Inn on campus. I had been looking forward to the dinner since I learned about it. For some reason, I enjoy learning about etiquette and we learned lots! So much that I probably don't even remember it all. We learned things like what all the different utensils are for, that technically the napkin should be open rather than folded on your lap, how you are supposed to scoop soup away from you, how you are supposed to butter one piece of broken off bread at a time, and how if you eat something with seeds or pits or bones that are not meant to be swallowed, you are supposed to take them out of your mouth with your fork. However, above everything else, it was emphasized that etiquette is meant to make everyone else feel comfortable rather than following a set of rules.
And now for the food! There was cheese and crackers along with a little fruit as a little appetizer on a table off to the side before hand. The first course was broccoli cheese soup. The second was a green salad, and the third was delicious chicken with rice and the largest chunk of broccoli I had ever seen. And, lastly we were served a mousse with strawberries on the bottom for dessert. I loved every second of it! So, now I have to know is there any piece of etiquette you know that others should be aware of?
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My First EPO Event

Yesterday, I had my first event for the event planning organization I am in. So far they have three events scheduled throughout the year, although I know they are looking for more. If we wanted, we could apply to two events and then got assigned to one. I'm pretty sure I got the one that I didn't apply to, but I'm just glad to be involved. They give upperclassmen lots of priority. This week and last week Penn State is having Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is a whole series of events mostly involving different speakers. EPO got seven events, and we each had to sign up for two. Basically, we had to hang up signs and balloons, count attendance, hand out flyers, stamp students' GEW passports, and alert social media. I wouldn't really say it was planning an event, but I hear EPO might be in charge of it all next year. My second event is next week and I have several other duties to fill this week.I enjoyed it, and I know it will put me in a better position next year or even next semester to get some of the better events.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Undercover Dorm Spies

Yesterday after dinner, my friend and I decided to go around to the different dorms on campus to see what the insides looked like. The only problem is that you need to swipe an ID card to get in, but ours  only let us into our own buildings. So, we kind of had to follow someone in or sit and wait until someone came that we could follow in. It was amazing how different all the buildings are. I thought my building wasn't too bad, but after looking at these, it makes mine seem like a dump.
The one across the street from me looks like a hotel on the inside, and there are some many rooms that I don't know if I'd be able to get to my room every day without getting lost if I lived there.
We also went to a newly renovated one. It was amazing! Hopefully I'll be able to live there next year. I would hang out in the lounge all day.

And, the last one we went to was where they house the honors college students. My friend and I decided that we need to go around to see all of the buildings now.

The tricky thing was seeing the insides of the rooms. We had to walk all over and onto multiple floors to find some open doors to peek into. I loved it even though I probably should have been doing my homework.
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Friday, November 7, 2014

My First College Soccer Game

On Wednesday night, I went to my first college soccer game at Jeffrey field to see the men play Akron, which is located in Ohio. It was actually their last regular season game. I had wanted to go to another one before, but it was hard finding someone to go with. Finally, I was able to get my friend, who I met rushing, to go with me.
Thank goodness they were able to pull off the win with the score of one to zero. It was zero to zero until the last few minutes when they finally got one in. The whole first half was played on our attacking side of the field, but it was nerve-wracking because Akron had many shots on goal in the second half. I feel like they should have had an easier time beating them since they were the Big Ten champs the past two years. Apparently, they haven't been doing as well lately because the captain got injured, but this was his first game back. They will be in the playoffs though. They are ranked as the 21st best team in the nation behind UCLA in 1st place.
I hear the women's games are much more exciting in terms of a student section, so I am hoping to see one of their playoff games soon. They won the Big Ten conference this year, so they should be pretty good. They are ranked as the fourth best team in the nation behind UCLA in 1st place again. I think it'd be super cool if they played each other in the championship.
Watching the game made me miss playing myself. I'm so glad I finally got to see a game even though I was pretty cold. And, on a side note, I saw snow fall for the first time ever today! I'm definitely hoping it doesn't start sticking to the ground for a while since I don't even have a snow jacket yet. Have a fantastic weekend!
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Checking One Item off of the Bucket List

Yesterday was election day, and this year was the first year I was of the age to vote! Before turning eighteen I was not sure if I even wanted to vote. I thought well if I do not really know what I am voting for why would I take the time and effort to make uninformed decisions? Well that changed after taking government in my final semester of high school and women's studies in my first semester of college. These two classes really opened my eyes to my political beliefs.

Earlier in the semester, a representative came at the beginning of my class to hand out voter change of  address forms. Since I filled it out, I was able to vote in Pennsylvania. So, I went to the HUB to make my voice heard. There were only five things to vote on, but I felt accomplished after I fed my ballot through the machine. I can now say that I will be heading to the polls every November 4th from now on. Did you exercise your right to vote yesterday?
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Night

I must start this post off by apologizing for my absence from the blog for the past three weeks. It killed me knowing I was not posting. Things just got hectic with midterms, and it was already hard enough keeping up before while having to blog for english as well. Hopefully, I will be able to get back on track starting today. I had planned out all the posts, but just never found the time to write them. So, you have my word that I will try my hardest to catch up.
After I finished all my classes on Friday, my Halloween officially began. I went with a girl I met in the FastStart mentor program I am in and some of her friends to a corn maze. We walked downtown to meet the three vans, organized by a church, that were taking us there. We drove half an hour to a pumpkin patch. It was interesting seeing what was just outside of State College. We even passed some farmland quite a bit away that was actually part of the agriculture college.
Once we arrived, we split up into groups to complete the corn maze. We were handed a punch card with twelve different shapes hidden throughout the maze. So, we not only had to find the exit, we had to find all the shapes at the dead ends to win a prize of something such as a gourd. Oh my gosh! It was the hardest maze I had ever been in. We only got seven of the shapes in two hours.
We came out of the corn maze and joined everyone else at the bonfire. There were hot dogs to roast, s'mores to be made, and these thing called moon pies to be grilled. There were also drinks including some much needed hot chocolate in the freezing cold weather. My personal favorite was the s'more I made consisting of two graham crackers, a marshmallow, and a Reese's peanut butter cup instead of a Hershey's bar. I will definitely be making a ton of these next time I go camping.
Once we were full, we went on a hayride throughout the property before heading back to State College. It was definitely a different Halloween than I had ever had before, but I loved all the fall festivities!
Now that Halloween is over, I cannot wait for Thanksgiving! What did you do for halloween this year?
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Friday, October 10, 2014

10 on 10 {October 2014}

Today I am going to be participating in a blog series called Ten on Ten. I hope you enjoy it!

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month! 
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!} ten on ten button
Today I energized my day with a raspberry Nutrigrain bar as I rushed off to my first class at 10:10. Usually I'll have a bowl of oatmeal, but I seemed to sleep in a little longer than usual this morning, so I had to eat on the go.
Got to my class on time, but we ended up having a sub and watching a movie we had to take notes on. Boring! My others teachers cancel class when they can't make it.
I made a quick trip to the library to finish my english evaluation draft of a resort I stayed at in Costa Rica. I usually pick these comfy chairs.
I walked down the mall to College Ave. to walk through the Farmer's Market. I ended up buying some applesauce, apple raspberry cider, and whoopie pies as a welcome gift for my parents and grandmother who were coming up today for parents and family weekend this weekend. I chose pumpkin whoopie pies because they originated from the Amish in Pennsylvania. I also got three small pumpkins to decorate my room with.
I met my mentor after my last class to go inside of Old Main. It was open as an activity to do for parents and family weekend. I got to meet the President inside! And, I got to see his office. They even had refreshments and cookies for us.

We then climbed one hundred narrow steps to the bell tower and got a 360 degree view of the campus and downtown. 
I then headed to the gym for a twenty minute abs class. After that, I went to the cardio room and did twenty minutes on the treadmill, twenty minutes on the elliptical, and twenty minutes on the bike. Here's shot at the end of my treadmill workout. Nothing too intense, just enough to get the heart rate up.
I ate dinner super fast. I got a salad from a place downtown called Fiddlehead. I chose The Harvest, which has spinach, turkey, dried cranberries, corn, and something like a dried sweet potato chip topped with apple cider dressing. It was delicious and huge! And, just perfect for fall!

Unfortunately, I had to attend a review for an exam for my bio class on Thursday. It was from 6:30 to 9:30 on a Friday night, so barely anyone showed up.
This is an app I have on my iPhone. I walked 8.66 miles today for a total of two hours and sixteen minutes, burning 379 calories. It is amazing how much walking I do in college.

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my Friday. What did you do today?
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Out with the Old

This afternoon, I walked into my room after class and all of my roommate's stuff was gone. She had told me just two nights before that her friend's roommate was planning on moving out because their sleeping schedules were so different. She told me that her friend did not want to get a random roommate, so "since she is living with her next year, she was going to move in with her" across the hall.

This was extremely tough to hear since I thought we got along so well. We never had any problems that I knew of, and we would hang out together. Well, my perception of her has greatly changed because she now seems to be avoiding me. As soon as she saw me coming today, she sprinted across the hall.

It is a difficult situation, but the way she is handling it is even harder. Just a text saying she would be moving her stuff out today would have been nice rather than quickly moving everything out in an hour while I was gone. In fact, I noticed that the lights she had given me to hang by my bed were half way down, so I went across the hall and asked her if she wanted me to give them back to her, and she said that I could keep them. Talk about awkward.

So, sometime soon, I will probably get a new roommate assigned to me, which I am super nervous about. Hopefully, this will be for the better though.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Spread the Word

Tonight, I had to go to an event for my participation grade for my women's studies class. Throughout the year, the university plans to have speakers come and talk to students. This month they scheduled to have Denise Brown speak as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
If you don't know, Denise Brown is the older sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, who was murdered by her NFL football player husband O.J. Simpson twenty years ago. A huge court case broke out where Simpson was found not guilty. I was kind of interested to hear Brown speak because I had learned a little about the case after watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It has come up on the show because their late father, Robert, was O.J.'s lawyer and friend and their mom, Kris, was Nicole's friend.
However, tonight, Denise did not really speak much about the court case. She spoke more about domestic violence, which is more important anyways. Her speech started off by talking about the close bond she had with her sister. They were less than two years apart and they moved from Germany to California when they were five and six year olds. They didn't not know any english, which she thinks is part of what bonded them so close. Growing up, they had the same friends and if one was mad at someone, the other sister followed right along being mad to. She says they told each other everything. So, as you can only imagine, she was shocked when she found out what was happening. She did not understand why her sister didn't tell her. She went on to explain that domestic violence is a dirty little secret and 73% of cases go unreported. She brought up the cycle of violence that includes the "honeymoon" stage, were the perpetrator buys the victim gifts and flowers and apologizes causing the vicious cycle to go around again. In addition, she emphasized the fact that there are domestic violence shelters out there hat have a very home-like atmosphere for people going through it and feeling like they can't escape it.
To give you an idea to the extent of the violence, Denise gave examples of what was going on behind closed doors. Warning: the rest of this paragraph get intense and can be overwhelming. After Nicole's death, the family found her diary recalling awful times. One of the first entries Denise read was that Nicole went to the ER and lied to the medical staff saying she fell off the bike. According to Denise, these excuses are all too common. In a different entry, Nicole recalled being locked in a wine cellar all day while her husband sat just feet outside the door watching T.V. Throughout the day, he would come in and out and beat her. Another time, she was hung on the balcony of a twelfth story room at the same hotel Denise was at. Denise could not even imagine this was going on so close to her and she didn't even notice.
I thought the event was so educational and eye-opening. Denise deserves to be commended for the work she is doing by talking all over the world. I know it is not easy to relive all these emotional moments day after day. I am glad that I am more educated on the subject of domestic violence now. Denise told everyone, that one of the biggest things people can do to help domestic violence is to spread the message, and I'm doing just that right now. So, now it is my hope that you pay it forward too. I hope you learned something new today like I did. I plan on incorporating Denise's speech into my group presentation on Wednesday relating to gendered violence.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Dream Job

Last night I went to a meeting for the event planning organization I joined. I learned of the organization from the involvement fair held during welcome week. It was only the second meeting since meetings are only held once a month. At this meeting, the executive board invited a guest speaker.
The speaker was Michelle Davidson. She works at Penn State as the Director of Stewardship and Events in the athletic department. Let's just say I think she has a dream job. She started off by telling us what she does and described some of the events she has planned. She mentioned hosting a box at the football and hockey games for the alumni who donate upwards of $50,000 a year, dinners to connect current athletes with the founders of their scholarships, ground breaking events for various sports, and even a tour around the northwest part of the country with coaches to connect with alumni. She finished off by giving us tips and mentioning that she has internships throughout the school year for three students. I say sign me up! She gets paid to deal with  sports and event planning on a daily basis. I could never even dream up a job like this.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Holding the Ropes

Last weekend was our second home game against UMass. We beat them 48 to 7! I went early to the game with two girls on my floor. We volunteered for the Blue & White Society to hold the ropes for when the players and Coach Franklin walked into the stadium and high fived their fans. I touched Hackenberg, our quarter back! The Blue Band, cheerleaders, and Lionettes dance team also walked in between the ropes before. When we arrived, we were given a T-shirt to wear and then we were placed way spread out from each other. Because we volunteered, we got to enter the stadium before the gates opened, so we got better seats. This game I was in the fourth row, but I still made it onto the big screen! However, I will probably not be volunteering again because I think it's only worth getting to the game super early if we get first or second row seats, which the students who campout the week before in Nittanyville get. This game, it was definitely not as hot. In fact, I was cold by the end. As a true Penn Stater football fan, I stayed for the whole game even though we killed them. This Saturday we sadly had our first lost to Northwestern, and I stayed the whole time as well. Hopefully we will do better next game!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Career Services Center

This week I had an assignment for my English class to attend this Get Connected event at the Career Services Center. It was basically like an open house similar to the one the library had, which I posted about here in case you missed it. At the Get Connected event, there were four stations that we went around to in groups. 

The first station was LionLink. Basically we just sat in a hallway and they just told us about their networking program with alumni. Honestly, I did not even really hear what they were saying, so I kind of felt that this station was pointless.
Next, we were split up into four groups to play Minute to Win It. We had to shout out answers to what qualities and experience employers are looking for in their potential employees as well as how to market yourself to them. I thought this was a nice way to inform us about what we can do to up our profile when it comes time to find a job. The four groups individually had to shout out answers on what they thought the answers were. Our group got the most points so we won! 
The third station was called the party game. We were given a handout when we walked in with six categories, and we were asked to pick the top ones that best described us. We could choose realistic described as "people who have athletic or mechanical ability, prefer to work with objects, machines, tools, plants, or animals, or to be outdoors," conventional described as "people who like to work with data, have clerical or numerical ability, carrying things out in detail or like following through on others' interactions,"  enterprising described as "people who like to work with people -- influencing, persuading, or performing or leading or managing for organizational goals or for economic gain," or investigative described as "people who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate, or solve problems," artistic described as "people who have artistic, innovating, or intuitional abilities, and like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination or creativity," or social described as "people who like to work with people -- to inform, enlighten, help, train, develop, or cure them, or are skilled with words."  I chose conventional as my top choice with social as a close second. Conventional was the easy choice for me because I like step by step processes to follow. I like when things have an answer. In addition, I am a creature of habit and I enjoy organizing. I found this part of the event to be the most helpful since I am an undecided major. It helped me think of majors and careers that would best fit my interests and personality.

Finally, the last station we went to was in the career library where they told us about the resources we could use. One service they mentioned was that they can help us with our resum├ęs. As we walked out, they were giving away popcorn and goldfish!
I thought the Get Connected event was a great way to familiarize students to all the resources that the Career Service Center offers. I definitely plan on going back several times during my time at Penn State.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Homecoming Carnival

This week is homecoming week, so today there was a carnival on the lawn in front of Old Main. There were tons of blow ups, including one with a mechanical bull. There were also stations with free food, including popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones. I went with a girl from my floor to get spirit points for the Blue & White Society. We had to get signatures at ten booths to get points. In order to get a signature, we had to do the different activities at the booths. There were things like corn hole, croquet, mini golf, and trivia. The booths were set up by different clubs, organizations, fraternities, and sororities. Some dance team also performed at the carnival and the homecoming court was there. Friday there is the homecoming parade and Saturday is the homecoming game against Northwestern. 
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