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 resumés. 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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Monday, September 22, 2014

My TV Debut

This post is long overdue being that our first home game of the season was over two weeks ago, but better late than never right? I had been looking forward to this day since I can even remember. Growing up going to all the UCLA football games I always wondered what it was like to be in the student section. Well all of my expectations were far surpassed!

Now if you don't already know, football is a big deal at Penn State. I am fortunate enough to have gotten season tickets since they sold out in a matter of minutes. The way seating works is that you scan your ID, and then you are issued a ticket with a specific seat in the order you come in. We got to the gate just 45 minutes before the game, but I got second row seats. Technically, they are first row seats because the people in the first row go down to the railing while everyone in the second row stood on the first of row bleachers. We got extremely lucky because people who got there before us got worse seats. The reason we got the seats is because they just opened up a new register that started issuing seats from the front. We just so happened to be at the right place at the right time being that we were first in line at the newly opened register. I'm pretty sure I will never get seats as close this unless I decide to camp out one game. Since we were so close to the field I got on TV and made it onto the big screen upwards of five times. At one point, the cameraman zoomed in on my face, but it only appeared on the screen for a second because the play started. I loved every second of it!

I enjoy every aspect of the game from singing along to the national anthem, the alma mater, and Sweet Caroline to counting as people get lifted after we score a touchdown to starting the wave and chanting WE ARE... PENN STATE! I've heard we have the number one student section in America and I'd be surprised if any other school tops us. It is amazing to be a part of. The amount of school pride at the games are unbelievable. It is so worth it to stand up for those three hours in the blazing hot sun and wave our pom pons until our wrists hurt.

You bet I will be attending every game whether its torturously hot, raining, or even snowing. I am so grateful to be a part of it and I know one day it will have to come to an end. We are off to a great start being 4-0! That's right we're undefeated! I nervously watched them come from behind against Rutgers the week after as I did my homework in my dorm room, and this past Saturday they killed UMass. I will try to post about that game soon! But for now, root on the Nittany Lions with us!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

"The Happiest 5K On the Planet"

Last Sunday my friends and I participated in the Color Run, which so happened to take place on campus. We left our dorm room at 6:00 to pick up our race day package, which was a bag full of goodies, including a T-shirt, sweatbands, tattoos, and even laundry detergent.

The morning of race day it was 42 degrees outside, so we were disgustingly hovered over steam vents on the sidewalk before the race began. And, even though I looked absolutely ridiculous in the sweat band, it was completely necessary to protect my ears from the blistering weather. At the starting line, all the participants were released in different waves. We had to wait until the third group.

Throughout the 5K, there were different colored gates in which volunteers would throw chalk at the runners. We were covered in yellow, purple, orange, and blue at the end of the race. We ran the majority of the way, but stopped and walked a little to wait for our friends.

I had a great time even though I was only running on 3.5 hours of sleep. It was a great way to spend the morning. I could only stay an hour before I had to get ready for rush. I would definitely recommend you guys to sign up when one comes near your house. It is definitely the "Happiest 5K on the planet."
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blue & White Bash

Yesterday I went with a girl on my floor to the Blue & White Bash. It is held by the Blue & White society, which we both signed up for. The Blue & White society is the biggest alumni association in the world! They hold meetings every week and are involved in things like THON, Homecoming, and Intramurals.

The Bash had music, food, and activities. We scored on getting two free T-shirts! They had bags of soft pretzels, so needless to say I ate six bags as my dinner along with a bowl of Creamery ice cream. Hey, you gotta take advantage of free stuff right? There was a photo booth, mechanical bull, dunk tank, and blow up slides. I raced my friend up the slide and of course I won! I tend to take competitions very seriously. I enjoyed every minute of it. I will be attending my first meeting tomorrow night where I will hopefully sign up for a committee. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

What Homework?

We are just starting to get into the groove of the structure of each of my classes. I found out recently that for English we will be required to have our own blog. Our professor thinks that blogging is a great way to practice writing.
Each week of the semester we will have to post three posts in three different categories. Rhetoric posts are the most academic. In these, we have to apply what we learn in class. Exploration posts are about our experiences of activities in and around State College. And, passion posts are about any topic we are interested in. I chose travel for mine. Anyways, I bring this up because it's so funny that this assignment seems so natural to me. It doesn't even feel like an assignment. In fact, most of what I've written about already has been from The Dorm Diaries's posts. Most of what I write, especially the exploration posts may be redundant with my posts here, but in case you want to check out my english blog, you can find it here. My future passion posts may be more fun to read as I write about my previous vacations.
Just thought I'd pop in real quick in between studying for my first college exam tomorrow.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Library Open House

Yesterday I attended Penn State's Library Open House. It is meant for new students to learn about how they can utilize the library. I actually had to go as an assignment for my english class, but I'm really glad I was forced to go because I learned so much.
When you walk in, you pick up a map of the library showing the different areas that have booths set up. If you go to all eight and get your paper stamped, you get to be entered in a raffle. In addition, each booth had a separate raffle that you could enter if you completed certain activities. The prizes were all $25 gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Panera, GAP, etc.
The first area of the library we went to was the Special Collections area. They have different displays set up at different times of the year. So, for this station we drew a question and had to look around at the display to find the answer in order to be entered in the raffle.
Next, we went to the Research Hub. We had to go through a maze this raffle. At certain points there were true/false questions about the library. If you you choose true you go one way and if you choose false you go a different way. As we maneuvered the maze, we were shocked to learn that you are allowed to check out 200 books in one day!
We then went up to the fourth floor to the Life Sciences Library.
After that, we headed back down to the Common Services desk where they explained how to check out books. For this activity, we were led on a tour of the Stacks. It seems impossible to try to find a specific book, but they explained how to us. As part of the tour, I learned that Penn State's first mascot was a mule, and then an african lion before it became the nittany lion.
After our tour, we went to the knowledge commons where they told us about Tech Tutors and rooms you can rent out to work on moving projects and practice presentations.
Next, we walked the red carpet in the Arts & Humanities Library.
After that, we went to the News & Microforms Library where they have old film, magazines, and the like.
Last but not least, we went to the Research Jumpstart section to learn about the online library.
Finally, we collected all our stamps and headed to the finish line. But, on the way over we saw the photo booth with tons of accessories, so had to stop in to pose for a few pics. Anyways, at the finish line, I chose to be entered in the raffle for a $500 bookstore gift card rather than the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, and other electronic device. I also got a free water bottle and pen. (One of the perks of attending these events is all the free stuff you get.) We could have also gotten a free T-shirt if we had gone to the four other branch libraries including the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, the Earth & Mineral Sciences Library, then Engineering Library, and the Physical & Mathematical Sciences Library, which are located at various locations across campus.
I had a great time exploring what the library had to offer.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

18 Fun Facts For 18 Years

Today is my 18th birthday! It is definitely exciting, but a little scary at the same time. This year is the first year I will be away from my family for my birthday. I thought it would be fun to share 18 random facts about myself for my 18 years of existence. So, let's get to know each other a little better shall we?

1. I love to travel and explore new places. I have been to twelve countries on four different continents. That being said my favorite trip was to Costa Rica. I hope to add ten times more countries to my passport. Ideally, I would stay at a Four Seasons Resort each trip. On the top of my travel list are Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Greece, Paris, and Antarctica.

2. I played as a fullback for my high school's soccer team and as an outfielder and slapper for my high school's softball team.

3. I cannot whistle no matter how hard I try. In fact, one time the five and seven year olds that I was babysitting were trying to teach me.

4. I am most likely the worst dancer you will ever meet. However, I do enjoy playing Just Dance on the Wii. My dance mantra is "Fake it till you make it."

5. I hate the taste of melted cheese. I am known for taking the cheese off my pizza. I believe it is much easier to tell people I am lactose intolerant rather than explain myself.

6. I am slightly afraid of animals. Most are cute, but at a distance. Therefore, I do not plan to ever adopt any kind of a pet.

7. I am addicted to reality TV. I consider the Real Housewives, Kardashians, and fifty others my guilty pleasure.

8. One Sunday afternoon I saw Britney Spears with her then fiancé and two little sons at the movie theater I went to in Calabasas.

9. For some reason I really enjoy the idea of a cupcake. I just think they're adorable and it has nothing to do with their taste. In fact, I have a picture of one that I painted in a freshman art class hanging right next to my bed at home. I especially love Georgetown Cupcakes and Sprinkles.

10. Some people find it weird that I prefer healthier food over fast food. The only fast food I will even consider eating are In and Out, Chipotle, and Togo's. I can be seen devouring a whole avocado or eating practically any kind of fruit under the sun several times a day.

11. I wish I could go to the spa every week of my life.

12. I do not enjoy reading novels so much, but I do enjoy reading coffee table books and People magazine.

13. When I look back onto my childhood, the one thing that sticks out in my mind is that my dad held me from going to countless once-in-a-lifetime experiences like The Suite Life of Zack and Cody tapings and Hannah Montana concerts that were being filmed for the TV show. My friend would always invite me to go because her mom worked for Disney, but my dad would always say that I could not miss softball practice. Lame if you ask me. However, I did eventually make it to a Hannah Montana taping and the Kid's Choice Awards for her birthday parties, which did not conflict. That being said I still missed out on a lot.

14. I love making lists. My dashboard on my MacBook is currently covered in sticky notes with a million different lists, and the notes section of my iPhone is miles long. 

15. I believe every girl should have her toe nails painted if she steps foot in public wearing open toed shoes. That being said I love painted nails.

16. I love the spirit surrounding every holiday especially around Christmas time. I often decorate my room with holiday related items. I will decorate my house for every holiday one day.

17. My future wedding will take place at a fabulous estate sitting on a vineyard.

18. My goals for the future include a successful career and a thriving family. I think it would be fun to design several family-friendly neighborhoods around the country with great amenities and floor plans like the Toll Brothers.

I hope you learned something new about me. Come back for more!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monumental Day for PSU

I am crazy busy this week because I am rushing. You have no idea how much time it takes up. I honestly don't even know how I am going to find time to do my homework. So, this post is going to be short and sweet.
If you haven't heard, today is a huge day for Penn State. It was announced that the sanctions from the scandal are officially lifted. This is amazing news because originally they were going to end my senior year. I am so excited that we have the opportunity to play in a bowl game this year! 
So, tonight there was a rally at Old Main to celebrate. Sadly, I had to miss out on all the excitement due to the Open Houses I had to attend for rush. Part way through the rally, everyone ran over to the football stadium, which is all the way across campus. I heard there are news cameras and a ton of police. I even just heard people chanting outside my building just now as I am writing this post. Hopefully, I will find time to keep updating you all. Sorry for such a late post.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Farmer's Market

I have been so busy with my new classes, so I only have time to write a short post today. For lunch, I met up with my mentor for the first time.  I was assigned a faculty member as part of the FastStart program I signed up for. You can read about my orientation with the program here if you missed it. Anyways, my mentor works in the agriculture college doing PR type stuff. She is also an alumna. We went to The Corner Room for lunch, and then walked over to the Farmer's Market a few blocks over where I bought some peaches to satisfy my fruit addiction. Now I have been told that after leaving California, the fruit will be a disappointment,  so these peaches will be a test.

Tonight is my first day of rush, and tomorrow is the first home game of the season! I am so excited to finally be in the student section with my coveted season tickets! Sunday I will be rushing from 10:30 A.M. until 11:30 P.M. My only problem is figuring out when I will have time to finish catching up on my homework. Have a great weekend! 
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