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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