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Real Life Again

22 Jan

Well, here I am in my fourth day back on the Lane. It’s really hard to believe that break’s already over, and I’m in Springfield again. The past two years of college, I always spent around half of my break in Germany, so it never felt very long. This year, even though I went to Germany, I still had four weeks of break at home and I was expecting it to go pretty slow since I wasn’t working or anything. I guess I was having too much fun with you guys and my family for it to go by as quickly as it did.

I can’t say that I’m unhappy to be back in Springfield though. I packed all my stuff, most of which was never unpacked from London, and on Saturday my family and I drove down here in three separate cars. We arrived around 4pm and went to Lambert’s for dinner. That’s our tradition. Then we went back to the hotel. In the morning, we drove all three cars over to school and I moved into my new apartment in University Suites. And it’s pretty suite. Did I tell you I forgot my textbooks at home? Basic. We ate at Fazoli’s and made our annual Walmart run, then Becky left to go to Rolla and the rest of my family went back home. I hung out with Carson and we waited for Hanna to get here.

Sunday night I hung out with Hanna and another roommate, Morgan, and some of their sorority friends. Woke up Monday morning not feeling so hot, haha… took a shower which was the worst shower of my life because the water was coming out too hard and then Madi (who we went to London with) picked Hanna and me up for lunch. I felt better by then, and when we came home Hanna and I went to Carson’s for a little. I had Panera for dinner and Caitlin came over to watch the Bachelor. I spent the rest of the night taking buzzfeed quizzes and hanging up the rest of my wall decorations.

Yesterday I had two classes, Intro to Environmental Science which I’m guessing will be just like my Climate Change class I had with the same teacher in fall 2012, and Communication and Ethics, which is with the teacher I had for Presentational Speaking class freshman year. I am about 99% sure he teared up at one point. I think that class will be good though. I met with the Spanish professor who will be doing my independent study with me and we decided on meeting days/times. I also talked to my manager at the family center and I emailed him my hours of availability so hopefully the ball gets rolling on that pretty soon. I skyped Moritz and then went to dinner with Hanna and Morgan, and we came back and sat in the kitchen and talked for about five hours and ate some chocolate cake and then went to bed.

This morning I woke up early at about 7:15 and took a shower, which I have now (mostly) fixed… for the first time, I didn’t get water all over the floor! I picked up my textbooks I ordered from the bookstore and ate breakfast in the commons (it’s omelette day). Then I went to my first class, Strategic Writing for Advertising and Public Relations. It’s my first 400-level Communication class, and it’s with my adviser/the head of the communication department, so I think it will be really tough but the teacher is so nice and I know she is going to teach me a lot. It’s my smallest class too, and a lot of us already know each other. One interesting thing about it, though, is that we have to dress “professional” every Wednesday and that’s actually part of our grade.

Then I had Web Communication with my Media Writing teacher from last year and we’re going to make our own website, so I think that will be pretty fun. I think I might do mine about London. He says we are required to buy our own domain and web server (since he only made us get one textbook. ha)

After class, I drove to Clinton, MO, which is about halfway between Independence and Springfield, to meet my mom so she could give me the rest of my textbooks (oooops). We had lunch at Applebee’s and I told her about my classes so far and she gave me my books plus some more stuff I requested like nail polish and hot chocolate. So I just got back about an hour ago.

Well, school’s off to a good start but I can definitely tell it’s going to be a busy and challenging semester. I proved I could handle it last spring, but let’s just hope that London didn’t make me too lazy and forget my good habits.

Cathy

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School is real/FRIDAY THE 13TH

13 Sep

So how come the only people who have blogged in the past week are me, Meiguan, and NICK? (Who?) Derek doesn’t have internet so he has an excuse, but what about Kendyl, Morgan, and Tristan?!?

The past week has been pretty good, and time is starting to go a lot faster it seems like. After my crazy Thursday night last week, I stayed in and had pizza with my roommates on Friday night. But Saturday night we went out again.

I had some Bacardi and Coke back at school and then went with a group of about 15 people to a really close bar called The Metropolitan, and we met some friends there. One of them let me drink half a pitcher of Sex on the Beach (which wasn’t very alcoholic) and then we continued to a place called the Big Chill. I’m not really sure about how we got there on the bus because usually I’m one of the people who navigates us places and I wasn’t really in the position to do it that night. But we got there, and it wasn’t very fun.

We went to Camden Town to go somewhere else, but there was a cover charge of 10 pounds so we were like heck no. My friend Carson needed to pee so me and another friend named Brianna went to this little hole in the wall bar so he could use the bathroom. We ended up staying there for an hour or so, just talking. I knew I couldn’t still be feeling the effects of the alcohol but I felt exactly the same. Then I realized I was just super tired. We waited 30 minutes for the night bus to come and take us back to school.

At 9 am Hanna and I woke up to go to Buckingham Palace for a tour. I had a cold. I thought about the fact that a lot of people share their drinks with me so maybe I should stop mooching off other people. But then I don’t have to buy drinks, but it’s kind of unsanitary. There’s this one guy who kind of hangs out with our group. Every time he gets drunk, he just wants to buy drinks for everyone. Trololol.

But Buckingham Palace was really cool. I’m glad we went.

I spent a lot of the week in the library. School is getting real now, which pretty much sucks. I like my classes, but I don’t like it that I have 3 presentations this week. Maybe that’s a lie, because I love giving presentations. Maybe not 3 in one week, though.

Sorry for all the snapchats I sent you guys today of the Tate Modern Museum. I was just really excited about seeing Picasso paintings. There were four, I think. The museum was fun. I’m so excited for you guys to come! I really hope you bring your red rainboots, Kendyl. You’ll need them. I could use some of those right now. It rains so much here.

G+ soon pleeeeeeease?!?! I miss you guys so much! I’m so happy about Derek getting Instagram and Snapchat though 🙂

Cathy

P.S. I’m going to STONEHENGE on Sunday! What a dream come true!!

Happenings.

7 Feb

Hey guys. To be honest, this week, like most of your weeks, have been pretty dull. Not all that much is exciting in my life.

Remember how in my last few posts I talked about not wanting to do anything academically productive? Well the bad news is that it is all finally catching up to me. I have a paper due tomorrow, a test on Tuesday, multiple online assignments, and like a million readings to catch up on. I don’t know how people live like this for extended periods of time, just not caring about a single class. Maybe it’s just the Asian-ness in me. LOL. But I already regret not doing anything so much! And I just have so much stress right now and I’m pretty sure that’s the reason why my eye has been twitching non-stop for like the past 3 days. Actually I’m not for sure that’s the reason why, I might just have low potassium levels. Haha. But the good news is my sickness/cold is subsiding! Yay!!

Anyway did I mention I hate Thursdays? I believe I already have. But I’m saying it again. And actually I don’t hate every Thursday, just every other Thursday where I’m on campus until 7ish. Today was that Thursday. My last class is probably the stupidest class ever. Mainly because it is really unorganized and every time the professor talks, I just kind of automatically tune her out because she speaks like 5 words a minute. And also because it goes until 6:35. And I am usually starving by the end of it.

Tomorrow I start my 3 day, seasonal job working at the Candy Factory. I’m only working a total of about 9 hours for the Valentine’s holiday. But it pays pretty well, more than I was expecting. And honestly, my bank account is looking pretty pathetic at the moment. What I earn will help cover some bills, so I’m actually pretty stoked!

Sunday is CHINESE NEW YEAR! And I’m really excited but I don’t really have any plans. My mother is going to StL with my Grandmother, Aunt, and one of my cousins for an Asian CNY celebration. And my other cousins invited me to go eat Dim Sum Sunday morning back home. So there’s a possibility I might be going back this weekend… If I decide to be productive and finish a majority of my studying and homework that is…

Megan

Bad Day Thursday

24 Jan

It’s only been 3 days since the semester has started and already I’m counting down the days until spring break. I really would just rather be at home not having to worry about school. But so far I think I’m going to really enjoy the classes I’m taking. They will be challenging and time consuming for sure. But luckily I don’t have any 8ams this semester. Yay!

Today was the worst of all the days thus far. It did start off pretty nice though.

I had some extra time this morning and was able to get a cinnamon crunch bagel. And me and Kens “purchased” Passion Pit/Matt and Kim concert tickets (thank goodness for student charge). They’ll be on campus in about a month! Super excited about that. It’s after this that everything started to go downhill. Mainly because I didn’t have much time to grab lunch. Before Micro bio, I did have a package of granola bar. After that I had another class from 430-630pm. Through out the whole class I was thinking about food. More specifically, mashed potatoes and gravy and chicken fingers. So after class, I’m cranky because I haven’t had substantial food since 9am. And when I was driving, I was driving, crankily too and almost hit 2 cars. Yikes. Then I realized that my gas tank was low. When I pulled up to the HyVee gas station, for some reason (I blame the hunger and low energy) I forgot which side my gas tank is on and I pull up on the wrong side. So I drive around again thinking I pulled up to the correct side only to realize that I AGAIN pulled up to the wrong side. At that point I was like, okay I’m just going to restart at a different gas station. 3rd time is the charm I guess. I decide to reward my efforts with Taco Bell. THEN later me and Kens decided to go to the Rec. We were pretty much on campus when my brain decides to remind me that I left my Student ID in my backpack, which was sitting on the floor in my room. Lovely. So I drop Kens off and drive back to get my ID. Also not to mention it’s freaking cold outside. Yep. Crappy day. Ready for sleep. Ready for the weekend. Rant over.

Anyway that’s the only “interesting” stories I have to share this week. Hope your Thursday has been better than mine! 🙂

Also, Google +? More like Google -. Haha! Hopefully it’ll work better this weekend!

-ML

Back to School

23 Jan

Well, here I am, back at school. Upon my return, I was pleasantly surprised at how clean I’d left my room before break. I watched the Bachelor which was clearly much more important than unpacking.

Yesterday I had all three of my Spanish classes in a row. I think I’m going to like this. It really gets me “in the zone” to the point where I begin composing my text messages in Spanish when class gets over. And I have the same teacher who I love for the two of the classes. Basically all we did was say to the class: “Me llamo Cathy. Estoy en mi segundo año de universidad. Mis especializaciones son Español y Advertising and Public Relations. Soy de Kansas City.” Yep. Said that 3 times yesterday, mostly to people that I already knew and certainly to people who had already heard it once or twice that day.

I had a little bit of a book catastrophe. I gave my mom the list of 8 books before I went to Germany and she told me that she was able to get 6 of them. Unfortunately, at that point in time, the list I found on the website seemed not to have been updated. So one book I have is flat out wrong, and I still need 5 additional ones. How did my professors know about my passionate love for spending all my money on textbooks?

Last night was my first day of work at the new facility, and also my first day since like 6 weeks ago. During these 6 weeks, they also changed the computer system that is used so I had a feeling I was going to be really dumb and not very helpful at this job. I was right. But I learned a lot. I’m not sure if this was intentional but this center seems to have been built so that the receptionists can’t just sit in literally the same spot for the whole night and conduct all necessary business. Nope, there’s a lot more getting up and walking around and not being as lazy. Actually, I’m sure it was intentional. Lol. Also, they caught a mouse like 10 seconds after I walked in the door. Classy!

Not much else to say except that I’m really excited for this semester! I’m just trying to forget about last semester, The Semester From Hell, and I’m feeling really re-energized and positive and ready to get into these classes that I might actually be interested in. I hope it lasts!

Oh, and I’m really glad I got to see most of you over break, with the exception of Derek! Too bad we weren’t all home at the same time though! And Germany was awesome of course, I already talked about it with Megan and Kendyl but I also updated the “Our Travels” section of the blog!

Hope your guys’ first week (or second) (or 70-somethingth day of snowboarding) is going well!

Cathy

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