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Busy Semester

30 Jan

Hey, friends. I apologize for being absent from the blog. I’m just finally getting settled into my routine.

Break was too short, as it always seems to be. I spent most of it watching Netflix, lounging, eating, and hanging out with you lot, of course. And I also learned to SKI. THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I also got a Tumblr, which was a bad idea because I already spend too much of my time on other forms of social media. Now this just further takes up my time and also feeds my unhealthy obsessions with Benedict Cumberbatch and the like.

School has been going smoothly. I’m taking classes at MU and Central Methodist. It’s kind of a long story but I’m at CMU so I can apply to their nursing school at the end of the semester. I’m currently at 17 credit hours, which is the most I have ever taken. However, the best part is that my classes don’t start until 11 and I have Fridays off!

I’m mainly taking electives at Mizzou because I’m waiting to get into nursing school. However, most of them are quite challenging and time consuming. Anyway I’m enrolled in Public Speaking, Intro to Art and Biology Lab at MU. I’m enrolled in 3 classes at CMU. Religion, Pathophysiology, and Literature. The later two are online and all 3 are prerequisites to apply for nursing at CMU.

My favorite classes so far are Public Speaking and Intro to Art. Both of my instructors (actually all of them) at MU are all Grad Students and they’re all pretty chill. I had to give a 3 minute speech the other day in Public Speaking and I’m pretty sure that was the worst 3 minutes of my life. I always get shaky and my face gets really hot (which probably means that it’s also super red) when I have to do something in front of a crowd. But I think I’m going to like that class because I get to write about what I want to talk about, not some analysis of a book that I didn’t want to read. My art class is 3 hours long, but it is definitely a nice stress reliever.

I’ve decided to cut back on hours at the good ol’ HV since I’m taking so many credits. I figured 10 is about good, but now I’m kind of regretting it because I really need money to pay for school/school things. But school is taking up a lot of time. It’s really a never ending cycle.

In terms of nursing school, I turned in my application on Monday. Interviews are next Friday. And in the midst of all of that, I already have a huge pile of projects and assignments to complete. Plus we’ve got birthdays to celebrate next week!! EEKKK!! We’re all getting so old! 😉

Peace out, girl scouts.

Megan

PS. HAPPY EARLY CHINESE NEW YEAR!! Not home for it this year unfortunately. #sadpanda

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That Awkward Moment When Someone Makes You Feel Real Dumb.

2 Nov

So, apparently the heart does not make blood. My entire life is a lie. And to all you people reading this, I must say, as a person with a devoted science background, you’re probably thinking I’m an idiot. Well apparently I am. While I knew the heart was responsible for circulating blood to the entire body, I sat in class the other day wondering where new blood was synthesized. Apparently bone marrow makes new blood. What an idiot. I’m glad I’m taking Biology, because, while this 5-hr honors course is kicking my butt (yes, 7 hrs. a week is not enough time to succeed, and yes, a 65% is an A), I’m learning so many things I didn’t know.

O.K. This might get philosophical for a minute:
So I was thinking the other day, the day when we think we have learned enough information and gleamed from enough experiences is the day we stop living — not in a literal way, but in a metaphorical way. Think about all the unmotivated kids we went to school with. They weren’t lacking in intelligence from being born that way; they just had no drive, no interest for intellectual expansion. That’s why they sat in Independence while we were there, are still sitting in Independence today, and will be remain useless to the world until they make a bad decision that leads to their doom. It sounds harsh, I know. But true.

I speak from experience (yes, this is my soapbox). After 19 years of being here, I’ve come to the realization that I lack the natural intelligence few have that allow them to succeed in just about anything they lay eyes on. I’ve had to rely on struggling, pushing forward, staying organized, and forcing myself to learn new things. I know that, while I may have just realized that marrow in bone is responsible for creating new blood cells, this hard work has paid off and given me the ability to push past my “natural” limit.

I have also come to the realization that I love helping people learn. Helping others pushing past similar “natural” barriers is rewarding because I get to help people break seemingly insurmountable barriers and push forward into new capacities for learning and knowledge.

These passions I have probably explain why it nearly drives me insane to watch people with natural talent, “natural intelligence,” if you will, to be complacent…to stay in the now. Potential: I thought I liked the word, but now I’m coming to an ever-increasing realization that “potential” more and more resembles disaster. So many people are glad to say, “I did enough.” “That should be sufficient.” “I only need a 50% on this final to get a ‘B’.”

While it tears me apart, maybe someone some day will take something from all my anger and frustration. Do hard things. Push past your limit. You literally can do ANYTHING you can set your mind to. Who’s willing to bear with me the struggles, pain, and embarrassment of going the extra yard?

Hey, you might even learn something crazier than where blood comes from!

T-Swift, Underwater Dogs, and A Baby Panda

25 Oct

On Saturday I ran/walked my first 5K. The only not so enjoyable part of that was having to wake up earlier than I have to for class. But other than that I ran more and finished faster than I was anticipating. It was a good experience that I can now cross off my bucket list.

This week I also had a Bio test. I was a little bit disappointed with the results because I thought I had studied everything there was to know. And I mean the score I got wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was frustrating because I went in and left feeling confident that I did well. Sucks man.

T-swifty’s new CD came out this week. It has been a rather enjoyable experience listening to it, like it usually is. However I will say that some of the pop-y-ier songs are a bit hard for me to listen to all the way through. But “22” and “Begin Again” are probably my favorites!

Have you guys seen the pictures of the Underwater Dogs? They’re hilarious. Hahaha!!

And also, here is a video of the baby panda at the San Diego Zoo. He’s so cute!! One day I am going to have a pet panda. And you all can come over and feed him bamboo. lol!

That’s all I got for this week!
-Megan

Sunday

13 Feb

These past two weeks have been the busiest ever.

Last week I did something I’ve never done before; I got a tutor. That was probably one of the toughest things I’ve done in awhile. I am way too stubborn to ask for help but if I want to pass Organismal Biology, I’m going to need my tutor. I have studied more for this class in the past weeks than I have ever studied before in my entire life. Note to everyone out there- biology is stupid, I prefer non-living things (ex. rocks, dust, dirt, sediment, cookies, ice-cream, sleep). I also joined a Bible study that meets on Monday nights. There are 5 other freshmen girls in it and right now we are studying the book of Hebrews. It’s pretty interesting and Hebrews is only 13 chapters so y’all should read it if you have the chance.

Almost fun thing that happened this week, I went to a Valentine’s Day party! But don’t get too excited, it was thrown by Navigators (the Christian ministry on campus). I helped decorate for 3 hours before the party, met some people, then when everybody started dancing I snuck out the door. Me + dancing = disaster. I didn’t want to lose the friends I had just made. (:

This weekend Tori’s family moved to a new house. It is super huge and pretty. I have never really helped anyone move before and, man, it was not easy. (I also contracted a cold or something this weekend so that didn’t help). If any of you ever move, I will help by paying someone else to give you a massage after it’s all done and then I’ll go to your house and complement on how good everything looks. If you really really really do need help I will volunteer, but you better have a hot tub for me to soak in afterwards. (Tori’s fam has/had one but it wasn’t working properly this weekend- super sad)

Tomorrow, Tori and I are going to see The Vow. I am so ready. I have tissues and new water proof mascara and lots of candy. I literally cannot wait to see this movie. I also want to see The Lucky One staring Zach Efron, The Lorax, New Years Eve, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Mirror Mirror, The Hunger Games, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (this is a musical staring first Daniel Radcliffe, then Darren Criss, then Nick Jonas I want to see it three times). All these cost money and I aint got none. Bummed. I applied to 3 places to work at over the summer, and will be applying to a 4th over spring break- I better get one.

Things to look forward to this weekend: skiing on saturday.

Things I’m afraid might kill me this weekend: skiing on saturday.

I hope to tell y’all all about it next week, if I make it!

-Morgan

p.s. I might be changing my major………………..

p.p.s. Whitney Houston died on saturday and I am very sad about this, so I tagged her in my post.

 

Whoops….

22 Jan

So it’s 6:30pm and I almost forgot to blog about my life. I know, I know this would have been awful. Here goes…..
Monday- No class, so I slept late and watched movies I think (I can’t remember, this was a whole week ago…).
Tuesday- Longest day if the week. I have Geology lab from 9:30 to noon, Geology lecture from 12:30 to 2 and Biology lab from 7 to 9:50pm. This leaves no time for lunch, and no time fo fun after a long day of science. Both these sciences are on totally different ends of the spectrum, so it is not similar and I cry a lot.
Wednesday- Class all day, literally. I start at 10am and don’t end until 9pm
Thursday- I have Geology lecture and that is all folks! Again, Thursdays are my favorite day of the week. I sleep late(ish) and I have plenty of time to nap. This week I went to Navigators which is a Christian group on campus. They are actually pretty well-known for their Bible studies and stuff. You should look them up if you have the time, I don’t have time to add a link because if I took the time to figure it out this would not be posted until Monday and I might be tar-and-feathered.
Friday- Class, ending at 3:20. This friday I did laundry which has been piling up for two weeks, but it was all finished in two hours! Success. Then right before class I got to go to Starbucks which was the second highlight of the week. The best thing that happened this week was in Multicultural Studies; we watched a movie! Kevin Costner is in it, and during the glorious movie my professer fell asleep!
WEEKEND- I spent it with Kendal. She lives in Lawrenson which is the tallest building from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyoming. From her windows I can actually see MOUNTAINS! (plus she has a kitchen and really nice roommates) Oh and I went to church and am in a Bible study group if there is one that doesn’t conflict with my ridiculous schedule.
This has been a hectic week and there is so much going on that I can’t tell you all of it. Sorry for this bland post but I am wiped out, but alas, my week starts again in approximately 12 hours…. no time for rest.
Oh and did I mention, I applied for 2 jobs. Hobby Lobby and Sky Blu (a frozen yogurt place). Wish me luck on actually getting a job.
I need sleep…

and a milkshake.

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