Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Mid-Semester Update #1: At Least I Know Where I’m Going… Kind Of…

Happy Almost-Halloween!  I figured that, since midterms are wrapping up for everyone here, I would share some things that I have learned from my first 2 months of college!

1. MapQuest and iMaps can, and will be, your best friends the first couple of weeks.  

Ok this seems kinda simple.  But, if you are like me and get lost walking in a straight line are directionally challenged, then the walking directions from MapQuest or whatever map site you use will be your saving grace when navigating around a big campus for the first time.  Plus, you can send MapQuest directions to your phone and save a tree or 2!

2. Don’t be afraid to try new things!

This has probably been said on every college tour/presentation/anything, but it’s true!  You never know what you’ll end up liking.  For instance, I thought it would be a smart idea to take a self-defense course since I’m living in a big city, and I would prefer not to get attacked by some creep.  I have never been athletic or violent, so I thought that I might end up hating it since I would feel stupid.  Right now, it’s one of my favorite classes and I have met 2 of my good friends through it.  College is all about finding who you are, so don’t be afraid to try something you wouldn’t have touched with a 10-foot pole before!

3. Open dorm doors will attract people.  But that’s ok. You’ll most likely become best friends with them.

This might have only happened to me, but, by opening my door, I actually met the people who live across the hall and down the hall from me.  It’s cool because, if one of us has the door to our living area open (our dorms are kinda like mini-apartments for 4 people.  It’s quite nice), we’ll yell stuff at each other when we’re entering or leaving our own rooms.  We’ve gone and ended up doing our homework or folded our laundry that we just pulled out of the dryer in each others’ rooms.  It’s so much fun, and it’s one of my favorite things about my dorm building 🙂

4. Don’t be ashamed of what you’re interested in.  You’re almost guaranteed to find someone who likes the same things.

Where I grew up, everyone was kind of interested in the same types of things (Justin Bieber, mainstream pop culture, tv sitcoms, etc.). There’s nothing wrong with that, but I just wasn’t that into those types of things.  I love British television (Sherlock and Doctor Who), love rock music (I’m listening to My Chemical Romance at the moment), and anything geeky (Bill Nye is my hero).  When I came to college, I had no idea how easy it would be to find people who like the same things as me.  As it turned out, my super-awesome RA is a huge geek (we constantly talk about Supernatural, even though she’s 2+ seasons ahead of me at the moment), one member of my quiz team likes Doctor Who, and my entire writing class is a member of one fandom or another.  People who dig what you dig do exist, you just have to find them.

5. Do what you love, and love what you do. Just make sure you can find a job.

Fun fact: you do actually have to pay back your college loans! Shocker, right?!  The truth is, you can go to school, and you can get a 4.0 and be super involved and have a kick-butt resume, but if you major in something like “Early Classical Interpretive Dance” (which I just made off the top of the head.  If people actually study this, I want to meet them) where there is literally no job market, it’s all pointless.  I’m not recommending majoring in, say, Chemistry, when you hate science with a burning passion and would much rather play the trumpet. But make sure that, while you’re investing your (or your parent’s) money into 4 years of education, make sure that it’s something that you can make money off of eventually.  I’m fortunate that Biology and Medicine are both my passion and a booming job market, but I’m also passionate about music.  I’m not majoring in it, but I’m still playing the sax and doing what I love.

Thanks for reading!  Feel free to comment/drop me a question/send me a picture of your lunch/ whatever! I’d love to hear from the people who hear my ramblings!

Sciencey LOL of the Week

Oh science puns, you never fail to bring me joy on a regular basis…

Why? Because Science.

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A Little Bit of Hope

Sorry for the lack of posts recently.  College has been, well, college.  Homework, projects, and all sorts of fun stuff like that have officially taken over my life.  But I have some time before my next class, so I figured I’d write a quick post 🙂

Disclaimer: This is going to be a giant fan girl moment.  If you don’t care about my fangirl-ness, then don’t read.  I won’t be offended.

Remember how I posted about sending surveys to celebrities involved with adaptations of Sherlock Holmes? Well, thanks to the magic of Tumblr and Twitter, I saw that someone who sent Andrew Scott (Moriarty on the BBC series) a somewhat similar survey got a response from him! She said that it took her between a month and 2 months to hear a response.  Since today is the 2-week anniversary of me putting the letters in the mail, I hopefully may have a completed survey by the time I actually have to submit the final paper for a grade! Also, if Andrew is known to do these things, who’s to say that the other people I sent surveys to won’t?!

He also sent the girl an autograph, which, if I got one, would be my first non-musician autograph!  (I have things signed by “Weird Al”, Fitz and the Tantrums, A Great Big World, and 2Cellos, and from parts of the Broadway casts of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and American Idiot, but nothing from any TV/Film actors).

So here’s hoping that maybe, just maybe, I will be able to throw in some first-hand quotes from the big names 😀

Nerves of Anything But Steel

Remember how I talked about those surveys I was sending out for my Sherlock Holmes project? Well, they’re in the mail now.  I know I really shouldn’t be, but I’m nervous about them.  I love how they turned out, and I’m proud to say that I did this, but that doesn’t help.  I think it’s the fact that I can’t personally go and hand everyone a copy and say “hi I’m a student working on this project, and I would love it if you could fill this out for me” and then see if they’re interested.

Well, I could do that, but I’d go broke from the plane tickets, hotels, bail payments for alleged stalking, etc.

I think the part that bothers me the most is that everything’s out of my control.

I’m not a control freak or anything, but I like to know what’s going on.

I can’t even guarantee that over half of the people I sent surveys to will be able to send back the surveys, since apparently Americans can’t pre-pay for postage for something to be sent back from London (I included self-addressed envelopes with everything and, at least for the USA-bound ones, I pre-paid for return postage)! Gotta love living in America, where we currently have no government! But, that’s a rant for another day and another blog post…

So.  Now the waiting game begins.  Fingers crossed that I hear something and add that little bit of special-ness (is that a word?) to my paper.

50 People On ‘The Most Intellectual Joke I Know’

Thought Catalog

Mine: “Descartes walks into a bar and the bartender asks him what he wants to drink. Descartes says ‘hmmm, I don’t know’ and vanishes in a puff of logic.”

1.

Watch_Closely:

It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.

2.

eclipsechaser:

Boris Spassky was once asked by a reporter, “Which do you prefer: chess or sex?”. Spassky replied “It very much depends on the position”.

3.

selorn:

“I’m a linguist, so I like ambiguity more than most people.”

4.

phattmatt:

Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.” The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?”

5.

balloseater:

Q: What does the “B” in Benoit B. Mandelbrot stand for?

A: Benoit B. Mandelbrot.

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Come Together, Right Now, Over Me

One of the reasons I chose to go to a school in a big city was because there’s always SOMETHING happening.  Whether it be a concert, some famous speaker, or just an event at a museum, I needed to have more than just a dorm to look forward to on the weekends.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that everyone’s favorite psycho radical church, Westboro Baptist, is coming to the part of the campus I live on next Friday.  If they were protesting on the main campus, it would make sense.  But my little side campus? Okay then…

I don’t know about you all, but I am a huge supporter of LGBTQA rights.  So, when I found out that Westboro was protesting after my last class for the day ended, I knew I wanted to go and counter-protest. I’m not one of the gung-ho, “my way is right so you better agree with it or else,” supporters, but I truly believe that everyone has a right to get married, regardless of who it’s to.  So less than 12 hours after I first heard of the protest, I bought a shirt that says “Straight but not Narrow” and joined a Facebook event for a peaceful counter-protest of students.

You know what the coolest part is, though? Just how many people are rallying behind the counter-protest.  At the moment, over 160 people have RSVPd to the event in less than 24 hours, and I’m guessing that the final turn-out is going to be much larger.  I’m sure people will have their own picket signs, and will show as much, if not more, enthusiasm than the Westboro people.  Words cannot explain how proud and happy I am to be going to a school where we can turn an undesirable event into one that shows our diversity and support.  If this is what can be done my freshman year, I can’t wait to see what difference I can make in the next 4 years 🙂