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The Joy of Being Poor

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 04:51:38 UTC

2008-07-17T02:38:24Z

The reason I chose the school I go to is because of a great program they have called "Co-Op". It's a program I didn't hear ANY of the other schools I looked at even mention, and my peers who go to those schools know nothing about it. Co-Op is a program where students go out in their field of...

(image) Notice the moth coming out of the wallet.

The reason I chose the school I go to is because of a great program they have called "Co-Op". It's a program I didn't hear ANY of the other schools I looked at even mention, and my peers who go to those schools know nothing about it.

Co-Op is a program where students go out in their field of choice and do real work. It's the "ultimate internship", or at least that is how my school markets it. But as much as my private institution can blow smoke, Co-Op really is a good thing.

Students who don't get this experience are seriously getting gypped. When I graduate college I am going to have 6 months of full time work experience in my desired field. When Sarah Smith graduates from Transvania State the highlight of her resume will be working part time at the local Brew & Steam. Who do you think will get the job?

Students who just graduated high school or who are going into their senior year should make sure their school has a Co-Op program and get themselves into it ASAP.

Many students who Co-Op will get paid, and if you're in the 'right' field you will get paid big bucks. Of course my field is a low paying field and I will be working for a few dollars a day. But on the bright side, I have a job that hundreds of people are jealous of! So why wouldn't someone want a Co-Op?

Beats me!




Meet the Parents: Survival for All

Sun, 13 Jul 2008 23:00:59 UTC

2008-07-13T23:26:55Z

For the past 20 some years I have been living with a crazy, hysterical, and large extended family on my dad's side (think My Big Fat IRISH Wedding). And I think that by now I have it down to a science and that I contribute a lot of craziness to it by now too. My friends at school can...

(image) Just imagine if those kids were actually over 40.
For the past 20 some years I have been living with a crazy, hysterical, and large extended family on my dad's side (think My Big Fat IRISH Wedding). And I think that by now I have it down to a science and that I contribute a lot of craziness to it by now too.

My friends at school can only imagine what my family is like, judging by my outlandish dance moves, right back at ya sarcasm, crazy facial expressions and loud voice (just to mention a few). Well one of my closest friends got to experience the Confession Family first hand in all their glory.

"Your family is crazy... I love it!" I think I make more sense to her now...

...more details on that another day.




Meet the Parents: College Edition

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:33:51 UTC

2008-07-10T19:50:09Z

Something that is really different between college and high school (at least for me, coming from a small high school) is that your parents don't really know who your friends are. When your in high school your parents see your friends when they pick you up, come over to your house, at games, school functions etc. But in college...

(image) It's not quite like this... but probably just as scary.
Something that is really different between college and high school (at least for me, coming from a small high school) is that your parents don't really know who your friends are. When your in high school your parents see your friends when they pick you up, come over to your house, at games, school functions etc.

But in college all my parents know about my friends is from stories I tell them. My parents met my friends when I lived in the dorms, because those friends were so close to me and always around. Now that I am not living in a dorm, my parents know less of my friends. They see my roommate sometimes and maybe a housemate on occasion, but they don't KNOW them.

Anyway, so having your parents meet you friends from school could be as awkward as them meeting a serious boyfriend/girlfriend. Well, not exactly... but it can be a little intimidating for that lucky friend of yours (especially for mine).

My family is loud, crazy and in your face. I am testing the waters this weekend and having one of my best friends at school come to the beach with me this weekend... the only catch: they will be meeting my ENTIRE family!

Intimidating: YES! Will they survive? Who knows, my siblings alone are a lot to handle... not to mention all my aunts!




Happy Birthday America!

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 17:37:05 UTC

2008-07-03T18:15:01Z

Being this is 4th of July weekend and everyone is packing up for the beach, I think Americans should take a second to think about what the 4th of July really means. Actually, everyone should come to the City of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of America's Freedom, for Independence Day. For all those people who call Philadelphia, "Filth-adelphia" and...

(image) Fireworks over the beautiful Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Being this is 4th of July weekend and everyone is packing up for the beach, I think Americans should take a second to think about what the 4th of July really means.

Actually, everyone should come to the City of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of America's Freedom, for Independence Day. For all those people who call Philadelphia, "Filth-adelphia" and think that New York is "the real city"... I have news for you: America was born in Philadelphia.

This entire week events have been going on throughout the city, especially around Independence Mall. The week will come to a grand finale with a preformance by John Legend (who went to college in Philadelphia) and a huge fireworks display and laser light show at the Phildelphia Museum of Art. What a better place to celebrate your freedom, than the city where it all started?

Here's to you Thomas "TJ" Jefferson, because without you we would all be eating clotted cream.




I'll take this book and a Banana Slurpee please!

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 06:01:38 UTC

2008-07-02T06:05:19Z

When I was eleven and went to the library during the summer I got points to earn a free Slurpee. Now when I go to the library in the summer it's to do Accounting homework and look up obscure artists. Libraries need to stop giving kids treats for going... they will expect it in college and even if you're...

(image)
When I was eleven and went to the library during the summer I got points to earn a free Slurpee.

Now when I go to the library in the summer it's to do Accounting homework and look up obscure artists.

Libraries need to stop giving kids treats for going... they will expect it in college and even if you're paying the big bucks to go - you're not getting any free Slurpees! (But really, maybe that is something school's need to look into... I mean it works for eleven year olds!)




The best things in life are free

Sat, 28 Jun 2008 06:29:27 UTC

2008-06-28T06:49:43Z

On the nights when everyone gets together and go out, that the cameras come out too. But sometimes it the nights when you and your closest friends just hang out, stay in and do really ordinary things, are the nights you want to remember most. Maybe sometimes we take the really important things for granted... genuine friendship

(image) It's the nights you don't take pictures that you remember most.
On the nights when everyone gets together and go out, that the cameras come out too.

But sometimes it the nights when you and your closest friends just hang out, stay in and do really ordinary things, are the nights you want to remember most.

Maybe sometimes we take the really important things for granted... genuine friendship




Pools of Money...

Sat, 24 May 2008 21:50:38 UTC

2008-06-01T18:26:55Z

The Lehigh Valley has always been rooted in its history. Apparently that notion is long gone... Developers in the Valley have conspired to fill the entire area with Starbucks, BabyGap and huge parking lots. Being I am in a year round college, I don't get to come home to the Valley very often, yet every time I do another...

(image) They need to take Expo markers out of the Nazareth Area School Board meetings...
The Lehigh Valley has always been rooted in its history. Apparently that notion is long gone...

Developers in the Valley have conspired to fill the entire area with Starbucks, BabyGap and huge parking lots.

Being I am in a year round college, I don't get to come home to the Valley very often, yet every time I do another cornfield is being destroyed. Literally. On my drive home from the bus station I passed a humongous garage warehouse that destroyed acres and acres of cornfield, a barn looking school that is sitting on what used to be farmland and a pile of dirt that is about to be a Wal-Mart across from a Wal-Mart. Now this isn't about how Wal-Mart hurts America... its about how Lehigh Vallians are destroying a place that used to be my home.

Nazareth used to be a tiny, modest little town founded on Christian morals. Now morals have been replaced by multi-million dollar swimming pools in a grade school.... But the kids in Nazareth wouldn't know a good education if they were hit on the head with The Encyclopedia Britanica.

I can't wait to come back for Fall break and see that the Lehigh Valley is one giant strip mall. Good thing there are no positive uses of corn.




The Other Collegian

Wed, 14 May 2008 16:47:15 UTC

2008-05-20T00:15:09Z

So you apply to half a dozen colleges as a high school senior, and you are positive that you would be happy attending any of these universities you are applying to. But how do you know? The tour guides are clearly showing you pretty, highly traveled areas on campus and the cleanest dorm room you will ever see. What...

(image) It might look like a typical University, but what if its not?
So you apply to half a dozen colleges as a high school senior, and you are positive that you would be happy attending any of these universities you are applying to. But how do you know? The tour guides are clearly showing you pretty, highly traveled areas on campus and the cleanest dorm room you will ever see.

What about those few colleges in the U.S. that are atypical? And more importantly what about the students who go there!?

Sometimes I joke around and say that my university tricked me into going there....I only half mean it.

I didn't realize by going to a school that is on a quarter system that I would be in school until I graduate. That's not to say I wasn't given papers that showed me that I would only get ONE summer vacation in 4 years, because I was. But I didn't realize the other stress that a ten week term would bring.

All those in favor for elementary, middle and high schools to go to a year round schedule.... leave the kids alone and let them have summer!!!!




Keep that Midnight Oil Burning

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 10:26:34 UTC

2008-03-13T10:33:05Z

I can't tell you the last time I was up for the day at 5am. But tomorrow I have my first final of Winter Term, plus a presentation. Not that I intended to be up this early but I slept a lot yesterday because I was sick and when I went to bed at 3:30 am, it didn't last...

(image) What can I say, it's finals time.
I can't tell you the last time I was up for the day at 5am. But tomorrow I have my first final of Winter Term, plus a presentation. Not that I intended to be up this early but I slept a lot yesterday because I was sick and when I went to bed at 3:30 am, it didn't last very long. I woke up bright-eyed at 4:30 and was not going back to bed. My roommate gets up for work at 6am so I figured I might as well go downstairs and get some work done. And I'll tell you what... I don't hate it. It's quiet and I have the whole house to myself. Maybe I will do this more often? But let's be serious... I won't if I don't have to.



Holding Out for Spring Break!

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 05:32:12 UTC

2008-03-06T05:43:43Z

It's almost Spring Break, and for kids in schools with quarter systems, like mine, that means it's finals time!! Something that strikes fear into college students around the world! Good luck and have fun at the library, which I hate. Can someone please tell me why libraries seem to be more stress than help? Anyway as an art major...

(image) Finals = Lots of Library Hours
It's almost Spring Break, and for kids in schools with quarter systems, like mine, that means it's finals time!! Something that strikes fear into college students around the world! Good luck and have fun at the library, which I hate. Can someone please tell me why libraries seem to be more stress than help? Anyway as an art major I don't have many reasons to go there, so I will let the psychology majors whine about the library.



How far is too far?

Sun, 02 Mar 2008 01:26:10 UTC

2008-03-06T05:46:28Z

Surprisingly, I'm a clean freak. Now that's not to say I can't make a mess, because I am pretty good at it. And considering I am an art major I usually have paint and illustration board all over my floor with a mix of paint brushes, pencils, rulers and colored paper (that costs more than most people make in...

(image) This is NOT ok.
Surprisingly, I'm a clean freak. Now that's not to say I can't make a mess, because I am pretty good at it. And considering I am an art major I usually have paint and illustration board all over my floor with a mix of paint brushes, pencils, rulers and colored paper (that costs more than most people make in a month). However, a dirty house frustrates me.

I live with about 18 other people, who are, and are not as clean as I am. Plus we have several visitors who are probably the dirtiest people who come in contact with our house. A sink full of dishes is annoying, especially when those dishes are yours, but you weren't the one to make them dirty. I just cleaned my entire room today, including the half that isn't mine. I know, that is probably the creepiest thing I can admit to, but it's true. If my half is clean but the other half is not clean the room is still dirty! I couldn't help it! Don't judge me.

If I have a messy room I am going to have a bad day, feel stressed out, and not sleep well. I don't know why but it is just the way it works. My room was starting to smell stressful so I took the whole day to clean it, light a candle and look at it. I'll look at it because I know it won't last long, as much as I try.

Is this what I am doomed to as a college student? A dirty house and a smelly room? I can't take two more years of this, so it better not be college. I guess I am going to go lay on my freshly cleaned and vacumed floor. Because next Saturday I really don't want to be staring at the same mess I was looking at this morning.




Super Bowl Tuesday?

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 05:13:55 UTC

2008-02-06T05:45:29Z

Two things have happened in the past three days that I really don't care about: 1.) the Super Bowl 2.) the Presidential primaries Both of these things have one thing in common, cheerleaders.

(image) Yes, I know the Giants won however it seems that they don't have cheerleaders. Quite unfortunate.
Two things have happened in the past three days that I really don't care about:

1.) the Super Bowl

2.) the Presidential primaries


Both of these things have one thing in common, cheerleaders.

The Super Bowl obviously has cheerleaders (no thanks to the Giants) and I compare the President to the cheerleading captain...probably of a middle school squad. When the cheerleading squad changes captains, nothing happens. The squad still goes to games and they use the same cheers, the only difference is someone new calls them out. And honestly, few people notice if she isn't there (or the whole squad in that case). So Americans should probably look for in a President what cheerleaders look for in a captain: cute, loud and wears glitter eye shadow. None of the candidates seem to fit that bill, so better luck next leap year.

As for the Super Bowl, the commercials aren't even that great, and you can see them on YouTube the next day anyway.




Compliments of Global Warming

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 02:06:27 UTC

2008-01-17T03:36:56Z

For some reason I came back to school after the New Year and it felt like I was coming back to school after Spring Break. The weather is amazing, don't get me wrong. I love it. But it makes me wonder why its nearly 70 degrees in the middle of January. Global Warming perhaps? It's been a hot topic...

(image) Diesel's hip take on Global Warming
For some reason I came back to school after the New Year and it felt like I was coming back to school after Spring Break. The weather is amazing, don't get me wrong. I love it. But it makes me wonder why its nearly 70 degrees in the middle of January.

Global Warming perhaps? It's been a hot topic for a while now and as much as I try to remain politically uninvolved it's pretty hard when there's a chance I could be swimming to class next year when the ice caps melt. A little dramatic, of course, but Global Warming is still an issue. And as no one reading this has gills, it's probably an issue we all should be concerned about.

Diesel raised awareness through their relatively new ad campains. What will you do to help?




A Brand New Day

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 23:12:51 UTC

2008-01-07T23:17:03Z

There is something about the first day of school that is truly magical. Strike that, the first day of classes. You somehow wake up enthused with plenty of energy, even at 7:45. You find your best outfit and leave for class a little bit early. Your teacher talks about themselves and then asks you your name and hometown, passes...

(image) Clearly it wasn't always your best outift.
There is something about the first day of school that is truly magical. Strike that, the first day of classes.

You somehow wake up enthused with plenty of energy, even at 7:45. You find your best outfit and leave for class a little bit early. Your teacher talks about themselves and then asks you your name and hometown, passes out the course outline and you leave. It without a doubt is the best day of the year.

Wonderful.