Friday, June 18, 2010

Help support a good cause!!!



Support Chase's fight against the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome!  All you have to do is vote!  I lost a very dear friend to this disease Spring break of freshman year.  Please help thousands of others get diagnosed quickly and receive proper treatment by voting!

Thank you,
Sara

Monday, June 14, 2010

Time to get things rolling

Well, there have been several new developments since my last post.

This past Friday I attended UNT's Transfer Orientation and really got the ball rolling for everything that I need to do prior to starting school in August.  I didn't know what to expect from orientation.  To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to it.  I'm twenty years old and I feel like it needless to say that going to college orientation and starting over at a completely new school is not at the top of my "Things I Want to Do" list.  

Upon arriving at orientation, I was given information packets, bags, t-shirts, and everything else you could imagine with the green UNT emblem on it. Then, everyone was ushered into a large lecture hall where university advisors, faculty, and student orientation leaders welcomed the massive group and gave us the guidelines for the day.  I have to mention just how surprised I was to see SO many transfer students in attendance.  I attended the second of at least 8 transfer orientations of the summer, and there had to have been at LEAST 500 students there.  Obviously, UNT has to be doing something right to attract this many students and have such a large undergraduate population.  

During the welcome session, the group was led by the student leaders in singing the UNT alma mater and fight song.  I didn't really participate in this as much as I probably should have, partially due to the fact that I felt ridiculous doing all of the hand motions and "choreography" that went along with the words.  Why can't we just link arms with the person next to us and sway from side to side while singing about the glory of the Mean Green?  UNT has a hand sign that they do while singing the alma mater and while cheering at football games and other events.  I'm going to teach it to you now.  Following suit of the eagle mascot, raise your right hand and use your thumb, pointer, and middle finger to form a "C" shape.  Then spread your pointer and middle finger apart, thus forming the eagle claw.  The final step is my favorite.  Thrust your hand in the air and as you do release a UNT-worthy "CAW!  CAW!" eagle noise.  I'm serious.  This will take some getting used to.  I could feel my dad squirming next to me from discomfort.  I don't think we've shared that good of a laugh in quite a while.

After the welcome session, the parents went to their own meetings about things such as the health center, financial, aid, and campus security.  The students were then broken up and brought to different locations around campus based on the college their major fell under.  Because everyone and their mom are Arts and Science students, we stayed in the lecture hall we had been in for the previous activities.  The undergraduate dean of Arts and Sciences gave us an overview of the program and then we began to meet with general Arts and Science advisors to get what is called a degree audit.  Basically, a degree audit for transfers is a way to see how all of the credits you earned at your old school transfer and what you still need to take in order to meet all of the general education and University requirements.  Luckily, advisors met with students in alphabetical order of last name, so being an "A", I got to go first and finished quickly.

I was confident going into my advising appointment that I would have fulfilled the gen. ed. requirements for UNT.  Unfortunately, I was very mistaken and, although I have completed most of the general education requirements, there are several more courses that I need to take.  UNT and the college of Arts and Sciences requires 4 levels of a foreign language.  I have taken 3 levels.  I am upset by this because I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and another 3 semesters at Mizzou.  I am more than ready to be done with it.  If all goes according to plan, I will be taking the last Spanish course I need online starting July 13, transferring the credit to UNT, and will be done with Spanish forever.  I also need to take another Poli. Sci. class because UNT requires an American government class as well as a Texas and American government class combined.  A Texas school requires a class about Texas government.  Shocking, right?  Oh, Texas.  Obviously, I haven't taken the Texas government class yet, so if everything works out, I will be taking it online and transferring the credit to UNT as well.  UNT requires 3 lab science courses.  Yes, that's right, THREE!  I just about died when I heard this, as I am not a science-minded person AT ALL.  I came in with 1 lab science credit and therefore, will have to take two more.  Ugh.  I also need a visual/performing arts credit, but it may be satisfied with the Intro. to Film class I took at Mizzou this past semester.  If it doesn't satisfy the visual/performing arts class, it might count as a sophomore literature class I need.  I will meet with my personal advisor at the beginning of the semester and see exactly how it will transfer and which course it will count for.  UNT requires both pre and post-Civil War history.  I only took post-Civil War history at Mizzou, but this past semester I took a 4000-level history class that might be able to take the place of the pre-Civil War course.  I will also have to talk to my advisor about this class and see what happens.  Basically, the Food Science, Classical Mythology, J1010, FIG, J1100, Econ., and possibly my History of Adoption and Intro. to Film classes transfer to UNT as electives.  I can't even begin to express my frustration about the fact that I do not need Econ.  I took that class twice...TWICE!  I can't believe it.  

On a much happier note, however, I am now an English major with a concentration in Literature!!!  I am so happy and so excited about finally being able to major in something that I am interested in.  In this major, I will have a lot of room to take classes I am interested in, and I will also be able to finish up the general courses that I need while taking classes that apply towards my major, which is something I was not able to do at Mizzou.  I had to face the somewhat difficult task of convincing my dad that being an English major is what I want to do, but once I explained to him how interested I am in pursuing an English degree and that more of my credits apply to an English curriculum rather than a Journalism curriculum, he jumped on board.  Truthfully, I never really got a chance to see if journalism was right for me because at Mizzou I only was able to take two journalism courses, one of which didn't even apply to my GPA at Mizzou, let alone at UNT.  I am very happy to be an English major and I am excited to get started!

After all of the informational and advising sessions, I registered for classes.  I am enrolled in 18 hours right now, consisting of a mix of English and general courses, but things will definitely get moved around before classes start in August once I figure out my Summer courses.  

Now, all I need to do is tackle the issue of housing.  This could be interesting.

In the mean time, I have been working with my stepmom assisting her with shoots for her business, spending time with friends, and laying out by the pool with drink in hand.  It has been a good and relaxing Summer so far, but I am ready for some excitement.

More to come, 
Sara

Friday, June 4, 2010

And so it begins...

Hello Bogging World,

After several months of wanting to start a blog and several weeks of racking my brain trying to come up with a subject that I thought would be fun for me to write about and interesting enough for people to read, my first post idea just fell into my lap.

Before I explain the event that sparked my interest to write about, I need to set up the scenario.  Two years ago when I graduated high school, I set out bright-eyed and eager to succeed at the University of Missouri (fondly referred to as Mizzou) nearly 650 miles from my home in suburban Dallas, Texas.  It is very appropriate to say that I fell in love with Mizzou at first sight knew that I had chosen the school that I needed to be at.  Over these past two years, I experienced things I never expected, especially having come to Mizzou not knowing anyone.  I joined my sorority, Phi Mu, and through it had so many opportunities to get involved, and most importantly, to meet and get to know the wonderful women who I am very proud to call my sisters.  The words "best friends" do not even being to explain the closeness I feel with these women.  They are my sisters in every sense of the word and I do not know where I would be without their love and support.  There are way too many memories and experiences to list, and I don't want to do shout-outs because you know who you are, but that Phi Mu love has been such an important part of my life and will be forever.

I have been lucky enough to meet friends and people outside of Phi Mu that I know will always be in my life, including two people I consider to be my sisters and best friends.  I fell in love with the most wonderful man in the world and we have been together for a year and a half.  He has been the biggest blessing and one of the most influential factors in my life, not to mention my best friend.  I constantly catch myself wondering how I am lucky enough to get to be with him.  We have never been stronger and I am very excitedly looking forward to our future.

I was able to be involved in wonderful events such as Phi Mu's Miracle Men and Dance Marathon, both benefiting the wonderful Children's Miracle Network, and have had numerous leadership positions and opportunities both in Phi Mu and campus-wide.

I am blessed to have had all of these opportunities and to have gotten to know so many wonderful people, but notice how I didn't say anything about academics?  I went to Mizzou with the intention of becoming a journalism major in the highest-acclaimed journalism school in the country.  In my mind, learning from the best was worth paying the expensive out-of-state tuition and taking classes I didn't enjoy and, to be honest, wasn't interested in.  By the beginning of my sophomore year, I had lost all interest in journalism.  It is expected that a college student will change their major several times before they graduate, but that wasn't an option for me because paying out of state tuition and not being a journalism major didn't go hand in hand.  I decided to stick with journalism because I didn't want to leave Mizzou and go somewhere else.  College classes ended up being much harder than I anticipated them to be, and by the end of this past school year, I was faced with a less-than-ideal situation.

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After weeks, I repeat, weeks of waiting, I was informed yesterday morning that I am not able to enroll in the classes I need to take this summer in order to be admitted into the Missouri School of Journalism this coming Fall.  Classes start this coming Monday.  I found out Thursday that I would not need to pack up my bags and make the move to Columbia for the entire summer.  What if I had gotten into the classes and had needed to pack, book a very expensive flight, get a dorm room (if there were any left at this point), and move?  Thanks for the notice, J-school advisors.  Regardless of the notice I did or did not receive, I was not accepted into the classes and therefore, will not be returning to Mizzou in the fall.

I knew it could go either way, but I really thought the odds for success were on my side.  After taking a little while to throw myself a pity party, I quickly went into planning mode.  I dropped all of the classes I was enrolled in for the fall semester at Mizzou, ordered my final transcript, and scheduled my orientation at the University of North Texas for next Friday, June 11.  I'm a little surprised with myself.  I usually like to dwell on things for far too long and tear myself down as much as possible until I feel absolutely terrible before I start to see the good in a situation.  Maybe this all hasn't hit me yet.  Maybe it won't hit me until I am driving the 30 minutes to go to Denton when school starts in August rather than making the much longer journey back to Columbia for work week and recruitment with my sisters, but at least I'm not "floating" anymore and can start planning for my future.

I'm sad and scared to death about having to start all over as a junior in college.  I want to be mad and want to wake up from this dream that I must be having, but after thinking everything over, I had an epiphany.  Everything I listed above had nothing to do with Mizzou and is nothing that leaving Mizzou will cause me to lose.  Transferring will make things more inconvenient, sure, but I firmly believe that friends and the people you have relationships with are just as responsible for the relationship as you are.  I am not worried about keeping in touch with the amazing people who have become such a big part of my life.  Expect many visits from me in the future. :]

I have much more to say about all of this, but I think this post is long enough.  I want to use this blog as not only a way to keep in touch with people, but as a way to transition to this new chapter in my life.  I hope you will all follow along and share it with me.

More to come,
Sara
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