Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Transferring Tales: Day 6

I realize that I moved into my dorm over a week ago, which obviously means that I should be further than six days into my Transferring Tales series, but I decided to only write about the days that I have actually spent on campus.  That seems fair, right?  I just figure that I can't get used to being at school and experience campus if I'm not here.

I was planning on getting up at a decent time this morning, grabbing a quick breakfast, and then going to work out.  Unfortunately, I woke up feeling exhausted and, once again, did not make it to the rec.  I, instead, hit the snooze button on my alarm clock a disgusting amount of times.  By the time I finally got out of bed it was too late to go eat breakfast or work out, so I showered, got ready, and hung out in my room for a little bit before I headed to the Bruce dining hall for lunch.

I am making this my public vow: Starting tomorrow, I will get into a routine and stick with it.  I will wake up at a decent time every day and work out at least Mondays through Thursdays as my schedule allows.  All of you, my faithful readers, are going to hold me to it.

After lunch, I went next door to the Biology building for my first Contemporary Biology lecture.  The class has about 200 people in it and is held in a small, humid, slightly stinky lecture hall.  I had mixed feelings about this class because I have never really excelled in any science class, but it is a general education requirement, meaning it is a much lower level course than all of my other classes.  I was also not so sure about my professor going into it.  In the syllabus, the professor seemed very harsh and quick to tell people to not take his class if there is a chance they will not be successful, but he actually ended up being quite entertaining.  He seems like he is interesting and enthusiastic about Biology, which is always a plus.  He is very sarcastic, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I am currently sitting in the One O'clock Lounge in the Union working of my Spanish Literature homework and killing time before my next class, which is at 6.  This class is my Shakespeare class and is from 6 to 8:50pm on Monday nights.  I am somewhat dreading this.  Hopefully the teacher and the class is interesting because three hours is an incredibly long time to sit in one spot and talk about the ins and outs Shakespeare.  I'll let you know how it goes.
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I just got out of my first Shakespeare class, incredibly early I might add.  We got out around 7:30, so from now on class will most likely last its hour and a half longer.  At least it's only once a week, right?  I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the class.  The class is about Shakespeare and his works, but we will also be focusing on the historical, philosophical, and theatrical aspects of Shakespeare and the time period he was from.  My teacher, who seems completely awesome, by the way, did give fair warning that this class requires a ton of reading.  I'm not surprised, but that's always intimidating to hear.  We will reading several of Shakespeare's plays and, wait for it, all 154 Shakespearean sonnets.  Yikes.  The class does seem like it will be interesting.  My teacher seems to be incredibly knowledgeable and, this may be weird, but I love the way he speaks.  He has an impressive vocabulary, speaks clearly, and articulates himself incredibly well.  I actually enjoyed listening to him tonight, which is a good thing because three hours in one chunk is an awfully long time to have to listen to someone who annoys you every time they open their mouth.

After class ended, I took the shuttle back to my dorm, which is where I am now.  I am starving, but I am waiting for Travis to get here.  We are going to spend some time together tonight and catch up.  I am so excited to see him!  It has been a little while since we saw each other and really talked.
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Travis got here around 9 and we had a very late dinner at Chipotle.  Then we just came back to my room and hung out for a little while.  It was so good to see him and catch up.  He's going through a lot right now, so hopefully a little best friend time took his mind off of things and cheered him up!
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I'm just going to do some homework and hang out for the rest of the night.  I'm not planning on posting an installment of Transferring Tales tomorrow since I have already been to both of my classes once, but if something noteworthy or awkward and transfer-y happens, I will definitely post about it!

More to come,
Sara

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 7

I didn't use my camera that much this weekend, so I apologize for the lack of pictures used in this post.

I am thrilled that I do not have any classes on Friday!  Usually, I will most likely spend my day off doing homework and things of the like, but after this fairly rough first week at UNT, I decided to go home for the weekend.  I realize that I am going to have a harder time adjusting to the school and my new life here if I go home frequently, but I really needed it this weekend.  I definitely will not be going home every weekend, I promise.  I woke up around 10am on Friday morning, got ready, packed a little weekend bag, got my laundry together, and loaded up my car.  I drove over to the music building to see if the choir audition results were posted, but they weren't.  I got on the road and was home around 12:30.  I had lunch with my stepmom at this local Mexican restaurant called Cristina's and then we went to Target.  After that, we came home and hung out and worked on some stuff for my dad's 50th birthday, which is coming up in September. My dad came home from work late, around 8 or 8:30pm and we had a quick dinner of grilled cheese and tomato soup before I went back to my mom's.  I wanted to make sure I saw my dad while I was home because he left for Scotland yesterday.  I just hung out at my mom's that night and ended up sleeping on the living room couch because my brother decided to use my bed for storage for his clothes and other things since I moved to school.  He was at an away football game and came home pretty late, so I just slept on the couch.

On Saturday, I woke up and lounged around and hung out with my family for a little while.  Then I got ready and my sister and I went to the mall to see "Despicable Me".  I had mentioned taking her to see it several times over the Summer, but never got around to it, so we finally went and were able to spend some time together. The movie was SO cute and it was nice to be able to spend some quality sister time!
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My sister enjoyed being the last people in the theater after the movie ended.
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I spent the rest of Saturday just hanging out with my family.  My mom and I went out Jimmy John's that night to pick up dinner for everyone.  We had called in our order and they told us we could just drive up to the drive through to pick it up, rather than coming inside, but they also told us we had to say the password "Jimmy John's Rocks" when we got there.  I pulled up to the speaker and told them my name and that I was picking up an order.  The guy on the other end asked me what the password was and with some hesitation, I told him.  All of the workers burst into laughter inside.  What the heck?  Hahaha, you got to love Jimmy John's.

This morning I slept in a little bit and then got ready and went to Target with my mom and sister.  I was hoping to pick up a couple of things that were on my last wish list.  Unfortunately, none of the collage frames were what I was looking for and they were more expensive than I expected and, after much deliberation, I decided that a full-length mirror is just not going to work in my room.  The space I have and the logistics of my room just don't allow for one.  I was, however, able to get the dry erase calendar board I wanted and a few other little odds and ends.  I also found this adorable hanging, fold-able makeup bag that has almost-quatrefoils on it!
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Tonight, I had an early pizza dinner with my family.  We ate very nutritiously this weekend, if you can't tell.  Then I loaded up my car and came back to school.  I got back on campus around 7pm and decided to go see if the music building was open so I could check the choir results.  The building was open and after looking up and down the list at least four times, I realized that I did not make the choir.  I'm very upset, and pretty surprised to be honest.  Choir was my thing in high school and, not to toot my own horn, I've always been very good at it.  I know I haven't chorally sung since high school, but I thought my audition went well.  Although I'm surprised, I'm also very sad.  I was looking forward to being in choir so much.  It was going to be my outlet, something I enjoy doing that makes me happy, and of course, my way to meet people.  I'm extremely upset, but I guess there's nothing I can do about it.  UNT has a very competitive and highly-acclaimed music program, so I'm sure there were many more people who are much more talented than I am.  I just wish things had worked out differently.  I've never not been involved in something extracurricular.  How am I going to meet people now?  Ugh, I can't believe this.  I'm very upset. :[

Tonight I have just been hanging out in my dorm room.  I put my clean laundry away and hung up my new calendar board.  I really need to decorate my room.  I promise I'll post pictures as soon as it happens.  I watched some TV and caught the new episode of "Keeping up with the Kardashians."  I also skyped with two of my friends, Sherbs and Jill.  I went out to the lounge on my floor to skype with them and, while the internet connection was a little better than it is in my room, it wasn't good enough.  We couldn't really talk due to my internet being glitchy and freezing so much.  I really need to figure out a place to go where I can skype.  I have to be able to skype with my friends since I can't be with them in person.  Finding a skyping spot will be my new project.  I don't like the idea of skyping in public, but I guess I'll do what I have to do.  I did see several people walking around on my floor when I was sitting in the lounge, which was nice because I haven't seen anybody except for my suite mate since I moved in.

Now, I am waiting for my new MacBook battery to charge completely and then die completely.  I decided to break it open tonight, so my computer will last tomorrow in my Biology class.  Taking notes on my computer seems like the way to go for that particular class.
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I have some reading I need to do for my Spanish Literature class tonight and then I'll probably go to bed.  I have my first Biology lecture from 2 to 3:20pm and my first Shakespeare class from 6 to 8:50pm tomorrow.  I hope I like my classes.  I like the two that I have been to so far, so hopefully the trend keeps up!

I think that's all for tonight, but if you all could send some positive thoughts my way, that would be great.  I could really use some right now.

Have a good week,
Sara

Friday, August 27, 2010

Transferring Tales: Day 5

I apologize for posting a day late again, but I'm at home in Carrollton and relaxing, so I definitely have time to post about yesterday.  Also, I have decided to keep Transferring Tales going until I have been to all of my classes at least one time.  I might bring the series back once in a while if something super awkward and transfer-y happens, but I'll just play it by ear.

I woke up around 6:30 yesterday, showered, got ready, and walked out my door at 7:30.  Like I mentioned a few days ago, the language building is incredibly far from my dorm, but luckily there is a campus shuttle that stops in the parking lot of my dorm and runs all over campus.  My suite mate happens to have an 8am class also, so we will ride the bus together on Thursdays at least.  I was nervous about taking the bus because I didn't know how reliable it was, but it got there at 7:33 and I was in the language building by 7:40, so I might take a little bit of a later bus from now on.  It's nice to know it's reliable for my 8am class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, though.

My first class was Principles of Rhetoric, which I was a little skeptical about just because it sounds so boring, but I think I will actually enjoy it.  My professor seems entertaining and enthusiastic about the class, so that is a major plus.  We didn't do much more than talk about the course and syllabus, and she had us fill out an information sheet about ourselves.  I'm sure we will really get rolling on Tuesday.  The class is supposed to finish at 9:20, but we got out early around 9.  Then I went over to the Union, got a cup of coffee at Einstein's, and found a place to hang out for almost two hours.  Usually, I'll only have about an hour and a half to wait before my next class.  I already know I'm going to have a ton of reading to do this semester, so I'll try to use this time to work on stuff.  I headed back to the language building for my 11am Spanish Literature class.  I was pretty nervous about this class because I have heard from several people how advanced UNT's Spanish department is.  My teacher is very animated and friendly, but I need to get used to his accent because he is from Spain and speaks very differently than my past instructors, who have been from Mexico and Puerto Rico.  He discussed the syllabus, class guidelines, etc. and we got started on some basic notes about literature, all in Spanish, of course!  I am definitely going to have to pay close attention in class because it is an upper level Spanish course, meaning that the discussion is pretty fast paced and in depth.  I did, however, realize that my teacher likes to embellish when he talks, so I am able to grasp the gist of what he is saying even if I miss some of the extra stuff.  The class is literature based, so I am pretty confident that I will be well-prepared for the discussions if I read and understand the texts.  My teacher also said that he rewards effort and participation, so I am going to try to volunteer and answer questions often.

I headed back to the Union after class and met up with my best friend Chelsea.  I hadn't seen her yet because she has been incredibly busy with recruitment, so it was really nice to eat lunch and spend some time with her!  I noticed a guy staring at me while we were in line waiting to order our food.  After doing a double-take and awkwardly staring at each other for a minute, I realized that it was someone I had worked with at Don Pablo's my senior year of high school!  We had been friends at work, but never hung out or talked outside of work and hadn't talked to each other since the restaurant closed.  He ended up sitting with us for a little while and we chatted.  It was really good to see him!  After he left, Chelsea and I finished our lunch and then went back to my room and hung out for a while.  I'm excited to be going to school together.  We have been really good friends for a long time and it will be really nice to get to see her a lot!  She had to go back to her sorority house to work on things for recruitment.  Rush at UNT is really interesting.  Rush starts on Monday, goes through Tuesday and Wednesday, stops on Thursday for classes, Pref is Friday night, and Bid Day is Saturday.  It's very different than how it is at Mizzou.

I dropped Chelsea off and then went back to my room and hung out there until dinner.  I went to the dining hall I have been eating at since I moved in.  As always, I got my food and sat down alone at a table, which I still hate, by the way.  About halfway through my meal, a girl must have decided that I looked absolutely lonely and pathetic and sat down at the table with me.  She was weird and would only talk about her food when I asked her questions and tried to strike up a conversation, but it was nice to have a little company nonetheless.  After dinner, I went back to my dorm and watched TV before bed.  My suite mate came over and asked if I wanted to go to a movie with her and some friends.  She is SO nice!  I decided not to go, though, because they were going to an 11:30pm showing and I knew I wouldn't last at such a late movie.  I need to find a way to return the favor to Ana.

My first day of class wasn't the most exciting, but the semester got off to a decent start.  I am excited about my classes and I am looking forward to going to the rest of them for the first time next week!

More to come,
Sara

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Transferring Tales: Day 4

I was planning on getting up early yesterday, grabbing a quick breakfast, and hitting the UNT rec center for the first time, but my alarm went off at 8:30am and I quickly decided that wasn't happening, so I ended up sleeping until about 11am.  I was a little disappointed that I slept in so much, but I had gotten up before 9am every day since I moved in, so I gave myself a break. 

After lounging in my room and messing around on the computer for a little while, I threw myself together and headed over to one of the dining halls for lunch.  This was the dining hall that I had eaten at for dinner the night before.  Once again, I wasn't wowed by the food, but it's decent and will do.  It was overcast and incredibly cool for this time of year, so I took advantage of it and walked around to find my classes.  Most of my classes are in the language building, which is on the edge of campus and very far away from my dorm.  I have four classes in this building.  Three of them are English classes and one is a Spanish course.  Don't laugh at me, but I took a picture of one of the classrooms while I was walking around, mostly because Tom and I had been talking about how dinky and small English classrooms usually are.
All four of my classrooms look exactly like this:
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When I was leaving the building, I passed a little area that is very flowery and has swinging benches scattered around.  I definitely want to go back there with a cup of coffee and something to read when the weather gets nicer and isn't as unbearable.  It is between the language building and the auditorium building, which is beautiful.  I may have found my favorite spot on campus.

I also found my Biology lecture and lab classrooms.  The biology building is conveniently located right next to the dining hall I have been eating at, so I can grab some lunch and head right next door to class!  I then went to the bookstore to pick up a book that had been on back order, bringing my textbook grand total to 19 books for five classes!  Ugh.  I was walking around in the Union and saw a bulletin board about Dance Marathon.  I participated in Dance Marathon both of my years at Mizzou and was on the steering committee this past year.  Not only does Dance Marathon benefit Children's Miracle Network, which is a cause near and dear to my heart, but it is such a blast to participate in.  I went to the student activities office and asked the girl sitting at the desk where I could get more information.  I guess I chose the right person to talk to because she happened to be the student director for UNT's Dance Marathon.  We chatted for a few minutes and she added me to the email listserve so I will be sent information.  I would love to participate in this event because it is something I am incredibly passionate about and it would be a great opportunity to meet people!

I came back to my room and hung out for a while and then showered and got ready for Mean Green Fling, which is a campus-wide event to kick off the school year.  Every student/campus organization as well as local businesses had booths set up with information, free food, giveaways, live music, etc.  Campus was extremely crowded, but I didn't mind.  It was so nice to see so many students around!  I went with my friends Shannon and Maddie and just walked around, ate, and even participated in a few games, but I didn't win anything other than a consolation prize.  I'm glad I went to this event because it was one of my first tastes of campus life here at UNT.  Afterward, we went back to Shannon's dorm and hung out for a little while.  Then I left and came home to get ready for the next day.

I know that I need to post about today, but I need to go grab some dinner now.  Hopefully, I will be able to post tonight, but if not, I will fill you in tomorrow!

More to come,
Sara

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wish List Wednesday

I almost forgot that it was Wednesday and that it was time for another wish list because of everything that has been going on lately!

My wish from last week's wish list came true because Chi chapter of Phi Mu at Mizzou now has 78 new, beautiful members!  I have been stalking my sister's Facebook profiles and pictures and everyone looks happy and like they are all starting off their semesters well.  I can't wait to see you all and meet the new Phis!

Two Wednesdays ago, I wrote about wanting the PACK THIS! Notepad from Perpetual Kid.  Well, I received a package in the mail sometime at the end of last week containing two of these handy-dandy notepads!  My boyfriend, Tom, decided to get them for me!  He's so awesome, and probably doesn't want to hear me complain about packing anymore.
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I have been a little preoccupied this week and haven't had much time to think of a wish list, so I have decided to post about things I have discovered that I still need/want to buy for my dorm room.  Get excited.

1) Dry Erase Monthly Calendar
I was browsing around the bookstore today and this dry erase calendar jumped out at me.  I have a spot on the wall right next to my desk where a calendar like this would fit perfectly!  This particular board is from Families with Purpose for $15.99 before shipping.  I didn't buy the board when I saw it because it didn't have a price on it and things tend to be more expensive at university bookstores than they are anywhere else.  I do like this board, but I am going to look at Target and Walmart because I know they will have boards that I like just as much that I can get at a better price.
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2) Plastic ware and dish soap
I know these aren't incredibly exciting items, but I do need them, so on the wish list they go!  I went to Walmart yesterday and bought yogurt, but completely forgot to buy spoons.  Ugh, don't you hate that?  I have been thinking about getting a small set of silverware to keep in my room and washing them after I use them, rather than buying plastic ware, but we'll see.  I also need a small bottle of dish soap because I have several water bottles and cups that I use daily that I would like to wash out once in a while.  I have been using hand soap, but would really prefer dish soap.  I don't care what brands I get, I just needed a picture to post.
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3) Over-the-Door Mirror
I have had a full-length mirror in my room for the past two years and have gotten used to it.  I just like being able to see myself fully before I leave my room.  I also use it when I do my makeup because I find it easier to be up close, rather than leaning over a sink during the application process.  I have seen similar mirrors at Walmart for about $10 dollars, but this $14.99 Target mirror is exactly what I am looking for.  I want a neutral color, such as black or silver, so I can put it in my future apartment or home.
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4) 8-Opening Collage Frame and/or 8-Opening Collage Frame
Both of these photo frames hold eight 4x6" pictures and both, or either, would look great in my room.  I have been contemplating getting a few collage frames for a while, and after seeing the bare, white walls in my dorm room, I think it is time to take the plunge.  These $14.99 and $19.99 frames from Target are exactly what I am looking for.  Once again, I like the neutral black color because it makes them more versatile and more appropriate to put in a more sophisticated room once I am no longer living in a dorm.
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5) I really, really wish the internet connection in my dorm was faster.  Most of the time, but definitely not all of the time, it works decently when I am just going to websites, but it is impossible to Skype.  I don't really want to pay $20 a month for a faster internet connection, so although routers are illegal in the dorms, I might end up getting one.  I need to be able to Skype with my loved ones in CoMo.  I don't think I can handle being away from them otherwise.

I know I still need to post today's edition of Transferring Tales (read days 1, 2, and 3), but it is already late and I have my first class of the semester (and at UNT ever) tomorrow at 8am.  I promise to fill you in on my exciting life tomorrow.

More to come,
Sara

Transferring Tales: Day 3

Hello Faithful Readers,

Sorry I didn't post this yesterday.  I was oddly wiped out at the end of the day and just didn't have the energy to write it.

Yesterday was definitely a continuing step in the right direction!  I woke up around 9, threw myself together, and ventured to the nearest dining hall, which is in the dorm next door, for breakfast.  Several people have warned be about this dining hall, saying it is much less than satisfactory for several reasons, but I decided to try it out for breakfast because I need a place that is close and that I can get in and out of quickly before I head to class.  Once I figured out that there were no trays to carry your plate on, I looked around and was pretty content with the options.  I don't know if the menu changes daily, but yesterday morning they had scrambled and hard boiled eggs, biscuits, bacon, waffles, a variety of cereals, yogurt, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, and other drinks.  I realize that it's pretty difficult to mess up breakfast, but I was more than satisfied with the options!  Maybe the lack of crowds will come in handy and allow me to get in and out quickly and be on my way.

After breakfast, I came back to my room, showered, and got ready for my choir audition.  I wasn't quite sure what to wear, but I decided to go with a fairly conservative black sundress and a light-weight white cardigan.  You can never go wrong with classy black and white! I practiced for a little while before my friend Shannon picked me up to go over to the Music building to warm up in a practice room.  My audition was at 1pm, which was the first slot after lunch, so I had to wait for the directors to get set up for the afternoon auditions.  I filled out some paperwork and went into the sight-reading room for the first part of my audition.  I was so terrified about this part because I haven't sightread since high school, which I finished two years ago!  The lady auditioning me told me that I could take as much time as I needed to go through and study the line and that I could speak through it, but I couldn't sing anything.  Ummmm, what?!  I instantly started shaking!  How can you learn a line if you can't sing a note?!  It wasn't off to a good start.  She played my starting pitch and triad on the piano, but of course I couldn't sing anything, so it wasn't much help.  I started to speak through the line and had about two measures left when she asked me if I was ready.  I thought I had all the time I needed!  I mean, I wasn't going to be ridiculous and take 20 minutes, but I thought I could at least have two minutes or something.  I managed to gulp out a "yes" and right before she played my starting pitch on the piano, the angels stepped in.  One of the other directors came into the office and started looking for something, which caused the woman to stop, which gave me time to look at and learn the rest of the line.  Hallelujah!  After he left, she played my pitches again and I got started.  I have to be honest, it was rough.  While the rhythm wasn't difficult, the note skips and steps were incredibly challenging.  After I finished she said that I had done a pretty good job and that the line was pretty hard.  She asked me to go back and do the last few measures again, which helped me because I definitely did them better the second time than I did the first.  We chatted for a minute about how I hadn't been in choir in two years and she commented on the fact that I went to Creekview High School and that it has a very good choral program, so that was a good sign.  Then it was time to go in to the performance portion of the audition.  I went into a large choir room with two choir directors, a man who I think was an assistant director, and a piano accompanist.  I introduced myself and they asked me a few questions like which choir I had been in last year, to which I replied that I was a new transfer student, and which choir I was in at Mizzou, to which I replied that I hadn't been in choir since high school.  The assistant seemed to be somewhat taken aback that I hadn't been in choir in the past two years, but he did ask me what my major is, to which I replied English, and he replied with a very enthusiastic "good for you"!  We did some vocalizing exercises and tested my range and then I performed the piece I had prepared for the audition.  I sang Aria 1 of Vivaldi's "Vieni Vieni".  I feel like this part of the audition went well!  Of course, there are always things that could have been done better or differently, but I am happy with my performance!  Hopefully, the choir directors are as too, and I see my name posted on the Concert Choir list on Friday morning.  Send lots of warm wishes my way, please!

After auditions, Shannon, our friend Maddie, and I went to Walmart to pick up a few snacks for our rooms.  I bought some Cheez-Its, which are probably my favorite snack in the whole world, and some yogurt, but of course I forgot to get plastic spoons, so I'll have to figure that one out.  Shannon decided to take us to The Square, which is the old downtown area of Denton.  The area has several cute boutiques, restaurants, bars, and an old-style theater.  We had yummy ice cream at this old-fashioned ice cream shop called Beth Marie's.
Peanut Butter Fudge and Amaretto Cheesecake!  Yummm!:
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Shannon dropped me back off at my dorm and I just lounged around for a while.  It rained on and off all day yesterday and I all I wanted to do was in lay in bed and watch TV, so I caught up on a few shows I had waiting for me on Hulu.  Around 6pm, I headed over to Bruce dining hall to try it out for dinner.  I wasn't super impressed with the food, but it was alright overall.  The menu changes everyday, so I'll probably go try it out for lunch today.  Meal times are definitely something I am going to have to get used to because I HATE eating alone.  I always have hated it.  I consider myself a friendly and social person and needless to say, I don't cope well with being lonely.  In fact, I think I only ate alone in a dining hall once during the whole two years I was at Mizzou.  I scarfed down my dinner in about ten minutes and got out of there.  I'm just going to have to get used to it, I guess.

I attempted to find my classes after dinner, but I didn't start at my dorm and didn't have a map with me, so it didn't go well.  Finding my classes is on my agenda for today because my first class is at 8am tomorrow and I know I won't be awake enough to deal with getting lost.  I wandered into the Union and stumbled across an Open Mic Night, so I stayed and watched for a little while.  I have to say, some very talented people go to school here.  Of course, UNT's music program is incredibly accomplished and well-known, and it's definitely nice to see some culture around campus.  That being said, I am surprised at how "hippie-dippy" the people are here.  This is very much a liberal arts school and you can tell by looking at many of the students here.  It's not a bad thing, of course.  It's just incredibly different from the people who attend middle-America Mizzou.

After I walked around, I came back to my room and was just sitting around doing nothing when my suite mate knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to watch a movie with her and her friend.  I could have died!  That was so nice of them to think to include me.  I miss just hanging out with friends, so it was definitely a nice gesture.  Hopefully I can return the favor soon!

Besides talking to my parents and Tom before bed and watching some more TV, that was basically the end of my day.  It wasn't the most exciting, but again, progress is progress.

I should get going because I have a few things I need to get done today, but I will be updating later.

More to come,
Sara

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Transferring Tales: Day 2

I decided today that I am going to document the days leading up to the first day of classes, which is this Thursday. Yesterday's Bits of My Weekend post counts as my first post of the Transferring Tales.  This is mostly for my own benefit because I think it will be interesting to see if I begin to venture out and feel more comfortable as the week goes on.

I woke up this morning around 8:30, took a shower, got ready, and felt a lot more like myself than I did yesterday.  I ventured out into the blazing heat, which was already up to almost 100 degrees before 10am, to walk around campus.  It was nice to see a lot of students out and about today, compared to yesterday when it was a dead zone.  I went to the music building to double check the time I was scheduled to audition for choir tomorrow, but I got lost and gave up.  Yes, that's right, I got lost inside the building.  It's massive!  I did, however, find my way to the library and the student union, where I wandered around.  I went to the bookstore and turned in a job application, so cross your fingers that I get some good news!  I also bought a poster for my room because, as I mentioned yesterday, the walls need a little help.  After that I went back to my dorm because I was profusely sweating and didn't want to lug a poster all over campus with me.

I came back to my room, freshened up, hung out for a little while, and then went to lunch with a few friends from high school.  I'm not a loser who doesn't know anybody!  Yay!  Seriously though, it was so nice to see some familiar faces and socialize, not to mention catch up with some people that I haven't seen in a while.  We went to this place right near campus called Mr. Chopsticks.  I had been there once before when I visited Chelsea during freshman year.  They have all kind of Asian-inspired food and is pretty good and inexpensive, so it's a winner in my book!

After lunch, I went over and saw my friend Shannon's room and hung out there for a little bit.  Then I came back to my room, decorated a little (pictures are coming soon), and laid down for a nice long nap.  By the time I woke up, I had slept through dinner, but I wasn't very hungry.  I still haven't eaten in any of the dining halls yet, so that is definitely my plan for breakfast tomorrow morning.  I took a drive around campus and the surrounding areas, just to see what was around here.  I'll probably do some more exploring tomorrow or Wednesday.  Then I came back to my room and have been hanging out here ever since.  I have been practicing for my choir audition, which is at 1pm tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Someone knocked on my door while I was practicing (probably to make me stop haha), so I opened it and it was my suite mate.  It was so nice to meet her!  She moved in yesterday like I did, but we kept missing each other.  Her name is Ana and she is a Chemistry exchange student from Mexico.  She went here last semester as well and said she would be more than happy to show me around.  We chatted for a few minutes and kind of got to know each other and covered the basic suite mate topics (i.e. if she ever needs to go to Walmart let me know because I have a car, you can use my bathmat, etc.).  She seems very nice and I am looking forward to getting to know her more!

Overall, today was pretty low key, but I am feeling infinitely better than yesterday.  I know that I will become more comfortable here over time, but it's just my second day here.

On that note, I received a lot of sad news of different kinds today.  I'll be saying a prayer and keeping those affected in my thoughts.  We tend to be much or fortunate than we think we are.

More to come,
Sara

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 6

Well, I am typing this post from my dorm room at UNT.  I am officially moved in and, just as I expected, I am an emotional wreck.  More on that later, though.

Most of Friday was spent packing up my room and belongings in preparation of the big move.

I ran around like crazy on Saturday with my dad and stepmom doing errands and such.  I got a new battery for my Mac because mine recently decided to start lasting only about 45 minutes, tops.  I guess it's to be expected.  MacBook Pro batteries usually only last about two years before you have to replace them, which is exactly how long I have had this computer.  $129 and an incredibly hectic and ill-organized Apple store later, I am the proud owner of a new replacement battery.  So exciting, I know.  I also got my car completely washed and vacuumed that day, which was a first for my little Versa baby!  My dad insisted that I had a clean and shiny car to take to school with me.

My brother, dad, stepmom, and I went to dinner that night at one of our favorite restaurants, Chamberlain's.  Every year, DFW KRLD hosts Dallas Restaurant Week, which is a three week event at popular Dallas restaurants where three course meals are available for a set price and a portion of the proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank.  My family generally participates every year.

The real highlight of my Saturday, however, was seeing my pledge baby, Whitney!  Whitney joined Phi Mu last bid day and we instantly became great friends and she eventually became my little!  She is one of my best friends and I absolutely love her to death.  Sadly, Whitney is not going back to Mizzou this year either, and will instead be transferring back to her hometown of Houston.  It's funny how things work out, isn't it?  Whitney and her boyfriend, Josh, had driven up to Columbia at the end of last week to pick up some things she had stored there and made a stop in Carrollton on their way back so we could see each other!  We just sat for a few hours at Starbucks and talked, caught up, and commiserated together about our futures away from Phi Mu and each other.   I seriously love this girl to death!  In a lot of ways, I am so incredibly glad we will both be in Texas because it means we can see each other!  I know I will be making my way to Houston at some point in the near future, and I'm sure Whitney will come visit me in Denton!  We had a photo shoot in the parking lot mostly for this blog post, of course.  As much as we love each other, we have never been able to take a good picture together.  These are no exception.  Many thanks to Josh for being so patient with us.  :]
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I moved in to my dorm at UNT today.  My family and I got here at about 8:30 this morning and spent the day moving me in and picking up a few last minute things at Target and Walmart.  We broke up the day with lunch at my beloved Chipotle, but it was better than usual!  My burrito was free!  Texas Chipotle stores were giving away free burritos today for tax free weekend if you showed a Chipotle receipt from August 17 or 18.  Maybe I'm obsessed, but I love my Chipotle!  Anywho, I am all unpacked and set up in my room.  I definitely need to decorate because these white walls need some serious help, but I'm pretty content with how it's turning out so far.
The sign that was on my dorm room door:
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I have to admit that I have been an emotional wreck today, as I mentioned before.  The only person I have met so far is my nice-but-very-awkward RA, Jeff, but that's it.  I haven't even met my suite mate yet.  I need a familiar face, or at least some human interaction.  I did exactly what I told myself I wouldn't do by staying in my room all day.  I ventured out around 7:30 tonight and walked around campus for a little while, but it just emphasized the fact that I am alone here and do not know my way around or anything about the school.  Today was really hard and I know that it will take time to acclimate myself.  I'm emotionally drained and just want to cry about everything, but I have things I need to do tomorrow, so I am going to get some sleep, wake up, and start a new day.

Have a good week,
Sara

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bring it.

I'm packing.  Surprisingly, I haven't had a meltdown, or freaked out, or felt the need to do the "Sara Whine" as my friends have lovingly named it.  I don't know what's wrong with me.  I am never this calm and collected while packing.  Tomorrow, however, is crunch time, so I'll let you know how it goes.

I can't believe I move into my dorm at UNT on Sunday.  I'll be officially starting a new chapter of my life this weekend and, as to be expected, I have mixed feelings about it.  As I've mentioned, ever-so-subtly I might add,  I am beyond sad to be leaving my life at Mizzou, but in a lot of ways I am excited for a change.  I guess excited-scared to death is what I'm feeling right now.  I'm terrified to be starting over as a junior in college.  It just seems late in the game to have to meet new people, learn about a new school, etc.  I'm really scared.

That being said, I am also excited for a few things that will be new to me.  I am an English major at UNT, which is something I have wanted to do for a while.  I never did and never would have had the opportunity to pursue English at Mizzou, just because of the high cost of out of state tuition and the prestige of the journalism school.  I am very excited about being able to major in something that I think I will enjoy and be interested in.

I want to make the most of my time at UNT and do things that I didn't have time to do at Mizzou due to my busy schedule of school and sorority commitments.  I drove up to the UNT campus yesterday and signed up for a choir audition!  I was in choir all through elementary, middle, and high school, and absolutely loved it.  I was extremely active in it in high school and have missed it terribly the past two years.  I don't want to say too much and jinx my audition, but I am hoping that it works out.  I audition on Tuesday at 1pm, so wish me luck and I'll let you know how it goes!  I also want to join at least another club or organization or something.  I would love to get involved with UNT's Dance Marathon because I enjoyed being an active part of it at Mizzou and think anything benefiting Children's Miracle Network is more than worthwhile.

I am also happy to report that I will now be going to school with two of my very best friends.  Travis and I have been best friends for forever and Chelsea and I met in middle school and became great friends in high school.  Of course, I want to branch out and meet new people, but it will be nice to have a pre-existing support system.  This will be Travis' first semester at UNT as well, so we will be able to experience all of these changes together.

I don't know how I'll feel when I am all alone in my room on Sunday night after my parents leave.  I'm sure I'll bounce back and forth between being an emotional wreck and looking on the bright side.  I am excited about things though, and this post will serve as a good reminder.  I've adopted a new mantra:  Different doesn't have to be bad.  It's just different.

It's not the most profound statement ever, but it's so true.  I have the power to make this transition a positive one, and I would be a fool not to.  I have the opportunity to meet new people, learn something new, and become more independent and open-minded.  Even though I'm scared to death, this will make me stronger.

Bring it on, UNT.

More to come,
Sara

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wish List Wednesday

I realize this post might be a lame attempt at a wish list, but it's very honest and very heartfelt.

I want my amazing Phi Mu sisters to have the best, most successful recruitment ever!  I want them to grow closer, work harder, and choose a better pledge class than ever before!
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I just skyped with about 10 of my favorite sisters before they had to sign off to go preference for tonight.  Seeing them all together and happy was absolutely amazing, but I definitely got a little choked up because I'm talking to them and seeing them from halfway across the country rather than sharing the recruitment experience with them.
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I love them so much and am so proud to call them my sisters.
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So, here is my wish for this week:

To my beautiful sisters at Chi,
Keep your spirits up, work hard, and recruit an amazing pledge class that you are proud to call our sisters!  I know I've said it before, but this is our year, Ladies!  Share that wonderful, genuine Phi Mu love because it's what keeps us together and strong in our sisterhood.
LIOB, now and always,
Sara
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