Monday, March 2, 2009

last week was a big thumbs up

Hey everyone!

So I’m back again from a long but fun filled weekend of swimming. This past weekend a bunch of the women’s team traveled down to Rhode Island Friday afternoon to watch the men’s championships. We all crammed into a few hotel rooms and went to the prelims and finals sessions of the meet. Overall the men did great, finishing 5th and break a ton of school records (I think 7 or 8). Everyone had best times and a lot of the new freshman did amazing (with their excited parents watching in the stands). The girl’s team got to meet a lot of the parents and chat with them too. While down there, I spent Saturday night at Providence College which a friend of mine and had tons of fun. Two other girls and I took the bus back with the men last night too and that was an experience. Here's a picture of all of us at one of the sessions:

In addition to the great weekend, last week was really good for me (full of acceptance, I’ve been saying). First off, I got asked to be in the Psychology honors society, Psi Chi. I was excited about this and of course my parents were proud. I also how asked to help run one of the POW pre-orientation programs this summer (so if you go on POW 1, I’ll be there!). I had an interview for tour guiding and was told I’d be able to part time tour guide when I return from abroad next year and probably be full time in my senior year too, which was also exciting since it’s something I really want to do.

Speaking of study abroad, if we could put it into a fraction I’m 2/3 accepted? I’ve been accepted by SMC and by API, and now all I’m waiting on is the registrar of the college in Florence to approve both me and my courses. SCRATH THAT, I JUST GOT A CALL AND AM FULLY ACCEPTED! YAY! The course listings came out for next fall and I sent mine is right away so I could get the courses I want. To give you a taste of how great the study abroad experience can be, my top choice courses are: Italian, celebrating Italian style: food and culture in contemporary Italy, foundation oil painting, and a philosophical perspective on psychology. My back up courses are pretty cool too (wine and wine culture? Awesomeeee). If I get those courses at the times I want, my weekends will start at 9am on Thursdays and end at 6pm on Mondays. That’s not to say it’s not a lot of work (Tuesday I’d be in class from 8 to 3 and that’s only two classes), but it definitely leaves time for travel and sight seeing so I can explore as much of Italy and Europe as I can.

So though swimming is officially over, there’s no escaping the water for us. For the next 6 weeks or so we run a swim lesson program for children and grandchildren of faculty, staff, and alumni. We don’t get paid individually but the program makes a lot of money this way and it lowers our cost for the Florida training trip. I’m teaching level one so I’m excited to get to work with some cute little kids!

I think that’s all for now. I’ve been behind on work and am finally all caught up so I’m going to go get a nap in before dinner. Check back soon!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for my friendly and wonderful swim instructor Christina. I think I wouldn't have taken to swimming so much. I'll be sure to send my kids to take up lessons with her. Where did you learn swimming anyhows?