Friday, February 26, 2010

Did you know that when it snows...

Hello all!

It seems like we've got a little catching up to do now that I've gotten my life back in order (sorry for the last post, it was a bit depressing haha). Swimming has ended, which I can't believe. Having just a half season really made it fly by. We had championships last weekend and I'm so proud of how everyone did. There were so many best times and I think we broke over 10 records as a team. Both the women and men placed 6th out of 22 and 15 respectively, so that's really awesome for us! Now that the season is over we're all enjoying a little extra free time and we're also back to teaching swim lessons for a few weeks, but that's pretty fun.

In other news, we got dumped on with a ton of snow two days ago. The weather, however, has been crazy here (it's doing a number on my allergies) and it's all melting in the 35+ "heat wave" and campus is really puddle-y and muddy now. BUT when there was all that snow on the ground SMC students got out and had a good time. Check out our Flikr page soon for some pics of the snow. Also check there a little later for some photo updates from out abroad bloggers around the world.

This week has been so busy and I'm glad I have a little weekend time to wind down. I banged out a midterm this morning and now I'm just relaxing a little before I go over to admissions to help hold interviews for new Tour Guides. This is the second step in the process after applications and by next week we should have a new group of fun, excited students ready to learn how to be SMC TGs!

Things that are coming up (aka look for posts/pictures):
Friday Knight Dry (tonight!)
Burlington Mardi Gras Parade (tomorrow)
I'm going on LEAP! (next weekend)
Room selection (oh boyyyy)

That's it for now. And prospective students, remember to check out all of our blogs, photos, videos, facebook pages, and twitter pages!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How busy is too busy?

I've been asking myself this question a lot over the last few day...or weeks really. It's not that my life wasn't "busy" while I was abroad. I was constantly doing something. I cooked, cleaned, trained for a marathon, did my schoolwork (which was pretty legit if I do say so), and constantly planned trips, packed and unpacked for/from them, and traveled. I managed all of this in my 168 weekly hours and still got at least 7 hours of sleep most nights. I was able to fulfill my duty as a traveler and study abroad student while still keeping up as a friend, sister, daughter, and girlfriend.

I've never really had trouble with my time management. Swimming has kept me in line since age 14, which is when I got to high school and about the time my neurotic sense of organization kicked in. I like to know when things are happening ahead of time so I can schedule them in. It's not that I hate surprises, I just don't like when my perfect plans are thrown off. I like to color code, file, make post it notes and lists for everything, and keep my planner full but perfectly neat.

So here I am, almost 7 years into my organizational lifestyle, feeling disorganized and lost. I'm not sure what it is that's got me feeling like I'm spiraling out of control and I think that's the biggest problem. I'm swimming, which keeps me on a pretty strict schedule, limiting my time to do school work but also making sure that I do it, as has always been the case. I'm taking classes and, though I'm taking a few more credits than usual, only one of my classes is giving me trouble. I'm working as a coordinator, but I LOVE my job and work it very easily into my crazy schedule. Swimming is ending soon and swim lessons are only once a week. I'll still need to work out at the gym of course, but running seems a bit lower maintenance. I'm hoping that I'll have more time to devote to my schoolwork, because I need time to find a summer job and to begin my search for grad schools and find out what I want to do in the next year or so. These sentences are probably becoming harder to understand if you don't know me, so I'll move along.

I'm not really sure what to do, but I needed somewhere to talk out my current life situation where I know someone will read it (and perhaps where I don't have to have a face-to-face conversation about "what's missing in my life"). At the very least, I hope this post, coupled with my overwhelming computer troubles (still no files on it because I don't have office back), will make up slightly for my neglect of you, my readers.

On a similar note, I'd love to hear some questions people are having, or at the very least a few topic suggestions. I know my fellow blogger Dustin would be upset that I'm asking other people to provide me with my voice (check out his latest post) but I think I need a little support until I can get back on my feet, though that seems little desperate sounding.

Anyway, the gears are turning on new topics, photo album ideas, and even video ideas hopefully. Until I get interesting, my deepest apologies. My search for my place post-Italy should not affect my relationship with you all, and I will do my best to see to it that I solve these problems ASAP.

Much Love,

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Slow and Steady

Hey everyone,

I know this doesn't count as a post, but I wanted to update everyone quickly. I got my computer back today with nothing on it at all...including Microsoft Office. So I'm working on getting it back up and running with everything I need but I'm not sure how long it'll take. Be patient and hopefully I can come back with some lovely blogs when its all over.

Meanwhile, I'll be staying on campus for this long 4 day weekend (though I do miss home) because of swimming. So, perhaps by the time everyone returns on Tuesday I'll be back to my normal, computer-savy life. Fingers crossed.

Just wanted to throw a quick update in there so everyone doesn't think I dropped off the planet. Oh and current SMC students, go to and read about the new 3-4-5 contest for students. First prize is $500 so you know you want to.

K bye!

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Blogging Contest!

You read right! The SMC Bloggers are doing a new contest. We want to know what YOU want to read about in our blogs.

Leave a comment on this post with a creative, fun, unique topic for a blog post that you wish we'd write about (don't forget name and email, so we can contact you if you win). All of the Bloggers will get together at the end of February to decide which ideas we like best. Feel free to leave as many blog topics as you want. If we pick your suggestion then you will win a fun prize! Then check back and see us blogging YOUR ideas! The contest will end on February 28th so get those creative juices flowing.

AND don't forget about our first SMC Blogger chat of the Spring Semester: This Thursday night from 7-9PM. Come chat with us about anything and everything SMC

*Remember, only High School students can win the prizes but EVERYONE can contribute their topics!