Friday, December 16, 2016

Finals are Over and I am Home!


After an incredibly stressful two weeks I am home! Dead week and finals were much more intense this year, and I am so glad they are over. 

I had to write four essays, two were 10 pages long and two were six pages. I also had a Personal Finance Exam. The essays as a whole weren't bad, but I really struggled with one in particular. My roommate and I affectionately called it "the essay from hell." I turned it in on Tuesday, and am trying not to think about it until grades come back. 

I flew home last night and was welcomed back to Alaska by 19 degree weather and snow. It was amazing! My friend drove me to the airport, and on the way we stopped in Tacoma to get bubble tea. She consented to me posting a picture of her; so here we are at the airport:

I am spending my first day home getting in the Christmas spirit. I baked sugar cookies and gingerbread, and wrapped Christmas presents. I swear my dog gave me a sarcastic look when I turned on the Christmas music. 

I can't believe there are 18 days left before I head to Manchester! Now I need to start preparing in earnest.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

When Life Gets in the Way


I know I promised a Thanksgiving update, but college got the best me. I got back to school on Sunday after an amazing visit home, but this week has felt like a whole year. 

Over break I spent time with family, ate far too much food, and watched all of the Gilmore Girls revival with my sister. It was exactly what was needed, and I am so happy that I got to go home. 

My friend picked me up from the airport and we went back to her house to eat the Pecan Pie Cheesecake that her brother made, it was my third Thanksgiving, and I can say that I do not regret that decision at all. We got back to school around 7:30 pm and I have been doing homework ever since. 

This week was incredibly busy, even though next week is Dead Week. I worked a bunch, and have assignments coming out of my ears. Part of my job consists of throwing events, so on Thursday night I hosted an event about creating civil dialogues. It wasn't well attended, but I went through the program anyway and it went great. Friday, I was on a panel that presented to the Board of Regents. It was a very brief presentation, but I had a really great time doing it. 

Today I helped a professor lead a cooking event for her class. The students selected four recipes to make, and partnered up to prepare the various dishes. It was so much fun, and the students made great food! The best part was that I got to eat the food without helping that much, it sounds terrible but I was excited about it. 

Currently, I am sitting in my friends' room while we have a paper writing party. We ordered $50 of 50% off pizza and ate it to mask our feelings of deep despair regarding Finals week. 

On a more exciting travel note: I finally have more information about Manchester! We had a group meeting detailing our travel arrangements and the schedule for the entire month. It is incredibly exciting! To add to the joy of this meeting, Santa showed up. The restaurant we were at had Santa come to take pictures with kids, and our table happened to be right next to it. There is nothing quite as weird as talking about a study away trip while Santa is asking a small child what they are most looking forward to for Christmas. 

Exactly one month until I leave for Manchester!