New semester with a new year! -and a piece of advice-

Hello all! Second semester is upon us and, I must say, so far it is fantastic! I have friends in all of my classes, my teachers are all really nice and excited for their curriculum  and my classes themselves are very interesting! I’ve recently been appointed to secretary position for P.H.A.T (yay!) and treasurer for Circle K (also yay!) so I’m eager to get to work and help out as much as I can. Field hockey off-season work-outs begin soon so I’ll be able to hang out with my teammates while also preparing to kick booty next season. Though the weather has been a bit frigid and unfriendly, things are looking bright for the 2013 Spring semester here at OWU.

I’ve come to notice that, in my half-a-year of experience thus gained, time management is really key to staying afloat. College IS different from high school. Your classes will be harder (yes, even more so than most AP courses) and the work load is greater. Add to this friends, athletics, club activities  and work and your schedule is pretty full. BUT IT IS MANAGEABLE! I’ve found that keeping a written record of my activities, like in an agenda, helps me keep my head from falling off. Even leaving sticky notes for yourself, like “don’t forget to write the paper” or “chem quiz next week!” will help. I’m just briefly touching on this subject now because a couple of my friends have been asking for advice on juggling so many things at once and I know that I’ve had this problem before myself. I have a lot more to say on it and will definitely come back to the subject of time management and organization so please look forward to it. So for all of you people feeling like your treading water, hang in there! There are plenty of resources available to you, from material items like planners to professors and friends to coaches and tutors. Keep working hard and enjoy this B.E.A.UUUUTIFUL new year! Good luck with all of your current endeavors!

The Return to OWU

I’m going to admit it…I was really sad Saturday morning (the 12th). I woke up and looked at my overstuffed little suitcase and realized I was leaving again. I looked at all my books, all of my clothes and pictures, all of my stuffed animals (don’t judge. They’re cuddly.) and I felt an immense desire to stay here. Most of my more random trinkets had been packed away in storage so as to avoid unnecessary dust collection but this room was still my sanctuary. I wasn’t ready to leave. I had a quick breakfast and was able to say goodbye to my mom and siblings and of course my precious doggies and then my dad and I departed. I waved goodbye to the house and we were off. The whole journey back was pretty rough even though one of my best friends, Montana, was on my flight. We talked and talked about the lives we had temporarily returned to and I kept thinking back to my warm bed and my warm family and how I wasn’t there.

I spent Saturday night with my roommate Emily and her family. They live very close to campus and were so, so kind. Then, Sunday morning, Em and I returned to OWU. The second my key slid into our room’s lock, my homesickness diminished. A sense of calm hit me and I remembered that this place, though very different from Aurora, is my new home. I have spectacular friends and exciting adventures around every corner here. There were some definite new semester jitters but it was a familiar feeling, one I could deal with. Lauren and then Frisia returned later that afternoon and the four of us began to re-set our room, unpacking and cleaning up. And everything was simple and good. I’ve settled back in without a hitch and am eager for this new semester to begin!

Best of luck to all!

Home for the Holidays

This is my dog Dodger! He’s part terrier, part kangaroo, and part coyote. He’s kind of a stinker but he is so, so loved.

Ah, the holidays are drawing to a close but a bit of freedom still remains. I hope everyone has been having a fantastic time, whether they are at home or traveling. I hope everyone has been safe and healthy. And I hope most of all that everyone was able to spend time with the people they love.

Families can be crazy. And sometimes that craziness is exactly what you need to feel right again.They can be loud and messy. They can be wild and hilarious. They can be nosy and caring. And they can be as comfortable as a warm fire on a very cold night. I’m sure there are problems that arise, old issues that resurface or new dilemmas. There may be tension from having been away or maybe sadness at having to leave again. But it is important to remember that home is truly where the heart is. Enjoy the time you have together, even if only for an hour. Look at your loved ones and be reminded of the deep bonds that connect you. Appreciate all that you’ve been given and never stop having fun.

My family and I went to Telluride, Colorado for some of break. My cousins and their families, my grandma, my aunt and uncle, and the five Stevensons’. In total there were seventeen of us in a big-but-not-big-enough condo. Most of us went skiing (I actually snowboarded) while a couple stayed home with the really young ones. I’ve been skiing since I was about four but have recently picked up boarding just as a challenge. I’m decent and haven’t broken a helmet in over two years so I think I’m improving! For those of who haven’t visited the Colorado mountains, I highly suggest you do so. You don’t have to ski or board or even stay overnight. Just drive through and try not to lose your breath.

Have a wonderful time with what remains of break and I look forward to seeing everyone in the new semester!