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Life 101: College Courses That Need to Exsist Yesterday

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I love school. In fact, if I could get paid to be a forever student, I think I would. Epic nerd status, I know. In fact, I think that’s a big reason why I became a librarian; I literally get to surround myself with opportunities to learn something new everyday. I also have the chance to pass on some of that nerd-energy to my students, getting them psyched up about their education.

It’s kind of really awesome, guys.

That being said however, there were some classes that I had to take in college that did not make a mole hill of sense. I mean yes, I understand that Calculus is relatively important, and okay Biology is good to know from time to time, but what about the classes that help us young adulting adults navigate the every days and every nights IRL, the classes that will help prepare us for whatever life throws our way outside the confines of the campus quad.

Here are just some of the college classes [that need to exist yesterday] that might actually help you survive in the real world.

  1. Sociology 171: How to Make Friends Sober
  2. Communication Studies 10: How to Say No To Things You Actually Don’t Want to Do
  3. History 103: How To Recover From Accidentally Liking Someone’s Instagram Picture From 2010
  4. Cosmetology 101: How To Look Like You Weren’t Just Crying In The Bathroom
  5. Life After Your Meal Plan: How To Eat On A Budget
  6. Poli Sci 50: Policies For When Your Psychotic Roommate Keeps Stealing Your Stuff (Those Oreos Didn’t Eat Themselves, Angela!)
  7. Chemistry 20: Convincing Your Hook Up That You Two Have A Stronger Connection Than Just “Netflix And Chill”
  8. European History: How To Not Be Intolerably Annoying When You Come Back From Studying Abroad
  9. English 114: Analyzing and Interpreting Drunk Texts From Your Ex
  10. Criminal Law: How To Stop Yourself From Watching 37 Hours of Law & Order: SVU
  11. Astronomy 29: Understanding That Your Zodiac Sign Doesn’t Actually Control Your Life
  12. Theater 141: How To Feign Confidence In ALL Situations
  13. Economics 102: Understanding That If You Stopped Buying Drunk Food After You Go Out You Could Actually Afford To Go Grocery Shopping
  14. Intro To Psychology: Analyzing Different Meanings Behind The “K” Text
  15. Business: How To Fake Being Ready For A Real Career In A Job Interview When In Reality You Spent The Last Four Years Of College Signing Up For 3pm Classes Because You Hate Waking Up Before Noon
  16. Musicology 109: Finding Emergency Cool Playlists To Put On Your Phone Just In Case Someone Asks You To DJ Or When Driving In A Car Because The Last Time That Happened All You Had Downloaded Was The “Shrek” Soundtrack

QOTD: What are some of the classes you wished you had in college?

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Going with the “Flo”

Hey guys!

So I’ve got a question for ya…

Do you ever feel like you are just going with the flo?

No, not that Flo, silly billy.

Although can I just say…I NEED a pair of those slippers! And how dare that squirrel steal from that poor, poor chipmunk family. Justice indeed, Flo. Justice indeed.

Actually, the “flo” I am referring to is that certain feeling of being stuck in a rut, just kind of going through the motions of the ocean without stopping to smell the roses. WOW that was a lot of different analogies to throw at you all at once. And they all completely, 110% made sense, right? 😉

Yikes. I am going to apologize in advance for this post and the many, many brain farts that are sure to ensue. That is part of the reason I am bringing my girl Flo into this conversation. Don’t get me wrong; I am having a blast at work and am LOVING school! In fact, I just got back my grades for two major papers, the very first major papers of my grad school career, and kicked both of their, pardon my French, asses! I was a bit shocked; I didn’t know quite what to expect, seeing as the Master’s program is a whole other ballgame from my college days. You can imagine how excited I was (there may or may not have been some serious M.C. Hammer happy dancing going on in my house, and that was just the dog).

While I love school, I think that sometimes I put too much emphasis on grades and how well I do. I had the same problem when I was in college; I was so focused on doing my best (and in my mind, “best” equaled “4.0 or bust”) that I really missed out on the whole college experience a bit. As you all know, I am a slight perfectionist.

Okay. I am a HUGE perfectionist. The biggest. And while I have come a long way from where I used to be in that area (A LOOOONNNNGGGG WAY), not putting so much pressure on myself and throwing myself a bone ever once in a while, which we should all do, I still have this inner-need to do well, to tackle it all. I like challenging myself, stretching my boundaries and knowing that at the end of the day, I accomplished all that I set out to do and then some.

What have I always preached to you guys over and over? Moderation is key. Except when it comes to ice cream and in that case, just go ahead and throw away the key because you all know you can never have too much of the cold and creamy deliciousness that is Rocky Road or Cookies and Cream.

While all of these attributes are great to have, even commendable,  they can prove to be detrimental if used to excess. Case in point: the current runt that I have fallen into. For the last few weeks, it seems like all I do is homework, work, read my text books/take notes, work, take a test, work. I realize that this time last year, I was begging for this ‘busy-ness”, this sense of doing something and being productive. And I also realize that jam-packed days and long nights come with the territory of being an employed full-time student. What I need to start realizing however that just because I am doing those things, doesn’t mean I have to let it consume my life.

I cannot just sit back and let life pass me by, gosh darn it. Instead of just going with the flow, I have to start directing it. That may mean setting a time limit for school work during the day, politely declining to cover nonscheduled shifts at work if I just don’t have the time (that is going to be a toughy for me because I HATE saying no) and calandaring in “Me” time at least once a week (sitting down to read a non-text book book, hanging out with friends, watching trashy TV, going out for ice cream, etc.).

I know I have said before how important it is to not carried away with the small things in life, the things like work, grades and money that at the end of the day, won’t mean a peanut butter covered pickle in the grand schemes of things. And I know that I have struggled to follow my own advice in doing so, but I don’t want to take for granted another missed opportunity to really enjoy life.

Let’s all pinky promise that we will stop and smell the roses as often as we can. Just maybe not the ones in Mrs. Habersham’s front yard lest you want to face the wrath of her garden hose. (I’m sorry Mrs. Habersham).

So what do you say?!

Are you with me?!

Questions of the day:

Have any of you ever been perfectionists?

Do you have a hard time balancing work/school/fun time?

What kinds of things do you like to do to chillax?

Thursday Confessions

Confession: I haven’t washed my hair in over four days. I’d like to think that it is because I am just doing my part and conserving water. But I have just been lazy. And let’s be honest, cheap. My shampoo and conditioner bottles are on their last leg and I am not going shopping until Sunday.

Confession: I may or may not have watched two hours of Bill Nye the Science Guy this afternoon. Technically it was just on in the background while I was doing a bit of writing but I got sucked in. I forgot how awesome that show was! WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS DEMONSTRATION AT HOME.

Confession: I just attempted that demonstration at home.

Confession: I was just kidding. That would be just silly.

Confession: SILLY AWESOME, that is!

Confession: I just got my grad school text books in the mail today. I already am itching to dig into them and get my read on.

Confession: I may or may not have already started reading. And taking notes. And highlighting. And school doesn’t even start for three weeks.

Confession: I am the biggest nerd.

Confession: And proud of it 🙂

Confession: I am a cereal killer. I had three bowls of Frosted Flakes this morning and am thinking about committing yumicide on some Corn Pops later.

Confession: I’d like to wish you all a great rest of your night 🙂

Question of the day: Any Thursday confessions you’d like to spill?

 

Never too old

You’re never too old to….

1. Go back to school.

I was just accepted into the Post-Bachelor’s Teacher Program with Western Govenor’s University!!! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to head on back to school (with my trusty Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, pencils and pens, loose-leaf paper and calculator in hand of course), hit the books, and become a bonified certified teacher! The road to get here has been long. I have taken a couple of detours along the way and have had more than my fair share of potholes, but I am finally on the right course and couldn’t be more happy 🙂

2. Sport an uber chic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sweater.

Cowabunga Dude!

Did anyone else have a crush on Donotello?

Growing up, I was absolutely in love with these pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling, butt-kicking reptiles. I remember begging my mom to take me to Blockbuster every Saturday to rent the VHS tapes of the live-action movies, over and over and over and over and, well, you get the idea. My favorite one was the third in the series, you know the one…but just in case you forgot…it was the one where they get transported back in time and go to Japan and train as ancient Samurai Warriors and assist a small village there who where being held captive by the evil emporor in an uprising and…you’ll just have to check it out for yourself because it is AWESOME! Anywhoo, I was at Goodwill the other day and saw this little gem of a sweater and thought to myself, “You know, I am in need of some gaudy but fashionable TMNT wear to adorn my closet.” So, I did what any former (and still) fan of the turtle would do…I plunkered down the $4 and bought myself a sweater. Best $4 I have spent in a long time.

3. Sleep with a baby’s blanket.

Yes I am 24 years old. And yes I still sleep, nay, HAVE to sleep, with a blanket that was given to me when I was just a babe in Pampers. Me and my blanket are tight like Spandex. We go way back and have been through so much together. It was a constant source of comfort and safety growing up–it has shielded my eyes from many a scary movie, kept me warm on those cold winter nights snuggling up on the couch with a good book, was a chew toy for all three of my pups and was, in a way, a friend. It’s because of the memories that it possesses that it remains that same source of comfort and safety to this day. My whole family makes fun of me for still hanging on to the raggedy old thing but I think they’re just jealous.

4. Go to a pumpkin patch

One of the best things about fall is heading out to your local pumpkin farm, taking a hay ride, making your way through a corn maze (I swear I wasn’t lost, I was just taking the scenic route), and of course picking out your favorite orange gourd to take home and carve. I also want to add on to this trick-or-treating. Whoever came up with the idea of going door to door, getting candy from complete strangers was either a) a total genius or b) crazy out of his gourd. I’d like to think he was the former. Any excuse to go out and get a bag loaded with Snickers (king sized if you know which houses to hit), Skittles and Candy Corn is an excuse good enough for me!

5. Watching hours upon hours of Doug and Recess (DVR’d, naturally).

You can learn so much from watching cartoons. I prefer to think of it as educational entertainment.

6. Eating Peanut Butter straight from the jar.

MMMMM 🙂

Who needs bread when you’ve got a spoon? Or your hand? Need I say more.

Happy Columbus day guys!

Question of the day: What things do you do or enjoy to ‘stay young’ at heart?

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