Adventure Time in Columbus

This past weekend I road-tripped with my friends about 6 hours to the infamous Columbus, OH in the hopes our beloved Lions wouldn’t get blown away. All the game itself was actually quite painful, the experience was still fun. I mean how could it not be. We had a car packed full (5 people what up) and set out on our journey. Met up with the other car (because this is equally as important). We jammed out in the car to the most random collection of music, which ended with Christmas music. (let me interject real quick about Christmas music…IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN YET…THIS IS WRONG!!!). The Christmas music was actually the most painful part. But here are some highlights from that drive to Columbus:

  • finding out we had to drive through part of West Virginia. We were actually really confused because we honestly (stupidly) didn’t know there was that sliver of the state between PA and OH when driving towards Columbus.
  •  trying to find a liquor store for our 21+ needs. We didn’t stop on the way out, and why would we? There would be plenty of chances to buy some later on. But we realized that by the time we would get to the hotel there wouldn’t be a liquor store open. So we got off the highway multiple times to try and find one. Eventually my one roommate stopped and asked someone outside a restaurant. This lady looked like she knew EXACTLY where the liquor store would be. And turns out she did! So we took care of that.
  • We got lost in Columbus! To be fair the exit the GPS told us to take was closed for construction, so we had to take a different one. But then we were driving in circles around Columbus until we could find the hotel. So that was an adventure.

Eventually we all ended up in the hotel to hang out and have a good night. 

 

The next morning I got harassed through text messages from my parents about the game. I am a Penn State fan, my family are Ohio State fans. So naturally, I got pictures and videos from my mom basically saying GO BUCKS! …NO…

But other than that there really weren’t any comments direct AT us specifically. People would make comments about Penn State in general, but never ones that were directed at us personally. If there was one thing that was clear, though, its that those fans sure HATE Michigan. Which means that they should like us because we beat Michigan. Anyway, the more the night went on and the drunker people became, the more comments that began to fly. But still nothing bad. 

The game was…fun? I’m not sure. Like I had a good time, but at the same time it was incredibly painful to watch. I felt so bad for those boys down there because they were trying and trying, and well Braxton Miller shit on us basically. However, I learned a bit about the difference between Penn State’s student section and Ohio State’s (and most other schools for that matter). 

  • Penn State is crazy! We go nuts throughout the ENTIRE game, not just on 3rd downs. Something exciting happens, we scream. The end! I was a little disappointed in the excitement level of the student section. Maybe it’s because we were in the nosebleed seats on the other side of the stadium, but it didn’t even seem like anyone wanted to be there.
  • There was supposed to be a scarlet out (even though the athletes were told pink), but still people didn’t participate. Sorry but have you seen a white out? It only looks cool if everyone does it.
  • We camp out in tents (and by we I mean some people, not everyone) and have to show up to games super early (especially big games) if we want good seats for the game. We are guaranteed a seat, just not a specific one. But OSU has reserved seats. Each ticket you buy has a specific seat number. To me that’s just weird, but I’m used to the Penn State way of student tickets. 
  • It was also kind of weird that there really weren’t tailgates, but that is because they are smack dab in the middle of the city and don’t have the space for it. That’s no ones fault, it’s just the way it worked out.

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(^^My view of the stadium on Saturday night)

Other than the awful, awful game I witnessed. I had a great time in Columbus, and it was something that I would do again in a heart beat. Maybe besides the terrible win OSU had. Yikes.

 

Until next time my friends…

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Monday Morning Procrastination

“Oh hey Monday” – said no one ever.

Actually, I’m going to refute this for a moment. First, throughout high school, I actually loved Monday’s because it meant I got to see my friends again, and I honestly really enjoyed school. Now though, as a college student, when I don’t have class every day, or even all day, I consider Monday’s a curse. A burden of enjoying a fun, or maybe just exhausting, weekend and then on Sunday, at some point, you snap back to reality. The reality is that I have so much work to do this week and it all starts with Monday. And since I’m the queen of procrastination, I always decide to do other important things instead of the mountains of work I have to do. 

Procrastination – an interesting concept. To me, procrastination is literally just doing anything and everything you can to avoid doing whatever it is you should be doing. As I’ve been progressing through my education, my procrastination has gotten worse. Somehow though the work always gets done. This just happened last week actually. I had this huge counseling transcript project to do, and naturally I had started it, but never got super far. We had to counsel someone (roommate, friend, etc.) for 30 minutes about a nutrition problem, and record it (voice recording). Afterwards, we had to transcribe the entire session into a word document (THIS TOOK HOURS!!!!). We then had to do a follow up session of about 15 minutes and do the same thing. When all this was done, and the whole session was in the document, we had to identifying the statements that we, as the counselor, had made. Naturally, I stayed up until 2 am to finish this part of the project. It was due Monday morning, online, in a drop-box at 8 am. The papers that we had to turn in with it we could turn in later in the day when we had time to drop them off. So I didn’t turn those in until after 11 because of class. Did I mention I also had an exam at 8 am that morning too? Yeah so that was a fun day! 

After this novel, anyone can realize that I need to work on my procrastination, and not do it anymore. It’s so bad, and it only creates stress and a whole mess of other issues. But here we are, I have a mountain of work due this week, and yet I’m writing this post.

Happy Monday.

The Future – It Scares Me

Lately I’ve been forced to think about my future.

Where do I want to go?

What do I want to do?

Who do I want to be?

The worst part is that although these questions are important, I don’t really have an answer to them. At my age (not even graduated from college), how am I supposed to know what I want to do? Especially because you here so often of people hating their job. That is a huge fear of mine. I’m going to go in the direction I thought I wanted, and hate it. Then (depending on that point), it could even be to late to change the direction. My life, and everyone else’s too, is filled with so many “what if’s” that I’m not even certain of what  I want to do in the future.

Let’s reflect on everything I’ve wanted in life (career wise):

I’m pursuing a degree in Nutrition, with the hopes of getting a Dietetic Internship and ultimately becoming a Registered Dietitian. Originally I wanted to work clinical, with patients like my brother, and help them. Then I realized I’m not emotionally ready to do that for my whole life, and I thought maybe the nutrition education route and working with health promotion/disease prevention. Or maybe I’d like to work food service, which actually wouldn’t be super awful, I’ve definitely had some practice with this aspect.

Now I’m trying to get everything together to begin to prepare myself to apply to these Dietetic Internships. But now I’m realizing, I don’t have enough RELEVANT experience, or good enough of a GPA for this. And I’m starting to think I’ve even picked the wrong major. One of my favorite classes (although definitely the most boring) this semester is one called “Management Practice in Dietetics”. Basically, business for nutrition majors. And for some reason, I’m actually doing pretty well in the class. I actually understand what is going on. Don’t get me wrong, I like nutrition, I’m just not super amazing at all the science parts of it.

So lately I’ve been thinking that I went in the wrong direction. Maybe it’s just a phase, but something I would love to do is work in fashion, either on the magazine side, or the corporate side of fashion retailers. I’ve worked in retail for the past few years, and honestly I really enjoy it. I mean it’s annoying when you’ve fixed a pile of clothing and then a customer comes and decides they need the one on the bottom of the pile, and within 2 seconds you have to fix the pile again. But I actually enjoy it. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s simply the interaction with people, or maybe it’s transforming the store between seasons. Or maybe for some crazy reason, I actually love working in retail.

So the saga of this post is, I’m not certain if I’m going to be happy with my decisions for after I graduate. And that’s what scares me the most. At this point, I’m obviously going to continue to pursue my nutrition degree and hope for a DI, but I still want to work in magazines or retail.

It’s a Sunday

Happy Sunday!!!

As I’m writing this a million things are crossing through my mind from that project I have to do for tomorrow morning, to that exam I haven’t started studying for, to the amazing football game I got to witness as a student last night. Just so many thoughts that I don’t know where to start. These past (almost) 2 months of my final fall semester here have been some of the most stressful, most work, but most amazing months. Last night I, with 10,000 of my closest friends, got to witness the BEST white-out game I’ve ever seen. Overtime happened 4 times people. It was just amazing. And I can’t put into words everything I think about it, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. 

Unfortunately, snapping back to reality isn’t the easiest of things for me to do. My mountain of work just keeps getting higher and higher. Eventually you’d think it would stop, but it doesn’t. Once you’ve finished one assignment/project/exam it’s on to the next. But that’s what happens. And all I can do is suck it up (maybe complain a little…or a lot) and just try and get as much work done in the amount of time possible. It means making sacrifices to finish it all. 

Next weekend, I’m going to spend my time out raising money for THON, and that adds to my pile of work this week with assignments and exams for next week. It’s a never ending train. However, I can’t imagine doing anything OTHER than spending my time doing anything and everything for THON. THON is my heart and soul, and I could talk about it for hours. One day I will write a giant post explaining THON, and what it means to me. 

Until then, I’ll be spending my days with paper, pencils, and my computer just attempting to get my work done.

 

P.S. Even if you aren’t a Penn State fan, please take a moment to appreciate this http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/814778765.gif?1381627199

As a senior student, this is one of the greatest moments that I have ever been a part of and witnessed. Watching the student section stand behind the team throughout the ENTIRE game, and then seeing the look on everyone’s face (including the players and coaches) was the most amazing experience in the entire world. I think everyone is still on a game high. (My apologizes if you are a Michigan fan…your team played one hell of a game!)

Thank You!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you that follow me. I’m still new to the blogging world and trying to get a feel as to what I truly want on this blog and what I want to share with you. I am going to try and post as often as I can, but please don’t be aggravated if I don’t. I am a very busy college student who’s semester is starting to get super hectic with work. 

Again, thank you so much!!!!

Sometimes good …

Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

I was thinking about this today. I went canning this past weekend (Canning is student volunteers from the Penn State Dance MaraTHON stand on street corners all weekend to collect money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Children’s Hospital), and I had the amazing opportunity to meet 2 Four Diamonds Families. They were so grateful for everything that we, as student volunteers, were doing for the weekend. 

I am a Four Diamonds Family. In December it will be 3 years since I lost my brother to cancer, so I understand everything that these families are going/have been through. I am so appreciative of the Four Diamonds Fund and THON. It makes THON so much more amazing because my family and I have been on the receiving end.

If it wasn’t for what happened with my brother, THON wouldn’t mean as much to me as it does. THON has brought me closer to the most amazing individuals that I have ever met. I guess this quote is similar to the one that says “Everything happens for a reason”. And I think that it does. Just like the quote says things fall apart so other things can fall together.

It isn’t the end. It is on the beginning.