About a month ago, I shared the stuff I made in Ceramics II. I finally got around to taking the last few photos I needed to take for my Ceramics III pieces.
Hmm…where to start? My last weekend at school was a great one. I hung out with friends, saw “Pitch Perfect 2”, got a lot of work done, walked, ate ice cream, sat out in the sun, and packed. My last day of student teaching was Wednesday. It was definitely bittersweet. I’ve very happy that it’s now summer and that I’m home, but it was tough saying goodbye to the awesome kids and staff that made the last 6 weeks so great. My student teaching experience could not have been better! I loved the school, the kids were amazing, I felt like I was welcomed into the school “family” wholeheartedly, and I learned so, so much! I will definitely miss the people I met. On my last day, one of first graders told me, “The past 6 weeks have been the best 6 weeks of my life!” I might have teared up a bit.
I packed my car Tuesday night and was on the road heading home with way too much stuff as soon as possible. Seriously, way too much stuff. Every year, I seem to accumulate more and more stuff. I don’t know how it all fit in my dorm room. It’s Sunday, and I’ve only made a small dent in the unpacking. I have no clue where to put it all! I’ve spent several hours today going through everything and also going through everything already in my room. There’s still a long way to go.
I had a lot of money left on my meal card, so I also bought TONS of groceries at the little “grocery” store on campus to bring home- over 20 pounds of pasta, 8 boxes of cereal, and much more! As you might imagine, finding places to store all that food in our kitchen has also proven challenging.
I start work on Tuesday. I’m working at a little general store/cafe. I’m excited (and the money doesn’t hurt either). I also painted yesterday for friends and am babysitting some in the next few weeks.
I think this summer will be busy but good. I have lots of things I want to do!
I know I’ve shown photos of my junior year dorm room already, but we moved the room around a few months ago and I also changed up the walls a bit, so I decided I’d share the new-and-improved space. In November, when the heat finally kicked on, we decided that we probably shouldn’t have our beds next to the old radiators. The radiators get very hot to the touch and my roommate actually burnt her hand on hers one night while she was sleeping, so it just didn’t seem very safe. I tried several ways of rearranging the room, but ultimately settled on just switching the bed and the desk. It took a little getting used to, but I actually think I like it this way better. It seems much more open.
I moved my Starry Night poster up and over a bit and moved my memo board (the one with the ribbon) above my bulletin board/white board. I like that I can put pictures, cards, and other mementos in a place that’s easier to see and enjoy. My monthly calendar (mostly just for assignments) dresses up the post to the left of the bed.
My dresser hasn’t changed all that much. I did get a new plant though! I helped out at a girl scout event and they one of the activities was to plant and learn how to take care of this plant (urg, I can’t remember the name of it!). I also have a tray underneath the dresser now for wet shoes (when water mixes with road salt, it really looks icky on wood floors). It actually just the top of one of my plastic totes, but it works.
I also put up my Big Ben poster. I’ve had it forever (my brother gave it to me for Christmas one year), but hadn’t put it up yet this year in my dorm. Our room is now very British (my roommate has a British flag, London collage frame, and London artwork on her side of the room). I keep all of my textbooks to the left of the hutch and all of my journals/books for fun on the inside of the hutch.
I know it’s not very pretty, but the box at the foot of my bed has provided much needed storage space for my records (need to put that new record player to use, after all!) and binders. I’m hoping to pretty it up soon (any ideas?). So there it is! My rearranged dorm room. As I said in the original post, I really love my room this year. The windows do get pretty cold in the winter because they aren’t insulated and they don’t appear to be sealed very well, but it is totally worth the amount of sunshine we get all throughout the day.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I love old houses and buildings. I suppose it’s not that much of a surprise. After all, my dad’s family has been in the real estate business since 1889 (125 years!), so it must just run in my blood. Ever since I was young, I would accompany my dad on rides through the countryside and neighboring towns. I loved hearing who lived where and about the various styles of homes. Although newer homes certainly have their merits, I much prefer old homes. They simply have so much more character and charm. I love the quirks. Whenever I drive somewhere, I constantly look at the homes on the side of the road. My favorites are probably old farmhouses, but I also love traditional four-square homes, small cottages, Victorian houses, and Capes. Whenever I see a run-down old house, I want to buy it and restore it to its former beauty.
So, of course, I love the dorm I currently live in. It was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As an old building, it certainly has its quirks. The windows don’t have screens, heat is delivered through radiators that can get very hot to the touch, there’s a bit of a bug problem (mostly due to the lack of screens), some of the rooms smell old, and the bathrooms aren’t the nicest (although I don’t think they are that bad). Some of my friends dislike living here, but I still love it. The windows are stone mullioned gothic-style casement windows. The doors are beautifully paneled stained wood doors. Some of the rooms have window seats, bay windows, and working (and gorgeous) fireplaces. The rooms are fairly spacious, even the singles. There are REAL closets with original doorknobs. The desks and dressers are larger than typical for college dorms. There are wood floors. The hallways have gorgeous details, including window seats at the end. The lounge is huge and looks like it’s out of Hogwarts. Each room is uniquely different. The location is great- close to the gym and dining hall/campus center.
Here are some photos:
Isn’t it gorgeous? Have you ever lived in a charming older home or building? Do you like the charm of old places or do you prefer perfect newer homes?
I am a list-maker, so it’s only natural that I would make a list of goals for the coming school year. This year is likely going to be a tough year academically, so I’m only going to make
5 7 goals (I couldn’t help myself- I like setting goals too much).
1. Make at least 2 new friends. Although I have several really great friends, I really want to expand my friend’s circle.
2. Attend sporting events at least monthly. I was an athlete in high school and enjoy going to sporting events, but haven’t really done so at college the past 2 years. I’d like to attend some soccer games, basketball games, hockey games, and so on.
3. Make health a priority. Like many college students, I have not put enough focus on my health, both mental and physical. I really want to eat healthier, work on getting fit again, and work on improving my mental health by keeping stress levels down and making sure I pay attention to how I’m feeling mentally.
4. Less procrastination. I am, and always will be, a procrastinator. It’s simply part of who I am. In fact, I actually produce better work under pressure. However, I want to cut out unnecessary procrastination. I want to get assignments done in a more timely manner and get ahead on work so I don’t spend my entire weekend working on homework. I have pretty much 3 week days with no classes, so I really want to use the time my friends are in class to get some work done so that I am available to hang out when they are available.
5. DO stuff! I really want to do more things this year, both on-campus and off-campus. I’d like to get off campus for an outing as least once a month and attend more on-campus events (bonus: my college gives out free raffle tickets at most events, so there’s also a good chance of winning money or other cool prizes). I spent far too much time last semester on my computer, shut in my room, which really affected my mood. No more of that!
6. Spend extra time in the studio. Because I procrastinate, I really didn’t have a lot of time or energy to work on my art beyond class assignments. I really want to change that this year. It is important for me to work on projects other than class assignments so I can perfect my skills and explore what kind of art I really want to make (plus, without a deadline looming over me, I think it will be pretty therapeutic). I especially want to spend extra time in the ceramics studio.
7. Read for fun more regularly. I really got back into reading this summer and I’d like to continue that. Reading has so many great long-lasting benefits (it even decreases your chances of having Alzheimer’s later in life!), but I really just read because I truly enjoy it. This summer I re-read the Harry Potter series, along with several other books. I’d like to read more memoirs and other non-fiction books this semester.
I could probably come up with a whole slew of other goals, but I think we’d better just stick with these 7. For those of you who have been to college and are now through it, any other things I should keep in mind? Am I forgetting anything really important? Also, I didn’t really include much specifically about academics, mainly because that’s a goal I have every semester and I usually don’t have too much trouble with.