October 4, 2004

Wild Card

All about me....

Since I am usually flying out the door to get to my next destination, and tthen going home, I don't get to spend time with fellow Setonians. This is my opportunity to reach a number of you at once. This year I transfered from Bethany College, in Bethany, West Virginia, to be closer to home and less isolated. Bethany is in the woods, in the middle of NOWHERE, and the only place to go off campus, is the bison watering hole: Bubba's. I don't know what I was thinking when I chose to go there; it did not fit me, at all. However, I did learn a lot from the experience of going there: I learned what I needed from a school. Additionally, I met my best friend in the world at Bethany and I visit her as often as possible. So this summer, I was faced with a hard decision: what to do? My mom went to Seton Hill, she is the person I most admire, so I decided, SHU would be great for me. I have yet to be disappointed.

My family is my life. I am an only child. My dad works and lives in Bridgeport, WV, so he is home on the weekends and sometimes that can get hectic. My mom leases heavy equipment. We frequently spend time with her parents, my grandparents. I am lucky to have all my grandparents and love them very much.

On the weekends, I like to shop for costume jewelry and antique purses (particularly from the 1950s when they were made from Lucite). I have over three hundred purses. My mom really gets loves her jewelry, and two years ago I helped her co-author a book about her collection. This led to another book about costume jewelry to be released this fall and finally, her third book will be out in the spring of 2005: it is dedicated to me, it is about my purses. Shopping isn't the biggest thrill in the world, though.

My favorite subject all through school was English/Reading. So today, I major in English Literature. I like to go to book stores, my favorite being the Book Nook in Indiana. When I am not reading, I am obsessing over cleaning my car; I don't stop until it sparkles. Occasionally, I like to golf. The most beautiful golf course is in my hometown of Blairsville, The Chestnut Ridge Inn on the Green. In the summers, I swim and walk because I live in the country.

I used to volunteer for State Representative Jeff Coleman, but now I don't really have time; however, I do serve as liturgist at the United Presbyterian Church of Blairsville when I am asked. But with school, I manage to keep rather busy!

That's me in a nutshell.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 4, 2004 8:54 PM

Isn't Jeff Coleman the same guy who was accused of using campaign dollars to pay employees to do his personal work?

Posted by: Linda Fondrk at October 5, 2004 11:19 AM


I hope you liked Seton Hill so far. Wow, your home town is Blairsville?? That's pretty cool. My dad works in Blairsville and he says Chestnut Ridge is a nice area, since it was some things to offer to the public.


Posted by: Nabila Uddin at October 5, 2004 12:29 PM


Thanks for responding! You asked what my major is in my blog. Well, my major is Chemistry. It is hard for me to act out the poem, so I would feel comfortable with I present the poem with a partner, so I won't feel reluculant to speak up.


Posted by: Nabila Uddin at October 5, 2004 3:26 PM

You know what we should do? We should see if we can incoporate mack trucks into one of our blog entries. I think that would make just fascinating reading!!

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 5, 2004 5:21 PM

Katie, thank your for responding . You asked what my major was. Well my major is business information system, which has nothing to do with literature. I took this class for core.
i can not remember all the literature that read so far,you know. Like >,>,.etc. i am not sure if i spell them all right. it was long time ago.

Posted by: Hui Lin at October 11, 2004 12:14 AM

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond:

Linda - Rep Coleman is a good guy....it might be someone else from western Penna.

Hui - only a mere month and a half, give or take some time. :)

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 11, 2004 1:08 PM

Wow! That is so cool that you and your mom co-wrote a book. I could never do that. It very impressing to see all that you have done so far in your life. I hope that you have a great first year here at SHU.

Posted by: Janice Antal at October 11, 2004 5:29 PM

Katie, My birthday is Nov. 16. And about your comment on relaxation later in life...I think that now we are so bogged down with work that we let ourselves get too stressed out. But now is the time to start taking time out of our busy schedules to relax. Later we may have full time jobs, but there will still be a lot of work involved, especially with children and house payments, etc. Start now...it will help in the longrun!

Posted by: Jennifer Haun at October 12, 2004 3:38 PM