April 15, 2004

College Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Finals are coming up fast, spring is beginning to fade into summer, the end of the academic year and my sun filled, roller coaster riding summer job are the next exit on the twisted roadway of my life. Quickly approaching are the two, and i cannot believe that in a few short weeks, i will no longer be a college freshman. I was talking to a friend the other day and i mentioned to her how far i had come since dating her brother, not using him as a reason for me changing, but simply the event of "us" as a timeline. The school year quickly approached me and now just as quickly, its almost over. My freshman experience has been a great one, my classes have helped to make a more distinct mold of who i am academically, but i have had some jolts to my personality as well, so...without anymore soulful reminiscing, i bring you, lessons at SHU, what the outsiders don't see.

1. People aren't always who you think they are. I came to SHU thinking it was going to be better than high school, that perhaps here, i would be able to make friends who were willing to get to know me themselves and not be judgemental. In that aspect, i was correct to assume things would be different, however, in wanting to walk away from high school bullshit, i encountered a new variety of the sort. Apparantly, not only do people not know how to speak to your face, but they also don't know how to be a good friend.

2.Sleep is overrated. I have stayed up till the wee hours of the morning, getting sometimes three hours of sleep, or even four, i say, it is possible to function on this much, or rather lack of, sleep, a hot shower, caffeine and naps do wonders. Sleep is overrated, but naps rock my world.

3.Instant Messaging is addicting. I was a deprived child before arriving at SHU, i had no computer, no internet access, occasionally, at my now ex boyfriends house i would get on AIM, but i only had about ten people on my buddy list, most of whom were offline. I talk alot, and instant messaging is a form of talking, and often the reason why i am up till three of four am, but no worries, thats why we have away messages and naps.

4.The doors at the top of 2nd, 3rd Maura, and possibly other places, i think lynch, push instead of pull. The doors have the metal bars that you usually pull on, so therefore everytime, and i mean everytime, i walk up the stairs and reach one of these doors, i pull it. Or i push it, whatever i do is the opposite of how the door actually opens, see i really can't remember whether you push or pull.

5.Blogs are for personal opinion, research papers=academic only. I was incorporating a lot of my own opinion into my research papers, says Dr. Jerz. But i have since improved my academic paper writing skills, focusing more on being..um..i can't think of the word Dr. Jerz used to day, so i am going to go with less opinionated. :)

I know that as my days, weeks, months, and eventually years, pass here at SHU, i will learn more things, whether it be classroom related or not, but whatever the future holds im ready to take it on. As soon as i have a little three month vacation we like to call summer. :)

P.S. Congratulations freshman, most of you made it through your first year of collge, kudos, best wishes and hopes for many more happy memories to come, to my friends, i hope to share in those memories with you guys, my enemies...umm....we aren't enemies, we are acquaintences :) lol...and to the people who i don't know.....all you are to me now is a link on a blog, a face in the cafeteria, those shoes in the stall next to me, a face in the car that just tried to run me over, perhaps someday, we shall meet.....heres to good times, now lets get this damn summer started.. :)

Posted by Lori Rupert at April 15, 2004 11:47 AM

I am really glad that you posted this blog about the ending of school and what you concluded out of college. I can agree with you on every single individual part of this blog.

--People said that college is the best years of your life, that is bull crap. I hate school, the people here (like you said, they also don't know how to be a good friend), and the overload of homework is to the maximum that I can stand.

--I have lost so much sleep that I feel like I am married with kids.

--And I am addicted to instant messenging as well, too much that it over powers my homework, which is bad.

I do love you though Lori and I am glad we became friends this year. Have fun at CP with Steph!!

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at April 16, 2004 01:11 PM

I completely agree with your lessons of SHU, especially the first one. This place is the exactly like high school, except different people. I am so sick and tired of all the drama that goes on here. I'm glad that you made it through the year though :)

Posted by: Sue at April 16, 2004 03:07 PM

NO no no..im so sorry you guys took it that way. I dont' hate it here at all, im not complaining, simply concluding. Im actually looking forward to coming back next year, and i don't hate school, i love it. I do believe this has been the best year of my life, and while some people here are as immature as high school, you will have that everywhere, i am simply saying that i wasn't expecting it. It seems you guys took this as bitching and completely out of context, it was more me trying to relay how far i have come in the past year, and the things i have learned that have helped me to grow up. I love SHU, i can't wait to come back next year,and for the most part, i wouldn't change anything that happened this year, good or bad, it was all a learning experience and i wouldn't be the same without any of the events.

Posted by: Lori at April 16, 2004 10:27 PM

Glad to have shared it with you, Lori. Blogging has been fun, hasn't it? ;^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 17, 2004 07:04 PM

Lori, it's great to hear your thoughts... as a professor I am, of course, responsible for much of the stress that you guys are enduring. Of course, I wouldn't be doing my job if the work I assigned wasn't in the slightest challenging... you're handling the pressure very well.

Steph and Sue, I always thought that all one really needs is a few really good friends. You can be a perfectly nice person, and somebody else is still not going to like you, for an utterly pointless reason.

I think it's always important to keep the high road, not to sink to the level of the people who are being petty or mean. Maybe you will lose a few battles, but any individual person on campus today, and their attitude towards you, will be in a few short years so competely unimporant that it's not worth worrying about.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 17, 2004 10:50 PM

Yes Dr. Jerz i admit, you are cause of much of the stress, but i also agree with you, its your job, and let me say you do it well, oooo the pressure :) But, without it, i wouldn't be near as good a student, and im glad to know im handling it well, because believe me, i am trying...

Posted by: Lori at April 21, 2004 01:15 PM

Thanks, Lori... your comment made my day! I'm going home now.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 21, 2004 05:46 PM

Dr. Jerz, i only speak the truth, damn my blunt honesty, but hey..thats me, and Karissa, and the rest of my blogging family and outside friends, the year, although full of stress and some complications, has been amazing, i wouldn't trade it for anything.

Posted by: Lori at April 22, 2004 06:34 PM
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