The Pace Has Picked Up!

Hi everybody!

I can hardly believe that the midterms have passed, and I can tell you that it has been one heck of a week! While I was juggling studying for four exams, attending dive practices, tutoring students, giving tours, and attending to a wedding in Chicago, the week has gone by with flying colors.

This semester has been far my favorite semester so far with all of the things I am involved with and the classes I am truly enjoying. Last Saturday was my first swim and dive meet of the season in Albany, N.Y. (what a long 4 hour-drive each way). It also was my first meet I have competed since the USA Diving Nationals Championship in North Carolina during the summer of 2012 where I tore my shoulder. After intensive physical therapy and recovering of my shoulder, I can say that I am back! I have never missed diving this much in my life, and it is a great feeling.

For my first few experiences of giving tours to prospective students and parents, I am enjoying sharing all the awesome facts about RIT and what it has to offer. I am learning new things about the campus everyday, and I’m excited to share them with you!

Battling the Sleepies

Is it really week 10 already?

It turns out our parents were right, to enjoy and make the most of our college experience as it may “whiz by, before you can even blink!” These past few weeks, however, the days have really flown by for me personally because of the amount of WORK I’ve been juggling- absolutely exhausting!

But as I’m sure many of you can relate, the feeling of relief and accomplishment that comes with handing in completed work makes it completely worth it. For those of us who are art majors, this is especially true when it means another addition to our art portfolios. As a medical illustrator specifically, after the amount of studying and work and DETAILS that go into our anatomical drawings and projects, the relief in finishing can be overwhelming! With every major and field of study, there’s always going to be challenges, as well as achievements, produced as a result of taking on those challenges and pushing yourselves beyond your limits.

This mentality does of course, often come with lots of caffeine and the (hopefully) occasional all-nighter. Yes, the all-nighter is a rite of passage for many college students, yet they’re absolutely dreadful on your body..and mind and spirit and everything in between! From experience, staying up 48 hours straight is not the way to get things done.The “homes” set up in the library during finals week is of course the exception, but staying up all hours of the night to finish work isn’t worth it! Nor does consuming 4-6 cups of coffee a day to stay awake entirely work- their effectivity is so tempting, but can leave you feeling only more jittery and stressed!

As a longtime coffee-lover myself, I’ve been trying to become a tea person instead. Java’s coffee in the Wallace Library, however, has made this transition much easier, with all their delicious flavors of teas; each with just enough caffeine to kick-start your cozy Monday mornings. :) Hope everyone’s starting to bundle up, and looking forward to the Halloween festivities especially!! Keep your eyes out for updates on those such as the “Creepy CarnEvil”, taking place in the SAU lobby on Friday the 31st from 8-10pm- there’ll be pumpkin painting, psychics, & cider doughnuts!

A Long Weekend!

I had a stressful and long week due to a few exams, and they were really brain racking exams. I hope I did well on them. I’m not really good with math at all, but I continue to try my best. I also had a long weekend because of RIT’s homecoming! I had my family come in town and stay at my house on Friday. My mom brought my two crazy black labs as well. They were so hyper to see me because it has been a while since I saw them. They literally ran all over the house and played with my roommate’s dog, Penny. After the craziness settled down we watched a movie called “Captain America: The White Soldier” and it was an awesome movie to watch! Lots of action going on! The following morning  we went to the hockey game and it was so much fun catching up with all of my friends who came in town to watch the game. I was a little disappointed that RIT lost (score was 5-1). I think they will do better the next game! After the game we went to Dinosaur BB-Q in downtown Rochester. We reserved tables at Dino BB-Q and the reservation table was set for 15, but some how we got two extra people to join in for dinner. We had to tightly cram ourselves on a table that fits for 14. In the end we enjoyed our delicious dinner. After the dinner we went straight home because everyone was in food coma because of the big dinner we had!

Baltimore, Playoff Baseball and No Classes

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Columbus Day weekend! I know for a fact I did. My friend sent me a text while I was taking a nap last Thursday- he asked me if I wanted to watch the Baltimore Orioles-Kansas City Royals game. He got a massive 60-inch T.V. in his apartment, so I assumed I could go over his place and watch some TV. But no…he told me he was gonna drive us down to Baltimore to watch some playoff baseball! I called my parents, bought the tickets and packed the car for the road trip Saturday morning. Five-something hours later, and I was absolutely in love with Baltimore. It reminded me a little bit of Boston. The ballpark was built like a cathedral, an absolute beast of a stadium. I sat on the upper deck in left field. Adam Jones’ game-tying two-run home run flew right under me!

My buddy and I walked around Baltimore for a little bit trying to find our car that we parked far away, hey, life’s an adventure! So we hopped back in the car, drove six hours home and then hung out with some friends back in Rochester. I caught up on my sleep the rest of the weekend.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I don’t have classes, but I enjoy having a routine. So with the weekend over, I’m trying to get back into my usual routine. My classes today were cancelled, so I’m sitting in the library knocking some assignments out and so forth.

Have a great week!

Skippy

My Belated Birthday Celebration Weekend

My birthday was on October 1. I didn’t have time to celebrate my birthday then. I was busy and well, I am old. :)

One of my long-time friends, though, wanted to host a spa party for me. She thought I should deserve a break from school. I thought to myself, “Why not? I need to get away from RIT sometimes. It’s been a long time since I last hung out with friends outside of school.”

My three girl friends joined me, including Taby, one of our student ambassadors, and one guy friend, yes, I know, he was curious about going to the spa just for fun and so all of us went to Luxe Spa on Jefferson Road near campus. We spent five hours there last Saturday. It was well worth it because it was incredibly relaxing. We all had massages, revitalizing facials, manicures and pedicures. After the spa, I stayed up late and chatted all night with my friends at Colony Manor Apartments, an on campus apartment. The next day I did food shopping with my fiance at Trader Joe’s and Wegmans in Pittsford, a local suburb. Today, we had no school because of Columbus Day. We also had an Open House and I was assigned to give a tour. I got a chance to show them the new hockey stadium on campus called the Gene Polisseni Center. They were all impressed with our beautiful campus here at RIT.

Chinkee

A Long Rested Weekend

Hi blog reader!

I had a restful weekend. I was invited to a spa to celebrate my friend’s birthday. She’s one of our ambassadors, too. Try to guess who it is! I’ll give you a hint…she  might write a blog about her birthday. I also had a chance to go out and hang out with my friends and did some fall photo shoots right before my second job shift started. It was so much fun and nice to be away from campus. During the photo shoot, I saw a cute little black pug wagging its tail and hanging out its tongue while walking on the colorful fallen leaves on the ground. I got to pet it and it was a nice feeling to pet the dog. I also did some cleaning at my apartment. It’s so nice when a house is clean because then you can do many things during the week instead of cleaning.

For school, I had to communicate to my professors that I will have to go back to California in two weeks to get my wisdom teeth taken out. It’s really important to let your professors know about an absence early to start planning about what work you may miss and how to make it up. I don’t like to miss school, even if it’s a health issue, but it is also important to take care of your health. You also need to plan ahead to get the best price on purchasing the plane ticket.

In class this week, the topic I learned about was the difference between the terms alkene and alkyne. Alkene has double bond with carbons at the end of the bond. Alkyne is triple bonds with carbons at the end of the bonds. It looks like this: C=C for Alkene, but I can’t figure out how to make a triple line on my laptop keypad for triple bond. You kind of get it, right? If not, ask anyone in the chemistry field and they will show you what it is.

Have a great day!

Taby

Halfway Through!

Hey everyone,

This semester has been flying by and we’re already past the halfway point. I didn’t quite realize it until just last week that the semester has sped by. While exciting, it’s a little scary to think that my junior year is almost halfway through. Most likely, I’ll blink and it’ll be summer already!

While recently I have been super busy on the weekends because of club soccer, I have still found time to just relax and enjoy school. Just this past week we had four games in a scramble to try and earn as many points as we could to try and make it into the regional playoffs, and while we fell short of our mark, the games were fun and entertaining. I was able to travel to Niagara to play against their club team, but even though we lost a close 1-0 game, some of us decided to visit the falls and get some dinner to relax and then drive home. While playing and hanging out with my teammates was fun, the two and one-half half drive home was not.

RIT also hosted OneSpiRIT this weekend, which was a global viewing party of the RIT Division I women’s hockey team. RIT’s main campus was connected with its international campuses in Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo via advanced Cisco Systems telecommunications technology, and it allowed students from around the world to interact with each other in real time. There was free food, raffles, and freebies given out to the students. And then after that celebration, the men’s hockey team hosted Clarkson that night. I was able to attend the night game with my family who drove up from Maryland for the long weekend. It was great to see them again and it felt like ages since I had seen them last, while in reality it was only two months.

Classes also are going great, and while this week I had most of my midterms, I was able to get through them all and enjoy my weekend. I know I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but I feel that I have improved vastly in my interpreting and ASL skills over these last few years, and even the last two months as well. While the topics are becoming more and more complex, with help from the faculty I have been able to improve specific skills and thus my overall ability.

School this year has been hectic, busy, but overall it’s been a ton of fun and I can’t wait to update all of you again in two weeks time!

Michael

A New Addition on the Campus Tour!

Today was a good day. I set up a meeting with the ambassadors this morning, and we all got together and I did a “refresher tour” with the veterans, and the newbies accompanied us as well. I asked them questions along the whole tour, then I showed them a new route that I hope we will follow through the rest of the tours this year. It shows the new RIT hockey arena and then we go into the library. It makes for a better flow on the tour. The whole group seemed to have fun today and the overall camaraderie seems wonderful. I look forward to working more with everyone, especially with the upcoming Open Houses!

Skip and I unwound from the long day we had today. After work we went and saw the women hockey team win against Union. Next we watched the movie, “Miracle on Ice.” The goalkeeper, Jim Craig, visited the RIT campus yesterday and gave an extremely inspirational speech. Good night!

How Could This Happen to Me?

I am exhausted. I just woke up from a one and one-half hour nap. I am trying to catch up on several homework assignments that are due tomorrow and later this week. Unfortunately, my motivation is going down because I am worried that I won’t be able to find my dream co-op for next summer.

For example, I found out that application for my dream co-op will become available tomorrow and it is due by the end of February. I am working on the cover letter and resume along with other required materials. I want to submit materials as soon as possible. The sooner I can submit, the better the chance I have to get it. The internship program is very competitive. The reason I want that job is because it is close to my hometown, so I can spend more time with my fabulous family. Another reason is because it is actually a paid internship with awesome benefits!

Okay, I’m not going to get my hopes up. If I don’t get that job, well okay. At least I have big connections. It is extremely important to network with people. One of the benefits of me networking with people is that I have a wonderful friend who is a doctor. She was the one who mentioned that internship program to me.

Not only is networking important, but we have awesome resources here on campus, too.  The NTID Center on Employment will assist students to find a job. My wonderful NCE counselor is assisting and encouraging me to find a job because RIT/NTID wants us to succeed in co-op jobs, so we can experience a taste of the real world and what it’s like to have a real job.

Whoa, this is my longest blog than ever. See you later, friends!

Falling Leaves

Hi Everyone,

This past weekend was so relaxing. I went to a place called Long Point in New York  for fall retreat. It’s about an hour and a half away from RIT. The scene has a lake, corn field, small rows of pine trees and the road is single-lane but steep. It’s fun when you walk down from high road to lower road. You also could see trees full of orange, yellow, brown and some green leaves swirling in the air. I didn’t take a picture because I wanted to just enjoy the beauty of nature and be away from the technology world. I also got sick from cold. I rested a couple of days and felt better after drinking so much of hot tea and vitamin tablets in dihydrogen monoxide solution (which means water).

It is the 6th week already in school. I have a test coming up. My homework assignments and lab reports are starting to pile up more which means I need to prepare more and spend time studying. I want to turn in all of my assignments on time. Last Sunday I was so enthusiastic to see the T.V. show, “Once Upon A Time.”  Elsa and Annabelle showed up in the show. I pulled a single couch and moved it to the front so I could see the captions and made peanut butter and jelly to eat. It ended good. Back to square one to busy week.

I have class now . Hasta la Vista!

Taby