Thursday, June 5, 2014

Living

     It is summer vacation and if you have read my previous blog post (which you should have, but in case you missed it, you can find it HERE) you would know that I have been doing a whole lotta nothing for the past couple of weeks. Today I woke up in my bed and looked down on my floor and realized that I couldn't even see the floor because of all the stuff located there. The difference between today and literally the countless other times I have done that was that today I felt really REALLY angry about it. Passionate anger. I literally sat in my bed and whined, as all normal adults do (note sarcasm). But I soon realized that as an adult* (*I assume being 20 years old makes me an adult, right?) we have to do this stuff all the time.

     As I have realized in the past couple of weeks, I don't want my life to be a monotonous mix of getting up in the morning, brushing my teeth, plopping on the couch, watching reruns of Total Divas (my new obsession), eating some food and then repeating. I NEED TO DO SOMETHING.

     We often queue up our Netflix, DVR, or YouTube all while neglecting to queue up our own lives; the things that matter and that we will actually remember. The process is simple. JUST KIDDING. Its totally not, but don't worry, you can do it, I promise. I guess I cannot give you a solid answer because I am still in the process of defining what it actually feels to BE alive. Not just like the breathing and heart beating stuff, but actually being alive, like I am alive in my own body, ya know, just chillin' on this Earth. I make everything harder than it needs to be. I buy into the crappy infomercials on TV. I get sucked into basically any sale item at Target even if I don't need it. I make things complicated just to add a little excitement to my life. I care way too much about what people think about me.

     Basically, I care too much about getting my life together. If there is anything more overrated than having your life together, then I don't know what is. I care more about my future plans than my plans right now in the moment and care more about how I look in a selfie than having a life that is worth photographing and saving in a picture album to be passed down in years to come.

     I mean, I could just totally forgo all life and live totally off the grid...... HAHAHAHA. No. Not happening. The part that I am struggling with is how to be a "free" human being and live my life freely while also feeling the need to be a functioning member of society.

     How do live the crap out of your life? How do you even know what it feels like to be alive?
    After I sat in my bed whining for quite a while I did what every normal adult would do. I blasted some Iggy Azalea and cleaned my room while I totally ugly danced all over my room while singing into a hair brush. So adult of me, I know. I want there to possibilities and opportunities in my life. I want to create a life that I can be proud of in the future. I am unsure of the type of memories I want or the kind of life I want to create (all I know is that if it includes Channing Tatum, I'm totally game.) All I know is that as I flailed awkwardly around my room I felt alive. Like really alive. And I plan to take advantage of that moment, one ugly dance at a time.

Love,
Susanna

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Update

     So I have been on summer vacation for about 3 weeks now and I actually have to say that I am sufficiently bored out of my mind. Being home makes me realize how incredibly thankful I am for SMC. There is something so heartwarming in the fact that your friends are seconds (literally) away anytime you possibly need them. 
It is finally beautiful outside!

     My summer has been boring so far. I start work on June 7th so I have had sometime to sit and relax..I  think too much time. Most of the days I find myself waking up late then walking down stairs to sit on the couch for the majority of the day.
( l to r: Me and my friend Kayla)
We got to see all of our friends that were still in high school go off to prom! 

It is officially summer when my dad makes ribs! 
      I've done a bit of reading since I've been home as well. The Fault in Our Stars had me in tears and The Lake of Dead Languages was a great suspenseful book but not the best to read before bed. 
Read The Fault in our Stars. It is literally fantastic! 
     That's all I really have to say other than the fact that I am absolutely ecstatic to start working next week. It will be my second year working at the same summer camp and I am honestly counting down the days until I go back. I promise to write more over the summer, but for now, have a lovely summer!

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Susanna

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Motivation: Farewell

      So the semester is coming to a close. I feel both happy to finally be on a break but sad to say goodbye to this lovely place and friends for a while. This post is mainly towards the graduating seniors that have changed my life in more ways than one. 
     Coming into school last year I was really nervous about making friends and feeling welcome. I found a great group of friends both in my grade but also older than me. It was so sad at the end of last year when I had to say goodbye to them as they finished their final year here at SMC.
     This year is no different if not a little worse. Some of the graduating seniors this year have made my time at SMC truly unbelievable. They have accepted me, welcomed me into their lives and taught me things that I will never be able to repay them for. They are the type of people that I aspire to be someday. They are the type of people that when you are having an off day all they have to do is smile at you and say hello to instantly brighten your mood. They have the ability to make you laugh so hard that you feel like you just did an ab workout. They make you think critically about life and teach you how to see the best in every person. 
     I am going to keep this post short because I am already tearing up writing about it. The worst part about being at SMC is having to say goodbye to people every year. We truly are a family and it is something I am forever grateful for. I have never felt so accepted and loved in my life. Thank you to all of the seniors for taking me under your wings and teaching me things that sitting in lectures and reading text books couldn't. 
     Good luck next year in what ever you have chosen to do. I know that you will all be amazing. I am honored to not only be graduating from the same institution as you all but to also be able to call myself your friend.
 Congrats class of 2014, you will be missed dearly.

Love,
Susanna

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Just Call Me the Energizer Bunny

     
(I know I missed Monday Motivation this week but it is finals week, cut me some slack.)      My sleeping patterns have been horrible lately. All of my work seems to be piling up and it is a mad dash to get it all done before Wednesday of next week when I have to pack everything up and make the trek all the way home. Sometimes, I find it really hard to stay energized during the day while I am trying desperately to get all of my work done. 
     Some mornings I will wake up rested and awake and other times I will be seriously dragging a bit. I am 100% a morning person. I normally go to bed really early and have no problem getting up even if I am exhausted. While last semester I literally felt like I was running on the last drop of energy in my body, this semester I have learned to manage my energy. I am a lot happier because I am able to manage my time and how I feel throughout the day. Believe it, it is a major game changer. Obviously, like any normal human being, some days are better than others. I would say that it is certainly a work in progress, but I think I am starting to finally get the hang of it.

1. Make some delightful choices. Honestly having a lot of energy comes from making good choices. Procrastination (which is a topic that I tackled in a previous post that you can read HERE) drains energy. Lounging around all weekend in your comfy sweats can seem really relaxing at times but then Monday morning creeps up on you way too fast and you feel super sluggish and tired. Ladies and gentlemen, that is energy management at its finest. I am a total advocate for staying up all night and watching Dance Moms but if you have important things to do the next day, you need your sleep.
     Honestly, I have been staying up way too late than I should most nights. I don't even know how I spend that late night time.

2. Coffee and the sweet stuff called sugar. I LOVE COFFEE. I really do. But believe it or not over the past year or so I have really cut back on my caffeine intake. Now I really only have one cup of a coffee a day and maybe a cup of tea. But I feel so much better now. Certainly there are days when one cup of coffee is just not cutting it, but those tend to be days where I made a bad decision the night before (see number one is reference to the Dance Moms marathon.) Even though I have a major sweet tooth and I tend to put a good amount of sugar in my coffee, I do not eat that much sugar during the day. It makes a huge difference so I don't get spikes of energy and then a major crash throughout the day.

3. Bye Bye Bed. I love my bed. I really do. I probably spend way too much time in it between homework, aimless internet browsing and sleeping. I haven't done homework at my desk until a few weeks ago and let me tell you, it makes a world of difference. Now my rule for doing homework is: if I can sleep through an entire night comfortably in the place I am doing homework then I should not be doing homework there.

4. Get Out. Sometimes when I am doing work I can get really frustrated and that is when I just need to get up and move. It can be anything from taking a quick walk down the hall to going on the nature trail behind the 3's. What ever it may be, I just need to move. I find that when I get back to doing homework I am able to concentrate and think clearly.

5. Fill your Belly. Pack your diet with healthy foods that help you feel full for longer periods of time. I tend to eat a lot of protein because it helps to keep me full for long periods of time so that I don't crave sugar and salt (salt is my weakness). Also when I miss a meal it is really not good. I go from being super productive to not being able to do anything. It makes me feel super sluggish and tired. Eating properly, healthy and regularly is really important to stay energized throughout your busy day!

Love,
Susanna

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Motivation: Choices

          I totally forgot it is Monday, hence why this post is going up later than it normally does. One of the perks of going to a Catholic Liberal Arts college is that we get the day after Easter off, which is just lovely. This weekend I spent up here while everyone else went home. I got a ton of work done and gave two tours to some amazing families today (shout out to all you guys!). So this post is going to be all about choices. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make is coming up. It is the one where you decide where you want to spend the next four years of your life, AKA, which college you plan on going to. This post is going to be about how I made my decision to come to SMC and why I think having a liberal arts degree is so amazing. 
        So first things first. Why did I choose SMC? I would be totally lying to you if I said that my first choice through my whole college process was SMC. It actually wasn't on my radar until I got dragged up to Vermont to look at schools for my twin brother. I originally thought that I wanted to spend these four years in New York City. My twin brother was looking at schools in Vermont and my parents decided that we would take a quick look at SMC. A lot of my family went here so that is how we knew about it. My tour was fantastic, I loved the size of the school and just the overall feel. To say the least, I fell in love with it. Eventually I got my list down to two schools towards the end of April and SMC was one of the two. I untimately decided on SMC because I just had that feeling that it was were I needed to be. It has honestly been the best decision of my life. 
[p.s.- the weather has been amazing lately!]
L to R: Courtney, Keri, Kelsie, Lida, Candice and Me!
(picture by Lida)
       Second talking point: why is a liberal arts college so amazing? We are past the tears, the fist bumps in the hallways and the obnoxious but necessary Facebook posts that say "GOT INTO (add college name here)." For all of you seniors in high school, you have a few weeks to make your final decision. But let me give you a little insight first.
     I am sure that you, as students, have heard of all the types of schools that you should be going to. Schools like STEM schools (science, technology, engineering and math) were probably floating around your bubble of perspectives. I know that they were floating around all of my college lists too. I thought that they were the "safe bet". 
     In this country our debt total is up to $1 trillion and a lot of college graduates have a hard time finding jobs when they graduate. That was something that worried me a lot. Some majors such as engineering, biology or computer security are a growing job market, so they may seem like safe choices. And I can probably bet that you have heard things like philosophy or art degrees are a waste of time? Am I right? I knew it. But just hear me out.
     Here's my argument. If you have a fascination with dead authors that speak oddly to you, performing arts or painting pictures while still taking classes to make you think critically and out of your comfort zone, then a liberal arts college and, eventually degree, is the thing for you. Do it. I promise you wont regret it. I haven't regretted it since. 
     Coming into school, I was convinced that I wanted to be a teacher. After thinking about it for a little bit I decided that teaching was not my life calling, so I switched my major to business because I thought it would be the most practical. After two classes I was convinced that business was not my calling in life either and, thankfully, at the same time I discovered Media Studies and fell in love. I am so thankful that I go to a liberal arts college because if I didn't, I would have probably had to switch schools completely to get a major that I truly enjoyed.
     Besides the fact that switching majors is really easy, it is also awesome that we get to experience things from all different academic area with our Liberal Arts Requirements. If I was not able to take classes outside of my main area of study, I would have not discovered my love for Media Studies and Digital Arts. Not only did I learn things that I do like through those classes but I also learned things that I definitely do not like, things like economics, math and science.
     Businesses today are constantly evolving and changing. This is very unlike the era that our parents and grandparents grew up in. Today people in the work force move from job to job requiring you to know more about different subjects rather than just one or two really well. 
     One of the biggest things in life now a day is to be able to communicate. You could have the world's greatest idea but if you can't tell any one about it or articulate it, nothing will happen. Take the guy that invented post it notes for example: he had an awesome idea but honesty, who would have taken him seriously if he didn't know how to articulate his idea of paper with glue on it to other people? A liberal arts degree helps you to do all that. It helps you to create the idea, then how to design it, how to write about it and then finally how to market it within your company or even the world.
     So my advice? Go with the Liberal Arts school and don't focus solely on one thing. Take advantage of being a biology major but having the opportunity to take dance or Adventure Film-making (which I am SO EXCITED to take next semester). Make your self marketable by being a mut; don't be the person that can be put into only one category. Be an English major with a chemistry and theater double minor. Take classes that interest you. After 4 years when you leave, you won't be a stranger to all the world has to offer! 

Love,
Susanna

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stranger Danger.

     The title does not really explain this blog as well as it should, so I apologize for that. I just thought it was a catchy title that sort of had something to do with what I am writing today. The real title that came to mind when I thought of this post is basically "how to not look like an idiot when you have an assignment that requires you to talk to someone you don't know." I thought stranger danger would grab your attention more. If you're reading this now well then, good job Suze, your title was catchy enough.
    
      As a media studies/ digital arts/ journalism major we often find ourselves having to talk to people that we don't know, AKA a stranger. You can ask all of my friends and they will tell you that I am not shy. I love to talk (I'm a tour guide, its kinda my job) but the truth is, if I do not know you, I am so shy. Like painfully shy. Like no eye contact shy. I just feel so awkward on the inside and try to avoid those situations as much as possible. My best friend growing up was always the friend maker (hey Kels, I'm talking about you). We were kind of like a package deal. But she was super outgoing and always willing to talk to people first and I was just kind of toted along. My fear was so bad that I used to get really bad anxiety when I would have to order something at a restaurant. Weird, I know. Honestly, I still get nervous ordering at a restaurant.
    
      I thought I was going to be fine never having to met strangers for the rest of my life. WRONG. I had to get over that notion quickly. The transition from high school to college helped me to learn a lot about talking to people I don't know and how put it to good use multiple times. As stated above, college was a great tool for helping me to get over this fear. But it was actually blogging that helped make a world of difference for me. I have always had a lot of ideas. I love helping people and telling them my take on life, just not telling them in person. Blogging helped me to build up courage to start talking to people personally. It was what encouraged me to become a tour guide and switch my major to MJD, both include a lot of talking to strangers.
     I still get nervous right before I meet someone, but now it is one of my favorite things to do!Trust me, it was not easy to get over the anxiety that comes with talking to strangers, but it is something that I think that everyone should work on. It can come in hand when you are in an interview, going on a date or simply meeting a new friend.
     I wish that there was a magic juice or pill that I could take before I have to talk to strangers, but there isn't. Because those things do not exist, here are a few of my tips!

PUMP IT UP// Whether it be with some music or a pep talk, pumping yourself up can really help to make a difference. Shake out all of your anxiety and get rid of a lot of adrenaline and you will do fine! A lot of the things that I worry about come from saying the wrong thing or mispronouncing something. So in the time leading up to my meeting with a stranger I often give myself pep talks or repeat positive phrases.

GIGGLE// Laughter is the world's greatest medicine. I wouldn't start a conversation with laughter, but if you find yourself stumbling over your words or shaking a bit, make a joke about it or just laugh it off. Often, this tends to calm both parties involved in this meeting.

TOE SQUEEZE// One of my favorite tricks. When I am really nervous, I shake. I don't know why, I just do. I used to clench my hands in a weird way when I was nervous, but I learned that it not only can hurt a bit but it also looks bad. So instead what I started doing was clenching my toes. I swear, it works wonders. You feel a release of tension immediately and it is also super sneaky so no one knows.


PLAN AHEAD// This tip has mainly helped me when I am doing interviews for my journalism classes or giving tours. It is always good to have talking points planned out in your head. In tour guide training they tell us what to talk about at each stop on the tour, which is super helpful! Make sure to have personal stories lined up beforehand so you aren't searching for the right things to say! For interviews, I often have a list of 10-15 questions already written down before the interview begins. That way I don't forget the questions that I want to ask. If i don't have talking points planned out it tends to get really awkward really fast.

SUIT UP// Ok, so you know how super heroes gain power but wearing their suits? Well this is kinds the same thing. Look good. When you look good, you feel confident. It is a really easy way to overcome your nerves.

DON'T GIVE UP// DO NOT back out. How many times do I want to back out of small things because I am nervous? All the time. I force myself to go about 99% of the time and I normally walk out of those experiences really happy. Often times the anxiety that I have about an event can overshadow all of the positive things that I may get out of it. Because I always want to back out, I have made it a rule of mine to never back out (unless there is a real reason of why I need to back out.) Being scared of something is not a legitimate excuse!

     If you would have told me in high school that I would actually volunteer talking to strangers I would have laughed at you. It is crazy to me. These are some of my favorite tips and I hope they help you when you have to talk to a stranger!

Love,
Susanna

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tarrant/Ross

      "Ahhhh the smell of sweaty gym socks and rubber floors in the morning." Probably the only place that you will ever hear that on campus is in the Tarrant/ Ross Sports Center here at SMC. Let's break it down a little more.
        Lets start with Tarrant. It's more formal name is the Jeremiah J. and Kathleen C. Tarrant Student Recreation Center. It was a $5 million project and was dedicated in October of 1994. On my tours, I like to say that Tarrant is more of our recreational side of our sports complex. It houses our field house which has 4 indoor courts that can be used to basketball, volleyball or tennis. It also has a 1/8 of a mile indoor track. It is also home to 3 racquetball courts and 1 squash court.
     On the second floor of this lovely building is where our weight room is located. In there we have everything you may need to get that body you've always wanted to impress your Alliot crush. Also on the second floor is a dance room. Obviously in the dance room people dance, but they also offer amazing fitness classes during the week such as Zumba, Yoga, RIPPED and Barre Fitness. The awesome thing about these classes is that it only costs $15 for 6 weeks of one class, which is insanely cheap.

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    Then there are the things that people don't know about the second floor. Our athletic department is housed up there as well as coaches' offices and the viewing deck for the pool.
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     Back down to the main floor we go! When you first walk into the building you will notice a desk to your left. That is where the lost and found is located as well as the place that you can go to borrow sports equiptment (such as basketballs). The Hall of Fame Room and Rec Rooms are also on the main floor.
     One of the unique things about the main floor of Tarrant is that there is a 2 story indoor climbing wall. It is sponsored by our Wilderness program and they do an awesome job of running it. Personally, I have never climbed it, but I have 2 years to change that! It looks like so much fun and everyone always says how great it is.
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     When you are all done with your time in Tarrant you go through this wall of doors and TA DA! you are in Ross! Ross, to me at least, is our more varsity side of our sports complex. In here we have our main basketball court, varsity weight room, swimming pool, trainers offices and our trophy cases.
     The trophy case in Ross has to be one of my favorite spots on campus. It is really cool to look at all of the amazing things that our athletes here at SMC have accomplished. But I do have to be honest, my favorite part of the trophy case is all the way at the end towards the doors facing the library. There you will find our rugby banner from when we were champions of Rugby Northeast in 2012. 
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     The main part of Ross sports center is our main basketball court. This is where all of the home basketball and volleyball games take place. It is also where a lot of orientation activities happen as well as our spring concert. Last year we had Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and it was truly incredible! 

     Also towards the back of the basketball court is a staircase that leads to our varsity weight room. It is reserved for all varsity teams and is normally locked. They use this instead of the normal weight room so that it doesn't get too clustered. 
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Susanna

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