Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blogger Milestone

    I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone that reads my blog. Yesterday, my blog reached 5,000 page views which absolutely boggled my mind. THANK YOU SO MUCH. It is truly incredible to me! People that read this are the reason why I love writing it so much. I couldn't do it without all of the endless support everyone has given me (especially my SMC Blogs family!).
5000. Say what now? CRAZY SAUCE!

Love and more love

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Florida Adventure!

   Hey all! Sorry I haven't written in like eternity! But ain't no stressin'! I'm back now! So as you hopefully know, it has been summer break for me for about 2ish weeks! YAY FOR SUMMER! I start work on June 15th (and I am super exited about it! #summercampswag). But for the past couple of weeks I have been having a little bit of fun. Last week I was in Orlando, Florida and it was totally lovely! My family and I haven't been for Florida since my brother and I were around the age of 7, so it was super exciting for us! We stayed at a lovely resort called Silver Lake Resort. It was beautiful and our 2 bedroom condo was enormous! There were 4 pools on the property plus a hot tub, tennis courts and a massive game room. Plus all week it was 87 and sunny! Now that is the summer weather I was hoping for! 
One of the lovely pools at the resort!

View from the plane!

   On Monday we went to Island Of Adventure which is part of Universal. My brother is a huge fan of Harry Potter so of course we had to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was fantastic! Hogsmeade looked exactly like the movies! We went on all the rides and went in all the little shops. My favorite ride probably had to be the Dragon Challenge roller coaster, but I preferred the red side to the blue. The butterbeer was also delicious. Nick, my brother, got the carbonated soda-like one and I got the frozen one. Personally, I liked the frozen one better! Nick also got Pumpkin Juice which tasted like apple cider, it was pretty yummy! After about an hour or two in Harry Potter World, it started to get pretty crowded, so we ventured out to the rest of the park. I was stunned at all of the architecture within the park. Each section looks completely different which was amazing to me! 


Just hanging with my friends!

Pumpkin Juice!

The cutest train conductor ever!
    On Tuesday we went to Universal Studios. It was a little less crowded but still as cool. The first ride we went on was the RockIt roller coaster and holy crap. I will insert a picture down below so you can see what I mean but the initial climb was a solid 90 degrees. I was screaming before the roller coaster even went down the hill! Universal was really awesome though. It was split up into different cities, so there was a New York City section, San Francisco and so on. Each place looked so real! We saw a lot of fun shows there too, like an Animal Actors show and a Horror Makeup Show. 

This show was hilarious and pretty interesting!

Just me chillin' at my New York City apartment. 

This is the RockIt. Just look at it. Insane right?
   Wednesday my brother and dad went to Cape Canaveral to see the space station while mom and I stayed at the resort and hung out by the pool. It was a beautiful day of relaxation with my mom and my brother and dad loved the space station.

   Thursday we decided to go back to Island of Adventure. We didn't stay as long as we did on Monday because there were many more people. We rode all of the rides that we really wanted to ride then headed back to the resort around 1:30 and hung out by the pool for the rest of the day!

    Friday was our last full day in Florida, sad, I know. We just relaxed by the pool all day because the weather was gorgeous. Later in the night we went out to eat at Bonefish Grill (if I can remember correctly) and the food was delicious! After that we had to participate in a typical Shigo family vacation game of mini golf. We found this pirate mini golf place and played. I lost. Badly. But it was a beautiful night and the sunset was magnificent. 
The beautiful sunset. It is almost as pretty as the ones at SMC!

    Saturday we were up bright and early to catch our flight to Hartford. We got stuck on the plane with all the screaming little kids, but it wasn't that bad. Now we are all home and settling back into some sort of routine. I am trying to see all my friends from high school before I leave for the summer to work at summer camp. 
   Overall, my start to summer has been amazing! Also, I have been getting a lot of questions from the Class of 2017 on Facebook. If you are reading this and have any questions that you would like me to address in a blog, tell me! If you have a question about something, chances are another person has the same question! So don't hesitate, I love hearing from you all!!

Love and summuhhh time!

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(this song below has been one of my favorite summer songs!)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Classes for Next Year!

     Lately, I have been getting a ton of questions about what classes I am taking next year. So I figured, why not tell you!? Earlier this semester I declared my major as Media Studies & Digital Arts (with Journalism) and I could not be happier! I am so excited to really start taking classes in this major as it really interests me! In the fall, I will be taking 3 media classes and 1 other course to satisfy one of my LSCs.

The classes I am taking are:

MJD-110: Digital Media: Art, Culture and Theory (Monday & Wednesday from 1:30-3:05) with Professor Swope.
The course description is as followed:
"Digital media have changed radically the ways words, images, and sounds can be manipulated and delivered and, in the process, have altered the ways in which humans communicate, express ideas, get information, and conduct relationships. Students are introduced to new technologies used to create digital art and develop basic proficiencies in digital imaging (Adobe Photoshop), digital illustration and animation (Adobe Illustrator), and web design (Adobe Dreamweaver). Students are introduced to the critical examination of the digital revolution, including issues connected to privacy, consumerism, artistic/creative expression, media ownership, multitasking, and mediated representations of reality."
*Course descriptions copied from KnightVision*
I am really excited to take this course. I am so stoked to start learning photoshop, as I have always wanted to learn. I have heard great things about this class which makes me even more excited!

MJD-213: Media Law & Ethics in the Digital Age (Tuesday & Thursday from 9:45- 11:20) with Professor Griffith
The course description is as followed:
"This course explores the political, historic and philosophical roots of the First Amendment. Particular emphasis is given to the legal and ethical problems of the new communications technologies; other topics include libel, privacy, obscenity, news gathering, copyright, and the free press/fair trial dilemma. The class also provides insights into how the legal process works and an understanding of the principles and philosophies that underlie the restraints on and privileges of the media. After analyzing what the law says journalists can do, the course moves into the ethical component of what they should do. Using basic philosophical theories, students analyze ethical dilemmas through the use of case studies. Using multimedia, guest speakers and current events the course considers media law and ethics and its impact of journalists' ability to fulfill the historic function of the press to inform the public."
I had Professor Griffith this semester for Media Revolutions and I really enjoyed her teaching style. She is very knowledgeable about the subjects she teaches and you can see her passion in the subject when she is teaching. I am really interested in the legal side of media so I think this course is right up my ally. I am really interested to see what this course has to offer. 

MJD-219: Magazine Writing (Tuesday & Thursday from 8:00- 9:35) with Professor A. Cleary
Course Description:
"Various topics, ranging from women in the mass media to advanced Web design and theory to literary journalism."
I know I have said that I am excited for all of the previous classes, but I am REALLY excited for this class. My advisor said that this class hasn't been offered for a while so obviously I jumped at the chance to get into this class. I love reading magazines so it will be really cool to get a glimpse of what it would be like to write for one. Even though this class is early in the morning, I think I will find it interesting enough to get me out of bed bright and early!

GG-102: Intro to Physical Geography (Wednesday & Friday from 9:45-10:50 w/ lab Friday from 1:30-4:30) with Professor Stroup
Course Description:
"This course is a systematic study of elements that compose the Earth's physical environment: weather/climate, vegetation, soil, and landforms. The emphasis of the course is on these processes, but human-environment relationships are also examined. Labs promote hypothesis testing, sampling, and experimentation on processes and interactions occurring in the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere."
Ok, I am the first person to admit that I stink at science. As part of our liberal arts requirement we have to take a science class with a lab. One of my good friends, Lida, was planning on taking this class, so I figured why not just take it. So that's what I am doing. I am not really sure how it is going to go, but it seems pretty interesting. 

It is just so crazy that the end of this semester is coming up so fast. In 3 days, I will be 1/4 done with my college career. How crazy is that?!

Love and classes,

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Last Full Week

     So this is really sad. My time as a freshman here at SMC is coming to a close way faster than I ever would have expected. I know I say it a lot, but it seems like just yesterday I was moving in to my room in Lyons. Now, I am planning on moving out. It has all just gone by so fast. This past week has just been a jumble of finishing classes, studying and going on adventures. My friends and I have recently been on an adventure kick. They are just such great ways to get away from the stresses of the upcoming finals and the fact that in a week we have to say goodbye to each other. Adventures give us time to hang out with each other without having to worry about classes. My roommate Mar is headed back to the Netherlands next week and is not coming back next year. Earlier in the semester, she made a bucket list of things she wanted to do while she was here, so we have been gradually crossing off the last do-able things on the list.

     The weather lately has been amazing. Sunny, warm, not a cloud in the sky type of days. Most of our adventures have taken place outside lately because, I mean, come on, who would want to be stuck inside on amazingly beautiful days?! One adventure we took earlier in the week was over to the view and then down to the train tracks. Lida, Mar, Candice, Keri and I all ventured down there and Lida took some amazing pictures. Here are some below!
(l to r:Candice, Me, Mar and Lida)

(l to r: Candice, Me, Mar and Keri)

one of my personal favorites!

such a good picture!

(l to r: Lida, Mar and Candice sitting at the view. Camel's Hump in the background)

Typical Suze face and Keri's imitation of it!

     One thing on Mar's bucket list was to eat a Vermonster from Ben & Jerry's. For those of you that don't know, a Vermonster consists of 20 scoops of ice cream, 4 bananas, 4 ladles of hot fudge, 3 chocolate chip cookies, 1 brownie, 10 scoops of walnuts, 2 scoops of 4 toppings of your choice, and whipped cream. Lida, Mar, Candice and I were planning on eating it, but then had second thoughts. Instead, we opted for a half Vermonster. It was much cheaper and saved us from being severely sick. After that, we ventured down to the waterfront because it was a beautiful 77 degree day. The sun was shining, people were playing football on the green and the water was lapping up on the sandy shore. As we were walking back to the bus, we remembered another thing on Mar's bucket list: eat a maple creemee. After that half Vermonster, just the thought of more ice cream made us all want to vomit, but she had to get one! So we stopped at a little stand near the water front and Mar got her first taste of a maple creemee. We then headed back to a fun night of studying like mad women for finals! 
about to dig in!

the aftermath! 

the beautiful bushes near the lake!
(l to r: Keri, Lida, Me, Mar, Colleen and Candice)

Love and ice cream overload,

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***Thank you bunches to my friend, Lida, for letting me use some of her amazing pictures on this post!