Tuesday, August 31, 2010
My dog Morgan was very depressed to see me packing and leaving :(
My niece Sofia came to see me one last time before I moved away. I won't see her for over a month so that is hard because she is growing up so quickly!
I arrived in Milwaukee last night. It was a very long drive from my town in central MN. My car was so packed I couldn’t even see out of my back windshield. I prayed I wouldn’t back into someone the whole way. The longer into the drive the more I questioned why I chose to move to Milwaukee and have such a boring and long drive. When I arrived in Milwaukee I was too excited to go to the hotel so I drove by Kenilworth just to see my future home since I had never actually seen it. I then meandered to the hotel where I am staying a few days before I can move into my apartment. While in the hotel flights back home were only 108 round trip instead of the usual 150 + so I pathetically booked my flight home immediately upon arrival for homecoming at undergrad.
Very Full Car
My copilot for the trip.
This morning was filled with a trip to campus for work orientation and field orientation for my social work program. Work orientation was mostly filled with paper work and then we went over how to take attendance for the SI sessions. Not really exciting things. After that I went over to my field orientation which was long and boring. I still do not know where I am interning yet, but it will be in one of the Milwaukee public schools.
After orientations were done I set off to get my ID card and UPass. That was pretty easy to do since I knew where the buildings were. After finishing all of my tasks on campus I went to go back to my car. Except of course, I didn’t remember exactly where the pay lot was. I decided to just wander one way and basically made a huge circle around campus and then some. It was a balmy 95 degrees so I was ecstatic after I finally found my car which ended my 35 minutes search. Let’s just say it was a nice little tour of the campus.
My mom arrived today and we went on a little adventure through Milwaukee so she could see the university and my apartment building. We decided to go to Walmart since I needed to get a few things before moving in. The Walmart was an experience to say the least. I learned that if you want a cart you must bring your own in from the parking because there were none inside, they were all already taken.
After that we went to an AMAZING restaurant called Antigua which served all sorts of Latino dishes. I have been craving empanadas, a meat pie per say for awhile so I was so excited to have them for dinner. The restaurant was just wonderful and it reminded me so much of when I lived in Chile. It’s behind Miller Park and you should check it out!
My delicious empanadas :)
Tomorrow involved more work orientation, hopefully not losing my car and actually moving in. I am excited to be able to move in since it’s not so fun living in a hotel.
I have already made some new friends here on campus and its only my first day! Tomorrow we will have a floor meeting with our Resident Advisor so we can meet other people on our floor, go over some rules, and ask any questions. I am not sure what else we will do at this meeting but I am looking forward to it. I thought I would feel like a fish out of water here, since I am transferring from such a small and private college. I have realized that its really what you make it. If you want to sit in your room alone and shut the door it may feel like a big school, but if you go out and make friends and meet people it won't feel so overwhelming anymore!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
My roommate had already moved in due to working for campus security so I set my stuff down, made my bed, hung up my shirts and pow! There it was, an hour later I had the stuff I wanted my parents to help me with done and we headed over to the Pick n' Save across the street. I got some snacky stuff as well as a box of Easy Mac and a couple cans of soup, just in case I don't feel like eating in the dining hall. We headed down to the Union and picked up my books, which were all ready for pick up, which was pretty awesome. After that we drove around the area for half an hour finding somewhere to eat. We ended up going to Hooligan's Super Bar. It's right on the corner of North and, I think, Ivanhoe. Needless to say it was pretty good, I'd go back there some time if I have enough money.
After finishing lunch we headed back and my parents helped me bring up the "groceries" to my room. After a few minutes I walked them downstairs and said goodbye to them. My mom was a little teary-eyed, as expected. I tried to humor her so she wouldn't feel so bad, but it doesn't always work. I headed back up to my room, talked to my roommate and attempted to get the internet connection going. Three hours and one less than helpful phone call to the computer system people later I finally got my connection up and running. I assume this is because everyone was trying to connect at the same time, major flaw in the system.
I walked around downstairs checking out the building and attempting to open my mailbox, a failure but I'll get it, for a bit and headed upstairs due to simply being exhausted. I took the rest of the night to relax and Skype with my girlfriend, probably for way too long, but hey, what are you gonna do? I've found that she's a pretty damn solid person to confide in and talk to without holding things back, that'll happen after four years. There I am talking to her until I'm about ready to pass out to exhaustion and I get to sleep. It was the best sleep I've had in months. Sure, the beds not as big as I'm used to but it was a lot more comfortable than I expected. So I wake up the next morning and see it's 9 o'clock. I said to myself, "I'm not getting up, I'm getting back to sleep." Perhaps this wasn't the best decision due to having one hell of a really weird dream.
I woke up around eleven today and just hung out in my pajamas seeing as I was feeling a little less than wanting to go walk around due to homesickness. I started to get my computer set up, but gave up on that after a while. I Skyped my girlfriend again and we passed the time by talking and playing games. Let me tell you boys and girls, Oregon Trail is a fun game to compete against people with. If you're interested here's the link for you. It's a real throwback to being a kid.
Anyways, I decided I'd go take a shower. It was a little small, and it did take me a few minutes to figure out the hot/cold thing but it felt pretty nice. As expected the water pressure wasn't as high as I'm accustomed to, but it's still better than the place I stayed in New York a few years ago. Anyone whose seen the episode of Seinfeld knows what I'm talking about. I felt exactly like Kramer.
Here's a room tour of Riverview, through pictures!
The closet space is pretty nice, more than enough room for me to hang my shirts.
The dresser is pretty nice, although I didn't have much to put in the drawers.
I didn't have to raise my bed more than a couple notches above where it already was in order to store my stuff under it. I've got about six decent sized boxes and a big storage tub so it's a really good place to put your things.
Two posters I brought from home to remind me of some inside jokes as well as just being entertaining movies.
And finally my desk where I am currently sitting and typing this up. It's pretty nice a spacious so I can toss random stuff and still be able to see the portrait of Dwight that was drawn by my girlfriend. If you couldn't tell I really like my girlfriend, hah.
Anyways, that's in for now. I'm still getting used to the place and I'll eventually plot out how to get to my classes before Thursday, probably tomorrow or Tuesday.
The Dude abides.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
So I am all moved in to Cambridge Commons!! The whole entire process was really smooth and efficient! I had to enter the building to check in while my family parked in the parking garage. I had to get my picture taken and sign an agreement. I also got some very cool info on the shuttle and the buses. I then met up with my family. I was surprised to see that they had 4 carts and informed me that that was everything! Needless to say I was quite shocked that all of my stuff fit! Getting it into my room was a whole other story!
My move in appointment was before any of my other roommates so I was able to unpack all of my things and put them away without having to worry about crowding out my roommate. After lugging all the boxes onto my side of the room, we went to the grocery store to stock up on some food. With the cafeteria not being open, it was a slight inconvenience, but the staff is doing their best at accommodating students needs.
After the grocery store I was able to unpack my stuff and start to get organized. I decided to loft my bed to give myself more room, and boy, am I glad that I did!! I will post a few pictures of what it looks like. Please remember it's a work in process. :] I still have a lot of things that have yet to find their permanent home, but I am so glad to be living in the residence halls! I will keep you updated as to how my week is going. Best of luck to all that are moving in!!
Friday, August 27, 2010
And now for an update- I, the great procrastinator, finally got everything on my packing list together(!!), just have to get the last bits of it in boxes. I spent most of today at the mall with an old friend, hanging out and having fun, and as fate would have it I ran into friends of mine in every store we walked into… I’m going to miss that, but maybe someday some portion of Milwaukee will be that way for me, I hope.
Oh and my older sister's home visiting me one last time before I move! Yay! I love having my whole family here and together :-)
Oh and my older sister's home visiting me one last time before I move! Yay! I love having my whole family here and together :-)
Anyway, I thought I’d show you guys a few new things I bought for the new school year-
First off we have... *que silent screams* :-D
Next off, I decided that after owning a bike for 10+ years it was due time I became a safe biker... So I bought this shiny new hat!
Third, I bought 3 new (actually old, they're a couple of his earliest albums...) Billy Joel cds... I always have, and always will, adore Billy Joel music.
If you do not know who Billy Joel is or you have not heard his music, Tina kindly requests that you urgently fix that.
Happy last few days of summer!
- Take what you need, because you can always con your parents into bringing it down, or worst case scenario, shipping it to you.
- Too many knick-knacks are annoying.
- Your roommate might not want to stare at a giant poster of the Jonas Brothers, so get ready for some hassling. My roommate is lucky, I've only got a giant poster of Bill Cosby. That's a fact, I'll prove it after I move in.
- Don't waste your last few days in town, if you're moving. Use it wisely.
- Create lasting moments with friends and family (See the attached video.)
- Skype is an incredible thing. My girlfriend and I have been using it for the last 2 or 3 years.
- Stay hygenic.
I feel that this post was really unstructured and more of a non-coherent rambling than anything. Well I suppose that's how I am. I'll give another shout out after I move in with the deets on Riverview.
Keep on Rocking in the Free World.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Studio Arts and Craft Centre- the craft centre offers a free membership for all UWM students, all you have to do is stop by and sign up! They host weekly classes as well as one-day workshops. Some of these do cost money, but selling your work at the Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale could offset the price of learning a new skill. If you would like to practice your already gained knowledge of arts and crafts, just stop by. They have materials and equipment for sale, as well as checkout, in the studio. Want to bring a friend or family member who doesn’t attend UWM? They offer day and semester long memberships starting at $8.
Official website: http://www.craftcentre.uwm.edu
Find them on Facebook: http://facebook.dj/sacc/
Adventure Center- ever wanted to venture outdoors and try something new but didn’t have the necessary experience, equipment, or bravery? Well then this is the place for you! They offer instructional classes, usually led by a guide, and even weekend long trips! Some classes are free, and others are offered at very affordable student rates. If you would rather adventure out on your own, the Adventure Center has gear that you can rent such as tents, portable stoves, recreational and winter equipment, even sleeping bags, all offered at an affordable student rate.
Official website: http://www.aux.uwm.edu/Union/adventure_center
Find them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UWMAC
Panther Academic Support Services- even the smartest of us need help with our studies sometimes. PASS provides free tutoring services for all students at UWM. They accept walk-ins as well as appointments. It can also be a great place to get a job if you are doing exceptionally well in one area of your studies. If you have ever wanted to learn a new language but found that paying around $500 dollars for Rosetta Stone was not an option, you can stop by the PASS center to use theirs. There are multiple computer programs available for use in the center, as well as videos and handouts. They have a lot of great resources that every student should take advantage of, so don’t be afraid to just stop by and check it out sometime.
Official website: http://www4.uwm.edu/pass/
Center for International Education- for students already attending UWM this would also be known as studying abroad. While I myself wonder why there needs to be a whole “center” for this, I realized that it also includes students from other countries who are interested in studying at UWM. If you would like to study abroad sometime in your college career, it is good to get started early. Some of the programs may require you to apply a whole year in advance. The Center for International Education can help you with all of the paperwork, help you find a suitable destination, and even find you some money to travel through scholarships and grants.
Official website: http://www.international.uwm.edu
This is just a very small list of what UWM has to offer to its students. I’m sure you could find another whole list just by browsing through the website, like I did. Make sure to try new things and get involved in college. You never know who you could meet, what you could learn, or the connections you will make that could later help you in your career. Post any links to UWM’s resources that you think will be helpful to first year students, as well as those further along in their studies, and I will be sure to mention them in the future!
Get involved with the community. Find a cause that you believe in and commit to it, even if it’s just once a week. Working for a cause will give you a tie to your new community that life on campus can’t give you, it will get your focus off of your own life’s stressors, and you might get more out of it than you ever bargained for (learning, personal growth, networking).
Get involved with your resident hall’s activities and meetings. Get to know the people in your building. Resident hall meetings might not sound like the most exciting thing ever, but they are a great way to meet people. Make these people your family and your best friends and I promise you won’t be nearly as homesick in the long run. And if you run into a problem, any problem really, talk to your resident assistant about it. They are a great resource to you. And if for some reason you don't feel comfortable talking to your RA, or maybe yours is gone for the day, by all means go find another, I'm sure they would be happy to help you out. RAs are helpful and nice like that.
Try new things, on and off campus. Expand your awareness of different cultures, sports, art forms, politics…. This is what college is all about! Go to random new clubs for the free food and come out with a new hobby, learn to salsa dance, join a meditation group and see if you can sit still and not think for an hour... Whatever floats your boat! Get outside your comfort zone though.
Last year I was challenged by my religions professor to attend prayer at the masjid (Arabic word for "mosque" meaning place of prostration - prayer) with one of my best friends in Rochester, a Muslim originally from Sudan. I learned more that day than I have in most of my life, both about my community and about myself. It threw me into a different culture and it gave me first hand experience with the glares and other forms of discrimination you get just for dressing like a Muslim, even in a fairly progressive city... Within a few minutes of changing into a traditional dress and hijab (headscarf) one woman in Culver's bathroom was too scared to even walk past me. I was in the same city I'd grown up in, but I was being treated completely differently.
Sure I was scared to dress like this, surround myself with people who weren't speaking English, and I tripped over the hem of my dress walking up the parking ramp's stairs twice, but I wouldn’t trade that day for the world. I felt like I was in a different world seeing out of someone else's eyes, and I loved every minute of it.
That's me shopping at the Red Sea International African Mall across the street from the Abu-bakar Sidiq Masjid. Most people in Rochester, Minnesota don't even know we have an African Mall, I sure didn't! Turns out it's a great place to find cheap pashmina scarfs (sooo soft!) and delicious Kenyan tea... And that rug I am holding is a prayer rug, Muslims stand, kneel, and prostrate on them during prayer. Muslims pray facing Mecca, Saudi Arabia, specifically towards a building with a cube in the middle called the Kaaba. This prayer rug has a compass (all in arabic and totally impossible to read, even to my friends who speak Arabic) to assist you in figuring out what direction you should be praying as you travel. I thought it was pretty spiffy.
Best of luck with your packing :-)
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
And now my dog, love of my life, keeps hopping into my luggage, curling up in my sweaters, and making this face at me-
& then tilting his head. You can imagine how hard it is to continue packing when those adorable back eyes are begging you not to… His name’s Chandler Muriel Bing, named after that episode of Friends with the 70s flashback where Chandler had that crazy hair do (Chan had that same hair as a pup).
I’m so excited to move to Milwaukee and meet all sorts of new people, but I’m going to miss a lot of stuff around here…. Especially my family, Chandler, and my bedroom. :(
P.S. I do appreciate feedback :)
I have finished ordering my books for the semester. A big tip that I can give you is to order them online. Although the bookstore can be considered the easy way it isn't always the cheapest. Since not all of my books were posted online at the bookstore site, I chose to email my professors to ask for the books. From that I was able to google around for the best deals. I mean who wouldn't want to pay 98 cents for a book instead of the 37 that the bookstore wanted?
Some important tips for buying online:
Pay attention the the edition or specific year that they say
Google promo codes for specific sites like half.com or amazon. (I was able to receive $5 off one of my books because I found a promo code for an order of 50 or more.)
The 10 or 13 digit ISBN number is the easiest way to search for books
Read the seller feedback and look at their rating to ensure timely delivery
Sites like dealoz.com compare all the book sites to help you find the cheapest
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The summer’s winding down fast, and I don’t know a single girl who isn’t prowling their closets and running to the mall to fill in gaps they find in their wardrobes. College is the perfect time to start defining your style and building a “real” wardrobe.
A rule of thumb of mine is quality over quantity; define what you need and find the very best fitting and best quality of that item. Spend a little more, save a lot in the long run. But this is just one strategy of shopping, another is to run into mall and buy stuff that is pretty and shiny and the next week find your dress’s strap has broken… Save yourself the time, money, and frustration. Buy stuff that will last.
Anyway, I've compiled list according to my own closet and I've added wardrobe advice from my own freshman year. I hope it will be helpful to you-
Socks & Underwear – Bring lots of these. Personally I hate doing laundry, so I like to make sure I have 4 weeks worth of socks and underwear on hand. For socks I would recommend ankle-highs so you can wear them with either jeans or shorts. For underwear look for something that fits, doesn’t bulk up or leave lines, and try to match the colors up with your shirts as much as possible.
Bras- I’d recommend maybe 10 bras that fit well and are comfortable for everyday. If you’re not sure what size you are go in and get fitted, the right size bra makes all the difference to the outfit. At least one of these bras should be something that works under your dressier clothes. Also, make sure you don’t forget about sports bras and comfortable bras for around the residence halls.
4-5 Pairs of Jeans in various washes- Jeans are a college staple. If you get about 4 pairs of good-quality jeans in various washes you can rotate them. Oh and no one will notice if you wear the same jeans twice in a week, I promise. TJ Maxx is having HUGE sales right now as many college students have already left for school. I just picked up quality brands like DKNY and Lucky Jeans for $15 a pop. It was, in a word, amazing.
4-6 Basic, 100% cotton tank tops- Get a variety of different colors for layering. I recommend cotton over spandex and polyester blends simply because with pure cotton you won’t get the strange clinginess that you often do with blends. Look for something that isn’t see-through so you can wear it alone if you so choose. If you like lace keep your eyes open for tank tops that have lace edging, they look really nice when you’re layering.
Warm Sweaters- These are great to have if you ask me.
Formal wear- (for interviews and the like) At least 1 pair of dress pants, 1 Button-down dress shirt, and 1 pair of formal shoes, ideally black pumps since they will go with everything. The key with these dress shoes is to go for both quality and comfort, if you find the perfect pair they will last you many years. You’ll probably want a few dressy tops on hand for semi-formal events. Also, if you plan on attending many formal events during college, now would be the time to invest in a blazer or, if your in something like forensics, a full suit might be more appropriate. This can be pricy but it's an investment, especially if you're going into something like business.
A Bag- Look for a good quality handbag that will hold everything. I’d say your best bet is TJ Maxx. Go for a style and color that you can carry day or night and will last you throughout the seasons.
A backpack- Maybe it’s so obvious that you forgot to pack it? :-P
2 winter coats- I say 2 just in case you plan on getting into any major snowball fights, in which case you’ll want a spare handy in place of the drenched one. And I mention winter coats because I’m moving 5 hours and will not have a chance to go home outside of breaks. If you live closer I’d recommend picking up your coats once it gets cold to save precious closet space.
1 pair of winter boots- Look for a pair that is meant for walking, you do a lot of that in college. I found a great pair from Northface that only weighs a pound or two a boot; so they’re incredibly light but still cute and VERY warm. Plus I’m fairly sure they’ll last me all of college and beyond.
1 Rain Coat- Unless you like getting you and all of your stuff wet, bring a rain jacket and possibly an umbrella. I also have rain boots, but I’m an avid puddle-jumper.
**Keep in mind that umbrellas often direct water flowage directly onto one’s backpack. And if you’re paranoid like me, you might even consider sticking your laptop in a large ziplock inside your backpack on such days, just in case.
1 light jacket for the in-between seasons- I splurged a little and sprung for a London Fog trench coat off Overstock… I highly recommend London Fog. My mom one in college and I think someone somewhere is still wearing it. They’re cut great, water resistant, and built to last.
A pair of casual flats- It’s always nice to have another option in place of heels just in case you’re not up for them, or if you’ll have to do a lot of walking. Plus these look very cute with jeans.
Cute Sweats- These are great for wearing around the residence halls and working out, but wear with caution, you don't want to be wearing them to class a lot.
Shower Flip Flops- Unless you like feet funguses and standing in who-knows-what, don’t shower barefoot... I like Havaianas, they're a squishy sort of comfortable and they last for years.
Tennis shoes- Necessary, you’ll wear them often. I recommend Earth tennis shoes. They feel weird at first since your heels sit lower, but if you do a lot of standing or walking they’re amazing to your ankles and back, I promise. My chiropractor recommended them to me and I haven’t bought another brand since.
Slippers- optional, but cozy
Bathrobe- optional, but very very nice in the middle of the winter when you’re room’s cold and you’re all wet. Remember, you have a roommate, and she might prefer living in a climate slightly different from what you are used to. It’s always good to have warm things like robes and sweatshirts and blankets on hand to counteract such unexpected climate changes.
A random side note- Do not put a banana in your backpack, just don’t, it’s a death wish. It might seem like a good idea when you get that banana, but you will forget about that banana, and when you do you'll find yourself looking at a pile of gooey papers and a wet backpack.
Hi! My name is Tina, I’m from a small town just north of Rochester, MN. Not to worry though, I’m a big ‘ol Packers fan. To sum it up I’m a country girl at heart, but I’m thrilled to be moving to the big city.
And yes, that is me scuba diving :) One of my favorite things in the world to do. If you ever get the opportunity to learn take it!
This is my first year at UWM, my sophomore year of college, and I’ll be living in Sandburg North. I transferred from UW-Eau Claire to UW-Milwaukee to pursue occupational therapy. Since declaring OT as my major I’ve found there are two general responses - 1) “You’re going to make a great occupational therapist!“ And 2) “Wait, so will you be helping people find jobs?”
Occupational therapy is similar to physical therapy but instead of movement rehabilitation (as in physical therapy) occupational therapy is more of a skill-building career. Ideally I would like to work as a pediatric occupational therapist, helping young children who have a variety of challenges in their lives to learn, grow, and become more self-sufficient.
Since high school I’ve bounced through an impressive number of majors- biology, religious studies, English, communication disorders, nursing... Occupational therapy feels like a perfect fit though; I’ll get to do hands-on studies in anatomy & physiology (my favorite subjects), I’ll get to help children one on one, and I will be trained in a skill that I can use as a health care volunteer abroad someday.
During high school I took Mandarin Chinese at the local community college. My professor was amazing; it is thanks to her that I discovered my passion for foreign languages and cultures. I’ve never been outside of the country, not even to Canada. I was planning on studying Arabic at UWM and then going to Egypt, but after seeing Eat Pray Love (Great move. Go watch it, now!) I’m completely inspired to spend a year absorbing the language, culture, and art of Italy instead… Or I guess it’s “Italia” to me now that I’m learning “Italiano” ;-) And let me just say, it is awesome to be enrolled in a university where I can switch my class schedule from Arabic to Italian overnight, such diversity!
As of right now I’m consumed with packing, shopping, and tying up loose ends here in Rochester before shipping myself, and my belongings, 5 hours East. Oh fewf, that’s going to be such a long day! I’m so excited for my first Brewer’s game tho, and for the UWM campus kickoff events. Seriously, I’m finding it hard to sit still. This year is going to be fantastic!
Leaving for school will not be as hard for me as it will be exciting. Saying goodbye to loved ones is always a difficult thing to do, but I have already been on my own for around two years so I am used to it. Since I have been in-between schools that are hundreds of miles apart, I haven’t had a permanent place to live all summer! I have been staying with different family members and friends every night. It will be so nice and relaxing to finally have my own room again! I decided that since I have been working so hard in school and doing well, I would splurge on myself and get a single room in the residence halls. Last year I had a triple so this will be a big change for me.
I love all things art. I am mostly into photography and ceramics, but I love anything crafty. I love to travel, and although I haven’t had the chance to go many places yet, I am constantly planning trips that I would like to take in the future. I have been learning Spanish for 6 years and I have just started to teach myself French.
The next time I write I will most likely be writing from my new home. Until then, enjoy your summer and good luck packing!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
As the move in day approaches my list of to do's gets shorter. I've been working on decorations for my residence hall room. My mom and I were able to find a nice frame and some pictures for me to put in it. With these pictures I know that any time I miss anyone in my family or my friends, they won't be very far away. I'm already planning on getting a few more frames!
I hope that everyone is enjoying the last bit of summer. I'm looking forward to seeing you all on campus!
Well I suppose I should share a bit about my personality. I'm a quiet guy at first, but after I get used to people I can be pretty fun. I'm a big fan of films, my favorite director being Wes Anderson. I've seen the majority of films on the AFI Top 100, I don't care what some people say that doesn't mean I don't have a life. I'm also into music, like most people. I'm planning on seeing Pavement on the 14th at the Pabst and Broken Social Scene on the 3rd October. If you're heading to either show let me know and we can bus down together and hang out.
I'm an avid reader of comic books and graphic novels, currently knee-deep in Scott Pilgrim, especially DC Comics. I'm a fan of books as well, I went to the midnight release of Half-Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows, both being awesome. My favorite book I read in high school was probably Richard Wright's Native Son.
I do get involved in politics as much as possible. Just remember, don't complain if you don't vote, and no I won't argue politics with you because neither side listens to the other side. Anyways I'm starting to ramble, and I'm running out of things to say. I'll wrap this up.
If you're interested in hanging out, talking about films or movies, or anything really, find me or contact me via Facebook. I'm looking forward to my future contributions on here.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Hi! I'm Connie and a First Year Student here at UWM. This past June, I graduated from Watertown High School in Watertown, Wisconsin. All summer I've been preparing for college. I've been packing, buying things, then repacking... I've been waiting all summer to take advantage of all the opportunities UWM has to offer and I'm so happy to be here.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
It's been a day and I'm still unpacking. I just got internet service too. I'm seeing construction workers every now and then, but nothing too much is going on here. It's pretty quiet. Last night I made some food in the common kitchen, and the view from the kitchen of the courtyard is really nice. I'm a vegetarian so I made some instant rice noodles. Yum.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures and I can't wait for everyone to get here soon!!!!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Like many of you the thoughts of packing are looming in my mind and the constant nagging of my mother is heard throughout our house. I am going on a last hurrah camping adventure this week to enjoy the lakes of MN and my mother thinks I need over a week and a half to pack. I have started packing, but it is not very fun. Most of my stuff is in boxes from when I moved home last, but I need to organize and see what I need. I am not really sure how I will fit everything into two cars, let alone not go crazy in the seven hour drive to Milwaukee but it will be worth it.
I am excited for new classes and people and somewhat excited for my busy schedule (that will wear off come October). Besides the daily grind of classes and studying I will also be doing a social work internship somewhere and I am the supplemental instructor for Spanish 103 (so if you’re taking that stop by for help!). I feel that between those three things I will have little time to do much else let alone sleep.
My weeks building up to my move will be filled with many goodbyes not only to my friends and family staying in MN but also to my friends moving on to bigger and better things since our graduation. The hardest goodbye will be my niece who turns two in October. I know she will be so much older when I see her next. These last few days have been stressful with trying to get all of the book keeping done for the start of school. I will be arriving in Milwaukee on the 30th to attend work and intern orientation but not moving in until the 1st.
I hope everyone is getting excited for what will be a great year.