I used to do monthly roundups if any of you remember my “Goodbye November, Hello December!” posts that I used to actively write. This time around, I have decided to take it up a notch by logging every single day that I am possibly able to, for myself to have a journal entry and memory of what I did each day, and I guess for any curious person who wonders how exactly it works that I do lots of things and lack sleep. I apologize in advance for the dry accounts of my day. And in the spirit of being me, it is 2am so without further ado, here are my days recorded:
Monday, November 30, 2015
Okay so this isn’t part of december, but if you look at the calendar week, it could kind of count. So Monday I got home from the Bangor airport at around 12:30am. I had just flown in from my American Thanksgiving trip to New York City, and my angel of a Delta Zeta sorority sister Kayla picked me up from the airport and drove me back to my dorm. I took the chance to sleep in until 9:30am since I don’t have class on Mondays until 11am and I was exhausted. I had leftover crab pizza that I had purchased at LaGuardia airport (which was surprisingly yummy) before heading to my Environmental Communication class. For that lecture, the professor lectured on thinking ecologically about environmental communication and brought to light how materials and systems and the environment also play a role in communication. I was able to give the definition of communication being constitutive so I was quite pleased about that. Following class, I headed to the post office to pick up a package. I was wondering what exactly it could be since I was not expecting any mail and was pleasantly surprised to receive my retro red dress that I had forgotten I ordered. Sadly when I tried it on later that night, it was way too big. Then I went to my US-Latin American Relations class where the professor lectured on the contemporary world in regards of neoliberalism and GDPs and South America’s move to the right in recent elections. He also gave us a few marks back so I apparently have a 95.7% in that course, but he has to grade more things. That professor is very pleasant, but he is very busy (teaches 9 courses) so it is understandable that he takes so long. Following class, I had lunch with my DZ sister Jacky and I ended up eating 3 plate fulls plus dessert. We chatted for an hour and a half, exchanged break stories and talks about the end of semester, and it was really nice! After lunch I headed to work for a general team meeting. And after work I headed to my evening US Presidency lecture where we discussed the constitutional powers of the presidency that gives him the capacity to influence congress and supreme court. Right after that class ended I ran to my sorority meeting, which took very long. I left my dorm at 10:30am that day and did not get home until maybe 10:30pm. I then cooked myself dinner and called my boyfriend for a chat. I had a very rough night trying to start and then finish a 10-page paper due for my International Terrorism class the next day. I eventually gave up and went to sleep at around 2:30am, setting my alarm for 6:20am.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Hooray! It’s December! And only 24 more days until Christmas. This morning I woke up early to try to finish my essay before it was time to go to my TEDx planning meeting. I then left the meeting to go to the library to finish my essay, where I stayed until partway through class researching, writing, and then printing. I then headed to class and learned about terrorism in Ireland between the Protestants and the Catholics. I handed in my essay at the end of class, and helped this fellow student Ethan pick up his nut shells that he had spilled on the floor. I then headed to a work meeting. Following the meeting, I went to a Her Campus UMaine meeting where we chatted and I picked up a story. After that, I attended a Bernie Sanders campaign meeting and signed up for both phone banking and canvassing in New Hampshire on the weekends. After that, I went home and ate some dinner. And then I attended a lecture by Nicole Maines whose family helped share her story and educate the audience on transgender realities and rights. I ended the night by doing laundry, talking to my boyfriend on the phone, and staying up until 2:30am writing about Environmental Communication theory and typing up this post. So good night! Looks like tomorrow morning will be another sleep in day for me.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
I woke up and didn’t have much breakfast, but I went to class and we had time to work on our Environmental Communication projects. My group is doing a blog post on framing dam news stories. I went to my next class, US-Latin American Relations where we watched a documentary on the Washington Consensus & Argentina. It was very chilling to see footage of protestors and how the police treated them. Also the fact that their elected leader went back on his promises and was actually for the complete opposite policies the entire time. The architecture I saw in the documentary was quite European and the people looked very European as well, I noticed. After class I had lunch with my sorority sister Jacky and my exchange friends Holiday & Nelly. Then I did some work at the library and looked over the footage I took in New York. In the evening, I attended a workshop with my sorority and we made dog toys to be donated to the Bangor Humane Society while hanging out with two corgis! I watched my British friend Callum’s soccer game and then watch John Oliver videos with my Australian friend before calling it a night.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Today I went to work and finished building a website and coding for a form. I had lunch with my sisters Jacky & Maria, and ate lots of ice cream before class. My International Terrorism class today made me very shocked and sad for humanity. It really made me want to do something to fix broken society. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet. After class, I headed to work for a brief meeting. I spent my evening volunteering at the Manna Soup Kitchen in Bangor (I was in charge of sandwiches) and then attended daily mass at a 19th century Native American church. It is apparently the second oldest in the state of Maine. I had ramen and toast for a very sad but quick dinner before meeting with Jacky to walk to a social with a fraternity. We had ice cream and good conversation and we got to meet a lovely, friendly puppy! I then went back to my dorm to finish an assignment for my American Foreign Policy class about the upcoming Venezuelan election. Now I’m blogging and then I will work on my US-Latin American relations assignment and maybe look over photos I’ve taken recently.
Friday, December 4, 2015
This morning, I cooked chicken (fried and baked), so I will be eating that for a few days. I then headed to Memorial Union to meet with my Environmental Communication project group in the Maine Campus office to discuss progress and the next step in our individual write-ups. Afterwards I headed to my US-Latin American relations class where we talked about things like government and business relations as well as the TPP. Then I called my dad while I ate my chicken lunch. I stopped by work briefly for a meeting with my co-worker, and then finished a current event assignment. I headed back at around 4 to grab some snacks before meeting with my friend to wait in line for the hockey game which started at 7…It was a very long commitment! We waited outside in line, just talking. I was mainly with Meaghan and Sophie. There were lots of freebies like hot dogs (with pink hello kitty napkins!), hot chocolate (from the For The Kids Dance Marathon organizers), burritos (from a Christian group called challenge), and “Beat UNH” t-shirts. We were near the front of the line and so we got seats towards the middle in the student section. I could see though I’m not that tall so it was good. I’m pretty sure I’m bad Maine hockey luck though since they only scored every time I wasn’t looking. First I was sending a text, and the next two I was getting a cheeseburger and coke for dinner… The hockey game was an awesome atmosphere. At first, I was just a poised observer (I also filmed a few songs and chants), but then as the game proceeded I began to feel more like part of the crowd and danced and cheered along. The band was great and really helped with the student cheering. The school spirit is awesome. There were specific dances and chants that I was unfamiliar with but everyone else seemed to understand the gist. Must be a sub-culture almost that gets passed along the classes as the years go by. UMaine and UNH (our biggest rival) tied 3-3. They went 5min. overtime, but I was surprised they didn’t have a shootout. After the game, I walked my friend Meaghan to her friend’s car (partially) before heading home to Skype my boyfriend. And now here I am typing this blog post while watching Kylie Jenner’s Ellen interview on youtube!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
I volunteered at the University of Maine’s Museum of Art’s December Art Factory, which was a holiday craft fair for kids before the Bangor Christmas parade. Getting there was difficult since the bus system is confusing and not part of Google Maps, but I made it! It just took me an hour or so to get there, but I made it. I had a great time making watercolour art with the children. Kids are so creative! We really should not limit their minds or spirits because the things they come up with and create are all just so beautiful, and that is something to be celebrated. After volunteering for the day, I got back to my dorm and showered and decided what to wear to the Delta Zeta formal later on in the evening. I then walked to my sister Jacky’s dorm with my stuff to be picked up by Chantel to go to Amy’s apartment to get ready. We had snacks and food and listened to music while doing our hair and makeup. Jacky made my hair look amazing. She is fantastic at curling hair. My other sister Eileen did my eyes, but I decided I liked my face better without makeup so I went au natural! I am glad I love my face just the way it is, because boy is makeup time consuming! There were lots of ladies getting ready for formal and everyone looked great! We then went to go pick up our dates, and I went to formal with a new friend (Jacky’s friend) Jesse and Jacky brought her best friend Isabel. We posed for photos at Buchanan Alumni House and then went inside to have appetizers and hit the dance floor. It was a ton of fun just dancing with my friends. Afterwards, I went to Delta Tau Delta’s initiation party and then went home to call it a night!
Sunday, December 6, 2015
I just went of social media for most of the day, but I did attend the UMaine School of Performing Arts’s annual Yuletide Concert at the Collins Center for the Arts. I saw violinists, an orchestra, choirs, etc. I then went back to my dorm to watch Christmas music videos on YouTube as well as show my roommate an episode of John Oliver. I also learned that Miss Philippines won Miss Earth once against this year. I went to church at the Newman Center and had this yummy burrito-salsa-y soup for dinner. I then went to the library where I struggled to write my US Federal Budget balancing assignment. I went home when the library closed, and eventually gave up at a very late hour because it was hopeless and the US medical care system is way too confusing to navigate.
Monday, December 7, 2015
This morning, we launched the Call for Speakers for TEDxUMaine! I hope people apply. I printed and distributed over a hundred posters and made presentations whenever I could. I went to my Environmental Communication class and watched two group projects: social justice who made a short documentary and rhetoric who made a canoe story. During my US-Latin American relations class, we talked about the Venezuelan elections and recent Latin American current events. After class, I had lunch with Jacky & Sophia at Wells, then I went to a work meeting before heading to my US Presidency class. In my US Presidency class, we had our mini-Congress debate sessions, but I was very frustrated with what I heard in regards to taxing the rich (if you’re my Facebook friend, you can probably see my somewhat calm vent here). After class, I headed to my last ever Delta Zeta meeting. It was sad for me when it was over! I will miss them all very much. I walked back to Patch with my composite picture. I just spent the rest of the evening going online again and researched agenda-setting and framing theories for a project write-up.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Today, I went to work and then thought of ways to do outreach of campus. I took my co-worker Christien out to lunch before heading to class. I got my third essay back for my International Terrorism course and was very pleased with my grade! During class, my peers discussed the Israel/Palestine conflict, ID cards, and topics like immigration. Afterwards, I went back to work. I attended my last Her Campus UMaine meeting and pitched three stories. I then went to mass at Holy Family Church in Old Town(?) because today is the Immaculate Conception aka a holy day of obligation, instead of attending Lamda Pi Eta’s study night like I had planned on because I totally forgot about mass. I also got caught up with eating food once I got back to my dorm so I forgot about my friend’s symphony’s concert at the CCA tonight too…Oops. Too much forgetting! I did wash dishes though and had two dinners! Only because it’s 2am-ish now…I honestly just spent a lot of time on YouTube and social media. I also skyped my boyfriend for about an hour at least. Oh, I also booked my flights finally. And did a food tally. Moving out entirely is going to be difficult. I did some finance and accounting stuff, but other than that not much. A few friends wanted to read my essay so I sent it to them. I hope I can get motivated to study tomorrow…
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I went to class and watched presentations from public participation, science communication, and visualizing dams and rivers. I headed to my next class, US-Latin American Relations and watched a documentary about Plan Colombia and the drug war. I learned how they were using pesticides on an entire area to kill drug plants, but also on children, pregnant women, crops, etc., causing health problems for the people. I also learned about the paramilitary forces. After my classes were done, I stopped by the Fogler Library reserve reading room to play and pet the therapy papillon and lab dogs before heading to lunch at Wells. I ate lunch for about 2 hours and sat with Noah, Sophia, Sophie, and Jordan over the course of that time as people passed by. We mainly talked about high school, teachers, rent, and real estate. I then walked back to my dorm with an enormous food baby and just hung out and chatted with my roommates telling stories and looking at wedding gowns and engagement rings. Amy borrowed my camera for her film project and then Ben and Callum popped by and I walked partway with them when they went to get dinner and I went to help Amy with setting up the camera. I was so full so I didn’t join the boys for dinner. I walked over to the Newman Center for the Christmas sweater party and we ate walking tacos and made cards for Father Bill’s birthday with markers and glitter glue. I chatted with Matt, Drew, other Matt, Meaghan, and other people. At 9, I had a floor meeting so I will have to remember to have a check out appointment with my CA next week before I leave. Afterwards, I dragged my roommate to Midnight Mosaic at the student union where we visited the different rooms hosted by the African Students Association, Caribbean Club, Muslim Students Association, Jewish Students Association, and Asian Students Association. I can’t remember if I’m missing any. We got to try different treats; try on cultural wear; get our names written in Hebrew and Arabic; eat chocolate; dance and hula hoop; sing karaoke; get henna tattoos; and play maracas. We got back at around midnight it was quite a night of fun. Unfortunately I am very silly and accidentally brushed my wet henna’d wrist against my canvas bag and it stained a bit. 😦
Thursday, December 10, 2015
It is officially the start of my last week in Maine. Today, I had one of my last work meetings. I was very tired though since I had stayed up very late. After work, I headed to Memorial Union building to try to get a photo with Santa, but I couldn’t figure out how to use the credit union ATM that gives out $1, $5, and $10 bills. It was by donation and though I’m sure it was for a good cause, I’m sadly not rich enough to give $20. Christien and I went to the Mind Spa room and played with kinetic sand. It was kind of a weird thing, half sand, half crumbly dough. It wouldn’t stay up straight; it wouldn’t stay clumped either. We made a sandcastle, fish, snowman, igloo, and other weird stuff. I was starving so I went to the dining hall and ate lunch by myself before heading to my International Terrorism class. I have gotten to grow fond of that class and my classmates who provided engaging, diverse discussion. Heated debate is probably a better word. I shook my professor’s hand after class because he is awesome and I wish I could take more classes with him. After class, I headed to work briefly before going to meet up with my Environmental Communication project group members. I had to leave early to change and head to the All Greek Gala. I wore a black strapless dress, my navy blazer, and pink heels. The Gala had appetizers like little sandwiches, cheese, fruit, meatballs, and lemonade. During the gala, they had speeches, chapter reports, and induction of the new council members. After the gala, we took photos as a Delta Zeta group and then Jamie dropped me off at the library. I got changed into jeans and a DZ t-shirt and have been sitting here working on my Environmental Communication project ever since. I had to cut down my theoretical framework paragraphs, and I fixed up our APA citations/references. Now that I’m done doing that, I’m probably going to FINALLY start studying for my US Presidency exam happening on Monday.