Thursday, May 29, 2008

Berkeley College: Faster Than Your Pizza Delivery Guy

For the record, I'm going to try to use a little more discretion on what I write down here. Unfortunately, something was taken out of context from one of my entries and it was what I liked to call "much ado about nothing." To make a long story short, sorry to my professors who were a little freaked out this week but thanks for understanding.

Again, if anyone has any questions or concern about what's up at Berkeley or in this blog, don't hesitate to leave a comment or (if you wanna be more private), send me an email. All the contact info is on the right-hand tabs.

By the way, if you're in any of my classes, our grades are up on Blackboard now.

I was a little freaked out by how quick the school took notice of my opinion. My friends usually complain that their universities don't hear what they have to say. I'm lucky enough to have blogger, which is like a megaphone for my thoughts as well as the thoughts of my peers. Berkeley also have SGA, which have made great strides in the school in a short amount of time. There's so many ways to put your two cents into what goes on around here. I guess that's what so cool about going to a smaller college. Your voice won't get lost in a crowd.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that this school is full of incredibly helpful professors and administators. Any problem you might have, they're with you every step in the way.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Did You Memorialize on Memorial Day?

Yesterday was pretty great. Memorial Day is a day to honor the troops, right? Right. I spent most of the day getting a care package ready for my best friend who's stationed in Iraq right now. Its a little bundle with music magazines, an iPod and letter with doodles to keep his spirits up. Sure it won't get there for a couple of weeks but I'm sure when he gets it, I'll get a facebook message full of thank you's and "<3" signs.

Other than that, I spent my weekend at home. I had a break from work (surprisingly) so I spent the whole time with my mom and siblings. We ate pasta and watched National Treasure 2. I'm glad I spent the break home. My skin isn't sunburnt and I don't have a cold from the chilly beach nights.

This holiday didn't really mean much to me until after high school when a good portion of my core friend group joined the armed forces. Some are still around while others are on the other side of the world. I'm pretty sure everyone knows someone in the armed forces. If you didn't take a time out during our 4-day weekend, take some time now to appreciate them. Even if you don't believe in the war, tip your hat for their sacrifices. They miss our birthdays, fun holidays and all days in-between. Appreciate them on Post-Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Happy Siete de Mayo!

Happy Siete de Mayo, everyone. I know it makes no sense but Berkeley decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little later in the week for Activity Day. It was like our own little holiday here!

There was tons of food, an art area where you can make and paint your own maracas (mine came out pretty sweet if I don't say so myself), frozen maragaritas and daiquiris, quesadillas, music, dancing, singing, jumping, pinning tails on a donkey, piñatas, candy, etc. It seemed like the whole campus (including professors and some administration) came out for the hour and partied it up.

It was nice to take a break today. Some classes are still testing for midterms so the tension in the hallways are pretty intense. Thankfully, tons of sugar, some music and a little bit of sun got everyone to relax and smile. Honestly, I don't remeber the last time I laughed so hard. The piñata contest was hilarious. There were several photos taken by students so I'm pretty sure they'll turn up on Facebook and on the campus photo collage.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

On My Way to Online Course

I'm currently in the process of writing a couple of essays for my online course exam. I'm getting closer and closer to internship time, meaning I'll have to start figuring out how to take a class off-campus. The exam isn't too hard so I'm confident that I will pass. The test is primarily an evaluation on how well you can work Blackboard and how well you can format and write essays using MLA. I'm revising my essays so I can get a high score in wrting. Hopefully, I'll have time to submit it tonight after work. It takes about two days for the test to be graded and the results to show up.

Once I pass, I'll be able to enroll to online courses for the summer. I already have a schedule for summer but its only 12 credits since I'll only be on campus twice a week. I'd prefer having 16 or 18 credits so I don't fall behind once Summer 2009 is here.

It's hard to believe that in exacting one year, I'll have my bachelor's degree. College is going by so fast! I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Calm Before the Midterm Storm!

Next week, all my classes are going to have their midterms. Its Friday night and I just finished my round of studying. I've decided to study a little every night instead of cramming everything in on Sunday night. Its one of those promises I made to myself on the "Stop Procrastination" seminar. So far, its been going well. On Thursday, I stayed in the library for hours and hours getting all my homework done so I'd have the weekend to study. That worked out well also.

A bunch of my friends from other schools have their finals either this week or next week. They're all worried and stressed trying to cram a whole semester's worth of notes into their caffiene-driven brains. Luckily, I'll be learning from their mistakes. I'm studying an hour every night so I can pick up my grades and rock these finals. I'm more determined that ever to shine on my finals.

Just because I study like crazy doesn't mean I've missed out on anything. This past Wednesday was Collage and Karaoke day. The machine was out til 3pm because of all the singing that was going on. It was hilarious and fun! If you're lucky (or unlucky, depends on how you look at it), you caught my rendition of Avril Lavigne's "Complicated". This week is Siete de Mayo! Last year's Cinco de Mayo was hilarious and fun with all the hats and smoothie margaritas and nachos. I can't wait. These Activity Day events are exactly what students need during the summer time. A little sun and a whole lot of fun.