Thursday, April 10, 2014

Townhouse Livin'

     One of the many perks of being an upperclassman is the ability to live in a townhouse.  There are four different townhouse sets: the 100s, 200s, 300s, and 400s.  I lived in the 400s last year and now live in the 200s.  I have to say last year was one of my favorite years with housing, but this year takes the cake!  I get to live with two of my best friends and all of my other close friends are within walking distance! 

Here are some pictures of my house this year in the 200s

What do you get in a townhouse?

1 Couch
2 comfy chairs
2 coffee tables
Kitchen table and chairs

-In your bedroom you get

bed with draws underneath
fabulous closet

What do you not get?

In the kitchen you are not given pots or pans, kitchen utensils, or plates etc. 

Also the meal plan is slightly different when you  live in a townhouse.  You are put on a reduced meal plan, meaning you get 40 swipes into Alliot or Sloane.  Don't worry though, you can still opt to get the full unlimited meal plan if you so choose. 

In the 200s there are 4 single bedrooms with a large bathroom upstairs with a private toilet and shower, and double sink. 

Here is a picture of my bedroom:

The 400s townhouses are slightly different.  There are two bathrooms and five individual bedrooms.  Here are some pictures of my house last year:


     Living in a townhouse has been my favorite living situation!  I lived with 4 fabulous girls last year and 2 of my best friends this year.  Who could ask for anything more?!
I hope this helps you with understanding some of the dorm living situations here at SMC!
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Let's Recap...

     Well I've been very busy and that's why I've been absent for a while.  So here's what I've been up to:

Spring Break:  I went to Daytona Beach and then Orlando with my Mom

Since then, I've been working and working and working.  Classes are getting tough but it's coming to an end!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I got on the website!!!

     So if you remember back in October I had a fantastic breakfast reunion with my first year seminar in the teaching gardens (here's the blog post).  It was such a blessing to have picked as nice a first year seminar as I did and to have made such lasting friendships from that class!  Recently my professor from the partner class of my seminar emailed us with this image on this page on the smc website!!!!

It's us from the breakfast and I'm the one in the white sweater amongst all those happy people!

Well, enjoy the snow!


Monday, March 3, 2014

It was supposed to be an easy semester...

      But it's not!  To be quite honest the classes I am taking are quite challenging, add an internship, tutoring, trying to blog, extracurriculars, and personal health (aka the gym) I am very busy.  This semester I am taking:

Testimonios: my Spanish 435 course where we study the development of testimonial and autobiographical narratives (documentary, writing) from Latin America

Poetry: my French 445 course where we study the evolution of French poetry over the centuries

Breaking Silence:  Women Writers in the Francophone World: my last and (favorite) French  435 course in which we read, analyze and interpret works written by contemporary women writers in the Francophone world: Kuessipan ; À  toi by Naomi Fontaine, Ru by Kim Thúy, Lettre d’une Africaine à ses sœurs occidentales by Calixthe Beyala, Celles qui attendent by Fatou Diome, Barbe bleue by Amélie Nothomb, “Fichues racines” by Gisèle Pineau, Sortilège haïtien by Jessica Fièvre, and Des rêves et des assassins by Malika Mokeddem.
 Cool right? One of my books that I had to buy from Canada that the author signed!

As you can see, I have a ton of reading for two of my classes and lots of interpreting poems for my other class.  It's very time consuming, however I really enjoy all three of these courses and it just happens to be good luck that I love to read! 


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Class Survival Tips

     Let's face it, sometimes it is hard to get through classes in college, especially the classes that you are not quite so interested in.  However, as a nearly graduating senior, I think I have mastered the art of being a student.  It has taken me 21 years, but I have done it.

1.  stay awake: bring gum, water, tea, coffee, take a nap before class...anything to keep your eyes open and mind awake in class

2.  be prepared: there is nothing worse than being called on in class and not having any answer.  Do your readings, they are important!

3.  homework: put post-it notes in your readings, highlight, write a quick paragraph about the reading, it's unreasonable to "review your notes before and after class" but it is reasonable to do these shortcuts while you are doing your work!

4.  don't yawn: it is very bad to yawn in class, that is when the professor picks on you to answer the question, read the poem out loud (true story...happened to me), or comment on the reading...see #1

5.  try hard and be honest: if you don't know the answer to a question it's ok to tell the professor that you have no idea!  They understand, admit that you had trouble instead of squirming in your seat trying to make up an answer

So, that's it for now folks just keep these in mind in the coming weeks


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

French Film Festival

The French Film Festival-try saying that 3x fast- is happening now! It's presented by the Modern Language Department and naturally I am there!  So far I have seen Le Bonheur d'Elza which was absolutely awesome and tonight is La Pirogue, 7 pm in Cheray 101.  Don't worry though, there are English subtitles for non-French speakers and snacks too!  It's a really nice experience and a fantastic break from homework!  Check it out!!!