Food, Fun and Homework!

Hi everyone,

As the end of the semester approaches, I find that my assignments are piling up. Unfortunately, that does not leave very much time for fun! My weekend consisted of a lot homework and stress, but a few moments of excitement and relaxation.

My nephew, Teddy, turned six on Saturday! I had the pleasure of driving to the north suburbs to celebrate with him. I can remember the day he was born like it was yesterday, it makes me feel so old! At his party we enjoyed a Portillos chocolate cake. If you haven’t gone to Portillos, it is definitely something you must do. Luckily, for us Saint Xavier students, there is one just minutes away on 95th. Make sure to sample the cake, Chicago style hot dogs, beef sandwiches and chopped salads!

While I was on the north side, I also had the opportunity to interview a wonderful blogger for project that was assigned in my electronic journalism course. The blogger happens to be my sister’s neighbor, but the interview went well and it was nice to be able to practice my interview and audio/video recording skills. I love getting hands on experience in my career field!

As I mentioned in last weekend’s post, I am having a little trouble staying on top of my school work and I know that with finals right around the corner, my work load will only  increase. I am sure most of my fellow Saint Xavier cougars are experiencing the same levels of stress. So for now, if you need me, you can find me in my dorm or the library buried in school work!

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I hope everyone has a great week!

 

 

First Ever Cake Shake

photoHey y’all so I’m going to start with the fact that everyone should do the break truck. I’m serious! Email Tom at: tcook@sxu.edu! Its great and amazing! You can meet so many great people! And you really get to help people, serve people who need food, need a conversation, need to know that they are cared for, and mostly that they are important. (Picture includes bread truck with some awesome people)

I’m pretty lucky, I am goingjon and i on two years next month with the smartest, sweetest guy in the whole wide world. Not only does he deal with my favorite popcorn toppings of Worcestershire sauce and parmesan cheese for movies, but he deals with my crazy book loving self who always has a book on me.. Even on dinner dates! (The picture is my lovely boyfriend, Jon aphoto 2nd I)

Saturday evening, I got to go to Portillos for the first time ever. The best part being the cake shake. It was happiness in a cup. It has cake.. And a chocolate shake.. Together. Pure happiness. Next time, I’m gonna try the true Chicago style hotdog!(This picture is my lovely roommate Brittany and our friend Jerry)photo 4

I also got to go to Jewel’s for the first time ever! And its pretty much like all other grocery stores out there.. But just the same! I went! I hope everyone has a great week!

 

 

photoHappy birthday to my lovely little brother who is super cool, he turned a whole twelve years old! He is super cool and I miss him like crazy! The next time I see him, he will probably be taller than me.. Because when I saw him a couple of weeks ago he was almost taller than me.. But its okay, still love you little brother!

Fall Madness

We are officially in November!!! The holidays are slowly creeping up on us! The next time we blink, it’ll be thanksgiving.

As the Halloween weekend comes to an end, I wanted to share with you a few pictures of my weekend. My friend had a get together of all our friends and we had a wonderful time! Check it out! I was a cop and Michael was my inmate :)

Princess Peach & Officer Reyes

Princess Peach & Officer Reyes

Halloween High

Officer Reyes handcuffing inmate Mike

Officer Reyes handcuffing inmate Mike

 

Those memories are now in the books! Is it a good thing or smart thing that I already started my Christmas shopping? LOL #TheStruggle

There’s a song that I am absolutely obsessed with! Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX-QaNzd-0Y

Have a great week! Stay tune for a video blog!

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Halloween Week!

IMG_1001Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! For me, I have always went treat or treating with my siblings, but this Halloween, I couldn’t take my littlest sister, or my brother. It’s weird, the idea that my little brother is now in middle school, going to middle school dances, and even though it feels like forever ago that I was in his place, it also feels like it was just yesterday. I feel so lucky to have technology though, it makes being away from home easier, to video chat my five year old sister before and after trick or treating, seeing how excited she is about her costume and her candy, joking with her that she will send me all of her candy. She really is too cute and I miss her like crazy. Here is a oh so cute picture of Luna in her costume.

Halloween week was also fun! We didn’t have day classes on Tuesday! It really just made it feel like the weekend though, so it kinda just made the week weird, everyday was either Monday or Friday. Neither of which are really good mindsets when it’s not either of those days..

On Wednesday we had LuIMG_1258cky and Pals which is all of the cutest, calmest puppies I have ever seen, which is a lot because I love all puppies no matter what size.. It was exactly what I needed! They were in the student lounge, all such sweet puppies! I spent a solid twenty minutes just having a blast getting to see puppies! The next time they will be here is December 5, from 10-11:30! They act as a, “stress reliever,” which is so true because how can you be stressed petting cute puppies?!

This coming week stop by the table in the caf to see MSPJ, Mercy Students for Peace and Justice, and see what we have to say about empowerment! And also make sure to go to open mic on Thursday at 8, which also has the focus of empowerment! Even though I can’t go because I have class, it will be awesome and everyone should attend!

I hope everyone has a great week! And will stop by the table and go to open mic! Stay warm! Drink coffee, stay happy!

Procrastination Station

Hello to all! I hope everyone had an exciting and spooky Halloween weekend despite Friday’s strangely cold and snowy weather. I found myself and 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park for their annual Halloween party. It was a packed house with a lot of great entertainment, an experience I won’t soon forget!

The devil, little red riding hood and a vampire casually hanging out at Bourbon Street

The devil, little red riding hood and a vampire casually hanging out at Bourbon Street

The past few weeks have been rather busy for me. I’ve been traveling back and forth between my home at Saint Xavier and my actual home in the south suburbs to celebrate various occasions and spend time with family and friends.

Amid all of this chaos, I’ve found that my school work has fallen by the wayside. It’s not so much that I don’t have time to do it, its more that once I have a spare minute or two, I find that laying in my bed and resting usually wins out.

As I mentioned in my first blog, I am currently a Junior majoring in communications. This means a few things. First, it means that I am well into the heart of my major courses right now. Gone are the days of taking general education courses. This also means that I am in a very project-heavy major. As communications majors, we rarely take exams and tests. Rather, we are expected for write, discuss, film, record and collaborate for our grades. Because of the nature of my major, my assignments tend to be long-term, meaning it is up to the student to work on their own time to complete projects. There’s generally only one deadline, the due date of the project or assignment. For that reason, procrastinating seems to happen more naturally.

I’ve fallen into the mindset of “If it’s not due tomorrow, I probably won’t do it today”. Unfortunately, that mindset has gotten me into several stressful situations this semester. I’ve also found that because my professors do not generally keep track of their students progress (i.e. sending reminders, breaking up assignments into smaller portions) I’m having a difficult time keeping track of what I have to do and when I have to have it completed.

Because of this, I’ve spent some time this weekend getting organized and here are some of things I’ve done to sift through the clutter and get back on track.

-Use my planner – Every Saint Xavier student is able to get a free planner. If you do not have one yet, stop by the Student Affairs office and get one. I have been using it to plan out my days and write down my assignments. I’ve divided up my work load by giving myself small tasks to complete each day and writing those tasks down in my planner so I do not forget or fall behind.

-Use my phone – As a college student, I also work and have various meetings to attend throughout the week. So, if I have a special event or meeting scheduled, I make a reminder in my phone and set an alarm to go off half an hour before the event. That way, I know I won’t miss any appointments.

-Buy a calendar – Before I moved into school, I bought myself a dry erase calendar and I have made good use of it over the past few weeks. I make sure to write all events, meetings, appointments and due dates on the calendar and update it daily if necessary. I also hung the calendar right by my bed so it is the first thing I see in the morning. That way, I am reminded of the days activities and I can dress and plan accordingly in the morning.

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Overall, I found that the key is making a plan for yourself and sticking to it. Think critically about what you have to do and when you have time to do it. Also, write things down in more than one place. Like I’ve said, I use my planner, my phone and my calendar so I can be more confident that things won’t slip through my fingers.

I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their weekend and takes a few minutes to get organized!

Keep On Pushing and Striving

3Good day everyone! I hope that you all are having a great weekend and had a great week as always. This week and weekend was highly productive for me. I accomplished a lot, school wise anyway. I finished my biggest paper to date this weekend, which was for my Senior Seminar class. The class is difficult at times, but it is a great challenge as well. It tests your will for how badly do you want to succeed and graduate from college. That is what I love about my school and my major, which is Communications. It teaches you so much and gives you tools that you can carry out into the world and be successful as well, which is never a bad thing.

 

Over the weekend, I almost endured a tragic night with one of my family members. He is alright, but to just know that my family member could have been gone in the blink of an eye, was a huge eye opener for me. Never take life for granted and always tell your loved ones how much you love them. Thank goodness that nothing tragic happened and that he is doing fine.

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This always happens though. When you are so close to achieving something that you waited so long to obtain, you get obstacles thrown in your way or a series of bad things tend to occur. You can’t give up and feel as though it is not meant to be. Keep pushing and striving obtain, because this is nothing more than a test of your will. It seems like a corny cliché, but it so true that we can achieve whatever we put our minds to.

4 I hope that everyone enjoys the rests of their weekend and keep pushing forward with the week ahead!