Isn’t it Beautiful Outside?

Hey SXU community! My name is Genesis Garcia Fisher, this is my second year at Saint Xavier University, and second year writing for the Cougar Diaries! A little bit about me:11885767_1038054209580792_2894962491218594618_o I’m a sophomore Middle School Education Major with endorsements in Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, and will be adding an endorsement in ESL Studies. I am a resident, so I live on campus! I am a Resident Peer Minister (RPM) in Regina Hall working with first year students, and completely love my third floor girls! I am also a Transition Peer Mentor (TPM) this class helps first year student’s transition into college. I love working with these talented students as well!

I am also involved in Mercy Students for Peace and Justice (MSPJ) I hold the position of Immigration Head Committee. MSPJ is an awesome student organization at SXU that explores social justice issues. By doing so, we answer the call of our fundamental human concern for our world following the example of what our school is founded on, the Sisters of Mercy. With a focus on the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: racism, women, immigration, nonviolence, and environment.

In case you wanted to know more that I was involved in, I am a Student Ambassador Tour Guide, and so I give tours here at SXU! Monday’s at 10 just in case you want one? Being a tour guide is fun and I love working with perspective students. I also am the President of National Society Collegiate Scholars! And also the Secretary for Safe Zone at SXU, which is our LGBTQ and allies’ organization that strives to create a safe environment for all students. And I play the cello as well! Overall have a whole lot going on but loving everything that I do!

11221941_901252769910913_6130000811913582324_nSo this past week I was able to go to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis first visit to the United States, and it was completely amazing, not only was the actual action of being less than 15 feet away from him (I repeat yes, I was less than 15 feet away from him) but the group of SXU students who attending made it so much better! We stayed at Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania with multiple different Sister of Mercy schools which was really cool because we really got to know other students all over the country. It was an amazing trip and I miss the beautiful mountains (Okay I guess they’re hills but still…) the nature and beautiful environment. It was a day that I will never forget…

And now we are entering week six and I have a tons of homework and studying to get up to speed on. Which is just awesome… But that’s just how it goes! I hope that I at least sparked some interest to keep reading for future weeks!

Homecoming Celebrations

 

This Homecoming weekend was one to put in the books. My weekend was packed with things to do, and I’ve made so many great memories.

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I started my weekend off with going to the Heritage Ball with my roommate Addie on Friday. It was so nice to dress up. It was a much needed change from the t-shirt and jeans I normally wear. Dressed to the nines, Addie and I, with the rest of the Heritage Ball guests made our way to the Chicago History Museum. I wanted to go to this museum for a few months now, so I was very excited when I heard that the dance would be held at the museum. When we arrived, we walked around the museum and then made our way to the banquet where we grabbed a bite to eat and joined our friends on the dance floor.

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Saturday I woke up bright and early to cheer on some friends that were participating in the Cougar 5k. I am not a runner, so kudos to all the runners out there! I admire your athleticism! I spent the rest of my Saturday tailgating and watching the Cougars win against Sienna Heights University. This was my first football game of the year. I am not a big fan of football but I am so glad I went to this game. As a senior this is one of the last times I will see the Cougars play as a student at SXU.

This was a great weekend; may next weekend be just as fun!

 

 

Concerts:One After the Other.

 

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As a college student, time management is something many people cannot help but stress about to organize. I am also a victim of this, however there is always time to have fun even when piles of homework take over your life. My idea of fun is to go to concerts. Not just any kind of concerts; Metal concerts! I am huge fan of the genre and it has been my favorite style of music ever since I was in the sixth grade. I am a huge supporter of the scene and the way I show it is by buying as many band t-shirts, CD’s, and going to as many shows as I can. I attended at least three shows last week, starting Thursday. On Thursday, I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Overkill and Symphony X. I was shocked that I won too because I have never won a contest in my life before. But on the day of the show, I got an email saying I won the tickets, so in a way it was sort of last minute. But I was definitely not going to miss my favorite thrash metal band of all time by any means. Symphony X put on a great show too, but I was honestly more excited about Overkill.

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The day after, it was a death metal show. A band by the name of Cattle Decapitation was headlining with some rather peculiar bands. The only supporting that I really enjoyed was by name of Black Crown Initiate. They’re a band I discovered a year ago when I went to Metal Alliance 2014 and had the opportunity to see them three times. Cattle ended up putting on a great show and it was crazy. Keep in mind, they played at Reggies, a venue where stage diving is not allowed. A lot of the fans actually ended up doing it. Well, what can I say? It shows how much people loved them.

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Finally, D.R.I. This took place at the same venue as the day before. At this point I was really tired, but I was so excited to see them and ended up doing so. I even moshed! I don’t have much to say about the opening acts because they were honestly forgettable in my book. All except for Reign. A local thrash metal band from Chicago whose guitarists were two of my friends who I was in a band with for a while. It makes me happy to see they’re doing great. Edward, lead guitarist, has progressed so much. I see him as the next Dave Mustaine. I’m dead serious about that.

I will not be attending any more concerts for the moment because I need a break from them. As much as I love metal, I need a break from it sometimes. But once November is here, expect me to be at Aragon Ballroom for King Diamond and Exodus.

Welcome Back: A Senior Year Status Update

Welcome back to my blog!

I would just like to start off by saying that I am very excited to be sharing my life via the Cougar Diaries again and I am very grateful for all those that follow my journey!

I am going to use this first blog as an opportunity to get everyone up to speed on what I’ve been up to for the past four months.

As you know, I left Saint Xavier in early May and moved back home for the summer. I spent most of my summer working as a supervisor at the public pool in my hometown. I’ve worked there for several summers now, but this was my first year in a leadership position. Although it was challenging at times, I learned so much and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. I was also given the chance to run the social media pages for the pool which is right up my alley and something I definitely want to incorporate into my career. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you can find a way to make almost anything a learning opportunity and tailor it to fit your future plans. I am excited to put this experience on my resume!

I packed up and moved back to Saint Xavier at the end of August to begin my fourth and final year at SXU. Graduating from college always seemed like something that was so far in the distance, but alas, it is within reach. I moved into an apartment near school this year and I am very pleased to be escaping dorm life. I loved my three years of dorm living, but there is something very liberating about having an apartment.

My plans for this year will include a lot of work on my Senior Project. After much contemplation, I have decided to do an original research paper on social media and online disinhibition. If you’re not sure what that means, it’s just communication jargon for exploring why we say what we say and do what we do on social media. I know this project is going to take up most of my time and energy over the next year so I am certain it will come up again in my blogs…and again…and again…and again.

Me and my friends sitting in our apartment before our Homecoming celebration

Me and my friends sitting in our apartment before our Homecoming celebration

As many of you probably know, this past weekend Saint Xavier celebrated homecoming! I was unable to attend the football game this year, but I did attend the homecoming soccer game and got watch some of my good friends bring home an exciting win! I later had a nice night out with my friends and made some great memories!

Two weeks ago I went to my first professional baseball game and see the Chicago White Sox win against the Twins! What an experience! Just one of the many perks of going to school in Chicago!

My sister and I at U.S. Cellular Field for our first White Sox Game!

My sister and I at U.S. Cellular Field for our first White Sox Game!

That’s just a brief synopsis of the past few weeks, but I plan to go into more detail as the weeks continue. I am excited to see what’s in store for this year and I can’t wait to share it with my readers!

Until next time!