As the semester comes to a close, I think it has been one of the most interesting years of college so far. Junior year is that year where you’re so close to finishing yet still so far away. Finals quickly came and left, friends go home for the summer soon, and now we can let loose and enjoy the sun! We work hard and make lots of money so we can afford to come back to school with almost no worries.
Junior year is also a life changing one. You get deeper into your major and realize either “YES! THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO!” or “UGH! I HATE THIS SO MUCH!” College is a time where students find themselves and grow up into responsible adults. They get careers or go onto grad school, law school, med school or MORE SCHOOL! These decisions are not always the easiest but they are the important ones that you will look back on when you’re old and wrinkly and say, “I know I picked the best choice for me.” I hope that we can all say that in the future without having any regrets.
With that being said, the 2014-2015 school year is over. It’s a bittersweet feeling if you’re coming back in the fall, but to those who aren’t, I hope you enjoyed your time here at Saint Xavier University and congratulations to the Class of 2015 for making it through this journey and may God bless you all.
For the past couple of weeks I have been having a lot of first time experiences. I went to my first baseball game, celebrated my cousin’s quincenera, and I met my aunt from New York for the first time.
Michael got free Cubs tickets through a volunteer program that he is part of. We went to see them on a Tuesday night. It was so much fun! I got an Italian beef from Al’s for the first time and paid for overpriced snacks at the game. Snapchat also had cool filters!
First Cubs Game & They Won!
When I turned 15, I really wanted a big party but I didn’t get one. I’ve only been to one other quince, which was a friend’s. Recently, I went to my cousin’s quince. During the photo slide show, surprisingly, there was a picture of my sister and I with my cousin during her birthday as young and innocent kids. I would be lying if I said I didn’t start crying.
A picture of my sister, myself, and our cousin at her birthday party as kids.
My cousin & I at her Quince
I had family from New York come in but I didn’t take any pictures unfortunately.
While roaming downtown, we also went to Draft Town and it was so much fun! I had one of the best cheese fries I have ever tasted!
Football Helmets on Michigan Ave for Draft Town
This year has definitely been one of the best in terms of really going out and enjoying what the world has to offer. As the semester comes to a close, the feeling is bittersweet.
This past week has been a longgg yet fun week because I spent it downtown! Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. There are some fun things to do here.
1. Dylan’s Candy Bar! It is right off of Michigan Ave and Illinois (445 N Michigan Ave). It is pretty awesome and has a lot of great candy! It’s a two floor candy shop and you can customize just about anything.
2. Nike Chicago! I just got new running shoes and I feel so cool! Haha Michael and I went downtown to celebrate our 1 year anniversary and I got to pick out new shoes. I originally wanted the Nike Air Max 90′s but I got the Thea’s instead :/ I didn’t like them (HA!) so I went to exchange them and got my running shoes. I did so just in time, though, because the SXU Shannon Center has a 5K/10K training program and I am trying to do that!
3. Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe! OMG! We recently discovered this cafe and it is sooo good! It is like Oak Lawn’s Stacked but better! Haha. It is both healthy and fast. You can order your food and within 10 minutes, they will have your food ready. I took a picture but misplaced it. I totally recommend it, though!
Lastly, congrats to the Graduating Class of 2015! Everyone else, we have 2 weeks left until break! Keep your head up, pray, and apply yourself. We can do it! Good Luck!
This has been quite a crazy week for the sports and non-sports world lol
1. Duke won the NCAA Championship on Monday night against Wisconsin. Everyone believed that Wisconsin would win but Duke came out on top and it was exciting.
2015 Duke Basketball Team celebrating the winning of the NCAA Championship game.
2. Chicago’s Mayoral Election was Tuesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia went head to head at the polls. On Facebook, I read a lot of complaints about Mayor Rahm winning a second term. Apparently, some people were outraged at the ballot scandal and jumped to the conclusion that he was a cheater and should be fired. What bothers me is that people complain about how our government is run BUT they do not go out and vote! Chuy never claimed or promised to do anything which I think is why he lost. People forget that Rahm got elected into a bad economic state for Chicago and has had to make some of the toughest decisions for us. I personally did not know who to vote for. As a young adult, I like to fulfill my duties as a citizen of the United States and went with my gut feeling.
Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
3. Boston Bomber Update Wednesday. As a criminal justice major, I pay a very close attention to the news. This man was found guilty of about 17 counts and was eligible for the death penalty.
Boston Bomber found Guilty.
4. SXU grads picked up their caps and gowns yesterday and I bet it was a bitter sweet feeling. We have been in school for close to 16 years and some of us will be studying for a couple of years longer. I still have one more year to go and I am excited!!
We have about 3 weeks until the end of the semester! Keep up the hard work Cougars! The light at the end of the tunnel is approaching.
I hope your Easter was as colorful and sweet as all the candy I found in my Easter eggs. This semester has been quite hard and it feels so long! I am at that point in the semester when I feel that I can’t progress anymore because I am so tired of the sleepless nights, getting up early, and all the homework.
If you are in the same boat as I am, check out this tips to help you reduce the stress levels.
TIP #1 – YOGA
I hear that yoga is a great way to release stress and find that inner peace that you are in such a desperate need of. It’s also a great way of exercise.
TIP #2 – Going for a walk
Going for a walk is a great way to clear your head and distract yourself life’s worries. You can take the scenic route and take pictures by a lake, a playground, or the sky. Anything your heart desires. Get an ice cream! Or you can walk to the store and pick yourself up a snack and movie to watch when you get home.
TIP #3 – Sleep! A LOT!
I know you’re tired from having such a long week. Take a nap! I know you want to! If you have anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, you can nap. Once you wake up, two things can happen. 1. You will feel refreshed, productive, and alive. OR 2. You will feel even more tired, zombieish, or sluggish. Get up, take a nice cold shower and go build a bridge. Now get over it. Live is too beautiful to feel down and stressed all the time.
Doggy taking a nap!
Sometimes the best way to deal with stress is to just do it. In terms of work anyway. No more compliants or distractions. Just do it.
Have four more weeks of school left! Hang in there Cougars! Stay safe!
Saint Xavier University has a student government type of organization that hosts events and fun things around campus. This year Campus Life took us on a cruise at Navy Pier. We got to get on the Odessy. I got a lot of compliments stating that I looked like Kim Kardashian. What do you think?
Kim Kardashian ‘s Twin
I got to dress Michael up and he looked like quite the gentleman by my side. Check it out.
Michael looking like such a gentleman
Michael and I
You can’t have fun without your friends right? Here are mine
The whole gang
I hope those who went to Spring Formal last week had a blast.
We have less than 4 days until Easter Break! Have a great weekend!
We are 8 days away from Spring Break! I am NOT going anywhere though. haha I wish I could go to the Wisconsin Dells and relax on a mini vacation or maybe go to Florida and soak in some sun and melt the sadness in my frozen heart.
March is Women’s History Month and here is the flyer of all the cool things going on around campus.
Women’s History Month Flyer
After spring break, time is going to fly on by. We have no breaks, except for Easter with is the first weekend of April. After that, it’s time to go hard at those books, work, and studying. I have set some higher goals for myself since I always struggle with school towards the end.
This semester I am taking 18 credit hours and time management is very very hard for me. It always has been. But I excel in organization. I invested in a pretty pink planner that I know I will use and constantly use. I also invested in a expandable folder so I am able to keep track of all my papers and it was seriously the BEST INVESTMENT EVER! I am so on top of all my school work. I am actually having fun.
Did I mention I am obsessed with office supplies? Well….. I am! Hahaha. Especially Post-It Notes
Find the thing that you find fun and integrate it with your school work! You won’t regret it.
My professor unknowingly helped me figure out what I want to do with my life
I have a giant obsession with make-up and I gave up buying new make up for Lent but I know I can do it. I can use up the make-up I have already right? This is what I got in my ipsy bag this month.
My February ipsy bag.
For Valentine’s Micheal took me to Mike Ditka’s Restaurant. This guy is a former coach of the Chicago Bears. I had a filet mignon. OMG. BEST STEAK EVER HANDS DOWN!
VDay Dinner with Michael
I am a criminal justice major and this field is very board. I could do so many things…. My research methods teacher, Dr. Blair is the newest addition to the department and she is a great professor! I cannot say enough good things about her. Dr. Alderdan is my advisor and she is great too. Thanks to them. I want to become a criminal justice researcher. Ideally I would like to work with the Department of Child and Family Services. I am so blessed to have these two wonder professors in my life.
As we dive into the second week of February, we are quickly approaching mid-terms. Because there are no definite dates for mid-terms like there are for finals, teachers have the liberty to assign or not assign exams, projects, papers, etc.
As a criminal justice major, our teachers like to throw books at us. HAHA! We read chapters and chapters of tons of different books for one week of classes. Luckily they are also the most interesting classes that are offered at Saint Xavier. I am so in love with my major. It makes me wonder why I didn’t switch earlier or start off as a criminal justice major. The hardest class I have to take this semester is Criminology, or crime theories. This class requires so much from you and it doesn’t help that I’m taking 18 credit hours.
Live a happy life.
I continue to struggle with time management and study skills and a bunch of other things. Although I can’t complain about how bad I have it I know, it’s just something I’ll have to keep working at. I also work on campus and my schedule is not pretty. I cannot sleep anymore. I’m up as early as 5:30am almost everyday and go to bed as late as 1am almost everyday. Being a commuter is hard, but so is life. So I suck it up. LOL
It will all be okay.
Life at home isn’t always the best either. I have 3 siblings, 1 younger sister and 2 little brothers. I may share a room with my sister, who is a senior in high school, but we don’t talk to all. We just do our own thing. My two little brothers stress me out! They listen to YouTube videos on their tablets for hours at full volume. My parents aren’t always there for me when I wish I had someone to talk to. They are busy with the kids or not at home. I usually turn to Michael for support (but even boyfriends can be a handful).
With so many things constantly trying to pull you down, you have to remember to stay positive and keep your head up. God will get you through whatever he has planned for you. Pray and have faith.