let's just say that I have been EXTREMELY busy this semester with my schoolwork. My mother told me that if I didn't get good grades (meaning, more As than Bs), I would not be able to go and study outside of the state of Georgia, somethings that I'm not too excited about because I really don't want to go to UGA or to GSU... They're kinds known as party schools if you know what I mean... So, if I want to come back to FC or go study to WKU or USF, I have to get better grades. I dunno if I will be able to get straight As b/c some of the classes that I'm taking, such as my Sociology class with Dr. Dickey, are kind of on the challenging side.
Besides the fact that I'm working really hard to get good grades, everything is going great. I'm still as involved as I can be with the different intramural sports. The most popular one last semester was flag football by far followed by soccer. This semester, we started the year with basketball and then we played Ultimate Frisbee. Some people weren't happy b/c they said that Ultimate was not a sport. Anyhow, I participated in both of the sports and had loads of fun. Right now we are playing volleyball as the intramural sport and so far, my society has won both of the games that we have played, entering us into the volleyball championship. That game is so much fun and I am thouroghly enjoying it!
Well, as some of you may know, I went back home to Atlanta over Spring Break and saw some of you. I just want to say how happy I was to see you all and to spend some time with you. For all of you who didnít go to the Hebrews Bible study, you donít know what you missed out on! It was so beneficial spiritually and I learned so much about the book when we studied it like that. Thanks to Doug and Matt who organized the study. I had fun spending time with the girls at Hannaís house and also wanna say thanks to Hanna for having us over at her house. Now, Iím just looking forward to seeing you all during the summer : P God bless you all and I love you all so much. I will honestly try to update a little more often than every three monthsÖ
It has been way too long since I have on Pleonast, let alone update my blog. And I am really mad at myself for it. It's something that I have been meaning to do FOREVER but have been unconsciously putting off because of all the stuff that there is to do on campus. "All the stuff" is non academic affairs like devotionals and society sports. I'm serious, after my 3:00 class on Mondays, Weds. and Fridays, I don't know where my afternoon goes!!! And it's really frustrating...because I feel like I'm not productive enough.
Oh well. That's how it is.
So, guess how happy I am to be updating my blog???
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About a month and a half has gone by since I last updated and boy has so much happened! I'll try to keep it short...but I highly doubt that that will happen...because whether you all realize it or not, weíll be coming home soon for X-mas break way sooner than later. The semester is almost overÖahhh!!!!!!
September was a month full of new experiences, as you all might expect might happen to me and to all of us that are down here from EH. Probably one of the scarier experiences that I have gone through is taken college level tests. I mean, I took 3 AP classes in high school but, sometimes I wondered if those tests were actually COLLEGE LEVEL. So, classes. I am taking a total of 16 credit hours, all of which are spread out in 7 classes: Teaching Diverse Populations, Intermediate Spanish 2 (this was the highest lever of Spanish yíallÖ), History and Geography of the Old Testament (my personal favorite), Intermediate French 2 (also the highest level of French), Biology, Biology Lab, and Stretch and Strengthening (yoga and pilates: lots of fun!). Out of all of these classes, my hardest by far is my Biology class and that was the hardest and longest test. Overall though, that anxiety of taking college test for the first time was washed out when I realized that I fared decently.
September is also the month where youíre still settling in and getting used to not having your paw and maw around. Itís reallyÖstrange for one thing. Invigorating also. It has its disadvantages and advantages: for one, you would still like to be pampered but you are also really glad that you are independent (to an extent). I have to admit: it hit a little hard when I realized that I wouldnít be seeing my family or friends for another month. I cried a couple of times but I didnít let that get to me because I was determined to enjoy and make the most of my time that I would spend here. So instead of thinking of how much I would miss home and all, I concentrated on getting to know the people with whom I would be spending the next 3 months with. And it has been a great experience, one that is still going on because there are people that I still donít know (who would have thought of it, you know? Me? Not know someone?! Impossible!Ö.J/K!!!). My tactic in getting to know people: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I want people to be friends with me and to be nice to me. So thatís what I am to them. And I am friendly and nice even to the people who donít look to approachable. I treat them nice and itís solely up to them whether they want to correspond that friendship. And I certainly donít mean to brag when I say that I have made many friends but you really canít help it. Some of the ATL girls have been privileged to be here and to see what itís like. And itís awesome. I mean it with every fiber of my body. Despite some of the imperfections that exist in such a good place like FC, I overlook those flaws and concentrate on the good things, like all of the spiritual activities that go on around campus. This is something that I mentioned in my Adopt letters: I made sure the people that were going to sponsor me to come to FC understood that a place like FC would be a sort of haven to me. Never have I been around so many Christians and it certainly wasnít the case until I arrived to EH.
SoÖcan you tell that Iím having fun? Meeting so many new people and making so many connections is so much fun. Itís so delightful because we share a higher connection than just the fact that we live in the same dorm as each other or down the hall from one another. We share the bond of Christ and thatís a very uniting factor.
I mentioned that there were some imperfections with FC. One of them is the fact that not everyone that comes here is a Christian or even religious. That can be disappointing and it was disappointing to me at first. But I took the advice that a dear friend and brother gave me. He told me to overlook that negative things about FC and to focus on the good and positive things that exist here. Like Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, weíre supposed to dwell on things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report or any virtuous thing. And thatís exactly what Iím doing.
Well, you might be wondering where all of my time goes since I donít have time to update anymore. Itís really hard to explain butÖwell, curfew has a lot to do with it. You would think that after curfew, things would slow down around dorms and all but itís just the opposite that happens. Homework, boy talk, playing, watching movies, chilliníÖeverything is left til after curfew and thatís when I would usually update back home. But none of that here J And during the day? Letís just say that I have to do a thousand things after my classes. My latest class ends at 3: 50 but I then have to go work for an hour. So by the time I finish working, I am starved and go eat. There goes another hour. Or sometimes I had to go practice or play in one of the society sports. Came back after dinner and did some homework before heading to a devotional. Sometimes random activities like a play or a concert would be going on after dinner and I would make sure I was there. Donít think Iím busy? Think again.
So, thatís how my life has been going for the past two months. Fun eh?
Well...it was finally time that I updated my blog. I haven't updated since before I left for FC, which really isn't a long time but, I thought it best not to leave some speical people out in the blue concerning my trip. Also, hang on b/c this one's a doozy...
The trip in itself went very smoothly despite my constant whining at the fact that I was gonna ride in the back seat of our sedan with Loida (in her bulky car seat) and Gloria for a good 7 to 8 hours. Needless to say, my complaints were pointless because I ended up driving all the way from Valdosta to Tampa :)
We got to my grandma's house an house and a half earier than she expected us...
So much for the complaining.
Well, let's see, we left the big ATL on Thursday. My family and I spend most of the day on Friday out shopping, get some last minute supplies that had been either a) to bulky to bring along or b) that I had completely forgotten about.
Move in day was Saturday and that was the first day that I saw my roomate and the rest of "the gang" as I call the group of girls that I have been speding lots of time with. My family helped to get my stuff organized and my bed done, among other things that they have helped me with. They went to orientation at 7 PM while Gloria and I stayed in the dorm taking care of Loida with my roomie.
Sunday came and of course, we went to church. We went out to eat at Picadilly's after that and we then returned to the house for little bit before heading out to church again. After the evening services, we threw an early surprise birthday for my grandma!!! That was soooo fun.
I guess my first FC experience and memory starts when I got back to campus at 10, where I went to try out for chorus. I didn't make it as a soprano but that's okay b/c this amazing guy did! So proud of you...
Classes didn't start until Thursday 24 and lemme tell you, those four days before classes went by so S-L-O-W-L-Y that I was glad to begin classes. Ain't that a miracle ;) ?
The second memory that I will treasure forever is the fact that the college took an arm and a leg from me when I bought my books.
I also met up with an old friend from middle school that was soo nice to me when we went to school together. That was neat too!
I then went shopping on Friday to decorate my room...So glad that I got a POC: Dead's Man's Chest poster and other little things like picture frames and vases to make my room more homey-like!
So now, another pretty uneventful week full of devos and singings and school has just gone by. I want to express to you all how much I love you all and miss you lots.
I also want to express my love for my parents, who have supported me all along. I cannot complain about them because although they might have been acting weird before I left, they did all under lots of stress and emotional conflict. So, all of you that sometimes think you are gonna go mad b/c of your lovely mummy and daddy, think of them loving you to death and there must be a reason for their attitude. Be comprehensive and thankful for the the two adults that He put in your life to guide to eternal life.
"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Colossians 1: 2b
P.S. ~ My dorm room number is 813) 849-5147 so feel free to call me whenever okay!? And whenever I get a new celly, I will also let you know that... :) :)
Well, it finally came: the big day to me. We went to see Pride and Prejudice with my mum and sister. And let me say it was the best movie ever. By the best, I mean, no bad language (a rarity in our modern and vulgar society), no sexual inuendos, and a perfectly romantic plot (some of the gentlemen I know must be cringing while reading this). It was the haven of a movie for girls who love romantic movies and chick-flicks. The acting and the scenery were all very good...Oh, I could on about this for a long time because the book is one of my favourites and so was the movie.
I had been wanting to read the book for a long time (by long I mean a couple o' weeks) and mum finally consented in buying it for me since the library did not have it. I know, I know...I am nerd but hey! I enjoy reading good books. So, when I ended the book, I told my mum that I wanted to go back to those times where dating and marrying someone was a much important affair than it is today, at least in the eyes of the world. The circumstances are not the same since we are looking for a person who will help us get to heaven as 1 Peter 3: 7 says, that we are fellow heris of the grace of life. And so, for a split second....no more for a whole day, I have been thinking how cool it would be to go back to those times, where dating was nonexistent and you married someone if you thought they would suit you in many different ways. Not only was it a purer society in many ways but it was also more romantic...But then I came back to reality and decided that I like the way we chose our partners today, based on their spritualities and their personalities. I still love the movie and book...and I most definitely going to see it again!
Phillipians 4: 8 ~ KCBM