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Something new, something old

 
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I don't try new things as often as I should.  But that feeling of not knowing what to expect is a high that I enjoy each time there is an opportunity.  I blogged a few months ago about "Firsts" and so many new things have happened since then, here's another look at first-time happenings!  

The Joy of Cooking: Evansville Edition

 
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I know it sounds contradictory, but one of my favorite favorite parts of college is my ability to educate myself. I'm on my own, nobody's holding my hand, and so this independence can be used to learn all sorts of new things.

Not-so-pro athletes, but don't count us out!

 
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Intramurals (IMs) are very popular here at UE and there are so many options there's bound to be one you can get involved in!  Most colleges offer intramurals, and here at UE you can bet you'll be able to make or join a team in whatever sport and competitive level you want.  Some of the sports offered include flag football, sand and indoor volleyball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee!  What about badminton, Euchre, dodgeball, futsol, and racquetball?  Got it, have it, yes, you betcha, and you should try it!  

Secret Time: Part 2

 

I was talking to a family friend recently, and he asked me how I was doing. "Tired," I replied. He said "During college, you never get un-tired."

What I didn't expect going from high school to college

 

As you would expect, high school to college is a transition.  Besides the obvious of living in a dorm, a stranger you call your roommate, new friends, and different food choices, the most prominent change I experienced and wasn't expecting was with the work done outside of class.

Life with Cable

 

Back home I don't have cable, but here at school I enjoy the wonderful distraction of cable tv.  As much as I probably complained about not having cable as a kid, I've begun to go back on that opinion after having cable here at school.  Yes, it's possible I'm the one weirdo that doesn't want cable, but then again I think I've got a few solid reasons:

Managing Your Time - 8 Ways I Stay Sane

 

One thing that I get asked all the time is “how do you have time for it all?” And sometimes I wonder that myself. I have three on-campus jobs and work retail on the side, take fifteen credit hours, most of which are reading-intensive (and I ALWAYS do my homework!), attend meetings and hold office hours for my TI class, and still manage to have something of a social life, kind of. Last Wednesday, for example, I got up at 3:45 AM to work at my retail job 4:30-8:30 (shipment, we’re not open that early!), had class or worked at the Writing Center 9-4, worked out and did homework for much of the evening, and went out for dinner with a friend. And still had time to read for fun and make it to bed by 10:30.

Maintaining My Sanity: Confessions of a Sleep-Deprived Actress

 
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So I'm in the middle of the run for Clybourne Park, which takes up most of my mental capacity and focus, and while I'm having an absolute blast, I've been reflecting on some lessons I've learned that I'll share with you, both theatre-related and not.  
1. Lunchboxes are Cool.
Sometimes you're going on campus from 9-6:30 without any time to run home and grab a bite to eat before you have to perform. I've learned to pack little baggies of snacks that I can munch on throughout the day until I can get my hands no a real meal. Because as much as I'd love to eat Chinese takeout from Lincoln Garden for every meal, it's probably not the best idea.  
2. A PLANNER. YOU MUST HAVE A PLANNER.
It's all about the time management. Know your schedule for the day and when you have free time to cram in that extra homework you've been putting off. I make myself a little to-do list in my planner with my tasks that I want to accomplish that day. Checking one off is the best feeling :)
3. Plug it In, Plug it In: Have an Outlet
As much as I love what I do here, it can be stressful. And while de-stressing can involve a 4 hour marathon of Law and Order SVU (and has), I'd rather do double duty and go exercise at the gym or make myself dinner(I'm allll about cooking). I can go to these activities when I need to chill and step away from the theatre, but I don't feel like I'm completely wasting my time.
4. Count'cher Blessins
Guys, I'm getting higher education. I've got great friends, I'm in a great program, a roof over my head, I'm well-fed, and I'm really enjoying myself as a college student. Sometimes it's good to take a step back and look at the bigger picture in order to let the little things roll off your back. 
5. Boy Scouts. Always. 
Be Prepared. In Clybourne Park, if one person forgets their line, it's all downhill from there. The banter in the show is so quick and dependent on the build of the conversation that a pause ruins the pace and throws all of the actors out of focus. So, in order to prevent that from happening, at least on my end, I go over my script every day and review my lines. Being prepared to do your work is always a good idea, and it also keeps you from zoning out in class during the discussion about the book you were supposed to read, but didn't. Not that that's ever happened to me. 
6. Not Just a Zit Cream
If you're in a show here(especially during tech week), chances are your homework won't start getting worked on until 11pm or midnight. Hopefully. Since I prefer sleep over mostly anything, I don't like this little arrangement and start my homework in advance. If I know I have a big assignment due on the Friday that I have a performance, I try and get little bits of it done in the week before just so I don't hate myself on Thursday night. Proactiveness. It's a good good thing. 
7. Carpe Diem, Y'all.
I'm having the time of my life right now doing Clybourne Park, but the first weekend is already over and the second is going to go by equally as fast. The sad(yet arguably the best) part about the theatre is that it's temporary. It's fleeting. I can't videotape the show, this experience, the friendships I've formed, or the lessons I've learned, but it wouldn't be able to capture the essence of the experience anyways. So I guess for now, I'll simply have to enjoy it and cherish it. 
My picture was in the paper for an article about Clybourne Park! :)

Here's the link to the promo video for the show. If you're in the area, come check us out! 




5 Ways I Destress

 

When the studying, readings, problem sets, and exams seem piled up to my eyeballs here are 5 ways I relax.  This week I'll have to put into action a few or even all five to realize that maybe this applied anatomy exam won't leave me beaten and bruised for a week like I think it will, as I sit here with a hefty stack of flashcards staring back at me.

BALANCE.

 

The key word for me this semester is balance.  It's my senior year, and I want to fit it all in:  friends, fun, classes, my honors project, violin, music therapy practicums, homework, learning, EVERYTHING that makes college college!  Whew.  It's a lot and quite the challenge.  But I know that being healthy is more than just eating my veggies.  I try to balance my studying time, music practice, my social life, staying healthy physically, and my spiritual life.  

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