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Writers Hanging Out: My Trip to AWP

 
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Since sophomore year, when I first learned that the AWP (association of writers and writing programs) conference was a thing that existed, I have wanted to go. "You mean every year a bunch of writers go to one place and, like, hang out? Sign me up!"

#Readingseries

 

One of the most exciting things I learned when I visited UE way back in the dark ages (2010) was that each year, the creative writing department hosts a senior coffee hour reading. Which meant that if I went here (which, obviously, I did) I would get to stand in front of people and read my writing. In spite of my general shyness, I'm actually a big attention hog when it comes to reading my work, so I've been waiting three years for this moment (which is still a couple months off, in April).

However, one of the even MORE exciting things that's happening in the creative writing department now is the addition of our #readingseries. Two Fridays each month, three fabulous writing majors give a reading in the back room of The Slice. Pizza and readings? What could be better?

I don't read until April, but it's been wonderful hearing my fellow students' work and spending time out in the real world with we writer types (yes, I consider a place accross the street from my apartment the 'real world').

The writing department has a lot of great stuff going for it, but the best part is that we keep adding new, bigger and better things to our program that not only help us to be better writers, but also create a great sense of community.

I'm sad that I'll only get to experience one semester of the #readingseries as a student, but I'm glad I got to see it start. It's going to be a great thing for future majors to get together and share their work--because, let's face it, we're all secretly incredibly proud of ourselves. As we well should be.

Of course, not only writing majors are invited. If you want to hear some awesome people read some awesome words, here are the dates for the remaning #readingseries events this semester (the readings are always at 4pm):

Friday March 7th

Friday March 21st













What to Do? Four Cheap Things to Do Off-Campus

 

As anyone who has set foot on campus this past couple weeks can see, this is a hectic time of the semester. Papers, projects, finals run rampant. While it’s extremely important to take these seriously, though, you have to take some time off, if only to stay sane. Otherwise you’ll find yourself muttering snippets of the periodic table or reciting a litany of the theories of major literary critics under your breath, even when you aren’t studying, looking insane in the so doing. And possibly going insane, at that. While you can have a lot of fun even in your dorm or apartment (hello, baking cookies and watching Disney movies!), sometimes it’s nice to get off campus for a while, even if only for an hour. See something other than college students pulling their hair out, for once. Of course, there are plenty of things to do in Evansville…but many of them can be kind of expensive. Here are four things you can do for less than $10, to help you stay sane and relaxed during the dreaded Finals Week:

SNOW DAY at UE!

 
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Today, we all woke up to the wonderful news that all classes were cancelled due to the weather! Snow days at UE are very uncommon, given that the campus is relatively easy to walk around. However, the roads are dangerous today due to the ice that fell over the night.

UE Homecoming 2013

 
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I had a lot of fun working the Alumni Relations booth at University of Evansville Homecoming 2013! Check out their facebook page to see more fun photos from the photo booth! https://www.facebook.com/UEalumni



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!  

Prioritize Your Life!

 
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If I haven't told y'all before, I love basketball. I love playing basketball, I love watching basketball, and late at night when I'm in bed, I'm typically thinking about basketball (or cake). I think one of the reasons I think I love basketball so much is because I had an awesome coach in high school. He is a man I have a great amount of respect for, and he taught me about way more than basketball.

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Sorority Bid Day!

 
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I came to UE looking for a chance to belong to a group of people, make a name for myself, and make a difference. UE has provided me all of that and more! I was always very involved in high school: National Honor Society/Student Council/Key Club/Spanish Club President, class officer, athlete, and nurses aid. I needed that in college...and UE was the place for me!

5 Things I Never Expected To Learn Abroad

 
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This summer, I studied abroad in Seville, Spain to meet the language requirement for my Spanish major. And I somehow managed quite well with some unexpected near-catastrophes.

Three Feet to the Left

 

(If you're reading the title and thinking "This kid is about to blog about politics," don't worry, I'm not. You're welcome.)

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