I Love My Friends

This weekend was the University’s band concert and I went to go support my homie Amanda Jacobs. Amanda is a freshman on Jolene’s floor that decided to play flute for the band! They played the world premier of some piece or another… I’m not entirely sure how she described it but it was way better when she did! Afterwards her and her friends went out for milkshakes, which she told me she doesn’t drink all too often (I had to mention that part because it was totally relevant), and then she came over and I scared the heck out of her when we watched the movie Sinister in my room.

Just backtracking a little earlier on Saturday when the concert happened in the evening, Saturday I had to go and work in admissions to give tours. It’s pretty much that time of year when Decision Day is rolling around. In fact, I think tomorrow is the deadline for students to commit to The University of Scranton and to seal their fate! Actually it’s not really as foreboding as “sealing one’s fate” but it’s a pretty high commitment, as is any college decision. At any rate, good luck to all the high school seniors that are committing to colleges very soon and to those who have already committed to colleges. If any of you chose The University of Scranton, I really look forward to seeing you on campus next year! I really think you made an awesome decision. It’s really nice seeing all the bright-eyed students wandering into Admissions for their tours, and in turn it’s really nice for me to give these students tours of the campus! After I got off my shift at work, Jolene, Amanda, and another friend, Maria, dragged me into the Holi festival that was happening on The University’s Dionne Greene. That was such a fun experience; I got colored powder in places I still can’t reach!

Later on during that same weekend, an old agreement was brought into play. I offered my head to Jolene’s residents as incentive to donate to Autism Speaks. Apparently all of Region 1’s RAs are currently taking donations for this organization. So, I agreed that if her residents raised $150, I would shave my head skin bald. Then they raised the money… Don’t get me wrong; I was very pleased and proud of them that they hit that mark, yet at the same time, my head felt so weird! I let them shave my head; they each took turns chopping off pieces until Jolene intervened in my torture haircut to put the finishing blow by buzzing it all down. I used a razor afterwards to get all the way down to skin level.

Our band is awesome!

Our band is awesome!

Amanda really liked my bag.

Amanda really liked my bag.

So this was the aftermath of the Holi festival...

So this was the aftermath of the Holi festival…

I am so bald

I am so bald

Idol Hands are the Devil’s Playthings

I have been kept truly busy over the past week and it does not look like there is an end in sight! I hope you all had a terrific weekend – I know that I did! This weekend was the Urban Beats dance showcase where they host their greatest routines and also to individual/group performances amongst its members. I went with the awesome Amanda Jacobs to support her friend. Now I also have to prepare for the Sadie Hawkins dance on Thursday. Remember how I mention my friend Jolene Ranek in a previous blog? Her and a group of other Resident Assistants are holding a Late Night program: a Sadie Hawkins dance. So RAs are in charge of putting on programs for a few reasons. One reason for these programs is to provide an alternative activity for students on the weekends. Another reason is to facilitate community amongst the students. Whatever the reason may be that one would go to these events, they are all really fun anyway! I am definitely not saying that because I am an RA, myself! One of Amanda’s friends, Maria, asked me to go to the Sadie Hawkins dance! It’s happening this Thursday night and it will most certainly be incredible. Maria, Amanda and myself all went shopping at Boscov’s last night; Boscov’s is a retail shop in the Steamtown mall. They had this crazy sale – I bought two ties and a pair of socks for less that $22. One of the ties was so that I could match Maria’s dress and the other one was simply because I really liked how it looked.

This weekend, The University’s band will be performing in our concert hall in the evening. It just so happens that Amanda and my friend Bridget will be playing! I think I’ll go out to the concert to support them! If any of you are reading this, you should also come out to support Scranton’s band – I promise you won’t be disappointed by the work they turn out.

Moving On Up in the World

This was a pleasant conclusion to what was a rather long week. Even though we just got back from Easter break on Monday and our week was cut down by one day, I felt like it stretched on as far as the imagination would limit! As soon as I returned from break, I was slammed with a five page paper that I managed to start at 2am and finished at 5am that same day it was due. One can call me a horrible time manager or a super hero of undergrads; personally I would prefer the latter. Needless to say, after that class was over at 11am, I returned to my room and fell into a comatose state until 2pm. Fast-forward two days later (today) I had a Religions of the World test that was seriously stressing me out. The test covered Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, religions of which I have no background knowledge in, other than the fact that my mother’s side of the family observes Buddhist practices but they do not actually identify as Buddhist. I’m just another average Roman Catholic. Still, learning about these different religions and the differences between Catholicism and them are most interesting! Tonight I took a slight reprieve from work and spent the evening with the lovely Jolene Ranek and Sybil Doleyres over in GLM. Jolene is an RA over in this building called GLM – its short for Gannon, Lavis, and McCormick. Its a huge mash up of three different buildings, and even after having been involved in ResLife for well over a year, I still have no idea which is which. We stayed in Lavis’ lounge and watched a bunch of Netflix. One might say we did a slight binge! Even now after my rest from work has ended, I have no time to goof off because tomorrow at 9:45am, bright and early, I have to go into work at Admissions and give a tour. Apparently because Easter just happened, there are a lot of schools off and as a result the juniors and seniors are taking the opportunity to visit colleges. Hey, I’m not complaining – I love giving tours and talking about Scranton! It’s just that the hour I need to be awake is a little brutal.

On a slight side note, I wanted to tell you all that I got into Pilarz Hall for housing next year! It’s official: I will no longer be a Resident Assistant at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 academic year and I will live out my senior year in peace. Yeah, I’m going to miss having residents and being a resource to them but I think it’s also a blessing to live with my friends once more. Bob Dudik and I have been friends since freshman year. Him and I even went to the same high school. I can’t tell you enough how much I’m looking forward to living in the junior/senior apartments. Pilarz Hall is probably the fanciest apartment that Scranton has to offer. It comes fully furnished, has four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. I can’t wait to scope out the apartment to figure out where I’m going to put my 10-gallon fish tank. I really hope Max and Tito survive to my senior year of college…