The Blood Moon!

Hey there hopefully soon-to-be Scranton family, and also a shoutout to my existing Scranton family! How was your weekend? Did any of you look up in the skies on Sunday evening? I sure did! I went with my lovely female friend, Amanda, to see the blood moon at a moon watching party this weekend. It was a nice, little gathering of a couple students on the rooftop of Loyola Science Center and we all craned our heads to the heavens to watch the blood moon unfold before us. Amanda and I got there around 9:45pm-ish and stayed there for some time but it seemed as though the moon did not fully turn red! Hopefully some of you were luckier than me to have seen the whole moon turn its ominous hue; I thought it was a real life hack, as in the moon was glitched. Amanda thought that joke was hilarious but then again I guess she just gets my corny sense of humor! That’s one thing I love about The University of Scranton: though it may seem like a quiet night, there are always things to do and events to attend; I had no idea the moon watching party was a thing until my good friend Jolene Ranek sent me a message saying that there was one happening Sunday from 9-11. Another event I’m going to is happening in a little bit. In two weeks Amanda and I are going kayaking down the Susquehanna river! It’s going to be super fun. Originally it was supposed to be next weekend but for some reason or other, it got moved. Not complaining but I’m predicting it’s going to be really cold when we go out on the river. I went on a kayaking trip over the summer with my friend, his dad, and a few of his friends somewhere in New York and THAT was really fun and terribly freezing. The day we went out onto the river started out decent but it quickly got cloudy, started to drizzle continuously, and it cooled down. On top of that, I neglected to bring any warm clothes! Good riddance, I hope none of you are as unprepared as I am!

Happy Monday!

Hey all, it is another lovely week here in The University of Scranton and yes, it’s a Monday! Why am I excited? I really have no idea! Last night my roommate, Marc Kramer, came outside to the kitchen where I was toiling away at studying for our Invertebrate exam and gave me the best bit of news that I’ve heard in quite a while: he told me that the exam is next week and not this week!!! You could only imagine the joy and frustration I felt simultaneously. Before he’d spoken to me I was studying diligently for two hours 🙁 but I am very grateful he let me know so I didn’t waste any time. After all, I still have three tests this week. Though I have all these tests, I’m not the least bit bummed. Rather, I feel it is an exciting challenge that I have the privilege of tackling! I mean, it’s not like my undergraduate career is coming to an end in a decent number of months. It’s not like I figured out the schedule for my final semester today. SURELY it’s not like I’m freaking out slightly in my head over the idea of graduation and applying for pharmacy schools to begin the final chapter of my foreseeable schooling. Sadly, all those statements are false and I am coming to grips with reality. Perhaps in reference to my cool, calm, and collectedness from my previous post, I was in denial that “real” life was starting so soon. Who knows? I can only make the best out of the here and now!

Trying to do that, I woke up this morning with a great spring in my step! I got up, showered while listening to Five for Fighting – Heaven Knows, and jumped off to biochemistry. I think today I seemed to be the only one with enthusiasm as many people often get the Monday blues. Later on after class I got to work and gave a tour to a very cool family while my coworker and chill friend Amy Verdonik shadowed my tour as part of her training process towards becoming a tour guide for the Office of Admissions in Scranton. Needless to say, I finished out my tour, went to the gym, came back to the apartment to cook dinner, and now here I am heavily procrastinating statistics studying by typing up this blog. Look how much I can typeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 🙂 I really need to stop procrastinating and study for this test – it’s tomorrow! I wonder how my comrades in this apartment are holding up. It’s been kind of a bummer of a week for them because it’s about that time for the first round of tests, but this can’t hold me down from giving a smile!

The First Battery of Tests

The University of Scranton is now underway into week 4 of classes and it is firing on all pistons! The first round of tests have already begun and I should probably say that I am one of the lucky few who have not quite hit that mark yet, though my impending doom is quickly coming upon me for next week. Test count for next week (so far that I know of): 3. Let us all hope and pray that it stays that way for me! Heavy subjects include statistics, microeconomics, and biochemistry! The following week I have a double knockout with invertebrate lecture on one day and then the following day I have invertebrate lab’s practical. I guess I can say schoolwork certainly keeps me very occupied, but it isn’t so much to the point that I can’t enjoy my weekends!
I had a wonderful time this weekend because I got to see my long lost friend – but not really – Kate Moyer! She is a second year graduate PT student and she loves every bit of her job. Sadly, I had to march my lazy bum like a bajillion miles downtown to her apartment where she lives. It was so nice to catch up with her – I hadn’t seen her since last year ended. Of course, I was super out of breathe when I got there. Cario isn’t exactly my forte; for those of you who didn’t know, I’m sort of a gym rat and I hardly ever do cardio. So if I had to run away from a rabid kangaroo, which are NOT native to northeastern Pennsylvania so there is no real threat, then I would be pretty out of luck. That would be terrifying if there was a rabid kangaroo in Scranton… I’m gonna keep this blog short and sweet but let me end on this: do NOT give up! That is applicable to me in my coming week(s) of doom but for whoever is reading and whatever your situation is, don’t give up. I know that we should all remind ourselves of that there will always be better days ahead no matter what your circumstances are in this current situation. Take me for example; I know life will suck when I hit those three tests running next week, and then the week after that will also be not cool, but I know that after that I will be all the more better and all the more wiser for having studied my behind off! So keep the faith, people. Keep looking up, keep smiling, and put one foot in front of the other because everybody’s gotta start somewhere so don’t let who you are or what situation you’re in today stop you from getting where you need to be tomorrow!

Y’all are too cool ;)

Hello beautiful people! I am back! This weekend La Festa Italiana happened but I was only able to catch the tail end of it this past Monday on Labor Day. Unfortunately, I had to go home this weekend on Saturday in a snap decision because my gums needed to be opened back up. I’m not sure if I mentioned this in a previous blog but I got my wisdom teeth taken out about three weeks ago and prior to the weekend, I wasn’t feeling all too hot. To spare you guys the gory and gross details, I needed to get them cleaned over the weekend. However I was pretty happy to have learned that the Italian Festival did not part from Scranton for another day.
Anywho, in other news my lovely girlfriend Amanda Jacobs and Marc Kramer wished me to pass on a message to the awesome people who read my blog: this weekend Adrian Cunningham, who is about to go on tour in Spain, will entertain one very lucky audience with the musical stylings of clarinet and saxophone! So if any of you want to stop by The University of Scranton this weekend for a good show, come on by. Otherwise, if anybody wants to come take a campus tour on a lovely weekend, by all means! The Office of Admissions in Scranton conducts tours of the campus every weekend. These tours are lead by students such as myself. I COULD POSSIBLY GIVE YOU A TOUR!!! Sorry, I get way to excited whenever people come to The University and are like, “oh I remember your from this or that”. Once I had a family who came back to The University for a tour after they had been to one of our open houses and said that they remembered me from the tour they got during that event. Actually, that brings me to my next point: Scranton is holding open house on October 25th and November 8th. I know those dates are a bit off in the future but I guess its better to plan in advance than on a spur of the moment, right? So save those dates, any of you who do come will probably see me at some point or another during that day!

The Grind is Real!

So The University of Scranton is already well underway into week 2 of the 2015-2016 school year and I gotta tell you, I’m looking a little swamped. Though I do write a solid majority of my blogs in the late hours (or early hours of the morning, depending on how one wants to look at it), I still enjoy reporting to y’all on the daily happenings of my semi-ordinary life. In the news this week, Pilarz 402 is spending some pretty late nights! Let me explain: this year I live in the luxurious Pilarz Hall with Robert Dudik (as I affectionately often refer to as ‘my roommate Bob’), Marc Kramer, and Alex Kerr. Bob and I roomed together during our freshman year; he was kind of forced into rooming with me on account that we went to high school together, lucky him, right? Anyway, the entire apartment has logged in some pretty late hours so far in terms of the amount of work that we have received. Just last night Marc was up until around 4am working out linear algebra black magic! Tonight, Bob is up with me at about 1am working on different things: myself with my Iliad reading, and him with his electrical engineering jargon that I don’t quite understand. Even though we are no strangers to burning the midnight oil, we do it with gleaming smiles on all our faces. Sometimes these smiles appear there from delirium and sleep deprivation but that is besides the point; we love doing what we do!

My thorough excitement is met with slight dread for this weekend because the Italian Festival is coming to Scranton. While it’s a lot of fun, it is also one more milestone on my road to graduation. This Italian Festival marks my last Italian Festival at The University of Scranton! I can remember like it was just yesterday that I was a wide-eyed freshman heading down to the festival with a big group of friends. I recall that I picked up some fried Oreos and brought them back onto campus for the pleasure of other friends who couldn’t make it to the festival because they had too much work. Needless to say, this is a festival that students shouldn’t miss. It’s great fun and there is PLENTY of food! In fact, my parents are coming up from New Jersey this weekend to visit my dearest sister and myself because they miss us so greatly and they want to spend some quality time with us… Just kidding, my dad wants to try the food and he’s treating us by taking us out to the festival lol. Whatever anybody’s circumstance is to visit The University of Scranton this weekend, whether it is for a campus tour or simply because one is rolling through the city, stop by and check out La Festa Italiana!