Saturday Adventures

Saturday morning I woke up to the sun shining in my window and didn’t care that it was only 8 in the morning when I was planning to sleep in.  I immediately sent a group text to 2 of my friends that I live with, “Wake up, the sun is out..let’s do something fun today!”  Within minutes they responded they were awake because, like myself, the sun had shone through their windows waking them up.  We decided we needed to be outside all day, thinking it was probably one of the last few days we would have such beautiful weather.  So, that is exactly what we did.

Our day started with a walk with a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts (can’t start your day without some iced coffee) followed with a walk around the beautiful Lake Scranton.  Located less than 2 miles from Scranton campus, Lake Scranton is a 3.5 mile loop an absolutely amazing view the whole walk around.  I couldn’t help but stop to capture this picture!

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Our walk around the lake was followed by a trip to Nay Aug Park, another great place to spend time outdoors less than a mile from campus.  One of my favorite spots at Nay Aug is the treehouse.  It’s a great place to just hang out and chat with friends enjoying the fabulous weather.  Besides Lake Scranton, Nay Aug is my favorite place to go for a run.  What I love about it is the various trails that range in distance and difficulty so I can switch up where I go each time depending how ambitious I’m feeling that.

Nay Aug Treehouse

As you can imagine, after spending the day outside, we were starving when we got back to our apartment.  We decided to order a late lunch from Sacco’s, a local pizzeria and Italian restaurant also located less than 1 mile from campus. I would rate their pasta top 3 I’ve ever had.  They also have the largest garlic knots I have every seen.  So, we ended our day with a full stomachs and smiling faces.

Although it may seem like just a regular day hanging out with friends, I will never forget this day. It’s days like this that make me beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend such an incredible university.  Not only is the University of Scranton an amazing campus, there’s such great places around to enjoy with good friends.  Knowing it is my last year as a student has made me realize how fast time is flying by and I am constantly reminding myself to make the best of it.  Today, I definitely made the best of it.

So, the next time you are turning over in bed trying to hide the sun from your eyes, think again.  You never know what they day has in store for you and you won’t ever know if you stay in bed all day.

Enjoy your week everyone! 🙂

 

Love the Weinberg

Graduate year classes are very different from undergraduate.  I am taking this semester is called “Leadership in Occupational Therapy”.  One of our assignments for the class is to write a research paper about a topic of our choice explaining how it has changed over the years.  We are required to find 5 sources from each decade starting in 1910!

When I first heard about the, as we now call it, “Rita paper” (our professor’s name is Rita), I had no idea where to begin.  How was I going to find articles from the 1920s when they didn’t even have computers back then?  Well, I soon learned that the Weinberg would become my new best friend.

We had a class session where Bonnie, one of the lovely librarians, took time to basically show us the ropes.  She showed us to search the library catalog, how to find journals that related to our topic and also how to use microfilm to find articles from earlier decades. As Scranton students, we are so fortunate to have such amazing resources available to us.  Before I knew it, I was finding articles left and right without any trouble at all.  Even articles or journals that the library didn’t have, I was able to borrow from another library through a program called “Interlibrary Loan,” another great tool that Bonnie taught us about.

That’s just one of the many things I love about this school.  And it’s saying a lot when a student says they love the library.  But it really is a great place to get work done and find what you need in order to do well in classes.  Students should take advantage of the plethora of books, journals, and programs that our amazing library has to offer.

Happy studying everyone! 🙂

The Last First Day

“Happy last first day of classes.”  That was the text I got from my mom as I walked to my Monday morning class.  As a senior last year, all my friends were always saying, “This is the last time we are going to be doing this.”  As sad as that was to think about, I knew that I would be back in Scranton for another year to get my Master’s degree, so hearing those words didn’t have as much of an effect on me then.  Sure I knew graduate school would be very different than undergrad, but I still had another year before I had to leave Scranton for good.  But as I read that text on the first day of classes, I realized that I was going to have a lot of “lasts” this year.  I finally knew what all my friends were feeling when they complained about it being the “last” of something last year.

With that being said, I am determined to make this year, my last year as a Scranton student, one to remember.  So far, so good.  I can’t believe I’ve already been here for 3 weeks but as the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  Graduate classes are very different than undergraduate classes.  When I got all my syllabi in my first classes, I was shocked to find no exams on the schedule!  That’s right, NO MORE TESTS!  Just lots and lots of papers. Did I mention I have a lot of papers to write? So like I said, very different, but I’m excited to see how I handle this change.

In other news, I have been keeping very busy outside of school work.  It took me almost a full week to completely unpack and organize all my stuff (I like to procrastinate).  I’m living in an off campus apartment with 4 other OT majors, which is great because we all have the same classes so are able to do all our work together.  I have a really good feeling about this year and I am excited to see what new experiences it will bring.

Have a great week everyone!

Kara