Just Like That… The Year is Over

These past four months have flown by.  I left Scranton for the summer last night after my last final exam, and I cannot believe it.  I was so sad to leave, and I already miss my friends.  (It’s going to be a long summer…)

Last weekend, I was home for my cousin’s wedding. It was so much fun! I wish it had been a different weekend, though, since I missed out on a couple of the last days of the semester with all my friends!  While I was home, I baked cookies, cracker candy, and bellybuttons and packaged them up in individual treat bags for everyone on my floor 😀 . I love cooking and baking, and figured this little surprise would ease my floormates’ stress a little bit.  Everyone was so incredibly sweet and grateful, and it made my week to be able to put a smile on their faces!  It was a win-win situation all around because baking treats calmed me down, and receiving baked goods calmed other people down or at least gave them some motivation 🙂  Even though finals week is supposedly miserable, I had a great week!  Of course I was studying hard for my exams, and I was nervous for a couple of them… but, the weather was nice for the majority of the week (a few showers here and there, but lovely otherwise!) so I spent a lot of time studying outside.  I also knew that I have been working hard all semester and doing well in my classes, so I should not worry for my exams… it is so much easier to study when I’m not panicking. 🙂

I honestly cannot believe this school year is over.  I feel like it flew by, especially this semester.  This has been such a great semester for me and I cannot wait to get back to school next semester and pick up right where I left off!

In the meantime, I hope to have a fantastic summer!  I just got back from the library… I think the best part of the summer is having so much time to read for leisure!  I am also going on vacation with my family to celebrate my younger sister’s graduation from high school and my older sister’s graduation from college (University of Maryland, College Park).  And last but certainly not least, I will be seeing my favorite person twice this summer!! Taylor Swift!!! I am going to two of her shows on the 1989 World Tour and I could not possibly be more excited.

I hope everyone has a terrific, safe, and beautiful summer.  I cannot wait to post an update in three months because that will mean I am back at Scranton! 🙂

Tori

The Home Stretch!

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of classes for my sophomore year. I feel like the time has flown by, especially this semester.  This week is called “dead week”, meaning we still go to class and either learn new material or review for the final, but teachers are not allowed to give exams.  Not all schools do this, but I am glad Scranton does. I get more time to study for my finals instead of working on papers and studying for regular exams.

The no-exam rule is not the only way the school shows their love and support for us, though!

The CHEW office (Center for Health Education and Wellness) has some great “Dead Week De-Stressors” every day this week! Yesterday, on the second floor of DeNaples, they had make your own trail mix! Yum.  Today was the last week of the 6-week meditation series.  Tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday, there are chair massages on the second floor of DeNaples. Also, on Thursday, they have a Late Night study event (from 10 PM – 12 PM) with free smoothies and pizza.

You probably think it can’t possibly get better… but it can! The Fresh Food Company on the third floor of DeNaples (the all-you-can-eat meal option) are providing a few menu favorites every day this week.   Yesterday, they had root beer floats and mozzarella sticks at dinner.  Today, there was free coffee and stress balls on first floor DeNaples, and at dinner they had 2-pound burgers. Tomorrow is the Campus Dining Luau; there will be raspberry-pineapple chicken, piña coladas, and strawberry daiquiris!  Thursday at dinner, there will be London broil and roast turkey. Friday is free steak night!  Saturday, there will be chicken marsala and ribs at dinner, and Sunday, there will be shrimp and crab macaroni and cheese.  I’m drooling just thinking about all of this week’s special options! (Unfortunately, I won’t be able to enjoy the weekend dinners since I am going home for my cousin’s wedding 🙁 )

The weather so far this week has been absolutely beautiful, too!  I spent almost my entire weekend outside – playing guitar, studying, or talking with friends.  I certainly was not alone – the campus was alive with activity!! All of these wonderful things are definitely making my stress levels very manageable.  The end of the school year is bittersweet. I will be sad to leave my friends, the beautiful campus, and even my classes (I know, I never thought I would say that).  But I am excited to see my friends from home, be with my family, and – you guessed it – hang out with my dog!

I wish everyone the best of luck this week and next as this year comes to a close!  Study outside, if you can; and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities from CHEW and the Fresh Food Company! Have a great summer.

Tori

 

All-American SpringFest and USPB Banquet

This past Saturday USPB hosted our biggest event of the year, the annual all-day event SpringFest!! This is my second experience of SpringFest, but it knocked last year out of the park!! Last year, due to rain, SpringFest was held in the rain location in the Byron center.  Last year’s SpringFest was still a great time and I had a lot of fun, but it simply doesn’t compare to this year’s SpringFest.  We had the most perfect weather on Saturday, and I love being outside as it is.  I was able to spend all day outside on an incredibly beautiful day, and I could not have been happier!!

This year, we had an All-American theme.  The most important thing to take away from that is that the food was outstanding.  There were walking tacos, hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, MACARONI AND CHEESE (it’s just so good…), cornbread muffins, chips, hummus, orzo salad, potato salad, roasted vegetables; a Hershey’s ice cream cart (with ice cream sandwiches, strawberry shortcake bars, fudge pops, drumsticks, crunch ice cream bars, etc); snow cones; cupcakes, key lime bars, cookies… and on and on.

We also had inflatables and lawn games to go with the all-American / American pastimes theme.  There was KanJam, corn hole, and ball toss games; we had a speed pitch game, a mechanical bull and so many inflatables: boxing ring, obstacle course, bungee run, quarterback blitz, and two obstacle courses.  All of these games seemed like a ton of fun – the ones I tried certainly were.  I made a fool of myself simply trying to get myself onto the mechanical bull… Note to self: don’t do that in public again.  However, I was most excited about Battle of the Bands! This battle is a SpringFest classic.  Selected bands perform a short set and at the end of all their performances,the winner is announced and receives 10 hours of recording studio time!  Usually the event is judged by four judges, but this year we introduced audience voting! So, we had three judges and the last 25% of the score came directly from the audience.

The bands that performed in the Battle of the Bands were Eye on Attraction, Ooze the Dial, Mama & The Godfathers, Chezwick, and The Toxins.  I thought all the bands brought something unique to the table and they all did so well! My favorite performance was by Chezwick, and the winner was Mama & The Godfathers (who did phenomenally!).  I was so thrilled with the way the event went! Here is a picture of me and my co-chair, Megan, at SpringFest; we planned Battle of the Bands together and loved seeing our hard work pay off.

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The rest of SpringFest was great, too! The band Against The Current was our opener, and they did so well.  We then gave out T-shirts, and then it was time for the last SpringFest event – DJ Earworm! He put on a great show, and it was a wonderful end to a fantastic event.

 

Sunday afternoon was the annual USPB Transition Banquet, a luncheon for the current board and the incoming board.  I had a great time at the banquet, although I will admit it made me a little emotional! I got a bittersweet feeling seeing the slideshow from the past year; I’ve had a great time on USPB and I’ll miss it next year. (I did not apply to be on the board next year because I plan to study abroad in the spring)  It also feels like just yesterday that I attended last year’s banquet as an incoming member, having no idea what the next year would bring.  I have learned so much during my time in this position and have met some amazing people and formed great relationships.  USPB was one of the main factors that brought me to Scranton, and I am just so grateful for the opportunity to have contributed something.  Maybe I’ll try out for the board again for senior year 🙂  Anyway, at the banquet we all received certificates (I got “Most Passionate 😀 ) and a fuzzy purple blanket with the USPB logo, which I am currently wrapped up in.  After the lunch and a few words from this year’s executives, we went outside to take pictures.

Here is a picture of me with my close friend Chris, who is next year’s USPB Executive Chair – I am so proud of him and so excited for him!

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Check out that sky! It was really a beautiful day.  We have been so lucky with the weather recently, and according to the forecast it is supposed to be like this all week… YAY!

Get outside this week, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Have a great week,

Tori