Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Countdown begins...

Seven days until Spring Break!!!

Not that I have any exciting plans or anything...I'm just going home to Minnesota to spend the week relaxing at home with my family and my dog!
But I am definitely in need of a break! I have been so busy lately with everything, it's crazy! I can't wait to have a week to catch up and relax!

Last night I went to the play, Arcadia, with Jess and took up my entire evening because it was 3 hours long!!! Good thing I didn't have any homework for today! Today I have homework to do and I have to start reading some journal articles and doing research for my Psychology project...AND the volleyball team is going to play tonight! I miss playing and I'm ready to get out of the weightroom and finally spend some time in the gym now that the basketball season is over!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Hello! Yes, I'm still alive! Last week was crazy, but things are back under control now! Saturday night my roommate Jess and I hosted a slumber party--complete with fort-building, junk food, and Drop Dead Gorgeous! It was great! Sunday was spent studying. ALL day. I had two exams Monday.

Monday was then spent catching up on the homework I didn't do Sunday while I was's a vicious cycle! :)

Yesterday was relaxing for the most part. I got to sleep in and then spend three hours in a chemistry lab!

I am going to study abroad in Spain next year so I am currently trying to get all of my business lined up for that! I talked to a few current students who have studied in Spain to hear thier perspective and later this week I am going to meet with the Spanish Professor who is in charge of the program! I am so excited!

Tonight the Spring play, Arcadia, opens! I can't wait to see it!


Monday, February 18, 2008


Yesterday the snow just kept falling and falling! I think we got something like 10 inches of snow! I didn't want to walk down to Storzer to workout, so I just went to the Fitness Center in Bovay, which is in the Quads. It was a shorter walk, so I was able to use that time to work out instead! Emily and I worked out for two hours!! It was good, but now I'm sore!

Today I am hosting an overnight visit. At Ripon, if you are an accepted student, you are able to do an overnight stay on campus in the Residence halls with a student. So tonight I'm hosting a girl from Minnesota! :) I'm pretty excited!


P.S. I'll get some pictures of the snow around campus, it's incredible!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Freezing on a Friday...

It is so cold out today! The fire alarm went off during my Chemistry lecture this morning, so we had to go outside! I'm not sure what happened, but we weren't out there for too long. At least it's not snowing today! Yesterday it snowed ALL day! I think we got something like 8 inches of snow! The snowbanks around campus just keep growing and growing and growing!

I am so glad today is Friday though! I just can't catch up on sleep during the week! Last night I had dinner with Nick, then I spent the rest of the night studying for my Social Problems exam today. During my two-hour break after Soc, I have to prepare for my composición in Español! After I write my composición I work for an hour and then it's the weekend!!

I don't have too many plans for the weekend...tomorrow I am helping out with "Mind Your Money," an activity for high school students, who come to campus to learn about money management and financial planning for their future. It's from 1-3 and SIFE is helping with it so it should be a lot of fun! Then the rest of the weekend is free!


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love is in the air...along with lots and lots of snow!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have eaten more cookies today than I did over the Holidays! Cookies are just flying at me left and right (along with the ocassional chocolate kiss!)!! My stats professor this morning made cookies, then Jess' mom sent her cookies in the mail, I got two more cookies from girls on my floor, and then one in Admissions!

Today is such a fun day...for lunch the girls did a Valentine's Day Lunch date...Nick has already covered my room with chocolate kisses...and he says he has more suprises in store...

I can't wait to eat chocolate as I study tonight! :) mmm mmm


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


I think College Students are like kids away at summer camp...we love getting mail! :)

Today I got a package from my Mom and Dad and I was so excited! My mom sent me a new pair of volleyball warm-up pants, some mail and a magazine from home, a volleyball magnet, and a Valentine's Day card! Email is nice and all, but sometimes all I want is some good ol' snail mail! :)

Today there is a TON of stuff going on around campus! FORCE (Future of Ripon College Excellence) is sponsoring Spirit Day all day...if they caught you wearing Ripon Gear around campus you got a prize! I signed up for the raffle in the Commons during lunch and picked up a free Red Hawk tatoo! The spirit continues at the Women's and Men's Basketball games tonight...they will be handing out free pom poms and beads at the games!

Also tonight is "Straight Talk," sponsored by BSU (Black Student Union). "Straight Talk" is a student lead conversation about race relations on campus. They will be discussing issues that are usually not discussed in the classroom.

But that's not all! The French department and the French TA, Coraline, are showing a French film by Michel Gondry.

So there is DEFINITELY no shortage of things to do tonight! And with tomorrow being Valentine's Day I have to study for my exam on Friday tonight! And get a few other things ready... :)


Monday, February 11, 2008

Sick! :(

I think I caught the bug that's been going around campus...

I woke up with a fever of 100.7° ... I went to my 8 a.m. class, but I couldn't sit through any more classes. I spent the entire day in my bed sleeping! Hopefully my fever goes down though and I am able to go to my classes the rest of the week. I have lab tomorrow at 1 p.m. so I get to sleep in, which will be good!

Here are some photos from JJ Jumper's visit to Ripon on Saturday!


Friday, February 8, 2008

Love and Basketball :)

This weekend is going to be a great one! There are men's and women's home basketball games tonight and tomorrow, so the Red Hawk Nation will be out and about...tomorrow the NCAA Mascot, JJ Jumper, will even be at the games, so I am definitely going tomorrow! :)

Tomorrow morning my cousin and his wife are coming to Ripon to take me and Nick out for breakfast! mmmmm! We're going to Kristina's Cafe, a cute little restaurant downtown. It'll be great to see them, since I just found out they are having twins and they finally get to meet Nick! :)

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 7, 2008

All Caught Up!

Last night was definitely my catch up night! I caught up on laundry, cleaning, sleep, and Family Guy! :) I had about a week and a half of laundry to do, but the nice thing's FREE at Ripon! So I can do as many loads as I want! :) However, the goal is to do laundry once a week...I'll remember that next time!

I didn't have class this morning until 10:10, so it was a nice opportunity to catch a few more zzz's! Too bad the plows were out and about! I just had the one class today, so now I'm working for an hour, then it's a few hours of homework, aerobics at 5 p.m., and lifting after that. Maybe if it's still nice tonight I'll walk to the Save-A-Lot...I need some groceries! :)

I hope this warm, sunny weather keeps up!


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Another Blizzard!

Over the course of last night and this morning we got another 3" of snow! BUMMER! I am ready for it to be Spring already! We thought some classes might be cancelled today because of the weather, but that was not the case! Rumor has it that Ripon has only called classes once in the last fifteen or so years, so we can just keep dreaming!

This morning I had a chemistry test so Nick and Iwent to breakfast beforehand. I forget how good John's omelets are! The perfect way to start the morning! :) I have class the rest of the day until 4 p.m., then tonight I need to do laundry! I've been putting it off long enough--I'm running out of socks! But maybe if I get my laundry done and it stops snowing I'll venture down to the Terrace to see Blue Sky Nine, a band sponsored by Campus Christian Fellowship...we'll see!

But if this snow keeps up I am going to be upset with that little groundhog!


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Downtown Developments

Today during Golden Hour SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) is bringing the developers for the new downtown renovation plans to campus. They will be here collecting student feedback and learning what students want in a revitalized downtown area. Some ideas for the renovated downtown include pedestrian spaces, changes in types of businesses, and aesthetic improvements. They want to create a Pedestrian walkway leading from campus to the downtown area, offer restaurants serving organic and locally-grown food, changes to the arrangement of City Hall, improving appearance of downtown buildings, adding more parking, and much much more! These changes will be taking place in the next five to ten years, so to be at the start of this program is very exciting!
After I attend the Golden Hour from 11:15-12:25, I have lab from 1-4 p.m., then volleyball and lifting, and then a S.M.A.C. meeting at 8 p.m. It should be a busy but exciting day!


Monday, February 4, 2008

Another busy weekend at Ripon!

This was a pretty busy weekend around campus...Friday night was the Opening of an Art Exhibit; Saturday the Ethical Leadership Program hosted a Leadership Workshop, there were Men's and Women's Basketball games, and also an Intramural Dodge Ball tournament down at Storzer. Yesterday was the Super Bowl and the day of relaxation. Except for brunch, I didn't leave my room! The Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip delivered brats during the game, so I didn't have to miss the game and I helped a good cause! :)

Today during lunch SMAC is sponsoring Monday Music Madness with a live artist in the pub, so I have to be sure and check that out! Then the rest of my day looks like class and studying for my Chemistry exam on Wednesday.


Friday, February 1, 2008

F.F.F. (First Friday of February!)

I can't believe it's February already! But I can definitely believe it's Friday, and boy am I glad! :)

This has been a busy week and I am definitely ready for a weekend! Last night the volleyabll team went to Intramural Aerobics and Yoga, and all I have to say is WOW. Yoga is SO much harder than I thought it would be. I now understand why our football and baseball teams do it. It is probably one of the most physically demanding things I have ever done. So I am definitely relaxing this weekend!

Tonight I am going down to Storzer to workout for a while, then it's dinner and a movie with Nick. Tomorrow there are basketball games going on down at Storzer, so I'll probably go to those between doing homework. Then tomorrow night we're having a birthday party for Nick and Mike, so that'll be fun. Then it's Super Bowl Sunday! A day of football and vegging on the couch! (and studying chemistry...our first exam is next Wednesday, so I do have to study for that...) :) But other than looks like it will be a great weekend!