Archive for March, 2010

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School is back in session

March 16, 2010

After taking two semesters (summer and fall) off, I have resumed my graduate studies. I’ve been picking away at this master’s one class at a time, and this this only my 5th class of the 12 I need for the degree. Since I’ve began the program, I have found it a bit difficult to get into being a student again. And I don’t really understand why.

The classes relate to topics that interest me (the current one deals with visual design and Photoshop skills). Generally, I know both the professors and my fellow students due to my position at the university. In the past, I really enjoyed school and was a total nerd (sans pocket protector – that’s my sister :-P).

It seems as though my school drive has diminished, though. I was out of college for only a year and a half before I started to take graduate classes. Yet almost immediately I noticed that I didn’t have the same desire for learning as I once did. I’m still interested in the material, but I don’t know that I’m giving it 100%.

Part of this reason could well be that I no longer have 100% to give. I am working full time, have part-time freelance work, am attempting to start up a few other small endeavors, am a newlywed, would like to reclaim some sort of a social life which I have let diminish over the last few years and want to spend more time with my family. There are so many things swirling around in my head that I feel like there’s not enough time for even half of them.

I want to forge ahead and just get this done, but it feels like it will take forever. Actually, it will take another 2 years if I continue at the snail’s pace I’ve been rocking (1 class per semester). Maybe if I can start taking 2 at a time, see some real progress towards the end goal, that might motivate me to really get into it.

For now, I’ll take this one week at a time. On the bright side, it’s a 7-week course, so two days in I’m well on my way! I have to keep a blog of my work for class, so if you’re extra bored feel free to check out the link on the right or just click here.

Have you returned to school while working full time? If so, have you experienced motivation issues? If not, what were your reasons for not returning? Does anyone have tips to help me forge ahead?

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Why shouldn’t she bring her girlfriend?!

March 11, 2010

Oh, this makes me angry, people. Brace yourselves.

According to MSNBC, a Mississippi school has canceled the prom after female student Constance McMillen wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date. Both students attended the school. It seems school officials would rather deny all students the chance to go rather than allow two people to go together.

Let me break this down a little here. One of your students wants to take another student to the prom, right? Sounds fairly standard to me. But wait – they’re lesbians? Nevermind, no can do. You have to take someone of the opposite sex with you (according to their school district policy).

That is ridiculous, for a variety of reasons. From what I’ve read this seems to be a public school with no religious affiliation. Are they trying to claim that being gay is wrong somehow? Says who? If people disagree with it, fine, but they should still be allowed to go together.

What about people who would just want to go with their friends? Does everyone who attends have to have a date? Would they be turned away if they went alone? What if someone brought a cousin of the opposite sex – would they be turned away because they’re related? Just how detailed are these policies?

The article also says that McMillen was also told she couldn’t wear a tuxedo. They can tell students how to dress now? It’s not like she wanted to show up naked or in a barely-there skimpy dress. She would be completely covered up. How can they possibly justify requiring women to wear dresses?

I would love to hear how the other students feel about the situation. Hopefully, they will all pull a Footloose and hold their own prom anyway. Maybe they will even crown McMillen and her date Prom King and Queen. That would rock. I’d vote for you, ladies!

Do you think a public school has the right to say who people can bring to a dance? Should they be able to restrict clothing choices to within stereotypical gender roles?

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Should still be proud

March 11, 2010

 

Bobcats v. Colonials, 3-11-10

Bobcats v. Colonials, 3-11-10 (from my camera phone)

Even though I had my doubts yesterday, I actually had a really great time at the QU men’s basketball game last night (thanks again, Glenn!). It was a tight matchup the whole way through, with neither team having more than a 6-point lead at any point in the game. But when the final buzzer sounded, the Robert Morris Colonials became the NEC champs, defeating the Bobcats 52-50.

My heart broke as I watched the Bobcats breakdown with emotion. They were visibly shattered, some inconsolable. Using their jerseys as tissues to wipe and cover the tears streaming down their faces, the players filed off court somberly. Coach Tom Moore gave a final, half-hearted smile to the fans remaining as if to say, “Sorry, everybody. We tried.”

What I want to impart on those devastated players is the reality of the situation. True, they didn’t make it to the NCAA tournament and will now have to hang up their jerseys until next year. But look at what they DID accomplish. If you ask me, they have a lot to be proud of. 

This Bobcat team was number 1 in their conference. They played hard all season, and gave it their all in the championship game. In just 3 short years, Tom Moore brought this team within 2 points of the NCAA tourney. The entire university watched them on their rise, and school spirit was riding high. The arena was packed with students, alumni, faculty, staff and local residents. They brought together the QU community and created an incredible feeling of unity around that court that I have never felt before. 

Once the disappointment fades, I hope that everyone, from the coaching staff and players to all of the fans in the QU community, will realize what a fantastic feat this was and let this season serve as fuel in the upcoming years for the Bobcats to burn even brighter.

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Eeeww, they’re dribbling!

March 10, 2010

 

Quinnipiac Bobcats

Quinnipiac Bobcats

Tonight, I will attend my first ever collegiate basketball game as I watch the Quinnipiac Bobcats take on the Robert Morris Colonials with my friend Glenn. It’s a pretty important game for the Bobcats. If they win, they get the NEC championship and move on to the NCAA tournament for the first time in QU history.

That almost sounded like I knew what I was talking about, right? Hahaha. In case you didn’t know, I’m not really into basketball. The only games I ever went to were my sister’s, and I haven’t been to one of those since she was captain of her high school team in the ’98-’99 seasons (they were the Ferrer Flames, and the mascot was someone dressed as a big ball of fire – hilarious!). I barely went to any sporting events at all in college, with the exception of about 2 or 3 hockey games senior year because my friends knew a few of the guys.

It’s not that I don’t have school spirit. I totally do. I love my college. I just don’t really care for most sports. Sorry, folks!

Even though this is a big deal for the school I attended and now work for, I have to admit that I really have no interest in going other than to people watch and hang out with Glenn. We went to high school and college together, and then he encouraged me to attend QU (he graduated 3 years ahead of me, and now works for YES). He’s also good friends with Jesse, making him the only person that we both befriended independently of each other.

Regardless of my reasons for going, it should be interesting. Let’s go Bobcats! 

Did you support your college’s teams when you were a student? Did you support them after you graduated? Why or why not?

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Officially HD (almost)

March 9, 2010

Nearly two weeks and no posts? What’s going on with me?! I am so sorry, blogosphere. I do hope you’ll accept my apology. I wish I could say that I’ve just been ridiculously busy and that’s why I didn’t post, but it really wouldn’t be true. The way I see it, I have a relationship with my readers (however few of you are out there), and I don’t want to spoil that with lies. I was neglectful, I apologize, and I hope to never let the posts fall for that long again.

Okay, enough apologies. On with the post!

This past weekend, Jesse and I moved forward into the great world of HD! Our fabulous new entertainment center (purchased here) and awesome 41″ TV (from here) have moved us light-years ahead of where we were three weeks ago when our TV pooped out on us. That’s right – we’ve been tube-less since Valentine’s Day, and I was starting to go crazy! It’s sad to realize how much I actually depended on the TV. I thought I was pretty good since most shows I watch online. But I was really at a loss.

We knew that we would make the upgrade whenever our old TV was finished, so this was a long time coming. And thankfully, we had a ton of gift certificates from the wedding that we had saved for this exact reason. So ever though it was a good chunk of change, it was one we had planned for and which was lessened greatly by the generosity of family and friends. Thanks, everyone!

As we await our HDMI cables (which should be arriving in the mail shortly from here), we currently have 720 HD loveliness. Soon, however, we will be full 1080! Honestly, I have no idea what that all means, but I do know that it will be even more awesome than it already is. Stellar!

Jesse also went for the DVR, despite my initial protest. How foolish I was! DVR is incredible! And being able to rewind live TV shows? Mind boggling and fantastic! (Can you tell I was TV deprived?)

While we don’t have a Bluray player – have you seen the cost of those things? – our current DVD/VCR combo up-converts, so our standard def VHS and DVDs will look even spiffier on the new widescreen. Hooha! 

Before I close, I’d like to give a huge shoutout to my faboo husband. Happy Birthday, Jesse!

Have you joined the HD revolution? If you have, what were your initial thoughts when you did? If you haven’t, can you share why?