Snow Day!

We’ve had two snow days and a delayed opening this week! The last time I missed this much school because of snow, it was 2001!

RIT was notorious for NEVER CLOSING. My freshman year, the first day of fall quarter was Labor Day and the last day of the quarter was Veteran’s Day. You know, days that my high-school-self was used to having off. After awhile, I accepted never having holidays off. But you know what I really missed? Snow days. There was something special about a snow day. A snow day was always such a nice, unexpected surprise.

But RIT was in Western New York. On average, the city gets over 90 inches of snow each winter. Plus the area around campus was pretty flat, so it was much easier to drive around than my neighborhood in Connecticut. I quickly got used to walking to school in all sorts of weather. I also became a pro at layering! Pro tip? Wear sweatpants OVER your jeans/leggings/normal pants so that if you want to take a layer off, it’s the outer one.

Bye Pam, don’t get lost in a blizzard!

One Martin Luther King Day, I woke up to my roommate Tiffany crouched next to the side of my bed. “School’s closed!” she said. “No it’s not,” I said as I rolled away from her. She explained that there was an ice storm and Monroe County made us close down. I still didn’t believe her, but I reached for my laptop, checked my email, and sure enough, RIT was closed. The next thing I checked was Facebook, which of course was filled with…wait I’m not even sure statuses were a thing. But you know what I mean! I remembered that I set an away message about my day off, to which my non-RIT friends replied, “Of course you have today off, it’s Martin Luther King Day.” Sigh.

 

Found this bad boy on Facebook. Oh the glory days!

Since it was technically an ICE day and not a SNOW day, we didn’t get to do any of the fun things like go sledding, have snowball fights, or build inappropriate snow sculptures. I remember being able to enjoy the day with my roommates. The other thing I remember about that day was meeting our weird neighbors. They set the fire alarm off, so our whole row had to wait outside in the ice storm. Lovely. Luckily one of us was parked nearby, so we waited inside a car.

This is probably the only reason I have pictures of our ice day.

During the rest of my time at RIT, I remember there being a few times that afternoon/evening classes were cancelled, but no whole day events. I’ve been enjoying these past few days, but I’m hoping the weather stops being so crazy in time for recruitment and my upcoming trip to Rochester!

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12. Find My Bucket List from 2001

When I started this blog, I remembered that back in 2001, I had used an extra binder to make some sort of bucket list/scrapbook-type thing. After I got back from Florida, I went to my parents’ house and looked for it. It wasn’t too hard to find…even after all my moves, it was still in my bedroom. I really wanted to see what was on my list back then and what (if anything) I had accomplished since then.

There's 13 year old me in the middle!!

There’s 13 year old me in the middle!!

Reading the list itself is rather amusing…it provides a little peak into the mind of thirteen-year-old-me. Graduating from both high school and college were really important to me. So was being a cheerleader and going to prom. Some of the things on the list seem really dated. I listed that I wanted to go on MTV TRL Studios. Does that show even exist anymore?! I also wrote that I wanted to make my own mix tapes or CDs and that I wanted to own a laptop some day. Owning a laptop was considered a big deal in 2001! I don’t even think my school had it’s laptop cart yet.

The one thing I always remembered from that list is that I wanted to keep a journal for five years straight. Well little me, I did you one better. I kept a journal for twelve years and I’m still going! In the beginning, I wrote mostly about things that happened during the day, but as I got older, I wrote more about how I felt about things. Every so often I go back and read it (it’s all online – heck yes!) and I am constantly amazed at how smart I sounded when I was younger. I don’t remember feeling that smart! And how on earth is my own advice still applicable five or eight years later?!

From my list of 50 things, I’ve accomplished 38. I’d say that’s pretty good considering that I nearly forgot about this list. Some of the things I HAVEN’T done include visiting all 50 states (only 21), meeting the President, and riding a horse. Oh, I also never got to go on TRL. Shucks.

Clearly my biggest regret.

I plan on adding some of these things to my list of things I’ve done…I definitely want to tell you all about the time I “met” Rachel Maddow. It’s a good one.

I Suck at Blogging. And That’s Okay.

Taking a little break because Thanksgiving is a week late this year and it’s really throwing me off.

I think I suck at blogging. I think I suck at a lot of things like curling my hair and public speaking. I follow plenty of blogs and they seem to have so many followers and wonderful posts and I just constantly find myself comparing myself to them…not just my blog, but my whole life! It’s the twenty-something curse, I swear.

I started my first online journal back in the day before iPods existed. I didn’t post on any regular schedule and I didn’t feel bad about it because I was writing for me. But now that I suddenly have a “blog” with a “theme”, it’s like it’s some big deal.

So where is this all coming from? Well, for one thing, realizing that it’s Wednesday and I haven’t posted since Sunday and I don’t have anything lined up even though I’m out of town for definitely the next three weekends, possibly the next seven weekends in a row. The other “inspiration” behind this post is a recent College Prepster post about blogging motivation. She brought me back to where I need to be – writing for me and not caring who reads it.

Carly (The College Prepster) is one of the bloggers I follow. I don’t know when I first found her blog or HOW I first found her blog, but I think her’s is the first blog I started reading regularly. Everything else before that had been blog-style infotainment like The Frisky. In the time that I’ve been reading her blog, Carly has gone from college student to supporting herself with her blog and whatever else she’s got up her (perfectly patterned) sleeve. Since quitting her job to focus on her own projects, she has become SO much more open in her posts. It is so easy to make yourself seem like the perfect person online and yeah, there are posts that I read of Carly’s where I am so envious of her life…cute dog, cute apartment, cute clothes. She says her hair doesn’t cooperate, but I don’t believe her. But Carly frequently posts about the anxiety and stress of WORKING FOR YOURSELF IN YOUR TWENTIES. Remember folks, none of us have any clue what we’re doing! You. Me. College Prepster Carly.

Carly’s post about motivation came at the PERFECT time. I didn’t start writing this blog with the goal of becoming a famous blogger. I started this because I have this list of things I want to do and I wanted to document the experience somewhere other than Instagram. That is all.

Looking at the List #2

12. Find my bucket list from 2001.

In eight grade, I randomly decided to make a bucket list/scrapbook in one of my old Trapper Keepers. I really don’t know what prompted me to do it. If I recall correctly, there were two occasions that year where we had three snow days in a row. I think it’s safe to say that I might have done this out of boredom.

I can’t remember everything on that list…a few stand out. I wanted to learn a language. I’m not sure if I meant to master a language or just to learn how to say a few key phrases. But twelve years later (!) I know some Spanish and some ASL. That counts, right? I wanted to be a cheerleader. Done. I wanted to be in the newspaper. Julie and I were photographed walking to our busses the next winter. We were on the cover of the News Times. I wanted to visit all 50 states. I don’t think I’ve added too many states to that list since 2001.

I would love to find that list now and see what I wanted to do back then and if I’ve done any of it since. This is a task for the next time I head back to Connecticut!

13. Attend a national Delta Phi Epsilon event

Before I went to college, I never gave much thought to sororities. When I got to college, I swore up and down that I would never join one. And then I did. What happened? I tell people that I was lured into it…these girls I knew from work asked me to come over and make tote bags. Did I want to make a tote bag? Hell yeah, I wanted to make a tote bag! That was on Monday. The next thing I knew, it was Friday and I was nervously waiting in my room for some sorority girls to come knock on my door and change my world.

Early on in life, we’re taught not to stereotype people based on the color of their skin or the language they speak. Stereotypes are false, we are told. So then why is it we still believe in stereotyping people based on other reasons? It’s crazy to think that I crossed off ALL sororities just based off of what I had seen in the media and my interaction with a handful of sorority members from one particular sorority.

I truly enjoyed my sorority experience when I was in college and I managed to turn it into a career! When I was still in grad school, I was looking for ways to volunteer with my sorority as a national organization. Just recently, I became a chapter advisor for a chapter in Philadelphia. It’s been amazing meeting women that are from other chapters and already having something in common with them!

While I have been able to visit our IHQ in Philly, I have yet to go to an event sponsored by them! This past year, they held a Founders’ Day celebration, but it was while I was volunteering in Missouri. Next summer, they are hosting convention in DISNEY WORLD. Unfortunately, I do not think I am going to have the funds to make that trip. In 2017, our sorority is turning 100 and I’m sure they will do something big for that and I hope to be there!

Fall Down

Some of my lovely family members including my big, my little, and her little!!

20. Attend Brick City

My undergrad didn’t have football and when I was a student, they didn’t make any big deal about any sort of homecoming celebration. Granted, when I started at RIT, there was barely any school spirit on campus. Things definitely changed (for the better) while I was there and now Brick City has turned into more of a homecoming celebration. Instead of football, our homecoming revolves around hockey.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to attend since graduating from RIT. When I first graduated, there were other events that I’d much rather go to. I still knew a lot of students so I would rather see them at sorority or music events. Now that I don’t know too many students, events that draw alum back are better so I can see more of my friends. Last year, Brick City was the same weekend as Albright’s homecoming, which I had to work for. This year, Brick City was the weekend BEFORE Albright’s homecoming, but I was on call since I have my big trip at the end of the month. Hopefully sometime before I’m 30 I can go enjoy a Brick City weekend!!

23. Put $30 in savings for each goal I accomplish

I’ve looked at other peoples’ lists for inspiration and a lot of people have a similar goal. Most that I’ve seen have been $5 or $10…but $30 just seemed better for me…not because I have tons of money rolling in or anything, but if I manage to do all 300, that’s $9000 saved. That seems like a great amount to roll into the next decade with. I don’t know what I’m going to use the money for…maybe a big trip as a celebration? Or maybe I’ll buy a home in my thirties or my first new car and I can use that money to go towards a down payment.