How is everyone’s spring semester going? I hope everyone is taking some time out of their busy schedules and spending time doing stuff that they enjoy. I say this because I have not done it for myself as of yet. I am stressed to the max, trying to find a new job, finding a place for me to live, writing a plethora of papers week to week, and being stressed out at work. Before you know it midterms will be here and I bet I will be stressed out even more.
One of the many things that I like to do when I am stressed out is exercising. I have not had much time going to the gym because of all of the workload I am having this semester. I am ready for spring break to come because I am ready to unwind and just be free. I am finally going back home to Georgia to see my mother, sister, family, and friends that I have not seen in about 9 months. I am so excited to go and just spend ten days with them catching up.
Advice I have for everyone this semester is take life day by day. Try to make easier than making it harder. Work smarter not harder!
All right, I’m going to be honest, I’ve been basically doing everything BUT my homework. I do think I’m a little stressed out (even still) from my last post, but I’ve been doing things to cope with my stress (and not doing homework).
-It always seems to me that when you’re about to move or about to leave a place, that is the exact time frame that you find new and cool things to explore. For example, I’ve been in the DC area for about a couple of years and just not am I exploring DC more! Now is when I feel the need to go up and take the elevator in the Washington Monument! You go up 500 feet in about 1 minute! The view from up there is absolutely stunning!
That’s one of the great things about being at Marymount and so close to the city! Then after, I wen to revisit one of the nicest museums on the national mall: the Archives. There I got to check out the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Now, call me a nerd or whatever, this made me reflect on a lot of the case laws and statutes that we dissected and analyzed in my Advanced Issues in Forensic Psychology class last summer. The documents that were before laid the precedent for everything that is happening today. It’s amazing! I thought it was kind of cute at the museum too that there were little kids (most likely on a field trip) studying the historic documents and taking notes and doing a scavenger hunt. Oh if only graduate school would be that easy again.
Then that same day, my adventure didn’t end there! I was in good company, so we thought we would explore the city down on F street and 12th or 12th? I don’t remember, but somewhere down there. I walked into a couple of fun clothing stores, but then we went to a cigar tavern. Now if you haven’t seen House of Cards, you need to watch that and go to this cigar tavern. All around me were businessmen and women (and maybe even congressmen) all nicely dressed, with shiny cuff links, shined shoes, matching work clothes, brief cases, just hanging out, drinking something strong, and smoking a cigar. I felt like I was surrounded my secrets and stories that would be amazing to hear.
DC really is such a beautiful site, especially when you explore the smallest parts of the city. I encourage everybody to embrace where you live, take a moment from your work or studies, and take a breather. Go into the city and explore. Relate your studies or work to what you see in history, advertisements, art, law, food, drinks, anything and everything. I remember in undergrad in my Discover class as a freshman at Marymount, we had to do a scavenger hunt in DC. Of course then it was the dead heat of the end of summer still, but it was fun. I wish I could go back and enjoy that time again.
Other than that, there’s a Graduate Student Council meeting going on soon! I’m sure other bloggers on here will post some discussion from that meeting. Talk to you all soon! Stay warm! (even though this 50 degree weather does feel nice, when will it plunge back down again?!)
The Seahawks disappointed me this weekend and gave the Patriots another Super Bowl under their belts. I know there are many that either hate the Patriots or love them. That last play with seconds left in the game that costs the Seahawks the Super Bowl will forever be talked about. Man I was in shock! How many other though the Seahawks had the game in their pockets?
Because I am not a true fan of either team I sat perfectly content in the comfort of my own home watching the battle between the two teams. Going out has begun to cost too much money lately so I have to cut down, somewhat. Many make food which is why some others love the Super Bowl, the dips, chips, junk food that no one should eat that much of, and now the week after the gyms are packed! That’s how you know people had a fabulous weekend watching a great game of football!
Better luck next year Seahawks!
In December, classes finished at 1000 N. Glebe and the Ballston Campus moved to 4040 Fairfax. A popular topic of discussion seems to be everyone’s thoughts on the new building. I had become quite familiar and comfortable with the previous Ballston facility. The new semester assuaged (most of) my fears. For the most part, I am pleasantly surprised.
The biggest thing I miss is the centralized entrance as a hub of activity. The old building had a main lobby where pretty much everyone had to come in one of its two sets of opposite doors. Prominently located, the security desk greeted faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Students waited by the back set of doors for shuttle buses. Just past the front set of doors would be students, just off the property, grabbing a smoke before classes. Because the stairs were located at the ends of the building, most people would wait for the lobby elevators. Additionally, just around the corner was the café. That led to many students meeting there.
The new building boasts a rear entrance with little Marymount fanfare. It is pretty must just a hallway that students can wait in to watch for the shuttles. The security desk hides, relegated to the fourth floor. A visitor would need to divine that they should go to the fourth floor and turn left to find information on the campus. If you did find them, they could tell you that the new café is just around the corner.
The new facility has smaller areas for students to meet, dispersed on floors two, three, four, and five. This leads to quieter spaces which I’m sure are great areas for study. There are new customized rooms with high tech teaching tools. There are modern furnishings and power outlets dispersed throughout classrooms. The new building is so close to the metro that there is little need to wait for the shuttle to take you. Also, there is now more close parking available which gets easier as the day goes on.
Over all, the new building is far superior. Aside from a few maintenance issues, there is little wrong. What’s missing is, one of Marymount’s great strengths, the same community feel from before. Time will tell how the collective of Marymount adapts to this new opportunity.
I’ll admit to being as plugged in as everyone else; TV on, laptop connected, phone by my side. As I was listening to the radio one day, I heard a psychologist say that cell phones are like small slot machines. So I instantly stopped texting while driving and turned up the radio :). He went on to say that our phones spend all day dinging, pinging, and poking while we instantly respond to every noise. It’s like waiting for a prize from the slot machine! Our inputs spit out little outputs as prizes. This made me realized how much we can really become addicted to obsessively checking our devices. As time went on I tried to become more cognizant of using my phone and spending time online. The semester wound down and I thought, “Yes, I’ve done it.”.
But January 12 rolled around quickly and I was back to the normal routine. Checking school email, personal email, Blackboard, etc. Is it really possible to work and be a student without being connected? Well, I can at least make an attempt. Wish me luck!