The week after Thanksgiving.

Don’t be fooled! Thanksgiving Break isn’t really a break at all. True, it’s a week with no classes, but it’s also a week that’s almost always followed by a week where every major project in every class is due! I learned that my freshman year, and have successfully lowered my expectations of relaxation and binge eating every year since :D

In addition to working on projects throughout my whole break, though, I managed to squeeze in some leisure time!

I have been working on creating a book from my blog entries I wrote while abroad… After 6 months, I finally finished it! My parents ordered it for me as a Christmas present :D It’s surprisingly affordable to create your own book and have it printed, even with a legitimate cover!

I spent some time with my family who came into town, and with high school friends. My dad and I discovered that lamb isn’t our meat of choice after we tried to make a recipe we found in Men’s Health!

And with Harry Potter still on my mind, I am pretty sure I saw Bathilda Bagshot at the local grocery store… ahhh!!! I hope you all went out to see the movie. My friends and I arrived at the Sand Springs theater at 8:30 PM to wait in line for the midnight premiere to discover that .. well, people in Sand Springs aren’t as hardcore as we are. We were some of the few in costume, and only one family was already waiting. What!! We couldn’t believe it! But we were more than happy with our perfect seats. The movie was great… I can’t wait for the last one! I don’t know what I’ll do with my life when it’s over though!!

Well, here comes the busiest week of the semester! I’m off to study for finals and finish up projects like this one…

Holiday Inn = free wi-fi!

Hey everybody! I’m writing tonight from Norman, OK, where I’m attending a conference called the Oklahoma Academy. I got here on Sunday and will be leaving Wednesday afternoon. The Oklahoma Academy is organized every year so that leaders from around Oklahoma can discuss issues that our state faces and propose changes to our legislators. So far we have talked a lot about duties of Oklahoma’s cities and how they receive their funding. Most of the other participants are city planners or mayors, so they bring a lot of experience with them. I don’t have any really cool stories to share, but I think my elementary view of things is a nice perspective that might even help to cut out the fluff and get down to the root of problems. I have learned a lot in just one day, and have another full day in store tomorrow: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM!
There are ten students here in total, and we each got our own room in the Embassy Suites… classy, right? That’s what I thought! There is a free happy hour every evening and the continental breakfast is unbelievable… real food, not cereal! On the other hand, the internet here costs MONEY! What?? Even Burger King has free wi-fi! In any event, I refuse to pay $10 a day for internet, so I have been frequenting the parking lot of the local Holiday Inn for all of my internet needs. Their connection is quite strong! I am just paranoid they’ll notice a strange college student loitering in the parking lot with a laptop…

Aaaand everybody get ready to celebrate, because I finally turned in my scholarship application for Germany! According to their website, I should hear back in late March/early April (ahh!). But according to random forums in which anxious college students post scholarship application info, I could hear back as early as mid-February. I probably shouldn’t have sought out that information, because it will only make me more impatient!!

Well, I’ve got an early morning so that’s my quick update for now! See you later!

Oktober… November!

My “little sister” that I mentor at a local elementary school always reminds me how AWESOME it was to be a kid! Remember when you could be basically anything for Halloween, and somebody thought it was cool? Well those days are loooong gone! Halloween in college is a time to prove yourself… who can come up with the most clever costume? There were definitely some creative ones this year. My friend Craig was dressed as left-brain/right-brain. I saw a pre-Christmas season elf wandering around, as well as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a pig in a blanket, and a German exchange student in a bumblebee costume! My boyfriend Stefan and I spent 3 weeks brainstorming for costume ideas… and we had nothing until the night before the big party. Luckily, it only took us one lunch-time shopping spree to pull our costume together!

Me and Stefan: Little Bo Peep and a Sheep

pig in a blanket christian

Jordan S: Pig in a Blanket; Christian: Bumblebee

October is one of my favorite months at TU. Halloween was just the icing on the cake – we had a great football game against Notre Dame, and one of the top 10 Oktoberfests of the year was happening right across town! TU’s Student Association sponsored a shuttle service from campus to Oktoberfest so that we could avoid parking fees (and stuff). This year I even managed a SWEET discount on the ferris wheel… I got 2 people on for $1 ($7 in savings!!). Who knew you could bargain with the ride operators?


So yes, October was awesome, but November is coming in at a close second. How do I know this just 3 days into the month? Because hopefully November will bring the first big freeze!! My allergies will be put to death, I can wear all of my comfortable winter sweatshirts, and soon it will be time to decorate for Christmas. Maybe we can even outdo our holiday decor from sophomore year in La Fortune!

Aaand to update you since my last post… I’m sooo close to handing in my scholarship application for grad school in Germany! November 12 is the big day. Right now my professors are writing letters of recommendation and I’ll soon be able to put together the application packet!

Also, the job interview in Wichita went pretty well; I managed to get the internship this summer with Koch Industries! I’ll be working in the IT department as a business analyst. It seems like it will be a really good experience, so I hope I can learn a lot while I’m there!

Welp, it’s 11:14 PM, sooo… time to hit the books! Then the hay. Until next time!