Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Four Goals for Summer

Summer is FLYING by! I can't believe I've been out of school for six weeks and graduated a month ago! Two more months and I'll be moving in to college! So I thought I would take a chance to make some goals for the time I have left.

1. Blog once a week. I really want to document my journey through college, and this summer is definitely the beginning. I will be going to SMC in July for pre-orientation, choosing classes, and buying stuff for my dorm room. I don't want to forget a thing!

2. Take advantage of where I live. I live about twenty minutes by train from Boston, but I don't go into the city very often. The MFA is free on Wednesday nights, so I definitely want to get a chance to see the museum before I leave. There are so many free and cheap things I can do in the city and I really want to take advantage of it.

3. Read 10 books. I really enjoy reading in my spare time, but high school took up a lot of time between travelling to school and homework and play rehearsals and such and I haven't read a book for fun in longer than I care to admit! Now that I have a lot more time on my hands, I want to read some books that I have not been assigned. I have already read three books so I can definitely complete this goal.

4. Try new food. I work at an upscale grocery store (thing Whole Foods type) where there is a really diverse selection of food. I am a pretty picky eater, but I want to try a few new things and expand my tastes. We have a really awesome produce department, so I definitely want to try some of the fruits and veggies I would have looked past before.

I'll let you know how I do with my goals!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

My first trip to Saint Mike's was not an admissions visit. I was about two years old and went to visit my aunt Carol, who was studying there. Picture taken in the 400s townhouses.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Roommate Form

So as part of the New Student Guide that I received in the mail a few weeks ago, I had to fill out a form to match me up with a roommate.

I have actually written and requested a single room, but I still had to fill out the form as a single room is not guaranteed. I really like that Residence Life offers you the chance to have a single. Although I am a really social and outgoing person during the day, I really like having a space to myself at the end of the day to decompress and be alone. If I don't get one, I won't be heartbroken, it would be a good lesson on learning to coexist with someone else!

I also think that the questionnaire on the form is set up well. I had to answer questions like how I prefer to study (in silence!), how I prefer to sleep (also in silence!), what kind of music I listen to and how clean I keep my room. I have heard really good things about how roommates are matched up using this questionnaire, and trust that if I end up with a roommate I will get along with her :)

More housing options were GREAT Housing and Honors Housing. I have requested GREAT Housing, which means a living area that is alcohol and drug free. Although the campus is dry (besides the townhouses where everyone is 21+), students in GREAT Housing want to commit to an environment without any pressure. Honors Housing is for students who have been invited to the Honors Program, so that students can live together in a really supportive academically focused environment.

For now, there is nothing I can do but wait and see what dorm I am assigned to. I should find out by mid-July!

Monday, June 4, 2012

New Student Guide!

Hello there!

Today I want to talk to you about the NEW STUDENT GUIDE!

I got my New Student Guide (NSG) about three weeks ago. It came in a big envelope and I knew exactly what it was when I went out to get the mail! This is what my NSG looks like:

Inside it has a lot of information! Inside the front cover, there's a sheet of paper that has all of my account information on it, like my email, Mikenet, and eCollege accounts. I've already signed into my Saint Michael's email account and started to get messages. Things like that definitely add a dose of reality to my life... in a little over two months, I'll be on campus!

Other topics that the NSG covers are Academics, Health Information, Residential Life, Summer Programs, Financial Information, Technology, and Forms that we have to fill out and return to the school. I had a ton of questions before I got my NSG, but it answered all of them. It tells you all about the things you want to know, like your dorm room, information on getting a roommate, placement tests (mostly for language and mathematics), getting AP credits, and what classes to take. 

I know that I still have a few months until I will be packing up and heading north, but I can't wait! This book is definitely earning a place on my desk. I have a feeling I will be using it a lot!