College = Insanity

Since coming back to school after Christmas break, things have been insane!! I’m in love with all of my classes (except one) but the amount of work I have to do has significantly increased.

I have so much reading to do. I have 2 linguistics classes this quarter, and they both assign about a chapter a week to read. Add on top of that my French culture class (which I’m not taking voluntarily) that has even more reading every week, and it seems like the work never ends. I already have a 2 page paper to write for my French class on the reading we did this past week (which includes a 260 page book and about 26 pages worth of independent articles).

Not to mention, I also have a quiz on IPA (international phonetics alphabet) on Wednesday which is a very scary thing for me. In this linguistics class, the majority of the people there are linguistics majors, but this is my first exposure to actual linguistics – and IPA, is confusing. But I suppose I’ll survive. I just was not prepared for this much work this soon into winter quarter.

Things aren’t all bad though. My boyfriend moved on campus this quarter instead of commuting which makes spending time together a lot easier – which is convenient because we have 2 classes together and LOTS of homework.

I’ve also been thinking about what I want to do with my degree after I graduate. I know I’m only a freshman and graduation is really far off, but I feel like not having some sort of plan is impeding my selection of classes somewhat. For example, I want to learn another language other than Turkish, but not knowing what I want to do after graduation makes the selection of that second language more difficult.

After thinking about it a bit, right now I think I’m leaning towards being a translator after graduation. It seems like a good occupation for me. I enjoy writing and proofreading/editing and I enjoy languages. Plus, I am very good at working alone (in fact I prefer it). So it seems like translating is a good fit for me, I just don’t know where to get started with it – like what kind of courses would be a good idea to take. OSU has a professional writing minor….but I don’t know how helpful that would be.

In terms of a second (technically third language), my boyfriend has suggested learning Uzbek, because it is the only other Turkic language OSU offers, and apparently Uzbekistan is another up-and-comer like Turkey. Plus the nice thing about focusing on Turkic languages is that they are all very similar, some are even mutually intelligible (“speakers of different but related languages can readily understand each other without intentional study or extraordinary effort”). So by learning Turkish and Uzbek, I would be able to understand basically all the other Turkic languages, and in turn have lots of opportunities for jobs – hopefully. ^_^

One other question I have though, is if I become serious about this translating thing…does my current major really help me with that?? Right now I’m an international studies major with a concentration in the Middle East. I just don’t know how relevant that is to being a translator. I mean, it could be very helpful. A major like that could open many doors to job opportunities (though not necessarily in translating). I just don’t know. I am just a freshman, so I have a while to think about it.

So that’s where I’m at right now, super busy and contemplating my future. :P Obviously I want to master Turkish a little more before attempting another language but yeah, those are just thoughts running through my head right now. Yay college.

Quick Update

So its been a while since I posted so I figure I’ll give y’all a quick update on my life.

I had my second midterm for polisci and econ not too long ago. I did really well on my polisci exam but not so good on my econ one. I’ll really have to study for the final exam in that class. I honestly do like economics, but the math is getting to me. All the graphs and formulas are difficult for me to understand and remember. But I have to pass the class because it’s a prerequisite for my major, so I’ve really got to do some studying for the final.

This weekend was Veteran’s day weekend so all of my friends went home. Nothing much exciting happened. I spent most of the weekend with my boyfriend. I tried Ethiopian food for the first time and I have to say, it was really good. They put all of the orders in one big dish and everyone shares. And you use this really strange bread as your utensil. It’s spongy and kind of sour tasting but it goes really well with the food.

Mainly things have been pretty routine. Dance is going well. We moved on from learning the Humphrey technique to studying Cunningham’s technique. We haven’t been studying it very long so I’m not sure if I like it or not yet. The new exercises we’ve learned are really fun though. One exercise we do is set to the theme song from “House”. It’s really high energy with lots of jumping. It’s probably one of my favorite dances we’ve learned so far.

I won’t be taking any dance classes next quarter because I can’t fit any of them into my schedule, which I’m okay with. Now that I’ve gotten experience with modern, I realize, it is fun, but I love the challenge ballet provides more. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about ballet. I really wish I could dance up here but I just don’t see it fitting into my schedule anywhere. What with classes, trying to spend time with my friends, and fulfilling the requirements to be in the International Affairs scholars program, I don’t really have free hours. But I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to do it over the summer at my old studio. I still occasionally pull out my pointe shoes and dance in my dorm room, but…dorm rooms aren’t really conducive to dancing. Haha.

But honestly, I’m happy up here. Regardless of the miserable weather, I really enjoy myself up here. The academics are good and there’s always things to do. For the first time in a while, I actually have a social life. :P

So yeah, not much new or exciting to report on. It’s just college. I feel bad because I haven’t been posting that often, but now that I’m so busy, there’s not as much time. For the first time in a while I don’t have any homework to do, so I figured I’d finally take the time to give y’all an update.

Oh, and turkish is going well. It’s probably my favorite class. I made an A+ on my midterm in the class. We’re still only learning the basics, but I’m slowly learning how to converse in turkish. I really need to practice my vocabulary though. The verbs are killing me. For some reason I find them so much harder to remember than spanish verbs. Probably because the spelling of many verbs is very similar. For example: “dinlemek” means to listen, whereas “dinlenmek” means to rest. There’s only one letter’s difference!!

But yeah, that’s life.

I miss Ballet!!

Modern is a fun class, but every time I’m there I wish it was ballet.

I miss ballet so much. I put on my pointe shoes and dance in my dorm room, but then I’m frustrated because I haven’t made any progress (because I haven’t done ballet in close to 6 months). It’s like this ache deep inside of me, this feeling of jumping out of my skin, I have to get back to ballet!!

I’m not going to sit here and say modern is easy for me, but it doesn’t provide a challenge like ballet does. Modern is too natural. Dancing in bare feet, rolling on the floor – while it’s difficult to coordinate my body movements, the actions in and of themselves are normal. I dance in bare feet everyday. I don’t dance in pointe shoes. Ballet is a challenge because it is so unnatural.

I want to get back to ballet class so badly. I suppose I could give my own class in my dorm room, but really?? I’ll never any serious improvement like that.

I’m just wondering how I would fit ballet into my busy college schedule. Most of the dance classes offered by OSU I can’t take because their hours conflict with my academic classes. And I really want to go to BalletMet, but that costs extra money, plus the time lost in the commute by bus.

I suppose where there’s a will there’s a way, but right now it just seems so impossibly unreachable. I want to desperately improve my ability on pointe. I don’t want to be a professional dancer anymore, but I want to be on their level (or close to it). I want being on pointe to feel as natural as being barefoot.

I long so much to be back in ballet class. Part of me wishes I had stayed home and gone to the community college so I could still keep attending my home studio. That is how much I miss ballet (because if you know me, you know I swore I’d never go to ASU).

If I decide to make this work, it’ll take some serious planning and time management on my part. And it will take serious dedication as well, because it won’t be easy. For the first time in a long time, I actually have homework – and a lot of it. I guess I could do homework on the 20-30 minute commute it takes to get to BalletMet.

But then there’s money. As a college student BalletMet offers adult classes at $7 per class. That’s not outrageous – but it adds up. I obviously cannot afford to go to school fulltime, dance, and have a job – so my parents would have to pay for it. Hm. I hate adding on more expenses to my college. But is there any other way??

I guess I’ll figure it out. But I just don’t know how much longer I can go without ballet.

White Water Rafting

College has been so busy!! I haven’t exactly been keeping up with this blog because of it. Of course nothing too exciting has happened, except this last weekend I went on a white water rafting trip with the IA Scholars.

It wasn’t as fun as I had hoped it would be.

Part of the reason I didn’t enjoy myself had to do with the “forced socialization” aspect of it. I didn’t get to choose who was in my cabin, I didn’t get to choose who was in my “pod” which also caused me to have very little choice over who I got to raft with. I mean, I lucked out because 2 of my friends were in my pod and we rafter together, but our other friend was stuck all by herself.

I understand why adults think “forced socialization” will work, but I hate to break it to them, it has never worked. I have experienced a lot of it in my short time, and I can tell you, it does nothing to stop cliques from forming; and in many cases, it makes them worse.

But of course, I could write a whole blog on just that topic, so moving on…
The actual rafting part wasn’t as fun as I has hoped as well. I thought it was going to be rapids the entire time. Instead it was rapids for 2 seconds, followed by several minutes of calm water paddling to the next rapids. I blame part of it on the fact that the water level was low and caused some of the higher classed rapids to be less dangerous and exciting.

I also didn’t get soaked the way I thought I was. I showed up in full rain gear, waterproof everything – expecting to get drenched. I didn’t. My arm got wet twice I think. granted I did have water go down my pants several times, but I still didn’t get soaked. I think everyone hyped up the experience way too much.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate the trip. It was enjoyable. It just wasn’t what I expected.

One reason I am glad I went though, is that fact that West Virginia reminds me slightly or Georgia, and it curbed my homesickness for my home state. It was nice to hear some people with Southern-ish accents!!

Being out on the river though made me miss the marshes off the coast of Georgia a lot. I don’t get to go there often, but man I love the marshes!! And it was surprising to me to think they don’t have to worry about alligators in West Virginia. I kept expecting to see one, but obviously I never did.

But it was an experience. And it’s not like it cost me and arm and a leg to go. At least now I can say I’ve been white water rafting. I think in the future though, I’d much rather go kayaking or canoeing, or even rock climbing.

Anyways, an update on the rest of college life:
All of my classes are going pretty well. I’m slowly getting the hang of Turkish and we’re starting to learn more complex sentences. I really latched on to the Turkish numbers though. For some reason their numbering system really makes sense to me.

Modern dance is also going well. We’ve been slowly adding on more complicated movements to basic phrases we already learned. I told y’all I was one of the “advanced” dancers right?? So I think I’m progressing quite nicely. I now have to decide though if I want to continue to take modern dance classes in the upcoming quarters. I’m on the fence. Part of me feels like I won’t have room for it on my schedule with trying to get all my GECs and major & minor prerequisites in. But part of me also feels like I need a class which encourages physical activity. I still haven’t managed to motivate myself enough to go to the gym. I’m getting so out of shape.

And Econ and Political Science are going the same. I’m having difficulty staying awake in my Econ lecture – it’s so boring!! Luckily, most of what she is teaching I can understand pretty well from reading the book. We have our first midterm next Monday. In Political Science I had to give a debate. I think my group did really well, though I can’t be sure because she still hasn’t put our grades up yet.

So that’s how college is now. Exciting isn’t it??

**On a side note, this is my 100th post.

My First Modern Class!!

So my first modern class was actually yesterday but I didn’t get to post because I was too busy with Turkish homework. But it was pretty fun. It also kicked my butt because after a summer filled with nothing but essentially sitting on the couch – I am way out of shape!!

So I’m a little sore today. The hardest part was the warm up because it was mostly aerobic activity and that’s what’s suffered the most from my lack of activity. But the rest of the class was fairly easy-going. We did a sashay combination that, technically, I found very easy. However I realize that I still need to work on injecting myself into the dance. I watched the girl our teacher pointed out and she was much more expressive. I guess that’s something that comes with experience.

Also our teacher is from Sweden – if I remember correctly. Somewhere over there. But she speaks really easy to understand english so communication shouldn’t be a problem. I also think I may have made an acquaintance in the class. We did lots of group stuff and she was in my group.

I must tell you about the falling exercises we did though. Right now the technique emphasis is on Humphrey and she was all about falling and catching yourself. So we practiced falling forwards and backwards. I fell on my butt twice while practicing the backward falls. My teacher seemed excited though. I guess because I was “pushing-the-limit” so to speak. I just thought is was funny. And it hurt a little bit.

But I think this class will be fun. I still haven’t made it to the gym yet (which will help with modern) because I’m waiting for my body to adjust to all the walking I’ve been doing. That’s how out of shape I am. Not to mention I live on the fourth floor of our building and the stairs are killing me. Also, my homework for modern is to practice doing a handstand. Not like actually doing one, but just practicing the movement.

But to recap on my other classes, Turkish has been a pretty good, fun class. Everyone in there seems pretty nice and sociable. There is a guy who keeps talking to me after class and it’s kind of annoying because I think he might like me and I don’t like him. But anyways, my american politics class sounds like it will be a fun class though a little challenging. I’m thinking that will be my class with the most writing. And my econ class so far sounds like a repeat of everything I learned in highschool. Which hopefully means it should be easier.

And so there you have it. It’s day 3 of classes and tomorrow’s the weekend. I’m going to go to Lowe’s so I can buy some pots and dirt for our free plants we got from catholic people at the involvement fair. Oh! This post could go on forever telling y’all about everything I’ve done the past week. But I’ll stop here. Maybe I’ll catch y’all up on welcome week a little later.

Dancing at BalletMet

So I move into Ohio State on the 18th. Today I was helping pack up some nonessential items and I had to go through my dance bag to see what I would take (since I am taking modern there). It made me realize how much I love dance and how much I do not, not want to dance while in college. None of the ballet classes offered by OSU fit into my current schedule so that only leaves the option of finding an outside studio.

The best solution I have found is to take adult classes at BalletMet. They have the biggest variety of classes at the lowest price. However, I’m still not sure the price is something I can afford. It’s something I’ll have to check on once I get in Ohio, because their website doesn’t offer much payment information.

And I hope they still allow registration. Maybe the adult classes don’t have a registration cut off like the youth division does. And I wonder if they’d allow me to do some of the basic ballet classes on pointe?? I still really want to improve my skills on pointe but they don’t offer a specific pointe class for adults. I feel like if I explained my situation they might be more lenient.

But I hope it is something I can afford and that I will have time for. I really love ballet. Even though I have also developed a love for modern, ballet will always be my first and strongest love. I don’t think I can rest until I achieve the level of skill I desire in ballet. It’s just such a beautiful and elegant art form. I desire so much to dance like that.

But, on another note, I starting to get nervous about moving off to college. I’m going to be so far away!! In a city where I know NO ONE. I’ve been waiting all summer for this day to arrive and now that it’s almost here, I want to postpone it some more….I’m sure I’ll be fine. It’s just nerve-racking. I’ve never been this far from home for this love. Even though I’m excited to go and exert my independence, part of me is still not ready to grow up.

Also, you probably don’t know, but all this summer I have been making a quilt to take with me to college. I wanted to make one 1.) because I wanted to say I accomplished something this summer and 2.) I thought it would be good to have a warm quilt during the frozen Ohio winters. Haha. But amazingly, it’s finished, and with a week to spare. Now I won’t know what to do with my days. I feel like most of the packing is done, besides the last minute stuff like toiletries.

So there. I honestly haven’t been up to much lately, which is why I haven’t posted in a while. But now that college is finally drawing near, I’ll probably be posting a lot more…at least until the newness of college wears off.

Finally Home

So I’m finally home from Orientation. It was definitely an adventure of some sorts.

The ride up was uneventful, just 12 hours of trees and highway and twisty, turny mountains. So on to day one…

I have to respect my parents for putting up with me at the start of the day. I woke up irritated because I had gotten all of 3 hours of sleep (because my mom snores!!). Then, I was further aggravated that after walking all the way to our check in at Morrill Tower, we had to walk immediately back to our hotel to get all my stuff so I could move into my dorm for the night. But I survived the ordeal and we went on to the opening session.

I was mortified to learn I would have to sit separate from my parents, and worse off, I was stuck between two guys I didn’t know (not that I knew anybody there period). Actually, one of the guys proved the be pretty social and after the opening session, I met another guy who I walked with. I quite enjoyed their company (though I doubt I’ll ever see them again since they are completely different majors and scholars programs than me).

I can’t say I was enthused about lunch. I ate it with my scholars group, and much to my dismay – there appeared to be nobody with which I could relate. I’m not good at forced socialization, or socializing at all. It takes me about a week before I can even develop some sort of substantial acquaintance. We played awkward games and then went on tours. Much to my luck, I found out my dorm for the fall has no air conditioning. Apparently it’s not really needed up there in Ohio, but being from Georgia, the idea of no air conditioning seems like a crime to me.

I took my foreign language test, did surprisingly well actually. Managed to acquire 10 free credit hours because I scored pretty high. I got my Buck ID and hallelujah!! It’s actually a good picture – even after running across campus to make it to the office before it closed.

Let me tell you. I was hurting by the end of day one. I haven’t done that much walking, or that much physical activity, in a long time. Plus, I chose fashion over comfort, so my feet arches were seriously hurting. I passed out as soon as a got horizontal on my bed. Unfortunately, that means I forgot to set my alarm….

I told my room-mate that I was setting an alarm for 5:30. I guess she didn’t think it was her job to wake me up when 5:30 came and went. My parents were supposed to be at my dorm at 8:00 to help me pack up my stuff and bring it back to the hotel. Breakfast ended at 8:15. I was planning on eating breakfast at 7:00. Guess when I woke up?? 6:50. That day I found out I do not in fact need an unholy 2 hours to get ready. I did what normally takes me 2 hours in about 45 minutes. Yeah!!

But anyways, the main point to day two was to schedule my classes for fall. I am SO excited about my fall schedule. Everything worked out just as I wanted. It was nowhere near as stressful or scary as I thought it would be. So here’s my schedule: I have my mandatory Arts & Sciences Survey class on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:18 pm. I have Turkish! (half the reason I chose Ohio State) Monday though Friday from 9:30 to 10:18 pm. (Apparently, you are supposed to be able to walk anywhere on campus in under 12 minutes). I have Freshman English (which is subject to change based on my AP scores) on Monday & Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:18 pm. I’m taking Microeconomics (which is a prerequisite for a lot of my major classes). I have two days of lectures (the class can have up to 600 people in it!! Though as of right now there are only 200 something) on Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:18 pm. Then I have a recitation (which is like a smaller discussion group) on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:18 pm. And guess what?!?! I have a modern dance class!! On Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

I am so very happy with my schedule because I got my Turkish and my dance in there. My Turkish class promises to be small. As of my signing up, there were only 7 other people signed up!! But anyways, I hope that long list of my schedule didn’t bore you too much.

But those are basically the main important things that happened at orientation. I got my first blister ever from walking so much (I know that’s hard to believe since I did pointe work) and I managed to get sunburned (hooray pale skin!!).

Also, I must admit that after day one, I was feeling a little discouraged about the people I had met. They were all great people, I just didn’t really meet anyone (other than those 2 guys on day one) that I really felt I could be friends with. I’m sure that will change once fall comes around. I’ll still give everyone a chance. But I think part of the reason I was feeling so discouraged it because I haven’t been around that many girls in years!! These past couple of years, most of my friends have been guys. It’s like I’ve completely forgotten how to interact with girls. They’re an entirely different species.

But after day two was over, I was again feeling confident in my choice of school and major. Especially after having a conversation with one of my friends who goes to UGA, I knew I had chosen to best school for me. Now I’m counting down the days until I can go back to Ohio State again, next time for good. I know I’ll miss Georgia in some ways, but I just can’t wait to start living as a real Ohio State student.

I know these upcoming years will be some of the best in my life.

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