Friday, September 30, 2011
LegendaryLive | View Comments | permalink
I promised three weeks ago to update soon with pictures of gorgeous girls in tiny dresses celebrating the upcoming nuptials of a good friend... and I failed. At this point, the wedding is just two days away and it seems silly to be posting about that. WHAT?! No girls?! I know, I know. I apologize. But that's now what my life has been about lately.
If Wayne isn't careful, this will turn into a Student Affairs/Masters Program Reflection Blog and then the name Riotous Living will no longer fit nearly as well. I haven't even looked at the Riotous Living etsy in weeks. You can blame my professors for wanting me to learn so much. :)
I guess that what I really want to say is how HAPPY I am that I'm here in Gainesville. It's been a really intense first 6 weeks of grad school - and there have certainly been anxiety attacks galore - but I'm definitely where I'm supposed to be. The people I'm surrounded by are amazing. I mean, everyone in my cohort. They are all so passionate about what they are doing and so SMART. I leave most of my classes feeling pretty stupid, which I think means I'm learning a lot from my peers. Either that or I'm actually stupid. :) Not only that, but the group of friends I've made certainly embody the term Riotous Living. They're spontaneous and hilarious and supportive and I'm very grateful. Beyond that, do you know what kinds of opportunities I have here?! I'm so proud of the work that I'm doing at Santa Fe College. Hands down, this is the most rewarding thing I've ever done... and the most challenging. I'll be sure to update you on specifics soon. I promise.
In addition to all of this (yes, there's more) we have access to some of the best human resources that Student Affairs has to offer on a daily basis. Just this week Norbert Dunkel taught our class and I had the opportunity to pick his brain about how to get started and familiar with housing. And here's a picture of my cohort with the legendary Art Sandeen.
No seriously. He's Legen - wait for it - dary!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
It's time to PARTYLive | View Comments | permalink
It has been far too long since either Wayne or I have had the chance to update. All of my time right now is spent being wholly overwhelmed by work and classes and reading. Oh Student Affairs... as if it's possible to have work/life balance while in grad school. :)
I have been trying to spend time with the people that I love and have a little down time, though. It's my pathetic attempt at balance. This past weekend I managed to take one full day away to spend in Orlando for JoAnne's bachelorette party. I missed a whole day of Epcot debauchery, which I'm desolate over because the stories and scars are amazing.
"JoAnne is getting married and FSU is WINNING"
I personally feel like the first part was the coolest. I'm so stoked for college football season and this was a terrific way to kick it off! We ended up at this great bar that FSU fans flock to in Orlando. It was like being in Tallahassee for an away game! Oh how I love chanting F-L-O-R-I-D-A S-T-A-T-E with a large group!
"Florida State Fans are the prettiest!"
"They even made us delicious Garnet and Gold shots (which tasted like pineapple upside down cake)."
"I know it's hard to see because 1. my cell phone camera isn't great and 2. it's hard to believe, but this is a gorgeous gator lady drinking out of an FSU cup in an FSU bar. See? Love conquers all."
"Although it was kind of weird that this was hanging over her..."
Of course FSU kicked Louisiana - Monroe's butt with a 34-0 victory, but that was to be expected. It's getting late and I need to get back to reading for my Student Development Theory class, but I hope to have some more pictures of my gorgeous friends out in their fancy black dresses tomorrow. I have to keep all of this together in one spot for us, for when Facebook inevitably crashes and steals all of our memories. We've got to be able to look back at how hot we were "way back then" somehow!