Archive for December, 2009

Fall 2009 – Fin

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Ah, the semester is over. The Fall was a jam-packed semester. I am happy to see it is finished and I can take a break. Many accomplishments were made this past semester, though. We had record turnouts for poetry readings, a great magazine was produced, – http://elektraphrog.scf.edu – and we won the Florida College Poetry Slam. All in all, it was an excellent semester despite being busy and overloaded.

This Christmas break is a well deserved break for all of us. I am looking at all of the gifts under the Christmas tree and am getting excited for the holiday. Part of me is disappointed as most of those gifts are going to nieces and nephews. I think three are mine. Ha! In any case, after this semester, this is going to be one of the best Christmases in a long time.

Enjoy your break and have a happy Christmas, everyone! See you in the Spring. There are a lot of exciting things being discussed for the Spring. Get ready for another great semester.

My last blog…

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Well, I don’t even know where to begin…I am sad that this will be the last time I blog for SCF. I have been blogging since the fall of 2008 and I was one of the first bloggers. It has been fun and honor to be able to do this; I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts and experiences while at SCF.

I can’t believe my time here is done…what an awesome experience it has been. I have learned so much about myself and life and have made memories that I will carry with me forever. I have also come to the realization that your college experience is so much more than what is taught in the classroom. I have learned the importance of time management, building professional relationships, getting as much out of assignments as possible (this really hit home in my applied psychology class, and trust me our instructors really do have a purpose in giving us these assignments!) and the importance in being involved on campus. I can honestly say some of the assignments I have done during my time at SCF have and will have an everlasting impact on my life as well as people I have had class with and all of the instructor’s I have had the pleasure to meet.

To everyone else who is graduating this semester congratulations!!! This is a big accomplishment and I’m sure it is just one of many in your lifetime! I am excited and scared for my new beginnings in January. I will be attending USF in Tampa to start working towards my BSW (Bachelor’s in Social Work) and let me just say it is going to be a big transition, instead of driving 6 miles to school it will be over 50, I will be taking afternoon night/classes which I’ve never done before, the amount of my classmates will jump from about 30 to 300 and it might take more like a month to feel comfortable on campus compared to a week. For everyone continuing at SCF and for those who are just starting, enjoy your community college experience while it lasts. I will miss the small comfortable hometown feel!

You have chosen an awesome college! One I will greatly miss…thank you SCF for an opportunity of a lifetime! I’m sure I will shed a few tears as I walk across the stage on Friday!

Library Cafe’

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If you haven’t stopped by the new library cafe on the Bradenton campus then you’re missing out! It is cute, quaint and convenient! It offers great choices like espresso, flavored coffee, cold coffee drinks, danishes & bagels, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, grab-n-go sandwiches and more! The hours are Monday-Thursday 7:45am-8pm and Friday from 7:45am-2:30pm.

I have visited a few times and all of my experiences were great!  The food and drinks were tasty, the prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly! The set up is also nice, I found it to be a great place to meet friends, just take a breather and relax, or study.

Let me tell you about a couple of other pluses about the library café. They take debit cards just like the Lancer Cafe’, which I think is great because I never carry cash! So if I just need a drink and don’t have cash or change for the vending machine there are still options! The library cafe’ is also open a little later than the Lancer cafe’, which is also nice and convenient. They are going to be open during finals week so you still have time to check it out if you haven’t already done so. 

Last resort…there is always next semester!

The Last Week

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Update: SCF won the Florida College Poetry Slam this past Thursday! Along with myself, our team consisted of three other poets, Bill Graydon, Kenney Morales, and Steven Brown. All were excellent poets walking away with high scores each time. Steven Brown received a perfect score at one point! The attendance was incredible. We had 100 chairs set up, but I noticed a few people were standing. I am told we had around 100 people. Ray McNiece was hilarious as he entertained everyone for two and a half hours! Talking with Ray afterwards, he said this was one of the best turnouts for a Slam he has ever seen, which speaks loudly for SCF since he is a founding father of Slam and has been doing this for twenty plus years. Be proud, SCF, Ray McNiece asked us after the Slam if he can come back next year!

In addition to that exciting news, this is the last week of classes before finals, and I am stoked to have this semester over! I have been extremely busy this semester and cannot wait to finally breath once again. I am suffocating from work I have fallen behind in; however, that is life. I just keep telling myself, it is the last week to feel this way – the last week. The stress is mounting and getting heavier each day; however, as the saying goes, ‘This too shall pass.’ No, that was not in Lord of the Rings. That was, ‘You shall not pass!’ In any case, good luck everyone. The end is near.

Reading…

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Lately I have been in a reading mood…personal reading that is. Honestly this craving couldn’t have come at a worse time being that it is the end of the semester and right now it is much more important and wise to be reading school related material than to be distracted by a good book that I just don’t want to put down!

I am reading an awesome book right now, called The Soloist by Steve Lopez, I don’t want to give away what it is about but I highly recommend it! (It is also a movie but I have enjoyed the book much more)

I have found myself trying to find any spare minute to read it and unfortunately I have had to put it aside for a few days to focus on more important things but I am desperately looking forward to picking it up again soon! Not to sound corny but I personally think reading is good for the soul and if you haven’t made time for it lately or have never really enjoyed it I encourage you to make time again or to give it a try!

Needless to say over my Christmas break I will be treating myself to a lot of reading time, I already have a few books in mind and I am also excited because my grandma will be in town for a couple of weeks and she loves to read as well so I will even have a reading buddy!

So get ready, set and go to the library or bookstore and find a good book to get lost in…

P.S. A couple of my other favorites are The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, The Shack by William P. Young and One Fry Short by Tim Passmore

Thanksgiving and a Slam

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Thanksgiving was a blast. I hope everyone had just as much fun as I did. No one can complain with more than one Thanksgiving dinner. It is also a wonderful feeling to see family you have not seen in a long time.

When it comes to college, Thanksgiving serves two purposes, relaxation and crunch time has come. For this year, it is the two-week warning. As I write this, we have one-and-a-half weeks remaining in the semester before finals. Crunch time has arrived. There is work to catch

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has been a crazy and busy one. I think I will hibernate until the Spring semester.