‘Thanks’giving

There are a lot of things I am thankful for this year and not just this time of year, but every day. We tend to forget to be thankful more than a few days a year, but this past year and the things I’ve gone through have really made me sit back and think about it a lot. The biggest thing I’m thankful for is my life because it was nothing short of a miracle that I lived through my embolisms. The generic friends, but seriously. Everyday when I was in the hospital my core group of friends came up to visit me. I never had to be alone for long, except at night. I’ve always been kind of insecure about whether or not people actually like me or just tolerate me, but this was one of those things that you don’t come and sit with someone in the hospital for hours if you don’t really like them. Come on Soph get real here. So, I know who my real friends are there. I’m thankful for my job, and not in the usual sense that it supports me. Yes, that’s a big thing, but I’m also thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given at my most recent one. My philosophy is to always do things the right way and work hard and eventually it’ll pay off. Eventually I’ll get out on top, now I wouldn’t count a couple small promotions here and there as getting out on top, but it’s a step in the right direction. I mean, two promotions in the first couple months? I can live with that.

Honestly, I could go on and on and on about what I’m thankful for and if you’ve been paying attention I didn’t say I was thankful for my family. I am, however, I’m not thankful for all of it anymore. There are a few things that just seem to be nagging at me today, and I guess I didn’t see it last year because I was spending Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania at one of my best friend’s houses. This year we came to Colorado to spend time with an old family friend who I like to call my third set of grandparents. They really are like a third set of grandparents and I love spending time with them. The thing that’s bothering me is that I grew up in a fairly large family. One that I always thought to be very close. When it all came down to it though I guess there was a lot of hatred simmering under the surface that just kind of exploded when my grandmother passed away. I feel like ever since last August my whole family has fallen apart and have hate or anger in places it never was before. It’s something that really hurts me because growing up in this family made me want to have a large family of my own, but now I hesitate because I wouldn’t want something like that to happen to my family.

I really wish I knew what I could do to change it, but I don’t, so I guess I’m just going to have to live with it.

College Debt

Today, at work, I asked for a promotion. I’ve been at my job for 3 months, as of this last week, and there are plenty of other people who could be ahead of me for this position. So, why is my manage considering me instead of someone else? Oh right, I went up and asked for it. Not going to lie, it was probably one of the most terrifying things for me to do considering some of the bosses I’ve had in the past, and people getting promotions or special treatment over me even if I was the one that deserved the break. However, my philosophy has always been to work hard and eventually, no matter how much it sucks at the time, it will pay off. I’m hoping that this is the case now. If I get this job finding a second job this summer will be ten times easier because my hours will pretty much be set. I could either aim for 2 full time jobs or 1 full time and 1 part time job. Over the summer, as much as it’ll suck not having a social life, I could probably do a job where I have doubles on the weekend and maybe one or two nights a week from May to August.

If I had 1 full and 1 part time job over the summer, and worked 25 hours at the part time for minimum wage I’d make enough in a month to cover my rent, electricity, groceries, gas and necessities. That would allow me to put everything from my full time job towards my $10,000 I currently owe Drexel. Over the course of the summer (approximately 3 months) I’d be able to pay off almost half of it, and if I got my stuff together for the garage/craigslist/ebay sales at dad’s and mom’s I could potentially make another $500-$2,000 which would put me well on my way to getting it completely paid off. This isn’t counting if my lawyer can find a way around the road block we ran into for my settlement. Maybe, I can make a deal with my parents that If I put $3,700 towards my Drexel debt this summer that they could match me with about 25% and put $900 each towards my Drexel debt. It’d put me at over half way towards paying it off. That’s definitely something I think I could be happy with. So, maybe I’ll talk to them about it soon. If anything maybe I could get them to do $650 each which would put me at $5,000 even for the summer. Maybe. We will have to see. I’d feel a lot better about it though if I could get it over half way paid for before the end of the summer.

Essentially, the thing I’m concerned about most right now is paying off my college debt because I’m not the kind of person who likes to be in debt. I’m a very stubborn and headstrong person and I don’t like relying on others. I tend to support myself and hate being given/handed things I feel I haven’t earned. However, recently I’ve been considering getting food stamps to make my life a little easier and save myself some money each month that I could put towards paying Drexel. If I could even put an extra $100 towards that debt every month I’d have an extra $600 paid off by the end of Spring semester. Definitely something I need to look into. Am I crazy for having to have all of this worked out? Maybe. However, I don’t want to have to worry about being in debt the rest of my life. I want to be able to put my income towards other sources like a family, vacations, my children’s future, etc… Wow, I sound completely insane right now. I better go to bed. Thoughts at 1am can lead to infinite wonderings.

Lorry’s Coffee

Photo/Edit Courtesy of Me

 

Now this delicious concoction would be kind of hard for my Drexel friends to get ahold of, but for my friends back home it’d be pretty easy. In this mug was a piping hot mug of apple cider, and might I say, I never thought of putting whipped cream on top of apple cider. Though, I must say, BEST IDEA EVER!!!

So where might one find a delicious concoction such as this, that is only one of the many, and I really mean MANY, different options Lorry’s Coffee offers. As I grew up I saw about 5 different food places, stores, etc run through this particular building. None of them lasting for very long, and quite frankly, I didn’t really care. None of the places that were housed here looked all that intriguing to me.

When I came home for Christmas break I had a couple of dates set up with my cousin Lizzy. We never really spent much time together before, but had talked a little while I was at school, and I was going to help her with some of her photography stuff and go with her to her company Christmas party. It was her idea to go to Lorry’s, and since I had never heard of it and have always loved coffee/tea I was definitely all for it.

I’ve always had this weird coffeehouse fantasy of a really relaxed and chill place that’s easy to just hang out, socialize, and have delicious drinks. Most coffeehouses, cafés, etc have never really fit my criteria for a cozy coffeehouse, but I knew Lorry’s was different the second I walked in the door. It’s a smaller building so it’s quite crowded, but you have to work with what you’re offered sometimes, and that’s just what Lorry did. Ideally, in my little coffeehouse fantasy there would be tons of space and comfortable lounge area, but hey, nothing’s perfect right?

Since I’ve been home I’ve been there three times. Once with Lizzy, once with the amazing Sexy Fish (Jessica), and once on my own. The first two times I was boring and had the same thing, but today I decided to try something different, and was definitely happy with that decision. I have a habit of getting a regular thing at different coffee places because it’s what I like from that specific location, but I feel as if I’d find I enjoy many different drinks here.

The atmosphere is very friendly, and Lorry himself is a great guy. He’s very energetic, friendly, and upbeat. Today, the only money I had on me was a discover gift card, and technically they’re not supposed to take Discover, but he was kind enough to take it since it was all I had on me. He’s a very genuine guy, and I hope this coffee place stays open for a long time, which judging by how packed it’s been every time I’m in there and the fact that it’s Drive-Thru, it will be.

So, if you’re ever in the Ames area, more specifically campustown, stop in and have a warm mug of coffee at Lorry’s.

Crazy little thing I call life

Oh well hi there stranger, it’s been a while huh? I mean, holy crap it’s November, I’m on Thanksgiving break and I’ll be home in 16 days. Where did that first term go??? I always told myself I’d get around to posting, but I just never did. It is actually kind of sad that I never got to post. I’ve had ups and downs, but overall I’m living my dream and nothing could spoil that.

I ended up switching my major, I’m now an Environmental Studies major instead of Environmental Science. The difference being that I’ll be in a more social, communications like major instead of a researched based major, and that’s perfect for me. I don’t want to sit in a lab the rest of my life and study one thing, I want to be out there helping people. I discussed what I wanted to do with my major with an upper level advisor and she suggested that I make the switch, so I did.

Not to mention, upper level bio with chem was totally and kind of still is totally kicking my ass. Thanksgiving break, one more week of class, two finals and I’m going to be home…

Ryan and I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences about a week ago, and it was pretty fun. It was for a class, but still I enjoyed it. It’s not something I could do often, it’s geared more towards younger children, but it’s worth going through at least once. The butterfly house was the best part, reminded me of Reimen Gardens at home. We also found this amazing little cafe called Darlings, and we’re addicted!!! They have the best cheesecake and really anything you get there will make you very happy!

I’m at Ryan’s this week for Thanksgiving, and I’m just happy to have a break from campus for a week. I ALSO GOT TO DRIVE YESTERDAY!!! It’s been so long and I felt like I was just starting to drive all over again, but I was still very happy about it. Today I think we’re going to King of Prussia Mall, which won’t be near as much fun as if I had money, but it’ll still be hella fun!

I’ve made some really amazing friends and honestly I don’t know what I’d do without them. I’ve always been that strong, independent girl, and I was getting to the point that I was very unhappy with my decision to go to Drexel. As it turns out, I just needed a little taste of home, someone from home who understands me and knows everything about me. I was just getting stressed and things were crazy, and I needed a rock, and while she doesn’t know everything about me I met this really amazing girl on my floor who doesn’t have to know everything. She’s that girl that everyone loves because she’s just so nice and amazing, and she doesn’t ask questions, if you need something she’ll do what she can to help.

That helped my homesickness a lot, but I’m still extremely excited to go home in 17 days. Justin is picking me up at the airport, and I have so many people to see! It’ll be a break well worth it, a month at home and I think I’ll be good.

Wow!

I cannot begin to explain life since I’ve been here in Philly, it’s been crazy! I’m currently in the middle of midterms, and it feels as if I’ve only been here a few days. Time really has flown, but at the same time, I’m ready for a break because classes really are pretty hard core. Since being here I’ve learned how to actually sit down and study! For me, this is a huge feat considering I have the attention span of a squirrel. I’ve just had to take lots of breaks, turn off my phone, and use my computer at a minimum. It really hasn’t been all that bad.

Chem and Bio have kicked my butt so far, but I’ve discovered a new resource to help me with Bio, and I’m going to go to the help center for Chem in the next week. Hopefully, this will help me a lot. Recently, I decided to stop going to my Chem and Bio lectures because I wasn’t getting anything out of them, and I was taking notes on the lecture slides. Instead I’ve been reading the material, taking notes, and in the case of BIO doing the online supplements (pre-tests, post-tests, review, etc). So far, it seems to be sticking better, I went from super terrible homework, to decent homework. So, we’ll see how this goes. The one professor I really wanted for Chem lecture is Dr. King, and now that I stopped going to Bio lecture, I may just start going to his lectures that are during the same time. Though, I am going to go to Bio lecture this next week because we’re switching professors and I might end up learning more from the new one.

There hasn’t been much of a chance for me to get out and explore yet, but I’m still getting settled and used to college life and college work load, so that’s understandable. I’m anxious to get ahead/caught up enough that I can start using my cultural passport, I want to take advantage of everything in it. I mean, sure Opera doesn’t sound all that great, but hey, it never hurts to try something new! So, when I get the chance I’m going to do just that, try a ton of new things. 🙂

My textbooks are hella expensive, but I learned that the Chem and Bio books I have will get me through at least the first three classes of each, which means I spent $130-160 for the whole year instead of just one term, thank god! Speaking of, I get to register for winter term classes November 16th!!! I’m excited! I have to meet with my advisor between now and then to discuss what classes I should take because with the introduction of the new BEES program next year I may not need to take Chem, and taking that out of my schedule would make my stress levels go waaaaay down!

So, I just said it BEES, what is BEES? Well, this year Drexel partnered up with The Academy of Natural Sciences and starting next fall they will be introducing the BEES program. If anyone is history/environmental buff they’ll know that ANS is the oldest Natural Sciences museum/research facility in the U.S. (Even older than the smithsonian!!). The BEES Program will be the new Environmental based major at Drexel, it stands for Bio-diversity in Earth and Environmental Sciences. I’m pretty excited for this to start. It’s emphasis is Field experience early and often. I’m definitely okay with getting out of the classrooms more. The school digest had an article about it this week: http://www.drexel.edu/now/features/archive/2011/October/BEES-Department/

This week is midterms, and I’m hoping that after this week I’ll finally be settled enough to start blogging regularly again. I’m also hoping to finally be able to start reading a little in my free time again, I really miss that 😦

The one thing that’s been the best since being out here was finally getting to see Maisam! Columbus Day weekend I went to see her in Boston and spent the weekend there. It was so much fun, and I was sooo happy to see her. I missed her bunches! I can’t wait to see her again!

I’ve met so many people, and made some pretty amazing friends. So far it’s been exactly what I was looking for, major change, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next!!

So, one final little thing and I’ll be done for the night… College is expensive, to the point of downright ridiculousness, and same as most people I’m struggling to pay for it. I recently entered an essay for a scholarship, and it’s win by popular vote. All you have to do is go to the link and click vote. Thanks bunches!

http://www.wyzant.com/scholarships/v2/essay16000-Philadelphia-PA.aspx

Crazy Week

So, this week was soo crazy and my LMG of getting into a school sleep schedule kind of majorly failed. This was kind of to be expected, with working, packing and moving my stuff to dad’s, seeing people, etc. It was worth a shot at least. I would say I was going to aim for it again this week, but considering it’s New Student Days that have late nights and early mornings. So, I’ll still be crazy…

I’m thinking my LMG this week will just be to read and understand Hoops… yeah, that’s going to be impossible!

Concerts galore

I’m not even in Philly yet and I’m hearing about all sorts of concerts! Everyone’s like, “Oh! Are you going to these five concerts? I am!” I’m sitting here like, dude, you’re a college kid, where the frack do you get the money to go to all these concerts. I bought a ticket to one concert so far, and it’s the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour with New Found Glory, in a standing room venue only.

Don’t get me wrong, I love music, and will happily buy rather than pirate it, but dang! I really wish I had the money to go see all these people live, I’ve been to a total of 2 concerts in the past 18 years, and they were both while I was in high school. I thought that was a lot, but I come to find these kids I’m going to school with have been to 20 at minimum. Jeez! Can I please have your life? Even if I did, I likely wouldn’t be spending the money on concerts anyways, I’d likely be spending it on other, more important things to me than a concert.

All in all, I can’t stand spoiled people, it makes me sick, or people so obsessed with technology or spending their money on useless things. What is the point? Seriously? If my parents handed me money all the time I’d be like a kid at Christmas, but they don’t, so I’ll sit here while everyone goes to a million concerts and be grumpy because I’m going to be a poor college kid in only a matter of days.