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Posted: October 20th, 2010 by College of Education and Social Services

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Summer’s In Full Swing

Posted: May 30th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

Well it’s the middle of May finally and I couldn’t be happier. I am living on my own for the first time and have a full time job making my own money. It was pretty easy going on summer break. I did my best to find a job that would get me through the summer and into the next school year, and I found a place that I really enjoy working at. I also am taking the time to hang out with friends and family. My 19th birthday is coming up and I cannot wait for the BBQ that I get to have with everyone that is close to me.

While living on my own, keeping a full time job, and finding time with friends and family, I am learning better time management skills and ways to handle everything going on with my life. It has been a little hard making sure I have money for rent when I want to go out and hang with all my friends, but I am doing it and I feel that it is going to make the oncoming school year all that more pleasurable. I am learning skills that are going to make getting school work done with more time to spare a lot easier, which makes me feel a lot more comfortable about starting my second year at UVM all that more exciting.

All in all, this summer is going to help me learn a lot more useful skills, time management and money budgeting, while having a wonderful time. I can’t wait until I get more into the daily routine of life as I get older and older. Being at UVM is helping me grow up a lot easier and more fulfilling. I am not missing any key moments that I feel I should have as a young adult, and I couldn’t ask for more!

Signing off

Posted: May 28th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

It is now my fourth week of summer and my situation remains basically the same. I am working at a seaside, seafood restaurant that isn’t a bad gig. The customers can be unruly sometimes, and my boss has her moments, but I’m making money and that’s all that really matters. I also begin babysitting the same family I babysat last summer, which is really exciting. The only problem with working all of these hours is that I still don’t have a car. I should have one by the end of next week, but I am getting by in the meantime. I have finally adjusted to being home-I am used to my parents asking me what I’m doing that day, or whatever but I definitely miss the freedoms of college. One thing that I don’t miss is the schoolwork. It is so nice to not have deadlines and projects to do. I am also really enjoying making money again. I didn’t work this past year because I was adjusting to college, so it is a nice to change to have money in my pocket again.

I think this is my last blog. I wish you luck on all of your big decisions that are coming up or have already come up. Next year, no matter it takes you will be amazing. Your first year of college is one hell of a ride, so just be ready to faces any challenges, obstacles, joys, and accomplishments that are coming your way. Remember to take hold of every opportunity presented to you, and to always remember to not take life too seriously. If you are coming in as an elementary education major don’t forget to laugh about all of the ridiculous projects you’ll have to do and enjoy every moment with the children you’ll meet throughout your four years at UVM. Good Luck and thanks for reading!

Summer Time

Posted: May 18th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

Well it’s summer time here and Vermont and I have finally finished all my finals. It feels so great to be done with everything and have a good couple of months off so I can just do nothing if I want. Of course I am not going to be just sitting on my butt all summer, but it will be a lot more relaxed and easy going. I won’t have any homework to worry about getting done, or projects due on a certain date, just certain hours that I have to work every week.

My first year at UVM was one of the best years of my life. All my professors were awesome, each was approachable if I ever had a question. Every student I met were amazing, all being nice and very unique in their own special way, and all my new friends were very trustworthy and were a great way to waste some extra time. I can’t wait until I get to go back in the fall and find out what my new classes are like but, this break is well deserved and I plan on taking full advantage of it!

Summertime!

Posted: May 14th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

Well, on May fifth I was officially on summer vacation. It is so weird being out of school so early; my brother who is a sophomore in high school doesn’t get out for another two months. The first thing I did was find a job, it ended up being much easier than I had expected. This summer I will be babysitting two girls whom I babysat last year, so that should be fun and I will also be working as a hostess at a restaurant near the beach. Last summer I didn’t realize how much money I would need throughout the year at college. That being said I am going to try to save as much money as possible- the key word being try.

Overall, I am pretty happy to be home. It’s nice to not have to walk to get food, or worry about due dates. On the other hand I miss my friends a lot and I miss the freedom of being at college, but being home has its perks too. It’s great to be with my family and my boyfriend-and to finally be able to finally catch up on “The Office”.

I go back to UVM on August 16th which is a whole two weeks earlier than everyone else. I have to go back so early for RA training. I’m a bit nervous for being an RA, it will definitely be different than this year mostly regarding the amount of responsibility and work I will have, but I think it will be worth it. Not only does it help with the price of tuition but it’s going to be an amazing experience. I am so excited to meet so many new people and become and even greater part of the UVM community.

Overall, I think it’s going to be an amazing summer-I have a lot to look forward to and even more to look forward to in the upcoming school year. I still can’t believe that I am already a sophomore in college; it goes by so much faster than I had ever expected. But if the first year was an inclination of how the rest of my college experience is going to go than I can’t wait to see what the next three years is going to hold.

Almost there!

Posted: May 1st, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

Hello again, for the second-to-last time. Classes are over! I would like to take this opportunity to say that it has overall been a satisfactory year, and I will miss a lot of the people I have met. I will enjoy summer, and at the same time, I will be looking forward to next school year (more than this one).

Now it’s time for my routine summary of events. Last Tuesday was free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s, and I ordered Phish Phood, which was delicious. Wednesday was my last EMT-B class before my practical exam, from 5-8, and it was also my last choir meeting and concert from 5-6:15. There have been many times this year when I wanted to clone myself, or get a time-turner from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. On Friday, the Emergency Services Program of Living/Learning (my program) hosted an event that included relay races with firefighting gear, and sprinkler and fire extinguisher demos. Saturday I had my VT State Practical Examination for EMT-Basic certification, and I am pretty sure that I performed well, or at least did not fail anything critically. That night I went to Saint Albans for the Maple Festival Fiddlers’ Variety Show and performed solo, which was especially nerve-racking at this show, because there were so many other fiddlers performing as well.

To start this week on Sunday, I played fiddle for four hours with friends at the Maple Festival and then went to eat lunch with them, paying with the money we had made playing music. On Monday, I road my bike 27 miles, and the EMT-B class met for the last time, where we had a potluck dinner. Tuesday was my last day of classes (!!!!), and the L/L Hall Council went to the Olive Garden for dinner. Wednesday was the last official day of classes, however, I was at Shelburne Rescue at 7am to go to a Mock Crash at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. I held a “patient’s” head stable while one of the fire departments cut the roof of the Chevy Tahoe from around us. Later that day was the last Inter-Residence Association (IRA) meeting, where we ate delicious Indian food, and voted on a lot of legislation (mine passed!). Wednesday, being the last day of classes, was also the Naked Bike Ride (NBR), a most sacred tradition at UVM, and I volunteered for crowd control. I ate too much pizza at the NBR meeting, after eating a lot at the IRA meeting. I will just say that I strongly dislike public tobacco smoking and public intoxication. I woke up yesterday (at 10am) with what I call a “food hangover.” Essentially, I was still digesting the previous day’s food, and I felt miserable as I went to take my Political Science final exam. I feel like I definitely had B+ performance on that exam, though I was really hoping for A-grade performance, to keep my GPA high.

Today, I am at Rescue for 12 hours, like most Fridays, and tonight, I will be going to a concert (if I am not responding to an emergency call) of Liz Carroll and John Doyle, two spectacular Vermont musicians. This is sponsored in part by the UVM Old Time Music Club.

I will conclude by saying that there is a lot to do at the end of the year, and a lot of free food. I should have contained my appetite. The only problem is that nearly all of the free food tastes better that what one can buy on campus (oops, did I bash the University? Egads!) It is important to have fun, but also to study. I have nearly no finals, and I keep forgetting that other people need to study hard while I want to be socializing (oops, again). I will give my final update (including H1N1 Swine Flu Virus) after classes have ended next week.

This is the Shelburne Rescue ambulance I have been talking about. Other squads call it the “ice cream truck.”

Firefighting games – what a happy participant! That’s University Heights in the left background, and Living/Learning to the right.

Bittersweet Ending

Posted: April 28th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

The weather is finally getting warm. We have had about two days in a row in the 80’s. I think everyone is melting here, especially after getting through a week in the negative 20’s. More and more people are sporting their sunburns from spending days down at North Beach. I am one of those people with the sunburn in April, and I am proud of it. Classes ended yesterday and exams are looming over the entire UVM community. Today is a reading day so there were supposed to be no exams, except there were a few exam spots open for teachers that wanted to hold them earlier in the week. Many education majors finish early because teachers don’t usually hold traditional exams, but rather, hands-on exams. For example, my final exam for my Introduction to Teaching was to eat ice cream with my pen pal and hang out with her. It turns out that I only have 2 exams: Political Science, and Math.

It seems that the weather has just started to get nice just when students need to be buckling down and really studying for exams. At least we have the whole summer to look forward to! It’s hard to believe that I am almost done with my first year of college. It went by so ridiculously fast that it makes me nervous that the next three years will go by even faster than the first. I am so sad to leave all of my friends here; it will be weird to live without them after doing everything with them for the last ten months. But it’s nice to know that I am coming back to such an amazing group of people and have three more years to look forward to spending with them. We have already planned a reunion barbeque, which I am already so excited for. I am two exams away from Rhode Island, and I think I have a more bittersweet feeling in me than I did when I graduated high school. But the major difference is that I know I am going to see all of these people again, and each year I will keep growing in my friendships, academics, and involvement in the UVM community.

Us at the Davis Center:

Down at North Beach:

The Gang

Posted: April 17th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

Well this is the Hunt gang. When I say Gang, I really mean it. This group of students, all first-years living in the Back Five on Trinity Campus, has been linked together since we all moved in. This was the first group of students that I ever met and I am so happy I got the chance to meet them all. We hang out together, go to dinner together, and help each other with homework when the help is needed. Whenever there is a little problem between a couple of friends, it blows over after a couple of minutes because we know and trust each other so well that it is never thought about for too long. I am so happy that I came to UVM because I got the chance to meet great people like those in the picture. I have made friends that I am going to be keeping for a lifetime and I am so excited about that. Also, all the teachers and students on the rest of campus are just as great. I have never had a problem with anyone here ay UVM and I have a feeling that it is going to be just like that for the remainder of the three years I am here at the University of Vermont.

Still Keeping Busy

Posted: April 17th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

The day after my last entry, Friday April 3rd, was the start of the Old Time Music Weekend, and old-time musicians Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman, playing fiddle and banjo respectively, came to UVM for a concert and music session. I played fiddle with them and a bunch of other musicians until 11:45pm when Police Services kicked us out of Billings. The next day was my 18th birthday, and I had EMT-Basic class for about 8 hours. After that, I went to watch Bruce Molsky play fiddle, and I played at the session until 11:15, when I went to a friend’s house downtown to play music until about 2am. On Sunday, my brother had a surprise party for me in the lounge of our Residence Hall. Overall, I had a pretty great birthday weekend.

On Thursday, I went to the Student Health Center to have my shoulder examined. Initial care is free for students. The doctor told me to get my shoulder x-rayed, and it turns out that I have a grade one separation of the acromioclavicular joint, which occurred over a month ago when I crashed skiing. Essentially, it is sprained. I should go to physical therapy, but I am too stubborn. Also on Thursday, I gave blood, so my arm was essentially useless by the end of the day.

Another interesting thing I did was to give tours of the Living and Learning Center for Admitted Student Day this past Monday. This is the role of future program directors, and I realized what an awesome place this is to live. It took verbalizing that to people who are thinking of living here for me to recognize that fact.

On Friday of this week, I observed in the Emergency Room for 4 hours, from 10pm to 2am, as a part of my EMT-Basic curriculum. I will say once again that the opportunity to take Emergency Medical Service classes through the University is a great one that is not offered everywhere. After going to bed at 3:30am, I woke up again at 8am to go to an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course in Charlotte, offered through Shelburne Rescue. I had to leave early from that and rush back to make it to an interview for the Peer Judicial Board, to which I applied. This is a great program that allows students to hold other students accountable for their actions.

Today was supposed to be the end of my crazy weekend, but at the very end of passing the driving section of the Emergency Vehicle course (with flying colors), the brake line to my rear brakes broke. I locked my keys in my car when I stopped at the Shelburne Fire Department, and I had to have a Shelburne Police Officer break into my car for me. Driving back to Burlington, I had to listen to an annoying chime with a warning light (for the brakes, go figure) on my dash lit. Now I have to cooperate with my brother to work out either fixing this car or buying a new (used) one.

Anyway, I have been extremely busy, and I don’t see anything changing in the near future. But I have been being productive, generally. One piece of advice, as finals approach, do not underestimate the power of sleep…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Changes in the Weather

Posted: April 16th, 2009 by College of Education and Social Services

The weather here at the UVM campus has certainly turned since last month. More and more people are strutting the campus sporting their shorts, skirts, sandals, and t-shirts it’s hard to believe that it actually gets warm here (especially after having a week in the -20’s). With only about 3 weeks left of classes I haven’t accepted that my first year of college is coming to a close. There are a lot of changes that will be happening next year. I will be a Resident Advisor (RA), which is great, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. I will be living in a different residence hall than all of my friends that I live with now, and I will have a much busier class load. As an elementary education major it’s important to complete a lot of your general education requirements, because your last 2 years of school are basically spent in the classroom. I went and talked to my advisor yesterday and we discussed how my next 2 semesters would be 18 credit semesters (which is the maximum number of credits), but then it should even out again. I register for classes on Monday, so I really hope I get everything I need to take. Otherwise, it will change my entire schedule for the next four years!

Finals are coming up soon, and I think we are all in denial about actually having to study. It’s so nice here and after such a long winter we all have a bit of cabin fever and just want to stay outside. I tried doing homework on the green the other day and just ended up falling asleep beneath the warming sun. Another thing that is going to change next year is my view. It may seem trivial, but I have an amazing look of downtown Burlington and then Lake Champlain. Especially when the sun is setting. Next year I will either be looking at a parking lot or a small patch of grass, so that’s definitely a downfall, but there are other great viewing spots on campus. Like…the fire escape on Williams, during your first weeks upon arriving at UVM be sure to climb up the fire escape and watch the sunset, it’s where I realized that I was in love with UVM. It’s absolutely gorgeous here every season, but especially in the fall so be sure to take advantage of that. Also take advantage of everything UVM offers, including the small things like sunsets, free ice cream cone days, and benches on the green. These things, at least, will not change unlike a lot of things that will from year-to-year. So, yes, my view may change, and so will the hall I am living in, but there will always be constants that will comfort me during times of stress and unfamiliarity.

This is the view from my room:

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