I just want to make it clear..I LOVE Clark in the spring time. (Or, really whenever it is not cold ;). ) As a Californian, I can honestly say I detest the winter months. Don’t get me wrong, the snow can be fun, but freezing temperatures and icy sidewalks are not so much. So, when we get a nice day, a day where I can only wear a sweater and not a huge North Face snow jacket, I go a little crazy. It’s almost like celebrating your birthday when you are little kid. You wait an entire year for the day to come along, and when it does you can’t help but to jump for joy and celebrate.
This past week, Worcester had a day like this. I woke up to the sun shining and immediately all I wanted to do was be outside. Worcester has not had day like this in a long time, so I knew I had to do something special to mark this day. What I ended up doing was going for a drive with my suitemates. Where we ended up: Greenhill Farm.
Greenhill Farm is located in Greenhill Park just off route 9 in Worcester, about 15 minutes away. The farm houses pigs, chickens, sheep, horses, goats, peacocks, llamas, and ducks. The cool thing about the farm is that it is open daily and is FREE to everyone.
This was my first time to Greenhill Farm, but I can assure you it will not be my last. Taking a break from writing papers and studying felt good and seeing and learning about the different animals made me feel like a kid again.
This semester I am finally fufilling my science perspective by taking Biodiversity, a basic science class that is for non-science majors. To be completely honest, I held off fufilling this perpective as long as I could because in all honestly, science and I are not the best of friends. However, this class is becoming one of my favorites this semester. (All entirely attributed to Professor Baker who does an awesome job at breaking all the material down into simple terms and concepts in a funny and off beat kind of way.)
Along with the 2 class sessions we have during the week, we also have a lab session for 2 hours. The labs so far have been really fun, but the last one we had was not so fun…for me. Currently we are learning about adaptation in spieces and the role the enviroment plays in the phenotype of certain speices. After a lecture describing to us everything you need to know about stickleback fish, I became very nervous and scared about what we may be potentially doing with these fish.
Eventually, I realized that we actually had to take the dead, preserved fish out of their jars in order to measure the length of their spines. (In my mind, I was thinking we could just look at them through the glass and “estimate”, but I guess in science you can’t really do things like that.)
So, when the time came for measuring I made it abundently clear that I would NOT be touching any dead fish. Instead I took on the role of official data collecter. (And, I am desperately hoping that in the future there will be NO more labs involving dead, slimy, or smelly things.)
Here at Clark, there are numerous student clubs and organizations on campus. In this post I wanted to highlight one of them, the Strength and Conditioning Club. As I mentioned in earlier posts, I am an athlete. Therefore, I am always looking for new ways to keep in shape, because lets face it, working out sucks! So, on the recommendation of a friend I decided to check out the Strength and Conditioning Club. I was not disappointed!! (The day I happened to attend one of their weekly fitness classes, they decided to film us.)
Check out the video link below!
This semester I am so happy to finally be doing my own research! Currently, I am doing research on why college students engage in Marijuana use. For those of you that do not know, research can be quite a process! You have to come up with an idea, see what has already published on that idea, then figure out a way to test your idea.
After reading tons of articles on the subject and finally figuring out how I was going to measure my variables, I successfully created my survey. (There are tons of ways one can experiment, but for the sake of time and accessiblity I figured that an online survey would be the most effective for collecting data.)
Today was the day I published the survey online and started soliticing responses.(I chose to solicit responses via facebook because everyone is on it AND it’s so easy to reach everyone at one time.)
My survey has only been up for a few hours and already I have 40 responses! My current goal is to reach 100, but with this pace, I am sure to exceed that goal very soon.
With all the hard work out of the way, I can now relax as the data comes in. However, that is not to say I am in the clear. The next fun part comes when I have to analyze the data in order to determine what it all means. Trust me, I AM looking forward to this cumbersome process because I want to see if my inital hypotheses were supported.
Some sample questions:
|1. How often do you smoke marijuana?||Never||Monthly or less||2-4 times a month||2-3 times a week||4 or more times a week|
|1. I smoke marijuana because it lets me forget my worries.||Never||Almost Never||Neutral||Almost Always||Always|
|2. I smoke marijuana because my friends pressure me to.||Never||Almost Never||Neutral||Almost Always||Always|
|3. I smoke marijuana because it helps me enjoy a party.||Never||Almost Never||Neutral||Almost Always||Always|
Sidenote: The cool thing about Clark is that EVERYONE is doing research. Additionally, the professors encourage you to do your own research, so if you ever need any type of support they are more than willing to help.
I will keep you posted on my progress and what I find!
Typically, I am not a fan of the Superbowl or football in general, but this year was a different story. (I attribute this mainly to the fact that I live with 3 girls, who DO take football very seriously.)
For this very special day, I was in charge of making the food. A role I am very happy to take upon. (I love food!) I thought it be only appropriate that I make my special guacamole and layered dip. So, at around noon I ventured to the local grocery store. Which I may add, is not a very easy thing to do with all the crazy snow currently on the ground.
Me conquering a snow bank on the way to my car:
With all the food prepared, my suitemates and I loaded up the couches and began watching the game. To be honest, I really had no idea what was going on becuase I payed more attention to the commercials than I did the actual game. (The doritos commercials were the best!!) Regardless, we all had a great time and we ended the night stomachs full with smiles on our faces.
Going to Coney Island is kind of a big deal to my suitemates and I. If one of us goes without telling the rest of us, there will be trouble. So, of course when we went this time, we were all accounted for. For those of you that don’t know, Coney Island is an awesome hotdog restaurant downtown. I don’t know whats better when it comes to Coney Island, the fact that you can get a meal for under $5, or the fact that the hotdogs are the best in Worcester.
Aside from the yummy food, I love going to Coney Island because it’s the only resturant that serves Polar soda’s. In fact, Polar soda is made in Worcester. (My favorite flavor is Orange Dry ) Another cool thing about Coney Island are the booths you get to sit in. Anyone who has sat in the booth before you has probably indicated so by carving their initials into the wooden table or wall, so its fun to see if some of your friends have left their mark. It’s also fun to leave your own mark as well. For us, its apart of the tradition we have when we go to Coney Island.
Going on a break away from Clark is for the most part…extremely hard. It’s this weird feeling, but when you leave it’s like your leaving your home. Clark has this weird way of becoming your home. Even when you go away, all you want to do is come back. I can’t really explain it, but I can attest that a lot of other Clarkies feel the same way. Of course, it’s always nice to return to family and friends, but after a week or two you start to get that itchy Clark feeling where all you want to do, is come back to the Woo. (A.K.A Worcester).
However, my return to Clark was not as exciting as I thought it would be. Mainly because in the last week of my break I adopted a dog from the animal shelter and grew entirely too attached. Instead of wanting to be back at Clark reuniting with all my friends and getting pumped for a new set of classes, I found myself feeling sad knowing that the little bundle of joy that I brought home would have to be left in California, while I remained in Massachusetts.
Thats one of the things you have to deal with when you live so far away from school, but I do not regret coming to Clark. Quite the contrary. So, even though I was sad to leave my new dog at home, I was happy and eager to return.
This is a new year, a new semester, a fresh start! Being an upperclassmen, you start to feel the pressure of what you are going to do once you graduate. For me, that means graduate school. (Which means, I must start studying for the GRE and busting amazing grades.)
So, even though I miss my dog terribly, and I have a ton of studying to do this semester, I can honestly say it’s great being home, sweet, home.
Two Monday’s ago, 25 of my closet friends and I hopped in the Jerry Springer bus and headed to see the the Jerry Springer show in Stamford, CT.
How did this all happen?
With one magical request to see the show put in by my suitemate. No, seriously, all we did was say we had 25 people that wanted to see the show and we received a free bus to take us there and back, front row seats, t-shirts, and pizza!!
For those of you that don’t know, aside from Ugly Betty, I am a HUGE fan of the Jerry Springer show and have always wanted to attend a taping, but living in California never made that possible.
Now for the details:
In all honesty, when we put in the request to see the show, we did not have 25 people ready to go. We mainly just wanted a free way to get to CT. However, we had a week to get it together and through lots of mass messages, we were able to pull it off. Looking back, the best part of the trip was that no one really knew one another, but through the trip we all became friends. (We ranged from freshmen all the way to grad students and the only thing we had in common was that we were Clarkies. )
The entire audience! The first 3 rows were all of us.
My suitemate and I FRONT ROW!!
Some new friends and teamates
What do you do when volleyball is over and you want to keep in shape?
You WORK IT with your suite mate! haha
In all seriousness, staying in shape while in college can be really hard, especially if you HATE going to the gym. (That freshman 15 is a reality! Trust me!)
So, I bought a work out DVD and tonight I put it into action. (The DVD is “The Firm”, in case you were wondering )
But it’s no fun exercising by yourself, so I enlisted the presence of my suite mate Rita and together we became warriors kicking butt in the workout realm. No really, we dressed up as warriors before we worked out, to get more into “the spirit”.
I’m not going to lie, “The Firm” kicked our butts! (And on a side note, I don’t know how those workout women manage to smile the entire time they are doing all those lunges and push ups. It’s really a mystery to me…)
After sweating and yelling for 40 minutes, we rewarded ourselves with protein smoothies. YUM.
Rita came across some chocolate Weight Watcher smoothie packets, where all you do is add milk and ice, (I added a little Whey Protein to mines.)..and after a little swirl in the blender, BAM, deliciousness in a cup.
For those of you that don’t know, I am a huge fan of the show Ugly Betty. I have never loved a TV show like I love the Ugly Betty show. (I watch an episode every night before I go to sleep.) So, I know your probably thinking, what is it with Betty that has got you hooked? Well lemme tell you!
Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Betty:
1. We are both Mexican.
2. Betty is never afraid to be herself. Even if others make fun of her, she stands up for what she believes in and does what she loves.
3. Betty is driven. It is her dream to be an editor of her own magazine and she works hard to make sure her dream becomes a reality.
4. Betty is all about family. She knows she is nothing without them and she is an amazing daughter, sister, and aunt.
5. Betty has a crazy fashion sense!! I love her bright color, mismatched patterns, and how she wears socks with heals.
6. Betty is not afraid to take risks. Her courage is something I try to embody.
7. I love Betty’s hair!..and how each season it gets more and more “tame”. It reminds me of my own struggle with my thick curly latina locks.
8. Betty is so generous. She really is the type of friend you want by your side.
9.Betty is from Queens! Ever since I was little I have had an obsession with New York City and I love how she is from the city.
10. Betty is beautiful, inside and out. She is always able to find the beauty in life and I love that about her.
So, of course when Halloween approached, I knew I HAD to be her. Here are some pictures of me as Betty
(Kind of like my dream…and last night I felt like it came true.)