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October

October 5, 2012

One month down, two to go. Or is that three to go? I’m an English major and I’m bad at math leave me alone.

We’re still at the point in the semester when I’m energized. I’ve been doing all my homework and readings. I am on top of things. I am the Queen of my mind. For now, anyway.

I’m in the middle of a massive redecoration of my bedroom. I’m talking about serious business redecoration here — unscrewing shelves, dumping things on the curb, ripping down posters. It’s all very legit. I even bought new furniture, which was a mind-blowing experience for me. Everything else I’ve owned has been either given to me by a relative, rescued from a dumpster, or bought at Goodwill. But I needed a desk and I finally decided to splurge. Well…kind of. It’s from Ikea so it’s not really splurging. Splurging for a college student.

I also upgraded my bookshelves. They were overflowing to the point where I literally had boxes stacked next them full of books. Now I have two new bookshelves (Also from Ikea! I was kind of on a roll after the desk.) that are quite tall and more than capable (I hope) of storing my collection.

So that’s going on. I’m hoping my room ends up looking cool and not just like a mish-mash of a bunch of decorating ideas that I liberally pulled from pinterest.

School is back in session

September 6, 2012

When I was growing up, on the first day of every school year my mom would march my brother and I out into the front yard (or parking lot, if we were living in an apartment at the time) and take pictures of us. This was always a humiliating tradition, but for mom it was the only time of the year that our clothes were clean and fit correctly and our school supplies were neat and organized.

Now that I’m entering my third year of higher education, I’ve long since graduated from the first day picture tradition. There is no pair of attentive second eyes to make sure that I don’t forget my lunch box and that all my pencils are sharpened. In many ways the first day of school has changed, but in many ways it’s stayed the same. I still get that bubbling feeling of nerves when I enter a new classroom. I still struggle with the opposing feelings of wanting to go back to school and wanting to go back to summer. I still look around anxiously trying to find people I recognizance in my classes.

But now I actually want to be back at school instead of being forced to come. It is quite liberating to know that.

Moving up & moving on

August 16, 2012

Hello Hamline!

Earlier this week I had my first day as an intern at Greenspr!ng Media Group. At every corner of the office there are news stand racks full of Minnesota Monthly and Midwest Home. I already have my first assignment–writing a two-page spread on what’s happening in the Twin Cities for the October issue of Where: Twin Cities, a publication targeted at tourists and distributed in hotel rooms and at information desks around the cities. The position is a perfect fit for me, (I love any excuse to explore the Cities, especially if I can write it off as “work”) and the rest of the office seems laid-back yet exceptionally talented.

If the first thing that comes to mind when I say I’m a magazine intern is a scene out of “The Devil Wears Prada,” throw that image out. Everyone is so nice and helpful; they didn’t even laugh at me (to my face) when I walked into the wrong cubicle twice. I’m so excited for this opportunity to put my nose to the grindstone and prove that I can make it as a writer. It’s an added bonus that Greenspr!ng has a reputation for holding onto their interns; the cubicle next to mine is the last intern who was hired on as a full-time staffer.

As one door is opening, I’m closing another behind me. Today is my last day as a student worker for the Office of Marketing Communications, and although my rambling blog posts will be archived for ever and ever, this will be my last post. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to work up here, although I wish they’d build an elevator in Old Main already. Hiking to the third floor on crutches is NOT fun. Many of the staff here have become good friends, I’ve gained a lot of professional experience, and even more insightful advice on the next steps for my career. It’s a little bit bittersweet to be leaving, but I’m so excited for what lies ahead.

That’s all for now,

Claire

Olympic Fever!

August 2, 2012

Hello Hamline!

As a teammate of mine posted on Facebook, “The Olympics are the only instance where you can be glued to electronics for two weeks, and still have friends when it’s all over.” It’s a little difficult for me to follow the Games without having a TV,  but I make do. I don’t want to spoil any results, but I’ll leave y’all with an awesome little video clip. It’s an interview of Andrew Wheating talking about his preoccupation with his look-alike, Michael Phelps. While the whole world knows who Phelps is, Only die-hard trackies know that Wheating is a medal hopeful in the 1500. Watch it here. Enjoy!

 

Car essentials–Don’t leave home without these!

July 19, 2012

Hello Hamline!

Apologies for not posting for a few months. Who ever said summer was a time to relax must have been joking. Between working a lot, scoping out grad schools and studying for my GREs, applying for internships, and catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, I’ve hardly had time to sit still. All this craziness hasn’t prevented me from taking a few road trips, and a long the road discovering a few items that are really handy to have in your car.

  • GPS–This one’s pretty self-explanatory. If you use an actual GPS and not just your iphone, make sure you secure it in your glove box when you leave the car.
  • An ACTUAL map–At some point, technology will fail. It might be a little nerdy, but I keep a U.S. atlas in my seat back pocket, just in case.
  • Jumper Cables–It’s helpful if you know how to use them.
  • Bungee Cords–Personally I have a couple floating around my car because I use them when I mount my bike on the trunk-rack, but they’re also handy to have if you need to make a trunk lid stay down or hold a bumper on.

    I didn’t put food on here because it’s pretty much a given. No road trip is complete without ample amounts of junk food floating around the backseat. Happy Travels!

    That’s all for now,

    Claire

     

     

Summer Reading

June 26, 2012

As an English major I feel obligated to reveal this shocking secret that will no doubt tear the fabric of the universe apart: I like to read. The underground cult of English majors (that totally doesn’t exist, forget you ever read this) frowns on revealing our secret to the outsiders, but I couldn’t keep that hidden any longer. Please do not judge me for my weakness.

Bursting into song while reading is optional.

There is no better time for reading than in the summer. During the school year it’s hard to squeeze in reading for fun when you’re juggling schoolwork, extracurricular responsibilities, and work. But the summer is an endless time for reading. I mostly read comic books because my subconscious hasn’t quite realized that I’m no longer 10 years old, but I also set aside plenty of room for novels.

And since I needed a new post, here is a list of good books for summer reading. What constitutes a “summer read,” you may ask? Well, for me, it’s something that I can read quickly and that has some action or humor in it (and maybe even a steamy romance). It might have some darker or serious elements to it, but it doesn’t get to depressing or deep. Since my last post was just a list of movies that I wanted to see this summer, I feel a bit bad about making another list. But at the same time I don’t feel bad, because I like making lists. Look at them, with their adorable little bulletin points and condensed information. They’re like little baby paragraphs.

But alas, I ramble (that’s another trade secret of English majors). Onto the list! Some I’ve read many times, some I’ve read once, all go perfectly with sunshine and a glass of pink lemonade.

  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
  • Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, and various authors
  • 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman)
  • Pretty much any Jane Austin novel
  • The Mummy by Anne Rice
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto
  • Shadowland by Meg Cabot
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan (can’t hurt to broaden your knowledge and get a little existential during summer, can it?)

Enjoy reading.

Summer

June 1, 2012

Summer has arrived! It’s been about two weeks since the end of the semester and already it feels like a distant memory. Grades are back and, not to brag, but I think I deserve a gold star (professors: if you’re reading this, feel free to grade me in stickers instead of letters next semester!). Right now I’m just enjoying summer and watching my dear younger brother fret over his upcoming ACT test. Good luck to any high school juniors or seniors who may be reading this, by the way! Taking the ACT is not an experience that I would be keen to repeat.

I was originally going to take a class this summer, but those plans fell through (I’ll have to try to survive the crushing emotional blow of not being able to take public speaking this summer–dearest me, however will I go on?) and so it’s simply working and whatever else tickles my fancy. Which is fine by me; my fancy could use some tickling after the stress of another college year.

I’m planning on watching movies, catching up on TV shows, reading comics, playing videogames, and scratching some titles off my list of books I’ve been meaning to read. I’m already pleased to say that I’ve made a significant dent in this task. And while I’m at it can I just say that this summer is looking excellent for movies? I’m one of those people that frequently goes to midnight premiers for movies, and I see some already that I know I’ll be camped out at the theater for:

Michael Fassbender in Prometheus

  • Prometheus 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Brave
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Total Recall

We’ll see if any of them can replace The Avengers as my favorite movie of 2012.

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