Growing Up

Growing up is something that a lot of people struggle with, I know I do. I cannot believe that I am a junior in college already. It seems like only yesterday, I was starting high school as that little awkward ginger kid. But now as I am typing this, I am dressed up in a suit and ready for the interview of a life time.

Being a Bellarmine University student I feel extremely prepared, but that doesn’t get rid of the butterflies in my stomach. I feel like I am walking onto campus for my Crossroads experiences as a freshman all over again. But instead, I have an interview with the Make A Wish Foundation today. This is like the internship of a life time. After the summer that I have had, all I want to do is find a way that I can help people and serve in a non-profit after college, and this is some great experience for that and later in life.

Another thing that I has been going on is some struggles back home. I don’t get homesick easily. I live here in Louisville, I love it here. But it has just been one of those weeks where I really want to drive home. I would have this weekend, but being as active as I am in the Bellarmine community, I was unable too. I chose to be active though, so it was my choice.

This weekend at BU was awesome though, from sports games, to Knights’ Fest and just hanging around the house. This week was huge in Bellarmine sports, there were away games and home games all day every day! Soccer had some tough games to play, Field Hockey brought home some wins, and Volleyball had a good weekend with a couple wins and some tough games. On top of that there was Knights’ Fest put on by Knights’ Nation (our pep club) and BAC. There were t-shirts being given out, tons of cake, other food, music and games. It was a blast!! Then every night this weekend, I just sat around my house with some friends and watched some Harry Potter. (can’t go wrong there)

Let’s see what this week has in store for me.

Peace and Blessings.

Welcome Back!

The first full week of classes flew by! Thanks in large part to all the events and activities going on as Bellarmine welcomed students back this year. There was something happening EVERY day! Here’s some highlights of my adventures during the first week back.

BAC (Bellarmine Activities Council) definitely spoiled us students this past week. Last Friday they hosted “Midsummer’s Knight Dream” in the Siena Arboreto where students were treated to free music, ice cream, and great company. It was lovely and lived up to its name: music, ice cream, friends and FREE, definitely made it any college student’s dream.

Saturday night BAC managed to book Second City, an improv comedy group from Chicago, to perform two free shows for Bellarmine students. Not only did they perform hilarious improv, enacting full scenes on a whim based on the audience’s suggestions, but they also managed to have some Bellarmine themed skits. By the end of the show my sides were hurting from laughing so hard, definitely a great way to spend a Saturday night.

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Sunday, RHA (Residence Hall Association) treated students to a Back-to-School Luau complete with leis, luau-themed food, a dunk tank and inflatables. The Back-to-School Luau is one of my favorite welcome back activities, not only because I get to  catch up with everyone I haven’t seen since last year but also because it involves free food and inflatable sumo-wrestling. What more can you ask for??

Photo courtesy of Helen Grace Ryan, Dean of Students

Tuesday was the Involvement Fair; a time where students get to peruse all the different clubs, sign up for mailing lists and accrue a large amount of free stuff- ranging from beach balls and snow cones to t-shirts and chip-clips- from various clubs.Tuesday was particularly hectic imagefor me because I had to man three tables: the Pre-Law Society, Students for Political Awareness and Rotaract. Thankfully the tables were next to each other and my fellow officers came to my rescue and helped me out.

Wednesday I went to “Late Knight Bingo” where I met up with fellow BU blogger PJ. I had NO idea bingo was such a competitive game, nor did I realize how easy it is to imageget sucked into the excitement of marking off a space with the dauber. I did however learn some important lessons: 1. When $80 gift card prizes are involved, it is every man for himself/herself. 2. Always pick your bingo card with confidence, that way when the person next to you wins you aren’t kicking yourself because you decided to trade cards with them before the round 3. It is extremely important to pay close attention to your card and make sure you actually have a bingo before you shriek bingo.

image PJ does not mess around when it comes to bingo

The ramifications for the last one is an uncomfortable life lesson I learned first hand after I boisterously cried out bingo while neglecting to realize that I did not, in fact, have a bingo. I’m not sure which was more awkward; having to shout “just kidding!” immediately after crying bingo or feeling like I was being stared down by close to 100 bingo-hungry undergrads for interrupting the game. Lesson learned: don’t be “the-girl who-cried-bingo”… always double-check your card.

On Thursday the University Dining Hall was PACKED, largely due to the “Welcome Back Bellarmine”image lunch-in. People turned out in record numbers and I have a sneaking suspicion it had something to do with notion that commuters got to eat for free. Offer college students free food and we flock. The lunch-in was awesome because a lot of my friends commute to school so it was great to be able to sit down and have lunch with them, plus it was a nice end to the first week back.

Until next time!

Ailise

So much to do with so little time.

The last full week of classes has approached and there is so much to do around Bellarmine. Everyone is frantically getting their last papers and assignments done, in order to start studying for their finals. Then there are so many ways to end up getting distracted. I cannot believe summer vacation is so close. And with that not only comes the stress I have mentioned, but the bittersweet moments, I am personally experiencing.

This week has been jammed packed full of things I should be doing, writing papers and doing final homework assignments, but also things I do instead to distract myself, like watching television with friends and late night trips to Taco Bell and BAC’s Late Knight Bingo and the public opening of Pottermore (I’m in Ravenclaw by the way). With so many ways for me to not do my work, it is so easy for me to get distracted. All of these fun distractions might have left me up late the past few nights, but they are so much fun how can I say no?

My to-do list is decreasing in size and that is something that I have been looking forward to for a while. All that I have left this semester, is turning in all of my paperwork for Studying Abroad, have a relaxing weekend, give a small presentation, Summer Send Off, Late Knight Breakfast, study like its my job, and hopefully get As on my finals.

Seeing that typed out it is a lot more to do that I thought, but I will make it through it all. One thing I am realizing this week, is that when I leave Bellarmine after finals it will be for a long amount of time. All of my friends will be returning in August, while in August I will be packing to head to Europe. This is something I am going to have trouble with over the next two weeks, these goodbyes are going to be for longer than two or three months. They will be for about nine months. I cannot believe that.

In order for this all to be done and to get plenty of chances to say goodbyes. I should probably get to work now.

I am going to leave you with a saying that has helped me this week getting through things.

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and to forget to live, remember that.” – Albus Dumbledore

Remember to dream and hope for the future, but to live life in the present. So even though I have so much to do, it will get done, those late night runs to Taco Bell are worth it.