AU versus S&T

I started classes at S&T this week. Made it through the first two days, woo! It will be mid semester before I know it, right? After today I’m feeling a little intimidated and stressed, but it will all be alright. I just have to convince myself of that. I forget to take school day by day so I get a little stressed.

For all you AU people out there, don’t lose appreciation for certain aspects of AU. Let me explain.

AU vs S&T:
1) It was weird and gross to see people smoking on campus. Thanks for the second hand smoke while I walk to class.
2) I miss the close relationship that bio majors have among each other and having only about 12 people in my bio class. Now I have 40-50.
3) I miss the “Christian based” education. Such as professors actually bringing God into the subject material, praying, or talking about their faith.
4) When giving brief introductions about ourselves, it was so weird to hear a few people talking about their alcoholic lifestyle.
5) I miss the friendliness of people at AU.
6) $35 dollars for a parking permit is cheap compared to $65 for EACH parking lot.

I’m sure the list will continue since I’ve already figured this out in 2 days. I’ll probably start missing chapel soon. lol, or maybe the Haven…NOT!

P.S. > I miss my friends soo much. And Ryan lots.

10 More Facts

10 More Random Facts About Me

1. The next car I buy is going to be a hybrid.
2. I don’t want to change my name when I’m married, but possibly hyphenate it. It’s just because I really like how my full name sounds and how unique it is.
3. I would never get a tattoo.
4. I get intimidated very easily.
5. I don’t weigh enough to give blood… dang ;)
6. People who don’t know me think I’m anywhere from 12-15 years old. See this blog for stories.
7. I truthfully don’t like soda. I love water & tea.
8. I plan on eating organic when I live on my own, especially when I have kids.
9. My favorite number is 214. <3
10. I’ve never been ice skating.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

When people don’t know me, they usually think I am anywhere from about 12-15 years old–MAYBE older if I’m lucky. If you do know me, you know that I’m actually 20. I’m not sure if it’s the height and petite frame that throws them off, or if I actually look young in the face. Sometimes it can be annoying, but I find it pretty entertaining most of the time. Such as these stories…

In September 2008 I was with my mom at a carpet store in town, and the owner asks me “What grade are you in?” Ok, if he is saying “grade” that makes me think he is referring to elementary or middle school. And HELLO, I was in the same class as this guy’s son.

When my dad was preparing for/had his surgery in September 2008, I was around the hospital a lot with my parents. A lot of people, especially nurses would ask me, “Are you skipping school today?” I’m like “Uhh…not really.” [I was taking the semester off from college, not exactly what they were thinking].

Also in late September 2008 my dad was being released from the hospital and one of his nurses was wheeling him out to the car. My aunt and I were walking along side him. She was really nice and just felt like making conversation I suppose, so she asks me… “Do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet?” Ok I didn’t have any makeup on that day & looked pretty tired, but come on!! The way she asked it I’m assuming she thought I was probably 11 y/o ? I was so shocked and tired so I just said.. “I don’t know yet.” Plus I didn’t want to be mean. My Aunt said I already had my mask on, haha.

In October 2008 I went to Cracker Barrel with my parents and the host asked me, “Do you want crayons and a coloring page?” This time I laughed and he sounded embarrassed and said, “Sorry I had to ask.” Yeah if you think I’m 10!

In November 2008 when I went to vote, the people there questioned that I was old enough to vote!!!

In December 2008, I was with my mom at Wal-Mart and we were going through the self check out. I was the one checking it out, and when I scanned the Dimetapp (cold medicine) we had to get approval because you have to be 18 y/o to buy it. Well the lady looks at my mom and says, “Are you the one buying this?” And my mom said “Yes, but my daughter is old enough too.” I said, “Yeah I’m 20, haha.” And the lady was very surprised and said she didn’t think I looked 18.

Whenever I subbed this past semester, I heard a lot of uncertainty about my age. Most people at the HS know how old I am, but the principal thought I wasn’t at lunch duty one day because I “blend in” with the students. He told me to get gray hair. No thanks! A lot of the elementary kids would comment & ask me, “Are you a teenager?” “Are you in high school?” “You’re short!!” And I would hear them whispering to each other, haha.

This is one of the best stories:
September 2007…Ryan, his mom, and I were at the “Picnic in the Valley” at AU (part of the new student orientation activities). Ryan and I went over to go meet his roommate, Adam, and Adam’s parents. Ryan introduced himself and then Adam’s mom asked him (referring to me), “Is this your little sister?” I’m not exactly sure what he said, but I’m sure it was something like “No, this is my girlfriend Mindy.” IT WAS SO FUNNY!! But I did feel bad because Adam & his parents were so embarrassed!! Adam did know I was the girlfriend though, not the little sister, so he was REALLY embarrassed.

The other day I was at Wal-Mart’s Vision Center with Ryan and this lady who was helping Ryan get contacts asked if Ryan and I were related. Ok so that makes me wonder…did she think we looked similar, like siblings? Or did she think I looked so much younger that I couldn’t be his “girlfriend?” Who knows!!

I don’t drink nor do I plan on drinking, but whenever I turn 21 I should just try to buy alcohol just for kicks. It would be quite funny.

Embarrassing Story

I start classes at S&T in TWO DAYS! I don’t think it has hit me quite yet. I’m very nervous!!! I would rather just start right now and get that initial “I don’t exactly know what to expect” out of the way.

Anyway the other day I went around and found all my classrooms, which helps to ease my anxiety. Some people may not do that, but I have a very embarrassing story that I would prefer not to repeat again..

I was on my way to class (Botany) during the beginning of the Spring 08 semester at AU. I believe it was the first or second week of classes; it wasn’t the first day. This girl and I were both getting there at the same time and I followed her in. We were sitting there for a few minutes and began wondering why one one was coming in. We were the only ones in there, no other students and no professor. Once it hit the time for class to actually start we were quite confused! We waited a couple more minutes then headed up to the lab to see if we were supposed to meet there instead. It was empty. We even checked a few classrooms around there. We checked our email to see if we missed a “Class Cancelled” email. We thought that’s what might’ve happened since both of our last names started with “M.” Maybe he skipped us on accident. We were completely puzzled! Did class get cancelled and we didn’t hear about it? Are they playing a mean trick on us? Then we began to wonder if we were in a nightmare, ha. It was such a strange feeling! Anyway I ended up texting a few people who were in our class to try to figure this out. I texted my friend Travis, “Where are you?” and he replied.. “In class, where are you?!?” We were thinking, ‘WHAT! We were just there and waited and no one showed up.’ I didn’t want to say that because I felt so stupid so I said “what classroom?” I believe he replied with the number of the one we were waiting in. Then he realized they were in the classroom next to it and he had said the wrong number.
MYSTERY SOLVED! WE WERE ONE CLASSROOM OFF! We accidently went into the wrong one because it looked almost the same. Why we didn’t check the classroom right next to us, I have no idea! I had also noticed that the desks seemed different than the first time I was in there but I ignored that observation.
WE FELT SO STUPID AND EMBARRASSED! Well, by this time, we were NOT going to show up to class 30 minutes late so we headed back to our dorms to hide in embarrassment. We both ended up emailing the professor explaining that we were not slackers, but not very smart…

10 Dislikes

10 Things I Really Don’t Like (not in order)

(Sorry this is pretty much complaining, but sometimes it feels good to voice it [or write it])

1) Being COLD! Such as during…wintertime. I would love love love to live somewhere that is nice all year round (coughFloridacough). I also don’t like cold showers, even if I’m burning up.
2) Acid Reflux. Why can’t my lower esophageal sphincter close when it’s supposed to?! It is so annoying because I have to eat every couple hours or my stomach/esophagus will burn. That means planning things around food schedules or having food with you. I am not happy when I’m trying to get to sleep and it takes a while, but then I have to get up and eat because of the burning. I also have to avoid or limit many foods such as chocolate, coffee, caffeine, fried foods, citrus fruits…or just eating a lot at one time. Or lying down certain ways, like on my stomach. God please help me when I’m pregnant someday.
3) Saying goodbye. Goodbyes are way too sad and emotional. I cry too easily. Personally I would rather skip them and just run away before they happen. I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello. =)
4) Throwing up. EWWW! I would rather have the regular flu for a week than the “stomach flu” one night. I think I have a slight fear of it. Please don’t throw up around me. How am I possibly going to be an elementary teacher? Always grant their requests to go to the nurse? Probably, haha.
5) Alarm clocks. They are evil because they wake me up from my precious sleep. I cannot wake up to a song or I will always relate the song to waking up.
6) Heartache. One of the worst feelings in the world. I totally agree with someone who said they would rather get their arm cut off than feel heartache. It steals life from me.
7) Less than 8 hours of sleep. If number 5 *see above* goes off before those 8 hours are in, I hate them even more. Most of the time 7 hours feels like only 4 hours and I can’t function.
8) Cancer. It’s one of those things where you really have no idea until you are in the position or VERY close. It makes people suffer more than should be humanly possible.
9) Deadlines. Okay I know life is full of them (bills, projects at work, school, etc) & it seems impossible to function without them, but they are stressful. Especially school papers, tests, projects, etc. So much pressure!
10) Scary movies, EEK! Why would you want to be scared?! I just don’t understand. They are very unpleasant.