Thursday, May 15, 2008

Making History

Ok, so it wasn’t actually ME that was making history, but I felt like a part of history-in-the-making last night when I went to a rally for Barack Obama.  I’ve never been to a big political rally before, and it was so exciting!  Being from Iowa, the nation’s first caucus every election year, I’ve been to hear my fair share of politicians speak.  The biggest name I’ve seen before is probably Al Gore, and this past Christmas break I was able to see both Bill Richardson and Mike Huckabee.  Opposite ends of the political spectrum, I know, but at this point in my life I just want to be educated about where everyone stands and who they are.  I’m not so much a straight ticket voter as I am someone who tries to figure out just who best aligns with my views on the issues.

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 05/15 at 10:15 AM
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Big Race

I am not, nor have I ever been a runner.  Somehow, almost all of my friends here at Calvin are.  My housemates run, some more regularly than others, my boyfriend and his housemates run; it seems like everyone I’m friends with runs!  One of the highlights of their running year is the Grand Rapids Riverbank Run the first weekend of each May.  I went along my freshman year, but I wasn’t able to go last spring so I didn’t want to miss it this year.  I love being the one there for my friends to hold their sweatshirts while they run and cheer them on when they finish. 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 05/14 at 03:23 PM
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hoping to Help

This semester I was involved in two different volunteering capacities: working with the literacy program at an elementary school and tutoring/mentoring an 8th grade girl through a program at Eastern Avenue Church.  Sadly, they both came to an end last week, probably forever.  I just won’t have time in my schedule next year to fit those two activities in.  I’m actually really disappointed that I won’t be able to tutor anymore, because I thoroughly enjoyed my girl, Ciara.  She was a joy to see every week, and we’re still going to work something out to see each other every so often.  Maybe some Jersey Junction ice cream, maybe some games of Scrabble…we’ll think of good stuff to do.

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 05/13 at 10:13 PM
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Monday, May 12, 2008

The other option

I told you last night that Nehemiah and I are starting a garden.  We are both, however, novices in this endeavor, and have no guarantee that we will actually get anything edible out of it.  We’re hoping and praying to get a bounty of delicious vegetables, of course, but we are also realistic.  Besides that, there are certain things that you just cannot grow in one season.  Take, for example, one of my personal favorites: asparagus.  It takes a long time to establish an asparagus bed, so instead of planting our own, I’m taking a different route to obtain my tasty green treat.  The Farmer’s Market.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Something New

I regret to say that I am a bit behind in my blogging.  A lot has been going on, but with finals also just around the corner (or rather, on top of me at this moment!) I have struggled to find time to write.  So I’m going to call this my study break and commit to doing a blog every night this week (or at least through Wednesday because my last final is on Thursday, and then I don’t need study breaks anymore!).  I’ve been trying to decide whether I’ll go forward chronologically or just start with the most recent happenings, and I think I will just start from the beginning so things don’t get out of order.  Perhaps your brain could handle that, but this week, I’m afraid mine cannot!  Finals are a crazy time for your brain, and mine is (sadly) no exception.
One of my other study break excuses recently has taken place in the great outdoors.  My friend (and co-blogger) Nehemiah and I are starting a garden! 

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Squirrel Attack!

We have crazy wild squirrels living in our backyard.  In the past few weeks the antics we have witnessed have been memorable and the cause of much laughter.  For instance, this afternoon Lindsey and I saw a bold squirrel attempting to eat corn pops out of a soggy box on our back porch.  Let me explain: we’ve had something of an ant infestation this spring.  There is an entire colony of ants, complete with an underground labyrinthine home, and they prefer our food over anything else.  We’ve been doing battle for a month or two now, and recently a hoard of them was discovered in Laura’s corn pops box.  Rather than allow the little nuisances have their way with our sustenance, we put the box outside on our back porch.  Then it rained today, so the box was falling apart, and this squirrel was pulling it into shreds to get at the cereal, but every time he’d rip another piece of the box away, it would startle him and he’d jump back. 

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Seductive Sunshine

I’ve just finished my second of two tests this week, and it’s only 9 on Tuesday morning.  However, what did I do all weekend?  Study for my tests?  Of course not.  It was sunny!  One of my Speech-Path friends has kept track of the weather throughout the year, and she informed me yesterday morning that this past weekend was the first weekend where both Saturday and Sunday were sunny and above freezing since October 16!!  Not that we haven’t had some nice days in the meantime, but not a full weekend of beautiful weather, and with the temperatures reaching the upper 60s and the sun beaming down on us, it was nigh on impossible to spend the weekend with my nose buried in a book. 

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Decisions

It is spring of my junior year, and that means it is time to start thinking about post-Calvin plans.  I know that in order to get a job in my chosen field I will need to go to grad school, but just what is my chosen field going to be?  When I graduate I will have an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, so I could go on to further study either of those.  Speech Pathology would require a 2-year Masters Program, whereas Audiology would require a 4-year Doctoral Program.  There are fewer options for Audiology school, and it would take longer to attain the appropriate degree, but I am fascinated by the ear.  My linguistics class has really piqued my interest this semester, too, though, so maybe I’d rather pursue that, but what sort of jobs are there for someone with a masters in linguistics? 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More Living Room Travel

Some people only get to go one place, maybe Florida, for spring break.  We’ve already been to Jamaica, and last night we traveled to France, all from the comfort of our own living room and without the disrupting forces of jet lag!  We got lots more fresh fruit at the grocery store and proceeded to make a decadent dark chocolate fondue in which to dip it.  Turns out fondue is easy to make, and not all that expensive, so we might end up doing this again in the future.  Who doesn’t love hot, dripping chocolate to dip their strawberries, oranges, bananas, marshmallows, and rice crispy treats in?  Certainly not these girls:

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Jamaica for Spring Break

Ok, not really.  In fact, very far from it.  I am spending my spring break in Grand Rapids, working and getting ahead on some projects.  It won’t be a lying-on-the-beach type of break, but it will pay off later in the year when my projects are already done and I have enough money to buy groceries.  Plus, a number of my friends are sticking around too, including my delightful housemate Liz.  We’ve been having a most relaxing weekend.  We had enough time to really clean the house yesterday, and since there will be so few people in this house for the week, it will stay clean!  Plus we’ve done all our laundry and had time to make some good food that will last the whole week.  And tonight, we went to Jamaica.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

What Talent

I live with some amazingly talented women.  Last weekend we got to celebrate that talent.  And take our first-ever house picture:

Some of us were looking more stellar than others, but left to right we are Natalie, Patience, Lindsey, Moriah, me, Laura, and Liz. 

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

We are not helpless women.  Really.

By 9:00 this morning Moriah, Liz, Natalie, and I were all in Patience’s bed with her.  She has an electric blanket, and our beds were all too cold.  Why?  Because our furnace is not working. 

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Friday, February 22, 2008

A new Frontier

First of all, I’m sorry that I haven’t written in so long!  It was brought to my attention this week that it has been over two months since my last post.  Time has flown by since then, what with exams, Christmas break, interim, and now the start of a new semester.  I’m even more immersed in the speech pathology and audiology program this semester.  Four of my five classes are specifically speech pathology or audiology classes, and my fifth class, linguistics, is an English class that I have to take for my major (although I probably would have taken it no matter what my major was because I’m pretty into linguistics).  So I am eating, sleeping, and breathing speech pathology and audiology this semester, but I have never been so excited about all my classes.  The problem that I am finding is not that I don’t want to study or can’t find excitement but that I might very well want to go on to graduate school studies in every area I am currently studying: child language development; linguistics; neurogenic disorders; anatomy and physiology for speech, language, and hearing; and evaluative procedures in audiology.  As much as I love my classes, though, I can’t justify spending ALL my time on classwork.  So I’ve taken on a three-times a week project that I think will be most enjoyable.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

International Banquet

Last Friday I had the opportunity to participate in a Calvin activity that I had never before enjoyed.  The International Student Activities Committee puts on a banquet once a semester, and last Friday was the “Winterlights” Fall 2007 banquet.  Anyone can go, but mostly just international students do.  They can bring dates though, and since I’ve become good friends with a number of the international students at Calvin, mostly males who have girlfriends back at home, I got to go as my friend Lee’s “date.” 

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Posted by Emily MacLeod on 12/05 at 01:03 PM
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Monday, November 19, 2007

a wild weekend

One of the most frequently asked questions I get when speaking to the parents of prospective students is what Calvin students do on the weekends.  Do we go to wild parties?  Do we drink copious amounts of alcoholic beverages and act in an unruly and promiscuous fashion?  I always tell them that, as at any school, I’m sure there are such students, but they’re not my friends.  My friends enjoy a more cultured weekend…Scrabble anyone?

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