It’s only been a month!?

Hello all! I hope you’re all doing well!

Wowowow. It really feels like a whole year has gone by, but it was only January!? I already feel so exhausted, and the weather is not helping! I have a few things to discuss today, so lets get into it shall we?

First, I’d like to begin with school. So far, for lack of a better term, its been a real doozy. I’m taking a math class, college algebra, which seems really straightforward, except I seem to have forgotten math complacently. Luckily, I have some wonderful and helpful people in my class who are really smart and willing to help. We have a group chat called “Math buddies :)”. I am also taking a geography class. I was trying to take a geology class, but instead asked for this one by mistake. The best part it, this is now one of my favorite classes. My professor is amazing and he makes learning super fun. Another favorite class of mine, is public speaking. We get to choose our topics and learn how to improve our public speaking which is surprisingly fun! I also made some good friends in that class, which really helps. I am taking another class (into to sociology), but as of right now, its not on the favorite list. I was hoping it would be really interesting like the psychology class I took last semester, but that just isn’t the case. The material were learning isn’t that difficult to understand, its just the teaching style, not for me.

Second, I wanted to talk about what my month is looking like and a little of what Im hoping for soon. In terms of workload, this month isn’t looking to shabby. A few larger assignments here and there, but overall, very manageable. I am looking into getting a job, which I really need. My aunt help me find a job that is super flexible and pays well, which is exactly what I need. More to come on this when I start working. Also, a little bit about myself, I have always wanted to do two things: 1- play music and 2- learn how to skate. Now I know these sound silly and maybe a bit dumb, but these two things are things that I have always wanted to learn how to do. I have been pretty intimidated to do both of these things ever since I was a kid, but I came to a realization a while ago. I’m not getting any younger, so why be scared when I have things I really want to do? So I have decided that I am going to try to practice guitar/bass/drums at least 3 times a week. I am also planning on going to Cal Surf (a skate shop in Minneapolis), and putting together my own board (once I start working of course).

Last but certainly not least, its black history month! In honor of this time to celebrate and recognize achievements made by African Americans, here are just some of the many influential and important African american figures throughout history.

1.) Jimi Hendix – “He was hailed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as “the most gifted instrumentalist of all time.” The rock legend has posthumously earned multiple Hall of Fame Grammy Awards, including the Recording Academy’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.” – Via The Undefeated

2.) Zora Neale Hurston – “Hurston had published more books than any other black woman in America, she was unable to capture a mainstream audience in her lifetime, and she died poor and alone in a welfare hotel. Today, she is seen as one of the most important black writers in American history.” – Via History.com

3.) Kobe Bryant – “Professional basketball superstar Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers since 1996 when he came to the team as an eighteen-year-old, the youngest player in NBA history, until his retirement in 2016. Bryant was a long-time philanthropist, using his well-known name to raise funds for a number of causes.” – Via Blackpast.org

I hope you all have a wonderful February, see you next month!

~Alexia 🙂

2020!!

Hello all! I hope you had a great new years! Things have officially starting picking up speed and oh boy… But before we get into that let me tell you about my break.

So, the day after Christmas, I went to Arizona with my family. This trip was off to a great start, because the hotel we were supposed to stay at, caught on fire and we had to stay somewhere else. The hotel that we ended up staying at was nice, so it wasn’t a huge issue. My mom brother and I end up getting there around 4 am, so we got a room the was close to the house keeping closet, so it was very loud, very early. We ended up switching rooms, so it was ok. The weather on the other hand, wasn’t that great. It was colder and it rained, which was really annoying. Also, most of my family got sick, so that was pretty unpleasant. When everyone got better, we all went horseback riding, which was incredible. Before I went on this trip, I was terrified of horses. My mom, her boyfriend and my brother went on a hike at camel mountain, which was incredible. Over all, I would say the trip wasn’t that bad, it could have been worse.

After Arizona, I spent some time in California with my aunt and uncle. We went on a few hikes and went on some bike rides as well. Nothing particularly exciting or new. However, it was so wonderful to have the sun on my face, I missed the heat. My only issue with my California trip was the daunting reality of coming back. I was really excited to go back to school, but there was a lot of preparation that was getting anxious about. It wasn’t the actual preparation that I was anxious about, it was being so far away and having little time what I needed to do. So my last few days in California I anxiously awaited to come back and cram a weeks worth of activities in two days. Which could have gone worse, but it was sleep or preparing, and I chose to sleep. I had some people I needed to say goodbye to, a lot of laundry to do, get prepared for school, and try to fix my sleeping habits (it didnt work that well).

I am back now and I am simultaneously excited and wrestling a bit of fear with this new semester. While I generally always feel optimistic doing something, there is something about these last few weeks where it feels like I have a rock in my stomach (everything that’s happening in the world defiantly doesn’t help). I am hoping that by doing well in school, that I can tame that fear a little bit, sort of distracting myself for a while until summer comes.

To end on a better note, things will get better. 2020 has only just begun and I am optimistic. I will leave you with the most relevant and inspirational quote:

“And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.”- Michael Scott

~ Alexia 🙂

A Month to November

Hello! Welcome back to my blog! November is over, how in the world did that happen so fast? At various times this month it felt like November would never end, and at other times it flew by, especially at the end of the month. I had a pretty good November, so lets get into it!

Probably one of the biggest highlights of the month was when one of my favorite bands, Mötley Crüe, announced they were getting back together and going on tour in 2020. Words cant even describe how excited I was. It felt like I had one the lottery. Im not sure when they are planning on touring, or even if they come to Minnesota, but I am definitely going! While I’m on the topic of rock ‘n’ roll, I recently purchased three new books. The first being The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx (the bass player from Mötley Crüe). The book is basically a year in his life while he was really struggling with heroin. I recently started it and so far I really like it. The second book I got was Acid for the Children by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is a memoir by the bass player, talking about his life as a young man and moving around when he was younger. The last one is a book called Lust & Wonder, by Augusten Burroughs. This book isint related to rock ‘n’ roll, but it is the second book to his memoir Running With Scissors, which is one of my all time favorite books. I bought all of these at Barnes and Noble, where I found a whole section of books by my favorite artists, I cant wait to spend all my money on them 🙂

On another note, the holidays were very fun! I got to see my family and eat some really good food. I got to see a few of my friends that go to college out of state, which was absolutely amazing, because I missed them very much.

In terms of school, I am pretty optimistic about finals, almost excited. I feel quite prepared honestly. I got to class everyday and I am familiar with the content, so I’m not that worried. Also I’m mostly excited for what comes after finals. I think I mentioned this in my last blog post, but my family is headed to Arizona for new years/my grandmas birthday. We are planning on going horseback riding, which would be totally fine if I wasn’t afraid of horses. “What? Why are you afraid of horses? Thats a weird thing to be scared of!” Listen, I know its stupid, but hear me out. They are huge and they know when you are scared of them. They could kill you! I had to look it up, but horses weigh 840 – 2,200 lbs!! Thats a lot!!! That could crush you. My family thinks Im weird for being scared of horses, but I think its pretty reasonable. Anyway, after Arizona, Im going to California which will be super fun, because I get to hang out with my aunt and uncle who I never get to see. Then after I come back to Minnesota its back to school, and start my spring semester.

That pretty much sums up my November and a bit of my December. I cant wait to tell you how my December goes! Talk to you soon!

-Alexia 🙂

Goodbye Halloween, Hello Christmas

Hello!

Wow, where in the world did October go? There were point where it felt like it was going so slow, and here we are already into November. Halloween was fun, it was a bit chilly, but over all, it was a great time! The week before Halloween I watched some scary movies, to get into the spirit (pun intended) but didnt actually pick out a costume until Halloween (oops). Though, I didnt go trick or treating, but I did manage to get some candy from my brother (dont worry, I asked first).

Something that I want to share is that I withdrew from my math class, which was a challenge. In a previous blog, I wrote a bit about how my math class was just ok and I was thinking I could do it if I kept trying. But I ended up meeting with an academic advisor and talking about getting out of that class and what my options were. He said I didn’t need it, and that I could take a different math class next semester and I would be totally fine! So I got out of that math class! Yay!! A part of me really wanted to keep at it and try harder to understand the material, but I was just not getting it! The concepts were to abstract and I just wanted to do formulas.

The end of the semester is coming up and I am getting really excited. Not only am I excited to say that I got through my first semester of college (yay!!) but I am excited for whats next. I have had my eye on a psychology class called ‘abnormal psychology’ since I registered for fall classes and really want to take it next semester. I am planning on registering for classes some time this week, and hopefully I get it!

A bit of a side note: I get excited about tests and exams which has never happened to me before. I get excited to take them and be done with them. This might be because I am more confident in my test taking abilities or it might be because I want to be done with a unit. Whatever the case may be, I just wanted to share my new weird excitement for tests.

Though I will admit, I have had a bit of a rough patch the last month. I just didnt feel as motivated or excited about things. I could feel my time slip away from me as due dates came and went. But I am working on getting better. I am setting (manageable) goals for myself and have tried walking outside more. I am getting there and I hope my optimism will carry me through this dark and lonely winter!

One more fun thing before I end this blog, is I am getting very excited about thanksgiving and my winter break. Thanksgiving means good food, but it also means my friends are coming back for a few days! And boy have I missed them! My winter break, though it is a month away, will be very exciting because my family and I are going to Arizona for my Grandmas birthday! Im not sure the details on the trip yet, but I will be very excited to share what Arizona was like. I will be sure to take some pictures and put them on my December or January blog.

Thats all for now! I will talk to you more on December 1st! Unless something really exciting happens before then.

Talk to you soon!

-Alexia 🙂

September: Busy/ Really Fun

The month has flown by, but time flies when you’re having fun! I have been working really hard in school and its definitely paying off. As I had mentioned in my last post, I am taking 5 classes, and so far I absolutely love most of them. Not only do I like most of them, I am getting good grades in all of them. Here are a few highlights from the month: I got an A on my psychology and biology exam, got a ‘high B’ on my first English paper and I got a 22/20 on my biology presentation. I am loving school right now and cant wait for the rest of the semester. Though, I am a bit anxious about going to the U of M after Normandale. Its not so much the people I’m scared of, its the classes. I’m worried that the classes will be too hard and I wont be able to keep up like I am at Normandale. I am trying to focus on the positives for now and work hard while I’m here.  

Lately, my mom and I have been talking about looking into a studying abroad program, and learned that it is something I definitely want to do, and am starting to look into. I’ve learned that Normandale has a study abroad program and they work in collaboration with EGL (Education of Global Learning). I have a long list of places I would want to study abroad in, but here are a few: Spain, Italy, Australia, and the UK. I love to travel and I enjoy school, so it would only make sense to combine the two.  

I cant wait to tell you more about my classes and potentially studying abroad! 

Talk to you soon! 

-Alexia 🙂 

Intro to College

I have just completed my very first week of college, and so far I am optimistic. I am taking 5 classes at the moment, which is a total of 17 credits. Im taking freshman composition, environmental biology, math for the liberal arts, into to psychology, and into to painting. My main goal for the school year is to stay on top of my assignments and come to class prepared as much as I can. So far, I really like my teachers, they are all really nice and they seem fairly optimistic as well. My only real concern for the year for the year is forgetting and procrastinating. It happens to the best of us, but sometimes my forgetfulness and extreme procrastination drive me up the walls. So this year, I am going to do my very best to get my assignments done and be proactive about the things I need to do.

Other than school, my life has been pretty uneventful. I have been saying goodbye to a lot of my friends who are heading off to different states for college. That has been a bit sad, but I have been trying to think about it not so much a goodbye, but as a ‘see ya later’. I also went to the fair, which was absolute chaos. I keep telling myself that ‘oh this year it might be better than last year’ or ‘maybe it wont be so busy today’. I continue to set myself up for disappointment, because its just as bad every year and I dont like it just as much, if not more, than the year before. But I do enjoy the food and the rides, so I guess its ok.

To end on a more positive note, I am excitied for school and cant wait to tell you more.

Talk to you soon!

-Alexia 🙂

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