Instead of doing a design assignment, I thought a writing one would be more fitting for me as a student, as I am a sociology major which involves a lot of writing. I’m also not very good at designing photos…and I’m much better at writing.
For this segment, I will continue to tell the story of my college life through all of this different media. I found some fitting writing assignments that relate to this overall theme, and will post some pictures to go along with it.
Assignment 1: I Like to Move it Move it
This assignment caught my attention because of the title to be honest…it reminds me of the cute lemurs from Madagascar (enjoy video below).
For this assignment, my task was to talk about my move in day Freshman year. Perfect for this project, right? I remember move in quite vividly, because there was so much that went on that day. I was a perfect combination of nervous and excited. But above all, I was stressed out and hot. It was a rainy, humid, and steamy day when I moved into Bushnell Hall, which did not have air conditioning (lucky me). My roommate and I got to our room at almost the exact same time, which caused overcrowding problems. My mom, dad, and brother and my roommates mom, dad and brother were all shoved into our moderately sized, non-air conditioned room on a hot summer day in August. Being so uncomfortable, hot and crowded is honestly the thing I remember most of that day.
I also remember being annoyed at my parents, because they were trying to help me unpack and organize everything. I love them both so much, but I was so grumpy because of all of the circumstances, along with being secretly sad. But right after they all left, I was suddenly really scared and sad. My mom and I are extremely close and I didn’t know what I was going to do without her. My dad and I were also close, and he always helped me with literally any problem that I had. And my brother was always good to have around.
I remember having to go to a few orientation events which forced us to get out and meet people, which was good because I probably would’ve sat in my bed all night otherwise. I ended up meeting a lot of great people and had a really good first weekend. It’s so weird to think back to that first day and see how far I have come since then. Below is a picture of my mom and I after organizing a lot of my stuff!
Assignment 2: That Bucket List Though
I thought that this assignment would be fun because I already had a bucket list that I made right before I graduated high school. It’s pretty cool to look at because I have completed a number of things on the list!! Here is my original list made in May 2013:
- Travel outside of the country
- Go skydiving
- Perform something on stage for a group of people (overcome stage fright fear)
I chose these four from my list because I have done something similar to all of them!
Travel – I unfortunately did not make it out of the country in the past 3.5 years, but I did travel to a bunch of states! Since I wrote this list, I traveled to a number of new places that I have never been before, including areas near Denver, CO, Vero Beach, FL, and up and down the east coast of Michigan (near Lake Huron).
Golden, Colorado – I came here over Fall Break to visit my best friend.
Vero Beach, Florida – One of our days off on my Habitat for Humanity trip.
Lake Huron – My native Michigan roommate invited me to spend a week traveling around this beautiful state.
Skydiving – probably the absolute best day of my entire life. I cannot even begin to describe the incredible feeling I had jumping out of that plane! Even if you’re afraid, do this if you ever get the opportunity. Trust me.
Fulfill my dream of performing on stage – as I have mentioned, my team and I competed in the Lip Sync contest that is held annually the Thursday night of Homecoming week. I absolutely love Lip Sync. My freshman year, my roommate and I went, not even knowing what the heck it was. We happened to be walking by Dodd and saw the mass of people so decided to get in line. Little did we know it was about to be the greatest moment of our entire freshman year that would turn into the all time favorite event.
When I received word that my team wanted to do a Lip Sync, I could not have been more excited. We worked hard all semester and put on a great show! We didn’t place, but I think that we did the absolute best work that we could and we had so much fun with it.
Volunteer – during spring break of my sophomore and junior year I volunteered on a school Habitat for Humanity trip. I traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee and Vero Beach, Florida. We spent our time volunteering with this organization, that builds homes for people in need. I had always wanted to do something like that, and thought Spring Break would be the perfect opportunity. I had the time of my life and could not have asked for a better experience. I met so many wonderful people and felt like I really made a difference in the world. If you ever have the opportunity to go on a Habitat trip, do it!
I think completing these writing assignments was a great idea and contribution to my final project. My major is very centered on writing anyways, and I got to reflect on a ton of my college experiences through this different category of media.