Week One of Sophomore Year

Hello hello hello! It’s officially been one week since move-in day, so I think it’s time for an update! First and foremost, let’s flash back to August 15th when I journaled “33 reasons why I’m anxious to go back to college”. What was wrong with me?! Goodness. These unbelievable feelings are what happens when I forget that I am a human being and have full control over my thoughts. Perfect time to slip in a wonderful Eat, Pray, Love quote: “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”

Speaking of Eat, Pray, Love, I told my roommate early August that I am obsessed with the movie; when I walked into my dorm room on move-in day, guess what I saw on my desk? A brand new copy of the movie with a sweet note! Isn’t that wonderful?! It was only day one of my sophomore year and I was already overwhelmed by the kindness of Ohio State. On day two, I spent a few hours in the morning decorating my room. Large white walls practically scream, “Decorate me!” I hung the crayon art I made, the painting I did of the moon, some manipulations I made in Photoshop, photo prints I took during my photography class last year, a dry erase board, and a poster I picked up at the involvement fair. I’m going to purchase a world map to pin as well. I’ve always adored world maps because they make me feel so wonderfully small. How can I feel bored when there’s an entire world full of people I have yet to meet, places I have yet to go, and experiences I have yet to engage in?

At the involvement fair, I signed up for a plethora of organizations. Some include:
– Scarlet Script (a show choir that I am already a member of)
– Never Let Your Pen Dry (a writing workshop/slam poetry group)
– Operation Smile (a group that raises money for children’s clef lip surgeries)
– Impact OSU (group that services other organizations through marketing, advertising, web design, etc.)
– Block “O” (official student section of Ohio State athletics)
– Theatre For Change (group that performs controversial plays to raise awareness of social issues)
– Buckeyes Against Hunger: (group of students working to fight hunger through service projects)
– Her Campus: (an online magazine for the college women of OSU)
– Painting and Drawing Club
– Suicide Hotline Volunteer

I also joined a few others that I cannot remember. I’m having a difficult time narrowing down which ones I want to stick with.

August 21st was the first day of classes. Here’s how I feel about them:

British Literature: Medieval to the 1800’s
We spent the class going over the syllabus and getting and overview of what we would be learning. I read two of the books in high school (The Canterbury Tales and Beowulf), so I hope I have at least a decent background to help me through this course. We also looked at cave paintings which I think are really neat. My professor seems pretty cool but I can tell he has very high expectations for us.

British Literature Recitation
My teaching assistant is totally awesome and caring! He spent the class teaching us about habits we should build and different methods of studying. Here is the list of habits he listed to build during college:

  • Studying
  • Sleep
  • Diet & Exercise
  • Productive friendships
  • Anxiety management
  • Creative thinking

Child Development
Unfortunately, my teacher has an Asian accent and speaks with a little broken English, so I’m going to have to do a lot of teaching myself. One of the assignments we have is to observe preschool children for a total of ten hours and write short essays about our findings. This activity seems time consuming, but it should be interesting.

Linguistics: Language and Formal Reasoning 
As an English major, I can opt out of a math course and take linguistics instead, which is still abstract like math, but does not have numbers. I honestly should have taken math. While linguistics is cool, I’m completely and totally lost. 🙁

Language and Advertising 
Funny story about this class….
It starts at 8 a.m., so I left at 7:40. I was pretty positive I knew the way to the building, but I asked a few people just in case. An older man told me it was next to the Union, which was really far from where I was. It was 7:52. I turned on Google Navigation which ended up taking me around what felt like the entirety of campus until I ended up back to the same exact spot where I started. Someone saw me staring at my phone and asked if I needed help finding a building. He directed me exactly to where I thought it was in the first place! OSU apparently changed the name of the building, which is why everyone I asked was confused along with my GPS. Here’s a tip: don’t trust older men just because it’s assumable that the older you are, the more knowledge you gain. By the time I arrived to my class, it was 8:30 and I thought it would be rude walking in a half hour late, so I just sat outside and waiting until it was over. After it finished, I went up to my professor, explained what happened, and apologized. She completely understood and gave me the homework. WHEW!

Encountering Contemporary Art
This class, starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 6:50 p.m., is the latest class I have. All I have to say is I’M OBSESSED! It’s all about contemporary art, which I love, and focuses around the questions: “What is contemporary art?” “What will the future of contemporary art look like?” “When exactly did contemporary art begin?” I can’t wait to see what this class holds! My professor is ridiculously awesome and smart too! Teachers truly make or break a class. Bad professor, bad experience; great professor, great experience!

I hope my love for my classes stays with me throughout the semester! This first week has been an absolutely incredible experience so far!!! I’m so happy here! It’s crazy! Last semester, I was struggling to find my home away from home, but now, I don’t want to leave OSU!

I’m off to a pep rally, but expect to hear from me soon! I hope you all have a Saturday as wonderful as you are!

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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