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Monday, November 7, 2011

 

Wow! Two more weeks until Thanksgiving break…can someone remind me how that happened again? I feel like every semester of college has been going by faster and faster as I get older and older. Scary thought right? Upcoming exciting events though are:

  • Fall break! Most of us want it, and we all definitely need it. I haven’t seen my family since August (I’m still not sure whether or not that is a good thing or a bad thing…) its a lot easier coming from out of state than most people imagine. Maybe its because most people who come here from out of state had a reason for doing so? As always, Black Friday, the greatest shopping day of the year (and my personal favorite) is always fun to look forward to. 
  • Finding housing for next year (most of my friends are going abroad, so we have to start the process sooner rather than later. It’s nice to get it over with, but at the same time stressful because housing in Boulder is pretty competitive if you’re picky about your living situation like I am)
  • More snow covered mountains  (We’ve had two major snowfalls in the past month, which is an avid skiers dream. For those of us who weren’t blessed with the coordination or even urge to ski, and yes we do exist in Boulder believe it or not, we stare up at the snow covered Flatirons and ponder how they still manage to take our breath away after years of being here)
  • Finals (is that weird to say that I’m kind of excited for finals? I only have one final that is a test. The rest of my finals are all projects or presentations. In my upper-division writing class, we are doing a symposium on nutrition and health for University Hill Elementary School directly across from campus, which will be extremely exciting and rewarding. In my two education classes, we’ve been working on our own literary units of study. My group and I are working on a Monster unit for first graders with the focus of “its what’s on the inside that counts.” Cute, I know.
  • My newest organization that I work with is called Stand Up For Kids, which works to combat homeless youth (aged 18-24). Unfortunately, this is a growing issue across the country. I’ve been working with the organization for about a month now here in Boulder, and I can’t get enough of it! We help give the youth supplies necessary for living, such as coats, gloves, scarves, hats, boots, tents and tarps for outside, and eventually helping them with getting jobs and building resumes. I’ m hoping to become even more involved with the organization in the future. The only issue is that our lease is up and we don’t have enough funds to keep our center going, so we’re looking for a new center. We have an upcoming meeting and we’re going to talk about our new plan of attack, which is very exciting. (For more information, feel free to take a look at http://www.standupforkids.org/boulder/default.aspx)

 

Those are the updates on my life for now! 

Perri
Psychology, Elementary Education • Irvington, New York