Monday, September 28, 2009

Burn After Reading... :-) Jk.

Yes, I am fierce!

Eating Chinese Food in the Lounge


We can eat... To say the least. :-)

My girls!
From Left to Right: Me, Andrea, and Emma (The Ski Team and Swim Team hang out :-P)
Lead Singer of the Plain White T's
All of us at Higher Ground

The Plain White T's

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ugh. Monday again...

The weekend has come and gone :-( And everyone is studying for tests. But I am here to report back on the past week/weekend. Today is the Class of 2013's one month anniversary and my one of best friend's birthday. She jumped to the big 19 this year! I'm not even 18 yet! OMG. I'm the second youngest of my group. Kate, who lives across the hall, has a Nov. 28 birthday. I am November 9. I'm counting down the days. Anyways, for the birthday bash we ordered Chinese food (yummmmm) and ate Buttercream/Marble birthday cake. It was very delicious and we had enough Chinese food to feed an army. Seriously. We fed around 15 - 20 people. Andrea, the birthday girl, got lots of presents and who doesn't love those?! But the "Birthday" bus drove away and now everyone is locked in their rooms or in the library cramming and studying.
I hear there is a Biology test tomorrow for several of my floor mates. (Good luck, girls!) It won't be quite so rough for me! I actually like my mondays! Despite the 7:15 am wake up, Spanish class is pretty good. Sometimes I suffer from sleep walking to class, but if I have my coffee I can form complete sentences in Spanish. Lately in Spanish, we have been listening to "Y Hubo Alguien" by Marc Anthony. We are going to have quizzes on it and everything. (I have been helping the professor with setting up the music/music video to play in class. Call me "Teacher's Pet." I don't care. I'm going to ace Spanish, and being on the teacher's good side never hurt anyone.) But it isn't a bad way to learn a language, especially since I am a music junkie. Next time, I hope Profesora Vinals picks a Shakira or JLo song. Even if she doesn't I'll be listening to Shakira because she is fierce! And she is my "Radio Show #3" playlist for tomorrow!I'm telling you, the radio station is sooo cooooool! I love doing it. It's the perfect thing for me to do. I can play music, work on my reporting/public speaking skills, and get some homework done. It's such a cool thing to be able to do. And there is sooo much music in there. I need to go through and rip some onto my computer! I can never have enough music.
ANNNNNNNND I am so excited for tomorrow because my friend Sonia is stopping by on her college tour to see me and I get to show her the school! yay! I don't know how interested she is in the school, but I am bringing my A game. :-) It'd be so fun to have another California skier out here! Sonia and I have skied together for quite a few years now! She would be such a great addition to SMC! And it'll be nice to have a taste of home. Hopefully, we don't have torrential down pour tomorrow! It's raining cats and dogs right now. I really need to invest in some rain boots. If you come to SMC, BRING RAIN BOOTS! No one likes having soggy feet. ewwwwwwww!
Speaking of skiing, I just started a SMC Alpine Ski Team Blog in order to spread the word on all things ski team. I just did the first official post "Meet the Team" and all the athletes answered some basic info (If they bothered to respond to my emails.) I think the blog will be a great way for the ski team to gain support. Skiing is a great sport and we ski faster if there is lots of cheering. Well, I do anyways. It get the adrenaline pumping. I feel the need to ski spectacular! And I will. With dryland everyday, I am going to be in fantastic shape and ready to lay down some turns!
Who else is excited for snow?! I want it to snow so bad! They just got snow in Colorado and I am so jealous. I need to learn some patience!
Okay, I am going to watch Mean Girls with Birthday girl.
Good Night!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Radio Show, Room Mates, and of course, Halloween.

This is a new thing for me! I made a video blog instead of writing one! I thought I might switch it up a bit, and it's a good way to get to know me a little better. Comment if its a yay or nay, if "yay" I'll do more. :-)
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Welcome to the Ski House... Apparently."

I miss orientation. Not the whistles, but the uncountable available hours and all the awkward introductions that were okay because everyone was still meeting people. In my mind, that was a gift. I was unafraid to introduce myself to people because so one had a group yet and no one knew anything about me so they couldn't make any judgments ahead of time. And then of course, there were no classes the first 4 days. :-) Don't get me wrong, I love being back in a classroom. (I say "back in the classroom" because I did independent study for my junior and senior years of high school so that I could travel, ski, and go to school.) I am VERY pleased to say I am loving all of my classes.
I think my favorite class is Mass Communications and Society with Professor Mindich, mostly because it is a class that is very discussion oriented. He WANTS us to push back, pose an argument, and help the class see things from many different perspectives. It's fantastic to feel like I have a valued opinion. And in a class where there is so much public speaking what better way to get over nerves than doing a recitation. The professor gave us a list of different recitations we could pick from and the days we would have to present them to the class. I chose "Lose Yourself" by Eminem and today was my big "performance." I KILLED IT! Seriously. I rapped. It was rockin'. From this you may be able to tell that (at least to me) that the class is fairly relaxed. We are learning and having fun (as much fun as you can have in class and still pay attention).We are also using a textbook that Mindich is working on writing, which I am enjoying because it is relevant. Because it is being written now, there are examples I can relate to. I am not reading a text book where they use references from the 1980's.
Now that I have bored you to death with my rambles about classes, I want to talk about the Highlighter Dance. It was AWESOME! If you look at my last blog there is a picture of my floor mates and me in our White T's. I cut most of them :-). It was really fun. We got to the dance and everyone was doodling on T-Shirts, which glowed (as promised) in the black lights placed all over Alliot. Sometime people you didn't even know had written messages on your shirt (usually on your back) so you wouldn't have any idea what the shirt said 'til after the dance or for me, the morning after. Haha. It was pretty funny. Common messages included, "You're Hot" "Gabbilicious" and "insert illegible scribble here". There was a lot of illegible scribble, but its the thought that counts, right? I'm not sure how many people showed to the dance, but it felt like a lot. All of the profits from the dance went towards Tuesday's Children, a non-profit organization that assists families and friends of people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. I fabulous cause for a fabulous dance.
And speaking of fabulous things, who doesn't love getting mail. I got three packages yesterday! Yay. And they were BIG boxes. I got new ski boots, which look REAL fast, all of my ski tuning equipment, and of course various clothes that were left behind in the quest to have underweight baggage on the airplane. While I was very excited to be receiving boxes (which can be compared to the feeling of receiving Christmas presents), the opened and spewing boxes were all over the floor of my dorm room. I left a note on the white board so that she would be prepared to have an overwhelming room until I was able unpack them after class and dry land. When I came back to the room, the note on the white board was, "Welcome to the Ski House... Apparently." I proceeded to clean up the "mess" of things, but there are still boxes chillin' in my room waiting to be disposed of. I really need to go put those in the garbage room. I know you are all supremely jealous of my procrastination skills, but don't worry. It only took me about a week to get this good, so I am sure you can all catch on very easily :-P

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And if you want to follow me on twitter, I'm @gabdivalicious.

That's all for now!
xoxo
Gabbi

Friday, September 11, 2009

Spice Up Your Life

It's the WEEKEND! Well, technically it's middle of the day Friday, but for me it's the weekend. My classes ended at 11:40. :-) It's really nice. Today was full of quizzes. Spanish quiz and a Mass Communications Quiz. They weren't really difficult, but I've never been much of a test taker. I was also designated reader in Mass Comm today. I was really nervous. I had notes and questions for the class. And I thought I'd have to get in front of the class and do it, but I got to stay in my seat and have a "discussion amongst my peers." That's what I'd call it at least. Needless to say I am very happy to have the weekend in my near future.
This week wasn't really stressful, but I did add something to my schedule. Dryland. 4:30 -6 everyday. Trust me. I have been getting a good workout. I could barely move yesterday. Today is game day. Bring on the heat! ha! I can always go for some healthy competition. Soccer is probably not a good idea. I have a tendency to accidently kick people in the shins. And I really mean by accident. I have horrendous foot-eye coordination. It's rather pitiful for an athlete, but its just not my cup of tea. Luckily, my workout today will make me tired so that I can take a "nap" in evening so I have energy for the Highlighter Dance!!
This weekend is the Welcome Back Bash Weekend! And there are million fun things to do on campus. I think my favorite thing is going to be the Highlighter Dance. It's tonight from 10 pm - 1 am and everyone wears white t's and draws on them with highlighter. Alliot is (supposedly) all black lighted and everyone glows. As someone who never went to any high school dances, I am game to go to any dance, especially when there is glowing involved!
Luckily, activities on Saturday don't start until 11 am. The SMC Rugby team is going to be playing UVM Laws team on the 300's field. Afterwards, WWPV, the school radio station, will be playing music and class officers will be arranging activities on the 300's field. Next comes the activities fair where we can view all the clubs on campus. (There are a million and one things to do here, so scheduling is getting really important! ah!) Then we get to hear from some of our musically inclined students in MIKE CHECK, FREE LOUIS, THE MARCUS COOPER 3, & THE CELTIC KNIGHTS. Alliot is closed for dinner tomorrow night, so we are having a BBQ. I am all about the BBQs. They remind me of home.
Sunday is going to be a recovery and homework day, I'm sure. Lots of people cramming in the last minute Monday homework that they avoided all weekend because well, it's the weekend. Ha. It's whole purpose is to be wasted away doing things that don't involve classes. :-P Just kidding. Sort of...
Oh! and I am very excited to say that I am going to have a radio show on WWPV on Mondays from 10 am - Noon! It's called Glamour, Gossip, and Good Music with Gabbi Hall. Anyone notice a pattern in that one? Anyways, I'm excited for it so that I can play the music I want. I hate when radio stations only play one kind of music. I personally want to listen to just rock, or just hip-hop all the time. So my show is going to mix things up a bit. I am also going to be talking about upcoming music releases, concerts, movies, and of course the latest in greatest in pop culture because who doesn't like to laugh at the stupid things celebrities say or do? If you don't, don't listen to my show. That's all I can say to you. I'll probably throw some serious and important news in there as well. Try to have a little somethin' somethin' for everyone. If you aren't in the Burlington area, but want to tune in, go to the Webcast. Also on the website you'll find show schedules, events, contact information, and all thing relating to the radio show.


That's all for now!
xoxo
Gabbi


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

About Me

Hi. My name is Gabbi and I am a freshman at St. Michael's College this year! I am a journalism major. I plan on adding on a music minor, but that isn't official. I am from Truckee, California. For anyone who makes assumptions about California, California does have snow. We have some of the best snow and mountains around. Truckee is in the snowy mountain part of California. I came to Vermont to be a member of the SMC Ski Team. Go Purple Knights! I love sports. I used to be a competitive trampolinist, I water ski on Lake Tahoe regularly, and I ski race. I also like singing in the shower, doodling, and climbing trees. :-) Follow me!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Our Fierce Room

Please note: This is what a dorm room really looks like. After move in, the rooms don't stay picture perfect. My floor mates come in and make my bed. They are a little compulsive about it. Ha. Here's the realistic version of a freshman dorm room.


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"Hi, I'm Gabbi. I think we are friends on Facebook."

Well, I made it through Orientation and the first week of classes. (Whew!) What a whirl wind. Let me give you the low down on Orientation...
First, I just want to say that those O-Leaders are quite the spectacle. All decked in whistles and sweat bands. :-) Second, if you want an easy move-in day come to SMC. Seriously. O-Leaders love to carry heavy objects of lots of stairs.
Okay. So, I stayed at the Days Inn the night before move in day and those whistles were my alarm clock. I could here them across the street at about 8 am. (I was really thrilled ;-) ) But it also made me very excited to come over. I got antsy waiting for the 9 am check-in at the Ross Sports Center, so I walked across the street and strolled the campus.
Promptly at 9 am, I walked in, checked in, got my folder, ran into my first SMC twitter friend, and then called my parents to tell them to bring my stuff over. Here is where the crazy O-Leaders, RA's, RD's, and all other manner of SMC staff member come in. I walked up to Joyce Hall. I was immediately greeted by screams. I then met Kate, the 3rd floor RA, who took me to my new home. :-). When my parents arrived, my family started to move things up to my room. Then the O-Leaders were on a rampage, bombarded my car, and conveniently lifted all of my stuff into my room. So like I said, if are looking for easy move-in come to SMC. Also, loft your bed. You need to space. If you like bunk beds, do that and you can fit a couch. Not that you need to know all this now, but just put it in the back of your mind.
I am fortunate enough to have a fabulous room mate. Although all the girls don't have a BFF relationship with their roomies, everyone appears to be getting along. Anyways, our room is nice and bright. The overall decor is fantastic. I went "Bright & Wild" while Ashley went floral. It blends nicely if I do say so myself. (I'll upload a video.)
Now, I am moving on to day to day life. IT IS GREAT! I'm loving it. I am very pleased to say I love all my classes and professors. But its also only been a week, so we'll see how that goes... Just to get an idea I'll give a run through of my Wednesdays.
7 am: Wake up
8:15 am: Spanish 102
10:00 am: Mass Communications
12:00 pm: Lunch with Joyce 3rd Floor girls (or who ever is available)
1:00 - 4:30 pm: Homework, Procrastination, Handstands in the hallway, or many other things that can be done on campus
4:30-6 pm: Ski Team Dryland
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm - whenever: Mass hangout session in Joyce 305.
That is a general summary of my days now. It's an awesome schedule. I like having my afternoons free. I am a morning person, so this is fantastic. And on Mondays, I am done with classes by 9. :-) Its fantastic.

Ok! One last thing I want to mention since its my first blog. Meeting people is REALLY not that awkward. My personal favorite for pick-up lines (and seemingly the most popular) is "Hi I'm *Insert Name Here*. I think we're friends on face book." Now as nerdy and weird as that may seem its really not. It's much easier to meet people when you've facebook  chatted with them. And for me personally, I had LOTS of people coming up to me and asking,"Are you Gabbilicious?" That is my facebook name and it has caught on with lots of people. I also sent out a audition video to Seventeen magazine to be part of the freshman 15. Anyways, I sent that around to people for viewing. I am sure lots of people think I am the crazy chick from the you tube video.

Here is my point. It is very easy to meet people here! And I am loving every second :-)!
PS My floormates want to be in my blog so here it goes: Andrea, Natalie, Ashley, and Sarah.
There are more but we need food from Alliot. I'm starved.

xoxo Gabbilicious



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