Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Back on Campus

Hey all!

Just so you know, I made it back to Saint Mike's with all my luggage and with most of my sanity.

Fancy first-class breakfast :)
It was actually one of my smoother cross-country trips. I was upgraded to first-class from Reno to Denver and then Business Class ( aka SUPER fancy international plane) from Denver to Chicago. I wasn't anything special from Chicago to Burlington, but it was a Barbie plane! It was SO small! I couldn't believe. It was also delayed for an hour and a half... ew.

Sun-tanning in Denver International

 One of my friends from back home, who skis for UVM, was on two of my flights as well as a kid who skis for Middlebury. We awkwardly met waiting for the shuttle. He had racing boots on his backpack and I felt obligated to say "hi." I mean there aren't that many ski racers so chances are that we are connected in one way or another. We happened to have a few mutual friends/acquaintance/whatevers....

My coach was nice enough to pick me up at the airport in Burlington and bring me back to school. It's a little weird being back without a ton of people, but it's also very nice. It's calm. No stress at all.

Fancy seats in Business Class
 Funny story before I sign off.. I had planned to get up at 6:20 am to shower and get ready. I had to tune my skis before training and I wanted to make sure I was ready for skiing. I got a phone call from my coach at 7:27 am... My alarm didn't go off. I shot out of bed like a bat out of hell. I made it to the ski room in about 10 min which is pretty good considering I had to search my unpacked bags for my ski gear... Luckily, everyone on the team likes me... Well, I think they do. Anyways, they just gave me a hard time, but no harm done. We still had great training!

Now, I am off to watch some video and get a small workout in.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Making the Rounds - Lake Tahoe, CA and NV

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope that everyone is enjoying a break from school work and time with friends and family. I know I am. I have run into so many old friends. People I didn't even expect to see are coming out of the woodwork.

Early Morning Training at Diamond Peak
When I come home I like to make the rounds through the ski areas. I have skied Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl, and Squaw Valley. Diamond Peak is literally 2 minutes down the hill from my parents new house, which is awesome. It's not the biggest ski area out here, but there are BEAUTIFUL views of Lake Tahoe. The coaches of the team there are also very nice and allow me to train with them.

This pic to the right is a sunrise on the lake from the chairlift. It was a blue bird day and around 30 degrees. I can't complain about anything. It was awesome!

Skiing with old friends from gymnastics and skiing
When I'm not training, I do some free-skiing. We had an epic snowfall the last week, so I finally got to do some powder skiing. Places like Mammoth Mountain were claiming 15 feet and in Tahoe it was around 12 feet in only a few days! It was awesome! I couldn't have asked for better snow during the break.

My best powder day was at Sugar Bowl, where I skied with my friend, Hillary. We have been friends since I was 11 years old when we did gymnastics together in the Bay Area. Then, I ran into Kelly and Shannon, who are sisters that I have been racing with for 9 years. I wasn't expecting to run into them since the are technically "Squaw girls" now, but we had a great time reliving our childhood adventures at Sugar Bowl. It's nice to ski somewhere where you know all the nooks and crannies.

Caitlin and I at Squaw Valley
Today,  my little sister and I headed over to Squaw Valley to ski with my friend Caitlin and her older sister, Alex. Caitlin and I have been friends for a long time, but we were also roommates at Sugar Bowl Academy my sophomore year of high school.
She doesn't race anymore, but she still shreds so we love to get together and screw around. She always makes me laugh.

It was beautiful weather, although a little windy. There were no lines at the lifts because A) it's a big mountain and B) I think most people just relax at home on Christmas. Essentially, it was awesome!

My sister and I at Squaw
My sister and I don't get to ski together much and because she is currently recovering from a knee injury, she is nice and slow, so I can actually keep up. :-P Squaw is her home mountain, but she isn't all that familiar with it. Thank goodness I had Caitlin and Alex to lead me around.

I have absolutely loved being home and I can't believe I'm only here two more full days! It's crazy! However, I am excited to start racing. Make sure to follow this blog and the Alpine Ski Team Blog to keep up on what I'm doing and what the ski team is doing. If you are a Nordic skier, you can also follow the Nordic Ski Team Blog. While our points all go together to produce our team's ranking, we race at different venues.

Also, remember that you can ask me questions or check out previous answers about SMC via Formspring and VYou. You can also see previous answers there as well. I think VYou is a little easier as far as searching for previous answers, but it's totally up to you!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Maybe She's Born with It? Maybe It's SMCVT

Only 3 days after the end of the semester all of my grades are in. I was particularly concerned about my Music Theory and New Media 2 classes. I tried very hard and did crazy amounts of work, but the professors were demanding and can be critical. This was on top of the taking 7 classes = 19 credits and ski team and 'Bellas. The bottom line is that it was a busy semester.

Here's the break down: 4 A's and 3 B's. Final GPA: 3.516.
This is very exciting because it means I have maintained my GPA from freshman year. I had 3.5 both semesters last year. For some of you 3.5 might not seem great. Yes, it is a significant drop from the 4.2 GPA I had my senior year of high school, but college is a whole new ball game. It brings new responsibilities and new priorities. It also brings a lot of new work, new programs, and all-nighters. So lots of new, new, new.

Of course, my success wouldn't be possible without my fabulous professors who were always available to meet with me and give extra help. I emailed some of them at obscure hours and they could get back to me in a few hours. Turns out professors pull all-nighters, too. I also wouldn't have made it without all my wonderful friends who entertained my in Bergeron late at night and explained how to analyze chords, when I thought it didn't make a lick of sense. So thanks to them. I wouldn't have passed without you!

I'll right, I'm off to the gym!
Happy Holidays!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Deck the Halls

Morganne (left) and my sister, Maddi (right)
(Please comment if you know why this blog title is witty. :-P)

Hey Guys!

Obviously, the purpose of this blog is to inform you about life at Saint Mike's, but the next few blogs will probably be a lot about my life at home in Lake Tahoe, NV because it is winter break.
Of course, if you ask me some really interesting questions on VYou or Formspring, I might post those. Remember you can ask anonymously so there are no stupid questions! I also return to school in 10 days for ski team training and racing so I will be on campus very soon.

Let me tell you a little about my first day back in the West! It was very eventful. In the morning, my mom and I headed over to Alpine Meadows to watch my sister's high school race. You can see her in the photo to the left. It was her first race back since injuring her knee last Spring. While I hate to laugh, she did miss the last gate of the course because she was so excited to have made it down. Ha. It's particularly funny because she is a really good skier and much more naturally talented than myself.
Driving through Tahoe City, CA

Because of her little mistake, we headed home. As you can tell, it was dumping here. There is a rumor going around that we will get 6-12 ft in the next week. I am more than happy to go along with it. :-D
Once we got home, I broke out the keyboard that has been sitting in my garage for YEARS. I have been attempting to write an arrangement for "Firework" by Katy Perry for the 'Bellas. I've never done it before and it's taking a while, but I'll figure it out.

Mamasita (as she like to be called) hanging ornaments
 Mostly my day was lazy. It was great. I didn't have to be anywhere. I didn't have to do anything. No papers, or exams, or worksheets, oh my!

When my dad got home from work, we went out to Italian food. Oh my goodness, it was delicious. My next outing will be to Mexican food. You haven't had Mexican food until you've had west coast Mexican food. No offense, East Coasters, but you are a LONG way from Mexico. I don't why that would be offensive, but people are always saying that East Coast Mexican food is as good as West Coast Mexican food. Don't bother arguing that with me. :-P

Pieces of artistic genius from the Hall sisters
Anyways.... after dinner, it was hot chocolate, Christmas decorating, and Pride and Prejudice. I haven't decorated the Christmas tree in years because I always seem to come home the 22nd or 23rd of December and the tree has already been put together. It was really fun going through all the ornaments. When I was little, my mom let my sister and I pick out a new ornament every year. My said it was really funny to watch me pick mine because I was such a tom-boy and I always picked really girly ornaments. I'm just a very complex individual.

In the decorating process, I came across the little gems you see to the left. They were hand made by my sister and I in December of 1998. I was in 1st grade. According to my mom, I always thought it was weird I had to sit on Santa's lap. I was totally justified in that, too. The Santa in this photo looks like he is 20 years old! I'm as big as he is. (I'm the ornament on the right).

As you can probably tell, my family doesn't do the "designer Christmas tree" thing. Our tree is a a total mash-up of arts and crafts, snowflakes, icicles, little ski gondolas, and ice skates. By the way, no one in our family ice skate, so I find those particularly funny. My mom is going with the "We don't discriminate against any winter sports" excuse. Whatever.

I hope everyone is enjoying their time off and if you applied Early Action 1, keep your eyes peeled for your acceptance letters! I can't wait to see the Class of 2015 start to form!
I'm off to ski Diamond Peak!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Clips from Good Morning America at the Essex/Going Home

Oh and finals are over, but more of that later.

So you don't need to watch the whole 10 minutes, but I can give you some markers of where you can spot me. At 2 min and 43 sec, I am to the left of the "LIVE" logo on the screen. I am wearing a black hat.
My BIG moment is at 6 min and 52 sec when I got my moment on the screen in Times Square. I also on screen right after that on the right. You can't miss me. You can actually see my whole body! I also have a nice close up at 9 min and 44 sec. This might sound silly now, but just know that by seeing this you are part of my national TV debut. GET EXCITED! You can be the person that says "I totally knew her before she was famous!"
Now that I've forced you to watch me on tv again... I'll tell you a little bit about finals week. It has actually been really relaxing. Here's why.
I only had one final. The rest were projects and take home finals. I was done with most of it my noon on Monday which gave me plenty of time to study for my Varieties of Christianity exam. (This qualifies as the religion requirement and I HIGHLY recommend the professor. Professor Patterson is so awesome!)
Anyways, I took that exam today. I think it went so-so. To be honest, I studied the vocabulary a ton, but I just drew a straight blank on some of them. Some of them I knew hands down 10 min before the exam, but I froze up. That hardly ever happens to me, but it did. Luckily, I believe I did well on the essays which were 60/100 points on the exam. I had A's on all my assignments before that so I am not too concerned.
I also turned in my music theory exam today. It was take home which was nice and I don't what I would have done without my book on hand. Music theory is REALLY hard. My science/math friends laugh when I say that, but it was just as hard as any math class I've taken!
Now, it is all over and there is no sense in worrying! There are 10 days until Christmas and I will be home in 24 hours. I think I have said this before, but I haven't been home since the 4th of July. It's crazy! I can't wait to sleep for 48 hours when I get home. The semester was awesome, but exhausting. I can't wait for a month without the stress of homework. I just want to ski!
Even though I am off homework duty, I am not off blogger/question-answering duty! I know people will be getting acceptance letters and sending in applications soon, so I'm sure there will be tons!
Head to the "Ask Questions About SMC" tab at the top of the page to ask questions or see previous answers!
Have a very happy holiday season!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Top Questions About Saint Michael's College

The idea behind this post is to put some of my most viewed/useful answers front and center. Some of them have not been posted in a while. I have a Formspring account, so you can ask me question there, but I have been primarily using VYou lately. You can ask questions from either site on the right side of the blog in the Formspring box or go to the "Ask Questions" tab at the top of the page!
I hope this is helpful!

Number One:

when can I change my classes? I've already registered for them, but is there a time at the end of the summer when I can switch them around?

I don't have an exact date for this summer, but I believe you will be able to switch your schedule around after the last registration day at the end of July. Around Aug. 1st, you can log on to Knight Vision and see what classes are still available. If you can't switch on the website, just call the registrar's office and they will be more than happy to help you if there are available spots. If you can't get in before school, there is week period at the start of semester to drop/add classes and you can go directly to the professor and see if they will take extra students. You could also email the professor before school starts to get their policy on adding extra students. Ex: Professor Kim Sultze is
Good Luck!
Number Two:

Can you list some necessities to bring to college as a freshmen? for dorm rooms, for classes, for going out...etc.

Wow, that's broad but I'll give you the top ten things I can think of.
1) 2 sets of sheets, 2 pillows, a mattress pad, and a comforter
2) At least two towels, a shower basket with shampoo/condition/razor/soap ect. that you can take to the bathroom
3) A microwavable plate, cup, and bowl plus utensils
4) A refrigerator and microwave (you only need one of each per room so talk to your roommate)
5) A pair of appropriate pajamas so you aren't embarrassed or frantically putting on pants when someone knock on your door.
6) A desk lamp and a "desk set" with pencil holder and other organizing things
7) Laundry basket/soap/ dryer sheets
8) One "family appropriate" business casual outfit for something like the Block M Athletics Dinner or Dean's List Get Together.
9) A pair of jeans and a million t-shirts that you can wear with them for that lovely 8 am class as well as a pair of sneakers you can just throw on.
10) Pictures of home, friends, and posters to decorate your room with. I did a beach theme and had some great pictures of Hawaii collaged on my wall.

Obviously, you can take what you want, but I think these can get you by for a while. All school supplies can be purchased at the book store or you can catch the bus to town and get supplies at the Rite-Aid. Bring clothes you are comfortable and confident in. And my big piece of advice is: DON'T CHANGE WHO YOU ARE WHEN YOU COME TO SCHOOL. Seriously. Be yourself and emphasize your best qualities, but if you try to totally reinvent yourself it might go spiraling out of control.

Number Three:

Gabbi, is it pretty easy to meet friends in your dorm building and floor? Thanks!

There is NOTHING easier. Over orientation weekend, it's a great time to "make the rounds." Most people have their doors open and are open to visitors. And when move in is happening on Thursday from 9 am - 1 pm, the main dorm doors are open so you can go meet people in the other buildings.
In my experience, I found that when I wanted to go to meals in the beginning I'd ask a girl on my floor. It was how we got over the awkward stage. Nothing like an Alliot meal to build friendships. :-D
My big tip is: Keep your door open over Orientation Weekend as much as possible. At one point my roommate and I had 20 people playing some screaming word game in our room and I'm still friends with quite a few of them!

Number Four: 

i feel like i am honestly the only incoming freshman who is not jumping up and down and counting down the days until we leave. were you nervous your first week at smc/how did you overcome it if you were?

Great question!!

Of course I was nervous! I was nervous people wouldn't like me. I was nervous I couldn't handle the school work. I was nervous that I would fall behind in my ski racing. I was nervous that SMC wasn't the best choice for me. My head was absolutely spinning before I came to school. Although, I will admit I was one of those people that was soooooo excited to move-in.
Move-in day I was nervous about the first impression I would make (I even tried like 5 outfit on that morning because I had to be comfortable and cute.) and to be honest it didn't go away until after the first week of classes, but here is my secret.
Keep a smile on your face and keep your dorm room door OPEN. Go walk around the freshman buildings, Joyce, Lyons, and Ryan, and talk to everyone who has doors open. It may not seem that everyone is nervous, but I'd bet that 99% of the other freshman are putting on their brave faces.
Get a big group of girls or guys on your floor (or not) to go to Alliot meals together. The more people the better and less awkward it will be. Invite your new friends over for games or jamming out to music in your room. I had 20 people in my room playing this weird word game at one point during orientation.
So SMILE and keep an open mind about everyone! Moving into college is a weird, awkward and wonderful experience so appreciate every minute!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hello, America. This is Gabbi Hall coming to you live from the Essex. :-D

It has been a long week, but classes are over! Also, I made my national TV debut on Good Morning America.
Good Morning America was doing a special broadcast from the Essex in Essex, VT. It's this really nice spa and resort with an amazing culinary school. It's the place you want your parents to take you if you want to go to a REALLY nice dinner.
So here's how the day went.
1) Wake up at 5:30
2) Go to Dunkin' to get coffee
3) Meet up with the girls who were getting a ride with me
4) Arrive at the Essex at 6:45 am.
5) Warm-up/ Head to the set by the bonfire

We sang at 7:30 am, 8 am, and 8:30 am. Once was by a bonfire, once was for the tree lighting, and the final time was during weather and food. I was standing right next to the food area when we were singing. I was so close to Sam Champion, the weather guy. He was really nice too. I am totally going to have his job someday. He better watch out. :-P
The biggest highlight of the morning was when we were put on the big screen in Times Square! Seriously, we were up on the big one with GMA all around it. Pretty frikkin' cool. So this morning was essentially my claim to fame for the year. And yes, I mean for the year. I like to have at least one "famous" moment a year to keep up on my TV presence.
Just kidding... sort of... anyways...
Not only has this week been crazy with final projects, but it's been a lot of singing. The Acabellas were singing with the Sleepless Knights on Wednesday night. It was really fun. They are great group and the Bellas never complain about having a show.

If you watch the video, I'm in the back right hand side. Big blond hair, a black dress, sparkly belt, and swirly tights. You can't miss me. Also, these are courtesy of my friend Libby's camera and a friend of hers who took the actual video, so there is some chit chatting in the beginning. You can fast forward that if you'd like.
Tonight we are performing at the Make a Joyful Noise concert, which is a fundraiser for a professor in need and we are also performing at Stress Free Knight. Stress Free Knight happens while everyone is getting ready for finals. You can get 15-minute massages, henna tattoos, eat some snacks, and listen to some great a capella music by Acabellas and Mike Check. It's a nice way to get the weekend started!
So it's been a song-filled, stressful, yet awesome week. I can't wait to go home on Thursday!
Talk to you all soon! Keep your fingers crossed for me during finals week.


Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm going to be on Good Morning America

"Keep the Vow, Fund AIDs Now" Rally

Seriously! You'll have to read on to know why, where, and when...

It's the final countdown to going home and it  seems like there is more to do than ever before.

After we last talked, I attended to "Keep the Vow, Fund AID's Now" rally. It was part of Global AIDs week. It was planned by the Student Global AIDs Campaign (SGAC) on campus. They led a group of close to 30 people from Sen. Leahy's Office to Sen. Sanders Office to demand that they pressure President Obama to keep is promise of putting a billion more dollars towards AIDs research and prevention.
A representative from Leahy's office speaks
 I am not personally involved in SGAC, but I was covering for the Defender so I actually ended participating in my first rally that day. At first, I was shy and just walked along with the group. After a few minutes and some encouragement from my good friend, Sarah, I was chanting along with everyone else. It was a loud, but peaceful rally. I did notice a singular police officer following us around.
This was also definitely my tightest Defender deadline. Generally stories need to be submitted by 9 am Friday morning for the Fact Checkers. However my event wasn't until Friday mid-day, so my deadline shifted. I had to get in in Friday by 4 pm, mostly because the Chorale had rehearsal at 4 pm before our performance.

Chorale rehearsal

So once I had turned in my article, I rushed off to 4 hours of singing. We had rehearsal and then a performance. At rehearsal, Nat Lew, the director, said he had good news, fantastic news, and bad news.  
    Naturally, we wanted bad news first. He told us we had to wake up at 6 am on Friday. Everyone freaked out a little bit. I didn't sign up for early morning singing when I registered for classes. Then he told us the fantastic news! WE ARE GOING TO BE ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA! Yes, the big tv show on ABC. :-D Oh my goodness, I almost died when I found out! They are doing some sort of segment from the Essex Inn in Essex, VT (just down the road) and we will be caroling!!  So basically I am going to be famous after Friday so you may want to catch up on blog so you can make fan pages and such. :-P (The good news is we don't have parts tests... oh, and the concert later that night went well...)
Speaking of famous people, Nick Cannon was here on Saturday night. Seriously. He did stand-up and was surprisingly hilarious.  I had really been hoping he'd bring Mariah, but he didn't. So sad. However, he did stick around and snap pics with fans after the show. I didn't hang back after the show. If I had known he was going to stay for pics, I would have. Again, so sad, but I'll live.
Nick Cannon
 Bottom line: It's been a pretty eventful few days. Plus, it's finally snowing here and it finally feels acceptable to listen/sing Christmas songs. Now I have to go work on my final projects!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Answering the Tough Questions

So I've answered about 6 new questions in the past two days, so I figured I'd embed my VYou so that you can watch the responses and ask any questions you may have!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Flash to the Future

It's 8:12 am and I have been up for almost 3 and a 1/2 hours. My alarm went of at 4:50 am this morning. I woke up "Two is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls and Taylor Swift. I didn't sleep well last night. I have a hard time falling asleep if I know I have to go to sleep and my suitemates were a little loud and there were people screaming outside my building. I don't know why it was so loud Wednesday night, but it was.

All that doesn't even matter because I flashed into my future! This morning, my Writing For Media 1 class took a field trip (Yes, you still go on field trips in college.) to WCAX, a family-owned tv news station in Burlington. Oh my goodness, it was so awesome. I was in heaven. The set was everything I imagined it would be and all I wanted to do was sit in the chair of power. We watched the 6:30 am broadcast which included a lot of weather and stories about things like a murder in a nursing home.

We got to see the editing room, the news room, the sales room, the behind-the-scenes room, and the actual set where the anchor sits. Like I said, I was in heaven. I always knew I wanted to be in news, but my fire has been re-lit so to speak. I realized that my goal is really within my reach. I can't wait to take the TV News Reporting class while I am at Saint Mike's and to eventually intern at a news station!

Oh, I can't wait! Now, I have to go to class, but I promise to keep you updated in my last few weeks of this semester!


PS Always remember that you can ask me questions by heading to my "Ask Questions About SMC" page or head to my VYou page!

PSS There is a Holiday Contest through the Admissions Office! Check out the info here: Youtube

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Let the Snow Fall Down and Wake My Dreams

Let it wash away my sanity!
.... Yes, that just happened. I stole those lyrics from a Hilary Duff song... I DARE you to judge me!

Moving on. 

You may assume from my blog title that I was doing something involving snow over the Thanksgiving break. You are so right. I was up in Sunday River, Maine with the SMC Alpine Ski Team.

We left Tuesday after classes and I got back on campus about 2 hours ago (aka 4:30 pm on Sunday). It was a truly wonderful trip and training session. There were 8 boys and 6 girls at the camp training. It was a good crew. Everyone got along really well except when the boys ate all 80 fruit snack packets! I'm fairly certain they did it just to make me angry. All I wanted was fruit snacks! Other than that the food situation was great! We had a George Foreman grill, so we made lots of bacon and tomato grilled cheeses.

There was also this brand new coffee maker so I had my coffee in the morning and I could set a timer the night before so it would be brewed when I got up in the morning. It was really fancy. :-P We also had Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, which we don't get a school so it was a total treat.

Here's the breakdown:
Kelsey Redden, Christina Billotti, and Molly Macleod

Wednesday: Free-skiing and drills on slalom skis
Thursday: Slalom training (yay!) and Thanksgiving dinner with the team.
Friday: GS training in the AM and one-ski drills in the afternoon.
Saturday: Slalom training
Sunday: Slalom training

Yes, it was a lot of slalom and guess what? I skied well! :-D I was really excited. I'm at a really good place for early season and I need to be. My first races will be North American Cup in early January and they are the most competitive races on this continent aside from the occasional World Cup. They are tough, but I like to jump right into my season. You have to learn to take everything with a grain-of-salt early in the season, so I just go in positive and charge hard!

Now, I'm going to work on some HW, so I can get ahead on the craziness of the next few weeks. 3 more weeks left in the semester!! :-D Remember that if you want to ask me questions, head over to my VYou Channel or use the Formspring widget in the right column of the blog!


Ashley Langlands

Kelsey Locke

Christina Billotti, Kelsey Redden, and Ashley Langlands

Tim Spangler and Matt Beers

Kevin O'Brien and Nate Bryant

Doing video analysis and waiting for dinner

Monday, November 22, 2010

Interesting Facts About SMC

These particular facts relate to technology on campus. Thank you, @SMC_Defender for printing these a few weeks ago.

- 1.4 million copies are made each month - My addition: It just so happens that we have a nifty new printing system here at school that prints everything double-sided and also allows students to scan things and print from their personal computers.

- PK Cafe is the No. 1 place called from campus. The PK Cafe is located across from the Ross Sports Center next to Fire and Rescue. There is delicious food there, and clearly it's very popular!

- On average, the school receives 100,000 emails daily.

- On the average weekend night, there are over 1300 users connected wirelessy. The peak time is around 11:30 pm. My addition: I'm usually asleep by that time. :-P

- Roughly, one half of the student equipment registered on the network is from Apple.

- We have 100 Mb of Internet capacity in the residential halls. This is roughly 30-40 times more than what the average person would get from his or her home internet service provider. Every night, students consume over 95 percent of that capacity.

Now, a quick update on my life in photos. Just scroll down and check it out! I'll be posting photos soon from Sunday River, where the ski team is headed tomorrow afternoon!!

This is Mike Check. The Bellas and these boys performed at a Best Buddies (put on by MOVE). They performed "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from the Lion King and "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen.

And I did some grocery shopping. These are great because A) They are $0.43 at Shaw's and B) All you need is water and a microwave.

As I was leaving Pontigny, I saw this and found it to be very funny. It's "Dumble-door" haha. If you aren't a Harry Potter fan, that won't be funny at all.

The Bellas sang the National Anthem at the Men's Basketball Game. We won! :-D

We had a rehearsal after the National Anthem. View my previous blog to listen to two of our songs "Sunday Morning" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."
This is Mike Check during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" Bobby, the lion in the t-shirt, was my editor last week on the Defender. :-P They boys in that crew are pretty goofy, but SO talented!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sunday Morning (Maroon 5) performed by the Acabellas

Hey Guys!
I wanted to share this with you guys! It's the Acabellas - The All-female a Capella group on campus!
This is from today's rehearsal!
We have a concert coming up with Mike Check (the all-male group) on Nov. 30th in the McCarthy Arts Center at 7 pm! Come support us and donate to "Women Helping Battered Women"!



PS: Scroll down. There's another one! Just ignore the little mistakes and giggles. We literally just learned the song!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

You Won't Know Until You Get Here

     It's true, that you simply can't understand unless you are in a person's shoes what life is like at Saint Mike's. You can guess and get an outside picture, but you simply can't predict what you'll be involved in here. I mean I NEVER thought I'd be in the Chorale, or the Acabellas, or be a tour guide. I'm nothing, but everything I want to be at school.
     Yes, I do realize that makes no sense, but because I'm a college student I am going to explain in a well formulated paragraph (or try to at least.) I thought when I came to school I'd be some sort of jock. I mean a totally sloppy athlete, but still a hot shot. Until I came to school, sweatpants everyday were TOTALLY acceptable and dresses weren't an option. Well, I don't wear sweats everyday. In fact, I've made an effort to look decent most days. I live by the motto "Look good. Feel good. Race good." <-- (Spotted: Horrible grammar, but I like the use of "good.") I even wear floral dresses and sparkly things and wear my hair down. Ask people I went to school back in the day. They'd be SHOCKED! So in that sense, I'm nothing like I thought I'd be.
  On the other hand, my life is charmed and privileged when I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I am a tour guide, a ski team captain, and a singer. I'm studying the major I love and I write for the school paper. I've also been interviewed for the paper. I'm exactly what I thought I'd be. OVERLY involved. I'm doing a million things. I actually think I stretched myself to thin this semester. I'll make it through, but Christmas break will be a gift from the gods. Seriously.
So now I'll talk about some of the things that have stretched me so thin. Starting with music stuff. Acabellas are awesome. I love the girls and the music. Our newest songs include Seaside Rendevous by Queen, which we will be doing with Mike Check (all-male group) and One Love by Bob Marley. We tried to do One Love this morning in the quad, but it's definitely in the rough fazes. :-P

    Then, of course, there is Chorale. We had our first big performance last night at an old folks home in Shelburne. It was really fun and I think the pieces went really well minus a few note flubs on my part. Luckily, there are A LOT of altos so I don't think anyone noticed.
   This is on the bus, which was filled with singing random songs like "I'll Make a Man Out of You" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Our big Christmas performance is coming up Dec. 3rd in the Chapel. It should be pretty good. :-D

Okay, and a little more random, but fun news. I was in the Defender and NOT as a writer. A friend was writing an article on the ski team, and there is in fact a little section in the article about me :-P Ha, I'm such a big deal now....
Anyways, here's the little piece. To see the article, you can click here.

New captain for the women
This year, sophomore Gabbi Hall was named captain of the women’s team. Hall says her personal goal as captain is to bring everyone together early on in the season.

“It’s an individual sport,” Hall said. “But in college it needs to be like a team sport.”

Having been on the snow since she was three years old and racing since she was eight, Hall is excited about the potential of this season, she said.

“[Last season] was an up and down season,” Hall said. “The team had solid finishes, but there was room for improvement.”

Hall said there were only five girls racing for the team last season, even though each team is allowed six. The downside is that according to the Federation of International Skiing rules, in order for the race to count, the team needs at least three racers to finish.

“There were a few carnivals last year where our third person didn’t finish,” Macleod said.

Junior Ashley Langlands also has high hopes for the new season and new coach.

“The girls’ team struggled last year,” Langlands said. “We’re a smaller school and we struggled to finish. But this year looks good.”

.... Yup so that's my 15 minutes of fame....
Just kidding, I'm going to be a LOT more famous than that. I'm talking donate-a-building-to-the-school (rich and) famous.
Alright, that's all for now! I have Thanksgiving dinner in Alliot, a Defender meeting and Acabella practice.

<3 Gabbi

PS Don't forget that you can ask questions about here:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

This Thing Called Love

QUICK REMINDER: The bloggers will be doing a Knight Chat, a chat room with current students and prospective students, TOMORROW NIGHT (Nov. 15, 2010) at 7:30 - 9 pm EST. Come ask questions or just chat!

I just can't handle it!
Or how about? Thm, Thm. Thm, thm, ba, da, thm, thm, ba da.
Or maybe even... Sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagaree?
Well, these are part of songs we are doing in Acabellas. I had my first rehearsal last Thursday.  It was really fun. The girls are all ridiculously nice and obviously very good singers. We are working on "This Thing Called Love" and "Sweet Dreams" and "Seaside Rendezvous" which will be done in collaboration with the all-men a capella group Mike Check. I'm so thrilled to be a part of the group!

I did want to share this picture one of the fun things the Bellas will be doing this year. We will be singing weekly in the quad to brighten people's mornings and work on new material. Here is a picture of Thursday's performance!
This was before my first rehearsal, but they performed "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5. It was SO good! And it was a beautiful day and it really made my 10 times better!
I'm hoping to record some of the upcoming rehearsals to share with you here!

<---- Spotted: My article. I scanned it in using the fancy new printing/scanning system at school. I'm such a fan :-D

In other news, I wrote the news again in the SMC Defender. My article was on the Women's Ice Hockey team and there goals for the season. While the topic (to me) wasn't ground breaking or all that interesting, it was great experience in sports writing. In particular, it was great to write about a sport I know so little about.

So that is my latest news. Remember that if you have questions for me about Saint Mike's, feel free to check out the "Ask Questions About SMC" tab above or the "Contact Me" tab which has my email address. I'm always available to answer questions. So fire away!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Free Coffee, Birthday, Tattoos, Weight Lifting, and Laundry

Yup, those are 5 REALLY random things, but they were all part of my week so far.
We'll start with free coffee.
At the Knight Stand or Cafe Cheray, I have filled my coffee cup six times (for $1.25). I had a punch card which gets me a 7th coffee free. I use it today and the coffee is sitting on my desk as I type this. Now, you may be thinking "This is the most BORING blog post ever." What you don't realize is that at Saint Mike's, the cafes are important for late night study snacks and the $1.25 I saved on the 7th coffee is a load of laundry.
This leads me to the laundry portion of this post. I did a RIDICULOUS amount of laundry last Friday. I had so much it took up three washing machines. It was essentially my whole wardrobe, plus sheets and towels. I waited as long as possible to do laundry. Not really for any reason except for the fact that I didn't want to lug the bag downstairs. And I had a whole. $.50 on my Knight Card which wouldn't have bought me ANYTHING.
Now I'll erratically jump to tattoos. Nope, I didn't get a tattoo. (You can stop freaking out, Mom and Dad.) I am doing a project on them. In New Media 2, we will be building a web magazine that discusses a social trend or shocking subculture. Tattoos happen to be a growing trend amongst young adults and a faux pas with many parents/grandparents, ect. So I'd say for some it's shocking, but it's mostly a social trend. It's interesting and it'll give me some fun design options for the magazine. :-D
Speaking of magazines, I talked previously about my 'Women in the Weight Room' article for my Writing for Media 1 class. (this is the weight lifting part, fyi) Well, it's coming along wonderfully! I had interviews with Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso, LA trainer Brian Peeler, and Wayne Westcott, a fitness researcher. The outline is proving to be the hardest part! My goal is to have this published in Women's Health. (Keep your fingers crossed!) While that publication might be far off, I did recently have another article in the The Defender! It's on Women's Ice Hockey! Despite the fact that it was not the most interesting subject for me, it did end up a solid article and it's pretty cool to see my name in print. It was especially nice as it was released on my birthday.
Yup, it was the big 1-9 for me yesterday. Guess what happened? I was mistaken for a music professor. I'm not kidding. Someone came into my practice room and wanted me to sign a form to get into Music for Non-Majors. I had the MOST confused look on my face :-P I didn't realize he thought I was the professor until after I directed him to my music professor. All I could think was "OMG did I age over night?!" Aside from that, it was an uneventful day.
I didn't do anything special, but Friday, my friends and I are going to grab dinner at VT Brew Pub and probably a coffee on Church St. I also have plans to grab a massage if I ever have a spare minute! ah!
My next blog will be all about class registration this semester, but for now I have to go shower and grab some sleep!
If you have questions, you can ask me on VYou (You can also just scroll to the blog below and ask right there.) or you can ask via Formspring. (There is a Formspring box on the right side of the blog as well!) So many ways to get in touch, what will you choose?


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Things to Know Before SMC

Hey the question is: What's one thing you wish you knew before you came to Saint Mike's?
I thought it was interesting enough to put up in between my usual blog posts. Feel free to ask me questions through VYou or Formspring!
Just scroll to below my lovely face and click on the question you'd like to see the answer too! You can also ask questions anonymously from right here. So many ways to ask questions! What will you choose?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Art of Dining

(Quick tid bit: If you have questions about St. Mike's, I am testing out a new question system. You can ask here: and then I will give a video response. It could be pretty cool! So ask away!) Now onto the good stuff:

Hey Everyone!

It's Sunday morning and the sun is shining. We also got an extra hour of sleep last night, which was oh-so-fabulous. I desperately needed massive doses of sleep this weekend. I do feel refreshed and read to go for the week.

I know I post a lot of photos of the campus all sunny with it's beautiful fall colors, but here's another one. You can kind of tell, but this particular day the leaves were falling off the tree like it was snowing. It was beautiful. I'm one of those people that will choose to walk across the lawn to kick the leaves around instead of the pathways. Naturally, with the cornucopia of leaves on the ground, I was walking across lawns all day. :-D

 On Thursday, I had a big "talking to prospective students" day. I did the live video chat with another student and the head of admissions. We were on a web cam and prospective students could stop by and ask questions. It's okay if you missed it. It was recorded, so you can watch it here:
After that we had a "Knight Chat," which is a chat room for prospective students to ask us bloggers questions about Saint Mike's. This picture is of Mallory, our fearless leader from Marketing and three of the freshman bloggers, Marci,   Alexandra, and Michel.
We were there from 7:30 pm to 9 pm talking to prospective students. You can see future Knight Chat dates here:

 Now on to my weekend. It was very mellow. Like I said, I was in desperate need of sleep. However, last night I went to see the production on "The Art of Dining," that students put on. IT WAS HILARIOUS. I didn't think I knew anyone in the show, but it turns out I did. And they are very talented. I didn't realize it, but we have some great actors/actresses at school.

The play was about a couple who opens a restaurant and the people who dine there. It depicted one night and the chaos  in the kitchen and the outrageous customers. It was close to a full house, which I thought was rather impressive. In fact, I was sitting next to my Writing for Media professor and her husband (who spoke in my class last week and I had NO idea they were married). I am ALWAYS running into professors outside of class, including the elliptical at the gym. I previously answered a question "Are professors accesible?" The answer is yes because if you can't get to there office hours, you can email them or just find out if they go to the gym or school plays and you can harass them there. Okay, maybe not harass them, but politely ask questions when they conveniently can't escape :-P Not that they want to escape, I'm just trying to be funny.... *awkwardly laugh at my own joke*

........ Okay, I'm going to go now. The sun is officially out and I plan to go sit on the lawn with a book before my 1 pm tour.
Remember, if you have questions you can email me or ask me via Formspring. It's what I'm here to do!


Friday, November 5, 2010

Questions to pass onto videochat: How accessible are the professors in the journalism department? What are the most popular student groups/clubs?

Hey All! I answered these at the Live Vid Chat, which was recorded and can be viewed here:
But I will answer them here, too!
I am pretty sure my journalism professors live at school. Seriously. I went in to Bergeron (the JO building) at 6 pm and some were still in their offices. When they are in, their office doors are open and they always want to talk. My professors know me by my name and they know all about me. They ask me about ski team and how my year is going. If you are taking their class, it is also easy call or email them. Bottom line: They are easy to get a hold of and easy to talk to.
As for clubs, there is a club for EVERYTHING on campus. There is a psychology club, and math club and a conservative club. Some of the major clubs include Student Association, which is our student government, the Martin Luther King Society, the Ski and Snowboard Club, and Green Up. All those clubs host events like Harvest Fest, Jib Fest, and the Spring Talent Show.
You can look at a list of clubs here:
Hope this helps!

Ask away. There is always more to learn.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oh! SMC Is Getting Fancy :-D


Hey everyone!

St. Michael’s will be participating in the College Week Live’s Fall Online College Fair.  Two of our student bloggers, Mairead and Christine, along with Admissions Counselor Jeremy Brown will be available during a live video chat to talk about St. Mike’s. You’ll be able to ask them questions throughout the chat! 

Be sure to tune in at 3pm EST, Thursday November 4th and check it out!

Can’t make the live video chat?  Don’t worry – you can log into college week live later on in the day and watch the recording.  If you have a question you’d like us to answer LIVE, head over to the Class of 2015 Facebook Group page (link) and ask us now!”

You can also ask questions via Formspring which I can pass on to Christine and Mairead to answer at the chat! This is a really great opportunity and you'll Christine and Mairead! They are HILARIOUS! 


Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Prom I Never Had

Here is a fun fact about me. I didn't go to a normal high school. I went to a charter school, which means I did independent study my junior and senior year. My senior year I was on-campus for school maybe 10 times. I was pretty much on my own as far doing my homework and learning the material.

Here's Ke$ha (me) and a pumpkin (Ashley)
That may sounds pretty awesome. 10 days of actual school a year and traveling around the world skiing... okay... it was pretty awesome. I'm really lucky. However, I missed out on the social aspects of regular high school like homecoming and prom.

I think I've said this before but I have a personal joke (as in I am the only one who thinks it's funny) that the highlighter dance at SMC is my version of the homecoming dance and the Halloween dance is my prom. Ya, it's not the same time of year, but I get dressed up for Halloween just like most of you get dressed up for prom.

Halloween here is also an entire weekend. There are things going on all weekend on-campus and in Burlington. Many of my friends went to "Nightmare in Vermont" and there was a Haunted House in the upstairs of Alliot of Friday night.

There is Sam, Nicole, and Ashley
Saturday is the big night of campus, though. Every year there is a Halloween dance and it's so much fun. It goes from 10 pm to 1 am and most of the school goes. Now, I love to dance. I would do it all the time. If I am with friends, it is typical for me to be the only once dancing. They love me for it.

While at the dance, I saw several other Ke$ha's at the dance as well as many Lady Gagas. I also saw a lot of hunters and bumble bees. I mean I saw A LOT of hunters. A LOT of fluorescent orange. So typical of VT kids tho. "What is an easy costume? Well, I own a lot of flannel... I can be a hunter and/or outdoorsman/woman." That is what my friend Jules did.   I think in college it's not always about the fanciest costume. It's about the wittiest or funniest thing you can put together with things you have or with things you can find at good will. It's about having a good time and just being someone else for the night. And that is why I love this holiday. I can be goofy and no one can say anything about it.
On another note, this weekend I met two girls who said they knew me because they read my blog all summer before they came to school. They actually said ,"Hey, I know you." I'm glad that they felt that they knew me. I guess that means that I'm doing my job well. :-D So I'm really happy about that.
Alright, I have to go. 6 am stair workout tomorrow. I have to get some sleep.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Politics, Sports, and My Ski Team Family

Today was a good day. The sun was shining and the trees are very pretty colors. I literally didn't stop from 6:45 am until 9 pm today. I'm exhausted, but it was good day.
This is the Durick Library

I took this photo as I was heading to Music Theory class in McCarthy Arts Center. I purposely walked across the grass to walk across the crunchy leaves. The weather was more beautiful than I expected and warm enough for sandals.

Earlier in the day in my Writing for Media class, we had a guest speaker. He currently works at UVM, but he has worked on several political campaigns and he came in to discuss the relationship between candidates and the media. It was really conversational class discussing different scenarios when dealing with candidates. We also talked about how to cover political ads and press conferences. Did you know Tuesdays are big news days and weekends aren't? I didn't, but apparently that's why many press conferences are on Mondays.

Also today I had voice lessons as I do every Thursday afternoon and I've started working on two new pieces. One is "Come Rain or Come Shine," the jazz standard and "Defying Gravity" from the Broadway show Wicked. After these pieces, I am going to do something a little more R&B and Pop. The actual song is to be decided.

Then this afternoon I had to get van certified so that I can drive with the team to and from the hill if I have to. Most of the team gets certified and then people don't have to drive too often. It's a pretty easy thing to do and we all have to be team players. After that, I headed over to my second Defender meeting to get my next article assignment. I switched into the Sports section this week and I'll be writing about the Women's Ice Hockey Team and there upcoming season.

Ashley, Kerstin, Nicole and Kelsey
After all that, the Alpine Ski Team (Follow us on Twitter!) headed over to our coach's house for a delicious Mexican food dinner. I finally got to meet my coach's new baby. He's so adorable!! OMG. I'm totally in love with him. :-P About 18 athletes (that's alot of mouths to feed) chowed down on chicken enchiladas, chili, salad, cornbread, and lots of Gatorade. At the meeting, Jules and I talked to the team about our community service idea, a Susan G. Komen Ski Race for the Cure. People were really on board and had some fabulous suggestions! I think things could really come together on this!! :-D

So I'm going to post a few more pictures up below so that you can see what the team looks like and was up to! I'm so happy it's Halloween weekend! It should be fabulous! :-) Can't wait to tell you all about it!

Me with the baby, Not a great photo of me.... They made me laugh... But the baby was so cute!

Checking out the Ice Hockey game

Yup, that's her cute face :-P

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