Saturday, November 24, 2012

Socially Acceptable Things To Do After Thanksgiving

1) Listen to Christmas Carols. 

I really hate when stores rush the holidays. You know when you go to buy your vampire teeth for Halloween because you procrastinated on a wittier costume and they are already encouraging you to buy your pre-lit, 3-foot-tall Christmas tree? I really don't like that.

Following Thanksgiving, it is socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music. 

So break-out your Christmas albums and karaoke your way to the holidays. Kate and I did just that when we went shopping on Black Friday...


2) Shop Until You Drop

Black Friday is the one day a year where you could shop for over 24-hours. In fact, you can usually start on Thanksgiving, which I personally feel is ridiculous.

However,  now that Thanksgiving has passed it is the season of spending and it is socially acceptable to empty your bank account if you so desire.

It is a time for buying gifts for important people in your life and then buying a little something extra for yourself like sparkly gold pumps because they were 50 percent off and you might need them for a New Year's party. (This is me.... I have resisted the purchase for the time being...)

On Black Friday, I bought a giant eye make-up set for $16.99, a black pencil skirt from Express for $30, and a cream colored dress with floral print for $10.

3) Wear Red, Green and Ugly Sweaters.


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I don't know how everyone else feels, but there is something strange about wearing red and green in July. It just doesn't suit people.

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is socially acceptable to wear red and green.

You can now break out the ugly sweaters who stuffed in the back of your closet last year. In fact, owning that sweater gives you the divine right to throw a party and wear reindeer antlers without shame.

So get out there and celebrate the season. This behavior won't be socially acceptable for long! Get it on it while supplies last!

xoxo
Gabbi

Monday, November 12, 2012

21st Birthday + Senior Pub Crawl

There are certain birthdays you look forward to. At 16, you can get your driver's license. At 18, you can get piercings and tattoos. At 21, you can legally drink alcohol and this past Friday, I finally turned 21 years old--just in time for the Senior Pub Crawl I might add.

As a rule, blogging about alcohol and pub crawls is a bad idea, but since this blog is about the college experience at St. Mike's and we all have a 21st birthday eventually, I wanted to share my story.

For my birthday dinner, my friends and I went downtown to a Mexican food restaurant called Madera's, so I could have a margarita. Madera's is on the best Mexican food places in VT and is about as close as it gets to west coast Mexican food. (I also hear El Gato is rather good, but I couldn't get a reservation for 7 people at 7 p.m.) It's not incredibly cheap or expensive. I'd estimate you'd spend $20 on dinner.

My first legal drink at Madera's
After that, we headed back to campus to celebrate at a party in the townhouses. My friend, Karen, let me borrow the crown from her Honey Boo-Boo costume on Halloween and Andrea let me borrow her "Birthday Princess" sash. It was an incredibly fun night and I'm grateful to have amazing friends who care enough to host a birthday party for me.

Saturday night was the pub crawl. Seniors go on a pub crawl each semester. Buses shuttled us downtown from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. It was my first American bar hopping experience (I went bar hopping in New Zealand) and it was very fun! It seemed that almost the entire crowd at bars like What Ale's You and RiRa's were St. Mike's seniors. A lot of times, we--the students--joke about the "St. Mike's bubble." We have everything we need right here on campus so why leave? Well, going downtown and seeing all that Burlington has to offer is a great reason why. Burlington is a fabulous place to celebrate a 21st birthday. I can't wait for you to enjoy yours!

Now, we've started another week of classes, the last full one before Thanksgiving break! :) I can't wait for a few days off.

Questions? www.formspring.me/gabbismc

xoxo
Gabbi

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Schedule for My Final Semester at St. Michael's

Good morning, everyone!

Hope you're doing well. I am an in the midst of the busiest time of the semester and I sort of feel like I'm losing a mind. I simply have a lot of on my plate and I've been running around like a crazy person.


On the bright side, Friday is my 21st Birthday!


Now that I have vented to you, let me tell you about my schedule for my final semester at St. Mike's. (Yes, that statement is absolutely terrifying.) As you are most likely aware, I have to schedule my classes around ski team commitments in the spring semester. It is also true that in my final semester I have to take certain classes which doesn't allow me as much flexibility as I'd like.


That being said, here is my schedule:


MJD-460-A (2794) Senior Seminar: Book- Wednesday 03:15PM - 06:25PM


Official Description: This is the capstone course. It's an opportunity to develop, research, and produce a professional-quality media project (a documentary film, book, or web documentary) which explores a socially significant topic through a variety of interdisciplinary angles. 


Bottom Line: I'm writing a book and I'm excited and freaking out at the same time.


MJD-219-A (3439) Social Media Theory & Practice - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00AM - 12:05PM



Official Description: Not Available

Bottom Line: A class on social media? I'm obviously taking it. 



DA-102-A (2634) Ballet I - Tuesday, Thursday 03:00PM - 04:35PM



Official DescriptionThis class is an introduction to the basic movement vocabulary of classical ballet. The class consists of floorwork, barre work and center floor with an emphasis on alignment and placement.This class is for students with no previous ballet experience or those who want to review the basics. Students will improve their flexibility, strength, balance and coordination while developing an appreciation for ballet as an expressive art.  

Bottom Line: My friends are taking this course, which will be hysterical. We have a performance in the Spring, which will be funnier.



BU-205-A (3124) Business Communication - Tuesday, Thursday 01:15PM - 02:50PM



Official DescriptionThis course enhance students' understanding of communication theory and capability in multiple communication channels and situations. Also develops critical thinking skills and ethical integrity in discerning credible information and responding appropriately.

Bottom Line: Communications is my niche and I've never taken a business class before. I figure it can't hurt me!


This will be the first semester that I can't ski every day. I know I lead a very rough life. :-P I will spending Wednesday afternoons in senior sem instead of on the ski slopes. I'll also be missing a couple sessions of Social Media Practice and Theory for races.


All-in-all I'm really happy with my schedule. I'm taking good courses that leave me time to work on my book and enjoy my final semester.


Questions about classes or registration? Leave a comment or ask anonymously at www.formspring.me/gabbismc.


xoxo

Gabbi

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