Closing Time

May 4, 2012  Tagged , ,

Now not just a cheesy Semisonic song, this is officially my closing time. After four years of undergraduate study I have finally finished my Ball State career with a single test at 9:45 in the morning. Sure there is still graduation to come on Saturday, but really you know you’re done when the only things you have left to do are pack up and move out. I realized now that the thing I will miss most about Ball State will be the friends that I am leaving behind. I learned this when the first thing I wanted to do after finishing it was to spend more time with them. It has become all too clear to me how little time I have left in Muncie, so I intend to enjoy every last bit of it with my friends. For now though I will look forward to graduation, and thank Ball State for some of the best years of my life!

Petting Zoo Antics!

April 13, 2012  Tagged , , , , ,

Last week was probably one of the more stressful ones that I’ve had this semester.  It served as the junction for which multiple papers and presentations had to be completed.  Although I didn’t get too much sleep I was very happy to have so much work put behind me before the end of the semester.  As of right now I’m in the home stretch, so things can tend to get pretty stressful.  Imagine my surprise then to find an entire petting zoo set up in Ball State’s quadrangle! As of right now, I have no idea why there was a petting zoo set up, or where it came from, but I will say that I was very grateful for the baby goats that took my stress level down a peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Goals

March 25, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

Today I traveled up to Lansing, Michigan in the pursuit of furthering my career goal to be a litigator in this country. Although I have received offers from multiple schools to pursue my legal degree at their institutions, I have decided to cut down that list and visit only a few of these law schools; Michigan State University made this cut.

I will say that I was honestly impressed with the quality of students and faculty at the university. They were all very helpful, and willing to engage me in conversation, no matter what question I asked. In addition I was very excited to learn about their professional opportunities, including clinics and externships.

At the admitted student’s day they had a mock class to simulate what an actual law class might be like. I can happily say that, thanks to the Legal Studies department at Ball State University, I felt very prepared to handle the issues that came up as a part of the class discussion. Having been a legal studies major, I now have a well developed confidence in my ability to succeed in law school, no matter where I go.

St. Patrick’s Day Sprint

March 17, 2012

Now that we’ve gotten past spring, break, time seems to go by at an excruciatingly rate as the semester draws to a close.  It almost becomes a necessity to come up with activities to break the monotony.   I myself have had an idea that I’ve been wanting to act upon since this time last year.  It involved me dressing up as a Leprechaun and running around with a box of Lucky Charms, while my friends chase me around campus.  I am thrilled to say that today we made this a reality.  In doing so I can happily say that I will never have the regret of not dressing up like my favorite cereal mascot later in life.  Ultimately, all I’m trying to say is that the things you can do to entertain yourself at Ball State, are only limited to your imagination.

Don’t worry, there will be a video posted soon.

Lucky Charms!!!

Lucky Charms!!!

Interview in the Windy City

February 19, 2012

I am happy to say that after yesterday, I have gone through my first official law school interview.  I arrived in Chicago Thursday night to have my interview at Northwestern School of Law Friday afternoon.

Although the majority of Northwestern is located in Evanston, the Law School is actually in the heart of downtown.  Not only did I very much enjoy myself during the interview, but I had a great time wandering downtown as well.  Here are a few pictures of my day.

 

Walking on Navy Pier

Walking on Navy Pier

 

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

 

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

 

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline

 

But what if I want to?

But what if I want to?

 

Northwestern Law

Northwestern Law

Group Projects – The Sequel

February 12, 2012  Tagged , , , , , , ,

Group projects.  I know I’ve already posted about this last semester, but they are a necessary evil of college life so whether I want them or not, I will have them.  Following this line of logic it is not surprising that in the last semester I am spending at Ball State I must have at least a couple.  I am surprised however, at the fact that I have already had three before midterms have come up.  In attempting to effectively work on all of these projects I have discovered a wonderful tool called Google documents.  With it, I’ve been successful in circumventing the weekly meetings that a project would normally necessitate.

We, as a group, can place an entire presentation online and simultaneously edit it, without ever having to meet.  We have had some meetings in the interim time between classes, but we have definitely cut down on the work that needs to be done in those meetings by working on our own individual parts of the project in our own free time.  Thanks to Google documents, I can increase my work efficiency without sacrificing my time.  As a busy college student, this holds tremendous value to me.

 

Google Docs

Google Docs

Cyber Tutor

As I’ve mentioned before, I work as a tutor in Ball State’s Learning Center.  Being a study strategies tutor, I primarily work with students that are attempting to establish better studying practices, as well as improve their overall time management and test taking skills.  This is of course done in the newly renovated and highly equipped Learning Center on the third floor of North Quad.  Tutoring sessions are scheduled ahead of time, and done on a hourly basis.  This however poses a bit of a problem to those students who primarily take classes online, or are commuters.  This makes it less convenient for them to make the weekly trek to the LC for sessions that can be both beneficial and useful.

Just recently efforts have been put into effect to try to remedy this problem.  I am currently part of a task force that has the sole purpose of developing tutoring tools in an online medium that is available to all Ball State students.  The idea behind this being that if we can summarize some of our standard information into an online format, that anyone can access it, and thus negate the need to make an appointment.  I have the goal of taking it a step further by implementing an online chatroom where tutors can answer questions that a student might have, but cannot come in to ask, or may not be available during the LC’s actual hours.  But who says that we can’t still have that face-to-face communication?  Technology has evolved in such a way, that having a conversation via an internet tool like “skype” is no harder than a few keystrokes.  It is my hope that someday we can use this technology to meet the needs of Ball State students regardless of their proximity to campus.

 

Technology

Technology

Trying the Local Fare

January 29, 2012  Tagged , , , , , , ,

Last night a large swath of my friends went out to dinner because it was our friend Tori’s birthday.   While most students going out in Muncie will tend to visit some of the larger chain restaurants (i.e. Applebees, Chilis, Olive Garden, etc.)  we always make an effort to find more native establishments.  Last night, we tried Muncie’s own Ciudad Colonial for the first time, and we were not disappointed.

It has been referred to on TripAdvisor.com as “Best Mexican Food in Muncie,” which says a lot considering the large following that Puerta’s has.  Not only was the food fantastic, but the service was above what I expected in the form of our prompt and polite waiter.  We were quite happy with the birthday flan, and balloons that they brought out in honor of our friend Tori.  Knowing that it is less than a five minute drive from campus, I feel as though every Ball State Student should try it at least once.

Chips and Salsa!

Chips and Salsa!

Now we Play the Waiting Game.

January 21, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

I am sure that all of the prospective high school graduates right now are at a precarious point in their lives right now.  This is around the time that they have already applied to the colleges and universities that they hope to attend, and are eargerly awaiting a reply.  This time, however can be very stressful, since the entire decision is out of your hands at that point.

Currently I find myself in that very same predicament.  I took the time over winter break to apply to all of the law schools that I was interested in,  with the knowledge that I would not get any type of confirmation from them until mid-February at the earliest.  This can be very unnerving at times when there is literally nothing more you can do than be patient.  I am happy to say though, that yesterday I was accepted to my first law school, and couldn’t be more excited.  I can comfortable say now that even though I was beginning to get a little impatient and stressed at the waiting process, finalyl hearing back from a school more than made up for that.  My best advice that I can give any senior experiencing the same thing then is to take a deep breathe and hang in there.  Worrying about it won’t change anything, and the pay off is more than worth the wait.

 

Hang in there.

Hang in there.

And We’re Back

January 9, 2012  Tagged , , , , , , ,

Here it is.  The Final Semester of my undergraduate career.  All of the previous three and a half years have built up to this final semester.  This is the last stretch.  The end is in sight.  I just ran out of cliches, but you get the idea.  In lieu of such a conclusion to my undergraduate career, I attempted to make the most out of my winter break.  For the average college student this would probably consist of catching up with old friends, or making plans for New Years Eve.  While I did take part in these ventures as well, I spent a large portion of my time working at my internship.  This is the internship I acquired over the summer with  the Department of the Navy.  If you are ever in the position in which you are not sure what to do over Winter break, i implore you to find an internship.  Albeit you will have less free time, not only will you have the possibility to make money (good for the next semester’s books), but it will look much better on a resume than I did nothing for three weeks after finals.  All options considered, keeping yourself preoccupied with an internship is a solid one.

Rest assured though, I did find some free time during my stay back home in Maryland.  In fact, I made it a point to get crab cakes (a specialty in Southern Maryland) before I came back to Muncie.  Ladies and gentlemen, I was not disappointed.

 

Crab Cakes

Crab cakes, and hush puppies.