Out of State Out of Mind

If you have read my bio you will know I am an out of state student. I don’t mean that I come from the “Chicago Suburbs”, I mean that I am 1,847.9 miles away from home. I chose to come to this university to try something new, I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to live in two states at once for four years? And four weeks into it I can say that it was the best decision I have ever made. I have never been more in love with a place in my life, and I’m from SoCal so that’s saying something. But I have also learned a few things from being an out of state student who only gets to go home with him twice a year.

1. You WILL miss home- as much as I love being out on my own to experience and learn new things there are days where all I will want to do is hug my mom and dad and sleep in my own bed. Those moments will hit you at the weirdest times, trust me. I was sitting in math discussion this week and all of a sudden I felt home sick. The worst is when I talk to my parents and hear their voice or see something that reminds me of them. It is especially hard when all your friends are able to go home on the weekends and you know it will be 3 months before you go home. The time when I am most homesick is when I am actually sick, but I think that’s the same for most people. All you want is a hug from your parents to make it all better.
2. On the same note, because I am so far away from home I have begun to cherish my family and how close we are. Being on your own you will realize how grateful you are for what your family has taught you over the past 18 years. Trust me, there have been multiple times I have been doing something and realized that I would have been screwed without my parents. Easiest example- knowing how to do laundry before I came to college. I haven’t made a white t-shirt red yet.
3. It’s a great conversation starter- on a lighter note saying you’re from somewhere like California is a great topic starter. It just means you’re going to get asked the same question a lot. So why would you chose Iowa? Because it’s the most AMAZING place ever, that’s why.
4. You get the best of both worlds- While it sucks to be so far from home, there is a positive side to it. You get to live in two states at once. While I get to meet new people and experience a completely different world I also get to go home for four months out of the year and live on the beach and hang with my family.
5. Finally the best advice I can give is that it WILL be ok- sometimes you will feel like dropping out and going home. You will feel like you can’t do it, but I can promise you that in the end it will all be ok. We are all feeling the same way, we all get homesick so if you want a day to cry and miss home that’s ok but don’t spend all your time worrying about it because you will miss out on the amazing place that is Iowa City and the amazing people that are the University of Iowa

Until Next Time

Go Hawks!

If There is no Photo, There is no Proof

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Beating state definitely helped brighten up my Saturday just a little bit. I also want to take a moment to mention Tyler Sash. The win this weekend was for him and he will always be remembered as a part of the Hawkeye family.

Whether you prefer to up a Yak, favorite a tweet, like a Facebook post, or press that cute little heart on Instagram, we all have at least one guilty pleasure when it comes to social media. For me? I’m on all of them which can definitely be a distraction when I want to be productive and get homework done. So what does this have to do with my newly college life? More than you might think. I don’t know what it is like for everyone else, but social media is a huge part of my social life, I mean let’s be honest if you didn’t post about it then really it didn’t happen. Just like every other teenager on the planet I have to share something the minute it happens just so everyone knows how much fun I am having. It’s a constant need to impress people. A few days ago my Rhetoric teacher asked us to think about what we believe we are supposed to get out of college. Almost all of the posts had to do with living up to the standards being brought on by social media. And it got me thinking, why does our generation feel a need to impress everyone with our daily activities? After we left class I continued to think about myself and realized I was just as guilty as all the other teenagers out there. During OnIowa I spent the entire time SnapChatting just make sure people knew I was enjoying my new college. At the first football game I posted multiple photos on Facebook so people could see that I had school spirit. All I wanted to do was prove to people that I was having a better time than they were. What I have now realized is that there isn’t a social standard you have to live up to. You don’t have to be going out every Friday night and posting every Saturday morning. People don’t need to know everything about everything. College is finally where you get to experience anything you want without judgement. My goal, if anyone wants to join me, is to start putting my phone down more often and actually start making memories for myself instead of photos for a whole bunch of people I’ve never actually met. You don’t have to live up to the customs of college created on social media because there really aren’t any. Enjoy these four years because they are the only four you get. Now I’m going to go tweet about my new blog post going up because if I don’t then did any of this even happen? Kidding.

If you feel the same way chat with me down below in the comments section. I would love to know I’m not the only one feeling the pressure on social media.

Until next time.

Go Hawks!

Football is my Favorite Season

In my head Saturday was to go like this: I would wake in the morning completely rested and recovered from a Friday night of pizza and movies. Spend the morning relaxing and then prepare for the long day of tailgating and game watching ahead. The game wouldn’t start until just after the sun had gone down, allowing the stadium lights to shine down onto the field. The temperature would be a perfect high 60s to low 70s and there would be room to move and breathe. In reality, it was at least 90 degrees, the sun was shining down instead of the lights and there was a sea of gold everywhere.

Having to get up at six in the morning and walk to the west side required a Starbucks.  Before heading to the game we went to a friend’s house to tailgate which was a good way to start the day and get even more excited. About 45 minutes before kick-off, a group of friends and I walked to Kinnick. The entire block was filled with food, drinks, and people. So even if you didn’t want to go tailgating you could easily spend the entire morning right outside of Kinnick just trying different food and meeting new people. I think walking to Kinnick was probably one of my favorite parts of the day just because everywhere you looked someone was wearing gold and ready to cheer on the Hawkeyes.

Once we arrived inside the stadium we grabbed some bottles of water, because on a day like yesterday you’ve got to stay hydrated. Then we headed towards the student section. I have never actually stood in the stands at a football game before, in high school I was always on the sidelines cheering. As much as a loved being down on the field watching the game, the atmosphere in the stands was one of the most amazing I have ever experienced. Unlike my prediction we weren’t jammed in, which means there was actually room to breathe and move which made the experience even better. Because I am such a football fan, I had watched YouTube videos of Iowa football game day before so I had a small idea of some of the traditions to expect. My favorite tradition to watch was the tunnel walk while ACDC’s Back in Black was blaring throughout the stadium. As the boys ran out onto the field, I knew it was going to be a good game. With a touchdown within the first few minutes the crowd was becoming even more passionate. The game continued, with more touchdowns and cheers to follow. At halftime we enjoyed watching marching band and the dance team perform while giving our feet a rest before standing for the second half. The game ended with the Hawkeyes winning 31 to 14 which was definitely the cherry on top.

Even if you aren’t a football fan, I highly suggest going to at least a few games a season. Yes it can be hot, and yes it can be long, but the atmosphere is what makes the game so amazing. I had friends that went with me that had no clue about the rules of football and they enjoyed it just as much as I did. I think it should be on everyone’s college bucket list and who doesn’t want to cheer on their fellow hawks?

 

Iowa vs Illinois State

Thanks for reading and Go Hawks!

Exploring Iowa City

Hey there! Hope everyone’s first week of class went well and you are having a safe but fun weekend. For all of those rushing I hope you didn’t get too wet in the rain last night and you find a sorority or frat that’s perfect for you!

As I have mentioned in my previous blog I am in the honors program at the university. As an honors student you need a certain amount of credits to graduate with honors. While most students were still moving in 500 other honors students and I spent three days exploring Iowa and presenting what we a have learned. My class was “Love where you live, live where you learn.” When I first read the description of the class I was a bit hesitant about enjoying it, my professor was amazing and the things we learned about the people and city of Iowa were amazing. Instead of going on about the program I decided to share some of the amazing place my group discovered with you.

  1. The Prairie Lights Book Shop: I will be the first person to say that books are not the first thing I would spend my money on but this book store is amazing. When you walk in the doors you feel all warm cozy. The first thing I wanted to do was grab a book and sit down in the coffee shop for hours on end. Sadly we didn’t have that amount of time but I was able to buy a book. Even better the prices aren’t substantially more expensive so why not find a great new book while supporting a local business that has been around much longer than most of us have?
  2. Pullman’s: Although we did make this stop during my primetime I had actually been to this restaurant a few days before for lunch. This Pullman car style dinner serves everything you could need for a well-priced lunch or dinner. When I went for the lunch I had a sandwich with a side of chips and it was perfect for a simple, cheap lunch. The restaurant is great for when you are sick of the Burge and Hillcrest food. I can also say that the coffee cake is amazing. If you don’t believe me ask anyone who was in my primetime group, it was devoured every time our professor brought it to class.
  3. Film Scene: I have always been a movie lover, but I have always cringed at the fact that you pretty much have to take out a mortgage to even thinking about going to movies and that’s before you add the popcorn. So when I found Film Scene at the Pedmall I was super excited. Although it doesn’t always play box office movies you can still see some great Indie films here and for the cheap price. You can either pay per movie or become a member and get $5 movies for a year. They also tend to do student discounts for certain moves. My favorite part? They do movies in their roof top garden. A couple movies coming up in their rooftop collection are the Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dirty Dancing.
  4. Revival: My final suggestion when exploring Iowa City is going to visit a place called Revival. Although this wasn’t an actual stop we did explore it during our ten minutes of free time between stops. Revival is a clothing store that you can also find in the Pedmall right across the street from Film Scene. I can tell you now that I will be spending all of my money here. The store does second and you can pick up some really amazing deals which is great on a college budget. But if you’re not the type of person to wear second hand they do have new clothing as well. And if you are trying to make a little extra money while clearing out the clothes you don’t wear any more they also buy clothes.

Hope this helps when you are looking for a new place to explore downtown.

What are some of your favorite places to visit in downtown Iowa City? Comment down below and let me know if you have any questions about the locations above or if you want more suggestions.

The Magical Day of Move In

10 months ago I received my acceptance letter into Iowa. Two months ago I went to Orientation. Fast forward to now and it is finally time to move in. I feel like I have been planning for this day all summer. Going to Bed, Bath & Beyond to register, ordering coffee makers and coffee pods online and packing boxes and boxes of things to put in the back of my car for the 26 hour drive and now it is finally here. I am finally moving in to my dorm room.

Because I had to be at Iowa early for the honors program I chose to do early move in on the 16th. Being able to choose a time to move in made the whole process a lot easier and less stressful. With the car loaded and five people squished in we headed towards campus at 10am. With cars lined up all the way past the presidents house incoming students and parents waited to move in.  Once I was able to unload everything onto a cart the rest was pretty easy-except for getting an elevator- that was kind of difficult due to the amount of people arriving at the same time.

I am living in Burge with two other roommates. I was quite worried about how small that space was going to be and whether or not we would have enough room for everything but the room is actually quite large for a dorm room, especially when Burge isn’t a brand new hall. Doing early move in had its negatives and its positives so I thought I would share some with you.

Positives:

  1. Having an entire room to yourself to move in. Being able to spread everything out and not having to worry about getting in your roommates way is really nice, especially when move in is already stressful.
  2. You get to pick which bed you want. First come first serve. Right?
  3. More time to get to know people who have also done early move in.
  4. Not as hectic as regular move in. Because there are less people during early move in I think it was a lot less hectic than the regular move in days.

Negatives:

  1. Having to wait for your roommate to arrive to set up the entire room. Although you have more space to move in and get first pick of beds, you can’t actually set up the entire room because half of it is for your roommate and you need to make sure they are ok with the layout as well.
  2. You are alone in your room at night. Although you meet people from around campus you don’t get to hang out with anyone in your dorm so you are alone at night, which can be kind of boring. (Some people may enjoy this aspect).
  3. You have to pay extra to move in. Although it is only $45 dollars a night that adds up quickly when you are moving in three days before your scheduled move in time-just something to think about.