First impressions

Hello and welcome back to Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron! My first week went just fine and I hope yours did too.

So, now that I have already managed to survive the first week of classes I have a pretty good view of how my courses are going to be. I’m happy with all of them and I just hope that I don’t get too much overwhelmed with homework. I mean, I do recognize that homework really help me learn the course material, but sometimes all my classes have homework due to the same deadline that I just get exhausted with them. However, let’s go back to the classes.

Beginning with my Calculus class, the most interesting thing about the course is the professor. He is a nice guy that has some funny things, like a orange sun glasses, but his lectures are easy to follow, as he literally writes down everything he says, so there is no chance for you to lose anything. Then, for my Microeconomics class, everything is doing great, I don’t think I ever enjoyed learning something more than what I’m learning in this class, it makes the economy seem so simple and also present some very interesting points. Tomorrow I have a meeting with my advisor, which I scheduled to see if I can get a minor in economics.

Third, my literature class. I’ve been doing some readings and analyzing symbols, historical context and the authors intention. This class is mostly funny because you can see how different other students interpret the same text you read. I think students talk more on honors section classes, so if you have the chance to, take one. The involvement of the class really can be an extra to help you. Following we have philosophy, which I think is going to be great to be exposed to new ideas and to argue with others about your own ideas. It’s been only one week but we already had some very funny arguments. Finally, for my history class, it’s pretty much just going to be history, I still haven’t seen anything else apart from that. What is interesting though is that there is no history majors in this class, so our professor is slightly trying to inspire someone to either pursue a degree or a minor in history.

Apart from that everything has been normal. The only thing I’m still trying to figure out is my relationship with one of my suitemates. So, I don’t really know how they are supposed to be, but last year I knew my suitemates as well as I knew my roommate. But this year I only actually know one of them, and that’s because he used to be my roommate. The other one I’ve only seen during move in day and only spoke for about five minutes. I’ve never seen him ever since. So I hope I get the chance to know him more, but my other suitemate, the one I know, said he goes out a lot with his girlfriend, so maybe that’s why I don’t see him much around.

Well, that was all I had for today. Thank you and see you next week.

Here we are for another semester!

Hello and welcome back to the first post of Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron for the 2017’s fall semester. I hope you all had a great summer and just like me are excited with the beginning of classes.

Well, starting with the summer, I went back home and saw my family and friends. I also volunteered on a school that helps people with mental disorders, traveled a little bit, and drove my siblings to their school. I enjoyed driving again, since I still haven’t got my American driver’s license, I will try to get this done this semester. Overall, my summer was really funny and I had plenty of time to relax.

I already feel a little bit strange coming back, because now I’m a sophomore. Just like my age, it took a little time for me to realize it. The other day I thought I was 18 instead of 19. Hopefully it won’t be long till I can stop telling people I’m a freshman and then correct myself. Another major change was at my work, I’ve been promoted to Student Lead, which is kind of a sub-manager position on the dining halls.

I’m pretty happy with all of my classes. I mean, we have just gone through the syllabus, but I really liked the descriptions my professors gave me and what we are expected to learn. Coincidently, I noticed that most of my classes, that is: Introduction to microeconomics, Interpretation of literature and introduction to philosophy; have pretty similar themes and I think I will be able to apply things I will learn on one class to another. I think it is a great experience when you can connect the subjects you are learning, because it gives you a feeling that what you are learning is going to be useful throughout your life. My only real worry is the amount of homework and readings that I expect I will have, but I guess this is all part of the college experience right?

Well, I know it is too soon to be thinking about the end of the semester, but I’ve already made a list of things I want to accomplish by the end of it. What I want, as follows, is:

  • To be ready to run a half marathon with my father and sister in the beginning of the next year. (For that I will wake up early and go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Friday before classes).
  • To keep my grades as good as last semester. (So I will have to keep the hard work, or work harder. Either way, I know it’s not going to be easy.)
  • Get my driver’s license. (This one is pretty straightforward).

I will probably add more to the list as time goes by, if anything changes I will let you know.

This first week I also had the chance to see the solar eclipse! I admit that I wasn’t that excited at first but when my Calculus professor canceled our lecture so just we could see the eclipse. At its finest moment I started to realize that something amazing was going to happen. It was a little bit cloudy so sometimes you couldn’t really see that much. Some students started to distribute dark glasses so we all could see it, and it really was beautiful. I could put the glass on my phone and take a decent picture, which I will try to post.

Well, that’s all I had for today, see you next week!

I will try my best to post on a weekly basis, either Tuesdays or Fridays. See you soon!

 

 

 

 

The end. (only of the freshman year, there will be more after summer break)

We have reached the last blog of the Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron, spring 2017 series. I hope you all had a great time this semester and that you enjoy your summer.

When the end of the semester arrives, you see two kinds of people, the ones that are celebrating that there are no more classes and the ones that are sad that a class is over. As for myself, I am a little bit of both, depending on the class I’m talking about. For example, I’m more than glad that my chemistry class is over, I really prefer small classrooms classes over lectures and the labs just terrified me. The last attempt that my chemistry class made to try to put my energies down is that they decided my exam is going to be on Monday at 7:30 a.m. I don’t even have classes at 7:30 and I’m afraid my mind won’t be at its finest at an early hour like this. Looking at the bright side, this is going to be the first final of them all, I guess, so I have that going for me.

Apart from chemistry, I felt a little sad with the end of my classes. On math I am sad because the instructor was amazing and I wish he could keep teaching me for all my other future math classes. For Fiction Writing I felt sad because I really enjoyed reading the stories of other students and discussing them. For my Beatles class I felt sad because I really like the Beatles and I wish there was more to learn, but my professor got my spirit up by inviting us to go to Liverpool as an alternative spring break in spring 2018, so I look forward to that.

However, of all my classes the one I felt sad the most by its end, was rhetoric. I admit that I kind of underrated rhetoric at the beginning of this semester because it is an obligatory course, so I had to take this class and I didn’t know why. But this course changed many things about my life, the books we read made me realize many problems that our society is facing that I never realized or never thought of doing something about before. I got to understand that there is always a purpose behind things, like somebody doing anything with a reason behind it, so I started to analyze things I see and read and I became more critical about it. I actually enjoy watching commercials whenever they pop up before my videos begin or on the TV, because now I can “judge” them.

People say that your experience with rhetoric, and your grade, depends on the professor you have. I think that’s kind of true, because the feeling that I have, (based on my experience with this course and from what my friends told me about their classes), is that you can either have an instructor that knows you are there because it is an obligatory course and who only seems to grade you and others that don’t care about why you are there and whose purpose is to teach you all you can. Luckily, I had the second professor, and I learned a lot of important things that for sure changed the course of my life.  She also created the classroom environment that I like: A small classroom where everyone seems to know one another. I also learned some strength and some things I need to improve that I have. I’m glad I had the chance to have the class I registered to.

So, even though I registered to and went to my first class thinking that this class wasn’t going to add up too much in my life, I now realize that this was the most important class I had this semester, and my second favorite one too, (the favorite one being the Beatles class, because unfortunately we don’t have the chance to listen to Beatles songs on Rhetoric). To sum up, if you are a going to be a freshman here at the University of Iowa, I want to say that the Rhetoric course can be very important for your future life, don’t make the mistake I made of not giving importance to the class because it is obligatory, have in mind that you can take an awesome experience out of it. I was fortunate enough to be on a great class, it all depends on how your instructor treats the course. So, if you really look forward to it, I encourage you to choose your Rhetoric class by searching the instructor of the class and seeing if you identify with him/her and how do you think they will guide the course. That being said, I strongly recommend Professor Margaret Murray, be warned that to do well on her class you need to be dedicated to it, and that sometimes it can be hard, but she changed my life and I hope she can do good for you too.

I guess that’s all I had for this semester. Thank you all, and see you after summer.

Life goes on

Hello, and welcome back to Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron. I hope you are all having a good week.

This week nothing much happened, I just prepared myself for a couple of papers I have due next week and a midterm. So I guess the stress came back, but I’m still doing ok since I could organize everything. Nevertheless, I can’t help but think that final exams and the end of the semester are almost here. I look forward to next semester, but I’m more excited about summer. I will go back home and relax, maybe find a summer job if I can.

Oh, right! This week I had my job interview for student lead on Hillcrest Marketplace. I think it went pretty well. They basically had some questions about how I would react in certain scenarios or what was my opinion about something in the workplace. Still, I have no idea how it went, because it was my first job interview ever! I was pretty nervous because I was at a table with 5 other people, all asking questions and taking notes whenever I spoke. It was pretty intimidating. The hardest question they asked was: “Do you have any questions or concerns?”. I immediately thought of answering, “yes, when do I start?” But I decided that it was not the time for jokes and didn’t want to appear to be arrogant, so I just said I had no questions.

Going completely off topic, last week I got a haircut. I went to this barbershop near downtown called Friday’s. I think there’s only one person that works there, probably the owner of the place. I forgot to ask his name, so I refer to him as “Mr. Friday” on my mind. Mr. F has owned the place since 1968 and the place still looks like it’s from that time, except for the big colored TV he has for his waiting customers and a big apple computer. He did a pretty good job and I really like my haircut. I will most surely go back there when I need to cut my hair again and I totally recommend it. The only thing is that it’s first come first serve, so you might as well take a book or something else to distract yourself while you wait. But he also has some magazines for his customers.

Man, it’s almost the end of the semester and I didn’t have much time to do things I like. I mean, I did a bunch of fun stuff, mostly on weekends, but because I had a lot of homework and study to do, I couldn’t keep a hobby on a regular basis. I guess I can count both my Beatles and Fiction Writing class as hobbies since I took them because it’s something I like, but when you are being graded for it it’s a little bit different. It gets more serious than just a hobby.

My classes for next semester are mostly “serious” classes. By serious I mean they don’t involve any kind of hobby of mine. The closest is Interpretation of Literature, because I like to read. However, I like to read just for entertainment, I really don’t make any deep analyzes on my readings. But there’s still hope that I will keep a hobby, because all my classes are in the morning. Only on Tuesdays and Thursdays I have Western Civilization III shortly after lunch. So I might have time for some drawing, writing or reading. We will see how it goes right?

Well, that’s all for today folks. See you next week.

What changes?

Hello and welcome back to Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron. I hope you are all doing fine.

Well, nothing much happened this week and everything is pretty normal. I have classes every day and papers all weekend. Also, I’m reading more this semester than I used too. The only thing that is bad about it, is that even though I’m reading more, the pace of which I read the pages are the same. I think I read very slowly, (I take about three minutes per page), I could really save more time if I read faster. Well, let’s just hope that this is something that I will develop with time.

Even though I’m kind of busy all the time because I’m taking 18 semester hours of classes, I will take the same amount next semester. Still, I hope that my classes will be calmer. I mean, with less homework, or at least with fewer papers. I really don’t like writing papers. Last semester I was lucky enough to not have to write any papers for any of my classes. I hope this happens again. Oh, talking about next semester, a great opportunity appeared.

Hillcrest Marketplace, the dining hall where I work, opened applications for student leads, which is a kind of sub-manager. I applied and this week they told me I got an interview. I really look forward to that, but I’m also very scared, because I never had a job interview before. I think I can stay calm in nervous situations, and I hope I will do well. I really want the job, and if I get the job, I will start next semester.  It’s funny how some things that change between semesters we can control, like the courses I will take and my “new” job, and others simply occur throughout the semester without us barely noticing.

For example, last semester I used to go with my friend to the mall on Coralville every Saturday. That was the “Saturday tradition” that semester. But this semester I have only been there a couple of times, I think. What became my “Saturday tradition” is going to the movies at Film Scene, a non-profit movie theater, that has a partnership with Bijou and offers this program called “Bijou late hours” on which they show a movie every Saturday at 11:00 p.m. free for students. The movies they show are pretty good too, this Saturday they will play Donnie Darko. Also, they always give away prizes before the movie begins, I have won two DVDs there. I really recommend it for anyone. I wonder if this will be my tradition next semester too or if I will find something else. One place that I always wanted to go in is the “Forbidden Planet”, a pizza place with arcades, but I really haven’t had the time yet.

Well, that’s all I have for today. See you next week.

Spring break

Hello, and welcome back to Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron. Spring break is here! I can’t believe we are already done with half of the semester. I think I have so many things to do that time just fly by for me. But now I got time to relax! Well, not really, I have to work on my final project for my fiction writing class and prepare a speech.Still, I have plenty of time to do those during the break, and I also think I will have a good time doing them. 

Speaking of work I need to do, I received back both papers that I was super worried about this week. Incredibly my score on both of them were the same 83% which is a B. I’m very happy with them, I expected to have a much lower grade. You see, when I am waiting to get my paper back, I think a lot about it, and eventually realize stuff that I could have included and stuff I could have excluded from it. I may be happy with my grade, but I’m still not that satisfied with my papers. For the next ones, I will put much more effort to make them better. 

I heard a lot of people had several midterms this week. Everyone I know had at least one. I was lucky to have only one, for my chemistry class. So everybody seemed like the “end was near”, studying very hard and doing nothing else, and the feeling was that if you were done with midterms you were done with the week. My midterm was on Thursday and on Friday I had no lecture for the same class. I only got out of bed for my daily(except for Thursdays and weekends), 8:30 Math class. Oh also, I will use some of this time to solve some things for summer break, like when I will leave and come back, where will I store all my stuff, (since I can’t take everything back home), and stuff like that. 

My plans for spring break also include going to Chicago with 5 other friends. We are going by car and we will stay on my roommate’s house, he lives on a suburb there. So I think it will be fun. We leave on Wednesday, at afternoon, and come back Sunday morning. I’m very excited to visit the city, I just hope that it isn’t very cold during our stay there.  

What else can I say, my weeks tend to be always the same, not so many different things happen during it. This week was as quiet as my last one, I didn’t have many assignments and homework to turn in, so I spent most of my free time studying for the midterm I had. I kind of feel bad for not writing that much, so I will leave two pictures today. I know is not much but it’s what I have for today, you will have to forgive me. Unless you want to read about Chemistry, in that case we have plenty to talk about. No? Are you sure? Well ok, I tried. 

See you next week folks! 

A good week

Hello! Welcome back to Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron. Even though I’m late on my post again, this week was the most relaxing one that I had since the beginning of the semester. I think that getting done with the papers I had, even though I’m still waiting my grades on them, what makes me a little nervous. I don’t think I did good on them, a couple of days after submitting them I realized I could have done better. Also, I didn’t had any exams, which gave me a more relaxing atmosphere. The only “problem” I had this week was that I usually do my math homework on Tuesday evenings. But ICON went off on this day, preventing me from doing my homework on the time I wanted. Still, it came back by the night so I lost some time of my sleep doing it. It’s no big deal though.

This week was not only relaxing, but it was also very happy. On Tuesday, (it feels that everything happened on this day right?), I received an e-mail from the university congratulating me, because without me knowing, my manager at Hillcrest dining hall filled a form for me and indicated me to be the “student employee of the year”. I didn’t even knew they had something like this. The e-mail said that they received 42 indications and I was on the 22 finalists that were reviewed for the prize. I didn’t won, but the university is going to give me a “student employee of the year” water bottle and my name is going to appear on the Daily Iowan on April. Nevertheless, what is more important for me is the recognition I received from my manager and co-worker, it really is amazing to know someone is noticing all the work you are doing. My workplace also started applications for student lead, which I applied. Now I’m hoping for the best.

Speaking of work, a minute after I wrote here that I wanted to become a Chemistry I gave up the idea. Because I went to the web-site to learn more about it, and it turns out that I have to make my own appointments with however is seeking my help and discuss the payment with him/her, so I would not have a fix salary, and I’m very bad at negotiating when it comes to money. Maybe I can work on Saturdays as a tutor, if I have time.

Time. Time is passing by too fast this days, it seemed that the semester began yesterday and next week is already spring break. Unlike thanksgiving break last semester, on this one I’m not staying on campus. I’m going with 5 more friends to Chicago, and we are staying on the house of my roommate. I think it will be good, let’s just hope it won’t be too cold.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. I do not have any papers for the moment, but I have to prepare a speech for my rhetoric class. I’m very worried about it. It’s supposed to be a four minutes length speech, including the time to show a commercial which we have to talk about. But I have a lot of concerns about my English, what if I make unforgiven mistakes and murder the English grammar during this four minutes? But it will be what it has to be, so I’m prepared for whatever the outcome of this will be.

Well, I think that’s all for today. See you whenever I have time again. Have a good week.

I’m late again. But wait! there is more this time!

Welcome Back to ΣΝΖΦ. I won’t even bother to apologize this time because I think it will become a common thing for me to get delayed. So I will really only write for the blog when I have free time. This week I had some free time because I didn’t have Math homework, courtesy of the Midterm for this class that was this week too.

At least all my efforts are being worth, I had only good grades until now. Even on my Beatles class Midterm, I that I thought I had done horrible because I forgot some of the names of important people. I’m really very bad with names. Is not that I don’t care about the person, is just that I’m very bad at memorizing at all. If I can make the thing I’m trying to memorize have some sense, it should be ok for me to record it. But names are very hard to give a meaning. Luckily I learned a great technique for memorizing peoples name at my rhetoric class. On one of our first classes our professor made us stand on a circle and we had to say a characteristic that begin with the same first letter of our name. Also we had to repeat the name and characteristic of the people that spoke before us. So, in short, when I meet someone new now, I create an adjective for him/her on my mind.

Now that we are speaking about rhetoric, I think it is important to share my experience with this class, because it’s one of the hardest classes I have and is mandatory for all new first year students. Well, some students already took rhetoric on high school, like most of my friends, so they are pretty comfortable about it. Still, you can find people like me, who didn’t even knew the meaning of rhetoric when I went to my first class. It is the class I did more work so far, not because it is difficult. But because I have to do things I never did before, like these things that professors and students call “papers”. I had never written a paper before in my life. I wrote essays yes, but nothing with the format of a paper, with all its formats exigencies and citation quotes formats. Nevertheless it is a work I’m happy I did. I mean, I recognize its importance and I’m happy I did it. Obviously my paper is full of mistakes, but I’m glad I made them, (as long as they don’t interfere too much with my good grades), because that way I will learn better, which is my main purpose here.

You see, whenever I get an exam back the first thing I do is to go over my mistakes. Usually I find mistakes that I did by distraction. One time I was in a rush and calculated that 5 times 6 was 36, you can imagine my reaction when I saw that after receiving my grade back. Still, sometimes I do find problems that I got wrong because I did a horrible mistake and, when I do, I fell very happy. I guess those are two of many of my guilty pleasures: Understanding the subject being discussed on class, and being able to detect my mistake and learn how to correct it.

I think that’s all I had for today, But I still feel guilty for not being able to post on the blog, and because of that I will put a bonus today, one beginning of a short story I had to write for my Fiction writing class. I hope you enjoy. See you next wee… Whenever am able.

(the story have no name, I’m sorry)

Julia finally took a seat on the kitchen table after preparing breakfast for her daughter and husband. She stared at the empty chair on the other end of the table while playing with her hair. With the other hand, she grabbed her piece of bread with butter and started to eat. They are quite late tod… She was thinking before Tom appeared on the room. “Good morning my darling,” he would usually say. “The food smells good”. But nothing came out of his mouth. He sat on the chair next to her and opened the newspaper, protecting himself behind it. Julia wanted to see the face of her husband and not the picture of a “missing child” on a page of the Chicago Tribune. She waited. Is he not going to say anything?

“How are you darling?” She finally said.

“Good, good” He answered.

“Did something awful happen on today’s news, for you to be so quiet?”

“Not on the news, no” Tom said while closing the paper.

He smiled at her. But something was different on his smile; He smiled like one of Julia’s student’s about to receive a grade when they weren’t sure whether it would be an A or an F. Usually it was a F. She took her cup and noticed she forgot the coffee. “Oh silly me, I forgot the coffee, I will make some more”. Julia said.

“No no no, sit my darling, I will make the coffee”. Tom said.

He put his hand on her shoulder, forcing her to sit down. He got up and started to make the coffee. Julia was amused by how her husband seemed quite unworried about his job this morning; he never had time to do anything before going to work.

All her thoughts went away when she saw a portion of a piece of paper coming out her husband’s pocket. Was it an envelope? Tom came back to the table. “It will take about five minutes for the water to boil”. He said. The same smile was on his face, but that’s not what was concerning her anymore. When Tom mentioned time, Julia looked at the clock and realized that her daughter was late. “Christine!” She shouted. “You are going to be late for school”. Silence was here response. The same silence that had been filling the house the entire morning, silence that was a new guest on the house.

“If she’s not awake by the time the bus arrives,” She said. “I’m not driving her to school”. Tom’s smile vanished from his face when she spoke her daughter’s name. So he got a F, Julia thought. She knew something was different, something was wrong. “What’s the matter?” she said. Tom looked at the table; he got up to finish the coffee. But before doing anything he took the letter out of his pocket, weld back a tear and put the envelope in front of her.

 

Changes II

Hello and welcome back to the late Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron. I’m mostly sorry for my delay, but this time I had not only a lot of homework but I also had to study for a chemistry exam I had on Thursday night. I finally found some time to write and so here I am. 

To start today I would like to give you some advice. Taking 12 semester hours is ok, 15 is nice, but 18 is for hard working people. So keep that in mind when you decide the amount of classes you are going to take. I think 18 credits worth of classes would be ok for me, since I’m not the lazy type and am used to working hard, but alongside with my classes I’m working for 15 weekly hours, so it kind of became a considerable amount of things to do, which is keeping me busy and a little tired most of the time. Because of that I don’t think I will be able to write my blog on the same day of the week as I was originally doing. But I promise I will try to keep it weekly. 

Some people say that “there are no limits for men”. Well I guess they should correct the phrase for “Men know no limits”. It is obvious that everyone have their own limits, but being the wise decision maker I am, I decided to join two clubs. Yes I know, now I have even more things to do, but here goes some more advice: everybody needs a break, so try to find a club or a hobby so you can relax and express yourself. You should always give yourself a safe amount of rest.  

Well let’s talk about the two clubs I’m on. The first is the ESL RPG club, which I was already on last semester, but we are still playing the same game and there will be new players so I am excited for that. The Other is the EPX Studio, a club to meet people that are creating either a video game or an animation. They are cool and they also have pizza and soda very meeting. Still, I really don’t know anything about programming a game, so I went there expecting to learn more about it. However, everyone was already on a project and trying to make some progress on their work. I’m not sure anybody will be able to teach me, so I might give up on this club. 

That’s kind of hard for me to do, because I hardly give up on things, I always stay until the very end of it. I think I’m changing and learning to do some concessions. Another thing that I think I will change is my job. I’m currently working at Hillcrest marketplace. I like there and other workers there are very cool. But my friend gave me this great idea of becoming a tutor. That Idea struck me because I noticed that a lot of students search for math and chemistry tutors, and I have the requirements to become one,( a grade greater than B on the class you want to tutor and a GPA of 3.8 or more). So I decided that next semester, if I do well in my chemistry class, I will leave my current job and apply to become a chemistry tutor. 

Now that we are talking about changes I want to say something I noticed. In my first semester, I changed as a student. You see, I never gave that much importance to my grades in school, I always learned only enough to pass. If the minimum GPA of my school was 2.4, I would get 2.5. Not that I was a bad student or something like that, I just wasn’t interested in what I was learning at all. But here this changed, maybe because the structure is very different. Back in my high school you never decided what course you wanted to do. All years were the same courses: Math, Portuguese, Geography, History, Literature, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English, Sociology. But here I really got to choose what I wanted, that made my interest grow, and I became a better student. I was very happy with my grades and I have the feeling that I actually learned a lot in my classes. I still don’t know if this second semester is going to change me. Until now I can only predict I will get more responsible because of all the classes and work I have to manage. But only time will tell what it will be. 

That’s all I had for today folks. I hope you are all doing great and see you next week.  

As Yusuke Urameshi, a character from a anime I would watch always said: “I did not met the other world for nothing”.

 

And here we are again!

Hello, and welcome back to another semester of Sigma Nu Zeta Omicron.

What else I have to write about if not my break? So let’s go.

It all started with my flight to Chicago being cancelled due to the snowy weather. As an alternative I got a flight to Dallas, and from Dallas I would fly back to São Paulo, Brazil. When I reached Dallas I thought that life on Iowa made me very used to calm, relaxing and kind of country places. Because the airport there was enormously big and it had stores everywhere, I felt lost and confused on the “big city” it was a very strange experience. On the other hand, now I know how a blind fells in the middle of a gunfight. But when I got home everything came back to normal, even though I was still on a “big city”. Maybe I felt very comfortable as I was passing through the familiar buildings.

On Brazil I did all that I wanted. I started by eating all the food I missed, like “feijoada” a rice and beans plate with some meat, I saw all my family and girlfriend, (I even spent the 25th of December and the 1st of January with her), And I went to the places I used to go. I felt very good to be back home and since we are having summer there, I enjoyed a warm and sunny weather. I thought that it was hard leaving home to come to college, but returning and then leaving again it’s even worse. I felt like I didn’t had time to do everything I wanted too, well but what can I do right? At least this time my siblings came with me and my parents to Iowa too. And we made a little stop on the way to Iowa.

I went to Costa Rica with my family, and we really had a great time there. I would say that Costa Rica is kind of like Brazil, but they speak Spanish and their vegetation looks more like some pictures I have seen from Australia. I guess they were on summer time too, because they had a lot of sunny and warm weather. This is why we mostly just stayed on the beach and the hotel pool. We also had a chance to go tubing in a river, which was very funny.

Finally I came back to Iowa, it was good to see the university again, But I’m feeling very nervous because this semester I have more classes and I’m also working more. I hope that’s not too much for me. Worst case scenario I will have to start to use some time of my “sacred weekend” to do college stuff too. The only thing I needed to do before the beginning of classes was to buy my books and stuff for my classes. Speaking of classes, this semester I’m taking Math, Chemistry, Fiction writing, Rhetoric and a class about the Beatles.

I’m not exactly sure about what to expect from this last tree classes. The only thing I expect from the Beatles class is to find people that play instruments so we can start a band. Oh I almost forgot, I did great with my grades last semester! I really hope to keep on with the good work. I even got invited to be part of the University Honors program, and I accepted it. Of course I did, it’s a honor to be part of the honors program, even though I still have no Idea what this means and what I gain with this. I hope I get a scholarship.

I guess that was all. I look forward for the beginning of classes and for this semester. See you next week.