Memories from Sophomore Year at University of Dallas (Part I: Fall 2016)

In honor of finishing Sophomore Year, and Junior Year at UD beginning in the Fall, I thought it would be fun to write another post like I did for Freshman Year, with highlights and favorite memories. This time, however, I decided to make a part I for Fall 2016 and part II for Spring 2017, since so much happened over the last few months. The memories I created during the Rome semester deserve their own post! 🙂

The Fall Semester:

  • Moving into Clark Hall was an experience! I was pretty much over the moon at the thought of having my own room in a triple suite—my own room for the first time in my life!
  • Suite life was pretty great! My two roommates and I each had our own space, our bedrooms, to retreat to whenever, and a common room to socialize and watch movies together.
  • Although, we did miss the Freshman dorms because we saw people a lot more than we did in Clark…
  • Discovering I am actually an extrovert was a big part of my second semester in Rome! For the longest time (probably because of my more solitary lifestyle during high-school as a homeschooler), I considered myself a shy and introverted person. But now I find it easy to start and maintain conversations, and be unafraid of being openly bubbly and enthusiastic.
  • I got to take Intro to Digital Media which involved a lot of Photoshop and photography. Thus, I acquired the skills necessary to create the family Christmas card. I love the Mac lab and feeling very much like a graphic designer when I’m there
  • I also got to create an online art portfolio and resume
  • Taking Basic Drawing I meant spending a lot of time on these still life drawings that frustrated me to no end. I learned how to be a perfectionistic artist over the course of that class, and the importance of drawing every day was stressed a lot by our professor.
  • Overall I learned that the art professors at UD seriously expect you to put hours of work into the projects and it certainly shows when you don’t.
  • My friends and I took lots of trips to a Frozen Yogurt shop near campus
  • I got well-acquainted with the Irving area and available shopping/restaurants 😉
  • College Republicans came into existence and it was fun helping to plan the Debate Watching Parties
  • Said debate-watch parties proved extremely entertaining this presidential election
  • Going on a date for the first time, even though it didn’t end up going anywhere…it was still a good learning experience
  • I watched the Hollow Crown BBC with Shakespeare-loving friends in the media room
  • We also watched In the Heart of the Sea, apparently the story on which Melville’s Moby Dick was based
  • Perfect timing to watch this movie since I was about to read Moby Dick for Literary Tradition IV
  • My friend and I explored campus together late at night and it was pretty surreal
  • I took a Fiction writing course in this obscure, dimly lit classroom on the opposite side of campus…it always took quite a while to get there
  • My older brother visited me a lot this semester and gave me a professional lesson on budgeting 😉
  • The day after Thanksgiving my family, and one of my roommates and her family, and several other friends, met at Heritage Farms, a Mennonite community outside of Waco, Texas.
  • Although it ended up raining a lot that day we thoroughly enjoyed our time there with friends and family, petting farm animals, drinking apple cider and hot chocolate, and listening to gospel music sung by little Mennonite children

Some songs that remind me of Sophomore Year (Fall 2016 semester):

“Blew My Mind” by Dresses

All along, I try to live but then I think too much
Because most of the time all the thoughts in my mind get to me

“Through Your Eyes” by Britt Nicole

‘Cause you stood right there
And then you broke apart the lies
You told me I had something beautiful inside
You brought to life the part of me I thought had died

“Still” by Seinabo Sey

So as I wake up this bright morning
Nothing’s gonna bring me down
Waves are singing, wind is warm and
Summer’s here to stick around

“Trustful Hands” The Dø

chaos is my second home
i don’t mind
where i land
as long as i’m in trustful hands

“Sun Shy” by Dresses

I make my days my nights that’s when my heart gets pumpin
I’ll take you for a ride, my nights only just started
Show me some place I’d like, make me feel like I’m dreamin

“Bird Set Free” by Sia

I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I shout it out like a bird set free
No, I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me

“The Greatest” by Sia

I transform with pressure – I’m hands-on with effort
I fell twice before, my bounce back was special
Letdowns’ll get you, and the critics will test you
But the strong’ll survive, another scar may bless you

 

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