Word to your Major

Antidisestablishmentarianism. Bet that caught your attention. I can say that now that I’m an English major. I have special powers and whatnots.

For those of you who don’t know, I was accepted into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to pursue my new major, English- with the intent of being a high school teacher earlier this summer. The change from Urban Planning to English Teaching is a bit of a leap, I know, but I am so excited that it’s happening. Now, as confident as I have been about this transition I can say without a doubt that I am nervous ALL THE TIME that this will not be the right decision for me, but the support that I’ve had from my friends and family has been amazing! There are so many things that I want to do in the future and so many places and areas of expertise that I want to explore that settling on one major after spending two years here at the U of I and being exposed to all that there is and can be! *breathes* is really hard.

There have been a lot of things piling up this summer, so as you can imagine, I am VERY busy. Summer school has essentially kicked my a$$, and it is so hard to focus on work and school when it’s summer! I have to constantly remind myself that this is so that I don’t have to spend the extra year in college (aka money and soul sucking institution).

As the summer progresses I find it harder and harder to get out of bed and go to work, as I feel like I should be sleeping all day or relaxing down a lazy river somewhere. However, in order to afford any of that, I have to go to work. The circle of capitol is irritating. On that note however, if anyone has suggestions for cheap, fun activities, I’d love to hear them and give them a go! I’m especially always looking for new fun things to write about on this here blog of mine. A distinct lack of topics has recently limited my posts as my funds dwindle to ‘necessities only’, so any suggestions are welcome!

Hope you’re all having a great summer and I can’t WAIT to hear all of the suggestions!

RayeDeSol

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Day with Bex

This weekend is Mom’s Weekend at the U of I which means one thing- I avoid campus. As soon as I was dressed and ready to face the light of day I called up one of my best friends, Bekah, to see if she was free for the day!

Getting off campus was an absolute nightmare what with it being Mom’s weekend and all. The moms were out in full force this weekend, and honestly, it was pretty scary. Fraternities spilling out onto the lawn, their houses filled to the max with motherly beer drinking and frat boys that have instantly changed their weed smoking ways for the weekend in an attempt to show their mothers that they are in good hands in college. It took at least 20 minutes to get off of campus. Gross.

Bekah and I spent the morning applying Jamberry Nail Wraps (shameless promotion), drinking hot chocolate, and general gossiping. Boy have I missed my Bekah :’D. The weather was so beautiful today that we spent a good portion of that time on the porch talking and soaking up the sun before it turns cloudy and cold again like it’s supposed to on Tuesday. An unexpected visitor by the name of Holmes (we named her as she was an alley cat) who came up out of curiosity, and because she was hungry. She was really friendly, but as I’m allergic to cats, I didn’t get too close. Of course, like all cats, she has that 6th sense so that should you be allergic to cats- she KNOWS and will chase you until she is able to rub her allergens all over you. Bekah took a video of Holmes.

Bekah also said I looked cute so she took some artsy pics of me while I was laying on the railing. As a generic white girl, I feel entitled to my artsy pics. However, in light of this, please know that I do in fact lay in strange and uncomfortable looking positions such as this when holding conversations.

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Around 4:30 we got hungry so we headed to Bob Evans (I got the Country Biscuit (10/10 really good) and Bekah got the Turkey Bacon Cheddar Melt (8/10 good, but turkey to bacon ratio was a little extra and they could have cut the sandwich in half but overall really good)). Our waitress was really nice and we got free banana bread ❤ it was really good. If I were to recommend anything from Bob Evans, it would probably be the banana bread slightly warmed with a little bit of butter (assuming I have time to put butter on the bread before shoveling it into my mouth…). The family next to us was a little nosey, but we might have been a bit loud. At one point they told the waitress that we were laughing too much (in a joking manner) and we joked that they were being to loud and it was a whole socially awkward thing between a dad and two awkward college girls while his family and the waitress just looked on awkwardly. It also didn’t help that all of the tables were so close together that we were practically rubbing elbows with them. After some awkward ‘haha’s and a conversation about colleges (they were from Wisconsin headed to Indiana and we had to explain that we live in town and that Bekah goes to school in Wisconsin and I put in the mandatory ‘U of I is GREAT’ shpeel) we bolted.

We headed back to Bex’s for some more chill time before realizing that we super needed ice cream so we headed to Marble Slab. I told Bekah I wasn’t going to pay for hers, until I realized that I had two $5 off coupons (from my days as an addict), which made both of our ice creams free, so I paid and we got free ice cream. 😀 It was really good free ice cream. We took our free ice cream to Art Mart and walked around until they closed before coming back to Bekah’s house. We are now chilling and ‘doing homework’.

What a great and fulfilling day! Not excited to get back into the real world where there’s school and deadlines and stuff. Gross.

RayeDeSol

Witches and Wizards

Today was a LONG day. We’re talking 5 classes, each an hour and a half long, a meeting with the education academic advisor, and in less than an hour I will be off on a 7 hour straight meeting marathon. We’re talking APO, HPA, online, group projects, the works. However, this is a relatively short post.

FIRST I’m going to tell you all about my obsession with Harry Potter.

When I was about 6 my mom and dad were watching one of the Harry Potter marathons that was running on ABC Family. You know the ones. They run practically once a week. 6 year old Raye saw mommy and daddy watching a movie and she wanted to too! The beginning was all dark so she thought it was going to be some sort of horror movie, but stuck around anyways and has been addicted ever since.

20 year old Raye still has her room at home decorated with a Harry Potter theme, has Harry Potter posters hung in her apartment, still goes dressed as Hermione for Halloween, and has what might be according to some people an ‘unhealthy’ amount of memorabilia (including sweatshirts, t-shirts, postcards, pens, soundtracks, stickers, wallets, luggage tags, pillows, blankets, notebooks, wands, key chains, time turner, etc.). Hell, I even have a snitch hanging from my ceiling. I’ve taken the quiz about 3 times and I always get Hufflepuff (#puffpride). I have one copy of all the books (and they are sacred), I’ve visited the museum exhibits from the movies, and now, I am the event planner for the University of Illinois Harry Potter Alliance Club. (EEK! :D)

So today when I opened my door to the mailman and got a package that had a REPLICA HARRY POTTER EXERCISE BOOK, I screamed and might have scared the mailman a bit. (Another thing: I am totally obsessed with would be school/office supplies. It’s an addiction I can’t afford as a broke college student, but trust me when I say I have whole Pinterest boards dedicated to the cause. )

With tonight being my first meeting with the Harry Potter Alliance as they teach me the ropes, I can’t WAIT to put my new notebook and pencils to work!