Over Thanksgiving break I saw Thor 2 and The Hunger Games 2, which were simply amazing. I did not expect both sequels to do so well!
The day I came back home, I saw The Hunger Games 2 with my mom and two sisters. I did not read the books like my older sister did, but I still found each movie to be fantastic. That movie is definitely one I would not hestitate to see again. I think that it was just as good as the first movie; I liked how everything was tied into the second. At the end every secret was revealed and it all became clearer. There will certainly be a third Hunger Games, there is no doubt about it. A third Hunger Games that I will be going to see!
Last Monday I saw Thor 2 with my father, who could not stop telling me how good the movie was. He was certainly right! The ending was especially something to talk about. I can feel a third movie coming. Hopefully it will be as good as Iron Man 3!
I can not wait until the next Captain America film comes out. I am such a huge fan of Marvel, and DC Comic movies, as well as my father.
On my free time over break, besides the two new films, I did not really watch any movies. I mainly sat on my couch and watched the ID channel all day. That is always fun for me!
I am back at Norwich and there is barely a soul here. Which is nice since it's so quiet.
I had a blast back at home over the break. It was very nice to be home for more than three days. I got to spend time with an old high school friend who also goes to a military school, down in PA. The days leading up to Thanksgiving over break were pretty boring, since I was catching up on some homework. But nonetheless, I had ample enough time to spend with my family before I traveled back to Norwich.
This thanksgiving was at my house, with just my family. My aunts and uncles were doing their own thing with their families. We will most likely have a big Thanksgiving feast next year at my family;s new house.
After Thanksgiving dinner, my sisters, mom, and I went to visit my grandmother to see how her day was.
We then went to look at the deals some stores were starting before Black Friday.
It was surprising to see how many people were out and about shopping, before the day of all deals.
Yesterday I came back to Vermont on an early flight, and was able to stay with a friend of mine who also goes to Norwich. I am very grateful to have people like that in my life.
After she picked me up from the airport, we went shopping for about five hours!
Boy, did we see a lot of deals!
In about three weeks it will be Winter break. It will be like I just left home!
I can not wait to start Christmas shopping for my family. I have basically finished Christmas shopping for my friends here at Norwich, I have only a little more to do.
Time is surely flying by.
Regimental Ball was an fantastic time, that I got to spend with my friends who I hold dear to my heart. We all enjoyed the first hour of Ballroom dancing and the drill performances that followed.
Two very close friends of mine were two of the drill performers on the deck, and I could not of been prouder of them. Rehearsed or not, they blew the whole room away with their performance. My date had the crazy idea of us standing on top of a table in order to see our friends. I went along with the idea, and was scared that the table would collapse during their performance. But, I would do it all over again. I would not trade that night for the world.
Reggie Ball lifted a lot of spirits that night; the bad week many people had simply washed away. There were no worries to be had at the ball, just plain fun. I missed having events such as Regimental Ball. In my NJROTC program we would throw so many military balls, that I became accustomed to the order of events at Reggie.
I know that the upcoming ball, "Snowball", is mainly freshman, but I am going -to support two of my very close senior friends who are planning on performing together. They want to make their last year here at Norwich count, and I can not wait to see the outcome. Other than wanting to see my friends perform, I really like the atmosphere of school dances. It's a night to get out of your dorm and simply have a good time with your friends. My favorite part, of course, is dressing up.
I am already excited for the next Regimental Ball! (:
My second semester here at Norwich University is going to be challenging, yet worthwhile.
This first semester has showed me what challenges are coming my way, for the career path I choose. I knew firsthand that college would not be a walk in the park, but I also knew I could handle the incoming challenges. Receiving my midterm grades only made me work harder on my final exams- because academics come first no matter what. I was awarded a scholarship solely based on my academic success in high school, and I am not going to let the typical stress of a freshman in college consume me.
This semester, I have decided what classes are for me, and what classes are not. From looking over the classes a psych major needs to take for their four years, I realized how relaxed my time here will be. Each semester I take a mandatory Psychology class, and everything else is basically an elective course. I know that there are so many challenges to come, and I will be more than ready. Considering the job I plan to obtain once I graduate from Norwich University.
I've also met so many great people who will be graduating next semester as well. Time is moving by so quickly, but I know the bonds we've made already will be here to stay.
Thanksgiving break is around the corner and I will be away from my second family for a whole week! Just imagining being away for a month will be difficult! But we all miss our families at home and will be grateful to spend time with them, I surely will!
Last night at Ballroom, my roommate and I were chosen, along with our other club members to participate in the Open House, this Saturday. We will get to show off the skills we've learned to others who may be interested in joining. I can not wait to see how that goes. I wonder what kind of dance demonstrations we will put on; I hope the Tango or Foxtrot are one of them.
The start of Saturday will be very busy, since I have to work thirty minutes before the Open House ends. Although, I am excited to not only represent my club, but I want to see what the other clubs on campus has to offer. I do think that my plate is already too full to take on another club, but there is always next year!!
The people who come to the Open House and inquire about Ballroom will see what kinds of dance styles we've already learned. They will also get a feel of what the first hour of formal events here consist of. Ballroom dancing is a very easy club to persuade people into joining. Most people who do join want to know how to formally dance for future events such as their wedding. I had the same idea in mind, and I also merely wanted to learn how to Tango.
Hopefully we find a good space in Plumley to demonstrate!
Midterms have been approaching, and they have been going pretty well for me. I am certain, though, that I really have to buckle down and study harder if I want the grade I am shooting for. So far, I have had my French and History of Architecture midterm. The architecture midterm in my opinion was straightforward and its questions were easy to answer with more than a page.
The thing that helped me do well on the architecture midterm was studying with a classmate of mine. I didn't realize how much it helped to not only study with someone, but also teach them information that you can fully grasp and tell others. He didn't quite understand the second question on our study guide, and I did not understand the first question. So we took turns explaining our knowledge for the question we knew well, and it came in handy the day of the exam.
It worked out very well for both of us, since the questions we went over were given on the exam. Because we studied and taught the other more information, we were able to recall the important aspects and successfully write more than one page for each question! We get out exams back today in class, so fingers crossed on that.
I took my French midterm yesterday morning, which did not go so well. It is difficult not having a wide variety of people to help study with you. So many of the students here are taking either Spanish or German. But as I was talking to my professor after the exam, I realized that it will be worth it make time to see a French tutor, and also work with a fellow classmate. Monday there is an oral exam, and I am determined to ace it.
I want to make my first semester this year count.
This was the reading for my Psychology class. A very, very interesting book to say the least.
It is the story of the emergence in personality of a once deeply disturbed child.
The story begins with the introduction of a child named Dibs, who is just beginning kindergarten. It is unsure what is wrong with Dibs, as to why he is acting so closed off. Dibs is nothing like his peers. He is shy, reserved, and unable to responsibly control his feelings. He won't talk, sometimes he'd be mute for the entire day, or crawled about the schoolroom floor oblivious to the other schoolchildren and teacher. Dibs would also have violent temper tantrums. To the school pschologist, teachers, and pediatrician it was a puzzling determining if the cause of Dibs' actions were from being mentally challenged. Had his brain suffered at birth, or was he suffering from a deep-mental illness? No one had a clue.
Throughout the story you see the constant changes Dibs experiences with the help of Dr. Axline's subtle and clinical help. Because of "Miss A", Dibs learns how to become an able person- a true leader. He realized that the stablizing center he serached for was always deep down inside himself.
My class had a discussion about the piece yesterday, and we went over the main points of the book, as well as important psychology factors. Even if you did not read the entire book, it was not hard to get an almost complete understanding of Dibs track to become a normal child.
The statement of "students of psychology and psychiatry have long recognized that many new insights into normal and typical mental processes and into healthy mental development can be gained from the study of different and exaggerated forms of behavior that appear in atypical individuals." is definitely a true statement. As a psychology student, I was able to envision so many psychology aspects that Dibs was going through as a child. I learned in the beginning the academic year, that your development as a child has a lot to with who you become. Parents or adult influences are also a major component to how you grow up. If you were to read this book, you could surely depict that Dibs' father does not get along with him, and Dibs' mother is too busy with work to worry if her son may have a mental illness.
Overall, I would rate this book as a great reading.