Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas is in the Air

Yesterday, my family decided to skip out on work and school and go Christmas shopping. Let me just say that I love my family. :)

So our first stop was the mall, and it made me sooo excited for Christmas. One thing that I do not like about college is that December doesn't really feel like Christmas. Sure, we have a few decorations in our apartment, but December is just a stressful time and we're all too worried about finals to really enjoy the holiday season. Anyway, back to the mall. So we walk into the mall and it looks like Christmas, sounds like Christmas, even smells like Christmas. Ian even did the Christmas walk with me. (I don't really know what that is, but we did it yesterday.)

I guess the point of this post is to say that I love Christmas. I love the feeling of Christmas, the music, the traditions, the sugar cookies, the decorations. I just love it all. It's so fun being with my family and just enjoying the season.

So, now that I am done with finals... forever, I mean seriously, I never have to take another final again as long as I live... I can't wait to get home, sit by the Christmas tree, snuggle up with a warm blanket, and read a good book.

Ya, I'm excited. :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

R.I.P Mind

Finals.

Ugh. I hate that word. It carries so much anxiety. I mean, seriously, I could be in the happiest mood on the planet, and then you say, "Finals..." and it ruins it.

When I actually think about it, though, finals aren't as bad as the rest of the semester. I mean, the rest of the semester you have to go to classes, do assignments, and take tests. All you have to do for finals is take tests and do a few assignments. But here's my problem with them. Studying. I hate studying. With a paper, you write it, you know when you're finished and you turn it in. With studying, you have an outline that tells you things you have to remember, you never feel like you're prepared enough, and then you go in and have to try to remember all of the things you tried to memorize. It's awful.

What's worse, is that this semester, I have a scheduled final every day, plus one that I can take any time during the week. Every semester I've been at BYU I've been able to finish my finals in the first three days and had a week and a half break until Christmas. But this semester I have to stay the entire week. Lame.

But, the good news is, I passed my Praxis.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Of Blue's Clues, American History, and Game Shows

So I took the Praxis last week.

For those of you that don't know. The Praxis is kind of like the ACT for teachers. You have to sit through a two-hour test on Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science to be a certified teacher.

My first step of this test-taking process was, "How am I going to study for this?" Basically, you have to study everything you learned from kindergarten to sixth grade. So what do I do?

Watch Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader.
Yup, that's how I studied.

Once I got into the test, I cruised through the first two sections.
Then came Social Studies...

This test helped me realize that I am a bad American. I know close to nothing about American History, the government, and all of the Amendments. I mean, sure, I know the basics, but after that, I'm a goner.

I mean, come on, does anyone know where the prime meridian is?

Next section. Science. I found myself singing Blue's Clues songs to remember which order the planets go in, and hurriedly erasing one answer from the sun revolving around the earth to the earth revolving around the sun.

7:30 is way too early to be taking a test.

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Let's do this.

So, I decided to start a blog.
But you probably already figured that out if you're reading this.

I never understood the fascination of blogging, and always thought you had to be married with kids to start one. Well, I'm not married, don't have kids, and I'm starting a blog. So there. :)

So, I guess for this first post, I'll just tell a little about myself.
I just turned 21, and I'm at BYU, majoring in elementary education. I start student teaching in January, and I'll graduate in April.

I'm totally excited.

As for other aspects of my life, I'll just tell some random things about me. So, here it goes:
  • I love reading. I could read all day. Actually, I have.
  • One of my favorite things to do is fall asleep to a House marathon.
  • Doritos and Diet Coke is my favorite snack. Hands down.
  • I can relate anything to Boy Meets World.
  • I know more about Harry Potter than American history. It's sad, but true.
    For example: I couldn't name the date the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, but if you asked me the date of the third task in Harry Potter? June 24.
  • I have a crush on Zac Efron that will probably last my entire life.
  • Going to midnight movies is one of my favorite activities.
  • Whenever I drive by In-n-Out Burger on University Parkway in Provo I feel like I'm in California for 10 seconds. P.S. I have mixed feeling about In-n-Out Burger in Utah. It was my vacation treat, and now it will just be... my non-vacation treat...
  • My current favorite song is "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble.
  • Rainy weather is the best. It makes me happy.
Well, that's me in a nutshell.
Ciao.