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November 28, 2006

Back to Campus

3 weeks left. 3 more weeks of studying. 3 more weeks of partying. 3 more weeks of Crawfordsville.

It seems funny that my first semester of college is coming to a close. It feels like I was just packing up to leave Memphis. But I have had some good times this semester.

Now, its just time for things to wrap up. I have two exams I am semi-prepared for already...so hopefully I can push myself to study so I make A's on both exams and have above a 3.5 for this semester.

My plan is to start studying early so I won't be so stressed when the exams roll around. We will see how that works out...

November 24, 2006

Turkey Day (New Pics Added)

Thanksgiving was fun. I just chilled with the family for most of the day. We ate, played some games, talked, and ate some more. You know we did the regular stuff families do on holiday.

I'm glad to say I did no work today. I was actually able to relax and not worry about studies. But I know I can't savor that relaxation for too long... I still have a paper and speech to write.

So this holiday is what I needed. I'm refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester...I think...

check out some pics

November 19, 2006

The Sound of "Real" Music

So I have been back in Memphis for 24 hours...and it feels like I have stepped out of a bubble and arrived to the present. It feels like Crawfordsville has left me disconnected from the one thing in the world I love most: music.

Did you know that the "Lean with It, Rock with It" dance is played out. It was all the rage when I left the M-town in August...but that was so three months ago. Apparently the new dance is called "Walk It Out;" I am trying to learn it as I write, but apparently all that time I spent these last few months watching ESPN News has given my legs enough time to forget how to dance. Oh, I never thought there would come a day when I could not pick up the new dance craze...I guess that means I'm getting old.

Furthermore, Crawfordsville has left me totally disconnected from my favorite artists. Apparently Beyonce has given a concert on AOL that nobody, not even my family, bothered to mentioned to me. I'm REAL upset about that. Apparently I am two months behind for this Chris Brown song called "Say Goodbye"...I am not a Chris Brown fan, but I do like the song...I am just mad that all of America had been listening to it before me.

Also, it seems by boy John Legend has been giving concerts left and right...Was anybody going to bother and tell me he had a new album? This man is like my icon... He genuinely infuses the piano and poetry to create beautifully arranged melodies to represent the external arrangement of harmony we regular folk like to call life. I am sooooooooo made I have been missing out.

But its ok.... I am doing everything in my power to listen to the radio and put all these new songs on my Ipod....So when I come back in a month I wont be four months behind....It will only feel like I lost one month of music...


November 15, 2006

Looking Ahead...

On Friday, I go back to Memphis. Its been 3 months since I've seen my bedroom; I wonder if its still the same.

I highly doubt it. My mom was talking about turning it into a den or a workout room before I left. So I might not have anything in there at all.

I guess it will be cool to go back to my high school and speak to teachers; I'm sure its plenty of drama for me to catch up on.

The only thing I am upset about is that my friends won't get home until next Tuesday. And I leave for C-ville again the following Friday... We will only have 3 days together :-(

But there is always Christmas to look forward to... A full month of club-hopping with my favorite people from high school... we are going to make some †memories.

I will be sure to update about my life about going home this weekend.


November 13, 2006

Smells Like Victory...

This weekend was my first Monon Bell game and it fully lived up to my expectations. I had a lot of fun even though it was like 20 degrees outside. It was a good experience.

However, I realized something this weekend. All the guys here were obsessed with the Bell Game for weeks; they all were saying it was something I would never have experienced. 12,000 people. It was suppose to blow my mind. But that was nothing new for me. I am used to being around 12,000 people. I feel at home in big crowds; I guess it is because I grew up in a metropolitan area. I realize now how many guys come from small towns because they were so overwhelmed from the crowd. I suppose even some of them had never seen a crowd that large with their own eyes. For me, it was like going downtown to a Memphis Grizzlies game.

Of course there were umpteen parties after the game. Then there were the after-parties. And then the after-after-parties. I dont think the campus slept until 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Oh, I forgot. During this Bell Week, I learned I hate DePauw. No, thats wrong. I learned to hate DePauw. I guess you have to succumb to tradition every now and then....

November 10, 2006

Mohawks Amuck

I'm not quite sure what happen this week. I am almost positive that when I went to bed on Tuesday night it was 2006, but when I awoke on Wednesday it had to be 1986. And I wasn't even born in 1986.

In light of Bell Week, somebody told the football team it would be a good idea for them to get mohawks....So I mean literally half the campus has mohawks.

They say its to intimidate DePauw. To see all these Wabash men unite and have mohawks will apparently cause the Dannies to fear. But in my mind, I wonder, did the Dannies get X-Ray vision or something because I am pretty sure the football players will have on their helmets during the game. So the Dannies won't see those awesome Mohawks unless they decide to stay and party when we win the Bell again.... But I highly doubt that possibility.

I guess it is really cool to unite under this cause.This Bell. Our Bell.  I mean, I am all for having pride in my school, but I ain't shaving 3/4 of my head to show it. I mean, I can donate some money, guard the campus, help set up the football field, etc.

Could you really expect this head to endure a mohawk? I didn't think you could...

November 09, 2006

One year later...

I can't believe one year ago I was a prospect for this college. God....I had plans to go everywhere but here. NYU. Pepperdine. Morehouse. Vanderbilt. I had so many other things I wanted to do with my life, and I definitely didn't plan on starting my new life in Crawfordsville.

I just cant believe one year ago, I was participating in the Top Ten weekend. If you are not aware, the Top Ten weekend is happening now. I have told you I work as a tour guide so I had the opportunity today to escort around some prospects. It was weird because it was like I could read their thoughts: questions they wanted to ask because they were too shy and questions they wanted to ask but were too afraid.

I will admit that I still dont know what I want to do with my life, but I will also admit that choosing Wabash was the first step on my road to success.

I had the opportunity today to just watch the prospect's faces and I could tell who this college was meant for and who it wasn't. Some guys were just not motivated.... their minds were elsewhere.... probably focusing on their football game this weekend no doubt. But how could not give your full interest to a place that is offering some scholarship dollars for participating in one weekend. I know for a fact that it is extremely competitive for cash these days.... I just question why some prospects are not more enthusiastic about this opportunity. True, Wabash isn't for everyone....and I definitely don't think it was for them.

November 05, 2006

Togas, Togas, Togas

This past Saturday, I went to my first Toga party....and I must say it was an experience. So many people were creative with their togas. Most were bed sheets wrapped around the body, and others were like made of silk. I had no idea people put that much work into a toga that would probably have a spill on it by the end of the night.

Of course there were millions of girls here for the party, and some of them looked really nice in their togas. And then there were some who had no business wearing togas at all.

I had to work security again...and I must say I do a good job at it. I dont know if its my tee-shirt that says "security" or that fact that I have been working out, but people seem genuinely intimidated. I must say: I like it.

I took some pics for you guys. Here we go! (That's a shout out to you Frederick).

November 01, 2006

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Have you ever had those times when you realized that you parents were always right? All those hours you argued your point as though it were the only point worth mentioning? All that time you spent defending your rebellion? All that time you spent ignoring their advice because you thought you knew what was best?

Then, one day, everything changes. In a blink of an eye, you have an experience that opens your eyes to what mom and dad always told you. You realize that you are more vulnerable than you ever expected, and that you should have taken their wisdom to heart.

But in your defense, you thought you knew everything. You thought you were invincible...able to withstand whatever the enemy throws at you. You're strong. Resilient. Clever.

However, in the end, you come to the conclusion that you are not all that. That maybe you still have more to learn. And you learn maybe even wisdom comes at a price of pain.