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Hoggy Warty Hogwarts

Last week was my first homecoming at Augustana and it was pretty great! I enjoyed all of the events and everything was a new experience. The bonfire was really nice and the musical performance by Minus Six, featuring alumus Kevin Carton was splendid. I didn’t get to attend the talent show but I heard that it was pretty cool.  Now Thursday, indeed it was a day, a day indeed it was  (sorry for the inversion, sometimes the inner Yoda just comes out). On Thursday, the Rope Pull and YELL competitions were held. They were two of the most physical competitions of Homecoming Week and I actually participated, I know, I know, everyone was surprised. On Friday we had the coronation of the Vi-Queen and Vi-King (get it, he he he, get it, viKING he he he… puns) and we had the Sing competition and  both very nice to behold. Saturday, to be honest, and this won’t come as a surprise to those who know me, I slept in. However, I heard that we had the Dome Dash ( a Augie themed 5K run), Renaissance Festival, and Regatta in the Lower Quad, all of which occurred before the game against Wheaton at 1:00 p.m. I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to doing it all over again next year. All of this Augustana spirit reminded me of the sorting ceremony at Hogwarts, (I assume it’s because we were competing for cup points all term long) so I inserted the lyrics for those of you who share my Harry Potter passion. Oh, also I attached a video, you should watch it… because, why not?

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,
Teach us something please,
Whether we be old and bald,
Or young with scabby knees,
Our heads could do with filling,
With some interesting stuff,
For now they’re bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,
So teach us things worth knowing,
Bring back what we’ve forgot,
Just do your best, we’ll do the rest,
And learn until our brains all rot.

Yell Black Student Union 2014

 

Until,

Tierra Watkins

P.s.- Maybe this Halloween, you could be spoopy, you know and take it easy on us normal folk?

My First Semester of College (in Memes)

So, it should go without saying that I am a freshman, but I said it anyway because, hey, why not? Anyway, this entire experience has been a really interesting time in my life so I’ve decided to put my insomnia to use and vaguely chronicle my first semester of college adventures with the use of memes.

 

On my way to Augustana for Orientation Week…

During Week Zero activities with other freshmen and some pretty awesome old folks ( a.k.a sophomores, juniors, seniors)…

At the activities fair I was all like…

And  then as it got closer to the start of classes people around me began referring to everything  in relation to some  type of foreign time format known as weeks. There were no longer seconds, minutes, hours, or days. Just weeks. Apparently the worst week of them all was Week 10.

Sometime around Week 2, it hit me. HARD. Like I felt like I was being physically assaulted with a butter sock (Google it) by a hobo named “Edumacation” who just wanted me to earn a degree and get a good job…

This happened…

And this has always been a problem for me, that has just worsened as the time has passed…

Sometime around Week 3 I came to this conclusion…

But while all of this was happening it seemed like all of those clubs and organizations I wanted to join continued to send me hundreds of e-mails that consisted mostly of tales of free pizza, which by nature I just couldn’t turn down, I mean come on, FREE, and PIZZA, I’m a simple girl, it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy…

 

But somehow it seemed impossible to find food at 1 A.M. which seemed to be prime-time for my hunger, so whenever my parents called and asked me how I was doing and if I was still alive I would say…

During Weeks 4 and 5, I made wonderful decision (please note the sarcasm) to ditch my schedule and go with the flow…

I was/am a horrible student with even worse time management skills…

Sometime around Week 6 and most of Week 7 I was trying to decide whether or not I needed to drop out of college…

Because you know, college isn’t for everyone, is it?

But now we’re starting a new week and I am determined to pull myself together…

I have resolved to no longer procrastinate when studying because it’s almost the end of the semester and we know that means…

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m an insomniac so adequate sleep is rarely an option and please don’t think I’m bragging about it, insomnia is something I would not wish on my worst enemy. Anyway, my insomnia combined with the stress of impending exams has helped me come to this revelation…

But it’s all good because whenever fall break comes around, I’ll be feeling just like my lil’ homie, Tommy Pickles ( sorry, I’m sleep deprived, please ignore the nineties oozing from this sentence)…

And next semester I will  be ready to begin anew with renewed pomp and vigor, after a few minor alterations to my course load and maybe with a different perspective major…

So, there you have it, that’s how life is looking for me right now. Comment below and let me know how this semester has been going for you, I am generally interested in knowing!

Until,

Junie B. Jones Tierra 

 

 

 

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Before I get things started I have huge news! Take a guess at what it is!

 

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That’s right, Bob Mazooka won his game of Jimmy Smits against Captain Ahab last night!

 

c480x270_67   Another bit of good-news-happy-joy to swallow down into that hungry brain of yours, a little birdy told me the Mcrib is back or made of Kangaroo meat, I confuse the two. Anyways, keep a look out for either one.   Everyone reads things differently and understands language differently, I sometimes wonder how the voice in people’s heads sound when they read. Imagine how different famous books of literature would be received if we knew to read them in a Popeye or Dr. Zoidberg voice. Imagination is a journey best made with a box of crayons and a sweet disposition towards coloring outside the lines.

"Kitty Perry, isn't that funny Gary, listen to me, laugh, don't Ignore me!"-voices in my head

“It’s a cat that sings, Kitty Perry is what they call it GAROLD!”

(For this paragraph read it like you’re confused about your place in the world and you have no idea what the future is going to bring. You’re afraid but confident that you’re making the right decisions and the universe will take care of itself. You decide to embrace the unknown unabashedly realizing that most of what we do is insignificant on a grand scale but gravely important. You confuse your IPhone 6 for a Poptart) Let’s say I’m abducted by aliens. The Greys. These aliens aren’t peace loving, but they love the game of truth or dare so much they’re willing to bet the planet on a game played at teenage girls 13th birthday. One of their questions is regarding my favorite part of writing blogs for the college. One of my questions is why I need such a roundabout way of getting to the point. We both end up laughing, having a pillow fight, and teaching each other how to kiss, because the first kiss should be special. Fingers crossed.

 

(Read this paragraph in your best Tom Brokaw voice) If I had to pinpoint my favorite aspect of writing blogs for this school it wouldn’t be the creative outlet of expression and general free reign I get to post with, it’s not even the Grey aliens that have figured out how to cross the galaxy in a matter of seconds but can’t figure out to wear a spacesuit on a planet filled with water, which happens to be something that kills them on a farm owned by Mel Gibson. My favorite part about writing doesn’t come from ranting into subject C from A, all the while skipping subject B. The best part about these blogs are the comments I get from spam robots. They often have nothing to do with the article or anything to with . . . anything. Spam robots are the children of internet comedy because they say the darndest things.

 

(Read this paragraph playing Bongos with the lights dim, while doing your best Quint from Jaws impersonation ) Here lies the body of Mary Lee; died at the age of a hundred and three. For fifteen years she kept her virginity; not a bad record for this vicinity.  Robot go into the water, robot start speaking funny language, people buy the Axe.  The image I have of these robots is composed purely of that soulless amalgamation of what the hell have we-created-looking-man-robot from the Axe commercials. The one with the sweet tweet game, his grasp of the English language is like a flipper with kung fu grip and too much to do around the house. His eyes portray a baited innocence trapped in a thin candy shell, one bite and you’re on the highway to hell. I imagine he pounds the keyboard like a lawyer objecting to a stunning twist of events in the case.   old-spice-mandroid-sexist-hed-2014 Here’s some gems.

 

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Topic of the blog

Since I will be in Brazil for the next 5 weeks I was asked to blog for the Augie Globalog. This is where students who are studying abroad update people on their travels. Since I’m also keeping my own personal blog I’ve decided that this blog will be dedicated more to updates about my senior year i.e. job or internship prospects, classes I’m taking, things along those lines.

Internship possibility!

A few weeks back I found a doula internship in Minneapolis. The page didn’t have a lot of details but I bookmarked it for future reference. Well last week when I got on a streak with doula work I sent the director an email asking for details. Up until yesterday I had forgotten about the email, but then I got a response from the director. She said that another program is opening in June 2015, right in time for me to come home. The guidelines for the doula internship are:

  • Attending at least 1 birth per month
  • Preferably have witnessed at least one birth previous to the internship’s start
  • Are certified or are certifying by a recognized doula organization​

Those are requirements that I can easily complete before I move back to MN! So now I may have an internship set up for the summer. It’s not a full time job or anything, but it’s definitely something that will get me heading in the right direction to the birth community!

Slam Poetry is Awesome

So, there’s this new group on campus that I’d really like to point out! It’s called SNAPS and it’s a group that does slam poetry. I had really never heard much about slam poetry until I did some sleuthing around on the internet, but it’s really cool. If you don’t know what slam poetry is, here’s an amazing example of one that I absolutely love! It gives me chills every time I watch it (someone from SNAPS showed me this video and now I can’t stop watching it).

This guy is amazing! There are also some people who do slam poetry in groups (which is what SNAPS does), and those are really cool, too! Here’s an example of a group doing slam poetry that I really like (also, it has a Halloween theme, and since it’s now October, it sort of fits!)

Personally, I am so not a performer, but I will definitely be going to the performances that SNAPS puts on, and I hope I got some of you guys interested as well!

Augie Round 2: Catching up and off to a running start

Hey fellow vikings and HAPPY FALL!

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It has been way too long since i’ve written so heres an update on everything thats happened since winter (?!) of last year:

I actually went through the rushing process and am now a member of Zeta Phi Kappa

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At the same time I joined the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota

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I had an internship with the Upper Mississippi Studies center for the summer and subleased a house in Rock Island for my first experience living on my own

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Overall my summer was spent learning a ton of new things to help contribute to my knowledge of urban ecology to help my environmental studies major. This year has brought new challenges and opportunities as well.I’m currently working on a research project on rain gardens that will eventually be my summer research and could potentially evolve into my SI which is amazing to say as a sophomore. Academically, since returning to Augie, I’ve  had to relearn the art of time management since I’m currently taking three courses with labs as well as one lecture. I’m not going to lie, its been pretty rough but I’ve fell into my niche and now managing the coursework is becoming easier with each passing week. It’s crazy how fast things move when you come back. I can’t believe that last week was midterms and homecoming is next week. I’ve been working hard with my sorority on learning everything for our sing and yell routines and I cannot wait to see what the other amazing greek groups have come up for their routines this year! Happy week six to all and hopefully I’ll return with a homecoming update.

-Barrie Chileen

Doula: a woman who serves

I was recently at a funeral with people whom I had not seen since I was in high school so there was a lot of catching up to do. I can’t tell you how many times I had the following conversation:

  • Where are you studying? Augustana just across the river in Rock Island (the funeral was in Davenport)
  • When do you graduate? In February!
  • What are you studying? Political science…
  • Oh so you’re going to law school? No. And Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies
  • What are you going to do with that? I’m not really sure right now. I’m applying for jobs in fields with family and youth and community development. I wrote one of my senior papers on student attitudes towards parental leave policies, so I’m really interested in family relations, development, and health.  I also really would like to become a certified labor and postpartum doula.
  • What’s a doula? A doula is essentially a birth attendant. Doula’s don’t deliver babies, they are there for the emotional and physical support of the mother and her partner.

It was around the fourth or fifth time that I was having this conversation when my godmother walked over and said “Victoria wants to save the world one person at a time. She always has wanted to help people.” I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. Because it’s true, I have always wanted to help people. As a child I wanted to be a doctor. I even came to Augustana as an intended pre-med major. However, I realized that by being a doctor I wouldn’t be serving people and developing as much as a connection as I desire.

After spending most of my college years trying to figure out what I want to do I think I have finally figured it out. Well sort of. I know that I want to be part of the birth community. I am absolutely fascinated by what our bodies can do and the immense power that women have. I say women because 99.99% of the time a person who identifies as a female is delivering a child, though there are individuals who are transgender that can have children. But I digress.

I have finally decided that I want to be part of the birth community. I want to be there to support other people who are going through this extremely emotional and physical process. I want to welcome new lives in to the world. I want to be there to support families in the event that they deliver an angel baby. I just want to work with families.

However, just because I’ve chosen a field I want to work in doesn’t mean that I magically have a job. I’ve decided that one of my best options at this point is to become a certified labor/birth and postpartum doula. While the certification process differs between certifying agencies and organizations there is a similar path that you follow. This requires going through training classes, becoming educated on the many aspects of birth, going to childbirth education classes, and many more educational components. From there you develop a plan and start attending births, supporting mothers through their journey. The certification path also includes taking a test on the knowledge that you’ve gained and doing different research “projects” to continue your education. The final steps are interviews that the certifying agency conducts with your clients in order to ensure that you have met the needs of the client and then an interview with you, since after all you are the one training to be a birth professional!

Dorm room

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I thought I’d share with you what our dorm looks like (in Westerlin).

I have to admit that the thought of moving to college kind of scared me sometimes, especially the thought of sharing a room with a stranger. Lucky me, I got the best roommate ever.

And look how cozy we have made it! It’s so relaxing to come home to this dorm after a long and stressful day (I guess we can ignore that fact that right now, the room looks like a total catastrophe, but as we all now; the things you can’t see on social media, doesn’t happen in real life).

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Brazil!

Exactly one week from now I will be in Brazil! Maybe I will be walking on the beach or maybe I will be snug in my bed. Either way I will be in Rio de Janeiro getting ready to begin the international portion of my study abroad trip through Augustana!

I will do everything I can to keep this blog updated, but I can’t make any promises. After all, I’ll be in Brazil taking in the beautiful beaches and the amazing culture and the sunshine!