A window inside life at Augustana College

My name is Leslie Carranza, though I also answer to Cecil Jenkins. Since infancy, I’ve lived a city in the northeast corner of Illinois with Lake Michigan being a short bike ride away. This year is the first in which I’ll be living in a predominantly white community with no beaches. My feelings about this: “Dang” One liners, peaches, Dr. Pepper, and turtles are only a few among many of my favorite things. Honesty is generally my policy, though lying is also an art I’ve nearly perfected. Sometimes I forget I’m in the middle of doing something, like driving or writing a letter to a friend. I am never bored. Though I’m a child at heart, I don’t get along with kids well. These are only a few of the things worth knowing about me :]

How to have a lovely day

I stumbled upon this list and figured it deserved to be shared along with a nice background. Granted, I already somewhat follow the instructions on a regular basis, but we all need some sort of reminder every now and again.

A reflection towards the end of freshman year

I initially heard of Augustana from my friend, Lydia. She is an alumni and a very respectable woman. We first met when she directed the 2008 Young Leadership Conference, a program put on by the National Hispanic Institute for Latino youth to develop effective communication skills through debate. I didn’t stand out much in the […]

It WILL work this time!

By that, I mean my focus this term. For whatever reason, there is a mental block I’ve had at the beginning of each term, mostly when having to focus on what needs to be done for classes. These are the contributing factors to my new found confidence: Most of my friends are pledging. My main […]

This week’s obsession

Not sleep! Whoa. Though it probably should be on account of finals… NAH (I may regret this come monday ._.) I recently stumbled upon rainymood.com (not through stumbleupon, but brotips :]), which is basically just continuous rain. It’s rather lovely. While on the site, it recommends a song to play while listening to the rain. […]

Home is where ever I’m with Panda

I love Panda, but that’s not important to anyone that isn’t me. However, this is adorable embodied.

Silly > Corny

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly ~Rose Franken Perfect example: the IKEA scene in 500 Days of Summer. Yes, things don’t end ideally, but it’s still beautiful :]

Singles awareness month

“Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired” ~Robert Frost For the month of February, I’ve decided to share some words of wisdom on love every day, at least up until Valentine’s Day. Also I may anonymously give someone a gift in spirit of what can either be a day full of love and […]

Why complaining is pointless

I found this in my journal a couple days after an all-nighter. I don’t remember writing it, but it was in my handwriting, so there’s a slim chance that anyone else planted it there. I figured that it’s worth sharing. Some stuff had to be cut out for personal reasons, but overall, I have a […]

All the many pains D:

I have sticky notes scattered all over my desk and the surrounding walls with the formerly-sticky ones littering the floor; my English professor is expecting a 5 page draft and annotated bibliography in roughly 15 hours and reading I have no way of attaining on my own; mounds of assigned reading need to be covered; […]

To be like Lulu & the Lampshades

This video has changed my priorities in life.  I plan on performing this with a determined friend. We’ve spent the past day or so working to master the technique. It’s going to be beautiful ^_^