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 :]

Feeding a cold

So I realize that being away from home has made me more susceptible to illness. So far I’ve gotten an odd rash on my neck and a killer cold (or at least that’s what I’m assuming it is). I hate how pathetic a cold makes me feel. My sneezes are high pitched after sneezing a […]

QUICK thought

Today as I dashed down the stairs to the college center, I noticed a flock of birds, maybe crows, chatting or whatever noise it is that birds make in flight. I couldn’t help but feel like they were laughing at me for trying to escape the cold. Jerks.

How I goats taught me about life

Since I got accepted to Augie, I’ve been pretty sure of what I would major in once I got the chance to declare it. Oh, Leslie, how stupid you are… Why is it that during your first few weeks at school, you’re asked what you want to major in. Everytime I had to introduce myself, I […]

Straight Dope: a discovery about sleep

note: I realize a good amount of my posts are about sleep; there is a very good reason for this (I LOVE IT). For those curious enough to check them out: 1 2 3 4 Last night while putting off my class work, like always, I came across The Straight Dope, which is quite dope. […]

Rest in peace, my dear Georgie.

On November 21st, I notice at approximately 11 am that my pet betta fish, Georgie, isn’t moving; I flushed him off to a better place. At about 12:30 am that same day, I cleaned his bowl (which is actually a cube) to try to make him feel better because he seemed really down. After I […]

Is it possible to grow tired of sleeping?

Um, perhaps? Since starting my fall break Monday of finals week (because I’m the bomb dig and got done early) I’ve been sleeping in. At first, it was strictly involuntarily and my mom was rather peeved. As a result, I helped her out around the house in the morning, taking short naps when she wasn’t […]

How I have progressed… or not

As a part of my LSFY portfolio, I had to write about how I believed to have done in the class; sadly, I don’t think I did as well as I was capable. As a result, my self assessment wasn’t too kind. Since we were allowed to write in the form of poetry, I did […]

Week 9 1/2?: a (sorta) structured stream of thought

I have a tendency to just write things using stream of consciousness, eventually linking everything to make sense of it all. That is not the case here. I’ve slept too much, yet not enough and not in my own bed. The sawing of logs keeps me up at night. My parents decided to surprise me […]

Why yes, I do believe I’m homesick…

The other day I started to work on a creative writing assignment for my LSFY class. Normally to get the juices flowin’, I look through my old journals in case there’s something I can use. This is something I wrote earlier this year on March 31st at 2:57am: I love how my house is never […]

An Orphan on Family Weekend?

Today I volunteered at the Latino Youth Summit hosted by Black Hawk College. I was doing so as a part of Latinos Unidos, but we didn’t have anything to do. Since we didn’t know the building, we couldn’t really help shepherd the participants from room to room, and that was all they had in mind for us […]