Farewell for the Summer

And thus, the last of the spring CCBC events (I believe) has concluded. The graduation is complete. The official first day of summer may be June 20th, but for us CCBC students, summer began several weeks ago.

It is now June 6th, which is the first day of summer classes at CCBC (interested in taking summer classes later in the summer, as well? Check out ccbcmd.edu/summer because it’s worth it!) which means that it is my time to cease blogging until the fall semester and step back and experience the summer.

Think of summer as a way to recharge.

As fun as semester is, it can take a lot out of you! So we are blessed to have a summer break, a summer recharge opportunity. For me personally, it is difficult to view summer like this. However, this year, I am really, really trying hard to accept it as a recharge, and it seems to be working so far!

My suggestion would be to not just be lazy the entire summer long, though. Sometimes summer can just feel like a far-too-short time, because we never did anything that we wanted to do during the summer.

“Sora, you lazy bum”

However, make sure that things that you want to do are not overly mentally strenuous, either. Otherwise, once fall rolls around, you will not be feeling refreshed at all. Then you could get behind on schoolwork before you even begin!

 

So yes, enjoy your ice cream and your video games and your Netflix, but also take the time to read a book. Take a walk. Hang out with your siblings. Cook some delicious food. Take a one-day seminar. Catch up on your writing or photography or whatever you’re into. Just do not go OVERBOARD on such things.

You have to find that balance.

A balance between relaxation and action.

Because if you think about it, doing things on your own time is refreshing, too.  You know how you can totally fly through a novel that you’re not required to read, or get lost in a lecture that you aren’t required to attend? Just having the choice to learn about what you want to learn about, experience what you want to experience, can help you gain that mental spark that will carry you through your college classes, and re-inspire a love of learning.

I have a lot of goals for this summer, but none of them are too “big.” Most of them are just working on things that will benefit me in life, and aside from making some money lol, these things are mostly small, minor tweaks that can be refreshing and beneficial in the long run.

I wish you all the best of summers! Whatever you decide to do with your summer, make it good!
Until next time… peace out!

CCBC Graduation and Commencement

The other day, I had the pleasure of working as an Ambassador at the CCBC Graduation held at the Essex campus.

So many people I knew were graduating. There they were, in their caps and gowns, some with extra decor to indicate that they were graduating with honors.

All lined up and ready to walk the stage.

There was this massive, beautiful tent, under which their guests could watch them. Perhaps parents, siblings, friends, even co-workers– all there to support that new CCBC graduate, ready to continue on their life journey– whether to go to the job of their dreams, or else to continue their collegiate path at a university.

While graduation and commencement ceremony is quite a big deal, it’s a relatively simple set-up. No massive parties or crazy events– simply a ceremony in recognition to you, the CCBC graduate. In recognition of you, for all of your hard work.

To all of the graduates, I would like to say congratulations. Whether you attended the ceremony or not, you did it!! You finished your CCBC journey! I wish you best of luck in life, and hope that you meet the greatest of success. College can be tough, but in the end, beyond just a degree, there are lessons you can learn that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Peace out, new alums!!

For me, it truly hit me that I am going to graduate sometime, too. My goal is by next year. I have been at CCBC for quite a while– I was a PEP student, so I started while I was still in high school. Then, I did not take massive amounts of credits per semester due to the fact that I am also a martial artist, and need to devote time to Taekwon-Do classes. Anyway, CCBC is rather like a second home to me, and one day, it’ll be time to leave the nest. Current students– remember your time here. No matter how frustrated you might be at times, no matter what you have to get through in your classes– you’re going to miss this.
Keep that in mind.

The Transition from Spring to Summer

Spring semester has ended, and sometimes it can be a little tricky to adjust to a summer without classes (unless of course you are taking summer classes at CCBC!)
Here are some aspects of transitioning from spring to summer that you might be able to relate to…

TIMES TO WAKE UP

You might be used to waking up at 8:00am for a class, but now you can totally sleep later! Only, your body has apparently not realized this yet, as you are naturally waking up earlier than you need to be.

STAYING UP

It’s 3:00 am, and you’re still awake! Oh shoot! You feel so guilty because you have to get to class tomorrow..ow…w… oh, right. No class. So, you can stay up late??
Alternatively, you could be thrilled because you can go to bed early– no more staying up to finish that homework!

CLOTHING

During semester, you might’ve picked out what clothes you were going to wear each day because you knew so many people were going to see you and you had to slay. During summer? Just throw on whatever is clean because who cares what anyone during SUMMER thinks of your self-presentation.

FOOD

You can now eat at home! Yesss! Except you also have to like, actually go somewhere to get a frozen coffee and a bagel. Oh, Einstien’s, how can one live without you…
It’s nice to not have to search around campus for an hour, hoping to stumble upon an event with free food. Instead, you can just open your fridge…

EVENTS

There’s nothing to do Thursday night, because their are no events to attend. What IS this. If you’re  a club member, you are also likely also a bit empty because you are used to having to PLAN events, as well. Is this nice? Maybe? Usually it just gets boring after a while, and you desperately want something to do…

INTERNET AND READING
ggggggggggggggg
During semester, if you’re mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest, or if you are trying to read an interesting book… you are just wrought with a feeling of guilt that you cannot shake.
Because you shouldn’t be doing this.
You should be studying.
The pain!!
Luckily, during summer break, you can read and internet all you want. Woop woop. Party on, dude.

How are YOU transitioning from spring to summer? If you’re super bored, take a summer class! There is still time to register!! 

 

Stuff CCBC Students Say: Spring 2016

It’s that time of year again! (It comes rather frequently actually, since it comes twice a year…)
Stuff CCBC Students Say! Enjoy this list of the wild, wacky, and perhaps relatable things that I have heard CCBC students say this Spring semester. Special thanks to Ian and Colleen who heard a few, too.

More fun: Fall 2015    Spring 2015    Fall 2014    Spring 2014

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Person 1: “Is it cold outside?”
Person 2: “Yeah it is; it’s snowing.”

“Oh Lord I’m allergic to tomatoes. Does all of em have tomatoes? Every last one? Oh hell I’m takin em.”

“Do you have to say ‘God’ or could it be another, like, another, thinggg.”

“My nuts grew two sizes today. I jump started a car!”

Person 1: “I’m actually interested in the LGBT club”
Person 2: “Oh there’s quite a lot of kinds of it of them of them.”

“Her eyebrows… are perfection.”

*laughing* “And then… she got a 3rd degree burn… I don’t know how.”

“They ate all the mushrooms.”

Person 1: “I’m allergic to one medicine.”
Person 2: “I’m not allergic to that, I’m not allergic to anything!”
Person 3: “I’m allergic to raisins but not grapes.”

“Get an abortion? I don’t care if that kid’s all heart-beatin and stuff. Kids die every day.”

“How do you NOT know Liberace was gay?”

Person 1: “I do not know where the s**t my mother is but she might have been kidnapped by squirrels.”
Person 2: “Squirrels are evil.”

Person 1: “Be safe!”
Person 2: “Air hugs”
Person 3: “AIR HUGS”
Person 4: “Wahoooo!!”

“Ugh! Every time I play this game, something starts to itch!”

Person 1: *Really nonchalantly* “Yeah, my cousin got shot and left in a dumpster, and then two days after that my uncle had a stroke, and then a week after that, my grandfather died.”
Person 2: “Oh my god, that’s terrible!”
Person 1: “Yeah, but it’s okay.”

Person 1: “This ain’t no daaaamn fashion show!”
Person 2: “It is.”
Person 1: “That’s the sh*t you wear the rest of your life”

Person 1: “The winds of change are upon is”
Person 2: “And they doth blow.”

“It’s not Angelique and them, it’s Angelique and Janice. And you just gotta spend 5 minutes in a car with her; just 4 weeks ago you were gonna spend the rest of your LIFE with her”                      (*names changed for privacy*)

“He appeared wearing flowery oven mitts like HEYY I MADE BROOWWNIIIEE”

“Hey. Can. You. Hear me.
… what the hell, I can hear YOU, I’ll call you back.”

“Man I hate spellin Weeeeeednesday for some reason”

“There are a suspicious amount of like, government employees on Tinder. They’re all like, “hiiii I’m in the house or representatives!” and it’s like, no you’re not, you’re 23.”

“My hedgehog likes to go in my hair and it’s like, eeeuhh, it takes forever to get her out.”

“There’s this movie about these two kids who are out there surviving world war 2 and sh*t, and they’re out living on their own in the wild cause their mom sucks. It’s a great movie. I cried”

“I was like bruh. You don’t know how to spell. You spelled “meet” m-e-a-t”

Person 1: “Are you gonna go see that new Captain America movie with the black Panthers?”
Person 2: “Captain America: Civil Rights?”
Person 1: “Yeah that’s the one”

Person 1: “I love it when these artists like Niki Minaj are like, “I just wanna thank God for this award…” and it’s like, yeah, mmhm, God was toootally supportin’ that. That whole album. With the big booty shaking songs. Yep.”
Person 2: “God was BEHIND them”

“Uno ruins your relationship, fam. Don’t ever play uno with your girlfriend. I played uno with my girlfriend— and she’s mad as hell”
*points at irate female stomping up the stairs*

“This isn’t a brothel, you don’t just keep coming back. For more.”

Person 1: Why is it raining?
…Excuse me sir, why is it raining?”
Person 2: “I don’t know.”
Person 1: “Oh okay thank you.”

“Are you going to that all-girls ball? THEY HAVE LENTILS!”

“I’m not sure when you will use this later, but they asked me to teach it to you.”

“It’s a good thing I did weed, though.”

Person 1: “The scientific definition of a legume is pretty much, ‘things that come in a pod.’”
Person 2: “Thanks, science.”

Person 1: “If I give you cayenne, what do you feel?”
Person 2: “Pain”

“Hey yo. We are waiting for d*ckhead too yo.”

“You know you’ve hit a low point when you’re looking for a pen with a pen in your hand”

“People say I am a bad person to go drinking with because I have this weird ability to make people get tattoos of things they don’t actually want”

“Thanks, Sugar Cuuuuube”

“The other day I was babysitting and this kid asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was like, I don’t know.”

“Oh, my God. The a**hole evidence is all over this building.”

I’m tired. I’m swamped. I got bit… on the arm… by a drunk dude…”

“He told me I couldn’t have 20 kids and I was like, well fine, I will become a teacher so that I can have them but not give birth to all of them”

“I never seen so many bellies in my LIFE! And they weren’t like, oh I just GOT pregnant, it was like, I’m it’s coming out TOMORROW pregnant”

“He took like 5 showers; 5 showers, brush his TEETH, drink some LISTERINE…”

Person 1: “Can you talk louder?”
Person 2: *talks*
Person 1: “There… was no improvement…”

“2014…. girl I told him, now you know I can’t count and I can’t move in”

“I just wanna go to a gun range… and shoot this phone”

Person 1: “Don’t fall down the stairs. You might break my laptop.”
Person 2: “Laptops can be repaired”
Person 1: “But ankles are covered by insurance”

(On phone)
“If you come and get me some Chipotle you’d be the realest thing in the woooorld.
*beat*
…you wanna be the fakest thing in the world?
*beat*
Extra chicken.”

“I once burned my back with hot Arab-ian coffee”

“She left college, cause she got pregnant!
…I WANNA DO THAT SO BADLY!!”

*woman on phone spelling something to person on other end* “Z as in Xavier.”

Person 1: “I’ve got enough things to worry about”
Person 2: “What’s in the bag?”
Person 1: “Things to worry about”

“I mean it’s just… I dunno, I’m just worried… like…. what if he only likes me for my personality?”

“The function button is dysfunctional”

FINALS!

Tomorrow is the last day of finals at CCBC! (Unless you have a Saturday final)

Hang in there!!

Stay alert!!

Stay attentive!!

Remember how crushed you might feel once finals are over if you did not receive that grade that you were going for.

These are your last hours to study. These are your last hours to write those final papers. These are your last hours to get your stuff together.

So, do it! I already took my finals, and I already want to go back in time and re-do them. Don’t be me. You wouldn’t need a time machine if you got it how you wished it to be the first time, eh?

You got this!

Priorities

Something that wound up being a major lesson for me this semester was priorities.
…I am sure that there is a better way to put that sentence than the way that I just wrote it, but I shall instead focus on elaborating upon the lesson.

When I had less things on my plate, school was always a major priority. “School” as in classes; classes which I would focus a lot of my time and energy on. I found it enjoyable and beneficial to me. Then I became more involved around campus and in clubs, and suddenly other priorities arose, and a battle for what to prioritize came to be. Can you relate? Yes, most likely, if you’re enough of a CCBC geek to be reading this blog ;)

The trick is figuring out WHAT to prioritize. Long-term goals or short-term goals? What’s more important? What ARE your long-term goals? Are you doing this for yourself, or for others?

Upon thinking about it, I decided that my struggle is that I tend to put other people before me to the point that if it is something only for me, I do not make it my top priority.

Why spend extra time making my essay perfect when if I don’t do that one thing for my club I let down a whole group of people? Better do that club thing first because I don’t want to let anyone down…

But this causes quite a struggle! What do I put first?? What should I prioritize? What do I truly feel is more important?

What is the right thing to do?

The answer is… I don’t know. I simply do not know. So, my personal choice would be to figure out a way to make both of equal priority, and find time for both. This is something that I know that I shall work on next semester! Also, if there is a way to take on less for a club, perhaps that should be something that I try to do as well. If it is someone else’s job, then it would not be up to me to make sure that it gets done. It is totally okay to lessen your workload yet still be involved.

What do YOU think one should do? 

If CCBC Was People

Have you ever imagined what it would be like if CCBC was people?
No?
…nope, no, definitely not. Well, don’t worry about it, because now you don’t have to. As a native of the Catonsville Campus, I have only done some of the buildings at Catonsville, but feel free to use your imagination for the other campuses!

SSRV 

Revee is loud and super fun to be around, but everyone knows that underneath his playful exterior, he’s all about success in college. Go to him if you want him to tell you the most delicious food on campus, but also give him a call if you’re almost done your second year at CCBC and not sure what comes next. Revee loves learning about different cultures and is always ready for an exciting conversation, but once you get him talking he may not want to stop!! You can catch him wearing a customized hoodie and some snazzy black jeans.

HTEC

Harvey seems like a quiet, mysterious person, and you never really see them around. You automatically assume that he’s up to something cool. In actuality, Harvey is just taking a heck ton of classes, and leaves campus to go to work the second they’re over! He doesn’t know his way around very well, but he can totally recommend the best teachers to take. Just don’t ask him to tell you how he always earns As– he actually doesn’t know;  he’s just, despite everything, an A-student. You can catch him wearing a button up with a white t-shirt and blindingly white pants. Everyone just accepts that it’s a Harvey thing.

LIBRARY

Bree is someone you’ll run into all the time, and you’ll never miss out on a good conversation with. She’s up to date with all the latest political news, fandom news, and campus gossip, has already seen that new superhero movie and can tell you her opinion on it, and will gladly buy you an iced coffee from Einstien’s. She’s switched her major a few times, but is consistently earning credits and is always glad to help other people with their homework– as long as she thinks they deserve it. You can catch her wearing skinny jeans and flannel with some super cool piercings.

 HUMANITIES

Anita is one of the hardest working people you know, and always seems to be working on some project or another. She’s down-to-earth and always smiling. Despite such, she is really selective about her friends, but once you’re friends with her you can know for certain that she will always be loyal to you. She has a bunch of random skills that you might not expect her to have, but aren’t really surprised to know she does have once you find out. She likes to read, but doesn’t have much time for it during the semester. You can’t even imagine her getting angry; she’s so good at getting along with people. However, you suspect she is secretly exhausted! You can catch her wearing a sweater and some colorful Converse.

MASH

Ash is the new kid on the block, and dang, he’s cool. Not stereotypically cool, but cool in a wickedly-smart-really-classy-slightly-nerdy-really-fun-to-be-around way. He’s also really good-looking, and nobody will shut up about how handsome he is. Ash is more than just his looks, though; you’ll always learn something new just from being around him, and he’s a really kind person who is incredibly helpful. If you can’t understand a math concept, Ash is there for you. He also knows the best places to hang out. You can catch him wearing a ridiculously cool jacket with expensive clothes that he wears cause his parents bought them for him.

CLASSROOM

Clark is just your average guy, but not in a bad way. Sure, he may not stand out in a crowd, but when it comes down to it, Clark has everything you really need. He’s a good friend, easygoing, and not argumentative. He might be a little bit awkward, but if you get to talking with him you’ll find out he actually knows many random fun facts about things such as criminology or the Civil War! His favorite food is Lay’s potato chips. You can catch Clark wearing a t-shirt and jeans, because he’s Clark.

BARN

Bell is a happy person who always has something to say. She knows about all the latest events, and does her best to attend them all– and get there early to set up. She also drags all her friends to said events, because who would want to miss out on Stress Relief Day, for goodness’ sakes?? In her free time, Bell likes to eat food and play video games– video games which she happens to be quite skilled at indeed. Everyone knows her, but unless it’s at an event you probably won’t see her around. You can catch her wear ing whatever she pulls out of her closet, which may or may not match, but manages to rock it anyway.

ARTS

Aura loves being up to date on what is going on in the world, and has plenty to say about it. She advocates for peaceful protesting when necessary and charity events whenever possible. Aura has a love-hate relationship with social media, but just can’t seem to get away from her laptop when at home. She loves being artistic and has a variety of skills, and wants everyone to know that the life of an Art student is actually really hard! She’s really busy with schoolwork due to this fact, but will totally free up a bit of time to go see a play with you, or catch a cool new movie. You can catch her wearing whatever she feels like wearing– a sundress one day, a tweed jacket the next.

WELLNESS

Wade is super athletic and likes to do athletic stuff. In his free time, he likes to play catch with a football. Or a basketball. Or a half-empty water bottle. Wade always needs to be doing something. He knows a lot about healthy eating and is happy to help you learn more, but will never force his views upon you. Wade is always cheery, and has a core group of friends who are very similar to him personality and interests-wise. You can catch Wade wearing whatever he was wearing at his last sports game, and he is usually glistening with sweat.

MANSION

Sean is a faculty member who has a lot of knowledge under his belt. He knows all the history of the area, he knows all of his family history, he knows all of his NEIGHBOR’S family history… you cannot talk to Sean without getting a history lesson. But fear not– Sean isn’t boring at all; he’s wonderful to talk to and everyone thinks highly of him. He’s a fantastic storyteller with a classy sense of humor. You can catch Sean dressed professionally in a jacket and bow-tie.

Coming Soon: Finals Week

This semester comes to a close… and finals week begins!

You can feel it approaching. It comes. You feel it in your bones. You see it in the lack of people on campus; in the notifications on blackboard. You smell it in the air; the scent of summer’s beginning.

Worry not.

You got this.

Pull your last bits of motivation from the depths of your lungs, from the beats of your heart, from the gums in your mouth, and make your eyebrows look all intense and cry, “I. AM. CCBC!” and then GO FOR IT!!!

Before finals, make sure you

  • GET LOTS OF SLEEP- don’t be super tired. Study ahead of time so that no all-nighters are necessary
  • EAT HEALTHY FOOD- and coffee lol. You have to be well-fueled!
  • DON’T FREAK OUT- a little bit of nervousness is okay. You can use it to your advantage! Just do not freak out to the point of mental breakdown. Relax. Lay on the grass for a bit. Eat some ice cream. Just chill, and then get out there and do the best that you can! This is YOUR college experience. OWN IT!

Film Fest 2016

WhOoOoOoOoOoOoOaaaaa we did it again.

Film Fest 2016, our third-ever, was the most successful CCBC Film Festival of all time.
We originally had enough seats for 100 attendees… and RAN OUT and had to frantically add more for the swarms sitting and standing in odd locations! We thought we’d have extra food, and by the end had served ALL OF IT and had to run over to the cafeteria to get more plates!!
Incredible turn out. Excellent film list. Fantastic event.

The gorgeous trophies and gift baskets for the winners of Best Production, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and Audience Favorite awards

Just a few of the audience members. We had 120-150 attendees. Hollllllyyyyy coooowwwwww.

Film Fest is a yearly event established  in 2014, where students can submit their films and 3 judges will vote to award 3 of these films Best Production, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay awards. Then the audience gets to vote on their favorite, which then wins the Audience Favorite award. Winners earn $100 each, a gorgeous trophy, and a gift basket– and eternal fame at CCBC, of course.

This year was a tough competition, but in the end awards were given out to ETHER for Best Production, JOYRIDE for Best Screenplay, BLOOD, SWEAT, AND GEARS for Best Direction (this links to the full version, a 15-minute version was shown at Film Fest), and THE RIG for Audience Favorite.

You can go to CCBC Film Society on YouTube to check out more videos, like our lead-in film CELLPHONE CINDERELLA and the surprise fave SEEN AT (this is my film and I’m not a huge fan of it, but I keep being stopped by people who are praising it and I’ll be told off if I don’t mention it lol)

We served a full dinner including snacks, appetizers, sides, dinner, and dessert– and totally ran out of food by the end. Wowza!

I’m not gonna lie– putting on such a major event is rather hectic and stressful. Thankfully, I had a lovely board on my side; a team willing to deliberate about film selection at 1am, drive all over the place collecting trophies and decorations, and pull all-nighters making sure everything was fine in time for an event where we all ran around campus, worked tirelessly with tech, and even decorated til we nearly collapsed (or was that just me?) I’m truly impressed by, and eternally grateful to, all the Film Society members who made this event possible. A good thing about college life is that we learn how to handle such things while developing our leadership and teamwork abilities, human interaction skills, and decision-making abilities. For me, it all started with Film Fest 2014, and I gain more insight and new perspectives each year.

Me decorating with stars that will probably be found in odd locations for the next year…

Some Film Society people :3

If you are interested in joining Film Society Catonsville, swing by any Tuesday during semester to HTEC 035, or visit facebook.com/ccbcfilmsociety. We were established in 2012 and have been going strong ever since, doing our thing: being a resource for filmmakers and those interested in film, and acting, directing, editing, producing, writing, and more!

CCBC Day of Service!

As Student Life Ambassadors, we usually meet up and enjoy interesting presentations, group activities, and educational games for our every-other-Friday Ambassador meetings.
But the meeting before last, we rode down to Baltimore to participate in the CCBC Day of Service!!

As you can see, we got a lot done– and had a lot of fun in the process.

What exactly did we do for our Day of Service, you ask? Well, aside from the occasional wheelbarrow ride, we worked together to create a community garden out of an empty lot. We dug trenches for plants, created a nice path, cleaned up, and made nice decorations. The sun shone brightly as sweat dripped down our necks, but on we worked. Overall, it was quite an enjoyable experience.

I think this quote says it all: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world”-Howard Zinn.
As students, those small acts start with us. If we each just contributed even the smallest amount, I believe that we can truly, truly change this world for the better.