"be humble for you are made of earth,
be noble for you are made of stars"
Confessions of a Caffeinated Student
olivia. writer. over-enthusiast. i'm basically just a student at washington college with a tendency for falling in love with words and strangers.
  Anonymous said:
How do you become a student blogger? I'll be part of Washington Colleges incoming class!!

Actually, they found me! I received an email in early june from the admissions office wondering if I would be interested in becoming one.

If you are really interested though, I would suggest emailing Aundra Weissert, as she is my boss. :) Her email is: aweissert2(at)washcoll.edu

journal entry: birthday ball

unfortunately, i was having so much fun on saturday that I didn’t get very many pictures of birthday ball. well, i say “unfortunately” but isn’t it a good thing? to be enjoying yourself so much and to be so caught up in the moment, you don’t even think to take pictures because you know that it will stick in your memory for years?

a couple of weekends ago, i meth two wonderful girls named holly and julie, and let me just tell you they are two fantastic amazing wonderful people. i kinda love ‘em a lot. anyway, we spent most of the day together. starting with the lacrosse game against Goucher, i chilled with them and some of the KA brothers (pretty cool guys) and we enjoyed the sunshine and clean air of a winter giving hopes for spring. after the second half, we shifted from the bleachers to the hillside and there’s really only one word that sums up how fun that was: puppies. a lot of people that bring their dogs and there are a lot of dogs that are only ten weeks old and the cutest freaking things ever.

moving forward, after the game, julie and I brought our stuff to holly’s room and then went to hang out at talbot. I made tea (and got some weird looks from some of the brothers) and we grabbed chinese before heading back to get ready.

the dance itself was spectacular. the decorations were amazing, the dj was on point, and i was there with people that make me happy.

can’t wait for next year!

cheers,
olivia

p.s. realised that this is has been in my drafts for about a week, so sorry for the late post. :\

journal entry: stress is just an abstract concept

hahhaahahaha. no it’s not. it’s very real. i have two papers due tomorrow that happen to be large portions of my grades. and callbacks tonight. and a performance piece to present tomorrow. and callbacks tonight. did i say that already? and french to study for.

the research paper might just kill me.

journal entry: classes and schedules and registration, oh my!

fuddy meers and losing my keys and blitz ball, breakfast for dinner and movie night… busy busy weekend to say the least. it feels weird to say it, but as much as I groan about the start of a new week, it’s nice to have structured days. my routine is significantly more specific than it was even a few weeks ago, so it’s nice to know what I’m doing and when. working for aundra in the office has also been wonderful, because it’s an every day consistency, and hopefully one that will continue into next semester, seeing as my schedule is virtually the same.

which leads me to… registration.

i have no problems with stressing about advising or knowing what classes I want to take. for some reason, I tend to know what I want and have a gut feeling and I go with it and things work out. but when I landed the second to last spot for registration (1:30) i was worried that I might not make it into the classes I wanted. my advisor (dale daigle, only one of the coolest people ever) assured me that I would have no issues, but I was still concerned. i didn’t really have any back up classes and the other classes i wanted to take either weren’t offered this semester or were already filled. my worries were in vain though, because I got all four of the classes I wanted (schedule post to follow).

work’s been pretty good too. I’ve been stuffing envelopes and handwriting inserts and filing, pretty mundane stuff, but I love talking to the other people in the office. and really, I enjoy it. I spend so much time handwriting things into notebooks, so it’s not all that different.

anyway, I should finally be getting a new phone wednesday or thursday, and I’ll be able to post more photos and blog more consistently and actually communicate with people, so that’ll be nice.

cheers,
olivia

journal entry: stargazing

any one of my friends who’s spent time with me at night (and to be fair, a decent amount of strangers) knows that I have this kind of… infatuation with the stars. now, I’m not to good at picking out constellations (yet) but really just the mere sight of them is just so moving. and like, we have stars in northern virginia, but there’s also enough light pollution that there aren’t all that many. so when I came to chestertown, which is a little bit in the middle of nowhere, even with the well lit campus, the stars are so numerous and so beautiful, sometimes I just stand there.

now this had a point, because the past three or so days, my love affair with the stars has led to some interesting encounters. on wednesday, for example, lily, caitrin, and i decided to go to mcdonalds but after we got food, we just kept driving. the music was going and we were singing and it was a beautiful night and soon enough, we wound up at a little beach (don’t ask me where) and we got out of the car and sat on the cold sand and stared up at the sky. the waves lapped at the shore and that was really the only noise. until a car came up rumbling with some bass thumping music and we didn’t want to find out who it might be. so we hightailed it back to the car and drove back. at that time it was only about 10:00, so i wandered around campus until I found a dark enough spot and lay down on the brick and called my brother, while stargazing. a couple people asked to make sure I was okay, and when I was, they told me to have a good night.

last night was another one of those stories. there were a decent amount of people stumbling about in their costumes and I wasn’t quite ready to go back to my dorm yet, so I found a spot, again on the brick path (because the brick is less wet than the grass) and lay down to watch the stars and listen to music. a fair number of people checked to make sure I wasn’t passed out or almost passed out, but my coherency and insistence that I was fine meant that they left me alone. until one of my friends came over and then was joined by a decent number of people. i figured I’d been stargazing long enough and I’d seen a shooting star, so that was nice. 

whoo. stars. i love them.

cheers,
olivia

student’s log: thursday, 31 october (halloween)

8:00 - wake to weed wackers going off outside, promptly roll over and continue sleeping

9:30-10:05 - give up trying to sleep and get up, hunt around for the pieces of daytime halloween costume, and emerge as hermione granger

10:10 - grab a coffee from java george and make my way over to the library to help highschool brother with english assignment (via email)

10:30 - run into audrey and play catch up

11:26 - realise that class starts in forty minutes and say a quick goodbye

11:30-12:45 - intro to creative writing class. critiques go well enough, wish that there were more comments on my story, but shrug off. collect revisions.

12:50-1:20 - eat the foodstuffs with lily and katelyn

1:30-2:36 - give blood! (with the Blood Bank of Delmarva)

2:50-4:00 - pander around on my laptop, do the facebook and the tumblr

4:00-4:20 - grab stuff for jessica’s halloween costume, let her borrow tardis dress, cardigan, ribbon, and tights, know she’s going to look fabulous.

4:30-5:15 - french lab. learn about the french school system. fun stuff.

5:20-5:45 - get ready quickly. panic because the original halloween costume is simultaneously too big and too small. get creative and go as vampire instead of captain america.

5:45 - take some pictures with ashley, roommate accidentally locks room and have to call RA to let back in.

5:50 - go over to Reid to see if Lily wants to grab dinner. lily isn’t there. chill with caitrin then leave to go eat because blood loss makes you woozy like that.

6:00-6:45 - eat the foodstuffs. chicken and pizza. no vanilla ice cream though.

7:15 - head over to gibson and wait until the doors open at 7:30.

8:00-10:20 - watch asylum (senior thesis) but feel a little lightheaded.

10:20 - don’t feel well, drink some water and sit on the steps outside for some fresh air. feel kind of sick and faint. nice lady offers me candy (twix) and pumpkin cookie, both are in sealed packages and she says to promise I’ll eat them.

10:25 - i do.

10:30 - make way (slowly) back to dorm, but it’s really hot because the heat’s on (???) and the open window isn’t enough. sit on dorm porch for fresh air and try to study french.

11:00 - need more fresh air and still feeling lightheaded. figure a walk will help.

11:26 - horribly horribly wrong. so wrong. worst idea ever. sit next to a tree and almost pass out because i’m stupid stupid stupid and need more sugar and hydration.

11:30 - someone comes over and asks if I’m okay. I’m not. they have me drink half a peach snapple and walk me back to my dorm. (v. good person)

11:36 - charlotte makes me sit in my dorm (sit, not stand) and eat an apple and drink water. stays until the apple is gone and most of my water. we talk about registration. I start to feel better.

12:00 - go to sleep but it’s still ridiculously hot. seriously. the air conditioners shouldn’t be taken out until thanksgiving break. (take note)

okay so halloween is one of my favourite holidays, nestled below christmas and a rung above valentine’s day.

this is mostly due in part to the fact that halloween is about two things: costumes and candy. one could argue it’s also about scary things but i like to ignore that because i’m rational and like most rational people i do not enjoy being scared.

because one of my favouritest halloween traditions is dressing up, I’m going to be posting my #ootd for the next week, because I’ve decided that up until halloween, I’m going to wear subtle costumes that could be a costume, but could also be just a cute outfit. stay tuned!

cheers!
olivia

okay so this is from a while ago (last open mike night) but here’s me and some of my really lovely friends. open mike night’s always a blast and I’m really excited for the next one.

(left to right: me, lily, devon, courtney)

journal entry: homesick

but strangely…. not for virginia.

last weekend I went on a trip to some… less rural parts of maryland, namely towson and baltimore. I was invited by my lovely friends lily and caitrin, and honestly, we had so much fun.

and even though I was only gone for a day and a half, I was really struck by how much I missed campus, by how much I missed home.

because it is 12:15 at night, after my first full day back in virginia since school started, and while I missed the little things like my local coffee shop, wifi that connects automatically, and getting decent thai food, there isn’t too much about home that I really missed. And right now there are quite a few things that I really miss about campus. I miss my friends being a stone’s throw away. I miss the mattress topper on my bed. I miss fritz. I miss the cozy blue light that ze leaves on while I’m starting to fall asleep and ze’s still tumbling. I miss complaining about the food. I miss my classes. I miss middle porch. I miss all the stars… I miss a lot more things than I thought I did.

here at home the list is pretty short. I went and saw a movie at a nice theatre, drank some good coffee, saw some friends, and saw my family. I’m excited to go to a proper mall, and I’m excited for church, but that’s kind of it.

maybe it’s luck, or maybe it’s just me, but I’m glad I found a place that feels like home.

cheers,
olivia

journal entry: pretty sure im dying

okay so maybe “dying” is a bit dramatic, but i’ve been without my laptop for almost a week. im pretty sure i’ve forgotten how to function. see peter (yes i named my laptop. my phone’s named gwen, they’re adorable) and i are attached at the hip. l mean literally. he’s pretty much always in my bag and my bag is a shoulder bag so my laptop sits on my hip. get on my level.

anyway, that’s why I haven’t really been blogging.

a couple updates:
- I started drinking my coffee black because I’m too lazy to buy milk
- my french teacher made us nutella crepes so we could “experience french culture”
- I went to dover yesterday and bought parts for my halloween costume and also a raccoon sweater
- one of my global theatre teachers freaked out when she saw my one direction notebook and we fangirled for a bit
- homecoming was a blast man. super fun.
- i took a three hour nap on monday
- THE DINING HALL HAD PB&J PIZZA AND IT WAS FABULOUS AND HEAVENLY

I’ll probs come up with more later.

cheers,
olivia