Thursday, January 16, 2014

college, thus far

2001. I never ever ever ever ran. Ever. 
After a 10:00pm burger, fries, and shake, we ran a Midnight was not awesome.
 I'm doing it! I am officially a student.
The last two weeks have flown by in a matter of minutes......yet somehow it also seems like years have passed since my first class. I'm still adjusting to our new schedule and trying to figure out how to make things happen, and here are some thoughts so far....
first day of school
I just can't get over how much life has changed since last time I was in school
(10 years ago).
Like, I am old. I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of non-traditional (read: older) students that I have in some of my classes, but I do have one class where I am by far the oldest and it's just humorous to me. These kids are babies!

How else is it different this time around?
I have a car!
My freshman year of college I either walked, rode my bike, or if I was lucky--tagged along in my roommate's sporty Dodge Neon. I soon met Robby and he was a fancy college kid with a job AND a car, so I married him of course......but I only got to drive every now and then--his job was 20 miles away so HE got first dibs on the shiny gold honda. Which left me with my bike or my longboard for transportation.
So I feel pretty spoiled with my very own car [booster seats in the back, mind you.]

I have a cell phone!
Does this improve the college experience? Not at all, but it's just weird to think there was once a time in my life when I didn't have one--didn't need one! How nice.

I have a computer!
Robby and I got a computer with some of our wedding money, but my freshman year I spent way too much time waiting in line at my apartment's computer lab. I'd stand there wishing girls would quit blabbing to their long distance boyfriends via hotmail, so I could write my papers.

I have kids!
Oh yeah, that. Luckily 3/4 of my classes take place while they are in school themselves--perfect! They are my #1 inspiration to make sure I manage my time efficiently. 
In with the good, out with the time wasters.

I care!
The first time around I drug myself to class because that's just what you go to school. I got up in the morning and it was just a normal [boring] part of my day, like unloading the dishwasher--go to class, do homework, repeat. I had no interest, I was just going through the motions.
Now I KNOW what I want to do (taking some pre-nursing classes right now), and I'm READY to be in school. I am loving so much of the material we are reading about (biology! psychology!) and it makes the homework interesting instead of just a check on my to-do list.
I know it's going to get hard, and I am pretty sure I won't always love it, but I am excited for the end goal this time.

I will not gain my freshman 15. was just the freshman 12......but still. We talked about this before (remember HERE). 
Alllllll thosssssse nachos.
I've been in and out of the classroom, and you guys, these kids eat crap.
Hundreds and hundreds of ounces of Mountain Dew for lunch, while I am scarfing something weird and nerdy like hemp and chia loaded "cookies". Weirdo.
I even made it out after class today for a quick run.
So different this time around.
School is still new and awkward and exciting--I'm anxious to see what these next few months years bring!

and's been too long since I've posted a recipe.....
My old college self wouldn't have even touched this stuff--I would have laughed at the very idea of it as I shoved my generic brand Cap'n Crunch in my mouth.
GINGER TEA // The Little Red House
This is hardly a recipe.....more of a "recipe" is the easiest drink ever to make, and you can add a little more of this, or less of that to customize it just for you (I've heard ginger tea is good with cinnamon!)
It's the perfect way to soothe sore throats, and it can be made as strong or as mild as you like it.
And it just tastes so good on a chilly morning.

Lemon boosts your immune system with vitamin C.
Ginger has anti-microbial properties to help you with your winter cold. 
Raw honey will help soothe a sore throat.
It's the perfect combination!

Homemade Ginger Tea
play around with amounts to see what combination you like best. 
I like it strong with lots of zing, so I use extra lemon.
-1 1/2 cup water
-1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-spoonful of honey

Place ginger slices in a saucepan with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer ginger for 15-20 minutes. Pour water into mug, (discard ginger) and add lemon and honey to taste. 
GINGER TEA // The Little Red House
and happy weekend!

I'm guessing this blog will be an odd place for a while--just a warning. 
I will stop by when I have some free time, and right now I have no idea how often that will be. 
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Robyn said...

Brilliant! Good luck!

Caitlin F. said...

Good luck being back in school! I just finished up my M.S. degree. Sometimes college can feel never-ending, then you blink and it's done!

Liz - oneawkwardyear said...

Hooray and GOOD LUCK! You'll be amazing.

Sini | my blue and white kitchen said...

I'm sure you'r doing great, Sheena! Good luck with it.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend,


Gentri said...

I'm so happy for you! This will be an adventure, for sure! You look super cute and I love that you're not falling for that college diet. :P

Sarah said...

That ginger tea looks wonderful! Have a great time in college!

SKCranePhotography said...

I've been out of school for a while too and it feels so great to be back! Knowing that I am working towards something that I find very exciting. It's a lot of work but it's very rewarding. I feel so full of knowledge and am inspired daily. Getting an education is a blessing.

Sarah Beth said...

Sheena I'm so excited for you! There are some days I would die to go back to school. I love the learning part. Just today I had a student come in and ask me to help her narrow down her thesis question. Even though I work in academics, it felt nice to do something that actually utilized my degree.

Good luck to you! You'll do great!

Jean Fabini said...

This post gave me a big smile... Last year, I too returned to school ten years later to start pre-nursing classes. I can relate to so many of your sentiments. The comments about being old made me laugh, because I feel this way, too. I am excited for you for this journey... I just started my first semester of official "nursing school" and it's scary and exciting... and I feel as though I'm on the brink of blooming in so many ways. :) I look forward to reading about your experiences here! You'll do great, I'm sure of it!

SHARM said...

you can do it, and will be amazed with your self! and it is fully worth!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

Going back to school! Scary! But so do-able.
I went to school for the first time when my 5th was 6 weeks old. Became a nurse in spite of the hard work.
(and I did it at the same university! still live here)

mckenzie Sant said...

I just found your blog and already love it! :)

amanda said...

You go, girl! So happy and excited for you, even though I don't exactly, you know, KNOW you. Ginger tea makes me happy, too. I read somewhere recently the idea of juicing a ton of ginger along with a lemon and mixing it with honey when you get sick. I tried it and it just about burned my face off, but dang. it cleared. those. sinuses.

Rachael said...

This is awesome! I'm so happy for you! It's great to know what you want to do in life, and then make the steps to make it happen. inspiration!!! So you're taking pre-nursing classes? How did you decide to pursue that? Details!! I want your motivation to rub off on me!

Courtney said...

That was very fun to read!
Oh I remember the days Sheena!!! HA HA
With that said, I'm also applying to go back to school too!!! In the process of finishing the application now. The goal is to get my Masters degree in Nutrition! Surprise you any? ;)
Love ya xxx