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Back in the Swing of things!

Hello all! I am finally back in the swing of things this semester! The semester started a while back, but after a 12 round fight with back to back sicknesses, I think it is finally time to come out of the blanket and Tylenol fort from my dorm room. These are troubled times, I have yet to find out what the current date is, I have been in hiding for so long, at least 2 weeks. I should probably find out what classes I am taking, that could be important in the future, maybe buy my books if I find the time. But either way, I am here, I am alive, no need to keep crying over my fake tombstone!

I have watched Frozen so many times these past few weeks, and as such, I am just ready to take my education, and Let It Go…….wild that is! As awesome and totally not cheesy as that joke was, I am serious about letting it go. After being called out by multiple Professors and just as many, if not more student peers about my lack of good study habits and ritualistic 10-minute late appearances in classes, I have turned over a new leaf. I am trying my best now to be on time, get assignments done early, and most of all, improve on something everyday, whether I have the energy to or not. All it took was a conversation in which multiple professors came out of their offices after overhearing that the topic was “William’s Lateness” and telling me how they always never liked that I was late, and wondered what always made me so consistently late. Never fear, my days masquerading as a super hero are over, just Student William remains.

So here’s to a new semester, here’s to new habits, and here’s to you, handsome/beautiful/generic-compliment reader. Glad to have you here, and let’s get started!

As always, Stay Frosty!

(my quest for a catch phrase is as unending as Voldemort’s quest to find his nose. Updates on how both searches are going, tonight, at 9!)

-William

Movie Premiere: Catching Fire

So, I went and saw the new Hunger Games this weekend. We have many theaters here in San Diego for some reason. You would think the fact that it never gets below 65 here would keep people happy, but NOPE! The moment it hits 68 it’s indoors and winter coats for everyone! Consequently, I was convinced to see the new Catching Fire movie this last Friday night. It was actually good in my opinion. I was not a huge fan of the first one, and I have not read the books. The first one seemed to be just an under-performance across the board in acting, but for the second one everyone seemed to be on their game. I was engrossed, moved, and honestly, I liked it a lot. I was made better by the fact that the people in my group went and scrounged old popcorn buckets out of the trash, and got free refills, they snuck an entire loaf of warm garlic bread in, and enough room still to get drinks. It was funny to see poor college students come up with ideas on how to get food in. Overall the experience was a ton of fun, and I look forward to seeing Thor hopefully later this week! 

"Keep it real!" (I hear that that is something that the kids say nowadays, not sure if I like it, but here’s hoping! And as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask them on the link in the side bar!)

-William

Hey guys, so I haven’t updated this blog in a while, and for that I sincerely apologize. I have not had a lot of time to write these past couple of weeks, and I will be getting back into it I promise! I have a blog coming up about class schedules, finals week, and also some funny stories to share! They will be coming later this week, I promise. See! I’ve committed! Take that ex-girlfriend, I told you I could do it! Ok, so maybe that was a bit of a lie, but this is me committing, for better or worse. I’ll catch you guys up on stuff later this week :)

-William

Saturday Adventures: Food Edition

Hello! Are you a fan of food? Oh…..you’re not…..well……um….nice weather we are having…..right?…….Oh! You are a fan! You little trickster! I knew you were the whole time :)

This Saturday, we were sitting around the dorm, and my friend Derek was thinking out loud (as he sometimes does) “I want some pizza….who else wants pizza?” The vote was unanimous, and we set out in search of the perfect pizza. We happened upon not only a place that we could go an pick up on a busy Saturday night, but also have the biggest pizza I have ever seen! 

Yeah I know….it’s pretty awesome. Thus is dorm life my friends, if you have the time, the hunger, and a bunch of friends to split the cost with, you can turn any night into a fun night. 

Cheers from your future friends at PLNU!

-William 

P.S. I know we haven’t met yet, but as my grandparents always used to say. “There are no strangers, only friends we haven’t met yet.” And let me tell you, a friendship that includes pizza is one that has my name written all over it :)  

This is the song I am listening to these days. It helps me work through the pain :)

Just kidding, but it does lift my spirit on some of these recent overcast days here at Point Loma. Enjoy!

Be sure and let me know what you guys are listening to! Click the button on the right and give me some new music to study to :)

-William

(Source: Spotify)

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Ryan gosling isn't in Oceans 11

Well, after a shocking google search and a devastating sigh, you are right my anonymous friend. Good catch! I just can’t believe he is not in it, I could have sworn he was. My bad :)

I will use this as motivation to check all pop culture references before posting in the future.

Thanks again :)

-William

Back and Better than Ever!

Oh hello! I didn’t see you come in! Welcome to another year in the blogging world. It is upon this day that I personally celebrate my first post that I made at the beginning of my freshman year here at PLNU. It seems like just a short while ago I was just like the new class of 2017 that just arrived. We have wrapped up our first week of classes, gotten some fun social events under our belt, and now the adventure begins again in the college world! 

I am joined this year by my friends, both old and new, and am ready to see what this year has in store! 

Here, we are all celebrating our first chapel of the new year together.

So the first week of school is over, and while I could do a whole rant on all of my “first world problems” that I have to deal with this semester, they are completely overshadowed by the good times ahead. Here we go into the new year, here we go into life, here we go into another year at PLNU.

As always, if you guys have any questions, please feel free to send me a message here on tumblr, the button is on the right hand side, and down a little ways. or you can email me at wtschumacher404@pointloma.edu for more personal questions that you don’t want answered here on the blog. 

Hope you are all happy, safe and sound, and are read y for another blessed year! 

Banzai!

-William

P.S. I watched the Notebook for the first time this weekend with some friends. I have to say, Ryan Gosling, I thought you were good in Ocean’s 11, but I suppose you may have other awesome movies as well. (not that I bawled my eyes out or anything during the movie)

First Year Done!

Hey guys,

So the first year of college is finished! Freshman year is officially over, and I am now a Sophomore! It has been an amazing year (“Super Baller” as the kids say these days) and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world (Mars on the other hand, maybe…..just call me, I’m sure we can work something out)

It has been a wild ride, filled with tests, homework, new memories with new friends, and new memories with old friends as well. If I had to sum it up in a thousand words, I would choose this picture (because I hear the exchange rate is quite nice these days).

My point being, that college is what you make of it. I for one, have chosen to fill it with new friends (the one in the middle is a new friend named Derek) and old friends (the one on the right is Peter, a best friend since 6th grade). You and your friends can come together, and just be who you are (we happen to be classy young gents), and have a great time. But above all, don’t forget to “peace out” as the urban youth of today often exclaim. In regular terms, don’t stress too much about exams, if you work hard, you will do great. Don’t stress too much about work, you can make it through just like you did the day before. And don’t stress too much about life, no one makes it out alive anyways (I wish I knew where this quite is from, but I can’t find who wrote it right now) 

As for the future, I am going to be staying the summer to work with the Summer Research program here at Point Loma Nazarene University. I am doing research with Dr. McConnell (an amazing man!) who does research into the cell surface conversion of lipopolysaccarides in gram negative bacteria (Salmonella to be specific).

If any of you have any questions about summer research, what it is, how it works, or what my job specifically entails, feel free to message me by clicking the button on the right hand bar, and I will answer it here. If you want it to be a bit more private, feel free to email me at wtschumacher404@pointloma.edu and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Thanks for being here on this jouney we call life, and I hope your journey has been as great, fun, and as truly enjoyable as mine has been. (Oh, it hasn’t been that great? I’m sorry about that, you should come to Point Loma Nazarene University, we have a way of helping people get through the rough times, and ready to enjoy this beautiful thing we call life)

"Peace out" (as those youngsters always say) and God Bless! 

-William Schumacher

P.S. If you are for sure going to be coming to PLNU in the fall of 2013, feel free to email me! I can answer any questions about moving in, how and where to go on your first day to give you the best chance at making some new friends, and how to prepare for your first week of classes! 

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Hey I am going to be a freshman this coming year and am wondering a couple of things: where are the best eats around town(and how expensive), how easy is the transition from high school to college, and lastly, how is it making new friends in a brand new area that one can be used to? Help much appreciated!!!

Best Eats you say? As a self-proclaimed “eater of food” I feel like I am qualified to answer this question. The classic initiation into PLNU is the first “burrito run” of the freshman class. There are some amazing Mexican food places here in Point Loma. The prices vary a little, but most are about $5-6 a burrito, or a little less for other menu items. Almost all of the restaurants come highly recommended by just about everyone, and are really quite good. If Mexican food is not your thing, we have Italian restaurants, pizza shops, family owned sub shops, and of course Slater 50/50 (It is a restaurant where everything is 50% beef, 50% bacon. It is pretty awesome!) If you are a vegetarian, we have Tender Greens, a delicious vegetable “any way you want them” kinda place. The prices can get a little expensive, but the cafeteria on campus is all you can eat, and the coffee shop/cafe on campus also serves great food, as well as the Jamba Juice on campus serves many different smoothies. You are given “Sea Lion Dollars” with your meal plan that can be spent at these on campus cafes/coffee shops, along with regular credit cards and cash being OK to use as well.

In summary, there is a lot of variety, but you usually need to take about a 5-10 minute drive to get there. Freshman aren’t allowed to have cars unless they have a special case for it, but it honestly isn’t that big of a problem. Your RA’s (residential assistants) will have a car to take you guys around, and they have friends with cars, and they can take you guys out every once in a while to get food. (It is a bit expensive and it does add up, so I would only recommend going out every once in a while, maybe once a week at most. the food on campus is cheap and plentiful, but off campus is noticeably more expensive.)

 

This segues nicely into your second question, how was the transition into college? To be completely honest, it is freeing, fun-filled, and ultimately stressful. It is freeing in the fact that you are on your own, no one is going to tell you at 11:30 to go to bed, no one will tell you what to eat, or how to dress. It is all up to you! It is fun filled in the fact that if you want to go out and have fun, do it! There literally is nobody who is going to stop you. But you must, at all times, keep in mind that every action you have has consequences. You wanna pull an all nighter? Great! No one will stop you, but the next day you will feel terrible, and crash midafternoon. You want to go hang out with friends instead of going to class? Perfect! No one will ever make you go to class, but if you aren’t there learning the material, you will fail the exams.

This is where the stress can come in. You are literally free to do just about anything you want (as long you don’t violate the rules of the school or break the law), but you must understand that since there is no one to be responsible for you and your actions (ie. Making you dress a certain way, eat a certain way, or go to class), that all the responsibility falls on you. If you mess up, it is your fault, no one else’s. You are and adult now, and the college and the people there expect you to act like one. This is not to say that college is no fun, it is loads of fun, and will be some of the best times of your life. But it is a time of your life where you will need to learn responsibility and moderation in all of your activities; otherwise, the consequences will be yours, and yours alone.

 

As for making friends during this time, my only advice is to talk to people. Just talk to them, of my close group of friends here at the school, I am the only science major. I have study groups with people in my major and I have friends that are in my major too, but the people I hang out with the most are people who I met outside of my major. We met in my dorm, in other General Education Classes, and around campus. We are friends because we enjoy each other’s company, not because we are all the same major and want to do the same things in life. Our diversity is what makes conversations interesting, and the way we all come from different walks of life gives us each perspective into another way to view the world. And how do you meet people who fulfill these criteria? By going up to someone you don’t know, and saying hello! It is terrifying the first few times you do it, but the people here at Point Loma are ridiculously nice, and are willing to be your friend if you make an effort to reach out to the people around you.

 

I hope I was able to answer your questions, even if my answers were a little bit long. If you have any more questions, feel free to hit that button on the bar on the right side of the page, and I will do my best to answer them.


And as my great auntie Bertha used to say “Love ain’t nothing but a pig turd!”

(Still have no idea what this means, maybe you can make something of it. I feel as thought it is secretly very profound, or an alternative to the childhood “cooties” disease that we were all so afraid of)

-William

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