Top 5 Things I Learned Over Break

Hey everyone!! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season. Let’s get started!

1. I totally suck at posting when not at school.

I have found that I am very easily distracted without classes to give structure to my day. It may also have something to do with the lack of Jake constantly reminding me to post. Now that I’m back at school hopefully I will get better about it.

2. My name is Emily, and I am a Netflix-oholic.

When I have hours of free time I tend to binge on entire seasons at a time. In the past month I have rewatched Psych, Supernatural, the Gates, Being Human (the UK version, not the US), and a couple dozen romantic comedies and holiday movies. I have a problem. (I may or may not be watching as I type.)

3. I enjoy training people.

I have been able to pick up a few more shifts at work over break, and in some of those shifts I have been tasked with training the new hires. I don’t know why, but I love teaching the new people what to do. It probably has a little to do with the fact that I get to tell them what to and not actually have to do it myself.

4. I’m not a morning person.

Unfortunately I have early classes all week spring semester and I work opening shifts on the weekends. This will be fun.

5. I am fascinated by serial killers.

My school has an interterm class each January, in each we spend two and a half weeks taking only one class every day. This year I am taking the Psychology of Evil. We discuss and study violent acts and the people who commit them. The goal is to take a closer look at why these acts happen, and what makes ordinary people do them.

Top 5 Reasons I Love My Job

I work at an after school program for middle-schoolers, and though I may complain about it I do really love my job. Here are just a few of the reasons why.

#5. Free food

We have this tradition, that whenever one of the clubs makes food, they make enough for the rest of the teachers. This results in anything from cookies, to pies, to pizza, which is great, even if they are sometimes questionably made. 🙂 We also occasionally do dinners for the kids, including a Thanksgiving Dinner which included turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings for us and the kids.

#4. Good discussions

Last week I had a half hour discussion on the literary criticisms and qualifications of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight. I was talking to three 12-year-old girls. I never prouder of them than I was when they were able to give concise, well thought out reasons that Harry Potter is a much better book series than Twilight.

#3. It’s an excuse to be creative 

I usually run a craft club, and it has given me the opportunity to try out all of the projects I have pinned on my pinterest boards. 🙂 The coolest thing though, is how creative the kids are. I can give them the basic structure of a project, and they will take it in a totally different direction than I was thinking, and the finished product is way better than I could ever have imagined.

#2. I paid to act silly

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to act like a middle-schooler. I get to play card games and foursquare, watch spongebob and Disney movies, and sing silly songs for absolutely no reason. AND I’m getting paid!

#1. Kids are honest 

The thing about working with kids is that they tend not to have a filter. At all. Though this can, and does, get them in trouble, I find it very refreshing. Whether it’s good (“You sing really good.”) or bad (“You were prettier before you dyed your hair. I don’t like it.”) you know what they are telling you the truth.

Top 5 Things NOT to Do in a Drive-Thru

As I’ve mentioned before, I work in a semi-fast food restaurant. Occasionally that means working the Drive-Thru. Usually I love it, sometimes people do things that make my job less awesome. Here are some tips so you don’t become ‘that person’ in the drive thru:

#5. Loud Cars

So this first one isn’t actually your fault, but it is annoying. If your car is overly loud, don’t try to shout over it, just turn it off. We on the other end are usually listening through a headset, and it is difficult to hear anyway.

#4. Complicated Orders

If you are ordering food for twenty, want to substitute everything in your sandwich for something else, or want to put your food on more than one card you are better off just going inside and ordering at the counter. Complex orders take longer to make, and so they slow down the line making you, the cars around you, and our bosses upset. Also there is a greater chance we may get something wrong, and then no one is happy.

#3. Impatience

If you pull up to the window and the person at the register is not quite ready to take your money, please do not wave your cash in their direction in attempt to get their attention. Trust me, they see you. Though they may not look busy, chances are someone is rattling off an order over the headset, or they are about to grab something out of the oven. They will get to you as soon as they can.

#2. Credit Cards

If you need to search through your wallet for something, do not, I repeat DO NOT put your credit card in your mouth and then hand it to the cashier. We don’t want to touch your spit.

#1. Smoking

As a non-smoker, this one really irks me. Please wait the extra five minutes to light up. In our drive-thru at least, air is sucked into the kitchen when we open the window. Something about the vents or fans or whatever. That means that your cigarette smoke is blown right into our face. It is not a pleasant thing at all.

Top 5 Best Things I’ve Seen in a College Classroom

Here at Doane I have seen a lot of weird things, both in classrooms and out. Here is a list of some of the most awesome things I have seen.

5. Snapchat

We were doing an experiment in my science class where we were measuring the acceleration of a student rolling down a ramp on a wheeled cart. The guy who was supposed to hold the cart at the top of the ramp was doing so with one hand while on his phone with the other. When asked what he was doing he replied matter-of-factly, “I’m Snapchatting.”

4. Yarn

In many classes on many occasions, I have seen multiple students crocheting and/or knitting during class. I have been one of them.

3. Facebook Stories

One day, in a particularly boring Shakespeare class, I looked around the room and saw just about every student was on Facebook, either on their laptop, tablet or smartphone. I got on Facebook after class and saw the following status/conversation, entirely from my fellow classmates:

Student 1: It’s Only Two O’Clock? A play written by [Professor’s] Shakespeare Class
  • Student 2: Memoirs of a Collectively Shared Depression.
  • Student 1: With such rousing essays as “What the Heck is a Construct” and “Can’t We Just Watch the Movies?”
  • Student 3: Along with Walking Out of the Class as a debatable topic.
  • Student 4: Don’t forget to grab a coffee during intermission! Seriously though…you’ll need it
  • Student 1: A monologue entitled “YES I REALLY DO WANT THREE SHOTS OF ESPRESSO”
  • Student 4: And the heart-wrenching scene where the heroine can’t decide whether to hide in the bathroom for the rest of the hour or be brave and return to the hell of CM 02
  • Student 1: Stick around for the stunning conclusion “I Still Don’t Know What’s Going On”
  • Student 5:  I’m just surprised there isn’t a class within a class within a class.

This wasn’t the first or last time this has happened.

2. Sing-Alongs

My freshman year I had to take a music theory class as part of a scholarship. The class was filled with mostly music majors, and the was a piano in the room. On more than one occasion, someone would start playing a song, others would start singing, and before long the entire class was harmonizing and/or drumming along. I lived in a real life musical, and it was great.

1. Machine Guns

In one Stagecraft class, the entire class was going over a test we had recently taken. I happened to look across the room and saw my friend, who was Prop Master for the upcoming play, casually painting the tip of a machine gun, with an entire arsenal at his feet.

Top 5 Reasons Not to Have Class

Today was our last day before Thanksgiving break. I think most students can agree that that last day goes just about the longest, especially those afternoon classes. Here is a list of my reasons why some of my classes just shouldn’t have happened.

#1. Half the class isn’t here anyway.

#2. The other half wishes they had skipped too.

#3. It won’t do much good to teach us something new right before a 5 day break.

#4. Some students have long drive home.

#5. Let’s face it, you don’t want to be here any more than us.

Top 5 Songs on My iPod

They say what kind of music a person listens to says a lot about them. I listen to just about everything, so what does that say about me? To give you a taste of what I mean when I say everything, here are my top 5 most listened to songs on my iPod.

5. Populism Yea Yea!

(sorry for the swearing)

Favorite Line: “We’ll take the land back from the Indians. We’ll take the land back from the French and Spanish, and other people in other European countries, and other countries too, and also other places! … I’m pretty sure its our land anyway….”

This is the opening song from the rock musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Doane did this show my freshman year, and I fell in love with everything about it. The musical successfully melds punk rock and history, manages to offend every subgroup of people in the process (Blacks, Whites, Asians, Native Americans, handicapped people, you name it) while simultaneously providing a commentary on the current American government. I definitely recommend see the show at least once in your life.

4. Losing My Religion

Favorite Line: “Oh no I’ve said too much. I haven’t said enough.”

Yes, this is the Glee version. Yes, I was a closet Gleek in high school. Don’t judge me! I absolutely loved the show, and watched religiously up until they made it to New York. After that they took the plot in so many new places and added too many new people and I started losing interest. Every time I listen to this song I feel a twinge of sadness, remembering that the guy singing is now deceased.

3. Falls Apart

Favorite Line: “She cries, she falls apart, ’til the one that she loves is back again.”

Sorry this song isn’t on YouTube, or it seems, anywhere else on the internet. So here is a link to a clip you can listen to instead.

This is from a Christian rock group called After the Order that popped up around my home town while I was in junior high/high school. They were my first ever concert. And my second. And my third. They played at my school’s “School’s Out Bash”, my town’s annual festival, and a small concert in a local church. I thought it was so awesome, because afterwards, they would just hang out with the audience, chatting, and signing things for hours. They were fairly small time, but they did have a song or two on the radio.

2. Wizard Love

Favorite Line: “I’ll slither up to you, you can be my lion cub.”

Meekakitty and HeyHiHello created this song, and it is one of many wizard rock songs I love. (For those of you who don’t know, wizard rock is a genre that has popped up around the Harry Potter series.) This song tells the unlikely love story between a Slytherin and a Gryffindor, two people who should dislike each other on pure principle.

1. Rock Star

(More swearing, a lot more swearing)

Favorite Line: “There’s no place in democracy for your brand of aristocracy. Take that sh*t back to Virginia!”

Another song from Bloody Bloody! This song takes place during Jackson’s campaign for president. Once again, great musical and I think everyone should watch it if they get the chance.

Other Songs I Love That Didn’t Make the List!

  • Carry on my Wayward Son- Kansas
  • Come Sail Away- Styx
  • Piano Man- Billy Joel
  • The Good Die Young- Billy Joel
  • I Write Sins not Tragedies- Panic! at the Disco
  • BFFF- Bowling for Soup
  • One Week- Bare Naked Ladies
  • Cell Block Tango- Chicago, the Musical
  • Endless Night- Lion King on Broadway
  • A Song About an Anglerfish- Hank Green