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.