Finally Home

(This post was supposed to be posted last week but I didn’t do it)
So even though I didn’t have any finals, I had to stay until the next Sunday of finals week because I had another class. Yes, that’s right. Another class. Four long days of filed trips full of plant identifying and nature observing. It was fun, actually even though it rained the first two days. Here are some cool pics!
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I can’t believe I’m going to be a junior! That’s so scary! I still feel like a freshman.
So things I’ve been doing since I got home! Since I’ll be living in an apartment off campus, my kind parents are letting me paint some chairs! I have three of the four done and then I’m going to learn how to re-weave the seats!

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Pretty cool!

Also here is my desk after final presentation week!

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PSU Club Gym Goes to Cali’Frisco

I’ve actually been back for over two weeks, but ya know what, better later than never.

Anyway, Penn State’s fabulous club gymnastics team headed down to BWI on a cloudy Wednesday morning on the 13th of April. And after a very long travel day, we ended in Sacramento, California where NAIGC (National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs) Nationals was being held. Our Uber driver who took us from the airport to the hotel told me that Sacramento is a city of trees or something like that. It was very beautiful and I got very excited. Look!

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That night, we went to the open work out in the competition area which was pretty crazy! There were tons of teams cramming in some last minute practice before the meet. Also, because of the time difference, we were technically practicing at 1:00AM Eastern Time!

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The next day was the preliminary competition. The top scorers on each event and the all around for both teams and individuals competitors. This competition, I heard at least, was the largest amount of gymnasts at around 1,100! Woah!

Since Finals weren’t until Saturday and we’d competed on Thursday, we took a Megabus and went to visit beautiful San Francisco!

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I ate a delicious breakfast with some friends at acute little hipster place

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We walked around pier

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And took a boat tour around the harbor.

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I wandered around the city with this other kid while everyone else went off to do their own thing. Everyone thought we were lost and tried calling us a bunch of times but neither of us had bothered to check our phones (oops). We had fun at least, and stumbled onto some pretty cool sites!

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The infamous Lombard Street

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I loved this cute little park that we found! Called Yerba Buena Gardens

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That evening all the scores were posted. Although our “A team” (which competes with level 9 rules) didn’t make it to finals our B team (competing level 8) did! I and another girl on A-team also qualified for bars, floor, and all around finals as individuals which was exciting! After finding that out, I almost regretted walking around so much!

On Saturday before finals began, there was “march in” where all the teams that competed (whether or not they qualified for finals) lined up in the gym. It was crazy to see how many people were there! (Don’t we all look so excited!?)

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Then the competition began!

My meet went really well! I finally made a beam routine with a series and scored my personal best with a 9.3! Woo! I also did well on all my other events! (Vault-8.9 Bars 9.425 Beam-9.3 Floor-9.525 All Around- 37.225)

After the competition, we had to tear down the gym. This took much much longer than expected and everyone was getting grumpy as other teams gave up and left before we finished.

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We left the hotel at 4:00 in the morning to go to the airport. Everyone slept on any available surface if we had to wait longer than five minutes. I played the ukulele during our layover which was nice. I saw some people who were swaying to the music while waiting to board which made me happy!

So all in all, a wonderful trip! (not everyone is in this picture because I couldn’t find a picture of the whole team)

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When Your USB Makes You Irrationally Angry

It wasn’t doing anything wrong. My USB was just sitting happily in my backpack. But looking at it reminded me of all the work I had to do and had yet not yet done. The deadline looked over the 2nd year LARCH students as they struggled through rendering after rendering. Sleep deprived eyes staring intently at the glowing screens. This project was the biggest thing we’ve had to put together thus far. Needless to say, we also spent a record number of hours working out all the details to put together our presentation boards that were due in less than a week. I’m sure anyone in the major can attest to the stress of upcoming deadlines. I mean, so much fun. Actually we are all emotionally drained. Sitting on your butt all day can be tiring. Anyway, here are some cool pics of my presentation board and such.

Here is my final presentation board:

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And here are some lovely close-ups of my drawings:

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This is master plan of the full site with the different farm areas

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This is a smaller-scale plan of the 5-acre campus with buildings and a parking lot

Here are some cool perspectives that I drew (not quite to scale)Cafe persepcifaijPerspective front

 

Also, there was one day that I just gave up on life so my section drawing turned into someting…else…Just kidding section

 

In other news, there is now a giant hole in North Halls.

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Have a nice day!

 

Post Script:

I started this yesterday. So I must add on that it SNOWED today. In APRIL! SNOW! What?

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Also, my friends and I went to Sadie’s Specialty Waffle Shop (Or something like that. I can’t quite remember the name but if you’re ever in the area, check it out! So delicious!)

Actual Designing

Hello again! I am back from break but it really feels like I never left. Here is a lovely add on that my friend wrote on my little dry erase board:

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Nice.

After weeks and weeks and weeks of site analysis, we are finally getting in to designing our CSL Site. Did I tell you about the project we’ve been working on all semester? I’m not sure but I may have forgotten to mention it because it’s been SO MUCH site analysis. (Side note to anyone who is a landscape architect, I DO understand the importance of site analysis and its necessary function in actually beginning design by understanding different relationships and qualities of the surrounding envrionment, but there’s just SO MUCH!). Anyway, Our CSL site is a small campus with 4 buildings on a bigger plot of land that’s a ways behind the arboretum.

Our little campus is part of a big master plan of the site that will have orchards, a vegetable garden, and some big farm fields, as well as forest and prairie restoration, Obviously, this is all theoretical. Here is the no-so-beautiful master plan that I currently have for my site.

Just kidding, I didn’t take a photo and I think you can probably carry on with your life without ever seeing it.

And this is the 5-acre campus with the 4 buildings. Pretty nifty.

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And, North Halls has now become a full-fledged construction zone. Wooo. (That was sarcasm, it actually sucks). There is way too much noise and activity in our usually quite little part of campus. The entire parking lot is blocked off so no one can use it as a short cut, or park in there. Move out day will be terrible. Also, while the parking lot is being turned into another dorm, the ugliest unfinished water tower ever is being constructed behind Stuckeman as I type. The once lovely view of Hort Woods and such is an ugly mess of welding. There are fences everywhere. I hate it.

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I saw a very sad thing the other day coming home from gymnastics practice:

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Doesn’t that just make you weep? Ah.

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Breaks in the Spring Time

I’m on Spring Break! (although you probably could’ve guessed from the title). It has be wonderful so far! Remember when I told you that my plant died? or maybe I didn’t, I can’t remember. Anyway, I bought some new plants and they are so cute!

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I also made this clock, which has a technical error in the design, but I won’t tell you what it is because I didn’t notice at first.

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And, did some lovely sidewalk chalk drawings:

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This was meant to be sarcastic but my mom read it and proceeded to drive over it

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Vitruvian Sitck Figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, I can now pogo stick without hands, which I think is pretty impressive. (I hope you’re jealous)

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While I have you, let me tell you some stuff that’s been happening on campus before break:

My friend and I almost went to THON
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The BJC all lit up

There seems to be this vibe during THON that you will be at THON at some point in the weekend because why wouldn’t you go. Well, after a long bout of indecision, my friend and I decided that we should go to THON and see what’s happening. It was maybe 10:00 PM by the time we got to the Bryce Jordan Center (aka the BJC). We went at a really bad time, when the pep rally was happening. We knew it, but for some reason we went anyway. Well, lo and behold, the stadium was at capacity. But, they’d given us wristbands and every hour, they would send out a text for which numbers could enter the building. So we waited. We walked around and people watched. At 11:00, the text was sent out and our numbers were not in the range which meant waiting until 12:00 AM to see if we could get in. I understand that for THON weekend, 12:00 is not that late, but hey, we were impatient and had a ton of work to do, so we went back to the dorms.

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More exciting, PSUkulele performed at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball. It was a fun time!

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(PS follow @PSUkulele on Instagram and Twitter!)

Studio Happenings
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So, super exciting but not really, the little block of north campus I call home is being turned into a giant construction site. On one side of Stuckman, the entire parking lot is closing for construction and they are building a new dorm. On the other side, the are building a new water tower. So far, it looks ugly. They have begun welding and won’t stop for the rest of the semester, and because they we all keep looking up at the pretty sparks from the welding torches, they put paper over the lower windows so to deter us from blinding ourselves (even though there is apparently no real danger of that happening). The good thing is, we are all artsy fartsy people, and we turned the stupid paper into a mural.2016-03-04 11.52.522016-03-02 12.24.29

 

What Happens When You Don’t Safely Remove Your USB? You Cry.

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This was my USB after they put it back together

OK SO LET ME JUST TELL YOU SOMETHING.
Super terrifying.
Ok. So, last Sunday, I was about to get ready to work on my studio project on the computer. It was more than half way done and I was super pumped to finish it. I wanted to take my laptop into studio to work on the project. However, my USB, which had my project and all the related files, was plugged into my laptop and all the programs I needed were open on my computer. That meant that I needed to close all my programs in order to take the USB out, and of course, I’m too lazy to do that. So, I proceeded putting my laptop into my backpack when… I DROPPED MY LAPTOP RIGHT ON MY USB and before my eyes, I watched my poor, defenseless USB get snapped in half. IN HALF. I started at it in shock and horror. I’d like to tell you I was calm and collected about the whole situation but that would be the a lie and then some. I. FREAKED. OUT. For like ten minutes. It was all over. I was going to have to start from the beginning for a project due in two short days. I was going to die. Or maybe drop out of school all together. Or maybe I could fix it. No, it’s broken. Forever. All my information gone. After my initial panic, my roommate Haleigh came to the rescue. After asking some computery people on our floor, we discovered that the apparently, the way the USB broke, it could be stuck back together to retrieve the information. My buddy Logan walked down to the library to the IT desk where they could hopefully fix it. I handed them the two parts of the USB and the guy fiddled with the prongs of the one piece, trying to fit them into the holes on the other piece. When he seemed satisfied with the connection, he carefully placed the USB into the port. But nothing happened. He took it out, fiddled with it some more and then stuck it back in the computer, exclaiming “we have light!”. What an emotional roller coaster! I was relieved, and finally got to work on my project. Long story short, if you’re going to break your USB, break it right. Also, don’t be lazy and just take the USB out of the computer.

Other exciting things? We found out there’s a way to get on the roof of our dorm. Pretty cool.
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Also, the Weinermobile was on campus the other day. I don’t know why. But I took a picture of it.

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Muddy Site Walks and Strange Weather Patterns

Hello people! I have finally gotten around to writing a new post!

I have decided to start taking more pictures of all the things my friends and I do, and we do some pretty bizarre things. My friend group has decided to take up knitting, and one night, we all sat on a bed, knitted and watched Harry Potter.

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Here are some other pictures that I will not explain, but you can look at anyway because they are funny out of context and don’t make sense even in context.

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This winter has been a strange one. Have you heard of that big snow storm on the East Coast? Well, south of State College, people were getting a whopping two feet of wonderful snow. You know what we got? Six lousy inches. Ok, ok, I should be happy that we got snow, but I am still very disappointed that we didn’t get as much as everywhere else. When the snow really started falling, we all ran around outside.

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The next morning, I got up and looked out the window at the end of the hallway to find this:

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It was probably the most wonderful thing I’d ever seen. I woke my friends up so they could see. Whoever did this was a genius but is now short on pants.

Now, about a week later, it’s in the high 30s and 40s. Most of the snow has melted and it feels like early fall or spring. It’s supposed to be winter. We actually played frisbee outside the other day it was so warm out.

I suppose you may be wondering what I’ve been doing in my LARCHie studio (or not. I mean, I doubt it’s crossed your mind but I’ll tell you anyway).

We’ve been doing a whole lot of site analysis. Visiting the site and observing stuff about it and where trees and views and stuff are and why those trees and views and stuff are important. Yesterday, we walked to our site, which was a decent hike of two miles. Our site is a huge farm field, and the day was warm and the snow was melting which creates the perfect conditions for mud. Lots and lots of mud.

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And here is a run-down of some of the less significant/not photographed events that have happened in the last few weeks/will happen soon:

  • I lost my ID twice in one week
  • We ate frozen yogurt at 10:30 at night and then had a snowball fight in the arboretum
  • We played an intense game of don’t touch the floor in one of the lounge areas in the basement
  • I slipped in the mud multiple times
  • I have a gymnastics meet next weekend!

So all in all, some pretty eventful weeks!

Spring Semester and I’m Already Behind

I mean, I’m already behind on by blog posting. That last post where it looked like a multi-part post, I’m coming back to that. But right now, I will briefly talk about my up and coming semester. It is a busy one! A whopping 18 credits (which I know isn’t a lot to many other students but it’s a lot for me). I’m very excited for all the classes I’m taking but it’s going to be much more work than last semester (*nervous sweats*). Ha. Ha. So if you thought my post frequency went down last semester, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. (And just to be clear, ‘nothing’ is what you might end up seeing on my blog this semester). Winter break was wonderful but I’m also glad to be back with my friends, watching lots of TV, ignoring our responsibilities, and pretending that the real world will be as easy as college.

I’m very excited for club gymnastics this year because our nationals is in California!!! Wooo! Hopefully, I won’t get beat by a guy on floor like I did in Philly last year! (If you are the guy I’m talking about, please remember that I don’t actually hate you and your routine was amazing)

In other exciting news, it snowed! But has since melted.

What I Haven’t Gotten Around to Telling You: Part 1

Let’s start with my hell week.
Yes, it has been quite a while since I have posted. It seems like all of my posts start off like that now. Anyway, Here is what has been going on for the since Thanksgiving break:

I am dedicating this post to my hell week. Now, most college students face their most stressful, horrifying, sleepless week during finals. But for all the people in Landscape Architecture, our big project is due the last week of classes (the week before finals).
Ok, honestly, as far as a terrible week goes, it could’ve been worse. However, it wasn’t fun. No one had time for anything else at all the entire week. We were all fighting over laser cutter time and computers in the studio to finish their models and boards. You could tell all us landscape architecture students were finishing our models because we were all outside collecting plants to use on our models as textures and shrubs. I spent two 9-hour days in studio which, as I said, is the low end of time spent in studio. Plotting – printing on the giant printers – is always incredibly stressful. All the plotters are always running out of ink, broken, and jammed. The week of stress really takes a toll on you! I had several dreams about building my model and finishing my digital model on the computer. After presentations on Friday of that week, we all cheered in celebration!
Here are some pictures of my final model:
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Luckily for me, I only had one final on finals week, so the rest of semester was smooth sailing!

Gymnastics Meets: Getting There is Half the Fun

(I started writing this the week after the meet but published it much much later. 3 weeks or so actually. Oops) On Saturday, the Penn State club gymnastics team had our first meet of the season in Syracuse, NY. But let me hold off on the actual meet for a minute and tell you all about how long it took us (the car I was in anyway) to get there.

How long you ask? Eight hours. (If you were wondering, it’s supposed to take us 4 hours).

See, for this meet, we took separate cars, each packed full. No extra seats (this will be important later). My car left at 3:00, which was the plan. We were cruising along for a good two hours, cramped and hot, but were were eating potato chips so it was ok.
Then the car stopped working. Out driver pulled over on the left shoulder and called triple A. We sat on this shoulder for quite some time and, while waiting for a tow truck, we had some visitors. This first guy backed up for a good 50 feet. He had a flashing light on his rear dash so we thought he might’ve been a cop. Then he stepped out in jeans and a batman tshirt. He came over and asked if we were ok and we said we were fine and he left. The second guy was an actual cop. He pulled over and asked usual cop stuff and we told him we couldn’t move and then he lit flares for us. IMG_8368.JPG
This was around 6:40. While we were waiting, I get a text from my mom asking how the ride is going. Or older her that the car wouldn’t start an we were pulled over on the left shoulder and we’d called triple a and everything. Being the typical worried mother who just found out a car load of gymnasts was stuck halfway between state college and syracuse, she offered to come pick us up and take us the rest of the way. Part of me knew this was an empty gesture and I didn’t really want to make her drive all the way to Scranton to pick us up and take us but I also knew that she would do it. And, we had no other option. (my mom is a real hero) About 20 minutes later, the first tow truck showed up. This guy must’ve been out of sorts or something because he came over and asked if anyone named ‘Rebecca’ was in our car. There wasn’t. Then our tow truck driver comes over to the car and and is like, ‘hey I got this go find the person your actually supposed to tow’. So that happened. He asked us if we had a ride for ourselves since he certainly couldn’t fit us (five girls plus luggage) in his tow truck and triple A couldn’t make arrangements for our quantity of people (seriously?). The guy gets all huffy at us because we didn’t have a ride. Then he comes back, leans over and says, “ok, here’s what I’m gonna do. This is really illegal and I’ve only done it one other time with a state trooper…”. And then he walks away, leaving us uninformed about this illegal activity we were about to partake in. We watch him hook up the car to the tow rig and then-wait for it- he proceeded to tow us, while we were in the car! This was quite exciting. He drops us off at this super seedy gas station with all of our luggage piled up on the sidewalk.

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There we sat, waiting for my mother to come rescue us. Luckily, I hade my trusty ukulele! An hour and a half later, my come came, welcomed with joyous whoops. The rest of the ride was, thankfully, uneventful. We arrived at 11 pm in Syracuse safe and sound. So we left at 3pm and arrived at 11pm. But I gotta say, it is a good story. (Shout out to my amazing mother who drove us up, stayed for the meet, then drove us back to State College! I love you!)