Home Now, But Not for Long

Home Now!

Yay! I am home! I actually have been home for a week. I was pretty productive. I got an internship, painted a coffee table, finished an essay and cleaned my room (sorta). My internship is with an engineering firm but they have a few landscape architects on staff. It’s also close to home which is good. I plan on biking at least a few times per week because I am out of shape yo.

Graduation is Boring

I’m sorry. But it is. Last weekend, I went back up to State College for my BFF Haleigh’s graduation. It was held in the BJC because she’s in (or was in) the Eberly College of Science which is pretty big. Anyway, the whole ceremony could be run so much more effiencently. But I guess tradition trumps speed. About half the time was taken up by people introducing other people and the other half was taken up by people who cheered for way too long when their graduate’s name got called.

Coffee Table

Here is a picture of the coffee table I painted for my friend. He wanted a radioactive waste barrel, an eel with three eyes, and a fish with a cowboy hat hidden somewhere. The resolution of this photo is definitely not good enough for  you to be able to tell which fish has the hat on.

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Not for Long (Because I am going to Germany!)

STAY TUNED FOR A VERY IMPORTANT POST!!!!!!!

How Does the Sun Trim His Toenails?

Eclipse them!!!

Yes, I am back at school for the fourth year! It will be an interesting one I’m sure! Today was the first day of classes but luckily we got out just in time to go to the arboretum and watch the solar eclipse! (Shout out to my parents for getting me fancy eclipse glasses!) A ton of people showed up to watch the event! (About 1,000 people according to a credible source/friend).

I was hoping that it would get darker out, but the change in lighting was pretty subtle since a storm was passing by and it wasn’t obvious whether the darkness was from the clouds or the eclipse. It also got a little cooler as the eclipse reached it’s maximum coverage point. Before it started, the heat from the sun was pretty brutal, but as the moon moved into the sun’s path, the temperature definitely lowered.

I actually got a few picture of the eclipse happening by covering my phone camera with the eclipse lenses! They aren’t very good but still pretty cool!

And here’s a cool thing that happens during an eclipse: the shadows of leaves turn into crescent shapes! Strange right!? I’m not sure why it happens but it was pretty interesting to see.

So all in all, a pretty good first day of 4th year!

I Hate Football

So I try not to sound cynical on my little blog here but I had stadium cleanup yesterday and something about wading through soggy fries, water bottles, and half-drunk cups of soda just rubs me the wrong way. Actually, it makes me super pissed off. Look at this:

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That is disgusting. Putrid. Vile. Foul. Horrendous. You can pick whatever adjective you like. And unluckily for us, extra pom poms were handed out and people ripped the streamers off of the handle to watch them fly in the wind. But guess who has to clean that three second moment of joy up. Club teams. And if you think that picking up a trillion tiny pieces of soggy plastic up for 6 hours on a windy day is easy or even remotely rewarding, you best sit down and think a little harder because it SUCKS. Stadium clean up is an awful experience. They say misery loves company, but this is definitely an exception to that rule. It doesn’t matter how many people are cleaning up, it is the worst six to seven hours of your life. The only reason that Club Gymnastics and plenty of other clubs do stadium clean up is because of money, and a decent amount of it.

But I’m not just complaining about the manual labor. It’s the fact that after a game, Beaver Stadium is submerged in people’s unwillingness to clean up after themselves. Then we have to clean it all up, just so it can return to the same, awful state next weekend. I would love to leave a section uncleaned until next game so people can see how truly disgusting it is. Of course, that would never happen.

Don’t get me wrong. Penn State is definitely dedicated to sustainability in a number of ways. Their recycling system around campus is pretty comprehensive in terms of what you don’t have to throw away. There are also a decent number of LEED Certified buildings on campus (including Stuckeman!). A 2014 article in the Daily Collegian talks about Penn State’s plan to transition into a zero-waste football operation. That sounds like quite a step up from their current waste generation per game of about 70 tons (Garrity). But as to what is actually recycled. I’m still not really sure (but it certainly seems like everything is shipped off to a landfill of course I COULD BE WRONG).

IMG_8025If you can’t tell, this sort of thing gets me fired up. It’s one thing for the school to take measures to put out a copious amount of recycling bins and build sustainable structures but its incredibly difficult to get people to actually care. The problem is, it takes thought to reduce your waste. You have to sort out your recycling. Not order more than you’re going to eat in the dining hall (I also have a rant about food waste but I guess I’ll save it for another time). You have to eat less beef (The livestock industry is a huge consumer of so many limited resources like water, energy, and land, not to mention the methane and other greenhouse gas pollutants emitted during production of both the meat and grain. But that’s also another rant for another day). This is getting super wordy, but it is important. I may not have any authority, but I want to sound like I can persuasively tell you that tons of trash generated by those 107,282 football enthusiasts every week is not ok. It sucks for the environment and it sucks for the people who have to clean it up. So the next time you attend your sporting event, please, please, PLEASE pick up your half eaten fries, open containers of ranch, ketchup packets, cups of soda, t-shirts, chicken fingers, pompoms, plastic bags, glass bottles, face stickers, already chewed gum, and make some sort of effort to recycle. Thanks.

This post has been brought to you be cynicism: it probably won’t work.

The one source that I cited, even though I thought I would never ever write something by my own volition that needed cited:

Garrity, Meghan. “For Beaver Stadium, a zero-waste future in the works.” Daily Collegian. 18 November 2014. Web. 21 September 2015.

*Disclaimer: This is my opinion and should be taken with an entire container of Morton’s. But what else would you expect from a post entitled “I Hate Football”.

This is What I Decided

The funny thing is, I have been dead-set against going to Penn State since I first started looking at colleges. I didn’t want to go to a big school, mostly because I hate associating with people. I also didn’t want to go to a school that was associated with certain things that were not particularly pleasant. Since my both my parents had attended the university and one of them had family there, we were in State College on plenty of occasions so I wanted to go somewhere different. The problem was, Penn State also had most of the things that I wanted: nice trees, a club team, proximity to home, and CREAMERY ICECREAM. But, I was determined to fall in love with any other school than Penn State. I applied to plenty of other schools, and got accepted in to all but one. I started going on accepted student days, hoping to find a school to love that wasn’t Penn State. On the accepted students day a PSU, I toured the architecture/landscape architecture buildings-and I loved it. I had high hopes for Syracuse and Cornell, but as amazing as both the SU industrial design program and Cornell landscape architecture program was, I could’t allow myself be be buried under all that debt when I graduated.

So this is what I decided:

Smart is getting accepted into an Ivy League

Intelligence is knowing that you can’t afford to go there

Plus, I needed a little more irony in my life.