So you know while you sleep sometimes you wake up a little and dream that you’re doing all the things that you should be doing, like writing blogs or showered and on time for class, but then end up waking up late for classes in real life or never writing that blog you dreamt you wrote? Or sometimes you do that while you’re awake too? I do it when I read a text and then have to do something, but in my head I totally and completely though through my reply, but it never actually gets sent. Yeah, that happens to me more often than I realize sometimes. So while in my mind I had every recollection of writing a blog post this month, obviously I haven’t. My apologies to you! So if you’re still with me and you’re in it for the long haul, get something cuddly and a snack and I’ll fill you in on October, which was very busy.
I started off the month by having a lot of meetings, but I was very lucky in that I got to volunteer for CityWorks (X)po, which is an incredible three-day conference here in Roanoke. (X)po is focused on “Big Ideas for Small Cities” and it’s kind of like a mini TEDx conference with a multitude of speakers focused on ideas that can be used to improve and grow Roanoke. It’s a great conference to be a part of and I met some really cool people.
The following week C3 happened here on campus. Having been abroad last year during C3 I hadn’t yet experienced the new idea that was C3 and was excited at the prospects. Classes were put on the condensed schedule to allow all the students to attend, and I’m slightly glad it wasn’t an all day conference because there was so much to take in that even just half a day was exhausting. I went to presentations on building resumes and interviewing, and had the chance to meet some very successful alums. That is one thing about Hollins, we have a large alumnae network that is still involved with Hollins and willing to help us as students and future professionals.
As a side note I turned 21! Happy Birthday to me! I was lucky in the fact that though I had been so busy and my birthday was on a Monday and it was the start of mid-terms, fall break was the end of the week of my birthday. So it may have been full stream ahead even on my birthday (I had a presentation on my birthday. How’d it go? It went quite well, thanks for asking!), my parents came out and we drove down to Asheville, NC so they could show me around one of their favorite cities. It was a great trip and I really like Asheville! The fall color was great too, and a nice treat for my parents since it’s been snowing at home for weeks.
My sister sent me an Edible Arrangement!
Post fall break mid-terms kept happening and events kept coming. It was also really cold for ages. But this week has been much better. I’ve really just been doing a lot of studying and homework, which I have been. And I take naps when I can. Perhaps October is the hardest month for school? I don’t know, but I survived as I knew I would.
Last night I went to a very thought- provoking talk on cultural appropriation and the difference between that and cultural appreciation since Halloween is fast approaching and costumes are not always kind. It really made me think of the various costumes worn on Halloween, and the various clothing we wear everyday.
If you’re interested in learning more about cultural appropriation, what is means, what it is, and how not to do it, feel free to watch this video and Google cultural appropriation:
I’ll be posting again soon! And then it’s November. What!?
THE BEST IS YET TO COME: TINKER DAY!!!