Mercedes

About Mercedes

Surprise, AZ
Elementary Education

Surviving the Winter

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Lately the one thing on my mind has been the cold weather.  I am from Arizona and I am very much used to a warm winter.  This week the forecast for my city was between 75 and 80 degrees, where here it felt like -2 degrees due to the windchill as I headed off to my 8 am class.  I’m quickly learning that Oklahoma weather is pretty bipolar and you really just have to take it day by day.  Until it warms up, chances are you can find me bundled up, or under a mound of blankets, even if I’m in the Fisher South lobby. This candid picture pretty much sums up how we spent the last week before we left for winter break:

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Never to fear, spring is bound to get here eventually!  For those of you that might not know, spring also means that Springfest is approaching. Springfest is a week long event that is put on by the Student Association and every year a concert is included.  Last year Imagine Dragons came, the lead singer Dan touched my hand, we shared a moment, I blogged about it!  The band for this year is announced next week and that is going to start off February on the right note and will help me get over thinking about the cold.

If you’re in an area that is feeling the winter weather I wish you the best of luck staying warm and if you’re enjoying a much milder winter, know that I am extremely jealous!

The busiest time of the year

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As my third semester at TU begins to comes to an end and we have begun fall break, I’ve finally got the chance to relax a little bit.  Things have been going at warp speed lately and just some of the things that have happened in the last month involve homecoming, haunted hall, parent’s weekend, bowling bash, the pretentious art show, taste of the John, movie premier night, and humans vs. zombies.

Homecoming this year was so fun! From the standpoint of being part of housing staff, it was a very busy week and definitely filled with a lot of work, but nevertheless I enjoyed it all! One my favorite events that we participated in was street painting.  Street painting landed on my birthday so it was embarrassing when the rest of  my fellow staff members made everyone there sing me happy birthday but it was definitely something to remember. It was also a little sad that it happened to ran the next day and washed away all of our work but it was fun while it lasted!

Haunted Hall was a Hurricane Thursday event that happened to not only land during the week of homecoming, but also on Halloween.  It was a Fisher South (the all freshman residence hall) event and put on by the members of hall government.  We turned the three story hall into a haunted house and every level was kicked up a notch on the scary scale.  It was fun getting to listen to a series of constant screams all night and seeing the 8 hours of work we put into the event pay off.

That weekend was parent’s weekend.  I’m from Arizona and my parents couldn’t make it out for a weekend, but I was so fortunate to be adopted by multiple families for dinners, lunches, and brunches.  My friend’s family even brought Kate’s puppy down for the weekend so we got lots of puppy time during the bonfire.

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The latest event that I participated in was a week long game of Humans vs. Zombies.  Everyone started out as a human and had a bandanna tied to their arm.  There was one Alpha Zombie and thus began the game.  The zombies had to tag a human to turn them, and the humans had to throw socks at the zombies to stun them for 15 minutes.  During the day zombies had missions that the humans tired to interfere with and at night the humans were given missions they tried to complete without running into any zombies.  By the end of the week there were about 40 zombies and 20 humans, and the humans were able to win the game! I did not have enough point to get me into the top humans, but I was the longest living human because I started day one so I was proud of myself!

As I said, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activities but hoe could you not love all of the fun activities that happen on campus? All that is left to do is make it through finals and gear up for the spring semester!

Community Service

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One of the things I have always wished I could take a part in is Habitat for Humanity.  I never had the time required to be an active member of the Habitat group on campus, but I had the great opportunity this month to spend a Saturday morning working on a build.  I am not a morning person, to say the least, but we all got up bright and early and headed to the build site.  This was the sixth Saturday that they worked at this site and all of the girls that were there manned up to do some heavy lifting.  We drilled these orange “huggies” to the roof so that when people put up the singles they have something to support them if they were to start slipping.  We also nailed beams to the roof and metal hurricane brackets to each beam connecting the roof to the wall.  It was actually really fun and my favorite part was getting to use a nail gun!

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Even if building houses isn’t your thing and you still want participate in some sort of community service, TU makes it so easy! It is never hard to find a project to plug into; the only hard part is choosing which projects you can commit to with out over committing yourself!