Monday, February 27, 2012

No more home games...

Ugh... sigh.

That's the only way I can describe my feelings right now. This last weekend, we had our last home basketball game of the season. GAH! I'm still upset about it. I live for home basketball games! But, sadly, the home games are over for the season. We still have two away games at San Jose St and Hawaii. So, I'll just have to enjoy those games in spirit. After that, it's off to the WAC tourney for the Aggies.

And to make matters worse, I can't go to the WAC tournament this year. Kills me! I love traveling with my Aggies and watching them play. Nothing feels better than storming the court in Las Vegas. At least, that's what I got to do last year. But, I won't be there this year to see how it all unfolds. Sigh... oh well.

However, this season has really been one to remember. I'm not going to get into all the details about it. But, it really has been fun. Sure, it hasn't been our best year. But, it's been an adventure.

The last home game on Friday against Idaho was amazing. It was senior night and we sent out our three seniors Morgan Grim, Brockeith Pane, and Brady Jardine in style! And with a 67-50 win. That felt really good. But really, that night was absolutely insane. The crowd was completely filled. 4,000 students came out to support our Aggies on our last night in the Spectrum for the season.  Everything from the "I believe that we will win" chant to the "Winning Team, Losing Team" chant at the end, the game was awesome.

Snap shot during "I Believe."
I just had to rock my Red Sox hat and gold chain.

We were down by 15 points at the half, but then our player Preston Medlin went absolutely bananas in the second half. He scored 27 points in the second half while Idaho's entire team only scored 21 points. If you watch ESPN, then you know about Jeremy Lin and "Linsanity." Well, that night, something new was born... MEDLINSANITY!!! The Spectrum got so loud that night in the second half that my ears rang the rest of the weekend. And Preston sure as heck helped attribute to that. He dropped 3 after 3 after 3. The roof almost came off. It was insane. MEDLINSANE!

That's our man Pre-Med. The master of Medlinsanity.

So, even though the season is over, we ended the home season right. Oh, and I forgot to mention... that win on Friday night was the 500th men's basketball win in the Spectrum. Yeah, great timing, I know.

Remember how I was kind of depressed at the beginning of this blog? Well, I'm not anymore. This season had its ups and downs. But, in the end, I'm smiling.

Aggie basketball always has me smiling in the end.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Much-needed Weekend

I can honestly say that I worship weekends. I mean, everyone loves the weekend. Duh. But, ever since I got to college, they have literally become my saving grace.  With assignments, exams, projects, and everything else that comes with school, the weekend is your gateway to sanity and freedom. I don't know what I'd do without them!

This weekend was especially good. On Friday, I left for Bear Lake to have a retreat with my fellow coworkers on the A-Team. If you don't know what the A-Team is at USU... we're the ones that run new student orientation during the summer. It's a killer job. Great people to work with, great job, and great times that are had all the time. Anyways, we got to the USU Bear Lake Training Center on Friday afternoon and spent the day and night hanging out and getting to know each other. We also had a dance party. I'm sure our boss appreciated the music into the wee hours of the morning.

Morning view from the Training Center

The next morning we came home just in time for the basketball game against our rival New Mexico State. ESPN was in the house, and the Spectrum was crazy. Unfortunately, we lost the game... I don't want to talk about it!

That night, USU held one of its massive parties. MARDI GRAS! It was awesome. There was a magician, oxygen bar, dance party, acrobatics, jazz bands, a full casino (fake money, haha), and more! It was awesome. Tons of people showed up and the place was crazy all night long. I ended up filming the event for MyFriends, so that footage should be coming out soon.

Then on Sunday, I was able to drive to Salt Lake City to have dinner for my dad's birthday. It was nice to see my family and relax a bit before school on Monday.

Basically, this weekend saved me. I really needed it. After having tons of things to do for school during the recent weekdays, this weekend kept me from imploding. And imploding would not be good. Is that even possible?

Anyways, enough about imploding. Even though I need to get back to my physics homework.


Monday, February 6, 2012

#aggielife + #beastmode = #aggiemode

Hey everyone. Alright, first off, sorry about the title. I, myself, am fully against using hashtags in anything but Twitter. However, my title is an exact tweet I had a while back during finals week. It described my life perfectly. Let me explain.

#aggielife - anything that has to do with Utah State and the lives that we as Aggies live.

#beastmode - this has many meanings, but it basically means that you reach a level beyond human capacity. Whether that's in sports, school, etc.

#aggiemode - this is me during finals week or any time of intense academic performance.

Well, last week, I was in #aggiemode from Sunday night til Friday evening. The entire week. It felt like finals week, but it was only my first week of exams. It was madness. And it's the reason why I didn't blog at all last week. (My apologies)

Here's how the week went down. Sunday night I had to read for my Genetics class. Monday I had class from 9:30am - 2:20pm, then had to finish revising my resume for English. Then that night, I realized I had to get started on my 5-page essay for my English class. So, what did I do? I wrote my entire 5-page essay that night. Don't worry, it was only a first draft. Then, after that, I read for Genetics.  Then Tuesday rolled around. I had class, had to finish a Physics assignment, and then cram for my Physics exam which was the next day. Not much sleep happened that night. Wednesday came. I took my Physics exam and went to the rest of my classes (which go til 6:30pm on Wednesday's). After that, I had things going on with my fraternity until about 10:00pm. After that, I went straight home and crammed for my Genetics exam which was the next morning at 9:30am. Yeah, not fun, haha! But, I studied hard (crammed hard?) and ended up getting a 92%. So that was cool. Then that night, I crammed as much as I could for my Biochemistry exam I had on Friday afternoon at 1:30pm. Friday rolled around, I woke up early, went to the library and studied amino acids, nucleic acids, equilibrium constants, and more for a few hours before my exam.  Took the test and then I was free for the weekend!


I ended up having to leave my friends on Friday night and finish a Genetics assignment and turn in my essay for English online. Once that was all done. I was free.

For the weekend, I spent most of my time down in Salt Lake City for my best friend's wedding. I was a best man at the wedding. It was awesome.  The weekend before, we all went paintballing for part of his bachelor party. Good times were had by all. That's me with the thumbs on, on the right.

Nothing proves friendship quite like shooting each other
...and then leaving with welts for souvenirs...

All-in-all, it was a crazy week and weekend. But totally worth it. Nothing feels better than accomplishing a lot. Even if it stresses you out to your breaking point. But, once you see those good test scores come in, it makes it all worth it. I pray I don't have any more weeks like this until finals week, but if it happens... I'll tackle that challenge when it comes... in #aggiemode and all its glory.

By the way, right at the end of writing this, I felt like kicking someone in the chest into a bottomless pit like in the movie "300" and yelling "THIS IS UTAH STATE!"

But, I'm in the library. So I didn't.