Sunday, April 22, 2012

Two weeks / Red Bull Chariot Race

Man... it's crazy to think that this semester will be over in two weeks! This semester has gone by really quickly, but at the same time, it feels like it's been going on for forever. But, I think that's just my brain meshing the entire year into one big semester. Yeah, I think that's it.

This week is "dead week." The week before finals week. This is the week where studying becomes your life. You go to class, eat, study, nap, study, sleep, study, shower, study, study, study, study. That's pretty much it. Somewhere in there you blink your eyes. But only sometimes.

And then of course the next week is finals week. YEAH!!! (sarcasm). I guess finals week isn't so bad. You go into beastmode for a few days and then you're done! I guess I can handle that.

I'm pretty excited for the summer. I've got a few classes to take, two jobs to work, and many adventures to be had. I just have to wait two more weeks. I can make it, right?

Well, last week was A-Week. An entire week dedicated to Utah State, service, and fun. There were events all week, but my favorite was the Red Bull Chariot Race. I'll keep the description short... but, basically how it went down was this: USU students in teams built chariots to race each other. The winning team of the event won a trip to Dallas, TX to attend a huge Red Bull event. Pretty sweet, huh? I participated in this event last year. It was a blast! My fraternity (SigEp, the ones pulling a drift trike) competed this year as well and took third place (had to throw in that plug, haha). Check out the video of this year's event!



Until next time...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Attack of the Seagulls!

Alright, I know it's spring. That means birds are migrating again. Which also means that plenty of avian species are flying through the Cache Valley. In the past two springs I've lived in Logan, I've seen my fair share of birds flying around the valley, heading to where ever they need to be. Usually, you'll see the occasional geese migration, a few ducks, robins, scrub jays, crows, etc. And typically, the only annoying birds are the crows. They're loud.

But, this year... oh man, this year... it's the attack of the seagulls! I don't know whose idea it was to roll eggs down Old Main Hill for Easter, but the timing couldn't have been worse. Around the time families came to campus to roll eggs down the hill, a swarm... or army... of seagulls came to pick up the leftovers.

They haven't left.

If you were to walk on campus around the LLC (Living, Learning Community: one of the one-campus housing areas), you would see hundreds of seagulls. They're everywhere! It's been a few days, and the number of seagulls hasn't gone down at all. The LLC roofs are covered in seagulls, and so are the skies above.

For me, since I live off-campus, this isn't a big deal. In fact, I have to laugh when I see people looking up at the birds in total confusion (I mean, think about it, we don't live by any near-by lakes in Cache Valley). I only live right off campus, though, so I can hear the birds all day long. Which is kind of nice, it sounds like the beach.

I don't know how much longer these birds are going to hang out with us Aggies, but it's been pretty funny so far. I just don't know if I want to walk on Old Main Hill for a while. At least until after the next rain storm. I'm going to try and get a picture of all the birds on the roofs and in the sky. When I do, I'll post it on this blog entry.

Over and out!
Charley

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Crazy Busy

Hey everyone! Man, what a crazy week it's been. There's been so much going on on campus. I'll try and keep it short and sweet for you. Hey, I'll even put it in numerical order.

1) Last Wednesday, our basketball team played its final home game of the year. I know I wrote a blog about our last home game a few weeks back... but that was only for the regular season. Last Wednesday, the Aggies played in the championship game of the CIT post-season tournament. The Aggies were able to play a few more games this year because of this tournament. It was awesome to see our team get a few more wins and make a run in the post season. Sadly, however, we lost in the championship game of the CIT here in the Spectrum. We lost to Mercer University, 70-67. That game was nuts. The Spectrum got crazy! One of the loudest nights I've ever heard in the Spectrum. No kidding. Even though we loss, we ended the season at 21-16. I could go into and elaborate on this entire season, but that would take me forever. So, instead, I will just smile at this season and look forward to next season.

Oh, and to show you some of the madness from last Wednesday's game... here's Kyisean Reed. Three dunks on three straight possessions. The man is a monster.





2) A-Day was two Friday's ago. It was awesome to be a group leader and be able to show a group of high school seniors what it's like to be a student at Utah State. These students got to go to a mock lecture, visit with advisors, have lunch on campus, have a tour of campus, and get a feel for Utah State in a more personal way. Around lunch time, I was able to be a presenter (along with the other MyFriends) for the "Living in Logan" portion of the day. Us MyFriends got to talk on stage to all the students attending A-Day about what it's like to attend USU and live in Logan. It was awesome! And if you couldn't guess already... I spoke on Aggie Athletics. It was great at the end when we got to have all the students and parents do the Scotsman. Although they really didn't get what they were doing at first, they loved it by the end. And I'm sure when they get to go to USU, they'll be even more excited.

3) Exams. Blah! So many exams. Just barely this last Friday I had a Biochemistry exam. Let's just say that cramming for that exam was a joy! (Sarcasm) But, I ended up getting a good score. So, I'm happy about it. I'm just sure my stress levels weren't so stoked. However, with a good score... all is well.

So, although my blog doesn't accurately show how crazy the last few weeks have been (since I left out so much), it really has been crazy. But, when I think about it, that's what makes college so awesome. You're never bored. You're always doing something and staying engaged. And for that, I thank you Utah State.