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On Friday the weather here in Philadelphia was absolutely lovely!!! There are so many good things about spring in Philadelphia, but going to one of Philadelphia’s gorgeous parks has to be one of the best. I, like many others, took advantage of the fantastic weather by heading down to Rittenhouse Square, a gorgeous park located just South of City Hall at Walnut St. Rittenhouse Square was one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn for Philadelphia in the late 17th century.  Today, Rittenhouse is, for lack of a better word, “POPPIN!” This is a Philadelphia Cultural hot spot. People from all walks of life hang out here to eat their lunches, jog, play trumpets, hula-hoop, salsa-dance, and show off their dogs and their babies. In one short afternoon at Rittenhouse I saw it all. There are huge grassy areas where people set up blankets and hang out . We brought a couple of sodas and some speakers ans just lied on our blanket in the grass people-watching. As relaxing as it was for us, it was a frenzy of life for others, small children rode scooters in circles on the paved areas of the parks and people chased down their dogs.

Rittenhouse has to be one of THE BEST places in the entire world to people watch. There are also a variety of small businesses and restaurants in the surrounding area- so if you’re looking to do some dining or shopping Rittenhouse is a good place to be ! It’s easy to get to from Temple’s campus . You can just hop on the subway at Cecil B Moore and take it down to the Walnut/Locust stop; it’s only about a 10 minute ride tops. Most of all, it is the perfect to take in the true essence of Philadelphia ❤ Get out there and enjoy the sunshine y’all!

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The Big Debate

GMOs: Friends or Foes?

In one short hour I will be doing the last graded assignment before my Spring Break begins!!! This assignment is a debate presentation for a GenEd class called Sustainable Environments. I will be arguing in favor of Genetically Modified Organisms ( hence the James and the Giant Peach pic to the right) from an Agricultural/ Environmental perspective. As a tour guide, I love to talk ( in case you couldn’t tell from reading my blog).  Thus I have the opposite problem of most people when giving presentations in that I talk too much! The presentation is only supposed to last five minutes and every time I’ve tried it I end up getting so into the information that it takes me closer to 10. Whoops!

I’ve learned all kinds of really cool stuff about GMOs since being given this assignment. Before, I had a totally negative perspective on people tampering with my food at all- but I’ve actually learned there are some really cool things that can be achieved with Genetically Modified Organisms, like more sustainable farming practices,  bioremediation capabilities, and more.  That’s one of the cool things about GenEd classes- they really do give you useful insight into real world issues that are affecting you.

Anyway, hope I didn’t bore you with my shpeel about Giant Peaches.. but that’s what I’m thinking about right now!! Expect some exciting Spring Break posts in the very near future!!

 Last week I went to the Temple Basketball Double Header!!

 That’s ALOT of basketball : ) I went first to the Women’s game against St. Joe’s, which we won WOOO! However, the most exciting part of the game was getting to go see one of my lovely fellow Owl Ambassadors sing the National Anthem before the start of the game!! Owl Ambassador Alyssa ( featured in the photo on the left side of this post)  went in for an audition a couiple weeks before and scored the opportunity to sing before the game!! She sounded LOVELY!! I had no idea and thought it was pretyy cool that as a Temple student anyone can go in and audition to sing before one of the basketball games. Pretty cool, right? So, prospective students, if YOU decide to come to Temple, you could be the next Alyssa, enchanting us all with your delightful  musical stylings!!

Then I stayed for the Men’s basketball game against UPenn. We won, naturally : ) It was a pretty exciting game though!! Whenever Temple gets over a certain amount of points ( I think it’s 73? don’t quote me on it) everyone who attended the game gets a FREE taco from Qdoba.  Yeah, I mean it! Would I lie to you about something as important as free tacos?! No way. Just another big ol’ perk of bneing a Temple student : ) Another fun thing that happened during the basketball game was the Dunkin Donuts giveaway at half time. Dunkin Donuts selected two girls in the audience to put on giant coffee costumes ( one hot coffee, and one iced coffee) and dribble basketballs down the court and then shoot a basket at each end. Whoever completed the obstacle course first won free stuff from Dunkin Donuts. The ICed Coffee ended up being on eof the girls from my sorority’s Fall ’10 pledge class, and she WON!! WOOO I was so proud of my little iced coffee ❤ So, all in all, two great wins by ATemple, some impressive and funny opportunities for my friends ,and good times had by all.;

GO OWLS!!

 

FOOL.

So naturally, I decided to include in this post a picture of one of my friends and I pretending to be ninjas with scarves wrapped around our heads in my freshman residence hall room.  Because, in all honesty, college is all about being a fool.. it’s just knowing how to be a fool and getting ridiculous amounts of work done at the same time  : )

I have an incredibly busy and exciting semester ahead. I went to my tuesday classes today and am excited for both of them. At 9:30 am I had Chaucer. This fulfills one of the elective credits for my English major. I was a little worried about taking a class about a Medeival English writer but I think it’s actually going to be really interesting. My professor is even taking us on a excursion later in the semester to a museum to look at medeival paintings and manuscripts. ( This is enticing to nerdy English majors like myself) Then I had Statistics. As an English and Political Science major.. Math has NEVER been my strong point so I was TOTALLY dreading this class. However, I founf myself in an interesting variation of Statistics called Statistics in the News media. We will be learning how to critically analyze information that is presented to us more so than doing math ( at least that’s what my British professor with an insanely cool tie told us). He said it’s going to be mainly reading and writing which is right up my ally, so I’m pretty pumped for that. Happy first day of the semester everyone!!!!!

Sometimes my boss humors me by referring to me when I am introduced at Temple’s Open Houses before tour as “Temple’s own Elle Woods”. I definitely planted the idea, due to my absurd idollization of the fictional character from the movie Legally Blonde. Buttttt, you have to admit there are some parallels, I’m Vice President of my sorority, aspiring law student, driver of a cute little barbie car, I don’t have a small adorable dog .. but I do have a small adorable kitten.. maybe slight resemblance to Reese Witherspoon?? No? Okay, I may be pushing it.. but regardless as I am now a Junior, becoming Elle Woods is getting closer and closer to reality as I start to look into the law school admissions process.

I did some basic review for the LSAT in my Sophomore year including a Logic Games Workshop that met bi-monthly. This summer I got an LSAT book and began kind of studying that and taking a few diagnostic tests on my own. This fall semester I took my first official Kaplan administered Practice LSAT right here at Temple  and did WAY better than I could have ever imagined doing!!! This hopefully means that once I begin studying more intensely I will be able to get some pretty killer LSAT scores and get into a top-notch law school!! Temple pre-law advisers have been incredibly helpful to me in my process thus far.  Temple in fact has a pretty fantastic law school itself and if you’re interested in law school this is a great place to be!!! S0 below are my current top picks for law school.

University of Georgia

University of Florida

University of North Carolina

NYU

Columbia

University of Virginia

 


And last.. but CERTAINLY not least.. TEMPLE!!



 

Yesterday was the hardest day ever : ( My best friend Lauren and I drove with my other two best friends Stephenie and Whitney to go to the airport. Stephenie and Whitney are leaving to go to London through Temple’s School of Communications and Theatre London study abroad program. Whitney and Steph will be living and taking classes in London for four whole months ( they return on my birthday weekend on April 17th!!) It is such a great opportunity for them and I know they are going to have the time of their lives. It’s always harder to be the one that stays behind though, but Lauren and I are determined to keep Philadelphia running in their absence, so no worries : ) I am still considering going abroad myself in the second Summer session, to study in France… but I haven’t decided for sure yet. Lauren will be going abroad in the first summer session to study in Rome.. I however, will be here in Philly taking the LSAT. ( mehhh) Temple really does offer so many study abroad options, so that pretty much anyone can manage to fit going abroad into their time here at Temple, and even though I’m incredibly bitter about losing my two besties for four whole months, I encourage anyone who can to take the opportunity to go abroad while at Temple : )

Mummers & Rezzies

3,2,1… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

This was a New Ye ars unlike any other!! It was my first ever New Years spent in Philadelphia and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to ring in a New Year than with my best friends, surrounded by all the excitement of my most favorite city in the entire world : ) So, confession: despite this being my third year in Philadelphia I had never heard of the Mummers Parade. In case, you are like me and a little clueless when it comes to Philadelphia New Years traditions, the Mummers Parade is something that happens every year in Philadelphia. It has been going on since the 17th century and mimics theatrical performances of the time.  It is put on by the String Band Association and string bands from all over come and compete in four different categories. In layman’s terms this this parade is absolute CHAOS and middle age men have no problem partying around Philadelphia in full on dresses and glittery makeup. For example, the man on the right is in full on costume accessorized by a sign reading “Grandma Gaga Old and Hot”.  The parade was an absolute blast and my friends and I enjoyed seeing all of the sights. Afterward we went down to a popular Philadelphia diner and got some food. We tried the traditional pork and sauerkraut.. but that sat pretty much untouched and we decided to order breakfast instead haha.  Anyway, New Years in Philadelphia was an ABSOLUTE success. I am a little bummed that I caught on to the Mummers Parade thing so late and that next year, as a senior, will be my last chance to see it- but better late than never!! Happy New Years everyone!!! I will leave you with my college student new years rezzies : )

1. Do laundry ONCE a week .. no exceptions.

2. Start studying for the LSAT two hours a day over winter break.

3.  Go to the gym once a day.

4. Not lose my Temple Owl Card (id card) at ALL this semester.. (( I’m on number 14 : x )

5. STOP procrastinating!!!!!!