Friday, July 29, 2011

An ooky-spooky roommate?

Today, when I logged onto my school's e-services page,  I was delighted to discover that I had finally been assigned a roommate. It's only three weeks until I move into my dorm and I was getting antsy, wondering what kind of person I'd be stuck with or if I'd even have time to contact them before we moved in.

I was also wondering if I would start off alone in the room and then be paired up with some idiot kicked out of a different room for being "annoying".

But alas! I have my very own roommate now!

And she's from Malaysia. Yes, you read that correctly. Malaysia. I have an exchange student from Sibu, Malaysia - a small and quaint town who's symbol is the swan and is nicely riddled with food courts, nice shops, and a ton of community flower gardens.

Well, it certainly wasn't what I was expecting, but it is definitely a step up from the dreaded blonde bimbo fresh out of high school I was expecting. How old is this girl? What's she like? What customs and habits am I going to have to adapt to? It would be really handy to have some quick contact info for her, but there's no phone number or email listed. Only a Malaysian address.

Seeing as there's only three weeks until school starts, I'm not expecting a reply from her. What I am intending to write a letter introducing myself and welcoming her to SCSU and saying that I'd be very happy to help her adjust to live on campus if she needs anything. I don't know how well she speaks English, so this could be one heck of an adventure.

And I'm 100% positive that my spooky self is going to scare the wits out of her at first. ^_~

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Website Review: College-Freshman

Today I'll be doing a review of this website, College-Freshman. It's supposed to be a comprehensive guide to getting incoming college freshman through their first year. With tons of tips on what to bring to college, how to prepare for studying and classes, this website could be very interesting to peruse. So here I go!

Tips for Soon To Be College Freshman

Current seniors in high school will be becoming college freshman this summer.

So basically, their first mistake is assuming that all incoming college freshman are still kids or fresh out of high school. Already, I feel excluded from a good chunk of the information here. But I'll keep reading on to see if I can find anything useful.

College is what you make of it, and starting out making the right decisions is the best way lay the foundation of great college career.

Well no kidding! Up until this point, it's sounding okay. Then I look down and see the link list they have underneath this:

Really? Be the most popular freshman at college? This isn't high school! This isn't a catwalk or a television drama. You're going to college to get an education, not play that old game again. *The Rozemaiden takes some deep and calming breaths here*

Well, let's click on the first link and see what they have to tell me about preparing BEFORE college. 

1. Don't miss orientation.
2. Contact your roommate.
3. Figure out what to bring (using their checklist of course)
4. Get in shape....
5. Save your money.
6. Forget your car.

Okay, let's see. They had some great information concerning Orientation. And yes, it's important to contact your roommate if you've been assigned one. I haven't yet, so I really have no idea what kind of person I'll be rooming with. 

Under Figure Out What to Bring, I read this:

Trying to figure out what to bring from your oversized room in your parents house to your new cramped dorm room will be tough.

Again, they assume all freshman are still kids living at home. On top of that, they assume we have gigantic bedrooms. Dear, I live in a trailer park. I understand small. 

The rest of the information here about saving money and leaving your car at home are smart ones, but the Get in Shape part really threw me off:

Now is your opportunity to get in the best shape of your life, and have one of the hottest body's on campus. Try to eat right and work out regularly so you are in top shape for your first appearance at college. Note: if you are attending a school in a warmer climate, this goes double for you. Most schools have warm temperatures during at least the first few weeks of school. Girls will lay out in bikinis to get sun, guys will play basketball and volleyball (if available) and most people will be showing lots of skin. Being in shape will put you at an advantage for meeting people on warm sunny days.

Again, hello you're there to get an education. It's not a popularity contest and you don't want to be thought of as that airhead slut in a bikini with no brains. People aren't going to respect that, they're going to wonder why you're wasting your time there. 

The only reason I think one should get in shape at all is to prepare themselves for making mad dashes across campus in order to get to class on time.....

The page about what to bring to college was remarkably lackluster and I'm not even going to bother reviewing it. You can find better information elsewhere.

Now here's the fun part: how to be the most popular freshman on campus. Let's dig into this one shall we?

Remarkably they don't do too horribly with this one. They still assume that up to this point, no one's ever lived away from home or done anything on their own. They assume this will be a college freshman's first unsupervised adventure and that all high school seniors were controlled by their parents. Lame.

After that, they make a very good point. That going to college is a chance to start fresh. No one knows you or your past or your reputation. You have a clean slate and can make of it whatever you want. They tell you to make friends and get to know people by being social, confident, and friendly. Good advice.

There are a lot more pages on this website with good information, but overall I rate this site 3/5 for making silly assumptions and assuming all colleges are the same.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Preparing for College

For those of you in college, I suppose you know the drill. For those of you not quite there yet, well you might be shocked at the amount of planning that goes into getting a secondary education. Firstly, you've got find some schools you're actually interested in.

For me, that was St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. It's only 35 minutes away from where I live, so the location is convenient. It's not hard to get into, which is great because I was a lackluster student in high school. And it's relatively cheap. The area is nice too.

I would have liked getting into the U of M but to be frank, I'm not a fan of the Twin Cities and that was enough to dissuade me.

So after you find your one (or two or three) dream schools, you apply. And wait with crossed fingers and black candles lit that you'll get an acceptable letter. Once you do, you let out a sigh of relief and happiness. But then comes the hard part.

How the hell do you pay for it!?

A lot of students, myself included, take the FAFSA route. You can get grants if you qualify and federal loans as well. If you're lucky enough to get a scholarship or have rich parents this is a step you might not have to worry much about.

Once you get the mind-fucking financial nonsense out of the way, you have to decide if it's better to live on campus or commute. I don't drive. And even if I did, I don't want to drive 35 minutes everyday to get to school and then 35 minutes back at the end of the day. So I opted to live in campus and hook myself up with a dorm.

I got my first choice dorm hall, which makes me really happy. It's connected to the cafeteria so I don't have to face -degree temperatures to get food in the winter.  *insert gleeful laugh here*

So what comes next? Well....that's easy. Preparing to move in and getting set for classes. This could include a wide range of things. My biggest concern is dorm essentials and decoration. I'm already squared away on school supplies. I have a lovely black bag which nicely accommodates my binder, my notebooks, pens, calculator and any text books I may need. Concerning notebooks and such, I bought all the cheap off-brand stuff. I figured there was no point in getting anything fancy since I was going to cover it all in stickers and artwork anyways....

So...what does one bring to their home-away-from-home on campus? Bedding is a necessity. I needed to get XL twin sheets and I was scouring both Walmart and Target for weeks before they started releasing all their dorm bedding. I managed to find nice purple sheets at Walmart for less than $10 and a nice comforter set at Target for $35. I also nabbed a purple shower caddy, a purple towel, a small fan, a purple light-up alarm clock, and a purple door mirror.

Can you tell my favorite color is purple?

There's still so much I don't have though. I'm gonna need more body wash, a razor, new toothpaste, a first-aid kit, headache pills, a lock for my closet...and tons of other things. That equals a LOT of money, which I don't have since I've been living on a student budget for years now.

Luckily, I have a great significant other who's more than willing to help me out on the little things I need. I feel blessed. I'm getting my life on track. Things are going well so far.

Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the American government doesn't go into default and I actually get my loans. >_<


Monday, July 25, 2011

Welcome to Spooky University

Greetings Doomcookies and Jellyspoons...

You may call me the Rozemaiden. This is the Spooky University, a blog chronicling the journey of a 23 year old college freshman, who happens to be quite eccentric and is utterly convinced she's going to scare the wits out of her peers this year.

In other words, that would be me. But why call my blog "Spooky University" in the first place? Well, mostly because I'm a rather spooky individual. I don't define myself as solely being Goth, Punk, Emo, or any other alternative subculture. I'm just....eccentric. Darkly so. But I'm hoping that all kinds of people, especially those of the alternative persuasion, will find my blog interesting and in some cases, useful.

Yes, I'm 23 years old. This classes me as an "un-traditional" student. But there are lots of un-traditional things about me. My preferred wardrobe color is black. I'm fond of lace and ruffles and biker boots. I adore cult classic horror films and I think my dream date is Beetlejuice. I'm a practicing witch, which is very spooky to most people. I'm well-read and a grammar nazi, which most people find scary because a quality education apparently doesn't really exist anymore.

So I'm entering university, in all my un-traditionalism, on August 20th of this year. SCSU, be prepared!