During my two years there, I drove to school in a bright orange Oldsmobile Starfire - the car weighed a ton and got like 6 miles to the gallon. Plus there was a dent from the previous owner (my Aunt, who gave me the car so I really can't complain...er...). The dent was patched up and covered with red primer (the plan had been to re-paint the car a more subdued red - my favorite color - it never happened). Even the wheels were orange!
I was always late for my early morning classes (no surprise - I'm not a morning person) and the only parking I could find was far away and way downhill from the Sutherland Building, which didn't have an elevator we could use - so add four flights of stairs onto the hike. I didn't realize what great shape I was in at the end of the semester, until my mother came with me and she puffed just to get to the building :)
I made a bunch of friends my first year, but they were all sophomores and all left me the next year for main campus! One of the downsides of being at a branch campus. The second year I found a couple of fellow weather weenies...er....meteorology majors and that helped. The biggest upside of a branch campus is making friends before going to the mega-huge alien campus so you at least start out knowing a few people. I was reunited with my first year buddies - we all stayed in Runkle Halls together.
Here's an embarrassing story - when I started at the campus, I had to take a basic writing class (English 004) because on my pre-admittance English test, I had gotten less than 20 questions right out of 100! The questions where, "here are 4 sentences, which sentence is not grammatically correct." I still struggle with grammar and spelling. I'm proud to say I earned a B in that class and in my English Rhetoric & Composition class - (although I got a C in technical writing - which makes sense...right? Since I'm better at fiction.... Right?).
- Taking Skiing as a physical ed elective - getting credit to ski once a week - it doesn't get any better than that!
- Avoiding the cafeteria and buying Lee's Hoagies (a.k.a. submarine sandwiches, subs, etc...) these were loaded with meat, delicious, and cheap.
- Doing Physics homework as a group with our friend, Gene, Gene, the Physics Machine explaining the concepts far better than our teacher.
- Physics lab with that same teacher - where we all sat around and discussed how realistic the latest episode of MacGyver was (true - I swear! watching MacGyver became homework).
And if you'd like info on my event tomorrow, here are some links (one is an article about me :)):