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Month in Review: April

The view from the venue where my fraternity’s banquet was held

I’ll apologize again for being inconsistent with my blogging. But if you’re in college or if you’ve ever been in college, you’ll know that April is absolutely insane for students, and this April was no exception. I’ve nearly grown tired of my Spotify playlist from the countless hours I’ve had it on as background noise while I study.

Even though exam week technically doesn’t start until tomorrow, my exam week is in full swing, having just finished my 2nd exam. The first was for a gen ed class and the second was for an online software testing class. I’m insanely happy to have those two behind and I’ll be even more thrilled when I finish my last exam on Wednesday.

Cross-Country Road Trip

I’ve had this idea for a while now and I’m starting to get more serious about it. Having done some research and looked up some travel times, I’ve decided I’d like to do a road trip to California. It’s been a dream of mine to go there and see the sights and set my feet into the Pacific Ocean, which is the last major U.S. body of water that I want to see (except for maybe the Arctic Ocean in Alaska). After doing the math and some calculations, I found that I could easily reach Southern California in 4 days from my college town and there are plenty of sights and stops a long the way. I don’t have to spend a fortune either, since I could hit up camp sites (I can pitch a tent in about 5 minutes), hostels, or if worse comes to worse, a Wal-Mart parking lot.

I was hoping that I might be able to do it this summer but I don’t think I’ll have the funds for it. So I’ll shoot for either winter break or right after graduation next summer.

But enough of that, here’s my summary of the month.

My highlights from this month were:

  • Getting to go to my fraternity’s banquet 1)Although the general rule is that fraternities are for boys and sororities are for girls, there are a few organizations that are co-ed like the one I’m in.
  • Getting to go home for Easter and see my family

My lows from this month were:

  • The amount of work I’ve had to face at my jobs and at school
  • Getting more rejections from internships

That’s ok, because I accomplished:

  • I did my first technical interview with a company that does programs to help kids learn how to code
  • I got an A on the longest paper I’ve ever written for college
  • I continue to get passing grades on all of my work for school
  • I got elected as the recording secretary of my fraternity for next school year
  • I’ve already done 2 out of my 5 exams

I also…

  • Finished the final arc of Sailor Moon
    • It was good series overall and I’ll definitely be rewatching it
  • Watched Mobile Fighter G Gundam
    • I remember seeing this anime as a kid, which prompted me to go and watch
  • started Gundam Seed
    • Another one I remember seeing from my childhood
  • Started rewatching Wolf’s Rain
    • I watched this when I was 14 but never saw it dubbed
  • Watched the anime movie Your Name
    • This movie messed me up so much that I didn’t know whether I was laughing or crying at the end

Next month, I’m looking forward to:

  • Finishing my junior year and going home
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • My 21st birthday on the 29th 🎉🥂
  • Going on a few small adventures

Next month, I hope to accomplish:

  • Obtaining a job of some sort for the summer
  • Learning more and more knowledge so I can pass the Network+ exam2)I’ve decided I want to obtain a certification before I graduate
  • Starting on a new theme for this site

Finally, a song a from this month:

I’d love to hear how everyone’s month was. Hope you guys have an amazing May!

References   [ + ]

1. Although the general rule is that fraternities are for boys and sororities are for girls, there are a few organizations that are co-ed like the one I’m in.
2. I’ve decided I want to obtain a certification before I graduate

Month in Review: January

The first month is 2016 is almost done and the year is off to a really great start for me. I can’t believe how fast this month has gone. My classes are all going well and my semester is off to a great start. I can’t believe how fortunate I’ve been. Let’s hope February has the same outcome.

My Highlights from the Month were:

  • Starting the Spring Semester
  • Getting to start my new job as a department tutor
  • Coming back to Radford and seeing all of my friends again
  • Snow! ❄️
  • Being elected to my fraternity’s judicial board
  • Feeling the love from everyone in my life, whether online or in person 💖

Some Lows from the Month were:

  • Dealing with periods of boredom during Winter Break
  • Having to deal with Radford’s winter
  • Having to find a new host for Catastrophe Rising
  • Watching as Donald Trump became my new President
    • And watching him ban refugees from the United States

That’s OK because I accomplished:

  • Good grades on all my assignments thus far
  • I published Catastrophe Rising’s third theme
    • The blog reached a new high for the amount of comments on one post 💬
  • Spending less time on Facebook and not having it be the last thing I look at before bed
    • More on this later
  • I joined my school’s Cyber Defense Club 💻

My Activities from the Month include:

  • Picking back up the anime Naruto and starting Season 3
  • I finished Cress by Marissa Meyer (loved the ending! can’t wait to read the 4th book)
  • I started Lost on the Appalachian Trail by Kyle Rohrig
    • It chronicles a young man’s journey on a trail that runs for Georgia to Maine
    • Really enjoying it so far, the guy’s personality is great – highly recommend!
  • I watched My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke
    • This brings the number of Studio Ghibli Movies I’ve seen to

Next Month, I’m looking forward to:

  • CAPWiC on February 24th and 25th
  • Going home for my brother’s 18th birthday 🎉
  • Getting paid in a couple weeks

Next Month, I hope to accomplish:

  • Achieving good grades on upcoming exams
  • Moving forward with finding an internship for the summer
  • Learning more and more about Cyber Security

Finally, a Song from this Month:

 

I’ll try and post again in a week or so. Stay awesome!

Stray Dogs and False Alarms

I’m back in my college town and I have been loving it so far. My first two days of classes are over and I think it’s going to be a great semester.

As I suspected, I hated getting up for my 8 am. When my alarm went off, I let off an audible groan before realizing that it was the start of a new semester and that I would also be starting my new tutoring job. My first class was Database 1 and I learned that the class will involve learning SQL which is pretty exciting. I know basically nothing at this point and I’m excited to learn about it.

After the class let out, I saw that I had a couple of minutes before I had to go to my job (which was right downstairs), so I stopped by my former Web Programming professor’s office and said hello. I told him about Sass/SCSS and he was really impressed and excited. Hopefully he finds it easier to deal with than regular CSS.

My first day on the job went really well. I was really nervous at first but once I was able to successfully help out some students, I felt a lot better. I don’t know why I was nervous in the first place since the material was so basic (they were writing a Hello World program in Java). I’m looking forward to working tomorrow.

This morning I was startled when my Marketing professor asked me about my Mac in the middle of the lecture. He revealed himself to be a technology geek and I could see why two of my fraternity brothers recommended that take the course with him.

The rest of my classes were business as usual. This week is what we call “Syllabus week” so we’re not getting too heavily into things at the moment.

A Wayward Border Collie

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr day, so my school didn’t have classes. I used that day to run a few errands, meet up with friends, and start work for my classes.

While I was on the way to the grocery to pick up some much needed food items, I saw an unsupervised Border Collie on the side of the road. The road was a busy one and a main artery in and out of town so I decided to turn back and try to see if I could coax the dog to my car. I ended up parking in a church parking lot by a yellow curve (which is off limits to parking). I started running down the street so I could catch up with it.

Unfortunately, it ran into the woods before I could get within 5 feet of it. I figured that it would be ok and that it would find its way home because of the breed’s reputation for being smart.

The next day, someone posted on my university’s Facebook page, saying their Lab had run off with it and that it was believed that the dog is a stray.

I really wish I could have taken that dog off the streets and I don’t regret going after it (even though I probably embarrassed myself 😆). If one of my dogs had been that situation, I would’ve wanted someone to take action, especially since the dog could’ve been hit by a car.

Campus Shooting….or not

Yesterday afternoon, as I was doing school work in my apartment, I received an email from the university alert system, saying that shots had been fired on campus and the suspect was in custody. The email was followed by text messages and phone calls with the same message. I was shocked. I was also thankful the police had acted quickly and I was hoping that everyone was ok.

Though the subject of the email said the that shooting had occurred on campus, the contents said that shooting took place off campus. So that left me feeling confused.

I turned on the news and the anchors relayed the information that the shooting, thankfully, took place off campus in the area on the opposite side from where I live. And subject had only shot himself. So that was great news that no one was hurt and that police were taking care of everything.

Anyway, I still have lots of things I need to do so that’s it for now. Hope everyone enjoys their week!

Cassidy Currently: 6th Edition

 

I’m very sorry that I’ve been negligent with posting lately. But unfortunately, I had to worry about finals and other project deadlines that were fast approaching. Here’s what my life has been like lately.

 

I Finished the Fall Semester!

 

I’m definitely relieved that the semester is finally over. And while I’m glad that I’ve grown stronger from the challenges I faced, it’ll be nice to have a month long break where I don’t have to worry about much. I’m still waiting on my final grades for my classes but I think I’ll be ok.

 

Being done with finals didn’t go without some celebration. I did some drinking and hung out with my friends, which was awesome.

 

I Drove Home Solo

 

With the fall semester over with, Radford tends to turn into a ghost town during breaks. And with Christmas and New Years coming up, it was only necessary to drive the four hours home.

 

I really enjoy doing the trip solo because it gives me time to think and reflect and catch my breath. I love hanging with my friends and all but sometimes it gets stressful to be around them. So I really savor the long drive where there’s nothing but me, the radio, and the interstate.

 

This time, I didn’t run into much traffic, which was a huge relief. 😆 Though a tractor trailer did almost run me off the road and I had to beep my horn to let him know that I was there and not keen about getting into an accident. 😒

 

I Saw My Friend’s Band Play at the Local Coffee Shop

 

This past Saturday, I decided to drag my roommate out the local coffee shop for their monthly Open Mic Night. This month, I was especially excited to go because of the Christmas festivities.

 

While we were there, I ran into my friend who’s band was signed up to play. I was excited because I had seen pictures of him and his band on Facebook and I was curious about what their is like.

 

They ended up playing a couple of alternative rock songs with friend playing the bass guitar. Their song was interesting because they asked the audience for two words that they could use to make up a song on the spot. Those two words ended up being “steroids” and “papayas” and the resulting song was interesting to say the least.

😝😂

 

I Started Learning Ruby

 

I had always been curious about the programming language, especially after reading that it was used in aspects of Web Development. And after Nancy suggested that I learn it to get ahead, I decided to start. And I am loving it so far.

 

I found this really cool site called The New Boston that I was initially referred to by my professor in order to get help with building my game. And when I looked there, I found that are tutorials for basically every aspect in computer science, from different programming languages to app development and networking and everything in between. So I decided to go to their tutorial from Ruby and I’ve been following it in my spare time.

 

If you’re wanting to try and expand your knowledge on web development or anything else computer science related, I definitely suggest visiting the site and watching the tutorials.

 

I Started on a new Theme for Catastrophe Rising

 

While I’m really proud of the this theme because it was first one 6 years, I think it’s definitely time for a change. So while I was at school, I constructed the header images that I’ll be using in the new theme (keep an eye out on twitter for a sneak peek!). I haven’t started the coding yet but I plan on doing so very soon.

 

 

That’s all I have for now. Let me know what you guys have been up to lately!

 

 

Month in Review: November

 

Wow I can’t believe that November is already over. It went by really fast for me. Maybe it’s because of all the crazy things that happened? I feel like my junior year of college has been going by really fast. It’s crazy to think that I’ll be graduating in a year and a half. It’s kind of scary to think about graduating and finding a real job.

 

Anyway, I had some lows for the month but it went really well overall. Though I’m not looking forward to finals the week after next. 😖

 

My Highlights from the month were:

  1. Thanksgiving break!
  2. Seeing my family
  3. Getting offered a tutoring job for next semester

 

Some Lows from the month were:

  1. Getting sick
  2. Having to stay up until 3:30 am to finish a project
  3. Worst week: Nov 6 – 13

 

That’s Ok because I accomplished:

  1. Building a fully functional game with java
  2. Building a live data application with java
  3. Starting at 5 am, driving 4 hours straight without caffeine
  4. Getting my work despite being sick

 

I also:

  1. Started watching the anime Spice and Wolf
  2. Started watching the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion
  3. Started on the Gilmore Girls revival

 

This month I’m looking forward to:

  1. Starting Winter Break!
  2. Christmas and the other Holidays
  3. Seeing my family in less than 3 weeks

 

This month I hope to accomplish:

  1. Getting passing grades on all my finals
  2. Finding a job to work over winter break
  3. Finishing off the semester successfully

 

And Finally, a photo from the month:

The sun shining through a tree at my university
The sun shining through a tree at my university

I took the photo using my iPhone 6s and I am amazed at the quality. Anyway, I hope everyone’s November was good!