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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 myselfΒ ?). 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!


  • Tara

    8am classes is rough . . . look at this way — at least it’s not a 5:30am class! That’s the time I had to report to work at my old job! But you’ll get used to it . . . or maybe not. I’ll never get used to waking up early X_X

    Glad you’re liking your classes so far! Having a professor who’s a tech geek means you’ll definitely learn a lot from him!

    Seeing stray dogs/cats always make me sad πŸ™ I hate it when people abandon their pets and then seeing them on the streets. I’ve had a couple of times when I was so tempted to take some home, but I know my parents would not have been pleased . . .

    That shooting incident sound so scary! πŸ™ I’m glad it wasn’t a serious incident where other people were killed. I would have been so confused, too, getting contradictory messages like that. I’m glad they released proper information later!

  • Rezina

    8AM classes are rough. I remember taking them as an undergrad and thinking, “how did I wake up earlier in high school??”

    That’s great that you’re learning so much! Do you find Sass/SCSS easy to learn? I was contemplating on trying but wanted to learn Javascript first, haha.

    That’s great that no one was hurt. I used to get alerts from the university all the time. I’ve also lived in not-so-great neighborhoods and so sadly stuff like that isn’t that uncommon to hear about :/ And it sounds like there was some miscommunications. Which I feel like that is something they should fix because something like that could lead to potentially dangerous situations.

  • Georgie

    Glad you managed to get up for something as early as an 8am class! Even though it was a little difficult I’d say that was an achievement.

    I am usually concerned for stray animals since they might harbour disease, but I also fear for their welfare. I’m usually not sure what to do but I am cautious of approaching animals that look stray, and would try and get help. But if the animal has a collar and looks like it’s just lost I would probably try and pick it up and find its rightful owner.

    It terrifies me that guns are in such common use over there and that shootings have often happened at universities. I am glad you are OK though and that no one else was injured!

  • Kya

    It sounds like things are off to a pretty good start and I hope you enjoy your classes and the work. πŸ˜€

    Awwww, it’s so lovely that you tried to help the dog. So many people would ignore it and it would have been terrible if it wondered into the traffic. Don’t feel embarrassed, be proud that you actually tried to do something. πŸ™‚

    Whoa. That would have been so scary to receive a message like that. I would be so terrified! I am glad that it was not a situation where a number of people were hurt. Still sad that someone died. πŸ™

  • Pauline

    I am probably the only one who doesn’t mind early morning classes, in fact, I think they’re great because I’m more attentive in the morning rather than the afternoon for sure! I’m glad you got up and went, though, the hardest part is getting up but then the rest just flows by πŸ˜‰

    WOO CODING EXCITEMENT! I’m glad your first day was great though πŸ˜€

    Ugh, that’s terrifying. I’m glad they acted quickly though. Shotings are so scary πŸ™

  • Amy

    Glad you’re enjoying classes so far. I used to love early morning classes, because it meant I had the rest of the day to myself, but waking up for them isn’t so great. Hopefully, you’ll get back into the routine and it won’t be so bad!

    Aww, I hope the dog was okay. Unfortunately, you can’t do everything, and chasing the dog into the woods would’ve been a little bit ridiculous, especially considering how difficult it would have been to see in there.

    It’s great that you enjoyed your first day at work! Hope it all goes well!

  • Nancy

    Welcome back to school! Hope you’ll get used to the 8am classes @___@. SQL is a fun class. You’ll have a blast learning about relationships and SQL commands. When I was working at my last job, learning about SQL helped me understand why our ERP was structured the way it is.

    Glad to hear that you’re doing great at your job so far. Keep it up!

    It’s good that you tried to go after the Border Collie. Maybe you helped in a way that you got it off the streets. I am the same way when it comes to cats. Something similar happened where I took in a stray cat at school and fed it some expensive smoked salmon @__@.

    I’m glad to hear that you’re safe from the shooting. It’s sad that school grounds are not even safe these days. Stay safe!

  • Michelle

    I have no choice but to do morning classes due to my husband working later in the afternoon but I dunno now. :/ I don’t know how that will work when he starts a new schedule, oh well. Regardless, I don’t mind them, though I realized I couldn’t do Intermediate Algebra like 7 in the morning. It’s like impossible for me.

    Glad you’re safe! I had a few incidents at my high school like 10 years ago, but in the end, my friend did end up getting hurt but he’s fine now but I don’t talk to him anymore. Oh well.