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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!

Stopping the Madness


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your holiday has gone well. ?


I’m currently typing this on my new MacBook Pro and I am loving it. I’m still getting used to OS X after spending a good portion of my life working with Windows. But I’m not a complete stranger when it comes to Macs because my school has quite a few on campus for students.


Anyway, about a month ago, I heard about the stabbing that took place at The Ohio State University and tweeted this:

I used the phrase “stop the madness” because I had read it in many fictional books where there was discussion on real world issues and it was also a common phrase in songs that I’ve listened to.


Anyway, not long after tweeting, I get this reply:


I was surprised. I knew it was sarcasm but I wasn’t really sure how to go about that response. The rest of the conversation follows below:


I didn’t really get offended by this, mainly because this stranger had a point. But as a 3rd year IT student, what type of thing could I possibly do to keep the stabbings and shootings from happening in schools? ?


But then I thought about it a little more and I realized that the best I can do is be kind and friendly and accepting to everyone I come across. So that any terrorist or anyone who might do something malicious can second guess their actions. I know I can’t change people. I learned that a long time ago.  But maybe I can have some sort of impact on them.


It doesn’t feel like enough sometimes but then I remember that I don’t have the weight of the world on my shoulders.


Anyway, keep an eye out this week for some end of the year reflections. Happy Holidays!



Cassidy Currently: 5th edition


Hello! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated so I’m going to go ahead and brief you on some of the things that have been going on in my crazy life.


I got sick…AGAIN


Yes unfortunately I was struck with some kind of weird bacterial infection. I’m better now but it was still terrible to have something slow me down again. ?


It started off with me getting aches and chills and fatigue. And later on a fever and a relentless cough. There was even some vomiting. I finally caved and had my roommate drive me to student health where they tested me for the flu (it came back negative) and prescribed me some antibiotics and heavy duty cough medicine.


Unfortunately, I had deal with the side affects from the medicine which involved me feeling dizzy and fatigued.


Thankfully, it didn’t take long after that to get over it.


I picked my classes for the Spring Semester…


With my fall semester coming to a close in about 3 weeks, it was time for me to plan for next semester. And I’m really excited about my classes. I’ll be taking three IT classes, including Intro to Security, Database 1, and Software Testing. I’m also taking Intro to Statistics and Principles of Marketing. I got all the good teachers for those classes so I’m hoping for a successful Spring Semester.


I’ve been hard at work on my school projects


If you recall from previous blog posts, I mentioned that I have a game to work on before the end of the semester. Well as of today, I’ve got my main character to jump and move around so I’m really happy about that. I plan to make as much progress as possible, especially since its due in a week. ?


I’ve also been working on my live data project. My professor allowed us to choose whichever type of data we wanted and after some deliberation, I decided to go ahead and due Washington DC metro train arrival predictions. I’m almost done with it, with just a bit of tweeking needed.


I drove home and started Thanksgiving Break


With Thanksgiving being in a few days, it was natural for schools to let off on Friday so that students could go home and be with their families. So I left Radford (which is in southern Virginia) to go to my home in Northern Virginia.


Unfortunately, since it was a major travel day, I ran into a lot of traffic on the way home. It was so bad that I probably uttered the phrase “I hate people” more than 20 times. ? It ended up taking me an hour and a half longer than normal to get home. Luckily it wasn’t just me in my car. I had a friend that was meeting his family in my hometown and needed a ride. And I enjoyed the conversations that we had. It made the traffic less aggravating.


And annoying as it was, I was thankful that I was not in one of the vehicles that had been in an accident that caused the traffic.


I took a walk in the woods


The day after I arrived home, my family and I decided to go hiking with our Golden Retriever, since it was unseasonably warm.


My dog Deedee and I


It was really nice to just get out of the house and so some exploring.


Crossing a creek
Crossing a creek




We eventually arrived at a waterfall that was really pretty.




It started to cloud up as we headed back to the cars and it got really windy. It was really cool the way the wind blew the leaves around.




It started to rain soon after but luckily, we were already headed home.


In other news…


I’m still watching Vampire Knight and I’m almost done with it. I also started watching Neon Genesis Evangelion, after a friend of mine cosplayed one of the characters. I’m only 6 episodes in but I really like it so far and I can see that it’s going to be one of my favorites.


The U.S. Election…

Before I go, I wanted to talk briefly about the U.S. election and my stance on it. If you’re wondering, I didn’t vote for Trump. My state also didn’t put their electoral college votes toward Trump. And yet he still won and now hate crimes involving racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny are all on the rise as a result. I did everything in my power to stop such a thing from happening but unfortunately, it was not enough. But I will not change my beliefs based on those of my future President and Vice-President. I will not stoop so low to hate on those who did nothing to deserve it.


The results of the election do not change my beliefs as person or the things that I value.


If you’re outside the U.S., please don’t let the results of the election change your view on us, because I promise that not all of us see things the way that Trump does.


Anyway, that’s all for now. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and to those who don’t, have a great week! ?

Back at the Home of the Highlanders

So I made it back to college on Wednesday. It’s honestly been really weird being able to decide what I do with my time. I worked yesterday and have had today off and I haven’t had any idea what to do. I guess that will be easier when classes start.


Anyway, when I went to the grocery store on Wednesday, the clerk who was checking me out showed me something interesting. It was a dollar bill. But it wasn’t one that could be used as valid currency. Instead of having Lincoln or Jackson or any of the figures that tend to show up on American money, it was the current president dressed in traditional Muslim clothing.


I started laughing in disbelief. And we talked about how offensive the “dollar” was. Especially since our president doesn’t even practice that religion. But when you have a presidential candidate who is alleging that our current president is the leader of a terrorist group, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise. And I’m ashamed to say that.


I really hate that people are still judging others based on race or religion. I’ve never done this because people are people and I’d much rather judge them by their character than by their background. It just bothers me that people think it’s acceptable.


Anyway, enough said on that subject.


When I got to the apartment that I share with my roommate, I made the discovery that our internet was not reconnecting, despite the order we put in to get it turned back on. So after relaxing after a long drive and unpacking, I decided to take a walk on campus.


And that’s when I started playing Pokemon Go. My school has quite a few pokestops and some of the classroom buildings are gyms (which will really help with student productivity :hehe: ). All in all, I caught quite a few pokemon, including 3 clefairies, an eevee, and a growlithe. Plus, I ran into one of my fraternity brothers while I was out and about.


Unfortunately, I had to deal with my first night back without internet. Luckily, I have a few books here and I was even able to watch the only DVD I own (Divergent).


When I went back to work yesterday, everything went smoothly and I was glad to see my co-workers again. Plus I got a free meal from working.


Anyway, that’s all for now. TTFN.


West Virginia Disaster

If you’re in the U.S, you’ve probably heard about the recent natural disaster that took place in West Virginia. Over 30 people were killed and thousands more affected in some way after the recent rain creeks and rivers running high and overflowing their banks.

So last week, when I heard that my friend from school was going to make a trip to help with the cleanup, I decided to return to uni so I could join her. We went yesterday.

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