Thursday, November 21, 2013

20 questions for Josee #9 & #11

So, I haven't blogged in a while and I was trying to think of an inspiration to write. I came to an idea the other day with my good friend, she has a blog as well and said she struggled thinking of what to write SO..... we decided to do 20 questions. Through blog posts we will each answer the questions. We might answer one, we might answer more than one, it's kinda up to us. Her questions for me where about a billion times better than mine so hopefully I can do them justice with my answers. Also, her blog can be found here.

I think I will answer 2 questions tonight, I am not answering them in order and I have decided I'll probably preface these two.

I am a student at BYU those who know me best know that I am not super passionate about the university, and I am not a "loyal cougar" don't get me wrong, I like the school, I am just not your typical BYU obsessed provo-ite. I will be graduating in about 3 weeks and it is kinda freaking me out so these two questions are perfect.

#9 What has been your favorite class at BYU?
 Political Science 101R: I don't even know if this class is still offered but it is one that I think should be required for all students to take. The class is once a week, there is no homework, there are no tests, and you don't even have to take notes. The class is a lecture class which is hosted by the one professor, however there are guest speakers well over half of the time. These guest speakers, are political scientists, political refugees, democrats, republicans, environmentalists, individuals involved with the civil rights movements, muslims, and many other people who have been intimately involved with the current/historical events that have shaped our country (I can only imagine the topics this year). The class is emotional, and encourages interaction that is unlike any that I have ever experienced. I feel like my understanding and tolerance of different people, and different political ideas was opened up more by this one semester class than any other influence. I have always been involved politically and have loved to dig into deeper political issues and this is the class that fosters that type of curiosity. Literally you just show up once a week, put your name and student ID on a piece of paper and you get an A. I loved this class so much that I took it one semester and have sat in on the class 2 other semesters. I would very highly recommend that you take this class!!!

I have a tie on classes so I'm gonna share two

Recm 223R (nature photography) The professor for this class is Peter Ward, I would recommend you take any class that is taught by this professor. He is probably one of the BEST professors at BYU. His other classes can be very academically challenging but you will learn more than in most other classes, I can't say enough about how great he is as a professor. This class is nature photography and it is easy, you get to go on field trips and you learn to take photographs you can be proud of, these are some of mine.

not the greatest works of art, but I thoroughly enjoyed the class.

Question #11
If you could start BYU over, what would you do differently?
I don't feel like there is just one thing that I would do differently so I will share a few.

  1. I would move out
    1. I know that I have preached the glory of living for free at home, but in reality moving out would have helped me get to know people and I would have gone outside of my comfort zone and maybe I would be able to say that I made more than approximately 5 friends in my time at BYU 
  2. I would become more involved
    1. All of my current friends have come from my involvement with teams or organizations. I don't really know what team I would join, but I do know that it might have made my experience better. I wish I would have worked a little harder in high school so I could have done swim team, or stayed with ballroom. Realistically maybe I could have just found a student organization to try out.
  3. I would try a little harder
    1. once again I feel like a hypocrite. I have spent my time in college preaching that C's and D's get degrees. But I feel like I've kinda cheated the system by graduating with a 3.3gpa with relatively low effort. I would feel a little more valid if I had experienced the stress, late nights, and cramming that most college students experience.
  4. I would have changed looked a little harder into degrees and careers
    1. I feel like I chose my degree pretty quickly. I love it, don't get me wrong. But there might have been a program that fit better. I would have loved to explore writing, advertising, and marketing a little more. I would have loved to explore programs that work more with physical labor, or with creativity. I dunno....I just have no idea what I want to do with my degree, and I don't know what I want to do with my life and I think a little more exploration would have been beneficial
  5. I would have dated a little more
    1. I know.... if you know me you are screaming HYPOCRITE but it's true. I finally have realized that I would love to have a relationship, or a .......girlfriend....., I know that this isn't possible without dating so I should have given it a little more effort. Who knows, maybe I'm doomed to a permanent state of "flyin solo".
These are just a few little nuggets of wisdom gleaned from my experience at the buffet of BYU. Take 'em or leave 'em you've got your choices. But feel free to ask me more about these things.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lamest holiday ever = pretty good day

Happy valentines day

p.s. I hate valentines day

I know, a lot of you are thinking that i hate the holiday because i have no one to share it with. You would be wrong, I hate the holiday because i hate all the "Fake-ness" in peoples actions on this holiday. Dumb jr. high and high schoolers saying they are in love, creepy guys sending valentines to girls who aren't into them, and couples needing security in their relationships so they post weird stuff on Facebook. Again, don't take what i'm saying wrong. I love love, in fact anyone that knows me knows that i'm actually a very romantic person. I just don't understand the super cheesiness that comes out because someone decided to make a holiday about it.

Anyways there is my rant on valentines day.

Guess what, I didn't spend today skiing. it's probably the first day i haven't skied (besides sundays) in like two or three weeks. I didn't ski because i decided i needed a sabbatical from skiing. The past few days i feel like i've been skiing poorly, i haven't been at the top of my game, i've been struggling. So i figured a nice break might clear my mind and body; allowing me to return back to my regular performance level. It was difficult, but i think that the break will only help me in the long run.

Summer is coming. Ok it's not that soon, i've still got a few months to go but i'm kinda nervous/anxious. Never in my life have i been so unsure of how a summer will be. I've got my job at the pool lined up, do i want another? i'm still living with the fam, do i want to move out? i'm loving the single life, should i attempt a relationship? so many questions run through my mind every day. So what do i do to de-stress????? SKI, it's the only solution. If you have never tried it, you should probably go out and give it a go, you might find a new passion.

well friends, it's late, i'm tired, and i need to get up early to go ski tomorrow.

Have a wonderful evening/day (depending on when you are reading this)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Q: What's the similarity in these two picture??

A: In my opinion there are way to many people in them.

I've realized that I really really need to move somewhere without so many people. Some small town USA will do. OR... some small town in british columbia. Have you seen pictures of that place? it's BEAUTIFUL. Think about it, what are the pro's of living in a busy city???

Here are some pro's of living in a small town:
1)you know your neighbors
2)you can probably trust your neighbors
3)less traffic
4)less social drama
5)more outdoors
6)slower lifestyle
7)small stores
8)away from the rush!

I really think that sounds awesome.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

It's come to my attention that i might have a slight addiction to work, that is to say that i'm a work-a-holic. but i don't care, I just love being up at Sundance, it is my paradise. As a matter of fact it has ruined my view of Utah valley, have you ever noticed how busy it is around utah valley? i've learned that i'm not a people person. I love being up in the mountains with few people and lots of nature. And skiing, I LOVE SKIING it is the best thing on earth. if you haven't tried you should probably get out on some skis and enjoy utah's number one pastime; however, I would really really recommend you wait till we have any snow. On that note WHEN IS IT GOING TO FREAKING SNOW?? i've never seen a winter this poor. I cry every morning when i wake up and listen to the news on the radio and tv. high 50's in january? this is the worst. Evidently my friend calvin agrees
Can we get some snow here, Please?? i'm begging, i'm pleading, I will do anything. I love snow, and I don't love this June-uary that we are in.

well friends it's time for me to go to work. :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Venting time

Heads up there's a little bit of anger in this post, but that's why I made this blog in the first place, so that I could share thoughts that I can't say out loud. So this is just a little venting for the day and I'll do it in categories.

Parking at BYU

parking at this university is hell, there is no other way to put it, I got to campus 10 minutes before my class today, I know, that's pretty close, but it doesn't matter because it took me 40 minutes to find a parking spot. That's ridiculous. I have a pass to any spot on campus and it took me 40 minutes. What a joke, the thing that bothers me the most is that I watched several people with liberty square stickers, and university villas parking stickers parking their cars. In my opinion the university should not give anyone parking stickers if they live within 1 mile of campus. They can walk. There are students like me who HAVE to drive 30 minutes to get to school, i don't really have a choice but i can't park because some student who lives a few blocks from campus is to lazy to walk to school. if you're one of those students, I hate you right now.

I finally found a parking spot, it was to late to go to my first class, so instead i missed it and now i'm writing this post

College students

I'm so sick of hearing students tell me how busy they are because they are taking 15 credits and that's just so much. I ask them if they are working a job and most of the time they aren't, and if they are they are working like 10 hours on campus. I ask them how they are affording school and they tell me they work during the summer and once they run out of that money their parents have given them a credit card so they don't have to work a lot during school. That's retarded, I have had a job every day of my life since 1 month before I turned 15, I work 30 hours a week currently and my job is 40 minutes from campus. I'm starting a second job right now, and I'm also taking 15.5 credits, so i'm kinda tired of people telling me how crazy their life is because they have to manage 15 credits and......a social life? what's a social life?

I know I just spent a whole paragraph complaining but i don't think i'm better than them, in fact I don't think it's even really their faults. I blame it on the parents. By raising a generation of college students who don't work and think that money is just alway going to be there when they need it they are doing a huge disservice to our community. And sadly these students will get married and have kids and in 18 years there will be even more students who are living the same way.

I don't have a solution other than parents need to stop it.


Hipsters, let's get real, your not original you're just pulling fashions from the past, and there are so many of you that it's not original anymore, so in reality you are conforming just as much as the rest of us, you are just conforming to the wrong decade

Preppies, put on a t-shirt and some jeans, instead of your shirts and ties, your a college student not a freaking CEO. I get it, you're studying business, but you aren't graduated yet, you're still a normal student.

I really shouldn't be mad at the way they dress because that isn't the problem it's the attitude they have, and both genres have a sense of letting everyone know that they are better than everyone else.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Last 2 weeks of the semester

The countdown is on, this semester is almost over. I feel like I have so much to do, so many final group projects which means...... I have a new best friend

This stuff is the best, it tastes like orange/pineapple soda. I drank one last night around 12:30 because I had a lot to do. Unfortunately this stuff is like aderall to me, so I was able to focus super well and I was able to finish a lot of my work by 2:00. Problem, I was ready to go to bed but my newly energized body was not. So I tossed and turned until I finally submitted and took 2 all natural sleeping pills. Probably not the best thing I could do to my body but I needed to sleep.

I woke up around 7:30 and got ready for school, I've been here since 8:30 and it's not looking like I will be leaving till around 10:00 or 11:00 tonight, then I have a 5 page paper to write. which means another date with my new friend.

I love the last two weeks of the semester......NOT

Ski season can't come soon enough (4 days away)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I'm kinda liking this song and the message it has

Well I don't know what I'm looking for
But I know that I just want to look some more
And I won't be satisfied 'til there's nothing left that I haven't tried
For some people it's an easy choice
But for me there's a devil and an angel's voice
Well I don't know what I am looking for
But I know that I just wanna look some more

Well I don't know what I'm living for
But I know that i just wanna live some more
You hear it from strangers
And you hear it from friends
That love never dies
And love never ends
I don't want to argue
No, I don't want to fight
'Cause you're always wrong
And I'm always right
Well I don't know what I'm living for
But I know that I just want to live some more

I used to be involved and I felt like a king
Now I've lost it all and i don't feel a thing
I may never grow up
I may never give in
And I blame this world that I live in
I visit Hell on a daily basis
And I see the sadness in all your faces
I've got friends who are married and their lives seem complete
And here I am still stumbling down a darkened street
A darkened street

And I act like a child
And I'm insecure
And I'm filled with doubt
And I'm immature
Sometimes it creeps up on me
And before I know it I'm lost at sea
But no matter how far I roam
I always find my way back home
But I don't know what I've been waiting for
But I know that I don't wanna wait anymore

Looking for
What I'm looking for
Looking for
What I'm looking for
Looking for
What I'm looking for
Looking for
What I'm looking for
Looking for
What I'm looking for

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Future

It's my future, key word in that phrase is "MY"

I am so sick of people/parents telling me what I should want and what I should do. I'm sick of hearing how I should be pursuing marriage, I should be going on dates, I should be taking more classes, I should be more social, I should be more socially involved with school, I should want to make friends, I should want to have a girlfriend, and that I should be doing better. Who defines better? It's my life, I think my definition should suffice. And by my definition I'm doing pretty damn good.

I'm not in any extravagant debt.

I love my life.

I don't have social drama in my life.

I don't have relationship drama.

I don't have to worry about anyone else.

I'm actively pursuing a degree.

I'm doing well in school.

I do what I love 5 days a week during the winter.

I base my decisions on the joy they will bring me.

I have an awesome place to live.

I'm not paying rent.

I'm not paying for food.

OH and did I already say I ski 5 days a week or more. And better yet, I'm getting paid to do it.

Sounds like a damn good life to me. So how about ya'll just back off and let me live MY life the way I want to