Capitol Hill’s newest bar Von Trapp’s will be opening this Sunday!
Seattle University REUNION – Holla!
Capitol Hill’s newest bar Von Trapp’s will be opening this Sunday!
Seattle University REUNION – Holla!
You’re not a student anymore when you receive your first phone call from your Alma Mater asking you to donate back to your school to give other students the opportunity that you had. I have been WAITING for this type of phone call mostly because quite a few of my friends have received one and each time they rant on Facebook how they got one and were a little bit annoyed because they just made their first student loan payment.
To me, it was the most endearing phone call I have ever received. Dear Matt who is a new freshman at Seattle University, your job is not an easy one and I’ve been in your place before, but the way you sold me on what a wonderful institution Seattle University really is made me want to donate. In all honesty, I am going to donate someday, but not when I’m drowning in student debt. I’m going to wait until I am more of a refined adult and hopefully by then it will mean something! Thank you for doing what you do. Your call tonight reminded me that Seattle University educates in more ways than one – more than just books and in professors – but in having your very first job and how that will impact you for the rest of your life.
Favorite Style Icon: Taylor Swift
T. Swift has seriously stepped her game in 2012. Yes, she’s still sticking to the neutral colored dresses – but hey! That’s okay. It works for her. Taylor Swift is really just doing all the right things when it comes to her style these days and it helps that there are a handful of fabulous designers throwing their pieces at her. It’s awesome. I, of course, am jealous.
Runner Up: Michelle Obama / Kate Middleton
It’s time to admit that I was wrong. And I don’t like to do this very often, but there’s no denying it this time. Macklemore’s latest hit “Same Love” has warmed the hearts of many and of course adds just a little bit more to the hometown pride I have for Seattle and Seattle music. When Macklemore first came onto the scene, I wasn’t really a fan. I wasn’t a hater, but I just didn’t see something that special and I’m not alone. The music snob came out in me when I realized his first EP w/ Ryan Lewis was compiled of samples from other artists. You might try and argue that some of today’s best rappers do the exact same thing as well, but that doesn’t make it right, does it? I put them in the back of my head and moved on to the string of up-and-coming indie artists hitting the scene. So what has turned it around for me? I read an article last night from the Seattle Met Blogs in which Ryan Lewis mentions how much their sound has grown. He admitted to the sampling and it was that little piece right there along with “Same Love” that changed it for me. Am I going to become a crazed fan after this? No, probably not. I was unphased the first time I saw his performance back in 2010 at my school’s music festival. I was nonchalant meeting Ben Haggerty when he made an appearance at my music festival last year and it became somewhat of a highlight. However, after years of saying I don’t understand the hype, I can now say… that I get it and it is deserved.
Enjoy the video y’all! It’s a beautiful one. I’m going to stop talking about Macklemore now though because we all know Evan Johnson could do it better than me.
I used to run on the school year calendar as if it was a new year. The start of a new school year meant a new wardrobe, a new attitude, and a whole new outlook. I made goals for myself that I actually kept instead of the New Year’s resolutions that were forgotten about after a month. Today as the new school year started for all of these students, I sat in my cubicle working. This is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life…until I retire, but that is a long ways away. My friend’s parents haven’t even gotten there yet!
As I sat at my desk snuggled into my blanket and staring straight at my computer screen, I longed to be outside. During most of the school year and especially winter, I used to ask myself why I was forced to trudge through the rain to get to class, but today I just wanted to breathe the sun. If I were a college student again (just for a day), I might be really excited. I might have skipped to class. I wouldn’t rush to get to my seat like I used to just so that I could take time to enjoy the walk there and say hi to all my friends. The working life isn’t necessarily harder than school (so far), but it is different. To my baby seniors who are on the verge of graduating, I can’t even call you babies anymore. I just want to tell you to enjoy this last year as much as you can because being on top is great. Knowing where everything is and knowing everything about everything makes you look awesome and wise. You already are and you already know this. Lastly, have fun. The end of the world may be near, but it’s not going to end this year so don’t waste your time stressing out on that last paper, that quiz, maybe the presentation, and definitely stress on that final – but know that everything is going to be okay and everything will get done that needs to get done.
Earlier this afternoon, I received my school’s quarterly magazine and instantly missed everything about being back in school. This past week, I have been feeling all sorts of nostalgia. I wanted to be a freshman again. I wanted to see my friends. This time last year before class started, I was doing happy hours every day (not just for the drinks y’all! Happy hour food is my guilty pleasure.) It also didn’t help that some of my favorite professors that I’ve ever had were featured in this magazine’s issue too. So all of these mixed emotions led me to looking back on my college days and selecting my 10 favorite “school-themed” posts to highlight.
It’s time for a blast from the past! And when I say past, I mean three months ago.
Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause post-grad life is gonna be alright.
If I could write an entire post dedicated to Katie, I would. She is an amazing woman and I am so thankful to know her. But enough of the mushy stuff…
Here’s the reality about post-grad life: some parts of it really do suck. You’ll learn to balance a budget smaller than your freshman year C-Street meal plan; you’ll search for jobs and determine that while cover letters do absolutely nothing other than make you sound like a pretentious jerk they help get you an interview, you’ll realize that loans and interest rates are the eternal enemy, and you’ll ultimately lose friends that you honestly thought would always stay together. Aside from those things you’ll also be faced with the daunting question of what and who gives your life most meaning and purpose.
But you already expected that, right?
I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time now, but knew that it would have to be after graduation. I’ve been taking notes on things I would be saying for nearly a year though. After two weeks of post-grad life, I think I’m ready to drop some knowledge on y’all.
It is strange to be feeling very far away from the college life. Last night after a full week of work, I went to bed at 9:45 PM. What up new Friday nights?!
In this post, I wanted to combine the lessons I’ve learned, the advice I wanted to give, and some of my most memorable experiences over the last four years.
Lessons Learned In College
College Has Taught Me…
I Will Always Remember…
Last Minute Tips
And BOOM! you’ve got the last “college” post that will ever be written on Yow Yow! Seattle University, it has been real. I mean it – nothing has ever felt more real to me than attending your school. In the four years that I have been here, I have gone through my fair share of highs and lows (more highs than lows!) I have met the most amazing people I will ever come across in my life. SEAC, Search, OA’s, my jobs and internships – I would not be the same person if I didn’t have you in my life. You have truly transformed me from this small, young, naive girl into a passionate and strong woman. I am grateful to have attended a university that truly let me achieve everything I wanted to achieve whether it be creating new traditions or enhancing them.
When applying to schools, I thought Seattle University would not be able to provide me with what I was looking for out of a school, but instead it gave me everything and more.
Last tip: I’m never letting my school ID go and neither should you.
Got any tips you’d like to share? Feel free to post it in the comments!
So awhile back, I was a part of this event while in college called Quadstock. This year, our production company – Blue Danube – helped us set up a time lapse of the stage being built until the end of the event and while the concept of it seemed awesome, watching it being done is even more rad!
I thought I would share it with all of you!
It is the eve of my college graduation and I could not be more content staying in tonight and reflecting back on 15 years of education. Yes, Kindergarten counts. When I first started school, I was just barely a person! Seriously – because I was like two feet tall and all I ever wanted to eat was rice and apple sauce and play with my Polly Pockets. My brain these days is so complex though, you guys. All I think about is Momiji sushi and other blogs. Clearly, not much has changed.
I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity that I did to go through a public school system for most of my life and then to a private Jesuit Catholic university. Elementary opened me up from being a shy young girl to the loud extrovert that I am today. Junior high taught me how to become a student leader. High school allowed me to embrace myself and everything that I’ve ever cared about. And college taught me how to love myself and others.
On a walk last night with Ben and Erin, she had brought up how one of our friends had asked her if she would do [college] all over again. My answer would probably be no – only because I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things, but that also got me thinking about something else. There is a lot that I am going to miss about being in school, but there’s a whole lot of stuff that I won’t miss either:
At this point in time, I don’t even know if I’m ever legitimately going to take another test again. Probably, but right now, let’s say no.
It feels good.
I am celebrating.
If you guys haven’t picked up on it by now, your girl is GRADUATING!
Less posts, less commenting, etc. in this past month – it’s all because I’m gearing up for adult life and trying to make the most of my college life while I can. It will be interesting to see the direction in which Yow Yow! takes after I graduate because this blog was first created when I was just a second quarter freshman here at Seattle University. Together, we’ve grown a lot since then, but as always (and to be extremely cliche,) all things must come to an end.
Yow Yow, however, won’t.
My dear friend Megan Newell recently helped me design a graduation announcement for my big day and she did a phenomenal job at creating one that was truly me. I am very lucky to have such wonderful and talented friends in my life.
To promote this year’s Quadstock, we invited one of our acts, Campfire OK, to do a series of spontaneous performances on our campus in a classroom, in one of our busiest buildings, our library, and our cafe. It is always such a joy to work with this band. Not only are they extremely talented, but they like to have as much fun as we do.
Thanks for everything Campfire OK. We love you so much!
This video was edited and shot by my dear friend Veronica Lim.