Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Still loving it here!

It has been some of the most amazing weeks of my life here at school! I love every bit of it. I have never had such a great time away from home and I will never forget these monumental moments! My roommate and I still talk about once a week and that is to make sure that I know she is leaving to go home for the weekend! My friends here are FREAKING AMAZING! I couldn't have done this without them. They are all pretty much so.cal natives and yet they still accept me the EAST COASTER! No but really we all walk to class together and eat lunch together basically. I love it here! The other cool thing is that we all live in the same building :) Summer and Michelle are across the hall from me, Sam and Erin are my suite-mates (we share a bathroom), and ERICA sadly lives all the way on floor 8...we live on floor 2 haha! But this will soon change. Erica hates her roommate and I hate mine SO we want to move Kimbo-Slice (my roommate) upstairs and move Erica downstairs! It would be perfect. The only thing keeping us from doing this is the wrath of Kimbo! haha

I love the area the school is in. We live right in the city of San Diego (right of the 8). So when school gets a little claustrophobic we hop on the trolley and go to the beach, the outdoor malls, the gas-lamp district, and even to our favorite place TARGET! I love being here on my own and experiencing college life like I'm supposed to. I love my classes (even the one that starts at 8AM). I worked my schedule so I could be out by 2 everyday and even earlier on Friday. This way (when I get a job POSITIVE THINKING) I can work night shifts.

The school is big but has gotten smaller as I RUN to my classes! I really need to invest in some cute but FUNCTIONAL sneakers because my feet hate me when I wear these sandals all the time. I have also realized that I am dressed a little differently then these California girls! haha! I love their clothes and I think I wear more of their clothes rather then mine! And they all love my clothes cause NO ONE WEARS THEM HERE! I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing haha!

So San Diego State is the #2 school in the nation for offering the most amount of opportunities to go travel with the school to different countries. I was sitting in my Africana Studies class on Wednesday and my teacher who is from Cape Town Africa said that he is taking students over Spring Break to Cape Town and surrounding areas to learn more about the African Culture. Now most of you know I am the girl who sits in front of the TV and gets a little teary eyed when I see the children in Africa dying form things that are not their fault. My heart just breaks when I see that. I was in a class my SR year that was all about teaching us about how we are not the only country here and we are not the only ones in some sort of trouble. And when my teacher had us watch a documentary on Invisible Children I knew I found one of my callings in life. I sat there as the 40 minute documentary broke more and more of my heart. From that day on people knew me as the girl who broke out in hives when I cried. Ha! But since then I really have not lost my love for these children. I see their lives as something just waiting to be changed and helped! I do want to travel there and when my teacher said he works with Invisible Children I knew I was being sent a sign that this was something I needed to do. It was just one of those moments I felt something grab onto my heart and still days later I can feel my heart strings being pulled at.

So because of this I signed up for the emails that would further explain the trip and give the actual dollar amount. I knew it was going to be out of my price range but with my heart strings still being pulled every which way I knew I had to at least see where I could get with this journey. I got the first email last night and cried yet again. Every time I think about this trip I see something wonderful and life altering for me. My this is why I am an undeclared student, because I needed to see Africa close up before I could choose my life's journey. I just can't pass up this opportunity. I am no longer looking for a job to compensate my college spending limits but rather a job for this trip. So PLEASE IF YOU KNOW ANYONE IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA THAT HAS ANY SORT OF JOB! FROM FLIPPING BURGERS TO CLEANING SOMEONE'S HOUSE PLEASE LET ME KNOW! The trip is around $5,000 and I feel so strongly about it I would even consider signing even more of my life away to this school with college loans.

I love school and love the opportunities that it has opened my eyes to... including this.

Here is a link to Invisible Children! Please look at this and see why my heart just breaks for these children!


Friday, September 4, 2009

Week #1

Hey everyone! So this week was full of good and bad moments... I want to start out by saying I LOVE SCHOOL! I am so happy with my school choice and I would never want to leave! I love my friends here and I will love them forever (haha)! My roommate and I are on good terms! We don't talk and we don't interrupt each other's lives haha! I really don't mind it though because at least I know that I can always come home and study at any point! She also came out and told me she hates going out and she hates meeting new people so again I like this because at least we don't have to be fake best friends! I love my room... it needs a few more homey touches but it is getting there! I really am having an amazing time here and I hope it stays like this all year! I do have a few funny stories that come with my first week of college. I actually didn't get lost and I wasn't even late to any of my classes which is a plus! But my feet... hmm lets just say they hate me! I have never walked this much in my life...never mind the fact that I only own high heels and flip flops so my feet hate me even more! I have blisters that are bigger then the size of quarters and I refuse to pop them because I don't want to know what comes out of them! Also my hatred of shorts is going to have to come to an end because this heat wave that San Diego is having is BRUTAL in jeans! I really do love it here though! Sadly my job fell through here and so during my school breaks I am job hunting! I really want to work in a restaurant but we will see what happens! I am really trying though!

For my PRETTY mother... I love you :)
thats also for you too dad and Hines tribe mates :)

Send me letters :o) I love SNAIL MAIL!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

FIRST 24 Hours!!!!

SO ive been here for over 24 hours and i am in LOVE! MY "b-room" mates are amazinnggg (erin and sam) they are so fun. My roommate has arrived and we wish maybe that moment didnt happen but w.e :) good things can come from things you dont expect! I am settled in with all my stuff but i def know i need some other stuff.. but i'm putting that off for a little while. Next ourchase is school supplies! wooo! but really i love this place and mom i'm doing great :) no worriesss

Friday, August 28, 2009

First Day Summary!

Hey everyone... i've made it! I have made it to school and I am moved in... but I am also alone as of right now! Haha no roommate. I can take this 2 ways, either a blessing or sad situation. Right now I'm thinking it is pretty sweet. My two "bathroom" roommates are pretty cool. Hmmm lets see. I went out for a little bit to a "get to know you" party. It was funny cause we all thought we were back in the third grade the way they were talking to us. But then again i have to get that SR mind set out... cause here i am a freshhhh! haha. I have my address so send me your love :)

Halee Hines
5505 Montezuma Road
San Diego, CA 92115

It hasnt really hit me yet that this is college and not EFY (haha) I really live here and will be here for a while! haha.

I miss everyone and love you all!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

College eve...

So tomorrow I move into my dorm room :) I'm excited and also extremely scared. I don't know anything about my roommate which isn't really a good sign because she is no where to be found on the web and who is exempt from the world wide web's knowledge? So there is one thing. Another is I bought myself a computer less then a year ago. I loved it but when school came around I convinced myself I needed a newer one. So I sold my beloved laptop to my grandmother (GRRR) because only 9 days after having the new one it desided to die. So here I am without a laptop and patiently waiting for a check to come in the mail to buy me a new one.... OH BUT DON'T WORRY THATS NOT THE LAST OF IT. I also got on my NH bank account and saw that iTunes was charging that account instead of my new one... well with some LOVELY overdraft fees and no way to really contact iTunes, I want to die. I know you are thinking... "what else can go wrong" well don't worry thats it! Some good news is that I start my job on Monday also and I will be working a 30+ hour week to keep ahead of my bills and student loans. I am extremly excited and have a little headache from being so excited but I know it will all work out! I honestly don't miss home...YET but I will i'm sure of it.

I guess this is all a part of growning up :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Allyson Randle Photography!

So my aunt's best friend Ally is an amazing photographer! I want her to follow me all day and find those hidden beautiful photos that no one else can find in my life! haha... So here is her link CHECK IT OUT! http://www.allysonrandlephotography.com/

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I promise this won't be my only post!

Well the time is here! I am now living in California and getting ready for school. I decided to go to San Diego State University GO AZTECS! My parents love the school because just like Bedford High SDSU's colors are Red, Black, and Silver. HA...small world. The school is about 1,000,000 acers or so it will feel like for me who HATES physical activity and am living in a the dorm furthest from everything (university towers bottom left cornor!) but sports row...ironic i know. I move in on Friday and I still have not had any sort of communication with my roommate...is this normal? I think NOT! So this isnt really helping my nervs either. I have just about everything else that I can think of... but lets be honest the night i get there i will realize i'm missing something super important. We will deal with that when it comes.
I am super excited for this new time in my life! And i WILL keep you posted as i go through this journey!

PS: I'm not as funny as my mom but i can still be entertaining :)