Wednesday, January 23, 2008

First Week and a Half

I've started at Mansfield now. And I apologize for not updating sooner, but I've been just a wee bit busy. : )

I think overall I've been enjoying it quite a bit. I have most of my courses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, since, it's about a half hour drive from my home to Mansfield, it means I spend most of those days on campus. And I have to carry around an insane amount of books and things because, not living on campus, I can't just run back to my dorm in between classes and grab things. So on a normal day, I'll be toting around four big textbooks, a four section notebook, any other reading assignments and possibly my computer in a backpack. I don't have any back problems yet, but if I have some before school gets out, you will all know why!

I'm taking four regular courses plus this "First Year Course" for people who are just starting college. Micro Computing in the morning, which is mostly just basic stuff about using a computer, although our professor is having us learn some theory behind how computers function, binary code and all that sort of thing. After that I have a two hour wait during which I usually eat lunch and hang around in the North Hall Library (The Library is awesome, and probably disproportionately huge for the size of Mansfield itself. I was, once upon a time, a girls dormitory, which is where my Grandma stayed when she went there. Then in the sixties or seventies or sometime like that, it was unoccupied, except for pigeons, and they were going to tear it down - so sure in fact that they built another building right in front of it, but then, when the time came, there was such a great public out cry that they had to restore it instead, and turned it into a huge library, which is why if you got there today, you see this huge seven or eight story brick building with another building right in front of it... but enough about North Hall) Next I have Intro to Cultural Anthropology. The Professor, Dr, Molla, is from India, and speaks much like it, but is a cool guy, and definitely gives an interesting perspective on Cultural Anthropology, being in a very different culture him self. It's and interesting class experience, because there are distance learning students in the class from another school, so they are on a TV monitor and the room is surrounded with cameras and microphones, so you can see and talk to each-other more or less. And it's interesting interacting with them, because Dr. Molla encourages a lot of debates and things. After that I have Biology, which I'm afraid I don't care for that much, though it takes up a lot of time, because in addition to the basic lectures, you also had lab, and special instruction sessions too (which are kind of optional, but your supposed to go). Then I have another break, and then, Intro to Sociology. Sociology is interesting, and the class is always sort of exiting, because the Professor, Dr. Maddigan, is very passionate about the subject. I've heard him described as "Tough" which he sort of is, because he's always asking trick questions and things, and is kind of sarcastic... but honestly think I prefer having someone like that to someone who has no real interest in what they are teaching.

That was a really long paragraph. Probably should have been more than one... but at any rate, that's pretty much my basic day.

God Bless!


Saturday, January 12, 2008


I had my orientation yesterday. It went well, aside from the fact that I was getting sick. The day all began with my Mom and I showing up, signing in, and sitting around with a bunch of other nervous and dazed looking parents and aspiring students. We bought my books, which were really expensive, and then I had to take a math placement exam, which I'm pretty sure I failed (the computer system was glitchy, so I was unable to find out right away like I was supposed to, it had the same error for all of the other thirty or so people taking it, but I just assume I probably failed it).

I spent the rest of the day going to different seminars and lectures and taking a tour around the campus. Then, I got my ID, did some extra shopping in the bookstore, went home, and got dreadfully sick with this head-cold/sinus-infection thing that made it feel like all my teeth were rotten and my eyes were going to pop out, and which I am still suffering from now, though its a little better, because I took some cold medicine.

Last night my sisters friend Jen came to stay. This morning, after I had sufficiently recovered from feeling awful and sleeping little, my Dad and I took my car, which I just got back from getting maintenance, out and washed and vacuumed it and treated all the leather and all that sort of thing... detailed it I guess you could say. And it looks and runs as much like new now as you could expect a car with 100+ thousand miles on it to look and run.

So that's about it for now....

- Andrew

Monday, January 07, 2008

I Am Stardust

It was almost sixty degrees here today. Which feels positively tropical up here. This morning I worked for a while and then went for a long walk in the woods. Later on that day my whole family (except for Dad, who was at work went for a walk also, even though my Mom has been a bit under the weather for the last week. And the sunshine was wonderful!

I tried out the fifteen shot clip that my Grandpa Tom gave us for the 9mm. They were illegal for a long time (illegal to produce, if you already owned one, that was ok) and it worked great.

This evening, three of our neighbors dogs got out. The own a kennel, and sell English Labs, which go for thousands of dollars each, so they are out driving up and down the road trying to catch them as I type this. I think they ended up in my Aunt and Uncles new addition, which didn't make my Aunt and Uncle very happy, as the dogs had compiled quite a bit of mud by the time they go there. Speaking of their addition, it's huge! I just saw it with all the lights on for the first time last night as I was coming back from watching I Am Legend with Josh and Stephen. It looks like a tower or something sitting on our hill. 

Speaking of I Am Legend, it was very good! And probably the scariest movie I've ever seen. It was very thought provoking though, posing a lot of questions like When is a human still a human? So I was glad I stayed in Corning after church to watch it. Before we left the Cornfields, where we had house church, I watched part of Star-Dust. I thought it was pretty stupid at first, but then, one of the characters posed the question: "Why should you fight to be accepted by people you don't really even want to be like?" And from that moment on, I began to relate to the main character in the movie like I don't believe I have ever related to one before. Take away the fantasy setting and the first forty five minutes at least could have practically been a description of my life! 

I guess that's about it... I have my orientation at Mansfield University this Friday and start classes Monday.

Church is still in a general state of chaos  and discombobulation. I feel like in the last nine months I've lived through the 15th century reformation in a petri-dish; this faction going this way; another forming here; constants changing, revolutions against revolutions. I've found out a lot of things that I never before dreamed were expendable... like relationships.

Why should you fight to be accepted by people you don't really want to be like?   


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy 2008

Happy New Year!

We watched the ball drop.  That was about 40 minutes ago. I'm in bed now. Happy New Year.

- drew