Hello, stranger: A fall semester round-up

7 Jan

While this very well may have been the biggest break I’ve taken since I started this blog, rest assured that there is a story behind my absence. The story of a Ph.D. student struggling to stay on top of her classes and keep up on sleep while maintaining a small semblance of a social life. That being said — I wanted to update everyone on some of the greater happenings of this semester.

I’ll start by saying that Ohio University has been very good to me. My fall semester consisted of Introduction to Graduate Study, a journalism teaching seminar, Research Methods, Mass Communication Theory, Ethics, Internet and Society, and Thursday night bull-sessions at Jackie O’s.

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OU Orientation: My Scripps schedule for Fall 2012

25 Aug

After three months of worry and two days of orientation, I finally have a schedule for my fall semester at Ohio University!

My Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be dedicated to the Multimedia Reporting class I’m set to teach this fall.

While I will only teach one Monday lecture, the class meets from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. each week. I’ll be handling a lab section of the course, which meets from 7:30 to 9:20 on Wednesday and Friday mornings. As happy as I am to keep the majority of my day free, I am not looking forward to waking up so early.

My Tuesdays and Thursdays, however, are pretty busy.

My first class, Research Methods, meets from 9:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Mass Communication Theory immediately follows and stretches from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. I have a bit of a break before my last class of the day, Ethics, Internet and Society, which meets from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

I am also enrolled in two one-credit hour classes — Introduction to Graduate Study and the Scripps Journalism Teaching Seminar. The department head is supposed to look over student schedules this week to determine when everyone is available to meet. The one-hour classes meet once a week, so it shouldn’t be too inconvenient regardless of when they’re scheduled.

I’m taking 15 credits, so I expect to be pretty busy for the next four months. Regardless, I’ll make sure to keep up with this blog to update everyone on my academic endeavors. Addam and I are both very excited to get started this Monday.


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright (1865 – 1939).

Keeping House: Marriage and moving in Athens, Ohio

21 Aug

Hello all!

As it’s been a hot minute since my last post, I thought I’d take tonight to update my loyal readers on what I have been up to since my move to Athens, Ohio.

Addam and I have moved into our own little home at 47 1/2 South May Avenue, and after a few weeks of lugging loads and unpacking boxes, it is finally starting to feel like home. We don’t have a lot of extra storage space, but we’ve made do with what we have, and it’s coming together quite nicely.

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Making Moves: From Miami, FL to Athens, OH

22 Jul

As most everyone knows, Addam and I recently packed all of our belongings into heart-shaped boxes and made the move to Athens, Ohio, where we will both be attending Ohio University this fall. I’ll be working on my Ph.D. in journalism, and Addam will be earning a bachelor’s in music production.

While we will always miss Miami and all the beautiful memories it brought us, we are happily turning the page to the newest chapter in our lives. We are, once again, becoming novices in the search for self-improvement — chasing the horizon in the hopes that it will bring us to bigger and better things.

This post outlines our journey and introduces followers to the town that I now call home.

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Champagne Showers: VIP at LMFAO in MIA

15 Jul

After Bonnaroo and about a week before Addam and I left Miami, we had VIP tickets for an LMFAO show at the American Airlines Arena — where the Heat had just won the NBA championship one day prior.

Far East Movement opened for Redfoo and SkyBlu, who threw an AMAZING party and definitely knew how to party rock. Since we were VIP, Addam and I were so close we could practically reach out and touch the uncle/nephew duo, and when they showered the crowd with champagne, we could taste the bubbles! We had an incredible time, so I wanted to share some of the photos we took throughout the night.


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Check out this link to my YouTube Channel to view a set of videos I took of the performance.

“Yo, I’m runnin’ through these ho’s like Drano; I got that devilish flow, rock ‘n’ roll, no halo. We party rock, yeah, that’s the crew that I’m reppin’; On the rise to the top, no lead in our zeppelin.” —  LMFAO, Party Rock Anthem, Sorry for Party Rocking (2011).

Blogaroo: The Roo Experience

14 Jul

I know we’re about a month out from Bonnaroo, but I’ve been so busy with all the transitions in my life that this is the first chance I’ve found to update everyone about the amazing time I had there.

I’ll get to all of my life changes in a later post, but this one is dedicated to Bonnaroo 2012 and the bands that made the journey from Miami, Florida to Manchester, Tennessee worth the 14-hour drive.

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Blogaroo: Day 0: Welcome to Bonnaroo 2012!

6 Jun

Happy Bonnaroo 2012, everyone!

As you read this John, Tati, Addam and I are heading to Manchester, Tennessee, where we will meet up with Ben and Daniel for good music and better times.

I’ll be out of touch for at least a week, but expect a full update as soon as I get back. Until then, check out the video that Addam edited of last year’s trip.

“I can’t believe it’s finally here.” — Addam Evans, world’s best husband and biggest Bonnaroo fan (2012).