Hey everyone! First post ever, YAY! So, thanksgiving break is officially over. We dragged our slow, sluggish, overly worked bodies back home (or in my case, I drove two hours, half asleep) and put away all our books. I brought my books with me with the vague diminishing dream of working during break, but they never were touched. And now, here we are, dragging ourselves back still half asleep and feeling just as over worked as when we left with all the exhausting family and too much food.
But, in my adventures, I managed to pull some holiday pranks on my family. I am officially the prank meister. My mother had decided to allow the kids to put the tree up but she wanted to micromanage the whole ordeal so we made her go into her office and then proceeded to assembled the tree upside down.
Nothing like trolling my mother!
She wasn’t amused.
Another troll! My little sister becoming a human Christmas tree
And again when I lit my sister up in lights. She was a good sport.
Well, back to studying Organic Chemistry! I can’t wait to start posting more! Stay classy, Abington.
November is a time when Americans are thankful and celebrate with family and friends.Most of you guys are probably back home and are enjoying the quality time with their families but not everyone is that lucky, like the International students. A lot of them are away from their families and are celebrating Thanksgiving on their own or with other international students that are on the same boat. International students are such a blessing and we should take a second and thank them for making our campus an even more brighter place!
We have about 100+ International students at Penn State Abington. These students come from all over the world; Romania, Turkmenistan, China, Japan, Russia, Singapore, and the list goes on. There is even a club called ICA (International Cultural Alliance) that represents the international students on our campus. However, even though this club represents international students, it is open for EVERYONE! Aren’t we all international? The only difference is that the US is not the permanent address for some of us. We all come from different backgrounds/cultures and we all have something interesting to learn from each other!
Nice outing to Philadelphia with some of the international students!
As an International Student, I joined this club about a year ago and I LOVE IT! We celebrate each other’s birthday, we have our monthly game nights, we go and explore new places, we plan fun outings, but most importantly.. WE ARE a family!
Thanksgiving dinner with Ana and Andy!
Game night + Movi’s birthday with these amazing people!
(PS: the birthday boy has cake on his face :D)
Together at the museum in front of the Liberty Bell.
The whole point of this picture was to get a pic with the liberty bell, but oh well, we tried…
By the way, the reason I am putting this picture up is because this was my first strike in the US! I think it is a historical moment hehe
A shot at the Love Park!
PS: Did you guys know that the “O” in LOVE isoblique because love is not perfect? So the statue of love isn’t perfect either.
This last picture isn’t taken at Penn State. It is a picture taken at a different institution where I got my English As A Second Language course done. The girl in this picture, Dal, was my roommate back then. She was my very first Asian friend and because all we had was each other, we became very close friends. The face-to-face connections and relationship building was vital for breaking down stereotypes and build a friendship that lasts a lifetime. Dal introduced me to Asian people and believe it or not, the majority of my friends consists of Asians now, haha.
So be open for new cultures and different people. You never know what you’ll get out of it
Have a GREAT Thanksgiving and stay warm! Because its ffffff-rrreeezing!!!
(From Left to Right with relation in parentheses) Marian Lawless (aunt), Lisa Nash (cousin), Tanai Nash (cousin), Stella Nash (aunt), Mary Lawless (nana), Sheila McCoy (mam/mom/mother), and in the stroller Hollie Kinsella (cousin)
When people ask me who or what I miss most being here I would say my family, even though I know I have ways of communication (FaceTime, text messages, and old fashion snail mail). But, then again I am happy to say I have an international family, I am one of the few student who have family no too far away and I have friends close by that have become part of my family. I do love being here, but sometimes it does get hard because I’m not in the area where I am most familiar with. But, that’s when I begin to realise how what make those areas special is the people there and the memories they hold.
Recently, I got to see not only my Mam (mom or mother for other words) but my Nana, my aunts, and my cousins. I got the amazing experience of meeting some that I never knew before! And looking back on the experience I realised in that one day the amount of memories I have made throughout London and how this place really isn’t that strange and unfamiliar. I can’t believe the experiences I have had here with my family and the friends that I would call a part of my family.
Sorry I missed last week’s wr-app up, things were pretty hectic with tests and what have you.
This weekend’s app is called: GroupMe, a service owned by Microsoft that has hundreds of users and millionsmore messages sent every month.
GroupMe is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. Image source: BAPA/Ridge Run/GroupMe
I’m sure we all have been in some sort of group chat, whether it be through SMS, or Facebook, or literal group chats with real humans (but let’s be realistic now). They’re nice but they can get a little messy, especially when replying, because usually the responder’s text only gets sent to the sender, and not the rest of the group members. And sometimes you want all of the group to see the reply right?
That’s where e-mail comes in…just kidding.
GroupMe is an application service that works on almost all types of devices that basically brings the best of e-mail and chainmail and picturemessaging and group chats together.
What it essentially does is give you an option to create a group, give it a name, and add members to it and voila, you have a group chat. But this is no ordinary group chat. Whether you have the application or not, as long as you respond to the invitation to the group, which is sent over SMS to each member, you can reply and see every text, picture and video (yes, video) posted, without everhaving to download the app. (Update: They recently contacted me saying they prefer using the app over this service, as the app has many more features then simple SMS, but it’s your call). It’s a great and smart feature that the company incorporated that can encompass a much larger group of people than just specifically smartphone owners. That’s right. Your Nokia 3310 can work with this. And if your phone has a data connection, you can see all the pictures and videos posted as well.
Create a group as easy as 1-2-3.
Speaking of pictures and videos, GroupMe members can send pictures to the group and, a more recently added feature (for iOS), can send 30 second videos as well. Watch out Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat. GroupMe is coming for you guys.
Another great feature is that this service can be accessed through the Web too. So essentially you don’t even need to have a phone in order to use this and stay in touch. There are many other features available through the app as well, such as the ability to like each person’s text, see the photo gallery of all the videos and pictures posted, etc.
I myself have multiple groups in GroupMe and find it very, very useful. Shoutout to my nitwits. GroupMe is available on iOS, Android, WindowsPhone, Kindle and the Web, as far as I know. And no, after looking, I think Blackberry is till trying to catch up with the rest of the smartphone giants. Poor frui-I mean, phone.
So tell me, what do you think of the app? Make sure to give it a try, get a GroupMe working with Mom, Dad, and sis, or maybe with a group of friends. Or maybe just make one for yourself. Although that wouldn’t make sense. I’m not saying that I’ve tried it before.
CIEE the program I chose to travel with brought the group of United States students to Oxford University for a day trip. We got to explore the campus and the surrounding town and went on a historical walk to learn about all the hidden secrets about the town. The group of students that are a part of CIEE study at different universities around London and then back in the USA they are all from different states:) This is an awesome time to meet new people and discover more about yourself!