Hello and welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice summer break and feels ready to take on all that this next semester has in store. Over the summer, I enjoyed my down time but could not have felt more ready for classes to start back up. If you do not know me personally, I am the type of person who likes the structure classes give me.
What a hot summer we had. The cold weather really snuck up on us. Down here in southern Maine, the leaves have just started to turn within the last few weeks. Alas, I am still sporting my Birkenstocks.
As always, I hope that everyone is doing well and I look forward to writing to you again soon!
It appears the time has come for me to retire for the summer, as this is our last issue of the 2020-2021 school year. What an extraordinary adventure this past academic year has been. To think that this time last year we were at the start of the COVID pandemic to now having access to vaccinations is wild. It has certainly been a ride. Hopefully, we can begin to come back together in our studies and everyday life in the fall semester.
I would like to congratulate every person in UMPI’s 2021 graduating class and give special recognition to the U Times’ very own Melanee Terry. Melanee has been a staff writer for the U Times since her first semester at UMPI. From one journalist to another, I hope your snowy owl wings help you find the career of your dreams! I have no doubts that all the 2021 graduates will do amazing things.
As for the summer, I hope everyone has a good one. May the sun be hot and the days feel long. I surely know that I need a break.
I hope you’re doing well! The weather is warming up out there. I hate to admit it, but I’ve broken out a single pair of shorts. Of course, I can’t wear shorts without sandals. In other words, I’ve held out as long as humanly possible to break out the Birkenstocks and here we are. If I’m being honest, though, I actually waited a little longer to break them out than last year. I recall doing a lot of crazy things at the start of quarantine (cutting bangs, joining TikTok, etc.) and wearing Birks with wool socks in early March was definitely one of them. Although I don’t remember even putting my sandals away last year. At least I can say that I had to go searching for them before I could wear them again this year.
As always, I hope you’re doing well. We’re past the halfway mark of the semester and I hope I speak for all of us when I say I couldn’t be more excited for summer. Whether you plan to work as much as you can or take it easy, I feel like we’re all in need of a little break (whatever that may look like for you)!
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As always, I want to say that I hope everyone is doing well, as things are still a little extraordinary due to COVID. I know that I’ve been keeping busy by trying to perfect my oothiesmay recipe before summer hits. For my recipe so far, I put: angomay, awberriesstray, and a whole ananabay with almondyay ilkmay and anillavay eekgray ogurtyay. I like mine a little sweet, so I also add a smidge of oneyhay before blending to erfectionpay.
Well, that’s all I have for this month. I look forward to writing you again when, hopefully, April showers bring May flowers.
I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day, or day after Valentine’s Day (cashing in on all the discounted chocolate). Life has been quiet here in southern Maine, as I’ve been taking this semester remotely from home. I never thought I’d miss poutine more than I do right now.
Did anyone else hear that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in Groundhog Day? That allegedly means that we’re going to have an additional six weeks of winter. What do you think? I hope that the weather starts to warm up. I’ve been going through a lot of wood trying to keep the house warm these past couple weeks. In fact, I had to get four more pallets of wood! Hopefully I won’t go through all of it. Fingers crossed we start to see signs of spring here soon.
With all that is still going on in the world today, I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. I know a lot of people just want some normalcy back, and I feel that way, too. It’s felt like a long winter and I think a little warmth would do us all some good. Here’s hoping for warmer and sunnier days.
I hope you’re all home safe by now and getting settled in well. I know for many, transitioning back to remote learning from home might not be ideal. Finals are seemingly right around the corner, however, and I’m here to tell you that we’ve got this.
This year has certainly been full of ups and downs, perhaps more downs than ups. Through it all, there is hope that next year might be better and I for one hope this the most. New Year’s cannot come soon enough.
The holidays might look and feel different this year, but regardless of how hard it gets, just know that tomorrow is a new day. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Maybe FaceTime dinners sound silly, but it sure beats getting sick.
No matter the situation, just know that better days will come. I wish you all happy holidays and a safe and prosperous new year.
It’s been a while since the last time you heard from me, I hope all is well! I know times have been trying recently but the end of 2020 is almost in sight. What a crazy year it has been up to this point.
Halloween is right around the corner and I know I’m pretty excited to see some snow on the ground. I was able to catch Shawnee Peak’s night skiing pass flash-sale. You can catch me at the slopes snowboarding as soon as we have a solid base. Until then though, you’ll find me at home studying and doing my classes remotely.
As we approach time to leave the UMPI campus and transition back to remote learning for everyone, I’d like to share a little advice, as I have been remote since we got sent home in March by choice. If you ever feel lonely, reach out to your friends. Even though you can’t be there beside them studying for finals, pick up the phone and call or FaceTime them. Don’t be shy or feel like they don’t want to hear from you. It can get lonely sometimes, especially when it’s college culture to be so intertwined with your peers.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that your friends miss you too, even if they don’t say it. Check in often, they want to hear from you. Hopefully someday things will shift back to something resembling life pre-COVID. Until then, find the silver lining.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve last written to you all! Times have certainly been extraordinary, that’s for sure. Since the last time I wrote, I have moved back home. Living somewhere that isn’t Presque Isle is something you have to get used to. Even though when I’m at school I miss home, being home has me oddly missing Presque Isle more.
For whatever the reason, I feel like I don’t need a summer break. I unfortunately lost my job due to my move home, so I have not had a whole lot of anything to do over this quarantine. The only silver lining is that my boyfriend has been quarantining with me.
I have a short but funny story. So, two-and-a-half months ago, at the beginning of quarantine, I became fixated on the idea of cutting my hair. I wanted bangs. My younger sister advised against it, as she herself had bangs and quote, “I don’t want you to copy my look.” But anyway, I started watching hair-cutting videos, mostly of women cutting their own bangs. All of the videos made it look effortless.
One Thursday, after attending my weekly PCJ Zoom meeting, I FaceTimed my best friend, Caitlyn. Cait and I were casually chatting when I got the sudden and overwhelming urge to be dramatic. Me being me, I got the scissors. Without saying anything, I walked upstairs and found a comb and clips. Walking back downstairs to my bedroom, I shut and locked my door behind me. The whole time, Cait was on FaceTime staring at me, silent, through my screen.
I took my position in front of my humongous wall mirror and began sectioning my hair like the woman in the Buzzfeed video. Holding my breath, I told my friend to encourage me. Holding my breath, I literally cut inches off and chopped the most uneven bangs. Realizing what I had done, I ran upstairs in hysterics. I was sobbing, my sister and brother were laughing, Cait was screaming over FaceTime and my mom was freaking out because she didn’t know what was going on. (What was going on was I was running around my kitchen and living room sobbing while clutching my forehead.)
Moral of the story: don’t cut your own bangs, no matter how easy Buzzfeed makes it look. My only saving grace was my sister and her ability to fix my mistake.
To close out the 2019-2020 academic year, I just wanted to thank everyone. Readers, contributors, staff writers: thank you all. I hope that everyone stays safe and healthy during these extraordinary times. I would also like to congratulate all of UMPI’s 2020 graduates. I wish we could have celebrated your hard work together.
Love is in the air, folks– and so is some sort of flu bug! I have to say, February is one of my least favorite months. At least it’s short. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know how to handle the brutal cold it brings. Also, all the snow. The other day my nana called to ask how much snow I thought we had. She was asking for all the ladies who live on her floor. I think the only nice thing about this month is that as the days go by, I can almost see Spring Break in sight. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to be headed somewhere warmer.
While I keep reminding myself to stay strong until the third week of March, I would also like to give a huge thank-you to the UMPI community and anyone who supported the U Time’s fundraiser. As some of you may know, the U Times held a raffle fundraiser for three weeks. With the club members having met their goal within the first week of sales, their success would not have been possible without the outpouring of support seen from individuals both on and off campus.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now, folks! I hope you all caught the awesome day-after Valentines Day candy sales. I know I surely did!
I hope everyone is staying warm in this chilly weather. I know that I’ve pulled out almost every article of warm clothing I own already! If I’m being honest, though, the hat and mittens actually came out in late October. Also, I’ve worn my L.L. Bean boots a lot more than I like to admit (sorry, Birkenstocks).
The holiday season is right around the corner and I know that I’ve already started my shopping. With that in mind, don’t forget to be nice to the retail and restaurant workers this holiday season. Everyone is going through something and a little kindness gets you a lot further than a breath of rudeness.
Be sure to stock up on hot chocolate and fuzzy socks: I feel a snow day is coming sooner rather than later. Stay safe out there on the roads and watch out for black ice! Happy holidays.