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.
From where I’m sitting, I can see that the trees outside of Pullen/Folsom Hall are bare. This can only mean one sad thing: snow is coming. Now I know it’s only October, but I swear I saw some snowflakes last night when I was driving home from work. Don’t fear though, because that just means it’s that time of the year when Netflix starts to release all their cheesy Christmas movies. It also means I have an excuse to wear wool socks with my Birkenstocks again. Oh, how I love the crisp fall air and all the excuses cold weather brings me.
I’m back, school is in session and that can mean only one thing: summer is over. I hope that you all are finding your groove, getting back into the swing of classes and hopefully avoiding the nasty cold going around.
It’s starting to get chilly up here, but don’t fret: it’s pumpkin spice season! Live it up outdoors while you can. Before you know it, we’re going to have 12 feet of snow. Get out there and support our sports teams. The women’s soccer team, for one, is off to an amazing start. Go Owls! Maybe get a group of friends together and tromp around Goughan’s Berry Farm’s corn maze. There are so many options. Oh, how I love fall.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve read something as emotionally powerful as “Charlotte’s Web.” I’ve searched the bottom shelves of children’s bookstores everywhere and nothing comes close. That pig and that big-hearted spider have changed my life and ruined any other piece of literature until now.
This issue of UMPI’s University times has stories so wild and so moving that they make “Charlotte’s Web” look like it’s made for babies. These students have real talent and I wouldn’t be surprised if among them was the next William Shakespeare. Lol, Brandy
Dear Readers, There is no greater reward for finishing your finals than winter break. Being able to celebrate the holidays, take a deep breath of relief and spend time with your loved ones makes all the hard work worth it. Fall semester is a tough one, especially since it turns into winter semester very quickly. Make sure you get in some rest and relaxation over break so you’re prepared for when spring semester, which is really still winter semester, rolls around.
The issue we put together for the end of the semester is always a difficult one. All of our U Times staff are busy with finals and prepping for the holidays while also producing content for the paper. It’s a difficult balance but they do it so well and they deserve a big thank you. The best way to thank our great writers is to be great readers. Take time out of your break to sit down and read the stories they’ve written,. I promise they’ll be worth every word.