Wisconsin Madtown Standards

Ya’ll let me tell you about the FINEST boys at UW- Madison. I lied, there’s only a couple… Well maybe I should start at the beginning. I moved in on August 24th, and I was so ready to go. I woke up at 6:00 in the morning to make it there by 8:00 when check-in started. Ya’ll should know how I am about being on time… My dad’s prissy self decided to get all dressed up and whatnot and we ended up being an hour late . But the 24th was early move-in day for everyone who had a scholarship so there was no line and it was hella chill. We had this TINY elevator that could literally only fit our cart full of stuff (we couldn’t fit in with the cart). So we had to race up to the 3rd floor to get it off of the elevator. Lmao, what a struggle. I walked up to my room and the RA had our door decorated really cute. I opened the door and entered a shoe box; it seemed SO small. I had a mini panic attack because I had 5 suitcases worth of clothes and countless other miscellaneous dorm items (it took my dad’s van and mom’s car to get all of my stuff here).

My mom and sister cleaned my bathroom (yes, we have our own bathroom… AND AC!) while I put the clothes away. And we snuck Osita (my dog) into the room via my purse so she was chillin’ like usual. My dad hit it as soon as he unloaded the van. Didn’t even cry or anything. Lol he must really love me huh. Kay-Jah, my roommate, hadn’t arrived yet so that was nice. Otherwise I would’ve been too claustrophobic and hot. Ya’ll know I like my space. I ended up being able to fit everything comfortably so that was nice. And I still had room left over to add more stuff!

Noon comes around and Kay-Jah finally shows up with her mom and younger sister. Our families are literally identical. It’s crazy. I went with my mom and Kay-Jah’s mom to Walmart to get some last minute items, and I ended up getting to know her family a lot better. It was great to finally meet the girl I’d been texting since April.

As far as actual school goes, it’s fantastic. Being that UW-Madison is my first public school ever, I was initially overwhelmed by the 40,000+ students here. But that changed almost instantly when I realized that I knew at least 65 girls from my high school. As of now my majors are Biomedical Engineering & Spanish. I’m also on the pre-med track. I LOVE the classes I’m taking, and most excited about the student organzations that I hope to join. Greek life has always been a priority, but I’m going to wait until next year to rush. I’m also joining NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) to help with internships and job opportunities. I even met Keven Stonewall! Aka, the best man alive. Aka the guy who most likely found the cure to cancer. Click the link to read his story.

http://newsone.com/3041045/keven-stonewall-colon-cancer/

My goals for this year are #1) not to get lost on campus after 9:00pm. Madison is relatively safe, but there are some serious creepers on campus. But I shouldn’t have to worry much, I’ve got pepper spray to take care of that it necessary. #2) I want to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Being that the lowest GPA I can have in order to keep my full-ride scholarship is a 3.0, I should maybe strive to be higher than the minimum. And #3) I want to make SO many friends and connections. I’m finally realizing how people you meet in college may one day be your boss. So being nice is the way to go 🙂

Alright so I gotta go. That’s been my life in a nutshell. I actually need to start going to sleep before 2am. So this is my que. See ya later guys 🙂

Mia and Bucky Aug 2014       Mia and Kay-Jah and Friend Aug 2014

Mia and Bucky                                                                           Mia and her roommate Kay-Jah and other friend

There’s More Than Corn in Iowa

So college is a huge thing, and if you go, it’s supposedly the craziest, best time of your life right?  That, of course, makes me think that I’ll have some amazing story to tell right off the bat, the second I set foot on campus.  Realistically, my move in story is admittedly kinda boring.  But maybe you’re interested in hearing about it anyway.  So I’m going to type about move in day, read it if you wish.

I’m the one they call Frankie.  Yes, it’s a nickname.  No, I don’t feel like sharing what it’s short for.  I chose to attend a large University for my college years.  As of last year (IDK where this year’s info went), the total enrollment here at Iowa State University is 33,241 students.  That is about 50 times the amount of our entire high school….is my math right? I used a calculator. And us freshman take up…uh…(not sure the exact number, I just know we’ve set the record amount of incoming students…again).  I’m really good at this knowing my college stuff, haha.  Quite obviously, Iowa State University is in Iowa.  Specifically, it’s in Ames.  Ames is one of like two actual cities in the whole state and it’s a campus town so without the college, this place probably wouldn’t even exist.

That's me by the sign! And no, it's not edited.  It was like ten at night.

That’s me by the sign! And no, it’s not edited. It was like ten at night.

Fun Fact:  I pulled this right off of our http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/enrollment page (since I included the URL, this is legal right?)

  • Students come from every county in Iowa, every state in the country, and from more than 100 foreign countries.
  • A total of 3,797 international students enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2013, comprising over 11% of the total enrollment.

Being the only one at ISU from my school, or of anyone I know, I decided to ditch the private school scene for a taste of public school.  So far, no complaints.  I also can’t really complain too much about the weather either.  It’s naturally like a good 10 degrees warmer than back home without the lake-effect: everything.  But Iowa still has pretty seasons like Wisconsin, just not quite as much heavy snow (Thank God.).  As welcoming as the Midwest is though, I got a lot of unwanted stares and a few hate mail glares for wearing my Packer shirt on move in day.  I don’t think we’re in Wisconsin anymore, Toto…On the bright side, even though she’s from Minnesota, my roomie, Liz is pretty cool.  Our room came with lofted beds and is quite more spacious than either of us expected.  I fit everything and I’m a girl who loves her clothes.  My mom, dad, brother, and I had to lug everything up to the room ourselves, though, cause we were too late for the move-in crew.  At least I’m on the second floor (Wallace, Rambo, coed, all level students—in case you’re wondering).  And I’m not sure how we missed the move-in crew since it took us about 6 hours to drive here and we arrived by like 6.  Liz only had three hours to drive and she claimed her side before I even got there.  The two of us had never met in person before that fateful day, August 19th, 2014.  Although we did Facebook chat and text a bunch.  Settling in, you can totally tell which side of our room is mine; messy and colorful with lipstick, hair things, and jewelry scattered about.  I guess I should make it a goal of mine to get a bit more on top of things and clean my stuff.

Most people would assume I’m attending school for the fine arts or something, but being the ISU of Science and Technology, this place gives me the option to pursue my dream of working with wild animals via a degree in Animal Ecology.  I’ve not yet added a minor but we all know I’m gonna do as much as possible in my time here.  This includes clubs and stuff.  I already signed up for a juggling club, look forward to joining an ultimate Frisbee team, and plan to search out or create my own dance clubs (I would create an Irish dance club.  I’m an Irish dancer).  This is what’s most exciting about college life, joining so many activities!  I get to choose from over 800 clubs! 😮 My goal is to join and actively participate in at least three clubs (let’s go time management).  Maybe I’ll join some academic clubs, too (that’ll probably help me reach my goal of getting all As [A-s included] <- haha, ambitious right?)  We’ll see what happens.

I think I hit all of the highlights (yeah, we made an outline with bullet points and everything.  Well, Michy did.  This blog is THAT cool).  So if anyone has questions or I missed something, COMMENT, or like, idk find me on Facebook and message me or something.  Sweet.  I’m off to live my adventure! (yes I just plugged an ISU line, forgive me.)

Til next time,

-Frankie :-*

P.S.  My dorm is so far away from the main campus, it doesn’t even show up on the map.  Therefore, I do not plan on walking to class too often.

I prefer biking to riding the bus to class.

I prefer biking to riding the bus to class.