Life & Times of an English Undergrad
It's always a good time to start over.
  • Anonymous asked : Hi! I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm curious from your last post why you mentioned feminism? Is there a strong presence at PLnU??

    *In my best Hagrid voice* “If you know where to go…” No more than most campuses, but I have had a fair deal of female professors that definitely make it a point to educate ALL of their students, boys and girls, about the contributions of women to society. Some students (*ahem*malestudents*ahem*) don’t give them a fair representation because they don’t like the syllabuses to be so heavily focused on women. But considering that over 60% of our student body is female and we only had 2 boys in my literature class of 18 last year, it is only fair that we look at the world from a female perspective. If you’re up for some girl power classes, take deFrietas, Lyons-Pardue, and Dr. (Bettina Tate) Pedersen. They’re tough cookies but some of my favorites! Oh and, as always, I have to make a plug for the Spoken Word Club because there’s always some awesomely strong feminism going on there :)


    No really, I swear. Things got kind of crazy at the end of the year with 18 units and I’ve definitely learned my lesson. Well, not about the 18 units, but never again will half of them be my worst subjects (Science, Spanish, and Bible. Yikes). So I never got around to an end of the year post and it’s a little too late for that. Thus, you get all of the best pictures on my phone that I’ve taken since the last time I put up a blog post.

    There are a couple of weird things that have come to light this year that constantly remind me that I’m a transfer student. First of all, all four of my roommates graduated in May. Because of this, I was left with an empty apartment to fill, which will definitely bring new fun adventures since I’m rooming with some of my favorite people next year. But it’s a lot of change. Sometimes it’s a little sad to see that all of my roommates (and some of my best friends) are going onto a new chapter of life and I haven’t turned that page yet. One got into a great grad school program at Chapman University, one is getting married in September, and the other is permanently moving all the way to London for an acting program. I’m so proud of all of them and I can’t wait to see the awesome things they do. I’ll be right there cheering them on.

    At the same time (and this happens to many transfers as well as people who have encountered bumps along the academic road), it’s weird to see everyone in your high school class graduating. Sometimes you want to throw a pity party (table for one, please) and other times all you can think is “wow, I’m glad I still have two more years to figure out what I want to do with my life.” Those four years went by SO. FAST. If things had gone as smoothly as I had imagined my senior year of high school, I would probably have gotten my diploma and been frantically applying for publishing jobs right about now, which is fun to think about, but I would’ve missed out on a lot. I would’ve never spent four months in London, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. I never would’ve left the country. I wouldn’t have built up my courage fighting for accessibility and teaching others about my (dis)ability along the way. I wouldn’t be able to look out on the balcony of my apartment and see the ocean. I definitely wouldn’t have the same love for diversity, culture, current events, politics, feminism, art, science, and travel I do now. And finally, there would be so many friends I would’ve missed out on ever knowing if I had never taken that leap. Even though those two extra years seem like a burden at times (mostly when you try to explain to relatives: “Yes… I’m still in school… No, I’m not a professional student”) it’s been worth it for all of the indispensable knowledge I have gained, and still will in the four semesters to come.

    So the moral of this story kids? 

    Even though it’s July and all the transfers have already been accepted and the new ones know they have til November to make a decision (yeah, I still have that calendar in my mind…), wherever you are in your decision making process about transferring, just know that there’s nothing wrong with taking a little extra time to explore just what college is about.

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  • Anonymous asked : Hey Elizabeth- I've really been enjoying your blog, you are very informative. I was wondering about how transferring credits went for you. Did you have to repeat any classes that they didn't accept your credit from? Is it generally a hard process or is it not bad? Thanks!

    I have 19.5 units that transferred in as electives, that’s 7 classes. More than a semester. It’s frustrating at times that these electives didn’t go towards anything but most of them I understand why. I took more social world classes than I needed and I changed my minor so my business classes don’t count either. The ones that are annoying are my lit classes that didn’t transfer but that’s what happens when the school you transfer from has weird requirements haha. It’s not the best, but I did get all of my other classes transferred so more than half of my credits. Just make sure you work closely with your academic advisor and transfer counselor and don’t be afraid to speak up if you think a class should be counted.

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  • Wow, one more week until spring break! Time flies fast :)

    So this past week has been insanely crazy with highs and lows. Monday I had 2 tests, one of which was a midterm, in my two hardest classes plus an essay (but luckily essays are kind of my thing). I studied my butt off and got 2 Bs so not too shabby. My studying has paid off though cause I just got a letter that I’m on the Deans list again! Makes me feel like my hard work is actually being rewarded haha.

    But midterm studies were interrupted when two of my roomates called and said that they got into a car accident Sunday night. We were worrying because they were just supposed to grab Starbucks but they had been gone 2 hours. Turns out an SUV ran a stop sign and slammed into the side of their PT cruiser. One was taken away in an ambulance and so my third roomate, our friend, and I rushed over there with clean clothes after they spilled coffee all over themselves. Some strained muscles but luckily nothing worse. Since we got back late and didn’t have time to make dinner, we ordered pizza. The delivery guy gave us some encouraging words on our box lol.

    Monday, my friend Maliagit her first paycheck from the caf so we wanted to celebrate by getting her a friend for her room. So we went to Petsmart and got a betta fish! His name is John Snow and the snail is Ghost, his trusty steed. It’s good to have a friend who’s just as into Game of Thrones as you are ;)

    Wednesday night, to cheer us all up and take a study break, 3 of us drove up to Sprinkles Cupcakes to buy out their last batch of Chocolate Raspberry. It’s a seasonal flavor and one of the best so we wanted to get as many as possible before they stopped making them the next day. Spontaneous cupcake runs are always a good idea!

    Thursday was super busy. Our literary magazine, The Driftwood, is officially on sale this week so we set up a booth at the anual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea. It’s a big writing conference put on by my department and people come from all over the world to head these authors speak. Because I was selling the Driftwood on the very last night, I got a free ticket to go see Anne Lamott. She even sat next to me when she was signing books! I loved her very open, very liberal way of Christian thinking. Sometimes it’s hard to be a Democrat in a school full of Republicans because many people question my political beliefs. I hope that she was able to shed some light on the subject for the PLNU community with her accepting attitude.

    But what I was really looking forward to was getting away for the weekend and going to Sacramento. My flight was delayed but I got in Saturday afternoon. There was lots of eating out, movies, and generally hanging with good people and I’m so glad I went :)

    Just one more week!! And then I get to get tan!!!

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  • So this is probably the longest time I’ve spent on campus in a while. It’s nice to have a couple weekends where I’m free and not running back home for one thing or another. I went with some friends to Old Town San Diego one night and we had street tacos and listened to a live band. We also got churros (yum!) and looked around at all the little shops.

    Valentines Day was pretty fun as well. My roomates, some friends, and I went to BJs for dinner dressed up all fancy-like and even got pazookies :) Then we went to the mall and saw That Awkward Moment which was super funny. I couldn’t even breathe in the way home cause I was laughing so hard…

    To be super honest, dinners in the caf on weekends aren’t the best. I was looking around for something apetizing tonight and, not finding anything, went for the pizza. That’s when the chef came up for me and said “wait wait, don’t settle for pizza! You’re paying good money for caf food. If you ever can’t find anything you like, just let me know and I’ll make you something better. Give me two minutes to grab some vegetables.” And with that he went off and sautéed veggies, beef, and pasta and even found me a dinner roll. It was so sweet! I honestly didn’t mind eating pizza but the fact that he offered to make me something special just because was awesome. And it was really tasty and healthy! I noticed that I really haven’t been eating as healthy as I should when it comes to caf food so this was just the thing to get me motivated. The perks of going to a small school!

  • Anonymous asked : Hey Elizabeth! Im considering transferring to PLNU next fall for many of the same reasons I read you did. Can you tell me the truth about making friends and being a new student at PLNU? What were the transfer dorms like? In all honesty, do you think it was worth it?

    My first answer is yes, it is worth it. Even with long nights of homework and stressful midterms and roomate arguments, it will always be worth it. I was truly miserable at my first college so something had to change and it just so happened that PLNU was the right choice for me. It’s a challenging process trying to get everything together and keep track of the transfering while still keeping up your grades, but it’s worth it in the end. I didn’t live in the transfer dorms because I needed a handicap accessible room but I’ve been to Goodwin (transfer dorm) and it’s really nice. Fairly spacious and a good kitchen and lounge area. Making friends all over again is going to be hard no matter where you go, but I felt like everyone here was really kind and eager to meet you. It’s easy to find groups to fit into and with all the on campus events, you’re bound to meet new people.

    Transfering was one of the best decisions I made. I was skeptical at the time and really really didn’t want to leave (my school freshman year was my dream school, after all; it was everything I had wanted) but I realized that I had changed a lot in a year and being a different person meant following my gut and starting over

  • Anonymous asked : Hey Elizabeth! How would you describe the culture of PLNU? How easy is it to explore San Diego from campus? especially without a car. Is residential life close knit? Is it easy to get a job on campus?- Thank you for your time!

    Hmm the culture of PLNU… Well if I understand what you’re asking, I’d say that it is a very God-centered community. The church is present in all aspects of the school and it heavily influences it. As for the students, they’re pretty laid-back. There’s a time and a place to study and a time and a place to have fun so it’s easy to balance your life and make sure you get a little bit of both. Without a car, it’s harder to get to downtown, or what most people see as “San Diego”. You’ll definitely have friends with cars so you can always go out with them, but the shuttle won’t take you to downtown. HOWEVER, the off campus shuttle does go everywhere in the Point Loma area that you would need: Target, Trader Joes/Von’s, CVS, the mall, etc and it runs regularly and fairly late into the night so it’s easy to get anywhere you need to be. Residential life really depends on where you are and who you’re with. My hall last year was fantastic and we all got along and had events and Discipleship Group regularly. Same this year; my roomates and I spend a lot of time together outside of our apartment. For the most part, your RA will work really hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and included, but if that’s not the case, we definitely picked up a few vagabonds from other halls and adopted them as our own ;) Getting a job on campus is pretty easy! We have an on campus job board up on the website that always has something for everyone. Just upload your résumé early in the semmester and check back regularly to find a job you want!

  • Anonymous asked : Hi Elizabeth,My daughter was a transfer student last year. Your blog helped a lot. You're a natural writer, keep up the good work!

    Thanks so much! I appreciate it! :)

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  • Anonymous asked : Hello, I really have been enjoying your blog! What was the hardest thing or the scariest thing about transferring. Was it easy to make friends with the people who have already been there longer? You transferred in during a spring semester, did you go to a community college during the fall semester after your freshman year? What is the best thing about point loma that you've discovered? Do you feel a lot of pressure to fit into the PLNU lifestyle? sorry, that was a lot of questions, but thanks!!

    The scariest part for me was that I was worried I wouldn’t be accepted to any schools. I applied to five out of high school, was accepted to one, and wait-listed for Point Loma. When I applied a second time, I only sent in applications to three schools so my odds weren’t as good. Luckily I was accepted to two right away since my grades were better in college so that was a weight off my shoulders. It took a little while to make friends since I’m not the most outgoing person, but a lot of my friends were people on my hall I was with Freshman (you would be with other transfers) so everyone was new and it made it a little easier. I eventually made friends with people who had already been there, but most of my close friends (aside from my roommate) are either transfers or were freshmen last year. I actually transferred in fall 2012 so this is my fourth semester at Point Loma. I was at a four year college for my freshman year and took a few classes at a community college for my sophomore year, but I wasn’t a full time student (the school was way impacted so it was hard to get classes). The best thing about Point Loma is definitely how friendly the people are. It’s easy to get to know everyone and I’ve been a lot happier, mostly because I’m around happy people and I’m not afraid to be myself. To be honest, there is some pressure to fit into the PLNU lifestyle, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I came from a school that was definitely on the party side, and have never really been part of “the whole church thing” so I felt like I stuck out some when I came here. At first I was worried that people would judge me for the people I hang out with or for my unconventional beliefs and sometimes I still get that, but I’ve found some really great people here and a niche that I fit into. Just goes to show you there’s not just one type of Point Loma student and we have a little something for everyone!

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  • GO SEAHAWKS!!! Yeah we win today and not everyone was happy about it but winning by that big of a margin is crazy! Luckily I got to watch a good portion of the game at Hodad’s while chowin down on a bacon cheese burger. Oh and I was missing London a bit so wonderful tasty digestives and hot chocolate for breakfast. Sad that the weekend is over, but I’d call it successful (especially after finding a dress at Forever 21 for a friend’s wedding!).

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