Bummer Summer

Bummer Summer

Why I'm not ready for the summer.

Normally, the summer is everyone's favorite time of year. It's a time of relaxing and enjoying some great weather. This year, I'm not ready for the summer, and have a few good reasons why.

1. I'm still waiting on my "summer bod"

That's right. I'm not in any kind of shape to be partaking in normal summer activities. With it being my freshman year of college, my summer break starts an entire month earlier than what I'm used to. I kept thinking, "Oh, I'll go to the gym later" or "I have plenty of time to get in shape," but now that I have two weeks left in school, I realize that it's just not going to happen. Of course I'm all for loving the skin you're in, but I don't think I'm alone when I say that I'd be a little more comfortable in my skin if I didn't feel like I was a whale at the beach in comparison to everyone else. By the time I actually do get fit, summer will be over. Oh well, I guess.

2. What even is free time?

College has been crazy busy, and that is what I'm used to. So what the heck am I suppose to do with all of this free time? I can't even remember what free time is. I know that summer is about relaxing and going with the flow, but I actually kind of like having my days somewhat planned out. I just feel like I'm going to be bored a lot of the time while I'm gone for the summer. I suppose in my free time I'll be looking for something to keep me busy.

3. Raleigh is my life

It seems like I've just settled in at school. I'm finally getting the hang of things. I've found my best friends, school is going well, and I know what hobbies I like. So why do I feel like these things are being taken away from me? I know that summer is only a few short months, and I'll be back here before I know it, but I love my life in Raleigh and the thought of returning home breaks my heart a little. Don't get me wrong, I love my hometown, but...

4. Things back home will be different

By this point, most of my friends have gone off and experienced their first year of college. Some, like me, may have had realizations that they need to grow up and have decided to take their relationship with Jesus seriously. Others may have gotten into the party scene. Others may be really focused on graduation. Either way, all of us have changed in some manner. Of course, I've grown up with these people, so no matter what we're going to remain best friends, but I just don't typically like change, so I guess we'll see how it goes.

All in all, I am ready for a break from school, but I just feel really unprepared for the summer that's before me. I really hope things will be better than I anticipate.

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What It's Like To Take A Class With Professor Yuri Urbanovich

My experience taking a class with one of the best professors at UVA.

I have taken multiple classes with Professor Urbanovich during my time at UVA, and he is one of my favorite professors. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he also pushes them to learn more than humanly possible in the span of 50 minutes.

Seriously, I have learned more in his classes about Russian history and politics than I could have ever imagined. Professor Urbanovich’s thick Georgian accent and recalls of personal experiences also make his classes more personal, allowing students to understand the nation’s history and politics on a completely different level.

No wonder his classes fill up in a matter of hours when course registration begins!

The best part of Professor Urbanovich’s class is the many repeated quotes that one can uncover during his lectures. I am currently taking a J-term course with Professor Urbanovich and I have noticed that he says some things a lot throughout the course of his lectures, which makes them that much more interesting and fun.

If you’re interested in taking a course with Professor Urbanovich, which I highly recommend, be aware of the fact that Urbanovich will say the following things a lot.

1. My friends...

Professor Urbanovich does not refer to his students as “you guys” or “ my students,” but rather “my friends.” He often starts his lectures with “my friends,” making the class more intimate and welcoming. He welcomes various thoughts and opinions and treats his students in a way that makes it seem like you really are friends with the professor.

I have only taken two classes with him, but he always remembers who I am (a rare occurrence at a large university).

2. It is inconceivable

Professor Urbanovich often says that certain events or occurrences are “inconceivable”, and when he does, you know that the even matters a lot in terms of Russian history. It’s sort of like a marker for the things you should absolutely remember after any given lecture.

Earlier this week, one of his students quoted Urbanovich’s “inconceivable” phrase during a presentation, and the entire class, including the professor, started laughing. It just goes to show how welcoming and fun his classes can be.

3. I mean, can you imagine...

This is something along the lines of “inconceivable”, but it happens on rare occasions, usually when Professor Urbanovich is comparing the US to Russia and explaining how various events that occur in Russia would not be welcomed in the US or any other nation.

For example, the Pussy Riot fiasco that occurred in Russia was a stab at the religious values present in Russia, but we idolize it in the US. If something like this had happened in Israel or any other nation with strong religious values, we would most likely look at it in a different light. I mean, can you imagine…

4. I am so proud of you

Professor Urbanovich values education over number grades, often telling students that he is extremely proud of the work they’ve done and that they will go far in life. He does give exams, homework responses, and various projects, as any professor would, but he often makes students feel accomplished and successful after the completion of any assignment.

His comments on most essays are very constructive and provide guidance toward the development of better writing skills and the creation of more ambitious future projects.

5. Don't throw potatoes at my head

On the first day of my J-Term class, Professor Urbanovich compared our class to a large group of protestors as a joke, saying that we shouldn’t throw potatoes at his head if we did not agree with one of his statements.

Throughout the course of the past two weeks, he has repeated this phrase several times, especially during lectures that might have sparked opposition among students. Professor Urbanovich says this in a joking way of course, and it makes the class seem less intense than it is, almost as if we were not learning 1000+ years of Russian history in the span of 10 days.

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21 Things To Do On Your 21st Birthday

You’re officially legal! It’s time to celebrate!

You’ve been waiting for this day for, well, 21 years! It’s one of the biggest milestone birthdays there is to look forward to. You probably never thought you’d make it to this point, but now that the day is here, there’s so much to do!

1. Drink!

2. Go out to dinner.

3. Go to the Casino.

4. Go on a winery tour.

5. Drink!

6. See a movie.

7. Drink!

8. Eat wine-flavored ice-cream!

9. Buy something for yourself.

10. Scratch lottery tickets.

11. Drink!

12. Go bowling.

13. Throw a party.

14. Go on a cruise.

15. Drink!

16. Dance.

17. Drink!

18. Go to a club with friends!

19. Celebrate with family.

20. Open presents.

21. Drink!

You’ve waited 21 years to legally have your first sip of alcohol, whether it be wine, beer or some fruity cocktail. The moral of this is it’s time to drink, so indulge yourself.

But drink responsibly!

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