Saturday, May 3, 2014

The life of Its

What is an IT?

How does one simply describe an IT? You can't. It's just an IT. Sometimes they live in structures, sometimes in cars. They sit there... The ITs sit there.......... They sometimes move, but mostly they don't.

How to spot an IT...

1. Look for a lack of lighting...
2. They tend to be surrounded by technology.
3. ITs drink too much Code Red Mountain Dew.
4. Sometimes they are organized, most of the time they are not.
5. They sometimes make sounds like "Hey..." or hrrrmmm.. or "eeeeeeeeehhhhhhh......(meaning: no fucks given)"
6. Sometimes they go to the bathroom..
7. ITs tend not to wash dishes.
8. ITs like superhero/villain posters around their entire abode.
9. ITs like candles.
10. They sometimes drive Jeeps of various bright colors.
11. ITs can be found hiding behind closed doors.
12. ITs do not like people touching their things.
13. They like loud music.
14. ITs sometimes consume too much alcohol and have to go home because they're drunk.
15. I don't know any more ways of spotting an IT...

Have you seen an IT?

Please share your experiences with ITs below in the comments!

Yours truly,


Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Nights

Summer Nights

There are so many things that I could be doing at this very moment. However, I decide that it would be best to do a blog post... I've known of so many people who do not keep up with their blogs, and I know it is hard too. I am guilty of not posting as often as many of the avid bloggers, but I post mainly when I feel like I have something to say.

When something is going on that is noteworthy in my life...

I feel like going to Ireland is noteworthy.. However, I have an entirely different blog page for that agenda. :) #check it out!

Anyway, Summer nights... That is the title of this particular blog. You might be wondering why it is the title right now. Do you want to know the reason why??? ......... It's because I wish we were having more of a Summer right now! It's been raining practically all day, and the weather this Summer just has not been the norm. It's like up north not having a Spring....

Well, I feel like Spring has finally sprung. It's just unfortunate that the Summer has to suffer and be cut short because the Earth is confused. Yeah... I feel like we should all write a letter to Earth and ask for our warm, bonfire, sitting on the back of tailgates weather back. I don't know about everyone else, but I sure could use some time around a bonfire talking about everything and nothing at the same time. We're young and full of life. We need to live life to the fullest.

To some, living life to the fullest means going out every night and getting drunk with a bunch of people you don't know at a party that you were not even invited to. YOLO.... NOT! That is not the true meaning of "You only live once." The true meaning to this abbreviated quote is that there is only an allotted amount of time that each and every one of us has on this Earth, and we need to live life to the fullest. We need to enjoy time with our friends and family. It does not mean going out and getting drunk and not even being able to remember what happened last night. That is not what it means at all.

With that said, I would hope that younger individuals, or even parents of younger individuals who may come across this blog, will take a moment and figure out what is going on in your or your child's life. Are you or they being responsible?

I am not entirely sure what brought on this rant about being responsible and living life to the fullest, but I feel like it was needed. Maybe it will open someone's eyes, or it could just be shrugged off like many other things that have been written like this.

As an 18 year old, I feel like my generation and the generations to come have been becoming more and more off track. I only wish everyone can be happy. I only wish that everyone will find something or someone that they love and stick by it or them.... and remember.. No matter what happens in life, a disaster, illness, fights, breakups, heartbreaks, etc... You will always have your family and friends. They will always be there for you.

With that, I would like to say YOLO.

"You only live once, so be all that you can and want to be."

Stay safe. Love long. Live strong. Be happy. <3


Monday, April 29, 2013

Almost Summer!!!


This week is finals week! It's crazy, I know! I had my first exam today at 10am, which was my Botany exam. I feel like it went well. I won't know my grade until Wednesday though. It kind of makes me nervous. I really hope I did well. I studied for hours and hours Saturday, Sunday, and this morning. Hopefully it was worth it. My next exam is not until Thursday. This gives me time to start studying for that second and final exam, which is History of American Architecture.

For now, I am taking a break for the rest of the day. I will probably go to work some tomorrow to make some money and then study more as well as on Wednesday.

Moving out of the Dorm: Bah bye West McNair.

I have to be moved out of the dorm by the end of the week. I will probably start packing tonight... putting things in tubs anyway. I'm not sure when I can start moving my things over to the sorority house. I think there might still be stuff in my room right now.

Phi Delta Chi (ΦΔX): 

I am now officially a sister of Phi Delta Chi, and I am so excited! :) I feel like the decision that I made to start going to rushes at the Phi Delta Chi house was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has really given me the opportunity to have a group of girls who I know I can always count on. They believe in me, and that is something that I feel like I really need in my life as well as in my group of friends. 

My Big Sister, Traci Billings, is graduating this year, on Saturday actually. I know she has worked so hard to get where she is and has really inspired me to do what I believe is the best for myself. She is going on to Graduate school and on to the next step in her life, which I think is amazing. However, I really am going to miss her dearly. Over the past 5 weeks, I have really come to look to her as someone who has a lot of knowledge as well as experience with everything that I need to accomplish with my degree and life. She really has become my Big Sister not only with sorority events, but with things in my life as well. 

I love you, Traci! :D

Well, I suppose it is about that time for me to begin packing my things up. On the other hand, I could always play some Sims 3 University Life that I have not really been able to check out yet. :) This is a really tough decision right now. 

Be productive and pack


Play Sims 3 University Life and be entertained...? 

Super hard decision. Maybe I will pack for a little while, and then I can play Sims 3 for the rest of the night. I feel like that is a good enough compromise with myself. haha

Anyway, until I post next time, I hope everyone is well!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Update on Ireland Trip and Life


I figured I would do an update! A lot has gone on since my last post. The Ireland trip to study abroad is on its way. As well as that, I have decided to join a local sorority here at Tech that is called Phi Delta Chi. I have begun pledging this week. It is definitely a huge time commitment, but I think it is worth it.

Ireland Trip

I did not end up getting that first scholarship. My entry did not make it into the top three. As well, I have not heard back from the larger scholarship, but I am a bit doubtful about that one because of the circumstances. That scholarship was mostly for non-European countries, and I am going to a Western European country, which didn't give me the leg up on getting it.

Anyway, the next step in my trip to study abroad in Ireland is to attend the Pre-Departure Workshop. I will learn about different cultural aspects of Ireland as well as different sayings that I should know before I go over there. There are a lot of unique sayings that would make me fit in easier while I am there. I am excited to make some Irish friends!! :D

Phi Delta Chi

Some of you may already know about my decision to join Phi Delta Chi. I attended the Semi-Formal Preferential Rush last Monday, and within the week I have begun pledging. Yesterday was my pinning ceremony, which was fun. However, I cannot say much about what went on, but that's okay.. However, I can say that I got a Big Sister!! Traci Billings! She is great and very supportive as well as an Anthropology major here at Tech that I can talk to about Antho. things, and she actually understands! :D Being a part of the Associating Class of Gamma Tau has been a ride already, and we've only begun. Over the next 5 weeks, we will have to complete multiple tasks while keeping up with studies because studies are important. They are important to not only myself but to the Sorority as well, which is one of the many reasons I like being associated with Phi Delta Chi.

I can already tell that I am going to have some crazy times with these girls. :)

Side note: Thank you, Christopher James Stewart for being so supportive of my decision to join the sorority and for putting up with me when I call you asking for rides places because I don't have a vehicle myself. I love you! :D <3 You're the best boyfriend in the world and perfect for me! <3


I have decided to live in the sorority house next year. It is a little high priced, but I know that it is more convenient for me being in the sorority. It will be great. :) I'm definitely excited! I will have to sign the lease fairly soon and will be living with some of the other sorority girls. I am mostly excited about finding somewhere to live where I know all of the people living there. It is more of a comfort thing for me. I think they are excited to have me there too. :) I'm excited.

Thank you for reading my blog!!!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Reyna's in Ireland Blog Page

Hey, all!

I just wanted to do a quick post to notify you all about the slight change to my blog page. I have created another blog specifically for my time in Ireland this summer! It's called "Reyna's In Ireland," if you couldn't guess that by the title of this post already.

Anyway, I will be posting on that blog all about getting ready to go and everything that comes with that long and strenuous process!


I will be applying for my passport soon because I have to get that done. I am preferably going to do it early next week because I just don't have the money right now. Passports cost $165 for the whole thing! It's a bit pricey if you ask me. However, they are good for 10 years, so I suppose it isn't too bad.


I am applying for as many scholarships as I can find for the summer. I applied for one last Friday that was basically a MEME creating contest for study abroad. The first place prize is $1,000. I hope I get at least 1st, 2nd, or 3rd because they are all money prizes, which would be awesome! There is another scholarship that I am working on right now; it is called the Gilman Scholarship. The Gilman is basically for only Pell Grant recipients, but it helps those individuals be able to study abroad, which I think is awesome. I would love it so much if I was able to receive that scholarship. However, a scholarship is not earned if there is no work done. Thus, I have been spending much of my "down time," which is very scarce, working on that application and the essays that it requires.

I also had to take out a loan because I wanted to make sure to have the money to go on this trip. Studying abroad is definitely easier to get financial aid for during the regular school year. Trying to go in the summer, I received only $50 in financial aid from the government. I suppose that was all that was left after everyone else received theirs. Oh well, I still get to go!

Don't forget to check out my new blog!! There is a link at the top of this page that says "Reyna's In Ireland." Click on that, and it will direct you to that page! 

Thanks for checking in here!!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013



I have not posted on here in a long time.. Since sometimes last semester. Anyway, I had sent in my initial online application to Study Abroad in Ireland through the USAC program. Since then, I have also applied to the International Programs and Services here at Michigan Tech because I was supposed to do that first anyway. A few days ago, I received an email in regards to my application. It began a little like this:

"Congratulations! ..."

I didn't really even have to read the rest of the email to know that I had been approved for the trip. Then, about 5 hours later, I received another email in regards to the finalization of my application to the one I had talked about last semester, and it began something like:

"Congratulations! ..."

Now, I know I am going!

Paying for Ireland

Now, it is time to begin thinking about how I will be paying for this trip.... It will cost, overall, around $9,000, which is fairly expensive for myself, a poor college student.

BTW.. I have found that almost all college students are poor here.. Well, besides the ones from Asia that I have seen driving the newest Chargers and such.. CRAZY!

I turned in my Summer 2013 application for Financial Aid, which I have recently learned that summer aid is a first-come first-serve basis. I am hoping to at least get a little bit of aid. That would definitely be nice. However, I do also have a couple of back-up plans. I am going to be applying for a scholarship called the Gillman Scholarship. That scholarship mostly goes to students who want to study in high-demand areas of the world. However, my study abroad person here at Tech told me I have a chance still of getting it.. I just have to make myself marketable. There are two portions of the application. The first is an essay that talks about why I want to study abroad, and more specifically why I want to study abroad in Ireland. The second part of the application deals with another essay. However, this second essay is a proposal for a project. The follow-up project requires the recipient of the scholarship to come back to the United States and promote study abroad and cross-cultural awareness. I think I would be pretty good at that because of my major and being so submerged into another culture.

Other Shenanigans

Other than all of the hectic stuff that deals with applying and getting things around to study abroad in Ireland, I have also been up to some other things.


I have some pretty crazy and kind of cool classes this semester:

-Botany (The study of plants)
-Botany Lab
-World Cultures (It is basically a history class that requires weekly papers on movies that we watch on Fridays, which is pretty easy)
-The Copper Country (Mostly about the mining industry and how the area of Houghton/Hancock/Keweenaw became what it is today)
-History of American Architecture (I love this class)
-Beginning Bowling (Fun)
-Beginning Snowboarding (Not as much fun... I keep falling and hurting myself, and the t-bar tried to kill me..)


Unfortunately, I have not been able to go back to the Carnegie Museum to assist Elise with the Synagogue information. My schedule is too crazy to even fit in an hour to steal Chris's truck and drive to the Museum on Wednesdays. However, I have told her that I would be willing to do any research she might have that I could do over the weekend at the Library Archives and such.


I've been trying to work as much as I can. I do not work on Mondays because of my classes, but I do work the rest of the week. I work 2,3,4 hours at a time during each of my shifts during the week. It is becoming difficult this semester to balance work and school. I do not seem to have much of a personal life except for sometimes on the weekends. I like to spend a little time with Chris on the weekends, but I don't always get a whole lot of time. However, I did rearrange his room this past weekend, which was Winter Carnival!

Winter Carnival!!!!

Winter Carnival was this past weekend!! I took some pictures that I have posted to my facebook page, which you can see if you are my friend. I will be posting more pictures soon as well! During Winter Carnival, there were a lot of things going on: broomball, the Snow Ball Dance, Statue building (month long/overnighters), music playing out of snow speakers, people visiting campus, children on campus (weird), etc. There was so much going on! OH!!! BTW... There was a 36 hour tetter-totter-a-thon as well. :) It was epic. They literally sat there tetter-tottering for 36 hours straight! It was a win! haha

Anyway, I went out onto campus about 3 days out of the five.. I didn't feel like freezing every single night. I figured that might make me sick. However, I did go to see Brian play his broomball game on Saturday, which got cancelled because the other team didn't show up. Kind of made me sad, but Chris, Larissa, and I stood there and watched them goof around on the ice of the rink. It was actually pretty entertaining.

I also held a movie night in Allison and I's room one night. I invited Larissa and Hannah over to watch Pitch Perfect because they had not seen it yet. Rachel, my RA(Resident Assistant), also ended up joining us because she heard a movie and walked in the room. I invited her to stay and watch, and she did. It was really funny to watch her reactions to all of the different parts of the movie because she thought it was supposed to be a children's movie. Yeah, not so much... haha I do know, however, that she loved Fat Amy's character.

BTW... Pitch Perfect is my new favorite movie. :) ...and the Mister bought it for me. <3 I love him. :) haha


So.. I just wrote a crap ton of stuff for you all to read.. Anyway, time for my American Architecture class and then meeting up with Miss Ashlee Hughes afterward because she is in town for the NMU vs. Michigan Tech Hockey game tonight. I didn't get any tickets to go to it, but that's okay because I would be tempted to sit in the Northern crowd with Ashlee while wearing Michigan Tech stuff. haha Probably not a good idea... ;)

Anyway, I've got to post this so that I can get into class now..

I hope you are having a great winter!


P.S. Don't be shy! Post comments if you'd like! I will try to get on this blog more often.. I will be using it in Ireland too!! So.. Stay tuned this summer!! :D

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

. . . Ireland?? Yes!

Should I go?

So... I have this opportunity. There is a summer program in Ireland, and it may be doable by myself. However, I will have to take out a loan and/or get a ton of scholarships to pay for it. This trip would be to study abroad in Ireland for about a month. I was introduced to this opportunity by the study abroad person, Darnishia Slade, here at Michigan Tech. She's pretty awesome! :D I'm really excited to even have this opportunity. What do you think I should do? Should I go to Ireland even if it means more possible debt for me in the long run if I cannot get enough scholarships?

The Cost:

The cost of a trip to Ireland in the summer for classes is around $9,000. This includes a lot of things though. The airfare, living, dining, school course costs, books, and more is included in this $9,000 fee.

Where I would go to study:

The university that I would be attending in Ireland is called:

The National University of Ireland, Galway

Things I would do:

Classes like: Irish Gaelic Language course, Irish history courses, lineage finder course, etc. There would also be a short field school in Dublin, Ireland where I would be given the opportunity to do some of the work that I was planning on doing after college.


I have officially applied to The National University of Ireland, Galway for the Summer 2013 semester.

I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!! :D