Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring is Here, Even if Break is Over!

After a lovely week off from classes, everyone is back on campus! I certainly feel exhausted this Monday, but it's great to be getting back into routine! Did you get a chance to take a trip or go on an adventure? A few of my friends went to New York City for a studies at large program, and it looked like a blast! My adventure consisted of watching an unhealthy amount of Friends and playing Mario Kart Wii at home with my family, and I definitely can't complain!

Now that I'm back, I'm still I'm beyond happy about the beautiful weather that we're having and I'm already looking forward to being outdoors as much as possible. I've already brought out my sandals and am anxiously awaiting when I can bring out my shorts as well. Days like these, I am incredibly thankful that I get to spend the day giving tours around campus, and not stuck inside. However, it would certainly be nice to spend the day sitting out by one of the ponds or in the nature reserve reading a book.

This morning, I've already noticed some flowers blooming and a lot more green around campus! The pond in front of Prep Hall looked so pretty today, I had to take a picture. If you have the time, I highly recommend getting out and enjoying the sunshine!

Peak of the Week: This Monday and Tuesday, I have the opportunity to be a part of a student interview for a new position at RSU, a Coordinator of Digital Content and Social Media. I think it's so wonderful that RSU gives students the opportunity to have their voices heard!

Also, I'm super excited to meet some of the incoming freshmen at Early Enrollment Day this Saturday!

Gabby G.

Monday, March 2, 2015


Now that we have had a good downfall of snow, it is important to know how to embrace the fluffy goodness. Here at RSU, our students take great pride in our very rare snow days, so take a seat and follow the steps.

Step One: Relax!! slick roads, hazardous pathways, and  frosty temperatures means only one thing... NO SCHOOL. 
Step Two: Contain excit... actually go ahead, run for the white blanket of snow. Yes jump face first and slide your limbs to make the perfect snow angel. Now, immediately regretting that step we move on.
Step Three: Time to fetch the sled, not having a sled is no excuse. Household items will do, preferably made of plastic or metal and should have a smooth surface, a laundry basket is always a safe bet. If you are committed enough, the hood of your car is a great asset. 
Step Four: Find the steepest hill. Luckily for us, we have a wonderfully sloped hill at the front of our campus. This hill can also turn into extreme sledding if one is to go a little too far and reach the pond. You do not want to join the swans in this temperature.
The hill at the front of our campus, ENJOY!!!

Step Five: Get lost!!! Make the most of our beautiful nature reserve. Walk through, make your own walkways... Take in the natural beauty we have right here on campus.
I shot this as I ventured the reserve.

Another shot its natural setting.

Step Six: When your hands have become numb, and your face is a dark shade of red, it is probably time to head back inside to warm yourself up. No better way than to turn on your favorite film, and warm yourself with some hot chocolate, or my favorite, some hot tea with milk. 

I hope my guidelines help you through this treacherously fun time... Enjoy the time off school and make the most of the snow. Be safe, and keep yourself full of warm tea!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter is Here!

Most RSU students are already at home, enjoying the holiday break! Some of us are still on campus, whether it's for work, an intersession class, or a sport. I've been at RSU the last week for both an intersession class and for work. So, today will be my first day of break, and I am beyond ready! It will be nice to be lazy for a least a little while, before coming back to start the second semester.

I don't know about you, but I always have to set a few goals for break... otherwise I'll sleep the entire time! At the very least, I'd like to...

1. Knit one project
2. Read two new books books
3. Reread one book
4. Watch one full season of a show on Netflix
5. Draw/paint one piece of artwork

When classes start back up in a few weeks, I'll let you know what I accomplished! For the break, you should create a goal list for yourself, or at least pick up a new hobby!

Peak of the Week: In my intersession class, when we got to teach each other about video games and websites we enjoy!

Have a great break!

Gabby G.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Balancing Classes and Honors

Usually students have more responsibilities than only keeping up with classes, whether it be work, student organizations, athletics, or a scholarship program. Keeping up with school can be hard enough, so when you add even more on top of that, it can certainly be a challenge. As a part of the Honors Program, I have various expectations I must meet. I must maintain a 3.25 GPA, volunteer at least 25 hours a semester, and participate in various Honors and RSU events. In addition to Honors, I'm very involved in our Student Theatre Organization and the Theatre Program. Between these responsibilities and work, sometimes it can be a lot to balance, but it certainly can be done!

If you're planning on being very involved, but still want to work, then I highly recommend finding a student worker position on campus. While many jobs may be hard to work around classes, working at RSU gives you a very flexible schedule. It will be understood that classes are a priority, and you'll never be asked to put work above school. Also, many RSU offices are only Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. While this may restrict how many hours you are able to work, it is also nice to never work in evenings or on the weekends. For me, this gives me a perfect schedule to reserve evenings for homework and theatre, and then weekends for volunteering.

Even with a great work schedule, I sometimes get super busy! Sometimes class work seems to pile up and there never seems to be enough hours in the day for homework. For me, I always try to have my reading or study materials with me, so if I have a bit of time through out the day, I can get some of it done. Smaller chunks here and there are much more manageable than trying to get it done at the end of the day.

Also, it's super important to try to stay organized. For me, this is especially difficult because I'm a very scattered person. I highly recommend having some sort of planner. I keep a google calender on my phone with my class and work schedules and all the various places I need to be. It's really helpful to be able to look at your week and see it broken down hour by hour. I've tried to keep it all in my head, and I promise, it's nearly impossible!

I really recommend finding some sort of group to be a part of in college! It's a great way to make friends and really enjoy school.

Peak of the Week: Stage Managing for Decision Height and finally getting to see the cast in their costumes, hair, and makeup! I love seeing the styles of the 40's, especially the hair!

Pic of the Week: My favorite little tree by Markham Hall! It's leaves fell perfectly.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Meet My Roommates

Moving to Rogers State I was skeptical about how living on a college campus was going to be. When I found out I would have three other roommates I was also a little worried about getting along with them. Little did I know I would soon be best friends with these three guys and now three years down the line we are still living together. It was easy getting to know each other since we were all members of the RSU soccer team. They are all great guys and I am sure we will continue our friendship when the time comes to leave Rogers. There is never a dull moment in our dorm, and I think everyone who comes by would agree.  Our dorm is known as the international dorm since three out of four of us are from different countries. Kevin and I are from Dublin, Ireland. Mitchel is from Newcastle, England, and Nathan is from Texas. So lets get to know them.

Mitch in his Giraffe onesy  
I will start with Mitchell. Mitch as we call him is probably the most simplistic man I have ever met. From his personality, to the food he eats. He is one simple lad and we love him for it. Mitch is known as the old man in the room, he likes his peace and quiet and doesn’t like the rest of us being too loud. His daily meals consist of completely fried food loaded with ketchup. Ketchup is the core of his life; every meal and snack Mitch will have it loaded with ketchup (makes me sick). He is afraid to try new food. He came to America at the age of eighteen and had never tried bacon, eggs, or even a banana.  I could keep going with that list but it would take to long.  He lived in England all of his life until he moved to RSU. He is a Business major and hopes to get a job in the USA after college.  When I asked Mitch what his favorite thing about RSU was he simply replied “the soccer facilities”.

Nate posing for a selfie
Nathan was born and raised in Texas; he has a Hispanic background so he can speak both English and Spanish. Nate is probably the exact opposite to Mitch. He tends to be a little loud and loves to annoy the English man. When it comes to food, he tends to be on the healthier side.  The only requirement for each of his meals is that he must have peanut butter involved.  Nate is a sport enthusiast, he breads fitness and soccer. This is Nate’s fourth year in Rogers State, and he is now pursuing a Business degree. When I asked Nate what his favorite thing about RSU was he said “I love the campus, especially the athletic facilities”.

Kev enjoying the outdoors 
Last but not least is Kevin. Kev and I got to know each other a year before we came to America so we have been through a lot together. We are usually just known as the Irish rather than Kev and Niall. When it comes to food there are no limits with this lad. He can be mistaken for a garbage disposal because he will eat anything. The only thing I have ever seen him dislike oddly enough is cookie dough.  Both coming from Dublin we have been able to adapt to a new culture together, so settling in was definitely easier for both of us. Kev is pursuing a fitness management degree here at the university and hopes to own his very own gym one day. I asked Kev what his favorite thing about RSU is and he replied in a joking tone “the people, because they talk to me”.

When we are not working, in class, or at practice my roommates and I are usually in our dorm hanging out. Usually drinking tea sent from home. They have made my 
college experience unbelievable and I have a lot of great memories with these guys.

The four of us before a game

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Fun!

Fall is my favorite season, but this time of year marks the beginning of a lot of stress. Finals are quickly approaching as the semester winds down. However, that doesn't mean that fun has to stop! There are so many fun things to do around campus, in the community, or even in your dorm room!

Around Halloween, the entire campus is buzzing with fun activities! There is a Zombie Prom, a door decorating contest, and even Mental Wealth Day is thrown in the mix! With so many options, everyone is sure to find something that interests them to get involved in and make a few new friends.

This year I decided to participate in the yearly event of Humans Vs. Zombies (or HvZ) hosted by the CIA or Christians in Action group on campus. Everyone starts out as a human (identified by a bandanna around the arm), except for one person who is the OZ, or Original Zombie. Zombies (identified by a bandanna around the head) try to tag all of the humans, making them zombies as well. Humans try to stay alive, and shoot the zombies with nerf guns or socks to stun them. The game starts on a Sunday at 8 pm, and runs until Thursday at 8 pm. It's 24 hours a day, which means even walking to class you're fair game! You're only safe inside the buildings. So far, it's been a blast. I don't always have time to participate in all of the missions, but I'm glad I signed up!

While running around with nerf guns is fun, it's nice to have some calm and more creative fun as well. Last Saturday, my honors volunteer group went over to Rogers County Youth Services and had a fun Fall/Halloween themed day. We carved/painted pumpkins, made popcorn balls, toasted pumpkin seeds, and we played tons of games. It was the perfect Fall day! Plus, it was all perfect activities for a dorm room as well. With popcorn, a fun Halloween themed movie, and some Uno cards, you can easily have a fun get together with all of your friends.

So, don't let class stress get you down too much. Make sure to go out and do something fun every once in awhile too!

Embarrassing Moment of the Week: At the Honors/PLC Halloween party we played the body parts game, and I couldn't find my partner and was out first. And my partner was Waldo.

Pic of the Week:

Here is a photo taken by Michael Robinson from our upcoming play, Decision Height. It's about women air force pilots in World War II. I just love their costumes so much and can't wait for everyone to see play!

Gabby G.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Transitioning from Ireland to America

The heat!! That was the first thing I remember about arriving in America. Stepping off the plane at Tulsa airport was the moment I realized that it was going to be awhile before I would adapt to the climate. I had come from a comfortably cool, wet climate and after a nine-hour flight I felt like I had stepped into an oven.
            After some time living here I was happy to learn that adapting to the climate would be my biggest struggle. Everything seemed to be much easier than I expected. Still there are plenty of cultural differences that took some getting use too. I was taken back by the size of everything over here. The roads are much wider, the majority of vehicles are much larger, and of course the food portions are double what you would usually get in Ireland (not complaining). The country as a whole is huge; one of my first college soccer games was a six-hour drive. To get from one side of Ireland to the other would usually take about four-hours so travelling for that long was not something I was accustomed to.

            Thinking back I feel sorry for the people who tried to speak to me the first few months I was here. I am sure they had a tough time understanding me. Back then I spoke much quicker and spoke words that only people from Ireland would understand. Since then I have adapted to some southern lingo and have slowed down when I speak so people don’t look at me with a blank stare when I say something.
            Not seeing my family and friends on a daily basis obviously took some getting use to. It is a strange feeling when the people that know you most are not around. Fortunately I met a lot of great people in my first few weeks here, everybody was so friendly and helpful. Skype and Facebook help things as well, I am always kept up to date with everything that is going on at home.

            So the transition from Ireland to America really wasn't too bad. Both being English speaking countries made everything a whole lot easier. The welcoming Oklahoma's have made me feel right at home. I miss Ireland a lot but I am loving my time in the US. I look forward to seeing what the future holds and where I will end up, but until then I will enjoy my time here and carry on my pursuit of getting used to the heat. 

Challenge of the Week

My challenge for you is to learn a new recipe from a different country and attempt to make the dish.