Archive for December, 2007

ho, ho, ho and a bottle of…eggnog?

December 25, 2007
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! I just wanted to get that in while I still can )My holiday break is going good so far…a lot of family time, perhaps a little too much. With a death in the family, along with Christmas time, I have spent 4 days in a row with my mom’s side of the family, for a good five hours (at least) each day. It’ll be nice to have some time away from them for a little while ) This weekend, my dad’s side of the family will be coming, and we’ll celebrate the holiday with them on Saturday, yes all *counts* 33 family members. screw your neighbor (the *ahem* friendly gambling card game. The whole package…jeering, cheering, groaning, laughing, and singing “nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah,hey hey hey, good bye!”) should be fun…$3×33=$99 in winnings, that is, if everyone plays. I believe with my superb persuasive-ness, whoever wins will get a grand amount of money )Life at home:
Eh. ’nuff said.
My brothers and I were getting along just fine, distance makes the heart grow fonder, that is. But there has just been TOO much togetherness, and I’m about to go crazy!! Lucky for me, I got a whole collection of movies for Christmas, so that should keep me occupied for a while. AND I’m currently reading a book Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, a messed up book, but rather interesting. I have to read it for my English class next semester, and I can say, it is MUCH better than Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, an eye-gouging book, and a real page-burner, if you catch my drift.

Anyway, New Years is in t-minus 5 days!!! Definitely my favorite holiday, after the Fourth of July! So I’m definitely excited! I’m going to a friend’s boyfriend’s house to watch the ball drop and party like it’s 1999.
Can you believe it will be 2007, already? holy schnike!

I know this was a short, pointless entry, like I said before, I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays!
more to come!
–coll

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There’s Nothing To Do

December 12, 2007

Okay, this is kind of surreal. I came back to school after a 9-year break, so doing homework all the time was a little weird. But I’ve been doing it the past several months, and…now I’m not. During the semester, I had something to do for classes every day. Some days were lighter than others, but even if I was relaxing, I knew there was something I should be doing. But now the semester is over, and I have nothing to do! I decided to take some days off work, and I will be going back to VRS in the GUKCC on the 18th for a couple of days, but then they close on the 22nd and reopen in the new year!

But right now, I’m going to take a nap. Because naps are blissful and I can. There is no nagging voice in my mind saying “gee, you really should be doing homework” – it’s all done!

Yay, gBlog!

December 10, 2007

First of all, let me say how excited I am to be writing for gBlog! Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Colleen for helping me get started. Also, I took that picture of the Edward Miner Gallaudet statue myself…I think it came out really good!

Now, a little about myself. My name is Meredith, and I am a sophomore transfer student; I just finished my first semester here. I am hearing, just so you know! I love Gallaudet more than most of my friends do…it’s the only college I’ve ever wanted to go to and I’m thrilled to be here.

I graduated high school in 1997, and Gally didn’t have a HUG program then, so I went to Western Maryland College (aka McDaniel College) but I dropped out after one year. I worked in crappy jobs for a few years, and then I became an interpreter. I have CI/CT certification, if you’re wondering. I always wanted to go back to college, and I received a small inheritance in 2006 that made it possible for me to quit my job and come back to school.

Let me tell you, that was the scariest thing I have EVER done. I knew immediately that I wanted to go to Gallaudet, nowhere else would do. But the decision to leave behind a well-paying job that I loved and which gave me a lot of free time was a HARD one. I cried about it a lot, I made lists of pros and cons, everything. I worried about whether I would be able to do schoolwork again, whether I could make friends, whether I would be accepted as a hearing student…every possibility entered my head. In the end, I decided to do it. And here I am! It was the best decision I have ever made in my LIFE.

One special note: I am majoring in Deaf Studies. A lot of people assume that because I’m hearing, I must want to major in Interpreting. And when they hear I’m already an interpreter, then they are SURE I’m majoring in Interpreting! But I’m not. I’m majoring in Deaf Studies and minoring in History because that’s what I love. Interpreting was a great job, but it’s not what I want to do my whole life, so why would I major in it? I still work as an interpreter part-time and during holiday breaks, but my major is Deaf Studies.

I look forward to sharing my Gallaudet experiences with you!