I am obsessed with taking photographs. I thoroughly appreciate the art of taking some rock-awesome photos. Sometimes – the light is almost perfect to capture the essence of the simplest things in life. This past weekend, I traveled fifteen miles south to Franklin with a buddy of mine to catch some cool shots. To say the least – it was quite a productive fall afternoon! I only wish the weather would cool down somewhat! My friends think I’m crazy because I take my camera everywhere with me! But, nonetheless – I enjoy bringing out those rock-awesome tourist qualities around Nashville-town on a daily basis.
I have been stressed out these few days with big projects and assignments being due for class as well as other things such as meetings. I usually call my mom every other day or so, and for the most part I am complaining about how busy I am. And I forget that I am talking to my mom, who happens to work six days a week at her job. So my use of the word “busy” is slightly different from hers. There are some days when I feel like I just have nothing left to finish out the day. I don’t understand because I go to sleep at a reasonable time every night and wake up an hour or two before my classes. This is to sort of get in the process of waking up. But it never fails, every day there is at least one class period that I seem not to be very coherent. Trust me, I am not sleeping in class, I’m just not totally focused. If that makes any sense at all. And then, on top of all of my classes I have to make it to organization meetings, church functions, and the much needed convocation events.
So, TK is my dorm. I love living here. So many exciting things go on. This past Wednesday, we had a pirate pancake party and people dressed up like pirates and hung out as pirate music played in the background. There were also free pancakes, which automatically makes any event worthwhile. I think we’re also having premiere night where we’re gonna watch the premieres of new seasons of TV shows like The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. I think the best part about TK is knowing so many people who live in it. As one of 2 upper classman dorms, it’s loaded with sophmores and juniors and a few freshmen and seniors. So pretty much, the party is nonstop. Just the other night, we had a soccer game going on in the lobby past midnight.
Last week was Sorority Rush Week! It kept me insanely busy, but it was so much fun! I loved being able to spend time and create great memories with my sisters in Phi Mu. Since I went through spring recruitment, it was a completely new experience for me. It was incredible being on the other side of recruitment. I don’t remember myself being nervous when I went through, but I was SO nervous this fall and I’m already IN a sorority! I guess it’s mostly because I wanted to make sure that every girl in the room had a lot of fun and that they were all comfortable. My favorite night of the week was “skit night.” I was one of the performers!! My sisters asked me to dig down deep into my bag of talents and bring out my rap skills. Well, it was very…umm…interesting. Ha ha. Let me just say that I won’t be giving up singing for rapping anytime soon!!
I’m so excited about life right now! The abundance of homework – well – not so much. This past week I turned the big twenty-one. The events of the day consisted of eating lunch at one of the premeire restaurants in Nashville,
Stoney River. Personally, this is now one of my most favorite restaurants in Nashville-town. It is rock-awesome! I highly recommend it.
As the day went on, my parents sent me balloons to Lyric Street Records. And to make the day even more exciting – my buddy Nick – and my friends – Jess and Jody, took me out for dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse. They are my second family. Jammin’ to the music of Rascal Flatts with the three of the most rock-awesome people ever could not have been better! I was soaring – soaring with bombastic excitement!!! I mean…if that is not a rock-awesome twenty-first…than I don’t know what is!
Wow. This week has been awesome! I don’t even know where to begin…
One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is that I absolutely love listening to and making music. I have played the piano for 12 years and although I don’t plan on majoring in it, music has always been my favorite form of artistic expression. One of my roommates, Bethany, also plays the piano and her major is Commercial Music (she’s incredibly talented). She actually brought her brand-new keyboard with her and put it under her lofted bed. I love listening to her play and sometimes it makes me think that I might like to continue with my music.
Hello there! My name is Alex and I’m a freshman at Belmont this year! I am from Kansas City so it was a long drive to Nashville, but I’m very excited to be here!! My major is currently Undecided but I’m leaning toward Elementary Education. I absolutely love working with kids and Belmont’s 4 + 1 Masters Degree program for education majors would be a great opportunity to take advantage of.
Let me preface this entry by saying that these past three weeks at Belmont have been absolutely life-changing for me. There is no way I could possibly express how welcomed I have felt since my first day here or how much I love everything about this place. One consistent characteristic of Belmont, and perhaps what I love most about it, is the genuine hospitality of everyone here. People make eye contact with each other. Strangers greet each other with a “Hey! How are you?” There is just such a sense of community and optimism here and I love being a part of it.
It took me a couple of weeks to get used to my weird schedule, but I finally think I got the hang of it. Yesterday was the first day this year that I have been able to stay awake in all of my classes. Yeah, I know it took me a little while, but these classes are really hard to get hyped up for this semester. I am taking German, which is a pretty cool class, and Nuclear Terrorism. How about that for a weird schedule? Actually, my Nuclear Terrorism class is very interesting because it makes me think outside of the box and forces me to map out and plan critical situations such as a nuclear bomb threat. This probably wouldn’t be all that applicable to my major, which is entrepreneurship, but it makes studying for a test seem pretty simple. ha ha Okay, not funny.
(Picture taken by my friend Sarah)
So last week, University Ministries began its weekly on-campus worship experience called Synodia (pronounced soon-a-dee-a), and it is absolutely amazing. Last year, University Ministries sponsored Refuge, but I wasn’t a big fan of the format, so some of my friends and I went to a worship gathering called Sanctuary that was held at (though not affiliated with) a Church of Christ. However, I have to say that I’m enjoying Synodia so much because it’s a part of Belmont, and its so cool to be able to corporately worship with fellow students and friends. I think it’s a big part of building a spiritual community on our campus.
I had an AWESOME Labor Day weekend! Probably the best to date! I was originally supposed to go to an Auburn football game, but plans changed last minute and I ended up going to the lake!! I went to Tims Ford Lake, which is about 2 hours from Nashville. I had a much more eventful weekend than I’m sure most people have in an entire lifetime!