Mid-Summer Update!

15 Jul

Hey guys! Hope your summer’s been going well! I’ve been working in admissions over the summer as a tour guide for Temple so that’s been taking up most of my time. But this past weekend, I got a chance to hang out with my best friend and one of the first friends I made here at Temple!

We headed to South Street, which is a famous street in Philadelphia, to check out a vegetarian place that my friend recommended. Then we grabbed some froyo (frozen yogurt), got caught in the rain (yuck) and once the rain let up, we checked out some cool consignment shops and then headed over to Pats and Geno’s (I prefer Geno’s!) to check out just how long the lines were. We also checked out the Italian Market! Here are some pictures from this weekend:

Govinda's Vegetarian!

Govinda’s Vegetarian!

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I got the (Soy) Chicken Cheesesteak!

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My best friend Bridget and Steph!

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Yummy Froyo!

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Crazy line at Genos!

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Pat’s King of Steaks

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Mural next to the Italian Market

That’s all for now! Till next time,

Tiffany

Another Year Completed!

17 May

I can’t believe how fast this semester flew by! It seems like just yesterday I was moving into my residence hall, even though that was nine months ago! Exams are officially over with and the seniors have graduated onto bigger and better things. I can’t help but to feel anxious for my upcoming junior year at Temple and after that my senior year. Wow. Only two more years to go, that’s crazy!

Now students are playing the waiting game for professors to post all of their grades up online on Temple’s site for students, TUportal. The deadline is Monday by 5pm so as you can imagine, students’ fingers are probably gonna get carpel tunnel for pressing the refresh button way too many times!

I decided to go through my blog and pick out some of my favorite pictures of my experience at Temple during my sophomore year, so enjoy!

Here’s a picture of my bed in Elmira Jefrries!

First Day of Move-In!

Remember “Iron Chef: Elmira Jeffries Edition“??

Here’s our appetizer and dessert!

And our entrees!

Then Temple took on Nova and WON!

Temple vs. Nova Game back in September!

My roommates, Bridget and Monique, showing their Temple pride!

Back when I was a theater major, I helped paint a tree for the play “Spring Awakening”!

Then the Super Bowl Beyonce Bowl happened…

Hope no one’s offended by that!

Next was the first Insomnia Show of the Spring Semester! Fellow owl Cynda and I wrote Red Cup Cafe.

My writing partner Cynda ordering us some much needed fuel!

Fellow owl ambassador Hannah, Wynter and Jane that were actresses in the play!

Wynter, Matt, and half of Jane!

Hannah and Wynter not believing a word Matt says.

Then for my birthday, (March 5th, woot woot!) I got my nose pierced!

Right after I got it pierced!

Right after I got it pierced!

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Monique being silly at Johnny Rockets!

Me & Bridge!

Me & Bridge!

Then there was Spring Fling at Temple! It’s a like a huge carnival for college kids!

Liacouras Walk was packed!

Liacouras Walk was packed!

The Moonbounce! :-D

The Moonbounce, including a water slide! :-D

Ticket to the step show with the Divine 9 later that night!

Ticket to the step show with the Divine 9 Sororities/Fraternities later that night!

And then there was the last Insomnia show of the semester! Here’s a picture of the writers, the director and the cast!

Back Row Cast: Ralph, Scott & Bryan Front Row: Angela(co-writer), Schuyler (director) & Me!

Back Row Cast: Ralph, Scott & Bryan
Front Row: Angela(co-writer), Schuyler (director) & Me!

I also went through some pretty big changes as far as my major goes over this past year and I’m really glad to say that I I’m on the right path as an English Major with a Concentration in Creative Writing. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me over the next year and although I’m super anxious, I’m definitely looking forward to it!

I hope you guys have a great summer and for those coming to Temple in the fall, I’ll see you soon! :-D

Till next time,

Tiffany

The Last Insomnia Was a Secret.

6 May

Or, the theme was a secret! If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m a part of a group here at Temple called Insomnia Theater. If so, skip the next couple of paragraphs. If not, read on!

It’s kind of like Saturday Night Live. You know how they have a whole week to rehearse and perform on Saturday? Insomnia Theater crams that all into one weekend! We have rehearsals at seven on Friday where actors come and typically do funny monologues, songs, and some people even do mini-skits for their audition! After auditions, the writers and directors stay and pick actors for their shows. Once that’s decided, the directors leave and rest up for Saturday while the writers spend all of Friday night and the wee hours of Saturday morning writing awesome and hilarious skits, based off of a theme that the Insomnia E-Board (the students in charge) come up with.

Then on Saturday, all of the actors, directors and writers meet up at the Bell Tower at 8 AM sharp to warm-up and get down to rehearsing ALL day until the show starts later that night (usually around 7 or 7:30). Luckily, once the directors and actors get their scripts, the writers are free to go home and get some much needed sleep.

This time around, I co-wrote with an Insomnia veteran and departing senior, Angela. The theme was “Secret” and each writing team had a specific setting. Ours was an amusement park and our cast was all guys so we decided to have them work there! One guy hated his job, the other was a performer at the park and thought that working there could set him on his path to stardom, while the the last guy was happy-go-lucky about being there. The big secret? Happy-go-lucky guy was actually the boss and had been a spy the whole time!

We haven’t uploaded pics of the plays (yet!) so here’s a picture of the cast/writers/director of our skit: “Isneyland. The Second Happiest Place on Earth!”

Back Row Cast: Ralph, Scott & Bryan Front Row: Angela(co-writer), Schuyler (director) & Me!

Back Row Cast: Ralph (the boss), Scott (guy who hates his job) & Bryan (the performer)
Front Row: Angela(co-writer), Schuyler (director) & Me!

That’s it for now! Till next time,

Tiffany

Fling It On!

23 Apr

Spring Fling was last week and it’s basically like a huge carnival for Temple students! There were funnel cakes, free Temple Swag (my R.A. got a fake street sign with his name on it!), and even a moon bounce with a water slide! There was also a stage at the Bell Tower that OwlCappella performed at and a lot of clubs and organizations were out on campus as well. Here are a few pics from the day!

Stage at the Bell Tower

Stage at the Bell Tower

The Moonbounce! :-D

The Moonbounce! :-D

My roommate Monique being silly.

My roommate Monique being silly.

Liacouras Walk was packed!

Liacouras Walk was packed!

There was a also a step show later that night featuring some the Divine 9 Fraternities and Sororities on campus. Featured acts were the Alphas, The Sigmas, The Kappas,  the Q’s, the Deltas, and the AKA’s. The Ladies of Elegance Step Group also performed. The Sigmas and the Alphas battled it out and though my friends and I thought the Sigmas did better, the Alphas won!

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The stage before the show

The stage before the show

The Alphas Stepping

The Alphas Stepping

The Sigmas Stepping

The Sigmas Stepping

All the fraternities and sororities on stage stepping!

All the fraternities and sororities on stage stepping!

All the fraternities and sororities on stage stepping!

All the fraternities and sororities on stage stepping!

That’s all for now! Till next time,

Tiffany

It’s That Time of Year Again…

12 Apr

Time for Temple students to pick their classes for next semester! Usually I’m really proactive about it and I have my schedule planned out weeks in advance. But for some reason, this time around I was really lazy about it and didn’t finalize too much until the day before I picked them!

However, it worked out to my advantage because I found out some things about my major last minute that I didn’t know before. I’m majoring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing and some of the requirements are that you take  a couple workshop classes in Fiction, Poetry and/or Playwriting. I thought that once those classes were over, you couldn’t take anymore workshops, so I’d planned to space them out as much as possible. But what I found out was that you can retake those classes (up to 2 times, even if you already passed) for credit to count towards your GPA. It’s great if you really want more workshop experience and for people like me who are planning to go to grad school for their MFA in Creative Writing. For MFA programs, basically all of your classes are workshops.

So, I switched some things around and with the right planning, I’ll have a workshop class every semester until I graduate, which is great, because it’ll keep me on my toes with writing and revising my work!

One of the books we used in my first workshop class at Temple was Alice LaPlante’s “The Making of a Story”.

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I know the book is huge, but it’s like a Bible for creative writers of fiction and nonfiction.

Some other classes I’m taking next semester are Intro to Writing Non-Fiction, Creative Writing: Fiction (two workshops, yay!), The Black Woman, Survey of American Literature I, and Italian I. I was debating between taking Italian or Spanish as a foreign language, but most people I know took Spanish, so I thought it’d be cool to do something a little different.

I can’t believe next semester is going to be my Junior year at Temple! Time’s been flying by and I can still remember moving into my freshman residence hall (Hardwick) almost TWO years ago! And two years from NOW, I’ll be starting grad school!

Whoa, that just made me feel really old. I should probably stop before wrinkles start forming on my face.

Till next time! :-)

Tiffany

MAJOR Changes!

8 Apr

Well, kind of. I know, I know I’ve got some serious ‘splainin to do. It’s been a while, so I’ll try to catch you guys up on what’s new in my life!

Firstly, I’m no longer double majoring in Secondary Education & English. NOW, I’m just majoring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. I know I was dead set on teaching middle school before, but now I’m thinking teaching on a bigger scale, like in college. The current plan is to go to Grad school to get my MFA (Master’s of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing and from there to teach as a professor in college.  Judging from the couple of posts ago, this may seem really drastic. But when I sat down and did the math, I realized that I really want to focus on my writing during my undergrad years. If I stayed with the double major, I’d graduate a semester late and I wouldn’t get a chance to take some really cool electives at Temple (like different African-American Studies courses). With me just being an English major, I’ll graduate on time and I’ll get a chance to take a ton of electives that I want to!

To put it lightly, I have more time to take classes that I want to, not just ones that I’m required to. So, this change works for me! Plus it opens up avenues of new places that I can go to after my undergrad years as opposed to just staying in Philly. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the City of Brotherly Love, but I’m the type of person who wants to see everything there is to see. For grad schools, I’m looking more so in the Midwest because there are more job opportunities out there, as opposed to the East/West Coast because that’s where everyone wants to live.

A sophomore looking into grad schools may sound crazy, but I think that it’s never too early to start!

So, that’s the academic MAJOR change. A fun major change was my birthday (March 5th, I know it’s way overdue!). I turned twenty, meaning that I’m no longer a teenager. Or, as my mom likes to say, ten years closer to thirty. Yuck.

For my birthday, I got my nose pierced! Yes, it hurt and yes I cried.

Right after I got it pierced!

Right after I got it pierced!

Then my roommates and I went to Johnny Rockets on South Street (famous street in Philly) for some grub:

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Monique, being a creep.

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Me & Bridget!

The next day, we went to Cherry Hill Mall (about twenty minutes from Temple) just because we were curious and had never been. Our neighbor Stephen graciously agreed to drive us there, but you can also take the bus too.

Stephen driving his Jeep!

Stephen driving his Jeep!

My parents also came into town to visit, so we went out to eat at TGI Fridays!

Monique and Bridget!

Monique and Bridget!

Speaking of roommates, next year, I’ll be living off campus with my best friend Bridget, a good friend of mine (and fellow tour guide) Cynda, and another girl, Brea. It’s not Temple affiliated, but our house is literally three blocks from campus and near the Diamond Green Apartments, another off-campus apartment that a lot of Temple students utilize. With the building of Morgan Hall, some upperclassmen will probably be moving back to campus, since Morgan is going to house sophomore, juniors, and seniors — not just freshman. As you move into your upper years at Temple, the choice to live on or off campus is definitely going to be a personal one. My roommates and I are doing it because it’s cheaper and we still get similar security benefits. Temple police canvas not only Temple but ten blocks within campus as well, because they know students are living off campus. But if you still want to live on campus as an upperclassman, then you now have plenty of options to do so!

Well, I think that’s it for now! Till next time,

Tiffany

Insomnia. It’s Good 4 You.

27 Feb

So, at Temple, I’m a part of this group called Insomnia Theater. It’s kind of like Saturday Night Live. You know how they have a whole week to rehearse and perform on Saturday? Insomnia Theater crams that all into one weekend! A couple Fridays ago (also why I’ve been MIA!) we had rehearsals at seven. Actors come and typically do funny monologues, songs, and one person even did a mini-skit for his audition! After auditions, the writers and directors stay and pick actors for their shows. Once that’s decided, the directors leave and rest up for Saturday while the writers spend all of Friday night and the wee hours of Saturday morning writing awesome and hilarious skits, based off of a theme that the Insomnia E-Board (the students in charge) come up with.

Here’s a couple of pictures of our scrambled writing process!

My writing partner, Cynda ordering much needed fuel!

Pringles, Coffee & water.

Then on Saturday, all of the actors, directors and writers meet up at the Bell Tower at 8 AM sharp to warm-up and get down to rehearsing ALL day until the show starts later that night (usually around 7 or 7:30). Luckily, once the directors and actors get their scripts, the writers are free to go home and get some much needed sleep.

This time around, I co-wrote with my fellow owl, Cynda! The theme was a little different this time. Since it was just past Valentine’s Day, the E-board decided to have one person from each writing group (about 4 total) pick from a bag of Valentines Day candy hearts varying from “Be Mine” to “Good 4 You” to “Good 4 Me” and various other sayings. With this heart, the writers had to create a skit based either off of the heart alone, or with the saying somewhere in the script. Cynda and I got the “Good 4 You” heart and so we wrote about a guy with two split personalities who’s saying was “It’s Good 4 You.”

Here’s a video of the skit, if any of you guys wanted to check it out!

–> Red Cup Cafe <–

And here are some stills of the skit!

Matt & fellow Owl Ambassador, Hannah!

Matt & Jane

Hannah, Wynter & Jane

Wynter, Matt & half of Jane :-)

Hannah & Wynter not believing a word Matt says.

That’s all for now! Till next time,

Tiffany

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