In Which Naps are Extolled

Rochester’s beaches, as you’ve heard from a few of us bloggers by now, are pretty nice—but you don’t have to venture beyond the edges of campus for a relaxing day.

Even the adults on campus like to kick back and relax.
No beach required to kick back and relax.

Feel like getting some sunlight? You can enjoy sitting on the Quad, stretched out with a good book, or playing Frisbee with some friends. If it’s air conditioning you want, you can head to bright and sunny Hirst lounge and enjoy the bustle of our student union, or go hang out in the “treehouse” (the upper level of Rettner Hall, with a great view of the campus).

Added bonus of the treehouse: toys!
Bonus of hanging out in the treehouse: toys!

Beyond simple convenience, an added benefit of staying on campus is seeing your friends and classmates (and sometimes even professors), so there’s always someone around for an impromptu game of hacky sack or an interesting conversation.

Having Sophie sit on the academic quad was staged, running into two of our friends who met and then hit it off, not staged.
Having Sophie sit on the academic quad was staged, running into two of our friends who met and then hit it off, not staged.
Seriously, guys, this is a candid shot.
This is actually a candid shot, that’s just how perfect hanging out on campus is.

 

Conversely, you can also ignore everyone and just take a nap, and no one will judge you because this is college and naps are universally revered.

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You can swing by Wilson Commons or Starbucks first to grab something tropical to sip on (orange mango smoothie, anyone?), or drop by the library to check out a new summer read.

Peach green tea lemonade works too.
Peach green tea lemonade works too.
There's even a "summer reading" section, guys, it couldn't be easier!
There’s even a “summer reading” section, guys, it couldn’t be easier!

 

While trips off campus are lots of fun, it’s nice to know that a suntan and a peaceful afternoon are no farther away than the lawn outside your own window.

Especially when the lawn outside your window looks like this.

Transitioning from College to the Real World

Well, it has happened. Those four years flew by. Everyone said they would – and I believed them – but in the back of my head I couldn’t help but feel that they would be wrong. Somehow I’d be in college forever, static in the footprint of the University of Rochester ad infinitum.

Living in Buffalo now, I suppose you could still say I’m in that footprint, but I’m certainly not in Kansas anymore. Buffalo, for being as close to Rochester as it is, has a distinctly different feel. I haven’t exactly been able to put my finger on how that feel is different yet but it is. Maybe it’s being close to Canada, maybe it’s the fact that it is new to me, or maybe it’s something I haven’t yet seen.

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But after being out of school for a few months and working my current job for a few weeks, I feel like I’ve seen a whole new world. A world which I was prepared to deal with, but not in the way I would have expected. With that, I’d like to share some advice on how to succeed with the transition:

1. Be flexible. Yes, it is very general advice and cliched, but it is valuable beyond measure. While you’re moving into a new apartment, starting a new job, meeting new people, and having new experiences, it isn’t going to go exactly as planned. You’ll have to deviate from the ideal path you were picturing in your mind. That’s fine. That’s actually to be expected. Just take a step back, reassess, and keep on keeping on.

2. Own your work. At the University, you’ll have many students who take immense pride in their work. You’ll also have some who take a bit more relaxed approach to academics. I tended to be the latter, but now wished I was the former. I’ve realized that by taking ownership over what you do not only are you more satisfied with it, you’re more likely to achieve.

3. Humility is key. Coming out of college, not everyone will have a job. Not everyone will get into grad school. Therefore, it is key to be thankful if you do land a job or if you do get into that grad school you’ve been working towards all your life. Don’t forget to stop and say thanks for the opportunities that have come your way.

4. Realize that social life is going to be different. This one I wasn’t prepared for. While at school it is relatively easy to have a thriving social life. Everyone generally lives close, you’re all going through the same experiences, you all will have diverse yet similar interests, etc. Post-graduation, in order to have a thriving social life you need to change your approach. It is more of an active process. Instead of letting people come to you, go out and meet people. Say hi and introduce yourself. Make lunch plans and stick to them. I’ve integrated myself quick and can say I’m doing well now because I took a more active role than previously.

After just a short time, it seems astonishing how the transition has come so fast. It has been good, and I’m loving everything now, but I can’t say I don’t miss the U of R every so often. But, once a Yellowjacket, always a Yellowjacket, right?

A Stop at Sticky Lips

With only a few more weeks left of my summer adventure in Rochester, I have been trying to squeeze in as much as possible. However, my work schedule in my research position has been quite unpredictable, leaving me with awkward hours, and more importantly, awkward meal times. So, this week, I took an impromptu, after work trip to one of my favorite and now quite familiar Rochester spots: Sticky Lips.

If anyone asks me whether I prefer Dinosaur BBQ or Sticky Lips, my answer is always the underdog, Sticky Lips. The pulled pork sandwich, pictured above, my classic order, always pairs harmoniously with any of the four traditional Sticky Lips sauces provided at each table at the restaurant. Rotating throughout the four allows for no level of monotony at any time  during my meal.

While it was the mere lack of sweet potato fries at Dino that first got me to try Sticky Lips, my first visit certainly won me over. I’d suggest trying them both if you’re living here in Rochester and decide for yourself, you just might be surprised!

The End of Rocxxy

For the past eight weeks, I have been participating in a university program (coordinated by UR’s Susan B. Anthony Institute (SBAI) for Gender and Women’s Studies) called Rocxxy: Summer Internship in Feminist Activism and Leadership. The name Rocxxy is a little feminist spin on the word Rocky and basically stands for Rochester (Roc) and our sex chromosomes (xxy). The premise of Rocxxy is to expose 8 undergraduates into the field of activism in feminism through placing the undergrads into local non-profit internships. My internship was at the Young Women’s College Prep, an all girl charter school.  Most of the duties I did were day to day things the principal and the staff needed help with, but most of it was data entry and mailing. Even though that doesn’t sound exciting, if I had the choice, I would do the internship again.

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In Which Some Very Nice Potatoes Are Purchased

One of my friends turned to Tony, the man behind the long table (I assume it was a table, though I don’t think any ‘table’ was actually visible beneath the canopy of produce), and asked how long her potatoes will keep. ‘Put ’em in the fridge, they’ll last a long time.’ IMG_0658

That ‘long time’ is, in fact, 2-3 months, by which time next semester will have begun and this morning’s trip to Rochester’s Public Market will probably be a vague memory. But the chance to talk to the person who grew your potatoes and ask how long you’ve got before you need to roast, boil, mash, or otherwise use them up, is one of the great parts of the Public Market.

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