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31st-Jul-2007 05:17 am - Dorm Advice

What to Wear

The clothes you bring depend a lot on where your college is located. Find out the average climate for every season and bring what you need. Also think about the activities you like to participate in.

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes you can go to class in
  • One or two dressy outfits and shoes for more formal affairs
  • Work-out clothes and shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Light jacket
  • Heavy coat, mittens, hat and scarf (if you’re going to a campus with a colder climate)
  • Rainwear
  • Slippers (for hanging out in the residence hall)

Stuff for Your Room

Get a look at a dorm room or call the housing office beforehand and find out how big your room is and what it comes with. Not all halls have elevators, so it’s better to pack a lot of smaller boxes that one person can handle instead of a few big heavy ones.

  • Comforter/bedspread
  • Pillow
  • Bed linens (ask what size bed you’ll have)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Coffee mug
  • Drinking cups, dishes and silverware for snacks
  • Poster putty for hanging up decorations
  • Plastic containers with tight lids for storing snacks, detergent, etc.
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Headphones/ear buds (so your music doesn’t bother your roommate or neighbors)
  • Digital music player
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Power strip approved by the housing office
  • Desk lamp or bed lamp
  • TV/DVD-Player (there’s usually a common area TV if you don’t bring one)
  • Stereo
  • Fan
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm clock
  • Electric blanket
  • Small refrigerator/microwave (check with college for restrictions)
  • Crates or stacking containers
  • Paper towels, glass cleaner
  • Sewing kit, scissors, safety pins
  • Message board for your door

Keep It Clean

Keep in mind that you’ll be sharing your bathroom and laundry facilities with other students.

  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Small bucket for carrying shower things
  • Facial tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Roll of quarters
  • Band-Aids
  • Cold medicine
  • Aspirin
  • First-aid kit

Stuff for School

You can get this stuff once you’re on campus, but it can sometimes be cheaper to buy it during the back-to-school sales of off-campus stores.

  • Computer/laptop or blank CDs for the computer labs
  • Binders, folders
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Day-planner

Good Things to Have

Think about your daily activities and hobbies and bring what you need with you.

  • Access to money (i.e. bank account, bank card, credit card, etc.)
  • Umbrella
  • Key ring
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Sports/recreation equipment
  • Pre-paid calling card
  • Snacks for your room

Don't Bring It

As for what NOT to bring, you should contact your housing office and ask about the rules and regulations within the residence halls. Some schools don't allow things like these:

  • Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
  • Hotplates, skillets, toasters, toaster ovens
  • Air conditioners
  • Extension cords
  • Candles
  • Pets, waterbeds, nail picture hangers
7th-Jul-2007 10:32 pm - Well since someone's reading...
Capricorn Horoscope for week of July 5, 2007

Verticle Oracle card Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
It's Unity Week. You have rich opportunities to negotiate truces, whip up collaborations, and knit together seemingly irreconcilable elements. Maybe it has previously seemed insane for you to try mixing oil and water, apples and oranges, or Israelis and Palestinians, but it makes sense now. You'll tend to attract good fortune whenever you conspire to turn matches made in hell into heavenly blends. Here's a motto to inspire your work, from the rebellious unification expert Gandhi: "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

And I'm trying to make some sense of this random train wreck. Out of no where came all of these prospects... and then out of no where they all went away. And in the strangest ways....

It is now unanimously agreed that I have thee strangest life known to man. THEE STRANGEST. I really can't think of any other person in this whole world who would be able to make some sense out of the hand I've been dealt.
The line between me being okay and me being not okay has become much more malleable... and I don't like it.
I'm not enjoying this anymore.

Everyone thinks freedom is soooo desirable. Our freakin nation was built by this notion... well it's really not all it's cracked up to be. I don't have anyone to tell me no. No one to hold me back from doing anything, but still nothing ever really happens.

And this reinforces a belief of mine that isn't really held in faith by most people "We are all born free"
our lives really are entrirely based by our choices.. we are where our free will has lead us.

Wow. I really could not have digressed any further from my initial point.

How am I supposed to create heaven out of a terrible match? I can think of a few surprising circumstances that have turned out to be awesome, like living with Mario and just things in general...
but I dunno.

I just hate being disappointed. It stings even now.
1st-Jul-2007 12:08 am(no subject)
Capricorn Horoscope for week of June 28, 2007
Verticle Oracle card Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Welcome to Part Two of your outlook for the second half of 2007. We're checking up on how you're progressing with the long-term tasks you were assigned six months ago. By now you've probably figured out that it's the Year of Secrets. Truths that have long been hidden from you are emerging, and if you keep on probing, the rest will spill out between now and December. Certain feelings you have been concealing from yourself are also bubbling up into your awareness. Fuzzy understandings that have previously hindered your ability to see the big picture are finally coming into focus as well. Don't fear or resist these developments, Capricorn. They will free up a lot of blocked energy.
22nd-Jun-2007 07:28 pm - This is scary accurate
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 PST

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

If something is gnawing away at your confidence, working harder to make it go away may not work. Your emotions are not going to be squeezed into a compartment now. You could be feeling attracted to someone and you want to tell them, but it's not that easy, for the attraction may not be appropriate. Reassess your desires while remembering that expressing them has consequences. 

Well alrightt....
shoving my emotions away is what I normally do... especially when they call for immediate action,.
It's strange... my plan of action here has been to assess every insecurity and just get over it... but I guess that won't be enough,.... so I might actually have to sayy a few things. gah that sucks,,,
19th-Jun-2007 09:50 am - Stress stinks. Tarot works.

The Star
in the "Love & Me" Position

Main (positional) Meaning:
You are coming to understand who you truly are as a result of the relationship with your partner (or potential partner).

The card in the Love & Me position touches on an aspect of how you perceive yourself right now.

The Star suggests that you are receiving information from your higher self about the reason you came here -- to this planet at this time. This is a profoundly reorienting experience. As we touch our greater self, the eternal aspect, our personal lives and love relationships come into better perspective.

The feeling of being a stranger in a strange land vanishes. Great joy is inherent in this card's placement. You are consciously on the way home in a spiritual sense, no longer flailing in the dark.

General Meaning:
What has traditionally been known as the Star card is about reconnecting one's Soul with the Divine -- the transcending of personality, family, community and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one's Self. The Soul is responding to celestial influences -- forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a Higher Union.

This card could also be called the "Celestial Mandate" -- that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of Divine Will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible Helping Hand, and we better understand our place within -- and value to -- the larger Cosmos.

The Empress
in the "Love Situation" Position

Main (positional) Meaning:
Your love interest is a magnetic soul that draws others with beauty and abundance.

The card that lands in the Love Situation position refers to social or circumstantial factors which could be affecting your relationship at this time.

The Empress in this position means that a charismatic individual in the environment may be attracting people like bees to a flower. This kind of person helps us realize the importance of being inspired by high ideals.

Naturally this is a valuable person to have around as he or she radiates boundless, nurturing love. However, do not fantasize that this individual will in any way belong to you. The person you favor is a universal attractant. Everybody wants some of this energy. Hopefully you are in a sharing mood.

General Meaning:
Traditionally entitled "Empress," this major arcana or "trump" card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.

In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the "woman clothed with the sun" until after the French Revolution.

This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called "the Great Recycler."

Six of Swords
in the "Love Challenges" Position

Main (positional) Meaning:
Be prepared to change your point of view about a relationship situation. Use analytical thinking to recognize that which you have been overlooking.

The card that lands in the Love Challenges position refers to ways that you can turn obstacles into stepping stones.

The Six of Swords in this position challenges you to examine the technical aspects of your current relationship situation. Logical and rigorous analysis may empower to substantially clarify important issues. When unseen patterns become visible, you may realize with surprise that they were active all along.

First, it may be useful to reorganize your mind as a way to clearly see those factors you usually take for granted. Don't expect your love interest's solution or someone else's logic to work. Reach deep into yourself and confirm that you have what it takes to figure this out. If you study the relationship situation and patterns in depth, you may know just what to do.

General Meaning:
The Six of this suit has generally been associated with the objectivity of scientific method, employed through the generations to sift fact from superstition, build facts into theories, and theories into Laws which we can trust and use to improve our lives. One early title for this card was The Navigator -- one who has learned enough about the relation between the Earth and the Heavens to be able to set a course across trackless oceans and arrive at a chosen spot on distant shores.

At the time of the first Tarot decks, this skill was considered akin to magic, so few were the individuals who understood the principles involved. So the person who draws this card is being typified as a person with special knowledge, an insight into sophisticated techniques that may be powerful enough to effect a rescue in a dangerous time. Other related titles that are common to this card are The Path (out of danger) and The Way Through.
13th-Jun-2007 09:23 pm - "I don't know what's wrong with me."
Lately I've noticed that I handle my issues very inefficiently. As in: not at all.
These past few weeks have been stress-filled, life-altering, emotionally draining ones and I'm so done.
Dwelling on your problems is simply not an efficient way to deal.
And I'm not even a pessimist! I'm just a perfectionist and right now there are too many issues left floating around unsolved.
It's making me uncomfortable.
I've been wondering about myself as a person.
Sometimes I'm not doing as well as I appear to be doing.
Sometimes it's very easy for me to pretend things are great.
And I find I've been doing this for weeks.

But then again I know I haven't.
I've tried to confront the issues. I've tried to tell certain people how I feel.
Yet certain people don't seem to give a damn about it.

What bothers me most is that inwardly I know they don't.
I know.
No one has to tell me what I seem to be the last to know.
I figured it out.

And again... I've been wondering about myself as a person.
Not in terms of a shade of a doubt or a troubling insecurity...
I've just been intensely pondering what it is I really want out of life.
I'm so ambitious and awesome that I know I'm gonna get it...
but I'm afraid I'll get stuck with something I didn't really want in the end.
So what do I want? I mean, I'm really not talking about any lifelong investments...
I'm strictly wondering about my here and now: what do I want?

I don't wanna be a girlfriend, but I don't wanna not be a girlfriend.
I don't wanna mess around, but I don't wanna pretend to be prude.
And I realize I notice a lot of things I don't want...

perhaps this is all because I'm afraid to admit what I do want.
We all know sometimes I have a skewed perception of myself...
Maybe I do want to be a girlfriend who messes around.
And is that even so bad? It's not like I want to mess around with anyone else...
I just want to mess around with one person.

But I don't even think I have a specific person in mind.

And again, the issues are left up in the air.
22nd-May-2007 08:24 am - quiztizzliez
Your Reputation Is: Maneater

You're the kind of girl all the chicks hate...
And guys are both scared of you yet strangely drawn in.

Your Life is 77% Perfect

Your life is pretty darn perfect. You don't have much to complain about.
Of course, your life is occasionally less than perfect. But you're usually too happy to notice.

Your Ex is Dependent

Your ex is dependent on others from almost everything - and has trouble accepting responsibility.
Your ex is not able to be independent and fears being alone.
People with dependent personality disorder feel helpless when a relationship ends and need constant reassurance.
Sound at all familiar?

LMAO again
What Guys Think of Your Short Hair...

Superconfident, independent, party girl.
The kind of girl he pines over - while secretly wondering if you want him back.

Your Love is Represented by a Yellow Rose

You primarily express your love through friendship and caring.
This doesn't mean your romantic relationships are platonic - they just start that way.
You need a lot of freedom in relationships. So if you do happen to send roses, they don't mean much.

You Are a Normal Girl

You are 40% Good and 60% Bad
Sure you've pulled some bad girl stunts in your past.
But these days, you're (mostly) a good girl.

Hmm... not too shabby.
You Are 53% Homophobic

You're definitely somewhat homophobic. You don't feel comfortable around gay people.
Stop living in the 20th century - and get yourself some gay friends.

The Part of You That No One Sees

You are aloof, mysterious, and distant.
People feel like they really don't know the true you...
Yet they're still drawn to you, almost by magnetic force.

Underneath it all, you don't even really feel like you know yourself.
It's easier to put on a front than really think about your life's purpose.
You tend to seem pretentious, but it's just a mechanism you use to push people away.

You Are Not Destined to Rule the World

You are destined for something else...
Like inventing a new type of cupcake.
You just don't have the stomach for brutality.
But watch out - because many people do!

Too true.
Your Psyche is Violet

You are spiritual, intuitive, and serene.
People trust you to rescue them from bad situations, and you usually come through.
While you are quite enlightened, you find that your path is very lonely.

When you are too violet: you can't connect to ordinary life or ordinary people

When you don't have enough violet: you lack wisdom and can't learn from the past

Pssh... they didn't ask me the right questions!
Your Life is Rated PG-13

Your life isn't totally scandalous, but you definitely don't shy away from adult themes!

Your Lust Quotient: 50%

You are definitely a lustful person, but you do a good job of hiding it.
Your friends would be surprised to know that your secretly very wild!

You Follow Your Head

You're rational, collected, and logical.
Generally, it takes you quite a while to fall in love.
In fact, you've even been accused of being very picky.
While you're cool, you're not ice cold.
You just know what you want, and don't mind waiting to get it.

What Your Hands Say About You

You are artistic, intuitive, and inspired. You have good people skills.

Flexible and broad minded, you can fit in to any situation. There's no telling where your life will take you.

Consistent and reliable, you like to count on structure and routine in your life.

Your emotions tend to be nervous and potent. Your energy - both positive and negative - deeply impacts your life.

You Are a Realist

You don't see the glass as half empty or half full. You see what's exactly in the glass.
You never try to make a bad situation seem better than it is...
But you also never sabotage any good things you have going on.
You are brutally honest in your assessments of situations - and this always seems to help you cope.

And that's a rap.

By Charity Vergara


            The program reads “An Evening with the Honorable Al Gore” and I immediately shove it in my purse. As a second-generation Cuban, I’m liberated enough to attend such an event, but not progressed enough to appreciate it-- and thus came the ignorant comment, “Ha! The honorable Al Gore!” Suddenly, I felt heat-vision rays burning my back as I turned around to face a stadium full of supporters flaring their nostrils at me and I realized, “…I should probably let go of my preconceptions and pay attention here.”

            Let me tell you, paying attention to Al Gore really pays off. He’s on the board of directors for Macintosh computers, he recently won the Oscar® for ‘Best Documentary’, his daughter works for Matt Groening, he ran for president and almost won, he was Bill Clinton’s Vice- President for two terms, he’s genuinely religious (and open-minded! What a conundrum!), as well as a man on a mission. I can now admit that Al Gore definitely deserves his program’s title.

            And the man can speak! Gore knows how to gently deliver doomsday-type messages with class and humor. He can knock down Bush’s entire regime within two words and move on so quickly that once the audience delivers its delayed applause it’s so loud he has to stop and chuckle to himself. I used to get the impression that Gore was a ‘Sore Loserman’ (Bush campaign ’04) when he continuously demanded “a recount!” But now I see that his wanting the presidency was not a selfish, single-minded desire. I now get the impression that Gore is a man moved by divine inspiration. I am moved by Gore’s purpose and I wish he would run for president in ’08 although he clearly stated he wouldn’t because he’s “dedicating [his] time to something different.”

            A quick rundown of his lecture: the world is heating up due to a monoxide called CO2 being trapped in the atmosphere. CO2 is what cars exhale, the hot air that is basically digested oxygen. The sun sends rays everyday, a third of which the earth does not absorb. In past times that radiation would disperse through the atmosphere and into outer-space. However, due to the CO2 (a.k.a. “big bad greenhouse gases” as in the Groening-produced mini-cartoon) the remaining heat becomes trapped in the atmosphere causing the build up and thus creating global warming (this is the ‘The Greenhouse Effect’ explained).

            Of all the 928 scientific articles on Global Warming ever published, none have disagreed with this. Thus, Gore wants Americans to know that there is no controversy about global warming. It is, indeed, a fact. Another interesting fact is: of the 652 or so news articles on this ever published, 53% have disagreed that global warming is a fact. Gore says ‘we need to get some better reporters out there’ and again he had to stop and chuckle to the roaring applause.

            Already the Chad lake in Africa (the 6th largest lake in the world) has dried up, adding to the desperation in Darfur, Sudan, and Niger sending its refugees to search for fresh water and causing many to die (besides the existing genocide in these areas). Plus, the penguins and the Polar bears will all be ten thousand leagues under the sea once the ice bergs melt away (which has already started). Not to mention there won’t be any of the fish we eat today by 2050 if we continue fishing at the rate we do now. And by 2050 Miami will be under water if Greenland’s ice sheets melt.

            The United States is the world leader for the production of CO2 gases and to top that off we’re also one of the only countries to not sign the Kyoto treaty for the prevention of global warming and the salvaging of natural resources. But we Miamians can all feel proud because as an independent city we have signed the Kyoto treaty! But why hasn’t the US signed? Hurricane Katrina was caused by warmer waters in the Atlantic than ever before and we even had hurricanes in the Greek alphabet up to Zeta because of the warmer climate. These hurricanes caused so much heartache and disaster to our country. There is no moral or logical reason for our country to remain ignorant about this issue. When George Bush sr. was president, Gore persuaded him to have a global warming discussion in the White House. On the program was an image of an old-time balance beam where a few gold bars weighed as much as the entire planet. The image represented the economy’s importance in comparison to the earth. Funny we’d place gold bars on the same level as the whole planet because, “if the whole planet ceased existence where would we put our gold?” Gore stated. “When we could make more gold by saving the earth!”

            The main argument against global warming is that it runs in cycles (as if the earth simply inhales and exhales), the difference this time is that we’re already past the point where we should be returning to cold weather again. Since the 1400s we’ve been continuously rising in CO2 levels. In fact, Gore presented so much support for his thesis that it’s nearly impossible to recap it all. Thus I’ll close with this:

            The closest English translation to Gandhi’s favorite phrase is “truth force”. This came up during the short Q&A that followed Gore’s lecture. A UM student asked, “What should today’s youth do to help?” and Gore answered, “become your own ‘truth force’,” research and develop a passion for [your cause] and once you’re knowledgeable enough to discuss it wisely, you will be more than equipped to help. And imagine, if we do this for more than just global warming, for such things as peace policies and economic prosperity, we can be the greatest generation to ever exist. As Churchill said, “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” It’s our time to act. Become your own ‘truth force’ now! Please visit www.AlGore.com.

13th-Feb-2007 06:43 pm - The truth is...
As Valentine's day approaches and I realize that I actually  have a Valentine... I wonder... what's the big deal?
When love is so bogged down by duty it's so much more difficult to run things smoothly.
Love is the only business who's sole detriment is business. 

It's the feeling when you love someone too much to let them go...
but you find it too hard to make sure that they know.
27th-Jan-2007 01:39 am - CHEESEYPOOFS
Stolen from bottlecapman:
Reply to this post, and I'll tell you at least one reason why I like you.
Then put this in your own journal, and spread the love.

Hooray for free love!
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