Mixed Emotions

As the title suggests, my departure from Tallahassee is drawing near. The semester has ended, grades are out, and it is time to go see my family! I haven’t seen them for 5 months and counting which beats my previous record of not seeing them for a little less than 4 months. It was my niece’s birthday 2 days ago, yet another event that I missed. Soon though, I will be catching up with all that I’ve missed once I meet them and I cannot wait!

                Since I’m leaving soon, I’ve been trying to do a lot of things these days while I still have the chance. Of these things is the flamethrower challenge at Stevie B’s Pizza. To be honest, knowing how it would play out, I wouldn’t have done it. :p It was not worth it at all! I’m not a big fan of spicy food in the first place, but that sauce that they put on the pizza was way too spicy! The challenge started and the mood was so tense. They sit you in the “Flame room” which is a small isolated area, wall painted red, a poster of a man blowing fire out of his mouth right there on the wall next to you and a bucket on your side in case you needed it if you know what I mean. The timer started and I had 20 minutes to finish it. After 2 bites, the spiciness got to me and at that very moment I just stopped and said to myself “wow, this is overwhelmingly spicy, I can’t do it”. I kept drinking water while my friend was trying to convince me to keep going, but he was just delaying the inevitable. After 10 minutes of just drinking water and listening to the empty support of my friend, I quit. My advice? Don’t do it!

                Recently I have discovered a soccer field that is official sized and has perfectly clean-cut grass. It was the discovery of a lifetime! I hadn’t played in a field like that in soooo long. Another one of those things I wish I knew about earlier.

                Also, another thing I plan on doing before I leave is finally visiting Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando! As soon as I finish writing this post I will officially be completely free to do whatever I want until I leave to see my family! Whenever that happens, it will be with a heavy heart. It has been such a wonderful year in Tallahassee and I enjoyed every bit of it. I learned an awful lot from living here far away from any family and such. I believe I am even more responsible and mature now. It has been an exhilarating experience in which I have met so many different interesting people from all over the world. I met people from so many different countries with such different cultures. It is truly a diverse campus with endless opportunities to participate in organizational events, activity events, social events, etc. and meeting all sorts of people.

I wish I could write more perhaps about the visit to Orlando if it happens but unfortunately this is my last post before I leave. It has certainly been great to be able to share my experiences and information and I wish it was helpful to its respective audience. I am so grateful to have come to such an amazing university and would encourage anyone and everyone to study here. It does not disappoint! Form the students to the staff and faculty to the professors and instructors to all the events and opportunities to the campus itself I rate my first year of university a whopping 10/10!

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The Bobby E. Leach Center and Sports

The Leach Center is more than just FSU’s gym. It is definitely one of the best gyms I have ever been to, and probably is the best. First of all, let me talk about the machines available. It has so many different machines that can work out every muscle in your body. You will rarely have to wait in order to use a machine that someone else is using, because there are at least 2 of each machine, and there are many similar machines that work out the same muscles. They have fitness machines, free-weight machines, and cardio-vascular machines.

Apart from the machines, there is an indoor track on the third floor that overlooks the swimming pool. The swimming pool has 16 lanes, diving boards, and nets for pool basketball. There is also an open area for which you can reserve goals for pool handball. In the pool area, there are 2 steam rooms, a sauna, and 2 hot tubs, a small one and a large one. The pool offers swimming classes and Open Water scuba diving classes, as well as a 100 mile club. This is a club where basically, you must swim 100 miles over the course of the year. Locker rooms are big enough to never be even close to full. Over 600 lockers are spread out among the 4 locker rooms; men’s general, men faculty/staff, women’s general, women faculty and staff. Lockers can be rented for free at the front desk. Towels are not free to rent but are cheap.

For all of you athletes out there, the leach center has a number of courts, for various sports. It has 6 racquetball/squash courts, 3 regulation-sized basketball courts in which 2 are available for pick-up basketball and shoot arounds, and 1 is designated for volleyball, badminton, and table-tennis, 2 multipurpose courts for volleyball or badminton, and just outside the leach center are several tennis courts. Those courts are available anytime the gym is open. Most of these sports have clubs that you either have to tryout to join or you can just go and play. That depends on the sport. That being said, if you do not make the team of the sport you tried out for, intramurals and tournaments are held throughout the year for the different sports and pick-up matches are also easy to set up. Soccer is one sport that I have not mentioned yet. There are plenty of opportunities to play soccer. There is a club that you have to try out for, intramurals, fields free to play at around campus. There is no need to worry about finding an opportunity to play any sport. It is really easy. Of course there are so many more sports clubs that you can join such as hockey, baseball, bowling, surfing, equestrian and more.

Services at the Leach center are top-notch. They have many different group exercise classes for fitness, cardio, and mind & body exercises. There are also free nutrition classes, body composition analysis, massage therapy, etc. Finally, there is smoothie stand that sells nutritious shakes and smoothies and some protein bars. Exercise and sports should be regular things in the weekly schedule of a student at university. For more information on the Leach center or any of the sports, click here.

Post 2: What’s rocking Tally?

I finally turned 18 last week!!!!It’s a miracle, I thought this day would never come but it did and I’m finally classified as an adult now. My life has more meaning, I get to sign contracts, get a permanent residency form, I get to vote, I can drive a car without a co-person, take part in psychology experiments to complete the extra credit requirements needed for passing the class (which is kind of redundant btw) go to club downunder and I can get married without my parents’ permission… As much as I love my country I don’t agree  with the fact that I can’t get an i.d or drive there until I’m 18.

So my last week was very very chill, mostly because we had a holiday right in the middle of the week and that holiday was on Thursday i.e. the day following my birthday 😛 I got to stay out late. I ended up going to a really awesome Thai restaurant called Bahn Thai and I ate straight Thai (spicy food is the best “pick me up” ever!) Then I went to a sheesha place called Aladdin’s which is cool but I still recommend the one near our campus to everyone… it’s the best place to do homework cause it’s so quiet, the manager is super friendly (he gave me a free cake piece on my birthday) and they have amazing tea…. And then I went clubbing; for the first time in my life. Let me tell you clubbing is like nothing any one can imagine and the movies don’t give an accurate picture it is….. (Drum roll)…. boring because no one is actually “dancing”-if you all get my flow. I went with my ‘desi’ friends and we ended up Indian-o-fying all the songs, which was the fun part.

This weekend we had a football game versus Clemson and we won. I love the FSU spirit and how the whole city is practically immersed into the game.

I followed the game through the internet and when Dustin Hopkins made the 55 yard field goal, which gave FSU a 16-13, win at the last minute, the resounding cheer could be heard all the way from the Doak Campbell stadium over onto College Avenue which I was passing by at that time!!! Way to go Seminoles!

BTW EID MUBARAK to all! Technically being so far from home you can’t really feel the whole festive spirit. I spent the whole of eid day hopping from one class to the next but a party can only be as merry as you make it so in order to revive the festivities my friends gathered at my friend Fatima’s house and we made food….okay! I just ate the food but I did volunteer to DJ for them. I played really sappy cheesy Pakistani and Indian songs all night which put everyone in a good mood so I can easily say I was the life of the party.

We also have Majestic Asia going on right now. It is a weeklong event in which different Asian student organizations come together and celebrate the Asian heritage!! Till now we have had a Parol workshop(Parol’s are those 3D stars hung up during Christmas time )hosted by the Filipino Student Association, Diwali Dhamaka by the Indian student association and Royal Flush by the Chinese Language and Culture Association and more events from today till Sunday !!!!

Today is also Marketplace Wednesday! It is basically a combo of ‘tables’ set up in the union courtyard by student organizations, street vendors and students who sell and advertise things or projects! The whole atmosphere is amazing and my roommate just bought an amazing sea green dress for $5 so it’s also extremely cheap…an excellent place for poor students like me.

Campus

I must say I was very surprised when I visited the campus for the first time. It’s huuuuuge! I arrived at Tallahassee the day before the late orientation and so I did not have much time to familiarize myself with the campus and the result was that I missed most of my classes on the first day. However, it was easy to quickly find the quickest ways to each of my classes. Fortunately, three out of the four classes I was enrolled in were at the same building. There are also campus-buses that drive around campus and make it easy to make your way around campus. Click here for a virtual tour of the campus.

The size of the campus is not the only great thing about it. The atmosphere on campus is extremely tranquil and peaceful. It is as if you were in an enormous garden with buildings all over it. You can almost sit down and start working or studying almost anywhere. There are benches all around campus and you can just sit down and work for a bit in between classes. The atmosphere definitely helps you do that. Another thing; there are squirrels everywhere! They are such amazing creatures. Sometimes I find myself just staring at one climbing a tree or whatever for a while. Once I saw an eagle attack a squirrel! But the squirrel got away. The eagle was getting annoyed by the camera flashes so he flew away.

Food on campus is also pretty good. There is a good variety of food around campus. There is a cafeteria at the main hangout on campus which has few restaurants. It has Japanese and chicken and rice type cuisine, as well as Papa John’s and another frozen yogurt/smoothie parlor. There are a few hot dog stands that sell beef hotdogs and I must say, they are probably the best hotdogs I’ve had. Other than that, among the other cafeterias is one called “Suwannee’s”. It is an all you can eat buffet a wide variety of good food which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Finally, there is a Chilis on campus. Chilis is… Chilis. You just can’t go wrong choosing to eat there.

Another great thing about campus is the facilities that it provides such as the gymnasium, library, sports fields, etc. It would take a whole blog just to go over all the services, equipments, books, etc. the library and Gymnasium have at the students’ disposal. There are several libraries around campus, each focusing on a different set of areas of study; there is a medical library, an engineering library, etc. The main library though, Strozier Library is general. That’s all I’ll say about it and the gym for now. Anticipate the rest!

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