Three and a half Weeks Left!

Really? I cannot believe it. Time FLEW by. It’s like last week I was in orientation. But when I look back at all the things that I have done this year it makes me say ”ok yes, it has been a year”. I have done so much I should really thank FSU for that. It provided me with so many opportunities, all of which are really enjoyable. I tried to benefit fully from all that FSU has to offer, from extra classes, to the sports facilities and gym, to conferences like the FILC, and finally, for giving me the opportunity to have a job and gain work experience. All those things make the FSU campus such an outstanding place to be. You could really enjoy your university life without needing to leave campus much. You could just stay on campus all day everyday and everything you need and more is available to you. It makes life easy for its students. By always having so much to do, it feels like you days are so short and time goes by too fast. Before you know it, you’re writing your final assignments and registering for classes for the next semester.

This is probably the most hectic time of year for students. With two and a half weeks left until final exams, all final projects are due soon and final tests are coming up.  This is my first year of university, but generally, in high-school, towards the end of the year I feel like I just want the year to be over and laziness kicks in. That hasn’t changed now that I am in university. In fact, if anything, the feeling just got stronger. Although you enjoy your life at university here at FSU, it can be exhausting to always be doing things all the time. So towards the end, you feel like you can really use a summer vacation; and just that is what’s coming up pretty soon! 🙂

Thinking back to all that I’ve done, I started thinking about things that I absolutely enjoyed, and things that I would have liked to do but didn’t do them for whatever reason. In addition to the opportunities I talked about above, probably the best experience was the FILC. It was also great to be able to enjoy all the free services of the Leech Center – the gym, sports clubs, swimming pool and spa, etc.  Even having done all those things, there is much that I wish I had taken advantage of but didn’t. Such things include the SLC, the circus, the reservation, etc. The student life center plays recent movies such as Black Swan earlier this week, True Grit soon, and many more. I also did not go to the FSU circus which has a reputation of being better than you expect it to be. The reservation is a huge park, the best place for you to get to enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities and is reserved for FSU students only. It is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable places to be on nice weather weekends. With just a few weeks left, I still might be able to enjoy these things if I can manage my time well.


Spring in Tallahassee

Hells week ends today after 7 more hours. I don’t think I have put as much effort into classes as I did this week so it better pay off. On a happy note I get to leave for Houston on Saturday and there I will rest my frazzled nerves for the remainder of the break 😀

This happens to be my first “actual” spring season, especially because in Karachi we don’t really have spring and go straight from chilly to BAM! Summer. But the weather is perfect and the flowers are blooming all around me. I think this season (for me at least) highlights the best of the campus. There are so many nooks around campus that I hadn’t noticed before till now. However I also think that the world looks brighter to me because I stay cooped up in the library in front of my laptop all day.

Speaking of the library, Strozier is having a series of Acoustic concerts every Wednesday night from about 9 o’clock to 11 o’clock. Yes concerts in the library! Even though they sound like a disturbance for those who study but they are limited to a Starbucks sitting area so there are whole other 4 floors where you can study! Anyway the concerts are organized by our very own FSU music major students. So it is not only an excellent chance for them to showcase their talents but also gain experience and feedback about their performances. Plus they are free 🙂

Okay so I happen to be officially the laziest person on earth. I started writing this blog last night at 1 and somehow got distracted, fell asleep and remembered it now after 19 whole hours. At least I got done with all my exams 🙂

I leave for Houston tomorrow afternoon but I still haven’t packed. My friends and I decided to go to chick-fil-A right after my exam ended because they had a free fry-day today. Yup their amazing waffle fries were free today for all customers, and customers means even the people who buy just water or a coke their and that’s exactly what we did…

Then we ended up in a wildlife park about 30 minutes from Tallahassee called St. Marks and it was absolutely gorgeous there. I actually saw two snakes and a gator with a multitude of fish, crabs and interesting plants. St. Marks is one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge Systems. Apparently refuge includes coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries of seven north Florida Rivers. The refuge also has a lighthouse, which apparently got remade 3 times. Once because it was burnt down and another time a part of it had collapsed.


Strozier, The Main Library

You knew it was coming. Here it is; the post about Strozier. If you have read my introduction, then you know that FSU is a highly ranked research institute in the United States. Needless to say then, Strozier has an outstanding amount of resources! Together with the other libraries, its collection has over three million volumes, 78,000 periodicals and serials, and over 600 databases, many of which is available online. Those can be dated way back in the 16-1700s and onward. The library’s new undergraduate common area (ground floor) was renovated to help undergraduate students with anything and everything, from one-on-one tutoring/helping to group workshops, and through the reading/writing center, you can ask for your assignment to be revised and you will be given some great feedback that will allow you to always be able to achieve the highest grades possible on each and every assignment. There are also language tutors for Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian. There is also “Advising First” at the library where you can walk in to their office and ask for advising and they’ll help you right away if they are not busy with other students. There is a more than sufficient amount of computers with internet access spread over the different levels. There are sound-proof rooms that you can reserve for group work with projectors. The atmosphere is just great for doing homework assignments and projects. In fact, I’ve done most of my assignments at Strozier because it helps me focus on the assignment and at the same time, the internet is really fast and you can do all the research you need easily. There are also quiet areas designated for studying and people who need absolute silence in order to work effectively. There is a media center with computers designated for editing pictures, articles, publishing, etc. The screens are all large flat screens and no sound is allowed from computers without headphones/earphones, which makes even the non-quiet zones quiet enough for working on assignments and studying. There is a lot of space between each computer so you can be extremely comfortable. Here’s the highlight though. There’s a Starbucks on the ground floor with a tempting resting area where you can enjoy some silent reading or conversations with friends or work groups, partners, etc. Now, with all that being said, no matter how much you know or hear about this library, you would definitely still be overwhelmed with all the equipment and services that it offers. Click here for a link to the Libraries home page where you can find links to each of the libraries, or click here for a link to the undergraduate common area at Strozier.

Just outside of Strozier is Landis Green. That is the main park on campus. It is such a beautiful place to chill on nice sunny days. It gets more and more enchanting as spring draws nearer.  Eventually you will just not be able to resist lying down on its grass. It is also a great hangout and place for casual sports such as throwing a Frisbee or an American football around. Sometimes people play soccer there too. Finally, the Legacy Fountain is a fountain located in the center of the park and adds to its beautiful and pleasant aura.

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