Behind the Scenes #31: First Week at Boston University

HELLO!!!

I’m going to be so cliché that it hurts right now, but I’ve missed you all so much!!! I feel like there are a million things I want to say and even more photos to dump on your faces, but I’ll try to hold my horses and tell you about my week in an organized fashion. Thus, I’m going to do this in a list format since lists are easier to manage and read.

Here are some of things and thoughts from my first week at college!

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Mooooooving in!

1) FYSOP was incredibleI mentioned in another post that I was not actually in classes last week (classes start tomorrow!), but I was participating in a First-Year Student Outreach Program (FYSOP). I was in the “Hunger” issue area, so we harvested fruits and veggies at a farm, helped sort and label things at a food bank, and prepared food at a soup kitchen. Throughout all the on-site volunteer work, lectures, and educational sessions, I’ve learned so much more about the Hunger issue than I could have imagined.

The best part of all was making great friends within my group. We were the “Morgan Free…Range Chickens.” Nothing short of amazing, I think.

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{Photo creds to Patrick}

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{Photo creds to Cassandra}

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{Photo creds to Grace}

2) The food is quite delicious here.

It’s very easy to find healthy options in the dining halls, and I love that Boston University is serious about sustainability and knowing where the food comes from. Come back on Wednesday to check out some of my eats at college! 🙂

P.S. I finally found the big bowl of both regular AND natural peanut butter in the dining hall today. My culinary life in college is complete.

3) After three days last week, I figured out the shower situation.

Showering in the dorms was making me a little anxious before I arrived, but I think I have a system of sorts that allows me to shower efficiently and travel in the hallways without flashing anyone (so far).

4) Homesickness is subsiding. 

The transition was definitely weird during the first few days of being in college alone, but after such a fantastic week with FYSOP, I’ve adjusted well. Mom and Dad have also been here for the past couple of days for Labor Day weekend, which surely helps too!

Now for when I need sanity and a shoulder to cry on during exam weeks….

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My dorm!

5) A spoonful of peanut butter is my best friend.

Not literally. I made friends, I swear! But when it comes to that midnight snack monster right before I hit the hay, I turn to my trustee peanut butter jar in the mini fridge to tame the beast.

{What the heck with that dramatic sentence?^^^}

6) The FitRec center is awesome!

Last Thursday, I stepped into the fitness and recreation center for the first time a little after we finished dinner, and I decided to just work out while I was already there and gross after being out all day. I don’t really give a darn about dudes at the gym, so I just went for the weight room.

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It was the first time I lifted weights in a longggggg time, and it was SO FUN. I did 5 minutes on the stair master and Jessie’s full body weights workout, which made me decently sore the next day and even more sore two days later. DOMS! I’m pumped to be able to go to such a great fitness center.

Other moves: 

  • WALKING EVERYWHERE.
  • Saturday: 3 min. on cross trainer (I was already pretty warm from walking a mile from my dorm to the FitRec!) + 10 shoulder tap pushups + 20 single arm DB swings + 8 min ab tabata + 3 rounds of 500m row and 10 burpees
  • Sunday: 2.8 mile run around the Charles River!

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I’m taking yoga as a credit class this semester, so I’m looking forward to that too!

7) The weather has been beautiful lately.

Boston, you’re gorgeous. Please be merciful this winter.

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8) I realize how much I value my alone time.

The first few days of FYSOP involved meeting tons of new people, socializing, chanting together, playing games, etc. All I wanted to do after long days of doing just that was sit in my room by myself, read blogs, and eat oatmeal. I skipped a Student Activities night last week in favor of organizing my room and listening to Tori Kelly in my dorm.

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Don’t get me wrong, I loveeee meeting new people and hanging out with my friends; I had a ridiculously fun time with them. However, my introversion calls me to just chill by myself sometimes. No open door, no texting, just me time. Like, “leave me alone, dangit” time.

9) I miss reading blogs!

Gahh! I want to read so many blog posts, but there just isn’t any time! I read a lot on my phone when I could last week, but I also wanted to make sure I was in the moment and talking to my friends. I just truly miss commenting and taking my time reading all the great posts out there.

10) I’m ready for classes.

I hope, at least. I am so excited and thankful to be learning about the world in such an amazing city. Not only will I be learning in the classroom, but I will be (and have already been) learning through the different experiences and people I encounter every day. So blessed!

Okay, I’m done, I’m done. But FYI, that was only about a quarter of what I want to tell you all. So many adventures, so little time!

Have a blessed Labor/Labour Day, all you who are celebrating!

So tell me:

What are some things going on in YOUR life?

Did you have trouble transitioning when you first went to college?

How have you been movin’ and groovin’?

WIAW: iPhone Photography

Wait, I’m still posting?

I’m still at FYSOP and all, but I decided to type up some posts during the weekend so I could still check in with you guys! Also, What I Ate Wednesday with Jenn is just fun.

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I mentioned last week that I will be abandoning the DSLR while I’m at college, so I’ve been trying to brush up my iPhone food photography with the help of the VSCO Cam app. I feel like this vscocam is the LA-hipster-foodie app to use, but I can’t resist feeling like Cait’s Plate or Molly Yeh (except a lot less refined) when I edit photos there.

So here’s a mix of my last DSLR and iPhone/vscocam-edited food photos from home AND college the last week!

Breakfasts

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iPhone: blueberry pancakes at brunch with my three best friends

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DSLR: Greek yogurt with chia, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, banana, zucchini banana bread, and sunflower seed butter

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DSLR: cookie dough cereal with chia, banana and mango

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DSLR: fluffy chia banana oatmeal with sunflower seed butter

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iPhone: FYSOP breakfast of muffins and half a bagel with cream cheese. SUGAR RUSH FROM THOSE MUFFINS.

Lunches

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DSLR: pita bread with avocado, salt and pepper + spinach with crab-tofu-egg-zucchini scramble

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iPhone: sushi lunch with mama

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DSLR: udon noodles with Chinese takeout

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iPhone: Greek chicken wrap from a service station en route to Boston

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iPhone: Dining hall food! Turkey, mustard, onion chutney, maple turkey, lettuce, tomato sandwich on wheat + mozzarella tomato balsamic salad 

Snacks

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iPhone: sharing waffle fries with Daliza

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DSLR: nighttime snack of yogurt with cinnamon and stevia

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DSLR: the usual dried fig with Greek yogurt

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DSLR: grilled veggies (eaten with fingers because that’s more fun)

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iPhone: banana with peanut butter and sea salt

Dinners

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DSLR: Soba noodles + leftover Thai chicken + big green salad

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DSLR: Leftover rice pilaf + pork + avocado

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DSLR: Salad with curry chicken + avocado toast

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iPhone: {really dry} roasted chicken + {really tasty!} sweet potatoes + veggies from the dining hall

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iPhone: roasted potatoes + salad with tofu and chickpeas from the dining hall

Desserts

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iPhone: frozen yogurt + bubble tea with mom

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DSLR: The one and only— peach cobbler

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iPhone: vanilla soft serve from the dining hall 😀

I just had a spoonful of peanut butter here in my dorm because I didn’t get my fix at breakfast. Once I start going to the dining hall for breakfast during the school year, I’m actually going to bring a little container of nut butter with me. Bring on the judgmental stares. BRING IT.

The college experience is going well so far, by the way! I must admit that I’m a little homesick, even though my parents are visiting this weekend for parent day. Nevertheless, I’m making friends (woo!) and having fun learning about the issue areas for which we are all volunteering. Maybe I’ll be able to sneak in a quick “thinking out loud” post tomorrow, but we shall see if time (and sanity) permits. 🙂

Hope you guys have a great Wednesday!

So tell me:

Do you use VSCO cam to edit iPhone photos?

Three things you’ve eaten and loved recently.

Were you homesick in college?