Friday, July 31, 2009

Part 1: Dealing with Roommates

Last year, I started writing something I liked to call "Confessions of a College Freshman." Basically, I wrote about the important things I learned during my freshman year at FGCU. Some of them were silly, like, "what not to tell your parents." Others were more "planning for today...not tomorrow or next year." It's still not done yet, but it's a work in progress. I've still never shown it to anyone, but with the new school year approaching, I feel that now may be the best time to start sharing it. In each post, I'm going to post one of the entries from my "book" (I don't know what else to call it!). So now, I present to you...Confessions of a College Freshman: Dealing With Roomates.

Going into college, I thought that my roommate(s) were going to be my best friend(s). I had that expectation because of what the movies showed and what everyone I knew told me. The truth is, your roommate could be your best friend but they could also be your worst enemy. Mine is somewhere in between. We can talk to each other in a civil manner, but you will never see us hanging out. We’re two different people with two different lifestyles. She’s got a job and buys tons of expensive (and materialistic) things. She’s so into her looks that I rarely see her without makeup and her hair done. Her boyfriend is always around. I’m the opposite. I have no job, I don’t care about buying expensive things, and I rarely do my hair or wear makeup. Not to mention, I am so single (as of today, at least). We have the same views on a lot of things and have gone through a lot of the same things, but at the end of the day that’s not enough. She’s messy and disrespectful and it ultimately causes a lot of problems (most of which I never tell her about). But there’s nothing I can really do. She’s never around for me to tell her what I think of her boyfriend using my towel or her leaving hair and dirt from the floor in our foyer. The only thing you can really do is make the best of it. If that means pulling innocent, harmless pranks to get a good laugh, then so be it. Just don’t pour so much water into your roommates face wash that it comes out as water (I felt really bad about that one). Regardless of how you feel about your roommate, you have to live with them for 32 weeks (unless, of course, you decide to switch rooms). So just make the best of it!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I'm back! :)

Hello blogging world! I'm back from my cruise, and it was absolutely fantastic! July 4th was the most fun I've ever had...and I was in Cozumel, Mexico!! I could write a million blogs about that trip; that's how wonderful it was. I was planning on dedicating this post to the cruise, but I've decided against that idea in order to write about a few other things.

Today's topics include: The Secret Life of the American Teenager episode (Season 2, Episode 2) and the Michael Jackson memorial service.

Michael Jackson's Memorial Service
Now, I know talking about Michael Jackson has gotten me a lot of negative feedback, but I swear I have nothing negative to say about him personally. I didn't plan on watching the memorial service, seeing as I was never a big fan of MJ. And to be honest, I didn't watch it at first, but after seeing that there was nothing else on TV tonight, I decided to turn on the re-run of it on VH1. From the way everyone was talking about it on twitter, I truthfully expected something better. The speeches are very heartfelt, but there are so many of them that I feel like I'm constantly hearing the same thing over and over again. And the performers, to me, are just mediocre. I think they got a lot of talent, but I don't see the talent in these performances. MJ was (and always will be) a musical genius, and I think some of these performances don't do him nearly enough justice. But the fact that all of these artists, Hollywood stars, athletes, fans, etc. came out to honor him is incredible. Putting his personal life and all of the scandals aside, I think he did incredible things during his 50 years of life. And through all of this, I try to remember THAT Michael Jackson. Back to his memorial. I think the best speech came from his daughter, Paris. I was SHOCKED that I got to see his daughter's face since he always hid his children from the media. For the first time, I saw the kids behind the "masks" (so to speak), and it made a lot of things more real. His kids were no longer just names in the tabloids or bodies with no faces...they're finally real people, and I got to see his daughter talk about how much she loved her father and how much she'll miss him. I wish that during his lifetime, I got to see more of that. I can't imagine what it must be like for his 3 children, and my heart goes out to them.

Secret Life of the American Teenager (Season 2, Episode 2)
Okay, so there's a bit of confusion as to whether this is season 2 or 3, but as far as I'm concerned, this is the 2nd season (and that's how I'll go about referring to it). This season has me torn so far. It's not as predictable as the first season, and that's what I love the most about it. What disappoints me, though, is that I feel like it's kind of "promoting" sex. When the show began, I thought that this show would discourage teenagers from having sex, but almost every single character on the show is having sex. What kind of message is that sending out? Of all the characters, I thought that at least Grace would be the one to say "no" and stand up for what she believes in. But in the first episode of the season, she gives in and haves sex with Jack (who she's been on and off with throughout the show). And her reasons for having sex aren't even reasonable ones. The characters on this show are 15-16 years old...and they're all having sex!!! Now, this episode (#2) seemed to drag on a little bit too much. We were told from the 1st episode that Grace felt like she was responsible for her father's death because she had sex, and to restate it throughout the ENTIRE 2nd episode wasn't all that necessary. It got to the point that hearing it made me extremely frustrated, and I wanted to go into the screen and tell Grace to just shut up already and that it's not her fault! I feel like the show has steered off it's tracks a bit, but I'm still looking forward to this season.

Time to watch one of the worst shows on television...Paris Hilton's My New BFF. Will that be one of tomorrow's topics? You'll just have to wait and see.

Until next time....

"Dream as if you'll live forever; Life as if you'll die today." ~James Dean

xoxo Christina

Thursday, July 2, 2009

From videos to writing...but why?

A week ago, I embarked on a journey to start video blogging as a way to express some of my opinions. I understood what I was getting into and was fully prepared for some brutal criticism. My first blog was titled "Michael Jackson, Perez Hilton, and Farrah Fawcett." I discussed the deaths of Michael Jackson & Farrah Fawcett, as well as my opinions of Perez Hilton's hypocritical nature in relation to the death of MJ. I will admit to saying some pretty harsh things about MJ, but those were my opinions regardless. I was soon flooded with "hate comments" (you know, kind of like hate mail), but it didn't shake me or anything. People called me uneducated for not stating facts to backing up my opinion, and said that I shouldn't start out my video blogs by saying bad things about MJ. Hey, it's my opinion...and at the same time, they have their opinions.

There was only one comment that bothered me, one which stated that it would be unfortunate for my friends to see the real me. You don't know me; who are you to call me fake? I'm real all the time, and there's certainly nothing fake about me. But today's new comment pushed me over the edge. Here is the comment, in verbatim, before I deleted it:

"wow ur so brain wash on media open ur eyes and maybe u will see the truth .. they can say ur mother was a fucking slut porn star that loves to fuck dogs!! and u would probably believe it!! so young so stupid no wonder ur fat u watch to much television and on the net most of ur time!! ur a fucking loser better stop making video .. ur just wasting ur time..just my opinion...have a nice day!! fat ignorant bitch!! ohh that's just me i believe that ur fat and insecure and u need a life!:)"

I didn't post this comment to get your sympathy, but rather to show how ignorant and rude some people can be. I value other people's opinion, but I don't condone rude (and low) comments like that. Yes, I am slightly overweight, and I'll admit to that. But I'm not insecure. That's a fact. And nobody has the right to judge me or my lifestyle, especially if you don't know me. Anyway, this comment is the reason I stopped posting my videos. If I'm going to be judged on that level, then f*ck it. So from now on, I'll be doing written blogs...and I think it will be easier for me to keep up with these.

Well, I'm leaving on 4-day cruise later on today, so I think I'm going to get some sleep. I don't know how much time I'll be online in the next few days, but I'm sure I won't have any time for "serious blogging." But I'll have lots to write about when I come back :)

Thanks for reading! And here's a quote to leave you with...until next time.

"Those who judge people on the outside prove how shallow they are within." -Jordan Taub

xoxo christina :)