13 September 2009

Gyp·sy also Gip·sy (jĭp'sē) n. pl. Gyp·sies also Gip·sies : 3. "gypsy" One inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life.


¿Qué onda?

السلام عليكم

“I’m Jessi”, “Me llamo Jessi”, or  "انا اسمي دْجسي" 

Ok, that’s enough of
the tri-lingual thing for now. 

My name is Jessi, and I’m
a fourth year at Ball State.  I study
landscape architecture, which is a five-year program.  SO, I get to be a senior twice. . . sort of.  In addition to architecture I have two
minors, one in history and the other in Spanish. 

Since you’re reading
my blog, I assume you’re either interested in Ball State or you’re interested
in my many adventures at Ball State.  As
far as the former reason is concerned, I really don’t blame you.  Ball State is a pretty fabulous school.  As for the latter. . . I hope I don’t

As you may guess from
the title of this blog, I really enjoy traveling.  In fact, I’ve made a goal for myself to study
or travel abroad every year of my college career; so far, so good!  I’ll get into details later, but I’ve studied
abroad with the Honors College twice (I studied Italian literature and culture
in Italy and British Fantasy Literature in England), I’ve been awarded two
Critical Language Scholarships (I studied Arabic in Tunisia and Egypt), and I
studied the environment and sustainable development in Monterrey, Mexico last
spring semester.  I’m currently making plans
to study abroad in Brazil this coming spring semester.  Hopefully everything will work out and five months
from now I’ll be posting from South America!

Despite all that, I do
actually spend a lot of time at Ball State. 
While I’m in Muncie, my main occupation is being a student, but I have
some other activities lined up as well. 
I am the “assistant to the director of national and international
,” but I prefer to be called her minion.  Basically, I work to keep the website
updated, file things, and research potential scholarships for Ball State
students.  It’s pretty fun, and I get to
be called an “undergraduate fellow,” which sounds kind of fancy.  Aside from that, I try to volunteer whenever I
can, I attend Navigators, I’m a member of the Ball State chapter of the ASLA,
and I try to make it to most Natural Resources club meetings.  At the moment I’m a feeling a little
disconnected from campus since it’s been about a year since I was last here, so
we’ll see what other fun things I’ll get myself into. 

For the next few weeks
I am peer mentoring, so hopefully that will go well.  So far it’s been really good—we’ve gone to
the library, talked about the freshman reader, and talked about future
scholarship opportunities students at Ball State enjoy. 

Like most young
people, I enjoy spending time with my friends—recently we’ve been watching
football (Go Bears!).  I’m learning how
to play the guitar and how to ride a motorcycle.  When my roommate is feeling generous, I am
occasionally also learning how to drive a manual transmission, which is
something completely foreign to me.  I
enjoy growing plants, and recently I’ve enjoyed cooking with fresh herbs from
my herb garden (though cooking really isn’t my thing).  When I have the chance I like to rock climb,
though the only time in my life I did this regularly was in Mexico (aka: I’m
pretty lousy at it).  I also like biking,
and I just bought my fist pair of roller blades since I was ten—so Watch
Out!  I still don’t know how to use my
breaks!  (Word to the wise: rollerblading
is NOT like riding a bike!  If you stop
doing it for an extended period of time, it gets harder!)  I love tattoos and piercings and crazy hair,
though I currently have only a nose-ring. 

I speak English
natively (I’m from Northern Indiana, so that was easy to master), and Spanish
conversationally (I make grammatical mistakes left and right, but I am able to
understand and communicate in Spanish). 
I’ve been learning Arabic during the last two summers, but I can get by
in only basic, basic Arabic.  Now,
to prepare for Brazil, I will begin learning Portuguese this Tuesday.  Hopefully I’ll learn enough this semester to
survive in the next one. 
إن شاء الله

So that’s me.  I hope you enjoy reading my blog, and please
feel free to post and comment frequently!

Oh yeah, and I like
Crest Extreme Herbal Mint toothpaste best. (In case you were interested)


Me learning to play guitar 

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