Thursday, August 30, 2012

Welcome back Aggies!

I'm sure you all know that tonight is the first football game! I'm sitting here with our new ambassador Chris and he's pretty confident that this year's team will be a little more successful than it has in the past. Chris is a devout football fan- attending every NMSU football game and always hopeful for the Aggies. He's thinking this might be the season where the Aggies turn for the better. Nevertheless, the games are always fun "Whether we win or lose".

As the semester gets rolling and professors actually start assigning homework and projects, it always hits me like a big wave of stress. It's important to get into the swing of things right off the bat so it makes that adjustment a little more easier. Most Aggies want to get out to parties and social events whenever they can to meet new people and make friends. But now that the semester is just about in full swing I highly suggest that everyone sets up their priorities and remembers the main reason for coming to college. Work hard, then reward yourself. It's the best advice I can give to a new Aggies trying to figure out how to balance their new college life.

Well that's it for today. Hope to see you all at the first game!


Monday, April 30, 2012

Seasons change and so do we....

Driving in to work today, the radio weather report announced a whappin' 90 degree forecast for the entire week. Living in Cruces, this should not have been a big surprise to me but it felt like summer crept up overnight. Summer time is one of the greatest times of the year for many many many reasons! It is a time of freedom, hot days by the pool or lake, long nights with your summer fling, and the greatest of alll.... fresh juicy WATERMELON!! Staying up all night has no consequence because every opportunity for fun must be taken; that is the ONLY rule of summer. Like I said, summertime is one of the most liberating times for me and everytime it comes around I want to be laying in a meadow, drinking lemonade with Liam Hemsworth, without a care in the world......(A girl can dream right?lol)

Thinking about how fast the seasons come and go also made me think about how fast life has gone by. For many of us, day to day life seems to drag on (trust me I know), but somedays I wake up and freak out thinking that I am about to start my senior year of college!!! The thing that freaks me out even more is how much I have changed just in five years.

Five years ago would have made me 15, a sophmore in high school. The year i ditched more geometry classes than I attended, had the relationship duration of Kim Kardashian, got my driver's license, and gave my mama more gray hairs than she wanted. But hey, that's what all teenage girls were doin.... Despite all of the fun I was having I did have a few goals lol. I wanted to be an aneastisiologist, run for Miss Rodeo America, and move as far away from New Mexico as possible.  Those were the most important things in my life at that time and I knew that was exactly how my life was going to turn out.

HaHa, literally none of those things have become true or even closely similar. I am going to be a teacher in three semesters, and consider yourself lucky because I can barely convert inches to feet so I'm probably not the gal' you want administering high powered narcotics.... Miss Rodeo America is the last woman I want to be on this earth at this particular moment. Number one, I have really lost my touch of holding a fake smile for over 30 seconds. Number two, I don't run barrels or rodeo now, instead I show Stock Horses, so kinda defeats the purpose of running for MRA. Lastly, I am still here in New Mexico and have planned to stay here and teach. After taking a natural hazards class about earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, etc. I have come to the conculsion that despite the drought and tumbleweeds, this is the safest place your gonna get. Some would say that I gave up on my dreams, but I say that dreams change, just like the seasons and just like me.........

Peace & Blessings

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Peace. Love and Lol from the Pinoy!

Hey Fellow Aggies!

As always, there are a lot things going through my head. As paranoid as I am or get, I try to think that its just me overreacting. Nonetheless, it happens. There are some things in life where you push on and just grind through it because you know what lies at the end. A good example is graduation- which took me almost 6 years and I am pretty sure it is safe to say that I have 3 weeks left of undergrad life. It's been a roller coaster of a semester and a challenge dealing with "senioritis" the whole time. Carley was right about "the feeling of potential relief that the semester will end soon is actually dwindling. " But I may have to add about my nervousness of the event. 

So what’s going on? Well I am expecting to march with a diploma and a big invisible “officially unemployed” sign on my head but there are reasons for that (travel, a little break and time to prep for grad school). So, no fret, unemployment is just temporary. And I have a ton of plans that I will fight for, for it to push through. This won't be the last time "y'all" here from me. 

It has been awhile since I last blogged, nonetheless, it is always great when given the opportunity. On the other hand, this may be the last time. So this should be good, right? In all honesty this was always fun and a pleasure to do. Meeting and touring people was always an adventure. And I can't forget the people in the office! So, a quick update since New Student Registration is coming up and I am hoping upcoming Aggies will read this and I am pretty sure you guys want to be highly involved! I would highly recommend being an Ambassador. No regrets whatsoever. So for the current Aggies, hang in! Summer is near! And for the upcoming ones, we cannot wait to have you guys! 

Anyways, its been a pleasure! 

Go Aggies!

-Aggie Albert

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hello Fellow Aggies,

So as I approach the end of the semester, the feeling of potential relief that the semester will end soon is actually dwindling. After my last final I will be faced with an apartment to pack up, numerous bins of stuff to take to storage, speedrace home to New York for a week to face a family tugging me in every direction and then speedrace back to New Mexico to begin my internship with Yates Petroleum in Artesia, NM. Can't say I'm thrilled for the semester to end.

However, at this point I'm ready for new classes, new professors and news faces. I look forward to what next semester brings.

I never thought I would ever being working for an oil company. Starting out as an Environmental Science major and now doubling in Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental Engineering doesn't seem like I would be the poster child for an oil company.

Thankfully my internship will place me in the environmental department of the company. I am relieved by this! I will focus in environmental reclamation and environmental impacts of land through the oil extraction process. I figure that oil use is not coming to an end any time soon and I might as well work for the better of it and learn how to ensure that the oil industry causes as little damage as possible while being extracted from the earth. I look forward to what kind of opportunities arise from this and the experience I will gain. Wish me luck!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Advice to my High School Self

I have felt really nostalgic for some reason. I have been looking at pictures from high school, listening to music from my old ipod (does anyone remember My Chemical Romance?), remembering old friends and I might even consider resurrecting my Myspace page (NOT). I think it's the weather or stress or maybe the fact that my brother is getting ready to enter high school. Whatever it is, I am thinking about all of the things I have learned since I have been in college. I am a huge advocate for personal growth. It boosts my self esteem,  makes me feel more mature and I can look back and think "If only I knew, you can't stick a fork into the toaster to retrieve toast".  I have compiled a list of all of the things I have learned in three years, I'm a pretty seasoned "life veteran", obviously.

1. Boys mature slower than girls do--Boy would this tidbit of advice saved me quite a bit of trouble (No pun intended). I think my Mom might have told me this a few times (but of course I didn't listen because, I was a mature high schooler, duh).  I'm going to go ahead and say it. High school relationships are a joke. Guy friends are so much cooler and boys get better looking with time (Justin Bieber or James Franco?)  so all of you high school girls out there-- remember that. Also, high school boys don't have jobs so its not like they can even buy you cool things. Bottom line, don't waste your time with high school boys. Platonic relationships are so in.

2. Student Council/ Sports/ Prom aren't everything- I will be the first to admit, in high school I was totally involved in everything, which is admirable but the color of tulle that was picked the decorate the gym for prom ,the class song or even a silly tennis match are not the most important things in the world. I remember being so stressed out my senior year about the class song and class flower and thinking how ugly and terrible looking a Stargazer Lily was. But that doesn't matter right now and it didn't matter then. Just relax, because I can guarantee that when I'm forty my fondest memories of high school are not going to be the prom decorations.

3. Enjoy not having any responsibilties- I think I did a pretty good job at doing this, my Mom did my laundry, I never had a job, I procrastinated and I was lazy. That's what high school should be about, because once you get to college, you can't not do things. You have to pay bills, work, do massive amounts of homework, take care of yourself etc. I miss the days of coming home and not having to worry about anything :)

4. Parents are not embarrassing-- I know that everyone goes through this in high school! From the time I was 5 until I was 15, I was periodically dropped off at school in a cop car. Now, before anyone jumps to conclusions, my Dad was a cop and would have to drop me off every so often. It was the most embarrassing thing in the whole wide world. I couldn't wait to get out of the car and I would always suggest that he park a few blocks away ( which he totally didn't, then proceeded to threaten to turn the sirens on--hilarious). But I miss those car rides with my parents, their support at all school related events and not being able to drive and what I thought was embarrassing just showed me that they cared. Sometimes in college you need your parents, because they are the only people who truley have your best interest in mind.

5. There will always be drama in life-- You may think that only in high school people are not as mature, accepting and cultured. There will always be those people in life and it may hurt your feelings that so and so called you ugly or so and so talked about you behind your back,  but accept it because that's how so and so will always be. Save yourself some trouble and surround yourself with like-minded people and open people. Life gives you those choices.

6. Stop waiting for high school to be over-- High school is going to end, I promise. High school is really cool because it is such a collective environment. College really is not like that because everyone is on such different tracks. I miss being able to just be with friends all of the time and not have to worry about anything other than having fun. You can laugh with friends during class, have people to eat with during lunch and just make some awesome memories.

If I could go back in time I would not change a thing and I look forward being 30 and thinking about how silly I was when I was 20 :)


Thursday, March 29, 2012

True American Heroes

I was reading an article on the internet last night about a true American hero, a Soldier in the US Army. He had been serving our country in the middle east when his team came under fire. The brave soldier saw a grenade land near his brothers, he threw himself on it to protect their lives.

Later at Walter Reed Medical Center the doctors told him he would be able to keep his legs but it would take months of rehab to get use of them again. The brave young man said to the doctors "cut these legs off so I can go and fight with my brothers again as soon as I can."

Our rights and freedoms are protected by some of the bravest men and women this world knows. These are who we honor during the national anthem. I ask all of you to stand and remember them next time you hear our song.

Always an Aggie,

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dream More, Do More

Many people argue about how one voice cannot make a difference, I have a story which proves otherwise. We must always remember to stick to our beliefs, speak about the truth, and never give up.

John Quincy Adams, a person best known as the 6th President of the United States, was an advocate to end slavery in the states. Adams served his term as president from 1825-1829 and returned to Washington to continue his fight against slavery as a member of the House of Representatives in 1831.

Adams would take to the House floor to debate one issue, slavery. It did not matter what bill or resolution was up for debate, he would take his time to speak about ending slavery. Eventually, southern members of congress grew annoyed and flustered, this caused them to vote and pass the "gag rule" which prevented congress from hearing any anti-slavery petition. Essentially, congress outlawed it for Adams to speak on the House floor, but he continued to speak out against slavery talking to freshman members of congress about how slavery needed to end.

In 1847 Abraham Lincoln took his place in the House of Representatives and sat on the back bench of the House next to former President John Quincy Adams and they would discuss slavery. John Quincy Adams would die in 1848 thinking he did nothing in the fight against slavery, little did he know that years later a presidency of Abraham Lincoln would be defined by the abolishment of slavery.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

Always an Aggie,