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Biology and Chemistry

Religious Studies

Getting lost in a great novel.
Going on walks throughout campus and along the gorge.
Undertaking spontaneous activities/events.
Acrobatic Yoga.

President of Niagara University Men's Club Soccer
Research Assistant
Peer Tutor
Student Panel Leader
Summer/Fall Orientation Leader
Teacher's Assistant/Recitation Leader
Member of Biology Club, Circle K, American Chemical Society (ACS)

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Hey, everyone, I'm back! I guess my boss liked me last year so they invited me back to blog again during this lovely 2012-2013 school year.  

First things first, hello again! I hope you all enjoyed these as much as I did! I also hope your summer was absolutely amazing and fun filled! As you can tell by all of my exclamation points, I'm a wee bit excited, but that's a good thing, right? To get things started, I'm going to say a little about my summer and how this semester is looking so far.

I would like to congratulate my oldest brother and his beautiful wife on their second child who was born this July! I was fortunate enough to fly out to Arizona to spend a couple days with them and my two adorable nephews. During this trip, it was established that I was indeed the favorite uncle of both children (sorry, David, maybe next time?), which isn't surprising considering how cool I am (ha ha, just kidding!). It really was amazing to see family and especially play some kickball (as you can see in the photo)! We were no match for my nephew and, pretty soon, I'll have him training for the Olympics and World Cup for soccer.

Two words: Summer Orientation! Niagara University has three separate sessions for incoming freshmen during the summer to come learn more about our campus as they prepare to join us in the fall. They get to stay the night, have some fun, and get their schedules worked out for their first semester. Needless to say, it was an awesome experience for me and I'm so glad I was a part of it. I made friends, whether it was administrators or fellow orientation leaders, helped students get situated with their classes, and just had a blast overall. The thing that I enjoyed most about Summer Orientation was being able to help out. I would get the biggest smile when I could see my actions and advice being so helpful.

Being home in general was stress relieving and wonderful in and of itself. I missed my momma's home cooking badly and I swear she was trying to fatten me up with cookies. Of course, I missed my mom more than her cooking, duh! Seeing friends and family and being able to reminisce and just hang out was incredible, too.  

I say I'm really high maintenance, which in some cases is true, but I'm also a very chill kind of guy. I don't need to do something fancy every day; I could go for a jog with my friend for an hour and love it or just sit and talk about whatever came to our minds.  

To everyone I saw, talked with, or even thought about, thank you for a great summer.

Now school has started and I'm busier than ever between classes, soccer, research and an attempt at a social life (I'll keep you updated on how that goes). I was recently introduced to this dominant thought force idea. I don't know the whole gist of it but I'm going to give it a whirl and see how this semester turns out.  

Well, that's enough from me today, time to go train and bury my head back into my books.

Autobots”¦ROLLLL OUT! (I've legit missed writing that, ha ha!)

James Lioi