Class Year:
Sophomore (Honors Program)

Major:
TESOL K-12 and French 7-12

Hobbies:
Writing novels and poetry, reading, playing piano, playing guitar, singing, watching movies, running in the Gorge, hanging out with friends.

Extracurricular Activities:
NUFTA, EAGLE Leadership, Chapel Choir, Honors Program, Varsity Village CA

Looking Ahead

May 1, 2013 by Sarah Hanson

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Hi, everyone!

So, I've made it through my freshman year. Technically, I still have three exams to get through, but I'm prepared to conquer them the best I can. I want to use this last blog post of my freshman year to tell you about what my plans are for this summer and the fall 2013 semester! I remember wondering what NU students do over the summer when I was a high school senior last year, so I thought it might be nice to know what I'm going to be up to.

My summer starts Tuesday, May 7. I have a lot of plans for this summer, including juggling four jobs. I'm going to be a bear builder at my local Build-A-Bear Workshop, which has pretty much been my dream summer job since I was 9 years old. I'm also going to be working the front gate at Darien Lake, so if anyone plans on going to the theme park this summer, you might see me there!

I'm continuing working for my hometown recreation department, where I teach a clay class to elementary through middle school-aged children in the mornings. I am also involved in a writing community called Western New York Young Writer's Studio, which is pretty much my favorite place in the entire world.

Alongside those duties, I am going to be taking two summer courses online from NU to keep on track. One is a communications course, and the other is a religion course based on cults, which should be very interesting! I am also going to be completing Learn and Serve hours in my hometown middle school by helping the French students prepare for their Regents exams. For fun, I'm going to be participating in my first 5K, the Color Me Rad, with my friend Margot Hickey! I'm also hoping to work on my current novel-in-progress, play some tennis again, and enjoy my piano and guitar back home.

I am going to be coming back to campus a bit early this year, for good reason! I'm hoping to get involved with NU Plunge, which some of you might recall reading about from my first post this school year. Maybe I'll see some of you there! I am also going to be teaching an NUB course with Dr. Ciminelli this fall, so some of you future Purple Eagles might have me as your TA!

This fall, I'm going to be taking six courses, which means I'll be pretty busy, not including work study and Learn & Serve. However, I'm hoping to get involved/re-involved in some clubs, including the chapel choir, Future Teachers, EAGLE Leadership, CPB, the Honors book club, and maybe even the French club we've been trying to start here on campus.

One last thing before I finish this post: I'd like to send a shout-out to some of the friends I've made this year on campus. In no particular order: Janene, Carl, Justine, Michael, Margot, Courtney, and of course my roomie, Sarah. Thank you all for making my freshman year so great. :) No matter how often or infrequently we saw one another, you never fail to make me happy to be here at NU!

I'll type to you in the fall, everyone! :) If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to email shanson@mail.niagara.edu. I'll be keeping in contact over the summer. Have a great break!