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The long awaited summertime has finally arrived and it is so long overdue. I flew back to the “Big Easy” (New Orleans), the place I call home for the summer. Looking for a summer job in the beginning was relatively hard. I could have continued working at the corporate law firm that employed me for the last two summers, but I wanted a change of environment. It took about a month of applying and interviewing to find a good part time job, but now I am employed as a sales associate at Johnston & Murphy. I have worked there for about three weeks and I think it was right choice for me. Offering my style expertise to those who need it is a wonderful use of one of my many talents.

As I calculate it out we are about halfway through the summer, and I am missing not only my friends but the city of San Francisco. I will always have love for my hometown of New Orleans but this humid summer heat sometimes makes me question why I left San Francisco in the first place. You know Mark Twain said “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” I am thinking next summer will probably be the first that I may stay in San Francisco once the school year ends. I am mentally preparing for how different this school year and school in general will be next year. Many of my really good friends are planning on studying abroad and I will for sure miss their company. I am planning on going to London this spring semester which I will update you on later. I also can not wait to see the renovations that are happening basically in the center of campus. If construction plans are kept as planned I should be able to see the new University of San Francisco campus before I graduate. I am awaiting this upcoming school year with anticipation and excitement for what next year holds.

Making History

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It’s February, Black History Month. If I have not told you all before I am on the Executive Board of the Black Student Union here at the University of San Francisco.  We are planning numerous events this month honoring the history of black people as a whole. This month will begin with a film screening of the movie Amistad directed by Steven Speilberg about a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America which will be followed by a discussion. Next, we are holding Expressions which is a night where we showcase the many talented students of USF. Whether they do poetry, sing, rap, or paint it is a beacon for anyone to basically express themselves. Black History Month will culminate with the Civil Rights  activist, Co-founder and national chairman of the Black Panther Party.

Back To School We Go

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About 80% of college students change their major at least once. On average, college students change their major three times over the course of their college career.Initially hearing this statistics I never thought I would be one of the students. I had a very detailed plan for the course of my life through and beyond college and I was sure I was going to stick to my 4 plan . All I have to say is that plans change and things do not always turn out as you expect. In my first two semesters I was on track to graduate as a computer science major, but since that time I have figured out that maybe computer science is not my passion. Second semester of my sophomore year has just commenced and I am a newly declared Psychology major. This semester my main focus is getting started on my new major requirements because I am a newly declared psychology major. I am enrolled in Psychological Statistics, Biological Psychology, Writing in Psychology, Native American Literature, and Third Semester Spanish. I think this will undoubtedly be an interesting, yet challenging year.

The First Semester

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Hello all! My name is Lionell Daggs I am from New Orleans, Louisiana “the Big Easy.” I am a Computer Science major and a Business minor, and I am also involved in the Saint Ignatius Institute, a community learning program here at USF that focuses on philosophy, literature, and history. Everyone asks me how I ended up here and I really could not tell you; I applied, got accepted, visited, and now I’m in my first semester of college here in the wonderful city of San Francisco. A word of advice to all of you applicants, if you have the means to visit your prospective colleges before making your final choice do it, visiting USF really helped me with my final decision.

We are now around the middle of the first semester so you know what that means, midterms. I have been fervently studying, writing papers, and just basically spending a lot of time with my books; but I did make time to see Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” this weekend which was not only funny but very informative as well. You know the saying all work and no play makes jack a dull boy; I hold that to be very true so I had to make time for some fun this weekend. Overall, my experiences here at USF and in San Francisco have been needless to say interesting. I always leave the dorms and come back with an intriguing MUNI bus story or I see a couple very unique looking people along the way to my destination. The city and people here are so diverse so San Francisco lends itself well to be just a fun place to live. I have been to the Mission for burritos, the Presidio to watch a rendition of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, the Fisherman’s Wharf for some In & Out Burger, Downtown for shopping, and to the Arts & Sciences building to watch a ballet of the Medea. So whatever you are fond of, whatever grasps your intrigue and interest, you can find it here in San Francisco. Now I would like some home-cooked Louisiana food every now and then and I haven’t been able to find one, so if you know of places tell me about them.

P.S. I would like to shout out the YAY AREA Tribe of Foreword 2009 at USF of which I was a part of this past summer.

I'm a working man now!

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I finally got a job!!! I have been searching and searching and now I am a student intern in the Admissions Office. Now I am just starting out, but I think I am getting the hang of scheduling my time wisely. Time management is a big thing in college that I never thought about.You are juggling a lot of things and all of this newly found freedom is refreshing, but it also comes with added responsibility. Life here at USF has been good. I think I am getting used to this colder weather, something I never really had to deal with in my hometown of New Orleans; but hey it is an excuse to get more warmer clothes right. I am also warming up to the city in general(no pun intended). I was reluctant in the beginning to accept the fact that my dorm room is my home now because I just considered it the place I slept and studied, but I have come to the realization that USF and San Francisco will be my home probably for the next four years and I don't think I mind that too much anymore.

Halloween is fastly approaching and I am anxiously awaiting the pumpkin carving, costume parties, etc. They should be fun. My mom sent me a care package this past week full of all kinds of things, so that is always good. There was a bag of candyin the package with about 300 pieces of candy in it. Now why the 300 pack I don't know, but my roommate and I have been slowly breaking into the large mass of candy and that has been fun. I am really thinking that I made the right choice in coming here. I have great friends, great fun, and great classes everyday; and if I made a different decision about my final choice of college I don't think it would have been the same way.

See ya next blog!