Thursday, April 7, 2011

Writing Seminar Blogs Part 1: January 18 to February 3

I haven't managed to blog in... a really long time unfortunately. I've been occupied with school work and extracurriculars (and of course I've managed to have fun too).

This semester I'm taking a (mandatory) writing seminar on "The Morality of Health Care." Each weekday, we're required to post on a "blog" with the purpose of developing our writing skills. We can write about any topic we choose, though our discussions often seem to revolve around weather and school work. Still, though I haven't had an opportunity to write a thoughtful post on my actual blog, I've had to maintain a steady stream of these short (3 or 4 sentences) blurbs for the last four months. I've decided to post them here in segments, to give you an idea of my thoughts throughout this semester. I hope you enjoy!

Post on January 18 2011
Created on Tuesday, 01/18/2011 4:53 PM by Blake Ellison

Hey everyone! My name is Blake Ellison. I'm a freshman in Wharton and I'm from Salt Lake City, Utah. My hobbies include traveling, playing tennis and other sports, and hanging out with friends. I'm a huge Utah sports fan. I love the Utah Jazz (NBA), Utah college football, and Real Salt Lake (MLS). I'm looking forward to getting to know you all this semester!

Post on January 19 2011
Created on Wednesday, 01/19/2011 1:26 PM by Blake Ellison

I think that the funny thing about coming to Penn is that we have all of these opportunities to do amazing things all around us, but we don't have time to do them. We all remember when we were first admitted and we were sent dozens of flyers and letters advertising that Penn had over 350 clubs in which we could become involved and that Philadelphia was a great city that we should explore. Unfortunately, between classes and homework, there's hardly enough time to breathe, much less fully take advantage of all of the opportunities outside of academia that Penn offers. Oh well. You might be wondering what spurred this. The short answer is big dreams of a relaxing night last night being ruined by too much homework and extracurricular applications. What else is new?

Post on January 20 2011
Created on Thursday, 01/20/2011 12:34 PM by Blake Ellison

The last few days have been somewhat of a FIFA marathon. Each day this week, my roommate and I have come directly back to our dorm after classes, knocked out all of our homework, and then played FIFA late into the night. Usually, it's pretty reasonable - we still get to bed at a decent hour - but last night, we stayed up way too late. The game is a bit of a time vortex, to be honest. You sit down to play and next thing you know, it's ten games and three hours later. Well, I'm going to log off and play some FIFA now. I have class in an hour, so here's hoping the vortex doesn't trap me for too long.

Post on January 24 2011
Created on Monday, 01/24/2011 7:34 PM by Blake Ellison

Today, my roommate and I found out that we were accepted into one of the Rodin residential programs. We got a four bedroom apartment with a kitchen and huge living room - I am so stoked. We checked the room out today and it'll be great. I can't wait to have a room to myself next year and it's really nice to be done with residential applications now. Alas, there are several months in between now and then. That's not to say that I'm not happy with my room now. I'm a a triple in the Quad and it's pretty nice. We have a double and a single attached by a big common room where we can work and hang out. It's great to have a place separate from where you sleep and work where you can relax. Well, I'm going to head out to the gym. I tried to go this morning, but could not motivate myself when I woke up an hour earlier than I needed to. Later!

Post on January 25 2011
Created on Tuesday, 01/25/2011 1:12 PM by Blake Ellison

Do you ever get the feeling that you have a lot of things and work to do, but you really don't? It's like your mind is in stress mode even though when you take a step back you're on top of things. I think that my mind remains perpetually in this stressed state here at Penn. Unfortunately, this week I really do have a lot of work and meetings to stay on top of. Good thing we have these blogs to write which makes us feel as though we're accomplishing something even though it only takes a few minutes!

Post on January 26 2011
Created on Wednesday, 01/26/2011 7:29 PM by Blake Ellison

I'll join in on the snow bandwagon and lend my own voice. It is snowing. A lot. I became intimately aware of this fact when I had to shovel the walks of my church for about an hour right after writing seminar this afternoon. I don't know that I've ever been so wet in my entire life. Where I'm from we get a lot of snow so I've never had a snow day, but that doesn't stop me from hoping we have one here. Unfortunately, not even my meetings have been cancelled, so although I'm cozy in my dorm now, I'll have to go out into the icy storm again. Until then, homework!

Post on January 27 2011
Created on Thursday, 01/27/2011 12:42 PM by Blake Ellison

Coming back to my dorm from Commons today was like navigating through a minefield. A tumultuous river flows down the streets with few islands to hop across. Even when you think you've found a refuge, the island you're eying may just be a conglomeration of slush ready to explode all over you when you land on it. In this battle, my shoes and socks along with my warm feet were the casualties. None survived the flood of icy black water.

Post on January 31 2011
Created on Monday, 01/31/2011 5:28 PM by Blake Ellison

Today, I woke up early to do work.

Today, I was incredibly productive and managed to finish my work, go to the gym, and eat lunch all before class.

Today, my first class is at two in the afternoon, making my last statement a little less impressive.

Today, classes flew by, but there is still much to be done.

Today, I have several meetings in addition to homework due tomorrow.

Today, I need to continue to be productive.

Today, I promised a Connecticuter and an Englishwoman I'd write my blog in this format the name of which I've already forgotten.

Post on February 1 2011
Created on Tuesday, 02/01/2011 12:41 PM by Blake Ellison

Today I forgot my laptop for OPIM so I had to take notes by hand. In some classes, I take notes by hand because it's easier due to graphs and whatnot (Math, BPUB), but I do prefer to take notes on a computer when possible. It's faster and easier to organize all of my notes in one spot. So now I have to transcribe my written, ugly notes onto my computer. As if we didn't have enough homework already eh?

Post on February 2 2011
Created on Wednesday, 02/02/2011 10:49 AM by Blake Ellison

This morning, I woke up intensely hungry. My stomach yearned for something to devour, but there was nothing to be found in all of our dorm room! I initially had plans to go to the gym this morning before lunch, but now I don't know that I could stomach it, forgive the pun. I'll go later tonight, I think, and instead use this morning to do productive things such as write this blog post.

Post on February 3 2011 (permalink) -edit history delete
Created on Thursday, 02/03/2011 10:56 PM by Blake Ellison

So I just wrote a blog and clicked on a link to on accident. It's just a blog, but it frustrated me to no end. Though I wrote around five lines in response to Kenny's post, I'm going to cut it down because I don't want to write all of it again. Basically, I know what you mean. Thinking about all of the opportunities we have and what we have to do to get there, on top of what we already have, is very stressful.


  1. It's nice to get a glimpse of what you've been up to, Blake. More posts coming?

  2. Aye aye! More similar to this! I hope you're doing well Jeffrey!