Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Never Ending Story

Christine, Gab, Me, and Emma at Junior Ring Dance!
Hello! I can't say that I have too much to update you all on. The Junior Ring weekend went very well, but it was a lot of work! I'm happy it's over, but it was lot's of fun :-) This is my last week of classes which is very nice. I'm anxious to finish finals and come home! I am quite excited for christmas and to see everyone. Miss you all a bunch!!!!
Love always, Emmeline

Thursday, December 2, 2010

24 Hours Is Not Enough Time In The Day!

The First (and only so far...) Snow!

Greeting all! I hope you had a wonderful turkey holiday in which you gained ten pounds and spent time with your "eclectic" families. I certainly did...I even got to spend numerous hours listening to my great aunt Betty tell dirty jokes that were absolutely amazing! Unfortunately now Thanksgiving is over though, and I am back to school. While I still love Skidmore as much as I have in previous posts, classes right now are very stressful as we prepare for end of the year projects and final exams! I am excited to report that I have my schedule for next semester; I will be taking 16 credits, and my classes are the next levels of Chemistry and Calculus as well as Introduction to Business and Management, and Introduction to Neuroscience! I am very excited for all of these classes, and for the fact that my classes start a little later in the morning than they did this semester :-) I am very excited to come home for Christmas to see my lovely family, friends, and teachers! Hope all is well on your front, and I look forward to hearing from you all around the holiday.
Love always, Emmeline
Gab Though I Looked Like A Mom...So We Took A Picture
To those of you celebrating Chanukah, happy second day!!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Chugging Along

Nothing too exciting has happened as of late other than I still am doing well in my classes! Tonight I am going to dinner at my Professor's house- He is a very nice man, and I am excited to have a home cooked meal :-) I am getting very anxious for Thanksgiving, my family, the sunshine, and the beautiful palm trees in San Diego!!! I went to see Harry Potter 7 at midnight last night and it was EXCELLENT though a tad frightening. I hope all is well on the homefront.
Love always, Emmeline

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Tribulations Part

Me, Christine (from CO-she went to CA), Gab, and Emma Jumping in Leaves!
While College is an exciting thing it is also about training you to be an adult. Sometimes that means making mistakes and I think that is something I have now become familiar with. While I can't say that I am happy that I made pretty poor choices over the weekend, I can definitely say that I am happy to have such an understanding and concerned family. I can also report that my lesson is more than me.

My entire weekend wasn't too terrible though. Saturday, my friends and I went to the Dowtown Saratoga Fall Festival. It was pretty adorable- there were children in costumes everywhere and lot's of fun activities for them to enjoy. There was a petting zoo, and I am happy to report that I was able to pet the bunnies for as long as I wanted too! We had crepes for lunch in town, and recieved many compliments on our cowgirl apparel.

This week is going to be calm. My classes are all going very well, and I really enjoy my professors. I am excited for Thanksgiving, and cannot wait to have some real Mexican food...New Yorker's have no idea what Mexican food even entails. I hope you all are well :-)

Love always, Emmeline

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Winter, Fall, Fall, Winter


In Colorado we complain about the weather being indecisive, but take my word that New York is worse! Monday, it was 35 degrees and raining. Tuesday, it was 68 degrees and sunny. Today, it is 48 degrees and cloudy with a light sprinkle. I never know how to dress for the weather and it is driving me insane!!! Other than the crazy weather, all has been okay. I have had a non-stop headache that is a bit frustrating, but I keep drinking water so hopefully that will help.

Pancakes Babyfoot Taylor- The Bunny!

My weekend was pretty eventful! Friday we had no classes so my roommate, Gab, and I went to the mall! Their was a super adorable bunny that I almost purchased, but unfortunately I can't keep a bunny in a triple :-( My other roommate's girlfriend was in town over the weekend so Gab and I got to have two sleepovers at some of our friends dorms which was pretty exciting! We also went to a costume party...I was a football bro!!!! This week has been pretty tame so far. I have just been chugging along in classes since midterms are finished. I am very excited for Halloween, and soon after...THANKSGIVING!!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Back to Reality

Mom and the Other Mothers!

Parents weekend was a blast! Mom and I went to the Tang Art Museum, attended a lecture on the song "Strawberry Fields" by the Beatles, ate, ate, and ate some more! We went to a Southern restaurant called "Hattie's" and wow...the BEST fried chicken I have ever had. We got to hug eachother, spend quality time together, and of course make a target run! We also saw the movie "Secretariat." It was very well done and inspirational. Unfortunately, like all good things, parents weekend did have to come to an end. Now, I am back to school work and preparing for my Theatre midterm, ugh! Classes are canceled on Friday though, so that's something to look forward too! Winter is beginning to creep its way in to Saratoga. While there is no snow on the ground, it is still frigid cold! The scarves, mittens, and hats will be out very soon. I am looking forward to the warm weather of California for Thanksgiving!!!! I hope all is well on the homefront :-)
Love always, Emmeline

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hump Day, Hump Day, Will You Please Go Away?

Last Week in DHall, When The Food Was Superb!
 Obviously today is hump day, and man is it difficult to get through. I feel like I have non-stop class on Wednesdays, and to make it worse I have a midterm for my seminar class tomorrow! I am feeling very prepared, however I am getting together a study group tonight to talk about the different things we've worked on in class. On a more positive note, I scored very high on my most recent Chemistry exam and I had a Calculus exam at 8am this morning that I I believe I did very well on!
Food in DHall has been pretty terrible this week...nothing too flavorful or exciting, but there were pumpkin muffins yesterday. I'm getting excited for Mom to come- TWO MORE DAYS!
Love always, Emmeline

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tourist Season

Okay, perhaps it's not Saratoga Springs tourist season, but it is Skidmore's. Recently, as the days have passed there have been hordes of eager "prospies" touring the school, trying Dhall's world famous muffins, and picking out which college student they hope to be like in a year from now (I really hope they choose me!). I can't help but be a little nostalgic for the days of college visits, constant talk of SAT and ACT scores, and when my mom would make me a grilled cheese because I was one can top her grilled cheeses! That being said, I am very happy to be living the "independent life-style." While it's hard not to have the comfort of an actual home, my dorm room is slowly but surely feeling a little more comfortable. I think what I miss most from home (other than the obvious things like my mom and Izzy) is babysitting. As I walk around campus I occasionally see a little kid, but they never seem too interested in interacting with my friendly smile (maybe they think it's creepy?) or my casual "Hi! I really like your pink dress!" I need my Keegan, Conor, Bo, and Jill fix!!!! Mom comes in 4 days- finally a real hug versus one via skype! I hope all is well with you all, and believe it or not I am very excited for my upcoming visits with you guys too...Thanksgiving in California, and then Christmas in Colorado, hooray!
Love always, Emmeline

Saturday, October 9, 2010

TGIS- Thank Goodness It's Saturday

Outside My Window!
I have nothing of too great importance to share other than I am still sick, and stayed home last night and watched the O.C. instead of going out with my friends :-( The O.C. was highly entertaining though. The weather here today is beautiful, and yesterday there was a double rainbow! Also, the leaves have begun to change and it's lovely. I have a student council meeting today, and that's about it so I will have some time to just hang out. Mom comes in 6 days!!!!!!!!!!
Love always, Emmeline

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Throat Fading Thursdays

Me when I am feeling less under the weather!
Despite the fact that I am sick with a cold, the day was not a total waste. At Skidmore we have a very well-known museum called the Tang Teaching Museum, and for my seminar class we went to one of the exhibitions this morning! It is called "The Jewel Thief," and the goal of the exhibit is to play with the idea of abstraction, and how the human mind percieves art and color. It's the genre of art that's right up my alley as it reminded me of all the modern art my family saw when we were in Paris a few years back. I am going to drag my mom to the exhibit with me when she comes to visit- 8 days!!!!! There was a Warhol painting that I really enjoyed, and a painting of blue, black, and grey jewels that was also very interesting. Other than that experience, my day has been fairly average. I took a nap and some DayQuil in hopes that I would feel a bit better, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be doing much :-( I've finished all my homework though, so hopefully I can go to bed early tonight. The sun peeked its head out for a bit today which made me very happy! Hope all is well with you all!
Love always, Emmeline

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Little Break Might Be Nice...

Will, Ben, Me, and Gab at the Janelle Monae Concert During Oktoberfest!
It has been a while since I have posted as I have been uber busy, and the trend still continues! I had 8am Calculus, and now I have a break till 11:15am, but then I go straight through till 8pm...yikes! I have a chemistry exam from 6pm-8pm and, despite the fact that your first college exam can be quite terrifying, I am actually pretty excited because chemistry calculations are fun!

I am proud to report Oktoberfest weekend was a success, and I won an award from the SGA president for being the freshman who just jumped into responsibility and kept a positive attitude! It was quite exciting. My social chair work is dying down for a little bit, and hopefully this weekend I will be able to catch-up on some much needed sleep as all my close friends are going home/visiting boyfriends for the weekend. It will be a tad lonely, but hopefully I can create stronger ties with my less close friends!

It is once again dumping cats and dogs- there is no dry space and this time it's cold....but have no fear because mom sent me a new sweater that is sure to keep me warm! I hope all is well on the homefront, and feel free to give me a call this weekend...I will be around :-)
Love always, Emmeline

Friday, October 1, 2010

Call Up Noah- It's Time to Build the Arc!

Me and my friend Tory at Plum Dandy (A Fro Yo place...doesn't beat Yogurt Guru though!)
Oh my goodness- there is a terrential downpour going on outside...the sidewalks are flooded, rainboots, are necessary, and I think the sky might be falling. There is rain everywhere! As we all know, I love rain, but unfortunately it is messing up all the Oktoberfest weekend plans. The Comedy show (which was hilarious) had to be held inside, and today's Fall Festival is now being held are we going to get the bouncy obstacle course into the Student Center? That's an excellent question. I am learning to be very flexible now that I am on SGA, and I think it's good for me :-) Tonight is the Janelle Monae concert which I am very excited about. She is a sort of R&B, funk, singer/songwriter who is great!

As for classes- yikes! Calculus is really frustrating me. It is an even easier repeat than last year, and today the Calc proffessor got angry with our class for knowing too much about calculus- maybe he should make it more challenging and then we wouldn't have that issue! Chemistry was fun for the first time today! We got to solve problem sets on our own which I really enjoy. Now, I am just waiting to go to my second round of calc (I have it a 8am and 2:30pm on Fridays), and the after that I am off to Fall Fest and the concert!

Love always, Emmeline

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Manic Days!

Oh wow...I have been going, going, going! Yesterday was Wednesday, which is my day that never ends. I was doing academic work from 8am-7pm straight! I had my Calculus class, Chemistry class, Theatre class, and my Chemistry lab, and it was quite stressful. I did recieve work back from calc and chem class though, and...I GOT A's!!!!!!! I was very excited that so far I have been able to confidently keep up in all my classes- hopefully that will continue.

Today has been less hectic academically, but it is the beginning of Oktoberfest and as social chair I have a lot of responsibility in helping making sure all the events run smoothly. Tonight is the comedy show which should be hilarious! I'm off to dinner- there are plantains tonight yay! But, I will talk to you all soon :-) Feel free to post how you all are doing!!!!!

Love Always, Emmeline

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

In Saratoga for my roomate, Gab's, 19th birthday!
Tuesday has been an interesting day here in Saratoga, folks! Yes, it is quite gloomy, windy, and rainy, but here's the is WARM outside! I could have worn shorts if I really wanted to (don't worry mom, I didn't...I am working to preserve my health).

Today was an interesting day anyway, despite the weather. I only have one class on Tuesday's, and it is my seminar called "What's The Big Idea?" Robert Boyers is my professor, and let me just say he is one of the most intellectually stimulating people I have ever met. He also calls me "Emmy" like Mr. Batt does and conducts class like Mr. Batt did, so that reminds me of home! We finished reading Terrorist by John Updike, and so today in class we had a discussion about an interview with Christopher Hitchens (a famous leftist polemisist) and his view on Islam, terrorism, and America's response to 9/11. If you haven't read anything by or about Hitchens, I urge you to. He is quite the interesting guy and, while his ideas are quite radical, the strength of his convictions are admirable. He has written a very well known book called, "God is Not Great" that I am looking forward to checking out from the library when I have some free time.

My homework is finished, and I just got back from having coffee with Ellie Nichols. For those who don't know, she was a year above me at Kent. It's very nice to have a friendly face around campus, and she is doing quite well! In an hour I have a Student Government meeting. We are hammering out the deatils for this weekends all-school Oktoberfest event. The new SGA members (SGA is what we call Student Gov. for short) were sort of just thrown right in so it's a bit stressful, but I'm sure we'll be able to keep up. Tonight is the Britney Spears episode of Glee, so my friends and I are going to have a viewing party in our dorm! There will be cookies, but don't worry...the freshman fifteen will not be paying me a visit as I am very diligent about making it to the gym :-)

Again, I hope all is well with all of you, and know that I'm thinking of you guys often!
Love always, Emmeline

Monday, September 27, 2010


Family and Friends-

I have decided that the best way to keep everyone updated, and limit the amount of hearsay that goes on regarding my activities, I would start a blog! Don't fret, I will still keep the post office in business and write letters, but this will be a nice way for you all to keep up with what's going on in my life and it is an easy way to post pictures for everyone to see.

First, many of you have been asking for my mailing address so here it is...

Emmeline Taylor, Class of 2014
Mailbox # 2973 Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY

Secondly, I am pleased to inform you all that I have been elected as the Freshman Class Social Chair on the Student Government Association. This is quite an exciting thing- I will be in charge of publication for different all school events and weekends! My first meeting was last night and while it was a tad intimidating, I am looking forward to working with everyone on the team. Today has been fairly uneventful, but I will post soon with some pictures and more details on my classes!!! I miss you all :-)

Love always, Emmeline