Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Design and Title

Hi everyone,

As you can probably see, I gave my blog a bit of a facelift and I changed the title.  I hope you like it!

My reason for changing the title is simple: even though I defined myself as a journalism major for my first few years at St. Mike's, I can't define myself as that anymore.  I am technically a double major in media studies, journalism and digital arts and history, so the title seemed a bit misleading.  "Wonderings and Wanderings" seemed a bit more relevant since the mission of the blog is to tell you all about what I think about St. Mike's and what I do here.

Again, I hope you like the new layout.  If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to Tweet me (@LizMurraySMC) or email me (

Unfortunately, Formspring has announced that it will be shutting down its site, so any final questions can be sent via that site until March 31. Until then, please feel free to contact me that way as well (lizmurray3).

Ciao for now!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring Break!!

Hi everyone!

I am currently on my Spring Break, so I decided to take the opportunity to tell you about current happenings.  As much as I wish I was lying on a tropical beach or exploring a land where the sun always shines, I must tell you that is not at all how my Spring Break has panned out.

I traveled home for the first half of Spring Break, bringing my two friends Suyeon and Akane with me for the trip.  It was a very relaxing first half – and the weather was actually pretty warm for Massachusetts at this point of the year! We slept late every day, made homemade pancakes one morning, spent time with my family and went shopping.  Even though there was not a lot to do (and even less to do without the use of a car before 2:30 since my sister used it for school), we were still able to have a nice visit.  We did manicures one evening and hair curling another evening, and we watched movies every night! It was tons of fun and really relaxing.

First night home (from left, Suyeon and Akane)!! Petting Chloe and visiting with family :)  
Grocery shopping! 

Curled hair and red lipstick! Such gorgeous girls!

Selfies in the backseat of Uncle Tim and Aunt Jackie's car

So much fun :) 

Now, I am back at St. Mike's for the remainder of my break.  It is crunch time for my senior seminar project, as my book is due on April 3 (about 2 1/2 weeks from now).  As of right now, Gabbi and I are about 6 chapters (almost halfway) through writing our book – and we still have 2 more days of break! We've each been writing one chapter per day since I've come back to campus, and I think we're in pretty good shape.  We have a few interviews set up within the remaining time, so it should turn out to be a pretty good product!

Our working book cover.  That's my picture on the front! 

Other than that, I'm just using the remaining time during break to prepare myself for the storm of business that will hit when break ends.  I am applying for jobs and doing other homework as well with the free time I have.  Graduation is getting close, so it's time to get going on everything!

If you have any questions about my life as a student at St. Mike's, do not hesitate to email me ( or Tweet me (@LizMurraySMC).

Ciao for now!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Awesome Tap Club Happenings

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share with you all a cool thing the Tap Club and I got to take part in on Friday, March 1: The Annual Dance Team Showcase! Below, you can watch a video, taken by my friend Lauren Simano, of our performance.  

In case you didn't know, the Tap Club was formed during my freshman year by me and my friend Mary Jo.  We both loved tap dancing and had different backgrounds in the dance form (I do mostly rhythm tap, and she does broadway style tap), and we wanted an outlet on campus for our interest.  We've come a long way since then, and I'm very proud of what the club has become! 

This particular dance was choreographed by Katie Copp and me, and it took a few weeks to put together.  Enjoy!! 

If you have any questions about my life at St. Mike's or clubs on campus, please do not hesitate to email me (, Tweet me (@LizMurraySMC) or ask me a question on Formspring (lizmurray3).  Hope to hear from you all soon! 

Ciao ~ 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Reuniting with Rui!

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the short hiatus. Things are REALLY super busy as my senior seminar project is due in just one month! WAH! *insert mini freak out here* By today next month, Gabbi and I will officially be done with our book and impending published authors!

Anyways, the real point of this blog is to quickly update on a pretty awesome thing that happened this past week:


Look!! It's Rui!!! :)

Even though it was only for a few days, it was still so nice to see her and catch up with her.  Now, I've spoken about Rui before on my blog, most notably as my Japanese friend who came home with me for Thanksgiving during my junior year.  When I left to go abroad, Rui left to go back to Japan.  We have corresponded a few times, mostly via Facebook, and have also been able to Skype once.  Other than that, it's been difficult for Rui and me to stay in touch, mostly because of the humongous time difference between here and Japan.  So, it has been about a year since I have seen Rui in person.

During her break from school, Rui decided to pay a visit to Boston and then to us up in Burlington! I cannot express how wonderful it was to see and bond with an old friend!!  My schedule was very busy last week, so our hangouts were mostly limited to my townhouse, but it was awesome nevertheless.  We bonded over my making ramen for the first time (yes... I am a college student), catching up on our lives since we left each other, and having fun with smartphone apps like Line and Snapchat that can help us stay connected even better while miles and miles away from each other.

When it came time for Rui to leave, the second good-bye proved even harder than the first.  However, I realized later when I received a Snapchat from Rui from Japan, that it wasn't a good-bye, but rather a "see you later."  Hopefully, I will be able to visit Rui in Japan someday (as well as all of the other Japanese friends I have made over the last few years)!  St. Mike's is awesome because I have been given the opportunity to make not only great American friends, but amazing international friends as well.  Every time I speak to them, I learn something new, and that, for me, is awesome.

If you have any questions about my life at St. Mike's, please do not hesitate to email me (, Tweet me (@LizMurraySMC) or ask me a question on Formspring (lizmurray3).

Ciao ~~ xoxo