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Hi! I'm Andre. I'm a senior double major in Political Science and Spanish at Butler and I'll be graduating in 2014.

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Party at Carney’s

So the professor of my Don Quixote class, Dr. Carney, invited the class over for dinner and refreshments at her house. I’ve previously been to her house from previous classes with her so I was glad to obligue. My friend Nicole, who is also in the class, and I decided to go together and, as always, it was tons of fun.

She served us pasta, sauce, sparkling water, salad, garlic bread, cupcakes, and coffee. It was all so delicious and I was definitely stuffed when we left! We got to sit on her couches and look at all the cool things in her house, including a samurai sword, sage she got from Spain, and an organe tree her husband has grown/kept since he was in college. So it’s basically a house full of discoveries and I love it. I highly recommend taking a class with Dr. Carney!

Nicole, Dr. Carney, and I looking great! I'm holding the sage we got to smell.

I Am Picasso

This past weekend I had to work on my Spanish final project with my group. We decided to use our project to highlight the issue of violence, specifically in Chile in the 1970s. None of us are artists in the slightest but we somehow managed to make our paintings look slightly recognizable.

The pictures deal with the kidnapping of innocent people, the holding of political prisoners, and the glimmer of hope for people during the time. This has been the focus lately in my Mysterious Stories Spanish course and it has definitely been interesting since I have previously talked about the same subject matter in some of my Political Science courses. Hopefully we get a good grade!

Our three paintings

Whole Foods Love

I’ve recently become obsessed with Whole Foods. I’ve gone there before but on Friday I decided to stock my room with groceries from there and have made a pact that I’ll only eat healthy foods forever! I’m assuming this is just a phase that’ll last two days but in the mean time, I’ll be under my own delusion!

After Spanish class on Friday I went to Whole Foods and picked up some fresh fruit, healthy drinks, cookies, chips, cookies, and popcorn. Needless to say I’ll be going back again this upcoming weekend to get more! I’m basically aiming to be the next Dr. Oz. I’ve eaten most of the food I purchased already (whoops!) so I’ll make sure I get enough that’ll last me a while when I go next time!

Some of the drinks I bought at Whole Foods!

Amélie

Amélie is a foreign film I recently watched and it is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while! It stars Audrey Tautou as Amélie who is an extremely quirky waitress that by chance finds a boy of toys of a boy that previously lived in her apartment and finds a clever way of giving it back to him. This leads her to do good deeds for all her neighbors. I won’t give away too much of the plot if someone decides to rent it!

What made this movie different from other foreign films I’ve seen is that it was in French! Usually when I watch a foreign film, they’re in Spanish so I can pick up on certain things without relying too heavily on the subtitles. But in this case, it wasn’t too much work looking at the subtitles and everything flowed well! I loved the subtle twists and the humor. It was definitely a different type of humor than I’m used to but I enjoyed it a lot! I highly recommend for anyone to rent it one weekend.

Instead of posting the trailer, I decided to post my favorite scene of Amélie helping a blind man in the city. I read online the director was inspired to make this scene based on something he saw in real life!

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Follow The Leader

Although I’ve decided against studying abroad, I am still determined to learn Spanish. So in my recent boredom, I’ve decided to set up by own study abroad program from my home and watch nothing but Spanish Telenovelas on Univision and listen to hispanic music in my car.

So far, my biggest struggle has been completely understanding them when they talk fast on TV. Even after approaching my seventh year of studying Spanish, I still have a hard time with that, even with subtitles! So hopefully my the end of the summer I’ll be a pro.

But even though I’ve committed to watching Spanish shows, of course I can’t give up watching my favorite shows: the Kardashians, Glee, and Good Morning America!

Here is one of the songs I discovered while exploring new Spanish music. Anything with JLo in it, I’m automatically hooked! Plus, it’s mostly in English, which I also like! I can’t get over how different she looks! O.0

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Almost There!

There are only three more days of classes left this semester and the feeling is bittersweet. I’m happy because this means I won’t have to do homework for a while but it also hit me that it means that I’m that much closer to graduating! I’m just hoping the rest of college doesn’t go by as fast!

I am looking forward to being able to go home. I might be going home this weekend to get a haircut and do laundry but I might just wait it out since I have a couple finals the following week.

Today I had one of my finals in Spanish. After we took our normal weekly quiz, we had to have a dialog with our professor in spanish for eight minutes. We did it in pairs which took the pressure off of each of us and it was actually enjoyable. We got to talk about ourselves and respond to random questions the professor had for us. So now I can officially say I am done with Spanish….. At least for this semester anyway.

Another big project I’m working on is a Public Service Announcement my group had to make for Media Literacy class. We have to inform viewers on a media literacy issue and my group chose product placement. Filming the video was really fun and I’ll be sure to post it on my blog once we’re done editing!

Until then, here’s a video of my personal favorite PSA. It’s probably because it makes me hungry!

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Cooking with André

I’m finally back on campus and I am awkwardly excited for classes to start tomorrow! There’s only two more weeks of classes so I’m going to enjoy this year while it lasts! The thing I’m not looking forward to is the fact that I still have some assignments to finish for this week! This is probably more due to the fact that break went by so fast rather than me procrastinating! I’ll probably wake up early tomorrow to get most of them done. I have a really long break between classes tomorrow so I’ll use that time to get caught up.

One of the assignments I had to do was to make a tortilla for spanish class for extra credit! It was really fun because I’ve never cooked anything before so it was a new experience trying to follow a recipe! Needless to say, my end product looks nothing like the picture. In fact, it looks/smells really unappetizing! Hopefully my classmates won’t mind when I bring it to class on Tuesday!

Here’s a picture of the tortilla I made! Don’t judge, it’s my first time cooking by myself!! :)

Mucho Spanish!

I’ve spent the last three days studying for my Spanish exam and I can officially say I am all Spanish’d out! I knew I was reaching my tipping point when I started accidentally speaking in spanish in normal conversation. So I decided to take a break!

The exam is over five chapters so it’s not too much but not too little. I cannot wait until it is over so I can officially say I’m a sophomore! It’ll be fun seeing all the new students next semester. I remember carrying my campus map trying to find all of my classes on the first day and ended up being a pro at it by the next day!

But now I guess I’ll get back to studying for Spanish. Let’s just say I know more about present participles and how to say them in Spanish than I ever wanted to know!

Random Video of the Day:

I thought it would be appropriate to have a Spanish video today!

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Entrevista de Trabajo!

So just in case if you were wondering, the title of this post means “Job Interview” in Spanish. The reason it’s in Spanish is because my group was assigned to do a skit of a job interview in Spanish class. We’re supposed to dress up for it and bring props and a powerpoint so I’m definitely whipping out all my good clothes!

So me and the other two members of my group met in the library today to work on it and I think we’re in good shape for tomorrow. We have two skits, one where I’m the boss interviewing for a job with the UN and in the other one I am applying to work for the State Department. It’s very humorous and hopefully we do a good job.

Today in line at Starbucks, I saw fellow blogger Steph! I told her about how I’ve never tried any of the iced drinks and she recommended me quite a few selections but I ended up getting the iced green tea. She also told me that maybe I should get a venti (large) size instead of tall (small) but I just got a small just to try it out. I must say that I should’ve gone with a venti because it was so good! I finished it before I got to my dorm! I’ll take your advice next time Steph!!

It’s so warm out today but I’m still saving my shorts until Friday! It better still be warm then or I will be one unhappy camper!

I saw this cool video online about Butler University Dance Marathon. It’s definitely worth seeing. Students sign up to dance for 12 hours straight all to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. I’m definitely getting involved with it next year!

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Dulce Dieciséis!!

So the title of this blog is a reference to Butler being in the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament! The reason it’s in Spanish is because I just came from Spanish class so it’ll be a while until it wears off! I really hope they can win.

The team is leaving today for New Orleans so surely they’ll have a good time while down there! I was in class while they were being sent off so good luck! I am also a big Brigham Young fan so I’m really hoping that Butler and BYU can meet in the tournament!

I just so happened to be perusing YouTube and I stumbled upon fellow blogger Steph‘s video of her room in Schwitzer, the girls’ dorm. It’s a great video to watch if you have questions about what the dorms look like or how they’re set up!

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