Have you ever gotten free money to do something you love? Or, have you ever asked for money and gotten it from someone besides your parents? Well, if you're a club at Case, the two words "mass-funding" are pretty much like finding a few hundred dollar bills in you pocket. Just yesterday, my club AAA (Asian American Alliance) received the second highest culture club funding of a few thousand dollars to help fund all our activities.
The Undergraduate Student Government spends almost $110,000 every semester to fund "campus events, operating expensive, and off-campus development activities" (http://usg.case.edu/node/12). What that means is that USG gives you money to promote your interests to the rest of campus. The money isn't just something "nice" to have. It helps the clubs shift their focus from making money to sustain their club from better using their money that USG gives them to help benefit the campus. This system is, what I think, a really great way to promote constant club-improvement, and honestly, is what makes Case's organizational community so unique.
In other news, I filled my shopping cart for next semester's classes and my schedule doesn't look good at all. Monday and Wednesdays, I have classes from 9-4. I don't get a break for lunch until 2PM. Tuesday and Thursdays, I'll be at the hospitals doing clinicals for 7-3. All these morning classes do not look appealing at all for a person who can not stay awake for anything before noon. But anyway, I've never studied so much in my life before until this semester. To think that second semester can only get harder is a scary though. Balancing work, extra-circulars, and being a nurse is going to be really interesting. I'll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!