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About Sean Denard

My name is Sean Denard and I am a Junior at University of Mount Union where I study writing and psychology. I am also an All-American thrower for the track and field team. I am originally from Naperville Illinois and enjoy writing, watching movies, glassblowing and eating!

Finals Week

Finals Week

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For most students at Mount, this week is a hectic one, but it starts out slow. Monday is our last full day of class, Tuesday is a reading/studying day and then finals begin and continue through the following Tuesday. Personally this week I have four finals, a job interview and the OAC Track and Field Championships at Mount Union. My four finals this week include – American Family, Forensic Psychology, Theories and Practices of Professional Editing and Critical Theory and Rhetoric. I also had a final project due for my basic drawing class. Next week, I have my human experience in literature and language final exam.

Most of my junior classmates in addition to studying for finals are preparing themselves for internships this summer. My senior roommates, however, are preparing themselves for job interviews and graduate school interviews in the next few weeks. It is a curious thing to observe the four different stages of “end of school” experiences. Freshmen are ecstatic to be going home and spending the summer with their high school friends and their new college friends. Sophomores are starting to get more professional jobs and taking a summer course and spending time with their college sweet heart. Juniors are getting internships, and seniors are preparing for adulthood.

The spring weather has been uncharacteristically poor in all of Ohio, a record setting performance I believe. But on this week of finals and pressure, the weather has decided to play nice and allow for a sunny, warm quad to study in.

Easter Break

Easter Break

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Monday is the last day of classes until the end of August. For seniors, it will be the last day of classes ever at Mount Union. I have had a unique experience because I have roomed with upperclassmen since my sophomore year. They all graduate in a week and a half. What makes it even more unique is that only one of my roommates is actually from the State of Ohio. I am from Illinois, my roommate is from Virginia and my other roommate it from Pennsylvania.

While it’s not the end of the world like a lot of high school seniors feel like when they graduate, next year will be a lot different. One roommate will be at graduate school, another working a job in Pittsburgh and another living at home on the beaches of Virginia. I’ll be at Mount with three new roommates – two of whom are from Ohio and the third from South Carolina. It’ll be a different feeling living in the same place with three people who aren’t the ones you lived with for the past two years, but it’ll be just as fun.

For the third year in a row, I’ll be spending Easter weekend with my roommates, probably for the last time. Most of my favorite memories from college are with these guys … track meets, hiding mouse traps in our bed sheets and Kleenex boxes, going to Columbus or Cleveland for Cavs games and the Arnold Classic or the fall break when two of my roommates went home for the weekend and left their doors unlocked and my roommate and I covered their room with 1,000 multi colored dot stickers. A lot of fun times.

When you’re in high school, the people you live with are the ones you have to live with because they’re your family.
When you’re in college, the people you live with are the one you have chose to live with because they’re your family.

Last full week of classes

Last full week of classes

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Mount Union is unique from other colleges in many ways, and one of my personal favorites is the date of our last day of classes. We end school more than a month earlier than even The Ohio State University. If I don’t count exams, I am done with classes before the end of April!

Mount is a great place to spend a lot of time (even during the summer months), as I spent all of last summer living in Alliance. It is good to have all the pressure of exams and projects off your back and even more pleasing when all your friends at other schools have to wait till June to be finished with school … while you get a head start tanning and barbequing!

A Glorious Thursday

A Glorious Thursday

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For the first time in what seems like a lifetime the sun was shining, the grass was dry and the air was warm when I woke up for school this morning. After getting ready for the day I went to the cafeteria for breakfast where I the cook perfectly prepared eggs over easy. My 1:10 p.m. class was canceled for the week so I have free time from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to enjoy the day and finish up a paper for my forensic psychology class.

What I am planning on doing is working on my paper till noon, then going to practice early and then head to class at 2:30 p.m. because Mount is hosting the UMU Palooza all day in the quad! There’s going to be free pizza and activities and local bands playing till 9 p.m. I’m also excited for this weekend’s track meet; it is the All-Ohio Championships down in Columbus. The All-Ohio meet is kind of like the state championships for high school, only it is a bit odd because it is three weeks before our conference meet. All the best athletes in Ohio will be down there this weekend and it should be a good time. Also, this weekend friend and Mount Union alum, Justin Rodhe, will be stopping in Alliance for the next two weeks. Although it is early in the season, he is ranked 13th in the world in shot put right now with a 19.29 meter throw. He is training to compete for Team Canada in the Olympics next summer.

This is going to be a great last few weeks of school.

Scholar Day

Scholar Day

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Today is SCHOLAR Day at Mount Union. It’s a day where students present yearlong research studies to the Mount Union and surrounding communities. There are 77 research projects that will be presented throughout the entire day. My roommate presented his study on the power output of dehydrated athletes this morning to a standing room-only crowd. There are no classes on SCHOLAR Day and students are encouraged to attend as many of these presentations by their peers as possible. A grand array of subject material will be discussed from the use of saliva to help document diabetes and French utopian literary styles to the non-spiral make up of galaxies across the universe and Twilight and its detrimental effects on children. All of these presentations are extremely interesting and entertaining and a great experience for students!

Summer is almost here!

Summer is almost here!

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This week spring decided to unveil it’s beautiful face on wonderful Alliance, Ohio. It has been in the mid 60s and 70s the past few days and I have much sunburn on the non-bearded portions of my face.

Mount hosted a home track meet this past weekend in which many great performances were recorded including my roommate Tom Karos of Barberton, Ohio, who threw over 400 combined feet in the shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throws. A long with Tom, my good friend Ty Griffin of Massillon provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the mile.

This past weekend, Mount hosted the Raider Olympics (orchestrated by my roommate). Teams of students competed in events for charity … it was a lot of great fun!

Relay for life!

Relay for life!

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This past weekend Mount Union hosted Relay for Life, which is a nationwide program to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Mount Union students, their families and their friends raised money in support of cancer all weekend long. It was a great cause and a great time because it is a nationwide event. I’d say that most high school and even elementary students have participated in the event in someway or another. I remember as a child I participated in “Jump Rope For Heart.”

One of the great things about Mount is how active the students are with the community and charity events. I know I’ve talked about that before but I wish to talk about it again as it is something that really makes Mount special and sets us apart from other schools. It’s the students and people you meet here that change your life.

April Fools

April Fools

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Nature gave us our April fools joke a day late, as Mother Nature attacked Mount Union’s track team this past Saturday. The night before our track meet, it snowed while we were sleeping. Then, it warmed up and turned the thin layer of powder into water, which then froze as it cooled down, putting a nice icy crust on Alliance. It proceeded to warm up and reached the mid 40’s around 11 a.m. Then, out of nowhere, it began to snow heavily. I’m talking about large flakes the size of ping-pong balls falling from the cloudy skies, and then quicker than you could blink, it was pouring down rain. Not five minutes later was it sunny again, until the wind picked up again and it started snowing. This all took place in a 15-minute time frame and was absolutely ridiculous.

Hopefully at next week’s home meet the weather will be a little more consistent!

 

How to Deal with Stressure

How to Deal with Stressure

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This a turbulent time in the semester for a lot of students at Mount Union. We have to register for our classes in the fall, we have to pick our roommates and where we want to live. We have to write a billion papers and take another billion tests.

You don’t have a lot of time for yourself, or for your friends, especially when you’re involved in a sport which becomes even more tumultuous when it is snowing in April. You get sick from the crazy weather in Ohio, you get sick from stress from all your classes and you get sick from being all cooped up for the past six months.You have to enjoy the little things, whether it’s the cafeteria serving your favorite food or a deadline extended on a paper.My high school football coach used to say this corny thing about free time. He’d tell us after our football games on Friday nights that we have the whole week off.”You have Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday night, Monday morning and Monday afternoon, all off!”If you look at it like that then you have a lot more time than you thought before.

When it’s Tuesday morning and you get assigned to read 40 pages of a book and write a paper about it, remember that you have Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday night, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday night and Tuesday morning to get things all wrapped up. That’s like four or five days, which doesn’t seem so bad after all.

Food Pantry

Food Pantry

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A great thing about Mount Union is that they provide education not only in the classroom, but also through real life experiences. Whether it’s in the exercise science department and you have to act as their personal trainers or if you’re in my American Family course and you have to volunteer for a certain amount of hours throughout the semester. Tomorrow, I’m working at the food pantry downtown to help some needy families gather the food they need.

There’s a lot of ways to get involved in the community. And, not just in the city, but in the entire Northeastern Ohio region, including Youngstown and Cleveland. The faculty members at Mount hook you up by sending out weekly emails – Ennouncements – with information about opportunities to volunteer, available scholarships, internships and even chances to study abroad.Being a little smaller (in student population) than other schools allows for a greater concentration on the individual, and it’s really special here how professors get to know you and will personally help you get involved in whatever it is you’re trying to get involved in!