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About Alyssa Greenwell

My name is Alyssa Greenwell and I am from Canton, Ohio. I am a sophomore here at the University of Mount Union majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience. I am involved in many clubs and organizations on campus as well as volunteer work in the community. I love helping others and strive to make a difference in their lives.

7 Simple Stress Busters

7 Simple Stress Busters

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Going from college to high school can seem like a big transition for some students.  The academic workload, increase of responsibility and just the aspect of being on your own for the first time in your life can come as a bit of a shock.  Many students are not prepared and putting all of the new aspects of college life together at one moment can lead to what all people have but dread: stress.

Stress is a common presence in the lives of many Americans, not just college students, and it can arise from a multitude of factors varying for each individual.  College students, however, do face high levels of stress, which can contribute to how successful a student is and their overall college experience. Learning to manage stress can be a key component to a successful college experience. The biggest problem with stress is how to deal with it.  What actions can be taken to relieve and prevent future stress? What do you do if you are stressed?  Well, here are seven simple tips to help relieve and prevent future stress.

1. Allow plenty of time. Do not get involved in too much or spread yourself too thin, as being too busy is a major source of stress.  Allot yourself enough time to complete every task that needs to be accomplished.  Decide which tasks are most important and need to be completed first.

2. Exercise. Exercising or just doing something active, whether it’s yoga, rock climbing or even karate, is a great stress buster.  Exercise improves blood flow to the brain and causes the release of chemicals called endorphins into the bloodstream, which provide feelings of happiness and an overall sense of wellbeing.

3. Get plenty of rest. Sleep is important in the management of stress meaning that getting enough sleep allows time for your mind to refocus, recharge and rebalance.  Sometimes getting in a daily nap or going to bed early one night may be all you need.

4. Talk with a friend or family member. If you are very stressed, talk to someone.  Find someone that you feel comfortable talking to and tell them what is on your mind.  Sometimes getting other peoples perspective or just getting things off your chest in general can make all the difference.

5. Get some quiet time. As in college life, alone time is hard to find. Personal space is rare for students; bathrooms and bedrooms are shared as well as the gym and even the library.  Finding time to yourself is difficult.  However, it is important to find a space where you can go and be alone to escape from the crazy world of college life.  Getting sufficient quiet time in which you can regain thoughts and just relax can work wonders on your stress levels.

6. Make room for fun. It is important to make time for activities that you enjoy doing – the activities that you do for you, for fun.  Everyone has something that they love doing and that makes them happy when doing it, whether its playing a sport, the guitar or even doing volunteer work.  Find something you love and use that as your go-to-activity when you feel stressed.

7. Keep things in perspective. College life may seem overwhelming, as there are many things that you want to do.  Although this is the case, there is only so much a person can handle and the reason why you are in college must not be, but often forgotten, is academics.  No matter what you choose to involve yourself in, the most important priority is always academics.  Nothing else will matter if you do not succeed academically.

Stress, like many things in life, is manageable and how you deal with stress holds much significance.  Following these seven simple tips will help de stress your life, allowing you to lead a more successful and fun college career.

Hello November!

Hello November!

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I can’t believe it’s already November. Where has 2011 gone? This year has come and passed so quickly. When you think about the course of the past year, did you do everything that you wanted and achieve all the goals you had set for the year? Did you accomplish your New Year’s resolution that you established many months ago or did you simply let it slip away like most of America’s population? Speaking for myself, I did not keep a hold of my resolution. I am among the large group of Americans whose New Year’s resolution lasted until about mid-February. But I did, however, do many of the things that I wanted to and accomplished many of the goals I had set for the year.

Now as winter rolls in, the holidays grow closer and the time to make a new resolution approaches, do you ever wonder if making a resolution every New Year’s has a true purpose? I mean, for most people, they do not last the entire year. So I say, instead of making a resolution for the entire year why don’t you make a resolution for each month.

On the first day of each month, make a resolution of something you will do, quit doing, etc. So as the first day of November is now here, what will you do this month? Will you work at a soup kitchen, deliver Thanksgiving meals to the elderly or help at a homeless shelter? Will you promise to be more kind to others this holiday season and strive to give more than you receive?

Leave me a comment.  Let me know what you plan to do this November and this holiday season.  I challenge you to make a resolution this November.

“The Haunted House on the Hill”

“The Haunted House on the Hill”

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Halloween brings about the words scary, candy, trick or treating, costumes, ghosts, witches and pumpkins.  However, on Mount Union’s campus Halloween also brings about the words St. Jude, helping others, service, raising money, and giving. This year, the Delta Sigma Tau sorority and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity joined together to spend their Halloween weekend in a much different way than most people do. Instead of dressing up in costumes and spending time with friends, they found a way to make a difference. The sisters of Delta Sigma Tau and the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega put together a haunted house to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital seeks to advance the treatment and prevention of cancer and catastrophic diseases in children.

The sisters and brothers put weeks of preparation into this event, which was known as “The Haunted House on the Hill.” The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, which is located on the Mount Union campus next to Bracy Hall and across from the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (the library), was transformed into a haunted house. Friday and most of Saturday, was spent decorating the house, setting up each haunted room and getting all aspects of the haunted house ready for business.

Following the set up, the house appeared as if it was a real haunted house that many people go to each year during the Halloween season. It took about five minutes to go through the whole house and in my opinion was scary! I know I screamed many times when I went through it! The haunted house was open to the community on both Saturday and Sunday night from 6-9 p.m. The admission fee was $3 and there was also a refreshment table featuring assorted cookies, cider and hot chocolate. Donations also were accepted, and over the course of the two nights $579.78 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This truly was a remarkable event that raised a good amount of money for a great cause. The sisters of Delta Sigma Tau and the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega made a difference during their Halloween weekend!

Join A Cause

Join A Cause

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The University of Mount Union is a unique campus. It strives do all it can do to support other people and organizations. The University holds many on campus events as well as attends outside events, and over the years, the campus has raised a significant amount of money for different groups and organizations.

One event special to Mount Union is the annual Relay for Life event, which raises money for cancer awareness. Many students, faculty, staff and community members come out to relay for the cause. This event occurs over a two-day span as people stay up an entire night to walk and raise money. Mount Union also holds it’s annual Up ’til Dawn event, which raises money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each year, there is a letter writing competition in the fall where letters are written to friends, family members and neighbors in hopes of receiving donations. In the spring, there is a party where the total amount raised is announced. Additionally, annually Mount Union sponsors an event called Take Back the Night, which raises awareness about domestic violence. Each year a speaker comes to campus and presents a firsthand account of a domestic violence situation and educates people on this matter. After the speaker, there is a candle light walk around campus.

Those are just a few of the large events that occur on campus, but there are also many smaller ones. Mount Union participates in many local walks such as the walk for Breast Cancer, Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. The Breast Cancer walk actually occurred this past Sunday at McKinley High School in Canton, which I attended along with many other Purple Raiders. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that the 3.2 miles we walked were for a cause and for someone fighting Breast Cancer today. Different organizations also hold many events and fundraisers in support of projects and groups they are part of such as the group Raider Relief and the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

No matter what, at Mount Union, there is always a cause to join, a way to make a difference and a way to help fight.

Stay tuned as there will be more blogs to come about each of these events as well as many more!

Making a Difference!

Making a Difference!

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You want to know what the best part of my day was today? I bet you can’t even guess. It’s not the typical way most college students spend part of their day, however, it should be whenever possible. The suspense is probably killing you, so I’m just going to tell you. The best part of my day today occurred in the two and a half hours I spent volunteering at a local church in Alliance for Feed My Sheep. (And, no I am not talking about REAL LIVE sheep).

Feed My Sheep is the Christian ministry of The New Beginnings House of God Church in Alliance. Through the ministry, meals are served to the community of Alliance every Thursday around dinner time. Approximately 30-40 people come to the church each week for dinner, and another 80 meals are delivered to the homes of people unable to travel to the church including the elderly and disabled individuals throughout the community. Anyone from the community is welcome to come each Thursday to receive food. The food for each meal varies from week to week and comes mostly from the Stark County Food Pantry. Today people were served hot dogs, macaroni salad, chips, drinks and dessert. (I served dessert today!) People also are welcome to take bread with them when they leave.

The co-ed service fraternity of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) at Mount Union has members that help each week prepare and serve the meals to the community members. The members of APO also interact with the community members and get to know some of them that come on a regular basis. APO is the organization with which I helped out through. I find this project rewarding in more ways than one. It allows me to interact with people of the community learning about their day and their experiences, gives me the chance to help others and allows me to make even the slightest difference in the lives of others. In my opinion, it is the best way you could spend part of your day!

The Feed My Sheep Ministry has been helping to feed the Alliance community for a little over six years now. It has impacted the lives of many individuals and will continue to do so on a day-to-day basis for many years to come. The ministry is helping to make a difference!

Get Involved!

Get Involved!

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College may seem a bit scary as it forces you to adjust to a new place (which is basically your home for the next four years), make new relationships with new people and once again find where you fit in.  You are no longer a big senior, at the top of the pyramid.  Once again, you are a freshman at the bottom of the food chain, which is a place many people do not like to be.

College is very different, however, in that aspect.  Other than the amount of credits you have and where you live, the status of your grade level does not mean all that much.  Unlike high school, seniors do not pick on the “little freshmen” or put them in lockers.  In college, everyone (for the most part) gets along.  Everyone has friends from each grade level, and the campus, especially Mount Union’s, is basically one big family.  Take me for example… I am a sophomore, yet I have many friends in each grade level whom I frequently spend time with.

But coming to a new campus and making friends all over again may seem nerve-racking and scary…I know it did for me.

The answer to this situation is simply the most important thing to do when going to college (especially as a freshmen) – get involved!  Getting involved is the best thing to do when starting out at a new school as it proves to be very beneficial to you.  Getting involved allows you to quickly meet many different types of people and make friends.  It presents you with the opportunity to better learn the campus and community and also allows you to better connect with faculty and staff members.  Getting involved keeps you busy and helps to erase boredom.  Additionally, joining different organizations and clubs can open many doors for you in the future.

Mount Union has many different organizations and clubs that you can get involved in on campus.  This ranges from joining a sorority or fraternity to participating in intramurals to joining academic clubs or service organizations.  I can guarantee you that there is at least one organization or club that exists on campus, but most likely more, that will draw your interest and you will find you fit into.  (Trust me, I have found many that I enjoy and fit into!) If there isn’t, believe it or not, you can start your own club!  Check out the list of the different organizations and clubs that currently exist at Mount Union.  See what you like and what you may be interested in joining.  Leave me a comment with any questions regarding the different organizations or clubs that spark your interest.

Just remember, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you GET INVOLVED!

“Forever Mount”

“Forever Mount”

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Last weekend was one of excitement and craziness here on Mount Union’s campus. It is a weekend that all Purple Raiders and even community members look forward to each year. It is a weekend that can be found marked on the calendars of Mount Union alumni, written in many students, faculty and staff members planners and even scribbled down on a note on the refrigerators of many community members. So you may be wondering what this so called special weekend is… am I right? Well, the weekend I am referring to is Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. This weekend is special all around at Mount Union as there are many fun and exciting events that take place all throughout the weekend for everyone.

The theme this year for the weekend was “Forever Mount.” The weekend kicked off Friday night with the Mr. UMU pageant. This is an annual event attended mostly by students, and in simple terms, is basically a male beauty pageant. Different organizations on campus select one male to represent them in the pageant. At the pageant, the men participate in events similar to that of the Miss America pageant such as a talent portion, a question/answer session, formal wear and Raider gear. The judges were faculty and staff members. The pageant has a humorous tone and is not serious in any way. This year’s winner was senior Josh Jones, who was representing Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. Additional events that took place on Friday were the Mount Union Board of Trustees meeting and the Department of Theatre’s presentation of the comedy Bus Stop.

 

Saturday is the day that holds the most events and the most excitement of the weekend. This past Saturday there was an Alumni Brunch in which different alumni were honored, multiple class reunions, the annual Run-A-MUC race, the Homecoming parade and a Raider pep rally as well as tailgating before the annual Homecoming football game. This year at the Homecoming game, the Raider football team beat Marietta with a 62-0 win. During halftime of the game, this year’s Homecoming King Marcus Williams and Queen Kaitlin Petrilli were revealed and crowned. On Saturday, different organizations also held events such as the Alpha Delta Pi sorority silent auction, the Delta Sigma Tau sorority alumni tea and the Sigma Nu fraternity reception honoring Jim Williams.

Compared to Saturday of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, Sunday is more of a laid back day that in a way wraps up the weekend. Sunday was not too crazy of a day or full of commotion. This year, the Class of 1976 held a breakfast on Sunday and there was an alumni baseball game and cookout.

This weekend is so very special to all Purple Raiders and many look forward to it each year as the campus is crowded with alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members. And when I say crowded, I mean packed! – prayers are said to find a parking spot. Not only do people in the area attend all of these events, but also people come from all over the country just for this weekend. The high population of people that come to campus for this weekend and the distances they travel says a lot about Mount Union. It shows that people are proud to be a Raider and truly enjoyed the time they spent at the University of Mount Union.

Who’s that New Girl?

Who’s that New Girl?

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Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa Greenwell.  I am so glad that you decided to read my blog as I think that overtime it will provide you with a pretty good picture of what it is like here at the wonderful place called Mount Union.  But first, I think I should tell you a little bit about myself, so you can hopefully come to understand my love for Mount and true pride of being a Purple Raider.

I am from Canton, which is pretty much Alliance’s neighbor as Canton is only about 20 minutes away.  I graduated from GlenOak High School at the top of my class, taking part in varsity volleyball as well as many extracurricular activities.  I have one younger brother who is a senior this year and is currently in the process of making one of the most difficult decisions in the early years of life – where to go to college.  Like him, many of you reading this blog, are facing that choice as well.  I only hope this blog will play a role in your decision.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being active, watching movies, reading and volunteering.

Getting involved and helping others has been two major standards in my life.  I enjoy taking part in all sorts of volunteer activities, helping out whenever needed and giving back to the community in any way possible.  I believe that kindness and a helping hand are two of the greatest gifts you can give to another.  I love to know that I am making a difference.

Here at Mount Union, I am currently a sophomore majoring in biochemistry with a minor in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.  Since stepping foot on campus, I have involved myself in many different clubs and organizations on campus including Delta Sigma Tau sorority, Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity), American Chemical Society, Sophomore Service Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta, student worker in the Office of the President and I most recently joined the Relay for Life executive committee. I am sure there will be many blogs to come about the organizations I am involved in!

I have met many new people here on campus as well as developed good relationships with faculty and staff members.  In my opinion, Mount Union is the best place to spend your college experience.  I truly love it here, as you will see in my future blogs, so stay tuned for more!  I only hope you will continue to read as I will be writing on a variety of topics which I am sure will catch your interest.