Author Archives: Tyler Johnston

About Tyler Johnston

I am from Lyndhurst, Ohio and went to Charles F. Brush High School where I played soccer, wrestled, played rugby and I played trombone in the band. My major is Athletic Training and I am on the wrestling team. I am also a Student Ambassador, member of SAAC, Preview Guide, Athletic Training Club and numerous intramural sports.

An Athletic Trainer’s Mindset

An Athletic Trainer’s Mindset

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Before I became an athletic training major, I would freak out if someone were to get seriously hurt. I wouldn’t know what to do so I’d just freak out.

After nearly a year of being an athletic training student and experiencing injury after injury, my mindset toward dealing with injuries has changed. I don’t freak out and I remain calmer than I used to be. Instead of freaking out and panicking, I am able to think about what has to be done according to the injury.

Depending how serious the injury is, I might still be going crazy in my mind but I know I still have to get the job done. Knowing that my mindset is changing this quickly, I can only imagine how other medical professionals are mentally adjusting to their job. It can be rough at times but the small things to them could be something life altering to the injured patient.

I graduate in 2014 and I know that by then my mindset will be even more mature than it is now. I still feel even after I graduate and when I get a job, I will be able to grow even more.

iPad in the Classroom

iPad in the Classroom

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This past semester, Mount Union gave me an iPad … but only for the semester. The school gave everyone in my cognitive psychology class an iPad for the semester. We were one of three classes that were given iPads, as we were pilot groups to see if the University wanted to provide all incoming freshmen with iPads.

Every other week, we had to take a survey about how we use the iPad and how often we used it. I only used it in class when we were looking at Power Points or taking notes. Other than that, I used it maybe for one or two hours during the whole week. Our book was online, which was cheaper than buying the book. It was hard for me though to get motivated to read when the book is online and not physically in front of me.

I honestly used the iPad more for games and Netflix. I will admit that it is definitely convenient to use when I need to write an email or quickly check something else online. I also bought an app for learning muscles for athletic training but that was about it when it came to productivity of the iPad.

We took our exams on ANGEL while in class on our iPads. As for the essay questions, we had to type our answers on the iPad. I didn’t mind typing on the tablet, but I definitely type faster on a regular keyboard. Plus, I was less motivated to write more simply because it took longer. I shouldn’t be so lazy, but I still wrote enough to answer the question.

Having an iPad is convenient. I would still never buy one though. It didn’t affect my grades either; it was still up to me if I wanted to learn the material.  At first I thought it was going to be really cool having an iPad but at the end of the semester, I really didn’t mind giving it back

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions

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What am I supposed to do?

I’ve been told my whole life that I should go to school and after school I should get a job. So, I’m at school and I’m dedicated to athletic training, but where am I going to get a job? I want to move out of my parents’ house and have a home of my own, but where am I going to go? How fast am I going to get a job after college? I’m still not sure what my minor is going to be. When I choose classes, I’m never really sure what my best options are either.

I chose to come to Mount Union right before I graduated, which was a little late for some people. I wasn’t immediately sure like some people, but I know I made a good decision. What about a job though? I’m not sure where I want to work. I can stay here in Ohio or I can move just about anywhere and find an athletic training job, but where do I want to go? Will my resume be competitive enough to get me a job? I can work at a high school or I can choose to work in the NFL or with any other professional leagues, but I’m not sure what I want to do.

My grandpa once told me “Life is like an ocean, swim with the current and go with the flow.” I think of this every time I’m not sure what to do.

Some people know exactly what they are doing, they have all of their classes planned for each semester until they graduate and they even know what graduate schools they want to go to and so on. They are so prepared that they make me feel as if I’m not prepared at all. In reality, I’m doing just fine. I have a general idea of what I want to do and I am about to be in my spring semester of my sophomore year, so I still have plenty of time to make decisions.

If you don’t know what you want to do, you’re not alone. Being at school is a good start, but you must figure out what you want to do or else you’re going to waste four years and a lot of your own money.

I have trouble choosing what I want to eat some days, but that is a decision that will only affect me for a short period of time. When it comes down to choosing a place to live, the job I want, maybe even the woman I’ll marry, I’m going to take my time and think about it. It isn’t something I want to take lightly since I’m going to stick with all of those things for quite some time.

Waffles or Pancakes?

Waffles or Pancakes?

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The age-old question must be answered. This is a very simple question. Which do you prefer, waffles or pancakes? I am a morning person, which means I love breakfast and everything about it. I love eating cereal, eggs, ham, bacon, yogurt and fruit, but when it comes to waffles or pancakes, I am not sure which I prefer sometimes.

My best friends and I cannot be better friends simply because we cannot agree on the biggest dilemma of them all. One day over the summer, we decided to go onto chatroulette.com and surveyed everyone to find out if they prefer waffles or pancakes. One rule of quick advice: go on that website during the day, it’s simply safer for your viewing. After around four hours of polling strangers, we came across a pretty even battle. It was like flipping a coin; you have the same chances every time. There are simple reasons why people like one or the other – sometimes the taste, sometimes it is easier to spread the butter or sometimes the pool of syrup or other fruit fits just perfect in those little pockets of the waffle. No matter what it is, people have a simple reason that forces them to choose one over the other.

We had to get more creative with this. We came up with a few other possible scenarios.

  • Best pancakes you’ve ever eaten VS. best waffles you’ve ever eaten
  • Frozen waffles VS. frozen pancakes
  • Kresge Court waffle maker VS. chef-made pancakes
  • Mother-made waffles VS. Mother-made pancakes
  • Gross waffles VS gross pancakes
  • Which one taste better at dinner?
  • Why isn’t French toast in this poll?
  • Why can’t I make two waffles with a pancake in the middle?
  • Well… why wouldn’t you make two pancakes with a waffle in the middle?

The list goes on, so much that you eventually get back to the same question, waffles or pancakes? I have to know everyone’s opinion on this important matter. Sometimes I can’t go to sleep simply because I can’t believe how even sided it is! There has to be a definitive one-sided winner.

Let me know what you prefer. Overall, I prefer pancakes.

Top 10 Random Awesome Things

Top 10 Random Awesome Things

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Watch the video LAST. If you watch it early, it will take away the excitement of knowing why it is #1 on this list.

I’ve decided to make a Top 10. Everyone loves a good Top 10 of anything and if it is awesome, then who wouldn’t want to read it? I’ve recently been excited about a few things lately, things that have or haven’t even happened yet. Basically, just read this list and I hope something on it makes you smile.

10. Back to the Future: Trilogy. Travel back in time with a Delorean? I’ve seen these movies multiple times and I keep finding new things I didn’t realize before. Good job Spielberg. These movies had action, comedy, romance, time travel and even a dog. Back to the Future is awesome.

9. History section of the library. There are very few people in the history section of the library, which means I am able to get my studying, homework and blogs completed. The history section, it’s awesome.

8. Gerard Butler. I realized that I have a man crush on him. He is always the toughest and manliest in movies, and he always wins. He also was the Phantom in the Phantom of the Opera and has an amazing voice. I don’t sing well. It doesn’t matter if I sing well, it only matters if girls think I sing well and it is a lot easier to get girls when you have a voice like Gerard Butler. Gerard Butler, he’s awesome.

7. Christmas sweaters. They are only in fashion for about a month and everyone notices when you wear one. They are usually made with love or in China, but they are always warm and people are usually uber jealous of your sweater. Christmas sweaters, they are awesome.

6. People who read my blog. I like attention just like any other person and when people read my blogs and tell me nice job, it’s a good feeling. I like writing, but I never see my audience or hear their applause. The only way I know is if there is a comment or if someone tells me they read it. Readers are awesome.

5. Women that don’t wear make-up. Most men would agree, we prefer a woman without make up and also dyed hair. I don’t mind girls with make up or dyed hair, I just have simple preferences. Women without make-up are awesome.

4. Letters in the mail. I’ve already made a post about this, but simply getting a letter from a friend in the mail makes my day way better. Friends that send me letters are awesome.

3. Anything free. Free t-shirts, free scholarships (money), free food, free massages, free Play-Doh, free socks and free laundry, etc. Free stuff is awesome and usually comes at no cost to you, which is what makes it free. Free stuff is awesome.

2. Peaches. I just love peaches. They are awesome. The Presidents of the United States of America even made a song about peaches titled “Peaches.” Peaches are awesome.

1. This video. I love dancing and it is fun for everyone, no matter what style. These people are insane. They are awesome.

This list isn’t the most awesome thing in the world, but I hope it brought you into my little world for just a few minutes. I like to change things up once in awhile. Next semester will be interesting since I have only one class on Tuesday and for the first time I start class at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. This is awesome.

Different Way to Think of Studying

Different Way to Think of Studying

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I am not the best with names. If I meet you once and you don’t make a memorable first impression, I won’t remember your name the next time I see you. If you do something out of the ordinary though, I will remember your name. When I see someone every day, I am obviously going to remember this or her name whether I want to or not.

In high school, I never studied and I passed comfortably, but I know I could have done better if I applied myself. College is obviously different when it comes to studying. I have to study more often and not just the night before.

Learning new material is just like learning a person’s name. Sometimes you can remember something if it is so out of the ordinary, but not everything you learn is going to be like that. You have to see the person more than once to get his or her name in your head, and the more you get to know the person, the more you understand them. When you study material for multiple days, the better you will understand it. You can get the basics of it, but won’t fully understand it until you rehearse it multiple times for multiple days.

Repetition, repetition, repetition. That is basically what it comes down to. Finals are coming up, so start slowly getting familiar with those names and by the time finals come, you’ll be best friends with your exam.

Nervous Breakdown

Nervous Breakdown

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There is a wide range of emotions that I go through every year of school. I love school, but I only remember the good parts of it. I try to block out all of the studying and freaking out before an exam because that is not what I want to remember. I still have seven semesters left of college, so how am I going to get through all of this nervousness? You’d think after going to school since I was five, I wouldn’t be as nervous of school, but I am.

No matter how hard I study, I still get nervous before an exam. I am definitely not an A+ student, but I still know what I am doing since I have studied almost everything I have had to study. I can know all of the information on a test but no matter what, I will still be freaking out in my head. I’m going to fail … I’m going to let my grades drop … I’m going to let my family down … I’m going to lose my scholarships!

After the test, a lot of weight is thrown off my shoulders and I am able to relax and let my brain rest. These pre-test jitters are almost uncontrollable, but I just keep telling myself that no matter what, it is only a test and time will keep on ticking.

The same goes for wrestling. I have wrestled hundreds of matches but before every match, I still get nervous. I will even get nervous on the bus ride that may take five hours just to get there. No matter what, I don’t show it because if I do my opponent will see it and take advantage. Being nervous doesn’t put me down though, I feed off of it. It is a fire that won’t burn me because I am holding that fire and lighting the way for myself.

You can’t let being nervous get to you. Whenever you get nervous, you have to feed off of that energy and tell yourself that no matter what, you will make it through whatever is in your way. Whether it is an exam, a wrestling match or asking a girl on a date, I don’t let me nerves get to me. I just get over it until my goal is done. After I do it, I am happy I was able to go through with it and I am able to not regret anything afterward.

Stop Texting and Driving!

Stop Texting and Driving!

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The video is a study that shows that texting and driving slows your reaction time more than being legally drunk, which is scary.

Driving is a privilege and a convenience that doesn’t seem hard to master. When you first learn to drive, you have to put all of your focus into it, but as you drive more and more. You begin to slack off from 10 and 3, use one hand maybe or you may think you are good enough to even text and drive. Well guess what, you aren’t that good of a driver and nobody you know is.

I have been guilty of texting and driving but every time I did it, I had the worst feeling in my gut and usually your gut feeling is right. Driving is way faster than walking, so I can definitely wait if I need to text or call someone back. I have also been a passenger of an accident before, so that definitely haunts me. It brought me to realize that a human is just a fleshy animal inside of a metal box going very fast right next to other metal boxes going very fast.

If you think you have the right to text and drive, I disagree. The road is for everyone, not just you. Is that text message really that important that you have to distract yourself from the road? I realized that the text messages I was sending were not important enough to risk my life for.

Not everyone is texting and driving, but the people that are need to stop. They are not only putting themselves at danger but everyone else on the road and pedestrians walking. If your friends are texting and driving while you’re in the car, tell them to stop. There is nothing wrong with telling your friends to stop if you feel uncomfortable.

Remember that text messages and driving are meant for your convenience. You shouldn’t have to use both of those conveniences at the same time. You are making it inconvenient when you crash.

Thankful for your “Family”

Thankful for your “Family”

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This is a response to Families Don’t Always Share The Same Genes and Thankful November.

Thanksgiving is a time for a dinner with your family. For most of us, we don’t have dinner with the same family every year. My family travels to have dinner with different parts of the family, so it is never the same Thanksgiving dinner. For some students, they don’t even go home for Thanksgiving because of a sport. Who are they going to have Thanksgiving with?

There is a turkey feast that is held every Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is basically a Thanksgiving dinner, but for brunch. I completely forgot about it this year. I had walked to Kresge Dining Commons alone and sat with two friends I just happened to walk in with. If you wanted to carve your own turkey, you had to reserve a table ahead of time with a few other people. I didn’t realize it until I sat down about just how thankful I was that I had friends to sit with. Usually I am able to sit alone while eating, but for this particular meal, I was so grateful I sat with people. It was a quick meal but it was one that was more memorable than most.

I will be going home for Thanksgiving, but some people aren’t. It is a lonely time when you aren’t with your family on a holiday. Holidays are known for being with your family and when you aren’t, it is definitely a downer. Some people will have practice and a variety of other things going on during Thanksgiving break. This campus will seem empty and there won’t be much to do.

Thanksgiving also is a time to be thankful, be thankful for those that surround you every day. They are your friends and your family, and they are people you would do almost anything for. Family doesn’t always share the same genes, but be thankful for the ones that don’t have the same genes. Those people surround you every single day. You have to realize that you see your friends at school more often than your family at home.

I could go on forever about things I am thankful for, but I won’t for the sake of your attention span. November is known as No-Shave November and Thankful November. I care more about Thankful November simply because if I didn’t shave, my facial hair would look gross. I’m thankful I don’t have to shave every day.

Seriously though … think of everything you are thankful and grateful for.

That Special Hoody

That Special Hoody

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Sharing clothes is something that everyone has done; whether it is with your siblings or with the person you’re in a relationship with. Here’s the dilemma though, sometimes you never get those clothes back.

I’ve noticed lately that my sister has sticky hands. She has a lot of clothing (hooded sweaters and t-shirts mainly) that is definitely not hers. She has a good mixture of my brothers, her boyfriends and even her friends’ sisters’ clothing. She’s not a thief, but is it the fact that she likes free things or does each piece of clothing have sentimental value to it also?

It’s the normal thing these days to give a hooded sweater or t-shirt to someone you’re dating. It shows that you want to make them warm even when you’re not there or it could mean any other cheesy line they may make up to make you feel good. What if you break up or what if you just really want those clothes back because you like them so much? Well, for some people, they still haven’t given back their clothes because they avoid the awkward conversation.

I guess I am here to give advice, so here’s my advice. When you want your clothes back, you just have to go through with it and ask for them back. Chances are he or she is going to say OK and give them to you (hopefully in a mature way). What if you still don’t get your clothes back? Chances are, he or she wears it when you’re not around, gave it away to someone else or the Goodwill or burned it.

Clothes are essential for warmth, style, embarrassment and they have sentimental value to them. I have given numerous things to my sister, but I gave my favorite hooded sweater to an ex-girlfriend, and I haven’t seen it since. Keep this rule of thumb; if clothing leaves your possession for more than a week, don’t expect to get it back.