Author Archives: Becca Kritschil

About Becca Kritschil

Hi! I'm a freshman at the University of Mount Union. I actually live near Reading, PA though about six hours away. I'm the oldest of three children. My sisters are 13 and 8. My major is Neuroscience with undecided minor. I'm involved with the Unonian(yearbook), Greek Life, Intramurals, and volunteer for the Regula Center. I'm also part of the honors program. If you have questions or would like to know more about what I'm involved in feel free to ask :) Any questions you have I'll be happy to address! Have a great day.

Missing Out

Last semester I was pretty good with not being homesick. I felt I was
home for all the major events that happened at home. But, this semester
I really feel like I am missing out. In January, I missed celebrating
my mom’s birthday. In February, I missed celebrating my popop and
sister’s birthday. In early February, I missed our … Read more

Last semester I was pretty good with not being homesick. I felt I was
home for all the major events that happened at home. But, this semester
I really feel like I am missing out. In January, I missed celebrating
my mom’s birthday. In February, I missed celebrating my popop and
sister’s birthday. In early February, I missed our annual Super Bowl
celebration, and I also missed the nice Valentine’s Day dinner my
family had. The beginning of next month is my birthday and I won’t be
home for that either. Yesterday I got a call from my littlest sister
telling me how she was communion dress shopping with my mom and
grandmother. I was so jealous and wish I could’ve went out with them!
I love all formal dress shopping. Prom shopping, even though it’s
super stressful, was always something that I looked forward to. I’m sad not to be going this year but I have some friends who are seniors
this year that I may accompany in their shopping endeavors.

Back to my birthday… I think my family was actually planning to come up
and surprise me until they realized my spring break was the weekend
after. So I will celebrate my actual birthday here with my friends
and then go home and have a small party with my family. I hope I
still get to have a birthday meal made for me! It’s a tradition in
our house that my parents cook the birthday person’s favorite meal
and preferred cake, or go out to wherever the birthday person’s want to (my
sister Kayla usually goes to Chuck E. Cheese’s). Knowing I have a
celebration waiting for me at home gives me something to look forward
to the week before spring break, which is filled with exams and
papers.

I’m thankful I will be home for some pretty important events for my sisters. My
sister Jessica is in the school play, which will go on one of the
weekends I am home, so I will be able to see her perform. I will also
be home for the actual celebration of my little sister’s first holy
communion. My other sister and Dad’s birthday are both in June (same
day actually) so I will also be there for that celebration.

When I miss out on something it makes me wish I went to a school closer to
home. But when I think about all I will be there for, it isn’t as bad
and I know my family understands. Just have to stay positive and
focus on other things!

Road to Raider Guide

On campus we have students who are called Raider Guides who supervise freshmen during orientation weekend and have specific dorms
that they hold office hours and events. It is a program to try and
get the students to interact with each other and a place for students
to meet others in their building. I am pretty close with … Read more

On campus we have students who are called Raider Guides who supervise freshmen during orientation weekend and have specific dorms
that they hold office hours and events. It is a program to try and
get the students to interact with each other and a place for students
to meet others in their building. I am pretty close with my Raider Guide and a few others so when the opportunity arose to apply to be
one for next year, I immediately decided to go for it. I think it
would be so cool to be a Raider Guide! You would get to meet a bunch
of new people and would be someone stable who a worrying freshman
could come to with any problems they are having adjusting or general
questions. I really enjoy helping people out, which is why I’m a psychology major, and I see this as an opportunity to better my skills. I
also love the community/family that develops with the Raider Guides. I would enjoy being able to meet even more upperclassman and spend time learning and getting to know them. I think
being a Raider Guide improves many skills that will be useful in the
job market. It definitely develops your communication skills, 
which is very important when trying to get a job. I think being a
Raider Guide also improves your leadership skills, which again is a
good skill to be able to demonstrate in job positions. Being a
Raider Guide also helps your creativity because you are always trying
to find ways to make fun activities and incentives for the students
to come. All in all, I do not see any downsides to being a Raider Guide, just great benefits. The process of being considered for the
job includes an application with general information and short answer
questions, an initial interview, a group interview, and if you
make the cut, a second interview. Last Tuesday I had my second
interview and now I am hoping for the best! We find out the day
before my birthday, March 1! So cross your fingers for me and I might end up seeing you at
orientation as your Raider Guide!

Valentine’s Day

It’s that special time of year again! The time when girls get sweet chocolates and pretty flowers as a testimony of their significant others love. Personally I like giving my friends and family valentines. Every year my family has a special dinner and we share valentines with eachother. This year I have a bag of … Read more

It’s that special time of year again! The time when girls get sweet chocolates and pretty flowers as a testimony of their significant others love. Personally I like giving my friends and family valentines. Every year my family has a special dinner and we share valentines with eachother. This year I have a bag of Hershey’s Kisses waiting to be distributed accordingly with valentines to my friends! I was so worried earlier this week for how I could possibly get the materials needed to make everyone valentines. Thankfully the Raider Guides are putting on an event tomorrow evening in the lobby for people who want to make cards for someone! DST is also having some sort of fundraiser selling valentines for a few dollars! I never have cash on me though so I probably won’t end up participating this year but I will save up my change this summer for next year!

I’m sure the movie theatre is going to be very busy Thursday. Especially since the amazing Nicholas Sparks movie is coming out! If I had a date that’s where I would want to be taken. My roommate and I were interested in going to see it too but neither of us have a car. There are tons of great places to eat around here so that makes finding a place for you and your date to go easier! If you really want to treat them take them to Texas Roadhouse!

As for me I’ll probably be doing homework and get ice cream at late night as a sweet snack. Lucky for anyone who is my valentine in the upcoming years-I dont like chocolate!

Super Bowl Sunday

Yet again, the Super Bowl proved to be an interesting one. I was unable to watch the whole thing but I think the parts I caught were the best! I went to the gym at the second quarter and ended up catching the whole thing, which turned out to be a great quarter for the … Read more

Yet again, the Super Bowl proved to be an interesting one. I was unable to watch the whole thing but I think the parts I caught were the best! I went to the gym at the second quarter and ended up catching the whole thing, which turned out to be a great quarter for the Ravens! I really thought that the Ravens had it in the bag at that point. So instead of hanging out at the lobby party with some of the other people in our dorm, I went back to my dorm to study. During the fourth quarter my roommate started noticing tweets about the 49ers making a comeback so I went to CBSonline and caught it at the five minute mark of the fourth quarter. I was so surprised by the score! I’m glad it turned into a close game though and not a blowout because those are always boring to watch. Even though I don’t really prefer either team, when the 49ers had a chance to get a touchdown (at the two min mark), I was rooting for them to get it. I couldn’t believe the offense just let it go. Props to the Ravens defense though. I think the 49ers made a good comeback but their early performance just couldn’t be made up for.

The next day at the gym the news was on and one of the top stories was about investigators trying to figure out why the Super Bowl went black. I didn’t know it was such a mystery. I just thought that maybe the halftime show just shorted something. I wish I could’ve seen what it looked like when it went from light to dark! What did you think about the blackout? What are some reasons you think could have caused it?

Skype Surprises

Last Friday was my mom’s birthday and since I couldn’t go home to be with her, my dad set up a plan for me to Skype them. It’s a tradition in my family that the birthday person gets to chose what home cooked meal and cake they want for dinner. Both of my parents are … Read more

Last Friday was my mom’s birthday and since I couldn’t go home to be with her, my dad set up a plan for me to Skype them. It’s a tradition in my family that the birthday person gets to chose what home cooked meal and cake they want for dinner. Both of my parents are excellent cooks and can really cook up some good treats! My meal is usually chicken in a biscuit with some type of shrimp and corn with homemade caesar salad. For dessert I usually choose a blizzard cake from Dairy Queen. My mom on the other hand prefers veil parmesan with pasta. She also gets an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. So after they were finished with dinner my dad called me and went in the other room with the computer. Then he brought me into the dining room and surprised my mom! We all sang happy birthday to her and I watched her blow out the candles. Thankfully I already had my sweets fixing at the cafe and wasn’t too jealous they were having ice cream cake. My dad then gave my mom the present I bought her at Christmas but wasn’t able to bring back home for winter break. It’s a Mount Union Christmas ornament. She was really excited about it because she loves Christmas and decorations; it was great to see her reaction. Then I watched her open all her other gifts and chatted with my parents for a little while afterwards. It was really nice to see them and my mom was really happy about seeing me as well, which was great. I know she really misses me so I hope it made this birthday a little more special than she thought it would be without me there.

Birthday’s and special traditions my family has (like a Super Bowl party) are things that I really miss when I’m at school. My little sister’s birthday is this Sunday so I will probably be skyping in to her dinner as well to be with them as much as I can. She usually likes to go to Chuck E Cheese’s though so it all depends what they have planned. I can’t believe she’s going to be nine already! Then in a month I’ll be 19! Time is really just flying by. Doing little things like this for your family though is always nice. It may seem trivial to you but your parents really will appreciate and adore it because they probably miss you more than you realize. My first semester I didn’t talk to my family all that much and I know they were really unhappy about that so I’m trying to stay as connected with them as I can with my busy schedule.

Taste of Spring

Hello all! So last week we had a nice surprise of some warmer weather! Unfortunately it was raining the three days it was above 50, but some people still enjoyed that over all the snow we’ve been having. Personally, I love the snow! It’s not as wet as rain, it’s fun and it usually looks … Read more

Hello all!

So last week we had a nice surprise of some warmer weather! Unfortunately it was raining the three days it was above 50, but some people still enjoyed that over all the snow we’ve been having. Personally, I love the snow! It’s not as wet as rain, it’s fun and it usually looks gorgeous! I would choose snow over rain any day. The warmer weather was a very nice change of pace though! Not having to wear big sweaters and gloves all the time felt nice. Some people were even in athletic shorts one of the days!

It was nice I admit but I don’t mind the cold as much as some other people. The weather is pretty bipolar here though. One day it’s 57 and the next day it’s 20 degrees outside! It was a really dramatic change. Ever since then it has been off and on snowing, some days more than others but it’s still there. The staff members who clear the sidewalks usually can’t keep up with it. The salt doesn’t seem to do much because there is just so much. The snow makes everything mushy though, which makes walking a balance trick. I almost slipped today going out of the library! It would’ve been really embarrassing and I’m proud to say so far I have been able to keep my balance well.

Later this week it’s supposed to get back up to the 40s but I’m sure it probably won’t last for long. I just hope if it’s nice out it’s clear, sunny and not rainy. Rain makes me want to lie in bed and not go to class. So far we have not had any snow days or class cancellations because professors couldn’t make it in. It’s kind of disappointing because that was always the best part of getting snow in high school but at the same time missing a week could really throw off your class. I know a lot of people here are ready for spring to officially start but as for me I can handle the snowy weather for another month or so.

New Language

This semester I am taking a language class. I chose to take French because during my junior year I want to study abroad and am thinking about going to France. I thought it would be awesome to be familiar with the language of the country. So instead of taking one year of Spanish (which I … Read more

This semester I am taking a language class. I chose to take French because during my junior year I want to study abroad and am thinking about going to France. I thought it would be awesome to be familiar with the language of the country. So instead of taking one year of Spanish (which I took in high school), I went with French. So far I really enjoy it but it is definitely something very new. It’s surprising how much Spanish I actually still remember which blocks my knowledge of the newly learned French vocabulary. When words are spelled the same in French as in Spanish I almost always pronounce it the way it would be in Spanish. Unfortunately the two languages actually sound nothing alike even though on paper they look similar. In French, a lot of the endings are just not pronounced for words. Also, words that are plural sound the same as the singular tense! The rules are just so different. I am getting the hang of it though and have a test tomorrow to prove how much I’ve absorbed so far! I do enjoy learning it. It’s just a lot of note cards and repeated studying. My professor is great though which I think will impact how I succeed in the class. She goes through a lot of the vocabulary with us multiple times and has us speak French in class with each other to practice pronunciation. We also took a practice test before our exam which was great to see how exactly our exam would be set up. I love hearing our professor speak in French. I think it’s a really pretty language. Hopefully I can sound half as good as she does by the time I’m done with French 2!

Getting Back on Track

Hello! In my previous post, I talked about getting the flu and missing the first week of school. Some of you may be wondering how on earth you recover from missing a week of classes so let me elaborate on my experience. First, I checked all of my professor’s syllabi and wrote down in a … Read more

Hello!

In my previous post, I talked about getting the flu and missing the first week of school. Some of you may be wondering how on earth you recover from missing a week of classes so let me elaborate on my experience.

First, I checked all of my professor’s syllabi and wrote down in a calendar what assignments were due when and what they were going over in class on the days I was gone. One of the benefits for me was getting sick in the beginning of the semester so the first days of my classes were mostly going over the syllabus and not really introducing the material yet. After my calendar was filled out, I made a list of physical assignments that were due (not reading, studying or looking over power points). Then, I prioritized the list based on when I had each of the classes the following week. I started the work on Sunday so I could get a few assignments out of the way. Thankfully we had Monday off, which gave me an extra two days to complete the assignments that were due for my four MWF classes. Tuesday I only have one afternoon class so that was another lucky break I got in this situation. For the most part, after dedicating pretty much all my free time to schoolwork, I was caught up by Friday. French is the one class that being absent has greatly affected me. We learned a lot of topics in class when I was out so I missed the opportunity to hear the words being spoken and taught in class. I have not had French before either, so although I’ve made flashcards, I don’t pronounce the words correctly. This is a problem because we have a listening section of the test where I have to write down the French that the teacher speaks. Thankfully we have a student tutor for this class, so tonight I will see her to get help with what I don’t understand before our test on Wednesday. We took a practice test today and I did relatively well so that made me feel a bit more confident. Last week I was also struggling with understanding what went on in my biology class the week I was out so I set up a time to meet with my biology professor on Friday and it helped a lot. I feel all caught up in that class after seeing her.

So if you do end up sick at one point, try not to stress about the make up work too much. Your professors are flexible and understand illness happens. You must seek them out though and make sure to touch base with them in case something that was not on the syllabus happened in class! Hopefully you can avoid my situation though and never get that sick!

Sick Days

Hello all! The beginning of my spring semester did not go as I had planned. The Friday before school started I got very sick. I was at work all day (starting at 11 a.m.) and was feeling off but didn’t think much of it. I had goosebumps and felt nauseous but it was my last … Read more

Hello all!

The beginning of my spring semester did not go as I had planned. The Friday before school started I got very sick. I was at work all day (starting at 11 a.m.) and was feeling off but didn’t think much of it. I had goosebumps and felt nauseous but it was my last shift so I tried to just stick it out. My mom and I were supposed to go to dinner after I got off work and go see a movie together before I left to go back to school. The night before I did the same thing with my dad. My mom was coming before I got off work to take my check to the bank, so I was planning to ask her to pick me up some medicine as well. When she came in she knew I didn’t feel well and said it felt like I was starting to warm up, which would explain the goosebumps. I tried to be persistent and insist that we have our night out but in my head all I really wanted to do was cuddle up in bed and sleep. We talked through it and decided that with school Monday I should do all I can to stay well, so I agreed to go home after work. By the time we got back, I had an actual fever and was really feeling drained.

No one expected that I had the flu and that it would last as long as it did. I had plans to go ice skating on Saturday, which in my head believed I could still go. I was very mistaken. I had fever spikes in the early morning, late morning and afternoon/evening Saturday. Each spike lasted about four hours between getting the chills and then having my fever spike up to 102. The doctor’s didn’t want to see me because they suspected it was the flu and didn’t want me spreading my germs in their office. Since the flu is a viral infection there is nothing they could do for me. I could have got a prescription for Tamiflu, but my parents didn’t like its risky side effects.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday were the worst days with three or four fevers in a 24- hour period. Tuesday I only had two episodes, Wednesday I had one at night and zero on Thursday. I was very weak by Thursday though from all the tensing and shivering the chills gave me and from lying in bed for almost a week. When I had a fever I would get awful headaches and experience dizziness, so I only got up when I had to.

My parents wanted me to go 48 hours without a fever to make sure it wouldn’t come back. This took me up to Friday so I missed the whole first week of classes. I decided to stay home then until Monday since we had a long weekend and I didn’t get to spend the time with my family that I wanted to the previous weekend. I planned to take the train back to Mount Union (which would have been 12 hours long) but my dad graciously offered to drive me back on Monday to save me the hassle. I was really grateful for that! I made it back to Mount Union on Monday around lunchtime. I was happy to be back and healthy again. That was definitely the worst time I have ever been sick. I was lucky that I did not have other symptoms of the flu such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Want to know how I got back on track after missing a WHOLE week of class?! Read my next blog titled Getting Back on Track! Stay healthy this flu season! Getting the flu shot will not protect you though, the flu that developed is a different kind so make sure to germ-x frequently and do not share anything!

Reflection

I am truly amazed that it is almost the end of the semester. I keep asking myself where the time went! I can remember all the way back to the first weekends of being here, and it is crazy how much can change in just 15 weeks. I knew it would probably go by fast, … Read more

I am truly amazed that it is almost the end of the semester. I keep asking myself where the time went! I can remember all the way back to the first weekends of being here, and it is crazy how much can change in just 15 weeks. I knew it would probably go by fast, but I still can’t believe it.

Overall, it’s been a great first semester! I got a job, I got into a sorority, I got involved with community service and the Regula Center and I’ve been able to keep my grades up without too much of a problem.

I thought the transition to college was actually pretty easy. There were some things that were different, such as having to keep up with a syllabus, but nothing that was too hard to handle. Learning to live with someone else was pretty easy because we live the same lifestyle. We don’t really have any disagreements with the state of our room, which can sometimes be super messy. I’ve kind of always had my own schedule and have been very efficient with managing time so that was another aspect that I already had under control that other people sometimes have a hard time adjusting to. Making schedules of your day and keeping a planner definitely helps to make sure you’re completing the assignments you need to in a timely fashion.

My professors’ teaching styles weren’t very different than what I am used to from high school, except some don’t want you to write down everything that is said in class. Professors would prefer you just write down anything extra and then print the class slides afterwards. None of my professors lecture without PowerPoint’s, which makes me extremely happy because that was a big worry of mine.

Naps are one way to adjust to late nights and early mornings and are pretty much a college staple. Before coming to college, I rarely ever had time to nap and now I do it at least three times a week and sometimes it’s my favorite part of my day. There is a definite difference between my college schedule and high school schedule because when you’re in high school you’re at school for so long, but at college you have a lot of free time. Of course most of that time will have to be used to get all your assignments done, but I have never really felt completely overwhelmed with the amount of work I’ve needed to do in a specific time frame.

Setting realistic goals for what you can accomplish every day when you make your schedule helps. Don’t overbook your day with too much work and stress yourself out that you didn’t have time to do it all. Make sure to work ahead though! With studying, I usually start preparing 3-4 days before the test and with assignments I get them done as soon as I can, even if they aren’t due until the next week. Finals are a little scary to me, but only one is over what I learned over the whole semester, and the other two are just another exam. I don’t think I have too much to worry about though, so I’m not letting myself get stressed out about it. I just hope for the best!