Less than 24 hours!

Less than 24 hours!

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Less than 24 hours until I’ll be on a plane back to Japan! I’m so excited!! It has been an entire year since I was in Japan and I miss it like crazy! I know these next two weeks are going to fly by but I know I’ll have a blast with my friends. :] As I type this I am getting my camera ready so I can share pictures of the places we travel.

I’m going to try to keep this blog updated as best I can!

Japan Trip

Japan Trip

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The trip to Japan is only two days away. I’m very excited and I can’t wait to get to Tokyo. I’m dreading the plane ride but hopefully it won’t be too rough. I know we will have lots of fun!

Almost here…

Almost here…

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Ever since I left Japan, I’ve wanted to go back. My departure was rather unexpected and I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to see. Even though I’m only going back for two weeks, I feel like I’m completing my trip, just a little late. We’re landing in Tokyo, one of the places I planned to visit and didn’t get to due to the earthquake. To say I’m excited is an understatement. Even though this week has been a whirlwind of graduating from college and preparing for real life, this has been the only thing I can think about. I can’t wait to get back to Japan. More to come!

Only 2 days left!

Only 2 days left!

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So I’ve just found out that we’re supposed to do these blogs before we leave… yea…

Anyway, only two days left! I’m super excited to leave. I’ve been to Australia before, so I’m not too worried about the long flight there. To be honest, I’ll probably just sleep the entire way. Maybe watch a movie if the flight has that capability… I don’t plan on bringing my computer, so I have no idea how I’m going to update this thing! I am taking my nook, so maybe I can type out something quick on that, though.

I’m all packed (well… almost all packed), I have my yen, and I’m ready to do some sightseeing. Let’s go people!

Voice

Voice

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Whose voice do you hear every day? Of course you hear your own voice every day, but you hear other people talking as well.

These voices you hear are of people that tell you that you should do your homework, that tell you that you should lift, that tell you advice without even being there.  These voices are usually of people we look up to.

When I don’t want to brush my teeth, I hear my mom’s voice.  When I don’t want to do my homework, I hear my professor’s voice.  When I don’t want to work out, I hear my coach’s voice.  I don’t want to disappoint these people, so it is definitely a good thing that I hear their voice when I don’t want to do something.  If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be in college.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life

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Relay for Life is a big deal to a lot of people.  Raising money to help with preventing and treating cancer really does make a difference.  I have attended my sixth relay for life this weekend here at Mount Union.  My first one was a big deal since I met a lot of my good friends there and I made a difference by celebrating the lives of those who lost to cancer.

Almost every Relay, I have had a free hugs sign.  This obviously doesn’t raise any money, but it makes anyone smile whoever reads it, and it makes them feel even better after I give them a hug.  I couldn’t keep track of how many hugs I had given, but it was easily more than 50 hugs.

This year I was also in the Miss Relay Pageant Competition, where one male member from each team dresses as a woman, a very pretty woman.  I didn’t place top three this year, but I did raise $8.67 for the donation part of it.  I juggled for the talent portion which was impressive to me since I was in high heels.  From this experience, I appreciate women who wear heels, because they are painful.  I’ve also never been so nervous to be in front of people, probably because I didn’t like the way my hair looked.

Hot Dog Eating Contest

Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Dinner is usually the same routine every night: swipe card, grab tray, grab plates of food, grab drink, sit with friends, eat and talk with friends, put tray away and leave.  Tonight there was the Ohio Platinum Chef Competition.  There were a few other schools around the area basically having a cook off.  I didn’t get to eat any of food they were making, but I did get a nice heaping pile of food on my plate.

I ate a hamburger first, then I heard that there was a hot dog eating contest about to begin.  I walked over because there was a good crowd gathering to watch and one of my teammates was in the competition so, of course I had to support him.  There were empty seats and I assumed it was too late to sign up.  It wasn’t, and the winner gets $50.  I could always use extra cash so I enter the contest.

The contest consisted of eating as many hot dogs as you could in five minutes.  I’ve always watched Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on television and I always see the winner eating 50+ hot dogs in 10 minutes.  This number obviously wasn’t my goal but as a smaller contestant, I hoped I could out-eat the bigger guys.  Considering I’ve been eating a lot lately and not been working it off, this was going to be challenging, especially since I just ate a hamburger not five minutes before.

I was getting nervous because cameras seemed everywhere, students, and people dressed nice, so this meant that they were here for business; this frightened me.  The contest began and I was keeping up with my teammate, dog for dog.  With two minutes left, I was at five, and the hot dogs weren’t settling well.  I kept eating, dipping the buns in water and trying to not even think about chewing, I just bit, chewed slightly and swallowed chunks of hot dogs and buns.  With two minutes left, I felt terrible.  I felt like the food wasn’t going to stay down, but I ended up finishing the sixth hot dog.  This didn’t matter because the first place contestant had eight hot dogs finished, my teammate had seven, and I had a respectable third place finish with six hot dogs in five minutes.

This was fun, but terrifying because of the amount of people, lack of training and all of my friends that I had let down (not really). Anyways, if you get the chance to go to the cafeteria on an eventful night, do it because it’s a great way to socialize and watching people suffer from eating mass amounts of hot dogs in a tiny amount of time.

Dear Myself

Dear Myself

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Dear (12th grade) Tyler,

It’s me, yourself from the future. Currently it is the year 2012 and I have experienced a lot at the University of Mount Union. I know you’re nervous about college classes, but really there isn’t too much to worry about. The homework and studying isn’t hard, but you must study if you want to pass, excel and if you want to know what you’re doing once you get a job.

You will love athletic training. Isn’t it like 80% of college students change their major? Well you’re the 20% that doesn’t, so it seems like you made a nice pick. You’ll meet a lot of great people because of athletic training, and keep those connections strong because they will be professional connections in the future.

You’re going to miss playing soccer a lot, but there is a good thing there is intramural indoor soccer.  You’ll have a blast. Wrestling will definitely keep you busy as well.  Get in that weight room though, you need to lift because these are men you’re wrestling now, not those little boys in high school anymore. You’ll like Coach Hawald, you’ll love your teammates and you’ll think practice is fun (sometimes). Most of the time it’s hard, but you forget how hard it is because you have goals that are so high. The work to get there will be worth it.

I know nobody from good ol’ Charles F. Brush High School is going to be a Purple Raider with you your freshman year, but more will come and it will be people you like. I don’t want to tell you because I want it to be a surprise.  And, don’t worry about not making friends, you’ll make plenty. Get to know your professors because they are good references and good friends. You can make it through college alone, but it is a lot easier and less stressful with connections.

So what I’m telling you in this letter is to stop stressing, college is worth it. You’ll be busy, and you’ll find everything you need.

Sincerely,

Your college sophomore self, Tyler.

P.S.  Say hi to that girl in your Asian Civilization class, you won’t regret it.

Wilderness Experience

Wilderness Experience

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This picture is of my friend Stephen (Paul) while we were camping. I only brought my phone with me to take pictures and to let my mom know I was OK.

I recently applied and was accepted to go on the Wilderness Experience. I remember reading Zak’s blog about his wilderness experience and it only encouraged me more to apply for it this year.

I’ve only gone hiking/camping once in my life and that was this past summer with my friend in Allegheny Park. We hiked about 20+ miles in two in a half days, but this experience is tiny compared to the one I’ve signed myself up for. This trip is 10 days long and with about 20 other people as well. There also is a portion of the trip where we supposedly go rock climbing, split into 3 smaller groups and spend a day on our own.

After hiking only one time, I loved it. The reality of being completely alone for miles is a feeling I’m not used to since I’ve always been able to spit on my neighbor’s house from my house if I wanted.  Sure, sleeping at night was a little scary, especially when raccoons were stealing my food, but there was no harm done. I like going back in time, without actually going back in time. Oh, the simple days of water, shelter and food.

OAC Athletic Training Symposium

OAC Athletic Training Symposium

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In late March the OAC Athletic Training Symposium was held at Capital University in a room titled the Bridge of Learning. If only I had brought my pen of learning to write down everything I learned…

This symposium was similar to the Cavs night I had went to before, except this one was nearly all day and there were multiple presentations. All of the presenters were highly respected in the medical field, including Cleveland Indians, Browns and Indians team physicians and our very own professors.

As a student, these types of symposiums are priceless. The medical field is always learning more and more about what works and what doesn’t so there is never a time that any medical professional will know it all. They might know a lot, but not everything.

Clinicians are changing some of their protocols on concussions. Concussions are tricky because you can’t “see” the injury. With other injuries such as a fracture, a torn ACL or anything else along those lines, you can see those with the right tools, but with concussions, you can’t see anything wrong with the brain. Overall, if you have a concussion, you will not be going back in that game that day. There is something called Second Impact Syndrome, which basically results in death in less than 10 minutes.

This symposium was long, and it was also review on anatomy for my knee exam the next day, but every minute was worth it. I didn’t get the best amount of sleep the night before so trying to stay awake during all the presentations was a little hard, but I was so interested in everything being presented. It was worth it and now I have priceless knowledge. In the end, in the Bridge of Learning, I learned things from other great clinicians and physicians that they had to find out on their own.