‘Drive’ Movie Review

‘Drive’ Movie Review

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This past weekend, the University showed the movie Drive starring Ryan Gosling (the guy from the Notebook) at the Mount Union Theatre. This movie was made after the book, so I am assuming the book is better than the movie. I never actually read the book, but when are movies ever better than the book?

In the beginning of this movie, it felt like a 80s movie because of the font used and the music. The first scene had the driver, Gosling, driving a get away car for two robbers, so I once again assumed this movie was similar to the Transporter trilogy with Jason Statham, an action guy. It wasn’t. The Transporter trilogy is known for incredible action scenes where as this movie is more of a pure story line.

The majority of the beginning of the movie was just like the beginning of most movies. It was an introductory to the characters, who they are, what they do and why they are important to the movie. The driver was a silent man and an anti-hero type character with a sweet jacket. He lives in an apartment and he starts spending time with a young woman and her son. When her husband is released from jail is when the movie starts to get much more interesting.

This movie isn’t a typical American movie, probably because the director isn’t American, but that’s beside the point. It was much more about appreciating the story of the movie rather than ACTION, ACTION, ACTION!!! There was good driving, guns and blood, but that wasn’t the point of the movie, which is why I think some of my friends didn’t like the movie. The soundtrack of the movie was quite interesting as well.

I would recommend this movie to my friends who appreciate movies. I wouldn’t recommend this to my friends that don’t know a good movie when they see one. It’s modern and unpredictable. It’s got love and money, the simplest subject in most movies, yet it is still one of a kind.

Final Stretch of the Season

Final Stretch of the Season

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It is almost the end of the wrestling season for me. Although it started over four months ago, this season went by fast. It’s always a bad and good thing when the season ends as I don’t get to do the sport I love and I don’t work out as much, but then again I get to rest my body and I get to eat whatever I want now.

I’ve had a good season personally. I’ve wrestled a variety of wrestlers everyone from novice wrestlers to a NCAA Division III National Champion. My record might not show that I’ve improved since freshman year, but the competition I’ve wrestled was tougher than last year, and I beat guys this year I probably wouldn’t have beat last year.

I am most likely done with my competition for the year, but I will continue practicing with the varsity wrestlers since they still have the OAC Tournament and possibly the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Practicing with them not only makes them better, but also me as well. I hope that when I am on varsity, I will have teammates that will still practice although their season may be done.

I am nearly half way done with my college wrestling career, which feels weird since it seems like it just began. My ultimate goal by the end of college is to become an All-American/National Champion. It’s a goal that I thought seemed unrealistic in high school, but now I know I can do it.

The season is almost over, and where one ends, another one starts. Baseball is officially practicing and I am one of the athletic training students for the team, so we’ll see how the season goes.

Makin’ Some Extra Cash

Makin’ Some Extra Cash

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It appears as if college students always seem to lack one thing – money. Students always tend to use the phrase “I’m just a poor college student.” So much money is spent on tuition, textbooks, food and groceries each semester. Even though all this money is spent, it is often times hard to hold down a steady job due to a heavy academic load and busy schedule.

At Mount Union though, this is not the case. On campus, there are so many ways and opportunities to make a few bucks and even gain just a little more than that in the process. Mount Union offers many on-campus employment opportunities, which vary from working in an administrative office and working in the MAAC to being a science laboratory assistant and being an academic tutor in a class. There are even opportunities to earn money working closely with freshmen and the incoming freshmen class. At Mount Union, you can be employed or take part in work study at just about any place on campus.

Holding a job on campus, however, does not just allow you to make a few extra dollars and offset your college tuition though. It provides so much more. It allows you to get involved and put yourself out there. It gives you the chance to meet new friends and form relationships with people you would not have had the opportunity to without the job. It presents the ability to get to know others. A campus job also helps you to better adapt to campus life and become more familiar with the campus itself including where things are located, who to go to for certain issues and where the best hang out spots are.

Just take me for example. I currently hold a job in Beeghly Hall in the Office of the President. I began working there last year during the second semester of my freshmen year. Not only have I been given many unique opportunities and experiences through this job, but also I have met and formed relationships with many extraordinary people. It truly has been an amazing experience that I would not trade for anything.

So when going to college don’t let the aspect of money wear you down. There are always ways to earn a few extra bucks on campus and gain just a little more than that along the way!

Some of My Family History

Some of My Family History

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At my age, my grandfather joined the Army and was carrying around a flamethrower for nine months.

It’s Black History Month and it is also a Leap Year, which means that there are 29 days this month. It seems like in grade school we only learned about black history in February. It is always interesting to know what this country has gone through ever since the country was founded.

I feel like I could always learn more about the black history but the thing that interest me the most is my family’s history. As I was doing a family project in the eighth grade, I had learned that my great-great grandparents escaped slavery. All I know for sure is that they were both from Alabama and somehow ended up in New York. After that, I’m not too sure what happened. I’m pretty sure they took their master’s name, Johnson. My last name is Johnston basically because my great-grandfather didn’t like my grandfather, so he added a “t” to Johnson.

I never met my great-grandfather, but I like my grandpa, so I’m keeping the name as is. At my age, my grandfather joined the Army and was carrying around a flamethrower for nine months. We’ve come a long way as a country since then. I’m proud of my grandfather for what he’s done and he’s proud of me for being in school.

I don’t know too much about my family history, but I know enough to know where my roots are generally from. If you’ve got any interesting ancestry stories, tell me because I am always interested in personal family history.  Every body has their own unique story.

Embrace It

Embrace It

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I have numerous scars on my hand and face from wrestling. Most are small, but some will always be visible. People sometimes ask me if it hurts. Well, yeah it hurts! Individuals sometimes ask me “Why would you purposely do something that hurts you?” I don’t wrestle to get hurt, I wrestle to simply win. Hurting our opponents is just part of the game.

Wrestling is like any other contact sport; you are going to get hurt nearly every day of practice. I get scratched, head-butted, slammed, fingers mangled and twisted, slapped, my eye gets poked and basically any other possible way of being hit. I don’t wrestle to get hurt because that would be no fun at all. Getting hurt is just part of the sport … it is just in the way of my goal in the end. I embrace the pain though, because without it, the goal I plan to reach in the end won’t seem as earned.

“I hate this class. This work is stupid!” I hear this once in awhile from others and myself. Classes aren’t meant to be stupid as they are meant to benefit you in the end. I really don’t like math, but it is a class I must take, so I might as well embrace it.

College altogether is tough. It isn’t meant for people who aren’t willing to put in the time, but for those who do, there’s a degree in the end that they have rightfully earned.

There’s a New Food Love in Town!

There’s a New Food Love in Town!

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I can tell you that two simple words sum up this entire post: Panera Bread. If you have not heard of Panera Bread then you must not be living in the real world as it is one of the best food places ever. Panera Bread is an obsessive love of mine. The food is delicious times infinity, and it is one of my favorite places to eat! When I first heard the talk that Alliance was getting a Panera Bread, I thought it was crazy-talk. I did not believe it as many rumors had been circulating for months about what new food places were being built in the near future in Alliance. The talk, however, continued for weeks on end with the same story, and I finally realized that it was true. Alliance, Ohio was finally getting a Panera Bread! This was one of the greatest moments of the year! I was ecstatic and could not wait for it to open since one of my favorite places to eat would now just be a few minutes down the road from campus.

Now many months later, the Panera Bread in Alliance has finally opened and is ready for business. I know that I will be a frequent customer for the duration of my time spent here at Mount Union. If you are not sure where it is located it can be found between the recently-opened Chipotle and Giant Eagle on West State Street. If you have not eaten there before, definitely check it out and give it a chance. It is a quick, easy place to grab any meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack. There are many different foods on the menu, almost anyone can find something enjoyable that will crave his or her hunger!

Spring Semester is Underrated

Spring Semester is Underrated

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Fall semester was easily the hardest semester I’ve been through. It was only my third semester of college, but it was easily the most difficult. OK. I did take a dance class, which made life easier, but all of the other classes were definitely not as easy.

This spring semester seems like a joke to me, compared to last semester at least. I shouldn’t have that mindset though. I should be going into this semester just as hard as I did in the fall so my grades will improve, but I like things to be easy so I am just going to take it lightly. Some of my classes are lower on the workload, but they still matter. After this semester, I will be half way done with college. Basically, I need to take this semester just as seriously as I did the last, or else my grades will be lower than they were last semester.

I am telling myself this so that if my grades are lower at the end of the semester, I deserve to be hit by someone who read this.

Remembering Dan

Remembering Dan

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It has been almost a year since Dan Gorman has passed away. He was my professor, advisor, athletic trainer and my friend. I knew him for only one semester, which was the first semester of college for me, but the impact he made will last my whole life. This is my story in a nutshell.

We had a dual wrestling meet against Ohio Northern University, and I had an exhibition match. I don’t like to lose and I especially don’t like to lose when we have to travel.

“Are you wrestling?” Dan asked hoping that I was.

“Yeah.” I was happy to tell him yes, but confused because professors usually don’t care to see their students compete.

“Great, I get to see you wrestle.” He said this as he hobbled around because he had a drop foot. The short time I knew him, there was always something physically wrong with him, which gave him character.

It was a close match, but I won. After the varsity dual meet, we had a snowy drive back to Mount Union. We were driving for about an hour until I felt the bus jerk and I saw a massive hole in the front left of the bus. I didn’t know the severity of the situation but I knew that we had to call 911 for Dan. It wasn’t until I walked off the bus and saw the aftermath of the seat Dan was sitting in before I knew how bad it was.

The whole team was transported to the hospital. I thought Dan would be OK. I knew he was hurt but I wasn’t sure how badly. After waiting a decent amount of time, our coach told us the news. I cried, but I eventually stopped hoping I would never have to think about it again. We stayed the night at a local hotel. I fell asleep immediately once we got there because it was late, but when I woke up to check the time, I couldn’t go back to sleep because of everything running through my head that happened the night before. I slept like this for the next two weeks, the same haunting images running through my head before I went to sleep and when I woke up.

I didn’t want to think about it anymore, but it was impossible since we hadn’t even gotten back to school yet. When we traveled back there were people waiting for us at The MAAC including the rest of the team, athletic trainers, students, Dan’s family and others. I wasn’t expecting this and I didn’t want them there simply because I didn’t want to think about it anymore. Mourning is something nobody wants to do, but it is necessary. I didn’t realize this at the time. I thought I could get over Dan’s death within a day. I mean, I’m able to lose a wrestling match and get over it, why can’t I do it with this? Well these are two completely different situations.

I thought I was done mourning … well, I was wrong. I’d explain the story to two of my friends and I broke down while trying to tell them what happened. At the time, I was embarrassed but now I realize it was appropriate for the situation.

Throughout the week, I continued to go to class. I wanted to get over it, and if I was ever alone, I would do too much thinking. There was an athletic training meeting where we basically talked about what we had experienced. I realized that I was one of two athletic training students on the bus when it happened. I know I wasn’t the only one to experience this, but I felt like nobody experienced it like I did. In reality, everyone experienced it differently. Everyone has their own story.

Dan passed on a Tuesday. We had a wrestling dual meet on Saturday and a tournament on Sunday, both of which were home at Mount Union. On Saturday after the dual meet, we went as a team to Dan’s wake in Dewald Chapel. It was a two-hour wait until I saw Dan’s family, and it was the first time I saw Dan since I saw him being transported into the ambulance. I immediately lost it again, but a few of my teammates and coaches were there for me. I always felt alone, but I was constantly reminded that everyone was going through the same thing I was.

Dan’s funeral was on Sunday in The MAAC, which was the same place and same time as the tournament. I had wrestled two matches before the service even started. It was an hour-long and I barely shed a tear simply because I was holding it back. Everyone who spoke had a very emotional speech, but I was ready to get it over with and wrestle. The tournament was put on hold because of the funeral service and immediately after the service, I changed as quickly as I could because I was the first match to wrestle.

The whistle blew and I started wrestling like any other match, then it all hit me at once. It was as if you shook up a soda and opened it and watched it explode. Everything that happened throughout the week came back into my mind and I started crying while wrestling. I wrestled terrible, but I made it through the match and afterwards I immediately hugged my friend Kelsey. I was out of the tournament, but that didn’t matter, I missed Dan.

A month after all of this happened, I saw a counselor at school because I still didn’t feel right. She helped me a lot and after only two visits, I felt like my old self. I thought about everything that happened everyday until about mid-summer. I didn’t like the thought of losing someone I care about. I have become more grateful and appreciative for every friend I have.

This is my story in a nutshell. Dan cared for everyone so deeply. He truly was a genuinely good man and I hope to be like him one day.

It’s a New Year

It’s a New Year

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So it’s 2012 now! The beginning of a new year. The beginning of many other new things. A new semester with new classes and new professors. New events and campus activities. New experiences and opportunities that will come around. New relationships and connections that will be made.

A new year presents many chances for change and endless possibilities. It is, in a way, a chance to start over. Do something different. Make improvements on what was unfavorable from 2011. As 2012 begins, the chance is given to start fresh and better you. It’s the time to make changes in your life. This year is yours and you can choose to do anything with it. Make a goal to do better academically. Spend more time studying. Do volunteer work. Study abroad. Join a new club/organization on campus. Reach an athletic goal. 2012 is a blank canvas that needs filled and it needs some color. So what are you going to do this year?

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.