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

Top 10 Holiday Movies

Top 10 Holiday Movies

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As the Christmas season rolls in, there is one defining part that many people look forward to – Christmas movies! People cannot wait until they can finally watch their all-time favorite holiday films, which they have had stored away for 11 months. The television channel ABC Family begins showing Christmas movies around the middle of November in their annual “Countdown to 25 days of Christmas” program and then continues the movies in their yearly special “25 days of Christmas,” which begins on December 1. Many other channels begin scheduling holiday movies into their daily programming as well. These holiday movies also are taken off of the shelves and out of the cabinets at many homes and put into DVD players in order to really get people into the Christmas spirit. These movies make Christmas seem real and that the holiday is coming soon. For myself especially, I begin watching Christmas movies around Thanksgiving and don’t stop until after the December 25. I love Christmas movies and find much enjoyment through their viewing!

Now, there are hundreds of Christmas movies with each one possessing its own unique plot and message. Holiday movies range from the holiday classics to newly-produced movies and to ones that spread holiday cheer to others that promote believing in the holiday itself. So what movies make your list of Top 10 Holiday Favorites?

Here is my list of favorites:

1. Holiday Classics (such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, A Miser Brothers Christmas, The Year Without a Santa Claus) – I love all of the holiday classic films!
2. The Polar Express
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both the cartoon and Jim Carrey’s version)
5. Miracle on 34th Street
6. The Santa Clause (of the Tim Allen trilogy, the first is by far my favorite, however they all are great!)
7. Elf
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
9. Three Days
10. A Christmas Carol

If you haven’t seen some of these movies, I recommend watching them. They will truly lift your holiday spirit and really put you in the Christmas mood. If you have other favorites that did not make my list, leave me a comment and share them with me!

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.

The Legacy #11in11

The Legacy #11in11

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It has indeed been awhile since I last posted … I guess the Thanksgiving food coma, Black Friday hangover and the end of the semester blues have gotten to me, but I realize it’s time to make a comeback. This comeback is going to be about a comeback for the Mount Union football offense and NOT the Wesley College football team.

I’m currently sitting distributing care packages to students whose parents love to send them some cheer during this wonderful exam season. During the long spurts of waiting between people who actually come to pick these things up, I’ve been alternating between Facebook creeping, Pinterest pinning and d3football.com skimming. Let me just tell you, normally Pinterest would be winning all the way, but it’s d3football.com that is really getting me fired up.

Now, by no means do I think I’m a football expert. In fact, most games I go to I find it slightly difficult to keep track of the ball on the field because all the cute butts distract me, but I do know a thing or two.

  • I know that it takes 10 yards to make a 1st down. There are four quarters in a game. And, offense is when you have the ball and defense is when you don’t.
  • And when a flag is thrown on the field that means there is a penalty… and if that penalty is against us, then that’s a bad thing.
  • I know that a touchdown is worth six points and you can get an extra point if the kicker kicks the ball through the field goal.
  • It gets a little fuzzy with other ways to get points, but I think there’s something called a two-point conversion.
  • Last week at the game, I learned about something called a safety, which can be intentional. A safety has something to do with the other team getting a point by pushing you out of bounds past the end zone when you have the ball.

I think that about sums up what I know about the play of the game, but there’s a lot more to it. These articles I’ve been reading online about the game this Saturday have really got me thinking and you can blame it on the fact that I’m a girl and get emotional sometimes or the fact that my boyfriend plays and I feel really protective. But, I was honestly near tears thinking of the idea of losing this Saturday. To think that something our guys have been working all year for could not come to fruition nearly put me over the edge! I know that Wesley College football team probably has worked as hard as they could and hoped as hard as they could that they would make it to the Stagg Bowl this year. And, by the looks of the opinions online, they’ve done a pretty good job bettering them this year. I’ll give them that, but it is our time. It is our time to not only make it to the national championship, but to win it! Here’s what I know about Mount Union football, which is more important than any understanding of any playbook, touchdown, interception or anything else that happens on the field.

  • Larry Kehres is an unbelievable coach. He has led this team to all that they have become and our football program would not be where it’s at right now without him (even if he scares me when he gets really revved up at the games and I can hear him all the way from the stands). I love a coach that loves the game!
  • Our players have more heart than any other team. Ever. The look on their faces on game day is priceless. You can tell they are ready to put their all into it, they’re ready to leave everything on the field.
  • Even with one of the most winning records in Division III football with 10 national championship titles since 1993 and the all-division record for the most consecutive victories at 64 wins, the players don’t go into each game taking their winning for granted. They know that winning doesn’t always last forever.
  • They have respect for each other, themselves and the other teams. College football players may be some of the most competitive college athletes. Obviously, you see some animosity on the field after a particularly hard play or a cheap shot, but they admire the other team for all that they do well, pointing out that even the worst team has good players.

I hope that the rest of Mount Union’s campus, the rest of our community and the rest of our state see what I see in the players here at Mount. Football is a legacy at Mount Union. We knew that when we decided to attend college here, so let’s support that legacy and hope it lives on until our children attend Mount Union or until our grandchildren attend Mount Union. #11in11

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.

What Christmas Is All About

What Christmas Is All About

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As the Christmas season rolls in and the countdown to the holiday’s final arrival is slimming, it’s important to take a step back and realize just what this holiday is about. Over the years, and especially now in today’s world, the holiday of Christmas has become more about material things … getting gifts, after gifts, after gifts and fulfilling almost every want on your Christmas list that has been building since August. It seems that this holiday is about buying and ultimately, spending money. The media has made Christmas into a holiday that revolves around materialistic wants and wishes. People spend hours shopping for the perfect gift for each individual on their list and spend way more money than is needed. People then receive gifts that are more of a want than a necessity and are things that will be worn every now and then or played with once or twice, never to be touched again. But in reality, this newly-made materialistic holiday is not what Christmas is about.

Christmas, yes is a holiday of giving, but not in the way that the media presents. The type of giving it entails is the giving of time and help to others, focusing more on helping others than you and spreading kindness. Christmas is about helping those less fortunate and less well off in order to provide them with a better holiday season. Many people in the Alliance community and even around the world cannot afford to have an extravagant Christmas, as some cannot even afford food or daily necessities needed to survive. Some cannot afford more than a few presents if any for Christmas. So during the holiday season, it’s important to give to these people rather than giving all to yourself, as they need things more than you do. It’s important to help make everyone have a wonderful Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas should never be forgotten and it definitely is not here at the University of Mount Union as many organizations on campus are doing their part this holiday season.

For example, my sorority, Delta Sigma Tau, supports the Alliance for Children and Families as one of its philanthropies. The Alliance for Children and Families is an organization that is committed to helping children, individuals and families lead lives of stability, self-sufficiency and enhancement. ACF provides a shelter for the homeless and assists in helping people obtain housing that may have trouble doing so. This Christmas season, we are conducting a toy drive and raising money in hopes of providing a better Christmas for the children and families that live at the shelter. Many children at the shelter do not know Christmas like you and I do. The children at this shelter receive items such as shampoo, conditioner and other daily necessities as their Christmas presents, and they are ecstatic! They are full of joy and happiness by just receiving these items as presents. They have no idea what it is like to actually receive a toy or some type of play item as a present. Our goal as a sorority is to give the children a much better Christmas and provide them with the feeling of what it’s like to receive a fun present. They deserve to experience a wonderful Christmas.

Additionally, the Mount Union Honors Program and Honors Council spent time making Christmas cards for geriatric patients. Many patients at local hospitals and nursing homes do not receive holiday cards or even visits from family members during the holiday season, so receiving a card wishing them a warm and wonderful holiday shows that someone cares. It shows that someone is thinking of them somewhere. These cards brighten the holiday season for the patients and bring a smile to their faces that may not have been present in a long time.

Both of these examples spread the true meaning of Christmas. So I challenge you to sacrifice a few hours of holiday gift shopping and involve yourself in some activity such as these, as these are the types of activities that everyone should try to take part in this holiday season. And you do not even have to do something this big. You can do something on a much smaller scale such as simply baking holiday cookies for an elderly neighbor or volunteering to wrap gifts at a local mall. You can even pick up a gift for someone who needs it most while out doing your holiday shopping or just wishing someone a “happy holidays.” If more people took part in activities such as these this holiday season, no matter how big or small, imagine how many people would experience a better Christmas, how many more smiles would exist and how much better of a place this world would be to live in.

The video that goes along with this blog is just another way to help someone out and it truly displays the true meaning of Christmas. I know you will enjoy it, so please watch it!

I hope you find some way that you can spread the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season.

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.

“Christmas-itis”

“Christmas-itis”

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The first day of December for the year 2011 has finally arrived. Many people look forward to this day each year as it officially marks the first day of the holiday season, the holiday being Christmas of course! On the first day of December, or the first week of December at least, many Christmas trees are cut down and bought, decorations go up and lights are hung around the outside of many homes. Christmas music is finally played repeatedly on the radio and Christmas movies are played each night on many channels, especially ABC Family, which even has its own Christmas movie event called the 25 Days of Christmas. People begin to spend more time shopping and buying the gifts wanted by family members as well as baking festive cookies and desserts, all in preparation for upcoming holiday parties. The first day of December is the beginning of the Christmas festivities and the start of a wonderful month full of holiday cheer and giving!

The first day of December, however, for many college students across America is somewhat different. One the first day of December, 12/1/2011, college students begin counting down the days until the semester is over. It’s one day closer to the day in which they can return home for a long, extended Christmas break full of relaxation, fun and family time with, most importantly, no school work. On the first day of December, the common disease of “Christmas-itis” finally kicks in. Students no longer want to do school work, although these last few weeks is crunch time stuffed with presentations, due dates for important papers and final exams with these ending weeks being some of the most important weeks of the semester. At this point in the semester, college students have much desire to return home as some have only been home once this semester, which was most likely for Thanksgiving a little over a week ago. This very common disease of “Christmas-itis” can be trouble for students as it creates the temptation to procrastinate school work and do something else more exciting in its place.

So how do you tackle “Christmas-itis” and prevent it? Well first off, it’s inevitably unpreventable as almost all students love Christmas and the holiday season. So it happens to be one of those things you just take it as it comes and deal with it! But there are several steps, which can be used to help calm “Christmas-itis” and not allow it to overcome the last few important weeks of the semester. First off, staying organized and having a study game plan is very important. Be sure to be aware of all upcoming assignment due dates, exam schedules and any homework that needs to be done. Allot time to complete all of these assignments and to study. Make a list to help you and be sure to check it twice each day (just like Santa!!). Secondly, invite the Christmas holiday in. Decorate your dorm room, listen to Christmas music and watch a holiday movie. Ignoring the holiday feelings can only increase the effects of “Christmas-itis.” Thirdly, be sure to leave some room for fun or alone time each day to break up all the school work that is due. Have a snow ball fight, go ice skating or see a newly- released movie. Lastly stay focused, as home and Christmas are only a few weeks away!

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.