Where did the time go?!?

Where did the time go?!?

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Well, it’s hard to believe that another year at Mount Union is over. After tomorrow, exams will be over, and the rest of campus will be finally heading home for the summer. If you read my last post, you will remember that I actually have a couple more days after exams until I get to head home for summer. As a Preview and Orientation guide, we have our last retreat this Wednesday until Friday, and then after that it’s back to Pittsburgh for me!

In this past year, I feel like I have accomplished a lot as a student and person. At the beginning of the semester, I received my open bid from Alpha Chi Omega, was initiated into the sorority and even became vice president of risk management. Sorority is something that has meant a lot to me this year and really helped me to grow as a person and excel as a student. It is certainly something that I encourage everyone to look into! This year has also been a big year for student involvement on my part. I knew that I wanted to get more involved this year, and I certainly accomplished that goal! I have been accepted into positions such as Preview and Orientation, Residence Life and Up til’ Dawn committee and was also initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor fraternity. All of these accomplishments have meant so much to me and are really going to be important parts of my college experiences.

If there were one piece of advice that I would give incoming freshman, it would be to GET INVOLVED! You meet so many different kinds of people and have amazing opportunities when you join different organizations and clubs. These organizations and the people you meet and work with while being involved become your family at Mount and really help you to enjoy every moment you spend here.

I feel like time goes by way too fast, and the past two years of my college career have really flown by. As I started packing up my room today, I was shocked that I was actually going to be leaving for the summer because I felt as If I was just unpacking to put pictures up and make me room feel “homey.” All I can say is … I will be sure to make the most of my last two years at Mount because you don’t have time to sit around and say “I should have done this, or I should have done that.” You just have to do it.

I hope everyone has a safe a great summer!

- Alexa

 

And so the day has come

And so the day has come

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Well, here it is. Move out day.

Too bad the weather makes it seem like it is still March. Ugh.

You know how we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing on 9-11? Well, I can say I remember where I was and what I was doing when I found out about Osama bin Laden… Hanging out with my friends on the last night of my junior year of college. It was kind of strange because I was over at the townhouses and one of my friends ran upstairs to check his Twitter and Facebook and he yelled down “Osama is dead!” and none of us really believed it. Well, low and behold, it was true. I spent the next few hours watching CNN and wishing I was in DC for that huge celebration!

God bless America.

The Indians are ROCKING it! Thirteen consecutive wins at home… five sweeps ALREADY… this is crazy. Proud to be a true Tribe fan! I can’t wait to start working again down at the ballpark! My first day back is next Tuesday so stay tuned to my blogs to read all about life at The Jake (yes, I still call it the Jake)!

-samantha

 

Royal Wedding!

Royal Wedding!

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william and kate

Well for those of you who love romance and weddings, it’s going to be great end to the week! As everyone knows, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is just hours away and I couldn’t be more excited. After a hard week of finals and still one more to go tomorrow, I made sure all of my studying was done so I can wake up extra early tomorrow before my exam and tune into watch the “Wedding of the Century!”

Schedule of events for the wedding

I hope everyone’s finals are going great! Don’t forget to tune in to watch the Royal Wedding tomorrow! Coverage starts at approximately 4 a.m. :)

 

Final exams and…Lady Gaga

Final exams and…Lady Gaga

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lady gagaPhew… what a week it has been so far.

Tuesday was Reading Day, meaning it was the day before finals so we didn’t have class. My mom came to visit and took the first load of my furniture home.  It was nice seeing her and starting the move-out process but my room is so weird right now. She took away my dresser, two of my bookshelves and a couple boxes of clothes.  My poor TV is sitting on a chair right now because it used to sit on my dresser :]

But, like I said, I’m glad we got some stuff out and the rest of it will be moved out on Saturday! I cannot believe that is two days away already.  I will just have to make the most of these next two days! :[

Last night was the Lady Gaga concert and it was so amazing!  She is such an awesome performer and person.  It was such a fun way to start finals week too!  There were a few technical difficulties at the beginning of the concert so it was delayed about an hour and we didn't leave the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland until about 12:15 a.m.  That meant that we didn't get home until almost 1 a.m. and I didn't go to bed until 2 a.m.  Even more fun than that was that I had to get back up at 5 a.m. to get my stuff together and drive back to Mount. Whoooo. I was so tired on the drive back to school this morning but it was well worth it.  I've been humming Gaga songs all day today.  :]

I had two exams today and I think they both went pretty well.  I have two more tomorrow and then I’m done for the semester!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!!

-Shannon

 

A week left?!

A week left?!

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Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

I love that I live just a short hour away from school because I was able to head home for the short holiday weekend – and it wasn’t too big of a stab into my wallet because of those crazy gas prices!

Today is the last day of classes, can you believe it? It is April 25 and my summer starts in one week … just a few finals stand in between me and a nice, relaxing summer.

Happy Monday, and have a fantastic week!

-samantha

 

Senior Goodbyes

Senior Goodbyes

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It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and in two weeks students on campus will be packing up and heading home to their families for the summer. Last week, we had our “senior wills,” for the seniors in Alpha Chi Omega. Seniors wills is basically a time where we all get together to say goodbye to the seniors and they say goodbye or maybe just “see ya later” to the rest of the sorority. At the senior wills banquet, the seniors’ littles will read letters to them that the seniors’ parents have written. This usually gets very emotional, but is always nice to hear. Then, the seniors will respond by reading a letter to the entire chapter.

After all the emotional stuff is over with, it’s time to hand down presents :] The seniors usually like to “will” down a bunch of their sorority stuff to the younger girls in the chapter. This is mainly because they won’t be using/or wearing it as much after they graduate. It is also because through the years of being in Alpha Chi, the amount of t-shirts and other clothing that you accumulate is insane! I have only been a part of the sorority for two semesters and I already have way too many t-shirts! I feel like before I know it, I’ll be at senior wills giving all of my Alpha Chi stuff away to new girls in the chapter … but I think I’d rather not think about that :]

One piece of advice that was told from all of the seniors was this: “Live it up, and have fun.” So as I end my sophomore year, I’m going to always remember that, because time doesn’t stop for anyone and it goes by way too fast!

Preview and Orientation!!!

Preview and Orientation!!!

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It seems that we can not get enough of all of the April showers … but I have just one question, are they really going to bring May flowers? Well, I’m really hoping so, because May is my favorite month … and it just happens to be when my birthday is! Even through all of these April showers, it’s still good to know that summer is almost here! Summer is THE BEST time of the year for me. Not because I’m not in school, but just because of what it means to me and all of the great opportunities and things I have to look forward to.

To me, summer means vacations on the beach, spending time with family and old and new friends, country concerts, babysitting, PREVIEW AND ORIENTATION and a bunch of other really cool stuff I plan on doing! Preview and Orientation is something I am super excited about for this summer! I was just hired this year and will be working as a Preview and Orientation guide for the new freshmen coming to Mount Union next year! Preview was something I had so much fun at as an incoming freshman and I’m so ready to make it just as fun for all of the new students Mount is welcoming next fall! I think what I liked most about Preview was the fact that we were placed in a group on the first day and stayed with the same group the whole time, playing different games outside and doing different stuff to help us get to know each other.

Coming to college is a big transition, and by attending Preview and Orientation at Mount Union it makes it so easy for all of the students to smoothly start this new chapter in their lives! Preview is not only good for the students, but the parents have a blast too! There are guides who will also have groups of parents and take them around to learn everything about Mount Union and what college life will be like for their sons and daughters.

Next week, as Preview and Orientation guides, we have our final retreat together at Camp Fred. I’ve heard this last retreat is really fun and helps all of the guides to become even closer and really get to know each other well before we start our first Preview session for the freshman in the end of June! Overall, Preview is a really great experience and I can’t wait to see how it goes on the other end of things this summer!

SCHOLAR Day Surprise

SCHOLAR Day Surprise

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SCHOLAR Day is a day in late April when all students at Mount Union get the day off to attend research project presentations by current students. Not only are research projects presented but the school also hosts an end of the year award ceremony. It’s primarily for seniors but Mount always recognizes the success of all undergraduates as well. I was lucky enough to be one of the undergraduates that were honored. At first I had no clue what I was being honored for because all I got was an email telling me to be in the Mount Union Theatre at a certain time. Unknowingly, my parents also got a letter with the same details. Since I knew we did not have classes on SCHOLAR Day I stayed up late and almost decided to sleep through the awards ceremony. However, I did decide to get out of bed before 11 a.m. and head to the theatre. Shortly after arriving at the theatre I got a pamphlet outlining the ceremony, and to my surprise I was chosen to receive the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration Sophomore Student of the Year Award. I was also surprised to see my parents and grandparents sitting in the audience, but the best surprise was yet to come… After walking onstage and getting my picture taken with President Giese I sat down and opened the envelope I received expecting to see a certificate in it, but it was a $450 check for my hard work. I was glad I decided to attend the awards ceremony, and it just goes to show that hard work does payoff.

Procrastination

Procrastination

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Procrastination. This is the one subject all college students become the best in. College is a lot different than high school. Projects are assigned and then due months later and the only reminder sometimes is the syllabus you are given on the first day. One of the only ways to combat procrastination is preparing in advance. I personally use a lot of to-do lists and keep track of all my school assignment due dates in my planner. Despite my best effort to be organized and on top of assignments, procrastination still gets the best of me. I have pulled a few all nighters in the 24 our area of the library at Mount Union and even more nights I’ve went with only a few hours of sleep. It’s not a wise decision to stay up late to finish an assignment but when procrastination gets the best of you, it’s sometimes the only option. My best advice when procrastination gets the best of you is to stay up as late as it takes to finish the assignment properly.

It is not the best experience staying up late to finish a assignment but it is worth it to hand in and assignment well done then an assignment half completed. Almost everyone I know at Mount Union has spent late nights in the library; some are more frequent visitors to the 24 hour area than others. Everyone struggles with procrastination and during finals week when it is nice outside, studying for finals is a difficult thing to accomplish. Personally, I cannot wait for finals week to be over as it will be hectic with studying and working for the Indians. This is one week of the year that I believe I can defeat procrastination, after all once finals are over, it is summer!

Finals

Finals

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I hope everyone does great on all of their finals. In my case, I actually have nine finals. And, with all of the classes I am taking it is lots of work especially at the end of the semester. When getting myself to study I like to watch a video and listen to music. This helps me focus and really gets me to work. I would like to share one of my favorite videos with everyone so that it may help you all with your studying and or if you need a “pick me up.” Enjoy. Hope this information may help all of you!!