The end is near…

The end is near…

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FINALS WEEK is just about upon us … Tomorrow (Monday) is the last day of classes for the semester. I feel like tomorrow everything needs to be wrapped up. Hopefully papers, tests and projects will finally be handed back so we can all know where we stand with our grades before we take final exams.

Tuesday is “Reading Day,” which is basically just a day off of school that students are supposed to use to study.

Wednesday starts final exams but I won’t be on campus because I’m going to the Lady Gaga concert!! :] I’m excited, but I wish it had fallen a week later because I do have a final at 8 a.m. the next morning :[

It will all work out. I'm hoping to study a lot Tuesday and during the day on Wednesday to be ready for my exam. Then I have two exams on Thursday and two on Friday… AND THEN I'M DONEEEEE!!! I'm so excited to be finished with all of the schoolwork for this semester. It has been an insane semester, but definitely a good one.

I'll keep you updated throughout the week with how the finals seem to be going and maybe I'll even write a post about the Gaga concert :]

-Shannon

 

Senior Research Project–Check!

Senior Research Project–Check!

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In one of my last posts, I wrote about the SCE (Senior Culminating Experience). I had to work on a research project for three semesters, write a paper and present to the Department of Communication, all of the communication seniors and our families and friends.

I finished putting my paper together last weekend, and it ended up being 32 pages. Whew. So glad that is done though. I’m very proud of it and all I can hope for at this point is that my professors like it too!

Also, last weekend I finished putting my presentation together and rehearsed my presentation a few times. The SCE Symposium (where the communication seniors present their SCE’s for the professors, fellow students, families and friends) was on Tuesday night. My parents and boyfriend came up for the event and I was so glad to have them there.

The majority of the class presented their research through posters. This portion of the event included the seniors standing by their posters and answering any questions that people had about their projects. After that part was over, it was time for the formal (oral) presentations. I, along with four other students, presented mine this way.

Since it was alphabetical, I was second to present. I was nervous, but confident because I knew exactly what I was going to talk about since I worked on it for the past three semesters. I created my presentation at Prezi.com so it was a little more exciting than a PowerPoint. I got a few laughs throughout my presentation and received a bunch of questions from the professors during my question and answer session.

Overall, I am really happy with how my research project turned out. I’m really glad I did a content analysis of TV show Teen Mom. I learned a lot about the research project, everything that goes into writing a huge research paper and also a lot about the show and its themes.

One thing that I would say future communication students should know is to be very sure of your research so you can be prepared for the questions that the professors will fire at you. It also shows in your presentation when you are confident of the research you’ve completed and when you actually like the topic that you studied.

That’s all for now. So glad that I can say that’s over. :]

-Shannon

Where is the rewind button?

Where is the rewind button?

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So this weather is at least making an attempt to change for the better. Mother Nature, we can’t be mad at you for that. Just remember, April showers bring May flowers… Well, with the way this April is going (I heard on the radio that 19/27 days this month have had rain), we better be seeing some beautiful flowers – especially on our campus! I love nothing more than walking to class and seeing all of the purple tulips blooming with all of the trees. Lately, I’ve been spotting a couple of daffodils here and there sprouting up. Spring has finally arrived – just in time for summer vacation! :]

So with the sun shining (trying to, at least) it makes me realize — oh my gosh, it is summer break. Where is the rewind button?

So I know I’ve mentioned this in my last post, but seriously, can you believe it? I sure can’t. It is always the end of the year when you realize how bad you don’t want to leave.

A few weeks back, I was stressed about school and excited about summer … I started the countdown to break. Now, I would do anything to rewind.

Now it is finals week, which means studying and taking many, many study breaks to hang out with your friends.  Today, three of my house mates and I spent our study break on our front porch waiting for the storm to roll in (April showers). I realized that in one week from today I won’t be able to just go hang out on my front porch with my best friends; they will all be miles away. #sadness

I realize that this year I made some of the best friends I’ll ever had. Sure, problems may arise, but ya know, you learn to get over everything. That is what growing up is all about.

Next year we’re going to live in the new townhouses because we weren’t really fans of living off-campus… but ya know what? I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for the world. We all grew up so much in the past several months and it has been a blast.

I see my boyfriend and all of his friends getting ready for graduation and preparing to make their next steps in life. I am getting so unbelievably sad that they won’t be here next year, but I am so excited for their futures to begin.

Sorry that this was a rather emotional post, but I guess that’s what happens when the end comes and ya get all sad and mushy :P

-samantha

 

Easter Break

Easter Break

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Monday is the last day of classes until the end of August. For seniors, it will be the last day of classes ever at Mount Union. I have had a unique experience because I have roomed with upperclassmen since my sophomore year. They all graduate in a week and a half. What makes it even more unique is that only one of my roommates is actually from the State of Ohio. I am from Illinois, my roommate is from Virginia and my other roommate it from Pennsylvania.

While it’s not the end of the world like a lot of high school seniors feel like when they graduate, next year will be a lot different. One roommate will be at graduate school, another working a job in Pittsburgh and another living at home on the beaches of Virginia. I’ll be at Mount with three new roommates – two of whom are from Ohio and the third from South Carolina. It’ll be a different feeling living in the same place with three people who aren’t the ones you lived with for the past two years, but it’ll be just as fun.

For the third year in a row, I’ll be spending Easter weekend with my roommates, probably for the last time. Most of my favorite memories from college are with these guys … track meets, hiding mouse traps in our bed sheets and Kleenex boxes, going to Columbus or Cleveland for Cavs games and the Arnold Classic or the fall break when two of my roommates went home for the weekend and left their doors unlocked and my roommate and I covered their room with 1,000 multi colored dot stickers. A lot of fun times.

When you’re in high school, the people you live with are the ones you have to live with because they’re your family.
When you’re in college, the people you live with are the one you have chose to live with because they’re your family.

Last full week of classes

Last full week of classes

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Mount Union is unique from other colleges in many ways, and one of my personal favorites is the date of our last day of classes. We end school more than a month earlier than even The Ohio State University. If I don’t count exams, I am done with classes before the end of April!

Mount is a great place to spend a lot of time (even during the summer months), as I spent all of last summer living in Alliance. It is good to have all the pressure of exams and projects off your back and even more pleasing when all your friends at other schools have to wait till June to be finished with school … while you get a head start tanning and barbequing!

State Day

State Day

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Last Sunday, a few sisters and I ventured to The Ohio State University to celebrate “State Day” for all sisters of Alpha Chi Omega in the State of Ohio. I was super excited because we were going to meet all the different sisters from the different Alpha Chi Omega chapters in Ohio! The chapters that were there included: Beta Phi Chapter from Bowling Green State University, Beta Omega Chapter from the University of Toledo, Beta Tau Chapter from Miami University, the Zeta Upsilon Chapter from Case Western and our wonderful hosts from The Ohio State University, the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.

State Day, was put on by our providence chair Angela Dudek, who is an alumnae of Alpha Chi Omega. Angela, along with other alumnae and advisors of the different chapters, gave motivational and inspiring speeches of how Alpha Chi Omega impacted their life and what we as chapters can do to make the best out of our experiences with Alpha Chi Omega. The presidents from all the different chapters also gave speeches to update everyone at the conference on what their chapter was currently doing for our philanthropy and different accomplishments we have made within the past year. It was really exciting to hear of all the different philanthropy events and activities that the chapters in which participated.

One of the most enjoyable things about the whole conference was interacting with the sisters from the different chapters. We were all placed randomly at the different tables and intermixed with members who were not in our chapter. This gave all of us an opportunity to talk one on one at lunch with other sisters from other schools and learn about them and their chapter. It is amazing to me how different, but the same, each chapter really was.

After the lunch and conference was over, we were given a tour of the Alpha Chi Omega house that the girls from Ohio State live in! The house was great and it definitely made me just a little jealous!  State Day overall was just an awesome experience for my sisters and I, and it really helped me to appreciate sisterhood and everything It can do for you!

Grady is back!

Grady is back!

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I am going to start this blog similar to a previous post… HOW BOUT THEM INDIANS? First of all, Grady finally made his return — insert girly screams here — and did awesome! Second of all, another sweep! As of right now they’re in first place in our decision. Winning! Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that the whole season stays like this! :]

UMU Palooza came and went faster than it was thought of. The sun was shining, music was playing and everyone who attended had a blast.

This weekend was a great one! I am lucky enough to live somewhat close to school so going home on weekends is an option for me. I took my best friend with me to show him the greatness that is Cleveland. We hit up the West Side Market and watched a lot of Tribe baseball!

On the way back to school, I realized how close the end of the year is. We don’t have class Tuesday or Friday, and then our last day of classes is on Monday. Unbelievable! The seniors are graduating in about three weeks which is so hard to believe… can’t believe in a year it is going to be me.

Keeping this post short and sweet … busy week!

Go Tribe!

-samantha

A Glorious Thursday

A Glorious Thursday

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For the first time in what seems like a lifetime the sun was shining, the grass was dry and the air was warm when I woke up for school this morning. After getting ready for the day I went to the cafeteria for breakfast where I the cook perfectly prepared eggs over easy. My 1:10 p.m. class was canceled for the week so I have free time from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to enjoy the day and finish up a paper for my forensic psychology class.

What I am planning on doing is working on my paper till noon, then going to practice early and then head to class at 2:30 p.m. because Mount is hosting the UMU Palooza all day in the quad! There’s going to be free pizza and activities and local bands playing till 9 p.m. I’m also excited for this weekend’s track meet; it is the All-Ohio Championships down in Columbus. The All-Ohio meet is kind of like the state championships for high school, only it is a bit odd because it is three weeks before our conference meet. All the best athletes in Ohio will be down there this weekend and it should be a good time. Also, this weekend friend and Mount Union alum, Justin Rodhe, will be stopping in Alliance for the next two weeks. Although it is early in the season, he is ranked 13th in the world in shot put right now with a 19.29 meter throw. He is training to compete for Team Canada in the Olympics next summer.

This is going to be a great last few weeks of school.

Busy, busy, busy.

Busy, busy, busy.

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What a crazy week. I don’t know how this always happens, but professors always seem to cram everything in at the end of the semester so I have everything due all at once. UGH. This week I had a presentation on Monday, a midterm on Tuesday, I had a quiz today, tomorrow I have a huge journal entry due in one of my classes and Friday I have a written proposal and another presentation due. Phew.

I’ve always loved being busy, but comeeeeee on. This is crazy! We had our last radio show, “Late Night Jams with Shan and Sam,” last night because the next two Tuesdays don’t work and then we’re moving out! It’s so insane how fast this year/semester flew by.

On Tuesday, I will be presenting my SCE. For those of you that don’t know what that is it means “Senior Culminating Experience.” It’s basically Mount Union’s version of a senior project and every department is different. It’s supposed to “culminate,” or bring everything together, that you’ve learned throughout your time at Mount Union.

The Department of Communication requires students to write a paper during their junior and fall of their senior year and present their research in the spring of their senior year. Since I’m graduating early in December, I’m presenting mine this semester … next week!! AHHH. So I’ve been so busy getting my presentation all set.

Hmph. Well, I better get back to all that homework. Tomorrow is UMUpalooza, the four-hour live music event in the Quad sponsored by WRMU, so make sure to come out! :]

-Shannon

Hookie for a good cause

Hookie for a good cause

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So remember a few posts back I told you how I was working on that huge sponsorship proposal in one of my sport business classes? Well, it was (finally) due last week — how refreshing — but yesterday was the day of presenting. One of our professors in the Department of Human Performance and Sport Business somehow knows pretty much everyone in the sports world. He hooked us all up with different execs all over the surrounding area for our presentation. Some went to Cleveland (lucky), some went to Columbus, some headed to Youngstown and me and my group were able to head over to Pittsburgh.

I’ve been to Pittsburgh a couple times recently but never on a trip like this. Three of my classmates and I got in our professional attire, grabbed our “briefcases” and laptops and started off on a mini-road trip. The weather was pretty crappy here — you know, spring in OH — but once we hit PITT the sun almost automatically started shining. We timed our trip just perfectly because we arrived at PNC Park — home of the Pirates — right at 2 p.m., just in time for our meeting with the senior account executive with the Bucs.

PNC Park’s front offices reminded me of Progressive Field’s, but both are pretty unique to themselves. We went up to a conference room on the suite level of the ballpark and we had a great time talking about sports, talking about business and presenting our projects. Afterwards, he took us four out to the ballpark to show us all of the work he has done with getting sponsors. Now, I have never been inside of PNC Park, I’ve just looked at it from the outside. Let me tell you, it was gorgeous. What a great opportunity it was to go there!

After spending a couple of hours at the ballpark, we said our goodbyes (and got business cards) and went on our way home — but not before stopping and grabbing some sandwiches from Pittsburgh’s best Primanti Bros.

As I’ve mentioned before, Mount sure does a great job hooking us up with some fantastic opportunities. Yesterday was definitely one for the books.

-samantha

oh yea, and how ’bout them Indians? :)