Easter Excitement

This Easter was different from past Easter’s because I did not spend it with my parents and sisters. Usually for Easter we go to my aunt’s house in Virginia but I didn’t have enough days off to be able to get there and have a decent amount of time with them. If I didn’t have … Read more

This Easter was different from past Easter’s because I did not spend it with my parents and sisters. Usually for Easter we go to my aunt’s house in Virginia but I didn’t have enough days off to be able to get there and have a decent amount of time with them. If I didn’t have anywhere else to go my parents would’ve made it work but I have a friend who lives in Greensburg about 20 minutes from my other aunt’s house. So this year I went home with my friend Alie and spent Thursday night at her house and then went to my aunt’s house Friday night through Sunday afternoon. I’m really glad I had to chance to stay with this aunt because in the past I have only ever seen her once a year at Christmas. My aunt also has two sons, Andrew and Nick, who are 15 and almost 13. It was great to spend time with them and experience some new things that I’ve never done before- like playing street hockey! I did not really play street hockey though, I was the goalie so I got to play dodge ball with the ball in the net. I was able to stop some of their shots though which felt pretty nice!! Saturday was just a perfect day outside so we spent most of our time outside playing lacrosse, street hockey and lots of basketball. We played around the world (a basketball game) and named each of the lines a different city or country. My cousin Andrew broke his collar bone in the beginning of March and after a while he started hurting so we quit and went down to the basement where I beat his cocky brother in ping pong. Then they tried teaching me how to play COD, which was very interesting. By the end of the weekend I got up to six kills in one game though! I was pretty pleased with that.

My aunt also had activities for us to do relating to Easter, such as an Easter egg hunt, finding Easter baskets and dying Easter eggs. The Easter egg hunt was by far the most fun!! She hid 12 eggs and we each had to try to find our four eggs first (any four, they were not labeled). I finished first!! Maybe that’s why I enjoyed it so much. We did not get around to dying the Easter eggs until Sunday though because we started  watching the basketball games on Saturday (NCAA) and we also went out to dinner. Amazingly Friday and Saturday night I was able to get some of my homework done! Sunday we went to church, found our Easter baskets and then hung out downstairs until dinner because it was raining. We had an early dinner at 2 p.m. and then I had to get ready to leave to be at Alie’s by 4 p.m. Then Alie and I made the two-hour drive back to Mount Union and spent the rest of Easter doing homework. Before she went back home Alie’s mom (who drove us) gave me a little Easter gift basket that has lots of goodies in it! I also have the bag of candy my aunt got me.. It’s so tempting to just eat it all and not just one a day!!!

Hope everyone reading had a great Easter as well and is ready for the final stretch of school before you graduate!!

March madness mania

It’s an understatement to call the NCAA tournament “madness,” because it exceeds that every year with completely astonishing upsets. This year Harvard stepped up and really caught everyone off guard. Of course there are always the teams that sometimes end up with a seed they shouldn’t have so they are underestimated and come back to … Read more

It’s an understatement to call the NCAA tournament “madness,” because it exceeds that every year with completely astonishing upsets. This year Harvard stepped up and really caught everyone off guard. Of course there are always the teams that sometimes end up with a seed they shouldn’t have so they are underestimated and come back to win, but I had heard no talk of Harvard being any type of contender. Another big upset, at least for me, was the Georgetown game. I really thought that they could go all the way to the final again Louisville. As of right now I have 8 out the sweet 16. Considering all the surprising upsets I don’t think that is too bad. I am only missing one of my final four so far. I ended up getting 21 out of 32 on the crazy upset round. This year I even tried to predict some upsets but all of the ones I tried to choose were the wrong picks! My dad and I usually have a little competition, but this year our brackets were very similar, we event had the same champion! It’s hard to compete but I unfortunately think he is beating me because even if a team is good, if I do not like them, I will have them upset. An example of this is Florida Gators and Marquette. A few years ago I got the privilege of watching UNC beat Marquette in the sweet 16 round. It’s one of my favorite memories with my dad!

The NCAA live app has done wonders for me this year! I was so much more connected with what was going on, even if I didn’t like the outcome. I saw a lot more games then I usually do. I have a feeling this championship is going to have some surprising teams in it and I can’t wait to see who makes it. My bracket this year is a reminder though to be more involved during the regular season if I ever want to go into a betting bracket! During the regular season I may focus a little too much on the tarheels, but they are amazing so it’s no surprise that’s where I spend my time! How did you do on your bracket this year?

Wilderness Trip

About a month ago I went to a meeting for Mount Union’s Wilderness Trip where students go to the mountains for 10 days. I was really interested in this because I go camping every year so I am used to being outdoors and I also enjoy hiking! I thought it would be an awesome experience … Read more

About a month ago I went to a meeting for Mount Union’s Wilderness Trip where students go to the mountains for 10 days. I was really interested in this because I go camping every year so I am used to being outdoors and I also enjoy hiking! I thought it would be an awesome experience to try. At the meeting they gave a lot of information, some of which I was surprised to hear. While on the trip besides doing hiking you also help the rangers with service projects, which was really appealing to me. I have been on three mission trips building houses so I know I could handle whatever they needed help with! The hiking was pretty extensive though. I do not remember how much exactly but I was surprised when they said it. I do not think I would have a problem with it because I run a 5k in a decent time and enjoy walking but it would probably be a challenge for some people. Someone asked about wild animals, which elicited a chuckle from the group leaders. Of course animals are present but they have not encountered any. The biggest problem I saw with the trip was having to carry a giant pack on my back. I have had serious back problems in the past and can only handle carrying a backpack for so long before I get bad shoulder and back pain. I was still interested in applying though. Yes it is an application process because so many people are interested in going on the trip and they can only take 21 I believe. After talking to my parents we discussed that this year I could not go because of financials and our family vacation. My sisters swim all summer so we have to wait to go on vacation until after the second week in August when they are finally finished. The trip is affordable- about $400, but after joining a sorority I spent more this year then expected. If you enjoy outdoors, hiking or anything else of the sort you should definitely attend the meeting they have the previous spring about going! It seems like a great trip and I have heard nothing but good things from friends I know who have gone on the trip.

Saturday Struggle

Everyone knows that Sunday is the day for homework, but what about Saturday? I always plan on accomplishing so much on Saturday but it is such a struggle every week to find the motivation. If I used time better I could probably get so much done on Saturday but it’s tempting to just lay around … Read more

Everyone knows that Sunday is the day for homework, but what about Saturday? I always plan on accomplishing so much on Saturday but it is such a struggle every week to find the motivation. If I used time better I could probably get so much done on Saturday but it’s tempting to just lay around after a long week. Friday I really get nothing done because I am spent by the time classes get out so I try to make up for it by being productive on Saturday’s to lighten my load Sunday but it’s easier said then done. After a week of homework and studying, spending the weekend doing homework and studying is not the most tempting option. One weekend my friend and I literally just laid on her futon all day and watched TV and then listened to music. It was a very relaxing day! Sunday was pretty busy because of it though so it’s a trade off. This weekend I really only have one paper that I would like to get done so I’m not sure if I will be able to bring myself to write it today or save it for tomorrow. I only have until about p.m. tomorrow for homework though because of chapter and powderpuff so I’ll have to be in the zone tomorrow afternoon. Getting to the gym can also be a struggle on Saturday after a long week of insanity and running. Once I get myself there I’m good but getting dressed to go there and walking over is where the problem is. Every Saturday is slightly different but I do usually try to at least get one thing done so I can feel somewhat productive! If you find yourself overwhelmed on Sundays or would rather relax before Monday don’t forget Saturday studying is an option. Do what works best for you!

Snowy start to spring

Mother Nature has decided that she has a little bit more winter to give us this year. Apparently she doesn’t want to spring to start on time this year. Since spring has started it has been snowing off and on throughout the days, usually accumulating to a couple inches. It’s not just Ohio that is experiencing bizarre spring weather either; … Read more

Mother Nature has decided that she has a little bit more winter to give us this year. Apparently she doesn’t want to spring to start on time this year. Since spring has started it has been snowing off and on throughout the days, usually accumulating to a couple inches. It’s not just Ohio that is experiencing bizarre spring weather either; my hometown got hit with a blizzard a day or two before the first day of spring. If April showers bring May flowers I wonder what April snow would bring… The forecast predicts next week to be accompanied by some snow showers still. The weather definitely does not make it feel as late in the year as it is, with the end of school literally just around the corner. We are down to about five weeks left! Part of the reason this may seem so hard to believe is because I’m used to not getting out until the first few weeks of June.

At any rate, most at Mount Union are hoping after we get back from Easter for some warming temperatures. Before Easter would be wonderful as well, but the forecast doesn’t look promising. If the snow was getting us some snow days its presence might be welcomed a little more but it just makes walking anywhere miserable. My boots and north face have gotten enough use this year; I’m ready to put them away.

I wish we could just switch to summer temperatures instead of have to go through spring though. I never know how to handle spring-y weather, because just a slight breeze can change the temperature from not needing a jacket to needing one. I’m a naturally cold person so unless it’s like 70 degrees I will usually have a sweatshirt on and pants, even if others say it’s warm out. The sun can make a big difference in the temperature though. Unfortunately it’s mostly cloudy here. Compared to Alliance my hometown is like sunshine city (Philadelphia suburb). If the temperature does warm up significantly though it will be very tempting to just hang out outside instead of doing homework and such! So I wouldn’t mind it just getting mild until I’m back home again.

Looking Back

Looking back on my almost complete year as a freshman, I realize just how much things can change in less than a year. To start, the few people I came to school knowing, I barely even talk to anymore. I had two different groups of friends I hung out with in the beginning of the … Read more

Looking back on my almost complete year as a freshman, I realize just how much things can change in less than a year. To start, the few people I came to school knowing, I barely even talk to anymore. I had two different groups of friends I hung out with in the beginning of the year that I do not even talk to anymore. My group of friends has completely done a 180 almost. In the beginning of the year I was spending a lot of time with upperclassmen and now my circle of friends is all freshman. It surprises me that my group of friends changed so drastically because in high school I was friends with pretty much the same group of people for all four years, most of which I had known and been friends with in middle school too! To me it seems that what you get involved with does kind of predetermine who most of your friends will be. When I joined a different sorority than some of my friends in the beginning of the year we became distant because we had different schedules and commitments to take care of. When I became more involved with my sorority during Greek week I met more people who are now my close friends.

I think it’s perfectly fine for your circle of friends to change and modify over the years. Sometimes you don’t really know the personality of someone until you spend a certain amount of time with them, or you want to be friends with someone who just turns out to be too different than you. Being flexible is a good mindset to have with your friends, especially your freshman year. You will meet so many different people in your first month of school! After you settle in you end up surrounding yourself more with those who you click with, but there are so many people on campus that your almost constantly meeting new people in classes and organizations you are in. So even if you have a set group of best friends it’s good to be open minded to friendships with others you meet. You can never have enough friends and it’s good to have connections!

If you are a girl I recommend doing the big sis program because I spent a good amount of time with mine in the beginning of the year and she introduced me to some of her upperclassmen friends. We actually saw the premiere of Breaking Dawn together at midnight and have gone to dinner several times together. She was always there when I needed someone or had questions about school. I will most likely be volunteering as a big sis so maybe we will meet!

I never believed my family when they said college is all about change, but it really is. You change your friends, your major sometimes, your routine and overall you as a person will end up changing too. As one who likes things to stay steady I’m surprised I was able to handle it all so well. Everything just sort of transitioned though it was never giant changes at once, which is what helped me be OK with things moving in a different direction. Don’t ever get yourself stuck in just one path, branch out and see what could be!

Expanding your reach

One thing I wish I would’ve done differently this year is get involved in a more diverse group of activities. My sorority is the major group that I am part of and I feel like I spend a lot of time with the people in it and most of my friends are actually in it … Read more

One thing I wish I would’ve done differently this year is get involved in a more diverse group of activities. My sorority is the major group that I am part of and I feel like I spend a lot of time with the people in it and most of my friends are actually in it as well. I love spending time with my sisters and my best friends and all of the other activities that go on within our chapter! Our sorority is very diverse with personalities, which is nice to have a variety of friends, but I would like to meet others with similar interests as me. I joined the Unonian (yearbook club) in the beginning of the year because I am very interested in photography but lately it has been hard to keep up. Also, the Unonian is mostly individual work such as taking pictures, so I haven’t really become friends with anyone in this club. I do enjoy being a part of this club though and will probably stay in and try to block out time to stay involved for the next three years. I wish I would have found more clubs to get into though. I thought one or two would be enough but I realize now I could have handled being in three because some are not very demanding outside of meetings.

What does this have to do with you? It’s just some advice to keep yourself involved in more than one club to gain more than just one circle of friends. Of course I am not trying to get a new group of best friends, just looking to meet more people on campus! I personally enjoy having lots of different friends to call on and if you join clubs that are related to your major especially it’s likely your path will become intertwined with theirs. It’s nice to have friends in your classes to be able to study and work together with! I plan on joining the psychology club next semester so I will probably meet a bunch of new people who are also majoring in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience who will end up in some of my classes at one point or another. It’s always nice to know people before going into class, but you also can make lots of friends or solidify a friendship with someone in your classes. My first semester I sat next to a girl who looked friendly and we ended up in the same sorority and hung out quite a few times last semester.

Diversity is best and I just wanted to give you a look at how I feel about my involvement on campus after almost a year and what I would do a bit differently if I could. It’s perfectly fine to become devoted to one club or group of friends, but always look to expand your reach.

Try, Try again

One thing that has definitely been reinforced for me here at Mount Union, a lesson we probably all know but sometimes forget, is don’t stop trying even when you fail. I personally hate failing at attempts to obtain something. It really discourages me. There are so many opportunities here for you at Mount Union though … Read more

One thing that has definitely been reinforced for me here at Mount Union, a lesson we probably all know but sometimes forget, is don’t stop trying even when you fail. I personally hate failing at attempts to obtain something. It really discourages me. There are so many opportunities here for you at Mount Union though so if you don’t get one position, job or anything else, there are plenty others to chase after. What sparked this reflection? Well I have been invited to join a new club called Alpha Lambda Delta and there are executive positions available, so I am going to try and win secretary. At first I was unsure if I wanted to put myself out there again and try for this though. Earlier in the year I did not receive the Student Senate position I tried to get, which at the time was very upsetting because it was the first thing I tried to get involved in at Mount Union. Then later I applied to be a Raider Guide and was not selected for that (I received an alternate position), which again left me discouraged. One position I have “won” is this blogging position! After debating about the secretary position I figured it would be worth a shot so today I will be giving a short speech about why I would like it and my qualifications. Then the chapter will vote for who should receive each position. Next year I am going to try out for an executive position in my sorority, so hopefully I get this to show that I can handle an executive position in a club. Wish me luck!

Remember: You never know unless you try.

Spring Break

Spring break is right around the corner and is definitely much needed! This week is midterms week, which means living in the library like it’s finals and being stressed like no other. It’s worse when you have two exams on one day too because you have to prioritize one over the other. Thankfully though I … Read more

Spring break is right around the corner and is definitely much needed! This week is midterms week, which means living in the library like it’s finals and being stressed like no other. It’s worse when you have two exams on one day too because you have to prioritize one over the other. Thankfully though I can go home for a week of relaxation after it is all over. Since I live far away I did not want to try to travel anywhere for spring break because then I would not see my family for almost five months. Also, my birthday was this past weekend and my friends and family from home want to celebrate. Unfortunately over spring break my dad will be out of town. I got lucky with the timing though for my sister’s school play. I will be home Friday night and her play is Saturday night so I will be back just in time! So far I already have made plans with my friends for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which I am very excited about. Most of my friends from home are still in high school though so they can’t hang out during the week because they have school. It will be nice to just hangout at home though and sleep and wait for my sisters to get home from school. I am looking forward to it a lot. The Saturday right before I leave to come back to school my family is going to have a little birthday celebration for me as well. I would like to go ice skating before I leave because I did not get the opportunity to over Christmas break, and some of my friends really hate ice skating because they don’t have the greatest balance. I’m curious to see if it’s warm at home since it’s still snowing here practically every other day. This weekend it actually snowed a good bit, which I wasn’t expecting. My grandparents are in Pittsburgh right now and they also said how it has been snowing often there.

Spring break will come and go though in the blink of an eye and I’ll be back up here to Mount Union. Not all of my professors are giving us a break and I have some homework that’s due the week I come back. Two classes have reading for the Monday I come back and my other class has a paper outline due the Thursday we come back. I don’t know how motivated I will be to do either of those things over spring break though. I liked the thought of doing absolutely nothing since I’m not working. If I come home on the train I will definitely be doing the work that Sunday on the 16-hour ride!

After spring break we have seven weeks left until the end of the semester, which is a crazy thought!! I cannot believe I am almost done with my freshman year! Where did the time go?! If all four years go this fast I really will be a senior in the blink of an eye. I feel like time has sped up since high school, and I thought that flew by! I wish there was a way to slow down time, but instead I just cherish every moment because I know how limited time is. Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to summer a lot but at the same time I’m not ready to be away from my friends for four months! It’s one of those catch 22  situations. For all of you graduating high school seniors, make the most of your summer because it will go by faster than you want it to and before you know it you’ll be moving away (hopefully to Mount Union!).

Inner-tube Water Polo

One of my on campus jobs includes reffing intramural games throughout the year. So far I have reffed sand volleyball and this semester I am a scorekeeper for basketball and water polo. I played basketball for eight years from first through eight grade. The guy teams get very serious and some are very particular with … Read more

One of my on campus jobs includes reffing intramural games throughout the year. So far I have reffed sand volleyball and this semester I am a scorekeeper for basketball and water polo. I played basketball for eight years from first through eight grade. The guy teams get very serious and some are very particular with calling all fouls, which I did not know very well. So, I went to for score keeping this semester instead of reffing.

Recently, I got scheduled to score keep for a water polo game for the first time. I had no idea how it was played or what the rules were, which is why I did not sign up to ref it. I was excited to find out what it was. The intramural version is not like regular water polo though. They cut you a break and give you an inner-tube to sit on so that way you don’t have to hold yourself afloat for a half hour. Personally though, the way they make you sit on the tubes is almost as complicated as having to tread water. You sit on the top of the tube and then lean it forward and have to hold your balance on it while getting attacked by the other team. There aren’t too many rules to the game. I found out from the description paper in our ref/scorekeeper binder. You just can’t have possession of the ball while you are off your inner-tube and there is a time for each half. There are fouls in water polo as well I found out, although they are harder to call. The water, from what I’ve heard, can also be freezing at times. Water polo also is a much more dangerous job to score keep than basketball. Every now and then during basketball, a ball will bounce toward you but it’s not usually directly thrown at you. In water polo though you have to be conscientious about where you put your chair to observe. I picked a very bad spot diagonal from one of the goals and almost got hit a few times. The people throwing the ball were throwing full speed too, hoping it would land in the goal, so I was thankful for my good deflection skills.

If you enjoy water and swimming and find yourself missing it next winter (AT MOUNT UNION!) keep water polo in your mind as a possible way to get in some pool time while having a great time with friends!