End of the semester blues

End of the semester blues

It’s getting to be that time again! Everyone is starting to cram, stress out, get worried about graduation, worry about finals, staying up late doing projects, skipping meals to get a little more work done, pull all nighters, hunt for summer jobs, freak out—- STOP!!! Whew. You can’t let the semester get you carried away. … Read more

It’s getting to be that time again!

Everyone is starting to cram, stress out, get worried about graduation, worry about finals, staying up late doing projects, skipping meals to get a little more work done, pull all nighters, hunt for summer jobs, freak out—-

STOP!!!

Whew. You can’t let the semester get you carried away. If you don’t have your health, you haven’t got anything! Musicians, theatre people, athletes, Greeks, scholars–you name it, everyone is busy.

Here are some tips for making the end of the semester a good one:

Get some sleep:
Here’s what happens. For every hour after midnight you stay up, your body needs more sleep. So staying up late will actually make you exponentially more tired! So, try to plan out your evenings better so you don’t have to stay up. Or, if you know you’re only gonna get a few hours of sleep, try waking up early instead of staying up late. Still rough, but not as rough on your body.

Don’t skip meals:
We all know this. You can’t deny your body the energy it needs to carry on. You’ll get more accomplished in the long run if you’re giving your body the right stuff! You can only run on fumes for so long, and your quality of work will suffer the more you do.

Give your voice a break!
Whether you’re singing in the choir or giving a speech for a class, you want your voice to stay with you all semester. Don’t go crazy yelling at your video games or cheering on your favorite athletics team. No one likes a sore throat! And, if you feel one coming on, go on vocal rest! You just don’t talk unless absolutely necessary! It’s even kind of fun to just listen and observe life for a little.

Hang out with friends!
I know this sounds silly, but… what are you going to remember more in five years? That time you stayed up late finishing a paper or that time you walked barefoot around campus with a buddy? I’m not saying pick socializing over academics, obviously that’s important. But remember that mental health is part of health too! Here’s an idea: make friend time an incentive for getting work done quickly!

Get off of Facebook!
Seriously, it’s getting to be a bit of a dying fad anyway. I’m sure no one will miss you online anyway, especially since you’ll be hanging out with them in real life more often anyway! Facebook is the antithesis of getting homework done. Think of how much less stressed you’ll feel when you don’t waste hours on Facebook!

 

Do homework outside!

My freshman year, I completed a final paper and a project while sitting beside the lakes. It’s a beautiful campus, and we’re about to get some beautiful weather. I PROMISE it’s so much more enjoyable getting work done when the sun is shining on your back. You’ll probably get work done even faster because you’re enjoying what you’re doing!

Keep a planner!
I keep a planner. It’s huge. But I never forget to do anything, and I can budget my time appropriately because of it. Keeping a planner is great for organization and keeping track of things. Instead of remembering things by yourself, use the aid of a planner.

So those are my tips. I think they apply to everyone on campus, whether you’re interested in music, arts, sports, Greek life–whatever. Let’s just make this end of the semester a good one!

Cheers.

Mahler, part 2

Exciting stuff! Mahler was amazing. Mahler Mahler Mahler. As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Mount Union Concert Choir had the opportunity to sing Mahler’s second symphony with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. First of all, the fact that we even had the opportunity to do that was freaking amazing. I can’t say enough good … Read more

Exciting stuff!

Mahler was amazing. Mahler Mahler Mahler.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Mount Union Concert Choir had the opportunity to sing Mahler’s second symphony with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

First of all, the fact that we even had the opportunity to do that was freaking amazing. I can’t say enough good things about our choir program and the things that Dr. Cook has brought with him (this is only his second year as our director).

The Canton chorus really liked us. They could tell that Mount Union students brought a certain level of professionalism and preparedness, and they appreciated our hard work and effort. We were all mixed in with the Canton chorus as far as seating goes, and Dr. Cook heard a lot of comments after the performance about how awesome we were. Go us!

Then there was the performance.

It. Was. Beautiful. Like, I cried. On stage. I’m 99% singing, and 1% trying to figure out a good way to stop snotting up my face. The whole thing was so powerful because Mahler made beautiful music. And, there I was, singing one of the most coveted singing opportunities out there.

And, as if that isn’t awesome enough, Gerhardt Zimmermann blew us a kiss at the end. He’s the director of the Canton Symphony, and he is not an easy man to impress.

But wait, there’s more!

Our performance will be playing on the radio because they recorded it! Tune into 89.7 in January to hear our performance! More details to come on that later, or follow Canton Symphony on Facebook to find out!

This was an awesome opportunity, and it came to fantastic fruition.

Mahler!

Experiences that College Students Have?

Experiences that College Students Have?

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Some people come to college thinking life is a party and I am here to enjoy it. Others believe that you are at college to find your career and then graduate. I however came to college hoping to gain experience, and so far after my first year I believe I have gained quiet a bit of experience. From things that I did with my friends to the classes I’ve taken as well as talking to my professors – I’ve gained a lot of experience and have learned so much.

My mom had always told me that my life is a puzzle, anytime something happens … I make a new friend, new boyfriend, have a dramatic day or anything for that matter … that they are all pieces of my puzzle. As my freshman year of college comes to an end I believe that I have gained a few puzzle pieces along the way. I began my Mount Union adventure when I went to marching band camp. The first night of being there I met my best friend and we are still best friends today. She is like my twin. We share so many stories, and I am so glad to have her in my life. As my first semester continued, I made many other friends. In fact, something that really popped out at me were that some of the guys I knew in marching band had a band of their own, Ram In the Bush. If you haven’t heard of them I would highly suggest listening to some of their music on Facebook or even coming to one of their live performances. They have just released a new CD and it actually has a full storyline behind the music and includes an orchestra. Anyone in the Mount Union community should really try and support this local band. Supporting local music is very important. So if you know someone who is in a band, go and listen to them because it really helps with everything the musical community is trying to accomplish. Also, if anyone is interested, I am adding a video of Ram in the Bush to this post. Please take a moment to listen.

I just also got back from my first choir tour – the amazing part was we spent it in … Italy!! This was the best investment I have made and I am so glad that the school gave me this opportunity to take such an amazing trip. Keep reading as I post more about the trip and any other stories I receive from the other members of the choir.

So if you are just beginning your college experience or are just about finishing it up, take everything you learned and experienced and add to your own puzzle. I truly hope that it turns out to be a masterpiece.