Top of the morning to ya…

Top of the morning to ya…

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Hello everyone! With the shock of beautiful weather we were blessed with yesterday, spirits were high on campus as the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day started fairly early in the morning. The majority of campus showed their appreciation for the Irish by wearing green! I also decided to pull out one of the only green shirts that I own from my closet, and indulged in  ‘ShamMUC’ shake from the B&B  in Campus Grounds to celebrate my Irish heritage! I must say this Saint Patrick’s Day mint chocolate chip shake was one of the best I’ve ever had!

I started my Saint Patrick’s Day off by going to the Early Learning Center in Alliance for my observation for one of my education classes. When you are an education major, some of the required courses that you have to take also require you to be placed at a local school for observation in your particular area of licensure. For example, I am majoring in early childhood education and am currently taking CE 250 with Dr. Watters, which requires my to complete 30 hours of observation in a classroom for early childhood which is grades k-3.

I complete my field observation every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m. and I really enjoy it! I am currently in a kindergarten class, and not only do I love it because that is the grade that I want to teach, but more so because of what I can do for the kids when I am there. Yesterday I assisted a little girl in reading a new book all by herself! I was so excited for her! It was so great to see how happy she was after she finished the last page and went over to tell her teacher what she had done! It’s moments like that, that really get me excited to be a teacher!

After heading back to Mount’s campus from my observation, I had some lunch in the lovely HPCC and attended my two classes that I have every Tuesday and Thursday. My second and last class of the day was stage make-up. This class is probably one of the coolest classes I think that Mount has to offer! In stage make-up, we learn how to use make up to create different characters and illusions on our faces that would be good for those performing on stage. Yesterday was bruises and abrasions. After we applied latex, fake blood and scar wax to our faces, the majority of the class truly looked severely injured! How neat right? I really do suggest taking this class for anyone who doesn’t have any ideas on how to fulfill one of their fine arts requirements!

Here is a wish for all of my Mount Unions friends as this fun holiday comes to an end! Happy Saint Patty’s Day!!

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

New perspectives at Mount Union

New perspectives at Mount Union

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Coming to Mount Union, I don’t think I fully understood what it meant to study at a “liberal arts” school.  According to the dictionary, the definition is as follows: “the academic courses of instruction at a college intended to provide general knowledge and comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects.”  Mount Union tells students that the terms liberal arts comes from the Latin phrase “artes liberals” which can be translated to mean “the education of a free person.”

I remember when I was still looking at schools trying to decide which one to go to, and I really liked Mount, someone told me not to come here because “they make you take a bunch of useless classes.”  I basically ignored that comment and did what I felt was right and came here.  I wondered to myself, “why would the college make you take useless classes?  There would be no point to that.”

The liberal arts studies really does relate to the definitions in the first paragraph because they require that students take classes not only in their major, but in a variety of areas to ensure that we are getting the most well-rounded experience while being in classes.  It doesn’t give students just one point of view, but instead helps students to gain perspectives from all fields and departments.

All students are required to have at least one major and one minor.  I guess the school was talking recently about making minors optional but they decided to keep them when it was put to a vote.  I have at times dreaded the classes that are outside my major, specifically science.  I’ve thought at times that these classes seem like a waste of my time since I won’t be going into science for my future career, but after all is said and done, they have been really interesting.  I took a biology lecture and a geology lecture and lab.  Geology is all about the earth and its layers, reading maps, volcanoes, lakes, oceans and rocks.  It’s actually interesting though, who knew?!  It makes me appreciate the work that geologists do on a daily basis in their careers and it makes me think a lot more about things that we all take for granted.   And although I’m not a history buff or a big fan of geography, it is useful to know certain things and there is such a variety in classes you can take.

My favorite class that I’ve taken at Mount in the past three years is definitely Intercultural Communication.  If you are planning to go to school here or if you already are enrolled, you should take this class.   It consists of half American students and half international students.  There are students in my class studying at Mount from Japan, Ireland, China, Vietnam, India, Russia, Germany and Malaysia.   The reason I love this class so much is because studying abroad was something that I always wanted to do. But once I got to college, I never wanted to leave the campus.  Although I do understand this is different than being completely immersed in a culture … being in this class, hearing all of the different accents and being able to learn first-hand about all of these cultures,  is so fascinating.

Every day in that class, we have group discussions and are able to speak with different people and talk about their experiences growing up in other countries. We talk about what it was like to learn English and other aspects of the culture.  Ahhh, I loooove it!  Today, we had a discussion about the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was interesting to hear the perspective that people from other cultures have on this very heated topic.

I’m sure I will have more to say about this class in the future because it really is so interesting.  I have met so many great people and made really cool friendships.  I would not trade this class for anything and as I said before, I highly suggest you take it, whether you are a communication major or not!

-Shannon : )

Thankful for…homework?!

Thankful for…homework?!

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Yes, you did just read that I am thankful for homework … before you think I’m crazy, let me explain.

The past two semesters have been loaded with work … (maybe not so thankful for that part, sorry professors!). HOWEVER, the assignments that I have been given have actually been great.

While I might not agree with that last statement at first, I come to realize that the assignments we get in school are pretty interesting.

For instance, last semester in my marketing class, we were assigned a huge project where we chose a business to team up with the Inspi(RED) campaign. We had to research a company and I chose Chipotle! We found all these creative ways to team up with RED and do fun promotions. My group got t-shirts made of a red foil wrapped burrito, and we learned new ways to promote our idea. I’m really interested in social media so I focused most of our project on just that. I was able to learn all about Chipotle and get graded on it… (be honest – who is craving a burrito now?)

In my advanced public relations class, we were assigned real clients from the surrounding area and we had to work with them on projects that they assigned to us. My group was given two projects that, at the time, seemed overwhelming (heck, they still kind of do) but they really taught us so much.

The first project was to create a video on Alliance and show it at a convention type event being held on the campus in April. There is so much more to creating a video than just filming – we toured Alliance, saw places we’ve never knew existed, met awesome people who are trying to turn Alliance into the hot spot it once was and also met inspirational people who are dedicating their lives to help the people of Alliance. After taking the tours and learning all we have so far, I really have a new level of respect for the city.

The second project we were assigned was to help a family in Alliance that wants to start up a Carnation business. We met with our client and she had all these goals for her company, including the making of a website, which we are going to be helping her with. We were able to pick out the name for her company, design their logo and got the website and social media up and running – basically help the company blast off!

In one of my sport business classes, we are making sponsorship proposals for a  professional team in Colorado (I chose the Rockies!) and then picking a potential sponsor for the team and creating a plan to go along with it.  We get to be as creative as we want while creating promotional events for our team. Remember my marketing project with Chipotle? Since I’ve learned so much about that company, I’ve decided to use Chipotle as my potential sponsor, and it’s a huge plus that they’re based in Denver. I am really looking forward to completing this project because I’ll learn so much more about both companies and I can use it in my portfolio! (Ok, if you weren’t craving a burrito before, are you now?!)

So, sure, it may seem like an overwhelming amount of work but it isn’t. Would you rather be sitting in class taking notes and listening to lectures? The projects I’ve worked on in school (and those were only a few examples) have taught me so much about the real world and have made me excited to start working someday!

-samantha

Last Day Before Spring Break

Last Day Before Spring Break

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Today is the last day before spring break 2011. My roommate is packing his bags for Panama City AKA he has a bathing suit in a cowboy hat and his sunglasses, and is going tanning for the last time before the drive down. My other roommate is making plans to go home to Pittsburgh and probably back down to Columbus for The Arnold Classic next Friday, and my fourth roommate is incognito. I on the other hand, just got done with my fourth class of the day and finished my second throwing practice of the day. This spring break, hopefully, I’ll be competing at the Division III National Championships in Bexley, Ohio, in the shot put. I worked hard today so I ate a lot today; luckily there was some good food at the international station in the dining commons. I forget what it was called but it consisted of rice topped with a chicken breast and topped with a fried egg. I had eight of them. I also had some good beer cheese soup and a lot of ice cream.  I believe moose tracks is the most dangerous ice cream flavor of all because you go in with the intention of a scoop or two, and then you hit a chocolate vein and you start digging more and more and more and next thing you know you have had three bowls of ice cream. Well, that’s my excuse anyways for eating so much of it.My classes on Tuesday and Thursdays consist of American Family at 9 a.m., followed by HELL2 at 1:10 p.m., Critical Theory and Rhetoric at 2:30 p.m. and Forensic Psychology at 6 p.m. Only HELL and Critical Theory are required for my major, and they are probably the two toughest courses in my major and the papers are starting to pile up. American Family is a class I was just interested in learning about so I took it, and Forensic Psychology may be my favorite class this semester. It’s taught by a forensic psychologist, Dr. K., and he is really great, enthusiastic and passionate.