Internships… Do ‘em!

Internships… Do ‘em!

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Walking through the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC) sometime in September my freshman year I noticed there were a lot of tables set-up outside the cafeteria and noticed it was a job and internship fair. It didn’t really interest me too much and I was really pretty excited it was nacho bar day at lunch and I wanted to keep my eye on the prize, but ya know what pulled me in? Free pens. I can directly link the best experience of my life thus far to my obsession with deals. What experience is that you ask? No it wasn’t the free pen as I’m sure I lost that the same day. Coming upon the table for autism internships was the most beautiful coincidence of my life. A free pen, a table, an information sheet, an online application and a short email later… I had an interview. And, soon after that, I had an offer to take one of the summer classroom intern positions at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (CCCA).

The CCCA summer internship program was set up due in large part to the work of Dr. Turko of the Department of Psychology and is made up of three separate internships – classroom, research and social spies. Both the classroom and research internships take place at the center in Shaker Heights. The research interns collect and record data for center-wide research. Social spies work as camp counselors at one of two camps for typical kids that kids with Asperger disorder attend and work on their social skills without being separated from their peers. These interns are assigned to one or two campers and help them with anything they need.

The classroom internship, I obviously know a bit more about, since I was able to take part in it. These interns basically are given the opportunity, in most cases, to be taking on a role as a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT), which are easily described as teachers. Each intern is put in one classroom and he or she stay there for the two months of the internship. As an intern in Intermediate 1B, which is students from about 11 to 16 years old, I worked with getting materials ready for the day, recording behavior data, implementing behavior plans, implemented curriculum/working one-on-one or one-on-two with students. It is impossible to describe how amazing an experience it is without experiencing it for yourself, so I urge anyone with an interest to at least apply… this year, next year or three years down the road, just do it sometime. Since the summer after my freshman year (2010), I have been able to volunteer there intermittently. I completed one semester of placement for an education class there, volunteered two days a week last summer and will volunteer one day a week next semester to fulfill my psychology internship requirement. I have made professional connections that will be indispensable in the future and hope that the CCCA will be a future place of employment.

Even if you’re not interested for this coming summer’s program, get familiar with it so you can apply in the future. Below is a flier, much like the one I picked up that fateful day in HPCC, so you can look it over and get to know the program!

On the grind

On the grind

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Hello readers :]

I haven’t posted a blog since July, which seems like just yesterday! I can’t believe this Saturday is already October 1.

School started and got rolling as quickly as usual with tests, papers, projects and meetings.

The year is going quite well (as expected). I’ve been keeping myself busy with the school newspaper, The Dynamo, the campus radio station, WRMU and our chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), among other things.

While all of that sounds like a huge workload — especially on top of classes — it really is not. I enjoy being involved in these great organizations on campus. They all have given me great hands-on experiences that I can include on my resume. With graduation coming so soon (in 8 months to be exact), all of these experiences are really helping me prepare for the job search and the real world. Mount Union does a great job helping students find and pursue their interests.

Throughout this semester, I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the organizations I am involved with and what we do!

 

Search and destroy

Search and destroy

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One of the hardest parts of keeping on top of your schedule at college is actually knowing what you have to do. Most of us get the work done, but sometimes I find myself wanting to avoid having to see what I need to do for a project. What little motivation I have is further squandered when I have to go out of my way to check on assignments; whether they’re online or the teacher sends them out after class.

The best way I’ve found to keep track of, and actually do the work I’m assigned, is to get into a mindset of actively seeking out my tasks. Once I do that, I take 30 seconds and assess how long a given assignment is going to take me. Suddenly, things get a lot easier. Even though the difficulty of the task may not have changed, at least now I am aware of the time and energy it will take to complete, which allows me to schedule my day around my work more effectively.

Stay away from throwing the task into a long list of to do items. Rather, actually block off time in your day to attack the assignment. Have a half an hour between lunch and class? Start your Introduction to Psychology flashcards. Make an appointment with your tasks and keep to them.

Search for your work.
Assess how long it will take to complete.
Mark it into your schedule.
Do it.

7 + 7 = 14 inning stretch

7 + 7 = 14 inning stretch

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Confused about the title of this post? Well here, let me explain. Last night’s Tribe game against the Detroit Tigers went a whopping 14 innings. FOURTEEN! Towards, oh, about 1:30 a.m.! The great fans who stayed all night started to get a little restless – this is part thanks to the two-hour rain delay that caused a slight push back to game play. Well, in the 14th inning, the announcer comes over the loudspeakers and says, “Fans, get up on your feet for the 14th inning stretch!” … get it? Everyone got a kick out of this concept and, sure enough, everyone was up on their feet singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the second time that night.

This past week or so has gone by so unbelievably fast! It has been filled with zoo trips, boyfriend visits, Put In Bay trips, etc. I swear this ALWAYS happens when it gets to be August. Come August 1, it feels like a race to get to the end of the month for school to start.

Speaking of school… I took a trip down to Mount Union’s campus on Monday to take a look at the new townhouses. You know how it is; you need to see something to start getting excited about it. Well that worked! After seeing the new additions to campus, I am more excited to go live there than I ever was. These new townhouses are phenomenal – I couldn’t believe it! The rest of campus is looking gorgeous as always. Flowers are in bloom, there is a new patio and hangout area by the library and so much more.

Monday, August 29 (the first day of school) is going to be here before we know it. Here is to starting another great year at Mount Union!

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

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Hello everyone!

Preview sessions one and two went great last week! This was my first time being a preview guide and I had the best time! It was great to meet so many new smiling faces of excited freshmen and their parents! I have to say that my fellow preview guides and coordinators, did a great job of making all of the freshmen feel welcomed into the Mount Union community. With the help of Kate Carnell and Jesse Douglas, preview went smoothly without any problems.

While at preview, we took some short interviews of parents and students as they were awaiting the start of their preview experience and also during preview itself. In the video attached to my blog, Mrs. Bondra, wife of alumnus James Bondra, mother of alumnus Christopher Bondra and current senior and preview guide, Carolyn Bondra, states that what she loves the most about Mount Union is the great family atmosphere. This is exactly what we strive to show the incoming students and their families at preview! Mount Union is truly one of the best universities out there and the preview and orientation staff could not be more excited to welcome all of the new freshmen and their families to the Mount Union family!

Go Raiders!

-Alexa

Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship

Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship

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Besides studying for finals, the only other task on my to-do list at the end of this semester was to apply for the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship. After getting a few recommendation letters from my managers at both the Cavaliers and Indians, I sent in my application and a few weeks later I was lucky enough to receive a phone call congratulating me on being the scholarship recipient. In addition to winning the scholarship, I also was invited to attend a luncheon where I would be recognized along with the other scholarship recipient from Lake Erie College. The guest speaker at the luncheon was the chief marketing officer (CMO) at the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic is one of the most respected hospital systems in the world so hearing the CMO speak about brand management through social media and its new sports health sponsorships with the Indians, Browns and Cavs was a great opportunity. At the luncheon were members of the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers along with representatives from numerous organizations and small and large businesses in the area. I made sure I spoke and networked with some of the members of SME Cleveland. The scholarship will definitely come in handy when it comes time to start paying off college, and the free SME membership I received as part of being a scholarship recipient also will help in building my network for when it comes time to apply for full-time jobs. SME Cleveland holds numerous luncheons throughout the year with an array of speakers and I plan to take full advantage of these unique opportunities.

It’s Preview Time!!

It’s Preview Time!!

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We are at the start of day two of Preview and Orientation at Mount Union! Day one went great for the students and parents. It was filled with lots of cool guide group activities for parents and students, language and math placement tests and of course an awesome play put on by the guides! The play really helped the students learn valuable lessons on what experiences and difficulties they might experience in college. The night ended with an awesome mixer in Campus Grounds where the students and guides danced the night away!

Today, Preview is going to be filled with lots of valuable information for the freshman including a technology session, academic advising and the academic resource fair in Bracy Hall. I think all of the parents and students will find today very useful.

-Alexa

PS. The Preview and Orientation staff is currently using Twitter as another means of social communication between guides and students. You can check out what’s going on at Preview by logging into Twitter and searching for the hashtag #umupreview. Be sure to follow all of the guides too!!!

Hard work and passion

Hard work and passion

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My trip to Columbus this past weekend brought much excitement and honor. As I mentioned in my last post, I took a road trip with my mom down to Columbus for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters awards that took place at the Hilton in Easton.

Mark Bergmann, WRMU’s station manager, met us there and we were able to sit at a table together with people from a radio station in Dover. What’s cool about that radio station is that one of the reporters is a Mount Union alumnus. Her name is Jessica Eggan and I met her last year at these same awards.

Here’s some background about this event: newscasters, writers, photographers and producers from TV news shows and radio stations are given awards for their work during the previous year. Once the professionals submit their work in December, a panel of professionals in another state judges the works. (I think they do it this way so there is no bias). Since the title of the event has ”Ohio” in it, you can assume that the awards are for professionals in the State of Ohio but it also includes West Virginia as well.

Last year at this ceremony, I won my first Associated Press award for a three-part series I produced on global education at Mount Union. I won second place in a category called “Best Documentary or Series.”

Going into the awards this year, I knew it was possible but kind of unlikely that I would win first place in any category. I am afterall, the only college student that was present for the second year in a row. All of these people in attendance are professionals in their field; some have been doing this for decades. It is simply an honor even to win second place.

However, this year I didn’t win second place. As the announcer arrived at my category, he announced the second place winner first … and it wasn’t me. Mark and my mom just looked at me with open mouths because they knew that must’ve meant that I won first place. A couple seconds later, we heard, “… and for first place in best feature reporting, Shannon Brys from WRMU in Alliance for ’Take Back the Night.’” Woah.

Yes, you can say that I may have been the only person at these awards that had tears in my eyes after I received my award. I could not believe that I just beat out professionals from around the state. This is also exciting for me because I set another record for Mount Union.

I am the first student to ever win two professional radio awards, and now I am the first student at Mount that has ever placed first. :]

Hard work really does pay off and it’s awesome when your hard work is also something that you love doing. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to go into the radio field after I graduate from the University but I have such a passion for it and I will continue to be involved in it until I leave Alliance in December. I’m also the program sirector this upcoming semester (which is the same thing as being president of a club) and I’m really excited to teach new students what I already know. :]

Have a great week everyone!

-Shannon

Favorite Part of Italy

Favorite Part of Italy

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I believe every person has his or her favorite part to each vacation. I just got back from Italy, and in my opinion, my favorite moment was singing in The Pantheon. It happened at the end of our choir tour in Rome, where we had spent almost three hours walking around, taking pictures and learning all about the city. Finally we came to The Pantheon and since Dr. Shearer had mentioned to the choir that we might perform an impromptu concert, we all went straight to him at the end of the tour to ask. He said to get into a big circle and choose a song to sing. We all agreed to sing “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come.” As we began to sing, people started to stop and gather around us. You could feel all the eyes in the room watching us. I noticed a few people taking pictures and videos of us, which was a great feeling because people were actually enjoying watching us perform.

As we left, there was still that energy and intensity in myself that felt so amazing. A few people even stopped me before we left and told me that we sounded amazing and they really enjoyed hearing us. The experience was truly my favorite. Even though we did perform in three other churches while in Italy, this was my favorite performance and really inspired music in me to come out for the rest of the week.

I am adding a video that I had found of this performance and trust me, it sounds amazing, so please take a listen.

Ciao from Italy!!

Ciao from Italy!!

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Well was what the Mount Union Concert Choir was saying for a week in Italy on the 2011 Choir Tour. The choir spent five days in lovely Florence, Sienna, Rome, and Vatican City, the weather was beautiful, the food was amazing and of course of music sounds fantastic.

The trip began the day after Mother’s day in Cleveland-Hopkins airport,and may I just say an eight hour flight is a very long one. When we finally did land though, we took a three hour bus ride to Siena and had an entire day there full of walking and shopping and lots of eating. In my group, we had pizza at a small restaurant and it was really nice, but my favorite part of the day was going to The Duomo in Sienna. There was an amazing stairway on the side of this building and it was so fun to climb up. As we continued to walk around the city there were many small coves and stores that we found and had such a great first day.

Day one ended in Montecatini, which was were the choir spent two days. The city was very small and made it very easy for a some students to do some late night shopping. I will warn anyone who has never traveled over seas your bed may be a bit tiny and the temperature controls are in Celsius.

Be sure to keep checking for more stories of the trip to Italia and any stories from the choir