Friday Five

Friday Five

[My baby cousin, Ava, on her first Thanksgiving] This week flew by. Mount students have one more week of class and then finals are here. Winter break is in reach! Besides attempting to complete the immense school work load that is piled on toward the end of the semester, I made sure to make time … Read more

ava

[My baby cousin, Ava, on her first Thanksgiving]

This week flew by. Mount students have one more week of class and then finals are here. Winter break is in reach!

Besides attempting to complete the immense school work load that is piled on toward the end of the semester, I made sure to make time for a little bit of fun and friends. Earlier in the week, my friend Tia stopped over and we lit Christmas candles, turned up the holiday station on Pandora and got to work making snowflakes to decorate the apartment. I also made a trip to Belden Village to do some Christmas shopping with my friend Emily! I absolutely love when the stores are all decorated for the holidays. It makes Christmas shopping so much fun.

This weekend I plan on babysitting, finishing up my Christmas shopping, decorating the Christmas tree at home with my family and watching a ton of Christmas movies.

Happy Friday, everyone!

movie night

[Peppermint mocha and fresh baked cookies with mom]

decorations

[Snowflake decor in the apartment]

pink

[Free VS iPhone case I received during the trip to Belden Village!]

ornaments

[It was time to put up the fun Christmas decor in my car]

Thankful

Thankful

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season: My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year! The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union The opportunity to study abroad next semester My student blogging position (who else gets paid to … Read more

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season:

  1. My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year!
  2. The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union
  3. The opportunity to study abroad next semester
  4. My student blogging position (who else gets paid to talk about everything they love?!)
  5. The shirtless Taylor Lautner scene in Breaking Dawn Part 2 (it’s a must see, girls!)

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that sometimes I need a holiday to remind me of how much I have to be thankful for, but I am very grateful for the reminder. Every year I look forward to waking up Thanksgiving morning, grabbing some blankets and cuddling up next to the fireplace to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year will be no exception.

As I was thinking of everything I am grateful for this year, I thought it would be nice to remind the people I love most how thankful I am for them. So, I decided to do some arts and crafts! I found an idea I loved on Pinterest and got to work. Making holiday cards for your family and friends would be a great way to pass away the last two days of class until Thanksgiving break! All you need is some tape, scissors, decorative scrap paper and some ribbon (which is optional, of course).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

scraps

 

cards

thankful for you

 

Friday Five

Friday Five

[Beautiful, surprise bouquet of flowers from my friends, Emily and Maggie] Hello from the Windy City! This Friday I am in Chicago, Illinois for the 2012 National College Media Convention. I am so excited to be here and, so far, it’s been a lot of fun! World famous deep dish pizza, a full mile of … Read more

[Beautiful, surprise bouquet of flowers from my friends, Emily and Maggie]

Hello from the Windy City! This Friday I am in Chicago, Illinois for the 2012 National College Media Convention. I am so excited to be here and, so far, it’s been a lot of fun! World famous deep dish pizza, a full mile of amazing shopping, a Starbucks on every corner… what more could a girl ask for? Don’t worry; a full post will come soon enough about my experience here!

One of my favorite things to happen this past week was the spontaneous rainy day drive that my friends and I took. We hopped in the car and drove around the countryside for a few hours to get our last look of the colorful fall leaves before the trees become bare for the winter season. We of course decided that lattes were a must and stopped at the coziest, little Starbucks to warm up from the cold. We also made a special trip to Bath and Body Works and received free mini candles (which made my day, considering my obsession with candles)! Later on that evening we lugged our lap tops and backpacks to Panera for a homework night. We sat by the fire, pulled out the books and got some study time in. I have often found that the spur-of-the-moment things we do turn out to be the most memorable. Lesson learned: cold, rainy days are perfect for relaxing, long car rides with your best girlfriends, stops for lattes and lots of girl talk.

I hope everyone has a great weekend filled with spontaneous moments that turn into favorite memories.

Happy Friday!

[Rainy day Starbucks stop]

[The CUTEST Halloween treat bag from my sister. Too cute to spook!]

[View of Chicago from our hotel room]

[Inspirational, colorful pins from the convention]

No Tricks, Just Treats

No Tricks, Just Treats

Happy Halloween! Instead of going out this year, my friends and I decided to switch things up and have a Halloween party of our own. Since I am considering event planning as a future career, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get some practice! So, I told them to sit back and … Read more

Happy Halloween!

Instead of going out this year, my friends and I decided to switch things up and have a Halloween party of our own. Since I am considering event planning as a future career, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get some practice! So, I told them to sit back and relax as I began the planning process. As a college student on a tight budget, I had to get creative for decorations and Halloween treats, but in the end I think everything worked out great.

I bought orange and black balloons and made signs on the computer for decorations. Of course, we had mulled hot apple cider, which was perfect on the cold, rainy night. I used old frappuccino bottles for our cider and decorated them with black and white ribbon to make them a bit more festive. In order to get some inspiration for Halloween treats, I turned to Pinterest. I fell in love with the cute nutter butter cookies turned ghosts and wanted to try them right away. I ended up making white chocolate covered pretzels as well (both treats found here). They were simple to make and perfect to snack on.

The ghosts and pretzels were both huge hits at the party! However, the ghosts were my personal favorite. Not only were they adorable, I mean uhh spooky? … but they were yummy as well. I am now trying to find a reason to justify why I would make these ghosts for any other occasion, since I don’t want to wait until next October to try them again! Hmm… maybe we can celebrate the Chinese Ghost Festival from now on? My friends Emily and Maggie also brought graham crackers and delicious pumpkin dip that they made!

During the party we played Halloween Bingo, with Reese’s Pieces as bingo markers (beware: purchasing a big bag of the candy may be necessary since the “markers” just magically seemed to disappear throughout the game … whoops!). There were even prizes for the first three winners: Reese’s Pumpkins, everyone’s favorite!

We ended the night by piling into the living room and popping in the horror movie “Prom Night.”

Everyone had so much fun at the Halloween party and we are already planning future holiday get-togethers. You don’t need a lot of money to have fun. Even without any of the treats or decorations, I am sure that I would have had just as much fun with the wonderful group of friends that I am so blessed to have found at Mount Union.

I hope everyone’s day is filled with no tricks, but plenty of treats!

Friday Five

Friday Five

[Taylor Swift notebook I just happened to come across at an unexpected stop at Walgreens] The first week back from fall break flew by! This week was full of exciting surprises (many made this week’s “Friday Five”). The weather on Thursday was absolutely beautiful. Just about everyone on campus was outside and loving the sun. I tried … Read more

[Taylor Swift notebook I just happened to come across at an unexpected stop at Walgreens]

The first week back from fall break flew by! This week was full of exciting surprises (many made this week’s “Friday Five”). The weather on Thursday was absolutely beautiful. Just about everyone on campus was outside and loving the sun. I tried to enjoy every second of it since snow flurries are on the forecast for next week. After a good work out at the MAAC on Thursday, I remembered that I had a free smoothie coupon to use at the B&B! I was sent an e-mail a while back asking me to complete a survey. After I submitted it, I received a free smoothie coupon. It seemed silly not to take advantage of the coupon with the 80-degree weather. So, attention all Mount students: TAKE THE SURVEY! When you’re sipping on your “Paradise” smoothie (strawberry, mango & peach), you will find that it was well worth the exchange of five minutes of your time.

This weekend I am throwing a little Halloween party for some friends! I am always up for any get-together that involves balloons, hot apple cider and games, so I am pretty excited. I also plan to spend a full day catching up on my “fun reading.” I absolutely love reading and it’s hard to find time to do so with all of the homework, studying and reading for class. However, this weekend I am determined to make time to relax and read the new book I just bought (seen here), which is said to be a must read if you love The Hunger Games, which I do!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Friday!

[I was in a sugar coma for the duration of fall break, but the pumpkin iced donut was well worth it!]

[Loving denim and floral for fall]

[My new favorite bracelet; which I received in a surprise package from my sister this week]

[Paradise smoothie]

Breakfast for Bruce

Breakfast for Bruce

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Today I took part in something great and truly extraordinary; something that touched hearts. Today, I felt like I made a difference and I know many people who shared in my experience would say the same thing.

As many of you know, most likely from my previous blogs, I am a sister of the wonderful and amazing Delta Sigma Tau sorority. Today we held Breakfast for Bruce. This event was a benefit breakfast in memory of one of our sister’s father who passed away from cancer not too long ago. The breakfast took place this afternoon from 3 – 6 p.m. at a church next to campus. The breakfast included pancakes, sausage, bacon and hash browns. We had many themed raffle baskets at the benefit including Pampered Chef, sports and movies. Hundreds of raffle tickets were sold.  The purpose of the breakfast was to remember our sister’s father and raise money for her family. It is amazing to see how much support we received from the Mount Union campus for this event. Many students bought tickets and came out for the event as well as faculty and staff members, community members and even some families of students. In addition, campus organizations even supported this event through monetary donations or devotion of time at the event. The outcome of the breakfast was wonderful and exceeded our expectations!

It truly is remarkable to see what can happen when a campus can come together to support a cause. I, along with the Delta Sigma Tau sorority, would like to thank everyone for supporting our event and helping to make a difference. Thank you!

Makin’ Some Extra Cash

Makin’ Some Extra Cash

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It appears as if college students always seem to lack one thing – money. Students always tend to use the phrase “I’m just a poor college student.” So much money is spent on tuition, textbooks, food and groceries each semester. Even though all this money is spent, it is often times hard to hold down a steady job due to a heavy academic load and busy schedule.

At Mount Union though, this is not the case. On campus, there are so many ways and opportunities to make a few bucks and even gain just a little more than that in the process. Mount Union offers many on-campus employment opportunities, which vary from working in an administrative office and working in the MAAC to being a science laboratory assistant and being an academic tutor in a class. There are even opportunities to earn money working closely with freshmen and the incoming freshmen class. At Mount Union, you can be employed or take part in work study at just about any place on campus.

Holding a job on campus, however, does not just allow you to make a few extra dollars and offset your college tuition though. It provides so much more. It allows you to get involved and put yourself out there. It gives you the chance to meet new friends and form relationships with people you would not have had the opportunity to without the job. It presents the ability to get to know others. A campus job also helps you to better adapt to campus life and become more familiar with the campus itself including where things are located, who to go to for certain issues and where the best hang out spots are.

Just take me for example. I currently hold a job in Beeghly Hall in the Office of the President. I began working there last year during the second semester of my freshmen year. Not only have I been given many unique opportunities and experiences through this job, but also I have met and formed relationships with many extraordinary people. It truly has been an amazing experience that I would not trade for anything.

So when going to college don’t let the aspect of money wear you down. There are always ways to earn a few extra bucks on campus and gain just a little more than that along the way!

Back to work

Back to work

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A Tidy Desk

 

We’re back. I hope that you’ve all had excellent breaks, but it’s time to begin again. Instead of telling you all the things that I’ve enjoyed doing over the holiday, and believe me there were a lot of them, I’m going to tell you why I’m glad to be back on campus.

Food
Despite the complaints, I actually enjoy the food here. Maybe it’s the fact that my house can’t keep up on volume when compared to the cafeteria, but there are other things I like too. I like the social aspect of eating in a common area. I love to people watch and around 2 p.m. on Wednesdays makes for a perfect opportunity. As with all mass produced food, there is going to be the occasional meal that isn’t delicious. However, being able to have a fresh salad each meal and plenty of variety is more than enough to be grateful for.

Classes
I love my classes. But I love the second semester classes even more. I think it’s because I feel warmed up, like an athlete who’s been able to stretch and jog a lap before a game. First semester can be hit or miss depending on how feverishly you attack your classes, but second semester won’t bring any surprises; you know the drill by now.

Friends
Part of this “college experience” is being able to see all your friends. This is the one part of our lives where our friends all live very close together. I like being able to send out a text to 10 people for pick-up soccer and have nine of them show up. When we graduate, it’s going to be much harder to throw together spontaneous get-together events like that; we’ll all just have too different schedules.

Routine
I love a good routine. I feel so much more in control of my schedule when I have a sketch of what I need to do and when. I should note that on the weekends, this routine affinity is gone as I thoroughly enjoy sleeping in. A good routine is the backbone to a productive and fun, lifestyle. At home, I find that unstructured time is wasted more often than not. It’s good to be back and have a routine.

Top 10 Holiday Movies

Top 10 Holiday Movies

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As the Christmas season rolls in, there is one defining part that many people look forward to – Christmas movies! People cannot wait until they can finally watch their all-time favorite holiday films, which they have had stored away for 11 months. The television channel ABC Family begins showing Christmas movies around the middle of November in their annual “Countdown to 25 days of Christmas” program and then continues the movies in their yearly special “25 days of Christmas,” which begins on December 1. Many other channels begin scheduling holiday movies into their daily programming as well. These holiday movies also are taken off of the shelves and out of the cabinets at many homes and put into DVD players in order to really get people into the Christmas spirit. These movies make Christmas seem real and that the holiday is coming soon. For myself especially, I begin watching Christmas movies around Thanksgiving and don’t stop until after the December 25. I love Christmas movies and find much enjoyment through their viewing!

Now, there are hundreds of Christmas movies with each one possessing its own unique plot and message. Holiday movies range from the holiday classics to newly-produced movies and to ones that spread holiday cheer to others that promote believing in the holiday itself. So what movies make your list of Top 10 Holiday Favorites?

Here is my list of favorites:

1. Holiday Classics (such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, A Miser Brothers Christmas, The Year Without a Santa Claus) – I love all of the holiday classic films!
2. The Polar Express
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both the cartoon and Jim Carrey’s version)
5. Miracle on 34th Street
6. The Santa Clause (of the Tim Allen trilogy, the first is by far my favorite, however they all are great!)
7. Elf
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
9. Three Days
10. A Christmas Carol

If you haven’t seen some of these movies, I recommend watching them. They will truly lift your holiday spirit and really put you in the Christmas mood. If you have other favorites that did not make my list, leave me a comment and share them with me!

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions

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What am I supposed to do?

I’ve been told my whole life that I should go to school and after school I should get a job. So, I’m at school and I’m dedicated to athletic training, but where am I going to get a job? I want to move out of my parents’ house and have a home of my own, but where am I going to go? How fast am I going to get a job after college? I’m still not sure what my minor is going to be. When I choose classes, I’m never really sure what my best options are either.

I chose to come to Mount Union right before I graduated, which was a little late for some people. I wasn’t immediately sure like some people, but I know I made a good decision. What about a job though? I’m not sure where I want to work. I can stay here in Ohio or I can move just about anywhere and find an athletic training job, but where do I want to go? Will my resume be competitive enough to get me a job? I can work at a high school or I can choose to work in the NFL or with any other professional leagues, but I’m not sure what I want to do.

My grandpa once told me “Life is like an ocean, swim with the current and go with the flow.” I think of this every time I’m not sure what to do.

Some people know exactly what they are doing, they have all of their classes planned for each semester until they graduate and they even know what graduate schools they want to go to and so on. They are so prepared that they make me feel as if I’m not prepared at all. In reality, I’m doing just fine. I have a general idea of what I want to do and I am about to be in my spring semester of my sophomore year, so I still have plenty of time to make decisions.

If you don’t know what you want to do, you’re not alone. Being at school is a good start, but you must figure out what you want to do or else you’re going to waste four years and a lot of your own money.

I have trouble choosing what I want to eat some days, but that is a decision that will only affect me for a short period of time. When it comes down to choosing a place to live, the job I want, maybe even the woman I’ll marry, I’m going to take my time and think about it. It isn’t something I want to take lightly since I’m going to stick with all of those things for quite some time.