Seeing “Old” Friends

Seeing “Old” Friends

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Friends come and go. It’s the way life is.  The connections you make can last for a moment, a school year or even a lifetime.  You can go years without seeing a friend from high school and the next time you see them, it’s like you didn’t miss a beat and left off right where you were all those years ago.  Seeing friends from college is a little different since you’ve only known these people for a few months or a few years. But since you live with them, have class with them and see them around every day, it feels as if you grew up with them and it was meant to be.  I mean, we all chose the same school, right?

I have a friend from elementary school that moved to Florida in the sixth grade.  We never talked again until we were in high school.  My sophomore year in high school he was able to talk me into visiting him in Florida for a week.  I went the summer before my senior year and the year after that.  When I visited him and his family, there were obviously the “I missed you” hugs, but after that, it was as if we’ve seen each other every day.  We were able to talk and act as if we’ve seen each other every day although we haven’t seen each other in years.  This summer he moved to Los Angeles and I visited him with two of my friends that he never met before, and all of them immediately became best friends.  In the picture to the right is Ethan, Tyler (Me), Charbel and Tony.  Ethan and Charbel had never met Tony before this vacation, and now they are great friends. Friendship is able to travel far whether it is in distance or through time.

Today I saw someone I truly missed.  Her name is Caroline and she transferred after the first semester of our freshmen year.  She was easily one of my best friends during that time last year and when she transferred, it was sad seeing someone I wanted to know so much better just leave.  When I saw her today, I immediately was able to smell her large dose of perfume, which is something I weirdly missed, but it seemed as if I just saw her the other day.  I forgot I hadn’t seen her in nearly a year and I had so much to say but I just didn’t know what to say.  I was just caught up in the moment of seeing her.  I only knew her for a semester of college and I’m better friends with her than I am with some of my friends from high school.

For me and probably for everyone, friendships can begin so quickly and yet they feel like you’ve known them forever.  The point of this blog is to let everyone know that friendships can come and go, and some will never die.  I prefer to not let them get distant, although it does happen.  If you miss someone from home or even someone who transferred, give him or her a call, don’t text.  A call will truly say on its own that you wanted to talk and you want to stay in contact for a lot longer than just a few days.

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

A Year After

A Year After

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Remember your preview for freshman orientation? So do I. It only happened a year ago, but it was very much a turning point from a high school mentality to one of college. We set up our first schedule, took tests in both foreign language and math and got a chance to socialize with our classmates. Good times. Times which I got to revisit recently, even though I’m not a preview guide.

My brother just got back from his preview yesterday and was filling me in on all the details of the two days. Once again, the preview guides were stellar. They really do a great job of creating an environment that allows time for both structured activities and relax time to get accustomed to the campus.

As my brother was telling me about how preview had gone, I was thinking about how much I’m looking forward to returning to Mount this fall. It feels, and I’m sure many from my class can attest to this, that we have it all “figured” out. We know the campus, we know the professors in our departments and we know the daily lifestyle. I’m excited. It means more time enjoying the experience and less time trying to remember where classes are and settling in to a routine. These were all fun things to go through as a freshman, but it’s nice that each year spent at Mount will offer up something new.

Any incoming freshman read this blog? Feel free to ping me in the comments or on Twitter (@kyledreger) and we can get together. You’ll be making lots of friends over these next few weeks so keep an open mind and be outgoing. You’re going to love it here.

 

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!!!