Voice

Voice

Read more

Whose voice do you hear every day? Of course you hear your own voice every day, but you hear other people talking as well.

These voices you hear are of people that tell you that you should do your homework, that tell you that you should lift, that tell you advice without even being there.  These voices are usually of people we look up to.

When I don’t want to brush my teeth, I hear my mom’s voice.  When I don’t want to do my homework, I hear my professor’s voice.  When I don’t want to work out, I hear my coach’s voice.  I don’t want to disappoint these people, so it is definitely a good thing that I hear their voice when I don’t want to do something.  If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be in college.

Dear Myself

Dear Myself

Read more

Dear (12th grade) Tyler,

It’s me, yourself from the future. Currently it is the year 2012 and I have experienced a lot at the University of Mount Union. I know you’re nervous about college classes, but really there isn’t too much to worry about. The homework and studying isn’t hard, but you must study if you want to pass, excel and if you want to know what you’re doing once you get a job.

You will love athletic training. Isn’t it like 80% of college students change their major? Well you’re the 20% that doesn’t, so it seems like you made a nice pick. You’ll meet a lot of great people because of athletic training, and keep those connections strong because they will be professional connections in the future.

You’re going to miss playing soccer a lot, but there is a good thing there is intramural indoor soccer.  You’ll have a blast. Wrestling will definitely keep you busy as well.  Get in that weight room though, you need to lift because these are men you’re wrestling now, not those little boys in high school anymore. You’ll like Coach Hawald, you’ll love your teammates and you’ll think practice is fun (sometimes). Most of the time it’s hard, but you forget how hard it is because you have goals that are so high. The work to get there will be worth it.

I know nobody from good ol’ Charles F. Brush High School is going to be a Purple Raider with you your freshman year, but more will come and it will be people you like. I don’t want to tell you because I want it to be a surprise.  And, don’t worry about not making friends, you’ll make plenty. Get to know your professors because they are good references and good friends. You can make it through college alone, but it is a lot easier and less stressful with connections.

So what I’m telling you in this letter is to stop stressing, college is worth it. You’ll be busy, and you’ll find everything you need.

Sincerely,

Your college sophomore self, Tyler.

P.S.  Say hi to that girl in your Asian Civilization class, you won’t regret it.

Some of My Family History

Some of My Family History

Read more

At my age, my grandfather joined the Army and was carrying around a flamethrower for nine months.

It’s Black History Month and it is also a Leap Year, which means that there are 29 days this month. It seems like in grade school we only learned about black history in February. It is always interesting to know what this country has gone through ever since the country was founded.

I feel like I could always learn more about the black history but the thing that interest me the most is my family’s history. As I was doing a family project in the eighth grade, I had learned that my great-great grandparents escaped slavery. All I know for sure is that they were both from Alabama and somehow ended up in New York. After that, I’m not too sure what happened. I’m pretty sure they took their master’s name, Johnson. My last name is Johnston basically because my great-grandfather didn’t like my grandfather, so he added a “t” to Johnson.

I never met my great-grandfather, but I like my grandpa, so I’m keeping the name as is. At my age, my grandfather joined the Army and was carrying around a flamethrower for nine months. We’ve come a long way as a country since then. I’m proud of my grandfather for what he’s done and he’s proud of me for being in school.

I don’t know too much about my family history, but I know enough to know where my roots are generally from. If you’ve got any interesting ancestry stories, tell me because I am always interested in personal family history.  Every body has their own unique story.

Mount Union’s commencement

Mount Union’s commencement

Read more

As I’ve mentioned before, this past weekend was Mount Union’s 165th Commencement Ceremony… Fun fact – this year’s class was the FIRST class to graduate from The University of Mount Union. Pretty cool, eh?

I was in attendance for this year’s Commencement because my boyfriend and some of my friends were in the graduating class. Let’s just say the tears started about two hours before the ceremony! I’m such a sap for events like these.

Mount’s Commencement Ceremony was held in the Peterson Field House of The MAAC — it looked absolutely beautiful! It is so funny because usually there are people running around the track, playing tennis, jumping hurdles, etc… Now, there were hundreds of chairs, flowers, flags… A perfect spot for graduation! If it were outside, the ceremony would have been held on the south lawn Chapman Hall, but no, Ohio spring has been full of showers! Oh well, it was still perfect.

The ceremony lasted about two hours… sounds like a drag, right? Actually, it wasn’t! All of the speakers were entertaining and nothing seemed like it was dragging on… in fact, it went kind of fast. I’ll admit it, I shed some tears watching my friends walk across that stage and receive their diplomas. I can’t believe that it will be me up there in one year. Where did time go?

Mother’s Day was the next day and my mom and I went to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for the day. It was free for moms so, as you could imagine, it was so crowded! We still had a great time! The new elephant exhibit is amazing — I definitely suggest you make a trip there at least once this summer!

The sun is finally shining and the rain has (maybe temporarily) gone away — I have sunburn to prove it! Hope you all are enjoying the sunshine!

-samantha