In animal handling we have been doing everything from processing the piglets, lambs and kids to working with the lambs born last semester.
The past few classes we have been in the sheep pen throwing sheep. Throwing? Yeah, we throw them as far as we can to show off our strength. (Just joking!) No, although it is called “throwing” sheep, we are learning the technique of lifting up the sheep’s flank and putting them on their rump. When the sheep are on their rumps it is easier to restrain them, and they cannot move as freely. So we went to work on trimming their hooves. To trim their feet we use hoof trimmers that look a lot like flower pruners.
I can’t afford to study abroad!
This is the excuse I get from many students when I ask why they don’t take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Â I am living proof that this is not a valid excuse. Â Traveling on an extremely tight budget is not easy and sometimes can be very frustrating, but in the end, is rewarding in its own way. Â Here’s why:
I get to dig my hands into one area. Â When I was in London, I didn’t have money to go with the group on their travels to Paris, Wales and Ireland. Â However, I was able to explore the ins and outs of the city. Â I went as far as I could go with my tube pass, then hopped on a bus and ventured from there. Â At the beginning of the day, I would plan how and where … Read More »
We always hear about the dreaded “freshman 15.” This is the myth that in your first year of college you will gain at least 15 pounds! Well I am here to give you my thoughts on this subject and talk about prevention. Every freshman attending college experiences some kind of new change, good or bad. College is a thick, new chapter in the book of life. Some things to keep in mind your freshman year are productive ways of handling stress, fun ways of staying active and creative ways of eating healthy. This can be a lot to balance when you are just starting out, but these are all small things that if not handled well can add up to 15! So what now? Here are my thoughts on this equation:
Handling Stress (5): Stress … Read More »
I remember as part of theatre class freshman year having to watch a part of the rehearsal of the upcoming show before watching the finished production. Â I was on run crew for the show so this was no problem or strange occurrence for me. Â Now, as stage manager I am the one who signs the paper certifying the half hour spent at rehearsal.
And I can’t help but wonder what’s going through their heads as they watch what must seem like a group of misfits (I say that lovingly) in shorts and t-shirts pretend like they’re dancing on the streets of ancient Greece. Â Without the costumes, on an unpainted set, basking in the glow of the work lights, and struggling through lines, it’s a new perspective. Â I guess that’s the point though.
We have been going hard and strong in Animal Handling class these past few weeks, regardless of the weather. The other day we headed to the farrowing room to process some of the piglets that had just been born the other day. Processing the piglets is a totally different procedure than with what is done with the kids and lambs. With the pigs, we have to give them shots, clip their canine teeth, dock their tails, castrate the males and notch their ears. For shots, we gave them iron supplements, because piglets grow so fast and struggle against being anemic. So to prevent them from being anemic we inject the iron supplement.
Clipping the teeth is done for the comfort of the mother, so that she will still allow them to nurse. If we didn’t clip the canine teeth, … Read More »
When I first was deciding on a college, all I could think about is where, when, how and what am I going to eat? College freshman are typically on a meal plan through the dining hall, but what if I was not feeling the dining hall one day, or just wanted to fix something myself? Freshman dorm room facilities at Findlay typically do not provide students with a kitchen in the building or in your room. However, they do allow certain small appliances like a microwave! There are so many simple recipes that can be made with or without a microwave.
Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I decided to attempt to make Rice Krispie treats!
Ingredients: Marshmallows, butter, and Rice Krispies cereal.
Directions: Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a microwave, then put it into a bigger … Read More »
On Friday February 7, Student Government Association gave the students of the University of Findlay a reason to stay on campus for the weekend by bringing in Quote Unquote and the Plain White T’s.
My day started with a text from Preston, one of the SGA (Student Government Association) leads on the event, asking if I could come help with setting up the stage. Â So I threw on my neon staff shirt and headed over to Koehler. Â I helped run cables, set up lights, and was an extra pair of hands wherever I was needed until I had to go to class at noon.
By the time I went back around 6 p.m., there was already a line out the door and the space in between the two doors was packed with … Read More »
Do I remember my freshman year at Findlay?
Sure I do. I remember how excited I was to live on my own. I remember taking late night drives and having adventures with my new best friend (and roommate). Â I remember finally getting my hair cut short and then when it grew out earning the nickname “Justin Bieber” Â I remember my first GPA above 3.0 and going to Georgia on a conference and meeting awesome entertainers. I remember thinking, “Is this real?”
I remember making tough choices and learning how to balance my life, something that I still struggle with today. Â I remember playing cards in my dorm room until 2 a.m., laughing with Sarah about something that didn’t even make sense. I remember helping Drew with statistics and thinking, “Why not give this a chance?”.
I … Read More »