One-of-a-Kind Final Exams

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24th November

I’m currently in the middle of my seventh “final exam season” here at The University of Findlay. Students at colleges all over are probably cramming and pulling all-nighters, and although I too can attest to those awful activities, the public relations and equestrian programs here at UF use many alternative examination techniques. In this post, I’ll show you how unique all of my final exams are.

Public Relations Writing

Instead of having a traditional final exam, our class of eleven students is divided into two groups, and each group was assigned to create a professional PR plan for an actual client. My group worked for The Appalachian Project, a group based at The Ohio State University that works to mentor and assist students from Appalachian areas of Ohio. This is a project that we have been working on for the entire semester, so we … Read More »

The Imaginary Audience

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24th November

I must say, this comic is a lot more sardonic than my usual silliness. However, I do think about the Imaginary Audience a lot. It’s one of the many fascinating things I learned about in developmental psychology.

The embarrassing scene depicted here is fictional. However, my English class has these really swively swivel chairs and every time I sit down, I’m afraid the thing will shoot out from under me and I’ll fall down and/or hit the guy in the row behind me.

One last note: I am actually quite proud of my brightly colored pants.


Taking the Lead

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24th November

Starting at the end of last spring semester I became the secretary of Tri-Beta. Tri-Beta is a biological honor society for students that are pursuing a major in biology or of a similar major.

Last Friday I had the honor and privilege to host two distinguished biology researchers for an event put on by Tri-Beta. Our two speakers were Dr. Caleb McMahan, a Fish Curator from The Field Museum in Chicago, and Dr. Chris Murray, a crocodilian ecologist and biologist. Dr. Caleb McMahan does research on the evolution of fishes in Guatemala. I found his research and the new findings that he has discovered very interesting.

By far, my favorite speaker was Dr. Chris Murray. Even though I have grown up with an irrational fear of crocodiles, I still found his research very intriguing. Dr. Murray has found that the amniotic temperature correlates with the … Read More »


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23rd November

I walked outside and fluffy white stuff was falling from the sky! Yes, it was the first snow of the season! I wandered around outside for a while that night and made tracks in all the areas it collected.

Love is (not) in the Air

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20th November

I hereby give you teasing rights if, before I finish college, I meet some fantastic dude who carries me off into the sunset. Or however love works.

The HI Life: Lilo and Stitch

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13th November

A lot of movies set in Hawaii are painfully stereotypical. Hula is definitely part of the culture, but I rarely see grass skirts and coconut shells. In the same way, pork is definitely part of the picture, but pigs aren’t roasted whole on a spit. Rather, they are traditionally steamed underground in an imu and shredded. It’s delicious. Also, people live actual houses, not grass huts. Lilo and Stitch is probably the most accurate representation of Hawaii I’ve come across (although we’re not all fascinated by Elvis).

A brief note on alien plants: Hawaii is home to a multitude of species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Over time, other plants have been introduced to the islands and are sometimes referred to as alien. This comic features the lilikoi vine (also known as passion fruit), which is one such … Read More »

Horses and Halloween

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10th November

Maybe at ‘normal’ universities, you saw someone walking around with cat or bunny ears on Halloween. Maybe your adviser gave you a piece of candy to celebrate the day. But I can nearly guarantee you didn’t dress up a horse and parade it around an arena.

Here’s another way we can distinguish The University of Findlay from other schools. Each year, on the day closest to Halloween, class (the riding part) is canceled to allow students to prepare their horses for the Halloween parade. And each year, on this one day, we muster up the creativity we have as equestrians (some more than others) and create costumes for our equine friends. Below, I’ll show you my past costumes, as well as some of my favorites from this year’s parade. You can also see the variety of Oiler horses we have here … Read More »

College is ALL About Discovery

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9th November

A few weeks ago, I saw my first real-life snow shovel! There’s no use for them in Hawaii, of course. The only reason I know what a snow shovel even looks like is because I read a lot of Calvin and Hobbes, the great comic strip by Bill Watterson. Poor Calvin spent ten years grumbling about shoveling the walks. I’ve never shoveled a walk in my life!

Another weird thing about Findlay is the fact that buildings are made out of bricks. Buildings on Kauai (my home island) are rarely brick. It took me a while to get used to, here.

Snow shovels and brick walls. College is really expanding my horizons.

The Findlay Dining Experience

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5th November

I really appreciate how hard Henderson Dining Hall works to provide a variety of food. There’s enough familiarity to keep me comfortable, but enough diversification to keep me from getting tired of anything. Bravo, dining hall! Keep up the good work!


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4th November

Hawaii is pretty close to the equator, which means we never have to change our clocks…

On another note, I was aiming for a dramatic comic book style of drawing for the first three panels. I like to think I mostly succeeded.

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