I know the distinctive sound of my gurgling pipes, and I dread it. My plumbing stopped working several times until I finally spent thousands to remedy the problem. I realized I had been taking first world, water-related tasks for granted, such as showering and brushing my teeth anytime I felt like it.
It was therefore a relief to get back to my former rhetorically provoking self this summer without having to worry so much about things like whether my toilet would flush. In August I wrote a letter to the editor, published in the local newspaper, that labeled as racists those who fly the Confederate flag and venerate Confederate war “hero” monuments. The Charlotteseville debacle disgusted me, and I felt compelled to speak out. One of the expected responses was a defensive letter about “heritage.”
“I have to ask Ms. Brown, has … Read More »
Miracle Network Dance Marathon. A year ago, those four words didn’t mean much to me at all. Today, those words ignite a fire inside of me and have ultimately changed my life.
Dance Marathon is a movement that has taken over the nation. In 1991, this movement began at Indiana University when a fellow soon-to-be classmate, Ryan White, passed away from HIV/AIDS. The university decided to come together and raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since then, about 350 more schools have started dance marathon programs and over $135 million has been raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! Every 60 seconds, 62 children enter a CMN hospital, and with the money that we raise, we can help provide state-of-the-art equipment the hospitals need, buy toys for their play rooms, and even refurbish some of the rooms in the … Read More »
Before I moved in, you could ask just about anyone I knew, “Do you think Tatum will join Greek life?” and their immediate answer would be, “No way!” I could not see myself being part of a sorority; it was not my crowd. That quickly changed, however, a few days after I moved in.
My mom and dad were both part of Greek life during college and my brother is currently in a fraternity. I have heard countless stories from them about how they have made lasting friendships and memories through it. I started to see many signs around campus about joining Greek life, and began to consider the idea. Finally, I decided to go through recruitment.
Recruitment was a week filled with learning about both sororities we have on campus (Sigma Kappa and Phi Sigma Sigma) and meeting the girls that are … Read More »
Is there a day that you can honestly say changed your life? A day that impacted your education, career and social life?
Mine was on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the inaugural Cleveland Browns Edge Summit at the University of Findlay. I was barely into sophomore year and had not really stepped outside my comfort zone. I attended the summit and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to network with members of the Cleveland Browns sales, partnerships, and fan experience departments. People talk about the power of networking, but I never knew that it would impact the rest of my life.
One of the Browns staff members reached out to me a couple of weeks after the summit asking if I was interested in volunteering on game day for the upcoming season. I accepted the offer and was soon told I … Read More »
Hi! If you are wondering who I am or why you should even be interested to meet me, here’s my backstory. My full name is Sadia Akhter Aurna, but I prefer to be called Aurna. If you are having some trouble with pronouncing that, it sounds a little like “aura.”
I am from Bangladesh. If you are one of those many who are wondering where the heck that is, then don’t worry — that’s what I’m here for! And if you already know, then please bear with me. Bangladesh is a very small country with a very large population in South Asia. Some of our neighboring countries are India, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal. There is a high chance that some of your clothes are made in Bangladesh, as this country is the second largest supplier of ready-made garments — more … Read More »
Senior year of high school is such a fun and nostalgic time filled with lots of firsts and lasts. Even more, it is usually very scary and stressful for many, including myself. Trying to decide where you want to spend the next 4+ years of your life is nerve-racking; trying to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life at the age of 18 is terrifying.
Ever since my freshman year of high school, I believed that my calling in life was somewhere in the medical field. However, I don’t do well around blood, and I cannot deal with vomit whatsoever, so where did this leave me? How would I pursue a career in the medical field? Then came sophomore year. All I was doing was sitting in my last period health class, thinking about the weekend … Read More »
If I asked you, “What would you rather be doing than studying right now?,” most of us could probably think of 1,001 ways to answer that question. Perhaps you are even putting it off at this moment to read this post! Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that studying is hard. But not all aspects of it have to be difficult. To make things easier, find a favorite location on campus to learn!
Atmosphere is very important while studying. Visiting a space where you feel comfortable, and that has few distractions, will help you get the most out of your study time. Previously, my favorite place to study was located in my home. I spent many hours studying (and yes, cramming the night before a test) in that room! Now that I have moved to campus, I’ve really made it … Read More »
Galvanizing intellectual and emotional events have distinguished my graduate school experience thus far. I couldn’t wait to begin the University of Findlay’s Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Program, but a year-and-a-half after I started, I almost dropped out – of everything.
How’s that for an introduction?
Hi! I’m pleased to “meet” you in this digital landscape of hypertextual dreamland. Since I’ll be blogging about my journey through the MARW Program, here are a few more tidbits about me:
I’m a juggler of time, feelings, writing projects, and devil sticks (the kind you saw people tossing around at Grateful Dead shows, three of which I attended way back in the 1990s). I’m also a single, 43-year-old mother with a full-time job as UFs media relations coordinator.
In summer 2015 I started chipping away at my advanced communication degree, one course at a time, … Read More »
College. At one point, it was stereotyped as a four-year party where students took a few classes and had little responsibility. Now, college has transformed into a three-ring circus, where students are tasked with juggling many things. My senior year is more like a five-ring circus though; where class, career prospecting, working, extracurricular and social activities occupy my day. Here is a breakdown of what I experience daily:
Classes. Every college student takes classes, and this semester I am taking six (eighteen credit hours). I have a mix of general education and business-oriented classes with homework, papers, projects, presentations and exams. While at times the classwork seems like a lot, I enjoy it because most of the courses cover areas I am passionate about.
Career Prospecting. As a senior, making sure I land a job post-graduation is very important. I am constantly … Read More »
Coming back to college as a second year is … weird. I didn’t have to stress out about if I got everything checked off of the “Perfect College Packing List” on my Pinterest board; I didn’t have to map out my class schedule and make sure I knew where each class I had was; and I didn’t have to worry about not knowing anyone at UF because I had been keeping in touch with my Findlay friends all summer! I mean, it’s only three weeks into my sophomore year here at the University of Findlay, but I can already tell there are lots of large differences between this year and last year.
I think the most obvious difference is that there were definitely many different emotions. The summer before my first year was very nostalgic and sad. My parents were going … Read More »