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For The Kids!

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14th February

FTK is a popular slogan you may hear around UF’s campus, but what does it mean? FTK is a saying that Miracle Network Dance Marathons across the nation use which means “for the kids.” It’s often used as a reason for doing something. i.e. “Getting those donations FTK!,” “Standing for 10+ hours FTK!,” and even “Getting my hair chopped to my shoulders FTK!”

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement that is sweeping the nation and is helping make miracles happen at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. University of Findlay has its own Dance Marathon organization (previously known as UF’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon, but has recently become UF Miracle), and we raise money for Toledo Mercy Children’s Hospital. If you followed my blogs last year, I wrote twice about this amazing group, and provided a little more background about … Read More »



Year #3, Here I Come!

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24th October

Somehow, time has flown by and this year I started my third year here at the University of Findlay! For a pre-physical therapy major, junior year is usually pretty stressful due to *cue scary music* the PT graduate school application. On top of the crazy and intimidating graduate school application, I have also taken on a couple more responsibilities within the organizations I am in. So, while my class schedule is a little more relaxed, and I am indeed taking less credit hours, the hours I have been putting in with my organizations and my application have all added up to the reason I am just now getting to working on my blogging. Sorry to keep you all waiting! 

As I mentioned earlier, I am currently working on the Physical Therapy, non-direct admit, graduate school application. If you’re a pre-physical therapy major, this is … Read More »



Surviving the End of the Semester: Tips & Tricks

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26th April

The last few weeks of the semester are always the hardest. Suddenly, everything that you put off because “It isn’t due until the end of the semester” is now a giant stressor because abruptly it becomes “This is literally due tomorrow.” It’s usually a crazy, stressful and not fun time. Many are usually running on pure coffee instead of running on sleep. You might see someone sleeping in the College of Business or the AMU and instead of thinking that they’re strange, you wonder why you didn’t bring a blanket so you could do the same thing. It’s definitely a very strange time on campus, where you can do almost anything and everyone will just shrug it off and remark, “It’s finals week, so it’s fine.”

This being my fourth semester at UF, I thought I would share with you some of … Read More »



Let’s Celebrate More Birthdays

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26th March

More than likely, someone in your life or someone you know has been affected by cancer.

In 2008, when I was just 10 years old, I lost my grandpa to cancer. When he passed away, my grandpa no longer looked like my grandpa. Cancer completely overtook him. This disease didn’t just destroy my grandpa, it destroyed my family too. Losing him at such a young age was hard for all of us. I never really understood what was going on. I realized he was sick, but I never thought that he could be here one day and gone the next. Since he passed away so young, he never got the chance to see any of his grandchildren graduate. He never got the chance to see any of us go off to college and he never got the chance to meet the … Read More »



A Day in the Life of a Pre-PT Major

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2nd March

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Being a health science major is exhausting! Honestly, just being in college is exhausting. My days are often busy, crazy, and filled with lots of coffee, which is also a very normal “college thing.”

This vlog is just a quick sneak peek into what an average Monday in my life looks like! I usually start off the day getting up around 7:45 a.m. or 8 a.m. Insert first cup of coffee here.

Next, I head over to my art class, a nice and relaxing class that I’m taking to fulfill one of my undergraduate requirements. I haven’t taken an art class since elementary school, and it’s been a ton of fun. This class is also a great way to take a little break from my crazy stress.

Usually after art, I head to one of my favorite places in Findlay – George House! Insert … Read More »



Tackling a Long Distance Relationship

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25th January

Christmas 2017

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” -A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

When you move away for college, everyone tells you that you’ll have the time of your life. They say you’ll meet new people, experience new things and make new memories. I think all these are true, and I have already met some amazing people and made great memories in my short time here at Findlay, but what happens when that one person you want to experience all of these things with is three hours away from you?

Homecoming 2013

When I started dating my boyfriend, Johnny, in 2013 at the end of my freshman year of high school, no one prepared me for the journey we would take together. I thought the hardest things we would ever have to tackle were prom … Read More »



Never Too Old to Learn

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19th December

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a saying that many people are familiar with, and even live by. However, I’m not sure I find much truth in this saying. You’re never too old to take on a new challenge!

This semester at the University of Findlay, I got the opportunity to tackle a new and fun challenge that I’ve always wanted to try– piano lessons! Here at the university you can take lessons for different instruments, ranging from vocals to bassoon. I’ve wanted to play piano ever since I became involved in music, but never had the chance to give it a try. The Applied Music: Piano class was the perfect time for me to take a swing at piano.

The cost of piano lessons was one of the factors that led me to not trying out the piano … Read More »



40K – FTK and for Kalie

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17th November

This past Saturday, November the 11th, was University of Findlay Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s big event, OilerTHON. Sponsored by Circle K International, this ten-hour event is what we had been working towards since spring semester of 2017. We all would stand and dance for ten hours for the children who could not do this. There were competitions, t-shirts, an inflatable game, food, fundraising, hair donations and, of course, dancing! As a part of the committee, I arrived at the FRC on Friday night to start set up, then returned early Saturday morning before the dancers arrived to finish it up before our big event began. We were all very nervous about the day, because we were aware of how far we were from our overall goal of $40,000. We all knew that we had to keep pushing fundraising ALL day … Read More »



Exactly Where I’m Supposed to Be

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7th November

When I moved to Findlay, I knew I would miss seeing my family and friends everyday, I’d miss my dog, and I’d miss my bed. Little did I know, one of the things I would miss the most would be my hometown church.

I grew up going to a lot of different churches as we tried to find the one that fit my family perfectly. In sixth grade, a friend invited me to go to her church’s youth group. I fell in love with that church and soon became a regular at Wayne Street United Methodist Church in Saint Marys, Ohio. I attended almost every Sunday morning and Wednesday night while living at home. It wasn’t until I moved to Findlay that I realized how much I really love my hometown church, and how lost I felt not knowing exactly where … Read More »



Music to my ears?

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13th October

I’ve been involved in choirs for as long as I can remember, but none of that prepared me for the challenge of coming into a choir in college. Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in high school choir anymore…

The thought of college choir being scary never crossed my mind before moving into Findlay for my freshman year. I was slightly terrified I would get lost on my way to my classes, or have to eat by myself in the dining hall, but why would something that I had been so immersed in my entire life be scary?

My first experience with the University of Findlay’s Choir consisted of me having to audition in front of my new choir professor, whom I had never met before. Though I’ve sung in front of people for years, singing in front of someone for … Read More »






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