I came to OilerNation from a very small town in the middle of cornfields called St. Marys, Ohio. I’m involved in both choirs on campus, Circle K International, Circle K International’s Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity, and Campus Ministries! So to say I’m busy is kind of an understatement at this point… but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ll be documenting lots of my crazy days here on my blog, you won’t want to miss it! Enjoy!

 


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 »



Gettin’ My Dance On … and Making Miracles Happen!

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27th September

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 »



A Major Decision

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18th September

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 »






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Music to my ears?

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