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Freshman Year Lessons: An End of the Year Reflection

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26th April

Looking back on my freshman year at Findlay, I have learned so much. It would be almost impossible to write about how many lessons I have learned my first year on campus! As the end of the school year approaches, and the stress of exams is weighing on me heavily, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced this year.

Choices: It is no surprise that college freshman are not noted for making the best choices. This is no wonder, however. Most freshmen are almost fully dependent on their parents for the first 18 years, and then immediately become autonomous the minute we step foot on campus. This is awesome! College gives you the opportunity to become your own unique individual. With individualism, though, comes choices. Making the right choice in every … 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 »



Graduation Bucketlist

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28th April

Over the course of four years it’s tough to keep track of all the things you’ve done and the things still left to do before graduation.  From exploring the city of Findlay to participating on campus, here’s just some of the things you’ve got to do before you graduate.

1. Go to the Findlay Reservoir. I didn’t get to the reservoir until my senior year, and I wish I had discovered it earlier. There are paths around the water as well as in the surrounding woods. There’s also a great dog park and the park is usually filled with people enjoying the weather… when the weather is nice that is.

2. Take a walk down Main St. — no, don’t drive, walk!  There are a ton of little shops that you’d just pass by if you were in a car.  If you … Read More »



Grief and You

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17th April

Letting go is never easy, no matter how much it may be necessary.  There is no easy way to say goodbye to people and pets who have changed your life.  My family and I recently had to let go of the first family dog.  Hannah was a German-Shepard, Husky mix that could turn a “not-a-dog-person” into “I’m stealing your dog” with just a face lick.  She had the kindest personality with a little bit of sass thrown in for fun.  I was in elementary school when she came into our house as a puppy and the kids poured our time and love into her.  She was there as a rock and example for our other two dogs Maddie and Piper as well as every member of the family.  She had the best welcome home face before rolling over so you … Read More »



My Theatre Home

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13th February

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.  I was on run crew for the show so this was no problem or strange occurrence for me.  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.  Without the costumes, on an unpainted set, basking in the glow of the work lights, and struggling through lines, it’s a new perspective.  I guess that’s the point though.

Almost 11 years is a long time to have something … Read More »



Rocking Out #OilerNation

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10th February

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.  So I threw on my neon staff shirt and headed over to Koehler.  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 people waiting to get in.  Luckily, my neon shirt helped … Read More »



A Different kind of Throwback

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6th February

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).  I remember finally getting my hair cut short and then when it grew out earning the nickname “Justin Bieber”  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.   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 remember missing my dogs, and getting … Read More »



Thanks, everyone!

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22nd November

I just wanted to write a short post thanking everyone for their outpouring support for The Depression Post.  It truly did take a lot of time and thought and a whole heap of raw courage.  I knew I had surrounded myself with supportive people, but for some reason the post still made me nervous.  I received many messages thanking me for telling my story.

My hope is that my story is a domino for someone else’s story, just as a blog entry was for me. (Hyperbole and a Half)  I will never know who my post influenced, and that was not the point.

The point was to be some sort of courage for the person who is where I was a couple years ago.  The point was to make those who don’t have depression aware of what it means to be “depressed” … Read More »



Wiener Wednesday

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22nd November

As the end of the semester rushes toward the students at The University of Findlay, many of the clubs and groups host various events that help break up the stress of exams.  Campus Program Board hosts Late Night Munchies the Monday of exam week.  And Counseling Services hosts a stress buster night — one year a group even brought dogs from Teddy’s Rescue as an event!  This year, one of these events was Wiener Wednesday which was hosted by the Pre-Vet club.

It was a great event, and had a huge turn-out (much bigger than they were expecting).  Pre-Vet club handed out t-shirts, provided hot dogs, study suggestions and coloring pages.  Even though I went alone, it was a great time to just sit back and relax.

I pulled out my notebook to work on some homework while I ate my hot … Read More »



It’s a Parade!

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31st October

Tuesday night I walked downtown and joined the hundreds of people gathering for Findlay’s Halloween Parade.  This was my first time I was able to see the parade, and I must say it was as large as people had been saying it was.  I couldn’t believe how many people were there, little kids with their buckets and costumes.  Tons of dogs were sporting various costumes as well, it made me miss my youngest dog Piper who also enjoys dressing up.  I had so much fun shooting at the parade, even though the lighting was challenging it was so cute to catch the difference between the dragons and fairies and the regular clothes of moms and dads.

A little girl waits for the parade to start (her brother, Iron Man was running around)

Scooby Doo and a winter jacket, yep Halloween in Ohio

This … Read More »






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