Dear Findlay (and everyone affiliated),
August 2014, was the beginning of my senior year of high school. For most of my classmates, that meant preparing for homecoming, getting senior pictures, and taking the ACT to prep for college. For me, the beginning of senior year meant taking a huge risk by going full time to the University of Findlay. I was scared and nervous, because no one from my high school ever left early to go full time to college, no less a college that was an hour away. Would I feel welcomed by the students? Would faculty and staff take me seriously? Would I feel alone by taking the risk of bypassing senior year of high school?
From the first day of my college experience at Findlay as a high school senior, I immediately felt at home. I was surrounded by faculty … Read More »
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 »
Since day one of my freshman year at Findlay, my professors stressed the importance of experiential learning. Sure, you will learn a lot in the classroom, but applying the knowledge gained in the real world is invaluable. Since then, I have landed two incredible internships: one with the Cleveland Browns and one at Marathon Petroleum Corporation. During my final UF semester, I decided to take on different experiential learning opportunities that challenge me in some new ways.
Sophomore year, my best friend and I won UF’s inaugural Innovation Competition. One of the judges, Ed Hartman, a venture capitalist in Northwest Ohio, wanted me to help him out with some of the companies he was doing work with. I now do work through him for two different companies: Findlay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Innovative Controls Corporation (ICON). I handle social media … Read More »
“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?
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 plans, long football practices, and having … Read More »
“Who wants to learn about prostitutes?” That’s the question I enthusiastically ask at the beginning of my presentation on the topic. From their reactions, I can immediately tell which audience members are likely to be interested in what I have to say. Regardless of whether they consider the theme distasteful, I at least have their attention.
Let’s get right to it: along with presenting to groups ranging from senior citizens to Hancock Leadership candidates, I’m writing about Findlay prostitutes for my master’s thesis, which I’ve tentatively titled “Unvirtuous Findlay.” Some rhetorical scholars write about pedagogical practices, some about government surveillance, some about methods of memorializing, and so on. I, for one, am researching a contingent of 19th century women who chose the sex trade as their profession.
You may be wondering why, and if so, I completely understand your confusion. When I … Read More »
If someone asked, “What does Delaney Haas love?,” the Cleveland Browns would be one of the first things mentioned. I adore the (currently) winless AFC North team that is always full of surprises and chaos. I have been a Browns fan since birth, cheering on the team through thick and thin. But little did I know my outlook on the organization would transform into something much more than love for the team.
My journey with the Cleveland Browns started back in September 2015 when I attended the inaugural Browns Edge Career Development Summit. I was able to network with some of the Browns staff members, which helped me land some incredible game day opportunities that season including being a secret shopper, managing 15 Findlay volunteers and interning on Dawg Pound Drive. I then interned in Berea the following summer as a … Read More »
From when I first walked through the Griffith Memorial Arch as a freshman, I dreamed about walking the opposite way at graduation, kissing away classes, homework and GPAs for life. Yet along with the excitement of impending adulthood, senior year has a bittersweet flavor to it.
It is difficult to put into text what I have been feeling this year; it’s a combination of being nervous, excited and anxious for life post-graduation. When I was a freshman, sophomore and junior, I had senior-year friends going through the same feelings I am now; I just didn’t get it then. It all ends in May when I exit out of the arch.
Here are a few of the things I will miss most after graduating:
Sleeping in until 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays
Seeing my friends every day
Taking random day trips to Toledo or … 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 »
It seems like only yesterday when my parents dropped me off at my dorm with only my two full suitcases, and now I’m a few days away from finishing my first year of college. I never would’ve imagined that the year would have gone by as fast as it has. I’ve had so many different ideas of what my final blog post for this year would look like, so choosing one to go with wasn’t an easy task. But with that, I decided that I’d tell you five things that my barn finals (in particular) taught me.
Just like any one of your regular classes, you need to be prepared for barn finals. Unlike other classes, this doesn’t mean sitting at your desk, or in the library study rooms pouring over class material. Preparation for finals comes in the form of all … Read More »
One of the great things about attending a school like UF, is that you have the chance to get involved in so many ways, and really get to try a variety of things. I love walking into the barn and seeing the variety of horses we have on grounds, and what they are all capable of. We have everything from western pleasure horses, to all-arounders, to reiners, to our “ranchy” cutting horses.
Earlier this semester, the UF Ranch Horse Team held their spring show at the western farm. It was really cool to see the differences between the Ranch Horse Show and the IHSA shows. For starters, they do completely different events, including cow classes! I got to see everything from cutting and boxing, to team penning and ranch riding. Another difference was the way in which the Ranch Horse Team … Read More »