For part of my major (and most of the communication and art majors) there is a huge capstone project at the end of your college career in which everything you have learned in all your classes is put to use as you work with an actual client. Without going into much detail, it is a massive project. And usually you kiss your social life goodbye during the two semesters the class spans. But I think this is a mistake.
With so much stress on one aspect of your life it would be easy to crumple under the weight of it all. That’s why it’s important to still go out and have fun once in awhile. By no means does this mean you go out with your friends every night (even though by your senior year you’re all probably 21). What it … Read More »
I’ve written and re-written this entry so many times it must amount to somewhere in the hundreds. Â This is a very important issue for me and something very personal to me, but there’s really no good way to talk about this subject in a delicate manner. Â I wanted my readers to be familiar with my writing voice, and I didn’t want one of my first impressions to be of this hard topic, so I put off writing this post for a long time. Â But today, this post is about depression. Â I’m going to attempt to explain some of my own experiences being depressed. Â Depression is a range, I fall on the lower levels of this range and so do many other young adults. Â My hope is that this post touches someone and they see themselves and some of … Read More »
Professionalism can mean many different things to many different people. Â However, there are a few commonalities observed across many disciplines. Â Shaking hands and eye contact are two of the first lessons young professionals are taught, and over the years they become the cornerstones for the lessons accumulated over the rest of their careers.
Many times, through many years, you will meet people that act like they are above the basic manners and the lowest courtesies of professionalism. Â The trick, and the most challenging part of having a job, is not sinking to their level. Â I have had my share of these situations, and each encounter reminds me that I still need practice with the art of emotional detachment. Â As well as the lesson taught by life and reinforced in my classes that “The client is always right.”
In every discipline, there is … Read More »
The young man next to me is sitting on the floor beside one of the many supports. Â He looks around every once in awhile trying to gather his courage. Â I started talking to him, asking where he was from, what he’s going to school for, etc. trying to distract him from the fact that we’re 50 ft in the air. Â Eventually, after a lot of coaching from the officers and support from the other cadets, he made it down the wall and was back up a few minutes later with a smile on his face ready to conquer the open side.
I don’t have a fear of heights (that was knocked out when I did a ropes course in the rafters of an ice rink) but as I told the cadet who was getting his courage to conquer his fear of … Read More »
I recently described my internship as “not so much a push outside of my comfort zone but more of a drop kick off a cliff” and I don’t think I could have come up with a moreÂ accurateÂ statement. Â (By the way the reply was, “The internship is doing what an internship should do!”) Â I am equal parts scared, excited and overwhelmed every single day. Â Being a naturally quiet person, everyday is a new lesson. Â I’m learning how to be outgoing, how to introduce myself, and how to be present in a conversation.
The other day I learned about teamwork as I watched the cadets race cadre (instructors) in building a one-rope bridge to cross the river. Â The team had to work together to tie the proper knots, support each other as they made their way across, all the way to the … Read More »
So I’m finally in Kentucky! Â I arrived last Sunday evening after 407.5 miles, one traffic jam, only getting lost once, and lots of random radio stations. I consider that a successful first long drive by myself. We had orientation on base last week, getting used to where we will be going (which might take me a couple weeks) and what we need to know about working on the base. Wednesday we had meetings with our supervisor and the interns in our â€œgroupâ€ or, in my case, the videographers and photographers together.
We decided who would be working with each company and dug in a little deeper into what was expected of us and our projects. I was placed with Echo Company, they come in on July 5th so I still have a couple more weeks until my big project begins. Until … Read More »
It’s the end of the semester, so it hardly comes as a surprise that everyone is stressed out. Â The AMU is filled 24 hours a day; some people never move from one table. Â I know I have spent many nights in front of a computer, surrounded byÂ caffeine, trying to convince myself that I really didn’t need sleep to function the next day. Â All-nighters are almost inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to force yourself to struggle through one.
Here are some tips to make your next all-nighter a success (perhaps pin this and read it in a moment of distraction):
On that note of distraction: let yourself have some. Â We all need a break from our thoughts and sometimes banging your head against the table only goes so far. Â But limit yourself, DON’T do 15 minutes of work and then an … Read More »
You ever sit down to get a lot of work done, and then all of a sudden, two hours have passed, and you’re still only on your second paragraph of a 2,000-word essay? Happens to me all the time.
Going to school can be stressful: classwork, homework, clubs, sports, and of course, trying to maintain some sort of a social life. Students feel the pressure of not only trying to get good grades, but also becoming well-rounded individuals with skills and talents that will set us apart in the competitive job markets we will soon be entering.
So without any further ado, I present my 5 humble solutions to help reduce stress:
Stop doing things that are making you more stressed out. I know this sounds a little â€œDuh.â€ But many students will do things that only work them up … Read More »
Coach Keys is our head coach and one of his main phrases is â€œWin The Dayâ€. It is a lifestyle that all Findlay Oiler football players have learned to live by. Coach explained to the team that to be a successful person in life, you must try win everyday. Taking each day one at a time and being the best person you can be towards everything you do. â€œWin The Dayâ€ is a simple phrase with an easy definition, but at times can be challenging. I take on the challenge each day as I go to every class and sit in the front row of all the classes. I also do all my homework assignments and turn them in on time. I work hard on the practice field and any other football activity and try to push my … Read More »