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 »
I cannot believe that I have already made it through my first semester here at Findlay and am diving right into my second! Although this semester has just begun, it has already proven that it will be very exciting. So far, I think that I am really going to enjoy all of my classes this semester. It is so refreshing to be able to receive a whole new schedule at the start of the semester. This is something that I love about college compared to high school. With a new schedule, however, comes establishing a whole new routine. This can be exciting for some, but terrifying for others. Luckily, I have a few tips and tricks that either type of person can find useful to start spring semester with a bang!
Start off the semester organized – There can’t be anything worse … Read More »
For me, choosing which college to attend was an easy decision. I have known since the seventh grade that I wanted to go to the University of Findlay. Findlay is my home, in more ways than one. Yes, I was born and raised a “Findlayite.” My family has lived in this town for generations upon generations; I don’t know anything else. This is not the only reason, however, that I feel Findlay is my home. When I am on campus, I get a sense of home and I can pursue my career in an excellent program. I am confident that this is where I belong, and where I am supposed to be. It just feels right and I am fortunate for that. For others, choosing a school is not as easy as it was for me. Perhaps you are reading … Read More »
If I asked you, “What would you rather be doing than studying right now?,” most of us could probably think of 1,001 ways to answer that question. Perhaps you are even putting it off at this moment to read this post! Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that studying is hard. But not all aspects of it have to be difficult. To make things easier, find a favorite location on campus to learn!
Atmosphere is very important while studying. Visiting a space where you feel comfortable, and that has few distractions, will help you get the most out of your study time. Previously, my favorite place to study was located in my home. I spent many hours studying (and yes, cramming the night before a test) in that room! Now that I have moved to campus, I’ve really made it … Read More »
On my very first day of class here at the University of Findlay, I was asked a question in my Orientation to Psychology class that really struck me. After the class got settled, went over the syllabus, and attempted to learn each other’s names, Dr. Mata informed us that we were receiving our first assignment; a wash of disappointment came across each and every face in the classroom. What I didn’t know was this assignment may end up shaping how I look at being a student for the rest of my academic career. Dr. Mata asked us to answer a question in one paragraph on a piece of paper: “Why are you here?”
What was my immediate reaction you may wonder? To get my Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree. I’ve known that I’ve wanted to become an occupational therapist since I … 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 »
October is Congress time! The All-American Quarter Horse Congress, (also just called “Congress”) is known for being the largest single-breed horse show in the world. For me, it’s always been a show that I’d follow online and via social media. Most of my weekends were spent watching classes via the live stream, even if it meant staying up late to watch all of the entries go.
Here at UF, we’re lucky that the Columbus fairgrounds are only 1.5 hours away, making it an easy day
trip. I took advantage of this not just once, but three times! With each trip down, I’d take advantage of a different aspect of the show. For example, the first day that I was there, I simply walked around taking everything in, and exploring every corner. It’s amazing to see how they fit so many horses and vendors all … Read More »
Meet my equine partner in crime here at UF! She’s a 3-year-old Quarter Horse whose registered name is A Sudden Passion, though I just call her Gwen. She came all the way from northeast Maine to be here at UF with me.
I should probably explain how I got to have Gwen, seeing as how I didn’t ship her across the Atlantic Ocean all the way from Europe. I’ve been riding with a trainer who is located in northeast Maine for the past three summers, and it was mid-June when she asked if I’d be interested in taking Gwen with me to school. Of course, I immediately said yes! Gwen and I didn’t get along right away, but quickly grew to like one another and work together well. One of my favorite ways to describe her is that she has a ‘big’ personality – meaning she … Read More »
One of the first (of many) questions that you’ll get asked by other incoming freshman is “So where are you from?” That’s where my story is a little bit different than most everyone else’s at UF.
When I chose to attend UF, I also made the choice to pack up most of my belongings, fly a total of 16 hours, and move exactly 4,124 miles from home. Home for me is a tiny country that goes by the name of Luxembourg. It is located in central Europe right in-between Belgium, France and Germany. To give you all an idea of just how small it is: driving east to west takes approximately 45 minutes, and driving north to south takes roughly 1 hour 30 minutes, and then you find yourself in a completely different country! Though, by now you might be asking … Read More »
I have just finished one of the best years of my life! Finishing my first year of college feels amazing and quite an accomplishment. I’m most definitely going to miss all my friends, the laughter and adventures – in fact, I already do! Â I couldn’t have asked for anything better than what I got. My floor mates were absolutely amazing as we always had an open door policy, movie nights, homework study sessions, fun and time to just chill together.
Choosing to come to Findlay was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I cannot wait to see these girls again next year! Even though I am disappointed that I can’t see all my friends and these amazing girls everyday I am busy getting ready for the adventures of summer. This summer I am working at a horse … Read More »