Tag: friendships


Dear Incoming Freshman: A Reflection Letter

Posted by Tatum Teeple in Tatum Teeple. No Comments

14th December

Since the beginning of this semester, a lot of things have changed. I would be lying if I said that one of those things wasn’t my motivation but hey, that’s natural! As a young adult, I have developed immensely in this short amount of time. Being away from my parents, in a new setting, and having to manage time by myself has taught me a lot about myself thus far. I sometimes wish I could write a note to my past self to read before I started my freshman year. Self-reflection is a wonderful thing. So as the end of the semester approaches, I wanted to take some time to write a letter to future freshman on all the ins-and-outs of starting your first semester at the University of Findlay!

Dear incoming freshman,

You’ve made it! You’re finally on your own. Now … Read More »



You’ve Been Pranked

Posted by Madison Simmons in Tales from the Barn. 2 comments

31st March

I learned a valuable lesson last weekend — don’t leave your friends unattended in your room and do not leave your door unlocked! (Also, pranks lead to more pranks!)

I was chilling in my friend’s room down the hall from mine when I saw three of my friends come out of my room. I was confused about what they were doing in my building and even my room. I walked down and hung out with them for a little bit, but I needed to go to a friend’s room in a different building to watch the basketball game. So I left my friends with all of my trust in them that they wouldn’t do anything bad or break something.

A little way into the first half of the game, my friends were still not back from my room. What was taking them … Read More »



Stress Less – Keeping Academic Pressure in Perspective

Posted by Emily Gajewski in Perfect Fit. No Comments

15th November

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 »



That time of year again

Posted by Emily Gajewski in Perfect Fit. 1 Comment

13th August

As my own summer in Ft. Knox is drawing to a close I begin to see Facebook telling me that everyone is gearing up for school.  For my high school friends, it’s comparing schedules; my college friends are searching for the cheapest books and moving into apartments; and I have several friends who are going to be freshmen next year.  I love the excitement in them, ready for a new adventure, and I remember how excited I was to start at Findlay as a Freshman.

Many times, college is the first place students will be living away from their family and for some it is even their first time sharing a room.  Roommates can be tricky, the important part is making sure that even if you don’t get along you respect each other’s belongings and beliefs.  If you’re lucky (like I … Read More »



Living and Working Together

Posted by Emily Gajewski in Perfect Fit. No Comments

16th July

Networking is an invaluable tool, luckily I have been able to hone this skill at Findlay so I felt prepared to make connections on my internship. Both the cadre and other interns have continuously supported each other and have formed great bonds.

Living with the people you work with can be challenging, especially if members of the group don’t get along. I’m happy to say that, for the most part, the other interns have been great, both at work and at our “home” at the Econolodge. Working with the people you live with is a great way to challenge your professionalism and courtesy. When is an appropriate time to talk about non-work related activities? When do you take a break from work and enjoy each other’s company? Most of this is answered by the work environment.

You also learn … Read More »



Engage Yourself and Make New Friends

Posted by Khushboo leuva in Perfect Fit. No Comments

13th February

Friends forever! I feel that friends made in college tend to remain with us for a lifetime. As we grow old, we tend to remember all the precious moments shared with friends. It doesn’t matter how big or small those moments were.

Being an international student, making friends on campus may seem a bit challenging in the beginning. It’s common to feel shy in approaching new friendships with American fellow students. Sometimes that shyness can be due to a perceived culture barrier or fear of communicating effectively. This can lead to seeking friendships only with people from your home country or culture. Although I experienced that same feeling of shyness in approaching new people, I can happily say that I have been successful in making new friends from different cultures. The key was stepping out of my comfort zone and starting the conversation.

Here’s … Read More »


Behind the Scenes

Posted by Emily Gajewski in Perfect Fit. No Comments

7th February

Most every night this semester you can find me in the Powell Grimm Theatre in Egner. It is, I joke, my home away from home. Theatre is something I have been a part of since 6th grade, those many years ago. Twenty-four shows later — and even more if you count all the shows I helped my sister learn the lines for — I find myself as Stage Manager for the University’s musical: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It has been a wild ride through the years.

I could tell you hundreds of stories about my time in theatre as the props guard, fly crew, tech crew and resident crew ninja. How I learned most everything about theatre by working in shows, from hanging lights to building sets that rotated and were 2 stories tall, to learning how to properly dust taxidermy.

I … Read More »



Diamonds are Forever

Posted by Sarah Totedo in Perfect Fit. No Comments

25th January

The saying “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” bugs me.  Now I’m not saying that huge diamond earrings wouldn’t make me happy, its just I wouldn’t tell a shiny rock my feelings or ask it for advice.  Instead of befriending a precious stone, I would suggest forming friendships and relationships that are more valuable than the diamond itself.  In the Middle Ages, diamonds were said to fend off evil, which I’m sure your best friend would do for you without hesitation.

Having a core group of friends in college is almost as important as earning a degree.  This is a time where the relationships you form are life-long.  I like to use the quality, not quantity approach to finding friends at UF.  Sure, I would want hundreds of diamonds, but if they are flawed or a low carat, they … Read More »






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