Tag: Growing


Never Too Old to Learn

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19th December

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a saying that many people are familiar with, and even live by. However, I’m not sure I find much truth in this saying. You’re never too old to take on a new challenge!

This semester at the University of Findlay, I got the opportunity to tackle a new and fun challenge that I’ve always wanted to try– piano lessons! Here at the university you can take lessons for different instruments, ranging from vocals to bassoon. I’ve wanted to play piano ever since I became involved in music, but never had the chance to give it a try. The Applied Music: Piano class was the perfect time for me to take a swing at piano.

The cost of piano lessons was one of the factors that led me to not trying out the piano … 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.

The Findlay Reservoir

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 … Read More »



A Different kind of Throwback

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6th February

Do I remember my freshman year at Findlay?

My short hair Freshman year

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 … Read More »



Taking a break with CPB

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10th December

Ari Herstand singing one of his songs

Monday night of exams every semester Campus Program Board hosts Late Night Munchies in Henderson. You don’t need a meal plan to come to this late-night study break, which includes live music and free food. CPB always has really creative ideas to match the theme of the night to the style of the artist playing. One semester, they had a Sesame Street theme and another semester they turned Henderson into a jazz club.

This year, CPB brought in Ari Herstand, a vocal-looper who as a single performer sang to trumpets, guitars, piano and other voices– all created by him. It was a really unique experience. Ari had an amazing voice which was very easy to find relaxing while still being energetic enough to keep his rotating audience engaged.

This was the first year I … 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 »



Why it’s ok to still love stuffed animals

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18th October

There comes a time in your adult life where having a ton of stuffed animals will get you the weird looks of, “How old are you again?”  I’m 21 and, yes, I still have most of my stuffed animals … And, yes, I’ve added to the collection since being at college.  Now, there are the animals that the significant other has given me.  The special teddy bear (or penguin, moose, two turtles and hedgehog) that the boyfriend gives the girlfriend so she always has something to cuddle with when they aren’t together.  Stuffed animals are seen as a crutch, a childish need to be comforted by an inanimate object.  There are undoubtedly adults in the world who refuse to become adults and so cling to that child-like view of stuffed animals.  I’d like to present a different opinion. 

1.     They provide great … Read More »



The Depression Post

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1st October

I’ve written and re-written this entry so many times it must amount to somewhere in the hundreds.  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.  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.  But today, this post is about depression.  I’m going to attempt to explain some of my own experiences being depressed.  Depression is a range, I fall on the lower levels of this range and so do many other young adults.  My hope is that this post touches someone and they see themselves and some of … Read More »



That time of year again

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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.

Hanging out in the dorm room freshman yearPhoto by: Sarah Foltz

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 … Read More »



Professionalism

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8th August

Professionalism can mean many different things to many different people.  However, there are a few commonalities observed across many disciplines.  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.  The trick, and the most challenging part of having a job, is not sinking to their level.  I have had my share of these situations, and each encounter reminds me that I still need practice with the art of emotional detachment.  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 »



Bucket Lists and Goals

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25th July

A part of myself winces at the term bucket list, it is probably the same part of me that doesn’t really know why I’m writing this post.  But I am, and I do think bucket lists are important, but only really if you actively pursue them or place yourself on track to pursue them.  They’re like goals, something every counselor tells you that you need to have, and yet many people have trouble actually deciding on a goal.

In the past, I never really set goals for myself, or at least never intentionally.  That’s changed over the years and there is something very rewarding about finally achieving one of the goals on my list, especially the obscure and unusual ones.

This past semester I achieved one of my goals and crossed something off my bucket list.  I also started to realize the … Read More »






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