Tag: life lessons
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 »
So, it’s almost the end of this semester! Almost the end of me being a freshman! They say time flies. It does.
There are so many things that happened during this semester! So many ups and downs. I can’t lie, at times all I wanted was this semester to be over. There were personal obstacles and moral dilemmas, and both affected my college life directly. My first semester felt so much smoother and easier.
Today, I want to tell you that I know how it feels to be less than satisfied and to see yourself not doing your best. Today, I am here to say that college life can be much harder than you might think. All college students have a certain amount of pressure that they deal with. We’d love our life to be easy. But it’s not the easy days … 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 »
Letting go is never easy, no matter how much it may be necessary. Â There is no easy way to say goodbye to people and pets who have changed your life. Â My family and I recently had to let go of the first family dog. Â Hannah was a German-Shepard, Husky mix that could turn a “not-a-dog-person” into “I’m stealing your dog” with just a face lick. Â She had the kindest personality with a little bit of sass thrown in for fun. Â I was in elementary school when she came into our house as a puppy and the kids poured our time and love into her. Â She was there as a rock and example for our other two dogs Maddie and Piper as well as every member of the family. Â She had the best welcome home face before rolling over so you … Read More »
I just wanted to write a short post thanking everyone for their outpouring support for The Depression Post. Â It truly did take a lot of time and thought and a whole heap of raw courage. Â I knew I had surrounded myself with supportive people, but for some reason the post still made me nervous. Â 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) Â 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. Â The point was to make those who don’t have depression aware of what it means to be “depressed” … 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 »
One of my favorite things about Findlay is that, no matter what happens, the University is truly seeking the best opportunities for its students. Â As students we sometimes forget this as we get caught up in how much it costs, the amount of homework, projects, late nights, dropped classes, frustrating professors, and everything else we battle trying to get “the piece of paper” that is going to get us a better job when we graduate. Â It’s frustrating beyond all belief to read in the newspaper about protests from fast food workers saying they need to be paid more than $10 an hour, but before I digress too much further, going to college can be full of surprise challenges. Â Ones that they don’t show on the brochures, and ones you don’t hear from the students visiting home. Â This is the same … Read More »
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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â If you’re lucky (like I … 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 »
This summer I experienced a day without power at my house, after my experience I can say that I realized the importance of power in our daily lives. The Â power outage happened as the result of a severe thunderstorm in the Pittsburgh area.
Since it is not possible to do any activity requiring electricity during a power outage, my roommates and I found other activities to help in passing our time. We played board games like Monopoly, UNO and Scrabble. I must say playing these games not only helped us in understanding about each othersâ€™ interests, but it also taught us a lesson that how much our lives are dependent on power. Initially, I thought the power outrage would only be for a few hours, so we should be fine by evening time. But my assumption was wrong, and the time … Read More »