College. At one point, it was stereotyped as a four-year party where students took a few classes and had little responsibility. Now, college has transformed into a three-ring circus, where students are tasked with juggling many things. My senior year is more like a five-ring circus though; where class, career prospecting, working, extracurricular and social activities occupy my day. Here is a breakdown of what I experience daily:
Classes. Every college student takes classes, and this semester I am taking six (eighteen credit hours). I have a mix of general education and business-oriented classes with homework, papers, projects, presentations and exams. While at times the classwork seems like a lot, I enjoy it because most of the courses cover areas I am passionate about.
Career Prospecting. As a senior, making sure I land a job post-graduation is very important. I am constantly … Read More »
I like to listen to musical soundtracks while I draw. Currently, I’ve been listening to the Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables soundtracks, which both are conveniently one hour and forty minutes long. I can listen to the musical and know approximately how long I’ve been working depending on what song I’m on. Sometimes I work in my friend’s room and yell out random lines.
Almost a year ago, I started blogging for the University. Â One of my first ideas for an entry was building personalities, I would spend some time in each one of the main buildings on campus and write about that building’s personality. Â I realized I hadn’t done this series yet, so I’ll start with the building I personally spend the most amount of my time in, Egner Center for the Performing Arts.
Recently renovated, Egner now boasts its very own elevator, a project that reshaped the face of the building, but the character of Egner hasn’t changed all that much. Â The character of Egner is just that, it is the home to the bands, theatre, TV studio, and communication classes. Â Many students pass through its halls to their general education communication classes, however there is a collection of students that … Read More »
Thanksgiving is around the corner. For most of us its time to relax, hangout with friends, and start shopping for Christmas with available deals on Black Friday. But the other side of Thanksgiving is it sets the stage for final exams for students. For most of us, itâ€™s a crucial time to catch up on assignments and readings in order to prepare for finals. So I assume that apart from having a big feast on Thursday, most of our attention will be on preparing for finals over the weekend. I hope it has been a successful semester for everyone so far, but I understand that may not be the case for every student. So here are 3 tips for getting back on your feet:
1) Play hard Work hard!
You’ve got full days during this thanksgiving break to do what … Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Friday should be called Fun Friday!!!! Out of all the days in week, I love Friday for many reasons.Â One of the major reasons is I get two days of break and I can catch up on my sleep. Since sleeping is my hobby, I wonâ€™t mind if anyone gives me the task of sleeping for 12-15 hours every dayâ€¦lol.
Aside from catching up on sleep, I always feel that I tend to work with lot of enthusiasm on Friday compared to all other days. Even at work, my supervisor told me once that she finds a drastic difference in my progress Friday as compared to Thursday. She feels that I tend to perform at my best and pay detailed attention to everything I put myself into. As a result, she will assign me new tasks or projects on Friday only.
Â After … Read More »
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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â I also started to realize the … Read More »