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Friday!!!!!!

September 30, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

Today I had to wake up early to get some marketing homework. Since class was canceled on wednesday we were responsible for taking notes on another Harvard video. This one was about Brand Marketing. The lady talked about how companies market certain products to different demographics.

After I got done with the notes I took the time to cut my own hair. This is one of the most important talents to have on this campus. Specially when you stretching dollars that you don't have. Usually hairs cuts cost $5 but when you can do it yourself that's $5 you are saving every two weeks and that's big for a college student.

Then I proceed to start my class schedule with economics. The teacher went over a few of the questions that might be over the test but I'm still not feeling comfortable with it all. That's why I'm going to spend the entire weekend studying for that test.

Marketing class was interesting like usual and since there was a typo with the assignment it will be turned in on Monday instead.

In Visual Communication my group officially got done with out movie trailer for the Breakfast Club. I must say its looking pretty good too.

Then wrapped the day up with practice and hit the books!

Homecoming this weekend!!!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!
 

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TGIF!!!!!

September 30, 2011

 Wow what a crazy week this has been at Wilmington College!! I have finally made it to Friday! Only one more class holding me back from me and my weekend. I'm pretty excited for this weekend for many reasons. One obvious reason is, it is the weekend which means no classes! But another reason is tomorrow is homecoming and Aggieville! Tomorrow we get to talk to ag alumni and work on building our networking connections for our futures. Also, tomorrow is our homecoming football game! And then of course on Sunday I'm pretty excited to go see my boyfriend at ATI and take a look at their campus to see the differences compared to Wilmington College's beautiful campus! 

However, this morning in Ag class we had a guest speaker from Land O'Lakes, Dani Heeren, speak to us about internships and all of the fabulous opportunities avaliable to us. She addressed what Land O'Lakes was all about and explained how she obtained her job as a college recruiter for 900 co-ops through Land O'Lakes. She explained to us that by doing an internship, this allows us to experience firsthand whether or not we like a certain job or field before actually committing to it. It was a very beneficial presentation and I learned a lot about her company and the business world to help me better prepare for the next step after college!

-Kelli Hartman

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The Weekend is Here!

September 30, 2011

My Friday night was pretty good minus the freezing cold weather! I went to some tractor pulls with my family and spent some time with them since I have not done that in awhile. And now I may get to spend even more time with them tomorrow at Aggieville! 

Day 4 of working with my heifer went very well, I was quite shocked. Despite the nasty drizzle that was coming down as we were working, my heifer actually let me halter her with ease and tie her up as well. She is still a little testy when it comes to walking her; but hopefully that will come with time and patience. I am fairly tired from such a busy and hectic week, but nonetheless I am still very ready for the weekend!! I am ready to let go, not have any worries, and just relax with friends and family. 

However, I still have a paper outline due next week that will be hovering over my head until it is done. Therefore, I will be worried about that part of the weekend, so thank you English 101! I guess that is just part of college:)

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Where did this month go?

September 30, 2011

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

I can’t believe September is almost gone! This means that I will be changing my rotation for Wilmington College Athletic Training next week. This month, I was with the women’s soccer team. Next month, I will be at a local chiropractic clinic for half of the month and at Dayton Sports Medicine Institute (DSMI) the other half of the month. These locations are both off campus and will be my first off campus rotations that aren’t directly athletic training. I believe that this will be a good experience because it will give me a chance to see other medical professionals practice and how the whole medical system is interconnected. Once I graduate from Wilmington College, my goal is to go to Physical Therapy School. The great thing about Wilmington College’s Athletic Training program is that you can get clinical experience in many different fields so you can find out if you are interested in something, or so you can know the different professions that Athletic Trainers can refer athletes to. I will be looking forward to the physical therapy clinic rotation!

In other news, this weekend is homecoming here! If you can, come support the football team as they play Muskingum at 2p.m. at home!
 

Tags: Athletic Training , athletics , football , Homecoming , Wilmington College

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Thank God Tomorrow is Friday!

September 29, 2011

 Today went much better than yesterday thank goodness! I did not miss any classes today and managed to get a lot of my homework done before the weekend. I even had time to squeeze a nap in today! 

It was day four of working with our calves. My heifer was actually pretty decently behaved today; she seemed as if she had some sense today. She did not jump around and go crazy like she has the past few days. Once I was finished working with her for the day, I began my daily workout. But, as I was running I noticed the sky was darking up and it began to rain. I was not very happy about this!

Tonight was also suppose to be mud volleyball and the bonfire. Well, I missed the mud volleyball as I was working with my heifer and since the rain hit there was no bonfire. However, there was free hot chocolate to compensate!

After such a busy week I am extremely excited that the weekend is only one day away! I cannot wait!:)

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Internship with Wilmington Police Department

September 29, 2011

Picture from when I shot the gun for the first time, when doing my internship with the police department in Wilmington

Picture from when I shot the gun for the first time, when doing my internship with the police department in Wilmington

 Contributed by Maria Larson

This fall semester I have an internship with the police department of Wilmington. It is the first time they have this internship with Wilmington College, but the plan is to continue it each semester from now on. I basically ride along with a police officer during my internship, and it is very interesting!

I want to be a police officer at home in Sweden, once I am done with my degree here at Wilmington College. I am applying to the police academy at home, but it is very hard to get accepted. However, I hope that this internship eventually can help me in some way for me to become a police officer at home! If not, I know I have gained valuable knowledge and experiences from this internship.

The police work here in the United States is very different from how it is in Sweden, but very similar at the same time. A part of my internship presentation is going to be devoted to point out these differences. I will end my internship by holding a presentation to my supervisor and some faculty on campus, talking about my experiences and point out the difference in the police work between Sweden and the United States.

Six weeks into the semester, I already feel like I have learned a lot from my experience with the police department. I have seen and experienced a lot with my own eyes, but I have also been told a lot about the profession as a police officer. I am really excited and because of this internship I kind of want this semester to last forever!
 

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Catch Up Day

September 29, 2011

 Thursday seems to be my catch up day. Whether I'm catching up on sleep or homework, its usually both. After my 7:45 Ag Apps class this morning I decided to come back to my dorm and crash for a little bit. Sleeping for a little bit longer I had planned, I figured I had better get up and start doing something productive. The first productive thing I have done so far: this blog. But, have no fear I am now fully awake and ready to go!  

Today is going to consist of doing homework, going to class, working my calf, working out, and more homework; sounds like fun I know. However, today is Thursday which means tomorrow is Friday which is followed by the weekend!!:) So, my goal is to have all of my homework done so I have no worries over the weekend. Because my weekend is already packed full of activities, I do not want to worry about school work. 

Tonight on the Wilmington College Campus we have mud volleyball and a bonfire! All of the students are encouraged to attend and meet even more new people.  The Student Government puts these activities on for all of Wilmington College's students. I hope I will be able to make it out to see these things but it is not looking good for me. Hopefully, I can catch quickly today on my work but we will see!

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Hump Day

September 29, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

Eleven o’clock my class schedule started with economics. It’s a very interesting class but sometimes I find myself confused with the straight lectures from the professor. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great teacher I just have a hard time writing notes while the professor talks at a rapid pace. Next Monday we have our first test for Economics and I am nerves. Luckily I ran into a student named Hannah who is in my class and I asked her to help me study for the test! That’s one thing you can count on here at Wilmington College, other students of professors lending a helping hand.

My next class was canceled but she left an assignment to watch a video from a Harvard professor and take notes over it. Then I took the time to go to lunch. This doesn’t happen often because I usually have class from 11am - 2:50pm and right after that it’s time for practice so I gladly took the time to have a good meal.

Then it was time to head to Visual Communications class. My group started on our movie trailer for “The Breakfast Club”. It’s nice to let out my creative side and just get lost in the arts. Before lab for the class was over we got done with at least half of the trailer and I must say its coming along pretty well. I can’t wait to see the final outcome of the trailer too!

At practice the coaches wanted to beat the storm so they decided to practice in reverse order. For example we usually go individuals for two periods of practice. Then skelly, which is essentially 7 on 7 and then transition to full team. But today we did the reverse order.

After practice I went to my training for the phonathon her on campus. It went smoothly. Just have to get acclimated with the script that they want us to use when we talk to our callers. This job is just what a student needs to keep some type of clash flow while attending Wilmington College. The college offers numerous of work study jobs for the students as well.
 

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Midweek break

September 28, 2011

Team photo of the women's soccer team. Their record so far this season is 2-4-2.

Team photo of the women's soccer team. Their record so far this season is 2-4-2.

 Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan

Today was such a great little break in the week! It felt like I had been
so busy, but yesterday I only had two classes, human nutrition and
racquetball. After I was all done with classes I got lunch and then took
a two hour nap! Now I'm looking into buying another camera not that I am
in full swing in my Graphic Design major. Photography is one of my true
loves and the fact they have a Graphic Design major at Wilmington was
one of the reason I came here. I have two cameras, one is a film camera
that you have to check the lighting, wind, film and then focus it by
hand before taking the picture. I also have a small digital one as well.
The camera I'm interested in now is a bigger digital with different
lenses, but that's a lot of money. I am going to need to work more and
save some additional money. I waitress on the weekends, in Cincinnati
near my home, and this weekend I will be working in the morning on
Saturday. Thankfully I won't miss the homecoming activities. Homecoming
is a big deal around here.
On campus there is always something to do. Tonight there is a women's
soccer game at 7pm. They play Waynesburg. If I finish up with a little
more of my homework, I might make an appearance at the game to cheer on
some Lady Quakers!
Keep coming back for updates from myself and my fellow student bloggers!
Homecoming is coming up this weekend along with lots of events in the
town in Wilmington.

Tags: academics , Art , Athletes , athletics , Cincinnati , Events , Quakers , Wilmington College

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Busy life

September 28, 2011

 Contributed by Maria Larson

Wow, life is busy right now! My mom is visiting, and that is taking all the free time I have. Of course I am also now starting to get really busy with classes. What a great timing!

I have actually been expecting my work load in school to pick up here soon, considering how many credits I am taking this semester. It started out surprisingly easy, but now all my classes are hitting me with exams or assignments at once. If it wasn’t for my mom’s visit, I would say I like it, because I enjoy staying busy, but a little more free time during this week and the next would’ve been nice.

Although, actually I am really motivated with schoolwork when my mom is here! I study very well in her hotel where I can’t get distracted by anything. And just the fact that she is around makes me even more disciplined, I guess, because she would call me out if I didn’t study when I’m supposed to. She also has a lot of work to do while she is here, so we combine spending time and working/studying very well.

Oh well. This week is about halfway gone, so before we know it it’s weekend again and that always give me a small break from my pile of books!

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Crazy Week!

September 28, 2011

 This week is homecoming here at Wilmington College! Not only is it homecoming but for me it is just a really busy week! For starters, I went to a self-defense presentation last night for my global issues class. Officer Elliot of the Hamilton Township Police Department gave a very informative demonstration on self-defense as well as a presentation on breast cancer. Then, on Thursday we have mud volleyball and a bonfire for all of the students at Wilmington College. And Saturday its our homecoming football game and dance! Also on Saturday we have Aggieville for all of the Ag students and their parents.

On a different note, yesterday we started to break calves for a our Ag lab. Boy was that an adventure! My lab is the first Ag 108 lab of the day therefore we got the pleasure of handling the calves while they were fully charged! Trying to get a halter on a calf yesterday was very interesting to say the least. Once we did get halters on all of the calves, each student picked a calf and was to interact with it and start working on breaking them. We brushed and combed them and got them use to people being near them. After awhile the calves finally settled down as our lab winded down. As part of this assignment, we each recorded our calf's tag number and we are required to work with our calf and have it broke in 3 weeks. So this could be an interesting 3 weeks!

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Not such a good day for Kelli

September 28, 2011

 Well, today was just not my day. To start off the day I was doing my laundry this morning after my eight o'clock Ag class. I went down to the laundry room to move my clothes from the washer to the dryer. I had two loads of laundry; I got one load out of the washer, put it in the dryer and started the dryer. When I was finished putting that load in the dryer I went to my other washer to move those clothes to a dryer. I was patiently waiting for the wash cycle to end, just one more minute and it would be done. But as soon as I went to open the door as it unlocked, I managed to try to open the door as the washer unlocked the door. The washer ended up locking the door with my clothes inside the washer, causing me to have to re-wash my clothes for another half hour. Not exactly what I had planned. 

Then, after I finally got all of my laundry washed and dryed I was putting it away. I was also doing writing homework at the same time when I realized that it was Wednesday and it was 12:15pm. I have writing lab at 12pm on Wednesdays but not today. I was not a happy camper when I realized that I missed my first college class; I was not even doing something fun as I was skipping this class! 

When I was finished with class I went out to the farm to work with my heifer and continue the halter- breaking process adventure. After chasing my heifer around the pen for 10 minutes I finally got her in the corral to actually put the halter on her. Once the halter was on her I began working with her and brushing her to help get her use to me. After an hour had elapsed I decided to call it a day and released my heifer back into the pen. But before I managed to walk her to the pen she decided she was going to throw a fit and jump and kick. Luckily I was able to avoid being clobbered by her right before she walked into the pen. I don't think this heifer is going to be an easy one to break!

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A bitter sweet weekend Part 2

September 27, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

It’s 2:42am and I’m officially back in Wilmington. As soon as I got in my room I fell asleep. Unfortunately my sleep was cut short due to the fact that I for got to shut off my alarm. So I woke up around nine in the morning. Never the less I took the time to get some homework done. Since my two of my Marketing classes was canceled we had to watch a video from a Harvard professor and take notes. Then I watched a trailer for the movie “Killers”. So I could critic the trailer and be prepared to do my own remake trailer for the “Breakfast Club” for Visual Communications.

Then it was time to watch my Cleveland Browns play the Miami Dolphins. Since I was not able to watch any college football this Saturday I was extra stoked to get some time in on Sunday. Needless to say, the Browns won 17-16. It was a nice fought battle but Colt McCoy drove down the field in the 2 minute drill and lead the Browns to a victorious victory. We prove to 2-1 but should be 3-0 right now but a fluke play by the Bengals caused us our only lose.

After that I went to lend some support to my fellow teammates for there Junior Varsity game. I had to leave early so I could go back home to visit my aunt who just had surgery. Even though I barely had the money to put some gas in my tank the satisfaction was priceless going back home to see my family. I went home first to see my mother and to see her new dog. Our last dog had died this past spring and it was hard on her, so it was nice to see here happy again. Then I went to my two aunts house. Its always nice to get some wisdom from them every now and then. I wouldn’t know what I would do without them considering that they are my foundation. Finally I went to my other aunts house to check up on her. Surgery is never a easy thing to get through and it specially doesn’t get easier when you get older but it was nice to see her up and moving around with her walker. Furthermore the trip was a success to see my mom happy and my three aunts in good condition even with the surgery for my Aunt Francine.
 

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A bitter sweet weekend Part 1

September 27, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

Saturday felt like forever and a day on that bus ride to Mount Union and back to Wilmington. It was a three and half hour trip both ways. The kick off for the football game was at 7:30pm. Once again we came up on the other side of the winning column. This game I was able to get some playing time due to an unfortunate injury to one of our starting corner backs.

On another note this past weekend was a bitter sweet anniversary. Last year on this exact weekend I had knee surgery that put me out for the remainder of the season. Today I feel 100% better. Its been a long road of set backs but I’m glad that I can finally run without pain in my knee. The issue with my knee was that I had a lateral meniscus tear with a cyst on the outside of my knee. The cyst wasn’t allowing me to get full flexibility in my knee and that’s what made the surgery more urgent. Usually you can play through a meniscus injury though.

The bitter sweet part to this is that my Aunt Francine had to go through knee surgery this weekend. One thing I care for more than my own life is my four aunts health. The news was brought to my attention a few hours before kick off. My mother told me that the procedure went well and she was just recovering in the hospital. So I was happy to know that at least!
 

 

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Athletic Training Clinical and Class

September 26, 2011

Some basic stretching and rehydration during a high school football game

Some basic stretching and rehydration during a high school football game

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

This past week, I worked two events representing Wilmington College Athletic Training. In a previous post, I mentioned the Women’s soccer game that was played on the Wilmington College Campus. Last Friday, I worked another home game with the Blanchester High School football team. As of now, Blanchester is halfway through their season at 4 wins and 1 loss, so a chance for postseason play is in the equation. By this point in the season, I am beginning to feel completely confident in all of the routine duties of an athletic trainer (taping, wrapping, covering up blood, etc…). The players are also getting used to having new sophomore students around, so the pregame and in-game process is much smoother.

 

In addition to clinical experience, I have also been quite busy in the classroom. I have 3 Athletic Training courses this semester, as opposed to only having two last semester. The three classes are Medical Terminology, Therapeutic Modalities, and Anatomy & Physiology. In Medical Terminology, we have been learning about skin conditions and treatments. In Therapeutic Modalities, we have been learning about the different roles of Cryotherapy (cold therapy) and Thermotherapy (heat therapy) in the rehabilitation process following an injury. In anatomy, we have been learning about skin and bones. Although the topics may seem completely different, a good portion of the material overlaps from class to class, making it easier to piece information together, where it then makes much more sense.

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I think it's very important to have these treatments for athletes as well as the general public. People that get injuries at a game or just usual activities can both benefit from this.
Ann Wright 9:05PM 12/06/11

A Couple Weeks Into My Freshmen Year

September 26, 2011

 Well so far so good!! Freshmen year at Wilmington College is going great!!! We have had a few ag labs that have been really educational and a great way to get hands-on at the farm. Our first lab was the basics of a cow where we learned about the body temperature, heartbeat, respiration rate, medical care, cow nutrition, and reproduction. Our next lab was tractor and equipment safety. In this lab we learned all of the safety measures for the farm machinery such as the tractors and basic farm machinery. Once Randy Gerber finished explaining the safety procedures, our lab class split up into experienced tractor drivers and inexperienced drivers. The experienced drivers had to drive a tractor with a manure spreader hooked up through an obstacle course while the inexperienced drivers learned how to drive a tractor. 

The third lab we had was working with the Wilmington College Farm's sheep and goat herd. During this lab we divided up into partners and each pair had to trim the hoofs, give shots, and get for worms for two animals.  Our next lab was to go to the Farm Science Review and after that we are breaking calves! Looking forward to more hands-on work at the farm!

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A little about my day

September 26, 2011

Mikaela Pope in ceramics class working on her ice cream bowl.

Mikaela Pope in ceramics class working on her ice cream bowl.

 Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan

Rain again this morning! I just wanted to lie in bed when I woke up!
Thankfully my two morning classes are close to my dorm! I had one in
Boyd and then the other in College Hall, both of which are on either
side of the Watson Library. I got out of my 9 am class early so I
stopped in the library to get on the computer before my 10 am class. The
Watson Library is a great place to study and do homework. It has
computers you can use, a lounge area, and a large study area. There are
also all kinds of little quiet places in the library where you can go
off and not be disturbed. So, I just got on the computer and hopped on
Facebook real quick to check in before my next class.
At 2 I had my ceramics class. We worked on our pieces for our favorite
food! My favorite food is fettuccini Alfredo or really any kind of
pasta, so my piece is a bowl! I love playing with clay and creating
different, unique things. Here is a hint for when you take ceramics; if
you paint your nails and then the next day work with the clay, they
might get chipped, but it is well worth it. A girl's got to look good.
Since today is Monday I have my night class, Computer Graphics, at 6:30
pm. I love this class because it's what I want to do later on down the
road. Night classes can be tough because sometimes you just want to take
a nap! I have already checked my email for maybe a cancellation, but
that won't happen! It is nice that when a class is cancelled they email
you so you don't have to walk all the way to the class just to find a
note on the door basically saying you can go back to bed now!
Stay updated by checking mine and other student bloggers posts from
Wilmington College about our student life.

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Cowboy Boot Campus

September 26, 2011

Perspectives making friends at the Farm.

Perspectives making friends at the Farm.

Contributed by Brandi Fornshell

Howdy All!! It sure has been a busy semester…..This is the start of week 6! I finally feel like I am back into the swing of things! A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to give a farm tour. I had already met the two young ladies’ on another one of their visits to WC. Any student is able to take a farm tour. If you are interested in the Ag Department here at WC it is a great way to see “life on the farm” while you are in college. During a farm tour you get to see our animal facilities, gardens, living crop museum, and our equine facility. Our educational farm is located just about ½ mile from our campus. On the farm we have a herd of goats and sheep, Murray Gray cattle and occasionally a few chickens! A lot of your time as a first year student majoring in agriculture is spent out on the farm. If you would like more details about the farm or would like to schedule a farm tour, just let me know!! I am off to do some homework!

Gotta’ go kick off my boots….Until next time….

Brandi
 

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Recap of last week

September 26, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

Surprising Monday flew by fast. Yet it was a little stressful. I had class from 10am - 2:50pm and then I had to go to One-Stop and talk to them about my thank you letter I had to write in order to receive my scholarship. I couldn’t attend football practice due to my financial issues that had to resolved. Right after that I went to my job interview for the phonathon here at Wilmington College. The job consist of calling alumni and asking for donations to the college. I was excited to get a call from one of the bosses telling me that I got the job.

Tuesday is always a good day for me. The only class I have is a night class yet I still have to attend 6 o’clock workouts with the football team. After workouts I studied a little bit more for my test in night class. Practice went by fluently and before I knew it, it was time for that test. This would be my first test of the semester and you always want to start off on a good note. When I got to class everyone was trying to get in a few extra moments of studying. Then the professor came in and decided not to have a test today. Needless to say everyone was excited.

Wednesday my first group project in Visual Communication was due. We had to create a Still Media about our group. We choose to do ours on our happiness. Practice today got caught short outside due to lighting. So we finished practice inside Hermann Court.

Thursday included another 6am workout and practice. Sometimes my Thursdays feel like Fridays because I have no classes but I’m not complaining!

Thank God its Friday classes ran smoothly. My Marketing class was canceled Wednesday and Friday so I had an easy week all around. In my Visual Comm. class we started our new project which is to create a movie trailer of your choice of movie.

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Lab classes and the weekend

September 25, 2011

 Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan

This weekend was the perfect break that I needed! On Thursday I had a long day with school work even though I only had two classes. I had human nutrition and then I had racquetball and squash, I also had my human nutrition lab in Kettering Hall. In the lab we did some activities that included reading food labels and do some simple math to find out the calories and carbs and percentages of the different ingredients. After lab I asked my professor to stay and go over the work we did to make sure that I understand the material. Wilmington College’s professors are friendly and easy to talk to. All the professors that I have had since I started over two years ago,have taken the time to help me understand and learn. All I have had to do is ask.
There is always something to do on campus. Friday night on campus we had Cardboard Village. It has always been a good way for people to come together to help the homeless and understand what it would be like to live that life. Saturday our football team had a game at Mt. Union. Unfortunately, they lost, but we have another game this coming weekend! This upcoming weekend is our homecoming weekend. There will be lots of activities and alumni on campus. This is one of the most fun weekends of the fall.
Stay tuned and check back for updates from me and other student bloggers from Wilmington College.

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Tour de Farm

September 24, 2011

Me with my bike after the ride

Me with my bike after the ride

Contributed by Brad Fuller  

This morning, I rode in a bicycle event on campus called the “Tour de Farm”, which was hosted by Grow Food, Grow Hope. GFGH is a wonderful non-profit organization that I had the privilege of working with for 10 weeks over the past summer. The main goal of the organization is to provide access to healthy food to everyone in the community, regardless of economic conditions. On campus, there are 40 raised garden beds, each belonging to a family for the summer. At the gardens, the families come once a week to “Garden Night” to learn different gardening skills, cooking techniques, and preservation methods. There is also a large community outreach aspect to the organization as well, as they have over 100 gardens spread out all around the county, including some at local pre schools where children’s lessons are taught every week.


The Tour de Farm was a fundraiser for the organization, which occurred today. In my opinion, this is the perfect fundraiser because cycling is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. It was not a race, but simply a tour of some local farms that people in the county may not know about. I have lived in Wilmington my whole life, but had never thought to buy from some of these farms. Now that I had participated in the ride, my perspective has changed on the amount of local produce is really available in our area. In total, we rode slightly over 34 miles!

For more information, visit http://www.growfoodgrowhope.com/

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Mom visiting

September 24, 2011

My mom and I in Germany this summer

My mom and I in Germany this summer

 Contributed by Maria Larson

Yesterday I picked up my mom from the airport! She is here to visit for about two weeks, which is really exciting! This is her second time visiting me. She was also here last year, around the same time. That year I played soccer, so a lot of time was devoted to that and she watched some of my games. However, this year I have a lot more free time since I am not playing soccer anymore. We will probably get out of town more than we did last year, to see surroundings and do stuff together. It is a lot easier this year since I have an own car, so we don’t have to depend on anyone else. We are actually planning to drive to Chicago, possibly. Her last week here falls on my fall break (which gives one day off school), and maybe we will go up there for a long weekend, which would be pretty cool!

My mom got in to Cincinnati around 5:30pm yesterday. We drove to Kenwood mall in Cincinnati and ate dinner at a really nice Italian restaurant, and then we drove to Mason where I played two games with my team at Wall2Wall, which is a indoor facility for soccer. Since we had two games last night, it got pretty late. My mom was really tired, considering she had been traveling for so long, so when we finally got back to Wilmington around midnight she just went straight to bed.

Today our plans are to watch Women’s soccer game at 5pm and after that there is a cookout with the team, which we are invited to as well!

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Academics, schedules, studying, etc...

September 23, 2011

Study, study, study

Study, study, study

Contributed by Brad Fuller

My schedule is technically the same every week, but no two weeks are ever alike. From my experiences, this is much different than last year (being a sophomore this year). My freshman year, my schedule was pretty set in stone; I worked in the Athletic Training Room (ATR) the same time every week and classes remained pretty steady, since I only had one class per semester that I really had to put extra effort into. This year, I work in the ATR more frequently and at different times throughout the week. I also have a tougher class schedule that requires a different approach to studying.

 

The way the semester is built, exams and tests are generally during the same week for all or most classes. Last week was this week for me, so I was constantly studying and getting homework done with minimal free time. This week, however, seems like a breeze with no upcoming tests. I had the same schedule both weeks (and for the most part the same amount of work), but my outlook has been completely different. I am still doing pre-studying, which I have found to be the most effective method of studying. If you study the material as you learn it, the time leading up to the test will be much easier and you will retain the information much better.

On another note, tonight is week five of high school football, where I will represent Wilmington College Athletic Training on the sidelines again for Blanchester High School and I’m pumped! Friday Night Football is exciting to be a part of; I will blog a review of the game as soon as it is over!

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Strictly the weekend

September 22, 2011

Picture of the Easton movie theatre

Picture of the Easton movie theatre

Contributed by Ray Travis

This past weekend it was nice to go back home and just get away from the college atmosphere. After the game on Saturday I took the time to relax with some of my friends. It was much needed since we lost at capital and OSU lost as well to Miami. My friends and I went to Easton Town Center to watch Kevin Harts new stand up comedy called “Laugh at my Pain”. Needless to say it was pretty funny.

Then I took the time out to got to a friends church called New Salom. It was a nice change of pace. Going to college at Wilmington College I rarely have time to go to church. It was also a surprise to see some of my family members that I usually don’t see at that church too.

After church we went to this Jamaican restaurant and I had some of the best jerk chicken ever. “Clutch” that’s all I can say about this dinner, supper clutch! Then we got a free dessert just for the fact that we dine-in. I know you’re probably thinking this guy sounds like a really fat but if you are ever in Columbus, Ohio you should definitely check it out. The restaurant is on Cleveland Avenue and 17th street.

Unfortunately I had to end the weekend on some bad news. I received a text from my mom stating that my refund was short o few hundreds of dollars. So I had to make a trip to One Stop. Which is where we take care of our financial problems, and ask why my money was cut short? My scholarship from OFIC had been dropped and I had to figure out how that happen. Luckily it was a small error and I was able to receive my scholarship back. So all in all my weekend ended up on a good note. 

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A Break In The Day To Work Out

September 21, 2011

A picture showing parts of the Underground when I was there working out today

A picture showing parts of the Underground when I was there working out today

 Contributed by Maria Larson

As I’ve said before, a great passion of mine is to work out. I do so pretty much every day of the week, and it makes me feel great. Today I had a two-hour break between my classes between 1 and 3, and I took the chance to go to the fitness center in Pyle, also called the Underground. It is not a part of the athletic building, where we also have a weight room and gyms to use for exercise. This is located in Pyle, which is the student life building in the middle of campus, with for example our cafeteria and mailboxes.

What is so great about the Underground is that it is open pretty much always (7am-1am), and it has a variety of equipment. It has cross-trainers, treadmills, exercise bikes and also plenty of machines and a weight rack for strength training. There are also several TV’s put up, and one also has a DVD player where students brings their workout DVD’s such as P90X.

I love working out down there, and it is great that you can access it whenever to squeeze in a workout just like I did today. As I mentioned we also have a weight room in Hermann Court, which is our athletic building, and there they have more free weights while they have more machines in the Underground. As students we also get a free membership to the Clinton County YMCA, which is just next-door from Hermann Court. There we can access their gyms, weight room etc. and also attend classes or use the swimming pool, which is shared by the college and YMCA.

That was the only excitement in my day, which other than that was long and rainy. Wednesdays are my longest day of the week, where my first class starts at 8am, and the last one ends around 8-8:30pm. The weather doesn’t help… Where did the sun go?

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Rainy days

September 21, 2011

here is a fun picture of a basketball hoop located right next to campus. I took it the other day when the sun was peeking through.

here is a fun picture of a basketball hoop located right next to campus. I took it the other day when the sun was peeking through.

 Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan

Today was a long day at Wilmington College for me. Rainy days just make me want to lay around in bed all day. The nice thing about being on a small campus is that when it’s raining you don’t have to walk too far in the rain before you get to class. It is also nice to be able to show up to class and not be completely drenched.
Today in my Ceramics class we had to knead clay. We took the scrap clay that was put into a barrel of water and kneaded it together with clay dust to produce a harder form of clay that we can reuse. My professor said that the clay my class kneaded would save the ceramics department from having to buy two hundred dollars worth of clay. I felt that I was giving back and it was a good feeling.
I have a little homework left and then some laundry to do. This year Wilmington College decided to make the washer and driers free for use. It’s nice just to be able to walk down a flight of stairs and do my laundry and be done when I need it. Before I would wait and go home and do it on the weekends since I live close enough. I love that it’s free now.

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Football and class

September 20, 2011

 Contributed by Ray Travis

Finally Fall is amongst us! The past week it has been pretty cool outside and to be honest this is my type of weather. There’s nothing like having the option of putting on a jacket because you can not because you have too and you’re still not hot.

Yet, when the football team went to Bexley, Ohio the weather decided to do a 180 and raise the temperature from the past week. Furthermore, once again we battled hard but came up short. The first half we were nonchalant, and was down 0-26. During the half time we received a huge wake up call. Needless to say we responded and scored two touchdowns and less than two minutes to make it 13-26. The defense pitched a shutout the second half and gave our offense a chance to tie the game but as a team we came up short.

Just like the previous week we weren’t able to put together two halves of football but we vial to make that happen against the “Power House” Mount Union. It will be a night game on Saturday. We believe in our hearts that we are capable of competing with any team in the OAC and there is now better time than the present to start!

On another note, class has been pretty easy. Week four has just ended and I have yet to have a exam. On the contrary, this can only mean that things will pick up dramatically in the next couple of weeks. So I must stay focused in class and follow up on some reading in my text books

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Athletic Training Game Reviews

September 20, 2011

Athletic Training Room

Athletic Training Room

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

This past weekend, I was able to work on the sidelines at two games of different sports, representing Wilmington College Athletic Training. The first game was a Blanchester High School football game, which was played at Bethel-Tate High School. Like previous weeks, I got to tape players before they got on the bus to leave, and then attended to any issues once the game started. Injury wise, the game was fairly uneventful. However, it was a great game to watch and be on the sidelines for, as Blanchester won 34-30, after coming back from being behind 24-6 at one point in the game.

The second game was a Wilmington College Women’s soccer game, played at home against Defiance College. Since school has started, I have been working with the women’ soccer team, and will be switching to a new rotation at the end of the month. Sophomores and Juniors each have one month observation rotations at different locations. Next month, I will be working at Dayton Sports Medicine Institute (DSMI). Before games at the college levels, the procedures are very similar, yet there are more options for treatment and protection. Naturally, colleges are going to have larger budgets than high schools (especially colleges with an athletic training program), and the amount of materials such as tape and equipment are much larger. In addition to a great Athletic Training facility, the educational program is one of the best in the country! This game was also a great game to be on the sidelines for, as the Quakers won the game 4-0. I’ll be looking forward to working at more games for Wilmington College Athletic Training!
 

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Nice. Been waiting for a while now for reviews.
Jump Higher Programs 6:57AM 12/28/11

Flowers for a friendship

September 20, 2011

Bouquet of flowers from Mary Rose Zink

Bouquet of flowers from Mary Rose Zink

 Contributed by Maria Larson

I love going to a small school like Wilmington College! Here you will never be seen as a number, or a part of the big crowd. Here we all are individuals. Students will know who you are, and so will professors. You will most likely have some professors again and again. The student-teacher ratio is 14:1 at Wilmington College, but in each department there are just a few faculty members. That means that you will see the same professor for multiple classes within you major. I love it, and I love my teachers!

At Wilmington College we are all on a first name basis. It is a part of the Quaker belief, and everyone is equally important! Therefore I am Maria to all my professors, as well as I use their first names back to them. You become a person, and not just a body, in the classroom. You become an individual at Wilmington College, and you are allowed to grow here.

Professors also have a open door-policy, which means that they have designated office hours when they for sure will be in their office, available to students. This is a very helpful resource for us. It means that we can go directly to the instructor of the course if we have any questions, and it shows that the professors wants us to succeed here at Wilmington College.

I know that there are professors on this campus that would do anything to help a student out. I hear about it all the time, about professors in different departments that really devote their time to help a student. I have that relation to one of my psychology professors, Mary Rose Zink, as well. Mary Rose is my academic advisor, and the last couple of months she has also helped me with personal issues and grown into being a true friend of mine. As I stayed on campus over the summer, I struggled with homesickness and I also battled with questions about my future. Mary Rose helped me in a wonderful way and with her help I am now stronger than ever and 100% devoted to my future.

The other day, Mary Rose knocked on my apartment door and handed over a beautiful bouquet of flowers. She thanked me for all I do for her, and gave me many encouraging words. I see this is a proof of how personal and friendly this college is. Students and professors are working together as a team, and we help each other out in both directions. I am happy I ended up at Wilmington College, and when I leave I know I will leave with friends for life – both from the student body, and also from the faculty and staff members.

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A Brief Thought on Sustainability and Money Saving

September 19, 2011

My recycling bulletin board

My recycling bulletin board

Contributed by Brad Fuller 

As a member of the residence life staff in Austin-Pickett Hall, I am required to make an educational bulletin board for my hallway every other month. I put up my board today and decided to do something that is of interest to me, as well as the college in general. It came as a surprise to me to find out that not a lot of college students know how to recycle, or that we could even recycle on campus. I then proceded to enlighten the freshmen of Wilmington College about recycling. In actuality, there are the same number of recycling dumpsters as there are trash dumpsters available. The service is available, yet students do not know how to access it. A recycling bin comes in every room, and even though the slogan "reduce, reuse, recycle" is old news, it is the way to a more sustainable future

You may think that I am trying to make a political statement, but that is not necessarily true; I am trying to make a money saving statement for the budget minded college student. Every day, I see someone drinking water from a plastic, single use bottle. This bottle must have been purchased somewhere, and the bottle more than likely will end up in a landfill. From my perspective, there are a couple different options. One, the bottle could be recycled in the yellow recycling containers next to the dumpsters on campus (you can’t miss them if you are looking for them properly). Or two, if you want to save some money and the plastic from being produced in the first place, buy a water filter and a refillable water bottle (I have had mine for almost 2 years now without having to buy another one). This will save a considerable amount of money while saving the earth at the same time! How many college students do you know that aren’t interested in having more money?

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Recycling - a great way to save money! My top tip is taking my lunch to college in a plastic container rather than a paper bag or snap lock bag - I'm re-using the same container over and over so there is no waste and I'm not spending money on pointless packaging.
Kirsten 11:53PM 12/14/11

Friday Night Lights - In College?

September 17, 2011

(left to right) Kelly Veidt (ATC Blanchester High School), Erika Lee (WC Sophomore AT student), and myself before a game.

(left to right) Kelly Veidt (ATC Blanchester High School), Erika Lee (WC Sophomore AT student), and myself before a game.

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

As of Friday August 26, 2011, my career as an Athletic Training Student at Wilmington College officially began with my first Friday Night Football Game at Blanchester High School. I’m currently in the beginning of my sophomore year in the program (which is the first year in the “professional phase”, where I can now perform all of the skills that I have learned up to this point). This was essentially my first experience actually performing athletic training duties. The game was played on a new turf field at Clinton Massie High School, and a lot of bleeding was started from the rough turf. Cleaning up a minor cut is a relatively simple task when there is no time limit; however when a player needs to be back in the game for the next play, it can be quite challenging. After running out of gauze in my kit at the game, I now feel confident in quickly managing minor cuts and scrapes.

The second game, played on September 2nd at Blanchester High School, was slightly less eventful, but still a great experience. This was my first week taping players for the game (and my first time taping someone that was going to practice or play). The first half was very hot, the temperatures were around 90 and keeping players hydrated was a challenge. However, Blanchester won the game 69-6, and with the weather cooling down in the second half, the issues were minimal all around.

By the third game on September 9th, I felt completely comfortable doing most of the things I had done in previous weeks. I now feel better about my taping skills and basic first aid. For me, remembering how to tape properly was difficult until I got some practice. As freshmen in the Athletic Training program, you take Athletic Training Skills class, where you learn how to tape, wrap, brace, and splint injuries. I had this class first semester of my freshman year, so it was a long gap in between the times when I was taping. Once I had a little practice though, I was good to go. Overall, Friday Night Football is a great experience and I can’t wait until the next game!
 

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How neat...and thanks for such an awesome blog!!!!
Kelli Veidt 11:46AM 09/18/11

From the Perspective of a Freshmen

September 15, 2011

This is the rock that all of the college freshmen sign at orientation!

This is the rock that all of the college freshmen sign at orientation!

 Hey Everyone!! My name is Kelli Hartman and I am a freshmen at Wilmington College this year! I am from Wilmington, Ohio so I did not travel all that far to come to college. I am a resident on campus and my major is Agriculture Education and Ag Business. 

I chose Wilmington College for many reasons. One of which was their Agriculture program here. The faculty and staff in the ag program as well as all over campus are extremely nice, respectful, and some of the most caring, intelligent people you will ever meet. I am only three weeks into my college career here at Wilmington College and I love every aspect of this school. Even though I grew up in Wilmington I never realized how great this school was until I toured it and took a closer look. The campus is beautiful and set in my wonderful hometown of Wilmington where everyone cares.

Another reason I chose to attend Wilmington College was because I am a very family oriented person. Coming to Wilmington College allows me to be close to home and see family and friends anytime! However, I do live on campus, which allows me to get the full college experience while being close to home. Resident life here on campus is amazing! Part of the fun in college is meeting new people and figuring out who you really are. As a campus resident student I have met so many new people and made tons of friends. A great benefit to meeting all of these new people is anytime you want to study or hang out everyone is in one spot and studying for tests and helping each other with assignments helps out alot.

I cannot remember the last time I said I loved school until this year! I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring! I may have just started here but if anyone has any questions I would be glad to try and answer them!:)      -Kelli

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Greetings

September 13, 2011

    Hello, my name is Raymond Travis a.k.a Ray. I'm from Columbus, Ohio. Currently I am junior here at Wilmington College.  This is only my fourth semester here though.  I transfered here from Columbus State Community College the spring semester of 2010.  I am currently a double major in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations/ Journalism and Sport Management.

    This fall semester i was lucky enough to have all my classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday except one class, which is a Tuesday night class.  My schedule consist of six classes: Visual Communication, Principles of Economics, First Aid and CPR, Organization and Administration of Sport Programing, Marketing and Private Piano Lessons.

    I am currently participating on the WC football team.  This will be my official first year suited up for them because i had knee surgery at the beginning of last year that put me out for the entire season.  On the team I play Defensive Back.  Our first game was on September 3rd.  We played Mount Saint Joe and unfortunately we lost 26-16.  We were up 14-0 but couldn't hold on to the lead.  So we spent the bye week prepping to close out games.

    During the course of this semester my schedule will pick up dramatically.  I plan on having a part-time job and also spending some time at the Service Center to volunteer.  Needless to say working for Grow Food Grow Hope has changed my perspective on life a little bit.  GFGH is a non-profit organization that tries to supply an alternative avenue to the people in poverty to provide food for themselves.  They build garden beds around the area for people to harvest their own produce instead of going to the grocery store buying expensive vegetables.

Hope everyone has a productive day!

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Everyone is longing for the weekend

September 11, 2011

My roommates and I

My roommates and I

 Contributed by Maria Larson

For some reason I looked forward to this weekend more than ever. Even though last week was a short week because of Labor Day, I still thought it was the longest week of classes! I looked forward to the weekend already on Tuesday, and I couldn’t wait to have two days off to just sleep in and do nothing.

Well, doing nothing as a college student is probably never possible, but you get the point. I feel like I always have something to do, or to catch up on, and just that can sometimes be very stressful. But again, the life of a college student, right?! Even though I sit here on Sunday evening and have pretty much all of my homework taken cared of, I still know that I have tons of reading to catch up on. If that will happen is another question, and we will see about that I guess.

Yesterday (Saturday) I worked in the morning, in the Admission Office. We are open for visits every Saturday, which is very helpful for those who are planning a visit but can’t fit it in their schedule during the weeks. After work I went to the Clinton County YMCA to work out. Working out is a huge stress reliever for me, and I do so pretty much every day of the week. As students at Wilmington College we also get a full membership to the Clinton County YMCA, and I love the opportunity it gives me to work out in many different ways. We also have gyms and a weight room in out athletic building Hermann Court, as well as a fitness center in Pyle Center. So Wilmington College is definitely supporting health and fitness, which I think is great!

The rest of the Saturday I got the chance to spend time with my roommates. Because of our busy schedules, it's not often we get to hang out all three of us. We went to watch the Men’s Soccer team play against Allegheny at home. Unfortunately they lost 1-0. Then we just spent time together in our apartment. We live in one of the apartments complexes on campus called the Commons. It is a two-bedroom apartment with a single bedroom and a double bedroom. It also has bathroom, kitchen, living room and laundry room. I love living in the apartments! Even though the dorms was fun, it feels much more independent to live in this setting.

Many students do of course take the chance to go home over the weekends, if they live close enough. I do obviously not have that opportunity, since home for me is in Sweden, so here in the States Wilmington College is my home. I love it though. I couldn't have a better home, or better roommates, here in America!

Tonight I’m going to try to be good and actually read some for classes. Like I said, as a college student you are never completely off and “doing nothing” doesn’t really apply. At least not for me!

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A brief autobiography - Brad Fuller

September 11, 2011

Me in front of The White House, March '11

Me in front of The White House, March '11

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

My name is Brad Fuller, and I am a sophomore at Wilmington College. My major is Athletic Training and I plan to go to Physical Therapy school to pursue my dream of being a pediatric Physical Therapist. I have always been interested in sports, and the medical field began to intrigue me in high school. I then concluded that Athletic Training was the perfect way for me to study something I was interested while providing a large knowledge base in the medical field to prepare me for Physical Therapy School.

I decided to go to Wilmington College because the Athletic Training program is incredible, and I wanted the small campus environment. I wanted to know my professors and my professors to know me, because I don’t think I could have learned being known as a number (like you would be at a larger school). I have lived in Wilmington for almost 17 years now, but I still enjoy living on campus (even though my house is less than 10 minutes away). Some may think that I am too close to home for the college experience, yet I feel like I still “went away to college”. I was still in a new environment with new classmates, while having the opportunity to be independent. This year, I am a Resident Assistant (RA) in Austin-Pickett, where I assist a hallway of all first year students and help them out in any way they need it, making the transition to college much easier. So far, I love it! Between being an RA and my Athletic Training observation hours, my schedule stays pretty busy.

I am very excited to be blogging for the Wilmington College Admissions Staff this year! If you have any questions about the college, my experiences, or anything else you would like to know, feel free to comment and I will respond as quickly as I can!

Check back often for more updates from me as well as other Wilmington College Students!
 

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Lazy Sunday catching up on some reading

September 11, 2011

This is me Kelsey Sullivan

This is me Kelsey Sullivan

Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan
My name is Kelsey Sullivan, and I am a junior at Wilmington College. My major is Art with a concentration in graphic design and photography. I don’t really have it all planned out yet but I have always dreamed about being a photographer for a travel agency, so I can be sent around the world to take pictures of the most beautiful places on earth. This year I’m really focused on classes, I am taking seventeen credit hours.

I’m taking a variety in classes. I have Basic Design, Literature of Lord of the Rings, Ceramics, computer graphics, Human Nutrition, and a racquetball class.

Just having a lazy sunday today catching up on some reading for my Lord of The Rings class. This class will most likely be one of the harder ones for me, I’m not the fastest reader but my professor seems to be really into all the students learning and being interested. This week I have a reading quiz tomorrow, monday, and a vocab quiz on some old english words to understand the writing.

I’m about to finish up my reading and then call it a night. First class in the morning at 9am in College Hall. College Hall is the same building as the admissions office is for Wilmington College.

I’m excited to be blogging for Wilmington College. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about a life of a student at Wilmington College. Check back for more updates from me and other student bloggers 

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Cowboy Boot Campus

September 08, 2011

Hiding in the switch grass test plot at Penn State. Regional Soil Judging, October 2010.

Hiding in the switch grass test plot at Penn State. Regional Soil Judging, October 2010.

Contributed by Brandi Fornshell

Howdy! My name is Brandi Fornshell and I am currently a Junior at Wilmington College. I am majoring in Agriculture, with a concentration in Agronomy. My love and passion for agriculture brought me to small town USA….Wilmington, Ohio, with the goal of continuing my education and earning a degree so that I am able to pursue a career in Agriculture industry.

I am a busy bee on campus! I am taking a full class load, working as a Student Ambassador and I am involved in many organizations on campus. I love showing perspective students and their families around our beautiful campus and helping them become one step closer to the next chapter in their life. I am a member of Aggies, one of our ag clubs on campus, as well as the President of Agronomy Club and Soil Science Club. The Soil Science Club is linked to our Collegiate Soil Judging team. With the Soil Judging team I have been able to travel to and judge soil in 3 different states and in one month will be adding number 4 to my list! I have judged in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. Our contest is coming up, the first week of October, in RHODE ISLAND!! How exciting! Be checking back in to see some cool pictures of my trip!

I am excited to be a student blogger this year and I look forward to meeting some of you on campus!! Feel free to ask any questions you might have!

Stay tuned to the WC blogs to catch up on weekly happenings around campus and get the inside scoop on the Ag department!!

Gotta’ go kick off my boots….Until next time….

Brandi

 

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Maria Larson blogging for Wilmington College

September 08, 2011

This is me, Maria Larson

This is me, Maria Larson

 Contributed by Maria Larson

My name is Maria Larson, and I am a third year student here at Wilmington College. I am also one of the International students on campus, as I come from Sweden. I came to the States two years ago, when I started studying here at Wilmington College. Technically that means I am a Junior, but it will also be my last year. I have decided to speed up the process, and I am currently taking an extremely heavy load of credit hours in order to graduate already in 2012. I have two tough semesters ahead of me, but I am sure I can do it.

I also work as a Student Ambassador for the office of Admission. I started working in the office in April this year, and I love it! I was hired to work full time in the office over the summer, and that has now carried over so I work a few hours every day of the week. It is a fun addition to classes and homework, plus it gives me some extra money in my pocket. My job description right now is mainly to coordinate the visits on campus. So maybe I will be in touch with you, if you are planning on visiting Wilmington College. I also give tours of our campus, as well as data entry and mailing projects.

I am really excited to blog for Wilmington College, and I hope you will enjoy reading my posts as well! Be sure to check out our page regularly, and read about things that are going on in the life of a student at Wilmington College!

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