January 30, 2012
Contributed by Brad Fuller
So far, this semester is by far my hardest and I’m starting to feel the effects of it. I’m getting tired and worn down, but I can also feel myself acquiring a vast amount of knowledge. Yesterday was the first time in my life when I did homework from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed, only breaking for meals (this is not a common occurrence and it was partially preventable, so no worries). In my athletic training classes, we are learning how to do ankle evaluations, the basis of theory of rehabilitation, and different muscles of the body. Today is also the first day of my new clinical rotation, softball. They either practice at 5 in the morning inside or in the afternoon outside. Today they will be outside, so I got a little extra sleep! However, I am looking forward to what this rotation has to offer, since I have never worked with the softball team. This week should also be a nice slow down after last week(end), but I do have that research project to start… In other news, I’m looking forward to some new music in February. The two biggest releases I’m looking forward to are Grimes – Visions and Of Montreal – Paralytic Stalks. I will share my opinion as soon as its available!
January 23, 2012
Contributed by Maria Larson
Ok, I’m caught up! At least somewhat… Coming back to school a week late was hard on me, as I hate to miss classes, but I feel alright about it now. All my professors were really nice about me missing the first week of the semester, as I had warned them ahead of time, and they have helped me catch up on some stuff that I missed. Now I feel like I know where I am at in every class I am taking, and that is a good feeling!
This weekend I got to relax from school and spend time with some of my friends. My friend Sarah and I went to Perfect North in Indiana on Saturday, to ski and snowboard. I knew how to ski before, but had never tried to snowboard, so I tested that at first. I gave it a good try for about three hours, before my knees and butt was so sore that I decided to switch to skis. That was a good decision, because I realized how much I had missed skiing, and Sarah and I had so much fun for about three more hours in the slopes. I hope we don’t get too busy this semester, so that we have time to go back there a few more times! It’s only about 1,5 hours away from Wilmington College, so it isn’t too bad of a drive!
The rest of the weekend I spent with my roommates, and we did some homework on Sunday as well. A perfect, relaxing weekend, if you ask me! Now it’s Monday again and back to reality. But soon enough the weekend will be back, I’m sure!
January 17, 2012
Contributed by Brad Fuller
Yesterday, I participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, hosted by Wilmington College and taking place at various locations in Wilmington. I was one of the site leaders, but the locations and teams were kept a secret until the morning of the event, so it was more in “challenge” format. My team went to Sugartree Ministries, the local food pantry/coffee shop/concert venue to help do some painting, caulking, and other miscellaneous needs. You may know of Sugartree Ministries through Rachel Ray or Glenn Beck, but there is so much more to this great organization than what was displayed through the media (yes, Wilmington, Ohio has been on national TV several times). My group finished up a little early, so we then went to the Clinton County homeless shelter to help out another group, who was organizing their building that housed all of their donations. The room looked completely different when we were done with it! Over all, the day was a great “day on”, since we obviously did not need another day off. And to top it off, Chipotle donated food for all of us!
As I begin this next week, I realize that I am going to be very busy, but am thankful that I got ahead as much as I could this weekend to help ease the homework and study load. Hopefully this leaves me some time to begin my research topic, ACL patellar tendon grafts. I’m sure I’ll be able to tell you all about it in future entrys!
January 11, 2012
An interesting photo of me from winter break
Contributed by Brad Fuller
After being away from class for about a month, it feels good to be back, but I am feeling the stress of being an athletic training student now. This semester is my toughest one yet, in which I have 14 credit hours of athletic training courses, plus a philosophy class and an honors seminar for a full schedule of 18 credit hours. While I will be very busy in the upcoming months, I’m looking forward to gaining an immense amount of knowledge this semester, which will help me in my future career as a physical therapist. I know that all of the study time will pay off. This month in my clinical rotation, I am with the men’s basketball team, which I am really looking forward to! One major way basketball is better than indoor track is that it is all indoors! Sounds confusing, but the indoor track team runs outside and we cover their practices.
This semester, my blogs will again focus on Athletic Training, Residence Life, and Campus life in general. However, I may have the occasional blog about some new music that I am into. I can’t wait for the 2012 releases to start rolling out! Best regards to you this month, wherever life may lead you.
January 10, 2012
Contrbuted by Maria Larson
Spring semester 2012 officially started yesterday, January 9th. However, I will not be joining until next week. I have some business to take care of here at home before I head back to the States. Hopefully/maybe I will be able to write about that in a future blog post. It's early morning here in Sweden, and I have been spending some time this morning to prepare and plan so that I won't fall too far behind right away this semester, for example by emailing and keeping a good dialog with my professors. I hate missing this many classes already the first week, but this time I didn't have much of a choice.
Yesterday (as all my friends at school was ready to go to their first classes of the year) I got back to Sweden after spending 12 nice days in Cuba. I went there with my mom for vacation, and we had a good time! The weather could have been better at times, but other than that it was really good. We laid by the pool most of the days, as it was pretty windy on the beach, and we also took some trips in to the capital Havana. The city of Havana definitely contributed to many thoughts about what's going on in the world. It made me angry, and at the same time it made me thankful for what I've got in life. That's what I like about traveling the most, it gives insights about other cultures and countries in the world. I notice it when I travel between Sweden and the US as well, and I think it is good! I definitely value my life more!
Now I have to get ready for a busy day at home. It's the last day I'm home, even though I don't leave Sweden until Sunday. Lots of people to see and say bye to! Hope you all have had a good start of the new year!
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