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February 25, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Over the next few weeks, I will be listening to Grimes’ new album entitled “Visions”. The album just came out the past week, and I am very impressed after a couple listens. Grimes is the stage name of Montreal based Claire Boucher, and she describes the latest album as “post-internet”. Whatever this means to you, her music is heavily influenced from electronic sounds she has heard growing up. There are layers, loops, and catchy rhythms with human-emotion based lyrics. I still have a lot to listen for, but so far this album is great!

In the Wilmington College Athletic Training world, the new week brings another rotation switch for the sophomores and juniors in the program. Next month, I will be with the Baseball team. I have never worked with baseball, so it should be a good experience! The week after next will be spring break, and I couldn’t be more excited. I never understood what a break really meant until this year, but I will fully embrace nine days without class. My schedule is very difficult this semester, with 14 credit hours of athletic training classes, but I guess I can’t expect it to get any easier in the future. I hope I can adjust soon!
 

Tags: , AT , ATC , Athletic Training , Break , Busy , college , Music , Time management , Wellness , Wilmington College

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Global Issues

February 21, 2012

Picture of the class dancing Marengue

Picture of the class dancing Marengue

Contributed by Maria Larson

One of the general education courses that we have to take here at Wilmington College is Global Issues. We have to take two classes of this (usually one is taken freshman year, and the second one is a senior seminar) to expand our knowledge about the world we live in. I think this is a good thing, because as educated people we have to be aware about the world as a whole, and how things affect us all.

As I am in my last semester here at Wilmington College, I am taking the senior seminar of Global Issues. The class I am in has the topic of Latin America, and so far we have studied Mexico and we are moving on to Argentina. Last night, our professor had invited a dance teacher to campus to teach us some Latin American dance moves. She taught the class to dance Merengue, and also some Salsa moves. Other students and faculty were also invited to this, and a pretty big group of people showed up.

I actually got out of dancing, and I got to take care of the music instead. I absolutely hate to dance, and my professor knew this so she let me sit out. I was very thankful for this, and I had a good time watching my peers learn how to dance. It seemed as if they learned a lot because they were pretty good towards the end! It was a nice way to mix up the class a little, and not have to go to a lecture for once, but still get some experience and knowledge of Latin America.
 

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Countdowns and thoughts about leaving the States

February 19, 2012

 Contributed by Maria Larson

It is crazy how much I am looking forward to graduation! I’m so sick of studying, and I am just ready to be done! It is a little less than 2.5 months left - until I leave Wilmington College and the States for good! That part hasn’t really settled in yet. I don’t know how I will handle a definite good bye. I have never really had to do that with people from home for example, because I have known I am coming back home, but this is different. I am sure I am eventually coming back to the States to visit my closest friends, but it will not be the same and there is probably a lot of people I might not see again. It’s hard, but I need to just take care of this time and enjoy it while I have it!

I have a lot of countdowns going on though… That is kind of how I stay on track and how I stay focused when I have something to look forward to. It is 13 days until me and my roommate leave for Spring break in Cancun!! That is the main thing I am excited for at this point! A week at the beach is much needed! After that, in the middle of March, I am taking a trip with school to Washington DC, which I am also very excited about! After that, spring should have arrived for sure, and it is no better season than spring at Wilmington College. Everyone are coming outside to enjoy the weather, and it just makes life much easier and I am sure it will help the time fly by even faster!

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Experience WC

February 18, 2012

 Contributed by Maria Larson

This week we tried something new in terms of programs on campus. We had a program called “Experience WC”, which included evening activities and overnight stay for those who wanted to stay with a student on campus. About 15 people stayed overnight, and some came to just take part in the evening activities because of classes the next day.

I was supposed to host two overnight guests in my apartment. I was excited to meet some new people, and show them what Wilmington College is like, but unfortunately none of them showed. Other than that, pretty much everyone that had made a reservation came! Because I have a lot of schoolwork to do, I decided to not take part in the program once I realized that my guests did not come to campus. I used that time to work on some papers I had due for the end of the week.

If you are interested to come and visit campus on an overnight, please let us know and we will be glad to organize it for you! We won’t have another program like this, this semester, but we can definitely arrange for individual overnights so you can stay with a student on campus and get a feel for what Wilmington College is really about!

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Fun Weekend

February 12, 2012

A view of Downtown and the Murphy Theater

A view of Downtown and the Murphy Theater

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

This Saturday was an eventful day for me! I started out by participating in Super Saturday, a day in which current resident assistants got to know applicants for next year. I am already a current staff member, so I was one of the observers and facilitators. The morning started out with group interviews, followed by teamwork-oriented activities in the afternoon. I was working with a “survivor” activity, in which participants had to “vote off” contestants based only on a short biography of that person. The activity yielded the same winner all four times it was performed (Chad Crittenden, an actual survivor contestant).

In the evening, I attended a show at the Murphy Theater in downtown Wilmington, courtesy of the Wilmington College Honors Program. The show is entitled “WAR”, and was performed by interns of the Cincinnati Playhouse. According to Playhouse Director of Education Mark Lutwak, “’WAR’ is a powerful and rich play that explores the ways in which boys use warfare as a metaphor for their lives: in sports, with their peers, in academics and in their relationships with others, particularly women. Contemporary ‘manhood training,’ as laid on young boys by popular culture, adults and peers, is wildly out of sorts with the kind of maturity that we expect and need from our next generation. This play raises important questions that will be discussed long after the performance is over.” Overall, it was a great experieince, which I am accustomed to enjoying after visiting the Murphy Theater.

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Upcoming weeks

February 07, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller

Today, I have my first big exam for my rehab class. I’ve been preparing for it basically since the first day of class and I’m nervous! It starts in about an hour from now, but I need a break from studying. Hopefully it’s not as hard as I’m thinking it will be!

I am thinking the end of this week will be a little more relaxing. Over the past week, the Wilmington College Table Tennis club has received a few exciting shipments. We now have court dividers, scoreboards, new rackets and balls, and a new table (that still needs to be put together). On March 3, a few of us will be traveling to Columbus for the Arnold Table Tennis Tournament, which is held at the Columbus Convention Center. We went to a tournament last semester and it was a lot of fun, and this tournament is part of a much larger fitness expo, so some of the areas best athletes will be there. Hopefully I find some time soon to work on my table tennis game! Athletic Training keeps me very busy, but that’s what I am here for.
 

Tags: Athletes , Athletic Training , Busy , Fitness , Table Tennis

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Is it Friday yet?

February 07, 2012

 Contributed by Maria Larson

School is so busy, and it is only going to get worse from now on. Taking as many credits as I am, I feel like I always have an assignment, homework or exam to study for. It is stressful, and I hope I will make it through the whole semester!

I feel like my weekends are just as busy as the weekdays, even though it helps not having to get up early to attend classes. I always feel like I should use my weekends to catch up on school work and working out, and that makes my weekends just as filled as any other day of the week. However, I have been lazy the last couple of weekends, especially regarding school work, and I need to step it up these coming weeks before spring break!

Yesterday I was sitting in the library, reading and preparing for my night class. I must have fallen asleep, without noticing it, and when I woke up about an hour later I had no idea where I was, what I was doing, or what time or day it was. If that isn’t a sign of being worn out, I don’t know what is. Even though it is only Tuesday morning, I cannot wait for the weekend to come. I need to catch up on sleep, along with working out and homework, and I will try to stay more focused on those tasks from now on! 25 days until spring break – I can do it!

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