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Slow but busy

March 28, 2012

Contributed by Maria Larson

Not much is going on campus right now – at least not around me. I am as usual extremely swamped with school work, and I feel behind in basically all my classes… There are also a lot to do at work, in the Admission office, so I stay busy for sure!

Tomorrow it is only 5 weeks left until school is over. There are basically only four more weeks of classes, and then the finals week. I cannot wait for it to be over. I cannot wait to get a break! It is starting to dawn on me though, that I am actually going to leave this place pretty soon. There are for sure many people that I will miss from my time here in the States, and I hope I will see all of them again someday.

I plan on posting some recognitions/acknowledgements of people that I have met at, or around, Wilmington College during my time here. I will probably (hopefully) start with that next week – so make sure you check it out!
 

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Studying!

March 26, 2012

A study location of mine from last week (on campus)

A study location of mine from last week (on campus)

Contributed by Brad Fuller


If for some unfortunate reason you did not notice, the weather was perfect last week! While this is nice for outdoor activities, it can sometimes be hard on study habits (no matter how unusually warm winter was). However, there are ways to get around the temptation to quit studying and [in my case] do nothing but go on long bike rides every day after class. One way is simply to study outside. Studying does not have to always be boring, in silence, or in the library. Once you are to a point where you can do more learning than organizing, it is easy to find a spot on campus to study. Another nice weather study tip is to walk somewhere off campus to study. You still get the stimulation of being outside, but you also go somewhere with a purpose. This purpose will help you study more without the temptation of taking a nap or snacking. As an athletic training major here at Wilmington College, I have a ton of studying to do. However, there are definitely ways of easing the load a little bit! Finding a study strategy takes a little while, but you will be relieved once you found one that fits your style.
 

Tags: AT , ATC , Athletes , Athletic Training , athletics , college , Cycling , escape , Friends , Watson Library , Wilmington College , winter

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Lobbying trip

March 21, 2012

Capitol by night

Capitol by night

Contributed by Maria Larson

It is Wednesday morning, and I am super tired. However, I am glad it is already Wednesday, although it kind of feels like Monday for me…

The reason I have the Monday-feeling is that I got back from Washington DC last night, so my school week has just started. I went on the lobbying trip that the school arranges together with FCNL. We were about 40 people that left for Washington DC on Saturday morning, and came back around midnight last night (Tuesday night). It was a good trip, filled with good experiences regarding lobbying on the “hill” in Washington DC. We also learned a lot about the war in Afghanistan, which was the topic we were lobbying about.

Sunday and Monday was filled with different sessions where we talked about the issue in Afghanistan, and why America needs to pull out their troops from there. As I am not an American, I realized that I have similar views and opinions about this, although I see it from a different perspective. I am not going to go into detail about my political views regarding the war, but let’s just say that I definitely agree with FCNL – that the US needs to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible!

Yesterday, Tuesday, was the big lobbying day that we had prepared for during the weekend. We went in small groups to our House representatives during the morning, to ask our representatives to sign on the H.R.780 bill (Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act). We also met as a big group with representatives for both Senator Brown and Senator Portman, to talk about the US military budget. It was good meetings, and definitely a good experience to have seen how lobbying on the “hill” works!
 

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Cycling

March 21, 2012

My Fixie

My Fixie

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

The weather the past couple of weeks has been incredible! For me however, that is not always the best thing during the school year. I love being outside; road cycling is one of my favorite activities and I cannot resist the temptation of a perfect day. When I have schoolwork to do, this could be a minor issue. Yesterday, a fellow athletic training student and I rode a 33-mile loop around the eastern portion of Clinton County. I am still getting in shape for the season, so today will be a rest day for sure!

Also on the topic of cycling, I bought a cheap fixed gear bike over spring break, just for getting around town on and for fun. Fixed gear bikes are exactly what the name says they are; one gear that is fixed to the rear wheel. It is a machine in its simplest form, no gears, breaks are optional, and no coasting. If the wheel is moving, the pedals are moving at the same rate. To some, this sounds like a horrible ride. To me (and a lot of urban cyclists around the world), it is a cheap, efficient, and fun way to get around!

Tags: Athletic Training , Cycling , Fitness , Fixed Gear , Fixie , Nutrition , Peace , Wellness , Wilmington College

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A reminder to success

March 16, 2012

Warrior Champion-movie

Warrior Champion-movie

Contributed by Maria Larson

On Wednesday night I went to the Issues and artists speaker that was on campus. This time April Kerley, a Paralympics swimmer, came to campus to talk about her story and how she has reached her goals although she is disabled. Her speech was very motivating, and I enjoyed it a lot. It definitely made me think positively about things, and realize that anyone actually can reach their goals as long as they have a positive attitude.

Before April Kerley came to campus, we have also gotten the chance to watch the movie Warrior Champions. It is a very motivating movie that also talks about success despite obstacles. The movie shows how severely wounded war veterans from the Iraq war came around and competed in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Both April’s story and the movie Warrior Champions were good wakeup calls; we need a positive attitude in life and with that we are actually able to accomplish anything we set our mind into. As long as we don’t limit ourselves, we have the potential to reach as far as we ever want!

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Back From Break

March 12, 2012

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My "spring break diet"

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

I am now back from spring break, and it was incredible! Some people enjoyed extravagant beach vacations, but I stayed at my home in Wilmington, Ohio and loved every minute of it. My break consisted of riding my bike when the weather was nice, eating Chipotle (!), and being lazy for a week. Usually I’m not the lazy type, but this semester has been wearing me out. However, I’m ready to get back to it and get the semester over with, as it is one of the more difficult in the Athletic Training curriculum.

This week, I will be going to see The Lorax movie in town courtesy of the honors program. One immediate benefit of being in the honors program is that you get to go to several “enrichment activities”. The first semester of my freshmen year we went to see The Blue Man Group perform in downtown Dayton. This year a group went to see the musical “Wicked”, which I was unable to attend. As I wrote about earlier, we went to a play at the Murphy Theater in Wilmington last month. If you get invited to join the honors program, I highly encourage you to accept the invitation!
 

Tags: Spring Break , Time management , Wellness , Wilmington College

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Back from break... Back to business!

March 11, 2012

Picture of the beach in Cancun

Picture of the beach in Cancun

Contributed by Maria Larson

Break flew by, as it always does! Cancun was great, and I will miss it for sure! The weather didn’t start off very good, but on Wednesday the sun came out and the weather stayed great for the rest of our trip. We had a lot of fun and met a lot of people. We were even too busy to take pictures! We just got a few with our phones, but other than that we just hung out at the beach and in the pool – enjoying life!

I got back to campus late last night, and the switch to summertime (daylight saving) made it even later! We arrived to Columbus at 11:30pm and then I had to go back to my roommate’s house and get my car before I could start my two-hour drive back to campus. I don’t think I was back until 4am. It was nice to get back right away though, and be able to sleep in a little today. But now it’s back to business again! Only eight more weeks left and then it’s over… Crazy but true! My mom called me today, and we started to plan for my graduation. She is coming together with my grandma and three of my brothers and one of their friends. It is going to be fun, and I am so glad that they are coming to experience it with me!
 

 

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Ready for a break

March 02, 2012

Study, study, study

Study, study, study

Contributed by Maria Larson

This week has been absolutely insane! It is the last week before spring break, and it has seemed as all students here on campus have been swamped with school work. This week I have had four scheduled exams, where three of them have been really dense midterms. Actually, it is not over yet, because I have two of them later today, but then it is FINALLY spring break. My roommate and I have counted down the days since this semester started. We are leaving for Cancun tomorrow morning, and we are super excited to be on the beach for a week! I really hope for some good weather, so we can charge our batteries in the sunshine and then come back and finish up this semester successfully!

When we come back, it will only be about 8 more weeks of this semester. The semester really flies by here at Wilmington College, as they are short but very intense. I like it that way though, and I am excited to be done in just about two months. I hope the spring weather is treating you all well, and that all you students out there keep your head up and have a spring break around the corner as well!
 

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