April 22, 2012
Laser tag arena
Contributed by Brad Fuller
This Thursday was a busy day for me, but in a fun way! The morning started out with the usual class, but the afternoon was all about fun (which really is ok once in a while). After lunch, I started out with a 31 mile bike ride throughout the countryside surrounding town. After I got back, I left to go play laser tag with all of the resident assistants. We went to Lazer Kraze, which is very close to Kings Island. Laser tag is always fun, no matter how old you are! On the way back, I ate Chipotle and if you have read any of my previous blogs, you would know that I am obsessed with Chipotle. When I got back, we had a charity table tennis tournament on campus. Unexpectedly, a very good former national tournament participant was at out tournament. Unfortunately, he destroyed me in final round to win the golden paddle. However, I will get to train with him over the summer so hopefully my skills will drastically improve this summer. I’m really looking forward to everything this summer has to offer!
April 18, 2012
The Admission Staff & Student Ambassadors 2011-2012
Contributed by Maria Larson
When I decided that I wanted to stay and work on campus over the last summer break, I applied to several places where they were hiring students for the summer. One of these places was the Admission office, and that was where I eventually got a job.
I worked full time during the summer, and had a great time with the whole staff in the office. Once school started back up, I continued to work part time in the office and combined work with my last year of school. There have been times when it has been extremely stressful and I have considered quitting the job in order to have more time for school, but every time that thought have come to mind, I have realized that I could never actually leave that place.
The staff in the Admission office is awesome and they make it worth coming in to work every day! I got to know all of the counselors really well during the summer, as we worked so closely together, and we had a lot of fun! Once school started back up, and all the students came back to campus, all the other student ambassadors also contributed to a lot of good times in the office.
I hope you have met some of these amazing people during a visit on campus, or that you will meet them on a future visit, because they are great people and they mirror the friendliness and belongingness that Wilmington College is all about!
There is not one day in the office without laughter. Although we are often very busy in there, we always find moments to laugh and enjoy each other's company. It is the kind of work environment I hope I always find myself in, and the Admission office will for sure be one of the places I will miss the most on campus when I leave Wilmington College.
April 15, 2012
A photo of me speaking at the Clinton County Relay for Life a couple summers ago
Contributed by Brad Fuller
Last night was our annual Wilmington College Relay for Life. Although there was rain at the very end, the weather for the event was great and I believe that it was a success! Relay has a special meaning to me because I am a cancer survivor myself. At 15 years of age, I was diagnosed with adamantinoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer. I underwent a limb salvage surgery on March 20, 2007, which involved the removing of my left tibia (in which a cadaver bone and metal plate were put in its place), and my right fibula was also removed and put into my left leg for more support. As it may seem, it was a drastic, life changing procedure; 18 hours in the operating room, 10 days in the hospital, 13 months of crutches and still in the recovery process to this day. As strange as it may seem, this was, in my opinion, the best overall experience in my life. I learned that you can never take anything for granted and that you never know what you have until it’s gone. Relay for life helps give people hope that are unexpectedly placed in situations like this, and it brings joy to those who have lost loved ones to cancer, knowing that they have people all around them offering support. I am looking forward to participating in Relay in town this summer!
April 14, 2012
Me, Sarah, Tiff and Kayla in the beginning of our Sophomore year!
Contributed by Maria Larson
One of the biggest aspects and memories from college is all the friends that you make. I can say that I definitely have found some friends for life here, and I hope we can keep up that friendship once I move back to Sweden. Everyone are super friendly here at Wilmington College, and I felt that at once when I got here. I will miss walking across campus and say hi to all the people that I know - I can hardly ever cross campus without running into friends to talk to! It is a special feeling on this campus, a special atmosphere, and I will never forget that about this place!
Roommates are often the friends you become closest to and that is how it has been for me too. I have stayed together with my roommate Kayla throughout all my three years here. I did not only become her roommate, but I also felt like I became a part of her family as she let me go home with her for holidays and breaks. Kayla has been a true friend who has been there for me whenever I have needed it, and she has supported me whenever I have been homesick and missed my family at home.
When we moved into the apartments for this third year, my friend Tiff also became my roommate, which made us even closer friends than before. Tiff and I have had a lot of fun over the years, and for example made two trips out of the country together (Jamaica and Mexico). I hope her next trip abroad will be to come see me at home!
Another really close friend that I have made here is Sarah. We have never been roommates, but we were teammates for two years on the soccer team and we have kept our friendship since I quit the team as well. We also stayed together and had a lot of fun during the soccer trip to Europe in August, and she was a great friend and supporter this past summer when I stayed in the States instead of going home.
I know it is not right to rank your friends, but these are the top three people that I have come absolutely closest to during my time here, and I hope that we will stay friends forever! These girls have helped me out tremendously when I have struggled over the years, and we have had many, many fun times together!
I truly hope that many of my friendships I have made here at Wilmington College will last after I leave; I have met so many amazing people here and I am very thankful for that!
April 08, 2012
Picture of my "arm" after my surgery. I had this brace for four weeks after the surgery, and the first week I had it locked in a 90° angle. After that I went through about 6 months of rehab, and now I am fully recovered and stronger than ever!
Contributed by Maria Larson
Last night I watched a whole baseball game for the first time (Reds vs. Marlins), and I actually came to understand some of the rules for it! I have never understood it before, and therefore not been very entertained, but it is definitely more fun when you get the rules and tactics behind the sport! I still feel like it is like watching two grown men play catch, but I definitely thought it was more fun the more I understood of it.
When we watched the game last night, we came to talk about how I had my elbow surgery done by Dr. Kremchek, who is the Reds team’s doctor as well. I had a Tommy John-surgery done back in November 2010, after I tore my UCL playing soccer. Back then I used to joke and say that I was going to be an awesome pitcher after going through the rehab for the surgery, because they had me do the general baseball rehab as they had never had anyone tear their UCL by being a goalie in soccer before. However, after watching some of those pitchers last night, I am not so sure I could have done it myself.
That surgery is definitely something I am very thankful for from my time here in the States. I am happy that I got connected with Dr. Kremchek through our team doctor here at Wilmington College (Dr. Saunders), and that I got my elbow “fixed”. I recovered very well from my surgery, and I wish I would have gotten to test it again in soccer, but that did not happen. However, as I workout daily in the weight room or in other cardio workouts, I feel how strong my arm feels and how good that surgery did me. If I ever play again, I will always be thankful that I was able to get this surgery done here in the States, because I for sure don not miss that excruciating pain I had before my surgery!
April 06, 2012
Peanut butter to the max
Contributed by Maria Larson
I committed to Lent this year, for the first time ever. I gave up sweets (candy, desserts, cookies, pastries etc.) and also peanut butter. Many would say that peanut butter is not a “sweet” and that is something I have heard a lot throughout this Lent, but to me it is. That is why I gave it up – to see how I would do without it! I tend to overeat both sweets and peanut butter whenever it comes my way, and this has been an attempt for me to stop that behavior.
Giving up these things for Lent has actually not been that hard! I think it has helped that I was committed, and really wanted to do this. I have honestly not missed the sweets at all. Of course it has been hard when someone else around me has been eating something like that, but I have gotten over it and been fine for the most part.
However, the peanut butter has been harder to stay away from! I have definitely missed it. It is funny to me because I never used to eat it before I moved here to the States! It is just not something that we eat at home, so I found my love for it when I came here. I have definitely missed it during these 40 days, and I will from now on enjoy it much more when I get a chance to eat it. Actually, I think peanut butter will be the only thing I pick up again after this Lent. Since it hasn’t been that hard to stay away from other sweets, I might as well continue to not eat it. I think it will be good for me too.
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