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Day 6? .. Day 1

August 27, 2012

Twin Shadow - Confess : 
A solid 2012 release..

Twin Shadow - Confess : A solid 2012 release..

Contributed by: Brad Fuller 

Although today is the sixth day of classes of the 2012 fall semester at Wilmington College, I feel as if class actually began today. The first week of class is always generally easy, with professors going over the syllabus and reviewing from previous classes (within your specific major, specifically). In my athletic training classes specifically, we reviewed the basics that apply to every class in the program, such as evaluation techniques, basic terminology, and Athletic Training Room (ATR) paperwork information. Today, however, was different than the first week. After class, I went to work in the ATR from 2-9 for football treatments, as well as winter and spring sport physicals. At 9 I began duty in alternative housing (which I am currently in the middle of) and will run until 1 a.m. This is providing me some time to relax, catch up on studying, and listening to music, but it is still a long day. Part of being in the athletic training program here requires a great deal of time management skill. If you are passionate about learning the material for a career or for graduate school preparation, it is a great experience; you just have to expect some long days/nights along the way.

 

Now listening: Twin Shadow – Confess
(4AD; 2012)
http://www.last.fm/music/Twin%2520Shadow/Confess?ac=confess%20twin%20shadow

Tags: athletic training , music , school , sleep , wilmington college

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Dinner Adventures

August 22, 2012

first attempt at sushi

first attempt at sushi

Contributed by: Brad Fuller

While many first year students at Wilmington College eat most meals at the TOP (Top of Pyle Center), I finally have the luxury as a junior of cooking meals in my apartment. The other night, my roommate and I decided to make sushi. I am a vegan (more on that at a later time ☺) and I love to cook, so my next kitchen goal is to become a master sushi chef. The first attempt turned out to be more like a burrito wrapped with seaweed instead of a tortilla, but it still tasted like sushi. I have a few ideas to improve on the next batch, and hopefully I can get good enough to make it for my residents (I am a community advisor in the College Commons apartments). I do plan on cooking other things as a community building activity, and I believe burritos will be first on the menu. Eating healthy whole foods is very important to me, and they can be very delicious as well. I am looking forward to sharing food with people that may not know me and people that do, as well as explaining to them a little more about my dietary choices.

 

Now listening: Tim Hecker – Dropped Pianos
(Kranky; 2011)
http://www.last.fm/music/Tim%2520Hecker/Dropped%2520Pianos?ac=dropped%20piano
 

Tags: food , sushi , vegan , wellness , wilmington college

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Camp Joy

August 14, 2012

Contributed by: Brad Fuller

Yesterday, I was able to participate in an Underground Railroad simulation with all of the Wilmington College resident assistants, peer advisors, and orientation assistants at Camp Joy in Clarksville, OH. Camp Joy is an outdoor education center that hosts many summer camps, as well as other miscellaneous groups year round. Their mission is, “Helping People Grow & Succeed Through Life-long Experience Based Learning.” At the simulation, they referred to it as a unique type of play, where the participants played an active role. At the beginning, we went through a mock slave trade where we were all sold into different groups. Each group then proceeded on a journey where they were “escaping” from slavery. In the end, my group was caught trying to escape from a crowded crawlspace. While parts of the simulation are intense and powerful, it is a completely safe zone. Participants wear a bandana on their head, and if it is pulled down or removed, the actors know that you are no longer a part of the play (temporarily, if desired). The actors also do not touch any participants, they do not curse or use derogatory terms, all weapons are fake and never pointed in the direction of a person, and individual threats are never made. The experience allows everyone to learn about the darkest time in American history and reflect on the current time period. For me personally, it allowed me to think of the current situation of the world. While slavery does not exist in America today, it still exists in many parts of the world. Many Americans are not aware of this fact because we live a comfortable life in this country. While the play allows participants to reflect on the past, I would encourage anyone (whether you have participated or not) to reflect on social injustices throughout the world. I’m not going to rant on how I feel about the clothing, food, or commercial goods industries (I probably will in later blogs ☺), but I challenge you to think about every decision you make and realize everything that had to be done for that decision to be made. For example, lets say you buy an apple. Think of everything that needed to be done for that apple to get into your stomach (growing the plant, shipping, selling, etc…). Once you begin to think of things slightly more complex than an apple, the process begins to become more complex as well, creating a higher potential for injustice somewhere in this chain of events.

 

Now listening: Burial – untrue
(Hyperdub; 2007)

http://www.last.fm/music/Burial/Untrue

Tags: camp joy , education , injustice , quakers , teamwork

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Back to School

August 09, 2012

Contributed by: Brad Fuller

I cant’ believe that its almost time for classes to begin already. The summer was a great rest, but I am ready to get back into the routine. Over the past summer, I stayed on campus and worked for Conference Services. It was a great summer job, and I had a lot of fun going to work each day. Although I stayed on campus, I still feel like I had a break because I did not take any classes.

 

This week and next, I will be splitting time with working at football camp for my Athletic Training major and with Residence Life Training, where I will be working as a Community Advisor in the College Commons apartments (more details to follow). This is in preparation for the first semester of my junior year in the Athletic Training program, which many say is the toughest semester in the sequence. I will also keep you all updated on how that goes.

Last school year, I wrote a little bit about music in my blogs. This year, I will try to write what I am listening to at the end of each blog. Generally, there will be little to no explanation of the album. However if something really strikes a chord (pun intended), I will be sure to explain how great the music is.

Now listening: frank ocean – channel ORANGE
(Def Jam; 2012)
 

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