Wilmington College Blog

10 Things About Me That Make Wilmington College The Perfect Fit!

October 31, 2013

 

Contributed by Paige Newman

1.    1.       I love to sing…

So at Wilmington College I am Music minor.  I take private instruction voice lessons. I am in the College Community Choir, and the College Chorale.

2.       I am from a small town…

Wilmington is small enough that it is not overwhelming, but big enough that there is always something to do.

3.       I love coffee…

Jen’s Deli is a quick walk from campus and there is always coffee at the school’s cafeteria.

4.       I love to talk…

Wilmington College is small enough that you get to know pretty much everyone. 

5.       I like finding cool new things to do…

Wilmington has a Water Polo Club and I like to go watch them play.

6.       I enjoy learning…

The teachers at Wilmington are extremely invested in the students, and they are able to have close relationships with the students that are beneficial to their education. 

7.       I love to read…

The library is full of interesting books and the couch on the second floor is the best reading spot.

8.       I like to take walks…

The Hazard Arboretum is beautiful!

9.       I love Chipotle…

The nearest Chipotle is a short drive away.

10.   I love people…

You will not meet a stranger at Wilmington College.  The people here are very friendly and the community is lovely.  

Tags:

Add comment

COMMENTS

No comments yet. Be the first!

A bit on why I love music

October 31, 2013

An early, mysterious Reflektor logo, painted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a couple miles from the graduate school I will be attending next year. At the time, it was unknown that Arcade Fire was randomly putting this symbol all over Brooklyn and the Internet

An early, mysterious Reflektor logo, painted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a couple miles from the graduate school I will be attending next year. At the time, it was unknown that Arcade Fire was randomly putting this symbol all over Brooklyn and the Internet

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Tonight, I just finished up a large portion of my senior athletic training research project. It feels great to get this far in the project, so I spent some time relaxing and thinking tonight. Every once in a while, it is nice to forget about school for a few. It is a great way to not get too caught up in a routine at school, because that can get exhausting. Without music, I don’t think I would have been able to make it through school. (OK, I would have made it. But it does help me focus a lot, and finding something to help you focus is something I highly recommend).

One way I like to “get away” is through listening to music, but I don’t just casually listen to the radio or the top 40. I love searching to find the best music that is out there today, and I wonder how people can be content with most of the music played on mainstream radio. I think of this because of the release of Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor. I really got into music in 2006, my freshman year of high school, and Arcade Fire’s Funeral was fairly new at the time (released in 2004). It remains one of my favorite albums to date, but it was also a monumental album in music. Its hard to imagine a future alternative rock album ever being better than Funeral. Reflektor is completely different than Funeral, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. The lyrics are much darker than their first three albums, but the James Murphy produced sound is more electronic and upbeat. So far, it seems like a proper evolution in sound and expression. But when a band has released an album as good as Funeral, it is difficult to really get into it. If you get the chance, listen to Reflektor (or listen to Funeral first if you have not done so) and tell me what you think!

Now Listening:
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
(Merge; 2013)
 

 

Tags:

Add comment

COMMENTS

No comments yet. Be the first!

OCTOBER

October 31, 2013

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

What a busy time October is! I’m not sure what it is about October, but it seems a large proportion of events occur this month, whether is it midterm exams or fun campus events. A fairly large portion of my senior year in the Athletic Training Program started last week: I began working with my senior sport. My sport is Men’s Basketball, and I will be with them the entire season. As the senior with the sport, I will get to experience everything first hand just as a certified athletic trainer would. Of course we are still supervised, but we are the first ones that get to participate in all of the learning experiences. From talking with seniors in previous years, they seem to think that the senior sport is one of the best clinical experiences because of the amount of time you get to spend with the athletes and how you get to see the progression from the beginning of the season to the end. I am also glad that the season happens while the weather is cold outside! It will definitely give me something to do over winter break.

Now Listening:
The Field – Cupid’s Head
(Kompakt; 2013)
 

Tags:

Add comment

COMMENTS

No comments yet. Be the first!

Pumpkin Painting!

October 30, 2013

My pumpkin painting skills need a little work.

My pumpkin painting skills need a little work.

 Contributed by Paige Newman

Hello! Tonight I painted pumpkins with my freshman advisees to get in the fall spirit! This year I have been working as a Peer Advisor.  Essentially I am an extra support for the freshman during their first semester of college.  I just wanted to share a picture of the pumpkin I created during the fun filled night.  

Tags:

Add comment

COMMENTS

No comments yet. Be the first!

How Wilmington Becomes Home

October 29, 2013

This is a picture that my sister took while she was combining the corn.

This is a picture that my sister took while she was combining the corn.

 Contributed by Paige Newman

Hello everyone! As the week continues on I have found myself thinking about the weekend I just spent at home.

I live in Adams County, which is only an hour away from Wilmington.  This short distance makes it easy for me to go home whenever I want and I sometimes abuse that power.  I love going home and seeing my family, friends, and the family farm.  Although I love everything about home, I have been dealing with the same problems every time I go back to my town.  Wilmington has begun to take the place of home.

I have been attending Wilmington College for over a year now and it has become home in every right.  I have made friendships here that I know are going to outlive many of the ones that I made before college.  I have spent the past year and a half at Wilmington growing up on this campus and with these friends.  So this has become home. 

I didn’t even make these connections until I came back to school in August.  As I pulled on the campus I didn’t have butterflies or any uneasy feelings.  Wilmington felt comfortable and just like home. What I’m trying to say is that you never realize you’re making a place home until you no longer feel like an outsider, or uncomfortable, or out of place.  For me it happened without me even noticing, but I can honestly say that Wilmington has become my perfect fit and my home.  

(I have been listening to a preposterous amount of James Taylor lately and the song "Carolina in my mind" has been my go-to song. It makes every place feel like home.) 

Tags:

Add comment

COMMENTS

No comments yet. Be the first!

Westheimer: A Review & Finding Success In Failure

October 28, 2013

 Contributed by Paige Newman

October is nearing an end and it has been a crazy month for me.  My classes have started to pile on the work as the end of the semester gets closer.  My classes have been consuming my life lately, but in a good way.  Earlier this month I got a break from class to attend the Westheimer Peace Symposium. 

This year the Peace Symposium featured speakers and activists who discussed human rights issues focused mainly in Africa.  The session that I attended was with speaker Lisa Shannon.  She is a grassroots activist who focuses on the rights of women in the Congo.  Lisa shared the struggles of the women of the Congo and their fight for their rights.  There was one thing in particular that Lisa said that stuck with me.

Lisa encouraged the crowd to do something “even if you fail”.  Lisa explained that she had multiple fundraising attempts that were not successful, but eventually she found something that worked.  It seems that the take away message from Lisa’s lecture is that you can find success even in the worst failure.  She encouraged the audience to just get involved, and try to change something.  

Tags:

Add comment

COMMENTS

No comments yet. Be the first!

Fun campus events

October 07, 2013

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

This past weekend was homecoming weekend on campus, which means lots of festivities and events! Although the center of attention is always the football game and the dance, my favorite event took place on Friday night. Chris Carter, a mentalist, performed a show at the TOP, our campus cafeteria and dining room. I had never seen a mentalist perform and like everyone else that has never seen one, I was a bit skeptical. Like everyone else that has seen a mentalist perform, I am now still a bit skeptical and a bit creeped out. For one of his acts, he had everyone in the audience write on a card their name, a number that meant something to them, and a question that they wanted answered. I wrote my name, social security number, and I asked what my friend Eric was going to do with his life (who was sitting next to me and didn’t know that I wrote a question about him). Before writing the questions, however, Chris was blindfolded with duck tape over each eye and remained so throughout this act. He randomly chose cards out of the pile, wadded them up, and told people the information on the card. My card was chosen and he knew my name, social security number, and after he asked how long I knew Eric (followed by Eric panicking) the answer to my question was, “you know, those guys on the street with the giant squeegees make a lot more money than you would think”. It was definitely an interesting experience and he did so many more mind-blowing things. So if you ever have a chance to see a mentalist, do it!

In other news, if you are unfamiliar with Nico Jaar and his various projects, you should become familiar with him. His latest project, DARKSIDE, officially releases their album tomorrow on Matador / Other People. Its currently streaming various places online and I highly recommend it. 

Now listening:
DARKSIDE – Psychic
(Matador / Other People; 2013)

Tags:

Add comment

COMMENTS

No comments yet. Be the first!

Subscribe

 

Student Blogs

Welcome to the Wilmington student blogs, where several students contribute to this column.