October 19, 2012
Award Winning bathrooms at Jungle Jim's
Contributed by Brad Fuller
What a crazy week it has been! Actually, it has been a crazy past four weeks. Like I keep saying, first semester of junior year is really really hard. But I’m learning a lot and I know it will prepare me well for physical therapy school.
This past weekend I hosted a hall activity where we went to Jungle Jim’s International Marketplace during the day (with a stop at chipotle) and I cooked an Indian meal for my residents afterwards. If you have never been to Jungle Jim's, I highly recommend it. They have any type of food you could imagine! I love to cook but I have never really cooked Indian food because it is difficult to find the spices and all the essential ingredients at Kroger in Wilmington. However, I took advantage of the Indian section at Jungle Jim’s and bought all kinds of spices to make different curries and dals. I decided to cook masoor dal with cinnamon rice and asparagus. It was delicious! And the leftovers are lasting all week. If you like spicy food at all, you would love Indian cuisine. I’m hoping to make a somewhat authentic Asian dish of some sort for my residents next month, any suggestions on what to make??
Now listening: Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder
(Tri Angle; 2011)
September 30, 2012
Me, working at Joe's
Contributed by: Brad Fuller
Friday night was my first night working by myself at Joe’s Java, a coffee shop within Sugartree Ministries, the local food pantry. They offer a full service coffee bar to help raise money to buy food for the ministry, and I am the new volunteer barista on Friday nights. It is a 10-minute walk from campus and will soon be open Monday-Saturday until 10 or 11pm. Joe’s is a great place to hang out, even if you aren’t into coffee. This past Friday there were around 15 students there and I hope to recruit more within the next few weeks. I only learned how to make specialty coffee drinks a couple weeks ago, but it is something that I already enjoy a lot. I like interacting with people (especially interesting people), and interesting people seem to flock to coffee shops of any kind. I was there hour hours Friday and it seemed to go very quickly. If you are a current student or faculty member, come get coffee from me next Friday! If you are a prospective student, come get coffee from me on Friday and I will tell you everything you need to know about Wilmington! It will be a great time. If you are into service and being somewhere with positive, giving spirit, Sugartree Ministries is the place to be. I’m sure I will talk much more about it in the future.
Now listening: Passion Pit – Gossamer
September 06, 2012
Something I really need to work on: Organization Skills
Contributed by: Brad Fuller
Although my classes are hard this semester, they still seem very manageable; much more so than I thought. I’m only taking 14 credit hours this semester because of how much everyone talks about junior year in the athletic training program being the toughest. Judging on the material and the syllabi from the classes, I agree so far. My classes are Head, Neck and Spine, Physiology of Exercise, Upper Extremity Evaluation, and clinical practicum (with a British Literature class and an honors seminar as well). Many students come to Wilmington College thinking that Athletic Training is simply taping people’s ankles and carrying them off the field when they are injured. These students quickly realize that this is not what the profession is about and that there is a great deal of work involved. Coming in as a freshman, I was mostly aware of what I was getting into. There is no sugarcoating; its hard. But so far, I’m loving everything I’m learning about.
In unrelated news, I began my first training shift as a barista at Joe’s Java, which is located within Sugartree Ministries, out local food pantry. Sugartree is one of myfavorite establishments and I love the work they do, and with a little more training I will be serving drinks at the coffee bar there! It is open at night and is a great place for students to hang out, do homework, and drink low priced, high quality coffee. I’ll give more specifics once I fully start serving there.
Now Listening: Timbre – Little Flowers
(self-released – 2010)
November 04, 2011
Contributed by Brad Fuller
Right now, I am on duty in Austin-Pickett Hall as a member of the Residence Life Staff at Wilmington College. It is such a strange feeling being on duty on a Friday, because this is the first week of the school year that I have not covered Friday Night Football at Blanchester High School for athletic training. Although I’ve had things to do, it has been a very relaxing evening. After leaving the athletic training room on campus at 6:00, I ate and went to watch a group perform at the South Street Coffee House in downtown Wilmington. The shop opened about six months ago and it’s about a 15-minute walk from campus. To me, this is perfect walking distance, considering that I love biking and walking places. While there, I played euchre with the couple that runs For a Song and a Story, the local music shop. I had met them before, but only briefly and through shopping in the store. Wilmington is the type of town where everyone knows everyone, so we halfway recognized each other and played some cards with some live music in the background. It was also a very nice night for a walk to and from campus with some music as well. If you are ever in town, I recommend you checking out the South Street Coffee House and support local businesses!
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