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Fresh Start

January 20, 2013

Ideas for a fresh start.

Ideas for a fresh start.

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

            Christmas cookies, honey-maple glazed spiral ham, sweet potatoes and chocolate covered pretzels have left me yearning to be home once more for Christmas time.  Although starting a new semester can be rough -especially with thoughts and tastes of home still permeating every sulcus and gyri of your brain- it can also be very rejuvenating. 

A new semester is a time to start new habits and break old ones. A new schedule, new teachers, classes and peers can make breaking old habits easier.  Near the end of last semester poor time management and lack of personal time became the norm.   I had stressed myself out so much that I was, for lack of better words, burned out.  This New Year and semester allowed me to have a fresh start.  Take advantage of these changes. Choose to see them as opportunities rather than challenges.  Look at what bothered you, made you struggle, or set you back last year and come up with your own personal game plan to fight or nullify those previous obstacles.  You might be feeling overwhelmed and crunched for already, but by taking a bit of self-evaluation time now, you will save yourself days of time later.

Stay hydrated and get rejuvinated.

 

Tags: Busy , Friends , Time management , Wellness , Workout

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Jungle Jim's adventure

October 19, 2012

Award Winning bathrooms at Jungle Jim's

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)
http://www.last.fm/music/Balam%2520Acab/WANDER%252FWONDER?ac=balam%20acab%20wa
 

Tags: AT , Athletic Training , Coffee , Food , Friends , Fun , Jungle Jim's

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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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MLK Day!

January 17, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller


Yesterday, I participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, hosted by Wilmington College and taking place at various locations in Wilmington. I was one of the site leaders, but the locations and teams were kept a secret until the morning of the event, so it was more in “challenge” format. My team went to Sugartree Ministries, the local food pantry/coffee shop/concert venue to help do some painting, caulking, and other miscellaneous needs. You may know of Sugartree Ministries through Rachel Ray or Glenn Beck, but there is so much more to this great organization than what was displayed through the media (yes, Wilmington, Ohio has been on national TV several times). My group finished up a little early, so we then went to the Clinton County homeless shelter to help out another group, who was organizing their building that housed all of their donations. The room looked completely different when we were done with it! Over all, the day was a great “day on”, since we obviously did not need another day off. And to top it off, Chipotle donated food for all of us!

As I begin this next week, I realize that I am going to be very busy, but am thankful that I got ahead as much as I could this weekend to help ease the homework and study load. Hopefully this leaves me some time to begin my research topic, ACL patellar tendon grafts. I’m sure I’ll be able to tell you all about it in future entrys!

Tags: , #MLKday , Downtown Wilmington , Events , Friends , Local , Martin Luther King , service , students , Time management , Volunteers , Wilmington College , winter

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Thanks for the comments! @Helen, Sugartree really is a great aspect of our town. I love serving there when I get the chance. @ GG, that sounds really interesting!
Brad Fuller 1:42AM 02/19/12
I would never watch Glenn Beck(guy is crazyyyyyyyy). Anyways, Sugartree Ministries is an awesome group. I'm glad to see that there are so many communities out there forming groups to help the less fortunate.
Helen 6:08PM 02/14/12
By the way, regarding your tendon project: there is a paramedic in Austria/Europe who is already recognised by some universities/medical schools who studied his method and who has among his patients many world class sports professionals, e.g. (former) several time Wimbledon and Olympic tennis champion Boris Becker, who uses nothing but a special massage technique (albeit for three hours while it hurts, no anaesthetics) after which the tendon is completely repaired and can once again take the full load! I don't know if there is any English literature on his achievements yet, but could point you to some sources if you so wish.
GG 12:55AM 01/31/12

Back on the Grind

January 11, 2012

An interesting photo of me from winter break

An interesting photo of me from winter break

Contributed by Brad Fuller

After being away from class for about a month, it feels good to be back, but I am feeling the stress of being an athletic training student now. This semester is my toughest one yet, in which I have 14 credit hours of athletic training courses, plus a philosophy class and an honors seminar for a full schedule of 18 credit hours. While I will be very busy in the upcoming months, I’m looking forward to gaining an immense amount of knowledge this semester, which will help me in my future career as a physical therapist. I know that all of the study time will pay off. This month in my clinical rotation, I am with the men’s basketball team, which I am really looking forward to! One major way basketball is better than indoor track is that it is all indoors! Sounds confusing, but the indoor track team runs outside and we cover their practices.

 

This semester, my blogs will again focus on Athletic Training, Residence Life, and Campus life in general. However, I may have the occasional blog about some new music that I am into. I can’t wait for the 2012 releases to start rolling out! Best regards to you this month, wherever life may lead you.

Tags: ATC , Athletic Training , athletics , Busy , Friends , Schedule , scholarship , students , Study , Wellness , winter

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Almost Break Time

November 21, 2011

Saying goodbye to nice weather for the year

Saying goodbye to nice weather for the year

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

This part of the fall semester is the hardest part of the year for me. During the spring, there is a week break right in the middle of the semester, which evenly breaks up the semester. In the fall, we don’t get a substantial break until thanksgiving. This can be especially difficult when you have a heavy class load. However, the break is almost a reality! It will be nice to get to go home and spend some time with family and friends, while only halfway studying for finals, which are quickly approaching. Thanksgiving is usually the time a stop wishing it was warm outside and accepting that winter is almost here.

During my Athletic Training hours this month, I have been with the indoor track team. They are usually fairly low maintenance and injury free, so we have been discussing and reviewing various subjects at practices. Although I am learning a lot that I have not learned in class, it will be very helpful once I have taken all of the classes and practice time will be good for reviewing. The best way to learn is through discussion and practical application, things that cannot be learned as easily in the classroom. Next semester (spring of sophomore year) is when the workload really picks up and we learn a lot of the information we will be using on a daily basis. I’ll be looking forward to knowing how to do injury evaluations and making rehab programs!

Tags: Academics , AT , ATC , Athletic Training , Break , Friends , Schedule , Study , Thanksgiving , Wilmington College

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Homecoming weekend

October 03, 2011

Queen Rachel Kent and King Quatez Scott

Queen Rachel Kent and King Quatez Scott

 Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan

This past weekend was Homecoming Weekend at Wilmington College. Friday night we had a hypnotist come and put on a show at the TOP. The TOP is the name of the cafeteria at Wilmington College. It is located on top of the Pyle Center, which is the second floor. Saturday was the big day of the weekend! In the morning we had Greek (frats & sororities) bed races where the Greeks race beds and compete against each other! After that we had the judging of the homecoming banners and then the football game at two o'clock. Unfortunately our Quakers did not win, But it still fun to see the homecoming king and queen at halftime! Later on that night there was a homecoming dance in the McCoy building, next to the Watson Library, that was put on by APB which is an organization that puts on many events and activities for the students of Wilmington College. After the homecoming dance I went to one of the frat houses, Sigma Zeta house, which most students just shorten down to the Sig house. Finally the weekend had to come to an end. Sunday, I went home to visit and hang out with my family, get some laundry done and catch up on some homework. I had a great homecoming weekend. Stay tuned and keep updated with mine and other student bloggers posts to see what happening at Wilmington College.

Tags: athletics , Events , football , Friends , Homecoming , McCoy , Quakers , students , Watson Library , Wilmington College

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Fall is finally here

October 02, 2011

A picture I took around town that reminded me of fall.

A picture I took around town that reminded me of fall.

 Contributed by Kelsey Sullivan
Thursday I did get a chance, after my homework was done, to attend the
women's soccer game versus the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets. Unfortunately,
The Lady Quakers lost! They are now 3-5-2. Along with sporting events
there are lots of other things to do around in and around Wilmington
this time of year. For instance, in the actual town of Wilmington, Ohio
in Clinton County, There is the Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride which is
held every fall in the fields. The ride costs from ten dollars to thirty
dollars depending on what you choose. There is also a Slaughter hotel
and a Nightmare Penitentiary as well if you are interested in haunted,
scary events. For a non-scary fall activity there is the Fall Harvest
Bash and the Great Pumpkin Patch! There are over 20 acres of pumpkins to
pick from; you can enjoy a hay ride and fun games like a pumpkin
throwing contest. I will be going to the Grandpa's Pottery open house.
It's located in town at Grandpa's Pottery and it's a great time to get
some bargains! Most of the pottery is on clearance and there will be
demonstrations along with refreshments! These all happen on different
days so you don't have to choose any fun events over another. There are
more activities if you're interested just look up October events in
Clinton County, buy local first. This October and Halloween seem to look
like it will be a lot of fun this year! I still don't know what I am
going to dress up as for Halloween. Typically one of our frat houses on
campus throws a Halloween bash and everyone comes out and dresses up for
some fun!
Until next time keep updated with your Wilmington College student
bloggers!

 

Tags: athletics , Friends , Wilmington College

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