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Time Management

February 06, 2013

 Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

The first week of classes prompted me to get organized and start working hard once again. With 18 credit hours including an internship, a couple part-time jobs, spinning classes and RA duties, I realized I will have to be an expert time manager this semester.  Thankfully, over break I was able to buy myself a laptop! This is helping me organize my to-do lists, keep readable class notes and an updated calendar of assignments due.   I definitely recommend keeping a planner, either electronically or old-school journal style to help you keep things under control as you start the New Year.

   Don’t forget to work in some personal time as well!   Taking an 15 minutes to an hour a day exercise, watch a show, paint your nails, or play a video game can allow yourself to de-stress, collect your thoughts, and remind yourself that you are human! You can only do so much in one day. Realize that hectic schedules can take a toll on your mind and body so be sure to listen to your body’s signals.  

Tags: Residence life , Time management , Wilmington College

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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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Back From Break

March 12, 2012

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My "spring break diet"

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

I am now back from spring break, and it was incredible! Some people enjoyed extravagant beach vacations, but I stayed at my home in Wilmington, Ohio and loved every minute of it. My break consisted of riding my bike when the weather was nice, eating Chipotle (!), and being lazy for a week. Usually I’m not the lazy type, but this semester has been wearing me out. However, I’m ready to get back to it and get the semester over with, as it is one of the more difficult in the Athletic Training curriculum.

This week, I will be going to see The Lorax movie in town courtesy of the honors program. One immediate benefit of being in the honors program is that you get to go to several “enrichment activities”. The first semester of my freshmen year we went to see The Blue Man Group perform in downtown Dayton. This year a group went to see the musical “Wicked”, which I was unable to attend. As I wrote about earlier, we went to a play at the Murphy Theater in Wilmington last month. If you get invited to join the honors program, I highly encourage you to accept the invitation!
 

Tags: Spring Break , Time management , Wellness , Wilmington College

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Music and school life

February 25, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Over the next few weeks, I will be listening to Grimes’ new album entitled “Visions”. The album just came out the past week, and I am very impressed after a couple listens. Grimes is the stage name of Montreal based Claire Boucher, and she describes the latest album as “post-internet”. Whatever this means to you, her music is heavily influenced from electronic sounds she has heard growing up. There are layers, loops, and catchy rhythms with human-emotion based lyrics. I still have a lot to listen for, but so far this album is great!

In the Wilmington College Athletic Training world, the new week brings another rotation switch for the sophomores and juniors in the program. Next month, I will be with the Baseball team. I have never worked with baseball, so it should be a good experience! The week after next will be spring break, and I couldn’t be more excited. I never understood what a break really meant until this year, but I will fully embrace nine days without class. My schedule is very difficult this semester, with 14 credit hours of athletic training classes, but I guess I can’t expect it to get any easier in the future. I hope I can adjust soon!
 

Tags: , AT , ATC , Athletic Training , Break , Busy , college , Music , Time management , Wellness , Wilmington College

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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

Mid Week Break

November 09, 2011

A beautiful day on campus

A beautiful day on campus

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Yesterday was a very strange day for me. I woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. to be in the Athletic Training Room by 5:45 to observe the orthopedic surgeon’s clinic. Every Tuesday, Dr. Saunders (the team doctor from Dayton) is on campus to evaluate students that have injuries. While it may seem inconvenient to have to go this early in the morning, it works out very well because students don’t have to drive to Dayton to see the doctor and they don’t have to worry about scheduling it around class or other activities.

After I was done in the training room, I had a class at 9:10 and the class I normally have at 2:30 was cancelled. As you were probably well aware, yesterday was a very nice day (and possibly one of the last 70 degree days of the season). I had enough spare time yesterday to ride my bike! I did a 30-mile loop of backcountry roads, and it was very pleasant to feel the sun and the warm air. With rain coming in today and a busy schedule, it’s back to the books for me today. However, I should be well prepared for the day considering I slept 10 straight hours last night! I believe it’s a new college record for me, considering I usually get 6-7 hours per night; hopefully I’ll get back on schedule today and time change stops messing with my sleep schedule!

Tags: Athletic Training , Dayton Sports Medicine Institute , Fitness , Rest , Time management , Wilmington College

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A Nice Fall Evening

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!
 

Tags: Coffee , Local , Local Business , Music , Peace , Time management , Wilmington College

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Time management

October 30, 2011

Part of the way I keep my life organized

Part of the way I keep my life organized

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

The past week may have been one of the longest of my college career: I had two clinical assignments in Dayton (each of which lasted 5 hours plus the drive), three nights of duty for being a Resident Assistant, Three hall activities that I hosted, two tests, and more to come next week. What is my point in telling you this? I’m not trying to say I have the toughest schedule at Wilmington College or that I deserve a break or anything, I’m saying that time management skills become crucial in college. On top of the events, you still need time to eat, sleep, exercise, and sports if you choose to participate in them. The student planner is no longer used for hall passes (at least that’s what it was used for at my high school). The planner or another calendar is essential for keeping track of everything. I personally used iCal, the built in calendar application on my MacBook. I prefer to type my events to writing them, but this method does not work for everyone. When you block out time for everything (including some leisure time), college life is much less stressful! Poor time management can make the experience much more difficult than it needs to be, which no one needs to have happen. This is a skill I am still working on, and hopefully it continues to improve the remaining of this semester and next!

Tags: Halloween , Time management , Wilmington College

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