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September 06, 2012

Something I really need to work on: Organization Skills

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)
http://www.last.fm/music/Timbre/Little%2520Flowers?ac=timbre%20little%20flowers

Tags: Athletic Training , coffee , school , Volunteer , Volunteer Opportunities , Wilmington College

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Relay for Life

April 15, 2012

A photo of me speaking at the Clinton County Relay for Life a couple summers ago

A photo of me speaking at the Clinton County Relay for Life a couple summers ago

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Last night was our annual Wilmington College Relay for Life. Although there was rain at the very end, the weather for the event was great and I believe that it was a success! Relay has a special meaning to me because I am a cancer survivor myself. At 15 years of age, I was diagnosed with adamantinoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer. I underwent a limb salvage surgery on March 20, 2007, which involved the removing of my left tibia (in which a cadaver bone and metal plate were put in its place), and my right fibula was also removed and put into my left leg for more support. As it may seem, it was a drastic, life changing procedure; 18 hours in the operating room, 10 days in the hospital, 13 months of crutches and still in the recovery process to this day. As strange as it may seem, this was, in my opinion, the best overall experience in my life. I learned that you can never take anything for granted and that you never know what you have until it’s gone. Relay for life helps give people hope that are unexpectedly placed in situations like this, and it brings joy to those who have lost loved ones to cancer, knowing that they have people all around them offering support. I am looking forward to participating in Relay in town this summer!

Tags: , Relay for Life , students , Volunteer , Wellness , Wilmington College

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