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A Tidbit of Encouragement

April 02, 2013

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“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles R. Swindoll

I found this quote today and just can't seem to keep it to myself.  There are so many situations in my life right now that I can apply this to.  I would like to keep this perspective when things start to get tough.  We just have to start looking at them in a different light.  

For the month of April, a few friends and I are setting little weekly goals for self-betterment. We all need support and enouragement from time to time. Its part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you find inspriation in a church, a book, a classroom, a walk around the campus Bell Tower, or listening to music - use the inspiration to fuel a new task or complete an old one.   This quote was my inspiration for the day and now it will be my mantra for the whole month of April!   Stay Strong completing this last month of class!

Tags: Fun , Peace , Wilmington College

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Updates!

March 18, 2013

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

            This semester is flying by. My internship at Drayer Physical Therapy is going well and I am still enjoying working at Jen’s Deli during lunch hours.  My classes are getting tougher as I get deeper and deeper into course material.  Although these classes are getting a bit more difficult I am really enjoying learning material that will be useful to me in my future career.

 My physiology class with Don Troike has especially peaked my interest. He gives detailed explanations of body functions from first hand experiences to help us understand complex concepts.  General Medical Conditions with Linda Tecklenberg  is probably my most challenging course. The tests often include essays which require recalling and incorporating info from numerous sources into an educated answer. That means I really have to keep up on the reading she gives, and remembering it all!  My kinesiology class with Kim Isaac is basically “just” memorizing all of the body’s muscles’ locations, functions, and innervations. These can definitely get confusing with so many similar muscle names and common functions. Although I have about 50 muscles to memorize for her class, my memorizing doesn’t stop there! For Evaluation of the Lower Extremities I must learn the ligaments, muscles, bones and common injuries of the ankle.  I wish I could say “I will be an expert in no time,” but learning this requires patience, repetition, one more year of undergraduate study, plus three years of graduate school. Whohooo for lots of learning!

Hope your semester is as educational as mine!

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Student Health 101

March 03, 2013

 

Contributed By: Lynnea Kraft

   For those of you contemplating a healthier lifestyle, but don’t know where to start…check out Student Health 101! Student Health 101 is a website geared towards college students and the young adult lifestyle.  THe site has a section specifically tailored to the needs of the Wilmington College community. In addition, the home page has a button you can click for upcoming health based activities on campus. This relatively new addition to Wilmington College Health and Wellness Promotions has some really great tips. Videos, articles, and quizzes are the media SH101 uses to engage your brain.

   Although you may not want to wait for the videos to load, I would like to say that they are very beneficial (hopefully with the new Internet upgrade the college is receiving over spring break, these videos will be much more easily accessible) !   I recently watched few on the most recent addition of Student Health 101. The videos ranged from disordered eating to chocolate avocado mousse to group meeting pointers. If you still are too impatient to wait for a video to load they also have some great articles for a quick, educational read.

            Hopefully, Student Health 101 will inspire you to get active and maybe make one or two small changes to your life.

 Here is the link for Wilmington College’s very own SH101 :

http://readsh101.com/wilmington.html

Tags: students , Wellness , Wilmington College

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Little Changes

February 16, 2013

 Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

Being RA is still going well, and I am getting more involved with different aspects of my Exercise Science major. Lately I've been really interested in the nutrition aspect and mental health.

While procrastinating homework (not recommended), I came across an article with some good tips for making little self-imrovements. This article is not a college endorsed or funded site, but here is the link http://kriscarr.com/blog/crazy-sexy-gentle-how-to-cleanse-in-2013/.  It's mainly a health and wellness blog for women, but any gentleman reading this would likely benefit as well.

I definitely agree with the article that little life changes are easier to integrate than extreme changes.  For example, let's say one of you goals is to cut down on sugar intake, but you never feel like working towards your goal because  you feel it might be an all-or-none deal.  This should not be the case. Instead of saying to yourself I can never have cookies or pop again, think to yourself "I can have a cookie or a soda, just not 5 cookies or sodas.  Just cut down on one cookie or one soda a day. Some effort is better than no effort!  Or if you are open to switching foods, grab a piece of fruit instead of a cookie. Or even two pieces of fruit.  (You might grab two or three cookies, or have two or three cokes, why not have a few pieces of fruit instead? In fact, you'll eat less because the fiber in the fruit will fill you up sooner and you won't have to eat as much. Plus it's natural sugar, not high fructose corn syrup).

 It's still the beginning of 2013 - it is not too late to start a "New Year's" resolution!   

Tags: college , Sports Nutrition , Wellness , Wilmington College

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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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Remembering MLK, Jr.

January 28, 2013

Thanks to Adobe Creative Cloud Facebook page for the image!  Remember that this new semester is a fresh start!

Thanks to Adobe Creative Cloud Facebook page for the image! Remember that this new semester is a fresh start!

Contributed By: Lynnea Kraft        

         Wilmington College’s efforts to make a typically unmemorable holiday something memorable were a success. The program on Monday, January 21st began by interesting the public with an intriguing title “Birthday of a Holiday: The Man or the Mission.”   This venue reminded students and community members of how far the United States come in terms of social justice.   Song, mime, poetry, and rhythm engaged the audience’s imagination and senses, while speakers engaged their minds.

            The community spokesman Marque Jones reminded us that a mere fifty years ago segregation was still part of society and around one hundred and fifty years ago, slavery was still legal in the United States. While Jones reminded listeners of the past, Wilmington’s Mayor Randy Riley highlighted accomplishments of the 21st century. Mayor Riley felt so moved by the dedication to social justice by Dr. Martin Luther King, and along with the encouragement of former Professor Neil Snarr, that Riley proclaimed Elm Street to be also known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (for those of you not so familiar with Wilmington street names, Elm Street is the street that Herman Court is on). Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s holiday and birthday have given new meaning and memories for the students, staff and community of Wilmington.

Be on the look out for the new street sign!  I'll try to get a pic of it soon!

Tags: #MLKday , Wilmington College

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Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2012

Weekend water-park fun! Find your own way to relieve pre-final stress!

Weekend water-park fun! Find your own way to relieve pre-final stress!

 

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food and fun. For Wilmington College students, however, Thanksgiving break has a slightly different meaning. The way the semesters are set up allows for Thanksgiving break to be right before finals. This break gives students a chance not only to air out their brains, but also to catch up on needed sleep and get some good nutrition before the final week of class and sleepless nights preparing to make or break the grade.
                Although I had to make a 4 hour journey to my hometown in northeast Ohio, the food and fun I had over break was definitely worth the trek. I caught up on sleep and home cooked meals. I also had the chance to burn off some “end-of-the-semester” stress at The Kalahari Resort – the nation’s largest indoor waterpark under one roof.   Hopefully this little recovery time will give me and other students the extra boost needed to finish the semester strong! Good luck to all!
                PS. STAY HEALTHY FOR FINALS! TRY TO GET REST, AVOID ALL NIGHTERS, AND EAT BREAKFAST!
 

Tags: food , Fun , learning , Wilmington College

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Weather & Honors

October 30, 2012

yes, that is snow outside my window

yes, that is snow outside my window

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

For the past five weeks, I have been completing a one credit hour honors seminar titled “Global Climate Change”. In the Honors Program at Wilmington College, we are required to complete four of these courses, one each semester during sophomore and junior years. The topics are varied and interesting, and the workload is light. However, they give us additional knowledge of material that we would not normally learn in a traditional class, but information that is useful to know in today’s changing world. The two previous courses I took were “Mediation Training”, where we learned how to peacefully resolve conflict, and “Lifeboat 101”, where we learned about the dangers of exponential population growth. Next semester I will be taking a class about community building and staying local.

The reason I thought of this topic first thing in the morning is that I woke up to the ground covered in a dusting of snow and 30mph winds. Having a hurricane this late in the year is unusual, and climate change could be a factor. Who knows if the changes are natural or human caused (because the changes cannot be denied, no matter what data you look at or what your political views are; its concrete scientific data). I hope someday in the future we will know for sure, and everyone will do their part to help stop the rapid change.

Now Listening: Bad Books – Bad Books
Razor & Tie; 2010
http://www.last.fm/music/Bad%2520Books/Bad%2520Books?ac=bad%20books

Tags: honors , learning , seminar , weather , wilmington college

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Field trip to Yellow Springs

October 02, 2012

Provided by Afiara String Quartet website. Check them out @ http://afiara.com/ !

Provided by Afiara String Quartet website. Check them out @ http://afiara.com/ !

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft

Sunday, September 29th my Music of Western Cultures II class ventured outside the classroom and into a church. Our Professor Liz Haskins arranged for us to see and listen to the Afiara String Quartet. My class gathered at 6pm Sunday evening in BCAC (Boyd Cultural Arts Center) parking lot – a welcome change from our typical class time from 6:30pm to 9:00pm on Tuesdays in class room -- to start our educational outing. We piled in the school vans and arrived in a small town called Yellow Springs about 25 minutes away. 
                First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs hosted this event. The Afiara String Quartet is based out of Canada and have travelled all over the globe. For those of you who don’t know what a string quartet is, that’s okay. I didn’t know exactly what it was until my class with Liz Haskins. A string quartet typically involves four instruments: 2 violins, a cello, and viola.
Normally, classical music is not my go-to music choice, but I found it really interesting to read about these artists’ backgrounds. Of the musicians in this string quartet, two of them had studied at The Julliard School, one of the prestigious, if not the most prestigious musical school in the world. The other two had studied at the New England Conservatory, another well- renowned music school. Of the two who studied at Julliard, one of them was playing on a violin that was from 1737! I can’t imagine playing an instrument almost 300 years old, I’d be too worried about breaking it, rather than playing music!  
The quartet played two pieces by Beethoven and one by a recent composer who wrote a piece for one of the members’ mother. The Beethoven pieces were very expressive and lively. The other was a bit eclectic, but by the end of the piece I appreciated the variety of feelings this creative endeavor elicited.  After the concert, Liz Haskins treated us to Subway for dinner - a lovely way to end an educational experience outside the classroom.

Tags: Application , education , Music , Wilmington College

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Coffee!

September 30, 2012

Me, working at Joe's

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
(Columbia; 2012)
http://www.last.fm/music/Passion%2520Pit/Gossamer?ac=passion%20pit%20gossa

Tags: coffee , community , food , food pantry , service , sugartree ministries , wilmington college

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