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BOO! It’s Only Thursday!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

This week I thought I would share some Halloween fun facts you may or may not know about the holiday to get you in the spooky spirit for Friday night!

1. Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to
keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

2. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and
black is associated with darkness and death.

3. Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

4. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers
as #1.

5. The movie, “Halloween” was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget, and was
shot in the spring using fake autumn leaves.

6. If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you superstition

7. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record
in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

8. Boston, Massachusetts, holds the record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at once with 30,128.

9. The top five candies purchased on Halloween are Reese’s, M&M’s, Kit-Kats, Snickers, and Hershey’s.

10. If Brach’s laid out the candy corn kernels it sells each year end to end, they would wrap
around the Earth 4.25 times

Pretty neat, huh? Not only are there campus activities all weekend long for Halloween (costume parties, haunted houses etc.) there is also the Tackle Cancer home football game this Saturday. This is special to me because during half time a moment of silence will be held and survivors of breast cancer who had their names submitted will be read during this time. It will be an honor and a gift to be able to hear my grandma’s name be read on this list—the battle that all breast cancer patients and survivors go through day in and out is remarkable and what a better day to celebrate the gift of life than right here in the heart of New Concord, Ohio.

Enjoy Halloween and don’t eat too much candy 
Ashley :)

How to apply to Muskingum University

This post was originally published on September 1, 2010.

Friends on campus

Applying to Muskingum University is easy! We are on rolling admission, which means that there is no application deadline. (We do, however, recommend that seniors apply before Thanksgiving.) We start reviewing applications in early October, but seniors can apply at any time – we will hold your application on file until October.

When we receive all of your application materials (outlined below), we will review them and you will receive a response from us within three weeks. If you have questions about the status of your application, you can always call our office: 800.752.6082.

Application materials*

  1. Application. You can apply online or on paper. We don’t have a preference and there is no application fee either way.
  2. Secondary School Report Form (SSRF). This is the form that we ask guidance counselors to complete. Print only pages 5-6.
  3. Transcript. We require an official copy of your high school transcript.
  4. Standardized test scores. We require an official copy of your ACT or SAT scores. This can be sent to our office from the testing center. We also consider it an official copy if it is reported on your official high school transcript.

Optional materials

  1. Personal reference. Comments from those who know you and your potential for success are useful in the admission process. Teachers, coaches and community leaders who know you well are all good sources for a reference.
  2. Personal statement. This written piece can cover any topic you want. The purpose is to demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.
  3. A recent photograph.
*These are the application requirements for traditional undergraduate students. Transfer students and graduate students have different guidelines to follow.

My Typical Tuesday (in Photos!)


8:30- Woke up! (After pressing snooze three times.) Still pretty early, but better than high school when I got up every morning at 6:00!


9:45- Walked to class. What a beautiful fall day!


10:00- First Class- String Methods! I’m learning to play the viola! Note: it’s way harder than it looks…


11:00- Bait Shop for a quick lunch with a couple of friends.


11:30- Time to practice! Today I was preparing for a lesson I am teaching tomorrow at an area high school for one of my ed classes.


12:30- Second Class: Music History. A big book, but a small class… I’m one of five students!


2:00- Third Class: Education 413, my last ed class before student teaching.


3:30- Concert Choir! My favorite part of the day :)


4:30- Still choir… Chamber Singers this time. Both groups are prepping for our fall concert on Sunday. Isn’t the view from this room amazing?

Well, that’s my Tuesday in a nutshell! After choir I usually workout with friends and then eat. We swam laps in the pool today! It felt great. Now I’m in my room getting some work done and doing laundry. It may not be everyone’s typical Tuesday… but it’s mine!

The TRUE Greek Life


Nationally, sororities and fraternities are typically looked down upon. They are shown hazing or as people who do nothing but party. Here, my sorority is my support group. They help me whenever I’m having a tough time. They make my life at Muskingum so much better. Our Greek Life promotes Greek Unity rather than rivalry and is constantly giving back to the community whether through time or through donations. So what do sororities do on a typical night at Muskingum? This picture sums it up. Here is a photo of my friend and sister, Jess, and I having a late night snack and studying/doing homework together. We truly care about each other and our academic needs. I don’t know what I would do without these great girls to help me on my path to success.

Have a great weekend! :)


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Power in Positivity!

Hello Everyone!
This week I wanted to share a blog post I wrote for my own personal blog called, “Building a Better YOU.” This blog is focused on self-help and my inspiration to help people see the true beauty in the life around them. I figured everyone could use a little more positivity in his/her life and thought I would share this one as it can come in handy especially now that school is really cracking down–enjoy! :)

Ever heard the saying, “Attitude determines Altitude”? Take a minute or so and think about this three word phrase, and how this may or may not apply to your current lifestyle.

If you are able to think of a few ways in which this saying deems true in your life, good for you, really. And if not, don’t sweat it because you’re amongst the many people in the world that forget the power of attitude. Becoming caught up in the outside world is hard to avoid—it’s inevitable really. Daily responsibilities like jobs, taking care of family, paying bills, and just the everyday stress of life has the ability to wear us all down at different times—but only if we let it.

Changing the way we view the world and the things that happen to us can really reconstruct our lives far more than most people realize. If you are looking for this type of change in your life, it all begins with simply changing the way you think.

The first step to achieving this goal is to realize what it is that you need to change about yourself. Think of the people in your life that are always “happy-go-lucky” and never complain about much. I know everyone can think of at least one person like this—at times they can even be quite annoying because they always seem to be having such a good time while we are stuck suffering in our everyday problems that they just don’t seem to own. What qualities do these people have that you notice day in and out? From personal experience, they probably smile a whole heck of a lot and always have a positive comeback regardless of the situation.

Once you start identifying some of the qualities that make these types of people appear happy all the time, it is time for YOU to start putting some of these qualities into your own daily routine. Begin by eliminating negative self-talk. Self-talk is any type of talking that you do to yourself or inside your own mind. For example, if you are in class and you are wondering how you are going to make it through the day, get your homework done, study for your exam tomorrow, go to your on-campus job, and go to practice for basketball, and still have time to breathe, you are probably partaking in a lot of negative self-talk. Rather than continuing to stress about all the things that have to be done, try planning the order of these events and how you will go about completing the tasks, and remembering other times in which you didn’t think you would be able to complete everything but you somehow ended up doing so anyway.

Eliminate negative words like “never” and “impossible,” and especially the famous,”I can’t” phrase. Try beginning to turn every situation into a positive—tell yourself that no matter what, it will work out and whatever you are stressing over isn’t as big of a deal as your mind is tricking you into thinking it is. Changing your mindset is an extremely difficult thing to do and will take some time to master, but the more you work on changing negative events/duties into positive experiences, the easier they will become and the quicker you will notice improvements in your moods as well.

Another important factor in beginning to feel happier about each day is learning to truly love to live. This may sound extremely simple, but you would be surprised how many people have trouble in doing so. Go ahead, grab a piece of paper and list ten things that you love about yourself. When you are done, reflect on this task. How long did it take you? Did even you find ten things to write down? How hard was it to find these ten things if you did? Happiness in life begins with loving your inner self first. If this task was difficult for you, begin by self-analyzing yourself and find ten great qualities about you (and believe me, there are far more than ten), and start believing in them. Look at yourself in the mirror and begin to learn to love what you see—this is easier said than done but when you start realizing how great of a person you are, then you can start spreading your sunshine that is unique to you onto others.

I challenge you that every time you see your reflection whether it’s in a mirror, a puddle on the sidewalk, or a door of a grocery store to quickly think about one positive thing about yourself—this could be something you’re happy you accomplished, or a self compliment on how nice your hair looks today. If you truly stick to this challenge, you will be surprised how easily and naturally these types of thoughts will begin to creep in to your daily life without seeing an acutal reflection.

Start these changes today; don’t wait until next week, or even until tomorrow to begin implementing these simple lifestyle changes. The sooner you take the initiative to change your life, the quicker your attitude will change and you will get more out of each day, and essentially live a happier and more rewarding life.

Have a great day!
Ashley :)


In light of Min’s great post about homecoming, I thought I’d add a little more about the weekend and about what I did!

First, I had the opportunity Friday afternoon to sing with the Concert Choir for the Board of Trustee dinner in the chess center. We were asked to sing by President Steele, and it was wonderful to see how happy she was when we finished, and how appreciative everyone at the dinner was of our performance.

Then, like Min, I spent Friday evening at Varsity Revue (the talent show) and hanging out with the many wonderful friends I’ve made at Muskingum.

Saturday morning I worked in the Admissions office and got to meet some alumni and their kids, and then I went and stood on Lakeside to watch the parade. Part of the parade is always a float contest, and some of the floats were very impressive!

After the parade I went to the big tent on the East Lawn to eat the meal that was provided for everyone: board of trustees, alumni, parents, and students alike. There were also activities on the East Lawn like golfing and a photo booth. My roommate and I raced each other in giant inflatable hamster balls! Then we went to the football game against Otterbein for a little while, and watched the Muskies score the first touchdown!

One of my favorite parts of the whole weekend, however, was that my honorary won the banner contest! We’re a bit of a lesser-known group on campus, since we aren’t Greek, so winning was very cool for us, and was a great way to get our name out there. Plus, we worked very hard on our banner, so it was nice to see all of that work pay off!



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