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The TRUE Greek Life

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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! :)

Liberty

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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 :)

Homecoming!

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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How to get the most out of your campus visit

This post was previously published on August 3, 2010.

Visiting college campuses is one of the most important parts of the college search process. How will you get a feel for what a place is truly like unless you see it in person? That said, here are some tips to make sure you have the best possible experience on campus.

  • Call ahead when you plan to visit campus so that you can be scheduled for a tour. Admission offices will do their best to accommodate you if you arrive unannounced, but some might have limited appointments or be unable to find a tour guide on short notice.
  • If you want to see a particular part of campus, meet with a faculty member or athletic coach, or eat a meal in the dining hall, ask! Admission offices can typically make arrangements for you, but be sure to make your request before arriving on campus. It’s helpful for admission staff to have at least a week to set up special visits.
  • The best time to visit is during the week (Monday through Friday) when classes are in session. Summer and Christmas break are not as good; you won’t get an accurate picture of campus life when students are not on campus.
  • Make two list of questions – one list to ask an admission counselor and one for students. It’s especially important to talk to students – they aren’t paid to say nice things about their school, and they will tell you the truth.
  • Document your trip! Jot down a few notes on your way home so that you can remember things you liked or disliked. Some students take photos or video of campus. This is a great idea, because it will help you remember the schools you’ve seen. Campus visits start to run together after a while.
A perfect autumn day on campus

A perfect autumn day on campus

Homecoming this past weekend

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Last weekend was our Muskingum Homecoming, there were a lot of alumni that came back and visited school. There are a lot of changes to our school. We are building a new library, we added new equipment to resident halls, such as air conditioning for buildings as well as, painting the walls again, and new showers, etc. One thing never changed for us is that we are all Muskies.

Last Friday night, the school held a talent show for Muskies, and we got to vote in the most popular students to be our homecoming Queen and King. One of my friends, Christine was in the top three, so she could have been Queen. I really wanted to see her dress up because usually she dresses like a boy. That night, she was beautiful and really like queen. Even though she is not the queen, I still like her and think she is pretty.

Everyone has talent but we don’t see it in a normal day. I didn’t know one girl in my class could sing beautifully or that some boys could dance, and the lovely girl she is the cheer leader. Everyone likes a shiny start on Friday night.

I will be graduating next May. I hope I get the chance come back during Homecoming to visit all my friends here.

Greek Life

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Some people think that Greek Life is about hazing and partying. That is not the case at Muskingum! Our Greek Life is a body of respectful and unified individuals. Last spring, our organizations organized a fundraiser to get a special bike made for a young girl named Ashley. Ashley was very excited to have her new bike and spoke about her gratitude with her “tobii” device, a device she uses to communicate. Greek Life is full of opportunities to give back to the community.

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