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That Last Week

Another weird week.

My dog was hit by a car today, but fortunately she escaped with only minor injuries. I was freaking out until an hour when our vet finally called us back, and now I’m relieved. Hopefully we can bring her home tomorrow morning.

In other news, the guy who turned me down for an internship in North Dakota gave me another opportunity in Southern Illinois. It’s much shorter, but it’s something. I’m pretty much hired as long as they get the okay for the project from personnel!

In case I don’t write next due to finals, I wish you all a wonderful summer. :)


Lots of lasts

Today is my last day of class, ever. I have three finals and then I will graduate. As I look back on my time here, I know that I couldn’t have had such an amazing experience anywhere else. Muskingum, as well everything that has served as an extension of my decision to attend, has determined who I am and where I’m going. While it’s scary to leave the safety and security of Muskingum, I know that my time here has prepared me for success. Now, I just have to be confident in myself and my abilities, and I’ll go far.

Happy Wednesday, and for current Muskies, happy last day.

The Secret Life of an Undergraduate.

Hey, all!

Like many other of the bloggers, this will be my last post for the year. Well, actually ever since I’m graduating in ten days—scary yet exciting at the same time!! I decided to may my last post a bit of a reflection about my senior year as whole since it’s almost coming to and end. So, here’s some highlights and low valleys (in no particular order) about my senior at Muskingum as a whole.

1) Fall Recruitment–this year was a little different for Greek life due to the fact that we welcomed back a few clubs on campus, as well as the change of seasons where recruitment was happening. Instead of having the one week in January to get to know the freshmen and independent upperclassmen and potentially get to call them our sister or brother at the end of it, that stress was moved up to the beginning of October, right in the middle of the semester. Overall, I would say that each fraternity and sorority handled it quite well and each group’s new member class had flourished greatly!

2) Tragic Losses–many of you all may not know this, but I was actually in not one, but two car accidents this academic year, each being 30 days apart from another. Both times, my car was totaled, with the second being way worse due to me actually getting injured. Some days, I’ll still feel the painful sensation of where my upper right leg was bruised (when you bang up your leg against a car console while it’s flipping, it’s kind of expected). Y’all might read this one and say, ‘So what? They’re just cars!” For me, going from having zero accidents in the now four years I’ve been licensed to to having two in a month’s time span, it messes with you a little bit.

3) Honors–though I’ve been through a wringer just a bit, there’s been some moments I’ve been honored to experience. For starters, getting to write for this blog is a HUGE honor for me. I really wish I had known about this sooner because I enjoy writing so much :/ second, I was also able to donate blood this year FINALLY! Donating blood was something I’ve been wanting to do since freshman year & knowing that my blood saved the lives of three people is truly a great honor within itself!

and finally 4) Facing Reality–As much as I would like to relive some of my college days over again, I’ve come to the somber conclusion that soon, it will be time for me to move on from my days at Muskingum. From the random Circle K trips with my sisters to late nights studying fro the NCLEX to pioneering an after school youth group program to now rocking a head to tight coils and curls that people enjoy touching frequent, I don’t think I’d be the same person if I hadn’t come to Muskingum University. In the last four years,  I’ve definitely changed from the semi-naive 18 year old moving into room 203 in Memorial Hall on one hot August afternoon. Now, I’m a still sorta naive 22 year old days away from obtaining her second college degree, ready to spend her summer earning money while simultaneously preparing for the most important test of my life that will determine whether or not I’m competent enough to be a licensed registered nurse by the state of Ohio. Maybe I’ll throw in some leisure reading in there too! But all in all, I’m glad that I came here, met the people I’ve met, learned some valuable lessons and got to have a little bit of fun along the way! I encourage you all out there to finish your year strong & be ready for the next phase of your life, whatever that may be for you. Have a wonderful summer break!


Summer Plans and Beyond

Alright, things are starting to wind down for me. I was lucky enough that my professor decided to not have class tomorrow, so today was my last day of proper classes. I’m also lucky enough that I only have one physical test to take on Friday, and the rest are paper assignments. Most of these papers are done, and after checking with my professors, I only have a few adjustments to make the final products sparkle. I’ve been taking it comparatively easy the past few days in opposition to the rest of my semester.

It’s strange being done with my work since I’m used to having so many assignments that my finals week is a stressful rush. Even stranger is knowing that this is it, and that I don’t have to go back to school next fall. As such, I figured now would be a good time to get into my summer/after college plans:

1) Writing: I think I’ll always end up writing no matter what, so that’ll be a large chunk of my summer. I’m actually counting this blog post as my last-ditch desperate effort to try and reach my Camp NaNoWriMo goal by midnight tomorrow–which I’m a few tens of thousands words short right now. I hope to make some real progress on writing this summer, especially since Camp NaNoWriMo will be running again later an July to fuel my creative juices.

2) The Grand Tour: I was lucky enough to receive as my Christmas/birthday/graduation present the funding to go on Muskingum’s Grand Tour Trip, which will be two and a half weeks overseas in Turkey, Greece, and Italy. I leave a few days after graduation, and it should be a blast.

3) Getting a job: It’s about time I enter the proper working world, and summer’s the time to do it. I’m not sure where I’ll be working yet, but I hope to start making my own income to get used to managing money more and get started on paying off my student loans.

4) Trotcon: As a pony fan, I’ll be going to Trotcon in June, which is a fan convention for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in Columbus. A group from Brony Club is all going, and we’ll even be running a panel about how to start and run a Brony Club. We just got approved, too. This will actually be my first time running a panel, so I’m excited by nervous.

5) Animefest: Another convention, this time for anime. I usually visit my dad in Texas over the summer, and this year shouldn’t be an exception. Dad and I usually go to an anime con while I’m down there. We went to this con two years ago, and it’s looking like it’ll be a lot of fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to take my girlfriend with me as well.

6) Apply for grad school: I really have every intention of furthering my education, I just fee like I need a break first. However, I will be looking into grad schools for a master’s in creative writing, applying, and hopefully getting accepted!

7) Figure out what exactly I’m doing next: I have ideas of what I want to do, but nothing’s really definite. I know I don’t really need to rush, so I plan to take my time. Hopefully I’ll at least be able to figure out the next few steps in my life as time goes on.

End of semester?

So I guess this is it; my final post for this year. It seems weird to think that the semester is coming to an end and that I’ll be home by May 17th. It’s stranger to think that I won’t be returning home until a whole week after school gets out, since there’s still stuff for Sinfonia that I’m doing for the time being. Really, things are strange right now, but I’m happy with what’s been going on and how this whole year turned out. The only real hurdle left is Finals, which I have one this Friday and another on the last Thursday, meaning I get loads of break time, for whatever reason. I also still have my eight-page paper to work on, but that’s all easy. The hard part will be figuring out what I’m taking back west and what I’ll be leaving here in New Concord until I return. 

I know that I’m going to miss my friends here, because I’ve made some pretty good ones and we’ve had some really fun times on campus and off, even. We’re all close and they’re like a new family almost. Along with the Sinfonia family, I think I’ve got all I need here for the next three years to make me want to stay. If anything could drive me out, I think it could be the heavy snow and fog, but I think I can get used to it with enough time.

I already can’t wait for next semester to start to see what will happen, and I’ll still be here writing it all down for everyone to read. Have a good and safe summer, fam.

- Jose C.

The Struggle With Finals

Hey Everyone!

This will most likely be my last blog post of the semester–how sad! I hope all of you have enjoyed everything that I have shared with you, and have put my advice into some type of use! It is hard to believe that classes end on Wednesday and finals will begin next week. With that being said, finals can sure be a struggle!

It is very important to use your time wisely and manage your studying so that you have the best chance for success when finals week finally rolls around. It is very easy to become distracted during finals week (or even the week before) when you have a lot more free time on your hands. For example, my roommate and I just spent the last hour looking up outfits for our Vegas trip we are taking this summer for her birthday. This is what you should NOT do when you are preparing for finals week! :) The struggle to focus all day when studying can be very hard, but if breaks are taken appropriately it can be a very productive and successful week. When your time in college comes, you will find what works best for you…don’t worry!

On the flipside of all of this I have very exciting news to share. We (Muskingum Softball) finished our conference play this past Saturday and we have won a share of the regular season conference title! This hasn’t been done at Muskingum since 2009 and we are the first team in four years here at Muskingum to bring the conference title back home. What an amazing feeling this has been! We are headed into post-season play for the OAC Championship this weekend, so root for us as we hopefully bring home the trophy!

In case I don’t post next week, I hope everyone has a great rest of the school year and finishes up strong! If you have any questions about Muskingum or what to expect at college in general feel free to shoot me an email anytime over the summer: agilbert@muskingum.edu.

I hope you all have enjoyed my posts…oh yeah, and GO MUSKIES!

Here is a picture from our game against Baldwin Wallace Saturday. Not only did we win our first game to make us conference champions, but it was our annual strikeout breast cancer game! Such a great day to be a Muskie!

Here is a picture from our game against Baldwin Wallace Saturday. Not only did we win our first game to make us conference champions, but it was our annual strikeout breast cancer game! Such a great day to be a Muskie!

Time has passed so fast, and next week will be our final week. This is also the third year since I came to this land. When I was in high school I really looked forward to college life. I think I can find lots of friends who have the same ambitions as I do; I can have a boyfriend and we can marry after I graduate. I can have a high score and find a nice job. I don’t know if I changed my mind, but I really feel the life not as good as I thought. Some people will hurt you, not everyone is nice and can be friends. No one cares about you, because they are not you! Your feelings cannot be released; especially when your family is not here. The time difference makes me far away from my friends in my home country. When I am in the daytime, and I want to talk to my friends, they’re in midnight, and falling asleep. When I live here, sometime, just feel no choice. My major, only me from another country, I do not know what should I do, and who can help me in Chinese? This year all my friends live off campus, so I eat dinner by myself sometimes.
How terrible my life is, but I believe life is equal for everyone, when you lose something, someone also gains something. Also for those three years, I made lots of American friends, I studied hard. Each paper I wrote, I will ask other students or the teacher to help me and rewrite it at least twice. I try to release myself by running. That made me lose weight. After a long time sense of alienation, I get lots of jobs here. My teacher told to me they feel I have improved, and my English has also improved. I have confidence to apply for graduate school now, and I know who I should treat well and who are false friends.
I still feel happy to study here, and make myself become more and more emotional maturity, thanks people who hurt me, let me know do not make same mistake next time, thanks to the teacher who helped me, and the students who work at the student success center, they really helped me a lot.
In the end, I hope everyone has a good score on their finals!!!


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