So recently here at Muskingum I was sitting at lunch in the dining hall with my friends at roughly 1 o’clock when we all got a text message from Muskingum University’s META alert system (Muskingum Emergency Text Alert). It said that there was a bomb threat and that all students were to leave campus immediately and not return until morning. My first thought was I live three hours away! (Cleveland) and I have to go all the way home and then be back by eight o’clock tomorrow morning for class! Then I heard girls around me wondering what to do because they didn’t have a vehicle to get home. My friends and I walked out into the hallways and that is when it really hit us that this was real. Everyone was running around with all their belongings. I was getting ready to call my mother and let her know I was on my way when my friend said that I could just go with her back to her house. On the way to her house, she and I were wondering what was gonna happen to the students with no cars, or worse the international students who couldn’t go home!! Luckily for me one of the friends I was eating with lived close (an hour away) and said that it would be fine; or I would not have had a place to go. Luckily Muskingum’s students and faculty are so close that we had students and faculty who lived off campus offering students who had no where to go to stay at their homes. John Glenn high school was also open for students to stay at if they could not find a place. It amazed me how we all banded together in a time of crisis. Even though that bomb threat was a false alarm, I feel safe here on campus knowing that we will all take care of each other.
Tuesday was a very exciting day for 22 FAD Muskies! It was a day for our new members to be activated into the club officially. It was such a great bonding experience for all of us and it made me so happy to be officially activated with all of my sisters. I would recommend Greek Life to anyone on campus. When I joined FAD, I only knew 2 girls in the club. Now, I’m constantly surrounded by my best friends. I’ve made close bonds with my sisters and it has really enhanced my experience on campus. Now, I can wear letters with my sisters! I’m so proud of them!
Have a great week!
This post was originally published on January 4, 2011.
Before starting into the financial aid process it is best to have your applications for admission complete. Colleges can’t award financial aid until you have been accepted at their school. If you have not yet applied to Muskingum you can do so online.
During this time you should also search for scholarships. Talk with your guidance counselor or visit your high school’s website to see what scholarships are available through your school and community. Pay attention to the deadlines. You can also try looking for scholarships that are available nationally. One scholarship search our Student Financial Services office recommends is FastWeb. Be careful when searching for scholarships that you do not become a victim of a scam. The FTC lists possible signs of a scholarship scam.
Getting a Department of Education PIN is an important part of the financial aid application process. Getting a PIN is something you can do at anytime. The student and a parent should each have a PIN. The PIN allows you to sign the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and sign for student and parent federal loans. Choose a PIN that is easy for you to remember or keep your number in a safe place so you can find it each year. Get your pin.
Many high schools will offer a Financial Aid Awareness program in December or January. At this program a representative from a local college or the guidance counselor will spend about an hour talking to parents and students about the financial aid process and the different types of aid available. We recommend that you find out if there is a Financial Aid Awareness program being held in your community. These programs are free – you do not need to pay to receive this type of information.
If you would like an early idea of the amount of financial aid you could receive for attending Muskingum, you can visit our website and try out the Muskingum Net Price Calculator and learn about the Muskingum Commitment.
This post was first published on January 3, 2011.
Applying for financial aid for the first time can be overwhelming. There are several steps to the process; both students and parents worry that they will miss a step or answer something incorrectly and miss out on financial aid. There is no need to be afraid of financial aid – free help is available. You can visit our website or contact our office at 800.752.6082.
Whether you have been accepted or are waiting to hear about acceptance, it is a good idea to start applying for financial aid. Over the next few months, we will be posting suggestions of steps you can take in the financial aid process.
Hello everyone! Hopefully you all had a great Thanksgiving and didn’t eat as much pie as I did One of my favorite things about being home for Thanksgiving break is the traditions that we have created as a family at home. From decorating the Christmas tree, to our towns lighting ceremony downtown it always sets the mood for the upcoming holiday.
This year is a little different than my previous two years here at Muskingum because we only have two weeks until winter break whereas usually we have three weeks. However, I am not complaining! With the last week of classes underway and finals week approaching it is easy to find yourself stressed out about all your last minute projects, assignments and papers due.
One thing I love about this campus is all the wonderful events that are put on during finals week and Christmas time. Today for example, at common hour (which is the time every Tuesday and Thursday that all students have no classes) there is an ugly sweater making event going on that all students can participate in. The sweaters are supplied and so are all the decorations and embellishments that you could imagine to make the best ugly sweater ever!
In the fall semester, on the Sunday before finals week begins there is always Vespers service. This is a beautiful and relaxing holiday concert put on by a few of our music department groups. Filled with readings, devotions, and song it is a great chance to take a study break and get in the Christmas spirit as you prepare for what could be a “long week ahead.”
Finally, a favorite event on campus of all students is the late night finals breakfast. Usually the Friday before finals, everyone gathers in Patton Dining Hall around 11 p.m. to enjoy a free breakfast hosted by our lovely student life staff and dining services crew. Donuts, crepes, waffles, eggs, bacon…what more could you ask for as a college student??
As the holiday season is in sight I hope everyone spreads some good cheer and don’t forget…Santa is watching!!
Every year, the Nursing Student Organization (NSO) participates in Adopt-A-Child, where students come together to aid a child within the community to have a Christmas to remember. This year, we adopted a 9 year old girl whose family is not financially able to give her the Christmas that she wants. As I was getting my donation together last night, I honestly began to complain and grumble. Though I enjoy helping other people a ton, I had been through a lot this year financially as well and was not necessarily interested in donating $3 that I could be using towards something else. But when I woke up this morning, I felt guilty about my negative attitude. Yes, my finances are not exactly where I would like them, but this young girl probably was not expecting the financial hardship her family was dealt either. I was being selfish, point blank period. I knew that I had to put my own feelings and focus on her joy. Hopefully she’ll have a wonderful Chirstmas courtesy on NSO
So remember this piece of advice, fellow Muskies: during the holiday season, think about what you can give to other people, whether it be money , a present or just a kind gesture (hug/smile/etc) instead of what you cannot. You’ll never know what kind of an impact your small action can have on another!
Have a wonderful last week of classes!