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Day in the Life of a Muskie

Hey guys! This week I thought I’d share a little post about what my average Thursdays are like in case you want a little real day-to-day life perspective on what it will be like to be a Muskie! I have 3 more classes on Monday-Wednesday-Friday so Tuesdays and Thursdays are a little more relaxed for me.

8:30am – Breakfast in Patton Dining Hall. Thomas Dining Hall opens at 10am, so for breakfast it’s either Patton up by the residence halls or the Bait Shop on the quad.

9:30am – 19th Century American Fiction with Dr. Adams. I am very much not a morning person and I struggle with any class before 10 am (don’t judge!) so I always grab a coffee from the dining hall or the bait shop before class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are also two coffee machines in Montgomery Hall and the library that have really good Caramel Cappuccinos!

10:45am – Grab lunch from the bait shop with friends. Depending on your meal plan, you can sign up for a smaller amount of meals per week and a lot more Dining Dollars to use in the Bait Shop and Winn Café, or more meals per week and less extra money on your student ID card. You can use your Dining Dollars at the Bait Shop, or do Meal Exchange, which counts as a swipe in the dining hall and doesn’t use up your Dining Dollars balance. Meal Exchange changes every day but it was my favorite today – Toasted turkey and swiss cheese on Ciabatta bread.

11:30 – Head to the library to work on an assignment. I basically live in the library because there are so many resources and good places to study.

12pm – English Tea Time. If you are an English major, minor, or just interested, this is a half hour each Thursday during common hour where the English department faculty and students drink tea and have snacks in the English suite and talk about anything and everything.

12:20pm – Work in the Registrars office. Get a job on campus, they’re fun and you get paid!

2pm – History of the British Novel with Dr. Keluhiokulani. This is a really interesting class, we read Robinson Crusoe, Pursuasion, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and others.

3:30pm – Hit the gym! The chess center gym rocks. Seriously.

5pm – Dinner in Thomas Dining Hall with friends. Just heads up – Patton has soft serve ice cream and Thomas has changing flavors of hard ice cream. I won’t pretend the kind of ice cream my friends and I are in the mood for doesn’t play a factor in our deciding where to go for dinner…

7pm – Tutor English and Communications at the Student Success Center on the bottom level of Thomas Hall.

10pm – Finish any homework or reading (or Netflix) before going to bed . . .

The coolest thing about college is that you have a basic set schedule but also every day is different because you don’t have the exact same classes day to day. Can’t wait to see you on campus!

New Year, New Grades

So its officially 2017! Wow crazy to think I graduated high school four years ago. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. But seriously its a new year and that means all the crap that loaded down 2016 is in the rearview mirror. Not only is the new year filled with the lovely saying “new year, new me,” but seriously it is an opportunity for a fresh start.

With all new classes and maybe new professors this semester is a chance to put that not so awesome report card from last semester behind you. Just because last year was a little rocky and maybe you didn’t give it your all doesn’t mean there’s no future. Because if that were the case we’d still be dragging our feet through 2016. And no one wants to look back on that nightmare of year after we lost our dear Princess Leia.

I mean there’s four year, I repeat at least FOUR YEARS of your life will be spent in college. Therefore not every semester is going to be that straight A, dean’s list jumble of perfection. For those of you who do manage that, I salute you!

So don’t be afraid to have a bad year.  There is success within failure. And new year, new me is real people. I’ve seen it with my own eyeballs. So just work hard and get back on track!

“May the Force be with you.” – Yoda

Tips For Finals

Hey Muskies! So today I want to talk about something that is probably haunting all of your lives…finals. DUN DUN DUUUUUN! The dreaded finals are upon us and we’ve all been feeling it’s presence. You’re feeling more tired, more lazy, suddenly procrastinating a lot more than you usually do. But at the same time you’re super stressed for the evil exams that seal the deal at the end of the semester. Well worry not, my fellow students! Elizabeth is here again with some words of wisdom!

  1. The Student Success Center is here to help! Thursday and Friday the student success center which holds some of the brightest minds of Muskingum will be holding Exam Review Sessions to help us in our dire time of need. Student Success Center is located at the bottom floor of Thomas hall.
  2. Chill out man! Literally! Tuesday, December 13th, from 7-9pm,  the Chess Center will provide you with a stress free zone full of ice cream, board games, and MASSAGES!
  3. Study groups save lives! Seriously though, who better to help you study than the people who took the class with you and probably paid better attention than you did? So get a few classmates and hit up the library for some cooperative studying. Besides, you’re gonna goof off if you try to do it by yourself(don’t lie to me -_-).
  4. Remember, it’s not the end of the world. If you try your hardest and really want to succeed then you will. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but if you keep trying then you have to win at some point…wow that wasn’t very encouraging…let me try that again. *ehem* GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME! YOU CAN DO THIS! I BELIEVE IN YOU! DON’T DIE! OR EXPLODE!

Good luck Muskies!

Let’s Talk Brewed!

Brewed Awakenings is a great aspect of campus that most students aren’t aware of until they actually begin life at Muskingum. Every Thursday night from 9-11pm, a different group, club, or Greek organization hosts Brewed Awakenings in Kelly Coffee Shop across from Patton’s dining hall. There are different kinds of coffees, hot chocolate, and seasonal drinks such as cider or eggnog, as well as snacks, desserts, and oftentimes a taco bar. Depending on who hosts it, there can be music, games, bingo, raffles, and usually there are many prizes that can be won, such as Muskingum apparel, sweets, and even CD’s and DVD’s.

Last night’s Brewed, for instance, was hosted by the dance team. There was music and dancing, a dessert bar complete with peppermint bark, peanut brittle, cookies, cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels, and even mini boxed pies. There was an ugly sweater contest with great prizes including blankets, dessert popcorn, chocolates, a mug, drawstring santa bags, and many others.

In case you aren’t already impressed, the Sexual Responsibility Committee had also been holding a No Shave November beard growing contest (complete with fake beards to decorate if you were a girl or couldn’t grow a beard )and the winners were announced during Brewed to receive their prizes!

It took me a little while to start coming when I first began my time here at Muskingum, but as soon as I did I was hooked. It’s always a cozy and enjoyable atmosphere, so whenever you decide to come to Muskingum, check out Brewed!

College Student’s Christmas Wish List

Hey Muskies! So as we are all well aware, one of the biggest holidays of the year is coming. That’s right, Christmas! That also means that your parents are probably nagging you about what you want this year and don’t seem to be please with “just money” as an answer(even though money would be great because, let’s face it, we broke). Another issue to answering this question of what you want for Christmas is that as we get older there’s not a whole lot we want besides financial stability and food. I myself stopped asking for birthday presents after I turned thirteen. We’re not kids anymore, so barbie dolls and toy trains are no longer a must have(or maybe they are, I don’t know your life). So I have here a list of Christmas gifts that every college student needs:

  • Clothes. We hated getting clothes as kids, but now that we’re adults that have to buy our own Christmas is a great opportunity to get your winter wardrobe ready.
  • Gift cards. It’s a lazy gift but it’s the next best thing besides money.
  • Technology. Game systems, computers, TV’s, speakers; we are a tech dependent generation and finding a youngin who doesn’t want a new laptop would be a rare thing indeed.
  • School merchandise. For your college kids with some serious school spirit, just go to the Muskingum bookstore(they also have a site online) where the Muskingum name and/or logo is on EVERYTHING.

Hope this helped inspire some ideas! Happy Holidays Muskies!

Tis’ The Season!

With the Holiday Season already among us, as well as winter break fast approaching tis’ the season for FINALS!!!! Yes, every college students dreaded week of school. Lots of cramming, sleepless nights and mind numbing studying. But finals week does not have to be that lump of coal in your stocking, instead it can be the shiny new bike under the tree. And here are my three main tips on how to bright your week and be filled with finals cheer.

First, don’t wait until the night before to begin studying. I know this is pretty obvious but honestly it would probably shock some people on the statistics on those who do wait until the night before. Come on guys you’re not Santa, you can’t wait until the night before like he does to gift yourself with all the knowledge of one semester. The gold rule is a week before. Therefore if you have a final that Monday start planning the Monday before.

Secondly, make sure you go to all the study sessions that your professor offers. No not every class is going to have study sessions, but try to make it to the ones that do. Because honestly if you’re struggling with something more than likely the professor can clear it up for you.

And finally make sure you get a good night sleep the night before and make sure you eat a good balanced breakfast. Try to avoid a sugar load because there’s bound to be a sugar crash later on.

Follow these three easy tips and your finals week will leave you in a jolly good mood.

Operation Santa Paws!

Hey Muskies! So as you know, Muskingum encourages organizations such as Greek life and school clubs to go above and beyond to give back to the community and support good causes. I myself try to do what I can to make the world a better place even if that just means emptying my wallet of pocket change for donations.

I mention this because there is one cause in particular that I am always very supportive of and that’s animals. Next to children, animals are some of the most innocent creatures in the world that deserve more than the abuse and abandonment that many are dealt. Which is the same idea that fellow animal advocate, Emily Jeffries had in mind when she came up with Mission Santa Paws in 2006. The mission? Bless local animal shelters with gifts so that they too can have a very merry Christmas. Every Christmas Eve Emily delivers toys, beds, blankets, etc. through the donations received through Santa Paws. I don’t know about you, but just the thought of a poor animal with no family to celebrate Christmas with is enough to pull at my heartstrings. But we can help make this Christmas a happy one.

Here’s how you can help. From now until Christmas break there will be a donation box located in the BOC. Donate as much as you’d like or whatever you’d like; towels, toys, food, blankets, anything you can spare. Then on December 1st from 10am-3pm in the BOC there will be a donation table where you can perhaps donate larger things that won’t necessarily fit in a small donation box. Want to do more? One thing I always suggest to people is to volunteer at the local animal shelter. There’s one in Cambridge and Zanesville and both are filled with animals in desperate need for love and affection.

If you have any further questions about Mission Santa Paws, email Madde Stephen at mstephen@muskingum.edu

*Cue In Arms of An Angel*

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