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Where Has the Time Gone?

It’s crazy to think that Wednesday was our last day of classes and that finals have already begun. It seems like just yesterday I was trying to decided whether or not I wanted to transfer after two years at a previous university. And now I’ve just finished my first year here at Muskingum. And let me tell you it’s been like night and day coming here.

I’ve made so many more memories here at Muskingum than I had at my previous school. The quality of people that I have meet have been top notch. This is a place that really cares about you as an individual. The Muskie “Hi” let me tell you is a real thing. Everyone where you go you’re great with a warm hello. It’s great!

But as I look back, it crazy what all I’ve been able to accomplish here in just this short year. I found a major that I love as well as possible a second major. I’ve become a published writer as well as a literary editor. I’ve joined a sorority, and made some really great connections with faculty members.

Muskingum was a school that I thought I could never see myself at. To be honest it wasn’t even on my radar when I originally applied to universities. But after to failed years at what I thought was my dream school I got a reality check and found out that Muskingum University was actually the perfect fit for me in everyway. Muskingum University has been my rock this last year and I’ve made leaps and bounds because of it.

Honestly now, I couldn’t see myself anywhere else in the world besides the Muskie community. We may be small but we are mighty. So don’t let your years at college be a flop. Join our school of fish. We welcome all with open fins!

Until next year. Go Muskies!

Donation Drive

Hello Muskies. Moving day is slowly approaching and it has dawned on me that I may have packed a few unnecessary items that I have not used my whole year here. For example, paper plates. I have a huge stack of  unused paper plates that I haven’t even touched since I first moved in. So to condense the number of boxes that I will probably need when I do leave, I figure I should just get rid of this stuff that I’ve never had any use for. But why toss it when you can give it to someone who does need it?

On May 6th the Habitat For Humanity ReStore will be organizing a Donation Drive here at Muskingum. A collection station will be set up at the Stag/Ulster parking lot and the commuter parking lot on Comin Street, from 9am to 4pm. This is a great opportunity to not only get rid of the variety of things you don’t need nor want to have to pack, but also to pay it forward to someone who needs these things more than you do. Possible donations include “small appliances, rugs, lamps, radios/clocks, couches, cork boards/white boards, etc.” So as you are packing for the journey home, maybe pack a separate box for donations. It’s never a bad idea to do something beneficial for others and get yourself some good karma. Hope to see you there!


Swan Song

I stand in my room. I take a good hard look at the bare walls around me. All of my life is packed into boxes that I can’t quite take home yet, because I might need something out of them. My desk drawers are full of papers that I need to sort through, and there’s about 20 books that need to be returned back to the bookstore because I rented them.

A lot of students, myself included, are tired, feeling unmotivated, and are trying to justify ways to watch Netflix while writing last minute research papers. It’s not that we don’t want to be here. It’s just that, well, if you’re anything like me who constantly puts yourself into overdrive for 90% of your time spent in school, being tired is justifiable. You’ve been through fire, cast out into the frying pan, and maybe you got a little burnt, but you made it. All of your experiences have led you here to this moment and you’re eager to see what the next chapter of your life holds.

To my fellow underclassmen, take a moment to really invest in your campus. I’m not talking about money, because goodness knows none of us wealthy, but I mean mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually invest in your campus. Find places that are quiet enough for you to study. Find a study space just for you. Pick up trash if you see it left carelessly by someone who doesn’t understand what your school means to you. Find a good group of people to call your friends and foster those relationships, allowing them to grow into lifelong bonds. Connect with nature and go explore what our beautiful little town has to offer.

Don’t take things for granted because in the blink of an eye, it will all be gone and you’ll move on to another chapter of your life. The thing to remember, my dears, is that graduation doesn’t mean goodbye. It just means I’ll see you later.

– Noelle


Muskie Ducks

You may wonder why the title says “Muskie Ducks”. I mean what could be so important about the ducks?  Well I graduate in 12 days, and I am struggling to find the right words to express my experience at Muskingum University. “Did you know that the white ducks on campus were apparently donated by Jack Hanna?” I have told that to so many families on tours throughout the years. It may even seem strange that I think it worth mentioning on a tour, let alone my last blog post for admissions. I have got used to saying words of welcome and information about going here; I do not know words to express leaving here.

When I drive off campus in 12 days I will be taking with me so many fond memories of being in student organizations, memories of  starting a student ran recycling program, knowledge from 4 years of challenging classes, many life-long friends, a relationship with my college sweetheart, a Sinfonia brotherhood and some  student loans. All of these I will be able to take with me, but I cannot the Muskingum community with me. I will not be able to receive the “Muskie Hi” while I am gone. I will not feel those comforting words of encouragement from fellow students, professors and faculty members. I will not be able to debate with other student leaders what to do for our community and I definitely will not be able to get a Muskingum University duck with me.

I will miss the feeling of success of just getting to class because you had to climb a hill to get there. Or the sweet relief of finally making it to your room in your residential hall after climbing a hill to get there.  Never would have I thought  four years ago that it would be hard leaving the hills and ducks at Muskingum, but little things like that have made my college experience unique. In the end though maybe that is what college is all about, leaving an making an impact at a new place. Bringing a bit of the Muskie community to somewhere else in the world.  Muskingum University will always have a place in my heart, and I look forward to introducing people to the Muskie HI elsewhere.

Annual LARP in the Hollow

Hey Muskies! So if you’ve read most of my other posts you have probably come to the conclusion that I am a total nerd….and you would be correct. I love anime, board games, video games, and tabletop role-play games such as Pathfinder and Fate. I never realized the extent of my nerdiness until came here to Muskingum where I quickly found a place where I fit in and a group of very amazing friends who all shared the same nerdy interests. As a member of, what I call, the nerd triad(Anime Club, Game Club, and Mindset) I get to be a part of a lot of fun events and this weekend I will be doing just that. This Sunday from 12-5 pm Jay Shaffstall, faculty adviser for Mindset, is hosting a Live Action Role Play(LARP) in the Hollow. If you don’t know what that means then I will explain it to you. Role play is essentially taking on the role of a fictional character and acting out that character within a story. In a live action role play you get to literally act out the story, kind of like a play except there’s no script, you just do what you think the character would do. Details of what the setting or theme of the story/characters will be will be announced at the LARP. There are 12 PC(player characters) and 3 or 4 NPCs(Nonplayer characters which means you’ll mostly just be doing some acting when the PCs encounter your character) so if you are interested please contact Jay for more details(his office is in Boyd Science Center). If you don’t really want to participate and maybe just want to observe and learn more about role play then please ask Jay beforehand. If you are unable to attend the LARP but are still interested in role play I highly encourage you to attend Mindset, we meet every Wednesday at 7 at the bottom of the Chess Center. That’s all I got for today. PEACE!

You Can Find A Job In Your Field

All right, kids. It’s been a year full of fantastic happenings, but it hasn’t come without its challenges. I began as a senior overloaded with far too much to do and not enough hours in which to do it. I can finally say that it has paid off. I kept a pattern of holding down three jobs to support myself and all of my experiences have led me here. Sharing this. In a blog post. With you.

I’ve found that the one thing that really irritates me is when people say you won’t find a job in your field. The name of the game is to try to scare you into choosing a “better” major. Pfft. The thing about finding a job in your chosen field is that, sometimes, you have to think outside of the box a little bit in order to work out where there are jobs that hire people with your educational background.

Yes, it is going to be hard. Yes, you may or may not spend nights wondering if you’ll be able to actually use your degree for its intended purpose, but I promise you that perseverance and being open-minded will get you into a great job that makes you happy to get up every day. People might criticize me for being too optimistic, but I also recognize that things don’t happen overnight. It took one of my very best friends nearly a year to find a job in her field. She now teaches history at a high school in South Carolina. Always be on the lookout for new experiences and just take every experience for what it is: a new skill and something else to polish your resume with. As for me, I’ve found a job where I edit other people’s articles for a social content platform, and let me tell you something: they’re all wicked talented.



A Jog through Memory Lane


Muskingum University population makes New Concord’s population soar upwards while classes are in session, but because it is so hilly we typically stay on our three hills except maybe for an occasional circle k run or eating at the Dairy Duchess ice cream stand. The hills are alive with college students! As a freshmen I did occasionally walk with my friends through town because of nice weather or some event downtown. Once sophomore year I was too preoccupied with clubs and classes to venture off our hills and when I got a car my junior year I gave my feet a rest from walking too far. As a senior, someone who will not reside in our hills much longer, I decided to hang some fliers around town for a Be the Match event we will be having on campus. I’ll admit, I nervous if they would be believe the negative stigma with college students in a college town, but I went into stores away.


I didn’t need to be worried after all though! Everyone was nice and helpful when I asked if I could hang a flier in their window.  Honestly, it was really refreshing to get off campus and not see other fellow college students at every turn. It was a very welcoming community and I noticed some shops I plan on stopping by when I have more time! For example, there is a store called “Health Kick” where they give out some good sounding smoothies! There was a very interesting antique store that had a notice announcing the times of operation with a note that said “Call this number for an appointment, I can be there in five minutes”.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get into a lot of the shops for two reasons.


I had to get back to campus soon for a meeting, alas the busyness of school pulled me away from this small town again. The main reason though was everything closes at like 5:00pm! Although this shocked me at first, perhaps that how life is outside of college and honestly that sounds pretty comforting to me.


Until Next Time,



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