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

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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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MAJOR Passions

Its that time of year again and no I’m not talking about the holiday season. Recently here at Muskingum, the major’s fair was held where students get to explore possible majors, talk to different faculty members and even some students who are already a part of the those majors. Its a great opportunity to hopefully decide what your academic path is going to be over the next several years.

I love the fact that Muskingum hosts a majors fair, because it allows faculty and students to talk about their passions and tell why they chose to major in what they are currently studying. Because passion is what choosing a major comes down to.

When I was at my old university, I was in a major that was not for me. I found it hard to study when I needed to, I dreaded going to class and so on. I finally realized maybe this career path wasn’t for me. But how could I just give up on something so easily, something that I thought I had wanted to study since I was a freshman in high school. Well it was simple once I was honest with myself. That major wasn’t what I was passionate about. I could no longer see myself doing the kinds of jobs that my major would lead to. Instead I fell in love with writing and English.

No, I’m not saying to become an English major or whatever, I’m saying follow your passions and don’t be afraid to try something new and different. Just because you have always thought of yourself as majoring in one thing, don’t count something else out. Also, most people are in school for four years sometimes more, so if there is a couple things that you’re super interested in consider a double or even triple major.

College is about finding yourself, and finding a major that you love is a perfect place to start.