Thursday, November 10, 2011

Career search tools.... AND it's almost snowing!

Well this semester has been a complete whirlwind. I can't believe that it's been so long since I last posted and I can't believe I only have 5 weeks left as a college student! This last semester has been jam-packed full of projects, meetings, papers, and the job search. AND it's almost snowing! I cannot wait.
Career Services has been amazing about connecting me with quality contacts during my job search. While many of their contacts are in the general Northeastern Indiana area, they work hard to find alum or other connections closer to where you want to be. Currently, I am trying to find a job in the greater Kalamazoo/Battle Creek/Grand Rapids area because that is closer to my hometown and my fiance is still in school there and has a great job there already. While we have discussed the possibility of my getting an amazing job opportunity elsewhere, I am still looking in that area, since it will be the easiest for him and makes generally the most sense. Like I said, Career Services is doing their best to help me find a job. They've gone over my resume with me, worked on interviewing skills, and helped me with my networking skills. It is one of the most helpful places on campus.
Hopefully I can find an amazing position, and I wish all my fellow seniors the best of luck,
~Til next time

Friday, September 30, 2011


It's quite possibly the best time of year to be a Thunder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the feel of campus during homecoming. This year the school incorporated a spirit week competition between the schools on campus. It's a great time to show off your Thunder gear and be proud of your school. I think sometimes school spirit gets overlooked at a small school, but I'd have to say that it's extremely prevalent on our campus. We have so many student athletes and they have so many friends that everyone knows everyone and supports everyone. It's pretty fantastic.
It's definitely bittersweet that this is my last homecoming here, but I'm sure it will be just as amazing, if not more. Campus just keeps getting bigger, the community keeps getting more excited and involved, and our football team is still amazing. Also, in addition to our Thunder Cheer team, Trine recently started a Trine Dance Team and tomorrow's game is their big premier. It will be exciting to see what great talent we have on campus.
And Homecoming at Trine isn't just a football game. There are multiple other athletic games going on and there are a ton of non-athletic events as well. Trine has a Tour de Trine every year, where student organizations can make teams to run a road course on these super tiny little tricycles. It's always a great thing to watch. There's the annual spaghetti dinner and desserts du jour, where parents and community members make their best desserts and have students and anyone else who comes for dinner rate their desserts. And these desserts aren't just your average brownie. They're pretty extreme.
All my tests and papers are done for this week, but I know I have a few that I have to work on for next week, and classes to attend, so...
~Til next time

Monday, September 19, 2011

And the Thunder rolls on

Well I would have to say that the weeks leading up to homecoming are some of the busiest around campus, probably with the only exception being finals week and the week before, which are crazy.
Homecoming is next weekend, so campus will be filled with enthusiastic alums, students, and community members, all coming out to celebrate Trine. The homecoming game is always a big draw.
This year Eric Watt, Trine class of '11, will be honored during the halftime show. Watt won the Gagliardi Trophy last year, which is the D-III equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. It was an honor for him, our football program, and the school.

Speaking of football, we're off to a perfect 3-0 season! Looks like this could be another perfect season, though I don't want to jinx it.

But campus is much busier than just football right now. It's much busier than just sports even. There are enlightening speakers and events on campus every week. Soon, we're having a Burmese soldier come to speak about his journey to resettlement in America. Also, the Multicultural Student Organization is having their annual Amish Dinner, where students can go and actually eat a traditional Amish dinner with an Amish family. There are lots of different speakers from various backgrounds and fields who come to speak about how to be successful, how to live a good life, and how to get started. They can be extremely helpful for students who are trying to find their niche.

Also, Trine recently climbed in the ratings of the Princeton Review's best Midwestern private schools, now sitting at 32nd. This is quite an honor and a testament to the constant improvements that are being made all over campus.

Well, along with all the events happening outside of the classroom, it's also that time of the semeseter when the first exam occurs. I know I have one each day for the next three days, so my free time will be filled with studying. Too bad it's also the week of the premieres for all the new television shows.... but that's when time management (and late nights) come into play. Oh the life of a college student! It truly is a learning experience, and not just in the classroom.

~Til next time,

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Update

Well soon campus will once again fill up with all the students, returning from their long labor day weekend. I know I enjoyed visiting with my parents. It's nice that we go back two weeks before labor day. I think most Michigan schools (where I'm from) don't go back until the Tuesday after labor day, but the way Trine does it, we get to go through two weeks of classes and then take a short break. I remember how great it was when I was a freshman because I had just enough time away from home, in a new place, to get used to college, but then I could go home and talk with my parents and see my home again. It works out really well.

The fall sports season has started. The Thunder football team, which was ranked #21, defeated Manchester College 24-13 last Thursday at Manchester. Trine started off the scoring with a touchdown and extra point off an interception return. The score was 24-7 at the half and Manchester ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with a touchdown, but missed the extra point. Next Saturday, we'll take on Bluffton University for our first home game! That's always one of the most exciting times of the semester. Homecoming is at the end of the month so that will be really exciting too. Field hockey, soccer, volleyball, and cross country have all started up as well, so it will be interesting to see how their seasons start out.

Recently, career services held their part-time job fair, where students could check out all the different work study job on campus. That's a great opportunity for students to see what opportunities they have to earn a little extra money to help with their needs, like working in the library, at the newspaper or the radio station, help out with athletics, or in one of the numerous offices on campus. If you are work study eligible, Trine gives you a lot of different opportunities to get some experience on campus and also learn some valuable real world work experience.

Well, I'm off to have some lunch with my parents before I head back to campus.

~Til next time,

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Have you ever had one of those moments when you have to profess your love for someone (or something) from the rooftops of every building you've ever seen in your entire life?
Yeah. I love school that much.

I have always loved school. Not the parts in-between classes, but the actual classes. Learning is my... not really my addiction but something that makes me irrevocably happy.
On top of the high of coming back to school, I got engaged over the summer to the most amazing man: the only other someone/something that makes me so inexplicably ecstatic that I want to shout it from the rooftops of every building I've ever seen in my entire life.

But alas, on top of all of this extreme happy, there is a bittersweet moment hidden. This week starts my last semester as an undergrad at Trine University. On December 14, 2011, I will be a Trine U graduate. Such a cluster of emotions! I will miss the beauty and comfort of this campus, the familiar buildings and faces. I will miss some of the amazing professors who have taught me more about life, business, and passion for work than anyone I have ever met. I will miss my classmates who help me make the best of the most inane assignments and who have pushed me when I was ready to quit. I will miss our newspaper, the Triangle, where I have hit my highs and my lows, where I learned how to manage, adapt, and influence. I will miss school.

But I am eager to see what will come of the future, and I am fortunate to be heading into an ever-changing field, where I know I will forever be learning new and exciting things.

I am also excited to start a career, to start my future life. And this is not the last school will see of me. I want to get my masters while I work and, eventually, get my doctorate and teach at the college level. This pathway is extremely exciting and I cannot wait to evaluate all my options.

But enough about me. Trine is booming!!!!!
We have a very aesthetically pleasing bridge connecting the UC with the new athletic stadium. If you haven't seen it, you are missing out. It's pretty amazing.
Enrollment broke the previous record this year. Again.
We continue to hire new teachers with more amazing talents and experiences. It is one of the best times to be on campus, to be a part of the Thunder.
Football is gearing up for another fantastic season.
I know I am so looking forward to delving deep into this batch of classes, my last classes here.

Welllll, I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date on the going-ons of campus for my last semester here.

~Til next time,


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

X-MEN IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I know I just posted, but I decided I had to post about the new X-Men movie. This is the fourth in the series, but it's a prequel. This is the first time I've seen previews of a movie that WAY UNDERSOLD IT! Usually previews only show the good parts, but I thought, based on the previews, that this movie was only going to be about a bunch of pre-teen mutants. It's not. At. All. It was absolutely amazing. I adored the first movie, thought the second one was okay, and didn't think the third was all that great, but this one was AMAZING! I highly recommend it to everyone.
I'm not going to give any of it away, but the casting of a younger Charles Xavier/Dr. X (James McAvoy) and Magneto/Erik (Michael Fassbender) were impeccable. And January Jones and Kevin Bacon as the new mutant-villian pairing were fantastic. This movie far surpassed my expectations.
And while I may not be a X-Men or Marvel fanatic, my boyfriend sure is, as most of his fond childhood memories are based around the comics, and he was extremely impressed as well.
Go see it. It was fantastic. Now I just have to wait for it to come out on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack so I can put it on my iPod.

Sweet Summertime

So it's been forever and a day since I updated this blog about the college student's summer life and I offer my apologies. Luckily for you, I've had a rather boring summer so far so you haven't missed out on much :)
Last week I actually had the weekend off. It was blissful! I went with my boyfriend and a friend of ours to Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon. The weather was a beautiful 75 degrees and the sun wasn't too hot. We spent about five hours there, enjoying the rides. It was great to get out and have fun and actually enjoy part of the summer.
But I am definitely looking forward to July. I'm taking summer classes right now and as much as I love school, I am tired of studying. I leave my house at 8:30 M-Th and go to class, then work, and get home around 7, and on Fridays, I usually work from 8:30-6:30, and all day Saturdays. It's absolutely exhausting, but since I am graduating in December, the end is in sight! In July, the first summer semester will be over, and I won't be taking classes during the second semester, so I will only have work, which will free up soooo much of my days. I can't wait.
~Til next time