September 20th, 2011
Well,senior year is finally here and the first month of school has gone by faster than I have realized. Wittenberg is always exciting at this time of year because of all the old students returning and the new ones experiencing campus for the first time. I have already enjoyed the start to my senior year by having a few crazy times with all my friends. But the school work for my last year has proved challenging and I can’t believe that I have survived to this point (mostly joking).
As some know I lived on campus all summer and loved the time here, and now with school back in session there are so many people everywhere and it always makes for something to do with someone. However, during the Labor Day weekend I took a trip to Hope College in Michigan to visit my little sister. It was nice to see that she was enjoying her college experience as much as I am here at Witt. Hope was a cool place but I was glad to be back at Witt so that I could spend quality time here before I check out.
Other than that I am still staying busy with basketball, so that all you readers have something exciting to watch this winter. Also my friend Sam and I are waiting to start our radio show that we have been doing for the past 3 years on 89.1 the berg, so if reading my thoughts isn’t enough for you go ahead and try and listen too, but don’t say I never warned you.
September 19th, 2011
Hello again! I decided that some of my homework could wait so I could add a new blog about what’s going on here in good old Springfield. It’s exciting now that I’m starting to meet a lot of the new freshmen on campus and match names with faces. For a couple weeks there I felt like I knew no one on campus! As is usually the case, however, I think the admissions office did a great job of bringing in students who will fit right in here at Witt!
The semester is already starting to fly by. It seems like I was just moving into my house, and now I’m starting to work to formulate regressions for my econometrics class! If you asked me a month ago what that meant, I would have laughed at you, because I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea. However, it’s beginning to get less and less intimidating of a class and I’m actually starting to like it, along with my other three classes: Health Economics, Financial Management, and Introduction to Geology. Hopefully that’ll stay true for a little while longer, or at least until mid-terms! I’ll check back in a little bit to update you on how everything’s going.
September 15th, 2011
September 2nd was the last day to hand in the paperwork to apply for graduation for the senior class of 2012 here at Witt. From what I heard there was quite a line to get it all done at the registrar’s office. It shows how we’re still not excited to graduate from Witt because we procrastinate that hard J
It may seem weird that you have to apply to graduate, but it’s a way for the university to keep track of us actually fulfilling what is required of us, our general education requirements, majors, minors, community service writing intensive classes and so on. It is quite complicated to get it all done, but that’s where I’ve had the most help from my advisors. It helps to put it all down on paper even your freshman year, and then modify as you go.
As a double major with a minor I have three different advisors! I also still keep in touch with one of my first freshman class professors since he is basically a scheduling genius. My classes have been pretty much planned out since freshman year and that is definitely something I would recommend doing. Even though you might not know what your major will be you will have some kind of idea of which classes to take. Make an outline, think about what you want and DO IT! There’s a lot of credits to take and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Oh, and starting ahead of time will help others help you. I handed in my application for graduation early and because of that I found out that I had not declared that minor yet… Ooops… But since I was doing it ahead of time, there was no problem getting the paperwork done.
Have a great week!
September 14th, 2011
Hello! I figured I will blog instead of diving into my first paper assignment of the year. Not much to report about the weekend… we were supposed to have an away game that got postponed because of all the rain up north (definitely Irene 2.0!) So now we have two games this upcoming weekend, our first home game and the one to be made up at Oberlin. Very excited to play at Witt finally, and hoping that we’ll have some fans come support on Saturday! Just a quick advertising pitch: Tiger Squad will give you TWO stamps on your tiger card and students can get a free hotdog and soda for coming!
Today at our SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) meeting, we began putting together some plans for the athlete social in Founders! I’m looking forward to getting together with all the teams to bond and eat some serious amounts of food! Maybe the football players will leave enough for everyone else this year… Also this week is informal recruitment for my sorority, so I’m excited to get to know the new members and again, eat lots of food.
School is pretty much in full force now, so I should probably be getting back to my paper. Hope everyone has a good week, see you at the field hockey game!
September 12th, 2011
It’s been about two weeks since the last time I posted so it felt like the time was ripe for a new one. At this point I have been at Witt almost a month and I’m definitely getting used to life here. I have a general routine that I follow and I’ve met even more people than I believed possible two weeks ago. School has been what it’s expected to be: difficult but rewarding. Getting my first college paper back was strangely exciting, although that probably makes me a nerd….
Everyday I’m given a new reason to believe Witt was the perfect choice for me, whether its getting to see an amazing sunset after a night of studying or running around with my vera bradley umbrella because the crazy Ohio weather decided to dump three days worth of rain on us. In the weeks to come I’m sure I’ll find even more reasons to love it here and I’m excited to find out what those will be.
On another, much more somber note, today was the tenth anniversary of 9/11. From the ringing of Myers Hall’s bells at the times of the attacks to the candlelight vigil in the evening, Wittenberg came together as a community to pay tribute to those those who rose up as heroes and those who lost their lives that fateful day. I am proud to say I go to a University that is so full of people who truly care about their country and the world around them. If there was a way to express the feelings of the generation who grew up after 9/11 I’m sure there would many books written upon it. But it isn’t possible at this point, and probably never will be. However, I will remain content to know that, in a world full of trouble and strife, there are enough people that truly care, and who always will, that light will always be able to shine through darkness, much like candles lit on a silent night in September.
I leave you with this quote:
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”
Goodnight Wittenberg, until next time.
September 5th, 2011
Hi all, back again for post number two in my blogging career. As I mentioned in my first post, I’m from Darien, a town in Connecticut that’s on the coast of the Long Island Sound. Needless to say, Hurricane Irene, which went from the Outer Banks, NC all the way into Canada, absolutely pummeled my hometown. Most families were without power for over 3 days, and my little sister’s first day of junior year was pushed back from Monday to Thursday (lucky her!).
Most of us Wittenbergers thought we were safe from the winds and rain, that is, until around 10:30 Saturday night, when it seemed like Hurricane Irene 2.0 came through Springfield. From my friend’s porch we saw lightning strikes, steady flows of water going down the main road by campus, and storm drains overflowing. It was even hailing at one point! The students, however, didn’t let that dampen their fun, and took to the hollow for some late night mud-sliding. That’s one thing you learn the longer you’re here: no matter the circumstance, there’s always something fun to do at Wittenberg.
Other than that, life at Witt has been pretty standard so far. Everyone has become acclimated to their new classes and schedules, and are getting back into the swing of things. Today was the first chilly day after 3 days of 90+ degree weather, so this might be where we take the turn from summer into fall. I’ll let you know when the leaves start changing…
That’s it for now!
September 4th, 2011
Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! The past few days have been a blast for me. There were quite a few alumni who came back to campus and it was great to see them all. The lightning and pouring rain continued all night, but it sure didn’t stop everyone from mud-sliding in the hollow. And I loved getting the chance to storm watch with friends on the porch, it’ s one of my favorite pastimes at Witt. I also went to the volleyball and football games this weekend which were both so exciting that I barely have a voice today. Volleyball beat two teams ranked #2 and #6 nationally, and football was delayed due to weather, but if they win this afternoon it will be their 700th win in program history! Great weekend for tiger athletics.
I’m secretly looking forward to some canceled classes tomorrow, but I’m excited for the week ahead. We have two field hockey games against Earlham and Oberlin, I begin observing in a classroom for my education class, and I’ll start work at the Oral Communication Center since it opens tomorrow. We also have some dj’s coming to perform live for my Philosophy of Hip-Hop class so I’m getting very excited for that!
Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!
August 29th, 2011
Since this is my first blog post ever I should probably introduce myself. My name is Julie Cascino and I am currently a Freshmen at Wittenberg, living on the fourth floor of Myers Hall. My hometown is a suburb of Buffalo, New York, approximately seven hours drive away from Springfield. I’ve been here on campus for about ten days and I’m still getting used to being away from home. It’s definitely a different experience living with a roommate and amongst 40 or so other girls on my floor. Especially when you all share one bathroom! So far, so good though. I was genuinely surprised by the way the girls on my floor clicked as a group. From the second night when we all dressed up together for Casino Night to this past Saturday when a bunch of us watched High School Musical in my dorm room, I have felt lucky to have met such an incredible group of people as those of whom I will live with for the next year.
As far as school goes, the first week of college was stressful but enlightening. It was much like the first week of high school; time passed in a blur and everyone seemed just as nervous as myself. I will likely never be able to recall all the details of what passed in my first five days of classes, but I will always remember how my RA sat in the middle of our hall with us the night before classes attempting to soothe some of our nerves with silly anecdotes of her time at Witt. So far I think that’s the best part of attending this University; there is always someone out there that can relate to your situation, always someone willing to listen and give advice. I’m happy to know that I chose a school small enough, and friendly enough that I can wave to someone I know almost anywhere I go on campus.
I’m still a bit homesick but hopefully that will pass in the coming months. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me!
Until next time,
P.S. Three things I learned in the past week that I think are especially important to remember for any college freshmen:
1) If you live in a dorm without air conditioning (Yeah Myers) fans are a godsend. There are five in my room currently.
2) If you miss your pets, consider getting a fish if its allowed. Picking one out is a fun fun way to bond with your roommate. Our future fish is named Herman.
3) Laundry is heavy. Keep that in mind if you don’t have an elevator. Not at all kidding.
August 28th, 2011
So excited to be a blogger! Let me introduce myself… my name is Kellen Morrissey, I’m a junior math major, with education and business minors, and I play field hockey and lacrosse. I spent my summer at home in Colorado, as well as in Lesotho, Africa for a month for a trip with Dr. Rosenberg and 37 other Witt students. Going to Lesotho was an incredible experience and I would definitely encourage everyone to go!
As incredible as my summer was, I have been so glad to be back at Wittenberg! I came back to campus a few weeks early for field hockey preseason and some intense 2-aday practices. Our field hockey team won the NCAC season last year, so we have some big shoes to fill this year. We scrimmaged last night at OWU and I think it got us all pumped for our first game in less than a week!
This year I’m living in my sorority house which has been quite the adventure already. We’ve all had a great time catching up, watching movies, and enjoying the food prepared by our new cook (definitely the best part of living here). My classes this year might be challenging, but so far I’m very excited about them. My “Philosophy of Hip-Hop Culture” class has been one of the most interesting electives that I’ve taken so far, and one of my upper-level math classes has only 6 people which has really helped to understand the lessons and get help from the professor. Other than school and field hockey, I’m working for my coach as an office assistant and as a consultant in the Oral Communication Center. It should be a busy and exciting year, and I can’t believe I’m a junior!! It’s been great to see my Wittenberg family and it makes me feel at home to be back! I’m looking forward to blogging about my hopefully fantastic year!