Summer is just around the corner and I cannot wait. My first year of college was everything I expected and more, but there reaches a point that you need and deserve a break. Summer is the perfect time for the well-deserved relaxation. Although I will be working for what will probably feel like all day every day, I definitely plan on doing a lot of fun activities Wisconsin offers. I am most looking forward to attending multiple festivals. For example, I am going to Country USA to see Luke Bryan. I also will be attending as many days as I possibly can to Summerfest. Summerfest is a 10 day music festival held in Milwaukee and is the biggest music festival in the world. Being that I live 20 minutes away from Milwaukee a summer without going to Summerfest is unheard of. I also plan on catching up with old friends, but unfortunately this summer isn’t going to be all fun in game. I will be waitressing at a local restaurant and also taking a summer class here at Edgewood. Summer is almost here and should be a hard and fun filled summer.
Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. This Lenten season is based around penitence, prayer, fasting and abstinence. Lent begins on either Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. During the Lent season it is a common practice to give up something of value to oneself to understand the meaning of sacrifice.
This Lenten season I unfortunately was not a good Catholic and went without giving up anything. However, I definitely should have given up chocolate, as I am a chocaholic. This would have been extremely challenging for myself because I ensure that I have chocolate at least once a day. Perhaps next Lent I will be able to give up my biggest vice, chocolate, and I too will understand how hard it is to give something up in the name of faith.
Edgewood College does an admirable job of engaging students of the 5 Core Values we currently have. As an Edgewood student, I have really taken the 5 Core Values of Truth, Justice, Compassion, Partnership, and Community to heart. The commitment to teaching and buying into these values can be seen by facility and staff around the campus. Every incoming class is given one value to focus on, especially during freshman orientation week. In the fall of 2012, my class was giving “The Year of Justice.” Not only did we dig in to the deeper meaning of justice, but we asked ourselves what our role in creating a just society.
If I were to add a 6th value, it would be Integrity. Integrity is not only everything we do, but it is everything we are. Integrity is an important characteristic for one to possess because it shows strength and morals, and one is not looking for a reward. Integrity means you will be the one to defend your opinion in a debate in class, it means you will not give in to the peer pressure that surrounds you, and to do what is right. Doing what is right is not always easy, especially as one had this new found independence in college. Integrity is something to nurture during these college years, hoping to be the person you wish to be at the end of your four years here.
Dr. Scott Flanagan will be the 7th president here at Edgewood College. Flanagan has many qualifications for this new position. For example, Dr. Flanagan previously served as Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics, and Assistant Vice president for Enrollment Services at the University of Saint Francis, in Ft. Wayne Ind. During his five years there the freshman classes tripled. Dr. Flanagan has also taught a doctoral course in Higher Education Finance. In addition, Flanagan has a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Also, Dr. Scott Flanagan has spent the past 13 years as the Vice president at Edgewood College. At Edgewood College, Dr. Flanagan’s roles have included Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vice President for Planning & Enrollment and interim Chief Financial Officer. Because of this Dr. Flanagan knows the importance of following the Dominican values and the importance of working a long side the students and realizing what is best for the college.
Coming to college and being in a new space is a huge adjustment, especially now that you’re on your own. Your freshman year will throw all sorts of new experiences at you so it is important to be prepared! Below is a survival kit that I think will help you survive your first year of college!
Freshman Survival Kit:
Febreze- because who does laundry anyway?
Ear Plugs- for those times your neighbors can’t help but be loud
Dry Shampoo- some days it’s just asking too much to shower
Birthday Cards- Your family/ friends still have birthdays, let them know you still care!
Delicious Homemade Treats from Home- easy way to make friends fast
Money for Pizza- because pizza always understands
Cleaning wipes- messes just have a way of happening
A Tooth Brush Holder- so easily forgotten but oh-so critical
Eye Mask- blocks the sun out during the days after those nights we didn’t get to sleep
Your first year college experience is bound to be a breeze when you find yourself armed and ready with your own kit to help you survive your freshman year!
When entering college, most have this impression of what “college life” will be like. The majority these false ideas come from sources of media, especially movies and television. It seems as if the academic aspect of college is glorified and the social aspect, such as partying, is exaggerated. To be a successful student, it is important to realize that the college experience has more to offer then weekend parties. Movies often portray those who focus on academics as “nerds” or “overachievers,” but college really is a time to take academics seriously and become engaged in the curriculum of your particular field of study. Learning also occurs outside of the classroom, something movies often forget about. College is a time for growth and learning through finding yourself and increased independence. A balance between your social and academic life will offer maximum success.
Monsters University has a unique portrayal of the college experience. The movie has a focus on striving to be a part of Greek life, something Edgewood College does not have. Monsters University is a beautiful Gothic campus that is host to many clubs and activities, similar to Edgewood. The professors seem to show a lack of compassion, something that is not true at Edgewood. In my experience here, I have nothing but great things to say about the professors. They always go out of their way to meet with you and care about your education. Movies are not based on facts and often give the wrong representation of the college life.
Edgewood is a small campus, but it offers you many different places to go with your friends to study or just relax. My personal favorite place to hang out is the Wingra commons. In Wingra you can do many different things. For example, if you like to study with a group or by yourself, it is the perfect place to grab a booth and stay there for a while. With Starbucks and the all the food you never have to leave. Wingra is also really nice to just hang out with your friends and get a bowl of ice-cream or play pool and enjoy your time. Because of these reasons that is why Wingra is my favorite place to go on campus.