New Year, New Semester. Are You Ready For It?

Classes start today! Whoop whoop! Are you ready for it?

(Sorry for the TSwift giphy, I couldn't help it. 😂😂 I'm laughing at this face she's making too.)

No? You're not ready?! School's a drag, you say?

While some make think starting a new semester can be a downer, here are a few reasons why you should consider thinking otherwise.

  1. You are one semester closer to graduating!
  2. You get to see your friends again.
  3. You get back in a routine and can do all your activities and events again and get to see people (but mostly, you can get back into your normal binge-watching Netflix routine).
  4. You get to learn!
    • (Come on, learning is not that bad. Why are you even going to school if you truly hate learning?)
    • Take a random class that has nothing to do with your major and expand your horizons.

Are you still stuck trying to find motivation for this semester? Don’t worry, I gotchu. Here are some ideas to get you ready!

1. Check out extracurriculars.

  • Join an intramural team
  • Join a student organization or club
  • Is there nothing that interests you? Start your own group!

2. Go to the gym.

  • Ew.. I know, right? Wrong. Go to the freaking gym! You don’t have to run a thousand miles or lift 500 pounds. Just get your heart rate up a little bit and get your blood pumping. Your body and mind will LOVE you!
  • Working out sends endorphins to your brain which results in a mood boost. You will also feel less anxious, stressed and it will improve your sleep, which let’s be real… we’re college students and we love our sleep.
  • On top of all of that awesome stuff, you will look and feel fit and healthy if you make exercising a part of your daily routine.
  • You can download FREE aps that will help you create effective workouts as short as seven minutes! Check out this one and this one.

3. Catch up!

  • Go get drinks or ice cream or HyChi or Taco Bell with a friend(s) you haven’t seen since break. Catch up on everything and everyone and pump each other up about your awesome semester together!

4. Be honest with yourself.

  • If you are honestly dreading going back to classes, ask yourself why and be real with yourself. What’s the problem?
  • Are you studying something that actually interests you and is going to help you reach your dreams?
  • Are you happy with your school? It’s okay if that answer is no. Look into transferring.
  • How is your living situation?
  • Look at the things that are actually bothering you about starting the new semester and take action to solve them! You only have one life, so live it happily! 

Check these things off your to-do list to get your semester started smoothly!

  1. Evaluate your class schedule with your life schedule and make sure you have a realistic course load for your ability.
  2. Drop any classes you don’t need and aren’t interested in. (Although I highly recommend taking a random class so you can try something new and expand your understanding of the world.)
  3. Create a study schedule. Don’t make it minute by minute because I guarantee that won’t happen, but schedule in general times to shut off your technological devices and study for each class.
  4. Buy your books. Come on people. This is Freshman 101. You should already have your books.
  5. It wouldn’t hurt to touch base with your advisor. Whoever he or she is, they have a lot of power in the school and they have a lot of potential to help you out down the road, so make sure you get to know them and that they know you are more than just a name and a class schedule.

Have an awesome semester and check back for new posts here on my blog throughout the year! 

student-athletes at Simpson College talk about life as a multi-sport athlete

Playing multiple NCAA sports does not happen often at any level, but Simpson College gives this opportunity to many of its student-athletes.

It is hard competing in one sport, let alone two or three while pursuing a college degree.

Six multi-sport athletes sat down with me to talk about what their college experience is like juggling multiple NCAA sports, intramurals, clubs, social lives and of course, a college education.

While some said it is stressful, some want to do even more, but one thing they all agreed on: it is worth it.

More on the athletes:

Alyssa Mathews started her freshman year of college in volleyball season playing varsity setter and is currently in softball season, playing short stop and second base. In between NCAA sports, Mathews plays intramural basketball. She says her family and friends help her manage it all and know that volleyball and softball are important to her. He family supports her, not just by coming to games, but by making sure she is doing good in school too. As well as being an athlete, Mathews is a math major.

Hattie Liechty came to college planning to play volleyball for the college. What she was not expecting was to end up on the softball team and club rugby team too. She started playing softball earlier this year as a sophomore and has been playing volleyball and rugby since her freshman year. Liechty says her key to keeping everything together is simple: a planner. Taking things one day at a time and communicating with the coaches makes it easy. Liechty is a physical education major and coaching minor. Her advice to those thinking about playing multiple sports in college: Just do it.

Madison Endsley is a junior transfer student who plays volleyball and basketball. She is also a member of FCA, the Fellow Christian Athletes at Simpson. Unlike some multi-sport athletes, Endsley’s sports’ seasons overlap, causing her to miss out on the beginning of basketball season. She says it is not that hard because her coaches really work with her. Endsley played both sports at her previous junior college and has learned how to manage her academic and social lives while still pursuing an elementary education degree.

Simpson College junior Braden Meints is in his third year of spring training for football. Just this past indoor track season, Meints started throwing the shot put, hammer, and javelin for the Simpson College Track and Field team. For Meints, playing multiple sports has helped him make friends from all across the country. He is also a part of Best Buddies, “a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Meints is studying physical education with a minor in coaching.

Chase Wetterling did not plan on competing collegiately in track and now in just his sophomore year, he is an All-American. Wetterling originally decided to attend Simpson and play football. It was not until after freshman year football season he thought about track. He went to Track and Field Head Coach Cleveland, who told Chase he always knew he would go out. This past indoor season, Wetterling with Travis Tupper, Jordan Coughenour and Kirk Wick ran a 3:19.98 in the 4x400 meter race to place 7th at the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Wetterling says he gets nothing but support from his family, coaches, teammates, and professors while balancing his athletic pursuits and criminal justice degree.

Sam Adeniyi is in his first year of college, studying computer science and competing in football and track and field. Adeniyi is also in computer science club and Light Company which is a church service for college students. It is an extension off of SALT company that allowed Adeniyi to participate in a mission trip to Florida over Spring break. Adeniyi likes to be active and when he was given time off between sports seasons, he cut it short and just go ahead and jump in. His advice to others thinking about competing in multiple sports is to come in with an open mind and to remember that even though college play is more competitive, it is okay to have fun!

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*This was a story for my Journalism 2.0 class at Simpson College. Originally posted March 31, 2017.