Monday, October 27, 2014

The Semester Thus Far…

I could not be more excited to be in my final year as a Coe College Kohawk!  I cannot believe that I am already a senior in college!  It seems like just yesterday my parents were helping me move into Armstrong and I was meeting all my new friends for the first time.  However, with this excitement comes a lot of nervous feelings as well.  Most of the nerves are coming from the realization that I have to start looking for a big boy job and probably shouldn’t go back to working at Happy Joe’s (no matter how fun it was) like I had in high school. 

Even with all these nerves running through my body, I seem to have made it through the first couple waves of tests so far this semester without completely going crazy.  It is so nice to be ahead of credits for graduation, because I am able to take only 3 classes this semester and still be on track to graduate in May.  Not having that extra class this semester has been a very nice break for the homework load.  This has also given me more time to work out and get some extra work in for baseball during the fall to help prepare for the upcoming season in the spring!

I have also been very busy meeting new prospective students in the admissions office as well as during different campus visit days.  So far I haven’t been stumped by any geography questions like last year, but I look forward to seeing who can come up with the next brain teaser!  All my tour groups thus far have been wonderful and I could not have asked for a better group of prospective students to show around the campus that I have been lucky enough to call home the last 3 years!

Until next time!

-AJ  ‘15

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Finals Time… HERE WE GO!!!

It has come to that time of the semester where students grab their coffees, energy drinks, sodas and their other favorite sugar-filled drink and prepare themselves for the upcoming adventure that they like to call finals week!  Finals are just a little over a week away and I have found myself in a bit of a predicament where I have multiple tests, projects, presentations, and papers all due within the upcoming week.  On top of all work given by professors, our baseball coaches have put emphasis on the upcoming weeks as well to prepare us for the conference tournament taking place the weekend after finals!

Now I know that you definitely did not click on this blog just to hear me complain about all my problems and feel sorry for myself.  I have taken the next couple weeks as a challenge for myself, much like most of the students that are going through the same things as me!  Finals week to me is a chance for me to see what I am made of as far as buckling down and really getting down to business and getting things taken care of.  Same goes for baseball, in that I need to put everything aside as far as school work, summer vacation, and everything else while I am on the field and boost my focus to another level.  I try not to stress out a whole lot during this time for I know that stressing will just make it all harder.  This is a hard feat, but it gives me a chance to go through all the stress clearing activities like breathing and counting that they taught us up until this point.  I guess high school wasn’t such a waste of time after all!

I think that is about all the venting I have for now, but I will be keeping you all updated on the ups and downs of the upcoming week!  Hopefully more ups are in my future than downs!  Until the next time, Go Kohawks!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This weather is awful!!!

Having lived in Iowa for my entire life, I have pretty well gotten used to the harsh Iowa winters and all the cold and snow that come with living in Iowa during the winter months.  We are now over half way through the month of March and are still seeing cold temperatures and patchy snow from time to time!  I want to know, when is it ever going to end?! 

Snow was always provided many outdoor activities when going through elementary school and everyone seemed to really enjoy the snow.  Now that I have gotten older, I have realized why my parents always groaned at the site of the first winter snow fall.  Winter just never seems to end, and if anything, seems to get longer and longer every year! 

In high school, Iowa high schools play baseball during the summer months, which is really convenient in having the ability to get the field well prepared for the upcoming season.  However, college baseball takes place during the early spring months when Iowa’s winter may still be in full effect, so it is much harder to prepare the fields for play.  We have already had a weekend double header cancelled, as well as our first conference double headers against Simpson changed to only two games at Simpson instead of four here at Coe!  There is nothing worse than telling a group of passionate baseball players that their season is being shortened because Mother Nature is being unreasonable!

Hopefully someone can talk some sense into that lady so we can start enjoying warmer weather!  Sorry for the rant, but it’s been bottled up for awhile!  Pray for spring!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Scholarship Weekend and Alternate Scholarship Weekend

              Whew!  Talk about a couple of hectic weekends here on Coe’s campus!!  Over the last two weekends I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know a ton of future Kohawks while they were on campus to compete for additional scholarship opportunities!  It was awesome to see such a great turn out for the two weekends despite Mother Nature sending more snow our way for the first of the two weekends.  I was even more impressed when I would meet students from all over the country and was glad that they were able to make it to campus safely!

                Throughout the two weekends, I was primarily in charge of taking groups of students out on residence hall tours, showing all the awesome living options that Coe College has to offer.  All of the tours went great and everyone seemed really excited to be on campus and I can feel safe in saying that I met a lot of future Kohawks in the many groups I toured those days.  However, there was one moment where I was tripped up and almost a little disappointed in myself.  Towards the end of one of the tours that I gave, a student caught me off guard when I asked if there were any final questions by asking “What’s the capital of South Dakota?”  What a doozy of a question!  I was at a loss for words.  It has probably been 8 years or more since I have taken a geography class and I just could not even take a guess what the capital of South Dakota is!  I guess I need to brush up on my geography knowledge for future tours, or maybe do some traveling to get some hands on experience with the matter.  I think I like the traveling idea little better!