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25Jan/161

How Being a Catcher Sets You up for Success

Hello again, friends!

I'm coming to you on this fine, snow-covered morning to share a recent discovery of some keys to success in life. Specifically, how being a catcher on your baseball/softball team, while tough, is setting you up to be wildly successful.

Me catching a pitch behind the plate.

Receiving a pitch behind the plate.

1. Dedication

Being a college student in general requires a fair bit of effort. Now, pair that up with an in-season sport schedule and perhaps an internship or part time job, and you end up spending every waking hour of your day hustling in some venue or another. When you are a college athlete in season, your sport exists as if nothing else in the world really does. For those of us who really love the sport that we play, that's perfectly fine. Personally, I'm quite content spending my free time working out or practicing with my teammates. Being a catcher, you have to be prepared to be the first player to practice, and the last one to leave. This dedication teaches you not to take anything for granted, and that hard work is rewarded with success.

2. Relationships

Me jumping over the fence at the front of the dugout

Hurdling my way into the dugout to have some fun

The relationships we build may last a lifetime, teach us lessons, and make us happy. I'm sure that by now have heard the common phrase, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." To clarify, both matter equally in most instances. By being a catcher on your team, you learn to build relationships with the pitching staff and your teammates. You learn to trust them and be trusted by them. The catcher must be a player that the team can rely on, both on and off the field. Your ability to effectively build relationships and trust with others will serve you in other elements of your life.

 

3. Focus

When it comes time to accomplish a task, you must be focused to achieve your goal. Some goals are short-term (catching a pitch), others are medium range (winning a game), and the rest are long-term (winning a World Series title). Focusing on the small details in the game, as well as in life, will help you build a foundation for success in the future. Attention to detail is what separates brilliance from the mediocre in all of us. As a catcher, you will be involved in every play, you have to give every second of the practice or game your undivided attention.

Me getting a base hit in a fall scrimmage

Base hit swing in a fall scrimmage

4. Pressure

There will be times in life, as well as in the game, where a clutch moment approaches and your performance will be vital to the success or failure of the group as a whole. Learning to cope with the stress and pressure of will make you an effective leader and a reliable teammate. The more you are placed in the spotlight, in the biggest moments of the game, the more relaxed and capable of handling the moment you will be.

Remember, life is a game. Sit fastball and adjust.

Peace and blessings, friends.

-Dakota

4Jan/160

4 Tips for 2016

Hello!  I am taking time out of a busy holiday schedule to share ambitions for my last semester as an undergrad. There are a few goals to which I wish to dedicate my time.

I'm concerned about a huge life transition coming my way, as you may be. The time will fly as quickly as a hot fastball from the hand of an Owls baseball pitcher. Take time out to establish goals. Here are some of mine:

Man reading newspaper

Reading the news can be fun!

1. Read More & Stay up on Current Events

Reading is a great way to increase your vocabulary and knowledge base. When you read, you activate your imagination. It's like watching a movie filmed and produced in your own cranium! I love it, but I don't do enough of it. Read everything. Read the news, a book, song lyrics, a magazine. LEARN. That's goal #1.

2. Be Healthy

I play on the baseball team. Physical health is important to me. Recently, I have tuned in to the importance to mental and emotional well being as well. To kick off my new year, I will limit the number of unhealthy things I put into my body (yes, that means fewer chocolate chip cookies and I'm not too thrilled). This will be a great first step to athletic longevity. I want to be able to play catch with my children. As far as mental health goes, I will motivate myself to harness good thoughts and block negative ones. Emotionally, I will ensure that the people I surround myself with are a positive influence and that I talk about my feelings.

3. Go to Bed Early

That's right folks, you cannot get 6 hours of sleep a night and expect to feel great. I'll shoot for 9 hours of sleep a night, but 8 will be my minimum. This is going to require turning off the Netflix series I've been bingeing on, but also more motivation to get homework finished earlier!

Depiction of two circles that are not touching. One of them in labeled "Your Comfort Zone" the other is "Where the magic happens"

Get into the Magic Zone!

4. Graduate with a Job

This is the golden goose egg of the college graduate. People are always worried about what they will do after college. My advice on that front: get a job. It doesn't have to be the one that you'll hold for the rest of your life, but it might be! Find a door, open it, and see where you end up! That's my plan. We shall see what happens!

 

What are some of your resolutions for 2016?

Peace and blessings, friends!

-Dakota

2Dec/150

Dakota’s 5 Essential College Items

What's up, peeps?

Hope your holiday break was an absolute blast! I know my break was off the chain. I headed home to Montgomery City, MO for a few days with the familia and while I was there, realized that there are a few things that are a must have in my college career - here they are!

  1. My Own Bed
Full Size Bed

My super comfortable bed.

It is of the utmost importance to have a comfortable bed. After all, you will spend about a third of every day of your life sleeping (or at least you should). You'll want to be comfy!

2. My Entertainment System

Entertainment center - television and speakers

My television and surround sound, yes, I said surround sound. LOVE IT!

 

There are going to be times when life gets a bit hectic in college. However, for those moments when I get to slow down and relax, I like to do it in style. Having a great sound system gets me excited for my day in the morning and allows me to enjoy top quality entertainment at night!

3. My Work Space

Desk and laptop with posters of Marilyn Monroe, Yadier Molina, and the Red Hot Chili Pappers.

My decked out desk and wall. Always have to make the space around you authentically your style. This is mine.

I spend a lot of time doing homework and planning out events for my fraternity (Sig Tau) as well as listening to music. It's important to me to maintain a functional work environment that reflects my own flavor and style.

4. My Bathroom

bathroom sink and shower

Yep, that is a bathroom in apartment FF. It is a nice bathroom.

This is something we all take for granted. Using your own bathroom is a luxury. When I am at school I have all of the things I need to maintain my high level of personal hygiene. Using my own bathroom is essential and I miss having that space when it isn't around. Especially when you have a ducky bathroom rug (shown below).

Duck shaped bathroom rug

Ducky Floor Mat

5. My Friends

Some friends and myself hanging out.

My friends, basically family.

Making lifelong friends is potentially the best part of college. I have met so many great people who will be with me for the rest of my life during my years in college. Find those great people and hold on to them!

Hope you enjoyed! What is something you can't live without?

As always,

Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease.

-Dakota

 

30Nov/150

My 5 Favorite Study Spots

Hello again!

Last time, I talked about what to do while breaking from studying. In college, like in most high schools, finals are a fact of life.

Now, with finals just around the corner, it's time to stop breaking and start studying! If you're like me, your study spot can make or break your studying. A spot that's too quiet, too noisy, too bright, too dim, etc. might make your experience delightful or miserable. Below, I've listed some of my favorite study spots at William Woods and around Fulton.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

The brand new Brick District Playhouse has lots of coffee and food options.

  • Brick District Playhouse/Playhouse Bistro
    A newer addition to Fulton, this quaint coffee shop is a delightful choice for studying. Again, there's coffee available, but it also has a bright atmosphere and lots of tables for studying. And, when you get hungry, you can grab lunch.
  • Library Lower Level
    I love studying in the basement in the library. There are chalkboards for reviewing material, beanbag chairs to kick back in, desks, books, study rooms, and library resources are at your fingertips. During finals week, the library is open until 2 a.m., which leaves lots of time for cramming!
  • McNutt Campus Center
    This one is not for everyone because it's definitely louder, but I love studying in McNutt because I don't feel so isolated. There are computers and desks upstairs and couches and chairs downstairs, so you can pick the best spot for the work you're doing. Plus, you're right next to the Owl's Nest, so coffee is at your immediate disposal!
  • Barnes & Noble
    You have to drive to Columbia or Jefferson City to study at Barnes & Noble, so it's not always the most available spot. But, there's coffee! And, I personally love B&N because there's books everywhere and it has a scholarly, peaceful atmosphere.
One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

One of the study rooms in Cutlip Hall, with a conference style table and whiteboard.

  • Residence Hall Common Areas
    Many of the dorms have study areas with whiteboards that are perfect for reviewing material. I live in R. B. Cutlip Residence Hall, which has two, small, conference-style rooms with boards that are ideal for studying material or completing projects with groups. Sometimes, these areas get busy, but other times they are very quiet, so you can tailor your experience depending on the time and day.

Besides the spots I've listed, there are all sorts of study areas around William Woods. Many buildings have tables and chairs or designated study areas. Or, if the weather is nice, you can sit by the Junior Lake dock or outside McNutt.

It's the busiest time of the year for studying, so where do you plan to camp out this finals time?

~Alexis