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25Jan/163

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/161

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

29Oct/158

3 Elements of the Coolest Dorm Room

If you're like me, your room is a place of peace and sanctity. It's the place in which you can retreat and relax. Rejuvenate and create the space that really represents who you are. You've probably spent the last 17 to 20 years of your life creating a space in your home that is an extension of who you are--a pure representation of your personality. Odds are, there are still some childhood effects in existence that some may find embarrassing to take to school with them. Moving to college is your chance to create a new space (along with your roommate) that is authentically who you are right now! Here are some tips to making the best of your new pad!

Lighting: The lights in residence hall rooms can be industrial.

  • Bring your own lamp - having a lamp can create a warm, homey feel within your room. Having a little lower key light will allow you to relax and keep the stress level low in your new room.
  • Hang Christmas lights (LED only) - You can choose from an wide variety of colors and styles. These colors will cast a certain feel over the room. Find the color you love and give it a try!
  • Allow sunlight to flood in during the day - having thick curtains will allow you to sleep in on those weekend mornings. However, waking up in the morning and keeping your energy up throughout the day is much easier when you let the natural energy of the sun flow into your space!
LED Light strand

A strand of compliant LED Lights.

Wall Decor:

  • Posters - I would suggest getting a couple new posters of things/people/places that you love. There are many online resources to get new posters and local stores will carry them for a low price. Hang your posters with sticky tack, NOT push pins or tape (those things will damage the wall and lead to a fine).
  • Hang a sheet - hanging a colored sheet on the wall is the college equivalent to a paint job. Like your lighting decision, the color of the walls will represent the feel you want to give the room.
  • Use your own art - perhaps you have an art class your freshman year, hang the projects from classes on your walls. It will encourage you to create art that you are proud of.
Picture of John Belushi

Poster Example - Animal House, John Belushi

Entertainment: How do you prefer to entertain - Movies? Music? Games?

  • Television - coordinate with your future roomie (your Residential Life office should let your know). Who will bring the television? Will you need a DVD or Blu Ray player? Surround sound? All things to think about.
  • Speakers - this one is near and dear to my heart. I love music. Having good sound quality is key to entertaining. People love to listen to music when they hang out. Be careful with the power of the bass and volume though, you don't want you neighbors to get upset when you are pounding their wall with your subwoofers.
  • A place to sit - having plenty of comfortable places to sit is crucial to finding comfort in your room. A futon or moon chair is very modern and provides a comfortable place for you and your guests to sit down and relax.
Dorm room with bed, tv, and entertainment system.

A sample dorm room entertainment system.

dorm room specifications

                   The typical size of a dorm room at William Woods University

I hope you enjoyed this insightful post. Check out the rest of my bio!

Love, peace, and chicken grease,

-Dakota

22Apr/150

Woodsfest: Alumni Weekend 2015

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Happy Hump Day to all!

This upcoming weekend, William Woods will be hosting its annual Alumni Weekend shindig! The theme this year is Woodsfest! A festive gathering of old friends and colleagues brought together for a weekend of reminiscing on the past and writing the next page of the future.

For a full schedule of Woodsfest events, follow this link!

http://www.williamwoods.edu/alumni_weekend/2015/schedule.html

We hope to see you all this coming weekend at William Woods!

As always, peace and blessings!