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18Feb/160

How Time Flies!

Oh EM GEE… It's the middle of February, and my golf season starts in 3 weeks! Yikes!

Over the last six weeks, I have been super busy with school, my internship, and golf! I've kept myself busy with three main things, and a bonus activity or two. Just like in high school, spring semester in college is crazy busy!

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  1. School - as you already know it's my senior semester, and to be honest it is pretty chilled. I'm taking 12 credits including an internship. However three classes are English, and they sure keep me busy.
  2. Internship - I am lucky enough to intern on campus with Travis, the sports information director. It works so well with my major, and I am loving it so far. It takes up my boring Tuesday and Thursday nights and time flies by.
  3. Golf - we all know what Missouri weather is like-bipolar to the max. Golf has been up and down just like the weather. Sometimes we go out to play or sometimes we are stuck indoors. However everyone is getting back into it and we are ready to compete.
  4. Food Trips to Columbia - my teammate and good friend Alex Bankovich and I have made at least 8 Chipotle trips so far this semester, thrown in with some Olive Garden and Andy's Frozen Custard. Yep, I said it--Andy's in freezing weather. Columbia is only 25-30 minutes away, so whenever we are craving some fattening food that isn't available in Fulton, we just hop right in the car!
  5. Tanning - it's about that time of year when I buy a monthly tanning package from Fulton’s Tanfastic salon. So 20 minutes before or after eating at Tucker Dining Hall, I pop right there to keep my bronze colour going in the winter.

There are plenty more fun things going on around campus at this time and before we know it, it will be May! Happy February, guys!

-Mimmi

11Mar/150

Phired Up at William Woods!

Last Friday, as a part of the President's Concert and Lecture Series, the William Woods community welcomed guest speaker Tina VanSteenbergen from Phired Up. Tina gave an inspiring motivational speech to the community at large and brought us closer with one another through a series of interactive tasks throughout the presentation. The entire goal of the event was to pull our community nearer to the idea of Social Excellence...

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My favorite piece of advice from the presentation. Great tip for incoming college students. "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others. Being authentic and living everyday with integrity as the best version of oneself. Being confident and vulnerable. Being fun and compassionate. Being open, kind, and bold. The highest level of societal participation and contribution.

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I got my very own picture with the VIP Guest Speaker Tina VanSteenbergen!

Tina had everyone rise from their seats and go meet someone new. Once we met our new person, we sat with them throughout the entire presentation. Taking breaks to have conversations on random topics with our newly found friends. By the end of the presentation, I had made a new friend who I new a lot of new details about, such as the people he idolized, his likes and dislikes, and his family. Tina encouraged us to adopt several new principles of social excellence including generosity and authenticity, and how to build masterful social skills and how to push one's social comfort zones to the max. Social Excellence increases social confidence and prepares individuals for success in college, business, relationships, and life. In today's technological world, human connections remain vital to professional and personal success and must remain an integral part of everyday life.

This LEAD event helped me to understand the importance of face to face interaction and make a new friend. For that, I am grateful.

4Feb/152

Fortune Favors the Bold

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When was the last time you went up to someone you admired and told them that you are happy to have them in your life? I'm not talking about that girl who you are secretly in love with from your business class, or the guy with all the snide remarks in your language class. What I'm talking about is approaching someone that you have a relationship with, friendly or otherwise, and telling them exactly what it is that you like about them and that you are fortunate to have them in your life.

See, we live in a society where telling someone that you like the photo they put up on their Facebook last night earns you "creeper status," being nice to someone of the opposite sex makes you "flirty," and it's way easier to hide behind your phone as opposed to actually walking up and interacting with someone.

I am asking you to go out and be different. In a good way. Get your face out of that smart phone of yours, and smile at the person walking past you. Talk to your professors in class. Make a new friend, or ask that special someone out on a date! Be bold! I don't want you to live another second wishing you had the courage to do something that you want to do in this life because sometimes you only get one chance.

My entrepreneurship professor here at William Woods, David Forster, taught me something my freshman year. He said, "The three most pointless emotions are guilt, worry, and fear of failure." Fear of failure is the one I would like to focus on. Let me put this into perspective for you - lets say that you walk up to someone and ask them to grab coffee with you sometime, the worst thing that could possibly happen is that they say no. In that situation, you have lost absolutely nothing, you're still in the same shoes you had on before you asked, and the only thing that has changed is that you did what you've always wanted to do. You may get shot down, but you were brave! That's what really matters.

Allow me to proclaim my everlasting distaste for all that is pessimistic. You don't have time for negativity. While the rest of the world tries to bring you down, you'll be soaring through life accomplishing all of your wildest dreams. All because you took that first step, that one small leap of faith that let you know that you could accomplish all of your wildest dreams and goals. Anything is possible for you!

Life is full of beautiful moments. Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day. Always remember: things always happen for a reason, it's your job to find out what that reason is.

Peace and blessings, friends.

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2Oct/140

What Makes a Best Friend

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My best friends (from left to right): Taylor Oestreich, Mariah Wheaton, Lindsey Cornelius, me, and Sam Harris.

The picture above is of me and some of my best friends here at William Woods University! We all mentored the Freshman Advantage summer program here at William Woods in 2013 and 2014. These people are the best friends a guy could ask for. Together we are a family. We slingshot water balloons, watch scary movies, play pranks on each other, laugh until we cry, and have each other's backs through thick and thin! What makes a best friend? You're about to find out!

Humor.

Humor is the basis for many friendships. People love to laugh and be around people that make them smile. My friend Taylor Oestreich (far left), has the greatest sense of humor the world over. When Taylor and I are around each other, we tend to laugh all the time, even during the most inopportune moments (meetings, class, etc.). We have fun dancing like goofballs to our favorite song or launching water balloons across campus with a slingshot. It's hard to find a serious moment when we are together. Laughter and fun is what keeps friendships going strong!

Support. 

Best friends are present because they want to be, not because they have to be. Whether that is cheering you on at a sporting event or helping you out with a tough decision in life, a best friend is there. Mariah (first from left), has always been there to support the people that she loves in whatever they may be doing in life, me included. Mariah has a lot of love to give and cares about her best friends unconditionally. She would do anything she could to support other people, and that is what makes her great! Being there for your friends and family is of the utmost importance.

Acceptance. 

A best friend is someone who knows who you are and won't judge you based upon your mistakes. Whether it is what you are wearing today or the embarrassing moments that occur in college life. Lindsey (second from left) has witnessed me and my dorky friends make more mistakes and poor decisions than most. A best friend understands that even though people make mistakes, they are still good on the inside. Best friends are able to keep secrets and be honest. When you need sound advice, you can always turn to a best friend like Lindsey.

Listening. 

This is perhaps the most important and least common quality to find in a friend. The ability to listen with complete acceptance without interruption or advice. Sam (far right) listens with an open heart and is fully present. A best friend is always down to listen to what is happening in your life and, when asked, give opinions or advice. A best friend is willing to put down their cell phone and engage in a real conversation with someone they care about.

You can find all of these qualities at William Woods University. I have been fortunate enough to befriend some of the finest people at WWU, and, in my opinion, the best friends in the world.