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10Mar/165

How to be “Cool” in College

Greetings, friends!

It's been a while since I last came to you. The year 2016 has been a fast paced, productive, and thus far rewarding year. The Owls' baseball season is in full swing as well as the other spring sports and the seniors (including me) count down the days until we enter the workforce and pursue the dreams that we've worked all these years to attain.

I was doing some thinking today on what makes people "cool" in college, and I had a few thoughts that I believe to be of interest to those entering college, beginning their journey, or really any life transition.

In college, you'll find yourself in a lot of social environments. Among those environments exist the leaders and supposed "cool kids" who are admired within that realm. All of these people will attempt to set the standard for "coolness."

Snoopy and Woodstock hanging out by the wall

You are as cool is Snoopy and Woodstock, believe me.

You are as cool as it gets.

At times, you may feel insignificant because you might not know much about the topic of conversation. My message is simple: You are as cool as it gets. There are things that you know a lot about and interests that you share with a lot of people. I beg of you, please never let yourself feel insignificant or as if you have to conform to someone else's standard of "cool."

Being authentic is the coolest thing you can do. 

Already feeling better? Me too. Being confident in who you are is a dying art among our generation. I challenge you to lead the charge. Be authentic, express yourself, and share your interests. You never know who you might inspire.

As always,

Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease.

-Dakota

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

2Dec/151

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

 

19Nov/151

15 Things To Do while Taking a Break from Studying

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

Here my roommate Catie demonstrates napping while studying.

A successful student studies a lot (or should study a lot). But, when it's time to take a break from studying, here are my suggestions for how to spend the time.

  1. Visit the Owl’s Nest (or your pantry/local coffee store) and grab a snack or, even better, a Starbucks coffee.
  2. Take a nap (a quick twenty minutes might rejuvenate you and make your studying more effective).
  3. Cartwheel. Get some blood flowing to your brain.
  4. Yoga/deep breathing. If you’re super-stressed, take a deep breath. And then keep studying (this is especially effective for finals week).
  5. Clean. Be productive on your break and tidy up your [dorm] room, and give your mind a break.
  6. Do some laundry. Start a load and then when you break again, you can switch loads. Then when you’re done studying, you can fold.
  7. Go for a walk/visit the horses. William Woods has a beautiful campus with lots of horses to visit.
  8. Go to a LEAD event. If you coordinate right, you can go to a LEAD event and take a break from studying--and still be productive!
  9. Shower. A hot shower can be re-energizing.
  10. Call/talk to your parents. They probably miss you.
  11. Talk to your roommate/siblings. Discuss what you’re studying, and it will help solidify the concepts in your brain.
  12. Schedule the rest of your day. Keep on track by working out what you want to accomplish for the rest of your morning, afternoon, or evening.
  13. Write a thank you note. People love hand-written cards, so think of the last person that did something generous and write a little note. It will surely make his or her day.
  14. Make your bed. It’s probably not made…
  15. Read the William Woods blog!
The lovely William Woods campus in autumn.

Go for a walk and experience the lovely William Woods campus.

I hope that these suggestions liven up your next study break. Thanks for reading!

~Alexis