April 24, 2014
Now and Then
Today marked my last actual class of college, and it is slowly hitting me. My Carroll experience over the last three years has been overall a positive one, with only a few bumps in the road. By bumps I mean changing my major as a junior and struggling to graduate on time.
Those parts of my time here at Carroll taught me most about how I function in times of need. I knew I no longer wanted to study nursing halfway through my junior year, and had to sit down to think about where I wanted my education to go. In that time of reflection I realized I was channeling everything in my life through writing and I should pursue it.
The only problem with changing to a drastically different major three quarters of the way through college is there are a lot of classes to take. Somehow my advisor, Dr. King, and I were able to load all of the required courses for a communications major into three semesters with a few credits here and there in the summer. I am so thankful that she was able to help me obtain my degree on time.
My schedule has been extremely full the last few semesters, but like everything else here at Carroll, I was able to learn from it. The difference between who I was when I first arrived as a sophomore transfer student, to who I am now as a soon-to-be graduate is very different. Carroll has changed me into a person with a more positive outlook and has given me the tools to take the communications world by storm.
April 17, 2014
Today I am headed home to Illinois for Easter Break, and I don't think I've ever been this excited for a four-day break. I'm more eager to watch hockey than I am about celebrating Easter with my family. Tonight the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Saint Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and I finally get to watch the game without worry. Typically when the Hawks play I have class or work early in the morning and end up angrily falling asleep because I can't watch the whole game. But tomorrow I have zero plans and can stay up to see the whole game.
Friday I have no plans as of yet, but Saturday I get to hang out with my younger cousin Gideon to celebrate her birthday. This year her birthday falls on Easter, so we can't do much other than family dinner. I'm surprising her Saturday by taking her shopping and to lunch. The best part is she thinks I won't be coming home until Sunday.
Easter this year will be a bit different. Like always, my mom and I will cook in the morning and family will come over to eat in the early afternoon. But I think my mom got confused because we are having ham, Polish sausage and Sauerkraut. It sounds like the oddest combination for an Easter dinner and I'm a little nervous for what she has planned.
The best part about break is that when we come back, there is just one more full week of classes before finals start, and then it's graduation.
April 11, 2014
Spring is in the Air
After this long, cold winter, it's hard to believe that we are finally seeing 60 degree weather here in Wisconsin! This whole week I've been driving with my windows down. Not only that, but I haven't had to worry about warming up my car before leaving for class. Finally I'm not driving an icebox to campus.
Carroll has been the stereotypical college campus this week with students playing Frisbee, football and even slack lining across Main Lawn. I'm so jealous because I haven't had a chance to set down my homework. Last year there was still snow on the ground when my friends and I played Frisbee.
Yesterday morning I sat at a table on the library patio and enjoyed the fresh air. It's so nice to drink my coffee outside and listen to birds while I study. Later in the afternoon it was hard to get a spot outside the coffee shop. Mornings are definitely the best time to be outside, uninterrupted on campus, as opposed to the afternoon, when students are like vultures hovering over tables.
I hope that spring is here to stay and it doesn't snow Monday like the Weather Channel has been warning.
April 3, 2014
The Joke's on You (Don't Try This at Home)
April Fool's Day had me in a panic for a good chunk of the morning. Someone created an ad for free patio furniture on Craig's List, including all my contact information. By 7:30 a.m., I had 15 phone calls, voice mails and even more text messages. When I answered one of the phone calls, a man was nice enough to explain how to find the ad placed under my name so that I could get it removed.
After struggling to flag the ad and find contact information for Craig's List, the company replied to me about a half hour later and removed the false ad. I was a nervous wreck for the whole morning because not only were my name and phone number on the site, but so were my email and home addresses. Once it was taken down my nerves calmed and everything was fine.
To whoever posted the free patio furniture ad, kudos to you, my friend. You definitely had me confused for a while as to why so many strangers were calling me. Thank you for spicing up my day, and for getting me asked out on a date, which made it all funnier in the end. No one had ever pulled a memorable April Fool's Joke on me before, but I will not forget this one!
March 18, 2014
Big Changes Coming Soon
I thought that the time would drag by after coming back to classes from Spring Break, but boy was I wrong. I woke up yesterday and thought that it was Monday, turns out it was Thursday, and my roommates had to keep reminding me what day it was. It's hard to believe that I only have 26 more days of classes before finals and then graduation.
This year has been bittersweet. As much as I want to graduate college and enter the workforce, at the same time graduation is officially saying goodbye to childhood, adolescence, and the majority of my friends. I feel like Peter Pan telling everyone "Never grow up." Some people have said that if I'm unsure of the path ahead of me that grad school is the best option. As much as I never want to grow up, I can't take another couple of years of school...my brain is fried!
I'm not a fan of big changes. I'm a Virgo it goes against the routine order of things in my life. But this is a necessary step that I have to take eventually, and why not now? It might be a difficult transition moving away from everything I have known the last few years, but that's just life. You can't hide from milestones in life, you have to embrace them. That's probably the most important thing Carroll has taught me.
March 13, 2014
Two words... Spring Break!
I'm not going anywhere or doing anything exciting, but I couldn't be happier. A week of catching up on half a season of my favorite TV shows and playing with my parents' puppy, Duke, is exactly what I need before the final stretch to graduation.
This past week has been filled with projects, papers and, of course, the last of my midterms. The most stressful part of it is that they are all due Friday, the last day before break. So while my friends skipped out early for their flights to sunny Florida, I will be turning everything in, in-person to get full credit.
To help keep my sanity over the last couple of days, I have lived off coffee and green salsa Wheat Thins. It sounds like a terrible combination, but when you are as determined as I have been to finish projects and cram for two exams, it works. Just a little more than 24 hours stands between me and a relaxing spring break, and I can't wait!
March 7, 2014
The End is Near
My senioritis has officially set in. There are 60 days until graduation - not like I'm keeping track or anything. This Wednesday was the Class of 2014 Grad Fair, which is when everything set in. It's so weird thinking that I won't have to register for classes next week and don't have to worry about where I am going to live for the next school year.
At the Grad Fair we had pictures taken in a cap and gown. That's when a feeling of uncertainty came over me. I am still waiting to hear back from companies about potential jobs, which could take me anywhere in the United States.
It has been really hard to focus on classes this week because I was more worried about where I will be in three months. This reminds me of high school and how I was so stressed about my future the last few months of school. But I have to keep reminding myself that no matter what, I need to stay focused on the here and now. My future can always change and nothing is ever completely set in stone.
February 21, 2014
Next week already marks the beginning of midterms for me. This weekend will be spent cramming all the chapters I forgot to read. Luckily, I only have two exams in the coming week. The rest of my classes have their exams closer to spring break, which is more common. I always develop anxiety leading up to exams, especially this time because I don't know how the tests will be organized. Both of my midterms are on Tuesday, and I have already started to study for them by breaking up the chapters and doing a little bit each day. That way I can still have fun this weekend and not go crazy trying to memorize seven chapters worth of material in two days.
It also is Siblings Weekend on campus. My brother, Phil, is coming up Saturday, which will be a nice study break. On Saturday morning, Habitat for Humanity is helping CAB with the Siblings Weekend Carnival. I'm excited to help set up because we get to jump in the bounce house. Phil got married this past year and the wedding reception had a bounce house; it was more popular with the adults than for the couple of kids there. Although the Carroll carnival is geared more toward younger siblings, there are still fun things to do, like Friday night's BINGO event. It may seem like an older crowd's go-to game, but BINGO at Carroll is awesome…if you win. I've gone to every BINGO game on campus trying to win a TV and have yet to get a single BINGO. Hopefully this will be my time!
February 14, 2014
My name is Sammie and I am a senior communication major with an emphasis in journalism, and I am excited to graduate this spring. I transferred to Carroll University as a sophomore nursing major. After a year and a half in the nursing program, I realized writing was my true passion and I switched my major. I hope to find a job as a sports journalist after graduation, covering professional football or hockey.
Growing up, sports were a big part of my life. I fell in love with football as a cheerleader on the sidelines for 10 years. At Carroll, I work as a manager for the football team, which allows me to still be on the sidelines.
I am originally from northern Illinois and am a proud supporter of the Chicago Blackhawks. Yes, that means I am one of the brave souls who also sports a Chicago Bears jersey during football season in Packer Country. Right now Olympic hockey is my focus. I have been waking up before the sun just to watch Team USA live and root for Blackhawk Patrick Kane.