Monthly Archives: May, 2013

First summer of a college student

Many college kids look forward to summer away from all the books and papers but many of them forget that meals will not be provided or will all the activities on campus but also mom and dad are not used to a young adult being back home from college. Many college students start rapidly applying for summer jobs, these either being at restaurants, nannying, shopping stores, grocery stores anything they can get there hands on. Like all college students, I love money I did the same thing until I realized how helpful Benedictine is. Unlike all these frantic students that are applying for jobs I am lucky enough to go to school close enough from my house and a school that provides summer jobs that transfer over to the fall school year. Benedictine university has jobs in all sorts of areas, these being the sports complex,  food service either in Krasa or Coal ben or even a maintenance worker around campus. There are also jobs being a summer R.A on campus or like I do blogging or giving group or private tours on campus. But some people are not as fortunate as me and live under forty five minutes away. Benedictine provides you with many options because you cannot find this in many large schools or many colleges in general.
So if you are an incoming freshman to Benedictine don’t be afraid to ask around or apply for a few jobs on campus because one, you meet great people, two it’s awesome experience and three its great for the future you have outside of Benedictine.

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Avoiding Getting Sick at School

We all know how annoying it is when a flu breaks out in our area.  Sometimes you feel like your being suffucated by sick people no matter where you go.  It can be even easier to catch a cold on a school campus, especially if your roommate is sick.  One of my friends went as far as moving out of her room for 2 days just because her roommate had the stomach flu. Before she went back she put gloves on and used Lysol on every surface of their room. It might sound crazy, but it worked! You most likely don’t have to go this far in order to keep yourself from getting sick, but there are a few important things that can be done.

  1. If your roomie is sick, use an anti-bacterial wipe or spray on all the surfaces you and your roommate both touch.  This can be the doorknob, refridgerator, microwave handle, or remote. You also might want to stay out of that room as much as possible.
  2. Hand sanitizer = your best friend. It’s important to use it before you eat and after you touch a lot of public surfaces like door handles and computers.
  3. Vitamin C! Eat foods with lots of vitamin C to boost your immune system. Fruit and fruit juice should become a big part of your diet if a lot of people are sick around you.
  4. Get outside. If weather permits, go on a run or do some activities outside so your out of those stuffy places where viruses and bacteria linger.  The extra exercise will also boost your immune system.

If you get sick on campus, your parents won’t be there to feed you soup and give you your medicine so it’s especially important to try and stay as healthy as possible. 🙂

Four Fun Activities to Try

Since the weather has finally been pretty nice for the past couple of days (and hopefully by the time you get this it is officially nice), I have noticed everyone’s desire to be outside and soak up that sun that they’ve been missing. Just yesterday I saw a group in the quad playing beach volleyball and a group of girls laying in the grass with books sprawled out between them and a giant bag of popcorn. I mean honestly, who wants to be cooped up in their dorm room or the library all day studying with such warm, sunny weather…unless you’re me and were at a track meet and than Phillip Phillip’s concert all day the day before. So, besides me being a bit of a nerd and trapping myself in the library to do some studying after a weekend of never even touching my notes or books, it’s time to get out there and have some fun! Here are some things you should definitely try out when you’re at Benedictine in the spring:

  1. Play Beach Volleyball-you probably saw this one coming since I brought it up earlier, but hey, why not? We have a huge sand volleyball court in the quad, so take advantage of it and grab a group of friends and there you go! What’s even better is with the tight-knit student community Benedictine has, you’re almost guaranteed that more people are going to join in once they see there’s a game going on in the quad (which makes the game much easier if you’re not the best at getting the ball )
  2.  Play Basketball Outside-we also have a nice basketball court and I’ve already seen people out there shooting hoops. Plus, there are different basketball games such as, H-O-R-S-E,  lightening(this is what we call it in Michigan…but I guess here it’s called knockout), and of course just basketball on teams with however many people you have. 
  3. Naperville Riverwalk-I’ve run along this during cross country training and also just walked along it the times I been to naperville and it is really nice. You’re along the river the whole time, but you pass by a huge pool (which I’m excited to see soon since I’ve only seen it covered) as well as a park. If you really want, you can stop by at the park-you might get some weird stares from the little tikes playing there, but it’s your call…I may have stopped there with my cross team before…but everyone’s a kid at heart. Anyways, Naperville is really nice so make sure you take a visit there. And, what better way to end walking through Naperville, especailly on a hot day, then a visit to..
  4. Forever Yogurt! – I just went there for the first time the other day (I’m not sure if Michigan has them?) and I loved it! In case,you’re like me, you’ve also never been there, it is a frozen yogurt place with a wall full of different flavors from fruity flavors like strawberry, to original flavors like vanilla and chocolate, to unique flavors like coffee and Reese’s. YUMMMM! Then you have all the different toppings you can chose to put on-M&M’s, strawberries and different fruit, vanilla and toffee chips-I mean, I’m not even close to naming the wide variety they have to choose from. What’s even better is that you can select exactly what and how much you want-just grab a bowl and serve yourself. You weight it at the end on a balance and then you’ll figure out what the price is of your dessert.

These are just a few suggestions of fun activities you should really consider trying when you’re here!

Being A Part of A Team

Being a part of a team takes a lot of commitment.

I came to Benedictine for the education, but to be a part of the women’s soccer team. For me, I forgot what it was like to be a part of a team because my senior year of high school I did not play soccer at all– I focused on school. Coach Burr saw me play at a tournament over the summer and sprung some interest on my ability.

Coming to school early for pre-season, I was extremely nervous. I forgot what it was like to see the same girls every day, all day, and even in some of the same classes.  It was a bit of a shock to me how close we all got within the first week of school. Granted we did have our ups and downs, but in the end we all became closer as friends. Being a part of the team brings you close and immediate friends that you will be with throughout the four years of college. The bonds that you create with these girls are endless memories. These bonds get formed over the first big tournament out of state along with all the other journeys that come our way.

Not only do you get close friends right away, but coaches always make sure that you have good grades along with the right help that is needed to perform well in academics. Especially with my team, our coach made academics the number one goal to get not only our individual GPA up but our team GPA as well.

Being a part of a team is not just about grades, practices, and games but its about the relationship you make and the bonds you share.

BenU Track and Field Rocks it Out at Conference Championships

This weekend was an amazing one for Benedictine Track and Field. Our men’s team took the conference title for the 2nd year in a row, while the women finished with a strong 3rd.  There were so many notable performances, it’s hard to keep track. I was honored to compete in such an amazing atmosphere and watch some of the incredible moments.

All the men came together to score a total of 172 points. There were many memorable moments on the track ( sorry if I forget some of them) that it’s hard to remember every single one.  On the distance side, in an exciting 800, our boys pushed each other all the way to the finish line for 2nd and 3rd place. We also scored in the 1500. Our sprints came out strong and scored in almost every event. At the end of the day when we found out we were only up by a few points, so the last race of the day (the 4×4) was an emotional one. Everyone screamed and cheered for the guys on the track like our lives depended on it. The emotions were high as we waited to hear the final results. In the end, our throws came out with the win for us, scoring HUGE and even sweeping some of the events. It was an awesome feeling to see our guys hold that championship trophy and see Coach K win Coach of the Year.

But let’s not forget the ladies :).  The women’s team came out with a solid 3rd, scoring 129 points, almost 40 more points than we were projected to get.  Once again, the throws came out huge for us and a lot of the freshman stepped up with medals.  Sprints also showed up strong, getting 1st in the 100 meter dash and scoring in many other events.  My distance ladies put out some strong performances, getting 2nd in the 1500, 4th and 6th in the 800, and 7th in the 10k. I was lucky enough to score a couple of points for the team in a rainy and cold (4o degrees) steeple race with a lot of stumbles, my teammate and I getting 7th and 8th.

Overall, our team has a lot to be proud of and it’s an amazing feeling to be part of a program where you get to watch all of the hard work by the coaches and athletes pay off. Go Eagles!