Time Flies

It came to my attention last night that this semester has flown by.

I was sitting around the dinner table with my two roommates when I realized that we only had three weeks left before finals, which start on May 5 according to SIUe. At first my friends didn’t believe me so I had to show them on a calendar that I was not hallucinating.

As soon as I brought up this topic it immediately led to a conversation with the roommates. We started talking about first semester and sure enough none of us could remember that much. It seems as if August and September never happened.

As the conversation got more in depth we started talking about previous classes. For the life of me I could not remember all five classes I was in last semester, I had to eventually get on CougarNet and check my transcripts to identify all five classes.

It just goes to show that before you know it a major part of your life will be over in the blink of an eye. In four weeks I will be done with my sophomore year of college which is mind blowing to me. The even scarier thing is that my brother, Tyler will be graduating after this semester. It seems like yesterday that my parents got back from dropping him off at college.

Half way done with college is truly astonishing. In two years I’m expected to have a life long career started. That’s a lot of pressure. I’m ready for the challenge though, the thought of making a salary and being able to invest my money excites me.

Reflecting back on why I wrote this article I realize that I need to cherish the time I have in college and make the most of it. Whether that be staying up late for no reasons with roommates, skipping class to golf, studying until 4 a.m. or going on spontaneous road trips.

Don’t let life pass you by because time flies.

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Family Life

I’m sure your family has traditions that they follow every year.

For instance my family always meets at my Grandma’s house in Iowa for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I personally love this time of year because I don’t get to see my family as often as I’d like.

The crazy thing about all this is that it could change in five years. Hopefully in five years my brother and I will both have careers started. With that being said, there’s a good chance that we could live in different parts of the country. I know my brother is currently interested in moving to Phoenix or Dallas to work for State Farm. According to Pantagraph.com they are hiring/moving 8,000 employees.

I personally have no real desire to stay in Illinois after college. I wouldn’t mind living in Missouri, Kentucky or maybe one of the Carolina’s.

If all this falls into place it will be hard to get the family together. It makes me realize how limited time can be and how you should value time with people you care about.

It’s a sad thing to think about but on the other hand it can also be exciting to start your own traditions. In ten years theres a high probability that my brother and I will both have children of our own. I hope that my brother and I live close enough to our parents that we can all be around each other on the Holiday’s. I want my kids to have more time with their family than I did.

The one good thing about being so far from the rest of your family is that it makes your bond with your immediate family that much stronger. My immediate family has to rely on each other rather than aunts, uncles and cousins. I think that through being four hours away my family is closer than many other families inside our big family.

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Golf

I personally believe that Golf is one of the greatest games you can play on earth.

It does not have the adrenaline rush or the high intensity that other sports have but it builds character that I believe other sports don’t.

As a kid I always played golf with my Dad and brother recreationally. As soon as I played my first 9 holes I knew it was going to be one of my favorite sports.

I eventually ended up playing golf my junior and senior year of high school.

This is where I gained some characteristics that I will never lose. When you play competitive golf, your scoring is completely based on an honor system. Obviously people don’t hit their balls in the same area every shot so many times you are hitting a shot while no one is watching.

So many things can happen if no one sees your shot. First off you can move the ball into a better lye,you could also physically move your ball out of the way from a tree, you could hit a bad shot out of bounds and re-hit a ball with no one watching. As Arnold Palmer says on SportsQuotes “”I have a tip that can take five strokes off any body’s golf game. It’s called an eraser. Doing those type of things on the golf course is easy. Lying to your group mates is the hard part. Ghttps://sonks23.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/tiger-woods.jpgolf uses a rotation system to keep score, meaning you stand in a circle before the match and everyone passes their scorecard to the left. This prevents two players from trading scorecards and cheating together throughout the round.

Golf instills a high level of honesty, integrity and respect. I’m not saying that other sports do not instill good characteristics because I’ve played other sports and they definitely do. I just believe golf instills them the most.

I look forward to being able to retire and play the sport I love for many years to come.

 

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Pondering the Future

The future can be a scary thing.

I guess it depends on how you think about it.

For me I like to think I have a bright future. I don’t mean to come off arrogant but I don’t see myself failing in the future. It’s something I think about all the time and to be honest I’m not sure what it holds.

I know that I absolutely want to move out of Illinois. According to the Bureau of Labor StatisticsIllinois had an unemployment rate of 8.7 percent. I personally feel there are much better states to live in, plus the weather is like a moody junior high girl. Aside from that my future is up in the air.

I know that I want to be a spokesperson for a company eventually. What company? Where? How am I going to do that? I feel that I’ll have to start out in a sales position and eventually work my way up.

Another major component of my future would be a family. I know that it’s five or six years away but it’s something that comes across my mind quite frequently. For me I don’t want to have another one year relationship that never really means anything. When I like a girl I legitimately think about if I could marry her. I know it’s probably a bad habit but I can’t help myself.

I also wonder a lot what my kids will be like. I hope they’re like me without so much of my sarcasm. I want my kids to be able to grow up in a small school like I did. I also hope they love sports like I did. If they don’t? I guess I’ll have to support them in whatever they love.

As I look to the future it excites me. I hope your future excites you. Future

March Madness

Yes, March Madness is finally upon us!

This is arguable one of my favorite times of the year. For those of you who don’t know, March Madness is a term coined for college basketball.

During March Madness teams play in the conference tournament along with the National Tournament.

The reason I love this time of year is because basketball is one of my favorite sports. I played basketball from age four to my senior year of high school. During that time I played AAU basketball for two years which entailed traveling the Midwest for two years with nine of my best friends.

Moving on to the actual basketball aspect, March Madness is awesome because any team can win on any given night. Every year there are always upsets that shock the nation. It’s a cool feeling watching an underdog beat a perennial powerhouse.

This year I believe the tournament will be wide open for anyone to win. The bracket will be released tonight on CBS at 6 E.T. I’m very excited to see this years bracket because my favorite team Iowa will definitely be in the big dance.  I believe Iowa has the capability to go as far as the Final Four this year. At one point they were ranked inside the top ten.

March Madness is also a chance to turn a profit for many people. Throughout the nation many people will be holding bracket challenges that can award hundreds of dollars to the winners. According to quickenloans.com Warren Buffet a multi billionaire is offering one billion dollars to anyone who can pick a perfect bracket this year.

Statistically it’s almost impossible to do but that’s not going to stop people from trying to win one billion dollars!march madnes

 

Spring Boring?

As many of us know next week marks the beginning of Spring Break.

The typical college kid is more than likely going somewhere warm to get drunk for a week with their friends and hey there’s nothing wrong with that.

This Spring Break I will be residing in Edwardsville Ill. Although it does not sound that exciting, I’m ready for this week off of school. Spring Break is the perfect break during the spring semester as it splits the semester into two halves.

I will also be working quite a bit during my week off which is okay because I love to make money. I know that for some college kids they will spend around $1000 on a Spring Break trip every year of college. $4000 is a good chunk of change that could go towards better investments.

I’m not bashing people who do that because before college is over I would like to go on a Spring Break trip with some of my friends. I just don’t know if it’s necessary to repeat it every year and spend that much money. On the contrary I will probably make around $400 which does not seem like a lot but it will get me through the rest of the semester for groceries and miscellaneous expenses.

According to NBC the average cost of a trip to Cancun, Mexico is valued at $2,243. $2,2243 for a week of fun? I’m not sure that I agree.

Although I may become slightly bored over Spring Break, I can justify that by knowing I didn’t waste money to drink with people I’m not that close with.

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Stressful Week

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at school?

I know I did last week. It was chaotic and fast paced.

I had a paper due Tuesday, a scheduled test for Wednesday and two other tests on Thursday.

As I was laying in bed on Sunday night, I knew that the upcoming week was going to be very stressful. I haven’t had a hard week of college up to that point. It was easy to cope with because I knew for a couple weeks that this week would finally arrive.

The week started off great as Monday classes got postponed until noon. This turned out to be helpful because it pushed my accounting test on Wednesday back a week. As Monday night came around I finished up my paper and got it all ready to turn in on Tuesday. One day down.

On Tuesdays I only have two classes and I knew they would be review for the tests on Thursday so It turned out to be an easy day for me. The only thing that sucked about Tuesday was the fact that I had to work at night.

Wednesday however was a very long day. I have four classes on Wednesday with the last one ending at 5:45 p.m. Normally, when I get done with class I feel relieved and ready to relax. This Wednesday I did not have time for that, as soon as I got out of class I began studying for my two tests. For one of my speech classes the study guide was 22 pages long if that gives you an idea of how long it took. I proceeded to study until 1:30 a.m.

As i was studying I had trouble concentrating. I later found out that Colorado Christian University conducted a study that revealed stress interferes with the ability to concentrate. This made me feel better knowing that I was not alone.

Test day. I woke up early so I could eat breakfast and get the brain juices flowing. As I took my first test I felt confident that I knew a majority of the answers. One down, one to go. The second test was the one I was worried about the most. It turned out to be a rather easy test! I’m not sure if it was an easy test because the way the teacher wrote it or easy because I studied for a long time. Either way I’ll take a 92 percent on a test.

Sometimes in college you feel overwhelmed and stressed but in the end there’s not a better feeling than success.                                                                    Image

Controlled Chaos

It’s starting to become a busy semester.

All my classes have gotten past the introductory phase and have moved on to lots of work.

This upcoming week I have three tests in two days. That’s a lot of studying to do.

Oh not to mention I have to work at Applebee’s three days this week too. I’m not complaining I just know this week is going to be stressful and chaotic.

Sometimes I just want to take a break from college. I know I’m only a sophomore but I feel like every semester turns into the same thing. The first 4 or 5 weeks are easy and filled with little to no work load, then weeks 6 through 10 get crazy with projects and tests. Weeks 11-15 slow down for me preparing for finals, then the final week of school is jam packed studying for finals.

The fact that I’m now taking my major courses helps me stay focused compared to taking a Theatre class like I did last semester. The only thing that keeps me motivated is knowing that I need a degree after college to obtain a successful job. A recent poll by the Institute of Education Sciences found that people ages 25-34 with a bachelors degree made roughly $45,000/year while people with only a high school diploma made roughly $30,000/year.

If an extra 15,000 a year isn’t enough to keep me motivated through these chaotic times I don’t know what is.

I’d rather be busy than bored                            .busy

Blessings in Death

All though we are sad when a loved one passes away, sometimes it can be a blessing in disguise.

This past Thursday my great grandmother passed away. 

She was a woman who loved her family with her whole heart. Now that she’s gone her family will realize the love she had for them. 

She was 97 years old when she passed, she out lived her husband and even one of her daughters. I can remember a couple years ago when she told my family that she didn’t want to be on earth anymore because she had nothing to live for. When I heard this it made me think of my friend who committed suicide in high school, Anthony. 

In my mind I always thought that Anthony thought he had nothing to live for that’s why he took his own life. Obviously it’s not the same situation due to the fact that Anthony was 17 and my great grandmother was 97 but I wonder if they were in the same mindset at the end of their lives. 

According to PsychologyToday, people who commit suicide are placed into categories of depressed, psychotic or manipulative. I do think my Great grandma may have been depressed after she lost her daughter and husband, however I do not feel that she was depressed at the end of her life. I like to think she was at peace with her Lord and was ready for the next step in her spiritual journey. 

My great grandma was a very religious lady while Anthony was not, I’m not sure if that has an impact on how you view death but I imagine Anthony was scared while my great grandma was at peace when death came. 

I truly believe that my great grandmother’s death was a blessing to her and our family. I know that she is in a better place and can be with her daughter and husband. 

R.I.P Grandma                                                                                                                      tombstone

So Many Summers

Everyone gets excited for summer.

Whether you have no plans or your summer is already planned out.

Do you ever play out all the possible scenarios for your summer? I know I do.

As I get into my last two years of college it’s time for me to start looking for internships which can be a stressful thing. I’ve applied for an internship at state farm in public affairs. This would be a great internship regarding my future. State Farm will likely hire you after college if you’ve interned with them before.

On the other hand I’ve always wanted to pursue a career with the PGA (Professional Golf Association). Golf is a sport that I started playing my junior year of high school and instantly fell in love with. As I was fooling around on my computer the other day, I started searching for internship related to the PGA and found some awesome possibilities on PGA.com

I’ve always wanted to make a spontaneous decision that could possible change my life but have never followed through.

The Internship at state farm would be a more sensible internship relating to my major but I feel that there will always be the curiosity of what could have been with the PGA internship.

Based on possibilities there are so many summers.

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