Choosing a Place to Live.

During my first year of college I lived in a near-campus dorm called the Shoe Factory Lofts. Now I currently live off campus in an apartment. It might not be as close to campus, but I still enjoy it because of the people I met while living at the Shoe my freshman year. Living in a dorm, I met a lot of different people from a bunch of places in Missouri…places I had never even heard of. Living there helped expand my knowledge on others’ backgrounds, like how they live and the things they do for fun. We would compare high school sports, and events that our high schools would hold for the students. One thing I learned about sports in high school is that the class sizes vary. I was always in class 4A in high school. Most of the students that I have met, played in a 1A or 2A schools which are smaller. With school events we would only have Homecoming and Prom, but other schools would have those two events and another one called Hoopcoming or Courtwarming (held during basketball season). When I heard about that I wished that my school would have had that because it sounds fun. Living at the Shoe Lofts also helped gain not only friends, but also teammates and co-workers. I met a fellow student ambassador named Katelyn Grogan living at the Shoe Lofts. We both ended up getting a job working at the same restaurant. We are also both student ambassadors, and before spring semester began we were teammates on the Grizzly Co-ed Cheer Team.

Living in the near-campus dorms helped me meet people, and actually get to know people around town so that I won’t feel alone. I highly recommend that students live on campus or in near campus dorms so that students can get to know other students, and have the full college experience.

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Coming to Terms with Change

Here I am, typing my first journal of my final semester at MSU-West Plains, and I can’t help but to think how strange of a thing time can be. It really is interesting how time gives off the illusion of a static life; how slowly my own small life changes went unnoticed until finally I looked up from myself and didn’t recognize my own surroundings. This is how I felt after coming back from China. After attempting to acclimate back into my old lifestyle—which was surprisingly difficult—I realized I had changed too much while in China to comfortably fit back into the mold I had left behind. I don’t really fit anymore because I have changed; I have been added to, and built upon. So, coming back to what I remembered as “home” didn’t feel so comfortable. This is when it dawned on me how much my life has changed, and how little time I actually have left before I make another big move in my life. After all, this is my last semester at the MSU-West Plains campus, and that is a hard fact to grasp because I love it so much.

Out of all the places in the small town of West Plains, the college is, by far, the place where I feel most at home. I am challenged academically, encouraged to think critically, inspired by my friends and teachers, and allowed to discover myself. I have experienced real growth in the short time I have been here, and have been offered the ability to travel and receive an education in cultural awareness. It is for these reasons why it is so bittersweet for me to realize my time here is running out. I don’t want this chapter of my life to end yet, while simultaneously looking ahead to the next part of my life. I will be moving to Springfield, finding a place to live, getting another job, and focusing my studies at a much larger university. And, even though I have already lived on my own for a short while, this time will be different because this is much more permanent. I’m ready to go, but I’m also scared of change. It is definitely something I will have to come to terms with. So, while I’m studying, writing papers, and doing my reading assignments this semester, I will try to keep in mind that those too will eventually come to an end.

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One Down, Three to go..

As I begin my second semester of college at MSU -West Plains, I realize how fast my first semester went by. It seems like just last week I was walking across the stage, to receive my diploma. Even though I’ve only been here for a short period of time, this place already feels like home. I have met so many new friends, as well as the teachers that I have gotten the opportunity to know. It is upsetting to think that there are only three more semesters left until I leave this campus. Three semesters sounds like a long time, but it goes by so quickly, it’s unreal. Even though it seems like I don’t have that much time left to enjoy all of the awesome features of this university, I am determined to make the most out of what little time I have left. I have already made so many memories that will last a lifetime, I cannot wait to see what the next three semesters have in store for me!

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My friends, it’s been a long few months, but I am happy to say Fall Semester has finally come to an end! (Woot, woot!) Finals are over (AND I SURVIVED!), so now is the time for us to sit back, relax, and prepare for the Spring. I won’t lie, this semester has been tough, but I’ve managed to pull through!After all of my hard work, I am extremely so proud of the outcome! And by that I mean, I passed all of my classes! (YASS!) I have a whole month out of school, and I plan on doing a whole lot of….nothing. I couldn’t be more excited! I will probably spend a lot of time catching up with my family, between school and work hours, it feels as if I haven’t been able to see them as often as I would like. Regardless of how little time I’ve had to visit with them, I am so thankful for all of their support throughout this semester. Every time I felt as if I was thrown something I couldn’t handle, they were always there pushing me to be my best and reassuring me everything would be okay. Though I may not have believed them at the time, everything really did turn out okay. Besides seeing my family, the other thing I am most excited for during my break is catching up on all of my lost sleep. 😛 Now I know this sounds ridiculous but, as a college kid, this is the greatest gift of all, just trust me!

I was so nervous for my first semester of college, and honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. With that being said, I expected to have a rough time getting started, and I did, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Now I somewhat know the ropes of college life and am more comfortable and confident as I prepare for my second semester. I know that I have to be strict on myself when it comes to studying and assignments, but still make sure to have time for some fun so I don’t get too stressed out. I also know that I need to be prepared for anything to happen, and to go with the flow without constantly over thinking. I’m halfway through my Freshman year, and I still have a long way to go, but now I know that I CAN do this and nothing will stand in my way. Spring Semester will be here before we know it, but for now, let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy our break, we’ve earned it! 😀

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Give Me a Break!

It’s been a great semester so far!  Even though going to class every day really isn’t all that bad, I am EXTREMELY pumped for the breaks coming up. One of my main reasons for this is because of the insane amount of food I will be consuming! Food is everything to me, and I am sure a lot of you can relate. But seriously, the real reason I am excited for the upcoming breaks is because of the all the family that I haven’t seen for a year. Family is a very important part of my life, and it makes it that much more important because I only see some of them during this time.

I am also ready for the break so I can take a time off from everything going on in my classes, and focus on myself for a while. I CANNOT WAIT to sleep in an extra couple of hours. (Or the whole day!) Another thing I am stoked for is to see all of friends who will be back home in the coming weeks.

I hope everybody has an awesome break, whether you catch up on homework or go on a crazy Netflix binge, make it the best. Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas!!!

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Stay focused its Almost Over.

It has be a month since Mid-Terms, and students have now seen where their grades were at in the middle of first semester. Some students have dropped the classes they were struggling in, or stepped their game up and are trying to push through.  Other students who saw their grades now know that they are going to be just fine. Now it’s that time of the school year where even those doing well start to worry. Finals are coming up and these can help your grade a lot or kill it. With Finals being a few weeks a way it is best everyone keeps pushing their hardest to finish out the semester. Keep staying focused, I know the thought of being done with school for a few weeks, before spring semester starts sounds good, but stay focused. Here are some tips to stay focused on school for these next weeks and doing well on Finals. The first tip is to keep your eyes on the prize! Remember you have been working hard all school year to keep your grades where they are, don’t let them slip now. The second tip I have is study, study, study!  The final exam is just a big review of everything you have learned over the semester. If you’ve did well throughout the semester you will be fine, but make sure you’ve still dedicated time just for studying. This is so that you can remember all of that material you need to know. Most professors will give a Final exam review sheet, make sure you really use that because all of that information will be on there. The third, and final tip that I have to give you is to be CONFIDENT, know that you have this in the bag! Remember you have been preparing for this the whole semester, and now it is time to go in and do what you know you can do!

Good Luck on Finals guys, you got this in the bag!!

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‘Til Texas

So, it’s finally November. The leaves have turned colors and campus has been looking magnificent.  Ask Week is over, everyone is scheduling their classes for Spring Semester. Now it the time to start preparing for finals, but before I can even think of finals I have one major thing on my mind. Thanksgiving break. College breaks are very different than breaks in High School, we still get homework. (YAY!) However, on top of doing homework, this Thanksgiving I will be doing something I have never done before. I will be flying down to Texas to spend some time with my family and on this adventure there will be a number of firsts. My first time travelling alone, my first time flying, and my first time meeting a large part of my family in Texas. I guess you could say nervous is an understatement.

I thought that I would be more prepared for this adventure than I actually am. I mean, I’ve had this planned since May! But, I’m not. I’m actually in complete panic mode, but extremely excited to spend some time with my sisters, Dad, and all of my family in Texas. Even though I’m spending so much time worrying about flying, especially flying alone, I know that as soon as I get down there I will have the best time. I mean, this year alone I have done so many things that have brought me out of my comfort zone and been just fine. I have a whole week planned full of activities to do while I’m visiting and am so excited to see what this adventure brings me. I might not even come back..(Just kidding, I will.)

After break, I know it’ll be time to really buckle down because the semester will be coming to a close, everyone will be busy, busy, busy. And I will have a million other things to worry about, but as of right I have 18 days until take off. I can’t wait.



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The College Life

I made it past mid-terms successfully. Throughout all the hard work and study time, I can proudly say I did well on my midterms. A mid-term is kind of like a “see where you are at in the class.” If you do not do as well as you would like on the mid-term, then you know to step up your game and buckle up for the study life. I am adjusting to the whole “college life” experience. There is a lot of homework that comes with college; therefore, I learned that I can no longer procrastinate on my assignments. I know, I know… I should never procrastinate on my homework, but it happens to the best of us. The ambassador program has been the highlight of my school year thus far. The friends I have made through the program are irreplaceable. From the Blue Jean Ball to Haunting the Hallows, I have had so much fun connecting with the community, as well as my student ambassador family.

Finally, fall is in the air after suffering through the hot air from the summer (let’s just say that I am not exactly a fan of the summer 100 degree weather). The time off that comes with summer is great and all, but fall is absolutely beautiful at MSU! The leaves are changing all around from red to yellow to orange. The atmosphere is absolutely breath taking. The wind blowing the leaves off the trees, the sun not radiating heat on my black leather seats to burn my legs when I get in my car, Halloween, and finally HUNTING SEASON has arrived. Oh, and I cannot forget that fall means Thanksgiving. Spending time with a plate of food and family is what I look forward to each Thanksgiving. I haven’t exactly made it through Halloween, and I am already talking about Thanksgiving. It’s ok though, right? I can’t forget about football season. I enjoy watching more local teams instead of the NFL. I don’t know any of the NFL players personally, so I do not focus on the game near as much as I do watching my friends play on Friday nights.

I’m excited to see what the rest of the fall semester brings. Ready or not here I come ASK Week when I meet with my advisor to schedule my classes for next semester. Just remember to set your mind to everything you do to strive for excellence and never give up on your dreams. Stay tuned for more Grizzly life news from my perspective! #grizzlyup :)

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Just Chillin’

It’s finally that time of year…I get tired of all the warm weather and the seasons change, which is pretty dang cool! Today the weather is really cold (compared to what it has been) and windy which tells me fall is about to kick in. With fall comes three of my favorite things: watching football, deer hunting, and Halloween. It’s pretty weird how I am reminded of all these things just by the weather.

Even though I’ve never played football, I have always enjoyed watching it for some reason. I’m a big Green Bay Packers fan (Don’t judge).  Along with this comes fantasy football where a bunch of my friends and I get in a league for some money. It gets pretty competitive, and some of my friends get a pretty big head if they win. (I usually win, so I don’t have to worry about (; )

Deer season is also coming up which gets me very stoked. It’s so fun to get up super early, sit in the stand and wait on a bruiser to walk through the woods. We build our own fire to cook on, which is pretty great because it makes me feel like I am on some survivor show or something.. Haha. If you’ve never been hunting before, I suggest you try it at least once and I promise you will be addicted!

When I was younger I used to hate getting scared so Halloween wasn’t exactly my favorite holiday. However, once I got in my teens I started watching a lot of scary movies, going to haunted houses, and all that good stuff. Halloween became one of my favorite holidays, and still is today. There was just something exciting about going out at 2 A.M. to egg a house or throw toilet paper on a random yard, although I would never do that now.. Or would I..?(But seriously, I wouldn’t..)

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Did someone say…Midterms?!?!

It was just like any other Wednesday in my Biology class…Dr. Wheeler was fighting with his markers trying to write notes on the board and I was sitting in the back stressing about what lab we might possibly be doing for the day. Wheeler was about to throw away his third marker in the past five minutes when the hand of a girl who sat three rows in front of me shot up. “Mr. Wheeler, are you going to post a study guide for our midterm for this class?” Wait…what did she mean “Midterm” *Initiate panic mode* Wasn’t I running up the steps trying to make it to my very first class on time just last week? How could this be? We just took our first test of the semester and now we are talking about MIDTERMS?!?! I just was starting to get the hang of things and now this?

Then I remembered playing “Big Booty” with Dr. Totty at Welcome Week, she had told all of us that college would always be changing just when you felt comfortable with what you were doing, and she was certainly right. I guess it’s time I stop spending so much time with my true love, Netflix, and start spending a little more time with my textbooks. It’s not that I’ve been doing horrible here, actually it’s quite the opposite. I LOVE college (I know, I know, but it really is pretty great.) I do my homework when I’m supposed to and get the majority of my reading done, AND work! Booyah! I’ve been pretty proud of myself lately. I really feel like I’ve been getting it together, but midterms. This is like the major test before the major FINAL test! What if I don’t do well? What if I have to write a paper? A FIVE PAGE, SINGLE SPACED PAPER? What if I forget what Glycolysis is?

After all of my panicking it turns out that my Biology class will not be taking a midterm test, or writing a midterm paper. HELLO! And even though I still don’t know what the midterm will be in my other classes, I have given myself enough time to calm down and prepare myself for the week ahead. Sometimes, life (and college) throws you curveballs, and catches you off guard. It’s important to remember that, even though it may be tough, it can be done and you WILL get through it. Who knows, you might even do better than you anticipated. So gather your notebooks, a coffee (or five), and bring on the MIDTERMS, because FINALS are only eight weeks away! 😉

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