Next stop…THANKSGIVING

Hello! I hope you all had frightfully wonderful Halloween and are beginning to prepare your pallets for the next big event, Thanksgiving. Yes it is a bit early but my roommates set up our little Christmas tree today so I feel that some legitimate enthusiasm for the actual nearest holiday is also acceptable. The other main reason for my boundless excitement is that Thanksgiving Break will allow me to see my family for the first time since August which, for a homebody like me, is a very, very long time indeed.

There are a tremendous amount of activities coming up soon, including a talent show that will be presented by OWAC (Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council), a dance dedicated to the Eliminate Project which will be hosted by Circle K, and the annual P.H.A.T dinner which will be hosted by, of course, P.H.A.T (Peer Health Advocate Team). This is but a very short list of events but they have one crucial underlying fact: I will be planning and assisting with each of these projects! So I am definitely excited for the upcoming events.

Registering for next semesters classes is also this week and I already have a cart-full of classes. I find myself putting together a schedule of fifteen or so courses before I realize that no, that is in fact impossible.

I will be uploading some more pictures soon so please look forward to those! I hope everyone is doing well in their endeavors and I will talk to you all again soon!

Sincerely,

Karson A. Stevenson :)

Mid-Semester Break Is At Its End

Hello to all! I hope for those of you on campus you had an enjoyable break and were able to recuperate from Mid-terms! For those who are NOT on campus (be it you are still a high school student or perhaps you are an alumnus) I hope these past few weeks of transition into Autumn have been kind to you.

OWU is covered in the golden and fiery leaves that I’ve grown to love. In Colorado we aren’t able to see a bunch of the different colors that signal the changing of the seasons as most our trees are Pine or Aspen and stay relatively green year round. And while it is beautiful to see those green leaves and pines buried beneath inches upon inches of fluffy white snow, these burning colors remind me of Tennessee and are wonderful.

There have been quite a few young visitors to our campus in the past couple of weeks and I want to welcome any of those prospective students who may have any questions to please send them my way! I am more than happy to help you out :) We were fortunate enough to have a couple field hockey recruits who were astoundingly sweet and as excited about OWU as we are!

For those of you who have midterms this week, I hope you were able to get at least some studying done over break so you wont have to be cramming now! Good luck to all of you with big things coming up and for those of you who find yourself with a temporary break, enjoy these all-too-quickly-gone days and breathe.

Best of luck with everything and remember to stay healthy!

Sincerely,

Karson Stevenson

Another Weekly Update!

Greetings all! I hope everyone is in good health. With the changing of the seasons comes a tendency of colds and other bugs to spread so please try and keep healthy! OWU’s bug/flu season seems to be moving downhill (it’s hiatus seemed to be last week) and the campus is on the mend.

This past week was Homecoming Week and there was a fantastic turn-out of alumni present to join in the celebrations. There were activities everyday at lunch, including t-shirt tie-dyes and casting ballots for homecoming royalty. Several esteemed alumni presented lectures as well and the Benes Room hosted a Munch and Mingle on Friday the provided students the chance to meet with alumni and inquire about life after Ohio Wesleyan, as well as learn about new career opportunities. Saturday saw a victory for the Battling Bishops Football team with a score of 50-7 against Allegheny. Many alumni, faculty, students, and other guests also participated in after a successful Pumpkin Run 5K early Saturday morning.

Mid-semester break is approaching fast, so work hard now with that as your motivation. Everyone, stay as warm and dry as you can and enjoy the beautiful transition into autumn! As always, please don’t hesitate to send any questions or comments my way. Good luck with your endeavors!

Yours truly,

Karson A. Stevenson

Getting Colder…

Greetings all! Though it’s was relatively warm this past week a definite cold chill seems to have settled in on the OWU campus. I wouldn’t mind it hanging around for a while. There’s been some Greek Life activity on campus so congratulations to all who participated! I hope you’ve found some great brothers and sisters to add to your family!

The field hockey traveled to West Virginia yesterday to play Bethany College. We won 8-0! One of our beloved freshman got a ball to the chin and had to get stitches but the little trooper took it with grace and poise.She received near immediate treatment and is recovering wonderfully. It just goes to demonstrate that field hockey isn’t the dainty sport that some make it out to be. But neither are the players ;) .

I have received a couple more questions from my high school associates and I’ve done my best to answer them below.

How do I know how much stuff to bring? If I am flying rather than driving, is it possible to get all my stuff delivered?

-It is definitely possible! Many stores, such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond, offer travel plans where you can purchase material in a store close to your home but then pick up the same merchandise at the store closest to your campus! This is best used for furniture or bedding supplies. Other than than that, bringing too much or too little is normal for the first year (or second…). You can have parents mail things to you that you may have forgotten or you can mail home belongings that you feel aren’t of use to you in college. When you travel home for the holidays, you can bring stuff back or pick stuff up there as well. Don’t let yourself feel completely cut-off from your home!

I want to join clubs but have no idea how to find them or even really sign up!

-Well, most schools host club fairs relatively early in the semester where clubs are able to set up tables or booths that provide some information about what they do and their objectives. If you aren’t able to attend the fair for whatever reason you can contact  the officers for that club or even ask some of the members. You don’t have to be shy around them even if you are still new to the school; they will be so excited about the idea of getting a new member that there won’t be any need to feel anxious! Also, assume that for whatever interests you may have there is a club associated with it. The vast number and options of clubs on a college campus is usually impressive and OWU has too many to even list. So good luck and get ready to meet interesting people who share the same passions as you!

It is time for me to return to my schoolwork. There is a relatively substantial pile as I wasn’t able to get as much done as I had hoped on the bus ride yesterday. Stay healthy, stay warm, and I’ll look forward to speaking with you again next time!

Sincerely,

Karson A. Stevenson

Sorry for the absence!

Hello all! I’m sorry I was away last week. I had come down with a rather nasty bug and found myself working to get myself healthy, leaving less time than I would like for other activities. But I am well on the mend and expect to be completely recovered in a matter of days!

For those of you who aren’t aware the field hockey team beat Oberlin College 4-0 yesterday afternoon. It was a great win and the team has a lot of enthusiasm moving forward to our next match, an away game against Kenyon this Wednesday. We have enough motivation to progress forward and I know that, though our team is young, we have the skills and the abilities to do great things this season.

Classes are now well underway and that means it is once again test, quiz, and paper season. Things can pile up in the blink of an eye (literally, I blinked yesterday and now I have two more papers to write than I did on Saturday). Keep on top of it and STAY HEALTHY! Nothing messes up a schedule more than getting sick.

I’ll be answering a couple more high school questions next week so please look forward to that. And, as always, if any of you have any questions at all, please feel free to send them my way!

Sincerely,

Karson A. Stevenson

A week in and still standing!

Hello all! I hope your second Monday of classes is being kind to you. And for those of you NOT in school, keep up the good work out there in the real world!

A very good friend of mine is a college freshmen this year in Colorado and has been asking me a boatload of questions…a few of which I feel may be on the minds of other new students as well. So I am going to take time this week (and maybe the next couple weeks) to answer those questions to the best of my abilities. So here we go!

Is it really possible to play a varsity sport and have a full class schedule as a freshmen?

I am a bit biased with this, I’ll admit, but I say yes! The key is time management and communication. If you have classes that overlap with practices or games, talk to both your coaches and your teachers. Both parties should be able to come to a compromise, like maybe you miss a class for a game but then miss a practice to make-up for that class period. However, DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DAY OF TO DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR PROFESSORS. If you know there will be a scheduling conflict, address it ASAP. That will not only provide enough time for compromises to be reached but you may be able to take care of the academic commitments in advance. Communicate with all involved parties and then follow through with what you’ve agreed on.

Also, make sure you manage your time. You will have less free time than the students who aren’t doing a sport. Accept that fact and try not to be grumpy when your non-athlete friends have time to watch a movie but you just got back from practice and haven’t even started your homework. Do your work as soon as you can and go to professors with questions/concerns right away as to prevent last minute confusion. Stay on top of your work load and your athletic schedule shouldn’t interfere too much.

AND SLEEP. Sleep is a wonderful, beautiful thing that will keep you healthy and energized enough to take on your full work load. Do it often.

I am still having a hard time being away from home. Is there anything I can do to not be so home sick?

This is tricky. Being homesick is something that most students go through, even if their families live 30 minutes from campus. It can’t really be eliminated completely but you CAN alleviate it somewhat by calling home or video messaging your family. They miss you just as much as you miss them, but they don’t have the awesomely exciting new life to serve as a distraction. They can send care packages with little symbols of home, like pictures of your pets or a favorite snack. And, if you still find that you are struggling, talk to your friends about it. Upper-classmen go through it too; they can offer advice on how they manage it. I personally call home nearly every day, even if it is only for five minutes. Updating my family on my life here at OWU is the closest to sharing it with them as I can get with them being thousands of miles away.

Ok so that will be it for this week but I’ll have more Q and A’s next time, so look forward to that! Have a fantastic week and GO BISHOPS!

Sincerely,

Karson A. Stevenson

And we are back

Hello hello hello! I hope everyone is ready for another exciting year at OWU! Get ready for another bout of tribulations and challenges, upheavals, successes, outstanding accomplishments and enormous individual growth. This year holds so much potential that it is practically tangible in the not-quite-so-hot Delaware weather.

Field Hockey preseason is over and, though our team may be small in number, we more than make up for it with some of the most dedicated young women you will ever encounter. Each player is prepared to give it her all this season and it will be a riveting journey indeed.

For all of those new to campus, welcome! Don’t worry, assimilating to the class schedule will be much easier than you might think. And if you get lost, ask any upperclassman. ANY SINGLE ONE. They will point you in the right direction. And, of course, if any questions, concerns, observations, or curiosities get the better of you, please feel free to shoot them my way. I’m more than happy to help you out.

And for those who once walked among us and have since moved on to bigger and better places, we will miss you tremendously and hope that you will find the time to stop in to see your Alma Mater. Your influence has helped this institution grow into the fantastic place we now attend.

In conclusion, get ready for a new year. There will be new experiences around every corner and you will be a different person by the end of it. Check out the beautiful renovations in the Hamilton Williams Center (Hamwil) and be nice to public safety officers. Dive into your classes and smile at random people on the Jay. Introduce yourselves to the professors and call home when you get the chance. I’ll be checking in again soon!

Yours Truly,

Karson S.

And so it ends

Greetings all! I am sorry for the temporary break; I had a lot of academic catching up to do. But it seems to have been worth it for my freshman year has now drawn to a close. As I write this I’m hearing my peers outside, having parents assist them in packing up their belongings into boxes and crates. Walking through the halls I can hear tape being ripped and heavy objects being dropped. Suitcases and chairs are being rolled around and the garbage cans and donation boxes are full. It’s an interesting feeling, readying ourselves to say goodbye to the home we’ve only recently found. OWU has become so integrated in my life that the idea of returning to my other home is a shock. But the people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned will not leave me and the comfort of knowing OWU will be ready for me when I return in a few months is a comforting notion.. It was as great an experience as I had heard and then some. I have grown tremendously as a person and am so thankful for the time I have spent here. I hope everyone is able to find some form of solace, be it in with your family or old friends or perhaps even just a moment of peace by yourself. I for one cannot wait to see my family, my dogs, my friends, and to get back into the life I’ve had up to this point.

This summer try something new! Go to the movies and eat ice cream by the pool. If you have a job, do it well and try to enjoy it! Laugh at dumb jokes and smile at everyone.

I will be updating this blog sporadically throughout the summer so please check in whenever possible! And, as always, if you ever have questions or concerns please to contact me.

Stay safe, stay wonderful, stay happy, and enjoy your time!

Bishop Champion Games and Finals!

Today OWU hosted the Bishop Champion Games, which is basically OWU’s approximation of the Special Olympics. Organized by OWAC (Ohio Wesleyan’s Athletic Counsel) participants were able to try their hand in a variety of track events, from the 100 meter dash to the softball throw to the balloon toss! Everyone had a great time and the weather was extraordinary (probably some of the best weather I have yet to encounter here in Ohio).

There are only a few more weeks before the school year comes to a close. Sentimentality aside, this means that there is going to be an onslaught on tests, papers and essays, quizzes, projects, and presentations for the students. I know I will be kept busy with it all. So I’d like to take this time to share some good ways to keep your head from falling off.

  1. Go and speak with your professors! They are really helpful, patient, and want you to succeed. If you feel like you don’t understand something or just need some extra one-on-one time, don’t be above asking for help!
  2. As always, stay organized. Budgeting your time will become increasingly important so keep careful records of what needs to be done. Write down assignments and keep a tidy agenda.
  3. Make little sacrifices. Maybe you have to cut back on your Netflix time a bit more than you would like or maybe you have to leave your friend’s birthday party an hour earlier to study. It might seem painful but, ultimately, it is worth it.
  4. On the flip side, reward yourself for a job well done! Get some ice cream or treat yourself to a movie night after you’ve finished a paper or aced a quiz. All work and no play can turn you into Jack Nicholson (from The Shining…hopefully some of you catch that reference.)

For all of you still in high school, these tips can apply to you as well! Don’t become overwhelmed and take everything in stride. As one of my high school teachers used to say, “How do you eat an elephant?-One bite at a time.” Hypothetically, of course. I don’t commend eating elephants.

Alrighty all, have a great upcoming week! Best of luck in all of your endeavors!

Back into the fray!

Hello all! I hope everything is wrapping up nicely for your month of March! For those of who have had a Spring Break, I hope it was spectacular. For those who are about to have Spring Break, enjoy it as much as possible and stay safe! And for those who will go without the much needed reprieve known as Spring Break, I’m sorry and wish you a very relaxing weekend.

OWU is playing its A-game at the moment. This week there were huge celebrations, informative events. and exciting activities held not only for Green Week (Yay for the environment!!!!) but also for Women’s Week (Yay for women!!!!!!!! Yay for Equality!!!). There were activities held during the day, during lunch, and during the night. To see an entire campus rally together to support such worthy causes is not only a beautiful thing but also very inspiring. It is through events such as these that we can be reminded that everything little thing counts and no good deed is for naught.

I’ve uploaded a few more pictures and there are more on the way! This is one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever visited and I can’t stop falling further in love with the grandiose sights all around me.

Everyone, please stay safe and healthy. The weeks here are numbered so try to enjoy them to the fullest. If you ever need to talk or simply ask a question, I’m here and more than happy to speak with you! Have a fantastic day!