Hello and greetings to everyone! Wherever you, I hope things are going well for you, that you are always striving to accomplish your goals and that the work you do every day is helping make this world a bit better. I’ve decided to  discuss something that I briefly touched on last time but here again is a tip that I deem crucial for college success (and should be held near and dear to the heart for both potential college students as well as current ones)- ORGANIZATION.

Whether you have seven classes or four, eight clubs or two, one sport or none at all, keep a record of what needs to be done! Smaller things, like picking up a check from your job or dropping off an assignment to your teacher, can slip through the cracks of the mind just as easily as bigger things such as, for example, a 20 page paper that was due an hour ago. Write down what you need to do, what you want to do, and when it all needs to be done. It is a relatively simple task and yet some people constantly refrain from doing so, for reasons unknown to me. Stay on top of what needs to be done and you won’t be overwhelmed by whatever lies ahead.

You will undoubtedly acquire many small pamphlets and invitations informing you about upcoming events. This is wonderful! But don’t try to keep all of those random pieces of paper floating about. Jot down the important information from them (who, when, where, what, etc.) and keep that all together in your agenda/planner. College is a busy time with lots of new an exciting things to do! In order to take full advantage of this, try and accommodate things that catch your interest. Do what you say you will. Don’t take on too much and NEVER be afraid to ask for help.

Well, I’ve got to go. I hope everyone enjoys their Friday evening and the rest of the weekend safely! Chao!

New semester with a new year! -and a piece of advice-

Hello all! Second semester is upon us and, I must say, so far it is fantastic! I have friends in all of my classes, my teachers are all really nice and excited for their curriculum  and my classes themselves are very interesting! I’ve recently been appointed to secretary position for P.H.A.T (yay!) and treasurer for Circle K (also yay!) so I’m eager to get to work and help out as much as I can. Field hockey off-season work-outs begin soon so I’ll be able to hang out with my teammates while also preparing to kick booty next season. Though the weather has been a bit frigid and unfriendly, things are looking bright for the 2013 Spring semester here at OWU.

I’ve come to notice that, in my half-a-year of experience thus gained, time management is really key to staying afloat. College IS different from high school. Your classes will be harder (yes, even more so than most AP courses) and the work load is greater. Add to this friends, athletics, club activities  and work and your schedule is pretty full. BUT IT IS MANAGEABLE! I’ve found that keeping a written record of my activities, like in an agenda, helps me keep my head from falling off. Even leaving sticky notes for yourself, like “don’t forget to write the paper” or “chem quiz next week!” will help. I’m just briefly touching on this subject now because a couple of my friends have been asking for advice on juggling so many things at once and I know that I’ve had this problem before myself. I have a lot more to say on it and will definitely come back to the subject of time management and organization so please look forward to it. So for all of you people feeling like your treading water, hang in there! There are plenty of resources available to you, from material items like planners to professors and friends to coaches and tutors. Keep working hard and enjoy this B.E.A.UUUUTIFUL new year! Good luck with all of your current endeavors!

The Return to OWU

I’m going to admit it…I was really sad Saturday morning (the 12th). I woke up and looked at my overstuffed little suitcase and realized I was leaving again. I looked at all my books, all of my clothes and pictures, all of my stuffed animals (don’t judge. They’re cuddly.) and I felt an immense desire to stay here. Most of my more random trinkets had been packed away in storage so as to avoid unnecessary dust collection but this room was still my sanctuary. I wasn’t ready to leave. I had a quick breakfast and was able to say goodbye to my mom and siblings and of course my precious doggies and then my dad and I departed. I waved goodbye to the house and we were off. The whole journey back was pretty rough even though one of my best friends, Montana, was on my flight. We talked and talked about the lives we had temporarily returned to and I kept thinking back to my warm bed and my warm family and how I wasn’t there.

I spent Saturday night with my roommate Emily and her family. They live very close to campus and were so, so kind. Then, Sunday morning, Em and I returned to OWU. The second my key slid into our room’s lock, my homesickness diminished. A sense of calm hit me and I remembered that this place, though very different from Aurora, is my new home. I have spectacular friends and exciting adventures around every corner here. There were some definite new semester jitters but it was a familiar feeling, one I could deal with. Lauren and then Frisia returned later that afternoon and the four of us began to re-set our room, unpacking and cleaning up. And everything was simple and good. I’ve settled back in without a hitch and am eager for this new semester to begin!

Best of luck to all!

Home for the Holidays

This is my dog Dodger! He’s part terrier, part kangaroo, and part coyote. He’s kind of a stinker but he is so, so loved.

Ah, the holidays are drawing to a close but a bit of freedom still remains. I hope everyone has been having a fantastic time, whether they are at home or traveling. I hope everyone has been safe and healthy. And I hope most of all that everyone was able to spend time with the people they love.

Families can be crazy. And sometimes that craziness is exactly what you need to feel right again.They can be loud and messy. They can be wild and hilarious. They can be nosy and caring. And they can be as comfortable as a warm fire on a very cold night. I’m sure there are problems that arise, old issues that resurface or new dilemmas. There may be tension from having been away or maybe sadness at having to leave again. But it is important to remember that home is truly where the heart is. Enjoy the time you have together, even if only for an hour. Look at your loved ones and be reminded of the deep bonds that connect you. Appreciate all that you’ve been given and never stop having fun.

My family and I went to Telluride, Colorado for some of break. My cousins and their families, my grandma, my aunt and uncle, and the five Stevensons’. In total there were seventeen of us in a big-but-not-big-enough condo. Most of us went skiing (I actually snowboarded) while a couple stayed home with the really young ones. I’ve been skiing since I was about four but have recently picked up boarding just as a challenge. I’m decent and haven’t broken a helmet in over two years so I think I’m improving! For those of who haven’t visited the Colorado mountains, I highly suggest you do so. You don’t have to ski or board or even stay overnight. Just drive through and try not to lose your breath.

Have a wonderful time with what remains of break and I look forward to seeing everyone in the new semester!

Finals are approaching

Since this Saturday I have spent over fifty hours in the library. Luckily it’s very pleasant there, with four levels and a cafe.  It’s also quieter than any library you have ever encountered before, I promise you that.

It’s getting a bit nippy out as if reminding me that Colorado is just a week away! Finals are next week…it’s hard to believe my first semester of college is nearing an end! My classes are all set up for next semester and I’m actually really excited for them. I have some pretty big plans for next semester. And for the next three years too I guess.

Good luck to all who have tests! Or papers or presentations or games or just life in general.

This is the fountain outside of the library. It might be hard to see but there is a B.E.A.UUUUtiful layer of ice on the surface of it.

A good problem to have

One of the best things about OWU is also a semi-sad thing. It is this: at any given moment, on any given day, something exciting is happening. It might be a poker tournament or a soccer game or a march of sorts. It could be a Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser or a movie night or a dance party. The possibilities seem endless as to what events will transpire. There will be charity events and balls and sporting events and orchestral concerts. We have speakers visiting the campus all the time and there are plenty of opportunities to speak with Alumni and other professionals about life after college. This is all very exciting, but also a bit unfortunate in that there is absolutely no way to go to every single event! I mean, of all the problems to have, this is definitely not the worst one. But still, trying to decide between a pancake dinner and a basketball game isn’t as easy as it may seem.

Finals are coming up quite rapidly. Time to hit the library! Best of luck to everyone who has any form of testing coming up!

Hello world!

Well hello there! My name is Karson Stevenson and this is my brand-spanking new blog! This is a rather new concept for me so bear with my stumbling around a bit. I suppose I’d better start with a quick introduction about who I am and what this blog will be about.

I’m  a freshman at Ohio Wesleyan University. I’m an honors student on the field hockey team and am in several clubs. I’m planning on double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. I really like to meet new people and try new things, which is actually one of the main reasons this blog has come into existence. I hope that, through my words and pictures, everyone who stops by will be able to get a glimpse into the life of an OWU student. I want you all to be able to see the things I experience, the events that motivate me and inspire me. I want to share my life here with everyone out there.

Please fee free to comment and/or ask questions. This blog is as much for you as it is for me!