So….it’s cold. Like really cold. Like “I’m slowly freezing to death” kind of cold. I’m not sure how I feel about it. So many mixed emotions! I love the cold; Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons, but here’s what I don’t like: runny noses, sore throats, and headaches. That is so not my thing. And yes, my mother will tell me to get my flu shot and blah blah blah, but I refuse! I have a serious theory that the vaccinations are just the government’s way of controlling you! (Cue Hippie voice saying “It’s the government man!”)
However, don’t let my conspiracy theory influence you! If you’re down to get a needle shot or a spray up your nose, that’s fine with me (can you tell, I really hate vaccinations?). But seriously, you should probably get vaccinated and make sure you take medicine when you need to! We don’t need sickness going viral.
So…..yeah. Just a quick update on the weather, in case you can’t tell it’s cold outside. And if you don’t believe in my conspiracy theory, please take care of yourself and get vaccinated! Talk to our nurse Kathy Bowles (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need help finding a local clinic!
Hello everyone its me agin!
To start things off I just wanted to inform you guys that in the past I was never all that in to country music. I would always say I liked all kinds of music except country… looking back at it now, I’m like “boy was I missing out BIG TIME.”
One of the main things that caused my perspective to change was this awesome place called Billy Bob’s! This place is basically a country hangout to go to with your friends. They have a $4 fee usually on Thursdays for college students. It’s not that far from Northwood University and it’s always a fun place to go if you like to dance.
When I walked in to this place for the first time, the lights were blaring, the music was booming, and the people were dancing to the same song with the same moves.It was kinda like the cha-cha slide but country-style. The entire place somehow reminded me of the movie Foot Loose, and ever since I started to develop an interest in country music, and thus a country boy was born. :]
I usually go on Thursdays, but another cool factor about this place is that sometime big country singers go and perform.
k cool here are some pictures:
Howdy ya’ll! I start with this greeting because it feels appropriate to say it being back in Texas after spending a couple of days in New York City! November 13th – 16th, 2013 was Collegiate DECA’s annual Collegiate Leadership Academy! I had been waiting all semester for this trip and I was not disappointed!
My roommate Andrea and I woke up early Wednesday morning at 3:30 AM to be packed and ready to go board the plane at 7:45. Three hours later, I was in New York City! If there is any place I love most in the world, it’s NYC! The history, the culture, the city that never sleeps! I adore it! Now, this year would be my second trip to NYC, so I now consider myself an aficionado of NYC (never mind that I got lost on the subways several times). However, this would be Andrea’s first time, so I took it upon myself to make sure she knew the very best NYC had to offer. The first thing I did was walk her up seventh avenue and take her to the Teleon Café directly across the New York Times. This place has the best cheesecake ever! Even compared to the more upscale restaurants I went to, it still beats it out!
From there, we did the touristy thing and went to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, and took a subway back to the hotel. We then got ready to go see Wicked on Broadway! This is where things kind of went awry…. We got a little lost. We boarded a subway that said Broadway. We didn’t know it meant Broadway in Queens! Ten minutes passed by and I was pretty sure we weren’t even in Manhattan anymore before we finally took another train back. It got even worse when we took the wrong subway again and ended up in Greenwich Village! Luck was finally on our side though and we got to Broadway Street to see the musical! Getting lost on the mean streets of New York was totally worth it though, once we finally saw Wicked! It was absolutely amazing!
For the rest of the trip, we continued to do the touristy thing and site see. We saw the 911 memorial site, Wall Street, the statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Madison Avenue, Central Park, and ended it with a beautiful view of the Brooklyn Bridge at night. Let’s not forget why we came to New York though! DECA!
Andrea and I were both in the advertising track, and I was in heaven the entire time. We got to do a case study for the International Trademark Association and were grouped with people we had never met. Shout out to Linda (Georgia), Sarah (Rhode Island), and Whitney (Missouri) for being an amazing group! We may not have won the competition, but they were amazing, talented, and innovative people and I’m very lucky to have met them!
Friday Evening, the advertising track got to visit Sirk Productions and I was absolutely in awe. Sirk Productions is an ad agency located a couple blocks down from the hotel and everyone was very friendly, down to earth, and willing to answer questions. Getting to talk to them only assured me that I am certain that I am pursuing a career that I will love every day when I wake up to go to work in the morning!
Overall, I’m extremely glad to be a part of DECA and to have been a part of this trip. Thank you to Matt Dromey and Alaina Lansing for coming on this trip with us and watching out for us! I know we must have scared ya’ll but now you have a couple months to mentally prepare for Austin and Washington DC!
Guess what happened to me on October 21st!? You will never believe who I was standing less than five feet away from?!?!?!?!?!……..I’ll tell you in a little bit after I explain the situation.
Monday, a couple of advertising students, myself included, were invited by AT&T to attend the Hall of Fame Induction for the Southwest Region of the American Advertising Federation. So, after my 9:30 class, I drive to Farmer’s Branch so I can attend this luncheon. I get there and am immediately overwhelmed at the number of suits and ties in the rooms. One man introduces himself to me and we joke around about how we are the newbies to this luncheon. Then, a girl (Maritza) from UT Arlington finds me and tells me that she and her friends were also invited by AT&T.
So, we network a little and then sit down to our table. I have to give props to the food. It was amazing! First, there was a salad, then chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and delicious coffee and chocolate cake for dessert. Anyways, back to the story. So the luncheon has just started and the introduction speaker has already began talking. Then, in walks somebody that made my heart stop. No big deal or anything, but it was Stan Richards, founder and CEO of The Richards Group in Dallas, TX!
Do you have any idea how hard I fan girled? I couldn’t breathe! To some people, that doesn’t mean much, but to me, he is an idol! One day, I would love to work at the Richards Group, and it was absolutely amazing to be standing not more than five feet away from the founder!
Minor freak out aside, the rest of the luncheon was amazing. The legends that were inducted made me feel so inspired. These were the southern versions of Mad Men. People who lived through and worked during the golden ages of advertising and saw it’s evolution! People like Mike Rawlings, Shelby Woods, Wayne Woods, Weldon Weekley, Cliff Gillock, Shelley Tracy, and Raymond Locke!
Maybe this doesn’t mean much to the non-advertising majors out there, but I’m writing this for more than just me! When at Northwood, these kinds of opportunities to be inspired come almost every day. These moments remind us why we’re torturing ourselves with hours of homework and fighting to keep our eyes open during class after pulling all-nighters. These moments remind us who we strive to be and why we chose Northwood to help get us there!
Alright, alright, alright. We get it Geo. You wrote a blog. La-di-dah. Now, let’s get onto the real pressing matters at hand: Midterms! ……. Did you feel that chill in the air? That’s the higher education gods forewarning all students about the direness of this situation. Midterms can be a scary thing, but don’t worry, we can work through this.
First and foremost: STUDY! STUDY! STUDY! Hate to break it to anyone, but if you don’t put in the time and effort for your exams, you’re probably not going to get the grade you want. Find a place you can focus (my personal favorite is the library), get some noise cancelling headphones, play a good song on repeat, and just start hashing out whatever material you need to know. Before you know it, you’ll know everything backwards and forwards.
Second, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! Your parents and teachers weren’t kidding when they said a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast was good for you. Can you imagine taking an exam while your stomach is in pain from the emptiness and you’re brain is deprived of sleep and oxygen? Not exactly a walk in the park.
Third, DON”T STRESS! Now I know that’s hard to execute, some people just naturally stress all the time (*cough, cough – Geo – cough, cough*). However, remember to take a deep breath. It’s only October. If you stress too much now, you’ll be brain dead by the time Finals roll around. Keep calm and knight on……cause knights are cool like that. =)
Last but certainly not least: CELEBRATE! At the end of your exams, whether you bombed them or aced them, celebrate with friends and family that you survived! Go to Six Flags, the State Fair, drive to Oklahoma, or just lay in bed all weekend watching movies! Never underestimate the power of a good weekend away from the world.
Alright, cool. See ya’ll next time around!
Hey Guys! Ok, to start things off, my name is Geo! I had this blog thing last year, but as Adriana would put it, “I was a ghost in the blog world.” Well, to prove this girl wrong, here is my first blog attempt EVER!
Let’s Do This!
Hmmm, ok, well lets talk about something recent, Crossing Over! Basically, this is one of our annual traditions that we have on campus. It’s kinda awesome because we get food (the Great Feast) and you are able to see the incoming freshmen officially become Knights of NU. What was amazing about the night was that as soon as the freshmen crossed over the official bridge, a real Knight, riding on a white horse appeared, passing out golden coins….. is what I would have said if it did not start to rain, and if it were actually possible to have an actual Knight.
Yup that’s right, there was rain and stuff, so what really ended up happening was that Crossing Over was cleverly improved and moved to Lambert, one of our larger buildings. It was different because of the location, but the outcome came out the same and people really enjoyed it.
Well, there is more to come but for now this is good! Well, I’ll see you all soon and if you want to, go tell Adriana that she was wrong.
Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s already the seventh week in school?! Honestly, I have no idea where all the time went. Just kidding, I know exactly where it went. This year has been filled with non-stop activities! From squire camp, to the organization fair, soccer games, moving in, starting classes, Homecoming, Crossing Over and everything else. The tornado of events is still on full rampage, but I wanted to talk about at least a couple.
First off, it’s college fair season! That word makes me remember how it felt to be a high school student wandering from booth to booth trying to have a “magic moment” with any of the college representatives. When I finally hit the Northwood booth, I was about ready to give up. However, good old (not really old, by the way) Phylecia Boomhower was there and forever changed my life. Recently, I actually returned home to Belton and helped Phylecia at the college fair hosted there. You’d be surprised at how different everything is when you’re on the other side of the table. I saw a lot of students who were in the same stage as I was at that age: just looking for something that felt right. I’m happy to say that I spoke with some of those students and I really hope to see them here next year.
Another fun event that has happened here was homecoming week. I think we have an amazing group of freshmen this year that have so much energy and passion, they make every event legend-(wait for it)-dary. Crossing Over was a bit of a damper (literally, we were rained out) but because of their energy, even when we were stuck inside waiting out the storm and trying to stay dry and warm, they made us laugh, and cry. Yes, cry. Don’t ask.
Anyways……..yeah. Ok, cool, have a great day everyone!
Our Knights baseball team has been doing great this season, and we’re extremely proud of them!
We have recently heard that player Colton Reavis will be joining the Tampa Bay Rays organization in Florida!
To stay up-to-date on all things athletics, check out https://twitter.com/GONUknights. Our athletic department offers game updates, details, and everything else related to our sports teams! You can also drop by our website at http://knights.gonorthwood.com/ for even more details!
Again, congratulations Colton!
Finals are over, everyone’s moving out, and summer is officially here! It is so crazy to think that my first year of college is done with! I figured I’d recap some highlights of my first year here at Northwood University!
The day I first moved in, I was beyond excited….but then terror slowly started creeping in. I didn’t know anyone here! I was completely alone! I was put in a room with a complete stranger and I was suddenly starting to regret the Super Mario Kart bed sheets I was so excited about. I skyped for hours with my family and occasionally (all the time) cried myself to sleep. I was looking around and seeing everyone become friends, but I couldn’t get over my shyness to actually go up to anyone and say hi.
The key that got me out of my room and into college life was becoming involved. I joined DECA and CAB which got me familiar with a couple of names. I was hired as a student recruiter in admissions which led me to meeting my friends/co-workers Andrea and Jorge. Slowly but surely, as I helped with events around campus and worked, those tasks became fun memories with friends.
Haunted Forest was amazing! By this time, I had begun making friends and I was so excited to try something scary, even though I’m a huge crybaby. I worked every night of Haunted Forest, screaming my lungs out and pretending to be dragged underneath a tarp and killed. I got sick because it was freezing cold, my body was bruised from dragging against the ground, and showering afterwords each night was terrible because of all the fake blood, dirt, and leaves but it was all worth it! I made grown men jump!
Six Flags was another huge highlight! I can’t believe I contemplated not going! I usually HATE roller coasters! I’ve seen Final Destination 3 one too many times. But this year was all about me trying new things, so I sucked it up and went on the rides with my friends. The first two were terrifying! I screamed my head off and shut my eyes tight until it was over! Then I began to actually enjoy them! Heck, by the time we got to the Texas Giant, I was putting my hands in the air and laughing! It was a HUGE accomplishment for me to conquer my fear of rollercoasters and actually enjoy them!
Ice Skating at the Parks Mall was also pretty awesome. I had never iceskated before, and even though I fell flat on my butt several times, it was so worth it! Last, but not least, Founder’s Day! I won’t go into too much detail because there’s another blog on that, but it sure was fun!
It’s a common joke that I’m a small town girl. Belton, Texas isn’t by any means tiny, but that’s all I had ever seen my entire life. I always wanted to fly and travel, but I never thought it would actually happen! In this year alone, I went to New York City and Anaheim, California!
I LOVE New York City. It’s been a dream of mine to always go. Now let me stress this again. I LOOOOVVVVEEEEE NYC! Words can’t express how much I love New York and how much I wanted to go. So when DECA gave me the opportunity to go for a leadership academy, I jumped on that speeding train immediately. I LOVED it! The conference was amazing, but the fact that I got to walk down fifth avenue, take a bike stroll in central park, see times square, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, ride the subway, and go to the 88th floor of the Empire State Building was magical! I cannot wait to go again next year!
DECA nationals was held in Anaheim, California this year, and I got to travel there as well! To compete against schools from all over the country was exciting although overwhelming, and I got to enjoy a beautiful new location as well. I rode my first train and taxi, went to Hollywood, found James Dean’s star, ate fresh avocados, and saw the Pacific Ocean at Newport Beach!
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be here at Northwood University. It is the perfect fit for me. I love that my professors tell me real stories instead of reading me a textbook. I love that my professors (and even some that I haven’t had) know my name. I love that so much of my learning is hands on. I love the fact that at Northwood, I’m not a number.
Let me give you an example of what I mean by all of this. Second semester, I had Professor Brazill for Principles of Selling. The class was about 11 people and held at 8:00 in the morning. One day after class, while I’m waiting for my 9:30 class to start which is in the same room, he tells me “You know, you don’t talk much in class.” I try to play it off that I’m just too tired in the morning to function, but he calls me out on it.
“No, that’s not it. I can tell that you get everything I’m teaching. You’re a smart girl, but I can see when you get ideas in class but you never raise your hand or tell the rest of the class. It’s important to contribute. I think it’s funny when students come back to me after they graduate and ask for letters of recommendation. All I can say is ‘really smart but doesn’t function well in the morning’.”
He then finishes packing his briefcase, places his hand on the desk and says “do you get what I’m saying?”
All I do is nod shamefully. Let’s be clear: I didn’t feel embarrassed or hate him for doing that. Instead, I was so grateful. I knew what I was doing. He was right about everything. I did get ideas in class, but I felt uncomfortable drawing attention to myself. After that discussion, I got more involved with the conversation and it pushed me to contribute more in all of my classes.
Thank you so much for that Professor Brazill. You are without a doubt one of my favorite teachers ever, and I have so much respect and admiration for you.
It’s things like that that make me fall in love with Northwood all over again each day.
I’m sad that it’s over. Well technically no, because I will be staying on campus this summer, but you catch my drift. Mostly, I’ll miss the friends that I’ve made as they go away for summer break, but trust me, we all need a mental holiday.
Have a safe and wonderful summer everyone!
Speakers, food, music, games, and fun all day long: that’s how I would describe Founders’ Day this year! Last year, as a committed high school senior, I was invited to Founders’ Day and I enjoyed it immensely, so I was very excited about this year, and it definitely met my expectations!
The day started with the Speaker’s series in the rotunda of Hopkins at 11:00. Some friends and I helped the Royal Ambassadors pass out programs and help get everyone seated. We then found our seats and settled in for quite the debate!
Randy Galloway, Dale Hansen, and Jordan Woy made up our panel of extremely successful and knowledgeable speakers for the sports entertainment industry. They discussed everything from Johnny Football, Robert Griffin III, whether they should be compensated, and what drives success in the industry.
Of course, even though we were all dressed up in our suits and ties, that didn’t mean we weren’t having fun. Galloway and Hansen joked around quite a bit while moderator Dennis McCuiston kept the atmosphere fresh and exciting. One of my favorite things from the panel was hearing Hansen say: Find what you love to do and figure out how to make money off of that. If you follow the job for your passion, then the money will come (I’m paraphrasing by the way. The way he said it was much more inspirational.)
After the panel ended, the students were off of classes all day and encouraged to join the festivities of Knights Fest! There was food, games, live music, a fashion show, and a car show!
The fashion show was put together by the fashion marketing students and hosted by Joshua Reyes and Sarah Martinez. The models (volunteer students) strutted the runway and showed off the sports apparel from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Cedar Hill.
The auto show was put together by Brandon Menes and featured everything from classic cars to big trucks to VW convertibles! There was a favorite car for every student out there!
Games included inflatable basketball, the mechanical bull, a photo booth, and a dunking booth! I rode the mechanical bull….for a total of ten seconds, and I needed help getting on in the first place. And a counselor I work with (whom I shared an embarrassing moment with) was in the dunking booth, so I finally had my sweet revenge!
And of course, what kind of people would we be if we didn’t take advantage of the beautiful weather and the great band by dancing?! We awkwardly thrusted our limbs and moved our hips in what we call “dancing” and the band even joined us!
After Knights Fest ended at 3:00, everyone took a break and rested for the rest of the day. Then the Faculty vs. Student Softball game began! I’ve never swung a bat in my life, so I wasn’t expecting to hit a homerun, but I sure had fun being in the dugout cheering on our team! (I struck out by the way). Student Coach Ozzie Gutierrez inspired our team with a speech and believed in us all the way!
“This is our chance to get back at all the teachers,” he said. “Our chance to get back for all the D’s they’ve given us, or given me at least, and all the time-outs they’ve ever put us in!”
Needless to say, the faculty put us in another time-out. They wiped the diamond with us. (To be fair, coaches and seniors were playing with them.)
The day ended with an all-American dinner of sausage on a stick, burgers, and ice cream!
Needless to say, Founders’ Day 2013 was a huge success! Everyone involved had a blast, and I can’t wait for next year!