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Twenty Reasons I Love Northwood!

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So it’s official, I am now old………I just turned twenty! That’s two decades! That’s 7304.84 days! 175316 hours! I am OLD!

Anyways, in memory of this, I am having a flashback moment of my past twenty years and remembering twenty reasons why I love Northwood.

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1. I left Central Texas and moved away from my hometown!
2. Campus always looks like a beautiful colonial painting.

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3. The squirrels twisted sense of humor always makes me laugh.

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4. I can roll out of bed five minutes before class and still be early.
5. My dorm is cleaner, bigger, and better than other school’s dorms.
6. My professors actually know my name and want to help me.
7. I know what a debit and credit are.
8. I’m learning Advertising!
9. There’s always something to do!
10. If I get bored, I drive for five minutes, and there’s something cool going on!
11. I’ve made amazing friends!
12. Sam’s Pizza and Pasta is heaven on Earth.
13. So is Cupcake Company!
14. The trails are awesome to run through.

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15. My sorority sisters have my best interest in mind!

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16. The cafeteria’s biscuits and gravy are my favorite!
17. I have access to opportunities I never would have had anywhere else!
18. I’ve gotten to travel to New York City, and California!
19. I was five feet away from Stan Richards!
20. I’ve discovered a leader in me!

All right, well, bye! I have to go to sleep now, cause I’m old now and can’t stay up past ten pm!

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Show Me The Money!

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Ten points if you know what movie that’s from!…. That’s right, it is Jerry Maguire! You have the official seal of approval from me for your good taste in movies! Anyway, that’s not what this blog is about. Let’s call this a helpful tip for getting the money to pay for school!

  1.  FASFA! – As soon as your taxes are done, make sure to complete your FASFA! This is probably the most important thing you can do! This can get you federal aid, but it’s also what schools use to determine the amount of financial aid they will give to you based on your financial need!
  2. Private scholarships! – Here at Northwood, we have Private Donor scholarships, and it’s sad that there’s actually some scholarships that don’t get awarded!
  3. Make sure you qualify! – This goes for more than just a minimum GPA. If you currently hold a scholarship, make sure you’re doing whatever you need to do in order to maintain that scholarship! Volunteer work, extracurricular, academics, sports, etc. These tributes help maintain scholarships and get you new ones!
  4. Research! – Trust me, there is money out there! You’d be surprised by some of the weird things that could get you free money. Here are some of my favorite sites!

Don’t forget these important dates and deadlines!

Private Donor Application for returning students – February 14, 2014

FASFA – ASAP – the sooner, the better!

 

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Call Me Dug

Wow, I can’t believe it’s the end of the first week back at school! If this week tells me anything about this semester, it’s that I definitely have some hard work cut out for me if I want to stay on top of things. School, an internship, and a job are going to be difficult but hey, it’s not like people have mental breakdowns from too much stress—Anyways, moving on!

Regardless of everything, I’m so happy to see school start up again! I felt like an overactive puppy saying hi to everybody whenever I saw them – kind of like Dug from Up.

So, here’s a quick update of what’s going on around campus:

Classes are up and running again, and the bookstore has been seeing a lot of faces. Don’t forget your books! Believe it or not, you actually need those, except for when you don’t, but most of the time you do!

Also, the LRC is up and running for your benefit! There are tutors available for Economics, English, and Math, and hey, if you’re looking for a job on campus, they’re hiring for Accounting and Financial Management tutors.

Basketball season is here! Go to the athletics website to see a schedule and show your knight pride at the games! Indoor track also has some stuff going on, so remember, we’re all uKNIGHTed and depend on each other for support (was that a little cheesy?)

Also, keep deadlines in mind! FASFA should be on the top of your mind, and don’t forget about the Private Donor Scholarship application, or the RA application either. Deadlines are coming up in February! There’s also an organization fair coming up soon, so keep an eye on your emails!

That’s it. I think. Ok, bye!

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Slasherville

Northwood has one of the most beautiful campuses ever…just throwing that out there before making my next comment. It also seems like I’ve been thrown into the perfect setting for a seventies slasher movie. NOBODY is on campus, except for a few people and I’m sure they’re all thinking the same thing. Every time I drive into campus after work and it’s dark, I feel like the Northwood Strangler (don’t freak out) is going to come out of nowhere and drag me into the trails and murder me. Just saying.

All this just leads to my desperation for school to start again! As much as I love my new internship and I’m enjoying a break from homework and assignments, I miss people being on campus making me feel secure. January 13th cannot come soon enough. But since it is still a while away, I’ll just tell you what’s been going on around campus (not that I know much since I’m gone from 7:30 in the morning until 6:00 at night).

What’s New?

So I hear the Swalwell Student Union got a swanky new sign up front. Pretty cool! It looks pretty legit! Also, thanks to that thing we call “snow”, we weren’t able to all go to Six Flags together like we planned, but remember your ticket is good until 2014 (guess it’s a little late to be telling ya’ll. –sheepish shrug-). Hmmm…..anything else? Uhm, make sure to check Blackboard for spring semester info! Start buying those textbooks!

Not much else, just wanted to let people know how scary it is to be on campus by myself and that everyone should feel guilty for going home and enjoying their winter break. Gosh, who does that?

Hope everyone’s having a fun break! If I mysteriously go missing, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

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 (bowlesk@northwood.edu) if you need help finding a local clinic!

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A Country Boy Was Born

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.

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NYC CLA !

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!

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Advertising Luncheon

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!

Anywho……..bye!

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Midterms!

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!

 

 

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