After five very long years I am officially done with my undergraduate degree. It doesn't feel real yet, and it probably won't kick in until I have walked across the stage and I am holding my diploma with my own two hands.
I never thought that I would see the end when I started college, and as I would pray that the semester would fly by and I could complete another year of college. Back then I would say how I wanted time to pass and things that like, and you always here people say "don't wish your time away" and it is true. Now that I am moving on to a different chapter in life it literally seems like a dream that I was sitting in freshman seminar waiting for the weekend so that I could go have fun with my friends. I don't think you realize how much time changes people. I have different priorities now and a new outlook on life.
College has taught me that I can do anything I want to if I put my mind too it.
College gave me the three most amazing best friends that I have ever had, I know that those three friendships will last a lifetime.
College gave me a chance to be someone who helps others.
College made me appreciate how important family is. And I must say that I never would have made it through without the support and sometimes tough love of my family.
College let me continue to participate in the sport I love for four years and make history as being Indiana University Easts first four year track athlete.
I could go on and on about how college has changed my life, but what I need to say most is I owe Indiana University East a huge thank you. This place was like a home and the people are like family. I have had the privilege of getting to know, meet and work with amazing people. I also have never set foot on a campus that was so willing to go the extra mile for any student who needed a hand. It is astonishing to see how much Indiana University has grown even since I was admitted and we were still the pioneers.
It has been an honor to be given the opportunity to write blogs for the university and work for the amazing Admissions staff. They deserve a special thank you for putting up with me and my crazy schedules all these years. The admissions staff really go above and beyond.
So in closing, I am sad to say that this will be the last blog that I write for Indiana University East and I am excited more than ever for the next chapter in my life. I wish every single one of you the best and want to end by saying......
So usually around this time people are freaking out about finals, their grades, and if they are going to graduate or not. Am I right? What if I told you that last weekend I spent 8 hours literally freaking out. From Saturday at midnight until Sunday morning at 8am, I was up.....CHASING GHOSTS. My friends and I decided to get all of our work done ahead of time and spend the night at Waverly Hills Sanatorium.
Sure, it doesn't look that scary right? WRONG. This is one of the scariest places ON EARTH. Waverly Hills Sanatorium was a hospital specially for Tuberculosis patients. The building consisted of 5 floors with never-ending hallways. Over 63,000 patients died in this place. What did they do with the dead bodies? They threw them down a 483 foot tunnel (originally used for building the hospital).
Patients who were more likely to live longer or be more responsive to treatments were able to enjoy the fresh air on the OPEN balcony side of the hospital. Other patients who weren't so fortunate, we stuck on the other side of the hallway where they were confined. Or they were sent upstairs to the 5th floor where they never exited...alive.
I'm not going to lie, this place was extremely scary. There are things I still cannot explain. I saw things with my own eyes that I will never forget. I heard things that the people in my group also heard. We captured a few creepy things on camera that are interesting. This image was caught by a person in our group:
My experience at Waverly was among one of the creepiest I have ever encountered. It opened my eyes to a whole different world. It has my mind racing and my blood boiling. BUT! Let's not forget that the devil has his ways. He plays tricks and tempts us. He does anything and everything to lead us down the wrong path and away from God.
He's not fooling me!
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Today marks the start of the last week of classes!
If you are a senior like me you probably have found it harder and harder each week to continue to pay attention, especially if the sun is shining outside. That being said we need to stay focused and finish up this year with a bang! (I know it's hard lol)
I often find myself day dreaming of walking across the stage, accepting my diploma and going to celebrate later that night! Needless to say I absolutely can't wait, the feeling is almost surreal.
^^That brings me to this quote. As my fellow seniors and I get ready to take on the real world I believe we should take this in. With an education we have the opportunity to change the world, even in the smallest way. I think if you believe in something you should go after it whole heartily. And who knows, an IUE grad could be the next person to discover a cure or make a research discovery!
And I will leave you all with this. With a new beginning, starts a new life.
Have an amazing week!
Study hard for finals and finish strong!
So this may be a little late but recently the IUE red wolves had a track meet at Anderson University and it was literally a record breaking weekend! -->http://www.iueredwolves.com/article/2131.php
This is my very last track season and I have to say that it has been the best one yet. Not only do I have a great team, I have personally exceeded my record in the disc (which I never thought would happen) and put myself 28th in the NAIA top 100. I am so proud that I have had the opportunity to even compete at the college level. let alone be one of the top competitors in the nation. Next weekend we head to our last meet of the year, Conference. I am nervous and excited but also sad at the same time. I want to wish all my teammates and the future red wolves the best of luck in the future. Lets keep building and unstoppable program.
In other news I found the perfect dress for graduation!!!!!!!! I didn't go with my signature color which would have been black, but instead with a really pretty coral. I think after receiving my dress and putting it on, it has started to set in that graduation is really happening and we are a little over 20 days away. CRAZYYYYYY!
ohhh and I just wanted to show you guys how handsome Ali is
Have a good weekend peeps
xo- KaitNo Comments
Last week I and three other Communication students had the absolute pleasure of flying to Kansas City for the Central States Communication Association Conference. The Conference was such a great experience. It consisted of panel sessions with paper's being discussed on various topics, a Graduate Fair, a job fair, and a trip to the WWI museum. Did you know the national WWI museum was located in Kansas City? I had no idea! The whole trip was quite the experience. Our small group of students were in awe of the plane ride, the city, the conference, the food, and the people we met.
Have you ever been outside of the state? It's amazing to see other states and landscape, but there is something even better...the people! We saw and met people from all over. I sat next to a Russian transfer student who was studying communication via media outlets. Her and I talked briefly in between presentations. I was able to sit in on any panel that was interesting to me. Being a big media consumer, I decided to theme my weekend as MEDIA MANIA. I tried to attend every panel that had a topic centered around media and/or interpersonal relationships. The topics varied from Rebecca Black to sexting. All topics were well researched and presented. Being at the conference inspired me to further my research and my knowledge in the communication field.
Below are some pictures of the food we ate, the things we saw, and the places we went. Kansas City is such an amazing city. Everything was in walking distance, including the Power and Light District. The PLD was a huge outdoor bar/restaurant area. The place was very impressive!
Hi ya'll! I've spent the last month traveling around the eastern part of our country! That's right, during school. You may ask how I can do this? How I can be absent from the campus for so long? Well, that is the beauty of online classes, ladies and gentleman. Because I am in the Communications program here at IU East, most of my classes are online. Online classes offer many benefits; however, there are some negatives as well. The big perks include getting a syllabus at the beginning of the semester that has all the assignments, weekly modules, weekly forums, and other "set-date" assignments. Professors are very good about allowing tons of time for work to be completed and turned in. Because I was able to see ahead and work on my assignments ahead of time, I was able to do some traveling.
It wasn't all play, though. After Easter lunch with my family, my dad and I took a trip to New York. I had an interview for a coaching job in upstate New York. It was a 12 hour drive...minus the stopping, touring, eating, and other necessities. On our way back, we stopped at Niagara Falls. It was only 30 minutes out of our way--so we HAD to stop! It was an absolute blast!! It was a little chilly and very windy, but worth the drive! My dad and I really marveled at how beautiful something can be. BUTTTTTTT, did you know that we (humans) have altered it. WHAT THE?! We can actually turn it "off and on." Basically we can stop it from being so strong of a force. That is VERY sad. We need to let nature run its course!
Holaaaa peeps! I hope you are having a great week.
I have officially finished my captsone. This means that I completed 110 hours of clinical and now every Tuesday I can sleep in till whatever time I want Lol. And believe me I will be taking advantage of this free time.
With 35 days left.........comes a lot of responsibility. Who knew that when you are about to graduate it would actually be hard to find a job, house, car??? This is something I never thought about while I was in the middle of school, because I was only focused on making it to the end. But now that I am at the end there is so much more too it than just walking across the stage!
So as much as I should be focusing on the important things (Car,house,job) I am a littler more focused on what color and type of dress I want to wear to graduation ....
So many options to choose from so little time to decide, and I haven't even begun to think about shoes!!!
In other news, the track team is off to a great start and there have turned out to be many talented individuals on both the boys and the girls teams! I am excited for our track meet at Anderson this weekend
Have a good weekend all.
Xo- Kait1 Comment
Well actually I think it is 43 now....but anyways, I hope each and every one of you had an amazing spring break! I spent the majority of mine sleeping and spending quality time with my family and friends. I also celebrated my 23rd birthday (I feel so old) but it was my best birthday yet . My friends really are the bomb!
This semester is definitely winding down. I just officially participated in my last nursing showcase ever.
And for the first time ever, we had all the nursing students together in one room. So that being said I would like to introduce to you the Indiana University East Nursing Students classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015!
If you are a senior we have to finish out these last couple of weeks strong and fight through the senioritis! That goes for the underclassmen too! We are SO close to the end
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When I saw the news this week and that they were calling for 4-8 inches of snow I wanted to cry . I am so beyond ready for spring, this snow has got to go!!!!!!!!! Not to mention we are one week away from spring break...spring break is suppose to be sunny and warm. Anyways, on to other things that are more important than me complaining about the snow.
I think this may be some of the realest advice I have ever read. I am trying to practice this on a daily basis.
We have 62 more days until graduation...how crazy is that????? I mean when we were back in the 100's it didn't really feel like graduation was ever going to get here but now that it is so close I am starting to get more and more excited....while also becoming more and more of a senior, which means senioritis. Senioritis is a real thing and it can drown you. At this point after spring break we will have five weeks left, and those five weeks are going to fly by. We gotta dot our I's and cross our T's, because we are way to close to the end to mess it up!
To add to the excitement I just completed my application for license in Indiana and that feeling was surreal. My capstone is also winding down, I only have two more rotations to go. Each capstone rotation I have learned something new and the experience has really made me feel like I am going to be a nurse.
Kind of a bunch of scattered thoughts Lol? I apologize.
Have a good week peeps
On Pinterest that is. Pinterest makes me feel like I could make anything. Recently I have been super obsessed with the home decor section. How amazing would it be to make my future home look exactly like these pictures or better??
We have a little under three weeks until spring break ahhhh . Graduation is getting closer and closer, which brings me to some information I am not sure most people know.If you are ordering a cap and gown you should order before March 27th, because if you order after that the gown price increased by $50.00. So just be aware of that. Here is the link to the page with all of the information regarding commencement ->>> http://www.iue.edu/commencement/
It is crazy to think that after spring break there is a little over 5 weeks left of this semester. It really is going by fast. I am hoping with spring break fast approaching that the weather will take a turn in the right direction and start to warm up! If there is one thing I dislike about being a track athlete it is most definitely the weather. No matter how many extra layers you wear sometimes it is just too cold to be outside Lol. Other than that I am very excited for our first track meet on March 16th at Wabash University. We as a team have all been working very hard this off season, and there are some fresh faces. I am excited to see how everyone does.
I need to get back to doing something productive
Have a good week peeps