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My First College Field Trip!

Hello, everyone! I apologize for having neglected posting for several weeks now. Spring term is in full swing! Believe it or not, I went on my first college field trip today to the Blackhawk Special Education Center in East Moline as part of my EDUC 340 class.

The school educates children with special needs ages 5-21. This was my first time being in a school specifically for students with disabilities, and it was a great experience! We toured a few classrooms as well as a music and vocational room. The students at the school were so excited to see so many people; we kept seeing little faces peek through the windows to say hi!

The Blackhawk Special Education Center was actually the place where my professor, Dr. Deb Bracke, first worked as a paraprofessional after graduating from college. She’s told us so many stories about her time there, and it was great being able to see the actual places from her stories! We also heard from many of the teachers who work there about their daily routines, as well as skills that they were currently learning. When we walked into the music room, we got to see one of the students playing drums, which was her favorite  instrument. We also learned about a special piece of music equipment for deaf/hard-of-hearing students, which was a beanbag that vibrates to the beat of the music. Although they can’t hear the music, they are still able to enjoy it through the beanbag, which is definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

We were there for barely an hour, but it got me even more excited to start my clinical experience tomorrow morning at Glenview Middle School. I get to help out middle school students who have special needs learn math and reading, and I’m sure that I’ll have plenty to talk about in future blog posts. Be sure to look forward to those!

Augie Choice NOW Available for FIRST-YEARS!

Breaking news!

Augie Choice is available to current first-years who are studying abroad bnext year in some places.

Days ago, the news came out that it can be used for Africa Term (Spring 2015)!

(If you are interested or considering Africa Term, feel free to read Top Reasons to Study Abroad in Africa)

 

All Of Me For You

I was checking out the Itunes store a couple days ago to look for some new and current songs for my WAUG radio show. I was scrolling through the songs until I arrived to John Legend’s “All of Me.” After giving the song a quick listen to, I decided it would be in my best interest to listen to the whole song and watch the music video. To put it plainly, no music video has ever impacted me so greatly, making me question our society as a whole.

 

The song is John Legend playing his piano,but more. In each syllable in the song, a tiny arrow pierces through the emotional vale in your mind, hitting you over and over again with the fathomless emotion that is conveyed in this song.  The video was in black and white, perfect for the song because the words are the artist that color in each scene in your mind. The ending was a happy one, with a joyous wedding playing out and wanting you to switch over to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

I was moved, drawn in and left pleasantly happy for watching the video. But the more i thought about the lyrics, the more questions that began tugging at my mind.

Why would such a sad song one of the most popular songs on Itunes?

Why was I cutting onions while I was watching this video? (I didn’t actually cry don’t worry).

Why has this song impacted me so deeply?

One of the lines in the story moved me like a penny thrown into a wishing well, sinking deeper and deeper until I  hit the rock bottom of understanding.  “… Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections…” It is beautiful beyond words. Too often we judge based on appearances, when instead we should be searching deeper. An apple can look appealing on the outside and be rotting on the inside, while a coarse slab of rock can contain a diamond. We soul search with our eyes instead of our hearts, letting lust conflict with passion.

Not only do we live for lust, but we let it control us.  We are so addicted to the emotional detachment, living only for ourselves and indulging ourselves in the one-night stands of love. We’ve become disconnected to giving everything for one person and, in turn, receiving everything they have. We no longer live with these sentiments loving with everything we have, only loving with the bottoms of our hearts because it’s easier to lose the “emotional baggage” and let it go, making us desensitize ourselves to what love really is.

Love like there’s no tomorrow ladies and gents and don’t be afraid of love.

My opportunities in the sports information office

As many of you know, I am completing an internship in the sports information office here on the campus of Augustana. My main responsibilities include writing stories following every men’s and women’s lacrosse game, regardless of if it is home or away. Along with those stories I am also given opportunities to write various stories throughout the week as well. For instance this past week four Augustana athletes were selected as athletes of the week in their respective sports. First, Keith Cline was selected as the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin male Track Athlete of the Week. Second, Liana Beauchamp was picked as the CCIW woman Field Athlete of the Week. Next, Jessica Bacon was named the conference Track Athlete of the Week on the women’s side. And Lauren Goggin was picked as the women’s tennis Player of the Week in the league. I had the privilege of writing each of these stories, below are the links.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week

Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Women’s tennis Player of the Week

How other stories stack up

I finally got a chance to visit the Mount St. Joseph athletic website to see how their write-up of the game that Augustana beat them in triple overtime compared to my own version. I think that it goes without saying that I got to write on the better end of the affair. Getting the chance to read the same story written by the opposing sides in this case is something that I feel I could really utilize to improve my writing skills. I thought it was also interesting that Augustana was referred to as the “Augies” in the story. I’m not quite sure if that was a mistake as Augsburg College’s mascot is the Auggies or if it was just that individual’s style of writing. Here’s the Mount St. Joseph version: http://www.msjsports.com/mlacrosse/news/2013-14/3663/lions-mens-lacrosse-team-suffers-loss-in-third-ot-to-augustana-college-15-14/.  Any suggestions are appreciated!

Picture Day

In high school, I was under the impression that after I graduated I would never have to deal with a “Picture Day” again. I was wrong. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for some people, there are still picture days in college, or at least at Augie. Today, I am supposed to take my composite picture for my sorority. Now this would be fine and dandy except for the fact that it’s raining/drizzling and this is a walking campus. The last two years I think that I look like death in my picture. I attribute this to the fact that I don’t wear makeup, so I look extremely washed out. My roommate thinks it’s because I have a bad attitude. This year, I don’t expect my picture to turn out any different than it has in years past. I guess that I don’t really know where this post was going, except for maybe as a heads up that you might still have a “Picture Day” when you get to college.

Experience

This week I had the opportunity to write stories for three of Augustana’s varsity teams. In my last blog I mentioned our women’s lacrosse home-opener. The women won 15-8 over DePauw and moved to 5-0 with each of their wins coming in a different state. Here’s the link for the women’s lacrosse story: http://www.athletics.augustana.edu/news/2014/3/21/WLAX_0321140203.aspx?path=wlax.

I also wrote the first track story of my career for the women’s track and field team. The team actually competed at two different meets, one in Tennessee and the other at Augustana. Here is the link to the women’s track and field story: http://www.athletics.augustana.edu/news/2014/3/23/WTRACK_0323140549.aspx.

My third story of the week was written following the men’s lacrosse team’s triple overtime win on the road at Mount St. Joseph (Ohio). The guys were down 14-11 before scoring three goals in the final 1:20 to give themselves a chance in overtime. Here is the men’s lacrosse story link: http://www.athletics.augustana.edu/news/2014/3/23/MLAX_0323140251.aspx?path=mlax. I was hoping that Mount St. Joseph would have a game recap posted on their website so that I could compare my story against theirs for the same event. I will keep an eye on their athletics page to see if they end up posting a story.

Same name, two different sports

Friday night marked the first home game for the women’s lacrosse team this season. The evening also marked an attempt to explain to our rookie Statcrew spotter how the women’s game was going to be different than to the two men’s games he had called stats for. Instead of just asking what the differences were between the sports he asked why the differences even existed, something I was not expecting. After the game the question was still bothering me so I decided to see what I could find about why men’s and women’s lacrosse are two completely different sports. While this isn’t exactly the answer I was looking for, this (somewhat dated) article offers an interesting look at the sport. http://voices.yahoo.com/the-history-lacrosse-comparison-between-mens-36637.html 

67 days

Graduation is in 67 days and we all know that those days are going to fly by! Seeing as I am not going to grad school I will be entering the real world. I’ve spent the last few weeks or so applying for jobs and internships at various places around the country. I have a few more applications to fill out but for the most part I am now playing the waiting game. The nerves have already set in so waiting these next few weeks to hear back are going to be brutal!

Curiosity got the best of me tonight

Even though the lacrosse programs here at Augustana are in their early stages, I could not help but wonder if any of the teams’ accomplishments were Division III records. The men’s team found the record book under the scoring defense category for their 2012 campaign when they recorded a 5.14 average good for 13th best. Scoring defense is the term used to refer to the number of goals that a team allows. The current D III record of 3.50 was set in 1985 by Middlebury.

The Augustana women’s lacrosse team found their way to the record book several times in it’s first couple seasons. Hilary Kargl is tied for the most goals scored in a game at 14, which came against Berry College in 2012. The Vikings are also tied for 7th for points in a single game with 43 (26 goals + 17 assists) in their 26-0 stomping of Dubuque in 2013. The 17 assist performance in that match is tied for 8th most in a single game. Entering the 2014 season Augustana was sixth all time in Division III for points per game with 28.16 in 2012. The women also sat at second all time entering the season for goals per game in 2012 with 19.22 GPG. Sara Tisdale’s squad also found it’s way onto the most assists list tied for 14th from their 2013 campaign that saw 184 assists in 21 games. The 26 goal defeat of Dubuque in 2013 is also good for the 9th largest margin of victory in Division III.

If you’d like to look for yourself here is the women’s link and the men’s.