Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stress... but the good kind!

Usually, it's best to avoid stress. You don't want to stretch yourself too thin, but sometimes a little stress isn't a bad thing... as long as it's for the right reasons.

I have a tendency to want to take on WAY more than I can handle. It may seem like a bad idea the nights that I get home from a long day of class, work, and theatre rehearsals at ten or later, only to stay up doing homework, but I can promise you, it's rewarding. I do feel quite stressed from time to time, but I wouldn't trade any of the amazing experiences I've had at RSU for anything! Sometimes it IS worth it to take on a bit more than you thought you could handle.

I think one of the very best examples of this is theatre. Last semester, the very first production I was involved with was Lion in the Winter. I was responsible for purchasing and painting props, and helping out with scene changes during the show. Overall, it didn't seem like a lot of work, but the show happened to be around midterms, and I already had a lot on my plate. I remember it was two of the most stressful weeks of my life! I really regretted committing myself to so much. Then, opening night, I was absolutely terrified. I was sure I would forget how to move the props, or trip and fall in front of the audience while moving things around. I was a nervous wreck! We went through the show, and I did mess up once... BUT it wasn't a disaster. Before I knew it, the final scene came to a close, the actors were going out for the curtain call, everyone was clapping... and it was one of the most amazing moments of my life. I had never felt so accomplished and proud of everyone who had helped put the show together! In that moment, I knew it had all been worth it, and I couldn't wait to do it again.

This semester, I remember that moment anytime I feel too overwhelmed. I learned so much through all the experiences I had because of the opportunities I took. I now have even more to do than I did those two weeks that seemed so awful, but this time I know everything will turn out alright! Now, today is the opening night of the first play I've stage managed, Speech and Debate, and it had been MUCH more work than helping with props... but, I know how amazing it will feel when we finish that final scene!

The thing is, you don't have to be in theatre to get that feeling. You just have to find what is meaningful to you, and work hard at it. I have that feeling when I get a good grade on a test I studied hard for, or when I give a tour to someone and can help them learn more about what they're interested in.

Peak of the Week:
Opening night!!!!

Challenge of the Week:
Trying to lower a disco ball and turn on a fog machine at once... and timing it right.

Quote of the Week:
"Hey guys, let's do something crazy." - Hayley Gipson

Song of the Week:
Love Club - Lorde

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Something Different

Let's mix it up just a bit this week! How about less words and more pictures?

Going to The College on the Hill it is common to have sunsets like this. This picture was taken from my dorm room on campus.
When we give tours, a "fun cup" is provided with assorted RSU 'swag' inside the cup. Instead of using it for the intended purpose, Gabby and I decided it would be best to use the cups to make a pyramid. 
Exhibit A
Going to class day in and day out can become tiresome, especially with a difficult course load.  But something amazing happens where your mind becomes sharper, quicker, and all in all you change. During down time, your brain is still working and its more creative. I desired to take up a hobby so now I build various 'man crafts'. See exhibit A ^. Its a wall mount coat rack
Exhibit B
And why not build a 3 string cigar box guitar.

College is full of surprises. Some you see outside your window, others are random work experiences, but the greatest you discover within yourself. RSU has fostered a different creative side I never thought possible. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Don't let the weather wither you down!

        Like most people with a Pinterest account, I look at cool things that I want to wear all the time. Why not write about it today? If you were to access my Pinterest right now, you'd find all of my collaborative outfits for my summer study abroad trip to Spain all packed into one pinning board titled "To Wear." The way you present yourself is important. I have turned into an advocate for the notion that what you wear leaves a huge impression on those with who you come into contact.  
        When I was younger I would fight day in and day out with my mom about what I was going to wear to school. Now I realize why she cared so much! Last year during spring semester I found myself resulting to sweats as a presentable option. This is a NO NO, and I heard my mom's voice in my head telling me to get my act together and look like a girl. It is so tempting, I know, to throw on that hoodie 5 minutes before class when it's raining and windy and your professor lectures about boriphil. However, as my Nana always asks me when I do the hoodie and sweats shuffle, "What if the President is there?" Not very probable, but maybe your future spouse will be there, or the executive that wants to offer that internship you've been eyeing for months. First impression is key, so save the PJs for the dorm and strut your style through finals! 

All the best and wishes for less stress,

Kelsey K :) 

Peak of the week:

My 20th Birthday is Sunday, so that's kind of fun! 

Quote of the week:

"Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world." - Professor Minerva McGonagall 

Song of the week:

"Ocean" by John Butler

Pic of the week: 

I can't wait to make these for summer! (See? Pinterest.)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Snow Day!

This Monday RSU students got a special treat... a SNOW DAY! Sunday afternoon, my roommates and I anxiously watched the snow fall out the window, and obsessively checked our email accounts for a notification that school would be cancelled. Just when I had given up hope, my roommates came screaming into my room to tell me that we had a three day weekend! We went to action immediately to prepare - we ordered pizza (and tipped them generously for driving in the snow), moved all of our blankets into the living room, and decided we were going to stay up ALL night (even though we knew it wouldn't happen).

First, we invited a few friends over to watch the Oscars! In our Cinema class, we all predicted which movies we thought would win, and we were excited to see the results. My friends and I love Ellen DeGeneres, so we couldn't wait to see her host the show... and we weren't disappointed! When she posted the selfie on twitter and asked everyone to re-tweet it, we all panicked when Twitter shut down! We also had a very dramatic sing-a-long to Let it Go from Frozen (that didn't end when Idina Menzel stopped singing).

After the Oscars ended, my roommates and I decided we were going to watch the entire first season of Bates Motel on Netflix before the seasons two premiere on Monday! Ever since watching the movie Psycho for our Cinema class, we were super interested to see how this series turned out. We became addicted! If you haven't seen the movie or the new series, you should check it out! It's a bit scary, but we couldn't stop watching. The cliffhanger ending of the season two premiere was so shocking, we all screamed at the TV!

Monday, we all slept in, drank hot chocolate, and watched TV all day! It was a super lazy day, but we couldn't have been happier!

How did you spend your snow day? :)

Gabby G.

Peak of the Week:
The snow day, of course! 

Challenge of the Week:
Trying to stay focused studying for my Speech midterm! But I ended up getting an A!

Quote of the week:
“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."” 
― C. S. Lewis

Song of the Week:
"Rain Drops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - B.J. Thomas

Pic of the Week:
Our giant bed we created for our snow day!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Adjusting to Dorm Life!

Moving from home to a dorm room can be a REALLY big change! Before I started college, I felt like I was completely prepared for the transition. In High School I knew how to cook and do my own laundry, I did the dishes every night, and I was responsible for making sure I got up on time and did my homework. I really didn't think college would be that different... but I was completely wrong!

While I was already pretty independent, there were so many things I took for granted while living with my parents. I never had to do the grocery shopping, or clean the bathroom, or remember when my phone bill was due. There will be many times where you miss home, even just simple moments where you come back to your dorm after a busy day, and realize mom isn't there to cook dinner... and no matter how tired you are, you have to fix it yourself. While constant calls and texts from your parents may SEEM annoying at first, I promise you'll grow to look forward to the moments you actually have time to talk to them.

There are some aspects to the adjustment that are just unavoidable, like feeling a bit homesick every once in while, but there are some things you can do to make it a BIT more bearable!

  1. When moving into your dorm, be sure to bring at least a few things that remind you of home. I have an old stuffed alligator I won in the 6th grade, some pictures of my best friend and I from High School, and some art work I've done. While it's not exactly like home, it's enough to make it feel familiar!
  2. Meet NEW friends! It may seem scary, but it will make your first year so much more enjoyable. It's a lot harder to be sad when you're having fun. Plus, you'll have people to talk to on the days you feel down. I don't know how I would have gotten through my first semester without my new college friends!
  3. Make sure to check in with family and old friends. It probably will feel like a nuisance at first, especially when you're busy getting settled into your dorm, meeting new friends, and going to campus events the first few weeks, but it will help!
  4. Start new traditions! Every Thursday, my friends and I started having “Family Dinner Nights.” We all get together and make a home cooked meal! It's super fun, the food is delicious, and we all get to exchange our favorite recipes!
  5. Last, but not least, it's perfectly ok to feel homesick and sad sometimes. It's bound to happen at least once! Just find your strategy for dealing with it. Sometimes I like to just be by myself and listen to music, other times I like to talk to someone, it just depends on the situation!
If you want even MORE tips: 30 Things You Need to Know About Dorm Life

Starting college is a big change, and there is certainly going to be a few bumps along the way. At least that's how my Freshmen year has been! Even so, it's an amazing experience. I've met a lot of awesome people, and made so many memories already. My first year of college has been one of the best years of my life so far, and I can't wait for the next three years!

Gabby G.

Peak of the Week:
Saturday, I volunteered with Rogers County Youth Services with a group of Honors students, and it was SO much fun! It was a beautiful day and we spent it wandering around the nature reserve and playing games. I had a blast!

Challenge of the Week:
Friday, the representative for our Student Theatre Organization couldn't attend the Student Government Association meeting, and I had to try to find a member who could attend last minute. I couldn't go since I had work at the time of the meeting, and I had trouble getting in touch with other members... but thankfully I found not one, but TWO members could could go! 

Quote of the week:
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
--Hermann Hesse

Song of the Week:
Breezeblocks by Alt-J 

Pic of the Week:
Franklin! My new friend.
I'm pretty sure he's gotten bigger since when I first got him... and he's going to need a bigger home! Especially since he's super swimmy. I don't think he's ever still for long. 

P. S. High school seniors - good luck on your last semester of high school, and the college application process!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Find Your Niche

Whether you’re still in high school or a young college student it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to find your niche. I'm talking in terms of that thing you enjoy even though its challenging and can drive you crazy. As a Junior here at RSU I have found my niche. Whether that is participating and leading events on campus or working hard at graduating with a degree in medical molecular biology, I have found what I enjoy doing. Enjoying something makes the days seem shorter and the hours of work less difficult (even though you may want to pull your hair out after several hours of homework). If you like airplanes find something revolving around them, if you love to paint for goodness sake paint your butt off, if you enjoy biology like me become a doctor, marine biologist, or expert on yada yada yada. If you enjoy eating paste from a bottle like kindergartners, you should probably rethink your definition of enjoyment and other aspirations in life, but above all else find something you love.  Find something you love, work hard at it and success will follow!

Peak of the Week:

The weather finally change from snot-sickle cold, to a pleasant enough temperature to hit some golf balls in.

Challenge of the Week:

After 3.5 hours of working on 2 problems for Physics II they were conquered and correct!

Quote of the Week:

One of Arnold Schwarzenegger 6 rules to success: "Break the rules".
Don't break any laws! Be different and don't conform to others. Be an individual. Be a maverick.

Song of the Week:

Bloom by Pogo

Pic of the Week:

Boom Science! Getting to grow bacteria in lab- no big deal its just some easy going pathogens!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Swing Into Spring!

      Hello readers! Since our last post, our tour office has been making improvements due to the rush of spring enrollment! High school seniors are ready to bust out of their hallways and move on to college life, so RSU's Claremore campus tour schedule is booking fast! Call today to schedule your campus tour with one of our, now THREE, senior student ambassadors. You will get to see the inside of both our campus living villages and view the on-campus sights as well as tour our buildings and classrooms! Interested in a certain major or program? We will schedule an appointment for you to sit down with one of the administrators of that department and look further into the degree in which you are interested. Call now because early enrollment day is March 29! 

      As for our non-senior college readers, spring may not necessarily mean graduation and moving on to a new chapter in life, but it is definitely a time to work toward that goal. Classes may seem easy to skip, but every class skipped is another day behind. So, keep up with your work and stay motivated! You will thank yourself later when others are scrounging around for extra points and all you will need to worry about is summer vacation (after finals, that is)! It's time to make the most out of this new spring semester. Go to activities, make new connections, and most importantly, make memories! Time flies, so fly with it! 

Best of luck and wishes for warm weather, 

Kelsey K. 

Peak of the Week:

I attended the Pentatonix concert at the Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa with some pretty amazing people! Let's just say that if you don't know Pentatonix, look them up and be prepared to spend 3 hours watching YouTube videos. However, their videos do not even do their live performances justice! WOW! A big thanks to Cary and Willie for tickets! 

Challenge of the Week:

Remembering and mastering our new NCA Nationals choreography for RSU cheer! 59 days 'til Daytona!! 

Quote of the Week:

This quote helps me when I have a lot on my plate... which is always!

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” 
― Lou Holtz

Song of the Week:

Natural Disaster - Pentatonix 

Pic of the Week:

Again I couldn't pick just 1... we'll stick to the Pentatonix theme

Loved it!