1. Being a leader isn’t an easy job, but it’s always an important one.
I didn’t get the opportunity to attend J-Dub day last year, so I had no idea what to expect going into this event. To be honest, I was really nervous about being in charge of a group, so when we were told we’d get to co-lead, I was definitely relieved! My friend Lucy and I led a group of 9 Central high schoolers: eight girls and one boy. (Poor kid!) Our group started out extremely shy, but I wasn’t sure why, considering they were all friends from the same high school! The more I opened up to them and started conversation, the more lax our group began to feel. Speaking up and being a little crazy took confidence I didn’t know I had, but ultimately made our group closer; that feeling of togetherness made a huge impact on the rest of our day. By the time we were through the photo-booth and into the Blazin’ Races (our scavenger hunt), the ice was broken and we were all having a blast! Lucy and I had just as much fun as they had, which made me sad to think I would be transferring before getting to turn these strangers into classmates in the fall.
2. Where the D-Building bathroom is.
One of the girls in our group had a major nose-bleed during the mock class..I had no idea I could handle seeing that much blood. I won’t go into details, but congrats to me for not being squeamish and remaining calm in an unexpected situation!
3. John Wood really is YOUR college for YOUR life.
The administration and faculty are there because YOU are important and they believe YOU deserve the help YOU need to succeed! If they didn’t want to help you, they wouldn’t be here. No matter your background or your future, JWCC has a place for you, and I’m so grateful to be part of a people-minded community college like this one!
Our group “Cruise” finished the Blazin’ Races in 3rd place, and I was super proud that our once awkward group blossomed into a team that was in it to win it–keyword: team!
Being a group leader today was an awesome learning experience. I wish Mikayla, Kate, Sara, Cole, Amanda, Lydia, Madison, Chloe, & Abigail the best of luck wherever they land this fall! Happy J-Dub Day!
Hello everyone! My name is Kara and I will be your new blog friend. I’ve never blogged before so this should be interesting, but I do love to talk and share my option on everything. Now before I get started I just want to say that I am a very goofy and a tad bit sarcastic person. Sooooo with that being said I’ll probably try to incorporate some humor in my post. To start off here is a little bit of information about me. I am a freshman here at John Wood, my major is social work, and I love sociology and psychology classes. With that being said don’t be surprised if I ramble on something about sociology. Here at JWCC I am involved in all sorts of things including: Student Government (SGA), cheerleading, Student Support Services (TRIO), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and I’m now a student blogger. As you can see I might be a bit of an over achieve, all well it is what it is. I also am a very outdoorsy person as well.
So there’s a bit of information about myself, and don’t you worry you’ll be hearing more from me as the semester goes on. For now ta ta and have a great spring break.
Wow what an amazing year! I couldn’t imagine having a great year without the help of my dance team coaches Julie Porter and Maria Richmiller. Thanks to them I was able to do what I love to do, perform. Of course I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the support of the girls on my dance team. And most importantly with the help of Mike Terry, Terri Meyer, Tracy Orne, and Kristen Ritterbusch I was finally able to decide that I wanted to major in broadcasting at Western Illinois University. By becoming the semester intern in the public relations department I was given so many wonderful opportunities from being on KHQA and WGEM to even having a news release published on the Quincy Herald Whig! Leaving SIUE to come to JWCC was possibly the best decision I have ever made. Not only did I save thousands of dollars but I had the chance to finally decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. And I also got to meet so many wonderful people that truly care about my future. JWCC opened so many doors for me in the future and couldn’t imagine being anywhere but here for my sophomore year of college. I will forever cherish my memories asa trail blazer.
This week I have stayed up until 5:30 A.M., I have been waking up very early everyday, living off coffee, and I have been running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off! It’s finals week. Must I say more?
And I know you are ready for finals to be over….trust me I do too! But whatever you do DO NOT GIVE UP JUST YET!
When I was at SIUE I always studied so hard for my first couple of finals and actually gave up on my last one. After a while all you can think about is that very last final that is holding you back from summer. And each semester I would just fly through my very last final not caring that it could potentially hurt my grade. But boy did I have a huge woke up call….
If you’re like me and have one more final left make sure you study for that last final! Make sure you do not fly through it and take your time. After successfully completing that very last final YOU’RE FREE!!!!
DON’T GIVE UP, YOU’RE ALMOST THERE!
The week we have all been dreading from day one is finally here….
I cringe at the sound of that word. And I’m sure you do too.
But from what I learned the past two years of taking college finals is YOU CANNOT CRAM EVERYTHING IN!
I put the pro in procrastinate but when it comes to taking finals you have prepare ahead of time. You CANNOT keep putting studying off until the night before! I used to do that but i realized that it does not help me what so ever.
This semester I began studying last week instead of cramming everything in like I usually do. And I feel more prepared than I have EVER felt!
Usually when you try to cram everything the night before you only get a couple hours of sleep and usually causes you to forget the information you just learned.
Don’t make this week more stressful then it already is…Don’t overdo yourself. Make sure you get a good night sleep the night before and a healthy breakfast and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FINALS!!!
This morning I rolled out of bed looking like a HOT MESS with my usual hair in a knot on top of my hair. I get asked to do an interview with KHQA. As a broadcasting major of course I am jumping up and down for joy for this opportunity! My interviewed focused mainly on my decision to come back from SIUE and the struggle I went through deciding whether or not it was a good choice to come back to John Wood, which obviously it was! Each time I learn more and more about the field I am going to. And on May 24th I will be job shadowing Kristen Aguirre! I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities through out the semester that helped me realize that broadcasting is the field I want to go into!
Don’t forget to watch KHQA at 6pm!
Last Saturday the JWCC Dance Team marched AND danced in the Dogwood Parade! It was my very first time ever being in Dogwood so I didn’t know what to expect.
When we got there IT WAS FREEZING!!!!!! Then just our luck. It started to sprinkle. We all looked nice and the last thing we wanted to do was ruin our hair and make-up (Typical Girls). So we hid inside the dry cleaners right across from where our coaches’ truck was parked.
After a while the sun came out just enough to warm us up! We marched and danced from 24th street all the way to 7th street!
It was nice hearing people constantly yell “GO TRAIL BLAZERS!” and having people support us by clapping every time we did a dance. By the time it was all over we were all EXTREMELY HOT! And it also stopped raining right after we started!
Overall it was an awesome experience and we all had a blast! It was a little bittersweet because that was the last performance I did with the JWCC Dance Team. I have been so blessed to have met such a wonderful and talented group of girls who I can now call my close friends and also two awesome coaches Julie Porter and Maria Richmiller who pushed every single one of us to do the best we could do. I couldn’t have imagine having a better group of girls and two great coaches to share this experience with! The JWCC Dance Team has opened so many doors for me. I cannot wait to have the same experience at Western as a Westernette for the 2013-2014 Dance Team.