An Ode to Freshman Year

Tweet Well the dorms have been emptied, the teachers are finalizing grades, the weather is heating u

Life Lessons from the Prince Himself

Tweet As you all know I am a huge TV addict. I will watch just about anything with a decent plot.

Started From The Bottom Now We Here… At Drury

Tweet After nine long months, I’m happy to finally say my first year of college is almost over

 

An Ode to Freshman Year

May 18, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

Well the dorms have been emptied, the teachers are finalizing grades, the weather is heating up, and it’s finally time for my end of the year post. Now since you readers have been awesome so far, I figured I would treat you guys with something a little different.

Today, I have decided to condense my entire freshmen year experience into a song because among all other titles I posses, budding musician would be the greatest.

“But Dallas, this seems more like a poem than a song…”

*lyrics were written to the tune of the Trololo song

Shhhhh. Let us not spend time arguing about the trivial differences between a poem and song my dear child, instead let us celebrate this wonderful year! So friends, family, acquaintances I’ve awkwardly smiled to walking on my way to class, this one is for you

ahem.

As I first stepped onto campus, all youthful and free

A red headed gentleman walked up to me

“Hello my name is Steven” he stated without fear

“I’ll be your RA for the upcoming year”

So I chilled in my room feeling welcomed from the start

Care and belonging; I felt in my heart.

But as time turned and life went on

Constant stress began to spawn

But in this time of constant guessin’

I made it through with a few quality lessons,

Firstly, purchase a soft pad for your dorm mattress

Never eat Taco Bell the night before practice

Always do your homework and write stuff down

Don’t hop in the fountains lest you might drown

Study dates make finals less of a chore

Hanging out on the weekends is better with four (or more)

And if it’s love you seek, or you want to date at all

Don’t go for the girl directly down your hall

And finally, a rule of thumb I highly reccommend

Stay true to yourself, your family, and friends

For they are the ones who will stick with you in the end.

 

Cheers everybody! It’s been a great year here at Drury and I am very excited for the next three. I will see you all again in a few months. In the mean time,  do something freaking epic this summer.

With love,

Dallas

 

 

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Life Lessons from the Prince Himself

April 29, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

As you all know I am a huge TV addict. I will watch just about anything with a decent plot. This being said, there are a few TV shows that have a special place in my heart. These shows are as follows, Teen Titans, Battlstar Gallactica, Dragon Ball Z, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Like all good shows,  The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had a lot of great lessons packed within it’s six season run. Some of those lessons can relate well to college life and even life in general. Yea you know where I’m going with this, Here are 4 life lessons I’ve learned  from  watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!

1.Be True to Your Own Style

#Fresh

It didn’t matter if he was on his way to school or a high class dinner party, Will always made sure to add his own unique style to the mix.  Individuality is probably one of the most important qualities a person can have in college. That is especially true at a smaller school like Drury. This isn’t high school anymore people, in college it won’t cut it to just blend in. It’s all about being true to yourself.

 

2. Family Comes First

The Banks family had more fights than humanly possible. But when it came down to it, they always had each other’s back like in this episode.

Coming into college, I was more than ready to spread my wings and put on my big boy pants of responsibility. However, after a few months on your own, you start to realize “Hey, mom and dad weren’t so bad after all!”. Always remember to keep your family close to you, especially in college. Because when it comes down to it, family is all you have.

3. Sometimes You Gotta Dance

College can be stressful, plain and simple. Sometimes you’ve  just got to go into your room, put on some Tom Jones, and dance like nobody’s watching. To tell you the truth, I’ve had approximately 47 private dance parties this semester alone. If you’re a bad dancer like me, I’d also advise you to lock your door before you start letting loose. If you’re a good dancer,well, I want you to know that I am very jealous of your talents and hate you because of them. (just kidding…sort of).

Haters gonna Hate

4. Take Responsibility for Your Own Actions

99.9% of the plot in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air goes like this, Will messes up, Will tries to cover up his mistakes, Will makes everything worse. 99.9% of the plot in my life follows this same pattern. I’ve made mistakes related to school, track, friendships, and relationships, and to tell you the truth, it frustrates the heck out of me.

Whoops

In the end, you’ve got to accept that making mistakes is just a part of being human, but that doesn’t mean you have to let those mistakes control your life. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air taught me that when you make a mistake, don’t hide from it, don’t over think it, and don’t blame it on someone else. Instead, take responsibility for your own actions because that’s the only way you’re going to find peace in the situation.The past is a boring place. It’s time to clean out our closets and start living in the now folks! I think it’s time we all leave our worries behind, and started living the Fresh life.

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Started From The Bottom Now We Here… At Drury

April 25, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

After nine long months, I’m happy to finally say my first year of college is almost over. It’s times like these that cause a man to reminisce a little, to think about the good, the bad and the ugly of the past. But mostly, it’s a time to think back to when it all started. So, how did I get here in the first place?

*single tear*

Well you see, while Drury has a large number of students from across the Midwest and even the world, there are some local students who have lived right here in Springfield their entire lives. I am one of them. Now I’ll be the first to say that Springfield is a cool town, but after being in a place for 18 years, it kinda makes you want to spread your wings.

During my senior year in high school, I was thoroughly convinced that I wanted to get out of Springfield Missouri. I thought that there was not a single college within the Ozarks area that could satisfy my academic and personal wants. I felt fed up. I was tired of the typical math and science focused education I had been receiving since grade school. I wanted to go to a college where I could get experience and knowledge that I could use in the real world. I also wanted to go to a place where I could come in contact with a group of people from all  different types of backgrounds. Surrounding yourself with like minded people is alright for a time, but everyone knows diversity is where it’s at. There’s no place for innovation in a room full of people who think the same way.

Actual picture of me from early 2012

For the longest time I had my eyes set on somewhere out west like Colorado or Arizona or something, that was until my academic adviser told me about Drury.

“Small Campus”, “Liberal Arts”, “Global Perspective” these were the buzz words that really sold me on just how complete of an education that Drury offers. And once they told me there was a track and field program, I was sold.

After almost a year being here, I’m glad that I chose to go here. So my advice is whether you’re halfway across the world, or a Springfield local like me, please, check out Drury University. This campus has a lot to offer within its little liberal arts bubble!

 

 

 

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EcoScore!!

April 16, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

As you  all may have known, Ryan and I just got accepted into Enactus earlier this semester because, well, we’re cool like that. As a whole, the  Enactus team has been working on some really cool projects lately. One of which is an app called EcoScore. I’m sure a lot of you have seen the adds here around campus for the app, but have yet to download it. Let me just say, you guys are missing out.

Following the local drought that happened last summer, a few Drury students got together and began brainstorming on a solution to this problem. One month later,  these students created a multi-function app capable  of empowering users to better conserve all household utilities, therefore saving them time and money. This time and money can then be used for more important things like getting fresh in the club.

Am I right?

The app starts out with a quick survey to measure your water, waste, and energy conservation. After compiling and organizing this info, the app calculates your initial GreenScore. Depending on this initial score, the app will then offer specific tips and products that can increase  your GreenScore and allow you take control of  your utilities. (Did I mention this app saves you money?)

The link to the app is right here so you should definitely get in on this. You have nothing to lose! The EcoScore team is SO CLOSE to reaching their goal of 1,000 downloads and YOU can help them get there. Whether they’re friends, family, pets, or awkward acquaintances, they can all benefit from this great app. EcoScore is definitely worth the money, considering it’s a free app. Oh and one more thing, THIS APP SAVES YOU CASH.

 

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Real Talk Sessions Vol. 1

April 12, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

Hello readers, I think our relationship has grown to the point where you and I can talk about anything. That’s right ANYTHING.

Oh boy, it’s about to get real

It’s time for the first ever Real Talk Session with your ole pal Dallas.

 

A few weeks ago I asked actual Drury students to write down questions that they wanted to ask me. I ended up with a pretty long list and a variety of questions , most of which were cool and insightful. The others? Well let’s just say I can’t post them on here without getting fired.

Anyways let’s get started shall we? Here are some of my favorite questions and ,of course, my honest answers to them all.

What do you think about Drury’s diversity programs/clubs?

Great question. There are multiple diversity programs here at Drury, all of which are awesome. First of all, there’s the Edward Jones Scholars program that I talked about in an earlier post here.

There’s also The Drury Multicultural Club and Drury Allies to name a few groups on campus. However, if none of these fit your fancy, there’s a guy by the name of Lawrence Anderson (or L.A. as we call him) who is the Coordinator of Diversity Support Services. Basically, he’s the guy you want to talk to about getting involved in any of the diversity programs going on both here on campus and around Springfield. Also, his office is usually open  if you  ever need to just talk to someone about life and such. That’s just the way L.A. rolls.

Who do you think is the hottest girl on campus?

Well considering that I see all girls as beautiful in their own unique way, for me it’s a huge tie between every single girl here at Drury.

Nailed it.

 

How did you find the balance between your social life and your academics?

Trial and error. Needless to say, my first semester was a little rough. I wanted to join almost EVERY single club here on campus. However, I soon realized that I needed to sit down and get my priorities straight. After a long period of contemplation, I decided the main things I needed to focus on were schoolwork, track, blogging, and rest. Now, whenever I even consider joining another club or organization,  first I ask myself, “Will this interfere with my four main priorities?” If the answer is no, well then I’ll hop on board. If the answer is yes, I drop it like it’s hot.

Which One Direction member is your favorite and why?

Niall, Duhhh. He’s from Ireland and he likes Frank Sinatra.

What is the stupidest thing you’ve done in college?

Oh boy. Well I do stupid things on a daily basis. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. But I would say the single stupidest thing I’ve done ,so far, happened last April fools day. I decided it would be funny if I posed half naked on my friend’s bed to surprise her when she came home from work. Unfortunately, my friend just so happened to be talking on the phone with her mother at the time.

This was what I was going for

Now was this funny? Absolutely. Was it stupid and embarrassing? Absolutely. However, thanks to my little prank, my friend’s mom will always refer to me as “the shirtless maniac who scared the bejesus out of her daughter.” Not necessarily the best first impression.

Would you encourage high school athletes to attend Drury?

Absolutely. You see, there’s a saying we like to say around here and it goes a little something like this.

“All we DU is win.”

Drury has some of the best Division II athletic programs in the nation. This includes the 6 time consecutive National Championship Swimming team and the recent National Championship Basketball team. If you’re an athlete thinking about coming to Drury, and want to take your skills to the next level, just set up a meeting with one of the coaches. They can brag about their respective sports much better than I can.

Well time’s up folks

We should do this again sometime… seriously.

If you want to get in on the fun, just send me a question in comments section below or click on the “Ask Dallas” panel right below the picture of me obnoxiously laughing.

I will answer every single question either publicly on my next Real Talk Session or personally through an email (or both).

See ya next time. Peace.

 

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What If the Sun Disappeared?

April 5, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

Confession time people, I love science. Ever since I was a young lad watching Bill Nye the Science Guy videos, there’s been a special place in my heart for the practical side of life.

You wish you were as cool as Bill.my heart for the practical side of life.

Unfortunately, ever since high school I have stopped pursuing my dream of becoming a rocket scientist in hopes of becoming the world’s next Jay Z. And while you’re probably more likely to see me in a business suit rather than a lab coat, I’m still taking science related classes here at Drury…and loving it.

Often times when a new semester rolls by, students get so caught up in knocking out credit hours they forget to take fun electives. Why is this you ask? Well here’s my theory. Think back to your high school days. What was your mentality of school in general? I for one just saw school as a boring, unnecessary job. I would get up, go to school, try to stay awake in class, and then pray I would make it through the semester with an acceptable GPA. Let me just say, college is nothing like this.

Over the past few months I’ve learned that higher education isn’t just about taking classes you HAVE to take, but it’s also about taking classes you WANT to take. Keep this in mind when you’re making your schedules next fall. Oh and if you’re planning on taking Scientific Discoveries next year, I’ll probably see you there!

Now, without further adieu, I’m going leave you with an interesting scientific question from one of my favorite YouTube channels. What would happen if the sun disappeared?

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How To Look Good When The Weather Looks Ugly.

March 27, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

Historically, the two most popular times of the year that people get their (our) lazy butts off the couch has been at the beginning of the year and the beginning of spring. Unfortunately,  due to the recent blizzard that has plagued the Midwest, the “spring forward” mentality has been replaced with an overwhelming feeling of “meh”. I don’t think you guys understand how serious this issue is. Let me explain.

We are approximately 1-2 months away from swimsuit season ladies and gentlemen. Now I, like most college students, have big plans for this summer. These plans involve a lot of swimming. In missing the crucial first week of spring training, there could be a startling increase in pale/out of shape folks rocking speedos and  bikinis. Needless to say, this would be an unfortunate reality for us all.

Lookin good Jim

Now when it comes to the pale part, I don’t have much experience here. Thanks to my God given immunity to pastiness, the only useful advice I have is to leave the tanning booths alone please. Nobody likes cheetoh colored skin.

However, I do know a thing or two about the later. I’ve been in and out of shape multiple times so I know a thing or two about the ole workout grind. Here are some tips on how to get yourself looking good when the weather is looking ugly.

Hit the Gym

To me, the best type of workout is a good run. Whether you’re sprinting short distances, or knocking out miles, nothing gets your body in shape quicker or better. But let’s be honest, no one is going to run on a track looking like this.

C’mon man, I can’t even see the lanes…

So what’s the solution? Hit the weight room.

Now it just so happens that Drury has an awesome place to workout called the Barber Fitness Center. Outfitted with treadmills, weights, workout balls, and jump boxes galore, this is the perfect place on campus to get in shape. If you’re looking for a more social workout experience, there are multiple classes available ranging from Zumba to Power Yoga. Check out the DCAL site here for a full list of workout classes.

Finally if you’re like me and need a little place to get a run in, I would suggest checking out one of the local YMCA’s. They’re one of the cheapest places to go in town plus both the downtown and north side locations have an indoor track.

Eat Right

EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PEOPLE! It doesn’t matter if you’re indulging in a refreshing smoothie, topping your sub sandwich with some spinach, or devouring your cheesy dipped broccoli, a diverse diet is essential to getting and staying in shape.

This also means leaving the sodas alone. Sugary drinks like soda are murder for your body. While food offers carbohydrates to give you energy to burn during workouts, the excess carbs in sugary drinks overload your body. So what does it do with all that junk? That’s right it, it puts it in the trunk…as stored fat.

Use Your Weakness

There is just something about this cold weather that makes a person want to curl up and watch some Netflix. I think I speak for a large majority of people when I say that my body is still in hibernation mode. There’s no sense in fighting the urge to lay down and watch a good movie or two. But hey, surely you can work out a little bit DURING the movie right? After all, love is all about compromise!

There are multiple ways to do this. If you’re simply watching a Movie on TV, I would advise doing something simple like doing sit ups or push ups during every commercial break (you’ll get one heck of a workout if the movie is on MTV). The second, and my personal favorite, way to work out while watching a movie is to make a little workout game. For instance, here’s my game for Batman Begins.

Warner Bros.

Bruce Wayne-30 sit ups

Kiss-35 push ups

Fight Scene- front planks until the scene is over

Bat-Vehicle enters scene-35 push ups

Bat-Gadget is used-15 push ups

Explosion- jog around the room

The list is pretty self explanatory but basically the game works like this, every time you hear the buzzword “Bruce Wayne” you have to do 30 sit ups.  Whenever two people kiss, you do 35 sit ups. If the bat mobile drives through a tunnel, destroys a few vehicles, flips over and causes Batman to use his bat rope to swing to safety, well then you’ve got 35 push ups followed by a quick jog around the room and another set of 15 push ups (I’m not sure if this scenario actually happens in the movie, but you get the point).

Well those are the ropes people!  Living in Missouri, you never know what to expect when it comes to the weather. Hopefully these tips will help you get an early start on the spring workout season no matter what mother nature throws at you.

 

 

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Steven Anderson, you are beautiful.

March 13, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

Here at Drury, the relationship between a  first year student and their RA is a unique and special bond. I would best compare this relationship to that of  Obi Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker ( well before he went all Darth Vader). While being founded on a basis of mutual honor and respect, the two quickly learned to see each other as friends and even brothers.

My wonderful RA, Steven Anderson (or as we like to call him, Sven) is the best example of this. Day in and day out he is constantly sacrificing his time, energy, and dignity to ensure that his residents continue to have a high quality of life. Such a sacrifice was made last evening.

Before

 

 

After…

 

 

 

 

 

Let me explain. Last night poor Steven decided to test his cosmetology skills and give two of his residents a beautiful (a.k.a. horrifying) make-over. In retaliation, these two residents then decided to turn the once respectable and handsome young gentleman into a fairy princess.

While you try your best to get those images out of your head, let me just say  that Drury’s RA staff is incredible.  According to my friends from other unnamed colleges, their RA is nothing more than an under qualified police man, patrolling the halls for illegal activities and reciting the student handbook like a priest from Monty Python.

We don’t play that here at Drury.

Now I will admit, not all of them are willing to have a make-up party in their residents’ dorms, but Drury’s RA staff is composed of some of the most creative, down to earth, and intelligent people I’ve ever met. (I mean just look at Molly’s blog for proof of this.) And while student safety is their number one concern, there is a underlying attitude of respect between an RA and their residents here. And let me tell you, that is something special.

Thanks for being a good sport Steven.

And thanks to Drury’s RA staff for everything you guys do.

 

 

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Naps on Naps on Naps

March 9, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

It’s common knowledge that getting a good nights rest is the key ingredient to a successful day. In an ideal world, everybody would get the required 8 hours of sleep and be on their merry way. However, in the real world, a good nights rest is often the first to be sacrificed in order to study for that midterm of yours, or finish that project you procrastinated on, or to make it through your 18th play through of Skyrim (don’t act like that last one’s just me).

The point is, life has a way of getting in the way of your body’s need for sleep. So what’s the alternative? Evening siestas my friend. Just

“When do you want to stage a counter attack sir?”
“We attack when they least expect it….after I take my evening nap.”

ask Salvador Dali, Napoleon Bonaparte, or Winston Churchill. They’ll tell you naps are the key to a sound mind and body, oh and afterwards tell me how you managed to contact the dead. We may need to have a talk.

According to the Harvard Health Letter, a quick 20-30 minute nap greatly improves your alertness. In fact, a recent study even found that naps were a more effective way to combat evening fatigue than caffeine! Naps allow your body replenish its energy naturally and can even alleviate psychological distress. But be careful, with great sleep comes great responsibility.

Napping beyond the recommended 20-30 minute period can result in what’s called sleeping inertia. This undesired side effect of napping leads to grogginess and fatigue leaving you feeling even more tired than you were before the nap. There’s a long list of biological factors and scientific stuff that goes into explaining this phenomena, but I see sleeping inertia like this.

Your body: Hey I’m tired. Go to sleep.

You: Ok, body. I’ll take a nap. You’ve earned it buddy.

*3 hours later*

You: Alright, now let’s go to class shall we?

Body: Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, what are you doing? We need at least five more hours to get a good nights sleep!

You: Oh silly body. I wasn’t sleeping, that was just a nap!

Body: … You will pay for your trickery…

Thank you, Thank you, I’ll be here all week. So now that you’ve got a rundown of how your body thinks, remember these three things.

1. Naps aren’t just for lazy people, some of the most revolutionary thinkers on earth were avid nappers.

2. Naps are better (and cheaper) than caffeine .

3. Limit your naps to 30 minutes or less so your body doesn’t think you’re committing to a full 8 hour resting period. Nobody likes a tease.

And now I’ll leave you guys with the best video ever. Have a great weekend!

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3 Things You Need To Know If You Want A Job.

March 3, 2013 in Dallas' Posts

Whether you are wanting to join an academic club, land that dream job/internship, or be inducted into the prestigious circle of talented Drury Unscripted Bloggers (spots are opening next year folks), you can count on having to endure at least one interview.

Sometimes, interviews go smoothly and everyone leaves feeling happy and fulfilled.  Other times, interviewers like to throw a couple  curve balls your way and watch you freak out. You see, employers want to see initiative, creativity, quick thinking, and honesty in their employees.  The simple fact that you’re stuttering more than Elmer Fudd  over a loaded interview question has a way of portraying the exact opposite of these four qualities (trust me I’ve been there).

I-bade-bade-b-bel-believe wh-what sets me apart from uh-other p-p-p-people…

Luckily I’ve greatly improved in being interrogated…er…I mean interviewed so I’ve got some useful tips to help you put your best foot forward when comes to being asked a bunch of questions by strangers in an isolated room. Hold up, can someone please tell me the difference between an interrogation and an interview again?

First off, dress to impress. It’s always good practice to wear a nice outfit to an interview , even if dressing up isn’t  a specified requirement. This being said, you don’t need to wear a tuxedo when applying to be cashier at Lowes, but keep it classy with a nice shirt at least. Sweatpants, ripped jeans, bro tanks, tummy shirts, yoga pants, and clear heels all have a way of saying I’M UNRELIABLE AND I’M PROUD OF IT! WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T HIRE ME. It’s a psychological thing I think.

What Not To Wear: Job interview edition

OK

Now on to the questions.

Like I said before, sometimes interviewers don’t play nice.  Sometimes they ask you next to impossible, often personal, questions that require at least four hours of Coldplay in a dark room to create the amount of introspective thought to answer such a question. Unfortunately you don’t have four hours. Instead, You’ve got a three second tolerance for awkward silence and about eight seconds worth of word salad.

All jokes aside, there are a couple of questions that you’ll want to prepare for before an interview. Some of these questions include, “What do you want to do after college?” “What was your biggest failure in life and how did you overcome it?” “Name a few reasons why we should hire you.” and “Tell us a funny joke” (I’m totally serious about the last one. I was just asked that last week).

A whole list of these types  of questions can be found by just googling “Hard interview questions” so if you just sit down one day and come up with a few creative answers, you’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way. Also just a heads up, “I don’t know”  isn’t an acceptable answer. Neither  is “Everything you know is a lie. Reality as we know it is subject to change.”

Finally, I have one last tip and this one is pretty well known. When your interviewers ask “Do you have any questions for us?”,

ALWAYS say “yes”. Asking a  few questions at the end of an interview can go a long way. First off, it shows you’re invested. It shows that

What is… the starting pay for this job?

you’re an intelligent human being with legitimate interest in the job you’re applying for, and not some humanoid robot made by the Russians specifically to answer interview questions.

Secondly, it shows your confidence. While you always want to be respectful to your superiors, there is no need to be scared of them. Asking a question is a small way of portraying this to your interviewers. Also,  asking questions is a great way to transform an interview into a conversation and not an interrogation.

Alright class let’s review,

  1. Dress nice
  2.  Prepare
  3.  Ask questions

Do these three things in your next interview and I guarantee you’ll see results! Also, mention that you read this article to any of your potential employers. I’ve got business connections all over this town.

 

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