Friday, May 11, 2012
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Posted by econners13 at 8:23 AM
Monday, April 30, 2012
This is my final term 3 at Elmira College, and so far, it has been a blast. Term 3 is a lot of fun because students have time to do things with friends in the area that they do not have time for during terms one and two. Since students are taking only 6 credits for term 3, we have time to relax, travel, and in my case, work more. I work half a mile from campus at Family Video, where I have worked all three years of college part-time. In term one this year, I even completed my required internship at Family Video where I was taught all aspects of management and operations of the store and the company for 260 paid hours. Now that I am taking only one class, I am working more hours to save up money for after-school expenses. I also plan to work for Family Video as a manager in training (MIT) in the Buffalo area after graduation, and then manage a store in the area. I am starting to get sad about leaving Elmira and the comfort of the "Purple Bubble" in just a few short weeks. It seems like just as soon as life settles down and becomes manageable, it takes another turn and becomes scrambled and hectic again. Hopefully the transition from full-time college student to full-time employee is not too much of a shock. I plan on spending my last few weeks at Elmira College with my friends, and co-workers enjoying their company both on and off campus and on and off the clock. Thinking about how much I have accomplished in the last 3 years seems unreal, and if I had the stack of papers and assignments I have completed placed in front of me at high school graduation, I would have never thought it was possible. The biggest lesson I have learned at Elmira College is that there really is no limit to how much one can do. I won't lie, there were times when my heart was racing as the midnight deadlines approached for freshman writing papers, and tears flowed from my eyes when I saw the clock at night and the list of things I had to complete before going to bed, and I was frantically chipping away at assignments during my short breaks between all 6 classes and part-time shifts. But somehow, everything was completed, and there was even time for some TV, naps, meals, outings, and hobbies in between. People are capable of how much they are willing to push for. It is OK to break down and freak out momentarily, and it will inevitably happen, probably more than once; but as long as you don't lose sight of the end reward, and just put your head down and get it done, you can do anything; absolutely anything.
Posted by econners13 at 8:59 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2012
20 minutes of yoga
- Video in the gym
- Treadmill jogging at 4.6 or greater or walking 7.0 incline at 3.0 mph
- Elliptical manual resistance at 10
- 4 sets of leg presses
- 4 sets of calf raises with weights
- 10 step-ups per leg carrying 40 pound weights
- 10 lunges per leg
- 4 sets of shoulder presses
- 4 sets lateral pull-down
- 3 sets of 30 second wall sits
Posted by econners13 at 11:14 AM
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Today is it, I have one more final in 2 hours, then I hand in my take-home final for night class, and I'm done. Done? I don't know when it will sink in, but after tonight, I only have a trip to Hawaii standing between me and my Business Administration degree. I have so many emotions now, it is hard to explain them all, but most of all, I am extremely proud of myself. Many people doubted that I would be able to complete college in 3 years, while working almost full time off-campus, but those people have motivated me the most these last 3 years, because I wanted to prove them wrong; and I did. Yesterday was one of the proudest days of my life, because my professor was handing out our last few graded papers as we sat down for our final, and when he came over to hand me my paper, he smiled, and shook his head, and said,"I have no idea how you did it, but you did it, it's over," and one of my papers he handed me had a little note on top that read,"Excellent paper Emily, and you did great work this term. You did it somehow and I had my doubts, but you proved me wrong for sure. Hope term 3 is no stress."
I thought to myself, 'These are the feelings I have worked so hard for the last 3 years to have,' and I even teared up a little as I started the final, overwhelmed with pride and sense of accomplishment. These last 3 years have been one hell of a roller coaster ride, but do not regret anything, and I would not change a minute of it. To the current students at Elmira, and the incoming freshman, I would say, there are times when giving up is very easy and tempting, but the end reward is worth every sleepless night, every word on every paper, and minute of being homesick. In times when you feel overwhelmed and like your drowning in an ocean of work and papers, remember to relax, stay organized, and take it one assignment at a time. One of my life mentors once told me, "The world is full of people who will tell you no, can't, too hard, not possible, too complicated ect. You have to remember that anything is possible if you have the strong enough desire to make it happen."
Posted by econners13 at 7:19 AM