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Time Management

Do not procrastinate. Pretty self-explanatory right? WRONG! It’s a little more than budgeting time to study outside of class as some would think, especially if you are an athlete or pledging a fraternity.

Couple tips and heads ups:

1. When you are done with classes go straight to the library, sit at a table and start getting that day’s work done. Don’t just wait till 6 that night to start, get it done the moment class is over.

2. For every hour spent in class aim to try and put an hour and a half additional study to that subject outside of any homework time you need to put it. Homework time does not necessarily count as studying always, depending on the material of the subject.

3. There is no going to a lecture or class and then taking the test and getting an A. It is as simple as that. Especially in the sciences.

4. In high school you could wait till Sunday to write a paper or do all the homework assigned for the coming Monday and Tuesday classes. Well at Wabash good luck with that sometimes. Have fun on the weekends, if you don’t you will wear yourself down even quicker than ever. Try to get as much done Friday afternoon and night as possible, then you can have the entire Saturday and much of Sunday to relax.

5. Sleep doesn’t exist, just a little forewarning. A good 8-9 hours will exist on some days, but be prepared to only have 4 hours or 5 hours of sleep multiple times in a week. Sometimes that is just how the cookie crumbles.

6. If you are in a sport and pledging a fraternity, then you should be prepared for other pledges who are not in sports to have things constantly done before you. The simple matter is you will have 2-3 hours minimum each day taken out do to a sport (which is so worth it! #RedpackSwagger #XC). Also, it’s difficult to balance things sometimes with school, sports, and pledgeship.

7. Read while you walk to class! There are 10 minute “passing” periods between schedule class hours, and every freshman will more than likely have a “small” book they have to read for at least one class. That period spent walking can cover at least an additional 30 pages a day and quickly add up over the period of the week. Just know how to use your time.

8. If you’re religious there tends to be a Tuesday service and a Mass on Sundays around 7pm. IF faith is important to you, then don’t miss Mass or a service because homework is pilling up. An hour out of the week for God is never wasted time.

Shout out to my friend Nathan Bode ’16, another blogger, who is a Wabash man that knows how to brighten anyone’s day. Also to Ryan Horner ’15, who you can always sit down and have a serious talk with and knows how to be compassionate.

WAF

The Long Run

First off this blog will be a little about distance running, a topic I know most people really don’t care about. But let it be known it’s not a running blog about how far we ran, what our average mile pace, was or any of the uber knowledge no one but runners care to read about. This is just a story of how ten Wabash Cross Country runners decided to leave rainy Crawfordsville at 7:30AM for rainy Lafayette to do our team long run of the week.

Boyer ’14 and Murphy ’17 getting their groove thing on

Boyer ’14, Boyce ’15, McManus ’14

Background knowledge for those of you think every run is a “long” run. A long run is by definition, a run during the week (typically a Sunday) that will make up 20-25% of the overall weekly mileage that one accumulates. For some on the team it is 9 to 11 miles, for others its 20 miles on Sunday alone. Also, it is probably one of the most fun runs of the week by far. “But he said some of them run between 11-20 miles? How could that be fun?!” Trust me it is. Its over an hour of running with your teammates and friends and getting to know them, makes jokes with them, and just have a good time. It is fun. The premise of a long run is to not go as fast as possible for the entire distance, but to keep a steady pace and allow the vast distance to strengthen the capillaries and blood flow of the body to increase endurance in a race.  

So here is what happened today. It was raining here in the western part of Indiana and every dirt trail you would think of to go do 11-20 miles on was more than likely too muddy to survive. Being the spirited and adventurous you Wabash men we are, 10 of use decided we still wanted to go up to Purdue as well planned earlier in the week. So a groggy forty-five minute car ride of blissful silence was how we embarked on our journey.  As we expected it was raining in Lafayette and would continue to rain over the rest of our time spent there. Now, myself and a few others had never really been around the Purdue campus, and Cole Hruskovich ’14 (of Central Catholic High School) led the way for the fist 11 miles to guide us.

While we had expected to see  a number of lovely ladies at that early hour, sadly we were mistaken and no one was going to be out walking in the rain. #WabashProblems. Instead, we spent the morning hitting the pavement of Purdue, running past the fraternities, and down Sorority Row (The Acres). We ran past other runners from the community throughout the workout, and at one point ran alongside one of our senior runner’s ex-girlfriend’s mother… awkward. Now runners are some of the best singers and most knowledgeable connoisseurs of movie quotes for those of you at home who don’t know any runners too closely. Now imagine ten soaking wet men in short shorts and singing Singing in the Rain in the rain. Next imagine the same men jumping in the large puddles as they present themselves in order to further soak the teammates around them. Also, we ran up and down almost a mile of parking structure just for the fun of it.

Best part of our adventure around the deserted campus was our run in of a cheer competition that had yet to begin. The indoor track at Purdue has two garage doors on the side of the building to move in and out larger items; both of which were open. Now, we only wanted a slight break from the rain at first, till we saw the cheerleaders… then we REALLY wanted a break from the rain. SOOO we may or may not have made a short lap around the 200 meter track full of women.

Afterwards all ten of us ran back to our parked cars to drop off the five of us who were done with our run and for the others to ditch their wet clothes and continue running. Of course, we proceeded to have a Brittany Spears dance party before we drove off. A dance party to which a few random cars saw the great talent of dancing so many young Wabash men possess.

It’s a little hard to fit all the jokes and things said that only young men find funny, but today’s run is definitely one of the greatest positives I’ve had at this school. This is a team that knows how to have fun, but also how be serious and gets shit done when it is time. This is what makes my Wabash great, this team, these guys, and the opportunity to be apart of something truly great.

WAF

Slowing Down

It’s been a slower week here at Wabash both in the classroom and outside. Certain days have been busy and other days have been slow; minus the homework that always needs to get done. But some updates on fraternity life!

This week all twenty-two pledges of the Psi Chapter at Phi Gamma Delta found out who our pledge fathers were this week! A very interesting experience to say at the least… Now, everyone is apart of a family of brothers within the chapter, and the pledge class seems closer than it has been to this point.

I ended up with my Pledge Father being the honorable Austin B. Jarrett ’15 this past week. Jarrett is a pretty cool guy to be around and knows how to be a rootin’ tootin’ Libertarian. Bang! Bang!

On a separate note Wabash Cross Country is traveling to Notre Dame today and tomorrow we head to Hanover for PreNats. If you’re in the neighborhood of either meet stop on by and support your Little Giants Redpack!

WAF

First Weekend Home

I had not been back at my own home in Logansport since August 19th, and it felt good to finally take a break and head home for the first time in over a month. Don’t get me wrong, Wabash is a great place, and I love every minute of it, but sometimes you just need a break and to sleep in your own bed.

This weekend I planned on only going home, sleeping, enjoying time with my family, and that was it… that did not happen. Instead, because I have no car here at college, my mother and younger brother drove all the way to Crawfordsville, had BDubs with me, and we all drove the almost two hour ride back home. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t beyond happy to see our dog greet me at the door, not knowing where I had been for over a month. My dad was already asleep at the late hour so I briefly announced I was home, and then set to devouring all food that was in the refrigerator. Boy’s gotta eat. Of course, gorged by my feasting, I was naturally tired and proceeded to head up to my bedroom for a much needed reuniting with Mr. Pillow and Mr. Blanket. However, I was instead met by a clean room, with no clutter, lack of mess, and a visible floor. I mean, it has only been a month, next my parents will have turned the room into a man cave.

Instead of sleeping in I decided to drive the forty-five minutes north to Culver Military Academy that Saturday morning for the annual Culver Cross Country Invitational. I planned to see my alma mater race, talk to friends from other schools still in high school, and hangout with my two Wabash teammates Ryan Horner and Mason McKinney.  So for the next 3-4 hours, the three of us spent our morning running back and forth during the race cheering on for those we knew and those possible prospects. It was a hot day for the conditions the Culver Invite is usually known for, and it was still a good race for all those involved. Shout out to all those who participated at the meet Saturday!

After, the three of us drove back to Logansport and partook and the deliciousness that is the homemade ice cream of Logansport’s Charbett’s. BUT the best part of the day was when I came home to find my older sister visiting with my niece and nephew. The rest of the night involved and influx of grandparents from both sides, siblings, three cousins, and aunt, and eventually our neighbors for a spontaneous bonfire and s’mores. A great night spent seeing family I dearly missed over the past several weeks. Tip: Those of you thinking about going to college at Wabash or anywhere else (why?), remember to talk to your family while you are here. People besides your mother and father miss you. If you have a brother, then they probably won’t care. Mine just sat and played Xbox while I was home;)

My first weekend home was great! Quite the need break from studies, however I did leave at 5AM on Sunday to make the 7:30AM long run practice on time. But the early rise was well worth the trip took to DePauw for our run at their quarry. Quite a beautiful place, even if it is part of THAT school down south.

Also, shout out to my grandfather as he turns, in his words, “Too old to even count anymore. HA HA HA HA HA.” He thinks he is quite the comedian.

Debate

I’m going to start this blog by giving a short background on myself that I have not put out yet, and as my blog goes on you will understand why I’m doing this, so judge the blog by this first section. Also, don’t think this is a blog on religious justification or a means to put one point more forth than the other.

As a child I was baptized and raised a Roman Catholic by my mother’s side, while my father raised me with the insights of his Methodist beliefs. I spent almost every Sunday of my childhood with a trip to 9:30 AM Mass, and then followed by over two hours of a service at my father’s Methodist church. So you can say I’ve always been exposed to both sides of the spectrum on Christian debate/collisions. While a “Cradle” Catholic, I never felt my views of faith or religion were based solely one side and one teaching. From this, I believe that choices I’ve made for myself in political views, moral views, and everything else has been define by deep thought, questioning, and study; not by simple presumptions or one-sided ideas.

So why am I bringing this up?

Today during an easy five mile run at cross country practice with three of my fellow freshman, one a fellow Phi Gamma Delta pledge, a spirited (not heated) debate arouse on what the Catholic Church stands for versus the doctrine of protestant sects of Christianity. That is all I will say about that, and that is all that is needed to say…

…Because now is the main point of my blog:

Wabash is more than learning in the classroom! Wabash learning, exposure to debate, and others beliefs and ideals does not stop at what the professor tells one in the classroom. Of course hoping they will write it down in their daily notes. For the most part, students here do not go to class each day, take notes, go back to their dorm or fraternity, and sit down and watch ESPN. That happens to some extent, but for the most part Wabash is not a school where learning and growing starts and ends in the classroom. Wabash is a school where, once class is done, discussion among peers begins. It is safe to presume that there are no simple answers to religious questions, political debates, or international disputes over resources, clean water, and food. But, it is safe to presume that life at Wabash will make you think about things differently, from different view points you didn’t ever know of, and allow you to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.