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    Reflecting on my COVID Semester

    On May 26th the stay at home order was supposed to be fully lifted, but that came early thanks to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. I want to get back to my life as much as anyone but lifting the order and being able to leave my house brings considerable fear of the unknowns. Interacting with people has changed drastically. People are cautious and awkward about any human interaction they have now. Even though the order was lifted, things have not been the same. I miss many interactions I used to have, like being able to hug a person I haven’t seen in a while or being close to others. COVID-19…

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    The Spring of Isolation

    When Salem and I left campus for spring break on March 13th, never for a second did I think we would be staying home until August. My family had planned to go to Florida for a much needed beach vacation.  We figured we would come back relaxed, recharged and ready to finish out the year. Not being able to return to campus has been incredibly disheartening for me because the second semester was my breakout semester. I was finally coming out of my shell, I was going to parties, having fun with a social group, and really immersing myself in the college lifestyle. Now I’m confined to my house, taking…

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    Surviving College Through Friendship and Kindness

    I’m finishing my third week of classes and I thought it would be a great time to write a new blog post about two things that have become very important to me. Friendship and kindness, not that weren’t always important but after surviving my first semester at College I realized just how important friendship and kindness are. Princess Diana once said,  “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you”. I started the semester on cloud nine and ended it exhausted and disheartened. All the time, that quote kept running through my head.…

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    Learning to Love Myself

    Those of you who have read my previous blogs know that the past year brought fun, excitement, new experiences and some serious struggles to my life. Those struggles made me question everything, what I said, what I did, how I looked at myself. I became my worst enemy and convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough or smart enough, I didn’t deserve happiness or a committed relationship. Fortunately for me, I had a few good friends that stood by me and didn’t let me self-destruct completely. The Saturday after finals I was having breakfast with one of those friends when she told me to pick a word to go by…

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    The Top Ten Valuable Lessons I Learned This Semester

    1.) The Roommate that Wasn’t  So, finding a roommate was my first college challenge.  I joined the Facebook group and started talking to people. Right off the bat I clicked with someone who I thought would be the perfect roommate. We became immediate friends and she liked my cat, Salem. Unfortunately, she had a chronic illness which did allow her to be around cats all the time. That meant I had to look for another roommate. By this time, most people had found roommates. Like for me, Katie had not. We texted and met in person and knew we would be great friends. Unfortunately, she became horribly homesick and decided…

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    Mental Health is a Journey

    So I feel like I’ve had struggles with mental health most of my life, but I didn’t know it. People said I overthink everything, stop worrying.  It’s all in your head, I don’t see why your upset. You’ll be okay, you always are. But, that’s not reality. Mental health issues don’t just flare up and go away.  They may be hidden for awhile, but sooner or later something will trigger them. All your fears and insecurities come rushing back. As I look back on my journey, you might find you had similar experiences and feelings but you didn’t know why. I have fond memories of grade school. I was a…

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    Top Ten Things I took out of Edu-130

    Gratefulness Equals Happiness The topic of gratefulness equals happiness stuck with me throughout the semester. There is so much to be grateful, especially the people I met and the memories I made. Something I learned is you need to stop and smell the roses. Time goes by fast and you need to enjoy the time you have. By being grateful for the little things you get happiness from that.  Village Project I went into the village project feeling pretty uneasy and nervous about what was going to happen. I grew up in a pretty suburban school with little diversity.  I was raised in a nuclear family and my parents did…

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    Week in my Learning: October 16th to October 30th

    In this blog post I’m going to take some time to reflect on what I learned through the process of village project. I went into this experience pretty nervous, and didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I grew up in a rural community, very little diversity, and given lots of opportunity. Coming into this school it started off a bit rocky, because I was a stranger to these kids. These kids had to learn to trust me, and I wanted them to like them. One of the biggest lessons I learned was patience and flexibility. I like structure and being in this afterschool program things were always changing.…

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    A Week in my Learning: October 27 to November 2

    Learning Through Touring The Green Bay Area This week we did something different in the Village Project. We took two field trips which I found to be impactful.  The field trips that were taken were to the New Zoo, Heritage Hill and the Children’s Museum. I switched off between helping with the tourism and the art group. For the students, it was an incredible opportunity.  The kids in the afterschool program at Fort Howard School do not come from families of means so in many cases, these kids would not be able to go to the New Zoo, the Children’s Museum or Heritage Hill. At the Children’s Museum they learned…

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    A Week In My Learning: September 29 – October 5

    Finding a Connection Through Art This week my most impactful learning experience was finding a connection through art in Village Project. I saw a little girl drawing, and I went over to her and asked her some questions about art. One of the questions I asked was, “Who is your favorite artist?”.  Her response was Van Gogh and she told me her favorite painting was Starry Night. This was shocking to me because Van Gogh has always been my favorite artist and I have found such beauty in Starry Night. She went on to tell me about both how her parents being artist and how she wanted to be an…

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