504 All-Americans!

This past Saturday I spent my evening admiring all who have helped execute a tremendous milestone in Christopher Newport’s track and field program. 504 student-athletes have gotten the chance to receive the honor of being an All-American athlete. As a result of this monumental experience, the team, coaches, alumni and our president, Paul Trible came to the Ferguson Center for the Arts for a ceremony honoring them.

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We started off the ceremony with our president making great remarks saying: “When I came to CNU 21 years ago, I quickly realized there was a rich athletic tradition, headed by the powerful track and field program.” I thought that was pretty cool hearing him say all this about us. It was super cool being recognized for what we have accomplished throughout these years!

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Afterward, we had a combination of chicken, beef and some vegetarian options accompanied with a salad, and a tasty dessert to top it all off. The whole experience was so put together and so inspirational. It was so cool seeing some of the track and field alumni come back to celebrate as well! Experiences like this are something I’ll always have fun talking about!

What to do When You’re Sick

When you apply for colleges and start getting ready to move out of the room you’ve lived in since you were little, the last thing on your mind is being sick away from home. Honestly, you’re far more nervous about how you’ll transition or deal with separation or time management or even just classes. To tell you the truth, one of the most difficult things about your first semester is that you’re probably going to get sick. A lot.

Getting sick is the inescapable truth of college. You’re going to be living with 40 other people, who interact with easily 100 people a piece each day, who then come back do your dorm sweet dorm. Once one of your hall-mates catches something, you’ve got a good chance of catching it from them.

I spent my first month of college cycling through every illness imaginable – I seemed to catch everything everyone on the hall picked up. Amazingly enough, my roommate somehow managed to live with me, take care of me and not pick up any of the illnesses. So, here’s a list of things to do to prevent getting sick and to do if you do become sick.

  1. This one is obvious, but wash your hands. Wash them before you eat, before you touch your face, before anything. If you’re by a sink, wash them. You’re sharing a campus with 5,000 people and therefore you’re sharing all of their germs.
  2. Actually take your vitamins. Find a great multi-vitamin (just have your parents send you some) and take it every day. Make it a part of your morning or evening routine.
  3. Sleep. Please, please sleep. Not only is this going to help you in practically every area of your life – academics, social interactions, etc. – but it will keep you from getting sick or becoming even sicker than you already are.
  4. If your roommate is sick, do what mine did – walk to a nearby store and buy some sort of germ-fighting spray and take the time every day to wipe down the surfaces of your room. It’s a simple, five-minute chore that truly helps you from catching what even the person in your own room has.
  5. Tell your teachers. Get a feel for whether or not what is happening in class during the week would be dire to miss, and gauge how they feel about you missing a class or two. Sometimes the best idea is to not push it.
  6. If your teacher’s response to number 5 is positive, get ahead on homework. Read the online materials posted for the class you missed, take notes, start working away at projects and essays and knock out any homework that you have the ability to do. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.
  7. Finally, eat a lot of soup. I’m a vegetarian, so unfortunately this doesn’t apply to me, but Regattas has chicken noodle soup at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Take advantage of this, and feel blessed that you have this option. It’s the ultimate sick-food, right?
  8. Tis’ the season for the flu, so remember there’s always the option to get your flu shot! You can usually get this for free, so if you’re not opposed to it, go get it before the flu gets you.

Have a great week, and stay healthy!

Back on Track!

Today is the day Christopher Newport University’s track athletes got a chance to finally showcase their growth over the course of the year. We finally got a true measure of how hard we have worked all summer. All the heavy lifting and workouts have brought us here on the track to test our strong legs, and even stronger minds.

runningMondays are already exhausting as is, so I really couldn’t tell you why track athletes choose to purposely exhaust themselves in a physical aspect, so with that being said, yeah, we are kind of crazy. We went full throttle on our first day of practice with an intense but, “fun” workout. It was hard, I won’t lie, but we all came together as a group and pushed each other so that we were all getting the same benefits.

Once the actual test was over each and every one of us talked about how different it is running on an indoor track and how our legs felt like noodles after the workout. But in the end, I think we can all agree that we are on track for an amazing season!

Glow!

Christopher Newport University’s a cappella groups hold one of the highly anticipated events of the year: Glow in the Darcappella. Glow is one of the many unifying events held on campus each year. Held in the beautiful Ferguson Center for the Arts main concert hall, a cappella groups: Take Note, Expansion, Trebled Youth, Extreme Measures, University Sounds and Newport Pearls hit the stage for a black-light performance.

Once in the concert hall, lights go down and black lights turn on. For the past few years, Hypnotic Control, Christopher Newport’s hip hop dance club, takes center stage. Dressed in all black and accents of neon, their performance makes for a  perfect opener to an evening of showcasing Christopher Newport’s most talented students.

As a professional singer (in the shower), every year I am blown away with the talent of my peers. A few of my best friends are in a cappella groups and commit hours every week to arranging, practicing and performing their rendition of songs.

It is incredible the amount of work that goes into arranging one song! One of the best moments as a friend is getting to see how hard they work and then to see them thrive on stage. I get to support my friends in doing something that they love and we, as the audience, get to experience an incredible full-blown concert. I love being able to support all their hard work during the semester and being able to show case that to our peers and the public.

This event is so creative in its performances and in how it encourages all of the Christopher Newport community to attend. It shows just how supportive the faculty and staff are when I was able to see professor after professor coming just to support students. There is something intrinsically special that a professor would give up their night to support a student they may only know for minimum 16 weeks.

Yet again, I find myself so thankful to go to a university that encourages community outside of the classroom as well as faculty and staff who genuinely care not only about us academically, but care enough to see us thrive elsewhere.