I remember when I was incoming freshman like it was yesterday rather than just last year. I had to go register for classes during the summer. I decided to go just two days after I graduated. When I first got there, everyone was ushered into a room in DCOM, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. There were a few people explaining finances, UACT classes, and student assistance. It was very beneficial to pay attention because I learned a lot about how I was going to be living for the next few years. From DCOM, all of the groups got separated and sent off with their advisors. I went into Avery, where I sat in a room with my advisor and a group of students and made up a schedule that I would follow my first semester of freshman year. It was a lot different than I was used to; I always had an excessive amount of assistance when I was signing up for classes in high school. This time, I had so many choices, I couldn’t decide which class to take, what time to take it, or which professor I wanted to teach it. I suppose the first schedule was the hardest to make. After the first, the rest of the schedules would be easier to conjure up. I made more upper classmen friends who would help me decide what teachers would comprehend better, and what classes might be extremely hard. This also helped me push myself harder. When I found an easy class, my friends told me that it would be too simple and to try something that would push me a little harder.
Although summer is an extremely busy season, each incoming freshman has to find the time to go to LMU to sign up for their classes. I know how it is though; laying around the pool, going to rehearsal, maybe a few dates with friends, that sort of thing. Not only is it required for all incoming freshman, it is required for me to attend one as well. As a Lincoln Ambassador, I have to attend at least one registration. As a member of Zeta Tau Kappa Sorority, I am urged to attend registration at least once. Doing the math, I am to attend at least two registrations over the summer. For all of my readers who have to go, there are three registrations left. They are spaced out well so you can make plans to attend.
Friday, June 08, 2012 at 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday, July 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
So, while you are spending your summer out by the pool or in front of the TV, make a plan to travel up to LMU for your registration date! It’s a very important event for all of the incoming freshman! As for the students who are coming back, you should have already signed up for classes. I’m glad to be home for the summer, but I’m already looking forward to moving back to my home away from home.
This summer I am doing a musical with the Tennessee Valley Players. They are a theatrical company in the Knoxville area. A few Mondays ago I received a phone call informing me that they would like me to be in the show. Like with shows at LMU, this cast has a wide variety. There are high school students, choral directors, elder folk, and grad students. One of the cast members saw my LMU shirt and asked about my school. He then informed me that he attends Lincoln Memorial’s Nursing School in Knoxville at the Cedar Bluff location. He said he liked to be closer to home but still get the benefits of college while he works toward his B.S. in Nursing.
I am blessed by my God to be able to act, sing, and dance, so I must thank Him for my ability to be on stage. However, if it weren’t for the show I did with Railsplitter Playhouse on Lincoln Memorial campus, I wouldn’t have been able to be in “Of Thee I Sing” with the Tennessee Valley Players because I don’t know the cast members or the director. This show, “Oklahoma!”, helped me become a more outgoing person. Before I auditioned for this show, I would not have been comfortable doing a show where I didn’t know almost the whole cast. It was my first as a stranger, and I enjoyed every minute of it. At the beginning, I was afraid to audition because I was afraid that the director wouldn’t like me and not want me to be in the show. My roommate listened to my fear and told me to audition anyway. She told me that I wouldn’t know until I auditioned. As I auditioned, I met quite a few new friends that would be in the show with me. Thanks to “Oklahoma!” I felt comfortable being in “Of Thee I Sing” where I didn’t know many people.
Although being recognized as a school is important, I also like telling upcoming juniors and seniors about my school. I began looking for colleges my junior year, so when I meet people who are about the same age, I introduce them to LMU. I constantly offer for them to come up and get a tour. I also encourage them to come for Railsplitter For A Day. That is the best opportunity to see what it is like to live on campus. I also tell them to have lunch or dinner in the Dining Hall. There is always enough delicious food for guests! In fact, I am trying to talk a few friends to come up with me next time I go up there so I can show them around LMU and Middlesboro. Middlesboro is the town right through the tunnel in Kentucky, and is where most of us college kids do all of our shopping and entertainment off campus. My friends like coffee about as much as I do so I want to take them to Shades Café. They will not be disappointed in the little local coffee shop where I spend so much time during finals week. When I get hungry after a late night of studying, my roommates and I will make a late night run to Taco Bell. I always enjoy these late night excursions because it is a time for me to spend with my sisters and enjoy a nice dinner.
One thing I have noticed since attending LMU is that almost everyone has heard of it. They hear it is a superb private university. Let me tell you, it is great to be a part of the LMU campus. Being able to walk around Knoxville and having people stop to ask me about my school makes me a happy Railsplitter! I say this because I definitely want people to know all about our school. For those who do not know very much about LMU, I try to teach them about my world. The more people who know about Lincoln Memorial University, the more people who may be interested.
Take this moment to think back to the beginning of this post. I would like to recruit an audience for my upcoming show. This summer, Tennessee Valley Players is doing “Of Thee I Sing” at the Carousel Theatre. There will be six showings of this comical musical and I am hoping to see some of my readers there to support us! I’m also hoping that some people will stay after to meet my new Cedar Bluff Railsplitter friend! After all, how exciting is it to meet a fellow LMU student away from campus?!
Let me begin by apologizing profusely for not updating my blog for three weeks. I know excuses are pointless, but I will say that preparing for finals week has been tolling on my mental status and time. Furthermore, I would have to look forward to the end. It is a bittersweet moment. Leaving for the summer means leaving behind some of my best friends for three months, but I’ll be super glad to get home to my family for a while. This time should be taken to look back and reflect some amazing things that have happened to me this past year.
To begin with, I am super blessed to have such amazing sorority sisters. They have become true family beyond being just friends. Although I am actually blood related to one, I feel as though they are all my blood relatives. Being a freshman at LMU, I feel a little lost with this life. Well, I felt a little lost. Now I know where most things are and how most things work. I have to thank my sisters a lot for this. They have been an extraordinary support system for me this year.
I should also look back to last semester. “Oklahoma!” was an amazing experience for me. During this time, I made a lot of new relationships with a wide variety of people. It was a hard semester for me. The class load was completely different than what I was used to. The scheduling was different, the classes were harder, and they seemed more important than my high school classes. The internal pressure was tough as I had to excel in all of the classes I had set on my plate. In the end, I ended up being able to do well, as I made Dean’s List for the first time.
This semester was a little more disorganized for me. Last semester, I had a set plan for everything I did. This semester, I had a lot more free time that I should have used to spend time studying and working on homework. It is possible that I would have been less stressed if I would have spent my time wisely and prioritized, but I can’t take back things; I can only fix them in the future.
The time I spent with the Kanto students was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in a while. Having them come home with me and meet all of my family was so interesting. I loved them to pieces and it broke my heart when I had to take them back to campus. I even went to their Sayonara Party. It was so heart breaking. My goal is to stay in contact with the two girls I brought home with me. Another good thing that happened this semester was making a spot for myself as a Lincoln Ambassador. LMU is an incredible school to attend, so I am looking forward to assisting LMU to be a better place and bring in more students! Hopefully some of them will be interested in the Greek Life.
As the semester closes, I must thank God for all of the amazing things that have happened this past year. It has been an amazing start to my college years. While I enjoy having fun, I am very focused on my studies. Again, I must apologize for my absence these past few weeks. I promise to try harder from now on. This blog has the potential to become something so much bigger than what it is now, and I can’t wait. Check back in next week!!
Each year, Lincoln Memorial University houses about 50 Japanese students from the Kanto International School. The student’s most exciting time is being able to stay at American families’ home for the weekend. They also get to visit local high schools, attractions, and live like a college student.
This past weekend I was able to take home two of the Kanto students. They came home with me on Thursday night and I brought them back after all of my Easter festivities were over on Sunday. Usually I wouldn’t just give a diary of the past few days, but I feel like I should explain how I spent my weekend with my new Japanese friends.
Thursday night was a little harder than I imagined. I had never spoken to any of the exchange students, so I figured they would speak English. When we got in the car and I started my nervous rambling, they just sat there staring and nodding. Then, I realized that they didn’t understand a word I was saying. My next question was, “Do you speak English?” They replied barely. On the car ride home I learned that they are two 16-year olds. Both have a sister, and one is afraid of dogs. This was great considering I have a 1-year old puppy at home. His name is Toby. The language barrier was hard for me to handle at first. I was hoping it would get easier; otherwise it would have been a very awkward weekend.
Good Friday seemed to be easier from the very beginning. I took them to lunch at the mall in Knoxville so they would have choices for food. From there, we dyed Easter eggs. They hadn’t done that in Japan. They are very crafty when it comes to food coloring and hard boiled eggs. That night, I took the girls and Jennah to a concert in the Old City in Knoxville. We saw a few great acoustic singers, including Ryan Clark! My new friends were glad when they could sing along to “Forget You.”
Saturday was, by far, my favorite day of the weekend. We went to a cookout then spent the remainder of the day shopping. We began at 1:30 in Turkey Creek, and then finished at West Town Mall at 7. The girls were adamant about going to Abercrombie and looking for Justin Beiber’s Perfume. One of the girls absolutely loves Justin Beiber. After shopping, we had a cookout with some of my dance friends. We ended up showing off our moves to my new Japanese friends. One of my new friends surprised us with her hip-hop. She performed three songs while the rest of us sat there slack-jawed. I’ve not seen anyone with moves like that in a while. She told us that she taught herself how to dance. Our jaws fell to the floor. She was an awesome hip-hop dancer.
Easter Sunday was a bitter-sweet day. Easter is an important day for me, but it was also the last day I got to spend with my new Japanese friends. I took them to my church for Sunday School and Worship Service. From there, we ventured to my uncle’s house for our annual Easter cookout. After eating, we gloomily went home to pack up my car and head back to LMU. It was a tearful goodbye as I dropped the girls off to their chaperone. I suppose it is always a hard one filled with promises to stay in touch. I am thankful for Facebook and Twitter, though, so we can keep in contact.
I learned a lot from housing the Kanto students. I hadn’t realized how different life would be. I introduced them to foods they had never heard of, and a holiday they had never celebrated. They loved the banana pudding we made for our cookout and I enjoyed learning words in Japanese. I now know that I could go to Japan and eat foods like pizza, bananas, and popcorn. I could also say “fun” in Japanese. That would be about as far as I could go with the Japanese language. I cannot wait until I can house more Kanto students. It was an amazing experience.
As though my other posts haven’t mentioned this enough, I seriously encourage you to go Greek! I have not been feeling well the past few days. Without my sisters and brothers, I’d still be laying in bed listening to Beethoven and cuddling with a stuffed animal. Yeah, I live a child-like life.
Last night I left class early due to a migraine headache. After coming directly to my cozy bed, Emilee, my sister and housemate, came in to check on me. She gave me some headache medicine and forced food and water down my throat. After she left the room so that I “could get rest,” I fell into a nice sleep. After an hour, I woke up and she fixed me dinner so that I could get some nutrients into my body.
Today, I have a sore throat. I was lying in bed when, all of a sudden, I hear my other housemate and sister, Kendra, yell for me. I walk into the hallway and see my brother, Stevie standing there with medicine. He, Emilee, and Kendra fixed me up with medicine and water and sent me back to bed.
Now, I sit here to tell you that this is not the only time they have taken care of me. All of my sisters have been there for me at one time or another. I try to be there for them just as often.
This one time when Emilee was sick, I made her sip on Gatorade and eat some Saltine Crackers. I learned that little trick from my mom and I am glad that I was able to make her feel a little better with her sickness.
I’m not saying that going Greek is the way to go for everyone. I’m just saying that everyone should think about it. I have posted more about the Greek Life on LMU’s campus, but just for a little reminder, I will gladly repeat it again.
There are three sororities and three fraternities on campus. Each sorority goes with a certain fraternity. Here is the breakdown:
- Delta Theta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Zeta
- Kappa Pi Omega and Gamma Lambda Sigma
- Zeta Tau Kappa and Sigma Pi Beta
Each sorority does some sort of community service with their organization. While I am close to girls in each sorority, my sisters come out of the sorority that I joined last semester. The same goes for the girls in the other sororities. They would say the exact same thing.
There are many times when all the Greeks come together to put on something exciting for the campus or community. These include: lock-ins, dance parties, and concerts.
In fact, April 21st, there will be a concert/carnival in the park starting at 3 pm. There are 4 bands performing: Afterlife, Klashing Hearts, Ryan Clark, and the LMU Rock Ensemble. There will be face painting, food, drinks, and so much more. This only costs two dollars and is open to the LMU campus and the community. If you are reading this, you should definitely come. If you come, you should bring some friends and/or family.
These are just a few things to look forward to when going Greek. To find out more, take part in some of the Greek activities. I’ll try my hardest to keep you updated. Keep checking back for the countdown to the concert and more blog posts!! [: