Archive for January, 2013

Reading and Living MLK

Laura Jablonski back to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, on his day, the day in which we officially recognize him as a great leader year after year. While Dr. King is best known for advocating civil rights as well as peaceful civil disobedience, little known facts about Dr. King make his success all the more impressive. At the time he received the Nobel Price Peace Prize, he was the youngest person to do at age 35. He wrote five books as well as countless articles published in magazines and newspapers. He gave over 2,500 speeches in his travels.

But Dr. King’s didn’t intend to be impressive, he wanted to advance social change. Think on that… Your own goals, what you do with you studies, free time, and other involvements… Do you do these things to impress others or work toward a greater goal? This is only one of many ways we can relate Dr. King’s life to our own, to apply his drive and progressivism toward our own goals.

This where I turn to ask you: When’s the last time you used Creighton’s library? No, I’m not asking the last time you sat inside the place to study. When’s the last time you checked out a book to read not for class, but for your own personal interest? I can’t remember, either. I’ll tell you one thing: Dr. King is worth knowing a lot about. The peace he practiced is worth understanding and implementing in our daily lives.

Enter the “Martin Luther King” in the library search and thousands of results come back. Go there today and check out one of his own works or what others have written about him. It’s not enough to simply nod in recognition to him on his dedicated day. Today is a day we celebrate peaceful action and equality for all. Those are the gifts Dr. King gave us, as well as countless others. Start reading and share his gifts to those you meet today and every day.


Avoiding the Senior Slump

Being a second semester senior, I can feel the temptation to let yourself go. Forget about all of the schoolwork and focus on other things. I do not think that moving your priorities when you have reached a second semester senior is exactly wrong. In just a few short months all of us will move on with our lives, move on to new jobs, the real world, or go to our different choice of graduate school. Some of us will be starting out a whole new life here in a very short time. We will be having to pay bills, deal with finances that were not a part of our daily lives until this time. This will be a very large change for all of us and before this real world comes, I say we enjoy our college lives!

I have always been a proponent of getting the most out of your college experience, and I encourage this even more when the end of college is close. I am not trying to say that we should start to behave in ways that are irresponsible or dangerous, but simply have fun. It is too easy to simply stop caring about our grades and school. To give up and not care is the easy way out, not challenge yourself in your last bit of college. All four years of college are needed to develop one’s self, not just three and a half years. I feel as though one should finish school as you started it, working hard and doing your best. However, we legitimately only have a few months left in being able to hang out with friends. A few more months before the real world responsibilities hit. I whole-heartedly believe that we need to take advantage of this time left. Go on a spring break trip! Go over to your friend’s house or apartment on that random night more often!

Your senior year is something that should not be wasted. Our time in college is fleeting and this is our last hurrah before we leave for good. Do not shirk your responsibilities, do not blow off your classes, but enjoy the last few days and have a damn good time doing so.

Trent Rogers

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Residence Life

1. There is a new RD in Swanson. Everyone should go meet Matt Nelson!

2. There is a fish at the Swanson desk. Go meet Mac!

3. Deglman used to be a men’s residence hall.

4. There are board games behind the front desks.

5. Each building has different carpet.

6. Other staff members, like Dr. Wayne Young Jr. and Allison Taylor, used to be Resident Directors at Creighton.

7. IRHG is the reason why there are recycling bins in each room.

8. Kenefick does not have a labeled 13th floor.

9. Each residence hall puts on an all campus program. Be looking for them!

10. If you are an RA, you get a free meal plan. Yum!

11. Many of the buildings have new washers and dryers! Yay clean clothes!

12. The furniture in your room is marked, so Residence Life knows where it goes, and if you remove it.

13. The Residence Life office is located in Swanson Hall.

14. The Lieben Center for Women is located in the bottom of Degleman Hall.

15. Kenefick Hall has the fastest elevators.

New Semester, New Mentality

Hi everyone! You’ve heard from me before on here, but once again, my name is Kristyn Angsten and I am senior a RA in Swanson. I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing break. But now, we’re all back here on campus and hopefully prepared for a new semester! I’m sure you’re excited to be back and to see those friends that you had to say goodbye to for a month. Hopefully some of you missed your RA, too 😉

Well, for one of the first blog posts of the semester, I wanted to talk a little about our mentality heading into this second semester. As a senior, this is the last time I will be returning from a long break to complete yet another academic term. I know how it’s nice to feel refreshed and ready for a new semester, but I have learned that can sometimes wear off fairly quickly. You may or may not have learned that, too. Sometimes, we intend on staying up to date (or ahead) with our school work and tasks, but it’s so easy to start procrastinating right away. We tell ourselves, “it’s the beginning of the semester, I’ll have plenty of time to get x or y done.” Well, having learned from experience, I would just like to offer a bit of advice to everyone to use that motivation you have at the beginning of the semester to your advantage. Start your readings, assignments, etc. as soon as you can. You will surely appreciate that in the future. Be sure to reward yourself, of course, but make sure not to reward yourself before you have done the things you’re supposed to do. You have the power to control that amount of stress you could potentially feel mid-semester. At that point, we sometimes feel we deserve a little break to get away from that stress, even though we know how much we have to do. So, why not prepare? Start studying during this first week of classes. Did you get an assignment today? How about doing it tonight?

I will share with you a few study habits that I’ve been using since I started college. First, I do my best to never save an assignment for the night before it’s due. This is usually possible in most cases since most courses have a syllabus. If you wait until the last minute, you never know what could come up in those few hours you save to do an assignment. Plus, the sense of accomplishment for completing an assignment a little early is great. Another habit I have is to make sure I do my homework on Friday night (or whatever the first night of the weekend is) so that I will have the rest of the weekend free once I’m done. If I finish everything in time to hang out with my friends on Friday night, that’s great and I then have the entire weekend left. Trust me, it’s beneficial.

I hope I haven’t rambled too much. Overall, I just want to remind you how important it is to stay motivated and to use that “new semester” energy to your advantage.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve gained something from this.

Until next time,