Next Episode: Rez-life & Track
For those of you who don’t know, I was a Resident Advisor for the last two years in University Village. It was an AMAZING experience and with all the things I have done around campus, I feel I grew the most from it. I absolutely LOVED Res-Life and my residents (shout out to all those reading right now!). There’s something about seeing them struggle and lending them that helping hand, and then hearing “Oh Em Gee, you Saved my Life!” that just makes me feel amazing! I love helping and having the chance to be people’s hero. Maybe it was all those comic books and super hero tv shows that I watched as a kid.
However, two years of it just slightly burns you out. Being a complete servant, right on the front lines, so much fun, and gives you so much experience, but I didn’t feel that with this year, as busy as it was, that I would be able to give it my all without burning out. So instead of helping all of the residents, I decided I wanted to focus my efforts on helping the RA’s. So I applied for the Res-life intern position. This job put me in the place of Batman. When I was an RA, I was Superman on the front lines, but now I drifted behind the scenes, sat in my bat cave, and worked on helping out that way. To me, it was the perfect way to still help out around campus, and still focus on my own work. I got to work on a few posters, some post cards, took pictures with Santa, and more. It was and still is a great job, and next semester I hope to have time to put forth more effort into it, since the hard parts of school are already done.
Track & Field was a mess for me this semester. I somehow developed some sort of prolonged sickness when I was ill last year, and it clogged up my breathing passage. It wasn’t until halfway through the semester that I actually realized something was wrong an went to our on campus health center. They did some tests and found out that my breathing passage was only open at about 70%, making it harder to breath and making me tired all the time. I got a special inhaler and have felt 10 times better ever since.
As you saw in my post about Yosemite, our team this year is a rather close one. It is great to see the chemistry out there in practice, and I actually got a chance to go on a bonding road trip to our Cross Country Nationals in order to cheer them on. I am really excited to see what next semester will bring when season starts.
To Be Continued…
Oh it feels so good to actually have time to blog to you all, I have been wanting to all semester but as you can see by my title, it has been one crazy, busy, action packed, glorious semester. This will be part one of, I’m thinking, a 4 part blog post.
This Semester started out rather interestingly.
You see, this is my 5th year at APU. This is second Senior Year, and this was going to be quite a difficult semester. On top of that, it was to be my Girlfriend’s (***Spoiler: My now Fiancé, but more on that later) first semester at the school period. I was going into my 8th Semester at IMT (11th if you count Summer) and my 5th Off Season of Track. Oh, did I mention I am one of the Res-Life Intern/Pink Lady/Blue Boys of the Semester? Yes, All of that on my plate and a 20 page Senior Sem Paper on the horizon, I was ready to pound into this semester.
I’ll start off with the subject of class. I took Graphic Design 4, Web Design, Senior Seminar, Photo Processes and Analytical Inquiry. What is Analytical Inquiry you ask? Well, it is equivalent to College Algebra. Yes, I am one of those who not only waited until his Senior Year to take Math, but I waited until my second Senior Year… (Note to incoming Freshman… DON’T DO THAT!) However! This class is the practical application version of College Algebra, which ended up being an AMAZING class to have right before going into the real world. I learned how to do my taxes, learned how to buy a car and make adequate payments on it, and learned how to save money. It was a fantastic class and way more useful than College Algebra.
Graphic Design 4 with Becky was fantastic as always. We got to create our own work, but in a professional way. I created and thought of a company (which I will not disclose in this blog, it’s confidential at the moment, but you may see it someday) and went ahead and did a lot of professional work on it. Web Design speaks for itself if you visit http://Staphon.com. I learned a ton (and am actually currently scheduled to meet with a client soon to discuss doing a site for them.). Photo Processes involved me taking tons of photos on my iPhone and proving that it is a great way to take pictures, even though it is not a professional camera. More at http://chasingstaphon.blogspot.com
Senior Sem was not my favorite class of the semester, however, I really enjoyed my topic which had to do with finding christian ethics and morals in the fictional heroes of modern media. In essence, it explained how when watching shows like Superman, reading books like Harry Potter, or reading comics about spiderman can ultimately influence children in the right way because they are learning amazing morals due to the hidden religious aspects of each medium. I was able to interview some amazing people (Like B.J. Oropeza, Editor of the book The Gospel According to Super Heroes Who also happened to be my Romans and Galatians teacher 2 years ago, and Scott Rosen, Author of chapter 5 of the book and our Marshburn Research Librarian.) and got to read some fantastic books on the subject.
To Be Continued….
Next Episode: Rez-life & Track
This past weekend, our APU track team went up to Yosemite for a retreat. This is my 5th year going and… you know what, here is a video blog about the whole trip!
This was my first time doing a video blog, sorry about the quality, I’ll get it right on the next run for sure! But I think you got the general idea of what happened.
Aside from the hike, we had a lot of team bonding experiences, including a worship session around a bon fire on Star Rock under a full moon and a bajillion and two stars up above us. It will definitely be another great memory added to my chapter covering the last 4 years being on the APU Track Team.
Welcome back APU!
I’m so very excited to have you all back, and for you newcomers, I’m glad that you are here period! For you perspective students, hurry up and graduate high school or get off the fence on your decision to join our ranks or not because we are waiting impatiently for you all to get here.
Well, it was quite a summer here without you all. Summer is always a bitter sweet time, everything is so quiet, and only staff and some faculty and student workers scattered around everywhere. Its definitely different than the rest of the year, hands down! An upside is that there are parking spots as far as the eye can see! Haha. It can get lonely at times, but the relationships that you build with the people you are still here with become tighter than you could every imagine.
For those of you who don’t know, I am the Media and Design Manager for IMT Student Services, So this summer I was here working on a bunch of different projects and getting ready for you all to come back!
But the beginning two weeks of summer were spent studying abroad in London!
To give you a taste of what it was like, here is an excerpt from my Summer Blog about it.
“Day 2 in England
Day Two in England physically hurt getting up for.
Man, this Jet lag is killin’ my vibe, but it was definitely worth it!
So I got up and stumbled into the bathroom and fumbled with the knobs and dials in the shower… there were a lot more than I had anticipated.
My 3 minutes shower turned into a 12 minute crash course on British water works.
Finally Rik and I got downstairs and went to breakfast in our hotel. It was actually REALLY good! But as you may or may not know, I enjoy eggs of all kinds so that wasn’t too hard.
We took the tube down to the train station and then took the train to Salisbury (yes, like the steak… EXACTLY like the steak)
Once we got to Salisbury, we got on a double decker bus and took the far too narrow streets down through beautiful green and amazingly yellow (due to flowers) fields until we hit the top of the hill and low and behold arrived at Stone Henge!
This place was like nothing I had ever seen before, It was a bunch of rocks, yet it was so curious and in such an order that one could not help but drop a jaw and oooh and aww (Props to Dr. Seuss for my rhyming skills) I have a theory that someone from the future went back in time and used advanced technology to lay the stones the way they were just to play a prank on us… I’d do it!”
Here are some pictures I took while I was there.
Since I was there taking a photo class and an art history class, I HAD to take a lot of pictures and I HAD to go to a lot of museums. Was it worth it, YES, it definitely was. Especially since part of the trip included us going to Paris, France!
It was such a blessing that I got to study abroad at all, seeing as how I am on the track team, doing something like that would have seemed near impossible! But APU has so many different programs that not only was I able to go to London this summer, but 3 summers ago I was also able to go to Japan, though not with APU but more a program that I heard about in my Japanese Class my freshman year here.
But now, summer is over, and its time to start off a new year, my Super Senior Year! It should be quite an interesting year and I am looking forward to every bit of it.
This is the year I was supposed to graduate.
But I feel like going one more, a victory lap.
It’s been interesting watching my friends who I grew up with here, those same friends that I did crazy things with as a freshman, fill out their intent to graduate forms, picking up graduation gowns, moving on with life after college. Yet they seem to be at the same place I am.
Unsure, scared, but excited!
I always looked at school as a a huge mountain. Every year since kindergarden, you climb just a little higher. I never realized what was at the top, but I knew it had to be fantastic!
I’d like to think that at the top is a parasail. God is up there, he says “Well done, now jump! Trust me.” and then we have a decision to make. I like how well APU has trained us to follow Proverbs 3:5&6 and to trust in the Lord, and it prepares us to take the leap and follow him wherever he wants us to go after this. Our lives are for him and in the last 4 years, if we have learned anything it’s this:
Congratulations class of 2010! You’ll all do amazing things!