Spooky Season

It’s getting to be the time of year, spooky season. The time where leaves are changing color, the air is getting brisk, and tests are creeping up! Some call it spooky season because the three months we have of fall is also a three month long Halloween, but for college students, spooky season is test “season”. The same time leaves change, so does the pace of our classes. The first weeks of introduction and basic information are over. With test coming, so does anxiety for some people. Here are three ways to help avoid test anxiety: Continue reading


Grilling VisualGrilling is often times associated with summer or a dinner time celebration. But what’s more difficult for a college student, finding WHAT to grill or WHERE to grill? If you don’t live on campus, you really don’t have a grill, but once you find the grill, what do you grill? Chicken? Hamburgers? They all sound so good, but you want to show off your grilling skills for all the lady friends you have out there. But this link will direct you to a fantastic website on how to whip up some easy grilling recipes! I have decided to highlight my favorite two recipes and give you how to create them in a nutshell, just in case your mind isn’t back in the reading/college mindset yet.


Grilled Corn on the Cob: If done right is packed full of vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids, if your curious, check out this site to see all the benefits of corn! Steps:

1) Pour the water into a large pot, and stir the sugar and 1/2 cup salt together until dissolved. Place the ears of corn into the pot, and allow to soak at least 30 minutes. (Easy enough to do in the dorms)

2) Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

Remove the corn from the soak and grill the ears, turning every 2 to 3 minutes to cook the kernels on all sides. Brush the grilled corn with butter, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken: Grilled chicken is such a versatile, endless opportunity meal, chicken breasts are packed with protein and other essential vitamins and minerals, check out the nutritional information here. Steps:

1) Preheat the grill for medium heat.

2) In a shallow bowl, mix the mustard,honey, mayonnaise, and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount of the honey mustard sauce for basting, and dip the chicken into the remaining sauce to coat.

3) Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken over indirect heat for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until juices run clear. Baste occasionally with the reserved sauce during the last 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning!


Grilling in the dorms, or even off campus isn’t as hard as it sounds. One trip up to your room to prep the food and the walk of fame with the beautifully done food is all it takes. Planning, shopping and being ready to drool over the food will be the hardest parts.

“Success is a journey but we treat it like a place and it doesn’t make sense if you don’t you enjoy the ride.”

-Riley Pink



coffeeCollege students often have morning routines along with millions of others Americans.Whether that includes eating last night’s pizza leftovers, taking a cold shower because your roommates took all the warm water, or even wearing questionable clothes because you haven’t had a chance to do laundry yet. For many college students, including myself, mornings include lots of coffee, and this summer has been no different (took out “for myself”). But what is it about coffee that just gets us going: The Smell, The Caffeine, or The Taste? It differs across the board what it is to you. Coffee for me is arguably 1/3 of everything I drink, so what is it doing in terms of my health? I decided to look a little into what exactly coffee offers in terms of benefits or on the flipside, what is it harming?

According to coffeeandhealth.org, there are four main points which create an “overview” of coffee.


1) Aroma is defined as an odor whilst taste is the sense experienced by the tongue and describes sensations of saltiness, sweetness, sourness or bitterness. Flavor is a combination of both aroma and taste.


2) A large number of volatile compounds are associated with flavor in coffee, a smaller proportion of which are responsible for coffee aroma.


3) Experts define and describe the aroma and taste of coffee, generating profiles that differ according to type of coffee bean, geographical location, level of roasting and preparation method.


4) Drinking coffee provides a multisensory experience influenced not only by the type of coffee, preparation method, and any additions, but also by the environment including the drinking vessel.


When we wake up in the morning, we all want to feel that sense of alertness, but for most students we aren’t able to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep. So what relation does coffee have to that sensation? According to the website previously mentioned, “Caffeine’s ability to enhance alertness and sustain attention has been well documented. The primary mode of action of caffeine as a mild central nervous system stimulant is related to its action as an adenosine receptor antagonist. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that a cause and effect relationship has been established between a 75mg serving of caffeine and both increased attention and alertness.” SO put into human terms, for an average human being a 75mg serving of caffeine which roughly estimates to a cup of coffee (depending on roast, among many other factors) will result in both increased attention and alertness.

Coffee has so many other benefits, along with a few concerns that students should be aware of since it’s the lifeblood of us! Check out the article to learn about them all!

“Success is a journey but we treat it like a place and it doesn’t make sense if you don’t you enjoy the ride.”


-Riley Pink

Warhawk Alumni: Coming Soon!

213Warhawk Alumni: Coming Soon!

As I sit back and look at my class list this semester, it has hit me. I will be walking across the stage and moving out of Whitewater in 4 short months…WOAH. I realized that many of you may be in the same boat as me, so as I prepare myself for what is coming, maybe this will help prepare you too.

Get a credit card – you will need it.

Life is going to get more and more expensive and soon you will have a big girl/boy job that will start helping you pay the bills. Now, don’t go and use that credit card to buy all of the rounds at the bar every weekend, use it to invest in yourself. Do you own a good suit? How about a good pair of interview shoes? Do you know what a pad folio is? Use the card to invest in quality purchases that will help you succeed.

Hangout with your friends – you probably won’t have any in a few months.

The sad part is, we all don’t get jobs near each other. Some could be nearby towns, but some could be across the state or even country.  Enjoy these last 4 months with your best friends because these are the last weeks of grabbing pizza at 2AM after a night at the bar on a Wednesday or staying up all night talking boys and sleeping until noon the next day. Soon the real world will force you to bed by 10PM and up before the crack of dawn. You have 4 more months to live life to the fullest with only small responsibilities, take advantage of it!

Take care of yourself – appearance matters in the real world.

Once you graduate, it is no longer acceptable to wear sweatpants on the daily along with not combing your hair for weeks at a time. Remember that credit card I mentioned above, here is another reminder to go get one. Buy yourself clothes that make a statement, so when you get an interview, they will remember you. Crazy that this advice is coming from me, as I own every style of shirt and pant in black and only black, but I’ve been told color does some good for the soul.

Apply to jobs – anything and everything.

So after you have a new wardrobe, partied it up with your friends, and realized that showers are good, now you need to find a job. Remember that dream job you have always wanted? Apply for it! Although, don’t let that be the only position you put yourself out there for. The more jobs you apply for in numerous areas you would consider living, the better chances you have to have your photo on the front page of the UW-Whitewater website with the heading “Hired Before Graduation”.

Life is about to get scary, but the best part of the future being so close is that you are finishing up your schooling at an amazing college. There are so many resources available to you, like the Career & Leadership Department in the UC, check them out for any type of help you may need! Also, when life knocks you down, maybe you didn’t get that first interview like you had hoped for, take it out at the gym.

Get excited, soon you will be a Warhawk Alumni!

“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going”

~Kenzi Weidman