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

Warhawk Fitness Bucket List

Pic for Blog- Warhawk Fitness Bucket ListNow that the year is coming to a close, we finally get to say “I took that class,” “I did a semester of_____” (fill in blank). But I couldn’t help but notice that this time of year also brings out “I wish I would have” conversation points. It got me thinking about what we could do that would make us feel good about our accomplishments. We tend to think inside the box when it comes to our workout routines, which is a fault in our fitness productivity. Therefore, as the year comes to a close, I thought a bit about things that we can accomplish before the year ends. Whether you are graduating or going home for the summer, it’s never too late to accomplish something big. Here’s how you can do just that.

  • Group Fitness Class Double Whammy: This does not apply to attending Core Complete class beforehand, but rather a full class followed by another. This can be back to back or it could be spread out throughout the day. I would recommend that you choose wisely as to how you pair the two, preferably stay away from two cardio classes in a row.
  • Morning Group Fitness Class: Hopefully you’ve already gotten the chance to try out one of the morning classes here. If you have, you most likely know firsthand that they set you up for a great day. Not only does it wake you up and make you feel great the whole day, but you also exceed your expectations as to what you can accomplish before 8am. The thought of this might terrify you, but the key to getting yourself there is to let your groggy brain not think about what you are doing or where you are going. Just do it!
  • Take an Aimless Walk: A lot of students tend to stick to only the building that they need to be in for class, and don’t take the initiative to venture off and explore the entire campus. If you have some spare time during the day, just go for a walk. You may be surprised at what a great stress reliever it is to just walk around with no destination.  You can also explore and become more familiar with campus.
  • Get a Massage: I don’t know about many of you but I was surprised to hear that you can get a massage here on campus. Getting a therapeutic massage is a great way to promote healthy body functioning and relive stress and provide general relaxation. With finals around the corner, I think it’s safe to say that you’re going to need one, so give it a try.
  • Go Ask Alice: While looking through the UHCS website, I stumbled upon an interesting and convenient resource called Go Ask Alice. Through this website you can ask any of your health related questions, from advice on nutrition to emotional health, you can have the answer a click away! Of course this is something you do online therefore you don’t need to complete it before the year ends, however it is a useful tool to have on hand especially when you are too busy to see a doctor for a simple question.
  • Swim: Maybe I’m a little biased because I already love to swim, however some people have yet to take advantage of their access to the pool that comes with their gym membership. Even if you don’t know how to swim properly, take a step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. It is a great workout and a fun one at that. Write up a work out on a sheet of paper and stick it on a wet kick board to keep on the end of your lane so you can follow a solid workout.

We are given so many helpful resources to maintain and enhance our health in many aspects. There is so much more we can do with our days here on campus, and doing what hasn’t been done, exceeding expectations, and overachieving, start with creativity. So think outside of the box and change up your routine in ways that will allow you to experience a healthy life on campus in a new way.

“It’s a good day to have a good one.”

-Alena Purpero

Struggling with Senioritis: Suggestions to Succeed

Senioritis- OpinionDo you find yourself struggling to pay attention in class and really not caring about homework and studying like you did in the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself dreading going to class more now then you did during the polar vortex?  If so, you can tell spring has sprung!

As the weather begins to change you’re now waking up to the shining sun and chirping birds, and the last place you want to be is sitting in back to back classes, listening to professor’s lecture. You may notice your attention begins to slip and you have no desire to do anything school-related. Seniors seem to be affected the most around this time of year; us seniors call that “senioritis”. Beware, it is very easy to catch and hard to get rid of.

Senioritis predominantly arises in the spring semester, and it occurs when priorities often shift from academics to one’s social life. Although it is called senioritis, it affects students of all grades; however, for many seniors the only cure seems to be graduation.

Although you may want to slack off and ditch class to enjoy the last few weeks of the semester, remember you don’t want to ruin all the hard work that you have put in thus far, so here are some tips for overcoming senioritis.

Take care of yourself.  This is often a stressful time of the year because you are either trying to get everything done before the end of the semester, or you are busy preparing for life after graduation.  Your diet and sleep patterns can affect you mentally and physically, so make sure you are taking care of yourself.  Try putting aside some time to help your body and your mind by coming to a group fitness class, such as yoga.

Plan ahead.  If you avoid putting everything off until last minute stress levels often rise.  By planning ahead you will have more time to do things that want to do, and you won’t have to miss out on having a good time with all your friends.

Avoid cramming. If you spend a little time each day studying you will retain the information better, and you won’t have to spend 10hours in the library on a 70 degree day trying to memorize two months’ worth of notes.

Get motivated. “Your motivation at the end of your senior year … is a pretty good indication in terms of your motivation for the next stage of your life,” says Sara Hamon, the assistant dean of undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Don’t let slacking off affect your future. Participate in challenges such as the Indoor Ironman, to keep you up and moving to keep you motivated until the end.

Have fun. Your time here will go by faster than you think, so take the time to create lasting friendships and enjoy your college experience.

Steph Punda :)

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