Why squeak by when you can soar?

Have you ever heard someone on campus say, “C is a degree!” about an upcoming test or even about an entire class? I have, in fact I did just last semester. I have to say, when I heard that I didn’t think, “Wow, this person is pushing themselves to their limits.” It seemed like a comment that says that the only effort needed is the bare minimum required to pass. Wouldn’t you agree?

I’m not trying to pick on anyone with my new blog here; I’m just trying to give a little food for thought. I know there are many people here on campus that really fight to get C’s and to them I say, “Awesome!” or probably “Wicked!”(Since I come from R.I. originally), haha. Anyway, I was just thinking that I’ve seen that bare minimum attitude on campus a lot and I thought about what a difference a simple attitude adjustment can make- in all areas of life really.

I say this because I used to be the person in high school who did the bare minimum. I never was involved with any after school events, or groups- except a rock band. I decided at some point though, that my head might serve a better purpose than head-banging, lol. Now that I’m here at college something occurred to me…I have the potential to make a difference in other people’s lives, including my own- so why sit around

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waiting for the world to cut me a break?

I don’t know, I guess I have developed a sense of pride in my time here at school and I kind of want to share that enthusiasm with some of you here on campus who don’t have that outlook. Why squeak by when you can soar, is all I’m asking? Do you not believe you can? I believe you can because I have come from that same attitude and did a complete turn-around. In fact, Thursday I’m being inducted as an officer in our colleges Phi Theta Kappa honors society and I feel like all my hard work is finally working to my advantage. I’m ready to make a difference around me and I want to be the kind of person people are glad to be around or come to for assistance. Like I said, some people out there fight hard to get where they are and should be very proud of themselves. So why make your time at college feel like you have nowhere better to be when you can turn it into something that will work for you now and in the future? You know what’s funny, you may see a t-shirt or two around campus pretty soon that says, “Why squeak by when you can soar?” because I shared my idea with our PTK group and they felt it was a good attitude to represent around campus. It feels good when you can make a difference, even in a simple gesture like making a suggestion. Anyway, I just wanted to encourage those out there today that college time, is your time and why not make it an awesome time huh?

Well, I’ll get off my soap box now, haha. I just felt compelled to make a statement on campus attitude since it really does make a difference to think positive. So, have a good one!

Spring Arts Day

Last Wednesday, was Spring Arts Day in Bradenton and even though it’s a good hours ride for me from my side of Sarasota County I figured, why not! I was pretty nervous though because what I was headed for was the open mike portion of the day’s events. Dr. Glanville, my favorite English professor of last semester, had encouraged me to share some of my work. If you haven’t met Dr. G, you should because she’s more than a professor…she’s a Literature and English guru! I don’t know how you could miss her actually; she’s always got her red head held high and a welcoming smile toward your approach. Anyway, she was there urging me on to read so I read a quick poem I had written earlier called “Old Man of the Desert” during the first slot of the open mike. I had brought a not-so-short story also that I wrote while I was in her class last semester and she really liked that and since not many people were signing up for the open mike she talked me into reading that for during the next slot. So with my heart pounding, knees knocking and hands shaking my paper like a leaf in a stiff breeze- I read my story. My story is called “Everlasting Life on the Farm” which was my anthropomorphic (animals given human characteristics) view on my personal experience with my very strict former religion. My story was kicked off by Dr. Glanville’s alarming and hilarious whistle from the rear of the audience hahaha. She was back there happily sending people off on scavenger hunts from her tent and then running over to hear people read their work! So, despite the length of my story, it seemed to go over well thankfully.

Taylor, my friend and fellow officer from the PTK, had driven up along with her Mom and gone on just before me. She recited a poem she wrote on the topic of forgetting

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your lines and it was really amusing and very good! Taylor also wrote a beautiful poem for our Induction Ceremony for the following day. I’ll make a separate blog for the Induction! I enjoyed the Spring Arts day very much and was glad I drove all the way up there to hear other writers share their poems and stories. The Pentangle group was also there and they were doing fantastic portraits of people at their tent, and between open mike slots the choir came out to fill the campus with their voices. It really was a pleasant day at the campus and I’m glad we have students & faculty at SCF who try to make life interesting, so next time you hear there’s a Spring Arts day swing by!