A New Chapter

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As this is the last blog of the semester, I just have to say some cool things that are happening in my life right now.

1. I might be able to end the semester with a 4.0, as long as I get As on my finals.

2. I will be the managing editor of the paper next year.

3. I am getting so much photography business lately and even have a wedding scheduled for next summer!

4. I am finally getting a car this summer. I’m hoping to find either a Honda Fit or Hyundai Elantra hatchback.

5. I am moving off campus next year and will be living in a townhouse with an amazing girl and her DOG. Oh my goodness, he’s so cute!

I’m so excited for all that is to come!

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Hiking with Cru

IMG_3059This semester, I got involved with Cru, a ministry on campus.

It’s been really cool to get to know some of the people involved! This weekend, the girls of Cru went on a hiking trip and it was great! It was a really hard hike and I think I sweat about a gallon, but it was so worth it. We got to know each other better and we got to experience a really cool waterfall!

I shot a video while I was there and you can watch it here.

I think they were uncomfortable that I was taking videos of them! Haha. It happens every time.

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Flawless

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This past weekend, I got to take pictures of my best friend, Travis. He’s one of the most gorgeous people I’ve ever met. He’s one of those people who can just roll out of bed and look flawless. He has perfect skin and he says his secret is Dove soap.

This semester, Travis and I have become really close friends. We have sleepovers at least once a week. Halfway through the semester, he and my friend Ethan broke up and I’ve been in the middle of it ever since. I love both of them and am close to both, but I honestly think I’m closer to Travis now.

I’m really lucky to have cool friends.

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Appreciation

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Flowers. Every girl wants them. Even if they’re the biggest tomboy you’ve ever met, they secretly want flowers from a guy. You know why? Because it means that the guy was thinking about you. I’m probably the most independent girl there is. I don’t need a guy. I have one, yes. But I don’t talk to him all day and I don’t need his approval. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love the fact that he loves me and thinks I’m amazing.

I had never received flowers from a guy until Nathan came along. He never fails to bring me flowers anytime he visits me in Russellville. More men need to show their appreciation for women, be it flowers, candy, or even a tool box if that’s what the girl wants.

Step it up, men. We show our appreciation all the time. Do your part!

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The beauty of spring

Spring is something I will never grow tired of. Though fall is gorgeous, it doesn’t compare to spring.

To me, spring symbolizes that God makes everything new. It’s a consistent promise that things always get better. Everything dies in the winter but each spring, plants pop back up and the grass is greener than ever. The rain replenishes the tired, cold ground and up sprout gorgeous daffodils and small, yellow flowers everywhere. That has to be my favorite part of spring. The fields upon fields of yellow flowers! Goodness, spring is a sight to behold. I’m so excited for May so that we can experience it everyday instead of all this rain!

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Tech aims to set world record during Be the Match

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Be The Match, a national bone marrow registry, saves approximately 6,500 Americans from life threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma each year. Despite efforts, nearly 1,000 Americans die because they could not find a match.

Generally patients can find a match within their relatives, so Be The Match is a resource for those who cannot. Unlike the four principal types of blood, there are millions of bone marrow types, making it difficult for those patients to find a matching donor.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Arkansas Tech affiliates and the surrounding community will have the opportunity to register with Be The Match. The bone marrow drive is the largest event of President Robin Bowen’s inauguration week. It will be ongoing for 24 hours in hopes to beat the Guinness World Record of 2,976 registries in one day. Tech is striving to beat the one-hour record as well.

Dr. Jason Warnick, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology, are coordinating the drive.

“From students all the way up to the board of trustees, everyone’s been on board,” Warnick said.

The drive will take place on Tech’s main campus and Ozark campus, along with the career center. Registry booths will be set up around each site.

Events will occur on Tech’s main campus Tuesday through Wednesday. Main booths will be located near Baz-Tech and the bell tower. Registry participants will be given a pass to attend all events.

Once on the registry, participants will be registered until they are 62 years old. Only one in every 500 on the registry ever get asked to donate.

“At no point do you have to,” Warnick said. “It’s your option.”

The registry process consists of cheek swabbing for DNA and filling out an information booklet. According to Warnick, the sign up can be done in less than five minutes.

Leading up to the event, there will be information booths around campus and videos playing in Baz-Tech and Doc Bryan.

“If we want people to sign up on the registry, we have to educate them about the need and about the process,” Mikles-Schluterman said.

“Come out and sign up for two things,” Warnick said. “First, to be part of a world record event. Secondly, signing up for this has the opportunity to save someone’s life.”

Tuesday, April 14
• 9 p.m. – Kickoff Celebration, Baz-Tech
• 10 p.m. to midnight – Black Light Party, Young Ballroom
Wednesday, April 15
• Midnight to 2 a.m. — Pancakes, Baz-Tech
• 2 a.m. – Movie Under the Stars, Crabaugh Lawn
• 3 a.m. – Donuts With Mayor Randy Horton, Young Ballroom
• 4-6 a.m. – Game Show Hosted by Thomas Pennington, Young Ballroom
• 6 a.m. – Bootcamp With Cora of Forca Martial Arts, Hindsman Tower
• 7 a.m. – Yoga, Breakfast To Go, Hindsman Tower
• 8 a.m. – Veterans Appreciation, Breakfast To Go, Baz-Tech Patio
• 9 a.m. – Department of Agriculture “Hump Day” Camel Photos, Hindsman Tower
• 10 a.m. – Presidential Selfies With Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Baz-Tech Patio
• 11 a.m. – Department of Agriculture “Hump Day” Camel Photos, Hindsman Tower
• Noon – Inferfaith Lunch, Young Ballroom
• 1-3 p.m. – Alumni Hours, Acoustic Music, Baz-Tech Patio
• 3 p.m. – Pie A Professor, Resident Director, Hindsman Tower
• 4 p.m. – Campus Ambassador Photos With Jerry the Bulldog, Baz-Tech Patio
• 5-7 p.m. – BBQ Feast, Hindsman Tower
• 7 p.m. – Concert with Some Guy Named Robb, Baz-Tech
• 8 p.m. – Countdown Party With D.J., Young Ballroom
• 9 p.m. – Drive Completion Celebration, Young Ballroom
For more information, contact Warnick at jwarnick@atu.edu or Mikles-Schluterman at jmiklesschluterman@atu.edu.

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Rachel

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This is Rachel. She’s one of the most beautiful girls I know. I went to touch up her face only to realize there was nothing to touch up. Rachel and I were in choir together before she moved to Fayetteville and finished her degree online. She’s very quirky and fun!

I somehow managed to forget my camera that weekend, so I had to borrow a photographer friend’s. I used a Canon 5D, rather than a 60 D, and it was awful. I really took my camera for granted. But I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of these!

I love posts where I show my photos because it really is The World Through My Eyes.

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