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Embrace the Ace

Posing as Ace Purple

 Hey everyone- my name is Jenn Pickles and I’m one of the new student bloggers! I have just begun my senior year at the University of Evansville. I am majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in English as a New Language. I am hoping to one day teach abroad, but for now I am enjoying student teaching at a local elementary school. After moving from Toronto, ON to Evansville at a young age, I have grown up loving this city.

It took me 5 hours to cook dinner


Without a meal plan this year, it’s been a learning curve the past few weeks with shopping, budgeting, and then actually preparing meals when I’d really rather not.  However, I can promise you it’s more rewarding than you’d think to prepare a meal yourself and realize your diet will consist of more than cereal and PB&J this semester!  Here’s a super easy crockpot recipe I used the other day; I threw everything together at 2 p.m. right before I left for football practice, came back at 7 p.m. and it was all set to go!

Blogging, budgeting, and back to classes


Classes have started again and truthfully, I was genuinely excited for them to begin this year.  I’ve actually been back on campus since the beginning of August for high school football rotations in the athletic training program.  So for the past three-and-a-half weeks my days were filled with reading, tv watching, and football practices.  It really hit me that classes were a welcome change when I began to get annoyed with being able to identify commercials just by hearing them. 

I Don't Wanna Go

I'm not sure what it says about me that I'm going to go ahead and use a Doctor Who quote for my final blog post title, but it seemed fitting, because it's true. I have had a wonderful four years here at UE, and I'm not quite sure that I'm ready to go. 

But in spite of that, there are only 11 days until graduation. Yesterday was the last day of classes, and whether I like it or not, I've got a very limited amount of time left in which I get to call myself an undergraduate.

I could list a thousand reasons why I'd love to stay here at UE and just pretend I'm still allowed to take classes and see how long it took anyone to notice. But instead of doing that (because, after all, it'd be giving away my master plan), I think I'll just say a fond farewell to the university that has been my home for the past four years. 

I'm not sure I've fully quite accepted it yet that I'll be leaving, but I'm definitely taking a lot of new experiences and knowledge with me when I go. Before I came here, I'd scarcely left my small town in Ohio. The furthest away I'd been was Florida, and that was only for a few days. Now, I can say I've gone abroad for four months. I've lived in another country. I've gotten on a plane, gone to a conference in Seattle, and "networked" with a ton of other writers.

I've drafted lesson plans, taught creative writing, been a writing center mentor, and had so many little experiences that I hope I will remember always, from the first moment when I stepped out of my mom's car to look at that tree I posted about, to the unfortunate moment that I still refuse to accept where I have to get in my car and drive away, becoming that strange thing they call an alum.  

So, before I tear up, I'm just going to say it--goodbye UE! I will miss you but I think and know that almost everything I've done here has prepared me for whatever's waiting out there in the real world. So I pass the baton to the next set of bloggers and can't wait to read all about your experiences here (if I can bear the jealousy).   community


Now I didn't choose to attend UE because of the weather...if I had I'd be in warm and sunny place like Texas.  I didn't choose UE because of the bustling city - seeing as I'm from the Chicago suburbs - Evansville doesn't quite compare.  I chose UE because of the academic programs offered and the opportunities for career preparation.  

Why I Love UE'S Size


When I was looking at colleges, I knew that I really wanted to go to a small school. Now, I know that this choice isn’t for everyone, but for someone as introverted and intent on personal relationships as I am, the thought of going to a huge school was absolutely overwhelming. And I do not at all regret my decision. Although there are a few advantages one tends to lose when going to a big school (with the crazy amounts of funding these often have), I love UE’s relatively small, intimate size—it leads to a unique, far more personal experience than otherwise.

Time Moves Faster Here


I swear it's true, here at college time moves by quicker than ever before.  And with more demands on your time than you ever thought possible, time truly does become your most crucial resource.  I'm completing most of my undergraduate coursework in three years before attending physical therapy school here at UE, which means I'm already halfway through my undergraduate career!  That's unbelievable and actually quite scary to think about.  I still find it weird to introduce myself as a sophomore in college.  And I felt old today in class when we walk in and kids birthdates we written on the board from the previous class...and they had been born in 2012 and 2013.  When someone says "20 years ago..." I think that's before I was born, but in fact it's right about the time I was born.


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This semester has started off with a lot of firsts...and as nerve-racking or as awkward as it may be to do something new, it also stirs up a rush that comes with doing something for the first time.  Our sophomore athletic training class made a basketball team for IMs and our first game this past Thursday was the first basketball game in years, or for some people, ever!  



Please do not be alarmed by the capital letter explosion in the title of this post. "DO IT AGAIN" is something that my high school football coach used to scream at me (a lot) and my teammates (sometimes) when we did something incorrectly. As a result, it has become ingrained in my memory and subconscious. Fortunately, this phrase is being used this time with mucho excitement instead of with anger and frustration. I have returned to the University of Evansville for the spring semester of my sophomore year to DO IT AGAIN!

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The Best Major on Campus

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I know I've mentioned it before, but here it is again: I'm an athletic training student on the Pre-PT track. I may be a little bit biased, but I firmly believe I'm in the best major that UE offers. But instead of just telling you that and hoping you believe it, now I'll tell you why I'm in the best major on campus.

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