Team #1 to Team #42

Being a part of the Albion College Volleyball Program has allowed me to meet many wonderful people over the past year, but nothing will ever top our experience in Anderson, Indiana. Three weeks ago we had our first tournament at Anderson University. After two full days of game play and successfully earning our first four wins of the season, we all were exhausted, both mentally and physically. Nothing but the thought of sleeping in our own beds could liven us up. Or so we thought.

In the midst of our coach’s post game talk, one of the referees came up to our huddle and nudged her way to the middle. Before Coach could ask what she was doing, the referee shouted “I’m a Brit!” As conversation continued she also revealed that she had been a member of the VERY FIRST Albion College volleyball team forty-two years ago and desperately wanted to tell us before we began our trip back home! How awesome is that!

img_1471Meeting Barb Birks, a member of the first ever volleyball team at Albion, was uniquely special to me. It made me even more proud to be a part of a legacy that began forty-two teams ago in 1973 and lives on today with our 2016 season underway. It also was amazing to see how the program has developed and improved since the first team made up of only a handful of random girls who enjoyed playing the sport enough to start a team. Finally, her enthusiasm and passion for the sport and Albion College made me genuinely happy with my decision to play collegiate volleyball.

The saying “once a Brit, always a Brit” could not be more perfect to describe Barb. She will forever be my favorite referee and meeting her will be one of my fondest memories at Albion for many years to come.


Try New Things


As a senior, normally your place at college or university is pretty set in stone. You have one core friend group, one or two favorite professors, and you’ve finally figured out your major (hopefully). For me, it was also identifying with my sports team: Cross Country. When that came to an end in early November, however, I decided I want to branch out and try something new with my time. I joined the dance team!

Before college, I had been dancing since I was 5 years old. I had my senior recital before starting freshman year and thought that was it: my dance career was over. Four years later, I began to miss dancing again. I thought about trying out for the Albion College Dance Team in years prior, but I never felt like I had the time to commit. Finally,
however, senior year came along with a pretty lax schedule, and I had nothing holding me back.


I was so nervous (and one of the only upperclassmen there) but I went to tryouts, learned the routine, did my best, and 4 days later I was on the team! It was weird at first joining a group who had been dancing together for at least a year already, as an upperclassmen, and as a senior for that matter.

What I love about Albion though, is that that didn’t even matter. They welcomed me and treated me just like any other member.

Just this last weekend I performed my last dance (again) at the Varsity Women’s Basketball game. I’m so thankful for the new friends and new experiences I’ve had this year as a ACDT member. Looking back I know I will be so happy that I took that leap of faith and put myself out there to do something I love at the college I have fallen in love with.

“What Are Your Plans After Graduation?”

“What Are Your Plans After Graduation?”:
The Worst Question You Can Ask A Second Semester College Senior

The saying time flies when you’re having fun should be the slogan for every college across the country. College truly has been the best four years of my life and as it comes to a close in May, I am sad to see this lifestyle come to an end. Although many people think senior year is easy and a “blow off”, I have found that it is highly stressful and requires a lot of additional work.

With Commencement only 67 days away, it is crunch time for many seniors figuring out their plans post college. Wither it is getting everything in to submit the final application to graduate school or traveling across the state for interviews, many second semester seniors are under a lot of pressure to just simply please society. Society puts a strain on many students to have a concrete plan for their future before they receive their diploma.

Why is this the case? Why does society put a timeline on such a big, life changing decision?

I believe that your last semester of college should be fun, stress-free, and reserved for a time to spend with your friends. Looking for a job is a full time job, and applying to graduate school would be much easier without a full academic course load.

I challenge each and everyone of you to hold back and not ask second semester students what they are doing after graduation because they may have a mental breakdown.


On why smaller is Better


Selfie Style in front of the restaurant “El Azteco” in Detroit’s Mexican Town with my spanish class and the department’s teaching assistants Blanca and Laura.

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Eating Chinese food in Jackson family style, as it is traditionally eaten and best eaten (as I  discovered) with my international studies class. Deliciousness.

Albion constantly emphasizes their professor-to-student ratio, and quite honestly that was one of the main reasons I came to this school.  Growing up I had always struggled with severe ADD, so for this very reason, I knew a school that could provide me structure, individualized attention, and offer me authentic connections with professors would be appealing.  Aside from being able to learn from experts in the areas that I would be studying, rather than teaching assistants, I didn’t think about the other advantageous aspects of small classrooms.

Beyond the opportunity of having connections with professors, I have had the opportunity to grow closer to students that I would have never interacted with previously. In my opinion, the insights one gains from their peers is often times undervalued. As I have advanced into higher level college courses, I have come to value the Albion academic environment that facilitates discussions amongst one’s peers, where one does not feel scared to share their thoughts on an issue.  Within the make-ups of diverse class-rooms, students can gain new perspectives based on their peers.

The benefit of the small classroom became clear to me last semester.  For I had two small upper-level courses for my majors: my International Studies capstone class and my Spanish Globalization class.  Both of which had around 5 to 6 students.  We not only had engaging discussions, but we were able to do so outside the framework of a traditional college classroom. Often times in college academia the drive to incorporate variety in learning is lost, yet within small classes, professors are capable of incorporating progressive and varied ways to acquire material.

On various occasions, my international studies professor took us out to dinner ranging from Chinese food to Spanish tapas, and there we not only got to engage with her on a deeper and more comfortable level, but also got to do so with each other, which in turn facilitated more open and nuanced classroom discussions. Many of the students in the class were international, so hearing their perspective on the material we were learning was influential.

During my Spanish class, we ventured to Detroit, and attended a Latin American exhibit at the contemporary art museum; following that, we attended an authentic Mexican restaurant in “Mexico Town”. Accompanying us were two international students: one from Costa Rica and one from Spain, which ultimately drove us Spanish majors into speaking Spanish for the entirety of the trip creating an important cultural experience for all of us. Most importantly, we were able to do so within the confines of the United States, cultural experiences are easily facilitated by professors, if they make the effort. At Albion, I was capable of experiencing it twice and all in one semester.

Call me a nerd, but engaging discussions, hands-on learning experiences, and not to mention free food beats the redundancies of lecture halls any day. Even though I knew small class sizes would be beneficial to my learning style freshman year, I would have never thought I would have actually enjoyed many of them—maybe I am a nerd though. :-)

Albion in Photos


I love photography. It’s one of my favorite things to do, not only because I find the act of taking pictures to be both exciting and relaxing, but also because each time I photograph, I create an image of my very own that I can look back on. Whether that photograph serves as a memory or an art form, that photograph represents how I saw the world at that moment.

The other day for my photography class I was sent to the quad to take some pictures, where I was challenged to see my campus in a whole new way and create images that serve as good photographs. Here are a few of my favorite shots from that excursion.

Here is how I see Albion!

5 TV Shows you should Binge Watch over Winter Break

We all know that our main motivation for finishing our finals in the next few days is to be able to be lazy once again. We feel like it has been ages since we had a day to do absolutely nothing.

Trust me, I get it. I’m an over-involved Albion student as well. What I am looking forward to most this holiday season is the opportunity to sit on my butt, in the dark, for hours at a time, binge watching my favorite television shows. ‘

Here’s a little guide for the rest of you – five shows you should watch while you cuddle your bag of Tostidos with your queso resting delicately on your chest.



Scream Queens is a Satrical Horror/Comedy featuring some our favorite childhood stars, like Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, and our favorite “cool mom” Jamie Lee Curtis. Honestly, this show is incredibly hilarious. The premise is based in a sorority house at Wallace University where a serial killer called the “Red Devil” is slowly picking away at the sisters in the house. Sounds bloody – and it is, but in the funniest way. Like any other Ryan Murphy TV series, the show has no filter, and the gifs are 100% Tumblr worthy… Or great replies when your friends from home won’t text you back.


You can find the whole first season here.



You may have heard about HTGAWM earlier this fall when lead actress, Viola Davis made history as the first woman of color to win an Emmy for the lead actress in a television drama, (see her emotional acceptance speech here). However, the fun has only just begun for this show. With the first season now available on Netflix, now is the perfect time to get sucked into this incredibly screwed-up, but brilliant tv show.

The first episode of the second season leaves you with enough plot for an entire season. The show features a group of Law Students in Philadelphia working for their professor at her law firm when they get mixed up in a murder plot. The show is a trendsetter for all things new in TB – to a leading lady who happens to be a woman of color, a monogamous gay couple living with HIV, characters portraying bisexual people, as well as transgendered representation. The show is truly not afraid to make a statement. It also features fellow Michigander, Jack Falahee, who plays Connor Walsh, and Dean Thomas from Harry Potter – otherwise known as Alfred Enoch or Wes Gibbins on HTGAWM.

Oh, and future law students – this one’s for you.


3. The United States of Tara 


Any Toni Collette fans out there? No… just me? Alright, well this show is one of my all time favorites. Although relatively short-lived (The show only ran 3 seasons from 2009-2011) it hilariously demonstrates the way a family can deal with mental illness in a completely normal way.

Tara, the leading lady played by Toni Collette is living with dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder. Tara has three other identities that regularly interact hilariously with her family. The first is Buck, your the perverted country type. Buck his hilarious in his many schemes to land Tara in trouble. Next is T, the flirty teenager constantly trying to seduce Tara’s husband (confusing, I know). Lastly, there’s Alice. Alice is depicted as a 50s housewife always attempting to discipline Tara’s two kids. While the show is drop-dead funny, it always has bits of seriousness mixed in as well. It demonstrates the hardships mental illness can have on people, as well as showing that all families aren’t perfect. Just watch it, you won’t regret it.

And when it’s over, and you’re crying alone in your bed, here’s this.




This show will fulfill all your childhoods dreams and fantasies. The way that all our favorite fairy tales are twisted into this impeccable plot will blow your mind. From Peter Pan and Pinocchio to The Wicked Witch of the West and Elsa, they’re all here and all have storylines explained in ways you could have never even imagined. All you have to do, is believe in the magic.


Warning: Be prepared to become attracted to all your old favorite villains and heroes.




Amy Poelher is the Executive Producer of this show… Need I say more?! Broad City follows Abbi and Ilana through their misadventures and ridiculousness throughout New York City as any frivolous 20-something should. Like me, Ilana tries to avoid any sense of real life and is constantly searching for ways to get money or strike a bargain. The show is absolutely hysterical and has no boundaries. Abbi and Ilana definitely have no filter.

The show will make you feel like you can do anything. Please don’t.


Get ready for a whole lotta this…


Alright, that’s all I have for you all, now hit the books, so you can watch even more tv over break!



Grey’s Anatomy Explains the 10 Phases of Finals

If you’re anything like me, the experience of finals is pretty much the same every year. From your first year to your last, the emotional unraveling process is generally the same for us all. It probably looks something like this:

Phase 1: You know finals are a couple weeks away. You know it is going to be stressful, but maybe this is the year that you will flawlessly keep all of your ducks in a row. With this hopeful thought in mind, you put on a brave face.

Phase 2: Around the same time as phase one, before your professors have even discussed what your final exams will look like, your stress and anxiety begins to quickly rise, but you try to jokingly shake it off.

Phase 3: Your profs give you the study guide, and you question if you really learned anything throughout the semester.

Phase 4: You knew finals were coming, and that the end was near, but you didn’t fully realize how much more effort you’d have to put into the semester before it ended.

But you shouldn’t feel bad, because everyone in your class is in the same, sinking boat. Nobody knows where they might end up.

Phase 5: Panic. (It won’t be the last time you freak out before you’re finished, but it’s a start.)

From here on out, this is your day-to-day motto:

And any extra assignments your profs put on your plate have you like:

Due to the stress, your sense of humor has become sub-par.

Phase 6: You question if you’ve done anything right this semester, and you think about everything you could have done differently to prepare your grade for the potential blow of finals.

But you know that you need to get your act together and get busy if you want to have any chance of succeeding. As any college student would, you reach out to your friends to bond over the stress in the best way you know how.

And you have a mutual agreement with them to not be offended if one of you gets a bit hostile.

Phase 7: There is less than a week left before finals: you’re finishing up last minute assignments, studying like crazy, trying not to think about wanting to go home, and probably trying to carry out the rest of your responsibilities in groups that your involved in on campus. Basically, your life is feeling like this:

But you still do your best to maintain the appearance of composure, and if people to ask you to hang out, you’re likely to calmly and respectfully decline.

The stress and exhaustion continue to take a toll on your emotions, and this:

Quickly turns into this:

(Told you the first panic wouldn’t be the last.)

Phase 8: It’s cram time. You don’t know when the last time you showered was, or when you got more than two hours of peaceful sleep in a twenty-four hour period. Even though there isn’t enough time in the day, you need to eat if you want your brain to function. When it comes to personal hygiene, you’ve seen better days.

You continue to grow more exhausted, stressed, and irritable. Delirious, you begin to question if any of it is worth it, and giving up seems like a reasonable option.

Especially if/when any of your friends decide to grace your brain with the knowledge that they have no finals this semester. Your response is valid…

Phase 9: You’ve lost every ounce of motivation, just in time for the finals you’ve dedicated the past couple weeks of your life to. Your friends and professors may notice your lack of energy, which has all but disappeared. If they ask you how you’re feeling, you don’t hide the cold, hard truth.

Most likely, they give you the last little push you need to make it through the chaos.

Obviously still overwhelmed, you gain just enough inspiration to make yourself believe there is a chance that you can succeed.

Phase 10: It is time. The night before your exam, you get your last-minute studying in. You go to bed with the intention of waking up and getting ready in the morning, because the “look good, feel good” approach works, and you need all the help you can get. So, you think you’ll look like this:

Let’s get real. Due to your exhaustion, you end up sleeping longer than expected. Disheveled, you run to your exam so that you’re not late. When somebody asks what happened to you, you’re less than composed…

At this point, you just want to take this test and go into hibernation for a few years. If your prof is even one minute late to the exam, you don’t know what to do with yourself.

Then it’s over. You take the test, along with the rest of your final exams. For the first time in what feels like forever, you can finally breathe.

Relieved and stress free, you hang out with your friends and pack up for a well deserved break.

You’ve made it. You’re 95% sure you didn’t fail the class, you brilliant warrior, you. Well done.

Thanks for reading my blog post! I figured everyone could probably use a little, humorous study break. …You should probably get back to the grind, though.

Good luck, Brits!

Io Triumphe!

Senior Athletes: This isn’t the end.

As fall sports come to an end this month, Albion athletes must cope with the blank spaces in their schedules from the absence of practices and games. This lack of activity can be especially devastating because, for many, it marks the end of their athletic career.

As a graduating athlete myself, I thought it would be relevant to ask my fellow Britons, class of 2016, what they will miss most about their sport. I was curious to get other opinions on how it feels to be graduating from nearly a lifetime of team bonding and how they plan to cope with the “silence” of retirement from athletics.

According to an NCAA study, less than two percent of athletes will continue with on with a professional sports career. That leaves most of us seniors at the end of an era of the sport we’ve participated in all of our lives.

Erin Snapp, graduate trainee of counseling at Albion College Counseling Services, is working with athletes this semester and gave some insight about the transition graduating athletes must undergo during this difficult time in their lives.

“It’s a big transition because it’s an identity,” said Snapp. “It’s a lot about recognizing where you want your future to go and what you value most about athletics. Recognize what you value the most about it and who you are as a person because that is something a lot of people don’t differentiate between: who you are and who you are as that athlete.”

Snapp also emphasized the importance of keeping an active lifestyle and trying new things to cope with the absence of organized athletics.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” said basketball player Jordan Herron, Lansing senior. “I know it has to come to an end, however, I don’t want it to. The good times I’ve had with my team and the experience I’ve had as an Albion basketball player are memories I’ll carry for the rest of my life.”

Many students, like Okemos senior Halle Thom, said they also plan on staying involved with athletics after graduation. Thom shared her future plans with volleyball.

“I plan on trying to coach at some point in the future,” said Thom. “I would love to stay involved in the sport and continue to play in rec. leagues.”

Snapp also recommended both taking athletics to the league level or combining athletics with future career goals.

“Athletics can be combined with all careers: marketing, coaching, medicine…” said Snapp. “That’s what I’m doing with psychology.” Snapp, a former collegiate athlete, recognized the feelings that come with ending your sport and the courage it takes to move past it.

Courage. All athletes have felt this in one way or another. I personally cannot believe I crossed my last cross country finish line just a few weeks ago. Having the courage, strength and determination to be a student athlete throughout my four years at Albion has taught me insurmountable lessons about what it means to be a team player, to work hard and to stay determined and motivated in everything I do.

Like many other athletes I interviewed, I will miss my team the most: the laughter, the nerves, the support and the memories. The people at this college have shaped me into the individual I am today and inspired me to be even better with whatever life brings next.

Shout Out to Baldwin

The saying is definitely true: you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. If somebody told me at the end of last year, “you’re going to miss having a meal plan next semester,” I would have laughed. It’s no secret that most students don’t exactly have an all-loving relationship with Baldwin when they are on-board (term for having a meal-plan). However, I am here to tell you that if you are on-board, you’ve pretty much got it made.

Due to living in the Mae, and being a broke college student, I’m on a strict diet of eating whatever I can find to make my stomach stop growling. I have my friends guest pass me into Baldwin and the Eat Shop way more than I’d care to admit.

Allow me to give you a few reasons why Baldwin is a blessing.

Convenience: I definitely didn’t realize how time-consuming making food is until I had to make the time to do it every day. Meals that are healthy (other than salad) tend to take at least thirty minutes to an hour JUST TO MAKE. Who on this campus has time to set aside to make food? The real reason behind microwave meals and Ramon Noodles: Ain’t nobody got time for that! On-board students: appreciate that you can grab cooked, healthy food in a matter of minutes.

Variety: We may say that we’ll cook ourselves a variety of different foods and we may dream of delicious meals, but the reality of the matter is I’ve eaten a bowl of rice with some vegetables for quite a few of my meals this year. If it isn’t rice, it’s canned soup. If it’s not canned soup, it’s a peanut butter and jelly. Unless I really put effort into planning different meals for myself, my daily options for sustenance are far less varying than what I had in Baldwin.

No Dishes: Any time I eat, I have to take care of my dishes. More time is used up in preparing and cleaning up my meals than I actually spend eating them. In Baldwin you can just put your dirty dishes on a conveyer belt, walk away from them, and grab a cookie on your way out. In the Mae, I put my dishes in the sink, wait a few seconds for them to disappear, and then accept the fact that I need to make the time to clean them (even if it is just rinsing them off and putting them in the dish washer).

Community: You can usually find someone to go eat with when you’re on-board, and it’s likely you’ll find someone to sit with even when you go alone. There is a community of people eating together in Baldwin. Not to mention, a lot of the Baldwin staff are fun to talk to. Living in the Mae, I eat when I have time to, and usually it’s alone (unless my friends swipe me in to eat with them).

Long story short, I miss Baldwin. It was way better to me than I realized when I had it. Other people who are off-board may not agree with me, but from my personal experience: love Baldwin while you’ve can, because buying groceries, cooking food, and cleaning are way too much of a hassle for my taste.

Io Triumph

D3 Swimming: One Big Happy Family

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As I have stated in previous blog posts, this is my last year at Albion. Of all the groups and organizations I have been involved in Delta Tau Delta, Union Board, FYE Mentor, Residential Assistant, Interfraternity Council, just to name a few… The Albion Swimming & Diving team has been, by far, my most valuable experience.

I began swimming competitively at the age of seven. I have always been extremely natural in the water, having grown up with a log cabin on the lake in Northern Michigan. From early on, I excelled in the water and found myself absolutely loving the sport. Upon coming to Albion, I believed my swimming career wouldn’t exceed past high school. By some odd mistake, I came to an Albion visit day where I was supposed to meet with the coach of the Equestrian Team, but instead was greeted by the former head swim coach, Keith Havens.

Being the shy and awkward person I once was, I decided to say nothing, but instead just go with it and spend the day with the swim team. This was by far my best decision I had made in high school. I was immediately comfortable with this odd group of humans. I even ended up skipping my tour of campus in order to hang out with them longer. Who knew watching The Lorax with 15+ people in a small dorm room could have solidified my decision to continue my swimming career.

Coming into freshman year, I figured I’d give it a try and if I became too busy or it was too stressful then I would just quit. I never realized that this team would become my family. These people have been with me throughout everything, they are the only people who understand how hard it is to swim and go to school at the same time. These are the people whose room I pull my mattress into and marathon Law & Order between practices while we’re stuck on campus swimming during winter break. These are the people whom I spend my Spring Breaks with, exploring the Sleeping Bear Dunes and playing endless games or Cards Against Humanity. These are the people I have chosen to live with at Albion. These people are my family.

Over the course of the past four years, I have watched this team grow to become what it is today. I may not be fast enough to be placing in the top 8 at MIAA Championships but being with my team is all I really need. These are the people that have shared my 5 a.m. morning practice crabbiness, my tears through hard sets, my joy as I dropped 8 seconds in the 200 fly that one time, and the best four years of my life.swimming


Anyone who knows me knows I love taking pictures. Whether nature, people, or in this case, animals, I’m there. This week, Union Board sponsored an event where students could play with exotic animals for the afternoon. From tarantulas, to foxes, to even alligators, I had a pretty eventful afternoon photographing both my peers and these creatures. Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

The F Word

Let’s just get right down to the nitty gritty and talk about the F-word.

No, no. Not that one. The F-word I’m talking about is Feminism, which, in my personal experience, is heard much less frequently than the actual f-word. Why isn’t it said or talked about as much? I’m guessing that’s due to the negative stigmas that are associated with feminists and feminism.                  

I know! It’s crazy to think that people avoid using a word just because of some negative or false stereotypes that have been formed around it; and if these people can’t even use the word, they definitely aren’t associating themselves with a movement that benefits everyone. But it’s true.              

Unfortunately, there are people I know, women included, who don’t identify as feminists. From what I hear from others, a lot of people avoid associating with feminism. Before we continue, let’s get one thing straight: feminism is the belief of the political, social, and economic equality of the sexes.


                                       In fact, feminism couldn’t be further from the concept of women hating men; it’s not a war between the sexes. Feminism is an understanding that gender equality is necessary and beneficial in the lives of both men and women. I repeat: gender equality is necessary and beneficial in the lives of both men and women.

Sexism (prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex) perpetuates hypermasculinity (psychological term for the exaggeration of male stereotypical behavior, such as an emphasis on physical strength, aggression, and sexuality) which negatively impacts the lives of boys and men throughout their lives. Feminism is a means to end sexism, and therefore a means to end hypermasculinity. 

All goofy Disney gifs aside, there are a plethora of reasons why the feminist movement is beneficial for everyone. It is important for everyone to understand why feminism is necessary. 

Feminism encompasses many serious issues that are present throughout the world, and they are definitely issues that need to be resolved. 

Throughout this week, Albion College is celebrating Women’s Empowerment Week. There will be tables in the KC every day where people can come and talk about the different issues that feminism addresses. There will also be different events throughout the week.

If anyone has questions about how feminism benefits all genders, I highly recommend that you attend the Women’s Empowerment Roundtable at 7 p.m. in Upper Baldwin on Thursday, Oct. 29. Albion College faculty and staff, as well as members of the Albion community, will be leading an open discussion with students. Anyone is welcome on over to the event and either join in the discussion, or just listen.

Hope to see you there! 

Io Triumph

For the Love of Fall

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Photo taken during my drive to the Western Barn for practice.

Luckily for all the fall lovers out there, including myself, there is no shortage of fall activities in Albion. Nothing compares to admiring the rich pallet of fall colors outside your window, while driving down an Albion back road, or heading to a tailgate to grill out before the big game. Fall in Albion is so quintessential college and highlights my favorite attributes of this town and school.

The mood during this time of year is like none other. Everyone is ready to be back on campus. No one’s burnt out on the academic scene quite yet, and we are all thoroughly enjoying our freedom after a summer at home. Better yet it slowly converts into sweater weather, which ultimately symbolizes the beginning of our favorite fall activities.

If you’re ever in need of ideas to enhance your fall experience at Albion — I’ll share a few of my favorites that I have compiled throughout my years here. As a fall loving senior, this list is not going to include how one must get the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Biggby to thoroughly enjoy fall. We will go beyond that; although, I must admit Biggby’s “PSL” is absolutely delicious. My list instead is compiled of my favorite outdoor activities; we need to keep in mind that we only have so many days to enjoy this weather until the inevitable return of the Albion Tundra.

The first on my list is a visit to the apple orchard, Sweet Seasons, which is located a mere six miles from campus. Upon arrival, one can consume all of the apple-themed delicacies one could desire ranging from apples, apple cider, donuts, and carmel apples. If eating these treats isn’t your thing (which is weird), take a walk around the apple orchard to enjoy the scenic panoramas.

An apple orchard may seem obvious for a list of fall activities, yet here’s a senior secret to enhance and put a spin on the Cider Mill: rent a bike from the Kellogg Center and bike there. It is a perfect alternative to driving if one does not have a car, or if one desires a bit of an adventure. Despite the physical exertion required, there are a lot of up-hills, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking making the trip worthwhile. One can even make a day out of it, and pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the many open spaces along the way.

Another classic activity is going to the Nature Center. The trails are well maintained and extensive, and the Kalamazoo River runs right through the center. In my opinion, we simply don’t utilize this space enough. It’s the perfect place to escape to break from a busy campus schedule, and I can guarantee nothing is more relaxing after a long week of class than this.

Upon arrival one can rent a canoe with their friends or even do so solo. If exerting this much physical labor is not your thing, yet you still enjoy being outside, I have a more relaxing option: bring an ENO hammock (I promise someone on campus will have one) and hook it up among the trees. For some extra bliss, bring some cider and donuts from Sweet Seasons to feast on while hanging in the trees. From there one can read a book or simply chat amongst friends.

Another personal fall favorite of mine is going to the Equestrian Center. It is tucked away in one of Albion’s most beautiful residential areas and is a nationally-recognized facility. Although I may be biased in that I ride horses, I am confident in saying anyone can appreciate the beauty of this facility. One can once again enjoy their apples from Sweet Seasons and feed them to the horses. If one has eaten all these apples, which is easily done, they can instead visit the college’s mini horse, ACE. Anything “mini” is guaranteed to brighten up one’s day or at the very least be a source of entertainment


3 Essential Apps for Every College Student

There are many useful apps which help connect, start a conversation, inform, and entertain people while on the go. Many students turn to apps first thing in the morning, in-between classes, and as a distraction while studying.

While at Albion College, three apps in particular have truly made a difference in my safety, education, and helped me be more financially responsible and I believe these apps can positively affect students no matter which college or university they attend.

These three apps include:

  1. Companion: Never Walk Hole Alone
  2. Quizlet: A Simple Free Learning Tool For Students and Teachers
  3. Venmo: Share Payments


Companion is an app for students made by students. This app is designed for a friend or family member to virtually walk/watch a student from their point A to point B. After the student user enters their destination, the companion, or person selected to walk them home, will be notified as to how long it should take the user to make it to their end point.

If something goes wrong on the trip and the user begins to run, doesn’t make it to their destination, changes direction, stops for an unusual length, has their headphones yanked out, or if their phone falls on the ground, their virtual companion will be notified after 15 seconds. This app also allows for students to report areas where they feel unsafe on campus through the “I feel nervous” button which then is sent to the college or universities campus safety anonymously in hopes of increasing safety around that area, along with an emergency button which is linked directly to the nearest police station. The virtual companion will also be alerted when they have reached their end destination. Also, the virtual companion does not need to have the app to walk someone; they will receive a text message and they can follow the user’s path by clicking on a link which takes them to a map.


Quizlet is an app which allows for students to study on the go through online flashcards. After students sign up for a free account, they can make classes and add their terms and definitions. Once this is inputted, they can quiz themselves using flashcards, generated practice exams, match terms and definitions, and use the audio feature to listen to the terms. The best feature is that you can share or receive classes full of terms and definitions with anyone who has an account. Also, since there is no paper flash cards being made, Quizlet is very sustainable from an environmental and financial standpoint.


Venmo is an app which allows users to pay their friends or family for dinner, rent, drinks, activities, etc. by sending and/or receiving money using their debit or credit cards without the hassle of figuring out exact cash. Since Venmo utilizes a bank-grade security systems, users input their bank information, which then allows for money to be deposited to any bank overnight without much worry. Also, the user can request money from those who haven’t paid, decreasing the chance of conflict that can arise from people not paying others back.

I strongly believe that these three apps can have a positive effect on every college student and I encourage everyone to download Companion, Quizlet, and Venmo.

P.S. All three apps are free on iTunes and Google Pay!

Event Planning – Show Your Best

Something big is coming to Albion this year. This Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Chamber of Commerce and City Hall are putting on a trade show at the Albion Community School called Show Your Best.

I have had the pleasure of working on the planning and organizing of this event through my internship at Albion City Hall this semester. What started out as a marketing internship quickly grew into an event planning internship as I helped Special Projects Coordinator, Marie Macone, plan this unique trade show for the city of Albion.

This free event allows businesses to show off what they can offer the community and lets community members and college students to see what is happening in the Albion area. More than 50 organizations are already registered to participate, and there’s room for more!

Each institution will have its own table with information. Some businesses are offering free giveaways that will be raffled off later in the day. The event also includes an awards ceremony, water aerobics for seniors, activities for kids such as open swim, face painting, and play areas, and a French lunch available for purchase. Albion College President, Mauri Ditzler, will even be in attendance, introducing the new Albion city sign at 3 p.m.

An event with this many fractions was not an easy thing to organize. For each organization in attendance and mini-event happening throughout the day, numerous phone calls, visits, and documents needed to be made. I quickly learned that there is a lot more that goes into a six hour event than I originally thought.

I am excited to see the event come to life this weekend. For more of an event preview, check out the event’s trailer on YouTube! Hope to see you there!

Mon professeur favorite

Maybe its because she’s been my advisor since my first semester of my freshman year, maybe its because her passion for learning and discovery is a force that overcomes you whenever you stand in her presence.

Either way, Dianne Guenin-Lelle, French professor here at Albion College, has left such an impact on my life in just three years, and although I am sometimes late to her 8 a.m. class, I hope she knows how much I appreciate her.

I remember meeting her at DASP, or maybe it was SOAR. Either way, i was interested in French, and she encouraged me to start at the 300 level. I also found out that day i had been placed into her freshman seminar so I would have her for two classes. I didn’t think much of it then, but it would end up impacting my college career immensely.

For that FYE with Dianne, we traveled to France, and not only did that allow me to get to know her better, but I had to rely on her for most of our transportation and day to day agenda. She also encouraged me delve deeper into my study of French language and culture, and pursue a French minor.

Three years later, she is still my advisor, still my French professor, and might even be one of my thesis advisors next year. we meet regularly to chat about life, or talk about more academic endeavors. Whether she knows it or not, she leaves a big mark  on my life at Albion.

Albion College Bucket List

As you may know, time flies when you’re having fun. Here is an Albion College Bucket List to ensure you do not miss out on some special things before four years at Albion fly by!


Blues at the Bohm

I had the honor of performing with a band full of talented people, Cliff Harris (chemistry professor), and my friend, Nicole Schnabel. It was an incredible experience, and there were a lot of community members in the audience. I’ve never sang in that kind of an environment before, with the band behind me and two people singing with me. To say that it was exhilarating would be an understatement.


I’ve always been comfortable in front of crowds, so Nicole and I danced around the stage and entertained people with our goofy dance moves (potentially more than with our voices). We were on stage for 10 to 20 minutes, and it was some of the most fun I’ve had all semester. Harris offered for the band to learn songs that Nicole and I want to sing, so you can bet that we will be back there every month.

To any students, staff, faculty, or community members who can sing / play an instrument: I highly recommend getting in contact with Cliff Harris to book at time to perform during Blues at the Bohm.

To anyone who enjoys music: come watch Blues at the Bohm! Students get in for free. It’s a great place to relax and unwind from the stresses of our daily lives, and it’s definitely filled with a positive, fun atmosphere.

Blues at the Bohm is from 7-10pm every first Monday of the month. Hope to see some fellow Britons there in November!

National Hazing Prevention Week at Albion College

Last week, many Albion College students involved in Greek life changed their Facebook cover photos and painted the rock with the words: “These hands don’t haze.” These activities are all due to members of Albion Greek life actively participating in National Hazing Prevention Week. 12033362_10153670430944936_93580133_n

According to, National Hazing Prevention Week is celebrated on college campuses during the last full week of September across the United States to raise awareness about the problems of hazing and educate campus organizations about hazing prevention.

Associate Director for Greek Life and Student Organizations Jonathon Collier explained why this week is so vital on Albion’s campus. “National Hazing Prevention Week is important because it allows the topic to be spotlighted yearly and serves as a springboard for reaffirmation of organizational core values,” said Collier. “The week serves as a reminder that the purpose of new member education is to make women better women and men better men.”

Albion College recognizes a zero tolerance no hazing policy. No forced or uncomfortable action or activity inflicted on a member or a new member of an organization is tolerated at Albion. Sometimes, people defend acts that are defined as hazing because these actions considered “tradition” by an organization or club. President of the International Fraternity Council at Albion College and member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Brett Cunningham stressed that when it comes to doing what is right, students need to be the change.

“Just because it’s tradition doesn’t mean it’s not flat out wrong,” Cunningham said.

Furthermore, member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Jessica Anderson, also thinks National Hazing Prevention Week is essential to Albion College Greek life.

“I think that hazing prevention is important because we go to such a small school where over half the campus is Greek, that it is best to focus on the positives of Greek life,” Anderson said. “Albion is a hazing-free campus and it is great to remind people of that and encourage people to join Greek life.”

Ruchi Ahluwalia, member of the Delta Gamma sorority, agrees.

“I think education about anti-hazing is important because everyone should feel comfortable and appreciated in their house, and be able to have the full experience of going Greek rather than having to worry about being judged and hazed,” said Ahluwalia.

In context of National Hazing Prevention Week, Ahluwalia made a slideshow of Albion Greek members expressing their thoughts on how to prevent hazing here on campus. This slideshow can also be found on the Albion College Panhellenic Council Facebook page.

Anti-hazing education is very important. By recognizing National Hazing Prevention Week, once again Albion did a great job of spreading the word about why hazing is wrong and unacceptable.

The Union Board Water Bottle

_DSC0614It comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors. It bears many uses, both as a place to hold your favorite beverage, and as a calendar of events to keep you “in the know” throughout the semester. You probably have at least two of each style, and you’ve probably lost at least one at a football game or a party at some point in your college career. The famous Union Board water bottle is something every Albion College student needs, something that can be seen on campus at least 20 times on any given day, and something that connects each and every Briton together.

The Union Board water bottle has many personalities. Sometimes its spotted with a large cap, strapped to a backpack ready for some long hours spent at the library. Sometimes the old UB bottle is relaxing on a porch near a game of corn hole and some stereos. Other times the bottle is abandoned, strewn on the floor of a hallway, these are usually old models with faded text and worn out handles, truly a sad scene to witness.

This year’s version is taller than most, styling a nice grey strap and push-to-open lid, perfect for that refreshing ice cold water, or whatever else you fancy to take with you after your meal at Baldwin. So far these bottles have been known to hang out in both lecture halls and the occasional fraternity party. They appear to be just as hard working, and just as stylish, as the students they accompany each day.

The Union Board water bottle is just as much of a Brit as the rest of us. It goes where we go, it does what we do, and it keeps up hydrated along the way. So Brits, treat your fellow Brits, no matter what the shape, size, height, or color, with respect. Thank your Union Board water bottle for sticking with you since day one, since Briton Bash, or since you acquired an extra one that one Tuesday of last year. Thank goodness for the Union Board water bottle.