The College Search: How Your “Dream You” Becomes Your Dream School

31538-Eleanor-Roosevelt-Quote-The-future-belongs-to-those-who-believe-inMy daydreams are often comprised of thoughts about the future. My hopes, aspirations, and expectations; a real-life Pinterest board of possibilities awaits me once I drift off into this alternate – and yet attainable – reality.

However, these aren’t real, not just yet. I have to settle back into the reality that I know to be true. I’m a senior at Albion College, charged with writing a thesis, applying to law school, and maintaining my grades. All while remembering to sleep and take my vitamins.

I’m taking the necessary steps for my dreams to become my reality.

We’re in the same place right now, you and me. We’re both seniors. We may not share the same path, visions, passions or hobbies, but we both have the same thing in mind: Our Futures.

So, tell me. What does your future look like?

Start outlining your dream life:

  1. What does “Dream You” do? What is your job? What are your hobbies?
  2. How does “Dream You” get places? By car, bus, or train?
  3. What does “Dream You” do for fun?
  4. How far does “Dream You” want to be away from family?
  5. What kind of friends does “Dream You” have?

Isn’t it exciting?

Senior year will feel like a broken record when it comes to your future. You’ll be asked what you want to be, where you want to go, and what scores you got in order to make that possible. You may not know the answers to any of these questions yet, and that’s okay, but it’s about time to start thinking about how you’re going to turn the visions you have for “Dream You” into a reality.

“How do I know where to start?”

Well, I’m so glad you asked! It may sound silly, but you just START. You need to start caring, start talking, start Googling information, but more importantly, start talking to your High School Counselor or College Specialist. They will help steer you in the right direction.

“What do I ask my High School Counselor?” 

Your college experience will help you grow into the best version of yourself – the person you’re going to be after you graduate. This person is “Dream You”. Notice what I did here? When you talk to your counselor, tell them the visions you have for “Dream You” and they will help you translate them into a college setting that will best-fit you.

To put it into context, take this fun, little quiz to see what college best fits your preferences:

“What’s next?”

Your counselor will be able to help you with the application process, and better yet, a college counselor will be able to help you navigate the waters. There will be applications, fees, the FAFSA, deadlines, and a myriad of other pieces you’ll need to fit together, and keep organized, to complete your college application process. Just take it day by day, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Amidst the long days and sleepless nights, remember your “Dream You”. Escape into your mind and visit that person again. Experience the passions that motivate you to become your reach your goals, what pushes you to go further and try harder. Take charge. Instead of being “so busy today”, be “focused on your future”.

Above all, keep dreaming, be true to yourself, and have fun in your Senior Year. Your dreams can become a reality.

Everything Happens For A Reason, Even Rejection.

Re•jec•tion: “the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, idea, etc” or “the spurning of a person’s affections”

We’ve all felt it before. Whether it had to do with school, friends, significant others,   not getting into the school play, or getting a starting position on a sports team, we’ve all encountered rejection at one point or another. All things considered, the type of rejection you may be faced with right now is probably much bigger than an animal not wanting your attention.

You may be faced with rejection from a college.

I’ve been in your shoes. I looked at colleges all over the country and hoped that if I started to love a specific campus they would also love me back and, most importantly, accept me. After I applied to my dream school, I would stay up late at night wondering if they’d seen my application, if they liked me and thought I was interesting, or wanted me at their school. I would incecently refresh my email to see if they’d gotten back to me (even though I knew that the application process took months).

Albion was my dream school then, it is today, and always will be.

I only applied to Albion College. I put my eggs all in one basket and hoped that my dreams would come true, and much to my excitement, they did! Maybe they didn’t for you when you applied to your dream school, and you know what? That’s okay!

Rejection can be a GOOD thing.

Rejection isn’t always what it is made out to be. It’s not an ominous being that haunts you, or a constant sense of belittlement. It only tears us down if we allow it to.

Throughout the college application process, I’m sure you had a long list of places you wanted to apply to. I’m also sure that the list shortened as you went on tours, got your financial aid packages, took distance into account, etc. For one reason or another, you decided those places weren’t for you. What you didn’t realize during this process was that you were rejecting these colleges because you knew they weren’t a good fit for you, and wouldn’t benefit your life journey.

Think of a time where things didn’t go in your favor; when plans fell through with your friends, the person you like didn’t feel the same way, you didn’t get on the basketball team, you failed a test, and so on. What did you do after those things happened? You moved on. You made the best of rejection.

You are the person you are today because of the decisions you made to get accepted, and the ones you made after you were rejected.

That’s why rejection can be a good thing. “No” is one of the best things we can hear in order to help us grow into the version of ourselves that we have dreamed to see. It forces us to take a step back. To slow down. To reevaluate our priorities and move forward in a fresh, and new way.

Just like you rejected schools, schools can reject you. I never said that rejection is easy. It sucks, and it can really hurt. Just know that the pain is temporary. This is a reminder from the world around you that the path you dreamed of may not be the path that’s best for you.

Rejection isn’t a stopping point. It’s a bump in the road, and give us an opportunity to reroute where our dreams will take us.

Everything happens for a reason, even rejection.

My College Love Affair

Greetings, friends!

Due to this being my first post, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself before I delve into the topic of this post. My name is Madi Kase and I’m currently a junior at Albion College. I’m originally from Boise, Idaho, but for the past three years I’ve called Michigan home. I am a Public Policy and Religious studies double major, with a concentration in Leadership and Service in Public Policy, and Honors. I’m involved in Student Senate, the Admission office, the Food Hub in the city of Albion, and I’m the President of my sorority, Delta Gamma.

Sometimes I even set aside time in my day to breathe.

The thing that really keeps me going, makes my day brighter, and gives me hope, is my love affair. I don’t mean to be cheesy, but I genuinely believe I’m the luckiest girl on campus. My love affair is all consuming, raw, silly, and never ceases to challenge me to see the world around me in new, creative ways. I really feel like I can be open, and I’m constantly pushed to be the best version of myself. As Carrie Bradshaw said, “I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-eachother love.”, and you know what? I HAVE THAT!

I’m usually pretty modest about my personal life, but this is the type of love that I can’t keep quiet. I want to yell from the mountain tops (the ones I grew up with in Idaho) and since it’s Valentine’s Day, I have no shame in doing so!

I really feel like I can open up to you now, so I’m going to tell you the identity of my love. Here goes nothing- I’m in a crazy, stupid, love affair…with my college.

Isn’t that great?

They say that you’re likely to find the love of your life during your time in college, and the love I found just so happens to be the college itself. I’ve never felt more loved, appreciated, or happy until I came to Albion. The community around me pushes me to be the best “me” I can be. Whether Albion does that by opening me up to new ways of thinking and others around the world, saying “yes you can!” when I’m troubled with fear and doubt, or allowing me to laugh and be silly, in my most raw form, Albion always does it, and it does it well.

The people here are my family and truly care about my well-being, and would never let me feel alone. They give me hope, and the most liberating type of happiness.

Some may think I’m crazy for being as busy as I am, but I couldn’t disagree more. I’m passionate about everything I’m involved in here, and wouldn’t change it for the world. I think that when you’re in love, you take all that your love has to offer. I’ve done that at Albion, and continue to every day.

Albion cares and changes people for the better. I will never have a love like the one I have for Albion; it’s a love affair I’ll never forget, and will always have the desire to share with others.

I love Albion and Albion loves me back.

My heart is full here.

Why an 8 a.m. Class is a Blessing and a Curse

Most college students who talked to high school seniors tell them that no matter what you do, avoid 8 a.m. classes. After hearing stories of dreadful morning classes where students had to drag themselves out of bed, I had a pretty bad image in my head of what they were like. But being in high school, I thought hey, they couldn’t be that bad, I used to wake up at 6:30 every morning! I would soon find out that life in college is much different.

As a freshman, you don’t have that much say in what your schedule will look like. Being the last Albion students to choose classes, sometimes you have no choice but to enroll in that horrendous 8 a.m. Unfortunately, this was me as an incoming freshman at Albion College. One of the class requirements as a freshman is a first-year seminar class. With many different options to choose from, I selected a class called Heroes, which just happened to meet every tuesday and thursday at 8 in the morning.

Still thinking the class would be no problem for me, I set my alarm clock for 7:30, assuming I would get up from bed and head straight to class. But that morning, I suddenly realized where the numerous negative opinions and comments came from. I woke up that morning barely able to keep my eyes open, basically glued to my bed. With it being the first meeting of the semester for this class, I knew I had to get up and get myself there. By the time I stumbled around my room and grabbed a quick bite to eat, I was arriving at 7:58, still half asleep. At that point I knew what a struggle this 8 a.m. class was going to be.

What made this so much harder? Maybe it was the midday two hour nap on Monday, which resulted in being up much later than planned. It also could have been our first three hour baseball practice the day before. But whatever it was, waking up that morning made high school mornings look like a walk in the park.

Although the first few weeks weren’t pleasant, I soon learned that there were actually a few upsides to having an 8 a.m. class:

  1. Good way to get out of things: Having an 8 a.m. class gives you a valid excuse out of a lot of things. If you’re like the baseball team, you might have morning lifts before class. But being one of the players with an 8 a.m., I get to leave first before everyone else finishes up their sprints. Coach can’t get mad at you for getting to class and focusing on your studies.
  2. Get it out of the way: As the semester went on, I began to realize that while I was working out or catching up on sleep during the day, most everyone else was in class. Another positive of the early class is having some open time during the day and being done with one class before most people wake up.
  3. The early bird gets the worm: As bad as it seems, I actually came to enjoy my 8 a.m., and I continue to take them. Being up before most people on campus means you get the best breakfast that Baldwin Cafe has to offer, you get to see the sunrise twice out of the whole week, and you also get to see people who haven’t adjusted to the 8 a.m. life —rolling out of beds in their sweats and slippers, looking like they just ran through a tornado.

So if you have the choice of taking an early class or not, I say go for it. Although it may be tough getting up early a couple times a week, you’ll come to realize that you’re not in college if you’re not taking an 8 a.m.


I Try to Be Superwoman, but Reality is Humbling.

One of the greatest advantages of being an Albion College student is the opportunity to involve yourself in all the clubs and organizations on campus. Being a part of an organization on campus allows yourself to be opened up to so many new people and new opportunities, it would be a big mistake if you let yourself pass it by. With over 100 student organizations, almost every student on campus has their own experiences in making the best out of their college experience.

So far in college, I have seen the benefits and disadvantages of being involved in many organizations in campus. I have been involved in organizations that I am very passionate about, and also have been a part organizations I have yet to find my definitive purpose in, and had no ambition in.  It started my Freshman year when I joined a few different clubs and organizations on campus, trying to get involved as I could and scoop up as many leadership positions that were available to me to improve my skills and gain experience. From the get go, I was very eager about my leadership positions, and found it very easy to balance academics, extracurricular, and my social life. I was having a great time being so involved on campus, and when I joined Greek Life my second semester on campus, my life became even more enriched with opportunities. Ending my second semester, I had initiated an idea I had for a while for myself—starting a DECA chapter on Albion’s Campus. Getting closer to the end of my first year of college, I was already excited for the next year to come, and all the opportunities I had in front of me.

All the ambition that I had in starting a DECA chapter, being the marketing chair for my business fraternity, joining investment club, and being Vice President of Recruitment for my sorority dampened a little bit when I realized that I had taken on a very big task for myself, as well as trying to still see my friends and be an involved sister in my sorority. Trying to keep myself on track and accomplish all of my duties in my positions, I created the most detailed planner known to man, and kept it closer to me than most of my secrets. Every part of my life was, and still is in my planner, however, something that I failed to plan in is my depreciating interest in a few of my goals. I realized that I might have to take a back seat in some of my organizations to fully give my time and effort to those that mean a lot to me, and I can really see myself and the organization grow.

I am excited to see where this semester will take me, as I figure out my true passions on campus. Being involved is a very enriching experience, however, you have to keep yourself in tune with the world around you and make sure you are not overloading yourself with goals and tasks, and do what is best for every organization in the long-run.

Why Time Flies in College

Everyone who has experienced college always told me: “Enjoy college, they’re the best years of your life” and, “I wish I could go back”. Last year as a freshman, I didn’t really understand why my older sisters and friends were preaching this to me. At one point in my first semester at Albion, I had two papers to write, two tests the next week, and hadn’t slept in 36 hours. To me, this didn’t seem like the most exciting time of my life. Besides the schoolwork, I was still having a ton of fun with this new thing called college. But even then, I knew I still had three more full years of this, which felt like eternity to me. It didn’t take long for me to realize that three years in college is not an eternity.

And now all of a sudden, here I am, scheduling my classes for the second semester of my sophomore year. I have narrowed in on a major, and planning my future. After this year I will be half way done with my college experience at Albion. I’ll be thinking about internships and the next stage of my life. Where did the time go? It finally starts clicking why I was told to enjoy these years and make the most of them. I am already looking back on my freshman year of baseball, which flew by too fast. I can barely remember specific games, just all the fun I had being on the team. I can also look back on my first college summer, working as much as possible and being with family. But why did these events go by so fast? When they’re happening they seem like they could, and should, last forever.

Speaking from little experience, it seems that these years go by so fast because of the nature that they are in. As college students, we are constantly doing new and exciting things. Even if we don’t want to, we are usually going to find ourselves in situations we didn’t expect. We could be joining a new club that interests us, or waking up at the crack of dawn to study; both being scenarios we would have never pictured ourselves in a year or two ago, but yet here we are. On top of this, we are constantly meeting new people at parties or the lounge of our dorms, keeping our social life fresh and appealing. And one more thing. Many students at Albion College have an extra activity on their plates: sports. Being a student-athlete brings another complete set of priorities to a college students’ life. Meetings, practices, and workouts are just a few of the things that athletes go through on a day-to-day basis on campus.

Yes, doing all of this is great, but why does it actually make time go faster than usual? When we are constantly doing homework, working out, or taking the little free time we have to take a nap, the only thing we are not thinking about is time. Most of us are moving a mile-a-minute 6 out of 7 days in the week, focusing on anything and everything except how slow time is going (sitting in class may be the only exception). Visiting other colleges and taking spontaneous trips home just contribute more to how fast college passes. We are constantly pre-occupied with meeting deadlines or having a good time with the people around us to worry about the time of day or what month it is.

And it feels to me that as I get older, the time just keeps on going faster. Maybe it’s just me, but every time I blink I’m pretty sure another month goes by. So as cliche as it is for me to say this, enjoy college, they are the best years of our life. And make the most of them so you can look back with no regret.

Fall Excitement

Fall is a great time of year. But as an Albion College baseball player, it is even more exciting this fall. Once on campus, we have a couple of weeks to get back in the swing of college life, and then it’s time for fall ball. And with the construction of the new Davis Athletic Complex underway, along with a fresh season to look forward to, we are all itching to get started. Seeing the soccer/lacrosse field looking great brings us to a whole other level.

But although the whole complex is coming together beautifully, the new Frank Joranko field has been put last on the priority list, due to our official season not being until the spring. Not gonna lie, it’s been tough watching the men and women’s soccer teams play on their new field, while watching ours being built. It all makes sense, but I just can’t wait to get on our new field in the new facility with a whole new field, as well as brand new dugouts, cages, and bullpens.


Due to our field being under construction, the baseball team has moved our practices to local Albion High School for the fall. With a good amount of work done to the field and a little love, it has proven to be a good field to practice on. And while I continue to be jealous of the student-athletes playing on their new field, I know that the new Frank Joranko field in the spring will be well worth the wait.

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