12 Reasons You Should Be Excited For Dance Marathon

12 Reasons You Should Be Excited For Dance Marathon

It'll change your life.
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Every organization on campus has something to offer. Knowledge, networking, or even just friendship. But one thing you can't say about every organization is that just by joining you are helping a mission dedicated to saving lives. If you're on the fence about joining Dance Marathon (DM), here's a couple reasons why its the best decision you'll ever make.

1. It's fun!

Why would you join something if it wasn't fun? From the line dance to a late night/early morning rave, all 24 hours are designed to keep you having fun.

2. The colors

It is so fun to go all out in one color and look crazy.

3. And it is free to join!

So, it's free, it's fun, and there will be food... Why are you not signed up yet?

4. The kids

There's truly nothing more uplifting than when your legs are tired, your body is sore and you'd rather be anywhere, and you see a child who has lived most their life in a hospital running around with the biggest smile on their face because of this event and because of you. There's truly nothing better.

5. It challenges you

And even though standing on your feet for 24 straight hours without sitting and without sleeping is incredibly hard, knowing that your temporary pain may relieve the pain a child feels on a day to day basis makes it completely worth it.

6. You might meet your best friends

Maybe they'll be on your team, maybe they'll be your morale captain, or maybe the people you dance with this year will inspire you to get a higher position next year where you will meet your family. It may have taken me 2 years since my first time dancing, but I met my family through DM.

7. And it might ignite a passion inside of you

Because if you let it change your life, it will.

8. Finishing the line dance

Even when you're tired, sore and ready to go home as soon as physically possible, it is so awesome to finally put together the dance you've been working on for 24 hours.

9. Biker run-in

While we are all dancing, over one hundred crazy students are biking from Cincinnati to Bowling Green with the same goal in mind -- to raise money FTK (for the kids). When they get back, sore and tired from biking 180 miles, it is pretty amazing.

10. The bracelet cutting

For those who haven't done DM before, the bracelet cutting ceremony isn't something I want to give away. All I'll say is, get ready for the waterworks.

11. The reveal

While it may seem like a 24 hour event, the fundraising and work that goes into Dance Marathon starts the moment the last one ends. Fundraising and hard work is an incredibly long process and to see all of the hard work pay off in a 6-figure number that goes entirely to the kids is indescribable.

12. The miracles

It may be 24 hours to you, but it is the highlight of the year for some of the miracle kids. Hearing their stories, watching them forget their cares for a day, and raising money to better their lives will make this the best organization you could ever be a part of.

Cover Image Credit: DM at BGSU

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To The Nursing Major

Is it all worth it?
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"You're going to feel like quitting. You're going to struggle. You'll have days where you'll wonder, 'what's it all for?' You'll have days when people attempt to break you down, or challenge your intelligence, skills and right to be where you are. You'll have moments when you question your own abilities, and perhaps your sanity - but you'll rise. You'll rise, because your strength as a nurse is not determined by one grade, one shift or one job - it's an ongoing journey of learning, honor, humility and a chance to make even the smallest difference in the lives of your patients."

Don't ever give up on achieving your dreams to be a nurse. Keep pushing forward, no matter how hard it is. Nursing is not an easy major. You will have very little, if any, time to do anything other than study. But just think about how great it will feel to connect with a patient, pray with them, and even save his or her life. This will make all of the late night studying, weekly breakdowns, countless cups of coffee, and tests so hard all you want to do is cry, worth it. To see a patient's face light up when you walk in his or her room will make your heart melt and you'll know you chose the right major.

The kind of nurse you will be isn't based on a test grade, it's based on your heart for the people you are caring for. You may have failed a class, but don't let that ruin you. Try again and keep pushing toward your goal. Don't allow others around you to drag you down and tell you you aren't good enough to be a nurse. Show them how strong you are and that you will never give up. There will be days when all you want to do is quit, I know I question my major more than once a week; however, there is a patient out there that needs you and your caring heart. You can do this, have faith in yourself that you can move mountains.

I will say that you definitely must have a heart for nursing. Personally, I want to be a Pediatric Oncologist and work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Just the thought of those precious children going through the hardest part of their lives, keeps me going so that I can be there for them. I want to be a light to my patients and their families during a dark time. When I feel like giving up, I just think about how many lives I have the chance to touch and I keep on going. So when you feel like giving up, just think about your future patients and how you can make a difference, even if its only for one person. I love the quote from Katie Davis that states, "I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. But I can change the world for one person. So I will keep loving, one person at a time." Even though this quote is about foreign missions, I believe it fits the mold for nursing as well. Nurses have the opportunity to change the world for people everyday. Just remember that, smile, don't give up, and keep pushing toward your goal.

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Starbucks Just Opened Its First-Ever Sign Language Location And We Are SO Here For It

Complete with the cutest mugs we've ever seen.

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On October 23rd, Starbucks opened their doors to the first ever U.S. signing store in Washington, D.C. In addition to the 20 to 25 people who are all fluent in American Sign Language, this location features lower tables, lower ordering counters, brighter lights, no background music, and larger text sizes, to accommodate for easier communication between baristas and customers.

Along with these features, the Washington, D.C. store, located in an existing Starbucks, includes tablets for customers to write their orders and screens to alert customers when drinks and food items are ready.

Aesthetically speaking, the new location will feature brighter lighting and many displays of ASL artwork. These original touches include "Starbucks" written in sign on aprons and in the window, a mural meant to encapsulate and celebrate deaf culture, and mugs designed by a deaf artist.

An article from Starbucks Newsroom says that there will be "a variety of enhancements to support the Deaf and hard of hearing partner and customer experience. Deaf baristas will have ASL aprons embroidered by a Deaf supplier, and hearing partners who sign will have an "I Sign" pin."

These are all initiatives put in place and sponsored by the Deaf Leadership of the Starbucks Access Alliance.

Store Manager Matthew Gilsbach, who is deaf himself, told Washingtonian in an interview, "We often talk about being the third place. We are your third place, you have your home, you have your work, and then you come here for a break between those two things to enjoy your day and your coffee," says Gilsbach. "So too does the deaf and hard of hearing community. And now they have direct access to other options for their third place. They don't have to feel isolated. Deaf and hard of hearing people have a place to come to call their own."

Starbucks has a history in both the positive and negative lights for getting involved in the news, and this store, creating opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing customers, is yet another step in the right direction.

To find out how to sign your Starbucks order, Manager Matthew Gilsbach offers some tips here:

To all the pumpkin spice latte fans out there...

Starbucks Manager Matthew Gilsbach signing "pumpkin spice." Washingtonian

For all my friends who just like coffee...

Starbucks Manager Matthew Gilsbach signing "coffee." Washingtonian

And if you're trying to be polite...

Starbucks Manager Matthew Gilsbach signing "please and thank you." Washingtonian

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