Crash Course: Walsh University

Crash Course: Walsh University

Everything that you need to know for your freshman year!
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You’ve made your decision, to Walsh University you will go! Freshman year is a challenge, an adjustment, and there are some things you should know…

Classes, professors, and more.

This is the actual reason you are here: an education. There is a learning curve between high school and college classes. No one is looking out for you now. You are on your own. Word of advice: go to class. It is true that if you miss a day, you miss a lot. Get up for the early classes and take a nap later. It is more important to get the information. Once there were only five people in my 20-person class and my professor reviewed all the material with us and gave us specific test questions because no one else was there. It really will be in your best interest to go to class.

Your professors are there to teach you, but also to help you. Go to their office hours and ask for help when struggling with class. Also stop by the tutoring center for some peer tutoring and help with subjects you are struggling in. Professors are also helpful when scheduling classes. Building strong connections with professors is important, especially for recommendations you may need later on.

Food

Best meals at the Scherve: Mac n’ Cheese bar, Italian Days and Brunch

Grille: The best meal at the Grille is by far the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, but they have a ton of great options for in-between classes!

Use the to-go container. It is a one-time purchase of $5 and definitely useful. If you don’t want to wash them, you can bring your dirty to-go box for a new, clean one. Make sure you don’t go hungry and take some food back to your dorm for late-night studying.

The Bucket- The on-campus convenience store located in the Towers Connector has everything you need! Ben and Jerry’s is a personal favorite of mine from the Bucket.

RA’s and Peacemakers

The RA’s are there to make sure you enjoy your life in the dorms and at Walsh and stay safe. If you have any questions at all they are a great people to ask. Whether it is roommate problems, not sure where your philosophy class is, or you need a friend for dinner, RA’s can help you out. They are all awesome people and make great friends.

Peacemakers work with Residence Life and Campus Ministry and live in the freshman residence halls to help your transition. The peacemaker is there for the students to help them whenever they need it. They can be a shoulder to cry on, a person to share things with, and of course, a great friend.

How to Get Involved

Campus Ambassadors: The faces of Walsh University. These are the tour guides and students who help with open houses, shadows and overnights.

Agape: A religious retreat taking place September 16-18. A wonderful weekend to meet new people and grow in faith!

Dance Marathon: A 17-hour dance marathon benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network. A long, yet rewarding night filled with fun and dancing!

Clubs for your major: From pre-professional, theology, and education clubs, you can always find one to be involved in. And you don’t have to be in the major to join!

Discover: This freshman retreat takes place in January and is a fantastic weekend. You get the opportunity to meet your class and learn from upperclassmen.

Congrats on your decision! Walsh is so excited to welcome you!

Cover Image Credit: Walsh University Summer Orientation 2016

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The Cliche 'Follow Your Heart' Is Probably The Most Important Cliche Of All Time

Our heart or our brain? What should we listen to first?

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In life, we are constantly faced with tough decisions concerning relationships, college, career, marriage … the list of decisions we must make in a lifetime is endless. This means, however, that there are plenty of moments in our life where we will put into question our very own intuition, where we will waste time going back and forth between our mind and our soul. So then we ask ourselves when faced with a decision, what do we listen to? What should we listen to? Our brain or our heart?

Yeah, okay so following your heart is probably the most cliche thing you've ever heard. Our younger selves constantly heard the saying all the time growing up. Did we act on it? Maybe, but not in the ways that we should be acting on it now. Give it a chance and just think about it for a second.

I've realized that as you get older, it becomes harder to just listen to yourself. There are distractions all around you. Some come from the comments of your peers, some come from the devices in your hands, some come from the news headlines you see in bold. With this, you find yourself struggling to find a balance between thinking about something and just doing it. You find yourself unable to decipher what exactly you should listen to. You suddenly become lost within your own little world.

Who would you be if you didn't follow your heart? Would your life be completely different than it is now?

If we think about how we got to the place we're at today, we simultaneously also think about those decisions I mentioned earlier. And those decisions were probably mostly made from our own intuition, not from logistical thinking. The sad part is we don't even realize this, and we don't even realize how important this is.

How did you choose a college? Deciding where you're going to spend the next four years of your life, working towards a career is a big deal. Some will describe their decision as a feeling they got when they stepped on campus. Yes, the tuition was a factor along with retention rates and undergraduate programs and study abroad opportunities, but the one factor that truly mattered was how they felt so at home, while in reality being so far away from their hometown. So, this decision was made from a feeling, this decision was made from the heart.

Relationships. When deciding to tell someone you love them, you're following your heart. When deciding to commit to someone in a relationship or in a friendship or whatever it may be, you're following your heart. You're putting everything on the line because of how you feel. Nothing else matters. Just the two of you, together, happy and in love. And because of that, because of the magnitude of that one feeling, you listen to your heart first and figure out everything else later. Now, being able to have that, being able to experience this type of love, well that's just one of the best feelings in the world.

We can even consider a career. When trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, you are looking for that feeling, for that career to find you. You are searching for that inevitable inclination telling you, you're meant to do something in this world. You dream big imagining yourself doing this one job that you feel so passionately about, changing the world and inspiring others to do the same. You are motivated by this one field so much that you decide to do it for the rest of your life. If that's not following your heart, then I don't know what is.

It seems so obvious. We hear "follow your heart" all the time. But do we ever actually realize how much impact a heart can have on one's life? No. And that's why it's maybe not so obvious. Because we're told to follow our hearts, but we never actually take the time to comprehend it. And so, we live our lives letting this concept of intuition before cognition become underrated. We let it secretly impact some of our most important life decisions without even ever realizing it.

So realize it. From now on don't just listen. Act. Follow your heart as much as you can and never look back.

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