I hope the Snow Doesn’t Melt so Quickly
Winter finally feels like it has come upon us as the snow has begun to fall at and around Wabash College. Many people do not like the snow up here because it nuisance to drive in. For me, it’s refreshing, and it makes the school look less drab during some of the difficult work weeks. It’s also something I usually do not get the pleasure to see in Georgia. So I want to enjoy it while I can!
I want to congratulate the swim team for their hard work this weekend by coming in 3rd at the Calvin Invitational, beating out Kalamazoo College. That’s quite a feat, and that only means good things to come during conference and possibly beyond!
For those thinking this is going to be Dead Week, it’s a myth! Just prepare to do work like any other week, because you will only have one week for finals afterward. Good luck everyone! Wabash Always Fights!
Ben Looking off in the distance at the Georgia Sunset
First off, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Despite being home for the holidays, I still have my share of busy workloads. I have been getting in some applications to various graduate schools for neuroscience these past few weekends. Right now, I am putting the finishing touches on the applications before I send them off. I am really hoping for the best!
I was thinking of heading back to Wabash on Saturday, but I can’t miss the Georgia/Georgia Tech game in a rivalry we call “Clean Ole Fashioned Hate.” We all know UGA is going to win even without Murray, but it should be a good show nevertheless. When I get back, I hope we all get recharged enough to get the semester finished! Wabash Always Fights!
The last Monon Bell week of my career has finally come to a close. Besides my freshman year, in which Wabash came in against an undefeated DePauw team, there has been little drama around which team would keep the Bell. As expected, Wabash beat DePauw by a landslide, marking five straight years with the Monon Bell. It cannot get much better than that!
Thanksgiving Break is looming around the corner, and while I am excited to get back home, there is so much work that I have to get done here! Projects and papers are starting to creep up on me much more quickly than I imagined. It’s hard to believe that the semester is actually almost over. I’m glad we got to enjoy the victory, but now it is time to get to work again. Wabash Always Fights!
The sport that has been a major influence on my life and one of the main reasons I came to Wabash is now behind me. After being sick with a dry cough for about 8 weeks during the swim season (and still going), I have decided to call it quits on my final season at Wabash.
After 12 years of competitive swimming, letting the sport go is not as bad as I pictured it being. When you are stuck in swimming mode your whole life, it’s hard to think of another way to live your life, so I was more afraid of letting it go than anything else. Besides, this sport has made me who I am today. I owe my work ethic, my physical shape, my friends, and my commitments to swimming. But I think some things should come to an end at a point. For me, I think this choice is wise because, while swimming on the team has been great, it put an unhealthy amount of stress on my day-to-day. Now I can give me more time to focus on applying to graduate school.
Monon Bell Week is upon as well. Many sports events are going on this week against our classic foe, DePauw, including the classic Monon Bell Football Game this Saturday. The swim team is also traveling to DePauw tomorrow afternoon, which should also be extremely competitive. Let’s make for an awesome Bell week! WAF!
Despite being sick yet again, the swim team came in with a clutch victory over Rose-Hulman this weekend! I am not going to lie. That was probably one of the most exciting swim meets I have been to at the Bash. The team really showed up when it needed to, and we had some great swims! I also want to give a shout out to the Sphinx Club for making your presence known last night. It was awesome, and it really got the team pumped up. If you want to read more about the meet, just click here.
In other news, not much has happened at Wabash of late except business as usual. Right now I am running a couple psychology studies, one in the rat lab and another for human research. It’s been a pretty hectic schedule this past week, and I haven’t gotten much sleep because of it. So this Saturday, after getting a little more work done, I am just going to kick back and enjoy the night with my roommates!
I will be sure to update you guys on the interesting events going around on campus. November is usually action-packed as the semester winds to a close. WAF!
Adam and Chorp Getting Ready for the 500 Free (Andy in front, Adam 3rd from the front)
Until last week, I have only had to pull one full library night in my college career. This past week I stayed in the library to 2 AM, not once, but twice due to a literature review paper that had gotten away from me because of fall break. Hopefully, these long nights will be the last of my Wabash career!
Coach Noble and I in Thug Mode
This weekend, the Wabash swim team went up to Lafeyette to swim intercollegiate at Purdue University. We had a pretty good outing this weekend. A lot of us improved on our in-season bests from last year, which is always a good sign for the beginning of the season. My roommate Joel Paquin whipped out a crazy fast swim in his 500 freestyle, 4:52, and I had some pretty good outings in my fly events. All in all, not a bad meet with our new swim coach Brent Noble. Because he was unfamiliar with the Purdue layout, Coach Noble managed to get us lost on the way up there, but we made it on time and still swam awesome!
While I am sure many students got to go home this weekend and some time with their families this fall break, that was not the case for me. I am okay with that, though. After a tough and interesting week with our new swim coach, Coach Noble, I spent my Thursday and Friday getting ready for the GRE, which is required to get in to most grad schools. I am actually pretty happy with how I did, and it is surely a relief to finally get that test out of the way because it is four hours of non-stop monotonous reading and filling out bubbles. Now, it is all about finding a place I want to do research at, which is becoming quite a challenge.
Now that I’ve made it through fall break, which seemed way too short (and it was), another Wabash week is right around the corner. Let’s get it done, guys!
It’s been an interesting past couple of weeks. Swim practices have been moving along, like usual, but I have been MIA for the past few days because I am dealing with a cough that has rendered me unable to get across a pool without feeling like I am splitting a lung. Aside from that, news is coming that we will be getting a new head coach as early as next week. I won’t say any names until it becomes official, but I am pretty pumped. Coach Logan has been doing a great job so far, though.
Dyadic Logo – The Electronic Music Group my brother and I put together
To get my mind a little off of schoolwork, looking at graduate schools, and my lack of swimming at the moment, my brother and I made a little remix of Calvin Harris’ We’ll Be Coming Back for You featuring Example. To listen to it, go here. I usually don’t self-promote my music, but I think it’s fun to see what others think of the stuff we put out there.
This coming weekend is the first swim meet against Denison. The guys have really prepared big time for the meet, and I am pretty pumped to see how we end up doing against the fastest school in the nation. Let’s do it!
After a tough Saturday morning swim practice, I got to attend the mGlurRs Symposium and look at some cool student research and listen to professors in the field. The mGluRs Symposium is a neuroscience symposium, in which current undergraduates from the Midwest present their research, ranging from behavioral neuroscience to molecular neuroscience. Wabash College actually hosted it for the first time this year, and we get another chance to do it again next year. Student research came from Oberlin College, Baldwin-Wallace University, Allegheny College, and a few more schools in the Midwest.
A Long Line of Posters at the Annual mGluRs Symposium
After attending to most of the posters, I had the opportunity of doing presenting the work I did with Dr. Aubele-Futch this summer here at Wabash College. It was a nerve-racking experience, because this was actually the first time I ever gave a talk about a research project I had done in front of a pretty sizable crowd. All in all, I think it went really well, had a fun time, and a good reaction from the folks in the crowd.
After a busy weekend, I am surely relieved it is over. I’m also glad to see that Wabash football blew out Allegheny and my Georgia Bulldogs topped off the weekend with a win against LSU! WAF!
Yesterday afternoon was my last first swim practice during my Wabash career – perhaps ever. There was nothing really special about the day, but it is something I can reflect on as I spend my last year here at Wabash. It’s hard to imagine what life will be like after college. I suppose, more or less, it will be lots of preparation, just like when I was looking for a place to go to college four years ago. It will just be that much harder.
I feel like I know what path I want to go, but it still feels like I do not know as much as I thought I would in four years. Only time will tell how things will lay out. Anyways, things are rolling by, like usual. Congrats to Wabash football for bashing the Big Red at homecoming. WAF!