About me

Georgia

My name is Georgia Brittan. I am a sophomore here at PC majoring in Communications. I am from Perth, Western Australia, and made the long journey to South Dakota for a Soccer scholarship. Back home in Australia I live with my mom, dad, two younger brothers, and multitude of pets (cats, dogs, and chickens). When I am at home I enjoy playing Soccer, hanging out with my friends doing game nights, watching movies and Netflix, and spending time with my family. I have a strong interest in documentary films, travel, and publishing and editing, and would love to incorporate these interests into my career someday.

Packing for Christmas Break

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New Year's Resolutions

As it gets closer to the end of the year, and the beginning of 2018, people tend to start reflecting on the year that has gone by, the good, the bad, and the things that they would like to change. This is where people start making promises to themselves of things that they will do next year.

There are a few important things to consider when making you new year’s resolutions to ensure that you get the best out of them:

1. Make sure they are realistic: Don’t set insanely difficult or impossible goals for yourself, like “I’m going to climb the corporate ladder to be CEO next year!” unless that is of course possible for yourself. Make them more realistic like, “I’m going to get a promotion next year.”

2. Only set a small number of goals: There is no use in setting 50 goals to achieve in one year, because this is also unrealistic. You will only stress yourself out and ultimately disappoint yourself if you can’t achieve these goals. There is also no way to be able to spend enough time working on each goal if you have too many.

3. They don’t always have to be big goals: it is okay to set yourself a couple of small things to work on for next year. Your goals might be as simple as to smile more, or stop using your phone before bed. They don’t always have to be huge or life changing.

4. Don’t make empty promises to yourself: make goals that you will actually be determined to work towards achieving. It always happens that people are committed for the first week or two and then tend to give up. So, pick something that you know you can work at for the whole year to develop a new habit.

5. Make them specific: part of the problem is that people keep making their resolutions very vague. If you aren’t specific with your resolution, then it is too easy to stray from your plans or give up entirely. So instead of saying that you want to “get fit”, instead say that you want to “go to the gym 3 times a week every week”.

These are the important things to consider and keep in mind when making your new year’s resolutions. So, enjoy your clean eating and technology detox’s people! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Favorite Christmas Films

It’s December! Which means that the Christmas films are coming out in their hundreds. I absolutely love everything Christmas and seeing the Christmas movies being played on tv is a sure sign that the best holiday of the year is on its way! So, if you were looking for a Christmas film to put on here is a list of my 5 favorite Christmas movies:

1. Elf: This movie is usually on everyone’s list of Christmas movies, either their favorite’s or their most hated. It is one of those movies where you love to watch it at Christmas time or you want to throw your tv out the window when it comes on. I happen to really like this film, it’s funny and an original idea. The only downside to this film is that it gets played about 10 times every day throughout the month of December, so it does get slightly overplayed.

2. Home Alone: This is one of the most classic Christmas movies for me since I was a child. I will watch it almost every Christmas, and can quote the movie a bunch. I think it’s great and I always admired Kevin for his self-defense abilities and smarts. I always wished I was that smart and creative.

3. The Santa Clause: Tim Allen is a fantastic actor, and this film is one of my favorites. Seeing his physical changes into Santa Claus was really funny when I was a child. But now I love how accepting he was of his new role as Santa. I just love this film, it’s a really positive, fun Christmas film to watch.

4. The Polar Express: This has to be my equal favorite Christmas film. I watch it every Christmas without fail. I am a huge fan of Tom Hanks, and I love how beautiful the animation is. I love the theme of the film and the idea of childhood imagination. I am a huge advocate for having imagination and dreams and I love the innocence of childhood imagination. My favorite part of the film is from when they are in the north pole to the very end of the film. I love every minute of it.

5. Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas: This is my other equal favorite Christmas movie. It has been a staple of my Christmas experiences since I was a little child, and even though the Grinch used to scare me a little bit I absolutely love it. I think it is one of the most iconic Christmas films of my generation and I guarantee that I will be playing this movie for my children one day.

These are my 5 favorite Christmas films. So if you are unsure what Holiday film to put on this December, pick one of these, I don’t think you’ll regret it!

Christmas Gift Ideas

Thinking of ideas for Christmas gifts can be very difficult, especially when you have to buy presents for so many people. There are some things to take into consideration for buying gifts:

– What do they need? (are there any things that the person needs?)

– What do they want? (have they hinted at something that they want?)

– Price point (have you and your family/friends set a budget or price limit on gifts for the year?)

– Sentiment or practicality? (would this person appreciate a sentimental gift, perhaps hand-made, or would they prefer a more practical gift that they can use?)

Here are a few random gift ideas for people in your family and friends for this Christmas:

– Gift basket: buy a basket/box and put some small goodies in them like a coffee mug, warm socks, tea/coffee, chocolate, winter gloves, a book etc.

– Watch/jewelry: you can’t go wrong with a nice piece of jewelry or a watch for a family member or friend. If you want to make it more personal and sentimental you can always include an engraving with a nice little message.

– CDs/DVDs: I don’t know about you, but my parents still love getting DVDs and CDs of new releases for Christmas and birthdays. I love the idea of CDs especially now that everything is digital, and people don’t really buy CDs too often anymore, they are becoming more sentimental every year.

– House plants: these have been becoming more popular and on trend lately. You can find really cute small or large house plants and nice fancy pots. These are cute gifts to give friends and family that own a house or a rental that they can’t decorate permanently.

– Gift vouchers for a specific event: I am not usually a fan of gift cards for Christmas presents, because to me feel it feels impersonal, but if you know that someone in your family or friends is adventurous or something like that then you can always get them a voucher for an event like hot air balloon ride, or sky diving, or a massage if they are less adventurous.

– DIY artwork: If you are strapped for cash or unsure of what to purchase, there are plenty of cute little DIY art projects that you can do that make the perfect gift. String art is a classic example, you can make a unique and customized design that they can hang on the wall. Pinterest is a great place to get plenty of art and craft ideas for gifts.

These are just a few ideas of gifts that you could get for friends and family if you are out of ideas. Even though the Christmas gift shopping process can be brutal and exhausting, if you try to enjoy it and enjoy the thought of buying a great gift for someone special, then it can make the whole process a lot easier.

My First Thanksgiving

Being from Australia I only experienced my first ever Thanksgiving last year. I was lucky enough to be invited to celebrate this holiday with my roommate Tyler and her family in Washington. For me personally, the most festive thing about this holiday is the food, and the preparation of it as well as the eating it with family. It was my first ever experience eating Turkey and cranberry sauce. It was also my first experience helping to make the cranberry sauce. It was overwhelming to think that the meal preparation for this holiday takes up most of the day, starting in the morning if you want to eat at a decent time. It was a lovely experience to be able to share with Tyler and her family. They did a great job of making me feel very welcome. Tyler’s sister also made pie which was absolutely delicious.

The only major mishap of the trip was trying to get back to school after the holiday was over. There was a snow storm and our ride left early, so we had to see if anyone was willing and able to pick us up from Bismarck. This was incredibly stressful and tested our problem-solving abilities, but ultimately, we had some knights in shining armor drive up to Bismarck to pick us up.

My first ever thanksgiving was incredible. Being able to see Portland, Seattle and more remote parts of Washington was absolutely incredible. I am so grateful to my roommate Tyler and her family for inviting me along for this family occasion. But I absolutely loved my first ever Thanksgiving experience.

Things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to reflect on the things that are the most important to you in your life and the things that you are most grateful for. Here are the things that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving:

My Family:

My beautiful family are the most important people in my life. My brothers (Ethan and Joel) are the coolest and most lovely boys that I am so blessed to have as my siblings, and I miss them dearly. My parents are the most beautiful, smart, loving, supportive people I have and will ever meet in my life. They would do anything for their family and they are my safety net and my best friends. I am eternally thankful for my family.

My Highschool friends:

These people were my heart and soul that got me through the hardest and most stressful years of my life with plenty of hugs and laughs. They are some of the most special people that I get to come home to after America. They are some of my favorite people that understand and accept me for me quirks and flaws and all. I never fail to have the best time with them! I am so grateful for my friends.

 My College Friends:

These people are my family away from home. They are the ones who are there on my worst days to pick me up and they are the ones that are right by my side laughing with me on my best days. I would have been completely lost here at college without them and I could not imagine being here if I didn’t have them. My best friends are definitely life-long friends and the memories that we have made I will carry with me forever. They are definitely people that I am completely and utterly thankful for.

My Team:

Although these girls definitely fit in the category above I wanted to give them a separate shout out. These girls have absolutely made my college experience. I have never played for a team where I have felt such a bond and sisterhood with the team as I do with these girls. Seeing them every single day during the season was usually a highlight of my day and even when we weren’t having the most success we were always there to pick each other back up. These girls are the sisters I never had as cheesy as that sounds. I am so thankful for each and every one of these girls.

Soccer:

This sport has been my form of therapy and escape and passion since I was 7 years old. It was the opportunity that brought me to America. It has been there for me on my worst days when I was in tears on the way to practice and my mom would tell me to just go out and run. Even though sometimes I tell myself that I am going to take a break from the sport I can never stay away from it. I get an overwhelming feeling to be out on the field playing again. It has also seen some of the most ecstatic celebrations and moments of pure joy when my team has come out as champions. This sport is my life and I am incredibly thankful for it.

 

These are just some of the things that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving. I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the things that you are grateful for and take some time to thank the people that mean the most to you.

Post-Season Blues

When your sport’s season finishes for the year it is not uncommon to feel a sudden sense of loneliness and longing to play again. This happens to me every time the Soccer season finishes. Even though, to a degree, I was ready for this season past season to be over because of injury, soreness, and lack of success, I was absolutely dreading it to be over as well. I knew that once it was over I would give anything to be back on the field again with my team. It is a strange feeling to go from seeing your team every single day for practice and games and travel, to potentially not seeing them at all after the season is over apart from classes. It can make you feel lonely and it means that you need to make more effort to see those people outside of class and Soccer.

There is also the issue of exercise. To go from exercising every day of the week through practice and games it can be difficult to get into a routine of exercise that could match that after the season is over. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to have a break after season to let my body recover, but it also means that I have to work out every day at the gym to keep up my fitness and exercise. This is not always ideal for people like me who absolutely hate the gym! But I promised myself that I would go to the gym on a regular basis after season to stay in shape, and so far, it is going well.

I’ve learnt over the past couple of years to not take the season for granted and to enjoy every possible moment with my team. But I’ve also learnt that taking care of yourself and staying busy is the best way to get over the post-season blues.

My Travel Bucket List

There are so many different places in the world that I want to travel to at some point in my life. Some places I want to travel to with family, some with friends, some with my significant other, and some by myself. I think it’s so important to travel and see different places, so here are a list of some of the places that I want to tick off my travel bucket list:

Santorini, Greece:

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This is my dream summertime vacation location. I have wanted to travel here for a few years now because all of the images that I see of this location are absolutely beautiful. If I’m being honest, the first time I ever heard about this place was from an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians when they travelled there, and seeing all of the crisp white buildings against the clear blue backdrop of the Aegean Sea. I think it would an incredibly relaxing vacation with the opportunity for a lot of really stunning holiday pictures. As well as really nice food!

Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

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Amsterdam is another scenic location on my list of places to visit. Apart from its absolutely beautiful scenery around the city with its seasonal trees and canals, Amsterdam is located in an area of the world where the people are known for being exceptionally nice and welcoming. I think this would be a really nice place to visit with your family or significant other as you could soak up some of the culture or just have a romantic trip for two.

South Africa:

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This is a trip that makes me incredibly nervous but excited at the same time. I would love to do a South African Safari trip with my family. I think it would be an incredibly memorable trip to do with my parents and my brothers. I also think that it will make me feel more confident as my dad has been to South Africa many times before and knows the ins and outs of the areas. I think a Safari would be an incredibly exciting experience as well as a very humbling experience seeing all of the animals in their natural habitats just going about their lives rather than being in a zoo.

Scotland, United Kingdom:

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I have a very strange fascination with castles (it is my dream to live in a castle) so doing a trip around Scotland and Ireland to see their castles is absolutely on my bucket list. This is definitely a trip that I could by myself because I could take all the time that I want without having to worry about the person that I am with and whether they are enjoying it or not. I think it would be amazing to be able to take in the grand scale and the history of the buildings. This would definitely be one of those ‘self-exploration’ trips for me.

Abu Dhabi:

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I would love to immerse myself in a completely different culture in a place like Abu Dhabi. I think it would be a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone with my friends or family and have a really exciting experience where I can just take in the culture of a completely different place to anything I have seen before.

These are just some of the places that are on my bucket list. I am going to do my best to visit all of these places and more at some point in my life. I encourage you to also make a list of the places you would love to visit most and I encourage you to work your hardest towards getting there, because as my social studies teacher once told me, “travel is the best education you will ever get!”

Be Kind to Yourself

While it is so important to be kind to other people and make an effort to do good for others, it is also equally as important to be kind to yourself. Especially now that winter is on the horizon and we are making our way towards finals, it is essential that we show ourselves some love. There are a number of things that you can do to be kind to yourself, some of them include:

1. Positive self-talk:

Since you are a child you are taught to speak kindly to others. So why would you speak negatively to yourself? I use positive self-talk, especially when playing Soccer. It motivates me to do my best and gives me the reassurance that I can do well. The Mind Body Green Movement has a list of different mantras that you can use to promote positive self-talk, here is the link: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12637/14-mantras-to-help-you-build-positive-selftalk.html

2. Stop comparing yourself to others so much:

Comparing yourself to others does not actually achieve anything. You are comparing what you do, have, don’t have to someone else who has completely different life experiences. It is like comparing an apple to an orange, it doesn’t make any sense! The better you can get at avoiding comparisons and just focusing on yourself, the happier you will be with what you have. Deborah Carr Ph.D. makes a point that you shouldn’t compare yourself to others because not everyone is born under the same circumstances, and some people are born with more than others.

3. Forgive yourself for mistakes:

People make mistakes. It is impossible for a person to live a perfect life, so to hold a grudge against yourself for making a mistake is just setting yourself up for failure from the outset, as you are bound to make mistakes. Take your mistakes as learning opportunities and move on from them. This will allow to focus more on the present and future, without holding yourself back with things that happened in the past.

4. Accept that not everything will be perfect:

Nobody is perfect. It is completely unreasonable to expect perfection from yourself. This does not mean to not strive for greatness in what you do, but do not expect things to be perfect. You will be constantly disappointed in yourself if you do this, so what’s the point?

5. Treat yourself:

There is nothing wrong with putting yourself first every now and then. So, binge watch some Netflix, or do a facial, or some online shopping. Sometimes treating yourself nicely can make you feel more prepared and capable of tackling the tasks that you have to tackle.

Being good to yourself is as important as being good to others, so take some time to treat yourself nicely and start new habits that promote a better attitude towards yourself. Love yourself!

My Easy Ab Workout

Halloween How To: Whacky Inflatable Arm Guys

– Buy a laundry hamper in designated color and material to match. Enough material to create full length from the bottom of where the hamper sits to your ankles, as well as enough to make sleeves, with a little bit of excess. Hamper I from Walmart and material is from hobby lobby.

-Measure out where your shoulders will sit in the hamper and then measure where to cut the mouth hole. This is where you will see and talk out of, so keep that in mind. Trace the mouth hole with a marker and then establish where you will set the eyes. These will be stuck on with the adhesive provided as well as using a hot glue gun to stick them on further (eyes are from Walmart). Then once they have dried, you can cut out the mouth hole.

-The next step is to trace where the arm holes will go, you measure this by where your shoulders sit. Make sure the arm holes are big enough for the hamper to sit on your shoulders.

-Then you start sewing the material onto the bottom of the hamper. This will make the length of your costume so measure it out to make sure it goes to your ankles. We hand sewed the material which took a long time but worked well. Make sure that you begin sewing at the side of where your costume will be positioned (start in line with one of your arm holes or as near as possible) as this will ensure you have a side slit in your costume and not a back or front slit.

-Once you have finished sewing that you are ready to sew on your sleeves. Make sure the width is wide enough to sew around the arm holes, and make sure the length is far longer than your arm, for maximum material movement when you are being whacky. Again, we hand sewed the sleeves by folding over the edge and sewing them to the outside of the arm holes. We then made the ends of the sleeves stringy by cutting them into slits. Then using the excess material, cut little ties to tie up the side slit on the costume. Make small cuts in each side of the material and use the little tie to make a knot, attaching both pieces.

-The final step is to have fun! And enjoy being completely whacky and wonderful with your friends on Halloween.

PC Soccer Senior Day

PC Soccer Senior Day

 

The day began with the boy’s soccer team warming up for their final game of the season, against Nebraska Christian College.

Then all 10 of women’s soccer seniors lined up at the halfway to be presented with their families for the last time.

Then it was the boys turn. They were far less in numbers but certainly no less important. The 4 seniors for the 2017/18 men’s soccer team were presented with their families for the last time.

It was then time for the ladies to go into the locker room and receive their gift baskets from the rest of the women’s team.

The ladies received baskets with a framed picture for the team, some candy treats and nail polish, also a saint’s soccer sign that was signed by the rest of the team.

The rest of the women’s team looked on as this would be one of the last official team gatherings for the 2017 season.

I seized the opportunity to get a final picture with my awesome captain of the past 2 years, Brittney Cusick.

I also got a picture with my fellow Australian and senior Kaitlin Nally.

The day was a great way to send off the seniors officially, especially with the boys getting the W with a 6-0 win! Congratulations and thank you to all of the seniors on the boys and girls team for an amazing experience and awesome contributions to the program!

My Pursuit of Happiness

The Greatest Challenge

People are always challenging themselves to do different things. ‘Don’t eat sugar!’, ‘exercise more’, ‘wake up earlier to start the day fresher’. So why not challenge yourself to be a better person. By challenging yourself every day and every week you are setting goals for yourself. This can make it easier to develop a habit of being a nicer person. It can also make it more fun to challenge yourself, if being nice to others isn’t the most exhilarating thing for you.

We are currently in a time where being kind to others is incredibly important. With a lot of hatred circling around it is more important now than ever for us to strive for acceptance over discrimination and love over hate. I am a true believer that love and kindness can change the world, so if everyone were to subscribe to this same idea I believe that we would start to see real shifts in people’s attitudes.

Challenge for the week:

-Give 5 people a compliment

-Open a door for 5 people

-Help someone with their homework

-Introduce yourself to someone you haven’t met before

-Genuinely ask someone how their day is going and then listen to what they say

-Call a family member just to talk to them and tell them you love them

-Say thank you every time someone does something for you

-Go for the whole conversation with someone without interrupting them or talking over them

-Let them finish what they are saying

-Give someone a comforting hug

Give this challenge a go and see how you do! You might be surprised how just doing something small and nice for someone can make a rather big difference!

Mom's Famous Chicken Pie Recipe

With the weather cooling down and the sweaters appearing, I thought it might be nice to share the recipe for my absolute favorite homecooked meal, my mom’s original chicken pie.

Ingredients:

– 1lb of chicken diced

– 1 tin of corn kernels

– 1 red bell pepper diced

– 2-3 spring onions, diced

– 2 cloves Garlic diced

– Olive oil

– 1 tablespoon plain flour

– 1 cup grated cheese

– 1-2 teaspoons mixed Italian herbs

– 1 tablespoon seeded mustard

– 2 sheets short crust pastry

Method:

Step 1: spray pie dish with olive oil spray or butter to grease. Preheat oven to 320 °F.

Step 2: Heat oil and garlic in fry pan, add chicken and cook through.

Step 3: Add in red peppers and spring onion. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add tin of corn kernels, and warm through.

Step 4: Place flour, grated cheese, seeded mustard and Italian herbs in to a large mixing bowl. Add chicken mixture and stir through thoroughly.

Step 5: Line the pie dish with a sheet of short crust pastry. Add chicken mixture and top with the second sheet of short crust pastry. Brush pastry sheet with milk to help it brown.

Step 6: Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Share this meal with friends and family and enjoy!

From my home to yours.

Traveling as a strong, independent, very nervous person

So, with Thanksgiving coming up and people travelling all over the place to visit friends and family, I thought I would touch on just how different (and more stressful) travelling is without your parents. This is certainly the case for me at least. I like to tell myself that I would be a well-seasoned world traveler if only I could travel by myself without having a stress induced meltdown.

I never thought about how much planning my parents would do to prepare for a family holiday, from booking flights, booking hotels, organizing transport for the five of us from the airport to the hotel and vice versa, considering check in times and flight arrival times. This isn’t even considering the financial costs. So now I think you understand where my stress meltdown comes from…

The thought of having to navigate my way through an airport, let alone a foreign country, by myself scares me a lot. This is a frustrating thought because I have a number of different places around the world that I would like to travel to, and the only way to overcome my fears of travelling is to actually do it, and face it head on. A part of me wishes that I could just have my parents on hand at any moment to help me out in a situation where I’m stuck, but I also want to be independent and those two things don’t go well together.

So, for any other people that feel the stress of travel as I do, here is a list of some of the important things that I would do, in preparation for, and whilst travelling:

1. Make a list. It is much easier to keep track of what you have and what you still need when it is written down. Write a list of things to pack, things to organize, things to remember. Then cross them off as you go.

2. Double check your flights and hotel bookings. Make sure you double check the dates and times that you have for your flights and hotel bookings so that you know when to get to the airport, and when you will arrive at the hotel and such.

3. Think about how much and what you are packing. Are you packing for a week or a weekend? If it’s possible, it is much easier to just travel with carry-on luggage, but remember you can’t pack a razor or your shampoo and conditioner on carry-on so you’ll have to get that later.

4. Keep an eye on the weather. Although the weather should roughly be what you would expect depending on the season, it is possible that the place you are visiting is having an odd heat wave or cold streak. So, look up the weather before you pack, and then again just before you leave.

5. Have transport plans. Whether your plan is to hitchhike, or catch public transport, or rent a car. You should definitely have a rough idea of the sort of transport available before you get there, and which transport would be most suited to you. Some places have transport options that are known to be rip-offs, so you should have a little google and figure out the best way to travel when you get to your location.

6. Make sure you have your passport or ID handy and with you at all necessary times. You could lose your suitcase, your phone, your wallet, heck even your travel partner! But as long as you have your passport with you then you should be fine. In saying this though, I was travelling from one state to another in the US and I totally forgot my passport. Being an international student, your passport is really the only ID you can use. However, I had my school ID and Australian license. The airport staff were understanding and helped me out in getting to my destination and home again without much trouble at all, so don’t stress too much!

I know that vacations are exciting, and travelling should be too. I do think that after travelling a little bit more by myself then I will be a lot more comfortable with travelling. The important thing to remember is that there are almost always people around that can help you and there is no problem with asking for help.

Exquisite Treats to Help the Environment

On Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th, and Friday 6th of October the Presentation Environment Watchers (PEW) held a bake sale to raise money for their recycling and composting projects.

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The baked goods all had environmentally friendly names!!

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The treats made by the members of the club were all looking delicious and ready to be eaten.

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On Wednesday morning, the members were all looking very excited to sell some treats and raise some money.

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By Friday afternoon it was getting harder to resist the temptation to eat all of the baked goods, so the girls had to sing along to the Mamma Mia soundtrack instead.

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There were some hungry customers ready to get a snack and support the club!

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There were also some very friendly faces that stopped by and helped out the club tremendously by buying a bunch of baked goods and making a donation.

On behalf of the PEW club, we thank everyone for their support, as we raised over $300 for the club’s upcoming projects!

 

 

Q&A with Me, Myself, and I

What it Means to be Part of a Team

I have been playing Soccer for most of my life, so I have consequently spent most of my life being a part of a team. Although the teams change over time, there are a number of characteristics and benefits of being on a team that stay the same. However, since being on my college soccer team, I have experienced these things in more depth than ever before.

· There is less pressure on individual’s when you are on a team, because you aren’t the only one in the spotlight being counted on to win.

· In turn this means that there is less glory with success as it was a team effort not an individual win.

· There are more people to interact with (when we travel for games, hanging out at practice, team bonding events), which means the opportunity to make more friends.

· You develop close bonds with your teammates (it feels like a sisterhood on my team).

· This gives you plenty of people to go to for support or to get advice with anything, on the field or off.

· It teaches you loyalty, and you learn the mentality to work your hardest for your teammates not yourself.

· And they push you to do better than you thought could.

I think every child should experience being a part of a sporting team as they grow up because it teaches you important lessons for life, but it also gives you a support system to rely on.

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10 Tips For a Freshman

1. Stay on top of homework and assignments, because you never know what’s going to happen the night before the due date! Wifi can stop working, laptops can take like 10 hours to update, you can fall ill or fall asleep earlier than intended.

2. Write things down! Write reminders in your planner, write notes in class, write down important dates. I cannot tell you how many times I would forget about homework or meetings because I tried to just remember it and didn’t write it down.

3. Don’t stress so much about tests and assignments. I learnt that stressing does not get the work done. I taught myself to take 3 deep breaths and do the work, then if I need to I can stress about it later. But 99.9% of the time it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

4. Go to sleep at a decent time. I spent far too many nights staying up until 3am watching movies and hanging out with friends. The later I would go to bed the less likely I was to want to go to class in the morning. So, hang out with friends, but just be mindful of getting enough hours of sleep.

5. Don’t skip your classes. Especially morning classes. I know it can be tempting but there is nothing worse than having to catch up on 2 or 3 classes in a row, and sometimes you can miss tests and assignments.

6. Check Moodle and your Emails regularly. Sometimes professors will put homework assignments on Moodle without necessarily going over it in class. The same goes for emails, professors cancel classes or send emails about assignments all the time.

7. Go out and have fun. The moments that you remember the most from college, especially freshman year, is being with friends and having fun. Don’t close yourself in your room and just watch Netflix all weekend. It can also help to join clubs, to make new friends.

8. Take lots of pictures. I don’t mean to spend all of your time taking pictures and being ‘that person’. But don’t be afraid to record the important moments with pictures. I have often gone back through my photos of the last year and reminisced about the different moments, it may not seem like it, but that can be important.

9. Be smart with your money. My freshman year I went a little bit crazy with money, going out to dinner and twistcone probably too much. This is all well and good, don’t be afraid to go out, but just be mindful of how much you are spending and how much you have left. There is nothing worse than to check your account and see less than you expected.

10. Don’t get stuck in the Aberdeen winter. Make sure you have enough warm jackets, hats, and gloves, as well as socks and warm enough shoes. Also, be careful about travelling back to school after breaks. Make sure you keep an eye on the weather and any snow storms that may be coming through. The last thing you will want to do is get stuck in a storm half way back to campus.

These are just some things I learnt as I went along last year, but the most important thing is to have fun! You only get one freshman year of college and if you do it right then you can make some of the best friends and best memories for life!

A Long-Awaited Homecoming

Sitting on the plane after about 30 hours of traveling, anxiously awaiting my arrival in Perth, I was thinking about what it would be like to come home after nine months of experiencing life on the other side of the world. I was excited to be reunited with the people that I had spent the better part of a year talking to over a phone screen, to be able to hug my mum and dad again, I was nervous to see what had changed since I had been gone, but more than anything I just felt ready. Ready to be home. When I had exited the plane and moved through the airport I came down the escalator to see my family standing there with a large bunch of balloons. As soon as I hugged my mum I couldn’t do anything but burst into tears. I was exhausted and jet lagged and incredibly happy. I could have sworn that my younger brother Ethan had grown another foot while I was gone, and I was CERTAIN that my youngest brother Joel had. Driving home was the oddest feeling as well. It almost felt like a dream, as I was familiar with where we were it felt like I had never left, except it felt different like I had been away for a long time. Maybe it was just the jet lag kicking in.

For the next week or so I was berated and laughed at for speaking with an unintentional American accent, that was only obvious to me when I was surrounded by Australians, but after a few days I had well and truly sunk back into my Australian roots, sounding just like the next person and no longer like a try hard American impersonator.

It definitely surprised me how quickly I returned to my normal routine back home. After a couple of days waking up in a strange looking room, I felt that sense of normalcy and belonging again. It was not long before I was sleeping in until 11:00 am again and feeling normal driving on the left-hand side of the road.

With all of the exhaustion and foreignness of being home again after so long, it was such an incredible summer being back home with my family and friends, being back with the people that know me best.

Soccer Trip to Montana

The team is all smiles at 7:45am, as we prepare to embark on our 12 hour drive.

 

It was not long before the girls started to doze off and fall asleep for a large chunk of the drive.

 

Those who were not asleep were enjoying a Harry Potter movie marathon!

 

We enjoyed a much-needed stop for lunch at Subway in Glendive, Montana, with only 6 hours left of the journey.

 

On Saturday, we played against University of Providence Great Falls. Unfortunately, we lost 5-0, but we played hard until the end.

 

After the game on Saturday, we drive straight to Helena, Montana. Along the way, we passed some beautiful mountains and rivers.

 

The team thoroughly enjoyed their meals on Saturday at the Staggering Ox after having played a tough game!