Why I’m Happy We’re 6-1

By Torie Abbott

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For Baylor University, football has become a huge deal. With one of the hottest new stadiums in NCAA history, along with a killer team with uniforms to match, Baylor Football is looking better than ever. There is tailgating and sailgating. The campus of Baylor is thriving with support for Bryce, Shock and the rest of the Bears.

With the opening of McLane Stadium, the Bears have been unstoppable. The turn around the Baylor Bears have made in the last few seasons is nothing short of impressive, and some would argue, unbelievable. With a 6-0 record, the Bears traveled to West Virginia where they were handed a heartbreaking loss.

Why am I happy about this? Do not get me wrong, I was just as upset as the next person about the loss. But to think that Baylor fans are upset about one loss when only a few seasons ago, a 6-1 record was unthinkable.

In a couple of years, Art Briles and his team have given Baylor a new stadium, a Heisman trophy and a conference championship. That is something very special. How many other teams in college football can say that?

Regardless of the team final record, something special is going on at Baylor University. Morale is high, and expectations even higher. For Baylor students, we support our team. “Baylor we are, and Baylor we will always be.” And as always, it is a sweet, sweet time to be a Baylor Bear. Sic ‘Em!

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Shenanigans and Sunshine

By Lauren Woods

During midterms, students begin to stress out more than normal. Lately, I’ve found myself looking very closely at all the details in my life, instead of standing back and looking at the big picture. Something that has helped me combat the midterm blues is simplicity and thankfulness.There’s nothing better than enjoying the little things in life that, when acknowledged, make your day a little better. Here’s a list of things that ought to make your day a little better while walking around our Baylor campus as of late.

1.)   The Memorial Dining staff write encouraging notes on to-go boxes.

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2.)   The decorated tree outside of Memorial Dining Hall.

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3.)   Random activities on Campus (Yes, 4th of July in October happened).

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4.)   RGIII helping conduct during halftime at the first game at McLane Stadium

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Everyday, no matter how stressful, has a little bit of sunshine in it. Whether that be through a 4th of July in October celebration on Fountain Mall or the dining staff reinforcing how awesome you are, it can make your day a little bit better.

It’s Not an Adventure until Something Goes Wrong

By Maria Dillman    

“I’m going home to Houston. My mom told me she’d take me shopping and to the spa.” This was the response I got when I asked one of my friends what she was doing for Fall Break last weekend. It sounded almost heavenly compared to what I had signed myself up for.

Baylor Outdoor Adventure organizes several trips for different breaks throughout the school year to adventurous destinations such as Utah, Colorado and Arizona. The trip two of my friends and I chose to go on for Fall Break was a backpacking trip in Arkansas. Here is how they described it on the brochures: “We will backpack via the Eagle Rock Trail, the longest loop trail in Arkansas, located in the southwestern portion of the Ouachita National Forest. October is the best time of year for this hike due to the mild temperatures and Fall foliage and colors.” What it actually was: 28 miles of hiking up and down steep slopes, carrying 25 pounds of our possessions on our backs, wearing one set of clothes with no deodorant and sleeping on the ground with no pillow.

When we first started off, one of the group leaders turned to me and said, “They say it’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.” Well let’s just say our trip was full of little adventures. We made lots of wrong turns on the trail that forced us to backtrack, some people didn’t have headlamps when we scaled the uneven cliffs in the pitch black at five in the morning and sometimes we just didn’t think we could go any longer due to exhaustion. But this perseverance made us stronger. We worked together as a group to help each other accomplish the impossible. We stayed positive even when things got tough. We laughed about the little things, such as going to a five-star bathroom in the woods (good leaves to wipe with, amazing views and simultaneously “doing business” next to an animal).  And we became a small little family that hiked, ate, slept and talked alongside each other for three days straight.

Even though I’m still so sore and having a hard time getting the stench out of my hair, I wouldn’t trade my fall break for anything. I got to enjoy the company of old and new friends, stand awestruck at the beauty of God’s creation, learn that some things in life are better if you work hard for them and live young, wild and free. Now that’s an adventure.

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How to Survive Midterms

By Susannah Mohrmann

These next two weeks are the ones we’ve all seen in our schedules and have tried to ignore…well until now: Midterms. During this two week stretch, I will have three presentations, four tests and three quizzes. Luckily, I’ll be able to rest once these week pass. However until then, I am stuck studying. So, I have come up with a remedy of how to make studying somewhat bearable (no Baylor pun intended).

1. Write down everything you have to do.

2. Organize your time and rank what is important.

3. Gather all necessary items (paper, notecards, pencils, highlighters, cookies, popcorn, Dr Pepper, coffee, more coffee, etc.).

4. Plan for breaks (Walk the Bear Trail, go to Common Grounds or go to Cameron Park).

5. Change up where you study (Armstrong Browning Library, the SUB, outside in a hammock).

6. Take breaks (not too many though … )!

7. Study hard, and it will all pay off!

 

Today in Class, We Are Playing Dodgeball then Dancing the Conga…

By Kilani Ju

As a psychology major, one class I had the option to take was positive psychology. I had heard many things about the class, but I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. Positive psychology is a course that teaches students how to live their lives in a positive way. From the psychology perspective, we learned several ways to relieve stress by finding positive outlooks.

One day in class, my teacher lectured on the subject of “play” and how important it is to incorporate some kind of “play” in one’s life. It can range from taking time to ride your bike, going to the pool to swim or grabbing coffee with a friend. Once you find something you enjoy, you should apply it to your daily routine. Play is a way to take a break from your everyday life and from the stress you are currently dealing with and to find a moment to do something fun.

After giving an introduction of play and how it can change your mood in a positive way, my teacher announced that we would be having a “play” day in class. As he grabbed a netted bag filled with Nerf balls, he told us that for the remaining time we would be playing dodgeball outside of the Baylor Sciences Building. We all looked at each other with shock and excitement written across our faces. We ran outside, grabbed the balls and began to play dodgeball.

After we played a game of dodgeball, we went back into class where we were surprised again to find out that class was not over just yet. My teacher then announced that we would be listening to “We are Family” and doing the Conga until class was over. For the rest of class, my classmates and I danced away, bonding with one another while laughing and grooving to the music. Most importantly, we were having fun. When class was over, I left knowing that day would go down in the books as one of my favorite memories at Baylor. If you plan to be a psychology major, I highly recommend you taking Positive Psychology.

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And The Greatest of These Is…

By Cody Frohman

What do you value most? Well for me, it’s community. While in Welcome Week training and during Welcome Week itself, we played an ice breaker game called “Trashing Your Values.” You start out with ten slips of paper and you write down ten things you value. Through a couple different rounds you trash, trade and have values taken away until you’re left with one value. This game is supposed to encourage you to think about what you truly value – what is important to your life and what is not as important. Both times I played, I ended up with the same three values: grace, justice and community. In the end, community won the game both times.

Community has been a huge part of my experience at Baylor, and it’s the main reason my college experience has been so amazing. When I first arrived at Baylor, I didn’t know a single person – I didn’t go to Line Camp or Orientation. I had never even visited campus before. #outofstateprobs. During my first two months at Baylor, I got connected to a life group through Antioch Community Church and found an amazing group of people who quickly became like family.

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Some of my life group in Mongolia this past summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I decided to come to Baylor, I had absolutely no idea that my life would be completely changed through the community around me. I had no idea I would be part of a group that deeply loves, carries my burdens faithfully, breathes life into me and always points me to God. Along with all of the deep spiritual change I’ve gone through, I’ve also had a ton of fun with my community at Baylor. I’ve gone on a number of spontaneous late night trips when I definitely should have been studying. I’ve gone on life-changing missions trips and spent countless nights laughing and just hanging out with the coolest people in the world (I might be slightly biased…).

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Now, I know what you might be thinking…“Community?? Of all things, you picked community?” It wasn’t easy – I had things like grace, faith, love, justice and mercy written down, but after thinking, I came to the realization that all the things I value are magnified or exemplified by community. I’ve never experienced grace, love and mercy like I have within a community. I’ve never seen such unshakeable faith and a desire for justice than I have within a community.

I entered my freshman year unaware of what was ahead, of what the year would hold. But I left with vision for what was valuable – people. I’ve seen how great community is; I’ve seen the impact it can have as people are transformed and restored. We are people, and we were created to live in community. Whether you find it at church, in your residence hall or through one of Baylor’s many campus organizations, don’t wait to experience the quality community Baylor has to offer.

If you’re interested in learning about more ways to get plugged in to life groups or other organizations, leave a comment below or email me at cody_frohman@baylor.edu.

Sir Gawain in the Sun

By Diana Cates

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First round of tests are done and over with, and I am so happy! First hurdle jumped, phew! After two months of classes, we have Fall Break this week. My restful weekend will be spent in Fort Worth, doing a field exercise with my unit. I’m excited to see some old friends and step away from the Baylor scene for a while.

I mentioned last time that the temperatures were starting to drop. The change isn’t complete yet, and there’s still a semblance of summer left behind. It’s that beautiful balance between two seasons, and if you know Texas, it’s best to take advantage of it before bipolar Mother Nature snarls her ugly head again.

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So, my British Literature class petitioned our professor to consider having class outside, and he agreed! It was a Friday afternoon, and all was unusually still on campus from my viewpoint in Burleson Quadrangle. It was also serenely quiet, until on cue at 1:30, the Baylor Bells began to ring. It was as if they were giving us permission to start our discussion. Sitting beneath the shaded oak, I was enamored and lost in my surroundings. This was the kind of stuff I had only ever seen in college advertisements, but here I was experiencing it. The fresh soil was cool beneath my feet, and the dying summer breeze tickled my tingling senses. I struggled to pay attention to the story of King Arthur and his knights. I wanted to soak in every second, and my imagination began to conjure up visions of a past Baylor.

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I am now a part of the time honored traditions and am a strand of that historical DNA that is Baylor. I’m so honored to be where I am, and I know that God’s plan (while unpredictable) for Baylor University will take it to levels it has never been before. It’s exciting to know I am now a part of that legacy.

Speaking of legacy, tomorrow’s game is against WVU! SIC ‘EM BEARS!!!!

Am I Nervous or Just Going to Throw Up?

By Aaron Harder

Have you ever felt so nervous that you feel like you’re going to throw up? I get this feeling all the time when I have to give a speech or a presentation – heck sometimes even before a flag football game.

If you’re like me, you understand that almost unreal amount of energy you have while waiting for your turn to give a presentation. No amount of rational talking to yourself helps. It’s just raw emotions making a ruckus in your stomach. You have an internal debate where you try to calm yourself down while also desperately trying to pay attention to what is happening in front of you. Heaven forbid if you have to take notes on the presentation in front of your own. Let’s be real teacher – it’s just not gonna happen.

I wonder if teachers sit in the back of class and observe who has the most nervous ticks before getting up for a speech. I would criticize those professors, but I would totally do the same thing.

Anyways, a couple of days ago, I began looking at these moments in my life in a different way. I confess I did not come up with this solution on my own. God seemed to drop it in my lap using a few emails from my mom and some cool videos and Facebook posts I saw while “studying.” What I am suggesting is not a microwavable, instant success formula. Embracing this idea might take some time.

So, here it is: Instead of getting nervous about what might happen, get excited about what might happen. When you think about college, lots of questions can make you nervous. Will I get accepted to my dream school? Who will be my friends? What classes will I take? What if I don’t like my roommate? Instead, try to get excited about the new opportunities available to you! Think about the interesting classes you get to take, the roommates that may become best friends and the chance to make friendships that could last a lifetime. It may take some time to fully embrace this idea, but in the end, it will make you more excited about college instead of being filled with dread at the thought of a university.

I was really nervous about climbing my first Fourteener, but the view is much from the top than the missed opportunity at the bottom.

I was really nervous about climbing my first Fourteener, but the view from the top was a thousand times better than the missed opportunity at the bottom.

 

 

I am glad I took the opportunity to speak and share the gospel at my church. I remember being really nervous about it, next time I am going to look forward to the opportunity instead of being nervous about it.

I am glad I took the opportunity to speak and share the gospel at my church. I remember being really nervous about it. Next time, I am going to look forward to the opportunity instead of being nervous about it.

Sic ‘Em Coffee Shops!

By Torie Abbott

Baylor students, just like college students everywhere, love caffeine more than just about anything. Lucky for us, Waco has produced a significant number of top-notch coffee shops in recent years, making sure to keep Baylor students awake…and caffeinated.

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Dichotomy – Dichotomy is the new kid on the block. It is hip, it is trendy and it is downtown. Of all the coffee shops in town, it definitely has a posh feel to it. It is a great place to go if you want to get off campus. The coffee is impeccable as well as the treats that they keep.

Common Grounds – it is a Baylor classic! My college career would not be the same without Common Grounds; the thought of it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. From the Grade-A concerts and the eclectic feel of the furniture in the backyard, to the trip during Line Camp and its prime location in relation to Collins, Common Grounds has become ingrained in Baylor student life. Also, get the Cowboy Coffee…you won’t regret it.

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Starbucks – times two! You know you are on a college campus when one Starbucks just isn’t enough. This school year, Baylor added a seconds Starbucks to campus. The original one lives in Moody Library, and the new additional Starbucks is in the BSB or Baylor Sciences Building. So, whether your Pre-Med classes have you locked up in the BSB or you are studying for finals in the library, a Starbucks Venti iced coffee is not far away.

As you can see, coffee runs in the veins of a lot of students. And luckily for you, if you are one of those students, you have an endless supply of your caffeine beverage of choice!

Dear High School Self

By Maria Dillman

Dear High School Self,

From: me

To: me

Dear Maria,

I know exactly what you’re thinking (Ha, I wonder why). It’s your senior year of high school, and you are so excited to go off to college. No parents, no curfew, no problems. Well, you’re right; college is probably one of the best experiences of your life. The memories, friendships and experiences over the next four years will stick with you for the rest of your life. But there’s something important that I wish I would have known three years ago: the experiences, memories and moments that are happening right now will never be given back. Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Enjoy life. I know it may seem petty or childish to go to classes all day (yes I know, Chem class is such a drag), have to be home by midnight and have to eat dinner with the Rents. But looking back, I am so thankful for that season in my…uh our life. Usually life happens for a reason. Those early nights when I had to be home made me able to function the next morning. Going to classes on a standard schedule gave me more time to be with friends, and I learned valuable things that I would need to know in college. And eating meals with the fam gave me time with Mom, so she could teach me how to make a mean batch of lasagna. It prepared me for the rest of my life and allowed me to appreciate it for years after. So spend time with friends, go to the football games, dance like no one’s watching at the Homecoming dance, do your homework, give all you got in gym class and make the most of it. It’ll be gone before you know it.

Yours,

Me

P.S : Don’t speed on the way home from track practice…otherwise you may have a ticket coming your way.

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