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Class of 2016

Lead By Example

Leadership is a word we hear a lot in college. We are always told to be leaders. That is a rather vague statement. Leaders of what? Who are we supposed to lead?

Leadership is a difficult term to define. Well, we are told to be servant-leaders in our Walsh University mission statement, but what does that mean? How many more types of leadership are there?

The Google dictionary’s definition of leadership:

The action on leading a group of people or an organization

The state or position of being a leader

The leaders of an organization, country, etc.

When I read the middle phrase I literally laughed out loud. They are defining ‘leadership’ as being a leader.’ That is extremely helpful, thank you Google.

Here is how I define leadership (summarized):

You are all leaders by being on this campus and living out your personal values. No matter what you do, you are a leader because you lead by example. No matter who you are, you have someone looking up to you. It could be a sibling, a friend, a child, even your parents. The decisions you make should be ones of integrity because someone is always watching.

That is one aspect of servant leadership; leading by example. The other aspect is to serve. Be someone who serves others and help them grow. That is how a true leader acts. Leadership can be defined as one’s being.

“Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to act.” – Francis Hesselbein

Leadership is about who you are. It is how you express your values to the world. Understand yourself before you attempt to influence others’ decisions. Be the light others need to see to advance.

Everyone has his or her own view of leadership. Just remember to always lead by example and serve. That is the best definition and advice I can offer.

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Thursday, September 25th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Becoming a Resident Assistant

Last year, I went through the process of becoming a Resident Assistant, RA for short. It is a lengthy period filled with interviews, group assignments, and more even interviews. ResLife makes sure they know you well when making selections. Before I go on with this story, in the spring semester, RA tryouts will happen again! Think about signing up if you enjoy leadership and helping others. In the end, I was selected as an RA Alternate.

I was a little disheartened to be honest because, of course, I had high exepectations for myself. However, being an Alternate was a blessing in disguise.

I love being active on campus; it actually gets to be a problem. Last year, I was graciously elected as the Student Body President. I am also a Blouin Scholor. These are two activities that require an assortment of extra projects. Being an Alternate RA gave me the ability to focus on my WUSG duties, school work, and Blouin projects. Thankfully, I get to learn the RA position at a slower pace, which better prepares me for when I have a floor of residents.

Being a part of ResLife has been wonderful. I have met some of the coolest people and rekindled some old friendships. I have learned an enormous amount on the topic of servant-leadership. They really give you the tools to better yourself; all you have to do learn how to use them.

My goal in telling you all of this is to simply give you an insight to the Resident Assistant position and the journey to becoming one. If you are thinking about applying, go for it! No matter what, the process is great practice for career interviews!

Tip of the Week

Get your resume ready! There are multiple situations in college where you will need to present a resume; scholarships, applying to programs, job interviews, and RA interviews. It is good practice to have an updated resume ready to print at all times. Also, make it look good! Use an attractive format and have some fun with it. People will appreciate you putting in effort on your resume!

Have agreat week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Sunday, September 14th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Timing is Everything

Some people are early birds; waking up before even the sun does. Others prefer to sleep in; waking up just in time for lunch. Still some choose the average rising period; waking up at 9:00am (the cusp of either waking up early or late). Of course there are those people that are like superman and can wake up anytime without effort!

It is important to realize what type of morning person you are before deciding on classes. You do not get a choice when waking up for high school; the early mornings are set in stone. In college, you get a choice (unless you are a nursing major or entering into your first semester of freshman year)!

Morning classes at Walsh range from, typically, 8:00am to 11:30am. Nursing majors unfortunately have clinical sometimes as early as 6:00am! If you are a major other than nursing, you can pick your times. You can wake up early to get your classes out of the way so that your evenings can be enjoyed. You can have most of your classes in the late morning/early afternoon so you can sleep in (that is what I prefer). If you want to be free during the day, there are a variety of night classes offered. Beware; night classes are scheduled for three-hour time increments because they are only once a week.

Any of these schedule types are acceptable. Just make sure you know what you want before scheduling because it can be difficult to change once the semester has begun.

Tip of the Week

Love to keep a schedule of all your events? Use your smart phone! Your calendar application has so many great features! Put you classes on you calendar, it will keep you more organized because events can be scheduled between and during your classes. A great feature is the “repeating event.” We know classes happen every week; you can schedule an event to repeat every week. It is helpful for classes and meetings that occur weekly or biweekly. You can also put in a location and your calendar can quickly get you directions! That really helps with off-campus job interviews.

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

How to Succeed this Semester

College can be overwhelming. Between the homework, research, essays, projects and exams, it can be difficult to even find time to breath let alone have fun. However, if you want to get good grades AND have fun, there is a way to do it (and it is quite simple).

The answer to fun and good grades in college: ORGANIZATION

Such a simple idea. You hear, “Clean your room now, Katie!” or “Do the laundry, John!” These are just requests to stay organized (the only thing is it typically takes a couple requests to finally perform the task). Your parents really know what they are talking about when it comes to organization, usually. They were teenagers once too! And hopefully, they hit that point; right around 23ish, where they realized the importance of organization. Now, they are trying to teach it to you.

How ORGANIZATION helps: By planning out schedules, making to-do lists and having every class material sorted, there will be much more room for activities! Instead of worrying what homework you had and when it was due, write it down in a planner or notebook! Then you can look back at it whenever necessary. Having all of your classes organized in that manner will provide for less stress and more free time!

Here is a list of things I use to help keep me organized during the year:

  • Sticky Notes (Making little reminders all around my room)
  • Manila Folders (I make folders for everything, even neatly designed brochures)
  • Binders (One per class)
  • Planner (Write down all assignments and meeting times)
  • To-Do Lists (Make a list for anything and everything)
  • Three Hole Punch (Many professors forget to do it for us)
  • Highlighters (Great way to remember the important things)
  • Notecards (Perfect for reviewing vocab)
  • Filing System (You get tons of papers during the year, keep them organized too)

Simply crossing off the assignments in your class syllabus will help keep you on track this semester. Stay organized because who doesn’t want more time for fun?

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Monday, September 1st, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Welcome Home!

Welcome back to Walsh, your home away from home! I hope your summer was full of fun, friends and family! Now begins the start of another story in your Walsh career. Whether this is the beginning or your final year, make sure to make it the best yet. With all of our Walsh family moved back it, we can really start to get back into the swing of things.

First, get to know your schedule. Find out where and when your classes are. Then, you can see when you are able to grab lunch. Make sure you have time for yourself to enjoy. Fill it with naps, club activities, and/or sports, anything that relieves stress. It is good to know where the gaps are in your schedule so you can make the most of your valuable time.

Once you know your schedule, start making time for Opening Week! There are so many great events going on that you will not want to miss. Monday night, there is a Commuter Cookout where everyone can attend. It is from 11am to 2pm. Mingle with the cool students who live close by campus. The event is held in/around the gazebo. Tuesday night, there is a movie on the Campus Lawn. It starts at 9:30pm. Who doesn’t love movies? Wednesday night, there will be a hypnotist in the Barrette Center at 9:30pm! If you want to be hypnotized or watch people be hypnotized, you have to be there. There are multiple events going on all week so check your emails regularly.

I wish you the best this semester. Study hard, but have fun! College should be the best years of your life. Enjoy it!

Go Cavs!

Stay classy.

Andrew Chwalik

Monday, August 25th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Get Linked In, Literally!

There is one social media website that all college students should have; LinkedIn. If you have not heard of this yet, look into it. It is a place where professionals can connect. Many great contacts can be made and established through this site. Plus, business professionals look on this site for potential job candidates! Especially if you are a senior/junior, sign up today (it’s free)!

I started using LinkedIn in high school. My father is a business professional so he encouraged me. Business is all about networking and who you know. Make sure you keep track of all those connections; LinkedIn is the place for that. You can “connect” with people, basically a friend request, place your resume online, even show off some of your projects/publications! This is the prime location to sell yourself for that dream career. Your profile can be edited any way you fancy. Show off that great Walsh University education, refer any job experience you have and list all of your honors/awards.

I am obsessed with two things in life; ties and social media. This website is the closest thing I can find that integrates both of those; professionalism and connections. I have connected with CEOs from different companies I have interviewed with, other college students and multiple business speakers. There is no limit to who you can connect with. Next time you attend a professional conference, snag a few business cards and add them on LinkedIn!

Tip of the Week

This is going to be old fashioned, but always carry a handkerchief. I always thought it was the weirdest thing when my father told me that. No one uses them anymore. I eventually gave them a chance when I found some in my stocking last Christmas. They are one of the most useful pocket-sized items around! Carrying tissues is lame; they are nasty if you need to use them consistently. Plus, if you leave them in your pocket when you wash your pants, they leave fuzz everywhere. Handkerchiefs can be used as many times as your nose feels necessary. Especially since its allergy season, stop by Kohl’s and pick up some fun patterned handkerchiefs today!

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Don’t Study Hard, Study Smart

There is a common misconception that you need to study hard to get good grades. I am here to tell you, that is not true. Don’t get me wrong, study is necessary, but it is important to do it smart.

Some people pull all-nighters. Others make notecards. Even others only read the textbook. There are a surplus of different studying techniques people use. It is best to mix and match and use multiple different types. Having notecards for definitions, reading the chapters in the textbook, and creating a study guide works wonders. Personally, those are the types of studying I prefer to blend together. While that is all fine and dandy, the only way to be effective is to study smart, not hard.

Make sure you are studying the appropriate material. It is never a good feeling to realize you were reading the wrong chapters when you see that first problem on the test. If it is open note or open book, make sure you don’t focus on memorizing specific data. It would be beneficial to bookmark the important pages and highlight what material is needed. If it is a math test, make sure you know if your professor will provide you with the necessary formulas. Hopefully you wont have to memorize them! Studying smart means you need to understand how to study. Do not just blindly stuff information into your brain, focus on actually retaining appropriate information.

Practice makes perfect when it comes to study habits. Try studying in a quiet place or while listening to classical music. You will be able to focus better without all of those distractions. Try rewriting your notes. It is much easier for your brain to retain information when it must read and write repetitively. That technique works wonders for me. Just remember, studying is important; make sure you are studying smart, not hard.

Tip of the Week

Get active with Student Government! We are currently in the middle of elections for next year. Student Government really does have a large influence at Walsh. They are basically the middle man from students to university. They push the student’s interests onto the desks of the faculty. When the Walsh community gathers together to support a cause, anything can be accomplished. It also helps to build strong leaders. There are many situations that you will be put in that will help spur personal growth. If you are looking to get active on campus, look into Student Government!

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Gracin Nation

This last weekend was a crazy one! We had a huge concert on Friday and Spring Formal was on Saturday! It might have been one of the best weekends Walsh has ever had. There was so much to do and we have never had such a HUGE concert at Walsh before.

Josh Gracin was the artist. Honestly, I really did not know much about him before this weekend. All I knew was that he was a county artist and I am not a huge country fan. The concert was free for all Walsh students so of course I was going to go. Plus, I am on the University Programming Board so I did not have much of a choice.

The concert was amazing! I’ll talk about that in a little bit. First, I want to inform you that Josh is such a great guy. The board was able to meet him before the concert. He took pictures with us, let us ask him questions, and signed anything we wanted. He was humble and genuinely excited to perform.

The actual concert was sweet! The Alumni Arena was transformed into a concert venue with a huge stage, lights, and even mist! Josh played some great music. Toward the end of the concert, he left the stage as though it was over. He then started singing from behind the crowd and walked right through everyone. He hung out and sang right from the center of the huge crowd. It was awesome.

When Walsh has another concert like that, be sure not to miss it (even if your not a fan of the genre).

Tip of the Week

Stay updated on the events that are going on at Walsh! I have talked with some people that missed the concert and totally regretted it. Make sure you know what awesome things are going on during the week and especially the weekend. There are multiple events that occur on weekends that people miss. They are usually some of the best ones! All events are posted on MyWalsh. Continually check what is going on and make sure you attend as many as possible. You’re paying an arm and a leg for college. Why not make the most of it?

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

A Strong Finish

It’s been a great school year. We had a snow day, Josh Gracin is coming, it’s about time for warmer weather; everything is looking good. I know that it’s hard to get back into gear after Spring Break, but you have to. There is only about a month left of school! If you can just focus for those last couple weeks, it will make for a great summer. No one wants to go into break finding out they got a low grade in a class just because of slacking down the home stretch. Keep working!

There is one upside to this weather; it does not make you want to go outside. That means you can hangout inside and get some work done. It is a lot easier to finish your work when you don’t see people playing or sunbathing out on the campus lawn. This weather will help you focus. I know it’s still difficult to feel motivated with the cold, gloomy temperatures, but at least it leaves you something to look forward to! So while your at your desk writing that paper about the molecular analysis of a variant substance, remember, once you finish, you are home free to better weather and less stress!

One last thing, make sure you study for your finals. I know that is an obvious statement, but the weather will be changing for the better around finals week. Everyone will want to go outside and just enjoy the weather. Go ahead and do that, but make sure you are ready for your exams. You don’t want that bad feeling of a low grade to spoil your first week of summer. Study and then go out and have the best summer ever!

Tip of the Week

Recycle! I know it’s a simple thing, but it really makes a difference! Student government is starting to focus on making the benefits of recycling more know. Also, the plan is to make it easier to recycle. There should be recycle bins on every floor. As of right now, improvise. Our room grabbed two grey tubs and we just toss our paper and plastic products into them. We probably empty them once a month out back, in the recycling bins. It is not hard to recycle. Make that little extra effort. It will really make a huge difference.

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

The Week After

I hope you all had a fantastic spring break! Mine was relaxing, thanks for asking. I did not go to Florida. I did not travel. I did not even try to plan anything! All I did was hang out with friends, went snowboarding, and hung out in a hot tub. So much for a spring break, it was more like a winter break. I even did some homework as painful as that is to say. After that week off, it is time to start again.

For some reason, it feels like I am more tired after break than I am before! Many of my friends have been the same way. Hopefully, you are immune to the “week after” fatigue. That is where the week after a break, your body is tired and you have limited motivation. As long as you can get through this week, you will have no problem getting through the rest of the year (at least until finals week!). Get some rest. Take a few naps if you need to! Get your homework done early. Relax. The way you can get through this week is by taking it slow.

Seriously, this “week after” effect is a real thing. Trust me, I’m a doctor. Well, I am not really a doctor, but when I was young I used to pretend I was a doctor when we played house. That should be good enough. Just take this week slow. We are already half way through! Keep trucking through and get to the weekend. I have faith you will make it. Good luck.

Tip of the Week

Keep lists! Keeping lists will really help you stay organized and reduce stress. If you only keep one list, make it one about homework. Having that kind of list with all your assignments will be a blessing. You will have all of the work you need to get done in one place! Make sure you have the due dates with them also.

You can make a list for anything. I have lists for books I would like to read, songs to buy, tasks to accomplish, shopping list, and videos to make. Having all of those lists really help me stay ahead in school and in life. It is something so simple that can really help you out!

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »