Hometown: Delaware, OH
Class of 2016

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Trying new things can be difficult, especially when you have super daring friends and family. Many of my best friends like to ride dirt bikes, sky dive (yes seriously), cliff jump, rock climb, etc. Over the years I have been forced to try a few of these activities (I always say “no way” to sky diving). It was difficult at first as I was afraid, but junior year of high school helped to open my eyes.

I attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY for short) one summer and learned a valuable lesson. A major theme of the conference was to “get out of your comfort zone” and try new things. I don’t know if it was just the right time in my life or what, but that message really hit home. I have never forgotten it and try to live by it everyday. It has actually benefited me many times throughout life.

Aside from now owning a dirt bike, having some awesome cliff diving pictures, and traveling to Greece, there is one pure instance of when I just threw my comfort zone out the window and tried something new. It was the beginning of my junior year in college. I was in ResLife and we were having a diversity training session. I was an active participant, contributing verbally to the discussions. The presenter came to speak with me after about my background and said he would love to have me be an actor in a few of his other sessions. I was hesitant, but told him to let me know more details when he got them. A couple weeks later I was part of a presentation to Walsh’s faculty and staff (a nerve-racking affair when our President is sitting front row). Now, I am scheduled to act in a diversity presentation to a school board in Cleveland (and get paid a pretty penny).

That story shows how you can step out of your comfort zone and do anything (acting, sky diving, public speaking, singing). Whatever you want to accomplish, throw your comfort zone out the window and go for it. Who knows? Maybe you will become the next American Idol.

Monday, January 26th, 2015    Subscribe  No Comments »

Walsh Wellness

Physical wellness is an extremely important aspect of life as a college student. It is imperative that you take care of your body, especially in these winter months. It is flu season, but keeping your body physically fit will keep those viruses away!

Thankfully, Walsh University has an amazing Wellness program that not only boosts your physical wellness, but you mental and spiritual wellness as well! Our Wellness program offers a variety of different events to keep you in shape such as Zumba, Strength Training, and Yoga!

There are specific times for each exercise “class” that can be found in MyWalsh. You just log in, click on ‘My Walsh Life’, click on ‘Wellness’ from the drop down menu, and you have all of the Walsh University Wellness information your heart desires!

On this beautiful page you will find the main events that are going on around campus such as the Lift-A-Thon, Wellness Fair, and Ballroom Dancing Classes! You will also see different programs you can sign up for, the hours for our fitness centers, various wellness topics, resources, and so much more! These are all wonderful benefits of being a student at Walsh, but the best part is that they are all free! There is nothing better than free yoga!

Make sure you check out all of the Wellness programs! If you enjoy it, think about joining the Student Wellness Organization to help them plan sweet events! If you ever have any questions about Wellness, contact Megan Allen ( She would love to chat about anything health related and her office is right in the basement of David!

Have a great week, stay healthy, and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015    Subscribe  No Comments »

The Night Before Classes

Twas the night before classes and all through the dorm, all creatures were stirring, even Jason Borne. The textbooks were tucked in backpacks with care, in hopes to avoid the professor’s questioning stare. The students were talking with all of their friends, who had wondrous winter break stories to defend.

Welcome back from a long winter break that I hope was relaxing, productive, and fun all at the same time. I must say mine was relaxing and it was nice not focusing on school work for a change. Simply playing soccer, reading books, and chilling with friends was exactly what I needed. Now that we had time to get away, it is to to go back.

I hope you all have your textbooks and notebooks ready for tomorrow. You should also get your boots ready because we are supposed to get three to five inches of snow tonight! I have one piece of advice to offer: start strong!

Start the semester off on the right foot and overall, you will have a much easier time. Getting a high grade on the first exam takes off the stress for the rest of the class. Plus, you will have more confidence when taking other exams and projects. Start strong and keep pushing on.

I wish you the best of luck this year and will see you on campus. Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Monday, January 12th, 2015    Subscribe  No Comments »

Walsh University Student Government

Let me tell you about one of my favorite things at Walsh University, student government.

I have had the immense honor of being elected WUSG President for my junior year. This has been a blessing for me as I am able to represent the student body to Walsh’s administration. My sophomore year, I was appointed Executive Justice, handling the bylaws. Freshman year, I was elected Freshman Senator and represented our class on all issues! These three years in WUSG have been so rewarding and I would not change them for anything.

Student government is the campus organization that established communication between all Walsh clubs, provides appropriate funding, and assures that all organizations follow the bylaws. These are all necessary tasks of WUSG, but the main objective is to affectively represent the student body to the university. We are the channel for interaction between students and staff. Any issues, ideas, or comments that students have come to us and we help to be resolved, implemented, or reflected on. Our organization also relays important information from the staff to the student population.

I know I can speak for all members of WUSG by saying that we love representing the student body on all matters and take our job seriously. This coming semester will be filled with events hosted by us for our students, effective changes on campus, and open ears to any student wishing to share.

The new semester is almost upon us so I hope you are getting ready! Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Monday, January 5th, 2015    Subscribe  No Comments »

Your Old Textbooks

What are you supposed to do with textbooks once you ace your class? I know the popular thing to do is keep it and read the chapters you didn’t go over in class, but what about after that? Following are a number of different uses for your old textbooks.

1) Sell it to the bookstore for a quick buck. If you just want to get rid of that textbook as soon as you can, walk into the bookstore and put a little cash in your pocket.
2) Keep it and make a secret hiding place. I know you have seen it on TV, but grab your thickest textbook and turn about twenty pages in. Then, carve out the center of the pages that are left. Once finished, you will have a nice place to hide personal notes, keys, or a wallet. Toss it on your bookshelf and no one will know!
3) Post it on Amazon. I have sold quite a few of my textbooks on Amazon. They sell quickly and if they are in good condition, you can get a nice amount of cash! You can also ship them cheap by Media Mail through the USPS.
4) Burn them in your home fire pit. This is not my personal recommendation, but I know a few of my friends get enjoyment from burning their old notebooks.
5) Post your old books on Facebook. Who knows if a fellow friend will need the same textbook for next semester. You can always attempt to sell it to them or just let them borrow it!

I always try to sell my old textbooks and put a little cash in my pocket to spend over break. You will be surprised by how much you can get! Give it a shot.

Have a great week and stay classy!
Andrew Chwalik

Monday, December 29th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Reason for a Resolution

We always hear the different types of New Years resolutions people claim they will uphold: go to the gym more, eat healthier, write more blogs, be more family orientated, or even sleep more! All are great objectives to put efforts into, especially because they have positive benefits. One wonderful thing about New Years is that it helps people create goals!

Goals are one of the most important things an individual can have. By having them, people learn, grow, and create a better life for themselves. With progress come opportunities. New Years resolutions create the mindset that everyone should have, always working to chase their dreams.

Always have dreams and goals to chase. That is what makes life worth living. I want to be the President of the United States some day. That is a ginormous dream, but imagine the journey I will have chasing that goal. Creating a New Years resolution is a great place to practice and build on something bigger.

My New Years resolution this year is to workout at least twice a week, improve my GPA, and read at least three books during the semester. Now that they are online, I have to follow them! Keep chasing your dreams and have a wonderful Christmas, as there are only two days to go!

Have a great week, pray for snow, and stay classy!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Stay Active

Winter is a cold and dreary season. It can be difficult to get out and exercise, but it is something that really keeps spirits high during Christmas time. No one wants to go outside to run or shoot hoops, but there are many alternatives!

If you are staying on Walsh’s campus, you have the ability to go to the gym! Its like you have a paid membership to you own private workout facility because almost no one is on campus. If you are staying in Menard or one of the Towers, you do not even have to go outside to get to workout machines…lucky.

If you went home for the holidays, there are still multiple ways to stay active. Think about joining a local gym for the month! It is that time (New Years) that people start joining gyms because they make a resolution to be more fit in the New Year. That means these businesses create special discounts to draw more people. Many offer a free two-month option so work the system and try out a gym membership for a month at no cost. Once you head back to school, make sure to cancel it if you wont be in the area.

Another option is to workout with a friend; they provide great motivation and sometimes have workout equipment at home. I have a huge amount of workout machines at home because my dad was into it when we moved. Now, I have a few friends over to workout with me a couple times a week. It is free and comes with good company. We also like to go to indoor soccer open fields to get some cardio. Find an indoor facility that offers your favorite sport and call to see when they have open fields/courts.

If all else fails, you can always do some sit-ups or push-ups in your room. My uncle does 50 of each before he goes to bed. That seems a little intense for me, but if you want to stay active, create a small workout plan for yourself and stay honest to it.

Staying active relives stress, makes you feel good, and puts you in a better mood. Everyone can use those things during the holiday season. I hope Christmas and New Years treats you well. Stay safe, stay warm, and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Thursday, December 18th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Beginning of Nothing!

We are finally on break, after what seemed like a long, difficult semester. Now, when I look back, it actually flew by! I only have three semesters left before I graduate and go into the real world. Gosh…we can talk about that when the time comes. Lets just focus on how we get to do nothing, but relax over brake (for the most part, I know many of us have to work).

There will be no stresses of papers due, or needing to study for exams, or worrying if we have enough meal swipes left for the week. We get to sleep in until 11:00am, eat home cooked meals, and hangout with family and friends! Winter break is like a breath of fresh air after such an intense finals week.

While this is a time for relaxation, have some productive fun! Let me provide you with some examples through my plans for break. I have already began reading a book on my reading list, I have also gotten through the first season of How I Met Your Mother, I will be snowboarding with a group of buddies, there are a few scholarships I will be finning out, and taking a mini “vacation” with some friends.

These are all random items, but they all provide some unique type of satisfaction. Reading is something I enjoy and will make me feel more accomplished once I can start checking books off my list. Snowboarding and “vacationing” with friends will help me to build better bonds, relieve stress, and get me to meet some new people! Watching so many episodes of How I Met Your Mother really only provides me with some laughter and enjoyment, but maybe some good pick up lines from Barney! Filling out some scholarships will help me to feel more productive and hopefully result in some much needed money for school!

You can accomplish so much over break, even if it is only simple things such as recharging the battery, applying for scholarships, and making a dent into a new series you wanted to watch. This break is a time for you, for family, and for friends. Enjoy yourself and do what you enjoy! Make it legendary!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Be safe in all the snow and make sure to get your textbooks for next semester. Have a good week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Take a Deep Breath

We are in the deep end of the “finals week” swimming pool and the edge seems to be just out of our reach. It is now the time that we need our second wind. That extra burst of energy and motivation to get us to the end of finals with our brains still functioning.

Take time to relax and release some of that energy. There are a bunch of small, random, simple things you can do to keep your head above water. First off, a local place is offering an hour-long massage for only $25! That is amazing!!! If you have never had a “professional” massage, I would highly recommend it. It relieves stress, plus it is healthy for your body. If you do go to get a massage, drink a bunch of water beforehand because you get dehydrated quickly!

A few other good ways to relieve stress include: exercising (running or lifting weight gets your mind off of the textbooks and puts you in a more focused mood), video gaming (if this is your go to, it is a great way to leave reality for a while and enjoy some friendly competition), reading (another great way to forget about the worries of today whether it’s romance, action, or a biography), cooking (my roommate loves to cook and it really helps him to relax), and/or praying (nothing is more soothing than God’s presence)!

Here are a few more…random ideas on how to relieve some stress: check out a local shooting range, scream into a pillow, go on a drive and blare some music, take a nap, do something creative, call up the parents to vent, go sopping! There are so many things you can do to relive the stress that comes with finals week. It all depends on your interests and what you like to do for fun! Try some different things out and who knows, maybe you will find a new hobby!

Good luck on all of your finals and remember, a deep breath is a simple action, but something that can get those last minute of jitters out before an exam!

Have a great week and stay classy!

Andrew Chwalik

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »

Warm Weather and Thankful Thursday

Look out the window, there is no snow! The white blanket that covered the earth about two days ago is totally gone! The past two days have been in the high 50s, instead of the low teens (a nice change of you ask me). It may be a little windy, but this may be the last time we get to see temperatures like these for quite some time so get out and enjoy them.

This is the perfect time for nice weather. Finals are coming up, all of the projects and presentations are due, stress levels are high, and we are about to head home to enjoy Thanksgiving with our families so the weather will be in our favor (as long as it stays this way). Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and celebration. No one should have to worry about scraping a car off or if they have enough layers on. It is a time for playing football with your uncles, for cooking with your family, and chowing down on the best home cooked food. After all of that, we get to sit down and enjoy some good American football!

Thanksgiving is full of great times, but do not forget to be thankful. This is a time to take a break from all of the work and stress to reflect on all of the blessings we have. No matter who you are, there is always something to be thankful for. One great thing we have is education. Walsh University offers us wonderful programs of higher learning, especially the sciences. Knowledge is the key to living a happy life, getting a good job, and simply bettering ourselves. Be thankful for the ability to continue your education wherever you are.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoy your family, and try to do a little studying. Finals are next week!

Stay classy and hail to Walsh!

Andrew Chwalik

Monday, November 24th, 2014    Subscribe  No Comments »