decurion

Day 117 of 365

Hi. Hello. Any appropriate greeting please put it here.

Tonight is a rough night. But there are always brighter days ahead. Now I know for myself I am dealing with the fact that my last two days of undergrad are literally in the next two days meanwhile my classmates are dealing with the loss to Nebraska. If you are living under some sort of rock, I am referring to the baseball team.

Both things are disheartening but this is post isn’t about baseball (maybe next time).  This post is now and wholeheartedly going out to the seniors at Creighton. So umm…this is our last Dead Week for undergrad. The next week is the end of Finals Week for undergrad. I’m not going to sugarcoat it for any of us - I am sad at the prospect of leaving so many people. Yes, I know I live in Omaha but still doesn’t mean I get to wake up and go to Creighton everyday.

During my car ride home tonight I was thinking about how I was bummed that the baseball team had lost to Nebraska but then I began thinking about how the drive I had been making for almost four years was coming to an end. Driving home late at night, jamming out to music that is much louder than it needs to be, and thinking about the upcoming day…now I dread making that drive. I just want to stay around the people at Creighton.

There are so many people I have not met or haven’t been officially introduced to but we have so many mutual friends a single head nod is acceptable. Umm or the fact that you can basically find someone awesome on Creighton’s campus when you aren’t even trying.

Leaving this glorious place called Creighton University means I have to be (act like I am) an adult. But for real - who actually thinks I’m an adult besides the insurance company and my doctor?

I have met and gained so many new people in my life this year and I don’t know what I would do without them. But I have also lost some people from my life this year (not necessarily from death).

I’ve been thinking too hard lately about everything and there is one thought that has just kept me from moving forward - what is out there? Like really, what is out there? Are there more cool people? Is there someone who I’ll date or even become best friends with?

I’m going to tell you right now that I haven’t the slightest idea. All I know as I write this post right now would be that I love large Cherry Limeades from Sonic and that I am going to miss so many people that have impacted my Creighton experience in so many ways.

I may act like I have it all together but I don’t. Who does anyway? And again I’m going to be all too real - no one actually does and if they do….congrats to you sir/ma’am. There are so many things out there waiting to be discovered but in this moment I am going to say this - Everyone who has had an impact on my Creighton experience - I thank you so much. New Student Orientation, Admissions, Kappa Kappa Gamma, my cohorts in classes - what am I going to do without you. In the immortal words of my good friend Laura, I am apparently just going to “sob”. Thanks Laura.

I am always thanking people on this blog because they are my “lollipops“ (please see my previous blog post about “lollipops”). I have not forgotten about my promise to bring up some more “lollipops” in my life. I seriously do not know what I would do without them by my side.

Laura Novotny - Laura! What am I going to do with you in Ohio. I’ll have to be besties with Will. Haha kidding…maybe. But really Laura, you are so awesome and after getting to know you so much better after Summer Preview this year I really cannot express how thankful I am to have you as a friend.

Maggie Sutton - Maggie, you are literally the cutest person on the planet. When Mackenzie told me I had to meet you I just knew you were wonderful. We’ve got ourselves a great friend. I look forward to staying friends into the future because you are so wonderful and I would not want to lose you…like ever. For real though, Maggie you are a southern sweetheart and such a great friend.

Jeanne Eibes - Eibes, from being my accounting professor to me being your third decurion I think we’ve had some fun in almost four years. This spring marks the third year since I have taken your accounting class and I just wish I was still in that class. Senior year is rough and I know that without your guidance I would not be where I am today. Thanks for believing in me when I most certainly did not.

Every time I write a little something about the “lollipops” in my life I think about how I have so many to choose from and again I am so thankful for the amazing people I have met in my time at Creighton. I’ll never forget the people I met before Creighton it just means that the Creighton people have good company to join.

Okay. But I really have to get to bed because guess who has a final in the middle of Dead Week at 8am —> this chick. Stay classy all…oh and root for Creighton baseball. But really though, they are my college team so they are kind of important.

“Be nice to nice”.

-Alex. 

Promise I’ll try to avoid the word thankful for a while. And seriously root for the baseball team because a CWS appearance would be cool this year.

Day 42 of 365 - Confessions of a Commuter

Hello all.

Here is the one post I have been putting off until I had a lot of feelings about it. And this post is special because it is something that comes from the deepest, darkest depths of my psyche…this post is about something I have done for almost four years.  I am a commuter student, a very proud commuter student but a sometimes very lonely one at that.  In this post I’m going to talk about my journey through college as a commuter student and hopefully explain why/how/whatever I have acted, etc. during certain times.

First of all a true commuter student is one who has commuted to campus ALL four years of college. Now I’m not talking about the folks who live a block away from campus. Sorry to my friends who do live a block away from campus; I’m just trying to distinguish what exactly, in my mind, constitutes a commuter student. A commuter student typically lives at home with their family, comes from all corners of Omaha, and basically lives out of their car for four years. Also the commuter that commutes the first year and then moves on campus doesn’t count either. Sorry to my friend Cameron, bro you are amongst the res hall dwellers.

Okay so now that I have explained what a commuter is, to me, I want to explain some things to folks who really don’t get what it’s actually like.

#1 - Public restrooms are our friends because if we have to change most likely it is in there. 

#2 - We probably are carrying a lot of stuff because we can’t just go back to our rooms between classes so please don’t ask me a hundred times if I am going camping or something…hinting at you Father K.

#3 - We do actually participate in things on campus…when we are invited. Thanks Res Life for finally stepping up their game and inviting me to Christmas at Creighton…my senior year.  

#4 - There are only a few of us but please do not ask us to drive in dangerous weather and risk our only form of transportation to get to your class which will most likely end up canceled by the university. I am talking to those professors that lack empathy when it comes to driving all the way across town for a class that is sometimes less than an hour. 

#5 - Driving uses gas which means we are perpetually running out of said gas. Please don’t ask a commuter to drive anywhere unless you are willing to spot us. Gas is precious and we have to conserve as much as we can. (Ignore the ethics involved in this a lot of times commuters don’t choose to be commuters.)

#6 - Just because I drive to school everyday does not mean that I know where everything is in Omaha. Omaha is a gem of a place but when you are from a particular portion where everything is right near you, you don’t go exploring the rest of town much. 

#7 - Finally, I basically live in my car so please do not comment on how it looks. I try to keep the area as clean as humanly possible but weather happens folks and I can’t stop mother nature. Trust me if I could I would and periods would not be a thing.

Okay so as you can tell there is definitely some angst going on in this post and I don’t mean to sound whiny, this is just a long time coming. But really like almost four years in the making. I also do not want to come off rude because I am a rare breed and I only know a handful of commuters - all of our stories are different. You can talk to any number of us and we will all tell you something different. My particular story is a bit lonely to begin with and gets better which this is not a woe is me thing because…well…screw that. This post is mainly me expressing my thoughts throughout these past 3.5 years.

Now you may possibly (not in the slightest) be wondering, “Alex? What do you mean your story is a bit lonely to begin with?” Well my kind-hearted reader I’ll be honest here - I was lonely the first semester of my Creighton career. I literally knew maybe ten people personally and I didn’t feel like I belonged.  I worked most if not all of my weekends at my part-time job. I spent a lot of time in the library and didn’t try to put myself out there. I’m a shy person and putting myself out there is like trying to get me to stop breathing - neither are going to happen. So you could say it was my own doing for not getting out there but really it’s not necessary because I already blame myself. Thankfully the handful of really great people I had met would eventually introduce me to other great people so freshman year would end on a high note. S/O to Mackenzie, Emalee, Maggie, Tayler “fellow commuter” and co-owner of #commuterprobs, Emily Csik, and others who were kind enough to talk to me that year.

Second semester of freshman year was better and sophomore year is when things really took a whirlwind turn. I participated in Welcome Week as a Beadle (best RSP ever…sorry to my nuggets this year ya’ll are a close second) and I decided to join Kappa Kappa Gamma. Both decisions I do not regret to this day. But I do sometimes get frustrated when I have to stay late on Wednesdays when I would much rather be in bed by 9pm. What really makes up for that is my sisters especially in my new member phase and my friends whom I had met prior to joining Kappa.

Sophomore year was a breeze and then Summer Preview Round 1 - take me back to being a junior because what I wouldn’t give for more time at Creighton. By the fall I was a guide during Welcome Week, I was knee deep in Anna Tyler Waite - Level 3 and was about to become the Assistant Marshal in Kappa. Boy were things busy and hectic and I had taken summer school all summer so I was 9 credits (summer) + 18 credits (fall) + 18 credits (spring). For lack of a better word by May of 2014 I was pooped.

Senior year - Summer Preview Round 2 - take me back to those two weeks and I’ll still be talking about our shenanigans for years to come. I’m thankful for the people I was able to bond better with: Pfeif, Anna, Alex, Kelsey, etc. Thankful for the coolest students ever and my Laughing Lime Green Goats. BAM! Fall came running in and I had the cutest 22 nuggets in my RSP ever - S/O to Krista and Megan for dealing with me all the time. Also fulfilled my freshman year goal of being a Decurion and special thanks to Charisse Williams for getting me through to graduation. Encounter in November changed my perspective on everything and what I wouldn’t give to mash SPreview, Welcome Week, RSP, Encounter, and Initiation all into one month because I would have way too much fun.

Basically everything is slowing down and now all I have is driving in my car and writing in my blog. Okay for real, that is not all I have but it truly has been a whirlwind these past few years. I thank everyone for putting up with me and being nice to me when lord knows I probably didn’t deserve it. I thank you all for being my friends and inspiring me to continue this blog and smiling at me when I’m sad sometimes. To my fellow commuters who still have a ways to go - You can do it! It’s not hard when you surround yourself with great people. 

Now the ultimate question to end this post - “Do you regret being a commuter and never living on campus?”

The short answer is no and the long answer is still no. People have regrets but I think my biggest one isn’t about commuting but my involvement on campus. I should have started sooner. I’ve lived in Kiewit for Summer Preview, I have eaten Brandeis and Becker, and I have spent plenty of time in all the buildings on campus so I think I more than made up for not living on campus. In conclusion - no I don’t regret being a commuter, I just regret not getting involved sooner which would have made my transition smoother.

Alright, that was longer than I intended it to be. Have a good night all and “be nice to nice” - for me tonight.

-Alex.

Just got the dates and times for Decurion training, as well as the list of required events during Welcome Week… it just so happens that one of the major events of Welcome Week falls on the night of the concert I just bought tickets too.
Wonder if I can weasel my way out of the attendance requirement.

Day 85 of 365

Hi. So today was a nice day and I am reminded how much I love being able to have amazing people in my life. And I this post is going to speak a little bit more to what the previous statement.

Tonight I had the opportunity to say goodbye to our LC from Kappa headquarters, Kat. Kat has given new meaning to our chapter and I wish we could have her around all the time. For me, the biggest thing I learned from Kat was to cherish every moment because once you finish there’s no going back. I won’t be an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma after May. I won’t be an undergraduate student at Creighton University any more. I won’t ever have the chance to be with some of my greatest friends unless it’s a reunion. Everything is moving very quickly and there is no stopping time. So I guess it’s best to start doing a bit of reflection in order to be ready to face the inevitable.

One of my favorite Ted Talks ever is by Drew Dudley, “Leading With Lollipops”. Please watch and listen to it if you haven’t because it is amazing. Mr. Dudley talks about the “lollipop” moments in life when someone can change your entire course or the direction in which you think you are headed. Well, I have those people that have given me “lollipops” that I would like to thank, right here - right now.

Charisse Williams - Assistant Dean of the Heider College of Business and Professional Worry Reducer

Without Charisse I probably would not have finished Creighton in four years with a degree that I like. Charisse is the absolute best and I am ever indebted to her for helping me and countless students like myself. Thanks Charisse for everything, including choosing me to be a decurion when I have wanted nothing more than to be one since freshman year.

Leah Brindley - London enthusiast and epic equestrian rider of Sir Rex

Leah where do I even begin with you? Oh yeah - when you studied abroad in London and we became friends over text. You are literally so awesome and I feel like even if we haven’t talked in forever we can still continue with our conversations and where they left off. You are too awesome and I bet we’ll find jobs sooner or later right? Definitely sooner rather than later ;)

Anna Alexander - SP guru and ruler of the land of FLP

Anna, why were we not friends sooner? My entire day becomes just a bit brighter whenever I see you. Yes, NSO brought us together but Creighton will keep us friends forever. I know no matter where we both are in the world, I’ll be able to talk to the person that introduced me to the term nugget. Thanks for being so welcoming during the first round of SP for me because without you and so many others I don’t know if I would have done it again. So considering this year’s SP, I think I owe you a super thank you for everything and for truly being someone amazing in my life.

Mackenzie Mills - Ministry and Magic

Mack, you are the true definition of southern sweetheart. I remember meeting you back in September/October of freshman year and this sweet girl had asked me to sit with her and this boy that was in my RSP. I knew his name but the girl I had no clue. She was very welcoming and I really liked her but I just thought she was being nice. Turns out even almost four years later she’s still just as sweet and she calls me her friend. Thanks for asking me to sit with you and Austin because I probably wouldn’t have talked to anyone in that class without you.

I may have pointed out some of the people who have handed me “lollipops” in my time here at Creighton but there are so many others I would love to thank. In these last few weeks I will hopefully be doing just that and I don’t want to leave anything unsaid.

Thank you for all of the birthday wishes and I made it through the day without hearing ‘22′ once today. Weird, huh?

“Be nice to nice” and have a good night.

-Alex.