Striving for Excellence

The hall resounds my footsteps as I amble down an empty hall. Not a sound besides myself occupies the hall on a dreary Tuesday morning. The occasional murmuring of one of the janitorial staff draws my attention from my fixed view of the empty diner. But overall, the most deafening noise was the silence in what should be the busy and bustling heart of Saint Xavier. But then I remembered and slapped my forehead disparagingly. On Tuesday of this week, day classes were cancelled for Faculty Development Day. It was no surprise that I was disappointed in waking up early, but then the feeling of being overjoyed replaced my disappointment. How lucky to have some free time to get homework done, socialize and just laze around. And I can assure you that I did just that. It sounds like fun and games, and it was, but beyond the face of the situation was more than just a day to laze around. Well, maybe it was like that for us students, but for the professors and educators that form the bedrock of this institution of higher learning, it was no laughing matter. That Tuesday was more than just a day for the professors to sit around in a conference room listening to someone recite a PowerPoint. It was a time for professors and another faculty at our school to continue on their path toward excellence. And make no mistake, that is the goal.

 

In the School of Education, one of the primary aptitudes that are cultivated and improved on is the pursuit of excellence. Teaching is much different than educating a person. I can teach little Jimmy not to lie to his friends or how to dig a hole for a tree sapling. He’ll do it but he won’t understand why. And that’s the biggest thing that should be asked of students. Why? Why pursue this career? Why are you here? Why does such-and-such thing happen? School should be a place that strives to build up students, to have them think critically and face the uncertainties of life with a raised chin. It should not be a place that accommodates stagnation, self-aggrandizement or sheltering oneself from ideas and beliefs different than one’s own. It is a place that educates, that shows us the world we live in and allows us the capability to lead, to think and to grow. By not challenging us, the professors would be stifling our learning and that cannot happen. That is why our school has days such as Tuesday to have professors bounce ideas back and forth and find better ways to educate the youth in an ever-changing word.

 

We get a day off, and it’s great. We get to sleep in and do nothing. We can afford that moment of lax bliss. But what students forget is the reasonings behind these things. An educator cannot afford to stand idly when the road of excellence is ever expanding outward. One can never reach the end but to not continue on the journey means an end of the journey. And when a teacher ends their journey for excellence, they cease to be an educator but an arbiter of stagnation. The sole responsibility of a teacher, an educator, is the personal growth of their students. That is what happened on Tuesday. We all know that one good teacher. For whatever reason, there is something about them that we cannot forget but somehow they have changed and touched our lives. It is because they continue on that path of excellence. They strive for it. And if you’re open to it, you will find someone like that here, too.

Is Hell Freezing Over?

So, I was going to write about my week in school. I was going to discuss how the week went, how I was doing and what not. However, I simply cannot avoid talking about the history that was made in the city of Chicago over the weekend. So if you’ve been keeping up with Chicago sports, specifically baseball, the Cubs have been on a quest to make it to the World Series, which would be their first since 1945. Well, the Cubs are now just four games away from a World Series championship. Yes people, this is actually happening.

 

Now I doubt I’ll be the only one talking about this but the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 on Saturday in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to punch their ticket to the World Series. Yes, you read that correctly. The Chicago Cubs are going to the WORLD SERIES. It almost doesn’t seem real. It sounds so weird just mentioning “Cubs” and “World Series” without any negativity whatsoever.

 

Now for people who don’t care too much about sports, specifically baseball, just know that this is a HUGE deal. For starters, the last time the Cubs reached the World Series, World War II had just ended, the first ballpoint pen went on sale and Franklin Roosevelt was president. Yeah, it has been that long. The Cubs worked their tails off all season to reach this goal, and it finally paid off. Although the journey has just begun, this historical accomplishment has hit home for many Cubs fans, especially for me and my family.

 

Watching the Cubs in the playoffs this year has been remarkable. Yes, it was stressful at times but the Cubs have shown time and time again why they are the best team in baseball. Their win on Saturday night was just another reason for me and Cubs fans to stay calm and just enjoy baseball. After the Cubs turned a double play to end the game, my family was thrilled and excited beyond belief, especially my dad, who was the most excited out of all of us. He has been a Cubs fan his whole life. He enjoyed watching Cubs greats growing up, such as Ryne Sandberg, Dave Kingman, Andre Dawson, Rick Sutcliffe, Mark Grace and many more. He shared his passion with the Cubs with me at a young age and, of course, with the rest of my family. He supported this franchise for many years and to see his support pay off with a Cubs World Series berth just warms my heart. However, we weren’t the only Cubbies fans getting emotional. We watched endless clips of fans at Wrigley also feeling what we felt. Fans of all ages were yelling, cheering and crying tears of joy. In my neighborhood, “W” flags flew, horns sounded, and fireworks lit up the sky. It almost felt like a dream. I did nothing but smile and thank the Lord. It didn’t hit me until I woke up Sunday morning and realized what we had just accomplished.

 

Though it was a great weekend for baseball, us Cubbies fans can’t get too ahead of ourselves. It was good to see our team reach the World Series but the journey is not over yet. The Cubs are going into Cleveland Tuesday night to face an extremely talented Indians team in a seven-game set. These games will definitely not be easy by any means but after a brilliant performance by the North-siders in the NLCS, I can definitely say that the Cubbies will put on the show of a lifetime. The trip to the grandest stage of them all was stressful but exciting, and now it is time to relax and let the Cubs be the Cubs. Even when the Cubs were struggling, they managed to get themselves together and never quit. They showed their “Never Back Down” attitude and it is just a reminder to me of how good of a baseball team we really have. The Cubs’ chemistry is at an all-time high and the bond between every single player is stronger than ever. Of course, it is a huge accomplishment itself just reaching the World Series but getting that illustrious ring after 108 years would be the icing on the cake.

The Wolf of SXU

Here at Saint Xavier University I knew exactly which major I had wanted to choose, which was business marketing. Many people ask me why I chose to be a business major, and I won’t lie my decision was not only heavily influenced by family but media as well. This is a very serious topic for me, which I hope you’ll find inspiring. And if you’ve read this much, then I’m quite sure you will finish the rest.

The deciding factor for me choosing my major was not just the hope of successfully landing a job straight out of college but was because I had watched movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Now before you go and start judging me for basing my decision of my educational future off this film — hear me out! I completely get that this movie is over dramatized, but the core of the plot of this true story is what I am mainly focused on. It’s about a man who worked all his life as the little guy and made a couple smart decisions that made him a millionaire. There is also that drive given whenever you see or hear stories to further understand what exactly is going on in the business world as well as how to get in the game yourself. All business majors are not in it just to learn about business; they are in it to get smart about the world of economics and make money, at least in my opinion.

Watching this movie the first time, I was heavily confused on the terminology that the characters were using until I had taken a few business courses here at SXU. Going to classes such as Business 101 and even macro/microeconomics heavily improved my knowledge on the business world. Now, when I watch the movie I’m not confused about terminology like GDP or concepts, such as product differentiations.

Here’s a short list of my favorite business movies to check out that not only are entertaining but informative in a way as well.


1. The Wolf of Wall Street

2. The Big Short
3. Margin Call
4. Joy
5. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
6. Food Inc.
7. The Intern
8. Wall Street (1987)
9. The Pursuit of Happyness
10. The Company Men

The Lovable “Winners”

Chicago has always been one of the world’s most popular cities. Our pizza, skyscrapers, and rich history are what make the city and its people so valuable. With all these factors defining who we are, there is one thing that ties all Chicagoans together; Sports. Sports is such a huge part of the culture of Chicago and almost all of our teams have given us a taste of what it is like to be world champions. The notorious Super Bowl winning ‘85 Bears, the six-time champion Bulls, the Sox in 2005, the Hawks, specifically in ‘10, ‘13, and ‘15, and even an MLS title by the Fire in ‘98. All living Chicagoans have been able to see our teams make the city proud and give us the title of “Champions. Every team except the Cubs.

Born and raised a fan of the “Lovable Losers,” the Cubs were always a big part of my life, specifically for me and my dad. We have been watching the Cubs on TV and attending multiple games for many years. I will always remember my first Cubs game back in September 2003. Right after school, my dad informed me that it was time for my yearly check up with the doctor. As a child, hearing the word doctor only meant one thing; a shot. I felt scared and uneasy, thinking to myself how my day went from normal to tragic so quickly. Little did I know we were on our way to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs. As soon as I saw Wrigley, my dad handed me my ticket. “Surprise!” He said. I had never been so happy. It was about 2 in the afternoon when we took our seats in right field bleachers. As the Cubs took the field, I couldn’t help but smile. I had never see a Cubs games like this. Though I had watched multiple games on TV with my dad, it was a totally different atmosphere to be sitting alongside the Bleacher Bums. The smell of the field, the roar of the crowd, and the cool, windy weather made the experience perfect. I got a “thumbs up” from center fielder Moises Alou and even saw Sammy Sosa hit a homerun onto Waveland. It was definitely a remarkable experience.

You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to know the history of this ancient franchise. Words like 1908, Billy Goat, and Bartman are very popular in the baseball world. They are all reminders of how long the Cubs organization and their fans have suffered. As a Cubs fan, not a week goes by that somebody is reminding me of our World Series drought. Trust me, if I had a dime for every time somebody mentioned 1908 to me, I’d be rich. Despite what people say, the Cubs are doing something that cannot be denied by anybody; they are winning. And doing it impressively.

The Cubs finished off the 2016 season 103-58, the best record in Major League Baseball. Baseball fans around the league have become familiar with names like Rizzo, Bryant, and Arrieta. Not only have the Cubs become winners, they have become fan favorites. This year, I have seen non baseball fans start enjoying the sport because of the Cubs. Believe it or not, there are even some Sox fans rooting for the Cubs to win (you know who you are.) The Cubs have rallied the people of Chicago together in hopes of finally breaking the curse and 100+ year drought by winning the World Series. It would mean the world to my family and fans worldwide for the Cubs to win it all. We have been loyal fans through thick and thin and this year, we have never looked better.

No matter what happens, I will always support my team. The Cubs have always been a big part in my life and at this point, it is impossible to stop supporting this franchise. The past couple seasons are just reminders that anything is possible. The Cubs have become Chicago’s favorite baseball team and I’m happy that they are finally getting the attention they deserve. This team brings out the good and even the bad in baseball fans. Cub fans and Cub haters will always be at a war of words but no matter what team you support, you will always find yourself talking about the Chicago Cubs. It is how historic they are Despite what anyone says to me or whatever happens in future baseball seasons to come, you will always find me “Flying the W.”

I am NOT Superwoman

Hello, faithful readers! I hope you survived midterms and are ready to finish this semester!

IMG_1880On Monday, I was able to take a study break and go to pilates with Amanda. For almost two years, I have tried to attend pilates unless I am scheduled to work or can’t take a study break. For the most part, I am able to attend. If you are looking for a great workout that is very intense, I would for sure say Pilates is right for you.

This week for the Office of Admissions, we had our first special visit event! With my new job for the Office of Admissions, I now have the responsibility of supervising the first-year student ambassadors. Not going to lie:  I was nervous and wanted it to go well. AND IT DID! I am so proud of how great my first-years did on the panel. They handled themselves gracefully and recovered well on the tough questions from the prospective students. With open house just around the corner, I am looking forward to seeing them all shine for that and the upcoming year!

RA Liz and I designed my bulletin board for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I was especially thinking about my grandma and all the other women and men affected by breast cancer. IMG_2273The board has different facts and the monthly self-checkup women should do. My grandma survived both lung (even though she wasn’t ever a smoker) and breast cancer, but died from a third cancer a little more than four years ago. It’s crazy to think it has been that long, but I still feel like I need to call her to tell her when something exciting is happening, or just to talk to her about anything. But just the same, I know that I was lucky to have the time I got with her.

As many of you know, this semester is a busy one for me! I work five jobs and strive to continue my role with being on the dean’s list. At moments, it’s hard, to be honest, a lot of moments are difficult; I live at work, literally. This past week someone tried to create a meeting for the following day and I was completely busy from 7a.m. to 11 p.m., and when I said I wasn’t able to meet then, they made the comment “Oh you can do it! You’re superwoman!”

IMG_2171I know they meant it as a compliment. But in reality I didn’t see it that way. I am Genesis. I work crazy hard for everything I do, but I need sleep, I need to eat, I need time to study, and I need time to relax. As a result, I am now working on saying “no.” This might sound crazy, but saying “no” when I know I can’t do something or if I have too much going on is important. And this is okay.

It’s okay to say “no.” It’s okay to recognize everything on one’s plate and to be honest and say you have too much going on. It’s not fair to those relying on me to do a job well, if I can’t do it well. And lastly, it’s okay to say “no” because I am NOT superwoman, and you are not a super hero! We cannot do everything and that’s okay. There is no reason as to why we should feel guilty about not being able to do everything. Sure there is tons of things we have to do in the day that we don’t have a choice about, but when we do, we have a choice, even if it doesn’t feel like we do.

For this week, I hope that you are able to recognize what you want to do and what you don’t want to. Best of luck on this week of classes! I will leave you with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Homecoming Week!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week, as it was Homecoming Week!

This past week was once again another busy week! I am starting to believe that every week is a busy one… So maybe I should just drop the whole “it was a busy week” and simply believe that that’s the norm?! I guess a part of me wants to believe that my schedule will just chill out, but that has yet to happen, and SXU is going on Week 8 this upcoming week.

Chicago Public Schools are going on strike this week, so I needed to go in to complete my observation hours earlier then I had originally planned. I have felt completely lucky once again because my teacher is fantastic. For the most part, after the third grade, bilingual classrooms are not present and the focus is on English. As a middle school major, I knew that I wanted to observe a middle level even if it was not bilingual any longer. I was completely speechless when I got to the classroom to find how English and Spanish flowed from the teacher to the students. To me, it was exactly what I was looking for without realizing it. It was almost as if the teacher I was observing had read the textbooks I was reading for my ESL endorsement, and it was truly beautiful. I was honored to have been able to observe a classroom so welcoming and accepting of all students who entered the classroom. Someday, I hope to be a fraction of the teacher who I had the privilege to observe.

IMG_2140On Tuesday I was awarded the O’Brien Medallion Award. The award is given to those who are considered to be great leaders with a focus on service and the SXU core values. The O’Brien Medallion Award is given to 5 students, from each School of SXU: Education, Business, Nursing, and two Liberal Arts. I was shocked to find out that the School of Education picked me, and even more shocked to find out with whom I was receiving the award! I received the award with all seniors who I look up to. I’m truly blessed to have received such a great honor ,and I look forward to getting to wear the medallion when I graduate.

Thursday afternoon, I went to the Tutoring Center for the first time this semester. The Tutoring Center is a great resource for SXU students to use. It’s already included as a part of our tuition, so everyone should use it. I always tell people on my tours that it can be the difference between a B and an A in a course. The tutor who was assigned to tutor Physical Science for Teachers was fantastic! She helped all of us so much. If a tutor is not assigned to a course, as a student you can go to the Tutoring Center and request a tutor in that subject. The Tutoring Center really works to assist students in what they need help on. So if you need help, go to the Tutoring Center and get the help that you need to finish the semester strong!

On Thursday, Mercy Students for Peace and Justice (MSPJ) had their first Open Mic Night. It had the theme of “Voice your Vote,” while in between acts we talked about the importance of voting and talked about the candidates for the election. We also had computers and details about how to register to vote, how to vote absentee and what to bring along with you when you go to vote. We had a great turnout and so many talented SXU students showed off their talents!

On Friday evening, I was able to attend the Heritage Ball. FullSizeRender (37)Those who were invited were SXU leadership from University Housing Staff, Orientation Leaders and board members for Registered Student Organizations. It was a really fun night and I was lucky enough that I got to bring my boyfriend along. They also recognized the O’Brien Medallion Award recipients. It was a fun night with those who work so hard at SXU, and it was a great break from school!

On Saturday, SXU had our Homecoming game. AND WE WON!!!!! It was a great game, and it was a close one! Although I am not the biggest football fan, I still had a blast and surrounded myself with those who love football. FullSizeRender (36)Shout out to my great friends who always show their Cougar pride and are great to be around! Part of the reason I enjoy my time at SXU is because of you.

A quote that I received from my Peer Minister Team is “In my experience, being busy and working hard is the key to sanity and happiness” by Jemima Khan. So let’s forget my earlier statement about wishing school would slow down and get less busy and lets all keep pushing for what we love! Have a great week, everyone!

Simple Ways to Destress

Greetings readers, and welcome back to the blog! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend!

Whether you were taking advantage of the beautiful weather, or soaking in some Cubbies baseball, this weekend was definitely exciting. However, I know there may be a great number of you under some stress or anxiety. You could be overwhelmed with an insane amount of work, struggling to keep up at your job or you can simply be stressing out from life itself. You could be feeling down, confused or even lost. I have definitely been stressed in my lifetime, but the more times it happened, the more times I’ve found ways to fight it. Stress is an unfortunate part of life but there are ways to combat it and get back to a clearer, more positive mind. With that said, here are some great ways to destress and start feeling better sooner.

1. The first step to destressing is to stay positive. Now, I know many of you will criticize this thought process, giving me the “easier said than done” spiel. However, staying positive is my first step to distress, and I believe it is a vital one. One cannot simply calm down without wanting to. Feeling down on yourself is not a positive mindset to be in. Convince yourself that you want to feel better. You’ve got to want it! Now, once you are driven and in the state of mind to fight stress, do some basic activities that can get your mind off of the things holding you down.

2. One easy way to destress, especially for college students, is to get away from the situation at hand and meditate. Now, I use this term very loosely. You don’t necessarily have to break out the ancient Buddhist meditation methods (unless you’d like to), but putting your headphones on and playing your favorite songs is a fantastic way to destress. It doesn’t take much effort and it is a great way to take a deep breath and to relax to the comfort of your favorite artists and bands. It is a great way to simply recharge and take a mental break from whatever obstacles are blocking you from feeling positive. Even taking a nap is a form of meditation.

3. If you’d prefer a more interactive and physical approach to destressing, exercising is a great method to use. Going outside for a walk, hitting the weights, or even going for a run allows your mind to wander and recharge, while also keeping you nice and healthy. Personally, runs are the best way to destress. If you aren’t a runner, I highly recommend this activity if you are stressed. A simple run can get your mind to break from its negative barriers and allow you to restore your sanity. The sweat can even represent all your woes leaving your body

4. Most importantly, eat well. Students tend to eat junk food when they are stressed out. Examples include ice cream, cookies and chips. It is best to avoid eating junk food when you are stressed because your brain will find comfort in unhealthy snacks causing you to gain weight. It is scientifically proven that eating heathier foods will keep your mind focused. Foods such as fruits, nuts and even chicken (don’t even think about those McNuggets) are all healthy choices for brain food. Remember, a healthy body creates a healthy mind.

There are many other ways you can destress, but these are my personal methods that I use every time I find myself feeling down. A life without stress just isn’t possible, however, ways to fight through it are! There will be times in life when we are ready to give up and feel like shutting down. It is up to us to find our own paths to healing ourselves from stress, and I can tell you from experience that it is very possible.

In the immortal words of John Cena, “No matter how great the setback, no matter how severe the failure, you never give up.”

Events to Events

Hey everyone! Homecoming Week is around the corner, and I am so excited!

This week has been a busy one. For the Office of Admissions, I had multiple orientations for the First-Year Student Ambassadors. I will be supervising 40 first-year students, and I am truly excited because it’s a great group of ambassadors!

IMG_2094On Tuesday, I got to attend a workshop presented by Julie Veloz about her life and overcoming many obstacles to get to where she is today. I personally felt connected to her story for multiple reasons: being Latino, living in our society, being true to herself, and having curly hair (and accepting it!). This workshop became one of my favorite events that I have had the chance to attend, and it was a great reminder to myself about who I am and who I want to be.

Some of the female Regina Hall RAs and I had our first event on Thursday. IMG_2106It was called “Floor Code,” which had different bonding activities, including a spa night. The event was a success and a lot of fun to host! So many of the residents didn’t want to leave, but it was getting late.

This Friday, I had a sad flashback of what it is like to be part of a Minnesota sports team. About a month ago, I bought tickets to see the IMG_2120Sox versus Twins game, and they were really good tickets. The tickets were right next to home plate, so I was super excited! Just last week I found out that SXU Student Life had tickets available for students because that evening was Saint Xavier on the field! So it was a REALLY fun game because I got to see SXU students — except the Twins were completely crushed, and it made the Minnesota fans (my boyfriend and I) really sad.

I did some shopping for the Heritage Ball and also for an award I am receiving next week.(Will share pictures for next week’s post!) During that evening, there was a fun Super Saturday party connected to Hispanic Heritage Month that had great music and food. I wish I didn’t have to be on duty that evening, but for the short time I got to be there, it was great!

I hope everyone has a great Homecoming Week! Check out the list of events to happen this week below!

And I am ending this week’s post with a quote by Maya Angelou that reminds me of the workshop from this week: “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your ashes of kindness.”FullSizeRender (33)

 

SXU’s Beneficial Resources

Greetings readers! I hope you all had a great weekend and are feeling fantastic. It is honestly hard to believe it is already October. Freshman year is going by quicker than I expected, which definitely has me thinking of how I cannot slow down when it comes to my academics. In just a little over two months, the first half of my freshman year will be over. This thought fuels me to continue to grind inside the classroom and stay focused on what is important. Though the year is going by quick, last week felt like my longest one so far. However, despite the large workload, I was able to power through it successfully, and I even did it with some assistance.

Saint Xavier has shown me that faculty and staff are genuinely determined to make sure their students succeed in life, especially in the classroom. There are many resources available to students to help them in their studies. However, for many students, there will always be that one subject that is more difficult to them than the rest. For me, it has always been math. I have known many people over the years that are in the same boat as me when it comes to math. I can understand some of it, but when it comes to complex problems, such as word problems, I always have difficulty comprehending it. One of the reasons I chose to go to Saint Xavier was because I liked the idea of small class sizes. The small classes give me the opportunity to receive one-on-one help from my professor if I ever need assistance. And I definitely took advantage of that this week. I have been in contact with my professors for help, and they have helped me every single time, no questions asked. In addition, I have also gotten help from other students and even taken a trip to the Learning Center. With all these options available, I was able to power through the week and successfully complete a chapter in math. It is a great feeling to know that whenever I need help, the University and my professors are there for me. It is vital for students to know that there is no shame in asking for help.

In addition to utilizing the resources to improve my academics, I have also used the resources to improve my health. Saint Xavier not only stresses the importance of doing well inside the classroom, but also preach about living a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy utilizing the University’s gym, as it gives me an opportunity to stay in shape. In addition to the gym, the University also has a variety of healthy foods to choose from on campus, especially at Cougar Fuel. Cougar Fuel in the Shannon Center is a great place for me to get a healthy meal or drink for a fair price. Wraps, smoothies and salads are just a few of the healthy choices to pick from on the menus. It is great to see the University push for a healthy lifestyle, as a healthy body creates a healthy mind. It is something I will continue to enjoy as my college career continues.

It is crazy to see that I am already in the month of October in my freshman year and I am enjoying every second of it. I did not think college would be going as well as it is, and I am definitely not letting up. It is inevitable that the school year will continue to get harder, but it is within those hard times that my work ethic will illustrate the determined student that I really am. With all the resources available to me to improve myself physically, mentally and spiritually, the sky’s the limit for me. I am eager to see what else the University has to offer and will continue to explore the ways to become better every week.

Defeat Boredom

Every now and then, there comes a time when boredom creeps up. The good thing about this though is that there are ways to get rid of this feeling. I’ve created a list of activities you can do, which includes future Saint Xavier University events to attend.

1. Watch a movie with friends
2. Organize your closet
3. Paint/draw
4. Write a poem
5. Work out at the gym (The Shannon Center is free for SXU students!)
6. Learn a new dance
7. Grab a cup of coffee and catch up with friends at Starbucks
8. Go to a baseball game (On September 30, a bunch of SXU students went to the White Sox game over at Cellular Field.)
9. Join an intramural sport, such as volleyball, powderpuff football, soccer and many more
10. Meditate
11. Study at the library
12. Throw around a football in the quad
13. Play a computer game
14. Take a Zumba class
15. Go to a pumpkin patch
16. Go to Six Flags Fright Fest
17. Have your pet blessed at 5 p.m. October 4 at McDonough Chapel
18. Relieve some stress by petting the therapy dogs in the student lounge on October 6 in the afternoon
19. Participate in the Cougar 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. October 8
20. Practice yoga
21. Rollerblade around campus or even in the city
22. Attend a sporting event (October 8 is the big SXU Homecoming football game!)
23. Have a photo shoot

Try doing something new like Rollerblading with friends, whenever you feel that you are bored with your same old routine

Rollerblading with friends: Try doing something new whenever you feel that you are bored with your same old routine!