As part of one of the Be the Match events, Arkansas Tech University provided donuts to students at 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Although it was a struggle to stay awake, it was a fun opportunity to hang out with friends and eat donuts. Along with the donuts, Arkansas Tech asked the mayor to come and simply let the students ask him questions. Since most people were half asleep or completely exhausted, not many people asked the mayor questions. The main questions that people asked included when Steak-N-Shake and Chile’s were going to open in Russellville and if other restaurants were going to open anytime soon. It was a fun late night adventure that left people tired the next day, but created memories that could be remembered for a while.
3 AM Donuts
One event that took place during the 24-hour drive for the bone marrow registry was a black-light dance hosted by the Student Activities Board. Although we did not hear about the dance until an hour before it began, my roommate and I went and had a blast. They provided us with free glow sticks, great music, and a place to let go and simply have fun. Our whole friend group ended up going to the dance and we danced, sang, and laughed for nearly two hours. After the dance, the tent for the bone marrow registry was somewhat clearing out so my friends and I took the opportunity to get registered. The dance fulfilled its purpose of encouraging students to register and it was a fun event that many people talked about for days after.
Glow Sticks for Days
Black Light Dance
This past week, Arkansas Tech University tried to break two world records. They did this by bringing a Be the Match tent to campus and trying to get the most people to volunteer to see if they were matches within an hour and within 24 hours. They kicked off the 24 hours at 9 p.m. on Tuesday and continued it until 9 p.m. on Wednesday. At 9 p.m. students were lined up at the tent to get their cheeks swabbed to see if they were matches and received free t-shirts. While ATU did not beat the 24 hour record, they did beat the hour record. In order to encourage students to get swabbed, the college had something going on constantly. They had a black-light dance party, free pancakes, 3 a.m. donuts, free BBQ, movies, and even early morning yoga. By trying to break these world records, ATU helped support a fantastic cause and allowed students a chance to volunteer and be super involved on campus for at least a day.
Be the Match Tent
Over the weekend, my roommate and a few other friends decided that we wanted to buy canvas and spend the night painting. Since I am absolutely terrible at all things involving art, I was nervous right away. However, I realized that painting is more fun if you simply go with the flow instead of over-thinking it. We all went to Walmart, bought paints, paint brushes, and canvas, and then headed back to the dorm to paint. After changing into comfy clothes, we all met up and started working on different things. Shelby painted a sunflower, Molly painted a huge heart for her art class, and I decided to try to do an abstract flower picture. Although my painting was far from amazing, it was enjoyable and gave me a chance to be artistic. I realized that painting, like many things in life, is not as hard as I thought it would be, and I simply needed to give it a chance and do the best that I could do.
Wesley’s Age to Age Program recently had the chance to take all of the Younger Age to Age children on a trip to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. At first, the mentors went and picked up the children and then Age to Age paid for everyone to eat breakfast at McDonalds. Once the kids had eaten, we loaded up buses and took the kids to the Museum of Discovery where the kids and the mentors both had a blast. After, we took the kids to eat sack lunches at Burns Park and then let them play in the play areas until it was time to load the buses and head back to home. Even though the trip was tiring and busy, it was amazing. Everybody had the opportunity to bond with our awesome kids, and the kids had a chance to have fun and be loved on by their mentors. It made me realize how truly blessed I am to be a part of the program. I personally think that everybody should try mentoring at least once in their life and realize how much joy a child can actually bring.
Museum of Discovery
Lately, I have been realizing how much we rush around in life. We hurry and get ready to go somewhere and usually we hurry to leave that place to go somewhere else. We fill our schedules up full of amazing things to do, but then we have no time to relax or simply take life in. I feel like there is a point where we need to slow down and enjoy life and what life offers. While doing everything possible is usually fun, it is also tiring. I am the worst about saying yes to everything which ultimately causes me to rush in order to fit it all in. I have decided that is important for me to learn to say no to some things in order to enjoy others things more, but also to learn to live in the present. By rushing to do the next thing, I feel like I might be missing out of some of life’s beautiful moments.
I recently helped my friend Madison decorate her future baby’s room. She is naming her child Lynleigh and Lynleigh’s room is being done in owls and pink. It was exciting to see how happy Madison was while decorating the small pink room and I also realized how much random, cute baby stuff actually exists. She has everything from a teddy bear that makes heart beat sounds to owl-shaped chalk boards. It is amazing to see how much a joy a baby can bring before she is even actually here and it is even crazier to see how expensive all of the different baby necessities actually are.