My Transylvania Bucket List

Kelsey Smith, Class of ’13

Call me weird, but ever since I saw The Bucket List, I wanted to do more with my life.

So, at the ripe old age of 17 I created my own bucket list. I’m up to 79 items I wish to accomplish before I die. Six and 1/3 things have been crossed off of my list. When I came to Transylvania I started thinking, why not make a college bucket list? So, below is my personal list of things that really should be done before you leave this fine institution.

I challenge you to take this list and add to it, but only if you think you can get it all done by May of 2016. I wish you luck and enjoy every moment of making and accomplishing the list.

Commence Kelsey’s Transy Bucket List!

  Survive Indi’s fried chicken
  Participate in a black light party
  Go to Red River Gorge
  Join a club or organization
  Play volleyball in back circle
  Study or travel abroad
  Get an A+ on a test/paper and hang it on the mini-fridge
  Go to Keeneland
  Run through the fountains by the court house Continue reading


10 Things to Do With Your Last Month of Summer

Bryan Conover, Assistant Director of Admissions

There are 31 days left until you move to Transylvania University for your first-year! We are so excited that you will be joining us on campus soon. I wanted to take a few minutes to share the Top 10 Things to Do with your last month of Summer. Enjoy!

Here we go…

  1. Spend time with your high school friends – All of you are about to embark on exciting new adventures. Some of you will be staying close to home, some will be going across the world. Spend some time with these folks because it may be awhile before you get to hang out again. My 10-year reunion is coming up in a few months and it is unbelievable how fast the time flies.
  2. Buy twin-XL sheets – Believe me, you want to do this.
  3. Talk to your new roommate – The Res Life office sends out the name and contact information of your first-year roommate. Use it. Don’t show up on August 10th with two fridges, two TVs, two rolls of carpet, or whatever. I am not sure if you have ever had to snuggle with a roll of carpet before, but if you don’t coordinate who is bringing what things to Lexington, you may get to find out.
  4. Play with your pets – Sorry, Larry the hamster has to stay home. I know that watching him run the wheel is probably the highlight of your busy summer day, but he won’t be able to live in Forrer or Clay Hall with you. Sorry. Get those hours of wheel-watching in while you still can.
  5. Read a book for fun – No, seriously. Recreational reading becomes more and more difficult when you have 60 pages of reading for your History course every night. Oh, there will be First-Year Seminar papers, Biological Interactions labs, and Music Appreciation assignments to do, too. If you were waiting to start the Hunger Games, wait no longer (or wait until December). Continue reading

The Evolution of Dumbo

I’m not sure if you saw before, but I’m doing a series of blog posts on the artistic aspects of the Transylvania community.  If you missed the first post, click here. Now you’re all caught up.  YAY!

Anyway, as a child, I was the polite, soft-spoken type up until I went to kindergarten—then everything changed.  All the sudden I blossomed and became the talkative, probably-too-energetic kid I still am today.  Although I was about 4 feet shorter and had the ears of Dumbo, I think my ears were a physical manifestation of the social butterfly I was becoming.  I had broken out of my cocoon, and I was ready to fly… or at least, I thought so.

My teacher had other plans.

Believe it or not, teachers don’t always appreciate class disruptions, so she didn’t appreciate my constant attempts to draw on the board, my affinity for climbing on everything other than the playground, or my occasional belief that I could use my ears to fly.

Fast forward through puberty and (luckily) growing into my ears.  Now I’m at Transy, and I have a secret obsession with art. If you’re involved in the Lexington art community in any way, shape, or form, you’ve most likely heard of Kremina Todorova and Kurt Gohde. 

Dr. Todorova is an English professor, and Dr. Gohde is an art professor; however, much like the Planeteers, their powers combine in order to make some extraordinary things: their Community Engagement through the Arts and Creative Disruptions classes.  Continue reading

My Old Transy Home

As my sophomore year at Transylvania comes to a conclusion, I find myself looking back and reflecting.  Last night, I was sitting outside, having a smoothie and watching the sunset, and it really hit me.

Being a student at Transylvania University is not what I expected when I came to school back in 2010.  I figured that I was going to be sitting in a library or playing volleyball for the majority of my time. In high school, that was all I did. I went to school, had practices or games, did my homework, then crashed into bed.  I didn’t expect college to be any different, except that I wouldn’t be at home, I would be 5 hours away.

I was so very wrong.

Every night, I crash into my bed, exhausted and worn-out.  However, it’s a satisfied exhaustion, one that makes me happy.  I go to school everyday like I used to, I play sports like I used to, and I still study and do homework.  The difference is that I enjoy it. Continue reading

I roamed to San Antone

Traveling abroad is one of the quintessential college experiences. New-found freedom to pursue meaningful interests, a heightened sense of scholastic adventure, and an “Ahh, what will a couple thousand more bucks hurt?,” attitude brought on by mounting college costs, all combine to make international travel a genuinely viable option for a lot of college students- especially at Transylvania.

The value and heuristic impetuses traveling abroad inspires cannot be discounted, but sometimes college students become so distracted by the glamorous novelty and uniqueness of foreign countries they overlook just how special several places right here in the United States of Wal-Ma….err America, really are.

Oh joy! Ive just remembered an interesting anecdote that will exemplify my previous assertion wonderfully. Yay, serendipity!!

I recently had the opportunity to travel with professor Gary Deaton, and three majors from the Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication department to the Southern States Communication Association’s regional conference, held in San Antonio, Texas. The experience, from the outset, was outstanding, in no small part due to the sharp uptick in temperature I exalted in upon arrival.

But the weather wasn’t the only thing heating up around San Antonio. Transy’s representatives turned up the heat during their respective presentations of senior seminar papers. Monica Lawson, one of the three seniors, even had her paper named “Best In Conference,” from a field of hundreds! It is important to note that this was not a competition in any way, but I went ahead and kept score anyway…it’ll suffice to say the 7-0 skunk rule was employed quite liberally. Continue reading

Dr. Hurley is A Treasure!

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Every student who has taken Dr. Hurley’s classes will tell you that Dr. Hurley is amazing. Her classes are always so interesting and meaningful, encouraging students to reflect on themselves and question everything around us.

I have taken three of Dr. Hurley’s classes: Reading in Peace Education, Schooling in American Culture, and Non-western Enculturation. Dr. Hurley always makes classes inspiring by encouraging student to engage in class discussions. The reading assignments are carefully selected and are eye-opening. Continue reading