DIY Costumes

Lesley Goodaker

In case you missed it, in my last post I reported on this year’s Dance of the Decades for which my friends and I decided to coordinate with Hunger Games themed costumes. As a cash-strapped college student, costumes for various social events can very easily become a burden. While there are undoubtedly some pretty impressive costumes out there,  there is always the option of creating your own look! Today I’ll give you a quick glimpse behind the scenes of my Hunger Games inspired Dance of the Decades costume.

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“Eyes bright, chins up, smiles on!”

Lesley Goodaker

On Friday, January 24th, the Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi hosted their annual Dance of the Decades. This year’s theme: future! Students from all corners of campus were invited to come decked out in their best futuristic gear. From Star Trek to little old ladies, we saw it all. As one of the Chapter’s featured philanthropy events raffle tickets were sold, prior to and during the event, for a chance to win Kings of Leon concert tickets (special shout out to our winner Raisa Tikhtman!). Alpha Omicron Pi has always strived to serve the larger community of people both near and far, particularly women and children. Proceeds from this year’s event supported two great causes: the Markey Cancer Center and the Adrienne Dantin Memorial Scholarship.

The Tau Omega chapter’s dedication to philanthropy drives the chapter’s association with the Markey Cancer Center. A large portion of this year’s proceeds will go towards the center. This is only one instance of the many ways that AOII branches outside of our small campus community. Additionally, sisterhood is an extremely important value instilled within the members of AOII. As such, a portion of the event’s proceeds will go towards a sister that may have difficulty meeting the financial commitment to the chapter. Now, check out some of the great costumes below (special thanks to Sarah Allison for letting me feature some of her great pictures)!

The Song of Transy

Rachel Morgan

Life is a song.

That’s the way I’ve always seen my life – musical. My family all has musical talent, and I’ve been singing and reading music since I could talk and read, respectively. I have always been the blonde bopping along with a tune on her lips, be it whistle or song. I went through all of my life with this thought, a constant in that ever-changing world of growing up.

Yet I noticed something – I never had the solo. I was a harmony singer, a background character in the music video: I never held center stage. I am a quiet person who works hard and loves to help others. I volunteer a lot and have worked with children since I was twelve. Yet even as a seventeen and eighteen year old, I was always looked over and never given the chance to show my own talents and passions. I sang harmony in life; I wasn’t getting to show people my talents.

And then I visited Transy.

Transylvania University is an amazing school – I’ve thought that since the first day. This campus was the third I visited in my search for schools, and it was the first to strike me not just as a school, but somewhere I could belong. There were no stares, no ‘visitor’ looks or dismissals; everyone was friendly and involved me. Continue reading

What Work Study Means To Me

ameka menes

I recall receiving my work study questionnaire in the mail. When I got to the part about where I’d like to work I only checked ‘library.’ It was either there or nowhere for me. I reiterated that it wanted the library, the library, the library multiple times. It was going to happen. There was no way they wouldn’t listen to me, right?

Well, listen they did – but perhaps I had an upper hand to getting what I wanted. I’d already worked in two libraries by the time I came to Transy. I was a library aide at my high school [me + lots of young adult books? =) ] and I worked in the children’s sections (kids, juniors, young adult) in our local public library. I may not be the biggest fan of little kids, but I dealt with them all summer anyway and we got along pretty well so it was okay.

I’ll admit, I was nervous they wouldn’t listen. (Who is ‘they’ you ask? Financial aid, I do believe.) I was worried they would situate me in some other position I would be pained to do. But thankfully, nope, they listened. A good take-away from that is if you’re eligible for work study, and you have an idea of what you’d like to do, go ahead and get some experience! Continue reading

Willy T Love


William T. Young Library via Wikimedia

One of the best things about Transy is being able to go to Willy T (UK’s Library) and study.

Don’t get me wron, g I love Transy’s library but sometimes I need to study late or get away to actually focus. Willy T allows me to do that. Another great thing about UK’s Library is that you can meet other Transy students there who you normally wouldn’t see,  like commuters or part-time students.

Anyway, I have a lot of semester projects coming up and I’ll being spending a lot of time there. So if you see me say, “Hi” (even if I have my headphones in)!

Visiting Campus: The good, the bad and the super awkward….

Associate Director Kari Kolb

I am sure that students feel like Admissions people are all saying the same things. “We have small class sizes, we have the best faculty, we have great student life, blah blah blah.”

Yes, any college is going to have most of these things. But really, it is all about the fit and how YOU feel when you are walking around on our campus.  You need to make sure you step foot on campus and take in the experience. What does the dining hall look like? Where will I work out? Who will my classmates be? Every college is going to have a pretty website with awesome pictures. Please do not make your college choice on some great photography of a campus where it never rains and the students always look happy.

Though it may look it, students aren’t always this happy and the weather isn’t always ideal. Visiting is the only way to experience the real thing!

I think high school seniors get so wrapped up in taking the ACT, scheduling classes, going to practice and applying for schools that they sometimes forget that they are making a commitment to live at a college for 4 years.

You will sleep and shower here, get sick here, get good and bad test scores here, make best friends here and possibly have a little heartbreak here. You want to make sure you are in the right place to experience all of these things. You need to picture yourself in the college students’ shoes, and the only way to do that is to visit campus. Continue reading

The College (STR)ESSay

Not the face you want to see from your admissions counselor while reading your essay. (L to R: Counselors Kari Kolb and Betsey Bachert)

When I meet with potential Transylvania students in the fall of their senior year, I like to make sure they’re on track for hitting our app deadlines. My usual question of ‘How’s your application coming?’ is often met various versions of an all too familiar response: “It’s all done…except for the essay.”

Yes. The dreaded essay.

It is understandably the most difficult piece of the application process because it is the most personal thing you will submit to colleges in order to begin building a connection with them and *hopefully* be admitted or qualify for scholarships.

I have read a lot of essays in my days of working in admissions and the good ones always have one thing in common: a sense of personality. At the risk of being redundant allow me to repeat, GOOD ESSAYS HAVE A SENSE OF PERSONALITY.

As admissions professionals, we read a LOT of essays. I can tell you on behalf of application readers everywhere that we are not looking for one magic formula or an absolutely perfect essay, but we can tell when someone is passionate or engaged while writing their college essay and those are the ones that are honest and true to the individual.

While I could go on and on about the good the bad and the ugly (and I actually will if you attend one of my sessions at our Fall Preview Day on September 22—sorry, shameless plug), I will leave you with these top 3 tips to getting started:

  1. If you’re funny, be funny. If you’re a geek, be a geek. If you’re a whimsically romantic poet, write us a poem to prove it. Your college essay should read like a (grammatically correct, very well proof-read) blog post and should show us a snapshot of the person we will be getting on our campus the next fall!
  2. Pick something that you’re passionate about or interested in (not just something you think your reader is interested in) and write about it in relationship to you. Never lose a sense of first person. This essay is YOUR chance to share about YOU.
  3. Start early and write 2 or 3 different first paragraphs that answer different Common Application essay prompts. Then, put them away for a few weeks—or for a few days, depending on how close to the deadline you start! J Usually the hardest part of getting started is facing that blank screen. This strategy gives you a head start and provides you with a few options so that you can then finish the essay you’ve already started that has the most potential.

– Betsey Bachert,
Assistant Director of Admissions