License to Gill

Columns: A childlike way of life

One of the most interesting aspects about life is the innocence of being a child. Children don’t worry about who is watching them sing and dance; they simply do so as their little hearts desire.
I noticed this when I was babysitting this past weekend. I babysat three girls, all under the age of eight.…

License to Gill: Perks of having a pet

After our first family dog died, my parents decided to get puppy. We drove to a small farm with Black Lab puppies and took one home in a box. On the way home, I named him Dakoda and we decided to shorten his name to Cody. As it turns out, before we bought him, another…

Columns: Parrothead wisdom

A wise man named Jimmy Buffett once said, “When life gives you limes, make margaritas.” This is better than the original saying because let’s face it, limes are much better than lemons and margaritas are much better than lemonade.
Here’s the thing; college is a time when your life is always changing. Plans fall through,…

Columns: Actions speak as loud as words

There are many great organizations at John Carroll. I am involved in various groups on campus and I feel that many of the other groups are beneficial as well. There is one organization in particular, however, that could use improvement and  doesn’t always seem to present the University with a positive reputation.
I, along with…

Columns: Healing to wear heels

When I was in high school I suffered a serious injury. I ruptured my achilles tendon while playing a soccer game at Cleveland State University.
It’s interesting that this happened to me when I was 16 years old. Usually this injury happens to middle-age men who try to play a pick up sports game on…

Columns: Strategy is a necessity

I am a very strategic person. I function with schedules, and I don’t function well without them.
Every day when I wake up, I schedule my day hour by hour on a white board. This is partially because I am obsessive about organizing, and partially because I am so busy with different things that I…

Columns: Why do people like to be scared?

I love romantic comedies, I’m a fan of chick flicks, and I find animated films to be adorable, but I absolutely hate horror films.
My family and friends can attest to the fact that I am a scaredy cat, and I will be the first to admit it.
I sleep with the TV on because…

Columns: Make new friends but keep the old

When I began my time at JCU as a freshman, I never considered myself the type of girl to join a
sorority. However, at this time I still had many friends from high school.
After these high school friends and I mostly went our separate ways, I found myself wanting to build more friendships with…

License to Gill: Raised as a figure skater

Everyone begins to mature at different points, and for different reasons in their lives. I found that I matured at an early age, and I can credit that to figure skating.
I began figure skating when I was 5 years old. I had a coach and I had to learn a choreographed program which I…

Columns: The age of stupidity

The more time I spend in college, the more I am realizing that far too often college-age students make stupid decisions.
College seems to be the age of stupidity for many people and it’s rather frustrating. Some may refer to it as stupidity while others may blame it on immaturity—either way, poor decision-making is involved.…

License to Gill: Embrace diversity

With John Carroll University being a prestigious Jesuit Catholic University, you wouldn’t think there would be much faith diversity.  Coming from years of Catholic school background, I wasn’t really immersed in a community with different faiths and religions before becoming a part of the JCU community.
Though our campus seems to predominantly practice Catholic and…

License to Gill: Support our troops

Have you seen any yellow ribbons lately in support of U.S. troops? Have you even paid enough attention to look for any? I think that sometimes we get too caught up in our own lives to think and pray for our troops overseas. We take advantage of the fact that we have brave men and…

License to Gill: Why worry so much?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
Why do we spend so much time worrying? Why do we let the small troubles of everyday life get the best of us?
Letting worries control our minds can be dangerous. Often worries paralyze us. They…

License to Gill: Sleep is the best medicine

I have been noticing lately that people around me are suffering from a lack of sleep. Usually I would expect myself to be under this same condition, but lately I have been pretty well-rested.
I have never been a person who was able to stay up all night. I was always the first one to…

License to Gill: Dorm life is not for me

When I invest in something, I want to know that I am getting my money’s worth. I want to be assured that all of the money invested is worth the expense.
There is currently one expense in my life that I do not feel is worth the investment.
This happens to be living in the…

License to Gill: Grandma knows best

Lately it seems that good meals at JCU are few and far between. The past few times I have gone to dinner in the cafeteria, there hasn’t been much choice of food.
It’s days like these, when I miss my Grandma’s delicious Hungarian cooking.
I know everyone says that their grandma is the world’s greatest…

License to Gill: Troubles with time management

I already find myself stressing about my work load, which is especially concerning since it is only the second week of the semester. I am sure I’m only one of many who have this same concern.
My class schedule is more difficult now, than it has been since I enrolled at JCU. I just can’t…