Life in The Rock

By Kortnie Christiansen

Merry Christmas Vacation…& Advice

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas Vacation. This is the best time of year, isn’t it? I love the excitement about packing up and going home for a few weeks! I hope everyone is safe and gets to do everything they want! As for my team….I hope everyone comes back ready to work hard for the Spring “off-season”. It is brutal, but will strengthen everyone physically and mentally. 

For any new students that are just beginning in college…I wish I would have known a few things…

  1. Wyoming is windy and cold- always be prepared
  2. DO NOT procrastinate studies and homework. Friends and fun stuff will be waiting for you later. Make homework come first.
  3. Physical activity in an way, always improves levels of focus and attitude.
  4. The semesters fly by, time passes so quickly. Take every opportunity to have fun and meet new people.
  5. Get involved. I know we here this countless times, but it is true. College is so much fun if you get involved and participate in activities.
  6. Get to know professors and teachers. They actually do care about you and your grade. I guarantee they are willing to help you in every way possible, just give them the opportunity to.
  7. Have a plan. Write down your academic goals, and then NEVER let up until you reach them.

I hope WWCC is as great of an experience for everyone as it was for me. I know you can find best friends, learn new things, and experience new adventures here. Go explore and find out why so many people keep recommending WWCC. Happy Holidays everyone.

Yesterday evening we had our last team activity. It was fun to get all together with the team and spend some time together. Even though we have all been in the same campus, and living in the same dorms, it is difficult to find time to just hang out. During our season we were forced to be with each other at least 3 hours a day.Without regular season practice, this just does not happen. It was a blast to get everyone back in the same room.
We had a wonderful evening full of delicious food, a lot of signature signing, and a Christmas gift exchange. Coach’s wife cooked dinner and we had our fair share of many laughs. I loved the gift I got from my “Secret Santa”. For the last month I have been preparing letters for each one of my teammates. I finally got to give them all out last night to let each girl know how special there are to me. We will most likely never all to together again, for quite a while. We are all parting ways and will go in separate directions in life from here on out. I am so grateful to have everyone become an important part of this important chapter in my life! I love you all…I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. 

Yesterday evening we had our last team activity. It was fun to get all together with the team and spend some time together. Even though we have all been in the same campus, and living in the same dorms, it is difficult to find time to just hang out. During our season we were forced to be with each other at least 3 hours a day.Without regular season practice, this just does not happen. It was a blast to get everyone back in the same room.

We had a wonderful evening full of delicious food, a lot of signature signing, and a Christmas gift exchange. Coach’s wife cooked dinner and we had our fair share of many laughs. I loved the gift I got from my “Secret Santa”. For the last month I have been preparing letters for each one of my teammates. I finally got to give them all out last night to let each girl know how special there are to me. We will most likely never all to together again, for quite a while. We are all parting ways and will go in separate directions in life from here on out. I am so grateful to have everyone become an important part of this important chapter in my life! I love you all…I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. 

I really hope everyone at WWCC has been learning a lot this semester….We do NOT need anymore of these in the world! 

Have you ever tried real SUSHI?? Well, I hadn’t until we went to the local Chinese Buffet here in the Rock, called Bonsai! I was nervous to try it, I won’t lie! But, Makayla and I ordered some and decided to try it. I LOVED it. It was such a unique, awkwardly delicious taste! I really hope to try some again soon! 

It was so good to go out with our whole team and just have a girl’s night. This was the first time in a while that we all got dressed up, and went do to anything besides play in a gym. What a great escape!

One hand…

It is official. I can count the days left in Rock Springs on one hand. I cannot believe it. I am finishing up my 6th semester of college between WWCC, USU, and Weber. I am again so grateful to have got this opportunity to take a break from my adult responsibilities and come play volleyball. We have a few more days left for team activites and meetings…and then it is again time to move on.

I have one remaining final left, and I have to finish my graduation portfolio and then I am homefree. Wow. I cannot believe it. I can count it on one hand. I hate finals week ,but love it at the same time because as the week goes on….it slowly gets less stressful as we finish up classes.

People come and go….”and the world turns”……

People come and go…

I have learned many new things in college…we all have. But I feel like the hardest part about college is how quickly people come and go from my life. I cherish relationships. When I get to know someone, I like to keep them and stay friends! I hate this time of year, end of semester, that the inevitible is about to take place. I have met some of the best friends I will ever meet in my life. I have also met a big variety of students from all over the world, and now we all have to say goodbye.

I  heard a long time ago, my freshman year, that it never really gets easier to say goodbye. “You will stay friends with the people who matter”, is what I was told. But what about the little things, and the people that I cross paths with daily—-they matter too.

Like the memorable food servers, in Mitchells…I will miss their spunk.

The quiet, muffled sounds of the theater and music majors in the basement…I wish I had their courage.

The many things I see happening in the library :)

People watching….and the girl I envy, I do not know her name but she has the most gorgoues hair.

I really will miss the little things. I hope to stay in touch with all the people I have met. {wishful thinking}

I will miss Western Wyoming Community College, and I never thought I would hear myself say that. I love it here…and it will always have a piece of my heart.

Here are a few things that are keeping me alive this week….

I have bipolar motivation moments. At times I can stare at an idle computer screen, or at a wall for that matter for hours. Other times I kick homework in the butt and do tons of work! We are on the countdown!

I have finally come to the point that I want to talk about the National Tournament…the moment we have all been waiting for.
Overall, this season was an emotional roller coaster. There were high highs, and very low lows. We have the most talented team I have ever seen, and luckily we were able to slide through most of our season. We were challenged a few times throughout the regular season, but nothing compared to the challenges that arose at the National Tournament. I am a firm believer that ANYTHING…and I mean anything crazy and unexpected can happen in West Plains, Missouri. 
You see more fight than anywhere else in the world. Everyone at the tournament is a winner. Everyone deserves to be there. There are underdogs and there are stars. Every single year, without fail….dreams come true and hearts are broken. There is a winner, and there is a loser. I have found that no matter how rocky the road to a championship game may be….no one remembers the 2nd place team.
I got on the NJCAA web site, and nothing is mentioned about us. People remember the winners….only the losers remember how heartbreaking it is. We lost the National Championship…
That is the brutal truth. That was the reality for my team. But, cheers to us for being the 2nd BEST team in the country!

I have finally come to the point that I want to talk about the National Tournament…the moment we have all been waiting for.

Overall, this season was an emotional roller coaster. There were high highs, and very low lows. We have the most talented team I have ever seen, and luckily we were able to slide through most of our season. We were challenged a few times throughout the regular season, but nothing compared to the challenges that arose at the National Tournament. I am a firm believer that ANYTHING…and I mean anything crazy and unexpected can happen in West Plains, Missouri. 

You see more fight than anywhere else in the world. Everyone at the tournament is a winner. Everyone deserves to be there. There are underdogs and there are stars. Every single year, without fail….dreams come true and hearts are broken. There is a winner, and there is a loser. I have found that no matter how rocky the road to a championship game may be….no one remembers the 2nd place team.

I got on the NJCAA web site, and nothing is mentioned about us. People remember the winners….only the losers remember how heartbreaking it is. We lost the National Championship…

That is the brutal truth. That was the reality for my team. But, cheers to us for being the 2nd BEST team in the country!

Stressful studies!

We are to that stressful point in the year again. I can’t lie, my life turns so chaotic toward the end of the semester. I find it so hard to focus on school work while thinking about how close Christmas break is! Ironically this is the time in the semester when we need the MOST focus on school work. I finally finished my giant research project! I need chocolate, hot cheetos, and maybe a massage…I feel like I have been cooped up in the library for decades! (I also find myself being very dramatic at this time of year)!

I hope all of your studies are going smoothly and maybe even stress free! I did see a sign today for free massages on December 7th, in the Student Development Center! Call to schedule an appointment, I know I will.