Monday, October 20, 2014

Study breaks

Into the Woods at TCR
These past few weeks have been filled with stress. Being a senior is a lot of fun, but with that fun, there is also studying to be done, and papers to be written. Instead of simply stressing out, it is always good to step back and take some study breaks. Being in a town as large as Cedar Rapids is great, because of all of the awesome study breaks available to us.

    About a week ago, I was lucky enough to go see a production of Into The Woods, that was put on by Theater Cedar Rapids. Both of my parents were really into theater and musicals when I was growing up, and Into the Woods has always been one of my favorites. The show was great, and because I am a Coe student, I immediately received a discounted ticket. Later in the year I hope to take advantage of some more great shows.
PKT and Tri-Delta at the Haunted House

Making a new haunted friend
      I was also lucky enough to spend some time at a local haunted house, called 'Circle of Ash". I went with a big group of fraternity brothers and one of our sororities on campus. I had never been into a haunted house before, and would have been super scared, but I went with a group of people who did a good job of warning me!

There are also some pretty tremendous study breaks that take place right on Coe's Campus. I spent one night in our gym, watching our Coe College Women's Volleyball team take down the reigning conference champions and remain undefeated in conference play. It was a great game that went to 5 sets before Coe was able to pull away. I have never seen a gym so full of excited fans! I can't wait to see what that team does as their season continues.
 I know that as I continue to study, I will always have some pretty great excuses to take breaks, and enjoy my last fall here at Coe with such a great group of Kohawks.

Until the Next Adventure,
Ryan Rey

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Last Home Cross Country Meet Ever

Coe College Cross Country
            This past weekend, we hosted our annual cross country meet called the "Lamb-Kohawk Invitational". Since this is our only home meet each year, it is a huge deal for our whole team. For me as a senior, I know it was my last race at home ever in a Kohawks uniform. it was a day full of mixed emotions, it was bittersweet knowing it was my last one, but I loved seeing not only the whole team out there racing, but seeing all of the support we had. The whole park was packed with current Kohawks, and alumni all out there cheering us on. As a whole, both our Men's and Women's teams had fantastic races, and we even ended up having one of our runners be named the Iowa Conference runner of the week.
Showing some support for Coe Football Kohawks Fly together

Runner of the Week Austin Springsteen

After the race, we had one big picnic for all of the Alumni and families, and we celebrated what has been a tremendous start to the season for our Coe Cross Country Teams, before returning to Coe and watching our football team take on a conference rival.
Hanging out at the post-race picnic
 I started this day feeling very overwhelmed about getting old and finishing up my last cross country season, but after a day filled with support, I started to realize what it really means to be a part of this Coe Community. I have spent the last four years surrounded by the most supportive and genuinely caring group of people ever. If they come and cheer on  the boring stuff, like a 5 mile cross country race, imagine how loud and enthusiastic they are for football games. I know that even after I graduate, I will always be a Kohawk, and I wouldn't trade that for the world.

The real Coe College Cross Country Team

Until the Next Adventure,
Ryan Rey


Friday, October 3, 2014

Midterm Week at Coe

Selfie Before the Meeting!
This past week has been a very busy one. We are about halfway done with our semester, so of course we all had our midterm exams this week. Three of the four classes I am currently taking had tests on the same day, so I spent way too many hours this week in the library.
Midterms clearly got the best of us

After finishing the final one, I was lucky enough to attend a Coe College Board of Trustees meeting as a member of the Coe College Student Senate. Myself and one other senator got to get all dressed up, and spend our morning with a great group of people who love Coe as much as we do. I am excited for what the rest of this semester brings, and hopefully I never have to take 3 tests on the same day again!
Until the Next Adventure,
Ryan Rey