"Professor Rakibul Sarker has probably had the biggest impact on my academic career so far. He has shown over and over that you are never too smart to be wrong. His classes are challenging but make you push yourself to learn the material. I also had a professor who ended an email with “always head toward the unknown, never run away from it.” That is the attitude he brought to his classes and expected us to bring with us. He showed me that problem solving is the best skill you can learn. Marietta College and my professors are giving me the basic skills and connections I will need to be successful post-graduation."
April: Looking Back on the Year
Alice Cooper sang a song about school being out, and for my whole life it has been “School’s out for summer!” and then back at it in the fall. I am finally at the point where I can relate to the next line of, “School’s out forever!" Graduation is fast approaching on May 5 and then the real world begins for me. That said I do have an update for you on the rest of my life.
The Marietta College football team has offered me a position to be an assistant coach and I have accepted it! They say if you love what you do then you’ll never work a say in your life, and that’s exactly what being around football is for me. With that development there has been plenty of stress elsewhere like finding a place to live and little details surrounding being an adult, but there is finally something concrete in my future and I am very excited about it.
Outside of that news, everything else here is going exactly how you would think. School is winding down, classes are finishing up and summer time weather is coming to stay. The trees are green, the grass is growing and the birds are chirping. It is everything you remember about springtime in Marietta.
I can’t wait to walk across that stage and flip my tassel across, so until that day I will be striving to finish strong! The next time you hear from me I will officially be part of that Long Blue Line.
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March: Ready for Spring Break
Senior year has certainly had its highs and lows, but the end is clearly in sight. In less than two months (if all goes accordingly) I will be crossing the stage and receiving my degree from Marietta College and officially become a member of The Long Blue Line. As much as I would love to fast-forward to that part and skip all the midterms, assignments, projects and finals, apparently that’s not how it works. Right now, the focus is finishing strong. Nearly four years have gone into this degree, and it would be a shame to fall off at the end. Therefore, I plan on going out with my best foot forward. After May 5, though, everything gets more real.
Finding a job is something that I never dreamed would be so stressful and confusing. For some reason, I imagined that when a job was presented you would just take it and figure everything else out as you went. It turns out that the truth about beginning a career path is anything but simple. I have found myself wondering whether or not the proverbial “bird in the hand” is actually worth two in the bush. I have been in a state of introspection and self-reflection for nearly the whole semester trying to answer that question and figure out what I really want to do with myself.
There are a lot of unknowns about next year and what I will be doing, but one thing is for sure, and that is that spring break is not the week that I am going to solve them!
I am going back home to Beverly, WV, for spring break and spending time with my family – playing music and watching my little brother play baseball at Glenville State College. At the end of the week I and a couple of buddies from Marietta are going camping for some time away from the world to unplug and discuss the quandaries of life. Some time away is much appreciated at this point in the semester, and then when we get back, it’s a sprint to the finish. May 5 is fast approaching!
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February: Starting Spring Semester
Reminiscing on what it is that makes me love Marietta has been an interesting journey of introspection. It hasn’t been just the new fields or the new branding or the new bricks on the mall or any of the tangible things that Marietta offers that make this place so special. When I think about what I love, football comes first to mind. Not to sound like a broken record with always talking about my sport, but in looking back at it, there was more there than tackling guys on a Saturday afternoon.
Marietta College football has taught me about: discipline, confidence, independence, accountability, teamwork, hard work and humility, to list a few. These are the traits and lessons that movies are made about, and they are the intangible things that set aside a student of the game from a student only in the classroom. Football has helped prepare me for the next step in my future, and for that I will always look fondly on Marietta.
Outside of football, the relationships around campus are something I will greatly miss when I leave. Walking down the mall, there is hardly a day that I don’t recognize someone and see them with a smile on their face. Marietta professors are invested in our lives and the students strive for mutual success. While this school is competitive, it functions much like a football team. During practices (classes), it is rigorous competition to earn that starting position. But on game day (graduation), it is just exciting to see how everyone’s hard work is paying off. So as long as Marietta College continues to beat Muskingum, the rest will handle itself.
As we’re coming up on February 14, we’re thinking a lot about love on campus. That day will also be our third annual Day of Giving, and I hope you’ll join the team by making a gift that day. Keep an eye on your email and MC’s social media to learn more, including how you could win some prizes.
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December: Wrapping Up Fall Semester
Fall semester has come and gone, and we are here in the heart of finals week. This year is unique for me in that none of my petroleum classes are holding a final and the only exam I have to go to is in my World War II class.
Looking back on this semester, I must say it has been a good one. Football season went well and my classes have been good so far. There is not much I would have changed about this year.
Going into winter break, applying for jobs and looking for post-graduation employment will consume most of my time. In typical senior fashion, once that has been taken care of, the rest of my senior year will be a breeze.
Marietta is a thriving campus right now, and much of that is due to the donations that people like you have given back to the school. This time of year I know is hectic and everyone is asking for a donation toward their cause, but if in the midst of the chaos you can swing a few for MC, it will allow future Pios the same experience I have had.
I would like to thank you for your continued support of myself and Marietta College. Having friends like you across the country makes it exciting to graduate and join The Long Blue Line. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year
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Thanksgiving is a time of year that allows a lot of looking back and realizing all the things you’ve taken for granted. One thing that is apparent to me right now is how much I have missed a home cooked meal. Spending time with my family back in West Virginia is another one of those things I don’t fully appreciate until it doesn’t happen every day, so being home has been a nice change of pace.
Back at school though, football is one thing I am very thankful for. With my final season ending a week ago, I’ve looked back at my sixteen years playing and realize how blessed I have been. In the last four year alone, I’ve been a part of getting new jerseys, new helmets, a new windscreen and a much-needed new field surface. I know that none of that could have happened without your support, so thank you.
Campus is alive and growing, the culture on campus is hopeful and excited and interest in Marietta College is at an all-time high. This would not be the case without people like you supporting the college you love. From myself, the Pioneers at MC now and from all those who are yet to come through, thank you for your continued support.
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Homecoming was an exciting weekend to say the least, as the football team climbed to 6-0 on the season. A win at John Carroll tomorrow would send this team into the history books, with the first 7-0 start to a season and the first win against JCU. I hear some alumni are planning on tailgating up in Cleveland.
There were tons of alumni who came back last weekend for Homecoming; some were 2018 grads, and many were earlier than that. Either way, it was fun to reunite with old friends and make new ones along the way. The Long Blue Line was out in full force all weekend and campus was buzzing. Click my video link to hear more of my thoughts.
All the fresh faces helped cover up the stresses involved with midterms. We are right about to the halfway point in the semester – hard to believe that my senior year is a quarter of the way done. Before long I’ll be joining you as an alum of MC, but until then I’m trying to make the most of my senior year.
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September: What's it like coming back?
Coming back to Marietta as a senior is a unique feeling. It’s initially an adjustment because all of the students who influenced us and that we have looked up to over the past three years are gone. With the same flip of the coin, it is also apparent that we are now at the top of the proverbial collegiate pyramid.
Just like that, all of the underclassmen are looking to us for what to do and how to behave. The responsibility for continuing the culture of MC falls on our shoulders. It’s up to us to create and strengthen the bonds and relationships that have developed over the past four years. We are helping new students make connections and start those relationships that will carry them through their time here and beyond.
Growing the Pio culture means supporting our student body in all endeavors, both in and outside of the classroom. It is a great privilege to be the next piece of the Long Blue Line and an honor to be the ones responsible for carrying the torch for this school, even if only for a little while.
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My name is Caleb Riggleman, although some people call me Riggs. I am a senior at Marietta College, majoring in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Energy Systems. When I graduate I hope to work off-shore for a little while before I settle down.
I grew up in Beverly, West Virginia, where I played a lot of sports, and I'm excited to play football for the Pios.
Marietta has had a much more home-like feeling than I expected at first, and during my time here the atmosphere has changed to one of growth, hope and expectation. I am excited to share some of those feelings with you during my final year here, and am looking forward to making connections.