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The Blue & Gray Press | November 17, 2017

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Taylor Ostrom

Professors should be more lenient with their attendance policies

October 12, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer

Life is full of obstacles, sometimes these obstacles cause students to miss class. This semester, my classes at the University of Mary Washington have had strict attendance policies that are strongly enforced. College students are known to skip out on classes, however, with the fear of losing points toward their final grade they may be less inclined to skip. What I take issue with is when students with valid excuses for missing class, who also make up all their work, end up with a lower grade point average in the end.Read More

UMW should offer more online classes to give students flexibility

October 5, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Senior Writer
Life as a college student is all about creating the perfect schedule to avoid unnecessary stress. In my experience, I have found online classes are a great option when trying to create a flexible schedule. However, after transferring to the University of Mary Washington last year, I was sad to learn that the university has a limited amount of classes offered online. In correspondence with Rita Dunston, university registrar, she said, “No more than 5 percent of online classes are offered during the academic year.”Read More

Personal essay: transferring to UMW was the right decision

September 7, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM
Staff Writer
At first I assumed UMW would be very similar to my former university because they both have a small student population. However, once I stepped foot on this beautiful campus I was pleasantly surprised to find out that UMW was something completely different than WCSU.Read More

Transfer student finds home at UMW

April 20, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

I still remember my first day of college. I felt like a kindergartener all over again with sweaty palms and butterflies in my stomach. Sure, I was nervous, but I was also bursting with excitement. I was about to start my journey down a four-year road of self-discovery.Read More

Riding program to stay at Hazelwild Farms after negotiation troubles emerge

March 22, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

The University of Mary Washington’s equestrian team has enjoyed riding horses at Hazelwild Farm for 40 years now. After initial talk of the Hazelwild program no longer being a part of UMW, it was made public that this relationship will continue in the future. Until recently, financial problems threatened to eliminate Hazelwild Farm as UMW’s riding location. However, through communication and compromise, UMW’s athletic department and Hazelwild were able to come to an agreement.Read More

How sports can benefit students and the learning process

February 23, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

The saying, “all work and no play” does not apply to the abundance of student-athletes around the world. In fact, playing sports while in college has a positive impact not only on students’ academics, but their personal lives as well.Read More

How my college pregnancy helped me reach a degree

February 9, 2017 |

By TAYLOR OSTROM

Ever since I was a little girl I always dreamt of graduating college, finding a great job and then starting a family with the love of my life. However, things haven't exactly happened in that order for me. While in college I found out I was pregnant, and my life has changed eternally. Instead of thinking of my pregnancy and impending baby as a speed bump in my college career, I began to think of her as a source of inspiration to continue and earn my degree.

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