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What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 16

PelotonU familia, it’s Erika – long time reader and first time writer of the What a Thing Chronicles! We have been busy planning for our upcoming Degree Celebration which will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Central site. We look forward to celebrating 15 degree earners which surpasses our last degree celebration as the biggest one yet! We’ve still got plenty of time to add another couple of names to the list!  Speaking of events, Pelotonians recently beat the heat at our Summer Social Gathering on Saturday, July 27th at our Central site. Students and…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 15

Our Student Ambassador Committee has been hard at work (shout out to Jorge, Cyndi, and Wendy) for the past six months! If you haven’t heard, they are running a month long competition during June and giving away a $100 gift card for current students who get the most people to sign up to start PelotonU. Second prize is a $50 gift card third prize is a mix of PelotonU swag items (stickers, pins, magnets, and more!) We get some of our custom printed Vinyl Stickers,​ magnets, and pins ​from our friends at Sticker Mule and they go really fast! You’ll…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 14

Can you feel it? Spring is almost here! It will arrive officially on Wednesday, March 20. Of course, we already knew spring was just around the corner with all the SXSW traffic and bluebonnets springing up all over the place. (Make sure you don’t miss out on getting your bluebonnet pics! I know the weather had us believing otherwise, but that’s just Texas keeping it interesting. Altruistic. Never in my life have I heard this word used accurately as when my fellow coach Erika used it to describe Wendy Delgadillo on the night of our most recent degree celebration. The…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 13

Welcome to the first 2019 installment of the What a Thing Chronicles! I’m not going to talk about resolutions after all, but this post might help you in staying the course. This chapter is all about persistence, persistence, persistence. Recently, I watched an old episode of A&E’s Biography series. It was about writer Stephen King who grew up extremely poor. His father abandoned the family early on but left behind rejection slips from publishers. It seems that at some point King’s father wanted to be a writer. King asked his mother, Ruth (who was working three jobs at the time…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 12

2018 is about to take a bow, but don’t worry! I’m not going to get all mushy on you with resolutions and affirmations… yet. It’s the holiday season. Of course, that means driving by homes that are literally lit, Magic 95.5 playing Christmas music 24/7, sales, sales, sales on sales, overeating, and holiday movies! I like Christmas movies because there’s always some element of magic, the impossible or unexpected – overt or covert. Remember that part in Home Alone when we see the neighbor reconnecting with his estranged son? Didn’t your heart just melt a little? Okay, what about when…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 9

My dearest Pelotonians, it’s Ashley, one of your loyal CCAs, here with Chapter 9 of the What a Thing Chronicles. We have about a week left of September (also known as Recruitember). From our numbers, we can tell that you’re hard at work telling your friends, family and co-workers about PelotonU. Personally, I have had two dreams where I’ve told people about PelotonU. The first was Angelina Jolie and the second was this family I side-swiped (in my dream, not real life!); my brakes never work in my dreams. That’s how deeply embedded PelotonU is in my subconscious.  Confession. I’ve never…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 8

It’s Ashley! I’m back by “popular” demand writing Chapter 8 of What a Thing. Many times when I write, I write to the students who have been in the game a while in hopes that newbies will glean motivation from my words. This time I want to talk to the newbies, especially those who recently started AO a month ago or even yesterday. There’s a section in the orientation when we go in depth about why we request that students spend 12 hours in the office. My favorite reason is that we all need a sacred space. If you’ve ever…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 7

Yep, you guessed it. It’s Ashley writing Chapter 7 of What a Thing. As you may know, we have a degree celebration coming up next week on Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central site. Of course, the anticipation of this celebration started me to thinking. Remember when you were a kid, and everything you did – every poem, every painting from art class, every ribbon from little league –  merited display or celebration? Perhaps that’s something you do with your own child. I can remember when my cousin, who’s now a twentysomething with a son of her…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 6

Ashley, here, with Chapter 6 of the What a Thing Chronicles. Have you ever known, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you weren’t cut out for a particular job? That was me a couple weeks ago in the office, when I remarked that I never could have hacked it in the military. I’m terrible at getting up on time and being coherent. I scare super easily. I didn’t check my mail for a week because I saw a snake near my mailbox. I don’t like the heat, and I don’t like anything that feels like camping. That’s why I’m…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 5

Ashley, here, with Chapter 5 of the What a Thing Chronicles. I hopped on the phone last week to talk with a PelotonU partner- and our conversation stayed with me longer than most. In addition to being gracious via phone and email, she thanked me for doing the Lord’s work. The Lord’s Work. The comment caught me off guard, but more than anything, the comment humbled me. We here at PelotonU know that we do important work, but I’ve never thought of it in that context. Earning an education is a transformative experience – what you gain is far beyond what…