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Drake hosts first ‘Prelays’ session ahead of 2022 Relays!

We’ve heard a lot of talk about the Relays, but what are the Prelays?

Captured, a track & field event during Relays, at Drake Stadium

Thursday evening at 6 PM, Drake University held its first ever Prelays session at Sussman theatre. Executive Director of Campus Safety, Scott Law, kicked off the session with a question for the attendees.

“Just a show of hands, how many of you in this room were at the 2018/2019 Relays?” Surprised but expected, only 5 hands out of approximately 120 students went up. Scott Law further explained, that is the reason why administrative staff thought it would be best to get ready for Relays by organizing a Prelays event.

The purpose of this event was to let Bulldogs know what they can expect in the upcoming Relays, and ways to stay safe during the weeklong event.

Drake relays – 100th Relays Video

“Drake students look out for Drake students”, said Scott Law. He explained that this campus is expecting about 8000 guests, so it is crucial for everybody to look out for each other. There will be an increased presence of public safety around the Drake neighbourhood, along with Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) officers. He encouraged students to lock their cars, and residence halls throughout this week, and further encouraged students to download the Rave Guardian App – a safety application.

“Parking will be a nightmare. Don’t move your car starting Wednesday evening,” said Scott Law. Being very adamant, Law put emphasis on parking. He explained that because the campus will be expecting about 8000 visitors, it is wise to not drive around that week. He also stated that Forest Avenue will be closed, and 24th to 27th street will be barricaded, and will reopen Saturday night at 8 PM. Law reminded students, that the DART Bus is free of use for Drake students, and were advised to use the bus for any sort of movements to avoid inconveniences and unnecessary accidents.

“There will be a rotation team from the Dean of students, and all hands will be on Deck.” Explained Hannah Clayborn, Assistant Dean of Students. Ms. Deck declared that this will be her first Relays experience.

Watch the 2021 Beautiful Bulldog Contest

Student leaders, who were apart of the panel, Debbie Horan and Katie Palmer, spoke on their experiences from a student’s point of view. The ladies prompted all students who were in attendance to take advantage of all activities taking place that week.

“Take advantage of every single thing, if you can.” Said Debbie Horan. She pushed  for students to attend the Beautiful Bulldog Contest, the concert taking place on Forest Ave, and many more. She also prodded students to stay hydrated and to pace themselves accordingly as there will be a lot happening.

Most importantly, the audience was invigorated by the given tips and tricks given to navigate their way through Relays Week.

Drake Broadcasting System broadcasts 2021 Relays

Simple Tips to Awaken Your Creative Juices.

Believe it or not, everybody has a creative element – the problem is, how does one tap into it and become more aware of their creative side. Want to learn how, follow these simple tips I have put together.

  1. Surround yourself with people of similar interest – hang out with writers, artists, dancers, etc. Being in a creative environment can motivate your creative juices to get going.
  2. Just start – many times the problem lies at the start, having the difficulty to start a creative project. Sometimes just start can lead you somewhere.
  3. Exposure – an important element. Exposure to different things and people can expand your knowledge vastly.
  4. Find your time – many times we are told to be productive in the morning, but truth is people operate differently. Find and stick to a time that helps you stay focused and motivated.
  5. Learn – learning is a never ending cycle. Always be open to learn.
  6. Be in-tune with reality – being in tune with the world can help inspire a creative idea.
  7. Take a break – this one is a no brainer. Sometimes taking a breather is essential.
  8. Find a new activity – sometimes exploring into a new venture can help bring your creative side out.
  9. Trial and error – being in the creative world is more trial and error. Do not be discouraged.
  10. Attitude – changing your attitude towards your look can greatly influence your perception positively.
  11. Build – many times creatives tend to have the same thoughts, and many times there a lot of ideas out there that could use some developing. Take advantage of the fact that there were people before you, and build on to that knowledge.
  12. Networking – meet new people. It takes one person to elevate you to the next level.
  13. Silence the noise – sometimes silencing the outside noise is crucial. This is a good time to trust your intuition more.
  14. Carry a camera – with just your smartphone, try and capture images that will not only challenge your perspective, but add onto your knowledge.
  15. Carry a diary – (or notes on your phone) the human brain is constantly running. Sometimes our creative juices start to flow when we are occupied. Writing down these ideas will save you a lot of time trying to remember.
  16. Muscle Memory – creativity is like a muscle memory. It is important to frequently practice your acquired skills.
  17. Jot down all your ideas!
  18. Give yourself a deadline or timeline to complete a certain project.
  19. Remove yourself from unwarranted situations and people who bring you stress.
  20. Don’t be too harsh on yourself – many times we are our best critiques, but we can also be our worst.
  21. Quit telling yourself that you are not a creative.
  22. Random experiments – you know those random projects you may have worked on that end up being fun and possibly one of your best works? Do that more often.
  23. Keep trying – don’t give up. An easy thing to say, but again, creativity is like trial and error. If one strategy is not working try another.
  24. Pick a theme/topic – picking a theme or topic can help guide you and bring a sense of focus.
  25. Exercise daily – it is very vital to stay active and to take care of your mental wellbeing as well.
Here is a playlist from Spotify to help get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy!
A good talk led by Novelist, Amy Tan – Where does creativity hide?

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” Creativity takes Courage “

Henri Matisse