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Column: The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My summer experience

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Ahh summer, the time to relax and have fun with friends and family. Don’t you just wish you could go back to it?

I’m sure any normal college student would love to. Well, not me.

Like most college students, summer for me was mostly spent working and binge-watching Netflix.

That wasn’t too bad, despite getting up early every week day. I will say that it helped me with time management though.

So one day, in June, my best friend, Rachel Wright, asked me if I wanted to go to McPherson to eat.

I said “Yes,” and decided to take my “trusty” green machine – a Montero Sport Mitsubishi – named Reid after Spencer Reid from “Criminal Minds” of course.

As we were leaving my hometown of Little River, I started bragging on my car saying that nothing bad has happened with it in a while and that I was so proud of it.

You know, when they say that karma is a b-word, they really mean it.

Once we got to McPherson, we decided to go to Walmart first, which is across town from where we wanted to eat. I pulled up to the parking lot and could smell burning rubber and assumed that it was a truck in front of me, but then I noticed that puffs of white smoke were coming from the hood of my car. Of course it was my car.

Naturally I freaked out because I know absolutely zilch about cars and called my dad. He told me to wait for him, so Rachel and I decided to go back to the restaurant and eat since it would be a while.

When my dad finally got to the restaurant, he had my sister Kylie with him. Dad opened the hood, and checked out my car and figured out the problem like most dads do.

I, on the other hand, still have no clue to this day what the issue was, even though he explained it to me several times. I also had to wait a whopping two months to drive my car, but it is going all right now (fingers crossed).

On the bright side, besides car troubles, falling down the stairs once, (I didn’t drop the movie I had in my hand by the way), and some other normal Brenna-esque mishaps, I had a decent summer.

I swam a bunch, because we got a pool for the first time in about 10 years, and visited family a lot.

My nephew is super adorable, by the way, and I have been trying to get him to think of me as the cool or funny aunt.

Brenna Eller is a Little River sophomore in journalism.


Thank you HutchCC: it’s time for me to move on

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The spring semester is coming to a close at last. This past year that I have spent at Hutchinson Community College has brought me a lot of tears, laughter and friends. The tears being from the huge amounts of stress that I am sure we all experience, and the laughter from all the wonderful moments I got to share with my friends, most of them being from The Collegian.
This will not be in any order, just the order that the names come to mind. Pablo Sanchez, the newest member on the staff, I don’t even know where to begin. He never fails to make my day and put a smile on my face. He is like the sunshine on a rainy day, cheesy I know. He has brought out a whole new bubbly side to my personality. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in my entire life.
Also, It’s not Seth Roger, Pablo.
Amanda Carney, let me tell you, if you have not met her you need too. She is such a wonderful person, I know I can always count her to be there, just like she could count on me, especially when it came to me reminding her about homework and vice versa.
We all know about Brenna Eller and her misfortunes, but if you look past those not so great happenings, she is a wonderful person. She also has funny stories to tell us and some of them seem down right impossible, but the phrase “If there is a will, there is a way” fits perfectly because if there is a chance something wild will happen to her, it will. We also have the same taste in music, so that made last semester’s lab become our personal jam sessions.
Merissa, the jack-of-all-trades. She is the busiest person I have ever met. She could have a plate overflowing of things she needs to get done, and one way or another, she accomplishes it all. Merissa is an inspiring person, and she will do great things when she is off at Kansas State University. It will be different not having her on the paper next semester, but I know they will still produce amazing editions.
I am excited to see what the future holds for each one of us because I know we will all go on to do wonderful things. This may seem like a goodbye, and that’s because it is. I couldn’t think of a better way to do this so here goes. This will be my last semester at HutchCC, sadly to say. I have decided that I want more from life than just going to school, because well, school just isn’t for me. I have decided to pursue a different kind of dream, one that you don’t get staying in one place. I have decided that my time will be better spent in the U.S. Army. It took a lot of thinking to figure out what path I wanted to take, and I have made my final decision. I had a wonderful time working with such wonderful people on The Collegian staff. I have made some unforgettable memories that I will hold near and dear to my heart.

Emma Cox



Trash game

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

“Fortnite”, when it first came out last July, used to be a really fun and free game before all of the updates made it trash.

Similar to “Minecraft”, but with guns, the objective in “Fortnite” is to be the last one alive and to kill other players.

I am a day-one player, and I have been playing “Fortnite” since it came out. Since then, Epic Games has made tons of changes, and a lot of them are garbage.

Possibly the only good thing that they did change was the map, but the thing that really has ruined the game is the number of micro-transactions.

It’s a free game, and I understand that people can spend their money however they want, but it’s ridiculous that so many people have been spending their money on “Fortnite cosmetics”, like character skins, just to look cool.

It is a waste of money and you should invest in a better game called “Rainbow Six Siege”, but that is another column for another day.

If you have wasted money on “Fortnite” I feel sorry for you. You should just delete the game and try to invest it into something that is worth your money.

Another horrible thing that is more of a glitch is called “double pump” it’s a glitch where you take your shotgun out and shoot and then switch back to your pickaxe immediately and then back to your shotgun and fire.

You do that back and forth and it’s basically cheating because you are shooting faster than any other player that is trying to kill you.

One last finally thing I would like to add is that there are colleges offering kids scholarships to play “Fornite” and it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

I don’t know why anyone would want to play this game or even support it. Just go play “Minecraft” and have fun with the screaming 12-year olds there.

The unfortunate events of Brenna; My log chute experience

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Since my last event was about spring break in Michigan, where my sister, Danielle, and her husband, Jake Jameson, are almost the only ones that don’t have a northern accent, I thought it would be fun to tell another tale about unfortunate happenings in Minnesota.

When I was little, either a 6-or-7-years old, my family went on a trip to Minnesota to see my aunt and uncle. At that time in my life, I had a sweet portable CD player and had three CD’s with me on that trip. The “Spirit” soundtrack, “Shrek 2”, and the very first “Kidz Bop”.

That’s right. I am a movie dork, and my family owned a copy of the very first abomination of all music. However, I will say that there were some fantastic jams on the first “Kidz Bop”, but as you probably know, it all went downhill from there.

We also went to Mall of America, which was awesome. There was a LegoLand, where everything was made out of Legos, and a Cheese World. The best (and my favorite part) was Camp Snoopy, the indoor theme park.

The rides were all themed for certain kid shows or stories. The SpongeBob ride was a 4-D ride. You sat in a big chair that moved around and shook while watching the introduction to the show. I had a blast on that ride, but my little sister was so scared that she screamed and ran out, leaving me to enjoy by myself.

And I had to ride this dumb baby roller coaster with her like a billion times because she was too young or too scared to ride anything else. The ride had only one bump and it went in one little circle. I think my face would have been equivalent to someone on “The Office” looking at the camera.

However, I did get to ride the big-kid rides, like the roller coaster that was above the entire theme park, which was a bit terrifying because I thought I was going to fall off and die. Everything was going pretty smooth for my family, until I almost fell out of a log chute.

It was Paul Bunyan’s Log Chute, and had a mountain theme. There was a big cave that you ride in and inside, Paul Bunyan was motioning like he was chopping wood with his axe, and a bull was with him spraying water through its nostrils. I was absolutely terrified of the giant lumberjack. Little did I know, my sister Leisha made me even more scared the following night when she told me he was coming to kill me with his axe.

Thanks Leish, I had several nightmares about killer lumberjacks after that.

That wasn’t the worst part though. My sisters and I wanted to get a picture on the log chute when you shoot down, so we all piled in – Danielle in the back, Kylie, Leisha, and then me in the front. Mind you, I was probably about 4 feet at the time and had zero grip on the railing holding us in.

So here we were riding up the peak of the “mountain” and Danielle had said to remember to smile because there was a picture at this part. Now all of that had left my brain when we exploded down because I was falling out of the log! Leisha had to grab me and hold me because I was touching the water.

On the bright side I was fine and we ended up returning to Minnesota for my travel softball team that went to nationals.


The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My Spring Break Experience

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

I already know what you’re all thinking.

“Oh no! What awful thing happened to her on vacation? Another bag mishap or fall?”

Well to answer all questions, I did not have an awful trip in Michigan. That’s right, Michigan is where I went for Spring Break. My sister, Danielle, and her husband, Jake Jamison, live there in Harrison Township, which is close to Detroit.

This year, Spring Break started off slow because I worked the weekend before and during, then had a day to relax and lounge, which is a fancy way of saying I stayed in my pajamas all day and ate a bunch of junk food. On my way to babysit my nephew Wednesday, I had to wait for construction on Highway 4.

There, I had stopped right when people had gone to follow a pilot car to the next stop. Lucky me, I was first in the waiting line. The guy that was working the traffic decided to talk to me because he was bored. I had been jamming hard core to some music right before getting stopped and immediately turned down the music.

He casually pointed out that my tires were bald and I told him I was aware and everyone keeps telling me, “It’s all right though, it’s just the outer layer.” Thanks, that makes me feel 100% better. He also told me that my car was squeaky and his truck did the same thing. I was just wanting to get the heck out of dodge, because these are the types of situations I love to avoid, but he kept joking around with me and I just laughed awkwardly like I do when I don’t know what to say.

Then, I watched my baby nephew, which was fantastic, because I spent the day with him watching “Monsters Inc.” and we went on a walk. When my sister, Leisha and her husband, Olán got home, we went to hit some baseballs at his gym. I haven’t done this since softball last year in high school, so I really should’ve done some practice swings or something, but I went full throttle and hit as hard as I could.

I did pretty well, but noticed I wasn’t wearing gloves and my hands were starting to burn. Yep, I got a nice blister on my left hand. It had already peeled off so driving home that night was a bit painful, but it wasn’t too bad.

Thursday was the day that we headed for Michigan. We drove, so this meant five family members all in the same vehicle. We left later than planned and ended up leaving at about 6:30 p.m.

Michigan takes about 16 hours to drive to so we were already behind. When we got into Missouri, it was about 1 a.m. Since I am the night owl of the family, I got to drive the last couple hours to Hannibal where we stayed for the night. The next day, we took a detour and went to Chicago, where I navigated with grace of course, and got to see Wrigley Field and ate at a pizza place that was pretty interesting. When we got to Michigan, it was 2 a.m. and we were exhausted, so we said hello to Danielle and Jake and went straight to bed.

The next freezing day, they took us around Michigan, and we got to see some of Detroit and the GM Renaissance Center, which was the largest building in there. Jake works for GM, so he took pleasure in being our guide. Danielle showed us where she worked and we all had fun eating at their favorite restaurant. Saturday night, Danielle, Kylie and I played games until 4 a.m.

On Sunday, we went to church and enjoyed the rest of the day napping (for me) and touring again. Later that night, I found out that I had classes Monday that I was unaware of. I guess I’m used to Easter Monday being off. I was upset at myself and had to email all of my teachers and let them know I was missing class, and I had an exam on Tuesday that I had been studying a bit for, and emailed her about missing the exam. Let’s just say I was not happy about missing this much, but at the same time, liked the distraction from life.

That brings me to Tuesday night before writing this. I was just getting settled into bed in Little River with a plate of pizza in one hand, a pop in the other while moving a blanket out of the way. That went badly and my pop went all the way to my wall, it sprayed so much. I had a lap full of fizzy liquid and my can was still foaming all over my hand. So my bed needed to be changed and I got upset thinking about the decent week I had had with no unfortunate events. I spoke to soon.

On the bright side, and despite my sore muscles from the batting before the trip and blister that is still on my hand, I got to see my sister and her husband for the first time since Christmas and had a good time. Also, on our way to Michigan, we had just missed four total accidents by only a little bit. So, someone was definitely watching over my poorly-scheduled family.

Brenna Eller is a Little River freshman in journalism