” You just need to make it through the doors on the third day, because if you can make it on the third day, you can make it any and every day.”
I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary at CFM on the 6th of October.
I couldn’t fit into dress pants that I bought before I started my Ph.D. I had put on a lot of weight from stress through my first year and just felt bad physically, like all the time.
The staff, the facility, and the members. The staff are some of the most wonderful people and have always made me feel welcome, the facility is a safe space for my mental health because I know I can let out any and all emotion and leave it on the table.
I have literally left blood, sweat, and tears on the floors of CFM. Knowing that I can take whatever is bothering me that day and burn it off, that’s a big deal. And the other members have become some of my closest friends, I’ve been to their weddings, seen their newborns, checked on their dogs while they were out of town, you name it.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at WVU. I also won the 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student: Teaching award for the entire business college. I stream on Twitch, play Dungeons & Dragons, and do strongman sports in my free time.
The Giosi Family inspires me. When I am having trouble, I remember that they “Do hard things hard”. My dissertation chair inspires me, he’s now the dean of the college. He graduated from WVU with his Ph.D. in 2007. It’s unusual that someone is able to climb back up to the level of school that they graduated from but to also end up the dean, he’s crazy. I don’t know if he sleeps. My significant other inspires me. She’s pretty great and I don’t want this to get mushy. And my friends and the other members of CFM inspire me. Nothing will get you through a workout more than someone doing it right there with you.
I stopped playing sports in high school because they weren’t fun to me. Since joining CFM, one of the things I have found is that sports are fun again, I started doing strongman sports because of the friends I made through CFM. CFM helped me remember that exercise and effort can be enjoyable, it’s not just about being miserable so you can look good.
Andre Tchaikowsky, a pretty popular 20th Century Composer (not to be confused with Tchaikovsky who wrote the Nutcracker and Swan Lake), donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company when he died (in 1982), so he could be Yorick (the skull) in Hamlet.
No actors were comfortable using the real human skull in an on-stage performance until 2008 when David Tennant used it in a series of performances at Stratford-upon-Avon. That same production of Hamlet moved to London’s West End, and the RSC made a big announcement they would stop using the skull because it was “too distracting for the audience”. Then, they just kept using it anyway! You can actually see one of the performances with David Tennant and the skull in a BBC television adaptation.