Sarah Ketchell, a freshmen in nursing, plays with a inflated ball at the MWSU Convocation in D.L. Ligon coliseum, Aug. 28, 2018. Photo by Bradley Wilson (Stephen Gomez)
Sarah Ketchell, a freshmen in nursing, plays with a inflated ball at the MWSU Convocation in D.L. Ligon coliseum, Aug. 28, 2018. Photo by Bradley Wilson

Stephen Gomez

Covey gets students out of their heads at convocation

September 6, 2018

Beach ball throwing, dancing, cheers, and a way to expand your mind. To kick off the school year, and help the centennial class of 2022 to get out of your head, Johnny Covey talked to about 500 students at last night’s convocation in the D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Before Covey spoke, Suzanne Shipley, university president, urged students to engage in things that they may believe are foreign and strange to help them expand their viewpoints of the world.

“The reason why we’re urging you to take risks and to engage in things that you have not done before, is when you graduate from here and you go into the work place, change is going to be constant.” Shipley said. “You’re going to be constantly adjusting changes in life and society, business and your other environments.”

According to Covey, people have a mixed up way of how we view our head and heart when it comes to thinking.

“[We typically believe] the heart is all about emotion and head is not,” Covey said. “The reality is, when we are in our head, there’s emotion just like there is heart but head protects and the heart is about progress.”

Covey also gave context to what he meant by being in our head and why is it a negative thing.

“When we’re in our head, the back part of our brain– say like in sports– when I’m in my head, it doesn’t mean I’m using my brain to think, it means I’m protecting. [I’m talking about] that survival brain in the very back of our head,” Covey said.

In addition, leaving your head and being your heart is where you can expand and be creative.

“When I’m talking about being in our heart, I’m talking about when we are being creative and you think through things, we work through things so often though, we have a mixed up way of think of head/heart: heart is all about emotion and head is not.”

Covey also thought the turnout was awesome and liked how students shared their experiences with dealing with challenges.

“They’re a great group. There’s a few students who shared deeply about what they were experiencing, how they were going from their head to their heart, and to hear other students support them,” Covey said.

“To understand that when they have a feeling that’s painful or icky, or doesn’t feel right, look at the thoughts. The thought is probably not respectful, it’s unhealthy this is telling you to change your thinking, when you do you’ll feel better because you’re now in your heart and you can progress.

“I think the real problem we all have that keeps us from progressing is get in our head. so it’s the core, the very foundation of where we struggle, so once we know how to get our of our head and into our heart, everything else comes together.”

Hannah Firanski, undecided freshman, who attended to “get into the freshman environment” and to be active in her graduating class, said she enjoyed Covey’s keynote.

“I absolutely loved him, it spoke to me inside especially struggling with school and it really helped me to blame myself into thinking better thoughts when going into college,” Firanski said.

Social Work Freshman, Ariana Rodriguez, was not sure what to expect from the convocation.

“I am not sure what to expect, someone told me sort of like a pep-rally, so I guess what I’m looking forward to is a lot of music, everyone sort of meeting each other,” Rodriguez said.



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