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Sophomore Year in a Nutshell

Posted By on September 18th, 2012

This time last year I was either homesick, enjoying all of my freedom away from home or wondering what to do with all the free time I had. But this fall is completely different. Instead I am doing the complete opposite… trying to figure out how exactly I am going to survive my sophomore year. Since turning into superwoman apparently isn’t an option, I don’t think there is any other way to do it other than taking everything one step at a time.

One step at time works a lot better for me with a planner, or two, or 50. I learned this the hard way when I lost my planner, then my cell phone and my backup to-do list. How? I don’t know. This fiasco went on for a few days and meanwhile, I had to rely on memory of when I had meetings (which didn’t work so well) and basically hope that I didn’t have any assignments due. I couldn’t commit to anything in the future, since I was unaware of all of my upcoming obligations and I ended up being so dysfunctional that all I wanted to do was scream and hope my days would go back to some sense of order. And they did once I found my phone & planner.

After a stressful week where nothing seemed to be going right, one by one things started to look up. Then I found this quote online that says “Some days you’re the bug, and some days you’re the windshield.” Honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. With that being said, this week I am determined to be the windshield. (And now my planner is also on my computer… so I’m good to go!!!)

Even though I can’t be superwoman, I apparently enjoy flying through my days by filling up every possible minute of “free time”. What does my Sophomore year look like? Here, let me break it down..

Classes- Oh yeah, that’s why we’re all here… 11 textbooks make my bag quite heavy.

CEN- Events on events on events, meetings galore, and remembering to breathe. Good thing I like what I have the opportunity to do, huh?

SOAR- Soon, on Mondays I will get to fly to the second tier of a leadership program! (Ha… get it?!)

Orientation- It’s not quite over yet (and I won $5 at an event the other night! But really… coffee money!)

Blogging- It’s my escape from the real world, even though I am writing about the real world. And sometimes I like to go back and read how crazy I sound.

Job Hunt- I WILL find one… eventually.

Did I mention I signed up for a few more clubs at the Involvement Fair??? Too bad some of the meeting times clash. :(

Well, that’s all for now. It’s 8:30 p.m. and I am more than ready to go to bed. Did I mention that I’ve been sick? I must be the windshield, I must be the windshield, I MUST be the windshield…

Why Hello There, Sophomore Year. Nice to Finally Meet You.

Posted By on September 4th, 2012

Even though a small part of me wonders where summer went and how it’s possible that I am already back in Rhode Island, I am thrilled to be back in my home away from home.

Two weeks ago I filled every last inch of my car with stuff that I insisted I needed for my first apartment. My car is not that big, so luckily my parents were kind enough to drive down with everything else a week later. I, of course, still had to make a few Target runs because there was no way my roommate and I were about to let our apartment look bland. Though there are still bags that need to be unpacked I love coming home to something other than just a normal dorm room. Even though I am a couple of miles of campus, I absolutely love living in Almeida and we even have a walk in closet!

Next mission, though… find a job that could somehow fit in my crazy schedule.

The reason I came back to campus two weeks ago is because of Late and International Orientation. There was quite a large number of incoming students at this orientation, in fact way more than I had ever anticipated. Everything more or less went off without a hitch, but now I am pretty sure the true test of my abilities will come in to play. Can I remember all of my orientees names? No probably not. Can I at least remember their faces? I can sure try. The challenge starts now. (Actually, a week ago as I was moving one of my student’s futons up to the 5th floor of the residence hall…)

The Fun Kids

The Fun Kids

Classes began last Wednesday, which basically means that reality set in. Sometimes it feels like I am on campus so much doing other things not related to academics that I forget what I am here for. I was reminded over the summer though when I had to purchase ten textbooks… Anyway, I started off my first sociology class well by arriving 20 minutes late after thinking I could get from my apartment, down Metacom Ave., find a parking spot in J-Lot, and walk to CAS within 20 minutes. For future reference, it’s not possible.  After finally making it to CAS I then walked into the wrong classroom (late…) which was extremely awkward. Eventually, I found my class in a completely different building and made the walk of shame into the CORRECT classroom. Good first impression, huh? Other than that, I am hoping that I will enjoy all of my classes this semester especially considering I took on a sixth course. It’s always go go go in my world!

Back to the fun stuff. CEN!

1,2,3 Weekend finished up yesterday with an amazing performance by Stephanie Coplan and We The Kings. The weather couldn’t have been better and there was a great turn out- I wish I knew the final count! The only downside is now I have the line “Check Yes Juliet” stuck in my head and am driving everyone crazy because I can’t stop humming the tune. But hey, I don’t have a problem with it. :) CEN’s Arts & Culture chair played The Avengers on Saturday night, and even though it unfortunately had to be moved into the field house due to weather approximately 220 students showed up to watch the action film. I really don’t like movies, and yet I only got up once and didn’t fall asleep! That is basically a new record for me. Oh! And of course we had Arden Myrin on campus on Friday night! Did you know that she is from Rhode Island?!

We The Kings

We The Kings

That is all I have for now. Have a good week everyone and happy fall!

PS- HI CAROL!!!

The Days I Will Never Forget

Posted By on May 18th, 2012

As my freshman year came to a close I found myself looking forward to the excitement of this summer and the adventures that next year has in store. Though at the same time leaving a place that I learned to call home was bittersweet. However, before I get to that let’s talk about CEN’s Spring Weekend… because it was awesome.

I like how it is called Spring Weekend, because whenever I heard “weekend” I used to think there would just be events on the weekend… but no. They start on Tuesday and end on Saturday which makes it that much more interesting when you discover that you have a whole week to look forward to.

That Tuesday night CEN played Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. I wanted to go and see it, but somehow I managed to fall asleep right before I was going to leave. I’m not sure if I would consider that talent or simply a sign that I should go to bed before 3:00am? Either way, I’m sure the movie was great and I’m bound to see it eventually…

Wednesday was probably my favorite event of the entire year (both the afternoon and the evening event). We had set up a table in the Commons with warm pretzels and lemonade, and in order to get a pretzel and lemonade everyone had to write us one secret. Later we posted the secrets onto poster boards and displayed them in GHH along with secrets from past years. While reading the secrets, everyone could enjoy delicious New York Cheesecake and coffee while listening to Dominic Camany. If you haven’t heard of him, then you should check him out. He was great.

Dominic Camany

Dominic Camany

Thursday, April 26th, was our spring concert!!! I had been running off of about 4.5 hours of sleep since I once again succeeded in putting off a paper until the night before it was due. And not just any night, a night where I wasn’t back into my dorm room until 11:30pm…some day I will learn. Anyway, though I was exhausted I trudged across campus through the rain (okay… through the mist maybe…) with all of my friends to see New Boyz, The White Panda and Gym Class Heroes. Somehow we managed to be some of the first students in the recreation center and were standing in the front row right up against the barriers. I didn’t think it would be that bad, until I was so squished I couldn’t move and I was constantly getting elbows to the head… I learned the hard way that standing in the spot that everyone else wants to be in as well is not going to work so well unless you’re willing to stand your ground. That being said, I somehow managed to get out of the mob of people and to a place where I could breathe. Then the concert became fun :) Unfortunately, I was that person who forgot to take any pictures, so I apologize that I don’t have any. Just please take my word for it… it was awesome.

Friday we went to Boston after the Quad Fest. My friend and I took the green line from Quincy Market to Newbury Street AND DIDN’T GET LOST. I don’t care how weird this sounds, but being a girl from a place with no cell phone service, navigating cities can be slightly overwhelming. The fact that we got on a T going the right way, and got off where we were supposed to is a pretty big accomplishment in my book. That’s one thing I can check off of my bucket list…

Quincy Market

Quincy Market

Finally after a long week was The Block Party, which I also forgot to take pictures of. I didn’t really know what to expect however I didn’t think it was going to be as big as it was. There were two big rides, a bunch of inflatables and the typical carnival games with prizes. It was basically our own carnival, cotton candy and fried dough included. I spent the day learning about my new CEN position for next year and eating way too much cotton candy. Finally, to top off Spring Weekend there were fireworks behind GHH.

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fast forward two weeks to the last week of my freshman year!

Tuesday, May 9th was the Student Involvement Recognition Banquet (SIRB). It was long, but still exciting to see everyone’s accomplishments this year. I even won an award- which I was completely surprised about and excited. Though, I wish I had brought a different pair of shoes because I was more concentrated on not tripping in front of everyone than anything else. For those that don’t know me, I’m not always the most graceful person in the world. To the Campus Entertainment Network- you all are the greatest and most hard working individuals and I’m SUPER excited to work with everyone next year :)

My Award :)

My Award :)

Wednesday was our second Late Night Breakfast. As always, it was delicious. Then again, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I think it’s good whenever! This year there were iced lattes with bendy straws. After drinking three iced lattes at 10:00pm, I decided to cut myself off from the caffeine. I now have a nice collection of bendy straws, too!

My parents were coming on Friday, May 11th to pick me up. Honestly, I was looking forward to being able to go home and have no more school work to worry about for a while, however at the same time I met some amazing people that I was going to have to say goodbye to. Some were transferring, some graduating, some pursuing other opportunities and then there were those who I will see in again in August. Some of the hardest goodbyes were to those who I lived with this year, especially because when we all move back at the end of summer we won’t be living together again. People called our unit a cult, but that’s okay with me. I couldn’t have asked for better people to live with.

Maple 12!

Maple 12!

Also, the person in the picture with me wearing the Mickey Mouse ears is Amber. She started off as my RA, then became the person who got me involved in CEN, and now is the best “she bff”. She got me through my first year in college during the times when I was acting like a “lost puppy” who couldn’t quite find my way through the ways of college, and for that I thought she needed to be mentioned in my last blog (of my freshman year that is). To Amber- You’re the best and have a great time during your internship at DISNEY WORLD!! <3

SIRB with Ambe

SIRB with Amber

In the end, my freshman year at Roger Williams University will be one that I never forget. It was a year full of crazy events, great professors and other faculty/staff (who know my name! Positive of a small school..) and friends that I know will be around for quite a while.

Also, to everyone that traveled through the twists and turns of my freshman year. Thank you!! I hope you’ll tune in for this summer as well :)

See you in two weeks for Orientation 2012!! Until then, I’m going to turn my wheels off, not depend on my calendar being updated and accurate and just breathe!

CEN, Cotton Candy and Spring Break #2

Posted By on May 9th, 2012

I would like to apologize ahead of time if this blog ends up being sporadic and unorganized, but so many little things have happened recently here at school and at home that I have so much to say. It’s funny actually, I am sitting in the Hawk’s Nest in the Recreation Center with my planner right next to me that way I can remember everything that has happened in the last couple of weeks. I suppose that’s what happens when I don’t blog for a while… I end up forgetting everything I have done! But on the bright side, this blog will have more than one picture!

The first week in April I went home to see my brother. He is in the Army and stationed in Germany right now, so he isn’t home all too often. It basically felt like I had two spring breaks, considering I had only been back in school for two weeks after March break. I enjoyed being home, though the amount of work I had to make up when I got back to school last week was unimaginable. For the most part, my professors had no problem with me leaving for a week as long as I completed everything that I was going to miss… but little did I know that was going to be multiple papers, an exam and a lot of reading! But hey, at least I finally got the work out of the way! On the Wednesday of that week my parents took my two brothers and I to the New England Aquarium in Boston, specifically to see the penguins! Then we went to lunch at Legal Seafoods, which was delicious. Though… does anyone else see the problem with eating seafood after going to an aquarium?

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When I got back to campus on Sunday night I picked Mr. Finn up from his babysitter, and then finished all of the homework that I procrastinated on… which was quite a bit of it. Whoops… ;)

On Tuesday I had an opportunity to go to admissions and speak with two fellow freshmen on a live web broadcast. Basically we just had a conversation about life here as a freshman while sitting in front of a webcam. It was pretty neat to share my experiences live even though I’m always sharing what is happening with my freshman year :) .

After that I went directly to my last SOAR class of emerge. It feels like just yesterday that I was starting SOAR and playing a large amount of ice breakers at Baypoint. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? I took more out of that class than I had expected, especially knowledge about what they call the three C’s – Commitment, Congruence and Consciousness of Self. In all honesty, the fact that my SOAR class ended made me realize how rapidly my freshman year is also coming to an end. But that also means Summer 2012 and orientation is that much closer!!

That Thursday I had a CEN interview for a chair position for the 2012-2013 year. With that being said,  I am very very very very VERY happy to tell you that next year I am going to be the Community Liaison chair for CEN!!!! I am beyond excited that I don’t even know what to say other than YAY!

Speaking of CEN… Saturday night was our final comedian, Harland Williams, with opener Adam Grabowski. Both of them made me laugh so hard that I was basically in tears the entire night. I made a mistake though by leaving the field house briefly and as a result when I walked back in to go back to my seat Harland Williams saw me and proceeded to make fun of me in front of 250 people. It was extremely embarrassing but now looking back on it quite hilarious. Note to self- don’t try to leave without being noticed!

Last night was the annual Steak & Lobster dinner here at the university. Fun fact- I don’t like steak OR lobster. But I went anyway, partially because I was dragged along and partially because I felt like I needed to experience this anticipated event at least once. As expected it was pretty busy and entertaining to watch people try and open full sized lobsters. Apparently a lot of people actually enjoy steak and lobster…go figure!

Lindsey

I don’t know if I have said this before, but our food here at RWU is delicious. One of my favorite things about dining here is the surprises that we occasionally have. I don’t watch baseball, so I didn’t know that sometime last week was opening day for the Boston Red Sox, but the Bon Appetit staff did and had “baseball” food for us outside of Upper Commons (hot dogs, COTTON CANDY, popcorn and pretzels). Yum!

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It’s Alright To Switch Your Major…

Posted By on April 10th, 2012

As you may know from reading previous blogs, I am an Anthropology/Sociology and Legal Studies double major… for now. However, I am actually in the process of getting a few more signatures and then I won’t be saying that anymore. Instead, I’ll be an Anthropology/Sociology and Psychology double major.

I decided to switch my major for a few reasons, and one really important one. The most important thing to me was that 10 years from now, or even three when I am walking across the stage graduating, I didn’t want to look back on college and wish I had done something when I had the chance. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked my Legal Studies major but everyday when my friends would be talking about their Psychology courses I found myself wishing I was in them instead.

Another reason is that there are two paths in life that I could see myself heading in- being a Psychology professor or becoming a lawyer. I thought that it may in fact be difficult to become a Psychology professor without a degree in that subject… right? Though as of now I am still set on attending law school in a few years, I know that I don’t have to have a specific major to apply. Therefore, while I have the opportunity, I am going to major in two of my favorite subject areas that would work for whichever path I chose to take, and enjoy every moment of it.

The moral of my story- don’t be afraid to switch your major if you really want to. There are a lot of people around here at RWU willing to help and figure out the best options, even if they’re not your advisor. Talk to your professors, family, peers or anyone else you want to. It’s not a difficult process, and at the end of the day it’s your education and your happiness. One of the greatest things about college (maybe because I’m a nerd…) is to be able to sit in a class for three hours a week and enjoy every minute of it.

I don’t know who originally said this but…

“do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

So yeah, after writing this one of my biggest pieces of advice to everyone is to major in what love, and don’t be afraid to make a switch if you have changed your mind. Make your own life choices, and follow your own life path.

PS- I know that probably sounded cliché and cheesy, but I’m 100% serious. There are many opportunities in college, so take advantage of them.

March Meltdown 2012

Posted By on March 26th, 2012

As promised, I have a whole bunch of stuff to talk about that happened since I arrived back at RWU after spring break and I even have pictures this time! Okay, maybe just one… (Thanks, Ruddy!)

I brought a new friend back to school with me who is now living in my dorm room. He is a blue beta fish named Mr. Finn, or Finius. For being a fish he is pretty entertaining, though out of all the fish in the sea I think I picked the craziest one. Quite often when I come back to my room I find him under the rocks stuck (or sleeping??) so then I have to save the day. Luckily it is always a happy ending for my little friend, but I am seriously considering switching to pebbles.

On Wednesday, CEN had a photo booth in the Lower Commons as a part of March Meltdown. It was just like one of those photo booths that can be found in malls, but free! I don’t really have much else to say about it other than that it was awesome.

In my Anthropology class on Thursday my professor showed us clips of…. WALL-E!!! That movie is without a doubt my favorite Disney Pixar movie ever, so needless to say I really enjoyed that class. I never even thought of looking at Wall-E from a cultural perspective, but in reality a lot of the movie can be looked at that way. Wall-E and Eve both utilize the “trash” differently, and at one point Wall-E even threw away a diamond ring and kept the box because he wanted something with a function. Think about it, how many of us would keep the ring BOX instead of the diamond ring?! Maybe it’s just a movie, but still, I’d rather analyze it since I have seen it 10.5 billion times…

Friday evening was CEN’s RELEASE PARTY! Sometimes I am not the best at explaining what events looked like, so since a picture is worth 1,000 words… just look at it and see for yourself :)

CEN Release Party!

CEN Release Party!

The guy on stage was Basic Physics, the artist we won through a Facebook contest. Pretty cool, huh? The release party was a countdown to the announcement of the spring concert, with Maui Wowi smoothies, an oxygen bar, food and a lounge area. Oh, and in case you’re wondering our spring concert this year is…..

THE WHITE PANDA, FAR EAST MOVEMENT AND GYM CLASS HEROES!!!

On Saturday night to finish off March Meltdown was Last Hawk Standing, hosted by one of our COREs here at the university and featuring current students. These students were competing for “best seat in the house” tickets for our final comedian (don’t worry, I’ll tell you shortly), tickets to a comedian of their choice and an opportunity to open for our final comedian as well. The students, and our host, were hilarious!! Our final comedian was in the movie Dumb & Dumber, Employee of the Month, and more…

HARLAND WILLIAMS!!!!

After a busy week, I’m looking forward to getting to relax (hopefully) and not be loaded with a bunch of homework. *Knock on Wood*

Talk to you soon!

-Linds