Posted on July 2nd, 2012

Hello again!

I am excited to write this blog as we have been keeping busy and having a lot of fun since training commenced. I recently went home for the weekend for a graduation, and it’s still really weird to think that this time last year that I was in those shoes. So many things have happened in my life since then whether expected or not, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

On the weekends when we are not working on the float, we are free to do whatever we please… like sleep… on the beach. Last Sunday a group of us went down to Newport and relaxed on the beach, in the ocean and walked the cliff walk. Though there was a red tide, that didn’t stop us from diving into the water to cool off, and surprisingly enough it wasn’t that cold. There is really nothing better than spending the day on a sandy beach with some of your closest friends, especially in Newport.

Newport

Newport

The Saturday before that we decided to go up to WaterFire Providence. There was also a Portuguese festival going on the same night with a concert and dancing. WaterFire was really neat, and attracted a huge crowd. We discovered that you can rent a gondola and roast marshmallows by the fire as long as you bring your own equipment, but we’re college students and didn’t have $160 to do so… Instead we took crazy pictures, sat on the edge of the water and listened to people yell at us to not fall in, and danced at the Portuguese festival even though none of us were Portuguese. That night still sticks out in my mind as one of my favorite nights of orientation.

Concert

Concert

Two weeks ago our Traditions committee decorated the commons for our jungle themed dinner. There were many of us who dressed up in cheetah print, and those who went all out by actually wearing a costume that looked as if they were riding on top of a stuffed tiger. Even though we probably looked ridiculous, motivational dinners are one of the most fun activities that we do.

Jungle Dinner!

Jungle Dinner!

Tuesday began our orientations, starting with transfer. I will admit I was really nervous to work with students for the first time, especially knowing that most of them were probably the same age as me if not older than I was. And on top of that, they have all already had some sort of college experience. Luckily it went well and I felt prepared to work with a larger group of incoming students the next day. However, I was assigned to family staff the next day and my nerves resurfaced. I was so worried about working my first orientation ever and having to interact with parents, and I was nervous that I may have an answer that a family member didn’t want to hear. Every returner told me that it wasn’t as bad as I was making it out to be, and in the end it was actually a of fun. If anything, the parents seemed to be just as nervous about college as I was when I was an incoming freshman, and all they wanted to hear about were my experiences and how my family and I got through. In the end I just had to trust in my training and understand that I was in fact capable of representing the university. After session 1, I would gladly work with families any day. They all seemed truly understanding and grateful to have students to help put their minds at ease.

Session 1 was tiring and I was so happy to be able to get some rest before going home for a graduation. Last week was a busy one as we had 4 days full of orientation. I had the opportunity to work with students both sessions, all of whom were enthusiastic about being here at RWU. It’s kind of a cool feeling to think that the first glimpse of life at school is at orientations, and we as OAs are responsible for making the incoming freshmen feel welcome.

Tomorrow I am going to a Red Sox game to represent RWU with some fellow OAs, and Monday/Tuesday is our last orientation. Where did the time go?!

Hanging around

Hanging around

Posted on June 14th, 2012

Hi everyone!!

I am sorry that it has been a month since I wrote my last blog. I took a couple of weeks off for summer, I had a little bump in the road and orientation training has been keeping me busy. But I’m back now!

Like I said, orientation training has been keeping me on my toes whether we’re in sessions learning about every last inch of the University or working on our float for the Bristol 4th of July parade. Apparently our float won “Best in Parade” last year, but no pressure for this year, right?! For the past two weeks we have been busily preparing for the first arrival of the incoming class of 2016. It’s exciting being on the other side of a place where I was just a year ago. What’s interesting is that when I was at orientation last year I didn’t enjoy myself much, and now I am an Orientation Advisor myself. But here’s my reasoning…

As an incoming freshman who had only graduated high school 24 hours prior to the first day of orientation, I was still extremely shy and perfectly content not playing icebreakers with fellow freshmen that I hadn’t met before. My OAs were great, however I was still completely out of my comfort zone. Orientation was all about meeting new people and having fun, and I basically shut myself out of that. However, somehow within a year I stopped being so shy, and now in fact when I tell people that I was always really shy no one believes me which is sort of amusing. That being said, one of the things that I am looking forward to the most in being an Orientation Advisor is to be able to work with those students who were just like me because I hope that I will understand where they are coming from and be able to use my past experience to help them adjust.

Anyway, we moved in May 28th, spend one night on campus and then went camping. Funny story about that- I am from NH…surrounded by nature… and yet my version of camping is staying in a cabin with running water, heat, electricity, cable, etc. Our cabins however had no electricity, heat, water or anything and we had to walk to the “bath house”. Oh, and it rained and we had a tornado watch… no big deal. Basically, I was completely out of my element yet enjoying it. We spent both days outside getting sunburned, but honestly it was a great experience even if nature was all over me. We Orientation Advisors have three “families” that we are broken up into, and those families were who we spent our two days with. Through crazy activities, high ropes, and summer camp meals our OA staff bonded with each other within a matter of 48 hours. In a nutshell, it was a lot of fun.

The high ropes

The high ropes

The gang!

The gang!

The following week was our last full week of training. It was still full of sessions from different departments at RWU, that way we were more than prepared to answer questions that will be coming at us in the next few days.

That’s all for now. I know it’s short but I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I didn’t forget to write! Stay tuned for the next one! (I promise it will be more detailed and fun)

Sneak Peek:

  • Jungle Themed Dinner
  • Newport Beach
  • Transfer Orientation and Orientation Session 1
  • Water Fire
  • Other surprises!!
Posted 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!

Posted 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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Posted 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 clich√© and cheesy, but I’m 100% serious. There are many opportunities in college, so take advantage of them.

Posted 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