Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Do what YOU want,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
All of this being fun and exciting, my advice this week is don’t over-commit. I am involved in just enough activities thus far. I like to keep busy, but I’m not overbooked. I am on the softball team, Residence Hall Association Hall Council President, in Sport Management Association, have work study job, and despite all this still have time to bring you the weekly blog. You can’t be in every club, sport, or have multiple jobs and keep up with school at the same time. College is all about balance, in every way shape and form (this includes diet). Variety is the spice of life, but don’t let yourself lose any sense of routine. Here at WNEC there is so much to do you don’t ever want to lose yourself, but on the contrary, that is exactly how I have found my home here at WNEC.
Friday, September 24, 2010
So I have been here for a month, and I am finally coming down from my cloud. I realize that I am here in Massachusetts, and I am getting used to it. I also came to a realization that it’s time to really work hard. I like being at Western New England College, so why not do the best I can do? I appreciate putting in the time, and seeing a good result. It’s definitely rewarding looking back and seeing all the time I put it in and know it was all worth it. I see opportunities that I wouldn’t have unless I did as well as I could in my classes. I went to the Study Abroad fair today, and I was really excited about the possibility of studying in Italy or Spain sometime in the future. I know if I work hard in my classes this opportunity will happen. Although, I shouldn’t dwell on the future when the present is here, I can take advantage of everyday, and be as productive as I possibly can. Here’s to the present.
-The Kid from Cali
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Along with your new roommate, you also get a new room. What you hear about the residence halls (NOT dorms), might be true and other things might not be. The residence halls are very nice here. I am living in Berkshire Hall with a friend from home. I was able to choose to live with him, and pick the residence hall we preferred. People on your floor also become your new friends. They are also people you can turn to. Each hall has a common room that you can go to and hang out. Living in a residence hall is a new experience, but then again, so are most things in college. You get to be independent, which is also great.
See you in a Residence Hall next year,
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
The kid from Cali
Entering college, I had this preconceived notion that to be successful here means to properly blend in, intermingle, merge, fit. Though I have found new words to describe what it means to be successful here: stick out. Less so in high school, college requires strict time management and independence, but it also encourages involvement. While in high school, students bolster their resume with involvement and service to get into their desired college, making themselves “look good on paper”. College involvement, while it still builds your resume, is individual, it is something you place yourself in for personal fulfillment and self-advancement. Students can fall under this false impression that involvement is minimal, and the social scene is what is more important, failing to realize that participating in things such as Student Senate, Residence Hall Association, various clubs, to name a few, are social scenes too in a more literal sense; students communicating for a goal.
Being here, a first year student, there are no parents to pressure you to become involved, no one badgering you to improve your resume, someone isn’t taking attendance at meetings, YOU decide what you choose to do with your time outside class and work. While for you, reader, this may sound like common sense, but after being here a few weeks, I have felt a new, unfamiliar, but exhilarating feeling of being independent. With smart independence, I have found that immersing myself in numerous activities and a varsity sport, I can be successful by sticking out and breaking the mold.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
As for the classes themselves, that changes, but not too much. There are no more notes on the board. The notes you take are the notes from what you hear and the notes from what you read. The work load is now starting to depend on what YOU put into it. Don’t worry, it is not the end of the world, professors will make sure you are on the right track. Remember, they want to see you succeed.
See you in a class next year,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I was the kid that was way more than ready to go away to school. I was more than happy to leave my high school life behind me and start anew. Not everyone has these same feelings when going away to college. Some feel nervous, insecure, anxious and even sick about leaving home. I definitely experienced some of those feelings too, but I knew that to get the most out of my experience here, I had to put the commitment forth.
There are so many opportunities to get involved (big and small) on campus that it would be foolish not to. There are trips, events and clubs that help you meet so many different people, it is also hard not to make friends. If you are a shy person, outgoing or don’t even think you are a club type of person, there is something for you. You won’t regret trying new things on campus, if you gain anything at all maybe it’s making one new friend. To me, even if I just met one person doing something, it was worth it to me.
The first couple of weekends are crucial for becoming comfortable here. It is natural to feel lonely the first week and think you have no friends. Trust me, each day you’ll find yourself waving to more and more people and everyone finds their place eventually. Everyone here is willing to help you, no matter what the issue is. The events are really important too because you will see many new and familiar faces in one place. WNEC Palooza was this past Labor Day weekend and it was an amazing time. Everyone comes out and there are activities, music, games, food and we even saw Ryan Cabrera in concert! I have only been on campus for a couple of weekends and I already know there is always something to do. Certainly there are times for work and play, but it’s not too hard to balance once you fine tune your schedule. I am getting excited for sporting events this weekend already! Hopefully it will be another weekend of perfect Western Massachusetts weather with lots to do!