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What are you going to do with a major in THAT?

Posted By lindsey on January 2nd, 2014

With the end of the fall semester in the distant past, going home leaves some time to relax, but also time to pick up some hours at my high school job before leaving for Jamaica. With that comes a paycheck (which to a college student is like a wish come true) but also the inevitable questions from customers when they find out that I am in college…. Questions such as, “Where do you go to school?” “What are you studying?” and the most dreaded question of all “What are you going to do with THAT?!” Granted, it’s nice to talk with customers other than “can I get you something to drink?” or “are you all set to order?” that inevitable question always used to leave me wondering… what am I going to do with my life?

Luckily, that dreaded question is one I finally have an answer to. I generally tell them that my goal is to go to graduate school for higher education, and though I won’t be working in a field that directly relates to my undergraduate major, I didn’t even know what a career in higher education even looked like until my sophomore year. But hey, better late than never, right?! Either way, it was nice to go to work this break and be prepared with an answer to a question that was bound to be asked.

Meanwhile, when not working or sitting around my house watching Netflix, I’m busily preparing to go to Jamaica with some fellow students and a professor. We’re traveling to a small village south of Montego Bay to work with a community on children’s mental health issues, specifically autism. When not working, I do believe we have some down time to experience the culture first hand and maybe gain a few sunburns along the way! Though I have a lot of reading and learning to do before going to Jamaica, I could not be more excited to be able to participate in such an opportunity. But really, I need to lay off the Netflix and start reading since we leave on January 3rd! Until then, it’s time to spend the last few days in New Hampshire “enjoying” the snow. How does break go by so fast? Now all I need is my new passport to arrive….

Until next time! Happy New Year!

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted By lindsey on November 12th, 2013

Every year the middle to end of October always seems to be the busiest. And every year I tell myself that if I plan ahead everything will fall into place nicely, but that never seems to happen. I suppose I could blame my professors for all assigning the same due dates, but I have had all of my syllabi since the first day of classes so it is no one else’s fault but mine for waiting. Undoubtedly, the past month has been grueling, but I think the worst is behind me. It’s an amazing feeling being able to take a breath again!

October finished off with our annual Wicked Weekend. Because of it actually falling on Halloween weekend, CEN wanted to make it scarier than in years past, leading the committee to create the weekend’s tagline, “Roger Beware, You’re in for A Scare.” Attempting to make it as scary as possible, we showed The Conjuring twice to gear up for Saturday night’s speaker, Lorraine Warren. Lorraine Warren is a paranormal investigator who has been a part of extremely well known cases involving the paranormal, specifically the Amityville Horror and The Conjuring. The hype surrounding her arrival was amazing and the event successful thanks to the Where’s The Fun? committee. Wicked Weekend was most definitely one for the books. My co-chair and I are extremely fortunate to have such active committee members. Whether they’re willing to jump out of trap doors, hang from ceilings, arrive three hours prior to an event to set up, Wicked Weekend would be incomplete without them. With Halloween behind us, improvements noted and things to continue with written down, my co-chair, committee and I are on to my favorite week of the year, March Meltdown!

Also! I just finished paying off my trip with the university to Jamaica in January! Along with about ten other students and a faculty advisor, the university has given us an opportunity to fly to Montego Bay, Jamaica for ten days and travel inland to work with children with mental disabilities. A service-learning trip, we will be staying in homestays and immersing ourselves fully in Jamaican culture, while providing assistance to a rural community wherever needed while earning course credit. I am unbelievably excited to escape the winter and work within the community of Petersfield, but nervous because I’m not 100% sure what to expect. I have heard that I may not want to return! I’ll be sure to share every detail of what I’m sure is going to be a once in a lifetime experience. (Cliché I know…)

With everything that has been going on recently, I am sure I will have more updates soon!

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If Only Everyone Could Be So Lucky

Posted By lindsey on October 4th, 2013

Monday this week started off like any other day with me waking up to my third alarm, eating cereal and running out of my apartment with a coffee in hand ready for the busy day that was waiting ahead. Aside from spilling coffee on myself (which is a normal occurrence) the day ended up leaving me flustered.

I first receive an email from my supervisor checking in on me. Confused, I open the email to see that I missed a scheduled meeting in the morning and didn’t submit a weekly report. Embarrassed and frustrated with myself for forgetting a meeting and not submitting paperwork on time, I sprint to her office apologizing profusely for being so forgetful. Was the meeting in my planner? Yes. Did I think about looking at my planner on Sunday evening to see what meetings I had on Monday? No, because that would have made sense. Did I complete my weekly report? Yes, but of course I never actually pressed submit.

From there I rushed to my 11:00 a.m. class to take an exam that I had stayed up until 2:00 a.m. studying for. And…well… let’s just say that I guess you can’t win ‘em all? The exam seemed never ending to the point where I was running out of time, but I guess I wasn’t alone. My professor offered to let everyone finish in her office. If my brain wasn’t turning into mush I would have taken her up on it. Instead I rapidly finished the exam and moved on with my Monday. Worried about my grade because I have a tendency to be a perfectionist, I spent a little bit of time wondering what would have happened if I had just studied for the extra 30 minutes.

At that point, I realized that I was worrying over an exam that was already over when I should have been focusing on finishing a paper that was due in three hours on how globalization is leading to larger gaps between the rich and the poor. Surprisingly, I couldn’t concentrate as I was busy thinking about all of the upcoming exams, papers and projects that I had due in the next couple of weeks. Why October is always the busiest month of the semester, I will never know. To take my mind off of things, my friend and I made the trek to J-Lot to get my car because Sip-n-Dip’s liquid dessert (I mean… coffee??) is the solution to every student’s problems.

Upon arriving back on campus from Sip-n-Dip, I realized that I still needed to pop into the dean’s office for his signature to add a minor. I thought it could just be a quick stamp, but then was told that he wanted to sign the form himself and was not available at the moment. With that said, catching the dean is next on my list of things to do… if only he was available at midnight when I am checking things off of my to-do lists.

The point of this narrative is a reflection of the title of this post. Yes, Monday stressed me out simply because it felt extremely hectic and like I couldn’t catch a break. I then quickly remembered what I have always been taught… someone out there is having a worse day than you are. I was indeed frustrated that I couldn’t catch the dean, but how many people are lucky enough to say that their dean wants to know who they are as a student before signing off on adding a minor? How many people have a supervisor who knows them well enough to email when something isn’t quite right, and in response makes the effort to check in on them to make sure they’re doing okay? How many students can say that their professors will stay late after class, giving them a better opportunity to succeed? I should find myself lucky and fortunate. These are the reasons that even when I am running around like crazy I chose Roger Williams. Or maybe, just maybe in some round about way…why Roger Williams chose me. Even on the most hectic days, it is a great day to be a hawk.

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Junior Mints

Posted By lindsey on September 12th, 2013

Somehow I have managed to hit two milestones in the past month. One being that I can no longer say I’m a teenager, which didn’t feel all that odd until someone told me I was halfway to 40. The second milestone being I am also starting my third year of college…crazy! Before entering college a couple of years ago the major piece of advice I got was to not blink or I would miss it. I am pretty sure I shrugged everyone off thinking it was rather lame advice and that four years was still four years. Except now four years is two years, and actually having to prepare for the “real world” seems closer and closer.

The past few weeks have been full of RA training, staff bonding and CEN’s 1,2,3 weekend. At times training was exhausting, but also has me excited for the upcoming year. I’m fortunate to work with a staff that even after spending every waking moment with the past few weeks we still are a strong, cohesive team. And I have a roommate again!

Check out our Bayside welcome video!

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And of course, what is a blog without CEN in it? We recently wrapped up 1,2,3 Weekend: All Ways Point to Roger. Our navigational themed weekend kicked off the school year with Gordon Baker-Bone, The Great Gatsby and our annual fall concert: Carolina Liar with opener Todd Carey. Unfortunately due to weather, the concert had to get moved inside the field house but still went off without a hitch! My co-chair and I could not have asked for better performers to work with or even a board to help us make the event and weekend a success. With a great 1,2,3 Weekend behind us…. on to the next one!

CEN

I don’t have all that much to say about my courses so far, as last week was basically syllabus week. I do, however, love the fact that my earliest class is at 10:00am. I’ve finally moved out of the world of 8:00ams…woo! All of my general education courses, COREs, etc. are all completed which is great because every single course I am taking this semester I hand picked, and I think even the ones that are not Anthropoloy/Sociology courses still relate to my major somehow. But I think I hand picked the classes with the most textbooks… time to get reading!

Since moving in around a month ago it seems as if I haven’t had time to blink until today simply because of opening residence halls and putting together 1,2,3 weekend simultaneously. However, now that both are over my hope is that I’ll finally be able to put myself back into some sort of routine. I think this year has already been starting off on the right foot! Until next time!

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