Posted on May 3rd, 2013

This time of the year makes me happy that I am not a senior, specifically because I am not ready, nor will I probably ever be ready, to leave Bristol. Granted, I cannot afford to be a lifetime college student nor do I enjoy late night study sessions, but this time of the year tends to leave me nostalgic, looking back and wondering why this all is going by so fast. With that said, how is it May already?! Did we skip over April by accident? Aside from spring weekend, I am pretty sure the month of April is a complete blur. Clearly it must have never happened.

Spring Weekend (aka Rogerfest) undoubtedly kept me on my toes. But then again, maybe it was my 30-page paper in one class, and two papers in another class due that same week that kept me running?

Obviously I can very rarely go a blog without talking about what CEN has been up to, so why change that now?

Rogerfest began with a showing of “Across the Universe,” followed by a trip to Fenway Park where the Sox unfortunately not only played in miserable weather, but also lost 13-0. The game itself was fun, although it did make me question whether or not moving to Florida was in my near future. I’ll get back to you on that one. Next was one of my favorite events of the year, Hidden Truth, followed by our sold-out B.o.B and Super Mash Bros concert!!

Hanging with B.o.B--no big deal!

Hanging with B.o.B–no big deal!

And that point, the weekend had basically just started so on Friday we had quad fest, Nick Kroll and then ended the week on Saturday with the block party and fireworks! Fun fact, you can see the fireworks from the giant rock in front of Stonewall (which made duty so much better)! The fireworks basically wrapped up CEN for the year, meaning it’s time to say goodbye to old and hello to the new. See a pattern forming here?

CEN

CEN

I wish I had more to talk about, but my academic life has been engulfed in writing paper after paper, group presentations and studying for exams. Even though I like what I am studying, there is nothing fun about finals time.

Anyway, I can sum up this entire blog in two points:

First, to the incoming students, I promise you that within a blink of an eye you will be over the hump, halfway to graduation. Don’t let a single second slip away.

Second, to the graduating class of 2013, from the wise words of Dr. Seuss from my favorite childhood book, “kid, you’ll move mountains!” Or in our case, maybe you can just move an entire bay? Good luck and we’ll all miss you!

Just like that, another academic year came and went. Orientation 2013… here I come! See ya on the flip side, Roger!

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Posted on March 5th, 2013

Why hello there! Long time no… blog? My apologies.

I think that college may have finally gotten the best of me, and I’m pretty sure someone is making up for all of the free time that I had last year. Never have I had four different to-do lists going at the same time, all of which combined take up half of my computer screen. And no, I am not joking… though I wish I were. So, with my “free time” I have come to four conclusions as to why I have so much work to do before spring break.

A)   It’s good to practice how much you can function with very little sleep.

B)   I have to make up for last year and not being all that busy.

C)   It’s midterms week and I actually have midterms.

D)   All of the above.

On the bright side, spring break is right around the corner meaning I’ll finally be able to go home and potentially sleep for a week straight. Productive use of time? Probably not. Worth it, anyway? Yes.

At first I thought this semester would put me over the edge because of involvement. But then I realized my involvement on campus is what keeps me sane when I need a break from studying. For example, I should be doing an assignment that’s due in twelve hours but my brain turned to mush after balancing chemical equations, so blogging is the perfect break! Anyway, I could talk about how I just spent my evening balancing chemical equations and determining how much energy a reaction will make, but instead I think it will be more fun to talk about everything I normally do. Here is the entire month of February in a nutshell.

Last weekend I gave a couple of tours of our residence halls for the Accepted Students Days. It probably doesn’t sound like it could have gone all that badly, and I don’t think it did. However, I’m not necessarily the greatest at public speaking so that was a challenge. And to top it all off, my wonderful CEN co-chair decided to scream my nickname to get my attention while surrounded by parents and prospective students. Never a dull moment with CEN, is there?

February has been a busy month gearing up for March Meltdown, and multi-tasking preparing for Spring Weekend. I’m looking forward to coming back from break and being emerged in exciting events for a week, all which spiral around a James Bond theme! Of course one of the most anticipated parts of March Meltdown is that on Friday the 22nd, the spring concert artist(s) will be announced to the campus at our release party which is bound to be so much bigger than last year. Do you remember how excited you got when you were a little kid and the ice cream truck drove around in your neighborhood? I’m that excited.

On a different note, I finally finished decorating my room a month and a half or so after moving in. Better late than never, right? I’m not sure what happens to all of my wall decorations every time I switch rooms, but it seems as if I’m always buying new posters to hang up. Maybe when I graduate I’ll find a pile of posters and photographs that I thought were lost forever.

Back to academics real quick, then I need to force myself to be productive. I am taking this course called ‘disasters’ as an elective for my major and I have determined that it is by far the coolest class I have taken thus far. We spend everyday discussing disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Buffalo Creek Flood and a heat wave in Chicago, and then analyzing how they were sociologically un/natural due to the people that were impacted. In fact, individuals that are impacted by disasters aren’t necessarily impacted at ‘random’. Until this course, I never really considered how many factors such as race, class, age, etc. can influence who experiences a disaster personally. Its sort of weird to think about, but really interesting at the same time. It’s all so fascinating!

Anyway, that’s all for now. I apologize for being so scatter brained. I’ll be back soon to tell you all about March Meltdown and spring break! Thanks for reading!

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Posted on February 1st, 2013

As the title may suggest, this semester hasn’t started off on the quiet side. Somehow, I have managed to be here for two weeks and my clothes are still in a pile in my closet, I haven’t put anything up in my new room and my to-do lists get longer instead of shorter. For the most part I would rather be busy instead of just sitting around and not doing anything worth while, but I really just want one day to do absolutely nothing besides finally settling in and getting ahead of the game before the semester really kicks into full swing.

I came back a week early for RA training and even though my vacation ended sooner than most, I was actually looking forward to being back on campus. Yeah, I am not in London like I had hoped to be, but RWU is my home away from home… so everything happens for a reason right? All it means is that I am living vicariously through photographs on Facebook.

Classes have started… so far so good. I’ve already determined that my favorite class is my “Sociology of Disasters” course. Reading about disasters is so intriguing! (Nerd status.)  Although it is not good reading to do right before bed (unless of course I want to continue dreaming about disasters) in all seriousness–I willingly read for this course, which really should be an accomplishment in itself. But on the flip side, maybe the more I read about disasters the more I can be prepared for when something crazy happens, like a zombie apocalypse. Now if I can just get through my science lab this semester without blowing anything up that will be impressive.

Finally, CEN is busy preparing to make this semester even better than the last. It has definitely been keeping me on my toes this past week but there’s no doubt in my mind that it will be well worth it. Just wait and see what we all have in store for everyone!

Like always, I write blogs when I am avoiding the inevitable (homework). So on that note, I’m actually going to try and get stuff done before the sun rises. I think I’m going to like not having any morning classes!

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Posted on November 30th, 2012

As this semester is rapidly coming to an end, I find myself realizing that college does in fact go by as quick as everyone says it does and in under six months I will be half way through. I guess for all of the juniors and seniors out there, half way doesn’t sound so scary but regardless it’s sort of unsettling to think about graduate school and even worse… the real world. What happens in two years? Bills? Rent? More school? A real job? The real world sounds scary. Just the other day I was trying to figure out why the in the world the university hadn’t turned the heat on and then I realized I had a thermostat in my apartment and it was in fact my fault that my apartment was an igloo. It’s the little things in life…. Now that I have shared an embarrassing story, moving on.

During the second week of November, four students, two advisors and I went to Hartford, Connecticut for a few days to attend a NACA conference.

NACA

I had never been to Connecticut before, or NACA even so I was really excited to go. We spent three busy days at showcases, CAMPS, educational sessions, and mingling with other schools/talents with the purpose of discovering new ideas to bring back to campus. Needless to say it was a long few days but a lot of fun. Admittedly I did not enjoy having to go up and talk to agents as I am probably one of the least assertive people ever, but conferences are for development, right? So maybe it was good for me to talk to random people no matter how socially awkward I may have been. Ha.

On Tuesday the 13th some of the CEN board when to Baypoint for a dining etiquette course. We sat in a corner, which was probably best considering we’re a little rambunctious. What’s that saying “you can can dress us up but you can’t take us anywhere?” At least we tried our best to behave… But really, I think I am going to need some sort of a cheat sheet if I ever have to go to a fancy dinner with multiple forks. Without a doubt it was helpful to attend, but there is so much to proper etiquette than I had thought!

In 13 days my semester will be over and off to New Hampshire I’ll go! In theory, the semester is supposed to be winding down but work wise I think it might be winding up. Next week will be a blast (not really…) but once I get through that then I only have one final exam to study for and then I am home free aside from packing up my apartment and figuring out how to fit everything in my little car. That alone will probably take more time and effort than studying for my exam and I’ll probably have to call in some back up. Priorities, right?

That’s all for now, I’ll write again before break!

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Posted on November 2nd, 2012

So sorry I have been neglecting the blogging world since the beginning of October. I promise I didn’t forget, in fact every time something worth writing about happened I thought to myself that I should blog about it…. so here I am! It was a rather hectic month in my world, and just when I thought I was going to turn into a walking zombie I realized that there was in fact a light at the end of the tunnel and I had a few days off. It was a minor miracle.

First, in case you were wondering–I made my decision on London. From the day I turned in my application, until two weeks later when I had my friend press send on an email because I couldn’t bring myself to do so, I am pretty sure I spent every last waking minute analyzing every little detail, making multiple pro and con lists, asking everyone’s opinions and then telling them they are wrong (my bad…) and flipping coins. I’m pretty sure Big Ben even ended up in a few of my dreams. I did receive an acceptance letter via email at 5:00 a.m. one morning, which was half of the battle. However, it took me until a week later at our first Wicked Weekend event, The Dark Knight Rises, to make up my mind. I wrote out a nicely worded email saying that I would in fact…. be staying here at RWU. I had finally figured out that what I have accomplished here meant more to me than studying abroad for entire semester. So, London just may have to wait for an intersession, summer session or vacation, but I will get there eventually.

The first couple weeks of October were filled with midterms, papers, no sleep and more. Every morning seemed like a constant battle to get out of bed, because chances are I had only slept for a couple of hours and every cup of coffee seemed more ineffective than the last. In reality, my mind was just constantly running a mile a minute and I was starting to become convinced that I could not possibly absorb anything else into that sponge in my head. The day I realized that I had finally completed every assignment and taken all of my midterms was the greatest. Like I said, I thought I was going to become a zombie, but it clearly wasn’t quite yet the apocalypse.

One of my favorite weekends of the year occurred this past month- Homecoming!! It began with Casino Night (which I never fail to do horribly at) followed by Midnight Madness (which actually lasted until midnight!), featuring Chicago’s Sky Squad. I thought the bonfire was going to be my favorite pep rally but now I think it is an even tie with this year’s Midnight Madness. (Go Dan, Go!) Then there was the always delicious Autumn Luncheon, Autumn Fest, St. Baldrick’s, sports games, etc. and apparently the kayaks were open, as well. Can you believe I still haven’t gone kayaking on the bay? It’s on my to-do list before I graduate.

Homecoming!

Homecoming!

And then there was the theme weekend that CEN has been planning for the entire semester. Wicked Weekend was just that… wicked. This themed weekend was unique because all of our events were homegrown instead of performers and activities being brought in from the outside. Everything began with a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” on Tuesday, followed by “Make Your Own Zombie Shirts” during the day on Thursday, the Common’s annual themed dinner and our getaway to the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. I may be a little bit biased by saying that the getaway was my favorite event, but it was the first event of the year that my committee and I planned so it was rewarding to see all of our hard work come together. The paths of the zoo were lined with thousands of intricately carved pumpkins, EVEN TITANIC ONES!

Titanic!

Titanic!

The creepy laughing tree

The creepy laughing tree

Wicked Weekend continued on with Roger’s Haunted Asylum which resulted in losing my voice. Isn’t it normal for someone to be held down in an operating room pretending to be murdered? Yes? No? CEN ended Wicked Weekend with WTF’s first annual Zombie Prom. 4 DJ’s, 2 stages, a photo booth, dirt cake, and more helped the week go out with a bang.

Oh, and what about that hurricane? Last year we had Hurricane Irene, and this year Hurricane Sandy. I had never experienced a hurricane before I went off to college on the coast. I’m used to snow/ice days being a common occurrence, but hurricane days? Though I was glad to finally pay catch up with sleep and work, it was definitely under unfortunate circumstances.

That’s all for now. This upcoming week CEN is going to NACA in Hartford, so I’m sure to have stories from that. Aside from NACA, I’m about to pick my schedule for next semester, which I am completely unprepared for. I refuse to admit that college is going by so quickly.

Talk to you once I play some more catch up,

Lindsey

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Posted on October 3rd, 2012

Two years ago, when I was applying to Roger Williams University and twelve other colleges/universities, one of the most important things that either made or broke my decision instantly was whether or not the school encouraged studying abroad and had a solid program to do so. Roger Williams had all of that, making this school even more appealing to me. I was convinced that sometime in my junior year I would be hopping on a jet plane to study somewhere foreign for a few months. However, it now may be happening sooner than expected… so I decided to blog about it.

After putting a lot of thought into what I want to do when I graduate, and what I hope to achieve within the four years I’m attending Roger Williams University, I determined that if I am to ever go abroad it would only be realistic for me to leave during the second semester of my sophomore year. Well, that’s three months from now and my application is due today.

I have always known that I either wanted to go to London, England or anywhere on the east coast of Australia, so then I had decide where I wanted to go more. After spending what seemed like forever debating the issue, it became certain to me that London was the one place where I could see myself living for four to five months. Of course, I made this decision a week before the application was due but I guess it’s better late than never, right? Yet here I am, with a completed application ready to be submitted to the study abroad office, not questioning where I want to go, but if it’s worth going. A decision that I know only I can make, and one I really should be making sooner rather than later.

London!!

London!!

Part of me thinks that I’ve dreamed of studying abroad for years, and that I shouldn’t be questioning my decision at the last minute. I also didn’t except to be a student leader on campus considering how soft spoken and shy I was coming into college. There is no question that studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience, and that while I am there I would be able to go back to some of my favorite places in Europe and see some cities I haven’t had the chance to see before. I just can’t stop thinking about what I could lose by leaving.

Would I still be able to be an OA? Is it worth giving up CEN for a semester? Would I still have a chance at RA, and if not could I apply again… and how so if I’m not here?  I’d miss my senior friend’s last semester, and their graduation.

But, I would be able to experience another culture firsthand, and not just through textbooks. I’m sure I would meet so many new people, travel so many different places, gain life experience and have memories to last a lifetime. If only someone could magically give me or yes or no answer.

As Neale Donald Walsch once said, “Life beings at the end of your comfort zone.” And maybe I just have to do just that… step out of my comfort zone.

So everything is still up in the air right now. But who knows, in a few short months I could be boarding a plane and off on a new adventure.

Until next time,

Linds

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