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Jamaica and the Beginning of the Semester!

Posted By lindsey on February 10th, 2014

Before leaving for Jamaica, I was convinced that upon my return the states I would easily be able to explain what the trip was like. Upon arrival, I still felt the same, as the four-hour flight had turned into a three-day adventure. But upon my return to the states, I was instantly faced with the “how was your trip” question, a question that I couldn’t really formulate an answer to. For those who just asked in passing, the answer was “good,” “fun,” “hot,” etc. However, for the lucky ones who I actually had time to talk to, the answer was strikingly more detailed. A one-worded answer just simply didn’t do the trip justice.

The arrival in Montego Bay, Jamaica did not come easily. We began with numerous flight delays and cancellations thanks to a few inches of snow and freezing temperatures that hit the northeast and shut down airports for a couple of days. Not being able to catch a flight, we drove to where our connection was in Philadelphia approximately five hours away from Providence. We arrived very late on Saturday evening, only to get four hours of sleep before our flight to Jamaica on Sunday morning. Luckily, everything seemed to be going well. We hopped on our flight to Jamaica and after sitting on the runway for a while to de-ice we finally took off. Once in the air, we were all convinced that we should be landing in a few hours. No such luck. We were rerouted due to a mechanical issue, put on another flight just to be told that that plane also has a mechanical issue, so we were put onto a third plane a few hours later and finally took off from Charlotte, NC. Around dinner, the next leg of our journey had finally begun.

 

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Upon arrival in Petersfield, the first thing that I immediately noticed is how genuinely friendly the people were. All of our house moms had been awaiting our arrival with the students who didn’t have flight problems with authentic Jamaican food. We were fortunate enough to have access to Wi-Fi at the community center to contact our parents, which was good because many of us were becoming pessimistic on whether or not we were ever going to make it. Our house moms fed us, and then took us back to their individual homes where we would be living for the next week.

Living within the community of Petersfield made the trip so much more meaningful. Admittedly, I was curious about all of the stereotypes that I had heard about Jamaica upon arrival, and although I didn’t necessarily believe them, I wondered if our experiences would be anything like those who have gone to stay at resorts. It would take days to fully put into words everything I want to say about the openness of their community, but no words would ever do it justice. I just wish that everyone that went to Jamaica on vacation, also took a step back to realize that what they see in Negril or Montego Bay, or the violence they hear about in Kingston, is nothing like the rest of the country. We went to Jamaica to educate the community about autism, but we left with so much more than that. My house dad, with his many words of wisdom, reminded us to never wait for time because it will never wait for us or that “emotions are like blown glass, they heat up before turning into something beautiful.” Our house mom taught us the importance of trying new things and always being honest. The children unintentionally helped us realize how much we have that we can easily take for granted, and how the most important thing in life is just to be happy with what you have. Undoubtedly, I have never been in a place where everyone has been as grateful for what they have than in Jamaica.

Through the entirety of the trip, the anthropology/sociology major in me wanted to learn more and more about Jamaican culture. I wanted to learn about the generalizations of their people, and plot how to be an advocate against those upon my return to the states. I wanted learn about their customs and rituals and hey, maybe even learn a dance move or two while I was there. It’s impossible to learn the ins and outs of a culture in seven days, but I did the best I could.

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I suppose what I am trying to say is that Jamaica will be unforgettable.  Whether it was when a group of 150 parents stood up and sang “One Love” to us after our presentation about autism, or when the children wrote us notes or drew us pictures, it’s impossible to ever look back on that week with a frown. The country was far different from what I expected, and it’s still sad to think about all of the stereotypes that are held about what life is like there.  I highly recommend that everyone try to embark on a study abroad program whether it be for a week or for a semester, because no matter how cliché this may sound it really helps you open your eyes and realize how lucky you are.

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Until next time, it’s back to reality. The groundhog saw his shadow so I suppose we are having six more weeks of winter, and there is actually snow on the ground right now so I suppose it’s believable! I have four day weekends this semester, but it’s already off to a busy start so we will see how that goes

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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!

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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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It’s Alright To Switch Your Major…

Posted By lindsey 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.

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March Meltdown 2012

Posted By lindsey 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

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Yes, I actually have classes, too…

Posted By lindsey on November 21st, 2011

Now that I think about it, all of my recent blogs have been about the exciting stuff I do on the weekends, or events I attend during the week. But I’m in college, and I do in fact have classes to attend so that’s why this blog is going to be about my academic experience here at Roger Williams. I know that this blog may not be as exciting to read as the others, but what I’m going to be talking about is the reason why I am even here so it’s important.

I only have four classes this semester which is one less than most. However, I arrived here at Roger Williams with a few AP credits from high school so luckily I’m not behind, but in fact slightly ahead. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have two courses, Human Behavior in Perspective and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. These two classes are over by 9:50 in the morning, so I’ve learned to go back to sleep at 10:00am and wake up whenever I want. Yes, this means I have 8am classes which apparently isn’t “ideal” for most people, but in my opinion I would rather be able to go back to sleep before a lot of students have even started their classes for the day.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “late” days. By late I mean I’m not done until 12:20 in the afternoon. Tough life isn’t it? I start off with Basic Statistics then have an hour and a half off until The American Legal System.

Without question Introduction to Cultural Anthropology is my favorite course this semester. I suppose that is a good thing considering it’s one of my majors! I could spend hours learning about every aspect of Anthropology and how cultures around the world differ from each other. It’s also a plus that I have an awesome professor that I learn so much from. Also, I’m pretty sure that it is a good sign when I find myself studying a subject and enjoying myself, even when I don’t have an exam or quiz coming up. Or maybe it just means I am nerdy?

Human Behavior in Perspective is a CORE class that I have no choice but to take so at first I wasn’t looking forward to it. However, my professor has yet to teach something that hasn’t sparked my interest, so I have no problem with waking up to attend it! We’ve learned about Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and so much more. Basically any “ology” you can think of…. okay maybe not quite. This class combined everything I love into one. Needless to say, my MWF schedule couldn’t get much better!

To be completely honest, I don’t have much to say about my Basic Statistics class other than that I don’t quite understand what is to “basic” about it. This is something I will probably NEVER understand.

The law has always been a passion of mine, and I’m 95% sure I want to be a lawyer eventually. Because of this I have so much interest my American Legal System class. It fascinates me just how much there is to know about our legal system and I believe that having a greater understanding of the law will be a strong foundation for whatever I decide to do later on. Also, I love being able to apply every class to daily life!

So all of that being said, I feel like I have made the right choice of majors. Even though I am only a first semester freshman, I don’t see myself ever wanting to change either of them to something else. I am passionate about both which is something that I am quite happy to be able to say!

I’m going to try to write another blog tomorrow about more fun events in the past week, but if I don’t… HAPPY THANKSGIVING and I’ll write another one when I am back on campus next week.

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