Things That Need To Be Changed at The University of Rhode Island

September 17, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Events, Reviews

Like any college in the world, there are many things that could benefit from some change at The University of Rhode Island.  Here’s a list of a few things that I would change if I had the chance:

1. The Parking

Parking at URI is equivalent to finding a parking spot on an LA street on a hot summer day.  It’s near impossible.  The restrictions on parking throughout campus are a bit ridiculous.  There is one main lot located in the back corner of campus, which is not near any of the academic buildings.  Most students who attend URI live off campus, which makes parking all the way in the back lot extremely inconvenient.  There are simply not enough spots for all the students.  If you do have a parking pass, you must pay a whopping $250 per year to park your car anywhere on campus.  URI insists every year that they’re going to change the awful parking situation, but to this day nothing has been done to try and make it better.

The main parking lot located in the back of campus

The main parking lot located in the back of campus

2. The Buildings

The old historical look of URI is a beautiful view.  However, inside the buildings are not so nice.  They’re very outdated and old.  They aren’t efficient enough for what modern day college students need to learn.  The few new buildings that were built a few years ago are nice and modern.  But most students don’t even get to use them as they’re primarily for pharmacy and nursing students.  They are given priority as those majors require much more specific tools.

One of the buildings on campus

One of the buildings on campus

3. The Wi-Fi

The only thing worse than the parking at URI is the Wi-Fi.  Connecting to “URI_Secure,” is the most annoying thing that you will ever have to deal with as a student at URI.  It’s bipolar- some days it works, other days it doesn’t.  It’s extremely unreliable.  So if you have Wi-Fi on a day before you have a huge paper that requires you to use the internet, I suggest you do it far in advance just incase “URI_Secure,” decides it doesn’t want to work when you were planning on getting your work done.

4. The Dining Hall Hours

Along with the horrible food, the dining hall hours at URI are horrendous.  They open at 7am every morning close at 7:30pm every night, which is extremely inconvenient for people who have later classes at night.  There are also only two small dining halls on campus, which causes major delays and lines at peak eating hours.

The Hope dining hall

The Hope dining hall

5. The Dry Campus

Back in the 1990’s, URI was the #1 party school in the entire country.  Because of that reputation, the administration pulled a 360 and made the entire campus a dry campus.  There is no alcohol allowed anywhere on campus.  There are no bars or liquor stores on campus.  Don’t get me wrong, URI is definitely still a great party school, but if it went back to its old ways of a wet campus, it would just add to the great experience it already provides for students.

 

 

A “Survival” Guide to College: More Last Semester Thoughts

September 17, 2014 in Campus Life

Every new student going into college is wondering how to “survive” college. This makes college sound more like a battleground that an experience they’ll keep with them for the rest of their life. So, please, let me tell you of my tips for being prepared for college or I guess “surviving”.

Please, For the Love of Everything that is Holy, LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL BACK AT HIGH SCHOOL:

It’s good to have school pride, it really does. People care where you came from and some of the experiences in high school were really beneficial to your growth. Good for you! But, now this is college. You’re at a whole new school with a whole new atmosphere. It’s sad to say, but whatever you did in high school doesn’t matter anymore at college. That is, unless you make it matter. You can be whoever you want to be. If you were afraid and timid in high school, you could be with a completely different friend group when you come to college. Time and time again I’ve seen people (especially me) breaking out of their shells because they were way more comfortable with themselves at college than in high school. So, please, let high school go behind you. Go forward with the progression of school.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

In a nice segue; you shouldn’t be afraid to try new things. However, don’t overload yourself. There are a lot of opportunities on your campus to get the word out about the environment or some other passionate topic as well as sports and other activities. You can’t do them all. If you can handle them all good for you, it’s really difficult to do that. Pick something you really like and stick to that. You don’t have to be multifaceted, just passionate about what you want to do with your life.

Take Your Time

Don’t define yourself by a major going in. It may be tough for some schools, considering you apply to school with the intention of being the major. Know that this does not define your life. You don’t have to be doing this major. I was a computer science major going into the application process and now I’m studying Creative Writing at a completely different school. The important thing is that you’re studying what you want and not worrying about what other people want YOU to do. YOU have control of YOUR future, however distant it may be.

The Cliché of Have Fun

It’s silly, but if you don’t allow yourself to have fun, it’s not going to be a good time for you. I’m stuck in conversations about drama that could be solved by having a one on one chat. This is prime fuel for a sitcom, miscommunication. Seriously, don’t get caught up in the petty problems like that. People make mistakes, sometimes more than one at a time. Let them deal with their own mistakes, so you don’t have the burden on your mind. Always be supportive of your friends, but don’t make their problems your problems. Let them figure it out themselves. You’re only going to cause more stress on yourself. Also, if your idea of fun doesn’t involve drinking or being at a party, believe me, plenty of alternatives. Don’t be afraid to stray away from the “it” crowd. The important thing is that you enjoy yourself and not feel isolated.

There’s a few of my thoughts on how to survive school. I believe mental preparation is more important than the physical preparation, because it’s a completely brand new experience for most people. Some handle it better than others, but I believe everyone does learn in time. Though, It takes some people a little more time than others!

We’ve All Been There: Top Ten Feelings That Are Totally Normal In College

September 17, 2014 in Academics, Campus Life, Colleges, Top 10 Lists

 

Feeling Overwhelmed? You're Not Alone!

Feeling Overwhelmed? You’re Not Alone!

College can be an amazing time, but it definitely has its ups and downs. Here are the Top Ten Feelings That Are Totally Normal In College:

1. Homesickness. This works both ways. You will go off to college and miss your family and friends. Then you will go home for break and start to miss your college friends. Whatever the case, just understand that you aren’t the only one feeling this way.

2. Academic inferiority. Colleges try to pick the best and the brightest. You may be in a class where you think you are the dumbest one there. It happens. Just know that there will be people who are smarter than you, people who are at your level of intelligence, and people who are below your intelligence level, depending on the subject matter.

3. Insecurity. I’m not pretty enough. I don’t dress a certain way. I don’t look a certain way. I’m not as good at something as someone else is. These feelings seem to start early on in our lives and they never go away. Just realize that you have no reason to feel insecure about anything. You are who you are.

4. Overwhelmed. Homework, papers, tests, work, clubs, etc. take away so much of college students’ time. At certain points, you will feel as though you can’t handle it anymore. It happens. You just need to take a step back, make a list of things you need to do, and jump right in. You can do it.

5. Anxiousness. Whether it’s a new professor, new class, new school, new school year, or anything of that nature, anxiety is bound to strike. You just have to take a deep breath and roll with the punches. Everyone else is in the same boat.

6. FOMO. The fear of missing out is all too real. If everyone is going out to dinner and you can’t make it, you will imagine that your friends are having the best time without you. Just know that there will be other times to hang out and have fun. Don’t worry about missing things.

7. Loneliness. Sometimes class schedules don’t match up and you just have to roll with it. You won’t be able to surrounded yourself with people 24/7. Whether you’ve chosen to be alone or all of your friends are busy, learn to embrace your alone time and turn it into something positive and productive.

8. Robbed. The bookstore is an evil being and sometimes you can’t avoid getting your books there. I know the feeling very well, and so do many of my friends and peers. It happens and there’s not much you can do about it except take deep breaths and empty your wallet for that $500 textbook because you need the access code that comes with it.

9. Lost. Whether you don’t know how to get to class or you don’t know what major to pick, you aren’t alone. Feeling lost, in all of its facets, is very common across all college campus. Ask for guidance, whether it be from peers, advisors, professors, etc.

10. Adventurous.There is a silver lining on the feelings horizon. College is full of so many different opportunities to try new things. Hopefully, the drive to explore and try new things is stronger than the other feelings on this list.

 

Latest trends in post-secondary education

September 15, 2014 in Alive Campus

The 21st century has been dubbed the “digital age” because of the monumental achievements in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) fields. ICT has led to technological inventions and innovations that are actively shaping not only the daily lives of people, but also their perceptions on the value of education in modern societies. Attaining post-secondary education has been a prerequisite to equipping the young adults with skills worth helping them to be both responsible citizens and productive laborers in the globally industrializing economies. This article will seek to discuss some of the latest trends in post-secondary education.

With increasing demand of education among the rapidly increasing population of young people, enrollment of students to post-secondary learning institutions has soared over the last decades. Although learning institutions have tried to ease the congestion in these institutions by having both part-time and full-time students, the number of full-time students is constantly growing. In addition, enrollment among traditional students, those below 25 years old, has been increasing since 1998. Nevertheless, the growth in enrollment differs with respect to the type of institution, and it is highest at less selective institutions like community colleges, private-non research, and Proprietary institutions.

The mode of disseminating education is rapidly evolving too. Post-secondary institutions of learning have adopted the use of e-learning (distance learning through the internet) in order to optimize course enrollments and attract more new students by giving instructions via e-learning applications. Students from all over the world can seek admission into post-secondary institutions of their choices, and pursue their respective courses online. This has greatly helped the older students who tend to prefer pursuing both their careers and education simultaneously.

In conclusion, some of the latest trends in post-secondary education include e-learning and increased enrollment in majority of the post-secondary institutions, yet essay writing still plays major role during the “freshman” years. The need to find the right skills for the radically globalizing labor market has potentiated an increase in the number of student, both older and traditional students, seeking higher education.

Hi, I’m Alejandra and I Attend Hofstra University

September 13, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

Hi, I'm Alejandra and I attend Hofstra University

Hi, I’m Alejandra and I attend Hofstra University

Alejandra Salardi, is an international student from Lima, Perú whom attends Hofstra University. As a third year student at the University, Salardi has a lot to say about her college experience thus far.

1. Why did you choose to attend Hofstra University?

I chose to attend Hofstra, because I knew a few people from back home who attended Hofstra. They all agreed that it was a really good school for communications. So I applied and they gave me an amazing scholarship so I decided to come here. It was the only school that I applied to in America. I did not even visit the school the school before applying or enrolling. Move-in day freshmen year was the time in my life that I stepped foot on Hofstra University’s campus.

2. You didn’t visit the school prior to deciding to enroll at the University, what was your backup plan if you didn’t like Hofstra? 

I did not have a backup plan. I think I would have just dealt with it unless I really did not like Hofstra, because I was not going back home and transferring to another school would require so much paperwork!

3. What is your major? 

It’s funny I started out as journalism major, because I was scared of what my parents would think if I told them that I wanted to be a film major. So I started out as a journalism major and now I have a double major in film and political science.

4. What do you plan on doing with your film major? 

I hope to one day own my own production business back in  Perú. I want to shoot documentaries.

5. What is one thing you love about Hofstra and one thing you hate about Hofstra? 

There aren’t too many things that I hate about Hofstra. It is really expensive to go here and I would not be happy if I was stilling living on campus. I love my friends at Hofstra. These are some of the best people that I have ever met. I also love how knowledgeable my Professors and how willing they are to help me succeed. I also love how close we are to the city. I love the city because there is always something to do.

6. How are you involved on campus?

I am apart of several clubs on campus.  I am a member of Students For A Greener Hofstra, Buddhism Club, Gay-Striaght Alliance, and the Hofstra Filmmakers Club. I am on the executive board of the club, Hofstra Internationals.

Alejandra Salardi has obviously enjoyed her time so far at Hofstra University!

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