A Week in the Life: College Student Edition

August 27, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

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Every college student’s schedule is going to be completely different from another’s–we all have weird, hectic rosters with strange class times and part-time jobs. College is different from high school in that classes will almost never be all back-to-back. Classes tend to be longer, and you will likely have a break between some of your classes. Plus, you’ll almost never encounter a class that you go to every day of the week– you might attend any given class anywhere from 1-4 days per week.

This upcoming Fall semester, my schedule is definitely a bit weird. I opted to load my Tuesdays and Thursdays with most of my classes (3 classes/day) and have one long 3-hour class on Mondays. With this schedule, I have Wednesday and Friday completely open, as well as Monday mornings. I created my schedule like this so that I would have time for a second job. Check out what my weeks will be like this semester to get a taste of what college life can be like!

Monday:

10:00-2:00: Schoolwork and free time

Unless I am asked to work at my second job, I will probably let myself sleep in and then either get work done, head to the gym, or work on my hobbies (sewing and knitting projects)

2:00-5:00: Class – “Fundamentals of Journalism”

This 3-hour long (ugh!) class is a required writing class for all journalism majors and minors. Since I have declared journalism as my minor, I have to take this class before I graduate. Here’s to hoping that my professor lets us out early some days!

5:00-8:30: Work

Both last year and this year, I received Work-study funding in my financial aid package. Work-study is a fantastic opportunity, as it is guaranteed part-time work where all the bosses understand and sympathize with your busy schedule. Work-study jobs tend to be between 5-20 hours per week, with most clocking in at 10 or 12. My job is a position as a tutor at the Intergenerational Literacy Program, a program at a school in Chelsea, MA that provides ESOL classes to adults and children.

8:30-midnight: Dinner and homework

After I get home from work, I will definitely be making myself dinner in my new apartment and getting to work on papers and readings that are due that week.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

9:30-11:00: Class – “Topics in Film and Literature”

My first class of the day is an hour and twenty minutes long (professors at Boston University let students out 10 minutes before class is scheduled to end, to give students time to get to their next class if they have back-to-back classes. This class is an English elective that counts towards my English major. We’ll be assigned various novels to read and movies to watch, which we will then discuss in class.

11:00-12:30: Class – “History and Principles of Journalism”

Immediately after my English class, I will head to my second journalism class. This one is a large lecture-style class that is another requirement for my journalism minor. I have been told that is a basic history class that mostly requires memorization of facts, dates, and names.

12:30-2:00: Lunch

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busy days, so after two classes, I’ll want to take a break to eat a good meal and relax for a bit before my third and final class of the day.

2:00-3:30: Class – “British Literature I”

Brit. Lit. is a mandatory course for English majors that is broken into two parts–in the Fall, you take Part 1 and in the Spring you take Part 2. Part 1 is Medieval and 16th-17th century texts–not the most exciting topic, but I’ll manage!

5:00-8:30: Work or Rehearsal

On Tuesdays, I will go to my work-study job again, but on Thursdays, I don’t work–instead, I will use the time to do homework, eat a good dinner, or attend a play rehearsal/work on costumes for my theatre group.

Wednesday:

No classes on Wednesdays! I plan to use this day to work at my second job at a retail clothing store.

7:15-8:30: Work seminar

On Wednesday nights, I will attend a mandatory meeting for my work-study job. This meeting is for all the tutors to catch up and get mini lessons in how to best tutor our students.

Thursday:

Thursday is almost exactly the same as Tuesday — see above!

Friday:

Another day without classes! Fridays will also be devoted to my second job. Friday nights will be filled with attending club meetings or seeing friends.

Saturday:

After such a crazy week, I’m going to want some time off! I’ll likely use Saturday afternoons to do some homework, but then use the rest of the evening and night to go out and see friends.

Sunday:

Sunday tends to be homework/catch-up day for most college students. After Friday and Saturday nights out, we all need a day to relax at home and get work done.

All You Need To Know About Taylor Remy

August 27, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Reviews

At Franklin Pierce you get a variety of different types of people. Artist, musicians, future scientist, doctors, authors and dancer. Taylor Remy is one of the extraordinary dancers at Franklin Pierce University.  

Taylor Remy is a returning senior this year at FPU. Taylor chose Franklin Pierce as her college because she feels that they were more welcoming than

most schools and really helped her with her financial aid. Although even though senior year can be fun it will be no cake walk for her. Many of Taylor’s tuition is being paid through scholarships. As most college goers do, but Taylor will still be working her butt off. Between a full course scheduled she will be working two jobs at the schools gym as well as the dance studio. She used to be on the dance team and was the Vice President as well, but as many students do, she fell victim to having difficulties with time management and had to give it up. 

Within her nineteen years of experience Taylor has learned nine different forms of dance…

  1. Lyrical
  2. Modern
  3. Jazz
  4. Hip Hop
  5. Ballet
  6. Point
  7. African
  8. Contemporary
  9. Waltz

Dancing has always been something that she has loved. She has been dancing since she was three but even though she’s always had a passion for dance she still knew that she wanted to help people one day. So with the schools create your own major program she decided to build a creative dance therapy major so she could pursue a career with both her passions the best way she could. 

After college Taylor hopes to continue her career with working with clients with disabilities and teaching them expression through dance. Once out after graduation Taylor could just settle for getting a job that someone what involves her degree, living in the town of her employment and doing something she loves. Which really is all any college graduate can hope for.

 

 

Top Ten Reasons Why Summer Needs To End Already

August 27, 2014 in Academics, Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

 

Ever Spongebob Is Ready To Get Back To School

Ever Spongebob Is Ready To Get Back To School

Summer break has the potential to be absolutely amazing. Summer flings, seeing old friends, hanging out by the pool, and sleeping in until 2 PM all sound fantastic, but that usually isn’t how Summer break usually turns out. Here are the top ten reasons why I can’t wait to get back on campus, and I know I’m not alone:

1. The Friends- If you go to a school that is located where you grew up and all of your friends attend the same college as you, then this isn’t much of an issue. With all of my friends living hours away, I’m ready for summer to end so that I can have everyone living next door.

2. The Food- Home cooking is usually much better than dining hall food. And it’s usually healthier. But they say variety’s the spice of life. I don’t know many people who have full salad bars, burgers, pizza, endless dessert, etc. at home.

3. The Classes- While not many people miss the homework part, there are some pretty interesting classes out there. As Summer comes to an end, I find myself more and more excited to start classes and meet some new classmates.

4. Boston- Boston is an incredible city and I’m ready to leave small town Jersey for something with a little more character and a lot more things to do. If you live in a big city (or small town) that you adore, then this might not be a huge issue for you.

5. The Convenience- Aside from having all of your friends living just minutes away, the great thing about being in Boston is that everything is in walking, biking, or T-ing distance.

6. The Freedom- No parents= tons more freedom. Not having to ask to go over to a friend’s place at an hour that would have been deemed “unreasonable” at home is definitely a perk that my friends and I are ready to get back to.

7. The Motivation- College is all about competition. My classmates push me to do well in class. My friends push me to workout regularly. This Summer break has pushed me to… stay in bed until my mother has to physically separate me from my pillow.

8. The Procrastination- So procrastination is not something to be happy about, but it’s about the things you do while you’re procrastinating that makes all the difference. All of the chores and working out you get done while procrastinating is definitely something to be celebrated, as long as you aren’t incredibly behind in your studies, that is.

9. The Free Time- After subtracting class time and time spent on homework, there is still quite a bit of time left for other things. Having all that time to play around with is definitely better than lamenting over a nine-to-five that has you drained after your shift.

10. The Sports- Whether you go for the sports, the atmosphere, or the attractive athletes, attending college games is definitely better than watching sports on TV.

Here’s to another year making memories, taking cool classes, making new friends, and hanging out with the old ones! The great thing about going away for college is that the options to try new things, learn new things, re-invent yourself, and meet new people are always on the table.

Top 10 things a freshman at URI must do

August 26, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Reviews, Top 10 Lists, Travel

 

Ah, freshman year. It is without a doubt the greatest/worst/most interesting year you will ever experience.  Everything is new.  Your friends, your clothes, your living situation, even your bed sheets.   It’s what every high school senior strives for.  It’s what every parent dreads.  It’s the year of freedom.  It’s your first experience of the semi- real world.  It’s your year to be whatever you want to be.  It’s the year of you.  Here’s my list of 10 things you MUST do as a freshman at The University of Rhode Island.

 

1. The number one must-do as a freshman at URI is to eat a calzone from Izone.  For whatever reason, calzones are the go-to 2 AM food that you just have to have when you come back from a long night out.  A calzone at URI is the equivalent to taking a taxi in NYC.  You just have to do it.  Izone is located at the top of campus in the emporium.  On weeknights, they deliver anywhere on campus until 1AM, but on weekends they deliver until 3AM.  It’s the best $11 you will ever spend.  Multiple times.  Even when you don’t want a calzone, you want a calzone.

A mouth-watering calzone from Izone

A mouth-watering calzone from Izone

 

2. Go to a day party in nearby Narragansett.  URI is one of the very few schools in the country that has off campus houses right on the beach, so if you hear of a party off campus in “Gansett,” or “down the line,” go.  “Darties,” (day parties,) are the best part of the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester when the weather is just bearable to spend hours outside.  You will not regret it.

A day party on Greene Lane in Narragansett, RI

A day party on Greene Lane in Narragansett, RI

 

3.  Brickley’s Ice Cream.  Three words, so much goodness.  There’s two locations, one in Narragansett and one in Wakefield.  There are endless choices of flavors and toppings.  It’s a go to place for URI students in need of some ice cream.

Brickley's Ice Cream

Brickley’s Ice Cream

 

4. If you’re hung-over and desperately need some good home cooked breakfast food, T’s in Wakefield is the place for you.  The majority of the hung-over URI student body will be there on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  It’s a relatively old place that’s decorated with that Ocean State vibe that everyone loves.  The food speaks for itself.

T's Restaurant menu

T’s Restaurant menu

 

5.  Snow days at URI are epic.  Make sure you get a group of friends and participate in all snow day activities as much as possible.  It sounds super corny when I say that people build snowmen all around campus and go sledding down the hills around campus, but I promise you, it’s not as cheesy as it sounds.

Students outside a dorm building at URI on a snow day

Students outside a dorm building at URI on a snow day

 

6.  The Narragansett Sea Wall is one of the most beautiful and calming places that Rhode Island has to offer.  If you’re ever in need of some relaxation, even in the winter, it’s breathtaking views and salt-water smell will definitely put you at ease.

The Narragansett sea wall

The Narragansett sea wall

7. Get familiar with the library.  Even if you are not a library person, URI will make you one.  There are 3 main floors that are nearly impossible to get a single seat at during finals weeks.  The 24-hour room is a student favorite as well.  In the 24-hour room, there’s the coffee stand called The Daily Grind.  It will be your savior.  It’s like Starbucks without actually being Starbucks.  They sell food, coffee, water, tea, whatever you might need.  If you want it, the DG has it.

The URI library

The URI library

 

8.  Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House is a delicious food stand and local favorite located in Narragansett.  It’s a clam shack, but that’s not all they sell.  They’re famous for their Doughboy, which is fried dough with powdered sugar, equivalent to a zeppole.  Have one and I guarantee you’ll want more.

Iggy's Doughboys in Narragansett

Iggy’s Doughboys in Narragansett

 

9. Luckily, Newport is only about a twenty-minute drive from campus.  Day trips to Newport are a URI student favorite.  It’s a quaint ocean town right on the water, with hundreds of shops and so much to do.  You can do the cliff walk, take the tour of the Newport Mansions, or walk up and down Thames Street.  There’s restaurants that are ranked among the best of the country, some even set right on the water where boats from all around the world come to dock.   It’s the perfect little getaway.

A sky view of Newport, RI

A sky view of Newport, RI

 

10. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a freshman, I highly suggest you participate in Greek life.  Greek life at URI dominates the social scene. Rushing a fraternity or sorority can really make all the difference of your college experience.  Most people are skeptical at first, but I urge you to at least try it.  It makes everything much easier, like finding parties off campus and finding that group of friends you’ve always wanted.  It’s a great way to get involved and stay involved.

Sigma Delta Tau at the University of Rhode Island

Sigma Delta Tau at the University of Rhode Island

 

 

Top 3 Electronics for College Students

August 24, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Tech, Top 10 Lists

Though computers are still regarded as the most reliable and handy piece of equipment both for students and adults, they are being overshadowed by new inventions. Smartphones have become nearly a staple in our societies. They allow us to check our email, search the web, call, text, play games, and set reminders – they are virtually mini computers. Nevertheless, because of the small screen size and limited storage capacity, phones cannot save huge amounts of information, data, or documents. Though texting may seem easy, imagine writing a college essay using that touchscreen…. Devices are continually created to satisfy our desire for ease and convenience; as a result, we have a massive amount of technology for work and for play.

1.    Tablets

Tablets are thinner, sleeker, more portable versions of laptops. Though Apple has created laptops thinner than my pinky finger, there’s no denying that tablets like the Ipad and Android are much easier to carry in your backpack. You can even buy attachable keyboards that make typing easier! Tablets are especially useful for college students, because you can now purchase e-books or digital versions of textbooks and have them all in one place. Though I wouldn’t recommend typing an entire essay on these devices, they’re very useful for starting assignments, writing emails, reading, and searching the web.

Tablets and E readers

Tablets and E readers

2.    TV & Gaming Consoles

Surprisingly, TV’s have been increasingly popular in college dorms. I may be alone on this point, but you shouldn’t have that much time to watch TV shows during the semester. There are so many other things you could be doing during the time spent sitting on your bed immersed in an episode: spend time with friends, eat in the dining hall (not while watching the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars), exercise, do homework, get involved with a club, or read! However, TV’s are a good way to get people to your room – you can invite people in your hallway to watch the Grammy’s with you, or if you have a gaming console like an X-box or PlayStation, you can have friends over to play Mario Kart (just kidding, everybody knows Call of Duty is where it’s at).

TV and Game Consoles

TV and Game Consoles

3.    Noise Canceling Headphones

It seems that the days of earbuds and small headphones have passed. More and more college students are investing in larger (and sometimes more ostentatious) headphones. The larger headphones are not only better for your eardrums, but they are also more comfortable, durable, and can look pretty cool! There are tons of great models and types out there, but the most notable ones area Bose, Sony, AKG, and audio-technica. These brands also sell noise-canceling types that can block out sound and help you concentrate.

Noise Canceling Headphones

Noise Canceling Headphones

Though there are many more popular electronics being used and created, these three are the staples to for most college students.

 

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