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To Prospects of Life and an Alive Campus Farewell

February 5, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges, Events, Health, Infographics, Love, Reviews, Sports, Style, Tech, Travel

Hello Camper,

Aim and shoot for beyond the stars…

Alive Campus provides an awesome experience for individuals receiving and sharing information about their colleges. It provides an avenue for incoming freshmen, transfers and overall prospects to view an institution in light of the person-student. It is better than a commercial about an institution that attempts to sell the environment to the student. Still- the able, productive and willing student will learn to use an institution as a useful platform: Students excelling in academics and sports will be able to promote their selves through the institution or their merits for their personal reasons. College may be an expensive or inexpensive experience but SallieMae is always willing to assist the educational process toward their profitable return.

Every collegiate institution will vary by academia, cultures, privatization, religions, regulations and traditions. My attendance from Lock Haven University to Centenary College has been a fulfilling and tremendous rollercoaster of experience. El Torro and Kingda Ka in a blizzard cannot compare with my college tumbling experience. After completing then paying for one class and test I will have the opportunity to graduate from Centenary College in May, elated.

It has been a great experience writing for Alive Campus. It will no longer be my place to discuss Centenary College’s environment as I improve away from it. I do have bits of advice for individuals seeking to attend an institution or transfer from an institution. The future is changing dramatically with the variety of institutions available; chiropractic, culinary, dog training, masseuse, music and etc. type of schools exist for individuals seeking a particular career path of growth.

Do not rush any decision about the future. If you feel an inclination toward a different direction for your life then find the avenues prospering in the direction of your inclination. If you are unsure about attending a large university then attend a community college to save money and receive half (or more) of the credits at a four year college. You will have enough time to think and prepare financially for the future ahead of you without risking valuable time especially since community colleges are very affordable avenues. The one class I am taking at Centenary is more than my co-worker’s semester tuition at a community college.

Don’t let others make decisions about your life either: If they’re not offering financial backing and a place in their home with their advice about your future then take their advice like an open wound with a grain of salt; take careful thought thinking about the next steps in your future. Don’t rush your life. Advice is another option to think about especially when various walks of life will have advice readily available for a variety of purposes. Be patient thinking about decisions, and even more patient making those decisions, to enhance your life in the long run.

I hope the future progresses well for every individual!

It will progress well if you take your time for its true value.

Time is not money: It is your life.

Onward and Upward,

Kevin Dufresne

www.kdufresne.me

Thank you Radek Janowski and Alive Campers for being amazing and useful!

Food and Faith: Culturally Diverse

January 6, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Events

There is a very small community that engages in embracing different cultural practices through food: Food and Faith is an organization that meets on Centenary College’s campus every Tuesday and Thursday; a community group is important for individuals seeking growth and more personable interactions with other members of the current community.

Tuesday is Prayer and Worship. There is no discrimination in connecting through faith. Individuals are welcome to participate at their pace with their free will: Food and Faith promotes togetherness in a peaceful commune. Individuals can chat, sing and pray with different members of the community: There are always new faces at Food and Faith.

This is not a Bible study; Food and Faith is a community group. There are various spiritual experiences Pastor Don Gebhard shares through mediums; spiritual videos, songs in company of his guitar, and a possible Bible verse from time to time with a message. We do not delve into Bible studies or strict teaching because the importance of community in faith is far more appreciable to the growing individuals in commune.

Pastor Don Gebhard

Food and Faith is in a room with round tables forming a circle and a kitchen area in a side close corner: I hear about Food and Faith after a year at Centenary: I decide to appear for a meeting; I walk inside to find a myriad of faces and bodies: Everyone is smiling and the room is warm. I find my seat along the round table and join in the introduction process after everyone arrives and settles in their seat. I announce my name and major then join everyone in learning about the Tuesday and Thursday programs.

Thursday is all about communing and food: There is such a variety of individuals that every week is a new experience for my taste buds; African, Caucasian, Chinese, Haitian, Hispanic, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, and possibly even a few unknown to me are willing to share their culture through food. I decide to take on the challenge by cooking Haitian food; it will be good to share the experience of Diri avec Jou-Jou (Mushroom Rice) and chicken especially since it is one of my few times making it.

I’m in the kitchen filling the pot with water and butter before filling it with rice. I stick the chicken in the oven after seasoning it. I have a few friends from Food and Faith assisting with the process. I’m waiting for the rice to finish because the chicken is near completion; we’re picking up cooked pieces of chicken to place in the pan but the rice is- soggy. I look to Courtney and Jongil to ask, “How is the rice?” Jongil smiles at me then says, “It’s edible,” and we burst into laughter.  They try consoling and ensuring me that all will be well at Food and Faith.

We carry the food into the meeting room and I’m a bit nervous because of the rice: Everyone gathers around and eats the rice. I’m hoping the spice inside will cover for the bland taste from overfilling the pot with water; you don’t need that much rice or water to make a good pot of rice.

I wait for everyone’s reaction to find a few head nods then the appreciation from everyone; the food is edible! It feels good to be a part of a community that can share different experiences. The following Thursdays vary from Hispanic, Korean and other cultural foods that receive much appreciation due to the experience and flavor. Food and Faith is one of Centenary College’s most cultural organizations because of the variety of individuals interacting and sharing experiences from different sects of life.

-Kevin Dufresne

Fun and Useful Websites

December 23, 2013 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Reviews

Websites are homes of the internet: mini-worlds form within a seemingly infinite space; people summarize a culture through a website others can visit to enjoy and learn a different aspect of life. Each website isn’t for everybody. These are a few recommendations that may suit you. There are a few websites I visit on a daily basis for play or work.

Bing is my go to search engine.  Bing is user friendly; a webpage ready to have multiple conversations by the images associating with the avenues to information about them. Binging provides so many different options for the Binger; news updates, rewards for searching, multiple topics of interest beyond their home page, and a chance for a user to receive various awards by exploring through Bing. Bing is my apple a day. If there is any doubt in my mind on a topic: I Bing it unless there’s a knowledgeable person around.

I own a PS3 but I haven’t been playing it since a few wires are at my friend’s house a good distance away from me. I like playing video games with others in the gaming community so I go on a website that has games functional with my laptop. Kongregate is gaming website with web browser games. They are not cheesy but above decent games by creative developers. I haven’t been through every game on the website but I do enjoy Tower Defense games like Incursion and Bloon Tower Defense. There is a community chat room for each game that is easily accessible if a player wants to have a dialogue with another player about anything.

Alive Campus is a great website for college students. It is constantly growing. The development is by the students and is an awesome work in progress. There is a lot of material to browse and is useful for the incoming college student. Every member is open to conversation and Radek Jankowski does well asking the right questions to provoke honest thought processes on subject matters relating to college life. Alive Campus is a great place to find college resources by way of the members and content.

WordPress.com receives a lot of visits from me because I use WordPress as my blogging platform. If I don’t make a few adjustments every so often to my writing then I will make no progress forward. I like to nitpick and find different ways to make a certain part of my writing better. WordPress provides so many tools to make a successful blog. They have various prices on their bundles but leave the individual the option to have a free website as well instead of a pricier plan.

I’m always taking a glance at my e-mail. I need to be sure my inbox is stable. I’m not sure who will be contacting me but I need to be sure it is not overfilling. I need to be able to go through the contents without clutter. Gmail.com is a frequent site I visit and even have e-mail notifications going to my phone.

These are a few of the websites I use frequently during the week. There are millions of websites on the internet. Which sites do you use?

-Kevin Dufresne

Injustice needs Justice: Campus-Local Safety

December 9, 2013 in Alive Campus, Career, Colleges

Are students really safe?

Robert C. Redus has been shot by a campus police officer at a traffic light due to a lack of gun control by the officer. Is this a result of Texas’s gun policies? I have not seen any weapon to the extent of a gun on Centenary’s security but it is worth checking the local authorities protecting your area and/or school grounds. No one wants any accident taking a life away.

Are people really safe?

I’m talking about anywhere in America. Guns are excuses for individuals to not workout. I have been thinking of an army of physically strong individuals against a group of out of shape individuals interacting over a seemingly criminal situation. The physically fit members will win the battle.

Why does it matter?

Guns are the excuse not to work out. They are the overkill on the field of conflict. People will fight less hand to hand because of their fear of losing face to face. Yet bullets are the excuse to never see a person’s face in a society that embraces accidents and recovering from them.

Lives are at risk with the unknown access individuals have to dangerous tools. Fear is a reason behind accidental shootings while individuals gaining a sense of empowerment behind a gun can be another reason for a shooting to occur. Guns are an excuse for laziness.

Who has the primary jurisdiction over guns?

Law enforcers, hunters and those residing in states with gun licenses or parameters set for residents to equip guns on their person(s). Remember the saying, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Everyone knows cops aren’t perfect but I am expecting their level of responsibility with a weapon to be much higher than the average user. Individuals should not be dying by law enforcement but taken into custody.

Just Us Peace Officer Injust Un

Injustice needs Justice!

Robert Cameron Redus is dead; shot by a campus police officer at a traffic light. Everyone knows the officer will get off not guilty from the case. Cops don’t go to jail for being criminals. They just get a lot of homework as punishment. It’s unfair to the injustice pervading across our nation. Cops will ticket and trail an individual because of false intuitions or prejudice suspicions (unless you are clearly violating the law). They don’t get in trouble for discrimination.

Robert C. Redus is a college student set for graduation in May. He will not even be able to experience the benefits of his efforts through the grueling college years. He could have been spending his time living a completely different lifestyle but he is dead because of a cop’s lack of responsibility.

Cops get away with murder every week. Citizens should not find government by uniforms with guns but by uniforms with civil communication. The law should be the law. Jails are accessible as threat enough to criminals despite their system being as unjust as those maintaining them. Robert C. Redus will not be able to write a report to save his life despite him doing them all these years to graduate to live a better life. The campus police offer will have a story to tell that will shave the bottom of his boots clean. He doesn’t need to stand as tall as long as he can slide underneath the bar of incarceration.

I worry about the individuals that have to deal with cops again and again. The traditional ways of policing are not dead. There is a silent government in America that attempts to control the local masses with lawful fear. Their empowerment is their weapon by their side, their rulebook, and their inclination toward power. You can only be safe from a self-pardoning criminal by staying away from confrontation including them and their laws.

I hope Robert C. Redus’s family is well. I hope that less corruption runs rampant behind the scenes of the media portraying the momentary heroic act of officers. I hope gun control will mean a weapon lock away unless necessary to the extent that military personnel need to involve their selves in a situation. I hope for the better of the world and the return o fist fights over gunplay. I hope for a better world.

That’s a lot of hope in people.

-Kevin Dufresne

Work – Study – Intern – Work

November 23, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

Step On Up

“You don’t know what you do for people when you do well in your own life so keep onward!”

Money is a necessary commodity in this world. There people that do have to work for their money and others that are born into it. A job, skill, talent, and/or good work ethic will place you in a position to earn an income.

Work Studies is a good way to earn a check while at school. There are multiple positions that allow a student to work in a field of interest while being able to do classwork. The flexibility of each position will depend on the advisor and type of position. I am an assistant coach at Centenary College. My supervisor is very cool and understanding. I am not the only assistant but I still have a responsibility to inform him about my schedule and whereabouts during the day before practice. We share responsibility in the larger workings of the program.

I currently have two internships. They both require weekly updates; one requires personal journal updates toward a larger personal project while the other requires public updates in a public forum. Internships are like work study jobs on a larger scale. Work Study jobs can be effective as internships if in the field of personal study but, if not, internships standout as far better experiences. Internships count as working in the real world of your field instead of the college realm which tends to feed toward the overall population at an institution. If a college cannot feed all of its departments to reach the requirements they request then every student isn’t receiving the full benefits of their department for studying.

An internship places the individual in an environment that focuses on honing his or her skills toward the company’s benefit. If the individual has a knack for writing then the company may want the individual to fulfill assignments to their capabilities but fill it according to the information provided. I’m using writing as an example because I write.  My internships allow me to maximize my writing ability and potential with every assignment and project. I have to continue reading and writing on the side but the internships provide an opportunity to prepare and present toward a public audience on public to private platforms.

I have a full time position which begins after training the first week of December. It’s important to be ready for an all-day interview process. Don’t plan too much on an interview day for a full time job. Make sure to be ready with your Driver’s License, Social Security Card, TEN YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT HISTORY, and a FULL stomach. It’s good to eat a big breakfast but eat lunch even if you’re already full. Be conversational and open. Don’t sugar coat. Be honest. Practice Good Etiquette. Spit in the bathroom.

Jobs are important but be careful taking a position. It will help to be financially stable but you don’t want to work under a supervisor that you don’t get along with for too long. There are a lot of good positions in areas with good people in charge. I’m not the judge of the situation- you are. It’s great if you can make the best of the situation but don’t be miserable. Shower. Be Fresh. Come Well-Dressed, Uniformed, and Ready To Go.

Use the opportunity to become better in your craft, meet new people and progress you forward. Your next step might make your last step better. You don’t know what you do for people when you do well in your own life so keep onward!

Onward and Upward,

Kevin Dufresne