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

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

Centenary-Hackettstown Grubbing!

June 21, 2013 in Admissions, Campus Life, Colleges


Centenary has the Lackland Center dining hall. It has a variety of selections from breakfast, Vegan meals, Vegetarian meals, for Sandwich Lovers, a Special Menu and two main course lines. The schedule is very annoying on the weekends though it is manageable during the week. There is only brunch then dinner on the weekend and the gap in-between is wild. I have to make sure to grab extra food for a late snack or breakfast the next morning. The cafeteria provides containers to bring food back to the dorms, apartments or house. It costs five dollars for a green container that can be used at any time during the rest of the year so long as the user washes it and doesn’t lose it.


I don’t really eat Tofu. I try Tofu every once in a while. I enjoy the Turkey burgers. The salad bar compliments any lunch and dinner. There are eggplant parmesan meals. These meals are near the Pepperoni and cheese pizzas. The chef makes pasta and baked Ziti. It’s delicious. I enjoy multiple bowls of Ziti in one sitting.


The Sandwich bar has a Turkey, Salami, Roast Beef, Tuna, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Provolone, Salad, Banana peppers (muah; chef’s kiss), Sweet peppers (muah), Onions and Jalapeno peppers. I enjoy grabbing a Wheat sandwich after a workout. There are two lines for main courses such as lasagna, chicken of all flavors, corn, mash potatoes, uncut vegetables that are for display, pork, broccoli, spaghetti, meatballs, and rice of varying types.


Breakfast is various cereals (Raisin Bran and Fruity Pebble eater here), various bagels, rice pudding and snacks in the fridge. I like Raisin bagels with scrambled white eggs in the morning with yogurt and Orange juice on the side. The chefs will make any style of eggs for anyone. There are fruits in the baskets on the other side of the waffle machine wall. There are snacks at various stations. The cafeteria serves the best meals during holidays and open houses.


There are so many different places to eat around town and helps students find discounts from certain locations in Hackettstown. I like eating Pizza Hut’s ten or twenty dollar box because it is filling and feeds multiple people. Subway and Arby’s is great for eating on the go. There is a McDonald’s in the area as well as a Wal-Mart that students use as a primary market. Panera Bread has great snacks. I enjoy eating their Bear claw. My friend would bring me one after closing and it is so delicious.


Applebee’s is a great place to eat and meet for social gatherings. They have half off appetizers around midnight. This is one of the most popular choices for college students besides Marley’s or McNally’s which have restaurants and bars as well. QuikChek is another option that people use for late night quick snacks after a night out or on their way home from Hackettstown. I like eating food! I cook rice, chicken, pasta, noodles but try to eat any food that my taste buds seek. I don’t enjoy when the food repeats days in a row in the cafeteria but there is a bit of variety on and off campus. There are Bagel shops, Brunch diners, Italian, and Hispanic restaurants around the area for those looking to expand into a different vibe.

Explore the Hackettstown area and you might find a place for you to eat like the Subworks shop on Main Street. I really like their subs.

-Kevin Dufresne