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!

Craft of Poetry and Prose

December 17, 2013 in Academics, Alive Campus, Colleges


There is always a larger window of opportunity.

Class doesn’t always need to feel like a tight box if you have the right material and teacher allowing the students to enjoy the class. There are classes that always point to the larger windows of opportunity instead of the larger picture of what a teacher might have to relay from their mind.

Craft of Poetry and Prose are on my most enjoyable class list. I have the freedom to express, improve my expression through writing, write daily, and interact with other artists. This amount of flexibility in a classroom allows fruitful conversations to emerge without a teacher prodding students along. Every student has to engage with the work of another student’s then talk about it meaningfully. It’s great for aspiring artists, poets and writers to find feedback on a piece or work during their school schedule. Workshops are very helpful for the progression of content. Craft of Poetry and Prose are essentially weekly workshops.

The freedom to express is crucial especially being under various syllabi semester after semester. The ability to express oneself through their craft is important for growth. Yet not every student has the chance to express their natures in specific classroom settings underneath certain guidelines of a teacher’s syllabus. Craft of Poetry and Prose does not only allow a student to express their self but the chance to express their self. In a space where one can stretch their own imagination and mind lays the chance to improve their expression. This is a chance and gift that I rarely tend to find outside of an English class gearing toward writing.

Writing daily is important for a writer. It isn’t about writing during a moment of inspiration. The writer needs to write beyond the heart’s content but toward the completion of the writer’s commitment to their goal in writing. The Craft of Poetry and Prose class has a variety of options to write about every week. Students are given the chance to experience and try different forms of writing styles to fulfill a prompt or grow as a writer. There is never any downtime as a writer because there is always a space to improve.

Interactions between artists, poets and writers motivate their craft work. There may be a point of confusion or area requiring clarity in the crafter’s work. Constructive criticism allows the crafter to find if any of their intentions in their craft work is present. Crafters can then work to make their craft work more effective by brightening or darkening an aspect. Their craft work may be fine as is and may work toward the crafter’s intention. Constructive criticism shatters the security of the craft work and the exposure in different lights of study can assist the crafter to notice different angles of their craft work.

Craft of Poetry and Prose are important for the growth of any craft worker. It’s necessary to break through confinements of traditional schooling by learning and practicing forms of expression. There are students that are not preparing to make careers out of poetry and writing. Yet- the course introduces them into a new realm of expression that propels them to form craft work that becomes a necessary extension of their self. Students break from their burdens and shells through Craft of Poetry and Prose class. Craft of Poetry and Prose has become more than a workshop.

Jared Harel is the sole reason the English department at Centenary College has a Creative Writing section. If it isn’t for his tenacity the small school might be a bit more expressionless in person. He is the sole Creative Writing teacher and is progressing forward in and with his writing career. He’s written a chapbook, The Body Double, and is physically leaving his position at Centenary. He will teach an online class or two from home while he tours America doing book readings and enjoys the comfort of his family.

If you feel like school is becoming too stiff for you then a Craft of Poetry and Prose class might be for you. I’m not promising you’ll have the same extent of freedom through expression that Jared Harel allows for his students to ensure no one holds back but every moment available to express yourself is worth it.

-Kevin Dufresne