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Getting Involved at FSU

October 4, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

There are over 600 student-oriented clubs offered at FSU, which can undoubtedly be overwhelming to incoming freshman looking to get involved. Ranging from the skydiving club to medical and law-based clubs, the question is, where do you even begin? It’s best to look online through all of the clubs offered, and then choose one or two you think will suit your interests. The point of joining a club is to enjoy it; not for it to be another stressful obligation on your plate. Whatever you are studying in school may be a great place to start in regards to finding the right fit. I will narrow it down to just a few clubs that are most recognized here at FSU.

Advertising Club: While it’s one of the more expensive clubs to participate in, it’s very beneficial for those majoring in Advertising, Communications, English, etc. The club works with several big advertising agencies and provides students with real world experience, making it a great investment. The club also takes a trip each year to visit major agencies; this year, the trip was to New York!

Her Campus FSU

Her Campus FSU

Her Campus: While this is generally geared towards a more female staff, males are certainly not excluded if they are interested in writing for this huge global site. FSU has its own Her Campus chapter that is progressing more and more each year. The student-based staff provides the latest on entertainment, career, fashion, and so much more. It’s a great community to get involved in and is recognized by several other schools, which also have accessible links on the Her Campus site. If Her Campus doesn’t interest you, there are plenty of other clubs offered for those passionate about writing and editing. The Kudzu Review and the The Eggplant are two of which, and are more geared towards a gender-neutral staff.

Bowling Club: The bowling club at FSU is popular since we have a bowling alley located on campus, making it convenient for those interested in joining. What many students enjoy about this particular club is that it promotes recreational activity and can be enjoyed any time throughout the year without the worry of weather. Members even have the privilege of participating in tournaments and exhibitions to represent FSU as a team.

Center for Global Engagement: This organization works to increase global awareness and diversity at FSU, participating in several cross-cultural exchanges. This is an important program, and is especially beneficial for those passionate about studying abroad and learning about different cultures around the world.

Healthy Noles: College students are more aware of their health than ever before, which is why this is a growing club at FSU. It facilitates and promotes the understanding of leading a healthier lifestyle through proper diet and exercise while in college, which we know can be a difficult task between drinking and cheap fast food.

Healthy Noles

Healthy Noles

Habitat for Humanity: This nonprofit organization takes part in several community service events to promote housing for those suffering poverty. If you are better at hands-on activities and enjoy being in the outdoors, then this may be the club for you.

Fraternities/ Sororities: While Greek life technically only constitutes 16 percent of the FSU population, it still seems to play a very significant role at the university. If you’re interested in narrowing down your group of friends at such a large school, then a fraternity of sorority may be the best organization for you. Not only does it allow you to meet people that will become practically like family, but it also increases your social life by engaging you in different activities and participating in multiple events throughout the year. In the end, it always seems to be rewarding for those who are really passionate about joining.

With these only being a few of the many beneficial clubs to join at FSU, there is simply no excuse to not get involved during your time at the university. Be sure to attend the first-day meetings to see if you think it’s the right pick for you, and do your research beforehand to pick out what you think suits you best. It’s all about enjoying these extracurriculars as a small break away from school and making friends with students who share the same interests as you. FSU offers a site that allows you do limit your search by simply typing in your interests. Click on the link provided to begin your quest, and get involved! https://nolecentral.dsa.fsu.edu.

The Don’ts of College

October 31, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

College is a new experience for many. For a lot, it is the first time being on your own and having the freedom of being able to do what you want without your parents telling you that you can’t do something. However, this new found freedom comes with responsibilities. As a college student, there are a few things that you should NEVER do.

The Don'ts of College

The Don’ts of College

1.      Never be afraid to try something new: When you first get to college, you may be very shy and scared about making new friends and about the new environment in general. It’s okay to feel this way because it is scary, but it is important to remember to try new things, go outside of your comfort zone and get involved. You will make new friends, meet new people, get to know the school, and the area. Do not be the person who sits in their room and doesn’t get involved. It will be miserable and you won’t have any fun in college.

2.     Don’t study all the time: I know this may sound really weird, but it is important to have fun along with studying. However, I’m not saying party all the time either. You need to find a balance between the two. Don’t be a workaholic, but don’t be a partier either. You need to make sure you get your work done, but to also enjoy the party experience of college.

3.     Never get addicted to something: It is easy to get addicted to something in college. College students are constantly stressed and this may lead to trying something that isn’t healthy for you. There are a lot of people who get addicted to dipping, smoking, drinking, and the most common one which is caffeine. I understand that college students need caffeine but it shouldn’t be an unhealthy addiction.

4.     Never stop working out: Once you get into your daily routine it is hard to make sure you are working out. It is extremely important to keep up with this because it releases stress and keeps you in shape. It is also a way to avoid the freshman 15.

5.     Never be afraid to ask someone a question or to hang out: You never know the answer to a question until you ask, and the worst they can say is no. This regards both teachers and possible dates and friends. You should never be afraid to ask your teacher a question, especially if you don’t understand something. Additionally, you should not be afraid to ask that guy or girl sitting in your class to grab coffee or see a movie. You never know if that person may be the one or not. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge.

Overall, college is a time to experience life. It’s a time to meet new friends, try new things, and create or maintain good habits. College is a stepping stone to bigger and better things in your life, but it is still a chapter of your book that needs to be written and I hope it will have some of the best memories of your life.

Welcome to College: Here’s Your (Mini) Bucket List

September 7, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Events, Sports, Top 10 Lists, Travel

  1. Join a club

Joining a club not only allows you to meet people, but it also teaches you to work with others and to try new things. Stepping out of your comfort zone and participating in something that you may not be good at, or have much knowledge about can be difficult, but it’s worth it. You’ll learn so much about yourself, and you may even make some close friends there. Even trying something new and then quitting is better than not trying at all – most of the time, you’ll learn to love what you got yourself into.

2.    Go to a play or concert

Even if your school doesn’t have a good theatre/arts program, it’s still worth seeing your classmates perform. It takes a lot of practice and bravery to stand up in front of a crowd and perform, and those people deserve an attentive audience (that’s where you come in). If your school doesn’t have an arts program at all, find one in the city or town nearest you! If you’re as lucky as I am and have a thriving city like Boston nearby, take advantage of it. There are always tons of events going on in cities – find something you like, or want to try, and check it out!

Go to a theatre production

Go to a theatre production

3.    Attend an athletic event

Whether your school is successful or not at certain sports, it’s still nice to go support your fellow students, just as it is in artistic performances. Athletes train long and hard to perform at their best, and they play even better when they have a whole stadium full of supporters goading them on. Plus, it’s a fun way to meet other people – and you get to make up weird cheers!

Cheer on classmates at an athletic event

Cheer on classmates at an athletic event

4.    Party (at least once)… for most, that won’t be a problem at all

Most people go to a party and fall in love with the lifestyle. To them, it’s a great way to let off steam, unwind from a tough week, forget about classes, and make memories (if you actually remember anything from those Saturday nights….) with friends. However, some people don’t like that lifestyle at all – they’d rather do something at home, or go to dinner, or see a movie. No matter which type of night you prefer, try both. That way, you’ll appreciate being able to cuddle up and watch a movie in bed, but you’ll also get to experience the typical college experience of going out and drinking.

College Experience 101: Party

College Experience 101: Party

5.    Take a class unrelated to your major/a subject you’re interested in

We spend so much time learning what we “have” to know, so it’s good to change it up and take a class that isn’t part of your major but that you’re curious about. You learn better/more when you are actually passionate about learning something, rather than dreading it. Plus, taking a class outside your major can be a refreshing break – when you’re sick of doing bio homework, you can turn to the art project you need to complete, or write a short story.

6.    Live on campus

Though most people will live on campus for all four years of college, it’s still worth putting on this list. Being on campus allows you to experience the freedom you didn’t have at home. You get to control when you go to sleep, when/what you eat, what you do in free time.

Dorm Life

Dorm Life

7.    Live off campus (if you can)

Living off campus is also a useful experience. You may not have a meal plan and you will have a longer commute to campus. You’ll not only have to learn how to cook for yourself (or spend all your money eating out, which I don’t recommend), and you’ll really learn to plan ahead so that you get places on time. Living off campus will definitely make you a more responsible and productive person.

Live in a "real" apartment

Live in a “real” apartment

8.    Study abroad

Studying abroad, or any sort of international travel is an incredibly valuable experience. Going to a different country opens your eyes to new cultures, languages, people, and ideas; traveling teaches you equally important lessons about life and interacting with others.

Travel

Travel

9.    Find something you love doing

This goes back to the idea of taking a class that you’re interested in, but may not fall into your major. If you find a subject or discipline that you are drawn to and passionate about, don’t ignore that feeling. Even if you’ve wanted to be a doctor your entire life, or your parents push you to becoming a lawyer – follow your own head and heart (sorry, didn’t mean to be cheesy). College is the time to discover what you really love doing and what you’re good at. If you find something that doesn’t fit in to what you were doing before, don’t ignore it – take a long hard look at whatever it is, and ask yourself if this were something you’d like to pursue more seriously.

10. Internship

Internships are a great way to get experience in the field you’re looking to go into, and it also gives you a chance to see if it’s actually something you could do for life. The things we’re interested in can look nice and fine from the outside, but sometimes it’s a different story when you’re actually doing it. Internships also look great on the resume and allow you to build contacts when looking for future employers or opportunities.

Stonehill Students Scream for Social Justice?

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

Most people I know really like their school, and some even say they love it. There must be something you would change about it, right? There has to be something you don’t like! No school is perfect. I love Stonehill and it became a second home to me. Stonehill is so important to me, but if I could change one thing, it would be involvement in social justice. Don’t get me wrong, everyone at Stonehill is extremely friendly and super involved in different types of clubs and community service. Sometimes I would just like to see more involvement in social justice clubs, and events of that nature. Sometimes I feel like people complain, but don’t do anything about it.

Freshman year I was involved with PRIDE (Providing a Responsible, Inclusive, and Diverse Environment), Stonehill’s gay-straight alliance club on campus. There were only a handful involved and not much has changed. Some people’s ignorance gets in the way, and they think the club is only for people who identify as LGBTQ, but that’s not the case. For the most part, anyone is free to join any club, unless it’s something like Student Alumni Association in which you have to apply. If more people were willing to join, we could better understand each other and move towards a change.

I’m also involved in WHEN (Women’s Health and Empowerment Now) which is a feminist club on campus. Despite the name, this club is not only for women, it’s for anyone who believes in equality, much like PRIDE. When you hear the word feminist, you might automatically think about women, but a feminist is anyone who believes in equality for everyone no matter what race, gender, sex, age, etc. There are a lot of misconceptions about the word, which is why some people don’t want to identify with it, but if we get past that, things can get a lot better. Really, anyone can be a feminist.

Most meetings we have anywhere between 10 to 15 girls, which is a decent amount, but not so much considering how many people attend Stonehill. We had a guy in the club one semester, but other than that there hasn’t been any. It would be nice to have a few guys come to meetings in order to converse about our different experiences. Now, I’m not totally blaming others for not coming to our clubs. We also have to advertise, and tell people what we want them to know about the clubs. We need to send them the positive message we want them to get. This is a work in progress for both of us, not just those who are not yet involved in it.

But, even in one of Stonehill’s biggest events on campus, DiverCity, there were not many participants. Granted, it is a fairly time consuming commitment with practices in the middle to end of the semester, but still. DiverCity is a show where the social justice clubs on campus put on skits, dances, or other performances looking to spread knowledge about different issues and equality. Anyone can become involved in club performances, and sometimes not everyone in a club performs. The show went on because many people were apart of multiple acts, but there were not actually that many performers themselves.

I can’t speak for everyone or all clubs, but I can only speak from my experience and what I’ve heard from friends. I’d just like to see a little more passion at Stonehill. I want to know what people believe in and I want to see them talk about it and act on it. These clubs have really helped me to develop my own voice, and have created a safe space for me. It’s beautiful when I go to a club meeting and the people sitting next to me are just as passionate about things as I am. WHEN or equal rights isn’t just something I’m involved in at school, but it’s an important part of my everyday life. I want people to get more involved, and clubs are always looking for new members. Sometimes it’s a little hard to get caught up in the Stonehill bubble, but there things we could work on inside the bubble and outside. If only more of us could work together, we could possibly make some real changes.

WHEN at DiverCity Spring 2014

WHEN at DiverCity Spring 2014

 

Ten Ways to Become a Stonehill Skyhawk

May 23, 2014 in Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

My friends and I take on Boston

My friends and I take on Boston

One of the best things you can do in your first year is immerse yourself in the culture of the school and get involved. Here are ten fun and easy ways to get involved at Stonehill College.

1. Explore the City of Boston - Many Stonehill students are from Mass., but whether you’ve been to Boston a hundred times or have never been, it’s always enjoyable. First years can’t have cars on campus, so your source of transportation will be the shuttle. The schedule is available on Stonehill’s website or the Stonehill app. The shuttle will bring you to the Quincy Adams T station, where you’ll take the Red Line into Boston. You could go to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts), the Aquarium, shop at Newberry Street, Faneuil Hall, or just walk around the commons. It’s an incredible city, so take advantage of all it has to offer!

2. First Football Game - What better way to christen yourself as a Skyhawk than to throw on all the purple attire you can find and support our division II team. Walk over to the field with a group of friends and cheer along with our mascot Ace. The cheer and dance team are amazing, and never disappoint. Win or lose, you won’t regret going.

3. The Famous Stonebridge Challenge - If you haven’t got the memo yet, brunch is a pretty big deal to college students. This challenge is not such a triumph, but it’s fun nonetheless. Stay up all night with a bunch of friends, then head over to The Stonebridge Café (within walking distance of Stonehill) when it opens at 6 a.m. for some cheap, and delicious brunch. I’m not sure how or why the challenge started, but I’m glad it did. Totally worth it.

4. Activities Fair - Okay, this one isn’t as exciting as the others, but it’s still important. Getting involved shapes your college experience. You hear it all the time, but it’s true. There are tons of clubs at Stonehill, it’s impossible not to join at least one. I’ve been involved with Women’s Health and Empowerment Now (WHEN), The Rolling Stonehill (our student run culture magazine), The Summit (student run newspaper), dance club, and volunteering. There’s something for all interests, and you can make your own club if you want. Even if you’re not positive about joining, give out your student email, and at least go to the first meeting. It’s the easiest way to make friends.

5. Retreats: Christ Encounters and Women’s Retreat - I know you’re probably thinking something like “that’s not for me” or “I’m not even religious.” I’ll tell you that it is for you, and that you don’t have to be religious at all. You just have to bring a positive attitude and an open mind. Christ Encounters happens once each semester, and Women’s Retreat is in the spring. I had never been on a retreat before, and thought it wasn’t for me either, but Women’s Retreat has been one of my favorite experiences at Stonehill. Spending a weekend in a house in Cape Cod, going to the beach, and sharing meaningful stories was relaxing and more than I could have ever expected. I’ve heard great things from friends who went on Christ Encounters, too. You should try one because you might surprise yourself.

6. Halloween and Christmas Themed Parties - These are super big and super fun! No matter where you’re going, get creative and original, and make your own costume for the night. It’s interesting to see what everyone comes up with. By far, one of the most original costumes I’ve seen is by my friend who dressed up as the Snuggle Detergent Bear. Her homemade costume included mittens for paws, a headband with ears, with a brown felted top. She cut a hole in a laundry basket, and wore it around her all night. Inside the basket she carried her phone/wristlet, had a towel, and an empty bottle of the detergent in case anyone questioned what she was. She got so many compliments, all well deserved. Being creative makes a huge difference and builds excitement.

7. Participate in or Attend DiverCity - It’s one of Stonehill’s biggest events that celebrate the differences in all of us. It features social justice performances by various clubs on campus. This year I performed with Women’s Health and Empowerment Now (WHEN), and we put on a feminist fashion show. I represented a transgender woman in the punk scene, Laura Jane Grace, while others represented Wendy Davis, Demi Lovato, Jane Austen, and Eve Ensler. We were all so nervous about saying a few lines in front of a big audience, but we kicked butt. There were student choreographed salsa and Indian dances, and powerful spoken word poems just to name a few. Each piece was different and expressed an empowering message. Join us next time and be a “piece of the solution.”

8. Spring Weekend - Do I even have to say it? This is probably the biggest weekend at Stonehill. There’s a concert, a dance/mixer, and a carnival. We’ve had Matt & Kim, Cobra Starship, Andy Grammer, Dev, Timeflies, and many others perform. Even if it’s not your type of music it’s still fun to go and dance. And if you don’t like dances, just go. You won’t want to miss it, because you will be missing a lot.

9. Mr. Stonehill - Stonehill’s male pageant is a must see. There’s a swimsuit competition, question portion, and talent competition.  The contestants and the MCs will make your jaw sore from laughing so much. A tribute dance to the Jabbawockeez, interpretive dancing, performing “What Does the Fox Say” in a fox costume, rapping Dr. Seuss tongue twisters…what will you see at your first Mr. Stonehill?

10. Sledding Down Donahue hill - New England winter and Stonehill’s iconic Donahue hill are a great combination. Bundle up, grab a food tray, laundry basket, or an actual sled and hike up the hill. You can put the studying and homework on hold. Just because you’ve made it to college, doesn’t mean you can’t be a kid again for a little while.

My frozen friends and I after sledding down Donahue Hill.

My frozen friends and I after sledding down Donahue Hill

Choosing Stonehill is one of the best decisions I’ve made. No matter what school you end up choosing, be sure to take advantage of every resource available and get involved. It’ll only make your college experience that much more fun.