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The Assumptionist To Do List

February 5, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

There are some things you just HAVE to do before graduating college – like joining a club, going to a rager, and pulling an all nighter with your friends. I’ve found that there are some awesome things at Assumption that you might want to checkout before you walk across that stage in May:

1. Leitrims: Even if you don’t go until senior year, you MUST make an appearance at Leits at least once. Leits is THE Assumption bar on Thursday nights, and even if it isn’t the most luxurious bar in Worcester you’re definitely guaranteed to see all your friends there. Leits is definitely a dive bar, but you’re always guaranteed to have a great time.

Leitrims Bar

Leitrims Bar

2. Midnight Madness: This event is to kick off the basketball season and to get the school excited about it. It’s just something you have to experience at least one time – they throw out free t-shirts, the dance team performs, and the men and women’s basketball teams are announced with their own song and introduction. Oh, and the school mascot makes an appearance which is always fun! Each class wears different colored shirts and is put into their own section so it’s always fun to go and show your spirit, especially if you’re a senior!

3. Pup Cup: This is THE best weekend of the entire semester. Pup Cup is the weekend before finals where the freshman and sophomore class compete against each other in activities during the whole weekend. What really goes down is that the entire school goes on a booze binge from Friday to Sunday. There is a huge cookout/carnival and if the weather permits it’s an awesome time. This is definitely the wrong weekend to pack a suitcase and head home.

4. Pic with the Greyhound: Assumption obviously has a statue of a greyhound because why not? It’s a common tradition for students to drunkenly stumble to the statue on a weekend night and take a few pictures. Campus police isn’t fond of this little tradition, but it’s just something you have to do before you graduate.

5. Rosie’s Omelettes: If you have a meal plan that allows you to eat at Taylor dining hall, it pays off to wake up extra early and get an omelette from Rosie. The breakfast at Taylor is mediocre unless they have bacon or french toast sticks, so the only way you can guarantee to have an awesome breakfast is if get an omelette from Rosie. If someone else is there making omelettes wait for Rosie – she’s the best!

6. Spring Ball: This is a can’t miss event that’s so fun especially if you’re 21! They usually pick an awesome venue that serves drinks and has a huge hall. Dinner is served and it’s kind of like a prom but so much better because it’s college and not high school. Everyone usually gets pretty dressed up so it’s fun to buy a dress and go all out for this event!

7. Duck Day: It may seem a bit odd, but Assumption takes its Duck Day VERY seriously. Basically, they literally roll out a red carpet sometime in April and bring the ducks back to the pond in front of the school. Yes, I said that right, a RED CARPET. It’s probably the cutest thing in the world because local elementary schools come with all of the kids to watch and the ducks actually walk down the carpet and into the pond. If you can, go to Duck Day.

Duck Day

Duck Day

8. Senior Week: Well, this only applies to seniors but if you are a senior you cannot miss out on this. They plan an entire week for the seniors after their classes are done but before they graduate. There is something fun planned everyday like Foxwoods, or Six Flags. It’s just an awesome time to bond with all of your fellow seniors before you all head out into the real world!

9. Wings over Worcester: This place serves the best wings in Worcester hands down. It’s open until 2 am so it’s a great late night food place. They have tons of different flavors of wings and the best waffle fries. Don’t hesitate to order from here when you come home from a night of drinking!

10. Get a Free T-Shirt: Your time at Assumption will offer MANY opportunities for you to receive a free t-shirt, so there is no excuse not to get one! You may have to sacrifice an email or be one of the first 100 in a line for something, but it’s a free t-shirt!

Top 10 Things to Do Before You Graduate

June 13, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

Your college years are short and numbered–make the most of them by checking these 10 must-dos off your list before graduation!

graduation

Make the most of college before you toss your cap at graduation!

1. Go to a house/frat party

Even if the party scene isn’t typically for you, this is one of those things you just have to do at least once during your higher education career. It’s so stereotypical, but that’s the point. Find out where the biggest and best parties happen on or near your campus (they definitely shouldn’t be difficult to come across), and then grab some friends and get in! Obviously it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, to keep track of who you came in with, and to stay safe, but college parties can be a great way to let loose and socialize! Everyone has to do it at least once before they graduate.

2. Get involved in a club

In high school, a lot of us didn’t get involved at school. And those that did get involved often joined a million clubs to put on a resume or college application, without actually being active in any of them. Let college be different: join one or a few student organizations at your school, and really dedicate yourself to them. Put in the work required to make the club successful. Showing off what you do in a campus extra curricular is a really great way to prove to potential employers that you did more than just go to class.

3. Get an internship

Especially in this day and age, with the job market as competitive as it is, internships are almost a necessity. They provide a great way to network and get your foot in the door, as well as gain real-life work experience to put on your resume. Internships can be completed during the summer, or, if your school allows it, during the semester for academic credit. Check out resources like LinkedIn, Internships.com, InternMatch.com, InternQueen.com, and your school’s job listing board.

4. Take a crazy class/elective outside of your major

Nearly every college, big or small, will offer classes and majors in subjects you never even realized existed. And nearly every college student will have enough space in their schedule for at least one elective outside of his or her own course of study. Alternatively, you may have a general education requirement that can be fulfilled by a crazy, interesting course. No matter you situation, try your best to take a weird class that sounds interesting to you!

5. Connect with a professor

Professors are an extremely valuable resource that every college student should take advantage of. You professors are accomplished, acclaimed scholars with plentiful experience–and thus great advice for budding young professionals! Get to know your professors during their office hours. The connection might come in handy later when you’re job hunting or need a recommendation!

6. Study abroad/travel

I truly believe that every college student should study abroad for at least one semester during their college career. The benefits of traveling and studying in a different place are endless–you’ll be immersed in a new culture, you’ll connect and network with new people, and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. Many study abroad programs also include an internship portion, which can check #3 off your list at the same time! If you aren’t able to study abroad, try and travel somewhere at least once in college, whether it’s in the summer or during a mid-semester break.

7. Make close friends

I have had the same set of super-close friends since elementary school, so by no means am I telling you to replace your friends from home/high school. Nevertheless, college presents you with the opportunity to meet SO many new, different people–it’s important to take advantage of that and to get to know new people. Your college friends often become lifelong friends!

8. Spend a summer at school/away from home

You’ve got to fly away from the nest at some point. College is the process of weaning you off your parents, and teaching you how to be a responsible adult on your own (which is the scariest process ever). Whether you get an internship or summer job in a different city, or you simply stay at school/in your school’s city during the summer, spend time living away from home at least once.

9. Get your own place

This is similar to #9. Quite often, living off-campus is cheaper and provides more living space than living on-campus. Of course, this isn’t the case for everyone, but you should still look into it! Renting an apartment off campus can be really fun–you’ll probably have a bigger kitchen, living room, and bedroom than you would have living in your school’s housing, and you’ll feel much freer and more independent. And, again, it can be a lot cheaper than your school’s overpriced dorm rooms!

10. Discover a new hobby, interest, or passion

A lot of people find themselves in college–they really discover who they are, and what they truly care about or believe in. College is also a perfect time to experiment and try out new activities or hobbies. Seek cool student clubs to learn a new skill, or try something you’ve never done before, like volunteer community service, tutoring, an art, etc.

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!