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How URI Students Get Home: A Journey

February 13, 2014 in Campus Life, Colleges, Travel

Kingston Railroad Station

Kingston Railroad Station

One hour and twenty minutes. That is exactly how long it takes me to get from campus to my home in Connecticut. One hour and twenty minutes. It is a pretty easy ride if I have good music to sing along to because it is mostly on back roads so I never hit any traffic. The majority of my breaks are spent at home, but sophomore year my friends and I spent spring break in Cancun, Mexico. This spring break we will be returning to Mexico – Puerto Vallarta. Thanksgiving is spent with relatives, this year we all went to New Jersey to give thanks. Not everyone is as lucky as I am and has the ability to take a quick spontaneous trip home for a night or a weekend. Two of my roommates have it pretty rough compared to me.

My roommate, Amanda lives in New Jersey and if she goes home it has to be for at least a weekend due to the tedious drive. It takes her about four hours to get home from school, and that is if she is blessed with hitting no traffic.

Isabelle, my other roommate has it much worse. She is from Seattle, Washington. She knew one of the negatives to going to school on the East Coast was having to fly whenever she wanted to take a trip home. She only goes home during winter and summer breaks due to the five-hour flight to Seattle. On other school breaks she visits her family in New Hampshire. The drive from URI to her aunt’s house in New Hampshire is two hours.

The University of Rhode Island is a state school so most of its students live around Rhode Island. Typically, they do not have a long way to get home. My roommate Chrissy lives with us at our house in Narragansett, but her family home is in Narragansett too, so she goes home quite a lot. I can get pretty jealous on nights when I don’t feel like cooking dinner and she has the option to drive fifteen minutes to get a home cooked meal.

URI allows freshmen to have cars on campus, which most schools do not allow. This makes it easier for all students to get home, and if you are not lucky enough to have a car at school, it is usually pretty easy to catch a ride with a friend. There is also a train station five minutes off campus, which can be a cheap and easy way to get home when you don’t have a ride.

Now that I am in my last semester of college, I find that I am regretting all those sporadic nights I went home to see my family or friends from home. I am only in college for a few more months and do not want to waste a single minute of those few months in my Honda on the way to Connecticut.

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!

Ten Options – Try ‘Em!

November 19, 2013 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Top 10 Lists

 

Time is Ticking

“Find a quiet place.”

Homework is necessary. Procrastination can bite you in the butt. Don’t let work pile up. It will help you feel less stress when you work ahead of time. Every hour, day, week, month and year will have obligations to fulfill. Knock them out of the way. Homework is a beneficial simple task; it will help you study for the one to two hours study experts recommend. Homework helps break down the major overall of a chapter, section, project or subject. When assignments are complete earlier then time will be more available for your personal functions you deem necessary in your life.

Don’t be a stiff. Enjoy good company. Don’t lose focus either. It is important to ground yourself in the area of your work while having an extension or more at positive work elsewhere. It is nice to have a few individuals to call for casual, light-but meaningful conversation. Don’t go around your friends bragging about their life. Don’t be jealous or hate on them for it either. Be happy for them but be sure to talk with individuals that can spread the butter on all the bread. It’s necessary to have friends that can hold a conversation about the design on a cup. If light to you begins to mean smaller progressions on projects forward then let it benefit you but don’t let it stress you.

Find a quiet place. It’s necessary to find a nice place away from the noise of daily monotony; the girl always watching television next door, the constantly partying neighbor, the five o’clock practicing musicians and any other noticeable motion that grabs your attention. Get away from it to escape under a gazebo in the middle of the park to stare at the sky to find a meaningful breath of rest.

Find a hobby. Start collecting an item that may NOT interest you like bumper car stickers. Try to make it a unique aspect of expressing yourself. It will be a different exploration from practices already set in place.

WORK-OUT! Please – I want you to live a healthier life by eating well and working out. Your body will feel a lot better in the long run and for the long run. Think about longevity instead of instant gratification to help you focus on training at least three times a week.

Go to a concert. Don’t worry about the artist. Experience a large gathering of people again. I don’t think I am the only that has been in elementary or middle school musicals. It feels good to be in a surrounding with people enjoying the musical atmosphere.

Go to a play. Don’t worry about the play. I don’t think I am the only one that has been in elementary or middle school plays either. It is good to return to the memories that bind us with larger forms of society. We may have all been actors or musicians in our own time. It is important to appreciate those memories that assist in forming you today.

Learn to play an instrument. You can try learning the basics of any instrument as long as a teacher is available. You can definitely find an hour or two for musical lessons. If you want to be a professional then you’ll need to do a bit more during the week musically but don’t let the opportunity slip away even if it is to learn just one song. You may be able to share it one day to your or another’s surprise.

Read a book. Seriously, don’t let your reading rate drop. There are a plethora of books to pick up and read. It will be useful to your growth as a person in more ways than I can delve into. Books tend to have conversations with individuals. You don’t want to overlook the relevancy a story may have in or with your life.

Join a team function; clubs, fraternities/sororities, sport teams, or anything that breaks up your day to day. Making a commitment with/to a team will benefit you in the long run. You can practice having and sharing a common ground with other individuals. Sharing can be difficult. Teaming up with others will provide experience in learning to enjoy the benefits of life with everyone around you.

Try a few or all of these techniques to improve your overall life experience in and out of college!

-Kevin Dufresne

College Travel Guide

September 14, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Cabo, Malibu, Austin, su casa. What could  these things possibly have in common? Well, they are just a few of the places you can go during your school breaks in college. Many students either go home, hang with friends, or go explore and try new things. Often times, you don’t even have to leave your campus at all during your breaks because your campus may make accommodations for you to stay. But if it’s a possibility that you won’t be on campus, here are some things to definitely think about:

WHERE TO GO

You’ve heard the saying… there really is no place like home. Breaks provide a great time to just relax and clear your mind. After being around your friends all the time, you’ll appreciate the time to just be alone because in college a moment of solitude rarely happens. Outside of spending time with my family, what I enjoy most during breaks is being able to go home and sleep on my OWN bed, in my OWN room, in my OWN house, and eat in my OWN kitchen – it’s the greatest.

Get to know some other members of your family. Instead of going home on your break, spend it at another family member’s house. This way you can still be in a home environment, yet get new scenery. Since I am from Dallas, but go to school in California, I spend my Thanksgivings at my aunt’s house. This has been great because I’ve gotten to know my family from California so much better! Plus… my aunt can cook some pretty mean meals, which become essential when constantly living on a college budget.

Rent a place and travel with your friends. You’re in college. You’re over the age of 18. This is your time to explore! Get together with some friends and take a mini road trip or something. I haven’t exactly done this yet, but I would love to and plan on doing it this year. To me, the best time to do this would be spring break. It’s warm, nice, and may I mention the movie Spring Breakers?

Now that you know where you want to go over break. Let’s talk about the transportation it takes to get there and the many methods you can take where ever you may be:

HOW TO GET THERE

Fly away. Flying may be expensive, but it’s definitely quick and efficient. It’s even sometimes the only way to get to places like Hawaii and other places far away.

It may not be the fastest, but public transportation will get you there. For breaks, you don’t always have to go all the way to another country; you can go to a neighboring city. By taking a bus or train, you not only save money, but gas as well.

Bike or Hike. Take the exercise route and be active! You can choose to walk to your next destination instead of driving. Okay, may be if you don’t want that drastic of a time difference, choose to bike! But on the bright side, if you hike, you can turn you walk into an adventure.

Nevertheless, breaks can be fun, so just take the opportunity to make whatever experience you have a positive one. The sky’s the limit!

College Break Exploration

College Break Exploration

Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Season

September 13, 2013 in Alive Campus, Reviews, Travel

Ah it’s that time of year again. Fall, Autumn, not quite summer not quite winter. In my opinion quite possibly the best season of the year. Between the very end of August and the beginning of November, the weather is just perfect. Not too hot, not too cold yet. So here’s a list of why the fall is hands down the best season, especially in the North East.

Weather: As I touched on before, the weather during Fall is absolutely perfect. Sunny days at about 70-60 degrees. Perfection. Sweatshirt weather, but short sleeves are also do able. Nothing beats a beautiful sunny weekend in September where it’s about 65 degrees and the leaves are all starting to turn colors. It always reminds me of when I was younger and school is just starting and everyday my friends and I would always be outside playing football or lighting stuff on fire in the woods when we were older. Good times.

Sports: I would argue that the fall is one of the best times for sports. Baseball is entering the playoffs when it gets the most interesting, the NHL starts up again, which is always a good thing, and Football comes back, and with it, tailgating. Another perk of the Fall weather is that it is perfect tailgating weather. Perfect to start up a grill, have a few beers and throw the football around. Every Sunday in the fall is the perfect day to just sit around all day and watch football.

Food: When fall comes around, you can always find pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. I mean straight up everything. There is so much pumpkin spice and pumpkin flavored everything that by November you will be utterly sick of the flavor, until next fall. Go into any Dunkin Donuts and half the damn menu is pumpkin flavored, coffee, donuts, muffins, and more. Also along the pumpkin flavor line is pumpkin beer, which has a pretty polarizing reputation. Either you love it or you hate it. For me it all depends on what kind you get. Some beers are all pumpkin and cinnamon flavoring while others have just a hint of pumpkin flavor. The way I think of it is, if I’m buying a pumpkin flavored beer, it damn well better taste like pumpkin pie. My personal favorite beer for the season of Fall is Shipyard Pumpkin Head. It honest to god tastes like pumpkin pie, and cinnamon. Delicious.

Thanksgiving: When I was a little kid, Halloween was my go to holiday for the fall, for obvious reasons. But now that I’m older, I would absolutely go with Thanksgiving. It’s a great holiday, all about a huge delicious meal, and football. I look forward to Thanksgiving break every year. I love it. I love the time of year and the food. Every year my friends and I have the tradition to go to a local high school football game on Thanksgiving morning. We usually end up at our home town, Medford’s game versus neighboring Malden. This rivalry is actually one of the oldest Thanksgiving football traditions in the country, going back for about 125 years. Yeah it’s a serious rivalry. The only downside is that recently, both teams have sucked, so it’s a huge hype and a great tradition, that boils down to a game between two shitty teams. Still a great tradition though.

Tell me this doesn't look great.

Tell me this doesn’t look great.