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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!

College or University: You need to be ready!

December 30, 2013 in Academics, Alive Campus, Colleges

How is your college decision making progressing?

College is far more than a financial matter but…

State schools have great financial rates and rewards for students from the home state. Grants fund certain state schools: Lock Haven University is cost effective for students due to the amount of grants from the state. Students can apply for Pell grants toward their tuition. This may be complete through financial aid (FAFSA). Students are eligible for in-state tuition after claiming residency in the state of their college from living within the state for a certain amount of time.

Schooling in state being more affordable than schooling out of state is becoming a myth. Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market is “…essentially a tuition-savings program in which certain colleges and universities have agreed to allow out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition, so they are not as burdened down by the cost of their education”. Athletics and high GPAs assist in making college affordable for incoming, transferring, in-state and/or out-of-state students.

“If you consider attending a traditional school at an in-state public university, most likely the cost of an online degree will be the same, if not slightly higher. However, private schools will almost always cost more. In the end, online learning can be less expensive, but isn’t necessarily in all cases.”

College tuitions become more affordable with effort and time; but choosing a college is about far more than costs. Do you want to go to school in the city? Do you enjoy the suburbs? Are you a person that likes the mixes of a busy and calm atmosphere? Does the school provide the necessary avenues that will allow you to be successful in your fields of interest? Is the area around the school beneficial to you beyond the actual school? Will it allow you to branch your skills from the college or university?

It may be helpful to be near family. You may need the familial support throughout college. The distance away from familiarity might be depressing and discomforting. You have to be picky about college. This may be one of the biggest decisions of your life: You want to be in the most optimal position stepping forward; Double check curriculums, interests, and teachers before even visiting the college or university you’re currently reviewing.

Seriously, finances will be the least of your worries entering into an environment that you do not find beneficial to your success. You need to be ready to communicate with anyone that has experience in and out of college. Try to discover every avenue of their exploration that benefits them now and that makes them cringe a bit inside. Going to then choosing a college or university requires the same amount of energy a couple with a child needs before making decisions about moving into a home in a new environment. It is that serious.

You need to calculate if you will be working upon your arrival: You may want to find a work studies position or apply to a position in the area local to the college. Did you measure the distance between buildings for class? After researching the college atmosphere of choice: Are you ready to engage with the material the professor is reviewing and teaching? You need to make the right decision for yourself by asking a lot of questions. Don’t hesitate. This is the next step of your life that requires the attention to detail. Be picky. Research so you can enjoy the rest of your life.

-Kevin Dufresne

Younger, Amanda. “Grants for Paying Out-of-State Tuition.” http://www.ehow.com/list_6072955_grants-paying-out_of_state-tuition.html. Web. 26 December 2013.

“Is Tuition for Online College Less Expensive than Campus Tuition?” http://www.mynursingdegree.com/resources/tuition-cost-online-college.asp. Web. 26 December 2013.

Lock Haven University Bit

August 18, 2013 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Reviews

Traditional Lock Haven

Traditional Lock Haven

I’m a transfer from Lock Haven University.

Lock haven is a small town. Lock haven is a small town holding a smaller university. Lock Haven University rests on the Susquehanna River. The dyke protects the town and university from floods, high tides, and any stormy rainy occurrence that can cause damage-harm empowering the Susquehanna River flow that day. I run along the dyke, tube, and frequent the man-made beach in warm weather.

Falls are beautiful as are Winters though quite brutal. Every step going up the avalanched hill to my dorm room in North Hall is a knee deep chilling memory. North Hall is a co-ed by floor dorm which makes the experience Awesomer. There is a lot of interaction between school mates. Everyone dances at parties too. It’s important.

Classes are small but effective; teachers relay and translate material well for the students to comprehend. There is a twenty-four hour section in the library for students to study at their convenience and leisure on the large bean bags or at the wooden tables. Food is available on campus throughout the entire day and fairly well enough into the evening. There is a Quiznos and Starbucks downstairs below the main cafeteria. The registrar building is across from the science building which is next to the dorms across from the cafeteria.

The training facilities are amazing; indoor track above the weight room, four courts, one court in Roger’s Gym, two courts outside of the larger workout facility, three racquetball courts, bathrooms with showers, the health science department supporting the athletes, a great wrestling room, and a Volleyball/Basketball court.

Stevenson Library

There is a theatre in the middle of campus and a musical center a block up from the theatre nearer to the dining hall. Activities are on every part of campus at almost nearly every time slot throughout the day. No one has to feel left out or bored because of the random activities about campus. There are video game, pool, chess and other tournaments held about campus. Lock Haven athletes can be found in the gym or together in their own way or place about Lock Haven. This is a small town with a lot for people to do. This is a small town with a working college-town relationship.

The students make Lock Haven more enjoyable especially since each person comes from a different part of the nation to a small town in the middle of nowhere. It’s a bunch of everywheres in the middle of nowheres beyond the individuals already residing in town. It is a division one wrestling and field hockey school.  The rest of the sports are division two. The athletic and academic administrations station themselves in great positions for athletes to find help through outreach and support for college life in general.

Lock Haven is a small town with an impactful social network of alumni, students and faculty that work between and after college to further any trying individual. Familiar faces, guiding and surrounding, assist in providing the necessary comfort and tools to engage the trying individual in ways that will lead him or her to accomplishing their goal. This is a tidbit! Lock Haven’s flora, fauna, social and physical environment need to be a live experience! Let me know if you ever want to ride out!

Dyke

Sky view of the dyke and a bit of Lock Haven

 

-Kevin Dufresne