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Diversity On Campus

December 26, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

As I search for colleges to apply to, one important characteristic for the school was that it was diverse campus. Wheelock did a great job in having a diverse campus, although the ratio of females to males is unbalance. There are more females than males, but that was fine by me. I was surprise by the amount of diversity Wheelock has had over the three years and a half I have been there. What I really was impress by was the different school clubs at my college that people can join. There is the Best Buddies club, La Herencia Latina, Black Student Union, Asian & Asian-American Cultural Club (AAACC), Gay-Straight Alliance and many other groups that are about diversity and culture. 

Diversity on Campus

Diversity on Campus!

Best Buddies Club: This club is about a college student partnering up and becoming friends with a person with a intellectual disability. Through various activities such as dances, dinner, and bingo nights, students who join this club will develop a long lasting friendship with a person who might have a difficult time making friends due to people only looking at his or her disability instead of the person beyond it. I find this club wonderful because it is a life changing club where there is a bonding connecting between two people.

La Herencia Latina: This club has to be one of my favorite mostly due to the fact that I am a Latina and I love how this club is spreading the difference cultures within the Latino/a group. Also the different problems people within that group are going through. A lot of people may categorized all of the different cultures and diversity as a whole, but through this club, they individualized each culture and show why it is part of the Latino/a group. Through dances, food pantries, game nights, dance marathons, and much more, this group helps other students familiarized themselves with the difference cultures with the ethnicity Latino/a.

Black Student Union: This is another club that I like because it informs other students of the different cultures and problems people who are black face everyday. They also spread the cultures of black people through music, dances, food, and traditional games. Just like La Herencia Latina, this group also spreads the diversity and different cultures that are within the group.

Asian & Asian-American Cultural Club (AAACC): As the title implies, this club focuses on informing and spreading the the different cultures of Asian and Asian-Americans by organizing dances, food pantries, and game nights. This is a wonderful club to have because people will get to know about a difference culture than their own just like the others clubs at Wheelock.

Gay-Straight Alliance: This is an essential club that every college should have because a lot of people are still ignorant and treat being gay as evil and people who are gay go to hell due to religion. At the same time discriminate towards people who are gay.

There is bible study at Wheelock, but there is no club to study the different religions in the world, which I feel is important to understand the different thought process of people.

I do not regret attending Wheelock because they have a great diverse campus and clubs. 

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!

5 General Tips for Incoming Freshman

August 22, 2013 in Alive Campus

Graduation

Hope you savored the sweet feeling of graduating debt and care free

Congratulations recent high school graduates! This is surely an exciting time of year for you, sitting on the cusp of adulthood and what not. It’s college time!! Can you practically taste the freedom? Free of parental control, from guidance counselors, from banal classes you don’t care about, from low-wage after school jobs, from being treated like a child whose opinions don’t matter. Yeah…all of that is totally no longer a concern.

Now all you have to worry about is college. Your only concerns now are easy as pie! All you have to do in the next 4+ years is set yourself up so that you have enough relevant knowledge, experience, and connections to ideally land a job in the field of your study without racking up so much student loan debt that you’re literally buried under a mountain of fiscal reality before you even think about ordering your cap and gown. Simple!!

Pay no real attention to my cynicism. I’m a bitter senior. You got into college! This is absolutely something to be happy about and something to be proud of. All I want to achieve with this piece is to hopefully give some perspective to incoming freshman from someone who has been there before, from someone who had no idea what college entailed. I meant it when I said this is an exciting time. You hold the keys to your own future starting right now. However, you still aren’t old enough to celebrate with big-people beverages. So grab a juice box and prepare your straws as I take you through my five general tips for all freshmen. These tips obviously don’t apply for everyone, but my hope is that they help someone.

5.) Don’t String Along Your Past

One of the coolest things about college is that you can totally reinvent yourself. If you had a hard time in grade school because you came from a small town where everything embarrassing you had ever done clung to you year in and year out like a bad smell, a fresh start is the best possible thing for you. Or fresh underwear depending on your level of hygiene.

Do not navigate college based off of anything but your own desires. If you didn’t have very many friends in high school, or only had a handful of crappy ones, don’t gravitate habitually towards “Person X From High School Who Was Somewhat Nice To Me” that might also be going to your school of choice. This is your chance to branch out on your own and make new friends who share your interests, not just your geographical location. Even if you had good friends throughout high school, don’t feel obligated or pressured to try and go to the same places or stay close to one another. This is your future.

You don’t need to feel burdened by the past any longer. You’ll be living and taking classes with people who don’t know you at all and you’ll have endless chances to make good first impressions. Seize this opportunity to the maximum. This is a perfect time to try and obtain confidence in yourself by seeing firsthand that the world is a trillion times bigger than your hometown and any of the problems that you encountered there.

4.) Maximize Your Degree’s Potential

Philosophy

Ouch

This is perhaps one of the most widely offered pieces of advice given to incoming undergrads. The only problem is that it can mean a hundred different things based on your definition of “potential.” Choosing a major is definitely one of the most crucial aspects to having a successful undergraduate career, and I don’t want to yank you around when it comes to deciding what degrees are worthwhile and which ones will only serve as insulation for your fancy new cardboard box house.

A simple rule of thumb for picking a major should be as such: You enjoy the field of study and you can name at least three possible careers off the top of your head that might follow from obtaining a degree in that subject. Broad majors in fields that are in high demand (such as communications, engineering, computer science, economics, etc.) are a relatively safe and worthwhile endeavor in regards to getting some sort of job directly out of college. Specific majors in fields that are not in demand at all are quite a bit more risky and restricted in the kinds of opportunities that you will be presented with.

Say you have a mild interest in accounting but a true passion for philosophy. The sad reality of our country right now is that it’s a better idea to major in accounting so that you have a good leg to stand on for a paying job, and minor in an area of philosophy that you love. You’re already paying exorbitant amounts for this degree, and choosing a path that leads to likely unemployment isn’t going to make your life any easier.

3.) Get Involved

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned throughout my time at college, it is that the enjoyment of your experience hinges almost entirely on your own effort. Getting involved around campus is an essential factor in making a lasting and memorable mark during your time at school. If you’re an athlete, you should obviously be striving to at least play for one of your school’s teams, even if you don’t plan to pursue athletics after college.

If you aren’t interested in sports, campus clubs and organizations are a fantastic place to hone your skills, meet new like-minded people, or just kindle your passions. Being a journalism major, I joined my school’s online newspaper at my very earliest possibility, and it was the best decision I could have made as a freshman. I met fantastic people, gained hands on experience in the field I was studying, and now have great material to put on my resume for the future. With so many ways to get involved during college, it’s simply wasteful to coast through without taking advantage of the great opportunities presented in front of you.

2.) Network Network Network

This tip requires repetition because it is absolutely one of the non-negotiable aspects of setting yourself up for success during and after college. It is a widely known cliché (and a true one) that in this world, most times it isn’t what you know but who you know. Having a respectable, professional, and trustworthy network of people to vouch for you is one of the most powerful tools you can have when stepping out into the job world.

People like to make networking seem like a complicated task, like you have to be presented with lucky, stars-aligning moments that open doors at just the right time. In reality, networking is simply the natural side effect of being an engaged and active college student. Speak up during class, ask your professors questions, meet with them during office hours, anything to get them to recognize you and learn your name. Once you start building up a good report with professors, you might be surprised at how willing they will be to try and pull some strings for you to get you a spot in a competitive internship, or an actual paying job once you graduate.

1.) Don’t Lose Sight of Your Goal

Alcohol poisoning

Here we see a Law student in his natural habitat.

This last tip is perhaps the most important of all. I feel like everyone who goes to college knows at least one person that goes absolutely ape shit freshman year and either winds up on academic probation, in a hospital for some kind of self-induced bodily harm, or worse. Please don’t be that person. Going off to college is indeed a marquee moment in your life; it is absolutely a reason to celebrate and try new things and to live a little crazily. However nothing screams “I’m not ready to be an adult” like getting alcohol poisoning at your first party, or getting tossed out for failing grades after one year, or doing a prison bid because you took mushrooms and thought the school mascot was putting a Pagan spell on you at a basketball game.

You have years to party and you have years to go crazy when it’s appropriate. You came to college for a reason, and I highly doubt the reason was so that you could see if you could drink yourself into a coma. That can be tested at a much lower expense if you’re just dying from curiosity. College, to me, is an incredibly fun and rewarding buffer between the last stages of your childhood and becoming an actual, world-ready adult. It teaches you how to handle adult responsibilities while still having the liberty to sometimes act like a child. It shows you how to manage time, relationships, deadlines, the siren song of distractions, and yourself. Don’t get so caught up in your newfound freedom that you become a prisoner of indulgence.