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


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

by Jimmy

A Cheap Night Out

September 7, 2013 in Campus Life



College students are always looking for the cheapest way to spend their time.  If I could go out to the bar every night I would, but I simply don’t have the funds (or the alcohol problems).  Sometimes if I am broke my strategy is to do nothing.  I’ll stay in and play video games by myself like a loser.  No one wants to do that every night though.  That is why it is important to find those elusive activities that don’t cost too much.  Hopefully you haven’t thought of some of these on your own and this will help you have a fun week.  Most of them can be found around any college, and can guide you and your friends to a inexpensive and eventful night on the town.


I love bowling.  My friends and I bowl at least once a week (to the point where my friend’s little brother accused us of using bowling as a code word for something illegal).  This is by far one of my favorite ways to spend my evenings.  Bowling alleys usually have specials certain nights.  The one that my friends and I frequent has “college night” on Thursdays.  The shoes are only $1.00 and the games are the same price.  The beer is full price (that’s where they get you) but it is worth it regardless.  You can spend a night out with the fellas or bring a lady on a nice, fun date.

Campus events

All schools have events most weeks.  Often it is a smaller event such as a movie screening or an author coming to speak.  These events can still be worthwhile and are, more often than not, free for students.  Other rarer occasions schools have bands, musical artists and comedians come to campus.  These are much more widely attended but they tend to cost a little. Still the cost for students is usually insignificant (around 5 or 10 dollars).

Local Bar Special

Usually bars in college towns have specials on a weekend.  One bar I frequent has two dollar PBRs on Thursday nights.  It’s a cheap way to get drunk off of some sub-par beer.  You’ll have to compromise the taste usually, but cheap beer gets you drunk the same as expensive beer.

Stay in and drink

Bars are where I waste most of my money.  If you want to get drunk but don’t want to spend all of that money, just buy a 30 rack and get drunk with some buddies.  This shouldn’t be an every night thing, but once in a while it’s nice to get hammered with your friends without breaking the bank.


The drive in is always a cheap option.  The problem is that there isn’t always a drive in around.  If there is this is a great, cheap way to see new movies that have just hit the theaters.  A group of guys going to the drive in may be a bit strange but I’ve done it before.  It is more common to bring a date, and it makes the simple act of going to a movie seem like an event that took planning.

by Jimmy

Butt Out!: Tobacco Free Policy

May 3, 2013 in Campus Life, Colleges

Butt Out

Butt Out

Many colleges across the United States are adopting a new policy that I do not agree with.  This policy is that of a “Tobacco free campus” and it will begin at Framingham State University next semester.  There are multiple reasons for my disapproval but I’ll first state the positives of the rule.  People who don’t smoke find cigarette smoke annoying or offensive to the nostrils.  Some may feel that they should be spared such a stench.  There is also, naturally, the fact that it is a deterrent from doing something harmful to yourself.  Many people also have asthma and cannot breathe if the conditions are smoky.  All of these are relevant concerns but I think this plan is flawed and will cause more issues than it will solve

Yes, smoking’s bad mkay? Who doesn’t know that? Everyone who starts smoke now knows that it will more than likely kill you if you continue.  But there are faster ways to die, so don’t be a hypocrite.  The youngest students in college are eighteen, and that is the age in which the law has determined the decision of smoking to the youth.  Granted, they may not be making the greatest decision of their lives, but an eighteen-year-old is legally considered old enough to be trusted with the choice of tobacco.  We don’t need students to be babysat to make sure that they can’t make any bad decisions.  Especially at my school, which is a dry campus, this just seems like an even tighter grasp that these parent-like policy to make sure all of their children are well behaved.

How are they going to enforce this policy?  From what they are telling us in emails, there will be a “task force” of students that will enforce the policy.  This seems like complete nonsense.  Who is going to listen?  There’s no law that says you can’t lie about your name to a campus-appointed ticket-giver.  By the time they get someone who can actually do something in the area the person in question would be done smoking anyways.  At private schools this seems a little more feasible, but at a small, public school like mine it seems impossible.  At a forum on this topic a campus police officer said that they have no jurisdiction for this rule on State Street (a street that goes through the middle of campus) since it is a public road.  So best case, everyone will walk twenty feet and the street will be lined with smokers and no one can say a word.

The other part of this is that people are just going to smoke in their rooms.  You may think that people wouldn’t do that but they most definitely would.  I know people who do it already just so they don’t have to go outside.  People smoke weed in their rooms so why not cigarettes.  Honestly, would you rather smell a cigarette now and then outside or have your whole floor reeking?

What about the professors? I’ve had two professors (that I know of) that smoke cigarettes.  How is a “task force member” (that’s what their calling them I think) tell someone that is probably at least ten or fifteen years their elder that they cannot smoke.  I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t listen.