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Saturday, February 28, 2009



Who is Daniel Winegard?

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HI! Nice to be read by you!
My name is Daniel Winegard. And this is my story.
I am a sophomore and recently have declared my major of General Anthropology here at Binghamton University.  I am mostly involved in campus life, where among other things I work the free movies and food on Friday and Saturday nights (Late Nite) and also run programs at the leadership center on campus (XCEL center).  As I initially thought I was going to be a science major, I chose Binghamton because I had read they had strong programs in psychology and environmental science.  Of course, I was also attracted to Binghamton University as I felt it was not too big, and not too small, but juuuuuust right for me.  Like when I came to the university with an undeclared major, I’m pretty open ended on where I’m going with my career, but I want to have the most valuable experience I can while I’m in college. 

Getting involved with organizations on campus took me some time: after unloading my stuff after arriving, I didn’t immediately start making my résumé prettier, but I’m doing plenty of stuff nowadays and I’m having fun the whole time.  See?  Right now, as you are reading this, I get to be a public student face of Binghamton University. I love that!  My favorite experience here involved a lot of that, which was helping run the new student orientations last summer as an Orientation Advisor.  I will be posting my own experiences about that throughout the summer to coincide with this year’s orientation season (although I will not be running the upcoming orientation).  I like to look for the humor in all things, and Binghamton University is no exception to that, although I think joke of the week has been done too much to be cool.  I’ll find some way to surprise you.

I look forward to putting my experience and thoughts here in writing! Take it easy.
-Dan



Biography

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Hi! My name is Nicole Leveille and I am one of the newest bloggers here at Binghamton University.  I am 20 years old, a junior, and from Rehoboth, MA.  My major is Psychobiology.  For three semesters I’ve been involved with a program that goes into the local middle school and helps mentor young troubled students. On campus I am involved with the Student Ambassadors, an acapella group, and the Psychobiology club.  I am not exactly sure what will happen after college for my career, but I am thinking either pediatric physical therapy, or a middle school teacher for now.  I came to Binghamton all the way from Massachusetts, because it is a lot different from local schools around me.  People seem a lot more friendly, outgoing and educated.  It was the only place that felt like home.  I love the major they have created here to combine Psychology and Biology.  Only a few schools in the country have it, and we are one of them.  The price also made me come here, it is actually cheaper to come here than my local state schools, which is amazing.  I would like to end with a little words of wisdom: “Energy and persistance conquers all things.”  Til next time.

Thursday, February 26, 2009



Avrupa’dan Asya’ya (From Europe to Asia)

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Hey everyone!

I know it’s been a while since I last updated my blog, but I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences since my last blog.

Not only have I started classes, but I’ve been to many beautiful areas, both touristic and not so touristic. In and just outside the old city of Istanbul (where the Agia Sophia and The Blue Mosque are located), there are many ports and ferries that carry both cars and people between the Asian and European sides of Istanbul. There you can find many “Balik Ekmek” restaurants (both on the dock and on actual boats.) These places serve extremely fresh fish, grilled and put onto sandwiches with fresh and local vegetables. It is probably one of the most simple dishes to make, but one of the most filling and delishes! I have made several trips to the old city I went to the Spice Bazaar, which is probably the second best place to visit after the Grand Bazaar (or so I’ve heard. I have yet to go there!!) But at the Spice Bazaar I actually bargained in French (my second language) with the vender. He was half French and half Turkish, so his French was better than his English. It worked out quite well and I got a discount on my Turkish Delight (or Lokum in Turkish)! I also visited Galata Tower, a very famous Byzantine tower that overlooks the city of Istanbul. However, today it is a very touristic place. But it is definitely a great view of the city. I also I visited the Archeology Museum (or the Arkeoloji Musezi in Turkish), where a collection of ancient history is stored. It is just so exciting to know that some of the finds that are displayed there, which are thousands of years old, were found on the ground where I am walking.

Also, I went to the Asian side of Istanbul last Friday. That’s right. I went to Asia in 20 minutes by ferry (or vapur in Turkish)!! I was in an area called Uskadar. It’s really not much different than the European side of Istanbul. However, it is definitely really cool to say that I went to Asia for a few hours! I actually went into a Mosque around the 3:30 call to prayer. Friday is a holy day in the Islaamic faith and it was really cool to be there with all the men and women praying. There was a lot of spirituality in that one room. It is something that is very hard to describe. Islaam is not my religion, but I can tell you that I felt very inspired from those few thirty minutes. My friends and I also walked into a few other mosques and walked through a several markets (with some very interesting things being sold. Besides spices, fruits, and vegetables, there were also sheep heads and stomach linings!). We also went into a small indoor cafe for some lunch and amaaaaaazing desserts!

My favorite custom here, especially in the “not so touristic areas” is the restaurants like to make you feel very welcomed to their place. There are many of those just around my university’s campus. So,if you have finished a meal and are still sitting, the waiters just give you çay (or tea), several cups if you’re there for a while. It is quite a nice custom, I must say. I can definitely get used to it. I have had more tea to drink here in three weeks than I have had in a single semester back in Binghamton!

Also, every Saturday there is a bazaar just around the corner from where I live. They sell the freshest fruits, vegetables, pastas, nuts, spices and even fishes and meat. They are all sold by the locals. Last weekend, I went there and I some spices, vegetables and fruit for under 10 TL (Turk Lirasi), around $6.50! My friends and I have made some pretty good home cooked meals, including some eggplant, vegetable, and rice dishes.

In terms of classes, it’s quite different than Binghamton University. It is much more bureaucratic here. Everything is formalized, which can be very difficult at times. In Binghamton University, when choosing courses, it is fairly simple to choose which classes you want. But here, you must petition into most classes and your academic advisor must then finalize the schedule. Even to receive my e-mail account, I needed to go the computer center. But in terms of classes, it’s interesting when you are the minority student. You have a different perspective of things. This is not only from the lectures and lessons given by the professors, but from the students as well. They look at me very differently because I am not only a non-Turkish person, but for most exchange and special students, like myself, I don’t speak the language (dil in Turkish). It makes you think when you see the foreign students at Binghamton. However, it is not a bad thing! It connects me with people in a different way than at Binghamton University. I am learning a lot about myself as a global citizen and global student. I have made many friends here: American, European, Australian, Asian and, of course, Turkish.) Most people are very hospitable and love to help you. I have two Turkish roommates and they are wonderful. I am very happy with how things have been working out.

Also, I went to the Asian side of Istanbul last Friday. That’s right. I went to Asia in 20 minutes by ferry (or vapur in Turkish)!! I was in an area called Uskadar. It’s really not much different than the European side of Istanbul. However, it is definitely really cool to say that I went to Asia for a few hours! I actually went into a Mosque around the 3:30 call to prayer. Friday is a holy day in the Islaamic faith and it was really cool to be there with all the men and women praying. There was a lot of spirituality in that one room. It is something that is very hard to describe. Islaam is not my religion, but I can tell you that I felt very inspired from those few thirty minutes. My friends and I also walked into a few other mosques and walked through a several markets (with some very interesting things being sold. Besides spices, fruits, and vegetables, there were also sheep heads and stomach linings!). We also went into a small indoor cafe for some lunch and amaaaaaazing desserts!

I hope to update you all soon! If you have any questions about the State University of New York’s studying abroad programs (for this is my second time), if you have any questions about Binghamton University in general (I have been a long time member of the Student Ambassador Program), or if you just want to ask me questions about my study abroad experiences, don’t hesitate to contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Gorusuruz!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009



Lines and Headliners

On Monday, I waited in the longest line of my life - 3 hours. Why? Jon Stewart is coming to Binghamton, and there was no way I was letting that opportunity pass me by! That’s right, every semester, Binghamton brings big-name performers to campus. Last semester we had Lupe Fiasco, last spring we had the Foo Fighters, and before that we had the Gym Class Heroes. Tickets are cheap and students are always guaranteed great seats.

What could be better than that? Spring Fling, of course! Spring Fling happens every spring semester towards the end of the year and is basically a huge, F-R-E-E carnival and concert on campus for all students. There are rides, games, photobooths - everything you can imagine. As a side note, it’s also hilarious to see campus transformed from its everyday state to a party zone. Anyway, it’s an all-day event and gives you a chance to enjoy the warm spring weather with your friends. The real show begins at night, though, when the music starts. This year’s headliner is Eve 6 (one of my favorite bands!) and every year student bands and performers are given a chance to open.

So basically, I can’t even hold in my excitement, but I really need to study! Class is so annoying sometimes (kidding)!

Peace,
Katrina



Restaurants you must visit!!

Hi, it’s Jackie again!  There are many restaurants in Binghamton, but I have to tell you of two great cafes that you have to wander into.  First of all, there is Nezuntoz (pronounced Knees ‘n Toes), which is on the way to Downtown Binghamton.  They serve fresh collegetown bagels every day, all day, along with amazing sandwiches, coffees, smoothies and much more.  Once you find this cafe you won’t be able to resist!  Another bonus is that it is connected to a Giant supermarket so you can have a meal and do your grocery shopping all in one trip!  The second restaurant is called Cyber Cafe West.  It is located downtown, and isn’t too far of a drive.  Five nights a week they have live bands from across the county (and sometime from across the globe) and you can hang out and just relax.  There are couches in addition to the tables and chairs where you can bring your laptop (free wifi) and do some work while you eat a tasty lunch or dinner.  They have a huge coffee drink menu, wraps, salads, homemade soups, desserts and much more!  If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing place to eat that also has delicious food that isn’t too expensive, it is essential that you visit these places.



Let’s Go Bearcats!

Hey everyone, tomorrow is the last game of the regular season for the Binghamton Men’s Basketball team! They are playing UMBC at 7pm in the Events Center. The Events Center is located right on campus so it is a great way to get out and have some fun with your friends. The Bearcats have had an awesome season this year. The games are free with your student ID and the students usually all sit with the BU Zoo which is our fan club. We also have a Junior Bearcats Club for younger children in the greater Binghamton community. Our pep band is always at the games providing upbeat and encouraging tunes! They always get the crowd on their feet. We all cheer and have a great time. They also have give-a-ways and a lot of different foods at the concession stands! Come and be a part of the Binghamton spirit, and wear your green with pride!



Dining Hall Options!

Currently I am taking a nutrition class and we toured Mountainview Dining Hall the other day.  My freshman and sophomore years I lived in the Mountainview Community, but I learned a lot of things I was unaware of during this tour (partly because the dining hall had been dramatically upgraded since my time there).  Some important things to realize for those of you who are very health conscious in coming to Binghamton is that there are many healthy and affordable options available!  Each living community (Mountainview, Hinman, Dickinson, Newing, and CIW) has its own dining hall and within each dining hall there are various stations.  These stations can include a hot line, grill, pasta bar, pizza bar, pre-made salad, Asian station, deli, soup, yogurt bar, salad bar, dessert station, and cereal dispensers.  In addtion to all of these there are prepackaged things available, like yogurts, drinks, chips, hummus, and other snacks. 

Some additional points about each station:
1. On the hot line there will always be a vegetable.  Sometimes it is hard to tell how the vegetable is cooked, but they will always be steamed, which means they are very healthy for you!  2. The grill has boca and veggie options available.  You can ask to get a veggie or boca burger or chicken nuggets instead of the regular options.  3. The pasta that is sitting out is refined, but there is always whole wheat options available upon request, so just ask and you can have a healthy and tasty pasta dish that’s made fresh!  4. There are low fat or fat free cheeses available at the deli if you ask.  They also have grilled veggies in the fridge, even if they’re not out on the bar, so pop some of those on your sandwich too!  5. Lastly, it is always cheaper (and I do mean cheap—like pennies in comparison to dollars) to buy things in the dining hall with your meal plan than it is to buy the already packaged things available.  For example, the hummus found in the container is over $3.00, but you can get hummus from the deli put in a bowl for under $0.50 usually, so think smart and healthy when going to the dining hall and you’ll avoid the dreaded freshmen 15 and be able to study well because you’ll be so fueled with great energy! smile 

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