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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Done with class for the day!

On Mondays and Wednesdays I only have one class. When it’s snowing or really nice outside, it’s awesome - all your friends will either want to hang out in the dorms or lay down and read a book or maybe even play some volleyball outside.

But what do you do when everyone else is in class and you don’t have a ton of work to <strike>procrastinate on</strike> do? Well, I use that time to take care of business. Budgeting your time is probably the biggest responsibility you have in college no matter where you go. You won’t have all the same classes every day and assignments will be more spread out, so it’s up to you to find the right time slot to get everything done. So far I’ve gotten a ton of stuff done, and I’ve only been out of class for a couple of hours.

First, I went to Fitspace, the on-campus gym. Fitspace is a great deal because not only is it way cheaper than any other gym you’ll find off-campus, but it’s also convenient and you can be sure to have friends to go with. If you don’t think that’s for you, you could always join a group exercise class, which are offered every day of the week at different times and include everything from yoga to “absolute abs.” The class leaders are all students, too, so it’s easy to fit in and feel comfortable.

After leaving the gym, I went to mail a package, which I had actually never done before, here at Binghamton or at home. I went to the Campus Mail Services window in the Old Union and showed them what I needed to send, and they told me exactly what I needed to do without even having to look anything up. Another great feature of Campus Mail is that whenever you receive a package, they email you and remind you of their service hours and what date you need to pick the package up by.

On the way back to my room, I stopped by the dining hall (which is run by Sodexho dining services). Each community of residence halls has its very own dining hall, and you can eat at any of them at any time. Unlike a lot of other schools, meal plans just charge you a basic fee for the cost of running the dining hall and the supplies, while the food itself gets paid for just like you were at a restaurant ordering a bunch of side dishes. No joke, it really is the easiest system I came across when I was searching for schools! You can add money to your account at any time, and believe me, I’ve definitely done it once or twice at one in the morning. Besides the dining halls, most of which close at 8 or 8:30 at night, there are a few cafes and convenience stores around campus that you can grab a midnight snack at - until 1AM on weekdays and 4AM on weekends - called Night Owls. Both the dining halls and Night Owls are definitely the hearts of every community. You see people you know every day and each community has its own special perks and personality.

Anyway, now that I’m full of pasta, it’s time to go check my laundry. Every residence hall on campus has washers and dryers that are FREE for students to use. And if you’re worried about doing laundry for the first time, don’t be - all you have to do is separate your clothes by color or type, and then press the corresponding color setting on the machines. What’s even more awesome is that in some buildings, you don’t even have to go down to the laundry room to check if machines are free. Binghamton uses the eSuds program, which keeps track of all the machines in a building, whether or not they are in use, and how much time is left if they are being used. Here is the eSuds page for my building. Even if all the machines are full, you can just put in your email address and eSuds will let you know when one opens up.


Hey Everyone, My name is Sonia

Hey Everyone

My name is Sonia and I am currently a senior in the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA), majoring in Human Development, the only udergraduate degree within CCPA. I came in through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). When I entered the college setting I was exposed to a variety of clubs and organizations and the one that had a great impact on my life was the the EOP honor society, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.  My first semester at Binghamton University was somewhat challenging and I had to overcome certain barriers in order to be where I am today. After constant mentorship and guidance from my EOP counselors, I was inducted into the Chi Alpha Honor Society in October 2007. With great efforts and hard work I was able to achieve one of the many goals that I had once I entered the college setting. I am currently the President of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and I am very proud of my accomplishments.

I have been working in the Science Library at Binghamton University since my sophomore year. In order to work at the Science Library, one must be a federal work-study student. In order to determine this, one has to look at one’s financial aid package, which will tell one if one is work-study eligible. To any student already admitted to Binghamton University or in the process of being admitted, the Science Library is a great place to work because the atmosphere is great and the staff is amazing. In addition, I work for a student-run bus company at Binghamton University known as ESCAPE. Students who work at ESCAPE can get up to three half-price tickets the first semester, and if rehired, two round trip tickets for free and another round trip ticket for half the price. I advise all current students and prospective students to apply to work for ESCAPE because it’s a great place to work, meet new people, and go home for a cheaper cost.I became a Peer Advisor for the Human Development Department in August 2008. This position required me to take the initiative to help my peers find internships, figure out what classes to take in order to graduate on time, and advise them in any way or form. The ladies that I work with are great and they are always willing to help their peers.

During my first three years at Binghamton University I lived in Newing College which is one of the residential communities on-campus. While I was residing in Newing College I had different roomates, most of them where random because I wanted to meet new people, so I decided to pick a random roomate each year. After my junior year, I knew that I was ready to have my own room, but I was not ready to move off-campus. Binghamton University provides students with apartment housing, which is more expensive, but at the same time it’s worth it. The are two apartment communities within Binghamton Univerity which are Hillside Community and Susquehanna Community. I currently reside in Susquehanna Community and I love it there because I have my own room , a kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and a huge closet. Most apartments have four single rooms, some even have six single rooms, but I am fortunate enough to only have two roomates. On the other hand, living off-campus is much cheaper, but it depends on the individual and the comfort level that the individual may have within the community. A first-year student at Binghamton University has to live on-campus during their first year. Students may seek other alternatives after their freshman year.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hi everyone!


Hi! My name is Deborah.  I am a senior and have just started my last semester here at Binghamton University.  This May I will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development.  Human Development majors are part of the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA), which is located in downtown Binghamton at the University Downtown Center (UDC).  Unlike most of my fellow bloggers, I am a transfer student.  I decided to transfer to Binghamton University from a community college in the spring semester of my sophomore year.  Coming to Binghamton has truly been one of the best choices I have ever made, I have had so many wonderful experiences and learned a great deal both academically and personally.

As a freshman, you have to live on campus in one of the five residential communities.  After your first year, you can choose to stay in the dorms, move to an on-campus apartment, or move off-campus.  I have lived in Hillside (on-campus apartment community) the whole time.  I really enjoy the fact that I am not directly on the main campus but still close enough to go whenever I need to.  Whether you live on or off campus, there are so many opportunities for you to get involved—which is one of the greatest things about Binghamton University.  You can choose to get involved with Greek life, join a club sport or any of the other clubs and organizations.  With well over 200 to choose from, I am sure you will find something that is right for you!

Another way to get involved is through internships.  Last year, I interned with Binghamton City Schools at East Middle School as a tutor/mentor and I am also involved with Peer Advising in the Department of Human Development.  Most students find out about internship opportunities through their academic department or by utilizing the Career Development Center (CDC).  I look forward to sharing some of my experiences and insight with all of you.  I hope by reading these blogs, you can learn from each students’ perspective and have a better sense of what being a student at Binghamton University is really like!

Happy E-Week

Hello everyone and Happy E-Week! Oh, what is E-Week you ask? Well E-Week stands for Engineering Week. The purpose of E-Week to expose people to engineeering. You can go to the National Engineers Week website to learn more about the event. Here at Binghamton the Watson School of Engineering Student groups host different events during E-Week. My student group the National Society of Black Engineers is hosting a game of Engineering and Black History Related Game of Taboo. The Society of Women Engineers and Alpha Omega Epsilon are going to be hosting an event: Introduce a Girl to Engineering. Also there will be an Egg Drop Contest, Spegatti Bridge and a Mini Maglev Race. Every year these events are fun and there is so much that a person could learn. Next time I will let you know how E-Week went!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Finally the Job Fair!


Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Well Thursday was the Job and Internship Fair sponsored by the Career Development Center. The fair was a great opportunity for students to take advantage of employers coming to them! I got to meet with several companies that had available positions in my area of interest. The University Events Center was full of students and each company had their own table, and best of all, free giveaways! I got a nice water bottle from a media company grin.

Of course, I wore my interview suit and bought along plenty of extra copies of my resume. I got to chat with human resources representatives from the different companies and have a sort-of informal interview. The companies took my resume and encouraged me to formally apply to an available position online. I also got to ask questions one-on-one with the representatives from each company to get an idea of what they were looking for.

It was definitely a worthwhile experience, even just to see everyone all dressed up! I’ll let you know if anything comes from the great networking opportunity. Talk to you soon!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Yo, I’m Katrina!

Hey there! My name’s Katrina and I’m a sophomore English major concentrating in rhetoric (which is like journalism and opinion-writing) and a cinema minor. What am I going to do with those, you ask? I don’t know either, yet. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but that’s the first great thing about Binghamton I love: the freedom to explore without anyone telling you exactly what you have to do your entire time at school. Anyway, I know I want to do something with the media or communications, and that’s good enough for me at this point.

I definitely spend more time with my clubs and other activities than in class. If my friends can’t find me, they can bet I’m at the Pipe Dream office. Pipe Dream is Binghamton’s largest newspaper that’s completely student-run. I do layout and graphic design there, and I really can’t think of a more rewarding job to have on campus. The rest of my time is spent at Prospect Magazine, a literary magazine and opinion column, Rainbow Pride Union (RPU), a group dedicated to providing a safe haven for LBGT students and their friends, and Student Poet’s Society. I’m also in a band for fun with some of my friends… but we’re awful and we know it. I promise you, you’ll never be bored with the people or atmosphere at Binghamton.

Alright, I have to go. Quick entry, I know! But the next issue of Prospect is coming out next week, so I have to go work on that.


Living off campus

So it may be a bit early to start thinking about off campus housing plans, but it’s nice to know what else is out there after a couple years on campus. It is typical to live on campus for the first two years, and after that, people usually start moving off campus. Once you make a group of friends from the dorms or wherever else, you usually get together and decided to share a house or an apartment together. People either move to our on campus apartments, Hillside or Susquehanna community. These are off campus apartments that are a bit isolated from campus and they are a good idea if you still like the luxury and convenience of being on campus, but still want some independence. Other students move completely off campus. A lot of students live in the Downtown Binghamton area. Since so many students live here, it is very easy to find temporary leases and landlords. A common concern about living off campus may be the car issue. It is actually not an issue at all! I live of campus and I don’t have a car. The bus schedule is really reliable, and they come every half hour all day during the week and they go directly to campus. The buses also take you around Binghamton or wherever else you need to go. Also, chances are your housemates will have cars so that always works out too! There are also a lot of places such as supermarkets, restaurants, etc within walking distance of your neighborhood!


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