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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FitSpace and Stress Relief

Early semester stress and how I deal:

This semester has been crazy. I have committed my time to a lot of different things and this has been rewarding but also difficult. I play a club sport, have a job on campus, and am the president of a club. I put a lot of time into each of these as well as my academics and just as most students do, I get stressed out. I get nervous about my grades and balancing everything but as you have probably heard before, time management is everything. Getting assignments, studying and other responsibilities completed in a timely manner prevents a lot of stress and relieves the feeling of never having enough time. Besides this, completing things early leaves time for socializing, hobbies, and relaxing.

At Binghamton University, you have to pay a fee to access the gym. Some people are off-put by this but this makes it so people that do not use this resource do not have to spend money on it. Also, it allows our gym to constantly improve their facilities and equipment. You are also able to take advantage of the fitness classes by purchasing a membership. I did not purchase a membership my first three semesters at school. However, this semester I did and it has been really beneficial to both my mental and physical health. It does not require a lot of my time, it acts as an outlet for stress relief, and a means of socialization because I usually go with my friends. I usually run but we actually just got a brand new piece of equipment called SYNRGY360 Trainer which includes a punching bag and TRX suspension trainers plus more which my friends and I are slowly learning how to use. There are obviously other methods of stress relief but having access to the gym helps me in this regard especially because my physical health really impacts my ability to learn and willingness to do work.

That is all for right now!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Syllabus Week

Hi everyone!

We just got back from break! Now it’s “syllabus week” and it is almost exactly what it sounds like. This is the first week of classes where the professors hand out course syllabi and you learn how the course is structured, what material you will be covering, and how rigorous it might be. When entering college you should take advantage of this week especially if you are not sure what kind of classes you are interested in. At this point you are still allowed to add and drop classes so if you attend a class and decide that maybe the course is not right for you, you can drop it and pick up a class more tailored to your interests. In saying this, if you are hesitant about a class, give it a chance and try to attend a few classes before dropping.

Besides adding and dropping courses during this time, you might realize that you do not like the schedule of your classes. This week is a good time to rearrange classes into different time slots if they are available. You will make a preliminary schedule but do not feel as if you are stuck with this. Other students will be adding and dropping courses and you may find openings in different sections of your course that better fit your schedule. Take advantage of this!

Another point I should make about syllabus week is that often people think that there is no work. I do agree that it is nice to have a light workload at the beginning of the semester but if you have the opportunity, get necessary errands and work started. If you try to get ahead a bit, it will be easier for you to maintain your workload and will relieve stress in the long run.

Hopefully this gave you some insight!

See ya later,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Registering for Classes

Hey guys!
As I’m sure you all know, registering for classes can be a stressful time; it can seem very overwhelming. However there are a few things you can do to make it easier. First, make sure your BU Brain account doesn’t have any “holds” which prevent you from registering. One time I had a hold on my account and wasn’t able to register for my classes on time; lets just say that was not the best registering-for-class-day I ever. Next, make sure you have your schedule planned out a head of time. It is always a good idea to start looking at the classes offered each semester right when the new course offerings come out (it is up for the Spring ’15 semester). Finally, talk to an advisor! One of the most helpful things you can do for yourself when making your schedule is talking to an advisor. They will make sure you are taking all the right courses and on the right track for graduation. However, be sure to make an appointment far in advanced. If you try making an appointment with an advisor the day before you register for classes, you probably won’t be able to get an appointment.
If you have any questions about registration, feel free to leave a comment! smile

Stay awesome,

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Syllabus week

So I just had my very first seminar with Professor Klienberg, and to be honest this is the class I was most nervous about. I haven’t taken a Political Science seminar yet, and I know from other students the classes are small, and the work is intense. A lot of times I get questions asking about the class sizes at our school since we are a public university and have a large amount of students. The class I’m taking is Politics of Economic Development, and let me tell you, it feels VERY one on one. We have 15 students in the class, and my professor already knows my name. It’s really cool because I’ve never taken an economics class before, and the class will cover a degree of economic theory. My professor is actually published in this field, and does research during the semester on this exact subject. The class has a lot of reading, but that comes in hand with covering so many topics.
The first week of school is unofficially called “Syllabus Week,” because the very first class in a course, your professor will go through the syllabus of the course and usually not begin covering material until the second class. This being the case, we usually get out of class much much earlier. The beauty of syllabus week however is that you can get a feel for the professor and class before you commit to taking the class. It’s the dating game of classes, and it lasts until the Add/Drop Deadline, where you can no longer drop or add classes. If you don’t like a professor, or the class material doesn’t interest you, you can drop the class and add a different one to your schedule. This gives us the opportunity to take classes that we will be able to succeed in. For me, I see what the workload looks like in every class to be sure I don’t have conflicting dates for finals or midterms. It makes things a lot easier on me, since I don’t like getting stressed about my work!.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Perfectly prepared

Twelve hours. Twelve hours till graduation. Right now it seems unreal. I think it’ll hit me tomorrow. It hit me last night, too, at Dickinson commencement.

Each learning community has a ceremony to recognize graduating seniors who have lived there. Not everyone goes, but at Dickinson’s there was a pretty high turnout. More striking than the number of people present, though, was the intensity of the feelings everyone expressed. The speakers all did a great job summing up our community’s special ethos of inclusion, weirdness, and caring. Then, as is Dickinson tradition, each senior was given a certificate and the chance to share their favorite memory of Dickinson. It was really, really difficult for me to pick just one memory, because here’s the thing: what I’ve loved about Dickinson—and about Binghamton University as a whole—is the way that the choices I make and experiences I have every day add up to a huge process of growth.

At the ceremony I talked about RA Appreciation Day my freshman year, when my friend Nick and I made a card for our RA and got everyone on the floor to sign it. That day is in April, but it was the first time I worked up enough courage to talk to most of my floormates. Getting positive responses that day and other times very slowly made me less shy, and then I went to Italy and learned to really want to be outgoing, and then I was hired as an RA and had to make it my business to talk to everyone. Meanwhile, I had joined High Hopes, which helped me be better at taking care of myself and others. Those were really important skills for me to have last spring, when I started as an RA and also had a teaching internship. The classes I took for my English major and global studies and Italian minors reaffirmed and refined the love I’d always had for literature and its potential to help us understand ourselves and each other. My internship gave me the chance to combine that love with the emotional and interpersonal skills I’d developed and to decide on a career path: I’m going to be an English teacher.

Before I go to that, though, I will be completing a term of service with City Year New York. City Year is an AmeriCorps program that places members, aged 17-24, in disadvantaged schools for the purpose of providing emotional and academic support to at-risk students. I first heard about it through an ad on a bus back when I was in high school. At the time, I checked out the program’s website, thought it looked awesome from the standpoint of social justice, and figured I’d never be able to actually help with it. So, Binghamton, thank you, thank you, thank you, for helping me grow to the point where I’m not just able but excited.

Thank you also, Binghamton, for giving me the chance to try out blogging. I’ve found it to be a lot of fun, so I’ve decided to continue next year. Follow me over to—once I have access to a computer next week, I’ll start posting there, so head over if you’re curious about my new adventures. I’m definitely anxious, but I know that Binghamton has prepared me well by helping me learn to spread my wings and fly.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Top ten

On this blog, I’ve shared a lot of things about my life at Binghamton over the past year and a half, but I’ve also had some great experiences that have never made it onto the blog. It’d be hard for me to even think of them all, but here, in no particular order, are ten of the best things about my time at Binghamton that never made it onto the blog:

1. Boys & Girls Club—The Binghamton chapter of the Boys & Girls Club is pretty active, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved through the Bing U student chapter. For scheduling reasons, I was only able to participate for one semester, back in my sophomore year, but it was a fun opportunity to play with local kids.

2. Stars
—I’m from New York City, so when I first came to Binghamton, I was struck by how many stars you can see here and how bright they look. My friends from suburban and rural areas aren’t impressed by Binghamton’s night sky, but I know I’ll miss its sparkle next year when I’m back in NYC.

3. Crepe Heaven
—One of my favorite Binghamton restaurants. Go hungry or else share with a friend, because you’ll definitely want to try both a tasty dinner crepe and a sweet dessert one. Sooooooo delicious!

4. Being a Native Speaking Assistant—Like blogger emerita Sam, who wrote a little about this last year, I was an NSA for an English as a Second Language class. If your native language is English, I highly recommend this experience. You get to bond with international students, see the classroom environment from a different perspective, and gain a whole new appreciation for language acquisition.

5. Mid-day concerts
—Sometimes certain musical groups (mostly orchestra classes, I think) give short, low-key performances on campus during the day. If there happens to be one when you have a break, it’s a great way to escape without actually going anywhere.

6. Apple-picking
—To the shock and consternation of my friends from New York north of Westchester, I had never been apple-picking before college. Now I’ve gone a bunch of times and I think it’s a lot of fun, plus the fresh apples in this area are delicious.

7. Weirdly long winter breaks—I always seem to start second semester a week or two behind friends and family who attend other universities. It feels good getting extra time at home, and I’ve always had enough time to get excited about coming back.

8. Roberson Museum and Science Center
—The Roberson is a really cool museum on Binghamton’s Westside (the Westside bus goes right there). It’s got a mixture of art, history, and science, so it’s a good place to go with people who aren’t all interested in the same thing, and at Christmas they decorate the mansion part to look amazing. If you go, check out the model train in the room next to the gift shop—it goes around a tiny model of 1950s-era Binghamton!

9. Cram Jam
—Just when you’re about to collapse under the stress of finals week, the dining hall opens late to serve treats like pancakes and cheesecake.

10. The Fine Arts courtyard
—In my opinion, this is the prettiest place on campus, with a big tree on one side and benches scattered in the garden. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo to upload, so I guess you’re just going to have to visit Binghamton and see for yourself.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


Once upon a time, I found a book of baby names on my parents’ shelf. I thought it was fascinating and read the whole book. Years later, when the internet was a thing, I started reading websites about names. I grew into a full-fledged name nerd and before high school ended I was a member of the American Names Society (yes, that exists). My first issue of Names: A Journal of Onomastics arrived shortly after I’d made the decision to attend Binghamton University. I was thrilled to discover through that journal that one of the Society’s officers in fact worked at my new school.

While I thought it would be amazing to meet this officer, Dr. McGoff, I didn’t think I ever actually would. He works in the higher levels of Bing U’s administration, so we would probably never cross paths naturally, and I was too timid to reach out—until last week. Then I emailed him asking for his autograph, thinking if that made him think I was a weirdo, it wouldn’t matter because I’d be graduating soon anyway. Fortunately, he was actually enthusiastic about hearing from me and let me set up an appointment to come into his office. I met him yesterday, and he was incredibly nice. People who are not into names might find this crazy, but honestly, I was super excited, and since last night I’ve been relishing reading a name-related document he very kindly gave me as a gift.

The only thing I regret is not trying to find him sooner in my college career. Knowing an extra established professional—and such a nice one—in a field that interests me would have made my time at Binghamton brighter. and when you think about it, if I’d emailed him when I was a freshman and he’d thought I was weird or ignored me, what would I have lost? Nothing. So, for those of you getting ready to start your college career, I highly recommend finding out about some of the people who work at your school whose careers interest you, and I very highly recommend trying to meet them early on. After all, if it doesn’t work out, you don’t lose anything—but you can gain a lot if it does.


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