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Facebook-ing

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Hey guys, it's Andy here! Hope you all had a good week.

I wanted to talk about Facebook real quick before I get to my weekly update. I just want to know why you guys use it! Don't get me wrong, of course I have a Facebook account. I enjoy using it, but I recently started to wonder why people use it. Is it really to stay in contact with "friends?" Or perhaps, it's for attention?

I never got the reason why I am using it. But people I'm not close with always tried to friend me and such [notice how friend became a verb], and I never was comfortable with that. And once I accepted to avoid being rude, at least one of them would flush my feed with pointless status updates and stuff. That's the one thing that I never understood. Isn't the status update basically telling people "I'm dong this and you're not" kind of thing? That's the only impression I got.

The sad part of all this, is that I am following the trend and doing the exact same thing. It's hard to avoid the clique and the trend in a school atmosphere. Hopefully I won't be fighting for attention any longer haha.

Next week is going to be really hectic. A lot of tests and stuff. You all know what I'm talking about. The first week of October is when professors tend to give their first exams. I am ready in certain subjects, but don't ask me about Economics.

I also cannot wait until the Bruins, Celtics, and the Riverhawks start their season! It's going to be fun attending games. Woo hoo!

Also, don't hesitate to join intramurals. It's never too late. Flag football was fun, but our team got demolished in our first game. When I say demolished, I mean demolished.

Haha, I hope you guys have a good week! I'll be here next week with something to talk about. :)

-Andy

Financial Aid?!?

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Hey guys. Andy here again with the weekly bloggity.

I wanted to talk about the financial aid system today. It's like the 432305th rant but for this one, I'm sure many people can agree and relate to it.

I don't want to get into specific numbers, but I was granted a significant amount of financial aid that was reflected upon on ISIS since the summer. I was very excited, as I also received work study in the financial aid. I thought things would go smooth this year.

First week passes, and I'm still enjoying things. I went to work study three times already at that point. Then I received an annoying email saying my financial aid award has been adjusted. I went to look and needless to say, there was a significant decrease in my financial award and now I actually had to pay the school more money.

Let's stop for a second here. Think about it from my point of view. I know I may sound spoiled, since many people pay a significant amount of money to attend college. I am, however, in not a situation in which my parents can help with college costs. You probably understand then, that I have to work my butt off to afford going to school and rent.

Coming back to the story's conclusion. They took away my work study and a lot of the financial aid that was offered earlier. Why am I so mad about it? I just don't understand why they couldn't tell me earlier. I would have prepared myself financially instead of being in a hole like this. It was like a slap in the face. The system is inconsiderate for people's concerns and conflicts. It's not like it's the first time they've done this.

I apologize for those who don't care or who don't agree with me. I do feel, however, that they at least owe it to the students to tell them earlier about such significant changes. It's an unfortunate situation for me, but I'm sure many more students are out there in the same situation.

That's my rant. Feel free to comment on this one.

Bored yet?

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Hey guys, Andy here again. Hope you enjoyed your week and my last blog entry! It got some positive reviews, I'll hopefully do it again sometime soon. I have a lot of rants up my sleeve haha.

Are you guys bored yet? I was happy to be back in the school atmosphere but classes got noticeably "harder." To be honest though, I am in really boring classes and that doesn't help at all. That's why there are school activities to alleviate the stress and such.

Intramurals sign ups end on Thursday, so keep your eyes out for that. Captain's meeting is on Thursday as well, so if you plan on playing anything, you should attend the meeting at the CRC at 9pm.

There are fall activities as well, a great list of things the school offers that you should have received in your emails. Kayaking and mountain climbing sure sounds fun to me. Too bad I'm afraid of the water.

By the way, did you guys know that the school implemented the card system on Monday [for parking]? You need a valid student card to access parking lots. Problem was, my brother and I commute together, and he does not have school on Mondays and Fridays! Meaning, I'd have to take his card every Monday and Friday, since he purchased the parking decal under his name. It's sort of inconvenient. So I emailed the UCAPS services and told them my problem. I just got an email back saying that they had activated my card for it as well, so we will see if that's the case. If it works, I'll be a very happy man.

Until next time,

-Andy
Hey guys. Andy here with another blog. I am dedicating this blog entry to the commuters of UMass Lowell. It's a little bit of a rant, but bare with me if you will.

First off, let me be the first to say that I love UMass Lowell. It's the perfect university for me. But everyone knows there are flaws to every school. Unfortunately, UMass Lowell has an annoying flaw, which is parking.

In the summer, the university promoted the additional parking spaces they were going to install. I was actually very happy that they were addressing the issue, as many other commuters were not satisfied with the limited parking spaces near campus. The first day, I went in very excited, at 9:40 AM, thinking I'm going to get a nice parking spot at north (I think it's called riverside). To my disappointment and surprise, there were absolutely none available! To make matters worse, there was a guy handing out flyers that pretty much didn't help with anything. It was a map of the campus and such.

Now let me make it clear that I understand that UMass Lowell is a commuter-heavy school. However, for north campus commuters, it is quite annoying to come half an hour early just to find a parking spot. Not to mention walking to the campus is time consuming if there are no spots available at riverside.

We all pay similar amounts for parking, and it's no pocket money. Why should some of the commuters have to suffer because their classes may be later than others? Some people may not think it's a big deal, but conflicts such as this could easily ruin one's day.

I've been hearing professors complain of their parking spaces too. The whole system is flawed, for both students and teachers alike. There has to be a better system where commuters won't have to worry about finding a parking spot first thing in the morning, or being late for class.

By the way, why are the parking decals not coming early enough? For people who have ordered it online, you were probably told that you will receive in the mail by a certain date, and if it doesn't come by then, you have to actually go in to solve the conflict. Another small, yet time consuming process.

You probably have heard other commuters talk as emotionally as I do about parking. I may not be the most intelligent student on campus, but it doesn't take a brilliant soul to realize that the parking system is flawed. That's just my little rant for the day.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay safe and don't get too frustrated if there are no parking spots! You will eventually find one...a bit away from the campus.

-[Pessimistic?!] Andy
Hey guys, it's Andy here! Hope you all enjoyed the first day of classes. I had a little hectic time as a commuter. The parking problem still is lingering around even after all the renovations! Unfortunately, I was very late to my first class. I hope it's a problem that sorts out throughout the year. I don't want to judge it right away.

I noticed today that a lot of students are utilizing the recreational center! Great for you guys. Don't just make it an opening week kind of thing, try utilizing it throughout the school year. It's only beneficial to you, and there are lots of things to do in there.

Which leads me to intramurals. You all need to sign up for intramurals. It's too much fun and you are missing out if you don't sign up! It's decently organized and operated, so you won't be disappointed. It's a good way to meet new people and a good way to develop competitive spirit.

Hope you guys are looking forward to the rest of the school year. While it won't be the high road all the time, it will be a fun ride once again this year. Stay cool as well, it's been reaching 90s lately outside and the some rooms in the university don't have A/C! I almost fainted today haha.

I'll be back next week. We are making a new schedule for the fall semester in the radio station! I will let you guys know if I get a timeslot and when I will be on the air.

Til then, stay cool and healthy!

-Andy

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