March 2009 Archives

So first of all, I want to tell you that I have a pretty bad headache right now.  Okay, "pretty bad" is such a weak set of words to describe the AGONY, TORTURE... and the INCONVENIENCE of having this "a carpenter hammering a nail into concrete in my noggin" headache.  So if you see me on campus (for those who are students at UML), give me a hug.  I rarely get headaches and, yes... I'm being a big oversized "senior" baby right now.  

So what does this headache drama got to do with anything about college?

Today, I was thinking about the days that I did not attend class because I was sick with something or had something that took my focus away.  A few weeks ago, a person I know had an "illness" so that person did not go to class.  The thing about that person's absence was the fact that he/she did not contact the professor ahead of time.  So at the end, that person has -2 points riding on his final grade.  Stinks huh?  Two points removed from a final grade doesn't sound bad, but if you are riding between an "A/A-" then you can kiss that "A" goodbye.

In high school, if a student gets sick, his or her parents/guardian/family member/or a friend who is faking to be an "authoritative figure," would call up the school office to tell the secretaries that his son/daughter won't be able to attend his/her classes today.  This message is relayed throughout the school so all his/her teacher's gets a heads up.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work at UML or other colleges.  If you are sick, have problems heading to classes due to a snowstorm, or other stuff, you must email your professors ahead of time - yes that means you have to send individual ones or a mass generalized message.  Alerting the professor before the scheduled absence would save you from losing points or any other consequences that may occur.  Luckily, classes at UML and other colleges do not have classes everyday, unless you are taking a winter/summer class or have some kind of practicum/clinical experience.  So if you (the student) doesn't go to classes, you are still responsible for the work missed.  I can honestly tell you that there are some professors who will give you "leeway" if the illness or event is unbearable - but at the end you are still responsible for the material that you missed. 

I have had certain events that pulled me away from my bird's eye focus in classes, and I can say that the professors I had were very supportive.  For example, during that time period, my professor allowed me to take an exam a different day or told me a paper is due another day.  The professors here do care about your progress throughtout your reign at UML.  They understand that there are some things you can't control (death, illness) and those things do happen.  So I'm happy to say that I did not have any problems that lead to me losing points for a missed day.  You got to thanks emails! 

So the bottom line is that a college student must have a professional relationship with their professor; COMMUNICATION IS A MUST!!!  Trust me, without a strong sense of communication, nothing worthwhile will happen... other than the fact that your grade will drop...

Well, I have to get off this computer... the flashing screen is not helping my headache. 

Remember, if you see me on campus, give me a friendly hug!  (Just kidding!)  I'm probably just going to spread whatever I have if you give me a hug... but try not to think of that if you want to be a caring friend :-).

- Christian


Normally, all people bleed red.

But only a select group of people can say they bleed red and blue.  Those people are the Riverhawks. 

Who are the Riverhawks?  You can say that it's all those who play a sport at University of Massachusetts - Lowell.  That is correct, but that's only a small portion of the family.  It's those who work hard in classes, strive to be the best of the best, teach others the knowledge of their field, keep our campus safe, serve others with a golden heart, and those who continue to hold the torch of UML after graduation.  It's everyone in the UMass-Lowell community - the administration, faculty and staff, current students, alumni, sponsors... and you, the perspective student.  We all support each other like a family, even if we don't know each other that well... or heck, even know each other at all.  We simply are a rare breed of people. 

Do you want to be a Riverhawk?  Do you want to bleed red and blue?  You can be part of the family by coming to tonight's Hockey East Final Championship game at the TD BankNorth Garden in Boston, MA.  The UMass-Lowell Riverhawks will be playing their second Hockey East Championship ever versus the #1 Boston University Terriers.  You may say it's going to be a hard obstacle to clear, but nothing is impossible for the Riverhawks.  Last night, my friend Abbey and I watched a game that no one will ever forget.  The Riverhawks played against the tough Northeastern Huskies.  Before last night's game, the Riverhawks were 0-3 against them with only 4 or 5 goals.  That was a statistic that was anchored in the minds of everyone in the Garden... But that was a weak statistic.  After being down 2-0, the Riverhawks scored 2 unanswered goals, which one was scored in the final few seconds of the game, UML held it strong and brought it to overtime.  Within 3 minutes of OT, UML scored the game winner. 

I seriously can't explain the atmosphere, the thrill, the anxiety that was going through the hearts and minds of everyone in that arena.  Maybe you should come down and experience it yourself - 7pm at the Garden.

What are you waiting for?!?  Jump on the MBTA and head into Boston now!!!!

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- Christian

Oh yeah, I'm hoping I will be able to blog after the game to tell you what happened... GO RIVERHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!
Forget what I said for my last blog about being screwed unhappy after graduation.

Okay, maybe you still can say "I'm screwed" job-wise, but my journey to gain more knowledge?  That journey will continue for one more year at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.  So, my final lap around campus just has to wait... Sweet, huh? 

So what am I going to take after getting my Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology? 

After remembering a particular suggestion from my professor to get a nutrition certificate in addition to a certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) and an U.S. Olympics Weightlifting Certification (no idea what the abbreviations are) all on top of my EP degree, I decided to research for schools to get such a certification.  And guess what?  UMass-Lowell saves the day once again!  UML is offering a 4-course, 1 or 2 year program for nutrition certification.  Instead of going to a different campus (and try to adapt to a new and strange environment and routine) I can just stay at UML as a commuter and enroll to get a "Graduate Certificate in Nutritional Science." 

After I read the description of the certificate program and saw the words "designed for the health professional, such as a medical technologist, clinical lab scientist, biologist, nurse, physician, physical therapist, exercise physiologist, athletic trainer and personal trainer" (and yes I do have selective reading)  all the stress of post-graduation just went away.  Oddly enough it just disappeared like that.  Sure, job-wise (as mentioned) I'm still stressed about that, but it feels like I finally got redirected to a better path.  All the uncertainty of what I want to do after graduation cleared up. 

Honestly, I'm pretty excited that I'm going back to UML next year.  UML became another home for me, since I've been there for a good 4 years.  Why should I start a new life at a different school if I can continue what I have at a place I pretty much like?  Besides, I finally got the hang of things this year and finally connected with the UML community.  I want to continue that "grasp" (even if it seems like Senioritis is killing me).

Also, my buddies are taking it with me too!!!! So nothing is going to change!  Hey, I'll take the parking problems (and yes... the $1500 fee raise) any day if my commuter buddies are part of the ride!!!!!

Great stuff!


Around lunch time, I was doing my regular news check on  "This happened, that happened, oh another gas leak, cold weather, la la di do."  Then something caught my eye:  Catholics Urged To Give Up Texting For Lent.  At the same time, my cell phone went off saying I got a new text message from my buddy Meg.  Then two questions came up in my head: "Is this a sign?  Should I as a Catholic, give up texting for Lent?"

Absolutely not. 

So I guess the Vatican wants us to "give up" using high tech gadgets (such as an iPod, Blackberry, etc), and non-traditional forms of communication (such as texting or emailing) during Lent.  According to the article, these gadgets are drawing us away from "conrete [non-virtual] relationships."  In other words, the Vatican (or those in the Vatican who support this no-technology abstinence), wants us to take these technological distractions, throw them away for 40 days, and create or maintain healthy social "face-to-face" relationships. 

Okay, I think there's something hypocritical about this.  The Pope obviously praises facebook and myspace because they bring us together in a virtual-sense.  Funny enough, he also has his own YouTube Channel.  And now, bishops in the Vatican are saying we should give up this techno-junk for 40 days?

Listen, I understand the whole logical sense behind giving up this new technology.  We're getting way too distracted by our iPods, Game Boys, Wiis, laptops, Blackberries, and other stuff.  This distraction is pulling us away from important stuff like doing homework (and I confess that I'm doing my blog JUST to delay me from doing homework).  But come on, you can't urge us to stop texting.  Many people use texting as another form of communication that is less distracting and time-consuming like a phone call.  Let's just use me for an example.  My semester is very busy from classes, work, and clinicals.  I really don't have enough time to make a phone call to someone and talk to them.  Heck, sometimes I can't even hold a whole conversation without an awkward "so-anyways" pause.  That is why I use texting.  I can communicate with my buddies who I normally don't see every week thanks to my busy schedule.  What's even better is the whole fact that I can communicate with multiple friends at once through texting.  So there is no way I can give up texting for Lent.  If I gave up texting, then my connections with friends will die (for 40 days).  My social life is doomed (sadly enough).

So there has to be another thing I should give up.

Here's a list of things that has been lurking in my mind:
Driving to Lowell
Taking a Shower
Taking exams
Writing Essays
Going to classes
Blogging for UML

... okay Elaine.  I was just kidding about the last one (ha ha ha).

- Christian

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