Tiongson, Christian J: August 2009 Archives

For the past few days, I have been thinking about my final HawkTalk post for UMass Lowell.  Many questions, such as "What should I say?" and "How should I say it?" filled my head.  With these questions, other thoughts and flashbacks floated in my mind.  I thought about the main purpose of this blog, and my purpose in life.  I thought about my four tremendous years at UMass Lowell and my future.  I thought about my family, my friends, my colleagues, my baseball players, and others who I have interacted with.  I thought about the world we live in - all the good and all the bad.  All of this floated in my head like a crib's hanging mobile.  I'm like the infant lying there, still new to the world around me, looking over the bright objects floating above my head; all I had to do is grab one thing.  So, what should I write about?  What should I grab from this mobile that continues to spin around in a rhythmic matter?

Last night I looked at my mirror and saw a different person.  Who is that person? Who was he four years ago?  Was he a person who was just fresh out of high school?  A naive young man who wanted a girlfriend, has a lot of friends, and just hangs out a lot?  A person who wants a job and make a lot of money?  A person who doesn't know what to do with his life?  A person with no purpose?   I can tell you this:  he was all of that before and now he is someone else.  This person I see in the mirror wants to make a difference in the world, someone who wants to change people's lives for the better, a person who can make goals and aim higher to achieve them.  This person has a set of skills with a vast and vivid knowledge that continues to grow, a gentleman-type of professionalism, and a drive to live that cannot be destroyed.  This person has a caring and loving heart that is bigger than he knows and a personality that will build bridges, not walls.  This person has a purpose in life.  Humbly, this person is me, Christian.

And who should I thank for helping me become a better person and a worthy "top-of-the-line" contributor to society?  I have to thank the University of Massachusetts Lowell, my alma mater.  I have to thank my professors, their teacher aides, the deans, the Chancellor and the administration, the rest of the staff, my blog supervisor, and my blog co-workers.  Most of all, I have to thank my friends and my classmates, who stuck by me through the thick and thin.  Everyone here at the UMass Lowell has taught me many things from the topics set within my major to essential lessons about life.  They have taught me that knowledge does not end at the last page of the textbook; everything around you is a "teachable moment" and a life-worthy learning experience.  With these lessons, I took on UMass Lowell's challenge.  They challenged me to be the best that I can be.  They challenged me to work hard to reach my goals, and to fight in what I believe in.  They challenged me to make a change and to make a difference in the world that we live in.  I can be I am proud to say that I took on the challenge and succeeded; now I'm an UMass Lowell alumnus.   

So can you take on the challenge?  Can you change the person that you are now?  Can you make positive changes?  Can you make a difference?  If you are up for the challenge, UMass Lowell is your answer to overcome that challenge "plus ultra."  You "Gotta Be Here," plain and simple.  This is where dreams are made and met, and where life truly begins.  I can honestly tell you that I am happy with my decision to go to UMass Lowell four years ago.  It was one of the best decisions in my life and I hope it is yours too.

Now I leave you all with this quote:

"We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."
- Ted Kennedy (1962-2009)




See you later and thank you,
Christian T.
UML Exercise Physiology Class of 2009

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Before I talk about UML's relationship with social networks, I would like to inform you all that this will be one of my last UML blog posts.  For those who have been following my posts, I graduated from UML on May 2009.  With graduation behind me and my plans of taking a year off from school, I decided to end my UML blog posts.  This will allow a current student to take my place.  This does not mean I'm going to be away from UML.  Going to graduate school in UML is still a go, even if my plans of going to back to school this fall died.  Right now, I plan to head back next Fall (2010).  If all goes well, I may be able to blog again for UML.

Thank you all for following my blog posts!  It's been a pleasure blogging for the university!

(Now to my blog post...)


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You can say that UMass Lowell has an extraordinary relationship with social networks and other similar "we-can-reach-you" technology.  Their relationship is pretty simple and romantic: UML gives it's spouse up-to-date news about the university and the social network gives back by sharing it to its millions of users.  How simple is that relationship?  It's perfect. 


For those who have not noticed yet, UMass Lowell is everywhere internet-technology-wise.  Umass Lowell has its own Facebook, Twitter, email system, text message system, blogs, and even a Youtube!  UML uses these communication facets so they can easily reach their students without using the good ol' email system (yes I said old).  I've recently added UML's facebook page and Twitter, and I can definitely say that it's a great way to read what's going on in the university since my eyes are glued on those two sites. Youtube is also a fun way to see what's going on in the University.  Most of the time, UML video-cams their events, such as meetings and sports.  Also, tons of student projects (class-runned or privately done) are also showcased on that website.  What's pretty cool about that is the posting of UML's 2009 Commencement videos!  You should look for me in the School of Health Environment video! 

In terms of text messaging, UML's text message system is used for emergency uses only.  If you sign up for UML's text messaging system, you will be notified about school closures, delays, and other emergencies.  I find this system EXTREMELY handy, especially those who are commuters.  Instead of waking really early in the morning to see if school is canceled on T.V., you can simply wait for a text message that says its canceled.  The system is fast and easy.  What's also cool about this is the email and phone call options.  You can receive email or phone call updates if text messages aren't your cup of tea.

Now, how do you get these services?  The following information is a quick run through to get yourself updated! 

Here is how you can get UML as a "Fan" on Facebook.

- Log-in to your Facebook account or make one! 
- Simply type in "UMass Lowell" in the Facebook search bar (the upper right hand corner)
- Click on the little magnifying glass.  It will take you to the "new, more useful Search page."  - On the left side, there is a menu.  Click on the orange flag that says "Pages." 
- You should see "UMass Lowell" at the very top of the middle list. 
- Click on "Become a Friend" which is right next to the picture. 
- You are UML's fan!!

Here is how you can follow UML on Twitter:
- Log-in to your Twitter account or make one!
- Click on "Find People" on the right hand corner
- On the search bar, type "UMass Lowell"
- UMass Lowell has tons of Twitter accounts based on colleges, etc.
- Click on "Follow" on any of the UML accounts (ie. UMassLowellBlogs)!
- You are following UML!

Here is how you can subscribe to UML on Youtube:

- Log-in to your Youtube / Google account or make one!
- Type in "UMass Lowell" on the search bar at the top of the page.
- Look at the very first video at the very top.  Right next to word and number of viewers (ie. 866 views), there should be a blue word that says "umasslowell."  Click on it.
- You are in UML's Youtube Page.  Click on the gold button that says "Subscribe."
- You are subscribed to UML!

To get UML Emergency Notifications, go to www.uml.edu/notify.
To check out our UML HawkTalk blogs, click here:  UML HawkTalk!


I hope that you will subscribe, follow, become a fan, and sign up with UML!

- Christian '09
blog.uml.edu/hawktalk/christian




Throughout the summer, I have been getting tons of emails from UMass Lowell News and announcements.  It seems like the university has been very busy. I can tell you that I am very happy to hear about the new changes and additions to my alma mater. 

One major addition to the university is the old Double Tree Hotel a.k.a UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.  I've heard about Chancellor Meehan's interest in purchasing the hotel throughout my senior year.  He wanted to buy the hotel so the university would take in more dorm students for the upcoming school year.  To me, it's a great idea.  First of all, who wouldn't want a renovated hotel room as a dorm for a whole year?  Everything is going to be brand new for the hundreds of upper-classmen, honor, and international students who will dorm their in the Fall.  Nice and fresh for the new year, huh?  Second, it's right smack in the middle of Downtown Lowell.  Students can spend more time in the area, like hanging out at coffee shops, heading to the museums, eating at the great restaurants down there, or just plain sitting and enjoying the historical atmosphere of the canals.  Maybe more students would bring new life to the Downtown area and help the already poor economy.

Another major addition is the new UCard.  This new identifcation card will allow you to gain access to parking lots and the recreational center, purchase food from out-of-campus merchants, buy food from Aramark food in campus, and so on.  You can even add money to the card so you don't have to carry cash on you.  It's just like a bank debit card.  It pretty much makes life simplier for UML students - one card for everything!  What make's it better is the protection system that backs the card.  According to the UML website, the card is protected by the "most secure technology available in the market today."  That should give the UML student peace of mind if the card gets stolen. 
 
There are other plans such as building a new dormitory across the tracks in South Campus, a new parking garage, and more renovations throughout the university.  For freshmen, you should be very excited of the new changes your university is going through.  There is a bright future for the University of Massachusetts Lowell!

- Christian '09

The first day of college is about 4 weeks away and I'm already seeing the "Back-2-School" signs in retail stores, such as Target.  Usually this time of the year, I start preparing myself for a full year of academics (and late nights studying).  Surprisingly enough, it's going to be different this year.  After going through a lot of thought, I am not planning to head to school this fall for a certificate in Nutritional Sciences.  After looking over my financial situation, and other personal and general issues, going to school this Fall may be a little unrealistic, especially since I haven't found a full-time job that is suitable for me and relates to my field of study.  Right now, the Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) grad school is still my aim for the 2010 Fall academic year.  I'm planning to take the GRE (aka the SATs of College), get my letters of recommendation, and application ready soon.  While the DPT program is still a main focus, I'm still open to other options, like other majors, other job paths, and so on.  I'm an open-book that is blank and ready to be written.  I know for a fact that there are tons of options out there; I just need to do the research and look what's right for me right now.  I am just hoping that I find a "good" paying job that will give me a little peace of mind in this tough economic time. 

Those who are heading back or are heading to UMass Lowell for the first time, I want to congratulate you in getting accepted to your major.  UMass Lowell is a competitive school; thousands apply every year to go to this great insitute of education.  You should be proud that all of your past experiences and achievements have brought you this far.  Don't let it stop now.  Continue to bring your talents, skills, and motivation into your new chapter at UMass Lowell.  This university is well known in developing well-rounded professionals, so expect to be one of the very best when you cross the stage four (or less) years from now.  Like I have mentioned in other blogs, please get involved in the Riverhawk community!  You will feel like you are part of a family if you do (and yes, that means you "Commuter Students!").  Keep your head up through your college career and you will suceed.

Here are a few links to my older blog posts to help you out for the new school year:

High School - College Transition 
GET INVOLVED!!
Forever Bound to The River
Commuters Prepare! (2008)
Gas Tips (2008)
Gas Tips 2 (2008)
Small Blog Post About Summer Classes
What is my drive like to UML? (Video)


GOOD LUCK!!!

- Christian

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