April 2009 Archives

  It's 4:15AM, and I just finished signing up for classes!


The 23rd-25th here at UML is Spring Carnival! I've heard from upper classmen that spring carnival is held every year and is supposed to be one of the best events all year. Friday is a University Day, meaning there are no classes! These three days of Spring Carnival is supposedly jam-packed with fun and entertainment, and so far, its been pretty good. Thursday there was a outdoor BBQ, open mic night, comedian, and other random things going on around campus to stir up some fun.


I had already went onto the UML website and found the course catalog for next year, so all my classes have been picked out. When I went to orientation, me and my friends (we're all currently undeclared business majors) were handed a schedule, and weren't able to pick our classes. After talking to several other classmates, it turns out that other students enrolled in different majors picked their schedules. The first time I was actually able to pick my own schedule was during first semester for the current semester. It is a strenuous and difficult task; finding the right classes at the right times and with professors that had good ratings at RateMyProfessors. The first time I tried signing up, a rush of students already beat me to some classes, and unfortunately, some of the classes I selected were all full. This made it even more stressful and confusing, as I had to change my schedule on the fly as fast as I could. Fortunately this time, my friend woke me up and told me that ISIS (the system we use to sign up for classes) opened, and I was able to sign up for all the classes I picked out. I haven't officially transferred into Computer Science yet, but my classes are definitely geared towards the sciences. The reason why I haven't made the switch yet is due to me juggling career options in my head, after all, this will affect the rest of my life. It seems very likely that I will switch soon, but who knows what curve balls might be thrown in my future.


It's getting late so I best be off, till next time,

-Hai

So last night was reslife's little extravaganza where they explained different aspects of housing, the different buildings, and explained steps that current students had to take in order to complete the housing sign-up process. Alongside the informational part of the event were many entertainment stations such as street sign making, frisbee painting, foam dance station, and moonbounce/sumo rink.

Rumored weeks before was UML buying hotel rooms that students could live in, but this time not in Nashua. This year, to accomadate the massive enrollment number, the schoold had to buy out some rooms at a hotel called the Radisson, a hotel some miles away that students would live at and take a bus back and forth to campus. At the Beat The System event, we found out about The Double Tree, a hotel in downtown Lowell that is suppossed to be very nice and not too far from campus. They didn't have actual pictures of the rooms, but they sketched out drawings that made the place seem very nice. At the event, students got forms where they could actually request a whole floor to themselves and their friends.

The main event of Beat The System was the raffle. Every half hour they would pick a ticket and the person who had the corresponding ticket would win their pick of any room on campus. There were 12 winners so ever half hour they picked 2 winners, starting out with the 12th moving up to the 1st. the person who won first would get the 12th pick of where they wanted to room, and the person who got picked at the very end of the whole event would get the very first pick. I actually ended up winning! Out of all the students that attended (most of the freshman who live on campus attended) I won 8th pick! Right now, I'm aiming to pick a 6th person Suite in Donahue and then pull my friends in to live with me. People who have suites have the ability to "pull-in" whomever they want to live in the suites with them. A good thing about this is there's also something called room retention. Room retention is when a student that lives in a suite reclaims the spot for the following year. This means that the suite i win from this raffle will belong to me and my friends untill we graduate!

Being a freshman, I feel like I've done so much with this school already, and winning this raffle just adds another notch on the experience belt. I'm so glad that I won the raffle and congrats to everyone else who also won!
-Hai

Gotta Be Here!

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I was surprised waking up Sunday morning to a rush of buses piling into East campus, unloading waves and waves of parents and students. A huge banner carrying the, ďGotta Be Here!Ē slogan was hung up across the Fox Tower, and it soon became clear that it was welcome day for the incoming students. Seniors from high schools came excited and parents came full of questions. I could see many of my fellow classmates rushing into the area where they served guests food, taking advantage of the free food and avoiding the obligation of swiping a meal plan. I was wearing a UMass Lowell sweatshirt, and had no intentions of being a tour guide, but I had families actually follow me up the Fox elevators and come visit my friendís room. I didnít mind it since it wasnít my room and thought it would be funny to embarrass my friend by unexpectedly show up at his door with random families looking to see how college students live their lives. Campus was pretty crazy until around 2, at which time I believe the tours and welcome day ended.


An upcoming event to note is the ďBeat the SystemĒ event that is going to be held tomorrow I believe.  This event is supposed to help students learn the doís and doníts of housing sign-ups, a process that has me confused. Iím not so much confused of what to do, but just unsure of what further steps I should take. As a freshman, Iíve filled out the application before, but Iíve made friends that I want to room with, and am unsure of how to request them. As told to me by the RAís, the event should have lots of entertainment and free giveaways, but the most important part of the event is the raffle. Reslife will be raffling off the first 10 spots in housing, meaning if you win one of the 10, you will be the first of 10 to choose where you live on campus. If I win the raffle, Iím aiming to secure a suite in Donahue, an upperclassman suite, and then attempt to ďpull-inĒ my friends.


Important dates to remember:
Housing Deposit due April 17th
Last day to withdraw from a class is April 13th


In a previous post I mentioned being able to upload videos that I took of the Hockey East Finals, but unfortunately, it seems that I left all my cables back at home and wonít be able to upload any of the videos.


Thatís it for now, till next time,
-Hai

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