October 2008 Archives

Hey everyone,


This past weekend was one of the craziest on campus in a while. In three days we had President Wilson of the UMass System come visit, the first UML Hockey game of the season, family day and open house.

First, lunch with President Wilson was excellent. There were about 25 students there and Chancellor Meehan ordered us pizza. Chancellor Meehan and President Wilson basically made the lunch an open forum and we got to ask anything we wanted. We got questions answered about all of the changes at the university (budget cuts, financial aid, Fox Hall, new academic buildings etc.). President Wilson was a very friendly and personable guy, I was very honored to meet him. On the way out of our lunch, we got tickets for a free soda and popcorn at the hockey game.

Then, later that night was UML's first hockey game. We got to sit in the front row right behind the goal in the student section, it was intense! The game was a lot of fun, I definitely missed the atmosphere. There is nothing like a whole portion of the Tsongas chanting and cheering together. I wonder if we broke the record for the most people to attend a UML Hockey game on opening night. Below is a picture of me and my friends Jenna and Tammy at the game. There is a pretty similar one floating around from last year at the first game & a picture of Rowdy the Riverhawk on the ice.

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Saturday was Family Day. There were tons of activities! There was a rock wall, two separate moon bounces, lots of different types of food, games and even a make your own fishtank (and get a free fish!) booth. I got a fish, his name is Jujubee. My favorite club booth was probably the Cheerleading Teams "jail". What you could do was pay $1 and have someone put in the jail for 5 minutes, or you could pay $2 and get out early. I took pictures of some people in jail. Even Chancellor Meehan ended up in jail, he was a great sport though.

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Then Sunday was Open House. I did South Campus tours all day. It was great to see some of the faces of people that might be coming to UML. I had a lot of fun on my tours and it made me miss orientation. So if I met you at Open House, it was a pleasure and I hope to see you at Accepted Students day.

Doing Tours also made me think about Grad School and how I'm going to be touring school again soon. It's so exciting.


Well thanks for reading,

-Sam :)

Hey everyone,

First and most importantly, I would like to say that I got a 95 on my second Research II Exam. So I now have a 91 and a 95. Therefore, the one class I was most concerned about, is the class I'm doing the best in. I'm SOOOO happy. (For now...)

Oh! I can't believe I forgot to write this in the last entry. I found out late last week that I get to attend a luncheon this Friday with the President of UMass, President Wilson. I got invited through Residence Life and Orientation. I'm really excited to go. It's a great opportunity to meet him and talk about issues and things going on on-campus. It's going to be a really productive luncheon between some great student leaders and higher-ups at the university. I'll be sure to write about the event and fill you all in.

Another great event at UML next week is the "Student Forum about the National Presidential Primary Candidates' Positions on a Range of Health Issues." Four student teams are presenting a discussion about what the candidates do and don't say about very important health issues. It is a great event to attend if you want to be more informed about the candidates. I can't attend because I have classes but I really can't wait to hear about it afterwards. I think if you can go, you should... These are the things that are going to affect us sooner than we realize.

GRAD SCHOOL UPDATE: I received two packages in the mail today and both of them were from UNC-Greensboro. One was about the University and Graduate School in general and the other was about the two programs I expressed interest in. It made me even more nervous and excited. I know I have a year and a half to decide, but knowing I have deadlines, and need recommendations, and have to take GRE's can really stress a person out. I think it's time to make an appointment with career services for real.

On another Grad School note, I talked to a fellow res-lifer who moved far from home to come here, and we talked about me being nervous about moving away from home, and some of my anxieties (leaving friends and being 12 hours away from any family). He really helped me realize that it would be a great experience and if my friends and family truly loved me they'd want me to get the best experiences I could. It soothed some of my anxieties about the leaving part, figures, just as the getting in anxieties get higher.

Well It's almost time for bed...

Thanks for reading,

Sam :)


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Hey everyone!

Happy weekend! Midterms are over! WOO! I think I did really well on them for the most part. I'm very proud of myself. I'm also all caught up with my assignments from when I was sick. Phew! It's like a weight off of my shoulders. Now it's time for... work... I'm working all weekend for ResLife.

On a more fun note, this weekend is one of the last quiet-er weekends because life on campus will begin to pick up next Friday.

Starting next Friday UML Hockey starts up. I'm so excited! Hockey is one of my FAVORITE sports. Next Friday is going to be all fun for pretty much the entire night. Last year we had the "Set the Record Rally" and basically we wanted to set the record for the highest number of students at the opening night game. THIS year, we're having the "Break the Record Rally." We're trying to get as many students to attend the hockey game as possible. In my opinion, what else can you do on Friday night for FREE, get FREE stuff and be LOUD and OBNOXIOUS? That's right, not much.

There will be tons to do before the first game too. There is going to be a BBQ at 5, tons of FREE things, like face painting and the band is performing. ALSO there is going to be a dodgeball tournament before the game and the winning team wins $1000! Personally, dodgeball isn't my thing, but if it is your thing, you might as well give it a shot.

Well thanks for reading & see YOU at the Tsongas,

Sam :)


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Hey everyone,

I hope you're reading this and you aren't stressing about midterms, but odds are that's incredibly unrealistic. This blog has become a saving grace of procrastination. In fact, there are plenty of other things I should be doing, but I decided to take a break and write here.

Midterms are a great and tortuous (just kidding!) device that professors use to find out how well you're doing and in turn allow you know how you're doing in the course. These devices may be found in the forms of papers, exams or projects.

Here are some tips for studying and preparing for midterms that work for me:

1 - Make a timeline. Figure out what is due when and when exams fall into place.
2 - Make study groups! It is easier to not dive into midterms alone.
3 - Take breaks! (Like right now) Quick breaks will allow you to recharge.
4 - Don't procrastinate! Everything IS going to happen, so don't push it all back, it just gets overwhelming.

So my timeline looks like this:

Last night - Study for my Research II Exam
Today - Work on a Spanish packet, Study for my Children's Literature Midterm.
This weekend - Work on a Children's Literature essay, Finish the Spanish packet.
Beginning of next week - Do my Research II Take Home Exam.

Seeing everything out, and planning it out gives me a good sense of time. It allows me to plan life around what needs to be done, like duties and securities I might have.

Midterms are serious! You should understand that they are often a large portion of your final grade. If you don't do so well on a midterm, it should be a good indicator that you should work harder in the class.

Well as always... Thanks for reading,

Sam :)

Hey everyone,

Ugh! I’m so sorry I haven't written lately. I've been VERY sick. I had a mighty case of pneumonia. (I know, I'm the preacher of all that is healthy and health services related but some of these things I cannot control.) Regardless, I'm back up and running. Today was my last day of anti-biotics.

They took good care of me at health services. Tons of motrin and recommendations, oh and a thermometer for my room! They took good care of me at health services. Tons of motrin and recommendations, oh and a thermometer for my room!


So now, thanks to my ridiculous luck and fabulous immune system, i'm rather behind on school work. Lucky for me, I have great professors. I e-mailed them all or talked to them in person and let them know that I was sick. I also let them know that I would provide them with proper documentation regarding me missing classes. They've been very understanding, and for that I'm grateful.


DISCLAIMER: Health Services will NOT give you excusal notes. They WILL give you documentation saying you were seen, but it can not be AFTER you missed the class. If you miss class on a Tuesday and go to Health Services on Thursday and say oh, I had a cough on Tuesday and skipped research, can I have a note? They will NOT do that. On the other hand if you ask for written documentation on Monday for Monday's classes, they will provide you with that. DISCLAIMER #2 It is up to YOUR professor to excuse the absence, whether or not you have documentation.


Well, now that I'm getting better, I should probably do things, like catch up on sleep or homework. Have a good week!


Thanks for reading,

Sam :)

Hey everyone,

So in my last entry, I said that I was confused about Grad School. It was kind of vague, and that's because I hadn't put into real thought WHAT was actually so confusing. Well this weekend, I did some thinking and I guess I was so confused because the idea had only come to me two days before, It was a fresh and brand new idea. I came across a school in North Carolina and I was suddenly considering it. What you have to understand is, since the beginning of my senior year in high school, i've had no intention of leaving Massachusetts. Before my senior year in high school, I was looking at colleges in Hawaii and California, but then my Papa got sick and I couldn't imagine being far away, in case something happened. That's how I ended up here, at UML. I'm very grateful and I'm sure that my happiness is proof that I made the right choice. But now all of a sudden, I'm approaching the place where I have to make that choice again.

Since May, I've been looking at Northeastern, MSPP and Salem State for Grad Schools. All of which are within 30 minutes of my house. I've talked about living at home and saving money while living with my parents, and these plans were pretty concrete. Well last week, I came across UNC Greensboro and their Counseling program and I was looking around the webpage, and at their Residence Life program, and it all seemed so amazing. Then I started looking at other schools in North Carolina. It's such a gorgeous state, and the weather is beautiful.

I'm very afraid of taking that leap though. Being 12 hours away as compared to the hour (with traffic) now. I've spent the past 2+ years making friends and building all of these great relationships, and I know I'll build more in the next 2 years that I'm here. It's scary to leave that all behind. Plus, what if I get homesick? My freshmen year was spent being VERY homesick, and like I mentioned, I was only an hour away.

But what if I don't take the leap? Will I ever get a chance to just uproot and try something new again? Or will I spend the rest of my life in New England?

It's been tough looking into my fears, and putting them into words, let alone putting them out here in cyberspace for you to read. So I ask you readers, for any advice or input you might have for me. Especially if you've lived it.

Thanks for reading,

Hey everyone,

How are you? I'm great! Today is my 20th Birthday! :) YAY! Last night I went home and did a family birthday party with a few friends. It was a lot of fun. I got money and gift cards which are great for college. (Trust me.) 

Anyways, I also got 4 books on CD. I've never been the type to listen to books but with being as busy as I am, It's great. They're awesome for the bus ride to South, working out at the gym, etc. Seriously, invest in some.

Then I came back to school. I brought the leftover cake back to my Residence Hall and distributed it to anyone that walked by. Who doesn't love birthday cake?!?

So tonight my friends and I are going out to dinner and then watching creepy movies in one of their rooms. It's like having two birthdays. I'm excited. I'm even wearing my birthday crown. I know, you're jealous.

As a junior, I've started to do research on Grad Schools. (It's on my Grad School Career Timeline from Career Services) I want to go into either Student Counseling or some form of Counseling Psychology. I've always intended on staying near home and living at home. Well lately I've taken a liking to a few schools in North Carolina. My plans are changing and I'm really confused. I've talked to my mom about it, and she's expressed her concerns, but she's very supportive (and sad). 

Well, I'm sorry this is a short entry, but BIRTHDAY CAKE calls...

Thanks for reading,

Sam :)

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