Entries tagged with “south” from Hawk Talk - Hai

Oh gosh, it seems like only yesterday I was moving in for Orientation, but right now, Iíve finished all my finals, packed everything up, and am now awaiting my parents arrival. Looking back, it seems like Iíve done a lot and have lived my freshman year almost to its fullest extent. Of course, Iíve gained a lot of experience throughout the entire year, and Iíve definitely picked up on some doís and doníts.  It would have been nice having my own personal tip guide and I often think, ďwowÖ I wish someone wouldíve told me that earlier!Ē Here are some tips that I have for all incoming freshman to have as pleasant a year that I had:

-Pack LIGHT! Ė I remembered grabbing every article of clothing I had, a cure for every illness, decorations, toys, gizmos, etc. It turns out that many of the things I brought with me I didnít even use. Sure decorations are nice, but not too many; preparing for the worst of weather is good, but reason through the seasons; 3+ pillows makes your bed look inviting, but when you go to bed you end up using one, maybe two. I definitely am paying the consequences right now, I have SO MANY things to bring back home. All the useless items I brought with me plus all my necessities plus all the things Iíve obtained throughout the year makes moving out a hassle, stressful, and extremely difficult.

-Clothes- In the beginning of the year I brought all my hoodies, jackets, and other winter wear, but it turns out that I didnít wear many of them until around Thanksgiving, but by then I was already back home. So donít bring your entire wardrobe, when you go back home to visit your folks, you can always grab whatever you need.

-Fans- Definitely definitely  DEFINITELY bring a couple fans for your room in the BEGINNING of the year. I remember the first couple months was excruciating, the heat was unbearable at times. You probably want a standing oscillating fan for the room and a small one by your bed when you sleep at night. Even then the rooms get hot, but it becomes more bearable.

-Food- Iím not gonna lie, dining hall hours on the weekends arenít the greatest. In times when youíre up late or missed a meal during the weekend, having some food will help you get by. Ramen, Mac & Cheese, microwave dinners, Hot Pockets, etc. all are perfect options when youíre hungry and need a bite to eat when the dining hall is closed. But a mistake I made was snacking on them whenever I felt like it, which depleted my stock fairly quickly, leaving me to have to order food.

-Cash- You wonít know until you get here. Your money goes down the drain quicker than youíve ever experienced before. SAVE money over the summer, get a job, mow the lawn, whatever you need to do to get money, get it and save it. Throughout the year you never know whenever you need to get medicine, food, etc. You really do end up going broke by the end of year, trust me. By the end of the first semester, my money levels were reaching critical levels, and I learned the hard way to spend wisely and not to blow off all my money. Learn the value of a dollar.

-Back Up Cash- Have your parents setup some sort of way you can get money when you have none and are in dire need of it. This could be giving them your bank account information, credit card, etc. I remember not having enough money when I was sick and needed to buy antibiotics, but luckily my mom was able to send me money through my bank account. Oh and the nurses at Health Services CAN prescribe medicine when needed.

-Get Involved!- If you live in Bourgeois  or Leitch, you will constantly see flyers for different activities being held some upcoming day in the common room. I attended many of these activities with my friends and was able to win many great prizes such as a digital camcorder, different school kits, etc. And a tip, if you go to these events, sign your name down in the sign in sheet, the F.Y.R.E.ís (first year resource educators) keep track of how many you go to and will give you a special prize at the end of the year. I didnít know of this, but luckily I went to 7 of the activities and was pleasantly surprised to find out that anyone that attended 7+ got a free trip to Six Flags. So get involved, and get the prizes! Unfortunately I donít know whether or not Fox has a lot of these activities and flyers, my friend who lives in Fox said he barely ever sees any sort of activities.

-Timing- Walk from East -> North and vice versa = approx 10mins.

                Shuttle East -> South and vice versa = approx 20-30mins.

                Shuttle South -> North and vice versa = approx 10-15mins.

-Laundry- Machines here donít use change, only bills. You can put money on a card and then itís $1 washer and $1 dryer = $2. Bourgeoisí money adder machine only accepts $5+, but Leitchís machine letís you add single dollar bills onto your laundry card. Beware of broken dryers! If youíre waiting for a dryer, feel the glass, if it isnít as warm as the other machines, most likely the machine is broken. If you dry your clothes and it doesnít seem like it dried at all, most likely the machine is broken, try a different one. TIME YOUR LAUNDRY.  If you donít come for your laundry, most times it will get thrown on the table with all the other clothes. You donít want this to happen, so make sure you read the time on the machines and come back 2-3 minutes before theyíre done.

-Know Campus Numbers- UML Police/Emergency = 9789342911

                                                   UML shuttle services, brings you places late at night and when the shuttle busses are done for the day Ė 978 934 2222

Thatís all I needed or thought was important, but you get a list of numbers in the beginning of the year.

-Moving Out- Keep the room clean the entire year, and your task will be easier. The lighter you packed in the beginning of the year, the easier as well. If you brought your own car or live close, try to stagger the move-out process, bringing all unnecessary items back home before your actual move-out day to make that day so much easier.

Thatís all I could really think of, but Iím sure youíll find your own tips throughout your college life. Itís been a great year and Iím definitely looking forward for the next year!

Till next time,

-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

Vacation Update!

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This break so far has been great and a lot of fun, but I am dying to go back to school! I've tried occupying myself with various vacation projects, but it doesn't beat the school life.


The one thing I dislike most about Umass Lowell is the distance from my house. I know there are others who live much further away than I do, but it's still one of my number one complaints. Most of my friends are from the north shore area, so have a better chance of knowing other classmates either from sports or mutual friends. It wasn't difficult for me to make new friends, but many others already had head starts. Also, on numerous occasions, my friends will meet to catch up on each other's lives at a local restaurant or home. While it'll take them 5-10 minutes to travel, it will take me 1-2 hours without snow or traffic! It only bugs me since I have to pay for gas, but it's a manageable obstacle for me. So far, I've met up with my college friends a couple times to discuss the latest news, and just recently had to sleepover because of the horrific weather conditions.


I've already worked a couple days at my new store, and it is definitely different from my old store. Although the names and merchandise are exactly the same, I will only see around 5 customers on average at my new store, compared to the thousands I used to see at my old store. Because of the huge decrease in customers, the workload isn't as great, but most of the shift, I'll stand around trying to find something to keep myself occupied. Overall though, I do like my new store more than my old one. I've gotten numerous phone calls from managers and associates trying to ask me to come back, and I do miss all my co-workers, but I would rather stay with my new store. Since there aren't as many customers and isn't as big of a store, the overall cleanliness is better and I'm not asked to stay till ridiculous hours, like 4 in the morning!


One vacation project I would like to share is converting to Linux. If your not familiar with the Linux operating system, imagine Windows and Mac, and how they're both computers but different environments. Linux is another computing environment popular to programmers and web servers since it's almost impossible to get a virus on it. It's been known to many as the more technical environment to many, but I have found it just as easy to operate as Windows and Mac. The current ďversionĒ of Linux that I am using is called Ubuntu, a very popular Linux version that is used by bother beginners and experts. So far everything is great, and I may never use Windows again!


That's it for now guys! A little less than two weeks till move in day, and I can't wait! Till next time,

-Hai

Halloween Weekend

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Since I've gotten to UML, I've found that there's hardly ever a boring and dull moment; there's always something to do around campus.

This Halloween was the first time I didn't go trick-o-treating, which is disappointing, but I guess I was getting a little too old for that anyway. My friends and I were dressed up the whole day as South Park characters; not many people dressed up during the day, but almost everyone had a costume by the evening.



Sunday was a very exciting day for me as well. During the day, my friends and I went to the UML vs. Bentley soccer game to cheer on our fellow classmates. Everyone had a great time being as loud and boisterous as they could, and bringing home a 4 to 1 victory was awesome as well. There was a lot of rough housing between some of the players (no fights actually broke out, although it was close), and I'm not being biased, but it was mainly from Bently's side. Later that night my friends and I took a train into Boston and accompanied by some of our Wentworth friends, we all had dinner at Fire and Ice. If you've never been to Fire and Ice, you should definetly go one day, It's an all you can eat bar and grill where you can pick and choose any mixture of food available and the chef's cook it right in front of you. We had a great time, but due to a mix up in our rides, we didn't end up getting back on campus until 1 in the morning!

I had a blast this Halloween weekend and I'm kind of dissapointed that the weekend is already over, but I'm sure I'll still enjoy the week.

Till next time,
-Hai

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