Entries tagged with “Living off campus” from Hawk Talk - Guthrie

As we are quickly approaching finals, my last semester at UML is almost over. I am really nearing the end of my rope at UMass Lowell, and I am starting to consider whether or not I got the full college experience. Iím going to take this chance to recall my years at school and decide what I would change if I was given a second chance. Letís go backÖ

 

I moved into Leitch Hall at the end of the summer of 2005. I know this may sound like ancient history to anyone who is just starting their adventure at UML. I immediately loved the atmosphere of east campus. My freshmen year was spent studying calculus, physics and engineering classes, and my grades were awful. I attended every class and did all of my homework assignments, but I did not take time to ensure I was doing the problems correctly. Given a second chance, I would certainly spend more time working on getting good grades in these classes.

 

My sophomore year was similar to my freshmen year, only I lived on North Campus in Smith hall. I loved how close it was to classes and how convenient the tunnel system was in poor weather. Again my performance was poor in the classroom. My first two years in college made my last two much more difficult, since I needed much better grades to pull up my GPA. Another big regret that I have about my first two years is that I was detached from campus. I did not participate in any extra curricular activities, and spent most of my free time off campus. Luckily for me I was able to connect much more my junior year.

 

Junior year I got a job as a residential advisor (RA) in Eames hall on north campus. Eames is the sister building of Smith, so it was all very familiar to me. I was able to make many friends and get more involved in school. It felt really good to be able to give back to the school.  I also met my current girlfriend in the building. We have now been together for 2 years and share an apartment a few miles away from campus. My grades improved dramatically this year.

 

I took my second semester junior year off to get some working experience. I was offered a co-op position at Husky IMS in Milton, VT. I worked there for six months, lived in Burlington, VT, and made a couple of good friends from Penn State. My friends from Penn State were also co-ops at Husky. I worked a summer internship at a medical devices company in Salem, NH called Advanced Polymers after returning from VT.

 

When I returned to school the next fall, my grades skyrocketed. I think my work experience encouraged me to work harder to increase my GPA. This was the first time in my college career that I made Deanís List. I also got the chance to rent out an apartment near campus with a couple of friends I had made in Eames hall. We had a lot of fun living there and all enjoyed having our own rooms. We did have a falling out with one of our roommates, which became a major issue towards the end of our stay. So I would advise anyone who wants to rent an apartment to be careful choosing roommates. After this year I got a summer internship working at Teleflex Medical in Jaffrey, NH. I still work there part time now, it is kind of a hike, but the pay is pretty good.

 

Now I am in my last semester of college. I am really starting to feel like I am at the end of my rope. It is kind of a depressing feeling, but I am excited to move forward and explore some new opportunities. I am happy to say that I will be graduating with a 3.0GPA. I had to work really hard to dig myself out of the ditch I made my first two years. I do miss the dorm rooms, as you do not need to worry about bills and upkeep. I would suggest that every college student should live on campus at least one year to get the full college experience.

 

Overall, I am happy with the choices I made in college. I am very glad to have experienced a wonderful four years at UML. Thanks for reading.

This summer has been going very well so far. I have had a string of bad luck when it comes to my car, but other than I have been having a great time. I spent this past weekend at my cottage in Vermont. It is so nice to have a place to get away to whenever I want.

I have decided to move in with my girlfriend next semester; we are going to be getting an apartment in the Lowell area. We looked at a place in Dracut last week that we both really liked. It was a two bedroom for $800 a month; it had a lot of floor space, two designated parking spots, and balcony. The best part of the apartment was the view from the balcony; you could see fox hall and most of east campus off in the distance. We each put in $40 to get our credit checked, which seems to be pretty common to renting. So we will find out this week if we are eligible to sign up for the apartment with a view.

It is a big step for me to move in with my girlfriend, but I think it will work out for the better. I chose not to live with the guy I have been living with this past semester. I feel bad about it because we are good friends and it puts him in a tough position. Other than that, I am excited to move into a new place and start a new academic year.

I am also starting a new summer class this week. I am taking U.S. History since 1877. Hopefully this and the apartment situation go well. I will be sure to write a blog about how things turn out. Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts!

Back to school at last...

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Back to school at lastÖ My name is Guthrie Gordon, and I am a senior in plastics engineering. I have about three semesters left in my undergraduate degree.  I have spent the past 8 months away from school, working two full time internships back to back.  I lived on campus freshmen and sophomore year, and I was an RA junior year. I just moved into an apartment right next to campus with a couple of good friends.

 I can definitely say that I am excited to come back to school at Umass Lowell.  It is great to see all of the familiar faces that I have missed over the past 8 months. It is a little bit depressing to see how much things have changed here, but itís also a good thing.  It gives me a chance to explore new opportunities and make some new friends.  

My major goal is to graduate and get accepted into a masterís degree program. Right now, however, I am more focused on getting good grades this semester. I think that the next couple years here at UML will determine whether or not I get into grad school. It has been difficult getting back into the swing of things. Working 40 hours a week has put me into a day to day mindset. In college, however, you need to plan ahead as much as possible. I am looking forward to learning new things and writing about it in these blogs.

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