Why I’m Not Graduating in December

20140827_200104There are a number of students on the SUNY Oswego campus who keep looking at the calendar and realize they only flip it one more time before the word “December” is printed in big letters at the top. For some, that means their tenure at this school is ending and they will be walking the stage while the snow is on the ground, rather than the traditional dandelions.

There are many reasons for this. Some people are just finished—they have completed the necessary requirements for college and don’t see any point in hanging around any longer. Some do it to avoid paying an extra few thousand dollars that they technically don’t have to. Some weren’t able to graduate in May due to various problems and are  doing so now.

I began school here in the fall of 2011 and am on schedule to graduate in the spring. I have two majors and a minor. One major was technically completed before this semester and the other I could’ve finished this semester. I only have one more class for my minor that I also could’ve taken this semester. So in theory, I could have graduated in December. But I don’t want to.

And it’s not because I’m afraid of the real world and am just taking on another semester because I technically can. It goes way beyond that.

Being a double major and minor, I have had the lovely opportunity to take an armada of different types of classes from different backgrounds. I have taken creative writing classes, journalism classes, history classes, political science classes, broadcasting classes, English classes and more. So I am satisfied that I have had such a versatile class structure while I’ve been here. That is the basis for why I won’t graduate in December.

I love this school. I talk about it all the time. I cannot believe all of the things I have done and opportunities I have taken in my three-and-a-half years here. It has passed my expectations on biblical proportions. And each time I think it can’t get any better, things come up that just might make it so.

20140827_200053The spring semester might be exciting for many ways. I am excited for the classes that I will potentially be taking, and not because they are easy 100-level classes, because they’re not. Some of them are classes that I am not required to take for my majors but I am anyway because they are offered. One of them is a class that examines communications in other countries and sends students to Paris, France over spring break. I have only left the country to go to Canada, I have never been on a plane before, and have always wanted to go to Paris since I was about six years old. An adventure like that would be the perfect ending to my college years. That alone would define my entire philosophy on college: Take the opportunities that are offered and go beyond your comfort zone. For me, both would definitely apply here.

The spring also gives me the time to possibly squeeze one more internship in before I graduate. With a small class schedule, this helps make this possible. There are many opportunities on this campus or near this campus for that.

The spring semester also gives me a window of a few months to do some hardcore job and internship searching, which is quite comforting. I want to leave SUNY Oswego knowing what’s next and not just walk out the door and go wherever the blustery Oswego winds take me.

An undergraduate student has four years. Four years is not a long time. It has gone by astoundingly fast. I want to do as much as I can in those four years because they won’t come again. I’m paying the money and taking the time, but I will take it all because I know what kinds of doors can open at SUNY Oswego.

Oswego Dining

Usually you hear that college food is gross when it comes to the dining hall; here at SUNY Oswego, that is not the case. Each dining hall has a deli, the special food of the day, salad bar, cereal, and dessert options. There are a variety or dining halls for you to pick from: Lakeside, Cooper, Pathfinder, and Littlepage. Each dining hall specializes in something unique.

Lakeside:

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Lakeside dining hall is located on lakeside and is connected to Johnson Hall. Lakeside specializes in Chinese food. Chinese is strictly served Sunday through Wednesday. You can pick from the daily special, or have the dining hall make you a special plate custom to your liking. Lakeside also has pizza and bread-sticks, you circle on a piece of paper what you want, whether it be garlic/cheese sauce, pepperoni, broccoli, onions, or more, and they make it specially for you. Latenight is also offered here.

Cooper:

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Cooper dining hall is located in main campus, and is connected to heart hall. Cooper is well known for its ice cream bar. While their are certain nights where ice cream is offered in every dining hall, Cooper is where you would go if you want a great ice cream sundae. They usually offer at least 6 different flavors with unlimited toppings of your choice. Like lakeside, Cooper also has a pizza station. Late night is also offered here.

Pathfinder:

Pathfinder is located in west campus, connected to Cayuga and Seneca Hall. At Pathfinder, depending on the day, you can get quesadillas, flat bread pizzas, or panini. You can get anything from sour cream, guacamole, salsa, chicken, cheese, and more on your quesadilla. Pathfinder offers a wide range of options for flat bread pizzas and paninis including buffalo chicken, pesto chicken, roasted pepper and chicken, and more. Pathfinder also allows you to order burgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken, bacon, onion rings, and french fries at the grill.

Littlepage:

Even though littlepage has a salad bar, they offer a special salad of the day. The special of the day can range from chicken cesar, mexian, ham and cheese, and more. You tell them what you would like in the salad and they make it for you in seconds. Littlepage is also opened for late night.

Places around campus:

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There are many places around campus where you can use your Oswego dining dollars to get a quick meal or snack. This is a smoothie called Lean Machine at FANS in the Marano Campus Center. There are many other places around campus where you can get a things such as a bagel, buffalo chicken sandwich, yogurt, chicken fingers, and more.

As you can see, when it comes to Oswego dining there’s always something to choose from. Each dining hall is unique in its own way and it makes Oswego cuisine very diverse and interesting instead boring and dull. SUNY Oswego also has an app available in the app store called “SUNYOswego” where you can look up what the dining halls are serving for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Oswego dining truly has great options.

HvZ Next Week!

Humans vs Zombies

    Sign up this Thursday! It’s almost time again for the Humans vs. Zombies annual game. For those of you who don’t know, this game is a campus wide game of tag where a set few of people are labeled zombies and cannot use anything but their two hands to tag someone labeled a human in order to turn them into a zombie. Humans are allowed to throw socks and use NERF guns to stun zombies from being able to tag them for 15 minutes. I participated in this event last year, and I recommend everyone to at least join in the fun during one of their years here in SUNY Oswego. The game only comes around once a year after midterms in the fall semester.

I probably will be writing up daily blogs for each day I survive as a labeled human in the game. I may resort to writing a huge blog that is more like a list of journal entries of what occurred every day from what I remembered that is most memorable of course. I have done this last year where on the last day of the event, I wrote a blog describing everything I could in detail and it was just too much fun writing it all down and remembering the friends I made and hilarious moments.

There are clear rules within the event which keeps everyone safe as long as people respect them. Such rules are that you can’t be in play when you step in the parking lot or 5 feet from a building. When a NERF bullet hits a zombie in the head, it won’t count as them being stunned. Also, non-players cannot participate in the game, where players working in collusion with non-players will be kicked out. You can find the list of rules and regulations within the Humans vs. Zombies Facebook page.

The game is thrilling, exciting, and friendly if you make it so. There won’t be anything weird about it since it’s a game where we all can go around and be “childish” as some people believe it to be. It’s worth the fun, and it’s acceptable. What’s better is you’re playing with potential long term friends and well as building great friendships as you go around finding other humans to team up with as you walk to class. The same goes to zombies where you can wait in front of campus center and wait for humans to walk nearby (Oops…watch out humans).

The game may feel like it’s built towards zombies to win, but it’s really all about giving it a try and experience the thrill of being in situations of survival. I want everyone to have fun and don’t even worry about not having a NERF gun. I was pretty much a weaponless human who would throw useless socks sometimes and even borrowed a NERF gun whenever a friend wasn’t going outside for the rest of the day. Enjoy the event guys, it’s only one week with an interesting storyline brought to you by the moderators of the Story Teller’s Guild.

Fall has hit oswego!!

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The cold weather is on it’s way! The trees have changed colors and the air is chilly. I have switched to drinking hot tea instead of cold water because I’m so cold. I have no idea what id do with out my pink keurig; I have so many different flavors of tea. lol! Oswego is the most beautiful place to be in the fall with all the different fall colors everywhere you look. It’s a great view when walking to class. I’m having so much fun and cant wait to take a picture when it starts snowing. Hopefully it starts snowing soon!

Long Distance Communication

Long Distance

            Long distance may be one of the most difficult things to cope with in life. Whether it’s long distance relationships or being far from home, dealing with it is all you can do. However, there are different ways to deal with it. You can go through with video calling them through any video calling software ranging from Skype, Oovoo, Tango, FaceTime, etc… There are some advantages and disadvantages to using video calling, but it’s really helpful when you miss your significant other dearly or a family member. Long distance relationships, however, can have its pros and cons, but you may feel the cons a lot more. There are great things like: unlimited alone time, not having to fight for space, being able to go out with your friends all the time without anyone getting upset. The main con is the fact that you both can be thousands of miles apart. Distance has a definite impact on the dynamics of a relationship. A serious long distance relationship surely isn’t the same as having a long distance crush. When you have a long distance crush, everything’s new and exciting. You’re getting to know someone over the only modes of communication you have and it’s the biggest emotional tease, really, because the possibility of anything is wide open. Maybe you’ll meet them, maybe you won’t; you never know. But when you’re trying to make something that already exists, a legitimately working long distance relationship, it’s difficult.

In general when you’re away from home, you have the best and worst of both worlds. The freedom of being single and none of the fun or all the comfort of being in a relationship and none of the contact. It’s like having a large part of your life figured out, but it’s mysteriously nowhere to be found; that’s probably one of the weirdest feelings you’ll ever get. We can only be happy we have software online that helps with this struggle many of us encounter. Video conferencing for example, you have quick communications with others and  it’s where people from all over the world can meet each other halfway. You also have convenience since most places have internet connection these days, so it’s easy to talk to whoever you want, from wherever you are.

There are many options within video conferencing. Facetime allows you to connect with different people or family members. You can utilize Facetime off of apple products with one other person at a time. This is good for long distance video conferences, it is affordable for people that live far away, and it has a larger base compared to Skype. Facetime gives you a very clear picture. Oovoo allows you to connect with up to six people at a time. This is good for family members that live far away. If one of your contacts isn’t online, you may send them a video message that they will receive when they log in. Skype allows you to connect with one other person at a time. This is free to download and it offers a voice mail service in case someone missed your call. Tango is a video chat app that can be downloaded on an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or an android. This can connect you to one other person at a time. This is, however, a very unpopular app. Although some options can be pricey, others can be very economically feasible, along with being compatible with other equipment. Most of these types of software are very easy to use and understand. It can only take a few clicks to start talking with who you have to.

Video conferencing has some troublesome aspects to it, but the advantages balance out. Time zones may be different in other parts of the world. The investment and maintenance of the equipment is expensive. Also, there will always be times where you need to be able to meet face to face. It’s still worth the time and effort you want to put in order to talk with who you want.

Keeping Yourself Busy

Lately I’ve been drenched with boredom throughout this past weekend. Although I’ve been sick and had more time to think to myself how boring it is to feel like there’s nothing you can do especially when sick. One would want to avoid getting other people sick, which is something I tried to avoid even though someone unfortunately received some of same symptoms I had. Despite someone else getting sick and spreading the “Oswego Plague” indirectly, as some people call it, I’ve had trouble having fun in any way. Usually I enjoy having work to do, however I had caught up with the work I had been assigned.

I actually was glad I had my afternoon class this past Monday for Accounting, seeing as it is my major and that class seems to always have me doing work. The feeling of something keeping me busy makes me feel a lot better especially since I was already focused on controlling the mucus running marathons down my nose; it was not a pretty feeling. Thankfully though, Monday was the last day of me being sick at all. Today, Tuesday, I woke up completely recovered and relaxed as I woke up and went to my 8 a.m. class.

As I write this blog today, I think to myself that I probably should have taken the time to write a blog during the time I was bored. I felt miserable with the cold I had, but now I’ll be trying to keep myself busy again by getting back into the gym. Speaking of gym, if you haven’t purchased a gym membership, I highly recommend you go find a friend who has the Insanity Workout DVD and attempt it. It will be worth your time because watching a video on what specific work out you have to do is better than figuring out first hand in the gym (even though you can get a personal trainer or look up online). I only recommend Insanity at all if you want to find a different place to work out than the gym itself. Hopefully you guys wont feel too bored during your years in college. Make sure to sleep it off if you have to, especially when you’re sick. Spend time with your friends.

As a Senior, Keeping Busy Keeps Me From Being Bored

Here I am, a college senior at SUNY Oswego and a mere seven months from graduating and moving on to something else. Some people might want to spend their last year living it up, partying while they can and taking those 100-level courses just to get the credits they need to graduate. I admit that’s what sounded good to me when school work started getting more difficult as a sophomore.

But that is not what my final year is like however. I figured out very soon after my sophomore year that college is not just the pain of work, no sleep, and spending thousands of dollars. College is a gift. And it’s a gift that comes and goes all too quickly. So I decided I was not going to take those 100-level courses and sleep in all day. I’ve come to realize that those that do nothing in college get nothing out of it. Those that take advantage of the opportunities that college provides at least have a fighting chance in the real world.

I keep myself busy. Mondays I’m in class 10:20-12:25, then go to my internship at the Oswego Alumni Office from 1-4:30, followed by a three-hour American History Seminar from 5:30-8:15, then meetings with the campus media organizations from 8:30-10:30. Tuesdays I have one class, attend the Student Association meeting at 6 to write a weekly column on it, and go to History Club, of which I am the secretary of, from 8:30-9:30. Wednesdays I have class and my internship again and then edit the news articles and start designing the news section of The Oswegonian. I’m usually in that office until 2 or 3 in the morning. Sometimes later. Thursdays, I’m in The Oswegonian office from about 10 a.m. until 9 or 10 p.m., minus my one class. Fridays I have two classes and a meeting at 3. So let’s just say I enjoy my weekends.

On top of that, I write one, two, or sometimes three news article a weeks for The Oswegonian and Alumni Office, opinion editorials, and when I can, write something for this blog. Oh, and of course homework. Can’t forget the homework for three 400-level courses.

Some people will ask why I kill myself with all this work. At times it is stressful and I don’t get to sit down and relax very often, but whenever I think about how tiring it is, I remember that I love it.

Keeping busy keeps me from being bored. I’ve learned that you don’t learn anything by standing still, nor do you get where you want to go.

I can’t even describe the amount I have learned from my time at SUNY Oswego by being active. And all that I have right now comes from all that I’ve done and who I’ve known. The classes, the professors, the newspaper, the clubs, the friends, colleagues, this very blog, have all in some sort, given me something to help propel myself into my future.

And I want to do more. A lot of the enormous opportunities and resources offered in college disappear when you walk down that aisle in that graduation gown. And I want to take advantage of all those that I can in my remaining time here.

I’ve got seven months left. That’s seven months left to paint my image that will stick for the rest of my life. When I walk down that aisle myself, I want to be assured I did all that I could and that I did it the best I could.

I’ve come to find out that in college, the more you give, the more you take away.

Windows 10

Microsoft has revealed their upcoming operating system with a number of questions in mind. They are calling it Windows 10, the fusion of Windows 7 and 8. When they say “fusion” I would imagine they probably thought of calling it Windows 13 or maybe Windows 18; as a message to us users that it would be double what Windows 9 would have been. They didn’t want to go up incrementally, in fact they thought of going down to Windows One. Quite honestly, if they called it Windows One, wouldn’t that feel like a downgrade in some people’s eyes? It’s like starting over to something unfamiliar or simply downgrading their security. There are those who think this way when companies reveal newer products for buyers to spend so much money and time on.

Thankfully we won’t get “lost” in Windows 10; looking back to the Windows 8 interface and how many users still can’t figure out what’s open on their screen or how to get back to an app. The new OS will have a feature that lets you zoom out and see everything that’s open on a PC. The pricing is still unknown, however it’s probably evident that it will turn out to be more expensive than previous versions. We can only hope that the new operating system will be really next gen. With the planned release to be next year, there’s limited time for Microsoft to make their marketing idea of “Windows 10” the better and improved lifestyle choice for our convenience.

In my opinion, I can’t wait for this new operating system to be released if it does come out to be what it’s expected to be. The main thing I would like about Windows 10 would have to be the Start menu. Combined with the windows 8 interface where apps are displayed on the left and windows 8-style apps are located on the right. This Start menu can be seen as very convenient and easy to use. If there was a feature I would hate to be missed it would be the unlocking of the taskbar; the taskbar’s ability to move to the right side of the screen. If that feature is missed, I would already be very disappointed with the OS.

Sources:

Niccolai, James. “Windows 10: 12 Things You Need to Know.” PCWorld. N.p., 01 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 Oct. 2014.

 

The iPhone 6

Clearly Apple has won when it comes to having everyone talk about the iPhone 6 and how it’s either good or bad for different reasons. After looking up the iPhone 6 news on Google, I find a good number of questions as well as striking news revolving around the new iPhone. “China’s iPhone 6 craving leads to fistfight in Connecticut”, “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been sold at the quantity of 10 million over this past weekend”, and “How likely is it that a new Apple iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will break when dropped or dunked in water?” Quite honestly I would never buy an apple product solely because they look like they can break almost instantaneously. If they worked on implementing a case as the actual phone without any extra charge, it would be reasonable since you’re already paying $650. It does look slippery as most critics mention and you’re better off buying a carrying case for it. Thinking about it is so expensive for the average college student so for those who do get it, good for you! Just take care of it, one slip or trip and that’s $650 down the drain.

I’ve noticed more about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when I called for customer service on UPS and they asked if I was wondering about an “iPhone 6 shipment” and that’s where I know that Apple hit it big. With a great battery life, spectacular camera, operating system, and variety of features, I can understand how much of an upgrade it’d be from my Samsung Galaxy S3. Only problem with some of those who would upgrade is the pricing and how it seems to be able to break easily. I say this due to all of the previous iPods and iPhones Apple has previously made as well as all the friends I have had dropped their own products resulting in breakage.

Honestly I didn’t know about the iPhone 6 until it literally started to get shipped to people on the 19th of September. News spread quickly and I immediately thought to myself: “Oh not this again” assuming its just about iPhone 4 or something. I will completely admit Apple is a great company for selling so many of almost the same products to many people. Products that seem like slight upgrades to the generation before. This is how I feel Samsung did as well when they upgraded from the S4 to the S5, so I only hope there’s a major and noticeable change that I can clearly see when the Galaxy S6 comes out. I’m not going to call myself the most clear-to-see a product for what it is kind of guy whenever a next-gen product comes out; I could be completely blind about it, however stating it how I see it.

To those willing to pay for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, congrats! There’s definitely some cool upgrades that will improve upon other phones. One thing that remains a constant, though, is the iPhone’s awesome library of apps. For all those looking to see how apps will look on the new, larger display, allow me to recommended a new app I found: The Rukkus Phone app (on Android too). It’s full of bright colors and photos that will shine on the retina display. Plus there’s no better option for buying cheap concert sports and theatre tickets.

 

Midterms

Why am I hearing people talk about midterm exams? Is it almost time? Oh no!

It’s almost time guys. Midterms will be coming soon and some professors just love to give them out early. I assume it’s to help you decide on whether you want to actually withdraw from a class or not. I had my fair share of wondering which class to withdraw from when I had to. Make sure to study guys! I understand that Rosh Hashannah is coming up and you all should enjoy yourselves. To those going out for the weekend visiting family or staying on campus to hang around with your friends, have a blessed weekend.

There will be a couple of students who will try to remember stuff from their classes throughout the vacation; or try to catch up on their courses, and I applaud those of you who try. I’m very optimistic and I hope those who work on their coursework deserve the highest possibility of getting that break from stress you need. Quite frankly, everyone should be working hard, but I know there are people who just won’t care to put the work in; who just go out and ignore their deadlines. I mention this due to what happened last year where a good portion of my friends couldn’t keep up with the work after partying too much and they end up de-registered from SUNY Oswego. Try hard guys.

A little advice for those in a relationship while dealing with the large volume of coursework your partner could possibly be overwhelmed with. Make sure you give him or her the space they need and don’t feel like you are ignored when they seem to be really unable to reply to messages. I say this due to what I’ve been noticing around my friends lately so I’m sharing this advice.

Overall I want everyone to have a great time and make wonderful memories with your friends. There will be moments where you feel bad or fake to your friends solely because you can’t hang around them. They should understand that you are most likely doing your work, if you tell them so. Don’t fall for peer pressure, make friends, don’t be sad, be positive (B+) and make that grade or higher.