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.

Os”WE GO”: Bridget Jackson – She Really Does Love PR

Jackson, third from left, at the Matrix Awards in New York City

Jackson, third from left, at the Matrix Awards in New York City

A lot of SUNY Oswego students go far distances during their short few years here. The classes they take, the people they meet, and the experiences they have make them key candidates for the future job market. Senior public relations major Bridget Jackson is a perfect example of the professionalism that comes out of Oswego.

Last spring, Jackson was awarded the Charlotte Kelly Veal Scholarship by the New York Women in Communications Foundation, an organization that cultivates leaders in the communications field by providing financial support, opportunities for professional development and mentoring, and an entree to a diverse community of communications professionals. The largest foundation for women’s communications scholarships in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania region, the foundation awards 15-20 scholarships that range from $2,500 to $5,000 and $10,000, to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications.  All recipients attend the Matrix Awards held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and make a live appearance on the TODAY show.

The Charlotte Kelly Veal Scholarship is in honor of former Matrix honoree and much beloved NYWICI member Charlotte Kelly Veal, to a student pursuing a career in public relations.

“The entire experience, from the application process to the awards ceremony itself right up until today is still connecting and making plans with my fellow scholarship sisters is an unreal experience,” Jackson said. “It’s one of those things that if you heard about it, you would assume it is too good to be true. I am in awe that an opportunity like this exists for students.”

Jackson is no stranger to recognition for her public relations either. She was also awarded the “Edward Austin Sheldon Scholar Award” from the Oswego Alumni Association and the “Robert C. Ziegler Memorial Scholarship” from the School of Communications at the 2014 Spring Honors Convocation. The day after coming back from the Matrix Awards in New York City, she was awarded the “Most Likely to Succeed in Public Relations Award” at the 2014 Ozzie Awards, the ceremony congratulating SUNY Oswego students in the School of Communications for their hard work throughout the year. This, she said, was “the icing on the cake.”

“The Ozzies was a surreal experience,” Jackson said. “I attended the Ozzies because I am a very active student on campus and an overall supporter of campus activities. Being in a room full of students who also love communications is a very empowering feeling. So overall, just being at the Ozzies is a great experience. To be recognized in front of all those students and faculty as someone is most likely to succeed in the field I love is amazing. I love PR and to have people say that you will succeed in a field you already love is the best feeling ever.”

Jackson’s experience and strong involvement at SUNY Oswego has helped her become the successful person she is. Since she was a freshman, she has been an office assistant in Career Services, desk attendant in Seneca Hall, a volunteer and employed tour guide for the Admissions Office, a member of the Honors program, an Honors Seminar leader, a blogger for herCampus, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Lambda Pi Eta, a member and vice president of PRSSA (Public Relations Society of America) and is currently the president of PRSSA.

She has also been a co-coordinator intern for SCMA Admitted Students Day, a PR intern in the Compass, and PR intern at Kellen Communications in New York City.

“I could talk forever about the resources and opportunities that Oswego provides, it amazes me every day the things this campus has,” Jackson said. “Overall from Oswego, I think I will take away all the connections I made with people. I have met so many interesting people, either in classes, group projects, clubs, employment or simple conversations in the dining hall. Professors and club advisers are a whole different conversation. It amazes me how much they offer to help students. I am an outgoing person and especially with #ozmystory I have been able to meet so many people. I can always walk across campus and say hi to a million people. I made a campus of over 7,000 students my home and coming from an all-girls catholic high school with a graduating class of 70, I never imagined that was possible.”

Trip around Latin America

During this program with the Latino Student Union, we were engaged in guessing which country the presenters were discussing after giving some notable facts about a certain country we try to guess. For every country we guessed, they mentioned the current events and fun facts about those countries afterwards. Some countries that we’ve successfully guessed were: Chile, Columbia, Nicaragua, Argentina, El Salvador, Venezuela, Cuba, Panama, Bolivia, Honduras and Brazil. Some facts ranged from their national sports to their spoken languages. Current events that were mentioned are that Nicaragua is trying to build a canal although they have a concern over environmental effects, El Salvador sends children to the United States to keep them from the gangs and warfare in their nation, and much more.

This program relates to many national events going on throughout Latin America. A current event from Panama would be that they have the best telecommunication system in Latin America. Argentina has their congress recently passing a measure to prevent itself from going into their second default after 13 years. Venezuela being one of the best oil exporting countries in the world. Also Chile has a separation between two groups of people who were a former dictator’s supporters and detractors which creates tensions between them.  These current events inform us more about important things we may find interesting about a nation. With this information, we can understand more about how a different country operates.

I gained a lot of new information from this program pertaining to the fun facts and current events mentioned about other countries I don’t quite think about. I was able to learn more about countries other than the ones I’m from: Ecuador and Dominican Republic which they haven’t mentioned. I learned about Honduras being more of a gang controlled country where it’s more of a murder capital with murders at a ratio of 90 to 100,000. I learned that Brazil had imagined their economy getting better after hosting the World Cup, however the GDP only increased by 0.2% indicating that, still, the inflation rate is expected to rise. I learned that Cuba made Christmas an official holiday on 1997, and they nickname their country a crocodile since their island is shaped like a crocodile’s head.

SUNY Oswego: Strengths week!!!

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its strengths week for my major Wellness management! My class took an online test to find our top 5 strengths and this week is all about enhancing our strengths.  Its not about focusing on your weaknesses when there are so many great qualities you can show off!

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My five strengths are shown in the mage above: achiever, restorative, positivity, focus, and harmony. These are my five strengths that i have and i am going to always keep these in mind to know and enhance.

What are your strength?

College: It’s More Than Just The Classroom

Empire State Plaza in Albany

Empire State Plaza in Albany

Experience. That’s what I’m told employers are looking for. And that’s what I knew I needed. This past summer, I had my first-ever internship. And let me tell you, it was some experience. And all of that experience didn’t merely come from the internship alone, because it was more than just the internship for me.

Last spring, I had completed a whole year of being the Assistant News Editor at The Oswegonian, was named to be the News Editor for my senior year, and had taken multiple writing and journalism classes to the point that I was ready for some field work. When the opportunity for an internship at  The Legislative Gazette in Albany came up, I grabbed it, got accepted relatively easily, and knew it would be a good opportunity.

I live three hours from Albany. Luckily, I have an aunt and uncle that live there so I was able to stay with them. I live on a dirt road in the woods. So I had my parents drive me 12 miles to Fulton, where I took a Centro bus to Syracuse, and then a Greyhound bus to Albany. That was the first time I had ever taken a Centro bus, a transportation bus, and it was also the first time I had traveled by myself. So, just getting to my internship was both a challenge and a valuable experience.

As earlier mentioned, I have lived on a dirt road in the woods my entire life, so spending two months in Albany was a booming metropolis for me. I had to lock the doors all the time, make sure to close the shades, and be weary of shady areas of the city, as I decided to walk home from work every day. I learned how to navigate the city and was eventually able to find my way around.

Being a history minor, I was also able to explore many of the historic locations in Albany and the immediate vicinity. I visited the grave sites of U.S. presidents Chester Arthur, Martin Van Buren, and Franklin Roosevelt. Now along with my goal to see all 50 states, I am now on a mission to see the grave site of every president.

The office of The Legislative Gazette

The office of The Legislative Gazette

The Legislative Gazette covers the state legislature and state politics. During my time at the internship, my editor informally made me the environmental beat reporter. Probably two-thirds of the stories I wrote were environmentally related, so as a result, I was in constant contact with the Department of Environmental Conservation, and through the DEC alone, was able to better understand state laws and regulations of state agencies. One article in particular, had me researching the state constitution itself and citing it in the article because it had to be addressed. In an article involving a lawsuit filed to fight teacher tenure laws in New York state, I had to read the preliminary statement of the lawsuit itself to see if New York tenure laws were being sued for the same reason as California’s, which filed a similar lawsuit a month before. I had to again read sections of New York’s and California’s state constitutions to see if there was a difference. The lawsuit in California challenged that the tenure law interfered with a student’s state constitutional right to a “sound education.” The wording in New York’s constitution was different, so the lawsuit was filed to challenge tenure laws on different grounds. It’s really a simple thing but it made all the difference in making sure the information about New York’s lawsuit was factual and accurate.

Aside from law, government, and politics, I of course learned a tremendous amount about the modern fundamentals of journalism. As mentioned previously, I had never been outside of a college newspaper office as far as field work goes. So, needless to say, I was quite nervous about starting this internship. One of the biggest challenges was adapting to the fast-paced world that modern journalism has. At The Oswegonian, I was used to writing one article a week, sometimes two when I was the Assistant News Editor. At The Legislative Gazette, I wrote on average, four or five articles a week (a week being four days.) Every week, I found myself scrambling to get everything finished before the noon deadline on Thursday. After a time however, I improved my time management throughout the week so I wouldn’t have to take work home to work on it or come into the office a half an hour earlier to make sure I could finish everything. I became more organized, wrote down the stories I had to do and who I called and what time and what else I had to do so I knew the appropriate time I needed to complete everything in a clean, accurate, well-written matter.

The New York State Capitol Building

The New York State Capitol Building

Like any internship should, my time at The Legislative Gazette really improved my communication skills and confidence. A lot of people were surprised when I told them the first time that I was studying journalism. I am really one of the shiest journalists out there really. I was one of the quietest people in my high school but I did all the things that a shy guy wouldn’t do. I acted in plays for seven years, which included two lead roles, I sing and play music regularly on stages in front of hundreds of people all the time, and I’m working on a degree in a field where 90 percent of the job is talking to strangers and asking them questions. I can honestly say that I did the bare minimum of communicating with sources during my freshman and sophomore year of college, but did a little better during my junior year. It was hard for me to adjust. I knew it wasn’t President Deborah Stanley anymore, it was Andrew Cuomo. It wasn’t the president of Student Association anymore; it was the speaker of the State Assembly. I talked to business leaders, state senators and assemblymen, police officers, governor candidates, and more important individuals. I even got to see Governor Cuomo when he signed the bill legalizing medical marijuana Now I know I can talk to anyone about any subject and sound confident and have the authority that a journalist needs to have to be able to conduct a thorough interview. And again, I improved my communication outside the internship. I had to ask workers questions at bus and train terminals, talk to and befriend the fellow interns, adjust to close quarters with my aunt and uncle. It just makes me feel more confident than ever.

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo

So, I’ve completed my first internship. I don’t regret doing it at all. It was something I needed to do for myself, for every single thing I did that was related to the internship was completely outside of my comfort zone. That’s why I believe I learned so much. I finally pushed myself just a little further on multiple levels and left the office on the last day feeling proud of myself, my accomplishments, and the profession I will be going into. After all, it’s all about the experience. Experience spawns knowledge, confidence, power, and new outlooks. I’m not only more confident, but I am also much more excited about this last school year than I was in May. I have taken on the position of News Editor and started my second internship, as an editorial intern at the OSWEGO Alumni Magazine. After the incredible experience I’ve had this summer, I can’t wait to see what I will learn from these new tasks before me, and how I will think and feel when I come out the other side.

“All About My Mother” Movie Review

The movie: “All About My Mother” was about a woman whose son named Esteban died and she dealt with the pain of telling important individuals about his death. She goes on to care for a pregnant nun who became her best friend, and plans to call her upcoming son: Esteban. The nun had an affair with the woman’s ex-boyfriend during the time she raised the already dead Esteban. Unfortunately the nun caught AIDS from him and it is important to note he was a transvestite named Lola who happened to go around being a prostitute. The Esteban who died never got to know his father since his mother ran away with him as a child in order to hide the truth from him. In the end, the nun died shortly after the pregnancy due to the virus, and Lola came into the scene and met the child, assuming it was his first child and the mother of the deceased Esteban showed him the picture of his truly first born son.

This program relates to a global issue of the lives of people with AIDS/HIV and also to those who become a bad influence as a parent. It’s possible for a parent with a husband/wife who considered a life of being a prostitute to run away with his/her child. This could be done because the parent wouldn’t want the child to know the truth and possibly follow their footsteps. The child would be upset with their parent for hiding the facts and feeling like they’re missing a half to their life. Even in the movie, the woman took the nun’s child away to another country just to hide the truth again.

I gained new information from the movie, which was the fact that such a problem Esteban’s mother had could exist. To have a future transvestite as a partner and leaving them due to bad influences to later find out a friend you recently made had intercourse with the man, resulting in catching AIDS. Luckily Esteban’s mother didn’t have AIDS since Lola had been a prostitute over the 17 years up to Esteban’s death. Looking at this case, I see more into the fact that there are many routes to life, and this particular one isn’t rare at all. Globally there are more and more individuals becoming a bad influence, resulting in the alteration of their child/children’s lives. A child already feels worse when they feel like they’re missing that one half of their life, this being their second parent.