Sundays

Sunday seems to be that one day that most college students spend procrastinating. Although it’s not recommended to do your homework so late in the week, the good thing is that we can all get our work done on time most of the time. It’s almost a social thing to do your homework so late because you mostly want to spend the weekend with your friends and hang out and share memories and all. I feel like I procrastinate for this reason most of the time besides special occasions like being sick and just being straight lazy. Sometimes within my laziness, I find myself reading and following up on trends I tend to follow up on through Facebook and Twitter; things I don’t usually do. I don’t know exactly why I don’t always read up on news articles but to me it seems like I can trust to find things out from my friends. Whether I hear rumors or not, I always look things up for whatever news I hear from friends.

Usually on Sundays I look forward to eating brunch with my friends, the best meal in my opinion. I mean who wouldn’t want pizza along with their cinnamon toast?  It’s unique and not really a meal you have everyday which is what I like about the dining halls. I could get used to eating the same food three times a day every day as long as there’s Saturday and Sunday to mix it up a little.  I feel like now that I’m writing about Sunday, I see that I actually do more than I thought I usually do. Whenever I look back to a Sunday, I always have in mind: “Oh I didn’t do anything besides procrastinate hah.” I would either think this or tell it to my friends whenever they ask: “how’s your day going? “ Or ironically if someone specifically asks: “how was your Sunday?”  

Recently I’m recovering from my cold still and I almost can’t wait to feel completely recovered. It really is sad spending a week sick especially when I got it by pretty much asking for it. What happened was that after participating in an Insanity workout event at Oneida Hall on a Monday, I travelled back to Cayuga walking as fast as possible without a scarf on. I learned my lesson, but usually I always tell myself I learn my lesson when I consider the different ways I get sick. I almost always get sick in some unique matter, and I hope I won’t have to find out any more new ways to get sick first hand. I hope you guys don’t take this campus’s windy and cold weather for granted. Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy your Sundays procrastinating!

Os “WE GO”: Gabrielle Reimann – “She Is Everywhere”

If you happen to attend history club on Tuesday evenings, after a possibly long session of a Student Association meeting, or walk through the Campus Center at 6:55 on a Saturday morning, it is impossible to avoid the welcoming face of Gabrielle Reimann.

Reimann is a junior at SUNY Oswego and is a dual major in history and political science. In her two and a half years here, Reimann has defined campus student involvement and charisma, for purposes benefiting both her own personal life and the college as a whole. Many people that know her know that she doesn’t sit still for very long. She is a member of the Political Science Club, a two-term president of the History Club, a recently inducted SA senator, a member of VEGA, the Junior-Senior Women’s Honor Society, and an employee of Campus Life, who works as a building manager  in Campus Center. She does all of this while also finding a spot on the President’s List for her grades last semester.

“I had the privilege of having Gabrielle in my beginning poetry writing class,” English and creative writing professor Charles Itzen said. “She was an excellent writer and tremendous role model for the other students. Gabrielle has really taken advantage of the multitude of educational and professional opportunities at SUNY Oswego. She is everywhere. I used to joke with her that the college will probably have to close when she graduates. She certainly represents the best of SUNY Oswego.”

Reimann during her induction ceremony for VEGA, SUNY Oswego's Junior senior Honor Soceity

Reimann during her induction ceremony for VEGA, SUNY Oswego’s Junior-Senior  Women’s Honor Society

When she is at her home in Somers, New York when school is not in session, Reimann works at a day camp, various retail stores, Subway, and is a certified EMT and volunteers for emergency services.

“Gabbi is one person I know who has been through a lot but still manages to do absolutely everything she can,” History Club vice president Jackie Giotta said. “She lets nothing stop her.  She truly does not let one thing bring her down, and she rises high above all of that.”

 Over this past winter break, Reimann interned at the American Museum of  Natural History in New York City and at age 19, was even offered a job by Al Jazeera, an Arab satellite television network.

“I want to be in a classroom teaching somewhere, probably in a school that’s not well off because in a country where so much is expected from us, so many kids don’t get the adequate education and attention they need. If I can change the academic success of one kid, that’s one future I can help,” Reimann said.

As if she doesn’t do a lot as it is, Reimann said that she would still like to find time in her schedule to pledge Alpha Phi Omega, national coeducational leadership service organization, and join SAVAC (Student Association Volunteer Ambulance Corps.) Reimann will also be spending her spring break in Florence Alabama, volunteering for Habit for Humanity, an international organization that builds affordable houses for low income families.

“If you want to be successful and you want to be a well rounded individual, the person people look at and say, ‘hey, this person is in control of what she wants to do and she wants to make something of herself,’ you have to make sacrifices, which might be really time consuming, to develop your resume and learn things that you don’t know,” Reimann said. “Because every day’s a learning experience so the only way you’re going to learn to the extent that you want to is to go out and do stuff.”

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

The cold never bothered me anyway

                Hello all, I just felt like addressing the weather here in Oswego. It’s practically bipolar as most of us know, but to those new incoming freshmen who come to read up on our blogs, guess what, it can be pretty warm after a while here in Oswego! Honestly I think it all depends on where you live and how long you live in Oswego until you get to really judge what cold really is to you. This may be confusing, but let me break it down. We all start off by attending events in Oswego before our freshman first semester. Whether it’s Orientation or Acceptance Student’s Day, we notice the weather is quite warm and beautiful, reflecting an amazing image in your head that you will love it here. Trust me you will enjoy it more when you experience the first snowfall or whiteout here on campus. I know the first time there was a whiteout, I was surprised and quite frankly, I found it pretty cool as long as I was indoors of course.

Weather-wise, you’re better off not bringing an umbrella to SUNY Oswego. I STRONGLY suggest you don’t invest in one for your time here. Why? Well we have this lake, Lake Ontario, and it loves to send northbound Canadian wind southwards towards us, creating these wind tunnels that will either simply have rain/snow hit you sideways or break your umbrella/have you flying. Overall the weather is a pretty sight to look at sometimes, especially from the new Shineman Center. When living in west campus, I can only recall there being a wind tunnel in front of Onondaga and in between Seneca and Cayuga Halls. I’m not completely sure of any other wind tunnels to look out for. The real “danger” to look out for is when all the snow covering the ground by a foot or two start to turn to ice.  It’s difficult to walk through and I usually go through a shortcut to west campus located south from the quad near Hewitt union heading towards Tyler Hall. This is a shortcut most people, and more than likely, you, will be used to taking throughout those warm spring and autumn days. However in the winter, I’d rather go around it or challenge myself to go through the shortcut.

When it comes to the temperature, you do feel it being a little cold over time and it does get chillier. Considering your first semester however, the more time you spend here, the more accustomed you are to the gradual decrease in the average temperature throughout your first semester. You, or a handful of people, start getting a sort of superiority complex when you go back to visit in your vacations usually only if you are from NYC or some other southern city. For example, you go about eaves dropping on your friends complaining about how cold it is and you go and chuckle in their face saying the weather there is nothing compared to Oswego. Well… Oswego kind of bites you back again when you travel back to prepare for the beginning of your second semester. You realize just how cold it really is where every day feels like the temperature is in the single digits, sometimes at subzero.

If you think about it, these kinds of temperatures can be considered as “decent” to those living off campus within the city of Oswego. Why is it all of sudden like a reset? Where it’s like you never felt real cold before? This is because you got accustomed to the temperatures from back home so quickly. The reason why I bring this up is because I experienced this first hand and was shocked seeing people in shorts as I was travelling back to Oswego from a Greyhound bus transferring to a Centro bus. I was pretty much cocooned in my winter coat while I see a couple of people walking by in a lot less attire.

All I can suggest is make sure to be prepared guys. Bring boots for the snow, not for show. Grab a warm coat and enjoy your time here in SUNY Oswego. It’s a new experience for all of us.

Valentine

My Valentine’s Day spent sick

          Being sick really ruins a lot of plans. I mention this because lately I’ve had a strong cold throughout this week, or Valentine’s week. Hope everyone had an amazing Valentine’s Day whether it was spent with your significant other or with your friends. People who were pretty sick, well, I feel for you. I didn’t know what to do without risking myself getting sicker if I had gone with my friends ice skating or travelled back to NYC to meet with my significant other. Instead, all I felt I could do is decline the fun in ice skating (even though I can’t skate and would probably be engulfed from embarrassment whenever I’d fall) and go stay in my dorm to have a Skype call with my girlfriend. For me, it’s more deserving taking care of my health in which I had to think thoroughly about with the help of my best friend. She told me I should just go to the Mary Walker health center, but at first I had refused the chance to go because it would be my first time going. It always feels weird to me going somewhere the first time. On Valentine’s Day, my fourth day being sick, I chose to go and my doctor recommended I take Zyrtec and so far, I’ve been feeling better since then.

This week hasn’t been anything I would have looked forward to, but I am happy to take care of my health in the end. I hope everyone had a safe Valentine’s night and best of luck for all of you that started your relationships. Love forever.

 

Welcome Post

Hello!

My name is Luke Parsnow and I am a junior at Oswego State. I am a double major in journalism and creative writing and a minor in history with a concentration in American history. I am from Sterling, New York which is only 12 miles from Oswego.

I have been a writer since I could learn how to write. Arguably, I was a writer even before then. My grandmother predicted that I would be a writer when I was three days old, the day I came home from the hospital and the first time she held me. And I have since, not disappointed her. I started writing seriously when I was in second grade. I actually wrote to my teachers and asked them if I could come in early before school started and use the computer to type up my stories since I didn’t have a computer at the time (I live on a dirt road in the woods.) And when my household finally DID get our first computer, the latest and greatest 1989 Windows 3.0 special…in 2003, I didn’t use it for the things all my friends were using it for. While they used it for gaming and things called chat rooms, I used Microsoft Word to write my stories. I wrote my first novel when I was ten and have since completed seven others. When I was 12, I began to learn to play the mandolin and guitar at 14 and soon took my writing to a new form: songwriting. I’ve recorded some of the songs I’ve written and some have been played on the radio out of Kingston, Ontario.

At SUNY Oswego, I wrote for The Oswegonian my first two years of school. This year, I became the Assistant News Editor and have written nearly 50 articles for the paper, along with editing other stories. Besides The Oswegonian, I’ve been published in the newspaper’s semeserly sports magazine, The Play Maker and The Legislative Gazette, a government and politics newspaper out of Albany. One of my creative stories was also published in SUNY Oswego’s student arts magazine, The Great Lake Review.

So now as a student blogger, I will continue to write in another new form. I will be bringing to you students that have made something of themselves at Oswego State and are sure to prosper later on in their life. Oswego is not just a state school on the edge of a lake that dumps a ton of snow on it. Oswego is a gem and a lot of great people are building their futures here. I will seek out them and tell their story because everyone has a story. And I will tell my story in between, along the way.

Valuable Weather Lessons Learned

Oswego WeatherWhen people think of Oswego, they will in many cases associate it with weather. Not just any weather. Winter weather. Wind, snow, frigid air, and icy conditions all come to mind.

Some people embrace the cold months of winter. Others? Not so much. Either way, there is no hiding from it in Oswego.

Back home, I have of course experienced my fair share of winter storms – I live in New York State, so there is no missing it. Being right on the shore of Lake Ontario in Oswego, however, brings an extra twist.

It only took a short time of being in Oswego to learn of ways to handle the weather.

An umbrella is not always a friend

A logical person might think that an umbrella is a good solution for dealing with precipitation in Oswego. In many cases, it is. When walking through the wind tunnels of Oswego, however, it can be a different story.

Unless you want to be going to class Mary Poppins style, an umbrella may not always be the best option. Windy conditions can make this a challenge. An umbrella can only do so much when the rain is coming in sideways, anyway.

I have seen several broken and torn umbrellas in the trash since I have been here. Fortunately, none of those umbrellas were mine.

Covering up in layers, cutting through buildings when possible, and taking advantage of the buses on campus are the best ways to stay dry, warm, and happy.

Have boots on the ready

Obviously, boots are important in the winter, even though I rarely wear them. Typically, I depend on plowed and shoveled sidewalks when walking to class.

However, the best use for boots, I have found, comes during a late night fire drill.

Being half asleep, standing outside in the cold in the side of a snow bank, waiting to get back inside, is pretty inconvenient. It is even more inconvenient in improper footwear. Flip flops or shower shoes certainly are not the best way to go about it.

No amount of hair gel can stop the wind’s work

I do not really worry about my hair– okay, maybe a little. With the wind in Oswego, I am just glad that I do not worry about it more.

It gets windy sometimes – more than sometimes. In the warmer months of the year, a small breeze feels great. During winter, the massive wind gusts are not as refreshing. They are also harsh on the hair.

Hats are a great idea to stay warm anyway, but to keep that hair looking good – essential.

Hat hair? Well, that is a different story for a different time.

It really is not that bad – most of the time

Oswego definitely gets its fair share of winter weather, but so does everywhere else in the northeast. Is the weather something to be prepared for? Definitely.

At the same time though, Oswego weather can be overhyped. The legendary stories of people using ropes to walk to class are a prime example of this.

The weather in Oswego is manageable – especially after learning what I have.

Still, it does not always have to be fun.

Getting Settled Back in at Oswego

There is no better welcome back than winter weather.

There is no better welcome back than winter weather.

It has now been two weeks since returning to campus after a long winter break and it seems like I have not missed a beat. While my first semester last fall was a bit of a transition (the first semester of college can do that), moving back to Oswego was seamless.

The hardest part was bringing back my belongings to campus. Why I brought so many things back with so much already in my room, I have no idea.

I am simply back in the rhythm of things, so much so that it feels like I was never gone. Despite the six-week break, it all feels the same. It is still the same Oswego that I remember (minus the mild days associated with fall weather).

Just because it all feels the same, however, does not mean it is the same. New classes are an obvious difference when a semester begins, as is the Oswego weather. Even groups of people can change.

A friend of mine left Oswego at the end of last semester to attend another school. There are also those who I no longer see in my classes. Fortunately, I have been able to remain good friends with these people.

Those are just some changes, however. The biggest changes are yet to come and are the ones I am most excited about.

With a new semester, comes a fresh slate and new opportunities. In many cases, there is the potential to continue what has already been started. For me, that means continuing my involvement with PRSSA and student blogging.

In other cases, it means starting something new and testing the waters. This is about getting involved in other areas. This semester, I am joining WTOP, the student-run television station on campus. I will be a part of the crew as a camera operator.

Public Relations (my major) may not have much to do with holding a camera, but being a part of WTOP has a lot to do with trying something new, meeting new people, and having fun.

So as I go deeper into this semester, I look forward to new opportunities while enjoying the ones I am already a part of.

It is good to be back.

How to Stay Occupied in this Freezing Weather

This past week has definitely been a cold one. Snow, wind, and frigid temperatures have already caused the school to cancel night classes once. This is surprising to most students because as we all know, Oswego very rarely cancels class. Walking across campus in these extreme conditions can  truly be a challenge to some students, and I’m sure not many people wake up in the morning looking forward to walking from West-Campus to Shineman in 0 degree weather. Of course, there is always the bus that runs once every 20 minutes, but as some of us know, the bus can fill up and will not allow any more students on. This can be devastating if you were counting on the bus to get you to class on time. These are only but a few of the struggles presented to SUNY Oswego students during the winter. Between the harsh winter months and the workload presented to you by classes, the beginning of the spring semester can be stressful. Luckily, there are ways to combat this stress. Oswego State provides some useful facilities and activities to help you unwind and ultimately remain stress free and on track when it comes to classes.

The two fitness centers: Glimmerglass and Cooper, are two great facilities if you’re trying to get fit and relieve stress. There’s nothing better than a good workout. These facilities provide dumbbells, weight benches, treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines, and a variety of other fitness equipment to students who have purchased a membership. Both fitness centers offer a variety of programs and group workouts to students as well.

Your residence hall also contains some fun things to do. The front desk at your residence hall is  a good place to stop by if you’re looking for something to get your mind off of school or just chill out on the weekends. The school provides hundreds of DVDs which can be rented out as long as you have your student ID. The front desk also has a variety of board games that can be rented out as well. Depending on your residence hall, you may also be provided with pool tables, pianos, ping pong tables, etc. Your R.A. as well as the other R.A.’s in your building work really hard to provide you with fun and informative activities that are designed to bring the residential community together. Flyers for these activities are usually posted within each residence hall.

Many other things are going on as well! Check out http://www.oswego.edu/news/calendar for more exciting activities.

Major Changes

Having trouble finding a major that’s right for you? Don’t get too worked up about it, it happens to a lot of students here at Oswego. Personally, I’ve changed my major twice. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been pretty stressful trying to figure out what I really wanted to major in, but the only way to find out what you really want to do is to test out a bunch of alternative options. I came into Oswego as a declared economics major, and after a few weeks, I decided that it definitely wasn’t for me. Looking back at it, I have no clue why I chose that major in the first place–I wasn’t even very interested in the subject to be honest. Needless to say, I changed my major after my first year of college. From economics, I went to Electrical and Computer Engineering. I love computers, so I decided to give it a shot. After a semester of  taking the ECE prerequisites and some core requirements, I found that engineering wasn’t something that I could put my heart into–I just wasn’t into it at all. Just goes to show how you can be interested in something one minute, and then after testing the waters, you decide that it doesn’t suit you at all. From my experience, I gained knowledge of a variety of things, ranging from the Economics of Gender, to Calculus. I also got all of my general education requirements out of the way by sophomore year. After my decision to change my major for the second time, I took a lot of time to really think my next major change through and weigh my options. I finally opted for the Public Justice major here at SUNY Oswego, and I couldn’t be more satisfied so far. It took me almost 2 years to figure out what I wanted to major in, but that’s what college is all about. In order to figure out what you want to achieve, you absolutely need to search for something that you can enjoy doing. It may take a while, but you WILL find something  that interests you. I hope my post here will help those who are unsure of what they would like to major in put themselves out there and take a variety of courses that may point them in the right direction.