One thing for sure is a lot different than first semester… SNOW! Growing up in Long Island I have never seen so much snow in my life. Growing up in Long Island I have never seen so much snow in my life. Good thing that I have always loved snow because I have no idea what I would do if I didn’t. SUNY Oswego has a great bus system that takes you to your classes; I love walking to class and watching the snow fall as you can see in the picture above. Although snow can be a negative thing it has so many positives.
The new metal and glass phone made by Samsung is finally here. After taking consideration about a personal upgrade from the Galaxy S3 to the S6, I am looking forward to it. The Galaxy S4 and S5 are great phones and those who own them probably won’t need to upgrade just yet. Samsung seems to have made a similar marketing move as Apple when it comes to revealing the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge; relating to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. My personal plan would be to get the Galaxy S6 when it’s more affordable of course.
Unfortunately, there are some cons to the new Galaxy phone. Two of which are the built in battery and the exception of an SD card. Many people feel different about their expectations of what the S6 would be like. I believe they fixed what isn’t broken in this case. This will definitely apply to Samsung as a definite fix for the development of the Galaxy S7; unless they had a reason for the exclusion that they haven’t told us yet.
There are some exciting pros to the new Galaxy S6 that should keep Samsung customers enticed. According to the Samsung website, they created a slogan for the phone: “Six Appeal”. This is probably done to create some humor and build a good marketing move in promotion in order to promote more attention and discussion about the phone. “Perfect Pictures Every Time” and ” Less Boundaries, More Space” are two subtitles within the Samsung Galaxy S6 webpage describing all the amazing specs the phone has to offer.
Make sure if you plan to purchase this beauty of a phone that you keep it protected from falling! Unless you have a warranty, you should be fine, but it’s best to hope the screen doesn’t crack as much as iPhones do. I personally can’t wait to buy the new Galaxy S6 or even S7 since it can’t be any worse than my Galaxy S3 phone. Just hope Boost Mobile would start selling it earlier rather than a whole year later.
We made it a little over one month into the semester with these cold temperatures and it finally started reaching the near 30s! Over the month of February, we experienced two days of classes being called off due to weather. One due to a big snow storm, which made it difficult for commuters from Syracuse to reach Oswego. Another date was cancelled due to the wind chill being -30. It has definitely been noticeably cold and anyone living here can wholeheartedly agree.
It’s been so cold even, that a temperature of 20 feels that much better to walk out in. I remember when I first attended Oswego State where I would feel like 20 degrees is just ridiculously cold since I had come from New York City. Temperatures don’t tend to fall under zero half the time just roughly 200 miles down south. Not to mention the amount of snow comparison between these two locations. Looking at the level of snow piled up at the Quad in front of Lanigan Hall surprises me. Even looking outside my window, seeing the snow level all the way up to nearly half the height of a tree.
Overall life here in Oswego has been pretty cold nonetheless, but still a pretty sight if you’re looking at the snow falling from indoors. With almost every other day containing lake effect snow, we still go to classes and love studying here. It has almost been the same as last year when it comes to class cancellations due to weather. The weather here has continuously been bipolar, especially when the weather gets warmer and you see alternating times of rain and sunshine during a day. Good news is it’s finally getting warmer, but stay warm and wear boots; sneakers are terrible with all this snow!
Major-driven clubs present terrific opportunities for students to gain valuable experience in their future career paths. Real work experience, presentations on a variety of professional topics, and networking through people currently working the field, allow for some of the most influential moments in someone’s college career.
The Public Relations Student Society of America is no different. Through hard work, determination, and constant organization the leadership of this organization provides all who want to learn the chance to do so.
Presentation is important.
Through the PRSSA, the ideas of presentation become increasingly clear. Each week, the women who lead our organization showcase an uncanny ability to put forth new ideas, tasks, and experiences through their ability to present professionally and connectedly. Never amateurish, the PRSSA is able to make materials seem relevant to college students.
The necessity of real work experience.
Constantly pushed through PRSSA is the idea that real experience is the most important way to get your foot into the door. This is clear through their presentations on networking, the accepting of clients, and the lectures on internship ideas and tips. It is one of the most important takeaways from the club.
Writing skills are crucial, no matter your major.
Organization advisor, Sarah Bozek, strenuously places a great deal of significance on writing skills. Through her teachings and those of the organization which produce a variety of written material, including brochures and signage, writing has proven to be of crucial.
The principal of a “Thank You.”
The PRSSA does a yearly event on the value of thank you cards and through this I have begun to understand that a simple email or phone call is not enough to tell someone how much you appreciate their help. Handwritten notes, despite some articles noting their death, are certainly more effective than I ever knew.
Organization, organization, organization.
For the E-board, the ability to provide participating members with new endeavors on a weekly basis is only something that could be accomplished through highly-skilled levels of organization. It is something admirable and educating for peers to take note of and something I have definitely tried to adopt more as a result of being a member.
The Accounting Society at SUNY Oswego is similar to other major organizations on campus in that its goal is to provide future graduates with the skills and tools necessary to enter their career field. Through professional interactions and presentations, The Accounting Society covers a variety of topics ranging from interview tips to establishing a strong LinkedIn profile. In addition they frequently address how to get an internship, how to become a part of Public Accounting firms, and more.
Every year, the Accounting Society at SUNY Oswego hosts an event that allows students to meet and network with current professionals in both the public and private sectors of accounting. Simplistically named “Meet The Accountants Night,” the opportunity to talk to current members of the accounting career path is an important one for all perspective accounting majors and future graduates.
Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, the Society has created an opportunity for continued real life experience by allowing members to participate in preparing tax returns for individuals in the community.
Overall, if this organization is anything like the Public Relation Student Society Of America (PRSSA) or like other major-driven organizations on campus, the opportunity to learn a lot is present. Networking seems to be a key aspect of the club and in today’s network-driven society this club seems like a great addition to the campus!
I would like to thank Lauren Ryan, President of The Accounting Society, for providing me with the answers to my questions! Anyone interested in pursuing the Society can contact them through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On my decision to come to SUNY Oswego for an exchange semester, I knew that things would be different, but I assumed that more or less Australian and American university life and culture would be very similar. I was wrong. I have outlined the main differences below. Enjoy.
1. College is love, college is life. Literally. Since beginning college my days typically consist of eating all my meals with friends, going to class, going to the gym with friends, doing homework with friends, watching Netflix with friends, and sleeping. This is vastly different to my university days at QUT as everyday would always be completely different. In Brisbane some days I would go to work, others I would have class, and others I would do absolutely nothing but hang out with friends. I like the structured format of college in the states because I am forced to be more dedicated to my studies and I actually feel like I have time for things (such as working out) because everything is on campus.
2. Homework and pass grades. At QUT in my course, to pass a subject you simply need to get 50% or higher, which is simple and makes sense to me… Here it varies on the subject. For instance one of my subjects is 60% and another is 70%. However it is easier to get marks here (from my recent experience anyway) as professors tend to give out marks for attendance and small homework tasks. Which brings me to my next point; homework. Per subject at QUT I would have two exams during a semester and 1-3 large assignments, and class work/homework is completely optional. Whereas at SUNY Oswego I actually have to keep up to date on course work by submitting graded homework tasks weekly. I like the feelings of always being on top of my course work here, and it gives me reassurance that I will pass and do well, but I do miss weeks of procrastination and doing things last minute as I work well under pressure.
3. Structure of classes. At QUT all of my weekly classes are made up of two parts: one being a lecture which takes place in a hall and is run by a professor, and the other is a practical session in a classroom environment which may be run by a professor or a researcher. At SUNY Oswego all my subjects are in a classroom environment. I feel as though I am back in high school at times. I prefer my university’s style of teaching because a lecture might be one day, and the practical session the next, so it gives me time to digest the information. However I feel as though I have the potential to develop closer, more meaningful relationships with professors here as the contact is more personal and regular.
4. Classes are cancelled if there is a snow storm. This is vastly different to what I am used to. It doesn’t snow in Brisbane, but when we do have extreme weather, scheduled activities are rarely postponed (the exception being sporting events). I was surprised that classes were cancelled when there was a blizzard because most students live on campus and have the warm clothes needed to withstand these conditions anyway.
5. Not everything will kill you in the states. I was bitten by a spider two nights ago and I did not die; I initially thought it was a mosquito bite as it was itchy, small and hard, but turned out it was a spider bite. If this had happened in Australia I probably would have gone straight to the ER. I am enjoying the fact that I do not need to fear for my life when I encounter bugs and reptiles here.
6. American’s have awesome accents. I am always interested in what my peers and professors have to say because I cannot get enough of the accent.
7. American’s have a different definition of thong. I was telling some new friends about my regular encounters with spiders and how I kill them with my thongs (flip flops), and they thought this was hilarious because they were imagining me killing them with a g-string. Lol.
8. Dining halls. At QUT we do not have any dining halls, rather we have food courts, cafes and bars, where items must be purchased in $AUD. When I arrived at Oswego the whole dining hall and dining dollars thing was so foreign, amazing & like something from an American movie. I love that there are so many dining halls on campus and their hours are long and flexible. I wish we had this culture at QUT.
Shaun Cassidy Fan Club: A Home For Comedy
Growing up one of my favorite things to do was make people laugh. I never realized until high school though that I could elaborate on this through talent shows and organizations. So throughout my high school career I absorbed every opportunity to expose myself to the comedic world. I would watch comedic shows and movies, stand-up specials, and attend stand up performances by real, working comedians at the local college.
Upon entering Oswego, I had never realized I would choose to continue, in any form, my comedy. In addition, it’s important to note that I, by no means, am here to say that I am the most expansive or interacting comedian here at this college (If you’re looking for that, you can find my friend Sarah Benson). Still though my love for this campus only grows through the visible opportunities that exist for comedians to flourish. Through things like Open Mic Night, Shaun Cassidy Fan Club, and various talent shows, the SUNY Oswego campus is welcoming to all sorts of characters.
Let’s talk Shaun Cassidy Fan Club. Similar to “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Shaun Cass performs weekly shows in the campus’s auditorium. With audiences ranging anywhere from 50 students to five (when Hockey is in season), we are given the opportunity to hone comedic skills. Completely free and uncensored, I feel as though I can speak for all of our members and say that the troop loves being a part of this organization. Every Sunday, we hold practices open to the most experienced and the newest of comedian hopefuls. It really is a family atmosphere.
Spending every weekend with these people and practicing for almost a year before entering the shows allowed me and others to build off of one another and develop our own specific style of comedy. We were able to all be our own comedians with our own ideas, characters, and personalities and coexist along others seeking the same thing. During the shows, through our variety of audiences we are able to see what works and what doesn’t while still maintaining both a sense of teamwork and autonomy. It has turned me into a better speaker, listener, and creator.
Making the transition into becoming a college athlete is an exhilarating process. There is no better feeling than putting on the jersey and becoming a representation of not only your team but the school and the community.
However the transition to playing a collegiate sport can also be an overwhelming process. The game is faster, the players are stronger, training is tougher and on top of it all, you are also balancing the demands of being a college student. I have been in your shoes before and know how nerve racking it can be in anticipating but I have learned some valuable things along the way that will be beneficial for all of you.
So before you take the jump into the best four years of your athletic career, keep in mind these three things:
1) Time Management
Time management is everything when it comes to being a student athlete. It’s the same thing as having a full time job. There are days when you will have 6am practice followed by a full day of classes and the only thing you want to do is go home and take a nap (naps are an athletes best friend) but alas you have 3 hours of homework to get done. Just reading that over makes me exhausted.
However with having such a rigorous schedule all the time means that when a time frame opens up to get work done you immediately take advantage. It helps build a routine. I find that I get better grades when I am in season than when I am not because I know I only have X amount of time to get it done.
As a student athlete you need to keep a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher in order to compete in your sport. That being said the athletics department offers study hall to all the athletes.
So when you get a day off take advantage of getting ahead in your school work trust me it makes life so much easier. Binge watching Netflix will always be there for you when the season is over.
2) Love The Game
Like I stated above being a student-athlete is a full time job, you will put in about 20-30 hours a week training/competing in your sport and if you don’t love the game it’s going to be a long season. Although it can be stressful I would not change being a student-athlete. When you first step foot on campus you immediately gain 20 or more new friends in your teammates. You already have a place were you can belong and your teammates truly become your second family.
I have had some duel sport friends quit one of their sports because they just didn’t love the game and were just miserable. If you dread going to practice or seeing your teammates maybe that’s a sign. You are only at Oswego for 4 years so sports or no sports it is worth it go out and find something that you love to do and look forward to everyday!
3) You Are A Representation Of SUNY Oswego
As athletes we take great pride wearing the green and gold during competition. It gives us a chance to show not only our competitors but our community what it means to be a Laker (which we don’t know exactly what a Laker is but that’s beside the point). That being said as an athlete we have that extra responsibility of being a representation of our school and what others and prospective students might think of us.
The thing about being a student athlete is that even when you are out of uniform people on campus and around the community know who you are. Character and how you represent yourself is everything, so take pride in yourself and your team! The campus and the community show so much support for our athletics so the least we can do is return the gratitude back.
I am Krissy, the new SUNY Oswego student blogger all the way from Brisbane, Australia. I am spending a semester on exchange here and have been at Oswego for nearly a fortnight now, and loving it! I’ll give you a quick background on my journey and what it entailed for this first blog post.
In Australia, I study a bachelors of Information Technology at QUT (seriously an awesome university and friendliest place on earth) and am currently in my third and final year of my degree. I decided at the very beginning of my second year (early 2014), that I wanted to participate in the exchange program with one of QUT’s partners. So the research began. I could waffle on more about this, but essentially I chose SUNY because it has a highly regarded Computer Science Program, and Business School, which is exactly what I am into and subjects I would be taking. And of course because I have been in love with the idea of living in America and in the snow since I was a child. Prior to attending SUNY I had only seen snow on ski fields or on mountains in the far distance.
Trip from Australia to Oswego
It still feels surreal that I am actually in Oswego, on exchange and 9482.75 miles away from home. During the lead up to going on exchange it always just felt so far away, when I received my acceptance from SUNY in October it was still a good 3-4 months away and I just could not picture myself actually there. As time creeped on, I actually moved to Sydney over summer for an internship and was working full-time at Atlassian. This kept me occupied and as a result I didn’t really have much time to reflect and think about the long, exciting journey ahead of me. I left Sydney on a Friday, spent the Saturday and Sunday in Brisbane with my family and friends, then flew out on Monday morning. When I was on the plane Monday morning, it was the first time I was actually like “Wow this is actually happening”. I think this was a good thing because I was super excited and felt the flights didn’t take too long. In total I travelled about 26.5 hours to finallllllllllly arrive at SUNY Oswego. Before I left Australia we were in the midst of a steaming hot summer. I’m talking like 104 degree days and nights – it was painful, then when I stepped off the plane in Syracuse it was like 19 degrees, then Oswego was 3.2 degree – farrrrr out.
Arriving in Oswego
Driving from Syracuse to Oswego was incredible! I had never seen that volume of snow on roads, footpaths, grass, trees etc! And seeing so many dead trees was crazy – they are beautiful! I remember I was also very shocked by how warm is actually was inside vehicles and shops – in Australia, in winter, I am constantly freezing my butt off because we don’t have central heating so I thought this was fantastic. When I arrived at Oswego I moved into my dorm which is in Hart Hall – this building is very central which is fantastic. I found making friends very easy because SUNY organised heaps of orientation events which gave me a chance to meet new international students like me, as well as new in-state freshman. I am having so much fun and seriously never want this semester to end!
Take it easy
Everyone has that side of their life that’s separated from the mainstream “What do you do for a living?” part that normally is the core of our personal definition. I believe it’s the same with college students.
We all can’t be studying for tests and writing papers all the time. We need to have some kind of escape from all of that, and maybe that escape isn’t exactly well known to people other than yourself.
Over the last four years of my time at college, a lot of people have come to me and said “I didn’t know you sang!” and “I didn’t know you were in a band.” Well, I am. I’m a traveling musician and singer/songwriter with two different bands, and that’s my other life.
I’ve been doing it since I was 18. I’ve played in front of many different audiences in many different places. I’ve traveled almost 15,000 miles, from Canada to North Carolina, and lots of places in between, playing and singing for people. It’s a lot of fun, I’ve met a lot of great people doing it, I have lots of great stories to tell from it, and the money I get from it pays for my textbooks.
Which leads to a question I get often regarding it: What’s it like being a traveling musician and college student at the same time?
It sure isn’t easy at times. When I announced I was going to college, a lot of people actually assumed that I was going to school for music. But I’m not, and I’ve never taken a single music course. I’m here to make a career.
Luckily, most of my shows are during the summer so college never really gets in the way. There have been a number of times though where I’ve missed a few classes to leave early for long journeys or have gotten back to Oswego at 2 a.m. after riding back from Virginia, and then work on an assignment that was due for my 8 a.m. class. Yeah, that was fun.
This past summer was quite a challenge. I was doing an internship in Albany for three months and would often have to make a three hour trip back home, then a multi-hour trip somewhere to play, and then somehow make it back to Albany by Monday morning. This resulted in hitching rides with a lot of people, running to counters at train stations as the last one was leaving, spending all night in bus stations, and I even slept on a bench one night because I had nowhere to stay and my bandmates weren’t in town until the next day.
One weekend turned out to be difficult, but quite an adventure. I was scheduled to play just outside of Ottawa, Canada on a Friday and Saturday night with one band, and then had to be in State College, Pennsylvania by noon on Sunday to play with the other band. I rented a car in Albany and drove home Thursday night, carpooled with my bandmates to Canada Friday morning, got off stage Saturday night at about 11:30, rode five hours back to Syracuse, got back to Syracuse just before the sun rose, then jumped in my rental car and drove another five hours to State College. I made it and played a show with my other band, then drove another six hours back to Albany, getting there just in time to go to work Monday morning. Yeah, I was awake for two and a half days. I know it was very stupid and dangerous and did I say stupid to drive 700 miles without sleeping for that long amount of time, but it’s the sacrifices I have to make if I want to build a career and play music at the same time.
Now I, of course, have always put my schooling first. I’m still highly involved and I still make the Dean’s List every semester. I stayed in Oswego to take my Spanish final instead of going to Tennessee. And my bands have turned down offers to play in Georgia, Florida, and on several cruises to the Bahamas because it would require too much time away. Writing is my career and music will be always be just a strong hobby—not a lifestyle.
I understand that eventually at some point, I will come to a crossroads where I will have to leave my music and focus solely on my career. People ask me all the time when that will be. The answer is simple. I always respond with, “Well, so far I’ve been able to make it work between the two. Whenever I can’t make it work any longer, that’s when it will end.”
I love college and my goals, ambitions, and dreams in college are my top priority. Although I have been able to squeeze music into college itself, like playing at Open Mic Night or my songwriting seminar I put on once a semester in a poetry class. But that’s it.
It’s my other life—and that’s where I would like it to stay.