Stay awake!

Any of you been feeling very exhausted lately? Not enough sleep? Well don’t feel like you’re the only one! Lately, well today, I really noticed myself becoming extremely exhausted with classes and the work to do all in one day in order to save free time later on. To me, however, it’s due to having an 8 a.m. class and going to sleep at 1 a.m. so I didn’t actually have enough sleep. Even writing this blog down, I am very tired, but I want to share how a normal college student feels throughout the semester. I especially feel this way when I know I have so much time in the day to get through so much work solely due to the fact that I wake up for an 8 a.m., so I try not to nap since it feels like wasting perfect time for later.

I know that this is how I have to expect to do my work and handle my schedule since this is how I built it. I wouldn’t argue about it, although some college students complain to the extreme and wonder why. We all are learning how to build our time management. I have had friends who flunked because they did not handle their time wisely, especially in the end of their semester last year. Now this makes me feel good and bad to be quite honest. It means I am working hard on my time management but also realizing that messing up would feel like a tragedy for me. I would dislike being behind and missing due dates as much as anyone else. Being a business major, I know I can’t be missing any due dates in the real world. The struggle is real.

I encourage everyone to really go take your classes seriously and find out what is going on in your classes. Due dates mean do now and don’t wait. You won’t regret it if you try and make time for yourself and have time for others later with no work to worry about. There’s nothing like the feeling of having no homework and papers due for longer than a day, until your professor decides otherwise.

“I Don’t Speak Spanish” Discussion by Latino Student Union

During the “I Don’t Speak Spanish” discussion with the Latino Student Union, we sat down and were asked discussion questions as we were informed about why there are individuals who don’t speak Spanish. The first question was something I can relate to since I am Hispanic myself: What goes through your mind when you meet a Hispanic that does not speak Spanish? Although to me, I would answer quite differently because I do know Spanish, but I don’t like to speak it due to my accent. I was raised in America with English everywhere, and even though I learned Spanish at the youngest age, English overlapped my way of speech. Thus giving me more of a stutter and accent in the Spanish language. Some people are made fun of, and some don’t pick Spanish up very well, as discussed in the lecture.

Another question addressed was: what are some reasons why the number of Hispanics speaking Spanish decreasing? It was due to the dominating language here being English. We figured this is the case since our school systems use English, the menus at restaurants use English, and when we go to take a subway train in New York City: the speaker uses English vocabulary to announce the upcoming stop. There is also a bad stigma going around where they would say “just practice”, and all I, and probably any person struggling to speak Spanish can say is, “it’s not that easy.”

Some factors for some Hispanics not speaking Spanish are the Shame/fear out of it, Desire to assimilate, and that they are bad at languages. Some people, even me, are afraid of being discriminated against, especially when I go to a place where Spanish is hardly spoken, like Idaho State. If there are no Hispanics in a particular location, “who am I going to speak Spanish to?” There are Hispanics who don’t necessarily speak Spanish, rather slang, like we do in English. Another discussion question was: “Why is it important to be able to speak Spanish?” Some points were made that Spanish is almost becoming the most spoken language in the world behind Mandarin. Some jobs now actually have the job requirement to speak Spanish. For example: Customer Service Representatives, when you call and they say “dial 2 for Spanish…” that position gives a higher wage of about 50 cents to a dollar higher than an English speaking CSR.

I enjoyed my time discussing more about my own Spanish background with my peers and having them add more to it with stories of their own. Many of us listeners were involved and it was intriguing. There was also a recommendation at the end of the discussion to try out an app on the phone that helps you learn other languages over time, not to mention it’s interactive. I definitely gained some knowledge and the actual “want” of learning more languages now that I know of such an app. We talked about how interracial marriages can affect how to raise your own children by having yourself question whether the Spanish language should be taught to them or the language of the significant other.

3rd Week and Counting

Hello, I’d like to introduce myself all over again; my name is Javier Fernandez, I’m from the Bronx, NY and my major is Accounting. I am a sophomore and I have participated in the Web Content Editor/Tester position last year. I plan to look for more interesting events and activities to talk about and be heard through my future blogs this year. There will be more things to write about, especially now that I am residing in Hart, in which feels like an advantage because I have to go out and participate in IST approved events. I can talk about them here before I go to them/ after them. Anything that proves helpful to you guys, I will try to share. There are some events that I am looking forward to that you guys may find a lot of interest in:

Humans Vs. Zombies Campus Wide event by the StoryTeller’s Guild here in SUNY Oswego!

ALANA Fashion Show

Laker Men’s Home Hockey games!

Concerts

Fairs, Etc…

I honestly can’t wait to talk about this year’s HvZ campus wide game. Last year was a lot of fun and I even made a whole outline of what happened throughout each day in a blog post. The Hockey games will be full of energy within the crowds, and maybe I’ll be able to list of the crowd chants we traditionally use like “He’s a Freshman!”, “#$%hole! x3″, “Let’s go Lakers! x3″, and more! You can find the list to these events in the SUNY Oswego website here: http://www.oswego.edu/news/calendar/

See you around. I plan to make as many posts as I can within my available times between studying, homework, and classes. It will take some time management on my part, but i’ll finalize every blog with more of me enjoying the time writing it.

Pie a Cheerleader!

What’s happening on the #SUNYOswego campus?

Well. . . today is the day to pie a SUNY Oswego cheerleader! Now tell me, is there anything that can get better than that?

No, not at all. See, the campus is everything you can imagine and more, from being extremely educational to having tons of fun, which requires balance that develops with time. What a great idea to get the Oswego campus involved!

Hey, “The sky is NOT the limit, but just the beginning of your potential destiny.” (My favorite quote to live by on an every day basis, whom the author is me, Destiny. Destiny Green.)

 

Photo(s) from the “Pie a Cheerleader” Event:

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My dear friend, Christy Ogden, is one of the #SUNYOswego cheerleaders.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Christy said, “We are doing this to raise money for Nationals in Daytona, FL and win the championship!”

 

 

 

3 Sisters One College

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I never thought that I would ever go to the same college as my sisters, it wasn’t something I was thinking about when I started looking into colleges and it wasn’t something I thought would happen when both of my sisters started looking into colleges two years later. I love attending SUNY Oswego. I feel very comfortable here, I have great friends and I’m always doing something. When Erin (left) and Mairead (right) decided they wanted to come to SUNY Oswego I was overwhelmed with happiness because I get to spend two years of my college experience with them and grow even closer to them.

Erin and Mairead are my best friends and being apart of each other’s college years is awesome, they know all of my friends and I know theirs. We constantly do everything together and I love being able to get lunch with them in between classes. My favorite thing about the twins being here is getting the typical freshman texts asking where buildings are, where the best places to eat are and hearing how shocked they are with how different college is from high school but how happy they are that they chose to attend Oswego like I did.

My girly dorm room

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I love my dorm room! most people hate the idea of sharing a room with an other person but i absolutely love it. It might be because when i was little my twin sister Erin and I shared a room, but either way I love sharing a room with my roommate. From my PINK bed spread to the M above my desk, i feel so at home in my room.

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This is my roommate Tommie — I know, she looks like my twin; too bad i already have one. I Met Tommie through the Oswego Facebook accepted students group and got very lucky. Tommie and I have became best friends in the matter of almost two weeks living together. I will definitely blog more about Tommie in the Future. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, I Live Close By. Yes, I Live On Campus.

Well, here we are. The summer has come and gone and SUNY Oswego is once again a bustling metropolis. Students, new and old, have come to the “Land of Oz” to prepare themselves for their futures.

Students at SUNY Oswego come from a lot of different locations. There are foreign exchange students, a few out-of-staters, and those from New York City, Long Island, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Utica, Watertown, and many others.

Some people had to make long trips to come back to Oswego last week. I myself ventured on quite a trek to get here. I live in the tiny town of Sterling–a mere 12 miles away.

I know, I know. Whenever I say that, the usual response is “What? And you live on campus?” The answer is yes. Why? There are a lot of reasons.

When I was accepted at Oswego State, I knew I wanted to live on campus. The conditions for living home were just not favorable. Contradictory to what you might expect, my house is still not connected to the Internet in any way, besides on my phone. Most of my assignments are done online so that would cause quite some difficulty.

My senior year stay in The Village

My senior year stay in The Village

I also do not have my own car, so having my parents drive me here and back every day would waste more time and money than what I’d be saving. And as I’m sure you’re all aware, winter weather is nothing short of unforgiving in the Oswego County area. I’d rather deal with the struggle of walking between Campus Center and Lanigan than trying to drive between Sterling and Oswego in the numerous whiteout conditions that occur.

But those are just physical things. Those weren’t the first things I thought of when I decided to live on campus. I wanted to meet new people, put myself in a place I’d never “been” before; I say “been” because I often went to Oswego to shop for clothes, groceries and go to the movies. I come off as a quiet, reserved individual. But the truth is, I love being around people. Even if I don’t say much or anything, I’ll just sit there and listen. Coming here and staying here gave me the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Above all, I wanted to avoid what people called “13th grade.” I felt like commuting, going to classes and leaving right afterward, would just feel like high school over again, except with strangers. This put me on a whole new level, a step outside of my comfort zone. The best thing about living on campus is that it involves both school and life. It has helped me grow in social interactions, take advantage of the many opportunities on campus, which would be hard to do if I commuted, and make a lot of memories with a lot of really good people. I couldn’t have said it better than my sophomore year roommate (who lives in Oswego and has his own car by the way.) He said, “I realized that you can’t put a price on the kind of experiences you get from living on campus.”

Yes, I will owe thousands of dollars because of it, but money’s just a number and I will pay it back one day and that will be it. The good times I’ve had here will last in my mind for the rest of my life.

My Journey: How I became an Oswego Laker

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Hello! My name is Mairead Hanson (left). I have an Identical, one-minute older twin sister named Erin (right), and we have been inseparable since birth. From matching pink outfits and blonde pigtails, to long blonde hair and dresses we love each other tremendously. We dance together, hang out with the same group of friends together, and often finish each others’ sentences; typical superficial way of how people categorize twins. What people often misunderstand about my twin sister and I, is that we have completely different personalities. Erin: Strong minded, intelligent, and stubborn. Me: Loving, hard-working, and caring. We balance each other out to the point were I have no idea what I would do without her.

During our Senior year we always knew we wanted to go to the same college, but we were both interested in majoring in completely different areas. It was not hard to decide on a college because we had previously visited SUNY Oswego, where my older sister Shannon attends, and fell in love with the campus. Whats better then living with not only my two sisters, but my best friends. AND living on a beautiful campus that has all three of our different majors.

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Shannon, now a junior at SUNY Oswego, was overjoyed to know that Erin and I were going to be attending Oswego as Freshmen in the fall. We are all so close; being at the same college will make us that much closer (if that’s even possible).

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Shannon is a Communications Major at SUNY Oswego. She loves to talk and is very good at it — except when she talks your ear off, just kidding. She is an exceptional older sister and I am more then happy to have her in my life. Knowing that she’s always here for me in college is one less thing i have to worry about.

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Erin is an Accounting major at SUNY Oswego. She has a mind that is very good with not just numbers, but figuring things out. I am so very lucky to have her here at Oswego, only two floors above me in our residence hall, to go through the transition from high school to college with. Also, helping me with my math homework is not to bad either.

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I am a Wellness Management major. I hope that one day I become a Dietitian, helping people become healthy and live a healthy life style.

I am such a lucky girl to have both my sisters with different majors then me together at SUNY Oswego. Knowing that I will have my two sisters beside me on our different journeys is satisfying and pleasing. I am so excited to see what is to come for all three of us in our bright futures.

Freshman Year: My first week

I’m severely homesick. I miss my dad’s incredible home cooked meals, talking to my mom, having my own space to myself, stressed out about classes, and all people keep saying is, welcome to college. Ironically, I’m actually having a lot of fun. I’m learning to transition into my new college life; even though it’s a lot different then what I’m used to I definitely do not want to go home. Thankfully, my two sisters, Shannon and Mairead also attend SUNY Oswego, so that helps not being to home sick. The food in the dining hall isn’t that bad, not as good as my dad’s cooking, but I don’t think anything is as good as his. There are always so many different things to choose, from salads to quesadillas to wraps to pizza, you’ll never be left with an empty stomach. THANK GOD for FaceTime, my mom and I FaceTime religiously, everyday, when we’re not were texting of course. Sure I miss having my own room along with my extremely comfy bed at home but, thankfully, my roommate and I get along great and have more then enough room for all of our things! After going to all my classes, of course I’m a little stressed out and nervous about doing well my first semester, but this is college, of course it’s going to be hard.

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(Pictured from left to right: Erin, Shannon, Mairead)

So, hello, my name is Erin Hanson, this year I will be blogging about my experiences as a freshman at SUNY Oswego. I grew up on Long Island in Islip, NY with my two sisters Shannon and Mairead. We have always been very close and consider each other best friends, which is one of the reasons why we all decided to attend Oswego together. Shannon, a junior here at Oswego, is a Communications major with a Public Relations minor, once she starts talking it’s hard to get her to stop. Mairead, my twin and also a freshmen, is a Wellness Management major with a Nutrition minor, she is the biggest health freak ever. And for me, I’m an Accounting major! After taking business classes in high school I knew I definitely wanted to do something in the business field. Then, in my senior year of High School I took an accounting class and knew that was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve always loved math, numbers, calculations, and I’m honestly excited to learn more! I promise it’s not as boring as you probably think it is. Oswego has many majors available to study from, and with my sisters and I all in different areas of interest, we’re all lucky to be able to go to a great school with variety of different majors.

Touring Townsville

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Wombat! What a cutie.

The first 2 weeks of my stay in Australia are officially over. I feel like I have been here for a longer period of time though. My floormates are all so nice and friendly and I have made some great friends so far. O Week was filled with talks about everything from the basic rules of Australia to a tour of the campus to fun things to do around town. JCU also offered so many fun things to do during orientation week as well, besides all of the informative presentations I had to sit through, including a visit to Billabong Sanctuary where I met some beautiful koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, wombats (my new favorite animal), snakes, birds, dingos. They were all so precious and we were able to touch and hold some of the animals as well. A lot of the animals were rescues that were taken in to live out their lives in peace.

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A koala named Ray Charles. He was hit by a car that blinded him when he was a little joey.

 

There was also a scavenger hunt that took our group all over the campus to find random items such as a ukulele, surfboard, wig, jump rope and some other difficult things to find, especially since we were all study abroad students that brought the least amount of things with us possible. Most things were borrowed from Australians, so we made quite a few friends along the way.

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Take a picture in front of the menu board at Green Plate Cafe

Over the weekend a group of friends and I took a trip to Magnetic Island, which is a 20 minute boat ride away and stayed for the weekend to relax on the beach and get out of Townsville one last time before school started. We went hiking from the backpackers resort to the other side of the island where we found a beautiful beach to go snorkeling at. The water was a little cold, but for winter it was absolutely amazing. There were giant boulders on each side of the beach so we got to do a little rock climbing as well. We spent the whole day there and eventually caught a bus back to our hostel. The next day we went to a closer beach and laid out for the day and looked for seashells.

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Horseshoe Bay

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The gang.

The vacation ended of course but the first week of classes went pretty well. My schedule was very difficult to understand at first but I thankfully made it to all of the classes. It was basically an introduction week so there wasn’t much to do but all of my professors are funny and nice so the semester should go well. I also get to go on a field trip for my Rainforest Ecosystems class to a rainforest! That was definitely a good choice for an elective! Now that the second week has started there are assignments already so I know I need to stay on top of them all before it becomes overwhelming. Each subject seems really interesting so I’m sure it won’t be too difficult to keep up. When it came to buying school supplies I cut back so much from what I usually have at home. I didn’t bring anything with me so I had to buy it all. The basics for me included notebooks for each subject, post-its, a highlighter, and a mini stapler. Luckily I only had to purchase one textbook so that was another money saver. Also, I only have 4 classes to take here, Rainforest Ecosystems, GIS, Invertebrate Zoology and Behavioral Ecology. It’s nice to have a smaller work load for a semester and the behavioral class is even based off of field work every single week! Everything is great here so far and I can’t wait to share what happens next. (: