No RA/RM Job

Tomorrow, I go home for Easter. That’s exciting. I always love going home. I just really hope the weather is halfway decent, because if it’s not, I won’t have a ride. My mom said that she’s not picking me up if the weather is like it was today. Can you believe this weather? It’s snowing, and it’s freezing cold in April. That’s just a little ridiculous in my opinion.

Well, I didn’t have the best day yesterday. Firstly, I was really sick. My head felt like it was pounding on my skull, I was really dizzy, I felt like I was going to pass out and my throat was irritated for some reason. On top of that, it was Monday, April 6, meaning I found out whether or not I am an RA or RM next year, and as it turns out, I’m not. It came as a major shock to me.

I wasn’t shocked, because I’m simply so conceited that I wouldn’t expect to be rejected. I was shocked, because I thought my chances were good. I figured that if I didn’t get the RM job at Johnson (which is what I wanted primarily), I’d at least get an RA job somewhere. I was told that there were approximately 130 students applying, and they were accepting approximately seventy, so I really thought that I had a good chance. I was not expecting to receive a rejection letter, so that really threw my day even more off balance than it already was. I was very upset and disappointed.

Well, let’s hope that this snow goes away soon. This is April. Like I said, this is just a tad bit ridiculous.

Dallas World Aquarium

Over spring break a few of my friends and I decided to venture downtown and visit the Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Garden.  I had never been before and I have to say this place is absolutely amazing!  The entire exhibit is located within an old refurbished warehouse and they have a huge variety of marine life and tropical flora and fauna on display (see pictures below).  My friends and I had a blast, so if anyone reading this is planning on being in Dallas, or even Texas, anytime soon definitely check this place out!

http://www.dwazoo.com/d/

The indoor waterfall!!

Copperband Butterflyfish

Freshwater stingrays…& turtles

Seadragon

Jackass Penguins…the only penguins found in Africa!

Dreaming bigger

Out of the many life lessons both inside and outside of the classroom, dreaming bigger has to be one of my top lessons. From each step and each year that I moved forward at SUNY Oswego I never once have gotten stuck or felt that I could just stop at any point and just remain where I was. After each moment in time there is always something that I wanted to accomplish whether that meant making the Dean’s list, getting a job on campus, joining an organization, landing an internship, amongst other things I just kept moving.

Moving and moving not to stop once. That is to say once I got to a place that I wanted and it became a reality I just continued to strive for more. This was not out of greed but out of need. The need to always seek improvement. The need to always learn more. The need to always give more. The need to always work harder. The need to consistently make a difference for the greater good and community at-large. None of that would be any fun or worth the wild if I were to stop at just one achievement. So, I challenge you or anyone else to take the next leap of faith to being able to continue to strive and work harder at whatever it is that you may want, love, and/or enjoy. Thats one of many lessons I learned at SUNY Oswego. What are you prepared to learn? After all it was my thoughts that carried me  and lead me to this point. What’s on your mind? What do you think about?

Dallas Zoo Summer Research Internship

Last Friday, which just happened to be my 25th birthday, I received some amazing news!  Over spring break I decided to apply for an advanced summer research internship at the Dallas Zoo.  I received an email Friday offering me the internship position with the Dallas Zoo…which I immediately accepted!  I have been assigned to work with Dr. Sue Booth-Binczik and will be assisting her with setting up the new elephant research program.  While I do not know the full details on the research I will be conducting, I will be sure to keep everyone updated on all my adventures over the summer.  The internship will start in May and continue into August…I am totally stoked!

I have to say the Dallas Zoo made my birthday!

Life as an Oswego Student

What a beautiful day out there today, nice and windy, even some snow was flurrying down from the sky. I cannot wait until the nice weather comes and stays. It was such a tease when it was in the 60’s this past weekend and now it is raining/snowing, but it is not going to stay for long!Having a dorm next to the lake in the warmer weather is such a great experience. Either you can look out the window in the morning and see the beautiful lake with the sun shining on it, or at lunch time you can get a bagged lunch to go and go sit on the grass next to it with a bunch of friends. You can even do your schoolwork while sitting next to the lake, you cannot get much nicer than that.

Enough about the weather, I just got a little excited because winter is pretty much over. There is a little over a month until the semester is over! For some this is a happy time, but for most, it is a time of stress and endless amounts of work. As I stated in a previous blog, the best thing is to take things one at a time. It really works.

I have a 15-20 page paper due Friday, a test Wednesday, a test Friday, a paper to revise and hand-in by Wednesday, lots and lots of online work and so much more. That is only one week, but it really isn’t that bad even though it sounds it. I started today and got a lot of work done by just making myself sit at my computer, signing offline so I couldn’t check my buddy list and facebook every two seconds, and did work. Granted I still have a lot more work to do, a nice chunk is out of the way and it is such a great feeling.

Speaking of work, I should probably get back to that and get some more done while I am still in the mood to do homework. Good luck to everyone with papers, tests, finals etc.

Finances

One thing that it has taken me four years at Oswego to figure out is my finances.  Coming to college was so difficult for me because I could buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, without my parents being there to question my every purchase.  I thought I had it all figured out, then I turned 21.  I don’t mean that I spend all my money on alcohol and get drunk every weekend, but simply going out to eat and having a drink with dinner costs more than expected when it all adds up.  Books, gas money to drive home and other little things all add up too.  I usually can keep a good balance with my money because I’ve always had a job while I’ve been here, but it’s hard to get ahead and save.  Something I finally had to do when I reached my breaking point worrying about money (it’s not worth worrying about money) was to make a spread sheet of my spending and deposits.  I know it’s a little late to do this and get organized, but I have to start somewhere!  My advice to everyone coming to college would be to get as organized as soon as possible and be thrifty!  I’d rather be prepared for the future than worry about being broke all the time.

Thank God For Spring

Spring is one of the greatest times to spend in Oswego.  For students who are taking classes here there are so many things to enjoy with the change of weather. The snow is melting, so we get to see how beautiful the campus really is. Then suddenly the grass gets a little greener, the breeze feels amazing, and you can finally take a walk around the lagoon. Walking to class does not become such a hassle anymore, and these may seem like little things but after a long rough winter they are all things to appreciate and love while being here.  Spring is the time to pack up the heavy coats and huge winter jackets to start showing off your new summer gear. You start to enjoy the morning sunshine that hid from us the whole winter; spring is the time for Oswego to shine. There is so much to do before the summer hits, for many of you who have never experienced a summer in Oswego, spring is the time to take full advantage, because it is absolutely beautiful. It is the time to take a walk to Rudy’s for some  good fresh food, or you can take a walk down to Bev’s and enjoy some delicious ice cream! I am very excited that it is Approaching sooner than later, and all I can say is THANK GOD FOR SPRING!!

IUP

So it looks like my visit to Indiana, PA paid off!  Last weekend I visited IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) for an admissions interview, and the chance to interview for 9 different graduate assistantships at IUP and other schools in western PA.  I interviewed for Seton Hill, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State and some others for positions in admissions, judicial and residence life.  I was nervous and exhausted by the end of it, but I got accepted so it was all worth it!!  I haven’t found out about an assistantship yet, but there’s one I’m hoping for.  I’m not excited about IUP being six hours away from home, but it’s definitely exciting to think about life after undergrad.