Yay for summer!

Oswego sunset Summer is fabulous. I can’t get enough of it. School’s out, the sun’s out, what more could I ask for? Oh, probably no work. That’s a good one. I’m going to class (getting paid for it) 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday right now, so I actually wish I was back at Oswego where there seemed to be more of a break time, or at least more variety.

At school, with rare, cooperative weather, I could be hanging out at the lake, going for a bike ride, taking a hike around Rice Creek, or hanging out with friends in the residence halls. I could be working through Students for Global Change, hugging people for Hug Day or informing people about the horrible living conditions people are in across the globe or maybe having a political debate with someone who holds totally opposite views of me. Anyway, it’d be better than sitting in a class hearing an 8-hour lecture.

So, I think I’m suffering from that age-old proverb, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Do you think that’s how it’ll always be in life? Looking forward to something else rather than enjoying what you have right here and now?

I think that applies to college because when you’re in school you keep wondering, “When am I going to graduate?” But, when you do graduate and are out in the real world, you’re like, “why can’t I be back in college?” We underestimate how good we’ve got it until it’s gone, and we’re left with something less ideal.

But hey, a career, money, and property are all good returns, as long as you either learn or start out liking what you do.

So, I’d say, enjoy summer for all it’s worth, but when the fall comes, enjoy school for all it’s worth. There’s no point in being bummed that summer’s over and pining for those days when you could hang out at the lake. You can even do that at Oswego. Bonfires at night during the first month or so of school are nice ways to escape from the seemingly bland routine of school. It’s all about living life today and loving it all the way.

In the meantime, get some sun, party with friends at the lake (in a responsible, age-appropriate, legal way), maybe work a little, and get stoked for each day!

Have a great week!

Make Way… Oswego ALUM on BoArD!

Now that things have calmed down after the climax of my four years at SUNY Oswego with Graduation on May 16th I am officially an Oswego Alum! This by far is one of the best moments of my life. It’s no joke to see how fast my time here has gone and everything is just a memory. Now that I’m transitioning to the next phase along with millions of other recent college grads isn’t the best time to be out and about in the job market.

I’m looking for employment and that is tough. But guess what peeps I am a lot tougher :-). I find the economy to be a motivating factor for me. This forces me to strengthen my tides, connections, resources, and network unlike any other. I am prepared in doing so and I have done so. This gives me more passion and a willingness to explore and seek opportunities because no matter the state or condition of the world, opportunities are always there. I have been a firm believer that if the opportunities you want don’t exist then go and lay new ground by creating them yourself. Not many people share that willingness but I sincerely hope that people dig as deep as they can and go the mile to find what it is that they would like to do after graduation.

My experience so far has been incredibly rewarding since a graduated two weeks ago. Yes, it’s very recent and I am enjoying myself. As I transition to new horizons and chapters I am extremely appreciative of all the help and support that I have been given by so many people throughout my experience at Oswego State. Though has congratulatory has things are now it wasn’t simple and nothing worth any particular value is not brought without dispute. Needless to say I have arrived and I have made it. I have rose to the challenge of being victorious over circumstances as did so many of the Class of 2009 graduates.

I plan to have an enjoyable summer and make this new phase count! As it relates to the economy, getting a job, transitioning somewhere new, paying my cell phone bill, and so many other challenges, I will just let it be a few lessons learned to continue to plug at opportunities and just continue being a good person because “your [my] spirit will take you [me] far,” Dr. Clark.

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Finals Week

This is supposed to be the best time of the year; you know happy to pack up and go home to start the summer, however I’m STRESSING!!!!!! Like many other college students. I cannot wait for finals week to be over with, I am looking forward to spending my summer here in Oswego, doing McNair, a summer internship, a summer course, and possibly a summer job…Talk about Fall semester downgraded! I cannot wait until Friday, the end of all my finals and the beginning of my summer!!!

Leaving today…

Today I have 2 finals and then I’m officially done with my undergrad career at SUNY Oswego!  At first I didn’t think I would care that I’m leaving early, but now I am starting to miss people already.   I’ve definitely learned so much from being here and Oswego has helped me to make some really beneficial decisions.  Being involved as an RA, an Orientation Leader, a Peer Ed and intern at the Lifestyles Center, intern at the Public Affairs office and working at Pathfinder helped me meet people and learn so much.  I’m so so SO glad I got involved.  I could not have chosen a better place to do my undergraduate work.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Concert Review! (4/26/09)

On Sunday, April 26, a total of five bands played at SUNY Oswego in the Campus Center arena. The show featured Los Angeles-based Drive A, Medina Lake, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Secondhand Serenade and N.E.R.D (with Pharell), respectively. I was very surprised by how few people there seemed to be at the concert, especially with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus there. I thought that it was going to next to impossible to even breathe in there, but it wasn’t that bad at all. Overall, however, I vehemently enjoyed the show for the most part and was especially impressed by Drive A and Medina Lake.

My friends and I were all under the impression that the show was only three acts, with N.E.R.D., Secondhand Serenade and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus playing, but when we got there, we were surprised to find that there were two other opening acts as well. I found it odd, because as I found out later, Medina Lake is actually somewhat popular, and I heard that of a lot of people who didn’t go to the concert were extremely disappointed, because Medina Lake was there, and this was because Medina Lake was not advertised at all. I know that they were booked late in the game, but there still could have been some notification beforehand.

I seemed to be the black sheep of the family when it came to Drive A, the first band that played. When they got up on the stage, the first thing that immediately caught my attention was how young they were, especially the lead singer. I therefore wasn’t expecting much. However, I thought that they were amazing. Even though they seemed to receive a good response from the crowd, a lot of my friends didn’t have very many good things to say about them afterwards. One of my friends said that they were “Jonas Brothers wannabes,” which I didn’t understand in the least bit. They didn’t look or sound anything like the Jonas Brothers. Someone else said that they thought that they were cool but that they really weren’t.

It seemed to me like the people who didn’t like them ridiculed them because of how young they are, which I found to be unfair. In fact, their age is what impressed me. If you visit the band’s MySpace or download their single called “Are You Blind?” from iTunes, you’ll hear the pipes on that kid, who apparently is sixteen years old. I was very impressed with their performance and can’t wait for the album to be released, which is mid-May, not sure of the exact date. They didn’t play very many songs, but I really enjoyed what they did play. I thought that they were very fresh and energetic and that they really blended in with the rest of the bands that played.

Secondly, we had the pleasure of seeing Medina Lake live, a very pleasant surprise. As soon as the band walked onto the stage, the first thought that ran through my head was My Chemical Romance because of the symbols on their sleeves and the white-blond hair, which reminded me of Gerard Way during the Black Parade era. Some of their music, however, really reminded me of Muse. They put on an excellent show, and everyone who I spoke to about them after the concert agreed with me. I really liked their musical style, and it was great how they got the crowd engaged, especially by throwing oversized balloons into the crowd which resulted in everyone engaging in what I could best describe as volleyball without a net.

After Medina Lake came The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I was very disappointed with them, especially since they were who I was there to see. First of all, Ronnie has an amazing voice, and you couldn’t hear him. I don’t know if it was because the volume on his mic was turned down too low or not, but I think that’s what the problem was. You could just barely him. I mean, it was bad to the point where I often found myself not knowing what the song was until the refrain began. Not only that, but I felt that, for the most part, they chose some of their weaker songs to play. In my opinion, their greatest and most powerful songs are “Misery Loves Its Company,” “Godspeed,” and “Believe,” and they didn’t play any of those. One of the main reasons why I couldn’t wait to see them live was to hear them play “Godspeed” live, and I was vehemently disappointed when they didn’t.

Lastly (I didn’t stay for N.E.R.D.) was Secondhand Serenade. They were also very good. The singer, John Vesely, was very easy to hear, and his performance garnered a very strong response out of the crowd. I was very surprised by how many people in the crowd knew so many of the songs apart from “Fall for You.” I knew a few, including, obviously, “Fall for You,” and I also knew “Your Call.” I wasn’t as familiar with their music as I’d have liked to have been, but I thought that their performance was very impressive. However, I thought that Drive A and Medina Lake were the best, and overall, I felt that my twenty dollars was definitely worth it.

Assistantship

Today I was offered two different graduate assistantships for Graduate school in the fall. I’m attending IUP for Student Affairs in Higher Education and was offered a position at PennState for Judicial Affairs and a ResLife position at Clarion University. I know which position I’m going to take and I am so excited! This is all making the end of my undergrad come up very quickly! Graduation is in 23 days. I can’t believe it!

Oh yeah, hollahollaholla Sam Calabrese ;)

On the Road Again

I can’t quite begin to explain what is in the air? I’m feeling unsettled just about everyday. I keep finding myself to be worried or puzzled about various things. I know it has a large part to do with graduating. This is by far one of the biggest transitions in my life second on my list. It would go right on the list of transitions directly after childbirth.

I know that I see myself being successful and doing great things. It however, is all in a matter of time. Time that can appear to be very long in nature but fast in action. There are a few weeks remaining to graduation on May 16th. Last week was the grad finale and I took my senior pictures, brought my cap and gown, and contributed to the senior class eco-fund. The eco-fund is a great project because it will help support future green initiatives for campus projects. I am going to make the most of the remaing time and I’m extremely delighted to have come this far and to have as much admiration and love for SUNY Oswego these past years!

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Loving the Weather

I love Oswego when the weather is nice. The campus is unbelievably beautiful, and so is the lake. I recently realized that I may very possibly have a touch of SAD, which is an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Although Winter was not the source of the low feelings I’ve been experiencing for the past few months, I cannot deny that it has played a key role in it. I think it affects a lot of us, especially those who do not have cars or readily available methods of transportation. The weather does not permit walking since it is so bad, and you therefore feel trapped in a bubble.

The reason I feel as if that has had a lot to do with the way I have been feeling is because ever since the weather has gotten considerably better, I am much happier. There are other reasons for that, but I know as a fact that that has something to do with it. I know how the cold weather and the snow make me feel. I hate it, and I know how the warm weather and the sun make me feel, and it is the basic opposite.

I know that there aren’t that many photos here, but I have included a couple of photos of the lake. I went down to see the sunset tonight at around 8 PM tonight and could not believe how utterly beautiful the sight was. The water was a purple-pink color, because the color of the setting sun was reflecting on it. It was definitely a sight to see. If I could have that all year round, it would be awesome. I usually get the same argument from people when it comes to this too. “You shouldn’t have picked Oswego then.” However, just about anywhere in New York State is going to snow, and I would say that we actually had a fairly bearable winter this year. The snow, for example, went much earlier than it did in Rome, which is where I live.

I’m not really sure what the point or central message to this blog entry is or if there even is one. I just felt that I’d share some random thoughts. Enjoy the photos!

Lake Ontario, 4/16/09

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.