They Call Me “Mellow Yellow”

Actually, nobody’s ever called me “Mellow Yellow”. Quite the contrary actually…

I’m a junior Broadcasting and Mass Communication major, and I’m really interested in taking on a Journalism minor as long as that is still feasible! Last summer, I worked as a Laker Leader for New Student and Family Orientation programs. I loved the experience, and I think it’s safe to say that the summer of 2009 was one of my best!

I’ve worked with Sports Information at SUNY Oswego for the past two years, which included working with the Men’s and Women’s hockey teams, as well as announcing the women’s softball games. As a softball player for thirteen years, announcing the home games reminds me how fortunate I was to play softball for so long and be successful at it. I also was a cheerleader in high school, and was avid in the Jazz Choir, as well as the Oswego State Singers during my freshman year at Oswego. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to sing. It’s something that I have always turned to no matter what.

I’m from a pretty big town on Long Island called Smithtown, and I’m the baby of the family in my house. My older sister Kristina graduated from Siena College in Albany NY in 2008, and my brother Carlo graduated from the University at Buffalo this past May. I’ve got a wonderfully wet-nosed fluffball of a poodle at home who does the “Cha-Cha-Cha” for treats and can jump from one person to another. You’ll hear about her more later on, I’m sure!

I also play guitar in my spare time, and I like to putz around on the piano when I’ve got the time, but I’m self-taught in both. I think that music is one of the most influential ways of expression for me because it gives me this secure and non-judgmental channel to say what I want to say. Maybe someday I’ll muster up the courage to play in front of a large crowd, but for now, my cheerleader bear and my studio mic are my most captive audiences…. :)

Getting ready to celebrate the earth!

Mother Earth Week is coming up NEXT WEEK AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

On a sidenote: I’m stressing out right now. Amidst my several articles due for JLM 310 and 309, papers for Eng 220, exams for Fre 202, homework for GLS 316, upcoming concert and voice lessons for MUS 497, events to organize/publicize for JLM 495, AND putting together a whole week of environmental awareness events = I am trying to remember to eat and sleep!

I overbook myself, but it’s an addiction because I love being busy from 7 a.m. to 11/12 p.m. every day. It’s a curse I tell ya. But, something tells me that this will all amount to something in the end, so I’ll keep at it.

Bitching aside, are you ready to love ya Motha? Mother Earth Week starts next Saturday at 10:30 a.m. by Mary Walker Health Center where we will be walking along the lakeshore east and west of the building, cleaning up loads of plastic and general trash. That’s just the start. Sunday is our prep/have fun with Indian color festival pigment battle day. That should be fun… the rest of the events are online at our Web site: Students for Global Change.

Two things I wanted to highlight, though were the environmental panel and Oswegostock.

The environmental panel (check the event page on Facebook) is on Tuesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. in Lanigan 104. The point of this panel discussion is to spread the awareness about particular, multidisciplinary sides of climate change and the move toward sustainability. We have professors from the psychology, chemistry and political science departments addressing issues from each of their respective disciplines.

Dr. Kestas Bendinskas, a very active scientist who studies the impacts of coal gasification and such, will address the science aspect of climate change.
Dr. Lisa Glidden is a political science teacher who will talk about existent and future energy policies and the different global policies on the environment.
Dr. Dave Sargent will address the issues of behavioral changes to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle. He will address issues behind the psychology of climate change and sustainable life as a whole.

I will sit on the panel too as a moderator and move the conversation along while addressing and student questions there are.

The second event that I wanted to talk about is Oswegostock! This will be the most exciting festival you’ve been to ever, better than the orignal Woodstock!!!! Okay.. maybe not, seeing as how there won’t be any drugs or alcohol floating around the event. But, nonetheless. this will be an event to remember.

During Oswegostock, we will have several bands playing sets while we partake in arts and crafts, food, and games. There’ll be frisbee games, bubble making, tie-dyeing, eco-friendly craft making, and anything else you would like to do. THIS ISN’T A HIPPIE EVENT! It is meant to bring together the Oswego community where people will be enjoying good music and listening to speakers on the environment.

So, with all that said, I won’t bore you anymore! Come out and enjoy Mother Earth Week. E-mail me at kraymond@oswego.edu for more information or visit our Web site at http://s4gc.blogspot.com.

Spring Break

I think that my prediction near the end of the first semester regarding second semester flying by is definitely coming true. We are already halfway through, and now, we’re going home for spring break. When we come back, we have approximately two months until the semester is over, and we go home for the summer. It’s unbelievable how quickly this semester is going and ultimately how quickly this entire year has gone.

I’m not planning on doing anything extremely special over spring break. I’m not going anywhere, but I am pretty happy just to be going home and seeing my friends again. It always seems like so long in between breaks. For example, I started college in August, as we all did, and then I went home for an extended weekend in October, and between August and October (which was less than two months), it had felt like a year. I seemed like I had been away from home for so long.

Oddly enough, when I was home (before college even started), a part of me really wanted to leave and to start college, pepping me with “you got to get out of here!” It’s different now; now, I love going home. My brother can’t understand it, but he’s a really awesome brother, and I get so I miss him, and I miss my friends, like I’ve said. I also miss my bedroom. I miss having time that you’re not doing homework. There are a lot of benefits.

Maybe if anything interesting happens over break, I’ll update all of you. Otherwise, enjoy your break!

SUNY Oswego Career Connections

On Tuesday I went to the career connections event at the Fashion Institute of Technology sponsored by SUNY Oswego. This was my second time attending this event. I went last year as a junior and this year I went as a senior. Many would think that you should be able to go only once, but I would always recommend to go as many times as you could and as many career events as possible. Even though the event has the same format of gaining connections I didn’t gain the same knowledge and information as before. Last year what I took from the event was the importance of being ready and preparing to move forward. Understanding that if I want to experience growth in opportunity I would have to go after it and learn as much as I can. Even though I still had a year left before graduation last year I made sure to find connections especially in terms of internships; and I did.

On the LIRR

This picture was taken by a close friend of mine. I had not seen her all vacation and what a coincidence to bump into her on the train as I was on my way to Fox studios.

At career connections one of the best aspects is that they offer opportunities to various interest and majors for personal site visits to major organizations and businesses. For example last year I was able to attend a panel discussion and tour of ABC, NY studios with several alumni. This year I attended the Fox, NY studios tour. Each chance to view the studios was a great opportunity to see how these studios operate and all the work and behind the scenes aspects of these major companies provided me with great incite. This opportunity has aided in demonstrating to me that this is where I want to be.

I must admit that attending events like this had always shifted my goals and plans either a lot or just a tad. I would say this isn’t a bad occurrence for me and that I actually find it to be helpful. I learned that this is a process of “re-visioning”, re-visioning what it is that I want to be and where I want to go. This process is a great sift that has always pushed me to determine what’s my hearts desire and where my passion really lies. Attending these kinds of events has allowed me to discover my career options, graduate school choices and options, and internship possibilites as well. Despite having increased optimism I can’t ever say I knew or know exactly what and where I want to go, yet I still have a great direction of where I’m heading. That sounds weird huh? I’m sure many of you can relate.

FIT

Overall, each year I am impressed by the outpour of support from alumni that contribute their time and effort to this event. It has been great to see the produced outcome of individuals who were once where I am working to be something much greater. Observing them has continually showed me that I can also be just as successful and that it really could be me. I realized that the harder I work and the more I work toward my goals next time it will be me. I just would like to thank all the alumni and all those involved in putting this event together because it has helped me tremendously in addition to hundreds and hundreds of other students as well, if not more certainly.

“At some point, your prepardness and the prepardness of the world will coincide and bingo! You’re an overnight success.”Marcia V. Keizs, PH.D, President, York College

Away.. Sweet.. Away

It’s a brand new year with a fresh start to see what exciting adventures turn up. This is one of the times I live for as a college student; WINTER BREAK! Well not just winter break but any break that I can get away from the busyness. I say that harshly but it’s not meant to be taken that way. Usually for me winter break has been a time to relax after a long semester of work and lots and lots of juggling between working, classes, writing papers until wee hours of the dawn,  and burning the mid-night oil doing countless other projects for class. Not to mention I have to stay afloat socially so lets not forget the parties, events, and dinners.

The break gives me sometime to reflect on how I can do better on the next term. I enjoy the times of complete “nothingness”. I’m sure many can relate to this as just being those times where you do absolutely nothing but just simply rest and relax. The winter break last between 5-6 weeks and I must admit for myself and many other people I know after the first week and a half most people are urging to head back to Oswego. For me it has just been the experience of needing my own territory and separation from my home environment back to my newly acquired life and lifestyle in Oswego as many others can provide testimony to as well.

It hasn’t been the idea to just jump back into doing the busyness again but just getting back to the way of life when having a good time with my friends during the weekend, being able to stop by someone’s residence hall to play pool or just chat for hours about life or future aspirations.

The break also gives me a chance to catch up on television and new and old releases out on DVD because I hardly ever get a chance to watch any of that when in session at Oswego. With that said Im actually going to go see what I can look to watch now. I plan to hang out in New York City tonight. I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Thanksgiving and broken car.

ok I’ve got a good thanksgiving story for you all :-p

Welll… let me just start by saying that my car is a 1986 Saab. That should explain a lot.

Anyways, towards the last few days that I was in Oswego, my car started getting louder and louder when one day, i turned the key, and this roar came from the engine that was completely new to me. I was running late for class, so i was like, “oh well, I sound like a race car for today.. no big deal”. I’m used to things happening to my car, and a loud engine did not seem very out of the ordinary, since my car is old enough to legally drink in any country.

Later that day, I called my dad and he said there was something wrong with the exhaust system most likely, probably the catalytic converter. he said, “just make it home to Buffalo, and ill fix it when you get here”.

When I got home and my dad had a chance to look at my car, he informed me that the entire catalytic converter was now missing from my car’s ensemble. Of course I had no idea when or where I lost it, which probably angered whoever was driving behind me at that point.. :-/ He told me that he would have to order a new one, and that wouldn’t come until around christmas time. So he decided he would just attach the two pipes underneath my car so that it wouldn’t be loud anymore, and I could go back to school and deal with it until christmas… sounded like a plan to me.

After a very filling and refreshing thanksgiving break, I began the journey back to Oswego. Everything was going great and I was on the Ontario parkway around Brockport. Low and behold my ever-so-exciting car decided to yell at me again, fist softly whining, and eventually crescendoed into the roar much like the one before. Except this time, when I took my foot off the gas I heard clunking and clanking underneath my car, which I concluded to be the pipes dragging on the pavement. To say the least, i was extremely frustrated and upset; mostly at my father, who claims the name “mister fix-it” and thinks he can repair anything. Lucky for me, I have an aunt in Rochester with an extra car who was gracious enough to let me switch it with the race car. At the moment, my poor little Saab is sitting in my aunts driveway, awaiting repair and my return for christmas break.

Of course also at this time it was beginning to snow/slush, and I was trying to make it back for practice at school at 5:00. to make a long story…still too long, i got stuck behind a bunch of grandmas and got to practice 30 minutes late.

So, whats the moral of this story? I’m not really sure except that you should probably give yourself lots of time to get back to Oswego in the winter time, and you probably shouldn’t own a 1986 Saab. Although I love my little race car, it throws a lot of curve balls at me, and every trip is an adventure. other than that, I had a great Thanksgiving! My exchange student from high school from Germany goes to school in the US now, so she flew in for a visit which was really nice, and naturally we both ate way more food than our swim coaches would like to know. :-p

Hope everyones Thanksgiving was as exciting as mine, I’ll get back to you soon!

<3 Leah

Christmas! (Or Whatever You Celebrate)

Who’s excited for the holidays? Can you believe that we have less than three weeks until we go home again? It’s really crazy, and it’s probably just me, but it seems like the second semester is going to be really short. We get back from break near the end of January, and then the school year is over in May.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Christmas seemed so far away to me, and now it seems so close. I can’t wait, because I love Christmas and not just because of the gifts, although, I’m not going to lie, that’s a part of it. I love the spirit. I love the music, the decorations, the lights and, most of all, the tree. Of course, I won’t be home to see it until the last week this year, so I am hoping that the campus provides that for us, but so far, I don’t see that as being a problem. The night before I left for Thanksgiving break, I ate at Lakeside, and they had lights and decorations up. I mean, I know not everyone on campus celebrates Christmas, and I’m not making that assumption, but I think lights and decorations basically put everyone in the mood for the holiday season in general.

The main reason I’m excited gift-wise is because I asked for the third and fourth installments of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read the first book and will soon be reading the second book, and I know that this is going to sound really nerdy, but there’s nothing better than spending break with a good read, especially two. I just really hope that the next few weeks go by quickly, especially since with all of the work I have yet to do and finals to study for, they’re going to be pretty stressful.

Going Home

I can’t wait to go home! I really am so excited. The last time I was home was the weekend before Halloween, but it feels like it’s been so much longer than that. I have never felt this excited to go home before, and this really goes back to an earlier blog I wrote about how my perspective on my hometown has changed so much since I got here. Being away from home makes me think of my hometown differently; it makes me appreciate it more. I can’t wait to see my friends and my family and to have my own bedroom with no roommate! That has to be the best part! Just kidding, but seriously, it is nice having your own room and therefore not having to worry about making sure that your habits match up to or at least don’t interfere with someone else’s.

I will be leaving on Wednesday, and that honestly feels too far away. There are butterflies in my stomach at the very thought of going home. Wednesday I will be seeing Twilight as far as I know, and I actually just got done reading the novel a few days ago, so I’m really looking forward to that. Perhaps later in the week I will write a blog entry about seeing that and what I liked about it and what I didn’t like, how it was different from the novel. I’ll just warn you ahead of time, though, as I also will when the time comes, that there will probably be spoilers, so don’t read it if you haven’t read the novel or seen the movie but are planning to.

It’s going to be so awesome, and this is what’s crazy. A few minutes ago, I had an epiphany. When we get back here, there will be less than three weeks until we go home again! In fact, on Sunday when most of us get back, we can say that two weeks from Saturday, we go home again. It’s pretty crazy, especially considering the fact that finals are coming up so soon! Returning from Thanksgiving break is going to mean buckling down and heavy studying!

I encourage fellow bloggers to maybe take a few minutes over break and talk about your home experiences, especially if it’s your first time being home since the semester started. That has to feel strange, not having been home in three months!

Sunday breaks!

I’ve been doing homework pretty much all day and figured I would take a break and write on here, since it has been forever.

I wish I knew what I wanted to do with my life.  Some people grow up knowing what they want to be and where they want to go.  I am not one of those people.  When I was in Vermont, I met someone who told me that I think about the future too much and that I need to live in the present.  How can I not think about the future though?  I’m graduating in May and have to decide if I’m going to grad school and if not I have to worry about applying for jobs.  I’m very indecisive. It is hard for me to imagine myself not coming back to Oswego next fall. I did not believe people when they told me four years of college goes by so quickly.

I have a b-e-a-utiful Christmas tree in my room. My mom surprised me last week and came up for a visit and brought my tree up! I love it! I love this time of year. Yes, I could do without the cold weather but I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love having my brothers and sister around at the same time. Amy and Jeff are moved out and families of their own (Amy has 4 daughters, Jeff has a daughter and a son), Paul goes to school at UAlbany and Christi lives in Florida…in the nice weather! It’s fun to all hang out together! Going home feels like going on vacation. When I am there it is so easy to relax. Home is a really small town (I may have mentioned that already!) and a log cabin on a hill. It’s pretty perfect.

Okay, so before I go back to Sunday things, I just want to give a shout out to my fellow Pathfinder Dining expert Rebecca- told you I would!

Vet’s Day Open House

So it’s been a busy busy time over at the admissions office as we’re prepping for an Open House this upcoming Tuesday.

Open Houses, although busy busy days, are probably one of the best ways to get a look at the school since there are very few times when you have this many administrative & academic departments all in one space making it so much easier to find answers to all those questions that everyone has, or at least I know I had while I was looking at schools.

Oswego does a fantastic job coordinating the open houses to make as many things available as possible for anyone coming to look at the school.

There will be tours of the campus, residence halls and various campus facilities as well.

Want to see what a class at SUNY Oswego is like?  There are sign ups to sit in on classes going on throughout the day.

Have specific questions for different departments or want to find things to get involved in?  There’s a mix and mingling time for 2 hours with faculty & staff from over 50 student service and academic departments, plus representatives from a number of our completely student driven clubs & organizations.

But don’t take my word for it, there’s gonna be a lot going on this upcoming tuesday you should check it out for yourself

for more info, to see the detailed program and/or to register to come here’s the link!

http://www.oswego.edu/admissions/visit/index.html