Spring Broken!

Hello followers! It’s been a while since my last blog post (I’m crazy busy this semester-emphasis on crazy) and I just returned from a week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with 6 of my best friends. It was incredible to get a taste of summer in the middle of March. Even though my trip was an absolute blast, it exposed me to some of the major health risks that come with the elevated temperatures and sunshine. We’re only 8 weeks away from freedom, so take notes on these obvious tips! You should really listen to them, I promise you won’t regret it!
Water
I cannot stress this enough and I know this seems pretty obvious but it’s easy to forget to grab a bottle of water when you’re focused on getting yourself out in the sun. When your body is dehydrated you’re not only thirsty but you’re functioning at a lower level of cognitive and physical performance.
Sunscreen!
Really. Just wear it. Spare yourself the ache of raw peeling skin and throw on some SPF! You have all summer to get tan and on top of that there are plenty of products that can help you mimic the tan that you have yet to build! Hope you all enjoyed your break as much as I did!
Alcohol Consumption
Be super careful whether you’re drinking at the beach or at a summer party. Alcohol dehydrates you to begin with and as I learned from “Toilet Talk” it can increase your risk of getting Sun Stroke.

Had I listened to my mother and all of my fantastic health science professors, my skin would not be peeling right now (though I don’t regret getting to go for a short run on the sidewalk along the beach!). All in all I had a great, safe trip and would go back in a heartbeat. Hope you enjoyed your spring breaks!


SUNY Oswego Seniors (Left to right) Tess Bierl, Kara Alheim, Laura Scaffidi, Heather Casey (Me!), Kelsey Harvey and Lauren Poggiali on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Spring Break experience

I know that I sort of “complained” about having to move to Hart for the break prior to having to do it, but I just want to take the time, now that that’s behind me, to talk about what that experience was like for me; it would be nice if this editorial reached someone who has the ability to reform college policy in regards to this matter because I would really hate someone else in the future having to go through what I did, and I know that based on how many students that I observed on campus (which was very few), there aren’t generally very many.

Because I don’t own a car, I had to stay on campus for the length of the break; I love SUNY Oswego, so normally, that wouldn’t bother me; in fact, normally, I would take staying here over going back to Rome every time, but I wasn’t looking forward to having move the materials that I was going to need for the duration of the break over to Hart, since I’d be having to walk it over, and I wasn’t looking forward to having to stay cooped up here alone, since essentially nothing here was open, and no one that I know was staying here, too; my boyfriend Ray says that he asked the Residence Life & Housing office if he could stay here with me and that he was told no because staying here is reserved only for students that absolutely need to. However, first of all, there was another bed in my room (which could have instead been a desk, which I didn’t have), and second of all, I met another student that was staying here because his car had broken down, which doesn’t sound like an “absolutely have to” to me, as he probably could have caught a ride with someone or taken a bus or a train, and I know that that’s inconvenient, but really, “absolutely have to” is what it is.

I did “absolutely have to” stay here. I was doing my student-teaching in Fulton, and my parents live in Rome, so I couldn’t commute from Rome to Fulton without a car, yet I was placed in a very small, stuffy room that didn’t even have a desk (it normally functions as a study lounge), whereas he had an actual room, and I know that he doesn’t normally live in Hart (that would obviously be another story). Penfield was only open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but since I was having to take a bus to Fulton, I was getting up before 5 a.m. and not getting back until 5 p.m., which means that I was gone during the entire time that Penfield was open. There was, additionally, no gym open, not even a dining hall, so I had to prepare my own food, which meant having to prepare my own food, which meant even more material that needed to be walked over to Hart (it took me three trips to move everything, and it was extremely cold and windy).

What’s the botttom line of all of my complaining? Well, when I was telling a professor here on campus about this, he agreed that students having to move out of the residence halls in which they already live is relatively ridiculous. He said, humorously enough, that the college should be trying to make students happy so that they will be happy alumni and eventually happy donors, and I agree with him; it’s no fun having to needlessly acquaint yourself with a new setting for a mere nine days when there’s no reason that I couldn’t have stayed in Sheldon; I still would have been alone, but (a) I would have been closer to stores such as Fastrack and Kinney’s, (b) I would have been closer to the bus stop at which I caught my bus to Fulton, and (c) most importantly, I would have had the familiarity of where I usually live. Having to take three trips walking belongings over to Hart was a waste of time, especially since Sheldon is also an academic building, which means that for most of the break, it was open, anyway. Prior to break, one potential reason that I offered for having to move was that Sheldon wouldn’t have any DAs or RAs working, but there weren’t any at Hart, either, so that’s no excuse. My hope is that this policy will be reformed; students need to be kept comfortable, and their time certainly doesn’t need to be needlessly wasted.

Student-Teaching over Spring Break

While I don’t mind having to student-teach over the college’s break (I get a week’s break in February and another one the first week of April), I do certainly mind the conditions under which I have to stay on campus. To those of you that don’t know (obviously, most essentially lower classmen that don’t have vehicles and will be student-teaching in the future), if you are student-teaching over Spring Break and consequently need to stay on campus, you may not stay in the residence hall in which you already live, anyway; you have to unnecessarily move to Hart, an utter waste of time. I’d really like someone try to explain to me why this is necessary because honestly, I have played out every possible theory in my mind, and I’ve ultimately debunked every single one.

Hart is open, anyway, because that’s where international students reside, and Residence Life shouldn’t have to ask any more RAs to monitor residences and ensure that they have permission to be here than necessary, and that’s true, but we are adults; there shouldn’t be any reason why we can’t live in our respective residence halls without RAs and DAs on duty. Because international students will be staying in Hart and Hart will therefore be open, anyway, Hart’s doors will be the only ones that will be open to students that need to stay. Again, that’s true, but if you can program my ID to open Hart’s doors, you can program it to open my own residence hall’s doors, and I’m sure that it’s within Residence Life’s capability to program only the IDs of students that will be staying over the break. That’s about it; I honestly can think of nothing else, and in my opinion, I’ve successfully debunked every possible reason that I’ve presented.

Why does it matter so much to me? Well, I’m not looking forward to this as it is; I’m going to be here for nine days with nothing open (not the gym, not the library, not even a single dining hall), and essentially no one here that I know, and I would imagine that even that amount of people will be relatively minimal, so this campus is going to be a ghost town to me, on which there will be absolutely nothing to do. So, the least that could be afforded me is the familiarity and the comfort of my own room, the one in which I’m paying to live. I don’t even think that I get a room in Hart; from my understanding, I get a lounge on the fifth floor. It seems so utterly ridiculous that I have to waste time moving when my own room is going to be empty the entire time, especially since I will likely have somewhere important to be on Friday night (my school’s musical) and I also have to somehow set time aside to take two or three different trips walking belongings that I will need over the course of nine days from Sheldon to Hart; everyone that I’ve spoken to about this agrees that it is ridiculous.

Yet another reason that I care is that like I said, no dining hall will be open, so I will be responsible for preparing my own meals. This means that I will be having to make trips to the store to purchase items and will be unnecessarily further away from Fastrac and Kinney’s. I know that it must seem like I am an annoying person that loves to complain, but I really do think think that this is ridiculous. My Friday afternoon and evening will be spent moving belongings when I shouldn’t have to do that, when I already have a place to stay. I sincerely hope that in the future, Residence Life will at least look into amending this ridiculous standard and maybe even allow future students that need to stay on campus to remain in their respective residence halls so that, unlike me, they will not be drastically inconvenienced by being made to complete extremely unnecessary tasks such as removing belongings and acquainting themselves with a new environment when they should not have to do that.