GUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!
Today, like any day, I groaned when I heard my alarm go off. I might hit snooze once or twice before I decide, despite my greatest wishes, I have to actually get up for class. From there, the day seems never-ending. Getting stressed out is inevitable because there’s always a paper due, there’s always a pop quiz on the horizon, and there’s always Civ reading-seriously, Civ takes over your life. There is barely enough time to finish my homework, never mind sleep.
I think every college student has stress weeks like this. It can be hard to take a moment for yourself and regain your sanity. So how do we survive the rest of the semester? Well, I could tell you lots of tips on how to stay calm and get prepared, things like getting organized, taking breaks while studying, making to do lists, etc. (which are all very important things you should consider!).
But, I think there’s something else we need to keep in mind beyond how busy we are.
We only have four years at PC. If you talk to any senior, they will say how lucky you are to be a freshman and how they wish they could do it all over again. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life. I know I am more concerned with when I can actually get some sleep than enjoying the moment. But, even though things are crazy busy, we also have to appreciate our short time here because it’s just that- short.
With fall finally here, we can finally see how pretty the campus is. The squirrels are attacking you with acorns, but the leaves are beautiful. I always look forward to chicken nugget Thursdays and a hello from Dot. And how many college students get to say that they watch the men’s national hockey champions play on the weekend?
Some of my best PC moments are just hanging out with my friends. We’re probably doing nothing special, but having a great time doing it. It’s weird to think, but in a few years we won’t be in the same state, nevermind in the same room. So, we have to take advantage of our time to get a quick snack at LaSalle Bakery, take the zipcar for an impromptu road trip, or do a classic movie night. And don’t forget the city of Providence! Dinners at the Cheesecake are Heaven (get the chocolate cake), Waterfire is a cool night out, and who doesn’t love to go for a shopping trip at the mall?
Class itself can be difficult—homework, perfect grades, and trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. But, PC is full of great professors, classes that get you talking, and lots of resources (like Tutoring and Writing Centers—come visit us!).
I will be the first to agree that school is stressful. I’m definitely guilty of just trying to “get through the week.” But, as sophomore year quickly passes by, I also realize my experience is not going to last forever. Some weeks will be crazy, but try not to just “get through” every week. PC is a great place and you don’t want to miss out on your chance to experience it!
GUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18 Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16
Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY. I am an accounting major and finance minor, which has caused me to have some really late nights in the library! On campus, I am on Tutor Cabinet in OAS, Treasurer of the Accounting Association, and Board Member of the Student Alumni Association. I am a passionate Friar Fanatic and really bleed black and white! My main focus right now as a senior is to win an intramural t-shirt because I refuse to graduate until I win! You can often find me daydreaming about my semester abroad and frequently looking for cheap flights back to Europe.
Leaving Providence College for a semester is a scary thought. It is hard to imagine not spending Sunday mornings in ray, late nights in the library, and cheering on the Friars with some of your best friends. But leaving Providence College for a semester was the BEST decisions of my life (besides choosing to come to PC, of course). During the fall of my junior year, I decided to pack my bags and spend the semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and here is the six reasons why you should too:
1. The Food
Where do I begin? From pizza, pasta, and panini’s in Italy, to baguette’s and macaroons in France, Europe has AMAZING food. Everything is so unbelievably fresh and you can taste the difference. Yella’s in alumni is great and all, but look what you can get for lunch in Italy!
2. Weekends Are Spent Traveling
During my short three and a half months studying abroad, I had the opportunity to visit nine countries and twenty five cities. One day you are in class, and the next, you are watching the Eiffel Tower light up the Parisian sky or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the Amalfi Coast. And if you book your flights properly, you can get some ones as cheap as $16.30! That can be cheaper than an Uber to downtown Providence.
3. Because Walking to Class is Like Walking Through History
Europe has taken so much pride in preserving their history and culture, and you immediately feel like you have traveled back in time. From walking by the Czech Castle in Prague, or the canals in Amsterdam some of the most iconic monuments become a part of your daily life. Oh and did I mention, your art history classes are spent exploring all of the culture and artwork these cities have to offer. From the Uffizzi in Florence to the Louvre in Paris, class somehow doesn’t seem so bad.
4. Europe Becomes Your Playground
When you are younger and your parents bring you to a new playground you spend hours exploring all of the cool things you can find. Europe is the same thing, but for study abroad students. You can enjoy the culture of Oktoberfest, the thrill of Skydiving in Switzerland, and climb around some (designated) monuments, which make you feel like a kid again!
5. You Make Memories With Old & New Friends
Some of my best friends I met abroad and together we dream about returning one day. My parents sent me to a foreign country to live with one friend and three strangers, and I could not have been more thankful for that experience. I was fortunate enough to go abroad with 40 PC students (Florence became a mini-Friartown) but also made new friends too. Some of my favorite memories from abroad were spent making dinner with my roommates and walking around Florence at night. They quickly become your family.
6. Makes You Appreciate Providence College Even More
And there is no better feeling then coming back to Providence College the next semester. No matter where you are, no matter where you go, Providence College will always be your home!
GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16 Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY.... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18
My name is Mckenzie Tavella and I am from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a sophomore at Providence College and am an English: Creative Writing and Psychology double major. Some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, both the series and the films, Marvel Superheroes, and sketching Disney cartoons. I love music, art and writing. However, more than anything, I love dogs.
Another fall semester at Providence College is underway, and many are still trying to get accustomed to living away from home again. In high school everything was easier- fewer people, more home cooked meals and less work. Even though there isn’t much anyone can do about the number of people or the home cooked meals, something can be done about the schoolwork students have on their plate. In order to help students handle the overload of work, I will let you in on a few pointers I learned during my first year at PC.
Have you ever heard that saying, “It’s all about location, location, location?” Well, shout out to whoever said that because he or she is a G-E-N-I-U-S. In order to make the most of your time, pick a spot on campus that will best suit your study needs. Of course there is the library- specifically the deep quiet zone on the second floor. If you like complete quiet, go there. However, I tend to see friends at the library so my two cents is to sit in the back at one of the desks or large tables, NOT the couches. Couches say kick back and relax, but desks mean business.
Next, let’s say you have a group project. I would suggest heading to Ruane because those seminar rooms really come in handy. Not only do you sit in a circle with a lot of room for your materials but you can also use the chalkboards to lay out your work. However, they close pretty early so if it’s later in the night, head to the bottom floor of the library. This is a great space for conversation and the furniture is pretty cool too. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.
Okay but what about during Midterms? Unless you plan on living and sleeping and eating, basically doing everything in the library twenty-four seven, I suggest avoiding the library. It gets completely packed and you can’t find anywhere to sit. Also if you even open up your pencil case people give you the stare down for having too loud of a zipper. Go to Feinstein! The white boards are perfect for testing how much you actually know and they are great for writing out equations or problem solving. One of my last bits of advice is to take advantage of the nice weather at the start of each year and study outside! The tables outside of Ruane on that patio area are perfect for sipping on your Starbucks while reading a book of Philosophy on Voltaire. Well, as perfect as it can be.
Lastly, my all-time favorite place to study is the Writing Center. Of course not every student has this opportunity, but I encourage everyone to join clubs and see if it they have a “study zone” of their own. This is a gift in itself because it’s somewhat private and exclusive. You won’t have to worry about it getting too crowded and noisy. All of your brain power can be used for your studies. Good luck and remember we are all in this together.
GUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18 My name is Mckenzie Tavella and I am from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a sophomore... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: JENNY GILLIGAN, ’18
Hey Fellow Friars! My name is Jenny Gilligan, and I am from South Windsor, Connecticut. I am a sophomore here at Providence College, with a major in Finance and minor in Spanish. Unfortunately, being a declared major does not correlate to having any clue what career path you aspire to follow. I am a first year tutor in OAS, tutoring Economics, Calculus, and Spanish, and am very excited to learn a lot from working as a tutor! I play on PC’s first ever club lacrosse team, and also participate in campus ministry. I look forward to getting more involved in the PC community as a Sophomore, because anyone that know me will tell you, I am very proud to be a friar.
If your anything like I was as a freshmen, you may have been so excited for all things college, that you may have failed to acknowledge that no matter how well you adjusted to college life, it would still be just that; an adjustment. Even though I had seen my four older sisters go through the adjustment to college, there were certain things I wished they had told me. So here are a few of the most valuable lessons I learned throughout my first year at Providence College.
1. Office hours are not scary
I remember being terrified that if I went to office hours I would ask all the wrong questions, or the professor would have no desire to talk to me and be totally un-helpful. This is a huge myth. If you do anything, go to office hours. At the very least your professor will be impressed that you showed up as soon as you had a problem. Trust me, initiative is rewarded.
2. College is NOT the era of Netflix
Most likely, you have friends like mine that told you how much Netflix they watched their freshman year. Well this may be true, it doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be, true for you. Luckily, I learned this was not my reality pretty quickly. Long hours in the Library are unavoidable, but are a lot more bearable when you know you are leaving to go hangout with your friends, or at least watch Netflix with your friends. College is going to be so much more enjoyable with a great group of friends to rely on, so shut your laptop, turn of Friends, and go make some Friends. It’s not as hard as you may think.
3. Using a tutor does not make you stupid
I guarantee you at some point this year you will have a subject, or a concept, that may not come as easily to you. Luckily, you’re at Providence College and have helpful resources all around. Don’t be embarrassed to use a tutor, because chances are you’re tutor has used a tutor in the Office of Academic Services at least once. I’ve learned that there is no greater help than a student who went through that very same class and had the very same questions. If you’re downstairs in the library struggling with you’re work, do your self a favor, walk upstairs and make an appointment. You’ll thank me later!
4. You may not be as busy as you think you are
Yes you have a lot of homework. But yes, you have for time for that one club you really wanted to join even though it meets twice a week, and yes, you do have time for church. Maybe the girls on your floor aren’t going to be your best friends, but that one girl you sit next to every meeting will be. You never know, so get involved! You won’t regret it! Maybe you went to church every weekend at home, or maybe you didn’t. But if it is 10 o’clock in a Sunday night, your just finished your work and you are choosing between that episode of Orange is The New Black, and going to 10:30 mass, the answer is always mass. It’s the perfect way to let go of the stress of one week, and energize for the next. Always avoid excuses!
5. Call your mother
Yes, she probably will ask you when the last time you washed your sheets was, or when the last time you went to church was, but she also may have some good advice. Having a small roommate problem? Chances are, she had those in college too, and she also knows everything about you, especially your most annoying traits. Meaning, she will tell you if you’re being unrealistic and need to quickly change your ways. Or maybe you have a sore throat and are avoiding solving the problem because you don’t know where health services is; you’re mom will tell you to get down there within the next hour, and you will listen. You’re mom is your biggest supporter, and you’re toughest critic. College requires both.
GUEST BLOGGER: JENNY GILLIGAN, ’18 Hey Fellow Friars! My name is Jenny Gilligan, and I am from South Windsor, Connecticut.... MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: MELISSA SHEIL, ’16
Hi Friars! My name is Melissa Sheil and I am from Southwick, Massachusetts. I am a junior psychology major with a business studies certificate, and a member of the Dirigo Leadership Honor Society. I tutor DWC, philosophy and theology in OAS, and am also a member of Tutor Cabinet. I am a Protege Mentor and this past summer I worked as a Resident Assistant/Mentor in the Friar Foundations Program. I serve as a Research Assistant in Providence College’s Social Perceptions and Attitudes Lab, and am most interested in studying academic achievement. I am an Admissions Ambassador, Special Olympics Volunteer and will be volunteering on my third Habitat for Humanity trip this Spring Break! When I’m not watching PC Basketball or Hockey games, you can find me playing intramurals (and still trying to win a t-shirt)!
As a Head Tutor, I have had the privilege of interviewing several prospective tutors over the past few weeks. The Tutoring Center consists of a community of tutors who are engaged and excited to help their peers, so it is fitting that one of the questions that we always ask a prospective tutor is “What excites you most about possibly being hired as a tutor?”
Although responses varied, they all shared one common underlying theme: the prospective tutor was most excited about being able to serve their peers through tutoring.
Tutoring requires both the tutor and the tutee be engaged and present throughout the session in order to best serve the student. Tutors must come to the session prepared to help the student better understand the topic they are studying, while also creating an environment where the tutee feels comfortable to be able to ask for further explanation or to say that they are completely confused by the material. Simply put, tutoring requires that the tutor is dedicated to putting in the extra effort by giving the best of themselves every time they tutor in order to best help the student they are serving.
As a college student, I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to always give your all in everything you do. Whether it be because of a lack of sleep or a hectic schedule, there are always occasions where it is difficult to motivate yourself to be your best. However, Harvey S. Firestone’s quote that reads, “You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself” truly emphasizes that while you are in a role that requires you to serve another, it is necessary to put in the extra effort to show that you value those you are working with.
Whether you are a tutor, a resident assistant, a peer mentor, a teacher’s assistant, an orientation leader or just consider yourself a member of the Friar Family, chances are that you hold some role on campus that requires you to serve others. So while you are in that role, remember to give the best of yourself by showing an interest in the group you are serving, accepting the group you are serving, and being engaged and present throughout the time you are serving. As members of the Friar Family, it is our responsibility to give the best of ourselves in order to get the best out of others.
GUEST BLOGGER: MELISSA SHEIL, ’16 Hi Friars! My name is Melissa Sheil and I am from Southwick, Massachusetts. I am... MORE