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April Snow Showers bring Spring Flurries

Posted by: on April 6, 2016   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MackenzieTavellaGUEST 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.

 

Is it wrong to say that I feel as if PC is in a never-ending space-time continuum of winter? (Sorry, I just watched Interstellar the other day) But really, have you ever experienced a spring season like this one? Not only is it snowing in April, but students are STILL SICK, myself included. Just this week I got the flu, which I have never gotten, even though I got my flu shot as I do every year. When I asked the doctor why I got the flu even though I got my shot, I was told that since I got my shot back in November, there is actually another shot people need to get since it is worn off or out of my system by now. Since the season has been so long, there are now multiple strains of the flu. That is what it has come to.

So, we have slippery sidewalks, multiple strains of the flu, is there anything else that this “snowful spring” could bring about? I think so. I am not sure if it is just me, but time seems to go much slower when there is snow on the ground. It seems almost dishonest to announce that final exams are just around the corner. However, it seems like right now, PC students have never been further away from reaching summer.

Alright, I am done being pessimistic. Let’s look on the bright side- beautiful Instagram posts of a snow-covered campus, Villanova just won the Championship which makes the Big East look even better, and despite what it may seem like, we do only have a month left of school. Plus, all of these random snowstorms will only heighten our appreciation and the beauty of spring when it finally does show itself, and campus can be covered with Lily and Vineyard Vines again. As we prepare our closets, make sure to get a jump on your studying as well. It will only make the transition to summer quick and painless- like ripping off a band aid; although, that saying always seems to backfire.  However, if this doesn’t go so well, do not forget about the Writing and Tutoring center on campus! Utilize all of your options.

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 […]MORE

Role Reversal: From Tutee to Tutor

Posted by: on April 5, 2016   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MarlaGagneGUEST 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!

 

As my friends and I walked into Friar Ball, decked out in brand new dresses and painful yet beautiful heels, we were excited. All the upperclassmen we had talked to said the night was going to be one of best nights of our whole college career—no pressure there. Peterson was filled with hundreds of students, many of whom I had come to know in class or meeting through a club or even just saying ‘hi’ in the hallway. And while the night was a great night to spend time with my friends before they went home for the summer or traveled abroad, it also reminded me that in five weeks I was going to be halfway done with my college career.

It seems like only yesterday that I was struggling to read the RIPTA schedule, freaked out to walk around campus by myself, and always forgetting that Ray closes at 6:30 on the weekends and then being forced to walk to Alumni. In two years, I have become friends with people from all over the country (well, mostly the East Coast), joined different clubs, and explored a new city. As I got a little nostalgic and thought about my short journey at PC, I couldn’t help think of my experience at the Writing Center. Before I was a tutor helping with thesis statements and comma abuses, I was the one being tutored.

As a freshman I was intimidated by my professors and scared to write my first paper—what if these professors wanted something completely different than what I wrote in high school? Within the first month of school, I made an appointment for the Writing Center to get some help.

Going into a tutoring session can be nerve-wracking. What if my essay was terrible? What if I had a mean tutor? What if I couldn’t even find the Writing Center? I was already psyching myself out before the session started. Ali, then a junior writing tutor, ended up looking over my paper. I sat quietly as she looked everything over, not sure what to do in that awkward waiting time and internally cringing every time she made a mark. When she put her pen down, I was expecting the worst.

But the worst never came. Ali first pointed out what was great about my essay—my strong thesis and detailed examples. But we also talked about what could be improved. I needed to add a little more to my conclusion so it wasn’t just repeating my thesis. Yes, I was nervous throughout the whole session and probably didn’t take a calming breath until I left the library doors. But later I reflected on everything that happened and realized that it was really not a bad experience and was actually really helpful. I used the Writing Center for the rest of semester and had good, unique experiences with many different tutors.

Getting any critique can be difficult, especially by people you go to class with or see around campus. But lots of the tutors, like myself, were in your same exact spot. And before we were tutors, we were students. We have all been critiqued by professors or have struggled with a class or assignment. Coming into the Writing Center can be intimidating, scary, or just simply something new. But always remember that as tutors we are on your side and here to help you put the pieces together. And who knows—in time you might find your role has been reversed.

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 […]MORE

Best Burgers in Providence

Posted by: on March 14, 2016   |Comments (0)|Staff

ShaneQuinnGUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15
Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.
It’s March time! And with our renewed love for the New England outdoors, why not comfortably leave your dorm and make your way to some of my favorite places to eat in Providence.

abbeyThe Abbey is one of PC’s tastiest and most convenient choices for off-campus dining. With a massive menu to choose from, it’s the Abbey’s special burger selection that takes the fancy of many PC students. They have 14 signature burgers to choose from, each one with it’s own unique structure. Located on Admiral, the Abbey is a second home for the PC community!

Another burger choice! Luxe burger has an equally tasty burger selection to the Abbey. However with Luxe, you can customize that burger.

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What are your favorite places to eat?

GUEST BLOGGER: SHANE QUINN, ’15 Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the […]MORE

The Cowl: News, Tradition, and Uniquely PC

Posted by: on March 8, 2016   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

MarlaGagneGUEST 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!

 

What do you think of when you see the word the “cowl”?  You have probably heard it before but, just like Adele’s last name, you don’t know exactly what it is. A cowl is actually the hood of a Dominican Friars’ robe. It also happens to be the name for our very own student-run school newspaper, The Cowl.

I applied to The Cowl after attending my first club fair as a freshman. I had done a little writing in high school and thought, “why not continue?” I was lucky enough to be chosen for the news section and immediately sent on my first assignment. Almost two years later, I am still writing and am now News co-Cowl2editor of my section.

For me, The Cowl is a hidden gem. In an age of great technology, we are always looking for news on our phones—the Internet and social media are right at our tips. But The Cowl is something special for the College. It’s written for PC students by PC students and looks at the ins and outs of our very own world.

The News Section has the investigators, who cover events and research issues on campus. Opinion expresses its own thoughts on everything from combating discrimination on campus to ranting about pre-season decorating. Arts and Entertainment gives us the latest on movies, plays, celebrities, TV shows, and hot food spots in the city. Portfolio is a creative writing section, Sports keeps us up to date with every team and its players, and photography captures everything happening on campus—it could even be what you are doing.

This past year was an exciting time for The Cowl, as we celebrated our 80th anniversary.

In honor of our big year, I looked back at one of the first issues of The Cowl. The front-page talked about the success of the football team, now non-existent, and the creation of a club hockey team, which would later become national champions. Other issues talked about Aquinas being turned into a girl’s dormitory when the College went co-ed, the celebration of another Oktoberfest in the fall, and the first females being part of the ROTC program.Cowl1

The Cowl is part of the tradition, history, and culture of a changing college that has allowed me to meet great people on staff, get involved in what’s happening around campus, and give students a voice.

In my two years here, I have tried many activities from ballroom dance to teaching English to Spanish speaking Ray workers. Some stuck with me and others did not work in my schedule or were not for me.  But the important thing is that I found things in the end that really made me part of the PC community. So as you look at the last few months of the school year, examine yourself. What have I tried? What have I wished that I had done? Try to go out and find something that fits you and become part of PC’s ongoing story.

 The Cowl is always looking for new writers and interested students can apply at thecowl.com. Stay in tune with what is happening around campus by going on thecowl.com, following our twitter @TheCowl, or picking up an issue every Thursday night!

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 […]MORE

6 Essential Ways to Stand Out in a Group Interview

Posted by: on February 10, 2016   |Comments (0)|Peer Mentoring

Many thanks to Mark Correia ’14, ’15G, Erinn Miles ’16, and Melissa Sheil ’16 for their suggestions and personal experiences!

It is that time of the semester where there is excitement in the air and I’m not talking about our basketball team.  Students are starting the interviewing process for various clubs and positions on campus.  So whether you want to be an Orientation Leader, a Writing Tutor or an RA, please remember the following advice….

Social Media Image
This one can be tricky, but be aware of what your Twitter/Instagram says about you (even if it is blocked).  Tweeting about how wasted you got on a snow day is not a good look – for any position on-campus.  In a few years, you will graduate and look for a job so start thinking about your brand now.  If you put up goofy videos on YouTube, take them down.  That meme about Trump that you think is funny (but also somewhat racist), take it down. Tweeting about your annoying professor may be hilarious to your friends, but how does it look to an administrator looking to fill a position?

Group Interviews – With Friends or Strangers?
For group interviews, there are 5-6 other students all vying for the same spot and then there are a few current members asking questions and writing down your responses – it can be super intimidating.  Most students claim that it is better to interview with people they don’t know (as opposed to fighting over a spot with their friends) but the choice is yours.  Would you feel more or less comfortable highlighting your accomplishments (or failures) with your friends?  Also, some students claim that it’s best to sign up for the last group interview time so you can make a final impression right before decisions are made.  I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but I’ll pass that tip along.

Be Engaged
While other students are talking, be careful to listen and not mentally zone out.  Pay attention to other students responses and look happy to be interviewing for the position- it says a lot about how you work in a team and how engaged you will be in the position.  And if another student answers a question poorly, try not to make a face or roll your eyes.

Prep Work
While this may seem obvious, be sure to really prepare.  You will be asked tough questions (How do you respond to a resident that has been drinking?) so the more you think about your responses, the more calm and prepared you will be.  Write down your thoughts on your leadership style, what strengths you bring to an organization, etc.  Also, do a quick google search for Student Leadership Interview Questions to start thinking of how you would answer those questions.

Show Up
Often times, with group interviews you get to select a time.  When you sign up for that time, be sure to write it down in your planner/phone so you don’t forget it.  Missing your interview is a big no-no, but I’ve seen it happen.

Sell Yourself
Do not be afraid to showcase your achievements.  The key is to do so without sounding overconfident (this is where it is important to do the prep work).  Most of the positions you will be interviewing are positions of leadership, and so you need to show that during your interview. While it’s normal to get nervous, be sure to speak up!

What are your best strategies for a successful group interview?

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Many thanks to Mark Correia ’14, ’15G, Erinn Miles ’16, and Melissa Sheil ’16 for their suggestions and personal experiences! It is that time of the semester where there is excitement in the air and I’m not talking about our basketball team.  Students are starting the interviewing process for various clubs and positions on campus. […]MORE