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Posted by: on February 5, 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.

 

I have a proposition to offer – I believe that second semester should be renamed to sick semester. Is it me, or does it seem like every single student gets sick at least once second semester? Of course, it is flu season, and sinus infection season, and laryngitis, and common cold; I could go on and on. I have been disease-ridden with at least two sinus infections during both of my spring semesters at Providence College so far. However, a perk of repeatedly getting sick is that I am now an expert at the “sick semester” in college. I am going to share my secret to success of sickness with you, but you have to trust that I know what I am talking about, even if they seem a little wacky. Also, if you don’t do them all, it’s no longer full proof.

Okay, the first thing that you have to do is drink orange juice constantly. By constantly, I mean multiple glasses a day. Also, the orange juice in Ray is not real orange juice, but simply water with orange flavoring. Purchase a bottle of orange juice from Alumni or Dunkin Donuts. Next, once you get bored of orange juice, switch to water. You need to have at least four bottles each day, and that’s when you aren’t sick.

The next task might seem a little gross, but here it goes- don’t be afraid to blow your nose. First off, no one likes a “sniffler,” especially during a quiz or exam. Don’t keep the bad, yucky – let’s just call it “stuff” – in your system. Now this one might seem surprising but stay away from cough drops, they don’t work. If you have a soar throat that you want to fix fast, get a glass of warm water and fill it with salt, then gargle the entire glass. For food purposes, chicken noodle soup always, always hits the spot, no matter what. I also recommend adding some saltine crackers in the soup, accompanied by ginger ale because sometimes the “yucky stuff” can give you a stomachache as well.

This last one has been passed down in my family and is an old, Italian trade secret. Invest in a bottle of Vicks vapor rub and don’t just put it on your nose, but put it on your upper chest and … your feet. Yes, I know this may seem a bit unconventional, but it works. After rubbing Vicks on your feet, cover them with plain, white cotton socks. By the morning, the Vicks should be gone and you should feel a lot better. Everyone do campus a favor and follow this advice, it will work and will help us all.

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

The Suite Life For Seven

Posted by: on January 29, 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!

 

 

 

When I tell people I live in a seven-person suite, with six other girls, they usually look a little shocked. They question, “seven girls? In one room? How does that work?” And while I try to explain that its organized chaos, they usually look a little unconvinced (and probably thankful that they have fewer roommates).

Living with seven girls in a suite is an experience: it has its ups and downs, great moments and struggles, and lots of fun in between. Here are seven things I learned from living the “Suite” life with seven girls.

1. There is seven of everything (and maybe more)

If you look at our bathroom vanity you will find seven hair straighteners…and seven curlers…and seven of pretty much everything. Move in day, the Hunger Games of rooms, was chaotic. Boxes were everywhere, everything was piled high, and the amount of stuff we owned seemed endless—it was surprising we even fit it into our cars. A semester later and the stuff has only multiplied. And while it can easily turn messy, it also means we have everything covered. We of course have necessities (mainly food), but we also have everything you never dreamed you needed (and probably still don’t). But you never know when you need a pizza cutter, mini hand weights, Santa Clause sticky notes, a mini-tree, or a soda-making machine.

2.  A person for everything

No matter how much you enjoy College or school in general, you are bound to have a tough day. It gets stressful, confusing, and just plain difficult. During the good and bad times, you need someone to celebrate or cry with. Luckily with seven girls, you have the perfect people to help. One roommate you vent to and let out your anger, while another you just ignore reality and instead watch Netflix. There’s always a person to go on an adventure with, to stay home with and watch a movie, or to make an impromptu trip to Dunkin.

3.  There is hair everywhere…

I guess it’s assumed that seven girls equal a lot of hair. Forewarning: it doesn’t matter how much you vacuum, it will always be there. Just embrace it.

4.  The art of love and hate

Living with six of your best friends is great—you have great dance parties at midnight, laugh all the time, and you pretty much get to know them better than you know yourself. But that certainly does not mean it’s easy. No matter how much you love your friends, sometimes you need a break from each other. I quickly discovered you have to let the little things go—there are more important things to worry about. You also have to address the big issues—no one enjoys passive aggressive attitudes or an unhappy living space. They’re your roomies for better or for worse.

5.  Built-in squad

Forget Taylor Swift and her super model friends—you’ve got the real gems by your side. Everywhere you go you have six friends to accompany you. A cheering squad at basketball games, a full table of friends at dinner, and a mini-party wherever you are.

6.  Birthdays are awesome

Your birthday is your special to just celebrate you. With six girls that all know different sides of you, they’ll know exactly how to make that day special. We’ve celebrated three birthdays so far (including mine), and they’ve been some of our best memories of the semester (Shout out to my girls for the delicious chocolate, our trip to the Cheesecake Factory, and all the surprises).

7.  Embrace the little moments

Everyone is so busy during the week: class, meetings, work, homework, sleep, etc. We barely see each other and when we do, we are exhausted and ready to sleep. But the little parts of living together, staying up late to wish someone a happy birthday at exactly midnight, catching up at dinner, or just watching Scandal Thursday nights, are great. Sadly, we only have so many years that we get to spend together. So in between running in and out of your dorm, try to take a few moments to talk to your roommates. They’ll make you happy and one day, even if not right now, you’ll definitely miss them.

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

The Importance of Exercise in College

Posted by: on January 25, 2016   |Comment (1)|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.

 

Many people decide that they will partake in some sort of exercise on a particular day. Unfortunately, with regards to going to the gym, going for a run, doing yoga or playing some ball, it is not the thought that counts!

We have all heard of people moaning about going to the gym, and we have all been that person who moans about going to the gym. Two excuses that you will commonly hear are: “I’m too tired to go to the gym” or “I don’t have enough time to go to the gym”. Occasionally, both are true. However, most of the time exercise can help with these problems.

According to researchers at the University of Bristol, employees who exercised before work or during lunch were better able to handle the day’s demands. General attitude and mood also improved. 72% of workers reported improvements in time management, 79% said mental and interpersonal performance increased and 74% said they managed their workload better. If exercise improves all of these aspects of your hectic college life, you can help create more free time! Going to the gym or going for a run can help turn what people consider 4 hours of study into 2-3 hours of your time. Being a current student athlete, I know for a fact that on my running days I can get much more done, as opposed to those few days that I don’t run!

I know from experience that exercise can help your workload in 5 specific ways: It can pump you, increase your confidence, increase your capacity to learn as well as building your momentum to be able to accomplish more throughout the day. It is a busy few weeks ahead here at Friartown, hopefully this post will encourage you to actively seek out exercising to help your motivation!

 

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

Wait..You’re an English Major?

Posted by: on December 4, 2015   |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!

 

 

When you’re in college, you always get asked, “What is your major?” My answer is English. The person usually follows up with “Oh, you want to be an English teacher?” When I answer no, I am not currently thinking about teaching, I get a confused look, a stare, and the inevitable question: What do you want to be then?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked if I wanted to be an English teacher, I would be able to pay cash for my tuition this year. Being an English major, like any Humanities major, is outside of the box; usually business or biology are the go-to majors. And, for anyone who does not have the normal major or is undeclared, talking about a major can be stressful. You usually are having a chaotic day, filled with pop quizzes, hours of homework, and endless club meetings, when you suddenly have a freak-out—what am I going to do with my life? While everyone else seems to have a direction or career plan, you seem lost in the shuffle.  You ask yourself, what will I do after college? What will this degree do for me? Where is my life going? The already stressful day can quickly go further downhill.

But, after spending three semesters as an English major, I can honestly say I do not regret my decision. So far I have had great professors that care about their students and are passionate about the literature. The classes are filled with a mix of students, English and non-English majors, and we have great discussions and classes. Even something like an essay, which can be daunting to write, has allowed me to really express my own ideas and helped me improve as a student. I may be a little bias, but I think PC has an awesome English Department.

So you may be thinking, but what is her plan for the future? Well, that part I’m still trying to figure out. But for now, I’m happy to explore my options and stick to something I really love. I still have those “where is my life going” days, but they eventually pass and a good grade on a paper or great day in English class assures me that I’m in the right place. So, if you are ever stressed out about not having the perfect major or life-plan, don’t worry—you are certainly not alone.

On an unrelated note, good luck with finals! It can be tough to stay focused and get through the last minute work. Remember, there is an end in sight and we all feel your pain.

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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

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICECRE- no, movies!

Posted by: on November 17, 2015   |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.

 

As I sit here and write this blog, my mind kept turning to one thing- movies. More specifically, the last of the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay Part Two. I personally have never met a person who doesn’t enjoy watching movies, and if I were to meet such a person, it’s doubtful we would be close friends, but that is beside the point. Although it is convenient that the Providence Place mall has a movie theatre, both regular and IMAX, I wish that Providence College were to have one on campus. Of course I realize that this would be rather difficult and costly, but by this I am simply referring to a place with a large drop screen and a projector. McPhail’s could be this place since movies and TV have been played on their screen before, and they already have the free popcorn machine offered with beverage. However, there are always other various events occurring most weeknights in McPhail’s, making it occupied.

If there were a room solely dedicated to streaming movies on a big screen all night with a lot of floor space, students could get together and have a nice break from homework. Of course, if it were current movies that would be even better. However, a lot of students don’t have the luxury of a TV in their dorm room, but this would give them the opportunity to. In addition to this, I hate to bash Netflix but it is more of a TV show website, rather than a movie one. Of course, PC students with a large Mac have a disk player, but many now have the MacBook Air. Although I do love trips to the Providence Place mall, I don’t want to go there every time I want to watch a movie. Also, I tend to get strange looks when I travel with a blanket on the RIPTA, and carry it to the theatre. However, on campus, blankets would be encouraged at our movie nights.

The last debacle I can think of while going to the movies is something that is right around the corner- SNOW! Often times, the RIPTA doesn’t run in harsh conditions, but that doesn’t lessen my need to watch the Santa Clause movies with a hot cup of chocolate. Since it is rumored that we are supposed to have the worst winter yet, I think that this issue is a major one. Would I rather risk my life taking an uber (okay, that may be a slight exaggeration) or walking to a building on campus? I think I’ll take the later of the two choices.

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