Finals in Friartown – Games of Thrones Style

Finals in Friartown – Games of Thrones Style

Posted by: on May 2, 2016   |Comments (0)|Staff

1. When your DWC professor gives the essay ahead of time.

 

2. When the line at Dunkin Donuts goes past the bookstore.

3. When you go to bed before 2am.

 

4. When classmates brag about how easy the final was.

 

5. When you attend a study session and know all the answers.

6. When you find an open seat in Club Phil.

 

7. When you start talking about the final with other students in the class and you realize you did not get the same answers.

 

8. When the highlight of your day is the free food from BOP’s study breaks.

 

9. When you walk out of your last final.

 

Best of luck with finals! Love, OAS

1. When your DWC professor gives the essay ahead of time.   2. When the line at Dunkin Donuts goes past the bookstore. 3. When you go to bed before 2am.   4. When classmates brag about how easy the final was.   5. When you attend a study session and know all the answers. 6. […]MORE

Finals Week in Friartown – By Beyonce

Posted by: on May 5, 2015   |Comments (0)|Staff

Editors Note: This blog was not actually written by Beyonce.  Rather it was inspired by Beyonce and written by Mark Correia ’14 and Rebecca Morse ’14.

 

1.  When your DWC professor gives the essay ahead of time.

 

2.  When the line at Dunkin Donuts goes past the bookstore.

 

3.  When you go to bed before 2am.

 

4.  When you are thankful that the professor didn’t make the final cumulative. 

 

5.  When you start calculating the lowest grade you need on the final to still pass the class.

 

6.  When you attend a study session and know all the answers.

 

7.  When you find an open seat in Club Phil.  

 

8.  When you start talking about the final with other students in the class and you realize you did not get the same answers.

 

9.  When the highlight of your day is the free food from BOP’s study breaks.

 

10.  When you walk out of your last final.

Good luck with finals!  Have a great summer and see you in the fall! Love, OAS

Editors Note: This blog was not actually written by Beyonce.  Rather it was inspired by Beyonce and written by Mark Correia ’14 and Rebecca Morse ’14.   1.  When your DWC professor gives the essay ahead of time.   2.  When the line at Dunkin Donuts goes past the bookstore.   3.  When you go to bed […]MORE

Don’t Read Over Your Notes

Posted by: on April 30, 2015   |Comment (1)|Study Skills

As we enter the final week of the semester, students often discuss how the are preparing for their finals.  I have many discussions with students regarding how they plan on studying for their exams.  Below is a reenactment of some of the conversations (with my secret inner reactions) that I’ve had over the past week.

Me: So, you have your DWC final next week – how do you plan on studying?
Student:  Oh, I’m going to review and re-read my notes.

(and on the inside I’m like)

 

Me: OK – Any plans on making a study guide with friends?
Student:  No – I have really great notes so I will read them over.

(and on the inside I cry a little)

 

Me:  What about studying with friends?  Going over the material as a group and discussing possible questions?
Student: Eh, no.  I like to study alone.

(now I begin to wonder if I’m bad at my job – have I taught these students nothing?)

 

Me:  OK, well in addition to reading over you notes, have you thought about making flash cards?
Student:  Oh no, I don’t like flash cards.

 (OK, I give up)

Obviously, this is an exaggerated version of conversations but I wanted to point out something – reading over your notes is not enough preparation for an exam.  When preparing for an exam, you need to have some method to ‘check-in’ to ensure you are adequately retaining the information.  Creating study guides, using flash cards, or studying with friends are some ways to see if you are remembering the information and making connections.  Find a method that works for you but remember – reading over your notes is not enough!

As we enter the final week of the semester, students often discuss how the are preparing for their finals.  I have many discussions with students regarding how they plan on studying for their exams.  Below is a reenactment of some of the conversations (with my secret inner reactions) that I’ve had over the past week. […]MORE

What it Means to be a Friar Family

Posted by: on March 2, 2015   |Comments (0)|Tutoring Center

christina-perri-blogGUEST BLOGGER: CHRISTINA PERRI
Hello Friartown! My name is Christina Perri, and I am a junior from Long Island, New York. I am a biology and psychology double major with a minor in neuroscience, and a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program. I work in the OAS Tutoring Center primarily as a CIV tutor, and I dabble in other subjects as needed. When I’m not in class, lab, or OAS, I can be found singing with Schola Cantorum, playing the flute with Symphonic Winds, arguing with the Debate Society or writing articles for the psychology newsletter, Analyze This. Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips and tricks for college success!

 

Forever a Friar. Friar Family. Veritas. These words permeate campus, whether through signs and flyers hanging in residence halls or from the mouths of friars and professors. But what does it mean for our school to be a family?

The answer we often hear is one that links us back to our Catholic and Dominican identity, and I absolutely believe that it plays a role. To be “catholic” is to be universal and wide-reaching, and that is exactly what the Friar Family is meant to be: an all-inclusive, all-embracing unit that encompasses each and every one of us at Providence College. But I think there has to be something more grounded than that. Where is the Friar Family in our everyday lives? Particularly, as students, where is the Friar Family in the classroom?

To be a member of the Friar Family is to recognize our common experiences. We may have different career aspirations—to be doctors, or lawyers, or professors, or accountants, or writers—but we are all here at PC for the same reason. We are all seeking knowledge. None of us know everything in our chosen fields, but we all pick up some sliver of information. And this is where the Friar Family comes in.

To be a member of the Friar Family is to work cooperatively, not competitively. In my experience at PC, my fellow students have worked to build me up, not tear me down. We exchange knowledge reciprocally, clarifying concepts for one another. Last semester I spent many a night with friends in an apartment in Mal Brown, studying biochemistry over tea and cheesy biscuits. None of us had the complete picture of metabolism on our own, but when we put our minds together we were able to create a cohesive whole. We bettered each other. As a tutor, I seek to do the same thing: to build my tutees up to a clearer understanding of the material, and to learn things along the way. I can safely say that I have begun to look at DWC in ways I never did before after helping students organize outlines for their papers. They see connections I never would have dreamt of as a freshman, and sometimes I give voice to ideas they are struggling to put into words. As I explain concepts in chemistry and biology appointments, I find myself understanding them better. When we, tutor and tutee, put our heads together, we both come out better. There is reciprocity in the tutor–tutee relationship.

Understanding, cooperativeness, and reciprocity are what characterize the Friar Family. And in the classroom, the Friar Family is what leads us to veritas.

GUEST BLOGGER: CHRISTINA PERRI Hello Friartown! My name is Christina Perri, and I am a junior from Long Island, New York. I am a biology and psychology double major with a minor in neuroscience, and a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program. I work in the OAS Tutoring Center primarily as a CIV tutor, […]MORE

14 Reasons Why We Love PC

Posted by: on February 16, 2015   |Comments (0)|Tutoring Center

MelissaSheilHi 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)!

 

Providence College is my home away from home. It has been since I stepped foot on campus for the first time, and it will continue to be a part of me long after I graduate. When I think of PC, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t Development of Western Civilization, or even the fact that we are Big East Champions. The first thing that comes to mind is that Providence College is a place that has supported me, transformed me, and allowed me to grow over the past three years.

 

Providence College does these things for everyone who is lucky enough to be a student on its campus. While the busyness of our day to day activities doesn’t always allow us to reflect on this transformation, we each experience special moments on campus that allow us to truly see how much we have grown in our time at PC. For me, these moments of reflection happen whenever I take a walk around campus.

 

As I was walking towards Slavin last night, the sun was setting and seemed to be highlighting the “I Love PC” sign on the glass walls. This past week, the Alumni & Family Weekend theme has been displayed everywhere. I took this as an opportunity to ask my peers to reflect on why they love PC. This is what I found:

 

1.  Clubs and Organizations: “I love the clubs and organizations. Through them I’ve met some really smart, dedicated, and passionate people and friends. They also allow for individual growth and expansion of ideas.”

         –Aida Cruz, 2015

2.  Friar Family: “I love being able to walk around and talk to everyone. It’s a great feeling knowing everyone on this campus has each other’s backs.”

     Eric Rivera, 2016

3.  Intramural Sports: “One thing I love about PC is that I have had the opportunity to play in a ton of different intramural sports. My favorite intramurals are flag football and wiffleball because it is always fun to stay active and hang out with my friends. Still waiting on that T-shirt though!”

       – Kathryn Ellersick, 2016

4.  Guzman Hall: “Guzman Hall is home to about 120 freshman boys and is the best dorm on campus! The bond created from living in Guzman Hall is invaluable. The fact that everyone who lives here cares for each other makes it the best place to live. Walking up and down the halls feeling welcome in every room you see is something really special. I couldn’t imagine not having the brothers I met in my dorm, and we will forever be a part of Guzman Hall.”

                   –Brian Sheil, 2018

5.  Opportunity for Growth: “I love PC because it is a nurturing place that allows you to grow and evolve. It has really helped me to find my calling and what I truly love in life, which is helping other students. As the saying goes, you are always a FRIAR. Knowing you can always fall back on the PC community is a bonus!”

            Marco Aurelien, 2016

6.  Everyone finds their place:I love PC because there are so many things to get involved in. Everyone has a place here.”

            – Chris Reynolds, 2018

7.  Values: “I love PC because it reflects my morals and Catholic values, and for the invaluable education that offers an array of courses.”

        –Arlin Baez, 2017

8.  Service: “Service is one of the biggest reasons I love Providence College. I am a social work major and have done two semesters of service as an element of my classes. I have also participated on Habitat for Humanity Spring Break trips for three years. Both of these opportunities have given me the ability to help those in need and grow as a student at PC and a future helping professional, which I am forever grateful for.”

         – Lindsey DePippo, 2016

9.  Friendships: “I love PC because of the friendships I’ve made and the sense of community. I’ve met some of my closest friends in my four years here, and I consider them an extension of my family.”

       Mike Giso, 2015

10.  PC’s Amazing Staff:The workers all over campus, especially those at Ray, go out of their way to brighten your day. Fran and Dot are like my grandmothers always checking up on me and giving me a compliment.”

  – Will Cavedon, 2016

11.  Campus Scenery: “My favorite thing about PC is our beautiful campus. I love being able to enjoy the scenery throughout all of the seasons as I walk to class. I especially love the trees!”

  – Ali Chapman, 2016

12.  Community: “One reason I love PC is the community. I have never been in a place that the people cared about each other so much. The students here make sure everyone is being the best they can be.”

             – Kevin Hoegler, 2017

13.  Everyone’s Love for PC:My favorite part of Providence College is that everyone at PC loves PC. When I was applying, there was not one person who did not rave about how amazing their experience was and never had anything but good things to say. This creates an irresistible energy on campus because you know that everyone is just as excited to be a part of the Friar Family as you are!”

        –Abby Wolf, 2018

 These reasons, and more, are why Alumni continue to maintain such a strong relationship with the Providence College community. PC has a lasting impact on each of its students, and fosters love within the Friar Family that endures long after a student graduates. Which brings me to the fourteenth reason why we love PC:

14.  Forever a Friar.

Personally, I view this saying as embodying what our school is all about. PC is differentiated from other colleges based on its identity as family. Take this weekend as an opportunity to reach out to your extended Friar Family- find out what they love about PC, and why they keep coming back.

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 […]MORE