My Ode to Ray

My Ode to Ray

Posted by: on May 3, 2016   |Comments (2)|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!

 

After another crazy year at Providence College, I am exited to be going home for a relaxing summer. I can’t wait to be reunited with my dog, my queen size bed, and, most importantly, my Mom’s delicious cooking. But before we all wrap up another semester, we need to pay homage to the thing we all love to hate—Ray.

As much as Ray tries, Mom’s lasagna with homemade sauce or her special fudge brownies will always take first place in our hearts. But as we eat our final meals of the year at Ray, there are special things I will definitely miss over the summer.

1. Breakfast

On the weekends, no one really wants to get up and move. It’s been a long week filled with exams, presentations, laundry, and roommates. I would rather stay in bed than walk to Ray. But this walk is made a little easier knowing that I will get a special breakfast. I love the French toast sticks, Belgium waffles, home fries, and, my favorite, hash. You can have eggs, sausage, bacon, bagels, fruit, omelets, etc. Breakfast at Ray is a bonus on the weekends.

2. Everyday Music

An average day at Ray will consist of country music on repeat. Love it or hate it, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban are coming your way.

3. Weekend Playlist

On Sunday mornings, the cowboy boots are put away and the club music enters the scene. All the songs you played the night before will be on in the background as you eat your waffles and eggs. Who doesn’t want to be like Kanye all morning long?

4. Familiar Faces

When you walk into Ray, you immediately get a smile from Fran or Dott or Barbara. These ladies of Ray, along with many others, are part of the PC experience. All around, from the salad bar to the classics section, you’ll see familiar faces. You might not even know all the workers’ names, but they are part of your everyday routine and are friendly faces on campus.

5. Holiday Spirit

For every holiday, Ray goes all out. Whether its singing Feliz Navidad behind the classics counter or wearing a costume for Halloween, they decorate the dining hall, make special foods, and put some spirit into a special day.

6. Thursdays

Despite anything that went wrong during the week, I can always count on a delicious meal of chicken nuggets and curly fries on Thursday. Who could ask for more?

7. The Dessert Table

This one is pretty self-explanatory. M&M cookies, chocolate cake, and ice cream—dreams really do come true.

8. The Center of the Day

Some days, especially at the end of the year, are super busy. I’m stuck in the library studying for hours or can be found running around campus for club meetings and office hours. It’ll be 6:30 and I haven’t even been back to my suite all day. But then I get the text to meet at Ray for dinner. My roommates, all seven of us, grab our usual table in the back and have dinner. For the next hour, we can vent about terrible days, rant about assignments that just seem cruel, plan our weekends, and just catch up.

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

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

The War Against All Nighters

Posted by: on October 19, 2015   |Comments (0)|Study Skills

With mid-terms underway, so does the endless boasting about all nighters. spongebobIt has become part of college culture to brag about the lack of sleep one received while cramming for an exam.  All-nighters are so ingrained in our society, that it has almost become a right of passage.  I’m here to tell you this insanity must stop!

All nighters do terrible things to your body.  All nighters increase your stress level and affect your ability to multi-task. Sleep deprivation makes you increasingly irrational (cranky and moody) and scientists from Stanford and the University of Wisconsin noticed that after one night of little to no sleep, a person’s body mass index increases.  Yes, all-nighters makes you hungry and gain weight. Still think they are so cool?

 

Well, the main reason against all-nighters is, wait for it, they do not work.  You pull an all-nighters to study or write a paper, but the lack of sleep impairs attention and working memory – two things you need to perform well.  So, you waited to the last minute to study for that Finance test – what should you do?  First, come by OAS so we can discuss some wonderful time management strategies. 🙂  Next, break down the material into 2 blocks of time – one to study as much as you can (at night), then sleep for 6 hours, and then study the other half of the material (waking up early).  The actual time dedicated to studying may be less than the anticipated all nighter, but the quality of studying and retention of material is higher.

If you prefer this information broken down into witty cultural references and gifs, check out Buzzfeed and The 10 Horrible Things Pulling An All-Nighter Does to Your Body.  Or HerCampus, USA Today, Teen VOGUE, or The Atlantic.

Or listen to Bethany and just go to sleep!

With mid-terms underway, so does the endless boasting about all nighters. It has become part of college culture to brag about the lack of sleep one received while cramming for an exam.  All-nighters are so ingrained in our society, that it has almost become a right of passage.  I’m here to tell you this insanity must […]MORE

Five Study Tips for Surviving Mid-Terms

Posted by: on October 6, 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!

 

 

October is finally here, and we can celebrate that we have survived our first month of the school year. Getting back into college-mode can be difficult and balancing laundry, fun, and reading Aristotle can be a challenge.  While we like to think everything will slow down, we still have to keep midterms in mind. The next few weeks are filled with constant studying, three papers due in a week, and never ending reading. But before you decide to quit school or dip into that emergency bag of chocolate, here are some tips to keep your sanity during midterms.

  1. Get organized:

It may seem like the most obvious tip, but it can really save you a lot of time and stress. Make a list of when every assignment is due and feel free to even color code for each subject. You will feel like your world is organized and centered, and you’ll avoid the dreaded moment when you realize you did your CIV paper that’s due next week and forgot about your English paper due tomorrow.

  1. Switch Up Places to Study:

Staying in the same place to study can make you feel like you’re in a prison cell. Don’t be afraid to mix up your study spots and have a change of scenery. The library is always the hot spot on campus to study, and it has everything-computers, single cubbies, tables for groups, and couches. The Dominican Center is a secret gem and the perfect place for when the library is packed and you need a quiet spot. Feel free to do work outside (but beware: people watching is tempting) or got grab a classroom in Ruane.

  1. Take a Break:

The never-ending list of assignments often makes you feel like stopping is impossible. But really, there is only so much reading you can do before you have no idea what you’re actually reading. Work for an hour or two and then take a ten-minute break. Grab a snack, call a friend, walk around, or just check your Snapchat. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the never-ending pile of work.

  1. Do What’s Right for You:

During midterms, it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. You’re stuck writing a paper, while your friends are at McPhail’s getting milkshakes. There’s always the one person who has everything done in advanced or the friend that has no midterms and is binge-watching Netflix instead.  Don’t feel pressured to have more done than you do or to abandon your work so you can hang out with friends. Everyone has a different schedule, their own study habits, and their own priorities. Keep in mind what is important to you and stay focused on your own goals. That milkshake will be there next week and will taste just as good.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help:

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with work and feel like you have nowhere to turn for help. But, remember there are resources all around you. It can be intimidating to talk to a professor for extra help, but make the move and go to office hours. They know exactly what you need to know and it doesn’t hurt to have help from the person grading you. Your own friends and classmates are a great resource. Reach out to them for help on a theory you just can’t get or even organize a small study group before the big exam. Finally, don’t forget the Office of Academic Services (OAS). OAS has tutors to help with every subject and can help you with reviews, practice problems, or even just organizing your notes. There are also writing tutors who can help you brainstorm ideas, outline your paper, or just look at the finished copy. Or you can send your paper to the Write Site!

Good luck on your mid-terms!

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

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