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

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

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