April Snow Showers bring Spring Flurries

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

Sick

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

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

And The Gold Medal Goes To…

Posted by: on November 2, 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.

 

I have to say that this fall in Friartown has been the best one yet. Although I am biased because fall is my favorite season, this one trumps all of the others. It could be because I currently have a class with the best teacher PC has to offer. His name is Professor Reeder, and I am sure you have heard of him some way or another. Unlike nearly everyone else at PC, I didn’t use the rate my professor website until recently. When students are preparing for registration, this is the website they turn to in order to see what their professors will be like. This can make or break a course. However, since I didn’t use it, getting Professor Reeder was pure luck. When I told my friends who I had for my 17th century class, one of them piped up and immediately said “Professor Reeder is THE man” and “You’re going to love him.” He told me to drop his name, “Johnny Smooth” and that Professor Reeder would remember him. He was right, about all of it. Professor Reeder is true to his 4.7 rating, but if you ask me, he’s a solid five. Not only does his personality brighten my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30-1:20, but he actually cares about the material of the class and the students he is teaching.

In addition to his stellar attitude, he is also very fair. He hands out a syllabus on the first day of class, andReeder sticks to what it says, only wavering if it benefits his class. He doesn’t surprise his class with a pop quiz, which is a much bigger curve ball than teachers let on. He also opens up his classes with light and free conversation, always giving us something to laugh about. One time, he even made the weather funny. If you are similar to me and didn’t know about rate my professor, I now know that it is accurate, so I recommend using it. It is a relief to know that the majority of PC students agree with me, since I couldn’t find a single negative review on Reeder. Reeder deserves more than a dedication, but a gold star that should be pinned on his daily sweaters. This way everyone in sight of him would know how great he is, without having to view a website for proof.

 

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

Top Places to Study On-Campus

Posted by: on September 28, 2015   |Comments (0)|Tutoring 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.

 

Another fall semester at Providence College is underway, and many are still trying to get accustomed to living away from home again. In high school everything was easier- fewer people, more home cooked meals and less work. Even though there isn’t much anyone can do about the number of people or the home cooked meals, something can be done about the schoolwork students have on their plate. In order to help students handle the overload of work, I will let you in on a few pointers I learned during my first year at PC.

Have you ever heard that saying, “It’s all about location, location, location?” Well, shout out to whoeverLibrary-Couches said that because he or she is a G-E-N-I-U-S. In order to make the most of your time, pick a spot on campus that will best suit your study needs. Of course there is the library- specifically the deep quiet zone on the second floor. If you like complete quiet, go there. However, I tend to see friends at the library so my two cents is to sit in the back at one of the desks or large tables, NOT the couches. Couches say kick back and relax, but desks mean business.

Next, let’s say you have a group project. I would suggest heading to Ruane because those seminar rooms really come in handy. Not only do you sit in a circle with a lot of room for your materials but you can also use the chalkboards to lay out your work. Ruane-SeminarHowever, they close pretty early so if it’s later in the night, head to the bottom floor of the library. This is a great space for conversation and the furniture is pretty cool too. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.

Okay but what about during Midterms? Unless you plan on living and sleeping and eating, basically doing everything in the library twenty-four seven, I suggest avoiding the library. It gets completely packed and you can’t find anywhere to sit. Also if you even open up your pencil case people give you the stare down for having too loud of a zipper. Go to Feinstein! The white boards are perfect for testing how much you actually know and they are great for writing out equations or problem solving. One of my last bits of advice is to take advantage of the nice weather at the start of each year and study outside! The tables outside of Ruane on that patio area are perfect for sipping on your Starbucks while reading a book of Philosophy on Voltaire. Well, as perfect as it can be.

Lastly, my all-time favorite place to study is the Writing Center. Of course not every student has this opportunity, but I encourage everyone to join clubs and see if it they have a “study zone” of their own. This is a gift in itself because it’s somewhat private and exclusive. You won’t have to worry about it getting too crowded and noisy. All of your brain power can be used for your studies. Good luck and remember we are all in this together.

 

 

 

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