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 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
GUEST BLOGGER: ERINN MILES ’16
Junior Sociology & Women’s Studies double major from Sartell, Minnesota. Passionate about education for all, equality for all, and daring greatly. Interests include good books, spending time with family and friends, travel, & breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good Samaritan. Proud younger sister & friend to amazing people. At PC, I am an Orientation Leader, Writing tutor, Admissions Ambassadors, member of the 65th Student Congress, and a Protégé mentor.
Spring semester is an amazing time to be on campus – tons of prospective students have recently been accepted and are visiting, trying to imagine themselves in our shoes. As an Admissions Ambassador, I have the opportunity to show some of these future Friars around and to boast about how much I love PC. As of right now, we’re still adjusting to our new classes, preparing upcoming events for our clubs, and still trying to hit the gym in preparation for spring break. Even though the snow doesn’t seem to be leaving us any time soon, in just a few short weeks that enormous-trunked tree on the quad will blossom once again and come back to life, along with the rest of campus. The quad will soon be green again, and hundreds of people will spring from their dorms to read, play catch, and talk with friends while music blasts in the background—the picturesque college scene.
One on-going event to look into is the weekly Breakfast of Champions series put on by the Office of Orientation, Transitions & Leadership, which has just started (it’s not too late to join!); it’s a great opportunity to learn new leadership skills that apply to PC and real life.
Other things to look forward to are the Big East Tournament in March (and maybe March Madness this year?!). Keep going to games and cheering on our Friars! The game on Saturday against Seton Hall this weekend during Alumni & Parent weekend promises to be a nail biter!
In addition to these fun events, the spring concert in just around the corner too. Previous acts include Hoodie Allen + Third Eye Blind, Avicii, and Krewella. Who will it be this year?! Board of Programmers announces the artist near the end of March, after spring break.
Once the snow finally melts, it’s great to get out and walk around Providence – whether it’s on Federal Hill, Prospect Park, or near Thayer and the East Side, it’s fun to explore our beautiful city and find neat places. Favorite places of mine to pop into are Pizza Pie-er on Wickenden Street, Kabob & Curry on Thayer for great Indian food, and Newport Creamery down the street on Smith for the infamous Awful-Awful.
What are some things you’re looking forward to in the coming months?
GUEST BLOGGER: ERINN MILES ’16 Junior Sociology & Women’s Studies double major from Sartell, Minnesota. Passionate about education for all, equality for all, and daring greatly. Interests include good books, spending time with family and friends, travel, & breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good Samaritan. Proud younger sister & friend to amazing people. At PC, I […]MORE
GUEST BLOGGER: MARK CORREIA, ’14
My name is Mark Correia and I am a graduate student working on completing my MBA. I am also the Graduate Assistant of Academic Skills/Programs, in which I work directly with students to improve their study skills, create and present various academic workshops, and help lead our Protégé Mentoring Program. I completed my undergraduate degree at PC where I received a B.S. in Accountancy. I love hanging out with friends, I am a huge Game of Thrones and Walking Dead fan, and I love to try new restaurants and foods! I will be working for EY, one of the big 4 public accounting firms, come next summer/fall. I plan on traveling during my last summer off; maybe backpacking in Europe for a few weeks? I am holding on to my last year of college and praying that is goes buy super slow because folks, the real life sucks! Take advantage of your time at PC because this is the best place in the world! You will be surprised by how quickly your senior year goes by!
The Office of Academic Services is excited to be offering our Finals Tips Workshop, this coming Tuesday, December 2nd, in the Unity Center! This is going to be an interactive workshop highlighting the tips and tricks to relieve stress and do well on those finals. This workshop will be enriching for brand new freshmen who have yet to take a college level final, and will also be beneficial for upperclassmen who want to improve their habits! I encourage everyone to come learn a few new strategies. In preparing for this workshop, I’ve come across a few tips that I thought were too good to pass on!
Start Planning Now! It is never too late to start looking ahead. Take out your planner and syllabi and check to see that your finals are recorded at the proper dates and times. Then, figure out the number of assignments you have remaining in each class. Remember, you will have to start studying for finals before finals week. You want to make sure that your studying time is not being cut out because of last minute semester assignments you forgot about.
Chew Gum and Study! You would be surprised to know that memory retention and taste go hand in hand. When studying for finals, try chewing gum or sucking on a hard piece of candy. When taking your final, chew on the same flavor of gum or suck on the same candy. You may have an easier time recalling facts and other bits of knowledge that you ordinarily would have to memorize.
Give Yourself Breaks! You cannot fully expect to get four full hours of studying in even if you blocked that time off. There is no way a person can fully concentrate and focus for four full hours. The general rule is, for every 60-90 minute study session, take a 20-30 minute break. This break will allow your brain to rest and pick up where it left off 20 minutes ago. This is a great time for a quick snooze, or a quick episode on Netflix!
Finally, DON’T STRESS! The worst thing you can do is stress out. Stress is contagious and it will not only affect you, but the others around you. On the flip side, don’t let someone else’s stress impact you or your studying. Think positively because you have been working so hard. Imagine taking the final and doing extremely well! Use affirmation to encourage yourself, because doing so will help!
I hope these tips helped, and if you really enjoyed them, come to our workshop! I wish the best of luck to everyone on their finals. You will do great!
GUEST BLOGGER: MARK CORREIA, ’14 My name is Mark Correia and I am a graduate student working on completing my MBA. I am also the Graduate Assistant of Academic Skills/Programs, in which I work directly with students to improve their study skills, create and present various academic workshops, and help lead our Protégé Mentoring Program. I […]MORE
Members of Protege, our peer mentoring group, officially kicked-off the new school year at a dinner filled with yummy food and new friends. On Tuesday, freshmen were introduced to their mentors during a Burrito Bash held in Slavin.
This was the first time that our Protege mentees and mentors came together this semester. Students have been paired up based upon major, clubs/organizations, and interests. Mentors work to help their mentee during the fall semester by getting them connected to any resources and showing them the in’s and out’s of PC life.
Students will meet weekly to chat, in addition to the monthly social events that our Leadership Board will host. Our ultimate goal is to help these freshmen get acclimated to campus culture so they can grow as student leaders.
Members of Protege, our peer mentoring group, officially kicked-off the new school year at a dinner filled with yummy food and new friends. On Tuesday, freshmen were introduced to their mentors during a Burrito Bash held in Slavin. This was the first time that our Protege mentees and mentors came together this semester. Students have been paired […]MORE
By Meghan Murray, Assistant Director for Academic Skills/Programming
What does doing yoga in front of the koi pond have to do with our office? Plenty! Beginning in 2011, the Office of Academic Services offered a peer mentoring program called Protégé. Since then, we have paired incoming freshmen with upperclassmen to help support them transition college life. Through monthly social events, such as a scavenger hunt where you are challenged to do yoga by the koi pond, or weekly meetings with a mentor, freshmen of Protégé establish connections to various members of the community and receive support during the first semester. The focus of Protégé is primarily to support the academic demands encountered during first semester freshmen year, particularly developing good time management and study skills. We are currently accepting applications from freshmen but space is limited so let us know ASAP if you are interested! Click here for more information: Protégé
By Meghan Murray, Assistant Director for Academic Skills/Programming What does doing yoga in front of the koi pond have to do with our office? Plenty! Beginning in 2011, the Office of Academic Services offered a peer mentoring program called Protégé. Since then, we have paired incoming freshmen with upperclassmen to help support them transition college […]MORE