The Suite Life For Seven

The Suite Life For Seven

Posted by: on January 29, 2016   |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 I tell people I live in a seven-person suite, with six other girls, they usually look a little shocked. They question, “seven girls? In one room? How does that work?” And while I try to explain that its organized chaos, they usually look a little unconvinced (and probably thankful that they have fewer roommates).

Living with seven girls in a suite is an experience: it has its ups and downs, great moments and struggles, and lots of fun in between. Here are seven things I learned from living the “Suite” life with seven girls.

1. There is seven of everything (and maybe more)

If you look at our bathroom vanity you will find seven hair straighteners…and seven curlers…and seven of pretty much everything. Move in day, the Hunger Games of rooms, was chaotic. Boxes were everywhere, everything was piled high, and the amount of stuff we owned seemed endless—it was surprising we even fit it into our cars. A semester later and the stuff has only multiplied. And while it can easily turn messy, it also means we have everything covered. We of course have necessities (mainly food), but we also have everything you never dreamed you needed (and probably still don’t). But you never know when you need a pizza cutter, mini hand weights, Santa Clause sticky notes, a mini-tree, or a soda-making machine.

2.  A person for everything

No matter how much you enjoy College or school in general, you are bound to have a tough day. It gets stressful, confusing, and just plain difficult. During the good and bad times, you need someone to celebrate or cry with. Luckily with seven girls, you have the perfect people to help. One roommate you vent to and let out your anger, while another you just ignore reality and instead watch Netflix. There’s always a person to go on an adventure with, to stay home with and watch a movie, or to make an impromptu trip to Dunkin.

3.  There is hair everywhere…

I guess it’s assumed that seven girls equal a lot of hair. Forewarning: it doesn’t matter how much you vacuum, it will always be there. Just embrace it.

4.  The art of love and hate

Living with six of your best friends is great—you have great dance parties at midnight, laugh all the time, and you pretty much get to know them better than you know yourself. But that certainly does not mean it’s easy. No matter how much you love your friends, sometimes you need a break from each other. I quickly discovered you have to let the little things go—there are more important things to worry about. You also have to address the big issues—no one enjoys passive aggressive attitudes or an unhappy living space. They’re your roomies for better or for worse.

5.  Built-in squad

Forget Taylor Swift and her super model friends—you’ve got the real gems by your side. Everywhere you go you have six friends to accompany you. A cheering squad at basketball games, a full table of friends at dinner, and a mini-party wherever you are.

6.  Birthdays are awesome

Your birthday is your special to just celebrate you. With six girls that all know different sides of you, they’ll know exactly how to make that day special. We’ve celebrated three birthdays so far (including mine), and they’ve been some of our best memories of the semester (Shout out to my girls for the delicious chocolate, our trip to the Cheesecake Factory, and all the surprises).

7.  Embrace the little moments

Everyone is so busy during the week: class, meetings, work, homework, sleep, etc. We barely see each other and when we do, we are exhausted and ready to sleep. But the little parts of living together, staying up late to wish someone a happy birthday at exactly midnight, catching up at dinner, or just watching Scandal Thursday nights, are great. Sadly, we only have so many years that we get to spend together. So in between running in and out of your dorm, try to take a few moments to talk to your roommates. They’ll make you happy and one day, even if not right now, you’ll definitely miss them.

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

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

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

Six Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

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

Michels7GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16
Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY. I am an accounting major and finance minor, which has caused me to have some really late nights in the library! On campus, I am on Tutor Cabinet in OAS, Treasurer of the Accounting Association, and Board Member of the Student Alumni Association. I am a passionate Friar Fanatic and really bleed black and white! My main focus right now as a senior is to win an intramural t-shirt because I refuse to graduate until I win! You can often find me daydreaming about my semester abroad and frequently looking for cheap flights back to Europe.

 

Leaving Providence College for a semester is a scary thought. It is hard to imagine not spending Sunday mornings in ray, late nights in the library, and cheering on the Friars with some of your best friends. But leaving Providence College for a semester was the BEST decisions of my life (besides choosing to come to PC, of course). During the fall of my junior year, I decided to pack my bags and spend the semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and here is the six reasons why you should too:

1. The Food

Where do I begin? From pizza, pasta, and panini’s in Italy, to baguette’s and macaroons in France, Europe has AMAZING food. Everything is so unbelievably fresh and you can taste the difference. Yella’s in alumni is great and all, but look what you can get for lunch in Italy!

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2. Weekends Are Spent Traveling

During my short three and a half months studying abroad, I had the opportunity to visit nine countries and twenty five cities. One day you are in class, and the next, you are watching the Eiffel Tower light up the Parisian sky or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the Amalfi Coast. And if you book your flights properly, you can get some ones as cheap as $16.30! That can be cheaper than an Uber to downtown Providence.

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3. Because Walking to Class is Like Walking Through History

Europe has taken so much pride in preserving their history and culture, and you immediately feel like you have traveled back in time. From walking by the Czech Castle in Prague, or the canals in Amsterdam some of the most iconic monuments become a part of your daily life. Oh and did I mention, your art history classes are spent exploring all of the culture and artwork these cities have to offer. From the Uffizzi in Florence to the Louvre in Paris, class somehow doesn’t seem so bad.

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4. Europe Becomes Your Playground

When you are younger and your parents bring you to a new playground you spend hours exploring all of the cool things you can find. Europe is the same thing, but for study abroad students. You can enjoy the culture of Oktoberfest, the thrill of Skydiving in Switzerland, and climb around some (designated) monuments, which make you feel like a kid again!

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5. You Make Memories With Old & New Friends

Some of my best friends I met abroad and together we dream about returning one day. My parents sent me to a foreign country to live with one friend and three strangers, and I could not have been more thankful for that experience. I was fortunate enough to go abroad with 40 PC students (Florence became a mini-Friartown) but also made new friends too. Some of my favorite memories from abroad were spent making dinner with my roommates and walking around Florence at night. They quickly become your family.

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6. Makes You Appreciate Providence College Even More

And there is no better feeling then coming back to Providence College the next semester. No matter where you are, no matter where you go, Providence College will always be your home!

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GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16 Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY. I am an accounting major and finance minor, which has caused me to have some really late nights in the library! On campus, I am on Tutor Cabinet in OAS, Treasurer of the Accounting Association, […]MORE