Recently I was asked to be a part of a focus group for Campus Living where a large part of what we discussed was the experience of living on campus. In this, I thought to myself “what has living on campus taught me?”
Well, a lot. I’ve been very involved with the residence halls during my undergraduate experience. I’ve been involved with the Residence Hall Association, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and I’ve been a resident assistant. These things have all contributed to my being a successful individual. There’s something to be said about getting directly involved in the community you’re living it; it gives off a sense of purpose, being involved directly in what goes on and the programming that occurs.
Additionally, there’s so much to be said for being part of the programming that occurs within the halls, and the community you get. What’s awesome is that no matter how you’re involved, you’re part of that community as much as anyone else. While you may live on campus away from home, you’re making the halls your new home with a group of new individuals alike yourself.
Living on campus has been awesome for me. I’ve made tons of friends, learned a lot about myself and really have felt as though I was truly living my college experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Reflecting back upon my college experience so far, I can definitely say that I’ve taken a whole lot of classes that were awesome. From learning about anatomy and physiology to the things that occur within biological systems at the microscopic level, I feel like I’ve learned and experienced so much. As I start to get well into my last semester, everything I have done in college is really starting to come together.
Looking forward, I still have a lot of decisions to make. The job search is underway, as well as aspirations to continue with my schooling. I definitely want to stay in the Buffalo area, because I’ve really started to fall in love with it. I’m not really sure where that is all going to take me right now, but I definitely feel prepared to meet whatever challenges lie ahead!
Spring break is soon, and while it marks a series of exams, due papers and other work, its also almost spring break! I know that I’m looking forward to it personally, because I have an awesome ski trip planned out to Salt Lake.
The cool thing about break is that there are so many ways you can spend your break. Many students still enjoy the typical trips to sunny beaches and warmer climates, but a lot more also turn to the alternative spring break programs. The leadership office does a couple of programs that involve giving back and address important world issues. Check it out here!
That’s one of few options, and I can’t even begin to touch on all of them! It’s pretty awesome!
One of my favorite things about UB is how it feels like a living and breathing entity; in the past year we have seen new buildings get put on campus, new academic buildings come in and more and more engagement from the students on campus. It’s not surprising to me, then, that new initiatives would come out for students.
Coming up, new students at UB will be able to be part of the “Finish in 4″ program where students will be able to sign up and make a plan to finish their degree in four years. What is neat about it, is that if the student sticks to the plan, but finds themselves unable to graduate, the University “will provide you with the opportunity to complete the UB courses required for your degree free of any tuition and comprehensive fee charges.”
This seems like an excellent program to me; it really helps students and advisement staff to engage in a big university setting. I would have loved to be part of a program like this when I was enrolling, because I think it would have been awesome to have a plan coming into school for every course I’d take, and what I’d be looking for. I think this is a great step in a new direction, and if interested, you should check out their webpage here.
I have been pretty lucky in my college career to have mostly taken classes that I’ve enjoyed. Whether it’s been interesting topics in biology, or challenging courses like Organic Chemistry, there are very few negative experiences I’ve had in my courses. I’ve always been fascinated by the courses that are completely out of my major, and are typically considered general education requirements.
There’s something so refreshing about these courses, and the fact that they really just turn into fun. For example, I’m enrolled in a Visual Studies course to satisfy my art requirement this semester, and it has been such an amazing ride. From the romantics all the way through film, we have had the opportunity to look and see different forms of art, how they have challenged formalist norms and how it’s affected and been affected by parts of history. I always walk out of that class having had a lot of fun, and feeling like I got to see something really new.
I guess that’s what I mean when I say “out of breadth” because it’s something kind of neat and new that I’ve really never gotten to experience, and some of the material can be ‘breathtaking’ for lack of a better word, and to kind of illustrate the pun a bit more. Having said that, general education requirements can be pretty much awesome.
In other awesome news, first snow happened today!
Something that I get to see a lot of here at UB is philanthropy, civic engagement and a general level of people giving back to the community that UB is a part of. There are a tremendous amount of organizations on campus that support a huge range of charities. It’s very common to see blood drives, money being raised for charities such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and support for natural disaster relief.
The University is such a big community, it attracts very diverse groups of people, all with their own passions and causes. There are so many chances to get involved, and every day there are people who are committed to making their college experience significant and memorable.
If that’s something you’re interested in, a good place to start is the UB Undergraduate Academies , specifically their Civic Engagement academy. If Service opportunities are something you look for, there is no shortage at UB.
As I get back and settle into my room here, I find myself preparing for these last two weeks; UB begins final exams soon, classes are wrapping up, projects are being turned in, in my case lots of tests. Amid the exams though, there’s quite a bit of fun to be had. Since the holiday season is warming up, there are tons of events in the city, the mall is always brimming and fun to go to, and on campus there are tons of end-of campus events. Banquets are always a great way to end the semester, and this Friday I’ll be part of hosting our chapters National Residence Hall Honorary Induction Banquet. It’ll be a blast!
It’s always busy, always fun, and always happens faster than a whirlwind! Looking forward to it though!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope your holiday has been pleasant, and that you have had the opportunity to relax. I’ve always found that I’m most thankful for the time I get to spend with my family, seeing friends who come back from school and the fact that it offers a pleasant reprieve before exams.
I hope that everyone has had a pleasant holiday, nonetheless and that their semesters are going well! Good luck to everyone applying to schools, and if you haven’t had the chance, visit UB!
If you’re like me, and you unfortunately missed open house this past October, you’re in luck! Upcoming on Friday November 11th UB will be hosting Discovery Day! You’ll have the opportunity to come check out UB, meet and talk to students and take some campus tours! It’s a really great opportunity to learn more about the campus and interact with students on campus.
I really enjoy having the opportunity to be around on those days because it’s a great time. It’s very cool to meet people who are excited to come to UB, and it’s a lot of fun to share my love for the school with them. I would really encourage anyone to come out for the event, because it’s just an awesome opportunity to visit! Of course, there are other ways to visit UB, such as our Visit UB program, but I sure hope to see you at Discovery Day!
Happy Halloween (Weekend) Everyone! Oh, Halloween, a time to return to a simpler time when we were younger, dressed up, got free candy and had fun with a ton of friends!
Well, I guess it hasn’t changed that much. I’ve learned over the course of my few years here that college students can be incredibly nostalgic, and love having the kind of fun that we had as kids. It doesn’t just extend to Halloween, either; I’ve taken trips with friends where we jump in a car with a box of gushers, fruit by the foot and other awesome snack foods we had as kids and jam out to some of our old favorite tunes.
It’s a wonderful time of year, and it’s always awesome to see the people who are in the spirit!