Archive for April, 2009

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

AHHHHH!! I’m graduating in just a couple of weeks.  SO SCARY!!  It really scares me that I’ll be leaving this place that I have called home for so long.  The unknown is so scary.  SUNY Potsdam has offered me tons of experiences, fun, and a great place to learn and grow and I do totally feel ready to head out into the real world, it’s just all so scary at the same time.

I have applied to jobs, had interviews and am ready for the next step, I’m just really scared because who knows what’s going to happen!  I often wonder if I’ll be successful. And then I think back to my experiences at SUNY Potsdam, and I know for a fact that I will be fine in this crazy world, one way or another, because I have been prepared in the best way possible.

I am leaving Potsdam with the most positive feelings as possible.  I have honestly been able to leave my footprint at SUNY Potsdam, and I am so happy that I was able to do that.  I’m glad that I made the choice of SUNY Potsdam and am so glad that I found that place that I will be able to forever call home.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

While at SUNY Potsdam the students get a lot of opportunity to hold leadership positions.  Just a couple weeks ago we ended our 3rd Annual Relay for Life.  This year I was Co-Chair. My Co was the Assistant Director of Residence Life, an opportunity to work hand in hand with a professional of the institute was a bonus for this event. We organized everything from the first day to sealing the thank you cards.  It turned out better than ever imaginable.  We had a few goals for Relay, that we set as a committee: we wanted to see 50 teams, 500 people, and $35K, well, we knocked them all to pieces.  With more donations coming in, we had, 76 teams, 684 people, and over $48K.  I can’t even put into words the amount of joy and happiness that I had in my heart during the closing ceremonies.  Just the amount of student that come together and sharing their passion for such an amazing thing, really I can’t even put into words what I was feeling.

I am sure glad that I had this opportunity because I learned so much.  Everything from organizing, meeting, dealing with different people, molding ideas, delegating, and so much more.  This is honestly an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for SUNY Potsdam and it’s wonderful Annual Programs.

Not only did I learn things to further myself, I was given the opportunity to change the world through this great program.  If there were one thing that I could suggests, it would be participate in EVERYTHING as soon as you get here!  You never know what will come in the future.  😀

GO BEARS!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

This is the brief story of how I came to be 413 miles away from NYC.

I came home some march weekday four years ago and pressed the play button on the answering machine.  Telemarketers.  My mother reminding me to leave the chicken defrosting.  Some cousin twice removed from DR that was coming next weekend. Message from some SUNY school called “Poot stam” inviting me to visit.

A mental note went off to google Potsdam, as I had no idea where this school was let alone that I applied.  I disregarded the message.

Soon enough I received a letter from this college with the now familiar Potsdam letter head inviting me to a weekend.  A few days later I get a call I will never forget.  A call from a student name Rob from the Bx. Rob had the hardest Bronx accent I ever heard in my life he sounded like a character out of mafia movie.  Contrasting his distinct accent was an enthusiasm for his school,  his small school in the boonies called Potsdam.

So I talked to Rob and he convinced me to just “check us out.”  I did, the website was simple enough I even checked those brisk reviews in the Peterson’s guide or on College Now.  And I thought “well its okay, but why is this guy so crazy about this school.” A week or so later I get the invitation for MCW–Multi Cultural Weekend.  I was extremely doubtful that a university so far away would invite me for one weekend, for free with free food and all the goodies included.  The little hater inside of me said “Yeah…right.”

After some more cajoling from Rob and a lot of informational sessions later  I decided to go for it.  Then came stage 2: convincing my mother.  I will not go into the details but I will only say that my mother was not too happy to let her only daughter get on a bus and go away for 3 days.

I got a little lost getting to the New York Public Library.  When I got there what looked like a retro bus model was reserved for those of us heading to Potsdam.  It was about 20 some odd of us spread over the entire NYC and Long Island region.  I can still remember their faces and smiles when we got here.

IT TOOK 12 HOURS.

That was before people discovered the short way of getting to Potsdam (6-7 hours for you guys!).

The build up to that weekend did little to prepare me for the community I felt immediately as I got here.  For myself, I had never intended “community” will be the deciding factor for my college.  I had gone solely on academics, distance, size, ethnic build up, etc.  That’s not to say I disregarded them they just suddenly had something else added to it: a community and a home.

Potsdam became my second home.  I learned to swim and ice skate.  I took dance and yoga.  I took several drawing courses.  I became a more open person.  I learned “how to be”. I learned that an education is not reserved to an institution but to life.  SUNY Potsdam is not just the institution its a home, a workplace, a community center, a classroom, a farm, a river and a book.

So sign up, pack up and head up to SUNY Potsdam.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

This phrase is what keeps going through my head as I sit to write this blog (my first blog ever). Have you ever felt this way? Like you’re trying to do something (whether for pleasure or because it has been assigned to you) that just doesn’t fit within your comfort zone, and you don’t know if you want to try for fear of failure? If so, I have too.

When I graduated from high school I was the stereotypical straight “A”, super shy girl who was about to embark on something completely out of my comfort zone: College! I didn’t think that I was ready to be on my own, so far from home. Heck, I didn’t even know how to do laundry. So, in my head came the words “I am not a college student, I am not a college student…”. Now, I’m sure some of you reading this can relate to my anxious feelings while others of you have probably been ready to go away to college since kindergarten. Regardless, the lesson of this story is that I went to college. I became a college student. I did things that I never thought were “me” but helped shape the “me” I am today (studying abroad, interning at a large international corporation, falling in and out of love, failing an exam, etc.).

**note: at this point I think I’m starting to sound like a bad afterschool special,
but I don’t care because I’M WRITING A BLOG!!**

For those who have decided to attend SUNY Potsdam in the fall, please promise that you’ll be open to absorbing all that this college here has to offer (whether it be a new club, intramural sport, volunteer opportunity, or travel/research experience). Please be open to new experiences and get the phrase “I am not…” or “I can’t…” out of your vocabulary.