Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I thought it would be useful to write a post about what AmeriCorps NCCC is since I'll be talking a whole lot about what I'm doing with it and in case anyone out there is considering the program. So, in short, I'll feed you our "elevator phrase":
"AmeriCorps NCCC members are 18-24 years old and spend 10 months getting things done for America while developing their own leadership skills. We serve on teams to help communities prepare and respond to disasters, build homes, and help the environment. To learn more or to apply go to www.americorps.gov "
That's the short of it. In more detail, we are one of 5 branches of the Corporation for National Community Service, which also includes AmeriCorps Vista, AmeriCorps State and National (that's who I worked for this summer with DREAM), Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve (which is inactive this year because of lack of funding). NCCC is different from these other programs because instead of working with another organization, all members work together on campuses (Mississippi, California, Maryland, Iowa, and Colorado) and spikes (service trips) to serve communities across America.
The Denver campus, where I am, is assigned to the states in the southwestern USA (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, and Missouri). This means that, aside from disaster deployment, I will always be in one of these states doing my service.
This spike (which is only 1 month instead of the usual 2) I will be nearby in Jamestown, Colorado (population 200, literally). It's about 30 minutes outside of Boulder, up in the mountains. My team and I are working at the Calwood educational center, an environmental education center. We'll be doing a lot of tree branch cutting and wood chipping, as well as hopefully getting the chance to work with the kids in the program. We have access to a nice lodge with everything we need, but we'll be sleeping outside in big heated tents. I have to say, I'm excited that this project is short, because it's going to be cold up there for sure.
I was actually just at Calwood last weekend when I did a chainsaw training (crazy right?) In fact, I now know how to work a chainsaw, sawsall, circular saw, and power drill...a true renaissance woman.
Right now I'm curled up downtown in the most amazing bookstore, Tattered Cover. It's a huge place full of books and lots of seating to cuddle up with. I'll probably end up buying a few things of course.
I think that's it for now. We get inducted on Thursday and my team leaves next Monday for our trip. We will have Wifi so I plan on being able to update a lot. Until next time!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Greetings from the place I think should REALLY be the sunshine state. I’m writing this outside on another gorgeous day, watching a flag football game of corps members vs. team leaders. My 1 ½ weeks here so far has been a whole lot of stuff. It’s tiring, with training all day from 8-5 and sometimes more. It’s fun, making new friends and exploring new places. And it’s a huge taste of nostalgia because we’ve all decided that being here is like being in college, without the homework. We live in dorms, eat sometimes-iffy food in the cafeteria, hang out and do nothing at night, and wish we had way more money than we do.
I’ve been some pretty cool places so far. We did driver training last week and during that drove to the Columbine Memorial, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and up Lookout Mountain to Buffalo Bill’s grave. We also did a service project all together at Washington Park where we built the running path. That was really awesome because as soon as we were done, people were walking and running on the new path. Now every time we go back, we can appreciate how we built the path. I also planted trees this weekend in what will be a dog park. It was hard but definitely fun. I'll try to get pictures up soon. My internet is a bit spotty and it won't upload them right now.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I am writing this halfway into my flight across the country to begin my service term with AmeriCorps NCCC in Denver, CO. I am not surprised, nor should you be, that I did not update with any pre-departure info. To be honest, I was busy making sure I had everything done, saw my friends and family, and had fun! I am, of course, going to do my absolute best to bring you frequent updates from my adventures with NCCC (and I think it might be easier since there will be a lot to talk about, just like when I went to Italy).
As a quick update, alumni weekend was a lot of fun and I was SO happy to be able to tell everyone what I was going to be doing. I got to see some people at SMC that I’m friends with, and spend lots of time with my loves from the class of 2011. In true VT fashion, we spent our Sunday on the “Stowe free food tour” which includes Cold Hollow Cider Mill and the Cabot Cheese Annex. It was a delicious day, the weather was amazing, and I was glad to have some good Vermont fun before I left the state for a bit.
By the time you read this, I will have arrived on campus and been processed (or whatever) and probably be setting my room up to be a home away from home. I’ll leave you with some pictures from my alumni weekend adventures and the promise to be back soon!
“The big lesson in life, baby, is to never be scared of anyone or anything” -Sinatra
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
What actual benefits have you had being in Honors. I feel like whenever I ask I get the general billboard answer, but I was hoping you could tell me more specifically.
I actually dropped the honors program and didn't graduate with it. However, when I was part of the program, the biggest benefit to me was being in classes that challenged me more than a non honors class might have.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Do you ever get to see cool music on or near campus? I know Burlington is a little far for a lot of bands
Burlington is an AMAZING place for music! In addition to local bands playing various locations downtown on the weekends (SMC students included), Higher Ground Music Hall is a great concert venue for a huge variety of artists. Check out their site here: http://www.highergroundmusic.com/
SMC also has a great on-campus music scene with Turtle Underground, an SMC style coffee house/open mic night, every week.
Hope this helps!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Before all of this fun started, the Athletics Department also hosted it's annual Block M Awards Dinner where seniors and other athletes are recognized for their accomplishments throughout the years or that year. A few friends and I were lucky enough to be named award winners! I received the Victor LeMeiux Award for Loyalty and Leadership, and you can check out all of the award winners here. Here's a photo of Natalie, Sarah, and I after the dinner:
I also remembered I never posted about P-Day (this post is struggling to stay short). How can I sum this up...awesome? The comedian was funny, the weather was AMAZING, our jerseys rocked, and I had a perfect final P-Day with my friends. I also got a tattoo the day before!!!! So crazy. Can you guess what it says? If you guessed "you risk tears if you let yourself be tamed" then you're right! It's on my ribcage and I absolutely LOVE it.
On graduation day, we all gathered later in the evening at a friend's house for some food, drinks, and celebration
After graduation (literally, a day after I got home) I headed down to Florida with 9 of my friends for a week of sun and post-grad fun at Disney, Universal, and poolside at the house we rented. It was some much needed R and R.
I then worked MDW at my old job to make some money to put away, watched my sister graduate high school (she's heading off to Clemson in the fall) and took ANOTHER trip to Florida with my family. Yes, my post-grad life has been awfully stressful :]
BUT now I'm back up here in the gorgeous Burlington, VT and have finished my week of Orientation/Training for my new summer job: Waterfront Manager at Camp DREAM in Fletcher, VT. The DREAM program works with kids from low income housing communities in VT, and Camp is a place of those kids to spend a week of their summers. The staff is really cool, young, and full of fun and exciting ideas. I'm really looking forward to the first session starting tomorrow. To keep this short, I'll hold off on all the details about camp until next week.
So, for now this is the "now what?" and the rest is to be seen. I promise to update more often now that I'm settled, check back next weekend!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
do you know anybody that has taken astronomy or meterology? i was wondering if i could get a students perspective on each because im not sure which i want to take. they both sound interesting so i was curious to hear opinions of them both. thanks
I haven't actually taken either of these. I know they both have lab components and count as a science course (physics) but I've never heard any friends talk about meteorology (though many friends of mine LOVE astronomy).
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
do you know if any of the bloggers are psych majors? or anthro/soc? i wanted to find out more about them but dont know who studies what.
Well you've come to the right place because I'm a psych major, so ask away! I also know that Beth is a Soc/Anthro major, so she can answer any of your questions about that!
how do you join the alcohol task force?
I'm not actually sure about this, so I'm going to have you head over to Dan's blog (find him on www.smcblogs.com) and check out the post he just wrote about A-Team, and see if that helps you out. Hope that's helpful!
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Hey there, so on my application to St. Mikes I put I wanted to be Biology major, however I have been thinknig of possibly doing Biochemistry major an a Biology minor. How do I go about adding a major/minor after I've been accepted? Is it hard to do?
It's really easy to change your program within the first 2 years at SMC. It's just a matter of picking up some forms from the registrar's office, getting the right signatures, and dropping them back off! Hope this was helpful :]
Thursday, March 31, 2011
1. Are there any major preparatory requirements for your college besides completing high school and making a down payment?
I'm not positive what this question is asking? To be accepted as a student at SMC, there's a lot that's important. You need to be a solid student, taking a challenging range of courses, with an extracurricular program that shows you have a commitment to something. Leadership roles are also important. Of course, this is extremely general and everyone is different. The best way to find out if you're a fit for SMC is to come to campus and visit us, take a tour, meet with a counselor, and maybe attend some classes with a student.
2. Does your school offer used textbooks for sale or offer some form of textbook rental?
You can buy textbooks used from the bookstore when they are available. When they're not, there's a good change you can rent a new book for a cheaper price (buy you can't write in it). I personally always cross check the bookstore prices with Amazon and buy from where each book is cheapest.
3. Will students get a list of required textbooks ahead of time / before the start of the fall semester?
Students can find a book list for each class on the bookstore website a few weeks before each semester starts. You also have the option of sending your class list to the bookstore for a book pre-order, and they will be waiting for you when you get to school.
4. What amenities do dorm rooms have (e.g. bed, desk, air conditioning, personal bathroom, etc.)
All dorm rooms come with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser for each student in the room (2). Each hallway has a bathroom, so that's 8 bathrooms per building, each with 4 or 5 toilets and showers. The dorms are not air conditioned (it's not warm enough here for long enough, and a fan with an open window does the trick). There's also ample closet and storage space, as far as I'm concerned (and I have A LOT of stuff)
5. If anything within the dorm rooms becomes damaged that is property of the school, does the school assume payment of fixing / replacing the damaged item?
This really depends on how the damage occurs, what is damaged, and if a work order is placed. If you punch out a screen and never put a work order in, you will be charged for it. Usually damage that constitutes as "general wear and tear" is not charged for, but considerable damage is the responsibility of the residents of the room.
6. When do freshmen move in / unload their belongings into the dorms?
First years move in on the Thursday before classes start for their 4 day orientation. Upperclass O-leaders are there to help unload everyones car and ease the stress of move in too!
7. Are roommates assigned? Does the option exist to pick a roommate, such as a friend from the same high school who will be attending?
You may pick a roommate only if you both put each other on your housing papers. Personally, I don't recommend this, as going to college is a great time to meet new people and if you live apart from your current friends, they can make friends and so can you, and then you can all be friends! Roommates are assigned based on forms that each student fills out based on things like: bed time, wake-up time, music taste, messy vs clean, sport, etc.
8. Does the school offer long-term storage of personal belongings, such as during summer break, or are students required to empty their dorms during extended periods of time? Similarly, do dorms close down during breaks?
As far as I know, there are no storage set ups for students. However, many people leave things in personal storage units that they rent. Dorms close during Christmas and Spring break to all students, as well, of course, during the summer.
9. Does the school offer any computer labs or a means for students to print documents for classes?
We have 9 computer labs on campus, and at least as many printers (probably more) on a network system so you can print to a waiting list and pick up your document anywhere. All printing is free for students and can be accessed through personal laptops as well.
10. Does the school offer laundry facilities? Is there an additional cost?
There is laundry in every dorm, each suite building, and every townhouse area. Washers and dryers are $1.25 each.
11. If a student has more than one AP Credit for courses in the same area, such as two English language credits or two social credits, can both be used?
Again, I'm not sure what this question is asking? If you are saying you have taken both AP English tests and gotten a high enough score to earn credits here (usually a 4 or 5) on both of them, then of course you can use the credits. You might only be able to place out of one requirement (English, in this case) but you will still receive credits for both.
12. Do students have access to the internet in their dorms for personal use?
Campus is 100% wireless
13. Does being accepted into our desired major(s) guarantee us enrollment in all courses necessary to complete a four-year undergraduate study? By this, we mean to ask that if we are pursuing a major - biology in my case - will other core requirements resolve themselves, or are we left to "pick and choose" other courses?
This is a little confusing the way you're asking. You don't need to be accepted into a major here, you just declare the major and then work to complete the requirements in your 4 years. This means you are responsible for taking all courses to graduate with that major AND all LSR (core) courses as well. You may choose when it comes to an elective major or core requirement, but some are set in stone that you must take.
14. If for any reason myself or a friend I know of is caught with another student who is making illegal, unsavory, or otherwise detrimental decisions, am I or my friend guilty by association? Will I or that friend have the chance to present our case before a board or panel?
This is tricky. For the most part yes, you would be guilty by association. You name will be taken down and you would get set up to meet with somebody in student life/disciplinary. Then you would have the opportunity to explain the situation, and consequences would follow from there.
I hope these were helpful. See you soon!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
"The A-Team originated from BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students), which is a national collegiate chapter for alcohol awareness. They offer fun and interesting activities as an alternative to drinking, and promote responsibility rather than condemn the use of alcohol."
That's copied directly from the SMC website. From what I know of A-Team, they provide some awesome activities and socials here on campus as alternatives to drinking on the weekends. Fellow SMC Blogger Dan would definitely know even more info, if you'd like some.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Still, there is SO MUCH to do here in the winter, even in the snow. Aside from the obvious $30 worth of unlimited skiing at Smuggs (which I wish I had more time to take advantage of) there are wilderness program trips, or just building snow structures with friends. Two weekends ago, I went out with some friends on an Ice Climbing trip and had so much fun! I've also been snow shoeing with the wilderness program and loved that. So, even when the snow is getting a bit overwhelming, there's always something to do.
FACT: Monday was the first snow day at SMC in my four years. We got something like 26 inches of snow and classes were cancelled for the day. We loved it.
So on this snowy Thursday on the eve of spring break I'm just getting my things in order for my MOVE extended service trip to NYC to work at Covenant House and a handful of other organizations. I'll be sure to write a post about it when I return of course.
In other news, I'm also on the edge of a lot of things. My big papers and projects are all due within the next month for my 3 main classes (not that History of Jazz or Calligraphy don't count). Once those are done, there's not much to do before the year ends but have fun and finish up classes and such. I'm also at that limbo between having concrete plans for the summer and beyond. I've got applications in and such, just waiting for answers, details, etc. so I'll keep you updated.
That's all for now. Stay warm, wherever you are!