As I reflect on my last four years of college in the short 2 weeks that I have left here I started to think about how much has changed over the past four years. When I graduated high school in 2015 I had no idea what to expect when I entered college.
My first few days of college seem to fly by so fast until there were some days that felt like they would never end. Those long days turned to slow weeks that then turned into fast months to then a quick years. And before I knew it I didn’t know where all the time had gone.
I wouldn’t take back any of the decisions and choices I’ve made in college because they helped me start to understand myself apart from my family and everything I had become so familiar with over the past 18 years before entering college.
Now fours years have past and at the age of 22 I feel like I’ve made a full circle. Packing up my life in boxes and bags, saying goodbye to old friends, and leaving a place I’ve become so familiar with.
It might seem scary at times but I’m feeling the same anxiousness and excitedness I felt four years ago when I had no idea how my life was going to change.
For those of you who are graduating I am sure you might feel the same and for those who are just beginning… make the most of your time here in college because you will never truly be this young again.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the 39th annual Gospel Choir dinner. They had an amazing turnout and a very enjoyable meal. The evening began with praise and worship and wonderful performances by the members of the choir. The night ended with an introduction of the new 2019-2020 E-board. Overall I enjoyed my night attending the Gospel Choir Concert!
SUNY Oswego has a food pantry on campus called Students Helping Oz Peers, or (SHOP) for short. This pantry opened in October 2016. It is located in room 3 in the basement of Penfield Library, and is available to all SUNY Oswego students, faculty and staff in need. The shop has plenty of dry foods and canned vegetables to help college students in need. This is a great campus resource that comes in handy for those students who live off campus or have a limited meal plan. For instance, a student who lives in the village more than likely does not have a meal plan so stopping by the shop for groceries to cook in the full kitchen that comes with the perks of living in the village. The shop also has household items such as Sponges.
Not only does the shop provide you with your food needs but sanitary ones as well. The SHOP offers deodorant for both men and woman alongside female kits and mens axe spray. They also have some school supplies such as pens and notebooks.
As you can see the SHOP on campus is a one stop shop for perishables, house hold items, and some school supplies.!
Last week, I was able to attend a presentation in Syracuse hosted by PRSA. Any, Public Relations major coming in be sure to seek out and attend networking such as this one. I was able to speak with active PR professionals and gain insight on what to look forward to with the PR industry. The presentation was awesome! It was packed with soo many tips and tricks to get your material “clicked, read, & shared.” With the takeover of social media this presentation was definitely informative.
I must give props to Career Services, they really facilitate my ability to attend events where I would need a car to get to. They’re cool about covering costs to get students out there mingling, networking, and actually getting a job!!
When I first came to Oswego I was so unsure of how life would be, so many changes were happening. One of my main concerns was money, I have always worked for the money I had but when I was a freshman all I thought was, what do I do now? Luckily, Oswego has so many opportunities for college students to make a little money for those essential expenses.
If you are like me and don’t have a car here at school, you’ll probably benefit from the on-campus opportunities. SUNY Oswego offers many part-time jobs on campus to us students, even for though who don’t have work-study. You can find a job in Auxiliary Services, Campus Recreation, Resident Life and Housing, and more! Auxiliary Services offers positions to work in dining halls or cafes right here on campus. Campus Recreation positions are those at the school gym, the pool, and for Intramural sports. The Resident Life and Housing offers jobs right in the dorms, it doesn’t get more convenient than that! Most of the jobs pays you minimum wage and you will get a check that you can pick up in Culkin Hall every other week. The best part is that they work with your class schedule to accommodate you without getting in the way of your school obligations!
If you do have a car, you’re lucky. There are many off campus job opportunities, and they are so close to campus. Dunkin Donuts is always looking for employees, and it’s less than a mile away from campus. Pizza Hut is right next to Dunkin, Fajita Grill (it’s like a Chipotle, but different), Kinneys Drugs (our local pharmacy), and so many more shops downtown (only 1 mile away from campus). It doesn’t hurt to apply to a few jobs, that way you increase your opportunity and further guarantee your odds to be hired!
Now that you know about the different places you can look for a job, how do you maintain your money? Save, save, save! Make a “Rainy Day” savings account or even a piggy bank. The best advice I can give you is to set aside a small portion of your check each pay period. Even if it’s just 5/10 dollars, it’ll build up and one day you’ll end up with more than you expected. This easy tactic saves lives. Also, budget yourself! You know you get the same amount of money an hour, calculate how much you would get each check and make a budget. Let’s say my check is $100, I would map out how much I can spend on food, how much on toiletries, etc. If you are mindful with your money and expenses, you won’t have to be so worried about money in college! You learn with time, once you get into a routine it’ll be mindless!
This week SUNY Oswegoʼs PRSSA held their last club meeting. They used this meeting time to go over the re-branding of SUNY Oswego as a whole. The discussion involved reasons that we as current students at Oswego considered to be a good staple for the campus as a whole. Majority of the students focused on the lake and no matter how or when you come to this campus every organization is a community. Not only is the view here unmatched, but the atmosphere that you get to experience once you are here is unforgettable.
Being that decision day was yesterday, why did you decide to come to SUNY Oswego?
Here you are, senior year, two weeks away from graduation. Where are you going next? What are your plans after graduation? As I sit here typing one of my last blog entries, I realize that I honestly have no idea what is next but, I am so excited. I look back on my time here with little to no regrets because my college experience was everything I wanted. If I could give my freshman self a list of advice this is what it would be:
Put yourself out there. Join clubs, organizations, make friends with everyone on your floor and join study groups. Most people you meet freshman year are going to be the people you spend the next four years with.
Take every opportunity to hang with your friends. In college, you meet some of your best friends that you’ll stay close with for the rest of your life. Even when life gets busy, make time for them. Once you leave college, most of your friends won’t be right down that hall from you.
Go out and have fun on those random Tuesday nights (after your school work is done of course).
Enjoy the unlimited dining hall food. Yes, it may not be the “best” but, once you move off campus you’ll regret not having a variety of food made for you.
Take as many classes that interest you. You’re in college the world is your oyster. There are so many different courses that can count towards your degree. So, take the classes you’re passionate about.
It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do. You have FOUR years to figure it out so don’t stress.
Call mom and dad at least once a week. Yes, you are having a great first few weeks but, trust me, they miss you a lot.
DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Get to the library and finish your school work! Don’t wait till Sunday or the night before somethings due. It’ll drive you crazy.
Take care of your mental and physical health. There are two gyms on campus and along with a great running route near the water. Also, mental health is extremely important. Be sure to take time for yourself.
Become close with faculty members. They are here to help you out whenever you need. Go in for office hours if you don’t understand something. Professors want you to succeed!
Realize that it’s okay to make mistakes. We are all human, nobody is perfect! If something goes wrong or isn’t playing out how you wanted, know that it’ll work out in the end.
Don’t fret over dumb drama or people who make you feel any less. You don’t need that negativity in life and know that there are so many other people on campus you can meet and hang with.
If you don’t like your major… CHANGE IT.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone has a different path and a different journey!
Lastly, when I say four years goes by in the blink of an eye, I mean it. What I would do to go back to the day where I moved into Seneca Hall room 901. I had no idea what was in store for me but, I knew the next four years were going to be full of many firsts, finding myself, and meeting people who will forever have an impact on my life. Enjoy the next four years, you’ll never get this time back.