What I am Thankful for This Holiday Season

As the holidays are quickly approaching and we all head home for Thanksgiving break, I can’t help but think about the things I am thankful for, especially the things SUNY Oswego has brought me. We all have our own personal memories and things we love about Oswego that we cherish, but I want to share mine with you guys in the spirit of the season.

The number one thing I am thankful for, by far, are the friendships and relationships SUNY Oswego has given me. Without the friendships and professional relationships I have made throughout the past two and a half years, I would not be the person I am today. We are all on our own path in life, and I believe the people we meet along the way play a part in all of our stories. I am beyond thankful for the people I have met thus far, and am looking forward to meeting new people during the time that I have left at this school.

I am also thankful for the education I am earning. Not everyone gets to attend college and earn a degree like so many of you reading this get to, and I think that is something we all often forget. We are all wrapped up in our classes, friends, and extra curricular activities. We don’t always take time to stop and think about how lucky we really are to be attending college, something that so many people can only dream of. I am extremely thankful for the education that SUNY Oswego is providing me with, and always will be.

Lastly, I am thankful for all of the beautiful sunsets I have gotten to see while attending this school. There is nothing like looking at the sky and seeing an amazing Oswego sunset, and it is something that has always brought me peace and comfort, even on the worst days. SUNY Oswego would not be the same without it’s famous sunsets.

There are many other things I am thankful for, but this is them in a nut shell. Attending college has changed who I am as a person in the best way possible, and that is something I will always be thankful for. During this holiday season, make sure you stop and think about all the things you are thankful for. Happy Holidays!

The Season of Giving Thanks

Hi Everyone!

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’m sure everyone is scrambling to get all of their work done before heading home for a few days for a much needed break. With the holidays being such a happy time in most of our lives, we have to remember that there are those out there who are less fortunate than many of us that we may forget about during such exciting times. These people need a Thanksgiving meal too, and if you are looking for a way to help and to give back to the community, I have the perfect solution for you. Dr. Isiah Brown teaches management here at SUNY Oswego, and he has made it his mission to collect canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Central New York. If you would like to participate in the food drive he is holding, just drop as many cans as you would like off to his office in 108 Rich Hall. If he is not there, you can leave it with someone at the desk. Most people in the building know of the food drive he has put together, so they will be sure to pass the items along to him. Dr. Brown will be collecting canned goods in his office until Friday November 16, 2017. Every little thing helps, so even if you only have one canned good, feel free to drop it off! Take a picture with your canned goods for a chance to be featured on the SUNY Oswego SnapChat!

Have a great week and an amazing Thanksgiving break!

Oswego Wind… It Blows

Hey Oswego! It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. The weather’s been becoming more active and so has the testing season, for me at least. Anyways, let’s get to what’s happened in the past 2 weeks, and what’s to come (hint: frozen stuff…)

The biggest weather story occurred during the morning of October 30, the day before Halloween. A rather intense wind storm blew through Oswego and the surrounding area, with the highest sustained winds clocked in at 55mph, with gusts as high as 71mph reported as well. This was enough to down numerous trees and power lines, and even cause some minor structural damage in town and on campus. Some may have noticed the sidewalk on the west side of Shineman being closed for repairs for much of last week – this was due to a small chunk of siding on the building being blown off!

A side effect of these winds were massive waves on Lake Ontario. Notice how the wave spray is being blown sideways off the crest of the wave in this picture. No swimming today!

Additionally, the first, dare I say it, snow flakes have flown on campus! Thursday night, as colder air moved in behind a strong cold front, rain changed to snow for a brief period of time around midnight. No accumulation was observed here on campus, however the hills to the south and east of here saw a dusting to an inch fall.

An icy sunset Friday evening along the campus lakeshore.

Finally, a relatively rare sight from campus: weak Northern Lights on Tuesday night!

Current longer-range forecasts indicate a renewed chance for lake effect snow next weekend into early next week. This far out, details are hard to pin down regarding timing and strength of the weather systems that affect how and where lake effect sets up, let alone the lake effect snow itself. Keep this in mind while traveling home for Thanksgiving break!

 

Fall is on Campus!

Fall has landed on SUNY Oswego’s campus and boy is it beautiful. You can feel the autumn spirit in the crisp air as soon as October hits. Temperatures are dropping, students are bundled up, the line is longer at the campus’ Starbucks, and we are surrounded by beautiful color all around! Although our campus is beautiful at all times of the year, in my personal opinion, Fall is one of the prettiest.

Throughout the year, you can see that some of our buildings are cloaked with gorgeous vines. No matter the season, Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall the vines stand out significantly from the background of the gray buildings. Every time I am walking by Hewitt Hall, I enjoy seeing what phase the vines will be on that day. From the green leaf to the yellow, to the red and orange. Eventually, the vine is bare and covered in frost and maybe even inches of snow. Then back to budding again. It is a spectacular transition to watch!

No matter what is on your Fall Bucket List, please take the time and appreciate the beauty of fall around you right here on campus! Take the long way to class! The colors are vibrant, it won’t last long, soak it all in before we get the first Oswego snowfall.  I took some time photos for you all to experience it with us! Enjoy!

Registration Time

Hi guys! Here we are again, registration time. We all know the stress that comes along with this time of the semester. Registering for class can be an intense, nail biting experience while trying to make sure you get into all the classes you want for the perfect schedule. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t miss out on any classes while making your schedule!

1. Make multiple schedules! it is never a good idea to rely solely on the first mock schedule you create. Things change, classes fill up, and you don’t want to be left scrambling to find classes at the last minute because your original schedule didn’t work out.

2. Make an appointment with your advisor before registration! This will help you to be sure you are taking classes that will keep you on track for graduation. You don’t want to waste your time taking classes that won’t count toward your major or minor.

3. If a class you really need to take is full, try reaching out to the professor. There isn’t a guarantee that they will let you be added to the class, but it is worth a shot!

And most importantly, always keep an open mind. Many times the original schedule you wanted won’t workout, but that just means it wasn’t met for you. Don’t let it get you down, just tweak it a little bit and it’ll all workout for the best!

Good luck with registration!

End of the Semester Stress: How to get Through the Next few Weeks

At this time of year, we all hit a wall. It is hard to juggle work, school, homework, physical fitness, mental health, and a social life. We all wonder at times, how do people do it? There are simple steps to follow each day in order to lower our stress levels and keep our minds in check during this crazy time in the semester. If you are feeling down, worn out, or just need a little break, follow these steps and I guarantee you will be feeling stress free in no time!

1. Meditate.

2. Workout (Running, yoga, walking, etc). This will boost your mood and leave you feeling great!

3. Focus on your breathing for at least 5 minutes. You will feel centered and more focused on the task at hand.

4. Call up a friend and just talk for a while. This will help get your feelings out and leave you feeling less stressed.

5. Listen to music and dance!

These are just a few of the many exercises you can do to reduce stress. This time of the semester is stressful for everyone, but with the right mind set and motivation you will get through it!

An Intern Abroad

Imagine a 5’2 American girl lugging 15 lbs worth of equipment on and off the Tube, through places like Trafalgar Square and world famous museums like the Victoria & Albert. That’s my reality every time I go to work.

I’m one of the 3% of American students who intern abroad. I work for a news and entertainment channel called London Live. I get sent all over the city to cover all different kinds of events. My repertoire now includes filming a theatre show designed around accessibility for both deaf and hearing audiences, to covering one of the most famous portraits in the world at the National Gallery.

The Arnolfini portrait is one of the art world’s greatest mysteries. This is a screenshot from one of my pieces I filmed for my job.

Work has also enabled me to attend an exclusive opening at the world famous Saatchi Gallery. After spending a day filming different exhibitions within the gallery, the curator handed me an invitation to attend the members-only opening that night. It was definitely one of the more surreal moments of my life.

A piece by the delightful and talented Daniel Crews Chubb, who I had helped interview earlier that day.

However, that isn’t the only type of things I have covered. My first real day in the office was the bombing at Parsons Green. My train had been cancelled before work so I had to walk/jog to make it. Nobody understood the magnitude of the situation. Even as we covered the scene live, details would trickle out slowly as we learned exactly what happened. I even managed to track down an interview with someone who was on the train. Sure enough, as what happens in big news situations, even reporters from the BBC and other international news companies started trying to record the interview I was getting with the London Live journalist I was sent out with. Talk about an intense and exciting first day!

One of the images I captured at the scene of Parsons Green.

 

Media frenzy at Parsons Green.

My work experience in London has been challenging and immensely rewarding. Finding your footing abroad is no easy feat. I’ve had to adjust to different styles of storytelling, different spellings, navigating a foreign workplace (not to mention an entire city!). However, I truly enjoy all of the change that’s happening in my life. I’ve grown so much in many different ways, both personally and professionally. The tests and challenges keep on coming, but the best way to grow is to keep moving forward and to keep learning.

This is an overlook of–in a broad sense–my office.

Out-of-the-ordinary October!

Hello, Oswego! The busy time that is early October, full of tests, papers, and club happenings is winding down. This means it’s time for a quick review of what has happened so far this month.

The first half of the month has felt much more like September than October. Average highs this time of year are in the lower 60s, with lows in the low to mid 40s. Through today (the 15th), we’ve had 10 days exceed 65º, 5 exceed 70º and 1 (the 5th) exceed 80º. Factoring in the relatively warm low temps we’ve experienced, and the average temperature has been over 5º above normal thus far into the month!

The month, so far, has featured its fair share of interesting weather and sunsets, as well.

First off, the remnants of Hurricane Nate, which made landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi on the 8th, impacted the region the following day. 2.87″ of rain fell on Oswego in a 12-hour period! No flooding was noted, as the area had been very dry prior to the rain falling. Nearby Watertown, NY recorded 3.67″ from the event, their wettest October calendar day ever recorded.

Perhaps most striking (ha!), was a thunderstorm the evening of the 5th. A passing cold front combined with warm and humid conditions initiated scattered showers and storms, one of which approached Oswego via Lake Ontario. I managed to capture the shot above using my iPhone’s slo-mo video feature.

With warm, dry high pressure frequenting the Northeast this autumn, clearer skies have meant more great sunsets. This one was captured on the 2nd of the month.

More dry, mild conditions and great sunsets are in the offing this upcoming week as high pressure returns. Have a great week!

I Am Oz Speaker: Kate Fagan

Hi everyone!

I know my blog entry is a few days late this week, and that is because I wanted to wait until I attended the I Am Oz Speaker event that took place Tuesday night before writing this week’s blog post. The reason that I want to center my blog around Kate Fagan, an ESPN sports anchor and journalist, is because she has inspired so many young college students to be who they truly are and find what they love in this world. As a college student writing for an audience mainly of college students, I believe we all can learn so much from Kate and the journey she endured during her time as a college athlete and her years beyond that.

While Kate was speaking, she addressed the issues that commonly occur among college students. The issues of depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses occur on college campuses on a daily basis, and no matter how hard the college tries to address these issues, there are always people who go unnoticed. I wanted this post to be for those people. The people who feel like they are alone, who feel as if no one notices the struggles that they are facing. Whether it is transitioning into college, trouble with friends, grades, or something even deeper than that, college students everywhere need to know that they are not alone. Here at SUNY Oswego, our campus provides many resources that people may not even know about, and these resources help students work through difficult times they are facing. Here is a list of resources any student on our campus can use for free if they are facing challenges in any area of life:

  1. Counseling Servies Center (www.oswego.edu/counseling-services) The counseling center can be used for anyone who is dealing with a life change, personal problems they would like to discuss, or just need someone to talk to. They provide a variety of services, and you can find these services and their phone number on their website (which I posted above).
  2. The Compass (www.oswego.edu/career-services/compass-navigators) The compass is an outlet for students who need help with any challenges they may be facing regarding their future careers. The compass is full of professionals and staff who can help you build your resume, cover letter, or just talk with you about your future and where you are hoping to move on to after your time at SUNY Oswego.
  3. Student Resources (www.oswego.edu/ols/student-resources) Student resources is a tool provided to students through the Office of Learning Services at SUNY Oswego. This tool provides students with tips about how to take notes, maintain good grades, and how to figure out what they are good at. This can help students get a handle on their academics and help prevent future stress that may be caused by classes.

There are many more resources out there, but these are just a few of the very important ones that students should be taking advantage of while on campus. College campuses are huge and filled with people, but it is so easy to end up feeling alone. But the truth is, you are not alone! Chances are the people that live in your dorm or the person who sits next to you in class feels the same way that you do. Don’t bottle up your emotions! It is okay to talk to people about how you feel and figure out exactly what it is that will help you. Even if SUNY Oswego does not have exactly what you need, there are people here who are more than willing to make connections for you and get you the help that you need and deserve. Take advantage of everything the campus has to offer! You won’t regret it.

Morgan Monday’s

Hi Everyone!

It’s that time of week again….Morgan Monday! This week I want to talk to you guys about the best places to eat around town. We all know what it is like to get sick of the dining hall, and if you live off campus then you know what it’s like to open your fridge and only see a half eaten piece of pizza sitting there. If you’ve got the extra cash and are looking for a good meal then listen up!

1. My absolute favorite place to grab something quick is Port City Cafe. They are located right on West 1st Street, and their menu consists of soups, salads, and all different types of sandwiches.They also serve breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and they have the best coffee I’ve had in Oswego. Their prices aren’t bad at all, around the $8-$10 range. If you love the cafe feel and really want a good sandwich, cup of coffee, or just want a place to hangout and do homework then go check it out!

2. If you’re looking for a good place to take someone on a date, celebrate a friend’s birthday, or are just in the mood to treat yourself, Vona’s is the place for you! It is a family run, Italian restaurant located on Willow Street in Oswego. They have all of your typical Italian dishes, but everything there is amazing and I really suggest trying it out. As long as you don’t mind shelling out a little extra cash ;).

3. Fajita Grill does not get the credit that it deserves in my opinion. Here in Oswego, we are lacking both Moe’s and Chipotle. Maybe it isn’t as good as those two restaurants in some people’s opinion, but I love it and think it is the best place to go in Oswego to get your Mexican food fix. Prices are very reasonable and the queso is awesome!

4. Old City is sort of like Oswego’s hidden gem when it comes to deals on food, and lets face it, we’re all broke and looking to save a couple bucks. Old City has a 50 cent wing special on Monday’s. Yes, you can eat as many wings as you want for only 50 cents each. They also have $1.50 tacos on Wednesdays. A taco for under $2…how could you go wrong? Of course Oswego is the only place who has taco Wednesday instead of taco Tuesday…but either way they’re still awesome tacos and I highly recommend checking it out! (Yes, guac is extra there too).

5. Last but not least, Press Box is the best place to go if you are looking for bar food, but in a sit-down setting. They have everything from nachos, to salads, to chicken fingers, and everything in-between. Don’t go there if you are trying to eat healthy, but if you are looking for good food at a reasonable price then check it out! I know from experience you won’t regret it :).

I hope this post gave you guys some ideas of places to try next time you are out and about and looking to grab a bite to eat! If you try any of these places and love them as much as I do, leave a comment below and let me know what you had! Look out for my post next week and enjoy! 🙂