No meal plan? No Problem

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.!

Hours of operation:

Monday: 5-7pm

Tuesday:5-7pm

Wednesday: 5:30-7:30pm

Thursday: 5:30-7:30pm

Friday: 11:30-1pm

Saturday: 11-1pm

Sunday: 11:30-1:30pm

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Networking Opportunities

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!!

As a Freshman, How will I make Money?

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!

Re-Branding SUNY Oswego

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?

Final Curtain Call: A Letter to My Freshman Self

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.

How to Make Friends as a Transfer Student!

I transferred to SUNY Oswego as a transfer my sophomore year and at first I was nervous to make friends. After being accepted I did tons of research on the dorms before I decided where I wanted to live. While doing research I discovered that Funelle Hall was full of transfer students and sought it as a great opportunity to live with people I can relate too. I not only learned about the residents halls before coming but learned on this campus there is literally a club for anything! Meaning res halls are not the only place you can make friends, don’t be afraid to join a club or organization that may become your home away from home.

If you have any other questions on a smooth transition feel free to reach out to me.

What’s Next?

Last Wednesday, the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) hosted a program titled “What’s Next?” Three Oswego Alumni were invited as guests to answer questions concerning life post-grad. The alumni were visibly eager and open to sharing their experiences. The alumni told their stories of adjusting to life post-college, looking for a job, and making the best of your time in college.

I’ll mostly focus on their advice while in college more than post graduation, as I feel it’ll be more helpful to the audience reading this.

One of the thing the alumni stressed was the importance of utilizing the university’s sources to get internships. One of the alumni guest said he was able to be hired right out of college because of his internship connections. The school is constantly throwing opportunities at your feet, it’d be in your best interest to take advantage of them.

Another piece of advice was to take classes that either further aid your major or just plain interest you. One alumni said she took a course simply because it intrigued her, and to her surprise she was able to utilize the knowledge gained in that class and further expand on it in her current job. One also highlighted the importance of taking your Capstone course seriously.

Lastly, the alumni advised students to “know your worth” Whether that means taking much needed time to relax or taking yourself out of un-beneficial situations such as a job/club/class/relationship or etc. Knowing your worth will always lead you in the right direction in life.

Academics in College

College is the ideal time to find yourself and explore new opportunities. With this can also come stress and concern about academics. Academics in college can be difficult but this is because it’s supposed to challenge you and in the end – it’s worth it. The truth is, time management is everything. It is important that you join extracurriculars and explore opportunities to meet new people but it is also important to be managing your time effectively and getting your work done. As a senior, I have taken my fair share of classes and I’m here to provide you with some tips for success in academics during your time in college!

1. Utilize Resources:

On campus, there is the writing center and tutoring center that is available for students that are in need of help. Using these two resources is a great way to get an outside perspective on your paper or get some insight in a class that you’re struggling in. Another crucial resource held by professors are office hours. Office hours are a time where your professor is readily available to speak about anything that you may need such as a question about a paper that is due soon or even to express that you’re struggling and need some more assistance. Attending office hours can also help you form bonds with professors which is crucial during college.

2. Don’t procrastinate!

One thing that I’ve done all four years of college is use a planner. In the beginning of the semester I would input all due dates into my planner so that nothing is ever forgotten about. I am always sure to finish the assignment at least two days before it’s due (sometimes longer if it’s a big assignment) so that I’m not cramming at the last minute. I’ve utilized this method because I know my best work is not completed an hour before it’s due date and I’ve found that this is the case for many others as well!

3. Take time for yourself.

Mental health is extremely important and it is crucial that you are always making sure that your mental state is okay. Whether it may be spending time with friends, working out, putting on a face mask or watching your favorite show on Netflix, be sure to take time for yourself so that you’re able to do the best in your courses. After all, it’s college and it’s expected that you take some time to form bonds with others and to find yourself. 

4. Visit Penfield Library

The library is an awesome place to go if you need to get work done. Everyone in the library is generally there for the same reason and seeing everyone hard at work can give you motivation as well. The library and it’s employees also have various amounts of knowledge that can help you succeed in your courses. If you need a break, feel free to stop by Lake Effect Cafe and grab a snack and coffee to keep you on track.

Adjusting to college academics your first year may be a bit difficult but in time you’ll find ways that will help you succeed. Be sure to remember that it’s okay to have fun and meet friends but also know that the main reason you are here is because of academics so be sure to time manage! I hope these tips help you to reach success during your time at Oswego!

College and Relationships

Leaving your life at home and going off to college can be exciting yet scary. You’re never sure what friendships or relationships will last once you start your “new life” in a new town but, I can assure you everything will be okay.

College is the time for personal growth. It is okay if you distance yourself from that person who was your significant other in high school or if don’t talk to your home friends every second of everyday. They are also growing and getting use to their “new life”.

I am lucky enough to say that I am still close with my home friends. I may not talk to them everyday, but we do check in with each other every now and then. The distance from your friends or significant others only makes seeing them on breaks so much better! Being able to hear how everyones first semester went on Thanksgiving break is always worth the wait. Trust me, that wait goes very fast.

When I came to college, I gave myself that time to be on my own and focus on me. I made friends with people on my floor, who I would get lunch with, talked to kids who were in my classes that became my study buddies and I eventually joined a sorority my sophomore year which helped me meet even more people.

There are so many different opportunities to meet people and become comfortable with the SUNY Oswego environment. Going to orientation, floor meetings, the Involvement Fair where you can sign up for clubs, talking in the Facebook group or creating a GroupMe chat room are all great ways to meet people the second you step foot on campus.

Remember everyone is in the same boat! So don’t feel weird about talking to someone who sits next to you in class or popping your head into your neighbors room and asking if they want to go to the dining hall. It’s a new environment for everyone so don’t be nervous to put yourself out there!

The 2019 Ozzies Awards!

This Friday it was the Ozzies Awards. It was an awesome event where Communications majors were recognized for their accomplishments and the quirky traits their known for. The awards ranged from most likely to Overanalyze a Conversation to best Hip Hop radio show, and etc. It was an intimate yet super inviting event. Malaysia and I had fun applauding the accomplishments of our colleagues. They too, were also very supportive when I won an award. As the semester is coming to the end, events like the Ozzie Awards are a great reminder that you and your work is recognized and applauded.