Better late then never but: Hey guys my name is Brittany. I am a senior at Oswego studying broadcasting with hopes to work for Disney some day and when I graduate in May, I want to go to grad school after. I have a strong passion for Photography and love to watch movies.
My name is Gabriele Candela, and I am from Long Island, New York. Some of my hobbies include dancing, painting, and photography. This is my first semester as a social media intern for the Office of Communications and Marketing. I’m currently in my sophomore year as a Graphic Design major, with minors in Arts Management and Spanish. My many involvements on campus are hopefully leading me to the path I want to take one day, which would to work as a Graphic Designer in a marketing firm. Currently, I am the graphic designer for American Marketing Association, as well as for the Media Summit. Having this internship is another great opportunity for me to highlight my interests and talents, in a more modern and technological way which is very exciting. Becoming involved on campus from the very beginning of my college years is something that was very important to me, in preparing myself for a career one day.
When you think of any city in the world, what comes to mind? Is it the physical buildings themselves, the architecture, or do you think of the people and the culture itself that surrounds it?
I’m spending this semester living and studying abroad as a part of CAPA London’s global education program. If you asked me a few weeks ago what immediately came to mind when I think of London, I’d probably have said Big Ben, the London Eye, or the London Bridge (which I have since realized that I’ve been envisioning the Tower Bridge and not at all the London Bridge). I chose to study here mainly for the vast arts culture that exists within the city, so of course it was art that made me start asking my previously stated questions.
As I visited the Tate Modern last week, the exhibit that had tremendous impact on me personally was Naoya Hatakeyama’s ‘Living Cities’. The focus of the exhibit was structures and how the human occupancy can completely change the perspective of a city. Do the buildings in these places still carry the same meaning if the city is completely vacant? Are older buildings that people don’t use anymore worth preserving if society gains no use from them? Hatakeyama stressed how millennials seem to believe that older buildings have less functionality than the newer ones, therefore making them worth less.
As I walk amongst the 19th century buildings next to sleek modern architecture, I notice how the stress on older buildings comes as a testament to the people who lived before. We continue preserving these works in an attempt to keep alive the spirit of those that came before. Those who created the structures and lived in them. It reminds us as human beings that there were people before and there will be people after. That those who previously occupied these spaces were not so dissimilar to us. As I wandered through Bath last week and stood on the edge of the Roman Baths where the Romans used to undergo hygiene treatments, I couldn’t help but think about the modern spa that was built not too far away.
And then there are the testaments to modern culture. The locals who walk the streets, the street performers that frequent tube stations, the bustling markets in Camden and Greenwich, the chatter in the pubs near my home. London’s people are passionate about causes close to home. Whether that be the lives they lead day by day, or in larger issues like Brexit or climate change. Being a city that had to almost completely rebuild after the bombings of World War 2, London is a city that isn’t afraid of fighting for a better world. While this can be seen radically during protests outside parliment or around global oil companies, its also seen in the art seen on the streets made by names like Banksy and Bambi.
So to answer my previous question, I believe the value we place in cities comes hand in hand with the value we place in the human spirit. The cities themselves are testiments of those who live there now and those from the past. Even as my experience in London continues to unfold, I am happy to developing my own meaning of this city through these experiences and the incredible people I’ve met so far.
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.
- There will be therapy dogs to pet and help relieve the stress of upcoming finals exams.
- The library and other campus buildings extend their open hours.
- Massage chairs, play-dough, stress balls and arts crafts tables are located on different areas of campus.
- The library will provide a variety of sugary snacks and free coffee to keep you up and studying !
- Each dorm holds counseling sessions to provide a safe space to vent about finals week or any other stressful life circumstances.
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.!
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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!!