Introducing Matthew

Hello everybody! My name is Matthew Seymour. I am from the Ithaca, NY area, and I am a sophomore studying meteorology here at SUNY Oswego. Some of my interests include photography, hiking, hanging with friends, and watching the Oswego sunset.

My journey at SUNY Oswego began in May 2014, when I visited the school for the first time. I immediately fell in love with the school. I applied to a number of other schools, but Oswego had me sold. Some of my favorite aspects included the brand new Richard S. Shineman science building, the scenery (and crazy weather conditions) provided by Lake Ontario, the multitude of clubs and activities offered around the school, and most importantly, the amazing meteorology department.

Currently, I find myself a part of the Meteorology, Photography and Outdoor clubs, as well as serving an E-board position in Waterbury Hall.

I have not considered myself to be one to write a blog someday, but it was bound to happen. My entries will mainly focus on the various weather phenomena Oswego experiences day-to-day. Additionally, I hope to incorporate some of my best pictures that perfectly describe Oswego’s beauty during any season.

That’s it for now – I cannot wait to share my experiences here at SUNY Oswego with you!

Introducing Ilyssa!

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Hi there, current and potential SUNY Oswego students! My name is Ilyssa Weiner. I am a senior at SUNY Oswego studying Broadcasting and Mass Communication with a minor in Political Science. I’m from The Catskills area of New York, just a little more than two hours away from New York City.

My Oswego story began in mid-2012, when my family and I went up to visit a friend who was going to school there. I immediately fell in love with the campus when she initially gave us the tour and loved it even more when we back for an official tour in 2013. Although I applied to a few other schools during my senior year, I had my sights set on SUNY Oswego.

When I initially came to the school, I barely had any experience with broadcasting. Now, I feel like a pro. The broadcasting program is incredible with helping students both inexperienced and experienced learn the ropes. Whether it was getting involved at WTOP-10 and WNYO 88.9 FM or taking classes about how to create videos and write for television news, I felt like I was learning exactly what I needed in order to succeed.

Aside from the amazing broadcasting department, one of my other favorite things at SUNY Oswego is the definitely the lake. I mean, I’m right on Lake Ontario. I can literally go down to the lake and dip my feet in there on a hot summer day. The sunsets by the lake are also breathtaking. Take some time to admire the beauty of the sun setting with your friends if you get the chance.

That’s all from me right now. I’m so excited to be sharing my experiences with all of you!

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Introducing Nicole

Hi guys! I am Nicole Lightfoot. I am a Junior at SUNY Oswego and I am going for my BFA in graphic design with a minor in photography. I am eventually going to go for my masters in art education. I would really like to move down to Florida after school and be an art teacher. I would also like to have my own  photography studio on the side of teaching. I enjoy photography a lot and I am currently Vice President of photography club. I don’t blog very much but, I am super excited to get the opportunity to discuss different topics with everyone!

Why Oswego?

When I decided to leave the Army and go back to school I had a very big decision to make, where college should I go to? So I did the normal thing and applied to a bunch of big schools like Syracuse, Rutgers, ASU and so on. I only knew about Oswego because of a girl I was dating at the time. I will not lie, the big schools were pretty awesome but at the time were very overwhelming. I still had a decision to make and decided to take a tour at Oswego and right off the jump I met great people who are still my best friends till today and met many more people along the way. Oswego is the perfect small college to go to, everyone is approachable and are willing to have a good time with you no matter what. I chose Oswego because of the students who go to Oswego, all it takes for everyone to enjoy it is to go out there and socialize. So next time someone makes that weird face when you say you go to Oswego State, tell them to come out for a visit because I at one point was making a weird face when people told me they went to Oswego State. Go Lakers!

Introducing Myself

Hello, fellow bloggers! This is my first SUNY Oswego Blog. I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. I am currently a senior at SUNY Oswego studying business administration. Considering my major is pretty broad, I have no real boundaries on what I want to do as a profession. My goal is to move out of New York state and find a job the best suits my personality.

I have never really considered myself to be someone who blogs but I can honestly say I am very excited about it. There are numerous things I am eager to discuss and shed my opinion on regarding college life and things outside of that. I look forward to discussing these various topics and hearing different opinions from all of you!

Let’s Be Roommates!

As a Resident Assistant, I know the dilemma residents go through as they try to live with their roommates. From disagreeing with one another’s lifestyle to arguing about who’s going to take out the trash. Here’s a few pointers on how you can find a roommate and how you can be a good roommate.

Tips for finding a roommate:

  1. GET ACTIVE on social media. Join your class year’s Facebook page and get to socializing.
  2. EXPRESS YOURSELF in a positive way. If you like things to be tidy, suggest having a cleaning schedule.
  3. ASK QUESTIONS about that person’s lifestyle and his/her habits.

 

Tips for being a good roommate:

  1. COMMUNICATION is key; if you have issues talk them out. Do not sit and let the problem escalate. You can use the 24 hour rule, giving yourself a day before approaching your roommate and/or an RA.
  2. BE RESPECTFUL to each others space. Sharing a space with someone you do not know can open doors to many mistakes. Establish a mutual agreement with your roommate to discuss what you are both comfortable sharing with each other.
  3. BE INTERACTIVE with your roommate. Try to hang out with each other or do things together, like laundry or movie nights

The most important thing to remember is that both you and your roommate have a responsibility to each other and to yourselves. Help support one another and respect each others different values/beliefs. Lastly, Try to make an effort to find solutions to any problem together.

The Most Coveted Prize On Campus

It’s what we all strive for, it will haunt you in your sleep, and it’s the most coveted prize to receive on campus. I am talking about the intramural championship t-shirt.

The joke that travels around campus for those who are avid participants in intramurals is that you can only graduate until after you win an intramural championship t-shirt. Campus Recreation does a fantastic job of organizing intramural events and breaks the year up into fall sports, winter sports, and spring sports. They also throw a bunch of different one-day tournaments, which always draw some big crowds.

The O-mazing Race where teams of two compete in mental and physical challenges across campus

The O-mazing Race where teams of two compete in mental and physical challenges across campus

Campus Rec. also splits up the type of league you want to enter in, whether its women’s, Co-Ed, or men’s, and you would either pick to enter the recreational league or the competitive league. The kicker however comes in the form of you can only win a t-shirt if you compete in the competitive league.

I have been very fortunate enough to win my fair share of championship t-shirts, however I have also been on the receiving end of the pure heartbreak of letting one slip through my fingers. I’m not going to lie it’s absolutely devastating when you lose, like you are going to be bitter for a solid week… well I was bitter for a solid week. I have competed in both the women’s and Co-Ed competitive league sports and have met my best friends and also worst enemies (cough Rhonda’s Angels) being involved in theses leagues.

To be honest there is something a lot more gratifying in my eyes when you win a Co-Ed championship. The reason I say this is because all the men and women on the team need each other, you can’t win strictly on how good either your guys or your girls are but whether how well you all work together as a team. That’s the flaw in a lot of the Co-Ed teams because they fail to balance out the talent in one gender or the other.

Intramural sports are universal and timeless. My dad went to Oswego as well and when I told him I won my first ever intramural championship my freshman year he sent me a picture of him and his team winning in the same sport his freshman year. It built an even stronger bond between my dad and I, knowing that we both accomplished the same sport, at the same age, on the same field, at the same school.

Oswego intramural coed softball champs 1979 to 2013

Oswego intramural coed softball champs 1979 to 2013

Overall what I am trying to get across is that if you never participate in an intramural sport in college did you really go to college? But all jokes aside campus rec. provides this incredible opportunity to compete against your fellow students, earn the best bragging rights, and most importantly look good in that t-shirt.

Spring Break “Woes”

This past Spring Break I was reminded (time and time again) just how much weight I’ve gained.

Comments were made and tears were shed (not really).

“Tian, you got a little bit big.”

“Tian, did you ever go to the gym?”

“Tian, you should give the cafeteria a rest.”

Now, when you try to explain to your family what stress eating is or how hard it is to resist the buffet-style dining halls, they counter-back with:

“I know, I’m just saying this out of love.”

Well, here’s what I say to that… “I love you, too.”

It’s true that it can be of not help to your self-confidence (none, whatsoever) when you are being constantly reminded of how “big” you’ve gotten, BUT there’s a way to escape this battle field with few battle scars.

  1. Say “I love you”: Yes, it’s true that family can be the #1 cause of our headaches (next to finals week), but you can’t choose them. Regardless, of their blunt, rude, and downright hurtful comments, they’re still family.
  2. Stop “Sipping Tea”: Don’t restrain from telling your family how much their comments do hurt you. Sure, they might counter back and say it’s because they care, but let them know that this doesn’t change the fact that you felt hurt.
  3. Listen to your Body: Now magazine covers may communicate to you that a healthy body image, is one that comes without stretch marks, sagging belly, or a chubby face. But, the reality is, a healthy body is one where you take care of the bodily systems, which work 24/7 to keep you alive and well.

With that being said, let’s all start taking interest in our physical health and well-being by checking our cholesterol, making sure our blood pressure is right, giving Mary Walker Health Center a visit, and inviting your family and friends to engage in a healthy lifestyle, as well (because you love them, too!).

 

 

 

SUNY Oswego’s Gospel Choir sings with Pastor Smokie Norful!

On Friday, January 29, SUNY Oswego held its 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, inviting  two exceptional people to be a part of the event: Dr. Bernice King and Pastor Smokie Norful. Dr. Bernice King is the youngest daughter of the famous and influential Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pastor Smokie Norful is a Grammy Award-winning Gospel artist.

12604846_10203908992003490_2384169435312937115_o  As a part of SUNY Oswego’s Gospel Choir, the choir and I got to join Pastor Norful and his three talented back-up singers on stage to sing his new song, “Mighty God” from his album Forever Yours.

We were more than excited to hear that we weren’t going to do a cover of Pastor Norful’s song, but, instead we were going to sing it with him. Over the winter break, each choir member had to practice on his/her own, since there would only be a week  left to practice once we returned back to the university. Gospel Choir’s vice  president, Kristen “K-Ray” Ray, took the liberty of making a recording that comprised of each note pertaining to what the altos, sopranos, and tenors would have to sing.

While on stage with Pastor Norful, the choir and I joined the back-up singers in dance and song. We were alive, while singing live (not really a pun, but eh…). Along with the live band and Pastor Norful’s encouraging presence, the choir made a joyful noise!

When Dr. King appeared on stage after her introduction, I was excited and curious to get to listen to her speech. Excited because she was the daughter of Dr. King Jr., the man who I read about in textbooks; the man whose name would be printed on my quiz papers; the man who made a famous speech about having a dream, a speech that took to its audience in 1963 and, still, does so today.  I was curious to know who Dr. Bernice King is. During her speech, Dr. King inspired me to think about how my actions could affect others. I was able to grasp the understanding that making a change would not be easy, unless you were willing to be self-less and passionate towards your peers. Dr. King’s wise words ignited something in me, that raised the question, “What changes do I need to make internally?”

To hear from both Dr. King and Pastor Norful was a great experience, an experience that I will hold dear to me.

Below is a video of Dr. King speaking at SUNY Oswego: