Monday, May 31, 2010

what's the deal with co-ed floors and wings and what would you reccomend? this is a weird question but i just got my new student housing and have no idea what either is like.

Well, unless it's new this year (I haven't seen the New Student Guide) you don't choose which one you'd prefer. However, each of the freshman buildings, Ryan, Lyons, and Joyce are arranged differently. For example, this year, Lyons had boys on the first two floors and girls on the 3rd and 4th. Joyce had boys and girls on the same floors but in different wings which are separated by the main stairwell. In that situation you walk up the stairs at your floor girls would take a right and boys a left, or vice versa. I was in Joyce, so I had boys down the hall. To be honest, I'm not well acquainted with any of them and it's not as if you only meet people on your floor. During freshman activities and just wandering the floors of the buildings, you'll meet TONS of people. Also, just a random reccomendation, it was pretty popular on move in day to go walk the halls of all the buildings. Everyone's doors are open and every one is sort of nervous so it's REALLY easy to make friends! Don't be shy!
Hope this is helpful,

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Friday, May 21, 2010

what is the best/worst thing about st mikes? and do people stay on campus over the weekend?

Best thing: Everyone lives on campus and yes, the majority of people stay on campus over the weekend. I love that St. Mike's is really about LIVING with new people, not just coming to school for classes and then running back home. You build a new family at SMC going through your same college adventure.
Worst thing: For me, it's the distance from home. I'm from California/Nevada (depending on where my parents decide to move), but either way it's far from SMC. I love Vermont, but it's not easy to get home. However, it makes me appreciate home that much more. :-D

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

12 College Clothing Essentials - Guest Blog: Tita Vizcarra of OMGee Magazine

Hey Incoming Freshman, Prospective students, and Parents who care what your child wear to class,
How is everyone? Okay, I am so excited right now! I made a new friend, Tita Vizcarra, Editor-in-Chief of OMgee Magazine! As someone who struggled with what to pack for college just under a year ago, I thought it would be great some ideas for you (guys and girls!) on college essentials! Tita's magazine is truly awesome and her fashion sense is, of course, impeccable! Tita has been wonderful enough to compile 12 essentials for each gender and tells you just how to wear them for all occasions!

St. Michael's 12 College Essentials

You've just been accepted to the best college in the entire country, congratulations! Did St. Michael's give you a brochure on what to pack? Have you done your research on how the climate is in Vermont in all the seasons? The answer would probably be no to either of those questions, but don't worry, I've got you covered. It doesn't matter what kind of climate you come across these 12 essentials for both men and women will save you from over packing. You'll be in style without breaking budget each season.

Listen up, guys! It's time to polish your look and you have it way easier than the girls (shhh). Since high school is a thing of the past, a college student must look the part of a young professional. After all, it's what you are trying to be. So leave your slouchy jeans and over-sized t-shirts at home. (And don't you dare go to class is sweats! Remember the way represent yourself says a lot about who you are.)
Your 12 essentials are: 1) black leather jacket, 2) light scarf, 3) navy blue/black long sleeve, 4) dressy, long sleeve, button-down shirt, 5) brown boots, 6) plain white t-shirt, 7) hydrating lotion, 8) black gloves, 9) button down, casual, short sleeve, 10) dark wash jeans, 11) dressy black shoes, and 12) a pair of cool sunglasses. You can create more than 10 outfits for all seasons with just there 12 essentials! Here are some examples by numbers (refer to picture below):

Spring- Monday Class
3 + 9 + 10 + 5 + 12
* Note: Unbutton #9

Fall - Job Interview
4 + 1 + 10 + 11 +7
*Note: The hydrating lotion keeps your skin from flaking during the fall, winter and even the chilly moments of spring.

Winter - Night Out
1 +6 + 2 + 7 + 10

(Click here for a BIGGER IMAGE)
Here's where the over packing comes into place. We, ladies, want to bring our entire close no matter how far or how long we travel. Let me make it easier for you by also giving you 12 basic closet essentials that will keep you in style all season long without having to purchase new items each season! Save that cash instead and treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa to cleanse yourself of the hard work you'll be doing during your semester(s).
College always feels like a rush to every student. You start to care less about what you wear and start to focus more on school -as it should be- but that shouldn't keep you from looking your best. Like I told the boys, the way you dress says a lot about who you are. I know it gets stressful with midterms, athletics, and relationships and the last thing you care about is how you look, but ladies, restrain yourself from wearing over-sized, unflattering sweaters and sweatpants. (We are more prone to wear this fashion "don't" than men.) With that said, I need you ladies to take an oath right now! Copy and paste the following sentence in a comment below and take the oath:

I, (insert name here), will NOT wear sweat and/or over-sized sweaters to class with the exception of Fridays, where I am only allowed to wear one of the two.

Your 12 essentials are: 1) black bomber jacket, 2) all-purpose, black dress, 3) black shoulder bag, 4) brown boots, 5) plain white tee, 6) print fitted skirt, 7) light scarf, 8) statement necklace, 9) gray blazer, 10) dark wash skinny jeans, 11) sunglasses, and 12) a great pair of heels - short or small. You can now create more that 10 outfits! Here are some examples by number (refer to photo above):

Spring: Night Out
2 + 8 + 12

Fall: Group Meeting
9 + 5 + 6 + 12 + 7 + 11 + 3

Winter: First Day Back
1 + 5 + 8 + 10 + 4 + 3 + 11

I hope these 12 essentials can help ease pain of over packing in general! Stay along these lines and you will be just fine. Good luck!

- Tita

I hope this is helpful to you! (It's helpful to me :-P)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

what's the deal with theme housing?

Hey All, 
This bit is about GREAT and Honors housing. Dan, a fellow blogger, will be writing a blog about community service themed housing, which he knows more about than myself. Keep an eye out for his blog.

Theme housing is either G.R.E.A.T or Honors. GREAT housing in substance-free housing. Now the campus is entirely dry, but GREAT housers are dedicated to staying substance-free. Honors housing has rules that allow people to be more academically focused. They have different "quiet hours" and students must maintain above a 3.4 GPA. If you are serious about either of those lifestyles, it is a good idea to request that housing. If you choose these housing options, you aren't seperated from other students because there will be general housing on the floors around you. However, I have maintained above a 3.5 GPA in regular housing. It's all about preference.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dinner at 5?

I've already warned my friends that at various random days throughout summer they will be receiving a "Dinner at 5?" mass text message. It's the same text message we exchange every night before dinner and it is going to be weird not eating dinner with them. Also, they will all be receiving "Spotted" text messages when I see things like tie-dye t-shirts, dreadlocks, jelly shoes, or anything else random and hilarious.
I already called Andrea when I was in Burlington with a spotted because she left Wednesday and I couldn't just tell her at the dorm. :-(
On the bright side, IT'S SUMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! Yay! But to get to this point, there have been a portfolio and 3 exams. On Monday, I had to turn in my Intro to Writing final portfolio and sit and listen to readings by the class. While everyone's papers were very well written, it was kinda boring to sit there for 2 and a half hours. Oh well, I'll do what I have to do to get to summer.
On Tuesday, I had two finals, which I renamed "Hell Day," although it wasn't necessary. My morning final was Finite Math final, which I got a cheat sheet for! Yay! It was actually pretty easy and not stressful. My afternoon final was the one I was worried about. Philosophy was my most confusing class and I wasn't sure I really retained ANY information.  However, Olsen gave us the essay questions ahead of time and so I wrote them out the night before and memorized. Turns out it wasn't so bad, and I think I got a pretty good grade. *fingers crossed*
On Wednesday, I had the day off from finals, but a jam-packed day of helping people move in. My roommate, Reese, moved out and so did my friend, Andrea. I think I lost 30 pounds carrying boxes down the stairs. It was the saddest. Seriously, sooooo sad. I'm going to miss them all so much. Lucky for me, Reese is supposed to come visit it me at the end of the month. :-D
And then there is today. It's my last day here at SMC. I had my American Politics final this morning, which was just a 3rd exam and wasn't cumulative. Yay :-D After my final, I gathered my things to go to the storage locker I got with my friends. It only took one trip. Yay. (Sorry, I've been saying  "Yay" alot. I'm just overly excited it's summer.) Of course, then I went to pack up my skis and I accidentally locked my keys in there. So, I had to go to Student Life to get the spares until 4 when my coach will be here to let me in the ski room... Oh, lovely.

Well, that is all for now.
Hope everyone has a wonderful summer!

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Adventure to St. Albans, Vermont

This weekend was my last weekend at Saint Michael's as a freshman. I'm excited for summer and for classes to take a break. It's funny to think that this time last year I was just sending in my deposit and couldn't wait to get word of my room mate. I was anticipating graduation, which was only a month away, and couldn't wait for my trip to Hawaii. There was so much excitement leading up to my move-in at Saint Mike's.
Right now, I am anticipating my roommate coming to visit me at the end of May, summer skiing, and then moving in Potigny in August.
So, back to last weekend. My friend and future suitemate, Natalie, and her family invited my friends and me up to their home in St. A's for the Maple Fest, or "The Fest" as the locals call it. 
At the beginning of the day, our RA arranged a brunch in the Women's Center. She cooked the floor eggs, bacon, and pancakes. We spent 2 hours snacking on breakfast and watching the Hannah Montana movie. (I wanted Peter Pan, but I was out voted.) These brunches are so much fun and they are a great way for the floor to get together before summer break. 
A little after noon, we headed for Saint Albans, which is about a 25 minute drive from SMC. I was surprised how quickly was got there. I kept thinking it was farther away. Anyways, we showed up at Natalie's house around 12: 45 and then walked to Main St. to take in the Maple Fest.
I got to see Natalie's high school and it is the first time I have been in a normal high school since tours in 8th grade. We walked around a craft fair filled with homemade peanut butter and jewelry. We spent time in the cafeteria eating Maple Creamees and Andrea bought a t-shirt. (She wore it today :-P) 
On Main St, there were food stands like Al's, a burger joint, or giant lemonades. All along the street were stands with different maple products like maple-covered peanuts and maple fudge.
After a few hours walking around taking maple syrup shots and playing fair games, we headed back to Natalie's house to relax on the porch and eat dinner. Okay, I don't know what it is about front porches and rocking chairs that makes people reminisce, but it happens. I loved hearing everyone childhood stories. I am so lucky to have friends that are willing to share embarrassing moments. I like to think that means we are close. Once we had laughed and Andrea had fallen asleep in her chair, it was time for dinner. You will never appreciate a home cooked meal until you've been to college and haven't had one in a while. We inhaled burgers and a salad with dressing, a secret recipe involving maple syrup. 
When we were to full to move, Teresa turned around in her chair and began to play the piano as the rest of us sang along to songs, whether we knew all the words or not. It didn't matter.
Needless to say, it was a wonderful Saturday and I'm pretty sure that the Maple Fest will be a tradition amongst our friends until we graduate. 

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