Thursday, April 28, 2011

Knight Report, AcaBellas, and A Few Formspring Questions


My one of my latest projects has been a collaborative broadcast news piece for my Writing for Media 2 class. We had a few glitches on our path to putting it together, but all is well that ends well.

We finished that little gem last night. Also last night was the Founder's Society End-of-the-Year Banquet and the Final Aca Bellas concert. (We are still performing at the Talent Show and opening for Mike Check). The End-of-the-Year Banquet is a time to recognize our seniors and hand out awards to outstanding members. Naturally, many blogger got awards.

A BIG LOUD shout out to: Marci Wood and Alex Byrne, the BLOGGERS OF THE YEAR.
A LARGE congratulations to senior Dan Ozimek, who got the Crown and Sword Award, which goes to an outstanding senior who has been with the Founder's Society for 4 years.
My last shout out goes to Christine Amoresano, who was the Online Media and Communications Coordinator for the past two years. I don't know how I will fill her shoes!

As for AcaBellas, I thought the concert went really well. I did admittedly mess up 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' which I never screw up. I don't think (I hope) it wasn't a huge deal. :-P I was really excited to see that some of my ski team friends, Kelly, Kirsten, and Julia, as well as my friends, Teresa and Kate, showed up. It was really nice to have familiar faces in the audience. Conveniently, I can show you some clips from the concert. This is from Jenn, our SMC Vlogger. 'Bellas start at 2:34. Watch all the clips because there is a funny surprise and its clearly marked.

So that is what I'm up to. I'll talk to you all soon. As the deadline approaches, don't be afraid to ask me questions on Formspring in the box in the right column or check out previous answers here.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Break and the Home Stretch

Well, I am back in Vermont where it is 60 degrees and rainy. Ew.
Kelsey, Jenni, and Me (Left to Right)
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that until last night I was on a 5 day vacation in Naples, Florida. My Aunt Jenni lives there and told me to come visit whenever I wanted, so I did. I also brought my friend, Kelsey, a freshman here at St. Mike's. I don't think I really need to say it, but I will. It was FANTASTIC and WARM and SUNNY down there. The 'coldest' it got was 70 degrees and I am now a lovely toasted brown color.

My aunt really treated us while we were down there. We went to a restaurant called Campiello's, which was in downtown and it was amazing. I this veal pasta that was unreal. This restaurant had outdoor seating which I loved because it provided excellent people watching. Kelsey and I particularly enjoyed watching the very attractive, well-dressed, tan men that walked by. The thing about Naples is there are just a lot of tan, wealthy people there. How do I know they are wealthy? They all drive Bentleys and Rolls Royces. I'm not kidding. This is a really corny picture of me with a very fly yellow Ferrari.... I have a weird thing for yellow convertibles.

Other than fine dining, we spent most of our time at Vanderbilt Beach. We found that the young people hang out on the left and the older people hangout to the right. I don't know why. It is just an observation I made.

We reapplied sunscreen like maniacs because we didn't want to come back to campus as lobsters, or as Kelsey said 'human hot-dogs.' (I'm sure that would be funnier if you had been there.)

The trip was a wonderful way to get de-stressed before the hectic home stretch. :)

Now, here is what I have coming up this week.

Today: Interview Patrick from the Board of Directors at COTS. It went really well! He was so nice and he plays Santa Claus at Christmas time!
I also have a meeting later to help pick the new bloggers for next year! :)

Tomorrow: Brace yourselves because you are probably going to feel busy just reading this. Class until 11:30, then meeting with Gus (ski coach),  and then filming for my broadcast project. At 5 pm, it is the End-of-the-Year Founder's Society Banquet, followed by the final Aca Bellas concert of the year. Phew! It's going to be a crazy one!

Thursday: Broadcast Project due... I think that is it...

Friday: Creative Dance performance... on the main lawn... in the middle of the day... oh lord. I'm actually getting embarrassed just thinking about it. Luckily, there are no classes on Friday because it is Senior Symposium day, so that makes up for the fact that I have to improvise a dance in front of tons of people.... :)

And then.... drum roll please!! TALENT SHOW AND P-DAY. I'm not going to say anything about the two because I'll write post afterwards. In the mean time, enjoy this video I made from last year.
It's hilarious!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

If skiing/boarding isn't your thing are there people around to hang out with on the weekends??

I can hear the concern in your double question marks, but there is no need to worry. :) In all honesty, when I have a weekend off from the racing world, I like to kick it on campus.

There are tons of people who have commitments outside of their love of 'shredding the gnar.' For example, my friends, Kate, Sarah, and Teresa, will go ski on Saturday, but be around Sunday because of an event with GreenUpMC or SGAC. Even die hard skiers like JBo, a student who skied 87 days this year, are in the Student Association and Founder's Society. The moral of that story is that there are ALWAYS people on campus not skiing/riding.

There are also a lot of people who flat-out have never skied or boarded in their lives. (There are also those like my friend, Meg, who 'strictly tube' as she likes to say.) If it is something you want to learn, the Wilderness Program put on Learn to Ski and Snowboard programs. My opinion is that you are in Vermont and even you are a Floridian, you should ski or ride once during your four years because its part of the SMC life. (Also note that my suitemate who is born-and-raised VT has never been skiing.)
I can also promise you that there is something to do on-campus or in Burlington if you are not at the mountain, so you will never be bored!

Hope this helps! I wanted to cover a lot of bases!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

4th Annual Saint Michael's College Dance Team Show

Hey guys!
Last night, I attended the dance team's annual showcase. They asked the 'Bellas to open their second act and we were more than happy to. (One of the AcaBellas is on the dance team.) Instead of tell you about the show, I thought I'd show you. :) Enjoy!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Living the Life/COTS Volunteer

I lead a charmed life. I had traveled all over the world before I was 18 years old. My parents let me pick which ever college I wanted. They even let me pick my major. They haven't once question that fact that I wanted to study journalism. My mom does inquire on occasion about when I will be a 'concert pianist and prima ballerina.' We all know that is just not going to happen anytime soon (or ever.) That is besides the point, though. Long story short, my biggest concern right now is picking an outfit for the talent show, writing my outline of 'The Feminine Mystique,' or if I will be home in Tahoe or interning in Los Angeles this summary.

I realize that you all probably want to let go of your lunch from the rainbows and unicorns I am painting for you. Sure, I get stressed and have a million things to do. Occasionally, I forget an assignment and have to scramble to do it the night before, but for me, life is about as easy as it gets. I say 'about as easy' because Paris Hilton doesn't have to do anything. I'm pretty sure she just shops and goes bar hopping. I'm pretty sure she has the easiest life... and before you think it, NO, paparazzi do not make life bad. I can't wait to be swarmed by paparazzi when I get my morning coffee.

The point of this story is to lead into my recent volunteer experience with COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter. COTS provides food, shelter, and counseling for homeless individuals and families in Burlington, VT. I am currently doing some PR work for them through  my writing class. In order to get to better know the organization, we volunteered with one of the MOVE programs, Family Friends. Family Friends goes to family COTS shelters and provides child care for a few hours so that parents may have some down time. This was my first experience with MOVE or COTS, and I am thrilled to say that it something I'd like to do more next year.

Four of us hung out with these absolutely precious little kids. The youngest was a girl, 6 months, and the oldest, as 6 years old and in the first grade. They were never fussy. One boy did want to escape to the playground, but boys will be boys. We met some of the parents and it made me feel so fortunate for all that I have. These people are all trying to get back on their feet and provide for their families and COTS gives them that opportunity. These people broke my stereotype of homeless people. I'll be the first to admit that when I hear homeless, I think 'grungy, dirty, unshaven older man.' I never think of entire families with small children. It made me realize what a great program COTS is as well what an impact MOVE makes on the community. The parents were so grateful to have a moment to themselves.

That's all I wanted to say. It was just a new experience I wanted to share with you and I hope you will get involved with in some way while you are here. :) Please don't hesitate to ask me questions on VYou or Formspring. There are close to 300 (maybe more) answers between the two of those platforms. If you see me at the Accepted Student Day this weekend, don't feel awkward saying 'hi.' I don't want to sound like a diva, but I really do get recognized from my blog all the time.

Also, don't forget there is a Knight Chat tonight (April 14) at 7:30 pm to 9 pm EST, where a few bloggers will be around to answer questions and you can also chat with your future classmates. Hope to 'see' you there!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Accepted Student Day - Take 1


Today was a LONG day. However, it was fabulous! (For those who were on campus, I hope you agree!) My morning (8 am) started with blowing up balloons for the gym in the Student Activities office. Matt thought I was making fun of him on Twitter, I wasn't. That's a side track. So we inflated 30 balloons with 'Class of 2015' on them. We joked that we should put a balloon on every accepted student on campus to keep track of them. Not funny? Oh well.

Then we headed over to Ross Sports Center to finish breakfast, greet families, and answer questions. For those of you coming next weekend, you'll check-in when you get there. That's when you get your schedule.

In front of Ross, there were 'greeters.' Essentially they are students screaming and holding signs. They are really awesome!

Our new t-shirts :)
To the right are next year's Founder's Society coordinators. (Check my previous post for more details.) Today we not only gave tours, but we were also on random jobs and projects duty. :) I was running the 'Hide the Knight' scavenger hunt. (For those coming next week, I am not sure if your clues are new or the same as the ones from this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for emails, tweets, and Facebook posts!)  I also manned the registration desk for a while as well as chatted it up with a ton a parents and students. I was really excited to meet one student and mom. The student is a skier (not race team) and she does skier cross. I need her to come so that she can show me the ropes. I REALLY want to try skier cross!... That was a side track.

Moving on.

After the day was 'over,' I headed to McCarthy for the Aca Bellas and Mike Check concert. We premiered our new song 'Demons' by Guster! I think it went over well. :) Of course, Mike Check stole the show! They are just so funny. I'm not kidding when I say YOU WON'T STOP LAUGHING! Speaking of funny, when I was in a practice room I found this...

Who the heck has time to do this on what appears to be an ENTIRE roll of toilet paper? I did think it was rather funny, but seriously?!

Okay. Glad I got that off my chest.

My last
Exiting the stage
event of the night? Romeo and Juliet. This semester's big production was Romeo and Juliet with a twist. The guest director felt that the female talent was so strong that they decided to cast two women as the R and J. Romeo was played by my friend, Kit Rivers, who is in my Acting for the Camera class. She is truly a phenomenal actress. (She's also funny. She is doing stand-up comedy in the talent show.) Also, our vlogger, Jenn Robbins, played Lady Capulet. Jenn totally rocked the part and her fantastic costumes.

Now, I'm exhausted and I'm going to bed. Homework and hopefully, sunshine, await me in the morning!

Feel free to ask me questions above in the 'Ask Questions About SMC' tab!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Melinda Davenport, a Promotion, and a New Song


We are in the last month of classes here at SMC and here's the kicker: It's warm outside and might even get up to 70 degrees over the next few days!! :)

1) Melinda Davenport came to speak to my Writing for Media 2 class. Who is Melinda? She is a reporter with WCAX Channel 3 and she is fabulous! Melinda came in to talk to us about life in broadcast, how she got there, and she gave us some job hunting tips.
I am very interested in broadcast journalism and ultimately I want to host a talk show, something like Oprah or the View. It was nice to hear that you can go from a career in public relations in television because I have considered taking a detour into the marketing field before heading full force into TV. We'll see how that goes.
Melinda emphasized getting internships so that you can create a demo reel and of course, job experience. She also told us that as soon as we have a demo reel (or enough portfolio work) that we should build a website all about us. :)

2) I was recently give the Online Media and Communications coordinator position in the Founder's Society for the next two years! The current coordinator is the FABULOUS Christine Amoresano, and I will be so sad to see her graduate. :( However, I am excited to try and fill her very large, celebrity-like shoes. She has done a lot for the bloggers and has been a great role model for me as a blogger, but also as a student-athlete. She is the co-captain of the swim team and it is nice to know that someone has 'done it all' and been able to graduate on time. (Thanks Christine!)
I will be working with the other new coordinators, Meg Flynn, Liv McCall , and Mike Jablonski (WHO NEEDS TO GET A TWITTER). It's a REALLY great crew! I'm so excited that I like all of them.

As the new coordinator, my new job has the following requirements:

     Manage the Saint Michael’s Bloggers, incl. but not limited to:
o     schedule Bloggers for online chats
o     monitor and assess blog content
o     work with the Office of Marketing and Communications to provide continuous training for Bloggers
o     assist in selection of new Bloggers

·     Work with coordinators to advertise monthly Founders Society Meetings, and all other Founders Society Events.

·     Plan and implement a minimum of 1 Founders Society Social Each Semester. (excluding Welcome Back Bash, Christmas Banquet, and End of the Year Banquet)

·     Assist other coordinators by marketing all Founders events – including the TG application process, phone-a-thons, virtual open houses, etc.

·     Continue to assist in tour guide training events and activities

 3) Last but not least, the Aca Bellas are doing a new song! :) We are debuting it this weekend, (Saturday actually) at the concert at 5 pm on Wednesday. EVERYONE SHOULD COME! The song? Demons by Guster. The solo is my lovely friend, Emma, and I am her 'co-pilot' accompanying her throughout the song. I'm really excited. It's a great arrangement. 

I hope to see many of you on Saturday! Feel free to say 'Hey' if you see me around! Maybe you'll be on my tour! Not coming this weekend? Ask questions here: FORMSPRING.


Find the Knight Scavenger Hunt - Accepted Student Day (April 9th)

Hey Guys!
Here's the deal! If you are coming the Accepted Student Day on April 9th, there will be a TON of things going on like tour and speakers and a SCAVENGER HUNT! Mairead planned the whole thing, but I'll be around on Saturday helping to run it! So come, participate, and win a prize! Details below!

This Saturday, at the Accepted Students Day, you and your family can “Find the Knight!” Knights will be hidden at five different locations all around the St. Mike’s campus. Clues will be posted on the Saint Michael’s College Facebook, @saintmichaels and @smcadmissions Twitter accounts, and one clue will be announced Saturday morning before the Accepted Students Day kicks off! Turn your found “Knights” in to the table in Ross Sports Center at the end of the day to win a $20 gift certificate to the SMC Bookstore!
Here are two more clues to help you “Find the Knight” on Saturday! Good luck!
Unscramble these letters to find the room where the knight head is hidden: “one-sided glue”
You’ll find the knight in one of the rooms mentioned in this video :

Monday, April 4, 2011

College Necessities: A List of Things I Think College Students Should Have

1) 2 sets of sheets, 2 pillows, a mattress pad, and a comforter
2) At least two towels, a shower basket with shampoo/condition/razor/soap ect. that you can take to the bathroom
3) A microwavable plate, cup, and bowl plus utensils
4) A refrigerator and microwave (you only need one of each per room so talk to your roommate)
5) A pair of appropriate pajamas so you aren't embarrassed or frantically putting on pants when someone knock on your door.
6) A desk lamp and a "desk set" with pencil holder and other organizing things
7) Laundry basket/soap/ dryer sheets
8) One "family appropriate" business casual outfit for something like the Block M Athletics Dinner or Dean's List Get Together.
9) A pair of jeans and a million t-shirts that you can wear with them for that lovely 8 am class as well as a pair of sneakers you can just throw on.
10) Pictures of home, friends, and posters to decorate your room with. I did a beach theme and had some great pictures of Hawaii collaged on my wall.

Obviously, you can take what you want, but I think these can get you by for a while. All school supplies can be purchased at the book store or you can catch the bus to town and get supplies at the Rite-Aid. Bring clothes you are comfortable and confident in. And my big piece of advice is: DON'T CHANGE WHO YOU ARE WHEN YOU COME TO SCHOOL. Seriously. Be yourself and emphasize your best qualities, but if you try to totally reinvent yourself it might go spiraling out of control.

Struggling in Slalom

The ski season is coming to a close. Today was my last slalom race... and it was bad. I usually am not a negative person, but there it is. The past two days it has just been a struggle to put a clean run together. For you non-ski racers, I just mean a run without any significant mistakes. It is particularly important at Le Relais because it is SUPER flat, so one mistake really throws you and slows you down. I'd me skiing well and then BAM, I run a hairpin a little too direct and it is all I can do to make the next gate. By that time, I am crawling down the hill (and of course, talking to myself).

The season has been particularly rough because I got mono mid-season and since then I've just been off my game a little bit. It's frustrating because I had moments of brilliance like at Eastern Championships where I got 16th in slalom. I just couldn't seem to get it together consistently. I suppose that is ski racing though. Let me tell you, it is a frustrating sport. Needless to say, I can't wait for a well deserved break from the slopes. (It's starting to seem like we may never get a break from the snow. I hear it is snowing, once again, in BTV.)

I have two more days of racing at Stoneham. It's GS so it will literally be a nice change in pace. I hope everyone is enjoying April!


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