Monthly Archives: March 2012

I think we just attract really cool people

I gave a tour today. The weather sucked. It was cold and cloudy; gloomy. On these days tour guides expect that the people on the tour will just be in an off mood, I mean weather can easily influence affect. But my tour was great. You kind of just know when its going to be a great tour. They laugh at all jokes and even giggle at the really corny stuff. Some of the families on this tour familiar with the Chicago area even filled me on what they knew about the great city since I will be moving there in August.

One of the visiting families was a father and his daughter. They were just as thrilled to be visiting the campus if not more than the other families. The father’s sister graduated from Skidmore- Class of ’83 so he was somewhat acquainted with the campus and continued to emphasize how impressed he was with the changes and additions the campus  has made in the last few decades.The father even gave me his sister’s contact information who owns a gallery in Chicago! Never thought I would build a network in Chicago before arriving.

This kind of approach is common on my tours. I often meet very approachable families who are easy to talk with and a pleasure to meet. Maybe Skidmore just attracts really great people.

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You Asked: parents, changes, professors, Spring Break, and internships!

how did your parents feel about you choosing to attend skidmore ?

My mother was thrilled. She trusts my decision making skills and was well aware that Skidmore is a fantastic school. Seeing how happy I have been in the last few years, I am sure she is still very happy with the decision I made.

is there anything you would have done differently during the last few years?

I wish I would have attended more events. Thought that would mean I am also wishing to split myself in four people and have more time in the day.

have you ever had a favorite professor ?

Yes I have. I have had about two favorites along the way. These professors were the warmest of the bunch and the funniest. Should I say names? …. NAAAAHHHH

when is your spring break ? and how much time off do you get ?

Spring Break was about two weeks ago. We are given one week off. Once Spring Break is over, you realize the year is almost over. Wow !

What type of internship programs does Skidmore sponsor?

My experience getting internships was a little different. When I realized I wanted to work with at- risk youth I decided that I wanted to intern at youth shelters. I told a professor about this and he made a few phone calls to a few of his contacts and within the next week I was working at a youth shelter in Balston Spa which is the nest town over. The following semester I did the same thing and was working at a different youth shelter in Malta, also one town over. Some course require internship work which can make things pretty easy. Career services is also a fantastic resource. They can get students in touch with local businesses and organizations, alumni, and parents of students.
If you want the experience, you will find it.

 

Cyber therapy Presentation

I just woke from one of those night mares where I am supposed to give a presentation but I somehow miss it completely. When I have these nightmares I usually miss the presentation because I over slept or because I was distracted by something. Don’t ask but in this dream I was at an olympic event when I noticed I did not make it to class and did not give the presentation. And then I woke and now I am sharing this with you.

Truth is I have a presentation to give on Cyber therapy for my Clinical Psychology course. Cyber therapy refers to any form of therapy that is given via Technology (i.e text, email, skype) . I feel prepared. Wait, no, I AM prepared and I really enjoy giving presentations. I just tend to over think it sometimes.

At Skidmore the work you will have to do is pretty well distributed amongst reading, writing, and projects- individual and group. I guess with some majors you may have a heavier load of one than the other but with the general requirements I don’t think a student can escape having to do a group project, for instance. The library has really cool group study room so good thing you don’t have to figure out how to fit 3-6 people in your single.

So maybe I should be looking over my notes. I’ll make sure to let you know how it goes.

Fem.Theo. Canceled.

I normally have Feminist Theologies on Tuesday evenings. An interesting course taught by an interesting “Professor S”. We walked into class today and expected to discuss “Sisters of Wilderness”, the work of Delores S. Williams. As usual Professor S enters the room after us, her small stature doing no justice to her strong personality. Professor S sits in her seat and shares that she was done for the day. A good friend of hers had passed the day before and her dog this morning. This was the last thing that I had expected her to tell us but I admired her for sharing what was going on with the class as opposed to giving us an ambiguous email or a “class has been canceled” sign on the door of room 107 in Ladd Hall.

Some of our professors seem like super professors, often traveling giving lectures on all corners of the world, working on books as they still make themselves available to students who care to stop by for a short chat in their office. But this was one of those moments where you stop and think that they also are people and have their days when they need some time off. For the rest of the day my professor was in my thoughts in hopes that tomorrow will be a little easier.

 

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You Asked: About how many students study abroad? Is Skidmore helpful when someone chooses to spend a semester or year in a different country? I actually want to study in Australia also, so I would really appreciate your perspective and help. Thank you!

I would say about 65% of the Skidmore student body studies abroad. If I am not mistaken, we are ranked top 5 in the country for percentage of students who study abroad from a given campus. With that said studying abroad is pretty much apart of the Skidmore experience. Countless times I have heard students say that they did not consider or would have not considered studying abroad if it were not for Skidmore. Skidmore College definitely believes the abroad experience enhances the college experience overall and I agree with every bit of that claim. Studying abroad was just about the best decision I have ever made. I still look back at my time abroad fondly and sometimes wish so bad that I could go back.
Since the decision is much supported Skidmore is very helpful when deciding to study abroad. Skidmore allows you to choose from Skidmore programs or Skidmore approved programs and if you are still not happy with the options you may have the option of choosing your own program outside of these choices. A student can literally walk into the Office of Off- Campus Study and Echanges saying he or she has no idea where to go, what to study, when to go, or how and they can help. I would know, I was that student. They will help you make a decision that is best given your major and the courses you have taken and need to take. Skidmore also prepares you for the leave but getting you in touch with students who have studied in the same location in the past and giving tips on what to do and how to make the best of your experience when away.
Financial Aid and such also carries over!
Thinking of studying abroad ? I say DO IT !!

This was my blog while in Aussie. http://firsttime-amontilla.blogspot.com/

Hope this all helped.

Best,
Alta

Ask me anything

“I feel like I’m on a resort”

“Everyone is happy, out, and about. I feel like I’m on a resort” is what I heard a student saying while walking to class. And she is right. One can really see and feel the Skidmore culture when the weather is nice and everyone is out playing on the green. I decided to do some reading while enjoying the sounds of four males practicing singing and playing their guitars.

Once the weather gets to this point, the winter is long forgotten Snow, what ?

 

Sundress Day.

Today was officially Sun Dress Day. Well, maybe I made this day up but let me explain. Sun Dress Day is the first warm day of the spring semester thats is followed by a consecutive number of warm days. Sounds simple, right? So that strange warm weather we received before break did not count as Sun Dress Day because not enough warm days followed; all this week the weather will be in the 70s. Also, on the Sun Dress Day most students are wearing Spring/ Summer friendly clothing. Ladies are in cute floral prints and male in shorts and tees. And of course, there is more to Sun Dress Day than warm weather; everyone is on a happy high and is out playing frisbee, soccer, sun bathing- just anything and everything that can be done in the sun. I love it, its great. Ahh smells like procrastination and longing to be outside while in class. WOOHOO SPRING SEMESTER !!

Oh hey … THAT’S ME !!

The Skidmore Annual Fund recently interviewed me and made a really cool video of me sharing my experience as a Skidmore student. I also explain and emphasize how important Financial Aid has been throughout my experience. I mean, none of this would have been possible without the financial aid I received.  Hopefully my story will motivate alumni to donate so as to give other students the same opportunity I was given.

Click “Read Full Story” to … well, read the full story.

http://cms.skidmore.edu/supportyourpassion/#providingopportunity

 

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SkidMeme: Double Majors

 

The meme craze; It’s funny how much a few words and a face expression can say.  Add Skidmore to the mix and what do you get? A whole lot of inside jokes for the Skidmore students.  But have no fear I am here to explain the SkidMemes.

“Oh, you say you’re a double major? Well aren’t you special”

A sarcastic play on how common it is for students to double major on this campus- double minors are quiet common as well; my housemate is a triple minor.  Some would say its a weird obsession with over achieving that comes over the Skidmore students upon arrival on campus. I’d say its the product of having a campus full of passionate students. We as people can easily be interested in a number of things. Skidmore encourages its students to fulfill all of these interests even if its something as “odd” as computer science and dance, for instance. These “odd” combinations are far from odd here. What can I say? Here, Creative Thought Matters.