Category Archives: Being a Senior

7 Deadly Sins of Senior Week.

Senior week officially started today. The kickoff included live music, and three hefty lines for picking up your SW bracelet- which gets us great deals in town, a SW mug, and a free Moe’s. The theme for senior week is the 7 Deadly Sins. Each day of Senior Week represents one of the deadly sins. For instance, Sunday is Sloth: sloppy, lazy, chill daze; an outdoor movie and cuddle fest. Monday is Lust: movin’ n groovin’ together: aband showcase and foam party. And so on. And if I am unclear on what senior week is. Its an entire week of planned events just for the seniors. Students, non- seniors, have begun departing on a journal to begin their summer vacations. Seniors stay behind, no classes, no work, just hanging out with fellow seniors reminiscing on the early days of college and enjoying the great events planned of course. The insane part is that we are on this happy high and then graduation happens and everyone is just crying for weeks. But let’s not think of that just yet. Time to enjoy senior week.

A busy last week of classes.

This week is the last week of classes. Today is the last day of classes.

So real.

I expected this week to be fairly simple; classes end Tuesday- I celebrate that with oversleeping Tuesday night and then a liesure study schedule for the rest of the week. But actually I am so busy. I have a number of events to attend and they are eating up huge chunks of my study schedule. I am not complaining I just realize I have to figure out when the studying will come in. This really does not get easy until it really is over.

 

Tue. 6pm Filming clips for the annual fund

 

Wed. 11:30 – 1:30 Shift at admissions

5:30-8 Senior Dinner for student callers

 

Thur. 1:30- 3 End of Calling program ice cream social

5:30 LeadershipBanquet  – I’m receiving an award . WOOHOO!

 

Fri. 11:30- 4:30 Shift at admissions

4:30- 7 Dinner with my class at my professors house-  yey for more food !

 

 

You Asked…..Cars, graduation, athletes, summers, majors, and missing Skidmore.

Can you have a car on campus?

Yes you may. You are actually allowed to have a car all four years (also guaranteed housing all four years). And there is always space for parking.

Where is your graduation going to be ?

At the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. A beautiful performing arts center located in the southern tip of Saratoga (a ten minute drive from campus). During the summer SPAC hosts a wide variety of performances ranging from the Philadelphia Orchestra to Lil’ Wayne.

http://spac.org/

What support do athletes get?

Athletes, because of their busy schedule balancing classes and such, will become very familiar with Student Academic Services. Here the athletes are given an advisor who assists the student in organizing a class schedule and study schedule. If a tutor is needed someone in SAS will match the athlete with a tutor. SAS also is also equipped study rooms and snacks. All of these “services” are also available to the rest of the campus.

What are summers like on campus?

SSSSOOOOO MUCH FUN !! Students can stay on campus if they are taking a class, working, or working an internship/ research. I absolutely recommend staying a summer. All students staying for the summer live in Scribner Village on campus. I would guess about 400 students stick around. The rest of the campus is occupied by visitors staying for one of the many programs hosted here during the summer. It is a great opportunity to meet students because everyone is so eager to “chill” during their down time and everyones down time is around the same times of the day since most people are working or going to class during business hours. The campus is gorgeous. The town triples in size and there is just so much to do. SPAC opens with great ways to score cheap tickets.
I have been here every summer and have no regrets.

What are the least popular majors at Skidmore?

Hmmm, that is a tough question. I do not know for sure. But if I had to guess I would say computer science. It is such a small department.

what will you miss most about Skidmore?

Literally everything. I love everything and will miss everything. Skidmore has given me some of the best experiences, networks, and memories ever and I am so glad that I can take that much with me after graduation but in many ways I wish all of it were coming with me.
What is there not to love.

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My Last Schedule.

I can not believe I actually forgot to post what my weeks look like this semester.

But before I post my schedule, I must say I was hoping that my last semester of college would be a light one. Unfortunately when I was abroad I took a course in African Drumming and Dancing. The class was great but I was never aware that I was in the wrong section of the course which did not give me credit. So in order to make up for the lost credits I was forced to take on a full 16 credits this semester. These kinds of mix ups often do not cause too much of a problem but for me it kind of did since I added my minor pretty late the 200- level classes I wanted to take conflicted with my 300- level courses. In the end I was left with an interesting course load but less religion courses than I would have liked and more psychology courses that I expected having.

 

Monday

1:25- 2:20pm Racquet Ball

4:00- 5:20pm Adult Development

6:30- 9:00 Work- Annual Fund

 

Tuesday

12:40- 2:00pm Applied Psychology

3:40- 5:30pm Feminist Theologies

 

Wednesday

10:10-1130pm Clinical Psychology

1:25- 2:20pm Racquet Ball

4:00- 5: 20pm Adolescent Development

6:30- 9:00pm Work- Annual Fund

 

Thursday

11:00- 12:30pm Work- Tour

12:40- 2:00pm Applied Psychology

3:40- 5:30pm Feminist Theologies

 

Friday

10:10- 11:00am Clinical Psychology

2:45pm- 4:30pm Work- Tour

 

* Babysitting for the Skidmore College Golf Coach occurs randomly throughout the week.

Big Green Scream

The Big Green Scream, an event held during the end of  the basketball season, is the biggest sports event of the school year. Students and locals often support Sidmore athletics teams but there never seems to be a sports event that can fill the stands like this one. The Big Green Scream is extremely fun. Sports events are always fun. Who doesn’t want to watch and support their friends as they put all their hard work on the court. The fun is oddly paired with sentimental moments as the seniors are honored for their dedication to the team in past years. The gym was decorated with the action shots of males and females who are soon to graduate; soon to leave their jersey and number behind on the Skidmore College campus. Each athlete was called up, center court, and greeted by their family as their photo was taken. For the last four years I have been attending basketball games, I have witnessed these athletes grow on the court. It was rewarding attending this event and seeing the athletes receive credit for being such great athletes- juggling school, work and sport. This like many other events during this time of the year is apart of a long process of the school year coming to a close. And for us seniors, college coming to an end.

The males basketball team, with family, center court.

A few words from the coach and the game against Union College begins. Our girls put up a good fight but unfortunately lost by a few points. Our males played a strong game all the way until the end. Up by 10 at one point, tied at another, and then back up again. The last time we played Union we lost on their court. I’m sure our males wanted to make up for that loss. Some highlights include a back to back block by freshman Connor Merrill and a beautiful dunk by senior Melvis Langyintuo; all contributing to what turned out to be a win. The Big Green Scream also offers chances to win sweet prizes including athletic wear, a flat screen television, and an I-pad. Winning prizes requires simple tasks such as asking questions pertaining to environmentally friendly facts and or completing a 3- point shot.

Ronald Solis' 12 attempts a free throw shot for a prize.

Olga Beltre' 12 and I watching the game closely

The Ujima Step team with some half time entertainment.

Up by 12 the game was over once we had possession with seconds left on the clock. The males playing exhanged hand shakes as signs of good sportsmanship and the Skidmore men made their way over to friends and family waiting in the audience.

I am hoping our males can bring all this energy to Wednesdays game.

Our graduating males. 

Garrett Bush

Kyle Clark

Melvis Langintyintuo

 

Brian Lowry

 

John Mantas

 

Gerard O'Shea

 

Raoul Oloa

 

Terron Victoria

Our graduating females.

Christina Gargisio

Megan Gaugler

Jessie Kavana

Hailee Minor

 

100 Days ’til Graduation

The days until graduation are winding down fast and I feel as if everything around me is a reminder of this. I am sure the world is not out to get the over emotional bits of me, I’m sure it’s just me but it’s somewhat fun to point this stuff out. Some of the reminders are completely random and others are not. Last Friday’s 100 Days ’til Graduation Semi- Formal is probably one of the least random reminders that graduation is around the corner. I mean, this is an annual event. The senior class committee every year rents out a fancy ball room located in town and charges $5 for tickets for senior students and $10 for dates. We, the senior class, clean up and for some its the cleanliest they have looked in months; some people have no time to lose on showers and looking good when there are thesis to get done. Well maybe the lack of showers in months is a bit much but you get where I am going with this. Either way it is always heaps of fun to see friends out of the usual flannel tops, Skidmore sweatshirts, and damaged jeans and in some bow ties, suits, pearls, and dresses.

99.9% of the senior class lives in the Northwoods village on campus so the senior class council organized to have two huge buses shuttle students to and from the event. I mean these were your everyday cheese buses right out of an episode of the Magic School Bus, made not so every day, filled to capacity with screaming over- excited and over- dressed seniors. So of course the party starts on the bus with a few laughs a few songs to scream at the top of our lungs. I found it interesting how this event looks and feels and of course just is so different now that I was experiencing it as a senior. Its more of a “this is my event” kind of feeling. Which is understandable, I just had to throw that thought in there since I have attended this event as a junior. The meaning behind it is not there as it is when you are a senior.

As we entered the venue some made their way toward the delicious treats …including a chocolate fountain. Wait, what?! Yes, a chocolate fountain. Others went toward the bar- 21 and over! Niether of those were my first move. I went for the dance floor. By the time I arrived there were enough people busting some serious moves on the dance floor, some already with heels in hand. The DJ was fantastic. Of course I do not take a dance break until I am in unbearable foot pain and that pattern goes on through out the night with a bit of getting chocolate wasted during my breaks and small talk with my well dressed friends. By the time the dance was over I was way too tired. I hopped on that Magic School Bus, skipped the stop on Caroline St. which is filled with more bars than one can imagine and made my way back to Northwoods straight into my bed.

Overall the dance was everything I needed it to be.

*More photos coming soon.

Caity and Kadeem

Photo is a must before exiting the house.

"I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, saying AYOOOO!"

You Asked: Do you think double majoring is beneficial in Skidmore? Do you know of anyone double majoring with Economics being one of them?

I would not necessarily call double majoring beneficial but I will say it is very common. Not beneficial because its something that should be done by choice not because one feels they have to. If you are interested in more than one subject go for it. If not, don’t. Double majoring means you have less time to take electives and more required courses to take. Many Skidmore students double major, major and minor, or major and double minor. I think it’s because many of our students are passionate and interested in a number of areas. Skidmore encourages students to fulfill all passions and interests.

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You Asked: Hey, what are you planning on doing after you graduate with your psychology degree? Any ideas on where you will be living?

After graduation I would like to dive in to the real world and work for about a year or two. I want to dedicate my life to at- risk and troubled youth in academic settings. if things work out as planned I will be doing just that after Skidmore and then get my masters in clinical psychology. After that? who knows? I rather not plan too ahead.

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