Category Archives: Being a Senior

You Asked: How has Skidmore helped with yourplans for graduation ?

This is a great question. The resources Skidmore offeres have been unbelievably helpful. Since the start of this year I have frequented the Career Services office. Career Services helps with everything from editing your resume to getting you in touch with alumni who are currently in the field you are interested in. I had my resume completed, my linked in created, and contacted heaps of alumni. I also received great tips for interviewing; thanks to those I was extremely confident during my last interview.

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New Plan.

So I am sure you all have gotten the idea that I have been thinking up a plan for what I will do after I graduate. When I started blogging I was somewhat sure that I would fly off to Australia immediately after accepting my diploma. I would’ve speant a year or two there learning more about myself and life and enjoying the sun, kangaroos, and koalas. Plans have changed. Who know if this will be the first time this happens. But as of now I decided I want to work in youth development directly after I graduate. I have been in touch with some awesome people with the help of my Skidmore connections and alumni network. Hopefully something comes of it. I hope to make a difference and develop a tighter grip on me and life and such and then from there I will apply to grad school….and maybe Australia for a year before that. An important thing I am learning is that it seems nearly impossible to make a “5 year plan”; life happens and thins change including yourself. Sometimes going with the flow a bit is okay.

 

Australia. During orientation. Such a cool photo. I couldn't help but share.

 

A Post Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving, a day dedicated entirely to giving thanks to all things we appreciate in this world, of course not assuming we don’t give thanks every day of the year; For eating unbelievable amounts of food, observing semi awkward encounters between family members who have not spoken since, well last Thanksgiving; For the exciting feeling you get at the sound of tin foil wrapping the left overs you are sure to eat for the next three days, MmMmMm turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches; and lets not forget, for the countdown to the dangerous but oh so worth it Black Friday sales.

Okay, so maybe I am a little late on talking about the giving thanks, food, business but whether or not I hit the nail on describing your family’s thanksgiving I do hope it was a splendid holiday. I love left overs so if you’d like to overnight a dish, send it to me at my Skidmore address, please and thank you!

And in the spirit of giving thanks I will list the things about Skidmore I am thankful for not in any particular order.

1. I love who I have become in the last few years and I am thankful for the friends who have helped me get here

2. Professors who let me sit in their office for hours until I ‘get it’

3. Courses that hit me upside the head and open my eyes to things I have never taken notice of before

4. Great om nom noms at the Dining Hall. What would life be like without Chicken Finger Friday, hmmm maybe a few pounds lighter

5. The opportunity to take whatever class I want

6. The pretty landscape

7. Window seats in every dormitory of which my best friend insisted on sleeping in when she visited

8. Not having to share  a bathroom with an entire floor when I lived in the dorms

9. Northwoods (junior/ senior houses located on campus). I love my beautiful apartment

10. The Spa (fast food eatery located in the student center), being open always right when I need it, for my 1am munchies

11. Financial Aid. Need I say more?

12. Summer Housing. Who doesn’t want to stick around for the summer and lose a few bucks at the race track

13. Alumni Network. Someone’s going to hire me

14. Student Employment. There was always the option of not being broke

15. The sports center. I’m still trying to work off that freshman fifteen. Its been three years

16. For Australia

17. For covered walkways and buildings that are connected

18. For never being bored because there is so much to do

19. Being located in the beautiful Saratoga Springs

20. For not being a cookie cutter campus

I can go on for a long time but talking about left overs earlier has me wanting some right now. I’m thinking I should head towards the fridge now. But I will end by saying, most of all, I am thankful for Skidmore giving me an experience of which I will forever look back on and think, college was amazing…. can I do it again ?! ….. no but really, how do I do it all again?!!

Last Registration

So earlier this week I registered for my classes for next semester. Let’s take a second to stop and think about this. I just registered for the last time ever at Skidmore. WOW!

Since I am a senior I had the first registration slot, 7am on Monday morning. Freshman year I set my alarm just so I could register on time for my 7am slot. This year I didn’t do that. I registered for 300 level courses and as a senior, with the first time slot I knew there was no way I would not get into the course I wanted. So I glanced at my degree audit which can be accessed on the Skidmore website. The degree audit is basically a review of what you have done at Skidmore and what you need to do as far as fulfilling general requirements and fulfilling requirements for majors and minors. Its cool seeing the check list go from red to green as you fulfill requirements. I realized all I pretty much had to do by this point was finish up my minor with one course. Not too bad. But there were some really good 300 level Psychology course I wanted to take so I may have created a heavier load for my self next semester than necessary. I could not take all the courses I wanted to because two courses I really wanted to take , Christian Scriptures and Clinical Psychology, conflicted. That does not happen often but since I added my minor last semester there are 200 and even 100 level course I want to take and those may conflict with some of the 300 level courses in my major that I want to take. Either way, I got into courses I know I will enjoy; Beginners Racquetball, Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Adult Development, and Feminist Theologies. A total of 16 credits !!

 

I could not fit the entire degree audit on one page. But this is a sneak peak as to what it looks like. There are different sections on the check lists and you can have an extended look at each by clicking on it.

 

The red shows that I have not completed 120 credits(for all 4 yrs yrs) And I need to take at least 12 credits worth of 300 level course in all of my senior yr.

 

A Week in My Shoes.

Monday* (“Oh no its Monday again!”)

Religion and Culture 11:15- 12:10

Tuesday (“Am I really supposed to get all this done by the end of the week?”)

Evolutionary Psychology 8:10-  9:30

Religion and Culture 11:10- 12:30

Psychology of Religion 2:10- 3:30

God/Body/Beauty 3:40- 5:30

Wrk.Annual Fund 6:30- 9

Wednesday* (Yey, HumpDay!”)

Wrk.Annual Fund 6:30- 9

Thursday (“So Happy Its Thursday; So close!”)

Evolutionary Psychology 8:10-  9:30

Religion and Culture  11:10- 12:30

Psychology of Religion 2:10- 3:30

God/Body/Beauty 3:40- 5:30

Friday* (“THANK GOODNESS ITS FRIDAY!”)

Wrk.Admissions Tour 1- 2:30

Saturday* (“To homework?, or to rest and fun?! “)

Direct Ujima Fashion Show Practice 1- 3

Sunday* (“Wish weekends were longer”)

 

*There is a great chance that during some part of the time I do not have work or class on this day I am baby sitting for a Skidmore professor or coach.

Wait, so this doesn’t last forever?

As I have mentioned it is Celebration Weekend. I loved that I had the opportunity to see some of my friends who just graduated. The class of 2011 is very dear to me. So many friends of mine graduated last semester. So much that in a way I thought I was a senior. I was talking to Odemaris Alicea’ 11 last night. I told her how it was so strange coming back to campus this semester without a bunch of my good friends here. I explained how it was just such a reality check. I think in so many ways I thought this would last forever. That I would be in this amazing place with all these amazing friends so close by, forever; the fun, laughs, learning would go on forever. And then 2011 rolled by before I even knew it and so many of my friends had to go graduate and go do stuff: change the world, make money, become apart of new communities, and see the real world. No longer will I walk 3 minutes to see them, instead I will drive hundreds of miles, and for some the closest I can be is a skype session or a phone call where virtual hugs replace loving arms. I no longer walk to class and see these faces in passing as I run late for class, yelling “call me later, lets get together”. And I am not in any way saying I do not still have great friends here. I do. What I am trying to say is that because I had so many friends who just graduated, and that I no longer see I realized more than ever that my Skidmore experience will not last forever. That I too will soon go out to save and see the world, hopefully make some money too!

WOW. That’s deep. I am sure this is not the last of my epiphanies. It is all apart of being a senior.

But since I am discussing friends of the class of 2011 I will talk about Erin Donnellan, who I just finished skyping !! – A great start to my morning. Erin was one of my closest friends at Skidmore. I wish more than ever that she could have visited this weekend but that is impossible. Erin is in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa. Cool, huh? I know !  Cool, yes, but so far ! 🙁  As much as I miss her I am so happy for her and so glad to hear that she is enjoying her work. I love seeing pictures of Erin on FB, her gorgeous face tanned form hours in the sun giving a huge smile from good times. I am sure Senegal is great but I can not wait till we can have her back state side.

Want to know more about what Erin is doing? Check out her blog.   http://africantreehugger.blogspot.com/

Below are some pictures Erin posted.