Category Archives: Me

So long my friend.

The school year is officially over. Which means a number of things: no more classes- yey!, students begin to pack up- frowning at the idea of leaving their skiddies for yet another summer but excited to see the high school friends they leave behind every year, and students are expected to discontinue any employment affiliated with the school. Which means dear friends, this is my last post to you lovely prospective families. It has been a pleasure sharing my experiences with you. There aren’t many things that can make me as excited as discussing the wonders of this amazing place. Skidmore has given me the best four years of my life, open doors for me, and shaped me into the women I am proud to be. If anything I do hope you were able to capture that bit. Thank you so much for reading- if you would like to revisit the site, the information will always be here as am I- if you have any questions, please email me at amontill@skidmore.edu

I wish you all the best of luck on your search for a place that fits you best and your time in whatever campus you decide to join. Remember 4 years will fly fast so please make it a happy and healthy best four years of your life.

Best Wishes.

Altagracia Montilla

Post College

After graduation I will be working with a non profit organization located just north of Chicago. The organization, the Schuler Scholar Program, chooses high achieving high school students from under privileged and under represented back grounds and prepares them academically, socially, and culturally, for competitive campuses like Skidmore and other known ivy league schools.

I will be a scholar coach, available to the students during the day and tutoring after school. I will also travel with students to different campuses across the country.

I have a passion for youth development. So this is a start in the perfect direction.

 

I am beyond excited. And I must add Career Services helped me succeed in getting this job. They helped with the resume, the interviewing process, and the networking. Thanks Megan of Career Services !!

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 !

 

 

Why did I do this?…..

I hate to trouble you with my problems but I did something really silly this weekend…I procrastinated. Yes, that is right. Instead of writing a paper and studying for an exam I went to a dance performance, a benefit concert, an improve comedy show, and had too much fun with friends. Well all of the above was necessary, at least I think so; everyone needs a little time to unwind here and there, but I probably should have done some work over the weekend to ease my Monday night. Now I am in a study room in the library, of which is pretty cool (the second floor study rooms are new), pulling my hair out as I try to finish a paper for my Feminist Theologies Course on, well, God.

The number one piece of advice I give itty bitty  students is to manage time well. Keep that in mind.

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.

http://www.lindawarrengallery.com/

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.