Category Archives: Students

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

 

httpv://youtu.be/sqhKFR11zw8

 

 

Finding that Escape.

I just came back from the gym. A short 1 hour work out and I am ready to do homework. I have an exam tomorrow and a paper due Friday. A bit much, I am aware and though many would have used that extra hour to cram in some studying or research I felt that gym session was much needed. Everyone needs that 1 hour of something to clear the mind in preparation for, well, anything and everything. For some that may be 1 hour of alone time in their dorm room, 1 hour of arts and crafts, or 1 hour of a movie and friends. For me it is one hour of extreme cardio. I need to sweat disgusting amounts for about an hour and my head is clear and ready to take on the pile of homework that lies before me. My adrenaline is running for hours and I use it on homework. I love it, its great. I remember when I lived in a dormitory, I’d “itch” for a run at times. If the weather was not too great, instead of walking to the sports center I’d walk down to the basement and run on the treadmill. All of the dormitories on campus are equipped with at least a treadmill and an elliptical machine for those who’d prefer to save the 5 minutes it’d take to walk to the sports center. When the weather permits it I take this run out doors. It is one of my favorite things to do when it is nice out, run to town and back. Sometimes running is the one thing that can maintain my sanity at times.

And I know this does not work for everyone. Sometimes sweating in the hot sun or in the confines of a gymnasium is just a bit gross. For those in need of other methods of escaping the heavy loads of work or the constant sight of housemates and their dirty dishes there are other outlets. Sometimes talking alone is useful. If not your friend then maybe a resident assistance– there are RAs on every floor of the dorms or why not the counseling center when things are feeling a bit tough. Here, the counseling center offers 8 free sessions per year. http://cms.skidmore.edu/counseling/index.cfm

Maybe it is help organizing school work. A professor can help; because of the size of this campus professors are always willing and able to offer time to their students. The Office of Student Academic Services is also available when looking for help scheduling/ managing a schedule that works best or finding a tutor to help make things make some sense in class. http://cms.skidmore.edu/academic_services/

Some students maintain their sanity by meeting with friends at particular club meetings. Maybe its one during the week that a student waits for or four clubs per week. Students have the option of joining as much clubs as they want. Without the obligation of having to attend all meetings.

Maybe your thing will be attending religious services or joining religious groups. The Skidmore College campus Office of Religious and Spiritual Life provides leadership, services and programming in matters of religious and spiritual concerns. There are also numerous off campus areas for worship. http://cms.skidmore.edu/campuslife/religious_life/religiouslife.cfm

And this is all just to mention a few. Whatever is needed to prevent the hair pulling and lower the levels of stress- I mean come on, this thing called college is no walk in the park- there is something here for you. Just explore and find.

 

I promise there are better answers.

The Red Room Gallery

When the average person has a free room in their apartment they find someone or something to fill it. And the average person will use the spare room for storage, an entertainment space, or a study. We believe in Creative Thought Matters. So when a few Skidmore students had a spare room they turned it into a gallery.  Located on Washington street, close to the center of town, The Red Room Gallery is a great idea come to life. I attended an opening this past weekend and was in love with every bit of this concept. I walk up to the last floor of this small apartment building and am greeted with delicious treats and wine. The apartment itself is spacious and very well decorated. I walk into the gallery, a small room at the far end of the apartment; I was surrounded by red walls and the wonderful work of Ashton Lecraw’ 12. Ashton’s submissions to the gallery, “Animal Behavior, Human Obsession” marked their third exhibit. The females who started this project are all Skidmore students but the space is not exclusive to Skidmore students. Submissions from local artists are also welcome. I was in awe of my friends talent but also in awe of the gallery in itself; just the idea of transforming something so simple to something that is so beautiful and celebrates the work of local artists.

Check out the Red Room Gallery blog.   http://redroomgallery.wordpress.com/

 

Delicious- ness

Skylar Sasson' 12 expresses her excitment

Ashton Lecraw' 12

You Asked: What is the atmosphere for LGBTQ students on campus? Are there many people who identify as such?

This campus is so unbelievably welcoming and accepting it should not come as a surprise that I would respond to this question by saying the atmosphere for LGBT students is one of comfort. I mean, could you really expect much else from a campus which offeres gender- neutral bathrooms in the academic buildings and a gender- neutral floor in one of the dormitories?
I would say most of the students apart of the LGBT community openly identify as so. The Skidmore Pride Alliance is a SGA club on campus dedicated to building awareness of LGBT related issues. Amongst many things, SPA holds weekly meetings, organizes events- two of which are amongst the biggest parties of the school year- open to everyone, it sure does feel like everyone attends, and offeres ally training.

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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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Why did you choose Skidmore? pt. 2

Remember the video I made where I asked a bunch of current students to tell me and well, all of you, why they decided to come to Skidmore? Well its about time I posted a new one. Sorry for the wait. I meant to have this up by…..well, lets just say two days ago but the point is, its up now for your viewing pleasure.

Please do watch, share, and enjoy !

httpv://youtu.be/luw6eSTFvBo

 

And for more, visit:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ALTAatSKIDMORE

You Asked: do people ever stay for breaks ?

Yes. Students do have the option of staying on campus for breaks. If it is a break during the academic year, you need to let ResLife know you are planning to stay. There are “vacation dorms” of which are filled with students staying for the break. Students who live in houses during the break can just stay in their house.
For summer break, students who would like to stay on campus have to be taking classes, interning, or working on campus. That, staying for a summer, is an absolute must do.

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