Many student’s first impression of what it is really like to be a student at Wentworth is during New Student Orientation in June. The summer leading up to their first year at WIT can be a stressful time, most students don’t know what to expect of their first year at college.  Orientation is meant to help students calm those jitters while giving them a chance to make some long lasting connections with faculty, staff and fellow students.  During these two days on campus new students are divided into groups led by an upper classmen, this gives students the chance to break out of their shells, play games, get to know each other. Students also attend workshops about adjustment to Wentworth and getting to know the resources on our campus, including how to register for classes.

While students are busy getting an introduction to college and meeting new friends, their families attend their own orientation session.  This year I had the privilege of being a Family Orientation Leader for that program.  During the day families attend information sessions on a variety of topics, everything from financial aid, to the major that their student will be studying. They even get a free lunch!  At any point during the day, if they had a question that was best answered by a WIT student, they would come to me.  The families wanted my perspective on everything from: “Why did you chose to come to Wentworth?” to “Where is the restroom?”.  Another responsibility of mine was to make sure that everyone knew where they were going, felt comfortable navigating our campus, and had all the information that was given out.  It was a very rewarding experience to help the new families get comfortable sending their students off for a great first year at Wentworth.  Can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Changing Majors

June 8, 2015 — Leave a comment

A question I am often asked by prospective students is, “how difficult is it to change your major?”  I just changed my major, so for the first time I will give you an answer to this question from my personal experience.  The ease of changing your major at Wentworth depends on a variety of factors including how long you have attended, what your current major is, and what you switch into.

My first major was Computer Networking and I wanted to change my major to Computer Information Systems.  For those of you who might not know about either of these majors, Computer Networking is about connecting networks such as the internet, whereas Computer Information Systems is more management focused.

Since I have been at Wentworth for a while, I had already completed all of the computer specific classes and electives that are covered in the Computer Information Systems program.  I knew that the only courses that I would need to complete to change my major would be courses in management.

In order to change majors I had to meet with a faculty member from the college of Arts & Sciences.  During my first meeting with the Arts & Sciences faculty member we discussed why I wanted to switch majors and we reviewed what courses I would need to take.  A few days later, I met with the same faculty member again to sign a form to make the change official.

If I wanted to go into a major that was not computer related this change would have been much more time intensive and probably would have prolonged my graduation date. But, since I’d taken most of the required courses for the major already, I have started the Computer Information Systems major during summer term 2015!

Accepted Students Day (ASD) is not only a chance for prospective students to visit campus, but it is one of the days that I look forward to each year!  Each year, I am engaged in a variety of volunteer activities during ASD. This year, I sat on a student panel and answered questions from prospective students.  I was very impressed by the questions the students were asking.  They asked about studying abroad, Alternative Spring Break, campus clubs, disability accommodations, transferring AP credits, and more.

After the panel, I helped staff the Wentworth Events Board (WEB) table.  Each campus club had a table in the gym where they showed off their swag and hoped to get future students excited about joining their club in the Fall.  Our table had a prize wheel that visitors could spin.  A successful spin could send a visitor home with a variety of great prizes including a WEB pen or sticker.  Aside from the prize wheel, accepted students and families learned about WEB and were able to ask questions.  ASD is truly the best day of the year!

Coincidentally, ASD falls on the same day as the Wentworth Event Board’s annual Beaux Arts Ball, which makes the day even better!  Traditional Beaux Arts Balls have a medieval theme.  Wentworth’s event typically varies from this theme but we always have a semi-formal dance.  This year’s theme was Penguins, as the Ball was held at the New England Aquarium (hyper-link).

The night started with a photo booth complete with silly under-the-sea themed hats and masks.  We were surrounded by ocean creatures and I mean surrounded.  For those of you who have not been to the New England Aquarium (hyper-link) it is circle shaped and has fish tanks all along the walls, some tanks climbing as high as four stories.  The dance floor was on the first floor near the penguins.   Each floor had tables and a buffet that overlooked all of the fish.  This event sold out weeks in advance and it is no wonder with such a fantastic location everyone had a great time!

Most of us have at least one friend who is a musician.  They might play at home, at Open-Mic nights, or they might have their own concerts.  I have a friend like this from high school.  His name is Stevie Jenko and he is making a name for himself in the rap world.  Over the years I have followed his career and listened to his music, but unfortunately I was never able to attend one of his concerts.

This spring the Wentworth Events Board (a club that I am part of) was looking for performers to bring to campus.  I realized, I know a musician!  I contacted Steve and everyone in the club agreed that he should hold a concert at Wentworth.  We decided to make it an Open-Mic night too, to give others a chance to perform as well.  It was unbelievable to see someone you know and personally perform right in front of you, AT YOUR SCHOOL!!!  This is just one of the many benefits that comes with being a member of the Wentworth Events Board.

Super Bowl XXLI

March 3, 2015 — Leave a comment

Boston is a big sports town and has gained the nickname “Title Town”.  We have a baseball, football, basketball, and hockey team.  In the past 13 years, Boston has taken home 11 titles between all of these teams.  During these years the Boston Red Sox (who plays down the street from Wentworth) have won three World Series, the Boston Bruins won a Stanley Cup, the Boston Celtics have won the NBA Finals, and the New England Patriots have won four Superbowl championships.

 

That most recent Super Bowl featured the New England Patriots taking on the Seattle Seahawks.   The school hosted a number of Super Bowl parties (one in each dorm building).  The office of Student Affairs hosted a Superbowl party at which delicious food was provided.  Not only were the snacks great, but there were also raffles at the end of each quarter for Patriots gear and even a big screen TV. The game was intense but it was a blast!

 

A few weeks later the Patriots had a rolling rally parade, which happened to be down the street from Wentworth. I went and it was so exciting!   I have always been a huge Pats fan and have watched their Super Bowl parades in the past on television but to be there in person, was amazing.  The parade was about 20 minutes long and featured many Patriots favorites, from Bob Kraft (the owner of the team) to Tom Brady, the beloved quarterback and everyone in between.  The players and Patriots staff traveled through the tour route on Boston’s duck boats. It was unbelievable to be so close to all of them!  I can’t wait for the next championship!  It’s great to be a Bostonian!

This week was the first week of the spring semester.  Now, for anyone looking at the date of my last blogs about finals last semester and thinking, “that was a short break,” it was.  We only had three weeks off.  If you are a prospective parent or student do not fret, a break this short is not normal at Wentworth.  This past Fall we opened a new residential hall and as a result we started classes a week late to ensure that the construction of the building was complete. This also meant that we finished the semester a week late and had a shortened break.  Most likely, a break this short won’t happen again.

This semester is my second to last as an undergraduate student!  I decided to get even more involved as a result and joined the Senior Week Committee, which runs a number of events the week leading up to commencement.  Wentworth has two commencements; the first in in April, for our students in the five year Bachelor’s degree programs as well as Master’s students, and the second in August when all other students graduate.  I will graduate in August. Right now, we are planning a senior kick off at Jillian’s.

I also joined Phase III of the Wentworth Leadership Institute.  The Wentworth Leadership Institute is a program that students can join to gain leadership skills.   Phase I is an intro class to general leadership.  Phase II combines what students learned in Phase I with more group discussions and activities.  Phase III, is when students take ownership for their own leadership and create and complete a project that benefits a community that they choose. Students who complete all three phases receive an award at the end of the spring semester and a tassel when they graduate.  Once I do more work on it I will tell you more about it.  Speaking of which, I have lots to do!  Until my next blog.

 

 

 

 

“Study Day”

December 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

The day after classes end and before finals begin is known as a “Study Day” or “Reading Day” at Wentworth.  This day is set aside to give students the opportunity to focus solely on studying for their finals.  Wentworth realizes that this is a very stressful time for students and plans a number of de-stressing events that students can attend throughout finals.  This year the Student Wellness Empowerment Team (S.W.E.E.T) (that I am part of) ran two of these events.  First, we made three different flavors of smoothies; Strawberry, Green-Line, and Peanut Butter Banana, and gave them out to students.  Also, we brought in puppies which students could play with to relax.

Later in the day, we had another study break event.  While this one did not have food, it did have fun activities.  We had another puppy which was a hit with everyone.  We also brought in someone to give massages.  We also had low lights and soft music for the massages to create the ultimate relaxing environment.

After our events, S.W.E.E.T members had our own private pizza party!  It was a fun way to catch up with each other during such a stressful time of the semester and have a break from studying.

Later that evening I took part in another Wentworth tradition, Moonlight Breakfast, which is another built in study break for Wentworth Students.  At Moonlight Breakfast (which takes place at 10 P.M. the night before finals begin) the cafeteria serves breakfast food.  Additionally, the school runs a trivia game that includes a variety of questions including Wentworth and movie trivia (and everything in between). Students must write their answer on a piece of paper and run up to the person asking the questions.  Whoever runs up with the correct answer first wins a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card!

The events always ends with a Pie Eating contest, sponsored by the Wentworth Events Board, a campus club which I am currently President of.  This year was no different.  Approximately 7 students shoved pie crust and whipped cream into their mouth, as much as they could, as fast as they could, out of a pie dish, with only their face to push the food in.  A stuffed time was had by all.

 

This semester, in one of my Computer Networking classes, we had a semester long research paper.  I decided to do my paper on the transport layer.  For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, do not feel bad, the transport layer is Computer Networking terminology.  How a computer network works is by following the Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and in the Open System Interconnection Model (OSI) model.  The OSI model has seven layers while the TCP/IP one has four, but performs the exact same operation.  The only layer that keeps the same name between the two models is the transport layer.  This layer is responsible for making the connection between two points.

Unlike other research papers that I have written this paper only needed to be four pages long, but I ended up doing as much research as if it were a ten page paper.  The easiest way for me to write a research paper is to find my sources, read them, highlight them by category, and then put the highlighted area on note cards on the computer.  I ended up having 250 note cards.  That’s right, 250 note cards for a 4 page paper! Needless to say, I ended up overwhelming myself with all of the information. This did hold me up for a while until realized that I had to divide the topics up in order to make any real progress.  The paper turned out to be four and a half pages in the end.  Now, I am recovering from spending the past 2 weeks trying to figure the paper out.  I got the paper back though and received a high grade so all of that hard work paid off!

Research Paper Time!

December 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

This semester, in one of my Computer Networking classes, we had a semester long research paper.  I decided to do my paper on the transport layer.  For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, do not feel bad, the transport layer is Computer Networking terminology.  How a computer network works is by following the Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and in the Open System Interconnection Model (OSI) model.  The OSI model has seven layers while the TCP/IP one has four, but performs the exact same operation.  The only layer that keeps the same name between the two models is the transport layer.  This layer is responsible for making the connection between two points.

Unlike other research papers that I have written this paper only needed to be four pages long, but I ended up doing as much research as if it were a ten page paper.  The easiest way for me to write a research paper is to find my sources, read them, highlight them by category, and then put the highlighted area on note cards on the computer.  I ended up having 250 note cards.  That’s right, 250 note cards for a 4 page paper! Needless to say, I ended up overwhelming myself with all of the information. This did hold me up for a while until realized that I had to divide the topics up in order to make any real progress.  The paper turned out to be four and a half pages in the end.  Now, I am recovering from spending the past 2 weeks trying to figure the paper out.  I got the paper back though and received a high grade so all of that hard work paid off!

B-I-N-G-O

December 9, 2014 — 2 Comments

Every semester the Wentworth Events Board (WEB) (a campus club that I am currently president of) hosts a Weekends at WIT event (W@W).  W@W is the program that runs events on campus every Saturday from 9P.M-11P.M.  This semester WEB held their W@W event on November 15th.  This year we ran a BINGO tournament.  Each student who came took a card and picked numbers.  Each winner received a prize, which was hard to come by with a packed room.  The prizes ranged from Starbucks gift cards to a sound system.  It was a great night!

 

prizes from bingoPrizes – Photo By Emmanuella