“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 — Leave a comment

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!

 

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Halloween

November 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

Happy Belated Halloween Everyone!

 

This year with Halloween on a Friday and the Student Educational Empowerment Team (S.W.E.E.T) that I am on (which promotes healthy living) held a party to encourage students to stay on campus for the evening.  We decided to hold it in one of the auditoriums of a freshman dorm building so it was really convenient for students to attend.  The night started with games.  The Wentworth Events Board, (which I am also part of) held competitions including a paint a pumpkin competition and a donut on a string eating contest.  After some dancing, zombie tag, and even a dance off, it was time to create your own Halloween display with candy!  Finally the evening ended with more dancing and a costume competition.  It was a Halloween to remember!

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Alcohol Awareness Week

November 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

One of my student leadership positions on campus is being a member of Wentworth’s Student Wellness Educational Empowerment Team (S.W.E.E.T).  Our job is to promote healthy living.  One of the ways we do this is by educating students on what is a safe amount of alcohol to drink, if they were to drink.  Two weeks ago was Alcohol Awareness Week during which we held a number of events.  Tuesday and Thursday we were on the Quad (and then moved in to the Campus Center Lobby when it started to rain) and showed students what a safe size drink is and what it was like to be drunk.  Now before you say, “You gave them alcohol?” I would like to make it very clear no alcohol was given or present during the event.  Students came over to our table and poured water, equivalent to the amount of vodka they would have poured for themselves or a friend.   We then had them look up on a reference card, what their B.A.C  (Blood Alcohol Content)  level would have been after that drink.  They then had to put on special goggles we had that matched up to the vision of someone with that B.A.C. We then had them attempt to walk in a straight line and perform other activities with the goggles on.

Thursday night, we also had a guest speaker from Wicked Sober http://wickedsober.com/ come and tell their story as a recovering addict.  Friday we held a social without liquor.   We felt students had learned a lot by the end of the week.

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It’s only a month and a few days into the semester but somehow so much has already happened!  I am keeping my calendar very full with a number of positions (President of the Wentworth Events Board. Wentworth Student Government Academic Affairs Coordinator & Commuter Representative).   On average, I attend six meetings per week with these three titles alone.

In addition to my elective positions, I also hold two student leadership positions.  I am going into my third year as Commuter Assistant where I help to run Commuter Events and am a resource to commuter students.  As a Student Wellness Education Empowerment Team (S.W.E.E.T) advocate, I help promote wellness education through campus events and am a resource for students looking to learn more about healthy habits.

For any prospective Wentworth commuter students reading this, know that you can stay very involved on campus as a commuter here!

Because I’ve been so busy with clubs and activities I haven’t had much time to blog, but I wanted to tell you about this year’s Colleges of the Fenway (COF) Block Party.  It was a fantastic event this year (as always). Clubs and activities from all 6 COF schools were represented.  Additionally, there were a ton of vendors giving away free stuff and delicious food including fried dough and french fries! Read more about what the COF Block Party is all about from one of my previous blog posts here.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester has to offer, I just hope it stops going by so fast!

Yes, it is.  It’s hard to believe, but after 4 months off from class I am back in school.  Some of you who are familiar with the Wentworth calendar may be saying, “4 months off? Wentworth goes almost all year round, it’s a tri-semester school.”   And you are right, but this summer I was participating in Co-Op (Cooperative Education), which is a fancy way of saying I had an internship in my field of major.

At Wentworth, depending on your major, students are required to complete two to three Co-Ops before graduation.  My major is Computer Networking, so I have to complete two.  This summer, my Co-Op was at Simmons College, a ten minute walk from Wentworth.  I was the Library Technology Assistant for the help desk at Simmons College Library.  When guests of the library had technical problems from formatting a document, to printing, to connecting to the internet, and everything in between, they would come to me for help. In addition, I checked the library’s 10 printers every few hours for ink and paper levels and filled these as needed.   It was interesting to see how another college’s help desk is run.

This might sound silly but one of my favorite parts about my Co-Op was how close it was to Wentworth.  I easily went back and forth between campuses, sometimes a few times a day.  I was able to spend the summer both with my friends, who were at Wentworth taking classes, while also being on Co-Op.  I was able to explore the area more and found that ANYTHING you need to do is close by.

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Beaux Arts Ball

April 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Every Spring, Wentworth hosts the annual Beaux Arts Ball, a semi-formal night of dinner and dancing that’s been a favorite tradition for the past 25 years.  Past venues have included the Top of the Hub, the Odyssey Cruise ship in Boston Harbor, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the Alden Castle.   This year’s party spot was the ballroom at the Omni Parker House, one of downtown Boston’s premier hotels! As a member of the Wentworth Events Board, I joined the Ball Committee, because I wanted to play a key role in planning this year’s celebration. Committee members were responsible for picking the DJ, advertising the Ball, and decorating the venue for the big night.  This year’s theme was The Great Gatsby—a throwback to the roaring twenties! The event, held on April 4th, was a huge success!  Doors opened at 8PM and soon the place was full of people dancing the night away. A good time was had by all.  The photo booth (below) was definitely the place to see and be seen.   me and bethy photobooth ball 14.jpeg me photbooth ball 14

Yes, you read that right: a pig and a leopard. For those of you who do not know the Wentworth mascot is a Leopard.  Now, the Leopard is most often found on campus in the form of a statue, but at some campus events he can be found wondering around in the form a mascot.  When he does though, he is shy and must walk with a human.  During this year’s Accepted Students Day I was privileged enough to be that human.  It was fun to be able to walk around campus with him and greet prospective students and their families.

On the last Accepted Student Day the leopard and I found ourselves greeting someone we didn’t exactly expect to meet, a pig.  Yes, a real live pig.  A current Wentworth student lives off campus and has a pet pig.  He sometimes brings the pig for a walk through campus and around Boston.  The pig, named Bobby, has become pretty popular around the city and he even has his own Facebook fan page.  The leopard enjoyed his time with Bobby the Pig as you can see from this picture.

The Leopard and Bobby the Pig

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