As the semester ends and I sit at my desk spending countless hours studying for exams I am thinking about how thankful I am to have an awesome roommate to come back to after classes everyday. Abbie is my biggest supporter everyday. No matter how stressed or upset I am she always manages to cheer me up. From the beginning of the semester she has had my back every day, dancing to Christmas music with me in the mornings to wake ourselves up and always having chocolate bars and sour patch kids ready when I need them the most. The entire semester has been like one long sleepover with my best friend. If I am running late to class and forget a book that I need I always have someone to call who will help me out. When I am preparing for a really hard exam I have someone who will stay up all night and study with me. Best of all, I have a roommate that is always as excited as me to have a grilled cheese date. Not sure how I would have survived the semester without you Ab, thanks for everything.

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Holiday Pops

December 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

As part of the Student Alumni Society on campus, I get to volunteer for different alumni events. The Alumni office arranges different events that us students help to staff throughout the semester. This semester I was able to take part in the Holiday Pops event at Symphony Hall. After helping to get all of the alumni their tickets and get to the event, myself and the other volunteers were able to enjoy the concert as well. This was one of the most fun volunteer experiences I have taken part in. Seeing the Boston Pops was amazing and a lot more fun than I expected. The event really got me excited for Christmas and it was great to volunteer with other students that I probably would not have known if it wasn’t for the alumni society. I would recommend this event to anyone who will be in the Boston are during Christmas time and for students on campus to get involved in volunteer activities.

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Something I learned this semester: school is a lot harder than I thought it would be. While I may only be a sophomore, my workload this semester was pretty intense and I came to the realization that it was going to take a lot more work and effort to get the grades I wanted to get. That being said, I worked hard to study for my exams and get all of my homeworks, projects, and papers in on time. There were many days that I spent studying material that I just could not seem to understand no matter how much I looked at my notes.

A friend of mine recommended going to the Center for Academic Excellence and making an appointment with a tutor to help me in the class. I really did not want to do this. I felt like getting tutored would make me look dumb for not understanding what was going on in class. But I really didn’t understand. I make an appointment with a tutor and it was much better than expected. He helped me with my homework and clarified everything that I felt my professor did not explain well. By taking an hour out of my week, I significantly improved my understanding of the material and my grade in the class. Being tutored was not a humiliating experience at all. Instead I felt a lot better about the course and my tutor was super nice and helpful. So, something more important I learned this semester is to take advantage of help that people are offering because it can make a huge difference.

Last week I finished up my last class of the Wentworth Co-op Institute, a 7 week class designed to prepare students to talk to employers and start finding their co-ops. Being able to spend time working in the industry before graduating is one of the best things that Wentworth has to offer. It’s great to be able to do a few different jobs to get a feel for the field that you will be working in and determine what interests you most about your field.

The office of Co-ops and Careers hold many networking events such as a career fair and mock interview day to give you time to meet employers and also get practice interviewing and networking. I have talked to a lot of other students who have already completed co-ops and everything they have told me is getting me excited to find a co-op and start getting more professional experience. I am a little nervous but also very excited for this opportunity. I just have started looking at job postings and writing some cover letters. Hopefully I will be able to report back to you guys with good news about finding a job, but until then, let the co-op searching begin!

Leadership Phase II

October 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

During the spring of this year I decided to sign up for Wentworth’s Leadership Institute classes. I took what is called Phase I of the leadership classes which was an eight week seminar focused on developing good leadership skills and how to be an ethical leader. Taking this class led me to apply for various student leadership positions on campus. Because of this class I was able to come back during the summer and be part of the orientation team.

This semester I signed up to take Leadership Phase II with Chris Scanlon. Chris works in the Student Engagement office at Wentworth and develops these leadership classes for the students. I thought that I loved Phase I, but Phase II has been even better. Throughout the week, it gets very tiring to sit at a desk all day and listen to lectures even if they are on topics you are interested in. Taking a class like Phase II is a refreshing way to end the day because while you are learning new information, there is no homework, no wrong answers, and the structure of the class is a lively discussion that you actually want to partake in. The thing that I like most about this class is that Chris asked us what we wanted to learn and formed our class around us. The leadership classes have made such a positive impact on my experience here at Wentworth and I would encourage other people to take these classes to get a little more out of your time here at Wentworth.

 

Leadership Education at Wentworth

Living in the city of Boston is awesome for college students because the entire city feels like your home. While Wentworth’s campus is fairly small, it’s awesome to have the city at your fingertips. However, when you are trying to sleep and fire trucks and police cars are driving past your dorm building at 3 AM the busy city life starts to become less homey. I am thankful that we have a place on campus to go and hangout that is away from the business of the city. The quad at Wentworth is one of my favorite places to hangout. On a sunny afternoon I love to go to the quad and lay in a hammock with my friends or do some homework at one of the picnic tables. There are also many events that take place on the quad during the school year. Some of these events include barbeques, fresh check day, the consent fair, and activities fairs.

The other day while hanging out on the quad a friend of mine came to fly a new drone that he bought. This is one of the many reasons to hangout on the quad. I got to fly the drone and see the entire Wentworth campus from an aerial view. Yes, flying a drone is super nerdy but it was a very cool experience and drew a lot of attention to the quad. This was a nice break from class and something fun to do. So, I would recommend hanging out on the quad because you never know what you’re going to see.

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Wentworth Opening Week

September 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

After taking part in Wentworth’s Leadership Institute, I decided to to apply to help out with New Student Orientation during the summer. I came back in June for two and a half weeks and got to work with the staff of Student Engagement / Student affairs, the Office of Wellness, and the office of Diversity and Social Justice Programs. Helping out with orientation led me to join the staff for Wentworth’s Opening Week (WOW). The entire incoming class of new students goes through WOW programs to ensure that they become well acquainted with the school. As a new student going through WOW, the days are long and a lot of information is thrown at you, but being a WOW Team Leader is an entirely different experience. The WOW staff quickly became a group of friends that I can consider part of my family here at Wentworth and they made the week fun for me. I was actually sad when the WOW events were over and classes started because I knew that I would not be able to see these friends that I made every day anymore. Joining the student leadership programs at Wentworth was one of the best decisions I could have made. I am so glad to have met all of these amazing people.

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Thursday was the day of my final presentation for my semester long engineering design project. Over the past 3 months, myself and 3 other students have been working on our freshman design project to make something that would solve some type of problem. We were finally able to wrap things up this past week, finish our project and present it at the Wentworth freshman expo. The past 3 months have flown by. I remember the first day that I came back winter break thinking how long spring semester would be with all of that classes I was taking. Instead, spring semester flew by and as my freshman year comes to an end, I can’t help but think how fast the time went and how I wish I had more time at school. Freshman year was full of great memories and I can’t wait for the next 4 years here at Wentworth.

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This post is long overdue, but I wanted to tell you guys about my experience on the Alternative spring break trip at Wentworth. At the end of my fall semester at Wentworth I heard about the opportunity to spend spring break in another state doing different types of community service work and was very interested. I found out more information and ended up applying to go on a trip to either San Diego, Washington D.C. or to stay in Boston. These trips are run through Wentworth’s Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP) on campus. They help students who attend Wentworth as well as students and residents of the greater Boston area.

I went through the interview process and was selected to join the trip going to Washington D.C. for spring break. During the week that we were there we volunteered at several different places. One of the places that we volunteered at was called Food and Friends. This company services over 2700 people per day who cannot get out to stores to buy or prepare their own food. They prepare meals and grocery packages and deliver every day. Working with this organization as well as the other organizations we worked for make me much more appreciative of the things that many people take for granted.

Even being a Wentworth student and being able to afford a college education is a privilege that I know I am very lucky to have.  Taking this trip to Washington D.C. made me appreciate so much. I was able to meet so many different people that I would not have normally met on campus because they were not people who crossed my path previously. Taking this trip helped me to feel like a bigger part of the Wentworth community and the Boston community. It was an awesome program and working with the CLP was great. I would advise any Wentworth student to check out the CLP and maybe apply for an alternative spring break trip next year!

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Knowing that there is not a large population of women at Wentworth, every year the admissions office runs a women’s overnight program for students who have already been accepted to Wentworth. This past Thursday I had the opportunity to host one of the girls staying overnight to figure out if Wentworth is right for them. Some of my other roommates also got to host a prospective student. This event was exciting for us because about a year ago we were in the same shoes as the girls trying to decide where they want to go to college.

The night started off by the hosts meeting the prospective students in the multipurpose room to hear a talk from Dean Wenner about how the women at Wentworth really do make an impact. We saw statistics about how the 20% of women on this campus amounts to a lot more than 20% when looking at certain aspects of campus. Then the entire group of us met on the steps of Wentworth hall to take a picture and head to dinner at Fire and Ice, which was paid for by admissions. The girls came back to our dorm to stay the night and see what a typical night is like on campus. The girls got to shadow us to class the next day to see if they liked the feel of the classes and decide if they would be a good fit for them. I think this event was such a successful event because it helped me decide that I wanted to spend the next 4 years at Wentworth as well as many other people I met at my overnight. It was awesome to receive a text from the student staying with me saying “I will definitely be back at Wentworth next year”.

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