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What you need to know about Social Life on Campus series : Quinnipiac

Christina is one of those people who shines from the inside out. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She’s a sophomore at Quinnipiac and what I loved so much is underneath her signature is this quote: “What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” -Robert Schuller. Love it! Read on for the social lowdown at Quinnipiac.

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Secret Study spot: The second floor of the main cafeteria. It’s pretty quiet, there are comfy booths with plenty of space to work and you are really close if you ever need a snack to keep you going!

Late night cravings: Falcon Pizza mozzarella sticks or Insomnia Cookies!

Most fun campus traditions: The first night of the fall semester, all of freshmen meet up at the bobcat statue in the center of campus. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and I made friends there that I am still close with today!

Dorm, Bar or Greek?: QU is definitely a “bar school.”

A typical weekend is….: TOADS…every Saturday. Going to Toad’s Place in New Haven has been a Quinnipiac tradition for years! It’s one of those places that you can’t describe, you have to experience a Toads night to really get it.

How I met my closest friends: My sorority! I am a part of the Iota Mu chapter of Chi Omega. The girls in my chapter are my sisters, my best friends, my motivators, my study partners, my gym buddies, and my roommates!!

Club favorites: Q30 and Panhellenic Council!! Q30 is the student-run TV station on campus and I love being a part of it! I have made so many friends, I’m gaining great experience, and I always know what’s happening on campus because I am an Associate Producer for the Q30 Newscast.

Panhellenic Council is the executive board that helps run all of the Greek Life on campus and this year I am the Vice President of Communications! I get to meet people in all different fraternities and sororities. It’s awesome!

Best study tip: Always check if there are any useful videos, study guides or pre-made quizlets online before you get started. You never know, what you find could save you a lot of time and work!

Best cup of coffee can be found: I call New England “the land of Dunkin’ Donuts” because it feels like there is a Dunkin’ on every corner. BUT the best cup of coffee definitely is Cheshire Coffee.

Favorite discovery on campus/off campus: All of the different views from the Sleeping Giant State Park that is across the street from campus.

Recent google search: “best places to study abroad”

Most used app: Instagram

When I missed my family the most/how I got over it: I miss my family the most when I can’t find anything good to eat in the cafeteria. Kidding! (kind of kidding) I usually call my parents and try to catch up with my brother as often as I can.

Skype or FaceTime: FaceTime for sure!

Last time I did laundry: A week ago? Maybe??

Dorm advice: Be the roommate that you would want to have! Also, don’t be afraid to “go random” for your freshman year! I went random, and my roommates ended up being my best friends!

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Katie B. {Senior Pictures: Kinnelon, NJ}

Katie is a pint sized dynamo who, when she isn’t talking, she’s laughing and vice a versa. During the entire photoshoot she kept telling me that she’s an athlete (now playing LAX for Quinnipiac) and that this photoshoot was so not her but that she was so excited and having so much fun. It went on and on with her and I could barely keep up but, WOW! she was pure joy. It’s photoshoots like these that I never want to end. Take a look. If I had kept the sound on, honestly you would hear nothing but laughter or Katie talking. She is the best!

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {8}

Nicole goes to Tulane. I know she takes her studies very seriously and loves to have fun. She manages to strike a balance.

Sunkissed girl, Senior pictures, New Jersey

HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Orientation and in the beginning everyone was super open to meeting new people! Tulane also has a riverboat cruise that I met some of my current best friends because we were the only ones who actually danced on the dance floor!

DORM ADVICE: Be friendly with your floor, y’all are living together all year. It’s nice to have friends in your building! Get a comfy rug bc rooms are so small, seating is very limited, everyone ends up lying around on the beds and ground when hanging out.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: The Boot is most popular (and 18+) and Greek.

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS: Going to the Fly Park (on the Mississippi River); tailgates during football season; nights at the boot or frat parties (sororities also have a lot of mixers and date parties); Sundays dedicated to the library.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Boot pizza and Canes.

CLUBS: I’m in Chi Omega sorority, Delta Sigma Pi (business frat) and do a lot of volunteering because Tulane has a huge emphasis on community service my favorite was at an animal shelter.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITION: Mardi Gras

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: Hillel has great food on campus and off campus just the entire city of New Orleans is amazing but love the Fly and Magazine Street.

STUDY TIP: As soon as you get your syllabus fill out everything in a planner.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: I’m a library kind of girl but also some really cool coffee shops near campus, Rue de la Course is my favorite. Pro tip during finals…when Howie Tulane Library is packed, Loyola’s is always way less full and we have access to it.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: Rue de la Course.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: Zulu (Mardi Gras parade)

MOST USED APP: Instagram

HOMESICKNESS: Super easy to keep in touch – FaceTime and phone calls.

SKYPE OF FACETIME: Facetime

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Summer and saying goodbye

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I hope you had a great summer! We spent our vacation with eight high school seniors soon to be Freshmen in college, sounds crazy, I know, but it was the perfect way to end our summer. We soaked up every minute of it.  Spending time with all these really great kids, all on the cusp of starting something new was special. A couple weeks later we brought our son (first born) to college. I’ve been more or less preparing for this for the past year or rather 18 years, I don’t think though, that will ever cushion a parent from the heartbreak of saying goodbye to their child. Everyone will ask, how was it and honestly all I can think to say is heartbreaking. He is 10 hours away and won’t be home until Thanksgiving. His presence is missed daily even with another sibling still at home. They all have that special something they add to the home and it will be missing. I’m sad but it’s a double edged sword. He is really happy where he is. This is what we’ve been getting him ready to do for the past 18 years. To go out on his own, find happiness, make good decisions, stay safe…When I watched him walk back to his dorm as I sat in the car with tears streaming down my face all I could think was that he has become a young man who has exceeded my wildest expectations (in a good way!). It’s hard to be sad about that. So to all those parents who have sent their kids off to college my heart is with you. I heard it gets easier with time. Now, for me, I’m diving back into a full fall schedule and a lot of fun things to share with you.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {7}

Andrea is a double major in Health Administration and Human Resource Management at Rutgers.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: Jane was a girl who lived on my floor my freshman year and the first day of school I went into her room and introduced myself and asked her to the dining hall! We are such great friends and live together now.

DORM ADVICE: Its a very small space, keep things clean and respect your roommate or things can get very awkward.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: I decided to become a founder of a sorority on campus and it was the best decision I ever made. I met so many amazing women and left my mark on the Rutgers community. (More on this in another post!)

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…hanging out with friends either watching movies or going out to frat parties and dancing!

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: I’ve never had a fat sandwich but I hear those are all the rage. I’m a classic mozzarella sticks and french fries gal.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: Football games. Even though we lose almost every game it is still so much fun tailgating and showing our Rutgers Pride.

FAVORITED DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS

STUDY TIP: Don’t leave anything until the last minute because you always feel bad for those people who have to pull an all nighter the day before an exam, don’t be one of them!

SECRET STUDY SPOT: The Seminary Place library, or the academic building.

BEST CUP OF COFFEEGerlandas Coffee is hands down the best on campus. The barista knows my name personally and my order, don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud!

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: How to calculate GPA.

MOST USED APP: Sakai or my Rutgers app that tells you when the busses are coming what the dining hall is serving and teachers post all announcements homework and quizzes.

HOMESICKNESS: My parents are definitely not proficient in the technology area so it was usually just a phone call. When they were feeling really sentimental they would have my brothers FaceTime me. I do come home a lot though because I’m not too far!

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Last time I was home lol!
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Focusing on the now.

This is a repost from last year that I think will help all those parents of seniors starting or in the midst of the campus visits. Good luck!

I’ve spent the past few days driving, more or less, in a circle. We’ve been on the college visit circuit, sitting through presentations, taking tours, asking questions…The car rides have given me a lot of time to think and despite the length of some of these trips it has given me more time. More quality time to spend with my son and more time to prepare myself for him to eventually leave.  It gives us a chance to talk about both the mundane and the heartfelt and for me to completely focus on our time together.  There are more of those car rides and flights coming up which I’m now looking forward to. I apologize in advance if I’ve fallen behind on posting or taken a bit more time to get back to you but I’ve got a son right now who needs me as much as I need him.

What you need to know about campus social life series {6}

Lauren attends Colgate, swims and as you can tell from below, a horseback rider.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: The swim team and on my floor in my dorm. It’s easiest to become close to people you are constantly around.

DORM ADVICE: Keep an open door and be friendly. It’s really easy to get close to people on your floor. In regards to roommates, I know most people say “you just have to be able to get along” and I think that is true. Personally, my 2 roommates are my best friends. I didn’t find adjusting to living with people to be too hard.. it’s all about being easy going.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Our social scene is split between Greek and house parties, but you don’t have to be involved in Greek life in order to go out. A lot of sports teams have houses/ apartments that they host things in. We have one bar called the Jug that serves to 18+ (No one is really sure how this exists, but it does).

A TYPCIAL WEEKEND IS: A balance between being in the library or being out.

CLUB FAVORITES: Every athlete needs to be part of this volunteer program called “Adopt-a-Classroom” where we spend an hour or so at the local elementary school. This is the only “club” I’m involved in, but I love it.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Oh boy.. our dining hall is open 24/7 so late night eating is very prevalent and very dangerous (haha) Starting at 10, Chef Ed makes unbeatable french toast and his own “Ed burgers”.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: The number 13 is our lucky number (Colgate was founded by 13 men with $13 and our address has #13) It’s fun to recognize many “13” related things on campus and every Friday the 13th is Colgate Day!

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON/OFF CAMPUS: We have (what used to be) a ski hill on campus that has really pretty hiking trials off of it.

STUDY TIP: Start assignments early. While there isn’t daily homework like high school, you do have to study every day and work on papers/projects very far in advance in order to do well.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: In the science center next to my dorm. They leave the classrooms open at night so my friends and I like to take one and study together.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: Saxbys!

MOST USED APP: Instagram

HOMESICKNESS: I missed my family the most leading up to breaks. I text my sister and parents almost everyday and call them whenever I miss them a lot. Having a family group chat is a fun way to stay in touch.

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime!

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: I actually did laundry today 🙂

Sorry for such long answers, talking about college is so fun 🙂

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