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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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Congratulations Class of 2017!

Wishing these girls nothing but the best…a life full of adventures, laughter and happiness. Stay in touch. xoxo, Paige

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Now is the time to book your senior photoshoot class of 2018 girls! Get in touch and let’s talk.

 

My happy list? {Northern NJ Senior pictures}

We have a tradition in our family of sharing 4 happy things at the end of the day. We go around in our little circle of 4 and talk about the good things that happened during the day. In that spirit, after seeing these images I want to share my 3 happy things from last week. These are the last couple of photographs from the last senior photoshoot of last week.

  1. Having an assistant, Taylor (left) who loves photography as much as I do and absorbs every single thing I say.
  2. Working with senior girls like Dezi (center) who are fun, quirky and make me laugh. They remind me every single day how much I love working with this age.
  3. For being able to share my passion with my daughter (right) and to show her how it is possible to make work play.

High School girls getting ready for senior pictures

What are your happy things for the day?

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {3}

Gianna goes to University of Kentucky and is majoring in Marketing and Economics.

Senior portraits girl laughing

HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: In my sorority.

DORM ADVICE: Make sure you go out and make friends and get to know the people on your floor. It makes college ten times more fun!

A TYPICAL WEEKEND IS…I usually spend my weekends sleeping in and working out, studying, or going out at night.

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Either the bar or an athlete party, frat parties are not what people think they are.

LATE NIGHT CRAVING Always chocolate.

CLUB FAVORITES: CHAARG! I am an exec member for a health and fitness organization for women at UK and its the best thing I could have ever done.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITION: Greek sing or Dance Blue!

FAVORITE DISCOVERY OFF CAMPUS: My favorite discovery off campus is the Arboretum. Its this awesome nature preserve where I go running

STUDY TIP: Don’t wait until the night before to study. This isn’t high school, and college is ten times harder.

SECRET STUDY SPOT:The back of the library in this little cubby so no one can bother me lol!

BEST CUP OF COFFEE: I don’t drink coffee, only tea but Common Grounds is a great place for coffee!

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH: My most recent google search was youtube videos on greek sing because my sorority won overall champs.

MOST USED APP: Instagram definitely!

I MISSED MY FAMILY MOST WHEN:I usually just would try to keep myself distracted and try not to think too much about home when I was home sick.

SKYPE OF FACETIME: FaceTime

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: Sunday night.

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When the decision is made

This is going to be a short and sweet post. If I delve too deeply I’ll most likely disconnect my keyboard with all the tears dripping down on it. If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ve seen the occasional heartfelt posts about our college prep/search journey through junior and senior year with my son. Almost a week ago we were anticipating our final 2 college visits. The year long process has been a roller coaster and I was ready for the final decision to be made, I think. The reason I say, I think, is because I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel after that decision.

We’re now on the other side and my son fell in love with his school of choice. I think it’s perfect for him.  Now, it’s real. He’s going away. Far away. It’s heart wrenching thinking about him leaving home but it also feels right. It’s time and he is so excited and happy. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? As a mom, I guess, I’ve been preparing for this since the day he was born; to raise a happy, healthy child who will grow into an amazing adult. And that is what I try to keep in my head with every day we get closer to the time that he leaves.

I’m sure I’ve got a few more of these wandering, emotional posts in me before end of August. If you’d like to catch up on the past few you can go here here or here.

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What you need to know about campus social life series. {1}

I’ve done my fair share of campus visits over the past year. We have two more to go in another couple of weeks and then it’s decision time! I ask a lot of questions when we’re on the tours, thankfully my son finds it funny. Have you ever noticed that no matter how you ask the question about social life all you get is the politically correct response. Well we have the most recent movies playing and there are great plays and jazz ensembles at the cultural center… Ummmmmmm, ok. I have a hockey-playing, rough and tumble, fun-loving BOY and I’m not naive! So here’s what I’m doing about this…I touched base with a whole bunch of my Paige P. girls (who are NOT wallflowers!) and asked them about social life at their respective schools. We’re going to be covering a very wide range of schools with this series! Stay tuned and subscribe in the upper left hand corner so you don’t miss a post.

First up…Fordham University. Morgan  is majoring in journalism with minors in Spanish and Fashion. If anyone can pull this off, it’s Morgan.

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HOW I MET MY CLOSEST FRIENDS: We all lived on the same floor in my dorm last year.

DORM ADVICE: Definitely freshman year leave your door open to make it a community and get to know the people on your floor. Even if you don’t stay friends with them, it’s always nice having some people you could at least go grab lunch with and know since they’re in such close proximity

DORM, GREEK, OTHER: Bars are definitely the biggest here. There’s no Greek life which I personally love so the bars are always fun. House parties at the sports team or club houses off campus are a nice change up from the bars too but they don’t happen as often. 

LATE NIGHT CRAVING: Always a bacon egg and cheese on a bagel from Rams Deli, as it is everyone’s favorite and it’s always packed, especially after a night out.

MOST FUN CAMPUS TRADITIONS: Spring weekend when they have all different free events for us on campus like a concert and a dance and it’s all weekend long and everyone throws parties and there’s always something to do.

FAVORITE DISCOVERY OFF CAMPUS: Free access to the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens which are both right across the street and so fun to go to in the nice weather.

FAVORITE DISCOVERY ON CAMPUS: The ramvan because it’s a super convenient way to get downtown without having to walk to the metro north or d train subway.

STUDY TIP:  Study out of your room because every time I try and study in my room I end up in bed taking buzzfeed quizzes on my computer rather than being productive.

SECRET STUDY SPOT: The basement of Walsh Library because less people go down there and there’s usually an empty conference room I can grab with my friends and sprawl out in.

BEST CUP OF COFFEE:  Off campus at Prince Coffee on Arthur Ave.

MOST RECENT GOOGLE SEARCH Trying to find the interview of the little boy from Moonlight on NY Times while I was watching the Oscars last night.

MOST USED APP: Definitely snapchat! It’s a nice way to see what’s going on around campus with your friends.

I MISSED MY FAMILY THE MOST WHEN:  My roommate freshman year would go home frequently on the weekends in the beginning of the year, but i got over it by trying to be social and make friends.

SKYPE OR FACETIME: Facetime.

LAST TIME I DID LAUNDRY: I did laundry last night. It’s a hit or miss on Sundays because the laundry room always fills up so quickly but it was surprisingly empty last night.

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The power of a print

There is nothing more powerful than seeing yourself in prints.  It’s a tactile memory, a legacy item, one of the few treasures in life that increases in value with age. My house is filled with prints of my children and family. Do you know who I can always count on to stop and really take a minute to look at them, then comment? My kids friends. They did it when they were young and are still stopping to look now that they’re in their teens.  Something to think about the next time you think your iphone photos are enough.

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