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Back in the Swing of Things by Homecoming
Thursday, October 04, 2012

Many students, including myself, have an extremely difficult
adjustment period when returning back to school. Getting accustomed to waking
up early, studying late, and actually becoming responsible for paying attention
is no easy task. The most difficult part of the shift back to Nichols, for me
at least, is finding an appropriate routine to follow. Wake up, go to class,
mix in a meal, bang out some homework, and hopefully have a little time to do
whatever it is that you want. Settling in during the first couple of weeks
proves to be challenging.

Homework seems to be the vast majority of my problems. When
it comes to reading textbooks my mind turns to mush. So much information jammed
into such a small space is pretty intimidating when you haven’t even picked up
a book all summer. Once you adjust to the responsibility that correlates with
school and homework there is a giant weight lifted off your shoulders.

By the time homecoming rolls around most students are already
accustomed to their routines and are excelling in their classes. That means
only one thing, time to have some fun on this special weekend. Homecoming at
Nichols this year was a very successful and fun-filled event. Tailgating is
where I spent the majority of time and even though I could not partake in adult
beverages, I had a fantastic time reminiscing with all of the alumni. The
classes that were celebrating reunions had a sizeable turnout and it was easy
to see that they were truly enjoying reconnecting with the people they spent
their college days with.

It seems amazing to me that after so many year’s people can
reconnect and act like no time has passed. The small campus atmosphere that
Nichols provides truly seems conducive to building relationships that will last
a life time.

See you next time,


Bish - ‘14

My Highway: Potholes and Fast Lanes
Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Bishop Family: Me, Sheryl (mom), Brad (dad), and Kristin (sister)

Since I will be blogging here for the remainder of this school year I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Blake Bishop, or Bish to most, I am a 22 year-old Junior here at Nichols College. The road that led me to become a Bison has been a very interesting and somewhat challenging trail.

It all started in May of 1990 when I was born to Brad and Sheryl Bishop. “A pain right from the start,” as my mother always says. Throughout my younger years I was never accused of wearing a halo. How many of you can honestly say you were a perfect little angel? I started sports at a very young age due to the massive amount of energy I was blessed with. During my adolescence I participated in soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, and my true passion, hockey.

Hockey became a major part of my life at the age of six. Throughout middle and high school I played on competitive travelling teams. Upon graduating from high school I was afforded the opportunity to chase my passion and play junior level hockey in Eugene, Oregon. Injuries plagued my hockey career throughout my time in Eugene; including shoulder separations, knee injuries, a broken jaw, lost teeth, and concussions. In between seasons I had an appendectomy and also contracted mononucleosis, needless to say it was a large bump in the road. Through all of this I was recruited by Nichols College’s Men’s Ice Hockey Team. I reported to Nichols in the fall of 2010, were I made the hockey team and have played the past two seasons.

During the summer of 2012 I interned with the Webster Police Department while trying to maintain my physical fitness for the upcoming season. Interning at the police department really cemented my choice to pursue some sort of law enforcement career. This past summer turned out to be one of the toughest times of my life however. After completing my daily workout I experienced very interesting changes in my heartbeat, and immediately became lethargic. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor the next day to see if everything was alright. After numerous cardiology appointments I was finally given a diagnosis of having a very rare heart defect, negating my opportunity to continue with college athletics. This is just yet another pothole in this crazy road I am traveling down.

Now that all of the depressing issues are on the table, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a surgical procedure that I will be undergoing in the near future to correct the issue. December cannot come soon enough. Throughout the challenges in my life I have been able to stay very optimistic and upbeat, and this is no different. I look forward to the surgery, returning to Nichols in the spring, and also trying out for the hockey team once again.

Until next time,

Bish – ‘14

There Is No Place Like Home, There Is No Place Like Home, There Is No Place Like Home
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The summer is quickly wrapping up and with that comes the end of the nice weather and relaxing days on the beach and the focus quickly shifts to school. This semester will be interesting as I finish school online from California. I have the opportunity to travel home for this coming year and complete my undergraduate from there. This is a blessing in disguise because I moved away from home over six years ago and have not been there for an extended period in quite some time. With graduation in May, this is my last chance to live in the place where it all started before I pursue my career.

This year I will be finishing my undergraduate degree in sport management and human resources this semester. I have taken a couple of online classes already and it was different and challenging. Online classes don’t have the interactive part that a live class has, which is added challenge. However, I gladly accept and look forward to the challenge. That is the only down side to traveling back home for the year.

Being home with my family and friends brings a level of optimism and opportunity that I have not felt since coming to Nichols in 2009. The year will be filled with online classes and new internship opportunities, which is exciting. I am currently applying for several internships that would be taking place in the spring of 2013. I am finishing up the applications for IMG Academies in Florida and Ohio, as well as Madison Square Garden. Anyone of these three internships will provide me with great experience and will propel me in the right career direction.

Leaving and forgoing my senior year has been a decision that didn’t come overnight. The thing that I realized through this decision making process was that I could always come back and finish what I started. What I can’t do is rewind time to be with my family. I only get one chance to be with my family in this life and I am taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Nichols will always have a special place in my heart, because even though I am a student today, I am a Bison forever!

Cheers!

Dustin Timm ’13

Driving Across the Country, Not Always Peaches and Cream
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Coming from California I have had the opportunity to drive across the country not once, not twice, but three times in the past four years. Using the word opportunity to describe the drive is not that fitting to be honest. It wasn’t an opportunity more than it was a chore. If I knew how long and bad the drive was going to be, I would have stayed in California for school.

The first time I took the trip was in the summer of 2008. I had just been picked up by a team in Barrie, Ontario, which is 30 minutes north of Toronto. I actually convinced my dad to partake in the all the driving adventures with me. He openly jumped for joy, but little did he realize about the journey ahead of us. In 2008, a GPS was way out of my price range, so we had the next best thing, MapQuest directions and a large North American map. It was only 42 hours of driving until we reached Barrie, Ontario. We hadn’t even left the driveway and we were already four hours behind schedule. My dad insisted on having a video camera for the trip, which meant it needed to charged, oh boy the trip was off to a great start!

The second time driving across the country was in the summer of 2009, which meant I was on my way to college. My dad was ever so gracious to join me again on this trip. It started off well until we hit the border of Nevada and the last casino. During the first time road trip I was only 20, but now I was 21, which meant I could gamble legally inside a casino. Not the greatest idea, because it cost us six hours that day.

The third time making the trip was an adventure, as well, to say the least. Halfway through the country in Provo, Utah my car broke down. We were driving a 1990 Honda Accord EX, and my dad thought he was Jeff Gordon going through the mountains and taking corners at 90 MPH. That is when my front right CV joint cracked. That cost me eight hours and $675. Half of my savings for school was already gone and I wasn’t even half way there yet. Thanks dad.

All of the times that I have made the trip across the country, it seems to get easier and easier. You learn that patience is a true virtue in the moment. For example, when you have been driving for three days consisting of 10 hours and then you realize you are barely more than half way. I enjoy them none the less and look forward to the next time I am given the “opportunity” to take on the drive.

Freshman Orientation a Nolstalgic Moment
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It’s that time of year where freshman orientation is taking place for all colleges and universities across the nation. Although I didn’t attend orientation for Nichols, it still makes me think about freshman year and the times spent in Shamie Hall room 124. Coming to Nichols College, 3,756 miles away from home and not knowing a single person made it a moment of anticipation. I could not wait to begin my academic career and social life at Nichols College. Once arriving on campus I hit the ground running!

Freshman year was an adventure that was for sure. From the 18 fire alarms in one year and some during blizzards, to arguments with the roommates who has better XBOX. It was the beginning of December and we were in the middle of a pretty bad winter storm. At 2 a.m. we hear the sirens of the alarm and all you say to yourself, “Is this real life? You mean I have to go outside?” I was parked out right in front of Shamie Hall and I piled five of my friends into my car with the heat blasting. It was a horrible time for everyone else but we transformed that horrible moment into one we will never forget.

All the memories and great moments make you think where did the time go? Everyone always says that it goes by so fast, but you never really appreciate those comments until you go through it yourself. I have one more year left in my college career, but it will never seem long enough. Nichols College has been one of my greatest memories and times in my life and I would never change the decision to come here.

There will always be moments where things make me think about old moments and memories. Instead of missing them, it’s just time to make new and exciting ones that will forever follow you.

-Dustin TImm '13

Want to go to Dinner? Don't Leave Your Phone in the Car
Friday, June 08, 2012

I was involved in an interesting conversation the other day with a friend. The weird thing is was that it was in person, an actual face-to-face interaction. The conversation was over how face-to-face communication skills are falling by the wayside because of the increasingly rapid development of texting, social media sites, and other instant messaging technologies.

I went to dinner with my family during the winter break and I have a younger step-sister and step-brother. They both were on their phones playing a game or texting and then I realized my dad was doing the same thing. I was thinking to myself, “Is this really how it is now? I left my phone in the car and now I am the one being left out?” There was not much conversation going on during that dinner.

It is a scary thought that people are unable to communicate in a face-to-face setting. How do people achieve goals and objectives in the work environment? It is going to be hard for younger generations, who have had this technology at their hands their entire lives, to communicate properly in the workplace. I, personally, believe I was fortunate enough to not have the ability to communicate electronically until the age of 16. In fact, we didn’t even have internet in our home until my junior year of high school. This literally forced me to call and actually talk to people instead of just texting or instant messaging someone. Now if a kid is unheard of if a kid does not have a cell phone by the age of 12.

I just did an online assessment exam for MAPRFE and one of the questions they ask is what method do you communicate the best? The choices were texting, instant messaging, or face-to-face conversation. Are those actually the choices? It is hard to imagine that is what the modern day society has come to.

When the time comes when I am ready for kids, I know that they will not be having a phone until they are at least 14-years-old.

How Important is Getting Involved on Campus
Friday, June 01, 2012

A student getting involved on campus, in my eyes, is an extremely important aspect while at Nichols College. The school is very small and that can cause a problem for students if they don’t fit in right away with a particular group of friends. This leads to a feeling of loneliness, other depressed feelings, and ultimately a sense of not belonging to the community. This is a reason why students leave the school, which is really unfortunate because that can be fixed easily with involvement.

I was lucky enough to be part of the hockey team coming into Nichols. This was important for me because I did not know one person upon arriving at the College. In fact, I had not even met the coach in person yet, just over phone conversations. I never even visited the campus before, believe it or not. However, it has been one of the best decisions I have made for my career because I got involved on campus. This has increased my sense of belonging to the campus and the community. This proved to be vital when I was cut from the hockey team this last year.

 The first thing I was involved in was the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and I quickly became a voice on the committee. Unfortunately, SAAC is directly related to being a member of a sports team. Through SAAC, I was asked to be their representative on the Dine and Dish Committee. From there on, I just kept getting more involved by becoming a Resident Assistant, Student Alumni Society (SAS) Treasurer (now SAS President), and this coming fall a first-year PDS Teacher Assistant. Being apart of these various extracurricular activities has given me the sense of belonging to the Nichols community.

 Getting involved on campus, I believe is vital for a student’s success. The more a student is able to be a part of a committee or club affords them the chance to feel connected and needed on the campus. This is the first step in ensuring that students are successful at Nichols College. I may be off my rocker right now, but I know when I was in high school (hasn’t been since 2006!) there was almost a negative stigma around being apart of a club. Everyone would classify you as a “nerd.” So overcoming that stigma with freshman and getting them involved would be a good place to start. Therefore, step up fellow students and get involved!

What Does Quincy Market and Internships Have in Common?
Thursday, May 24, 2012

I understand the importance of the internship to my career. It is the starting point in which I need to be at in able to get my foot in the door of the industry in which I want to be in. They also provide me the chance to have a little sampling of what it is like to be in that industry. Internships remind me of the people at Quincy Market that are giving out a free sample to try and reel you in. Internships are the same way, they give you a sampling of what it is like to be in that field, so you can buy it or move on to the next stand. Now if I am at Quincy Market, I am moving onto the next stand, because let me tell you, there is nothing like FREE samples of great food.

I started my first internship with the Pawtucket Red Sox in early April, 2012, whom is the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, but unfortunately due to low attendance I was relieved of my employment. This would have provided me with the beginning building blocks of my career in the sport industry. It is unfortunate that I was relieved of my duties, but I wasn’t about to sit around and twiddle my thumbs. Well, actually I did that for a few days and it was really nice! As much as I wanted it to, I knew that it couldn’t last forever.

I started my second internship in late May with Brianne Callahan, director of alumni relations at Nichols College. She has me doing a variety of projects that I actually enjoy doing. Anything from planning what Student Alumni Society will be doing during the 2012-2013 academic year; also organize and plan reunions and other events. However, as much I enjoy this internship I need something more to supplement it.

The week after my release at the Paw Sox I knew I needed to find another internship/job in order to pay the bills, but also to provide me with more experience that would be a positive for my career. I reached out to an alumnus, Jason Dekow ‘06, emailed him and told him about my situation. I attached my resume and cover letter with that email. Sure enough he came through the following week with a job opportunity with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. So that is where I am until June 8.

I have had three very different internships in three very different industries. It has provided me with an opportunity to sample different things in my life. I am all for variety and trying many different things and internships have been no different. Of the three though, I enjoy the internship with Bri, and Nichols College the most. It allows me to use my creativity and my skills that I have in order to get the tasks assigned done. As before though, once I am done here with BCBSMA I will be looking for another opportunity to enhance my career.

-Dustin Timm '13

A Moment of Reflection: Student Alumni Society 2011-2012
Friday, May 18, 2012

The last year for Student Alumni Society (SAS) was an exciting time for the club. It took tremendous steps in becoming the most noticeable club on campus. It was a slow start to the year as we had some great ideas about what to do in regards to programs. The club took three trips to visit alumni and see what they do at their respective companies. The companies visited included Staples Inc., Metso USA inc., and Priscilla’s Candy Shop of Gardner, MA. The trips were the beginning of what I would call a very successful year as a club.

The fall semester also found us doing some community service. We attended the annual math night at Dudley Elementary. There is no better feeling than working with children and helping them with their individual learning skills. The turn out and passion by the members of SAS at this event was very encouraging to see. The semester’s fundraiser, however, was not as successful as we would had hoped. We did a holiday wrapping fundraiser, the marketing of the fundraiser started too late and people had already had their presents wrapped and ready to go. This is something we haven’t done before so it was really a trial and error kind of an event. With anything that we have done, we are always looking to improve and make the next event better than the last. SAS does not settle for staying at a level field, but instead looks to grow and improve with each and every thing that we do.

The spring semester was the more important semester for us as a club. The executive board recognized that our club needed to grow and bring on some new talent that would energize the club. This was done in February and that is when our group really took the next step and became a major player on campus. In fact, SAS was nominated for Club of the Year and TGOP was nominated for program of the year. SAS also had three of its members win individual awards, Stefany Mendez ’13, Dustin Timm ’13, and Andrew Haas ’15.

The SAS Annual Flower Sale was a huge success. It provided us an opportunity to give back to the club members that gave so much to SAS for the past year. We had a club outing at Tri-State Speedway where we ate dinner, played arcade games, and even a round of mini golf. 

The Gift of Opportunity was already planned for April 16-18, but with the club receiving some added enthusiasm we were able to develop the event into a five day event. This is when the idea for Spike the Bison was also brought into the picture. From that point on the member’s commitment to TGOP and the SAS mantra, “Student Today, Bison Forever!” really took off. You can find out more information about TGOP here. We have already started planning TGOP 2013.

Next year we will be looking to win both Club of the Year and Program of the Year, and I do believe in our club now more than ever. The members are very strong and every single one brings something to the club in their own specific way. It is one of the most dynamic teams I have been a part of and I am even more appreciative to be the president of such a tremendous group. Next year will be an outstanding year for SAS.

Talk to everyone in a few weeks, because I am doing an internship with Blue Cross Blue Shield until June 1. Cheers!

Life is a Marathon Not a Sprint: This is My Race
Thursday, May 10, 2012

 

Allow me to introduce myself and give you a brief overview of how I am blogging on this website. My name is Dustin Timm (I am on the right above), and I come from a humble beginning and I think that makes me extremely appreciative of what I have in my life today.

It all started back in 1988 when my mom had her first child of two, me. We lived in the small town of Woodland, California, yes Red Sox fan that is the same home town as second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

I grew up playing roller hockey from the very beginning. My first coach was actually my mom. I would never tell her, but she was the best coach ever; always so positive, even when the score was 19-0 and we didn’t have 19. I eventually grew to love the game and it was a true passion of mine for the majority of my life. Hockey has given me the opportunity to travel all over the United States including Florida, New Jersey, Texas, Colorado, and even Tijuana, Mexico (that is a whole other story for a future blog). At the age of 16, I had not converted over to ice hockey yet. I was given the opportunity to play by Norman La Bleu when he approached me with the opportunity to play. I can never repay Norman for what he did for me in my life.

Financial circumstances being the only thing holding me back from playing ice hockey, Norman put me through two months of training camps and practices, and then helped pay my way to Montreal. What an amazing person to do that for someone else. It speaks volume to him and his entire family.

From that point, I knew I wanted to play ice hockey. I ended up finishing my last year of baseball, basketball, and roller hockey and solely focused my efforts on ice hockey at the age of 16. Upon graduating high school in 2006, I went to Vancouver, British Columbia. I tried out there but was cut on the final day because I was told I was not tough enough because I wouldn’t fight. I went home to train and play for a local team. I ended up going back to Canada the following year and made the team. The first week I was traded to the Columbia Valley Rockies. After that season, I joined forces with some former teammates and found myself in Innisfil, Ontario. There I played for the Innisfil Lakers and we had a 41-8 record through the 49 game season.

While playing in Innisfil, I made the league all-star team and we traveled down to compete with Utica, Potsdam, Morrisville, Johnson and Wales, and Nichols College. That is when my contact with Nichols College began. I played my freshman and sophomore years while a student at Nichols. I unfortunately was cut going into my junior year. Another tough moment in my life, however, I did not find time to feel sorry for myself. I got involved with being a Resident Assistant, Student Alumni Society treasurer and now president, and joined various committees. Being cut allowed me to broaden my horizons and take the opportunity to do things that in the past would have not happened. This all leads me to here, blogging on this website. Now you know a little bit about Dustin Timm.

-Dustin Timm '13

Coming to an end ...
Friday, April 27, 2012

The semester has finally come to an end with only two lays left of class and the dreaded finals week after soon.  I have come to the end of my junior year. It is crazy to think that I only have one more year of my undergraduate left when it feels like I still have so much to accomplish. I am looking forward to my senior year, but still cannot believe that most of my college years are behind me.  College has gone by so quickly thus far that I can’t even imagine how quickly my senior year will come and go. I do hope to take part in the 4+1 MBA Program that Nichols offers so I will continue to be a Bison for one more year after completing my undergraduate degree.

There were many activities and events that took place this semester such as the successful career fair, The Gift of Opportunity, and the New York trip that many students took part in on and off campus.   However, I am glad to see this semester off since the course load was heavy.  I am not done for the summer though. I will be taking a few summer courses to offset the possible graduate courses I will be taking my senior year. Next semester, I will really be digging into major courses and I am excited to do so.

The end of the semester means the end of my internship as well.  Today is my last day as Bri’s intern; however, it will not be last time in the alumni relations office. I will be sure to make it a habit to visit because Bri has been one of the best bosses I have had and has taught me so much over the semester.  Anyone would be lucky to work for or with her. I have managed multiple projects over the course of my internship including writing columns and blogs for the alumni page and spoke with many alumni. I have enjoyed my internship with Alumni Relations and am sad that it has come to an end.

It has been an honor to be the voice of the Bison Blog. I hope everyone has a fantastic summer break and I wish the seniors the best of luck in the future!

Academic Honors Ceremony
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday was the Academic Honors Ceremony in Daniels Auditorium.  This ceremony was to recognize students who have reached outstanding accomplishments and therefore achieved acceptance into various honor societies as well as students who have received academic scholarships. Among the honor societies at the ceremony were Zeta Alpha Phi, Delta Mu Delta, Mu Kappa Tau, Phi Alpha Theta, and Omicron Delta Epsilon. The Zeta Alpha Phi is the Nichols College honor society. The Delta Mu Delta is a nationally recognized honor society for business administration studies.  The Mu Kappa Tau is the national scholastic honor society for students in marketing. The Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society in history. The Omicron Delta Epsilon is the official international honor society in economics.

Each honor society has specific requirements for students to be inducted into them. To meet the requirements for any of these societies is a great honor and any student who was inducted yesterday should be proud of their accomplishments.

 I had the honor of being inducted into three of the honor societies that were being recognized at the ceremony; Zeta Alpha Phi, Delta Mu Delta, and Mu Kappa Tau.  The list of inductees for Zeta Alpha Phi and Delta Mu Delta was astounding and I am proud to say that I was a part of those inductees. 

Companies going too far...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I recently faced my mock interview in my junior PDS class. It wasn’t the actual interview that got me thinking, it was one of the questions.  On top of the 15 questions that are required to be asked, professors are to add in two surprise question.  This I was aware of, however, the question shocked me more than I thought it would.  I was asked if I would give the interviewer my Facebook password and username. I replied with, “I would not be able to give you my password; however, if you would like to take a look at my Facebook or Twitter I will gladly show you.” That was the first response that came to my mind. There were three other responses that were different from mine. After the interview I got to thinking how could a company even think to ask that question?

It wasn’t until after my mock interview that I realized how much attention this question was getting from the media.  This morning The Today Show had a segment about this topic. It is all over the internet and has also been the talk in many classrooms. 

I, personally am not sure how to take the situation.  Do I really want to work for someone who is asking for my private information?  I do not see the relevancy of asking that question in an interview.  Companies obviously want to find out more information about a potential employee, but to ask for such personal information is not the appropriate way to achieve it.  Countless individuals use the same password for numerous things such as email and online banking.  Giving someone your private information for a social media website could mean unlocking other vital information for other websites.  It seems unjust for companies to inquire such a request.

 

Is it summer yet?
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Classes are back in session from our, oh too short of a spring break.  However, so far this semester has flown by pretty quickly.  After this week is over we only have six weeks left or 40 days until the end of the semester, but who’s counting?

 It does seem as though these last few weeks cannot even be enjoyed because of the amount of work that’s assigned for the end of the semester.  It doesn’t help either that Mother Nature already thinks its summer or therefore so does everyone else.  Yesterday was the first day of spring, but it felt more like the first day of summer.  Who wants to do homework and projects when its 70 degrees in March?

Spring break seems to fly by so quickly, but these last couple of weeks will seem to drag on.  I have projects beyond projects on top of a mock interview and exams to worry about before I can even think about the summer.  I know that it is to be expected with end of the semester projects and obviously finals but everyone gets that little bit of “summeritis” after spring break and it makes it quite difficult to focus. 

Six weeks left and the semester is over.  It might be a tough and stressful six weeks, but after that it’s three and a half months of freedom, from Nichols at least.  Many will have internships and summer jobs to entertain them or even for some of us summer classes. 

I wish everyone good luck with the rest of their semester!

Why attend the Nichols College Career Fair?
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Yesterday was the Nichols College Career Fair. As a junior, I was required to attend this event; however, I did volunteer to work the event with the Marketing club.  Even though juniors are required to attend, I think that student should want to go to this event.  There were over 70 companies that set up tables for the Nichols community as well as for the public. This Career Fair should not be looked at as simply a requirement but an opportunity to make connections and to not only personally hand your resume to a prospective employer, but to put a face with that resume.  It is important to make an impression, this event is the perfect opportunity to make yourself known, and could even be the reason you land that job or internship you wanted.

I was very pleased with the employers that came to the Career Fair.  I felt as though there was a diverse crowd, an employer for every major and interest.  I found many prospective employers for my major and interests within my major.  I spoke with a few employers that I could see myself working for.  Most employers were local, but there was one that really stuck out to me: Disney Internships.  I think that an opportunity such as obtaining an internship with Disney is a chance of a lifetime.  The connections, networks, and the possibilities accessible to you after working for Disney are endless.  Disney offers internships for every major, and I mean, who wouldn’t want to work for Disney?

The Career Fair opened up opportunities for me that I didn’t even know were available.  I am beyond grateful that Nichols gives us opportunities such as ones like the Career Fair.  Every student should be taking advantage of the events that Nichols offers to us. 

Juggling Act
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sure, college is supposed to be the time of your life; one big party, right? For many this is a complete reality but for others college seems to be a juggling act.  How do you manage your time in college so you have time for homework, class, two jobs, an internship, a little bit of fun, and some necessary down time?  Well let me tell you that right there is my reality and it isn’t easy.  I’m not complaining though, I love every minute of my busy lifestyle.  It might get stressful and seem a little crazy at times but it is how I chose to live my college days. 

It isn’t all that easy to manage those activities and it definitely isn’t for everyone, but that isn’t a bad thing.  I choose to keep myself productive and busy in ways listed above while others find different ways to keep themselves preoccupied and somewhat productive.  My personality is what keeps me from going crazy when I feel as though my life couldn’t get any busier.  I have the desire to keep myself productive and motivated and managing class, homework, two jobs, and an internship is my way of making that possible.  Time management is a huge part of being able to do this.  College is supposed to teach you how to be able to manage your time efficiently and it is where I learned to be able to juggle my life. 

Only you can provide the framework for what you are able to manage. Being a full-time student is enough work in itself, adjusting to college life takes time and being able to manage multiple responsibilities takes time too. There has to be a desire to achieve successes in college and to maintain a demanding lifestyle.  

Junior Year
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Junior year of college seems to be just like junior year of high school, basically the most crucial of the four years.  It is when most students are completing internships and looking for other internship opportunities for the summer and even their senior year.  It is when all juniors must take 3rd year PDS.  And of course, it is when you really dig into your majors and minors.  Junior year is when you really take hold of what you are looking for in the future. Do I want to go to graduate school or do I want to jump right into a career?  The decisions and possibilities are endless and, quite frankly, very stressful.  Then there is always the occasional question…, Am I in the right major?  Is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life? Those simple, yet not so simple questions are in the backs of everybody’s’ mind and torture you until you are absolutely positive you’ve chosen the right path.   

Some majors at Nichols require an internship but others do not.  Whether it is required or not I think that every student should take part in an internship opportunity.  This is my first internship but I know that I would like to obtain one somewhere over the summer and maybe even during my senior year.  I would like to get the most experience I can in my field before I hit the real world.  Internships are about getting you that experience, that step in the door that could make your future.

Third year PDS might be the most dreaded course of junior year because of its workload, mock interviews, and time-consuming portfolio.  However, it might also be the most beneficial. PDS is a unique course and gives us opportunities that students from other colleges do not receive.  Although PDS only takes place once a week, it is still just as time consuming as a three-credit course and should be treated as though it is one.  

Junior year is almost over for me and reality begins to set in; I will be a senior in less than one year and after that I will be off into the professional world.   Did I choose the right path? I am almost positive I did; I am happy with my major; I love Nichols; and I am enjoying my first internship. The true test though, will be when I go off into the working world and begin using the experience I have gained during my college years.

The tough morning of a commuter
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The daily routine of a commuter: how to even begin.  For one thing, we always show up later than the resident students to class.  It’s not our fault when the driver in front of you decides to go thirty miles per hour when clearly you are in a rush to be early to class. Then there is the parking.  Parking at Nichols is a war (unless you have an 8 a.m. or a 2:15 p.m.) and the upper level spots are like gold. Parking in the lower lot, though only a few feet away from the upper lot, is a commuters worst nightmare, especially when a little late for class.  The steep stairs that you have to hike up just to make it to the upper lot and then the dreaded second set of stairs that are the topper to leaving you gasping for air.  Even worse about those stairs is the awkward moment when someone is walking down them and you are walking up them and you aren’t sure whether to squeeze your way up the stairs or wait for a clear path.  And lastly, the horrible one minute walk to Academy and the two minute walk to Davis; might as well make us commuters walk a marathon!

However, in all seriousness, we have it pretty easy here.  Most of the drive to Nichols is back roads and therefore avoiding traffic and the walk to class from the commuter lots is closer than some residents have to walk at other colleges. You could even say Nichols spoils us. There has also been conformation of the approval of expanding the lower level parking, adding many more parking spots. I know what everyone is thinking, that it is a far walk, but be thankful the commuter lots aren’t a mile away from the classroom buildings!

As a commuter it’s always more difficult to be involved with on campus activities and clubs.  However, Nichols is always working to keep all members of the community involved. There are so many activities going on that are made convenient to commuters and residents.  Cultural are during our lunch break as well as after our 3:30 class and at night, making times convenient for everyone. Club meeting times are usually made convenient for all students as well.

If you haven’t attended a cultural yet or aren’t involved in a club, I suggest you get involved.  There are a diversity of culturals offered to the Nichols Community; something for everyone!  For all you marketing majors, on February 22 at 7 PM, Michael LaBroad, former VP Marketing Budweiser, Bass Pro Shops and NHL will be speaking in Davis Auditorium.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Who the heck is Ashley O'Keefe?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012


That's me on the right with my friend at my favorite place on Earth!

Isn’t it funny how quickly time passes when you give it the chance? I still cannot believe that I am almost finished with my junior year of college.  It still seems like yesterday I was walking towards my high school classmates in a cap and gown wishing I could freeze time, at least for a little while.  Now, as my college career is already half over I wonder what the next few years will bring. 

My name is Ashley O’Keefe, the intern for Alumni Relations.  I will be blogging this semester. I am a junior and pursuing a marketing major and accounting minor.

I did not start my college career here at Nichols, though I wish I had.  My journey began at Worcester State where I soon realized that it was not a good fit for me.  Though I did make relationships with people who made my time there worthwhile, the “Woo” just wasn’t the place for me.  The second I came to the Nichols campus for my interview to be re-accepted, I knew that this is would be where I went for the remainder of my college days.  I knew that Nichols would give me the tools and push that I needed to become the successful and motivated individual I am.  Looking back on that day I chose Nichols, I wouldn’t change a thing and know I made the right decision. 

Nichols has provided me with every opportunity to excel.  The possibilities are endless when you take advantage of what is offered to you.  There are endless clubs and activities to be a part of to keep the Nichols community engaged. 

My favorite thing about Nichols is that every professor wants to know your name and who you are.  Some may find that a negative thing, however nothing is more beneficial than a college professor pushing you to succeed, which I have encountered in every course I have taken here.  After spending time at another college I realize that Nichols is different.  Professors want their students to succeed and classes are geared towards achieving that. 

My plans after college? After graduating Nichols, I plan to attend graduate school, most likely here at Nichols as well.  After that I have hopes to become an employee for TJX.  I would love to be in the buying department.  I want to travel in the first few years of my career and with that job I would potentially have the opportunity to travel around the world.

I look forward to blogging during my internship with Alumni Relations.

Until next time,

Ashley

 

Last Blog for this Bison
Friday, December 09, 2011

Well, we have finally made it. The end of another semester and for me, my last fall as a student Bison is going to be completed next Thursday. It’s hard to believe that the semester and the four years of college are winding down. It feels like just yesterday that I was moving into Shamie as a freshman, let alone just a few months ago when I moved into the Copper Beech apartments.

This semester for me has been a lot more work than I imagined. Not to say I didn’t expect a challenging year, but the past years of seniors did a great job of masking all the work they did and only showed the fun they had. Additionally, Hurricane Irene and the unexpected blackout vacation made the semester much more condensed and challenging as we lost so much time during the semester. Still the sure fact of completing the semester is the reward itself. I was able to take a few of my harder classes and move them out of the way to make room for my last classes in my major, minor, and business core. The more I think about next semester the more real it becomes to me that this is it. There are no more semesters of my undergraduate career, no more living with the friends who became family living in places like Shamie, Remillard, or Copper. The ride is reaching its endpoint and its going to come a lot faster than I would want to.

Still though it’s just another phase of life that’s coming to an end and letting another begin. I think to how in a year from now, I will be working at Target full time as a manager. It’s crazy to think that I will be starting my career. For the longest time this is what I have been working towards, but now it will become a reality. I’m going off into the real world and breaking through the Bison Bubble.

Folks, this is it for me. My last blog and my last day as Bri Callahan’s intern. I have learned a lot and had exposure to multiple outlets of the day to day of the Director of Alumni Relations. Bri, as a boss, has been fantastic to have. She has let me really own every task and make the internship challenging and exciting. Every day was a new challenge and Bri really made you feel like one of the team, a great strength in a leader.  From website development, to writing articles for the website, to social media monitoring, to blogging, and lastly helping to run events has been a fun and exciting new challenge for me to take on. Come spring we will have a new intern taking over the roles I had here. Thanks for listening and be on the lookout as the new Bison Blogger will resume in January!

All the Best,

Ed

Do you really deserve that A?
Friday, November 18, 2011

I saw a comic strip depicting two scenes of an American student. The first shows the student in the 1960’s, he brings his report card home with some not so stellar grades. The student’s parents respond while viewing the report card of “how do you explain this?” with an angry face at the student. Flash forward to the same situation in the present day, the parent’s respond with the same comment and expression, but this time the comment is directed at the teacher, not the student.

            Are we giving students too much leeway with their education? Who should the accountability fall on? A professor recently gave me an article that focuses on the correlation to the Bachelors degree and middle-class jobs and earnings. At the end of the article the professor attached a comment that was put on the article. Here is what the comment says:

            One thing that people (students and families) do not seem to understand is that college is not just the thirteenth grade. The way that you learn in college- the level of expectation for independent thinking driven by evidence- is different from high school. And the skills learned in college are life skills that enable students to engage in the workplace with intellectual agility. They are the upward mobility skills. We in the academy are not always connecting the dots for those unfamiliar with the whys and wherefores of the college experience or the college/workplace nexus. We need to do a better job of that. The stand alone statement that one earns more with a college degree does not help a first generation or immigrant student understand why and how that happens. They need to have the additional motivation of understanding why "impractical" courses may be the most important they ever experience. 

            Why are we not holding students accountable to the highest standard? I see many instances where students do not do the work and expect an A. I remember my parents telling me that college is a privilege and not a right. Is that assumption changing? Are students feeling as if college is just the general path that leads to that dream job? Where is the passion in the current generation to do well and to better themselves? We need to start looking at higher education as a privilege again. You don’t just get an A for paying your tuition and doing the bare minimum.

            I remember watching my mom get her MBA and then her Masters in Taxation while I was growing up. Her parents did not pay for her to go. She had a day job and two young kids, but still wanted to better her education to help better not only her life, but that of my dad, sister, and mine. That is the drive we need to see in our students of today. We need to give students the grades they earn for the work they put in and not what they perceive to be the grades they deserve. Deadlines are given and expected to be met. If a student misses a deadline then that is their fault. We need to stop coddling students and giving them multiple chances because they are not learning from their repeated chances. If anything they are learning that they can go through life procrastinating and not acting like adults.

            We hear students say all the time, “I am eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one years-old. I am an adult and want to be treated like one.” This is a great opportunity for them to get a dose of that adulthood they yearn for. If they don’t follow directions, it’s their loss. If they choose not to study for a test, that’s their fault for their bad grade. It is not the professors fault or the professors duty to come up with some extra credit for them to do to get that A they think they deserve. Extra credit is the biggest joke in the world. If someone is willing to put in the extra work for extra points or to make up for assignments they chose not to do, they are proving that they should have just done the assignment assigned the first time. If anything, it proves that they have the drive and potential to do the work. This generation would make great negotiators or spin doctors the way they can come up with excuses or sell why they didn’t do something. So why aren’t they doing it? Why aren’t we preparing that 75 percent for the real world? (The 75 percent is based on the bell curves assessment of 25 percent at the top who are prepared, the 50 percent that make up the middle who do enough to get by, and the 25 percent at the bottom who are considered stragglers).

            There are two things we need to do with this new generation of students. One we need to let them fail. Experience is the best way to learn and gain real life experience. Learning from failures provides the best teaching experiences for anyone really. If we don’t let students fail, even at things that we know that we can solve for them or may seem so obvious to us, then we are not helping them and are playing into their ultimate demise. Let them not into class for being late, if that was a business meeting they wouldn’t be allowed in. Don’t give an extension on a case study, if that was a report due to their boss, they would be fired. If they learn now they will be better prepared for the future.

            The second goes hand in hand with the first. Stop being helicopters to them! Let them take ownership for successes and failures. Don’t blame everyone else for their mistakes and don’t take their excuses. Remember we aren’t going to be holding their hand at their first job and we can’t call their boss when they get in trouble. So why should we do this with their education?

Winding Down
Friday, November 04, 2011

This past weekend like many of you New Englanders got to experience the freak “Halloween Nor’easter” just as I did on the Hill. The snowstorm not only destroyed a lot of trees in the areas, but Nichols, like most of New England, lost power for three days and the students gained a nice little “Halloween Vacation” until returning to campus Thursday afternoon for their Friday classes.

            I spent my impromptu break catching up on sleep and housed my roommate and friend for a few days. It was a nice relaxing break from the schoolwork and my daily routine up on the Hill. Now that I am back, I cannot believe how little time we have left in the semester. November is one of those months that just fly by thanks in large part to our Thanksgiving Break. Now to throw in the first week off in November, the month is going to fly by even faster.

            The end of the semester is always the most stressful time on campus. It starts with class registration and from there move onto copious amounts of papers and tests that need to be completed. In the true fashion of students, many will procrastinate until the last minute to complete their work and cram in those last minute study sessions for final exams.

           Then the next thing you know its winter break, for me this will be my last winter break ever as many of you know the real world doesn’t get regularly scheduled breaks. That is a scary thought to me that the year can fly by this fast and the next thing I know I will be in a cap and gown walking across the stage to receive my diploma. Where did all the time go? I feel like it was just the first week of freshman year yesterday and now I am sending in my registration for graduation to the Registrar’s office. The time here has flown by and now I am only a few weeks away from completing my last fall semester as a Bison.

          As I prepare for spring semester and the classes I will take, the one thing that really sits in my mind is the idea of time. This whole idea that after this next semester it’s all over makes me really focus on the fact that I need to cherish my time left of the Hill. Enjoy the time I have with my friends and overall leave Nichols with no regrets.

        If by commencement, when I walk across the stage I can say I made the most of my four years and have little to no regrets, that to me will be the defining moment of my college career.

Engelkemeyer Inaugurated
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This past Friday, Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer, was officially inaugurated as the Seventh President of Nichols College. For me, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience as the President of the Student Government Association to be a part of the process. My experience started over a year ago when the Presidential Search Committee had the Executive Advisory Board interview the candidates. Dr. Engelkemeyer was a unique candidate; she comes from a great business education background including reputable institutions such as Ithaca College, Babson College, and most recently as Dean of the Charlton School of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. During the interview, I remember that a majority of the questions she was asked, that she returned the answer with a question. Now me, who likes a clear answer, found this at first to be a little frustrating, but I saw that she was trying to understand the college and the dynamic around the college.

Soon Engelkemeyer was announced as the Hill’s new leader and that brought me into phase two of the process, the Inauguration Committee. Now I was able to see everything that was going into this prestigious event. Cindy Brown, executive assistant to the president, made sure that every detail was met and finally it brought us up to step three, the big day.

As the SGA president, I was on the presidential platform, and gave the call to service as the representative of the student body. Being on the platform was hot literally, those lamps were making me both blind and sweat, that I forgot about any reason to be nervous. I remember everyone asking me if I was nervous, but since I wrote the speech I was about to say there was no real reason to be nervous. Finally, I presented and within a minute it was over. I sat back down in my seat and waited for the rest of the induction to continue. Finally Dr. Engelkemeyer was officially President Engelkemeyer. As we processed out we could hear screams and cheers. Students had gathered outside the auditorium to welcome their new president to the Bison family. Even though I knew it was going to be there, the loudness of it was a shock to me.

The experience is one that I will remember about my time here on the Hill. Being a part of those important meetings and the day itself is something many of my predecessors and successors will not have in their time as SGA president. Once again, congratulations and welcome to President Engelkemeyer, and best wishes on her years here on the Hill, may they be her best as they have been mine.

The Art of the Complaint
Friday, October 14, 2011

It’s the age old problem, student’s claim there is nothing to do, the school claims there is a lot going on for them to do. Why is there such disconnect between faculty, staff, administration and the student body? I have been thinking a lot about this lately, being Student Government President and working for Alumni Relations, I am never one to be complaining about being bored or that I have nothing to do. A number of students find a connection with a club or sport, but for social events it seems that it is hard to grab a large majority of the student body in such as with CAB events, Career Events, and Cultural events.

Are we putting on events that student’s want or is there a sense that students do not seek out what schools are putting on and simply complain for the sake of complaining? Students constantly use the excuses that they didn’t know that something was going on, but in this age of modern technology and the boom of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, school portals, and email, which is consistently posting updates. It is as if students are shying away from these messages. In fact, many only go to things if there is an incentive such as free giveaways, cultural credit, big prizes, or class requirements. The simple desire to attend is quite low in many students. So why do we continue to program?

Many students don’t seem to understand that schools can rarely program with things such as alcohol for liability reasons and schools as small as Nichols cannot take on the overheard that a school like UMASS could. To simply put it, students need to get it out their head the idea of a school putting on a drinking related event; it just is not going to happen minus the senior events and the beer garden at Spring Weekend.

Worst of all, students are constantly asked for their input for events that are considered within reason for a school like Nichols. The response is rarely actual legitimate suggestions, followed by ridiculous ideas that will never happen, and lastly a lack of response. That lack of response is why students do not get the things that they are complaining that they do not have. The initiative needs to be on the students to seek out information to make the most of their college experience. For those who choose not do that, they should have no right to complain.

The Dire Need of Internships
Friday, October 07, 2011

            One thing I just don’t understand is why all Nichols’ majors are not required to complete an internship before graduating. I have completed three internships at Nichols, two on campus with the Office of Communications and the Alumni Relations, while the other was a summer internship with Target Corporation. My internship with the Communications Office was for credit during the fall 2009 semester. I would not do a credit based internship in the summer since it is too expensive and in most cases students are not being paid for credit based internships. They end up losing money having to pay large sums for working. That to me makes no sense, but at the same time requiring a student to do an internship is the best way for them to gain experience for the resume and really see if they are going to like what they are getting their degree in.

            I know quite a few students and alumni who are currently working in fields completely unrelated to what they studies. If they had to partake in an internship, they could determine if they enjoyed that industry and continue to pursue their degree in that discipline. I know from firsthand experience based on my internship with the Communications Office, I do not want to be writing press releases, contacting newspapers, and uploading news to a website for the rest of my life. I figured out what I am more interested in, which is working with the operational and event management aspect of an organization. Additionally having that internship on my resume helped to diversify myself from another candidate.

            The real world is not as simple as sending out a resume, interviewing, and getting the job. These days it is more about who you know and who can help you get your foot in the door. Networking and making those connections will help to get you where you want to be. Internships are a great way to meet people who can someday potentially help you in your career. In lucky cases like mine, jobs can come from completing them, while others may be from having your boss write you a fantastic letter of recommendation. We should consider reevaluating the standards of requirements on completing an internship. For example, Nichols students must complete twenty-eight cultural credits to graduate, but in most cases do not cost them any money to complete. Why not make an internship be a requirement that students have to do, but at no additional cost? Having more Nichols students completing internships especially in the Worcester area and beyond will increase the awareness of Nichols College and only benefit the school. Having said all this, if any alumni are looking for interns, Nichols students are always looking for an opportunity to work.

Ed

#BisonPride Forever
Friday, September 30, 2011

           If you are on Twitter you probably have your timeline flooded with tweets that are hashtagged as #BisonPride. Terrance “TRose” Mayrose ’09 led a revolution on the social media site to get #BisonPride trending for the Boston area. (For those of you not on Twitter, trending means that anyone who is in the Boston area on Twitter will see on their Twitter homepage #BisonPride due to the large amount of users using that phrase.) When TRose tweeted me about the idea last Sunday night, I was skeptical that it was going to pick up within the Nichols Community, sure enough Monday morning my timeline was flooded with #BisonPride, most from TRose and a small group of people tweeting and retweeting in large masses. Seeing this I gladly jumped in, the surge on Monday led me to tweet #BisonPride over one-hundred times. Soon just about everyone and anyone with some relation to Nichols, whether they be current students, staff, alumni, or friends of the college made sure that any tweet they tweeted had the #BisonPride hashtag.

            While the momentum behind #BisonPride has slowed since the initial surge, the energy behind homecoming is still high throughout campus. The whole thing got me thinking about Nichols and why I love this school. Probably the greatest thing about Nichols is that sense of community you feel being here. Whether you are a student or alumni the school forges a connection between people that not many people can say they have. Bri, my boss in Alumni Relations, recently had shirts made up saying “Student Today, Bison Forever!” I can’t really think of a better way to sum up Nichols better than that. Once you leave the Hill, you will head off into whatever direction life takes you, but the fact that you can return to a place that brings back your memories of good times and share them with the future generations of Nichols. The fact is we are all Bison for life and that is something that won’t change and should be embraced.

            So as the Bison herd gathers up on the Hill this weekend, I will be making a video for Alumni Relations on “What it means to be a Bison,” so ask yourself what does that mean to you? I look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Ed

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Painting over the Past
Friday, September 23, 2011

            Homecoming is one of the busiest times here at Nichols. As we prepare for both alumni, current students and their parents to share the weekend, I started to really think about how much Nichols has changed over the past decades. To me, I see the Nichols of today, but that school looks completely different from the pictures I have seen of the school and the Hill going back to the forties and early fifties.
           It amazes me first that this was an all male school and that at a time the school had housing for married spouses. Wow has the times changed, being married while in school is something you do not see every day, let alone on a college campus in the resident community and yet years ago it was perfectly normal.
          The campus in itself has changed drastically from residence halls that are no more to the days when the Bison’s Den was a pub and the fact that Nichols once had a functioning swimming pool. Not many of the original buildings are left. To my surprise that Conant Hall, which houses a multitude of faculty offices, was once a residence hall! It makes sense to me now when I go and visit with a professor on why they all would have fireplaces in their office. Even the former Alumni Hall, which is the site of the soon-to-be Student Center, was once a residence hall to Nichols students. It amazes me that these places I wouldn’t think twice of hold some of the best memories for some alumni during their Bison years, similar to the way I feel about Shamie, Remillard, Olsen, and Copper Beech II residence halls.
        It then got me thinking that when the buildings are no more, are the memories gone? Is not seeing the building or not seeing it in the use that it was when I was there going to tarnish my nostalgia of Bison memories? As the campus grows into the next phase of being a thriving institution, how do we preserve the past?
        One of my favorite things about the school is the bar in the Bison’s Den. Covered in signatures, it is a piece of Nichols history that still shows me what this place must have been like years ago. When I first got to Nichols, the Den was used occasionally for events, but otherwise was practically deserted. Now it has been revived into the Center for Student Involvements current home as we await the completion of the Student Center. What happens though once that building is completed? Does the Den fall off again into lack of use? How do we continue to use this piece of Nichols history? And what happens when one day that bar gets repainted and those signatures are gone? How do we preserve those memories into the future?
        I guess only time will tell what will happen to these memories for me as I watch Nichols change from year to year.

See you at Homecoming,

Ed

College, practice for the workforce
Friday, September 09, 2011

School is definitely back in session up here in Dudley. I have immersed myself back into my busy routines of classes, my internship in Alumni Relations, acting as president of Student Government Association (SGA), and now back to my other job as a server at Margaritas Mexican Restaraunt in Framingham. What can I say I like to stay busy, down time though needed is not really my thing. I prefer to be moving and staying involved in whatever really, my days usually consist of me waking up around nine for whatever my day is filled with, followed by a quick lunch either at Lombard Dining Hall or in my room in Copper II, then back to my work-related tasks and then finally around dinner time, I come home to make dinner or get take out and just relax or head out to night class or work.

What can I say, a room is room and the purpose of it is for sleeping and eating. I dont really understand the people who spend six plus hours a day during the week in bed just watching TV, playing video games or cheaking Facebook a million times. Part of this whole college experience is to meet new people, get involved, and prepare yourself for the future. I feel that I will become easily acclimated to the workforce over some of my peers because I am already doing the things that those in the workforce do. Schedule, schedule, schedule... THAT IS THE SECRET TO IT! So many people don't realize that it is the easiest way to manage your time and set personal deadlines that are easily attainable.

With my hectic schedule, I like to give all those I work for and myself an organized outline of where I am at any point of the day. Plus I have a desk calender that I can write anything that pops up, deadlines, and assignments. With all that we do, it is easy for something to slip the mind and that is where the problems can arise. At the end of the day we are all human and we can use these errors as opportunities to learn. Now this is not to say that I don't have those days where I just want to be lazy, sleep in, just lay in bed, but that needs to be done in moderation. I use my down time and social time as rewards for a hard week of work that I deserve and I know that I will be back at my hard workload again.

I know I choose to take on more than the average student or twenty-two-year-old takes on. However, I truely believe that it all pays off whether it be in the form of job offers, networking, or lessons learned from experience. Everything I have done, especially over these past years as a bison, I have been able to speak to in interviews, classes, and life. That to me is a reward in itself.

So just a little inside into whats gone on up here at NC, today the Center for Student Involvement (formerly Student Activities) in conjunction with Student Services put on a 9/11 Remembrance service. It was complete with yours truly reading a poem written by Nichols' Chaplain Wayne Daniel Berard, the National Anthem sang by Nichols' sophomore Carina Walker '14, and an outline of the United States of America spraypainted into the grass and flags handed out to students, faculty, and staff to place the flag onto anywhere on our makeshift map that they wanted. I chose to put mine in southern Maine as it is one of my favorite places in the world to be and makes me think of my family and friends. Senior Class President Andrew Gresenz '12, put together the event as the intern for the Dean of Students, and a special kudos goes out to him for the excellent job he did with the afternoon's event.

Well that's all for today, until next time!

Ed

Finally a Fourth Year Bison
Friday, September 02, 2011

Me in India at the Taj Mahal on my Semester at Sea Voyage

Is this real? That's what I ask myself everyday when I wake up in Copper Beech II and realize that it was four years ago and not just yesterday that I moved into room 116 in Shamie Hall. I am amazed at how much has changed at Nichols both physically and in regards to administration. And yet there are still signs of the same school I looked at during my senior year of high school.

My name is Ed Baia, I am a senior here at Nichols, the intern for Alumni Relations, and will be blogging for the semester. I chose Nichols because I wanted to be at a small school that would allow me to succeed academically, grow as a person and future business professional, and most of all have a variety of opportunities to take advantage of whether it be a multitude of clubs to join, study abroad programs that would help me learn beyond the classroom, and internships that would set me up for a career after I leave the Hill.

I am fortunate enough to say that I was able to achieve every one of these opportunities that Nichols has placed in front of me. From the beginning of freshman year, I got involved with student government as the treasurer of the freshman class. By sophomore year, I moved into one of SGA's executive positions as the president of the Campus Activities Board and in my junior year, I served as the vice president of the Student Government Association. Now in my senior year, I hold the position of president of the Student Government Association. It is quite a climb and into a place I did not initiallly see myelf going to. However, the opportunity presented itself and it was the right move for me to make and to further my leadership skills.

While I have gotten involved in the day to day life of Nichols College through SGA, I knew that during my college career I wanted to study abroad. After partnering with the Fischer Institute, and reviewing the endless opportunties that were placed in front of me, I chose a program that really allowed me to see the world. Semester at Sea, which allowed me to circumnavigate the world while visiting eleven different countries on four continents, truly change my view of the world and gave me first hand experience to both how others live their lives in emerging markets and how business is conducted beyond the United States. For a deeper look into my travel, check out the blog I kept on my voyage http://bisonabroad.blogspot.com.

Lastly, after returning to Nichols for the spring semester of my junior year I was given the opportunity to work for Target's Executive Internship program. There I was given first hand experience on the day to day work of a manager. Upon completion of the internship, Target offered me a full time job, which I accepted upon graduating this year. Additionally I have held internships at Nichols with the Office of Communications and now, the Office of Alumni Relations. People say I am a rarity, my passion and drive is not something you see in every twenty-two-year-old, but I see it as taking advantage of everything thrown my way. Everything I have done I can speak to and has meaning and that is what will be beneficial in the future for my career.

I look forward to be blogging for our Bison Community and connecting with alumni and then one day joining this community as an alumnus myself.

Best,

Ed

Bison-in-Waiting
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We are currently searching for a current student to write for the Bison Blog.

We would like to thank Margaret Colom '11 for her hard work in launching the Bison Blog.

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