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Archive for July, 2013

  • Post-grad Life on July 4th, 2013

    So, here we are, my first summer after graduation. The post-grad life is everything I hoped it would be: trading flip-flops for flats, late night study sessions for 7am wake-up calls and facebook for Linkedin. I’m exaggerating, it really isn’t that bad. The coolest part about graduating is the respect that comes with having a bachelor’s degree. Suddenly it’s almost like my opinion is more “legitimate” than it was before, people (my mother) actually listen to what I have to say.

    In spirit of this TBT (throwback Thursday) here’s a picture of me and my best friend on graduation day:

    It’s hard to believe that picture was taken over a month ago. Between finals week, moving to a new place and starting two new jobs I haven’t really had time to process anything. Did I mention I got accepted into my grad program? I’m happy to say that I’ll be continuing my Stony Brook career this Fall when I start my Masters in Higher Education!

    My entire family is pretty excited too, maybe more than me because they love to come out to visit. They make the trip out at least once a year to tailgate at a football game and usually in the spring to just hang out. Last year my parents, siblings, two cousins, aunts, uncles and about a dozen of my friends camped out before the game to BBQ and play some ol’ cornhole.

    Secretly, I don’t think my mom is ready to admit that she’s old enough to have a daughter that graduated from college. Staying at Stony Brook eases her pain because I’m not really done with college yet. Good thing she still has my brother, the biggest Seawolf of all to keep her young. He wrote about Stony Brook in his class book:

    (in case its too small to see, the shirt in his self-portrait drawing says “Go Seawolves! Ya”)

    Summer on campus is great. The university invested in this really cool bike sharing program, Wolf Ride where you can pick up a bike at one dock, ride it to your destination and leave it at that dock. It’s AWESOME plus, its solar powered.

    I’m loving that it doesn’t get dark till 9 and that its still warm enough to be outside even later than that. They keep the lights on at the outdoor volleyball and basketball courts so there is always a pick-up game going on, even after dark. The rec center is also open and offering classes all summer!

    The post-grad life really isn’t as bleak as the adults make it seem. I guess it helps that I’m spending my time on a college campus with free outdoor movies, BBQ and craft nights.

  • Study Abroad… in China! on July 1st, 2013

    Hello there everyone!

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    It has been just over a week since my return from my Study Abroad travels this summer, and I have to say that my experience in CHINA was absolutely incredible, memorable, and life-altering. Stony Brook University offers one of the most diverse and expansive study abroad programs, with programs provided for every semester, to some of the most fascinating, and culturally and historically enriching nations across the globe. When I first went on the Stony Brook Study Abroad website, which can be found here www.stonybrook.edu/studyabroad/ (please copy and paste into a new browser), I was overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, but when my eyes met with ‘China,’ I knew where I was headed.

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    I have had a fascination with China for quite some time, and it began a number of years ago when I first began to self-study China history and culture. During my studies, I stumbled upon the photograph of a giant panda, and following the reading of its cultural significance to China and to the global community, my love for a nation grew. I applied for the study abroad program straight away, and I did not even tell my parents about it beforehand! Of course they were not very pleased about me doing it behind their backs, they were happy when I learned that I had been accepted to the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, on a scholarship from the Chinese government! Not only would I be studying abroad in one of my favorite nations, but I would be doing so in an economically-friendly state of mind.

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    On May 25th, I hopped onto a plane from New York to China, with the total flight being thirteen hours. And once I arrived in Beijing, I took an eight hour train ride to Wuhan, in the Hubei province, where the university was located. While the travel was frustrating, and I did smell quite a bit by the time I arrived in Wuhan, it was absolutely and undeniably worth the time and lack of sleep. From the moment I stepped off from the bus with my luggage, there were numerous volunteers there ready to assist me in carrying my luggage to my dorm room and getting affiliated with the university.

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    This is an image of the Three Gorges, in Yichange China.

    I will go in to more detail about my travels and cultural experiences in the next blog!

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    During my three-week stay at the university, I took two courses: (1) Beginners Mandarin, and (2) Chinese History and Culture. I loved both courses, for each provided stimulation for a different interest of mine. The beginners Mandarin course allowed me to finally begin learning a language I had been fascinated with for quite some time but never had an opportunity to explore, and the Chinese history and culture course supplemented all that I had self-studied in years past, and I was finally going to have an opportunity to explore firsthand what I was studying and had studied, in China! The most worrisome portion of these courses was the much-anticipated final examination, which, by the way, ended up being very manageable and did not pose any sort of negative burden on my experience.

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    I will definitely discuss more about my cultural experience in China, as well as a couple of goals I had when I first arrived to China, in my next blog post, which I promise to post shortly! It is a new year, and I am very dedicated to providing you all with the most knowledge possible when it comes to Stony Brook University and what it has to offer its students. Study abroad is definitely something all students should consider, no matter their major, during an intersession, because you have DEC requirements to fulfill and many of these study abroad programs allow you to complete some of them.

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    Thank you, and go Seawolves! :)

    Steven Adelson