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The ‘Next Beginning’ !

by sadelson on February 7th, 2013

Hey everyone! It has certainly been a while since I last posted, but this semester I am all in, ready to update you on my experiences here as a freshman at Stony Brook University on a weekly basis. This week I am going to focus a great deal on how the beginning of my second semester here at Stony Brook has been different from my first semester. There are so many differentiations, and I believe that you will find from what I have to say that once you get past that first semester you really do settle into the Seawolf community and begin to mold the person you are prepared to become in life.

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1. The first few days here at Stony Brook of your first semester are pretty hectic, with moving in for the first time, mandatory orientations and activities planned throughout the weekend, and preparation for one’s first college courses. But when I got back to Stony Brook for my second semester, the experience was extremely different. A lot of my stuff was still here from the first semester so moving in was as simple as bringing back my clothes. There are no orientations planned for non-first semester students, so I had plenty of time to hang out with friends before classes began, and so the time before was much more relaxing. I also had to spend no time whatsoever attempting to find my classes since over the course of the first semester I had mastered the location of just about everything.

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2. The first semester is all about finding things to take part in that really interest you, and that you will remain committed to for a long period of time. It is certainly daunting at first if you do not go to the involvement fairs early on in the semester, because you will have little to no idea of how to contact student organizations. Make sure you go to the involvement fairs held during the first month of the semester! I quickly found my interests on campus, particularly the Undergraduate Student Government. They are a body of students well-known on campus with the goal of working with the administration to improve student experiences here on campus in all respects. I ran for freshman class representative during my first semester at Stony Brook, and won! Now I am a part of the organization that I truly believe to this day has the student’s thoughts in mind, and I am looking forward to making a major impact on the campus life here during my term. It is also absolutely impossible to discover all of the different opportunities available on campus during one’s first semester. It wasn’t until very early in during this second semester that I found out about the existence of an equestrian club (horseback riding). It is something I had never done before but always wanted to give a go, so I am looking into that for the spring. Never give up on finding opportunities to do things on campus, because they won’t all appear at once!!!

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3. The second greatest challenge you will face during your first semester is balancing EVERYTHING: coursework, clubs and organizations, hanging out with friends, and, most importantly, your sanity. Haha, just kidding, no matter what happens, never let the experience get the best of you. The first couple weeks will certainly be a transition from the high school experience. Make sure that you put your coursework first, so you can determine sooner rather than later how much time you can expect to be studying each week, and then determine how to balance that with your other interests. Once you get into the second semester, this becomes a whole lot easier, because you understand how to balance these things, HOPEFULLY. This means that you know what challenges you can undertake during the semester without allowing your grades to slip. You will also know how to organize your schedule, whether or not morning or night classes work for you, and even planning days off from classes with some wizardry. I was able to get three nearly empty days, and put most of my classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Yeah, I may have nine hours of consecutive class, but then I get five days a week to relax and do the other things that I really enjoy.

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4. AND FINALLY, the most important aspect of beginning your second semester here at Stony Brook: Maintaining that Seawolf swagger! When you get here for your first semester at Stony Brook, I hope that it will be your goal to support your school by wearing Stony Brook apparel, RED ON FRIDAYS, and attending every single football game! If you do, I hope that is something you will continue throughout your first semester, because it is great to see freshman getting involved and becoming a part of the family from the get-go. But, once the second semester starts comes the greatest challenge: MAINTAINING THAT SWAGGER. Go to all of the basketball games, all of the baseball games; take part in all activities on campus, especially the weekend ones. The spring is especially known for its premiere events, from comedy shows, to Roth Regada, to the end of the year concert!

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My second week of the second semester here at Stony Brook is just about over, and I can honestly say that the transition was much more smooth than it was for the first semester. It will be a challenge, but I, and 2700 other students, got through it! Once you get over that hurdle, the college experience will truly begin, and you will have the best time of your life. In the next couple of days, I will be writing about something new I’ve been doing on campus since the second semester began: going to the BRAND NEW Campus Recreation Center on a daily basis, and running on a daily basis, too! I will explain the reasoning behind it, and much more, very soon.

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Until then, my future Seawolf friends, have a great day!

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- Steven Adelson

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