I always thought that people exaggerated the importance of studying abroad. You hear people, even worse – your friends, coming back from their AMAZING study abroad experience and you feel mainly two things: 1. Happiness (for your friend) 2. Jealousy. You begin to think why you aren’t lucky enough to study abroad or if it’s even worth going through with the process at all! But all the while you are thinking…will financial aid even cover this?
My advice is: GO! Seize the moment while you are still an undergraduate and have the opportunity to explore. But please take my advice and pick a program that you think will change your life or academic experience. I know a lot of people doing the study abroad programs just to boost their resume or to just get DEC’s finished. Don’t do this! With a little bit of planning and good luck, you can get your DEC’s finished and have an awesome resume without even leaving the country.
Go to another country with your eyes open to learn and immerse yourself in another culture. If you love marine biology and wildlife – go to Jamaica! If you love the humanities and foreign language go to Rome or St. Petersburg! For example, I went to Berlin over the summer (as I’ve said in my previous posts). I knew next-to nothing about the culture besides an intermediate knowledge of the country and geography, but I was open to learning about the culture, literature and history. Now all of you don’t have to apply to Berlin just because of my high praise, but all I’m saying is choose wisely and grasp your life in your hands.
Other than studying abroad, another great opportunity to work abroad! What can be a better way to learn about a culture than to work in a foreign country! Even if it is for a short-term, there are so many options and possibilities. One great internship program is a program hosted by Cultural Vistas (http://culturalvistas.org/). Most of their programs are in Germany, but they hold some in England, Argentina, and Chile. If you are more academically inclined then apply for a Fulbright Scholarship (http://www.iie.org/fulbright/).
On Saturday, October 5th, Stony Brook University hosted the 2013 Homecoming Football game and Wolfstock. The football game was against Bryant University and ultimately SBU Seawolves came out victorious! We definitely got our “Red” on at this game.
A historical attendance record was noted in LaValle Stadium- 11,224 fans flooded the seats in the stadium, where capacity in the stadium for seating is approximately 8,000. Additionally, this game was especially important to me since it marked my senior year homecoming experience.
And what an experience it was indeed. I had the opportunity of singing the national anthem at this game. Was I nervous? You better believe it!!! Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I love singing for Stony Brook- red runs in my blood, as some say. But overall, the experience was very rewarding, memorable and I was truly honored. Stony Brook made one of my dreams come true.
And just a word to the wise- take advantage of all the opportunities SBU has to offer you- in academics and extracurricular activities (i.e. clubs and organizations). Never wonder “What If?” and always strive to make a difference! Check out my national anthem performance here: SBU 2013 Homecoming- National Anthem
SBU has this great tradition of inviting guest stand up comedians every once in awhile. 3 years ago- Aziz Ansari. 2 years ago- Kevin Hart. Last year- John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac. This year- Demetri Martin. For all of you that don’t know him, Martin had his own show on Comedy Central called “Important Things” and currently works on the John Stewart Show.
The Staller Center hosted Martin with around 1000 people showing up. The event was spectacular. Unfortunately, I could not take any photos during the event. Fortunately, I was able to google image something. Well just wanted to let people know about the type of guests SBU brings. Till later, peace!
Hey Stony Brook!
Have you ever heard of “earthworm ecotoxicology?”
Earthworms are one species of animal greatly affected by the “stuff” put onto/into the Earth…since they live in “earth” itself!
Stony Brook University Sustainability Studies Program (and other interested students) have the awesome opportunity to take part in an ongoing hands-on research project headed by Dr. Sharon Pochron.
The project entails taking a look at the effects of potential toxins on the health and survival of earthworms, and conducting experiments to find the answers to a variety of questions, including:
- -Does acid rain kill earthworms?
- -Does Roundup cause earthworms to lose weight?
- -Does fertilizer cause infertility in earthworms?
Dr. Pochron takes students on who would like to earn one to three research credits, or just serve as project volunteers. Students have the opportunity to select, research, and present their experiment to the public during Earthstock and to URECA.
In addition, students could potentially get their work published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal!
Can you dig it?
peace. love. run.
Hey Stony Brook!
First off, in case you haven’t already heard, the Sustainability Studies Program here at Stony Brook (in conjunction with the Humanities Institute) is presenting a plethora of premier programs on sustainability and the environment! These fantastic talks are open and free to all SBU students and staff, lasting about an hour or two in duration. They are WELL worth your time; you will learn so much and meet some of the most highly regarded environmental activists and academics in the nation! Click here to see the full schedule.
But there is one speaker I’d like to feature because what he has done is simply…well, crazy!
So here’s the story: Dave Chameides came to Stony Brook University on Wednesday, October 2 to give a talk titled: “Chasing Sustainability: Visualizing Change“. In his talk he informed his audience that 11 years ago, he had been consuming and throwing out material goods in much of the same way that most people do; you know, “He drove to the market, recycled when he could, didn’t litter too much, and generally tried to be a good guy.” Dave, a two-time Emmy Award winning cameraman and DGA director for shows like the ER, Third Watch, and Studio 60 was living a pretty good life. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
Well, things changed for Dave when his wife became pregnant with the couple’s first child. Dave was suddenly struck with the realization that, in Dave’s words: “I suddenly had to step it up.” He incrementally took steps to reduce his impact on the planet: buying a Prius (later upgrading to a veggie-oil powered vehicle), installing solar panels on his home, and reducing his use of plastic bags. But to him, this was not enough. He wanted to know, “How much trash am I really throwing away?”
So, on January 1, 2008, Chameides aka “Sustainable Dave” stopped taking out the trash and recycling for an entire year! He started by keeping all the waste in his basement, and keeping a blog detailing the contents of the trash, called 365 Days of Trash.
So what did Dave learn?
- That we–even the most seemingly eco-conscious of us–throw out A LOT of stuff! In all, he and his family totaled 28.5 pounds of trash in a year.
- That recycling is great, but never using something in the first place is even better!
You can actually visit Dave’s Trash at The Museum of Trash in Hartford, Connecticut, where it (hopefully) inspires others to be more conscious about the way they consume and trash their garbage.
Today, Dave speaks and updates his 365 Days of Trash blog with news, tips, and his thoughts on trash.
Three EASY ways to reduce the amount of trash YOU throw away RIGHT NOW:
1. Use reusables! From water bottles, to shopping bags, to batteries, and more, reusable is the way to go! Think about all the plastic bottles and bags you’ll be saving from landfills or recycling bins! When it comes to clothing, try to buy high quality pieces made from natural fibers that are durable and will last you a long time.
2. Only buy/make as much as you will eat! Food waste is a HUGE problem… If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, start retraining your brain to think, how much am I really going to eat? If you have leftovers after eating or cooking a meal, save ‘em for the next day, don’t throw them out (also, leftovers can be an awesome and sustainable next-day lunch, so long as they are packed in reusable containers!). Aside from only buying and cooking as much food as you know you can eat, start a compost pile or bin (if possible) in your yard!
3. Only press “PRINT” if you know you need it: Ok, so how many times have you been at a SINC site and the printer somehow went whacky and spit out like 20 sheets of nothing that you did not need? Before you can hurriedly scramble and hit the “CANCEL” button, there they are. Waste. And where do all those messed-up printed pages go? The gi-normous recycling bins that line the perimeter of every SINC site! Be sure to double-check print settings and the document you are printing before clicking “OK“!
Check Dave’s 365 Days of Trash blog for more and constantly updated information pertaining to waste.
Thanks, Dave, for teaching us so much about trash!
And with that, as he likes to say, “no one can do everything but everyone can do something.”
peace. love. run.
If you’d like to be involved in helping change the future, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you like sports? More importantly, do you like Ice Hockey? Well, if you answered bot of these questions with a “YES” then you should definitely follow the Stony Brook Men’s Ice Hockey Team! This past weekend, the SBU Ice Hockey team triumphantly conquered the Buffalo Bulls (Buffalo University), in two games, Saturday 3-2 and Sunday 9-3. Both games were highly energized and interactive with the audience. On Sunday, the SB Hockey Band came out and played some great tunes to cheer on the team. Overall, the experience of watching the game, being a member of the SB Ice Girls, and showcasing Seawolf Swagger at the hockey game was wonderful! To find the next upcoming games check out the SB Ice Hockey website at http://stonybrookhockey.com/ or LIKE on Facebook at “Stony Brook Ice Hockey.” The next upcoming game will be Saturday, October 5th at 8:30pm at the Rinx. Come on out, get your Red on and cheer on your SBU Men’s Ice Hockey team!!!!!!!!
I’m dropping by with a quick post this week. Last Monday, SB SHINE (the club I am current president of) hosted our first SHINE Gala. The event was free (but we accepted donations at the entrance).
The event was meant to raise awareness of our organization and raise funds for our upcoming mentorship project with Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading Rivers, NY.
It was a great event since we had over 20 entrees of food. The coolest thing was that we didn’t pay a dime- we were fortunate that over 2 dozen restaurants were able to donate food.
Worth mentioning, the super busy Anna Lubitz took time out to sing the national anthem for the event. She was wonderful!
The only down side of the event was that with 300 seating capacity and 120 people in the audience, we kind of looked empty. Either way, it was great we rasied $120 and most importantly, we did not pay for anything! We look forward to continuing great events and informing SBU students about our organization.
Till later, peace.
Long Island is great! There’s always so many things going on, it’s hard to keep track of. On almost any given weekend, there is a festival or something going on in a nearby town.
Today, one of my suitemates and I decided to go off campus to study at this cute coffee shop we found a couple weeks back.
It turns out, that there’s an Italian festival going on in downtown Patchogue! (pronounced: “patch-og”). So instead of doing homework first, we walked around, looked at the street vendor booths, bought some food, and watched the mini-parade!
Here are some pictures from our spur of the moment adventure:
Alright, now I guess I should get cracking on this studying stuff. More adventures to come tomorrow in NYC with OOSSA!
Hey Stony Brook!
Fall is the perfect time of year to get outside! Cooler temperatures make running, hiking, and biking in the great outdoors all the more enjoyable. And who doesn’t love watching the leaves change from green to yellow to orange to red to brown? The seasonal changes in nature are one of the joys of living on Long Island.
SO, what are you waiting for?! Strap on your sneakers, hiking boots, or biking shoes, and get out there!
3 Sweet Hiking Spots Near Stony Brook University:
- Ashley Schiff Preserve, Stony Brook: Conveniently located right here on campus, the Ashley Schiff Preserve is a rich wooded area wedged between Roth Quad and the Marine Science Research Center near South Campus. Named in memory of Dr. Ashley Schiff, a self-taught naturalist and an Associate Professor of Political Science here at SBU, you will find a rich variety of plants and animals to study and admire. Gaze up at magnificent White Oaks, Red Maples, and Sassafras Trees, and you may also see some Red-tailed Hawks soaring overhead. Consider visiting the Preserve during your next break to clear your head and refresh your spirit. Entrance is free! Learn more here: http://pbisotopes.ess.sunysb.edu/a-schiff/
- Avalon Park and Preserve, Stony Brook: Visiting Avalon Park and Preserve is a bit like stepping into a fairy-tale…and it’s only minutes from SBU! An eight-acre area which was once an abandoned residential site has been transformed into a series of woodland gardens and trails. Once choked with invasive shrubs and vines, the park is now rich in plants native to Long Island, with thousands of native trees, shrubs, and grasses planted. Amongst the native flora, you will find intriguing art pieces, like sculptures, bridges, and sitting areas made from downed logs. There is no entrance fee to get into this wonderful park! Check out how to get there and more about the park here: http://www.avalonparkandpreserve.org/
- Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park, Smithtown: A bit further from campus, but definitely worth checking out is the vast and diverse Sunken Meadow State Park. Complete with beaches, a boardwalk, mountain biking/hiking/running trails, this park has it all! There is a $10.00 parking fee, though, but buying an Empire Passport will save you some dough if you plan on coming here (or to any other NYS park) often. BUT if you come before 8AM, entrance is free! Check out more here: http://www.nysparks.com/parks/37/
Have fun and stay safe on your adventures
peace. love. run.
It was a momentous occasion. On Wednesday, 9.25.2013, President Stanley introduced the Stony Brook Community to the Faculty Honor Wall, which is located in Melville Library. The dedication ceremony was held during campus lifetime and invited all students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration to honor the commemorative wall of accomplished professors. I attended this ceremony and participating as a current student was very inspirational. Political figureheads, including Senator John Flannagan, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn and County Assemblyman Steve Englebright spoke about the accomplishments of Stony Brook University and truly honored the school and the faculty members. Provost, Dr. Assanis and President Stanley also gave very thoughtful remarks to the well accomplished professors who were honored on the wall. I strongly suggest, if you have not done so already, to check out the magnificent wall that if featured in the middle of Melville Library. I was truly inspired and I am sure you will be too!