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Fighting the Spring Break blues

by Courtney Brooks | March 25, 2015

Whether you spent the past week on a tropical oasis with a cold drink in hand or you were curled up by the fire watching all those movies you just didn’t have time to before, one thing will hold true come Monday morning: we all will be suffering from post Spring Break blues.

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For some, it might have hit earlier than others and a long Sunday night filled with homework has brought it in. The post-vacation blues are inevitably going to come, but here are some tips so you don’t let it conquer you.

First, if you were lucky enough to go on an island getaway, coming back to snow covered streets probably made the transition from vacation to reality all the more difficult. To ease into this transition, you MUST unpack as soon as possible. I know you’re probably feeling lazy, and who really needs to unpack summer clothes and bikinis when the temperatures are at record low, but trust me, it will help. Every moment you spend staring at that messy suitcase is another moment you are reminded that your trip is over. Unpacking is healthy; it will help you move on.

Second, start eating healthily again. The months leading up to spring break were probably filled with veggies and green juices in an attempt to have the perfect bikini body, and on Spring Break, you undoubtedly let loose. Chocolate chip pancakes were an acceptable breakfast, seven days in a row, and all you can eat buffets were available for dinner. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that you indulged in a delicious dessert at least once last week—who wouldn’t? But, vacation is over now and summer is fast approaching. Start eating clean again and working on that summer body and you will begin to feel better.

Finally, if all else fails, plan your next vacation! It doesn’t have to be anything crazy or super expensive, even just a girl’s weekend at one of your roommates’ homes will do. As the winter drags on and our tans fade, we need something to look forward to. By planning another vacation, you can reminisce on all the Spring Break fun without getting down and depressed that it is over.
If you have tried all of these and you are still unsuccessfully fighting the post Spring Break blues, well then there is no hope for you. Pack your bags and move to the first tropical island you find, cause this might be something you are never coming back from. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Being a vegetarian

by Gabby Nowicki | March 25, 2015

With March being National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my opinion about vegetarianism.

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To give some background, I am a junior nutrition/dietetic student with a goal of eventually getting my RD (registered dietitian) licensure and eventually focusing on sustainability. I have always had a love for animals and the environment, as it was how I was raised. Growing up, I never romanced the idea of eating animals—I was a vegetarian for a week in the fourth grade but that did not last long because, well, bacon. I also refused to eat crabs–which, for those that are unaware, is a Maryland sin– until I was about 16 just because I could not handle seeing its beady little eyes while I take it apart limb by limb.

Once I got over all that, I realized what I had been missing out on and devoured a bushel of crabs like a true Marylander. I just ignored the fact that I was eating something that was once crawling around the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. I love chicken, and honey ham, and occasionally a nice juicy burger. Chicken is by far my favorite; it was healthy, easy to cook, and flavorful. In high school, I watched the documentary Food, Inc. and learned what really goes on behind the industrial farm doors. I thought about it in the back of my mind but I never really did anything about it. I figured “ignorance is bliss.”

When I did eat animal products, I tried sticking to the organic, grass fed, localized farm kind but that got too expensive.

Fast forward to this past summer, when I had some downtime before going into work as a server, I decided I wanted to watch a documentary—I have a love affair with documentaries. One of the ones that stood out to me was called Vegucated. It seemed intriguing: three meat-loving New Yorkers embarked on a six week journey in learning what it’s like to be a vegan.

I found it to be extremely relatable, especially because of the young girl in college who took the challenge, and I caught myself thinking, “Could I do this?” The part that got me the most was when they trespassed into a chicken and pig farm. I was absolutely sobbing because I couldn’t believe that these atrocious, barbaric events were occurring right under our noses and, in that moment, I decided “I can do this.”

This documentary inspired me to change. Why? Because I am in the profession that directly correlates to our food and this topic. I might not be able to bring down entire corporations and save the entirety of the Earth but I, myself, can make a difference by boycotting animal products and help spread awareness in the hope that our humanity might poke through to the surface and ignite a change.

Now, I could go on and on about what they do to these animals that are so awful but then this article would take up the entire paper. Besides, I think we all have some concept of what goes on behind those doors but we choose to be ignorant because we think it will not matter. But it does. People make fun of vegetarians and vegans because they think we are smelly hippies that believe we all need to sing kumbaya with the animals of the Earth. Sure, that may be the case for some but for most it is a different story. Being an herbivore means I have reduced my carbon footprint in half—more than I would if I drove an electric car. Many people are unaware that the agricultural industry causes more than one tenth of greenhouse emissions. It will destruct our country from within and without us even being aware until it is too late.

Since becoming a vegetarian, my skin is glowing and hardly ever breaks out, my hair is stronger, my immune system is at the top of its game, and my endurance level is just like when I was a kid. Anemia has always been a challenge for me, even as an omnivore. I take a multivitamin and make protein shakes to keep my iron, B12 and protein levels high. I just feel better. Being in the study of field that I am and having certain goals for my career, involves me being constantly exposed to this issue and because of this I cannot simply be“ignorant.” Instead, I made a choice: a choice for my health, the environment, animals and humanity as a whole.

I was a vegan for two weeks in July until I made the realistic choice to switch to a vegetarian due to the cost associated with veganism, plus having limited options in a college setting. I am a lacto-ovo-vegetarian—meaning I do not eat any animal products, including seafood, but I do eat eggs and dairy products. It has been eight months and 12 days since an animal product, other than eggs and milk, has passed through my system. When I am alone, it is easy but recently when I have been around friends, the wish for a giant slab of meat hits my salivary glands and my temptations are pushed. I am unsure of how much longer I will last. I miss meat. My body does not, but my mind does. Every time I think about erasing those past eight months with one bite, I remind myself of why I started in the first place. I am not against eating meat. I think it is natural. I just do not agree with how it is done. I always joke around with people telling them “if you went out and killed me a cow, I would eat it.”

So, if you come across a vegetarian/vegan, ask them why. I’m not one to force my opinion on you, but, if you ask me, I will gladly share. I highly recommend watching Food, Inc. or Vegucated and maybe, you too, will want to make a change.

There is always a positive

by Samantha Higgins | March 25, 2015

Let me start with saying that I am usually a very positive person. I aim to find the positive things in every situation. When I first got sick in high school and had to miss an entire semester, I focused on how lucky I was that I got to spend so much time with my family and that I grew stronger and more independent.

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When I had to miss seasons of color guard, the one thing that meant the most to me, I took the time to make sure that my teammates knew I was their biggest supporter, regardless of what I was going through. I focused on how lucky I was that I had all of those friends from school, chorus, band, guard and that all the families that were looking out for me and checking in on me. I tried my best to stay positive and never let it get the best of me. That’s not to say that I didn’t have bad days—we all do—but when I got my diagnosis, after almost a year of being sick, I thought the struggle was over. I was wrong; it was just beginning.

Learning to live with a chronic illness is difficult. Making the necessary changes is hard; the medications, the lifestyles changes, the dietary adjustments, knowing that you want to do something but it is in your best interest to go to bed so you can function the next day feeling is all hard. I make the most of it; I adjust and I keep a smile on my face. It takes time, but soon what was once so abnormal is an everyday routine. For me, it works, and I am grateful for my experience. I like to joke that I got sick because I have such a big mouth and I never stop talking; I believe everything happens for a reason and the reason for me is to raise awareness.

I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It is not rare; it is just rarely diagnosed and rarely talked about. I have been able to adjust so well that, luckily enough, I was able to spend an entire semester abroad last year, I am active on campus and I get pretty good grades. And I am grateful for that.

My experience has made me strong; I have learned more about myself, about others, about understanding the journeys of other people who struggle with invisible illness. I started this semester and one of my goals was to make sure I did something for Spring Break.

Last year I was in London, Paris, and Athens. There was no way I was going to spend this year sitting in my room doing nothing; I love my friends and family but I wanted to experience something. So I decided I was going to participate in Alternative Spring Break. I was thrilled because I love volunteering, helping and experiencing new things. I was looking forward to it, but unfortunately life with chronic illness is unpredictable and instead my Spring Break had to be turned into an appointment with a new doctor and a week at home trying a new medication. I was angry, depressed and just overall upset. I’ve had some amazing opportunities, but I’ve also missed out on a lot and this was just something else to add to the list of things that my illness had taken away from me—can’t be positive  all the time.

My Spring Break consisted of horrible side effects from this new medication. Sure, it did its job, but it also made me worse. It cut my energy in half, made me weak and made it hard to focus. I distracted myself by seeing my friends and spending time with my family. But I still wish I had been able to participate in Alternative Spring Break, and I still compared it to the amazing break I had last year. I complained about the side effects, but I still smiled and I tried to stay positive. And I will always strive to.

I hope everyone had an amazing Spring Break, whether home, traveling somewhere warm, volunteering their time, or just relaxing somewhere. While mine wasn’t ideal, I had my friends, family, my dog, and I caught up on some sleep—there are always positives!

Better training for happier customers

by Courtney Brooks | March 11, 2015

I don’t know whether the story I am about to tell is comical, frustrating, or just pretty pathetic, but either way, it is an issue that is in dire need of some attention. One of the things the University of New Haven prides itself on is all the different options it offers students for dining. No one can deny that on this campus there are plenty of places to go to eat. But how many times are we actually getting our money’s worth at these places? Well, that is to be determined, but first, here is my own personal experience.

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Just this past week, I was in the library cramming for a last minute test I had in a few hours. Around 5 p.m., the exhaustion set in (Netflix had gotten the best of me the night before and had been prioritized over sleep yet again) and I was struggling to keep my mind open. Luckily for me, UNH offered the perfect solution to my problem: Starbucks coffee right upstairs!

Or so I thought.

I headed upstairs to get my coffee and was greeted very kindly by UNH’s very own barista. I want to emphasize that she was very kind, and although she was also very inexperienced, I am not blaming her for this. I ordered a basic iced coffee, nothing fancy, no flavor shots or anything. Just coffee, ice and milk. Well, this barista clearly was not trained and right away she got flustered looking for these ingredients. I watched as she poured a cup of milk over ice and then handed me my drink. The “coffee” which I just paid $4.29 for was nothing more than a cup of milk. I felt bad though; after all it wasn’t her fault that she was left to fend for herself at the coffee stand before being adequately trained, so I gladly took my cup of iced milk and went back to my studies.

Then, after totally giving up on this test an hour later and allowing myself to be defeated by it just this once, I decided dinner was more important. I knew I didn’t have any shot at coming out of this test alive if I was starving the whole time. I headed over to Jazzman’s to get a nice tomato and mozzarella sandwich, a favorite of mine.

To my surprise, when I went to order, the employees seemed to have done a shuffle and now the barista was attending the sandwich station, again by herself. I should have just walked away, but I was literally starving, so I took my chances and ordered and paid for the sandwich. Again, that flustered look came across her face as she paced around the kitchen, clearly confused about what to do. After a few laps around the kitchen I knew what was about to occur, but I patiently waited, hoping for the best.

The barista/sandwich maker came back to me and told me that it was too late to get a sandwich. Let me point out that it was now 6 p.m. and Jazzmans is open until 9 p.m. Too late? I think not. I knew the real reason was because she was again, inadequately trained, and was not sure how to make this sandwich. But I didn’t want to be a hassle and I definitely didn’t want to embarrass her even more, so I took the bag of chips she offered me instead and went on my way.

It is safe to say that my cup of milk and bag of chips wasn’t enough to hold me over for a three hour class, and I didn’t do too well on my test. Which brings me to the real issue at hand. If UNH is going to pride itself on all the dining options, the employees should at least be trained well enough to fulfill our basic requests.

Asking for an iced coffee from Starbucks or a sandwich at dinner isn’t too much; it shouldn’t have been so difficult.

This does not say anything about the hardworking employees that attend to our restaurants on campus. They are dedicated, friendly people who really care about us students. It is not their fault that they have not received the proper training. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure whose fault it really is, but it does need to change, quickly. Students are only going to spend money at these places so long before they give up entirely and go off campus for food. It is in the university’s best interest to better train these employees.

Sexual violence on campus

by The Charger Bulletin | March 11, 2015

Recently, a survey was sent out to the campus community and it touched on a very sensitive topic: sexual violence and its relevance to Greek Organizations in our campus community. Before I get into this topic, I want to reveal two things. One, I am in no way directly affiliated with any Greek Organization on this campus. Two, I have experienced multiple forms of violence, both on and off campus. That being said, I am writing this completely unbiased as can be.

When this survey was sent out, there was much backlash from the campus community, so naturally I checked it out. The survey, which was emailed to the entire student body, is part of a research project. Many of the questions were very personal and potentially triggering. There also seemed to be a bit of a bias towards Greek Organizations on campus.

It’s no secret that there have been some cases in which members of Greek Organizations have been found guilty of sexual violence on other college campuses. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that only members of Greek Organizations are capable of committing these acts. Although the survey was not intended to imply that members of Greek life are the only ones committing these acts on campus, it seems to shine a negative light on them.

On one hand, it’s great that people are taking sexual violence on college campuses seriously, because it is an issue that needs to be recognized and fixed. On the other hand, people need to be aware that any single individual, no matter what gender he or she is, sexual orientation he or she identifies with, religion he or she is, or organization he or she is associated with, is capable of committing these acts. Instead of pointing fingers at a certain group, everyone needs to be aware that anyone can be guilty of committing sexual violence.

As the survey seems to be implying that members of Greek Organizations are highly involved in sexual violence, I’d have to disagree. As a victim of sexual violence, I feel the safest with members of Greek Organizations. Of course, I am not saying that they aren’t capable of doing bad things, but it’s not in their nature to do so. As far as I know, no organization on this campus encourages their members to go out and commit acts of sexual violence.

This being said, our campus needs to focus on how to fix these issues as a whole, rather than trying to pin it on a specific group. Sexual violence is an issue, and it happens every single day. We need to work together as a community to stop this issue, instead of just blaming it on Greek Organizations. Sexual violence is not privy to one group, and that needs to be made known.

If you’re reading this, and you’re a victim of any type of sexual violence, whether it occurred on or off campus, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Violence Prevention and Intervention Center or the Counseling Center. Both are located on the bottom of Sheffield Hall. You can also reach out to the Rape Crisis Center of Milford.

Do not fall in love with a writer

by Caitlin Duncan | March 11, 2015

Writers, true writers, are unique human beings. They are their own breed, their own species. It takes a special type of person to be fulfilled by words spilling out of them onto a page, bleeding ink from all crevices of their body. Writers are sensitive and strong at the same time. They are hopeless romantics and realists. Writers are dangerous people, and this is a fair warning: do not fall in them with them.

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It is no secret that writers use what they know best. They write about their own stories, their friends’ stories, their parents’ stories, and anyone else’s they can get their hands on. Writers fall in love with stories. They will take one story and stretch it and exaggerate it into a beautiful scene that ends in a happy ending.

Writers have active imaginations, and reality tends to be a disappointment to them. When writers fall in love, they create a story in their mind of how they wish it would turn out. Chances are, they’re more in love with the story they’ve conjured up than their significant other. If you fall in love with a writer, don’t be surprised if they’ve set unrealistic expectations for you, because that’s what writers do.

When writers get inspiration, they will become obsessively consumed in their words. They will sit at their computer for hours on end, typing, deleting and retyping until they’ve achieved their idea of perfection. They will be angry and irritable; so don’t disturb them when they get in a writing trance. It will break their hearts if their train of thought is lost while writing what’s been floating in their mind for days, but couldn’t find the words to explain until now. If you fall in love with a writer, be prepared to deal with their tears, anger and excitement that come along with their writing. If you fall in love with a writer, please give them an honest opinion, but break it to them gently because their words are their babies.

When dating a writer, don’t be offended if they aren’t trusting at first. They know just how badly words can hurt. Imagine being shot with your own gun. This is how writers feel when they’re hurt by words. They use millions of combinations of 26 letters to form beauty on paper, but they also know millions of combinations of those same 26 letters can cause heartbreak. If you fall in love with a writer, just be aware of how much words impact them. If you fall in love with a writer, say what you mean, and mean what you say.

Writers tend to write when they’re falling in love or falling apart. Intimate details between the two of you will almost always be shared on paper, whether someone else reads it or not. It’s just the way writers are. They do not feel fulfilled until their words fill endless pages of paper with their feelings of love and joy. They do the same when they are filled with heartbreak and sadness. Writers know some of their best works come from heartbreak, so if you fall in love with a writer, don’t be upset if they write about how you hurt them. The story belongs to them, and the only way for them to move on from it is by writing about it.

Writers don’t mean for it to be this way; it’s just how their brains are wired. They have the best intentions and they want love just as much as anyone else, but do not fall in love with them. Do not fall in love with a writer if you can’t handle their tears, anger or frustration when they can’t find the words to explain their feelings. Do not fall in love with a writer if you can’t handle having a story written about you, both positively and negatively. Do not fall in love with a writer if you don’t know how to use your words to express your feelings.

If you cannot handle all of this, please, do yourself and them a favor, and do not fall in love with a writer.

Why downloadable content is demoralizing the video game industry

by The Charger Bulletin | March 11, 2015

By HECTOR RAMIREZ
STAFF WRITER
HRAMI1@UNH.NEWHAVEN.EDU

With the release of the latest video game developed by Turtle Rock Studios, the same team that brought you Left 4 Dead, Evolve has an infuriating discovery: their day-one downloadable content (DLC).

The DLC involved are bundled pre-set colors/skins for weapons and monsters of Evolve, ranging from five to seven dollars. With all of the bundled DLCs added together, as well as the $25 season pass that includes separate additional content, you’re looking at another $60 to $80. Add that to the cost of the game itself, the consumer would be paying $120 to $140, and that’s only the first day of Evolve‘s release.

The easiest change that can be noticed effectively is to vote with your wallet. Publishers and marketers will push the moral boundaries as far as they can to make more money on their product before, during, and after its time in the spotlight.

In Evolve‘s case, many will argue that making a fit overpriced colored guns or costumes is pointless. From one perspective, their skepticism is understandable. However, let’s look at the bigger picture here. If publishers believe that they can still use these tired and money-hungry practices in the new generation of consoles, they will keep doing it. We have previously seen this trend in situations such as taking out story sequences in Asura’s Wrath and Final Fantasy XIII-2 or gameplay elements like Dying Light’s “Be the Zombie” multiplayer mode pre-order incentive.

Those that have instantly recognized the bad practice of day-one DLC already know what needs to be done: voice your opinion to the publishers in the most direct way via Twitter and YouTube, and don’t buy the DLC or the video game itself.

DLC is a double-edged sword getting sharper. Marketers and publishers have saturated the gaming market with downloadable content since the expansive growth of internet connectivity on video game consoles.
At first, it was innovative and a treat for loyal gamers. For $10 to $20 more, consumers would be paying for more content of the video game they enjoyed post-launch, like The Last of Us: Left Behind, Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies.

Then the idea of DLC as incentives came about. From “additional” downloadable content by pre-ordering the video game to collector editions packed with exclusive DLC, marketers and publishers have been fooling consumers into thinking they are getting more content.

Any video game being marketed with pre-order DLC incentives is not a complete product. For those that do not pre-order a video game with DLC incentives, they are missing out on content that should have been on the disc the day of its release.

We have seen this practice again and again. It’s about time consumers started to voice against these despicable decisions instead of submitting to marketing schemes because “it’s only a few extra bucks.” It’s sneaky and manipulative, which means that there is a lack of honesty and respect between publishers and consumers.

As realists, we have to understand that DLCs are not going away and will continue to influence purchasing decisions. We are not voicing our opinions to abolish DLCs, only to mitigate the unscrupulous marketing practices they are saturated in.

No parking? Just add snow

by The Charger Bulletin | March 4, 2015

It’s no secret that parking is an issue on the University of New Haven campus – plenty of articles have been written about it over the years. But what I can’t seem to wrap my head around is that, in my three years as a commuting student, the University has done absolutely nothing about it. And now, with all of this snow, conditions have only gotten worse.

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Parking was bad enough before – last year, the University got rid of multiple parking lots to make room for a new dorm at ease and other amenities, and, in addition, took up various spaces with dumpsters, University vehicles and other unnecessary placeholders. What amazes me is that these vehicles still seem to be able to park wherever they please, while students, faculty and staff get ticketed for failing to park in their designated spaces (allegedly—I have witnessed plenty of cases where people have not received parking tickets, despite not parking in the spot indicated by their stickers).

Transportation vehicles are indeed important, but it’s ludicrous to see these vehicles parked in spaces reserved for other cars, despite having their own reserved spots, for which anybody else would be reprimanded should they choose to park in them.

On top of these issues, we now have snow to deal with, and it’s safe to say that the way snow is being handled in relation to parking is less than stellar. While sports fields have been cleared of snow, necessary parking spaces, which were dwindling in numbers to begin with, have been repurposed as receptacles for snow. Why nobody used their brain to determine that snow can be stored on at least one of the fields is a mystery to me—this isn’t rocket science, people, it’s parking.

It’s one thing for students and staff to get screwed over because of snow when the weather conditions make travel to the still-open University a total nightmare, but it’s another issue entirely when, upon one’s dangerous trek to campus, commuters arrive to find that their spots have been taken up by the snow that has been plaguing them since they left the house. It does nothing but add insult to injury, especially when driving around for the equivalent of an entire class period and being forced to look at the pristine Kayo Field, which has less snow on it than some of the parking lots.

It’s no secret that parking is an issue on every college campus, unless you’re attending the Appalachia College of Rednecks, where parking is plentiful because many opt to ride their tractors (or cousins) to school. However, commuters especially should be guaranteed at least a parking space while attending the University, and these spaces most certainly shouldn’t be taken up by unnecessary forces, especially snow, when there are other options that can be pursued. The real question is: how can the administration witness these issues and continue to make such asinine choices? The only reasoning I can come up with is that the severe cold has caused a lack of blood flow to the brain of whoever is making these decisions.

 

Blue and black or white and gold: Who Cares?

by Courtney Brooks | March 4, 2015

Blue and black or white and gold? If you know what I am referring to, you are most definitely rolling your eyes right now and if you don’t, well then I applaud you for not succumbing to this pointless nonsense that makes up generation Y.

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What color is this dress? (Photo provided by Buzzfeed)

The much older and much wiser always have something negative to say about our generation and in most cases, I can think up a pretty witty comeback in our defense. But when the blue/black/white/gold dress was released on Thursday, causing much debate, skepticism and a few arguments, I had no words to defend us.

If you are totally confused, allow me to explain. On Thursday, a picture of a rather ugly dress was released on the Twitter feeds, thanks to the popular Buzzfeed blog. What makes this dress different from any other is that people see it as different colors. Some see it as black and blue and some see it as white and gold. The arguments over what color the dress actually is were more heated than anyone could have predicted.

Tweets to the likeness of, “This dress is breaking my family apart #blackblue” and “This is why I don’t trust humanity” were ablaze all over the Internet. Others paid no mind to the actual color of the dress, but used their time to make “funny” memes about it, one of them being a picture of Stevie Wonder and captioning it “The dress looks black to me.” Since when did making a joke out of someone’s disability change from disrespectful to humor? I guess we can thank Gen Y for that as well.

The fact that this stupid dress caused such a dilemma among us speaks volumes about our generation and what we prioritize as important. We might not know about the U.S blogger who fought for freedom and was knifed down and killed in Bangladesh, or that the gunman who killed seven people in Missouri was finally identified, but damn, we sure do know about a multicolored dress.

What does that say about us? About our social media obsessed generation? That the color of a dress is more important than worldly issues? If you search through most of the young adults of your generations Internet history you will without a doubt see sites like Facebook, Twitter, Elite Daily and Buzzfeed, but on how many would you find CNN? Fox?

I’m all for defending our generation as intelligent, capable young people with the potential to change the world, but when we spend more time scrutinizing over the color of a dress than we do over real issues, I don’t have much to defend.

Take advantage of the opportunities at your disposal

by Samantha Higgins | March 4, 2015

Clubs, sports, leadership opportunities, on campus employment, research, professors in our fields, trips to the city, concerts—UNH offers us so many amazing opportunities. However, so many students complain about the price we are paying to attend school here.

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I’ll admit I am drowning in student loans just like the next person, but there is one reason you won’t hear me complaining. I think I pay for the hundreds of opportunities that I have at my fingertips.

People often tell me I’ve taken on too much, or that my resume is too long and that I should “just relax and enjoy college,” but as far as I’m concerned, I pay for all of these opportunities and I will apply for everything and be a part of everything that I am interested in while I still have that chance. When I graduate next year, there will be no club meetings, RAs, or opportunities to spend an entire four months in another country with no worries once I leave college.

Speaking of that last part—studying abroad? Everyone should do it. UNH makes it easy, and of all the things I have participated in here, it is the one thing that I would one day like to donate back to. I want to help another student who attends UNH down the road have the opportunity to have their dreams come true and see the world like I did. Our Connecticut campus is great, but would you rather take art history in Dodds Theater with a foot of snow outside or Prato, Italy with trips to museums in Florence mixed in?

Students need to stop complaining and take advantage of the amazing opportunities they have right in front of them. Our study abroad office is here to help every step of the way—from the first thought of “hey, maybe I will do that,” until you get back to campus after you’ve seen the world.

I always thought going to Italy would just be on my bucket list but UNH made it a reality, and it only costs the plane fare and passport fee. I got to spend an entire semester in Italy, plus spend my breaks in other countries, not only expanding my knowledge of culture and the world but also interacting with different people, experiencing different ways of life, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and crossing so many places off my bucket list that I really thought I’d only ever see in movies.

Everyone can study abroad, and, in my opinion, everyone should. What major or person wouldn’t benefit from experiencing another culture or way of living? Enriching our lives and learning to understand things and people is part of college, it’s like a mandatory experience.

Even if you are afraid you will get homesick, push yourself out of that comfort zone and take that leap. You won’t regret the friends you make or the things you see, and you won’t regret the amazing food or the wonderful experiences. Maybe Italy isn’t for you; that’s fine too! You can go anywhere you want, just go talk to the study abroad office. There are students who have spent semesters in Japan and Spain, too. UNH helps our dreams come true, so instead of complaining about how much you pay to come to school, take advantage of how much you are paying and cross something off your bucket list! Go out and see the world!

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