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Month: March 2013 (page 2 of 5)

The Hen in winter

One of the things I like best about Delaware is how beautiful the campus is. For a large chunk of the year, my university is gorgeous. Trees and bushes are blooming, there’s color everywhere, and the sun shines down overhead as you hang out on the Green. Unfortunately, there’s also a period when this is not so true. This dark time is known as winter, and it’s quite different from spring, summer, and even fall.

But I love Newark in the spring. If you’re anxious to get in a spring state of mind (and given the bad weather we have had lately, I don’t blame you), just go on the Internet and use your favorite search engine to look up images of campus in the warmer months.

photo by UDHP student Mary Jean Rainsford

Starting around the beginning of March, the weather warms up and campus begins to come back to life after the cold winter months. Trees grow, flowers bloom, and the grass turns greener. One aspect I love about Delaware during this time is seeing the trees between Memorial Hall and Lammot du Pont Lab bloom. I don’t know what kind of trees these are, as I am not a dendrologist (meaning one who studies trees), but they produce beautiful pink blossoms.

As I walked to the dining hall for breakfast one morning last week, I noticed the blossoms were coming out. These buds, to me, signal the beginning of spring’s arrival. Over the course of the month of March, all the other plants of campus come back to life and bloom. By the time we return from spring break at the start of April, campus is gorgeous.

The Green is truly green, trees everywhere have their leaves, the bushes are flourishing, and the weather is warm. Students flock to the Green, spending time reading, playing catch, tanning, or even napping outside. It’s truly a welcome change from winter, when seemingly all the foliage around here is dead and only the bravest dare to venture outside without additional layers.

photo by UDHP student Mary Jean Rainsford

Soon the fountain by the library will be turned on, and the weather will be warm enough that people can wear shorts without worrying about freezing en route to class. Delaware has so much color in the spring, thanks to all the fresh and beautiful plants on campus.

Spring is the most glorious time of the year, a period of rebirth and beauty. And my friends, it is upon us.

~Matt Bittle

How-to best utilize iPhone apps in College

Sure, we all swear that we’re so good at being organized and that we have the best note-taking skills on the East Coast. However, there are plenty of times when that isn’t true. As GenY, social media tends to take precedence in our lives over say, that English paper you should have written yesterday or that 10 page lab report that is due tomorrow. We also run into little problems as college students such as our computer crashing (okay, maybe that isn’t so little) or having to make the decision whether or not to get that expensive protein shake from MainStream Nutrition. Regardless, here are a few apps to help you in your next few years of college.

1. bPay – (Free) This is a really helpful app, especially on our college campus. If you haven’t noticed the big “bPay Mobile” ads on our buses and jumped on the bandwagon with the rest of campus, do it. Formerly known as Barclaycard, bPay shows all local offers that are available. All you have to do is sign up for a bPay account and connect it with your credit card. You scan a QR code and you’re good to go! It’s easy app pie, er, as pie.2

2. Any.DO – (Free) If you’re one of those people who has to make to-do lists like me, this will be your best friend. Not only can it show you how productive you’ve been today, but it will give you your stats from every other day since you downloaded the app. In addition, you’ll see that little notification in the corner of the app that shows you how many things you have left for today. If you’re like my roommate who can’t stand those, you will get them done immediately.

3. Dropbox – (Free) I would say that this app saved my life and by life I mean grades. Dropbox is essentially an online storage space where you can store and share files with other people. Just before finals in the fall of sophomore year, my computer crashed, seemingly deleting all of my files. Luckily, I was able to access Dropbox from my iPad where I had previously placed my notes for some of my classes. I studied everything from there until I had my computer fixed and all of my notes were replaced. Definitely download this and save yourself some stress if the same thing happens to you.

Of course there are also some fun apps that help you block social media (Self Control, but only for Macs) or for those of you who are infamous for contacting people you shouldn’t contact while out on the weekends (Text Hold’Em or Don’t Dial!). Luckily, there are about 30 different apps for everything you could ever imagine, so you have your choice! These are just some options to help you get started and manage your four years here in the best way possible.

Take it easy

~Chelsey Rodowicz

“Carpe Diem! Seize the Day! Make Your Lives Extraordinary”

What do UDo … to stay involved?

College is a time to experience brand new opportunities.  Besides the academics aspect, there is also the extra-curricular side of the college lifestyle.  In high school, most students are heavily involved in many clubs and activities that they become so familiar with.  However, I have found that when some people get to college, they tend to shy away from staying involved.  This can even be true for Honors Program students, as they get too focused on their heavy class workload. However, staying involved in college is extremely beneficial. We have over 300 RSOs, so there are plenty of different opportunities available for us here at UD for whatever we are interested in!

So, what are some of the different ways you can stay involved on campus? Here are some ways I have found to be popular among Honors students:

1. Student Government – With the ability to be anything from a floor senator for Residence Life to student body president with the Student Government Association and everything in between, Honors kids love to utilize their leadership abilities to help the undergraduate community! Brandon Grabelsky, the building governor for Russell A/B says, “I like that I am able to represent my peers and plan events for them for recreation and service to the community.”

2. Club Sports –From track to crew, a vast number of Honors students like to work hard and play hard. Allie Amatuzzo, a member of the Girls’ Club Volleyball team, says, “Playing a club sport allows me to play the sport I love at a competitive level and meet new people who I have now bonded with and we have become like family.”

UDHP Grad Melissa (’12) shows off the Club Sports board.

3. Greek Life – With a wide variety of social and special interest sororities and fraternities available on campus, many of the students in the Honors Program love to be involved in Greek Life.  A popular choice for Honors students is Phi Sigma Pi, the co-ed honors fraternity.

4. Blue Hen Ambassadors – I may be biased since I am a part of this group, but in my building alone there are more than five BHAs. In my own personal experience, I love being able to show off my love for UD to prospective students and their families, and it makes me love the school even more than I already do!

Clubs and activities open students up to new hobbies and interests, they also open up new friends, while providing a way for students to escape the stresses of schoolwork. So, seize the day and grab some friends to find a club you are interested in! I swear it will be entertaining and you may even find a new interest from it!

What are some of the fun and exciting activities you are involved in? What are some of the reasons why you like to stay involved?

~Hannah Tattersall

Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friends

As the day you embark on your journey to college gets nearer and nearer, I’m sure you’re anxious and probably a little upset about leaving your friends from high school behind. It is a strange feeling, setting off on such an exciting expedition without your sidekicks. When I was in your shoes, I feared that I’d never be able to form friendships that would come anywhere close to the ones I’d had at home. Also, how is it possible that my future best friends will just so happen to live on the same floor as me?

When you first arrive at school, it will be completely normal to feel overwhelmed due to the massive amount of people introducing themselves to you. Honestly, you probably won’t even remember your next-door-neighbor’s name for a while. Little by little, after countless floor dinners and icebreaker activities, you will find your niche – trust me! In fact, you might not even know that someone you said “hi” to while walking down the hallway on move-in day will become your other half in a matter of weeks.

I know it is hard to believe before you experience it, but the friends that you make on your floor during the first weeks of school truly become family. There is always a person available for you to go to for anything and everything, whether it be homework help, dating advice, or to watch outrageous YouTube videos for hours on end. If you dive into your new life wholeheartedly, I can personally guarantee that you will find friends that will not only fill the void left by your high school friends, but will be there for a lifetime.

For current students who met their best friends in Russell, share your stories!

~Ashley Bostwick

Here’s Ashley (and one of our other bloggers Hannah on the far right!) with her floormates!

Why do elevators have to be awkward?

Christiana East Tower, for those of you who don’t know, has seventeen floors. That’s two more than its counterpart West, and (I’m willing to bet, at least) more than any other building on campus. Living as I do on the fifteenth floor of East, I basically have three options. The first is to properly sync up the teleport we’re hiding in our bathroom (and it doesn’t meet the room regulations, so shh); the second is to get in shape by racing up and down thirty flights of stairs (two flights each to get between floors); the third is to take the elevator.

And while that third option may seem the most attractive at first, it means squirming and shifting in the irrationally painful aura of the elevator ride itself. No matter how many people cram themselves into the elevator (and I’ve been in one with as many as eleven), I think they somehow all silently agree not to speak a single word to the person smushed into their ribcage or nudged into the back corner for fear of actual social interaction. Furthermore, as people start to get out, those remaining in the elevator shift into formations that allow them to stay as far away from the other people as possible.

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Common ways to avoid speaking in the elevator include staring pointedly at your phone, fiddling with your keys, watching the light over the doors move from floor to floor, or jamming your thumb down on the ‘door close’ button every time someone gets even their toe out into a hallway. It might just be the study of silence I’ve been conducting in my Honors ENGL394 class, but to me, this is both remarkable and a little bit saddening.

Elevators are a normal part of life, and even if there’s someone who’s so petrified of them that he or she is reduced to silence upon the usage of one, surely not all of us are plagued with this affliction. Why, then, are we reduced to silence upon entering an elevator? Feel free to comment your reasoning below.

Personally, the next time I get on the elevator (which should be in less than a few hours, in all honesty), I intend to start a conversation, no matter how small, with the people standing in there with me. We are all people, and I don’t think there’s any reason why friendliness shouldn’t be the norm. So if you’re in the East elevator and some caffeinated brunette starts chatting with you… hello.

Unless you’re the guy who takes the elevator from the first floor to the third floor. You get the silent treatment.

~Claire Davanzo

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