During my early days in the land of Oz I stumbled across the expansive intramural leagues that SUNY Oswego offers. From basketball, to volleyball, all the way to broomball. Oswego has something for everyone, and at all levels too. This semester I played two basketball leagues, three volleyball leagues, a dodgeball team, and a football league. It has been a crazy semester for intramural athletics. Every team is in pursuit of the black tee that reads “Intramural Champions”. It’s actually a pretty nice tee. For all the sports I played this semester, I only won one, but you know the saying “you can’t win them all”. Join a team and make some new friends.I’ll see you out there!
For More Intramural Information Follow This Link to Sign Up or Look at the Schedule of Sports
With a fresh layer of snow and mud on the ground and flurries in the forecast for this afternoon, summer seems like it is so far away. However, in terms of securing summer employment, most Oswego students have been looking for summer jobs, or already have jobs lined up for this summer. As for me, I am still looking. I am keeping my options open; looking both in Oswego and in my hometown since I’ll have housing provided for me in both places this summer. I have some volunteer positions already lined up, but as for a 9-to-5 job, I haven’t found anything yet.
I am taking advantage of the on-campus help from the Experience-Based Education and Career Services departments. One of the best things about Career Services is that if you join their e-mail list, then they actually tell you whenever certain paid internships or summer jobs are added to the Oswego job search page. There are also recruitment sessions for larger corporations held right on campus, and job fairs with numerous employers ready to receive your resume. Also, I’m applying for some on-campus jobs; although on-campus employment for the summer is quite competitive and positions get taken up quickly, it doesn’t hurt to turn in an application or two. Visit the EBE website for more information
Hopefully if I stay focused on my job search while also managing my other responsibilities, I’ll find a great job for this summer. I’ll keep you posted on my job search in the weeks to come!
I am officially half-way through my second semester at SUNY Oswego, and time sure is flying by! Between school, work, job-hunting, and apartment-hunting, my time has been completely monopolized, but, in a fun, starting-my-life kind of way. One of the big things that I wanted to talk about was my search for an apartment. I lived on-campus this past year, but for my second year at Oswego, I’ll be living off-campus with a few other girls. We decided to live together about a month ago, and we decided to dive right into looking for an apartment. This was my first experience ever with looking for a place, but luckily two of my future housemates have been through the process before and were able to give advice or input about what places looked promising. We’ve already secured a place for next year, and I’m super excited about it!
Here are a few apartment-hunting tips that I picked up along the way:
1.) Start looking as soon as possible! The best places go quickly, so start looking up places and contacting owners as soon as you know how many bedrooms you need.
2.) If you’re looking for more than a 2-bedroom, you’re probably living with more than one other person. In this case, it’s super important to know each other’s schedules when you’re booking apartment walk-throughs with property owners. It sounds small, but when you actually call the owners, you’ll need to tell them what day works for ALL of you. This is especially important when you find a place that you like, since you’ll all need to be present to sign the lease.
3.) Don’t be afraid to ask for the lease!
4.) When you’re checking out the apartment, check things like whether or not the faucets are dripping, if the lights work (especially on steep staircases!), and what the floors look like. Also notice if it’s cold or hot inside. This will clue you in about the apartment’s utilities.
5.) Take pictures in the apartments, especially if you are looking at multiple places in one day, or if one of your housemates can’t make it to the walk-through.
6.) Right after looking at the place, go somewhere and make a pro-con list with your housemates. If there’s more pros than cons, then it might be worth looking at the place again.
7.) Discuss finances with your future housemates. You’ll be splitting rent, so you need to know where they’re at financially.
8.) Have an experienced adult, like a parent, look over the lease before you sign anything. Even if your parents aren’t helping you actually pay rent, chances are they might see something that you didn’t notice that is worth asking the landlord about.
9.) Talk about who wants/needs a big bedroom. Most off-campus housing is characterized by older houses with smaller bedrooms. In fact, some places include one extra “bedroom” on the advertisement, but in reality, it’s a room the size of a closet. If you have a roommate that’s okay with taking a tiny room, that’s fine, but figure out who that person is before you sign the lease.
10.) Ask if any furniture will be left behind by the tenants. Most housing comes totally unfurnished, minus appliances, unless tenants choose not to take some items with them.
Happy house-hunting everyone, and remember- S.A. provides a list of property owners on their web site for students looking for off-campus housing. Also, living off-campus is a big step into the “real world”: if you like being close to classes and not having to worry about making your own meals or calculating commuting time, then living on campus is always the best option.
As a small child I used to dream of Christmas morning; waking up to the world around me covered in flurries of white powder gently falling to the earth from the skies above. The smell of pine from the Christmas tree infused with the gentle aroma of my parents’ coffee seeping its way under my door to my bedside. Today, I am going to be dreaming of the sunlight dancing off the ocean’s roaring waves and the sound of high tide rolling onto the land. Spring Break is the college student’s Christmas and this “Christmas” looks promising. My roommate and I are road tripping to Scranton, Pennsylvania, then taking two planes to the ever sunny Long Beach, California. In California, we are staying on the top floor of an apartment building with a view that overlooks the ocean. I cannot tell you how excited I am to wear shorts for an entire day and have a consistent forecast. I LOVE Oswego. Honestly I do, but seriously this weather is too much sometimes. Yesterday it was bright, sunny, and warm. I wake up today straight BLIZZARD, like white-out conditions. It is currently 5:30pm, bright and sunny. Anyway back to the topic at hand, I can’t wait for Spring Break! However, there is a minor hiccup in my week of triumph: 3 out of 5 of my midterms are take-home. I mean it could be worse, I could be stuck at home doing homework for a week instead of being beach side. I am happy either way, I will be traveling West with a good friend and just relaxing. I hope you all have a great spring break as well!
P.s. Oswego Hockey won the Quarterfinal match vs. Adrian, and is moving onto the “Frozen Four” in Lake Placid to play Norwhich this Friday. My roommate, and I were going to go to the game, then drive to Scranton, and then fly to California. But unfortunately I have a midterm, and the time frame conflicts. It is what it is. GO LAKERS!
Last week I talked about how monumentally huge Oswego Hockey is not only to the campus, but to the entire city of Oswego. In case you were wondering Oswego “won” last week. I use quotes because I can’t find a word to accurately measure how bad they thrashed Plattsburgh. Anyway, we play this Saturday in the NCAA Quarterfinals vs Adrian College. On to the task at hand though; I had the most interesting experience here at Oswego a couple of days ago. I had to go to my intramural volleyball double header, (One Co-rec team, and one Men’s competitive) being late I opted to drive. So I park my car, and proceed to go play my games, which we won in case you were wondering. I leave the gym with my friends, and low and behold my car is D-E-A-D. I left the lights on. What an idiot right? It’s freezing rain out, I have plans, and my car is dead. So my friends are like call University Police, they will give you a jump, and you will be fine. I called UP, and my friends went off to go do what they had to do, but they were going to come back. I am now by myself standing in front of my car with my hood up, waiting for UP, and my friends. Now I tell you that story to tell you this one. In the course of the ten minutes I was alone. Five different people, whom I had never met before, pull up asking if I needed help. They all asked the same things: If I was ok, If I needed help, and the nicest thing they all said was “Do you want me to hang around with you until UP comes?”. These strangers were asking to hang around to make sure I was ok, in the freezing rain, late at night. Bravo to Oswego State students for being upstanding citizens, and being good samaritans. Add this scenario to the list of reasons why I can’t be happier that I wound up at Oswego. In case you were wondering how the story ended. Turns out I misheard my friends, while I was calling UP. They said they forgot their jumper cables, at home, and went to go get them. My friends jumped my car, and together we drove off. Again kudos to those five students, and kudos to Oswego for helping mold great adults.
Happy Finals Week Everyone. Hockey finals that is. Last Saturday March 2nd is the day the heavy weight title fight is set to begin: Oswego State vs Plattsburgh. Now for those of you that don’t know this game is HUGE, I’m talking Shaquille O’ Neal big, or if sports isn’t your thing. Think the SuperBowl of Oswego athletics. Plattsburgh from what I’ve gathered in my short time here is our biggest rival, and the game between the two titans is known as “The Whiteout Game” where all students, and fans where white. The hype for this game is unbelievable. All week all I have heard from students, and professors alike is “Are you going to the game?!” I hear stories that the line before the game is astounding wrapping from the hockey center all the way out the door of Poucher. Here’s the craziest thing to me though, it is not just the campus who is abuzz. The whole town can’t wait for Saturday. Oswego is my third school, during my time at my first school, I played D3 athletics, and the campus liked the games, but the city support was zilch. My second school I didn’t play, but the town was minimal interest. At Oswego hockey equals life. There’s an electric current that runs through this city. You feel it just walking into downtown, everyone is happier, and excited. It’s like Oswego hockey is the actual heart to the body of the city that is Oswego. It is so cool. I am so pumped for Saturday, my friends, and I are gonna do the “Whiteout game” BIG. All white faces, all white clothes, right down to the shoes. It doesn’t even matter to me that I don’t like hockey personally, just the adrenaline being apart of a sellout crowd for the championship game. It just doesn’t get any better.
It has been one month, since I first moved into my spacious 4th floor room in the wonderful land of Oz. It feels like just yesterday I carried an old school television up four flights of stairs because I was too impatient to wait for the elevator. (Note to self: Take the elevator next time.) For anyone searching for a college, or who has been through the process; it’s brutal. You’re always looking for that one place you can feel comfortable enough to walk around naked and not care. Please note I am not advising you to walk around your hall naked, your roommate/neighbors might not find it as comforting as you do. However, finding a college where you have that level of comfort-ability is one in thousands. Like a strike zone in baseball, everyone has a different comfort zone, and a lot has to do with environment. It took me three tries, but I found my zone and ever since I have been swinging for the fences. In one month, I have applied to be an RA, picked up to be a transfer blogger, applied to be a MOST mentor to other transfer students, drafted into four different intramural leagues, snagged a minor in Coaching, and finally, was talked into becoming a student assistant coach for the Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team. Oh, did I mention I am taking a full course load? Oswego feels like my second home. Everything about Oswego is just above and beyond what I had expected. From the students, to the faculty, to the fans, to the custodians,(Quick sidebar, My first morning in Oz the lady custodian knocked on my door just to introduce herself, and ask how I liked Oswego.) to the RA’s, to the food, to the sports, to the arts, and the endless activities and opportunities Oswego holds. It has only been one month, but I truly feel at home, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the months hold, but I am certain I will love every minute of it. I’ll catch you guys next week with “The Main Event: Oswego Hockey”.