Class Year:
Freshman, Class of 2017

Major:
Spanish Education 7-12

Minor:
Deciding between ASL and Italian

Hobbies:
PSIA Cerfitied Ski Instructor

Extra Curriculars:
Women's Golf Team, Bienvenidos, EAGLE Leadership, ASL Club, NUSGA Senator, NUFTA

Almost Break Time

November 18, 2013 by Selena Cerra

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There are eight more days until I will be able to go home for the first time since I arrived at NU in August. Since my last post, not too much has changed but for my activities in NUSGA and getting used to the WNIA Radio show, both of which I will talk about in this post. I cannot believe sometimes that I have been a college student for three months and will be finishing my first semester exactly one month from today. 

Today's highlights include: 

  1. NUSGA
  2. WNIA
  3. Single room
  4. More Q-&-A

NUSGA

NUSGA, or the Niagara University Student Government Association, is a truly fantastic organization that I have had the privilege to be elected into a few weeks ago. There is a lot to learn and handle; however, the NUSGA Cabinet and upperclassmen delegations have been helpful and we already have two great events planned for the freshmen! I never realized how much planning even the smallest events take. The first event we are planning is this Thursday for all the newly registered spring semester freshmen. We are hosting free pizza and wings for any freshman who brings their spring schedule. It will be a fun little event to bring some hype to registration, which can often be tedious and stressful. Our second fall semester event I will keep quiet for right now, but I know that the freshman class will appreciate it!

WNIA

I am a few shows into "ANT" or "All Niagara Things" on WNIA radio here at NU. It has been so much fun to organize and run a radio show. If you would like to listen in, click on WNIA Radio. I am on live with Dan Konopski and Matt Morris every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. I usually discuss this week's events on campus, Matt is the sports guy for NU athletics, and Dan takes care of all the music and technical issues that Matt and I have difficulties doing. This week, I believe we have a special guest coming on air!

Single Room? 

About two weeks ago, my roommate decided to move into another building on campus with her friend. I miss her! She was a super-fun roommate and we got along great, but living alone is working well for me, too. For those of you questioning whether or not a single room is your thing, there are pros and cons to both types of dorm life. I loved having a roommate, and, although space was tight, we had fun and you automatically know someone on campus your first few weeks. Living alone gives me some additional space and I get some more time to myself, which can be nice after a tough day of classes. I'm never lonely though! There are always people in and out of my room keeping me company.

Q-&-A

So to finish my brief blog post, I would like to try to answer some questions that I know I had about college life. 

1. (For the athletes) Do you make your own friends or are you always with your team?

My team spends a lot of time together during the season and usually has “team bonding” nights where we all go out together; however, I do spend time with friends not on my team. I recommend finding a few friends not in your sport; you'll meet more people and experience things you normally wouldn't if you only stuck around your team. For example, I would never have done the radio show if I didn't meet Dan or Matt. 

2. Freshman 15? 

This is one thing I was rather nervous about entering college. I worked hard throughout my senior year to lose 25 pounds and I did NOT want to regain any of it. With the possibilities of unlimited food at a dining hall with all-you-can-eat ice cream and pizza, watching weight can be difficult. Luckily, the food service company here posts the calories and nutrition of all the food being served in the dining hall, which makes it easier to chose the healthier foods. Also, NU students have access to the Kiernan Center, which has almost every type of fitness program, equipment, or class you could think of.

3. What type of clothes do I bring? 

Although it seems like a silly question, I was frantic while packing for college. I had no idea what to bring! As en education major, I have to do Learn and Serve (sort of like student observation) hours at a local school, so I needed a few business and business-casual outfits to wear. If you are in business, tourism, or any type of professional career, I suggest bringing a few of these. However, the rest of college attire consists of jeans, t-shirts (of which you will receive dozens), and sweatpants. The beginning of the fall semester was very warm here so make sure to bring some summer clothes too. Nonetheless, Niagara Falls gets rather cold once mid-October hits. I know Chicago is the windy city but Niagara Falls must be a close contender. Bring a warm winter jacket and gloves, you will need it! Of course, don't stress and overpack, the Niagara Fall Outlets are less than 10 minutes away if anything is forgotten. 

I hope my blogs are informational for any possible incoming freshman and if you have questions that you would like me to answer on my next blog post, ask me at scerra@mail.niagara.edu. Look out for my next one when finals week starts. Happy Thanksgiving!