Niagara, where have you been all my life?
October 31, 2011 by Crystal Lorenzo
I can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that about eight weeks ago I was sitting at home dreading coming to college, crying and trying to do anything to make the time go by slower. I wouldn't pack, wouldn't even think about packing or the fact that I was about to enter a brand new chapter in my life. I wasn't excited, wasn't looking forward to it and didn't quite feel as ready as I thought everyone else felt, but after being here for half a semester already, it's hard to get me to actually go home to visit. I feel so much at home, and I can honestly say without trying to sound cheesy that I honestly love my life here and am so happy that I chose Niagara.
First of all, let's start with the fact that I'm in five clubs...FIVE. In high school, I wasn't the super-involved type. I actually didn't do any clubs involved with school; all I did was all-star cheerleading and basketball cheerleading, which took up 95 percent of my time. The other 5 percent was spent working at the wonderful Timmy Ho's, doing homework (which was a lot since I was an exchange student to The Netherlands during my junior year of high school, and thus had to do my junior year and senior year in one when I got back), not to mention trying to have a social life between cheerleading practices, games and competitions.
So, needless to say, I wasn't quite in the loop with the whole club thing. Once I got to Niagara, I knew I wanted to get involved in some, seeing as I'm not allowed to do athletics anymore because of a combination of about 100 different back issues. I went to the activities fair and signed up for pretty much every club there. I decided to at least get a taste of everything that was offered, and then I could decide what to stick with.
I opted for:
- Campus Planning Board - I'm on the Late Nite Niagara committee, which plans and runs all the events that are held every Friday night from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. These events consist of things like indoor paintball, late night movies, a black light dance party, bingo, comedians, open skate, open gym, "Minute to Win It," and basically just awesome things to do.
- NU Alliance is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and their allies. It's an awesome group of people and probably what I look forward to most during the week.
- N-Zone is a student cheering section at all hockey and basketball games that is crazy. People in N-Zone are the loudest at the games and they have a whole bunch of cheers to do, including one where they act like they're riding a roller coaster and the person in front directs which way the roller coaster is going and you have to follow him by leaning your whole body in whichever direction he directs. Fun stuff! Let me tell you, that's what I'm looking forward to most about the games.
- EAGLE, which stands for Experience and Growth in Leadership Education. Its purpose is to help develop you as a better and more effective leader. Each year, you earn a different “certificate” and focus on some other aspect of leadership. The first year focuses on self development and finding, understanding and developing one's self as a leader. The people in the group are some of the most genuine and sweetest people I've met here and it's so much fun being around people who actually care. It's such a warm atmosphere and definitely something I'm really glad I got involved in.
- BOLD is a business club. We're working on a project that takes the sandals from Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, cleans them and sends them to third-world countries. To be a part of the project, I had to go through an interview and also score in the top half of my class on the Intro to Business midterm!
I've already done so much here that it's hard to believe it's only been about two months. When we started at Niagara, we went on the Whirlpool Jet Boat, which takes you through Level 5 rapids in the gorge; we went through a corn maze; saw Lion King the musical; went to NU soccer and hockey games; saw a psychic, a ghost hunter and a mind reader; painted pumpkins; saw the most HILARIOUS hypnotist show where freshmen were being hypnotized, basically the most hilarious thing of my life; enjoyed team trivia; and played bingo, where I won a trash can full of school supplies and many other things that have kept me so busy that I never have a chance to be bored.
On top of all of the activities, I still have all of my school work, which is a lot to keep up with but definitely manageable. I also work here, in the Office of Academic Affairs, which is an awesome place to work. I love the people I work with. They're so sweet and make work enjoyable.
My roommate is wonderful. I've known her since fourth grade but we weren't exactly friends throughout school (except for in fourth grade) until senior year when we decided to room together. She also has been dating my step-brother for about two years (no big deal). It has definitely been nice to have someone who I know that I can just be myself around during an already-stressful first semester. It's lovely being able to go back to the room and just be my normal, quirky self and not have to worry about my roommate judging me or thinking I'm weird, because she's pretty much just as quirky as I am.
I could probably go on forever about all the friends I've made here but instead I'll just post a picture. If you haven't lost interest already because of the length of this, I'm sure you're headed in that direction! If you have made it this far, thanks, and keep reading because they will only get better from here...PROMISE!