September 7, 2012 by Sarah Hanson
Hi, everyone! My name is Sarah Hanson and I'm a member of the class of 2016. I'm so excited to blog for all of you, because I know that the student blogs helped me feel more comfortable about going to NU when I read them last year. I want to use this blog post to introduce you to a little bit about me and what I've been up to these past couple weeks.
I'm a student of the College of Education here at Niagara. Our education program is so unique, because freshmen start working in the classroom right away with something called Learn & Serve. I have not received my placement yet, but I'll be sure to let you know when I do! I am pursuing a double major in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and French. In the future, I'm planning to dual minor as well in literacy and writing studies, to make myself more marketable for careers after college.
I live on campus in Clet, the dorm located right next to Clet Dining Hall. A lot of people are always anxious to know how the dorms are set up, so I figured I'd try to tell you here. In my room, we have two closets, two beds, two desks, two chairs, six shelves, two mirrors, and two shelve/nightstands that can stay under or be brought out from underneath the desks.
Everyone on my floor loves living here, because it's always so quiet and peaceful. Yes, we have our occasional bursts of energy and decorate the hallway or have an impromptu dance party to the Wobble, but otherwise we're known as the studious dorm. It's nice to know that if you want to go to bed at 10 p.m., you totally can without any disturbances. (Then again, when you have an awesome roommate, there's no way you're going to bed at 10 p.m.)
Speaking of roomies, I need to introduce you to mine! The picture is of me on the left and Sarah on the right. We're both holding the stuffed animals we stuffed at the O'Shea Carnival. (My raccoon is named Raphael.) Yup, we're both named Sarah, and it's fantastic! Our friends know us as Sarah^2 (squared), or by our nicknames, Sunshine and Samoa.
It's really funny to joke around with Sarah, because she's always bringing up weird facts about living in New Jersey. She's really sarcastic, which totally goes along with my giggles! One of my favorite roomie activities is when Sarah picks up her guitar or uke and has me sing along with her to pop songs (we really like Owl City and Mumford and Sons.) I actually met Sarah through Facebook, which just goes to show that social networking can sometimes produce fantastic results!
Sarah and I were granted the awesome opportunity to move into our dorm early and get acquainted with the Lewiston and Niagara Falls areas through NU PLUNGE. PLUNGE is a three-day program that runs prior to New Student Orientation. We did a lot of different community service projects, played fun games, ate yummy food and explored our faith.
We have named some of the people we met through PLUNGE our Plungers/Plunge Family, including our friends Andrew, Ashleigh, Emma, Justine, Kate, Matt, Sunny and Vanessa. We continue to see each other around the library, Clet Dining Hall, or through chapel choir, which some of us joined. I highly recommend PLUNGE to anyone interested in meeting people early on in college!
Speaking of friends, I'd like to talk about some other people we've become acquainted with around campus. Justine introduced us to her roommate, Janene, as well as Carl. James joined our group of friends because he's a Jersey native like Sarah, and Margot and Hanna live in our same dorm hall. Michael, my fellow blogger, is hilariously sarcastic and I'm so happy to share some education classes with him; and he introduced us to his friend Courtney! Our CAs, Meg and Elysia, are also so much fun! Obviously, you can tell that we've already met a bunch of friends, and will hopefully be meeting even more people! It definitely helps to be yourself and have a bubbly personality when you're getting adjusted to college life.
Finally, of course I need to talk a bit about the first week of classes! College classes are definitely different compared to high school classes. You definitely need to pay attention and keep up the pace with what the professor is discussing. Overall, the homework has been pretty easy; I've already completed my first paper with just the most minor of complaints. Professors give ample notice for due dates, so time management is the only thing that will be either your friend or foe.
Arguably, I've already had my fair share of late nights/early mornings, but that has been my decision and I'm aware of the price I'll have to pay the next day (Thank goodness for Tim Hortons!). The dorm room is most likely the best place to study, due to the quiet atmosphere, but I prefer to study in a group with all of my friends at the library. I'll write more about that later.
I suppose I've typed more than enough for now, so I will update you on further subjects in my next post. Thanks for reading! :)