Class Year:
Junior 

Major:
Childhood and Special Education (1-6)

Minor:
Literacy 

Hobbies:
Photography
Writing 
Petting dogs
Singing

Extracurriculars:
Club Volleyball 
NU Alliance
Active Minds

Second Year Shenanigans

October 24, 2013 by Michael Stilson

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Hello, guys and gals! I'm so glad to be back at Niagara. I had an amazing summer, and my second year has been a blast. Let me keep you up to date in my endeavors.  

Summer 2013

I was lucky enough to land a summer job in my field this past summer. I was a summer camp counselor at the Gow School Summer Program. It was a five-week program geared for students with learning disabilities from the ages 9 to 16. Not only were they working on academics, but we went on fun trips to Cedar Point, Splash Lagoon, Presque Island, and many other cool areas. As an education major, this was a great experience for me because it helped me work on how I can connect with students on a more personal level. I'm excited to work back at summer camp next year!  

Orientation Assistant

After summer camp was over, I was accepted to be one of the orientation assistants during NU's Fall Orientation. Not only did I have a blast, but I got to have a stronger rapport with the incoming freshmen. I really enjoyed answering questions about the university!  

Campus Job

Speaking of answering questions, I was hired as one of the Admissions telecounselors! Basically, what I do is call prospective high school juniors and seniors and remind them about upcoming dates and events at NU. While I have them on the phone, I answer any questions and/or concerns that they may have about college life. This lets me help even more future Niagarans than I could last year!  

Grocery Bingo  

This semester, I have started to attend more and more evening programs and events. The first one I went to was Grocery Bingo. The way this works is that if someone has bingo, they win a large bag of groceries. This is very smart because if there is anything that college students need more of, it's groceries! I surprisingly called bingo but there were two others who had it as well. To dispute this tie, there was a dance-off! Now I don't know about you, but I'm a terrible dancer. So I decided to use my humor to make a goof of myself. I won! I did what I had to do to get the food.

Open Mic Nite  

I participated in this semester's Open Mic Nite! This is an event where performers battle it out by showing the crowd their special talents. I sang a medley of Lady Gaga songs. Unfortunately, I didn't win this time. However, I'm glad I did it to build my confidence.  

Well, I have to start my HIS 199 reading! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about Niagara! :)  

Cya later,
Michael Stilson  
mstilson@mail.niagara.edu