Archive - March 2017

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When Spring Break Turns Into Winter Break and You’re Stuck on Campus
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Welcome to Life as an Exchange Student
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The Waiting is Over—The Excitement Begins
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Early FAFSA: What It Means For You and Your Aid
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The EcoRep Sustainability Life
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Introduction and CORT
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The inspireDANCE Festival: Blending Campus and Community
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Big Public School vs. Small Private School
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5 Things To Do Before Coming To College
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To Go Or Not To Go… Study Abroad Decisions

When Spring Break Turns Into Winter Break and You’re Stuck on Campus

If you live in the area, or have recently checked the weather app in your phone, you know that spring break at the University of Rochester has felt more like winter break instead. The buses have been running, and dining hours reduced, all while snow has been falling from the sky. But what can you do[…]

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Welcome to Life as an Exchange Student

It’s now been over a month since I journeyed from Cleveland, Ohio, to Canberra, Australia, and I’m starting to understand why past study abroad students often impart such cliches as “Don’t blink or you’ll miss it” and “As soon as you adjust, it’s time to return home” upon prospective abroad students. As an exchange student,[…]

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The Waiting is Over—The Excitement Begins

by Craig Plummer ’93 (BA Psychology), ’94 (MS Counseling and Human Development) After graduating from the University of Rochester, I moved with my wife, Stacey (Metcalf) Plummer (’94), to New Hampshire, where we have lived for the past 23 years. After working for ten years as a high school counselor, I decided to step out on[…]

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Early FAFSA: What It Means For You and Your Aid

Happy spring, Rochester! We definitely aren’t experiencing Winter Storm Stella right now. Not at all. As some of you have heard (and seen on our pamphlets around campus), the deadline for applying for financial aid for the 2017–18 academic year is earlier than in previous years. All documents are due on March 15 this year.[…]

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The EcoRep Sustainability Life

After reading the above title, you may wonder, “What’s an EcoRep?” We are a group of enthusiastic freshmen who work toward promoting a sustainable lifestyle in the residence halls. As an EcoRep, I’ve had so many amazing experiences, both with my residents and with my fellow EcoReps, that I can’t even count all of them![…]

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Introduction and CORT

It can be humbling to consider the array of people who influence our lives, who help us imagine the future, and who equip us with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to pursue our goals and dreams. Going to college can be one of the most transformative times in a young person’s life, and none of[…]

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The inspireDANCE Festival: Blending Campus and Community

My name is Sarah Bjornland and I am a senior graduating in May with a BS in optics and a minor in dance. I am involved in a variety of different activities on campus: I’m the president of UR SEGway (Survivor Empowerment Group), the co-president of Radiance Dance Theatre, a peer advisor, and the production[…]

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Big Public School vs. Small Private School

Last month I had an opportunity to visit some of my friends at a large, public school in Illinois, where I’m from. As I walked through its multiple quads, I was taken aback by just how much larger it was compared to the University of Rochester. When I asked my friends how they could possibly[…]

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5 Things To Do Before Coming To College

To all those who recently got their acceptance letters, congratulations! You might be wondering, “What do I do now that I’ve been accepted to the most awesome university ever?” No worries, my friends, we have all been there. To help you spend your time wisely before college, I have some awesome (and hopefully helpful) suggestions[…]

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To Go Or Not To Go… Study Abroad Decisions

“Do I really want to go abroad?” I asked myself. I had a tough time motivating myself to apply to study abroad. I whole-heartedly enjoy my semesters at the University of Rochester—I love our campus, my professors, the clubs in which I’m involved, and of course, my wonderful friends and suite mates. I weighed the pros and[…]

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