Author - Alap Patel

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Seven Things to Do Before You Graduate
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Picking Your Classes
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My Summer Plans, Summer 2014
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It’s the Journey that Counts: Commencement 2014
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Laundry for College Dummies!
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Winterfest Weekend 2014
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The $5K Challenge!
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A Guide to Auditing Courses
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My Typical Weekend: A Student Play-By-Play
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Winter Travel Strategies

Seven Things to Do Before You Graduate

The University of Rochester has its own list of “101 Things to Do Before You Graduate,” but I’m going to give you my special seven that you won’t find on the official list! (Illustration: Michael Osadciw) I’m writing about this, reflecting on my past three years at Rochester. I've had an amazing experience, and look[…]

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Picking Your Classes

One of the most stressful parts of starting college for me was figuring out what classes I was going to take. That was the first time I’d ever really had an entire book of classes to pick from, so it was overwhelming but exciting all at once. I wanted to share with you the classes[…]

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My Summer Plans, Summer 2014

In August, I’ll be traveling to Leh, Ladakh, India, where I’ll be working with Professor Nancy Chin on her smoking cessation research project. I’m so excited to have the chance to take my public health knowledge to the field and apply what I’ve learned. Students work with community groups in Ladakh, India, each summer to[…]

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It’s the Journey that Counts: Commencement 2014

The Class of 2014 just graduated from the University of Rochester, and I can’t seem to get the words of Senior Class President, James Wu, out of my mind. The Senior Class President gets the distinct privilege of addressing the Class at the Commencement Ceremony, and James did an amazing job capturing the essence of[…]

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Laundry for College Dummies!

I hate doing laundry! Yes, I will admit that my favorite thing about being at home is asking my mom to do my laundry for me. But not to worry, doing your own laundry is extremely easy. Here are some strategies I have for doing laundry at the University of Rochester. Always make sure you[…]

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Winterfest Weekend 2014

Winterfest Weekend January 31st – February 2nd, 2014 Hot chocolate, giveaways, and more hot chocolate! One of my favorite traditions at the University of Rochester is a day we all call Winterfest Weekend. It is a fun weekend-long festival to welcome back students to the spring semester, and to the beautiful snow-covered campus. This weekend[…]

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The $5K Challenge!

“What would you do with $5000 to improve the lives of Rochester students?” Something new in the fall of 2013 was the 5K Challenge that the University of Rochester Students’ Association organized. Basically, the student government, which we refer to as the Students’ Association or SA, fronted $5,000 and asked students, “What would you do[…]

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A Guide to Auditing Courses

At the University of Rochester, it is very possible to actually sit through an entire course, have access to course materials, and NOT be enrolled in the class. Here are some basic steps to help you get through the process! Register for classes: Toward the end of every semester, you will register for four or five[…]

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My Typical Weekend: A Student Play-By-Play

Every summer before school starts, I always see the incoming freshmen on their respective Facebook group asking what a typical weekend might be like at the University of Rochester. I thought what better way to share this than to just give a detailed weekend play-by-play. By that I mean that I simply recorded what I[…]

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Winter Travel Strategies

Winter in Rochester can require travel strategies to get home for the holidays on time. In the winter of 2012, my flight got delayed four times, and the dorms were closing for the holidays. I thought I was never going to get home. Luckily, a friend of mine from school was going to Buffalo that[…]

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