Utica College Outing Club

One of my favorite clubs to be a part of here at Utica College is the Outing Club. I have been in this amazing organization since my freshmen year. The Outing club is an organization that encourages students to do an array of outdoor activities. Here are some of the outdoor activities we have done over the years:


Like I described in an earlier blog, geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt. Throughout the semester the club goes on simple canal walks or traitorous hikes to find these hidden treasures.


Once or twice a year, the club likes to go to Lake Hinckley and camp for the weekend. We try to get a fire going and make s’mores for everyone to enjoy. Last year, we were able to take a weekend trip up to Vermont to our advisor’s cabin.

Indoor Rock Climbing:

Last year, the Outing Club got the opportunity to go to Hamilton College and use their indoor rock climbing wall. Unfortunately, we are not able to use the wall anymore because the college made new rules that only Hamilton College students can use the wall.

These are just some of the many things that we do in Outing Club. If any of this interests you, please consider joining the club! We meet every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Hubbard 204.

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Movies In Real Life

This might sound strange, but I love horror films. However, after reading an article about horror films that were based on real life events, I might change my taste in films.

Here are a couple of horror films that are based on real life events:


Though Norman Bates is a fictional character, the “Psycho” character was inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein. Robert Bloch, author of the novel “Psycho” claims that he didn’t actually base his character on Gein, but found inspiration in the case and years later realized how similar Norman Bates was to Gein.


The story of the 25-foot great white shark that terrorizes a seaside town one summer may seem solidly in the world of fiction–but it’s actually true. Peter Benchley based the movie off the 1916 shark attacks on the New Jersey shore. Over a period of 12 days, four people died in five attacks. When anglers killed a seven-foot long great on July 14, they found human remains in his stomach.

The Strangers

Director Bryan Bertino stated that the idea for the movie came from the brutal Manson family killings in the late 1970s, as well as from a series of break-ins in his childhood neighborhood when he was growing up.

The Conjuring

Ed and Lorraine Warren are real-life investigators who claim to have investigated over 10,000 cases in their time. One of those cases was that of the Perron family, whose new Rhode Island home was being haunted by malevolent a witch called Bathsheba Sheran, who had lived there in the 19th century.

The Hills Have Eyes

Wes Craven wrote the script for this after getting inspired by the legend of Alexander ‘Sawney’ Bean, the head of a 16th Century clan of cave-dwellers. They lived there for 25 years, chowing down on an estimated 1,000 people before they were found out and killed.

If you want to read the full article, please click below:



Geocaching 101

For the past 8-9 years I have been part of the greatest treasure hunt in the world, Geocaching. Oh, you don’t know what it is? I’ll tell ya!

Quick video that explains Geocaching:


Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Your goal is to locate the geocache (container) using the coordinates and hints left by those who hid the geocache.

When you find the geocache, you are going to find a logbook and possibly “cache” or some treasure inside. If you take some treasure, you must leave something of equal or greater value inside the geocache for the next person who comes along.

The geocache come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t always be looking for a certain cache. This is a great way to spend the afternoon driving around town or walking in the woods trying to locate as many as you can!

If you want to try, here is the link to download the app to your phone:


Happy hunting!




What is it like to never consume alcohol, forever pseuodrunk?

Personally, I do not consume alcohol. My family, on both sides, have trouble with alcoholism, and since it is hereditary, my chances of becoming an alcoholic as well are very high, so I choose not to drink. There are other people out there who also don’t drink and choose to be above the influence, you guys are awesome!

I just want to shed some light on what it is like to be a non-alcoholic drinker:

1) We get harassed by people who choose to drink alcohol.


I have been verbally harassed by people before by being open about not drinking alcohol. Usually these are people who think I am judging them because they drink and I don’t. I can speak for most non-alcoholic consumers and say:  WE DO NOT JUDGE PEOPLE WHO DRINK! We just choose not to participate.

2) We are your rides when you want to go home from a party

Have you ever gone to a party and had no way home? Well, I hope that taxi wasn’t too expensive. Do you know how you can lower the cost? Get a Designated Driver (DD), like someone who does not drink alcohol! We, the sober ones, are so willing to get you home safe, because we care about your safety, give us a call if you need a ride (some gas money would be nice in return).

3) Just because we don’t drink doesn’t mean that we don’t like to attend parties


Sure, I would love to be the DD for the rest of my life, but sometimes I would like to attend the parties myself. If you have friends that don’t drink, please still invite them out, plus, sober people are fun and can be your ride home!

Now, for those of you non-alcoholic party goers, if you need a trick to look cool and have a different experience at the clubs/bars , try pseudodrunk. Weird word, huh? That’s probably because I made it up, although Urban Dictionary says it is a real word. Lets break down what this word could mean:

Pseudo –  false

Drunk – someone under the influence of alcohol

Now, lets put the words together:

Pseudodrunk – someone who pretends to be under the influence of alcohol

I’ll give you the easy tip to being a pseudodrunk that worked for me. Go up to the bar and ask for a coke. That’s it! If anyone asks you what you are drinking just say “coke and rum.” You wont have people giving you weird stares or having your friends bug you about not joining the crowd and drinking. For an added bonus, if you try to act drunk, everyone will believe that you are actually drunk. Think of it as a social experiment and try to see if people actually believe you are drunk.

Disclaimer: I am not saying that you need to do this to have a good time when you go out with your friends, but it is an option if you want to just blend in with the crowd.



So Now You’re A Senior

So, this is my senior year and I am freaking out. If you are a senior and you are freaking out too, well, listen up.

We should be EXCITED! Right?


We have this whole year to apply for jobs and hopefully find a way to start paying those student loans and find a place to live that isn’t our parent’s house.


Just make sure that you graduate, we don’t want that Senioritis to take control!


This is also the time where we get to look back at all these great years we have spent here at UC. Lets be nostalgic on all of those good….. and bad times. Just make sure to make this year the best it can be, and make those final memories with your friends that will still be here next fall!


(My friend Stacy and I taking pictures on laptops at the Apple Store)

Here we go, Class of 2015. Lets be the best class to graduate UC, ever.


UC Rewards Students

Awards I won this year at the 2014 Student Recognition Brunch
Awards I won this year at the 2014 Student Recognition Brunch

Being at a small private institution like Utica College gives the students a unique experience that most other schools do not offer. At Utica College, you are not just a number, you are an individual, you have a name, and your professors make an effort to learn your name. Along with this, your class sizes are small which allows you to get that true one-on-one attention you will need to succeed.

One thing that Utica College does very well is recognize students for all of their hard work and accomplishments.

Every year Utica College holds a Student Recognition Brunch where officials of the college come present awards to students.

The awards range from a national student recognition award called Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges to the Dean Robert Woods Student Life Award.

The criteria is rigorous and shows that Utica College is able to appreciate the hard work of its students. Most of the awards require a nomination via faculty or staff member but a few awards can be self-nominated, so if you think you deserve an award, go and apply!

The award I got in 2013 at the Student Recognition Brunch




Are You Bored? (Part 1)

Have you and your group of friends every just sat there and say to each other “wow, UC is sooooo boring, why is there nothing to do?” Well, have no fear! I am here to save your days of bore and make your days more lively.

The problem is, UC is not boring, you all just refuse to go to the many events offered by the many organizations on this campus. For example, at least every other Thursday there is a UCPB (Utica College Programming Board) event held in the Strobes Student Center (usually the Pioneer Café). UCPB provides an array of fun events with comedians, singers, and even some trivia nights.

Well, if having a great on-campus experience isn’t for you, then I can still help you. We LIVE in UTICA! We are less than an hour away from one of the largest malls in American, and being in the middle of Syracuse and Albany leaves us in the best location to take day trips to some awesome places.

What? You don’t have a car. Oh, I apologize. There are still awesome things going on in the Utica area.



Did you know Utica holds the Indie Garage Sale?! Oh, you don’t know what that is? Well, let me tell you. The Indie Garage Sale is the congregation of several local artists who sell their work to the populace. The items range from handmade bags, silverware bracelets, paintings, painted decal t-shirts, and more. To be warned, the stuff gets pretty pricy, but its fun to come check out what people can make!



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The garage sale occurs several times throughout the year. Visit their page to learn more:


I will be writing more about what Utica has to offer, so keep a look out!!



The Way of Friendship

High School Graduation Day
High School Graduation Day

I don’t know about you, but I can tell you from my experience, my friends are what got me through the years.


As humans, we need companionship, someone to talk to, and if we don’t… well, we lose all of our humanity and we end up like Tom Hanks in Cast Away and create fictional friends. I know personally, that if I do not have someone to talk to, someone who I can tell everything that is on my mind to, I will end up making imaginary friends to compensate.

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Friends are our external conscious, a way to get a second opinion on our daily situations. Whenever I am unsure about something I never hesitate to ask a friend for their opinion. We care what people think, especially our friends. I know for me, my their opinions matter and I take what they have to say to heart, because I know they are looking out for me.   Friends are also our “little black book.” We tell each other our deepest darkest thoughts and secrets, and its nice to be able to share our feelings and frustrations with people who will not judge us.



Unfortunately, sometimes we have to part with our friends, but no matter what, you will never forget the times you had with those friends. The 2am hysterically crying  phone calls, road trips, movies nights, sleepovers, etc.; these memories will stay with us forever.

UC 2013 Graduation

So, you lose some friends along the way, but you also gain some crazy, fun new ones. What matters is that we are not alone in this world. Just remember, friends are there through all of our milestones, our best times ,and even our worst times.


Quick Facts About Being an RA


A picture from one of my events to the Syracuse Zoo

For the past two years I have been apart of a great leadership opportunity here at Utica College: being a Resident Assistant. During my first year I never contemplated the idea of becoming an RA, the idea of being in charge of two dozen people and creating events every month seemed like a lot of work to me. But during the Fall semester of my second year something amazing happened, the residence life department ran out of alternative RAs and a position opened up so they were scrambling to fill the position as quickly as possible. A few of the Area Coordinators met and through out names of student leaders on campus that could be a good fit for the position and my name came up. I received an email to come meet with the staff about the position. When I read the email, I did not know what to do. Did I really want to do this? I don’t really know all the duties of an RA so I guess I should at least go find out. So, I went to the interview. After the interview, I was hired and I do not regret that decision at all. I love being an RA. I get to meet so many individuals and create so many bonds with my residence on my floor and other people who live in the residence hall. Besides that, I get to see my residence grow and I get to be apart of the welcoming atmosphere of Utica College. I would suggest anyone to apply and become a student leader.

Now, I would like to take a moment to tell you some facts about being an RA:

1) Not every student is going to appreciate the things you do for them, and sometimes they will judge you unfairly.

As much as we would like to be appreciated and on friendly terms with each and every resident, that is an unrealistic vision. People in the halls may not like you. People in your own community may not like you. These views may have nothing to do with you personally, but the role you have as a student authority figure. Being a Resident Assistant puts you in a position to not be liked. Be fair, kind, and caring towards others, and you will find that the majority of residents will respect and care about you in return.

2) Do events that the residents want to do.

The only want to get your residence to come to your events is to do events that interest them. If your residence do not want to go to the museums but instead would rather go play laser tag, well, you better put in a proposal for laser tag. You will have a better turn out, and your residents will appreciate that you are doing things that they want to do. If you don’t know what your residence want to do, then ASK THEM. Take 20 minutes out of your day and go to each room on your floor and ask your residence what things they would like to do. Remind them that the events are free.

3) Be clever with your advertisements

It is very hard to get residence to go to educational events, so, put up flyers that are clever and make the residents think the event is about something else than it actually is. For example, if you are going to teach your residents about planting, put up a flyer that reads “Pot Party.” What do you think the residence will think the event is about? To get good turn outs you have to be creative!!

4) Make connections with your residences

The only way to make your residence respect you is to talk to them. It may not seem like they care, but talking to your residences once in a while allows them to feel comfortable with you and you will see that they will respect you more when you have to write them up for breaking the rules…

So even through the hours of training, piles of paperwork, numerous meetings, lock outs at 4 in the morning and the stress of busting underage parties in the residence halls; being an RA has been a great part of my college experience, this position has allowed me to grow as a student leader.


I hope you all liked my first blog. Please let me know what you think!