Category Archives: Off Campus

Happy New Year!

Hey all. Not too much news to report. I’m back to Bates in 10 days and can’t wait.

Happy New Year! I wish all of you a happy and healthy year ahead.

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Early Decision…

Hey all. After taking 2 final exams and completing 3 final papers I am now officially finished with the first semester of my sophomore year. I drove home yesterday and am now ready to enjoy nearly a month-long winter holiday break. As I settle in for a break and begin to unwind, I realize that many of you reading this are not so relaxed. 

I’m not completely sure of all the deadlines but I am assuming that many of you who applied early decision (I) are finding out in a few days or just found out in the last couple days about your acceptance. Also, I am assuming some of you are considering Early Decision II (the deadline in Jan. 1st I believe).

If you are waiting to find out… all I can say is hang in there. I applied early decision and remember how nerve-racking the wait is. It is frustrating too because you feel completely powerless over the process. After all the stress and pressure of the big tests and applications, all you can do is wait and that can be very difficult. I know it is easier said than done, but try your best to just relax and go with the flow. If you get in, congratulations. If you get deferred, hang in there and don’t give up. If you don’t get the acceptance you hoped for, don’t be hard on yourself. There are so many great schools. Bates is a unique place that is very special but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other great schools out there.

You might be thinking, “easy for Paul to say all this… he is already settled and happy in school”. Yes, this is true but I was in your shoes not too long ago and understand where you’re coming from. Whatever happens, try to stay positive, patient, and open-minded. I wish all of you the best of luck. Until next time… 

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Back to Bates…

Hey all. Thanksgiving break is nearing its end. Tomorrow morning I will finish packing the car and head back up to campus. I hope to get back to Bates sometime in the early afternoon. The vacation was really nice. I still find it so great that no matter how long I am away from family and friends, when I come home it is as if nothing has changed. 

I was certainly grateful that I had a whole week off to rest, relax, and prepare for final exams and papers. Although I kept telling myself I would get work done over break I accomplished very little. Finding the motivation to work while eating turkey and hanging out with family + friends is not easy. I’d like to blame my lack of progress on work on the tryptophan from the turkey but I don’t suppose that’s fair. In any event, tomorrow I will be back in my dorm room and will hopefully find the inspiration to focus on the busy 2 weeks ahead. 

In other random news, my dad and I put the ski rack and snow tires on the car I am bringing up to school. It should now be fully winterized and prepared for a winter full of skiing. That’s all for now. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Until next time…

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Harvest Meal + Break…

Hey all. I am checking in from back home in NY. After my last class ended today (around 10:30 AM) I drove home for Thanksgiving Break. Although I’m a bit tired after the trip, I am looking forward to the week ahead which should be spent enjoying good times (and food) with family and friends.

Bates had its annual Harvest Meal this past Wednesday and it was certainly a night to remember. The Harvest Meal is Bates’ own little Thanksgiving feast. It’s the school’s way of sending Batesies off to vacation happy and full of delicious food. The dining staff decorates all of Commons with festive decorations (including Christmas Trees, Ice Sculptures, and many other holiday-themed items) and sets up a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. Check the unbelievable menu out here. There was also a free raffle.

Some of the highlights in my mind, beyond the delicious food, were the fresh Apple Cider (two local farmers were on hand to make natural + unprocessed Apple Cider), the two live bands (one in Commons and one in the Grey Cage where dessert was served), and the baked alaska dessert that was in the shape of the state of Maine! Check out this article about the night. What a great send off. Until next time…

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Back Home…

Hey all. I am home for a brief period of time before heading back up to Bates tomorrow. It’s really great to have a couple of days off and to relax at home with the family, eat some home-cooked meals, and sleep in my own bed. I even got to go to a NY Ranger game with my dad. They lost unfortunately but it was still nice spending time with my dad and being with my fellow crazy hockey fans.

I have also been doing some significant studying because the week I get back I have a midterm exam in Latin American history (Wednesday), a Spanish presentation on native populations in Argentina (Thursday), and a test on criminal research in Criminology (Friday). Having this nice little October Break has been the perfect way  to relax my mind and prepare for the tough work week ahead.

In my next blog entry I am going to post some pictures taken of campus during October. The campus is absolutely gorgeous right now with everything at peak fall foliage. Be on the look out for those in the next few days. Until next time…

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Politics at Bates…

Hey all. Obviously the presidential election is on everyones minds these days. The youth has been reenergized by the 2008 race to the White House and that can be seen here at Bates as more and more people are getting politically involved.

Both the Bates Democrats Club and the Republican Club have been registering voters in large numbers in commons, and handing out stickers, signs, and posters. Local politicians have been coming to campus and to different locations around Lewiston to voice their support for each candidate. Last weekend Democratic Senator Chris Dodd from Connecticut spoke at the Lewiston Armory. A representative from Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change was on campus a few days ago and a representative from the McCain of Maine organization will be on campus in October.

Last weekend I took part in the ‘Lewiston Invasion’ in which I joined students from Bates and from many other schools in Maine in a mass-canvassing for Obama. Each person was assigned a certain number of addresses around Lewiston and had to go door-to-door talking to Lewiston locals about the presidential and state elections while handing out pamphlets and other information about the candidates.

I knocked on nearly 60 doors. Some people were receptive, others not so much. I had some very engaging conversations about the election and the important issues associated with it. Many people were concerned about the economy, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and healthcare. Just being able to talk to people, regardless of their political standing, was incredibly interesting and really opened my eyes to why this presidential election is going to be so close. (Click to learn more about the ‘Lewiston Invasion’)

I feel this election is too important to not get involved in. Whether one supports McCain or Obama it is imperative that we all do our part to be educated about the issues and to get involved in the process. I am, like most Americans, wondering who we will see in the White House in January. Until next time…

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Study Abroad… Already.

Hey all. Last night there was a meeting for sophomores interested in studying off-campus next year. The idea of working/living/learning abroad has always appealed to me so naturally I was excited for it. Though the meeting was fairly basic: Information presented on a powerpoint, seniors sharing their experiences from abroad, and a Q+A session, I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed.

A huge group of sophomores packed into the room in Chase Hall for the meeting (this was just for the 1st session… there were 2 identical sessions to accommodate for everyone’s schedules) and just seeing the sheer number of students interested in studying abroad was a bit imitating… though also a good sign that off-campus study is appealing. I think what freaked me out the most, but also got me the most excited, was the idea of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something completely new and different while possibly thousands of miles away from family + friends. Oh and did I mention you have to declare your major before you can sign up to go abroad?

Clearly I have some mixed emotions about this but in the end I know studying abroad would be amazing. For now I will take things one step at a time… to learn more about Bates study abroad click here. Until next time…

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