UMass Boston Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement

Goodbye 2011, you shining star, you.

In Welina on December 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

As the last week of 2011 starts, I have a lot to look forward to next year. For starters, I am one semester away from finishing my undergraduate degree (and one summer class, but let’s not talk about that). I even know what I’m doing afterward! Not many people can say the same. I am entering City Year as a corps member in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have two part-time jobs to get me through financially, a full-time class schedule and great friends and a supportive family to share this joy and positivity with. So, please, someone tell me why I’m not excited for the new year again?

I liked 2011.

A lot.

Regardless of the national and international events that took place–whether natural or man made–I was undeterred. I was on a road destined for growth. At this time, my peers could see the budding change in me. I became someone else, and it was good. With the help of OSLCE, I was able to see my potential and step into the mold that was waiting for me to fill it. I was a co-leader for an alternative break trip to Washington, D.C. last spring, and it was an experience of a lifetime. I learned a lot about myself as I held this position. I also attended a day-long leadership training in May called LeaderShape Catalyst. It enlightened me and my fellow peers to what we should be talking about related to leadership and what we want to do in our future. As an employee, I continued to grow as someone who is relied on and learned to rely on others. To these discoveries and experiences, I hold my non-alcoholic drink up to the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement for a toast. Thank you for all you’ve done.

The year 2011 holds a lot of eye-opening and first-time events in its hands, for me at least. I will forever be grateful to this twelve-month period we call a year and the things I learned.
What more can I say? 2011 will forever be in the record books as the year that was good to me. Goodbye, 2011, you shining star, you.

Back To School…

In Brad on October 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Hi everyone,

Brad here- – it seems like school just started, but somehow we are only couple of weeks away from midterms!  How the heck did that happen?  The real question is, how the heck am I back in school?  I thought I just graduated from Merrimack back in 2006?!   After five years out in the real world I decided that it was time for me to head back to school -  – and here I landed in the world of UMass Boston as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement.   For those of you who know my director Sherrod, let’s just say I started doing work the second I got to campus and I haven’t stopped working since… wait, check that… I started doing work two weeks before I even started my job reading over applications for the Freshman Leadership Institute!   (no surprise there…)

FLI
Back in September, 46 Freshmen students headed down to Duxbury for a Leadership Weekend known as the Freshman Leadership Institute (FLI).  What a great way to get myself involved at school right away but having a chance to be a facilitator on leadership retreat.  The freshmen had a chance to learn a little bit about themselves, learn about their leadership styles, and be mentored by seven of the GREATEST here at UMass Boston.  Big shoujtouts to Kadeem, Flo-Jo, Breezy, Christie, Caleb, Tori,  and Evita!  Oh, and this weekend wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of Daphnee!! You guys were awesome!!   The freshmen also had a chance to challenge themselves on a ropes course and do some team building as well.  At the end of the day, everyone had a blast despite the rain and creepiness of it being pitch black every night in the middle of the woods!

It was a fun way to finally get to meet some people on campus…   Granted, it’s cool for grad students to have their only friends be undergrads right?!   Kidding..

I mean, we were kind of a big deal.  The mentors were rockin’ the front page of the UMass Boston website the week we got back from our trip.

Good luck with your midterms! Go out there and explore the world outside of the classroom!

-Brad
My cheeseball quote for the day:
  “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”

Just another manic Monday…

In Welina on August 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

If you’re anything like me, you know that Mondays were sent from the Devil himself to torture humans for eons to come.

After a few days of solace from the week and time away from the mundanity of a 9 to 5, the last thing I want to do is come back and do it all over again. It’s like a never-ending awful roller coaster. There is the short peak of the ride (weekend) and then the ups and downs that make up the rest of the time (weekday) until you reach another short-lived experience void of all responsibility. Except showering. And eating. You might want to do those things pretty regularly regardless of where we are during the week.

Don’t get me wrong- I love my job and the work I do and my coworkers and my supervisors and my university and my city and my life and the world (have I gone too far?) but the two full days spent in my bed, doing absolutely nothing (except maybe eating, sleeping and Facebook creeping- MAYBE) can set someone up like me for disaster. I tend to get a little too comfortable a little too quickly. “Oh it’s already seven on a Sunday night? Weird, I was just gonna get up and actually do something productive like shave my legs or something not actually productive. Actually.” I mean, 48 hours to do whatever you want without having to wait for your one hour lunch break feels pretty good, even liberating, if I may say so myself. I can creep on that cute boy on Facebook for a half hour, debate on what song lyrics to use for my status for the other half, eat a sandwich, watch some trashy TV, call my mom and complain there’s nothing in the fridge to eat, tweet about having no ‘good food’ in the fridge to eat, nap, text my friend about what we’re doing tonight, and other very important things a twenty-something, usually just waiting for school to start up again to be considered a functioning person in society, tends to do when they have some free time.

Alas, after all is said and done, Monday still comes around to whip us back into our dreaded everyday routine. Usually by force. But by all means, if you’re the type who thrives on ritual and loves knowing what to expect and stuff like creating a “to-do” list comes all but naturally to you, do that! Keep that up! You’re already 55 steps ahead of me and most of our peers.

Closing thoughts: “The weekend” may as well be renamed “the biggest teaser of them all”. Just saying.

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