Aaron Pereira

apereir2@bryant.edu

Major: Accounting

SASS Speaks out

March 28th, 2014

Hey everyone,

I hope you are getting ready for some nice weather because I sure am! I feel like this winter has been going on forever. Bryant in the spring is one of my favorite times of year because the campus becomes alive. The second warm weather hits, everyone is out on any green space. I am getting really excited for it.

I am going to tell you a little about the latest event that the Student Arts and Speakers Series brought to campus. We had four different speakers come to campus. We had RJ Mitte from breaking bad, Laverne Cox from orange is the New Black, Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live, and Bill Rosemann who is a producer for Marvel comics. They all came to campus this past Sunday and spoke about many issues in our society. They covered topics ranging from leadership in America to body image and how the media portrays different issues. This event was definitely one of my favorites. Not only were their speeches enlightening, but they were all extremely friendly and stayed afterwords for a meet and greet. Below you can see a picture of me with RJ Mitte and then of my other committee member with Laverne Cox.  The event was amazing.

This is but a sample of the events that Bryant puts on for its students. It was free to all students and everyone who came had a great time! Hopefully you will get to see some of these events!

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Until next week,

Aaron

Flat Tupper N3 Eddition

March 21st, 2014

My Favorite Place

Although Bryant in general is my favorite place, I am going to try and pick one that is a little different than usual. In all honesty my favorite part about Bryant is the community, that being said my favorite place on Campus would have to be my Townhouse. It is somewhere that I can always be around some of my favorite people and experience what it is like to be on your own. Townhouses are equipped with a full working kitchen, living area, bathrooms, and bedrooms. They are also all next to each other. The proximity of all the townhouses makes it really easy to stay in touch with the senior class. My townhouses are somewhere I can go at the end of the day and feel at peace. No matter how stressful the day is I can always come home and see friendly face….not to mention a fridge filled with food.

I cannot wait for the warm weather in my townhouses so we can grill outside and really make the most of the weather.

I hope you enjoyed one of my favorite spots on campus.

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The Bryant IDEA

February 4th, 2014

Hello Everyone, I Hope you had a nice winter break and are enjoying the second portion of your school year. I cannot believe that I am already in my final semester at Bryant. Time has flown by so much faster than I ever could have imagined. I don't want my senior year to end on a low note. That is why I partook in the Bryant IDEA program as a mentor. I was a mentor last year and was selected to serve as one again this year. The Bryant IDEA is a 72 hour intensive one credit program for first year students. They work together in teams to create an innovative solution to an issue/problem in today's society. For example, my group had the task of how stores like GameStop and Barnes and Noble could compete in the online marketplace against companies such as Amazon. I won't go into too much detail about what their projects were, but I was able to serve as a student mentor and help guide them through the process. I worked with a staff member and a faculty member on the project. It was a great experience to get to see first year students grow and work alongside such amazing individuals. I could not think of a better way to start my second semester as a senior.

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This program is one of the many unique facets that Bryant brings to its students. This program is something the first year students will be able to talk about to interviewers and other leadership organizations on campus. It is a program that I foresee becoming even more important  in the college atmosphere. Creativity is what this program focuses on, and is something everyone should bring to the professional environment.

I hope the week goes well for you and I can't wait to update you on my classes.

Aaron

Fancy Salmo

December 2nd, 2013

Hey Everyone,

With Finals Approaching I wanted to let you know about something that can always help me feel at home at Bryant. Although it may seem odd, our dining hall is a very relaxing place for me. It is filled with hustle and bustle and just gives me the comfort of food….but also the comfort seeing familiar faces. Over the past 4 years, I have been able to try all types of new foods which include and are not limited to alligator among many other interesting foods. Thinking about finals is what got me interested in sharing my experience with you. I want to tell you all a little more about a dining option within our dining hall. Here goes!

On Thursday and Friday nights during dinner students can make reservations at the dining hall to have a sit down 3 course meal. The only cost is the meal swipe used to get into the dining hall These reservations are made online and can be anywhere from 2-10 people..if not more.  Once the reservation is made you go to the time you select and sit down. Once seating you have a variety of teas to drink along with bred to dip in an amazing olive oil and balsamic dip. Once there you choose your appetizer, entrée, and dessert. The cool thing is that the entire meal is less than 1000 calories and is made with local ingredients.  It is an awesome experience. I used to go all the time last year because I had a meal plan, but this year is has been a little less frequent. I actually went last week with some of my friends (whom you can see below). As you can see, this takes place right in the dining hall and is open to all Bryant students with a meal plan (or guest swipe).

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Hopefully if you come visit Bryant you will be able to get a glimpse of our dining options!

Until Next time,

Aaron

Shawn Johnson

September 25th, 2013

Hey Everyone.

I know I mentioned in one of my previous blogs that the SASS group on campus was going to be bringing Shawn Johnson to campus. I wanted to update you on how the event went and show you some of the pictures from that night. The event was open to the entire campus and after so many days of selling tickets we open it up to the outside community. We ended up handing out close to 1000 tickets (which is the maximum capacity of the location). It was great to be a part of this event which had so much interest form the Bryant community. Since I am a part of the committee I was actually able to meet Shawn Johnson, although she would have taken the time to meet everyone if she had the time too.

Shawn spoke a lot about her passions and how she got to where she wa sin her career. My favorite part was that she took the majority of her time to answer questions. Anyone in the audience could ask her questions and she would answer them. This was nice because it really allowed for the crowd to get involved with the event. She even let a little girl who does gymnastics in the area to sit with her for a portion of the show. She is definitely a genuine person. I was so glad to have been a part of the group that brought her to campus. You can see some of the pictures below.

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Make sure to always ask what is occurring on campus if you ever come for a visit! Bryant always has events going on and you may just be able to attend one of them.

Until next week !

Aaron

SASS’s First Event!

September 12th, 2013

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fantastic summer because I know I sure did. I will be informing you all about my summer over the next few weeks. I am so excited to share some huge news with all of you prospective students. If you check out my previous blog, I mentioned how I was on the student committee for the Student Arts and Speaker Series here at Bryant. We recently announced our first event for the semester. This September 17th at 6:30pm we are having Shawn Johnson…yes you read that right…Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson will be coming to speak to the Bryant community about competition and recovering from an injury. I am beyond excited that she is coming to Bryant and hope the community here is just as pumped.

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Our committee has been advertising like crazy for her. I have some pictures attached showing our posters and cardboard cutout. Tickets are free to all students and are accessible until we run out. We have 1,000 seats available for the event and are hoping to give out every last ticket. It will be a night to remember and I will make sure to let you all know how it goes.

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I hope you all are starting your years off well, as a senior now I cannot believe my time here at Bryant is coming to an end. It will be very bittersweet to graduate.

Until next week,

Aaron

Student Arts and Speakers Series

May 1st, 2013

Hey Everyone,

I cannot believe that classes are already coming to an end. We have had such a fast semester here at Bryant. It is hard to believe that I will be a senior in less than two weeks. Although things are winding down, there are still many banquets and meetings still going occurring. One organization which I had applied for this year was to be on the Student Arts and Speakers Series (SASS for short) I just received confirmation that I was selected to be on the committee on Monday along with 6 other individuals. I am extremely excited to be a art of this group next year.

SASS's mission is to educate the campus with speakers and arts events. Some examples of things they have brought to campus are ICE-T as a speaker this fall, along with off campus trips to see Blue Man group and Green Day's American Idiot Play. I have a picture of when ICE-T came with his co start from Law and Order SVU below.

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These events are extremely important because they educate the campus on many different aspects of life and society. A lot of people may say that Bryant is a business school, but with our strong liberal arts program and organizations similar to SASS the campus is very aware of a variety of aspects. I am going to be very excited to blog about all the events we plan next year!

I wish you all the best of luck with your senior year! And don't forget to make your deposit to Bryant today! You won't regret it.

Until next week!

Aaron

Omicron Delta Kappa

April 25th, 2013

Hey Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather we have been having! The weather at Bryant has been awesome the past few days and if you check out my older blog you can see what the campus looked like a few weeks back!

Today I want to talk to you about Omicron Delta Kappa. You may think fraternity, which it is, but in actuality it is an honors society. I would compare it to the National Honors Society(NHS) that many high schools have if you are a little confused by it. In order to be eligible you must be in the top 15% of your class and then apply. Once you receive the application saying you are eligible, you can apply. Then the wait begins. So this fall I was told that I was invited to join, and was inducted this past Sunday! You can check out a photo of me and my parents below.

Omicron Delta Kappa or ODK for short is an organization which many student leaders are a part of. In order to maintain membership you must take part in a community service event each semester. I love community service so this is definitely something which made me apply. ODK also runs programs throughout the year. They host a debate each semester and usually bring students from Cambridge onto campus to talk about particular areas which interest the student body.  What is really cool is that students in ODK can actually debate with or against the students from Cambridge. Pretty cool right?

All in all this is a great opportunity that students can take part in. As I said previously, I was inducted this past weekend during a formal ceremony which my parents were invited to attend. It was great being able to see them and be recognized for the hard work I do at Bryant.

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Enjoy the weather and good luck making a college decision!!

If you ever have questions please send me an email at Apereir2@bryant.edu

Aaron

Linked Through Leadership

April 17th, 2013

Hey Everyone,

I want to talk to you all about the Leadership Program I took part in this weekend. Bryant has a Leadership Development program called Linked through Leadership.  This program consists of a LEARN, LEAD, and CHANGE model. There is one weekend experience and also one weekly institute. As a Bryant student I have gained so much help from this program. I have completed all three weekend experiences and the LEARN institute.  These have taught me a great deal of information of myself and my leadership style. I strongly encourage all students to get involved in leadership development programs.

This past weekend I actually got a chance to serve as one of the 8 coordinators for the LEARN weekend. I was able to make connections and help 20 Bryant students discover more about themselves and their leadership methods. Below you can see pictures of all of us, and below that is one of all the coordinators. Although I cannot get into the specifics about the weekend, it contains many helpful sessions and programs that allow for students to really gain knowledge. The weekend is held off campus and is paid for by Bryant. The off campus part is definitely one of my favorite parts. It truly allows for the students to immerse themselves in the weekend experience.

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(All of the participants and Coordinators)

I am so sad the weekend is over, but I really hope to be a part of it again next year and help more students LEARN about themselves.

With Warm Weather come Bryant Students

April 10th, 2013

Hey Everyone,

I hope you had a great time at Open House if you were able to attend! It was great to share my experiences with all of you throughout the entire day. Anyways I wanted to take this blog to just talk about Spring at Bryant. I took some pictures yesterday of the campus and hope you find them just as amazing as I do. One of the factors that made me really like Bryant was the campus. Regardless of the time of year, I would say that Bryant has one of the nicest campuses in the world.

When the weather gets nice at Bryant you would think that the campus is a resort and not a campus. Students are always around campus sunbathing, playing Frisbee, Kanjam, and many other activities. It is really nice that so much of the campus goes outside when the weather is nice. The sense of community is huge! It is so easy to join a pickup basketball or volleyball game. Many Resident Assistant also program with the nice weather. They have barbecues and games for students to partake in,

Below is a picture of campus from yesterday! A little before classes were over, but later the amount of students around were huge!

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Looks great right?? Hopefully the weather will stay nice and we can do this for the rest of the semester. Especially for spring weekend! I mentioned it in my earlier blog, but it's a huge weekend of programming for the students. The main attraction is always the concert. This year we have TImeflies Tuesday, Kap Slap, and New Boyz. It will be a great show. I already picked up my free ticket!

I hope you all are getting to enjoy the weather!!!

Aaron