Madison Lichtmann

mlichtmann@bryant.edu

Hi I'm Madison Lichtmann, I am a senior marketing major from Windham, New Hampshire. I just recently got back from a semester abroad in London, England, where I had the most amazing experience. Some of my other campus involvements, Head Resident Assistant, Center Manager of the Fisher Student Center, President of Bryant Cheer, and of course student blogger! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


Midnight Madness

October 26th, 2014

Midnight Madness is probably one of my favorite school spirit events at Bryant. It is a time for the entire campus to come together and celebrate Bryant, our athletes, our clubs, organizations and our students, all in one place sharing in an experience full of pride and love for our school!

This year was awesome because Bryant Cheerleading played a major role in performing and assisting during Midnight Madness.  The students, staff and athletes only ever get to see us perform and cheer at football games and basketball games where we are restricted by the NCAA & NCA regulations on the difficulty and type of stunts, tumbling and performances we can do (because we can't use mats - it's a safety thing). But for Midnight Madness we were able to roll out our full set of mats and put together a competitive style routine, much like the one we did for a competition in Florida, for the entire school to see! We finally got to show off our skills and show the crowd the difficulty we are capable of! Along with this we got to do joint performances with the dance team.

 Our dance team is run by the same coach as cheer so we always enjoy coming together to perform in front of everyone! I think performing together shows school spirit in it of itself. Another aspect of Midnight Madness that is like no other. Each winter sports teams had the opportunity to be introduced and perform for the school, coming up with their own unique routine to show off their personalities in a less serious setting. The routines and performances this year were better than ever, track utilized the lights being off by using glow sticks to perform a unique dance routine! Women's basketball took us through different genre's and types of music showed us they have rhythm on the dance floor, ending with an awesome dance based on High School Musicals, "Get your head in the Game".  Another awesome aspect was the crowd involvement.

There were free throw competitions against President Machtley, magic tricks from our very own John Logan, tricycle races amongst students and t-shirt giveaways throughout the night. Just one more event that makes me fall in love with Bryant all over again!

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Student Resources@Bryant University

October 19th, 2014

Current and incoming students, the resources, opportunities and relationships you are about to create are immense, take advantage while you can!

Study Abroad/SIE - Interested in gaining a global perspective talk to current and past student participants and embark on the experience of a lifetime

ACE - provides tutoring in all subjects and writing workshops

Counseling Services - Need an objective opinion? Stop by and talk with a counselor who can offer advice!

RA's (RESIDENT ASSISTANTS) - Let us know if there's anything we can help you with! We're one of your best resources! Information Center - Stop by the FSC for printing needs, information about student events, and ask about all the clubs/orgs you can join! Academic Advising - Plan ahead for the Spring semester! Look for the "course advising sessions" scheduled. Create a relationship with your adviser they are with you for your four year journey!

Professors - These people can be an awesome resource! Talk with them...they want to help!

Amica Center for Career Education - Looking for an internship? Want your resume to look better? Just want some interviewing and social media tips? Stop by the Amica center and they can help! Health Services - Check out Health Services in the entry to Hall 16 when you're feeling under the weather!

The amount of resources/support offered on campus are endless, always remember everyone wants to see you succeed and are willing to help you get there!

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Columbus Day Recharge

October 14th, 2014

Columbus Day Weekend is one of my favorite weekends to go home and recharge. By recharge I mean hang out with family, have a nice home cooked meal, do my laundry and sleep in my own big comfy bed. This always puts me at ease and get's me excited and motivated to go back to school fully ready to take on everything! It's such a relaxing few days where you don't have a worry about anything academic, club or commitment oriented.

Over the past few years I've noticed that going home is the best treat, since it doesn't happen that often.  It just goes to show how important family is, they are your biggest supporters, role models, rocks and inspiration, especially over your four years at college. I can't even begin to thank my parents for everything they've done for me over my time here at Bryant. They have kept me grounded, given me the resources, love, and constant support that has kept me motivated, excited and ready for anything and everything thrown my way.

I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend and uses it to recharge, unwind and be with the ones they love, because as soon as we come back its back to our busy academic reality! Exams, midterms, papers, practices, meetings upon meetings and so much more! But these little home visits and times of relaxation are the perfect way to keep your fire going!

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10 Things To Always Remember

October 3rd, 2014

As I begin my journey through senior year I can't help but think of all the advice, guidance and inspiration I have been given throughout my four years here. If it weren't for the amazing people, faculty, staff and students I encountered here I know  I wouldn't be the person I am today. I would like to pass this information along to all of you high school students who are about to embark on one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetime.

1. Live outside your comfort zone. It's key in allowing yourself to grow, learn and progress.

2. Don't forget about your family. College is a busy time, but you must always remember the people who were there for you every step of the way, who supported you, pushed you and loved you unconditionally. Family is forever, so always make time for them.

3. Dare to be different, everyone is their own unique features, personalities, traits and backgrounds, never conform. Be you and be confident about it, we all have something amazing to offer.

4. Don't let your past or your mistakes define you. Know where you came from, but focus on where you are going. Every situation you have ever been in has made you exactly who you are today.

5. Apologize when you mess up. It's college, it's messy, life get's difficult sometimes but you must take responsibility for your actions. It's all about learning, don't allow yourself to make the same mistake twice!

6. Know the value of open communication. In a world where technology is taking over we must hold on to real; real conversations with those who matter most to us. It's becoming a rare skill, but those who possess it are a lot happier and better off.

7. Always look on the bright side, you all know the saying "everything happens for a reason" well you must believe it to really understand it. You can find positivity in every situation, you just have to look hard enough.

8.  Confidence is key. Be comfortable with who you are, if your not how can you expect others to be? Again, we are all unique and gifted in our own special ways, don't let people or society tell you otherwise.

9.  Utilize your resources, professors, faculty, staff, peers, they all want to see you succeed, but you have to be willing to let them help you! Get to know them, you never know the impact someone can have on your life.

10. BE MOTIVATED. You are provided with the resources, the materials and the opportunities, but you YOURSELF have to go out there and work for it.

 And the end result a well rounded, amazing college experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Happy 1st Anniversary Fisher Student Center

September 27th, 2014

This past Friday was the Fisher Student Center's First Anniversary of being open since the renovation. Students, staff, faculty and the Bryant Community came together to celebrate all that has been accomplished since they opened their doors as the Fisher Student Center just one year ago! Not only was it a celebration but the start of a Bryant tradition. A tradition recognizing the progress, innovation, dedication and monumental moments this building has been a part of this past year.

 As part of their celebration they had: cake, an acoustic guitarist, raffles and prizes including a new Bryant Quilt, tickets to meet Barbara Corcoran and $100 gift cards! Something else the FSC did that was unique was split all of their student employees into teams and tasked them with coming up with a creative Welcome to the Fisher Student Center sign. They were given a canvas and pretty much ultimate freedom of expression when it came to creating these! Students had the chance to vote for their favorite, again creating a fun community environment.

I think it's amazing to see the transformation the building has had over the first year both physically and in they eyes of the students, employees and users of the building. It really has become a living room, a place where everyone is welcome and encouraged! I can't wait to see the progress continue and for this tradition to live on!

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Amica Center for Career Education is a GOLD MINE

September 19th, 2014

As a senior there are many emails, steps and requirements we must complete in order to continue on our journeys in the hope to figure out our post college lives. This is where the Amica Center for Career Educations has played an influential role. They are the safety net in which each and every one of us have fallen into over the past few years. They have provided us with an abundance of opportunities and are still continuing to do so, if not even more now! They are the people here completely for the students career success, whether that be graduate school, internships, part time and or full time jobs, they've got us covered.

One tool that has proven to be very helpful is their resume critiquing. They offer a service for students in which they can drop off their resumes to have it looked over, critiqued, and then pick it back up to make the corrections. They truly want the students to be successful in every aspect of their lives. Which is why they also change and adapt to the vastly shifting technology markets. For example, now providing LinkedIn critiques and helpful tips and tricks. Students would have to be crazy not to take advantage of these amazing opportunities and resources.

Another major opportunity they provide students with is their Career Fairs. Through their 450+ relationships with companies, students, professionals etc. they offer students the opportunity to network and meet with these professionals through an ON CAMPUS career fair. A one stop shop opportunity for students to learn valuable real life skills. For example simple professional communication, interview skills, professional dress, and again resume building and critiquing all done by the people who in a year or so may be looking to hire you! HOW COULD YOU PASS UP THESE OPPORTUNITIES, easy answer, YOU CAN'T.

I could continue on and on with all the amazing resources, opportunities, events and workshops Amica offers but what I am trying to say is, the Amica center is a gold mine! As long as you are willing to put in the time, effort and hard work to mine it, if you want the golden outcome. So I encourage everyone to utilize this amazing resource, among the 100's of other resources campus provides and find your gold! It's never too early to start thinking about your future!

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First Week Back

September 15th, 2014

Back at it for my last year at Bryant! I can't believe how fast time has flown by, after working in the FSC all summer long I couldn't believe it when the athletes started moving back and practicing. As the weeks went on more and more students were moving back until finally MOVE IN WEEKEND. One of the most exciting and exhausting weekends on campus, which thankfully I get to be a part of, but don't have to directly experience (the moving in portion). Move in weekend is always one of my favorites because I've been an RA for the first year halls the past three years and the excitement, energy and love for Bryant really comes out on this weekend in particular. As the hustle and bustle dies down the first years are tasked with meeting their roommates, their suite mates, their floor mates and a handful of other important campus members. They get their first taste of the Bryant community and the awesomeness that comes along with it. And then the upperclassmen move back, and they might be even more excited then the first years!

 They've done it all before,  but each year it seems to somehow get better and better. Which is so AWESOME! So you can imagine how excited (and may be a little bit in denial) I was when I moved back for my SENIOR YEAR! As the rush of move in weekend dies down we quickly realize we start classes and our involvements and the routine starts to set in. Which in my opinion is one of the fun parts, figuring out how to balance school, work, clubs, organizations, sports, homework etc. Making schedules, to-do lists and getting yourself organized for the upcoming semester. For me I always work better under pressure and time management has become quite the skill of mine so the first week back is one of my favorites. You meet your professors, start to learn their teaching style, their expectations, when and if you have finals, and so much more. One of the great things about being a senior is taking classes completely in your major and minor fields of study. You get to learn about things you are truly passionate about! I'll skip the part of the terrifying realization that you are also that much closer to the real world (because of the amount of resources we have on campus to help us figure it out) Regardless, we're back, it's here, this is real!

So enjoy it, all of it, the stressful times, the hardships, the new experiences, new friends, EVERYTHING. Turn every situation into a positive, learn from your mistakes, try new things and no matter what year you are, get out of your comfort zone and truly experience everything Bryant has to offer! (Because before you know it, you'll be a SENIOR)!

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Looking back at Junior Year

May 18th, 2014

Looking back at junior year I can't believe all the things I have accomplished, experienced and learned. I think this year has been the most transformational year for me. I think a lot of the lessons I've learned will take my very far in life so obviously I want to share them with all of you.

1. You are never too old to make new best friends.

Spending a semester abroad YOU MUST be open to uncomfortable situations, and new people. You must be willing to put yourself out there, experience new things and maybe feel a little awkward for a bit, but trust me it's worth it. SO INCREDIBLY WORTH IT. I still keep in close contact with my friends from abroad and don't know where I would be without them.

 2. Patience really is a virtue.

Things will NOT, I repeat NOT always go as planned so you must be willing to roll with the punches. This is probably one of the toughest lessons I had to learn. I wanted everything to go according to plan (AKA PERFECTLY) but obviously when you are halfway around the world and pretty much on your own you have to be a little flexible. That goes with feeling comfortable in new situations, it takes more than a few minutes, hours and maybe even days but you must be patient!

3. It's okay to ask for help

Whatever the problem maybe ask someone for help, advice or guidance. Use people as resources, they can really put things into perspective and help you figure out tough situations. No one should have to do it alone!

4. EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING.

Literally everything in life is a new opportunity, a new experience a new chance to do and become more. If amazing experiences were wrapped up nicely like presents everyone would want them. You have to be willing to try new things and do the unusual or uncomfortable because sometimes it can be amazing, and if it's not, well then you have gained the experience and knowledge of that as well!

 And lastly,

5. Appreciate everything.

Don't take anything for granted. EVER.

BANQUET TIME!

May 5th, 2014

Tis the season for banquets along with a massive celebration of student leaders amazing accomplishments. What better way to celebrate than dressing up, being around amazing people and eating some pretty delicious foods. I am fortunate to have been invited to several different banquets on campus. These events are some of my favorite throughout the entire year. They recognize student leaders, advisers, and faculty for their outstanding work during the year.

Tonight was the OCE banquet, one of my favorite events. It is an elaborate event held on campus where student leaders, faculty and advisers are invited to celebrate each other's accomplishments, progress and innovative thinking. OCE is such an influential office on campus and facilitates and fosters so many relationships with their students. They are the back bone and support group to the students and for that we are truly thankful.

 Another banquet worth celebrating is the RA Banquet! This is another one of my favorite events celebrating the professionals and staff's that give their time and effort to the students on campus to ensure their safety and well being. I am so lucky to be a part of these amazing organizations and I can't wait for the years to come.

Spring Weekend

April 28th, 2014

Today marks the start of what students say is the best weekend at Bryant. Filled with endless student centered activities and fun. Today started off just like any other ordinary day. Student entered into the Unstructured to be met with country music echoing through the roto accompanied by a casual bull riding contraption set up in the center. There was a t-shirt, bandana and cowboy hat giveaway this morning and will continue throughout the weekend. Tonight starts off with the INFAMOUS BIG BINGO. The event where students have won a prizes as big as a CRUISE. Yeah you read that right, a CRUISE. There will also be food everywhere we turn. Pizza, pasta, snacks the whole nine yards. SPB does an amazing job putting together our SPRING WEEKEND, I can't even imagine the organization, effort, dedication and stress that goes along with planning this massive, amazing student event.

Tomorrow entails a day filled with music. We are lucky enough to every year have a Spring Stock, or day concert, put on by our Radio Station WJMF. From there campus is filled with activities, obstacle courses, games and of course more FOOD. This year our Spring Concert is B.O.B. Campus is beyond excited to have him come here to perform. Just to see how happy everyone is tickets are given out for an entire week, but they ran out the first day! Guest passes completely sold out as well. Just shows how student center SPB is, they really do give the students what they want!

Over all it's an awesome weekend and everyone (professionals) included come together to make it safe & fun for all!

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