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.


15 Days of Bryant

December 5th, 2014

To get in the Holiday spirit I decided to do my own take on the 25 Days of Christmas Countdown, by doing the 15 Days of Bryant. I think it's important for everyone to be aware of all of the great events and opportunities Bryant gives students within their four years, so I hope you find this informative and exciting. Now I apologize if I leave anything out but here's my list of the top 15 days you should all be aware of and attend at Bryant! Trust me the list could go on and on, there's always something new and exciting going on around campus. The hope is you too will one day experience these 15 days, along with many many more.

 1. Organization Fair -happens in September is a campus wide event featuring a majority of the 100+ clubs and org's Bryant offers

2.  Homecoming/Alumni Weekend - weekend full of fun activities, events, food and friends. It's nice to see all of the alumni come back and show their continuous love and support for Bryant.

3. Opening Weekend / Big B - another weekend filled with games, events, shows, food and friends, put on by our very on Student Programming Board!

4. Amica's Career Fair events - they happen twice a year and are the perfect way for students to network, learn more about their field of study and potentially land an interview

5. Bryant @ Nite events - every Friday and Saturday Night they provide alternative programs opportunities for students looking to do something new and different!

6. Global Community Hour - a fun event where students and faculty can talk about their culture and share their experiences and favorite meals with the rest of the community

7. Bryant Football Game - our football team has worked incredibly hard to get to the point there at now, supporting them and watching them play in the Fall is always a fun experience

8. Midnight Madness - an event where all of the winter athletic teams can perform and introduce themselves, a night filled with school spirit and excitement

9. Her Campus Pumpkin Painting - Her Campus is an awesome group on campus that writes articles, blogs and keeps campus informed, they do a pumpkin painting event every October that always has a great turnout.

10. i2i - is a cultural dance show put on by the International Student Organization

11. Extravaganza - is the biggest fashion show at Bryant, hosted by the Multi cultural student union

12. Salmo Thanksgiving Dinner - Thanksgiving dinner in Salmo is a campus favorite for students, turkey, stuffing, gravy, they have it all!

13. Late Night Breakfast - during the stressful finals period Student Senate will host Late Night Breakfast in Salmo to help de-stress and fuel you for your late nights.

14.  Festival of Lights - Every year during the holiday season the entire campus comes together to celebrate the holidays and everyone's unique traditions. There are events going on all day and the last event is a candle lighting in the roto!

15.  Spring Weekend - One of the last weekends in April where there's outdoor events, games, a concert performed by a well known artist and so much food. It's one of my favorite weekends at Bryant and a great end to Spring Semester.

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Last Football Game = SENIORS!

November 23rd, 2014

Last football game of my senior year career was today! So many emotions and the first of many lasts. I can't believe how fast time has flown by, I remember cheering on the football team as a freshmen while one of my favorite cheerleaders, Jenny led the team as captain! This year I have the opportunity to lead the team, which still doesn't feel real! Looking back on how much the cheerleading program has grown and progressed since my freshmen year is also crazy! We've definitely worked extremely hard to get where we are now but the hard work is definitely paying off.

Our team consists of 25 girls, who are highly motivated, dedicated and very talented. I don't know what I would do without them or where our program would be without their constant determination to be successful and to continuously push themselves to be better. Going to practice, workouts and team events are some of the best memories I have at Bryant. We create a bond like no other, become a family and encourage, support and guide each other throughout our Bryant journeys. This is why today meant so much.

Today's game was dedicated to the seniors, our parents were able to join us on the field as we were recognized and appreciated for our contributions over the past four years.  It reminded me of how far we've come and how far we still have to go. Constant progress, and constant change is what our team has seen over the past four years, but the values, expectations and drive from the team members always remain. These girls have been there for me, some since the beginning, others since just recently but each and every one of them have become more than my team member. They are my closest friends, my biggest supporters, motivators and always push me to become better. I don't know what my experience at Bryant would be like without them, but I cherish every minute of it!

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BSAC! (Bryant Senior Advisory Council)

November 16th, 2014

Earlier this month I found out I had been nominated and chosen to be a part of the Bryant Senior Advisory Council. The council is made up of Bryant Seniors who are leaders and involved in the difference facets and areas of campus be it clubs and organizations, student employment, athletics etc. We are brought together for dinners to discuss campus life and Bryant, in the hopes to make improvements, gain a different perspective and have our voices heard.

I think this is a really unique opportunity for seniors to have the ability to discuss some possible issues or experiences we've had, share our stories, our perspective and understanding to university officials, faculty and staff. The best part is they want to hear our opinions and work with us to better understand in order to continue moving this university forward and in the right direction. Another aspect of the council is just being able to be informed and gain more knowledge about the different things going on and happening around campus or in the near future. Seeing everything that's lined up for the future and for future students is exciting and new and innovative, and makes you feel lucky to have been a part of it.

 

Another aspect of the council that I overlooked at first was simply being able to connect with seniors you may not already know, learn more about each other, people's backgrounds, career choices and paths, and hear each other's stories. I always love meeting new people but sometimes even being able to form a deeper connection with some people you already know is just as great! I think this council is an awesome way to celebrate the senior class, Bryant's achievements, and help make improvements for the future.

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Memory Lane

November 9th, 2014

Thursday I got to help with the Orientation Leader group process interviews. Seeing all the first year students in the room brought me right back to my first year, applying to be an Orientation Leader, nervous and unsure of what to expect I knew it was something I wanted and couldn't pass up the opportunity to go after. Looking into the crowd I couldn't believe how fast time had gone by and I was excited for each and every one of them as the put themselves out there and tried for something they too wanted. Orientation was one of the most influential experiences I was a part of at Bryant. It challenged me, forced me out of my comfort zone, and made me grow as a person, as a student and as a leader. It was the first time I was truly put into a situation where I had to self reflect, something I don't think I had done before. I learned how to look at situations from other peoples points of view, how to problem solve on my own, rely on and support a group while still being an individual. When I say I gained an enormous amount from this experience I truly mean it. This is why I was so quick to jump at the opportunity to help out with this year group process. I had the opportunity to watch students go outside of their comfort zones and try for the same great opportunity that I had. Eager, willing and totally capable these students pushed themselves towards something they too wanted. I think it's amazing that this program and experience has the same great reputation since when I started. It has only become better, more rewarding, more organized and innovative since my experience. This just goes to show the leaders, professionals and students have continued to progress and understand the need for growth and change within to make things better. I will always remember this amazing experience and hope to one day be a part of it again!

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Study Abroad Saturday!

November 2nd, 2014

One year ago today I was celebrating Halloween Weekend in the beautiful country of Ireland. It's crazy to think how much can change in just one short year and how much I cherish the memory's from my amazing experience abroad. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England for an entire semester and beyond that have the opportunity to travel Europe. I can't even begin to describe how transformational and truly unique this experience was and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Some of my closest friends and most memorable experiences come from abroad.

Outside of London I was able to travel to many different countries. Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Rome, Spain, France, and Switzerland. The amount of cultures, languages, and amazing sights I was able to see were unbelievable. I have to say by far my favorite trip was Switzerland. It was freezing cold, but honestly one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. I was able to paraglide over the Swiss Alps, night sled down them, go on a day trip to one of the most wealthy cities in the world, Zurich and see the most breathtaking natural beauty of a truly amazing country. It was one of the most peaceful trips and best way to end my abroad experience.

I am so incredibly happy that I was able to take part in this experience and encourage all of you to do the same. Because why not? Now is the time to go, explore and travel the world. Who knows what's to come, so take full advantage of this unique opportunity while Bryant works with you to make all your dreams come true! I encourage all of you to go see the world, learn and grow. It's a life changing experience and you gain an entirely new and awesome perspective.

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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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