Hi I'm Madison Lichtmann, I am a junior marketing major from New Hampshire. I am currently studying abroad in London, England. Some of my involvements on campus include, Resident Assistant, Staff Coordinator for Orientation, Information Center Employee, Secretary & Fundraiser for Bryant Cheer, and of course student blogger!
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!
5. Appreciate everything.
Don't take anything for granted. EVER.
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.
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!
April 21st, 2014Our advisers are always working hard to support student success whether it be in their professional, personal or academic lives. Advisers are all around us they are our coaches, professors, supervisors, mentors and friends. They are the people who always make time for us, believe in us and push us to become better. They are passionate, caring, loyal individuals who watch us grow, prosper and gain the full college experience. They are the people who don't expect anything in return but always give. And while you're at it you can reflect back on your time at Bryant and see just how far you've come, how much you've grown, you've learned and who helped you get there! Who believed in you when you didn't believe in yourself, who made you want to be better and do more. Those are the people you should thank. For me, I wouldn't be where I am today without them. Without their constant support and guidance I wouldn't have pushed myself outside of my comfort zones, opened myself up to new opportunities and experiences and I know I would not be who I am today. So when I found out next week was our chance to thank them, let them know how influential they are and to please keep being awesome I needed to share it with everyone else! Let's show them all just how much they mean to us! Sometime next week take 5 minutes out of your busy day to appreciate them and all the hard work, dedication and support they have given to you. Drop them a note, make a facebook status, tweet it, do whatever you'd like just please thank them!
April 11th, 2014
Yesterday Bryant Cheer and Dance made history! As both teams took the floor during prelims yesterday we gave it our all, no regrets, we shared the same vision, making it to FINALS. And you know what… FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER BRYANT DANCE MADE FINALS & FOR ONLY OUR SECOND TIME EVER BRYANT CHEER ADVANCED TO FINALS, placing top five in our division. FIFTH in our DIVISION of SIXTEEN TEAMS! Our hard work had finally paid off, we made it!
This has been such an amazing season full of growth, learning, coming together and some pretty amazing talent. After competing with only 13 girls last year due to injuries. We are now a team of 20, a family. We came together not only to share a common goal, but because we wanted to show our fellow Bulldogs what we were capable of. Making finals and placing in the top five of our division is HUGE, and we couldn't have done it without the respect, support and encouragement from our coaches, each other, our school and our peers. They've been the driving force in being successful, striving to be better and believing in ourselves!
So today we celebrate, we celebrate overcoming challenges, obstacles and proving to ourselves and the world that we deserve to be performing up on that bandshell! We prove that hard work really does pay off, that coming together as a family and a team is how to achieve greatness. We celebrate how much growth our program has had over the past few years, we push ourselves as hard as we possibly can one last time. We celebrate the hard work, dedication and support our seniors have given us over the past four years. Today is history in the making, we leave it all on the mats, we let our personalities run wild and we give 200%.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us, tweeted us, and encouraged over the past few days! We will be tweeting live updates as the day goes on! Follow us with our hashtag #bryantcheerGL
April 7th, 2014
This morning I registered for my first semester senior year classes, WAIT WHAT! Where did the time go? Last time I checked I had just finished my senior year of high school and was about to embark on my Bryant journey. But even still, sophomore year was just yesterday and my semester abroad was literally what feels like minutes ago, so how in the world can I possibly be registering as a SENIOR. I think it's funny that after talking to all the graduating seniors this year NONE they all share in my feelings of extreme denial that they're leaving in just a few short weeks.
Don't get me wrong it's a positive that Bryant has created such an environment and experience for each one of these students that they are in denial about leaving, but what in the world are we going to do after we step across that stage, & receive our diplomas? I know, we're going to go back down to our townhouses gather our things and leave Bryant FOREVER! It'll will be a day filled with an abundance of emotions. Sad to be leaving, sad that our four years are over, but hopeful and excited for our futures. We will finally be able to put everything to the test. All those lessons, concepts, terms, experiences and uncomfortable situations we endured will be used in the real world!
I think the reason we want to stay here so bad is because we do continually learn, grow, and develop as people, as leaders as friends and young professionals. We are hungry for me, the real world is the ultimate test of our abilities, and lets face it WE'VE NEVER ENJOYED TEST TAKING. But all in all, we will be ready, the four years Bryant has given us have prepared us mentally, physically and emotionally. Change is never a fun thing, especially when we had it so great, but it's part of growing up. I guess I should take my own advice when my time comes next year, but for now I'm going to enjoy the time I have left here at Bryant and take any and every opportunity possible.
March 28th, 2014
When I started cheerleading at Bryant my first year we had a team of about 15 girls who all had varying skill and ability levels, but that didn't stop us from competing. We went down to Daytona, FL to compete in the country wide National Cheerleading Association Competition. How the competition is set up; You compete against other colleges across the country within your division, from there the top scored teams are sent into finals and the bottom half teams compete against each other for a second time for the final spot in finals. Unfortunately our score wasn't high enough to make it straight to finals and we were forced to compete in what the call Challenge Cup for the final spot in finals. We gave it our best effort but didn't qualify for finals. As a sophomore we had a lot of changes and were only able to compete 13 girls, but our skill level was higher. This helped us when we went to Daytona, & we made it to finals for the first time ever! So we were pretty excited when the interest grew this year along with the skill. Currently we have a team of 20 competition girls and 10+ game team girls. The largest team Bryant has ever seen, needless to say we are pretty excited to go down to Daytona this year and compete our routine!
This Sunday for the first time ever the Bryant Cheerleading team is hosting our very own competition! It has been a very exciting process and just proved how much our program has grown in the past few years. We are lucky enough to have the same head coach for the Dance team as well which means the event is even larger than just cheerleading and allows more colleges the opportunity to come compete and exhibitions their Daytona ready routines. This is a great opportunity for us to show the university and our fellow peers exactly what we do! We don't usually have the opportunity to showcase our skills because of NCAA safety rules and regulations which prohibit a lot of skills without mats. This event will allow us to show everyone what we've been working so hard on all season!
This event is also a great opportunity for high school students around the area to come check out college teams in the area that they may be interested in. Basically everyone should come support the Bryant Cheer & Dance team as well as cheer & dance teams in the area.
March 21st, 2014
When you hear "Bryant runs on Dunkins" you better believe it. Dunkin Donut's has been there for me since my first day on campus. I know it sounds cheesy but hear me out. They were there for me when I had 8ams and needed a quick caffeine boost my first semester of classes freshmen year. They were there for me when I didn't have time to go to Salmo (our dining hall). Dunkin's was there for me for all of my firsts as well, my first pre-interview, my first job interview, my first exam, mid-term, and final, pretty much the list goes on.
Some of the more memorable times I've had at Bryant were my summer going into sophomore year. I was on campus as an Orientation leader and had some pretty early mornings for the entire month of June. Dunkin's was open and there for me every step of the way! Coffee, tea, bagels, donut's, you name it, they offered it. It got to the point where I knew the employees on a first name basis and they knew my order. Those little things matter! A complete day changer when you notice people are taking the time to get to know you and remember even the littlest details about your life. It was Dunkin's where I realized I wanted to become an influential and integrated part of campus. It was sitting down at Dunkin's where I was prepped and readied for countless interviews, conversations and stepping stones in my Bryant journey and life. I hope I haven't lost any of you, because looking back on my Bryant experiences almost all of them started or ended with Dunkins.
Before my first football game as a cheerleader my entire team went to Dunkins, it was here where we began to bond, learn about each other and create lasting friendships. It was at Dunkin's that I met with our school's nutritionist and learned I probably should stop going to Dunkin's more than once a day. It was over Dunkin's that I met my professors, professional staff and faculty of Bryant and it is here that I found my niche, my place, myself here at Bryant. Through all of the flavors, location changes, employee and management changes, Dunkin's has always been there for me, through my first, my lasts and my soon to comes and let me tell you I couldn't have done it without them.
So I guess you could say my favorite place on campus is technically Dunkin Donut's but just remember its the people, the experiences and the conversations that I loved most about this place, and I hope you too can find comfort, caffeine and enjoyment in doing the same!
I suppose this is what Dunkin's means when they ask you to share #mydunkinstory but my story is so much more, and let me tell you it's far from finished!
March 14th, 2014
One of my favorite parts of coming home is being able to relax and search pinterest for anything and everything crafts. I think crafting is one of my favorite past times, I can free my mind of anything and everything school related and create anything I could ever imagine. My craft obsession first started this summer, during Orientation we would do little crafts to de-stress and make something meaningful for each other. The crafting continued throughout the summer. A few friends and I made it a weekly tradition to raid Micheal's and go craft crazy! Each week was a new idea, a new project and an even better outcome. We became crafting pro's. Luckily the crafting didn't stop there.
I was able to create a scrapbook to take with me abroad. I wasn't sure what I wanted to create at first considering the lack of room in my suitcase, but then it hit me! A scrapbook is the perfect size, will highlight all the people and pictures I need to help me though my journey and will be a lot of fun to make! I figured at the end of the trip I would probably have a "few" pictures to add and pages to create, so I left them blank! When I arrived back home I made even more crafts of my journey abroad. Canvas making became my favorite and being able to have all of my pictures, ticket stubs and little things from my travels all in one place was perfect!
Now crafting has become my favorite past time! It's great, I can try new designs, new canvas styles and color combos and create some pretty great things! They also make awesome gifts! I suggest you all check out pinterest's craft section or go to Micheal's and explore the wonderful world of crafting! Get creative everyone!
March 7th, 2014
It's crunch time. it's almost spring break, you know what that means. Time for midterms, presentations and projects. Not only that but we are gearing up to turn the campus over. We will start to see flowers blooming, THE GRASS, and people will start to stay outside for longer than the walk to classes. How exciting, that means in a very short time we will be welcoming our new class of Bryant first years into our home!
I hope you all are as excited as I am for your Bryant Journey. Starting with Orientation this summer! There is an amazing group of 17 individuals who I promise will make you feel right where you belong. From there you will enter into our amazing community full of endless opportunities. I remember coming in my freshmen year, anxious and a little scared. It was all new, you have to be independent, find your own way, and then all of sudden I was getting involved, putting myself out there and experiencing everything. Now look at me, I am a second semester junior trying not to think about the fact that I graduate in less than a year and a half. I never believed the old saying "time flies when you're having fun" but it really has.
So take opportunities when you get here, and even before then. Make sure you meet all 17 of the awesome Orientation Leader, try something new and experience everything under the sun during your Bryant journey. These really are the best four years of your life. SO MAKE THEM COUNT!