Madison Lichtmann

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.

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!


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!


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)!


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!


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.


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!


Adviser Appreciation Week

April 21st, 2014

Our 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!  thank-you.jpg

History in the making!

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

Senior Year Already!?

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.