John "J-Lo" Logan

jlogan3@bryant.edu

To read more about John (or buy his book on perception and motivation), please visit www.johndukelogan.com


Top 5 Things I’ve Learned So Far From College

November 18th, 2014

Top 5 Things I've Learned So Far From College

So I'm about half way done with my first semester of junior year. I've been at this pretty cool place for more than two years now and I've learned a lot - not just academics but life lessons as well:

 1- Join a Few Clubs You are Passionate About Rather Than 50 Clubs You are "Half" Interested In

Here at Bryant University, we have over 100 clubs and organizations. During your first year, some of you will come in and know exactly what you want to do with your life. On the other hand, some of you might have no idea what you want to do- both are perfectly fine.

Regardless, rather than putting half your energy and time into things that you aren't really passionate about just to build that resume, you should focus on your strengths and build a strong portfolio to show employers. Plus, people with the same interests will be there too and they will be able to enhance your creativity.

I'm not saying you shouldn't join random clubs and organizations- that's actually a good thing. By joining more than you need to in the beginning, you can learn and realize what your passion truly is. And maybe you pick up a talent or interest you had no idea you would enjoy!

2-Always Have Dinner With Your Friends

When you enter college, it is a gift from God if you have free time. As a result, you and your friends should reserve at least a half hour where you can all meet everyday and eat, vent, and laugh. Being able to do this will help you relax and relieve all that stress you built up throughout the day. It may not seem like it, but talking about your day with other people and sharing funny stories for 30 minutes will be more beneficial than studying non-stop for five hours straight.

3- Reward Yourself

 I always watch an episode of Netflix every night before I go to bed.  After "How I Met Your Mother" ended, my new shows are "Gotham", "Modern Family" "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Revenge"- I try to be done with homework by 11:00 and reward myself with a new episode of whatever is on. However, if I have a test the next day, I will skip Netflix and then watch two episodes the next night and make popcorn. It gives me something to look forward to after the test and I have a nice movie date with my pillow.

4-  Say "Hi" to At Least Three New People Every Day

Yes, it may sound scary and people may think you're weird, but who the heck cares? Eventually a "Hi" will lead to a conversation and then you become friends with the person. And you never know where that connection could lead to.

5- Be Friendly with the Food People

 If you can be friendly with the people at the cafes or the Dunkin Donuts staff, you will be golden. They always want to talk and meet new people and you never know when they might give you a free cookie or donut. And who doesn't love free cookies and donuts.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this.

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

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Peter Vs.

November 11th, 2014

Peter Vs.

Being a Division 1 Student-Athlete can be hard at times. Balancing schoolwork, a social life, and getting enough sleep is just the beginning. Plus, many people don't know how hard the sport actually is!

I was fortunate enough to be hired by the Athletic Department to help with their multi-media advertising and videos (which is PERFECT because that's what I'm majoring in!). They are giving me the freedom to develop, film, edit, and produce different video ideas that could help promote Bryant Athletics. I don't think I can get a better on-campus job than that! (Oh, I mean other than being a blogger…..)

The first video series we are working on is a concept known as "Peter Vs." The idea behind it is we have our own Student Athlete Advisory Council Co-President and Track and Field Jumper/Thrower Peter Thorp compete in different sports. By him competing in different sports, it really shows that the sports are harder than they look.

For instance, last month we filmed Peter attempting to play field hockey. I always thought field hockey was easy to play, but boy was I wrong! Being able to control the ball while running, passing the ball with enough strength, and shooting from far away is MUCH harder than it looks! Here is the link - "Peter Vs Field Hockey" :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBzLDEy7FV4

Additionally, last week we decided to film Peter playing soccer. Being able to juggle the ball, learning the terminology with a penalty occurs, and aiming the ball when shooting are things I would've never guessed were so difficult to do.  Check out the link when you get a chance - "Peter vs Soccer"  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Xi5IMZc0s

Taking into consideration that Bryant won the Commissioner's Cup last year, which is the best athletic program in our conference, I certainly give props to everyone being a Division 1 Athlete here.

Be on the look out in the next few weeks to see how Peter does!

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

 

www.johndukelogan.com

Safety First

November 6th, 2014

Safety First

Bryant University is ranked one of the safest campuses in New England. First of all, there is only one way in and one way out….AND you have to pass a security booth that checks your student ID.

The Department of Public Safety officers are one of the coolest people you will meet too. You will always see them eating lunch with students, holding doors for people, and always giving fist bumps when you walk by them in the hallway.

Additionally, Bryant is holding "Campus Safety Week" during November 3-7. In the Fisher Student Center, students can pick up a "safety passport". After they pick their passport, they can attend different workshops and get the passport stamped.

On Friday, November 7th, the Department of Public Safety is hosting a "Food for Thought" Luncheon. From there, you can show all the stamps you've received and earn prizes like a Lumsing Portable Charger (pretty cool if you ask me)

Some of the events include "Rethinking Drinking" which will happen at the Fisher Student Center in Room 2C. Another event known as "Safety 101: The Basics of Staying Safe" will explain different ways and techniques you can be safer as a college student. This will happen on Thursday November 6th at 1:00 in the Fisher Student Center in Room 2C as well. Bryant is ALSO having a "Campus Safety Walk" and you will be able to walk around campus and learn what the emergency numbers are and meet people who can help you in case of an emergency (date is to be determined).

One of the main reasons students choose to come to Bryant (including myself) is because we have a "community" feeling. And I personally believe that it is the Department of Public Safety that helps the students have that positive feeling.

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

 

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

PnF@Bryant

October 28th, 2014

Parents and Family Weekend

There's one plus side when mid-terms come up: Parents and Family Weekend.

Student Senate puts on an event every year called "Parents and Family Weekend" which lets you come out of your hibernation room from studying. This year, the two senators in charge were Renate Isvak and Richie Aduhene who planned everything ranging from the different events all the way to the vendors.

As families rolled in Friday night, hypnotist Paul Ramsey put on a FANTASTIC show in our dining hall called Salmanson. In the beginning, Ramsey did small experiments to audience members to see who could be hypnotized. Once he had eight people fall asleep, he invited them on stage and had them dance, smell each other, and show off their amazing air guitar skills in front of the crowd. The coolest part was that the AUDIENCE selected what they wanted Ramsey to do during the show. They had clickers in the audience with a screen and different options we wanted the participants to do. We even had one of the senators forget his own name!

Saturday was the football game which went AMAZING against Robert Morris as Bryant won 42-9. During the game, there was a buffet lunch and vendors selling Bryant merchandise. It was a beautiful day as well and the temperature almost reached 60 degrees!

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After the game, the senators had their own lunch while Renate and Richie provided us with different superlatives. Guess what I got? "Most Likely to Instagram Bryant." What can I say? Bryant's campus is beautiful! (speaking of Instagram, you should totally follow me @johnlogan32).

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ANWYAY, the duck races then happened! My family came up and since I have a 10 year old sister and 5 year old brother, they wanted to do the duck races. It was really funny seeing people throw over 100 PLASTIC ducks into the Bryant pond and see them float over to the other side. Each duck had a number on the bottom and when you bought the "ducks" you were assigned numbers. If your numbers matched the ones that came in Top 3, then you would win (unfortunately we didn't win). Prices included Bryant clothing and gift cards.

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Then there was the Luau dinner. This was a neat event outside the Fisher Student Center in a large tent and it was Hawaiian theme! We had different Hawaiian dancers and singers show off their talents while at the same time enjoying a nice buffet of chicken, pork, and salad as the sun set. Pretty solid weekend if you ask me.

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

Dog Talk with Candy Coppola

October 22nd, 2014

Name: Candy Coppola

Position: Class of 2017

Most Important Accomplishment:  My most important accomplishment was to finish writing my first book, just to prove to myself that I could.

Involvements on Campus: ACE peer tutor, MyPath mentor, member of Circle up for Circle camps

Bio:

Candy Coppola wrote and published two books (and is almost finished with her third) before she was 20 years old! Like what? I know. After Candy read some of her creative writing to her sister, Candy's sister instantly knew that Candy had to publish the stories so the public could enjoy them as well. Candy sent her works to a few publishing companies and Xilbris Publishing finally reached back to Candy and loved Candy's ideas. Her first book (titled "Existence") took her a year and a half to write and her second book (titled "Deception") took her two years and are part of a fiction series. She was then invited to a convention in Las Vegas to feature her books for a book signing! Pretty crazy, huh? You can purchase her books online at Amazon.com or through her personally. Definitely worth to check out. I know I already ordered my copies.

Questions:

 

1.      If you could have coffee with one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you talk about?

J.K. Rowling. I'm a huge Harry Potter fanatic and I have too many questions about the series. I would love the chance to ask her about how she came up with the series, and why she made certain decisions.

2.  What inspired you to write?

I've always been an avid reader, and when I read the Eragon series I learned that the Christopher Paolini was only 16 years old when he started. I discovered this at age 15 and decided that I had to do one better than him. I started making up stories and one day my sister Maria encouraged me to get published.

3. What is the number one thing on your bucket list?

I want to do a solo skydive jump. I've done tandem before, but I've always wanted to jump out of an airplane on my own.

4. Why Bryant?

Honestly, I wasn't even considering Bryant when I applied. I had gotten into my top three schools for writing, but when I visited them I couldn't see myself at any of them. Bryant was my last option. When I came to visit in the spring two years ago, I prayed that I would love it here so that I didn't have to apply somewhere else. Luckily I found that I loved it.

5. Who is your favorite TV character and why?

SpongeBob. Growing up, my parents never let us have cable TV. The only time I ever got to watch cartoons was when we were staying in a hotel room. Now I have to make up for lost times so, I admit, I watch a lot of SpongeBob, and I think it's hilarious.

6. What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a movie director.  I'm always that person who watches a movie and has my own opinions of how it should have been gone, so I think it would be cool to do.

7. Who is your celebrity crush and why?

Jason Bateman. I'm a big fan of comedies, and I think he is one of the funniest people on earth. I have yet to see a movie with him in it that I haven't loved.

8. Where do you want to see yourself in 10 years?

I want to run a hospital one day. If I'm lucky, that's what I'll be doing in ten years, but I'll settle for just having a high-up administrative position.

9. At this very moment, what would make you happy?

If my plane wasn't delayed. I'm sitting in the Pittsburgh airport just trying to get to Rhode Island, but they keep delaying my flight.

10. If you had one chance to say one thing to the world, what would it be?

Slow down. Everyone is moving so fast. Just take a minute to enjoy where you are in life right now. The future can wait.

 

Quote of the Week: "If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late." - Henny Youngman

Tip of the Week: The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Suggested Song of the Week: Candlelight by Relient K

 

 No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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The Cardboard Boat

October 20th, 2014

The Cardboard Boat

The Ambassador Program is one of the best programs on campus. Also, I may be a little biased because I'm part of it, but nonetheless I think we are pretty awesome.

What exactly is the Ambassador Program? Good question. The Ambassador's at Bryant University help prospective students learn more about Bryant whether that be give tours, answer questions on social media, or bring them to a few classes for a day so they get the feeling of being a Bryant student.

Any student may become an Ambassador (there are currently over 100), however you must go through a group interview process. Once you become an Ambassador, there are normally one to two meetings per month (usually there's food there!), you receive a weekly tour time, and by attending different events, you receive "points." By earning enough points, you can receive prices like gift cards or a polo shirt with your name on it.

The student coordinator, Stephanie Sheppard, organized the "Team Building Day" this year where all the new and current ambassadors had an opportunity to know each other more. This past Sunday (October 19th), all 100 of us headed into the gym, we were split into teams and had one hour to make a "boat" made out of rope, tape, a large piece of card board, and two small pieces.

As you can see from the pictures, some of us were able to make it across the pool and others, well, couldn't make it five feet before sinking. I thought my team was going to make it across until we were about ten feet from the other side and we started sinking. The winning team (who were able to make it across the pool in 36 seconds!) won a Chili's gift card. It was great to see all of the creative ideas and being able to have the opportunity to interact with new people. When you come to Bryant, I highly recommend applying for the Ambassador Program.

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No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

Bryant @ Night

October 14th, 2014

Bryant @ Night

When I give tours to prospective students, many parents ask what students do at night on campus (the reason I say "parents" ask is because the only time you hear a prospective student ask a question on a tour is when pigs fly…and pigs don't fly here at Bryant University).

Now of course you could travel to Providence which is about 20 minutes away, you could head into Boston which is a half hour away, but if you are too lazy to travel anywhere we have a neat program called "Bryant @ Night."

Every Friday and Saturday, Bryant @ Night provides activities and events for students to do usually starting around 10:00 pm and ending around midnight. I remember last year they played the movie "That Awkward Moment" with Zac Efron in our theatre on campus known as "Janikies" (I probably should have been more specific: Zac Efron wasn't actually there, he just starred in the movie). They projected the movie on the big screen, had a popcorn machine, and you felt like you were at the movies…and it was free! Some other movies they played were The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor, Despicable Me, and Monsters University. They even had a laser tag tournament last weekend!

This weekend they are having a Super Smash Brothers Tournament on Friday. I've never played Super Smash Brothers (insert shocking face here), but there has to be a first time for everything, right? Additionally, on Saturday they are having a Ping Pong Tournament while giving out free cookies. Who could say No to Ping Pong and free cookies? I know I can't.

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 No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

I Love Food (Where to Eat@Bryant)

October 9th, 2014

Freshman Fifteen. We've all heard of it and we tell ourselves we will never get it. But on the other hand, one of the most important traits in choosing a school are the food options. Here at Bryant,  we've got you covered with six different options.

 1. Salmanson Dining Hall

Also known as "Salmo" this is the main cafeteria and dining hall on campus (if you call it Salmanson Dining Hall, people will automatically know you're a freshman),. They have different entres each night with the new food service called Aramark. The main breakfast could be anything from waffles, pancakes, french toast, bagels, scrambled eggs, cereal, pretty much anything you want for breakfast, we have it. The waffle maker is pretty neat too but make sure you spray down the pan enough or everything will stick! (I learned that the hard way). For dinner we offer anything from pasta, chicken sandwiches, pizza, burgers, turkey, steak, and so much more I can't even think of them off the top of my head. However, you NEED to get the mashed potatoes. I usually put 10 scoops on my plate for dinner and it's the most delicious thing I've ever had.

2. Cafes

The cafes are a mini versions of Starbucks. There is one in the middle of the Academic Building and one in the library. The one in the Academic Building always has a line a mile long in between classes because we college students LIVE on coffee. Well, maybe I just do, but nonetheless both places are awesome. You can also get snacks, candy, water, juice, bagels, and sandwiches there too.

3. Subway

Steak and Cheese subs are my favorite. This is the perfect location to go on a Friday afternoon after a long week of classes. When I feel like I'm getting fat, I head to Subway because I can eat fresh. Ha, get it? Okay, bad joke.

4. Nick's Place

Nick's Place is the place to go on campus. They have everything from salads, burgers, subs, grilled cheeses, quesidillas, soup, chicken fingers, I could go on and on.  The cool thing about Nick's Place is that you can order online and you get a number on your receipt and then when they call your receipt number you just grab up and get it! Pretty cool, huh?

5. Scoop

Snack Central. Think of a mini convenient store and that's what we have.  We have chips, cleaning supplies, drinks, and anything else you need to survive as a college student!

 6. Dunkin Donuts

MY personal favorite is Dunkin' Donuts. Let's just say my dad gave me a $300 Gift Card there for Christmas and I spent it all in one month....yup, that's my bad addiction. I get my bagel and coffee every morning and the people know me by name. It's absolutely fantastic and I'm pretty sure I provide them with half their profit.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm Regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

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The Archway (NOT what you’re thinking of)

October 1st, 2014

So here at Bryant University we have a pretty sweet newspaper called "The Archway." It's a student-run newspaper that focuses on different types of events going on campus and local news.

I wrote a few articles for them last year but this year I decided to take on a bigger role as the Business Editor. What does that mean? I'm glad you asked.

People send me any type of business-related articles that have to do the Bryant community (or any type of business events going on in the world). Other sections involve Campus News, Opinion, Variety, and Sports. For instance, this week's cover page was about Study Abroad Program in Germany.

Personally, I think the best part of being the Business Editor is learning the program called InDesign. InDesign is part of the Adobe Package that the professionals use in any type of written publications. Having the opportunity to learn a program that the actual pros use in the "real-world" is an AMAZING experience.

Now trust me when I tell you that it's harder than it looks. When I always looked at the newspaper beforehand I never thought it would take as long as it does to put together. When people submit articles and pictures, there's a specific font, format, and placement of the text and the pictures. For instance, you need to look at the length of the article and see where it would fit, how many columns it should have, etc. If you have three articles that have 100 words, 200 words, and 300 words with five different pictures it is a jig jaw puzzle to fit everything, think of a clever headline, and make sure it looks (somewhat) normal. Think of Tetris on steroids. There's actually a method to our madness here.

When you have a chance, you should totally check us out at www.bryantarchway.com.

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

 

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Enter to Learn, Exit to Lead

September 23rd, 2014

Everyone knows that Barney Stinson from "How I Met Your Mother" is the "President of Awesome", but Barney better watch out for Anna Takahama who is the Assistant Director of Office of Campus Engagement here at Bryant University.

On Sunday September 21st, Anna (and the Office of Campus Engagement staff) organized the 2014 Leadership Summit. With students from Johnson & Wales University and Providence College, this year's leadership summit were for any active members in clubs or organizations who wanted to enhance their leadership skills. It ran 10:30 am-3:30 pm and you attended different break-out sessions depending on your interest.

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The first session I attended was "Publisher 101: Poster Design." As a Marketing major, I figured it might be somewhat important to know how to create an advertisement that will capture attention… LOL. :p Other than the awesome new website to download underground fonts (www.dafont.com), Anna also taught us how to use the program "Publisher" and different "design" rules such as:

1. Be simple

2.   Be visually appealing

3. Keep words to a minimum

4.  The poster should contain 20% text, 40% figures, and 40% space

 

The next session I went to was taught by Mike Malefant who graduated last year, but now works as a Graduate Assistant at the Student Union for the University of Connecticut and Virginia Cabrera who is a Graduate Assistant for Wellness and Prevention services for the University of Connecticut. Their presentation was about social media and how to use these skills to not only brand yourself, but also a club or organization. They discussed new trends and how to build a digital reputation.

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The third session I attended was taught by Salome Miclette who is the Area Direction for Residence Life at Bryant University. We learned how to take our different leadership positions and transfer them onto our resumes. Many companies nowadays are looking at skills you learned from different positions and how they can be transferable into a real-life setting. For instance, team building, communication, time management, being influential, etc. She also taught us that the average time employers look at resumes is 6-12 seconds! So make sure your resume can stand out with positive words!

Lastly, Pat Perrault and Courtney Mansfield (President and Treasurer, respectively, of the Student Programming Board) taught us Advertising Do's and Don'ts. The Student Programming Board is HUGE on campus and they put on AWESOME events such as Big Bingo (campus-wide bingo tournament) and host Spring Weekend. In other words, Pat and Courtney definitely know what they are talking about in terms of advertising! One thing I learned in there was the 3:3:3 rule- if you have an event coming up, you want to advertise it three times, three difference ways, and start three weeks before the event.

Overall it was a FANTASTIC event. I definitely learned a lot and I met other students from different schools who wanted to learn ways to become leaders and/or make their organizations better!

No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:

Good luck.

 

Warm regards,

John Logan

Bryant University Class of 2016

www.johndukelogan.com

Twitter: @JohnLoganBryant