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


Why Finals is Not What You Think

December 19th, 2014

Why Finals is Not What You Think

There are three main reasons why students attend college: to receive a job they enjoy, to receive a respectful income for that job so they can be financially stable, and to be happy outside of work.

However, Finals Week is one part of college we all dread. I'm sure you've read articles from Buzzfeed or Elite Daily on how to handle finals week. Most people say "Put away electronics" or "Focus on one subject at a time" and all of that. Yeah, that is great advice and you should take it, but here's my perspective:

1.     Finals Week Is Not Testing On How You Remember the Material: It's Testing How You Can Manage Your Time 

Once you find a job out of college, you will be overwhelmed with work and tasks your boss will assign you. You will have to determine what is the most important and what you should do first. It's all about tackling those tasks in the most effective way so not only will you be successful, but it will also be beneficial for the business in the long run. If you can learn how to do that with finals week and learning how to manage four or five tests in the span of a week, you will be in better shape than most employers.

2. Which is Better? Sleep or Working?

Sleep. Sleep is always better. Most people will disagree with that, but hear me out. If you get eight hours of sleep every night during finals week, there is no need to stay up until 4:00 am to take that final you have at 9:00 am. Why? Because with the correct amount of sleep, you will be able to remember the content better when you study and more effectively rather than remembering bits and pieces of it the next day because you can't focus. The material you learn with a healthy and active brain with a good night's sleep is more effective than staying up late and half-remembering what you learned the night beforehand because you didn't sleep.

3. Tired? Take a 20 Minute Nap, Shower, Then Have an Iced Water

If my friends could describe me in one word it would be "dunks", short for "Dunkin Donuts." I am ALWAYS there and, sadly, my order is ready before I even order…yeah I'm not sure how that happens either but it does. At Dunkin Donuts you can buy a large iced water for only 27 cents. If you can't focus on studying, I recommend heading back to your room, take a twenty-minute nap, wake up and take a shower, then grab an iced water from Dunkin Donuts. Your body will immediately feel refreshed. I don't know how it happens, but it's like magic.

 4. Experiences > GPA

I probably shouldn't tell you this, but most employers are going to be more concerned about your experiences than your GPA. Now I'm not saying don't study for finals because they ARE important, but I wouldn't stress too much about them. If you have experience with internships, are involved on campus, and have a portfolio you can show employers on your first job, you will stand out more than the person with simply a 4.0 on their resume and nothing else.

So, that's my advice for finals. Stress is part of being at college, but at Bryant University we have events that will help people get through the week like the Communication Society's free coffee and donuts and Student Senate's Late Night Breakfast (where we serve breakfast food late at night!)

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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When in Rome (SIE-style)

December 11th, 2014

It's like a magic trick- how can twenty students who don't know each other have the best ten days of their lives in a foreign country they have never been to before? Honestly, it just doesn't make sense.

Now of course someone could take as many pictures as possible, eat as much pizza as possible (like I did), and buy as many souvenirs as possible to try and explain how it happened, but I don't think those would work. And even though "words" are just symbols that we can relate to and never produce the absolute truth about anything, I'll try my best in words to explain how this phenomenon occurred.

1- How do you "organize" for travel both before departure and on daily basis in Italy

Realizing that my understanding of Italian is as good as my understanding in quantum physics, I knew I would be in trouble if I didn't learn anything beforehand. Luckily, the "Language" worksheets we completed in class before we left help tremendously. We learned how to say our name, ask for directions, and proper dining etiquette all in Italian. Not only the language worksheets helped, but reading books and watching films helped us learn more about Italian culture. For instance, Eleanor Herman's Mistress of the Vatican helped me understand the need for power and wealth in the 15th and 16th century. Additionally, the briefings we completed before the trip were extremely helpful as well. I learned how much value they put into their religion and how they expressed their beliefs through artwork and architecture. For example, when we visited the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church, I knew it was the first and only Gothic church in Rome and use to serve as the Dominican Order's Headquarters.

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2-     How to "navigate" both literally in Italy and as an independent traveler

The first day we arrived in Rome, nine of us split off by accident and we didn't have a map. Even though it was our first day there and we didn't know where the hotel was, we learned that it is always important to stick together and work as a team. For example, I used pictures I took on my phone beforehand as landmarks we passed. We used these pictures to ask people for directions and although we walked an extra three miles (by going the long way by accident) we ended up finding the hotel. Since that moment, I tried to always find a map just in case I would get lost.

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The free time we received after the briefings also improved my navigation skills. For example, one day Professor Lux and Professor Misuraca showed us parts of Rome that we would have never seen otherwise. We went to a coffee shop, saw the steps where Caesar was assassinated, and the Sky Elevator. A few days later when other students didn't know where we were, I assisted them to the correct location because I took advantage of the free time beforehand to know the area.

3-Using intercultural competencies through language/experiences of daily life to get around and shop through Italy

Walking through Boston, I've always seen street vendors at every corner, but I wasn't expecting to see a street vendor at every block in Italy! At first, I thought it was funny that the vendors would go around and provide a girl with a "free" flower. However, thirty seconds later when the vendor would come up to me asking for money, I didn't think it was funny. Throughout the trip, we learned to say "No Grazie", which means "No Thank You."

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Another thing I learned was that paper Euros only existed if the value was above five. As a result, I kept receiving coins as change when I bought things and eventually I had to buy a plastic bag to put them in. For example, at home if I lost a coin it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but in Italy it was tough keeping track because the value was higher. At dinner time I would try and use as many coins as possible because I felt it was stressful to keep carrying them around in fear of them getting lost.

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Additionally, I was also afraid of being pick-pocketed. Before I left for the trip, people told me to keep my wallet in my front pocket. This was especially true when we first visited Rome. As someone was presenting a briefing, I remember seeing a laser pointer on the ground. As I tried to see where it was coming from, I saw a man holding the laser pointer twenty feet away looking at our pockets. After he saw me warn my friends, he decided to migrate to another location.

 

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Finally, it was interesting that sparkling water was a "norm" in Italy. Personally, I don't know that many people in the United States that drink sparkling water on a normal basis. I also remember at one of the restaurants we went to, the waiter asked if we wanted water "with or without gas". At first we all looked at each other with confused faces, but we then clarified by saying "without gas and natural." Ever since that moment, we always had to clarify which kind of water we wanted when we went out to eat which is much different than the United States.

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4-     Learning to live, work, and travel in a mixed group

There were a few techniques that helped me travel in a group in Italy. First, to not get lost, I tried to remember what people were wearing when everyone got on the bus. This would help me locate my friends if I got lost in a crowd. However, if we did get lost, we decided on a place to meet as a "Safety Spot." Additionally, I personally love to take pictures. My strategy was to try and be in the front of the group as we travelled as much as possible. Therefore, if I decided I wanted to stop and take a picture of something, by the time I'm done, I would end up being in the middle of the group if people passed me.

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5- Contributions of the Italian arts to Western culture

The artwork that Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael produced were also figures in the Renaissance period and helped artists take more risks in their work. Specifically, Italy is the epitome for a religious city. More importantly, Rome has been an important center for religion, especially for the Roman Catholic and Christianity. For instance, the Vatican City is the official residence of the Pope. The Romans have always thought of themselves as highly religious and used religion as a way to express power and wealth. Additionally, the Popes were coming from wealthy, powerful families and wanted artists to produce public sculptures and paintings to exemplify their power. For instance, the Sistine Chapel was inspired by Michelangelo and is where the Pope currently lives, where the process by which a new Pope is selected, and where Michelangelo's painting of "The Last Judgment" is.  Additionally, not only in the churches, but the innovation and creativity is also portrayed in the castles of Rome. Rather than destroying the buildings that weren't in use anymore, builders simple built new stairways and glass bridges to maintain the symbolic architecture.

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The building and use of the Colosseum also had significance in Western culture. Being able to seat over 50,000 spectators, it was used for events and gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, and plays. The construction of the Colosseum was innovative because it became the largest theatre in Rome and has survived earthquakes and other natural disasters. Because the construction and engineering was unique, it has helped the western culture in erecting long lasting buildings as well.

6-Role of Italian language in shaping Italian culture in every-day activities such as travel, shopping, and dining

The communication style and language is influenced by the verbal and nonverbal patterns and behaviors. Even though the primary language is Italian, it can be traced back to Latin. Throughout the years, Italy has had a distinctive dialect for each city because they were thought of as "city-states". For instance, the Tuscan dialect in Tuscany was influenced by the social and economic power which was associated with Florence at the time. Additionally, in the 19th century when Napoleon Bonapoarte occupied Italy, it helped each city-state adopt the Italian language more and it was promoted among different occupations.

 

What I Learned In Italy

The learning goals and course themes helped me realize that everyone has a different way of living and people should try to understand and accept the different way. For example, I had to understand that Americans are more sensitive to time than Italians are. Many of us like people to not only be on time, but earlier the better when attending an event. Italians, on the other hand, don't view time as an important asset. Knowing this difference helped me when I was going shopping or eating at a restaurant. I knew I couldn't get upset or worried when an employee hasn't offered to help me compared to the fast service in America. Additionally, Italian restaurants do not have "to-go" food. Americans always want to be "on the move" whereas Italians want to sit down and enjoy their food. Italians also take time into consideration when they walk as well. Americans are so worried about the efficiency and pace they are walking at and Italians appreciate the time they have with people and walk at their own pace. I also noticed that Italians use up as much space as possible. In the United States, many of the buildings are more spread out, however Italians don't require the same personal space. The streets are narrower and cars will drive through crowds of people knowing that the people will eventually move.

The understanding of the differences between Italian and American culture helped me travel in Italy. I successfully observed the way others acted and tried to accept the differences in order to fit in. By doing this, it helped me understand the American culture as well. For instance, the diverse cultures introduce different solutions to the same problems or issues. For example, providing a standard "service charge" rather than a percentage tip is used in Italy. The concept of providing extra money for the service is still solved, but the method is just different depending on the culture. This was beneficial to know and understand so we wouldn't tip them too much money as they might think that would be rude.

Like I said in the beginning, it's hard to explain how twenty students who didn't know each other had the best ten days of their lives in a foreign country they have never been to before. Being able to adapt to a new language, culture, and atmosphere is hard, but being able to experience the artwork, architecture, and the food at the same time makes it a lot easier to adjust. However, I still think it's one magic trick that I'll never be able to figure out.

 

But of course, words cannot describe the full experience, so I created this music video over there:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaZ0lpNklrU

 

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

 

 

Teacher Evaluations - Bryant Style

December 3rd, 2014

Towards the end of each semester, students fill out a teacher evaluation survey. This universal survey consists of different multiple choice and open response questions regarding the coursework curriculum and the professor's teaching style. Each student is required to take this during each class and the professor leaves the room for a few minutes so the students don't feel pressured.

Professors look at these evaluations at the end of the semester and look at the results to see how they can alter their teaching style to help students in the future. All of the submissions are anonymous so the professors don't know who said what.

In the past (and currently), these results are only available to the administration and the individual professor. However, Student Senate is now proposing a bill that would make these public to Bryant students as well. The logistics aren't in place yet, however many students are in favor of this idea.

Now of course the open response comments wouldn't be posted to the students, but if you know what "Rate My Professor" is, it would be the same concept but Bryant University style (www.ratemyprofessor.com). The evaluation questions would be altered a bit to make it more "official" and relatable. This idea is to help the well-taught professors that usually don't get the attention more exposure to the community. Additionally, other students will be able to see how the professor teaches before signing up for their course and see what professor would be suitable for their individual preferences. It will also give professors incentive to teach better (even though they are great!) because they know their reviews will be public. However, the down side is that some professors think students will have a bias if they receive a poor grade. This is talk of the town right now at Bryant University and many people have different opinions. What are your thoughts?

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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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