Hi- I'm Aubrey. I am in my junior year at Bryant and studying communication. I play varsity softball and I am also a student ambassador & 2011 Bulldog Leader. I'm currently studying abroad in New Zealand for the fall semester!
March 7th, 2014
Spring break is finally upon us! For us lucky softball girls we are currently in Conway, South Carolina for a tournament at Coastal Carolina followed by games at the College of Charleston. We left yesterday (Thursday), which means we missed class. As a member of a team or club, sometimes that happens. I've been playing a lot of catch up on classwork, and here are my tips on staying ahead of getting behind in class:
- Inform the professor that you will be missing class BEFORE you miss. Professors understand that things come up. They are not going to bite your head off for missing a class if it is for a valid reason. Make sure you keep the lines of communication open and inform them that you will be missing. Also, make sure you tell them at least a couple periods in advance, not a couple hours before you're leaving.
- Ask a classmate if you can grab their notes. I'm fortunate enough to be friends with many of my classmates, and they are always willing to share notes from days that I've missed. It helps me stay in the loop with the class material and ensures that I have all the information I need when it comes to test time.
- Look at the syllabus ahead of time and make sure you aren't missing a test. If you are missing a test, make arrangements with the professor prior to missing.
- Stop by your professor's office hours if you still don't understand the material. They will appreciate you putting in the extra effort and will most likely be happy to help.
March 7th, 2014
After a heartbreaking loss to St. Francis University on Wednesday night, the 2014 Men's Basketball season came to a conclusion. The game was full of runs from both sides, and the dawg pound was there in full force. For the student body it was a "blackout" game, so the whole crowd wore black shirts.
It was a great game and I have to hand it to SFU, they came to play. They answered every single one of our runs and dealt with the heckling of our fans all night. Although it's tough to end an incredible season that way, it's still something to be beyond proud of. As I sat on the baseline watching the final seconds tick away, it made me realize how much the Bryant Basketball team has brought the Bryant community together. After the game, Senior Corey Maynard sent this tweet out:
Corey and I came into Bryant in the same situation, joining a team with a losing record in hopes to turn things around. One of the most rewarding things I've experienced at Bryant is being a part of something bigger than myself. I am not just a member of the softball team. I am a member of the Bryant Athletics family, who is a member of the Bryant University family, who is a family with an unparalleled bond. The success of the men's team this season and the amazing support that has gotten behind them is one of the reasons I love Bryant. We might be a small school, but our bark is just as big as our bite.
March 7th, 2014
ICYMI (in case you missed it)... Spring sports here at Bryant are in full swing! Yesterday, I was part of the promotional video that athletics is using to promote our seasons. If you've seen the movie Stepbrothers, you will definitely enjoy a good laugh! Follow along with all spring sports with updates from @BryantAthletics and @BryantGameday on Twitter!
March 7th, 2014
Howdy to all my dedicated blog readers out there! I'm sorry that I have been failing you as of late... The life of a Division-1-Second-Semester-Student-Athlete can get pretty crazy at times, let me tell ya! I've been OTG (on the go) for pretty much the past week, so let me take some time to update you on my busy life.
This past weekend was softball's first road trip. We headed down south to the sweet sunshine down in San Antonio, Texas. We pulled out at 3:45 am on Thursday morning to make it to the airport in time for the 7:00 am flight.
Some were more tired than others and sorry for them, I was wide awake on the flight.
We had a practice the afternoon of our arrival and then headed to a BBQ place across the street from our hotel. How could we be in the south and not experience the phenomenal BBQ?! Coincidentally the place we ate at had an open mic going on that night and I was pressured to sign up by my coaches and teammates. It was awesome being able to play at a random place in a new state and I had a blast as my dawgs supported me from the crowd.
Friday rolled around and it was finally time for our first game. I was nervous and anxious and couldn't wait to get on the field. Although the weekend didn't go as well as we planned, it was great to finally be on dirt again and in the warm sunshine. We lost both games on Friday, as well as both games on Saturday, but Sunday we came out full force and ended up winning our last game of the tournament. It was exciting to see the new team working together and I am very excited for our next trip to South Carolina & Florida for spring break.
From Texas, I took a little trip of my own up to Indianapolis where I had an in-person interview with the NCAA. I have been applying for jobs all over the country and this was my first in-person interview in another city. I was flown out by the NCAA and they covered my hotel charges, as well as any other travel charges I had. It was an awesome experience to be on a business trip and flying solo.
The interview was a little intimidating, but I feel good about how it went and I am anxious to hear back from them. Interviewing is such a vital skill to learn by the time senior year rolls around and I feel fortunate that I've had the resources available to me to be able to rock it.
As the work & season picks up, it's hard to believe I am almost HALFWAY done with my semester. The real world is looming around the corner, and I am so excited for the opportunities up ahead. Keep up with all Bryant Softball updates @ www.bryantbulldogs.com and I will be sure to keep my blog up to date. For now, happy hump day and keep it real!
February 26th, 2014
And the best day of the week is back! It's always easier to make it through a slow day with good music. Ben Rector's albums are FINALLY on Spotify (the music app I use) so I have been on an absolute binge of his music. This is my favorite song off his second album and it's called "You and Me"... Enjoy!
February 24th, 2014
Need some good vibes on this chilly Monday? Do not fear! This week's selected jam is from the lips of west coast singer/songwriter, Brett Dennen. Enjoy this track titled, Sweet Persuasion.
February 12th, 2014
Last fall, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend five months studying abroad in New Zealand. It was life-changing and provided me with so many unique experiences that students who stay stateside don't get. Figuring out how to market those experiences to future employers is one of the most important things a study abroad student can do. Here are some tips on how to best market your study abroad experience!
Pinpointing skills that you have either acquired or enhanced while you were abroad. Examples could include:
- Enhanced cultural awareness and sensitivity to customs and cultural differences
- Foreign language proficiency
- Adaptability, greater flexibility, sense of humor
- Ability to identify & achieve goals
- General improvement in communication skills
- Increases confidence, initiative, and independence
- Awareness of global economic and political issues and realities
- General travel skills
- Resource management, organization
- Problem solving and crisis management
- Specific professional skills or knowledge base
Highlighting the experience on a resume can be tricky, but it allows you to expand on your study/travel/internship experiences further. Examples include:
Sophomore Experienced accredited trip to China
- Traveled to Beijing, Guilin Province, Zhuhai & Hong Kong
- Toured Lenovo's Global and Chinese headquarters, met with western business owners in rural China, attended lectures on economic growth of Zhuhai & understanding business in China.
- Utilized Chinese language skills through conversations with local business owners
Study Abroad, King's College, London, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2012
- Studies in British History and Culture
- Adapted to a different university system, focusing on independent study
- Embraced cultural diversity and developed increased global awareness
Along with resume examples, you can incorporate your experiences into your cover letter as well. Match the skills that you gained abroad to the skills that the employer is looking for. Example:
"My experience living in Ecuador enhanced my ability to communicate and interact effectively with the local community. As I result, I am able to contribute my Spanish language skills as well as my confidence working with people from other cultures to the Americorps program."
"My studies in Japan provided me with a great insight into the cultural differences that influence consumers in different countries and will improve my ability to contribute to international marketing initiatives."
Studying abroad is such a unique experience that can really provide a lot of leverage for participants. Make sure you are utilizing your experience to the best of your ability! Special thanks to the Amica Center for Career Education!
February 10th, 2014
This week's song is off of Young The Giant's new album... This is my favorite song off the album! It's a very easy listen and I love the somber vibes. Enjoy this jam titled, "Firelight".
February 10th, 2014
This song, originally performed by Katy Perry, is a cover from a very dear friend of mine. If you are into YouTube artists you might recognize her as Alex G. I've known Alex since Kindergarten and she is from my hometown, Aurora, Colorado. She has absolutely BLOWN UP in YouTube land over the last year and this is her take on Dark Horse. Enjoy!
February 10th, 2014
Tuesday night a massive snowstorm was on track to slam the east coast with disaster. As schools and other organizations starting closing on Tuesday evening, the Bryant population began to question whether there would be school on Wednesday (in my four years here, there have only been a few snow days I would guess that there has been at least one each year)... But none was as great as this one.
As you may already know, Bryant is in a nationwide contest with all other NCAA schools to find out which school has the most school spirit. The #6thFan competition has been going on for a little over a month now and Bryant still remains in the Top 10. One of the ways to generate votes for this competition is by hastagging #6thFan and #Bryant. The Bryant community has been extremely supportive of this contest, but to boost support, President Machtley tweeted this last night (yes, he has a twitter and tweets regularly!):
Prior to that tweet, a student had the bright idea to say:
President Machtley's tweet absolutely EXPLODED.
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Within an hour, Prez had over 1,000 retweets and I couldn't look at my timeline without seeing a #6thFan #Bryant.
He kept his promise and made his response to the student body:
And continued to stay in touch with his team via twitter (starts from bottom):
He ended up cancelling afternoon and night classes as well, and the responses to his tweets have been overwhelming. We have spiked in the 6thFan competition and received the most votes of ANY school in the nation yesterday. I don't know how many University Presidents out there connect with their students like this, but I know for a fact we have the best president out there! Stay tuned for more reasons why President Machtley is #1!