Hey! My name is Camille Dings and I am a transfer student from Harwich Massachusetts. I am currently a junior studying Communication and wish to one day work in the very diverse field. I believe that coming to Bryant in my junior year as a transfer student allows me to offer a very unique perspective which I will share through my blog posts. I can’t wait to post about my experiences and look forward to the plethora of opportunities at my fingertips here at Bryant.
March 7th, 2014
Bryant offers something special. A certain "something" that can't easily be explained, described or labelled -it can only be felt. This "something" is so very special and unique to our community, it is strong, powerful and ever omnipresent. It is a feeling of security and pride for who we are and what we belong to … I call it the Bryant experience.
Not every university allows for such a closeness and understanding among all of its dwellers. There is a communal acceptance of one another's individualities and a strong support for personal and team achievements.
Before I transferred to Bryant I was haunted by anxieties associated with the "unknowing" related to diving into a new environment where I knew no one and on one knew me. All of these worries were alleviated the moment I called Bryant home and I felt this over powering feeling of closeness among the community. It is so comforting knowing that Bryant truly is your home away from home, and the people here truly car about you.
Bryant isn't just a place for learning. It is a place to learn, grow, share, laugh, love and strive for all of your aspirations with a strong support from everyone around you. Our community is composed of individuals from 33 countries and various backgrounds, athletic abilities and social standings… but none of that matters. It doesn't matter because individuality is fostered and our students don't fit into a certain "mold".
Until Next Time,
February 21st, 2014
As many high schools in the New England are vacant and lifeless during this week of winter break, Bryant University is flourishing with fresh faces of prospective students, eager to get a taste of the Bryant experience.
This time of year in a high school senior's life is crucial, as many are making important decisions for their future. Perhaps during their previous years, these seniors spent their vacation days sledding and spending carefree hours playing with their friends or dreaming of their forthcoming futures—but this year is different. This year is when they make the important decision on which path to take to lead them to the greatest of potential success. Even though this decision may be daunting, seniors should seek comfort in the resources available to them such as campus tours and informational sessions.
According to the Institute of Education Sciences, fall of 2013 was a record year in college enrollment -about 21.8 million nationwide… and the number is only projected to grow. Seniors are hustling to submit applications, schedule interviews and visit their revered universities -especially Bryant University. Within the last few weeks, Bryant has been swarming with high schoolers looking to get a taste of Bryant, and our community could not be more excited or welcoming.
Just this past week I had the opportunity to talk with a few prospective students visiting Bryant for the first time. As I watched them take in the charmed atmosphere offered by this campus, I could not help but reflect back to the very day I fell in love with Bryant University.
My advice to high school seniors? Take a deep breath and listen to your heart. Although this decision may seem like one of the most intimidating, important decisions of your life, if you listen to your heart you will never be repentant.
Good luck and best wishes,
February 16th, 2014
T'was the day before Valentine's Day, and all through Bryant's grounds
Not a creature was stirring not even a hound.
The students where nestled, all snug in their twin XL beds
While visions of bulldogs danced in their heads.
While in their emails arose such a clatter,
They arose from their beds to see what was a matter
President Machtley had called it, "No class for today,"
"Now go outside! In the snow you will play."
Snowmen were made, and hot chocolate was poured,
Freedom from classes, the students adored.
Teachers were understanding–what could they say?
Everyone on campus deserves a snow day.
Facilities cleared the masses, as the snow fell down fast,
But too soon enough, the day had come to pass.
As darkness set in, students studied—in their notebook they did write,
Merry Snow day to all, and to all a goodnight.
February 16th, 2014
The small community here at Bryant University provides for endless opportunities that students would just not be able to receive at a larger, less intimate school.
This semester I have the great opportunity to work with the Eastern Communication Association as an event planner for the 2014 Eastern Communication Conference. This opportunity came to me in the form of a directed study.
The Eastern Communication Association (ECA) is a" professional organization of scholars, teachers, and students of Communication Studies". The ECA was initially established in 1910 and continues as the oldest, and one of the largest professional communication association in the United States.
For you that do not know, a directed study is an independent research opportunity where a student receives class credit under the guidance of a faculty member. Students usually undertake directed studies to explore topics in a more in-depth manner. At Bryant University, students are allowed to complete two directed studies in the course of their undergraduate education. This course in particular, will grant me a 3 credit, 400 level course in Communication. I have the privilege of working with communication Professor, Christopher Morse, and graduate student, Jamie Maniscalco, along with 3 other undergraduate students given this great opportunity.
The Eastern Communication Conference will be held in Providence this year, and my team and I are working on planning various aspects surrounding this 4 day event.
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this experience is being able to meet and work with the prestigious scholars in my field. 800 scholars and researchers from all over the east coast will be attending this event and presenting their innovative research.
I am incredibly excited for the opportunities presented to me by this directed study. I know it won't be easy but with challenge comes great prospect for success.
I will keep you posted on my progress!
Until next time,
February 4th, 2014
As the earth turns and the seasons change from the cold, harshness of winter to the freshness and serenity of springtime, too comes a fresh start for a new semester. Perhaps with the new beginning of the semester poses an opportunity for students who may have let their academic mindset slide in the excitement of the fall semester… but it is never too late to bunker down and focus on scholastic achievement.
Bryant University fosters an environment for the enrichment and encouragement of academic success, and offers numerous outlets for support. Weather on may be "naturally gifted" in the realm of studies, or whether they require extra help for focus and motivation… there are many options to explore. Students looking to take the semester "by the horns" are encouraged to take full advantage of key services located on campus to reach the well-rounded potential.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>The academic Center for Academics (ACE) offers a range of academic services for students seeking additional help. Peer tutors and professional staff trained in a variety of academic subjects offer students one-on one tutoring sessions and additional assistance in "lab settings" to assist student outside of the classroom.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Students seeking one-on-one services in the writing spectrum of academia may meet with peer tutors and professional writing consultants to perfect their literary and scholarly creations. The writing center staff works with students on all stages of their writing development: from brainstorming to draft editing.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>3. <!–[endif]–>Bryant's Douglas and Judith Krupp Library offers research assistance for students seeking assistance finding research for their scholarly endeavors. Reference staff will assist students finding works of research relating to their individual needs.
<!–[if !supportLists]–>4. <!–[endif]–>Students simply looking to decide upon potential career paths may utilize the Amica Career Center. Amica Center professionals provide Bryant students with personal career counseling services, resume refining services and a plethora of workshops available to student looking to refine their professional skills.
It is never too early in the semester to plan for academic success. Whether one is looking to learn a new method of learning, or simply refine their skills, the wide array of academic services offered by Bryant University will help you achieve your scholastic goals.
Until next time,
February 4th, 2014
After forty four days of relaxation away from the familiarity of our academic lives, Bryant students have returned in full swing to our all too acquainted bustling schedules. Although having a break away from the books was refreshing and spending time with family is always long overdue, it is so great to be back to a rigid routine.
Not to sound too cliché, but it feels as though "we have never left". There is a communal sense of normality in the air and excitement for the semester to come. Students are associating themselves with their new classes -learning their syllabi and searching for the best deals on the sometimes expensive textbooks. Teachers a learning new faces in such familiar places, and our parents are missing their children who are never close enough to home. Old friends are familiarizing in the allocation of missed time, and new friends are forming with burning commonality.
Needless to say, this semester is to slip through our fingers all too soon -It always does. Sometimes we may complain of our workloads but in the end we realize this is what we are here for. We are here to grow, expand, love learn, play, and rejoice in all the wonders of our mounting minds that we are so fortunate to behold.
What we must understand is that without challenge, there is no progress, and with progress is success. So may each and every student be challenged this semester, academically and internally, in order to become the best version of themselves.
Until next time,
December 4th, 2013
A lot of factors play in to motivation—one's state of mind, the significance of possible rewards and perhaps too, the negative impacts implied from one's failure. But one thing is true, motivation plays a great deal of weight when determining success as a student, and in life. If one works hard enough at something, with a passionate mind… talent no longer matters—perseverance does. We, as humans, are born with very similar chemical compositions, but what sets us apart is the extent of which we exert out efforts in positive channels of being. In the words of psychologist Angela lee Duckworth, "Live life like a marathon, not a sprint". If we all focus on the tasks of which we wish to complete with a sense of long term orientation, internal belief and high spirits, we will see that our persistent efforts will prove to be much more beneficial than a short term fix towards our goals. The ability to expand our minds is not limited nor fixed, but in fact with the expansion of personal efforts, can grow significantly.
Often times in the middle and end of the semester, when students are feeling bogged down by the increased pressures of academics, it is normal to become easily overwhelmed. It is important to keep in mind the end goal in search for motivation to continue on our journeys as students. Success and good grades aren't free, it is through hard work, determination, stamina and grit that students will find a clear path to achievement.
I wish you all a great deal of luck during these final weeks of the semester—never give up on your dreams.
Until next time,
December 2nd, 2013
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have compiled a list of 4 things I am thankful for about Bryant University!
1) The luxury of a one-building wonder: After transferring from a New England school where all of my classes where indifferent buildings spread out over a large campus, I have an immense appreciation for the fact that here, at Bryant, all of my classes are all in one building... especially in the cold weather. Perhaps this is a bit lazy-minded of me but what can I say? It is not fun walking around on a cold December day from class to class… but at Bryant it is not issue!
2) The closed, safe campus: Ever since stepping foot on the Bryant campus, I have never felt anything but safe. Perhaps cars entering campus spend a few extra seconds checking in at the front gate, but it is for the greater good of the campus community.
3) Parking: I never really have a hard time finding a place to park my car! At other campuses around the country, underclassmen aren't even allowed to bring their vehicles. The fact that there is adequate space for everyone is a very great facet of our campus.
4) Library hours: Especially this time of year, many students are taking advantage of our fabulous library! People with busy schedules and heavy workloads are in luck with the very abundant hours of operation.
(Weekdays 7:30am - 1:30 am) (Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm) (Sunday 12:00pm)
I hope everyone has a safe, fun holiday!
Until next time,
November 21st, 2013
When stepping on to the Bryant campus for the first time, it is impossible not to be exceedingly impressed by the lush landscape, and beautiful presentation aesthetically. It is no doubt that Bryant takes great pride in their beautiful landscape, as they should.
Bryant University's Campus Management department's organizational policy and resource guide states that the department is dedicated to the creation and preservation of functional, safe, comfortable, and beautiful campus buildings and grounds, and support of the Bryant University Community in the pursuit of its educational and civic mission.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to partake in the Open House events where perspective students where given the opportunity to tour our beautiful campus. There was a collective feeling of captivation in response to our beautiful surroundings from prospective students and their families alike.
I guess some students here at Bryant take the beauty of our surroundings for granted. The splendor of the landscape definitely reflects on the personalities and outward expressions of our students.
Research conducted by Elizabeth J. Whit entitled, "Promoting Student Success- What Student Affairs Can Do" proves that in fact a student's environment does contribute to their success. She writes, "Educationally-effective colleges and universities use every opportunity- new construction, space renovation, landscape planning, campus expansion, interior design- to create spaces and settings where learning and teaching can flourish and which reflect their commitment to student engagement."
Perhaps Bryant University's aesthetic appeal actually is subconsciously motivating and enlightening students to perform at a more efficient rate?
Just something to think about as you walk around our beautiful campus- Appreciate your surroundings… you never know how much they're influencing you.
Until next time,
November 11th, 2013
Toby Simon, Director of the Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women's Center here at Bryant University, lacks no ounce of passion when it comes to her job. Toby has been recognized in the Rhode Island community for her work in advocating for people who may find it difficult to have their voices heard– especially women. The Woman's Center at Bryant, located in the new Fisher Student Center, is a place for females to find haven... a place for women to come together to form a powerful alliance and discuss issues we face in our everyday life in our communities and here at Bryant. Toby pointed out that in society today, women are dominant in women to male ratios in universities around the U.S.
The Women's Center offers a comfy, home-like atmosphere where women are encouraged to utilize, and feel comfortable.
Toby's passion for her work and for the success of female students here at Bryant is almost palpable. It is always so refreshing to be in the midst of someone who is so passionate about their work. But this passion is not only encompassed by Toby. Every faculty and staff member I have come across during my Bryant journey just emits such a sense of pride and adornment for this community. I mean how could they not?
"It is enormously gratifying to work with students here, especially our female students. From their first days moving in to the residence halls to marching at Commencement, their evolution, transformation, and empowerment is exciting and truly inspirational."-Toby Simon
Until next time,