Camille Dings

cdings@bryant.edu

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.

Home away from Home

April 10th, 2014

In most situations college is the first time in a young person's life living away from home.  Without the comfort of mom and dad, this experience may present many excitements, challenges and worries in a young person's mind. How do I do laundry? Who's going to wake me up for class? How do I fold a fitted sheet? Although some of these questions take time and experience to figure out, one thing is for sure—you want to be comfortable in your space. Considering your new home is probably much smaller square footage than your previous abode,  it is vital to create an area that not only reflects your personality, but a space where you feel comfortable and proud of.

A great way to make a space more appealing is to stick to a color theme by incorporating colors and patterns that appeal to you the most. Although here at Bryant we cannot paint our walls, we can hang, tack, nail and scatter crafty, personal touches to our little hearts content. The use of photos of friends and family and vinyl decals are also very popular decorative hints that plaster the walls of our students.

"I think it is important to have a space that reflects your lifestyle," says student, Morgan Hunt. "I feel much happier surrounded by aspects of my life that may be far from here."

Maybe you won't figure out how to iron your pink Oxford shirt like Mom does your first day and maybe you'll wash your whites in cold water. Living on your own is a learning process... but you will figure it out.

At the end of the day, whether posters of Tom Brady or life-sized, stuffed animals give you that "ahhh I'm home" feeling all the power to you! Whatever it takes to bring a bit of comfort to your home away from home.

 Wishing you the utmost of comfort in all of your days,

Camille

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“From this land blossom knowledge and opportunity”

April 3rd, 2014

Sometimes in order to understand the direction of the future, it is essential to understand the history.

As some of you may or may not know, Bryant University was incorporated in 1863. Our original campus was actually located in Providence, Rhode Island where Brown University currently presides. Earl Tupper, the creator of Tupperware, donated the 428 acres in Smithfield, Rhode Island where we have been situated since 1971.

Fast forward 43 years later to the year of 2014 and here we are… carrying on our everyday Bryant activities as if it was all the world has ever known Bryant to be.

Recently I gave an hour and 15-minute tour to about 13 individuals from around the Unites States. As I naively rambled on facts of our past and discussed the history of Bryant University… I come to find out there was a very special person listening in—someone who was actually there.

After the tour had concluded an elderly man approached me from the rear of the group to thank me for showing him and his daughter around..."It is the first time I have seen the new campus," he said.

I unknowingly had the great pleasure of showing this gentleman, who had graduated Bryant College of Providence, Rhode Island to our new Smithfield home.

He expressed great excitement at what he had seen. "There is such great beauty here, and it is so vast compared to the limiting confines of our previous campus," he said.  "There is so much area for growth and development -It is truly spectacular".

Just inside the boarders of our limits lies the "Tupper Stone", donated too by Earl Tupper.  Its Latin inscription reads "from this land blossom knowledge and opportunity".

Although our history is ever broadening, although the number of our alumni will forever soar and although our legacy is forever solidifying… one thing is for certain: From this land, or any land that carries the Bryant name, knowledge and opportunity flourishes and lies deep inside all that call our campus home… always.

May your future too forever flourish in success,

Camille

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Take One: Flat Tupper

March 28th, 2014

One of my favorite places on campus is a Com major's haven- the studio located in the Koffler Communication Complex. This state of the art studio houses thousands of dollars' worth of HD production equipment, three production sets and a novel, fully-functioning control room accessible to all of Bryant's students, even of those not receiving a degree in Communication.

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It is really special to have such technology at your immediate disposal. Many schools with similar equipment don't allow for such high-functioning student use.

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Currently, i am enrolled in a studio production class where my peers and I produce news and talk show segments.

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Where is your favorite spot on Bryant's Campus?

Until Next time,

Camille

Q&A with Camille

March 25th, 2014

 Last week i had the pleasant surprise of opening my email to find a lovely message from a prospective transfer student. Not only was I excited to know I had readership (woohoo!) I was even more excited to speak about my experience in hopes of clarifying any questions this individual had.  Bellow are some questions that this prospective student had... I thought it would be a good idea to share my responses in the case that others are inquisitive about similar questions.

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1. Did you have any issues with any of your credits transferring?All of my credits from my previous school transferred seamlessly… besides for my marketing class. Because this class is considered to be a "core business class" I had to take a "validation exam" in order to earn credit for this course. If indeed you need to take one of these exams you will be notified by the Office of Admissions. Shortly after you receive your acceptance letter, you will be given an evaluation of your credits and be notified if they do indeed transfer.

2. I know suites/townhouses are available for upperclassmen, but is that the same for transfers? Where do they get placed? And are they with other transfers? This year in particular, Bryant experienced a very large freshmen class. Normally speaking from previous years, transfer students would live in hall #16, but this year it was taken over by freshmen. This year transfer students were placed primarily in suite style living situations with either another transfer student, or in some cases with pre-existing Bryant students. This may change next year depending on the size of the freshmen class, but it is unlikely you won't be living with freshmen.

3. Did you find that there were any struggles coming in as a new student your junior year?As many students, I felt a lot of apprehension about entering a community with set friendships and existing norms. But to my pleasant surprise everyone is very welcoming and supportive of the Bryant community. As our transfer admissions director says, "Once you step on campus for the first time you are no longer a transfer student, you are a Bryant student" and I found this to be true. I don't feel labeled as a "transfer student". Unlike high school where new students who jump in often feel targeted, or out of place, students are really very accepting.

4. I know that there is a business minor required. I'm a little concerned that if for some reason some of my classes don't transfer then I will be pushed back a year possibly considering I'd have both a major and a minor, if that makes sense. Was that true for you?There are a lot of "open electives" built into the Bryant curriculum. When my courses transferred, if they did not fit into the major or minor requirements, then they were considered an elective.

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5. What do you like about the Communications program? Is there anything you don't like? Bryant is obviously seen in the eyes of many to be a business school. But, the communication program is honestly, what I like to think anyways, a hidden jewel. Unlike colleges with large communication programs, Com students are given the opportunity to really get involved in our campus assets associated with Com. The professors are as distinguished as you could ever imagine. I really like how the Com classes are very diverse… you could be taking a class in studio productions, nonverbal communication, and gender communications… all very diverse but all incorporated into this vast field. A communication degree allows you to explore so many options in the real world whether it be PR, broadcast journalism, or HRM.

6. Are there any clubs/orgs you recommend I get involved in as a Com major, or just any advice regarding the program in general? A club I am involved in, "the podium" is a great club if you are interested in brushing up on your public speaking skills. Also we have the media production club, WJMF radio show and the Archway newspaper… I hope I am not forgetting any.

7. Do you like living on campus? Living on campus definitely has its advantages. I would say that living on campus allows you take make quicker social connections. It is also beneficial because lots of times you will have late group meetings, or your there may be a time gap in your classes and it is definitely beneficial to have a place to go and, maybe if you're like me, take a nap.

8. Would you say the school has an "active atmosphere"? Like people actually going to games and not going home on weekends? Bryant has lots of student run committees, such as Bryant at Night and the Student Programming Board who really provide for extensive amounts of activities for students. You won't be bored on campus. There are always games and movies and speakers etc. But to answer your question, no, I would say that this is definitely not a suitcase school. The campus community is crawling with students and activities on the weekends… not a lot of people go home.

9. What is the best part of the school as a whole? When I decided to transfer, I was accepted to 15 schools… I was obviously a bit indecisive when it came to applications… But the reason I really chose Bryant to be honest is the community. I know you probably hear it at every campus you visit and students all across the globe will speak about their "campus community". In all honesty the Bryant "experience" is so unique and powerful. There is such a pride and family atmosphere that resonates with everyone here in our small Smithfield school. Bryant too offers so many services that sets it apart from others. For example, when it comes to placing students in jobs and internships, our center for career excellence is second to none.

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If you find that you too have any quesitons about what it is like to be a Bryant transfer student, please feel free to email me at cdings@bryant.edu.

As always, Until next time,

Camille

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.

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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".

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Until Next Time,

Camille

Prospectives Flock to Bryant

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.

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Good luck and best wishes,

Camille.

Twas the night before Valentines Day

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.

xox,

Camille

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Eastern Communication Association

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.

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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,

Camille

Fresh Semester, Fresh Start: A Mentality and Services for the Spring Semester

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.

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<!–[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.

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Until next time,

Camille

Back to Business

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.

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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,

Camille