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.
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,
October 22nd, 2013
As you may imagine, transferring to a school isn't the easiest thing you can do. People in my position have very diverse reasons as to why they change schools, whether it be for academic, social or personal reasons.
I remember those fundamental days during the searching process in my pre-Bryant days where I was so very pressured to choose a new school. I remember that very day when I knew.
I was walking through the crowded cafeteria, filled with school representatives from all across the nation, representing their campuses in our semi-annual college fair. I had feelings of anxiety and was overwhelmed with thoughts of choosing yet another path that would lead to my future. I had already done some research though, and had actually applied to a handful of schools recommended to me by my transfer advisor because essentially time was running out and I had to make a decision; one of those schools was Bryant University. To be honest I didn't know a whole lot about Bryant, I hadn't yet visited. I decided to make my way to the Bryant table in hopes of finding out a bit more information. As I looked over various pamphlets which lied on the Bryant table and began to make small talk with the pleasant representative standing before me. What happened next I never expected. I had told the representative, which happened to be the Director of Transfer Admissions, Brenda Doran, that I recently applied to Bryant. I was astonished that Brenda stood before me and asked if my name was Camille Dings. I was shocked, out of the thousands of names and faces this woman must go through how on earth did she not only know my name, but she was able to reference various aspects of my application? I was impressed. After my conversation with Brenda I knew that I had to check Bryant out.
Flash forward 8 months and here I am typing away blog posts for Bryant University. I still to this day have a great relationship with the woman who ultimately influenced my decision to attend this amazing university. I have nothing but the utmost respect and praise for the transfer admissions department at Bryant, they go so far beyond applications and interviews. Brenda and her team have remained in contact with me through my transitioning period and are genuinely interested in the efforts of all students here at Bryant. Although transferring may not be the easiest thing you can do, there are always people on your team, rooting for you and supporting you to become the very best you can be.
Until next time,
October 22nd, 2013
Life is about broadening your horizons, or at least I think so. This past week I was lucky enough to travel to London, England to experience the culture, atmosphere, food and of course the shopping.
Once I landed It was up to me to navigate the confusing "underground" system (much lick the Boston T system) in order to find my way to South Kensington. There, my dear cousin Margaret is studying at the Richmond American International University. I was excited to get a glimpse of the academic atmosphere in London in order to compare it to my own Bryant norms.
Richmond University is very similar to Bryant University in that it encompasses such a globally sensitive prospective on education. Richmond is in such a location which allows its students an easy access to the gates to all of Europe. Margaret has only been studying in London for 5 weeks and has visited over 7 countries for less than 330 pounds total! Perhaps she may be there to get a formal classroom education, but the experience within traveling to such history-rich countries as those in Europe encompass such great educational value in itself.
I too got to experience the rich history of London during my short 4 day visit. I had the great opportunity to travel within the walls of both Kensington and Buckingham palaces where I toured the historical rooms where the past of the British monarchs were exposed. I also traveled to Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye to get my "tourist fix".
Though my trip was short, my impression of London was by no means compromised. Chills surged through my body as I experienced the splendor of history within the confines of the city. Unfortunately I feel as though my transfer status into my junior year handicaps my ability to study abroad, but I would sure love the opportunity and urge anyone with the chance to explore foreign lands to do so in order to enrich the quality of their global perspectives on life.
September 25th, 2013
The Community service office sponsored a community service fair this past week showcasing various venues for students looking to give back to our local and extended community. Organizations from across the state were on campus looking for groups, clubs, organizations and individuals who wanted to donate their time.
I had ventured to the fair in hopes of finding an organization which would sponsor a group project I am working on with my Management 200 class. After about 20 minutes of talking to prospective non-profits, I found one that sparked an interest — Gotta Have Sole.
Gotta Have Sole is a non-profit organization started by 15 year old Nicholas Lowinger who wanted to help the less fortunate children in the Rhode Island community who could not afford proper footwear. In a short 3 year period, Nicholas has rallied up enough money and resources to donate over 7000 shoes to needy children in 12 different states around the nation.
My Management team was greatly inspired by Nicholas's efforts and we want to help spread his mission. This semester we will create a kit comprised of resources and documents to be distributed to schools and prospective organizations wishing to adopt the missions of Gotta Have Sole in attempt to establish various chapters throughout the nation. In addition, our team will create an informative mixed-media commercial to accompany the kits in hopes of rallying support for the missions and endeavors conducted by Gotta Have Sole. The two projects will ultimately lead to a sustainable channel of communication from Gotta Have Sole to various chapters to ensure a maintainable, and unified body which strives to provide footwear to needy children and families throughout the nation.
"It has always been my hope that the children will feel more confident about themselves because they have new shoes to call their own and that they will have the same opportunities afforded to them as their peers." - Nicholas Lowinger
I can't wait to work with this amazing organization and will post regarding the status of my teams ventures in the future.
Until next time,
September 18th, 2013
When my Management 200 professor assigned the class to attend an information session about non-profit organizations and the importance of teaching theory coupled with practice, I didn't think much of it. Ironically ever since that day, what I witnessed in the session is all I can think about.
Being a conscientious student I showed up to the auditorium approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled info session start time and found a secluded seat in the center of the second row. The majority of students were seated behind me and just one man was seated in the seat directly in front of me.
At about 5:00 on the dot, Daphne Joseph, Assistant Director of Campus Engagement, shared information with Management students concerning Bryant's affiliation with various non-profits and stressed the importance of civic engagement. After about 25 minutes of presentation, Daphne passed the microphone on to the one man that was seated directly in front of me.
The man was Boston Marathon bombing victim Jarrod Clowery.
Jarrod Clowery told his powerful story of the events that took place on April 15th, 2013. He described the chaos in the streets and the long recovery where he faced physical and emotional trauma.
You may be wondering why the Management department brought a Boston Marathon bombing victim in to a presentation on community service, as was I. The focus of Jarrod's speech was not to draw emotions from the audience, nor was it to seek pity from his wounds. Jarrod simply wanted to emphasize how much he and others who fell victim on that glum Monday afternoon were supported by those who donated their time, love and resources to others.
Sometimes many in the business world fall victim themselves to the greed associated with big corporations and the income along with it. At the end of the day there are people out there hurting—whether it be the homeless, hungry or poor, there are people out there who need help.
At the end of his emotional and enlightening presentation, Jarrod left the audience with a one wish.
"Hopefully through your achievement in life, you will never forget to give back."
I leave those reading this post with the very same wish.
Until next time,
Jarrod tells his story to the Associated Press days after the bombs went off.
September 18th, 2013
Ever since a young girl I have had what some would call a "passion for fashion". Being a pageant queen, makeup artist and self-diagnosed shopaholic—I was ecstatic to find out that Bryant has its very own fashion club. After a little research on the group I was able to get some information on what the club was all about—and boy is it up my alley.
The Bryant Fashion Forum (BFF) is geared to students like myself who express interest in any and all aspects of the industry- from design to production and the business behind it all. The group provides a forum for interested students to discuss the latest trends, present internship opportunities and sponsors various workshops and fundraisers to support the community.
I went to the September 11th meeting with hopes to meet students with similar interests and left very impressed with all that the club had to offer.
Not only did the members of the executive board outline the benefits of BFF, but also provided students in attendance with a Fashion Internship Contact sheet listing over 20 possible employers in the area including well-known names such as Alex & Ani, TJX Company and Tommy Hilfiger.
Last year BFF members traveled to NYC for a 3 day long fashion trip to explore the fashion hub of America. Students had the opportunity to meet designers, business executives and future employers. The group plans on taking the trip to the "Big Apple" again this year over winter vacation.
The Forum meets every other Wednesday at 2 pm in room 259 and welcomes anyone interested in the wonderful world of fashion.
I am super exited for the possibilities available to BFF members and look forward to the year to come.
Until next time-