Camille Dings

cdings@bryant.edu

Hello! My name is Camille Dings, and I am a current senior from Harwich, Massachusetts studying Communications and Management here at Bryant University. Although I consider myself a true Bryant student at heart, my educational journey did not start here. After high school, I attended a community college for two years, and after receiving my associate’s degree, I transferred here to Bryant. I feel as though this dual-perspective has blessed me with a well-rounded perception as to what college can, has and will be. It is with this perspective that I wish to enlighten future and current students, and I hope to offer my unique outlook through my blog posts. I encourage your thoughts, viewpoints, questions and feedback and hope my posts inspire you on your own educational journey. Send me an email at cdings@bryant.edu and tell me what’s on your mind!


Lights, Camera, Action!

November 17th, 2014

Bryant University provides students with many on campus resources to fulfill their academic requirements and personal ambitions. The Koffler Communication Complex, a central hub for students taking courses in the broad realm of Communication, offers an equipment checkout service for students wishing to create their own films and fulfill their digital dreams. Students have an abundance of equipment, such as HD cameras, microphones and tripods available to them to  create whatever they may wish. The checkout center is run by students qualified to guide students moving forward with their projects, and are on hand to even offer assistance in the post- production editing suites located conveniently next to the checkout station.

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Just this weekend I utilized the Koffler Equipment Checkout Center to borrow all of the  equipment i needed when moving forward on a project for my Narrative film making course. the individuals who work at the center where so very helpful with the process, pre and post production.

 

If you are interested in checking out equipment for your projects, the Checkout center is open 1-9 on Mondays and Wednesday, 2-9 on Tuesdays and Thursday, and 1-4 on Fridays!

 

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Best of luck with ll of your student projects!

Until next time,

Camille Dings

Questions From Prospective Transfer Student to Bryant

November 10th, 2014

 To my great surprise with week I received an email from a prospective student seeking answers to his questions concerning the transfer process. To all students, please keep in mind that all  schools are different and have different procedures and processes concerning a transfer. It is always a great idea to RESEARCH, RESEARCH RESEARCH the schools to which you are applying to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

Here are the great questions I was asked, and my responses. I hope that these questions can clarify the concerns of other prospectives out there looking into the opportunities to be discovered here at Bryant University.

First, how are the 4 First-Year Gateway classes handled? Do you still have to make those up even if you aren't a freshman? If so, what is the typical way that they are incorporated into a transfer student's schedule?

Transfer students with completion of appropriate college level courses can transfer in courses that meet some and possibly all of the requirements of the first year Gateway courses.  The only course that does not transfer in is the Bryant IDEA.   The majority of transfer students take the Transfer Transitions course which is a one credit semester long course that meets once a week in the student's first semester at Bryant.  This course has the same learning outcomes as the Bryant IDEA and integrates students into the Bryant community.

Second, how difficult is it to register for classes, after all the other Bryant students have already signed up? I know it probably varies from major to major, but I'm concerned about getting the classes that I need. If I do transfer, my major would be Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

What a great question! I know that this is a concern of many individuals looking to transfer, especially since we often need to plan for prerequisites for future courses. At Bryant, seats within courses are saved to make sure everyone has an opportunity to enroll. So even though you may be registering much later than current students, there is likely an open seat in the course. This issue, obviously, would only effect you when registering for your first semester here because after that you aren't a transfer student, you're a Bryant student!

 Third, what are the housing assignments for transfers usually like? Are they automatically placed with other transfers?

When transferring into Bryant, you will automatically be asked to fill out a roommate questionnaire which allows the housing office to properly place you with individuals who share similar interests and lifestyle choices. In many situations, transfers will be housed with other individuals who are transfer students. This allows the individual to meet others who are going through the same process, and who are new to the Bryant community. In some instances however, transfers can be placed with current Bryant students if their survey suggests they will be a better match. The last option is to request to live with an individual who currently attends Bryant if they are looking to room with you too!

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If you have questions or concerns regarding the transfer process, or are interested in my experience please feel free to email me at cdings@bryant.edu. I would love to discuss everything Bryant with you and help you on your path to making a decision. Life is short. Transfer.

P.S Bryant will be hosting a Transfer information session this Saturday! here is the link to register   Meet professors and current students who went through the transfer process. There will also be a continental breakfast and a tour of campus (what more could you ask for?).

Until Next Time,

Camille

The Heroes Among Us: ROTC at Bryant University

November 6th, 2014

When graduating high school seniors and their families face many options moving forward in life's natural progressions. Decisions must be made and that will undoubtedly affect many aspects of the years to come. In my family of three children, my brother and sister decided to join the military, and I proceeded to explore the college route. Although these pathways vary in mental and physical exertions, as well as eventual outcomes, we have found that we all are incredibly committed, determined and proud of the decisions we have made and the decisions of our siblings.

Here at Bryant University, we offer the best of both worlds; a very superior Army Reserves Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program where individuals partake in field training, special military science courses and leadership labs where they will learn firsthand just what it takes to conduct missions as an officer in the U.S Army. These individuals will earn degree in whichever concentration they choose, and upon graduation will apply their teachings as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S Army, National Guard or Army Reserves.

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Here at Bryant, leadership is a central focus to all of our principles and practices. The ROTC program is viewed as one of the most prestigious and respectable programs on campus. These students are not only incredibly sought after in the armed forces, but after serving in the armed forces, their combined education from Bryant University and learned experiences makes them an incredibly marketable commodity in the corporate world.

There are many options for individuals starting a new chapter in their life. Whether it be serving their country, acquiring a degree from an institution of higher learning or "the best of both worlds", through an ROTC program it is important to follow your passions. My advice to those looking to decide what they wish to do would be to look inside to find what motivates you, inspires you and what you truly feel would advance your life in the most positive of directions for you.

For more information regarding Bryant's ROTC program, contact rotc@bryant.edu

Best of wishes with all of your decisions,

Camille

Exploring the Sea of Degrees

October 28th, 2014

When making a decision to go to college, one of the biggest questions is "what am I going to study?" It may be true that some individuals know what they want to do from a very young age, but just as often, other individuals have no idea. Here at Bryant University, we offer many areas of study to interest everyone.  Although we are well-known throughout the country for our renowned business programs, our institution offers many other areas of study, providing students with a well-rounded education to best prepare them for their future fields of employment.

It is not uncommon for students to enter the University with a lack of perspective as to what they wish to do for the rest of their lives.  If you are not sure about your major or career choice, you are not alone. Many enter Bryant as undecided or exploratory students.  The MyPath@Bryant offers a comprehensive menu of programs and services to help students make a decision about which academic path to pursue during their  career at Bryant. To learn more, read here: http://www.bryant.edu/student-life/learn/undecidedexploratory.htm

This decision may seem to be a daunting task, but there are many resources on campus to help students narrow-in in on a field. The undergraduate academic student advising office is a great resource for students to use when going through the major selection process. They can better inform you as to what courses to take to stay on track with your goals. Individual department chairs and department mentors are a great resource to have when making your decision.

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This Wednesday, October 29th, The Bryant Undergraduate Advising office will be holding a Degree Exploration fair which will allow students to discuss, and consider different degree programs which are offered here t Bryant University. Department representatives from all areas of academia will be present to discuss with student's degree program options and to clear up any questions or concerns students have. This opportunity will also allow students to declare majors/minors on site!

This is a great opportunity for any individual looking to explore our degree programs, or simply become more knowledgeable about our offerings here at Bryant.

Until next time,

Camille

5 Tips for Acing your Midterms

October 20th, 2014

Midterms are right around the corner, and preparation can sometimes be a daunting task. Here are my 5 tips for acing your exams:

1)Take detailed notes: In my experience, professors will include material on the exams that isn't necessarily covered in the textbook. Make sure to write down detailed recollections of class discussions in ordered to be prepared.

2)Start studying early: From the day you first step into your classroom, you will know exactly what days you will be testing. My advice would be to start making a study guide at least a week or two before your exam to allow enough time to fully grasp all the material. This will allow you to clarify any unclear information with your professor prior to taking your exam.

3)Get enough sleep the night before: "Pulling an all-nighter" may seem to be a good idea at the time, but the lack of sleep will surely put you at a disadvantage when it comes to staying fully focused during your exam. Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before your exam to ensure your brain is sharp.

4)Form a study group: Collaborating with your classmates is a great idea when it comes to exam preparation. You will be able to clarify each others questions and quiz each other on vocabulary and exam topics.

5)Breathe: Exams can be very scary but it is important to stay calm, and clear your head of any unwelcome anxieties that may interfere with your focus on the material.

 

Wishing you all the luck on your midterm exams!

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Until next time,

Camille

Campus Security@Bryant

October 14th, 2014

When living away from home for the first time, safety and security is always a concern. It is great to know that Bryant University fosters an environment that provides an atmosphere of protection. Bryant's Department of Public Safety includes 24 full time staff members- including 20 patrol officers who are trained to enforce the rules of Bryant University, and the laws of our federal and state government. Officers patrol the grounds 24 hours a day and seven days a week which makes our students feel incredibly comfortable. Too, our closed structure is laid out in such a way that there is only one way in, and that entrance way is guarded by an officer at all times to better ensure the character of individuals who enter our community.

At Bryant we pride ourselves on safety, but too, we pride ourselves on student feedback and involvement. On Wednesday, October 15th, The Bryant University Student Senate will be sponsoring a Campus Security Forum featuring guest contributors John Denio, Director of Resident Life, Dr. John Saddlemire, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Stephen Bannon, Director of DPS. At this time, members of the Bryant community are encouraged to engage in a conversation regarding current safety & security protocol, 24/7 student ID hall access and video surveillance on campus. We as a community want to ensure that all individuals live in an environment free of fear and threat.

The forum will take place at 4:30 in the Papitto room of the Fisher Student Center. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

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Hope to see you there,

 

Camille

Taking a ‘byte’ out of the world!

October 6th, 2014

Gone are the days of looking up information "the hard way" and the frustrations of making a "typo" on a typewriter. Students in our modern world are surrounded and advantaged by the multifaceted learning experience which is undeniably aided by information technologies. Here at Bryant University, students are engulfed in a learning world of megapixels and gigabytes. We are instructed on projection screens, study on university provided-technologically advanced laptops and stay updated on the web-based learning management system, Blackboard. We submit our papers to our professors virtually from the comfort of our own residences, receive updates via the Bryant mobile application and record attendance through the swipe of a magnetic stripe. This technology allows for an enhanced and expedited learning experience, but more importantly prepares us for the technological advances of the future. Being well-versed and surrounded by technologies on a daily basis provides for a comfort and understanding for such processes.

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If one feels overwhelmed or under educated in technology, Laptop Central and Information Technology Services are always available to answer questions and aid in any technology woes. On October 8th, IT will be sponsoring a technology fair to answer any questions and provide additional support to anyone looking to learn more bout the technologies of Bryant University. All are welcome and encouraged to stop by for a "byte"!

Transfer in the Spotlight: Morgan Hunt

October 1st, 2014

One of the goals I wish for this blog is to highlight just what its like to transfer into our beautiful community here at Bryant. As I reflect on this goal, I find that perhaps my experience alone may not be suffice for those looking to further understand the transition.  So I sought out help.

I would like to periodically highlight my peers who too have gone through the experience to form a fuller idea of what transferring is like in the eyes of my readers.

Morgan Hunt transferred to Bryant University in the fall of her junior year after receiving her Associates degree from a local community college. Her insight and wisdom is great if you are thinking about transferring to Bryant.

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"My experience was very positive. I always knew I wanted to transfer to Bryant and I found that the process was a lot easier than I was expecting. Even though I don't know all of the transfer students here, when it comes up in conversation it is an instant connection. The change of scenery was very refreshing and I look forward to all the new opportunities that are provided for me here. To any student looking to transfer here or any other university, make sure to get involved and appreciate your time. Because we are here for a diminished amount of time, it is essential to get the most out of the Bryant experience. Coming from a different school and coming here I have a different perspective on wheat things are like. This perspective has allowed me to see the strengths in how things work around here. For example, I find that Bryant does a really great job marketing their students to the external environment. I feel like they have really prepared me for anything i will face in the future and i am incredibly thankful." -Morgan Hunt. Interviewed 9/27/2014

If you have any questions or concerns regarding transferring, college life or the Bryant experience, feel free to reach me at cdings@bryant.edu

Until Next Time,

Camille

 

Exploring the Possibilities For Varied Learning

September 23rd, 2014

While data input and statistical evaluations is fun and all… designing your own product line and expressing yourself creatively can be incredibly engaging. Strategically speaking, it is a good idea to balance the intellectual with the conceptual by registering for balanced courses to better dilute your schedule to equip both sides of your brain.

While computer information systems and accounting can be quite interesting, Bryant University's Literary and Cultural Studies program, for example, offer courses that will stretch your mind into a more inspired playing field, such as Design in a Contemporary Culture.

I find that not only does this equilibrium provide for a test of mental stamina, it is a fool proof method for eliminating redundancy in your week. You will continuously be tested, engaged and challenged in all of your academic endeavors. This enrichment will spark curiosity which will develop your thinking to account for all aspects of intellect.

You may not think creativity is your thing, or perhaps you see no point in a philosophy… but you have no clue unless you try. Exploring your options is the only way you can discover new interests and inner strengths. If you spend all of your time focused on one way of thinking you may never realize the skills you hold in another area of academia.

So when that time comes to choose your electives… be adventurous. Take some classes that you love, some that challenge and some that remain a mystery. Who knows… you may realize true passion you never knew existed.

 Click here to check out the vast array of courses offered by Bryant University.

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Advice for the Class of 2018

September 16th, 2014

As I reflect on my time here at Bryant University, and to my prior years of education, I feel as though my wisdom and knowledge may help those just starting on their educational path to form a well-rounded experience.

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Here are some helpful tips to ensure a successful foundation as a college student.

Get acquainted with your classmates

Some may feel embarrassed or shy to introduce themselves to their classmates… but the awkwardness will fade and these strategic associates will prove beneficial when studying for exams and getting notes if you missed a class. Maybe you will even become good friends, who knows?

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You can do anything, not everything

Within the first weeks of your freshman year, clubs, organizations, teams, sororities, fraternities and all sorts of extracurricular will be reaching out to you to get involved, and that's great! I urge you to do so - it is a great way to get involved and meet great people. However, when committing to an extracurricular you must play your cards right and only get involved with things you truly feel as though you have time for. It is not fair to you, or the organization if you spread yourself too thin, so really be aware of your schedule and yourself when committing your time to others.

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Study. Plain and simple.

Even if you think you know material, it never hurts, and always helps to re-look it over. Staying on track syllabus wise with readings and assignments ensures your best chance of getting and A in the course. A little extra effort goes a long way and it always pays off in the end.

Its never too early to start!

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Beware the freshman (15+)… it's a real thing.

The horrors your friends and family have been telling you regarding first-year weight gain is no myth. Some students find comfort in food and use it as a way to cope with their new stressful environment. If you find yourself stressed, enjoy a nice walk around our beautiful campus or take a few minutes to yourself.

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Dorothy was right, "there is no place like home!"

Lots of times your freshman year, you may get caught up in the "oohs and aahs" of your new life - sometimes forgetting your loving family back home. You mustn't forget that most often your family is your biggest support system (emotionally, and often times financially) who want to know how and what you're doing. It takes little time and effort to shoot mom and dad a quick phone call every once and a while to let them know you are okay, and that you love them. (Staying on their good side is always a bonus!) You never know, by the time Columbus Day rolls around you may be yearning to sleep in your own bed and eat a home-cooked meal.

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My number one tip? Get the bang for your buck. You or your parents are paying a lot of money for this education. Make sure that you get everything out of your time at Bryant to ensure a successful future in the years to follow. Go to class, be prepared, get involved and make memories to last a lifetime.

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Best of luck in all of your Bryant endeavors.

Until next time,

Camille