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!


Life Hacks Bryant Edition

February 23rd, 2015

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 Who doesn't love a good life hack; a great strategy or technique to manage our time and activities in the most efficient and effective way possible. Let's be honest, our time in college is short…and the days sometimes just don't seem long enough. Academics, extracurriculars and our social life are all competing for our time and attention, so here are my favorite tips and tricks to get the most out of Bryant.

1)      Little known secret, the study rooms in the library are open when the library is not. Often times early morning or late night we may find ourselves needing a quiet place to study, these rooms are open and available to students but no one knows it! Classrooms in the rotunda are also available for study any time of day or night! You can even check online (Bryant App) when classes are using specific rooms, so not finding a space to study is no excuse.

2)      Set your class schedule to the lock screen of your phone during the first few weeks of class so you know where and when your class is meeting. Everyone gets lost in the first week or so, and this inconspicuous technique is perfect for any student on the go.

3)      Go to your professor's office hours: out of all my experiences this time will allow you to get clarification on information as well as build a relationship. An added bonus is you may earn some points and a positive reflection to your class participation grade.  This is a great opportunity for access to more course information that goes beyond your class lectures. But most importantly, it is an opportunity to build a relationship with your professor; seek insight about a certain career field or discuss future course selections.

4)      Love free food? Who doesn't? If you are strategic about it you could probably get three meals a day for free. Clubs, organizations, presentations etc. are CONSTANTLY holding events with free food. Learn a little, make friends and eat your heart out.

5)      Treat school like your job and you will be successful. Act like you're getting paid, do as much as you can throughout the day, prepare, ask questions, do your homework and you, my friend, will be golden.

 

I hope these hacks helped!

Until Next Time,

Camille

Cyber Studies

February 17th, 2015

With record breaking snowfall and blistering cold temperatures in our area it is no surprise that our community has been facing a few snow days. University administration is well aware just how difficult it is for commuter students, faculty and staff to face the whirling winds and mounds of snow to get to campus. Facility services have been working around the clock in recent weeks to best compact Mother Nature herself and to keep our pathways and parking lots clear.

But just what do these implications have for academics? With nearly a weeks' worth of class cancellations, teachers and students have turned to technology to salvage the missed class time.

Blackboard collaborate is an interactive online tool that allows for students and teachers to meet on an online learning platform. This virtual classroom allows class to be held in real time via cyber commute—participants utilize and online chat room with voice and video capability to meet and discuss class content. Professors may choose to make the content of their computer screen view-able to their students in order to go through PowerPoint slides or mediated content.

In a society ever advancing in the realm of technology, this snow-pocalypse has really given our community an opportunity to test the technological waters. From my interactions with my professors and peers it seems that the online classrooms have proven to be a great success during these severe winter conditions. It is nice to know that even when travel safety is at risk, our class progress is not!

 

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Have questions about this blog or anything regarding Bryant and my experiences? Shoot me an email at cdings@bryant.edu... I would love to chat!

-Camille

Opening Doors to the Future

February 11th, 2015

The Open Door: a symbol of opportunity, kindness and community. Through my experiences here at Bryant, I have found this metaphor to be incredibly prevalent to our communal life as a campus.

Through our academic stride and scholastic achievements, and through our hard work and associations: doors open each and every day to a brighter future.

As we seek guidance:  our educators and peers open doors (quite literally) to reach out a helping hand.

And too, as we walk through the maze of hallways, doors open by the will of our peers: eager to support one another at even the simplest of doings.

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We here at Bryant cultivate our communal bonds. There is pure understanding that we must work together for the common good, as corny as it may sound. Never have I experienced such a pleasure. As a transfer student, we sometimes experience some apprehension in our new environment but the radiating acceptance is palpable.

Come see for yourself just how many doors can open for you. Schedule your campus tour here to experience the sheer beauty of our beautiful facilities, lush landscapes and state of the art technology. Tours last approximately one hour and 15 minutes, and our led by members of the student ambassador program who live and breath love for our community.

If you have any questions about my experiences or in regards to any aspect of Bryant life, feel free to shoot me an email at cdings@bryant.edu.

Ready to Change

February 2nd, 2015

1863: a monumental year which marks the establishment of Bryant University; a university that has stood the test of time and has evolved through the influences and impressions of many. As with all institutions, impacts from our society and the culture of modern educational environments has played a big role in the direction of our future as a campus.

As a body of students, we find ourselves trying to leave a mark on a university which already boasts so many accomplishments. But the dynamic and impressionable nature of Bryant University allows for students to direct the future of the institution which is a quality denied to so many students attending other universities.

Within the last few months the students have had a strong push for change. As some of you may or may not know, at the end of each semester, students are strongly encouraged to complete course evaluations in regard to their experience in each course. At this time, the collective information received from student course evaluations is not reported back to the student body: but that may change. Students are currently drafting a bill to submit to faculty and administration in the coming weeks to change the access to results received from course evaluations. The bill cites that the access to this information will aid student when picking their courses to best find professors who will best fit their learning styles and educational needs. Access to this information is granted to students at many universities around the country -students who believe it is very positive for students and faculty alike.

In the end we find that universities, Bryant University included, are established to serve the students educationally. This bill as proposed by the students proves that Bryant is truly open to listening to students opinions, and keeps our best interest in mind.

For anyone who is interested in this subject, the Bryant University Student Senate is hosting a Course Evaluation Forum this coming Wednesday February 4th at 4:00 in Papitto. Feel free to forward any questions to senate@bryant.edu.

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-Camille

Helping Hands Holiday Party

December 11th, 2014

Helping Hands, a philanthropic organization on campus, sponsored their annual holiday party this past weekend where over 30 underprivileged children from our surrounding community came to participate in some holiday fun. Helping Hands has worked tirelessly for months planning the food, fun and fantastical holiday crafts for the children. Over a dozen on-campus clubs and organizations pulled together to make the experience one to remember. The all-day event also included a special appearance from jolly old Saint Nick himself who brought personalized gifts for those special children.in attendance.

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Sometimes in our hectic days of studies and presentations, it is so refreshing to take a step back and realize the impact we can have on our surrounding community. Even though we may be young adults, the festivities of the holidays always holds a sparkle in the eyes of each and every one of us. Seeing the appreciation from the young, needy children of our community is a vision that will prove to last far longer than the remains of bows and tinsel

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I had the great pleasure of hosting a craft table at the event where I helped children make snowmen  countdowns  'til Christmas! It was such a blast and I was so thankful that I could share in the joy.

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Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season,

Camille

Continuing Down the Road of Education

December 2nd, 2014

As we all know, Bryant University is renowned for our amazing bachelors programs in fields ranging from business, to the liberal arts and sciences. But Bryant University also offers outstanding graduate programs that allow for individuals to thrive as they work towards a postgraduate degree.

Although many who may be reading this post may be at the very beginning of their journey through higher education, it is never too early to look into graduate school programs. It is projected that in our society, more and more professions will expect applicants to hold a degree higher than just a Bachelors.

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Currently, Bryant offers a Master in Business Administration, A Master of Professional Accountancy, A Master of Science in Taxation, A Master of Arts in Communication, A Master of Arts in Teaching, A Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies, and our newest addition, A Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

No matter how far along you are in your education, or your life, it is never too late or too early to consider furthering your education.

Until next time,

Camille

Bryant University: Not Just a Pretty ‘Place’

November 25th, 2014

Settled in the heart of New England, Bryant University is ranked amongst some of the best institutions of higher education in the nation, if not the world.  Our curriculum, boasts many unique characteristics that set Bryant far above the norm. For example, our Sophomore International Experience, referred to by our students as SIE, is an opportunity unique to our community. Students in their sophomore year are given the chance to travel abroad to immerse themselves in the business and cultural practices worlds away. This 10-12 day excursion is accompanied by a semester long pre-departure course to prepare students for all they may encounter; if you don't think it sounds amazing as it is, students also earn 3 course credits for their experience, (bonus!). And don't worry transfers, you are given the opportunity to be included as well, even if your transfer in after your sophomore year. Check out more about SIE here.

Another unique characteristic that sets us apart is our dual-college education. As you may know, here at Bryant University we host two colleges, the College of Business and the College of the Arts and Sciences. Students take courses in both areas of study to ensure their greatest of successes in their future professional and personal endeavors. Students majoring in one area of study are required to minor in the other (for example, I am Communication major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and my minor is Management in the College of Business). Check out all of our courses of study here!

                Lastly, if our distinctiveness in education isn't enough, our rankings push us over the top. I will let them speak for themselves:

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So yes. Our campus boasts architectural intrigue and lush landscapes, but we are much more than just a pretty 'place'.

Until next time,

Camille

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