The other day, I finally returned back to the 716 and Buffalo, NY for the summer! This marks the end of an incredible first year of college at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I really do not think it could have been any better or more successful than what it was. There are many things that made this year what it was:
1. Classes and grades: All throughout high school, I had always gotten great grades without really having to put in much effort. The teachers at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute also said that you have to try harder in college in order to match that result. Boy were they right! I had never stayed up as late as I did this year to do homework, projects, and study. Classes were challenging and they forced me to think more than I ever had before. Some teachers were certainly far from enjoyable but I will not name any names. But in the end, I sure had something to be proud of. I kept a 4.0 for the fall and winter (I just found out I am getting one B in the spring and I missed the A by .4 points…). Most of my teachers were wonderful and provided tips and lessons for me that I will hopefully carry for the rest of my professional career.
2. Various experiences:In high school, I was always someone who liked to get involved in many different groups or organizations. I definitely did NOT want that to change come college. Thankfully, RIT could provide me the opportunities to go out and enjoy my college experience!
Honors Business crew in CALIFORNIA!
For starters, since I was in the Honors program, I had the chance to interact with other Honors business students and we were able to go to CALIFORNIA AT THE END OF FEBRUARY. Yeah, CALIFORNIA! We visited many different companies like HP, Intuit, Red Bull, Yahoo!, Nickelodeon, and the W Hotel in Hollywood. Also, I became a part of the Lowenthal group, a service group within the College of Business. We did many activities, such as teach middle-school students and provide help at open houses. I also joined a fraternity! Delta Sigma Pi. You can read the details about that experience in one of my other posts. Oh, and I was the starting goalie for the club team AND had two jobs. Thank goodness RIT had so many things to do outside of the classroom or I would have been very bored.
Oh yeah. I met Barry Melrose too!
3. (the most important) FRIENDS!:Wow! There are way too memories to count with my friends. Coming into school, I only knew a handful of people that were going to RIT. Needless to say I know quite a few more coming out. Let’s see… There’s all my friends in my primary business class that I was able to become so close to. There are the guys on the club lax team. There are all my amazing pals from Gleason 7 and Ellingson. But there are a few people that I hold near and dear to my heart.
The three Jeffs in action!
For one, there’s the other two Jeffs. We all met the first day of honors orientation and when we found out we were named Jeff and we all played lacrosse, it was a match made in heaven. We have gone to concerts together, played lax together, and had quite a bit of fun. These guys are truly my “bros” and I would do anything for them!
The floor at steak dinner. Man I love these guys!
Then there is my dorm family of Gibson 2A. We bonded closer than probably any other dorm floor on campus. All of the steak dinners when we all grew closer as we worked together. All of the acoustic Fridays when the genius guitarists Jon, Alex, and Jake would jam and Nick and I would attempt to sing. All of the ventures into Party Quad where we would indulge in Mountain Dew and 5 lb chocolate bars. All of these times were amazing. I love them from the bottom of my heart and I will miss them all this summer!
The crew before a RIT hockey game. I'm the 2.
One of my best friends Lauren. We had quite a good time this year as you can see.
Well, that was the end of one chapter to my life. But another one will begin in just a few months! Before then, it is time to enjoy the summer!