Graduation [through glass] captures Champlain College Class of 2013’s best moments at the 135th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, from the eyes of Ryan Warner.
He even included a little piece of me singing the National Anthem. Very cool, I must say.
Ryan Warner ‘13, fellow Champlain website model, was featured on WCAX yesterday to talk about his Google Glass. They’re glasses that function as a camera, has Bluetooth capabilities to your phone, and many other applications to incorporate technology seamlessly into your everyday life. Ryan has worked hard to be able to own the gadget; Google Glass won’t be available to the public until next year.
View the story at http://www.wcax.com/story/22150301/seeing-the-world-through-google-glass
Check out his #throughglass videos on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/llkentoell/videos
Hopefully you’re busy enjoying your time at Senior Week 2013! What an itinerary! A day at Jay Peak with permissions to wade in the water park, enjoy the great outdoors or go ice skating, the annual Taste of Burlington event featuring delicacies from BTV’s own Skinny Pancake and American Flatbread, galactic bowling with all of your friends, and a final hurrah boat cruise on Lake Champlain, where it all began during orientation four years ago. Not to mention the successful Around the World fiesta you held this past weekend, which I’m really bummed I missed. It all makes me want to fast-forward to my senior week next year. I won’t wish it away that fast though.
For those of you that attended the Senior Trustee Dinner back on April 4, Emily Haggett has helped me compile some of your best answers to the questions:
- What was the highlight of your time at Champlain?
- What was your favorite experience?
- What will you miss most about Champlain?
- [the dreaded] What are your plans after graduation?
- and, What are your words of wisdom or a piece of advice for the incoming class of 2017? (Class of 2017 - sounds crazy, right?)
So here it is! Many of you had me in stitches during these interviews; don’t be bummed if you don’t see your favorite laugh-out-loud funny answer. Enjoy:
Although finals are over and you’ve picked up your cap and gown, there is still a big transition to go through at this time. Learn how to overcome stress at a senior HERE, with tips from fellow Champlain senior Jordan Lupien. A quick reminder of the resources available to you in the job search process and more.
Champlain Class of 2013 - it’s truly been a pleasure. Your exuberant school pride, student peer leadership, and general presence will be greatly missed by those you are leaving behind.
So, thank you for everything and enjoy your last few days of senior week. Luckily I’ll be seeing you at graduation rehearsal on Thursday (smile for the camera!) and at Commencement on May 4.
Best wishes to all and much love.
Where can you see photos of academic awards, puppies, and a human baked potato all in one place?
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The video gives you the gist of what the week meant to these international high school students, but it affected nearly everyone on campus during finals week. The energy that these students expelled had everyone intrigued. Let’s take it back a step:
Finals week came and went like an afternoon rain shower in April - I acknowledged its existence but was not troubled by it, knowing it would pass by and May’s flowers would soon be in bloom. In fact, I only had to attend two out of my five final exam periods scheduled between last Tuesday and Friday. My Nutrition exam was Tuesday evening and was a true fill-in-the-bubble exam, and Wednesday afternoon I had to give my final 5-minute long TEDx Talk presentation on my Literature Review for my Globalization, Technology & Development core class.
The rest of the week I spent relieving stress in the gym and working. Wednesday night I instructed my last R.I.P.P.E.D. group fitness class of the semester at St. Michael’s College. The girls in my class all signed a ‘thank you’ card for me, nearly making me cry as I thought back to the anxiety I had before the first class I taught by myself this January. I’ve come so far this semester, gaining more self-confidence, a new skill-set, and a greater commitment to nutrition and fitness. I feel like in just that aspect of my life I have accomplished so much in a short period of time.
I had a great day at work on Friday in the Champlain communications office, writing a press release about students providing sustainable aid for Haiti, which became Pitchengine’s ‘Pitch of the Day’ within an hour of me posting it. Check out the release about Edike Ayiti on Champlain’s website.
By Friday night I was exhausted, but I knew I had promised my professor Rob Williams that I would visit his YouthTech Camp at some point during the week. I hadn’t made it yet, so I asked over Twitter (only appropriate for a social media conference) if I could attend the last evening’s celebration dinner. He responded of course, Yalla!
Upon my arrival, I immediately felt welcomed by the 26 international high school students, but didn’t know where I should sit. Rob guided me to the Indonesians’ table, the ‘party table’ as I would find it to be. After a week of intense workshops with Professor Rob and the entire PH International staff about using social media for social change, I don’t know how they had so much energy left.
These high school students were a great inspiration to me for their passion and ability to adapt to a new environment. What an opportunity they had, and they never for a second took it for granted. They were the most grateful and animated bunch of students I had ever seen, and it reminded me of how much I want to get involved in international higher education at some point in my life.
(Click on the title of this post to follow the link to Burlington Free Press’ article about YouthTech Camp at Champlain College)
There has been so much going on in the past two weeks that I haven’t blogged. I’m sorry. I’ve just been having too much fun. Here’s a taste of what’s happened in no particular order:
- My best friend Lauren came to visit! We spent a lot of time at the gym, visiting Dankus Bankus 2011-2012 alumn, and at our favorite places in town – we couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to get a smoothie from Muddy Waters! Oh, and it was also Accepted Students Day, so we were on our very best behavior to impress visiting prospective students and their families!
- A friend came down to Burlington for the weekend to visit from Champlain’s Montreal campus, where he has been studying abroad this semester. He got a new camera lens and was playing around to get a feel for it all weekend - thanks Markel for all the great photos! At least someone can capture my good side. This reminded me of how much I miss all my friends who are studying abroad. I can’t wait for them to return to the states in the next couple of weeks!
- My friends Victoria and Jeremy planned the first annual (hopefully!) wiffle ball tournament for charity to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. It turned in to one big game, but it was a beautiful day and a great way to relieve stress before finals. Glad to say that Joe’s team beat BroHaus, although no one ever trash talked the other team - we were too busy making fun of our own. Also, I received the most wonderful compliment - Brandyn said that I looked like a Ranger Rover-driving soccer mom. What I one day (but not any time soon) strive to be. So a little premature on the compliment, but I’ll take it Mr. VP!
- I went to Dobra Tea downtown with my friends Abbie and Steven, who went to Jordan with me this spring. It wasn’t the same as sipping on sugary Bedouin tea in the deserts of Jordan, but it was a nice outing. And check out Abbie’s green tea anemone! ->
- We had our last two CrossFit club gatherings in the fitness center the past couple Sunday afternoons. As the semester came to a close, we actually became kind of like a team. I’ll miss it. Hopefully someone picks up where the graduating seniors left off next year (…yeah, I’m talking about you Daniel).
- I attended the Stiller School of Business awards ceremony at Burlington Country Club (photos HERE). Congratulations to everyone in attendance!
- I started road running again, tracking my progress on DailyMile. The weather has been too nice not to!
- I attended the international photo contest awards in the Miller Information Commons (library). Although I didn’t win anything for my photos of Jordan or Beijing, there was a great display of photos from students, faculty and staff’s various travels abroad (photos HERE).
- I got together with my Jordan Mojo class at my professor’s house to have a Jordanian pot-luck and present our final projects. Here’s Brandon Jones’ video montage of footage from our trip:
- I had a meeting with the group of students who are going to Shanghai with me this summer to discuss some final logistics of our trip.
- I attended spring meltdown, which was Dr. Suess themed this year and traded some Beaver Bucks for the awesome annual t-shirt students in CHAMP created for it (photos HERE).
The week before finals is often referred to as ‘hell week.’ It’s when the majority of work is due, bringing on an influx of late-nights, coffee, and time spent in the library. Although I was cramming to get things done and finding myself procrastinating more than the entirety of the semester, I had a really great week. Somehow, the stress led me to let loose more than usual. I spent more time at the gym and in the great outdoors, with friends on- and off-campus, and enjoyed the first signs of spring. I was reminded of how much I love the people at Champlain, while at the same time preparing to leave this wonderful place for another summer vacation…one that will take me across the globe for three months. Am I ready for this? I sure hope so!
Champlain professor Cinse Bonino is excellent. On our last day of Creativity & Conceptual Development class this semester, instead of bringing in goodies, Cinse handed us each a little personalized note-card sealed in an envelope.
My card read:
Kayla, you are the real deal, the one who can cross the room in a magical cave without making the hidden arrows fly - why? Because you are pure of heart. You give so much. It can make you tired. It can make you soar. Remember to take good care of yourself, not just of those you love and worry about.
Can’t get much better than that. Thanks, Cinse.
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Today we were congruent in our missions to integrate service into our lives by volunteering at the Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis.
An opening session with Chelsea Clinton, Gateway STEM Principal Beth Bender, President Bill Clinton, and three representing team members of the St. Louis Rams (Robert Quinn, Jake Long, and Chris Givens) introduced the school’s initiative to us. It answered the question of why we were there and what they were giving back to their community – providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to high school students from an area primarily made up of first- and second-generation immigrants. There are over 1,000 students within this high school, which principal Beth Bender has been working at for five years. Prior to that, there was seven different principals in six years. The school is in rough shape; it requires much more than just the paint-job we gave to the cafeteria and the cleaning we did in various science labs and classrooms. It was very outdated, but a local business [Brightergy] recently installed 100 solar panels on the roof, contributing to a green initiative the school has started.
There was a great deal of press there, recording Bill and Chelsea helping the groups doing service work outside. It was nice to see everyone in casual clothes, sweating our asses off together in the toasty cafeteria. Forty students from the school also joined us. I believe we were doing a great thing by providing an aesthetically pleasing public school that all stakeholders in the community will take pride in.
The tagline of the Clinton Global Initiative University, turning ideas into action, was imbedded in my head as not only the purpose of the conference, but the motivation to press on, although by this point (post-closing plenary session) I was so tired.
I didn’t end up attending my office hours, but all my friends said that they were great. It was an opportunity to have an intimate discussion with one of many political leaders, celebrities, and activists with a group of 20 or so people.
Instead, I wandered around and met with the many students displaying their Commitments to Action, some that are already full-fledged organizations. I also spent a good deal of time networking. Once Mahmoud got out of his office hours, I found him sitting at a table with Myles Estey, the senior editor of Makeshift Magazine, the moderator of the work session I went to earlier that afternoon. I was intrigued by the work session simply because his title said “magazine editor,” so I was really excited to talk with him.
Makeshift Magazine is a relatively small-circulated publication covering grassroots projects from the ground up. There is a great deal of research published, as well as infographics and photographs from innovative projects and cultures across the globe. It’s really nicely done, but Myles was telling me about the trouble they’re starting to have as they reach workload capacity. “We are taking on more work as individuals to get everything done,” he said. “There is not much more we can do, and as a writer, I can’t ask someone to contribute content without paying them. Even if they want to do that, I don’t feel okay doing such a thing.” I sarcastically let out *intern*cough*cough* and he agreed that interns were the route to go.
I then asked many follow-up questions about the next step of the magazine, how they collect content, and all about their digital-presence. To save you from potential boredom, I’ll keep the conversation to myself, but feel free to ask me more if you’re curious.
Before being on my way, we snapped a quick photo, exchanged contact cards, and he invited me to shoot him an e-mail. I really enjoyed meeting someone with a similar interest in media as me, and I appreciated his honest insight on the magazine industry.
Although Mahmoud and I missed the CGIU Campus Representatives picture out on the green in front of the athletic complex, we were psyched because we got pretty good seats at the closing plenary, AKA ‘The Colbert Report’ show.
Stephen Colbert, with his wit and humor, welcomed President Bill Clinton to the stage just as he would on his own show. Their interview lasted 15-20 minutes, they filmed other transition production bits, and then the real Colbert came out. He was still just was funny and cunning as he plays on his late-night talk show, but he spoke a little more openly about his thoughts on global issues and what he hopes the future will look like for this three children, and the generations to come.
After the opening plenary featured Jack Dorsey, Colbert asked President Clinton if he used Twitter or not. Presuming a no, Colbert already created a satirical Twitter account for “PrezBillyJeff,” because it was the only Twitter handle available with a combination of his name. Right there on stage, Prez Billy Jeff sent out his first Tweet: “Just spent amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane? He is cool! #cgiu.” The audience responded fast, retweeting and replying to the President’s new account. I joked, “@KayAyWhyElleAy: @PrezBillyJeff That’s a quality first Tweet. Us millennials are so proud. @jack must be too. Fun idea @StephenAtHome #CGIU”
The floor was then opened to questions from the audience, and the session went live online. I didn’t have the guts to get up and ask something, and it was fairly competitive with hands flying up all over the place. The first question asked was, “Bill, we’re starting a CGIU band and were wondering if you’d rekindle your love of playing the saxophone and join us.” From that point on, there were less funny questions, and more serious questions regarding pressing issues.
Before we knew it, the session was over and the thousand of us were off to dinner or the office hours we registered for.
Tune in to ‘The Colbert Report’ tonight (April 8) at 11:30 p.m. ET for a special Clinton Global Initiative University themed episode to hear Stephen Colbert’s remarks at the closing session and his interview with President Bill Clinton.