Today I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite things that NC State offers. If you remember my intro blog I mentioned a lovely thing called the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service. You should also remember that from now on I’m typing that as CSLEPS for both of our sakes. CSLEPS offers many wonderful service and leadership opportunities (check the name), ranging from alternative spring breaks to working at the food pantry on campus. CSLEPS also sponsors something called the Visionary Leaders program, which I think is a wonderful opportunity for any student.
The Visionary Leaders program offers a variety of topics from Emotional Intelligence to Leading Diverse Groups to my personal favorite, Time and Stress Management. Whether it’s your first year or you’re on your victory lap*, the information in these sessions can help you become the best student/leader/activist you can be. Did I mention that CSLEPS offers a certificate if you complete a certain number of courses that you can put on your resume? Nothing looks better than showing an employer that not only can you manage time, but that you actively want to improve your skills. Come back soon to hear me talk about the other wonderful opportunities CSLEPS offers!
*A victory lap is any year after your fourth year**
** But seriously, don’t take eleven years
Many say time flies when you’re having fun…here at NC State that is the understatement of the year!
Students have been in school for almost a full three weeks! Everyone is hopefully starting to feel at home, having fun at welcome week events, getting used to hitting the books, enjoying plenty of university sporting events, and attending many programs thus far!
Not to Mention the two wins to start off a winning streak season!!
The fun does not stop there! Student Involvement has endless opportunities for students!. As a matter of fact, NC State has over 600 student organizations on campus! With the University being so large it can be intimating, but by finding a student organization to join, you will surely find your home here at NC State! Whether it’s a club on campus, community service, Greek life, club and/or intramural sports!
I personally I have fully experienced many of the above! In my most recent and passionate student Involvement, I took on the task of creating my own organization on campus! That’s the true beauty of NC State’s Student Involvement, if you can’t find your place, you can make it!
The process wasn’t hard at all! I saw an idea that was not truly embodied within any of the current student organizations, so I took it and ran with it! My organization is called, “Students Proactively Engaged towards Activism Knowledgeably” or S.P.E.A.K. The organization aims to foster NC State student talents and abilities for the greater good and to support our communities whether local, national or global!
As students, we are often busy with school work, jobs, family, or other organizations we may be involved in. Therefore, we barely have any time for fun or to really know how to apply ourselves and speak as a community on current events and issues.That’s where S.P.E.A.K. comes into the picture!
I want to empower the student! Bringing current events in the world and in our particular communities to campus in an easy, accessible, yet FUN way! All the while giving students a chance to join us as an opportunity to S.P.E.A.K. on them in a fun new way!
With all of this in mind and to wrap up with the title of my post “I’m late,I’m late, For a very important date. No time to say “Hello” “Goodbye.” I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” In everything that students take on in college, it’s always important to put school first while finding time to balance all the fun! In college you must stay focused, organized and diligent in all that you take on whether class, student involvement, and even family/friends!
As the Talley Student Center renovations continue I keep remembering back to my sophomore year (2 years ago) when Talley was a completely different building. It’s amazing to see how quickly it is being built up. I remember when we had places like the Wolves Den and Freshens as our food options in Talley. With this new change that has happened we now have more classrooms and conference rooms, more space for the bookstore, and different food options to satisfy everyone’s wants. With that being said my new favorite place is either between Red Sky Pizza or Los Lobos but I haven’t had the chance to try One Earth yet. It’s pretty cool that they offer three different types of international food on a daily basis with another option that rotates every so often. Be on the lookout for more cool updates to the Talley Student Center this year. Hopefully it will be complete before I graduate so I can see/use it as well.
So you play music, love football, and for some reason adore wool uniforms. The fact that anyone would have a passion for all of three of those things is a little strange, but I can think of something even stranger. What if I told you that you can enjoy all three of these things in one all-encompassing activity? You can! It’s a band called the Power Sound of the South, and not only is it the Most Dangerous Band in the ACC, it is also the official marching band of NC State University.
Now I know you’re already ready and raring to join because it’s got all three of your passions, but in case you’re not completely sold, here’s five reasons that might make you change your mind.
1) You get the best seat in the house - and you never even pay for a ticket!
This is the view we have every game. Right in the action!
2) The uniforms are super fly
Wool uniforms, policeman’s hats, and spiffy gloves and gauntlets - all in Wolfpack colors! This is the very definition of style.
3) Nobody gets down like the Power Sound!
There’s nothing like seeing the band do the Dirty Shuffle at games - and nothing quite as fun as getting to do it with them!
4) You get to meet famous people
If you want celebrities, look no further - Mr. and Mrs. Wuf love hanging out with the band.
5) You can be the belle of the ball
At the end of every season, there’s Band Ball - the huge banquet/party/prom where we hand out awards, eat cake, and take ridiculous pictures in our fancy clothes. If you’ve always wanted to be Cinderella, you can be in the NC State Marching Band.
These are just a few of the great things about the band. If you ever want to know more, or are interested in joining, you can visit the ARTS NC State website. And if you want to see what it’s like in the day of a band member, check out our awesome band photographer, Dan Jahn, whose pictures I used in this post.
Yep, it’s that time of the year again. As preseason winds down and the final cuts are made, it’s time for fantasy football to kick into full gear. Partaking in something like this is a great stress reliever from school because when Sunday comes around, the only thing on my plate is just watching the games with my friends and deciding who comes out on top for the week. For those of you that may not be familiar with fantasy football, here’s a rough breakdown:
You and a few of your friends, up to 10, join a league on Yahoo or ESPN or any website that offers a fantasy football league. You then select players during the draft and make your teams for the season, and by the end you should have your ultimate dream fantasy football team (also where the name comes from). Simple enough right? Fantasy football gives people like me that don’t really follow a certain team or watch all the games a reason to keep up and follow what’s going on during game time. It’s always fun to keep up with how well your players are doing and to see if you’re beating your league opponent for the week.
So here’s a little peek into my starting team:
QB- Drew Brees
RB- Marshawn Lynch/Frank Gore
WR- Jordy Nelson/Greg Jennings/Anquan Boldin
TE- Greg Olsen
K- Justin Tucker
Hopefully my fantasy team does as well as I think it will and I won’t be in last place this time. You can’t win them all, but time will tell and I’m excited to get this season started in fantasy football!!
The Crafts Center at NC State offers a variety of non-credit classes and workshops throughout the year—some are specifically for NC State students and some are open to the general public. Most classes take place in the evenings so they don’t conflict with school or work.
Classes are offered in Painting, Clay, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry & Metals, Lapidary, Photography, and Wood. Not only will you learn new skills and techniques, you can meet other students and individuals within the Raleigh community.
I haven’t taken a class at the Crafts Center yet, but I would love to in the near future. I plan on participating in a Pinhole Camera Challenge, which is an annual competition held by the Crafts Center. I’m very excited and will have to update you all on how it turns out!
As I mentioned in my introduction blog, as the Vice President of Membership for my sorority I am in charge of coordinating formal recruitment for my chapter. Starting this Friday, all of the sororities in the Panhellenic Association will begin recruiting our wonderful new members! For those of you interested in joining Greek Life once you start attending NC State, here is a little bit of sorority recruitment 101!
There are currently nine Panhellenic Association sororities that formally recruit each year:
Alpha Delta Pi
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Delta — my chapter!
Pi Beta Phi
Zeta Tau Alpha
There are four days of formal recruitment, each with its own specific purpose!
Day one: Open House: This is held in the lovely McKimmon Center! The focus for this day is introducing the potential new members to Greek Life and NC State!
Day two: House Tours: The focus for this day is philanthropy! Each chapter has a specific philanthropy that they raise money for! You will get to see a highlight of what fundraisers that chapter does and why they love their organization. You will also get to see different chapter houses and get a feel for what it would be like to live there!
Day three: Skit Day: The focus for skit day is sisterhood! Each chapter is responsible for putting on a ten minute skit to showcase the personality of their chapter! This is a favorite day among potential new members because it is filled with laughs!
Day four: Preference Night: This night you will visit only two of the nine houses and you will pick your favorite. This night can be difficult for some rushees and an easy decision for others!
It is important to remember to keep an open mind through recruitment! If Greek Life is not for you there are always so many other ways to get involved during your at NC State!
Coming from a country like Venezuela it is common for me to be asked if I know anything about what we call “American” Football, and me being a rare case, I actually do know enough to go to the games, to know the stats of a player and understand the penalties and all of that. But when I came to the US I learned even more than that. Football is not only a sport that you just go and watch, it is something bigger to me.
3 years ago, I went to my first live football game and I remember that it was a rainy day. Some friends and I decided to go early to hang around the stadium and see how tailgating was here at NC State. At that time I didn’t even know what tailgating was! In other countries it isn’t common to see people go to the stadium and just enjoy a cook out or games before or after a sport event. I’ve been to baseball games in Venezuela (the biggest sport over there) and soccer games in Spain (likewise, it is almost a religion) and there is nothing alike tailgating.
For me, this was a new world- it was a way to meet people, to enjoy, to eat, to play and to live a sport at a new level. Even when you are at the game, the feeling is different. As the game passes there is always something going around, either a show by the band, someone receiving an award… or anything.
Usually when I go to watch a game in a stadium I go to see athletes play and root for my team. I am even such a sports lover that even now and then I have written stats on baseball games. I enjoyed it but football season means something else for me; It is a way to enjoy a sport in a different way, a way that lead me to embrace this “new” sport in my life in a way that I cannot wait for the next home game.
And what can I say about our team? I’ve seen them win and lose, through this 3 years I have enjoyed great games and have been mad when we lose badly. But at the end… I will be back as soon as I can and enjoy another day at Carter Finley Stadium.