Thursday, April 20, 2017

Study Abroad Spotlight: Amelia Beckerman

Hi! My name is Amelia, and I’m a sophomore English major and marketing minor from Princeton, New Jersey. 

This semester, I’ve been studying abroad in Berlin, Germany (the coolest city on Earth). So far, the semester has been a whirlwind of new experiences. Before this trip, I had barely traveled outside of the United States, and now every weekend I can hop on a plane to a new country. I’ve eaten waffles in Brussels, visited Neuschwanstein Castle (aka Sleeping Beauty’s Castle) in Schwangau, Bavaria, jumped on in-ground trampolines in Copenhagen, and eaten fondue in Zurich. (Okay, you caught me; two of those were about food). Of course, one of my favorite things to do when I go to a new city is take a free walking tour! What can I say - I love a good tour.

Me in Brussels, Belgium, eating the best waffle of my life with this handsome fella.

Even though I spend a lot of weekends in new cities, Berlin is the best home base I could ask for. It’s a hub for everything from business to the arts. There’s also so much history here, which means there are hundreds of amazing museums to visit. In fact, people in Berlin like to boast that they have more museums than rainy days. Berlin also has a huge outdoor market every Sunday in Mauerpark. It’s full of art, jewelry, vintage clothing, and street food. In the warmer months, they do karaoke there (catch me in May, belting TLC’s No Scrubs).

Me and my new friends outside the Berlin Wall.

In addition to having the best time of my life, I’m also actually studying here. I’m in a program that does intensive German language classes, which means that I have three hours of German every morning on Monday through Thursday. I also take a literature class that focuses on books written in or about Berlin and a class about the relationship between Pop Culture in America and Europe. Even though it’s a lot of work, I love it.

Here’s a picture of me in Copenhagen, attempting to fulfill my dream of eating gelato in every European country.

Studying abroad is so surreal. If you had told me in high school that in a couple years I would be traveling across Europe with people I had just met (and having an amazing time doing it) I’m not sure I would have believed you. Even though I miss Hofstra and my friends there (and of course my fellow Pride Guides), I wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world. And sometimes I’m able to find a little bit of home here!

Is this clock tower in Bucharest, Romania, or outside of Hofstra’s student center? We’ll never know.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Life as a Student Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Emma Vaccaro, and I'm a senior majoring in early childhood and childhood education with a co-major of STEM!

On February 16th, I turned in my application and all the documents needed to student teach for this coming fall. So many emotions ran through my mind- first, thankfulness to all the advisors and professors that helped me become the teacher I am today.

Next, excitement; hopefully I would be placed back in the same school where I taught fourth grade. Lastly, I felt a strange familiarity, as if this was something that had happened before, because it had; I had already taught in a preschool, as well as second, third and fourth grade.

I've already learned some pretty important life lessons. An example is how Dr. Suess' book Bartholomew and the Oobleck taught me that like when making Oobleck, always have a good and quick method for clean-up. Something else that I learned while teaching second grade was to always make sure you have an explanation for everything. These, as well as the other lessons that I've learned while student teaching, are definitely important and are sure to help me in my future endeavors.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Internship Spotlight: Lauren

Hi! I’m Lauren and I’m a junior Public Relations major here at Hofstra.

One thing that has made my Hofstra experience so worthwhile is interning. Right now, I'm at my second internship. My first internship took place over the summer, where I was doing social media for an elementary school in Massachusetts. I'm currently an intern at Zimmerman Edelson, a small public relations and marketing agency on Long Island.

So far, this internship has been one of the best experiences of my college career. Everything I have learned at Hofstra I've applied in my internship- and vice versa! I have worked closely with account executives to help them create documents I'll need to know how to make when I finish my time at Hofstra and go out into the real world. I have also gotten a chance to sit in on meetings, contribute ideas for major projects, learn how an agency functions, and most importantly... learn how to become a great public relations professional.

There are five other interns at Zimmerman Edelson this semester, and all of them go to Hofstra! Not only that, but everyone except three or four people in the company has graduated from Hofstra. This gives me the opportunity to network with Hofstra alumni and students, as well as professionals and the media.

Overall, this internship is better than I could have ever imagined. I love how Hofstra encourages its students to obtain an internship because it is the best educational experience you will ever have. I am excited to start my 3rd internship this summer (I just have to get one first!)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Life as an International Student

Hi! My name is Kelly Mizuno, and I’m a junior double major in Political Science and Public Policy from Malaysia.

Being from far away is definitely a cool thing – it means I’ve gotten to see a completely different part of the world (and it’s a great conversation topic on tours!)

Not taken by me, but isn’t my hometown pretty?

Since I attended high school in Malaysia, I wasn’t actually able to visit any of the colleges I applied to. Instead, I relied solely on websites, online reviews, and opinions from my friends and family when deciding on what school to attend. My first time on campus was when my dad dropped me off about a week before classes began – definitely a nerve-wracking experience.

Being an international student, I was fairly sure that I was going to make friends with other international students -- people that had similar backgrounds and experiences to the ones that I had. However, as I met my roommates and began to get involved on campus, I found that the people that I was meeting were incredibly diverse.

As someone who grew up around diverse people, I loved it. I loved meeting people from different places or who shared opinions that differed from my own. (Extra perks of Hofstra include having friends that will take you in for Thanksgiving/Easter/other holidays if you have nowhere to go).

One of my friends, Gray (left), who took me home for Easter and showed me Philly and Independence Hall for the first time!

Moving to the United States also meant a lot of other things for me, such as getting used to larger portion sizes, learning about American culture and slang, explaining why I speak English, and missing Malaysian food. However, these things are easily overcome. I couldn’t have picked a better place to go to school (I’m talking about both Hofstra and New York) and can’t wait to see what my final year and a half at this university has in store for me!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Semester on RHA

Hi Everyone! My name is Nadeem, and I’m a sophomore psychology major with a minor in dissability studies from Clifton, New Jersey.

Last semester I had the opportunity to serve as the secretary on the E-Board of the Resident Hall Association, and it was such an amazing experience. We're a club on campus that tries to improve the quality of living here at Hofstra for residential students. We provide programs students may be interested in, as well as promote a safe and welcoming community.

Last semester we had some very successful events that we put on for residential students here at Hofstra. We had the "Wiener Welcome" which welcomed students back from break by giving them free food and prizes, as well as "BOO Bingo!" They were both so much fun- because who doesn't love free food and bingo? 

My favorite event last semester was "Roll with RHA." We built a roller skating rink inside of Hofstra USA for our resident students to come de-stress and roller skate! It was so amazing and everyone had a lot of fun. I'm hoping that we can try to do it again this semester.

Being on RHA has given me so many amazing opportunities. From working with a great staff to being a part of the Office of Residential Life and working with such an amazing E-Board, it has been the experience of a lifetime! I encourage all resident students to come and join our RHA family and help us create more fun activities!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My Internship at the Brooklyn Museum

Hi! My name is Melissa Thiringer and I'm a senior Anthropology major with an Archaeology concentration and two minors in Creative Writing and Art History.
Recently, I was lucky enough to obtain an internship at the Brooklyn Museum for my entire senior year. I'm currently in the Curatorial Department, specifically working with Ancient Egyptian art.

So far I have explored the inner workings of the museum including its enormous library, which is filled to the brim with books pertaining to all the sections of art the museum holds. I've also had the privilege of being able to work in the Egyptian storage room, which is full of objects that are not able to be seen by the public (mummies, sculptures, scarabs, paintings, mosaics, etc).

I am happy to say that I have been asked to come back this semester to continue to help out. I can’t wait to see what the museum has in store for me and the rest of my senior year!