My Western Civ. Lesson & Experience @ a Local Church

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Last week I went to a church service that celebrated some boys and girls who made the choice to be abstinent. They were presented with rings and stood upfront with their families as the pastor prayed over them; the audience was filled with smiles and  the sound of clicking cameras. As I stood there watching, I felt two things. I was proud of them for making the harder choice. It’s not easy to be an abstinent young adult, especially not in 2015. Sexually inciting ads, and images are everywhere; YouTube, the radio, television,etc… Peer pressure also contributes to the struggles of  abstinence. It’s not uncommon for a young person to be criticized by their peers because they are making an unpopular choice. So I respect them for their decision.

As I saw father’s standing there with their daughters, I wished that my dad had stood upfront in a church with me. But envy and regret were not ingredients in this gumbo of emotion, just thoughtful wondering of the possible outcomes my life could have altered into. I know that our experiences make us who we are, and I’m glad to be the person I am today.

It’s ironic! The topic of my HIS-105-02 class earlier that very day was chastity. The teacher showed us an old artifact that no one in the class knew the function of. He encouraged us to make guesses about what it was, what it was made of, and what we could discern from the shape of the thing. To me, it looked like an ancient piece of groin armor. I was a little embarrassed at my guess but when he asked us to call out what we thought it could be, I did. A few people chuckled, but guess what it turned out to be. It was an old anti-masturbation and premarital sex inhibiting device.

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It was developed shortly after machine manufacturing became possible in Europe, and it was primarily purchased by Christian parents who wanted to prevent their child from doing…stuff. Some had spikes…ouch, and there were female versions too…oh ouch.

My teacher went on about how ludicrous this device was, and I agreed. He said that the lack of trust parents had in their children was reveled when they made them wear a device that physically blocked off their genitalia.

I like that parents encouraged their children to wait until marriage for sex, but don’t think that exposing them to a painful device that forced them into it was effective. It was probably emotionally and physically scarring. People should have a choice. Choosing to make a commitment is always more effective than being forced to commit.

The men, women, boys and girls, who choose to abstain today, because they’ve considered the matter in their heart, are more apt to complete the task than people who do it out of fear or people who feel like they have no choice.FullSizeRender1

What we decide to do with our bodies is something that students here think about. This is my perspective. May you share it. Until next blog!

The Cafeteria is Back and Better Than Ever!

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Over the summer my sister and I volunteered in an ESL class here at GCC, taught by Mr. Kia Banej. Every Tuesday and Thursday we would walk into the school, and check the cafeteria with anticipation. If you attended classes here this summer, than you know that the area with all of the dining stations was under construction until very recently. We had to make due with pop and little snacks from the vending machine, while we excitedly awaited the return of the dining stations for the Fall semester.

Now I am ecstatic to say, the food is back! I came in really early in the morning to score some pictures of the newly renovated area, before the big rush of students hit. imageimageimage

While all of the food offered here is exceptional, my favorite part has to be the salad bar. I’ve been getting a giant salad almost every day. Best part is (for me anyways) they offer fresh avocado, and lots of it!

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For those of you looking for a little sugary pick me up, have no fear; we have munchies to satisfy your junk food cravings as well!

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Also, how many of you have seen these little flyers posted around the school? Disney internships, what could be better??! I will definitely be attending the meeting, and I’ll be sure to blog about it!imageP.S. It’s Paid!

Finding Your Way Around GCC

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It’s week number two here at GCC, but if you’re like me, you might still be having some trouble finding your way around these hallowed halls of learning. Well, I’m here to help! As I’m sure you already know, the Batavia campus is divided into three floors. Each floor however is divided into sections: A, B, C, and D (sometimes E, S, and T). The placement of these sections remains the same on each level. Jutting out from the school’s main hub are the Genesee Center For The Arts (Stuart Steiner Theatre), and the Conable Technology Building, labelled as E and T respectively. Building S contains meeting rooms, and Student Service Activities offices.

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On the college’s first floor you can find the Gymnasium, and Campus Bookstore in Building A. The Cafeteria, Health Services, Public Safety, the Adult Education Opportunity Center, and the Child Care Center are in Building B. A lot of administrative offices including the President’s Office can be found in Building C, and the Library and Marketing Communications are in Building D.

On floor two you can find all sorts of classrooms of course, but let me point out some of the big destinations. In Building A you can find the Fitness Center, and the Swimming Pool, in Building B, the Career Services Center, Photography Darkroom, and the Sleep Lab. Admissions, the Financial Aid Office, the Dean of Students, and the V.P. of Student Affairs can all be found in Building C, and the Tutoring Center, Center for Academic Progress, and the Testing Center are all located in Building D.

Finally, the third floor. In Building A you can find the Language Lab, and WGCC. Building B has the Social Sciences Division, and an interactive classroom, and Building D contains the Physiology Lab, Veterinary Technology Offices, and the Computer Services/ACE Career Center.college-major-street-signs-480x335

This semester I’ve been really lucky, all of my classes are on the second floor, in Building D. A visitor’s guide, driving directions, and a map of the campus are all available HERE. Just in case you want to print out a copy of the map to keep on hand.

Tips for Getting “A”s in College

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The new semester is here and classes are rolling. Teachers are giving students the intimidating yet all important “This is how it’s gonna’ be” speech,Male-Teacher-in-Classroom the bookstore line is zig-zagging out the back door, and students are drooling over our new cafeteria. The New Academic Year Hustle and Bustle (officially abbreviated N.A.Y.H.B.) is exciting, and I don’t think any other school does it better than Genesee Community College.

As for me, I’m taking 5 classes. Math, Biology, History, Career & Education Planning, and of course Sci-Fi. You can add that one to the list of unique courses that G.C.C. has to offer.Alien-006

My goal is always to get an A in all of my classes. Here are my top 7 tips for getting that done.

7 TIPS FOR EARNING “A”s IN COLLEGE:

  • Make a Daily Schedule: Know what you have to do that day, and plan time for important task. It’s best if you do this the day or night before.
  • Get At Least 7 – 9 Hours of Sleep a Night: The science of sleep can be complicated, but simply put, the more you sleep, the more you memorize. Not to mention, good sleep habits keeps your immune system healthy.
  • Don’t ALWAYS Hang Out With Friends: Don’t get me wrong, a social life is needed! But too much fun and socializing can lead your focus away from your school work. So don’t forget why you are here.
  • OVER DUE Your Assignments: Meaning, impress your teachers! Using your best vocabulary, show off how much you learned! Go Geek! M-W.com is a free online dictionary. Use it to look up words you don’t know while reading material that your teacher assigns, and write the meaning in the margins of your text-book.
  • Study for test in bits and pieces: Don’t cram the night before a test or try to go over all the material the day before. Study a little bit each day and do an overall review at the end. This means starting your studying process a week or two before your test. Give the harder classes more time, but don’t neglect the easy ones.
  • Keep it positive!! : You can do whatever you set your mind to. Believe and live like you know it’s true, because it is. Don’t let anyone make you settle for less in any area of life. Be your true self 100% of the time, especially when others try to knock you down.
  • Ask for Help: For some, this can be the hardest thing to do. If you don’t know what to do or how to help yourself (or others), you need to admit it and ask someone for help.Visit your professor during his or her office hours. Not only can they help clarify information, but most instructors enjoy meeting and getting to know their students outside class time. And, don’t forget about G.C.C.’s great student support services. I’ve provided the contact information and links:

Well that’s it! Good luck, and work hard hard in all of your classes this semester! See ya!

First Week of School!

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After months and months of anticipation, classes have begun for GCC students! I’m on my third day of school, so I’ve had the chance to experience all of my classes (some are Monday/Wednesday and some are Tuesday/Thursday) and I can honestly say that so far I love and am excited about each and every one! Just in case you missed my introduction post, I am a Fashion Business Merchandising student, and my concentration is apparel design. This essentially means that over the course of two years I will be sewing lots and lots of clothes! I can’t wait! I just want to dive in right away! All of my professors are absolutely wonderful and kind people, and I know that I can learn so much from them. Anyways, in my family this wasn’t just my first week, my sister and brother-in-law started school too! I am so excited that we will all be attending GCC together, it makes it that much more fun! Plus, it lets us all carpool, hang out between classes, and have lunch together! It is really such a positive boost to my entire GCC experience.

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My sister Emily is in the Human Services program, and my brother-in-law (bro) Aaron is in the General Studies program. He plans to get all of his required general education classes out of the way, and then see where life takes him. Oh! There’s another insanely cool thing I have to mention. I’m featured on the Genesee Community College homepage, along with my fabulous fellow blogger Iesha!! It’s amazing, and I still can’t get over it! Thank you so much GCC for liking my blog posts enough to promote me right on your homepage!!

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Okay, now I have to tell you about something else that is very exciting. In my Apparel Construction Fundamentals class we were fortunate enough to be allowed to take home donated bridal gowns (if we wished), to re-purpose into something fabulous of our own creation! These gowns are exquisite, and we have been given carte blanche to dye, rip, cut, or do literally anything to these garments, and if they happen to turn out amazing we can enter them in the annual GCC fashion show. The GCC fashion show happens to be the largest professional fashion show in Western NY by the way.

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Needless to say I am beyond excited at the possibility of doing something really fun and interesting with this dress. I’m not going to touch it for a while, I want to feel really confident about my decisions with it.

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I would love to be able to turn it into something along these lines though. We’ll just have to see how it goes. Any suggestions?

Melanie Martinez’s First Big Album!!!

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It finally came! For months I had been patiently waiting for the album I pre-ordered from my favorite singer, Melanie Martinez, and on August 14th it finally released! The name of the album is Crybaby, and it is a concept album produced by Atlantic Records. It is amazing! I cannot begin to describe my love for it. If I could find a way to have the music continuously pumped directly into my brain, I would. I can say without a doubt that I love each and every song Melanie has ever created; the same cannot be said for any other artist/band I have listened to.

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There were several different pre-order packs available for the Crybaby release, and I was not able to get the one that I had really wanted (it was a bit pricey), but I am so happy that I was able to get one at all. They were going fast! My pre-order pack came with the digital album, an adorable t-shirt, and some additional digital content that will be released at a later date.

CKJIrtsUcAAjRQFTHE ULTIMATE PACKAGE (and the one I wanted..) It came with the physical album, the digital album, t-shirt, poster, gorgeous story book, a crybaby necklace, and limited edition blue crybaby lipstick from Lime Crime.
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I honestly feel so proud of Melanie. I’ve always thought that she was amazingly talented, and I am so glad that she’s been able to take things this far. I’m sure her success will only grow from here, and I am looking forward to tons of new albums in the future! I have been a fan of her since she “debuted” on the singing competition show The Voice, and am so glad that she is now getting the chance to dive into her own material, and is no longer forced to only do covers of other artists.

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As of right now I have yet to be able to actually see Melanie live in concert…but someday I’ll find a way!! I mentally kick myself every day for missing her when she came to Albany. I had been going to school there, but moved back to the Batavia area just days before she came and performed!! I was so close!! Since then her tour dates have been too far away, oh well, maybe the next tour… Here, let me post the schedule just in case some of you have better luck than me! I hope you get to go! If you do, send me pictures!

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**Next post will be about my first days at Genesee Community College/ the college’s Week Of Welcome!! Look forward to it!!

Finding A Rare Game At Game Players Unlimited!

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Game Players Unlimited is a local used video game store that I have enjoyed frequenting since I was young. I remember my grandfather taking me there, and being so excited to get a copy of Kingdom Hearts Chain of memories for the Gameboy Advance. Things certainly have progressed a lot from the time of the Gameboy Advance… Anyways, this place is great, and I stop in from time to time to check to see if they have gotten anything new and exciting. Before I get to the incredibly, mind-blowing, awesome game that I was able to snag though, let me show you a few pictures of what this store looks like!

They actually have two locations. The one I usually visit in Batavia, and one in Brockport.

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Now, on to the inside!

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Official posters everywhere! There are some I definitely wouldn’t mind for my room!imageA giant case full of Nintendo DS games.

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Okay, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Let’s talk about the game!

Now, you have to understand that I have two Holy Grail, sell my right arm, ultimate dream games. I now have one of them. Yeah, this game acquisition is that major to me. It does place second on my list though. My number one dream game is Rule of Rose.RuleofRose

You can buy Rule of Rose online, but a new copy currently costs around $250. This is a whole lot better than the $999 I’ve seen it going for in years past however. Why so expensive? Well for starters it was banned from the UK less than a week after its release. It was also banned from various other places. it is a deeply psychological horror game centered around orphan children, keyword children, so when it came out publishers wanted nothing to do with it. It got a lot of bad, and unfair press, by people who had obviously never played the game. This game is intensely controversial still, but intensely fascinating. Several university teachers have even developed college classes around this game, and in fact I wrote a thesis on it for a video games as literature course. In all my years of searching I have yet to spot it in a physical store, but it does happen. I went into a store in Albany once asking about it, just to find out that not knowing what they had, they’d sold a copy for $20 the week before. Anyways, I could talk all day about Rule of Rose (see my previous thesis statement…), but let’s talk about Holy Grail number two. The one that I now actually own, and am playing…Haunting Ground!

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This game, like Rule of Rose, is stunning. It has everything I love, a Victorian Gothic setting, a unique and thoughtful story, psychological horror, and memorable characters. Both Haunting Ground and Rule of Rose are Playstation 2 games, but they are very visually impressive for their era. 1Up.com praised the graphics, stating they were “some of the most detailed, lavish 3D environments Capcom has ever produced”. This game like Rule of Rose implements the use of a dog companion, and I would say that they implemented it better, and with more refinement. I was so so lucky to find this game, and with the original box and manual, all in great condition! The store owner was excited to see it sell so quick, remarking that they only just got it in. Talk about perfect timing!

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Okay, I’m going to wrap things up here (so I can get back to playing Haunting Ground…), by once again stressing how awesome used game shops like Game Players Unlimited are. You just never know when a treasure is going to turn up! I’d been searching for Haunting Ground for years, and then when I least expected it, boom, there it was. I cannot begin to explain how precious Haunting Ground and Rule of Rose are to me, and if you’ve ever played either of them I’m sure you understand. If you haven’t I can’t recommend them enough!! Best of luck finding them though! But hey, that’s half the fun!