Healthy Food In Summer



It is summer – the most amazing time of the year! Time passes by really quickly, and this is my last blog for GCC. So I’d like to write something I’m really good at, which is food. I especially love fresh and healthy food! So here are some fresh, healthy, and delicious choices for you to enjoy the summer!


  • Watermelon
  • Peach
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry


  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Pepper


  • Iced Tea
  • Iced Coffee

It’s been a good time, sharing what I know with all of you here, and I hope my blogs have been helpful. I’ve graduated from GCC today, and I’m going home for summer and coming back for St. John’s University in NYC. Hopefully, I’ll still get a chance to see you and share something wonderful with you.

Have a nice summer!


Interview Tips


After talking about how to learn about yourself and how to write a good resume, it is time to think about an interview. Here are 10 tips for a good interview that I’ve learnt in my CEP class.

  • Conduct researches on the employer, hiring manager, and job opportunity
  • Review common interview questions to prepare the response
  • Dress professionally, even if the employer says that you can dress casually
  • Always arrive on time
  • Behave yourself since parking or walking into the company
  • Make a good impression starting from a nice hand shaking
  • Be authentic, upbeat, focused, confident, and candid
  • Be careful about body language and language
  • Ask at least an insightful question in the end
  • Thank the interviewers in person, by email, and/or postal mail

Summer is coming for real! Good luck on your future study and career, and enjoy your summer!


Countries You Can Travel With Your American Visa


Summer is coming, and everyone is planning on traveling. But one thing people worry about it all the time is the visa. As an international student, I collected some countries that international students can go without a visa from these countries and only with our American student visa.

Mexico: International students can stay in Mexico for no more than 180 days with an American visa.


Colombia: International students can stay in Colombia for no more than 180 days with an American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.


Honduras: International students can stay in Honduras for no more than 30 days with an American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.


Costa Rica: International students can stay in Costa Rica for no more than 30 days with a used American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.


Panama: International students can stay in Panama for no more than 30 days with a used American visa.


Philippines: International students can stay in Philippines for no more than 7 days with an American visa.


Serbia: International students can stay in Serbia for no more than 90 days with an American visa.


Montenegro: International students can stay in Montenegro for no more than 30 days with an American visa, or for the days left for the visa if the visa will be expired in 30 days.


Albania: International students can stay in Albania for no more than 90 days with a used American visa.


Dominica: International students can stay in Dominica for no more than 90 days with an American visa.


Bermuda: International students can stay in Bermuda for no more than 180 days with an American visa or a Canadian visa.


Since you’ve already had the visa for the United States, let’s not waste it and go to other countries with it. Enjoy your summer more easily!

Rochelle Hill – Native Americans at G.C.C. Blog Series Prt III

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This blog is a continuation of the Native Americans at G.C.C. blog series. The purpose of this blog series is to share what I learn about Native American culture as I talk to some Native American students at G.C.C.

Rochelle Hill is a business administration major who, like JoVanni, is part of the Seneca Nation. 


Rochelle and I spoke in the library about her experiences growing up as a Native American and her opinions on where Native Americans stand today. She is intelligent, kind, and open minded, yet passionate about historical events and has a deep desire to see her fellow brethren and family thrive.


Q. Where are you from?

A. The Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. Most Native Americans will agree that the term Indian is pretty offensive. Personally, I don’t understand why we still use it.

Q. How do you feel about America’s history and how do you find your place in America today? 

A. My co-worker put it quite bluntly once. He said “If you think about it, your ancestors kind of took one for the team and now you get all these benefits”. Of  course I was offended…people think that just because you’re Native American you get all this free stuff. The government only gives us all these benefits because they feel guilty and like they owe us something. 

I wish they’d teach middle school and high school students about the truth. Teach them that we used to cover this whole land and now we just have these small reservations. 

Q. Have there been any great strides for Native Americans that you can look up to?

A. Definitely. Hearing that a Native Am. woman is working in a hospital delivering babies of her own kind reminds me that we’re making it and that we all don’t have to be stuck on the res. A common goal for us is not to be stuck there. That’s become the stereotype. Native American’s being thought of as alcoholics who can’t keep their kids. A res is all trailers and it seems like no one ever leaves. 

I’m proud of myself for being here at school, and living off the res. I’m trying to get a job and make something of myself.

Q. I didn’t know about all of the stereotypes. I think it’s because I grew up in New York City. Do you think most Native Americans live on reservations?

A. Most of my family lives on one reservation, and some live on another. I don’t want to live on a res, I want to make it out. Yes, there is free housing, electricity and water but I think that’s the reason why most people don’t leave. It’s that mentality of being spoiled, and being comfortable with having things handed to you because the government feels an obligation.

Q. Do you feel reservations should be expanded?

A. Part of me says yes, but the other part says “Why are there still reservations?” Why are we so separate? It’s 2016 and we’re so segregated. Some think it’s a good thing to remain separate and hold onto our power and sovereignty. But we still need the government for help. We can’t do everything on our own. We are not free standing. Some Natives will mark “no” on government forms that ask if you are an American Citizen, but then you have to send in documents that were never provided to us, so some of us mark “yes” just to make it easier. That separation of nationality isn’t fully there. 

Q. If you were in the White House what changes would you make?

A. That’s difficult to think about. I’ve never thought about that. I’d want to see Native Americans become more united with American life. The reservations can stay as a choice. Native Americans should have communities but they shouldn’t be as isolated as they are now. 

Q. When was the first time that you learned about Native American history?

A. It was in high school but it wasn’t from my teachers, it was from my dad. The genocide of Native Americans was not taught in my high school or my friends school. We learned about the Holocaust and about things that happened in other places but not about what happened here. One day my father sat me down and asked me what I was learning in high school and when he saw that I wasn’t learning about it, he sat me down and said “You should know that being a Native American means this”. And he told me.

Q. Wow! Did you go to a high school on the reservation? Did you have Native American teachers? 

A. There is no education on the reservation. We go to a high school off the reservation. There was one Native American teacher. He taught the Seneca Nation language course, and it was an elective. The only people who took it were like Native American students, probably because we felt obligated. No one is mandated to learn about Native American history. You can feel or believe how you want about it, but we shouldn’t wait until secondary school to teach the truth.

Q. What is life on the res like?

A. Crime, someone stealing your car. Drugs, trailers, everything you think of. I don’t think anyone strives to live on the res, people want to leave,  it’s not a place people want to visit. Girls have children young and then get them taken away, and a lot of young people don’t graduate high school. That’s become the norm. I don’t like that. 

Q. It sounds like growing up in the hood. Are there any programs in place to help motivate people to do better?

A. Community groups help. They talk to people individually, and then they bring groups of people together to talk. But people have to want to try. 

Q. What is your major and career goals? 

A. My major is business administration and I want to do something along the lines of real estate or car sales. 

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A. California, with mountains and the sunshine. But I’d want to take my family with me, I don’t want to leave them on the res. 

Q. Would you be encouraged if you saw a population of Native Americans who did not live on a reservation?

A. Definitely. It would remind me that we’re making it. We’re doing more with ourselves, we’re progressing.

Q. Any parting words?

A. Regardless of what’s happened based on the action of others, and regardless of your nationality, it’s fine to go out and make something of yourself. Just because it is happening to others,  it doesn’t have to be you too. That’s why I’m here.


Mind Altering Drugs


By: Lauren Mye

As a follow-up to the survey conducted last month, here is an overview of mind-altering drugs.

Did you know?

In the ‘50s and ‘60s, the US government tested acid on people—yep, American and Canadian citizens—without their knowledge.

Have you ever heard of MK-UlTRA?

It is referred to as the CIA’s mind control program, where they experimented on humans from 1953-1964. The experiments were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture, in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind control. In one incident, an army scientist was dosed with a huge amount of the drug and later ended up leaping out a 10th story window to his death. The supposed reason for the clandestine experiments was to gain a better understanding of the drug that agents believed the Soviets and other Communist countries were using to brainwash captured Americans.

So, what are hallucinogens?

They are drugs that distort your perception of reality. They can cause you to see, feel and hear things that don’t exist, making it hard to communicate or think clearly. They can also cause rapid, intense emotional mood swings. Some occur naturally and others are made in laboratories. Some examples of hallucinogens include LSD, mushrooms, mescaline and PCP

LSD is one of the most potent mood- and perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. It is a clear or white, odorless, water-soluble material synthesized from lysergic acid, a compound derived from a rye fungus. LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip” typically lasting approximately twelve hours.

Effects: unpredictable, depending on the amount taken, it could be a distorted high or a paranoid low.

  • Changes in body temperature
  • Blood pressure and heart rate fluctuations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors
  • Extreme changes in mood

Mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance are called “Magic Mushrooms.” A person can eat these mushrooms, brew a tea with them, mix them with other foods or, as some people do to mask their bitter taste, coat them with chocolate and then eat them. Approximately 30 minutes after being taken, their hallucinogenic effects can start.

Effects: A person’s perceptions of color, sound and light may change. Surfaces may seem to move or ripple. Moving object may seem to have visible trails that linger behind them. Psilocybin does create tolerance, meaning that more of the mushrooms must be used to get the same effect after a while. Other than tolerance, the mushrooms do not appear to be physically addictive. A person can become psychologically addicted to this drug, however.

  • Nausea
  • Muscle weakness

Mescaline is a hallucinogen obtained from the cactus Peyote. The top of the cactus consists of disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the roots and dried. These buttons are generally chewed or soaked in water to produce an intoxicating liquid. It lasts about 12 hours.


  • Visual hallucinations
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Occasional feelings of anxiety
  • Open and closed eye visualizations
  • Euphoria
  • Dream like state
  • Laughter and a psychedelic experience
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache

It is available in a variety of tablets, capsules, and colored powders, which are either taken orally or snorted. The liquid form of PCP is actually PCP base dissolved most often in ether, a highly flammable solvent. For smoking, PCP is typically sprayed onto leafy material such as mint, parsley, oregano, or marijuana. PCP may also be injected.


  • Numbness of extremities
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Psychological dependence
  • craving
  • Memory Loss
  • Difficulties with speech and learning
  • Depression
  • Weight Loss

Tips for Final Season with Funny Photos


Last day of classes! It’s finals time! These tips for studying and relaxing can most likely make a difference in your finals result and help you stay calm and be happy.

  • Manage time!!!


  • Study in intervals to refuse cramming


  • Study in groups only if it benefits you


  • Get enough sleep and avoid staying up all night


  • Do a little exercise to increase your energy level and reduce stress


  • Eat high-carb, high-fiber, and slow-digesting foods for your body


  • Drink water and eat fruits to help your brain


I hope that these photos have made you laugh. Now, it’s the time to beat the finals!

Fashion Is…Cosplay!

With the recent success of the 35th annual GCC fashion show, “Fashion Is…” I was inspired to search out other avenues of fashion within the hallowed halls of Genesee Community College, and I was not disappointed! I found a talented and thriving cosplay community in the Geeks R Us club.Now to begin with I should probably define the term cosplay for those of you who may not be familiar with the topic:
noun: cosplay
  1. 1.
    the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.

The word is obviously a contraction of the words “costume” and “play”. Don’t let the word play fool you however, I want to stress that cosplay is indeed intended to be a fun and enjoyable experience for all, but it’s also serious work. Many cosplayers sew and construct their own garments and accessories, serious feats of labor and dedication! Cosplayers are some of the most ingenious individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They sew, and thrift, and scavenge, and many design their own patterns for elaborate outfits that yet to exist for purchasing!


Several members of Geeks R Us were gracious enough to sit down with me, and allow me to pick their brains on the subject of cosplay and their own involvement.


Nathanael Wittlinger, pictured below as the iconic Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors, began his foray into the world of cosplay in 2009 when he dressed up as Jack Skellington for Halloween. In 2012 he attended UB Con in cosplay and was immediately struck by how into cosplay attendees got; he loved all the positive reactions and bystander attention. Nathanael is also a gifted puppeteer, and today has over 160 puppets! He performs various skits with these puppets on his YouTube channel, being heavily inspired by the legendary Jim Henson, and specifically his work on Sesame Street. He believes that puppets are great mediators, and he enjoys rescuing stray puppets from local thrift stores. I asked him what a dream cosplay costume would be for him, and he replied with Big Bird, of Snuffie from Sesame Street.

ProTip: If you want to make a career of cosplay go for it, but don’t make it your whole life. Prioritize your time and money.




Mathieu Crowley, pictured below with Elvira as a Vampire Prince of his own creation, got into cosplay as something to do for conventions. He has attended numerous conventions such as Roc Con, Monster Bash, and C2E2. When asked what his dream cosplays were he responded with, Cobra Commander, a movie authentic Darth Vadar, and Sarumon the White from Lord of The Rings.

Protip: Make friends with someone who knows how to sew!


Samantha Platek, pictured below as The Undertaker from Black Butler, first started cosplaying about two years ago. She said that it all really began when she started watching anime. She currently alternates between ten different cosplays, and has attended conventions such as Tora Con, Snowfest, and Anibash. Her top three cosplays are Grell, Tsukiyama, and Howl.Sam picks new cosplays as she watches new shows, so her list is ever increasing. When asked about her dream cosplays she said that it is her dream to build on the cosplays she currently has.

Protip: Take your time, do your research, but it’s never going to be 100% accurate and that’s okay.



Valentine Dudek pictured below as The Doctor, from Doctor Who, says that they’ve always been a theatre kid, and then one day realized, “hey, cosplay is a thing.” The rest is history. He frequently cosplays as Renzi from Bleach, the 10th Doctor, and two different versions of Sherlock Holmes. His dream cosplay would be a working Iron Man suit. Their future cosplay plans include Flynn Rider from Tangled, and a male version of Raven from Teen Titans. Valentine discovered the Geeks R Us club when he saw Sam Platek dressed in cosplay in the student union, and was informed by her about the then Anime Club. Valentine suggested expanding into general geek culture.

Protip: Don’t be afraid of us in costume. People are gonna stare, just let your geek flag fly!



Below are two pictures of me in cosplay! I recently attended RIT’s Tora Con as Shiro from No Game No Life, and Draculaura from Monster High. It was a blast! So if you’re a designer looking for a new way to utilize your skills, if you are a complete sewing novice and simply want to develop skills, or if you just want to buy some cool costumes online and unabashedly enjoy something that you enjoy, why not try cosplay?