As senior student athletes take on their last year of study at Marist College they also take on their last college season of their athletic participation. To some, this idea is almost like an unwanted retirement because of how long sports have been in their lives, and to others this may be perfect timing.
Senior year, as in the last year of undergraduate college is a time to never forget. From turning 21, to having real world internships and job offers, there is an array of differing life changes that go on for each individual. What seems to be a common trend throughout most seniors however are the bodily changes that occur without being desired.
Driving through those gates that read “Marist College,” passing by Tenney Stadium, continuing up through campus behind the library, then swinging all the way down by admissions to see that breathtaking Hudson River view, is quite a settling experience. Marist College is a school with not just a beautiful campus in the Hudson Valley, but a community with a huge alumni network and somewhere many families have a legacy. Every year the school grows it changes in structure, creates new curriculums, and provides new opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. What doesn’t seem to change, however, is the large population of siblings that are enrolled at Marist either at the same time, or after another member of the family has left. Because of how many siblings go to Marist during some of the same years, it’s interesting to understand why this is such a common desire at Marist, and how those actually feel about being together in a college environment.
Studying a semester abroad has always been something Marist has had a large reputation for. What becomes new about this program, is that a four-year curriculum for a Marist Degree, specifically in Florence, Italy has been created. When asking students who have experienced a semester or a year in Florence, they have many insights on what this program entails.
Junior, David Zambuto, who spent his freshman year in the “Freshman Florence Experience” program, is definitely aware of the new plans. “I have heard about it, and I know with former President Murray that this involves a new four-year degree to study art history, I know President Murray’s wife initiated the program.”
The Florence experience is almost a little loop within Marist, because clearly these students hear more rumors or truths about the latest of what Florence offers. Because each abroad student has their own individual experiences, this particular idea may catch the ears of more students than others.
In terms of who the program would attract most David says, “people who love art and travel. The cultural background/emphasis in Europe looks towards appreciating beauty and a step-down from the busy working lives in American Society.” This experience is clearly something highly unique, because as David pointed out, the European lifestyle is a much different pace than American lifestyle.
Coming back to America may be something much harder and not even desired after a study abroad experience. For this reason, the program is actually geared more towards European students rather than Americans. These particular students who live in Europe are able to receive a full Marist degree strictly in their own continent.
Given the idea that this would entail such a large time spent in Italy, it would be interesting to understand if students would have a much harder time returning to America or their home country. Simply after one year David says, “I went through reverse culture shock and found it difficult to integrate into American Society especially at Marist.” “I almost transferred to another school with working, interning and finding a major that would be ideal fro my career.” This idea of transferring is actually something quite common for the FFE student’s mindset. The experience abroad is clearly nothing close to what its like back here on campus.
Senior Juliana Pokorny, who spent her junior Fall semester abroad, had similar feelings when returning when she told me, “ It was extremely weird coming back and jumping right back into Marist life. I would say I couldn’t adjust fully for at least 1 month, it just was such a rare experience in Italy that it was almost depressing coming back.”
Clearly with these students feedback, and my own personal experience in Florence, the idea of a four-year program truly makes you wonder how it’s going to influence student’s professional desires for the rest of their life. This new program also clearly makes Marist’s reputation stand out, even more in its cultural desires. Once this program begins, it’s going to be interesting to see what demographic four years of study in Florence will attract the most.
Walking through Donnelly Hall is somewhat an observers dream. Walking specifically through those glass doors directly next to “Mporium”, is the route for someone looking to purchase or browse a totally unique experience. “Mporium” opened in Donnelly Hall on September 22, 2016. Many Marist students know what this organization is, but not many know what goes into it, from an advertising student’s involvement. When sitting down with two students on the advertising committee for “Mporium”, Brianna Crocco and Maria Piscitella, they reveled how they personally benefit from such an enterprise.
“Working on the advertising team is really interesting. It’s so great to have real world experience before actually graduating.”
Humidity and heat have been the major themes of the 2016 Summer season. It has been one to break heat wave records, and ultimately has affected people’s daily exercise routines. As Runner from Virginia Commonwealth University, Brie Kane states, “Running in this weather makes everything 20 times harder.” Like her, many athletes and people attempting to gain good exercise training have been altering their norm just because of the weather changes.
The more humid it is, the less a person is able to sweat, and therefore the less a person is naturally able to cool down. For this reason, precautions have been taken majorly in order to avoid heat exhaustion, heat poisoning, and just general discomfort. This is especially true for the Marist Football team, when going into their Summer camp training, at the end of August. One interesting note that the football team changed this year according to Ruben Avalos, Senior Marist football team player is, “ we allowed some of the off-campus football players to sleep in their homes during training camp instead of Champ residence hall due to not having AC in the dorms.” This was a major change because there always have been strict rules for the football players in regards to their training camp, and living all together is the biggest part. Player Ruben Avalos stated, “As a team, the training staff and coaches moved practice up from the afternoon to the morning due to heat precautions.” Not only are team members responsible for their own personal hydration and nutrition, but also coaches and staff members of training facilities have to make sure the players remain safe.
Because of the outside temperature, many people turn to in-door training to avoid unhealthy effects. According to a trainer at Equinox gym, Gabriel Dizon, “Even inside the gym it’s hard to keep the temperature under control, this Summer has definitely made the gym more humid than we had hoped.” For this reason, the air even indoors has been heavier and has made it harder to breathe for some.
Just like Equinox Gym, the Marist gym has been seeing a lot of change in temperature and activity. When talking to a McCann Center gym worker, Jenna Horton, she has seen the immense amount of students that go in and out daily. This year however, because it has still remained so extremely hot, the gym has also become so extremely hot. When trying to workout after her shift Jenna says, “I try to do my normal intense workout and I have to stop early because I just start horribly sweating and over heating.” Many students have cut their workouts short because it’s just completely uncomfortable to workout like that.
JD Recor, Captain of the Marist Men’s Lacrosse team agrees when he says “you get hotter so much quicker which makes it harder to reach training goals for that day.” As Lacrosse started their fall ball season on September 12, 2016, and Football and Soccer continue, many students have to adapt to the remaining unseasonably hot temperatures in their upcoming season, and personal exercise routines.