Hudson River Housing Continues Commitment to Revitalizing Local Area

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Nestled on Mill Street is an antiquated house with new purpose. Hudson River Housing, a local non-profit organization, resides here. This incorporation “improves lives and communities through housing with compassion and development with vision,” according to their website. With the group’s unwavering dedication to bettering the Poughkeepsie area and helping the community reach its full potential through not only housing but also programming, this organization does not receive a fraction of the recognition it deserves for the meaningful work it does.   Continue reading

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Ditching Spring Break For Manual Labor

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — As a senior in college, spring break is one of the last times one is able to be free to let loose and have as much fun as possible with friends.  It consists of planning a vacation with a bunch of other recently 21-year-olds that have been by your side throughout your struggling college journey… but this is not the case for Victoria Cervone. Although she meets all of the details listed by being recently 21 and a senior at Marist College, she has decided to break away from the norm of a senior year spring break.  Instead, she will be using her time to build homes for complete strangers in Oklahoma with about 20 other students as a part of the Habitat for Humanity club on-campus.  Cervone is the Vice President and has been on the trip twice before. Continue reading

The Angry Orchard brewery: an overview

Autumn has arrived, which means it’s time to head out the door in your boots and flannels to adventure in some seasonal activities. A 45-minute drive from Marist College is Angry Orchard Brewery in Walden, New York. It’s an easy and peaceful drive with numerous family-owned apple farms along the way. When you approach the Angry Orchard Brewery, you’ll see an old red barn with the Angry Orchard logo; that’s where you’ll pull in. As you drive up along the road to the main entrance, you’ll drive through the apple orchards. The apples are ripe and crisp, so you’ll start craving sweet cider before you even step out your car.

When you walk in have your ID ready, there is a little table with a staff member who will check your ID and give you a wooden token for cider tasting at the end of the tour. (Don’t lose it; it’s the best part!) The self-guided walking tour of Angry Orchard’s history and the process of the cider making is proximately 30 minutes, and it’s free! Before you start the tour, you might want to stop and take a picture with the old red pickup truck with the Angry Orchard Brewery Hard Cider sign when you first walk in. Staff members agreed it’s a signature photo spot at the brewery.

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The weather and your mood

 

Beautiful sunny day in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo by Erica Gusick

Beautiful sunny day in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo by Erica Gusick

As spring and summer is around we find ourselves being more active. Hiking, swimming, and taking road trips are some of the many outdoor activities we partake in while the sun sizzles. Then as fall and winter come, we tend to stay in more, binge watch shows, and eat heavier dishes. This could be due to our body’s need for warmth, but it also could be our unconscious affecting our mood without us realizing.

Wanting to stay home and do nothing on a rainy day may not be because it’s relaxing, but because its your mood switching into a state of sadness. Tecsia Evans, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist practicing in San Francisco stated that there, where it rains an average of 67 days a year, its common to see moods changing to feelings of sadness or low self esteem when it rains.

This was true for Fordham Law student, Marisa Rametta, who did a year teaching Second Grade as part of an AmeriCorps program. “On nice days I was outside a lot, hiking but on rainy days I didn’t really go out. I felt a little lonely, missed home friends and family more than usual.”

 Marist College student Hannah Miller, who recently studied abroad in London, had a similar experience. “I felt lonely on rainy days especially when my roommate wasn’t home,” said Miller.  She explained how she felt less motivated on those London rainy days and when it was nice out she definitely did more sight seeing.

The winter blues stood true for Marist College student, Kyle Wurzel, who is from Austin, Texas. Wurzel’s first winter in New York was one of the worst winters in the state’s history. “I was certainly shocked. I was constantly sick and hated the cold-hot transitions between inside and outside. I was constantly complaining, you’ll never hear me say I’m a fan.”

Ali Welish, a Marist College student from San Francisco, like Wurzel, faced one of the worst New York winters her first semester at college. “I hate the cold and barely went out on weekends during the winter. I spent a lot of time video chatting with my family back in California, I was homesick.” “ Now that I’ve gotten used to the New York weather these past three years I don’t think the winter is going to affect me as much now.”

According to an article reviewed by Mark R Laflamme, MD, exposure of sunlight is believed to increase the hormone called serotonin, which boosts your mood and helps a person feel more relaxed.

Chris Coppola, a freshman at SAE in Miami, Florida, felt an upbeat change in his mood being in Florida rather than his hometown in New Jersey. “I’m more outgoing at college, when I was home I kept to myself more.”  Coppola explained that he’s an independent kid who likes to do his own thing, but in Florida, the sunshine state, he feels a positive energy and wants to spend more time with people rather than on his own.

Weather has the ability to mess with our moods, and the numerous accounts just gives proof to the science.

Students need to plan where they will be living next semester.

Imagine showing up to campus on the first day of the new semester, bags packed and parents beaming proud, only to realize that you didn’t have a place to live for the next four months.

This is a potential scenario for students if they are not savvy in planning out their housing arrangements for when they return from a semester abroad.

It happens every year, somebody goes abroad without having guaranteed housing for when they return, the off campus house search is started very late, and then there’s the dilemma of potentially not having anywhere to live next semester.

In order to properly prepare for having a place to live students need to understand the difficulty of preparing exact numbers of available on campus housing spots. Sarah English, Director of Housing & Residential Life, explained the near impossibility of predicting how many rooms will be available for on-campus housing from semester to semester. Continue reading