Archive for June, 2010

Welcome… and about me

Hey everyone! My name is John Lynch, and I am the Area Director responsible for Second Year at Emory. I work in Residence Life and Housing, and as part of those responsibilities I plan the SYE programs and write a lot of the text that goes into the monthly newsletters and SYE website. I also directly supervise Woodruff Residential Center and Clifton Tower… the snazziest buildings on campus!

I’m excited about this new SYE blog. I’ve never blogged before (this is my first entry ever!), so this should be interesting. I’ll probably focus more of my blog entries on the SYE living learning community itself, but who knows? Maybe I’ll take it in another direction.

A little about me…… Born and raised in Atlanta. (I know, most people aren’t actually from here!) I attended UGA for undergrad. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Then I went off to the University of Maryland, College Park, for my master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Services. After grad school I found my way back to Atlanta: I worked at Oglethorpe University in Greek Life and Residence Life. Then I came over to Emory to work in Residence Life. I’ve been here for three years now. J

What’s going on with SYE right now? People always ask me if I stay busy during the summer. “John, what do you do since the halls are closed and the students are away?” Things actually are really busy right now. We’re planning the SYE kickoff (in August), the programs during the rest of the year, and we’re publishing our monthly newsletters. It takes a lot of time to meet with the different offices with whom we partner, determine dates of events, do the advertising, etc. etc. We want to plan a quality of experience for second years, after all, and that takes a lot of planning and work.

In regards to this blog, it’s brand new. And I’m excited that we’re doing it. It should provide some good insight into the experience of second year students here at Emory.

Our other new initiative in SYE is this thing we’re calling the “SYE Challenges”. It’s a new campaign we’re doing to help second year students focus on tasks that are important for them to succeed. We’re in the process of finalizing the list, but when we’re done, it should be pretty helpful. Be on the lookout for it!

Some other things that I’m excited about:

  • RA training
  • Move-in day!
  • The SYE Kickoff
  • The service projects we’re planning
  • Our “welcome back” barbeque (500 people came last year!)
  • The sophomore pinning ceremony

All of these are great events for second years. They’re fun to plan and they’re even more fun to attend. I hope we get a good attendance and the students enjoy them, too!

About me, an introduction, background info, etc.

My name is Jennifer and I am a pre-Business student, with an interest in Psych and Economics.  I was born in Shenyang, China, moved to America when I was five— and then relocated to multiple places in the Southwest, finally settling in a house in the Houston suburbs before attending Emory.  My dad is a chemistry professor, my mom is an electrical engineer, and my 12-year-old brother Steven is likely to become a mathematics prodigy.

Why I am writing a school-sponsored blog:

What inspires me about Emory is the amalgam of backgrounds and experiences each student brings.  I believe our interactions with peers and relationships forged deliver our degree’s intrinsic value – equally as effective, and likely more memorable – as the thousands of books at Woodruff and lectures from renowned professors.  Thus, I hope that by publicly chronicling my own philosophies, activities, and lessons learned, I can share my unique experience with the student body.

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and College Kids

Hello! My name’s Nicole and I’m a rising sophomore at dear old Emory. Unlike a lot of people I meet (who are, strangely, almost all from New York), I live within an hour of the college. I’m from that beautiful place named Alpharetta, Georgia. That means, essentially, that while you go home to escape this crazy ATL weather, I have to keep dealing with it. Right now in Alpharetta it’s 100+ degrees (read: I’m sitting inside with the AC on full-blast). Next year, I’ll be living in Clifton Towers. I’m excited to break out from my little room at Harris and have a kitchen, living room, and a private bathroom! I’m sure readers from Dobbs will scoff at my reference to Harris rooms as small, but, hey, everything’s relative.

In case knowing where I’m from and where I’ll be living next year isn’t quite enough info for you, here’s some other basic stuff you need to know to understand me. Here at Emory I’m planning on doing the BA/MA English program and probably an Italian minor. I’m an anti-procrastinator (another thing that I have in common with only about 2% of Emory), and already have a tentative four-year plan and almost ten contingency plans. I’m a slightly obsessed fan of Harry Potter and X-Men, and got entirely too excited about Iron Man 2. I love musicals (the Fox Theater in Atlanta is my favorite place on Earth) and romance movies. I suppose I’m a dork/nerd/geek, but I just do what makes me happy.

The beginning of my summer was the most interesting part, and hopefully from here on out it will be smooth sailing until I venture back into college life. I went on the Italian Studies summer program, but got sick four weeks in and had to leave two weeks early. The parts of Italy I saw when I wasn’t sick were absolutely beautiful. It is an amazing country; I love the food, culture, language, people, landscape—everything! Rome is not quite as glamorous as it seems in all the movies. In fact, I was surprised to discover, a city is a city is a city. Just because you’ve heard of Florence and Rome and Venice (imagine the words glittering like a billboard in Vegas and surrounded by disembodied jazz hands) your whole life, doesn’t make them magical places. Still, riding in a gondola in Venice was still an otherworldly experience, even though I got charged an obscene amount for a relatively short ride. The places that really took my breath away were the small towns that perfectly captured what I imagined as Italy: Lucca, Assisi, and Vicenza, to name a few. When I got sick it really threw me for a loop. Like I said earlier, I’m an anti-procrastinator, so it was extremely confusing for me to have something go wrong that I had been planning for more than six months. I really learned to appreciate the famous quote from one of my very favorite poets, the Scottish Robbie Burns, which says, “The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley,” or, in modern English, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go completely wrong.” It didn’t matter that I’d planned and planned for the trip—There are some things you can’t plan for, and couldn’t stop even if you anticipated them.  Well, look at that! Emory’s teaching me things even when I’m not on campus.

I’m signing off now. See you soon!

About Me

So for my first post I figured I would write a bit about myself. My name is Jon and I am from Scarsdale, NY. I am an only child and my favorite music artists are blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Goo Goo Dolls, Akon, Kid Cudi, B.o.B, and Flipsyde (but I’ll listen to almost anything). My favorite movies right now are Avatar, Casino Royale, and the Hangover and TV shows are definitely 24 and Entourage. I like playing sports, dominating Super Smash Bros 64, having a good time.

I just finished my freshman year at Emory and love it so far. I lived in Few Hall (living on the row sophomore year) and, as of now, I think I will double major in business and psychology, but I like sociology a lot too. I have a pretty good schedule lined up for next semester too(financial accounting, psychology 110, IDS 200, sociology 243, and no class on fridays).

I consider myself very involved on campus and I am going to be pretty busy next year with extracuriculars, as I was this year. I am a brother in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, which is awesome and a lot of fun, and am the vice president of advocacy for RHA (Residence Hall Association), which is also a great experience. I also have a peer networking internship with Hillel and will be writing frequent blog posts here with Second Year at Emory. I’m probably a bit ambitious for getting this involved but I look forward to it.

Hope this was a good “about me.” If you have any quesitons or if I missed anything, feel free to let me know and shoot me an email.


You Can Call Me Al

It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and I’m sitting at a desk in my Elementary school scanning yearbooks into the computer while watching Chinese sitcoms. I know, an exciting way to spend the summer. I’ve decided to take a break from watching a love triangle unfold between Ye Duo Li, a poor girl whose single mother owns a noodle shop, Ke Luo, a talented artist, and Wei Qi Xiang, a wealthy prankster whose best friend is… wait for it…Ke Luo to introduce myself to the rest of the world.

I’m from Memphis, Tennessee, but my roots extend all the way to China. My parents are restauranteurs in Mississippi, and in a move that must confuse everyone who walks through the front door, they serve Southern home-cooking food. You know, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, fried chicken, turnip greens etc… I guess somewhere along the way mom and dad must have decided that fried rice was “out” and that fried green tomatoes were “in.” In or not, I grew up in the restaurant greeting people at the door, finding them a seat and waiting on their tables. I imagine hearing a Chinese woman speaking like a lady from Mississippi and watching an overly chubby asian boy serving something he clearly has had too much must have looked strange, but it didn’t matter because the food was actually pretty good.

Around the age of 5 I took up chess as my favorite pastime. To make a long story short, my chess career (like I said, it’s a long story) is probably one of the reasons why Emory let me in. President Wagner certainly didn’t grant me entrance because of my SAT scores.

And now here I am. Back then before Emory I was the Evan who sang in the a cappella group, edited the yearbook, and won a few national chess titles. Now at Emory, things are a tad different. I’m a 19-year-old sophomore who is the Arts & Living editor for the Emory Wheel, runs a food blog that is so obsessive it borders pornography and has a love affair with iCal that is a detriment to my social life.

Like any introduction, there are holes in this ode to me: things I haven’t said, things I can’t say, things that are hard to explain. Oh well. What I hope to do with this blog is just share. Specifically, share how my life meshes with Emory life. Ok, I’ve got to go now. I think I just scanned in a page upside down.

Unto the next chapter @ Emory

First things come first, and this would call for an introduction! My name is Pam and I’m an student international from Taiwan. I’m not actually Taiwanese but I’ve lived there for 9 years that I might as well pledge allegiance to the island. If you’re more of a technical person, then I’m technically from Singapore as I was born there and lived there for the first two years of my life. But enough of my past and more of the present! I am currently loving being in the United States. It’s my first time in America and I cannot emphasize enough how nice it is to be independent (albeit it was a bit scary at first having to set up a bank account and getting a phone without a SSN number). Emory is a great school to be at and I am definitely looking forward to being more involved with the school in the next three years. If anyone has any questions feel free to email me  at

“Words like violence, break the silence, come crashing in into my little world.” – Depeche Mode

I have acquired a job at Blockbuster. I started in late May. It’s the perfect job for a movie enthusiast like myself. This last week I’ve worked 30 hours! I feel so great to be productive. I was a cashier for 3 years at a local grocery store (Albertsons), but I never had as much fun as I have had during my short employment so far at Blockbuster. It just feels great being surrounded by film and film lovers. Now I don’t feel weird talking about my love of Michel Gondry, The Coen Brothers, or Alfred Hitchcock. :]

Ever since summer started, I’ve begun to teach myself  French. I just finished taking 2 semester of Italian my freshman year, and I took 4 years of Latin in high school. I always regretted not taking French. Ever since I took AP European History in 10th grade, I’ve fallen in love with French architecture, art, film, culture, food, music (in fact, you should check out this French hip-hop/jazz fusion band I’ve gotten into recently! The band is called Hocus Pocus. “J’aimerais”).  Anyway, now I am in love with the language despite me only being a beginner. I frequently use this rad website: LiveMocha. It has real, Native speakers help you and correct your writing and speaking exercises. I’m taking French 101 next semester as well (luckily, a spot opened up at the awesome time of 10:40am MWF!) Also, I’ve wanted to go to France for years… ever since I started getting into French movies (I love the romanticized “Amelie” and ” La Cité des Enfants Perdus”, to the more realistic “Il y a Longtemps que Je T’aime”, “La Haine”, and “Les Quatre Cents Coups”). I’m actually saving up my earnings from Blockbuster to go to Europe [SPOILER: My family doesn't have a lot of money, so I've never even been out of the southeastern USA]. I’m dying to travel to France/Europe. Hopefully I’ll even live there someday.

So one month of summer has gone by. I’ve had tons of adventures with my friends. I’ve been lucky enough to have friends that genuinely care about me and accept me and my eccentric ways (though, all of my friends are pretty weird as well). It’s awesome to have people who would rather go walking in the woods, listen to songs from Yo Gabba Gabba, eat pizza and matzo ball soup, and watch horribly bad movies (“Troll 2″ or “The Room” anyone?) than do typical college student party things. We’re all more on the introverted side so it works. Anyway, I’ve also been working on becoming another race. I have now gone from Scandinavian to Western European to Mediterranean. I’m hoping to become Mexican or Native American before summer ends!

Anyway, as a random note, I’ve found my true calling in life: garbage lady.

What I was born to do.

If anyone actually reads this, comments would be lovely!

Au revoir! :]

The Beginning (Sort of)

Spring semester has now come and gone. The grass is green again, and the weather is warm and clear. I can feel a great sense of vitality within me as it drains out of everyone else. Ah, the omnipresence of geriatrics. Hello, Florida. I am home.

Freshman Year fades away as the dawn as Sophomore Year approaches. My first year at Emory was great, but I’m expecting my second year experience to be even better now that I’ve gotten my feet wet in Atlanta. I’ve realized my journey towards life and reality is rapidly narrowing. My exploratory classes are over as I have finally chosen my major and minor: Psychology and Film, respectively.

Involved. Serious. Responsible. These are characteristics I must master being if I want to have any chance on becoming a Psychology grad student and (eventually…hopefully) a Clinical Psychologist. And so here I am. Beginning with this first entry, I am determined to document most of my epiphanies, opinions, musings, silly thoughts, questions, important events that I will discover and experience. Hopefully some can learn from my writings, or, at least, relate to them. As an avid blogger since middle school, I only hope I can give a thorough account of anything I believe necessary and important to anyone’s Second Year Experience (SYE) here at Emory.