Archive for the ‘Second Year at Emory’ Category

29 August 2010

Sunday morning. Dust starts to settle on my desktop. Complex has been my home for more than a week. My job as a PACE leader was exhausting last weekend. I helped with Harris Hall move-in. My arms were like jello afterwards. But later on I got to meet my 19 PACE advisees. Most of them are Business majors who have an interest in Film Studies. They all seem to be adjusting well to Emory. My job is done.

As for SYE news, the back-to-school movie/pool party at the SAAC was really fun… even though only 6 people were in the pool [with 2/3 of them being my friends]. There was probably only 20-30 people actually watching the film (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!) on the pool deck. Kids these days. It actually saddens me when people my age miss out on significant movies of the past. I feel like there should be this huge respect for the past but many of my peers are interested in the “now.” Of course, I’m probably an anachronism… but I just think historical culture is so important in order to try to understand and solve today’s news and issues… but just also being an interesting person. I don’t know. I blame my love of VH1′s “I Love the…” series (all of which I have seen multiple times).

My classes are boss, though. My French New Wave class has a boatload of reading, but I enjoy it so it’s okay. Same for Film History. My two Psychology classes are super hard. Not sure how that happened. My Martial Arts class is so fun.

I really hope this year will be rad.


I won’t usually write about this, but right now I’m definitely pretty stressed. I’m getting my work done and handling my extracurriculars, but its taking a lot of effort. RHA is going in full swing, I started my stats office hours, I’ve been pursuing my Hillel internship, and my first tests are already coming up. On top of all that, I am applying early to Goizueta and I recently found out that I will be making a speech at the Sophomore Pinning Ceremony, so I guess I will see you guys all there.

Other than that, sophomore year is going well. Sister Hazel and Block Party were fun, the row has been fun, and the weather’s been great (which is always a good thing). Going out really is what keeps me calm at this point. It’s all good.

Back at Emory

It’s my second day back at Emory and I honestly don’t know how to feel about my second year here. It was great to see everyone and catch up with friends but this year is going to be the deciding year for my major(s)! Move in was crazy and the elevator at Woodruff has never smelt worse. I’m so glad that I had early arrival and did not have to deal with all the hectic craziness.

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

30 June 2010 [Edited on July 11]

Salut à tous!

C’est moi, Hillary (my name sounds really awkward in French). As my study of French progresses, I have learned a few interesting phrases relating to animals. To never show up to an event you RSVP’d to is called “mettre un lapin” [to put in a rabbit] (I guess like how a magician can make rabbits disappear in their hats? I have no idea.) To have a bad memory translates to “Avoir un cerveau de poisson” [to have a fish brain] (Dory, anyone?). And to stop going off on a tangent means “retournons à nos moutons” [return to our sheep].

So… return to our sheep we shall. Let’s talk about Emory stuff! So, there is a little less than 2 months of summer left until my sophomore year begins. Since I like to go with the flow of things, I don’t really have very many specific goals for next year… except to keep my GPA up. I also plan on volunteering at Skyland Trail every other weekend. It’s a day facility for those with mental illnesses. Since I want to work with mentally ill patients for my career, I’m pretty stoaked to volunteer.

I’m also excited about my classes next semester. I’m taking two Psychology classes (Child Development & Neuropsychology of Childhood Disabilities) and two Film Studies classes (History of Film to 1954 [with Dr. Pratt! He's super rad] & the French New Wave) + Martial Arts…like a boss. I switched French 101 for the French New Wave because I figured I’d know all the French 101 stuff by then… and having tons of foreign language busy work everyday isn’t cool. Plus, I only know about Godard and Truffaut. I need to expand my Nouvelle Vague horizons. But… that means I have an 8:30am class everyday. Be forewarned: I’ll definitely be complaining about that more when school starts! (I’m the college kid who stays up until sunrise everyday)

But I’m definitely looking forward to DJ-ing again. I cohost a radio show (“Ready for the Weekend”) on Fridays from 4-6pm with my awesome friend, Fahad. It’s an electro/synthpop/80s new wave show. Fahad plays more upbeat electronic stuff whereas I love darkwave and heavier beats (like VNV Nation, one of my favorite bands for almost 8 years now). I guess I still have the goth Hillary from middle school lingering inside of me. But I assure you, we aren’t a pretentious indie radio show. We love taking requests and we play some popular stuff (Fahad and I like MGMT, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Matt & Kim, etc.) and I’ll totally groove to 3Oh!3 and Lady Gaga. But we mostly play new, up-and-coming electro bands. We like to be ahead of the curve. :] And since Fahad is from Dubai, he knows a lot of music that is popular in Europe and Asia but has failed to become famous here.

Random: Seeing as I love film and psychology, I found this small list to be quite awesome: Famous Movie Psychos. All of those movies are great. I especially love Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho”, but who doesn’t love narcissistic  psychopaths who listen to Phil Collins, Huey Lewis & The News, and Whitney Houston when they brutally murder their innocent victims?

And of course there is Alex DeLarge. I wouldn’t necessarily call him a psychopath but he’s definitely not your normal, standard person either.

Goodness is something to be chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.

Alex DeLarge from "A Clockwork Orange"

Not going to lie. Malcolm McDowell is gorgeous in this movie in some twisted, perverse way.

…There must be someone else who agrees with me, right?

Also, this:

Lego Norman Bates? Hell yes. :]

Anyway, it’s 3am. Time to watch another movie. I’m thinking the classic “The Gods Must Be Crazy”… and so now I’m thirsty for some Coca-Cola out of a glass bottle (the only way it should be consumed!).

À bientôt! :]

Update on SYE

July has been a busy month! We have finalized the schedule of the SYE Kickoff, and I am excited to see it on the SYE website ( Many different offices have come together to offer an exciting line-up of programs for second year students at the beginning of the year. I hope the students enjoy the events, reconnect with their old friends (or make new ones!), and receive some helpful information.

The past week has been particularly exciting because SYE gained a new staff: Matt Cone! As the SYE Fellow, Matt will coordinate all of the major SYE programs, send out weekly and monthly newsletters, and find creative resources for second years. He will also supervise Woodruff Residential Center as the Residence Hall Director. (Matt just graduated from Emory, and we’re exciting he’ll be working with us for the next year!) If you know Matt, be sure to congratulate him!

The next few weeks will be fun as we advertise and generate some excitement about the upcoming school year. Move-in weekend is in just three weeks, and I’m really pumped to see all the students!

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!

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.