I’ve Been Abandoned.
Sep27

I’ve Been Abandoned.

I’ve been abandoned… Alright, I might be a little bit dramatic, but it certainly feels that way! My two oldest sisters have left me and moved to far off places for my final and most important year of college. Okay, maybe I should back up. Maybe I should also stop complaining when my fellow HawkTalker, Uche, is literally over 3000 miles away from her family… But hey, I can’t help the way I feel! I am the youngest of the 4 Wolf girls....

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Can We Accept Other People’s Cultures Pretty Please?
Sep21

Can We Accept Other People’s Cultures Pretty Please?

Dear Americans, I love y'all to death. I really do. I mean why else would I leave my family, my life, and my Staffordshire and pit bull mix dog (who just had beautiful puppies), behind to come spend 4 years of my life with you guys. So yeah you get the point, I really love you guys. Therefore, the least you can do is sometimes accept that there are different cultures around you (Mine being a British Nigerian fusion.) Some of us are...

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What You Should Do and What You Should Not Do When Studying Abroad
Sep12

What You Should Do and What You Should Not Do When Studying Abroad

Do Do bond with your roommates They are most likely in all of your classes and your study abroad program will have many activities planned for you; so you are spending a lot of time with these people, having a good time with them is a must. Take the chance to get to know them and you will be friends. Do bond with the members of your program Not only should you be friends with your roommates, but with the whole group too. Sol Education...

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Abeer in Argentina
Sep12

Abeer in Argentina

Studying abroad in Buenos Aires has got to be one of the best things I have ever done. In the 5 weeks that I spent in this wonderful South American country, I have been to so many places (Buenos Aires, Iguazú and Tigre) and I have learned so many things. I would like to take a moment to share it with you. Mate Mate (mah-tay) or yerba mate (sher-ba mah-tay) is a drink sort of like tea that is a staple in Argentina. It is bitter and is...

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Returning to the Balad*
Sep12

Returning to the Balad*

I spent the first part of my summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am so blessed to have went, studied, and learned. I came back to New York, and with thin the 4 days I was there I to unpack my winter clothes (because in South America it is winter) and I packed my summer clothes. Exactly 50 pounds of it. My family and I went to Amman, Jordan and the West Bank, Palestine. We flew through Egypt Air, so we stopped in Cairo after an 11...

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10 Life Lessons I Learned in Peru
Aug06

10 Life Lessons I Learned in Peru

CAUTION. Corny moments may ensue. 1) Travel. Travel now. It’s so rewarding to be able to go and see another culture. The landscapes might even be similar to what you’ve seen (like living on the Pacific shore, meanwhile I am from Long Island), but there is something magical about seeing it in a new place. The people have all new perspectives and outlooks and it is nothing but beneficial to you to learn from them and acknowledge them. ...

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4 Days?! No!!
Aug02

4 Days?! No!!

Wait, what do you mean I only have 4 more days?! No!! This past week was an awesome work week. I started and got through most of my interviews and helped organize and analyze some cool sets of human remains! The interviews are for the documentary that I’ll be making at the end of this trip. What documentary? Well! This field school counts for two Anthro classes (for me, but it varies student to student) and so I need to do a final...

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Work, Museums, and Markets–Oh My!
Jul21

Work, Museums, and Markets–Oh My!

Hello all! Here I am, typing to you with clean hair! Yay! Showers are kind of a luxury around the hospijade here. With 16 or so people living in one house and the water shutting off around 6pm, the reservation water runs out quickly! It doesn't get turned on until 7am. It's something to get used to, but it definitely could be worse!! No worries--I am clean for now! This was a really awesome weekend, finishing off a good week! We...

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An Archaeological Work Week!
Jul12

An Archaeological Work Week!

Today marks the last day of my first work week at field school in Peru! I can't believe it's actually been a full work week. And when I say "full," I mean FULL. Bioarchaeologists do not waste any time whatsoever!! I guess I should further explain my situation here, huh? A field school is a credit-awarded program for students interested in anthropology and/or archaeology, essentially. There's about 16 students here altogether--I'm the...

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¡Hola Summer Hawk-Talk Blogger!
Jul01

¡Hola Summer Hawk-Talk Blogger!

So, it’s 1:15 in the morning, but you need to know at this very moment that I am in successfully posting this from Peru! But first—who am I? Hint: the answer is not 24601. Sorry, Valjean, you gotta come clean.   I’m Corrine! Long story short, I transferred to Wagner a little over a year ago after deciding that astrophysics was too introverted for me. So, there I was, taking my first-ever anthropology course; it was covering some...

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Why You need to travel to San Diego
Jun13

Why You need to travel to San Diego

After being home for 2 short, but sweet weeks before returning to Wagner for the summer, I found myself inspired to brag about my amazing hometown. Hopefully this motivates you to go visit. We have the two best food groups: (Authentic) Mexican and In-N-Out Just bask in the glory of the California Burrito...The signature burrito of Southern California. This bad boy packs a full punch: carne asada (seasoned steak), french fries,...

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Summer Lovin’ (Or Lack There Of)
Jun13

Summer Lovin’ (Or Lack There Of)

Dear Reader, We made it to June! Can you believe finals were over a month ago? Summer is shooting by, and who can blame it? When your biggest obligations are a camp counselor job and a math class at the local community college, summer's possibilities feel practically endless. Perhaps I'll take a spontaneous road trip. Cross the border into Indiana and buy a bunch of illegal fireworks! What? You don't like that idea? Then what do you...

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling HawkTalkers
Jun02

The Sisterhood of the Traveling HawkTalkers

Dear Reader, You know it has been practically a year since we last talked. To quote Willie Nelson, "ain't it funny how time slips away?" I know my year was full of internship milestones, caffeine fueled all-nighters and more essays than I can count. Now that the dust of a whirlwind spring semester has settled, I have the opportunity to stop for a moment and breathe. While some of my fellow HawkTalkers will be spending their summers in...

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Spring Break Across the Pond
Mar26

Spring Break Across the Pond

It's that time of the year to escape to tropical, relaxing, destinations across the world. From Mexico to the Bahamas, thousands of college students are binge drinking their way to happiness and counting down the last half of the school year. Lucky for me, I was able to spend my Spring Break in England. Why was I in England? I knew you would ask — let's call it a business vacation. I worked in a psychiatry ward and was able to tour...

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Why you should travel Internationally
Mar26

Why you should travel Internationally

Before I begin, here's the results of the "What do you like most about Winter" poll: Snuggling Up: 33% I like nothing about Winter: 33% Snow Days: 33% 1 person likes studying for their MCAT and no one likes Snow ball fights or making snowmen/snow angels. 72% of college students go to college in the state they live, 16% go to college that's neither in their home state or a bordering state. That's eye opening to me as I look at early...

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Wagner Expectations
Feb07

Wagner Expectations

When people choose a college, they generally look for a school with a major they need to get the job they want. For me, I knew I wanted to work in the entertainment industry, either as a producer, tour manager, casting agent, or whatever other cool jobs I could get. People from Wagner have gone on to get highly acclaimed positions in the entertainment industry with their Wagner degrees, which is what I expect to do as well after...

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ASTROPHYSICS: or Carrie geeking out about outer space
Oct29

ASTROPHYSICS: or Carrie geeking out about outer space

If you know anything about me, you know that I have a completely normal, not weird or nerdy at all, obsession with outer space. I can prove that this is completely normal because if you knew what I know, you would also think it's awesome (or you need to reevaluate your definition of awesome). Here are just a few reasons why astrophysics is the bomb.   Black Holes This happens to be one of my favorite topics in astrophysics and...

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The British are coming, the British are coming!
Oct16

The British are coming, the British are coming!

This past week America recognized Physician Assistant (PA) week. It is a time to recognize the work of PAs in the medical field and their importance to a growing healthcare system both in the US and internationally. On October 6, 1965, the first four PAs of America graduated from Duke University. Now there are over 85,000 PA's in the US and it's the 2nd fastest growing healthcare career out there. This past week, the Wagner College...

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The thing about home…
Sep27

The thing about home…

During college, home can become a tricky word. You leave what has always been your home to go to a new place that you will reside in nearly every second of the semester. Just because you live somewhere 24/7, does that make it home? Most would say, "absolutely not." So what is it about home? It's obviously more than just where you live. How do most college students end up finding home here? What makes home, home? In case you can't tell...

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My International Experience in our Nation’s Capital
Aug29

My International Experience in our Nation’s Capital

In case you haven't noticed from the other HawkTalk bloggers, one of the awesome things about Wagner is how many opportunities they create for students to go abroad. Students can study abroad or go on EYH trips. My friends have been all around the world from Costa Rica, Australia, Spain, Kenya, Haiti, London, Rome, Ecuador, Peru and more! Last semester I left the country for the first time to go to Germany and Austria with the Wagner...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Recap
Aug14

Guatemalan Encounters: Recap

My summer has come to an end here in Guatemala, but that does not mean my fun will stop here. Even though I still have one week left, I will be spending it sleeping and preparing myself for orientation! I hope you are all excited for it — it will be the perfect beginning to your years at Wagner College. In honor of my summer in Guatemala, I have made a video highlighting all my adventures. I hope you enjoy it. The next time you read...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Bella’s Baptism
Aug13

Guatemalan Encounters: Bella’s Baptism

This past weekend my family and I did something that I hold very dear to my heart: We baptized my youngest cousin, Bella. She was born last December, so I feared that I would not be there for her baptism since I only come to Guatemala during the summer and winter break. But thankfully, I was here to see my little princess be blessed by God. It was a small ceremony with only family and close friends. The baptism of my cousin took place...

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Getting To Know Your Peer Leader
Aug09

Getting To Know Your Peer Leader

It has been a quiet week here in Guatemala, so I decided to do something different for this week's post. Since I am one of your peer leaders for orientation, I thought it would be nice to tell you about myself in a very unique and creative way... through my tattoos. I have a total of seven tattoos and they all have their own meaning and are linked to my life in some way. It all started when I was 15 years old. I went into my parents'...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Quinceañera
Jul22

Guatemalan Encounters: Quinceañera

Even though my birthday celebrations came to an end, that did not mean that the fun had to stop. Recently, my family and I were invited to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of one of our family friends. In Latin countries, Los Quinces is the equivalent of a Sweet Sixteen for Americans. Celebrations may vary from family to family — some decide to give the birthday boy or girl a party or a trip to any place in the world. Nevertheless, if...

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Coffee to go and my mommy please…
Jul19

Coffee to go and my mommy please…

Home away from home might not be the most ideal metaphor. For me this past week, my motto is there is no place like home. I have had the craziest couple of weeks in Spain. In my last post I told you about some great adventures, but this adventure was a little different. This also will explain why my blogs were so delayed! To start, there's no place like home for two main reason. One, coffee will never be the same as it is at home. At...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Antigua
Jul19

Guatemalan Encounters: Antigua

The final stop of our trip was Antigua. This place is very famous because this is where the capital of Guatemala used to be. It was one of the many locations of the capital. It was constantly moved due to natural occurrences like earthquakes and volcanic activity. What happened in Antigua was that the Volcan de Agua (water volcano) overflowed with rain water and flooded the city. It was a one time overflow, though, and nothing has...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Monterico
Jul18

Guatemalan Encounters: Monterico

I had had enough of the city. It was time for some nature in my life. My family and I spent the weekend of my birthday at Monterico, a beach in Guatemala. Most people think that I live near the beach, but they are wrong. I live in the city, and in order to get to either coast it is a three-hour ride. It had been around two years since I last went to the beach, so it was nice to have this as a birthday gift. The ride to the beach was...

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Goddard’s Testing Facilities: where we build satellites then try to break them
Jul17

Goddard’s Testing Facilities: where we build satellites then try to break them

On a clear night with limited light pollution (which rarely happens in New York), you might look up into the night sky and see space.  You might see a shooting star or check out the full moon. What you probably don't see (or realize you are seeing) are the 8,000 satellites currently in orbit around the Earth. However, not all of these are currently operational. In case you don't know, people use satellites to look into both deep space...

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Just jump!
Jul17

Just jump!

Greetings from Spain! I am sorry this blog is way past due but I will explain why in my next post. I have so many amazing stories to share first! What an amazing past couple of weeks it has been. I've experienced and seen once-in-a-lifetime things the past few weeks. First off, I visited the famous Alhambra. For those who don't know what the Alhambra is, it's one of the most historic landmarks in Spain. It is located right here in...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Paint Fusion Party
Jul17

Guatemalan Encounters: Paint Fusion Party

My birthday celebrations continued with a party called "Paint Fusion" at a club in Guatemala called Sin Prive. I had never gone to this place until that night. Well, I lie... the last time I ever went there, about three years ago, it was under another name. In Guatemala, the life of a club is of about the length of the summer, and the "it" club changes regularly. My sister was the one who told me that everyone was going to Sin Prive...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Irtra Petapa
Jul15

Guatemalan Encounters: Irtra Petapa

There is no such thing as a one-day birthday for me. Since my birthday is during summer vacation, I am able to celebrate it all season long, with all my family. So, my family and I decided to do a little trip around some of the main attractions in Guatemala. We began our tour with a day in the city. We went to Irtra Petapa, which is an amusement park inside the city. It is like our own version of Universal Studios, but very small....

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Python; Or How to Swallow Something Bigger Than Your Head
Jun13

Python; Or How to Swallow Something Bigger Than Your Head

We've all been there. Everyone has come to that looming cloud of doom and terror that we have no choice but to endure. It also takes the form of a never ending mountain of tasks or encyclopedias of information you must somehow fit inside your brain. In my case, the seemingly impossible comes in the form of a computer programming language. This past weekend, I went to the Smithsonian National Zoo with my roommates. It was super nice...

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The First Week In Guatemala
Jun13

The First Week In Guatemala

The first few days of being back home proved to be very packed and entertaining. I thought that I would not be going out too much, or that there would not be too many fun events in the first few days, but I was wrong. The first event of the summer was the Academic Award Ceremony of my old high school. My younger sister received a Drama Award for her outstanding performances in that class, so my parents and I went to see her. I was so...

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“Hi, my name is Carrie and I love space.”
Jun06

“Hi, my name is Carrie and I love space.”

For most of my college life, I have been known by many endearingly as "that space girl." Throughout the past three years at every get-to-know-you activity, my fun-fact introduction has always been, "Hi, My name is Carrie and I love space." As of March, I have now become "NASA girl" due to my current summer internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. And I don't hate it. I promise I will try not to do a "This is...

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Not a Small World After All
Jun06

Not a Small World After All

Greetings from my new home in Granada, Spain! Hola!! Me llamo Nikki. My name is Nikki. This is my first blog on Hawk Talk where I am going to be sharing all of my crazy adventures I take on during my eight weeks abroad in Europe! Let's just call it my European adventure!!! I am from Long Island, NY and until now, leaving for college was one of the hardest challenges I've ever had. I am a bit of a homebody. I love everything about Long...

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Enthusiasm Can Bring You Far: ECSC ’13
Apr24

Enthusiasm Can Bring You Far: ECSC ’13

One thing I learned this weekend when I went to Providence College with friends, peers, and professors is that enthusiasm can bring me to unexpected places and great people. This past Saturday, I had one of the best, well-spent, and enjoyable days I have had so far here at Wagner College.  Never would I have imagined that a science conference was as exciting as it was at Providence College on April 20, 2013.  I had been preparing for...

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On a Serious Note
Apr16

On a Serious Note

My dear reader — I address you as dear because that’s what you are to me. You take the time out of your day to read this and some of you even come back for more. Though I do sometimes worry if my audience consists of only my mom. If it does, hi mom, and yes I did finish my homework and no I’m not ditching class. But whether you’re my mom or some random person who has stumbled across this, you are dear to me and I thank you. Today we...

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Admitted Students Day: Study Abroad Panel
Apr08

Admitted Students Day: Study Abroad Panel

On Saturday, April 6, Wagner College had its annual Admitted Students Day. We welcomed students from a wide range of places; one even had Guatemalan descent like me! This day was dedicated to all those students who have gotten an acceptance letter from Wagner College, and they were welcomed to spend the day on our campus. Admitted students began their day with a nice brunch at our dining hall, which was accompanied by a welcoming...

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What Happens In Orlando… Goes on HakwTalk Pt. 2
Mar22

What Happens In Orlando… Goes on HakwTalk Pt. 2

After our phenomenal first day at Orlando, we continued our vacations by going to Universal Studios, which is right next to Island of Adventure. For this day, my fraternity brother and I decided to wear our letters, and to our surprise a grown man who is also part of Theta Chi recognized us at the hotel! It was a great feeling to talk to a brother from a different state. After this great encounter, we arrived at the park and headed...

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A Blooming of a New Start
Mar20

A Blooming of a New Start

The Northeast Conference Swimming and Diving championships were held at the end of February, marking the end of a great swim season for the Wagner College Swimming and Diving team of 2013. Missing the Conference title by a meager 17.5 points, we were sorely disappointed. Nevertheless, our team had a great meet full of excitement from the very beginning of the meet until the very end. During every event, both in prelims and finals,...

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What Happens In Orlando… Goes On HawkTalk Pt.1
Mar15

What Happens In Orlando… Goes On HawkTalk Pt.1

This week was Spring Break for Wagner College, and two of my friends and I came to Orlando... by bus. Our trip did not begin with the right foot at all. The moment we saw the bus station we knew it would not be a great ride. The station was located in a very sketchy area of Canal Street and the people who were going on the ride with us were not exactly very appealing people. The bus ride was 19 hours long, or so we thought. According...

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Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 2
Jan24

Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 2

Hello everyone and welcome to the second part of my Holiday in Guatemala post. Since this will be my last post before we get down to real business again, I have decided to give you a fun view of how I spent my New Year’s Eve. My entire family and I went to Antigua Guatemala to welcome the New Year. Antigua means “old” in Spanish, and, as you might have guessed, it is the old city of Guatemala. The city was moved from its original...

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The Sea(hawk) Experience
Jan16

The Sea(hawk) Experience

Every year on our training trip, the Wagner swimming and diving team are given an afternoon off from practice and have the chance to spend the day in whichever way they like.  Some of my teammates decided to turn into true beach bums and stayed on the beach all day the moment we were done with morning practice.  Others decided to take a nap in the room and simply lounge at the beach, while others decided to go on the "Sea Experience"...

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A Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 1
Jan15

A Holiday In Guatemala Pt. 1

Happy new year, my fellow HawkTalkers, and I hope everyone had great holidays! I wish you all a very successful 2013. It has been a while since my last post; and for the next two blogs, I would like to tell you about my holiday at home, back in Guatemala. These blogs will be a nice since you will get to know me more as a person. What exactly do Guatemalans celebrate? Well, we do celebrate all of the holidays like Christmas and...

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A Sunny Day Is a Happy Day
Jan14

A Sunny Day Is a Happy Day

Greetings from Fort Lauderdale, Florida! The past three days have been sunny and warm here, which makes every day a beautiful day despite all of the early morning practices followed by grueling afternoon practices we have had upon arrival here.  Our hotel is only a hop, skip, and a step away from the gorgeous sandy beach of Lauderdale.  The beach calls us from our rooms as soon as we come back from morning practice, and our team can...

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My First White Christmas
Jan03

My First White Christmas

For Christmas this year, my sister and I went up to Boston, Massachusetts, to spend a few days with our brother and sister-in-law.  We had our very first white Christmas!  My favorite things to do are to hang out with my family and watch movies while eating warm, hearty food, and play board games after dinner.  This Christmas I have been able to relax with my siblings and enjoy the food that my sister-in-law cooked for us. Earlier in...

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A Meet to Remember
Dec07

A Meet to Remember

The crowd is going wild.  Cheering fills the air, and all I can hear is "go, go, go" reverberating through the air of the pool.  Swimmers from all four teams line the sides of the pool, their arms flailing frantically in the air, pushing on their fellow teammates.  One lap of freestyle left to go, and all six girls are head-to-head as they approach the last fifteen yards of the race.  They touch the wall, and all heads turn to look at...

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Internships: Don’t Stress. Impress!
Nov20

Internships: Don’t Stress. Impress!

The fall semester is always a time when there is one thing on many students’ minds… internships! Internships are great because as students, we can get a lot out of them and they offer us great experience and credentials for our resumes and can even lead to jobs. Companies also love internships, because let’s face it, who doesn’t like free labor? Wagner is a school that makes it easy to find internships because of its location and...

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A Unified Community During the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Nov04

A Unified Community During the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Last year was the first time I ever had to worry about a hurricane.  I survived Hurricane Irene, and the damage done by the hurricane was minimal.  This year, with Hurricane Sandy, I had a very different experience.  I was fortunate enough to be taken in by Kristiana, a swim teammate of mine.  At the last moment’s notice, she and her family were more than happy to take me in.  They provided me with a comfortable home and took great...

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A Loss Full of Gains and Optimism
Oct23

A Loss Full of Gains and Optimism

There is no better feeling than seeing your teammates sweep a swimming event or break a pool record at a rival team's pool. Although the Wagner swimming team (the divers were at Central Connecticut State University this weekend for their diving meet) had another loss at 151-111, we have seen some great times and races so far this season. With only a two-day rest after five long weeks of training at 6:30 a.m. every day, we had two...

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Leaf Peeping in New England
Oct16

Leaf Peeping in New England

I have traveled far and wide because of my swimming competitions in high school. Here at Wagner, I have added new destinations to my list of "states I have been to." For our second meet of the season, the Wagner swimming and diving team took a luxurious coach bus to University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont. This was my first time being so close to Canada. Our bus ride on Friday was seven and a half hours long. We left campus...

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An Exciting Fall Break
Oct12

An Exciting Fall Break

This fall break was a very eventful one compared to last year. I had my first swim meet of the season, then went to visit my younger sister in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Our first meet of the season was full of spirit and close races. Although we lost the meet, we were able to see how much stronger we have become as swimmers and as a team. We swam against CW Post at their pool on Long Island Saturday afternoon. Our cheers and shouts of...

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A Helping Hand
Sep28

A Helping Hand

Many people take clean drinking water for granted.  In the South Asian country of Bangladesh, the population is faced with the problem of high arsenic levels in their water sources.   Dr. Mohammad Alauddin is a chemistry professor here at Wagner College and takes students on a short-term study abroad program during winter break to give them an opportunity to give a helping hand to the people of Bangladesh.  These short study abroad...

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Peru 2012
Aug08

Peru 2012

My Peru 2012 was absolutely amazing. I am home now and realize how much I learned and experienced through my adventures. Dr. Celeste Gagnon is an amazing influence and instructor, she opened doors for enlightenment as well as opportunities for the future. The experience as a whole was one of the greatest I've had. I had so much fun with all my new experiences. Diversifying myself with food, culture, knowledge, were all tools that just...

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Chinese Art Painting
Aug08

Chinese Art Painting

In my cultural class last week, I experienced two things that I have known about but have never really gotten the chance to try.  Earlier in the week, I had the chance to try traditional Chinese painting.  During the Chinese painting class, I discovered that I am more of an abstract artist.  The first bamboo drawing that I made had too many leaves everywhere.  It also had bad placement.  By the end of the class, I realized that in...

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Last day in Huanchaco
Aug06

Last day in Huanchaco

Sat was our last day in Huanchaco.  We finished up in the lab in the morning and then after lunch said goodbye as is appropriate... on the beach!

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Our Last Week in Peru
Aug01

Our Last Week in Peru

Hey all, sorry I have not written sooner. This is our last week here in Peru, how unfortunate! This past weekend was awesome though! Besides it being Peru’s independence day, “Veinte Ocho”, we went and visited two other archaeological sites up north and let me tell you, it was amazing. It was very similar stuff to the Huacas we study everyday but different at the same time. It was cool familiar with all the information to be able to...

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Peculiar Pacay
Aug01

Peculiar Pacay

While here in Peru, I have recently discovered the strange looking and strangely delicious tasting pacay fruit; well, technically it is part of the legume family. But when we live in a world where tomatoes are fruits and watermelons are vegetables, I think classification of foreign delicacies should be rather lenient. The pacay fruit is a relative of snow peas, mostly because of the way it is packaged. The fruit is encased in a long,...

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All kinda teeth
Jul31

All kinda teeth

So we have hit a number of people with mal-eruption and extra teeth. Both are vary uncommon in Peruvian prehistoric samples.  People generally have very straight teeth, the result of breast feeding and eating a diet that requires much chewing.  

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Simbal, Simbal. Que tal?
Jul26

Simbal, Simbal. Que tal?

On Saturday, June 21st, we hiked to the archaeological site of Huancha, located in the mountains on the edge of Collambay, a community outside the small town of Simbal. There, I had a chance to step into the shoes of an archaeologist conducting field work. I learned many lessons that day, both the easy and the hard way. Lesson # 1: Wear multiple layers of sunscreen on any and all exposed skin. Peru is located very close to the...

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Things are looking up!
Jul25

Things are looking up!

Lately things have been tough in the lab for us here in Peru. We have been studying a lot of commingled remains that have been tough to take data from.  Recently things have started to turn for the better! The remains have been getting more organized and better for data collection. We must of just hit a rough patch. The organization of some of the remains are a bit hectic, but we make our way through it. Things are moving along and...

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up the mountain
Jul25

up the mountain

This weekend we got out of the lab and into the field. We headed up into the Andes to work on some looted tombs. On Sat we hiked to the site on Cerro Huancha, at 3184 ft above sea level on the south side of the Sinsicap valley. On Sun, we hiked up the north side of the Sinsicap valley.  

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A weekend in Simbal
Jul23

A weekend in Simbal

This was one of the most excellent weekends I have experienced while I have been in Peru. On Friday after having a pretty rough day in the lab, we set off on our adventure to Simbal. Simbal is a "campo" community located about an hour up the mountains from Huanchaco (where we are currently staying). We had the opportunity on Saturday to travel up to another archaeologist's site and help out, which was greatly embraced. We sifted...

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Waka Huaca
Jul23

Waka Huaca

Last week, I took my first visit to Huaca de la Luna. The Moche once used this platform mound as an administrative center for religious rituals and political ceremonies. The Huaca walls are covered with ancient architecture and art from generations of Moche governments. Every time a new person would come into power, the new government would construct a new building and sculpt new paintings to commemorate the new ruler. However, they...

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Round Two
Jul20

Round Two

Today was a great day here in Peru. The weather was clear, warm, and over all a beautiful day. As a group we got visit Huaca la Luna and the museum today. This is my second time visiting Huaca la Luna and the museum. I had a blast and learned some new information that I didn't get the first time around. The lab has been great! It was a rough start analyzing all the commingled bones, but now the burials seem to be a bit more complete....

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a Chan Chan
Jul18

a Chan Chan

Chan Chan is the largest prehistoric city in the Moche Valley. The occupation is AD 1100-1400.        

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Moche bling
Jul17

Moche bling

Today was an interesting day in the lab. We found an individual who had silver decorations implanted in his canine teeth. As far as I know, this is the first such case found in the Moche valley. This is the right canine with the drilled hole for an implant visible. This the the left canine with the hammered silver circle still in...

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All Aboard for Sandboarding!
Jul17

All Aboard for Sandboarding!

This was one of the best impulse purchases in my entire life. I decided to embark on this adventure less than 24 hours before it took place with people that I did not know, in a country whose language I did not understand. I now fully understand what it means to trust your instincts because most of the time they're right! For anyone who does not  know what Sandboarding is, first off, you're missing out. Secondly, I can explain it with...

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visitamos Huacas de Moche
Jul16

visitamos Huacas de Moche

A friend arranged an amazing tour today of the Huacas de Moche archaeological site. We are working on human remains excavated during the early 2000s, but new work continues every day.

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Work and Play
Jul16

Work and Play

Hello everyone! Peru is still awesome and I do not think that is going to change anytime soon. The weather has changed a bit since I have first arrived. It was originally sunny and hot every day, which is odd for this season in Peru, as it's the beginning of their winter. But most recently it has been cloudy and a bit cooler, but still beautiful and full of new and interesting facts to learn every day. I am having an amazing time...

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Hola from Nick!
Jul11

Hola from Nick!

Hello there! It's Nick reporting from Peru! It has been an amazing time since the start of the trip. Traveling from the United States into Lima, and then from Lima into our current location Trujillo has been great! Day 2 of our lab research was very exciting. In the lab we are analyzing remains, and most recently we have been even analyzing juvenile remains. We are located in a museum between the Huaca de Luna and Huaca de Sol, two...

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al Museo
Jul09

al Museo

We got started working in the lab on Friday! Here are a few photos: These are the remains of a middle-aged male recovered from Plaza 2b, tomb 4. Nick worked hard to pick through the fragments to see if there are any more identifiable pieces. What remains are tiny pieces of skull bone (light colored bits) and fragments of dessicated brain (dark...

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Hemos llegado
Jul05

Hemos llegado

We arrived in Lima early this morning and headed to our Hostel - El Patio, in Miraflores.  Most things went smoothly. Tonight we fly up to Huanchaco!

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The First Five Days of Singapore
Jul05

The First Five Days of Singapore

I cannot believe that I left California five days ago! My trip in Singapore has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  The city has changed dramatically since the last time I had come to visit, which was eight years ago.  My cousins have been very gracious and took it upon themselves to take me to many places around Singapore.  They have brought me to some hawker centers (outside food markets that sell freshly cooked...

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I <3 Ecuador
Jun20

I <3 Ecuador

Two posts in one week?  Here I am again, sitting down to write my fourth blog post of this summer.  Tours have been picking up!  I assume with the start of summer vacation, many high school seniors are really starting to think more seriously about college.  I remember when I finished my junior year.  I had no idea how close I was to finishing such an important chapter of my life and starting a new, brilliant chapter filled with...

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When in Rome…
Jun17

When in Rome…

Buona Sera miei amici, It is almost 6:00 pm here in Florence. I would first like to apologize again about my late posts to the blog. I was unaware of how much work I'd be doing, all crammed into a month! It's basically a semester's worth of material packed into 2 classes for 5 hours, 4 days a week. Talk about exhausting. So enough about work. This post will be dedicated to one of my trips through the LdM program. My first weekend...

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