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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2nd Annual Health Fair on the Oval
Apr19

2nd Annual Health Fair on the Oval

There is no better way to enjoy a Thursday than to have an oval day. Although it was not a typical sunny oval day, it was a lively one because of the 2nd annual Wagner College Health Fair.  I had a fun time with members of various clubs on campus who were raising awareness about health, fundraising money for good causes, and having a fun time at the different activities. As students passed by on their way to classes, they would stop...

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Dancing, Singing, and Cheering — both in and out of the water
Apr15

Dancing, Singing, and Cheering — both in and out of the water

This weekend was a jam-packed weekend for me! I have not danced, cheered, and sang this much in two days for a very long time. I showed a lot of school spirit this week and it was a weekend I will not forget anytime soon. Saturday night I attended an event called Songfest. Songfest is a dancing and singing competition for organizations on campus who compete for the top three spots for the best performance of the night. It was an...

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Beta Beta Beta Induction Ceremony
Apr12

Beta Beta Beta Induction Ceremony

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, twelve new members were initiated into the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society at Wagner College (also known as Tri Beta).  I was honored to be one of the twelve students who were selected to become a part of this society. Staff and faculty members from the biology department attended the ceremony, as well as friends and family members of the newly inducted members.  The current president of Tri Beta...

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AIR — Something We Feel, but Cannot See
Apr05

AIR — Something We Feel, but Cannot See

Over spring break, a Wagner swimming and diving teammate, Meredith Ketchmark, sent out an e-mail to our team to ask us to lend a helping hand to an organization dear to her heart called Attitudes in Reverse (AIR).  AIR is a non-profit organization run 100% by volunteers.  All proceeds are raised through donations and fundraisers which the organization hosts. We made a Harlem Shake Video to show our support for AIR. See the Wagner...

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Networking with Health Professionals
Mar25

Networking with Health Professionals

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Wagner students gathered in the Faculty Dining hall to attend the 2nd annual Health Professions Networking Reception.  Pakinam Mekki, the President of the Pre-Health Society, had worked hard and coordinated the event, making all of the name tags for the students and health care professionals in attendance. The health professionals came from private practices and the Staten Island University Hospital....

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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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Unexpected Discoveries
Feb26

Unexpected Discoveries

Four years ago, I would have never thought that I would be involved in a research project in which I work with bacteria and organometallic compounds. As a second-semester sophomore, I have started a project with two other undergraduate Wagner science students, Daniel Cimilluca and Sandra Minchala. Our project not only involves three undergraduate science students, but also three different science professors of unique specialties: Dr....

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Team Adventure in Flushing, Queens
Feb23

Team Adventure in Flushing, Queens

Last weekend, Megan and I went on an adventure to Chinatown in Flushing, Queens! We went with a friend of ours, Lynn Chen, who is an international student from China. It was a fun weekend full of food, excitement, and shopping in the largest and fastest growing ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of Asia. After about two hours of traveling from Wagner all the way to the Chinatown, our efforts were rewarded by a fabulous, relaxing lunch,...

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A Non-traditional Finale
Feb19

A Non-traditional Finale

Every year, the Wagner swimming and diving team honors its seniors at the last home meet of the season. This year was different from all other years because we only had one home meet all season — and we swam against ourselves, while honoring our seniors and supporting the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Nor'easter blizzard made it so that our opponents were unable to drive through all the snow to make the meet. As a...

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A Californian’s Survival Guide to Freezing Weather
Feb03

A Californian’s Survival Guide to Freezing Weather

After a year and half of living in New York, I have finally mastered the art of dressing for the freezing temperatures of New York with the assistance and persistent training from my suite mates Laurie Fogelstrom and Monika Khaltsev.  I remember that I was lucky with the very mild winter New York had last winter.  This year, I must say I have not been as fortunate.  So far this week, we have had weather down to 12 degrees and when it...

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The End of a Year but the Start of a New
Jan24

The End of a Year but the Start of a New

Looking back on my winter break on the East Coast, I must say that my winter break has passed by too fast for my liking. It was my first full winter here on the East Coast. Before winter break came, I anticipated my winter break to crawl by slowly and be uneventful and dull. I was pleasantly surprised and found myself having a very eventful winter break. I had the pleasure to explore Long Island, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Rhode Island,...

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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 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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Hearing Christmas Bells
Jan02

Hearing Christmas Bells

As winter break approached, students on campus bustled and scurried to finish last-minute assignments and get all of their studying in as final examinations began.  In the midst of finals week, I had the pleasure of enjoying a holiday concert put on by the Wagner College Concert Band.  On December 8, 2012, at 3:00 PM, I entered the newly renovated Main Hall building and nestled myself next to my suite mate to enjoy a beautiful mix of...

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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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Port Richmond Partnership: LC 20
Dec03

Port Richmond Partnership: LC 20

Throughout this semester, the Wagner College students of Learning Community (LC) 20 and their professors, Dr. Lori Weintrob and Dr. Jason Fitzgerald, devoted their time to work with the students at Port Richmond High School, helping the high school students learn to take initiative and become leaders in their community. This LC is titled, "Beyond Bono and Bill Gates: Leadership for Change in Today's World." When Meg and I shadowed the...

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Dental Impressions
Nov20

Dental Impressions

Although Wagner College is a small school, it is a school with big opportunities. I am a biology major with a Pre-Dentistry concentration. As part of the Pre-Dentistry Society and Wagner College's Pre-Health program, I learn about many different opportunities to learn more about the profession that I am interested in. Last Saturday morning, I joined many other members of the Pre-Dentistry Society to attend New York University's (NYU)...

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Helping Cedar Grove Beach Residents
Nov06

Helping Cedar Grove Beach Residents

Sunday afternoon, upon my return back to campus, I had the means to go down with my swim coach and some swimming teammates to the destroyed area of Cedar Grove Beach on Staten Island to help out.  I did not know what to expect when I arrived, and I could not believe the ruin Hurricane Sandy left in her wake.  My coach, teammates, and I parked about a quarter of a mile away from the site where volunteers needed to help.  We took a walk...

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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 Run to Help a Ton
Oct01

A Run to Help a Ton

More than 20,000 people gathered before the Battery Tunnel to participate in a 5K run early on Sunday morning on September 30, 2012.   Why were these people all there? For one reason: to run to help a ton.  They were all there as participants in the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City. When we arrived in the morning, the atmosphere was charged with enthusiasm.  People from all over the area had gathered to make...

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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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Soaking Up the Sun
Sep21

Soaking Up the Sun

The salty scent of the beach air filled our nostrils as my teammates and I excitedly picked our way down to the sandy shore next to the water. It was our last chance to go to the beach and soak up some sun before the change of seasons. Every year, my swimming and diving team makes a weekend trip down to a teammate’s beach house on the coast of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, to train and bond together at the beginning of the season....

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Getting to Know Veteran Hawk Talker Lynn Tay!
Sep12

Getting to Know Veteran Hawk Talker Lynn Tay!

Hello Wagner! I am looking forward to being a part of the Hawk Talk team this year and bringing you some of the latest and greatest from Wagner College, Staten Island, and our great city of New York! My first post here is going to spotlight someone who some of you have been following all summer long while she was in Singapore...the Hawk Talk veteran Lynn Tay! I had the pleasure of talking with Lynn for a while and got to know her a...

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Meet Doug, a Fellow Hawk Talker!
Sep11

Meet Doug, a Fellow Hawk Talker!

Hi everyone!  For all new readers of the blog, my name is Lynn Tay, and I am a returning a Hawk Talk blogger.  I am excited to be back blogging again this year.  To the returning readers, I hope you keep up with Hawk Talk this year and look forward to all the new stories that we will be writing. This morning was our first meeting as the new Hawk Talk team.  I had a wonderful time meeting my fellow bloggers, and I would like to...

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Farewell to Singapore
Aug21

Farewell to Singapore

In less than eight hours, I will be on a plane on the way back home to California.  It is amazing how fast these seven weeks have passed by!  I have had the best summer of my life, full of new experiences, great memories, and new friends.  It will be strange going home and not being able to go out to dinner at a hawker center drinking sugar cane, some spicy dish, and sweating from the humidity.  Nevertheless, I am excited to see how...

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Farewell to Summer Classes
Aug21

Farewell to Summer Classes

This past Friday was the last day of my six-week study abroad program here in  Singapore.  I will be staying here until the 21st of August, but I had to say goodbye to my five other classmates from America who were here with me on my journey to Singapore.  It is amazing how a place can bring a lot of different people together to have an experience of a lifetime.  Over my six-week cultural course, I had the opportunity to learn about...

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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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A Very Cultural Experience on a Friday Night
Jul24

A Very Cultural Experience on a Friday Night

Last Friday night was one of the most interesting nights I have had so far in Singapore.  Me and four other Chinese classmates from my National University of Singapore class decided that we wanted to spend some time at Arab Street together.  Picture this: a group of five people, one young Chinese girl not even in her twenties yet, another girl of Indian descent who is in her mid-twenties, a tall, young, Russian man who is in his early...

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Learning about the Paranakans
Jul19

Learning about the Paranakans

I have found that these past two weeks have flown by.  Every day has been so busy, that I had not gotten a chance to sit down and write about all of the adventures I have been having. Recently, my cultural class has been going on myriads of different field trips.  Out of all of the field trips we have gone on, I found one particular experience that piqued my interest.  It was when my class went to tour a place called the Baba House....

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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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My Brother’s Wedding
Jul03

My Brother’s Wedding

Hi Everyone! I apologize for my long absence! It has been a hectic two and a half weeks, and I realized that I am somewhat behind on keeping everyone updated with my travels! My brother's wedding down in Southern California was absolutely wonderful! It was very exciting and I must say that my brother and his wife were a very happy couple that day. As part of the bridal party, I particularly enjoyed the photo session we had with the...

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Preparation to Head Down South
Jun14

Preparation to Head Down South

This week has been a hectic week for my family!  I had two aunts, Aunt Mei and Aunt Yi, and one cousin, Kexin, arrive in Sacramento from Singapore two days ago, and my family  and I have been taking them around to see the sights around town and have them get a sense of what California is like.  Kexin took a beautiful picture of the sunset at our house yesterday evening, and I wanted to share the rural sight of my home. In all...

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Adventure by the Pacific
May30

Adventure by the Pacific

So this Memorial Day weekend, my family and I decided to take a short trip out to the coast of California to Monterey, California.  This was the second time that my family and I went to Monterey.  The last time we made a visit to Monterey was about two years ago, and we were excited to visit again! Monterey is famous for its beautiful scenery, fresh air, and relaxing atmosphere.  When you enter the city, you see a lot of people on...

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