My name is Erik, and I'm a senior Arts Administration and Art History dual major at Wagner. President of the newly revived "Kappa Pi" Arts Honors Society, I'm also a member of Wagner's Honors Program, Art Club, and Marketing Club. In my free time, I love to draw, paint, sing and play piano. This summer, I'll be traveling to Florence through the CCIS Study Abroad program, taking courses in art history and business. I'm excited tosee
the Renaissance works that I've studied!
The City is Your Campus
As many of you know, a huge reason I came to Wagner was due to my love of Manhattan. The people, the hustle and bustle, the opportunities, the food and music culture. The past two months I’ve gotten the opportunity to adventure the streets of NYC, and do things that I used to sit in class in high school and dream of doing. Going to school in this area is like no other-- the city is your campus. While Manhattan is fun for weekends and exploring, I’ve also used it largely in relation to my work for school. I’ve written papers on pieces of artwork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visited the New York Public Library to do preliminary research for my American History class, and gone to the Brooklyn Museum to study Feminist art for my writing class. My Learning Community is titled “Remembering and Representing America,” and features three interconnected classes taught by two professors- a writing class called RFT, Intro to Film, and American Art History. Reading about artwork and looking at documents online and in textbooks is nothing compared to the first-hand experience we get in the city. These field trips had a huge impact on me as a student, they immerse me in the diverse culture of New York City and have an intellectually stimulating aspect to them you can’t find just in the classroom. There are museums all over the country, yes, but it’s not only the required trips to the infinite amount of museums we have to go to before the end of the semester that have an impact on me. The most unique part about these trips is where these museums are. In October, we toured the Lower East Side Tenement Museum- set in the heart of a largely Jewish neighborhood. The nine block walk through the neighborhood from the Spring Street subway platform was almost as culturally informative as the museum tour was. After our trip to the Museum of Chinese in America, we walked through Chinatown and got to eat at authentic Chinese restaurants in the area. When visiting the Brooklyn Museum our professor told us of a Biggie mural that was close by, so we walked through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn exploring wall paintings. A very special part about being a first year student here is having these opportunities, and I wouldn’t want it any other...
Midterm De-Stressing: Tips told through Disney
It seems as if we have entered into the eighth week of school... EIGHTH?! I can't believe two months have gone by, it's been more amazing than I could have ever dreamed... but it’s also time for midterms, stress, missing home... and the freshman 15 is gaining on all of us. No pun intended. So I figured I’d look into some ways to de-stress for the mid-semester blues. 1. Intramural sports offers yoga! Yoga has been scientifically proven again and again that it’s extremely beneficial for managing stress and gaining a more positive outlook on life. And just our luck- it’s offered at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays in the Union! If you’re a procrastinator like I am, you’ve also probably spent all day in the library finishing up your homework for your 9:40 on Monday-- it might be nice to unwind. 2. Call your mom. Seriously, do it. Moms always know best and I can almost promise you pressing a few buttons will make you feel worlds better. 3. Adventure to the city. Last weekend, I wandered into central park on a Saturday afternoon. If you haven’t been there yet- central park is massive. Theres a zoo, lakes, baseball fields, rocks to bask on. I walked through the park for about 40 minutes and witnessed two weddings, a quinceañera, a salsa dancing class, a man making 10 ft tall bubbles, and a roller skating dance party! Or it’s nice to lounge on a bench and people watch, almost anywhere...
What’s on YOUR desk?
Tissues. Kermit the Frog. Deodorant. Dirty forks. Paper clips. Scattered assignments. Cheez-its. Three hundred pound textbooks. To-do lists. Bobby pins. Toe nail clippers (or just toe nails). Vitamin C tablets. Chicken D-Lite leftovers. At least one of the things listed above is on your desk right now and you cannot even deny it... oh, maybe not? Well, if it’s none of those listed above then there definitely is a myriad of random things piled...
What it Means to be a Mentor
What does it mean to be a mentor? Seriously, let’s ponder this word. What does “mentor” mean? Who do we consider mentors? What are the traits of a mentor? How do you become a mentor? Think of a person in your life who you consider to be your mentor, why are they your mentor? This past summer, that was my job; to be a mentor to 27 Port Richmond High School students, through the...