Wagner’s Summer in Peru program is designed to give students unique opportunities to learn by doing and apply their academic knowledge though research and community service work in the Moche valley of north coastal Peru. Working with Dr. Celeste Gagnon
are Sophia Fox-Sowell ‘13 (Anthropology & English) and Nicholas Gibaldi ‘14 (Anthropology), who are studying human skeletal remains excavated from the archaeological site Huaca de la Luna
Robert Brandon ‘14 (Psychology) is working on sustainable development and cultural heritage in the rural community of Collambay
Jennifer Ida ‘12 (Anthropology major, Spanish & Mircobiology minor) is engaged in ethnographic research documenting the process of making chicha (traditional corn beer).
Junior to Freshman! College 101: Told through Monsters University
WELCOME CLASS OF 2019 I can't believe that two years have passed since I was a freshman at Wagner College. I am here to offer some advice, junior to a freshman, to prepare you and help you through the transition. 1. The Adjustment: Living away from home for the first time is a huge adjustment. It comes with a lot of responsibility. Always make sure you have your ID card and room key. Your ID card is pretty much your life and you can't do much without these items. Advice: Buy a lanyard and keep everything on 1 keychain! But don't wear it around your neck because than everyone knows your a freshman! 2. Don't Be Afraid To Say Hello: You may think that nobody wants to talk to you but everyone is feeling the same way you are. Don't be shy! Don't be afraid to say hello to someone! Chances are they may become your best friend. 3. Roommates: For some, this may be your first time sharing a room. It is important to set ground rules with your roommate in order to prevent conflicts. For example, no talking on the phone in the room past 10:30pm. The room is your home away from home so make sure it is a great experience for the both of you. Look for the positive things in each other oppose to some of the negatives you might stumble upon. Advice: Simple communication goes a long way! 4. Food, food, food: Don't be that freshman that always complains about the food. Wagner makes sure it offers a wide variety of food options for you to choose from. Hawks Nest Starbucks will turn into your best friend! Get creative and don't be afraid to try something new! Advice: Be grateful and thankful! College is a gift! 5. Get Involved: Wagner offers more than 60 different clubs, organizations and scholarship programs. Some examples include the Bonner Leaders Network, art club, student government association, Wagner Cares, dance club, accounting society, and pre-health society. Advice: Don't over extend yourself so early. Get involved with one or two! 6. Show School Spirit: Spend an hour or two at a sporting event and cheer on the team. Wagner has a lot of different teams such as football, baseball, soccer, water polo, lacrosse and hockey. Advice: Show why you love the school you go to! 7. Time Management: Keep a calendar or planner in order to stay on top of deadlines. Google calendar is another great way to help you manage your daily routine. Time management is so important in college. Sometimes your friends are going to have to wait if you want that [A] on an exam. Advice: A's don't come easy! Make sure you STUDY! 8. Meeting Your Professors: Professors come with a scary title, PhD. However, they are ordinary people just like you and I. Make an effort to visit your professors in there offices and say hello. Build a connection with them because they have the tools you need to be successful. They also love when students come by just to chat. Here at Wagner, the professors are personable and make an effort to know everyone in there small classes. Advice: Make an effort to introduce yourself! 9. Have Fun, Be Smart: The bottom line is we all go to college to learn. It is important to have fun to avoid the burnout of studying and classes all the time. Hang out with friends, put on some music and dance. Be smart about your actions and remember the real reason you came to college. Advice: Don't make wrong choices! 10. Explore The City: Explore Manhattan! There are so many great restaurants, attractions and shopping districts to choose from. Don't always visit Times Square! Wagner is...
Project Insight: Student Leader Educational Seminar in Israel
On Friday, August 7, I traveled across the world to Israel to spend a week immersing myself in Israeli culture while gaining insight to the current political, social, and strategic challenges of the region. With a group of 14 other student government leaders from across the United States, hosted by a group of Israeli college students, I journeyed throughout Israel to learn leadership through a variety of experiences as a participant of Project InSiGht. Throughout this post, I will outline some of my top educational experiences I had in the country while outlining some of my takeaways. (See "My Israel Top 7" to read about my best overall moments and favorite elements of my trip.) As student leaders and future business, political, and social leaders, I believe it is important for us to take advantage of as many opportunities as we can where we are able to learn something new about the world and ourselves. The week was filled with varying perspectives, including hearing from officials who were vital in the implementation of the wall between areas of the West Bank and Israel in Jerusalem, speaking with a woman living in the Gaza strip, getting a lecture from the chairman of a committee within the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization), and hearing from an Arab-Israeli (meaning a Muslim living in Israel) boy who is condemned for his Zionist (meaning he believes in the establishment of a Jewish state) beliefs. Each of these perspectives, along with all of the other perspectives we heard from,...
My Internship Experience
This summer, like most do, has absolutely flown by. It was my first summer here in NYC, and it has been a truly awesome experience! I’ve been living on campus and commuting to my internship at Roundabout Theatre Company, a full-time internship in the management department working on their current and upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. It’s the perfect internship for an Arts Admin major like myself who wants to go into theatre management,...
Gruesome Food for Thought
This July, two other students and I are working with Wagner College anthropology professor Dr. Celeste Marie Gagnon, analyzing human skeletal remains excavated from archaeological sites in the Moche Valley on the north coast of Peru, during the MOCHE Inc. - Wagner College Bioarchaeology Field School. During the field school, we are learning the human skeleton, how to estimate age-at-death and sex, and how to identify disease and trauma. In addition, we tour local archaeological sites...