From Dr. Bass –
We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning — the Charles River barely visible from our hotel as giagantic flakes of snow descended upon Cambridge. The final event of the day, the second poster session, began at 7:30, which felt all the earlier for the students who had attended last night’s Dance through the Ages.
They are grateful that I have not posted any photographs of the event, but rest assured that 1970s attire is alive and well.
The Honors students from The College of New Rochelle represented everything that the program is about. Their presentations flawless, their engagement high, their curiosity peaked, their sense of adventure seemingly boundless. They continued conversations that they began in sessions into hallways and over meals, they never tired of seeing something new, they made friends, and they honed their travel skills all the more.
This morning, sitting on a train, looking out at the sun that is finally peaking through the snow-covered trees, I am — without question — exhausted. But I am also so proud of these young women that I have just spent four days in Cambridge. They will return to campus bursting with new things to bring to the seminar table in the Honors Center, setting the stage for the next cohort of students to prepare for NRHC.
Until next year, in Pittsburgh.
Where to go after a loooooooong conference day — giving presentations and roundtables, attending presentations and roundtables, the presidential luncheon, the business meetings, and so on and so forth — to unwind for an hour or so before the evening’s festivities get started?
This Cambridge landmark, opened in 1951, is on Harvard Square, and offers its famous open-faced double cheeseburger, which Claudia, Michelle, and Dr. Bass all dove into. Amanda and Katy went for healthier fare — veggie burger and a chicken sandwich — but still soaked up the atmosphere, including its famous jukebox.
Now on to tonight’s student mixer, DANCE THROUGH THE AGES (we hear Michelle is going all-out 1970s — can’t wait to see!)
Yesterday, I presented for the last time at NRHC. I presented a poster entitled “From College to a Career with an Internship.” This presentation allowed me to share how my very fulfilling college experience has prepared me to take on my extraordinary internship position as the Assistant Community Liaison for New Rochelle’s Downtown Development.
Unlike most internships where students take a passive role at the workplace and learn through observation, I had the experience to be fully immersed in the role I was assigned. My supervisor, Ashley Aldrich, was a critical influence in the success of my internship as she has full trust and always treated me as her equal. In doing so, she inspired me to be an innovative and impactful young professional prepared to enter today’s competitive job market.
As I presented, many students commented that they only knew what it was like to be treated as a passive observer in their internships and how they wish all internships were like mine. The most common question I was asked was “ What are the most important tools/skills your internship gave you to prepare you as a professional?” Very confidently, I expressed how thankful I am to have been able to develop a very strong professional network consisting of some of New Rochelle’s most significant leaders and how I was also grateful to learn professionalism first hand. I feel like the skills I have gained through college and my internship have really made me prepared me to succeed post-graduation!
At today’s Presidential Banquet, a speaker asked us to take up one of the pieces of paper scattered on our table and a pen and write a note to a child who is being bullied. Senior Honors student Katy Baudendistel, a double major in psychology and women’s studies, had this advice:
Honors senior Claudia Benitez, a double major in economics and business, presented on a panel entitled Immigration Policy this morning with students from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Pace University, and Towson University. Claudia’s paper, “Immigration: Evaluating the Free Rider Problem,” is a product of a long term collaboration with CNR economics professor Dr. Jorge Medina that began with her work during Honors Junior Colloquium last year. Claudia fielded questions after her presentation from the many students and faculty who attended the session, generating a lively dialogue about her data analysis regarding immigrants in the United States and the misconceptions about them.
First year Honors student Amanda Malone has a set of pipes that has become pretty well known on campus. Now, it is known throughout the Honors world, as she stunned her colleagues at last night’s NRHC Open Mic night. She sang “Part of your World” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid — appropriate for an Honors student that is part of a program that offers a seminar called “American Princess: Once Upon a Time”!
Take a look at a clip of Amanda singing — the applause was THUNDEROUS when she finished!
One of the key features of CNR’s Honors Program is its LLC, located in Ursula Hall, which brings together the academics of college life with the residential. This morning — bright and early — senior Katy Baudendistel, former Resident Advisor for the Honors LLC, and first year Honors student Amanda Malone gave a brilliant presentation about the benefits of LLCs to college life to a standing room only crowd. They emphasized the retention benefits of LLCs, as well as the way the program helps ease a first year student’s transition to college and how it provides academic and social support throughout the year. A crowd pleasing moment of the presentation? When Amanda talked about the goody bags that Katy created to greet the first year cohort last fall, filled with candy, highlighters, and — most importantly — her phone number!
Poor Katy, the Yankee fan — the hotel looks right over the Charles River and into a beautiful view of the Boston skyline. Dr. Bass — a Massachusetts native — is ecstatic to be looking right into Fenway Park’s most famous view, the Citgo sign. Even though her beloved Red Sox are still out of town, she is home again.