Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE)

Posted by Amanda Sapienza on February 20, 2018 at 11:58 AM

The Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE) mission is to create a safe and respectful campus community for all, free from interpersonal and relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking. FAVE does this by promoting healthy relationships through education and programming while empowering and supporting those affected by violence.

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Topics: Student Experience

Not Hearing Loss, Deaf Gain

Posted by Megan Socha on December 13, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Sometime bfore I enrolled here, someone named Jairo Hernandez started an American Sign Language (ASL) club on campus. It was an overnight success and they ended up having to meet multiple times a week because their group was so large. 

Professor Kelly Morgan in the Communications Media department began implementing ASL language courses and now we have an entire minor in deaf studies. And it’s thriving. The deaf studies minor includes six classes; four levels of ASL classes, which count as a foreign language requirement, and two classes in deaf studies.

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What They Don’t Tell You During Sorority Recruitment

Posted by Madison Laliberte on November 15, 2017 at 10:57 AM

Whether you’re an incoming freshman, a transfer, or an active student, joining a Greek organization on campus can be really intimidating. I was nervous meeting all the girls, even though I had gotten to know some of them over the last year. In the fall, recruitment is called “rush," which is basically two weeks of nonstop events and activities. This process helps you find the sorority that best suits you and your personality. The most common phrase I heard during rush was “trust the process,” which is so incredibly true. You might walk in thinking you want one sorority and then at the end of the two weeks go in a totally different direction. But don’t worry…trust the process.

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Topics: Student Experience

Why You Should Attend A Fitchburg State Open House

Posted by Matt Serafini on October 27, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Every fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are the best way for you to experience what life at Fitchburg State is all about. 

It’s about finding the right fit

Everyone should feel a sense of belonging at their school of choice. The Open House is a great way to come to campus and see how Fitchburg State feels to you. 

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Self Care: Triggers and Support Systems

Posted by Amber Haney on October 18, 2017 at 2:26 PM

For some, the breaking point is obvious, like finding our fists lodged inside plaster walls. For others, it’s when we curl our bodies up with our hands on our foreheads, fingers trying to comb through the stress. It’s the moment you realize the whole notion of “finding yourself” in college can be filled with stress. The type of learning about yourself you need to do pushes you to be your very best, but might also push you to your mental breaking point. 

This is one reason I stopped telling my friends to “have fun” on the weekends, and to take care of themselves, instead.

For me, “finding myself” has happened in conjunction with my attempts to help others succeed. Being a Human Services major and leader of a student-run mental health club called Active Minds has opened my eyes to the importance of maintaining mental wellness. The more I learn about helping others deal with their mental health, the more I learn about my own. I have learned about the many elements that can be harmful, from stress to illness and everything in-between. Being in college creates a whole new world of risks, because this is when mental productivity is most demanding.

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An Alternative Spring Break With Meaning

Posted by Amber Palizzolo on September 27, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Let me start off by saying that I am not a handyman. Before last spring break I had never touched a nail gun, used a saw, or had any reason to climb up a ladder. So why did I decide to apply to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity during my spring break? I probably couldn’t answer that question then, but I can tell you now that the trip changed my life.

We left on an early morning in March, most of us too excited to be tired. For months before, the team was preparing: bonding, fundraising like crazy, and it was finally happening. It seemed to take forever and a day to get down there, with our connecting flights and the long drive down to Laredo, Texas itself. But it was well worth it.

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Topics: Student Experience, Alternative Spring Break

Homecoming Weekend 2017 (September 22–24)

Posted by Matt Serafini on September 15, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Once a Falcon, always a Falcon

Enjoy food, football, and fireworks as we hold our 2017 Homecoming Weekend, Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24.

It’s two days to celebrate your Falcon pride, reconnect with old friends, and make new memories at what will always be your university.

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What Transferring Between Colleges Has Taught Me

Posted by Quinn Staley on September 8, 2017 at 2:30 PM

As you approach your senior year of high school, the most frequently asked question you get at any family gathering is, “Where are you going to college?” Adults only ask this, because either they are genuinely interested or know that this is the stereotypical question that you should ask seniors in high school. Now, adults, we know you mean well, but this question is much more weighted than you think.

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Topics: Student Experience

Classy Summer Plans

Posted by Seferine Baez on August 11, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Recently I was talking to Maddie, a fellow Falcon buzzer and good friend. We are inhabiting the land of full time work this summer, as many undergrad students do with their “time off.” For some students, it’s the difference between supporting themselves throughout the semester or attending college at all. So we are both thankful for spending our sunny days indoors, answering phones and emails.

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Topics: Student Experience, Admissions

Confessions of a Summer Tour Guide

Posted by Seferine Baez on June 29, 2017 at 9:57 AM

I was 2 minutes and 45 seconds late to work today. My brisk walk up Highland Ave. from Cedar House has me walk past two “detour” signs and a half dozen construction vehicles placed Tetris-style in the turnaround between Miller and Percival Hall, which, almost poetically, was constructed last summer.

I can’t seem to remember where they parked their cement mixers before that was there.

I’m almost there when the sun peeks out from behind a cloud. Immediately I’m sweating, even in the breathable polos us tour guides are honored to wear. The temperature drops dramatically as I step into Anthony, timecard in hand, and then I’m taking a seat behind the desk where I’ll be until the 11:30 tour.

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Topics: Student Experience