What to Expect When You're Expecting (College)

Posted by Brian Lombardi on March 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Behold, a picture.

College is cool and rad, and any other positive adjective you want to put in there.

This was taken on my first day here at Fitchburg State University. Looking back on it now, it’s funny how nervous I was before I got here.

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Living on Campus in the Fall

Posted by Brian Lombardi on February 26, 2015 at 5:08 PM

New students to FSU, I’m going to give a run down on housing, because every Falcon needs a nest.

How are you today? I dropped a bagel on my jeans earlier and I tripped up the stairs, but I’m still here. And now that I’ve made it this far in my day, it’s time for me to contribute a little bit.  Figuring out how to live on campus can be an arduous process, as if picking a college wasn’t frightening enough. Luckily I am here to ferry you through all of that.

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The Forefathers: Part II

Posted by Brian Lombardi on February 5, 2015 at 5:01 PM

 This is actually the first and only part, but I’m going to make a Godfather reference at least once here.

Skimming through the digital archives of the library, I came across the Saxifrage of 1930, which is easier to identify as an old yearbook. It’s called saxifrage after the wild flower that grows in the cracks of stone. What? You don’t skim through old periodicals for a thrill? It was an accident, but it was curious to scroll back eighty years without even leaving the library. So now that I’m the Marty Mcfly of my generation, let’s move forward.

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The Most Noble and Modest Tale of Survival Ever

Posted by Brian Lombardi on January 30, 2015 at 7:52 AM

It was Weather War I. I was just a boy.

DAY 1

Monday, January 26th, 2015.

11:23pm

Flakes are seen scouting the campus, and it’s clear their attack is imminent. Mini-fridges have been stocked, blankets have been unfolded for emergency Netflix binges, and with classes canceled the residents of Fitchburg State await their greatest opponent yet—doom.

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WXPL: The Breakfast of Champions—And Maybe You.

Posted by Brian Lombardi on January 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

When I find a song I really like or put together a mix of music, there’s nothing I want more than to show it off to absolutely everyone. Although, running up to people and shoving headphones in their ear does not go over well. I won’t admit that I’ve tried, but okay I have, and it’s not a good idea. Luckily for me, I can scratch this particular music itch with ease. WXPL is the Fitchburg State radio station, and what that means is that Fitchburg State students (hey, that’s you) can rule the airwaves around campus.

Getting an hour block of radio time is as easy as showing up to a meeting.

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Fitchburg State University Is a Good Friend of the Arts

Posted by Brian Lombardi on December 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM

They hang out sometimes, just catch up with one another, but we reap all the benefits of this friendship. One of these benefits is Theater on Tap.

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Awkwardly Functioning at a 2,006 Foot Summit

Posted by Brian Lombardi on December 9, 2014 at 9:33 AM

This past Saturday I went snowboarding with the Outdoor Adventure Club at Wachusett Mountain. I was timid because I anticipated everyone on the trip to be a snowboarding prodigy, and I would be a puddle of slush in comparison. I layered up like some family party dessert, and we embarked on a pretty short ride up to the mountain. I arrived at the lodge by the foot of the trails, and I started to get really excited. The downside of the day would be eating snow in front of my girlfriend and other friends, but I yearned for even some infinitesimal level of triumph. Regardless of skill, everyone seemed to have had a great time, and surprisingly I was kind of good at it. In terms of Olympic snowboarding, I’d settle for bronze.

I don’t mind biding my time and pushing things off, I’m pretty skilled at it actually, but it was plain stupid to miss this deal.  

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I Should Introduce Myself

Posted by Brian Lombardi on December 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

My name is Brian Lombardi, and I am a sophomore at Fitchburg State University. I’m majoring in English Studies with a concentration in Professional Writing. That wasn’t quite the attention grabbing start, but at least I’m not a complete stranger anymore. I transferred to Fitchburg in the fall from North Shore Community College. I chose community college right out of high school, and told everyone the objective was to save money, but to be honest it was essentially my unfortunate harboring of laziness.

Going to classes at North Shore felt empty, and the campus was filled with little more than passing people, none too amiable or eager for friendship. I was just an average guy moving between plot points. My heart wasn’t in it, and I wondered if it was because I didn’t have the full college experience. I finally nerved up and decided to reach out to a university that could give me the experience I yearned for.

I had visited Fitchburg a few times, and the application didn’t spike my stress levels, so I applied—and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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The Holiday Season Comes To School

Posted by Matthew Ramsden on December 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

It is that time at Fitchburg State when everyone is in two frames of mind. One of those mindsets is that winter break is right around the corner and the holidays are on the horizon. The other mindset is academic panic attack as finals approach just as quickly. With both of these ideas in the same space, it makes for a very exciting time at the university.

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College Selection And Me

Posted by Matthew Ramsden on November 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I've written before about how important and exciting an Open House is in the college selection process. It helps you see the campus as well as the opportunities that are available to you. Fitchburg State just finished the last open house of the year but that doesn't mean there aren't chances to see everything the university can offer you. In this blog post, I'm going to talk a little bit about how I came to Fitchburg State!

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