The Week of Good Deeds and SUNSHINE!

CYBERLAND.

I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine as much as New Paltz!

Free events galore!  We had a farmers market on Old Main Quad, free t-shirt dying with Relay for Life on Parker Quad, an Earth Day event with live music on Hasbrouck quad, and the Student Art Alliance had free button making!  These events are awesome, but can be a little dangerous if you are avoiding your work. I recommend buckling down on work in the morning or night so you can enjoy your afternoon ;)

Here's a few most of the group warming up before our show!

The Sexy Pitches held fundraiser!

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Here’s a few of our girls warming up before our performance

My favorite part of the week???  My A Capella group held a benefit concert at The Green Palette in town!  The Green Palette is a really cool furniture store, it’s right next to moxie cupcake!  The store has live music shows and a lot of really unique merchandise!  Check it out :)

The Sexy Pitches  raised over 260$ for the Center for Safety and Change in Rockland County.  We asked for donations at the door and sold handmade earrings, necklaces, photos (mine! :D), and knitted goods!  Here is the center’s website if you are interested in supporting! http://www.rocklandfamilyshelter.org

I am so proud of my group for organizing and setting up this event.  I think it’s very special that students can use their clubs to help others.  After the horrors of Boston, I felt so terrible and all I wanted to do was try to spread positive energy.  I love my school, but sometimes I don’t check the news enough to fully know what is happening in the world.  Our fundraiser could not have felt anymore appropriate and helped me reach out to my near by community.  <3

On another note: As my thesis presentation on tuesday morning gets closer and closer, I get more stressed and anxious.  I decided I needed to relax and just prepare, instead of worrying.  I went for a long run on the Rail Trial in town and instantly felt better.  I have been spending countless hours on my thesis, it was nice to take some personal time!  I am studying how student prioritize and balance their academic, social, physical, and self-care responsibilities.  It’s very interesting!  Check back next week for more info!  Here are a few photos from my run!  I found a farm, cows, and the most beautiful sunset view of the mountains! I love this place<3

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The railtrail is beautiful!

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You can catch it right in town :)

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Just be sure you turn around when you get tired because it reaches over 10 miles :P

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

“You’re only here for a short visit.  Don’t hurry.  Don’t worry.  And be sure to smell the flowers along the way”

<3 Marissa Lynn

Not all Learning Takes Place in the Classroom.

Hi there!

Google's homepage!

Google’s homepage is celebrating International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day.

check out this website to learn more: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp

What does this mean?  All across the world, events are held to inspire women and celebrate achievements.  These events can range from political rallies to conferences, theatrical performances, etc.   It was initiated more than 100 years ago by female garment workers in the United States, as a day of solidarity for working women.

SUNY New Paltz celebrated by holding a “Rally to Defend Women’s Rights.”  I went to this program with my friend Val yesterday and I heard about it through one of my classes.

Here's a photo of the event

Here’s a photo of the event

 

The event was held in the Lecture center and there were a variety of speakers, poetry, and musical performances.  It was organized by a group of campus and community women.  The lecture covered a variety of movements, ranging from women’s rights, to peace, to the environment, to labor, and to student rights.

There are always a bunch of lectures and guest speakers through out the semester at New Paltz.   Wherever your passions lie, you can find an event :)   I encourage you to attend lectures like this during your time at college.

I’m not devaluing classes, but there is only so much that a textbook can teach you.  If you apply what you learn in class to your everyday life, you’ll find your mind opening much faster.

Thanks for reading!

<3 Marissa Lynn

Thursday Nights are Awesome :)

Hi Cyberland!

Last night was the first Residence Hall a Capella show of the Semester!   Absolute A Capella, Male Call, and the Sexy Pitches performed in Crispell Hall.

Our shows are on Thursday nights and we travel to a different hall each time :)  Representatives from each group meet up and plan out our shows for the semester. We rehearse twice a week to prepare.  Rumor has it The Sexy Pitches are working on new songs ;)  Each group sings about 4-5 songs and usually wears a themed outfit. The Sexy Pitches’ colors are Black, Red, and White (hence the photos).

Here's a few of the girls warming up!

Here’s a few of the girls warming up!

I love getting to perform, but sometimes it’s just as fun to watch the other groups! :) Absolute A Capella sang “ThriftShop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  IT WAS AWESOME!!!

I’d say each of us have our own musical style, which makes the show fun for a variety of students!  If you are into anything ranging from jazz, to rap, to top 100′s, to oldies, we have got you covered.  Check out a few pictures.

 

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Male Call!

Meg singing a solo during "Lets Get It On"

Meg singing a solo during “Lets Get It On”

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”  Hopefully this means mine is full of music, photography, and friends (with a little -okay a lot of hw mixed in).  Have a great week everyone :)

<3 Marissa

MY LAST SEMESTER!

Welcome Back!!!

I can not believe I’ve started my last semester at SUNY New Paltz!  It is such a bittersweet feeling.  I am proud to be a senior and I am looking forward to life after graduation, but I know I will miss New Paltz.  Shout out to all of the seniors out there!!!

My a cappella group, The Sexy Pitches, started our semester off with auditions!  Anyone interested in trying out?  Here’s a recap of the process!

The Sexy Pitches performing at out final show.

The Sexy Pitches performing at our final show

Step 1. We have our first round!  You can email The.Sexy.PitchesNP@gmail.com for a time slot.

Step 2.  You prepare a verse and a chorus, of any song that you feel shows off YOUR voice.  I’ve found it’s best if you practice and spend time making the song YOUR own.

Step 3. Be Confident and try out!  You sing your selection and a few scales in front of the group.  We will also ask a few questions to get to know you better.  That’t not so bad right? ;)

Step 4. Call Backs!  You will sing another verse/chorus and then a song with our group.  Don’t worry! We will teach it to you first!

Step 5.  We make our decisions and you could become A SEXY PITCH!!!

Step 6.  For anyone who didn’t make our final cut, KEEP SINGING.  It’s important to always be your own best friend!  New Paltz has a gazillion clubs out there, don’t be afraid to try something new!  There are also a bunch of open mic nights in town.  Try Cafeteria on Monday nights, coffee and free music, what more could you ask for? P.S You can always try out again in the future!  

My Pitch Story:  I tried out as a first year and then again as a sophomore, but no luck.  I did receive an email that told me to “keep singing” and to try out again in the future.  The encouragement meant a lot to me.  I listened, but I wasn’t sure if I’d try out again.  Life as an RA can get pretty hectic!

Here's me at one of my first performances!  I am second to the left.

Here’s me at one of my first performances! I am second to the left.

My junior year, my friend Shaynee asked me to be her moral support. On a whim, I decided I would try out too.  GUESS WHAT!?  I got a callback and made it into the group! (I am so thankful Shaynee – if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be a Sexy Pitch.)

NOW. I love the group.  It’s the highlight of my Mondays and Wednesdays :) Between classes, life as an RA, and work as a student ambassador, my schedule can feel full, but I love everything I do!  Pitches helps me balance because it’s time that’s just for me :)

I can’t promise that you will love every minute of every day of college.  Sometimes classes can be rough.  I can promise though, that if you find something that makes you happy, it could be a class, friends, club, hobby, etc you will be set!  Find something you love and never let it go.

that’s all for now Cyberland!

<3 Marissa

It’s beginning to look a lot like finals!

We meet again cyberland!

Can you believe it’s already the last week of classes? This week I made a little video for you all!

We had a program with The Sexy Pitches in Bevier!  My A Capella group performed and taught residents to sing with us! I think it was one of the best RA Programs I have ever had! :) Check out our cover of “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson.

Finals are next on my plate!

My suggestions:

1. Try not to stress! – Before you know it you will be home on your couch watching TV.

2. Get a candy cane mocha from Seattle’s best -(YUM)

3. Make sure you get plenty of rest- Sleep is important!

4. Take plenty of deep breaths!

5. Be confident.  The more positive you are, the better you will feel!

 

It has been a pleasure blogging this semester!  P.S Don’t forget to follow my twitter, NPBlogMarissa

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday!

<3 Marissa

 

Be Confident in Yourself :)

Welcome Back!

The quote above has been really helpful for me this week.  I absolutely love quotes.  They are so inspiring to me and always give me a boost of confidence :)

The highlight of my week was my practices and performance with my A Capella group.  Why? BECAUSE I TRIED OUT FOR A SOLO AND IT WORKED!!!!

We have a mash-up of Back to Black by Amy Winehouse (UGH – LOVE HER) and For once in My Life, by Stevie Wonder.  I was really excited about this audition!  It’s one of the first solo’s we have that is my range- LOW, which is my favorite place to sing.  Throughout college, I’ve learned to be myself.  If that means constantly smiling, dropping things, and singing in lower ranges – then why not go for it?  I also realized that sometime’s all you need is a little confidence and positivity.  I pushed myself to just take the chance, work for it, and try MY best.  (My apologies to anyone near the Bevier computer lounge.  I may or may not have practiced in there for a solid two hours this week… #sorrynotsorry ;) )

The show was a blast, it was challenging to sing in front of a crowded room of students, but so worth it!  I’ll post a few pictures soon!  Right before I went on, I passed one of the RA’s bulletin boards.  There were a bunch of motivational quotes including, ”It’s never to late to be what you might have been” by George Eliot.  This gave me a blast of confidence because my sister loves this quote.  It made me really happy to think of her.  We both love Amy Winehouse, enough so that we are on first name basis…she’s our Amy.

My friends are so wonderful, they all came to see me – even those who lived off campus!  I love the support system I have at New Paltz.  It’s such an accepting and encouraging environment.  I really benefited from positivity and inspiration this week — my hope is to spread some your way :)

“What lies behind us and what lies before us, Are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us” Emerson

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” Marcus Aurelius

“Be Yourself, as no one else can.” Stephen Richards

“Don’t let the past steal your present.”

Last, but not least, ” Today is a smooth white seashell, hold it close and listen to the beauty of the hours.”

enjoy your day cyber land!

<3 Marissa