11 Essential Experiences Of SUNY Delhi Freshmen

11 Essential Experiences Of SUNY Delhi Freshmen

From Mac Attack to the Delhi Plague!
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Everyone at SUNY Delhi has experienced at least one thing on this list. Some of these things might seem undesirable, but it is all apart of the college experience and helps us grow! For the incoming Freshmen: this is a sneak peak; and for the rest of us, a walk down memory lane!

1. The Freshman 15

All of your relatives warn you about it, but you think it's just a myth. Trust me: the Freshman 15 is real, very real. So be warned!

2. MAC ATTACK!

Welcome to Mac Dining, where everything you eat is going to leave your body twice as fast. Everyone at Delhi has heard, felt, or smelled the wrath of Mac Attack.

3. RA Troubles

Violating quiet hours? Drinking on campus? Lighting a candle in your room? Everyone gets caught for something. While the first time your RA writes you up is going to feel like the end of the world—trust me, I promise you will be ok.

4. First Frat Party

The first Friday of the semester, all of the Freshmen pile their way into a fraternity's basement. Just remember to be safe and have fun!

5. Being Bronco Broke :(

The crushing realization that you have no Bronco Bucks is a life-changing moment, especially when you are drunk at the C-Store at 1am. Who is going to buy you pizza Lunchables now?

6. The Delhi Plague

Like clockwork, every year, the Delhi Plague strikes the innocent student body of SUNY Delhi. The plague is not the common cold; I am pretty sure this plague is a strain from the Black Plague. No amount of hand sanitizer will save you.

7. Delhi's Lab Attire

Is this a scene from the Village People, or is it just some kids walking to class? With all of our unique majors like Nursing/Vet-Sci, Construction, Hospitality and so much more, our lab clothes end up looking a bit odd when we are all walking to class together. Can we YMCA to class? Let's make this happen, people!

8. Walking To Price Chopper Drunk

Conveniently located between fraternity houses and campus, Price Chopper is a pit stop for all party-going students (mainly the drunk ones).

9. Climbing The Hill To The Fitness Center

Only satan would put the gym and Clark Field House up a huge freaking hill. By the time I walk up the hill, my workout is #over.

10. The Brutal Cold

Remember that one time when it was 20 below with a wind chill for a whole week? Yeah, I try to black that out of my mind too...

11. Realizing You Made Friendships That Will Last A Life Time

You will meet your friends because of your major, because of your dorm, or maybe even because you both decided to wear that cat shirt on the first day of classes. The friends you make at SUNY Delhi will be some of the best you ever have. Shout out to all of my friends: I LOVE YOU!

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Death is a difficult subject. It is addressed differently across cultures, lifestyles, and religions, and it can be difficult to find the right words to say when in the company of someone who is dying. I have spent a lot of time working with hospice patients, and I bore witness to the varying degrees of memory loss and cognitive decline that accompany aging and disease. The patients I worked with had diverse stories and interests, and although we might have had some trouble understanding each other, we found ways to communicate that transcended any typical conversation.

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I often wondered why their minds chose to wander to a certain event or time period and leave them stranded there before the end of their life. Was an emotionally salient event reinforcing itself in their memories?

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I felt honored to be able to spend time with them, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was intruding on their final moments, moments that might be better spent with family and loved ones. I didn't know them in their life, so I wondered how they benefited from my presence in their death. However, after learning that several of the patients I visited didn't have anyone to come to see them, I began to cherish every moment spent, whether it was in laughter or in tears. Several of the patients never remembered me. Each week, I was a new person, and each week they had a different variation of the same story that they needed to tell me. In a way, it might have made it easier to start fresh every week rather than to grow attached to a person they would soon leave.

Usually, the stories were light-hearted.

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1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

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Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

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