Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Business?

I am trying to do something completely new to me; business. I am trying to create a little business/ hobbie here at school to make a little extra money for something I love and know how to do. I was recently home and was working on my snowboard with my dad, tuning it and getting it ready for the upcoming season. A thought jumped into my head, "why not try this at school?" At first I kind of disregarded the thought, but right then my dad suggested I do without me having to say anything. At that point I didn't really have a choice!

I decided I would give it a try. My first step was coming up with an idea of what I was actually going to do, and how I would do it. I created some flyers and started hanging them all over campus. As a matter of fact, I'm still not done with that! I pretty much put them on every entrance to every building I could, as well as bathrooms and other places inside those buildings. I basically thought that if people see my advertisement once, they may walk right by and disregard it. Yet, if they walk by it a second or third time, they might actually stop and read what I am offering. I put little tabs on my add showing my phone number and email so that they could get a hold of me. I'll be honest, it is a pretty good feeling when you see a couple tabs ripped off your add. Shows that some people are actually interested!

I decided that for a time being, I am just going to offer ski and snowboard waxing, but not sharpening of edges. Sharpening the edges takes a long time and takes a lot of care. I am only charging $10 for a complete waxing. Most ski shops charge around $30 for a waxing and sharpening. If people actually start to give me business, then I will consider adding on sharpening for an additional $5 or something like that. Either way, it's much cheaper than going to a ski shop which is what I hope other students realize! This whole business thing is an experiment to me (can you tell I'm a Bio major?). If it doesn't work out, then at least I can say I tried. I have seen other students offer other business here on campus. I wonder if any of them were successful.  Thus far, I have only seen tabs ripped off my adds. No phone calls or emails yet. Hopefully they will come when we get closer to the season.

Any one have any suggestions for me?

Take care,

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Class Registration!

It's that time of semester again, class registration is here! Class registration is not always the most exciting time of the year. It involves a lot of stress, getting up early in order to log-in to Knight Vision before 7 a.m., and worrying whether or not you will actually get the classes you need! I haven't had any nightmares happen to myself during registration, but I have heard of some very stressful moments from some friends.

The first step to registration is having a meeting with your adviser so they can clear you to register. The meeting is never longer than 10 minutes, and your adviser just makes sure you are on the right track with your major. If you don't have this meeting, you adviser doesn't clear you, and you can't register for classes. The next step is logging on to Knight Vision (hopefully before the morning of registration) in order to look at your options. Some things to consider when looking for classes are what LSR's you need to complete, what classes you need to complete for your major, and if possible what classes you can take for pure enjoyment. There are usually multiple day/ time options for each class which allows you to create a schedule that works for you. This was one of my favorite parts of college classes! Being able to pick when you take each class can really make life easier. Knight Vision allows you to save classes that you want to register for. This means that when it comes time to roll out of bed at 6:45 in the morning to log-in to Knight Vision, it is easy to find what classes you are going to try to register for. While you are doing this, there are hundreds of other students doing the same thing, so Knight Vision usually runs pretty slow which doesn't help your anxiety! You are not guaranteed to get every class you want, so make sure you find optional classes to take in case one of the ones you want gets filled up! Another option is signing a petition form and asking the professor of that class if you could possibly squeeze into the class.

Luckily, I was able to get into all of the classes I wanted on the first try, so I was happy with that! I am going to be taking Biological Communications, second semester Spanish, Elements of Calculus, and Early Modern Europe. The most fantastic part of it all is that I was able to make all of these classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Which means I have Tuesdays and Thursdays off! Bio Communications doesn't have a lab, so I was able to make it happen. I am super excited because I plan on snowboarding as much as possible on those days. Smuggs won't be crowded, and hopefully I get some powder days!

If you have any questions on class registration or anything else, let me know!

P.S. I bought my $30 Smuggs pass today!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Transportation Issues?

Ever worry or wonder how you would get back home if, for whatever reason, your parents couldn't come to St. Mike's to pick you up? Well, you really don't have much to worry about it! A lot of students here have cars. Although freshman aren't allowed to have cars on campus until second semester, there are still plenty of ways for transportation. There are a lot of students that are from the east coast. I've met students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, and many other states. basically, if you need a ride, there is almost always someone who you could car pool with!

Another fantastic option for transportation is by bus. I recently found a bus company called Megabus, and at first I thought it was too good to be true. Then I realized, it IS true! Megabus offers bus rides from Burlington to Boston for as low as $1 and a $0.50 reservation fee. CRAZY! The earlier you get your ticket, the cheaper it will be. I tried Megabus out a couple of weeks ago to visit my cousins in Boston. I bought my ticket a week in advance, and for a round trip ticket the total was $14. That's only $7 each way! I have my car here at school, but it really is cheaper to take this bus then to drive yourself down. I was amazed at how low the price was. Here is the map that shows where Megabus can take you. The bus itself was extremely nice. They offer free wi-fi on the bus, a bathroom, as well as power outlets for whatever you may need to charge. The drivers were safe, and I had absolutely no problems the entire drive. I will be taking the Megabus again, only because its going to save a lot of gas money. I would highly suggest it!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Winter Is Upon Us!

So here I am, sitting in my dorm room on Halloween night after some homework done and a long day of classes. However, today my mom, who is a school nurse, and sister Devon, who is an art teacher, were back home in cozy Worcester, Massachusetts enjoying the first snow day of the year. Wait, WHAT!? It's only October! I couldn't believe it when my mom told me that many parts of Massachusetts had received almost a foot of snow yesterday. On top of it all, much of the state's population has been without power for over 24 hours. Again, it's only October. I was very disappointed that up here in Vermont, where there is supposed to be tons of snow, got nothing more than a dusting Saturday night that had melted by Sunday morning. Bummer!

The winter season is one of the big reasons I chose to come to school here at St. Mike's. Let's put it this way, I love snow. As I have mentioned many times before, I am an avid snowboarder. Everything about it is amazing to me. being here in Vermont, the winters are pretty brutal at times, but they produce massive amounts of snow.

UPDATE: My mom just called, and yet another snow day for her tomorrow. UGH!!

Anyways, if you are a skier or snowboarder, you would love going to school up here. Some of the best mountains on the east coast are a short drive away. My favorites are Jay Peak and Smugglers' Notch. Both mountains offer some incredible terrain, and the best glades you can find out east. I'm not much of a park guy, so most of my time is spent in the glades where I can find some fresh powder. Nothing like the feeling of getting first tracks on a foot or two of new snow. It's like you're floating!

St. Michael's has a deal with Smugglers' Notch that allows students to purchase a season pass for $30. That's right, $30. I can guarantee you will never find a better deal. Even if you don't buy the pass and decide to go skiing once you will end up paying more than you would with buying a season pass. So, buy the pass! I don't have any classes on Thursdays this semester, so hopefully once we get some snow up here I'll be able to get some early season turns in. Fingers crossed!

 I'm still looking forward to our first major snow storm. I'm predicting a nice 2 footer...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Interested In Physical Therapy?

As I have mentioned before, I am interested in going to graduate school for physical therapy once I graduate from St. Mike's. I have always been extremely into the anatomy of the body, and how we can develop ourselves into greater physical shape. I also had to go to physical therapy throughout high school after suffering some serious muscle injuries from lacrosse. I really enjoyed learning about what the professional physical therapist does on a day-to-day basis. I guess it doesn't help that my dad is also a physical therapist! I have always loved learning from his experiences in the field as well. Knowing how to stretch, strengthen, rebuild, and perform movements to the body is very important to me. As an avid CrossFit athlete, I need to know how the body works and what I can do to avoid injury, or how to rehabilitate an injury. I also love being able to help people around me with their aches and pains. Although I am not a physical therapist yet, I have done a lot of research on the body. My friends usually come to me for help with an injury, a certain type of stretch, or workout routine. I truly enjoy this type of work.

The University of Vermont holds three spots open in their physical therapy program for students coming from St. Mike's. This is an agreement the two schools have had for some time now. It does not guarantee that three students will make the program necessarily. The three students must complete some prerequisites here at St. Mike's before they can enter the program. Here is a link to the document which lists all the prerequisites:
And here is a link to the University of Vermont's Physical Therapy page:

I am very interested in attending UVM for grad school, but have not made a definite decision yet. There are many other schools that I am considering as well. I may even want to go to school out west to enjoy some awesome skiing, but I am not sure yet. I hope it all works out for the best though. I am excited to see where the next couple of years bring me in terms of a career.

Semester Update!

Well, we are officially more than half way through the first semester of school. Time truly does fly by. Staying busy with school work makes your days go by without even noticing. But, I'm loving it! Classes are going pretty well so far. Although I don't have the greatest grade in Organic Chemistry, I am still putting in as much effort as I can. I am being consistent with getting homework done, and preparing as much as I can for quizzes and tests. However, I can not wait until next semester because it will mark the end of chemistry classes for the rest of my life! Sweetness! Anatomy is going excellent. Although it is probably my most difficult class besides chemistry, I am getting great grades and feel as though it is truly preparing me for physical therapy grad school. There is no better feeling than learning something in the classroom, and then being able to discuss and relate it to your every day life. That is what this class is doing for me. Spanish is going very well. I was nervous about taking it at first because I didn't remember anything from taking it in high school. Luckily it came back to me quick, and I am doing very well. Statistics is going pretty well also. Math has never been my strong suit, but I am putting the time into my homework so that I do well on my quizzes and exams.

Even though I am not playing lacrosse this year, I am happy with my decision. My stress level has been much more manageable, because I have a lot more time to get all my work done throughout the week. Lacrosse is in-season during the spring semester, which is when you have much more lacrosse, and much less time for homework. So I know I'll be thanking myself again next semester. I also have a lot more time to experience things that I didn't get to do last year. Whether that is something on campus or off campus, it is fun to be able to do something for yourself every once in a while. I also joined the Founders Society, which is a organization on campus that brings bloggers, tour guides, campus media, and advertisement for St. Mike's together in one room. We go over better ways to serve the students on campus, as well as in-coming freshman and perspective students. It is really interesting to see how hard St. Mike's works for all of us here! I also joined a CrossFit gym in South Burlington, which has truly made an impact on my college experience. I will explain exactly what CrossFit is, and why I am so obsessed with it in a near-future post. Stay tuned, it may change your life like it did mine.

Birthday Weekend

A couple of weekends ago, I celebrated my twentieth birthday with a bunch of my friends here at St. Mike's. Whenever someone in our group of friends has a birthday, the closest weekend to that day is considered "birthday Weekend". Basically, a two or three day long celebration of whoever's birthday it may be. It's always a great time, and a good excuse to relieve the stress of school work for a little bit!

For my birthday, my and my friends went down to Burlington and had dinner at Panera. Panera is relatively new to Church street, and it seems to be a huge favorite among all the college students here in the Burlington area. Personally, I think it takes away from the local businesses around the area, but that's just my opinion. After dinner, we walked around and eventually made it to Ben and Jerry's for some awesome ice cream. Once we made it back to campus, we all hung out and had a little party in my room for a bit before returning to Main campus for a couple hours. All in all it was an awesome time, and its always great getting together with all your friends on the same night for once.

Going to school in an area surrounded by so many different things to do or go was something I always wanted as a part of my college experience. Here at St. Mike's, there are a TON of fun and exciting things to do on the weekends, or even breaks. Montreal is a mere two hour drive from campus. I haven't made it up there yet, but I have heard its amazing. In the winter, you have some awesome mountains to ski on. Jay Peak, Stowe, and Smuggler's Notch are all about a 40 minute drive. Plus, a $30 season pass to Smuggs is never a bad thing! Burlington offers a ton of restaurants, shops, entertainment, and gorgeous views down on Lake Champlain. So, if you need to simply get off campus for a day or a weekend, there are more than plenty of options to do so. Get as many experiences as you can!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

When Decisions Need to be Made

I had done a lot of thinking over this past summer about my first year of college. I thought about what I liked, what I didn't like, and what I could change in order to have the best experience at St. Mike's. I remembered being very stressed trying to balance my school work with playing lacrosse. When I was at practice, I was often thinking more about the school work I had to get done then the actual game I was playing. These experiences led me to make the decision to not play lacrosse this year.

This was one of the biggest decisions I have ever had to make. It was not an easy choice. I have played lacrosse for almost 10 years, and have had great success while doing so. It is a sport I will always love, but I had to think about my future. After all, I am going to college in order to pursue a career, not play sports. Lacrosse is important to me, but doing well in school is more important.

Playing a sport in college is a huge commitment. It is something that takes dedication, responsibility, and hard work. I am not saying I did not have these things, but it began to interfere with my studies by the end of last year. If anyone is interested in playing a sport in college, you need to have the self discipline to do school work anytime you have free time throughout your day. I remember some days last year, we had morning workouts before class, then class all day (labs if you were a science major), and then practice after class. By the time I got dinner and showered it was already 8 or 9 at night! This is why I highly suggest that you get you work on your homework whenever you may have free time.

I am in no means trying to discourage anyone from playing sports! I am only trying to make people aware of what it is like to do so. Academics do not come easily for me. I know plenty of other athletes who can handle the workload fine, and do well in both academics and athletics. My friend Marty is a biology major as well as a lacrosse player. For him, the information and workload is easier for him to understand and complete. For myself, I need to work very hard in the class room in order to achieve the grades I want. I felt that not playing lacrosse would give me much more time to work on my studies. I am proud of my decision, and I feel as though it was the mature thing to do. If anyone is hoping to play a collegiate sport, I wish you the best of luck! Just remember, hit those books as hard as you hit the field, court, pool, or gym!

Until next time,

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Say Hello to a New Year! School Year That Is...

Well, as I must admit it has been much too long since I posted last, it's time for me to get my butt in gear! Summer went by way too fast, and before I knew it I was moving back in to a new dorm to start off my Sophomore year. This year I am living in Hamel Hall on North Campus. This is an older building, but I don't mind that in the least. All the rooms are much bigger. My room has to be about twice the size of last year's room in Joyce Hall. It actually gives Mich and I some living space! This year I brought a futon up from home so that there is an actually place to sit, or even sleep. Another great addition to the room is a nice new set of speakers. My dad and I built a pair of 40" tall speakers that my uncle had designed for me. Mich and I are music addicts, so they definitely fit in well!

This year for classes I am taking Comparative Anatomy, Organic Chemistry, Elements of Statistics, and Intro to Spanish. So far I love all my professors. Although chemistry is going to be extremely difficult for me, I hope I can still form a good relationship with my professor so when it comes time for help I can communicate well with him. Anatomy will also be pretty difficult, but I think I will grasp the concepts much better than chemistry. Spanish and Statistics should be somewhat easier for me so that I can focus mostly on the courses for my major. I also scheduled my classes so that I have no classes on Thursdays. This will give me a break from classes to study, do homework, or simply relax. I look forward to Thursdays more than ever now!

Until next time,

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I am finally home! Well, I arrived home last Thursday night, but I just haven't blogged about it yet. Finals week went pretty well. The only final that really caused me some trouble was the Chemistry exam. It was accumulative of both fall and spring semesters, so it was a lot of information to get down! Since I have been home, I have been unpacking for the most part. I worked one day on Monday, but haven't since then because of all the rain we have been getting. I work for my uncle doing landscaping, and small construction jobs when he needs me. I enjoy the job, but when it is raining there isn't much you can do about mowing lawns! So, instead of working I have been doing chores around the house, as well as preparing to build a backyard gym for me and my friend to work out on all summer. It is going to be awesome, and we will be saving a ton of money! This coming weekend is packed with high school and college graduation parties. It will be nice to see some faces that I haven't seen in a while. I will keep my blog updated with work, gym, and other interesting stories! Its bed time for me.

Take Care,

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Back from Easter!

Hello everyone. I apologize for the long delay since I last wrote. My only excuse is being busy with school and lacrosse! Today was the first day of classes after the long Easter weekend. We had Friday and Monday off from school so we could go home for a couple of days. The lacrosse team didn't end up having much of a break because we had practice on Friday, and immediately after that we were loading the bus to drive down to Pace University in New York for a game Saturday. I ended up coming home Saturday night and was able to spend at least Easter day with my family. It is always a treat to get to go back home after being at school for a long time. I remember telling myself last summer how I couldn't wait to get away from home. Now, there are times when I can't wait to go back! Getting to see your family becomes a nice surprise, simply because you don't get to see them very much at all. Luckily for me, I play lacrosse and my parents like to come to the games. Yet, for most students, they don't get to see their parents until a break comes around. There is usually a break every six weeks I would say. Our spring break was in March, and we just had a long weekend for Easter. Christmas break was about a full month, which was really nice. For the most part, I spend my breaks visiting family and friends. I work for my uncle if there is anything I can do. It is always nice to get home cooked meals as well! (No offense to Alliot)

Now, I am preparing for the most stressful week of my life: FINALS WEEK. The past week, and this week have already been absolutely loaded with work. I have two final papers that I'm working on, Chemistry and Biology lab final reports, and then studying for two finals! It can get a bit crazy at times. But I keep telling myself, make it through these next three weeks and I'll be free... at least for a couple months. I will be enjoying my last weeks of my first year of college as much as I can. I just can't believe I am done my first year of college. Time flies!

Wish me luck in these next couple of weeks.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Long Week!

This past week has been crazy! Between classes, lacrosse, homework, and scheduling classes for next semester I have barely had any time to myself. Being an in season athlete, while majoring in Biology is no easy task.

We didn't have any games this week, but have been preparing for our next game against the number one team in our league, Le Moyne College. We are currently third in the NE-10 league, which is one of the best standings we have ever had. Much of this week at practice has been setting up plays and scouting our upcoming opponent. We usually practice for about two hours every day. Yet, I usually get there a half hour early to get dressed, and another half hour after practice getting undressed and showering, so the entire extravaganza is about three hours. After this, it is usually strait to Alliot for some dinner with the team. I enjoy Alliot a lot, but I'll save talking about food for another time! Dinner is usually about an hour. This is when I realize, BAM! There go four hours out of my day that usually last from about 3 or 4 to 7 or 8 at night. Time for homework. Starting my work at 8 p.m. isn't my favorite thing to do, but it is something I have no control over being an athlete. It is definitely a sacrifice. Most of the time I have about 4 hours of homework a night. Although there are times when I have no work, and other nights (like last night) when I have 5 or 6 hours of work. Of course it doesn't help that I procrastinate a lot, but sometimes you don't have a choice. For example, my Peace and Justice class this past week was LOADED with work. Over this past weekend, we had to read an entire book and write a 2 page reflection by Sunday night, then we had to read a 10 page article and write another reflection by Wednesday night, and THEN we had to write a 7 page paper on racism in America by today, Friday. Not to mention all the other work I had in my other three classes! I was very busy to say the least.

Finding time to do things that I like to do for myself can be very limited, so when I finally do get that time it is a treat. I have to get off here and start packing for the 6 hour drive to Le Moyne tonight. I will be sure to give an update soon.

Take care,

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Room Selection!

First of all, I apologize for the lack of posts in the last week. I have been extremely busy with homework, labs, and lacrosse and I meant to write but just never had the time to. But I'm writing now!

Today, we played Merrimack College who was ranked as the fourth team in the country. After a very intense and hard fought game, we ended up winning 8-6. It felt real good to win this game, not only because we beat such a good team but also because I felt the team needed a morale boost that will give us energy for the next couple of games. Although I didn't play much, it was great to see the team succeed as a whole when the game was on the line.

Back to the point of this post! Today was freshman room selection day, a much anticipated event that involves a ton of stress and split second decisions! The way the room selections work is each student is randomly given a lottery number which will determine when you get to choose your room. Unfortunately if you have a high number, you end up picking your room last and by then there aren't many options. Luckily, my room mate Michel Mendez received a pretty low lottery number and so we used his in order to get the best housing options. If the know the person you plan on rooming with has a lower lottery number than you, you can use that person's number in order to get ahead of the game. We waited in line for about ten minutes in order to check in, and then we were sent to another line for another fifteen minutes where we waited to choose our room. The entire time I, along with everyone else around me, were nervous in trying to decide where we would room. People were all talking to each other ,
"Where are you going to go, Bro?"
"I heard the rooms on North campus are a lot bigger..."
"Yeah but I don't know if I would like being off main campus all year".
People were all giving their opinion on where the best places to live were, and there were positives and negatives to all the possibilities. It all got me confused and unsure of what I wanted to do.

We were finally let into the room where we would choose our rooms for next year. I was expecting maybe a piece of paper highlighting the goods and the bads of each place, but that was wishful thinking! On the dry erase board at the front of the room, there were blue print images of the rooms that were open in each building. It was nice to see the different sizes of the rooms, but we were literally given 30 seconds to make a final decision! That annoyed me a little bit, but I guess it makes sense because they have to find housing for a large number of students in a short amount of time. Mich and I stared at the board, having no idea what we wanted to do. The rooms in the North campus buildings were in fact larger, but having to either drive, walk, bike, or get a bus ride to main campus every day could be a pain. On the other hand, the possible housing on main campus was not very good either. It was basically between a basement room in Ryan, or a bigger room in Hammel. Mich looked at me, and I looked at him. We were both thinking the same thing; bigger room! We chose to live in Hammel, even if it meant finding a way to class every day. Besides, I hope to have a car next year so I can drive us to Main campus every day.

I am glad we chose Hammel. Having the bigger room will be really nice. I have a futon I can bring for more sitting options instead of just our beds. It will also just give us more room to fit things we normally couldn't. I am excited for next year, but it also makes me realize that my first year of college is almost over which is just nuts!

Well, goodnight for now. I need some rest after staying up until 2 in the morning doing homework last night!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Long Island Spring Break Update

The Balto Statue
Times Square
The St. Patrick's Day Parade

I'm sorry it has taken me a couple days to give an update on our trip. The past few days have been pretty busy to say the least. Last time I wrote, I was getting ready for our game against Seaton Hill on Monday. We suffered a tough loss by one goal, which wasn't the way we wanted to start off the season. I ended up getting some playing time in the fourth quarter when one of the starters got hurt. I scored two goals and was pretty happy with that, but it didn't make up the fact that we had lost. We played with heart so there wasn't much we could be upset about.
On Tuesday we had practice in the morning until around noon. We then went to a local mall to get lunch and walk around a bit. That was a nice break from all the practicing we had been doing. For dinner, we went to an Italian restaurant and had a massive meal of chicken parmesan, pasta, bread, and salad. It was all in preparation for the next day's game against Molloy.

Our game wasn't until six at night on Wednesday, so we had a lot of time to relax and mentally prepare. I caught up on some sleep, ate, and watched college basketball until it was finally time to leave around four. I could tell we were going to have a good game because everyone was so focused and on point during warm ups. The shots and passes were crisp, and everyone was feeling pumped up at the thought of getting another chance to win. We played awesome! From start to finish, we hustled and played so well together. It was an awesome game to watch, and we ended up winning 11-8. After the game, coach congratulated us on the win and decided to give us a little reward. He surprised us by telling us that we would be going into New York City for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

I was really excited to go into the city because I had never been before in my life. I know, crazy. It was awesome to finally get that experience though. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the crazy amounts of people there. There were times when I couldn't even walk on the side walk because there were so many people. Not to mention it was the hottest day in a long time. We watched the parade for a about an hour, and then made our way to Times Square. I never knew billboards so large ever existed. I can understand why people say it is like daytime during the night hours there considering how many lights and signs there are. We finished the day with a walk through Central Park. That was my most favorite part of the day. The park itself is designed really well, and is perfect for walking, running, biking, or simply relaxing on the grass or rocks. We exited the park and hopped on the bus for a ride back to the hotel which I spent sleeping. That night, we had dinner prepared for us by one of the player's parents from the team. Being St. Patty's day, we had corned beef and cabbage and it was delicious!

Today, we had an early wake up call and had a quick breakfast before heading to the field for practice again. Practice was focused on how we will attempt to beat the number one team in Division II lacrosse; C.W. Post. We are definitely the under-dogs in this upcoming game, and therefore we have nothing to lose. We practiced hard and I believe we have some things that will give them a run for their money. After practice, some of the boys went to the beach for a couple hours, but I stayed at the hotel to get some homework done and watch the basketball games. I am really excited about this game tomorrow because I think we have a chance to do something that has never been done before.

As for now, I say goodnight. I have to get rest for the game tomorrow. Wish us luck. Go Purp!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Road Trip!

Happy spring break to all my St. Mike's friends! I hope everyone has a great, relaxing time. As for me, along with the entire Lacrosse team are in Long Island for the week. We are going to be playing the first three games of our season while on this trip. Currently I am sitting in my hotel room watching t.v. with some friends and simply relaxing. It was about an 8 hour ride from St. Michael's down to Long Island. Most of the ride was spent watching some classic movies, listening to music, and sleeping. I didn't know this, but St. Mike's has its own Premier Coach bus with the St. Micheal's logo all over it. The bus itself has Wifi internet, which was awesome. I had no idea that was even possible, but it was very nice to have and helped me waste a lot of time! Of course there were plenty of snacks for the ride, and plenty of "eating 'cause you're bored" in order to waste more time occurred.

I was assigned a room with two other freshman from the team, and luckily we all have our own bed to sleep in. The hotel is only two years old, so all the rooms are extremely nice. Within a half hour we were back on the bus and heading to C.W. Post University to have practice and go over the game plan for tomorrow's game against Seton Hill College. After practice, we came back to the hotel for an awesome home cooked Italian meal from the parents of two players on our team. It was so nice to finally get some real home made food for once. I ate as much as I could.

For the rest of the night I am just going to relax and mentally prepare for our game tomorrow. I will most likely give my girlfriend Murielle a call and get some snacks before an early bed time. Wish us luck tomorrow! I'll be sure to give an update on our trip later this week

Until then,