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Thanh Do
Thanh Do
US District & Bankruptcy Court
Jessica Bandrowski
Jessica Bandrowski
Dundee, NY
New York State School for the Deaf

The Real Spring Break

It’s that time again! Spring Break. This term calls up images of crazy, loud, American College students running amok in Cancún, Miami, or Myrtle Beach. And while there are students who can afford to do this (my grandparents encountered loud Spring Breakers this past month at the resort they stayed at in Mexico), it is a lot less true than you would think.


Now for Something New and Different

Hello, potential future Keukonians! It seems a whole lot has happened since I’ve been away: changes on campus, in administration, and in how things are done here. The last article I wrote was all about study abroad opportunities at Keuka. Well, I have been missing in action here since last semester when I participated in a study abroad program called Semester at Sea—an amazing opportunity that I highly encourage you to consider. And since I’ve gotten back, it has been a crazy and busy (more than usual) last semester. So only now have I been able to come back to this.

That being said, I want to tell you about the new changes that I encountered this semester, and I also want to tell you about some of the things I have seen change, grow, and improve at Keuka overall since I’ve been here. The point I am trying to make is that college is not just a stagnant place. Especially not Keuka College. Changes are occurring everywhere to meet the demands of an increasingly global and technological world and a continuously fluctuating student body.

College is an exciting time, and just like you will develop during your time here, Keuka College continues to develop and to challenge and rethink old ways of doing things.

New Changes:

Administrative and Personnel Changes:

Physical Changes:

Technological Changes:

Program Changes:

Global Education Changes:

What Computer Should I Get for School?

Windows Macintosh
Processor: Core i3 or better 2.0 GHz or higherOperating System: Windows 7

Monitor / Video Card: LCD 1024 x 768 resolution or higher

Hard Drive: 250 gigabytes or higher

Memory (RAM): 3 gigabytes

Ethernet Card: 10 / 100 Base T Ethernet

Wireless Card: 802.11n recommended (802.11g minimum)

DVD: DVD recordable drive

USB Ports: 3 minimum (ensure they are easily accessible)

Anti-virus: Norton Anti-virus 2010, MacAfee, AVG Professional, etc.

Extended Warranty: Accident insurance highly recommended

Optional, but strongly recommended:

  • USB jump drive (4 gig)
  • External hard drive (160 gigabyte)
  • Surge protector
  • 10’-25’ Ethernet cable
  • Laptop bag
Processor: Core i3 or better 2.0 GHz or higherOperating System: Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion) or higher

Monitor / Video Card: LCD 1024 x 768 resolution or higher with 256 MB video ram

Hard Drive: 250 gigabytes or higher

Memory (RAM): 3 gigabytes

Ethernet Card: For 10 / 100 Base T Ethernet

Wireless Card: 802.11n recommended (802.11g minimum)

DVD: DVD recordable drive

USB Ports: 3 minimum (ensure they are easily accessible)

Anti-virus: Norton Anti-virus 2010, MacAfee, AVG Professional, etc.

Extended Warranty: Accident insurance highly recommended

Optional, but strongly recommended:

  • USB jump drive (4 gig)
  • External hard drive (160 gigabyte)
  • Surge protector
  • 10’-25’ Ethernet cable
  • Laptop bag

Recommended Software

Educational Software Discount – Registering at with your email address will allow you to purchase Microsoft Office University for $99.99.

This edition includes the following: Word 2010, Excel 2010, Power Point 2010, Outlook 2010, One Note 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010. The Mac version (Microsoft Office Mac University 2011) can be purchased with the same suite of products for $99.99.

How to Fight the Pre-College Jitters

Hello, prospective Keuka class of 2016. This post is particularly for you guys. I have been reading your posts, and a number of you seem to be worried about college and questioning whether or not this will be the right choice to make. Therefore, this post will address those areas of concern so you can have a little more insight and make a more informed decision. I hope this helps!


Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge

I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of pictures of Keuka College at this point. Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, it’s so easy to find pictures of obvious, common places on campus and important college landmarks, but what about the not-so-obvious?

I enjoyed the b-e-a-utiful weather today, and walked all over campus, taking pictures. I took pictures of the not so easily noticed things, and the more inconspicuous nooks and crannies. I did take a photos of few more well known things, but to a newcomer, it’s all brand new turf. And let me tell you, Keuka College is a quaint place, but paying attention to these more out-of-the-way places expanded it for me–like I was rediscovering my campus.

Where am I?

Therefore, I challenge you. On April 14th 2012–Spring Open House, or whenever you come up to visit, try to find these places, located throughout our beautiful campus, and get to know it a little better, just like I did.


  1. Walk around campus–all locations are outside.
  2. Look for clues in the pictures (and captions!) to find the landmarks or places you are looking for. (I didn’t go too far off the beaten path.)
  3. Everything is fair game from between Jephson and Davis.
  4. Feel free to snap pictures of what you find and share them on Keuka’s Facebook, your Keuka class Facebook group, or as a comment on this blog post.
  5. Have fun!

What’s with Work Study?

Hello all. I am sorry that posts have been absent for some time, but that is because I was working on a special web project for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration for Dr. Diaz-Herrera. Needless to say, it took a bit of time, but I could only work on so much per week, as I have other work study jobs to attend to.

Therefore, this post is going to be all about the work study program at Keuka College, the various job opportunities, and more. It’s a great way to gain experience and earn money toward tuition, or just extra spending money.

What is Work Study and How Can I Get It?

According to the Office for Experience Learning:

The student employment (work-study) program provides an opportunity for you to practice and learn valuable work-related skills and, at the same time, help meet educational and personal expenses while at Keuka College.

In other words, it’s like killing three birds with one stone: resume development, job skills, and extra cash. Score!

But how do you get it?


Field Period: The Unique Keuka Experience

This Friday culminates the third week back at Keuka College. Unlike most college students who have been taking their spring semester classes for about a month or so, Keuka students get a longer break than normal, not because they need more time to hang out in between classes, but because they need enough time to complete the experience that makes Keuka College unique: the Field Period.

The vision of Keuka College is to become the world leader in hands-on, experiential learning. The Field Period is integral to its mission; it is the “Keuka difference.” At other schools, internships are possible, and encouraged, but at Keuka, a mandatory, 140-hour, 3-credit internship allows students to explore job possibilities, to make professional connections, to apply what they learn from the classroom, and to graduate with a competitive resume. And this happens for every year a student attends Keuka. These outcomes are definitely true for me, and I now have four Field Periods under my belt.

This is Lightner Library, Keuka College's Academic Library

So now, having recently completed my 2012 Field Period, what better to talk about than my experiences and how it has helped me? I can add that when I made the decision to come to Keuka, price, location, and other factors primarily influenced my choice, and the Field Period was merely an added perk. I hadn’t known when I was a senior in high school, making my official college decisions, just how important the Field Period would be to me, so here is my story; I hope it helps inform your decision.


Paying for College: FAFSA 101

I am sure by this point, most of you have selected and applied to some colleges already. OK, step one is over; step two is making sure you can pay for it. I talked to Keuka College’s Financial Aid Office and got some inside tips, cleared up some misconceptions, and compiled a useful, “how-to,” post to help you and your family find funding to attend college. You can check out independent loan and scholarship options (like from and apply for separate scholarships (or in Keuka’s case, just apply by Jan. 31, 2012-this deadline is just for Merit aid); however, unless you are an heir to a considerable inheritance, you must fill out your FAFSA, the US Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Taken from internet--old picture

But what is the FAFSA? And why is it so important? According to the official FAFSA site,

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans —and its value to our society…

Today, Federal Student Aid performs a range of critical functions that include, among others:

  • Educating students and families on the process of obtaining aid;
  • Processing millions of student financial aid applications each year;
  • Disbursing billions of dollars in aid funds to students through schools…

In a nutshell, FAFSA is the application for federal financial assistance with the costs of college, whether it comes in grants or in loans. FAFSA applications also work for statewide aid. This post will focus on three things: what information you will need to fill out the FAFSA, how and when to fill it out, and other resources that you can utilize to make your college dream a financial reality.


“What are you most thankful for?”

That time of year approaches, with turkeys, pies, cornucopias, and early Christmas shopping. For students, it is a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends, and perhaps to finish a paper or two.


Thanksgiving is a wonderful time, mainly for the company, and also for the food. As a college student, I am very grateful for the opportunity to just be with my family and unwind a little before crunch-time. But as a college student, I also belong to another, bigger academic family. I owe a lot of who I am today to the successes and struggles I have undergone as an undergraduate. My classmates, housemates, and professors have played an integral role in my development at Keuka. But what about the other key players?

Today, I went around and asked faculty and staff who (with one exception) did not teach courses, but still had integral roles to the day-to-day functions of Keuka College. These are the people that work with student life operations or help run offices or other vital components of the college. I am thankful for them because without them, my college experience would not be the same, and the college would not be as smooth running. These are important members of our college community, so it is important to hear what they are thankful for.


The College Admission Essay: How to Successfully Write One Without Having a Mental Breakdown

This post will focus with one of the most important features of a college application: the essay. I was fortunate enough to have guidance from my high school English teacher, but even then, it was one of the most stressful papers I had ever had to write. Perhaps I wanted more structure than was given. I was afraid of saying the wrong things and not doing the right things.

Now that I have been in college for almost 5 semesters, I have had a little more experience with what is required for college writing. I also just recently applied to and was accepted to Semester at Sea, a relatively challenging program to get into. And finally, I did an exclusive interview with Keuka College’s own, John Cokefair, Assistant Director of Admissions Counseling.


Here, I will show you examples of a desirable essay and a poor essay. I will share what I have learned, and I will outline the advice that John gave me. So for all of you stressing over that admission essay, this is the post for you!