Kayla is a senior who majors in Sociology and minors in Spanish. Throughout her time at St. John’s she’s taken part in a few organizations. She is the secretary for Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. She plans to attend law school within the Tri-State area. She enjoys exploring new places, photography, drawing, fashion, reading and meeting new people.
February 15, 2013
My last entry I spoke about volunteering at St. Nicks after-school program. Since then, I have had the opportunity to visit twice in the past weeks. It’s been a great experience working with the children; they range from four to fourteen. I work with mostly the pre-kindergarten and 1st graders; they are such a vibrant bunch. Upon arrival the children are in physical education for an hour, following that they have homework time. Each child is different however it’s interesting that they all have a method of doing their homework at such a young age. Being that they are very young, they are able to soak up a lot of information. The most important aspect of working with children is making sure they take away something from tutoring. Therefore, I always try to instill a new tactic in approaching and completing homework.
February 2, 2013
Yesterday night, I went to see the play Dream Girls on the Queens campus. It was a great performance. I sat in the second row with a few friends supporting actors that were in the play. It was very well acted and pretty comical as well. The women that sang during the play were amazing! It’s always awesome to see my peers express their talents on stage. Let me also mention, the music for the play was remarkable. I love live music and Jazz, so it was the icing on the cake to be a little cliché! After the play, my colleague and I were able to go back stage and meet some actors and actresses. They were all very nice but tired; they were also excited for the following performance the next day. The best thing about STJ is the activities that are available for the students. This was a great performance that I would definitely see again!
First Week of Classes
January 27, 2013
WHOO! Second Semester Senior! It’s been great thus far; my course load is great. I’m taking two Spanish courses, a Sociology seminar and a business law course. This is the lightest course load I’ve had since I transferred here. I plan on getting straight A’s to finish my college career with a BANG! For now, I want to focus on the homework and seek out volunteer opportunities. I’m actually going to St. Nicks After School program this evening. I’ll update my blog on the experience of being there. It should be great; I enjoy working with children.
Also, since we’ve been back to school, the fraternity I’m in has started its Rush Week; Alpha Kappa Psi, Fraternity Incorporated. It’s a business fraternity that seeks to enhance team building and leadership. Below you can see our flyer.
Martin Luther King Day
January 22, 2012
The 21st (yesterday) was my last day in Boston. It was such a great long break. I was able to relax and see family. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that! Last night, my roommate and I, along with a few family members attended my younger cousins choir performance, which happens every year on Martin Luther King Day. It was a beautiful performance. I have two cousins that performed in the show. The younger one is actually in the choir and his older brother is a musician. It was awesome to see them both perform at the same venue.
Below you can see my younger cousin perform with Melissa Doolittle from American Idol.
January 17, 2013
So, I’m still in Boston. This has to be the longest break I’ve ever had being at STJ. Aside from the longevity of this break, my roommate is here!!! It’s been cool having her here; I’ve been a slight tour guide of Boston. Here are a few photos from the little explorage trip; they’re all of Quincy Market.
January 10, 2013
My birthday was great! I hung out with family and friends. Couple of STJ alum came to my hometown to spend my birthday with me! It was cool and I was definitely happy they came.
I can’t believe I’m a senior and graduating in a few months. These four years have gone by very quickly. I am now 22 years of age. It sounds weird, lol not sure I have come to terms with it yet. But, I am happy and a new chapter in my life will begin!
Christmas & New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2012
Christmas was amazing! Gift are always great to receive however, having family that means the most to you is more important. I have a little brother and live with both my parents. Being here in Boston with them all warms my heart, they mean so much to me! Seeing my brother open his present is always gratifying because he is always so grateful no matter what he receives.
The week and day before New Years Eve in my house is usually hectic due to preparation for New Years Eve. My family usually hosts at my house and I mentioned how large my family is already. Therefore we have to provide lots of food and drink to accommodate both my dad and mom’s side of the family. It can be a little tiring but the outcome is always a success. Tomorrow morning, I’ll make apple turn-overs and maybe salmon hors d’oeuvers.
December 24, 2012
Ahhhh!!! Christmas came so fast this year! I can’t wait for Christmas Day; I’m so excited. Since I’ve been home there hasn’t been any snow. Hopefully Boston will get some soon! I love coming home; I have a huge family with tons of cousins. The best part of having several cousins around my age is we’re quite fluent in sarcasm. When we’re together the sarcasm never dies, conversations that should be serious are slightly tainted but yet appropriate. This year we decided to spend Christmas Eve at my grandmother’s house. It was cool to see and spend time with my family before the big day. I forgot to mention how much food was there!! I’m a cuisine connoisseur; rather I enjoy lots of food! (haha) I also enjoy cooking, not sure that helps my case. Aside from my tangent, Christmas Eve was well spent!
December 17, 2012
The fall semester flew by; I cannot believe how fast it went! Despite the rapidity of the semester, my classes were great! I acquired great knowledge within all of my classes but I enjoyed my photography and social theory courses the most. Learning film photography in contrast to digital photography allows one to value the authenticity of photography. It requires a lot of patience for trial and error, the most gratifying feeling in watching your photo develop and knowing it’s a great photo prior to leaving the dark room. Social theory was austere but yet captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed the Karl Marx readings on capitalism that correlated quite well with society. It was shocking how well the readings related to our government and topics as such.
Below you can see one of my photos taken for class. It’s a black and white double negative of the atlas statue on Ave of the Americas in Manhattan (Double negative: two negatives (rolls of film) on top of each other, creating a doubling effect).
December 7, 2012
Although finals are in full effect, STJ has a WINTER CARNIVAL every year during this time! It’s actually a week of the best event that students look forward to. Earlier in the week, I took a ride around the great lawn, (or STJ’s Central Park) on a horse and carriage. It’s literally something that would be seen in the Central Park! There was also hot chocolate and cookies waiting for students that wanted them. Within the same week, STJ had fireworks for the students and their families. That was the icing on the cake; I had a blast. Below you can find some photos of what my winter carnival was like.
November 19, 2012
The month of November has been a jam-packed not only for myself but all of New York and other parts of the world. Earlier in the month, a “Superstorm” or in other terms, Hurricane Sandy, hit the U.S. and parts of the Caribbean like Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. Surviving hurricane Charley prior to Sandy’s arrival, I underestimated her power and ultimately disregarded what she had in store for New York. A couple of days before Sandy welcomed herself, I left university housing to stay with a roommate who lived in Brooklyn, NY. We were not affected; our lights flickered maybe once or twice but nothing extravagant.
Today, after chatting with a professor in my drawing experiments class, I learned why he did not make it to class last week. He was terribly affected by the storm. It was hard to hear the reality of what damage had been done after underestimating Sandy’s strength; he even had footage of the surge and when it came in. Watching it emphasized how important it is to be grateful of what you have! Luckily, everything is getting better with my professor and his family. Hopefully, like my professor many other Americans and immigrants are able to pick up the pieces of what were left and move forward.
After seeing the harm done and understanding the reality of hurricane Sandy, this past weekend I decided to donate blood. I donated blood for the first time this morning on the STJ campus. It was a bittersweet feeling because I am not a fan of needles however; I’ll be saving save someone’s life that was affected in the storm or even assist researchers. If you’ve never donated blood, I’d say give it a try. It does not hurt as much as I thought it would (I’m a big kid when it comes to needles). Donating blood is also great because although the blood donated may not save a life, it may help researchers find cures. Win-win situation!
Below are a few photos of our (my roommate and I) cooking skills during the storm. We made pumpkin spice lattes, roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pancakes the next morning. All were great aside from the burnt pumpkin seeds!
Have a great week!
Wednesday, it’s cloudy and a little chilly; fall is here. The semester has already flown by. Midterms are almost over for some and Thanksgiving is knocking at our doors. Today, I sit at the Promenade Park in Brooklyn, NY. Not simply to take a day off to explore the city but to take photos of what is important to me for my Film Photography class St. John’s offers.
Although it’s a cloudy day, it’s relaxing to hear yourself think and get away from all the hustle and bustle. From this park, I can see massive buildings and the Statue of Liberty. In addition, the Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridge are not too far either. It’s a great place to walk around and explore as well as capturing photos. I encourage readers to take some time to clear their minds; go somewhere new, take a notebook and write what you’re thinking. This definitely helps release and express your thoughts!