Carly Montecalvo

Class Year: 2019

Hometown: Berwick, PA

Area of Study: Communications Studies

Interests: running, juicing, crafting, fishing, traveling, smiling

About

Hello everyone! My name is Carly Montecalvo and I am a freshman Communication Studies major. Here at SJU I am involved in Radio 1851 as a marketing manager, I am VP of Community Service for the American Marketing Association, and a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta! A little about myself: I love to stay fit, eat chocolate, spend time in Canada, read quotes, and watch every reality television show out there! After college (that seems a long ways away) I hope to have a job where I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and preferably in my area of study. I feel that right now there isn’t much to really say in regards to who I am, but throughout my four years here at SJU I hope to not simply find myself, but create myself.

Posts

Celebrating The Small Things

Remember that one time I updated you on my life? And said how everything was on the ups? Fun fact about that, I got yet another peritonsillar abscess just one day after uploading Part 4 of that saga, and then had to schedule to get my tonsils out just two weeks later, oh the irony.

 

Some things I’ve realized now looking back at this summer is that nothing goes as planned, and being able to swallow without a care in the world is such an everyday luxury that I sure took for granted.

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Update On My Life: Part 4- Health Success & Chicago

June 17th-Present 

 

I’m sure you all have been just dying to know what happened there in the doctor’s office. Well folks this visit was a successful one and thank goodness for that! Though, please skip to the next paragraph if medical discussions make you queasy! I am sure you all thought I was going to get my tonsils out, but to your surprise, and quite frankly mine, I did not. Instead, the doctor numbed my tonsil, took a needle, and drained it. I know, gross. Though I didn’t feel instant relief from the pain, mentally I felt like the biggest weight had been lifted.

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Update On My Life: Part 3- Internship & Summertime Fun

June 6th-June 15th

 

Welcome my friends to Part 3, the part of my life where my summer actually begins! This summer I decided to take an internship in Old City working for an event planning company. No need to fear, I will explain this whole process very soon, but basically I chose to stay in Manayunk for the summer in order to do the internship in Old City, Philadelphia. To do this I simply (although moving is never simple) transferred my belongings over to my sisters humble abode in Manayunk as it is just her and I there for the summer.

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Update On My Life: Part 2- Summer Class & It Hurts to Swallow?

May 12th-June 5th

 

Here we are, Part 2 of my snippet of life. Quick recap of Part 1, I ended up leaving to go home to recover from my oh so painful strep throat. So did I end up not taking my finals you may ask? Unfortunately no. But, the Office of Student Success was very helpful in rescheduling my finals for when I felt better, which was much appreciated.

 

After my finals were done I spent about a week or so at home, and then packed up one more time to move back to school,

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Update On My Life: Part 1- Finals & Health

In the last month I have rescheduled finals, finished my first year in college, seen many doctors, taken a summer class, started an internship, and visited with friends old and new. May and June have been quite busy, but that’s what your youth is for, right? So, here is a look into a nineteen year olds life: the fun times, the rough times, and the in-between times that add up to a whole experience to just tally onto my life, enjoy!

 

May 3rd-11th

 

For every other college student at SJU this week meant Finals Week,

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SOS: I’m Not A Business Major

This March I had the opportunity to attend the international collegiate marketing conference in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the American Marketing Association executive board. I learned a lot on this trip; why my digital footprint is so important, tips for successful fundraising, and effective networking information. It was eye opening, in more ways than one.

What was most apparent at the beginning of this conference was the fact that I am not a business major. What was most apparent at the end of this conference was the fact that I am so happy I am not a business major.

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5 Signs You Just May, Sort Of, Kind Of, Be An Adult

With the recent graduation of the class of 2016 I couldn’t help but think that soon that will be me, walking across the stage, receiving my diploma, wondering what’s to come next…

Changing your tassel from right to left does not magically transform a person into an adult. Though it may seem like it happens overnight, and you suddenly wake up realizing all of the responsibilities you now have, adulthood isn’t automatic. This overwhelming feeling of responsibility, this change in how your day now plays out from start to finish, it slowly but surely consumes a person. Day by day you do little things that eventually all construct you as a person,

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The Thirst Project

663 million.

The number of people without the access to safe drinking water

8 college students.

Turned $70 into $1700 and founded the world’s largest youth water organization

 

Why: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. By providing a community with safe drinking water, disease rates can drop up to 88%, and child mortality rates can drop up to 90%.

 

Where: Swaziland has the single-highest-density population of HIV/AIDS in the world, and even if you have access to medical treatment,

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Second Semester Mantras

The beginning of my second semester as a freshman I made a few goals; not resolutions to stop eating Campion cookies, but instead mantras to implement in my everyday life. Now the middle of the semester, I can happily say that all three of my mantras are in fact being met, and I believe that each has made a huge impact on my semester thus far.

 

Mantra comes from Sanskrit origin, with the prefix meaning mind, and the suffix meaning instrument. Therefore together, mantra means an instrument of the mind. These words or phrases are made by you in order to aid as a tool in order to bring psychological and/or spiritual power.

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Food Marketers in Action

Saint Joseph’s University is one of the few schools that have a major known as Food Marketing, and this area of study is quite possibly the most popular major on Hawk Hill. Students have graduated with jobs lined up at large companies, such as General Mills, and have gained valuable experience from their professors, who have worked in the food industry. Another aspect to the Food Marketing major is an option known as the Food Marketing Co-op. In this plan, students are in a five-year program where they take the required courses for the major,

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Scheduling Woes

What is one of the most stressful times in any college student’s life? I’m not talking finals week or graduation here people — I’m talking scheduling. This time is so important to every student’s well being, as it determines how your next semester will go. Will you get all of the classes you wanted but awful times, or maybe all of the teachers are great, but it didn’t follow your original plan? Either way, scheduling at any school is always a tad different, so lets first break down how it’s done here at SJU.

 

On Hawk Hill there is a week worth of scheduling.

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My First Semester Recap

Well, my first semester as a Saint Joseph’s University student has come and gone just as fast as everyone said it would. As I relish in the post holiday laziness of my winter break, I have been able to take a moment and look back at my first semester. There have been many highs and lows that have accompanied these few short months, and all are what I believe every new college student will face.

 

Roommates & Friends

High: The great thing about college is that you are surrounded by people all day,

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Studying Styles

Oh studying, no one likes it, but we all have to do it, well at least sometimes… I have always had a pretty good regime when it came to sitting down and actually getting to work, but man, college is a whole new ball game. There never seems to be a break, you get done with one assignment just to get a new one the next class. It’s a never-ending cycle, and so my basic studying skills have had to be amped up these past couple weeks. I think everyone has his or her own studying particularities, which I just find fascinating.

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It’s Fitness Time!

As the weather starts to cool down and the nights begin to arrive sooner, it is quite apparent that fall is definitely here and winter is, dare I say, quickly approaching. With this change in season comes the usual slump of not wanting to leave your toasty bed, and thus not wanting to work out. I get it — its cold outside and warm inside; it really is quite logical which option to choose.

Back home I really would not have this problem of what to do for fitness because I always had sports practices, but here at school I really had to adjust to working out without my usual designated practice times.

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Manayunk Mayhem

There is a quaint little town in Philadelphia, which is known here at SJU as the place where all the upperclassmen live. This eclectic up and coming neighborhood positioned near the Schuylkill River is Manayunk. There are a number of amazing things to do here, and with its close proximity to campus it makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

 

What is so great about Manayunk is the convenient location, the great events that are put on, and the new shops that are always opening up, but this town wasn’t always as popular as it is today.

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Welcome Home: First Fall Break

You’ve made it past your first round of midterms (or maybe still have more to tackle when you get back), you’ve endured the long hours at the library, the repetitiveness of going to class, grabbing lunch, going to class, chatting with your suite-mates, going to dinner, and making sure your prepared for the next day ahead. After much effort so far this year, your reward has finally arrived: fall break.

 

My first fall break started out with a tad bit of sadness, but soon transformed into an absolute perfect time away. I think colleges and universities really know what they’re doing when assigning the breaks in the semester.

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My First College Test

This week I took my first real college test. Sure, I’ve taken the little quizzes, written essays, but a big college test, well; I guess I’m not in Kansas (high school) anymore. The exam was difficult sure, but mostly it was the whole experience of it all that really threw me for a loop. After I handed in my test and left the classroom I thought to myself, “Alright, I think I did well on that” but mostly I was thinking, “I need to write a blog about this” And so, my first college test experience:

 

Walking up the flight of stairs to my classroom I was greeted with panicked stares glancing up at me briefly from their notebooks as I walked into the room.

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AMA Cupcake Challenge

As mentioned previously in my About Me section, I am a freshmen here at SJU and hope to dive right into all of the fun things happening around campus. In order to do just this I have joined a club that I am particularly excited about, since it is technically not in my major, and allows me to broaden my horizons even more. The American Marketing Association (AMA) is a national club, and we are lucky to have our own branch here at SJU! Since joining this club I have attended meetings where speakers from companies such as Pepsi Co spoke,

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#popeadelphia

In case you didn’t already know, this weekend the Pope is in town. For some this means attending the mass, or standing a couple of blocks away from the Mann Music Center. For others this means going home for the weekend and away from the mayhem, and then for the rest of us, it means being stranded inside of our dorm/apartment.

Some are looking at this weekend as misery, stuck on campus all weekend, what horror. I on the other hand am taking this weekend as a time to finally do all of the things that I never seem to have time to do on a free weekend,

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Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.

I recently went to the activities fair, which was everything I expected and more. No seriously, it’s just like the movies, hundreds of tables with people handing out flyers and telling you about their club. I loved walking down each row looking at the signs and thinking, “What am I gonna do here?” College is a clean slate, an opportunity to sign up for new things, and this prospect got me very excited. Probably a bit too much considering I signed up for almost everything…I mean it’s just an email, right?

 

About a week later I started to receive emails from all of the organizations from which I signed up for.

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Take a Hike

College can be stressful: overwhelming workloads, new friends, and new places. I have always been accustomed to knowing someone, or better yet someone knowing me, everywhere I went. I was used to always seeing a familiar face, a feeling of security and calmness everywhere I would go. Something was missing from my daily hustle and bustle of college life, and it finally was revealed to me through a video called This is Water.

 

As part of orientation before classes started, the freshmen class watched a commencement speech by David Foster Wallace. After watching this short video I was really intrigued.

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Septas, Buses, and Trains, Oh my!

Directionally challenged, a phrase I seem to have emulated my entire life. Coming from a small town, Philadelphia was definitely not going to be a walk in the park when it came down to actually going places. Due to this unfortunate attribute, I decided that an early move in program was a step in the right direction (pun intended). The early move in program I chose was PSIP (Philadelphia Service Immersion Program), where you travel in groups to different parts of Philadelphia to do service work.

My first day of PSIP was unbelievable! First we took the Septa to our service destination and after our day we once again waited at the bus stop to get back on campus.

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