Grace Rieck

Class Year: 2016

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Area of Study: Commuinication Studies major, Faith-Justice Studies and Linguistics minors

Interests: reading, writing, traveling, radio, theater.

About

Hello everyone! My name is Grace and I am a senior at Saint Joseph’s University. When I’m not participating in the SJU Theatre Co. or Radio 1851, you can find me cuddling down with a good book and a cup of lemon mint tea.

I have recently been exploring different avenues of self-expression – photography, writing, and singing (just to name a few). I also absolutely love to travel. I have been to Mexico, Peru, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Canada. I even participated in the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage walk of approximately 1000 kilometers (600 miles).

My motto: “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Aristotle

Posts

Why you should wait to Declare a Major

*this is a companion piece to my other blog, “Myths About Undeclared Majors”.

When I first came to SJU I was undeclared. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what my career should be. Freshman year for me was very informative and helpful.

Entering college undeclared lowered my stress level and eased my transition into college.

For students entering college as a declared major, the stress level and workload can be overwhelming. For example, a science major must endured hours of challenging class work, homework and reading, and lab work, a total of hours almost double to that of a humanities major.

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Myths about Undeclared Majors

*this is a companion piece to my other blog, “Why you should wait to Declare a Major”.

Until recent college history, the concept of majors has been highly superficial.

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON: During the rise of modern European universities during the 13th century, colleges were founded to teach a higher education to a singular company of persons. During that time, a university, as a whole, was only dedicated to one specific subject or taught the same specified range of subjects to all its students. Today, however, colleges offer a slew of subject courses that a student must choose from to become an expert.

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10 Quick Tips for Finals

As a senior, I have been through the ups and downs, the good grades and the bad, of finals. And believe me, YOU CAN DO IT! You can conquer that final you’ve been dreading all semester.

Here a are a few quick tips to help you study:

  1. Go to as many review sessions as you can. Reviewing past material with your professor or TA can never hurt. They know what they’re talking about and they know what might be on the final exam.
  2. Find a study group. Having a support group is super important.

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My Day In Prison

These past two Fridays, I went to Graterford Prison with my Crime, Justice, & Media class. We sat down with several juvenile lifers and shared an intelligent and inspiring conversation about everyday life in prison, and the criminal justice system. Suffice to say, it was one of the most captivating moments of my life to date.

There were a total of nine students and our professor, Mike Lyons, that jumped in a SJU van and made the hour trip to Graterford early Friday morning. When we finally got on the road the van was filled with nervous anticipation.

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7 Reasons why I hate “Rate My Professor”

It’s that time of year again, the real life Hunger Games: Class Registration.

Many students turn to RateMyProfessor.com to find all the dirty little secrets about the faculty on campus. But this is not the place to go!!! Let the all wise senior tell you take you on a journey of scandal and debauchery. 😉 The horrors that await you on this so called “YELP for professors” website are unhelpful and just plain dumb.

Don’t believe me? Just continue reading and I will tell ALL!

So here are 7 reasons why I hate “Rate My Professor”:

  1. Spite –

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School Pride: the Door-Holding Edition

The time has come for another edition of school pride! Last time I talked about the awesome professors on campus. This time I’m going to comment on the totally weird, but ridiculously cool, door-holding culture we have at SJU.

Haven’t noticed it yet? Don’t worry, you will.

Everyone on campus, students and faculty included, seems to have an unspoken agreement to hold the door open for the person behind them. Yes, it’s a pleasant little action of goodwill but it is fairly notable. But, believe it or not, not everyone in the world will hold the door open for a stranger who is several feet behind them when they don’t have to! 

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Bad News in a Good Way

“No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

I hate bad news. I mean, who does?

Bad news is something that could ruin you day, or your week, or your month, or your life in some cases. Unfortunately, for most of us, bad news cannot be forever avoided. Because if all you got was good news in life, it wouldn’t be good, it would just be news. You need some bad to balance out and appreciate the good.

As such, bad news should always be delivered with good news. Obvious,

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My Papal Experience

“Wait, the pope is coming?”

This was my friend’s favorite response to whenever the topic of the Papal Visit was brought up these past few weeks. Yes, we know, the pope is coming.

Professors, the news, my family – everyone was talking about this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity.

Fortunately, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in some papal events this past weekend.

On Friday, two of my three classes were canceled so I was able to prepare myself and begin planning my papal experience. My mother even drove down from Rochester, NY to come visit and to see the pope!

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Microwaves are Evil!

College has definitely ruined my microwave experience.

Over the past three years the microwave has been front and center on my kitchen counter. That has changed. After spending my first summer home since high school, I had been spoiled with real, home-cooked meals. I can no longer, with peace of mind, eat a bowl of microwavable mac n’ cheese or instant mashed potatoes.

It’s disgusting. Its as if food has been lying to me this whole time.

As such, I’ve taken to making more of my meals by hand. During a family reunion in August my great aunt gifted me with a lovely cookbook composed of family recipes dating back a few generations (mixed with some newer concoctions).

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50 Questions I have entering Senior Year

With only a few weeks before school, I have a lot of questions about what will happen in the year(s) to come.

  1. What happened to the last three years?
  2. Can I go back to junior year?
  3. Is this really my last summer vacation?
  4. Can I remain 21 forever?
  5. Will the year go by too fast?
  6. Or go by too slow?
  7. What am I going to do after graduation?
  8. Should I go to grad school?
  9. Where I am going to live after graduation?

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The Economy of Friends

If I have learned anything at college and through internships it is that personal relationships run the world.

Building social connections, not only through current friends but also future coworkers and employers, is an important objective for anyone. Not only do strong connections boost productivity and happiness in the workspace but they also allow greater opportunities to open up for you in the future.

Now, I am not saying that you should just make a bunch of friends or connections without sentimental value or genuine feeling. Make real friends. 

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#EarthDay

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!! In honor of this auspicious occasion I want to take the opportunity to talk about the SJU Green Fund.

What is the Green Fund, you ask? Well, it’s an organization that brings students and faulty together to make environmentally conscious and sustainable changes around campus. Some past projects include:

  • Reusable to-go containers for all first year students
  • Recycling, trash and compost sorting cans in Campion
  • Contribution to Solar Panel Project
  • Sponsorship and collaboration with Earth Week Programming
  • Sponsorship of various student organization programming throughout the year
  • Relay for Life water bottles
  • Recycling bins for all classrooms
  • Recycling bins for all on-campus resident rooms
  • Reusable to-go containers for all first-year students
  • Additional water bottle filling stations through campus
  • High efficiency lighting in Claver Hall
  • Orientation 2013 water bottles
  • Water Bottle Filling Stations which can be found in 28 locations across campus
  • High efficiency lighting in the lower gym of O’Pake Recreation Center
  • Hawks for H2O program
  • Water Awareness Week program

The Green Fund supports a variety of projects that are submitted by students,

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School Pride: the Professors’ Edition

Since this weekend is Admitted Students Day, I feel the need to talk about what makes SJU, well, SJU.

Some would say it’s the campus, while others would mention the sports. Many people find new friends and great hobbies on campus and claim that’s the magis. Some would suggest it’s the offered majors and great academic departments around campus. A few students might even mention the clubs and organizations that have influenced them during their time at SJU.

I went around and talked to people to see what they thought about SJU. And, after a while,

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In Defense of Campion

I recently have been particularly sensitive to student’s comments about Campion food. I’ve heard people complain about food selection, operating hours, and workers. “The fries are always undercooked”, “I hate leftovers”, “the lines are too long”, “there are no vegetarian options”, “I’d rather starve”… Enough is enough!

It’s not your mom’s cooking, that’s a given, but it is good food.

The final straw was when a satirical article was published in The Squawk, the school newspaper’s April Fools prank, which thanked Campion for getting “to wait in a 20-minute long line for a crusty chicken sandwich served with gourmet shoestring French fries or a piping hot plate of mysterious chewy meat chunks with stale white rice”.

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The Job Application Blues

Tis the season for internship and job applications.

I always have anxiety over turning in my resume and cover letter to an anonymous hiring manager over the Internet. Some times certain companies and organizations have you fill out a questionnaire about your work ethic, experience, and skills.

I was filling out a job application the other day when I stumbled across this question: “You often do not get the credit you deserve. – Do you Agree or Disagree?” Honestly, I have no idea what to answer. If I agree then I sound like I am egocentric or so self-seeking that I feel as though I deserve a parade every time I do something right.

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PSA: Requesting Club Funds

This past weekend I traveled to New York City with seven fellow students to attend the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems (IBS) Radio Conference. We spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the city attending informational sessions and talks about web design, marketing brand, managing large staffs, and programming. During the mornings and evenings we explored the city, taking in the sites. We visited famous landmarks like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, the Stardust Diner, and 30 Rockefeller Center.

It was an amazing educational experience and we learned a lot of applicable concepts to help improve our campus radio station,

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What do you do with a BA in English?

For those of you who know your contemporary musicals, you might recognize the title of this blog as the opening song from Avenue Q (which also so happens to be the spring musical). But this post is far more than a wish for you to go support the SJU Theater Company.

To start at the beginning, I went to the Career Fair yesterday with a friend — for the sake of privacy I shall refer to my friend as “Sophia” here on out.

While I am a junior, Sophia is a senior and will be graduating in May.

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Finding My Voice

If you know me then you know that I am a member of the campus radio station, Radio 1851. If not, you could probably easily figure it out.

I wear more radio gear than anyone else. I have black t-shirts, grey long-sleeve shirts, multicolored radio sunglasses, hoodies, and more! I am literally a walking advertisement for Radio 1851. (I write with radio pens for goodness sake.) I even constantly talk about radio – about my shows, about friends’ shows, about events, about music… I literally don’t shut up.

It has been a while since I’ve been so passionate about something.

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