What’s on Your Mind?

What’s on Your Mind?

March 16, 2022 Uncategorized 29

This blog post topic is to Free Write! Write bout anything that is on your mind as long as long as it is not profane or explicit. A huge thanks to Abby for suggesting this as a topic 🙂

Can’t wait to read all the things on your mind this week!

 

29 Responses

  1. Michael Averill says:

    These days, the one constant thing on my mind is graduation. It’s crazy to think that after four years, I will soon be leaving Siena College. This place has become my home, so it’s difficult to fathom having to say goodbye in just a few weeks. I think about how much I’ve grown over the years. I’ve had so many incredible experiences here, many of which came directly through being a Bonner Service Leader. At Siena, I’ve gained new skill sets and learned new things. But even more importantly over the past four years, I’ve gained confidence and found my voice to advocate for issues that matter. As I approach graduation, I feel confident that I am prepared for what comes next in graduate school and beyond. Yet, it doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier. I’ll always be grateful to Siena for all it has given me.

  2. Liz MacMurray says:

    One thing that has been on my mind is everything that is happening in Ukraine right now. After talking a little bit about it during one of the Wednesday night meetings, it made me realize that there is a lot that I still need to educate myself about. It made me think about how to find the best way to go about getting the most reliable information is. It’s hard to find resources that not only provide factual information but information that is comprehendible to someone who may not be completely educated on certain concepts. Overall, I just realized that I would love to find a way that I could educate myself on current events in a more formal but understandable way.

  3. Rachel+Gifford says:

    One thing that has been on my mind is the future. More specifically my plans for the next 2 years or 1 and 1/2????‍♀️. Making decisions regarding my plans (even picking classes) has been very overwhelming and thinking of the future can be very scary. In times of change, I’m very happy to have my Bonnerfam to support me and bounce ideas off of. I’m also working on enjoying the here and now as well as supporting others who are struggling. Additionally, I’m also thinking about how I just realized we can add emojis to our blog posts ???? (my mind is definitely jumbled right now). All in all, I feel very thankful to have all of you and the opportunity to grow and learn more about myself and others❤️.

    • Rachel+Gifford says:

      * Some of the emojis don’t show up (the first one was supposed to be a shrug). 🙂

  4. Abeer Jafri says:

    One thing on my mind lately is thinking about how fast this year is flying by! I can’t believe spring semester will be wrapping up before we know it. I am grateful to have enjoyed and learned so much from my classes and work for Bonner this year. Despite how fast the days are going lately, I think it is important to step back and look around every once in a while. It is easy to get caught up in being busy, and trying to get through each week without actually enjoying the days. I hope to keep this in mind as I finish up the semester, and try to savor every moment!

  5. Samantha Lunt says:

    One thing that has been on my mind lately is change. I have been thinking about this often because I feel like life is moving so quickly and so much has been happening that has caused me to have to stop and reflect and think about where to go next. I am not someone who enjoys change at all and it has been a challenge for me to try and embrace it. I am learning that while change can be scary and uncomfortable, it is also a beautiful thing. I feel like lately I have been going through a lot of changes. In the work I am doing in bonner/ school, as well as personal changes. I guess one could say, I am getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and learning to embrace the change.

  6. Giavanna Pitagno says:

    One thing that has been on my mind, having just come back from break, is how our environment can change our moods, thoughts, and actions. My break was not bad by any means, but just the environment I am surrounded by when I return home really effects me, my actions, and my mental health. Something about being home mentally restricts me from doing the things I find myself loving up here. It really makes me think about the importance of who you surround yourself with (and makes me happy I have finally found the people that fill my cup up at Siena).

  7. Kayla McKay says:

    One thing that has been on my mind was having a difficult time transitioning back from spring break to school again. Spring break was great for me because I had time to myself, got to see family members, and friends, but I also had a sense of guilt that I was supposed to be doing work or studying. Usually, during long breaks, I will tend to overwork myself either by doing work to get ahead of work or going to my part-time job and working a lot of hours. During this break, I decided to take a step back and rest which was something out of my comfort zone but I am grateful I did it. At first, it was hard to be okay with not doing my traditional work things but I learned that being productive means different things and does not always need to be associated with academics or money. I was productive by investing my time into things that I used to enjoy doing that I have put aside and it has made me feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  8. Kimberly Lopez says:

    Something I have been thinking about is how much I have changed and how growth can be hard at times. During college an individual goes through yet another self-discovery journey, this journey is an emotional rollercoaster at least in my experience it has been. I’m not the person I was at the beginning of the school year in both good and bad ways but this journey is trial and error and I often tend to find the beauty in the struggle. I have realized that it’s okay not to have everything figured out and it’s okay to not always be happy because you are growing constantly and you need to take time to be okay with who you are and envision who you see yourself being. I really have enjoyed my time here at Siena and can’t wait to see what the future of my college career has in store for me. I am proud that I choose Siena and I’m so thankful to be surrounded by amazing hardworking people!

  9. Ava Bibisi says:

    One thing since coming back from break that has been on my mind is how I want to move forward with myself in the future. Even just scheduling for classes and seeing what new opportunities I want to take on for next year. A big focal point in my life recently is how I choose to present myself whether in school, Bonner, with friends, or in a family setting. Choosing things that are beneficial to me and my life rather than just feeling as though I “have” to do something because that’s what someone else says I should. This does pertain to what has been on my mind about future plans because I thought I knew what I wanted to do after college and now really don’t. I’m just trying to re-evaluate all my opportunities and the possibilities for future careers.

  10. Something that has been on my mind for the past two weeks is my academic future. There are numerous routes I can take as far as internships, graduation, and post-grad plans. Even though I’m a junior, the semester ends in a little over a month and I do not want to be overwhelmed later on. The career center was able to help out immensely and helped me gain insight into what I really wanted to do. I also learned a lot about myself because usually when I’m forced to choose between two or more things, I choose them all. Having to actually sit down with myself and think out what I would love most is a decision I’ve made only a handful of times. I’m nervous about what the future holds, but right now, I’m excited.

  11. Annabelle Fisher says:

    There’s been a lot on my mind recently, but the main thing I think I keep circling back to is change. This past year and time at college has been really challenging for me, but I’m starting to be very grateful for the experiences I’ve had. Living away from home for the first time and being placed in a situation where I am responsible and free to create my own set of behaviors and boundaries has been really freaking difficult, but making real and changes and progress for myself is an amazing feeling. I’ve started learning to live in the grey area, and that life is not as black and white as we often force it to be. It’s possible to advocate for yourself with a difficult conversation and leave the situation in a stronger and healthier place than it was before. Setting boundaries for what you will allow into your life can actually allow more room for love and growth than the natural urge to make someone else happy. I don’t know it’s crazy stuff, but I’m feelin like a different gal (lol). Any-who that’s all. <3

  12. Jackson Regan says:

    I’ve definitely been thinking a lot about the rest of the year in terms of academic work, plus what my summer is going to look like in terms of work, as well as next fall’s class load (with registration coming up so soon). I don’t have a good picture of it yet, since I’m still trying to return to school mentally after a relaxing break, but I do know that I’ll have several quizzes and projects, but thankfully it looks like I won’t have many final exams. With all this work on my mind it’s about just putting my head down and doing the work even when I have no motivation, because once I’m done with my work, I can more easily relax and enjoy time with my friends without having to worry about schoolwork that would be coming up on me.

  13. Abby James-Vickery says:

    I have had so much on my mind! Right now, something on my mind is how grateful I am for my friends. I love all of you! Shout out to Erin, I love youuuuu. Er-bear you are such a kind person and such a fun person to be around. I love you and appreciate you so much(do not graduate)! Shout out to Annabelle and Brianna! I would not be able to do this without you two. You guys are so fun, amazing, supportive and caring!!! I love you guys so much and can’t wait to keep living this crazy life with you! And to the rest of the bonners, I love yall and love working and learning together! I hope everyone has an amazing rest of their day and remember to tell your friends that you love them!

  14. Victoria Taco says:

    Currently what’s on my mind is the best 2008 movie in my opinion, Ponyo. Moments before this I was having a discussion with another bonner who disagrees with me. I say Ponyo is a cinematic masterpiece because of the storyline and cool animations. I think its a highly underrated kids movie and miss Abigail says otherwise. Ponyo is my go to comfort movie and I personally think it is one of Noah Cyrus’s best songs. The song Ponyo On the Cliff By the Sea is so catchy! Ponyo’s love for ham and sandwiches makes me giggle every time I watch it. I really wanted to share my love for Ponyo.

  15. Asavari Gowda says:

    One thing that has been on my mind recently is my summer job at the Double H Ranch. Double H is a camp for kids with chronic and severe illnesses and I get to be a camp counselor over there this summer! I am excited to meet all the kids and have fun with the them outdoors since I love just being outside. I’m also very interested to see how the camp operates in therms of their medical care. All in all, I’m really looking forward to this experience.

  16. Stephanie Da Fonseca says:

    One thing on my mind is the future, with senior year approaching and having to apply to graduate and doctorate programs it has been an overwhelming sensation. I also took on an insane workload this semester so it can be daunting thinking about post grad when I have so much on my plate right now. But one thing I did reflect on this week is how exhausting Bonner is but also equally rewarding; I have learned so much about my capabilities in these last three years and I am so grateful for a program that has pushed me to believe in myself. Regardless, just a lot of anxiety and appreciation for these crucial years of my life <3

  17. Anum Tehseen says:

    I’ve had a lot on my mind. Not all are bad but not all are good as well. For starters Ramadan is starting and I’m super excited for that but also dreading it a little bit because I need coffee every two hours to function. I look forward to the abundant meals with everyone ready to eat. Best part about this is that no matter what you’re eating, how great it is, you can’t eat a lot. After a long day of fasting your stomach just doesn’t allow it. An inevitable challenge I fear I’ll face has to do with my new profound declaration of going vegetarian. Although Ramadan food is a mixture of non veg and veg meals, my family loves meat and nothing else. I can just foresee the conflicts I’ll be getting myself into.

    On a different note I’m terrified of the upcoming finals. Not at all prepared and I’ve forgotten everything from the beginning of the semester. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad! ????

  18. Erin Spence says:

    Spring break gave me the opportunity to slow down and really listen to what has been on my mind. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that in just a few weeks, I will no longer be a Siena College student. I think the hardest part about this is that I have to leave all of my friends! I’ve made so many connections with some amazing people while I’ve been at Siena, and it makes my heart so sad that I won’t get to see them every day like I do now. I feel like this is something I used to take advantage of. Gradutation felt so far off and I felt like I had all the time in the world. But it goes by so much faster than you think. This year, I’ve learned to soak up every minute I have with the people in my life that are important to me. Life becomes so much more meaningful when you surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Siena and Bonner have been a part of my life for four years, and they have been the most influential and life changing years I have had. It’s hard to imagine that next year I won’t be coming back to the place that has shaped me so much. But, I know there are exciting years ahead! This is a reminder to live in the moment and to appreciate all of the people in your life that make you smile!

  19. Erin Spence says:

    This made me smile, I LOVE YOU!

    • Erin Spence says:

      Oops, ignore that first reply, that was supposed to reply to Abby’s post!

  20. Katharine Lindsay says:

    What’s on my mind is how things seem to be going in different directions than I expected for me, my close and long distance friends and family. I feel like a lot of people in my life are in different places progress wise, mentally and literally since graduating high school and it’s something I haven’t paid so much attention to until now. I’ve been reconnecting with people and realizing what exciting and challenging journeys they’ve had like I have, since starting college, a gap year, a new job, moving to a new home etc. I’m someone who often thinks more inward. Sometimes I get caught up in my phone, classwork and my own head too much and don’t take in what’s going on around me as much as I could be. I’m reminded of how I want to take back lost time and try to be more present in the lives of those who care about me and who I care about, and include them in mine more, too! I also want to be more present in my own life because I want to experience all the directions it’s going in in full, stop focusing so much on documenting it for the sake of preservation so I can really experience and enjoy it!

  21. Victoria Mangelli says:

    I was very focused on this internship I had applied to, and honestly thought I had a fair chance of getting it. However, I wasn’t selected for the position and, at first, this upset me until I realized that it’s really working out in my favor. I wasn’t able to study abroad this semester, but now I will be able to take some time off of work to travel- which will be a dream come true. I’ve always pictured myself spending a summer in Europe, and while it may not be for the whole summer, at least now I get to make some money and spend it abroad with my sister.

  22. Nia Colon says:

    One thing that has been on my mind is graduation. I am very excited to graduate and officially begin my nursing career. On the other hand, I am nervous because this is a new step in life. It is definitely a bitter-sweet feeling, but I’m excited to see how it goes.

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