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Looking Forward to Senior Week, 4/16/09

So it’s getting closer to the end of the Clarkson school year and graduation day for seniors. Even with all our post and pre graduation responsibilities, there is still one thing to look forward to before all this is done…. Senior Week!

Senior Week is the week between the last day of final exams and commencement day that is solely dedicated to seniors. It is basically a week consisting of planned events and fun activities that graduating seniors (and their friends) can participate in. Last year, I heard so many awesome and interesting stories from my friends about all the activities during senior week. Unfortunately, I had to miss out on all the fun because I had to leave early – right after my finals – for an internship (which actually wasn’t that bad at all!).

Of all the senior week events and stories I heard about last year, the boat trip event was one that I would’ve loved to go on. Basically it was a bunch of students on a boat in the middle of the St. Lawrence River having a blast with free food and drinks.

This year, although there will be no boat trip, there are a whole bunch of other cool events including a Cook-out with President Tony Collins and Karen Collins at the President's House, a Golf Tournament, a Mystery Bus Tour, Senior Stroll, a Senior Luau, a Family Barbecue etc…

I should be participating in about 3 to 4 of these events; I have bought my tickets already. I am participating in the Mystery Bus tour, Senior Stroll and Senior Luau… The total cost for these three events is $65.00. The family barbecue is a free event.

My friends and I and a whole lot of seniors are definitely looking forward to the Mystery Bus tour mainly because of the suspense of not knowing where we are going exactly… I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed ;-)

Easy up! Later…
Ladi

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3 weeks left!!, 04/09/09              

Although there are only 3 weeks left in the semester – maybe even less – there is still a lot of work to be done!  I have classified all my work and responsibilities into pre- and post- graduation responsibilities.

Pre-graduation responsibilities include graduation preparations and stuff like how my family and friends are getting up here, where they all will stay, etc. And of course, I can't forget my school work. As close as we are to the end of the school year, we all have end of the semester exams, projects, and/or papers.

My post graduation responsibilities, on the other hand, include things like getting an apartment, a car, paying-off school loans, etc… a whole lot more of other stuff.

So how do I feel about all this? Well so far, I have been trying to handle all these responsibilities but really, the whole lot of work that is left this semester cannot measure up to the feeling of being on the verge of graduating from college. As the clock keeps ticking, I get happier and more excited about obtaining my Bachelors degree and conjunctively, I get sadder about parting with some of my good buddies. It is all just a pile of mixed emotions.

Regardless of how I feel or how much work I have left, I am definitely going to make the most of the rest of my time. I will remain focused on all my responsibilities while having as much fun as possible. The fun is going to continue with a couple of poker games over the upcoming weekend ;-)

Easy Up, Later!!!
Ladi

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Senioritis is Real!!, 04/02/09     

What is Senioritis? Well according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “senioritis is an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades.” According to Wikipedia, “it is the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their high school or college careers.”

What are symptoms of senioritis? According to me – Dr. Ladi – symptoms may include, but are definitely not limited to, tardiness, lethargy, procrastination, hypersomnia, and missing classes. With all this information, I’m here to tell you today that I have a mild case of senioritis.

I think my senioritis started at the beginning of the school year but it didn’t really kick in until after spring break and now it is bordering on affecting my school work. I definitely am a bit lethargic towards my activities and have been a minute or five late for class! However, now that I know what I am suffering from, I can work on curing myself, even though school is almost over.

A couple of friends are definitely feeling the same way, some have more serious cases than I do. Then again, some of my friends don't have senioritis at all. But either way, we're all trying to make the most, academically and socially, of our last days at Clarkson.

I had a good number of friends that were graduating seniors last year and when they explained the senioritis feeling, I sort of found it hard to understand. I guess in a way I was sympathetic and not empathetic of their situation. Now that I'm in their shoes, I can totally see and feel what they meant by senioritis. It’s a very real thing and I continue to struggle with the feeling.

Easy Up, Later!!!
Ladi

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Reminiscing About My Trip, 3/26/09


OMG!!! The Myrtle Beach trip was definitely an amazing experience. I had so much fun and I am really glad I took the trip down there. The only negative was the 16 hour drive down there from Clarkson… really tiring but still fun nonetheless since it was 4 of us in the car – You know it was an interesting experience with 4 guys in one car on a road trip, haha.

There was so much to do there: chilling on the beach, visiting a couple of nice clubs and restaurants and just mingling with people around. I played some golf and had a blast – golfing was one of the nicer parts of my stay there. Hanging out on the beach every morning was another nice thing… there was something about the sea breeze that was so relaxing. I enjoyed playing sports too: beach soccer, football and some volleyball too… nice!!!

One thing that got me was the Southern accent that some folks had. It was definitely a trip (in a good way) for some odd reason especially the “y’all” slang. I knew of this slang before going down south but hearing people say it in a southern accent was just awesome. I tried speaking with a southern accent but really couldn’t… it didn’t sound pretty at all :-)

All in all I am very happy I took the trip but it would not have been so amazing without the cool friends I went with: Fidan, Shawn, and Maxim. I’m thanking them for making the whole Spring Break vacation worthwhile and an indescribable experience overall.

That’ll be it for now, be sure to check out the pictures I hope to post soon.  I hope you find them as amusing as we did!

Easy up! Later…
Ladi

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Status: Myrtle Beach, 3/19/09

I'm down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!!! It’s been amazing thus far. I’m having crazy fun. There are so many activities to do, the atmosphere is awesome and the people are mighty friendly. My friends will definitely agree with me on how awesome it is. Just being away from schoolwork for so long is a stress reliever. I hope to be really invigorated by the time I get back to school so I can take on the remaining coursework for the semester – 5 weeks of school is left at this point in time. Okay, so I’m going back to play some beach soccer so I’ll get back to you later on...

Easy Up, Later…
Ladi

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Gearing Up for Spring Break, 3/12/09

In college, there is nothing like the intense workload before Spring Break! This week, I had a presentation and two projects due the same day in classes that are back-to-back. But, I have to give myself some blame, since I decided that it would be cool to only have classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays this semester! Luckily, I completed everything on time and now I'm ready for my Spring Break to start!

My key to overcoming a tough work week is time management and focus/drive. I'm taking a total of five courses this semester which include two grad courses and three undergrad courses. Five courses per semester is average for students here. I am taking grad courses since I only need nine undergraduate credits to graduate in May and I know the graduate courses will prepare me for obtaining my Masters in the near future.

Out of my five courses this semester, my Senior Design class is the course that demands the most time, simply because it is a lab course. The project we’re working on in lab is a Golfing Simulator System. It's basically an electrical system that analyzes a golf swing and outputs important characteristics about the swing such as distance traveled by the ball, swing speed, etc…pretty interesting stuff!

While some folks may forfeit extracurricular responsibilities and personal activities with all this work, I'm determined to keep a balanced lifestyle, even if it means pulling an infamous all-nighter once in awhile (hey, they're fun sometimes)! Even though this week has been hectic, the reward is worth it! I’m heading down to South Carolina for this break and I cannot wait…I had my bags packed since last year’s spring break. :-) I'll tell you more about it when I get back!

Easy up! Later…
Ladi

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Housing Draw, how exciting!, 3/5/09

It's that time of the year again, when we all wait in anticipation for our housing draw numbers. We use a “housing lottery,” meaning that numbers are assigned to every student eligible for campus housing in increasing order typically with respect to students’ class year (i.e. seniors get low lottery numbers and juniors get higher numbers and so on). The lower numbers pick housing spots before higher numbers. At the housing lottery, when your number is up, you get to choose whether you want to live in a single or a double and in which building. The good thing about wanting to live in a double is that your group number is whichever number is best between you and your potential roommate, so you've got a better chance of getting the room you want.

Upon entering Clarkson in the spring 2007 semester, I was placed in the Newell house which is one of the New-Dorms. Fortunately for me I was placed with a very cool dude – Shoop. He gave me a little lowdown of how things worked and was very down-to-earth. Also, we both were in the same Linear Algebra class that semester which made things all the more easier when it came to studying and homework assignments.

The next school year, I got into a townhouse thanks to a good friend. I was given a relatively low lottery number which would have probably placed me in the single I wanted but I asked my friend Chris to request me as a roommate and everything went well from there. Currently, we are in a one bedroom (2 beds) Woodstock lodge apartment and I am enjoying every second of it. I like to cook a little bit as opposed to being on a meal plan and this is why I really like the apartment style housing. Having the kitchen and living room area makes it feel more like a house, which I like. I hope I can live here again next year.

Keep you fingers crossed that I'll get another good lottery number!

Easy Up! Later…

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The Intramural Scene, 2/27/09

If I haven’t mentioned this yet, I love soccer, or football, as we call it in Nigeria. I'm sure I am the biggest soccer fanatic at Clarkson. I play a lot of it and I should also mention that I am the best soccer player in the world (just kidding…).  But, I suppose in general I am really crazy about sports.

Aside from the many varsity sports here that I mentioned in my last blog, there are also intramurals in most of the sports. In fact, I play on an intramural soccer team and so far we’ve won all our games! The intramural soccer league takes place outdoors in the fall semester and indoors in the spring semester. This change of location is because of the weather and climate conditions of the spring semester, as the temperature drops immensely and there’s usually snow on the fields. One of these days we might be brave enough to play in the snow, but not yet!

Playing intramurals is a lot of fun; it is a huge workout and keeps me in check with my soccer skills, plus I get to hang out with a bunch of cool people. What I like about intramurals is that it's all about fun and we don't take it too seriously. However unfortunately, I have a little knee injury which currently is hindering from playing on the team. I still show support by acting as the coach and strategizing the greatest plays soccer has ever seen…at Clarkson :-)

Who knows, maybe I can coach a national team someday… Guess I’ll just have to stay in school until then.

Easy Up! Later…
Ladi

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The Potsdam Area, 2/19/09

As you probably know by now, Clarkson University is located in the town of Potsdam, New York. This is about a 6-7 hour trip by car from New York City (9 hours by bus). As stated in my last blog, I think Potsdam is a unique place. Its small size is something that I haven't really experienced before.

Getting down to things to do, I know a lot of hiking takes place courtesy of some good friends; I am personally not a big fan of hiking. Also, Potsdam is surrounded by some mountains which are used for winter sports like sledding, skiing and snowboarding. For example, there is Titus Mountain located in Malone, NY, which is about 45 minutes from Clarkson by car. I went snowboarding for the first time at Titus Mountain not too long ago and words cannot describe how awesome an experience it was. Being my first time, I did fall down a lot which caused my body and my muscles to hurt afterwards, but I still cannot emphasize the amount of fun I had doing it – huge adrenaline rush!  :-)

The Ice Hockey games are huge here at Clarkson. Our Division I teams' games draw huge crowds and can definitely be considered a major event for the town of Potsdam. I have been to a few games and even though I don’t fully understand the sport, the atmosphere is always amazing. Before Clarkson, I had very little knowledge of the sport but right now I have a pretty good understanding of ice hockey and have come to bond with it a little bit. The other sports here are Division III. My favorites to watch are basketball, swimming, baseball and of course, soccer!

I also mentioned in my last blog that I was thinking of going to Montreal. I haven't made it there yet, but I'm hoping to do so in the very near future. So I'll keep you updated on that and hopefully I'll be able to show you some photos, too!

Easy up! Later...
Ladi

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The College Search, 2/12/08

In June 2006, still at Bronx Community College and on the verge of graduating as an Engineering Science Associate of Science (A.S. degree), I started my exhaustive transfer school search process. The search took about two months and finally, I had narrowed my choices down to three potential schools: Cornell University, Boston University and Clarkson University. Clarkson was the odd one out of the three schools because I knew it was small, but I considered it because a good friend of mine who graduated from Clarkson recommended it.

My applications took about a month to finish-up and thankfully, I got positive results from all three schools. As a result, I re-evaluated all three schools even further and finally, chose to go to Clarkson. My choice of Clarkson was based on several factors, but one of the most important was the opportunity getting outside my comfort zone.

The main thing that took me the most out of my comfort zone was the rural setting of Clarkson. The geography and social aura of Clarkson – and Potsdam in general – is very 'different' from NYC's, where I resided. However, I quickly came to realize that "different" is not necessarily "bad."

In a way, I think I was just a bit scared of the change, but because of Clarkson's unique setting, I can be more studious and focused on schoolwork with fewer distractions. The small school population allows for a stronger personal and academic relationship between professors and students and, in essence, better rapport between my professors and me.

In regards to the distance from home, though it is a far distance up north from NYC, it is really close to Canada, the Adirondack Mountains, the St. Lawrence River, and more. This is a huge motivation to travel over a weekend once in awhile. Speaking of which, I am looking to go up to Canada for a few during the little February break that starts today. I'll let you know how my break went in my next blog!

Easy up! Later...
Ladi

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I am Oladipupo “Ladi” Ogunnubi and I'm an electrical engineering senior at Clarkson with a focus in Control Systems and Power. I am a U.S Citizen with a Nigerian background and heritage.

After Grade 2 in the United States, I went to Nigeria to finish my primary and secondary (high school) education. I became really interested in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related stuff/subjects/projects.

Upon high school graduation, I came back to New York to further my studies and, at this point, I still was not sure what aspect of STEM I was going to focus in. I enrolled at City University of New York (CUNY) at Bronx Community College in Fall 2004, majoring in Engineering Science. I graduated from Bronx CC in December 2006 with my 2-Year Associates Degree and then transferred to Clarkson University in January 2007 (Spring semester). I had this gut feeling about Electrical Engineering and that’s why I chose to focus in it.

Here at Clarkson, I am the president of the Clarkson University Transfer Student Association (CUTSA/PTK). I am also a member of a few campus organizations like National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), International Student Organization and the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society.

I am bilingual in English and Yoruba (A Nigerian Tribal Language) and my interests include sports, board games, and music.