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A new start
STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
[ INTRODUCTION ] BY JAKE CLAPP
Transitioning from high school to college brings a lot of changes. New interests, new ideas, new people, new environments; it can be overwhelming. But be patient. You’re going to have a lot of fun. For those of you who just moved to Rochester, you have a new city to explore. And for those from the area, college allows you to experience the city in a whole new way. College gives you the opportunity to choose your own adventure and to shape who you want to become — while you’re at it, get to know this vibrant community of colorful people, businesses, and neighborhoods. But where to start? We hope this Student Survival Guide, put together by college students for college students, will be an introduction to this new chapter for you. Think of it as a way to get your toes wet. Before anything else, though, it’s important to take care of yourself while you adapt to the hectic college routine, so we start this year’s guide with an outline of the mental health resources available on Rochester campuses on page 4. Then, on page 8, we look at seven unique restaurants where you can get a cheap meal — because we all know how strapped you are for cash. We also know that many of you are still under 21, so on page 10, you’ll find seven hangouts perfect for the underage person who still wants to be social. All you need to land your dream job after college is good grades, right? Wrong. More and more employers are looking for real-world experience, but how do you get it? On page 14, we have a list of volunteer opportunities that would look good on any resume. And we wrap up this year’s guide with an art tour of Rochester. Turn to page 20 for eight locations scattered around the city that are well worth getting off campus for; you’ll learn more about the area’s artists, and become better acclimated to Rochester. Let us know how you’re adjusting to college life! Leave a comment below this introduction online at rochestercitynewspaper.com. And don’t forget to pick up a free copy of City Newspaper every Wednesday morning for the latest on news, music, and life.
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didn’t receive accommodations for their mental illness through their university. Similar reports show that mental health professionals at colleges feel that student mental health is a rising concern on their campuses. That’s not to say there’s a lack of help available; many people either do not know about the resources available to them, or they might feel hesitant to use them. Rochester itself harbors a wealth of mental health resources, many of which are within walking distance of or located directly on local college campuses. Each university has its own mental health center, and many offer services and connections to community members with whom they collaborate in order to give students a more holistic approach to mental wellness. If you see a counselor, “it doesn’t mean you’re crazy,” says E. Jamall Watkins, assistant director of MCC’s counseling center. The local colleges all have resources unique to their own health centers and student demographics, but there is also relative uniformity in the mental health care basics they offer. Each offers assessment, intake, and referral services, which are used to evaluate what needs and wants the student may have, and then pair them with the correct in-house counselor or refer them to other organizations available in the community.
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Rochester universities offer on-campus mental health resources that are easy to access, confidential, and welcoming Mental health tends to be one of those subjects that — save for the instances it is sensationalized in the media — is neglected in larger public discourse. Relevant sources of aid for the mentally ill are often poorly advertised, and it can be difficult for individuals to find the help that they may need or want, even when those resources are much closer than they may think. Mental illness is a much more common occurrence than how TV might portray it 4 CITY • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
—and it can be a lot less scary to learn about, handle, and to get help for than many people think. The National Alliance on Mental Illness approximates that 1 in 5 adults in the US experiences mental illness in a given year. Studies by NAMI specifically pertaining to college students found that more than 50 percent rated their mental health as being below average or poor, and 30 percent reported trouble with school work due to their mental health problems. And when focusing on the help available, NAMI’s study found that only 36 percent of students were aware of information on mental health resources at their college being available online; 38 percent said they did not know how to access accommodations; and 57 percent
Monroe Community College, a campus of significant size, has significant resources for those students who might be struggling emotionally and mentally. The college’s counseling center has a number of certified counselors and mental health professionals on staff who are equipped to help what the center calls the “worried well” — students who may not have chronic mental health issues but are experience trouble, like adjusting to college — and those who do have diagnosable mental disorders. Therapy sessions at MCC are primarily goal-oriented and work to help alleviate the student of a specified trouble or help them in learning how to cope. Those with more serious conditions are referred to outside community resources which the MCC staff has built trusted relationships with for years. “We aren’t primary counselors,” Watkins says. “But we’re supportive ones.” The numbers of students seeking mental health resources have continues on page 6
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been growing recently, he says, and he believes it is not a phenomena related to more kids suddenly needing help, but that more know that help is out there for them to get. With an in-house nurse practitioner to aid with medicinal prescription and monitoring, the MCC Counseling Center sees roughly 7,000 students annually and has a 76 percent retention rate, indicating that students feel they are receiving good care. “Rochester has a wealth of resources,” Watkins says. Some resources “may seem overwhelmed right now, but people actually migrate here because of our mental health system and resources.” MCC’s counseling services center is located in Building 3, Room 103, on the Brighton Campus, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 2922030, monroecc.edu.
management, and substance-free support. The center currently houses two licensed clinical social workers, one credentialed drug and alcohol counselor, and a licensed creative arts therapist. Also, therapy is free for all undergraduate students. Nazareth’s Health and Counseling Center is located in the one-story building between Peckham Hall and the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 389-2500, naz.edu.
St. John Fisher College
St. John Fisher’s Health and Wellness Center houses two mental health counselors, along with a registered nurse. Services include mental health diagnostic assessments, consultations, and limited regular therapy services as well as walk-in appointments for crisis or distress intervention. The center also offers education and outreach services regarding alcohol, drug use, and positive body image. The college hosts a weekly eating disorder support group each semester with a new day of the week and time determined per semester (contact lcocco@sjfc. edu for more information). St. John Fisher’s Health and Wellness Center is located on the first floor of the Wegmans School of Nursing building, Suite 107. It is open from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 385-8280, sjfc.edu.
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Nazareth College recently changed the name of its health service center from “The Health and Wellness Center” to “The Health and Counseling Center” — this was to make the point that the mental health resources at the school are just as available and important as the physical ones. Nazareth’s counseling center offers individual and group counseling, outreach, education and a variety of other practices. Psychiatric and psychopharmacological care is available for the prescription of medication, along with group sessions for anxiety management, depression 6 CITY • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
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UR’s University Counseling Center is home to both a lot of different mental health resources and a lot of staff. The center
houses more than 14 professionals, all with specialized fields of practice and interest, as well as young professionals in training. The UCC offers time-limited individual and couples therapy, group therapy, medication management, 24-hour crisis services, educational presentation, online screening, and CARE referrals to allow concerned loved ones to reach out to their family and friends. The center is not only unique in the fact that it offers the services of professionals in training, but UCC has a wealth of knowledge in the realm of supplementary self-help and online services that range from diagnostics to counselor aid. The UCC is located on the third floor of the UHS building, 738 Library Road, Susan B. Anthony Circle, UR River Campus. Its hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Eastman School of Music has an office in the ESM Living Center, Room 107. And the Medical Center’s office is located in the Medical Center, Room 1-5091A. 275-3113, rochester.edu.
The College at Brockport
The College at Brockport’s Counseling Center puts a special effort into its counseling resources. A staff of nine professionals, along with graduate students in training, provide the campus a variety of free mental health resources, including medicinal prescription and management by a part-time attending psychiatrist. Services also include individual, group, and couples counseling — extending to every kind of couple, including those in which only one participant is a student at the college. The Counseling Center also provides substance abuse help, and can even be used for courtmandated intervention and evaluation. Outreach services are also available, and the center’s website features an “Ask the Counselor” function which allows curious people to ask questions about services that the Counseling Center offers. Brockport’s Counseling Center is part of the Hazen Center for Integrated Care, located in Hazen Hall, and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 395-2207, brockport.edu.
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RIT’s team for Counseling and Psychological Services provide licensed mental health professionals on a short-term model basis with individual goals to students. Individual psychotherapy is the primary service provided, but group counseling, crisis intervention, and referrals to outside resources are also common uses of the center. Psychotherapy is provided once a week with special accommodations for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and psychiatric services are available for all full-time undergraduate students. There are group sessions for anxiety, DBT skills, eating disorders, grief support, positive psychology, mindfulness, social anxiety, stress management, and more. RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services is located in 2100 August Center on the second floor. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 475-2261, rit.edu.
Roberts Wesleyan College
The Roberts Wesleyan Counseling Center offers its student body free and confidential mental health services from licensed mental health professionals, and offers individual, couples, and group counseling to all undergraduate students. Social Work and Psychology graduate students can also take advantage of the resources. The center has a psychiatrist on campus a half-day every other week for psychiatric evaluations or medication management. And there’s a counselor on call for mental health emergencies 24/7 during the school year, who can be accessed through the resident directors or campus safety. “Most students know about the Counseling Center,” says Counseling Center Director Emma Hager. “Students
support the center and we find that the center gets promoted via word of mouth. Some students may still feel stigma about counseling in general, but the stigma about going to the Counseling Center is low at Roberts Wesleyan College,” which she attributes to its confidentiality and good reputation on campus. The Counseling Center at Roberts Wesleyan is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located in the Wellness Center, in the upper level of the Voller Athletic Center. 594-6882, roberts.edu.
Finger Lakes Community College
FLCC has a variety of health services, including those for students with mental health disorders. Student Health Services lists the availability of depression screening and treatment as well as healthy eating strategies, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, and mental health referrals. The center, located in room 3815, FLCC Main Campus, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or by appointment at 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 785-1298, flcc.edu.
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SUNY Geneseo offers several different forms of counseling and mental health help for its students. After initial evaluations, Geneseo gives single-session interventions which serve as a one-time appointment designed to solve an issue at hand. Brief goal-based counseling, which lasts one to three follow-up appointments, is offered to students with an issue that might take more time, and there are short-term, biweekly sessions available for those who feel they need a more ongoing source of support. A psychiatrist is on staff part-time to provide medicinal resources, and the center also offers a group for students with concerns about substance abuse. SUNY Geneseo’s Health and Counseling Center is located in the Lauderdale Health Center, located on University Drive on the north side of campus, and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 245-5716, geneseo.edu. ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 7
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[ DINING ] BY JAMES JOSEPH
The recurring complaint with college campus life is the quality of food at the dining hall. It’s a truism that will stand the test of time. Instead of hearing the same tedious complaints, City decided to dive into a list of joints serving affordable meals for students looking to intersperse bland campus food with something tastier in the greater Rochester area. Have a favorite cheap meal in Rochester? Let us know about it in the comment section below this article online at rochestercitynewspaper.com.
Big Deal Pizzeria
A major key to getting the college experience down is having food delivered. And while most places deliver, not all of them will deliver until 4 a.m. Big Deal does. And its delivery options go beyond pizza: a late-night “plate” is a Rochester 8 CITY • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
rite of passage, but sometimes it’s just inconvenient going out for one. Having that styrofoam strongbox delivered to your door is unmatched. And it’s easy to just stop in and get a slice to go while on Monroe Avenue. All together, Big Deal is a latenight Rochester staple.
behind a convenience store. The main draw of Durf ’s is the breakfast sandwiches — definitely try The Whammy — and other traditional breakfast items are offered. And Durf ’s is perfect for those who do not start their mornings until the afternoon; the place serves breakfast until close.
475 Monroe Avenue; Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. (walk-in ends at 2 a.m.); 544-2144, bigdealpizza.com.
150 North Main Street, Fairport; Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 377-9879, durfs.com.
The most important meal of the day — and college, of course — is breakfast. It can jump start a morning or help you recover from a long night. If getting into the city of Rochester is tough for those at Nazareth or St. John Fisher, the best place to search for breakfast is Durf ’s in Fairport. Diners may miss the restaurant because it’s off the beaten path of Main Street, hidden
The Cuban sandwich at Georgie’s Bakery is the small restaurant’s signature dish — and the testimonials lining the walls suggest it might be Rochester’s best sandwich. For less than $7, a large Cuban will fill you up for an entire day. Freshly baked French bread ties together the smoked meats, and results in a perfect bite. Georgie’s offers more than just the Cuban: the bakery’s titular owner offers plenty more, like the
opportunity to get some Spanish home cooking on Saturdays (starting at 11 a.m.). Dishes like pernil con arroz con gandules (roast pork with red rice and pigeon beans) make Georgie’s authentic and delicious. More important than the food, Georgie Ruiz is as sweet as his cookies and will take the time to make diners feel at home.
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For college students looking to get the most out of their dollar, Han Noodle Bar should become a part of a regular rotation. The menu is deep and diverse, allowing for eaters to become regulars without being stale. The most enticing option at Han is two steamed pork buns for $5. For a main entree, the spicy diced chicken broth noodle is perfect for heatseekers, and for those who tend to lean more classic will enjoy the restaurant’s “popular Chinese” menu. Han makes for an ideal place to either kickstart an eventful night or a dinner to build around. It’s also open on many major holidays, like Easter, which is useful for those who can’t get home for a holiday weekend. 687 Monroe Avenue; Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; 2427333, hannoodlebar.com. continues on page 10
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Marshall Street checks every box for the criteria of a great bar: it has televisions to watch whatever event is live, games like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots to help pass the time, and most importantly, affordable food. Marshall Street is quintessential for the finger food you look for while bellying up (for those 21 and over, of course). Its menu goes beyond the simple chicken fingers or burgers (though those are great options). It is the only place to get deep fried hot dog bites, an absolutely understated late night food, and most items are under $10 and can fit an ever-dwindling college budget. 81 Marshall Street; Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 325-2191, marshallstreetbarandgrill.com.
Authentic Caribbean food is hard to come by — especially in Rochester. The price for a typical Peppa Pot dish might exceed the normal budget for a college student, but the sheer quantity of food makes it worthwhile. Peppa Pot’s jerk chicken and oxtail entrees, its two signature dishes, run $13 each, but you’ll have a full stomach for days. Peppa Pot lives up to the expectations of Jamaican cuisine and its great flavors, but where Peppa Pot truly shines is with the way the meats are perfectly prepared. The chicken falls off the bone and the oxtail will melt in your mouth. Located on Gregory Street in the South Wedge, Peppa Pot allows the opportunity to explore not only Rochester but also a cuisine that is too often overlooked. 133 Gregory Street; Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; 473-3663, eatatpeppapot.com.
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The most positive thing to come from the first “Avengers” movie was opening up a bunch of uncultured teenagers to the delights of shawarma. Whether your motivation is to feel like Bruce Banner, or to partake in a Middle Eastern delicacy, Sultan on Mt. Hope Avenue is the destination. A shawarma pita runs for less than $7. And if shawarma is not what you are looking for, Sultan has excellent vegetarian options. A plate including falafel and hummus runs for $11. Considering both price and taste, Sultan is not a place to pass up. 1659 Mt. Hope Avenue; every day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 241-0081, sultanlebaneserestaurant.com.
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[ NIGHTLIFE ] BY CHASE FERREN
Expectations for college life are grounded in a hope for adventure: going downtown every weekend with friends to dance; seeing live shows; and feeling the glamour of being a young adult in a city. But reality is starkly different. Making it through college tends to be overrun with takeout, couch sitting, and Netflix marathons lasting so long your brain goes numb. And getting out to make your social expectations a reality can be particularly challenging when it seems like you have to be 21 just to leave your room. Rochester, though, has plenty for anyone and everyone under 21, no matter your tastes. Tell Netflix, “No, I do not want to continue watching for a fourth consecutive hour,” because you found a list of places to keep your nights — and days — exciting. 12 CITY • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
Do you have a favorite under-21 hangout? Let us know in the comment section below this article online at rochestercitynewspaper.com.
Equal Grounds Coffee House
Located in the South Wedge neighborhood, this colorful cafe is known for its commitment to a quality, house blend coffee and equality for the Rochester LGBTQ community. The walls of Equal Grounds feature local art (some LGBTQ-centered) that will keep your eyes wandering, and there are stacks of board games to keep your hands busy. Catch open mic poetry the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., and open mic comedy the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
750 South Avenue; Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; 256-2362, equalgrounds.com.
Located right by the RIT campus, Lovin’ Cup is a restaurant mixed with a coffee shop mixed with a concert venue for all college students. It has everything you need for a classic “dinner and a show.” The kitchen has a full menu of coffee drinks, appetizers, and lunch and dinner entrees suited for a student-sized wallet. The stage hosts live bands several nights a week, and there’s an open mic night every Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Some shows have a cover charge, but Lovin’ Cup offers student discounts with ID.
300 Park Point Drive; Monday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 292-9940, lovincup.com.
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Everything in Makers is a piece of art, from the original paintings and sculptures to the tables and cappuccinos. This space in the Neighborhood of the Arts is an invigorating place to hang out with friends and enjoy local art. The gallery is constantly changing, and the coffee is consistently satisfying. Throw in a donut or four from Donut King of Rochester, and you’ll want to become a Makers regular just to keep up. Located on the third floor of 34 Elton Street; Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 507-3569, makersgalleryandstudio.com.
Meddlesome Lab is a nonprofit, allages venue offering a patchwork of art and music events. Tucked away in Wadsworth Square behind the Bug Jar, Meddlesome is all about local (and the occasional touring) talent you might not know, but probably should. Music varies from punk to folk, and the art shows are just as diverse. Next time you’re itching for a live show that’s not the same kind of band you’ve heard hundreds of times, or when you’re in the mood to be wowed by a tantalizing art installation, take a look at Meddlesome Lab’s upcoming events at facebook.com/ continues on page 14 ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 13
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Nox is an eclectic lounge in Village Gate made for the nerds, the smarty pants, and the bookworms. It has the ideal sophisticated atmosphere for a relaxed night out with friends. There’s couches, tufted chairs, and tables galore for socializing. The menu’s comfort foods are named after movies and historic figures; Smaug’s egg, Law & Order: KFC, and the Noble House of Black Mac & Cheese are made for your hungry inner nerd. Although it’s known for craft cocktails, Nox’s bartenders can make you a mocktail suited to what you’re craving. Nox also provides its patrons with a healthy dose of culture. Recently, local artist Dave Pollot filled Nox with his original paintings for an art show, and you can catch a literature reading with Bethany Snyder and Diane Rivoli on Monday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. 302 North Goodman Street; Monday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; 471-8803, noxcocktail.com. 14 CITY • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
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Commonly just called Swillburger, the little kid in you won’t be able to stay still inside the South Wedge burger joint and grown-up arcade housed in an old church. The Playhouse side has 25 classic arcade games (including Tetris, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders), and the Swillburger restaurant offers burgers, fries, tater tot specials, and milkshakes. The space also has a full bar with bartenders able to supply customers with any kind of mocktail they want. Be warned: Swillburger turns into a 21-and-older venue after 9 p.m. 820 South Clinton Avenue; Monday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 442-2442, theplayhouseroc.com.
Vinyl is a two-story dance club in the heart of Rochester’s nightlife scene at East Avenue and Alexander Street. The nightclub has a dance floor, lounge areas, a deck for the warmer months, and tons of people to meet. Thursday is College Nights and is open to those 18 and older (all other nights are 21 and up). There’s a $10 cover charge ($5 for those over 21) to shimmy off the stress until 2 a.m. Vinyl constantly shuffles through seasoned DJs to keep every week fresh for its regulars. Some nights may be filled with the DJ’s original blends, music that’ll throw you back to the early 2000’s, or both. You can find the list of DJs for this summer on Vinyl’s website. 291 Alexander Street; Thursday through Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 310-2214, vinylrochester.com. ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 15
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When most students finish college, the plan is to dive right into the working world. Everyone wants to put the degree they just earned to good use, and finally start paying off that student debt that has piled up over the years. The problem is that the time spent in a classroom listening to lectures and taking notes — on top of the hours spent on homework — isn’t usually enough these days to prepare students for a career path. Book smarts and background information are always helpful, but outside experience and connections are almost always needed to land a job. Finding a paid internship is difficult, but Rochester has several volunteer opportunities that will help you build a solid resume. And if you’re looking for that experience to help you get a leg up into your career, most colleges now have a volunteer and internship department to help students find opportunities in their area of study. SUNY Geneseo Coordinator of Student Leadership, Volunteerism, and Service Samantha Hebel personally knows the benefits of donating time and effort in college: she was an avid volunteer herself. “I believe that volunteer opportunities and internships,” she says, “allow students the space and freedom to explore new opportunities that can open new doors or confirm existing passions and career path options.” To give you a hint of what’s out there, we list below some of the opportunities you’ll find around Rochester based on an area of study. These openings will come and go, so be sure to call those organizations for more information about applying.
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Communications is a broad major that can launch you into a variety of careers — print and broadcast journalism, photography, public relations, and social media management are common ones. The Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Avenue) offers communications students a chance to work a semester in its Volunteer Management continues on page 18 ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 17
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department. The internship position looks for applicants of all ages that are comfortable with using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, letter writing, and data entry. Since these platforms are used more often by teens and younger adults, this could give college students who major in media studies experience in using social media professionally, or even appeal to business majors since social media has become a large part of the working world. Any applicant 18 and older must authorize a criminal background check. For more information, call 271-4320 or visit rmsc.org.
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Another popular, broad major, education covers career opportunities anywhere from teaching kindergarten through college
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to assisting those with special needs and disabilities. CP Rochester (1000 Elmwood Avenue) helps people of all ages and needs find quality health, education, and support services. Education students can apply to join the CP team as a preschool classroom assistant supporting teachers and clinical staff throughout the day, and helping with reading, crafts, small group activities, and snack time. CP requires volunteers to be at least 13 years old. Applications and more information can be found at cprochester. org, or by calling 334-6000. Another opportunity for education students that are looking to work with children and adults with disabilities, EquiCenter (3247 Rush Mendon Road, Honeoye Falls) takes volunteers to assist in its therapeutic horse riding program. Volunteers would have the chance to be horse handlers and walk alongside the horses to assist the riders. Volunteers are required to attend a training session and sign on for a minimum commitment of one session and at least one hour per week for that session. For more information, call 624-7772, or visit equicenterny.org.
(There are other groups that run therapeutic horseback riding in our area as well, including Heritage Services and Never Say Never Stables.)
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College is where a lot of students can expand their knowledge of new languages â€” high school tends to be limited. Rochester Family Mission (388 Tremont Street) has volunteer opportunities for
American Sign Language students who can interpret for families who are seeking support. For more information, call 4367523, or go to rochesterfamilymission.org. Keep an eye out for other sign language opportunities found in the city, many of which are single, special events that are posted ahead of time on volunteering websites like volunteermatch.com and communitywishbook.org. Lifetime Care (3111 South Winton Road) is a hospice center that cares for patients from a variety of backgrounds and languages, and volunteers are always needed to communicate with residents who cannot speak English. Making communication easier for the residents takes unneeded stress away from them and their caregivers. Call 214-1000 or visit lifetimecare.org for more information.
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Nazareth College, the University of Rochester, the College at Brockport, and other local schools offer robust nursing programs. Students go through extensive classes and training, on top of carrying the heaviest college textbooks. The Aurora House of Western Monroe County (2495 South Union Street, Spencerport) offers nursing students the volunteer opportunity to put their basic care giving skills to use. Some of the responsibilities include pill distribution to patients, repositioning them, bathing, and simply spending time with them. Training is provided, but skills learned in school are helpful. A minimum of four volunteer hours a month is suggested, and each shift usually lasts four hours. For more information, call 617-4863, or visit aurorahousewmc.com. Other volunteering opportunities for medical students include being an EMT member or helping the dispatch center for Perinton Volunteer 20 CITY • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE 2016
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Needless to say, many students attend Rochester Institute of Technology for its computer sciences and technology programs. For those looking to put what they’ve learned in the class room to use in the world, Monroe Community Hospital (435 East Henrietta Road) — a health care organization that offers long-term care for patients — is searching for IT students to give computer assistance. There are no minimum time requirements to volunteer for MCH, and since IT work is not always needed, applicants can be contacted when necessary. More information can be found at www. monroehosp.org. Lollypop Farm (99 Victor Road, Fairport) is a volunteer based humane society that works to find new homes for animals. Over the years, Lollypop’s efforts have shifted more toward to the Internet for people to search pets they are looking to adopt. Students 18 and older would be able to assist Lollypop with their information technology, computer assistance, and graphic designs skills. Lollypop holds information and training sessions every Saturday at 10 a.m. at its main location. For more information, call 2231330 x110 or search lollypop.org. ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 21
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Rochester is known as a city of creativity. There’s really no shortage of artistic places and outlets in the Flower City, and while you get to know Rochester, you’ll without a doubt get to know more about those arts hubs. To help you get started, we put together a list of relatively low-cost and free places to appreciate Rochester’s aesthetic side while also learning more about the city’s urban layout. Art is at the heart of Rochester culture, and any student looking to appreciate both will find no shortage of places to do it. Rochester is a large city, and there’s a lot more art to see past this small sampling of eight locations. For more ideas, follow our arts coverage online at rochestercitynewspaper.com.
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in which to watch artists at work. The gallery supports local artists, provides the community with a means of interacting with art, and offers guided tours for the public at a low cost. ARTISANworks is located at 565 Blossom Road, and is open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for members. 288-7170, artisanworks.net.
The Genesee Center for Arts and Education
There is always more to art than simply looking at it — that’s what the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education believes, and they offer the classes to back it up. With a motto of “Art for All People,” the Genesee Center is a community visual arts center located right in the middle of the city and offers around 50 classes at any given time, ranging from beginner courses to lessons for experienced artists. A nonprofit with a goal of teaching all how
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to participate in art, the center also hosts exhibitions and events. The Genesee Center for Arts and Education is located at 713 Monroe Avenue, and has several studios with varying times of operation, but the main office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 244-1730, rochesterarts.org.
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Kodak in 1888, and the company is still headquartered in Rochester — offers both a unique and historical take on the visual arts (especially photography and filmmaking). Contemporary photography exhibits are on display at all times, and the museum features extensive film archives. The museum hosts daily tours of the mansion’s architecture and gardens, features regular musical concerts on the grounds, and offers lectures by visiting artists. The Dryden Theatre, one of the museum’s crowning jewels, houses 500 seats and screens more than 300 films per year, and is one of the last locations on Earth equipped to show nitrate film stock. The George Eastman Museum is located at 900 East Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for students, $12 for seniors, $14 for adults, and free for members. 271-3361, eastman.org.
Right on the edge of the Neighborhood of the Arts, The Hungerford building houses more than 20 resident artists and artist groups on five floors full of studios, workshops, shops, and exhibits. Each floor of the building — an old factory converted into studio spaces — features galleries that run the gamut of mediums and themes as well as the personal work spaces of artisans with whom you can converse and watch. There are also
retail shops ranging from tea spots to digital photography and framing. A great time to visit is on the “First Friday” of each month (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), and the “Second Saturday” (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), when most of the artists will have their studios open for the wandering crowds. The Hungerford is located at 1115 East Main Street, and hours of operation depend on individual locations inside. Find out more at thehungerford.com.
When you’re exploring the South Wedge — and really, every new college student should go explore the South Wedge — look for Little Button. The arts and crafts shop has homemade goods from local and West Coast artists, hosts night classes hosted by locals, and houses “Pearl,” an 1895 letterpress. Friends Madelyn and Jennifer opened Little Button in July 2015 to bring a combination of old and new art styles into Rochester. The classes, which range from $10 to $40, include lessons on making crochet plant holders, bookbinding, macramé wall hangings, hand stitched greeting cards, essential oils, needle felting, and more. Little Button is located at 658 South Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 371-7891, littlebuttoncraftandpress.com.
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Memorial Art Gallery
The Memorial Art Gallery has a combination of old and new artwork, including 12,000 objects in a permanent collection, and regularly hosts temporary exhibits and events, like lectures, concerts, tours, and family activities. The MAG’s featured collections highlight more than 5,000 years of art history, from antique artifacts to works from the contemporary movement. The gallery set aside 10 acres of its land in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts to display sculptures and works publicly, including “Marking Crossways,” a geometric pathway that leads to the MAG, and “Unicorn Family,” which gives visitors an outside resting spot. The Memorial Art Gallery is located at 500 University Avenue, and hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 with a college student ID, $14 general admission, and $10 senior citizens. 276-8900, mag.rochester.edu.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Rochester Contemporary Art Center is a nonprofit organization in downtown Rochester that helps both renowned and emerging artists share their work with the public in a professional and fun setting. RoCo has been around since 1977 and hosts, along with its exhibits, educational and networking opportunities for locals. The partnerships
RoCo has built with other arts organizations can help a creative spread their work across different thresholds. RoCo is one of the driving forces behind the monthly “First Friday” gallery night, which encourages a collaboration between nonprofit, university, and commercial art venues across the city.
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Rochester Contemporary Art Center is located at 137 East Avenue, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $2, and free for members. 461-2222, rochestercontemporary.org.
Art in Rochester isn’t showcased merely in the traditional setting of galleries and exhibitions. A walk along public spaces like the Public Market or through the St. Paul Quarter neighborhood will quickly show there’s art everywhere. Wall\Therapy, initiated in 2011, is a street art festival with a goal to brighten up our city. Local and international artists gather in various parts of Rochester and paint murals around the concrete jungle, providing public access to major and professional works of expression and craftsmanship. On an even less formal note, Rochester is also home to a large amount of local street artists who are constantly working.
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Important events taking place both on and off campus
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College life will probably keep you pretty busy. But there’s lots going on in and around Rochester all year long, so you’ll want to put aside the books every once in a while and get off campus. Below you’ll find a list of major upcoming events in the Rochester area that should interest college students, and major campus events for most of Greater Rochester’s colleges and universities. For more events, make sure to pick up City Newspaper every Wednesday, check out the searchable online calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com, or sign up for City’s Weekend Planner, a free e-newsletter packed with events every Thursday. And please keep in mind that dates below are subject to change.
AUGUST AUGUST 16-21 RIT: New student orientation rit.edu
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SEPTEMBER 6 MCC/FISHER: Fall semester begins
Rochester Ukrainian Festival A Rochester tradition for 44 years, the Rochester Ukrainian Festival brings traditional Ukrainian food, dance, arts and crafts to the city. St. Josaphats Ukrainian Catholic Church, 940 East Ridge Road rochesterukrainianfestival.com
Roc Con Sci-fi, comics, anime, and gaming convention, this year featuring Lou Ferrigno, Kel Mitchell, and Naomi Grossman. Kodak Center, 200 West Ridge Road roccon.net
Irondequoit Oktoberfest Two weekends of wiener schnitzel, lederhosen, and over-sized steins. Camp Eastman, Durand Eastman Park oktoberfestny.com
RIT: Fall Semester begins
AUGUST 24-27 FLCC: New student orientation flcc.edu
August 25-28 NAZ: New student orientation www.naz.edu
AUGUST 26-27 Fairport Food and Music Festival Live music from more than 30 bands and plenty of great food. Littlebridge Lane, Village of Fairport Fairportmusicfestival.com
AUGUST 29 BROCKPORT/GENESEO/FLCC/NAZ/ ROBERTS: Fall semester begins
AUGUST 31 EASTMAN/UR: Fall Semester begins.
SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 1-5 New York State Festival of Balloons Festival of hot air balloons running throughout the Labor Day weekend.
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SEPTEMBER 10-11 Clothesline Festival Entering its 60th year, Rochester’s longest running art festival features more than 400 local artists. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue mag.rochester.edu/clothesline
SEPTEMBER 10-11 Macedon Lumberjack Festival Prepare for a flannel-draped event featuring log-rolling, chainsaw carving, tree falling, and plenty of arts and crafts. Macedon Center Fireman’s Field, Canandaigua Road. macedoncenterfire.org
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Naples Grape Festival Indulge in all things grape, alongside live music and entertainment. Naples Village, State Route 21, Naples. naplesgrapefest.com.
SEPTEMBER 15-17 NAZ: Homecoming
SEPTEMBER 17-18 Canaltown Days Festival featuring 120 craft booths, 70 market vendors, and all kinds of food alongside a variety of special events. Village of Palmyra. www.palmyracanaltowndays.org
SEPTEMBER 24-25 AppleUmpkin Festival Get the best of the harvest fruits, alongside an arts and crafts festival. Gaslight Village, Wyoming, NY. Appleumpkin.com.
SEPTEMBER 18 Rochester Marathon Test your endurance with this 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon through the city. rochestermarathon.com.
SEPTEMBER 19 Festival of Food Foodlink’s Festival of Food offers the chance to sample over 100 different local eateries. Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union Street. foodlinkny.org
OCTOBER OCTOBER 1-2 Hilton Apple Festival Anything and everything apples, including arts and crafts, a pie contest, and a car festival. Town of Hilton Hiltonapplefest.org
performances, seminars, and more. rochester.edu/melioraweekend
OCTOBER 6-15 Rochester Fashion Week Deck yourself out, or just check out the flashiest of Rochester threads. Featuring fashion shows, a boutique crawl and a clothing swap. fashionweekofrochester.org
OCTOBER 6-16 ImageOut Film Festival LGBT film festival showing features, shorts, and documentaries. Dryden Theatre, Little Theatre, and other venues. imageout.org
OCTOBER 8-9 Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival Celebrate the autumn colors with a weekend of food, football, and more. Town of Cohoctan fallfoliagefestival.com
MCC: Alumni and homecoming week
ROBERTS: Fall recess
UR: Meliora Weekend Alumni weekend with guest lectures,
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OCTOBER 10-11 GENESEO: Fall break
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OCTOBER 14-16 RIT: Brick City Homecoming
OCTOBER 17-18 EASTMAN/UR: Fall break
NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 6-20 Rochester Jewish Book Festival Featuring lectures, readings, and author visits by Jewish writers and celebrations of Jewish culture. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue rjbf.org
NOVEMBER 23-27 BROCKPORT/EASTMAN/FISHER/FLCC/ GENESEO/MCC/NAZ/RIT/ROBERTS/UR: Thanksgiving Recess
DECEMBER DECEMBER 9
JANUARY 18 FISHER/UR: Spring semester begins
RIT: End of fall semester
BROCKPORT/FLCC/MCC/RIT: Spring semester begins
GENESEO: End of fall semester
UR: Winterfest Weekend This annual celebration will feature marshmallows roasting, a meet and greet with Huskies, and an ice-shaving demonstration. The weekend will also feature a student talent show and a featured comedian. rochester.edu
BROCKPORT/EASTMAN/FISHER: End of fall semester
UR: End of fall semester
DECEMBER 16 MCC/NAZ/ROBERTS: End of fall semester
FLCC: End of fall semester
MCC: Winter Recess
NAZ: Spring semester begins
JANUARY 17 EASTMAN/GENESEO: Spring semester begins
FISHER: Spring break
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GENESEO/NAZ/RIT: Spring Break
UR: Spring semester ends
FLCC: Spring semester ends
FLCC: Spring break
FISHER: Spring semester ends
MCC: Spring semester ends
NAZ: Spring semester ends
EASTMAN/RIT: Spring semester ends
MCC: Spring break
BROCKPORT: Spring semester ends and commencement FISHER/GENESEO: Commencement
FLCC: Summer session begins
APRIL 12-17 FISHER: Easter break
MAY 2 GENESEO: Spring semester ends
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