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Intro TOC T he College Survival Guide. The name speaks for itself.
A Collegiate Welcome: Survival tips from Worcester students ............................ 4 Just what are we hoping youâ€™ll survive? Well, Area Colleges ................................................................... 7 thereâ€™s those late nights studying, the last minute homeWorcester Exploration Guide ........................................... 8 work sessions, plus the ďŹ nger cramping essays to type â€“ which we canâ€™t help you with. What we can help you with is Good news: What local publications and the navigation of our fair city â€“ Worcester. stations are here for you ............................................. 11 From getting to point A to Zed, scoring some time tested Hop, Skip and a Bus ride away: advice from those whoâ€™ve walked in your shoes or simply Getting around Worcester .......................................... 13 discovering the right neighborhood to launch your urban exploration from, weâ€™ve got your Worcester 101 guide right Want to shape up? ........................................................ 16 here in your hands. (And, yes, this is a guide, but in no way Get Cultured ................................................................... 20 The Woo Card ................................................................. 21 is it meant to be a complete list of all services/restaurants etc. available to you. We had to leave some things for you Hungry? Local eateries and water holes .................................. 25 to explore and ďŹ nd on your own.) Take a look, get off campus, and ďŹ nd out just what our city has to offer you!
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COLLEGE SURVIVAL GUIDE
A collegiate welcome SURVIVAL TIPS FROM WORCESTER STUDENTS Brigit Catalanotti will be a senior at Assumption College this year and before the school year has even started, is already mourning its passing. “I’m sad to go into my last year of school. I feel like I just graduated high school,” says Catalanotti, who grew up in Grafton. Catalanotti’s situation is not unlike many Worcester college students; she grew up nearby, and was hesitant about going to a school so close to home. But after going to Assumption for three years, Catalanotti says, “I sometimes forget I’m in the city of Worcester.”
When late August hovers over Worcester, it brings with it a new species of Worcesterite. Suddenly we are surrounded by young, ambitious proto-apes sent to populate the eight Worcester colleges. Without warning, they swarm the city. They thrive amongst the ivy at Holy Cross and in the grassy knolls of QCC. To some, this species—often known as “all the frigging college kids”—is an annoyance. But here’s the news: they’re here to stay. The Colleges of Worcester Consortium estimates that approximately 30,000 college students walk among us from September through May.
So what does the in-state, maybe even incounty, student do to create some distance? Don’t go home every weekend. “Especially in the beginning of the year,” Catalanotti says. Yes, it’s tempting to take your laundry home when there’s confusion about cold cycles and the necessity of fabric softener, but stick it out. During those first few months, everyone’s going through the same experiences and is looking to make friends, Catalanotti explains. Be around, be positive. “I also supported a lot of the athletic teams where I met a lot of my friends that were members of the teams,” Catalanotti recounts. So get out those pompoms and show some spirit. Also remember that you’re not just a member of the school community, but the Worcester community. Find ways to contribute to both, that doesn’t mean icing your elderly neighbor or feeding the colossal chipmunks at Green Hill, but how about volunteering? Catalanotti credits her “awesome freshman year” not only to professors and classes, but her experiences volunteering at the Salvation Army’s after-school
And if you happen to be one of those 30,000— welcome, we hope you’re comfortable with tough love. You are about to embark on a college education in one of the most unique cities in Massachusetts. It’s loud, it’s busy, and it isn’t exactly sugarcoated; but the opportunities are endless if you’re willing to find them. Needless to say, as if freshman year isn’t traumatizing enough, you have decided to do it in Worcester—you’re going to need all the advice you can get. So we’ve tracked down the experts, seniors and graduates who have experienced college life in Worcester and lived to tell about it. They’re ready to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about living in Worcester.
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program. Here, she met other students in her program who shared her interests. â€œThere are a lot of volunteer opportunities for Worcester college students. Try to get involved because it is also a great way to meet more people,â€? she advises. Canâ€™t live without item: Sneakers Place to go for budget-friendly food: Piccadilly Pub (located in Auburn and Worcester) and New England Roast Beef on Goldstar Boulevard in Worcester.
When Boston native Joshua Cohen graduated from Clark Universityâ€™s fifthyear program in education, youâ€™d think his first move would be to go running back to the excitement of the stateâ€™s capital. But heâ€™s still here. â€œI like Worcesterâ€™s style of big city,â€? Cohen says. And after five years at Clarkâ€”through a program that allows students to come out with a masterâ€™s in educationâ€”he knows a thing or two about studying in Worcester.
â€œItâ€™s a fantastic place to make a name for yourselfâ€”in a positive way; the city is small enough, but important enough,â€? he says. Cohen studied psychology with a concentration in urban development and social change and also stresses the importance of volunteering as a way to get to know the community. Not only do you get a better understanding of the community, Cohen says, but volunteering awards students the chance to get to know key members of the neighborhood, as well as learn about resources Worcester has to offer. During his time at Clark, Cohen volunteered at Goddard Elementary as well as in mentoring programs offered by Clark. It is programs like this, Cohen says, that encourage students to develop relationships with the communityâ€”an important factor in creating an enjoyable college experience. â€œEverything Iâ€™m doing now has come from my interactions between Clark and the community,â€? Cohen says. â€œYouâ€™ve got to know whatâ€™s going on around you from politics and development to nightlife and museums. And of course, youâ€™ve got to be comfortable exploring.â€? That is one thing Cohen wishes heâ€™d done more ofâ€”exploring. â€œSome locations of restaurants arenâ€™t always in the most warm and inviting places,â€? but thatâ€™s
where youâ€™ll find the gems, he notes. Thatâ€™s not to say you should go wandering the streets alone in the wee hours, but thereâ€™s something to be said for a little bravery. Thereâ€™s something here for everyone, and for students to get the most out of college, youâ€™ve got to â€œmake [the experience] your own,â€? Cohen says. Always remember: â€œWorcester is what you make it.â€? Nugget of wisdom: Find out about options (work study, honors, studying abroad) sooner rather than later; youâ€™ll probably
have to hunt them down yourself.
â€œWorcester does have a negative image for being a sort of rough area or a city with not too much going on â€“ but thatâ€™s false,â€? says Worcester State College senior Ruby Pontbriand. Pontbriand, who is a double major in communications
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