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Doing Good In & Out of Rosemont College

 

Hello Readers,

rosemont.college.ravens.rallyThis week at Rosemont we held our Raven Madness Night, which is a pep-rally for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Aside from getting students and athletes excited about the basketball season, it’s also a great opportunity to raise money for the Rosemont Service Immersion trips.  We also collected canned goods for the Saint Francis Inn located in Philadelphia.

The Rosemont Service Immersion trips, which are run by the Rosemont Campus Ministry, are when students from our school travel to a part of the world in need and assist them in any way possible. This year some of the Service Immersion teams are headed to Puerto Rico and Alabama & Louisiana to volunteer their time.


The other cause was for the Saint Francis Inn, which is a place for the homeless men, women, and children in our area.  It is a place they can go for food, shelter, and clothing. It operates mainly from donations and Rosemont is always willing to help! This year we donated a lot of canned goods and other non-perishable items, thanks to the Raven Madness night!


Raven Madness night was a lot of fun. The R.S.A.A.C. team hosted the event and gave out a lot of great prizes. Some of those prizes included brand new Nike sneakers, and $100. Other prizes were things that Rosemont College donated for the occasion.

The night was just one of many events that Rosemont College offers for students to go out and spend time away from the books. Rosemont College is the power of small where you can always find something for you. If there is something you are interested in doing that isn’t already planned contact the Rosemont Activity Counsel (RAC) who will work with you in planning something new. They are always open to new ideas!

The Ravens Madness night was a great night! Being able to support our athletes while also helping two great causes was an added bonus! If you did not attend the event I hope to see you at our next R.S.A.A.C. activity. If you have any questions or comments email me at mmanning@rosemont.edu. GO RAVENS!!!


Thriving As a Student Athlete at Rosemont College

 

rosemont college soccerHello Readers,

Today I want to write about some of the struggles a college student athlete will encounter and some ideas on how to get through it. These are real issues I went through and some challenges my teammates have gone through as well. We did manage to get through them. My blog is just to show that you’re not alone. Your first year in college is hard enough, and then adding athletics to it can be very stressful.

One of the biggest struggles I went through was sacrifice. Every student athlete no matter were you want to go will have to do it, and it could be luxury things or even necessities like sleep. You’ll be put in tough situations but you have to remember why you’re here, so if you have to skip some nights where your friends go out and you have to stay in, just remember your time on the field, court, or course is much more important to you then missing out on some laughs. One thing that will help you through all your struggles as a student athlete is set your priorities and don’t forget you came to college to get an education. That should always come first.

Another tip to help you through would be use your team and talk to upperclassmen and coaches. They are there to help you. Stress as a student athlete will be one of the biggest things I have had to over come. You may have times were you will feel overwhelmed or that you have set an unrealistic goal and fulfilling it is just too much to think about. Just take things in small steps. If you give 100% of your effort then you have nothing to be upset about. Help is always available. I always try to communicate as much as possible and let people know I have a lot on my plate right now. Most of the time people will understand and sometimes they will help you. Remember the best way to get help is asking.

At Rosemont College we have a lot of places to get help in many different ways. You can go to the Student Academic Support Center (SASC), which Rosemont offers free professional tutoring. If you’re having problems with stress and my tips didn’t help you can always go talk to someone in the counseling center and they would love to talk you through your problem. As a first year you will be assigned a Raven Peer Leader (RPL), which will help you through your whole first year. If you ever need someone to talk to they are always there for you.

I would like to apologize to my readers for not having a new blog up for sometime now. As many of you know this is Rosemont’s first time with the blog program and we have just been working out some of the kinks. We hope everything will be smooth sailing now. The next blog that I will be posting will be one the new fields. If you have any questions or comments for me email me mmanning@rosemont.edu. GO RAVENS!!!

Tips to Balance Being a Student and An Athlete

 

rosemont college lacrosse fieldWelcome back readers! This semester I will focus on useful tips for an in-season athlete, as the lacrosse season is underway! The Lacrosse season started on the twentieth of January and I’m just settling in to my busy schedule. This could be a lot for anyone to take on but after a couple years of it you learn the tricks of the trade.

The first key point you want to do is look at your practice schedule and your game schedule.  Bring a copy with you to your advisor’s office when you sit down with them to pick classes. Find classes that work best with your practice schedule and try to avoid conflict with as many games as you can. The athletic department will give you excused absents for up to three classes in each class, but trust me you don’t want to use them cause once you miss a class you do fall behind. Also, in the off season of your sport try to challenge yourself academically because this is the time to get your grades up and knock some of those difficult classes on your course requirement list. The main point of picking your classes when you’re in season is never to forget you’re here to get an education. Your coaches know that, your team knows that, and the athletic department knows that; so if you have to miss some practice or game, remember that you’re a student first. They don’t call us student athletes for no reason.

If you have any question please email me at mmanning@rosemont.edu and feel free to share this blog on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks and GO RAVENS!!!!

Managing Classes, Practice, Games and More

 

Stressed StudentWelcome back readers! This semester I will focus on useful tips for an in-season athlete, as the lacrosse season is underway! The Lacrosse season started on January 20, and I’m just settling in to my busy schedule. This could be a lot for anyone to take on but after a couple years of it you learn the tricks of the trade.


The first key point you want to do is look at your practice schedule and your game schedule.  Bring a copy with you to your advisor’s office when you sit down with them to pick classes. Find classes that work best with your practice schedule and try to avoid conflict with as many games as you can. The athletic department will give you excused absents for up to three classes in each class, but trust me you don’t want to use them cause once you miss a class you do fall behind. Also, in the off season of your sport try to challenge yourself academically because this is the time to get your grades up and knock some of those difficult classes on your course requirement list. The main point of picking your classes when you’re in season is never to forget you’re here to get an education.  Your coaches know that, your team knows that, and the athletic department knows that; so if you have to miss some practice or game, remember that you’re a student first. They don’t call us student athletes for no reason.

If you have any question please email me at mmanning@rosemont.edu and feel free to share this blog on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks and GO RAVENS!!!!

Rosemont College Ravens Give Back

 

Hello Readers,

rosemont college athletics websiteA big part of being a student athlete is helping others, whether it be through fundraising, running in races, or just helping a group in need. This weekend the RSAAC (Rosemont Student Athletes Advisory Committee) has planned a great event for students! A select group of Rosemont athletes are going to Neshaminy State Park to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge event. Although jumping into icy cold water in the middle of the winter seems crazy, it actually benefits a great cause. Those who dare to take the plunge will be supporting local athletes who will be participating in the Special Olympics this summer in Princeton, NJ. This great cause benefits children and adults with special needs in our local area. We wish all those participating in both events good luck!

Aside from the Polar Bear Plunge, RSAAC has planned many other fundraisers this year, raising nearly $1,000. I can’t stress enough that being an athlete doesn’t just mean playing your favorite sport. When I got to college, I realized how much more being an athlete  meant, not just to me, but the community around me as well.

Notably, on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Rosemont College Athletics will be launching a new website, which will have a lot of new and cool features, like live statistics with pictures updated from Rosemont’s athletic games. We will also post pictures of different events hosted by the RSAAC. This will be really helpful for people who can’t catch a game to be able to check in from off campus! This is great for  prospective students who are interested in attending a game but can’t to get an opportunity to watch a game!

Also on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 we will be holding our annual Raven Madness night. This is one of the most exciting events in the spring semester and it is definitely worth attending. The night will consist of men and women’s basketball games, free food, and giveaways. The night starts at 6pm when the lady Ravens take on Immaculata University and is followed by a men’s game at 8pm. Come out to support both teams and show your school spirit.

If you have any questions or comments for me email me mmanning@rosemont.edu. GO RAVENS!!!

Leading the Rosemont Student Athletic Advisor Committee

 

Rosemont College gray turfThis past week at Rosemont has been full of classes and events. My favorite event this week was being a part of Rosemont’s Student Athletic Advisor Committee (R.S.A.A.C). It was our first meeting of the year and my first as the president. I am Rosemont’s College's first male R.S.A.A.C. committee president. Being the first male president is not only new to Rosemont but also for me to take the lead since this is a role that I have never held. Our first meeting ran smoothly. We had some great input from Coach Nord the Head Men’s Soccer Coach, informing us of a big win over Moravian College on Wednesday, beating them two to zero. We are looking forward to a great year; we have some real strong talent!


R.S.A.A.C. is looking forward to receiving your ideas, as student input is important; it lets us know how we are doing, and is a great tool to implement new ideas. The main goal of R.S.A.A.C. is to be a platform where students can submit their ideas and we will then do our best to plan or present it to the athletic board. So your input as a student athlete with regards to classes and athletics is important.


This past Sunday we had our athletic Commissioning Mass. The purpose of the Commissioning Mass is for student athletes to receive a blessing wishing them a great season. The mass is a Catholic mass but we welcome everyone. After the mass we held a barbeque then sent off the men’s soccer team to Baltimore for a game.


In my next blog I'll feature some of the new facilities and training staff. I’m also working on a video about Rosemont's new athletic fields. I’m looking forward to hearing what both the players and guests think of the new field.

If you have any questions email me at mmanning@rosemont.edu. GO RAVENS!!!

Welcome Prospective Rosemont Ravens

 

Rosemont College student Mike ManningHi, I'm Mike Manning. Each week I will "talk" from a student athlete's point of view at Rosemont College. I have a couple "ins" with athletics so I am able to tell you ahead of time what events are coming up and the exlusive details on our new facilities. I am able to do this because I am the president of the Rosemont Student Athlete Advisor Committee. Not only am I invovled with athletics, but I am also a student ambassador, a Raven Peer Leader and a member of the lacrosse team. I am an Elementary Education major by the way.

I graduated from East Brunswick High School in Central Jersey in 2011. East Brunswick is a very large school; my graduating class exceeded over 700 so it was an odd transition coming to Rosemont College,  which is a tight knit community of about 500 undergraduates. However, my transition was smooth due to all of Rosemont's helping hands along with participating in the Bridge Program. I chose Rosemont College because I wanted to help start its men's lacrosse program. I also chose Rosemont due to its small class size and beautiful campus (which is about 10 miles outside of Philadelphia). Soon after completing my first semester at Rosemont I realized this place is a perfect fit for me.

So a couple of upcoming posts I am working on include exclusive access to our new field, R.S.A.A.C. events, Commissioning Mass, family weekend and R.A.C. events. We have a lot of exciting changes happening at Rosemont and even more to talk about. If you ever have any questions for me feel free to email me at mmanning@rosemont.edu.

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