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Author: Lolita Avila

Hey ! My name is Lolita Avila. I am a senior at The College of Saint Rose. I am majoring in communications and I also have a minor in Spanish. I am originally from Brooklyn, I am definitely a city girl at heart. If I could describe myself in three words it would be fun, humble, and futuristic. Overall, just enjoying my last year of undergraduate so stay tune for my future posts!

It’s not too late!

Around this time of the year is when everyone has this “new year, new me” mentality. The gyms are packed; everyone is buying new fancy organizers and attempting to eat healthier. I truly believe in setting goals for yourself; however, most New Year’s resolutions fail. You may go strong for a month or two but a lot of resolutions are…


That moment when you realize next Monday will be your last first day of your undergraduate career! I have many mixed emotions about starting my senior year at Saint Rose. I cannot believe how fast time has flown by. It was just yesterday when my parents were helping me move into Brubacher Hall. I was extremely excited to start college.…

Pura Vida: Costa Rica !

It still very surreal that I have been back in the United States for a little over a month now.  It is weird not to wake up to the delicious smells of Gallo Pinto, which is a typical Costa Rican cuisine. It consists of fried eggs, beans, and  toast or a tortilla on the side.  More importantly, it is awkward…


Back like I never left! I have not blogged this whole semester, shame on me. Well time to give you  all an update on my life.  There are so many things that have changed since last semester. I decided to move off campus  with my two friends Emily and Simone. Yes, that means I am no longer a resident assistant. While I do miss being a RA, I thought I should try something different. I also started working at Best Buy as a wireless specialist.  I have been working there since the beginning of August. I first applied during  summer orientation. For the second year in a row I was selected to be an orientation leader.  It comes as no surprise but I loved my experience working with the incoming freshmen. It was refreshing to see new faces and interact with different people.  I am still very good friends with many of my orientees.

Orientation Leaders Summer 2k13 Photo Credit:Latisha Bartnett

Orientation Leaders Summer 2k13
Photo Credit:Latisha Bartnett

This year, I also decided to take a  leadership position in the student organization  ALANA which stands for African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American. ALANA is Leadership is a mentoring program for first year students.  The purpose of this program is to give freshmen a friend and a guide to assist them with academics, social life, and professional opportunities. When I was a freshman, I was a mentee in this program.  I felt honored to be a mentor for two first year students.  My mentees are absolutely amazing and I am happy I got the opportunity to get to know them.

My freshmen year with my fellow ALANA members on the retreat.

My freshman year with my fellow ALANA members on the retreat.

I also took on the role as co- public relations director for the community service group, Knights of Service. This group originated last year by Natish Davis, who is the current president of the organization.  I am responsible for making flyers for our events as well as updating our social media sites.  We recently  hosted a mixer with the ALANA steppers. . As a community service group, we emphasize getting involved. The goal of our mixer was to allow students to get to know the different organizations on and off campus.   Various groups attended the mixer, including UAlbany’s  Phenomenal Voices and Malik Fraternity. The ALANA Steppers, Knights of Motion, and members of Groove Phi Groove  also performed at the event. It was really a good time and an accomplishment for Knights of Service. I am truly proud of my fellow members for putting on such a successful event.

Knights of Service beautiful E-Board Members. Follow us @StroseKnightsofService

Knights of Service beautiful E-Board Members. Follow us @StroseKnightsofService

Last but not least, I have decided to study abroad for spring 2014! Costa Rica here I come…. I’ll let you all know more about that in my later posts. Hasta la vista 🙂