Class Year:
Junior

Major(s):
Biology and Chemistry

Minor:
Religious Studies

Hobbies:
Getting lost in a great novel.
Going on walks throughout campus and along the gorge.
Undertaking spontaneous activities/events.

Extracurriculars:
President of Niagara University Men's Club Soccer
Research Assistant
Peer Tutor
Student Panel Leader
Summer/Fall Orientation Leader
Teacher's Assistant/Recitation Leader
Member of Biology Club, Circle K, American Chemical Society (ACS)

Twitter Handle:
@lioithe20

We Made It

December 3, 2011 by James Lioi

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Hey, everyone! Hope your life is going well and, if things aren't going too well, don’t worry, it will get better. There isn't too much craziness going on besides the obvious finals and CHRISTMAS BREAK! After that teaser, Thanksgiving Break, I am looking forward to more than a week off from school. I miss people from home but when I do go home, I miss everyone here instantly. Niagara University has become my new home and everybody here is part of it. The only thing this place lacks is my momma’s home cookin’ but don’t worry, NU, no one can really stack up to her.

Finals…probably the most stressful times of our lives. Not only do we have regular tests and projects that we work on, but then we have to study our butts off at the same time. This leads to many nights of me saying, “Sorry, I am staying in,” which by the way sucks at times but will be worth it after the tests are over.

The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has this little saying, “Work hard, play hard, in that order,” and it may be cheesy but it is true. In college, you can’t really get by without putting the work in or always waiting to the last second to get things done like you did in high school; Trust me, I was that guy that could do everything last second and get an A without trying. Now I have to work for it a bit more but I have no problem with that. I love a good challenge and I'm really competitive about everything so I just make it a contest, sort of. Maybe people in other majors can procrastinate a bit more. From what I've seen on Facebook is that people end up staying up all night and not doing as well as they could have.

Finals also mean an end to the semester. This will be my first milestone in college and I'm actually pretty psyched about it. At times, I didn't know if I could do this but making it past the first semester means that I know I can and it just gives me a boost of spirit and confidence. At the same time, this semester ending means saying some goodbyes; a friend of mine is transferring schools because she misses home. I can't blame her but I am going to miss her dearly.

So if anyone wants to find me for the next two weeks, I will be cooped up in my room reading my chemistry and biology books or passed out in the nearest comfortable place, and if you want to help quiz me or something, just holla at me.

But I do have to get back to my work, really not too much to report at this time. Have a great Christmas, everyone, and a Happy New Year! My best wishes to all of you!

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James