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For Immediate Release
January 18, 2010

For more information, contact
Virginia Campbell
(585) 395-2754
vcampbel@brockport.edu

Freshmen Bloggers Share Their First-year of College Experience

Four freshmen document a year-in-the-life at The College at Brockport

Press Release Photo Freshmen capture year-in-the-life experiences, including a celebration at a Halloween party.

Colleges and universities face a dilemma when it comes to telling their students about campus life: Prospective students want to know what it’s like to adjust to life on campus, but there’s only so much college officials can convey in tours, brochures, and marketing materials.

At The College at Brockport, officials decided to give current students an opportunity to do some of the talking.

Four freshmen were given digital cameras in August and asked to chronicle their experiences on campus in a blog, as a “day in the life” sort of project.

Freshmen Natalie Fiorilli, Logan Marks, Hailey McKay andCarolyn McMenemon have been snapping pictures day and night. They post their favorites to the blog and write about the situations and events where they captured those images.

The goal of the blog is to give the prospective students a more complete view of what life at The College is like--inside and outside of the classroom.

“It’s great for prospective and enrolling students to have such an intimate, down-to-earth glimpse of what it’s really like to be a freshman at Brockport,” said Andrea Newman, coordinator of the First Year Experience at the College. “And what an amazing project for our four freshman bloggers to partake in: by sharing their personal experiences, struggles, joys and emotions, they help readers become more comfortable with, or at least less nervous about, navigating their way through their own freshman year of college.”

So far, the bloggers have detailed a variety of experiences from what it’s like to be on a sports team to Halloween parties to late night runs to Walmart. The foursome will continue blogging their experiences in the spring semester, and then hand the reins over to a new group of freshman bloggers in the fall.

You can read and comment on the blog by visiting: http://www.brockportyearinthelife.blogspot.com.

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