To all of you who have been accepted to Maxwell, CONGRATS! I’m sure you are all anxious, excited, and a bit nervous, I know that I was. I was recently talking to an accepted student who had a lot of questions. I’m sure you all have very similar questions. I have posted the questions and my corresponding answers. What other questions do you have? Please comment here and I will answer them as best I can.
As I sit inside preparing for the impending “snowmageddon” I am having a tough time deciding what to blog about. Thus, I give you a menagerie of some tricks I have learned in my time in Syracuse.
Parking – I get asked about this very often. Parking on campus is difficult and there are kiosks with parking attendants at every entrance. However, if you are driving to campus on the weekend (and there is no event at the Carrier Dome) you can probably park at main campus. Other than that you can purchase a parking pass for south campus (around $80 per semester), park at Manley Fieldhouse and catch a bus to main campus. I have my own system for parking on campus, which is probably not approved for this blog, that I prefer to not write down but saves me from buying a parking pass, paying parking tickets, or having to park on public roads. Feel free to ask me about it in person!
Parking Part 2 – This is regarding parking in Syracuse (not the University). Alternate street parking is a huge pain and the police are VERY good at finding cars parked illegally. So my first advice is to not chance it, at least when it comes to alternate street parking. Specifically for Marshall Street, the meter attendants get off of work at 5PM so you do not need to pay them from 5PM to 9AM. This is helpful if you would like to leave your car down there and avoid walking to the bars (though it won’t help you getting back!). Finally, and most importantly is this tidbit: Syracuse will boot any vehicle with 3 or more tickets. Most people, if they get a ticket, will not pay the ticket until they get a 3rd and immediatelly pay it off. Any car with 3 tickets that parks on city streets is fair game for booting. The city has yet to perfect getting people to pay their first 2, however.
Student Legal Services – Get a speeding ticket? Open container? Noise violation? Student Legal Services can help you for free! As part of your student fee you are entitled to use attorneys dedicated to helping students! I have friends who have recouped entire security deposits from landlords, gotten speeding tickets removed, and had their leases reviewed before signing. If you have any legal troubles as a student you should contact them first!
Health Services – Another service brought to you by your student fee. They specialize in getting you handled quickly and they are great for any cold, flu, or other minor ailments. They also have a pharmacy that can continually fill your prescriptions. You can also schedule an appointment with a nutritionist, get x-rays, or stitches.
This is a small glimpse into some of the great services that the University offers. I encourage you to seek out any other services you need through the University since they probably already have a solution for you. Feel free to contact me about any of this information. Have a great weekend!
I was looking at a typical 10-day forecast today while procrastinating on this blog post and decided I would talk about this topic a bit more since there is a lot of misinformation. I pulled up this quote from a prospective student regarding his thoughts on coming to Syracuse. “Cons: The city of Syracuse is cold as hell.”
I don’t think Syracuse is actually colder than any other Northeast city, speaking from my Massachusetts/New England bias. If you do some hunting, which I can spare you here, Syracuse tends to be 10 degrees colder than New York City on average during the winter months. However, I don’t think most people are afraid of the cold, but rather the snow. The quick version is that it snows here, sometimes a lot. I was a senior at Syracuse for the 2010-2011 winter where Syracuse accumulated 179 inches of snow. This also happened to keep a quite impressive streak of “Golden Snowball” victories intact for Syracuse.
I know what you are thinking, “how did you live? You must be amazing!” Well, not quite. There was a lot of snow, but it really doesn’t effect much of your daily life. If I had to go grocery shopping, I went. If I had to go to class, I went (or as much as any undergard can hope to). Syracuse is a world-class snow plowing machine! Besides, there is always the off chance that you can have a snow day!
Ultimately, weather will probably be low on most students’ lists for graduate school. It also provides an instant talking point with anyone. “I went to Syracuse.” “Oh wow it is so snowy up there I’m going to give you this job right now!” It most likely won’t go like that, but there is always a chance. As always, please contact me if you have any questions or comments!