The Lyco Lowdown: An Insider's View of Life at Lycoming

Schai Bilger

Good Morning! (It’s always morning somewhere!) My name is Schai BIlger and I am a sophomore at Lycoming College. I am a local student and I graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 2015. I didn’t expect that for college I would stay in my hometown because I have always had a desire to travel. During my junior year of high school, I realized that I wanted to become an art teacher and Lycoming was the perfect fit! Now I am in my second year of college and I am pursuing my Bachelors as well as certification in K-12 Art and Special Education! Every semester I am getting more involved and busy with school activities. Currently I am a Writing Tutor in Lycoming’s Writing Center, I am a member of the Kappa Pi Art Fraternity, and I volunteer at the local CAPPA Afterschool Program. I am proud to be a part of a school that is highly involved within my community and I love being able to stay close to my family while I further my education. I hope that my growing experiences at Lycoming College can help you decide what college you would like to go to by giving you an inside look of my life as a student at Lycoming College!
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smART Day One

Posted by Schai Bilger on May 10, 2017 9:10:10 AM

smART is a series of one-hour art lessons that are facilitated by the future art educators in the Art History 310 course. The program was offered to any local students grades K-12 that are in public, private, or homeschooled. This is the first semester that Lycoming has held such an event for the students to practice teaching art to other students and has been well received throughout the Lycoming community. Surprisingly, registration for this event filled up in less than a day of it being available! As we started planning for this event, we were shocked by the number of people who want this type of program!

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Topics: Student Life, Liberal Arts Education, Academics, Community Based Learning

Tackling Group Projects

Posted by Schai Bilger on Apr 12, 2017 3:26:37 PM

     A common grievance among most college students is required group projects, and Lycoming College is no exception. Every semester, in at least one class, I have been tasked with a group assignment. Although we understand the necessity of learning how to work together, it can be very frustrating when everyone isn’t on the same page. Group projects can either be successful or fail miserably. Looking back on my former group projects, I have bulleted a few things that I find lead to a more successful experience.

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Topics: Student Life, Academics

Why I Chose Lycoming

Posted by Schai Bilger on Dec 29, 2016 9:02:32 PM

Choosing a college is never easy. As a senior in high school, my search for the perfect school was challenging. I knew I wanted to study art and become an art educator. My ultimate goal for the future is to be a children's book author and illustrator. So as I looked into different schools, I paid particular attention to each school's art program as well as the education programs they offered.

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Topics: Applying to College, Admissions

A Culmination of Color & Design

Posted by Schai Bilger on Dec 27, 2016 3:41:19 PM

At the end of every semester I like to reflect on how I have grown as an artist through my art classes. This semester I took Color and Design, which is a required foundation course for any studio art major. Color and Design is a class that reinforces our understanding of the elements and principles of two-dimensional design as well as color theory.

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Topics: Academics

Working in the Writing Center

Posted by Schai Bilger on Dec 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

During my freshman year at Lycoming College, I did not believe I was going to be a student worker because I (fortunately enough) did not need to work. My first semester I really wanted to have all the time I could to adjust and focus on my studies. The fall of 2015 semester started out rough. I had lost my grandpa over the summer and I was not in the best state of mind coming to school. I really embraced my classes and huddled under the mountains of work that I had to get done.

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Topics: Student Life, Academics

Artist-in-Residence: Pedro Lasch

Posted by Schai Bilger on Dec 1, 2016 1:39:01 PM

What is an artist-in-residence? Well, every semester the art department at Lycoming College hosts an artist to come in for a week and work with the students to setting up a gallery exhibit and hold lectures to inform the students on what he/she is presenting. Typically, the artist already has a plan for the exhibit, but workshops with us to us create a dialogue about the content to be displayed.

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Topics: Academics

Education at Lycoming

Posted by Schai Bilger on Nov 16, 2016 12:36:26 PM

Recently I went to my high school to observe the classes for my education courses. What stuck out to me was that one of the students was surprised that I was from Lycoming. “I didn’t know they had an education major!” she said to me. Then I had to explain that, no, Lycoming does not have education as a major.

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Topics: Academics

What Are The Odds?

Posted by Schai Bilger on Nov 11, 2016 5:15:00 PM

Let's face it, some of us dread the thought of having to take math classes, let alone at the college level. So would I be crazy if I said my college math class is fun? I think this has a lot to do with my professor, because he understands that mathematics is not for everyone, and can seem like a scary thing if you've only ever had bad experiences with math in the past. What is even scarier is having a course named “Combinatorics” and not knowing what that means! There are two reasons why I took this course: the first is because I needed another mathematics course to fulfill my distribution requirements, and the second is that I had already had a class with the professor and I really enjoy his teaching style.

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Topics: Liberal Arts Education, Academics

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Posted by Schai Bilger on Nov 10, 2016 2:30:00 PM

One of the downsides to being a commuter is having to deal with environmental issues. I live at home and my bedroom is in my basement. I do not live in a dorm with maintenance workers that will fix an issue that may arise. Now, I do not usually like to blame the forces of the universe for causing problems I might have, but this time is different.

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Topics: Current Events