Common Surprises in the USA

Yes, there are fraternities and sororities, but they are not like what you see in the movies. Many of them are developed to focus on charity and philanthropy. They do have parties but not like what you have seen in movies like Superbad, American Pie, or Neighbors. Feel free to join a sorority or fraternity if you want to help your community and make some lasting friendships! Americans are very friendly and will want to get to know all about you. Do not be afraid by how forward and loud some Americans can be, we are very curious and interested in learning about you. They are always willing to help someone in need (and are actually quite excited to do so). Yes, supermarkets are amazing places that you can easily get lost in here in America. Many countries have separate stores for all of your needs. You can go to Walmart or Wegmans and general find anything necessary for building your dorm room to your liking while feeding yourself easily for a week in bulk items. Everything here is HUGE! Going to the restroom here might be a bit of a shock. There are cracks along the door walls that people can see through, and men generally urinate close to one another. No one is looking, don’t worry. We might be curious people, but not that curious. The United States is a very large country. So large that it takes a solid eight to nine hours just to travel across New York state from Buffalo to New York City. Everyone has a car and more often than not, and if you give them a few dollars in cash, they will gladly drive you where you want to go. Tap water is free when you dine, and most places will give you … Read more

Weekend Happenings!

Friday, February 3rd Sharbani Das Gupta   When: 12-6pm Where: Rockefeller Arts Center Marion Art Gallery What: Exhibit   Public Ice Skating When: 7-9pm Where: Steele Hall Complex Ice Rink   Open recreation When: 7-10pm Where: Dods Hall Complex Dods Gym   Open swim When: 8-9:30pm Where: Natatorium Pool   Constellation Concerts: Aligning Fredonia’s Brightest Stars  When: 8-9pm Where: Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall   Saturday, February 4th Sharbani Das Gupta When: 12-6pm Where: Rockefeller Arts Center Marion Art Gallery What: Exhibit   Open swim When: 1-2pm Where: Natatorium Pool   Open recreation When: 1-7pm Where: Dods Hall Complex Dods Gym   Open skate When: 2-4pm Where: Steele Hall Complex Ice Rink   Kaleidoscope Mutts Gone Nuts When: 4:15-6:15pm Where:  Dog gone funny! This “comedy canine cabaret” features rescue dogs that steal the show and then steal your heart. “Mutts Gone Nuts!” performs throughout the country and has been featured on the syndicated television program “The View.”   Western New York Chamber Orchestra: Little Women When: 4-6pm Where: Rockefeller Arts Center King Concert Hall What: The Western New York Chamber Orchestra opens 2017 with a performance of American composer Mark Adamo’s operatic setting of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women.The opera tells the famous story in musical form through moving melodies and stunning orchestration   Student Recital: Sai Ho Ceng, conducting When: 8-9pm Where: Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall   Sunday, February 5th Slush Rush 5k When: 7:30-11:20am Where: Williams Center Multipurpose Room   Fredonia Showcase When: 12-4pm Where: Rockefeller Arts Center Marion Art Gallery   Student recital: Valanti Marou, clarinet When: 2-3pm Where: Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall   Student recital: Daniel Long, clarinet When: 4-4:45pm Where: Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall   Student recital: Jacob Rogers When: 5-6pm Where: Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall   Open recreation When: 5-8pm Where: Dods Hall … Read more

Slang Phrase: “Pig Out”

This week’s American Slang Phrase is commonly used on college campuses! When students get stressed because of tests, finals week, or because a paper is due, they tend to eat more. Or, if they are just bored and sitting in their room with friends they will usually do this.   Phrase: Pig out Meaning: To eat a lot of food at one time (typically bad food) Example: “My friends are coming over later and we’re just going to watch movies and pig out”     With this American Slang Phrase, a lot of students gain the “freshman 15″ when they go to college. This means they gain an extra 15 pounds while at college because they are on their own and can create their own eating habits without mom and dad being here. Students tend to “pig out” more than they should, and then comes the freshman 15!   EC Fredonia gives you the opportunity to learn English for university studies.

This week’s activities at EC Fredonia – Jan 30-Feb 5

Happy Monday! This week features a lot more sporting events and activities happening around campus. There are also clubs and organizations to get involved with on campus that meet during the week. There are clubs for almost any interest! Check out some of these events and practice your English while being there! For the events that say “open” that means you can go and do whatever you’d like. For open skate, you can ice skate around the rink while nothing else is going on. For open recreation, you can go play with the sports equipment, etc. while nothing else is happening in the gym! EC Fredonia gives you the opportunity to learn English for university studies.  

Chinese New Year Celebration tops this Weekend’s Activities

Happy Weekend! There are a ton of sporting events, musical events, and other recreational activities going on this weekend! All of the activities (except one!) are on campus, and a free for students! Go out and get involved on the SUNY Fredonia campus!   Friday, January 27th Community Ukulele Jam Session When: 6-8pm Where: Kasia Coffee Shop (183 East Main Street) What: Beginners and “brush-up” from 6-6:30pm. Jam Session for all from 6:30-8pm. We welcome everyone, regardless of experience! Don’t have a uke? We have extras. Join us for a community strum-a-long. The goal is to have fun and to make music. Questions? Contact Jill Reese at reese@fredonia.edu.   Fredonia Recreational Public Ice Skating When: 7-9pm Where: Steele Hall Complex Ice Rink   Opening Reception: Sharbani Das Gupta When: 7-9pm Where: Rockefeller Arts Center Marion Art Gallery   Saving Grace When: 7:30pm Where: Lucille Ball Little Theater, 18 E. 2nd Street What: A zany tale of a warmhearted girl who mistakes a telephone repairman for a burglar, tries to convert him from his life of crime, and ends up having to pretend he’s her husband, dismaying her strait laced sister’s evangelist fiance.   Student, Faculty, and Staff Recreation When: 7-8pm, 8-10pm, Where: Dods Hall Complex Dods Gym   Constellation Concerts: Aligning Fredonia’s Brightest Stars When: 8-9pm Where: Mason Hall Rosch Recital Hall   Saturday, January 28th Sharbani Das Gupta When: 12-6pm Where: Rockefeller Arts Center Marion Art Gallery What: Art Exhibit   Swimming & Diving Meet vs. Brockport+Allegheny When: 1-4pm Where: Natatorium Pool   Men’s Basketball Alumni Game When: 1-2pm Where: Dods Hall Complex Dods Gym What:  Watch alumni from Fredonia play again!   Men’s Basketball vs. Buffalo State When: 4-6pm Where: Steele Hall Complex     Student, Faculty, and Staff Recreation When: 4-7pm Where: Dods Hall Complex   Family Feud When: … Read more

American Slang Phrase: Bundle up!

The American Slang Phrase this week is relating to the cold, snowy weather we have during the winter! A lot of parents use this phrase when speaking with children, and a lot of people regularly use this phrase as well!   Phrase: Bundle up Meaning: Dress warm, wear layers of clothing, etc. Example: “It’s only 20 degrees outside today! you better wear your hat and scarf, and bundle up!”     College students are not known to be people who “bundle up” and many of them will say their mom or dad still calls them telling them to dress warm, or bundle up!   EC Fredonia allows you to learn English for university studies.  

Come Learn English at SUNY Fredonia

  Fredonia is a quaint town approximately an hour south of Buffalo, NY, the second largest city in New York state. Because of the size of the town and the campus, most people get to know each other quite well! Every time you walk to your classes, you will see a familiar, friendly face. Here at the State University of New York at Fredonia we are known for having excellent programs in the fields of music, science, education, and so much more. Many of the classes have very few students, giving each person an opportunity to build a relationship with their professors and colleagues.   You will find that each season in Fredonia, NY has its own sense of beauty. Due to its proximity to Lake Erie, Fredonia does get quite a bit of snow in the winter months. Some years it is far more than others. On the other hand, if you are in Fredonia for the summer months, be sure to have your swimsuits to head over to Lake Erie for a nice swim. Some of the best lake beaches in the area are only five to  twenty minutes of a drive away!     Our campus is filled with life, especially when Springtime comes. Many music majors bring their talents out on the sidewalks, in front of Starbucks, or in the amphitheater outside of the library, flooding the campus with smiling faces. There are always musical activities to attend or join such as a Capella shows, musicals, local bands, and so much more. You will never get bored on your weekends with the amount of entertainment in this small town, especially if you decide to join some of our clubs! It is only a short fifteen minute walk to get to downtown Fredonia, where there are plenty of restaurants, local … Read more

Weekly Activities: Students enjoy swimming, ice skating and more!

Happy Monday! A new week means a new activity calendar! This is the second week of the semester, and more activities! Clubs and organizations will be starting up for the new semester soon, and this is a great time to get involved and join a club or two that interests you! There are clubs for international students, and almost any kind of interest there is! EC Fredonia allows you to learn English for university studies.

American Slang Phrase: Kill two birds with one stone

This week’s American Slang Phrase is commonly used among college students. This phrase can sometimes mean using little effort, and when college students get lazy that is what they want to do!   Phrase: Kill two birds with one stone Meaning: Completing two tasks at once with only one effort Example: “I’ll kill two birds with one stone while I’m out and get groceries after I go to the bank.”     Can you think of a way to use this phrase? EC Fredonia gives you the opportunity to learn English for university studies.

Weekend Activities!

Friday, January 20th Faculty, Staff, Student Recreation When: 12-8pm Where: Dods Hall Gym Complex What: Open recreation   Men’s Basketball vs. SUNY New Paltz When: 5:30-7:30pm Where: Steele Hall Complex   Fredonia Men’s Hockey vs. Post University When: 7-9:30pm Where: Steele Hall Complex Ice Rink   Welcome Week: BINGO When: 7-9pm Where: Williams Center Multipurpose Room What: Come play BINGO and win awesome prizes!   Women’s Basketball vs. SUNY New Paltz When: 7:30-9:30pm Where: Steele Hall Complex   Community Recreational Swimming When: 8-9:30pm Where: Natatorium Pool What: Open swimming   Faculty, Staff, Student Recreation When: 8-10pm Where: Dods Hall Complex What: Open recreation   Saturday, January 21st Faculty, Staff, Student Recreation When: 10am-7pm Where: Dods Hall Gym Complex What: Open recreation   Men’s Basketball vs. Oneonta State When: 2-4pm Where: Steele Hall Complex   Women’s Basketball vs. Oneonta State When: 4-6pm Where: Steele Hall Complex   Student Recital: Jessica Mayor, violin When: 5-6pm Where: Mason Hall Diers Recital Hall What: A student showcases her violin skills   Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Post University (Pink the Rink) When: 7-9:30pm Where: Steele Hall Complex   Sunday, January 22nd Recreational Ice Skating When: 7-8:30pm Where: Steele Hall Complex What: Open skate   EC Fredonia helps you learn English for university studies.