11 things to do before you graduate from the University of Scranton

By Teresa Whitehouse

Scranton is a city where there’s something to do all times of the year, but there are some things that are a must if you’re a student at the University of Scranton.  Up ahead we have the 11 things that every student should do before he or she graduates.  

  1. Take a walk at Nay Aug Park

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Nay Aug Park is a gorgeous place that is located at the top of Mulberry Street.  It has plenty of trails to walk and a few playgrounds as well.  


  1. Go on a retreat at Lake Chapman


The retreats hosted by the University of Scranton are spiritual, scenic and a great time.  Friends and memories are made at this lake.


  1.  Go to Mannings Farm Dairy


Mannings Farm Dairy is a local dairy farm where the Manning Family makes ice cream and it is delicious!  They have tours of the farm and let visitors watch the process of making the ice cream.


  1. Make friends that can last a lifetime

College is hard enough with being away from home on your own for the first time, so make friends to share this amazing time of your life.


  1. Make friends younger than you


It’s never too late to make friends in college, but if you decide to stay for grad school and none of your undergrad friends did, it can be a lonely time trying to get back on the friend train. Keep making friends throughout the four years, and don’t worry too much if he or she is a first-year while you’re a senior.


  1. Establish a relationship with your professors


Become close enough with at least one or two professors that you would want to talk to them after college.  They would love to hear about your life, especially since they helped you get to where you are.


  1.  Join a club (or two or three!)


Clubs are a great way to make friends who have the same interests as you.  The fun activities also give you a bit of a break from your classes.


  1.  Go to Northern Light Espresso Bar


Even if you don’t like coffee, you can drink hot chocolate, smoothies, or eat an assortment of salads, sandwiches and baked goods. It’s also a great place to study if the library is too quiet for you.


  1. Go on a road trip with your friends


Nothing beats hitting the open road and exploring with friends. Even if it’s a short trip, being in a car with someone for an extended period of time is how you really get to know them (especially if he or she is the driver).  As for where to go, you can head up north toward Ithaca, NY or down south and hit up Philly.


  1. Check out the local waterfalls


There are multiple waterfalls in the Scranton area that would blow you away.  The sights they offer are amazing and can be a nice spot for some pensive thought. (I do not, however, encourage cliff diving off them.)


  1. And finally, have fun!


People will often say that high school are the best four years of your life, but I would disagree.  College offers you more freedom and time to get to know yourself and enjoy the world around you, so make the best of it.  


With all of the amazing things to do in Scranton, it’s a wonder how you would have time to do it all.  If you’re a student, that’s especially true.  If you do everything on this list, I guarantee you won’t regret a single second of it.  




A strategic flair for writing


By Teresa Whitehouse

SCRANTON – Connor Beauregard writes of crime, family and life while attending the University of Scranton.

Beauregard likes to write and has been working on a personal project with one of his housemates since his first year at the University of Scranton.  

His baseball cap was black with a small logo on the front, picturing mountains and the word “coal.”  He bought the cap from East Mountain Sports and mentioned that he likes to hike.  He looked up as he recounted the places that he had traveled.  

From New Mexico to Vermont, he’s hit the peak of a mountain more than once.  One of his proudest moments was reaching the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.  

“It was cool, we were the only ones up there because it was winter, but there’s snow up to your knees at some parts,” Beauregard said. “It took like five hours to get up and another three hours to get back down so it was a long day for sure.”

He was only at the Summit for about 20 minutes because of the temperatures, but he enjoyed every second of the view.  

Beauregard is in his junior year at the University of Scranton and is from Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Some of his favorite memories from his childhood were going to Tyler Lake with his family every summer.  He ran track and played baseball while in high school, and still participates in some sports recreationally today.  

“I don’t play any sports here, but I’m an avid hiker and I hike a lot when I’m home,” he said.

Beauregard’s major is strategic communication with a focus on public relations, and chose this path with job security in mind.  

“Yeah, I mean my focus is on PR but I don’t necessarily want to work in a PR agency, I’m interested more in… I would like to work for a production company, maybe on the business side of that kind of thing . . . just looking for some job security, that’s why I’m doing the PR thing,” Beauregard said.

During the winter break of his sophomore year, he had an internship with Finsbury Public Relations Firm in New York, and has one lined up with Optum Technology in Boston for the summer of 2017.

When he’s not doing school work, Beauregard likes to hang out with his friends on campus and write.  The special project he’s been working on is a television show called “Dodge.”  

“We’ve been writing a script for a tv show for the past year and a half just as a hobby . . .  but yeah that’s something that’s definitely a lot of fun,” Beauregard said.

Working with his friend and housemate P.J. Ganely, they have almost completed writing the first season of their show.  They aim for the first season to have six episodes and have written four so far.  He has most of his story already planned, and knows where the story is headed.   

The story is set in the socio-economically divided town of Montauk, Long Island in New York.  It follows high school senior James Mason as he commits petty crimes with his crew and fights against the former leader’s best friend for control.  

Beauregard fiddled with the pen in his hand, passing it between his fingers as he pondered his responses.  

“The whole plot is James’ brother Christian.  He used to be the head of the group doing the crimes and stuff, he’s in prison for robbery and he’s been in there for the past four years,” he said.

James father told him stories about the treasure a man called Captain Kidd hid on Garner’s Island, and one of his friends thinks that it’s the real deal.  James wants to do a heist that involves breaking into this place and finding the treasure, so a majority of the first season is the group planning this mission.

One of his Beauregard’s biggest goals is to get “Dodge” broadcasting on a television network, either FX or HBO because the show has some more adult themes.  

Beauregard would like to work at a production company and help that company with their business.  His dream, however, isn’t to work in public relations at all, but to be a writer.  Because he has been working on “Dodge” since his freshman year, getting that up on the air is part of his long term goals as well.  

“If I could be a writer, that would definitely be my dream,” Beauregard said.