Home is where the fun is


Hi everyone! Sorry that I haven’t updated you all in a little while. Classes started for me on Labor Day when most of you were out at barbecues. So Monday was first day of class, and it was really easy…I only have one class, Calculus, on Mondays…at 4pm. So basically, here’s my classes…

Electrical Engineering Practicum is where we get to practice and learn about the tools and some of the skills necessary in Electrical engineering. I also have Intro to Psychology, which so far in my favorite course. I mean, come on my mom graduated from Temple with a degree in Psychology…this is gonna be cake, I already know everything 😉

I’m also taking a First Year Enrichment course…meh and a college chemistry course (my professor is either from Australia or New Zealand) which I like. I was taking a History class on World War II, but I had to drop it. He wanted us to read a memoir on the beginning of WWII and write a 9-page critique of it by next Thursday…sorry, not right now. Instead I’m now taking Intro to Ethics, which is on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, which sucks, but whatever. I’m having lots of fun, eating healthy, biking as much as possible (RIT has a road that goes all the way around it called “The Loop”. It’s approximately 3.14 miles long with one steep climb that goes uphill from either direction. It took me about 30 minutes to bike the whole thing…), and trying to make a lot of friends.

So before I go, let me tell you guys a little about where I’m living. I live in Engineering House (that’s it in the picture above), which last year won best house. It isn’t actually a house though. E-House actually is the top floor of Nathaniel Rochester Hall, and in order to become a member you need to fill out an application. This application is then reviewed by 7 members of the house that make up a committee. Everything about the house is democratic. Everyone has the right to vote and have input on things in the house. Everyone must participate in one committee on floor, and everyone has to sign the house constitution (yes, there is one…and it’s 20 pages long…I read it). In short, I love it here, I love everyone here. This is definitely one of the happier times in my life.

Hope to see everyone soon!

28 Responses to “Home is where the fun is”

  1. Donna Arnold says:

    Hi Alec:
    Wow!!! Sounds like this has been a great change for you!!! You are so positive, I am sure Andrea is with you at college, too….:)
    I love to read your posts, “feel” your enthusiasm, and your exuberance is uplifting!!! You rock, Alec!!!!!!!
    Take care, I am sure you will go far in life!!! hugs and kisses….Donna in SC

  2. leann says:

    thats great alec. good things are in your future!!

  3. Maura says:


    It certainly sounds like you are already grounded. I am certain you will excell and make many many new friends. One thing is for sure, you will never be lonely.

    I look forward to your updates and as Donna in SC said, YOU ROCK.


  4. Someone who cares says:


    Seems you are doing just great at college , and so happy for you! I think with the help of your guardian angel , she is making sure you are taken care of while away. How is the rest of the family adapting to you being away at school ? I’m sure they are all proud of you , and best of luck !

  5. Melinda says:

    Yeah!!!! Keep the updates coming…. it’s so nice to hear/see all of you, even if it’s from 1/2 the country away!

  6. Aja Beech says:

    Alec, I’m so glad to hear you are loving RIT so much, and even happier that you continue to update us all on what’s happening.
    too bad about your WWII class htough, I would have loved to hear about that book and read your paper. If you’re ever interested, ‘the age of extremes’ is one of my favorite that covers the era.

  7. Maureen says:

    College is amazing. I am so happy that you are happy!!!

    Keep us updated!

    Maureen from Akron, Ohio

  8. Julie says:

    Wonderful update! Sounds like you and college are a good match! Interesting orb in the photo 😉

  9. joshua says:

    hey alec…it sounds awesome. i just started classes, too. no dorm, though. although we are going through some house mate changes.

    next time you go to Java’s, see if my buddy Michael Serra is working. he’s a cool dude. keep riding that bike!!

  10. Bill & Karen says:

    Hey Alec! So great to hear that you are fitting right in at RIT! College was a great time in our lives too. So many opportunities to learn and make new friends! This was a perfect time for you to start your new life–you’ve been ready for a while! College will make a huge difference for your future as well. So go Alec!

    We will miss you on our visit with the rest of the family in Philly, but we’ll catch up with you on our next trip, I hope!

    Love and hugs,
    Karen & Bill

  11. Alec says:

    hey, josh. i stopped by their last week, but he wasn’t there

  12. Cindy Del Vecchio says:

    Alec, I’m so happy that you’re loving school so far. You know your mom is so proud of you (note I used the present tense since I’m convinced she can see you!). This is exactly what she wanted for you. Keep up the good work. We all need to get together at Ms. Eileen’s when you’re home for Christmas!!

    Cindy Del Vecchio

  13. Michelle Wienke says:


    Im happy to hear that things are going so well- chew off what you can each semester, but also take time for you!!
    Be well, and keep us in the loop!!


  14. Jen 21 says:

    I am sooooo happy that you are enjoying college! You are missed here in Philly but we are all so comforted by the fact that you are happy and having fun. Enjoy it! Talk to you soon!

  15. alaina says:

    Like your Mom you are allowing us to be a part of your life, thank you for that! I look forward to reading your posts because its so exciting. You are making the most of your college experiences, something I didnt do and regret. You are rock solid !!! Take care and I will look forward to sharing in your experiences. blessings, alaina

  16. leah says:

    that is awesome, i’m so happy to hear this is a great time for you!

  17. ruthie says:

    YAY! I am so happy for you, as you know i LOVE school, so it’s super exciting for me to hear that you are loving it too! I expect to be home this thursday, finally, and am looking forward to catching up with the famlaaay
    I miss you and love you, can’t wait to visit!
    BTW Cairo is amazing….(of course)

  18. Anna says:

    It’s only in psychology where you know everything? Back in the day you knew everything about every class…

  19. Renee Khan says:

    Alec this is all so awesome. You are so admirable.

    You are making it Alex and I believe that your Mom is very very proud.

    In the friend department, I am sure you will have many loyal friends within no time at all.

    Love Renee

  20. Rebecca says:

    Alec, we’re very happy things are going so well! The first semester of college is a really fantastic time. We’re glad that the “home” life is also going well. That can almost be ask tricky as handling the course load successfully.

    Good luck with your studies!

    Rebecca & Jesse

  21. Amber says:

    Glad your having such a great time! I miss college… 🙁 I sent a box full of goodies for your family to enjoy… there is stuff in it for you too! So hopefully next time you visit you can get it… or maybe your dad could ship it to you? yeah, i dunno… but enjoy!

  22. wendy says:

    It was great to read your post today! Particularly the last line. I’m glad you are enjoying your college experience so far. Good luck with the classes! – Cousin Wendy

  23. Ruthie says:

    Ahhh, I remember my first few weeks away at college, and that was….hmmm, let me think….I started in the Fall of ’78…boy, now do I feel really old. My favorite class was that first year was Sociology….the prof was so cool and I still have all my papers from the class, which were mainly my thoughts written down as I actively read the textbooks. He really wanted to know what our thoughts were as we read. I am happy that you are happy.
    Ruthie from California

  24. Victoria says:

    Remember to do a few essays every now and again! But I forget, it’s not like being at University in the UK where students are continually ‘minging’ good British word for very drunk!! Have a great time. You are doing your mother proud x

  25. maire brandon says:

    Kudos to you Alec. You’re so well grounded and have an excellent attitude towards your education. It’s great to read about your progress and accomplishments, even this early in the game! Keep up the biking as long as the weather permits, it helps to clear and refresh the mind! 🙂
    It’s wonderful that you’re so happy and at home there…in your element, you brainiac! 🙂 Keep up the posts…you’re doing your mother proud! 🙂
    maire….Santa Monica, CA/Rockford, IL

  26. Maura says:

    Hey Alec, were anxiously waiting for a new update. Hope you’re still as focused as you were 2 weeks ago. Have you heard from your other sibs & Kelly? Hope they too are doing well.
    I know you’re way tooo young to probably remembera show on TV called Rhoda. Anyway, they theme song just keeps playing over and over in my mind…. YOUR GONNA MAKE IT AFTERALL…


  27. Jennifer (Ivy's Mom) says:

    Hey Alec – electrical engineering, huh? I have a book written in 1944 on the life of Nicholas Testla. You really should read it! It is amazing!! When you’re home, call Ivy and arrange to bring some of the gang for dinner. Study well!!! And don’t forget to have fun. …Jennifer (the mama)

  28. PS says:

    So, I have just been reading this blog, your mother is beautiful. I lost my mom at 20, and always believed in signs. Did you ever notice the bubble on this picture? There are times that I take pictures of my kiddo’s (3 boys) and there will be a bubble near them or in the room…I know in my heart that it is my mom (their grandmother) trying to be in the picture…this bubble on your picture, made me automatically think of your mom…she just wanted to be in the picture…crazy, I know…but thought you might find comfort in it.