Bridgewater Normal School Creed
OVERVIEW: Included here (and on the syllabus) is a pic of the 1924 Bridgewater Normal School (you know it as your very own BSU).
1. READ THE CREED. It will take you all of five minutes. It's the lightest and easiest reading you'll have to do all semester.
2. THINK: Once you've read the creed, consider what it seems to be saying about what was expected, in 1924, of Bridgewater students. Secondly, think about what you think you know about Bridgewater students today--or at the very least what you know about yourself as a new Bridgewater student. How do you measure up?
3. POST: What you thought about in #2. What did the school seem to value in student behavior in 1924?Do those values seem like good ones to have? What do you think the school values in student behavior today? How do you think the student "code of conduct" would be different in 2020--nearly 100 years later?
Remember, you have 250-300 words. You can do this. If you are struggling to get to 250 words, there are a lot of ideas for how to get to that number (which is really not a lot) in the Reader's Notes,assignment page.
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9/24/2020 11:41:44 am
The creed seems to be giving things that Bridgewater students must follow that are very clear and precise and straight to the point. Being loyal and representing Bridgewater was important as well as giving back your time to help the community. It also talks about why you’re there and it is for preparing yourself for a career you want to do. Choosing your friends and being honest with one another is also stated on the creed. Striving to be the best and nothing less is what you should expect from yourself. Carrying yourself with respect and dignity are expected and also being responsible such as being dependable and being cooperative with others. Keeping your head on your shoulders and not saying bad things or doing things that aren’t good. Overall, they just want you to help others and take care of each other. Now a days many things have changed and many things that usually didn’t happen in 1924 are very common today. I believe that if that creed was used today there would have to be more things added because so much has changed. I think there would be a couple more things added and then there would be subcategories for the main points. Me personally comparing myself to the 1924 creed I think I measure up well but of course there is a little bit of biased and there may be somethings that I don’t follow but for the main part I do. The school in 1924 seemed to value respect, honesty, compassion and determination and I do think these are great values to have.
9/24/2020 02:56:02 pm
There are many things that were expected in 1924 of Bridgewater State University students. During those times, students were expected to express good behavior, bring out the best in them in the first year, and be honest people to themselves, and to others around them. I haven’t gotten the chance to be on campus to see other Bridgewater students but from the little that I've seen so far I noticed that students are very determined to learn and are taking the measures to adjust due to what is going on around us. I also realized that students are very helpful and friendly people. Whenever you have a question and you ask an upperclassman they are always willing to help you so that you are able to navigate through this new journey at Bridgewater State. So far, as a new bear at Bridgewater I have noticed that I have what it takes to succeed. I have also noticed that I no longer procrastinate and that I am getting better in my writing skills. I'm measuring up to the expectations from 1924 because I am pushing myself to do my best in my first year so that the same energy will reflect on me for the rest of my time at Bridgewater State. Back in 1924, the school valued good behavior to the extreme. They believed that how a student behaves will reflect on how others see the school. So they encouraged everyone to always have positive behavior.
9/24/2020 08:57:31 pm
The expectations of students attending Bridgewater State University in 1924 were very high. According to the creed, students were expected to be loyal and respectful to themselves and to others around them and to help each other out. It also talks about how you are representing the school so it is important to keep a good image of yourself. A big thing at Bridgewater was, and is, helping out the community. It was also stated that students were expected to keep a clean image of themselves and a good way of staying out of trouble was choosing the right friends. The main point of the creed was to ensure that students were taking care of themselves and the community. I believe that I measure up to the standards of the creed, and based on what I’ve experienced so far in my first year at BSU, other students have measured up as well. I am always willing to help others and there have been countless times where I have reached out to other students and they have helped me out. In 1924, BSU valued good behavior. I definitely think that Bridgewater still values good behavior but the student “code of conduct” has defiantly changed. There is a lot more technology nowadays than there was in 1942 and I think that there are more rules that ensure the safety and health of all student and staff. Overall, Bridgewater State University has shown that it truly is a great community and that it is a safe and welcoming place for everyone.
9/25/2020 06:50:45 am
The creed is the basis of the Bridgewater State University syllabus in the year of 1924. The creed is mostly saying that you must be loyal and representing the college was the main focus. Looking at the creed, we could see that they most care about how the student should behave and have a great idea of the character. One of the syllabus statements was saying that a student should be honest and hardworking to achieve their own goals. I think I could understand that statement because I am a hard-working person right now and I will make sure I achieve my education goals while working part-time. The only surprising syllabus statement that caught my eye was the one saying watch your reputation while you study at Bridgewater State University and choose your friends wisely during your years at college. I haven't gotten a chance to visit the college in a long time and I am currently planning to be on campus in the spring semester. I feel that Bridgewater Students are in between the traditional idea from the creed and the modern version of a typical college student. Because we are older and we are making our own choices through work to friends even to how to spend money. I think Bridgewater State college students do reflect upon the idea of the creed from 1924. Because we will always be loyal to our school by showing support at sporting events, homecoming, and different college events. But we will stand together when different issues and situations arise between us and we will support each other in different ways. I think that my hard-working attitude does reflect the creed in different ways as a new college student in my first year of college.
9/25/2020 07:21:23 am
The expectations of students attending Bridgewater State University in 1924 were really high.The creed is mainly stating that you must be loyal to yourself and the school and representing the college was the main focus. Looking at the creed, we could see that their main focus was about how the student should behave and represent BSU. A big thing at Bridgewater is helping out the community. It was also stated that students were expected to keep a clean image of themselves and a good way of staying out of trouble was choosing the right friends. The main thing I took from the creed was to ensure that students were taking care of themselves and the community. So far, as a new bear at Bridgewater I have noticed that I have what it takes to succeed. I have also noticed that whenever I need to get something done it is up to me to focus and get that done. Now a days many things have changed and many things that usually didn’t happen in 1924 are very common today. I believe that if that creed was used today there would have to be more things added because so much has changed not only In school but in the world. For me personally I feel as if that is the route to success not only in school but in life im heavy on presenting myself, you only get a first impression one time.
9/25/2020 07:46:24 am
What is expected in 1924 of Bridgewater students, is not too much. Most things listed in the reading were regular things people already do. Students were expected to be respectful people to their peers and professors. It was expected for students to understand why they are at this college, in preparation for their life careers. Basically, that was a proper way of saying students are here to learn not to party. The same expectations apply to us today. The main point that really affects us, was how we act as freshmen can affect the rest of your time here. In the Pandemic we are in, it really plays a role, there are a lot more rules and more strict consequences. If you are known as one of the freshmen who got kicked out for partying, your reputation with the school will go very downhill. The school seemed to value treating this school as yours the most. They really wanted to get across that you live here so respect your home and the reputation of your school. This is a good point to value, because we need to take care of our school and respect it. You don’t want to go to a school with a bad reputation, so these are good points to tell students. Today, we have around the same values for the school, they still want us to respect the school and be responsible students. In 2020, the “code of conduct” would include these points, along with more details of what not to do. We are a “dry campus,” so they would include the no drinking no drugs rules. They would also take the pandemic into the rules, such as masks, distancing, and cleanliness.
9/25/2020 10:59:28 am
Bridgewater state university students of 1924 had a lot expected from them. They were very engaged in the school not only academically but also socially. They had a lot of school spirit. I’m not very sure of the student body as a whole for today’s day but I can defiantly talk about myself. Personally, I am not involved with the school at all, which I feel is because of the pandemic that is going on. I stayed at the dorms for about four days and it was by far the worst four days of my life. Right now, it is just hard to be involved and for them to hold the same expectations. So, measuring with the students of the year 1924 I am almost positive that they were more involved in the school. In 1924 they valued the student’s behavior socially not necessarily academically which I don’t think is the smartest thing to value. I feel that academically being engaged is more important that socially. I feel like today students’ academic behaviors are very valued. I think that as time goes on schooling will change from focusing on learning to start to focus on passing. I can already start to see the change. Not a lot of schools focus on the learning aspect of school. Especially because of the pandemic. Right now, students are given assignments and are given a due date and you just need your things passed in by that time. So I believe in around 100 years it will just be worse.
9/25/2020 01:31:16 pm
The creed is about the beliefs of Bridgewater State University students in 1924. These students believed and were expected to be loyal, strive to succeed, and to get involved on campus. I think Bridgewater State students still feel the same way. I know I do as a first year student. I will be loyal to my peers because that is still an important value to me. Striving to succeed and getting involved on campus is also another important value. I plan to strive to succeed by taking initiative in my career. Bridgewater State University will help me prepare for my career and I will take full advantage of it. Although this semester is very different with classes mainly being online it will not stop me from working hard. This is definitely one I never imagined for my freshman year of college to be like. It will be a challenge to get involved on campus but it is not impossible. There are ways to get involved with online clubs and activities. Now in 2020 we have more technology for students to get involved. In 1924, they did not have the technology we do now. However, in 1924 and 2020 the motto of Bridgewater State University did not change. The motto of Bridgewater State University is “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” To me this means to attend to other students, faculatily, and yourself. It has nearly been a hundred years and I believe the motto still stays true to this day.
9/27/2020 06:47:00 pm
The Bridgewater State Creed was short and to the point. They wanted their students to comply to their rules and to strive to be the best people that they can be. They believed that all actions taken by their students directly relate to how the school teaches them. They feel that the reputation and character that you make in your first year, directly impacts the future you will have at Bridgewater State University and in life. I feel that I sort of meet these expectations because I am truly striving to be the best college student I can be while in this pandemic. I believe the way I carry myself this year will directly impact the kind of experience I will have at BSU. The school seemed to value honest and kind when its always possible and to not do things that will tarnish your reputation at school. I honestly don't believe that there would be much change to the Creed in 2020, almost all the values are still things valued today. So why change it?
9/28/2020 07:17:51 am
Students at Bridgewater State University in 1924 were expected to be on their best behavior at all times. At this point in time the school was mostly female because it was a teaching school. The Creed talked about how you have to be loyal to your peers. I'll try my best to be loyal because loyalty is important to me and I need to show it. By following the Creed you meet the expectations that need to be met by BSU students. 2020 has already been a crazy year, but now we're doing school completely online which is very weird at first. I believe the students will eventually completely adapt to the new way of learning, but it'll take time. I just hope that the coronavirus leaves and we can get on campus for the next semester. I feel that students aren't getting anything close to the real college experience. That's what we all paid for in the first place. When I get on campus, I'll do my best to honor the Creed. I know that people are living on campus already though, and my only thoughts are "I wonder how bored they get" because I feel like there's nothing to do there right now. Students are stuck in their dorms doing work all day. Maybe it's not that bad, but I think I'm right. Imagine if the Coronavirus was in 1924, how would they have handled it? They probably wouldn't have been able to do any school, so we should be thankful for the technology we have today.
9/29/2020 08:49:45 pm
It seems during 1924, the Bridgewater Normal Creed exceptions were high and straight forward. Students back then were put in this somewhat strict expectation that you have to follow. The Bridgewater Normal School Creed exceptions are mainly focused on their reputation on how the school is and on how the students are in the school. The expectations in 1924 on the students attending were very high. “I believe that reputation I gain in my first year
10/1/2020 09:22:25 am
The expectations of students at Bridgewater State University in 1924 were very strict. It looked like the students had a uniform or certain dress code that they had to follow. In most of the pictures from the earlier years of Bridgewater, the students were dressed in the same style of clothing. The girls were in dresses and the boys had either a suit on or a nicer sweater. That must have been difficult back then, when they did not have air conditioning in any of the buildings. A lot of the clothing that I saw in the pictures were long sleeved and the dresses were very long that went all the way down to their ankles. Maybe that was because of the way things were back then. It is very similar to dress codes at some high schools nowadays. Girls are expected to wear things that cover their shoulders and are not showing a lot of skin because it is distracting to the boys or that’s what all the high schools said. Back then, it was the same thing but it was much stricter. Also, the expectations of the way that the students behaved was very strict. They had a reputation to hold. The school wanted to be looked at as a professional school who had students who were serious about their work. The difference from back in 1924 to now is that the school is now generally very friendly. The upperclassmen at this school are very willing to help out new students I have found. Back in 1924, I am sure that upperclassmen would probably have seen the underclassmen or the new people as bad people to be around or just didn’t like younger people. With orientation stuff being online this year, I have seen a lot of older students being very helpful to younger students like with blackboard and technical stuff for school and also getting around on campus even though I am not on campus this semester.
10/9/2020 05:01:49 pm
The creed is an excellent piece of evidence that proves how much the expectations were directed so differently, yet some things remain the same. There will always be a conduct rule on how to behave in a professional setting, how your actions can affect you as a person and your education but not the school. Schools nowadays worry about how they portray a certain situation, and how they help the victim, than to kick an innocent person out to remain a certain image. The choosing friends carefully is always an issue to look out for but I don't think that today that is the highest of a schools worry. The personal appearance is a stretch and what seemed obvious back then, but today it doesn't matter how you dress, it doesn't indicate who you are and I'm sure that schools that aren't private would care much of appearance. Number 7 took me by surprise as well, upon reading the not be satisfied with anything less than 'best', that is certainty that a schools motto or rule nowadays. While it is the same to try your hardest to achieve your greatness and keep pushing yourself if you didn't get the result you were hoping for but it is never said that if you don't reach a certain level it is disowned by the school's expectations. It was all strict and trying so hard to robotically control everyone to act a certain way or you were made feel like an outcast person.
10/28/2020 07:26:29 pm
the creed basically is an outline fore everyone involved with Bridgewater state to be able to follow. the creed includes somewhat of a rules and regulations and expectations and since the beginning of BSU these this have changed but the overall goal of respect for yourself and others, forming a good reputation for yourself and the school and many other things. in photos from back when BSU was still bridgewater normal school you can see the lack of diversity in students and also the style of clothes they wore the females what they were expected to wear vs what makes were supposed to where and that continues some what into today where we are expected to represent bridgewater state in a proper respectable way but we are also fully able to express ourselves. when the creed talks about choosing friends i feel like this really hasn’t changed much because who you surround yourself with will always be important because the people you surround yourself with are representing you as they are representing themselves. a big part of Bsu today is how we’re all connected back in 1920s i’m really not sure how connected the students really were like the upperclassman to underclassman i feel like they might not have been as open and welcoming to each other vs today many upperclassman help underclassman and almost take us under there wing. the school itself has expanded on so much and is much more of a welcoming environment that really has something for everyone
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