Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Happy Halloween Utica College!

Every year, I start thinking about what I want to be at least a month prior because I always want to do something crazy or clever. Although, I will have to admit it… last year I was Cinderella. I know being a princess is not that original or clever but I loved it! Who wouldn’t love being a princess for a night? I mean, definitely didn’t mind.

Earlier in the month I was in Target doing some shopping and I saw a banana costume laying around in one of the aisles. Of course I put it on! It was hilarious to see my friends’ faces when they turned around and saw me in the costume. While my friends continued to laugh, a little girl at the end of the aisle said, “daddy, why is that girl dressed like a banana?” It was so funny, so I thought I would share!

First time in this crazy costume!

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Hot diggity dog, we have gone bananas!

My Halloween plans:

From 6:00 – 8:30 tonight, there will be Residence Hall Association’s Annual Haunted House in South Hall’s basement. My first year at UC, I walked through and was really spooked. I do not like things popping out at me, so I definitely was screaming. I became a member of RHA last year and was actually apart of the haunted house. The theme of our room was a crazy hospital scene. It was so much fun! This year I will be dressing up again to scare anyone who dares to enter. My three good friends and I have our own room and the theme is a ballerina studio. I do not want to spoil any of the details, so you will have to come and see it for yourself.

Later tonight, I will be having a third floor fashion show. My residents approached me with the idea of having a fashion show on our floor so they can show off their outfits before they go out! So at about 9pm tonight, I will be judging the best costumes within several different categories. Some categories I have in mind at the moment are the most creative, funniest, sexiest, cutest, and scariest. It is a spur of the moment event but I know it will be a blast!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

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How to Have a Safe Halloween

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

Halloween is a time of fun and in a good community, things will generally be fine. However, it always pays to take precautions on a cold, dark night when people are running around streets where there are also cars, potholes and ghouls in the backyards.

1. Start safety considerations with the costume:
– Wear highly visible costumes. Bright colors, reflective parts or tape are key elements to ensure that you can be easily seen at night. If you have on a dark costume, add reflective tape, tags or buttons.

– Make sure that you do not wear anything that obscures the vision. Masks are best left for the party back at home. Or, make sure masks have very large eye holes for you to see through clearly.

2. Consider candy capers:
– Stories of poisoned candies and treats abound. Although most accounts of poisoned candy/concealed needles have been proven false, it is always better to be safe than sorry to avoid any villainous urban legend copycat. Be vigilant and keep be safe.

3. Consider health safety:
– Finally, last but not least, consider your health. Teeth, immune systems, body weight and general health are all impacted by too much sugar. Treats should be fun but should not be overdone. Keep a healthy diet.

Animals Need Your Help: Donate Now to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society!

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

1392007_10202892339099050_7225701750289333058_nUtica College’s organization, Asa Gray, is holding donations for our area’s largest animal shelter: The Stevens-Swan Humane Society.

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society has been in business since the early 1900’s and has made a huge impact ever since. The SSHS is fully dedicated to helping and preventing the cruelty, abuse and neglect of animals.

How do they do this?

  • They have an enormous adoption center where people are able to save a life, every single day.
  • They try their hardest to make the world a better place for all of the neglected, abandoned, and homeless animals by providing food, water and shelter.
  • They aim to educate the community about humane care, the animal/human bond, and the treatment of animals.
  • Finally, the SSHS relies heavily on donations and memberships from companies and the community, to assist them in ensuring the care of their animals.

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society is currently overwhelmed with kittens and puppies during this time, and therefore, they could use all of the help they can get!

Right now, they are looking for blankets, towels, stuffed animals, cleaning products, and paper towels. 

Interested in donating? Please, please, please bring your items to the boxes that are located outside of The Bistro and Student Financial Services. Students will be collecting throughout Halloween.

Fall Semester

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Fall and winter happen to be my favorite seasons, winter being my absolute favorite. I love these seasons due to the change in temperature, I am a huge fan of cold weather as well as snow or so I thought… Utica has made me change my love for these season. I am from a small town in Westchester Country, NY, where there is a casual change in temperature and as the days go by you gradually transition into winter. Not in Utica, the weather here is bipolar… it’s fall and the temperature is fluctuating between the 70s and the 50s, it doesn’t make sense.

In my opinion, Fall happens to be one of the most difficult semesters commuting wise; especially, when it starts to snow. This is because UC doesn’t believe in snow days, it could snow up to 5ft and they’ll expect you to go to class and get there on time. Walking from your dorms to class in the snow, is one of the most tedious things to do. As a freshman, I never got use to  walking to class in the snow, I always use to slip and slid even in my snow boots. Now being a sophomore who lives in Burrstone Hall, it is going to be absolutely dreadful to walk to campus during the winter.

 

Green Lakes Getaway

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

    One of my favorite places to go in autumn is Green Lakes. It’s a state park in Manlius, NY, which is just about an hour’s drive from Utica College. Green Lakes gets its name from the unusual color of the water, which appears a brilliant turquoise in some areas, and seafoam green in others due to the way the sunlight reflects on the minerals in the lakes.

My boyfriend, Ryan, took this awesome shot at Green Lakes last weekend. Check out how beautiful the leaves are!

My boyfriend, Ryan, took this awesome shot at Green Lakes last weekend. Check out how beautiful the leaves are!

  I have gone to Greek Lakes several time, and while it is beautiful in the summer, the best time to go is in the fall. In October, the brilliant colors of the lakes are complimented by the gorgeous leaves changing colors. You can walk the trails as I love to do, or you can take your dog for a walk or go for a run on the paths. Overall, it is a great place to reconnect with nature and relax. After the stress of midterms, I needed a getaway, and Green Lakes gave me just that.

Spending a little time over the weekend enjoying nature was exactly what I needed!

Spending a little time over the weekend relaxing and enjoying nature was exactly what I needed.

    So, for all my Utica College peers that may be feeling burnt out at this point in the semester, take an afternoon trip to Green Lakes! Spend some time walking around, enjoying the sunlight, the beautiful red and orange leaves, and the sparkling lakes. Fall in Central New York is breath-taking, but it goes by quickly, so making a stop at this state park is definitely something you want to do before winter settles in!

My favorite picture that I took from our weekend adventure!

My favorite picture that I took from our weekend adventure- but this shot does the beauty of the lake no justice. I definitely recommend that you visit Green Lakes and see for yourself how gorgeous it is!

Get Me Into Grad School!

Oct 29, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

    Lately, I have been focusing extensively on my grad school search. It’s intimidating and exciting all at once to look at and apply to future colleges. After all, my time here at Utica College will be over in less than a semester and a half, and who knows where I will be at this time next year!

    Last week, I attended a presentation by Career Services entitled, “Get Me Into Grad School.” The presentation lasted about an hour, and had a great turnout. Students filled the room in which the presentation was held. Helina Lotyczewski, director of Career Services, led the conversation and gave plenty of tips and tricks for navigating the higher education application process. Here are some of her main suggestions:

-Know what you want. For some, grad school is totally unnecessary for success in their field. For others (like me, as I aspire to be a psychology professor), grad school is completely a necessity. Having a clear goal will help you figure out exactly what program will be the best fit in order for you to achieve that goal as efficiently as possible.

-Know what you need. In my case, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for all of my applications, as are recommendation letters and a personal statement. I also need research experience and teaching experience in order to be considered for more competitive programs. Having knowledge of what would be expected of me as an applicant helped me accomplish everything early on, so I wouldn’t be scrambling the week before the deadline to pull things together. Look into program and application requirements early on, so you have plenty of time to prepare for exams, gather materials, and secure recommendations before your deadlines.

-Know who can help you. Helina gave us all sorts of great online resources from the Career Services page that helped with finding programs and universities. There are tons of tools on the Career Services page that can help any student, from job market opportunity analysis to resumé builders. However, there are also plenty of people on campus who can help you in your graduate school process. Helina explained that with a personal appointment in the Career Services office, students could receive help finding the right path for their desired career, they could practice their interview skills in a mock interview, and they even could have their personal statement revised! The professionals in this office are trained to help students, and their services are free, so it’s worth making the appointment and getting that extra help.

     Overall, the “Get Me Into Grad School” program was a huge success. The students who attended received plenty of helpful advice and tools to assist them in their process. As for me, I left the presentation and walked straight to Career Services to schedule my personal appointment. I am determined to get into grad school, and am grateful that Utica College has so many great resources to help me along the way!

Hopping on the Bandwagon! 21 Questions

Oct 28, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Honestly, I’ve enjoyed seeing my fellow bloggers participate in this 21 questions game, and I figured since I have never done a post like this before, why not? Here it goes:

What is your year/major?

Senior & Public Relations :)

When’s your birthday?

August 21

Where are you from?

Born & raised here in the 315!

Why Utica College ?
I had a few friends that went here & loved it. Plus, I fell in love with the campus and wanted to stay close to home :)

What is your favorite cereal?
I honestly don’t eat cereal!

Do you have any pets?
Yes!

What is your favorite season?
Spring & summer. I hate the humidity & storms, but love the sunshine & warmth!

What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
I love the Public Relations program. Each professor is great, and I’ve had so many opportunities already!

What city you would like to visit?
Boston. I’ve already been there, but I love it.

Favorite song?
I’m a country girl, so I have too many to list!

Any siblings?
Nope!

What is your favorite animal?
Dogs & kitties. Love those little angels!

Favorite restaurant?
Basil Bluz Bistro

Pet peeves?
Mean people! Plain & simple!

Favorite quote?
“The flower that blooms in adversity, is the most rare and beautiful of all.”

Most played song?

Something in the Water  – Carrie Underwood

Favorite video game?

I don’t really have one!

If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?

Carrie Underwood, or pretty much any country music star.

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I was lucky enough to meet Carrie Underwood 2 years ago. She was super sweet!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy. Enough said!

 

Are Good Grades Important?

Oct 28, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

via utica.edu

For the most part, everyone who is getting a higher education after high school does so in order to qualify for a job or career in the future.

With that said, it takes a lot of hard work and time to eventually graduate prior to becoming a candidate for a potential career. School requires a lot of commitment, most of which is put in studying and preparing for courses.

We’ve been taught the importance of getting good grades from a very early age, and much hasn’t changed in college. But, if every graduating student is getting a degree, then is getting good grades really that important?

Well, the the answer is pretty obvious: Getting good grades is very important.

Even though everyone who graduates does get a degree, there’s a distinction that could be earned. It’s possible to graduate with Latin honors, which include the following: cum laude (with honor), magna cum laude (with great honor), and summa cum laude (with highest honor).

There are going to be graduates competing for the same job post-college, and the difference in grades could differentiate the candidates, as Forbes described:

But if your grades are good, go ahead and list your average on your transcript. Dean Iacovetti, director of recruiting at Apprenda, a software company outside Albany, NY, says he doesn’t expect to see GPAs on résumés, but if he does, and it’s a strong one, he takes notice.

As it turns out, grades are still very important and could help you get the job of your dreams after graduating. So, keep studying and do well!

 

My Journey in Scenic Painting

Oct 28, 2014 | Author: Victoria Lamanna

This semester, I decided to do something new and outside of my comfort zone…take a painting class! While several members of my family share unique artistic abilities, I have never thought of myself as “artistic.”

Me with my favorite project so far!

Me with my favorite project so far!

At first, I didn’t know anyone in the class, and my painting abilities were nothing to be proud about. But now, it is one of my favorite classes with some of the nicest people I have met, and my painting has definitely improved with practice.

I love how my brick wall turned out! 10+ hrs of hard work!

I love how my brick wall turned out! 10+ hrs of hard work!

I love that it is different than any class that I have taken. It’s a much-needed break between writing papers, reading textbooks and taking quizes!

My advice: each semester, take a class that interests you outside of your major. You meet new people you never would have crossed paths with before, and it saves you from a boring routine of same-old, same-old classes.

My first project: ombre and lines.

My first project: ombre and lines.

 

Halloween

Oct 27, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

Hey guys, how are you doing? This week is a major week for all those people who just want one night to be something other than who they really are. Yes, it’s that time again: Halloween!!! So go to Party City, Walmart, or any place that sells costumes, and get ready for a great week at UC.

Last year, I was thinking that Halloween at college is not even celebrated; it’s just another day. But I was so wrong. People really go all out, but it’s cool and fun. I really advise you guys to go out this weekend with your fellow UC student and have fun.

Questions About Me

Oct 27, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

So I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this post. Several other bloggers have already completed a “questionnaire” of sorts. and I figured I would as well! (See other bloggers take on the same questions here, and here, and here.) I’ve been blogging for so long, and I realized that I had never given any “fun” personal information about myself. So, here goes nothing!

1. What is your year/major?
I am a junior biology major.

2. When’s your birthday?
August 24th

3. Where are you from?
I was actually born right across the street at St. Luke’s Hospital! I’ve lived in New York practically my entire life.

4. Why Utica College?
I actually grew up seeing the campus, and when I was older I looked into it. The inviting atmosphere and friendly professors were exactly what I was looking for.

5. What is your favorite cereal?
I actually don’t eat cereal that often! But if I had to pick one, Chex.

6. Do you have any pets?
I’ve actually helped to raise seeing guide dogs for most of my life, so I’ve always had dogs around. I do have one “permanent” dog, Martha May. But, all of the dogs we have helped to train have felt like my own pets.

7. How involved are you on campus?
I try to be involved in all different aspects of the college! I (obviously) work as a student blogger, a student ambassador/tour guide in the admissions office, and I work in the International Education Office. During the summer I work as a research assistant, and have also been a mentor in the Summer Orientation program. I am the Vice President of the Asa Gray Biological Society on campus, the Junior Class Treasurer, and I am the Treasurer in the Gay-Straight Alliance. I also am a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a member of the red cross club, a member of the optimist club, and a member of the Utica College Choir. I am involved with WPNR, the Dining Services Committee, and the Student Conduct Board. In the past, I have also been involved with student research meetings. Just recently, I joined a new leadership society on campus.

8. What is your favorite season?
Fall! I love everything about it. The leaves changing, the not-too-chilly temperatures, and the fashion!

9. What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
The faculty and staff. Every single person who works on this campus wants students to succeed and do well. It is a really comforting feeling.

10. What city you would like to visit?
What city wouldn’t I like to visit? I love just going someplace and exploring. I don’t really mind where, just as long as I can see what there is to see. My favorite thing is just taking a day to wander around a place that I have never been before.

11. Favorite song?
It changes all the time. For a while, I’ve loved the song, “House by the Sea” by Moddi. The lyrics are poignant and describe how I feel about life.

12. Any siblings?
Two brothers! One older, and one younger…though we are all “old” now! My youngest brother is almost 19!

13. What is your favorite animal?
I love dogs. Any time I see a dog, I’m like a little kid; I get so excited and have to talk to and pet them.

14. Favorite restaurant?
I went to this one restaurant in Disney World, and they had the best gluten free/vegetarian entrée I had ever had in my entire life. I am sad that I haven’t had it since! Around here though, I love Delmonico’s.

15. Pet peeves?
People who don’t listen! It gets on my nerves when someone either completely tunes another person out, or only hears what they want to hear. Actually taking the time to understand and comprehend what another person is saying is high on my list of qualities of which I feel are important.
Also, chewing with your mouth open. Gross.

16. Favorite quote?
I once read a poem by an anonymous contributor and fell in love with it. I have the entire thing printed, and it is on my wall. They basically took a well-known lecture from a theoretical-physicist and made it into verses. It’s about the connections in the universe, and the most poignant part for me is the line, “Stars have died so that you may live.” It’s my favorite because it is a little reminder that we are small beings in something so much greater than ourselves. The entire universe is connected, and I love that.

17. Most played song?
“Pompeii” by Bastille. I went through a weird phase last fall and didn’t really listen to much else…

18. Any talents?
I love singing! All the time! It’s fun to perform in a professional setting, or to just belt out a song driving with friends.

19. Favorite video game?
For a while, I really liked playing Tetris. Anything repetitive like that is fun while I am bored or waiting for something.

20. If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
Mindy Kaling! She is fabulous and always knows what to say, even if she doesn’t. She isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, even if it isn’t what some people might want to hear. She is a role model for all people, not just young women and girls! Plus her style is great.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy.

 

 

Midterm Aftermath

Oct 25, 2014 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Midterms are just about over. FINALLY!
Just because midterms are ending, doesn’t mean it’s time to relax. Midterm grades are coming, but don’t let them get you down. These are grades that tell you where you stand at the moment; you still have the other half of this semester to kick it up!

You have time to get that F to a C, or C to a B. Don’t give up! Meet with your professors and express your concerns, apply for a tutor, and take extra time to complete each assignment. You can and will do it! Regain your motivation and maintain it.

If you are doing well with midterms, and you have an A or B, don’t think that you can’t lose it. You have another half of the semester; that A can drop to a C easily. Continue to work! Maintain your grades and continue to be motivated. Midterms are not the end of the world; it’s just a wake up call. They tell you where you’re at now, not how you will end in the course.

Remember you got this! Regain your focus, and remain focus!

Moose ya later,

-K

Tips on How to Relieve Stress

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Brittany Sierra

It’s especially unhealthy to be stressed out all of the time, but there are some ways to relieve stress. Here are a few tips on some things that can help:

1. Go to events on campus. Meet new people. Maybe making new friends would help ease your mind.

2. Go to the gym. Maybe this might not be so much of a “fun” thing to do, but I promise that it will get your mind off of things and make you feel better.

3. Listen to music. Listening to music is as effective as venting to a friend. Most of the time, certain songs may express the emotions/stress that you are experiencing, so it might feel nice to listen and just sing along with it.

4. REACH OUT FOR HELP! If you are going through something and you do not know how to deal with it, reaching out to a close friend or close by counselor might be very helpful.

Why Utica?!

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone

Utica is not the biggest school, nor is it the fanciest. One thing this school does have is by far the most dedicated professors I have ever met. Freshmen year, I came to Utica as a construction management major. The first meeting I had with my professor, he gave this long speech then wrote his number down and said, “Anytime you need me, you call me.” As a freshman, I did not believe that a college professor could be this close with their students.

I’m a junior in my program and could not be any happier with what the Construction Management program has done for me. I am currently taking Estimating, which is a mentally draining and time-consuming class. Normally, with teachers in high school, I could talk my way into handing in late work. Well, with the professor in this particular class, if you’re not five minutes early, he will shut the door and say, “In the real world there would not be a locked door, there’d just be you getting fired.” These professors are literally treating us as if we were there employees.

But they do more than that; they also treat you like family. I had never attended the festivities for tailgating during Homecoming before, but this year, I brought my mother up to see what the college has done for me and how well I am doing. We attended the construction management tent for tailgating, and let me tell you, I was blown away! I have had ribs before made by my professor, but the atmosphere that he created for his students and their families was nothing short of incredible. There was a Blue Grass band, Texas-style BBQ, and of course beer. My mom and I had at least four plates each of BBQ, but more importantly, my professors came over and talked and just made my mother and I glad that I was going to this school.

Utica College is not a normal school. Yes, it’s small, but this school has by far the most incredible staff. If you’re looking to find the best bang for your buck, Utica College is the best. These professors will turn a freshman into a profesional with extensive knowledge in your chosen field.  Utica College gets a five-star rating in my book.

Make the Most of Meal Time

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

From working as a tele-counselor and an ambassador, I have been asked by countless prospective students how the food is at Utica College. I can honestly say that the food is better than most colleges, and for being such a small college, there’s a lot of variety. Some students may complain (I mean, no one can make better food than mom!), but there is always something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters. To make my college dining experience better, I have come up with a few ways to make the most of my meal.

Remember the food pyramid? I try to stick with the main food groups in order to stay healthy and fit. I know the burger line is usually short and the burgers are probably tastier to most than broccoli, but remember to eat your fruits and vegetables. I know that when I first came to college, I just ate junk food for the first week and felt TERRIBLE! I feel so much better now that I am eating wholesome meals. Also, remember you can take fruits back to your room for a healthy snack. The college endorses fresh food from local businesses, such as the fruit, vegetables, bagels, ect.

Try something new! When eating in the dining commons, there are always the options of burgers, pizza, the deli line, salad bar and so forth; but there are also multiple options for daily meals as well. The dining commons accommodates many different cultures, so there are always different choices for everyone. Once a week, try something new or something you would not normally eat. This can keep the dining experience interesting and open your eyes to new things.

When you are eating at the dining commons all week, it may get a little repetitive, so keep in mind that we have the Pioneer Cafe and Subway available on campus. Something I do is designate a day of the week to be a “Pio Day” where my friends and I meet up and go to the Pioneer Cafe/Subway to eat. It is sort of like going out to eat (only on campus!) after eating in the dining commons all week.

Make your own meal! Once in a while I get really homesick, so I found that making (attempting to make…) my own meal can really help me feel better. Once every couple weeks, my boyfriend and I try making a dinner that we have not tried previously. Sometimes, they go horribly wrong and we mess up, but it makes for a good laugh and tastes good just because we did it ourselves. You can look up simple recipes online or even just get Hamburger Helper. There are kitchens in every dorm (or even one on each floor) that are open 24/7 with a full sink, microwave and stove/oven. IMG_6213(Our homemade dinner created inside the kitchen at North… We accidentally used salad dressing instead of marinade on the steak…perfect example of us messing up! P.S. It was a meal for two plus leftovers for under $25!)

I hope my personal tips can help you guys in making the most of your meal at Utica College!

 

21 Questions

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

How have you guys been? I’ve seen a certain topic trending among UC bloggers now called “21 Questions.” I have noticed many bloggers have re-posted these particular questions, so I will also give it a shot.
What is your year/major?
I am a sophomore and a computer science major!
When’s your birthday?
August 30
Where are you from?
I am from the Bronx.
Why Utica College ?
I knew a few friends that were here and also a few coming in as well. The school itself is not that far from home, but it is far enough for me to get away from home.
What is your favorite cereal?
Frosted Flakes
Do you have any pets?
Nope
What is your favorite season?
Spring – I love the summer too, but I don’t like it getting too hot.
What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
I love the diversity here. I have networked with so many different types of people from all over the world.
What city you would like to visit?
The Windy City. Eventually I’ll get there.
Favorite song?
I have too many to list.
Any siblings?
I have three: two brothers and one sister.
What is your favorite animal?
Lions. They are the kings of the jungle.
Favorite restaurant?
and steakhouse
Pet peeves?
Laziness. I hate people who aren’t passionate and are too lazy to do anything.
Favorite quote?
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Most played song?
All of the Above by Maino
Favorite video game?
NBA 2K
If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
Jay-Z. That man is phenomenal.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Successful in general.

Time to Pick New Classes. Again.

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Registration is coming up for next semester (November 17th is a little less than a month away!) I’m sure you’ve given thought as to what classes you are going to take. However, if you haven’t,  I suggest running a degree evaluation (in bannerweb) and figuring out what courses you still need in order to obtain your degree.

I’m sure you think this post is a little early, however, you can never start planning your next semester early enough! Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your next semester.

Are you dreading a class? Take it as soon as you can! Don’t put anything off because you’ll have to take it eventually! Why dislike a class your last semester of senior year? If one of your requirements scares you (like physics scared me!) then be proactive. Find out about tutoring opportunities before you even need them, and use them! I asked my friend last semester if he would be tutoring for physics just because I knew I would need the help!

Plan accordingly! Are you not a morning person? Check out which classes are going to be offered when and have a game plan for when it is your day to schedule classes. Don’t waste time on the day you can register by trying to figure out times, have that all done before! Just go through and register. Nothing stinks more than when you’re stuck taking an 8:30 because the 11:30 section filled up while you were trying to figure your schedule out.

Find when classes are offered! Do you need a course that is only offered a certain semester? Or once every other year? Plan ahead for those special courses well ahead of time. If a course is only offered every other spring semester, make sure you know when that is and register for it! Don’t waste an opportunity to take a course you may not have another chance to take! Also, if any of those special courses are specifically required for your degree, pay extra close attention to when they are offered.

Know yourself and the classes! Don’t over or under load yourself. There is a precious balance (that can be hard to find) when registering for classes. If you are anticipating a certain course to be extremely hard for you, then maybe hold off on another super difficult course. You want to make sure you have enough time to devote to all of your classes, and some classes take more time than others. You don’t want to spend all of your time on one thing and not have enough for another extensive course.

Speak with your advisor! Every student has to meet with their advisor in order to receive their PIN so they can register. However, don’t only go to them for that. Advisors are professors who are there to help and assist you! Ask them for opinions on what you should take and bounce potential schedules off of them to see what they think. Definitely listen and value their opinion, but remember that the ultimate decision is your own. You have to do what is right for you.

I hope you follow my tips and tricks and start thinking about those classes for next semester soon! It is closer than you might think!

Haunted House Time is Here

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

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Haunted House time is here once again. RHA (Resident Hall Association) is hosting their annual Haunted House on Oct. 31 in South Hall Basement from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Haunted House is one of RHA’s biggest and most well-known events here at UC. It is free and open to faculty members, staff and the entire Utica Community.

Every October, South Hall is decorated by RHA members, and every room has a different theme. Also, children will receive free candy at the door. You don’t want to miss the Haunted House this year; it’s going to be epic.

What is RHA?

RHA stands for Resident Hall Association. RHA is geared towards making campus life more comfortable and enjoyable. In the past, we have held numerous successful events on campus, such as Haunted House, Crystal Ball, Date auction, and Luau. We have our general body meetings every Wednesday in Bell Conference Room (located in the basement of bell) at 1 p.m. Commuters, as well as on campus students, are welcome to join us.

Can’t attend weekly general body meetings? If your schedule conflicts with our meeting date/time, no problem. We are flexible with students, so if you contact one of the RHA e-board members and let them know, then you can be put on our email list, and we will keep you up-to-date on everything that is going on.

Think it’s too late to be a part of the haunted house?

Nope, RHA is always looking for help. We have several areas where extras are needed, and RHA also has little duties and big duties, so there’s something out there for everyone to do.

General Body Meetings: Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Bell Conference Room

Haunted House Meetings: Wednesday night  at 9 p.m.

Location: South Hall

Feeling Grateful

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Even though I have been extremely busy lately, I haven’t forgotten to stop and appreciate what is around me, or what I have in my life. There are several points throughout the day that I get a little down time, and instead of using that time to scroll through social media, I use it to stop for a second and realize all the amazing things I have – especially the things I sometimes take advantage of.

The next time you have a little break, stop and think about what you are grateful for. For some reason, it always boosts my mood!

Here are the top five things I am grateful for:

My Mom: Let’s make this one simple: she is my number one inspiration.

My Family: Without my family, I would be a lost soul. I definitely can say that my family is my biggest support system. From my immediate to my extended family, they are always there for me, and I always know that I can count on them for anything.

My Friends: Sometimes, all you need is someone to listen to you vent about your crazy stressful life and I can count on my friends for doing just that.

Utica College: UC has opened the door to so many opportunities and connections on and off of campus. I would never have imagined myself to be where I am today and I am excited to see what is in store for me in the future.

Caffeine: Without this little boost in life, I don’t know where I would be. I mean c’mon, a cup of coffee or Red Bull really can turn a not so good day into a great one!

Remember, sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses.

Career Advice: How to Be a Go-Getter

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

“Look at them. They are such go-getters!” Let’s be honest; how many times have we all heard (or said) that before? We might be describing our friends, family members, co-workers, or even ourselves.

Being a “go-getter” is such a wonderful compliment, and we as future professionals should embrace it. How can we get there? How can we motivate ourselves to be “go-getters”?

Tips on how to be a go-getter, from a go-getter herself! (created by me in Pixlr)

Tips on how to be a go-getter, from a go-getter herself! (created by me in Pixlr)

  • Believe that you CAN overcome any obstacle: There is a force within you that is greater than any roadblock. It’s called determination. Every go-getter believes that they have strengths and capabilities to climb over the hurdles that life will inevitably throw at us. Sometimes, these hurdles can be so big, so overwhelming that we start to lose our hope, confidence , and simply, just want to quit. That’s a natural reaction, but in those times, we have to believe that our purpose is far greater than what we think.
  • Create visions and goals for YOUR life: No matter what year you’re in, as college students, we know that we are nearing the end of our education. It’s time to lace up our running shoes and achieve our dreams. Note: a vision is NOT the same thing as a plan. The difference? A plan is structured; a vision is more broad.
  • Blend your passions and professions: As we grow up, it becomes easier to lose our passions. We start to focus on the life’s stresses and forget what truly makes us happy. I think we owe it to ourselves to at least try to incorporate our passions into our work. Having trouble figuring out if you’re in the right program? Ask yourself what your passions are and ask yourself if you can make that work in your career.

What are your top three ways to be a go getter?