Second Annual Drag Show

Apr 24, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

It was an amazing day this past weekend for Utica College’s Gay/Straight Alliance because we were recognized as the Organization of the Year at the Student Recognition Brunch and had our Second Annual Drag Show Sunday, April 18th.

Last year was the first year the GSA really started to make their mark on campus. With Ally Week, our first Drag Show, “Mom, Dad, I’m Gay,” and Take Back Your Prom last year, we have come a long way since my freshman year. I am so proud to be apart of this organization and am so excited to see what else we will do in future.

The doors opened at 5:30 and students came pouring in. We were selling t-shirts, taking donations, and were giving away condoms, lube, and informational pamphlets. Makenzie Taylor and our beloved Bee’ Uh BombChelle were our hosts who without a doubt kept the audience entertained. Our kings and queens were amazing and the crowd loved them. I am so thankful that they were able to make it and hope that they are able to return next year.

What is a drag show without pictures….


Asia and Peter welcoming our guests!

Asia and Peter welcoming our guests!

Jazzy Sommers looking fabulous!

Jazzie Sommers looking fabulous!

Bee' Uh BombChelle looking flawless, as always!

Bee’ Uh BombChelle looking flawless, as always!

Hunter Downe looking awesome!

Hunter Downe looking awesome!

Pacifica Rim closing the show with an awesome performance!

Pacifica Rim closing the show with an awesome performance!

George Archundia wrapped up in pride!

George Archundia wrapped up in pride!

I of course needed a photo with the beautiful hosts, Bee' Uh BombChelle & Makenzie Taylor.

I of course needed a photo with the beautiful hosts, Bee’ Uh BombChelle & Makenzie Taylor.

Pacifica Rim, Bee' Uh BombChelle, and Jacqueline Frost posing for the camera!

Pacifica Rim, Bee’ Uh BombChelle, and Jacqueline Frost posing for the camera!

Our newest performers to join our show, Pacifica Rim and Jacqueline Frost.

Our newest performers to join our show, Pacifica Rim and Jacqueline Frost.

The most amazing people around - the members of Gay/Straight Alliance.

The most amazing people around – the members of Gay/Straight Alliance.

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Eleven Tips to End of The Semester Success

Apr 24, 2015 | Author: Grace Pfeifer

The end of the semester (especially Spring Semester) can bring many challenges and stressors. The weather is starting to get nicer, the days are getting longer, and your attention span is getting shorter. If your class schedule has looked anything like mine, you’ve prolly been pounded with essays, projects, and tests since returning from spring break. It can all get very overwhelming quickly, and by the time finals starts approaching you’ve all but virtually checked out. As hard as it may be, it’s important to keep your morale high to get through finals. No one wants to throw away all the hard work they’ve put in throughout the semester over a little stress and fatigue. So, here’s some of my tips on how to stay focused and finish out the semester strong.
1. Try to get as much sleep as possible. I’m probably the biggest hypocrite of this tip. As a Nursing student, I’m constantly educating patients on the importance of sleep while neglecting my own. It really does make a huge difference though when you get 7-8 hours of sleep verses 5. You’ll be more awake to get through your classes and any homework you may have after.
2. Eat three solid meals again. Again, I’m also a hypocrite of this rule. However, eating three decently healthy meals a day will help you have the energy and focus to get through whatever assignments are thrown at you. So as hard as it may be, try to resist the urge to eat a pop tart, or easy mac for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
3. Make a schedule. You may feel less overwhelmed if you plan your week or even just your day slightly ahead of time. I’m not talking about making a big elaborate color coded excel schedule with built in class and study times. A simple outline of what you would like to get accomplished for the day and a time frame for that written down on your memo pad on your phone will do the trick.
4. Avoid procrastination to the best of your ability. We’ve all heard this a thousand times before, but I’m sure everyone would agree working on an essay or project for an hour each day, is a lot less stressful than jamming in 12 hours’ worth of work the night before it’s due.
5. Try to Exercise at least a half hour 3-4 times a week. They tell us in nursing school to try to encourage our patients to work out at least 5x per week, but a 5x a week exercise scheduled is just not realistic for most college students. Exercising 3-4x a week for a half hour to an hour is a lot more attainable. Exercise will not only give you an energy boost but will also release endorphins that will make your stress levels go down (for a little while anyway).
6. Ask for help. If you’re struggling in a class or a project, don’t wait till the last minute to try to get assistance. Go see your professors now and make a plan for improvement. They’re also many other resources such as smart thinking and the writing center to help you with papers and projects.
7. Find a study space that works for you. If you haven’t been a big studier till the end of the semester and don’t have a consistent routine, now is a good time to start looking for places you are able to focus. The library gets very crowded towards final week and may not be the best choice for you. Start looking for possible alternative study locations so that when the time comes, a lack of location doesn’t get in your way of studying.
8. Do not over study. This is something I have just recently learned. I found that I was a lot more successful studying for two hour blocks twice a day, with breaks in between, rather than trying to jam pack 8 hours of consecutive studying in. It’s important to take short breaks in between studying so that your mind can process and refresh before the next round of studying. Go for a walk, get a snack, or watch some tv.
9. Prioritize. Narrow down your top priority finals, projects, and essays. Start working on the top priorities now, while keeping in mind not to completely neglect everything else.
10. Reward yourself! College is hard and a lot of people just don’t realize that or forget. School is practically a full time job. You’ll go crazy if you’re not taking some time for yourself. Whether it be exercising, playing sports, or watching Netflix for an hour or two; find what it is that is a de-stressor for you and don’t feel guilty about doing it.
11. Most importantly, keep your goals in mind. Remember why you’re here and the career goals you have. Remember that you’re working so hard so that you can be a doctor, lawyer, police officer, etc. Visualize yourself in the career you are pursuing and remind yourself that your working hard so that you can have a job you love.

Children’s Health Fair

Apr 24, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Saturday, April 18th my classmates from my Introduction to Child Life Specialty class and I volunteered at the Children’s Health Fair at Mohawk Valley Community College. This fair includes different type of healthcare organizations from around the area that come together to educate children and families. Each organization or business sets up a table with arts & crafts, games, or things that they can take away with them.

My classmates and I wanted to do something fun but also educational at our table. On one side of our table we had arts & crafts where the children could decorate a paper made stethoscope and a tongue depressor. On the other side of our table we had medical equipment and teddy bears set up. My friend Courtney Stocker and I were in charge of that side of the table and when children came up, we did a Teddy Bear Check Up with them. In all of our Psychology-Child Life classes, we learn how important it is to make sure that the children and families are being educated about what is going on. The Teddy Bear Check Up is a great way to allow the children to become familiar with the medical equipment that they will see when they are at the doctors or in the hospital.

This semester my classmates and I have also organized two Teddy Bear Clinics, one at Junior Junction Daycare and the other one at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Teddy Bear Clinics are where the children can bring in their own stuffed teddy bear or animal from home and give them a pretend check up. There are different stations set up that the children rotate through allowing them to play with different types of medical equipment. Some stations we had included height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and immunizations. I wish there was more time in the semester that my classmates and I were able to organize more clinics like these. It is really awesome how beneficial they are too the children.

I love being a Psychology-Child Life major and I love the opportunities that I am given to work with children around the area. It is an amazing learning experience to take what we are taught and able to apply it outside the classroom.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the Children’s Health Fair:



Some of my classmates and I getting prepared for the fair to begin!

Some of my classmates and I getting prepared for the fair to begin!

My friend Courtney Stocker playing some games!

My friend Courtney Stocker playing some games!

Selfie with Dr. Health E. Hound!

Selfie with Dr. Health E. Hound!

The Courtneys with Dr. Health E. Hound!

The Courtneys with Dr. Health E. Hound!

To do list…

Apr 24, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Greetings all!

The semester is coming to a end whether you want to believe it or not. Finals are approaching, classes are ending, papers are due. Get ready! Deadlines are coming, don’t save it for the last week of school. Start now, make a list of everything that will be due in a order of priority and how long it may take. Start crossing things off that list the time is now, it is never too early. Also, here’s a few things to do before leaving…

1. Meet with you advisor! Is you schedule completed? Did you get your pin? Do you know how many credit you have? GPA? Get on a move and meet with your advisor they are here to help you!

2. Secure your housing! Secure your housing have you paid your $200 deposit for housing? Do you know where you’ll be living next semester? Have you done a point tally sheet? Visit Residence Life and ask for assistant get this done. If you’ll be moving off campus… have you been released from your contract? Have you spoke with Scott Hosler in Residence Life to be released? Contact him! Even if you are released Residence Life can supply you with a list of off campus housing you can contact.

3. Get summer employment! Do you even have a resume? Do you have a job? Do you want one? How will you survive this summer? Visit Student Career Services and set a appointment to review possible internship options and other employment opportunities that can benefit you. They can and will also help you develop, update or edit a resume. (:

4. Storage! Where will your belongings go? Nobody to help you toll everything back home? Begin packing first! Then consider storage options the earlier you contact them the better. If you don’t have that many items team up with some of your friends and split the cost. There’s flyers up everywhere that have storage options some even pick it up for you! That cuts off the cap or gas fee. Feel free to ask Residence Life about some common storage facilities used.

This may seem overwhelming but it wont be as soon as you began to start the list. Feel free to go in any order you don’t have to go down the list feel free to jump around or even add to the list. Here’s a head start!






Be Prepared…..

Apr 24, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Be prepared… don’t be fooled


Yes, typically this is the season to be putting away those winter coats, boots, and winter clothes but try to wait it out. It’s not worth getting sick! As you seen in the past weeks we go from snowy to rainy to sunny back to snowy days in the course of a month. Don’t send those clothes back home hold on to them, hold off on those short outfits and tanks. Don’t be a fool and end up with no winter coat in the middle of a snow-hail-rain storm. This will simply lead to you being sick during finals week. ): NOBODY needs that to happen!

Stay hydrated! Continue to push fluids and also add on a vitamin to boost your immune system. If you feel yourself getting a snuffy nose, dry throat or even a sneeze start early action medications like Airborne, EmergenC, and/or Zicam. Try to stay ahead as best you can! You worked too hard to have to fight a cold during finals week. Again, don’t be a foul! Your smarter than that. (:

Lastly, on days that it may look beautiful out… don’t leap into those shorts, dresses, sandals and so on. Think about wearing those jeans, with a hoodie or light jacket. Don’t be afraid to add a light scarf to your outfit. BEAT this weather! You’ll have all summer to wear those cool summery outfits. Just wait on it…. and remember don’t be a FOOL! ( : 





Apr 24, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton


So now that I got your attention, I guess it would be a good time to say that unfortunately this isn’t going to be a blog about monkeys coming to invade the earth or anything like that. I find this topic to be a little bit more interesting so I hope you enjoy.

Personality is defined as, the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. In other words, everyone has their own identity in this world and that’s what defines a person. Everyone has character traits, whether they are good or bad, everyone has them. Some examples of characteristics for individuals could be someone who is organized, honest, patient, responsible, etc. Recently I had taken a personality test called, The Big Five Personality Test. This was about a 30 minute test that consisted of 40 different questions. In the end, it gave results that referred to the five letters of personality known as OCEAN.header

Openness, Conscientiousness, extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Openness means a person is open to new experiences, those people tend to be original, creative, curious, and complex. Conscientiousness means a person is well-organized, they tend to be reliable, self-disciplined, and careful. With the trait of extraversion people tend to be sociable, friendly, fun-loving, and talkative. People with agreeableness tend to be good nurtured, sympathetic, forgiving, and courteous. Finally the last word, Neuroticism, which means a person who scores high on the test tend to be nervous, high-strung, insecure, and always worrying.

 “Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless” – Paul Harris

With that being said, I hope you enjoyed hearing about this information on personality and I highly recommend that everyone takes this test because it is pretty accurate and it gives a good insight into the type of person you are. Here’s the link to take the test if anyone is interested: and also don’t forget to follow my twitter @ Jayson_UC for more updates about events happening on campus.

 Till next time,


Relay For Life

Apr 23, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Utica Colleges first Relay For Life was on held on Friday, April 17th by the newly recognized organization College’s Against Cancer! I have attended one my senior year of high school and was stoked to hear that UC was doing one on our campus. I immediately penciled the date into my calendar.

The event began at 6pm and due to weather conditions, the event took place in the gym. Organizations, fraternities, sororities, and outside groups came to support the cause. Each group had their own station set up with either giveaways or food. It was wonderful to see how many students came out for the event. I had fieldwork the next morning, so was unable to stay for the full twelve hours but stayed until about midnight.

In the middle of the gym, Kan Jam and cornhole were set up, as well as the Relay For Life jail. The concept of the jail was an awesome and fun way to raise money. By paying any amount of money, you could put someone in jail. The only way they were able to get out of jail is if the amount of money that put them in jail was matched. It was definitely a creative way to raise money and was also pretty funny watching people go in and out of jail.

The final amount raised was just little over of $21,000. I am so proud of College’s Against Cancer and their success with their first Relay For Life on campus. I also want to say thank you to all of the speakers and brave students who shared their stories. It was definitely a memorable night and I am excited for next year!

Here are some pictures of the night:

A little bit of corn hole fun!

A little bit of corn hole fun!

My good friend Angela Malaspina and I.

My good friend Angela Malaspina and I.

My friend Michael Wells sharing his beautiful story about his father.

My friend Michael Wells sharing his beautiful story about his father.



End of the Year Checklist!

Apr 22, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey everyone! Its that crazy time of the year again… Finals and leaving for Summer break! A lot is going on, even more so than finals before Winter break, so here is a checklist so you can make sure to remember to get everything accomplished without the stress!

  1. Make sure to write out everything you need to do for classes on a sheet of paper or on sticky notes and hang them around your room. This way, you will not forget to do the end of the semester papers, projects or presentations!
  2. Write out another calendar of your finals and their times! Finals can be stressful, so make sure you do not forget to go to them during the hustle to study for them!
  3. Plan out your packing for moving out. I seem to end up waiting till the day I leave to even START to pack all my belongings to go home and I regret it every time!!!!
  4. If you are going into a graduate program (such as OT like me!) make sure you have all your requirements filled so you have no trouble in the fall.
  5. Make sure to sign up for classes, housing and pay your tuition as soon as possible, again, so you do not run into trouble when you come back for the Fall semester.
  6. Finally, do NOT forget to hand in your room key/s at the end of the semester!!! I forgot to hand them in your freshman year and I had to send them in the mail. Trust me, you do not need that stress when you just want to start your summer vacation

Utica College’s 1st Relay for Life

Apr 22, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

April 17, 2015 at 6pm was the kickoff of Utica College’s first Relay for Life! The event went from 6pm on April 17, 2015 to 6am April 18, 2015. The event was held by the new student organization, Colleges Against Cancer, which I intend on joining! The event kicked off with some very brave cancer survivors making the first lap around the gymnasium and the rest of Utica College followed them. The rest of the event consisted of the teams making laps around the gym, live musical entertainment, different organizations grilling for the event, Kan-Jam, dance-offs between the fraternities and so much more!IMG_2012

The fraternities Alpha Phi Delta and Alpha Chi Rho had fun raising money by putting each other “in jail”. In the center of the gym was a closed off sort of box that you could pay money to put someone in. To get that person out of jail, someone would have to match the price it took to put that person in jail. One member of the fraternity for Alpha Chi Rho ended up being in jail almost the entire night because his price was close to $200! They ended up having dance-offs and even Rock Paper Scissors Shoot challenges to help people get out of jail! It is safe to say everyone had a few laughs and a fun time watching and participating!IMG_2023Some people in jail!

There was a huge turnout for the event, 29 teams and 285 participants! That is a lot for a small (and awesome) college like Utica! I relayed with the Utica College Student Occupational Therapy Association (UCOT2016 team) and we raised the third highest amount of donations at $1,348.80!!! I am SO proud of our team! The top two teams were Alpha Chi Rho with $4,586.00 and Colleges Against Cancer with $2,150.28. In total, Utica College raised a whopping $21,227.33!!!

End Of The Semester Stress

Apr 21, 2015 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

The end of the semester  is here, summer is approaching and so is stress. Whether  you are a junior,freshmen, sophomore, or senior stress is something we all feel as college student around this time of year. During this time , it is important that we deal with stress and frustration in a healthy way and to stay positive.

Here are some tips to help you  deal with stress in a healthy/positive way:

Tip #1: Gym time - When you are feeling overwhelmed and burden going to the gym is a perfect way to deal with stress. The gym is healthy and it is proven  that working out helps you sleep better and increases your chances of having a better mood the next day.

Tip #2: Water- Drinking alot of water is very important and necessary in not only a healthy lifestyle but it  is especially important during this time of the semester. Drinking at least 2bottle of water will decrease your chances of headaches. It also helps your body run better throughout the day.

Tip #3: Breakfast Eating healthy is hard but it has its benefits. Eating an healthy breakfast is even better. When you start your day with an healthy breakfast your body will run like a machine throughout the day. Even if you only eat breakfast and you skip lunch your body will still be running off of your breakfast. Normally your body takes 6 hours to digest one meal.

Healthy Breakfast Options:

Option #1- Cereal, 1 Fruit, Water, Orange juice

Option #2- Oatmeal, Water, Granola bar

Option #3- Yogurt, Juice, Cereal Bar

Tip #4: Sleep- Sleeping  is sooooo important. Some may think that you need to go to bed at 10pm and wake up at 6am to feel fully rested but that’s not true. If you sleep for at least 3-4 hours a night then you will be fine. Sounds Crazy !! I know but if you eat healthy, exercise, drink water, and sleep 3-4 hours a night your body will do the rest. Its like oiling a machine, once you give your body what it needs then it will give you what you need.

 I hope that these tips have been helpful to you during this semester!

Twitter: @LAshanna_UC



Finishing The Semester: It’s Almost Final Exam Time

Apr 21, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic



We’ve passed the halfway point in the Spring semester. With that said, summer is right around the corner. The weather is finally improving. Needless to say, it can become easy to slack off and forget about school for the last couple of weeks.

In the past, it was probably easy to get away with slacking off near the end of the semester. In college, though, it’s the exact opposite.

Closing out the semester on a high note is just as important as starting off the school year strong. Final exams will make up a large portion of your grade and slacking off could end up ruining your GPA.

Here’s a few tips on how to finish the semester positively, specifically during final exam time:

Come prepared, review your notes

Instead of cramming during the last week of the semester, save yourself the time by reviewing your notes leading up to your final exams. While this might seem like more work on top of your regular school work, it will ultimately save you more time at the end of the semester because you’ll already become prepared.

Take the time to review your notes, look over your syllabus, and maybe even ask your professor to give you some tips on how to study for the upcoming final exam.

Here’s a related tip via USNews:

Many students, when starting to think about preparing for finals, look at the dates of their finals, then count their way back. “Biology final on Wednesday? That’s two or three studying days needed. I guess I’ll start hitting the books on Sunday.” A far better idea is to count up from the day the study questions are handed out (or if your prof doesn’t bother with such niceties, a week before the exam) to the day the exam will take place. “Seven days? Then I’ll divide the course into sevenths and study two weeks’ worth of lectures each day.”

Prioritize, focus on your weaknesses

Some classes will inevitably be easier than others. Studying for those classes will probably come easier than studying for a more difficult class. When that happens, break down what you’re having trouble with in each course.

Instead of sitting down and reading your entire textbook or notebook, break the material down. Studying something you know just as much as something you don’t doesn’t make much sense. Make a checklist of things that you’ve struggled with and make sure to put more time into those topics. That way, you won’t spend time reviewing the material you’re comfortable with.


You’ve Got to Have Nerve (HOMW 10)

Apr 20, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hi, everyone! My highlight this week happened on Thursday and Friday, and once again relates to my awesome poetry workshop course, ENG 407.


One of my favorite things about Utica College is that there are many excellent guest speakers who present at the college each semester. I have been to cyber security presentations, poetry readings, etiquette dinners, biology seminars, and musical recitals, just to name a few!

This past Thursday evening, I attended a poetry reading by Suzanne Cleary. She was awarded the 2014 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, and when she read excerpts from her book Beauty Mark, it was clear why she was chosen for this award! Cleary’s writing was hilariously entertaining, and her energetic delivery of her work added to its charm. Every person in the Carbone Auditorium (which was so full that extra chairs had to be brought in!) found themselves laughing out loud during the reading. Cleary was by far one of the most entertaining and fun speakers I have ever had the pleasure of listening to, and I was surprised by how quickly the hour presentation flew by.

After the reading, copies of Beauty Mark were available for purchase, and many people had their copies signed by Ms. Cleary herself. My friend Nicole, who is also in my poetry workshop class, loves her personalized copy of the book!

Nicole and her autographed book!

The beautiful Nicole showing off her autographed book!


As if this experience wasn’t awesome enough already, the next day, Suzanne Cleary was our guest poet in our advanced poetry workshop class. We read our poems to the class and discussed them with one another as usual, except this class, Cleary was there to add in her own feedback and help us with the creative process. I learned so much from her, and was really grateful to have a different perspective. One of the things Cleary said that really stuck with me involved a poem I had written that was humorous and had a surprise twist at the end- similar to many of Cleary’s own poems. She said, “In order to embrace the pure silliness of poetry, you’ve got to have nerve. And you definitely have it here in this poem!”  She was extremely supportive of every student in the class’ writing and made for a very fun class.

Another shot of Nicole's personalized copy of Beauty Mark.

Another shot of Nicole’s personalized copy of Beauty Mark.


ENG 407 is always a highlight of my week (in fact, I’ve chosen it as the HOMW twice- here and here), but the guest poet this week made the class exceptionally wonderful!

Dr. Hutton Takes on Senior Sem

Apr 17, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This semester I’m taking a senior seminar course as a junior. For biology majors, it is required to take a senior seminar, senior research, or a practicum in biology. So, I decided to get a jump on it and added the class to my schedule this semester.

The cool thing about the biology senior seminar is that the topic changes every semester! Two semesters ago it was focused on conservation biology and the class was so well received that they decided to make it an actual course, which I took (and literally loved) last semester. This semester the senior seminar is focused on urban ecology.

The first few weeks of class we went over various case studies and developed a working definition for what urban ecology means to us. Now we’re in the midst of planning a green initiative yard sale for the end of the semester (so people don’t have to throw away things at move out!)  Another aspect to the class now is that we have various guest speakers come in and talk to us about the different facets and multitudes to urban ecology.

This past week President Hutton came in to speak to our class. As all Utica College students, faculty, and staff are aware, our president is actively involved in many campus activities. He is also actively involved with the city of Utica. He is currently a member of the city board and gives input on various issues. (He has been a member of several city planning communities throughout the country!)

He also told our (enraptured) class about the various conservation efforts he and various other Utica College officials have taken to ensure our campus is staying up to date in the world of sustainability.

Did you know Utica College (along with the hospital) was the first school to produce its own energy? I had no clue! That building back behind Burrstone Hall is actually a microgrid that produces energy that is used by the hospital and our campus. During the day the micrgrid produces about 80% of our energy and the other 20% is supplemented from National Grid. At night, all of the energy being used on the campus is produced by the microgrid.

The campus is also looking into other sustainable options. Unfortunately full solar power for the campus is simply not a feasible option as of now. However, they are looking to put solar panels in above the pool in the athletic center so it can be heated that way! Little steps add up!

It was definitely a really cool experience to have the president of Utica College come in and talk to my senior seminar class. We’re only a class of 7, yet he still treated us as if we were a larger class. He asked us our opinions and seemed genuinely interested in our thoughts. I got to talk about my favorite issues, and felt like my opinions were actually being heard. It was probably my favorite class hour that I’ll ever have at Utica College! 11160059_1103963916285608_7854584658554039119_o

Sleep is Essential

Apr 16, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton


As the weeks go by, the closer we are until the semester is over. Which means that it’s almost time for finals week! I know everybody is as excited as I am to know summertime is right around the corner. But before we can lay back and relax in the sun, we must make sure we are doing the things necessary to pass those finals. There is one thing in particular that will be essential for passing those finals besides the obvious, studying, and that is SLEEP! Many don’t understand how essential sleep is when it comes to day-to-day living. We underestimate how much our body truly demands. As human beings sleep is vital for survival, so without good sleep it becomes hard for people to concentrate and you can become ill.

The condition of not having enough sleep is well-known as sleep deprivation. This condition can have a major impact on the lives and actions of people among all ages. It’s understandable that we are in college and sometimes it’s hard to go to sleep but it’s very important that one makes sure to get 8 hours of sleep a night. It’s not easy to get back to normal sleeping habits because our body has to go through what is known as sleep debt. “Our bodies give us plenty of signals when we’re tired. But some of us are so used to being sleep deprived that we remain oblivious to how impaired we really are. Sleep debt isn’t something you can pay off in a weekend, researchers say—it can take weeks of building up restorative sleep habits” ( There are five signs for a person to know in order to find out if you are sleep deprived or not.

  1. Simple decisions stump you
  2. Your still hungry — after eating all day
  3. You keep coming down with coldsimage
  4. Weird things make you cry
  5. You’ve become a klutz

Those are some things ones should look out for when enough sleep is not something they are getting. Of coursethere are some reasons as to why people can’t sleep. In some cases people just can’t get enough sleep because of sleep disorders that they may have. Insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and even night terrors are all examples of some of those disorders. But as the clock is ticking and it’s coming down to finals everyone has to make sure to get the right amount of sleep that is needed in order to stay focused during those tests.

Please continue to read my blogs and don’t forget to follow me on my Twitter @Jayson_UC to get updates on upcoming events on campus.

Till next time,



Why I chose UC for Nursing

Apr 16, 2015 | Author: Grace Pfeifer

As many of you know from reading my previous blogs, or just know from knowing me in general, I am a Junior in the Nursing Program here at UC. I applied in Fall of 2011 and was accepted in November 2011. I started my freshman year in Fall of 2012.

I did not always know I wanted to be a nurse, in fact I didn’t even really think about it till my H.S. Biology teacher looked at me one day and told me that I’d make a really good nurse. From there I just kinda took her suggestion and ran with it. I had always had elderly grandparents so I was no stranger to hospitals, and I knew I wanted to be in a job where I was helping people, so what better career then to become a Nurse?

Finding out I wanted to be a Nurse was half the battle though, the other half was finding the right Nursing school. I had a lot of options, I could have gone the Nursing school route and graduated with my associates in two years, or I could look for a four year program attached to a University. Besides wanting my bachelors over an associates, I also really wanted the so called “college experience”. Therefore, it was a no brainer to look for four year schools with Nursing programs.

I found that there were many schools with Nursing programs but not all were created equal. The general theme that I kept coming away with every college I visited was, “Nursing is super Hard, You will have no life”. I mean literally, I was told over and over , program after program, how if you were a nursing student you could kiss any sports or extracurricular activities you loved goodbye.
I was really put off by this idea as I planned on continuing Cheerleading into college and participating in Theater club just like I always had in High School. I’m a person who likes doing things, so to be told that I’d have to give up the things I love for a career I would love, was very discouraging.

This was not the case when I visited UC. For accepted student day we were split up by major and had the opportunity to talk to the faculty and dean of the Nursing department. I was thrilled to find that UC’s program had a very different philosophy. They wanted the well rounded student. They wanted the student athlete to be able to also do the Nursing Program. Many of the teachers talked about their students and shared how many activities they were involved in. I still was told that Nursing would be a challenging program but at least I knew if I came here I wouldn’t have to stop doing the things I loved.

So, I went with UC and haven’t had any regrets since. I was able to do the things I loved. Freshman year I joined the football cheerleading team, and in the spring I was in the spring theater production. My following sophomore year, my friend Danielle and I started a Basketball Cheerleading team. Therefore, I think it’s important to share my experiences on picking a nursing program and how to go about it for anybody who might be trying to do the same.
The New Program
If you’ve heard anything about the nursing program, you might have heard some negative opinions about the change of the new program. In 2012, Utica’s Nursing Program switched to a t 2+2 program. This just means that our freshman and sophomore year we take our liberal arts core and major related courses, then starting the beginning our junior year we take our first nursing classes.

My class is the first group to go through this change. With all new changes, challenges arise. It was a little bit of bummer at first to find out I had to wait two years to start my nursing core verses just a year like the old program. However, now that I’m in my junior year I see how much easier it makes my life.

The 2+2 program allows us to get our core out of the way so we can just solely focus on our Nursing classes. If you’re someone who struggles with math like me, it’s a relief to know that I don’t have to take statistics along with a challenging nursing course like Medical-Surgical Nursing. The greatest benefit of the 2+2 program is the ability to fully dedicate yourself to nursing classes without worrying about other core or major related courses.
What UC’s Nursing Program is like?                                                                                                         Just like with all other programs at UC, being in the Nursing Program here is great because of the small class size. I went to private school for High School and graduated with 83 people. I knew all my classmates by first and last name, and I knew my teachers and they knew me. This is something I knew I didn’t want to give up in college. In the nursing program here at UC you really get that one on one attention from your professors. They know you and you know them. Same goes for my classmates. It is very family like which is something I really admire.

In addition to the small classes, we have a beautiful state of the art Nursing lab which is also very hard to find in other school’s nursing program. I remember one particular school I visited, and their lab was only slightly bigger than my bedroom at home (which is not very big). UC’s lab is built just like an actual medical floor unit. We have a classroom with doctor exam tables that are fully equipped, and then on the other side we have our hospital style beds with our mannequins and a nurse’s station. We also have a fully operating simulation room with a sim man.

Another thing I really like about the program is our availability to go to multiple hospitals and facilities for clinical. Just this semester along I’ve done a clinical at St.Luke’s, Masonic Home, and Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. If I was to attend a Nursing school with an affiliated hospital, your pretty much bound and obligated to do your clinicals with that hospital. Being able to do multiple clinicals with different hospitals really gives you an idea of what you might want to do, what type of setting you’d like to work in, and all the many opportunities in nursing that are out there.

Before listening to any rumors you’ve heard, take the time to really look in to UC’s Nursing program. Picking a school is something to take seriously. You have to really do your research and pick wisely to find what you want in a program. In terms of state of the art and innovation, UC’s program takes the cake. We have a beautiful lab, have multiple sim man’s and mannequins to practice on, have a great faculty, and a great community. If you’re thinking of coming to UC for nursing or switching majors to nursing, this is the place you want to be.

Freshman Me vs. Senior Me

Apr 16, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

As April flies by, and graduation approaches, I have found myself often thinking about how much I have grown over the last four years. My time at Utica College was everything I could have dreamed of and more, and I definitely had no idea the ride I was in for when I stepped on campus for the first time several years ago! There are definitely some big differences between who I am today and who I was when I started at UC. Let us reflect on some of those changes:

  • FRESHMAN ME: Woke up an hour ahead of class so that I could fix my hair, pick out a cute outfit, and apply makeup. Even at 8:30 AM classes, I was picture-ready.
  • SENIOR ME: I work out regularly, so I no longer find it worth my time to do my hair since I know I’ll be sweating in it and then washing it again later in the day. I try to wear jeans most days so that I know whatever shirt I wear will probably match it. Please no photos, you may break your camera. I am in class to learn and I swear my brain works more efficiently when I am comfortable.


  • FRESHMAN ME: Afraid to go anywhere alone, including but not limited to the gym, the caf, or any event on campus.
  • SENIOR ME: No longer intimidated by the athletes at the gym, as I think they are aware of the dynamic between us (I stay away from the 50 lb weights and they are polite while I struggle through my workouts that are kindergarten versions of their daily routines). And now, I don’t mind going to events alone, because that means it’s an opportunity to make friends while I’m there!


  • FRESHMAN ME: As a commuter, I felt like I didn’t know my way around campus well at all. Even though it’s a very small campus, I often felt lost and would go straight home after classes instead of sticking around to go to events or hang out in the lounges.
  • SENIOR ME: Becoming a residential student really changed my perspective of the school. As I became more involved on campus, it just made sense to transition to becoming a resident, as I was practically living here anyway with the amount of time I spent here! I know this campus like the back of my hand (not including last week when I discovered a new freckle on the back of my hand).


  • FRESHMAN ME: Struggled with my newfound independence. I had classes, a part-time job, social events, family and friends, and extracurriculars on my plate. Juggling everything was definitely a challenge!
  • SENIOR ME: I have learned a very important term throughout my four years: BALANCE. It’s still a challenge some days, but I am much better at handling life now. Both stress and time management are skills that every college student should master!


  • FRESHMAN ME: ALWAYS made class a priority, emailed professors whenever I would have to miss class, attended office hours, studied hard, raised my hand in class often, and finished papers early so I would have plenty of time to do revisions.
  • SENIOR ME: Still the same! Maybe I don’t finish my papers quite as early as I did freshman year, but I still make academics my top priority. After all, I’m here because I genuinely want to learn as much as I can! Being driven throughout my college career has helped me be successful and paved my path to attending grad school next year. It is well worth it to always do your best!

Tips for Scheduling Classes

Apr 15, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic



It’s that time of year again.

Scheduling classes is probably one of the most hectic times during the school year. Whether it’s scrambling to find a time to meet with your adviser or simply having a difficult time finding which courses to take, scheduling classes is hardly ever painless.

I can’t guarantee that you won’t have issues scheduling classes, because you inevitably will during your college career, but here’s a few tips on how to avoid some common errors:

Have a backup plan

I’ve made this mistake in the past, and I’m sure most college students will: Figuring out which classes you’re going to take and not having a backup plan in case one (or more) of them get filled to capacity.

When you’re selecting which classes you’re going to take, likely with your adviser, have at least one backup plan for each class, especially the science courses. If your first option is filled, you could fall back on your second option without completely botching the rest of your schedule.

Here’s more via College Board:

The earlier you register, the more likely it is that you’ll get the classes you want. Also, if a problem comes up along the way, you’ll have more time to deal with it. But no matter how early you register, make sure you have a list of back-up classes in case the ones you want are already full.

By having a backup plan, you’ll still have a chance to make your schedule how you’d like it to be. If you’re a morning person, then take your classes in the morning. The same applies with classes in the afternoon. You certainly don’t want to get stuck in an 8:30 a.m. class, just because you didn’t have a backup plan.

Research the classes before you register

If you don’t research your classes beforehand, meaning you don’t look into them before you register, you could end up having a nerve-wracking experience.

Scheduling classes could become difficult, and having to drop a class in the middle of a semester because it’s not what you thought it was prior to registration, would be even more painful.

Avoid the pain by doing some investigative work before registering. isn’t the most trustworthy of sources, but it’s still a source. Like most things, if you could differentiate the bad ratings from the substantive ones, then you’ll likely get something out of it. It’s essentially the same thing as asking a friend who might’ve taken a course you’re interested in. Take it with a grain of salt, but it’s certainly better than choosing a course blindly.


Biology club trip!

Apr 15, 2015 | Author: Cynthia Chuni

Hey guys! So you won’t believe where i got to go this weekend… Boston! The biology club on campus hosted a completely free UC trip! Being a biology major or even a member of the club wasn’t necessary to attend. Many of my friends had decided to go and invited me as well, It was so much fun to spend a Sunday in Boston with friends.

The trip started extremely early.. at 4:00am we left campus on a coach bus for our four hour ride to Boston. After a couple of stops and a few hours of sleeping we finally reached our destination and actually got there an hour or so ahead of schedule. The bus dropped us off in front of the New England Aquarium where we received free entrance thanks to student senate and the biology club at UC. There were so many cool exhibits and animals to check out! The most interesting thing by far was that the aquarium had a humongous tank that was the length of three or fours floors! It was in a tube like shape that was in the center of the complex. It was filled with turtles, fishes, and rocks. Aside from this there were sea lions, jelly fish, snakes, and so much more! After a short visit to the gift shop it was off to the next stop.

For the other half of the day we walked about 10 minutes to the mall. This mall however wasn’t a regular mall, it was outdoors filled with outlets, bodegas and restaurants. The food was amazing! inside one of the three main buildings you could find a variety of food from sushi to italian to mexican food… lunch was the best part. Another cool thing about this area was that there was a bunch of street performers, very funny and really entertaining! If you haven’t already check my twitter for a quick clip of the performance! After shopping, walking in the beautiful weather, and eating it was time to head back to UC.

Since me and my friends were early and since the Aquarium was located right along the Boston harbor we decided it was an amazing time to go to the docks and see the beautiful water! It was an amazing view to end a incredible day. Definitely wouldn’t miss out on this trip next year! Can’t wait to see what other trips clubs will have to offer. Until next time guys!


Here are just a couple of pictures from the trip.

This turtle was inside the big tank that I mentioned

This turtle was inside the big tank that I mentioned

Nemo Jelly Fish

Spring Clean Your Life! Here’s the Secret:

Apr 9, 2015 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

I love Spring time up here in CNY.  Yes, I know that we’re STILL trying to kick Old Man Winter to the curb, but eventually that will take care of itself!

Spring is by far my favorite season. I love to watch the trees bud and flowers bloom. I love to hear the beautiful birds happily chirping and singing in the morning light. (I know what you’re thinking, it’s like a scene straight out of a Disney movie.) It’s a season of new life, rebirth, hope and restoration.

One of my favorite things to do during this time is spring clean. No, I don’t mean walking around my house carrying a dust mop and a vacuum (although necessary, it certainly IS NOT fun!)  I’m talking about the concept of spring cleaning my life. 

What do I mean? Well, as I’ve mentioned above, I look at Spring as a season of growth. After being stuck in the same mindset all winter, I’m ready for some change!

created by me

created by me

So….how can you begin to spring clean your life? The secret is simple: LET GO.

Imagine that you’re holding onto a million balloons. Each balloon represents every emotion you feel, every problem you faced or any regrets you may have. Eventually, they become too heavy to keep carrying around. So, here’s the thing: let them go. Release them. Take all the garbage from the cold, dark, stagnant winter and throw it away.

  • Spring Clean every little thing that has been weighing you down.
  • Spring Clean the hurts and disappointments.
  • Spring Clean past mistakes or regrets.
  • Spring Clean negativity and expectations.
  • Spring clean the toxic people in your life.

Sounds easy right? Sounds like a simple concept….but, it’s not. It takes a lot of strength and determination to not fall back into old habits! But, you’ll get there.

Spring is a season of new hopes, dreams, goals and life. So don’t cling to the person you were in yesterday, last week, last month, or even last year. Shed old mindsets. Dump old habits. Make way for a new beginning, and allow yourself to gently grow.

April Events At Utica College

Apr 9, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Before going to Utica College, I didn’t know how many events the school hosts throughout the year. Of course, it didn’t take me long to learn. It seems like the school has something going on every single day of the week.

Here’s a look at just a few events Utica College is hosting this month:

Holi Festival of Colors

X Ambassadors, featuring guest Royal Tongues:

General admission is $15, but it’s free for Utica College students! Get your tickets at UticaTickets. The X Ambassadors have been featured with the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z. Needless to say, the concert should command some attention.

Their hit single, Renegades, has been viewed thousands of times online and it’s been featured numerous times on popular television shows. Here’s more on the band, via Teen Vogue:

X Ambassadors, the dynamic Brooklyn-based quartet of brothers Sam (vocals, guitar, saxophone) and Casey Harris (keyboard), plus Noah Feldshuh (guitar) and Adam Levin (drums), we knew we couldn’t let them out of our sight. And neither could Imagine Dragon’s frontman, who, after hearing their music, immediately phoned his pal (and famed producer of everyone from Rihanna to Paramore) Alex da Kid, who promptly signed them to his label on Interscope Records.

April is essentially the last month of school. Make it a memorable one by attending these fun events.