Pacing Yourself Near The Finish Line

May 4, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

finishlineWith three days left before the end of classes, it’s virtually impossible not to look forward to summer break.

At this point, though, you can’t allow yourself to look too far ahead. After all, this might be the most important part of the semester. Final exams are right around the corner and performing well in crunch time is vital, especially if you’re looking to secure the grades you wanted before the start of the semester.

Managing time and prioritizing was important throughout the entire semester, but this is when it’s really put to the test. The school year isn’t a 100 meter sprint, it’s a long marathon.

Recharging is a key part of succeeding in college –whether that means getting away from school work, playing a sport, or just relaxing –but the amount of time you get to recharge will get significantly shorter next week. Final exams will require you to buckle down and study, and given the amount of courses you’re taking, that might take up most of your time. Of course, not procrastinating and prioritizing will be key.

The two keys to success in college are balancing and planning. There is so much to do in college between social events, school events, tests and papers and they all can’t be done. The rule I lived by was plan your month, schedule your week, and prioritize your day. – via My College Success Story

May 6th will be the final day of classes, with the following week being reserved for final exams. We’re at the end of the finish line and it’s time to pace yourself. We’re almost there, but it’s not yet time to celebrate. If you get the job done in this final week, chances are your celebrations will be a lot more joyous once it’s finally over.


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Getting Rewarded For Your Hard Work

May 2, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

via QuoteZine

via QuoteZine

We’ve all heard cliche lines about how hard work eventually yields success. After hearing so much about it, those same cliche lines inevitably lose their luster.

While those repetitive cliche lines could certainly become cringe inducing, there is some truth in them.

Prior to starting college, I’m sure we all heard our high school teacher harp about how much more tedious and detailed the work will be. After all, we heard those same sentiments before starting high school, middle school, and so on.

Like many of you, I was able to get away with not working as hard as I should’ve in high school. Despite not studying nearly as much as I do now, I still got good grades. I mean, if I didn’t need to put in extra study time after school, why would I?

That obviously changed in college.

For the first time in what seemed like ever, I actually had to work extra hard to get the grades I wanted. I had to become accustomed to studying, taking notes and knowing how to apply what I learned in class to the exams.

Among many other things, figuring out how to succeed at my own pace was probably the most difficult thing about transitioning to college.

With all that said, the results were well worth it.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”- Thomas Edison; via GoodReads

Getting the grade you’re looking for might not have much effect on you in the long-term, but the short-term feeling of success will undoubtedly help you want to continue having that accomplished feeling. For instance, taking the time to start a paper weeks before it’s due, knowing that you’re working harder than your peers, and finally getting the grade you desire might be the epitome of short-term success in college. It might not be a big deal days, maybe even hours, after you received that grade, but it will cause you to want to continue having that feeling of “I accomplished what I wanted to do. My hard work paid off.”

The rewards will eventually come, too. Besides getting that great feeling, you’ll increase your chances of becoming a member of academic groups, landing scholarships, and building an overall positive image about yourself at school.

There’s really no secret to getting good grades, scholarships, or graduating with honors. If you work hard, it’ll eventually pay off. The rewards will be well worth it.

The Utica College National Society of Leadership and Sucess

Apr 30, 2015 | Author: Grace Pfeifer

In addition to being a nursing student and a student blogger, this year I became the Membership Outreach Coordinator for the National Leadership Society of Success. This organization is brand new to UC. The very first Utica College NSLS chapter was established in October, 2014. The NSLS is a leadership society geared towards helping individuals discover and achieve their goals. The society seeks inducted members who are involved in their school community, committed to helping others, and are currently maintaining a good academic gpa.

I was very surprised when I got an invitation. I was immediately interested in what the organization was about and how it could better develop me as a leader and future nurse. I enrolled in the society but I wanted to do much more than just be a member. When, Bethany Piraino (the pioneer of bringing this organization to campus) emailed all the pre-members about the executive board positions, I knew I wanted to be further involved. So I applied, and interviewed for an e-board position. I was very excited when I was offered the position of Member Outreach Coordinator. In this position I help recruit new members to the society, encourage participation in society events, notify members of society activities and events, and answer any questions or concerns regarding the membership of the society.

I am so thankful I not only joined this society but decided to take on an executive board position. I have truly enjoyed working with Bethany Piraino, the other e-board members, and all the dedicated members of the society. I have always considered myself a very goal and career oriented person, it has been such an amazing experience to have that value shared with sooo many other similar minded individuals.

Some people may be wondering what it entails to become an official member of this society. Well, in addition to good academic standing, pre-members will need to attend an orientation, society speaker broadcast, and leadership training days. In addition we ask all members to become a part of a Success Networking Team. This was my personal favorite part of the induction process. For SNTs the society breaks pre-members into small groups of 5-6 people. These groups are asked to meet three or more times and each individual discuss one short or long term goal they are working to achieve. This is really a wonderful opportunity to get support from your peers. I really enjoyed hearing other people’s dreams, goals, and aspirations. In addition, I liked that I had a chance to make an impact on one of my teammate’s goal. One of my teammates was struggling with a class and I was able to refer her to one of my friends for a tutor who was actually majoring in that area. It made me feel really good to know that I could offer her some help.

Once every pre-member completes their requirements for Induction then they are invited to the Induction Ceremony to officially get pinned in the society. Our first Induction ceremony was this past Sunday. The ceremony was held in Strebel Auditorium. Members and member’s families were all invited. In addition to families, we invited faculty and staff members. These staff and faculty members were nominated for awards by members, in many different categories for their outstanding commitment to UC students. In addition to faculty and staff we were very lucky to have Alane Varga (Dean of Diversity), give the keynote speech. Overall the ceremony went great and we inducted over 120 members! It was great to see soo many proud parents, teachers, staff, and students. I felt a huge sense of pride to be part of such a big and successful organization.

nsls ceremony


NSLS is a very rewarding society to be a part of. Besides from its large size, its ability to form you into a better leader, and it’s dedicated members, it is a society that encourages community service. Once someone is inducted, the society encourages at least five hours or more of community service. There are many awards and scholarships available for members who complete community service and members who go above and beyond in service. Encouraging helping the school and local community is just one of the many reasons I love this society.


Anybody, reading this blog that is a dedicated, hardworking student, and wants to become a great future leader; should really consider becoming a member of this society. In addition to developing yourself, meeting new friends, and becoming an official NSLS member; they’re many perks to being a part of the society. Some of these include discounts to businesses such as Geico and Sports Authority, an exclusive Job banks, many opportunities for scholarships and awards, broadcast archives, and custom written letters of recommendation from NSLS administrators. If you are new to UC and are looking to get involved in an organization, please consider NSLS. If you would like to enquire or learn more about becoming a member, feel free to email me at!

A.I.M Extravaganza

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Cynthia Chuni

For those of you that missed it, this past Saturday Africa In Motion (AIM) held their annual extravaganza showcase . The show was given the theme of AIM vs. The State Of New York. Doors opened at 5pm and began at 6pm and was hosted by two fellow students. The show had many different performances from organizations on campus and from other college campuses.

The show began with the girls introducing their story line of girls from a group home who were being arrested for dancing outside and disturbing the neighborhood. All through their dances and dialogue, which was actually really cool and entertaining.  Following their opening several acts followed. A group of rappers from Syracuse even came out to perform. The acts involved singing, rapping, and dancing.  My favorite one being from our own stepping team, prestige. Who followed the showcase’s theme and acted out a group of steppers being arrested.

Right before intermission the girls came out again for another performance. This time they were being arrested and being transported. More acts performed after as well, the most popular one being “Chocolate Drop” although it’s not an official organization on campus the were definitely  a crowd favorite.

After intermission the show continued on. With another performance from AIM, this time the girls were unfortunately stuck in a remote area after a crash landing. Dancing to songs from Chris Brown and various other artists this was my personal favorite performance of theirs. Afterwards more acts came out, this time the majority of them were solo performers singing catchy ballads.

The show ended with the members of AIM performing their last dance and escaping the jungle. Overall the show was amazing with very entertaining performances along with the story line and theme it was given. Last but not least after the show was over the members of AIM took time to give information to the audience about the organization they have been supporting. Don’t miss out on next year’s annual extravaganza!

Goodbye Moose-a-Palooza, Hello Moose Madness!

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Each spring, the Utica College Programming Board hosts an entire week of events that are totally free for UC students. This week has always been known as Moose-a-Palooza, and in years past, it has often included BBQ food, sunny weather, frisbee and volleyball tournaments, and inflatables in the quad. I look forward to it every year, because it’s a great way to enjoy the spring weather and spend time with other students before the craziness of finals week kicks in!

This year, UCPB revamped Moose-a-Palooza. First, they held a content to rename the week and design the tshirts that would be given out to students. While I was disappointed that my suggestions did not win the contest (C’mon, Trax wearing sunglasses would have made for a great shirt!), I was quite fond of the winning name: Moose Madness!

With a new name came some new programming for the week. I took advantage of as many of the events as my night class and desk duty schedule would allow, and was able to attend an event almost every day of Moose Madness! Here are just some of the things I checked out during the week:

Monday, I scored my free tshirt with the new Moose Madness design and was on a team that won 3rd place in the campus-wide scavenger hunt! Since it was my birthday, our team was named Happy Birthday Elaine. (Side note, my friends rock!)

Jason, Laura, and I competing in the scavenger hunt! Thanks, Karita, for taking the pic!

Jason, Laura, and I competing in the scavenger hunt! Thanks, Karita, for taking the pic!

Tuesday, team Happy Birthday Elaine won 3rd place in Battle of the Decades Trivia in the Pioneer Pub. Hey, at least we are consistent with our 3rd place winnings! 3BL loves trivia, and this event had a fun twist, because it featured questions from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and today!

Wednesday featured the hypnotist Seilesh. I saw him last year when he came to UC, and loved him just as much this time around! He is an amazing entertainer and puts on a hilarious show. It is so funny to see fellow students under hypnosis! I never laugh as hard as when I see a good hypnotist show.

Saturday was the big WPNR and UCPB concert- the Royal Tongues and the X Ambassadors! The show was right in the gym and was totally free for UC students! We had a huge turnout, and students loved the unique sounds of both bands. The musicians were all immensely talented and really did an amazing job performing. I was so grateful to see both bands in person, as it made me appreciate their music a lot more- these guys are the real deal!

Group pic! UCPB and WPNR with The Royal Tongues and The X Ambassadors!

Group pic! UCPB and WPNR with The Royal Tongues and The X Ambassadors!

Overall, it was a busy week for UCPB and definitely a great time for the UC students who came out and enjoyed all of the events offered on campus. I loved all of the events I attended during Moose Madness and was really grateful to make some awesome memories during my last spring fest at UC!

Awards Season (HOMW 11)

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Another week has passed us, friends! I would like to share a moment with you all from this past Sunday.


As the semester is quickly wrapping up, there have been many festivities celebrating the successes of the academic year. I love getting together with students, faculty, and staff and reflecting on all of the progress that we made during the last two semesters. This past weekend was especially special to me because of the Student Recognition Brunch that took place in the library concourse.

The brunch was a special ceremony that celebrated an array of students, from those with academic achievements to individuals who have contributed to areas such as Greek life, theater, and diversity on campus. I loved hearing the achievements of my fellow students and congratulating them on their hard work.

Some of our lovely UC GSA members! Lindsay, me, Imani, Maryellen, and Courtney!

Some of our lovely UC GSA members! Lindsay, me, Imani, Maryellen, and Courtney!


The Gay-Straight Alliance won the Outstanding Club/Organization Award from Student Senate, which was a huge honor for us. I myself was also recognized for several awards that noted my scholastic merit as well as my involvement on campus. Overall, the brunch was a very enjoyable event and was a great start to my week!

My boyfriend Ryan and I after the brunch!

My boyfriend Ryan and I after the brunch with some of my awards!

Moose Madness!

Apr 27, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Moose Madness (previously titled, Moose-A-Palooza) was this past week! It’s basically a week long host of events that are free for students! Typically it is the last (or second to last) full week of classes, and ends on the saturday with some big event. Plus! They always have cool tshirts that students can score for free with their student ID!

The big event at the end of this year’s festivities was the much-hyped concert put on by WPNR 90.7 (Utica College’s radio station) as well as the Utica College Programming Board (UCPB.) The performers were the X Ambassadors with the Royal Tongues as their openers. Unfortunately, I had to work an admissions event before the concert, and then had to catch up on school work while it was happening, so I’m super bummed I missed it. I did hear from some people (of the loads that went!) how great of a show it was!

But, Saturday was not the only day of fun. Monday there was a picture scavenger hunt, Tuesday a decades trivia game, on Wednesday they had a hypnotist…and the list goes on! Not only did UCPB put on tons of fun events, multiple other organizations took advantage of the fun-filled week and held their own events as well. Chi Beta Sigma’s airband was held on the Saturday after the concert and it was a great time had by all in attendance. The art gallery also held a scavenger hunt around campus based on tricky clues.

I took part in multiple activities during the week, but I am proud to say that a few friends and I were the winners of the picture scavenger hunt that was held the Monday of Moose Madness. It was a lot of fun running around campus and trying to find the various clues.

Moose Madness in general is just a week long of fun events to help students de-stress and relax a bit before the stress of finals sets in. So, if you didn’t take advantage of all of the free fun this year, be sure to check it out next year! It’s always one of my favorite things about Utica College. (Check out some of my fav pics from the scavenger hunt below!)

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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.

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!

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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