Killer Wings at the Killabrew

Feb 10, 2016 | Author: Angela Malaspina

Here is another one of Utica’s good eats!

Last night a few of my friends wanted to go out for some wings. Now, I am not a wing person but I decided to tag along because I have heard that the wings at Killabrew are world famous. Not to mention, it has been on my “college bucket list” to go there, and as my senior year is coming to an end, I figured it was time!

We were seated at a wooden booth and given our menus. When I looked down there were carvings all over the table. It was really cool to look at all the messages others had left behind. Things like “M+D Forever” and other small notes gave this place a homie and familiar atmosphere along with the overall décor of the place.
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My friends and I ordered a bunch of the “everything” wings. These are said to be the wings that keep people coming back for more every week. After about 20 minutes or so, the waitress brought us our order. A large plate of orange-red steaming wings accompanied with a dozen napkins and wet-naps sat in front of us, and we were ready.

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Like I said before, I am not a wing person. However, the Killabrew’s everything wings have brought me over to the other side! They were delicious and like something I have never tasted before! Tangy with a light kick – I would definitely go back for more! Lets just say this is one of Utica’s good eats and a must go to!


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Last Semester To-Dos: Preparing for the PT Grad Program

Feb 10, 2016 | Author: Tyler St. Louis

Just a few weeks ago, I began my last semester as an undergraduate student—quite surprising, to say the least! Also, the thought of entering graduate school in June is quite nerve-racking. So, I will spend this semester preparing by doing a few things:

  1. Completing all necessary paperwork and requirements:

Before entering the graduate portion of the physical therapy program at UC, each student must complete a few key things. As a student set to enter the   DPT program, I am required to submit paperwork stating that I completed a minimum of 40 observation hours, update all health information including shots and physicals, as well as papers stating that I understand the basic layout of our program (the 3-year track).

  1. Meeting fellow classmates:

Though I am pretty sure that I know each of my PT classmates, it is important to ensure that feeling. These people will be people that I will spend the next 3 years of my life with. If I do not know them, especially on a personal level, it will be extremely awkward in class when we are all required to practice on one another.

  1. Researching the curriculum:

I am aware that our graduate work is roughly 3 years long, though I am not exactly sure how the courses are organized within the curriculum. Therefore, I plan to research the graduate curriculum in order to stay organized and determine what I will be completing each year.

  1. Staying involved, yet focused:

As an undergraduate student, I am involved in many, many things that take up a majority of my free time. However, as a graduate student, I may not always have that free time, so I will have to give up a few leisure activities in order to remain focused on my studies. Therefore, I will be spend a few moments this semester determining what I wish to stay involved in and what will have to stay in my undergraduate years in order to accommodate for the course load that I am going to be taking on in graduate school.

  1. Making plans for life after graduation:

Though it seems a little far-fetched, it’s always important to plan ahead! I have 3 years to truly decide on my post-graduate plans, but I want to explore all of my options and find what I like best. So, I plan to spend more time this semester exploring the large sector of physical therapy in medical practice in order to determine which route I would like to take after graduation.

Though I have a lot to do, I’m ready to enjoy my last semester as an undergrad all while preparing for grad school in June!

Insider: A Look Into My Planner

Feb 3, 2016 | Author: Angela Malaspina

As far as organization goes, I am a fanatic. I am constantly looking for new tips, tricks, and hacks to better organize my life. And it may come as a surprise that I wasn’t always this way. Up until my junior year of high school, I was your ordinary slob. My bedroom floor was camouflaged with shirts and pants and my bed was just as unidentifiable. The worse part is – my grades were just as messy as my room was!

It was junior year—arguably the most important year of high school—and going to college was something I wasn’t willing to give up. I decided I needed to take control and get my life in order. The next day I went to the store and bought a planner for only 10 dollars and it honestly changed my life!

After realizing how much being organized and keeping up a planner changed my life, I never stopped. To this day I live by my planner and I truly believe it got me to where I am today. Over the years I’ve come across a few tips that have made keeping a planner easier and less stressful:

Tip #1: cross out completed tasks.tip #1 picture

I’ll admit, seeing a million and one things written on your planner can be extremely overwhelming. However, there is no better feeling than crossing those completed tasks off your planner. This isn’t only satisfying; I find that it motivates me to get more things done because I cannot wait to see my list of things to do dwindle down to me watching Netflix.


Tip #2: use sticker labels for items/events that are subject to change.

tip #2 pictureI found that there were a few things in my planner that I was constantly crossing out and moving. I wasn’t happy about this because I had to cross things out that weren’t completed and it was making my planner messy and hard to follow.


Tip #3: color-code.

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I am a big fan of color-coding similar information. For example, using the stickers mentioned in tip #2, I color-code certain things that have to do with my job as a RA on campus. Stickers that are orange have deadlines on them, pink stickers let me know the nights I have duty, yellow stickers tell if I have a one on one meeting with my boss, and finally, green stickers remind me when there is a staff meeting. This “color coding sticker system” would also work great for any job!

Tip #4: plan ahead.

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As soon as I get my syllabi for all of my classes, my work schedule, and the meeting times for my club, I fill in my planner. From week one of the semester, my planner is filled out until May. Obviously there are things I have to add here and there but for the most part I have everything mapped out. This tip is crucial for not over loading my schedule. For example, if I know ahead of time that I have a lot of meeting a few Wednesdays from now, I won’t plan to get lunch off campus with some friends.


 Tip #5: highlight or box out important information.

tip #5 pictureIf there is something in my planner that I want ton jump out to me when I open it, I will either highlight or box out this information. Sometimes between all the crossed out words it is hard to see important information right away. For example, I make sure to highlight when I mark down that a class is cancelled so I see it and remember to not show up and be the only one in the class! Also – if I have an important meeting with a professor or my advisor, I will box it out in a different color so it is easier to see at first glance!




10 Things Only Coffee Lovers at UC will Understand

Feb 3, 2016 | Author: Tyler St. Louis

As a college student, coffee is frequently a go-to when you’re feeling less than fully functional. Every morning before class, I find myself stopping in the Pioneer Café to grab a cup of coffee just to wake me up for class! Here are 10 more things only coffee lovers, like me, at UC will understand:

  1. Before your morning cup of coffee, you experience feelings like this:

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  1. And after your first cup, you’re already set to order your second cup.
  2. You frequently reward yourself for getting out of bed with a large cup of coffee.
  3. Dunkin Donuts on Burrstone Road has become a second home for you. UC Runs on Dunkin!
  4. You find yourself going to the Sangertown Square mall and you still end up at Dunkin.
  5. You make time in your schedule to get coffee before class or else your day is simply ruined.Blog Post 2 - 10 Things only Coffee Lovers at UC will Understand 2.jpg
  1. You always say you’re tired just so you can have another cup!
  2. You find yourself resorting to studying at alternative locations, such as Dunkin, only because you want to make sure you have coffee while doing so.
  3. You stayed up all night working on a term paper, so coffee must be the answer to keep you going throughout the day.
  4. During the cold winter mornings, coffee never fails to keep you warm while walking across campus!

Luckily, there are multiple places across UC’s campus that offer coffee. However, Dunkin is generally my go-to, and like many UC students, I make multiple stops a day!

Starting New at Utica College

Feb 2, 2016 | Author: Gregory Spears

Welcome back to all new and old Utica College students. The spring semester is the start of a new beginning. Not only are we in a new year but a new semester. It is a chance to start over with more better routines such as study habits, a broad range of new courses to choose from. Let’s say your study habits slipped up a little at the end of the semester, this is a chance to recharge and refuel and begin new. Let’s refocus on what matters the most. Get excited about being in the library and around your professors and learning! Remember to commit time to networking with your professors and other students that have graduated from Utica college! Lastly spend time with yourself, get an occasional nap in throughout the week and enjoy college. Welcome back!

The Struggle of Distance

Jan 29, 2016 | Author: Samantha Sanky

As I’ve talked about before, college is a place where you meet new people and create many experiences with those new people. But then there are breaks and we go back to our real home with people we have known most of our lives, but sometimes you’re leaving someone who you’re with everyday. A long distance relationship is very difficult, whether it is a partner or even just a best friend. We spend all of our time with them at college and then are expected to be able to last without them for weeks on end. Sometimes you go home and you feel as if something is missing. Thank goodness we live in an era where technology is so advanced and we have tools like FaceTime and Skype so we are able to still connect with friends and loved ones. It’s the relationships that are stretched and tugged on during breaks. This is the time in the relationship where you learn to trust. It’s the time where you have to learn to be without them and it becomes difficult. Many become worried or anxious and others; they become lost. In the end it’s the college break that really shows your strengths and weaknesses as a couple.
UntitledI will admit I binge watch many shows, including One Tree Hill. One day I was watching, and this phrase came along and as stuck with me. I find it beautiful and truthful and explains that happiness takes a toll on people but in the end creates the most worthwhile feeling. The character Peyton Sawyer stated, “Yes, losing your heart`s desire is tragic. But gaining your heart’s desire? That’s all you can hope for. This year I wished for love… to immerse myself in someone else and to wake a heart long afraid to feel. My wish was granted. And if having that is tragic, then give me that tragedy. Because I wouldn’t give it back for the world.”

This quote really comes into play for long distance relationships. You may meet someone at college, like I did, who really becomes your everything. But it took some lows to get to that one person. Or you may realize that the school breaks show your weaknesses but when you’re together with that person it proves that you and your partner can get through many other obstacles.

College is a part of my life where I met someone who means the world to me. I now sit here during the winter break missing that one person but being so excited to be embraced into their arms the day break is over. Long distance relationships are about being patient, having trust and understanding each other’s feelings.Untitled2

The “Can’t-Live-Without” Items in My Backpack

Jan 29, 2016 | Author: Tyler St. Louis

As college students, there are things that we must have with us at all times for our own personal success. College is a series of triumphs, hardships, and sometimes reckless behaviors that can lead to trouble. However, let’s hope that you experience more triumphs than hardships and reckless behaviors.

As a junior PT major, I carry my backpack with me every day, no matter where I go. Within that backpack, there are definitely things that I CANNOT live without:

– There’s no better way to stay organized and stay on top of your assignments than using a planner. I use my planner daily to track my assignments and I also keep a weekly to-do list in my planner so I know what to accomplish by what day.

Highlighters – You never know when you may need one. You may have to highlight an assignment in your planner, you may have to highlight key terms in your notes, or you may have to color a picture to relieve some stress and highlighters are the next best things when you don’t have markers at your disposal.

Pencils – Though most work you will do in college is in pen, it is always necessary to have a few pencils on hand. I find myself using pencils quite frequently for exams, quizzes, homework, and outlines for papers just in case I make a mistake.

Computer – It is useful to take notes on, look things up, begin a class assignment, write a paper, or simply for fun or to relax.

Computer charger and phone charger – You never know when one or the other will have a dead battery, so it’s always best to be prepared. This is most useful charger is for the computer. You do not want your computer to have a dead battery when you need it for things, so always have your charger ready and available in your backpack.

Calculator – Yes, you have one on your phone and computer, but that can be distracting and hard to use depending on the calculation you are doing. Unless you’re in a math class, you will probably be calculating something simplistic, such as your grade on an exam, but it’s always useful to have a calculator if you need it.

Mini-notebook – These are useful for note-taking. Some professors do not allow you to take notes electronically, so a pen and paper is the next best thing.

Flashcards – THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO STUDY… or at least in my opinion it is. You can never have too many flashcards in your backpack. They’re also extremely useful in taking small notes on or making a quick to-do list if you prefer to not use a planner.

Headphones – You may be asked to listen to things on your computer and headphones are always useful. Like in the residence halls, headphones are useful in maintaining respect for other residents on the floor and other classmates in your class.
These are just a few things that I find to be extremely useful in carrying with me each day in my backpack. I believe that they truly are a part of my success and may be useful for you to consider carrying with you.

Pop Culture Pop Quiz: UC Faculty and Staff

Jan 29, 2016 | Author: Angela Malaspina

The faculty and staff at Utica College are in a league all of their own. Professors’ doors are always open to stop in and ask questions about class or just to chat! It is not rare to find a professor or a staff member in their office well before hours and far beyond the day has ended. The professional staff here at Utica College truly make a difference in the everyday lives of students, and they are very down to earth and friendly. While the UC professors and staff members are masters of their own kind, I decided to turn the tables and quiz THEM on MY area of expertise!

When I asked Alane Varga, Dean of Diversity and Student Development, to name the celebrity in this photograph, her response was: “Justin Bieber? I have no idea!”


(Correct answer: Seth Myers)


When I asked Mary Agnew, UC’s Copy Center Specialist, who was photographed her response was: “Diddy …?”

Mary (Correct answer: Kanye West)


When I asked Dr. Thomas Rossi, Professor and Chair of the Management Department, who was photographed his response was: “I’m not sure… He looks like he could be John Travolta’s Son.”

Rossi(Correct answer: Nick Jonas)


When I asked Scott Welch, Assistant Coordinator of Communication Services, who was photographed his response was: “Paris Hilton. Oh wait, the ‘Hunger Games’ Girl!”


(Correct answer:  Jennifer Lawrence)


When I asked Frank Percacciante, Academic Coaching Expert (ACE), who was photographed his response was: “Andrew Garfield”

Frank (Correct answer: Harry Styles)


When I asked, Dr. Daniel A. Barr, Associate Professor of Chemistry, who was photographed his response was: “Some Rap person”

Barr (Correct answer: Justin Bieber)


While my participants were all good sports, it is safe to say that some of the faculty and staff of Utica College need to brush up on today’s celebrities. It was hilarious to hear some of the responses I got and shared a few good laughs with some of the professionals on campus.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week

Jan 29, 2016 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Everyone!

On top of it being the first week of classes, it was also a celebration week for Martin Luther King Jr. There was a community celebration in Streble Student Center the first day where students and faculty could put up inspirational messages onto a banner to build a sense of community. Utica College is such a diverse community for being as small as it is and we also have a great sense of community and family. One of the events I attended was the viewing of “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis” which is a 1970’s American documentary about Martin Luther King’s journey going through the time between the Montgomery bus boycotts through the time of his assassination. He felt strongly about equality and he advocated for his rights and the rights of others. The film was pretty cool because it showed the emotions, hardships and courage of everyone who followed in Dr. King’s footsteps. For class, we had to relate it to Occupational Therapy and I said that Dr. King was a great advocate and that as an OT it will be important for me to advocate for my clients. Below is the community banner!untitled

Kazual Comes to Campus

Jan 29, 2016 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Everyone!

The first week back was great for me and I hope it was equally as great for you! One (of the many events) on campus was a pub night in the Pioneer Pub. Kazual, is an acapella group who made it to the semi finals of America’s Got Talent, came and performed at Utica College. It was a free event held by UCPB (Utica College Programming Board) and there was also free popcorn! I love popcorn. The group was amazing and they even sang their own version of “Happy Birthday” to all of the January birthday people… I was one of them! I went with my roommates and we had the greatest time. The group sang all different genres of music with some new music, some old and some of their own masterpieces! There were other events going on that we attended such as making your own dream catcher, decorate a mug and make a stress relief jar.


This Weather?

Jan 26, 2016 | Author: Jayson Bretton

I hope everyone had a great winter break with your friends and families this year, and I bet you all wish it didn’t have to end. I don’t know how you all felt this break but being that the weather was so nice, it didn’t really feel like Christmas to me. So it wasn’t much of a surprise to see that the week we came back, all the snow came with us. With that being said, I just wanted to give two big tips on how to make it through the weather this semester:

  1. Always check the weather before starting your day.
    • The weather is constantly changing throughout the day, and it’s important that you are wearing the proper clothing. So that means hat, gloves, boots!FullSizeRender-3 copy
    • You don’t want to wear the wrong clothes and then end up getting sick, because getting sick and being away from home is the worst. Mom won’t be here to take care of you.
    • The daysheet, a daily newsletter that goes on to all UC students, always has the weather for the day in the email, so that is one place you can check.


  2. Always check your emails before leaving your room on a snowy day.
    • It is very rare that Utica College cancels classes on a snow day and I learned that last year, but always check for possible cancellations.
    • You don’t want to be that person who gets up and goes to a 9:30 class only to find out you don’t have class that day. Trust me, I’ve done it and I was not happy that day.
    • Especially if you’re coming from dorms like Burrstone where you have to cross the street to get to class, check your email!

These are two big tips that I wish someone had given m,  because there were times when I just put on a sweater not realizing how cold it was outside. Also, there were times where I would go to class only to see I got an email saying class was cancelled. Just stay organized and on top of things this semester, and there will be no worries.


For more information about events on campus, please look at my Twitter where I am constantly tweeting. @Jayson_UC

– Jay

8 Thoughts That Go Through Your Head The First Week Back At School

Jan 26, 2016 | Author: Marissa Filletti

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Here’s some comic relief from the first week of classes in the form of hilarious memes.


When icebreakers happen…again. But there’s still nothing interesting about your life:








When the professor actually starts teaching material on the first day and you don’t even have a pen:








                                         When the professor says the textbook is required:








When you start your first assignment:








When the professor assigns a group project and you already know you’re going to end up like Bradley Cooper:










When you realize you can’t avoid that dreaded trip to SFS any longer:










When you just really need it to be Friday:














When the first to second week transition is all too obvious:












Welcome Back Already?

Jan 18, 2016 | Author: Marissa Filletti

Okay—is it just me or did it feel like break was 5 minutes long? I don’t think I am mentally prepared for syllabus week and completely starting from scratch. Luckily, I got to spend break exactly how I wanted; hanging out with my family, catching up with friends, making money to dig myself out of my Christmas hole, attempting to stretch my birthday (Jan. 7) into a complete birth month, and binge watching  the most useless and mindless form of entertainment—reality television. Yes, I bought Hulu just to re-watch Mob Wives in preparation for the final season. But that’s what you’re supposed to do on vacation, right?

Now, it’s time to go back; to order books, buy supplies and start setting an alarm again. Your days of relaxation and minimal worries are over; but don’t fret. There will be plenty of fun activities around campus come the week of Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

In my opinion, the best way to honor Dr. King on his birthday would be to completely get the day off. But instead here at UC, on Monday, Jan. 18, students will get the opportunity to take part in a freedom march hosted by the local NAACP at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.

On Tuesday there will be a round table panel discussion of Dr. King’s vision of the “beloved community” and what it means to us today. R. Scott Smith, Dr. Todd Franklin, Rev. Dr. Maria Scates, and James Vaughn will take part in the discussion along with UC’s Daniel Kurtz, Kathryn Silva and UC seniors MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord and Amie Pinckney.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, photojournalist Matt Herron will tell the story of his adventures in a talk titled “Mississippi Eyes: Shooting Civil Rights in the Deep South.”

On Thursday, Film@UC will show “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis.

On Friday, the blues band “Tangled Roots” will perform at Pioneer Pub.

On Monday, Jan 25, director Curtis Chin will be on campus to show a screening of his most recent film, “Tested,” which follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat in one of New York City’s most elite public high schools.

So be sure to keep busy the first week and try to have some fun! If you are interested in taking part in any MLK events, visit or search #UCMLK2016 for more information.

7 Resolutions I’m Embracing in 2016

Dec 31, 2015 | Author: Marissa Filletti

New Years is always the perfect opportunity for me to look back on the past year and look forward to the upcoming year. It’s always crazy to see how much my life has changed; who I started the year with and who I’m ending it with, what I planned do to that I didn’t and what happened completely unexpectedly.

Every year we make resolutions, some that we keep and some that we don’t. Here are some resolutions that I want to embrace in 2016 and you should, too.

  1. The Cliché “Be Healthier”

This is a no-brainer. No matter if you achieved your health goals last year or not, everyone always wants to better themselves.

  1. Be smarter with my money

After an expensive Christmas, I decided that this year I want to be smarter with my money and save-up more. I took on my very first car payment this year and probably lost about $400 to Dunkin Donuts.

  1. Treat myself more

Although I do want to save, I also want to treat myself more. I want to save my money for things I really want rather than wasting it on coffee or food or a shirt I’m going to wear once.

  1. Manage my time better

I had a busy schedule this year and I think it took a lot out of me. I want to make sure I put “free time” on my schedule in 2016.

  1. Stop trying to please everyone

I’m a people pleaser, guilty. I like to do things that make other people happy, which isn’t a bad quality. But I think I let this get the best of me this year. It got to the point that it genuinely bothered me when anyone was mad or didn’t agree with me. I learned that it’s okay to do what you want and it’s okay if you’re not everyone’s favorite person. Never compromise what you want or need just to appease others, the loyal people in your life will completely understand.

  1. Devote my time to the people that value me

Pretty self explanatory—I want to put my time and energy into those who are and have always been there for me in 2016.

Be more thankful—all the time

During the holiday season it’s all love and gifts and family time, everyone giving thanks for this, that and the other thing. This year I want to be more thankful all the time.

It’s Not too Late to Motivate!

Dec 18, 2015 | Author: Tyler St. Louis

No, a squirrel didn’t knock out your power… You’ve just lost your motivation!

Blog Post 5 - It's Not too Late to Motivate 1With finals week upon us, it is extremely easy to lose your motivation and slowly, but surely, slip into the Winter Break mindset. Nope, it’s not break just yet, and the finals won’t be going anywhere until they are completed.

5 classes, 5 exams, 3 papers, 2 presentations, and finals week. Stressed is an understatement and to go in typical college-student fashion, I’ll be running on mass amounts of coffee and Red Bull. And it’s true; anything that could go wrong, will go wrong RIGHT NOW.


However, there are ways around all of that.

If you find yourself struggling to regain your motivation, here are some tips that I have found to extremely useful in my own experience:

  1. Focus on what will impact your life the most.
    • That’s why we’re all here, right? We aren’t here to have a glorified, expensive gathering; rather, we are here to further our education. Rank the 5 exams, 3 papers, 2 presentations and the rest of your finals in order of importance. Then, re-rank them in order of the time that they are due. Finally, only take necessary breaks and get your work done!
  2. Create a new challenge.
    • For me, I find that if I challenge myself I am more likely to remain interested in whatever I am doing. Changing how I view something, such as an assignment, forces me to think about the assignment in a different way. Different ways of thinking will keep you interested in the topics and that interest will be what keeps you going.
  3. If you’ve met your previous goals, establish new ones!
    • Goals are essential to keep your motivation strong. For me, if I am struggling with something, such as writing a huge term-paper, I break it into smaller sections. I will designate a certain section to be “due” on a certain day of the week and by “due,” I mean that I want to have that section done by that set day so I can complete another section as a later time. Therefore, the entire term-paper gets completed in little sections and does not overwhelm me nearly as much as it would if I sat down and tried to write the entire thing in one sitting. Projects, papers, and presentations become much more easy to handle if they are broken into smaller sections.
  4. If you find yourself struggling, don’t dwell on it!
    • There are quite a number of people on UC’s campus that are here to help you. I have found that I lose my motivation more and more if I become discouraged about something. Rather than getting discouraged all of the time, I find people to help me with something I may not understand or something I need an opinion on. Sometimes it’s necessary to just talk things out with others. So, don’t dwell on it, learn to deal with it in meaningful and useful ways.
  5. When you accomplish something, acknowledge it!
    • If you accomplish an assignment, a final exam, a presentation, those 3 papers that are due all at the same time, acknowledge your successes. If I complete an assignment early, I usually reward myself by relaxing that night and watching Netflix. Therefore, by getting ahead, I open up more time for myself, which is also necessary when my stress level is at an all-time high.

So when you think you’ve lost your mind and that you may have lost all of your motivation, just remember… it’s true that finals week can be extremely overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time going through finals week. However, with the right tips and tricks, it’s easy to overcome. Stay strong, stay motivated, and finals week will soon become a thing of the past.

Finals Week as Told By Buddy the Elf

Dec 17, 2015 | Author: Marissa Filletti

Who doesn’t love Elf, right? Here is some advice of how to get through/deal with finals week, courtesy of our friend Buddy.

When your professor asks you how you slept before finals:
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When your Mom asks how you’re doing:









When you have it narrowed down to two nearly identical multiple choice answers:







When your final exam is nothing like your professor described:









When your friends reassure you that you did fine, anyway:










When you take your stress and rage out on your roommates:VCR






When you realize you haven’t had a real meal all week:











When you are finally done with the semester and can have a life again:


Presenting Your Best Self

Dec 17, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

With college comes a lot of presentations and public speaking. For many individuals, getting up in front of a group of people is very challenging. I personally am very outgoing and am usually not afraid of speaking in front of a crowd of people. Although, when you are standing in front of your class, whether it be 5 students or 25 students, your nerves start acting up! This semester I have done the most presentations compared to other semesters here at UC and would like to share with you all ways that I have learned to overcome those jitters, as well as lessen the nerves while presenting.

Ways you can prepare for a presentation:

  • Make sure you know your information inside and out, especially if there is a Q + A portion to the presentation.
  • Go over your presentation – by yourself and to someone else – over and over again until you feel comfortable.
  • I promise it will be okay.
  • Prepare some type of outline and/or flashcards to look to for guidance. Professors extremely dislike when students read off of their slides and/or outline. I cannot stress that enough!

Ways to lessen your jitters and nerves when presenting:

  • Try to be cautious of how fast you are talking. Sometimes when you are talking fast, the information you are trying to relay becomes all jumbled and unclear.
  • This probably the most important thing.
  • Find a focus point and don’t lose it. Sometimes looking at your classmates is helpful but usually it is just distracting. My tip is to look at their foreheads. This is helpful because it is giving everyone the illusion that you are making eye contact with them, but realistically you are not.
  • Do not stand behind a computer or anything like that, as it will block you from your audience.

I hope these tips are helpful to you in the future and hopefully become more confident with giving presentations, as that is something that you will most likely have to do for the rest of your life. Personally, I have used these tips to help me with presenting and I have definitely seen a change in my confidence when getting up in front of people!

Winter Break Agenda

Dec 17, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Winter break is just around the corner and as much as I want to relax and be a hermit watching Netflix, that sadly cannot happen! Since it is my senior year, there is a lot to prepare for before I graduate. I switched my major my sophomore year from Health Studies (on the track to Occupational Therapy) to Psychology-Child Life, which has put me a semester behind. I will be walking with my class in May but will not be receiving my diploma until December. My last semester will be wherever my internship is, so spring semester is my last time I will be taking classes on campus. I am excited for my future, but also nervous because adulthood is crawling up fast.

This winter break I plan to organize my life, get everything I need to get done for when I begin applying for internships, and hopefully have time to relax!

I thoroughly love making lists, so what better than to make a to do list on for what I should do over winter break:

  • Edit/complete my résumé
  • Research possible internship sites
  • Organize internship binder (full of sites and information)
  • Exercise – whether it be at the gym or at home!
  • Organize myself for the upcoming spring semester
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Start a new Netflix series
  • Craft – something I love to do but barely have time for!
  • Volunteer at the local daycare
  • Get prepared for my Italian II class that I will be taking in the spring – Italian is not the easiest for me to comprehend, haha!
  • Go somewhere I have never gone before
  • Create goals for my upcoming year
  • Complete Senior Class President duties

I plan on having a productive and relaxing winter break, as I know that it will help assist with a successful senior year! Maybe you should try making an agenda for your winter break!

UC Lovin’

Dec 17, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Tonight, I asked some students to answer one question… “What is one thing you love about Utica College?” It was interesting to hear everyone’s responses and see the impact that UC has on them personally. With their permission, I have shared their responses below.

Alexis Wilson, 18 years: “I love how everyone is so friendly.”

Tyler St. Louis, 20 years old: “I have met a lot of great people here!”

Dorm Simeona, 18 years old: “I feel that it has changed me for the better!”

Ben Smith, 19 years old: “It is cheap to go here!”

Shamari Kirkpatrick, 19 years old: “There is a homey feeling here, which I like because I didn’t have it in high school. I am happy to be a part of it.”

Calypso Carty, 21 years old: “I like that the classes are really small!”

Courtney Stocker, 21 years old: “I love being able to walk on campus and have a handful of people ask me how I am doing and be genuinely interested.”

Liz Schonhiutt, 19 years old: “I really love the community and how diverse it is here. I can always make friends!”

Krysta Ponek, 19 years old: “I really like the class sizes and the friends I have made here!”

Even though college might be stressful because of studying, papers, and tests… it is nice to look at the reasons why you love your school. I personally love Utica College because of the close knit community we have here, I have created lifelong friendships, I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible people, this school has pushed me to my limits, there are so many people on campus who want to see you succeed, and most importantly, has made me into the person I am today.

Take a moment to reflect on why you love Utica College!

12 Days of Finals

Dec 17, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey Everyone!

I know finals only last five/six days (depending upon professors) but I created a song about how you know finals are here at Utica College!

On the first day of finals prep my professors gave to me: a lot of anx-i-ety!

On the second day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 2 giant projects

On the third day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 3 long essays

On the fourth day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 4 group pro-jects

On the fifth day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 5 final review’s

On the sixth day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 6 hours cramm-ing

On the seventh day of finals prep my professors gave to me: a 7 a.m. final

On the eighth day of finals prep my professors gave to me: an 8 p.m. final

On the ninth day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 9:00 last final

On the tenth day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 10 days till grades come out

On the eleventh day of finals prep my professors gave to me: 11 graded stress levels

On the twelfth day of finals prep my professors gave to me: A 4.0 GPA

Put it together….

On the 12th day of finals prep my professors gave to me….

a 4.0 GPA, 11 graded stress levels, 10 days till grades come out, 9:00 last final, an 8 p.m. final, a 7 a.m. final, 6 hours cramming, 5 final reviews, 4 group projects, 3 long essays, 2 giant projects and a lot of anxiety!