Welcome Back/Super Bowl Night!

Feb 1, 2015 | Author: Brittany Sierra

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!

Today is the Super Bowl and I heard Katy Perry will be performing! (Sounds Exciting) Classes are back in session and it’s time to start the year good! The best advice I can give is to meet with your professors frequently and read/complete all homework assignments on time!

I hope everyone has a wonderful semester!

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Things To Do: Utica Edition Part 1

Jan 31, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

I work as an Ambassador (Tour Guide) in the Admissions Office and one of the questions I field most frequently is, “What is there to do in Utica?” My answer to that is simple, there are LOADS of things to do. Not only are there events on campus all of the time, the city itself hosts numerous fun and interesting attractions. And, the best part is, most of the activities are not too far from campus! Throughout the semester I plan on revisiting this topic and adding attractions as the season changes, and as I, myself, discover new things as well!

This posting is going to focus on things to do during the Winter season, and are all basically places you can go to get a reprieve from the cold…which is not to say you couldn’t go to these places in other seasons! Most of the attractions are year round! (I also included an estimate for cost because I know the college student “low-fund” struggle.)

Catch a Comets Game!

The Utica Comets are Utica’s professional hockey team. They play in the AHL league, and their games generate quite a bit of buzz. The city is proud of the team, and it’s a must-see for anyone near the city to go to a game! I’m not a hockey fan, but its hard to not get caught up in all of the commotion that comes with a big game. The games tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to check out their website to see when they are playing!

(The Utica Memorial Auditorium is a familiar venue to any Pioneer Hockey Fan, both Men's and Women's ice hockey play there!)

(The Utica Memorial Auditorium is a familiar venue to any Pioneer Hockey Fan, both Men’s and Women’s ice hockey play there!)

The Comets home arena is the Utica Memorial Auditorium, which is where the Utica College Pioneers have their own home hockey games! (For those unaware, its 610 Oriskany St) so this excursion will take you only 5 minutes from campus! This activity is the most expensive out of all of the ones listed, but it’s worth the money! Seeing a game is something everyone has to do at least once!

(The Utica Comets! Props to my friend Caroline for the Comets pictures! She's an avid hockey fan.)

(The Utica Comets! Props to my friend Caroline for the Comets pictures! She’s an avid hockey fan.)

Grab a Cup of Coffee at Utica Roasting

Utica Roasting is a locally owned business which, according to their website is, “committed to offering the highest quality coffee available from around the world—right here in downtown Utica.” They source their beans from around the world, and then roast them right  in their shop in Downtown Utica. They pride themselves on fair trade coffee, and buy local products for everything else. Even if coffee isn’t your thing they have a wide variety of teas, and juice products.

(On this day I went with a friend and she had a traditional coffee and bagel, while I tried a frozen green tea. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it.)

(On this day I went with a friend and she had a traditional coffee and bagel, while I tried a frozen green tea. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it.)

Located right on 92 Genesee Street, not too far from the Utica Memorial Auditorium, it is central and not even 10 minutes from campus. The cost is definitely affordable for a cup of coffee, and even leaves you room to buy a muffin or bagel to go with your drink!

(My friend Adelle enjoying her coffee outside.)

(My friend Adelle enjoying her coffee outside.)

Oogle at Art at Munson Williams

Located right up the street from Utica Roasting is one of my favorite places in Utica, The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. It’s a museum dedicated to enriching the community by having various styles of art represented. The museum makes use of the space by having numerous styles and mediums represented, from sculpture to photography to water color to many other types. They also have various exhibits which come in and only stay for a brief period of time, so you can keep coming back to see new things! They also have a film series which shows movies which may not make it to mainstream cinemas; it’s my favorite way to catch a lesser known film. They also show various short and foreign films. Check out their website for more events, exhibit schedules, and films which are currently being shown.

(One of the free exhibits at Munson. It's fun to try to guess what the artist was feeling while constructing a work of art.)

(One of the free exhibits at Munson. It’s fun to try to guess what the artist was feeling while constructing a work of art.)

Located at 310 Genesee Street, it is literally right in the middle of the city. Once again, it is not even 10 minutes from campus. The cost is FREE to enter the general museum, the film series is very reasonable for students, and the additional exhibits have a small cost. (Be sure to ask for the student rate!)

(On the Genesee Level, right across from the main entrance, is a rather large work of art by Jackson Polluck. It's a beautiful piece, and people can spend ages staring at it. The museum also holds another one of his pieces, which is quite impressive because I've seen his work also displayed at the MOMA and MET.)

(On the Genesee Level, right across from the main entrance, is a rather large work of art by Jackson Polluck. It’s a beautiful piece, and people can spend ages staring at it. The museum also holds another one of his pieces, which is quite impressive because I’ve seen his work also displayed at the MOMA and MET.)

I hope you give all these activities a try some time soon! Since they are all located quite close to one another, you could make a day out of it and do all of them at once! But, be sure to check out my future blog posts for more fun things to do around Utica!

 

2015 Here I Come

Jan 30, 2015 | Author: Laura Holmes

Hey Guys!

It’s the start of a new semester here at Utica and I’m really excited.  Last semester was very stressful for me.  I had a lot of difficult classes and all of the organizations I’m in took up most of my spare time.  It was my first semester back after studying abroad in France and the transition back proved to be somewhat harder than I thought it would be.  The lifestyle is different and I had some trouble getting back into the swing of things here, but with the fall behind me I’m ready to have a great spring semester.

I’m really excited about my classes this semester, they seem really interesting.  I also managed to have my friends in most of them so that’s awesome too!  I’m back on the radio this semester with 3BL on Mondays 3pm-5pm so definitely give it a listen (shameless promotion).  There are some really great events this semester too which is exciting.  And I definitely plan on blogging more so you can hear all about the awesome things happening on campus!  It’s my last semester as a Junior and next year is going to be intense so I’m definitely planning on making the most of this semester before my Senior friends graduate.

As a way to accomplish this I’m making a bucket list for this semester.  A lot of people do this for their Senior year but since some of my closest friends are Seniors and have made their own for this year I figured now is a good time to start mine too.  So here it is my Senior (Almost) Year Bucket List…

  1. Visit the Utica Zoo. I love zoos and in all my time here I have yet to go.
  2. Take advantage of all the fun events on campus.
  3. Do something that scares me.
  4. Do well in my classes.
  5. Keep the stress level a lot lower than last semester.
  6. Make a new friend. With some of my friends graduating this year, I think it’s time to expand my friend circle.
  7. Attend a sporting event. Honestly I’m not even sure which sports happen in the spring…
  8. ATTEND CRYSTAL BALL (finally)
  9. Try food from a different country. Utica has a lot of restaurants that serve different countries’ food.
  10. Stay healthy and be happy.

Welcome Back

Jan 30, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Greetings guys!

Welcome back! Hope you all had a wonderful break, but now it’s time to get back into the motion of things. Order your books, gather your new supplies, and catch the feel of your new courses. This is the time you get to feel out your professors to see if this will be a good course for you. I know your still in vacation mode, but its time to jump into this semester. Also, grow in this semester take what you liked and disliked from last year. Make moves to make this semester better than last year!

You’re in charge of this semester, take charge and let it be great. Review your syllabus and mark important dates in your agenda. Remember this is a fresh start make it worth it. Start strong and end strong!

Always,
K

Exercise Is Key

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

For many college students, going to the gym or mapping out time to go to the gym isn’t on the top of our busy lists. I will admit that ninety percent of the time I would rather lay in my cozy bed than go to the gym but this week my mindset has really changed.

Now, I’m no fitness or health expert but I know that I can relate to many college students who struggle with the first and simplest step… getting motivated. For many people, arriving to the gym is already an accomplishment within itself.

Today I woke up at 7:45am to head to the gym with my two friends. Initially waking up was not fun but after motivating each other, we made it to the gym. In the end, I was very happy that I followed through with my plans.

Going to the gym today has made me more alert and I feel as if I have more energy overall. When I am at the gym I work as hard as I can because I know my desired goals are not unrealistic but they take time and effort.

I have found five reasons why college students should make time for exercise which include – exercise boosts mood, relieves stress, stimulates brain cell development, improves memory retention, and increases focus and concentration.

Top five tips for you: 

  1. When creating goals for yourself, make sure they are realistic. Creating unrealistic goals will only leave you disappointed in the end.
  2. Get a gym buddy or buddies! It is really helpful to have a support team and others to motivate you when you might not be feeling up for it.
  3. Need some inspiration for some of your workout routines – try Pinterest!
  4. Exercise will only take you so far… make sure you are cautious of what you are eating!
  5. Don’t be hesitant or nervous to go to the gym. Everyone is there for the same reason!

Even though we are a month into the new year, there is still plenty of time for you to set new goals for yourself. It is never to late to change or throw away bad habits.

How to Cope When Your Goals Cause Anxiety

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

 

Image: Google

Image: Google

Have you ever had so many goals and dreams that – before you know it – end up overwhelming you? You’re planning, you’re searching, you’re doing everything you can to ensure that you reach success, then it all crashes down on you? Yes? Well, then this post is for you!

Often times we are so focused on the future that we totally miss the opportunities of the present! We’re overcome with the stress of building the life we want instead of enjoying the life we have now.

Whenever I talk to people about my future career plans and ambitions, or whenever people talk to me about theirs, I notice that we all have one thing in common. Beneath our confident smiles and strong intelligence, we’re completely terrified. Think about it – whether we’re at the beginning, middle, or end of our college education, we’re all in the same boat.

In a few short years we will find ourselves lacing up our running shoes and stilettos, and being thrown into the world of adulthood. How do we handle that? How can we learn to take things one at a time and NOT eat an elephant in one bite? Here’s a few helpful hints:

1) Run at Your Own Pace

Your career path is uniquely yours. There is no time limit for your dreams. It’s not only part of your story, but it’s part of your purpose as well. It took me four times to figure out where I wanted my life to go. Did all those major changes put me behind? A little. Instead of four solid years, it’s taking me four and a half years to obtain my degree, but I refused to settle for a career that was going to make me unhappy for the rest of my life. Did it bother me to know that majority of my friends would be completely finished in May? Yes. But, eventually when I stopped focusing on the journey of my peers, I could focus on figuring out what would make me truly happy, and now, I’m living it.

2) Embrace the Uncertainty

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

I’m a HUGE fan of this quote. Actually, I’m a huge fan of any inspirational quotes. There’s just something so beautiful about the words of others that really, can make a difference in your life. Here’s the point of this message: embrace the unknown! Often times it’s the fear of the unknown that causes our anxiety, but imagine for a moment, if we had all the answers to life? While it might be helpful, that would make life awfully boring. We find out who we are during the most uncertain, rocky times in our lives.

3) Remember: YOU are Writing Your OWN Story

What are our fears and anxieties telling us? Are they telling us that we’re not good enough? Not smart enough? Not strong enough? Are they telling us that we need to do more and be more? If so, that’s false thinking. Much like the first point, we need to realize that WE are the author’s of our own lives. WE hold the pen. Nobody else does. We can be who we want to be, feel how we want to feel, all without competing with others. People need the skills that we have now. Focus on them. Accept fully who and where you are at this moment.

4) Find Your Inspiration

Everybody needs inspiration and the beautiful thing is that we all have the opportunities to find it.  Our inspiration could come from a book, a friend, a relative….anything. Find it, keep it, and go to it when you need a lift. You’ll be surprised at how your anxieties will quickly fade.

5) Find a Happy Spot

We all have our happy spots. You know, places that we love to go relax and unwind from a long and tiring day? For me, that place happens to be cuddled up at home with my dog on my lap and music in my ears (or a book in my hand). We all need places to go to escape from life a little bit. I find that when I take the time each day to just sit, find my peace, and do something that I love, I’m much less overwhelmed!

Remember: We can achieve whatever we want, whenever we want. The key is to not let your ambitions take control over you.

Super Bowl Week!

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Gregory Spears

This is one of the most exciting times of the beginning of the year. It’s super bowl week. The professors, students and faculty are talking amongst each other of who they are placing bets where the super bowl parties are and what wings and pizza they are ordering. This is just a another example how sports not even our own Utica College sports can bring together the Utica College community. This Sunday, if you already do not have plans of hosting your own super bowl party you can come to a super bowl partied at the Utica College pioneer spot in Strebel hosted by the brothers of Iota Phi Theta. Food and Refreshments will be provided. This is an exciting time! It brings the students together and even the professors before class indulge in trash talk of who they are rooting for in the super bowl. Not to mention the day after all the funny commercials will be spoke about on the campus of Utica College. So enjoy Super Bowl weekend with your fellow classmates and professors!

Snow Daze

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Here in Upstate NY, we are no stranger to cold weather. Luckily for UC students, the Utica College Programming Board has a whole week of events planned to help students enjoy the first full week of classes, even with the freezing temperatures outside! When students attend the events of the week, they can swipe their UC ID and be entered into a raffle to win a giant teddy bear this Friday. I thought that idea was beary nice. Heh heh heh.

Today, there were make-your-own crafts in Strebel Lounge. I was so excited to get out of classes and hear music playing on my way to the Caf upstairs- I knew something fun was happening in the lounge! Sure enough, there was a huge table with many different activities for students to do. It was great to see such a variety of students hanging out together and having fun, especially since Wednesdays on campus are an extremely busy day for student meetings.

My friend Laura and I tried out several of the crafts (some more successfully than others). We made awesome sugar scrubs for our hands, which we got to pick the scent for- I stuck with classic vanilla, but the option of a “maple pancake” scent was pretty tempting. We also created monograms out of cardboard and yarn- and trust me, it was harder than it sounds! There was even a cookie decorating station, which I definitely took full advantage of.

The event was a great break in my busy Wednesday schedule. One of my favorite organizations at UC is UCPB, because they always have such fun events on campus every week, they offer a variety of different entertainment within their events, and everything is always free for students! Once again, UCPB held an awesome event that I and many other students had a blast during. There are still several more Snow Daze events lined up for the week, and I am looking forward to seeing who wins the teddy bear on Friday!

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Jan 28, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

At some point, every college student thinks about studying abroad.

Whether it’s experiencing life in a different country and culture or simply wanting to get out of the blistering cold for a semester, studying abroad could become a legitimate option for some Utica College students.

If you haven’t heard already, UC his hosting a Study Abroad Fair this Thursday. Here’s more information via email:

The International Education Office will be hosting a Study Abroad Fair on
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29th from 11:00-2:30 outside the cafeteria in Strebel Student
Center.  Stop by to learn about the extraordinary opportunities available to
earn college credit using the world as your classroom.

See the World. Change your Perspective. Control your Future.

If you have questions please contact the International Education office at (315)
792-3082

But, you may ask, besides visiting a new country, what are the benefits of studying abroad?

First off, studying abroad could help you develop not only as a person, but as a potential employee. Throughout our college careers, professors and advisers will continue to harp on the importance of building up your resume.

Well, having the study abroad program listed on your resume could be a tremendous advantage.

Employers want to see that you’re a willing learner and curious about other cultures. Perhaps showing that you have more life experience could separate you from others that are seeking the same career.

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Students from the United States are often intimidated by the concept of studying abroad, but if you’re an upperclassman, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to increase your experiences.

 

Bookstore Bingo!

Jan 27, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Happy first full week of classes! To help students settle in to the first full week of the semester the Utica College Programming Board always puts on numerous activities. (Which numerous bloggers have already mentioned! Check out Tessa’s post about all of the upcoming events!) The event on Monday night was one of my personal favorites, Bookstore Bingo.

(Before the games started, people were  anticipating a night of bingo!)

(Before the games started, people were anticipating a night of bingo!)

It’s a typical bingo night with bingo boards, and numbers being called out. However, when someone wins they don’t shout the typical, “BINGO!” they have to shout “U-C MOOSE!” and do the corresponding hand movements. It’s funny seeing people win because they get so flustered when they remember what they have to do. Another catch is that if multiple people “U-C MOOSE!” at once then they have to have a dance off to see who will win the prize. The person with the loudest audience cheers wins.

(My friend Mary danced herself to a bookstore giftcard!)

(My friend Mary danced herself to a bookstore giftcard!)

The prizes are all from the bookstore, and are things any college student could use. This year they had various school supplies, a Utica College blanket, and gift cards to the bookstore. Even if you don’t win, it’s a lot of fun just playing along though!

(Frank, the announcer, got really into calling the numbers out.)

(Frank, the announcer, got really into calling the numbers out.)

My favorite moment was when one of the girls doing the dance off shocked everyone by doing some type of cartwheel (it was hard to see from where I was sitting) and then the other girl dancing against her did a back bend in retaliation! One of the dance offs even included some ill-timed twerking. But, props to anyone who did get up and dance, that takes a lot of guts!

Alas, I didn’t win this year and I was pretty sad about that. But, it was a lot of fun and I’m already looking forward to the next time UCPB holds Bookstore Bingo. In the meantime though I’m eagerly anticipating all of the other events this week.

 

New Semester Resolutions

Jan 26, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

So, loyal readers, you may recall in my last blog that I mentioned creating goals for myself at the start of each semester rather than at the start of the calendar year. This semester is a bit different, as it is my last semester in undergraduate studies at Utica College! My friend Karita created a senior year bucket list ( http://www.utica.edu/student-blogs/senior-year-bucket-list/ ), and I found it to be a great idea to keep in mind when I created my goals for my last spring semester here at UC.

My New Semester Resolutions/ Senior Year Sentiments:

1. Attend as many of my favorite (and free!) UC events as I can- including UCPB nights, Crystal Ball, and Mooseapalooza!

2. Win at Tuesday night trivia! (Hey, 4.0 Laura, I’m going to need your help with this one, lil sis)

3. Do something fun over Spring Break- even if it’s not very far away or tropical!

4. Take advantage of the open swim hours at the UC pool to add variety to my workouts.

5. Take a Saranac Brewery tour, and check out any other local attractions that I have yet to see before I leave Utica.

6. Get a good night’s sleep (most nights, at least!) so I am more alert during my 8:30 AM classes!

7. Make it a priority to do more volunteer work in the area.

8. Take a trip to NYC to see museums and eat tons of new foods!

9. Allow myself more down time and fun, rather than over scheduling every moment as usual.

10. Graduate summa cum laude and go on to graduate school next fall!

Well, there you have it- my goals for the upcoming semester! I think it’s going to be an awesome spring, and I am excited for all of the opportunities ahead. Stay tuned to hear how well I can accomplish everything on my list!

Make the Most of the Snow!

Jan 25, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Welcome back to Utica College! I hope everyone had enjoyable and relaxing  breaks. By now most people are almost fully back into the swing of things, and ready to take on the spring semester, myself included! This semester is by far my favorite, more than fall, because by the time finals roll around the warm and sunny weather feels like such a reward for making it through.

However, the spring semester is also notorious for dragging on. The winter weather sometimes has too firm a hold on the Central New York Region. While I enjoy snow during the holiday season, two months later it begins to feel like some sort of punishment. So, don’t dread a single moment of it. I’m planning on trying to enjoy the snow, and the cold while it’s here. You know, not everyone is fortunate enough to live in a region where we get to experience four very distinct seasons…or just keep telling yourself that!

Anyway, here’s some tips to help you not only push through the winter in Utica, New York, but also enjoy it too!

Do Typical Winter Activities! Go outside on campus and build a snowman! Take advantage of the close proximity Utica College has to numerous skiiing/snowboarding/sledding locations. Actually, there is a great sledding hill at the Recreation Center on the Parkway which is literally down the road from the campus.  If you don’t want to leave campus, grab a few friends and start a snowball war! Just grab some boots, and a hat and get out there!

Take A Brisk Walk. I find the crisp winter air to be refreshing…to a certain extent. I like going for a walk if I am completely bundled up, and fully prepared. It can be as small as the walk from your residence hall to your class. Instead of rolling out of bed reluctant to go outside, try to look at it as an opportunity to breathe in the fresh winter air. Trust me, it just smells different than the other seasons.

Bundle Up. Winter is great because the cold gives a great excuse to wear your coziest and warmest clothes. I love wearing oversized sweaters during the Winter. I also love beanies and hats, which I can’t really get away with in the Summer. So wear the fashions of Winter while you can! Even if fashion isn’t your thing, cherish the ability to wear your sweatshirt. (It’s the small things that can make the season better.)

 Indulge in Your Favorite Winter Foods. One of my favorite winter foods to eat is soup, I don’t eat it any other time! It magically seems to warm you up from the inside out. So, after a long day of studying (or sledding!) have a warm bowl of soup. Also, I don’t think there is anything as cozy as curling up with a mug of coffee/tea/hot chocolate during the frigid winter months. One of my favorite ways to de-stress is with a warm blanket, a good book, and a mug of tea.

Anticipate! The Winter season has so many things that people look forward to. I, personally, am counting down the days until the Academy Awards (Oscars) in February. But, others may be anticipating the Super Bowl which is also coming up! And don’t forget about Spring Break in March! There are plenty of things to look forward to.

Marvel in How Pretty Winter Can Be. The snow can make everything look so pure, and clean which can be beautiful to look at. So, take advantage. Instagram that fresh snowfall, and find the perfect filter for that snowflake close up…maybe you’ll spread your new found appreciation of Winter to some new people too!

Next Step for OT Juniors…

Jan 25, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

As you guys know, I am a Junior in the Occupational Therapy program! As a Junior in the program, there are a lot of requirements to be upheld in order to keep a seat in the program. Therefore, I figured I would talk about what its like to come into the program as a freshman and continue through to Junior year, where I am currently at in my college career.

Applying:

When you apply to be in the Occupational Therapy program, you must meet the basic requirements and the requirements of: HS GPA of 85.0 or higher, top 25 percentile in HS, SAT score of 1050 or higher and at least a year of Biology, another science course and three years of math. When you are accepted, students will meet with their Utica College advisors to determine if you want to be in the 4+2 sequence or the 3+2 sequence into the master’s program. I am in the 3+2 accelerated sequence. Most students choose the 4+2 sequence if they participate in sports, but they are able to go into the 3+2 sequence.

Freshman year-Junior year:

Your advisor will help you in picking classes and making sure you are taking the classes you need for the program. You must also maintain a 3.0 GPA (B average) and get a C or higher in all of your science courses, psychology courses, statistics, research methods, sociology, human development, anthropology, kinesiology and medical conditions and terminology. It may seem intimidating, but trust me, it can be done! I found that using the library, taking advantage of professor’s office hours and tutoring is the key to doing well!

Junior year: Junior is the time of preparation for Graduate studies. In order to continue into the graduate studies, you must do a few things…

1. 25 Observation or shadow hours with an Occupational Therapist in at least two different settings. I did my hours with three different OT’s in the nursing home, school based setting, home based setting, outpatient and Early Intervention settings. I had a lot of fun getting familiar with the major and being able to see all the directions I can go with it. For the shadow hours there are documentation forms the Therapist must fill out and you must write a paragraph or two reflecting upon the settings you observed.

2. Have all prerequisite courses finished with needed grades and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

3. Two personal recommendations (one from a currently practicing occupational therapist and one from an academic professor)

4. CPR certification for adult/child/infant.

5. Transcript evaluation

I hope this helped out with anyone interested in Occupational Therapy and the steps it takes up until Junior year! I received my information from the link below and if you would like to read more check out the link below and the Occupational therapy homepage for Utica College!

http://www.utica.edu/enrollment/admissions/graduate/ot.cfm

http://www.utica.edu/academic/gce/ot/

 

 

Snow Daze!

Jan 25, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

69be597dc5de4e27a6a7dadfe38b23acHey guys! I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing break and you are ready to get through this semester with flying colors! Starting tomorrow, Utica College is kicking off the new semester with Snow Daze! Utica College Programming Board is hosting activities everyday this week for everyone to enjoy to start off the semester with a bit of good, clean fun! Here are the events for this week!

Monday: MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!! In Streble Lounge at 8pm there will be Bookstore Bingo with lots of prizes from the bookstore!

Tuesday: Thinkfast Gameshow is a second FAVORITE of mine and it will be held at 8pm in Streble Lounge with a $200 prize!

Wednesday: Another FAVORITE!!!!!!!! Snow Daze Make Your Own Crafts in Streble Lounge from 12pm-4pm and you will get the opportunity to even make your own soap!

Wednesday Night: You cant beat some nice musical entertainment and dinner! Stop by Pioneer Pub at 9pm for live musical entertainment by Nick Hagelin

Thursday: Need a good laugh? In Pioneer Pub at 9pm, enjoy live comedy by Adam Grabowski!

Friday: Wind down after the first week with a good movie! “Horrible Bosses 2″ will be featured at 8pm in Streble Lounge

Utica College is awesome because of all the wonderful events they put on to entertain the students and even faculty! Stop by these events for a good time, I know I will be there!

For more information on Snow Daze and other activities on campus check out the link below!

https://pioneerplace.utica.edu/organization/UCPB/calendar/details/540336

Back to School: Tips For Getting Back Into The Rhythm

Jan 25, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

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At this point, winter break probably feels like it was over months ago.

We’re finally back to school and you’ll get a chance to improve during the Spring semester. To some, even the seniors, getting back to school after weeks off is tough. Having already established a rhythm, it’s definitely tough to get back into the routine after the long break.

But here’s two tips on how to get back on track.

Check your syllabus often, stay organized

The first “week” of school is over and you’ve probably received a ton of instructions. Like many of you, I have a difficult time remembering everything for 5+ courses. This is why the syllabus is such an important tool to utilize.

The syllabus organizes everything for the course, so it’s easy to stay on top of school work. You probably haven’t received much “work”, but you’ve almost certainly gotten some reading assignments.

It might seem tedious, but check your syllabus often. It’s a good way to remember everything you need to do.

By checking your syllabus, you’re more likely to stay organized, which is the first step of being successful in your courses.

Don’t fall behind!

After weeks of break, it’s really easy to fall behind. You’re probably used to sleeping in late, not worrying about class, and that could carry over to school.

Avoid that by doing all your work early, so it’s easier to establish the school rhythm again. By doing well early on, you’re more likely to continue the positive momentum throughout the entire semester. If you start slacking early, then you’re probably going to continue slacking.

It might seem difficult at the beginning, but you’ll get back into a rhythm soon. By staying prepared, doing your work early, and staying on top of your course schedules, you’re on your way to another successful semester.

Things I Learned During Fall Semester

Jan 23, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Welcome back, everyone!I hope you had a restful, healthy break and are returning to the Utica College campus refreshed and ready to go.

Winter break encompasses the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, which for many indicates a desire to reflect and resolve change. I enjoy hearing others’ New Years’ resolutions, but have never found them too helpful for my own life, simply because I do not feel much of a change between December 31 and January 1.

However, I do reflect and create goals for myself at the start of each semester, which are sort of “new semester resolutions.” I will now share with you some of the lessons I learned from the fall semester, and then later I will share the goals I have set for the upcoming semester.

Things I Learned During Fall Semester:

1. Finding an on-campus job you are passionate makes a world of a difference in your semester! I am fortunate enough to love all of the jobs I took on last semester- from being a Resident Assistant in North Hall, to being a DJ and Production Staff member at WPNR, to being a student blogger. Working can take up quite a bit of your time, so enjoying your job(s) is important if your goal is to find pleasure in your daily life. One of the best decisions I made last semester was to finally quit my restaurant job that was immensely stressful, and to pursue fun and new jobs on campus. Looking forward to going to work, getting along with coworkers, and having great supervisors can make your on-campus job seem less like “work” and more like a fun experience that you happen to get paid to do! Don’t waste any more time being miserable at work when you can seek out an opportunity that fulfills your needs and is fun right on campus.

2. You can’t do it all, though! Even if you do enjoy all of your on-campus jobs, all of your organizations, all of your classes, and all of your social obligations, you simply cannot do everything. Trust me- I tried! Last semester, I stretched myself very thin between course work, orgs, work, and graduate school applications. Most days, I would leave my room at 9 AM and would not return until 8:30 pm, only to face a mountain of essays, readings, and application materials. It was exhausting to constantly fulfill so many roles on campus, and while I was able to survive the semester, things became dramatically easier for me when I accepted the fact that I couldn’t do it all. Once I began taking a little more care of myself- turning down a social event for an early night’s rest, for example, or delegating a task to another individual in an organization on a day when I already had a full schedule- things became much easier to handle.

3. Sunlight matters. Here in Utica, we have a very long and cold winter season. At the beginning of fall semester, the sun is bright and beautiful until around 7:30 pm, but by finals week, the sun would set before I would be out of class at 4:30 pm! On dreary days, it would be extremely hard for me to stay motivated and productive; once the sun was down, I would want to hibernate! Once I realized how much sunlight affected my work ethic, I began prioritizing and working with Mother Nature. By accomplishing hard tasks during daylight hours, I could get important things done when my motivation was the highest. Then, when I settled into hibernation mode later in the day, tasks like reading a textbook could be done while I snuggled at my desk with a mug of tea. Figure out what works best for you, and prioritize to work with that!

4. Coffee cannot fix everything. This is controversial, I know. Our society has accepted coffee as liquid magic, and students, faculty and staff alike down its potent potion like it is the cure for all of their ailments. At the beginning of fall semester, I too was under coffee’s spell, but I began to realize that coffee was hurting me more than it was helping me. Rather than being an occasional treat, it became a way for me to mask my exhaustion and power through an over-packed schedule. I should have listened to my body’s need for more rest, but instead, I guzzled more and more coffee. Eventually, I “woke up” (without the coffee!) and realized that I seriously needed to make sleep a priority and stop depending on coffee to make me feel normal. It is definitely easier to stay up late finishing a project, grab a coffee in the morning, and go through the day perked up, but I feel much better listening to what my body needs- actual sleep- and getting that instead. Moderation is key, so if you can’t kick your caffeine habit, at least keep it in check!

5. It truly is the little things that mean the most. I’m sure we have all heard this a million times before, but the spontaneous, small moments are the most magical ones in our lives. For someone like me who likes to have every minute of the day carefully scheduled, being spontaneous can be a challenge. But some of my favorite memories from last semester arose from little, unexpected events. Things like laughing all night at a sleepover with my best friends, going to an amazing new restaurant with my boyfriend, trying on hideous prom dresses at the mall, waiting in line for an hour and a half at Midnight Breakfast for a caricature that we never even got, and having special guests on 3BL on WPNR are all memories that I did not expect to make last semester. Embrace those little moments, because before you know it, the semester will be over once again.

14 Things to Give Up in 2015

Jan 16, 2015 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Image credit: Google

Image credit: Google

Hopefully 2015 has been treating everyone well so far! I can’t believe we are halfway through this month already! (and not to mention – the Spring semester starts exactly a week from today. Um, WHAT?!) 

So, if you’re like me, you probably are swamped with ideas, goals and resolutions for how you want this year to go. From personal experience, I have discovered that I can be my own worst enemy. That goes for any of us, really.

We stand in our own ways of achieving our dreams and ambitious. We all put limitations on ourselves that prevent us from obtaining what we want. Our ultimate goal should not be to strive for perfection, but rather to embrace our imperfections and adjust to them.

I thought of 14 things that I know I would love to give up this year and that might be beneficial to everyone in order to achieve the success they want! (Especially to start the Spring semester with a bang!)

  1. Self-doubt: The biggest obstacle we face is in our own thinking. Let go of the negative thoughts; turn I can’t into I CAN. How can you achieve what you want when you’re hanging on to the biggest dream killer of all?
  2. Comfort Zones: Nothing great was ever completed by staying inside of a comfort zone. Yes, we get so accustomed and attuned to our habits that it just becomes familiar and increasingly difficult to move out of. Do you want to change your life this year? You’re sure not going to change a thing by playing small. Get out there and show the world who YOU are.
  3. Self-criticism: This really goes hand in hand with point #1, but really, it’s worth repeating. We are our own harshest critics. We beat ourselves up over every little thing and forget that we are human and do make mistakes! Would you speak to a friend the way you speak to yourself? No. So, we need to stop being a bully to ourselves and learn to embrace every positive aspect that we have to offer.
  4. Comparison: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt. That statement couldn’t be anymore true. We are constantly on the comparison bandwagon. Who is doing this, who is doing that. Why aren’t I like that? Why can’t I be like them? Ugh! Just drop this bad habit now. Like, right now. It really is a waste of time and energy. Everyone is on their own paths to success and everyone runs their own race at their own pace. Your life is uniquely yours – live it and love it!
  5. Guilt: Guilt and regrets over the past are the worst feelings. We often dwell on things that went wrong, that we miss everything else that went right. Did you make a mistake? Forgive yourself and move on. My friend shared a quote with me that said “your best teacher is your last mistake.” Learn and grow from your mistakes. Fix what you can, and shake off what you can’t.
  6. Fake Personas: Think of how beautiful the world would be if everyone was simply themselves? If everyone didn’t worry about pleasing others or putting on a show in order to be liked? Forget all that. I received a beautiful gift this Christmas that says: “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” It proudly is displayed in my room as a constant reminder to me to be my most authentic self.
  7. Apologies: Apologies are really only useful if you have done something wrong to someone or hurt someone. I’m talking about apologizing for being yourself. If you like something, don’t be afraid to like it. Do you want to join that club? Take that art class? Do it and don’t be sorry just because someone else doesn’t like it.
  8. Excuses: This is a biggie. I can’t tell you how many times a day I’ve told myself “I don’t have time.” “I can’t do this because…” Where does that get me? Nowhere. Be open to new experiences, make time for the things that are important to you. Yes, we all have limitations. But, instead of letting them define us, we should let them push us to be our very best.
  9. Procrastination: Procrastinators unite! Tomorrow. Seriously, if anyone is a pro at procrastinating, it’s me – and I KNOW I’m not alone. Really, procrastinating is useless. All it does is stress me out. Want to make 2015 the year of you? Start now. Don’t wait. Don’t put off anything that you want to (or have to) do.
  10. Social Media: I’m not talking about quitting cold turkey, but consider spending less time behind your phone or computer screen. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., are not real life. Instead, they often cause us the most problems – especially in the comparison department. Do you really need to post that status about your day at the gym? Do you have to hashtag every word you tweet? Do you have to post that picture of your dinner – hoping you’ll get more than 5 likes? NO. Stop, take a digital detox. It’ll be good for your soul!
  11. Competing: Much like comparison, competing with others gets you nowhere. Win at your own life!
  12. Busyness: In today’s world, you’re not normal unless you have 10 million things to do at one time. Everybody is in such a rush. Imagine how great it would be if people stopped and took a deep breath once in a while? Find something that makes you relax. Read a book, take a walk, sing, do anything that makes you happy and give yourself a break!
  13. Multitasking: This is something that usually people say to describe themselves. “I’m great at multitasking!” While this is not a bad character trait, it’s not good to always be multitasking. Focus your time and attention on one thing at a time. By doing two, three, 10 or 15 things at once will not lead to accomplishment, but rather – confusion. One step at a time, one thing at a time.
  14. Anxiety: With the new semester just around the corner, it’s only natural to get nervous. Thinking about what the semester will bring can be stressful. But, just like living in the past, living in the future doesn’t do anyone any good. Worrying about things you can’t control, or events that are outside of your circle of influence is not good for your mind or body. Take a breather. Find your inner peace. Gain your confidence. Know that you can and will be able to handle anything that comes your way.

 

Importance of Volunteering

Jan 13, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

via Youthareawesome.com

via Youthareawesome.com

Let’s face it: The majority of college students attend college with hopes of landing a job after graduating.

But, how do you separate yourself from the hundreds of applicants who are seeking the same career as you? It’s simple; your resume.

Nowadays, most jobs will require some sort of  college degree. If you graduate from Utica College, you’ll end up with a 4-year degree. Hundreds of students will graduate from UC with a degree, but not all will end up with their dream job right out of the gate.

Having experience in the field before graduating is extremely important. By now, you’ve heard about the importance of internships, but volunteering often goes unspoken.

If you’re able to fit the time in, even if it’s alongside a part-time, paying campus job, it could be worth your while to pursue a volunteer position. Employers like seeing that you volunteer your time, and are able to manage your time well enough to take on an unpaid position. Volunteerism also suggests that you’re a team player, a quality many employers will look for in potential hires.—via Scholarships.com

Working for free isn’t always ideal, but it might be necessary. Showing that you’re committed and willing to work just for experience could potentially set you apart from others seeking the same job or career.

Perhaps you’ll build a relationship with the company you’re volunteering for and might even end up working for them in the future.

The company you volunteer for will serve as a good resume builder and reference. If you don’t have the time for an internship right now, but want to get some experience, why not try volunteering?

Finding Books Online

Jan 10, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

It might be hard to believe, but we’re less than two weeks away from the start of the Spring semester.

The winter break is coming to a close, and while it might not be the most pleasant thing you’ll do on your time off, it’s time to start purchasing books for class.

Besides paying for tuition, purchasing books is one of the most costly things about being a college student. Still, it’s inevitable.

Here are two resources you can use for finding and/or purchasing books online:

Utica College Bookstore:

Having trouble finding a textbook for class? Why not try the Utica College bookstore?

The school’s store web site allows you to search for books by typing in their ISBN number, titles, or author. All you have to do is type in the correct information in the search bar:

via Utica College Bookstore

via Utica College Bookstore

Instead of heading to the school, only to find out the book isn’t available, I’ve found that it’s a lot more convenient search for the book on the store’s web site. If the book isn’t available or backordered, it will list it as so.

Check out the school book store here

Book Finder:

While the book store’s web site will allow you to search for books and their availability, it won’t allow you to compare prices.

BookFinder.com allows you to search for books and compare prices with competing web sites online.

via BookFinder.com

via BookFinder.com

One thing I’ve learned from my first semester at Utica College: Don’t settle for a price.

Instead, look for cheaper books online. BookFinder allows you to compare prices, and you’ll more than likely save some money as a result.

Check out BookFinder here

 

New Stadium, New Utica.

Jan 8, 2015 | Author: Gregory Spears

Pretty soon Utica College will have a new look coming with its new Indoor facility for its athletic department. Utica College will attract new student-athletes as well as new students. Utica College is using this new look feel to its full advantage when high school athletes come on recruiting trips hoping to grab the attention of young athletes and even regular students. This is an exciting time for Utica College and the community of New Hartford and the city of Utica. One sport that has taken full advantage of this opportunity is the Track and Field department sending out recruiting letters telling their recruits all about the new and improved facility that should begin construction this spring semester. This new look will not only hold sporting events but could hold other alumni events as well. I know I am very excited, clearly not more excited than the athletic department. But it will be an exciting time for the Utica College Students and its alumni. Utica College is one of the top private colleges in New York state and this is just an even step closer to competing with the best campus wise and athletics.