Is College Worth It?

Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Most students decide to get a higher education after high school because most jobs require a college degree. With that said, college is an investment. No longer can students coast through classes like they did in high school, as there is consequences for not doing well. Most students obviously study and take advantage of their resources in college, eventually graduating with a degree.

But, college is expensive. Students typically graduate college with thousands of dollars in student loans and debt which they will eventually have to pay back, so is the degree truly worth it?

According to the New York Times, “Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s.”

Although student loans could potentially become overwhelming, often times students accumulate scholarships and financial aid which lessen the student debt after graduation.

It’s no secret that most jobs require a college degree. The more school a student completes, the higher chance he/she has to land the job they’re seeking. Oh, and the pay increases drastically as well.

So, I think it’s fair to say that college is worth it. Unless you get extremely lucky, there’s a good chance that your future job will require you to have some sort of a degree.

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Geocaching 101

Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer

For the past 8-9 years I have been apart of the greatest treasure hunt in the world, Geocaching. Oh, you don’t know what it is? I’ll tell ya!

Quick video that explains Geocaching:

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Your goal is to locate the geocache (container) using the coordinates and hints left by thoe who hid the geocache.

When you find the geocache you are going to find a logbook and possibly “cache” or some treasure inside. If you take some treasure you must leave something of equal or greater value inside the geocache for the next person who comes along.

The geocache come in all shapes and sizes so don’t always be looking for a certain cache. This is a great way to spend the afternoon driving around town or walking in the woods trying to locate as many as you can!

If you want to try, here is the link to download the app to your phone:

Happy hunting!



Did you say “Nap Time?”

Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

When we were younger and someone told us that it was “nap time,” we weren’t having it. If someone were to say that now, we would be the first one to volunteer. I wasn’t big on napping until I came to college but after my first semester here, I realized napping was a necessity.

Do you ever wake up from a nap feeling groggy or cranky? I know I do sometimes! That may be because you are taking too short or too long of a nap. Here are five different types of naps that may help you avoid feeling that way:

The Power Nap (10-20 minutes): Best for getting straight back to work.

The NASA Nap (26 minutes): proven by scientists to improve pilot performance by 34% and alertness by 54%.

The Bad Nap (30 minutes): Causes sleep inertia, also known as a sleep hangover, for up to 30 minutes before restorative benefits kick in. Best to avoid, if possible.

The Slow-Wave Sleep Nap (60 minutes): Helps cognitive memory processing, remembering places, faces, and facts. Best before a big presentation or important meeting.

The Full Sleep Cycle Nap (90 minutes): Helps creativity, emotional memory, and procedural memory. Best before an impending project deadline or big test


Here are some other valuable tips about napping:

IDEAL NAP TIME: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

IDEAL NAP LIGHT: Dim to dark to stimulate melatonin.


IDEAL NAP POSITION: Slightly upright to avoid deep sleep


Make sure you are giving some time to yourself every day, whether it be a nap or just a few minutes to recoup!

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In Defense of Cat Lovers

Sep 19, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

IMG_20140629_145406 I don’t know if I’d go as far as to categorize myself as a “cat lady;” I only have two, and when I think of a cat lady, I envision someone whose home is crawling with a dozen of them. However, there’s no denying that I love cats, and I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t get one more if I had a bigger place.

But what I don’t get is why cat lovers get such a bad rep. Why is it considered crazy to love cats, but not dogs? Dog lovers are completely acceptable in society. If you tell someone you love dogs, no one will bat an eyelash. But if you tell someone you love cats, suddenly you’re a crazy person. I will admit that I might be a little bit insane, but I don’t think it is directly correlated with my love for cats. Can you blame me for liking them? They’re cute, fluffy, and far less judgmental than human beings. Plus, they do the silliest things, which keeps life entertaining. 1609919_10152733959333453_3651476270738979170_n For example, my little Mina isn’t all there in the head, and she likes to hang out in the bathroom with me while I’m getting ready. Specifically, she likes to lounge in the sink and dunk her little head under the running water. 10464403_10152585137618453_3736599998729493757_n She also enjoys hanging out in trash cans, as does her brother, Mr. Poe. He gets himself into all kinds of predicaments, like the time he got stuck in a headband. 10154049_10152410203878453_5129644086988398572_n Even when I’m working out, they’re rolling around on the floor with me or climbing on my back while I do planks. The latter is annoying, but it makes my workout more challenging.

I know cats have a reputation for being little jerks, which is why many people question anyone who likes them, but they’re not all that bad. Mr. Poe sleeps at my feet faithfully every single night. Little Mina runs to greet me the second I get home. They paw at my legs when they want to be picked up. And most importantly, they keep me laughing and smiling.

You have to remember that cats need love too. Are some of the stereotypes true? Of course. Do they do odd things and act like little jerks and troll your life from time to time? Of course, but so do other animal – and so do children for that matter, and y’all still like them. Cats, in contrast, are lower maintenance, less mess, and much cuter. IMG_20140911_1604571-768x1024

Do You Yik? or Do You Yak?

Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Do you have a smartphone? If so, you should know about a new app that has recently come out. Its called Yik Yak, this app lets you receive a live feed of what people are saying around you;however, the posts are completely anonymous. You are able to vote on peoples posts, by either pressing the up arrow or the down arrow. yik-yak-description-Surprisingly this app has become so popular so fast. Earlier today, I was in the caff with a group of my friends. We were approached by a group of teachers/counselors that were sitting at the table next to us, they asked us if we have the app Yik Yak. We answered with a simple yes as they proceeded to tell us about a post that was recently made that was directed towards them. This app is only going to get bigger on campus especially because not only is UC a small school but Utica in general is a small town with not much to do. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram now Yik Yak, I wonder what will be next.

Gone Farming

Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Laura Holmes

This semester I joined Asa Gray here on campus. Honestly I mostly joined because one of my good friends, MaryEllen, is a member and their meetings are really short which is fantastic for someone who is always busy like me. This pat Sunday I took part in my first event as a member…I went farming.

I’m definitely not what anyone would call a girly-girl but to be honest I left my days of digging in the dirt behind well before I finished middle school.  When I told my family about my farming adventure the general response was “but you don’t like thing like that…”  which is not necessarily false.  I’m not much for yard work or anything like that at home.  However, I have recently become really interested in the environment and sustainable living so naturally the idea of farming has grown (see what I did there?) on me.

We went to a family owned farm in Chittenango called Hartwood Farm.  The owners were extremely friendly and gave us a tour of the property and explained everything.  We even got to see their pigs and chickens! After the tour we helped them pick some of the produce (Swiss Chard to be exact) and then brought it back to Utica with us to donate to the food pantry and Hope House.  I learned a lot about sustainability and the difficulties of farming ( a lot can go wrong very easily) and I got to spend time with people I didn’t know before.

I held a chicken!

I held a chicken!

Overall I had a great time.  Farming is definitely hard work, I was tired after just 3 hours so I have no clue how people do that all day everyday! But at the same time that’s definitely something I am interested in learning more about.  One of the owners talked with me about this program called WWOOF.  It stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and is basically a network of organic farms around the world that invite people to come and live and work on their farms for different periods of time.  The idea is to provide the farms with the needed manpower during busy seasons and help people learn about sustainability and farming at the same time.  This is definitely something that I am going to look into more in the future.

Missing Class?

Sep 18, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

We’re almost a month into the semester now, and I’m sure you’ve been a diligent little student attending all of your lectures and labs. Here’s a disclaimer before I even start this post, do not miss class unless absolutely necessary; you are very sick, you have a family obligation, or it’s an emergency.

So, one of those three reasons came up and you have to miss class, here’s what you should do:

1.) Tell your professor as soon as possible. If you have your cousin’s wedding a weekend in November, and you know when it is in August, tell your professor then! They will make a mental note of it, and know that you take their class seriously.

2.) Write an email either the day of, or the night before just reminding your professor that you are going to miss class. (For how to write a super profesh email check out fellow UC Blogger, Elaine Paravati’s post about how to write an email fit for a professor to read.)

3.) Get the notes you missed from a classmate. Find out the important things you missed, and try to understand what happened during the lecture. Reference your text book, and any notes your professor may have posted online.

4.) The day you get back, or feel well enough, go to your professor’s office and apologize for missing class. Explain that you understand how valuable their time is, and then ask what you missed. If you already attempted to understand the notes ask for clarifications on any “murky” points.

These steps are essential if you happen to miss a class. However, don’t be one of those people who stops showing up. Even if your professor doesn’t take attendance, you want to be present so your professor can connect your name with a face. Important things are happening during class, why would you miss that? People tell you time, and time again that actively listening in class helps students achieve better test grades, something every student wants! So, get those better test grades; you are paying for your education, why throw that away on missed classes?


Utica College Career Services

Sep 17, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Last week I wrote about the importance of gaining work experience while attending college. I included a bunch of info on how you could get the work experience, but I thought I’d write a bit about the services that Utica College provides in order to get that experience.

Career services essentially provides five things to the students of Utica College, which is listed on their website: Counseling, assessments, programming, outreach and recruitment activities.

Whether you need help making a decision that could affect your potential employment or are simply looking for some extra work that could give you the experience you need, the career services is there to provide the help you need.

The career services center is helpful in other areas as well. If you’re struggling to make a resume, looking to network with potential future employers or just need more information about certain career paths, the career services center likely has the help you’re looking for.

Best of all, like most resources at Utica College, the career services center is free. I think it’s important to get ahead and the career services center has all the resources you need to do so. Check out their website for more information.

Being Latina

Sep 16, 2014 | Author: Nayary Rosario


I love being Latina. For me being a latina living in the United States is like living the best of both worlds. Being born and raised in New York City never took my Dominican Republic culture away from me and my family. The community I was raised in New York City was located in upper manhattan called Washington Heights. Washington Heights is known as Dominican Republic’s second home because most of the residents, stores, hospitals, restaurants, etc. have Dominican workers or owners, making that part of the city have a taste of Dominican culture.


One Great advantage I have of being Latina is that I have the advantage of speaking two languages. My parents taught me how to speak Spanish and school taught me how to speak English. Although I knew Spanish I still took Spanish classes growing up to enhance my Spanish and I know can say I speak, read, and write Spanish fluently as well as I do with English. One of the coolest things about being bilingual is talking with other bilingual people because in a way when two bilingual people encounter eachother they tend to mix up both languages and talk mix. Like putting English and Spanish in one sentence. Which is a kind of fun way to communicate at times.


Coming to Utica College made me so happy because in a way it reminded me of my country. Something about the smell and all the houses here at Utica not like in the city remimded me of my country. Not like the city where it is mostly just buildings and the air always reeks of pollution. I also loved the fact that I felt like I was bringing something new to the school, and that was my culture. Being here I loved the fact that I became friends with other people rather than just hispanics like I was currently used to back home, because I grew up in a hispanic community in which it was mostly just hispanics.


There are some programs here at Utica College where you can portray your Spanish culture and one of those organizations is called Fuerza Latina. Which I am thinking about joining soon.

35 Degrees in September!

Sep 16, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

Have you ever seen temperatures hit 35 degrees in the middle of September? I haven’t until this past weekend, I woke up on Saturday morning and it was 39 degrees! As well as when I woke up on Monday morning for class, it was 35 degrees. Does that mean that fall is on its way? I know all of the freshman were confused as to how the weather changed so quickly, I definitely was last year; however, they don’t realize that this is only the beginning. Fall and Winter at UC go hand and hand, they are both something that you can’t even prepare yourself for. Fall is technically supposed to starts on September 21st (the fall solstice) and winter is supposed to start on December 21st (the winter solstice); however, that is not what happens in Utica. Fall in Utica usually starts around the 21st but winter surly starts before December. You will start to see snow in October. A little tip to the freshman who aren’t from around here, you will be expected to attend classes even under the worst conditions.

Never 2 Early

Sep 16, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson


So I know everyone has  heard its never too late for anything, right? Well its never to early for anything either. I know school just started about three weeks ago and you maybe didn’t have a test yet, but think about getting a tutor or seeking help  from someone in classes you think will be challenging. Now this post is more toward freshmen because seeking help is not something you probably want to do  three weeks in on being by yourself, but in fact by asking for help you show true maturity and responsibility because you are seeking to be better than just average and that’s always a good thing. Now this was just something short I felt everyone, but more freshmen should be aware of because I know last year I could have had a 3.5 and not a 3.0 if I stood up and asked for help.

Season Changes : are you prepared?

Sep 16, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders



As the season changes from summer to Autumn/Fall we reflect on summer and all the fun memories, for most of us it means school starts again and winter is soon to follow after. For me it means trying to stay out of the cold and prevent myself from getting sick. Getting sick is horrible to begin with but getting sick away from home is worst. Even though I am not one to get sick often, for some strange reason this time the weather change got me. I have been sick for a a few days now and hating every minute of it. Here are some tips to prevent yourself from getting sick and to help yourself get over a cold, or the flu while your sick.

DISCLAIMER: I am in NO WAY a medical doctor, nor do I recommend that you ONLY follow my instructions while begin sick/ill. If you are sick you should seek professional help at your local hospital, clinic or your school health center.

For Utica College Students  ONLY in need of medical assistant you can visit the Health center in strebel on the 2nd floor.

Julie L. Murawski MS ANP-C 
Director of Student Health Center 
(315) 792-3094 
(315)792-3700 (Fax)

To prevent getting sick you should do the following:

1. You should always were a sweater, cardigan, or a jacket when leaving your room/house. ( Even if it is not 50 degrees outside at times the draft that we cannot feel is the thing that gets us sick. It is better to be hot then to be cold.)

2. As soon as the weather hits below 60 degrees, walk with either a scarf or a hat. Cold hits you in your head and in your throat/chest. Both scarves and hats are fashionable so you can definitely still look good while protecting yourself.

3. Take vitamins . Vitamins are good for you because it helps your body fight off infections and keeps your body strong and moving better.

Helping yourself;

1. For a sore throat, naseau, congestion, a headache or all three take Dayquil or Nyquil  as prescribed on the bottle.


2. Alka seltzer plus cold and flu is also great for the cold, flu and really any other issues you, have this product can clear it up very fast.


3. Rest; make sure you rest. When you are sick and your body needs more rest then it normally would because your immune system is weak from fighting off the virus and you need to consume every energy possible.

4. Drink Soup.. I know this is repeated by everyone, but when you are sick you normally do not have an appetite. Soup is light on your stomach and will give you good nutrients to help your body fight off that nasty cold. DO NOT USE CUP NOODLE SOUP, DRINK A HEALTHY, VEGETABLE SOUP. 

5. Take it easy. Your main focus while sick should be to get better. Stay inside as much as possible, allow yourself to sleep, sweat, and sneeze out your cold. Moving around and doing too much in my opinion delays the process. Watch some T.V. , read a book, do some hw, but staying inside and staying comfortable is the way to go.

All these items can be found at your local drug store. ( Rite aid, Walgreen’s etc)

For more of me follow me on Twitter @LaShanna_UC

Love always, L


Importance of Work Experience

Sep 13, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Most college students choose to get a higher education after the completion of high school, because, well, most jobs require a college degree.

According to Tony Carnevale, via American Radio Works, the nation will need “at least 22 million more people to have college degrees in order to meet the growing demand for educated workers” by 2018.  Simply put, that’s a lot of workers and a lot of college degrees.

So, how will you separate yourself from the hundreds and possibly even thousands of college graduates who are competing for the same job as you? Answer: Work experience.

Although working and going to school at the same time can be extremely difficult, most schools such as Utica College offer work study programs and internship opportunities which not only serve as a great resume builder, but could give you a boost when it’s time to look for a job post-school.

Utica College offers plenty of work study jobs for students to gain real work experience (more info can be found here), but they also have information about how to get an internship, which is required for graduation (more information about internships could be found here).

Work study jobs are paid positions, often with flexible schedules, that give students a variety of options as to where they could work. Internships are often unpaid, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find an internship where you’ll get paid to work in a field that will give you real work experience for the future.


Fall in Upstate NY

Sep 13, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

With Fall fast approaching it’s time to say goodbye to the warm Summer sun, and say hello to the cool, crisp Autumn air. This doesn’t mean that our fun is over though!

Most people don’t realize that New York is one of the best places to be during Fall! For those of us that have lived here all of our lives know of the activities to do around here, but for those who don’t, here’s a list of some one of a kind things that New York has to offer during this season :)

1) Fall Foliage 

Autumn in the Adirondacks - 2013

Autumn in the Adirondacks – 2013

Fall Foliage in New York is absolutely breathtaking! In fact, today, Upstate NY was voted the #1 spot to view the foliage. The Adirondacks are one of my favorite places to be all year round, but especially during Fall. The colors are so unbelievably vibrant! It’s a perfect spot to just sit, relax, and channel my inner photographer!

2) Adirondack Saddle Tours


This is something that happens all year, but it is especially beautiful during the Fall. The Adirondacks have been offering horseback riding tours for 30 years and will hopefully continue! The tour guides take you through the gorgeous mountains, around the sparkling lakes, and even stop and barbecue! For more information, click here!

3) Fly Creek Cider Mill


Located in Fly Creek, NY – approximately an hour and a half away from Utica, this is a great place to really get into the Autumn spirit! Not only do they make cider (hence the name), but they make jams, jellies & a whole array of delicious treats. Check it out :)

4) Twin Orchards

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Want to know the absolute BEST place to get everything apple? Twin Orchards in New Hartford is where it’s at! Apples, Apple Cider, Apple Cider Slushies, and Apple Donuts, are just a few of the amazing goodies this place offers, and at fairly reasonable prices.

Honestly, these 4 items are what I look forward to most about Fall. I hate the cold weather, I hate breaking out the jackets, boots & jeans, but I try to put that all aside & focus on the beauty that the changing leaves bring & of course, the yummy treats!

Work Hard- Play Hard

Sep 12, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

Begin a hard worker and having an healthy work ethic is admirable and necessary to live a comfortable and well grounded life. However, everyone needs a balance  between work and fun in life. Too much of anything in unhealthy. What’s the point in working hard if in the end you have no one to share it with. Finding free time for enjoyment is necessary. For example, some people come into college and they go through college without experiencing life on campus. They come to school get good grades and then graduate without any memories but the  library. Getting good grades in extremely important because the main reason for coming to college is to graduate and be well off but if that was the only point then we would not have college activities. Monday – Thursday should be solely dedicated to  your studies but Friday- Saturday is for you to enjoy yourself. Over working yourself and always isolating yourself from campus and activities can lead you to depression and  social anxiety. From experience I have tired to be that person who only wanted to focus on schoolwork and nothing else because I felt that it would guarantee me a successful future and it would somehow make me more mature and a better student, But to be a good student you need to have fun and have a life outside the classroom and outside your work. Having a social life is not only healthy but it allows you grow and develop yourself. School can prepare you for success but having a social can prepare you for the world. You can be as smart and well grounded as you would like to be but if you haven’t experience  life then your success is half completed. Success is half education and half life experiences. Find what makes you happy and do it because in a blink of eye you will be in the work force and an adult.

For More of me Follow me on Twitter @ LaShanna_UC

Love always, L

Hogwarts Taking Over

Sep 11, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Tuesday night I had my first RA event of the semester, Welcome to Hogwarts. Trying to incorporate something different for my residents on my floor this semester, our floor theme is Harry Potter.

If you are familiar with the Harry Potter series, you will most likely agree that having the “Sorting Hat” present was completely necessary for the welcoming event to Hogwarts. I was surprised how many residents wanted to take a picture with the Sorting Hat. If one of my residents was able to make the event, they were told what house they would be in for the continuation of the semester. In the Harry Potter series, each student is placed in one of the following – Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff, which is determined by the magic of the Sorting Hat. Throughout the students’ time at Hogwarts, they can earn or lose points for their house. Incorporating the point system onto my floor, my residents will be able to gain points by attending as many events that are held in our first year residence halls for the rest of the semester. The school with the most points by the end of November will receive a pizza or ice cream party!

It was great to see the involvement and excitement by my residents and other residents in the building. Hopefully, this ongoing competition will encourage students to get out there and see what events are happening in the First Year Village!

Myself, along with my fellow RAs Melanie Hicks and Alexia Bigart!

Myself, along with my fellow RAs Melanie Hicks and Alexia Bigart!

Some of the first year students having a little Harry Potter fun!

Some of the first year students having a little Harry Potter fun!

Clubs, orgs, and greek life? Oh my.

Sep 11, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

The yearly organization fair was held in the Strebel lounge yesterday, September 10th, and “Meet the Greeks” was also held later that day in the same location. Both events were opportunities for first year students, and upperclassman, to get an idea of what there is to do on campus.

These events can be intimidating for students (myself included) because there are so many organizations. If you are also like me, you have many diverse interests; there are so many organizations that may fit with what you like! Attending these informational events is as easy as going and walking around. Picking which ones you actually want to be a part of, now that is a struggle.

Here are some tips to help you decide what organization is right for you.

(The Asa Gray Biological Society is an organization which focuses on biology-related activities and events.)

It is for your major/future career aspects. If an organization is dedicated to a certain type of student, and you fit the bill, for sure join! For example, joining the pre-law society makes it so you are surrounded by future law students aka people who understand your struggle. It’s great to have friends in your major because then you can compare professors, classes, study together, and have a support system.

(The Utica College Gay-Straight Alliance puts on a yearly drag show with professional Kings and Queens which is fun and entertaining.)

You enjoy the activities they do. If an organization is established for a hobby of yours, join! The Outing club is an organization on campus which focuses on going outside and doing things! If you love the outdoors and wilderness, then join! Same goes for any other thing you may like.

And here are some tips to help you decide what organization is not right for you:

(Summer Orientation isn’t really an organization, but it is something you can get involved in! I joined my first year not knowing practically any mentors, now some of them are my best friends.)

All of your friends are in it. Okay, great for them. But are you actually interested in the organization? Do you like doing what they are doing? If not, it’s okay to not join. You’ll meet other people in things you do decide to do. You can always hang out with your friends later.

(Alpha Phi Omega is a service fraternity on campus dedicated to volunteer work, and leadership.)

It will boost your resume. This is true of every organization you join! We’re college students, we’re all working toward having a good resume!! But, the key is to not join just because you think it will look good. Join because you actually are interested in the org, the resume stuff can come later.

Joining organizations is not supposed to be a tiresome process, it should be fun! You can always go to a meeting, see if you like it, and if not, don’t join! The Greek organizations all have informationals during the semester to let you know about their events and activities, so go if you want to know more! If you aren’t comfortable going in person, you can always check out PioneerPlace which is a website which compiles all of the organizations on campus, and allows you to browse through.

So, whatever organizations you join, good luck. The process may be daunting, but the friends and memories you make will certainly be worth it.

LOL, OMG, WUT? Writing a Professional Email

Sep 11, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

As classes are now in full swing, many students find themselves needing to communicate with professors beyond the classroom setting. The easiest way to do that effectively is, of course, dropping by a professor’s office during his or her office hours. However, with busy schedules and different office hours for each professor, sometimes it can be hard to find the time to drop by a professor’s office, and sending an email is often the next best way to get in touch. With today’s smartphones, it takes just a quick moment to jot a note to a professor and send it instantly.

Not so fast! Emailing a professor – and any professional, I may add (your coach, area coordinator, academic coaching expert, etc) – requires a level of respect and courtesy. Sometimes, students forget that email is still a form of communication, and that it is important to set the right tone when communicating both in person and online with any individual who is considered a professional. Getting into the habit of sending out appropriate emails is helpful not just in academics, but certainly also will aide with internships, job interviews, and the real world. So, without further ado, here are some tips on how to write a professional email:

1. Write a subject line. Professors are busy people, and may receive a multitude of emails every day. Including a concise subject line will help them remember your email and retain the important information. For example, if you are emailing about a missed class, a subject line of “Missed class 10/31/14″ will let them know the exact date you are addressing before they even open the email. Similarly, writing “Essay #3 Assignment,” “Advising Appointment,” or “Lecture Notes Question” will let them know the purpose of your email ahead of time. A short subject line is very helpful and demonstrates thoughtfulness.

2. Use the right title. When writing the email, it is appropriate to begin with “Dr. Appleseed“- writing “Dear Dr. Appleseed” is also fine, but not truly necessary. Title is EXTREMELY important; if your professor is a doctor, he or she spent many years earning that title, so it is definitely necessary for you to use it. If you are unsure of if your professor has a doctorate, you can search them on the Utica College webpage and read their credentials, or look at the syllabus for the class. When in doubt, you can also address them as “Professor Appleseed“. Then, when the professor emails you back, look at how they signed their name and use that as an indicator of how to address them in the future. Another important part of the correct title is correctly spelling your professor’s name. Take the extra minute to ensure your spelling is correct; you don’t want to start off the email on the wrong foot!

3. Be concise, but OMG, don’t use abbreviations. Emails are not short stories. A professional email should be to the point and only a few paragraphs at most. If you find yourself needing to write a small novel, perhaps the topic would be better discussed in person. Likewise, if you are addressing a subject briefly but could add more information, you can end the email with “Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I am also available to meet with you if you would like to discuss this more in depth in person.” As far as the email itself, keep it short and sweet- but don’t use Internet slang (LOL, 2GETHER, HW) in order to keep it brief! Remember, you are communicating with a professional, not your Facebook friends.

4. Wrap up the email respectfully. As I mentioned before, leaving the lines of communication open with your professor will let them know you are willing to talk more in person if necessary, which is always a good thing. If you are sending an email because you need something (such as help with an assignment, or to set up a time to meet), finishing up with “Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing from you”  demonstrates that you are appreciative of their help. This also shows that you are expecting a response. This is important because professors are busy people, and may not necessarily feel inclined to respond to an email unless a student specifically indicates that they would like an answer. If you do not need an email back, a simple “Thank you” is always suitable ending. You always want to finish an email with the expression of your gratitude for their time. Don’t forget to sign the email with your first and last name, so that your professor knows who is writing to them!

5. SPELL CHECK! Double, triple, and quadruple-check your email for any spelling and grammar errors. Nothing ruins a professional email faster than a silly mistake! Typos are totally normal, but can be easily avoided by looking over an email before pressing send. It is always worth the extra minute to look over your email and make sure it is a flawless piece of scholastic merit before sending it off into the permanent abyss that is the World Wide Web.

It may seem strange at first to write emails that include subject lines, professional titles, cohesive messages, conscientious endings, and plenty of spell check. However, with enough practice (and trust me, in four years here, you will get plenty of practice), writing a professional email will become second nature. Good luck, and TTYL!

For Everything There is a Season….

Sep 11, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

This, by far is one of my favorite verses from the Bible.

This, by far is one of my favorite verses from the Bible.

With Autumn fast approaching, it got me thinking about how quickly things change. Seasons change, situations change, friendships change.

Change can be scary at first, sometimes it can even be painful. We may not be willing to embrace it, but, like the seasons, change is necessary in order for growth.


When the luscious, green leaves of Summer begin to make their transition into the Amber and gold shades of Autumn, naturally, they detach themselves and fall away.

It’s the same with us. When making a transition into a new season of life, some of the people and situations that were in your life no longer fit you, and they too, fall away.

College is the perfect example of this. No matter what year you’re in, coming into a new semester is always a transition. We let go of the baggage from last semester and begin anew again.

Maybe you’ve changed your major so many times, that people often wonder what your next switch will be. That’s okay. Remember, there’s a time for everything. A time to grow, a time to laugh, a time to learn, a time to be afraid, and a time to be completely lost. The beauty in that is, those rough times won’t last forever and once we get through them, we often learn some of the most valuable lessons.

Same thing with friendships. Maybe those friends that you met last semester are no longer part of your life. That’s okay too. Leave them in the past, there’s a reason they didn’t make it to your future.

I learned those lessons all throughout my college career. It took me a long time to finally find my place and to surround myself with the right people. I went through numerous major changes, and thankfully, I didn’t settle for any of the three that I had (before PR of course ;)). I could have, but it wasn’t my time to just settle. Now, I’m glad it is and I’m glad for the different seasons I went through.

  • Like Winter, I went through the season of cold and frustration. Every class I went to seemed dull and lifeless, and every person I met seemed just plain negative.
  • Like Spring, I went through the season where everything became new and exciting again. A fresh start, a new attitude, new faces and so on.
  • Like Summer, where I was enjoying my classes, having fun, making friends and simply loving life.
  • Finally, Like Autumn, where eventually the fun and excitement settled down into calmness, and contentedness.


Ultimately, change is inevitable. Everyone goes through different seasons – some harder than others. As I said, the beauty in it is, that no season lasts forever. You may be feeling lost, stuck or nervous right now, but don’t worry. That will pass. You weren’t created to live in darkness, fear or regret. But if you find yourself in that season, embrace it with grace and realize that you will be given the strength to get through it.

Keeping Up With The Daysheet

Sep 10, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Like most, if not all of you, I frequently check my email for updates from professors, classes and Utica College in general.

If you do check your email on a regular basis, you’ve almost certainly seen the emails titled UC Daysheet, which are sent out on a daily basis. Well, what is the Daysheet?

The Daysheet is used to inform students and faculty about the various things that happen on campus every single day. If you’re looking to join a club or want to know the date for an upcoming sporting event, the Daysheet has it all available for you.

As I previously stated, the Daysheet is sent out via email every single day, but you can also check it out on the Utica College Daysheet website.

The Daysheet has sports, entertainment, events, jobs, announcements and even the weather all conveniently put under tabs in one place. Instead of searching around the web or aimlessly looking around for information, there’s a pretty good chance that the Daysheet will have what you’re looking for.

Oh, and if that’s not enough, the Daysheet has contests where the winners could potentially win some awesome prizes.

Simply put, I suggest that you check out the Daysheet when you’re in need for some information about the school or anything that’s happening on campus.