Cody Plasterer

Cody Plasterer

Biology Major

RA|TA|Circle K|Outing Club|Stage Manager|ASC

Hi! My name is Cody and I am one of your UC Bloggers! I'm from Lebanon PA and I couldn't be happier to be here at UC. I'm a Junior here at UC and my plans after undergraduate school are either Veterinary Medical School or Graduate School. I'm a very active member of this college community so I hope to give you all some knowledge into the amazing, exciting, and sometimes mysterious, Utica College!



UC Rewards Students

Apr 24, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer
Awards I won this year at the 2014 Student Recognition Brunch

Awards I won this year at the 2014 Student Recognition Brunch

Being at a small private institution like Utica College gives the students a unique experience that most other schools do not offer. At Utica College, you are not just a number, you are an individual, you have a name, and your professors make an effort to learn your name. Along with this, your class sizes are small which allows you to get that true one-on-one attention you will need to succeed.

One thing that Utica College does very well is recognize students for all of their hard work and accomplishments.

Every year Utica College holds a Student Recognition Brunch where officials of the college come present awards to students.

The awards range from a national student recognition award called Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges to the Dean Robert Woods Student Life Award.

The criteria is rigorous and shows that Utica College is able to appreciate the hard work of its students. Most of the awards require a nomination via faculty or staff member but a few awards can be self-nominated, so if you think you deserve an award, go and apply!

The award I got in 2013 at the Student Recognition Brunch

 

 

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Are You Bored? (Part 1)

Apr 17, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer

Have you and your group of friends every just sat there and say to each other “wow, UC is sooooo boring, why is there nothing to do?” Well, have no fear! I am here to save your days of bore and make your days more lively.

The problem is, UC is not boring, you all just refuse to go to the many events offered by the many organizations on this campus. For example, at least every other Thursday there is a UCPB (Utica College Programming Board) event held in the Strobes Student Center (usually the Pioneer Café). UCPB provides an array of fun events with comedians, singers, and even some trivia nights.

Well, if having a great on-campus experience isn’t for you, then I can still help you. We LIVE in UTICA! We are less than an hour away from one of the largest malls in American, and being in the middle of Syracuse and Albany leaves us in the best location to take day trips to some awesome places.

What? You don’t have a car. Oh, I apologize. There are still awesome things going on in the Utica area.

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Did you know Utica holds the Indie Garage Sale?! Oh, you don’t know what that is? Well, let me tell you. The Indie Garage Sale is the congregation of several local artists who sell their work to the populace. The items range from handmade bags, silverware bracelets, paintings, painted decal t-shirts, and more. To be warned, the stuff gets pretty pricy, but its fun to come check out what people can make!

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The garage sale occurs several times throughout the year. Visit their page to learn more:

https://www.facebook.com/IndieGarageSale

I will be writing more about what Utica has to offer, so keep a look out!!

 

The Way of Friendship

Apr 4, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer
High School Graduation Day

High School Graduation Day

I don’t know about you, but I can tell you from my experience, my friends are what got me through the years.

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As humans, we need companionship, someone to talk to, and if we don’t… well, we lose all of our humanity and we end up like Tom Hanks in Cast Away and create fictional friends. I know personally, that if I do not have someone to talk to, someone who I can tell everything that is on my mind to, I will end up making imaginary friends to compensate.

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Friends are our external conscious, a way to get a second opinion on our daily situations. Whenever I am unsure about something I never hesitate to ask a friend for their opinion. We care what people think, especially our friends. I know for me, my their opinions matter and I take what they have to say to heart, because I know they are looking out for me.   Friends are also our “little black book.” We tell each other our deepest darkest thoughts and secrets, and its nice to be able to share our feelings and frustrations with people who will not judge us.

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Unfortunately, sometimes we have to part with our friends, but no matter what, you will never forget the times you had with those friends. The 2am hysterically crying  phone calls, road trips, movies nights, sleepovers, etc.; these memories will stay with us forever.

UC 2013 Graduation

So, you lose some friends along the way, but you also gain some crazy, fun new ones. What matters is that we are not alone in this world. Just remember, friends are there through all of our milestones, our best times ,and even our worst times.

Quick Facts About Being an RA

Mar 28, 2014 | Author: Cody Plasterer

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A picture from one of my events to the Syracuse Zoo

For the past two years I have been apart of a great leadership opportunity here at Utica College: being a Resident Assistant. During my first year I never contemplated the idea of becoming an RA, the idea of being in charge of two dozen people and creating events every month seemed like a lot of work to me. But during the Fall semester of my second year something amazing happened, the residence life department ran out of alternative RAs and a position opened up so they were scrambling to fill the position as quickly as possible. A few of the Area Coordinators met and through out names of student leaders on campus that could be a good fit for the position and my name came up. I received an email to come meet with the staff about the position. When I read the email, I did not know what to do. Did I really want to do this? I don’t really know all the duties of an RA so I guess I should at least go find out. So, I went to the interview. After the interview, I was hired and I do not regret that decision at all. I love being an RA. I get to meet so many individuals and create so many bonds with my residence on my floor and other people who live in the residence hall. Besides that, I get to see my residence grow and I get to be apart of the welcoming atmosphere of Utica College. I would suggest anyone to apply and become a student leader.

Now, I would like to take a moment to tell you some facts about being an RA:

1) Not every student is going to appreciate the things you do for them, and sometimes they will judge you unfairly.

As much as we would like to be appreciated and on friendly terms with each and every resident, that is an unrealistic vision. People in the halls may not like you. People in your own community may not like you. These views may have nothing to do with you personally, but the role you have as a student authority figure. Being a Resident Assistant puts you in a position to not be liked. Be fair, kind, and caring towards others, and you will find that the majority of residents will respect and care about you in return.

2) Do events that the residents want to do.

The only want to get your residence to come to your events is to do events that interest them. If your residence do not want to go to the museums but instead would rather go play laser tag, well, you better put in a proposal for laser tag. You will have a better turn out, and your residents will appreciate that you are doing things that they want to do. If you don’t know what your residence want to do, then ASK THEM. Take 20 minutes out of your day and go to each room on your floor and ask your residence what things they would like to do. Remind them that the events are free.

3) Be clever with your advertisements

It is very hard to get residence to go to educational events, so, put up flyers that are clever and make the residents think the event is about something else than it actually is. For example, if you are going to teach your residents about planting, put up a flyer that reads “Pot Party.” What do you think the residence will think the event is about? To get good turn outs you have to be creative!!

4) Make connections with your residences

The only way to make your residence respect you is to talk to them. It may not seem like they care, but talking to your residences once in a while allows them to feel comfortable with you and you will see that they will respect you more when you have to write them up for breaking the rules…

So even through the hours of training, piles of paperwork, numerous meetings, lock outs at 4 in the morning and the stress of busting underage parties in the residence halls; being an RA has been a great part of my college experience, this position has allowed me to grow as a student leader.

 

I hope you all liked my first blog. Please let me know what you think!