LaShanna Saunders

LaShanna Saunders

Health Studies Major

Vice President of RHA

Prestige Member

Dancer # Praise


"Challenge yourself in everything that you do, embrace disappointments because they have made you, and realize that life is too short to do anything half way, give it your all and leave the rest to God". L

AVU Is On Top This Semester

Nov 20, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders



Angelic Voices of Unity has been in the spotlight this semester. Preforming at every event and talent show they can get in, AVU has been standing strong, and the choir is set to have a bright future.

AVU is gospel group here at Utica College. The members go to church on Sunday, have events on campus and do performances here at Utica College, as well as at other colleges. Also, AVU has a dance team that performs. So if you’re looking to join a club with people that are on fire for God and love to perform, then AVU might be your club/org.

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Thanksgiving Break! Do you know how your getting home?

Nov 19, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

This is the time of the year, the holidays are coming soon and trans portion to go home can be difficult to find. Here are some ways you can get home during the holidays.

School Break Bus – Which can be purchased at student activities

Cost: $70 Round trip

Amtrak- Which can be purchased at

Cost: $100 Round Trip

Regular Bus Fair ( Bernie Bus, Grey Hound, etc) Which can also be purchased at Student Activities

Cost: $65-$90

Confused About Life? You’re Not Alone

Nov 7, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders



I have to say, this semester has been the most stressful of my entire college experience so far. I am more involved with activities on campus, which demands more of my time, and I am constantly trying to manage my life, manage my money, keep up with school and still have time for friends in between all of that.

The amount of things I have going on is stressing me out and making me feel confused about my life, and most importantly, my major. I have thought of changing my major about 30 times this semester. Freshman year, I never questioned my major; now, that’s all I can think of.

But my experience is to show everyone that we all get lost and confused in college because we are still growing and trying to figure out what we want and where we wanna go. So if you’re reading this, and you feel confused, don’t be alarmed. Go talk to your advisor (everyone has an advisor, so find out who yours is), and here at Utica free counselling is offered, so you always have someone to talk to. I have done both, and it has made all the difference. Use your resources because we pay for them.

Feeling Burned out? The End is Near

Nov 6, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

By this time in the semester, I know I am usually burned out and ready to go on Winter Break.

Midterm Week is over, and finals are approaching very soon. The bittersweet feeling of the semester being over and the school work coming to an end for winter break leaves a weird feeling in my heart. For some of us, this is the last semester of our college journey, and for the rest of us, we are coming a step closer to being the person we want to be and completing our degree. Holding on to these moments and experiences is important. Even though it may seem stressful now, being self motivated and continuing to push forward will get you to where you want to be.

Here are somethings that I do when I feel burned out: 

  1. I go to the gym

– A good work out is always a good way to release stress and anger.

2. Go for a walk

– There is nothing strange or awkward about going on a walk alone. Sometimes, you need to hear yourself think.

3. Go for a spa day/personal mall day

– Go to the mall and treat yourself to a personal day. There is something about shopping, eating and pampering myself that always gets me in a good mood. Also, it is something that makes me feel in control.

Haunted House Time is Here

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

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Haunted House time is here once again. RHA (Resident Hall Association) is hosting their annual Haunted House on Oct. 31 in South Hall Basement from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Haunted House is one of RHA’s biggest and most well-known events here at UC. It is free and open to faculty members, staff and the entire Utica Community.

Every October, South Hall is decorated by RHA members, and every room has a different theme. Also, children will receive free candy at the door. You don’t want to miss the Haunted House this year; it’s going to be epic.

What is RHA?

RHA stands for Resident Hall Association. RHA is geared towards making campus life more comfortable and enjoyable. In the past, we have held numerous successful events on campus, such as Haunted House, Crystal Ball, Date auction, and Luau. We have our general body meetings every Wednesday in Bell Conference Room (located in the basement of bell) at 1 p.m. Commuters, as well as on campus students, are welcome to join us.

Can’t attend weekly general body meetings? If your schedule conflicts with our meeting date/time, no problem. We are flexible with students, so if you contact one of the RHA e-board members and let them know, then you can be put on our email list, and we will keep you up-to-date on everything that is going on.

Think it’s too late to be a part of the haunted house?

Nope, RHA is always looking for help. We have several areas where extras are needed, and RHA also has little duties and big duties, so there’s something out there for everyone to do.

General Body Meetings: Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Bell Conference Room

Haunted House Meetings: Wednesday night  at 9 p.m.

Location: South Hall

Cafe Food: Are You Over It?

Oct 16, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

I can’t count on my fingers how many times a week I get sick and tired of the cafe food: burgers, pizza, pasta, soda, etc. At first, it’s pretty cool and enjoyable because you’re away from home, but after a semester or two, it gets draining and you are dying for a home-cooked meal. However, what some students don’t know is that there are local stops around campus in the Utica area where they can get something other than the usual food.  Below, I will give resources on other food sources around campus.


Utica College shuttle Vans

Utica College offers shuttle vans to the mall at least twice a week. The shuttles are free of charge, and you can go with friends and grab a bit to eat. The mall has Walmart,Chipotle, Chinese food, Subway, pizza, Panera Bread and other little food stores.The shuttles leave from in front of Strebel and usually runs every hour. The shuttle driver will drop you off at the mall and pick you up back within the time frame that the shuttle van is working for that day. To see times and dates go to the link below:

Around the Area

No longer than 5-10 mins away there is:

Friendly’s – directly across from the campus

IHop- walking distance, walk towards The Home Depot

Gas Station- directly across the street from campus, which sells pizza, snacks, and other frozen food

Dunkin Donuts

Minar Fine Indian Cuisine

Finding Yourself: Are You Doing What You Love?

Oct 9, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders



Everyday, I wake up and go to class, and I ask myself, ” Do I love what I do”? This question seems weird considering the fact that I have not obtained my degree yet, but I am working in the field and learning the skills to graduate. As young as normal college students are, we are very much confused about if college is for us, or if our major is what we love. Some students come into college with no idea of what they want to do, and others enter college knowing exactly what they want to do and where they would like to be in life.

Whatever the choice or reason is, it is important that you find your calling  and graduate college with a plan. Going away to college opens up a world of excitement and discovery. Here at Utica College, our slogan is to NEVER STAND STILL, and I feel that is what makes Utica College a great place to attend. We should never be still in ANYTHING  that we do.

Utica offers a variety of things that a student can do to discover themselves or find their niche. These options include studying aboard, gym classes, art club/art class, and many electives in almost every field that you can add to your schedule. College is all about discovering who you are’ to leave college and still not know who you are is a waste of your time and money.

“No degree or piece of paper in the world can defined who you are or create wisdom; wisdom comes from your courage to not be scared to find out who you are,” -L.


Tips on finding yourself

  1. Discover who you are as a person.
  2. Write down your long-term goals and short-term goals.
  3. Find things in life that make you happy and do it. Do not allow anyone to tell you that anything that you do is not important. Be confident in whatever you choose; stand your ground.
  4. Post your goals on your wall, or set it as your screensaver. Daily motivation is needed to be inspired.
  5. Find two or three quotes that are inspiring: One person that you admire, four strengths that makes you unstoppable. Also post those on your wall or as your screen saver, a daily reminder of these things can really make a difference in you giving up or on yourself.

I hope that you find these tips helpful.

Love always, L .


It’s Your Space – Use it

Oct 7, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders



Sometimes, when I am in between classes, I feel burned. Other times, I have a big exam and I feel overwhelmed, and I just want a space to myself to collect my thoughts and prepare for my next class.

UC has various places on campus that are designed for students to unwind and have a personal space. F. Eugene Romano Hall, better know as Romano, is home to science majors, and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and well-kept spaces here at UC. From the bathrooms to the architect and the lounging areas, Romano is a place on campus every student should know well. It is always quiet and has a relaxing feel to it. The lounge areas all have couches and tables. When I need a break or I want to study I go, to Romano hall.20141007_180516

The library can get boring and sometimes, or your favorite space in the library gets taken ( this has happened to me several times). Romano connects to both White Hall and Hubbard Hall, which is where the majority, if not all, of the classrooms at UC are. So even if you’re taking a quick break or studying before class, you are only two minutes away from class.

Utilizing your space and getting to know areas like this on campus is good because this space is ours to use.

Bio 101: The Deadly Weapon

Oct 4, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders



A & P is one of the hardest subjects here at UC. The course is intense, and it is geared towards science majors( Including PT,OT, Nursing etc). UC offers BIO 101 in the fall semester,  so most incoming freshman take it.

The hardest part of this course is memorizing material and sacrificing your free time to go to open labs. The course is four credits and it is split into two sections. The first section is Bio lecture, which is an hour-long class that is usually three days a week. The second part is Bio lab, which is a three-hour long class.

In lab you learn about tissues, bones, organ systems and you touch on many other topics. In lecture you learn about biological molecules, cell membrane/glands, skin, tissues, bones, skeleton system, muscle, and chemistry.

Coming into this course, I was definitely overwhelmed. I did everything in my power to pass this course the first time. I signed up for a tutor, studied every day in open lab, went to my professor, and I dedicated myself to this class. In the end, I wound up failing the course.

The biggest lesson that I learned was to never give up, and even if you try your hardest, you can’t allow this course to beat you up. It is tough, and in order to maintain your sanity, you need to have a balance lifestyle. When studying, take breaks, go to the gym, or watch a movie. Go out to eat with friends, or even go home for a weekend, if possible.

Over-stressing yourself is going to give you a headache, and then your brain is going to get burned out.  Everyone’s experience with this course is different, but no matter the outcome, Bio 101 will always be known as a deadly weapon.

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)

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Love always, L