LaShanna Saunders

LaShanna Saunders

Health Studies Major

Vice President of RHA


"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

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-know events here at UC. It is free and it is opened 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 this 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 welcomed to join us.

Can’t attend weekly general body meeting? 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 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

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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


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.

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Life Distractions. How to overcome them

Sep 9, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders




Almost everyone that I know wants to be accepted. They want to accepted by their family, peers, professors and friends. Some people are willing to go the extreme for acceptance. Even when it means giving up their own identity to accept one that is forced upon them. The million dollar question is why. Why do we want to be accepted by others?Why cant we love our  self’s and appreciate our-self’s without confirmation from others? In my opinion as humans we are always going to feel unsure our self’s, we are designed in a way  in which we cannot always be  confident in our own skin and accept our self’s for what we are. However, we all have the ability to live  an emotionally healthy lifestyle. An emotionally healthy lifestyle means accepting yourself, loving yourself, knowing your worth, speaking life into yourself, and not allowing the words of other’s to burden you or make you feel less. Words are very powerful, and when we allow other people words to burden us we are giving them power over our lives. We cannot stop people from saying negative things to us but we can certainly zone them out and we can certainly speak life and positivity into our own life. When you wake up in the morning before you even start your day tell your self that TODAY IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY. When you are about to take an exam and you feel nervous and unsure tell yourself I AM MORE THAN CAPABLE OF PASSING AND I KNOW I WILL DO A GREAT JOB. Always think positive and speak positivity into your life because you have the control over your life, do not give anyone the power or the room to stop you from your divine purpose.


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Love Always, L


Aug 28, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders



As I enter my sophomore year of college I find myself feeling nervous for what the new year has to bring. As I have grown over the summer and even over the past year I myself have changed so much about myself. As I begin sophomore year I face the reality that my old best friends will now become  my new associate’s, and my associate’s may just become my new best friend’s  and I myself will do things that surprises me every once in a while.   However, the most important part is I am one step closer to graduation, adult hood, and reaching my goals. Every year life presents us with new opportunities and a fresh start to improve who we are and get rid of the things that may have hinder us in the past.The first week of my sophomore year is done and my expectations for this year are set high. I do not have the answers to all of my questions and I will not complete every task I set out because life is an uncontrollable thing but wishful thinking, persistence, determination, confidence, laughter and self-motivation will build my character and help me to survive whatever is ahead of me good or bad.


Love always,

Lashanna S.

Reflection: Freshman Year

May 16, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

tumblr_m7do3d3slc1r115hxo5_250Freshman year started off just like you see in movies, fall semester was ridiculously fun. From parties  to late night walks and dinner dates let’s just say fall semester was one that as a freshman you will never forget. You have just arrived at college, your first time away from mom and dad, you are  nervous about making friends everything is  handed to you at once, it is a scary amazing feeling. Fall semester of your freshman year  is always the most fun. Everyone is eager to be in college and most importantly ready to be an “adult”. I put adult in quotation marks because that is how a lot of us feel, we feel as if we are grown and ready to eat life’s challenges for breakfast. But let me be the first to tell you the way you ENTERED freshman year will be completely different then the way you LEAVE freshman year. At the end of freshman year  19 or 20 year old you will look back at your self and feel like a stranger to the person you once was. I have learned so much about myself it is scary to think I knew who I was.Even with  the amount of maturity that I came to college with I still feel as if I grew beyond my expectations, I really surprised myself at how much I had evolved. I evolved into this confident, well-spoken, involved, even more ambitious then before and amazingly beautiful young lady.  I now like to look at  myself as a Pitbull in a dress because I have become so hungry for success and  developed a kind of power and strength I never knew I had. College will teach you things about yourself, it will help you become a women/man. Going away to college or living on campus is the only way you can get the full college experience.The ability to discover who you are is something that everyone should want to do because if you dont know who you are, your dreams and goals are going to impossible  to reach. A huge goodbye to freshman year for all it has done for me and taught me.