MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Biology Major

Enthusiastic about far too many things.

I'm a 20 year old commuter from Whitesboro, New York. I'm a junior and hope to be an environmental lawyer one day...or a broadway star, who really knows? I'm in love with music, and movies, and literature, and corny jokes, and sleeping, and so many other things; I like to think I'm in love with life in general. I'm involved with the Asa Gray Biological Society , Choir, Student Senate, The Optimist Club, GSA, Alpha Phi Omega, WPNR, and I'm an orientation mentor on campus.



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!

 

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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.

 

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!

How to Make the Most of Your Winter Break

Dec 17, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Finals are over! You have no idea how thrilled I am to say that… And I’m sure if you’re a college student reading this, you’re just as thrilled. So now, you have an entire break stretching out in front of you. The first few days are for the very necessary sleeping days and recuperating days after all-nighters and study binges. However, once a few days have passed and you’ve recovered from finals, you find yourself with a plethora of free time you haven’t had to yourself since August before classes started. So, this blog post is going to help you manage all of your free time…because it can be harder than it seems.

Actually get dressed some days: While it may be tempting to just lay around in pajamas every day of break, resist the urge! Maybe set aside one day a week as your “lounge day” and wear your pajamas and messy hair to your heart’s content. However, the other days of the week, you should actually put on real clothes, and look (at least a little bit) presentable. It’ll make you feel more productive, even if you didn’t really do anything.

Set an alarm: While it may be tempting to sleep your entire break away, sleeping until the late afternoon wastes valuable morning time! You don’t have to get up insanely early, but make sure to be up before regular people are eating lunch! The early bird gets the worm, and all that. But also, it won’t be as big of an adjustment when classes do start again and you have to be ready for 8:30s.

Make a mini winter break bucket list: Take time out before the craziness of a new semester sets in, and do things you wouldn’t have time to do during a semester. Plan little activities with family and friends, and make the most of your free time. Go to the movies, go shopping, and especially take advantage of all of the holiday activities!

Forget about your grades: If you did the student opinionnaires, you’ll get your grades December 23rd, and for those that didn’t, you’ll get your grades a week later. That can be a stressful time. I know whenever I check my grades, I get incredibly nervous, and my heart beats fast. It’s fine to freak for a while, either good or bad. But, don’t let a bad grade ruin your entire break. If you didn’t get that A or B you were aiming for, don’t beat yourself up about it. Either let it go, or figure out if you need to retake the course…but don’t spend all break on it. Deal with it, and then put it to the back of your mind.

 Don’t forget about your classes next semester: Check your email! Order the textbooks you need for the class. Look if your professor wants you to read certain materials. Don’t completely forget about the work you are going to have to do next semester! Brace yourself, and prepare.

The most important tip though is to have a great break! Enjoy the time off because before you know you’ll be back at Utica College ready to start a new semester!

‘Tis the Season

Dec 8, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Around this time of year, everyone looks to give back. While you should always think of those less fortunate throughout the entire year, the holidays really are a season of giving. Fortunately, loads of organizations on the Utica College campus have that very idea in mind when it comes to various events.

The Alpha Phi Omega -Petitioning Group at Utica College putting together food baskets for Thanksgiving.

Alpha Phi Omega donated Thanksgiving meals to those in need a few weeks ago. It was incredibly rewarding to see the happy faces of the families as they received the food.

The ASA Gray Biological Society making holiday cards.

The Asa Gray Biological society made holiday cards for a local nursing home and even went caroling. It was fun to be creative when making the cards, and the group even got compliments on them! The singing was also great fun for those who went.

Charitable events can be incredibly fun, while also being worthwhile. I love being creative and designing things (like cards!), but it can also be as simple as donating a toy for the holiday season.

Utica College still has several events going on that students can participate in. Plus, as the holidays come up think about what you, as a individual, can do to help out! It’s always nice to spread some holiday cheer.

It’s All a Balancing Act!

Nov 14, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

College isn’t just about attending classes; there is so much more that goes along with it! On top of classes, there are social events to attend, organizations to be a part of, homework to be done, and downtime to be had! The trick is figuring how to balance all of those things without letting another thing fall to the side, which can be tricky sometimes! So, this post is going to teach you how you can marathon your favorite Netflix show on Saturdays, attend your organization meetings on Wednesdays, and still have time to turn in that huge paper due Friday.

My trust planner that I use everyday

My trusty planner that I use everyday

Write it down! If you have an assignment due, write it down. Don’t count on the syllabus for all of your deadlines! Sometimes things change, you lose a paper, or you just forget to check your syllabus one night and miss a due date. Make sure to have important deadlines written down somewhere close!

Plan it out! If I have a particularly stressful day, I’ll write out a to-do list for that day.  Sometimes, it will only be the due dates of various papers or a test date coming up, but other times, it may be where I am supposed to be at what time. For busy days, I’ll map out where I need to be each hour just so I don’t forget something important.

Sometimes I'll throw a small to-do list with places that I need to be, just so I don't forget

Sometimes I’ll throw a small to-do list with places that I need to be, just so I don’t forget

Color-Coordinate! (Or find a way to group things) I personally have everything written down in my planner, and I highlight each thing according to what grouping it falls under. Pink is for tests, yellow is for assignments, green is for job times, and so on. Find a method that works for you in order to keep everything separate.

A typical month. I try to always write down what's coming up, but sometimes forget. The colors help me keep track of what's going on.

A typical month. I try to always write down what’s coming up, but sometimes forget. The colors help me keep track of what’s going on.

Take advantage of technology! Some of the organizations I am a part of on campus opt to use “Google calendar,” and notifications can be sent right to a person’s phone when there is a meeting. Do that for assignments! I personally have an iPhone and just tell Siri to remind me to do things. One of my friends makes fun of me because of how specific some of my reminders are! One time, we went to lunch and she got a tuna sandwich. She had leftovers but didn’t want it to stink up her car, so she put it in her trunk. However, she was scared that she would forget the sandwich, so I made a reminder that, “There is a tuna sandwich in your trunk. Take it out or it will smell and you will cry. Remind me at 2:30. Honestly, in my opinion, the more specific the reminder the better.

Plan out free time! Often, when people write to-do lists, they only list what needs to be done, which can be helpful. However, if you don’t give yourself breaks every so often, you may go slightly crazy. Planning to watch your favorite television show at 8 or go to the gym can help you to remember that it is important to actually do so.

My favorite thing to see

My favorite thing to see

Prioritize! If you have a whole week’s worth of assignments that you are attempting to do at once, start with what is due the earliest and then work toward the other assignments. For my own to-do lists, I always rank them in the order they are due, so I know which to complete first.

Know when to work or relax! I have a rule that I never do homework on Friday nights, unless I’ve done something relaxing before I do it. I go to class all morning and work both of my jobs on Fridays, so by the time 6 p.m. rolls around, I am pretty beat. Typically, on a Friday, I’ll go out to dinner or grab a coffee with a friend to de-stress a little from the week. It’s important to know your limits, and not push yourself too far. Also, I do homework and try to study all other nights of the week, so taking a little extra time on a Friday isn’t a bad thing. On Sundays, I break up studying/homework with other things. I’ll try to devote a few hours to each.

My way of encouraging myself.

My way of encouraging myself-Put in right around midterms.

The main point of this blog post is to essentially find a way of organizing your life. It can be hectic having so many things to do all the time, but if you attempt to categorize and sort what is important, then you’ll have time for all of the things you want to do.

Conservation Biology: One of My Favorite Classes

Nov 6, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

I’m a biology major and have taken loads of courses. Plus, I’ve enjoyed quite a few of them! However, I think if you find a class that you really love (and love learning about!), then that is something you should pay attention to.

I knew I was interested in conservation before I took Conservation Biology, an upper-level biology course open to bio majors. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was young, and I am thinking about pursuing environmental law when I graduate. I actually took this class because I thought my own interest in the subject would increase…and I was right! I love going to class and learning about issues I am passionate about. Plus, studying for tests isn’t so-so bad! (Tests are always a little nerve-wracking no matter the subject matter!)

Finding a class you really love can be spontaneous or can take a lot of thinking! As always, here are some tips and tricks to help you find a class you love just as much as I love conbio.

-Think about what you want to do when you graduate. Are there any courses geared toward that area? I know your entire degree is focused on your post-graduation plans, but maybe there is a specific course that really focuses on it.

-Take a random course (or two!) There are always those courses that sound so cool…but  you don’t really need them for course requirements. If you have time, take one anyway! I know someone taking a literature course, and its focus is on the Harry Potter books. How cool is that? If you are a fan of the book, then the course may not even seem like that much work! There are loads of fun courses depending on your interests. Be sure to check out the course catalog and explore a bit.

-Take a course with a professor you like. If you had a professor in the past and enjoyed their teaching style, see if you can take something with them again. Some professors’ teaching styles do not mesh well with a student’s attention span, and I would suggest paying particular attention to how you learn. If you like a professor, chances are you might like the classes they teach…because of them!

-Look into one-credits. There are so many one-credit courses available to students in a myriad of topics. Look into the music, fitness, art etc. offerings, and try one of them out. Typically, one-credit courses are only half a semester, so you don’t have to devote too much time to the material.

Taking courses should not always be a chore. Find some that are fun for you!

 

 

Don’t Let The Bullies Get You Down: How To Use Social Media

Nov 2, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

As I’m sure many of you are aware, Yik Yak is  a popular social media app which allows users to anonymously post their thoughts/opinions/quick blurbs about their lives. With the freedom of anonymity also comes the responsibility associated with it as well. This blog post is an easy way to navigate your way through using Yik Yak (as well as various other social media sites) safely and productively.

 1.) Think before you post! Everyone always says this, and for good reason. What you are posting may seem all in good fun, but think about how it might make someone else feel. A good rule of thumb to follow is, don’t talk about anyone except yourself! If you’re posting about people you don’t know, you have no idea how they might feel about it. …so don’t do it. Posting about someone else in a negative way makes you a bully, and you may not even realize it! No one likes to feel ostracized or singled out, so don’t be the person that does that to someone else.

2.) Why are you posting? A lot of people post things only to see likes, or “ups” on it. While it may be  a good feeling to have other people agreeing with you; are you going to be okay if people don’t agree? Personally, before I put something out into “the world of social media,” I try to think what I want from it. Will I still keep that opinion or enjoy that picture if other people don’t agree? My answer is usually yes, but sometimes it isn’t. If I find myself posting something only to see others like it, then I won’t post it. It is important to recognize where your validation comes from…and my advice would be to find it from within yourself.

3.) Be true to yourself! Often people post what they think other people want to see, not how they really feel/are. Don’t make your social media profiles into “fake personas” of yourself, be authentic with what you post! Even with social media platforms that are anonymous, such as Yik Yak, be careful to not morph into something you’re not. Being aware of who you are as a person, and not loosing sight of that, is an important ideal to maintain.

4.) Don’t take it too seriously! Social media is a quick form of communication between large masses of individuals. Don’t read too much into people’s messages because the tone they are using, or their actual inflection may be missed. People should always try to be aware of how they come across and what they say, but sometimes, things like sarcasm are lost when read from a phone screen.

5.) Remember that social media isn’t everything! While it may make things a bit more fun to share your quick thoughts throughout your day, try to unplug from it every so often. I used to obsessively check my twitter, but now I find it much more relaxing to just scroll through once every so often. If you find yourself constantly turning to Yik Yak, or Instagram try to find something else to do when bored. It may be fun, but don’t let it take away from actual experiences occurring in the moment!

Hopefully you find these tips easy and helpful when using social media. I, personally, use several forms of social media. I tweet about my day, and post pictures all of the time. However, I am always conscious of the messages I am putting out into the world. I did have Yik Yak for a while, but I really didn’t like the way people interacted on the app, so I deleted it. That is also always an option, if you don’t like a social media network, don’t use it. You have the ability to make a conscious decision to be aware of how you are presenting yourself, and please make sure you are making a good impression.

Questions About Me

Oct 27, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

So I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this post. Several other bloggers have already completed a “questionnaire” of sorts. and I figured I would as well! (See other bloggers take on the same questions here, and here, and here.) I’ve been blogging for so long, and I realized that I had never given any “fun” personal information about myself. So, here goes nothing!

1. What is your year/major?
I am a junior biology major.

2. When’s your birthday?
August 24th

3. Where are you from?
I was actually born right across the street at St. Luke’s Hospital! I’ve lived in New York practically my entire life.

4. Why Utica College?
I actually grew up seeing the campus, and when I was older I looked into it. The inviting atmosphere and friendly professors were exactly what I was looking for.

5. What is your favorite cereal?
I actually don’t eat cereal that often! But if I had to pick one, Chex.

6. Do you have any pets?
I’ve actually helped to raise seeing guide dogs for most of my life, so I’ve always had dogs around. I do have one “permanent” dog, Martha May. But, all of the dogs we have helped to train have felt like my own pets.

7. How involved are you on campus?
I try to be involved in all different aspects of the college! I (obviously) work as a student blogger, a student ambassador/tour guide in the admissions office, and I work in the International Education Office. During the summer I work as a research assistant, and have also been a mentor in the Summer Orientation program. I am the Vice President of the Asa Gray Biological Society on campus, the Junior Class Treasurer, and I am the Treasurer in the Gay-Straight Alliance. I also am a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a member of the red cross club, a member of the optimist club, and a member of the Utica College Choir. I am involved with WPNR, the Dining Services Committee, and the Student Conduct Board. In the past, I have also been involved with student research meetings. Just recently, I joined a new leadership society on campus.

8. What is your favorite season?
Fall! I love everything about it. The leaves changing, the not-too-chilly temperatures, and the fashion!

9. What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
The faculty and staff. Every single person who works on this campus wants students to succeed and do well. It is a really comforting feeling.

10. What city you would like to visit?
What city wouldn’t I like to visit? I love just going someplace and exploring. I don’t really mind where, just as long as I can see what there is to see. My favorite thing is just taking a day to wander around a place that I have never been before.

11. Favorite song?
It changes all the time. For a while, I’ve loved the song, “House by the Sea” by Moddi. The lyrics are poignant and describe how I feel about life.

12. Any siblings?
Two brothers! One older, and one younger…though we are all “old” now! My youngest brother is almost 19!

13. What is your favorite animal?
I love dogs. Any time I see a dog, I’m like a little kid; I get so excited and have to talk to and pet them.

14. Favorite restaurant?
I went to this one restaurant in Disney World, and they had the best gluten free/vegetarian entrée I had ever had in my entire life. I am sad that I haven’t had it since! Around here though, I love Delmonico’s.

15. Pet peeves?
People who don’t listen! It gets on my nerves when someone either completely tunes another person out, or only hears what they want to hear. Actually taking the time to understand and comprehend what another person is saying is high on my list of qualities of which I feel are important.
Also, chewing with your mouth open. Gross.

16. Favorite quote?
I once read a poem by an anonymous contributor and fell in love with it. I have the entire thing printed, and it is on my wall. They basically took a well-known lecture from a theoretical-physicist and made it into verses. It’s about the connections in the universe, and the most poignant part for me is the line, “Stars have died so that you may live.” It’s my favorite because it is a little reminder that we are small beings in something so much greater than ourselves. The entire universe is connected, and I love that.

17. Most played song?
“Pompeii” by Bastille. I went through a weird phase last fall and didn’t really listen to much else…

18. Any talents?
I love singing! All the time! It’s fun to perform in a professional setting, or to just belt out a song driving with friends.

19. Favorite video game?
For a while, I really liked playing Tetris. Anything repetitive like that is fun while I am bored or waiting for something.

20. If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
Mindy Kaling! She is fabulous and always knows what to say, even if she doesn’t. She isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, even if it isn’t what some people might want to hear. She is a role model for all people, not just young women and girls! Plus her style is great.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy.

 

 

Time to Pick New Classes. Again.

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Registration is coming up for next semester (November 17th is a little less than a month away!) I’m sure you’ve given thought as to what classes you are going to take. However, if you haven’t,  I suggest running a degree evaluation (in bannerweb) and figuring out what courses you still need in order to obtain your degree.

I’m sure you think this post is a little early, however, you can never start planning your next semester early enough! Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your next semester.

Are you dreading a class? Take it as soon as you can! Don’t put anything off because you’ll have to take it eventually! Why dislike a class your last semester of senior year? If one of your requirements scares you (like physics scared me!) then be proactive. Find out about tutoring opportunities before you even need them, and use them! I asked my friend last semester if he would be tutoring for physics just because I knew I would need the help!

Plan accordingly! Are you not a morning person? Check out which classes are going to be offered when and have a game plan for when it is your day to schedule classes. Don’t waste time on the day you can register by trying to figure out times, have that all done before! Just go through and register. Nothing stinks more than when you’re stuck taking an 8:30 because the 11:30 section filled up while you were trying to figure your schedule out.

Find when classes are offered! Do you need a course that is only offered a certain semester? Or once every other year? Plan ahead for those special courses well ahead of time. If a course is only offered every other spring semester, make sure you know when that is and register for it! Don’t waste an opportunity to take a course you may not have another chance to take! Also, if any of those special courses are specifically required for your degree, pay extra close attention to when they are offered.

Know yourself and the classes! Don’t over or under load yourself. There is a precious balance (that can be hard to find) when registering for classes. If you are anticipating a certain course to be extremely hard for you, then maybe hold off on another super difficult course. You want to make sure you have enough time to devote to all of your classes, and some classes take more time than others. You don’t want to spend all of your time on one thing and not have enough for another extensive course.

Speak with your advisor! Every student has to meet with their advisor in order to receive their PIN so they can register. However, don’t only go to them for that. Advisors are professors who are there to help and assist you! Ask them for opinions on what you should take and bounce potential schedules off of them to see what they think. Definitely listen and value their opinion, but remember that the ultimate decision is your own. You have to do what is right for you.

I hope you follow my tips and tricks and start thinking about those classes for next semester soon! It is closer than you might think!