Michael Defone

Michael Defone

Construction Management

Alpha Phi Delta

Hey I'm Michael Defone. I am currently the Vice President of my fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta. At Utica college I am very active and involved with the school and its organizations. I work at student activates, so maybe you've seen me there at the front desk. I'm easy and outgoing and love making sure people are getting the most out of their college experience.

Finals Sminals

Dec 18, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone

There’s only one thing on everyone’s mind the last weeks of school every semester, and that is finals. Now, it’s not the actual word “finals” that get people all fired up on Red Bull and coffee; it’s the stress that follows that haunting word. Here are a couple ways to remember that you’re smart and it’s just a word.14189202329892121147476

The first way that I found that was very effective is you just pretend it’s another test. The simple fact of the matter is the kids over hype finals week. If you paid attention all year and did your work, it’s literally just another test, and an easy test because you studied all year. Just remember that, if you’r worried about finals you, either might fail or you didn’t study as hard as you should. Trust me, I know this because I’ve been in that situation.

Another way to calm your nerves during that week is to find time to settle down, relax, and get your mind off studying. If you study for too long your brain will go to mush. I have a very close friend who would  study for 11-12 hours a day straight, and by the end of the day, she couldn’t every form simple sentences unless it involved her field of study.1418920192645-571210582

My last tip for you guys is just study all year for your finals. Everyone is so scared and nervous about just one simple word. Everyone who is at college earned their way there because they are bright human beings. So next semester, don’t let finals be your downfall; let finals be the icing on your cake. So, I’ll see you next semester, and may your finals week be great.

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Why Utica?!

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone

Utica is not the biggest school, nor is it the fanciest. One thing this school does have is by far the most dedicated professors I have ever met. Freshmen year, I came to Utica as a construction management major. The first meeting I had with my professor, he gave this long speech then wrote his number down and said, “Anytime you need me, you call me.” As a freshman, I did not believe that a college professor could be this close with their students.

I’m a junior in my program and could not be any happier with what the Construction Management program has done for me. I am currently taking Estimating, which is a mentally draining and time-consuming class. Normally, with teachers in high school, I could talk my way into handing in late work. Well, with the professor in this particular class, if you’re not five minutes early, he will shut the door and say, “In the real world there would not be a locked door, there’d just be you getting fired.” These professors are literally treating us as if we were there employees.

But they do more than that; they also treat you like family. I had never attended the festivities for tailgating during Homecoming before, but this year, I brought my mother up to see what the college has done for me and how well I am doing. We attended the construction management tent for tailgating, and let me tell you, I was blown away! I have had ribs before made by my professor, but the atmosphere that he created for his students and their families was nothing short of incredible. There was a Blue Grass band, Texas-style BBQ, and of course beer. My mom and I had at least four plates each of BBQ, but more importantly, my professors came over and talked and just made my mother and I glad that I was going to this school.

Utica College is not a normal school. Yes, it’s small, but this school has by far the most incredible staff. If you’re looking to find the best bang for your buck, Utica College is the best. These professors will turn a freshman into a profesional with extensive knowledge in your chosen field.  Utica College gets a five-star rating in my book.

What Gets You Through College?

Sep 23, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone

My first year at college was a difficult one to say the least. I joined a fraternity and acquired a 1.6 GPA. I entered into my first serious relationship. But the worst part of it all, I took school for granted.

I believe that there are four keys to success in college: be good at what you do, have a good support system, get involved, and try new things.

Be Good at What You Do!

I am a junior now, and school is all that matters to me. One of my teachers sophomore year said to me, “If a kid and you roll up into an interview and he got an A+ in microeconomics, and you got a B+, it doesn’t matter to your future. As long as you are the better fit, it doesn’t matter how many A’s you got; you will get the job. Be great at what you do.”

Ever since then, I have lived by that saying. I have spent less time memorizing, and more actually learning my profession. I don’t think of it as school anymore; it’s the tool that’s going to help me do what I love for the rest of my life. It’s funny how simple words, like those of my professor’s, can change a student’s perspective on college.

Have A Good Support System

Another role model that helped me along the way was a fellow UC blogger, Tessa Lamper. Remember when I said I entered my first serious relationship freshman year? Well two years later she still pushes me every day to make sure everything I need done is done.

Every day, she’s always checking up on me and making sure I did this or did that. It’s almost as if she knows my schedule better than me. To get through college, you need someone in your corner like that. Someone who will (no matter what) step in the line of fire and sacrifice time out of their day to make sure you know your stuff for the test the next day.

It doesn’t have to be a girlfriend or a boyfriend. It can be your mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, or anyone who loves you and would do anything to watch you succeed.

Get Involved!

I got involved with Alpha Phi Delta, a national fraternity on campus, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made since I’ve been at Utica. I pledged Spring 2013 with Michael Alecia, Joshua Sommers, and David Vanuaker. We were the biggest pledge class since our re-founding, and I have had the greatest times with those three guys.

I can remember we would sit for hours and just chill with each other and tell stupid stories. One of my best memories with those guys was making our paddles together. We would spend hours on a wooden paddle. I bet if you asked each and every one of them if they would pledge again, their answers would be the same as mine – only if I was with my pledge bros.

The bond I have with those guys is a bond I will never forget, and it will always be there. Alpha Phi Delta has a special place in my heart, and I have met many amazing friends through it.

For example, my big bro Robert Pyane is the strongest man alive. Well, that’s something he would say. Antonio Fotino is the only 5-foot man I know who could take on seven grown men at once and walk away with out a scratch. Guanluca Sorisi, well he just likes to build stuff, he’d tell you. Last but not least, Branden Mcdainal is the smoothest redneck alive. It’s guys like this that make joining the best fraternity in the world so worth it.

Try New Things!

For the longest time at school I felt as if something was missing. I wanted to try something new. My pledge brother Dave and his girlfriend are religious, so I asked them if they wouldn’t mind teaching me about the Bible. Now, I’m not going to preach because I myself have no idea what I believe in, but I do believe in a higher power.

Like I was saying, I asked them about teaching me, and they agreed. Now, every Monday and Tuesday, Tessa, Dave and I go to Bible study to learn about what religion is and who is God. It’s simple things like this that keep you happy and in good spirits. It’s different from person to person.

School is not just about school…it’s the time where you learn how to become a better you and learn what makes you happy. What makes me happy is my girlfriend, Alpha Phi Delta, and building things with tools and wood. When you think about it, those four things are the ways to show you what makes you, you.



Springs Here?!

Apr 4, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone


With the snow melting and the temperatures rising we can finally saw the ice age of 2013 is finally over. Quad days, as the upperclassmen call them, are coming soon. Get your flip flops and your sun glasses out because the warm weather is coming. To kick off the spring we have the Holi Festival, which you can read more about on Tessa Lamper’s blog. After the colors fly grill season will officially start. Personally I will be out there with my friends, spatula, and apron cooking up some nice juicy cheeseburgers. So here’s some great ideas to do with less that 20 dollars.

slip and slide

1) Garbage bag slip and slide!

An easy way to cool off and have fun in the hot temperature is buying garbage bags and sliding across them! all you need is garbage bags, water, friends, and ice tea of course and you my friend will have a blast in the sun. Total cost 15 dollars

water balloon fight

2) Water Balloon Fight

One thing every college student loves to do is throw water balloons at each other. Just picture your self hot, sweaty, and wanting to throw something. The solution is going to five and below and buying 500 balloons for 10 dollars. This is endless fun and no one hates water balloon fights. Look forward to next year I heard Alpha Phi Delta might have a huge water balloon event.


3) Cooking

Food is the number one thing that brings people together. If you decide to do any of the these events cooking would go great with it. If you go to Wal-Mart you can get hamburgers and hotdogs with buns under 20 dollars! there are grills on campus that you could use to grill up your master pieces!

Well if you want to have fun this spring and you don’t even have 20 dollars, just walk out into the quad. Utica college id the most friendly place iv ever been so just get up, get out, and have fun:) happy spring!!


Looking For Something Different?

Mar 26, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone

igc4Looking to spice up college life? Are you bored of just sitting in your room all the time? Maybe Utica College has more to offer than you realized. Greek life is a huge part at Utica College. There are several different organizations out there for you. Coming in as a freshman I was shy and didn’t really know what to do with my spare time at college. The Greek community embraced me with open arms and iv never looked back. If your looking to have fun and be apart of something, Greek life is for you.  Every year Utica College has a special week dedicated to Greeks called Greek Week. This is a full week chalked full of events and plenty of chances for the organizations to show their stripes. Personally watching strolling is my favorite part of Greek Week. This year Greek week will be held from April 13th to April 18th. If you are really looking to make the most out of your college experience, go and explore your options. Most of all Enjoy college and have no regrets.