Tessa Lamper

Tessa Lamper

Occupational Therapy

Pretty much love doing anything and trying new things!

Hey I'm Tessa, I am from Hughesville, PA which makes Utica a HUGE city for me! At home when you don't see me riding or showing my horses, you can probably find me running around my farm (or zoo as I like to call it). At Utica I love working out, hanging out with friends and I love supporting UC as an Ambassador and UC Tele-counselor.



Intergenerational Clean Up Day

May 5, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

This weekend was the 6th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean Up! What is this you may ask? IMG958432-1(This is me on Saturday!)

The Intergenerational Cleanup weekend is made up by a group of organizations and volunteers that get together to clean up the Utica, Oneida, Rome and New Hartford areas. They include the Oneida County Youth Bureau, the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, Oneida County colleges, school districts and youth organizations. The volunteers especially help out with cleaning up the yards of senior citizens who are unable to physically cleanup their own yards, and sometimes are unable to financially afford to hire someone else to clean their yard for them. I got involved with the project through my teacher, Michael Romano, who is the director for the Oneida County Office for Aging & Continuing Care. IMG957428 (This is Amy and I finishing up a yard)

On Saturday morning I met up with a group of volunteers and we broke up into groups to go to the different elderly homes. I was grouped up with Tony Rashid who works at the Office for the Aging in Oneida County and with Amy Perry, who is a student at RFA. Then we all headed out to Rome for the three houses (yards) we were appointed with!

The experience was amazing. It was great seeing so many people out to help with such a great cause. It was also fun getting outside and meeting new people, while we were being rewarded with the happy faces of the appreciative elderly. The best part was when we were at our last house. We were finishing up raking up the leaves when a man came out, smiling with a cold Pepsi for each of us. He said “My mom lives here and I don’t have a lot of time to help her with her yard, it is such a great program, my mother and I are so grateful and I just can’t stress it enough”. It was really uplifting knowing that not only the elderly were appreciative, but also their families. 0503141147(This was the result of one of the yards! I should have taken a before and after shot)

If you could not make it this year, be sure to make it to the 7th Annual Intergenerational Cleanup Days next fall and spring! For more information (and you can see a video!) go to http://ocgov.net/ofa

 

 

 

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So much to do in so little time!

Apr 24, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

stressedI am sure since finals are right around the corner, many of you are looking like the person in the cartoon right now! Finals can be a very stressful time, between worrying about final grades, GPA’s, projects, papers and even the stress of packing for home! Just remember, although you are very busy, you need to be able to have some sort of relaxation period at the end of the day or it could lead to serious problems that you don’t need!

Stress can cause:

Over/under eating

Anxiety and irritability

Lack of sleep

Fatigue

Migraines

So just remember to take time to relax, some ideas are…

Watch a movie with friends (Disney movies are a great pick-me-up!)

Treat yourself to a nice dinner

Go to the zoo with friends

Play video games or read a book for fun

Go outside and play or go to the gym and work out your anxiety!

Go to the various end of the year events the campus is having!

As long as you remember to do things that make you happy in this busy time, you will have no problem getting through finals and enjoying your summer!

 

Formal=Classy, Not Trashy!!

Apr 9, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Interviews, Etiquette Dinner, formals, Senior Ball, bar nights, parties… The list goes on with the different events around campus and the attire that should be worn for each! What has been brought to my attention is that there are many people who do not know how to dress for these sort of events and end up showing up in outfits that are not appropriate for the matter. Here are some guidelines for appropriate ensembles, based on the occasion…

1. An Interview/ Etiquette Dinner WhatToWear-2i7hl27 I feel that this picture is a perfect example for this topic. Ladies need to remember to wear natural looking makeup and clothing that is not “revealing”. I know you may think the mini pencil skirt and see through blouse with pumps may interest your male “hirer” but this is not the case. You need to look professional. For the men, please remember to iron your pants (or have your mom do it), and to trim or shave your beard! Your boss is not looking for a caveman to work for them. If you have questions about what you should wear, you can even google appropriate attire for the occasion. Trying to get a job at Hollister is different than trying to get a job as an Occupational Therapist, there are different outfits that are meant for different jobs!

2. Formals/Senior Ball

First I will give you examples of the APPROPRIATE! Semiformal-Collage-1 6266-ccgy-yawah wear-formal-christmas-party-men

…and the INAPPROPRIATE… Clubwear-Dresses-Homepage urbanmen_0

Okay… Now that you have seen the appropriate and inappropriate, I will explain in one sentence… Formal means CLASS NOT TRASH!! There is a time you can wear those tight dresses (at Bar Nights) and there is a time for classy and elegant dresses (Formals and Senior Ball). Just remember ladies, beauty does not mean that you have to reveal your body all the time. Also remember to ease up on the eyeliner and try to keep your makeup more natural, it really shows off your true beauty and classy side! Formal is the time you are supposed to look classy and elegant, and the guys don’t appreciate a date who looks like she is about to go down a pole. TRUST ME! I have been to formals and I know more guys complained about their date looking trashy than looking “sexy”. For the guys, just remember to, again, iron your clothes, get them dry cleaned, trim/shave and dress up in suits or even a tux!

I hope these guidelines helped everyone out! Remember, CLASS NOT TRASH (for gentlemen and ladies) and if you are ever unsure, look on Google!

Colored Powder? No, HOLI!!!!

Apr 3, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

imagesLast year about ten minutes before the Holi celebration at Utica College, my friend texted me and said “Hurry up, wear old clothes and come to the Quad”! I did, still not knowing what was going on and when I got there, people were handing around colored powder, squirt guns and buckets of water. Seconds later, there was an array of colors being thrown in the air, water splashing everywhere and a ton of people having fun!  I had so much fun that day, but I still was not sure what the point of throwing colored powder was…holi-Celebration

Holi is a festival that is believed to have originated before the period of Christ and is held in Packistan and India but is celebrated all over the world. It is also known as the Festival of Colors!! (Hence the colored powder). The significance of Holi is found in many forms including, Mythological, Cultural and Social. If you are into Mythology, take a look on

http://www.holifestival.org/legend-holika-prahlad.html

To read about the different stories. (You can also find out more about Holi on this site). Culturally, in some parts of the world, Holi is a religious experience to be rid of evil, to remember to stay truthful and loving towards others and also as a way to sort of cleanse the soul. The Social significance is to celebrate the nice weather and coming of spring (which makes sense for the people of UC!) and to also just remember to be happy and positive towards others. (Who wouldn’t be happy when you are getting covered in color?!)plentyofcolour_holi16

I hope this helped you out in understanding Holi a bit better and I hope to see you in the Quad on April 18th at 5!

 

Cold Weather Blues?

Mar 27, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

sad-snowman  Spring is officially here, but for central New York, it does not feel that way. The high today was 25 degrees with a low of 4 degrees, plus wind and I even spotted flurries! After months of walking to classes, the cafe, and many other places; its easy to see how students can feel less motivated and even depressed at times. So how can we stay positive and motivated?

1. Go to the gym for about an hour and work out or even play! It is proven that excercise releases endorphins that can give you that “feel good” feeling. At the athletic center you do not just have to go lift weights, there are many other opportunities available such as: open swim hours, racquetball, basketball, open gym, volleyball, intramural sports and you can even sign out the dance room and just dance around or do yoga! There are so many different things for everyone, even if you don’t do sports (like me)!

2. Remember to eat healthy!! A big factor in mental health and feeling positive, actually comes from your diet. Yes those processed foods and big bowl of ice cream are tasty, but they are not filled with the nutrients your body needs and therefore can lead to energy loss and changes in mood. So just try to remember the food pyramid. You don’t need to follow it by exact and precise measures, but you should try to follow it as much as possible.

food_pyramid3. Remember there are ways to have fun inside! For instance….

The dorms have free pool tables and even games you can sign out to play.

Check out Five Below and you can get cheap gag toys, activities and games to enjoy with your friends.

Bring back old childhood board games! Or even adult board games!

Have a card night with your friends!

Have WII, Xbox and/or other game competitions with friends or even neighbors!

And don’t forget a good ole’ movie night!

The cold weather is not the end of the world and there are many ways you can make the best of it. Just remember to stay focussed, keep busy and stay positive! The real spring time weather will be here right around the corner and you will be complaining about the heat in no time!