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.

National Society of Leadership and Success

Nov 19, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

About a month ago, I received an email that read…

“Dear Tessa,

Congratulations!  In approximately one week, via US Postal Mail, we will send you a formal invitation to join the Utica College chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi…”IMG_1215

I was a bit confused, as were many of my peers that also received the invitation. I decided to go to the first informational meeting about Sigma Alpha Pi and learned a lot about the organization…including the fact that this is the first time it is has become recognized at Utica College. Now that it is recognized at Utica College, I am sure many other students are curious about it, so I thought I would inform you guys because it is a great opportunity and we will be hosting events in the future!

The Society is invitation only and “gives you access to leadership certification that is a valuable addition to your professional resume and a life changing personal development tool” (Society Leadership). The organization is nationally recognized and is based off of academic accomplishment and leadership. To be inducted you must be invited by your chapter advisor (Bethany A. Piraino at Utica College) and fill out the online application. This will make you a pre-inducted member and from there you must complete 12 hours of leadership training. Then you will be inducted through a ceremony. Some benefits of NSLS are

improved self-esteem, peer leadership skills, motivation and drive, paradigms that will help you discover and achieve your dreams, real world skills that will help you outperform your peers in the workplace, online resources on our website, customized letters of recommendation for prospective employers or graduate schools, graduation accessories that you may purchase and wear at your graduation to display your membership in our organization, access to exclusive scholarships and awards, Success Coaches and our entire Keynote speaker series” (Society Leadership)

So far I have been invited and filled out my application form, but because the chapter has just become recognized at Utica College, I will be unable to do my leadership training until next semester. I am very excited to do so and become a true member!

Our first event will be a Study Social for members and nonmembers on Tuesday, December 9th 2014, from 1:00- 3:30 at the Pioneer Pub. There will be free power study foods and a chance to meet the members of NSLS.

You can learn more about the Utica College chapter at https://pioneerplace.utica.edu/organization/nsls

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15 (Favorite) Days of Utica

Nov 16, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

There are many things I like about going to Utica College, so I thought I would inform all of you about my personal top 15!

  1. The annual Holi Celebration that Utica holds (You can read about Holi in one of my previous blogs)FullSizeRender-1(Yes my head is touching the lead singer’s…I am still starstruck!)
  2. The events that UCPB holds. My favorite was the Boys Like Girls, All-American Rejects and the Ready Set. It was only $10 for all three bands, and my friends and I got to meet them! I may or may not have kissed the drummer of Boys Like Girls…
  3. Moose-a-Palooza! It’s a celebration in the spring that involves free and fun activities ranging from physical games to crafting.
  4. Homecoming weekend is also fun because it’s basically a big carnival right behind Strebel.
  5. There is always something to do on campus that is hosted by different clubs and organizations, such as movie nights, game nights, karaoke, etc.
  6. The Dining Commons have special dinners for holidays, and the staff decorates the Commons so students feel at home.
  7. The dorm rooms are big compared to a lot of colleges I have been to, every floor has a kitchen, and it is free to do laundry!
  8. There are many student job opportunities on campus, and you can cash checks at the financial office.
  9. Campus safety offices are super nice and always around, which makes me feel very safe.
  10. There many things to do around Utica, such as going to the zoo, going paintballing, skiing, shopping and there are even trails to hike!FullSizeRender-5(Paintball at War Games)
  11. The athletic center is free for all students to use. I like to play basketball, go swimming and play racquetball.FullSizeRender-4
  12. The campus is beautiful and well taken care of, and the snow makes campus absolutely gorgeous.FullSizeRender
  13. When it is warm out, a lot of people get together to play a variety of sports like catch, Frisbee and Kan Jam.
  14. The professors and faculty are so friendly and truly care about the students. I absolutely love all my past and present professors!
  15. The school spirit here is crazy! Students really support each other in sports and in academics.


Let’s Go UC Pioneers!

Nov 5, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper


Here it is! The season we have all waited for! UTICA HOCKEY SEASON!!!

Nov. 1, 2014 was the first home men’s hockey game against Castleton State College at (of course) the Utica Auditorium. Utica won 4-2, and all of the goals were made by freshmen!IMG_1158 It was a really exciting game, and there was so much support for Utica. The Utica College Men’s Hockey Team is ranked No. 14 in the nation (just thought you should be aware of that AWESOME fact!).

I love going to the hockey games because it is a fun, social experience, and the games get crazy! When I came as a freshman, I did not know anything about hockey, but now I love it. Seriously, if you ever get the chance, go!

The tickets are free for UC students with ID, and there are free shuttles from the college to the Utica Auditorium (and back) for anyone that might not have a vehicle, or are of age and are planning to consume alcohol at the game.

I think my favorite part of the game is to see all of the great team spirit and unity shown by Utica College students, faculty and the community of Utica. The Utica Auditorium is always packed with UC fans wearing orange and blue and even painted faces. I have even seen many fans wearing moose hats in honor of our college mascot Trax!

Speaking of which, everyone loves when Trax comes out to play on the ice and throw tee-shirts. IMG_1149The best game to watch is the Teddy Bear Toss, an annual event where people throw thousands of stuffed animals onto the ice to be collected and given to children in need throughout the community during the holiday season. It is an amazing event for an amazing cause, and it is heartwarming to see the full participation of everyone attending the game.

The next home game(s) will be this weekend on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. against Nazareth College. Hope to see you there! (In orange and blue of course!)







Halloween at UC

Nov 1, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

IMG_1011Halloween is a pretty big tradition at Utica College and the past week has been filled with Halloween activities for everyone! Some activities that went on were; a ghost hunt through Burrstone, a discussion on the history of Halloween, pumpkin carving contests, the South Hall haunted house and there were many more, but too many to list off! Some of the activities I participated in were the Night of the Living Dead movie and discussion night, make your own caramel apple and watch Annabelle (through two different RA events), I went to the South Hall haunted house and I dressed in costume with friends to hang out and go to the semi-local Turning Stone Resort.

The Night of the Living Dead movie night and discussion were presented by Professor Kevin Nugent. The discussion was entitled “Zombie Films as Allegory Race, Politics and Consumerism in the United States.” The purpose of Professor Nugent conducting the event was to explore how zombie films such as the Night of the Living Dead incorporate politics into the storyline. In the 1960’s when the Night of the Living Dead came out, zombies were perceived as undead corpses that ate humans and could be of any race, economic class, age and gender. Some ways that politics were incorporated into the film were by means of using the time period the film was created in, using sexism and racism. All of these political means to the movie were very controversial for the time period and the discussion Professor Nugent gave helped the audience understand it better. IMG_1098

Many people came for the movie and discussion…and free pizza!IMG_1099Thursday before Halloween, I went to my friend Rachel’s RA event which was making your own caramel apples! She had slices of apples all ready and any kind of toppings you could want! There was chocolate, crushed Oreos, M&M’s, Butterfingers, sprinkles and of course caramel! It was free and delicious! It is definitely worth going to your RA’s events! (Or other RA events!) After stuffing myself with caramel apples, I went to my boyfriend, Mike’s RA event where we watched Annabelle and had pizza (Yes, I was in fact a pig that night…)! It was a great time enjoying the Halloween activities the RA’s were hosting!

On Halloween, my friends and I decided to go to the haunted house (basement) in South Hall. I will be the first to say that it was a lot scarier than I thought it would be!! There were so many people in line for it and even people from around Utica that didn’t even attend Utica College! It was neat to see how the community was getting involved with the events on campus. After that, we went to Turning Stone Resort in our costumes! The best part was definitely seeing the looks on people’s faces when they saw us rolling in with our costumes!

IMG_1130We were the Oktoberfest people! Or Ricola man and woman!

Overall Halloween was a great time at Utica College and the neighboring areas! Can’t wait till next year!

Make the Most of Meal Time

Oct 23, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

From working as a tele-counselor and an ambassador, I have been asked by countless prospective students how the food is at Utica College. I can honestly say that the food is better than most colleges, and for being such a small college, there’s a lot of variety. Some students may complain (I mean, no one can make better food than mom!), but there is always something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters. To make my college dining experience better, I have come up with a few ways to make the most of my meal.

Remember the food pyramid? I try to stick with the main food groups in order to stay healthy and fit. I know the burger line is usually short and the burgers are probably tastier to most than broccoli, but remember to eat your fruits and vegetables. I know that when I first came to college, I just ate junk food for the first week and felt TERRIBLE! I feel so much better now that I am eating wholesome meals. Also, remember you can take fruits back to your room for a healthy snack. The college endorses fresh food from local businesses, such as the fruit, vegetables, bagels, ect.

Try something new! When eating in the dining commons, there are always the options of burgers, pizza, the deli line, salad bar and so forth; but there are also multiple options for daily meals as well. The dining commons accommodates many different cultures, so there are always different choices for everyone. Once a week, try something new or something you would not normally eat. This can keep the dining experience interesting and open your eyes to new things.

When you are eating at the dining commons all week, it may get a little repetitive, so keep in mind that we have the Pioneer Cafe and Subway available on campus. Something I do is designate a day of the week to be a “Pio Day” where my friends and I meet up and go to the Pioneer Cafe/Subway to eat. It is sort of like going out to eat (only on campus!) after eating in the dining commons all week.

Make your own meal! Once in a while I get really homesick, so I found that making (attempting to make…) my own meal can really help me feel better. Once every couple weeks, my boyfriend and I try making a dinner that we have not tried previously. Sometimes, they go horribly wrong and we mess up, but it makes for a good laugh and tastes good just because we did it ourselves. You can look up simple recipes online or even just get Hamburger Helper. There are kitchens in every dorm (or even one on each floor) that are open 24/7 with a full sink, microwave and stove/oven. IMG_6213(Our homemade dinner created inside the kitchen at North… We accidentally used salad dressing instead of marinade on the steak…perfect example of us messing up! P.S. It was a meal for two plus leftovers for under $25!)

I hope my personal tips can help you guys in making the most of your meal at Utica College!


My UC Homecoming 2014

Oct 19, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

As everyone knows, this past weekend was Homecoming at Utica College. The campus was jam-packed with fun activities for everyone and left a lot of great memories! Here are some of the things I enjoyed over the weekend…

My Homecoming 2014 experience started with the Casino Night, where I enjoyed playing Roulette and Blackjack (and found out that I am pretty good!). At the end, when I turned in my chips, I received a ton of raffle tickets that won me a cool water bottle (It may not sound impressive to you, but I was extremely excited!).

The next day, (Saturday), I started out early at 6 a.m. to get ready for the Open House (along with blogging, I am also an Ambassador/Tele-counselor). For Open House, our duties are to welcome potential UC students to the campus, answer their questions, get to know them and show them around. All of the families I met and spoke with were so friendly and enthusiastic about the college, even in the rain!

IMG_1030(Me in my cool Ambassador jacket after Open House… with my boyfriend)

When the Open House finished, I went to the tailgating festivities, and then went to the game. What’s fantastic about UC is that, even though we were losing the football game, the stadium was still packed in support for our Pioneers. After the game, I went over to Strebel for the mini carnival. There were many different activities, but the best part was the live band, Showtime. They played songs from different time periods and of all different genres. They were extremely talented





(The band, Showtime)IMG_1034


(Some folks getting jiggy to the band’s music!)





Later that night, I stood behind Strebel with my friends to watch the awesome fireworks and then went to the John Cassidy Balloon Freak Show. He did magic, comedy and of course, built AMAZING balloon figures. He made anything from a deer to a giraffe to an alien on a motorcycle! It was definitely a show that I hope UCPB brings back because it was entertaining on all levels.


For me, Homecoming 2014 at Utica College was a fun and unforgettable experience. Thank you to all who made it happen, and I cannot wait for next year!


How Did I Get Here…Continued

Oct 8, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

In my last blog, as you may remember, I discussed how I came to be a Utica Pioneer. I also discussed how I originally came to Utica College for the Physical Therapy program and now I will tell you about my switch into the Occupational Therapy program!IMG_0868

During the first semester of my sophomore year (in the PT program) I was taking a Health Studies class and the teacher was an OT who worked with young children. Every class she told us different stories about her work and I really started to find an interest in OT. I liked that as an OT, you could be more creative in the ways you treat patients and I found it rewarding how they worked to help patients with their activities of daily living. I also found it really interesting how the OT’s also work with patients to assist with cognitive issues. After some debate, I decided to switch into the OT program with the assistance of Nancy Hollins, the Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy. Nancy Hollins was a fantastic help to me in the time that I was deciding on switching. She was very patient and friendly when showing me all the steps to take to make the switch and gave me a lot of great advise (she is seriously one of the nicest people I have ever met and I owe so much gratitude to her for helping me out!). The day I saw my major change to “Health Studies-OT track” on Bannerweb was one of the happiest moments in my life!

When I tell people that I changed from PT into the OT program, they get a puzzled look and ask me “what was wrong with the PT program” or “why didn’t you like it” and I have a very simple answer to that as well… Nothing is wrong with it. My switch into the OT program was strictly out of a personal preference of the occupations. Like I said in my previous blog, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do for a major to start with and I just ended up in PT, so when I started looking into OT (after hearing stories from my professor) I decided I liked OT more. I have nothing bad to say about the PT program at Utica College, I still truly believe it is one of the best in the country and I do still have a lot of respect for it. I also still recommend the PT program at UC to anyone that takes interest in PT. I love how the program gives you a seat straight through to the graduate studies. When I was looking at colleges, there were hardly any that I could find that took you straight through to the graduate studies. Most colleges and universities make students first graduate with a Health Studies degree, and then reapply into the PT program. As you could imagine, it would be very nerve racking to go through so much schooling without a guarantee into the program. I also would like to say that my (now previous) advisor for PT, David Schilling was also a great help to me from the time I was starting in PT and to the time I was switching into the OT program.

I love the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs that Utica has to offer and I definitely would recommend them to anyone interested in them.

How Did I Get Here?

Oct 6, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper


When people ask me where I am from, I tell them Hughesville, Pennsylvania. So far everyone that I have told that to has looked at me with a blank stare (as you probably are, while you are reading this). Well, the best explanation I can give you of Hughesville is that it’s about five hours away from Utica, and approximately 35 minutes away from Williamsport, PA (where the Little League World Series is located).

For a visual, it’s a very small town in the middle of nowhere. Mind you, I don’t even live in the town of Hughesville; I live about 20 minutes away from Hughesville, where the only roads are dirt roads and potholes, and my closest neighbor is about a half-mile away.

My high school is in the town of Hughesville and is called (not surprisingly) Hughesville High School, where I graduated with a class of 100 students. By now, you are probably asking yourself how I ended up in Utica College and my answer is simple… It just happened.

My senior year of high school came around, and I was heavy into horse showing so I wasn’t really thinking about college. I knew I was going to college; I just didn’t have a plan as to what I was going for or where I was going. As it turned out, I ended up applying to nine different colleges with four different majors. As soon as I sent in my ninth application, I received an email from UC. I had never heard of the college (or of Utica, NY) before and had no idea how they got my email. I read the email and it said they offered the six-year Physical Therapy program (PT was one of my main interests in majors) with a full-ride seat into the doctorate program, so I said why not?

Ten different colleges/universities, with four different majors and three different states… Looking back now, it sounds ridiculous, I know, but I really had no idea what I wanted to do! Thanks to my wonderful parents, we started to visit colleges. We visited a few and liked them but they didn’t really stand out. So my mom suggested we try visiting the “mysterious” Utica College.

We set up an individual tour, and afterwards, I knew it was the college for me (cheesy statement, I know). I loved how the faculty members were all so friendly and welcoming to questions, and I loved how all the students seemed so happy and comfortable. Out of the colleges I did visit, the students I saw did not seem very happy, and the faculty members barely took notice of me during my tour.

Utica was definitely the place I felt most comfortable, which is the biggest factor in any college experience. The next step was just waiting for my acceptance letter (which I received for the six-year PT program!). Now, you may be confused because my blogging profile says I am in Occupational Therapy, but I will explain that in my blog on Wednesday, and why I love both the PT and OT programs!

To be continued… (on Wednesday!!!)



The Yik Yak Epidemic

Sep 25, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

yik-yak-web-logoAs most of you know, Yik Yak is an App that is quickly growing with college students. It is an App that is created so that people can anonymously post anything they want about whatever they want, without anyone knowing who wrote it. When you first download Yik Yak, it shows a listing of colleges and universities and it allows you to pick which college you attend. Then you are able to create a post and/or see all the posts made about the college/university and the people within it.

Sunday was the first day I had heard about the Yik Yak epidemic. People were gossiping and tweeting and posting screenshots of posts from the App. I did not really understand it or care about it until yesterday (Wednesday) when I was about to go into the Cafe. I was waiting in a chair for a friend when a group of girls in the chairs beside me started talking about Yik Yak. Here is just part of the conversation.

Girl One: “Everyone keeps posting about this girl, like when will they stop”

Girl Two: “Here, lets come up with a different person to start picking on”

Girl Three: “Yeah lets post about that weird girl who…”

Now, I am not implying that I am a saint and I understand the human race tends to be critical of one another, but there was something obviously wrong with this picture. A group of girls specifically stating they want to find someone to pick on. How messed up is that? I was very distraught about the situation and decided I wanted to see what this Yik Yak was about. I downloaded the app and was horrified by some of the posts. I do not want to write the specific posts because I do not want to further embarrass anyone who has been victimized, so I will just briefly describe some of the posts I witnessed.

To start, I saw about twenty NEGATIVE posts about one person specifically and the clothes they wear. Only ONE person made a comment in defense of the victim, unfortunately in return people started victimizing that person. I just want to say that in high school there was a boy who came from a rich family and he came to school wearing the same outfit for a whole week. Many of my peers started bullying him about it to the point that on the fifth day he broke down crying and went to sit in the principal’s office to be picked up. When the guidance counselor asked him what happened, he told her that the reason he spent a week in the same clothes was because he sat in the hospital room with his young brother who was dying of cancer. He stayed in the hospital room whenever he was not in school. He did not even go home to change or bathe. The moral of the story is you never know what someone’s situation is.

I also witnessed many posts that accused people of criminal acts. These posts are not funny and can have real impacts on those people. When these accusations are made, REAL LIVE actions are taken, which can result in an innocent person getting taken in for questioning with the law.

The last posts I would like to briefly discuss are the ones describing how people have been hurt by comments on Yik Yak. People were making self hate comments because they were so hurt by comments. There were also comments about people losing friends and girlfriends/boyfriends because of untrue rumors created on the App. Even worse is that people would then bully them about being hurt.

The App was not meant to be a site of bullying, but it has easily become one. I realize that there were some nice posts, but not even close to the amount of bullying posts. I would first off like to say that I came to Utica College because I felt a deep connection with the faculty and the students such as the Ambassadors and mentors. I felt at home and felt like I could easily make friends and make Utica my second “home”. This blog is not meant to “dis” UC, it is meant to show the harmful effects of the App, Yik Yak. Utica College is not the problem because Yik Yak is causing problems throughout all colleges and universities. Using the App, students are able to personally victimize others, making them feel insecure when college is supposed to be a second home, a time of fun and a time of preparation for the real world. Top off all the stressors of being a student in college/university with the insecurity and hurt of bullying and disastrous things can happen. Bullying in itself can really destroy a person to the point of self harm and harm of others… Hopefully the App is banned/shut down before that happens.

Keeping it Clean!

Sep 22, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

messy_room_by_iamderek-d37sb10I am sure that everyone has gone (or is going) through the scenario depicted in the picture above. Being in college there is a lot to think about, like homework, class, eating, friend time, relationship time, sports, working out, clubs, activities, Netflix. You get the picture. One thing that is at the back of most minds (or at least mine) is keeping a clean room! Living at college means that Mom is not around to tell you when your room is too messy or smells, and she is not around to do your laundry! Because of this, many dorm rooms that you may enter deserve “Caution Only” signs. Here are some tips in order to maintain a clean and fresh smelling room so you do not become the Pigpen of UC!


1. Do your laundry at least once a week! Look over your schedule and make a designated time (or times) that you will be available to do your laundry. If you are an athlete, work out, or are in gross anatomy (like me!), remember that your clothes will really stink up your room so try and wash your really smelly stuff ASAP! Also, remember to fold and hang up your clothes right away so they do not become a part of the dirty pile!

2. Another tip in regards to clothing is to buy some dryer sheets and just leave a few in your clothing drawers and closet, it will keep your clothes really smelling fresh!

3. Buy a cheap broom and dustpan at Five Below! Cleaning the floors is really important especially when it becomes rainy, snowy and muddy. You can get cheap brooms and dustpans for five dollars! Another really good investment is a Swiffer with the wet wipes. It really cleans up the mud and leaves my room smelling like home.

4. Remember to take out the trash for goodness sake! Use a garbage bag or even a plastic grocery bag as a liner in your garbage and take it out a couple times a week (or as needed). If you are throwing food out, just take the couple extra steps and throw it in the garbage cans in the hall. That way, your room will not smell like it and you will not be finding ants or fruit flies in your room. (I threw out a banana once and the next morning fruit flies invaded my room, ICK!!!)

5. Since we are unable to have candles, I have found a few other ways to keep a fresh scented room. One way is by simply getting Febreze to spray or a couple Renuzit fresheners to lay around your desk. Something else you can try is put a couple dryer sheets on the window sill with the window open and the breeze will catch the scent of the dryer sheets. Something else I really enjoy is my moose! I received a “Scentsy” moose for Christmas and it is really the best thing for any college student! It’s a stuffed moose (moose for Utica of course) that has a little pocket in his back that you can put a little Scentsy pack of your choice in. It is a cute and simple way to get your room to smell the way you want, without the flame of a candle. (Check out the Scentsy website, there are other animals to choose from besides the moose and other ways to “Scent up” your room!)