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.

Next Step for OT Juniors…

Jan 25, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

As you guys know, I am a Junior in the Occupational Therapy program! As a Junior in the program, there are a lot of requirements to be upheld in order to keep a seat in the program. Therefore, I figured I would talk about what its like to come into the program as a freshman and continue through to Junior year, where I am currently at in my college career.


When you apply to be in the Occupational Therapy program, you must meet the basic requirements and the requirements of: HS GPA of 85.0 or higher, top 25 percentile in HS, SAT score of 1050 or higher and at least a year of Biology, another science course and three years of math. When you are accepted, students will meet with their Utica College advisors to determine if you want to be in the 4+2 sequence or the 3+2 sequence into the master’s program. I am in the 3+2 accelerated sequence. Most students choose the 4+2 sequence if they participate in sports, but they are able to go into the 3+2 sequence.

Freshman year-Junior year:

Your advisor will help you in picking classes and making sure you are taking the classes you need for the program. You must also maintain a 3.0 GPA (B average) and get a C or higher in all of your science courses, psychology courses, statistics, research methods, sociology, human development, anthropology, kinesiology and medical conditions and terminology. It may seem intimidating, but trust me, it can be done! I found that using the library, taking advantage of professor’s office hours and tutoring is the key to doing well!

Junior year: Junior is the time of preparation for Graduate studies. In order to continue into the graduate studies, you must do a few things…

1. 25 Observation or shadow hours with an Occupational Therapist in at least two different settings. I did my hours with three different OT’s in the nursing home, school based setting, home based setting, outpatient and Early Intervention settings. I had a lot of fun getting familiar with the major and being able to see all the directions I can go with it. For the shadow hours there are documentation forms the Therapist must fill out and you must write a paragraph or two reflecting upon the settings you observed.

2. Have all prerequisite courses finished with needed grades and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

3. Two personal recommendations (one from a currently practicing occupational therapist and one from an academic professor)

4. CPR certification for adult/child/infant.

5. Transcript evaluation

I hope this helped out with anyone interested in Occupational Therapy and the steps it takes up until Junior year! I received my information from the link below and if you would like to read more check out the link below and the Occupational therapy homepage for Utica College!





TwitterStumbleUponLinkedInWordPressTumblrFacebookGoogle+Blogger PostEmailPinterestShare

Snow Daze!

Jan 25, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

69be597dc5de4e27a6a7dadfe38b23acHey guys! I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing break and you are ready to get through this semester with flying colors! Starting tomorrow, Utica College is kicking off the new semester with Snow Daze! Utica College Programming Board is hosting activities everyday this week for everyone to enjoy to start off the semester with a bit of good, clean fun! Here are the events for this week!

Monday: MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!! In Streble Lounge at 8pm there will be Bookstore Bingo with lots of prizes from the bookstore!

Tuesday: Thinkfast Gameshow is a second FAVORITE of mine and it will be held at 8pm in Streble Lounge with a $200 prize!

Wednesday: Another FAVORITE!!!!!!!! Snow Daze Make Your Own Crafts in Streble Lounge from 12pm-4pm and you will get the opportunity to even make your own soap!

Wednesday Night: You cant beat some nice musical entertainment and dinner! Stop by Pioneer Pub at 9pm for live musical entertainment by Nick Hagelin

Thursday: Need a good laugh? In Pioneer Pub at 9pm, enjoy live comedy by Adam Grabowski!

Friday: Wind down after the first week with a good movie! “Horrible Bosses 2″ will be featured at 8pm in Streble Lounge

Utica College is awesome because of all the wonderful events they put on to entertain the students and even faculty! Stop by these events for a good time, I know I will be there!

For more information on Snow Daze and other activities on campus check out the link below!


Things to Remember Before and After Break

Dec 15, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

I know it is the last day of finals, and some people have left already, but I, like many others, am not able to leave until tomorrow! It is inevitable: every break, I always manage to forget something to take home or to bring back… I also know some of you who have the same problem as well! This winter break, I have a fool proof way of remembering everything to take home and bring back.

Before Break:

1. Go through your daily routine and put all of your necessities in a pile (even if you still need it). It gives you a visual of what you need to take home and helps remind you of everything when you are about to leave because you have already seen it all there!

2. Do not forget your fish… or other pets… (I had hermit crabs for my first two years at Utica College!). Also remember to have a plan of how to transport them. I kept my Beta Fish container that I bought my fish, Leonardo in just to transport him. IMG_0734 Leonardo DiCaprio is all ready to go!

3. Do not forget to clean your room, do your laundry and take out your trash! You do not want to come back to ants and a stinky room!

4. I also take home everything I do not need, such as my Christmas decorations, summer clothes and whatever other things I do not use or need anymore at school. I live 5 hours away so I do not get to go home very often to do these things!

5. If you are driving home, make sure you check your car! Make sure the tires and oil are safe and ready to go and make sure you have your phone charged in case of emergency. JUST DONT TEXT AND DRIVE! :)

After Break:

1. Remember to bring back your necessities, such as all of the items you wanted to make sure you did not forget before leaving! Last year, I forgot my hair brush (which is extremely important or else I will look like a caveman. Trust me, it’s for all of the safety of the civilians of Utica College!).

2. Make sure you have all of your clothes and whatnot cleaned and ready to go so you don’t forget anything important, and so you do not need to do laundry as soon as you get back.

3. If you are like me and will not be able to go home until the spring break, remember to bring back spring clothes and jackets; you never know what will happen with the weather in Utica, New York!

4. Make sure you have your classes figured out, your payments made and your books are bought! It relieves a lot of stress to know you just need to worry about studying!

5. Bring your game face! It’s a new semester, so if you did not get the 4.0 fall semester (which was my original goal…) you can still accomplish it this coming semester! Be positive and ready to work hard, and you will be off to a great start! IMG_1251 I am so excited to see my horse!! Hopefully I do not forget anything due to the near-bursting excitement!


Grade Anticipation…

Dec 15, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

IMG_1344Today, Monday the 15th, I finished my last final exam at 10:30 a.m. I have been stressing about all of my finals for the past few weeks, and now that I am finally done with classes (until the spring), I am able to relax…NOT!!!! I have found that completing my last final exam of the semester has given me more stress than the actual finals! There is definitely something wrong here!!! I was stressing all day over…

“What are my exam grades going to be? I think I did well… But maybe not.. What if I do not get the C or higher in Gross Anatomy? What if I do not get the 3.0 that I need to maintain in order to remain in the Occupational Therapy program? What am I going to do?!!!!!!”

So then, I was talking to my friends, and we were all venting about our grades and feeding off of each other’s nerves (which of course is never good) and thus led to a “Post Final Meltdown.” The definition of a “Post Final Meltdown” (for me at least) is when you are very stressed and debating moving to Africa and saving the rhinos and elephants. You also may or may not consume a large quantity of chocolate…

So naturally, like every college student does, I called the wisest person I know…My mom. In this time of crisis, like every other, she gave me the best advice of all: DO NOT STRESS!!!! What is done is done, and everything will be okay. There is nothing that can be changed, and if the outcome is not preferable, it is no big deal. It will all work out, no matter what! She also told me to get out and have some fun, like getting an ice cream cone or going to the movies to cool down after a long week of final exams, projects and presentations. Just de-stress in general!

Now, usually in my blogs, I give my personal advice. In this one, as you could see, I was the one in need of advice. The advice helped me out a lot, and I am finally relaxing with popcorn, 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family, and my best friend beside me. I hope my mom’s advice can help you guys as well! IMG_1343

Preparing for a Lab Final…

Nov 29, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

In my last post, I gave you guys tips on how to keep focused on studying and homework during the Thanksgiving break. In this post, I would like to tell you guys about how I have been studying for my lab final and how it has been paying off.

Before the break, I was looking over my syllabus for Gross Anatomy when I discovered that my final would be the Thursday after break. I have to get at least a C in the class in order to keep my seat in the prestigious Occupational Therapy program, therefore it is critical I get the C. After thinking about the final being the Thursday after break, I started to get very nervous and stressed about the exam because of the grade I must receive overall in the class. I ended up having a slight mental breakdown over the test.

These were some of my thoughts:

How will I be able to study? It is a cumulative final! I can’t go to open labs for five days! I cannot study without the body! I only have three days after break to study!

As you can see, I was pretty worried…But then I remembered my advice about studying. I first made a plan about a week before break. I planned out all the open labs I can make it to the week before break and the week after. I also planned out days where there would not be open labs, but I would go in by myself and with my lab partners to study. After all the planning, I discovered I had a lot of time to study, and within the first couple days of open labs, I was already feeling confident about the final. I also planned out ways I could study for the final over break without the cadavers. I planned out that I would re-learn/practice the bones and ligaments over break so that way when I come back to school, I can just focus on the studying I was unable to accomplish over break. I have also been drawing out the muscles of the body and writing and re-writing the names of the muscles to keep my mind fresh of the material. IMG_1302(Studying the bones!)

It is extremely important not to wait till the last minute for finals, and I cannot stress it enough to people who go home for breaks. It may not be fun, but now some of my friends in Gross Anatomy have been texting me throughout the break extremely nervous because they did not go to any open labs before the break. They are worried because now they only have three days before the final to go and to study. I am so happy I started studying early. It really pays off because there is less stress and I feel confident.

Keeping Focus Over Break

Nov 29, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! With finals and final presentations coming up, studying everyday is critical, but I also know it is difficult to think about school while you are at home enjoying the break. I know I have not been able to think of anything but riding my horse for the first time since August! Here are some tips I find helpful to get work done and to still enjoy my break!IMG_1301

1. Preparation: Before break, it is good to lay out all the work and studying you need to accomplish for the rest of the semester. That way, you have an idea of what you need to get done.

2. Make a plan! It is good to then get a calendar or planner and create a schedule of when you are going to get your work done. For example: My Wednesday of break was going to be devoted to my Psychology Essay and study Gross Anatomy Lecture and Lab for two hours. My Thursday was devoted to Gross Anatomy Lecture and Lab for three hours. It has been very helpful planning out my days because it forces me to make time for it (force because i would rather be playing with my pets than homework!), and it relieves a lot of stress knowing I am getting my work done, and I won’t be cram studying before my finals.

3. Stay devoted! It is important to treat your work like a class. You need the thought process of: you never miss class (hopefully), and you should not miss out on your study/homework time over break either. This way, you are not putting off all your work till the Sunday we get back. I did this last year and was so stressed because studying after a five hour car ride is NOT very fun.

4. Pick a time of the day and schedule the rest of your day around it as if it were a class. I made all my study time in the mornings when I woke up so I could have the rest of the day to do whatever I wanted. It is also a good feeling knowing it’s done and out of the way for the day.

5. Relax and have fun! The break is supposed to be relaxing, and some people get more stressed than relaxed over the break. Relaxation, eating right and sleeping well will benefit your health and get you all geared up and revived to do your best finals week.

I hope these tips helped! Good luck on finals and have a safe trip back to Utica!

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

The information provided can be found (and you can learn more about NSLS) at


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!