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.

10 Cheap Games to Play on the Quad

Apr 8, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

The weather is getting nice and that means QUAD DAYS!!!!! Here are some fun and cheap games you can get for indoor and outdoor use!

1. Cards Against Humanity: Best card game ever… I cried multiple times from laughing so hard! It is great to play inside and it will be even better with a crowd in the hot sun on the quad!

2. Kan Jam: An awesome game which involves a team of two competing for points by throwing a frisbee into “Kan’s” (a plastic circle that resembles a garbage can.

3. Good ole game of catch! Get a cheap baseball/softball and glove from Walmart and play catch with your friends. I love playing catch, even though I am horrible!

4. Football: get a football and play with your friends!

5. Kickball: Get a $5 rubber ball from Five Below and get a kickball game going!

6. Wiffle Ball: You can also get a $5 Wiffle Ball set at Five Below! So much fun, especially for those who may not feel comfortable with their baseball/softball skills!

7. Uno: get a fun game of Uno going! Over Spring Break my boyfriend and I were playing with my brother and his girlfriend when it was rainy and we had a blast!

8. Twister: this game is even better now than it was years ago! Try it with your friends!

9. Capture the Flag: All you need is two old shirts and friends ready to play! This campus is awesome for it and a lot of people love it!

10. Poker: I have never really mastered this game, but I know a lot of people who do!

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Upcoming Events I am SUPER Pumped for!

Apr 8, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey everyone! With the nice weather coming out, the campus will soon be more alive than ever with activity! Here is a list of events that I am SUPER PUMPED for!!!!!!!!


4/19 Gay-Straight Alliance will be having their Annual Drag Show! Professional Kings and Queens will be performing and it is FREE for UC students! This show really is amazing and its also inspirational to see how people embrace themselves!

Moose Madness Week:

4/20 School Spirit Day, Wear blue & orange! and Campus Scavenger Hunt! I am so excited to show my Orange and Blue! I will definitely win!

4/21 Moose Madness Trivia Night, Pub 5pm  Look out, my team will be unstoppable!

4/22 Arcade games and crafts in the pub 12-4 and Sailesh Hypnosis @ 7pm

4/23 The Great Regurgitater- he swallows goldfish and brings them back! 8pm

4/24 UC Student Showcase pub

4/25 Inflatables in Res Quad 12-4, BBQ in lounge

4/25 FREE CONCERT to UC Students to see the X Ambassador ft: Royal Tongues at 4:30

4/26 One of my favorite walks! March to End Alzheimer’s presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, you can join a team or make one by going to http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=7672&pg=entry I will be walking with the Utica College Student Occupational Therapy organization!

You can find out more about whats going on campus by checking out the UCPB calendar! At:





Staying Awake in Night Class…

Mar 26, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

As fun and exciting as classes are, sometimes you may choose to take a night class from 6:30-9:20 pm and if you are a morning person like me, you may be a bit drowsy by this time at night! I personally do enjoy taking night classes because it means you only have the class once a week and allows for more time to work on the materials outside of class. On the other hand, sometimes it is hard after a long day to go and be bright eyed and bushy tailed for night class and that is why I have had to come up with these ideas for staying awake in night class.

1. This is sort of obvious, especially for college students, but getting a little coffee is not a bad idea! I do not drink coffee in the mornings of “Night Class Nights” because I want to save it for night class! Remember that drinking too much coffee can be unhealthy. Drinking a bottle of water can also keep you refreshed and energetic, if you are not a big coffee drinker, or just want to be healthier.

2. Write your notes! Many professors put their notes in Powerpoint and allow students to print the notes before class so they can just take little notes on the side. I believe it is very beneficial to go to class without the printed notes, take the notes and then print out the Powerpoint slides to make sure I get all of the information. This will help you retain the information better and stay focussed in class. Professor Pack tells his students all the time to write out notes instead of printing them out because it leaves a lasting imprint on memory (when I learn more about it in Neuro I will be sure to share the information with you!) I know this is a big study aid for me, while helping me stay awake!

3. Wear a nice outfit! Most people, including myself, just want to wear sweatpants and comfy clothes to night class, but this will just make you feel more sleepy. It is better to wear a nicer outfit or less comfortable clothes (than sweatpants) because it will make you less likely to feel like you are about to go to bed. I am not saying you have to be uncomfortable or wear fancy attire to night class, just wear something you would not sleep in!

4. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before or take a nap before going to night class. This way you will still be energetic and your mind will still be ready to learn for your night class! It is important to get all of the information from your classes as you can.

5. Eat a good, healthy meal before hand! I know 6:30 is usually my dinner time, so it is important to make sure you get a good meal before night class so you can stay focussed and energized. Although it probably would not help to eat a lot of turkey before night class… (they have a chemical that makes you sleepy!) You can also take snacks and gum to chew in your night class to help you stay awake.

Reasons to go to Admissions Events as an Incoming Freshman

Mar 26, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey everyone! As you guys know, I work for Utica College Admissions as an Ambassador-Tele counselor! I work to call students who are interested in Utica College and help them out with the admissions process and answer any questions they may have. At admissions events such as Open Houses and Accepted Students Day’s, myself and the rest of the admissions staff show students and their families around Utica College, answer their questions, inform them of the college and make them feel welcome! This Saturday (March, 28) is the first Accepted Student Day of the semester and I am so excited to meet everyone! I love talking to students interested in Utica College because I remember how nervous I was when I was looking into colleges and I remember all of the questions I wanted to ask that I wanted true answers for! (Check out my previous post for questions and TRUE answers I give to students!) Now that you know why I like to work the admissions events, these are the reasons why you should attend admissions events (such as Accepted Students Day) as a student interested in Utica College…


Utica College Accepted Student Days offer accepted students and their family members the opportunity to gain a stronger perspective of a day in the life of a UC student through a series of sessions that will discuss the student/family experience, academic programs, and student life at UC.  Students and their family members will also have an opportunity to have lunch in our Dining Commons and go on a campus tour.

1. At the Accepted Student Day, you and your family are invited (for free) to check out Utica College in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Looking at colleges is a big step in a person’s life and can be quite frankly, terrifying. At Utica College, the admissions team works to make you and your family feel welcome and comfortable as possible while getting important information. I know that when I was looking at colleges, the other colleges I was accepted into (9 not including Utica!) did not make me feel nearly as comfortable as Utica did. This comfortability is the reason I picked Utica College over the nine other colleges and universities I looked into.

2. You will never be lost or have to wonder where to go! On a few of the admissions events I went to for other colleges, my family and I were confused and even got lost. The admissions staff at Utica make sure you know where to go and help you completely throughout the day. This made it a lot easier for me my freshman year at Utica College because I had a great sense of where everything was located.

3. You get to meet and talk to students that attend Utica College of varying majors, who are in different clubs and activities and that participate in sports! This allows for the incoming/accepted students to get many perspectives from the students attending Utica College and allows for many questions to get answered!

4. You get to meet faculty members and professors for your major! This is a great way to get more information on the programs you are interested in and a way for you to meet the people who will soon  become like family to you!

5. You overall get to learn anything and everything about the college. You get to speak with professors, faculty members, students, you can go on a tour of the college and the residence halls and even eat lunch at our dining commons! It really is the best way to learn everything about the college before actually attending to make sure it is the perfect college for you and fits all of your needs.

Taking an Online Class

Mar 12, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey everyone! This semester has been hectic so far with my schedule containing: Neuro Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Anthropology, Clinical Research and Senior Seminar! That does not even include my jobs on campus, clubs and other activities (like sleeping!) With such a busy schedule, it was hard to find time to fit all of my classes into a working schedule and that meant I had to take an online course. I had never taken an online class before, but I had heard of the mixed reactions students have to them. I decided to take Senior Seminar online and was a bit confused in the beginning, but it has definitely turned out to be a great experience! Here are my personal pros and cons to taking an online class. Just remember, these were my personal pros and cons and everyone will have different opinions about it!


1. I have a week to get the work done and I am able to get it done when I have the time to

2. I was unable to fit all of my lecture classes into my schedule, so taking an online class allowed me to get all of my course requirements

3. The discussion forums that the class participates in has helped me learn a lot more than if I was simply sitting in a classroom because I am very engaged

4. The professor replies instantly to any questions that I have

5. The first couple weeks taking the online course was laid back so everyone had the time to get used to having an online course

IMG_1787Oh and did I mention the BEST Pro to taking an online course? You can do it in your PAJAMAS!!!!!!!


1. Sometimes the work may be confusing and you have to communicate online with your professor.

2. You cannot speak with your professor in office hours, you must email them.

3. You have to make sure you have the motivation to make yourself do the work. (Unlike in a classroom setting where the professors take attendance and insist on you showing up!)

4. All class communication is online, unless you meet your classmates on your own time.

Overall, I really enjoy taking an online class due to my busy schedule. It was benefitted me a lot and even though I am slightly computer illiterate and was confused in the beginning, I was able to figure everything out and I am now excelling in my online class. If you ever consider taking an online class, just make sure you take into consideration your schedule and remember: taking an online class does not mean it is easy; it just means you are able to participate in class on your own time (in the course of a week).

America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk

Mar 12, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 I participated in my first America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk at Utica College! I have heard so many positive comments about the run/walk and I figured I would give it a shot. Turns out, it really was an amazing event! I walked the five mile event on behalf of the National Society for Leadership and Success and I walked with the Utica College fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta. It was amazing to see all of the students and student organizations that were involved with the run/walk. IMG_1757This is a picture I took of the people ahead of me participating in the walk, there were so many!

The American Heart Association is the “largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases” and the diseases account for the #1 and #4 top causes of death in America.

(More info on http://heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/help/helpEventInfo.asp?ievent=1110889&lis=1&kntae1110889=B889A50D29CE459BA77DE26F0AA24CF5)

America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk 2015 at Utica College has made (so far) $646, 718!! How awesome is that?! This event was for a great cause and was such an inspiration. It was so inspiring to see so many people joining the run/walk and seeing all the support from the neighborhood. There were signs in people’s yards, there were children cheering on runners/walkers in their home, there were friendly onlookers throwing out candy and water to the runners/walkers, the support was intense! The support just showed how tight knit of a community Utica College is apart of and how complete strangers can come together for a great cause! I definitely plan on participating next year and I recommend the event to everyone!

IMG_1762At the end of the walk!



How to Feel More at Home

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Coming from farming country, a close-knit family and pets running around, it was a big transition for me when I first came to Utica College. I therefore found myself homesick, not because of the college, but because of the dramatic difference in lifestyle I had to adjust to. Over the past three years, I have found some ways to make the adjustment so Utica feels more like home than school.

1. Have “family” dinners: At home I have family dinners every night at the dinner table and when I came here it was a lot different. My friends and I started having a “family” dinner time (just a time we could all go eat dinner together) and it really helped! It sounds weird, but being away from family makes you depend on your friends more for support and they become a type of family. Although your family is always there for you no matter where you are!

2. Call your family: Its always so nice to call my family and hear about whats going on at home. For me, I love when I can hear my old grandfather clock and my dogs barking in the background just as much as hearing my family’s voices.

3. Bring stuff from home! It may sound like a waste of space, but I sometimes bring things back to set on my desk or around my room to make it feel like my real bedroom. I have a bunch of Nicholas Sparks books laying around my room (even if I do not have the time to read them here) because thats how my room is back at home.

4. Pictures! This may seem obvious, but sometimes people get worried others may judge them for having pictures of family or friends or pets on the wall. I love having pictures throughout my room. It reminds me I have an amazing support system back home waiting for me… And a horse, two goats, three dogs…IMG_1707

5. Posters and Decorations! When I found out that Utica could be colder than Alaska at times, I decided I wanted my room to be a beach theme to remind myself that it will get warm and sunny! I always find comfort in going back to my room because of all the colors and decorations I have in my room. It covers up the brick walls and makes it feel “homey”. My friends even say that my room is so cozy!

PS: My beta fish also makes my room awesome!!! Sorry I could not get the picture to sit straight up and down! IMG_1708

5 Fun Things to do this Spring Around Utica

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

When I first came here, I was unaware of all the fun things to do around Utica College!! While you can still go skiing, when it gets warmer, try out these five fun activities!

1. Utica Zoo: I love the zoo!! There are over 200 animals from all over the world at the zoo and you can choose a guided tour, an animal encounter or even just tour around. It is also a great time for relaxation and fun. I went with a bunch of my friends and had a lot of fun learning about the different animals! Check out http://uticazoo.org/animals/FullSizeRender

2. Saranac Brewery Tour: This place is really cool even if you are not 21! You take a tour through the brewery and you can have samples of the alcohol if you are 21 and samples of the soda if you are under 21! For more information go to http://www.saranac.com/tours/

3. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute: Another great place if you just want to relax or if you love art! I have never really been the “artsy” type, but I really enjoyed the art the museum has to offer and historical significance. Learn more at http://www.mwpai.org/visit/

4. The War Club Paintball Park: This is a blast! Its the largest paintball park in central NY and has paintball for people of all ages and experience levels. I had never done it before and I had so much fun! Check it out on http://thewarclub.com

5. Pixley Falls State Park: My boyfriend and I went hiking last spring here and it was beautiful! It was the perfect place to just relax before the stress of finals week. There is a 50 foot waterfall, picnic areas, a nature trail and trout streams. Check it out on http://nysparks.com/parks/32/details.aspxFullSizeRender-1



My Favorite Class at Utica College

Feb 11, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

I have had many enjoyable classes at Utica College between my Health Studies classes (that I got all A’s in) and my English classes (English is one of my favorite subjects!). However, my favorite class was probably one of the more difficult courses I have taken and did not come easy to me.

My favorite class so far has been Gross Anatomy. I took Gross Anatomy last semester and I can tell you right now that it did not become my favorite, or even close to a favorite class until the end of the semester. It started out pretty rough for me between the constant memorization and getting used to the cadavers in lab. I have never been the type of person who can just memorize things right away and it made lecture very frustrating for me. I was also very uncomfortable in lab when we first got started because of the smell and the dissections of the cadavers.

As you can imagine, I did not do very well in the beginning of the semester! Then, after the second test that I was not very proud of, I figured I needed to make a change. I went to Professor Adam Pack, my awesome teacher for the class and he helped me tremendously! I also started meeting with the Teacher’s Assistants personally to help me with lecture and I started meeting with my lab partners for EVERY open lab I could go to. I even went to lab by myself when there was not anyone else there so I could study!  Before the third test, everyone in the class was asking me for study-method help and I even corrected a Teacher’s Assistant in what the Great Saphenous Vein was! I felt so confident and it definitely showed on the rest of my exams. I even got an A- on my cumulative lab exam!

When I started getting high grades in the class, I did start to feel better about the course and it was no longer a class of torture for me, but it still was not in my favorites list. It became my favorite class when I was finished with the course (even before I knew what my final grade would be) because I was using the information. I was completing my shadow hours for Occupational Therapy and my mentors would always tell me what physical impairments that patients had and I knew what they were talking about! It was like an epiphany! It finally clicked that all the days of hard studying actually paid off! I was able to remember everything from lab and I was able to put the information from lecture into it as well. During the course, you learn the anatomy of the body and the functions in sections, so when it was finally all put together in a real life situation, it made the hard work worth it! When everything clicked and was put into a real life perspective, Gross Anatomy became my favorite class.

Top 5 Questions & TRUE Answers About Utica College

Feb 11, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Hey everyone! Hope you guys are all staying safe and warm this semester! As you guys know, I am a Tele-counselor and I work the Open House events for incoming students. I was talking to a new Tele-counselor about some of the most popular questions I get from incoming students and I thought it would be helpful to write about them in case any incoming freshman see this blog! Between Open House events (which are an amazing opportunity to see Utica College) and Tele-counseling, these are the Top 5 questions I get…

1. What is there to do at/ around Utica College?

What isn’t there to do on/around Utica College campus? On campus there are always events going on that are put on by the student clubs/organizations, Student Activities and by Utica College Programing Board. Around Utica College, there is the Utica Zoo, many local (and awesome) restaurants, shopping, skiing in the winter, paintball and we are only a half an hour away from Syracuse, which has a lot of things to do! Also, Utica College has an amazing sports support team in which most of the students go to all of the sports games, even intramural sports, to support the college and each other.

2. What is the food like?

The food is pretty good and it keeps getting better! The Dining Commons has a lot of options and has recently been adding even more meals to the menu. For example, today for lunch there was a boneless wings bar!! How awesome is that?! There is always something for everyone and if you don’t feel like eating at the Dining Commons, you can always go to the Pioneer Pub in Streble!

3. Are the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy courses as difficult as people say?

I will not lie to you, the courses can be tough, but they are not nearly as bad as people say it is! I know when I came to college, a lot of people discouraged me by saying the program was impossible. I was terrified to start because I was an average student in high school and therefore I felt I was not ready. I stayed on top of my studies, bought a planner, used my professors office hours and studied as much as it took for me to understand the material. I have been really successful in the programs and it is by far not impossible!!! Do not let people discourage you, but do not expect to do well if you do not put your best effort forth. If you legitimately put forth the effort, you will do just fine and still have time for sports, work and other extracurricular activities!

4. What are the dorms like?

The dorms are a lot bigger than the dorms of other campuses I have visited! Freshman year, my roommate and I were able to have all of our “girl stuff” (TWO: bean bag chairs, full wardrobes/crazy amount of shoes, pet fish, a mini basketball hoop, rugs, refrigerators, garbage cans…ect. Oh, and we were still able to play Just Dance for Wii!!!). Yes, the dorms are pretty big considering all of the stuff my roommate and I had in our freshman dorm!

5. How can I make friends if I do not know anyone that goes to Utica College?

I did not know anyone either and I have met so many amazing people at Utica College! When I came, I went to the Orientation and Open House events and that is how I met my roommate! I also met a lot of friends (that I still have) and exchanged numbers with them at the events. Everyone is in the same awkward boat when coming to college, so don’t feel weird for exchanging numbers and randomly introducing yourself! I also met a lot of friends on my dorm floor Freshman year. My roommate and I kept our door open and everyone walking by came in and introduced themselves. It was really cool to see how friendly everyone was! Don’t be scared, just have a positive mindset that you will make friends and just make it happen! (You can also meet people through events on campus and clubs/organizations!)


If there are any other questions you have regarding Utica College from a student’s perspective, please feel free to comment on this blog! I promise to be honest and reply as soon as possible!