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.

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!


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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

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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!