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.

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, theres 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!


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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!)


Playing Nicely With Others…

Sep 9, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

loathingAs you guys know, I am an Occupational Therapy major. In the majors of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, basically ANYTHING in the health field, along with many other fields of study; TEAMWORK is a key role. Throughout the total 40 hours of observation hours I have accumulated between PT and OT, the biggest concept that my mentors have stressed to me is the importance of teamwork. They have told me that anyone that cannot work with others (or doesn’t like to) has no business in the health field. This is what brings me to the dilemma I have recently faced in one of my Health Studies classes…

In my Health Studies class, we were assigned a simple project, which included that we must work in groups of threes. The class is pretty assorted by which I mean that no one really knew each other that well. I however, knew two people in the class and immediately wanted to work with them. When it came time to pick groups, the two people who sit beside me (we will refer to them as Tom and Jerry) asked if I would like to work with them and I said yes because I figured it would be nice to meet new people. Long story short, I had a terrible group project experience. I did all the planning, all the work and the worst part was that my partners had no respect for me. I was about to talk to my teacher about changing groups when I realized that when I get into the real world as an OT, I may have to work with people like the ones in my group. I decided I would remain in my group and work through it, so I looked up some tips for handling these kinds of issues…

  • Make assigned tasks and progress reports visible to everyone. This will keep members motivated and on point.
  • Try to communicate with the people you are having problems with. Feel free to share your feelings–but do not lose your temper.
  • Hold a meeting to discuss the project and the desired results in detail before getting started.
  • Make sure that work is equally distributed among the group.
  • Do not get angry with people who are not following through on commitments. Be the bigger person: find out what the problem is and how you can help.
  • The opportunity to work with difficult people in business school will give you the practice you need to deal with difficult co-workers in the post-graduation world.team

I hope these tips help you guys out as much as they helped me, I will be sure to follow through with these tips the next time I have to do a group project so I do not end up in the situation I was in this time!


Looking for Something New?!

Sep 2, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

Unknown Hey fellow Pioneers! I would first like to say WELCOME TO THE UC FAMILY to all of the new members of the college and that I hope everyone had a great summer! Whether you are a returning student or someone new to campus, I think everyone should be aware of the great clubs and organizations offered at UC. Anyone can join the clubs and organizations on campus even if they have no experience (such as the fencing club!). Now, there are MANY  clubs and organizations offered on campus, so I will not be writing about all of them, but I will inform you of a couple of the clubs and organizations that I have participated in and and plan on joining!

The first club that I was introduced to on campus is The League of Extraordinary Nerds. The club is basically what it entitles, if you are nerdy about something, you can join! Some things that you may be nerdy about are movies, video games, technology, ect. I have recently become a Walking Dead addict and plan on joining L.E.N! The club does a variety of activities and events to accommodate to everyone’s nerdy side, making the members feel comfortable and proud of their “nerdy” side! Rick-and-Daryl-in-The-Walking-Dead Another club that Ive actually participated in is the Fencing Club! Last fall I joined simply because it looked like fun and I had always wanted to try it. It requires no experience (all experience levels are welcome) and the coach for it patiently takes you step by step through the basics. I was a bit nervous going into it, not knowing anyone else in it and having no experience but I assure you the coach and other members are very welcoming! If you do have experience, there are other experienced students and even faculty members who are willing to duel!

This is me fencing another student! (I am wearing the pink shirt under my vest)

This is me fencing another student! (I am wearing the pink shirt under my vest)

There are so many more clubs and organizations to choose from for people of all different interests such as academics, fraternities and sororities, athletics, hobbies and so forth! This is the link to the website where you can look further into all of the different clubs and organizations, enjoy and get active!



Intergenerational Clean Up Day

May 5, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

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

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

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

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

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




So much to do in so little time!

Apr 24, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

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

Stress can cause:

Over/under eating

Anxiety and irritability

Lack of sleep



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

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

Treat yourself to a nice dinner

Go to the zoo with friends

Play video games or read a book for fun

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

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

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