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Freshmen Fifteen: 15 Facts to Know & Learn During Your First Year!

Aug 27, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Seeing all of the new people on campus today really brought me back to 2011 when was in their shoes. I remember being so concerned & worried over the littlest things, only to find out later, they didn’t matter.

Here’s some facts & advice to all of the freshmen out there:

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1) Know that this is NOT High School: 

I remember being so nervous about (literally) EVERYTHING during my first week on campus. Granted, I’m a commuter, so I didn’t have half of the worries some others did, but still.

I had to keep reminding myself that college was NOT like high school. People really could have cared less about what I wore or what my book bag looked like. They were not as judgmental as in high school.

2) Maturity is key:

I seriously cannot stress this enough. You’re in college now. Act like it. The main difference between high school & college is that college is a voluntary experience. No one is forcing you to go. You’re there because you want to be. So, it’s time to lace up those maturity pants, ladies & gents!

3) Don’t abuse your freedom:

With college, comes a lot of freedom. You have the power over what classes you want to take, the time you want them or if you even want to go to class that day. The point: go to class. It is so unbelievably tempting not to, but you’re only hurting yourself.

4) Take complete advantage of Amazon:

Here’s one thing that I wish I knew back then! Unless you like spending oodles of dollars on textbooks & pouring your money down the drain, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT buy from the bookstore. Sure, there are some rare occasions when the bookstore is actually cheaper than Amazon, but trust me when I say rare. Do yourself a favor: AMAZON. 

5) Plan. Plan. Plan.

College has definitely turned me into quite the planner. It’s so important to grab those skills. As soon as I see the syllabus, I try to see what assignments I can get done in advance, so I’m not bombarded later. Plus, it saves me from those dreaded all nighters. (PS: I have yet to do one!)

6) Learn organization!

My first semester of freshmen year, I was probably the most unorganized person on earth. Papers everywhere. From notebooks, to just being thrown in my bag. I was still in that adjustment period obviously! Don’t be like that. Organize your materials. Life will be much easier.

7) Be yourself:

Nothing is better than going through life than simply being you. Not putting on a show or a fake appearance…nobody appreciates that. At all. College is the time to expand your mind, expand yourself & to get out of your comfort zone, NOT to worry about fitting in with the rest of the crowd.

8) Keep an open mind:

You’re going to meet so many new & exciting people in your first year. People from all over the country, even people from all over the world. Keep an open mind & good perspective. You never know what you can learn from someone.

9) Utilize Pinterest:

Oddly enough, if you’re looking for great study tips, or even great study apps to download, hit up Pinterest! Seriously, you can find out a plethora of information on that site simply by typing what you need in the search bar.

10) The Library will become your friend:

This applies to every single student, commuters included. You’ll probably spend more time in the library than you will in class itself! Between research papers, study groups, etc, it’s going to quickly become a familiar place.

11) Utilize your professors:

Your professors are there to help & guide you. If you need help, don’t be afraid to go to them. Go to the office hours, meet with them after class, e-mail them. Don’t just go through the motions, especially if you’re struggling in a course.

12) Do your research:

No, not just the assignments your professors give you. You just picked a major, you’re starting in on a whole new journey, make sure it’s the one you want to take. Research what the major entails. Research the courses & read what they’re all about. Research the job market & future opportunities. You may be surprised by what you find.

13) Make smart mistakes.

Mistakes are inevitable in this thing we call life. The thing is, don’t be stupid about them. Don’t do things that you’ll regret because you have this new found freedom. Have fun, but really, don’t be stupid.

14) Don’t give in to pressure:

College is all about opening yourself up & enjoying life, but never compromise yourself. If you go to a party & don’t want to drink, don’t do it. Plain & simple. If people can’t accept that, so be it. That’s their problem, not yours.

15) Get involved:

The only way to experience everything that college has to offer is by getting involved in sports or organizations. Joining Circle K was a great decision I made!

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Top 10 Best Ways to Procrastinate

Jul 28, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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We procrastinators share a special bond; we get each other. Nobody else understands why we put off assignments and tasks until the last second and voluntarily subject ourselves to working under pressure, but that’s okay. No one needs to get it but us.

One of the most annoying problems procrastinators face is when they run out of ways to procrastinate. How are you supposed to justify not doing your work if you’ve got nothing else to do? That simply won’t fly. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to procrastinate so you never have to run out of things to do when you should be doing other things.

1. Buzzfeed

This is hands-down the number one reason I procrastinate when on my computer. Buzzfeed is an abyss of procrastination potential, especially because of its infinite feed format. You keep scrolling, but it never really ends.

The site features posts compiled by BF staff and contributing site readers, and there is no limit to the topic of each post. Most of them are “listicles,” meaning that they are articles in the format of the list. Almost all the posts are hilarious, but they do serious, in-depth news articles addressing crucial current events as well.

The best thing about BF is that there is something for everyone. Whether you like food, Harry Potter, sports, cats, Chipotle, make-up, feminism, or whatever, you’ll find posts about it on BF.

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2. Pinterest

Contrary to popular believe, Pinterest is not just for the ladies. Like Buzzfeed, there is something for everyone on Pinterest. It covers food, tattoos, nail art, make-up, animals, cars, celebrities – you name it.

Some people don’t understand how it works until they actually start using it. Think of it as a collection of online bulletin boards. You find pictures of things you like on the web and then pin them to the appropriate board. For example, say you love cooking and you found this great recipe on a food blog with a drool-worthy photo. You can pin that delicious picture to your “Recipes to Try” board.

The boards are customizable, and you can make any you like. If you’re planning a wedding, make a “Wedding Inspiration” board. If you’re into fitness, make a “Fitness” board.

Pinterest is great for procrastinating because it never ends. Just keep looking through all the stuff you like and pinning away.

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3. Baking/Cooking

This is a great way to procrastinate because it is actually productive. Plus, you can make it a two-for-one procrastinating session if you look on Pinterest for recipes.

If you’re procrastinating, it’s probably because you’re bored with what you’re supposed to be doing. And if you’re bored, you’re probably hungry. It just makes sense that you get in the kitchen and hone your cooking skills. It’s a legitimately useful ability to have!

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4. Online Shopping

Regular shopping works too, but online shopping can be done in the comfort of your pajamas, and there’s less chance you’ll order something online. With the internet, you have every one of your favorite stores at your fingertips. The possibilities are endless.

Go look for those new sneakers you need for the gym, or find a dress for your UC graduation ceremony. If you really want to torture yourself, you can look at adoptable pets in your area. Again, that is actually a productive way to procrastinate because animals need homes!

5. Cleaning

The only time I clean is when I don’t want to be doing something else. Even if you don’t live your life like a tornado like I do, there are literally always things that need cleaning. I bet you the top of your ceiling fan needs a dusting, and vacuuming is always necessary. Do some laundry, organize your closet, or clean your oven.

6. Movie Marathon

Pick out your favorite movies, make some snacks, and procrastinate the day away. This one never gets old because there are always new movies to watch. The best thing is binge-watching a franchise like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

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7. De-Clutter

It’s time to purge the stuff you no longer need. Again, this is  very useful way to procrastinate. I guarantee you’ve got stuff laying around that you’ll never use again. Grab two garbage bags, one marked “To Donate” and one marked “To Trash.” Fill them up and de-clutter your space. It is an especially good idea to get in your closet and do this.

8. Thought Catalog

This is similar to Buzzfeed in that it has articles covering all kinds of topics, and they are all reader-submitted. However, it is in a blog format as opposed to a feed. Honestly, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine because some of the stuff submitted is quality and thought-provoking, but some of it is controversial garbage. It is a ball to read some of the more ridiculous articles, and it’s even more fun to troll through the comment section.

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9. Work Out

If you hate working out, this won’t appeal to you, but it is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I honestly don’t even consider it procrastinating sometimes though because it de-stresses me while doing something good for my body, so it really is a necessary act.

Best of all, working out is customizable. You get to pick what you want to do, and for how long. Run for 30 minutes or dance for an hour; it doesn’t matter. You’ll sleep better too, which will help you in the long run when you finally have to finish that assignment that’s due tomorrow.

10. Nap

This has to be the best one. There is nothing like napping when you should be doing a million other things. Naps are fun, refreshing, and anyone can take them!

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Moose-a-Palooza

May 7, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend was Moose-a-Palooza! For those of you who are (sadly) uneducated on what exactly that is, read on! And for those of you aware of the festivity, read on to see what you missed. (Or totally participated in.)

Typically Moose-a-Palooza is the end of a week long list of campus events, put on by UCPB, which occur the last full week of classes. On that Saturday there is typically things to do outside, carnival games, and (free!) food. I was in the process of studying for finals while the events were occurring, so it was nice to take a short break and enjoy the fun.

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(People enjoying Moose-a-Palooza this year.)

There are always shirts which go along with the events, and this year the shirts were provided free to students with ID. …And when you say free clothes, I am so there. There was actually a competition held to design the shirt for this year.

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(This year there was a blow up “obstacle course” which allowed for two people to race at once.)

There are always numerous things to do. This year there was laser tag, a blow up obstacle course, carnival games, a photo booth, the opportunity to get an airbrush tattoo, and so many other things. There was even a live band.

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(The band played numerous covers! Including Ed Sheeran…which is always a good choice, in my personal opinion.)

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(My friend and I got matching tattoos, unknowingly, mine was done ironically because I do not like spiders. Not at all.)

One of the coolest things was one of the blow up “games/contraptions(?)” (I’m not really sure what to call them.) But, there was a giant “wrecking ball” game which allowed people to try to push others off of platforms. If you’ve ever seen the tv show wipeout, it kind of was like that. …which is not really an adequate description, but it was really fun.

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(I obviously was incredibly good at it…just kidding. I was the second person to be knocked down.)

Basically, the only thing you really need to know about Moose-a-Palooza is that it is fun. Like. A lot of fun. Plus, it is free. Fun and free are are two of my favorite things as a college student. And, if you’re anything like me, they’re your favorite as well. So, if you went this year, good for you. But if not, be sure to try to attend next year! You won’t regret it!

 

Campus Security

Apr 30, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

real random post but i love the campus security at UC like here mad cool i mean i know at other places there might be some conflict but here there really cool i mean don’t get me wrong like they don’t pay games when it comes to breaking the rules but other than that they really respect you as a person and give you respect. I really have a great relationship with these women and man. i’m really thankful for having these people in my life to not only keep me safe but to talk with and share my concerns with. i just thought i should really let you guys know about the great job that this campus security really does thank you

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Apr 25, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

How you guys doing again its a beautiful day in Utica and a even better day at Utica College today’s our Midnight cookout. We will be have so much food , drinks and music ! …. You have to love this campus for the events that are thrown because it always ends with everyone being together have a great time I can’t wait for later guys and next week I will be posting three helpful blogs for you guys it get down to the end of classes and close to summer

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Why College Students Should Forgo Tanning

Apr 24, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine
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Look, kid, you’re young. Should you live to be the average age of a human being, you’ve still got several decades left in the skin you’re wearing. I don’t know many people who want their skin to resemble beef jerky when they’re older, and yet I know plenty of them who ask for that by lying in a tanning bed, AKA a human oven, on a regular basis.

If you step back and think about it, the intentional act of tanning (as in, not when you spend time outside and just happen to get some color as a result) is an incredibly ludicrous endeavor. All the time, we preach about being comfortable with the skin we’re in, and yet we’ll spend hours lying motionless under UV rays just to make our skin a few shades darker. Shouldn’t we instead just appreciate the spectrum of skin tones out there?

Furthermore, tanning is one of the biggest time-wasters. There’s not much you can do while tanning; you have to be still and make sure you’re not using anything that will cause weird tanlines. Basically, your options are to read or listen to music. Why subject yourself to complete boredom for an hour or more if you don’t have to?

You’re also bound to get sweaty, and you’ll probably rub yourself down with sticky tanning oil. It doesn’t make sense that doing nothing would make you that gross afterward. If you want to get sweaty, go to the gym instead. Now that’s a good use of your time.

It’s proven that sun exposure causes early aging, which is why you’ll see many avid tanners with not-so-smooth skin, even at a young age. Think about what happens to just about anything when you bake it: it dries out and shrivels up. Your skin is doing the same thing, except moisturizer isn’t going to save you. You’ll wind up with wrinkles much sooner than you anticipated, which is hardly worth skin a few shades darker now.

But here’s the big reason why college students should forgo tanning: skin cancer. Everyone thinks “It won’t happen to me,” but it can and it does. No one is immune. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.

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What people really need to realize is how silly it is to put yourself in direct risk of cancer just to darken their skin tone for a little while. It is not like the skin-darkening caused by tanning is permanent; you have to constantly upkeep it, wasting time in the tanning bed and exposing yourself to damaging UV rays again and again.

Take it from a girl who’s about as pale as pale gets: it’s not so bad. I just think about how nice and wrinkle-free my skin will be years from now, and that makes it all the better. I certainly haven’t the time or patience for tanning anyway.

 

So You’re Taking a Summer Class

Apr 18, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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You might think you know what you’re getting into with summer classes, but it’s a whole different game. Summer classes are condensed versions of what you take during a normal fall or spring semester, and they’re consequently that much more intense.

Each summer class runs for about a month as opposed to the four month time span you’re used to. That means summer class professors have to take four months’ of information and squeeze it into one very short month. That’s why your summer class is probably held every day of the week.

I learned the hard way that procrastination absolutely does not work in the summer. In truth, procrastination is never an efficient or helpful method, but if you default to your procrastinating ways during a summer class, you will not survive. This is because you simply don’t have the time to put things off.

In the class I took last summer, we had a weekly exam. It sounds like a lot, but again, it’s a much shorter time span, and it made sense, equating to about four tests. I often put off studying until the night before, and it was always a huge disaster. I wound up pulling all-nighters almost every week, and completely burnt myself out.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Quite simply, just don’t procrastinate. Even if you’re a procrastinator at heart like I was, you just have to remember that you only have to act like an on-top-of-things productive human being for a month. You can handle that.

You’re likely to have a smaller class in the summer, which is great because you can develop a closer relationship with your professor, and there will be more time for questions. You’ll develop a little bond with whoever is in your class because you’re all in the same boat.

You’ll also probably have to be willing to take initiative. There likely won’t be as much time for dissecting things and going over topics as in-depth as you might prefer in class, so you’ll have to be willing to work hard outside of class and get help from your professor. And don’t forget how helpful your good friend the internet is. Can’t figure something out? Try Googling it before you implode.

Most of all, give yourself a pat on the back. It might seem like a drag to take a summer class at first because you’re passing up what’s supposed to be a break, but think of the lighter semesters to come that you’ll have as a result.

Just stay calm and remember to manage your time wisely. You probably cannot go out partying every night and get through your summer class alive. But if you’re diligent, you’ll do just fine.

15 Tips for Mind, Body & Soul Spring Cleaning

Apr 15, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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When spring rolls in, we feel like new people waking up from a long sleep. We’re like bears after hibernation, or caterpillars turned butterflies through metamorphosis. We feel ready for a new beginning and a new season.

To obtain this refreshed feeling, many of us defer to a little spring cleaning. But did you know there’s more you can do to reawaken yourself than dusting china (do people even own china anymore?)?

  1. Get a new haircut. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic; you can opt for a simple trim and layers. Or, if you are feeling bold, feel free to shed those heavy locks for something lighter and fresher. You can even experiment with spring colors. A new haircut can go a long way.
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  2. Paint your nails. With all the fun springy shades available now, the possibilities are endless. Pastels are always a great option.
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    The strawberry nails I did

    Embrace color!

    Embrace color!

  3. Embrace springtime scents. Whether it’s Yankee Candles or Bath and Body Works, there are some amazing ways to tantalize your olfactory senses. The light, fresh smells of the season will energize you and perk you up.

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    Image from Bath & Body Works

  4. Open the windows. I will be the first to say I’m not always a fan of bringing the outdoors indoors, but sometimes it is very refreshing to throw those windows open.
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  5. Embrace seasonal produce. Strawberries, asparagus, greens, carrots, leeks, lemons, peas and more are all in season right now. Get your paws on them while the gettin’ is good, and whip up some mouth-watering seasonal recipes.
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  6. Take a walk. This might not sound exciting, but you haven’t been able to take a walk all winter! It doesn’t have to be high-intensity or a workout. Just do it for the fresh air and sunshine.

    I know it looks like winter here, but alas, this is from March!

    I know it looks like winter here, but alas, this is from March!

  7. Sport spring shades. Pick out some bright colors and pastels to incorporate into your wardrobe. You can feel free to do some spring shopping, or just break out favorites from last year.

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    Pastels!

  8. Make the switch to iced. Iced coffee and tea doesn’t seem so appealing in the dead of winter, but now that the sun is shining again, get your butt to a Dunkin Donuts or local cafe and grab some icy cold goodness.

    Everyone loves iced coffee!

    Everyone loves iced coffee!

  9. Study outside. Grab your books or laptop and take a seat under the sun for a while.

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    Image from Utica College

  10. Try new make-up. I’m not a make-up wearer, but for you folks who are, grab some bright colors and switch it up.

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    Photo from makeupgeek.com

  11. Wear something new. Have you never bought colored capris before? Or perhaps you’ve never dawned a hot pair of wedges. Whatever it is, give something new a try and update your look.

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    I’d never worn a dress like this before, bonus point for pastel shades!

  12. Try yoga. A lot of these tips will switch up your appearance, but yoga will refresh your mind, body and spirit. New to the yoga scene? You can take BodyFlow, a 55-minute yoga/tai chi/pilates class designed for all skill levels, at Powerhouse Gym right down the road from the college! Try a class for free, or get a membership and classes are included.
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  13. Eat something cool. Get yourself a refreshingly icy strawberry lemonade or dive into some ice cream. These are things we typically only consume when it’s warm, so enjoying your first one of the season will automatically make you feel refreshed and spring-ready.
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  14. Flaunt your florals. Whether it’s shirts, skirts, scarves, bags, or the like, try out all the beautiful floral patterns blooming throughout stores this time of year. That will give you spring fever for sure.

    This floral skirt has "spring" written all over it.

    This floral skirt has “spring” written all over it.

  15. Drop the negativity. It’s easier said than done, but find something that’s really been bringing you down, and get it out of your life. Pick something realistic; you’re 3/4 of the way through the semester, so now is not the time to drop that really hard class. But you can avoid people that treat you badly or stop trying to force down that vegetable that you’re just never going to start liking. Nix the negative thoughts that plague your head when you look in the mirror, focusing on what looks good instead of what you don’t like. If something is causing you more stress than it’s actually worth, than you might want to re-evaluate it.

weekend recap

Apr 14, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

Good Morning everyone ….. this past week was great. With Miss UC and the crossing of the new PBS members was amazing. Nothing but great vibes and good times on Utica college campus. But the best thing that happen this week was the amazing weather that we were blessed with. Everyone was out on the quad relaxing playing can jam , throwing baseballs , footballs , kicking soccer balls everything you could name the quad had it was jumping. I think thats what makes Utica a great place like people form relationships on days like these because people are just so open i made a lot of new friends today and i got to increase my all ready founded friendships. This week was has we say LIT!!!!!!!!!

Quad Season?

Apr 14, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

imageThis weekend was absolutely beautiful, who knew that spring in Utica would be so nice. Is it the beginning of Quad season? Let’s see… Saturday was in the 60′s and many people were outside; however,  sunday reached a high of 82 degrees, you know what that means… It’s Quad season. This weekend the Quad was filled with many people doing all types of things; playing football, soccer, baseball, frisbee and others just sitting or laying in the grass, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. Is this nice weather planning on sticking around? Or will the weather go back to it’s usual ways?  As I look at the weather forecast for this week, it says it’s supposed to snow on Tuesday but it’s going to be at a low of 28 degrees and a high of 61 degrees. The real question is, will it actually snow in April? But then again, you need to remember it is Utica, anything is possible when it comes to the weather. The rest of the week looks great, hope it doesn’t change. The wait for spring is officially over, I know myself and many others are very excited for winter to have passed.