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FINALS WEEK

Apr 28, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

you can smell the summer air , your shorts and tank tops are calling your name. you can see the beaches from your dorm room windows. It could only mean that school is coming to an end and that means FINaLS are here. Now i know I’m only a freshmen but i do have some quick and easy steps to stay on top of your finals and get ready for the summer.

STEP 1 : Don’t Procrastinate

when you procrastinate you find your self in trouble , because then the work starts to pile up and we all know the clock loves to faster when the work piles up

STEP 2: No Marathon Studying

When your studying you need to know when to take a break. Marathon Studying does nothing for you but blow your head up into a million pieces.

STEP 3: Don’t Forgot To Sleep

sleeping is the most important thing … have a great night sleep or nap can be the difference between A or B

i hope that this info was helpful Peace , Love , and Good Grades

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Embrace Your Inner Nerd: Do Research!

Apr 20, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

I think the term “nerd” has a negative connotation for absolutely no reason. I take pride when someone calls me a nerd, and so should you! Nerds are typically people who are super interested in a certain topic (or several topics!) and I don’t see how that could possibly be seen as a bad thing. In fact, I want people to think that I’m super interested in almost everything I do! What’s the point in doing something you’re not interested in?

I think, by far, the nerdiest thing that people associate with me is my major; I’m a biology major. But I love my major. It is so interesting to learn about so many different things, and, plus, my major affords me the opportunity to take an active part in my learning…I can do research.

(Disclaimer! Sooo many majors give people the opportunities to do research, not just biology. My friend is a psychology major who is doing research on sexual kinks and habits, so it doesn’t have to be all super “sciencey” stuff.)

So, my botany class this semester requires a research project. Some of my friends and I decided to do something related to tree cores, or dendrochronology, and the rest is…history. We did a load of work, and then went a bit further; we were given the opportunity to present our research at the Northeast Natural History Conference, which was located in Springfield Massachusetts this year.

(Mary Brockett and I discussing our research with a fellow conference attendee.)

(We explored Springfield, Massachusetts which is where our conference was held. …It was super windy.)

So here’s some tips for how to maybe start (and eventually present!) your own research.

1.) Choose something that interests you.

Pick a thing you “nerd” out about! I’m a huge environmental person, and once my group decided to look into tree cores being influenced by climate change, I was “hooked.” Make sure you want to do something because you want to, not just because your professor wants you to. You’re going to be spending a ton of time looking further into your selected subject matter, so it should definitely be something you’re at least a little bit interested in.

(Farwa Dalawar and I are clearly super interested in tree cores, and snowfall records.)

2.) Don’t get discouraged.

Sometimes, things don’t work out the way you expected. …But, in all honesty, when do things ever go exactly as planned? If your research goes exactly as you expected, then I envy you. There are always going to be little bumps along the way, just assess the bump, work through it, and move on.

3.) Be proud of your work.

Research takes ages, and when you’re done with it you have the right to be proud of it. Even if you didn’t find the cure to some crazy horrible disease, your findings still deserve to be documented. So once you find what you find, tell people about it! Don’t feel ashamed. You have a right to brag, so do it.

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(My group and my research poster is hanging in Gordon…I flail around it every so often.)

So there’s that. Find something that interests you, stick to it, and then have something to brag about. Being a researching nerd really isn’t that hard after all, is it?

 

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.

finishing strong ?

Apr 10, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

The Weathers is raising, your summer clothing is calling your name, being home with no worries and your friends seem like a dream. But standing in your way is the final turn like in track, the hardest part of school the END!. The ending of school Is so hard because all you really want is that break, your brain is beat, your drive is slowly going down and down. Well Today I will try and give you some tips I currently use at the moment to help me keep my eye on the prize and finish through the line.
1) Try your best to stay organize
2) Get more sleep
3) Use time wisely
4) Remind yourself of your goals
5) Tell yourself to keep pushing its almost over ( this really does work trust me)
6) Lastly have fun, enjoy your down time with your friends it’s the only thing that will keep you from not going crazy when work starts to build up and test start to shoot its way into you schedule
Hopefully these very simple steps will allow you the chance to turn down the straight away finish strong and end with a goal metal

Coming To An End

Apr 8, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

I feel as if August was just here, as if my freshman year had just begun. It is currently April which means my first year at UC is coming to an end.  This year has has been filled with many new experiences as well as many lessons learned. If you were to ask me in August what I expected from my freshman year at UC, I would have probably told you that college would be a piece of cake. If you asked me now I would tell you, college is what everyone tries to tell you it is. The courses aren’t the same as high school and the time and dedication you need to put into your work is tremendous; especially, if you want to excel. I came into my freshman year as a biology major, and currently I switched to chemistry because I realized biology in high school was way different than the biology courses in college. I also realized my passion for chemistry. In these last few  weeks at UC, I hope to finish up strong and start preparing myself for the wide variety of courses I need to take next semester.

17 Things Students Who Graduate Early Will Understand

Apr 3, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine
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College students know it’s hard enough to graduate on time, let alone early, but some of us are on a different path and kick things into high-gear so we can get our diplomas sooner. It isn’t easy, but we stick to the plan of attack come whatever may. And with a few heavier course loads and a lot of determination, we finish up a semester or two early feeling on top of the world.

Anyone who’s been there knows our lives are a little bit different than our fellow students on the normal 4-year timeline. There are certain things only we can understand, and for that, we share a special bond.

  1. There is no such thing as an “easy” semester for you. You have a full or overloaded course load every time, even as a senior.
  2. If you’re like me and only graduating one semester early instead of two, you wish you’d gotten yourself going sooner so you could graduate two semesters early.
  3. Free time? What’s that?
  4. Maintaining a decent GPA is twice as hard.
  5. You’ve inevitably had those full days that start with 8am classes and end with a night class, at least once every semester.
  6. People assume you’re really smart, but honestly, it was more about taking on extra workloads than anything else.
  7. People get really confused when your age and your class don’t match up (You’re 20 but you’re a senior???).
  8. You’ve come to accept the inevitability of all-nighters.
  9. Your time here with your favorite professors and classmates is all the more precious since you’re leaving sooner.
  10. People who say college goes by in the blink of an eye don’t know the half of it.
  11. You’ve been forced at least once to cram some of the most labor-intensive classes for your major into the same semester.
  12. You felt like a boss when you made it out of that semester alive, and with good grades too.
  13. You have a special bond with your adviser who helped you make graduating early possible. Without them, you would’ve gone crazy trying to put your schedules together.
  14. You’re a master at packing a whole day’s worth of meals into one lunch box since you often wind up spending entire days on campus.
  15. You are the ultimate multi-tasker, and your time management skills are incomparable.
  16. You learned to embrace planners and calendars to keep your plethora of deadlines straight.
  17. You know graduating early isn’t for everyone, but for you, it was worth it.

Expand Your Horizons: Study Abroad

Apr 3, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

It’s Thurday, so here’s a throwback.

During the Fall ’13 semester I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I’m Irish, and I’ve always wanted to go, so I started looking into the study abroad program at Utica during my freshman year. The process is easy once you decide where you want to go. Utica College connects to multiple universities around the world, and they even connect to the schools that Syracuse University connects to; the countries you can choose from are nearly endless.

Before I left the United States (my first time out of the country by myself!) I made a promise to myself, that I would be open to any opportunity. I wasn’t going to waste an opportunities!

I took pictures with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. I didn’t want to miss out on the super touristy things, so I wasn’t afraid to stop and grab a picture at any time. This was one was on our way home from class.

 

I was lucky enough to book a trip to France, and was able to see Paris. I also took a crazy amount of pictures there.

…I did all the “touristy” things in London as well.

My friends and I toured the Guiness factory, something I would have thought would be crazy boring…but beer being made is actually a really interesting process. Plus, the view from the top of the building, of the entire city of Dublin, is amazing.

I attended “tea” with the United States Ambassador to Ireland in Oscar Wilde’s home….and then took a picture with Oscar Wilde’s bust.

I hiked anywhere you could in Ireland…as soon as someone suggested a trip, I was down for it.

Bascially, this post is more than a backdoor brag. Studying abroad was one of my favorite things that I’ve ever done…because it allowed me to do so many things. As soon as someone suggested something, I was down for it. I didn’t see a point in sitting around in foreign country and doing nothing. I went to museums, fairs, comedy clubs, and just wandered around. I was able to immerse myself in other cultures, and I think I am all the better for it. I (like to think that I) am more outgoing, more open minded, and more willing to try different things.

So. Seriously. If you want to expand your viewpoint, and broaden your horizons, look into studying abroad.

How To Survive With No Sleep.

Mar 29, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Going to college means having a workload waaaaaaaaaaaaay more intense than what you may be used to. Between homework, projects, studying for tests, and reviewing your notes, classes take up a huge chunk of time. Plus, you probably have a job, and a social life. …So sleep doesn’t really factor into the mix all of the time.

Running on little-to-no sleep is hard. …but not impossible. (Just be sure to not do this all the time. Reserve it for those crunch times during the semester.)

Stay Away From Caffeine

I know, counter-intuitive. But, hear me out. Caffeine causes a “jolt” in your body, but soon after you’re going to crash. And you’ll be worse than you were before. If you must, only have a cup of coffee, or one energy drink; don’t guzzle them down.

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(If I’m advocating against coffee then you know I mean it…as evidenced by my affinity for coffee…and taking pictures of myself while drinking it.)

Stay away from carbs, focus on proteins.

Chips, pretzels, bread, and all those other carb-ladden foods cause a spike in blood sugar…which then may cause drowsiness to set in. Try to eat proteins such as nuts, peanut butter, and cottage cheese. Try to eat throughout the day, and not have huge meals.

(Peanut butter is a good high protein food to eat when tired.)

Take Cat Naps

http://sleepyti.me/ This website is pretty cool. You can use it to calculate when you should wake up in order to get the most efficiency out of your rest time. (It calculates the average human REM cycles and then gives you suggested times to wake up when you are least likely to interrupt a cycle) I’m not actually sure if it works, but I always feel more refreshed after I use it…so give it a try, who knows?

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(A snapchat someone sent me…of me. …sleeping.)

Remember, any sleep is better than no sleep. Pulling all-nighters is actually super bad for you though, so I don’t recommend it.

So, next time you’re exhausted check yourself and try to do these things, they’ll totally help.

 

 

Coming back from spring break? 5 Tips for getting back to normal

Mar 27, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

Coming back from spring break is always tough. You just had a week off of no school, exams, or any other obligations pertaining to work. Most of us either cry on our way back or some may be too busy trying to get assignments done. Here are 5 easy tips you can use to get back to normal after spring break. By normal I  mean: stressing over exams, cramming, pulling all nighters and waking up for those 8:30 classes.

Tip 1: Go to bed earlier than usual.The day before your first day back ( which is usually a Sunday).  Do not stay up and watch t.v and try to avoid leaving your assignments for that night. This will  ensure that you rest for your first day back so even if its tough, you will be able to manage.

Tip 2: Eat a good breakfast your first day back. I am for one am not a breakfast person, however eating an healthy breakfast improves your chances of staying awake in class and decreases headaches throughout the day.

Tip 3: Organize yourself. After your first week back, you feel as though you have been ran over by a car, so you tend to sleep in that first weekend back. Find time to organize your self. Now that you have had all your classes, go through  the syllabus for each class and write out ( or maybe even type up) a schedule for the remaining of the semester, that way you know what you are up against. This gives you the ability to plan things out so that you don’t get overwhelmed with due dates.

Tip 4: Group studying. Dont be afraid to ask for help, you are not the only person failing a class or having a hard time adjusting back to school. In the library you can request study rooms. Request a room and invite some friends or classmates to study. You guys can feed off of each others energy while still studying and it will help you feel more relaxed that your not alone in this situation.

Tip 5. Relax!!!! This is big one. Find some relaxing time for your self, go to a zumba class, (Which is offered at Utica) or even the gym. Find time for yourself because you will be stressed out especially at this time of the year. Even changing your room around can help you feel refresh and motivated.

I hope that these tips were helpful in adjusting back to normal after spring break . If you would like more advice or entry’s on stuff like this just leave a comment telling me what you would like to know more about.

Moose You Later, L.

7 LETTER WORD

Mar 27, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

Ok so i have a question for you. what 7 letter word is essential to a great college career ? … can’t get it ? or maybe you think you have it. well the answer is BALANCE. Balance is so important in college for multiple reasons. Balance does exactly what its meaning says and thats keep you up right so you don’t fall down. College can get really frustrating with all the amount of work that you have to do , if you play a sport the endless meetings and hours in the weight room and lastly we can’t forget down time i mean we live for the down time at college thats when all the magic happens , its the one time when we get to experience college life and all the cool things that come with being a college student. Now with all those things being said it can sometimes be hard to keep yourself leveled to make sure that you are taking care of everything that is needed and at the same time having funny. This is where most people find themselves in trouble when they go away for college. They lose their Balance and everything starts to crumble , their homework starts to become late or not done at all and partying starts to take over their lives. This is were having the ability and know how to balance all of the things that are on your plate comes in handy. On my next blog i will list some steps more like helpful tips that you can use to create a base foundation for your own balance so you can stay on track and still enjoy college life. Just always remember that theirs a time for everything but make sure that its the right time for it.