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Get to Know Me

Oct 14, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

As I read through my previous blogs, I noticed I never formally introduced myself, which is actually really ironic seeing as the only person I want to talk about majority of the time is myself.

I recently turned 21, so I will answer 21 random questions about myself that are a combination of ones I found online and made up on my own.

  1. What is your year/major?
    • I am a senior studying communication arts.
  2. When’s your birthday?
    • September 9! I’m a Virgo.
  3. Where are you from?
    • I was born in St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands. and I lived in the Bronx,NY since I was 4, but just last month, my family moved to Syracuse, NY.
  4. Why Utica College ?
    • My sister was a student here, and I follow her everywhere, so naturally, I went to the same college as her.
  5. What is your favorite cereal?
    • I’m pretty sure I am an 85 year-old woman on the inside. My favorite cereal is Wheaties; second place is Corn Flakes. I hate fruity/sugary cereals!
  6. Do you have any pets?
    • I am afraid of pretty much everything not human. So, no.
  7. How involved are you on campus?
    • I’m pretty involved. This year in particular, I’m not due to time constraints, but I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega Petitioning Group. In the past, I’ve been active on UCPB, Student Senate, RHA and many more…
  8. What is your favorite season?
    • Autumn. Sweaters are my favorite article of clothing. It gives me the opportunity to wear cute outfits without freezing or having to hide them behind a big winter coat.
  9. What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
    • The people. Both faculty/staff and the students. They all contribute to this unique experience that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.
  10. What city you would like to visit?
    • Hong Kong. It seems kind of cliche, but I’ve always been intrigued by China, and I am very determined to visit.
  11. Favorite song?
    • Currently “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, but overall it would be “Imagine” by John Lennon.
  12. Any siblings?
    • Yes, 8. There’s a big age gap between the first and the last!
  13. What is your favorite animal?
    • Elephants. I actually have a tattoo of one. They are very protective of their heard and are a universal symbol of strength, good luck, power, loyalty and divinity. Plus, the little babies are sooo cute!
  14. Favorite restaurant?
    • Applebees. Anyone who knows me knows for a fact I love Applebees.
  15. Pet peeves?
    • Notifications on my phone and unread emails. It bugs me when I see someone’s inbox and there are 5358 unread emails. *cringe*
  16. Favorite quote?
    • “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all,” - The Emperor of China, Mulan
  17. Most played song?
    • I just checked iTunes;  It’s “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit. I played it a whopping 146 times.
  18. Any talents?
    • No. I am as talented as a brick. I am really good at parallel parking though, so maybe that counts.
  19. Favorite video game?
    • The Sims. I’ve been a avid player since I was young. I need to add the Sims 4 to my collection!
  20. If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
    • Mindy Kaling. She is my spirit animal.
  21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • Happy. I’m still figuring out what specific career path I want, but I know for a fact I want to be happy.

Want to learn more about me and my experiences at Utica College ? Check out my Senior Year Bucket List!

 

 

 

 

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An Introvert’s Guide to Succeeding in College

Oct 14, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

I’m an introvert. Yes, it’s true. I’d much rather chill out at home with tea in my hand and my puppy on my lap than pretend I’m having fun at some huge party surrounded by people who I don’t even know.

Don’t get me wrong; I DO enjoy socializing. In fact, there are a lot of misconceptions about being an introvert. We get told that we don’t like people, we have poor social skills, we don’t have valuable ideas, and the list goes on….

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But, here’s the thing: none of those accusations are true. Introverts ARE capable of having great social skills, they CAN become successful business men or women, and we DO value the relationships that we have.

Throughout our whole college career we’ll hear things such as:

  • “Get out of the box.”
  • “Put your introverted self away.”
  • “You need to become more outgoing and change your personality, or you’ll never have a fun college experience.”
  • “You won’t meet anyone by sitting on the couch!”

While it is important to expand your horizons and step outside of your comfort zone, everybody does it differently, and nobody has the right to judge. If you’re introverted like me, know that you can have a fantastic college experience. Here’s how:

  1. Find your circle: You’ll come across tons of people in your curriculum, but that doesn’t mean you need to befriend every single one of them. If conversations make you feel a little uncomfortable, start small. Talk to the person next to you, in back of you, to the side of you, wherever. If you only take away one friend from a class, so be it. Lose the notion that you need to have a billion friends. Remember: introverts care about quality NOT quantity.
  2. Take advantage of office hours, e-mail, anything! Have an idea or question that you would love to express to your professor, but are a little apprehensive to ask in front of class? Approach your professor after class, during office hours, or even through e-mail. Don’t let your idea or question go by the wayside. A professor will respect you so much more if you contribute your thoughts to them instead of ignoring them.
  3. Create your own fun: If going to a party just isn’t your thing, find something that is. The campus is filled with tons of activities for everyone to get involved in. From intramural sports to yoga, art classes, Bible study, and various organizations, the opportunities for those of us who are on the reserved side, are endless.

Find your people. Find your common interests (yes, there ARE people who have the same interests as you). Stick with them. Quit listening to the voices that tell you who you should be or what you have to do. Everyone’s personality is different, and if you’re introverted, there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, YOU create your own experiences, no one else does.

Ditch the Perfectionism Trait!

Oct 3, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

If there is one thing that my 3 1/2 years at Utica College has taught me, it is that I’m more of a perfectionist than I thought.

As I’ve said in my previous post, I love being a PR major and I love writing. When you’re passionate about something, you are going to work your butt off to do your best at it, but sometimes we work so hard to be our best at something that our passion becomes stress.

Don’t get me wrong; being a perfectionist is not all bad. There are a few pros for our madness. For one thing, we don’t settle. We want to do our best, we want to achieve our goals, we want to be successful. We want to try our hardest.

However; we are also setting ourselves up for disappointment because after all, perfection does not exist.

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Note: Pixlr Express & Noteography are 2 wonderful apps for those of us who like to create or edit our own pictures :)

So, how do we kick those perfectionist traits to the curb? How can we learn to be content in our situations?

  1. Mistakes happen: Once we realize that we are human and mistakes happen, we will be much better off. The main thing about making mistakes is that we don’t need to be highly conscious or hyper critical of them, but instead, learn from them.

  2. It’s OK to relax: As I said above, as perfectionists, we always strive to do our best. That includes things that we are not even interested in. Let that stuff go. Now I’m not saying to neglect that math class that you hate so much, or slack on the science class that you’re never going to use, but seriously, stop stressing. We can’t be the best at everything!

  3. Don’t neglect your well-being: Sometimes, we perfectionists like to put our work before ourselves. We put our mental and physical health on the line in order to achieve something that does not exist! Go figure!

  4. Go easy on yourself: We are our harshest critics. In our world, there is only black and white. We view failure as imperfection and often beat ourselves up for it. STOP. Things are never going to always go the way we envision them. Instead of focusing on just the end goal, why don’t we try simply enjoying the journey?

4 Things to Remember When You Feel Lost & Stressed

Sep 22, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Stress is such an unhealthy reaction for your body.

It’s exhausting and just fills our minds with a bunch of unnecessary, negative thoughts. It makes us feel like absolute crap, and causes us to be in over our heads. We feel disjointed, lost, confused, overwhelmed, and we forget who we are.

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We weren’t made to feel like that, yet we all experience situations that completely stress us out and we really don’t know how to properly handle them. When that happens, we have to remember these key points:

1. Prayer

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I am rooted in Faith. I was raised that way, and I will always stay that way. One of my all time favorite verses is “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13. It reminds me that I’m a pretty strong person and truly can handle anything that life brings my way. It also reminds me that I am equipped with the right amount of strength, courage and confidence, even on my worst days. I find so much comfort and peace through Prayer, and I truly advise everyone to at least give it a try. :)

2. Circle of Influence

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This past summer was so incredibly stressful for my family. Honestly, I don’t ever remember feeling so overwhelmed. Luckily for me, I had such an amazing and supportive friend who I counted on to keep me calm and logical. During that time, she told me about my circle of influence. In other words….

  • What can I control?
  • What is in my circle of influence?

The answer? Myself. The only thing I have control over is myself, my attitude, my reactions. Anything outside of that, I can’t control, so why stress? It sounds pretty obvious, but it’s so easy to forget and feel like you have to control everything.  Remembering this actually helped me get past those rough times.

The point: Although you may not be able to control the situation, when you realize that you CAN control your response, your attitude toward it, things will seem much easier to handle.

3. Reach Out.

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Having a solid support system in times of turmoil and stress is so crucial. Reach out and grab a friend, a family member, anyone that you trust and know will be there to listen. Remember, you don’t need a whole network of people. Sometimes, too many opinions can cause even more stress. Stick with one, or two.

4. Laughter IS the Best Medicine!

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I think this is the easiest point to forget when we’re stressed….at least, it is for me. Whenever life gives me more than I can handle, I try to relax and unwind with some humor. Put on your favorite TV show, be around people who make you smile and laugh. It’s been proven that laughter actually reduces your stress level.

Is College Worth It?

Sep 20, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Most students decide to get a higher education after high school because most jobs require a college degree. With that said, college is an investment. No longer can students coast through classes like they did in high school, as there are consequences for not doing well. Most students who study and take advantage of their resources in college, eventually graduate with a degree.

But, college is expensive. Students typically graduate college with thousands of dollars in student loans and debt which they will eventually have to pay back. So is a degree truly worth it?

According to the New York Times, “Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s.”

Although student loans could potentially become overwhelming, often times, students accumulate scholarships and financial aid which lessen debt after graduation.

It’s no secret that most jobs require a college degree. The more school a student completes, the higher chance he/she has to land the job they’re seeking. Oh, and the pay increases drastically as well.

So, I think it’s fair to say that college is worth it. Unless you get extremely lucky, there’s a good chance that your future job will require you to have some sort of a degree.

Do you have summer plans? If not UC has got you covered.

Apr 2, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

Summer time is the time to relax and focusing on catching up with old friends and spending time with your love ones. However, after the first month of that, it can get dry  and you need something to keep you occupied and active. Utica is here to help you out. Utica College offers a wide range of jobs, volunteer opportunities and programs to get involved in. Here are a list of things that may interest you, followed by links and descriptions, if it seems like something you like to do follow up with it by clicking on the links for more information.

Summer Institute Peer tutor/mentor 

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The peer tutor/mentors are essential to Utica College Summer Institute Program. They provide the pre-freshman with resources that will enhance their opportunity for academic success and facilitate their transition into Utica College. Peer tutor/mentors are expected to foster a sense of community among students in the residence halls, and work cooperatively with other staff members to provide social, recreational, and educational activities.

Link :

http://www.utica.edu/student/development/tutoring/ptcdescription.cfm

Ecological, Zoological, Conservation and behavioral Internships

If you have an interest in becoming  a bio major, chemist, or even begin in the health studies field there is a wide range of internship opportunities that will help you to be hands on in these environments and learn if this is your true calling!!

Link:

http://www.utica.edu/academic/as/biology/internships/ecological.cfm

Mosse Love as always, L.

Culture Shock 2.0: Ridiculous Questions I’ve Been Asked as a Foreigner

Nov 22, 2013 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

I’ve been told that, as an international student, I am an ambassador for my country, an educator if you will. I accept both of these roles graciously, and I am always happy to share information and insights with anyone willing to listen.

However, I’ve been asked too many questions that border on ridiculous and negligent.  In an attempt to clear up some of the mystery surrounding my origins (And point and make fun of some of the more ridiculous questions), I will share some of the most common and ludicrous questions I’ve been asked.

Note: These are all real questions I’ve been asked by students in my three years here. Pinky promise.

Did you see lions on the way to school? Given the reputation for animal tourism that countries in Africa have attained, this is completely understandable (Just as I assume that kangaroos roam the streets of Australia, just hopping about). However, lions and other wildlife are often secluded to wild and rural areas. They tend to avoid people and occasionally will come into contact with farmers and their livestock (Cows tend to make delicious and easy prey). Next one.

Did you have a door? What? Firstly, this is so randomly specific I can’t even begin to understand what would lead someone to wonder about this. Maybe this person had their doors removed from their bedroom as some sort of punishment for bad behavior and, in their desolate and self-pitying state, their friends reassured them by telling them that kids in Africa grew up without doors all the time and turned out just fine. I digress, but seriously though, what? Yes, of course we had doors. And windows. And roofs. And EVEN FURNITURE!! Mind blowing, I know.

Are you two from the same tribe? This question was directed to me (Ethiopian) and one of my Nigerian teammates. The response to which was a blank stare and a somewhat gaped jaw. This question was asked in locker room after practice where banter and obscenities are thicker than the air. This question managed to elicit complete and utter silence. Perhaps the rest of them were just wondering the same thing. But alas, no. Our countries are separated by half the continent and thousands of miles.

Did you have an elephant? I’ll take blame when it is deserved. This question stemmed from a rumor that I (In my devious ways) had devised for my own amusement. It started off when I had a picture posted on facebook of me feeding an elephant. Someone then asked me if they ate a lot, and “whew, they must be expensive to feed”. Instead of taking my usual course and explaining some of the stereotypes of Africa aren’t necessarily always true, I decided that some fun was to be had out of this situation. So I named my elephant Rosie and always shared stories of how gentle and friendly she was, how she would always give me rides to far away villages and so on.

Disclaimer: I don’t actually have an elephant, and I didn’t live in a village.

Did you go to school in trees? This person obviously had some pretty weird misconceptions about the schooling system in Africa. I mean how impractical would it be to have to go to school in a tree? Would you have to walk (swing) to other classes? Would each class be on a different branch? If so, how many students could you fit onto a single branch? Logistics, man; there are just too many technical issues to figure out here.

Did you have to kill a lion when you were 13 to prove you were a man? I attribute this question to the commonly told story of the Maasai. The Maasai are a remote tribe in Kenya who are famous for their picturesque dressing and rites of passage. One of these rituals involves boys from the ages of 10-15 grouping up and hunting a male lion with only spears to prove their bravery and fearlessness. Fortunately (for the lion), I never endured such a test of my brittle.

How’d you speak English so good? Went to an international school, listened.

Doesn’t it take long to get home?  Yes, two 7 hour flights.

Are you Indian? I’m Ethiopian, but I can understand the confusion. Ethiopians have a distinct set of physical features that are atypical of  most of Africa (Barring Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti). These include but are not limited to: fairer complexions, high cheek bones, large foreheads, thin noses and large eyes.

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