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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.

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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.
    The strawberry nails I did

    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.

    Image from Bath & Body Works

    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.

    Pastels!

    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.

    Image from Utica College

    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.

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

    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.  

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.

You Are The Company You Keep

Apr 4, 2014 | Author: Shanell Finney

I must say, the best thing I could have ever done in my three years at Utica College was to get involved—- with the student life on campus that is! One of my favorite organizations that I have joined has to be Student Senate. I am currently the Student Body Treasurer.

Through Student Senate I’ve met some great people–like minded, and just flat out amazing!
I don’t think there is one dull week for me here because of Student Senate. There is always something to do: whether it’s a meeting to attend, budget to create or student concern to attend to. I love it!

Last week, the Student Senate Executive Board was invited to a dinner hosted by the President of the College (Todd Hutton) and his wife Jennifer Hutton to talk about what we’ve been up to lately as an organization.

After a delicious dinner and great discussion in the President’s Office, we all (including the Student Senate E-board and our Advisor Joe Gutowski) decided to take the infamous “Ellen Selfie”….I think we pretty much nailed it!

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Interested in learning more about Student Senate?
Check out our Pioneer Place profile: https://pioneerplace.utica.edu/organization/studentsenate/about

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SENATE SPOTLIGHT: This here is my great friend Farah Hamati! She’s an International Student from Jordan, and I will always thank Utica College for bringing us together–I don’t think I would have ever thought to visit Jordan on my own but thanks to UC, I now have all the reasons to!

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.

Whats the weekend looking like

Apr 3, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

Sorry guys for these late blogs this week, football started up and the amount of homework was crazy this week but im back and today this blog is to talk about some of the major events that is happening this weekend that i know the campus has been buzzing about and cant wait for. First up the OMIGHTY OMICRON ALPHA CHAPTER of PHI BETA SIGMA Fraternity are hosting a Evening of Theatrical Expresssions. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn located at 1777 Burrstone rd New Hartford, NY 13413. Its dress to impress so please bring out your best outfits i know i will. Its Free for UC students and shuttles will be provided, also guests are allowed to come it will be 15 dollars at the door. This event again being hosted by your boys in blue on Sat April 5,2014. The next and last event that the campus has been talking about is the OM Awards coming live on April 4 2014 at Strebel Auditorium being hosted by none other than you know Open wait on it YES! Moments. Admission is 2 dollars and there will also be a specail proformence by the Hamiltons Speak Easy. Now In the famous words of the
Great BIG papa “if aint know now you know” whats going on This weekend on UC campus.

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 

Paid Job

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.