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What I Love About Utica College: Fall Semester Edition

Oct 19, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit down due to midterms and gloomy weather, but I hate feeling that way. I don’t believe in bad days (As I’ve stated before…). So, I decided to make a list of all of the great things on campus that I appreciate, and some things that I am looking forward to for the rest of the fall semester; I figured that would cheer me up in no time!

(A picture I snapped the other days of the trees on campus.)

(A picture I snapped the other days of the trees on campus.)

The ambiance – Utica College is a beautiful campus in the fall. I love changing leaves, and the warm colors that everything takes on around this time. Going for a jog or walk around the campus during this time is especially nice because you can appreciate the entire place fully. One of my favorite things on campus is the trees that line some of the parking lots; they are gorgeous!

(A student, Quinaya, holding "Sweat-P" the snake during the majors and minors fair.)

(A student, Quinaya, holding “Sweat-P” the snake during the majors and minors fair.)

The events – There are countless big events which are coming up toward the second half of the semester. The Gay-Straight Alliance and the Utica College Programming Board are putting on “Take Back Your Prom.” The Greeks are going to put on Midnight Breakfast toward finals week. There are numerous sporting events to attend; hockey games are going to start soon! Everywhere you turn on campus, you’ll see a flier for a new event.

The opportunities – I just helped out with the majors and minors fair, which is an event put on annually in the Library Concourse. It is designed to help students understand what options they have as far as majors and minors go. Information about specific programs is typically presented. Also, there are numerous other events coming up in regards to future opportunities for students. There are networking nights for various majors, which establish connections between current students and successful individuals in their respective fields.

(I needed a warm cup of coffee on this chilly sunday!)

(I needed a warm cup of coffee on this chilly sunday!)

Coffee on a brisk day – For me, there is little better than sipping a cup of warm coffee on a cold day. Excuse the cliche, but it warms your soul. Fortunately for us, Utica College has a wide array of places to choose from when it comes to coffee. If you haven’t done it before, I encourage you to sit outside the library in the concourse and sip a coffee (or hot chocolate!) and just observe. As I’ve said before, this campus is beautiful in the fall. Take some time to appreciate it.

Thanksgiving break – This isn’t necessarily a thing which occurs on campus (for most), but it is three days off that the school allows us. I love spending time with my family, and relaxing before the craziness of finals starts. Plus, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, is the day after. I love getting all of my Christmas shopping done and out of the way on one day!

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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….

Created by me on Meme Generator

Created by me on Meme Generator

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.

20 Things That Inevitably Happen When It’s Your Last Semester

Oct 12, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine
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My big girl backpack.

Fingers crossed, I should be graduating in December. Am I excited? Yeah. Am I scared? Terrified. It’s taken 3 1/2 years, but I have realized several things this semester. In fact, I’d say this was the first semester I finally felt like I knew what I was doing. Now, why couldn’t that have happened sooner?

These are a few of the things I’ve noticed now that it is my last semester here.

  1. You’re outraged when you have to do a big project or paper because you’re just so over the whole thing.
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  2. No one, and I mean no one, can match your procrastination skills.
  3. You’ve started making sleep a priority again because you’re basically an old person now.
  4. Everyone on the planet wants to know what your post-graduation plans are.
  5. Seriously, that is the only thing anyone wants to talk to you about anymore. Um, hello, can we talk about something happier, like food?
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  6. You’ve realized your “I’m in college” excuse time frame is dwindling, and are therefore milking it for all it’s worth while you can.
  7. You’re trying not to countdown, but it’s impossible.
  8. You’ve mastered the art of doing as much as possible with as little effort as possible.
  9. You’ve convinced yourself there’s some way to avoid entering the real world. I can win the lottery in the next three months!
  10. People have decided it’s their business where you’ve applied to, how many jobs you’ve applied to, and how every bit of your job search is going.
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  11. You finally know your best, most efficient study methods.
  12. You don’t understand how you’re about to adopt an adult life when you still feel like a child.
  13. Your mind is so far ahead of you that you keep forgetting it’s only October, and you still have schoolwork to complete.
  14. You’ve become an expert schedule builder, learning to craft schedules according to your own preferences.
  15. Professors, co-workers, and loved ones make (mostly) empty threats about sabotaging your grades so you can’t graduate yet.
  16. You don’t remember how you were ever able to get up so early in high school. It’s 10 a.m. classes and later all the way.
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  17. If you stacked up all the revisions of your resume, you could build a skyscraper.
  18. You laugh at the juniors who are freaking out about their graduation, as if THEY have it bad.
  19. When you go to events that alumni attend, you can’t help but think how you’ll be one of them soon.
  20. You’re both ready and not ready at the same time.

Fellow seniors, what worldly knowledge have YOU garnered?

Note: all photos were taken & edited by me. The watermark “SCC 2014″ refers to my personal food blog, The Smart Cookie Cook.

What Did You Do This Weekend: Asa Gray Picnic 2014

Oct 6, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

The Asa Gray Biological Society is one of the oldest academic organizations on campus. It is  geared toward volunteering and planing activities that have to do with biology in some way, shape, or form. Basically, it is an organization that is open to all students on campus who have an interest in joining a club related to the natural world.

I, personally, have been a member since my first year here at Utica, and even have the privilege of being an eboard member for this year.

This past Sunday, the club held one of its annual events, The Asa Gray Picnic. This is an event that is open to all club members, and all first-year biology students. Professors and students get to interact in a more relaxed setting. Every year, there is guaranteed to be free food, games, and a fun atmosphere for everyone to partake in.

Typically the event is held at a bio professor’s house, and this year, it was held at the home of two professors: Dr. Wise and Dr. Buchanan in Trenton Falls. Their house is something you would expect to see in a magazine about beautiful country homes. It was completely secluded and had a large yard which, was ideal for yard games.

People took advantage of the sunny yet brisk day, by sitting around a fire, playing frisbee, and enjoying the free food. The students were all encouraged to sit and chat with their professors, and fellow students. Funny stories of test stresses, long labs, and general classes were shared by everyone. Even topics not related to school were discussed. The picnic was a time where people could just come and relax.

If this annual event sounds fun to you, feel free to check out an Asa Gray meeting sometime soon. There are numerous other events they put on, and new members are always more than welcome!

 

Stressing Out

Oct 3, 2014 | Author: Laura Holmes

Stress (n.)- a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances As college students we can all pretty much agree that stress is a fact of life.  It’s pretty much inescapable.  I am the kind of person who is ALWAYS stressed about something.  I even get stressed for other people.  If I find out one of my friends is procrastinating on a paper or something, I will be stressed out about it for them until it gets done.  Literally, other people’s lives give me agita. The thing is, we are all so stressed all the time that it seems like we’re getting to the point where we almost can’t function without stress.  I know I leave things to the last-minute even when I have plenty of time to get them done, and so do my friends.  Ask any chronic procrastinator and they will respond, “I work better under pressure”.  But is that really a good thing? The short answer is obviously no.  Stress can lead to a lot of mental and physical problems, but yet we seem to constantly put ourselves in stressful situations and stress out about things we can’t control ( i.e. my friends’ study habits).  In my opinion there are a lot of factors contributing to this, but one of the major ones is also one of the hardest to avoid. One of, in my opinion, the best things about Utica College is the variety and multitude of things happening on campus.  We have numerous clubs and organizations. with new ones forming all the time.  We also have varsity and intramural athletics, on campus job opportunities and internships, as well as events happening nearly everyday.  (That’s not even mentioning the classes, homework, and friends you’ll have)  Any time a group of students here is asked to give advice to incoming first years the most common answer is “get involved”.  And how can you not?  With such a range of exciting things happening, getting involved is easy and lots of fun.  The stress part comes from over-involvement.  It’s easy to look at all the groups on campus and want to be a part of everything.  And at first it might seem easy to balance them all too.  But as the semester goes on and workloads increase you’ll soon find yourself running between classes and meetings and getting a lot less sleep than you should be. I’m definitely not saying don’t get involved.  I’m involved in a bunch of orgs and I work on campus while balancing a double major and minor.  It’s definitely possible.  As a Junior here I feel like I can offer some valuable advice though… slow down and breathe.  Take some time for yourself at least once a week.  Time when you’re not thinking about everything you have to do when you can just relax a little bit.  Personally, I drink a lot of tea, go for runs, and do yoga once a week with my friends.  Find something that works for you and do it!! IMG_0330

“College Students Shouldn’t Dress Up for Halloween” – I Think Not

Oct 2, 2014 | Author: Brittany Sierra

Hello, everyone!

 Just because you are in college does not mean that you cannot dress up for Halloween! On Halloween, you can dress up however you feel like dressing up! On campus, there is going to be an event that requires you to dress up, so buying a costume wouldn’t go to waste. This day allows you to dress up and express yourself the way you want! NO JUDGE ZONE! Some people might have problems trying to choose a costume since there are so much to choose from. Who wouldn’t? So, this is why I am here to help.

*The following might include costumes that are semi revealing so please do not feel like you have to show skin! You can still look beautiful covered up!*

Let’s start.

1.Super Hero!

Let’s say you are big fan of Marvel. Here are some good costumes that you can purchase.

  Spider Man                        Captain America                    Black Widow

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2. You might look up to a certain actress/actor

       Marilyn Monroe                                        Audrey Hepburn 

  

3. Animal Lovers!

Fox                             Bunny                           Turkey

Sexy Rascally Rabbit Costume

There are hundreds of more categories to choose from but I am only giving you three. I hope this helped, and remember that you are never too old to dress up for Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Weekend 2014

Oct 1, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to attend Student Senate’s annual Leadership Weekend. The purpose of the event was for student leaders to develop leadership skills within themselves and when working with other people. The weekend was held up on Raquette Lake at Camp Huntington, which is a secluded property owned by SUNY Cortland. We left from Strebel at 2 p.m. on Friday and returned at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

    (Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon boat to get there!)

(Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon to get there!)

The biggest attraction of the weekend were the high and low ropes courses, which were done Saturday afternoon. Individuals were split into two groups, and then went through a series of obstacles designed to test a multitude of skills associated with leadership ability. On the low course, the main take back was that of teamwork; people had to help out their team, and had to be encouraging if someone was having difficulties. The high ropes course was more about challenging yourself, and overcoming any personal hesitations you might have had.

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold...while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold…while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)

 

(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

Throughout the weekend there was also free time to kayak, canoe, swim, and even paddle board. The weather was beautiful (not a rain cloud in sight!!), so everyone took full advantage.

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

The other main focus of leadership weekend is for the students to think of ideas which may better the school, prepare presentations on them, and then present their proposals to various Utica College dignitaries who were invited up to the camp on Sunday afternoon. Several ideas were thrown around, but eventually three ideas became the prevalent ones, and were presented by the groups on Sunday afternoon. The proposals were:

1.) Better Handicap accessibility on campus. (Including shoveling snow more thoroughly in the winter, fixing the elevators in the academic and residential buildings so they break down less often, and allowing for better handicap seating in classrooms.)

2.) Updating IITS issues. (Printers placed in every residential hall, schedules put up outside of computer labs when they are in use, and the Strebel computer lab getting a bit of a “face-lift.”)

3.) Helping to integrate commuter students more easily. (More programming for commuters, and a lounge which contains lockers, a refrigerator, seating areas, etc. so they have somewhere to go on campus.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

The ideas were all good ideas, and presented very thoroughly. The various Utica College officials took notes, and will try to implement some of the students’ suggestions.

 

(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

Leadership weekend was probably one of my favorite things to have done on campus, and to quote my friend Elaine, “I’ve done a lot.” It is a beautiful place to go and spend a weekend, and I highly encourage it. Even if the ropes course freaks you out (like it did me!) think to yourself, “When am I ever going to get this opportunity again?” A completely free weekend spent in the Adriondacks challenging yourself, and thinking of ways to make your school better – I can’t think of anything better.

SYBL: Internship

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

2. Land an Internship 

With my senior year off to a great start, it is also a reminder that it will soon be coming to an end. In a couple of months, I’m going to have to face the facts and be out in the real world. I can guarantee you, I am not ready for that.

For starters, I have changed my major a total of five times, and even now I am second guessing it. To help myself better understand what I want to do for the rest of my life, I decided to apply to for an internship. Since my major doesn’t require it, I figured it would still be a great learning experience and I should go for it, but if don’t land one, it would be okay.

My passion for news reporting drove me to apply for something in that field. I successfully landed an internship as a Reporting Intern at Time Warner Cable News Syracuse.

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Here on campus, Career Services has many available resources to land an internship. Below are a few tips of my own you can use:

1. Early bird gets the worm!

Don’t wait until to last minute to start looking. It’s okay to start looking a semester or two in advance. It’s better if you know what you need to improve or have ready when the time comes to apply. Pay close attention to deadlines! Just because your application is not due until 11:59 p.m. doesn’t mean you should wait until 11:53 p.m. to submit it. Technology isn’t always our best friend.

2. Double Triple Quadruple check your resume

When you submit your application, you’re not going to be able to sell yourself the way you want to pre-interview. Having a spelling-and/or grammar-error-filled resume can kill your chances. Use Career Services! They offer a resume clinic and are available by appointment to work on strengthening your resume. Don’t sell yourself short either; in today’s market experience. comes in different forms. President of your sorority? That’s a leadership role! — include it.

3. Go into your interview prepared.

Research the company you are interviewing with. There is nothing more embarrassing than being in an interview and not knowing who you’re interviewing with. Dress presentable and professional. Don’t wear a ball gown, but maybe khakis aren’t the way to go either. A good beard trim won’t hurt. You want to be taken seriously, and your appearance is the first step. Career Services also offers mock interviews. Schedule one a week or two before your interview, and while you’re there, order some of the free business cards they have available for students!

4. Be confident and never feel discouraged

We all can’t get everything we apply for or want in the world. Maybe you didn’t get that internship the first time. Stay confident in yourself, and it won’t be long until you land your first one!

If you are a student seeking an internship, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Take a risk because the worst thing they can say is no! Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Stop by the Office of Career Services to learn more about what they have to offer.

Want to learn more about my Senior Year Bucket List? Check it out how far I’ve made it on my list!

SORRY!

Sep 29, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING !!! I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog and I’m sorry schools and football has just been so crazy. I just want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us this past sat at the game and helping us go 4-0 we play for you guys and the whole city of Utica.  Today’s blog is about managing time over this past week I found out that I wasn’t doing my best job of managing my time I was so stressed and I never want to feel like that again because it really  screws up a lot of other things just like a domino effect. So make sure you’re using your Sundays wisely to get all homework done make sure that you have your week plan out and maybe even get a nice jump start on some later projects.