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Enjoy your Summer!

May 18, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Finals are over! Graduation has passed! And with the utmost certainty I can say that summer is here! Celebrate. Sleep for 10 hours (like I did as soon as my last final and responsibilities were over!) Summer is a magical time where the days are beautiful (and sometimes sweltering) yet the nights are cool and long. Sorry if I’m waxing poetic here, but I just love summer.

Often during the summer the days seem so long that there isn’t a need to make a schedule or to prioritize activities. Well, this is true on some days…but please, the scary type-a in me is asking you to have some structure some of the time.

Plan for whats to come. Believe me, I love to ignore the responsibilities I have and try to push off the future, but you can only push it off for so long… So, figure out what’s next! If you’re going to be a senior (like me) then plan for whats next after college. Do you need to take the LSAT, the GRE, the MCAT and any, or all, of the other letter abbreviated tests? Plan for that! I just registered to take the LSAT in October…so I plan to study for that all summer. If you are an undergraduate and need to get an internship in before you graduate, try for one over the summer! Or, make the connections required to have one next summer.

Take advantage of sales. It’s the end of the semester for almost everyone! So, often, school supplies will be in the clearance bin. Buy them now! I always stock up on pens during sales because you can get them for 9 cents at the right time! Never spend more than $1 for a pack of pens again. Hoard the school supplies until the semester starts, and you’ll be good to go.

 Think about what worked (and what didn’t). Looking back on this semester, I realize that some of my study habits were not the best. I would either study crazy intensely but only a few days before an exam, or I would lazy study for a few weeks before the exam. I need to figure out a method that works somewhere in the middle of those two styles. I plan on buying a mini whiteboard I can use to study with, because I seem to respond well to writing things out (yet don’t want to waste the paper!) So, think about your learning style and plan for that!

Enjoy. Have fun this summer! Go to the beach, or spend a day reading your favorite book! Marathon your favorite Netflix show (Orange is the New Black anyone?) Spend time with your family and friends, and be happy you have this time. Worry about school and life stuff only when you have to. For the rest of that time, enjoy your summer!

(My friend Mary and I were overjoyed to be done with our semesters!)

(My friend Mary and I were overjoyed to be done with our semesters!)


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Campus Yard Sale!

May 8, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This semester I took a biology senior seminar class that focused on urban ecology. While we discussed the several different viewpoints there are to an urban ecosystem, the one thing we emphasized throughout the entire semester was the need for urban environments to head more toward the direction of sustainability.

We talked about what it meant to be eco-friendly and why we felt it was essential for smaller urban ecosystems, such as the Utica College campus, to become more environmentally aware. We brainstormed different ideas and tried to think of ways to improve the ecological footprint that our entire campus gives off.  (An ecological footprints is the measure of demand that a person or people put on the earth and its resources.)

One idea we came up with was to promote the idea of reusing and recycling items. Often, at move out, students will throw away items they no longer have use for, or simply cannot bring home due to lack of space. That is a huge waste of resources! (And move out is often a sad site to see the garbage containers over flowing with items that should not be there.)

So, our class decided to host a campus yard sale. All donations are welcomed, and encouraged from both students, and faculty/staff. This event is a great opportunity for items to be “revived” and get a second home. You know that saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Well, this event is made with that principle in mind. Also, all proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Utica Zoo to aid in their own conservation efforts.

So, if you want to donate items you no longer have a use for, there are donations bins in every single residence hall, as well as outside of Gordon 173. Please reflect on your own ecological footprint and consider donating those items which might have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

Also, be sure to stop by the actual yard sale! It will be held Wednesday May 13, the last day of finals! It’s from 12:30-5:00 in Strebel Lounge. 

Yard Sale Flyer

New Semester Resolutions: How I Did!

May 8, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

In a post at the beginning of the semester, I listed my new semester resolutions. Now that the year is coming to a close, I’d like to return to the list and reflect on what I have accomplished over the last several months:

My New Semester Resolutions/ Senior Year Sentiments:

1. Attend as many of my favorite (and free!) UC events as I can- including UCPB nights, Crystal Ball, and Mooseapalooza!

I definitely accomplished this! Some of my favorite events were the hypnotist during Moose Madness week, the Utica College TEDx talk, the Eh440 concert, Crystal Ball, and the GSA Annual Drag Show!


The UC Gay-Straight Alliance snaps a picture after the show (above). 3BL at Crystal Ball (below).



2. Win at Tuesday night trivia! (Hey, 4.0 Laura, I’m going to need your help with this one, lil sis)

While we didn’t win, we did get third place! Mainly because 4.0 Laura had night class and couldn’t be on our team to save us.

3. Do something fun over Spring Break- even if it’s not very far away or tropical!

We went somewhere both far away AND tropical- St. Thomas! It was gorgeous and so much fun!


3BL in paradise!


4. Take advantage of the open swim hours at the UC pool to add variety to my workouts.

Mission accomplished! Karita and I love to swim, and Laura and I tried spin classes, zumba, yoga, step, and tabata to switch up our workout routine. Photographic evidence of Karita and I at open swim can be found below.


5. Take a Saranac Brewery tour, and check out any other local attractions that I have yet to see before I leave Utica.

The brewery tour was great! I went with Rachel, a Burrstone RA, and a few of her residents. I loved learning all about how beer has been made throughout history right here in Utica.

6. Get a good night’s sleep (most nights, at least!) so I am more alert during my 8:30 AM classes!

While I don’t have photographic proof of me sleeping, I can attest to the fact that I made sleep more of a priority, and my grades definitely prove it!

7. Make it a priority to do more volunteer work in the area.

This is one area that I was not able to accomplish nearly as well as I wanted. While I stayed very active on campus and was involved in many orgs that help area charities, I didn’t ever find the time to do my own, separate volunteering in the Utica area. There’s definitely always room for improvement, so I still plan to keep this goal in mind for the future!

8. Take a trip to NYC to see museums and eat tons of new foods!

This is another one I didn’t cross off the list. St. Thomas was a huge trip, which made finding time for NYC difficult. Luckily, I have some time this summer to try to accomplish this goal!

9. Allow myself more down time and fun, rather than over scheduling every moment as usual.

Check! I worked very hard on balancing my life more this semester. I gave myself more down time, had a great time with my friends, and was more spontaneous. This allowed me to enjoy every moment instead of trying to over-plan everything all of the time, as I am often tempted to do.


Sunny days and good vibes in Utica with Karita (above) and Rochester with Ryan (below).


10. Graduate summa cum laude and go on to graduate school next fall!

I am very excited to be the Class Marshall for the School of Arts & Sciences at this year’s graduation ceremony. In the fall, I will be beginning at the University at Buffalo in the Social-Personality Psychology PhD program.



So there you have it! I’d say I did pretty well accomplishing most of the things on my list. It was a lot of fun to both create a senior year bucket list and to work towards checking it off. Though my time at UC is almost finished, this list helped me make some awesome memories in my last months here.

Time passes much faster than you think, so I invite you to ask yourself what you want to do before you graduate, make a senior year bucket list or new semester resolution list of your own, and have exactly the college experience that you imagine for yourself!

Things to Do: Utica Edition Part 2

May 7, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

It’s study day and honestly, where did the time go? I feel like just last week it was February. But, now the sun seems to be here to stay and the area is getting greener and brighter with every passing day. The initial change of a season is my favorite time. (From summer to autumn, winter to spring-the transitions always feel so new and fresh.)

If you remember, I wrote a blog post about things to do in Utica during the wintery/colder season. (Check it out here) So, I figured since Spring is upon us, I would scope out some fun activities to do outside.

Head to the Utica Zoo!

The Utica Zoo is located off of the Utica Parkway, so it is not even 10 minutes from campus! The zoo boasts numerous types of animals and is a fun place to pass an afternoon. My favorite little animal buds are the alpacas. There’s also numerous bird species, invertebrate species, and so many others to oogle and aw at!


(This goat was too cute. He ate right from my hand!)


(There’s a great view of the city at the top of the zoo! It’s a must see!)


Every time I head to the zoo I make it a point to take as many pictures as possible.  And I encourage you to do the same! Admission to the zoo won’t break the bank, and you’ll probably have enough to grab some fries from the Voss’ food stand while you’re there!

Find a good mountain to hike!

Utica College is super close to the Adirondacks, maybe 45-1hr away! So I always take advantage of that. Located throughout the northern region are numerous mountain peaks, and hiking adventures you can embark on. My friends and I love to hike up Bald Mountain, near Old Forge, every year. There’s also Rocky Moutain right close by, so you can climb two peaks in a day if you’re feeling up for it! My family also hikes Panther Mountain, which is on Piseco Lake.

(My friends and I stopped for a group pic during a hike last summer!)

(My friends and I stopped for a group pic during a hike last summer!)

There are so many places to choose from, and they’re all free! So hiking is a great way to blow off some finals steam, and de-stress!

Head to the Canal Trail!


(My friends and I always go and hang out at the lock. Here we were listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album for the first time last summer!)

For those that might be unaware, Utica actually had the old Erie Canal run right through it. (Where I live in Whitesboro, at the very end of a road not too far from mine is an Erie Canal Memorial area which is dedicated right where it used to run!) Some parts of the canal are actually still in tact, and are still used today. There is a lock not to far from Utica College that is one of my favorite places to just relax and hang out.



The canal is great because it’s another free(!) spot to hang out and relax. Also, it’s closer to campus than hiking in the Adirondacks…so you can still get your taste of nature, just closer to home!

(My friends, Mary, Pat, and I, enjoy the occasional frog hunt both on campus and at the canal!)

(My friends, Mary, Pat, and I, enjoy the occasional frog hunt both on campus and at the canal!)

There are so many things to do in Utica! So soak up the last bit of the semester and explore the area! After a final head on down to the lock and de-stress! Or head to the Utica Zoo and make a new friend! Just whatever you do, have fun and I hope you give these activities a try!

A Letter to My Mentors

May 7, 2015 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

With graduation quickly approaching it really got me thinking about these last four years and how I’ve been surrounded with an amazing support system. My college journey has been different, enjoyable, and at times, difficult. From changing majors to finally finding my happy ending, I have been blessed to have people in my life who always encouraged me, loved me, and never gave up on me! This post is dedicated to them :)


Mom & Dad: Throughout my life you have been my rocks, my source of strength, & my heroes. Everything I am and everything I aspire to be, I owe to you. I’m so thankful for the unconditional love and support you both have shown me – from reading & sharing these blogs, to being my number one fans during my time on The Tangerine & WPNR, to simply believing in me & my dreams. You two never fail to guide me in the right direction and I know you will always be there pushing me toward success and happiness.  A girl couldn’t ask for two better parents. Thank you for always being my biggest fans. I love you both.


To my grandparents: I am so fortunate to have you all in my life. My relationship with each one of you is so unique, so different & I wouldn’t change a single thing. All of the memories we share are priceless and I hold each one of them near and dear to my heart. Thank you for being my role models, thank you for being my cheerleaders, my best teachers, and thank you for believing in me always. Your words of wisdom is something I cherish and I have learned so much from all of you. I love you all.

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To my aunts & special friends: All of you have played a large role in my college career. You all are so different, but you have all inspired me and continue to do so. Each of you have changed my life, my perspective, my attitude, and have taught me lessons that will last a lifetime. I appreciate you all being there for me, making me laugh, and for giving me helpful advice in these last four years. It’s because of your encouragement and support that I am where I am today. 

Animal House

May 5, 2015 | Author: Laura Holmes

1. Visit the Utica Zoo.

At the beginning of this semester I made a semester long bucket list.  A few weekends ago my parents and one of my brothers came to visit me and I finally accomplished my goal of visiting the Utica zoo!

I honestly didn’t know much about the zoo here before I went.  I thought it was just a small local zoo, but I was pleasantly surprised.  There are a wide variety of animals at the zoo including different types of primates, birds, reptiles, lions, zebras, and more.  There was even an area with farm animals like goats and pigs that you could feed.  One of my favorite animals there were the peacocks.  I had never seen an albino one before and it was really cool.

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I’m really glad I got to visit the zoo and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something to do in the Utica area.  It is well worth the visit and students get a discount!

Pacing Yourself Near The Finish Line

May 4, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

finishlineWith three days left before the end of classes, it’s virtually impossible not to look forward to summer break.

At this point, though, you can’t allow yourself to look too far ahead. After all, this might be the most important part of the semester. Final exams are right around the corner and performing well in crunch time is vital, especially if you’re looking to secure the grades you wanted before the start of the semester.

Managing time and prioritizing was important throughout the entire semester, but this is when it’s really put to the test. The school year isn’t a 100 meter sprint, it’s a long marathon.

Recharging is a key part of succeeding in college –whether that means getting away from school work, playing a sport, or just relaxing –but the amount of time you get to recharge will get significantly shorter next week. Final exams will require you to buckle down and study, and given the amount of courses you’re taking, that might take up most of your time. Of course, not procrastinating and prioritizing will be key.

The two keys to success in college are balancing and planning. There is so much to do in college between social events, school events, tests and papers and they all can’t be done. The rule I lived by was plan your month, schedule your week, and prioritize your day. – via My College Success Story

May 6th will be the final day of classes, with the following week being reserved for final exams. We’re at the end of the finish line and it’s time to pace yourself. We’re almost there, but it’s not yet time to celebrate. If you get the job done in this final week, chances are your celebrations will be a lot more joyous once it’s finally over.


Getting Rewarded For Your Hard Work

May 2, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic
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We’ve all heard cliche lines about how hard work eventually yields success. After hearing so much about it, those same cliche lines inevitably lose their luster.

While those repetitive cliche lines could certainly become cringe inducing, there is some truth in them.

Prior to starting college, I’m sure we all heard our high school teacher harp about how much more tedious and detailed the work will be. After all, we heard those same sentiments before starting high school, middle school, and so on.

Like many of you, I was able to get away with not working as hard as I should’ve in high school. Despite not studying nearly as much as I do now, I still got good grades. I mean, if I didn’t need to put in extra study time after school, why would I?

That obviously changed in college.

For the first time in what seemed like ever, I actually had to work extra hard to get the grades I wanted. I had to become accustomed to studying, taking notes and knowing how to apply what I learned in class to the exams.

Among many other things, figuring out how to succeed at my own pace was probably the most difficult thing about transitioning to college.

With all that said, the results were well worth it.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”- Thomas Edison; via GoodReads

Getting the grade you’re looking for might not have much effect on you in the long-term, but the short-term feeling of success will undoubtedly help you want to continue having that accomplished feeling. For instance, taking the time to start a paper weeks before it’s due, knowing that you’re working harder than your peers, and finally getting the grade you desire might be the epitome of short-term success in college. It might not be a big deal days, maybe even hours, after you received that grade, but it will cause you to want to continue having that feeling of “I accomplished what I wanted to do. My hard work paid off.”

The rewards will eventually come, too. Besides getting that great feeling, you’ll increase your chances of becoming a member of academic groups, landing scholarships, and building an overall positive image about yourself at school.

There’s really no secret to getting good grades, scholarships, or graduating with honors. If you work hard, it’ll eventually pay off. The rewards will be well worth it.

Goodbye Moose-a-Palooza, Hello Moose Madness!

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Each spring, the Utica College Programming Board hosts an entire week of events that are totally free for UC students. This week has always been known as Moose-a-Palooza, and in years past, it has often included BBQ food, sunny weather, frisbee and volleyball tournaments, and inflatables in the quad. I look forward to it every year, because it’s a great way to enjoy the spring weather and spend time with other students before the craziness of finals week kicks in!

This year, UCPB revamped Moose-a-Palooza. First, they held a content to rename the week and design the tshirts that would be given out to students. While I was disappointed that my suggestions did not win the contest (C’mon, Trax wearing sunglasses would have made for a great shirt!), I was quite fond of the winning name: Moose Madness!

With a new name came some new programming for the week. I took advantage of as many of the events as my night class and desk duty schedule would allow, and was able to attend an event almost every day of Moose Madness! Here are just some of the things I checked out during the week:

Monday, I scored my free tshirt with the new Moose Madness design and was on a team that won 3rd place in the campus-wide scavenger hunt! Since it was my birthday, our team was named Happy Birthday Elaine. (Side note, my friends rock!)

Jason, Laura, and I competing in the scavenger hunt! Thanks, Karita, for taking the pic!

Jason, Laura, and I competing in the scavenger hunt! Thanks, Karita, for taking the pic!

Tuesday, team Happy Birthday Elaine won 3rd place in Battle of the Decades Trivia in the Pioneer Pub. Hey, at least we are consistent with our 3rd place winnings! 3BL loves trivia, and this event had a fun twist, because it featured questions from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and today!

Wednesday featured the hypnotist Seilesh. I saw him last year when he came to UC, and loved him just as much this time around! He is an amazing entertainer and puts on a hilarious show. It is so funny to see fellow students under hypnosis! I never laugh as hard as when I see a good hypnotist show.

Saturday was the big WPNR and UCPB concert- the Royal Tongues and the X Ambassadors! The show was right in the gym and was totally free for UC students! We had a huge turnout, and students loved the unique sounds of both bands. The musicians were all immensely talented and really did an amazing job performing. I was so grateful to see both bands in person, as it made me appreciate their music a lot more- these guys are the real deal!

Group pic! UCPB and WPNR with The Royal Tongues and The X Ambassadors!

Group pic! UCPB and WPNR with The Royal Tongues and The X Ambassadors!

Overall, it was a busy week for UCPB and definitely a great time for the UC students who came out and enjoyed all of the events offered on campus. I loved all of the events I attended during Moose Madness and was really grateful to make some awesome memories during my last spring fest at UC!

Awards Season (HOMW 11)

Apr 28, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Another week has passed us, friends! I would like to share a moment with you all from this past Sunday.


As the semester is quickly wrapping up, there have been many festivities celebrating the successes of the academic year. I love getting together with students, faculty, and staff and reflecting on all of the progress that we made during the last two semesters. This past weekend was especially special to me because of the Student Recognition Brunch that took place in the library concourse.

The brunch was a special ceremony that celebrated an array of students, from those with academic achievements to individuals who have contributed to areas such as Greek life, theater, and diversity on campus. I loved hearing the achievements of my fellow students and congratulating them on their hard work.

Some of our lovely UC GSA members! Lindsay, me, Imani, Maryellen, and Courtney!

Some of our lovely UC GSA members! Lindsay, me, Imani, Maryellen, and Courtney!


The Gay-Straight Alliance won the Outstanding Club/Organization Award from Student Senate, which was a huge honor for us. I myself was also recognized for several awards that noted my scholastic merit as well as my involvement on campus. Overall, the brunch was a very enjoyable event and was a great start to my week!

My boyfriend Ryan and I after the brunch!

My boyfriend Ryan and I after the brunch with some of my awards!