Category Archives: Student Life

I am Finally Going Home Today! (Break Bus)

Nov 25, 2014 | Author: Brittany Sierra

I am so excited to go home today! I have not seen my family since I started this semester, so going home feels bittersweet to me. I’m looking forward to eating a home-cooked meal! ESPECIALLY ON THANKSGIVING! I get hungry just thinking about it! I kind of wish the break was a little longer. I leave today around 3:30-4:00pm on the Break Bus! I will keep you posted on how the rest of the week will go!

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Frozen Dome

Nov 25, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

This past Saturday was the Frozen Dome Classic at the Syracuse Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. As a Utica College student, I scored a ticket to the festivities for just $10 at Student Activities. My boyfriend and I headed to the Dome around 2 p.m. and met up with friends before the Utica College Men’s Hockey team played against SUNY Oswego at 3 p.m. It was a great game, ending in overtime, and eventually, a tie.

Karita, Laura, and I at the Frozen Dome Classic!

Karita, Laura, and I at the Frozen Dome Classic!

There was a break between the UC/Oswego game and the big game of the day- the AHL Syracuse Crunch vs Utica Comets game. During the break, we explored the Dome, checked out some AHL gear on display, met some mascots, and even won prizes!

Karita LOVED meeting the mascots. It was hard to get her to leave them in order to get back to our seats for the game!

Karita LOVED meeting the mascots. It was hard to get her to leave them in order to get back to our seats for the game!

At 7 p.m., it was finally time for the big game. Although the Utica Comets lost to the Syracuse Crunch 2-1, it was still an awesome experience because we made history; we broke the record for the largest crowd for an indoor American professional hockey game, clocking 30,715 people in attendance.

Even though we lost, it was an awesome atmosphere and a great experience. I loved being a part of the Utica College student section and cheering for Utica College and the Utica Comets with my friends. The Frozen Dome Classic was a unique way to spend my Saturday and was definitely an experience I won’t forget!

Why It’s Okay To Be Selfish in College

Nov 21, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva
Image from Google

Image from Google

“I’m so busy. I’m so stressed out.”

If I had a penny for every time I thought or said that, I would have enough money to take that Disney (or Hawaiian) vacation that I so desperately need!

Between classes, homework, writing for The Tangerine, blogging, and other obligations, I sometimes feel as if my world is going to cave in! Yikes!

I never realized how bad my stress level was until I went to my doctor and she pointed it out to me. Oy! This year, my stress level has been at an all-time high, and I found myself adding MORE stress to combat the other stress. Silly right? I threw myself into everything & anything that I could, and seriously compromised my health because of it. I guess it’s not normal to be stressed, anxious, tired and irritable all the time. Who knew?

My experience with stress and anxiety in college really inspired me to write this post. It got me thinking about how the world and society holds such high expectations for us. The world forces us to put our own health on the back burner. We are always pressured to do more, work more, BE more. We think that adding more stuff to our ever-growing mountain of stress will distract us. Wrong.  

It’s NOT natural!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful thing to be goal-oriented and have fantastic work ethic – in fact, employers love that! But, there’s something very wrong with living by a weekly planner, living on caffeine, and doing your best work under pressure.

Here’s the thing: We’ve conditioned ourselves for stress. We fear that we would be “selfish” for taking a mental health day. Ultimately, we ignore our own happiness and health, and squeeze in something else into our tight little schedules.

Now that the end of the semester is near, are you finding yourself completely overwhelmed? Do you say yes to multiple things that you have no time for? Is your brain on overload? I could sum this up with one piece of advice: SLOW DOWN! But, that wouldn’t be helpful would it? No. So, here are some tips on how to be less stressed, less anxious, happier & healthier.

1) Look at how you begin your day: We have all heard our mothers say these famous words: “Eat your breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day.”  Mother truly knows best! Do you skip breakfast because you’re in such a rush? Stop. That’s self-punishing. Keep some ready-to-go food in the kitchen. Fruit, bagels, muffins, etc, are better than nothing. Feed your body & brain.

2) Unlearn self-punishment and embrace self-love: Often, we get so caught up in our work and goals that we punish ourselves for not reaching them, or for simply making mistakes along the way. We look at ourselves as failures if we didn’t achieve that “A” we worked so hard for. We need to learn to cut ourselves a break. Be low-maintenance and accept that you’re human.

3) Find relaxation techniques: When stress begins to consume me, I try to do something for myself that will make my soul happy. That includes writing in my journal, playing with my dog, drinking hot tea, or even just listening to music. Relaxation is a must. Overwhelmed with your responsibilities? Take small breaks, do some yoga, do a little self pampering, eat healthy snacks, or even wear your favorite color to class.

Believe it or not, little things like that can make a world of difference to your mood and mind. Taking care of ourselves is not selfish; It’s a priority. To be successful, we need to be healthy and relaxed.

Thanksgiving is Approaching & I’m Excited

Nov 20, 2014 | Author: Brittany Sierra

Thanksgiving is a great time to be around family and friends,but it’s an especially great time to give thanks for all of the blessings that you have. I personally cannot wait for Thanksgiving. I have not seen my family in three months, so this will be a good one. I’m excited to finally eat a home-cooked meal! But I would like to remind everyone that there are people out there that will not have anything to eat, anywhere to go or even have family to be with. Remember when saying your prayers before your big meal to mention those people who will not be so lucky this year. :(

Tips For Buying Textbooks

Nov 17, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic
via cooltext.com

via cooltext.com

Believe it or not, we’re less than a month away from the completion of the Fall semester, meaning that you’re going to have to start preparing for the upcoming semester.

Most, if not all, students have already begun to register for classes. With that said, the time for purchasing textbooks is almost here. For most of us, that time isn’t necessarily pleasant, especially when considering the cost.

College students spend an average of $655 per year on textbooks, according to the National Association of College Stores. Even though this figure is down from two and four years ago – from $667 and $702, respectively – it’s still a lot of money… - via U.S. News

To avoid spending more money than necessary on textbooks, here’s a few tips on how to save a few bucks for this upcoming semester:

Compare new textbook prices to used online

This might seem like common sense, but it’s still surprising how many students purchase their textbooks without searching for other sources online.

Sites like Amazon.com have become popular from listing cheap college textbooks, so take advantage of it! Be careful though, as some textbooks have been listed at much higher prices than they should’ve been online, so it’s always good to compare the price to the college bookstore.

Utica College bookstore information could be found here.

Share books, look for alternatives

If you have any friends that attend the same school as you, chances are that they have taken a few of the same courses, especially if it’s core.

Check with your friends to see if they have any old textbooks that could help you for the upcoming semester. In return, check to see if you have any textbooks that could help them.

Also, digital textbooks are a lot cheaper, so that could serve as an alternative. They’re usually available on any E-Reader or Tablet, and if you’re the type to use your electronics anyways, it might be a good idea to purchase an E-Book.

Feeling Burned out? The End is Near

Nov 6, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

By this time in the semester, I know I am usually burned out and ready to go on Winter Break.

Midterm Week is over, and finals are approaching very soon. The bittersweet feeling of the semester being over and the school work coming to an end for winter break leaves a weird feeling in my heart. For some of us, this is the last semester of our college journey, and for the rest of us, we are coming a step closer to being the person we want to be and completing our degree. Holding on to these moments and experiences is important. Even though it may seem stressful now, being self motivated and continuing to push forward will get you to where you want to be.

Here are somethings that I do when I feel burned out: 

  1. I go to the gym

– A good work out is always a good way to release stress and anger.

2. Go for a walk

– There is nothing strange or awkward about going on a walk alone. Sometimes, you need to hear yourself think.

3. Go for a spa day/personal mall day

– Go to the mall and treat yourself to a personal day. There is something about shopping, eating and pampering myself that always gets me in a good mood. Also, it is something that makes me feel in control.

Tips For Organization

Nov 4, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

via Cool Text

Prior to college, organization in school wasn’t that necessary for me. Upon entering college, I’ve learned how important it is to stay organized. However, that’s a lot easier said than done. Here are three tips on staying organized.

Plan ahead, have a set schedule

Having a set daily schedule could definitely help you stay organized. Although some people prefer to have their daily routines written down in a planner, I usually just plan ahead for the day. For instance, after getting out of classes for the day, I find it important to manage my time in accordance to what I need to get done.

I map out my day ahead of time, which helps me stay a lot more organized than if I didn’t do so. Making sure I leave time to study and do the rest of my work is very important and helps avoid scrambling at the last-minute. Plus, having your day planned out will not only help you stay organized, but it will help you avoid procrastination as well.

Use separate notes/books for each class

This might sound like common sense, but it can become very easy to just take down all of your notes in one notebook, which later makes it extremely hard to organize. Although you probably could have gotten away with it in high school, not taking down all of your notes or failing to take notes in general will eventually catch up to you. It’s tedious at times, but it’s necessary.

Check your syllabus and email often

Checking your email constantly might not seem important, but it’s probably one of the most important things you can do in order to keep you organized. I personally don’t like checking my email on the computer often, but it’s easy to set up the email application on your smart phone, which automatically notifies you if you get an email.

Having your syllabus handy is just as important. Professors will often remind the students what’s coming up, but it’s easy to forget and miss something important. Checking your syllabus will help you avoid disorganization.

Photos week

Nov 3, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

Photos week was epic they through an amazing banquet that had great food, performances and great people it was nice to be apart of a great event and it was even more meaningful that I was able to be award sat with an award from one of the biggest leaders on this campus in every part of Utica College making it better and better every day. The award that I was given was the friendship award and it means a lot to me not just because it’s a great award but because of the people who gave me the ward so thank you so much to the brothers of Phi Iota Alpha fraternity, INC.

What an amazing weekend

Nov 3, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

 

This week was great, it was our first and only weekend without a football game this year and it just so happened to be Halloween week. Last year around this time I didn’t have as much fun has I have done this year and I guess due to the fact that you got to learn I mean as a freshman, I was the type of person that was ready to have fun, but I was uptight still and this year was little better I let things just work themselves out and I just enjoyed every day at being at school. And this week made it great was just the best weekend I have ever had school so big ups to everyone who throw a great party and ups to the city of Utica on knowing how to have fun , party, and keep it all safe

COM 130: My Experience in My Favorite Class

Nov 2, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

As a PR major, I am so fortunate to be able to dabble in all different types of classes. This semester, I was so nervous to take the WPNR Practicum. The thought of having my own radio show for an hour was crazy.

I never pictured myself as the DJ type of girl. Sure, I could play the music easily, but could I talk? What on earth was I supposed to say on the air? How would I sound? What if I messed up? Those were just some of the thoughts that ran through my head, and that was just on training day! 

Picture Courtesy of the WPNR Facebook Page

Picture Courtesy of the WPNR Facebook Page

The first day that I was on air I totally didn’t expect much of anything. I figured that I would play the music, introduce an artist or two and that would be it. However; I was liking what I was doing!

As the weeks went on, I became more comfortable and I realized that I truly enjoyed this radio gig! Of course, I have a huge support system of family and friends who listen every week and always manage to give me positive feedback, so they always boost my confidence!

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I now find myself really excited for Friday mornings. I love the music I play, I love getting the opportunity to let my voice be heard, and I love the fact that I step out of my comfort zone more and more each week.

I never imagined that this would become my favorite class, and I never expected how sad I would be to see it end. Taking this class has taught me so much about myself and what I truly am capable of!