Category Archives: Student Life

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. :(

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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!

Green Lakes Getaway

Oct 30, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

    One of my favorite places to go in autumn is Green Lakes. It’s a state park in Manlius, NY, which is just about an hour’s drive from Utica College. Green Lakes gets its name from the unusual color of the water, which appears a brilliant turquoise in some areas, and seafoam green in others due to the way the sunlight reflects on the minerals in the lakes.

My boyfriend, Ryan, took this awesome shot at Green Lakes last weekend. Check out how beautiful the leaves are!

My boyfriend, Ryan, took this awesome shot at Green Lakes last weekend. Check out how beautiful the leaves are!

  I have gone to Greek Lakes several time, and while it is beautiful in the summer, the best time to go is in the fall. In October, the brilliant colors of the lakes are complimented by the gorgeous leaves changing colors. You can walk the trails as I love to do, or you can take your dog for a walk or go for a run on the paths. Overall, it is a great place to reconnect with nature and relax. After the stress of midterms, I needed a getaway, and Green Lakes gave me just that.

Spending a little time over the weekend enjoying nature was exactly what I needed!

Spending a little time over the weekend relaxing and enjoying nature was exactly what I needed.

    So, for all my Utica College peers that may be feeling burnt out at this point in the semester, take an afternoon trip to Green Lakes! Spend some time walking around, enjoying the sunlight, the beautiful red and orange leaves, and the sparkling lakes. Fall in Central New York is breath-taking, but it goes by quickly, so making a stop at this state park is definitely something you want to do before winter settles in!

My favorite picture that I took from our weekend adventure!

My favorite picture that I took from our weekend adventure- but this shot does the beauty of the lake no justice. I definitely recommend that you visit Green Lakes and see for yourself how gorgeous it is!

Get Me Into Grad School!

Oct 29, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

    Lately, I have been focusing extensively on my grad school search. It’s intimidating and exciting all at once to look at and apply to future colleges. After all, my time here at Utica College will be over in less than a semester and a half, and who knows where I will be at this time next year!

    Last week, I attended a presentation by Career Services entitled, “Get Me Into Grad School.” The presentation lasted about an hour, and had a great turnout. Students filled the room in which the presentation was held. Helina Lotyczewski, director of Career Services, led the conversation and gave plenty of tips and tricks for navigating the higher education application process. Here are some of her main suggestions:

-Know what you want. For some, grad school is totally unnecessary for success in their field. For others (like me, as I aspire to be a psychology professor), grad school is completely a necessity. Having a clear goal will help you figure out exactly what program will be the best fit in order for you to achieve that goal as efficiently as possible.

-Know what you need. In my case, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required for all of my applications, as are recommendation letters and a personal statement. I also need research experience and teaching experience in order to be considered for more competitive programs. Having knowledge of what would be expected of me as an applicant helped me accomplish everything early on, so I wouldn’t be scrambling the week before the deadline to pull things together. Look into program and application requirements early on, so you have plenty of time to prepare for exams, gather materials, and secure recommendations before your deadlines.

-Know who can help you. Helina gave us all sorts of great online resources from the Career Services page that helped with finding programs and universities. There are tons of tools on the Career Services page that can help any student, from job market opportunity analysis to resumé builders. However, there are also plenty of people on campus who can help you in your graduate school process. Helina explained that with a personal appointment in the Career Services office, students could receive help finding the right path for their desired career, they could practice their interview skills in a mock interview, and they even could have their personal statement revised! The professionals in this office are trained to help students, and their services are free, so it’s worth making the appointment and getting that extra help.

     Overall, the “Get Me Into Grad School” program was a huge success. The students who attended received plenty of helpful advice and tools to assist them in their process. As for me, I left the presentation and walked straight to Career Services to schedule my personal appointment. I am determined to get into grad school, and am grateful that Utica College has so many great resources to help me along the way!

Halloween

Oct 27, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

Hey guys, how are you doing? This week is a major week for all those people who just want one night to be something other than who they really are. Yes, it’s that time again: Halloween!!! So go to Party City, Walmart, or any place that sells costumes, and get ready for a great week at UC.

Last year, I was thinking that Halloween at college is not even celebrated; it’s just another day. But I was so wrong. People really go all out, but it’s cool and fun. I really advise you guys to go out this weekend with your fellow UC student and have fun.