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Beating the Weather

Feb 23, 2015 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

Right now as I write this post it is Saturday February 21, 2015 ; 17 degrees here in Utica, New York. Never would I have thought that I will going to school in these conditions, I always thought I would be more comfortable in some place like California or Miami. Nevertheless I’m here in Utica N,Y and -10 and below are the weather  conditions that I deal with during the winter. Instead of crying over it I decided to make the best of this kind of weather. How you may ask? Simply by finding simply ways to brighten up my day.

#1: IPOD/Music Player ; without my iPod I wouldn’t be able to make it, In such gloomy weather, listening to uplifting music and even summer playlist can put you in good mood to start your day.



2. Room Decor;Redecorating your room is always a great way to brighten up your mood. Your dorm room is your home away from home and the more homey you feel the better. Adding bright colors to your room space can help you feel like there is some light within the darkness of the winter. For me I added studio lighting to my bedroom, so my room always looks so bright, I also added alot pictures of family,friends, and special events in my life, this makes  me feel more at home and also add’s a special touch to my room.



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Ace Your First Test!

Feb 19, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

So now we’re at the point of the semester when professors are beginning to give their first exams of the semester. (I have my first physics exam on Friday!) The first test in a new class can be daunting, especially if you’ve never had the professor before and don’t know what to expect. So, don’t freak! I have a few tips to help you!

Ask your professor how they typically format their tests. It’s super helpful to know if you only have to worry about preparing for multiple choice, or if you also have to anticipate short answer questions. If a professor doesn’t offer up how their tests are formatted, ask friends who may have taken the class before! Previous students from other semesters can give insight into how long tests might have been, as well as types of questions that were asked. Be sure to NOT talk about the actual content of the exams though!! That can be considered cheating and might result in strict consequences.

Be sure to clarify what exactly you are being tested on! Some professors insist they only teach what they lecture on, so great! Study your notes! However, I’ve been in classes where anything was game for tests: lecture, lab material, and content from the text book. So, make sure you ask your professor to clarify what content is actually going to be tested on. It would totally stink to not read the chapters in the book and then have to fumble through 10 questions that you really have no idea how to answer.

Take advantage of practice tests/ study guides! If you are lucky enough to have a professor that gives you study materials, use them! Professors make those guides knowing what they are going to test students on; those study guides are gold, treat them as such. I use study guides to gauge out how the test may be formatted, ie: if there are a lot of short answer questions on a study guide, I assume that short answer questions will take up a large portion of the exam.

If you’re feeling uneasy, go to office hours! Take advantage of the times when your professor is in their office and ask any questions you might have. Even if you don’t have any specific questions, go talk to your professor and see what they have to say. If I ever feel uneasy about an exam I go talk to my professor about the exam just to calm my nerves.

These are only a few tips for tests that I have. But, obviously, my biggest tip is to study. Professor usually give exam dates well in advance, so don’t wait until the last night to cram in all the info you need to know.

Good luck on your first tests! (And all of the tests that follow throughout the semester!) You’re all going to do great.

Finding Happiness in a Stressful Semester

Feb 18, 2015 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

As a college student, you have a lot to do with being an actual “good student”. There are always different things going on when you are off at school. It’s hard to balance classes and social life. It’s difficult to actually be happy and not be stressed all the time. I have a list of legal things you can do to actually release some stress and bring some more happiness into your college life.

1. Sleep – It’s good to sleep. My freshman year, I used to stay up to 4 in the morning and had class at 8:30. That was the worst thing I could ever do. I would end up being grumpy the whole day. I started my day off wrong, so my whole day was pretty much terrible.

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2. Make good/positive friends – You should always surround yourself with positive people. If you surround yourself with negative people then everything you do will be negative. Positive people put positive thoughts in your head. Because at the end of the day you are what you you think. If you think negative thoughts, then that will result in negative actions.


3. Go out and enjoy yourself – Don’t stay in your dorm room all the time. Go out and do something. You could go to different parties or actually do different activities done on campus. Sometimes you have to take a break from all the studying and all the homework. It is great sometimes to just get out that academic mindset.

4. Exercise – Personally I love working out. But for people who don’t, it is great to hit the gym every now and then. Go run a mile outside or run on the treadmill. It’s good to break a sweat sometimes. When you look good, you feel good. That will help you be a little more happy.

These are my few examples of releasing some stress from all the work at times. Try it and let me know.

Terrible Weather: Spring Come Soon!

Feb 17, 2015 | Author: Trevon Liggins

This weather has been pretty harsh recently.

For a commuter such as myself, it has been especially bad considering I live on the total opposite of the city and there are days it is almost impossible to make it to class some days. Along with all this snow making it already difficult to school, there are days that its so cold the car won’t even start! Yesterday for instance I was completely ready to leave for class and once we were in the car it wouldn’t start. It was pretty darn upsetting that I had to miss public speaking but luckily we had just got done with speeches the class before.

Nonetheless, spring and the warm weather need to hurry our way! No more of this cold weather!

Student Advocacy Day : My Experience

Feb 17, 2015 | Author: LaShanna Saunders


Almost a week ago, I was able to attend my first Student Advocacy Day. Me along with other Utica College Students went to stand up for a cause. Student Advocacy day is a chance for all colleges big or small to come together and make a difference for their school and themselves. Student Advocacy day is surrounded around the idea of fighting for financial aid to be consistent and to increase. Students of HEOP, TAP, STEP, EOP recipient attended this conference to tell the administrators thank you for their hard work. Every school has an administrator who represents the college on their behalf. When you enter into the building        (which was the state capitol and legislative building), you go threw security and then you walk through a hallway with about seven tables, and each table represents a different program. After that you go meet your representative and he explains how the will day go and thanks you for your corporation in this process, he also informs you of who you will be speaking with and he give you some pointers on how to successfully get your point across.DSCN0835

After that we get an opportunity to meet other schools and hear about other students journeys and experiences with the different programs. Next is a tour of the assembly and then it is lunch time, after lunch time you get a tour of the entire building ( capitol) and then you meet your legislator and after that  the day comes to an end.DSCN0839

I believe Advocacy day is important for students to attend because, the financial aid is for us, because of these various programs we are able to go to school and make something out of our self’s. Showing support and thanking the people who help us reach our goals is a important  thing for students to take part in.

Cinderella Made It to the Ball

Feb 14, 2015 | Author: Laura Holmes

Time to cross the first thing off my semester bucket list!!

  1. ATTEND CRYSTAL BALL (finally)

In the years that I have been going to Utica College I had never gone it to Crystal Ball.  My freshman year I did actually attend, but I was there for all of 10 minutes before my friend discovered he was sick and we all left to bring him back to campus.  Sophomore year I was in France for the spring semester so obviously I couldn’t attend.  Each year I always heard about how great Crystal Ball was and how much fun everyone had so I was determined to actually go while I still have to friends here to go with.  And it definitely did not disappoint!

My fellow bloggers Elaine, Karita and I waiting for the shuttles in our snow boots.

Crystal Ball is one of the events held annually here at Utica College and it is a much anticipated event.  The Residence Hall Association puts it on every year and they do a great job.  It’s an off campus event, this year it was at Twin Ponds, and is a chance for everyone to dress up and have a good time while getting a change of scenery.  Plus there are free shuttles to and from so no one has to worry about transportation.

All dressed up at Twin Ponds.

There was a DJ playing music, and a buffet with great food and my friends and I spent the night dancing and making use of the awesome photo booth (which is always fun).  The theme this year was “An Evening in Paris” so RHA gave everyone Eiffel Tower keychains as a souvenir.


Crystal Ball

Feb 12, 2015 | Author: Dillan Torres

.This past weekend Residence Hall Association had their annual event Crystal Ball. There theme was a Paris themed night and it took place at Twin Ponds. There were shuttles provided for transportation and there was a great turn out. There was a great diverse crowd with a lot of different types of music that was played. They had some great refreshments such as chicken tenders as well as sweets such as gum balls, and a mini chocolate fountains with fruit. There also was a nice photo booth so that everyone that attended could have memories of a such great event. Lastly, they gave out Eiffel tower keychain as souvenirs. The night was a great success, I cant wait for next year

Return from Break

Feb 12, 2015 | Author: Dillan Torres

Although I also had a month off coming back for everyone for occupational therapy is something I was not looking forward too. There is barely anyone on campus and the semester is only 4 weeks with so many assignments. I feel a bit overwhelmed, but I am always ready for a challenge. This semester requires a lot of group work, but I know we will get everything done and do well on it. The weather isn’t that bad, but I am ready for a productive semester. I just cant wait till my fieldwork begins and I begin working in the field that I have been working my very best to reach toward. Good luck everyone with their new semester.

Winter Break

Feb 12, 2015 | Author: Dillan Torres

My winter brea was very chill and relaxing. I went home after a two semesters worth of work as well as a summer worth of fieldwork and I was ready to just enjoy being home. Since I was in class all year long with no break I decided to just chill a home, hang out with friends and go out here and there. Although I did not do much I enjoyed just being at my living room watching tv, not having any work to worry about doing. I did not even think to call my job. I hope everyone else enjoyed their winter break just as much as I did. Get ready for the new semester. =)

My Favorite Class at Utica College

Feb 11, 2015 | Author: Tessa Lamper

I have had many enjoyable classes at Utica College between my Health Studies classes (that I got all A’s in) and my English classes (English is one of my favorite subjects!). However, my favorite class was probably one of the more difficult courses I have taken and did not come easy to me.

My favorite class so far has been Gross Anatomy. I took Gross Anatomy last semester and I can tell you right now that it did not become my favorite, or even close to a favorite class until the end of the semester. It started out pretty rough for me between the constant memorization and getting used to the cadavers in lab. I have never been the type of person who can just memorize things right away and it made lecture very frustrating for me. I was also very uncomfortable in lab when we first got started because of the smell and the dissections of the cadavers.

As you can imagine, I did not do very well in the beginning of the semester! Then, after the second test that I was not very proud of, I figured I needed to make a change. I went to Professor Adam Pack, my awesome teacher for the class and he helped me tremendously! I also started meeting with the Teacher’s Assistants personally to help me with lecture and I started meeting with my lab partners for EVERY open lab I could go to. I even went to lab by myself when there was not anyone else there so I could study!  Before the third test, everyone in the class was asking me for study-method help and I even corrected a Teacher’s Assistant in what the Great Saphenous Vein was! I felt so confident and it definitely showed on the rest of my exams. I even got an A- on my cumulative lab exam!

When I started getting high grades in the class, I did start to feel better about the course and it was no longer a class of torture for me, but it still was not in my favorites list. It became my favorite class when I was finished with the course (even before I knew what my final grade would be) because I was using the information. I was completing my shadow hours for Occupational Therapy and my mentors would always tell me what physical impairments that patients had and I knew what they were talking about! It was like an epiphany! It finally clicked that all the days of hard studying actually paid off! I was able to remember everything from lab and I was able to put the information from lecture into it as well. During the course, you learn the anatomy of the body and the functions in sections, so when it was finally all put together in a real life situation, it made the hard work worth it! When everything clicked and was put into a real life perspective, Gross Anatomy became my favorite class.