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Saving Money For The Spring Semester

Dec 28, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

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Let’s face it, college is really expensive. Purchasing textbooks is probably the most expensive part about being a college student, besides paying for tuition.

Although it might feel like winter break has just begun, we’re less than a month away from the start of the spring semester. What does that mean? Well, purchasing textbooks, of course.

If you’re lucky, you might not have to purchase textbooks for all of your courses, but that likely won’t happen. Instead of settling for the first price you see online or at a book store, here’s some advice on how to save some money for this upcoming semester.

Look for cheap textbooks online

Yes, I’m using the word cheap pretty loosely here. It’s virtually impossible to find a “cheap” textbook anywhere, but it’s possible to save a large chunk of change.

Amazon has become widely popular for their “cheap” textbooks, and from experience, I can say that it’s certainly a lot cheaper than other stores. While most of these textbooks are used, they should be good enough to get you through the semester. As long as the professor doesn’t require any digital add-ons along with the textbooks, it’s possible to find what you’re looking for online.

Most professors don’t necessarily care how you get the information, as long as you get it. Not all of your textbooks have to be hardcover. In fact, the opposite is true. Most, if not all, students do their work on their laptops or computers, so why not look for e-books? That’s another alternative.

Instead of settling for the book store price, do some research online. You might end up saving some money.

Advice from LifeHacker:

Regardless of how you’re buying you’re going to want to find the cheapest price. Searching a bunch of sites individually can be a pain. CampusBooks and BIGWORDS show you everything in a nice, organized list as well as help you determine buyback value so you can factor that into your decision.

Rent the book

This might seem like a no-brainer, but renting textbooks is certainly underutilized by college students.

If you’re taking a core class just to get the credit or taking an elective to fill your schedule, it might not be necessary to purchase a textbook. Instead, try renting the book for a fraction of the cost. After all, if you’re not going to spend much time looking at the book after the semester is over, why invest money into the book?



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Merry Christmas

Dec 19, 2014 | Author: Dillan Torres

Christmas is around the corner and I hope everyone is working hard trying to give their parents the best possible gift that they can ask for. What I feel this is, is to see their child being a prosperous and intelligent student that they know they are. This way once we all show our parents the grades we got and they see how great we have been doing as well as how responsible we have been they then would love to give us the gifts that they bought. It will show them that we deserve it. I know I have the grades to show my mother and I cannot wait to see that joyous smile on her face, which is all I need to make my christmas a merry christmas. I want to wish all of UC a early Merry Christmas and best of luck on your grades.

Advice while on Winter Break

Dec 19, 2014 | Author: Dillan Torres

So being that Winter Break is here, there is some advice that I have to offer. Yes, Im  sure that everyone is tired of school work and would like a break from doing anything, but one great thing to do while on winter break is trying to go back to an old job that you once had. This not only continues to add to your resume, but it shows responsibility and allows you to collect some money for the spring semester. This helps you so that you do not have to go to mom and dad for money during the spring semester and you start the semester with some money in your pocket. As I mentioned you want to continue to build your resume as well as just have something to keep you busy and out of trouble. So my advice to all is to go out there job searching if you haven’t already done so and best of luck finding something in time. Happy Holidays.


Dec 19, 2014 | Author: Dillan Torres

Finals and internships are finally over and have come to an end. I hope everyone has put there all into studying and have tried their best to receive good grades  not only on their finals, but for the semester. As for me I did the best I could reviewing all I needed to review for my synthesis final, but it was hard trying to study being that it was all based off of concepts and  not memory. It was a 3 hour long exam that took the full three hours and then some. After I took the exam my brain was fried, but I was ready to just go on my fieldwork. On my fieldwork experience I did everything that was asked of me and then some. I was always seeking out opportunity to learn in different areas of OT as well as other disciplines that you see in the medical field like PT, Social work and speech-language pathologist etc. This was a tough semester, but I got through it and am ready to go on christmas break and enjoy my time off. I hope everyone did there professor opinionnaires, hope all get good grades and happy holidays everyone.

Finals Sminals

Dec 18, 2014 | Author: Michael Defone

There’s only one thing on everyone’s mind the last weeks of school every semester, and that is finals. Now, it’s not the actual word “finals” that get people all fired up on Red Bull and coffee; it’s the stress that follows that haunting word. Here are a couple ways to remember that you’re smart and it’s just a word.14189202329892121147476

The first way that I found that was very effective is you just pretend it’s another test. The simple fact of the matter is the kids over hype finals week. If you paid attention all year and did your work, it’s literally just another test, and an easy test because you studied all year. Just remember that, if you’r worried about finals you, either might fail or you didn’t study as hard as you should. Trust me, I know this because I’ve been in that situation.

Another way to calm your nerves during that week is to find time to settle down, relax, and get your mind off studying. If you study for too long your brain will go to mush. I have a very close friend who would  study for 11-12 hours a day straight, and by the end of the day, she couldn’t every form simple sentences unless it involved her field of study.1418920192645-571210582

My last tip for you guys is just study all year for your finals. Everyone is so scared and nervous about just one simple word. Everyone who is at college earned their way there because they are bright human beings. So next semester, don’t let finals be your downfall; let finals be the icing on your cake. So, I’ll see you next semester, and may your finals week be great.

How to Make the Most of Your Winter Break

Dec 17, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Finals are over! You have no idea how thrilled I am to say that… And I’m sure if you’re a college student reading this, you’re just as thrilled. So now, you have an entire break stretching out in front of you. The first few days are for the very necessary sleeping days and recuperating days after all-nighters and study binges. However, once a few days have passed and you’ve recovered from finals, you find yourself with a plethora of free time you haven’t had to yourself since August before classes started. So, this blog post is going to help you manage all of your free time…because it can be harder than it seems.

Actually get dressed some days: While it may be tempting to just lay around in pajamas every day of break, resist the urge! Maybe set aside one day a week as your “lounge day” and wear your pajamas and messy hair to your heart’s content. However, the other days of the week, you should actually put on real clothes, and look (at least a little bit) presentable. It’ll make you feel more productive, even if you didn’t really do anything.

Set an alarm: While it may be tempting to sleep your entire break away, sleeping until the late afternoon wastes valuable morning time! You don’t have to get up insanely early, but make sure to be up before regular people are eating lunch! The early bird gets the worm, and all that. But also, it won’t be as big of an adjustment when classes do start again and you have to be ready for 8:30s.

Make a mini winter break bucket list: Take time out before the craziness of a new semester sets in, and do things you wouldn’t have time to do during a semester. Plan little activities with family and friends, and make the most of your free time. Go to the movies, go shopping, and especially take advantage of all of the holiday activities!

Forget about your grades: If you did the student opinionnaires, you’ll get your grades December 23rd, and for those that didn’t, you’ll get your grades a week later. That can be a stressful time. I know whenever I check my grades, I get incredibly nervous, and my heart beats fast. It’s fine to freak for a while, either good or bad. But, don’t let a bad grade ruin your entire break. If you didn’t get that A or B you were aiming for, don’t beat yourself up about it. Either let it go, or figure out if you need to retake the course…but don’t spend all break on it. Deal with it, and then put it to the back of your mind.

 Don’t forget about your classes next semester: Check your email! Order the textbooks you need for the class. Look if your professor wants you to read certain materials. Don’t completely forget about the work you are going to have to do next semester! Brace yourself, and prepare.

The most important tip though is to have a great break! Enjoy the time off because before you know you’ll be back at Utica College ready to start a new semester!

Done with Fall

Dec 17, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

The semester ended a couple days ago…
Finals are finally over…
All the studying and homework are done, and we are just waiting for those final grades…

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It was a great semester. I really enjoyed keeping you guys posted.I would like to wish you guys a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. I will see you guys again next year.

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Things to Remember Before and After Break

Dec 15, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

I know it is the last day of finals, and some people have left already, but I, like many others, am not able to leave until tomorrow! It is inevitable: every break, I always manage to forget something to take home or to bring back… I also know some of you who have the same problem as well! This winter break, I have a fool proof way of remembering everything to take home and bring back.

Before Break:

1. Go through your daily routine and put all of your necessities in a pile (even if you still need it). It gives you a visual of what you need to take home and helps remind you of everything when you are about to leave because you have already seen it all there!

2. Do not forget your fish… or other pets… (I had hermit crabs for my first two years at Utica College!). Also remember to have a plan of how to transport them. I kept my Beta Fish container that I bought my fish, Leonardo in just to transport him. IMG_0734 Leonardo DiCaprio is all ready to go!

3. Do not forget to clean your room, do your laundry and take out your trash! You do not want to come back to ants and a stinky room!

4. I also take home everything I do not need, such as my Christmas decorations, summer clothes and whatever other things I do not use or need anymore at school. I live 5 hours away so I do not get to go home very often to do these things!

5. If you are driving home, make sure you check your car! Make sure the tires and oil are safe and ready to go and make sure you have your phone charged in case of emergency. JUST DONT TEXT AND DRIVE! :)

After Break:

1. Remember to bring back your necessities, such as all of the items you wanted to make sure you did not forget before leaving! Last year, I forgot my hair brush (which is extremely important or else I will look like a caveman. Trust me, it’s for all of the safety of the civilians of Utica College!).

2. Make sure you have all of your clothes and whatnot cleaned and ready to go so you don’t forget anything important, and so you do not need to do laundry as soon as you get back.

3. If you are like me and will not be able to go home until the spring break, remember to bring back spring clothes and jackets; you never know what will happen with the weather in Utica, New York!

4. Make sure you have your classes figured out, your payments made and your books are bought! It relieves a lot of stress to know you just need to worry about studying!

5. Bring your game face! It’s a new semester, so if you did not get the 4.0 fall semester (which was my original goal…) you can still accomplish it this coming semester! Be positive and ready to work hard, and you will be off to a great start! IMG_1251 I am so excited to see my horse!! Hopefully I do not forget anything due to the near-bursting excitement!


Grade Anticipation…

Dec 15, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

IMG_1344Today, Monday the 15th, I finished my last final exam at 10:30 a.m. I have been stressing about all of my finals for the past few weeks, and now that I am finally done with classes (until the spring), I am able to relax…NOT!!!! I have found that completing my last final exam of the semester has given me more stress than the actual finals! There is definitely something wrong here!!! I was stressing all day over…

“What are my exam grades going to be? I think I did well… But maybe not.. What if I do not get the C or higher in Gross Anatomy? What if I do not get the 3.0 that I need to maintain in order to remain in the Occupational Therapy program? What am I going to do?!!!!!!”

So then, I was talking to my friends, and we were all venting about our grades and feeding off of each other’s nerves (which of course is never good) and thus led to a “Post Final Meltdown.” The definition of a “Post Final Meltdown” (for me at least) is when you are very stressed and debating moving to Africa and saving the rhinos and elephants. You also may or may not consume a large quantity of chocolate…

So naturally, like every college student does, I called the wisest person I know…My mom. In this time of crisis, like every other, she gave me the best advice of all: DO NOT STRESS!!!! What is done is done, and everything will be okay. There is nothing that can be changed, and if the outcome is not preferable, it is no big deal. It will all work out, no matter what! She also told me to get out and have some fun, like getting an ice cream cone or going to the movies to cool down after a long week of final exams, projects and presentations. Just de-stress in general!

Now, usually in my blogs, I give my personal advice. In this one, as you could see, I was the one in need of advice. The advice helped me out a lot, and I am finally relaxing with popcorn, 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family, and my best friend beside me. I hope my mom’s advice can help you guys as well! IMG_1343

Midnight Breakfast!

Dec 9, 2014 | Author: Nayary Rosario

Midnight breakfast for me is the funnest day of the whole semester for various reasons. We get to do so many things such as eat my favorite meal at night, get on a mechanical bull, use a photo booth with your friends, make dog tags, and get drawn as a cartoon. Luckily I was able to enjoy all of them except for the human cartoon drawing. Apart from that, we also got to see the fraternities dance.


The mechanical bull overall brought the most laughter to me, and was where I spent most of my time. Watching everybody get on and see how many seconds they lasted on it made me laugh so much. It took me a while to convince one of my friends to do it, and I did not leave until she actually went on it. After I convinced my friend Laura to do it, every time she fell down, she got back up on the bull to do it. It was so funny. Had a really good time watching everybody.


As I was getting my dog tag, the line was so long. I got to the line at 10 p.m. and was able to get my dog tag by 11:20 p.m. Even though it took long, I was happy because I love my dog tag, and I am planning on wearing it when I go home for Christmas break. The picture is of me me holding my neice who is 2 months old. Can’t wait to see her when I go back home.