Category Archives: Voices

Diversity

Dec 7, 2014 | Author: Gregory Spears

Stepping away from what’s going on at Utica college campus, I would like to comment on a recent article that was published in Utica College’s Tangerine newspaper. A writer was discussing the Michael Brown situation and exercising his right to freedom of speech. We must have some type of filter when we voice our opinion. I say this because we comment on certain situations and voice our opinion as if we were a witness of the Michael Brown murder.

I am voicing my concern because the writer spoke as if Michael Brown’s life didn’t matter to someone like it mattered to his parents, whether he committed a crime before he was killed or not. A police officer must use precaution and think clearly if his life is on the line when arresting someone or confronting them.

The point is, the write that wrote his piece in the Tangerine made it clear that it did not matter whether the police officer had a right to shoot Michael Brown, and he didn’t. African American’s and other individuals of different nationalities believe that the police are not there protecting them anymore; they are just protecting themselves.

But I raise the question why do people to choose to shoot first? Why not use a tazer? Do people now feel safe because of this? I wish I could go on more about this because there is so much to discuss. But, we cannot comment on a crime we did not witness. We can only comment on the statements that we hear. I say to the writer whose name I will not disclose, be aware that you were not at the scene of the crime at all, and you do not have the right to justify the killing of another human.

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How to Manage Anxiety While in College

Dec 7, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

College can be an exciting but extremely stressful part of our journey into adulthood. It’s the first time that we have the power to choose where we want our lives to go. We get the chance to choose the career path that we have to be happy with for the rest of our lives! No pressure, right? Wrong. 

The more research I’ve done, the more I see that anxiety is a growing problem among young people – especially college students. Plus, I have my own personal experience with this….

Anxiety is a topic that I’ve kept quiet about, but always wanted to address. I think if more people were willing to discuss it and were willing to realize just how many people are affected, there wouldn’t be such a stigma about this.

Here’s the thing: Anxiety is so much more than just getting nervous. Anxiety is an internal life altering condition that can affect the way a person thinks, feels, and lives their life. Anxiety is also not the same thing as stress, though they are used interchangeably. Stress is caused by external circumstances, and majority of the time, it can easily be controlled or managed.

Anxiety affects millions of people every single day. It doesn’t discriminate. Research has shown that people from ages 16-25 years old are more likely to experience and suffer from anxiety due to the high demands and pressures of society. Interested in learning more? Read here.

As someone who has experienced anxiety, I know how debilitating it can be. You feel alone, misunderstood, and you constantly feel like you’re a prisoner of your own thoughts. That’s a lot to take on at such a young age!

However, I know I’m not the only one who has felt this way before. I know that there many people who choose to remain silent due to fear and judgement. I also know that I’m not one of those people anymore. So, if you’re like me and live with anxiety, I’ve compiled a list of ways to help you manage college life along with keeping your health in check.

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  1. Breathe: I know firsthand how classes, professors, assignments, projects, and presentations can completely overwhelm you. Take a few deep breaths. If you find yourself in that place of anxiousness, stop for a moment. Go somewhere quiet and take in a few deep breaths. Focusing on inhaling and exhaling sends oxygen to your brain and stops the anxiety from occurring.
  2. Watch What You Eat: While it is important to have a balanced, healthy diet, I’m not talking about food here. Watch what you feed your soul. Are you constantly digesting negativity? Are you indulging yourself in the judgments of others? If yes, stop. It’s unhealthy and will only feed your fears. Instead, surround yourself with positivity. Read positive blogs, read positive affirmations, and of course, surround yourself with positive people.
  3. Talk: One of the best ways to combat anxiety is to talk it out. Find someone you trust – whether that is a family member or close friend. Allow yourself to be vulnerable, but avoid people who are only going to use that vulnerability against you. When you confide in someone about your anxiety, be very selective. Not everyone is going to understand your journey. But, when you find that special person that you feel that you can open up to, do it. Don’t hide yourself. Be prepared though for frustrating and hurtful times on both of your parts. If the person that you talk to doesn’t have anxiety, be patient with them as they try to understand what you’re going through. Realize that it’s not easy for them to understand, but by being as straightforward as possible, you’ll help them know you a little better. Don’t be afraid to let someone see the dark side of you. If they truly love you, they won’t walk away from your friendship or relationship.
  4. Let Your Professors Know What’s Up: Anyone living with anxiety knows that some days are better than others. Some days, you’re fine, and some days, you struggle to get out of bed. Anxiety can hit you out of nowhere. If that happens, and you find yourself having to leave or miss class because of it, let your professor know what’s going on. You don’t need to go into explicit detail, but give them a heads up. You don’t want them to think that you’re merely skipping class or are just plain irresponsible. It might be embarrassing, but chances are they will understand and your grade won’t suffer because of it.
  5. Self-Care/Self-Love: This is probably the most important tip. Learning to love yourself despite your anxiety is hard. Very hard. But, it is oh so necessary. Every day, take some time out to do something you enjoy. Make time in your busy schedule for YOU. Take a walk, play with your pet, read your favorite book, listen to your favorite song, do Yoga, exercise…allow yourself to be happy.

Bottom line is that living with anxiety sucks. It sucks more when you’re in college. But there are so many ways to get help and keep your anxiety level low. Be confident. Be brave. Be bold. Be you.

Doughnut Stress

Dec 5, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Tuesday, December 2nd, I held my last event of the semester called “Doughnut Stress.” The main point of this event was to allow my residents to take a break from their homework and studying and enjoy some late-night sweets.

I had four types of goodies, doughnuts, Kit Kats, breath mints, and Tootsie Rolls. For each treat, I had a sheet with either facts or ways to deal with stress!

Doughnut Stress sheet had the following information -

Here are a few common indicators that you are stressed out:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased worrying
  • Trouble completing assignments on time
  • Not going to class
  • Short temper or increased agitation
  • Tension
  • Headaches
  • Tight muscles
  • Changes in eating habits ­- not eating at all or eating too much
  • Changes in sleeping habits

Not everyone responds the same way to potentially stressful circumstances. For example, during final exams, many students feel very overwhelmed and anxious, while others are able to keep their stress under control.

Take A Break sheet had the following information -

Ways of reducing and managing stress:

  • Time management skills
  • Goal-setting worksheet
  • Avoid procrastination
  • Exercise
  • Practice good sleep habits
  • Try mindfulness meditation
  • Limit (or eliminate) the use of stimulants like caffeine
  • Pace yourself throughout the day, taking regular breaks from work or other structured activities
  • Start a journal
  • Realize that we all have limits
  • Plan leisure activities to break up your schedule
  • Find humor in your life. Laughter can be a great tension-reducer
  • Seek the support of friends and family when you need to “vent” about situations that bring on stressful feelings
  • Try setting a specific goal for yourself that will improve your mood and help you reduce stress

Just Take a Breath; You’ll Be Okay sheet had the following information -

How Can I Eliminate Stress from My Life?

  • As we have seen, positive stress adds anticipation and excitement to life, and we all thrive under a certain amount of stress. Deadlines, competitions, confrontations, and even our frustrations and sorrows add depth and enrichment to our lives. Our goal is not to eliminate stress, but to learn how to manage it and how to use it to help us. Insufficient stress acts as a depressant and may leave us feeling bored or dejected; on the other hand, excessive stress may leave us feeling “tied up in knots.” What we need to do is find the optimal level of stress, which will individually motivate but not overwhelm each of us.

Let the Stress Roll Off Your Shoulders sheet had the following information -

Did you know?

  • 85% of students feel stressed on a daily basis
  • 77% of students feel stress over academic concerns
  • 74% of students feel stress about grades
  • 67% of students feel stress about financial worries
  • 54% of students feel stress about their families
  • 53% of students feel stress about relationships
  • 60% of students at some time have felt stress to the point of not being able to get work done
  • 70% of students have never considered talking to a counselor about their stress
  • 84% of students reach out to friends to help them with their stress
  • 67% of students reach out to parents for help with stress

The event started at 8:00pm but residents were hanging around at 7:30pm for the event to begin. It brings me a lot of joy when my residents are just as excited about the event as I am! I have so many great ideas for the Spring Semester and cannot wait to begin planning!

 

This was the flyer for my event that I hung throughout the residence halls.

This was the flyer for my event that I hung throughout the residence halls.

Welcome Back

Dec 5, 2014 | Author: Dillan Torres

Welcome back, Utica College. I hope all had a great break, just as I did. I was able to spend time with family and friends and more. With that being said, it is now time to put ourselves back into gear and prepare ourselves for our last 2 weeks of school. There is only one week left of classes and one week of finals. This is everyone’s last chance to bring their grades up before the semester comes to an end. If anyone needs extra help, please seek it out. Utilize a professor, a tutor or even a study group. All helps and works to anyone’s advantage. If necessary, begin studying for your finals now; do not wait until the last minute. I wish everyone the best and I hope all does well on their finals.

Thanksgiving Break

Dec 5, 2014 | Author: Dillan Torres

Hello Utica College,

I hope that everyone’s Thanksgiving went very well. This was definitely a time to give thanks to everything that I am grateful for and that I wanted to give thanks for. I hope you all were able to do the same, as well as spend time with the people you love the most. I was happy to spend time with my brother, sisters, cousins and aunt. We did eat a huge feast, and we had a bunch of different desserts.

The best part aside from the food was when we all got together to play Taboo. This was definitely a very competitive time of the day, but that is what made it even more fun for us all. After that, we all decided to do some karaoke, this was another fun event that my family and I endured. We all were reminiscing and singing all types of songs. Overall, my Thanksgiving was great. I hope that all of UC was able to experience the same. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Crunch Time

Dec 5, 2014 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Greetings, all!

Now that its December, the heat is ON… Literally! We have a little time left in this semester, and it’s time to finish strong. Finals are around the corner; scratch that, they are up the street! It’s time to get those papers done, and prepare for these finals. Be aware: they are coming! Reserve your study rooms, meet with your professors, and begin planning ahead for next semester.

Don’t get overwhelmed. There’s still time to get those grades up, get focused and knock out these finals. Hopefully, you have completed your schedule for the Spring. If not contact your adviser and get your pin. Look at your the courses you want and times. If you weren’t a morning person this semester, avoid early classes; if night classes are not your friends, look at the afternoon courses. Decide what times best fit your needs, and select those courses.

Also, don’t forget to check out of your room. Unplug your electronics, clear your fridge, lock your windows, and take all valuables home. It’s almost time to go HOME (: Don’t get too excited; remember to take your time on your finals and pack all your necessities. Happy Holidays!

As always,

K

Football is Over

Dec 5, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

So guys football is over, and man, I’m so lost without it. I don’t know what to do with all this free time. Even though I love it, I would rather be playing football; that’s my love, you know? Sorry, I just had to let that out. I really didn’t have anyone to tell that to.

It’s That Time Again

Dec 5, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

So here it is, that time again. Yes, freshmen, this is your first time ever being in this situation. But don’t worry – your friend Juwan is here for you.

There are three things you need to keep in your mind, and you will be fine.

1)      Stay relaxed – this is needed, A lot of people will be all over the place around you, but don’t let the fact that they can’t relax be the reason why you can’t relax.

2)      Stay locked in- it can be easy to start letting things go around this time, and that’s kind of the what you don’t want to do, so stay locked in.

3)      Trust- trust the body of work that you have put in. and you will be fine.

 

Thanksgiving Break

Dec 5, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

I know I’m really late, and I’m sorry, but I scheduled this to post a long time, and just found out that it didn’t. So here’s the rundown of how my break went. One word: amazing. I got the chance to go home for the first time in 5 months and see my family. It was great. The food was even better. I’m sorry I didn’t see this post, but hey, better late than never.

Stand for Something

Dec 4, 2014 | Author: Gregory Spears

Yesterday, we saw a change in the Utica College Community. As we all know, the verdicts of Chris Garner and Michael Brown were decided this week, and many people including myself do not believe justice was served. The justice system says they will look more into the Chris Garner case, but as for Michael Brown, that case is resolved.

Yesterday Black Student Union (BSU) President Corey Cousins gathered other members of the Utica College community for a die-in protest for 20 minutes in the Strebel Lounge. It is one of the first signs with many to come that the minority students at Utica College are fed up with what is going on in the justice system.

The purpose was to let their voices be heard, not because of the verdicts, but because a change needs to happen within the justice system. There is no way a man could be put into a choke hold and die without seeking justice. That police officer should have been held accountable for his actions. A badge does not give you the right to kill anybody. Look for more protest from the Black Student Union, as well other members of the Utica College community.