The School Year Comes To An End


For some who’ve been looking forward to this since August, there’s nothing sad about the end of the spring semester. But for most, this is going to be a bittersweet moment.

Today was the last day of classes for the spring semester, marking the unofficial end of the school year. Of course, while you’re probably eagerly waiting to drop your textbooks and head home, the final examination period is underway.

Here’s the full final exam schedule, via

The next few days are going to be stressful, but remember, the last couple of months have prepared you to do well on the final exams.

When test-time rolls around, it’s time to get yourself into confidence mode. You’ve prepared as much as you could, and now it’s time to ace the test. The tip here is to do whatever works to convince yourself you are going to do really well. Again, I know this tip sounds a little crazy but you just have to try it for yourself. I think you’ll like the results.

Given the weight of the exams, getting anxious during test-time is inevitable. Still, though you know the importance of doing well, you’ve experienced the feeling before. If you prepare beforehand, then nothing should be a surprise on exam day.

For graduating seniors and those who have completed their online evaluations for their courses, final grades will be available on May 20th. For those who haven’t, grades will become available on May 23rd.

Summer break is almost here, but it’s important to buckle down and get the job done during the final exam period! Good luck to everybody!




Events To End The Semester

Utica College hosts numerous events throughout the school year, and it honestly seems like there’s something going on every single day. UC diversifies their events, so there’s always something to do for everyone.

With just two days left in the spring semester, you’re probably focused on final exams, and quite frankly, looking forward to summer break.


Before you pack up your bags and head home, check out these two final events at Utica College:

lunchProfessor Harry F. and Mary Ruth Jackson are continuing their Lunch Hour Series on Wednesday, May 6th at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Concourse.

Featured music will include various folk songs.

Stop by before the semester is over!

Open Mic Day

Hosted by the Harold Frederic English Society, open mic at Pioneer Cafe will feature poetry among other things that were published in the Utica College literary magazine.

Students will read their creative work, so come out and support them! You could also participate by reading your own work.

It’s on Tuesday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m.


Pacing Yourself Near The Finish Line

finishlineWith three days left before the end of classes, it’s virtually impossible not to look forward to summer break.

At this point, though, you can’t allow yourself to look too far ahead. After all, this might be the most important part of the semester. Final exams are right around the corner and performing well in crunch time is vital, especially if you’re looking to secure the grades you wanted before the start of the semester.

Managing time and prioritizing was important throughout the entire semester, but this is when it’s really put to the test. The school year isn’t a 100 meter sprint, it’s a long marathon.

Recharging is a key part of succeeding in college –whether that means getting away from school work, playing a sport, or just relaxing –but the amount of time you get to recharge will get significantly shorter next week. Final exams will require you to buckle down and study, and given the amount of courses you’re taking, that might take up most of your time. Of course, not procrastinating and prioritizing will be key.

The two keys to success in college are balancing and planning. There is so much to do in college between social events, school events, tests and papers and they all can’t be done. The rule I lived by was plan your month, schedule your week, and prioritize your day. – via My College Success Story

May 6th will be the final day of classes, with the following week being reserved for final exams. We’re at the end of the finish line and it’s time to pace yourself. We’re almost there, but it’s not yet time to celebrate. If you get the job done in this final week, chances are your celebrations will be a lot more joyous once it’s finally over.



Getting Rewarded For Your Hard Work

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We’ve all heard cliche lines about how hard work eventually yields success. After hearing so much about it, those same cliche lines inevitably lose their luster.

While those repetitive cliche lines could certainly become cringe inducing, there is some truth in them.

Prior to starting college, I’m sure we all heard our high school teacher harp about how much more tedious and detailed the work will be. After all, we heard those same sentiments before starting high school, middle school, and so on.

Like many of you, I was able to get away with not working as hard as I should’ve in high school. Despite not studying nearly as much as I do now, I still got good grades. I mean, if I didn’t need to put in extra study time after school, why would I?

That obviously changed in college.

For the first time in what seemed like ever, I actually had to work extra hard to get the grades I wanted. I had to become accustomed to studying, taking notes and knowing how to apply what I learned in class to the exams.

Among many other things, figuring out how to succeed at my own pace was probably the most difficult thing about transitioning to college.

With all that said, the results were well worth it.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”- Thomas Edison; via GoodReads

Getting the grade you’re looking for might not have much effect on you in the long-term, but the short-term feeling of success will undoubtedly help you want to continue having that accomplished feeling. For instance, taking the time to start a paper weeks before it’s due, knowing that you’re working harder than your peers, and finally getting the grade you desire might be the epitome of short-term success in college. It might not be a big deal days, maybe even hours, after you received that grade, but it will cause you to want to continue having that feeling of “I accomplished what I wanted to do. My hard work paid off.”

The rewards will eventually come, too. Besides getting that great feeling, you’ll increase your chances of becoming a member of academic groups, landing scholarships, and building an overall positive image about yourself at school.

There’s really no secret to getting good grades, scholarships, or graduating with honors. If you work hard, it’ll eventually pay off. The rewards will be well worth it.


Finishing The Semester: It’s Almost Final Exam Time


We’ve passed the halfway point in the Spring semester. With that said, summer is right around the corner. The weather is finally improving. Needless to say, it can become easy to slack off and forget about school for the last couple of weeks.

In the past, it was probably easy to get away with slacking off near the end of the semester. In college, though, it’s the exact opposite.

Closing out the semester on a high note is just as important as starting off the school year strong. Final exams will make up a large portion of your grade and slacking off could end up ruining your GPA.

Here’s a few tips on how to finish the semester positively, specifically during final exam time:

Come prepared, review your notes

Instead of cramming during the last week of the semester, save yourself the time by reviewing your notes leading up to your final exams. While this might seem like more work on top of your regular school work, it will ultimately save you more time at the end of the semester because you’ll already become prepared.

Take the time to review your notes, look over your syllabus, and maybe even ask your professor to give you some tips on how to study for the upcoming final exam.

Here’s a related tip via USNews:

Many students, when starting to think about preparing for finals, look at the dates of their finals, then count their way back. “Biology final on Wednesday? That’s two or three studying days needed. I guess I’ll start hitting the books on Sunday.” A far better idea is to count up from the day the study questions are handed out (or if your prof doesn’t bother with such niceties, a week before the exam) to the day the exam will take place. “Seven days? Then I’ll divide the course into sevenths and study two weeks’ worth of lectures each day.”

Prioritize, focus on your weaknesses

Some classes will inevitably be easier than others. Studying for those classes will probably come easier than studying for a more difficult class. When that happens, break down what you’re having trouble with in each course.

Instead of sitting down and reading your entire textbook or notebook, break the material down. Studying something you know just as much as something you don’t doesn’t make much sense. Make a checklist of things that you’ve struggled with and make sure to put more time into those topics. That way, you won’t spend time reviewing the material you’re comfortable with.



Tips for Scheduling Classes


It’s that time of year again.

Scheduling classes is probably one of the most hectic times during the school year. Whether it’s scrambling to find a time to meet with your adviser or simply having a difficult time finding which courses to take, scheduling classes is hardly ever painless.

I can’t guarantee that you won’t have issues scheduling classes, because you inevitably will during your college career, but here’s a few tips on how to avoid some common errors:

Have a backup plan

I’ve made this mistake in the past, and I’m sure most college students will: Figuring out which classes you’re going to take and not having a backup plan in case one (or more) of them get filled to capacity.

When you’re selecting which classes you’re going to take, likely with your adviser, have at least one backup plan for each class, especially the science courses. If your first option is filled, you could fall back on your second option without completely botching the rest of your schedule.

Here’s more via College Board:

The earlier you register, the more likely it is that you’ll get the classes you want. Also, if a problem comes up along the way, you’ll have more time to deal with it. But no matter how early you register, make sure you have a list of back-up classes in case the ones you want are already full.

By having a backup plan, you’ll still have a chance to make your schedule how you’d like it to be. If you’re a morning person, then take your classes in the morning. The same applies with classes in the afternoon. You certainly don’t want to get stuck in an 8:30 a.m. class, just because you didn’t have a backup plan.

Research the classes before you register

If you don’t research your classes beforehand, meaning you don’t look into them before you register, you could end up having a nerve-wracking experience.

Scheduling classes could become difficult, and having to drop a class in the middle of a semester because it’s not what you thought it was prior to registration, would be even more painful.

Avoid the pain by doing some investigative work before registering. isn’t the most trustworthy of sources, but it’s still a source. Like most things, if you could differentiate the bad ratings from the substantive ones, then you’ll likely get something out of it. It’s essentially the same thing as asking a friend who might’ve taken a course you’re interested in. Take it with a grain of salt, but it’s certainly better than choosing a course blindly.



April Events At Utica College

Before going to Utica College, I didn’t know how many events the school hosts throughout the year. Of course, it didn’t take me long to learn. It seems like the school has something going on every single day of the week.

Here’s a look at just a few events Utica College is hosting this month:

Holi Festival of Colors

X Ambassadors, featuring guest Royal Tongues:

General admission is $15, but it’s free for Utica College students! Get your tickets at UticaTickets. The X Ambassadors have been featured with the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z. Needless to say, the concert should command some attention.

Their hit single, Renegades, has been viewed thousands of times online and it’s been featured numerous times on popular television shows. Here’s more on the band, via Teen Vogue:

X Ambassadors, the dynamic Brooklyn-based quartet of brothers Sam (vocals, guitar, saxophone) and Casey Harris (keyboard), plus Noah Feldshuh (guitar) and Adam Levin (drums), we knew we couldn’t let them out of our sight. And neither could Imagine Dragon’s frontman, who, after hearing their music, immediately phoned his pal (and famed producer of everyone from Rihanna to Paramore) Alex da Kid, who promptly signed them to his label on Interscope Records.

April is essentially the last month of school. Make it a memorable one by attending these fun events.


Tips: Taking Notes


Studying is probably one of the most difficult tasks that a college student has to do.‭ ‬Between class,‭ ‬coursework and other responsibilities,‭ ‬it’s difficult to find time to study.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬studying is obviously necessary for you to succeed in your classes.

Like most people,‭ ‬I use my notes to study and review before taking a quiz or exam.‭ ‬While studying itself isn’t necessarily a challenging task,‭ ‬knowing how to take notes in class so your study sessions are successful could become difficult.

Prior to attending college,‭ ‬you probably rarely took notes in class.‭ Without having knowledge beforehand, you’ll probably have to learn how to take notes throughout the course of your first semester. Like anything, though, there isn’t a clear-cut explanation of how to take notes. Your notes will look slightly different than your classmate’s notes. Still, there are a few fundamental ways to take notes which could help you have successful study sessions in the future.

‭Don’t try to write everything the professor says

‭This was probably the most difficult challenge for me, at least in terms of taking notes. Although you might try, it’s virtually impossible to write down everything your professor says. Believe it or not, listening to your professor is probably even more important than taking notes.

‭Instead of trying to write down everything your professor says, listen for the key points. Personally, I like to write my notes in an outline format. For instance, if you’re learning about the Civil War, you might want to make that your focus point, while every point underneath could be the details surrounding the war.

‭By condensing your notes, your study sessions will go a lot more smoothly. You will avoid separating what’s important and what’s not because it will already be written down for you.

Bring highlighters to class. Instructors will frequently make comments like, “This is an important concept.” Or, “Make sure you understand this.” These are direct clues that this will more than likely be on an exam. Highlighting these notes will help remind you later that this is definitely something you need to know.

via Seton Hill

‭If you’re still worried that you might have missed something, perhaps you could record your lectures. Having the lectures to review before taking an exam could be extremely valuable, especially to those who still aren’t sure of how to take notes.

‭Do the reading/prepare beforehand

‭You probably could’ve gotten away without doing your readings in high school, but you’re going to have a difficult time doing that in college.

‭In class, your professor will likely go over the readings or other material that was assigned before class. Some students tend to skip the reading, thinking they will get all of the material in class anyway. If you do the reading or prepare for the lecture beforehand, the lecture will end up becoming a review of the material, which will help you memorize the key points.


Reasons To Join A Club/Organization

reasonsPrior to attending Utica College, I had no idea that the school offered so many opportunities outside of school itself. One of those opportunities, joining a club or organization, has tremendous value for students.

Check out the full list of clubs and organizations here

Some students will inevitably coast through school, just to get a degree. Others, especially those who want to excel and get a head start, will join an organization. Here’s a few reasons to join a club:

You’ll become more accustomed to the environment

Utica College has organizations for virtually every interest or group in the school. Do you love accounting? Check. Choir? Check. Dance? Check. Basically, there’s a club for any of your interests.

If you’re someone who enjoys being around people with similar interests, than joining a club would definitely be a good idea. Not only will you be able to share time with people with similar interests, but you could potentially grow together and learn. After all, isn’t that why everybody attends college?

It looks great on your resume

Being in a club or organization will give you some added responsibility. Succeeding in college is tough and you probably already have a lot of responsibilities in terms of doing well in class. While it could be difficult to manage time, joining a club or organization will pay off in the long-run.

Future employers will notice your willingness to add responsibility by seeing your club or organization on your resume. Here’s more information regarding that topic via US News:

Freshman year is not too soon to begin thinking about positioning yourself for future employment…

This will vary a lot by the student, of course, but more free time does not always equal better grades. Being involved will require some organization and time management on the part of the student—and that’s a good thing.

Why not join something that represents something bigger than yourself? Check out the list of clubs and organizations in Utica College.




Women’s History Month At Utica College

In case you didn’t know, March is Women’s History Month.

Here’s a brief description of Women’s History Month, via InfoPlease:

The public celebration of women’s history in this country began in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” in Sonoma County, California. The week including March 8, International Women’s Day, was selected. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women’s History Month.

The month celebrates all of the individual, social, political and virtually all of success women have achieved in society. To highlight the month, Utica College is hosting several cool events for students:


Aside from watching Huey Cal perform, you could also take a trip down to Brooklyn, NY to celebrate Women’s history month:

Women’s History Month is a great time to step back and recognize all of the achievements women have gotten within society. There’s no better way to celebrate it than with your peers. Perhaps checking out the show by Huey Cal or taking a trip down to New York would be a good way to reflect on those accomplishments.