I have noticed one thing while attending UC. I have noticed that there are many Catholics that either work here or go to school here. I was walking around the other day and saw some ashes on many people’s foreheads. It took me back to my Catholic high school. I remembered that Lent was around and it was Ash Wednesday.

Lent started last Wednesday. For those who do not know, Lent is a season in the Christian and Catholic calendar where they focus even more on God. It is forty days before Easter. Usually for Lent, people fast and also give things up for Lent. An example is giving up playing games, smoking, drinking, or partying. Your suppose to give up something that will make you a better person for forty days.

Lent consists of
Ash Wednesday – which is the first day of Lent.

Palm Sunday – This is the day when Jesus first came into Jerusalem.

Holy Thursday – This is the day Jesus had the Last Supper with his Apostles.

Good Friday – This is the day Jesus was crucified.

Easter Sunday – This day celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus.

All this information is according to the Catholic and Christian religion. I do not intend to offend anyone. But my question for my Catholic and Christian friends is “What did you give up for Lent?”


Eating Healthy

Ever since I came to Utica College, I have been consistently working out now. I am usually in the gym for 2 to 4 hours a day everyday. I have been killing myself to gain so much weight. But gaining or even losing weight has very little to what you do at the gym or the amount of crunches you can do at home. Working out is only 20% of the work. The other 80% is nutrition. Nutrition is the most important thing in gaining weight, losing weight, or just want to be healthy. Lets look at some things that would help you keep a healthy diet.

1. Eat more greens – It is good to eat your vegetables. Many people just leave vegetables on the plate and it’s left to be thrown away.

2. Count Calories – Try counting the amount of calories you put in your body. I try consuming about 5,000 calories a day. Some people eat less calories then there suppose to.

3. Lay – off Fast food – Either if your losing or gaining weight, Mcdonalds, Burger King…etc is not the way.

4. Don’t Eat Before you sleep – Eating before you sleep isn’t a good idea. That just slows down your metabolism which can lead to health issues in the future.

5. Cut Back on Salt and Sugar – Salt and sugar can lead to health issues such as diabetes or high blood pleasure. It’s okay to have salt but don’t over do it.

These are simple things I do to at least TRY to stay healthy. You should try them.


Finding Happiness in a Stressful Semester

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.


Valentine’s Day Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I am sure you’re mulling over what you should plan for your significant other.
How you decide to celebrate depends not only on the length and severity of your relationship, but your personalities.
Here are 5 Valentine’s Day Ideas –

1. Buy a dinner reservation – If you totally forgot to make dinner plans, and you’re hopeless in the kitchen, you may have to fork it out and purchase somebody else’s reservation.

2. Get dinner sent to your home – Maybe you’re not so bad in the kitchen. Use the app “Plated” to order a pre-planned meal to your home with all the right ingredients for every course. All you have to do is cook it.

3. Order a couples’ massage – Order same-day massages to your place. The masseuses bring everything you need including their expert skills.

4. Help her make a statement with bold earrings – If your sweetheart has a bolder style, pick out jewelry that demands to be noticed. Think bright colors, daring shapes, and chunky designs.

5. Skip the flowers and upgrade to a long-lasting bonsai tree – Take a break from flowers and buy her a bonsai tree. Not only do they live for ages, but they also represent the traditions of truth, goodness, and beauty.



2 Weeks In, Welcome Back


Welcome back for spring semester! Although it might not feel very spring-like yet – especially for those of you who were the whole Winter Break with our frigid temps – before we know it, spring will be upon us with lots of events and then commencement in early May.

I hope the break was refreshing and renewing for you. Some of our students joined new employers, or returned to former ones for additional work experience. I hope you all had time for some rest and relaxation.
As we kick off the semester, There are few events coming up.
– Wall Street Perp Walks
Date(s) 02/06/2015 – 2:15 p.m.
Location Willard Conference Room, DePerno Hall

– Jesse Sprole, Piano
Date(s) 02/11/2015 – 12:30 p.m.
Location Library Concourse
-Sponsored by the Utica College Social Cultural Committee, programs begin at 12:30 p.m. Musical performances are held in the Library Concourse. Literary readings are held in Macfarlane Auditorium, Deperno Hall, unless otherwise noted.

– Role of the IRX5 Transcription Factor Gene in Sudden Cardiac Death
Date(s) 02/16/2015 – 4:00 p.m.
Location Donahue Auditorium, Gordon Science Center

Good thing is we’re only halfway through the academic year. More great things are in store for us in the coming months.


Done with Fall

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…

via PVLD Kids Blog
via PVLD Kids Blog

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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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

Thanksgiving is upon us again. That reminds me of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, I used to go every year. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a celebrated New York tradition. For people attending the Parade, here are some tips:

1. See the balloons being blown up.

It is far less crowded, and you have a much better chance of seeing the balloons up close by attending the free viewing of the famous big balloon inflation.

2. Get up very early, and dress in layers.

The Parade begins at 9 a.m., but approximately 3.5 million parade-goers take to the streets wanting the perfect view. Plan to arrive to claim your spot along the parade route by 6 a.m., and don’t think of moving from that spot. Pack a bag with snacks, a thermos of hot chocolate, and games or books to keep your kids entertained while waiting for the parade to begin. And remember that NYC wind can have quite the bite, so dress warmly in layers.

3. Know the Parade route.

There are three recommended stretches or spots on the route for watching the parade:
– The first leg along Central Park West
– Time Warner Center
– Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street.

4. Find and book a reservation at NYC restaurant nearby for lunch.

Once the Parade ends, 3.5 million people are pushing their way to subways and out of the areas closed off to traffic to try to hail taxis. Instead of joining the stampede, find a nearby restaurant that is open on Thanksgiving and make a reservation for lunch. You can wait out the crowds while warming up over a hot meal.


How to Have a Safe Halloween

Halloween is a time of fun and in a good community, things will generally be fine. However, it always pays to take precautions on a cold, dark night when people are running around streets where there are also cars, potholes and ghouls in the backyards.

1. Start safety considerations with the costume:
– Wear highly visible costumes. Bright colors, reflective parts or tape are key elements to ensure that you can be easily seen at night. If you have on a dark costume, add reflective tape, tags or buttons.

– Make sure that you do not wear anything that obscures the vision. Masks are best left for the party back at home. Or, make sure masks have very large eye holes for you to see through clearly.

2. Consider candy capers:
– Stories of poisoned candies and treats abound. Although most accounts of poisoned candy/concealed needles have been proven false, it is always better to be safe than sorry to avoid any villainous urban legend copycat. Be vigilant and keep be safe.

3. Consider health safety:
– Finally, last but not least, consider your health. Teeth, immune systems, body weight and general health are all impacted by too much sugar. Treats should be fun but should not be overdone. Keep a healthy diet.


21 Questions

How have you guys been? I’ve seen a certain topic trending among UC bloggers now called “21 Questions.” I have noticed many bloggers have re-posted these particular questions, so I will also give it a shot.
What is your year/major?
I am a sophomore and a computer science major!
When’s your birthday?
August 30
Where are you from?
I am from the Bronx.
Why Utica College ?
I knew a few friends that were here and also a few coming in as well. The school itself is not that far from home, but it is far enough for me to get away from home.
What is your favorite cereal?
Frosted Flakes
Do you have any pets?
What is your favorite season?
Spring – I love the summer too, but I don’t like it getting too hot.
What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
I love the diversity here. I have networked with so many different types of people from all over the world.
What city you would like to visit?
The Windy City. Eventually I’ll get there.
Favorite song?
I have too many to list.
Any siblings?
I have three: two brothers and one sister.
What is your favorite animal?
Lions. They are the kings of the jungle.
Favorite restaurant?
and steakhouse
Pet peeves?
Laziness. I hate people who aren’t passionate and are too lazy to do anything.
Favorite quote?
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Most played song?
All of the Above by Maino
Favorite video game?
If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
Jay-Z. That man is phenomenal.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Successful in general.


Middle of Midterms

Didn’t the year just start last week? Well, that’s exactly how it feels.
Guess what? We are in the middle of midterms….

Here are some tips to do well on your midterms:

1. Skim: On midterm eve, you may be tempted to open up your chemistry book and read every word of chapters 1-55. Don’t! This is a waste of time. Instead, focus on chapter headings, footnotes, the course syllabus.

2. Don’t cram: On this same note, don’t wait until the night before your exam to begin studying for it. Instead, prepare sooner.

3. Disconnect: Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, and email are all unnecessary distractions, so while studying, disconnect for an hour or so. You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish when technology doesn’t get in the way.

4. Take breaks: Consequently, a 12-hour marathon study session won’t do anything but make you crazy. Instead, take short breaks every hour or so, even if only for 10 minutes. Leave your study area when you do. That bit of fresh air may be just what you needed to clear your head.

Follow these few steps and you’ll see great results if you haven’t already.