5 Things to Get Excited About Post-Spring Break

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So the semester isn’t over yet? I could’ve sworn it was based on my exhaustion. I totally understand why 93% of the campus is dragging their feet to class this week, but here are some reasons you shouldn’t:

1. It isn’t freezing anymore

Yes, you were so annoyed to be back to the hustle and bustle of the college life after a week of sweet nothings that you completely forgot to notice that the freezing air was no longer hurting your face as you walked to class. Yes, it is pouring rain, but hey, all the more reason to not get ready in the morning am I right?

2. You’re almost there

You’ve managed to survive 10 whole weeks of classes and you only have a measly five more to go. It is the home stretch!

3. Warm weather makes people nicer/happier

People are evidently nicer when the weather is nice. Just a couple more weeks and people will go from darting from building to building, buried in their parkas, avoiding human interaction, mumbling swear words to themselves as icy show whips them in the face to taking leisurely walks, socializing and smiling again. Maybe that’s just me, maybe not.

4. RELAY FOR LIFE

The most fun all-nighter you will ever attempt to pull is less than a month away! On April 8 in the Dome, the UC community is in for a night of music, games and some serious cancer fighting. Last year, Relay For Life raised over $22,000 for the American Cancer Society and it’s looking like we are going raise even more money this year! You really don’t want to miss out on this. Join the fight at relayforlife.org/uticacollegeNY.

5. Moose Madness Weekend

Assuming you’re all going to push-off studying for finals until the night before, you have an amazing Moose Madness weekend to look forward to! Moose Madness begins on the last day of classes and features an annual spring concert, sporting events and other activities. You wouldn’t want to miss that, would you?

Hang in there, folks. It ain’t over till it’s over.

 

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Let’s Finish The Fight Together!

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In the fall of 2014, the Colleges Against Cancer Organization (CAC) at Utica College was officially established. I have been involved in the club from the very first meeting and it’s something that I hold very near and dear to my heart. Thank God, I have never had a loved one affected by cancer. However, I have friends whose family members have been affected. After hearing countless stories of hope, survival and loss as a CAC club member, I have made it a passion of mine to raise awareness about this disease and raise money to help find a cure.

There is power in numbers, so the more people I can encourage to get involved, the better. The main focus of CAC is to plan, organize and host a Relay For Life event every year, which is the American Cancer Society’s most profitable fundraiser. Funds raised go towards cancer awareness, education and advocacy as well as providing wigs, transportation and overnight lodging for cancer patients going through treatment.

Last year was Utica College’s first ever Relay For Life event, and it raised more than $21,000.

Throughout the course of the year, CAC hosts many events such as The Great American Smoke-Out, which encourages people to quit smoking. That event takes place in November, which is lung cancer awareness month.

The premise of Relay, for people that don’t know, is that people form a team, a lot of times in honor of someone who has battled cancer, and each team raises money for the American Cancer Society through fundraisers and activities at Relay.

Relay itself is like a big party. Some Relay events run for 24 hours straight, others for 12. But regardless, the events are overnight. “Cancer doesn’t sleep so neither will we,” is a common saying related to Relay. UC’s Relay begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 6 a.m. the following morning.

At Relay, there are bands playing, games and activities, themed laps and every single team has a booth. It’s such a fun event and such an amazing cause. Not only do you have the opportunity to raise money and have a great time, but you get to hear stories of amazing bravery from people in your community. Their passion and appreciation for what you’re doing at Relay is plenty of motivation to keep you going all night and once you experience that you won’t be able to get enough.

If you’re interested in joining CAC, stop by a meeting! We meet Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. in Boehlert Conference Room and love to hear fresh, new ideas for Relay. If you want to make a Relay team or join a team, just visit relayforlife.org/uticacollegeNY.

Hope to see you at Relay, in the Dome on April 8!

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Senior Year Bucket List

It is so surreal that this is my last on-campus semester here at Utica College, as my final semester will be in the fall but I will be out on my internship. It is crazy to think that I am almost done completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology-Child Life. I am so excited for my future and am interested to see where I wind up.

Other than kicking butt this semester academically, I plan to make sure that I reach all of my goals within my extracurricular activities on campus. I am a part of a number of different organizations on campus and try my best to attend different events that are held by other organizations I am not in. Something that I have decided to do was make a little bucket list for senior year!

Here is what is on my list as of now:

  • Get an internship!
  • Actually run the American Red Cross Heart Run & Walk
  • Expand my professional wardrobe
  • Attend Relay for Life
  • Get back on track financially
  • Volunteer and explore during spring break
  • Have successful events within my organizations:
    • Psychology-Child Life Society – bake sales and our annual St. Baldrick’s Day
    • Gay/Straight Alliance – Ally Week, Day of Silence, and our annual Drag Show
    • Student Senate – a smooth sailing election year as I was just recently appointed Elections Commissioner
  • Create a series of awesome events for the graduating seniors
  • Not throwing up and/or passing out on stage while giving my Senior Class President speech at the Commencement Ceremony

I am excited for what this semester is going to bring and I hope that I can complete everything that is on my bucket list before graduation day!

Maybe you can make a bucket list for your spring semester too and work towards some of you goals!

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