Stressing over homework, quizzes, and exams all semester long, especially during Midterms, is quite normal. However, nothing will ever compare to the stress one undergoes during Finals’ week. The week of Finals generally consists of no diet or exercise, no hydration, not much social/personal time, and definitely no sleep. But, who said it ever had to be this way? Granted, it always comes naturally to most to just stay up all night and cram 16 weeks’ worth of information into your "over concentrated" brain. However, there are plenty of resources available and study tips known that are to leave you feeling de-stressed and confident to conquer the impossible: your Finals.
Leading up to Finals week, deplete simple stress by ensuring that you are well aware of the exact time and day that each of your Finals are. Google Calendar, a planner, and eLearning are all useful tools to help you use time effectively. Be sure to talk to professors and ask any lingering questions if exam criteria or expectations are not clear. Do this sooner rather than later! It is never a bad idea to begin studying early, versus cramming everything hours before taking the exam. Begin to study small portions and tidbits of information each day at the exact time and day of your exam – this has been researched and proven to train your brain and correlate it with that specific subject area! This will also lighten the workload and make it seem not nearly as overwhelming the night before. Motivate yourself to complete sections of material, and then reward yourself with a 5-10-minute study break. Always remember, too, that there is more than one right way to study. Figure out what works best for you in order to find your rhythm and a healthy way to study. Don’t burn yourself out; stay motivated and remind yourself that you can do it! Organize study groups with classmates, or ask your friends or roommate(s) to help you study or quiz you on material. Don’t sit there and struggle – ask for help! As confusing as it may sound, your grades are NOT as important as your physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being. Take care of yourself! Go eat a good meal, go for a run or walk outside, go socialize with friends (at appropriate increments, not all day), call your friends and family, go find a dog to pet, and drink plenty of fluids and water; treat yourself!
Registration can be a stressful time in your college career. Are you taking enough classes? Are you taking the right classes? Are you on the correct path to graduate in the time you want?
Here is some advise from our PAiR Austin.
"Through my academic career I have always had people to help me along the way. Going from middle school to high school and even into college I always found teachers to be a great resource. Before signing up for classes I found myself conversing with an advisor either one on one or at a program. This calmed my nerves about my next semester as well as the classes I will be taking. Speaking with an advisor gave me an idea how close I am to graduation, but if you are a Junior or Senior, you should be speaking with your record analyst. There are great leaders all around in the dorms and especially around campus. Go find yours and see what they can do for you.
Pre-Registration is a chance for you to talk with an advisor and create your schedule for next semester. This is when you will receive help on what classes you still need to graduate. By the end of the program you will have a couple different choices on classes to take next semester. When you sit down with your adviser, they will finalize your choices and provide you with advice for your specific major."
If you have not had a chance to meet with your advisor, the Office of Academic Advising is having Walk In Appointments M-F, 6th - 17th 1-4:30pm for deciding majors, those advised out of our office, and those who are thinking of changing their major. To look up when you register click into the registration day on right of your student center.
"I have no idea what to major in but I know it is not what I am in now.” That was what I said to my advisor freshmen year at UNI after I took my first political science class. I came into UNI majoring in Public Administration because I did not want to major in Business like my mom did. My advisor told me that I should go to Majors in Minutes and see what I found. I went and it was the best decision! I waked into the ballrooms in Maucker Union and saw all the tables and was unsure as to what I had gotten myself into. I looked at my map and decided to sit down at social work because I had heard of it before and thought maybe that would work.I sat down and two senior social work majors started to ask me and the others at the table questions about why we choose their table. Then they told us about the major and their goals after they graduate. They also told us about the projects that they had done in their classes and what their classes were like. Once the music sounded for me to go to the next table I asked them where they would recommend and they said for me family services would be a good next step. I went to the family services table and the two seniors at that table were just a friendly and helpful as the social work majors were. They told me about family services and to me is sounded closer to what I wanted then social work had but still not quite right. When the music sounded again I asked again what they would recommend and they suggested LYHS. Having no idea what I was walking into having never heard of the major before I walked over and sat down. The two seniors started by telling us about the major and about themselves. The more they talked the more interested I got. This time when the music sounded I decided that I was going to go back and talk to family services some more. I bounced between the two tables for a little while until I decided that I was going to try the LYHS major. I am so glad I did! I love being a LYHS (Leisure, Youth and Human Services) major!
If you are interested in attending Majors in Mintues, it is a come and go event on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 from 7-9pm in the Maucker Union Ballrooms. You can stay for 10 minutes and talk to one table/major or 30 minutes and talk to a few different majors or minors you may be interested in.
The Fall semester is in full swing. UNI’s first home football game is this weekend on Saturday against Mustangs. Your readings, assignments, tests, and papers are becoming real.
One year at the University of Northern Iowa for an in-state student is: $7,456.00. Each semester costing you $3,728. This is excluding books, housing, food, etc.
Many people will talk to you about how much it costs to skip class. At Freshman orientation they tell you how much it costs to skip class. But how much is it going to cost you if you do not pass a class because you did not organize your time and study? Hint: $750*
It takes time to be organized. It takes time to study. It takes time to create the habits to succeed in college.
Here are a few ways to manage your time so you can succeed in college and get your money’s worth.
Planners can organize your assignments, meetings, and general to-do lists.
A planner can be bought online, Walmart, Target, HyVee, etc.
The Huffington Post has an awesome breakdown of how to use a planner
Planners are not your thing. If simple and straightforward are your thing, use this!
Start a Sheet with a column for Dates, Classes, Readings, and Assignments
Fill in columns with your syllabi
You can keep things organized by the date they are due or by the class
Technology is your thing.
Logging in with your uni.edu email allows you to connect to a Google calendar.
In the description of events, you can add assignments, reminders, and notifications.
Remember that these are just three ways that you can use to organize your time and stay on top of all of your assignments. If are you already using a system that works for you, keep it up! If you want to try one of these systems, make sure you are putting in the time to set it up, but to stay on top of it once it’s set up. Your organizational system only works if you put the work in.
So start your year off strong panthers and get the most out of your time at college by managing your time!
*If you are in 5 classes (15 credits) for one semester, each class costs you $745.60 or $880 if you are including Room and Board. Out of state costing $2,802.20 per class.
"The pathway to success is not always straight and narrow route. As a college student you gain a lot of experience from working with different individuals from various backgrounds. The relationships you develop through meeting your professors, advisors, mentors and employers is called networking. Networking is the way we interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one's career. Networking is something that you all have been doing all this time and did not even notice.
Utilizing technology to network is something we are seeing more and more today. One way of networking is through social media such as:
One of the best ways we network is through personal interaction and building relationships.
From the beginning of your college experience the different individuals you come into contact with are part of your network. As a college student it is important to take advantage of all the opportunities to make connections that you can use. Networking is a big part of being able to ask for a recommendation letter, land that dream job, or ask about great internship/job opportunities. In order to start developing these many networks it is important to consider how you can make a lasting impression on someone that you want work with in the future. Developing yourself into a professional is key in this process. Social media is a big part of our world today so make sure your accounts that you have are professional, clean, and leave a great representation of who you want to be.
The individuals that you come in contact with during your college experience can be utilized as resources. The people that you utilizes as resources to move to the next steps in your life usually are more than willing to give you advice, resources, and connections of their own. To close, never turn down an opportunity to grow because it can lead to something much bigger and better. Each opportunity is a way to develop yourself professionally and put yourself out there to learn new things."
-Alexandria D.,Undergraduate Intern at the Office of Academic Advising
"When I was a freshman, I had no prior experience with a resume. It would have been beneficial to have my resume completed early-on for multiple reasons. By talking to career services, I found three reasons why having a running resume is beneficial.
The first reason is that the job application process is stressful already. By having a completed resume ahead of time would have relieved a great deal of stress during the application process. I believe that if I had created a strong resume beforehand, I would have been much more confidence during the interview process.
The second reason is that I did not know where I needed improvement. A resume is a snapshot of you for employers to determine if you are the right fit for the position. My resume needed to reflect that I could successfully fill the needs that their position required. If there are any obvious flaws with your resume, there is a high chance you will not get the position.
Lastly, I did not know what I should include on a resume. When I was a freshman, most of my experiences were from high school. I should have gone to the Career Services office for assistance. Career Services says that you should only have high school experiences on your resume your Freshman year. After Freshman year, you should take them off. I was unaware that they recommend not including your high school experiences. There were so many rules about resumes that I was unaware of that would have been beneficial to know about during this application process. Resumes are the first impression that the employer will have of you, so it is essential to have a resume that accurately represents you and your abilities.
Overall, there are countless reasons why you should create a resume as early as possible in your college career. The reason you are attending college is to find a successful career after graduation and having a strong resume is a part of that process. I have included a short guide below with general rules and guidelines for a successful resume. However, I strongly encourage you to visit Career Services and meet with a trained professional who can assist you in creating a high-quality resume.
The main rule of a resume is to have only one page (unless you are an education major, which suggests two pages). If you go over this amount, employers are likely to discard your resume. In order to keep it on only one page, there are certain things to include on your resume.
1. When first creating your resume, the top of the page should include your general information. This Header should include:
- Street address, City, state, and ZIP code of your residence
- Phone number and email address to contact you
2. After the header is created, you will list your highest level of Education (current or past), which includes:
- Name of the institution
- City and State of the institution
- Degree earned
- Date/expected date of graduation
- Cumulative GPA
3. Following your education, you will list your Work Experience, with your most recent employment listed first. A general tip is to include jobs that are either relatable to the position or have transferable skills. Included with the list of experiences are:
- Business you were working with
- Position held
- City & state of the business
- Months and years you were employed in the position
- Duties you had in the position (three to five bullet points)
4. You will then create a Leadership & Activities section, which includes your involvement in groups/committees and the leadership roles that you held. The layout of this section includes the same components as the Work Experience section. However, you should only have two or three bullet points for each item listed.
You can find examples of proper resumes on the UNI website at http://careerservices.uni.edu/students-resumes-jobs. This page also includes resume tutorials to assist you when creating your resume.
It is recommended that you meet with someone in Career Services to discuss your resume. Each person’s resume is unique and these specialists can assist you in creating a strong resume that will make you stand out to employers. You can schedule appointments by calling their office at (319)273-6998 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. "
-Derek P. Intern at the Office of Academic Advising
Friend/Acquaintance: “How is your semester going?”
Friend/Acquaintance: “Awesome. Bye!”
How many conversations do you have like this on a daily basis? How often is it not actually going well?
What if your friend or acquaintance had replied: “No, but really… How is it really going…?” Would your answer been different if you had the time to talk?
If you feel like you are struggling, but have not had time to talk to the the counseling center, you can take some time to talk to them at their event, “Let’s Talk!” There will be confidential counselors in the library at the dates and times below for brief and informal conversations. Maybe you need some coping mechanism to calm some mild anxiety or work through a broken relationship.
Tuesday, March 7th 11am-1pm
Tuesday, March 21st 11am-1pm
Friday March 31st 2-4pm
Location- Rod Library 3rd Floor, Room 311 and 312
Check out their FAQ Page on their Website and let’s talk…
There is pink and red everywhere. You are less than enthused about the month of February, other than the over abundance of options of candy at the store. Christine, a PAiR in our office writes about how she has flourished during the month of February with the help of some chocolate and friends!
"February, the month of love.
My freshman year I went into the month of February single. Instead of being sad or upset that I had not found the love of my life my first semester in college, a few friends and I decided to celebrate Galentine’s Day. A day celebrating awesome friendships and a night out with the girls.
We did a secret galentine with a limit on the present as $10 so we could all afford it and get some chocolate on Valentine’s day. We proceeded to get all dressed up in our fanciest clothes and went to Village Inn.
We had so much fun.
I would recommend Galentine’s day celebrations to anyone who asks. It’s relaxed with your friends, but it can still be a day where you feel surrounded by love. If you have a special someone in your life, you can still celebrate Galentine’s day any day!"
Re·sil·ience - The ability to recover from difficult situations quickly; Toughness.
25% of the way through spring semester of 2017, yet it does not feel like spring. We have snow. We have ice. We continue to endure our Cedar Falls wind. We are tired. Many feel like spring semester is harder than fall semester. The winter is longer in the spring semester. The idea of Spring break and Summer are coming to mind. For some, these things bring little joy.
This is all normal, but we must endure. We must be resilient.
But what is Resilience? Toughness. How does one become ‘tough’? There are a few different ways. What resilience is not… Resilience does not mean bottling things up, not asking for help, not sharing that you are struggling, etc. The student health clinic wants to bring more resources about how to be more resilient to the students at UNI and they said, "Our goal at the Student Health Clinic and Student Wellness Services is to create a community of care at UNI. We want students to know that they are not alone in their struggles and that we are dedicated to helping them bounce back when times are tough. We plan to meet this goal by implementing resilience skills and programming into various departments and programs already existing at UNI. Be on the look out for us!"
Resilience is not something that comes over night and everyone is at a different place in their college careers. We must work to become more resilient.
Scoreforcollege.org/resilience101 explains that there are five things that can assist with building resilience.
Manage Stress- Procrastinating on Netflix does not help manage stress. We can manage our stress by:
Identifying your stress.
Modify unhealthy habits.
Discover coping strategies for where you are vulnerable.
Examine Your Thoughts- “Well my semester is worse than yours…”
Stop comparing yourself to others. Hard is hard.
Work to say positive things throughout the day.
Try to turn negative conversation into positive conversation.
Build A Support Network- If you live in the residence halls, you already have a whole support system around you.
Go to Peer Academic Advisors in Residence (PAiR) office hours.
Talk to your RA.
Join a student group if you have not already.
Take Care of Yourself- Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health all need to be maintained.
Learn to say no to things if you are already booked.
Go on a walk at the Healthbeat in the Union or the WRC.
Drink more water.
Block off time in your schedule to meditate or journal.
Pursue Goals- Setting goals provides us with purpose and directions.
If you are undecided, make it a goal to go to Major Spotlight.
- Create two goals for the day, three for the week, and four for the semester.
In college, my number one goal is to graduate with a major in something I am passionate about.
I have learned the importance of truly doing something you love and loving what you do, which is the reason I have spent so much time trying to determine what exactly that is for me. As I am not certain what occupation is “my calling” or what my heart is set on doing for the rest of my life, I am slowly figuring out what my strengths and weaknesses are, along with what classes I enjoy taking.
I found it extremely difficult to know at just 18 years old, when coming into college and selecting a major, what it was I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life.
I knew I wanted to work with people for an occupation. I enjoy helping others and want to make a difference in other people's lives. With my interests steering toward the fields of health sciences and teaching, I wanted to pursue something involving both. After talking to students with a major in communicative disorders at an event called Majors in Minutes, I instantly became intrigued and saw great potential in pursuing that as my major.
Majors in Minutes is an event UNI puts on in the Maucker Union Ballroom once a semester for students wanting to explore different majors, otherwise known as “a group speed dating approach to learning about majors of interest to you!”. I am forever grateful my advisor encouraged me to attend this event my first semester of my freshman year because it is the reason I have my major now.
Proceeding Majors in Minutes in the fall, I attended Major Spotlight in the spring, which was different in only having various selected majors there for students to learn about more in depth. Major Spotlight is made to be like a movie theater type of event held in the basement of the Union with around 7 different majors having their own room.
The majors picked to be at the Major Spotlight event were the most popular majors at the Majors in Minutes event. Lucky for me, communicative disorders was a major of high interest at Majors in Minutes and therefore, was one of the spotlight majors.
At the event, I was able to sit in and listen to students already in the major explain all that the major entails as far as what classes to take, how they got into the major themselves, what excited them the most about the future with the major, along with any other questions or concerns other interested students, like me, had. They showed us a really neat and informative video of communicative disorder professionals, and it gave me great insight of what I could potentially be doing in the future after I graduate. I came into the room simply knowing the basics of the major and still unsure what it was exactly I wanted to pursue, but attending Major Spotlight definitely confirmed I was on the right path with this major.
I learned so much from the event. With communicative disorders, you can choose to work more in the audiology or speech and language pathology areas. This major incorporates both working with people and having a medical background, which is exactly what I want to do. I appreciate how communicative disorders could involve working in a school, hospital, or any other public place, as audiologists and speech language pathologists are needed at all sorts of different locations to work with all kinds of different people, as well.
Now I feel confident choosing communicative disorders as my area of study. I look forward to taking more classes specifically for this major and meeting new people studying communicative disorders, too. I am so glad I found this major, as it is something I am truly passionate about and excited to pursue. I hope with this major I can find happiness in my career and be excited to go to work every day in the future - my ultimate goal.