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January 30, 2018

Do you have a fabulous faculty advisor? Perhaps they have always been there for you to discuss your academic or career goals. Maybe they know all there is to know about institutional regulations, policies, and procedures. Maybe they have the network on campus to connect you to other resources. Maybe you love their weekly emails.

Consider nominating them for the MWOne UNIque Academic Advising Award. It’s a quick one-page nomination--all you need to do is submit the form. If nominated, your advisor will submit an application, including a statement describing their advising philosophy, curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation. They might even ask you to submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf!

Past winners have been recognized for their work with student organizations, being there to talk during rough times, or adjusting curriculum. They have been recognized for their work as a mentor to students, helping students navigate the difficult process of applying to graduate school, and for coordinating research. If you feel like your advisor goes above and beyond, you should consider nominating them for the MW One UNIque Advising Award.

You can find more details, along with the one-page nomination form at <>. Nominations are due either in-person or via email to Alicia Janssen in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (LIB 380) by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 9th.


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January 18, 2018

It’s a new year and a new semester which means anything is possible. The new semester brings hope of new beginnings but also new classes and new found freedom all over again. We have got through the first week of Spring Semester classes which means it’s a perfect opportunity to sit down and start working on time management. It’s a great idea to start working on how to better manage your time earlier rather than later in the semester. Time management can be a bit tricky to map out but once you have accomplished this the semester will be smooth sailing! Here are some tips on how to effectively manage your time this semester, I hope they help!


    Some of you may be thinking that time management is about planning every minute of everyday down to the last second yours eyes are open but that’s not the case. Time management is about using your time with purpose and in a manner that will help accomplish your goals. A way to start managing your time and to be more productive is staying organized. I would highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend investing in a planner and write down your class schedule, big assignments, and tests. If you do not want to go out and spend money on a planner you can also use Google calendar because it’s FREE! Whatever way you see fit to stay organized with your time use it and be effective and consistent always. Another way to manage your time is to set priorities and the number one priorities should be sleeping and eating, never skip those two things because we need them to survive :). After sleeping and eating it’s up to you to decide what needs to be done today, this week, and for long-term. Along with managing your time you need to have a little fun. Yes, homework is important but so is your mental health and having a little bit of fun with friends is just as important as sleeping, eating, and going to class. Lastly, how to manage your time more effectively would be how you study. You should figure out what times of the day you are most productive and plan to study around those times. Avoid any and all distractions so, you should close your door and put your phone on silent in order to fully be present in your work. Most importantly never cram and this will most likely not happen because you have used your time wisely! Hopefully some of this tips and tricks will have helped to boost your time management up a notch.


Have a great Spring Semester and manage that time of yours more effectively and be consistent!

You all will do awesome!  

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January 12, 2018

Welcome Back Panthers! You have made it through the first week of classes and an ice storm.

There is still much more to come through the semester and here are some helpful things to put on your to-do list and important dates throughout the semester

1st Weekend To-Do List:

  • Check in on your goals that you made last semester

    • Did you get the GPA you wanted?

    • Did you join all the student organizations you wanted?

    • Are you in the classes you wanted this semester?

  • Make new goals for this semester

    • What GPA do you want to earn this year?

    • How will you earn it that GPA?

    • Do you want to take any Summer classes?

    • What internship or job shadows do you want to over the Summer?

  • Double check you have all of your textbooks for your classes

  • Set up a new time to study that works in your schedule

    • You have a new schedule and new classes so you will need to have to rearrange when you are studying.

    • May last semester it was Mon, Wed, and Sat. This semester it may be Tues, Wed, and Fri.

  • Put all of your assignments and projects in your planner or online scheduling tool

    • Spring semester moves even faster than Fall semester

    • Make sure you know the timeframe you will need to start your bigger projects or assignments

    • If you have a choice of when you present, present earlier rather than later to get things out of the way/when it works best in your schedule

Important dates in Spring 2018

  • No class on Monday, January 15th in honor of MLK Day

  • Last day to drop a class without a “W” (Withdrawal) in Friday, January 19th

    • If you drop a class by Friday at 5pm, the class will be off of your transcript and there is no record of you in the class.

    • If you drop after with a “W”, “W”s are on your transcript, but do not count in your GPA

    • “W”s are like parking tickets, a few are not bad. If you have a lot you will hurt your progress toward graduation and people who see your transcript can be concerned if they see a lot of “W”s on your record.

  • Spring Break March 10th → March 1

    • Remember you still have class on Friday the 9th and Monday the 19th

    • Professors sometimes dock you extra if you miss either of those days so plan your trips accordingly

  • Last day to drop a class without a F/With a “W”, March 23rd

  • Finals Week - April 30th → May 4th

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December 6, 2017

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!

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November 7, 2017

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.


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October 23, 2017

"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. 

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September 11, 2017

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.

  • Paper Planner

    • 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

  • Google Sheets/Excel

    • 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

  • Google Calendar

    • Technology is your thing.

    • Logging in with your 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.

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April 20, 2017


"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:

  • LinkedIn

  • Job Boards

  • Job/Internship Fair

One of the best ways we network is through personal interaction and building relationships.

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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

Career Services
March 28, 2017

"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:

  • Name
  • 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 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 " 

-Derek P. Intern at the Office of Academic Advising

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March 2, 2017

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

Spring Break

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…