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Mireille Garcia Serrato

How Networking Helped Me

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Who you know is an important key factor to success. For those of you who will be entering college this fall, now is the time to build upon your resources through the people you meet, whether it be fellow classmates, professors, campus staff or residential coordinators.

When I began my first year of college, it was challenging for me to introduce myself to people I didn’t know. But one day, I stepped up and introduced myself to a residential advisor (RA) who was passing out applications to join the Hall Council for the residence hall I was living in. Becoming involved was on my to-do list, so I took the initiative to tell her about my interest in applying.

Shortly after, I was voted to be the secretary for my residence Hall Council. Through this position, I was able to meet many people who I enjoyed working with. I even became friends with my residence hall coordinator. I learned about staying connected with residential life, and my residence hall coordinator encouraged me to apply to become an RA. During the interview process for the new position, my residence hall coordinator turned out to be my interviewer. I was at ease because we already knew each other, and this allowed my interview to run smoothly. A few months later, I received the call that confirmed my acceptance to become an RA for the fall of 2015.

The initial step I took to introduce myself to the RA carried me a long way and allowed me to accomplish my goal of becoming an advisor myself.


Shannon Steichen

Find Your Optimal Study Environment

Posted by Shannon Steichen

Everyone likes to study in slightly different ways. Some like to have complete silence, others prefer to be surrounded by people doing their own things, while others have a specific music playlist that is essential to their focus. For me, the best place to study is outside in a park or in my own room.

I first tried the quiet area of the library, but couldn’t focus with complete silence. Then I tried the talking area of the library, but decided that the conversations going on around me were much more interesting than my chemistry homework. When I moved to the open lawn at campus, I had enough noise to keep my brain occupied, but not so much that I could not focus on the task at hand. I also discovered that these same conditions could be achieved in my own room.

Finding out what study environment works best for you is a process that may take some time, but it will most certainly be worth the effort once you find the place that allows you to study at the optimal level.


Kyle Barras

Productivity with Some Fun Along the Way

Posted by Kyle Barras

Your college years will by far be some of the most memorable years of your life. But how can you be expected to graduate in four years, while building a resume, interning, working, going to school and still having fun along the way? You must be creative with your time. Utilize every moment that you are doing something fun as a time to be productive. For example, you may hang out with your friends and study or review your lecture notes. When you have a group project in class, don’t just do the project; make meaningful connections with your peers as you do it. Get to know them, what their major is, what their aspirations are, and more. Networking doesn’t necessarily need to occur in a professional office setting.


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