Enjoy the Little Moments

snowfall

As I’m watching the snow fall outside my window, I can’t help appreciate the beauty of what’s in front of me – a calming and serene view of my backyard pictured as a winter wonderland. As college students, we find ourselves very busy with the different activities we are involved in. Adding classwork on top of that doesn’t make it any easier. Now that finals are over, I’m able to take a deep breath and know that I don’t have a pile of assignments that are looming over my shoulder. This may be the same situation for you, but you shouldn’t wait until the storm is over to enjoy a calm moment.

This post is to remind you to take a deep breath and a moment of silence when you feel overwhelmed or stressed to clear your mind. It’s nice to take a moment to embrace the small things in life. Sometimes we put things on a pedestal to find out that they were never as important as we thought.

Reflection

Oswego Sunset

As many of you finish up your first semester at SUNY Oswego, it is an important time to reflect on your experience. How do you feel? Did you put enough effort into your classes? Did you get involved on campus? Did you make the right decision transferring?

These questions can be scary to ask yourself. You may feel unsure or uneasy about the answers to some. It’s alright to admit that your transition was harder than you thought. Maybe you spent too much time in your room and didn’t make enough effort to socialize. This is a common occurrence for transfer students. The important thing is to realize the area for growth.

I felt out of place when I arrived to Oswego, but by the end of my first semester, I had found a group of friends that I enjoyed hanging out with. Here I am, already three semesters done at Oswego, and I know I made the best decision I could have. I have grown more in the past year and a half than I could have imagined. Heck, I never imagined I’d be where I am today when I looked to the future in high school. Oswego has opened me up to the most amazing possibilities, and I can’t imagine having transferred anywhere else.

This post is to remind you that things in life don’t always happen the way we imagined. Don’t become too discouraged if what you were hoping to achieve this semester didn’t happen. The bright side is that you have at least three semesters, if not more, left to discover who you are and where you belong on campus. Time goes fast, which is why it’s important to grab hold of the wonderful opportunities that Oswego sends your way. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and you never know what will happen until it hits you in the face.

 

Path to Midterm Success

As we come upon the halfway point of the semester, we start to scramble to study for midterms, complete group projects, and hand in homework assignments on time…known as the time for little sleep and large amounts of coffee. We become overstressed, concerned with what times of the day will be spend working on what, and tend to focus on the negative.

At times, we just need positive guidance to remember to do one thing at a time and do it with a clear mind. Time management is also a key factor to success and making a list of priorities can help keep you in check of what is the most important task at hand. Stress will only cloud your thinking and make you more frustrated. Strive to take 5-10 minute breaks, whether you want to sit in silence and watch the sunset or find a funny video on YouTube that will give you a good laugh.

If you know that studying in your dorm room will make you distracted by your friends, find a place in the library where you can work in a silent atmosphere. If you’re nervous about your midterm and think studying by yourself won’t help you learn the material, ask someone in your class if he/she wants to get together. Don’t feel like you’re the only one in class who finds the material challenging. Chances are, if you feel that way, others will too!

Eating healthy during midterms can also be a challenge. We tend to resort to junk food while studying to calm our nerves, which can lead to overeating. When you sit down to study, have fruit or nuts/almonds at your side to snack on. Limiting your options will help tremendously.

One of the most important things to find time for is…SLEEP! Pulling an all-nighter is not healthy for your body because your brain needs to rest while you sleep. It is important to know when to stop studying and go to bed-listen to your brain when it tells you it needs rest.

But overall, take a deep breath and keep your head up! Having a positive outlook is EVERYTHING!

Why Becoming a MOST Mentor is a Beneficial Experience

Program Details

As some of you may know, the application deadline for the MOST mentor program is approaching – October 20th to be exact. Maybe you’ve thought about it, but weren’t sure exactly what the program consisted of.

MOST stands for Mentors Offering Support to Transfers. This program is unique because you have to be a transfer to apply. This allows for mentors and mentees to connect based on their experiences. Only transfers know what it’s like to transition to a new school, therefore mentors are able to help mentees in a specialized way.

This allows transfers to feel more at ease during their transition because they are introduced by someone who may have faced the same issues or problems. We understand that it’s a stressful process – new school, new environment, new friends. For some, the transition is harder, which is why MOST mentors aim to build relationships with their mentees.

Being a part of the program is also a great resume builder. Employers want to see that students are involved on their campus community. Serving as a mentor to transfer students shows that you have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to direct people in need to different resources. Resumes that show a well-rounded student will stick out from others.

If selected, the MOST program will provide you with the opportunity to serve as a leader to roughly 60 students each semester, in which you will keep in touch with them via email and face-to-face interaction if you choose to do so.

The MOST mentor program is a year-long commitment that is 3 upper division credits. The GST course that is taken will help you reach your upper division requirement faster and move closer towards graduation. The course includes an online portion that consists of weekly discussions about the program.

 

My Story

Personally, I have really enjoyed being a mentor for transfer students. I love to help people in any way that I can. I also did not have an easy transition into Oswego, which is why I wanted to make sure that transfer students had a better start than I did. I transferred from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and leaving the school was the hardest decision I had ever made. I loved the atmosphere of the school and the friendships I had formed, but realized early in the second semester that engineering was not for me. I became interested in public relations and decided to attend Oswego to pursue that major.

My freshmen year, I was a mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, which was such an eye opening and rewarding experience. It made me realize how much I love to help others and I wanted to continue mentoring at Oswego. Meeting other transfers and hearing about their positive transition makes me feel happy. I really enjoy guiding my mentees in the right direction because I feel like I’m making some sort of difference on campus.

I highly recommend applying for the program if you have room in your schedule! Don’t forget to stop by the Office of Transfer Services for an application.

October is Here!

How would one describe autumn? It can be agreed upon that it’s the time of year when the weather gets a little cooler, the leaves change color, and the fall festivities begin!

Whether it’s a tradition you share with your family, a fun activity to do with friends, or something you’ve never done before, apple picking is the perfect Sunday trip. There are many places to seek out for apple picking in Oswego County! Below are some places to check out.

You can also click here for a list of all orchards in Oswego county.

For others, autumn is all about the fun and frightening event that takes place at the end of the month. Halloween – the time for dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and going on haunted adventures. If you’re interested more in the Halloween festivities, there are two attractions close to Oswego that I would recommend.

I went here last year with friends and we all had a lot of fun. At first, I thought the trail was a haunted hayride, but realized upon getting there that it was an actual trail you walked through…talk about frightening! I had never done that before, so that was a new (and even scarier) experience for me. The haunted house was also really scary, but definitely a fun time!

Feeling Overwhelmed About Classes?

Adjusting to a new school, new friendships, and new classes can be difficult. You may feel overwhelmed at times, but there are many resources to help you!

  • Make a daily schedule. Whether you’re using iCalendar or a planner, keeping track of activities throughout the week will keep you organized and improve time management. Fill in your class times and other commitments you may have and then, write down your assignments and when you plan to do them each day. Having a plan allows you to measure out which tasks take priority. After you complete each task, cross it off. It feels good to get things accomplished, and it may relieve some anxiety.
  • Talk with your MOST mentor. They are a great resource for help. As a MOST mentor myself, I enjoy hearing from my mentees. I’m sure the other mentors would agree that we love to help people in any way that we can, especially those who may be going through the same experiences we did.
  • Talk with your professor. If you are not receiving the grades you hoped for, make a meeting to sit down with your professor. It is important to take initiative and show that you are serious about your grades. Not all teachers offer extra credit, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have found that many teachers are supportive of second chances.
  • Contact your advisor. With serious issues, such as changing your major, contact your advisor and make an appointment. It’s important to take care of matters as soon as possible.

Overall, the best and most straightforward advice I can stress is: Go to class, Do the work, Ask for help!

The Importance of Getting Involved on Campus

Whether you’re interested in a club sport, joining an organization related to your major, or going Greek, Oswego has it all! Becoming involved in activities on campus is an essential part of being part of a college community. SUNY Oswego offers more than 190 clubs and organizations. Although it may be an overwhelming number to consider, it is also an opportunity to explore your interests. You may be surprised by what catches your attention…

Lakerlife is a great tool to use when looking through the clubs and organizations offered at Oswego. Once you log in, you can scroll through the database. If you are interested in getting involved on campus and haven’t had a chance to join a club, I would advise you to make a list of the clubs and organizations that you would consider joining. From there, narrow it down to the top three. Often times, the E-board will be posted under the roster tab. Send an email asking to join the mailing list, and you’re in!

The process may seem long, but it is well worth it. Clubs and organizations allow you the potential to gain leadership positions, learn new skills, and improve weaknesses. It’s also a really great way to meet new people with similar interests and your experiences can lead to great opportunities that you wouldn’t have thought of. Clubs and organizations are a great resume builder and employers love to see that you are an active member of your college community.

My best advice is to take advantage of every opportunity that you can. I say that because that is the advice I followed the minute I walked on the Oswego campus this past fall. In addition to interning with Transfer Services, I am the secretary for PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), VP of Public Relations for Business Management Club, media relations assistant for Campus Recreation, a mentor for transfer students, and a member of the club volleyball team. Last year, I played on the varsity volleyball team, but decided to step back this year to focus on academics.

As you might be able to tell, I love to keep busy with different activities. It can be scary jumping into new things, but Oswego is such a great school filled with people who want to help you succeed. Don’t be afraid to put yourself in uncomfortable situations and step out of your comfort zone! I can almost guarantee it will pay off in the end.

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