Semester Crunch Time

Hello Commuters!

I hope that break treated you well and the time off gave you the needed extra energy to finish off the year strong. If you have not already done so, double check your scheduled finals and make sure you don’t have any overlap or ones that like to sneak up on you. As they are so close now, there are plenty of ways to  get stressed, but I would like to remind everyone to try not to do that!

Wednesday, December 9th, we will be having a study break in library study room 114. If anyone is in the library or interested in taking a break from studying or finishing papers, feel free to stop by! We will have granola bars for people who do stop by, otherwise feel free to stop and chat for awhile. It is very important to manage your time well while studying and preparing for exams. Part of that is to make sure you take a break sometime in there to let your brain process all of the information.

Some other study tips, make sure you get enough food and sleep to make sure you are functioning to your best ability.

Before Thanksgiving Break..

Hello Commuters!

I know everyone is excited for break and the time off from classes that comes with it. I would just like to warn everyone that this also means we are finishing up Week Twelve of the semester. We’re just about to the end of the semester now. I would like to encourage all of you to remember that papers, projects, presentations, exams, and whatever else teachers might be throwing at you WILL be due in the very near future, if they have not been already. As much as I want all of you to take full advantage of your break and enjoy some time without having to go to classes, I don’t want anyone to fall behind because of it. Depending on what works for you, I would recommend getting some stuff done this coming weekend to give yourself the time off all of you deserve!

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I would like to get some feedback on an event I will be hosting after Thanksgiving Break, but before finals. If you have any ideas for a study break type event, snacks you’d like to see there, or whatever really, feel free to email me!

Have a good break!

Erica

This is not a drill: Week 10

Hello Commuters!

I hope that everything has been going well for the past week. I would just like to remind everyone that it is week 10 of the semester, well into the second half of it. There are plenty of things to be doing, just don’t forget why you are here: 1 – to learn enough to get a degree and 2 – get involved, make connections, and have fun. To continue that thought, First Years, you should have your midterm grades by now. I’m going to remind you to use that information wisely. Those should either give you the idea that you are doing well and to continue what you are doing or that you need to change something quickly.

REGISTRATION! The bi annual Michigan Tech Hunger Games. No matter when you need to register for classes, you should be preparing for it NOW if you have not already done so. The UN classes, any popular classes, PE classes, and plenty of major specific classes can fill up very quickly. Make sure you know how to register, where to go on Banweb, and have a couple of back up classes just in case. If you need to check when you will be registering, you can look at this document as a reference or check your Banweb account (Go to Students>Registration>Check Your Registration Status).

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If you are interested in learning about the events going on around campus this week, follow this link to the Michigan Tech calendar for more info!

Also, from my boss, feel like you’re worn down and need some help rebooting? Take a look at the Midsemester Reboot hosted by the Wahtera Center.

Midsemester Reboot
Tuesday, November 3 
Fisher 130, 5:00-5:45 PM

Did you wake up one day this week and realize more than half the semester has passed? Do you feel far behind or way too overwhelmed? Take an optimistic approach and use advice and strategies from this session to “reboot” your semester and work towards success! We are offering this session based on interest so please express interest by signing up at: http://goo.gl/forms/6wae5sqQ0a.

Let me know if you have any questions about registration or figuring things out for the rest of the semester!

Erica

 

Week 7: Getting things done

Hello Commuters!

The start of week 7 marks the mid way point in the semester. Everyone seems to be busier around campus with midterm exams and papers, similar to last week. To take a break from all of that, join me and the transfer assistant, Brittany, for a gathering (with pizza) in Fisher this Wednesday at 5 pm. If you would like to go, fill out this form and let us know! We’ll be ordering pizza from Domino’s and hanging out and just taking a break from everything else going on.

 

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On the other hand, this week should be a rather telling week for figuring out how to plan for the rest of the semester. Make sure to look at your syllabi and keep an eye on any final projects that will be sneaking up on you. (They tend to do that a lot).  Midterm grades will be released soon, so make sure that you pay attention to those and adjust studying as needed. Also, keep an eye on the Michigan Tech calendar. There will be updates on EVERYTHING going on around campus.

 

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If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at esleclai@mtu.edu. I’m here to help out with most things.

Have a good week!

Erica

 

Week 6: Homecoming and Family Weekend

Hello Commuters,

As I’m sure you can tell things have indeed started to pick up as we hit the time of midterms (whether that be exams or essays). There are plenty of ways that you can deal with all of these things, personally, I would suggest trying to get ahead on them. Study earlier for your exams, start that 5-10 page essay sooner than you had originally planned on. You should especially plan out how long things will take you to get done and always err on the side of overestimating. It isn’t reasonable to say a 2 page (double spaced) paper will take you 30 hours to finish, but blocking off however much time you think might need to work on something or study for a specific exam, will help when it comes down to it. The time management aspect of being in college can be kind of difficult but if you start off figuring out what works best for you, you’ll have a significantly less stressful time here at Michigan Tech.

On the other hand, with all of the fun things going on around campus, you’ll also want to make sure you get out and enjoy what Michigan Tech is offering. There are a lot of sporting events and other sponsored events that are happening to get people involved in some of the awesome traditions here at Tech. Follow this link, for more info on the schedule of events and things to get involved with. If you aren’t participating in Cardboard Boat races they are still really entertaining to go watch!

Also this weekend is Family Weekend. As commuter students, it seems like this can be a weird time for your parents to come and not do much new on campus. Family Weekend does, however open up a lot of opportunities for anyone to experience some cool things that you might not normally get to do.  For more info on that, click here. I would recommend at least having your family out with you to watch and take part in some of the athletic events going on this weekend.

As these things are related to both Family Weekend and Homecoming, I would like to remind everyone about the events that are FREE and  involve food. On Friday night before the home opener for the Hockey team, there will be a tailgate at the SDC sponsored by the Hockey team and the Blue Line Club. It starts at 5 pm and there will be a ton of FREE stuff given away as well as chili. On Saturday, there will be a Homecoming Tailgate for the Football game on the upper soccer field. This is once again FREE for students with your ID and for anyone who bought a ticket (exception the purchase of alcohol for people 21+).

Next week, the transfer assistant, Brittany, and I will be hosting a pizza party for the commuter and transfer students. There will be FREE pizza for you all, so come and stop by. It’ll be in Fisher on Wednesday October 14th. If you do plan on coming, please fill out this form.

Have a good week!

Erica

 

End of the Beginning

As you all know, we’re now into week three of the semester and we’re closing out the beginning of the school year. I would even say we’re entering into the most important part of the semester. The larger middle chunk of weeks is incredibly important because, as you have probably noticed, this is when most of your course work will take place. Assignments, essays, and exams are starting to happen. Though it is always important, time management will become even more so throughout this part of the year and leading into finals. One useful way to stay prepared is making a list/calendar/planner/whatever, that has all the assignments you will have due on it. Including the class, date, and points is another useful tip to help stay on top of your courses and not fall behind.

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In other news, the Transfer Assistant, Brittany, and I are planning some fun things for the commuter and transfer students. If you have any ideas of things you would like to do, we are always open for suggestions. Email me if you have any plans and we’ll see what we can do.

This Saturday, October 3rd, the Wahtera Center for Student Success will be hosting the Student Success Summit from 10 am until 3 pm. To register, follow this link. It is an awesome program to help students perform at their best. If you are interested in going, register at the link above. Otherwise if you have any questions, feel free to email me and ask!

It’s Crunch Time

Everything is getting pretty hectic before finals next week. Here are a few things to remember while studying and finishing up papers/projects.

  1. Prioritize! Make sure you know how long different things are going to take and make sure you give yourself enough time to finish everything
  2. Know what works best for you. At this point in the semester you should at least know what doesn’t work for you. Try some different study techniques and see what helps you most.
  3. Remember to take a break. The stress can pile up really high, really quickly. When you’re studying take a few 5 or so minute breaks. Also, take some time off from studying, go for a run, watch a movie, give your brain a break.
  4. Eat full meals and get enough sleep. This can’t be emphasized enough. This is one of the things that can make or break your end of semester. You NEED to eat and you NEED to get sleep.

Other than that, summer break is coming up fast. If you are taking summer courses, make sure they didn’t get cancelled due to low enrollment. If anyone is still looking for a summer job, keep an eye on the Husky Jobs link. That will sort through some local and on campus jobs. In addition to this, there is an opportunity with the Animal Care Facility. More info on that below.

“The Animal Care Facility at Michigan Tech is looking for several undergraduate students. Primary duties including cleaning, recordkeeping, and routine care of the animals. Approximately 10-15 hours/week are available for each student. The schedule is flexible and hours can be arranged around summer classes.

Please contact Courtney (crperrea@mtu.edu) for more information.”

Remember to study, but also to enjoy the last two weeks of the semester!

Week 12 Events and Updates

Just a quick reminder to everyone: IT’S WEEK  12! We are almost done with the semester. Final projects will be due, exams are coming up, and we will getting ready to head out for summer! While there are plenty of things to get done (make sure you start prioritizing your studying), you’ll also want to take some time to yourself, relax, and enjoy some of the awesome things campus is offering in the next couple of weeks!

There are quite a few things going on at the Rozsa before we head into the craziness of finals week. The Producers will be performed this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are FREE with Experience Tech. If you are feeling particularly musical, there are several events with the Michigan Tech Choir, conScience, and others going on at the Rozsa before we head out for summer. Keep an eye out for the posters and emails for more information if you are interested in any of those.

The Producers

 

As always, Film Board will be putting on movies for the next couple of weekends. This weekend (4/10-4/12) it will be The Imitation Game. For anyone who is interested in World War II, awesome acting, or good movies in general, I highly recommend it! For showtimes and more information on upcoming movies, follow this link ==>  http://filmboard.mtu.edu/movie/the-imitation-game/ .

We will be hosting a couple of events before the end of the semester as well. Tomorrow (provided we have enough interest) we will be going to Pizza Hut! Fill out the form below if you are interested in going before 5 pm tonight (4/7)!

https://docs.google.com/a/mtu.edu/forms/d/1eYP5GSb34e0stJH1Pz0R42Nir20Rl7iPzLh-nUeSTnw/viewform?usp=send_form

There will also be a Bowling event at the Mineshaft with more information coming soon!

 

Registration and Getting things done

It’s time for registration! Below are some tips to make sure you get into the classes you need to stay on track!

Make sure you know what time you will be able to register for classes. It says on Banweb under the Students > Registration tab, then Check Registration Status.

Check out the schedule of classes. Figure out what you need to take, how quickly they seem to be filling up, and what sections will work for your schedule.

Save the CRNs. This will save a bunch of trouble when you’re trying to get everything done as quickly as possible. They are marked on the course page and link to descriptions of those courses.

If you haven’t met with your adviser, I would highly recommend it before the end of the semester (preferably before finals when everything gets insane).

We’re reaching a critical point in the semester. Make sure you are making progress on the semester papers/projects! Also, remember that the last day to drop a class with a Withdraw is this FRIDAY (March 27th).

Week 7 updates

Hello Commuters! Now that everyone is good and busy with Midterms and projects due before Spring Break, we’ll be starting to do some more events to give your brain a little bit of a rest. Next week we’ll be having a movie night so look out for details about that. There’s also plenty of things going on around campus that are FREE for students and are just some cool activities to take part in.

Basketball and hockey are still going on so watch for those home games and get out to support the Huskies! Follow this link below to check out the schedule.

http://michigantechhuskies.com/landing/index

Antigone

The Tech Theater will be putting on Antigone again this weekend and it is again FREE for students! Midterm grades will be available next week, so remember to check those out and gauge how you’re doing in your classes. Figure out what you need to focus more on to do the best you can this semester. Also with Spring Break coming up remember to relax, have fun, and be safe!