Challenge: Tenacity

So I recently started re-watching House of Cards, a famous Netflix series, and I’m remembering why I was so deeply infatuated with it originally. It’s a story following Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) as he schemes his way up the ladder in politics after being betrayed by some of his closest colleagues.

In one of the episodes Frank begins one of his beloved monologues as he talks directly to the audience and shares his inner thoughts. In referring to a fellow congressman that he is meeting with, he attempts to find out if the man is with him or against him. In doing so, he says, “now we will see if he is truly a wolf or if he will join the herd as another sheep”. This is an old saying, sure, but I believe it can apply to many situations and represents a paradigm not many share.

This mode of thinking requires one to stretch their comfort zone and try new things or to go against the grain. If you have come to Michigan Technological University to gain a renowned education, congratulations, but that doesn’t mean that your dream company will hire you. Today, many companies are looking for the wolves, for the students that stand out from rest.

As a transfer student, you already stand out. You have shown that not only are you capable of pursuing a post-secondary education, but that you can do it anywhere you choose! That shows drive, determination, and one of our values at Michigan Tech: Tenacity, “We Inspire Tenacity”. You are an example of what Michigan Tech values.


So how else can you demonstrate tenacity, that drive of the wolf? Next time you are in class and a professor asks, “Any questions?” don’t hesitate to raise your hand. Instead, ask that question if you don’t understand what was discussed. Have you gone to your professor’s office hours to get a better understanding of the material that you are struggling with? These are just a couple examples of how you can do little things that typically go against the grain but can help train your brain to demonstrate your tenacity.

So I want to end my monologue to you with a challenge. Before spring break happens, I challenge you to be tenacious, to go against the grain, and to push yourself to stretch your comfort zone here at Michigan Tech. Go to a Rozsa event, go to a learning center to get help on course material, or look into summer internships or coops at Career Services.

If you complete this challenge, email me at and I will choose a few stories to include in the next blog (anonymously, of course). I hope you have a great Spring Break and have some time to binge watch your favorite Netflix series!

Travis Slooter
Transfer Assistant

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Fall Registration begins March 19th, make sure to meet with an academic advisor if you need to see which classes to take,


It’s almost that week everyone! If you haven’t started studying yet, then you should definitely start now! We had a pretty good turn out yesterday at the transfer/commuter study session and we are expecting a good number of people for the Sunday session from 5-7pm in Fisher 125.  Here are some other tips to help prepare you for finals week:

Study in short bursts! It doesn’t help to study for hours if you’re staring at the same sentence indefinitely. Break it up in to chapters or sections. When you finish one, reward yourself with a short break and then start on the next.

Find your study niche. Some people like to study alone where it is quiet. Other prefer to study in groups. Figure out what works best for you and stick to it! There is no point in studying with lots of people if you can only work alone.

Manage your time. Yes finals week is always very stressful and ridiculously busy. It’s best to go into the week with a plan. Devote time to sit at your desk and get work done, as well as time to blow off steam with  exercise or playing video games.  Everyone deserves a  little break now and then.

Get plenty of sleep. You may think its a good idea to cram all your studying into the night before an exam. Well think again! The body needs sleep in order to function properly. So study the day before and slip into bed 8-10 hours before your exam and get some shuteye!

Eat!!! Your body also needs food to function. Try to eat 3-5 meals everyday; that’s why you have unlimited swipes in the residence halls. You may be in the library for hours, but take some snacks with you to munch on. Everyone needs some brain food!

Last of all, JUST RELAX! Some people make finals week way more stressful than it needs to be. While it is very important to take classes seriously, remember it’s not the end of the world. Everyone makes mistakes but we all move on eventually. I promise you will get through college, just please try to do so without having a heart attack.

I would like to thank everyone for an amazing and fun year as the transfer assistant. I wish you all luck on your finals and that you all have a relaxing and awesome summer!

Week 12…wait, what????

Hey guys!

Week 12 out of 14 is nearly over! Where has the semester gone? I hope everyone is excited for summer break, but school should still be on your mind. We still have to get through finals week. Tomorrow, April 11th, is the last day to drop a track B class with a ‘W”. Also April 25th is the last day to register for fall classes next year.

On a lighter note, the rock climbing social was a success! Lots of people showed up and braved their fear of heights! Some people plan on even joining Ridge Roamers, the rock climbing club at MTU. Hopefully you all found a interesting organization to join this semester. I’ve met so many new and fun people after joining two different orgs just this year!

Fun things are happening this weekend if you need a study break! Night at the Ballet and Opera, performed by the Keeweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the and local dancers will be performing this Friday and Saturday from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the Rosza center.

Flimboard will be showing Lone Survivor on Friday and Saturday this weekend. Show times are  5:30pm, 8:30pm, and 11:30pm. There will also be a showing on  Sunday at 5:30pm. Tickets are $3 a person with your Tech ID.

Lastly, the SADS reception will be this coming Monday from 5-6:30pm in the Rosza gallery. This is the Student Art and Design Show. Come show your support to our awesome Tech artists as they show off their artwork!

Rock climbing!

Hello everyone!

Hopefully you all had a fun and safe spring break! It’s hard to tell whether spring will ever hit Houghton or not but it’s important to remain positive! It is definitely starting to warm up and now is the perfect time to get outdoors for some fresh air. Go take a hike on the Nara nature trails or the Tech trails up by the SDC. Go volunteer at the humane society and walk some excited and friendly dogs! Take a stroll out to breakers beach! Although there is still snow, I promise it’s still super fun and super cool to visit. Either way, it’s good to stay active and take a break from studies.

I invite you to take a study break on Friday April 4th! We will be climbing at the rock wall located in the SDC from 6-8pm. This event is completely free and all you have to do is show up! The wall will provide you harnesses, shoes, and knowledge! Please feel free to invite your friends and family! The wall provides gear for both adults and children! I will be sending out a formal email invitation next week. Hope to see you all there!

One last quick reminder: Friday March 28th (tomorrow) is the last full day to drop a course with a “W”. Also I hope fall registration went smoothly for everyone!

Spring Break!!!

Hello everyone!

I’m sure this week was super tough but now we can all breath a sigh of relief and relax for the next week during Spring Break! Whether you have exciting places to visit or you are just chilling at home, please remember to be safe. Although it’s “spring”, we are still experiencing harsh winter conditions and the roads are not the best.

Also registering for classes takes place once we get back from break. If you have not already done so, please email your adviser and find a time to meet with them. They can really help you figure out what classes to take and can even help you with getting into certain classes.

On a lighter note, the pizza hut dinner last week was a success! We had many students show up and everyone made a new friend. Not to mention, we had so much delicious pizza! Once we get back from break, we will have some more upcoming events. Towards the end of March, we will be taking a trip up to the SDC to go rock climbing! Look for more specific information after you get back from break!

Have a fantastic Spring Break everyone!!!


Hey guys!

It’s that time of year again! We are almost halfway through the semester already! Midterm exams are coming up pretty soon. Make sure you visit the different learning centers around campus for study help and tips.

Registration for next fall is also coming up. It’s important to get in contact with your advisers so they can help you with your academic schedule. You may not know what classes you need to take or if their may be a waiting list for a certain class. They can also help you figure out what credits transfer and for what classes.  Advisers are their to help you through it all, so please shoot them an email so they can get to know you.

Finally, I have some important information regarding the Wanio Wahtera Center for Student Success. They are looking to fill student positions for next year. I highly encourage to all to apply. Below is the necessary information you may need.

“Hello everyone,

We are currently accepting applications for Waino Wahtera Center Student Staff positions for Fall 2014. We are seeking staff members to fill Academic Success Coach,ExSEL Peer Mentor, Success Course Peer Teaching Assistant, Commuter Assistant and Transfer Assistant positions for the 2014-15 academic year. To review position descriptions or to apply, please visit .”

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I wish you all the best of luck on your midterm exams and I hope you are all enjoying this great weather!

New Semester

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Spring semester at Tech! I hope you all enjoyed the long winter break and then enjoyed the shorter break we received this past weekend. It’s important to know that January 22nd is the last day to drop a class with a full refund. Also January 31st is the last day to drop a course without receiving a grade.

Hopefully you’re not too busy with the start of the semester and can enjoy some fun this upcoming weekend. Film board is showing Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2 in Fisher 135. This will be Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th starting at 6pm, 8:30pm, and 11pm. It’s only $3 a ticket with your Tech ID and you are welcome to bring friends or family.  The Rozsa Center will be putting on Jazz Cabaret this weekend. Small groups including Jaztec and Momentum will be preforming a variety of jazz music backstage, giving the night a unique jazz atmosphere. The shows are Friday and Saturday from 7:30-9pm at the Rozsa center. Students get in free with their ID and guests tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for children.

If this doesn’t appeal to you, there are always the  Tech trails to go and explore. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are fun activities. Equipment can be rented from the OAP office (across the street from the library) and your first snowshoe rental is free! The humane society is also open for those of you who want to walk dogs or play with kittens. Their open hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4-8pm and  Saturday 12-5pm.

Hope you all enjoy the week and find something fun to do this weekend!

Good luck this semester!

Fall Night Success!

I wanted to give a big thanks to everyone that showed up to the Transfer Student Fall night! We had six students show up to make caramel apples and drink cider. It was super nice to talk to everyone and I certainly learned a lot from the students. Getting together like this is a great way to make new friends and spend more time on campus.

Remember, these events are for you! If you have any ideas that you want to do, feel free to email me or stop by my office hours. I would like to get more students coming to events throughout next semester. If you guys are willing to come,  I can plan more events! There will always be free food and lots of fun!

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving break and safe travels home!

P.S.- Unfortunately, it appears fall is over. Make sure you bring your snow shovels; you’re going to need them.

November News

It’s starting to get busy here at Tech, as the semester is shortly approaching an end. If you’re not too busy, or just need a study break, here are some fun things to do this week!

If you are still interested in LeaderShape, the deadline for applications has been extended until Friday November 22. Click here for the application.

Tennessee William’s Unsung Songs of the Southern Nightingale will be this Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm in the Rozsa theater. Tech students get in for free.

There will be a evening of Latin Dance on Saturday, November 16th in MUB ballroom B. This event will be from 8pm till midnight and is hosted by Nosotros.

Filmboard will be showing Elysium this weekend. It will play in Fisher 135 on Friday and Saturday. Start times are: 6pm, 8:30pm, and 11:00pm. The cost is $3 with your Tech ID and students are welcome to bring guests.

Don’t forget that this Thursday, November 14th, is the Fall night for transfer students. Come enjoy caramel apple making and drinking hot cider! There will also be apples to apples, which is a super fun game! It will be in the DHH ballroom from 6-8pm. Please bring yourself and any guests!!!

Also a quick reminder: November 22nd is that last day you can drop a course with a grade of a W.

Hope your semester is going well!

Fall Fun Night

The Fall Fun Night will take place next Thursday on November 14th. It will be from 6-8pm in the DHH ballroom. We will be making our very own caramel apples and drinking warm apple cider! I will have Apples to Apples and cards available to play or you can just sit and talk with me if you have any questions. Please feel free to stop by anytime from 6-8pm. You can stay the entire two hours or just 10-15 minutes. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow transfer students and make new friends, while eating food and having fun!

Don’t want to come alone? That’s perfectly fine! Bring friends or family members! Just please let me know by email so I can figure out the attendance. Please remember to RSVP by Tuesday November 12th, so I can have a good estimate for purchasing the materials needed.

Hope to see you all there and keep enjoying the wonderful fall weather we are having!