Month: November 2015

Community Matters

Hi everyone,

I hope the week is off to a good start for you!  In the midst of the excitement around the quickly-approaching break, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the significance of the upcoming holiday, and how that relates to our time here at Michigan Tech.  I know, that sounds really cheesy, but don’t tune out on me yet!

One of the most emphasized values of Michigan Tech is its sense of community.  I’ve always been really impressed that these aren’t just a collection of words that look good on a mission statement, Michigan Tech really means it!  For a lot of us, our campus is really far away from our hometowns, and with winters being what they are here in the U.P, most of us can’t manage to go home for a weekend visit on a regular basis.  Therefore, it’s really important to find your niche here on campus, and in the Houghton community, to find your Michigan Tech family!  This doesn’t mean that you have to be a constant social butterfly with scores of friends (unless you want to be!).  Rather, I mean that there is immense value in finding a place in the Michigan Tech community where you feel you belong, and make connections with people who make you feel welcome, and are there for you.  In turn, it is crucial that you return the favor.  There are few compliments higher than being a good friend, being accepting, empathetic, and non-judgmental toward each fellow member of the Michigan Tech community.

We’re in this journey of higher education and self-discovery together, and our community is what we make it!  Let’s renew our drive for making Michigan Tech (our home away from home) a safe, fun, and tolerant place for everyone.

So in the spirit of community, diversity, and learning, don’t forget that this week is International Education Week.  Keep an eye out for events that might interest you:

I hope you all have a wonderful break!  Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!

Movie Night!

Hello fellow transfer students,

I hope you had a great weekend, and that Week 11 is off to a good start! We’re on the final stretch before Thanksgiving break, so keep up the good work; you’re almost there!  Since this is such a busy time, it is always good to take some time to relax and have fun.

That being said, don’t forget that tonight is our Transfer Student Movie night in Fisher 230!  We’ll be meeting at 6pm to watch “Free Birds” (a Thanksgiving-themed animated comedy), and enjoy some snacks.  You’ve earned it, and this event is just for you, so I hope to see you there!

Check out this website to learn more about tonight’s movie:


On a more serious note, use this week and a half before Thanksgiving wisely!  Make sure you are keeping up with homework and other assignments, and that you know exactly what is due immediately after the break.  It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of going home and enjoying the holiday, but before your vacation begins, make sure that every assignment is turned in, and that you have a gameplan for working on the assignments that will be due when you get back.  When you are home, set aside just a little time to work on upcoming projects.  Remember, there will be just two more weeks of class once we return from Thanksgiving break, so you don’t want to have to scramble to get things done in that short amount of time.

So, be aware of what needs to be done, stay up-to-date on homework, and don’t completely forget about academics over the break; these strategies will all help you stay ahead, and avoid excessive sleep deprivation when preparing for finals!

Week 10? Bring it on!

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!  Can you believe that it’s November 3rd, and the sun is shining like nobody’s business?!  As I mentioned in my last post, we usually have a good layer of snow on the ground by now, so this mild weather is a nice change of pace for this time of year!  Equally unbelievable is that we’re already on Week 10 of the semester!  Perhaps it’s because I know I will be graduating in the Spring, but this semester seems to have flown by incredibly quickly!  Most of us are probably already thinking about final projects, and all the other last details of the semester.

As the end of the semester quickly approaches, it can be easy to run out of steam; the majority of the work is over anyway, right?  Well, yeah, it’s true that we have come a long way, and that we’re almost done with our Fall classes, but try not to get too caught up in looking ahead.  Those final projects still need to be finished, those last few exams need to be taken.  You’ve made it this far, just keep up the great work!  I know, it’s a challenge to use the upcoming Thanksgiving and semester breaks as motivators to keep going, without losing focus of the tasks at hand, but I have all confidence that you can do just that.

I also wanted to include the following dates as a quick reminder of what is coming up:

Friday, November 6th: Last day to drop full semester course with a “W”

Friday, November 20th: Thanksgiving Recess begins at 10pm

Monday, November 30th: Classes Resume

I’ll keep you updated as other key dates approach.  And remember that you can always check the academic calendar at

Hang in there guys, Thanksgiving is almost here!