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Goodbye and Good Luck!

Hello transfer students,

Thank you to everyone who made it to the Pizza Social yesterday; we had a great turnout, and no leftovers, so I count it as a huge success!

As we all busily prepare for Finals Week, I wanted to take the time to write a few final thoughts, as this will be my last post on this blog.

It has been a pleasure acting as your Transfer Assistant, and I am so happy to have met a great deal of you!  You all seem like terrific people and students, and I have no doubt that you will do great things.

If, like me, you are graduating next Saturday, then congratulations, and well done!  I wish you all the best with everything that you do.  If you will be staying on for another year or two (or three) at Tech, then best of luck with your studies and endeavors!  Enjoy the remainder of your time here; it goes by quickly!

Thanks again for everything!  Good luck on finals!


The Home Stretch

Greetings, fellow transfer students!

I hope you are all having a chance to enjoy this beautiful sunshine today.

I know I say this a lot, but I can’t believe how quickly time is passing this semester!  I tell myself that I am about to complete my last couple of weeks at Tech, graduate, and leave, but I don’t think reality has set in.  The idea of graduating is still very surreal.  If you are a graduating senior, I would love to get your perspective on this whole experience, so please feel free to comment on this post, and let me know how you are doing with the approaching events!  And if you’re not a graduating senior, fear not…it comes around before you know it!  So in the mean time, enjoy being a college student.  Take the time to appreciate where you are, and explore the Keweenaw!  Find a student organization, or other activity that you really enjoy, and get involved.  My time at Michigan Tech is coming to a close, and I feel like there is so much I haven’t done!

I hope that those final projects and papers are wrapping up nicely, and that you are ready to tackle the final stretch of the semester!

In the meantime, work hard, and remember to take time for yourself.  Also, watch your inboxes for an update on our final transfer student event of the year!  (Hint: it involves free food!)

See you then!

Some Notes for Week 10

Hi all,

Here we are, Week 10…and it’s almost over!  I hope that the last portion of the semester is going well for you all, and that you are enjoying this confusing Michigan weather.  As things warm up, be sure to take some time to explore the Keweenaw.  Even if it’s just a kike on the Tech Trails, or you want to go all-out with a drive to Copper Harbor, it is worth the time and effort to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and experience what the U.P has to offer.  This really is a beautiful place we are living in, and it’s even easier to appreciate it after the long winter!

Some other things to keep in mind as we progress toward the end of the semester:

  • Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to drop a  course.  You must go to the Registrar’s Office to do this
  • Singer/Songwriter Javier Colon will be at the MUB Ballroom tomorrow (Friday) at 10pm (
  • TONIGHT  is the Found Footage Festival in Fisher 135 (
  • Next is Biology Week!  Here’s the flyer:

Biology Week flyer

Welcome Back!

Hello, Transfer Students!

I hope you all had a terrific Spring Break, and have come back to campus refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of the semester!  It is hard to believe that the semester is more than halfway over, and summer is just around the corner!

At this point in the semester, it can be easy to hit the proverbial wall, and feel a little burned out, but hang in there; we’re almost done!  I know I use this blog to give you a lot of pep talks, bur I mean every word of them.  You have made it this far, and you are so close to completing another semester, and getting that much closer to your ultimate goals.  That’s something to be proud of!  Just remember, there are a lot of resources on campus if you feel like you need a little help and support: You can visit one of the learning centers around campus if you need help with a specific subject, you can stop by the Wahtera Center in the Administration Building and talk with me or one of my colleagues, or you can visit Counseling Services (also in the Admin Building).  Whatever you need in order to thrive, and whoever you trust to confide in, don’t hesitate to reach out!

I will wrap up my pep talk by reminding you that, as you work hard to complete your assignments, there are fun things happening around campus as well, so take advantage of them!

For example, the Film Board will be showing 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi in Fisher 135 this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

There will also be a Food and Wine Pairing event this Friday at the MUB.

Also, we are due for another Transfer Student Event, so if there is something in particular that you would like to do as a group, please let me know, and I will do my best to make arrangements! 

Spring Break Send-off




Hi everyone, I just wanted to give you some final thoughts (and a terrible pun!) before we all head out for Spring Break!  I know that you know, but just remember to have fun and be smart!  Be aware of what’s going on,                                    know your limits, and look out for one another.

Check out this site for some quick safety tips to follow over break:

I hope you all have a terrific Spring Break, and return to campus refreshed and ready to finish out the semester!

Some Notes for Week 7

Hi transfer students,

I hope that Week 7 is going well for you, and that you are owning mid semester exams!  It’s hard to believe that the semester is almost half over.  I just wanted to take a minute to update you on what’s happening around campus, and what to keep in mind for the near future:

  • March 3rd is the last day to add/drop part of Term B with a refund
  • Spring Break begins Friday, March 4th at 10 pm!
  • Classes resume on Monday, March 14th
  • Fall registration begins on March 17th at 10 pm.  Check here to see what time you are eligible to register:

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, here are some ideas:

  • Phi Delta Chi Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, February 27th:
  • Pokemon 20th Anniversary Extravaganza; Saturday and Sunday:

And don’t forget to stop by the Van Pelt and Opie Library for the Spring Blood Drive today!  Also, tonight is Casino Night in the DHH Ballroom! 

There are a lot of great opportunities around campus this week, so study hard, and have fun!



Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a great week, and that Career Fair went well for you.  The following may sound like idealistic drivel, but bare with me, because it’s true, and I’m an unapologetic idealist!  I have been particularly preoccupied with looking ahead, and considering what my future holds. as I’m sure many of you have done as well.  These reflections make a lot of sense this time of year; the entire world is preparing for new beginnings around us!  Soon leaves will be back on the trees, we’ll be able to see the grass again.  For some of us, graduation is just around the corner (which is still hard to comprehend!), and for others, a summer of internships, coops, jobs, and opportunities awaits.  Our futures as representatives of Michigan  Tech are unfolding before us, and that is really exciting!  We have acquired many technical skills, understand our chosen fields better than ever, and have created invaluable memories.  Hopefully, too, we have learned more about ourselves, and the world around us, how to identify with and accept people from many different cultures and mindsets, and how to embrace new experiences.  We can go forward knowing how to create lasting and meaningful change.

 Last week, I ordered my graduation regalia for April, and the reality that my time at Michigan Tech is quickly drawing to a close came crashing down.  This is a profoundly bittersweet feeling, and one that induces a great deal of reflection.  I have grown so much as a student and a person, and have had so many great opportunities here, which I am sad to see end.  However, I also know that an entirely new chapter of my life is about to begin, and that it will be time to start a new adventure soon.

I hope that you are excited about your future, and take every opportunity to make it amazing.

Board Games, Anyone?



Hi all,

I hope you had a terrific Winter Carnival, and enjoyed your time off.  Now here we are at Week 5, that joyous little window between Winter Carnival and Career Fair.  And as most of you probably know, we are going to take this opportunity to have a break from studying and statue-building to gather for a Game Night.  This event will be specifically for transfer students, so I hope you can make it!

Just as a reminder:

We will meet in Fisher 130

at 7 pm

on Wednesday, February 10th

Please bring your favorite board game! 

Snacks will be provided 

What About Week Three

 Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well as the first exams of the semester quickly approach. This can be a hectic time for a lot of students: tests are coming up, assignments are due, and Winter Carnival and Career Fair are just around the corner.  Remain calm!  We are transfer students, and we’ve got this…wave the flag!  Stay organized with your work; prioritize what needs to be done, and remain diligent in finishing your assignments.  Use a planner, a to-do list, or whatever method that works for you to keep on track.  Find a study spot that is most conducive for your learning: does studying with others distract or help you? Can you concentrate better at home or at the library?  Do you need background noise or complete silence?  These questions may seem obvious, but they can really help when it is time to get work done.

With Career Fair coming up as well, be aware of the resources that are available to you.  This is a great experience, and an opportunity to network with a lot of companies, so take the opportunity to prepare:

  • Resume Blitz Week (starting Feb. 9th at 11am):
  • Mock Interview Week starting Feb. 8th at 9am):
  • Business Dining and Etiquette Dinner (Feb. 11th at 5pm):
  • Many other opportunities and resources at

In the midst of all this, don’t forget to take a breath, give yourself a break, and remember that balance between studying and relaxation is important.  If you neglect your homework, your grades will suffer, and if you dedicate every waking moment to your homework, you will be thoroughly burnt out by mid-semester.  Be diligent during the week, and keep up-to-date on your assignments, then take Saturday to relax and have fun, or find another method of work-life balance that works for you.

One More Challenge

Happy Week 14, Transfer Students!  I hope that your final week of classes is off to a good start, and that those last few projects and assignments are going well.  This will be my last blog entry of the semester, and I just wanted to leave you with a few survival tips for Finals Week, some things to keep in mind for the rest of the semester, and, of course, to congratulate you on completing the Fall 2015 semester!

First, as you know, next week is the infamous Finals Week.  It sounds imposing, and it definitely can be.  However, if you plan accordingly, manage your time well, avoid stressing out (as much as possible), and stay focused, Finals Week becomes much more manageable.

Here are some things that have really helped me prepare for finals over the years:

  • Utilize your notes, quizzes, and exams when studying; these can help you review material you may have forgotten, and can be great guides for studying
  • Create a review sheet: The format depends on whatever works best for you, but try to make an organized outline of the material that will be covered on the exam in a way that makes sense to you.  Think of this as a form of review as well!  The more you integrate the material in different ways (writing it down, reading it out loud, organizing key points in a chapter), the more likely you are to remember it
  • Don’t underestimate the value of practice exams!  If your professor provides them, definitely use them in your preparation
  • Be sure you know the place and time of your final exams; you don’t want to bother with looking this up on the day of the test

Exam preparation can be very subjective among students, so if you have a study method that has proven to be effective and efficient, please share it in the comments section of this blog!

As you prepare to take your exams and go home for the holidays, there are some things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t forget about the Commuter/Transfer Student Study Break tomorrow!  We will be in Library 114 at 5pm, so feel free to stop by
  • If you live on campus, be advised that Quiet hours begin this Friday (Dec. 11)!

Otherwise, safe travels and Happy Holidays to you all!  And, of course, good luck with finals!