Looking for something to do during this LAST weekend before finals?

This weekend is your last chance to see the Theatre Department’s production of Medea, directed by David Allen George!


Photo by Alex Portenko

The show will run in the Callan Studio Theatre (the basement of the Sullivan Building), Thursday April 28, Friday April 29, and Saturday April 30 at 7:30 pm; it will also run on Sunday May 1 at 2 pm! The house will open half an hour before the show will begin, so arrive early to get good seats!

Cost of admission to the show is $15 general, $10 Non-SSU students and Seniors, and FREE for SSU students with ClipperCard!

“The story unfolds on the final day before Medea is to be exiled from Corinth by King Creon. Jason has married the king’s daughter and denies his sworn union with Medea. With their two sons in the balance, Jason fails to keep Medea from practicing her ancient black arts. In a horrific series of on-stage actions of vengeance and premeditated murder, Medea extracts her methodical revenge at the cost of everything she holds dear.”


Photo by Alex Portenko

Come support theatre before this production is done for good on May 1! #MakeTimeForArt

Best of luck as you tackle your finals,
FYM Kelly

Join our O-utstanding O-Team!

Hey SSU First Years! Congrats on almost finishing out your First Year at SSU!

Here’s your chance to volunteer and help make the first week for our incoming First Year students the best week possible! 


O-Team 2015! 

What is the O-Team?
The O-Team is a group of upper-class students who volunteer to help welcome the incoming class of first year students each year in August/September. You can be a member of the O-Team as long as you bring a high level of enthusiasm and dedication to welcoming students to the university!

What do we do? 
The O-Team assists in running programs such as The First Year Day of Service, Opening Day events including Convocation and FYRE Discussion groups as well as other events!

What are the perks? Why should you join the O-Team?
You get that warm fuzzy feeling inside from helping others feel good and welcome, just like you did when you started your First Year!
PLUS, you get a FREE O-Team t-shirt! Who doesn’t love free stuff?
You get to MOVE IN EARLY – avoid those lines for the elevators in the Residence Halls!
Volunteer experience looks great on your RESUME!

To find out more information or to APPLY to be a member of the O-Team, click here!
Applications are due by Monday, May 2!

Good luck with finals,
FYM Kelly

5 Tips For A Successful Summer

As the end of the year approaches many of us are thinking about what to do during the Summer. Well, here at FYE we have some guidelines for our perfect Summer! Here are five tips on how to make your Summer successful!!

  1. Look for a job that will embrace your skills- Whether it be furthering your math skills as a waitress, working on your communication skills in a retail job, or even working as a coffee barista to practice attention to detail, having a job over the Summer will encourage you to stay involved and keep your brain active!cofeee-animated-gif-1
  2. Finding an internship that pertains to your field of study- It’s never too early to start looking at possible career options after college! Some great resources to look at are :
    1. Career Service at Salem State- Either visiting their office in the Ellison Campus Center, or at their website will really help with finding opportunities
    2. Making a LinkedIn account- this will help you create connections and find listings
    3. Looking at companies that you’re interested in! If you’re a shoe fanatic and see that Nike is opening an office in Boston and needs interns, apply!career services
  3. Get a jump start on Fall 2016- There’s nothing better than starting your semester well prepared! Start looking over the required reading list, get organized, and make sure you know where all your classes are! This will cause you much less stress during the first few weeks of classesgiphy
  4. See if there’s any local volunteer opportunities- Volunteering is a great resume booster and will allow you to connect with those around you through service learning. Check out your local food pantry, Boys and Girls club, or Parks and Rec Department for these opportunities.1395694411620-Hunger3
  5. Rejuvenate!!- If you’ve had a year anything similar to mine, then you need to treat yo’ self! Spend a few days this Summer focusing on nothing but yourself! Go for a walk outside, buy yourself the new pair of sunglasses you’ve wanted, or even just spend an entire day in bed binge watching Netflix! You’ll thank yourself later!treat yo self

5 Tips to Get You Through Finals

Hey First-Years!

It’s that time of the year again… finals are quickly approaching and let’s face it, we’re all stressing out a bit. So, with that in mind, here are 5 tips to help make sure you do awesome on your finals and take care of yourself along the way!

  1. Start studying now!- It may sound crazy but start studying for your finals NOW. Breaking up your study time will help you to retain all of the information and ensure you rock your finals.
  2. Remember to breathe- Breathing has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels. The next time you’re feeling stressed out, take a minute or two to take 3 nice long deep breaths. I’m sure you’ll find you feel much better after you do.
  3. Do something fun- Finals isn’t all about studying your brains out. All of your coursework and studying can get overwhelming. Remember to do something each day that you enjoy; it’ll take some of the pressure off and ensure your mental health is also a priority.
  4. Take care of yourself- During this crazy and hectic time of the year it’s easy to forget some basics of self-care. So, remember to get plenty of sleep (between 7-8 hours/night), eat healthy snacks and meals, and take a hot shower so that your body can be as sharp as your mind is.
  5. Have confidence- Remember to believe in yourself. It’s the home stretch and you’re so close to being done with your 1st year of college. You can do it & you totally rock!

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed there are resources that can help you:

First-Year Experience office- 978-542-2618,

Counseling and Health Services-

Ellison Campus Center, suite 107, North Campus


All the best,

FYM Patrick


Salem Dance Ensemble’s Spring Show: Exhale Joy!


The end of the semester is approaching and so is the Dance department’s semi-annual show:  Exhale Joy! This concert presented by the Salem Dance Ensemble (SDE) showcases most, if not all, of Salem State’s dance majors and minors. Throughout the semester, students created their pieces and received guidance from faculty members including Meghan McLyman, Jim Morrow, and Caitlin Corbett. Some faculty members will also include their work in the showcase. Though the pieces may range in genre from hip-hop to lyrical, tap, or ballet, most are typically in the contemporary style.

Spring is in the air! Come celebrate new beginnings with us. Dance faculty and students present original choreography that explores letting go of old baggage and old habits, while finding transformation in new forms. Add a lightness to your step. Inhale the beauty. Exhale the JOY!

Since January, SDE has been creating our Spring show, Exhale Joy! . This semester, SDE will be performing in the Twohig Gymnasium of O’Keefe at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 30th and 2:00pm on Sunday, May 1st.  Though the performance is free to students with an SSU ID, there is a $10 suggested donation upon entrance for non-SSU students.

Though SDE is composed primarily of majors and minors, we welcome other students with dance experience. If you are a student that finds yourself wanting to be on stage (even if you don’t have any experience), consider auditioning for SDE next semester!  If you’re interested, keep an eye out for our open dancer auditions in September. If you have any questions, please contact one of our student coordinators Kayleigh Cyr or Brittney Bythrow.

Inspiration Ahead

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year. It’s April, there’s about one month left in the semester, and you’re probably stressing. Don’t worry, we are too! I decided to collect some quotes to help us all get through this last month! I asked upperclassmen at SSU to give me a quote, whether it was a favorite quote, or a piece of inspiration or advice that I could pass along to you all!

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It can be hard to deal with stress, so one of my favorite things to do with these is to print them up, cut them out, and hang them around my room. I take some tape and put them up on walls, my desk, I hung some from the ceiling with string, too. Everywhere I turn I see inspirational quotes, and it really helps motivate me to do my best!

Here’s how I have set these up. There’s a quote, followed by who said it (if we know!). The next bullet has who gave me the quote, their year, and major. And remember, stay strong through the rest of this semester and don’t give up!

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  • “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You’re on your own. Be your own.” –Cristina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy
    • Kaitlynn Bartley, Junior, English. First Year Mentor.
  • “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” –Proverb
    • Stephania Cueva, Sophomore, Criminal Justice.
  • “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps have never been seen” –Robert Bresson
    • Angelina Benitez, Sophomore, Spanish and Dance. First Year Mentor.
  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become” –Buddha
    • Patrick Braley, Sophomore, Psychology. First Year Mentor.
  • “This too shall pass”
    • Koda Mehalba, Junior, Communications
  • “Through your whole college experience there will be ups and downs, just remember who you are ‘cause that’s the realest person you can be” –Linda Bursch
    • Lind Bursch, Junior, Photography
  • “One can only see clearly with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye” –Antoine de Saint Exupéry
    • Makalah Moore, Senior, English. First Year Mentor.
  • “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us” — Joseph Campbell
    • Stella Willis, Sophomore, Social Work. First Year Mentor.
  • “Never lose sight of your dreams. Set goals. Keep yourself focused and you will achieve nothing but success. But don’t forget to have some fun!” –Valerie Arruda
    • Valerie Arruda, Junior, Nursing
  • “Do what you love and love what you do. Don’t settle for a major because you think it’s the ‘right thing’ follow your dreams and pick a major that is going to make you happy long term” –Shelby Katis
    • Shelby Katis, Junior, English
  • “You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain” –Anonymous
    • Kaitlynn Bartley, Junior, English. First Year Mentor.
  • “Find the strength through every struggle because the things you have been through have made you the person you are today” — Anonymous
    • Dylana Barilone, Junior, Criminal Investigation
  • “When you shine from within the light never fades”
    • Jordan Thompson, Senior, History. First Year Mentor.
  • “I know you can do great things” –Jeremy Mele
    • Amory Thomas, Junior, English
  • “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” –Groucho Marx
    • Amanda Mark, Junior, Political Science and English
  • “You must do the things you think you cannot do” –Eleanor Roosevelt
    • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Junior, Math
  • “It’s just one grade, if you can’t do it excel elsewhere. Everything balances in the end” –Julia Fitzgerald
    • Julia Fitzgerald, Junior, Criminal Justice
  • “There are no coincidences in life, therefore everything happens for a reason”
    • Jen Jordan, Junior, English
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    • Katie Casazza, Junior, Elementary Education and English
  • “Don’t count the days, make the days count” -Muhammad Ali
    • Ani Hudak, Junior, Art
  • “You must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” -Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
    • Jessica Mack, Sophomore, Social Work
  • “I don’t look back darling, it distracts from the now” –Edna Mode, The Incredibles
    • Ashley Paron, Freshman, Elementary Education and American Studies
  • “Don’t worry. The best people all have some kind of scar” —The One by Kiera Cass
    • Victoria Stone, Junior, Painting
  • “Determination is the key to success” –Maddi Jenkins
    • Treshonna Heath, Junior, Criminal Justice
  • “Be true to yourself and all that you are. Know that there is somethig inside you that is greater than any obstable” –Christian Larson
    • Annemarie Sweetsir, Sophomore, Psychology
  • Una es más auténtica cuanto más se parece a lo que ha soñado de sí misma” Agrado, Todo Sobre Mi Madre (“You’re the most authentic when you resemble what you have dreamed of being” –Agrado, All About My Mother (Film by Pedro Almodovar))
    • Angelina Benitez, Sophomore, Spanish and Dance. First Year Mentor.
  • “Believe in the process”
    • Jen Jordan, Junior, English

You are SO CLOSE to the end, just keep your head up and finish strong!:)

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You’re not alone through this last month, if you need anything please contact the First Year Experience Office at (978) 542 – 2618,, or stop by our office in Meier Hall 100A. We’re here to help!

If you’re feeling especially stressed out, reach out to Counseling and Health Services at (978) 542 – 6413. You can walk in to their office as well, it is located on the first floor of the Ellison Campus Center.

you can do it

Have a great month!

FYM Kaitlynn

Final Stretch of the Semester

Hi there First Years! I hope that all is well, but I know that April can be a crazy month for a college student-with final exams quickly approaching, projects, papers, and presentations. I just wanted inform you about some events that are going on that you could attend to get away from your studies for a little break when necessary.

On Monday April 18th there is a talent show in Viking Café Starbucks at 7pm. You can stop by Starbucks to see your friends/peers perform and also win prizes. In order to gain entrance into the performance you need to donate a canned food item or gently worn clothing. All the items that are collected will be given to the North Shore Rape Crisis Center to help the survivors that are in our local community. ALSO remember that there are no classes this day because the university is observing Patriot’s Day.


Another event occurring next week on Tuesday April 19th is The Campus Moviefest Collection. It will be in Ellison Campus Center in the Metro Room from 2-6pm. This is where you will have the chance to watch student produced short films of all various genres. Also there are awards given to the short films that the audience votes on! Go out and support your peers and go to the Moviefest Collection.


A third event that is happening on Friday April 22nd is Dark Black Light Volleyball. This is happening in the Gassett Rec Courts at the O’Keefe Complex at 8pm. It is teams of 6 that pre-register and play volleyball games in the dark and have glow in the dark paint on them. It will be a new experience of volleyball and you will never think of the game the same way again.


These are just a few interesting events that are happening next week! But if you want to find out more keep an eye out on your SSU email with the subject: “What’s New and What to do @ SSU”.  Make sure to take time to yourself in between studying and preparing for the final stretch of the semester!

Hope all is goes smoothly!

FYM Mikaela

Self-Care = Success

With the month of April in full swing, many students would consider this to be the toughest month as a college student. Finals, projects, and essays are the most common words you’ll hear. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high and it makes taking time for yourself really difficult.

Self-care is a common word that many are hearing today. Emotional self-care is as important as physical, but many college students tend to abandon this aspect of their lives. When you feel as if everything is overwhelming and stress is taking over, you can utilize these self-care methods to keep your mental health in check!

Create a Compliments Folder! This can sound like a selfish thing to do, but sometimes if a bad grade or comment gets you down, it can effect your academics. Create a folder on your computer or your phone of great things people have said to you and about you! That way you can always look back at them and feel the love that you have around you!


Have a self-date! With so much time spent with people and your friends, it’s hard to find time for yourself! Treat yourself for an hour and go downtown, see the water, or just read for fun in the library! Having time to yourself for even a little bit can help clear your mind!

treat yo self

Remember to breathe! We obviously breathe without thinking about it, but it’s been proven that doing daily breathing exercises can loosen your muscles, clear your head, and calm you down. Work on closing your eyes, then breathing in and out three times. You’ll feel a weight being lifted! If you need help, use this gif as a guide to help you!


Write down your feelings! Sometimes we have a lot going on at the end of a semester. Relationships are tense, grades may not be up to your expectations, and talking to someone can be difficult. Write down your feelings in a journal! You get to see all your feelings in front of you and in doing so create a plan on how to deal with them.


Do something creative! I know for myself and many others, doing a small creative project can help ease your mind. Whether it’s playing with Play-Doh, coloring a mandala, or painting on a canvas, art is a great way to express yourself!


Everyone can find own their way of taking care of themselves in a healthy and positive way, but it is important to know that you are not alone! April is a stressful month and it is critical to take care of yourself. If you need someone to talk to, Counseling and Health Services and Reverend Laura Biddle, from Spiritual Life, in Ellison Campus Center are there to help.

Good luck with the rest of the semester–and don’t forget to breathe!

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Cute Animals = Productivity!

Hey there, First Years!

Did you know that looking at cute pictures of animals can boost your productivity? There was a study conducted in 2013 by Japanese researcher, Hiroshi Nittono that concluded that looking at cute pictures of animals really can help you be more productive! The study itself focuses on being at work, but being a student is work! Take a few moments to look at the cute pictures of animals below, then get back to studying, or working on your papers, assignments, quizzes, exams, and anything else you could be working on.

The study showed that “participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images” (Bennett-Smith, Looking At Cute…). It is believed that looking at the cuteness triggers positive emotion, that in turn causes a narrowed attentional focus. The students who looked at adult animals or food performed worse than the students who looked at cute animals. So this proves it! Before you start studying, google search “cute pictures of animals” and enjoy yourself for a couple minutes.

If you’d prefer to stick to the same cute animals they used in the study, don’t worry about it! I got you. You could look at pictures of puppies, panda cams, and grumpy cat videos.

Remember, this is good to boost productivity but should not be used as an excuse to not do your homework. Use pictures as rewards for getting through parts of major assignments, or for completing minor assignments!:)

Good luck with the rest of your semester,

FYM Kaitlynn

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Last Month Motivation

Hey First Years! 

Can you believe that we only have about 4 weeks left of the spring semester?! You are one month away from finishing your first year of college – you should be really proud of all the hard work you did this year! 

Right about now is when it gets the toughest to motivate yourself and push through until the end of the semester. I’ve even caught myself in some sticky situations, starting and finishing projects the day before they are due. This is a reminder that you are stronger than you realize, and your assignments and classes cannot and will not defeat you – you have kicked butt these last 12 weeks, so the next 4 will be a piece of cake! Here are some tips to help keep you grounded from now until you finish your finals: 

Make To-Do Lists -> I do this for the last 2-4 weeks of each semester so I don’t get lost in the work I have due and so my work doesn’t pile up. I print or draw a calendar and fill it in with due dates for assignments – this includes essays, projects, presentations and exams! After I fill in a calendar with due dates I split the work for each assignment up in the days before its due. This way I’m not doing the whole project at once the night before it’s due. Mine look kind of like this: Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 2.25.54 PM.png
I am a visual learner which I why I like to make a table and even color code (Red is what is due and Blue is what I should be working on), but a simple list works just as well!

Reward Yourself -> You work hard and you deserve a reward when you accomplish your goals. I reward myself with Netflix, reading for fun, candy and other little things for short term goals. For long term goals, I reward myself with things like taking a whole day off from school related business, going out to the movies, maybe a manicure or a day trip into Boston. You have to be strong for this one; rewarding yourself before you finish your work, or pre-wards as I like to call them, are definitely ineffective and only contribute to the monster that is procrastination.

Sleep -> We say this all the time, but please do not sacrifice sleep for your assignments. Don’t push off sleeping until the summer. Being exhausted is no way to spend the last month of your semester. A lack of sleep will negatively affect your mood and temper, making you angry or sad, as well as on edge or drowsy, which can be dangerous in some situations. Not sleeping and pulling all-nighters will also negatively affect your ability to learn and focus, and eventually your grades will start to slip. It’s very important to rest.

Hope you have an awesome LAST MONTH of your Freshman Year!
I can’t believe I am almost done with my Junior Year – the time seriously flies by,
FYM Kelly