Its The Final Countdown

Second semester is winding down and there’s less than a month left until the end of the school year. It’s time to start preparing for the end! Now is a great time to check in with your professors  and see what your grades look like, there’s still time to give them that final boost! Do extra credit, keep up with your reading, find out if you can make up overdue assignments, study a little extra for your final test and quizzes before the exam and most importantly keep going to class! It’s easy to start skipping now that the weather is getting warmer, but you’ve come too far to stop showing up now! It’s also a good time to take a look at your syllabus and se which classes actually have final exams and which professors may expect a final project or portfolio. While a final project may seem easier than an exam, it’s important not to wait to the last minute so you can get the best results. It’s especially important to start planning out meeting times and assigning tasks if you’re doing group work. A great final project can really boost your grade, and with the right topic and a little creativity it can be fun too! If you know you’re having a final exam, and aren’t sure exactly when, the First Year Experience office has put up signs on the first floor of Meier Hall that will help you figure it all out. Simply look up the days and times your class meets and our posters will tell you when your final exam will be.  Good luck!

Cute Animal GIFs That Represent Your Final Weeks

Just two more weeks left and you’re running around in a panic to finish!

Oh no, oh no, oh no!!! AHHHHH!!!!

On the other hand, Netflix keeps distracting you.

Just one more season, then I’ll start on that essay.

If it’s not Netflix, you’re floating around trying to figure out what to start first.

Should I start that English thesis first or should I get going on another project? 

Looking outside and daydreaming of summer isn’t helping either.

It’s soooo nice out! Maybe I’ll peak outside…

It would also be easier to study if your friends stopped bothering you.

Leave… me… alone…

But you know that sometimes, it takes that leap of courage to get started.

I got this!

Just remember that after you finish this semester, you can go back to feeling fabulous!

Just doing what I do best ;)

Getting a Summer Job or Internship

It’s that time of year again. The spring semester is almost over and with that comes the task of finding summer jobs and internships. This can be stressful but is also very important and will help you to build your resume.

Besides checking around your hometown for places that are looking for summer help, there are many websites that post available positions. There’s monster.com and indeed.com which you can narrow down to only show you summer opportunities. Narrow it down specifically to your field of study and see if there are any jobs in your area within that field. You may even find internships on there. However, if you’re looking specifically for internships you can check out internships.com. This is the same type of search engine but is used specifically for internships.

Let Salem State help you out. If you need someone to speak with about finding summer jobs go to career services and they will be more than willing to give assistance. You can look up information on what they offer at the Salem State website or stop by their office in Ellison Campus Center room 105. Or call them at 978-542-6406 about making an appointment. They can provide you with job listings and give you tips on topics such as interviews and creating a resume.

If you take these steps, you will have your best chance at finding a summer job or internships that works for you.

O-Team

The semester is almost over! YAY! This is exciting because that means summer is right around the corner! I bet you have already started to plan trips, internships, called up your work for summer working hours, etc. Or maybe you are looking forward to all the things you want to do next semester with your closest friends! Your list is just about to expand because….. you could volunteer to join the O-Team! This is a brand new and exciting program that the First Year Experience office is coordinating for the fall of 2015! We are looking for students to volunteer and join our team to make freshmen move-in/first week (8/31-9/1 & 9/3) an unforgettable experience!

Some benefits of joining the team are that you get to move-in early, get some O-Team swag, help support new incoming freshmen, make new friends, and not lift any heavy boxes! FYE is here to ensure that everyone is here to have a great time while helping others! This is a great opportunity and an awesome resume component! Check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SalemStateOTeam for more information on how to sign up and be involved! If you want to see some of the events you might be helping out with the information take a look at last year’s events on this site: www.salemstate.edu/vikingplunge!

Come by our office in Meier 100A or contact us at firstyear@salemstate.edu for more information! We hope to see you there!

Looking for an event to go to?

The semester is starting to wrap up! Can you believe it?? The end of the semester is always filled with tying up loose ends, big assignments, essays and final exams. It is important to keep focused on that light at the end of the tunnel but do not forget to take a break and have fun as well! Luckily there are some fun programs coming up on campus to enjoy between studying!

Spring Awakening : April 16-18, 7:30 pm, April 19, 2 pm, April 23-25, 7:30 pm, April 26, 2 pm

This is a musical put on by talented students from Salem State! There are many chances to go so don’t miss out on this amazing event! The show centers on teenagers on their path to self-discovery and includes love, sexuality, friendship, and rebellion as they find themselves pitted against a repressive status quo. This is a chance to see live theater right on campus and support your talented peers! Even better, it is free with a Salem State ID! Grab a group, reserve tickets and have a night out at the theater!

Man Cave Monologues : April 28, 2015

This is a comedy night event with some members of the cast of MTV’s Guy Code- Lil Duval, Monroe Martin, and Mateo Lane. The event is only $5 for Salem State students and you can buy tickets now for you and your friends in the Program Council Office in Room 217 in the Campus Center. It should be a night full of fun and laughs and a welcome break from all that studying!

If you are looking for more fun events on campus to go to, check out the First Year Experience page on Facebook! We are constantly adding events as soon as we hear about them and you can look through our events page to find something you’d like to go to! So find out what is happening on campus and get out of your dorm room for some fun! You deserve it!

Travel with Salem State

Every year, Salem State offers a variety of trips for students during spring break. This year’s offerings included Barbados, New Orleans, Greece and Italy. These are great opportunities to visit other countries without spending an entire semester abroad. Every year these trips are sponsored through the English, Sociology and Geography departments to name a few. This year I went on the Sociology Department’s trip to Tuscany. We had the opportunity to visit Florence, Pisa, and Siena as well as other lesser known locations during our weeklong stay. Seeing the famous art and monuments of Tuscany was truly an amazing experience. Every day we visited a new city or town. These trips often give you the opportunity to venture out on your own and plan your own day trips, or stay with the group and go on tours. Be on the lookout for signs and posters about these great opportunities when you come back to campus next fall!

In some cases these trips can even enhance and provide material for classes that fall under the department that hosts them. If you go on one of these trips, think about taking a class that will enhance it! If you’re going to Barbados why not take an English class on Caribbean Literature or a Sociology class on Peoples of the Caribbean (SOC 335)? Going to Europe? Why not take a Political Science class on European Politics (POL 372) or Medieval Europe (HST 270)? And no matter where you go, Travel Writing (ENL 316) is always a great way to get the most out of your experience. For me, this class has been a great way to set aside time to reflect on my experience, and share my stories and pictures with my classmates! Even though this year’s spring break was just a month ago, it’s never too early to start saving for next year. You could have the trip of a lifetime!

Procrastination Nation

We all do it, there’s absolutely no denying it, especially toward the end of the Spring Semester, which for some reason always seems 10 times longer than the Fall – procrastination.

The problem with procrastination is that it brings immediate satisfaction. The “my due date is in two weeks for this assignment I have plenty of time” mindset can be dangerous. Though you’re having fun now, when it’s the day before your assignment is due, you’re only going to feel stressed. Some of us even procrastinate so hard, we do a full 360 and start being productive with everything except our school work.

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So here are some tips to stop procrastinating and start being productive – let’s reduce our stress and finish out the school year strong as we come up on finals!

  • Make a smart to-do list: Only put things on this to-do list that you know you’re avoiding, and keep it in a place where you will see it, all the time. That way you know what is coming up and how soon your due dates actually are.
  • Eliminate temptation: Put your phone away. Stay away from twitter. Don’t do your homework in bed. I promise, you won’t get anything done and you’ll probably fall asleep in your books.
  • Break the task down: Break your assignments into parts, and do the parts one at a time. This way, you don’t have to sit and do the whole assignment at once. Doing an assignment in parts allows you to make sure the whole assignment is top par too!
  • Reward yourself: set up a reward system for when you finish your assignments – the series you’ve wanted to binge-watch on Netflix, that trip to the movies with friends – you can only do them if you finish your work!

Hope these tips help!
This is where I got these tips: there are even more to see!
FYM Kelly

The Great Looming Abyss

Change is frightening but inevitable. College is all about change and not all of it is easily seen by the people around us and in some cases we don’t even see how far we’ve come until someone points it out to us. Coming into Salem State I had a major and a definite career path picked out. While I have stayed in the original major I chose my ideas about what I want to do career wise have changed. Experiences in the class room with professors and out of it in the real world interning in my future field have helped me refine my idea of what I want to do with my life after school. My original plan was to go right into Grad School and get a Master’s to help with job prospects but now I’m considering working for a year or joining the military and then going back to school to get my Master’s. This wasn’t my original plan and honestly the process to get here has been a surprise but I’m happy with the direction my life is taking.

Accepting that we don’t know what the future holds and adapting to constantly changing situations around you can only help to further your happiness and personal satisfaction in life. Learning to accept change and the prospect of the unknown is not something you can just decide to do. It does take time and experience to finally be confident enough in yourself to realize that you don’t have all of the answers and that’s ok. All anyone can ever ask of you or hope for you is that you try your best and try to make yourself happy in life. So whether your happiness means changing majors, career paths or institutions do what you need to do to  be your best self.

Melting Away Stress

Meditation is a great way to lower your stress levels and keep your mind clear and focused. If you have stress or have a hard time focusing, take a little time out of your schedule to relax yourself through these meditation tips.

  1. Go outside and sit down somewhere peaceful. Focus on only your senses in the present and not the past or future. Notice the cool breeze and observe the sounds around you. Don’t think, simply observe and enjoy nature.
  2. Lay down on your back with your arms out to your sides and your legs slightly spread apart. This is a perfect position to relax the body and practice deep breathing. Once you start to get a deep breathing rhythm going, focus on relieving stress in the part of your body, starting from your head and ending with your toes. With deep breathing and relaxing your most stressed parts of your body, you will feel more refreshed.

If you are not the one for meditation, here are other ways to relieve stress!

  1. Did you know that exercise can leave you relaxed too? Not only are you healthier by the end of the time at the gym, you feel better about yourself. If you’re like me and don’t like going alone, here’s the schedule of all the classes that you can take for free at the Gassett Fitness Center. http://www.salemstatevikings.com/documents/2015/1/9//Class_Schedule_S1590.pdf?id=440
  2. Eat healthy. Don’t be a food junkie, grab water instead of soda and carry around healthy snacks. Eating healthy keeps your energy up more during the day and your body responds better than eating sugar. Sugar gives you spikes of energy but will leave you tired, causing your body lots of stress.
  3. Another tip for the constantly busy college student is listening to calm music while going in between classes. Even during your class if you aren’t listening to music, you can still do some deep breathing wile in the middle of a class.

Interview 101

Spring Break is over and the summer job/internship hunt has begun. Have you thought about your strengths and weaknesses when you apply for a job? How the job will help you in the future? What kinds of skills you bring to the table? I have some tips to help you rock the interview and secure the position!

  • Show up early, but not too early! Get to your interview with a reasonable amount of time to show that you are punctual and responsible but not too eager. You want to give your interviewer their time before your appointment.
  • NO BEVERAGES! This can be a major distraction for your (hopefully) future employer and unprofessional. You want to remain focused on the task at hand!
  • Dress professionally and appropriately! Look your best and as the saying goes, “dress for success!” It will give you confidence and show your employer that you care about representing yourself and their company if you were to be hired.
  • Go prepared! When you head into your interview make sure you bring copies of your resume, questions you may have about the position, paper, and pen. By having all of this information at your fingertips you will show your future employer that you are professional and organized.
  • Be able to hold a conversation and engage yourself! Be able to sell your strengths and carry on a conversation that promotes your skills that can’t be put into words! Leave a great first impression!

Everyone is capable of doing well and checking off each of these points! Take some time to prepare and you will be successful! If you would like any more tips head to Meier Hall 100A and we can assist you!

-FYM Jordan

The U.S. and World Report News website (http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/02/05/5-tips-for-instant-interview-success) helped me put together these tips!