6 Tips for Getting Back to the Daily Grind

WELCOME BACK FIRST YEAR STUDENTS!!!

For many of you, this is your second semester here at Salem State and hopefully you feel a lot more comfortable at the start of this semester than you did last semester. For others, this may be your first semester here at Salem State and it’s all new to you. Either way, these 6 tips will help get you more comfortable being back at school.

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  1. Start the semester off right by not skipping classes and getting an early start on homework, studying, and semester-long projects
  2. It can be tough to readjust to your school schedule after being on break for a month, so do your best to make sure that you are getting enough sleep
  3. Make sure that you are comfortable with the courses that you are taking before the add/drop deadline arrives on January 23rd
  4. Order all of your textbooks and other supplies as soon as possible, that way you won’t fall behind in your classes
  5. Always remember to keep stress levels down by spending some time doing something that you enjoy
  6. Come visit us here at the First Year Experience office in Meier 100A if you have any questions!

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MLK Jr. Week at SSU: A way to inspire, gather, and stand for social justice as a community

 

It’s MLK week! In honor of this there will be a variety of events on campus brought to you by Student Involvement and Activities (SIA) in conjunction with other organizations. This week allows students to take advantage of the various events to stay inspired and reflect on ways to impact the community at large with the SSU community.

On Wednesday, January 18th from 5-7pm there will be “The Bayard Rustin Forum: Inclusion of Queer People of Color” a Latinx Reflection: Orlando Pulse taking place in the MLK room of the Ellison Campus Center. This forum will explore how Martin Luther King Jr. social activism is implemented in an intersectional era. All are welcome to join in reflecting with Latinx individuals on the tragedy at Pulse Orlando and how Latinx folks may be seen and supported.

This Thursday, January 19th from 3-4:30pm, answer to “A Call to Action: Creating a No Place for Hate Campus” where you will  join individuals from Salem and the No Place for Hate committee of the City of Salem to discuss mobilizing members of Salem State to challenge bigotry and to promote a prejudice-free community. This event is co-sponsored by the office of diversity and inclusion, the Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, first year experience, spiritual life, and the Salem State Hillel.

Coming up this Friday, January 20th, will be “Social Activism 101: Revolutionary Reflection” in the Petrowski Room (210) of Marsh Hall from 10:00-11:30am. This event will be dedicated to hearing thoughts and perspectives from revolutionary voices and leaders on what will be required for all of us to remain courageous and resilient in hopes of continuing our journey toward justice and equity. SIA will be bringing activists and legislators across Massachusetts together to share strategies and messages of hope.The second event to be hosted by SIA shortly after will be an opportunity to watch the inauguration together as a campus community from 12:00-2:00pm this Friday, January 20th at the Viking Hall Starbucks.

We are lucky to be so close to Boston where “Boston’s Women’s March for America” will take place from 11am-3pm on January 21st. There will be bus pick up provided from the Ellison Campus Center lobby at 8:30am the morning of. Any student is welcome to participate in uniting to travel to downtown Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation—among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA. Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination. After the event, transportation back will also be provided for students.

On Monday January 23rd from 11am-1pm is the 27th annual MLK Jr. Convocation: The Courage to Create a Just World in Vets Hall of the Ellison Campus Center. This convocation serves as the conclusion of the weeklong celebration of the life and works of Dr. King. Members of the university community, representatives from area schools and the community at large will gather to be inspired together. Keynote speaker Dr. C.T. Vivian is best known for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was National Director of Affiliates, and strategist for every Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) organization. He truly helped change the nation: his work in Birmingham helped win the Civil Rights Bill; in Selma, the Voting Rights Bill; and he was deeply involved in other movements such as Nashville, TN; Danville, VA; St. Augustine, FL; and Chicago, IL. Vivian had won his first non-violent direct action movement in 1947 opening restaurants in Peoria, IL. As they presented him with one of his many honorary doctorates, the New School for Social Research named Dr. C.T. Vivian a “… spiritual leader, apostle of social justice, strategist of the civil rights movement … For decades he has been in the vanguard of the struggle for racial equality in America”.

Please consider attending any of these events not only to further your learning but to support your peers in taking a stand for social justice.

New Year, New Me

Over the break you may be familiar with a popular holiday that is celebrated world wide- New Years Day!

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A commonly practiced tradition of this day is coming up with a New Years Resolution.

A resolution for the New Year is a great time to start fresh and come up with a goal that you want to set for yourself!

In order to make a meaningful and achievable goal there are a few things that you may want to keep in mind.

  1. Have a purpose. What is the reason your are making this resolution? Does it stick to your core values? Your goal should be something you’re truly passionate about because if your goal is to start waking up early it will really become dreadful for you to hear the alarm at 5:30 if you aren’t a morning person!waking-up-gif1
  2. Be specific! If you’re making a resolution to “eat better” or “lose weight” or “do better in school” none of these goals become achievable. What are you going to do to eat better, lose weight or do better in school? It is important to be specific so you can make a clear plan to get where you want!                              download (2).jpg
  3. Realize your resolution. A great way to follow your goals and make your resolution achievable is by physically writing it down. Then you can post it on your calendar or fridge- somewhere you often check! I even write a note in my phone and make it my lock screen photo so I can see it every time I open my phone. download.jpg
  4. Keep it simple. If you want effective change, you need to make sure you can focus on your resolution. If you pile it up with too many goals for yourself, you may get overwhelmed and not complete what you set out to do!18207480.gif
  5. Forgive your failures. New Years Resolutions can be tough. And guess what? No one is perfect! Sometimes you will be setback but that will not define your success. Keep trying and remember, life rewards those who work at it!download-1

Make your New Years count!

-FYM Hannah

How To Navigate Your Reading Day

Hey first years! For those of you who don’t know tomorrow is Reading Day at SSU! Reading Day is an entire day that the university gives you between the end of the your classes and the beginning of your finals to be productive and prepare for your finals. There will be lots of events occurring on that day, many of which will help you destress. There will also be a lot of opportunities for you to catch up on some much needed studying and get the help you need! Here are some of the ways you can use your reading day to your full advantage!

  1. Get some brain food at the Midnight Breakfast!

The Student Involvement and Activities office will be hosting a midnight breakfast tonight (Tuesday, December 13th) at 10PM-12AM in Marsh Dining. There will be plenty of food, activities, and fun to make it a great start to your reading day.

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  1. Puppy Day sponsored by Greek Council

Puppies will be coming to campus from the Northeast Animal Shelter from 11AM-1PM in Marsh Residence Hall ground floor lounge. Admission to this event will be a T-Shirt or a donation to the shelter! This is a great way to start your day with a destressing activity.  

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  1. Long Night Against Procrastination

Got writer’s block? Need help with citations? Just want advice on an assignment? Head over to the Writing Center in the Library for help from 8PM-11PM! Food, Tutors, and Fun will be provided!

  1. Library overnights starting on December 18th!

The library will remain open for 24 hours starting on December 18th! This is a great place to get a lot of work done and have a quiet place to study for finals!

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As always, the FYE office wishes you the best of luck on your finals! If you need anything from our office, please feel free to reach out! We will remain open during normal hours until the beginning of Winter break! Happy Holidays!

THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF BEFORE STARTING YOUR WINTER VACATION

While we are all anticipating going back home or going on vacation for winter break. There are still several things we all need to take care of before we go on this month long break without homework, classes, and school responsibilities:

  • Make sure that you’ve turned in all of your assignments for each class. At this point, a lot of professor may not even take makeup work, but if they do, try to get everything done, so that all you have left is your final before you say goodbye to your fall semester classes.
  • Make sure that everything is up to date with the Navigation center for next semester. If your scholarship doesn’t appear on your spring bill, or your grant/loan did not go through, contact whoever you have to so you’re not stressing during vacation or when the semester starts.
  • If you are leaving your dorm room or the school notify Res life sooner than later so that they can get you situated.
  • If you want to secure a work position for next semester, you can apply right now instead of waiting for the semester to start, so that you don’t have to worry about that.
  • Meeting/emailing your advisor one last time to make sure that your schedule will keep you on the right track, or to add any last minute additions will also be helpful.

 

5 Activities to do With Your Family Over Winter Break!

1. Make A Gingerbread House!

It’s time to get creative! If you do not want to bake your own gingerbread, go pick up a kit at your local grocery store! This is a fun way to get creative and messy with your family members, while spending time with them over winter break!

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2. Go Hunting for Holiday Lights!

Driving around in my moms car with hot chocolates is one of my favorite ways to kick off the holidays! We always crank the radio to our favorite Holiday songs and enjoy the wonderful light people have put out. Check your area for some truly amazing light shows!

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3 .Holiday Movie Marathon!

Here is a list of the Holiday movies that will be playing on ABC Family!! Hopefully you and your family members can take some time together to watch some of them!! Holiday movies are a great way to have a nice quiet night at home with your loved ones!

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4. Go Sledding!

Although there is no snow on the ground just yet, I’m sure we will be getting some soon enough! Going sledding is a great way to stay active during the winter time, and a great way to spend time outside with your family!

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5. Have a Hot Chocolate Bar!

Hot chocolate is always a holiday favorite in my family. A fun way to spice up your regular mug, is to create your own Hot Chocolate Bar! During this holiday season, a fun way to spend time with your loved ones is to make your own fun cup of hot chocolate. You can add things like peppermints, caramel, marshmallows, cookies, or any other toppings you can think of!

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I hope everyone has a fun and safe winter break! Enjoy your time off and we already can’t wait for everyone to be back! Happy Holidays from the First Year Experience Office!!

It’s FAFSA Time!

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Congratulations on making it to the end of the semester!!!

With only a few days left before finals, I know that all that any of us can think about is studying and then getting some much deserved rest and relaxation, and enjoying the holidays.

But before you settle in to vacation mode, I urge you to fill out and submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA. For the first time, the new FAFSA can be submitted before the new year, and it is available right now!

The new FAFSA availability date means that the tax information that you will use to fill out the form has also changed. For the 2017-2018 FAFSA, you will use your 2015 tax information, the same information that you used for the last FAFSA.

A lot of grants and other available funds run on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that if you don’t submit your FAFSA early, then some funds may have already run out by the time that you do.

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I understand that filling out the FAFSA can be very stressful and overwhelming at times, which is why the Student Navigation Center is running workshops all about financial aid, during the month of December. So, if you are worried about filling out your FAFSA then book yourself a date and time, before the semester is over.

Of course we are always available here at the First Year Experience office to help you out with anything you need, as well!

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The Meteroid

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Saturday, November 5, 2016. I saw a comet. I needed that.

It was a comet, surely. Maybe hope. But blink and you will miss it. The extensive and wonderful display occurred more than a flash-fiction of superstitious beliefs. Even in the darkest hour, the comet had become a declaration of direction, beauty, and meaning. Ambition is good. Integrity is good. Purpose is good. All attributes I expected led on to fortunes and riches.

But, per usual, life allowed itself to be an irrationally inflatable object of hope. Life was—is—gritty, harsh, and honest. Numerous occasions I swore up and down, “I got this.” I was wrong. Again, I wrongly assumed college offered professional services and intellectual expertise to do well in the real world. Well, of course, I had been wrong before. For example, in the first grade, I was convinced shooting stars bestowed the power to fulfill wishes. That was okay. At least there was beauty in the attempt. New York Times columnist Alina Tugend wrote, “There are unexpected benefits of being wrong.” Astronomers suppose bright moonlight makes it strenuous to spot a comet. Saturday, November 5, 2016. I saw a comet. And this one had come with a message. I and those alike shall not yet be discouraged at life. In times of forgetfulness and despair…

“Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want, everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle is going to come from. The next smile, the next wish come true. But if you believe that it’s right around the corner, and you open up your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it, you just might get the thing you’re wishing for. The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it.”

“So make your wish. Do you have it? Good. Now believe in it, with all of your heart.”(anonymous)

How To Make The Most Of Winter Break

Hey First Years!

Finals are coming, and after finals is the break we’ve been waiting for since September. Winter break. A whole month off from classes and school. A month to work, relax, and spend time with family and friends. So, how do you make the most of it? Don’t want it to go to waste? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

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It’s time to celebrate!

Read

I love to read, so every break I set a goal of how many books to read. There’s a genre for everyone, and if you’re not that into books read a couple magazines, newspapers, or even articles online!

Work

Working over winter break can be great. Earn some money for the Spring semester! Yay!

Make something

No matter what your passions are, create something. Paint something, sculpt something, write something, create a piece of art. Spend some time doing something you love to do. During the semester it can be hard to do it sometimes, so now’s the perfect time!

Relax

Take time for yourself. The semester can be stressful and you want to prepare yourself for the Spring by relaxing and recharging!

Spend time with family and friends from home, especially since it’s hard to make plans during the semester, and overall, enjoy your break!!

FYM Kaitlynn

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10 Self-Care Tips for Finals

Hello Vikings!

It’s that time of the year: finals. Finals is one of the most stressful times of the year. Everyone is on edge, physical and mental health seem to be the last of everyone’s worries, and everyone is anxious to get home! To help deal with the stress of finals, here are 10 things you can do to destress and promote self-care!

1. Color or paint!

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Coloring and painting can help you focus, take a break from the textbooks, and help you be creative!

2. Meditate!

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Meditating helps you breathe, clear your mind, and gives you a break from the stress of life!

3. Watch Netflix!

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Though you don’t want to watch for too long, treat yourself to watching an episode of a show or a movie on Netflix after hours of studying!

4. Read a book!

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Finals requires a lot of reading, whether it’s studying for an exam or doing research for a paper. Read a book that isn’t for academics! You can reread your favorite book, pick up one you’ve always wanted to read, or you can even read a children’s book if you like!

5. Go for a walk!

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Walking helps you clear your mind, take in the environment around you, and can lead you to discover parts of Salem that you’ve never ventured to before!

6. Exercise!

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I am not one to go to the gym, but any form of exercise can help you be attentive, stay healthy, and give you time for yourself!

7. Spend time with friends!

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Go to dinner, see a movie, or take a walk downtown! You and your friends can get away from campus for a bit and take a break!

8. Write!

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Write about how you’re feeling, write a story, or write about the world around you! Writing can help you be creative and help inspire you for classes, without constantly working on classwork.

9. Get plenty of sleep!

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Sleeping well helps you stay alert and will prepare you for the day ahead. Make sure to keep a steady sleep schedule and take power naps if you need to!

10. BREATHE.

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Remember to breathe! Finals are stressful, but it’s only a short amount of time for a big payoff. So breathe, do your work, and don’t sweat the small stuff!