Relay for Life at SSU


Hi First Years! Next Friday April 7th is the first Relay for Life Event at Salem State University. Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers. Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around the track or designated path and each event is anywhere from 6-24 hours in length. Each team member is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps!

The event at SSU is going to be held at Gassett Fitness Center as a 12 hour event. It is Friday April 7th! The theme of this relay is “pajama party” so teams are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the event. There are a bunch of activities that will be occurring throughout the night. There will be food, Gassett After Dark Activities and other great entertainment such as RDT performing a dance! This night is to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. You can still create a team and join this relay for a fee of $20 or you can join a team that has already been formed. Just visit this website for more details!

A little background on our SSU event:

We have a goal of raising $40,000 and we are currently at $30,700.39. There are still 8 days until you can donate to this event! There are currently 19 teams that are participating in the event including students, staff and even graduate students. If you can’t participate, I hope that you will consider donating to the event to support your school! You can donate here. If you have any questions you can also contact the event coordinator who is Christine Brown. The phone contact is (781) 314-2616 or email

Some Facts on Cancer:

According to the National Cancer Institute: the most common cancers in the year 2016 were Bladder cancer, Breast cancer, Colon and Rectal cancer, Endometrial cancer, Kidney Cancer, Leukemia, Liver cancer, Lung cancer, Melanoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer and Thyroid cancer. Cancer mortality is higher among men than women. It is 207.9 per 100,000 men and 145.4 per 100,000 women. If you want to look more into this information click here.

I hope that you will consider being a part of this event on campus! Keep pushing through the last few weeks of the semester because you are almost finished with your first year!

-FYM Mikaela

Stressed? Here’s How to Deal

Hi First-Years,

If you’re like me, then you may already be feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the start of the new semester. Between classes, assignments, roommate interactions, and the day-to-day stresses of things like work it’s no wonder people might be feeling some type of way.


With that in mind, here are some tips on how to handle your stress, keep your cool and succeed this semester.

  1. Plan and learn to time manage- This is probably one of the most important skills you can learn to do in your college career (and in life). Taking the time to properly manage all of thing assignments, responsibilities, and to-do’s in your life will save you lots of time and worry. Whether it’s writing tasks down in an agenda, using a bullet journal, setting reminders on your smartphone (My favorite is the Clear app) or using a goal setting sheet (like the one here).
  2. Exercise regularly– For this, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym; just move! Whether you enjoy jogging, yoga, weightlifting or Crossfit, exercise has been shown to boost endorphin’s (the happy hormone). You’ll feel great and get in shape as well!
  3. Meditate– Meditation is an excellent way to get in touch with yourself and clear your busy thoughts. Additionally, techniques like self-hypnosis have also shown to have powerful stress-reducing capabilities. meditate
  4. Laugh at the small stuff– Let’s face it, you have enough responsibilities on your plate. Learning to laugh and also finding things to be grateful for can help to put everything in perspective.    viola-laugh
  5. Get enough sleep (and food)– No one likes feeling tired or hungry. Feeling this way makes most people (including myself) feel grouchy, sluggish, unsatisfied and can increase stress levels. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Also make sure that you’re eating when you feeling hungry. You don’t necessarily have to eat the standard “3 meals a day.” Instead, listen to your body and give it what it needs!    sleep

I hope that some of these tips are helpful to you! Although college can sometimes be stressful, we have control over what we do about the stressors in our lives. If you’re feeling stuck or need more assistance, come to the FYE office in Meier hall 100A and we’ll be happy to help out.

Here’s to a successful spring semester! I know you’ll rock it.

-FYM Patrick


  • I found most of the facts from this great site here
  • Check out this awesome Weekly Motivator chart here 


Resident Winter Break To-Do List

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Hi First-Years,

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This semester has flown by! I’m sure that you’re being kept busy by all of your final assignments, tests etc. BUT for those of you who live on campus, there are some important things you need to do before you officially leave after finals. Your RA’s should go over all of this with you but for your convenience here’s a quick to-do list of what needs to be taken care of before you say goodbye to SSU for the next month.

Hint: Start by getting some of these things checked off now so you won’t be so stressed right before your last day!  

  • Make sure your room/apartment is tidy and clean.
  • The windows should be closed and the shades lowered halfway down (if you live on the first floor of your building the shades need to be down all the way).
  • All trash should be thrown away
  • Your refrigerator (or mini-fridge) can stay plugged in but make sure to throw out anything that will spoil.Remember- you’ll be gone for about a month & 1/2… you don’t want to come back to a moldy fridge!
  •   Unplug all other electronics (such as your microwave, toaster or anything else that requires electricity)

And remember to enjoy winter break!


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FYM Patrick


16 Facts in 2016 About FYM Patrick

Hi First-Years!


My name is Patrick Braley & I’m a First-Year Mentor here at Salem State. Below are 16 (random) facts about me that you probably didn’t know… Ready to get started?

  1. I am a junior at Salem State with a Psychology major & a minor in marketing
  2. I have 2 cats named Haleigh & Leo… They’re adorable (That’s Leo below) leo-pic
  3. I’m have Celiac disease and so I have to eat gluten-free.
  4. I love to cook & bake! I made these really awesome (and vegan) donuts.


5. My zodiac sign is a Gemini (June baby here). Some people claimed that the dates changes but I don’t believe them

6. In my free time, one of the things I like to do is unwind with some Netflix (I’m currently binging season 3 of The Blacklist)

7. I participated in Moving Forward/Giving Back, the 1st Year Day of Service. My group went to North Arc in Danvers where we helped run a cookout for folks with disabilities.


8. Confession: I spend all my dining dollars on Naked juices at Outtakes

9. After graduating from SSU my career goal is to open up my own private hypnotherapy practice to help people quit smoking, lose weight, reduce their stress, increase confidence & much more!

10. I’m a certified DreamGuide™ which means that I help people improve their sleep, interpret dreams & conduct workshops on the dream realm. It’s one of my proudest accomplishments!


11. I also really enjoy reading a good book. My recent favorite book I’ve read is called “How to Be a Badass” by Jen Sincero.

12. I’m low-key obsessed with the gluten-free donuts from Kane’s Donuts in Saugus, MA. If you haven’t heard of them before definitely go check it out!


13. In addition to working in the First-Year office, I work as a Desk Receptionist in Marsh Res hall.

14. I have 2 amazing younger sisters- Shannon who’s 17 (and growing up fast!) and Madison who will be 9 next month!


15. I was featured in the Alliance’s Raspberry Swirl as the host last spring. My drag name was Ophelia Oats.

16. Something else that I’m really passionate about is my work as a stage hypnotist. I just recently did a show for the SSU residence life staff  training. In the photo, everyone was taking their best #selfie.


If you see me around campus, say hi! Or you can always come visit me in the First-Year Experience office- Monday’s & Wednesday’s 1-5p.m.

Good luck with your first year!

Study hard, be well & stay awesome,
FYM Patrick




16 Facts About FYM Hunter


  1. I’m a Junior here at Salem State, and this is my first year as an FYE mentor (so first year students aren’t the only ones with a new experience)
  2. I’m majoring in biology with a biomed concentration
  3. I grew up in Haverhill but I have lived in Amesbury since the summer before I started here at SSU
  4. I graduated from Essex Aggie (now Essex Tech) in 2014
  5. I have commuted to Salem since my Freshman year (and in case you were wondering, the traffic is always awful and the road work never ends)
  6. I have a deep obsession with the Patriots and football in general, to the point where about half of the things I own have a patriots logo on thempatriots
  7. TV is my other (slightly more embarrassing) obsession
  8. I find it completely unbelievable when someone doesn’t like Game of Thronesgame_of_thrones_title_card
  9. I have two older sisters, one niece, and 2 (soon to be 3) nephews
  10. I’m a member of the honors program here at Salem State
  11. I have a strong, illogical hatred of sunflowers
  12. When I was a kid, I was sure that I wanted to become a Veterinarian, but I changed my mind when I was in high school
  13. I plan to attend medical school after I graduate from SSU and the thought of taking the MCATs terrifies me!
  14. I’m hoping to one day become a pediatric oncologist
  15. Step Brothers is my favorite movie of all time
  16. Probably most surprising of all, I have never seen Star Wars

Salem Dance Ensemble Concert

The last week of classes is here and I am sure you are all preparing for finals right around the corner. This time in the semester can be stressful to say the least. It is important to take study breaks and take time to have a little fun. If you are looking for something fun to do this upcoming weekend, look no further! Students in the Salem Dance Ensemble have been working all semester to create a beautiful show called Reverie. A reverie is a dream, a trance or a vision. The entire show will be exploring dreams and visions from just small daydreams to dark, scary nightmares. The best part is that each of these ideas will be explored strictly through dance and movement. The dancers work so hard to put on an amazing show and their dedication is infectious! So grab your friends and your Salem State ID and enjoy a night of artistic expression and fun!

Here is all the information you need:

Show times:

December 12, 7:30 pm
December 13, 2 pm

Multipurpose Gym, O’Keefe Complex
225 Canal Street


Thanksgiving Break Checklist

Hey First Years! Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving break? You are almost finished with your first semester at Salem State University! Unfortunately, the end of the semester also means final exams and last minute assignments. However, it is important to enjoy your break and relax so that you can come back refreshed and ready to tackle the end of the semester. Here are a few things to put on your Thanksgiving break checklist to ease your mind about finals week.

  1. Spend time with family and friends: Catching up with friends from home and your family is a relaxing way to spend your break. Be sure to fill them in on all your new experiences and what you have been up to at SSU!
  2. Go to all your favorite hometown hangouts: Nothing makes me feel more at home than going to my favorite coffee place in my hometown and eating one of their famous muffins. Being away from home for a while always makes me appreciate the small things.
  3. Make a checklist of things to do for finals week: I know you may not want to think about final exams but having a plan on how to attack the end of the semester will keep your mind at ease. Being prepared is half the battle!
  4. Set your end of the semester goals: What do you want to accomplish by the end of the semester? How will you do it? Keep these questions in mind so that you come back with a new sense of motivation and the power to finish up strong.
  5. Think of what you are thankful for: This is a stressful time but reminding yourself of all the amazing things you have to be thankful for will boost your spirits. A positive attitude will lead you on the path to success!

Thanksgiving break is a mini vacation to spend with your family and friends before the stress of finals week sets in. Be sure to make the most of your time off from class and come back relaxed and ready to finish the semester strong!

Glassblowing and the First Year Experience

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First Year Experience staff had the opportunity this past week to observe some amazing artists-in-residence at The GlassWorks Studio.  Part of the Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artists, these individuals demonstrated how one creates a work of art.  GlassWorks is one of the unique experiences that students at Salem State University have an opportunity to take advantage of – how many colleges do you know that have a working glass studio on campus where you can take classes?

Witnessing the amazing pieces that the summer artists created made us think about the lessons that first year students can take away from an experience like this.  Web_Rosenberg Demo 4 074

Creating a work of art in the glass studio isn’t a solitary endeavor.  Each of the artists worked together to keep the glass moving, to shape the piece, to provide just the right amount of heat at all times so that the glass didn’t cool and become unworkable.  Similarly, first year students have a team of people around them working to ensure their success.  Whether it’s family, faculty, friends, or staff it’s critical that first year students recognize and take advantage of the team around them.  Succeeding in college involves collaboration and working together.

As the artists were navigating the various spaces where they were working on the piece, they needed to be in constant communication so that no one got in someone’s way while they were carrying the hot glass, using the blowtorches, or opening the doors to the furnaces.  Similarly, communication is key to navigating your first year of college – you will need to learn to ask for clarification, seek out additional information, or connect and develop relationships with your professors, peers, and administrators on campus.  Constant communication = success!


At the end of the demonstration, as the final piece was being carried into the oven, the door hit the back of the heron and shattered part of the glass.  Two hours of creating that fabulous piece of art and a small mistake changed everything.  What was amazing was that the artists looked at each other and instead of being upset, they began giving high fives and congratulations for a job well done.  It didn’t matter that the final product was negatively impacted – what mattered was that they still accomplished something and they knew that at the end of the day it was more important to be positive and continue on than dwell on what didn’t go well.  That is pretty true to your first year of college – sometimes things won’t go well, sometimes you will fail at something – but don’t let it stop you.  Instead pick yourself up, brush it off, and keep going….perseverance will get you to your end goal despite a few bumps along the way.Web_Rosenberg Demo 4 168

Want to learn more?  Check out the GlassWorks online at and consider taking a class during your undergraduate time at Salem State University.  It is one of many amazing opportunities offered at the university!

Why Mentoring is Awesome!

The odds are that you have heard the saying sharing is caring prior to reading this blog post. If I were to tell you that the previous saying is not true then that would make me a liar and my pants would undoubtedly spontaneously combust.   One of the greatest things that human beings are capable of is sharing their knowledge from previous experiences. This cycle when continued has the potential to provide building blocks that will strengthen future generations, for example Socrates gave guidance to Plato who then went on to counsel Aristotle. If you are unsure of whom the individuals aforementioned in the last sentence are I would advise you to google them right away! (Hint: they may or may not be some of the greatest philosophers of all time.)

The major point that I am trying to get at is the importance of mentorship. Strong mentoring can help build students’ confidence, develop students’ life skills, and most certainly enhance students’ academic resilience. Not to mention the rewarding feeling, for mentors, from having guided another person to success as well as the opportunity to self-reflect. The odds are that a mentee will themselves become a mentor to others. In essence being a mentor and receiving mentorship has the potential to lead to a chain reaction influencing a multitude of individuals. Interestingly enough, the greatest change or impact in someone’s life can occur due to the simplest thing, a conversation. Mentoring leads to growth and development for all parties involved; that is just awesome!