May the 4th Be with You

Hi First Years,

The semester is coming to a close very quickly. I just wanted to remind you of Reading Day that is coming up and a few things that you can do during that time.

First off, let me define what Reading Day is. This day is specifically dedicated for prepping for final exams, getting those final papers and projects out of the way and just getting ready for the semester to come to a close. On Reading day, you will have no classes and then the final exam period begins on Friday May 5th and continues through to May 12th.


Yes, Reading Day is a a time to prioritize towards academics but here are 3 events that are going on around campus for when you need to take a break from studying and cramming.

  1. The Puppies are Coming! Salem State Greek Life is hosting a free event where dogs from the Northeast Animal Shelter will be visiting campus. You can go and de-stress by playing with the puppies. This is going to be located in Marsh Hall and it is going on 11am-1pm. If you are interested, check out the Facebook page. 17990169_1883109971947525_8174705599339731229_o
  2. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is happening! Take a break by walking through this event and looking at your fellow SSU students present their research work. You can take this time develop yourself professionally and maybe even register to present at next year’s event! The event is going to be held in four different locations- North Campus Dining Commons, Ellison Campus Center, Meier Hall and Sullivan Building.
  3. The Art and Design Student Exhibition.  Stop by this event that is in the library to acknowledge student’s artwork that is on display! It will be going on from 1pm-3pm. If you have any questions, reach out to

With all of these great events occurring during Reading Day, I encourage you to attend at least one as a study break. We all need a little time away from academics and to refocus our energy. Good luck with the rest of the semester! You’re all so close to completing your first year of college and you should be proud of yourselves! I wish you all the best and May the Force be with you on May 4th!

-FYM Mikaela

Utilizing the Long Weekend

Hello First Years! I hope that this blog finds you all well! Warmer weather is upon us and the end of the semester is quickly approaching! With the upcoming long weekend ahead, I am here to give you some tips on how to make the best use of your time.


  • Make sure that you take time for yourself! You have worked hard this semester and deserve to relax a little bit. Take this time during the long weekend to re-energize and then come back and finish up the rest of the semester strong! There are only about two more weeks left of classes and then the finals season begins.



  • Take time out of the weekend to try and get ahead on course work. Since you have a long weekend, you can use it to your advantage. Get a jump start on those long term projects or start that final paper because due dates are approaching fast. Just beginning an assignment or project gives you that much less work to stress about at the end of the semester.



  • Spend time with your friends and family. Since it is the long weekend, try and reach out to those that you haven’t seen in a while. Get those happy chemicals in the brain flowing! Spend time with some of your favorite people and an activity that you all enjoy!


  • Take advantage of the warm weather! The forecast is predicated to be beautiful the entire weekend, so I encourage you to get some fresh air! You could take a small trip as a little getaway or just visit one of your favorite spots and soak up the sunshine.


  • Catch up on anything that you need to make up for the semester. Since you will have an extra day to the weekend, you could use this time to do an assignment that you may have missed during the semester or fix up an assignment that needs editing. Just ensure that your professor is accepting late/edited work at some point before the semester ends!


  • Enjoy your long three day weekend coming up and I hope that you spend your time doing something that you enjoy! Take time to relax and come back ready to finish the semester. Good luck with everything coming up. Keep pushing through because you’re almost at the finish line. I give you all my best. –FYM Mikaela

It’s Never too Early to Start Networking

Hello Vikings!


Networking is one of the most important things that you can do when you are in university life. Life is all about the connections that you make and the people that you know. Networking can be done in person or even online. I am here to talk about how it’s never too early to start networking with people. In this modern day of technology, we can now network professionally through a social media site called Linked In.

Linked In is a website where you have a profile that essentially endorses you as a potential candidate in your desired field. Within your profile you can display a picture of yourself and then there is other information that follows. On your profile page you can list on past and present work experiences, past and present education, activities that you’re involved in such as clubs/organizations, any volunteering that you have done, skills you have and accomplishments of yours such as awards/honors. This is a way to get yourself out there and advertise yourself to future employers of your interested field.


Linked in is really user friendly. You just need a valid email to sign up and that’s perfect because students can use their SSU email to begin their networking. With this website you can begin to make connections with people who are inside and outside of the field. Once you have an account set up and your profile has been built up a little you can begin to look at suggested jobs, possible internships and even who has viewed your profile. This is a great stepping stone to getting yourself out into the field by just taking some time at your computer.

I hope that you will consider embarking on this journey into networking. If you have any questions you can reach out to the Career Services office located in Ellison Campus Center in Room 105 or email them at You can also contact us in the FYE office located in room 100A of Meier Hall, or by phone 978-542-2618 with any questions that you may have!

-FYM Mikaela

Career Fair 2017

Hi Vikings! Are you interested in exploring possible careers, internships or just curious to see what is happening in the market of today? Well I suggest you go check out the 2017 Annual Career Fair! At this event you can browse a diverse amount of industries and begin to network with businesses and maybe even potential coworkers and bosses of the future.

The career fair will consist of tables where participating companies will be displaying their mission and job opportunities. A representative of the industry will be there to answer any questions that arise in relation to jobs in that given field, the representative can also give any advice to you about job opportunities/careers. It is a good networking opportunity for you all as students, it can begin to give you a taste as to what it is like to put yourself out in the work force. By meeting with these representatives at the tables you are practicing for future interviews because you are presenting yourself, answering questions that are proposed to you and even asking any of your own questions to gain more knowledge about the company you’re interested in.


This event is a fantastic chance to get yourself known in the work area and to gain new experience that you may not yet have had or haven’t engaged in a long time. The following is the time and place of the event!


Where: Gassett Fitness Center & Recreation Center, O’Keefe Campus


When: Thursday March 2nd


Time: 4pm-7pm


Contact: Career Services


– If you have any specific questions in relation to this event you can contact career services through email at, by calling 978-542-6406, or by walking into their office which is located in the Ellison Campus Center. Career Services is located in room 105 which is right past the Commuter lounge!

I hope you will consider attending this event and begin to widen your horizons when it comes to the work world!

– FYM Mikaela

Salem State Events App

Hello First Years!

I hope that your semester is going well! Have you ever wanted to get involved in more events on campus but aren’t sure when they’re occurring? WELL, now there’s an app for that!! Salem State now has an app that is available for smart phones! This app is where clubs and organizations can post about events that they are hosting on campus


The main page gives you a list view of the event name, the host of the event as well as the date and time of the event. Once you click on a particular event you are brought to another page where it gives a longer description of what is going to occur at this particular event. The location is also listed on this page!


Just to name a few of the events that are occurring this week! Wednesday February 8th at 3pm in Sullivan room 106, the organization SEAM (Student Education Association of Massachusetts) is holding a general body meeting where they will be discussing different service projects and other events planned on campus and snacks will be provided! Also on Wednesday February 8th at 4:30pm the Alliance is hosting The Privilege Walk event in The Metro Room of Ellison Campus Center. This event will have an activity that highlights how different communities are marginalized and privileged in our society. Thursday, February 9th at 7:00pm the WMWM radio station is holding a general body meeting in the Underground room of Ellison Campus Center! Lastly an event occurring this week is on Friday, February 10th at 8:00pm Gassett Fitness center is hosting after-dark BubbleBall!


I hope that this blog finds you well and that now you can be more informed about the amazing events that clubs and organizations are holding on campus! The clubs and organizations love when people come to their events, so try and attend one event for a club this semester that you may not usually go to! Have a great rest of your week!


– FYM Mikaela

Staying on top of the Updates

Hello Vikings!

I hope that classes are going well and that you are getting back into the academic routine! Things are starting to pick up such as course loads, homework, work schedules, club events and everything in between. I just wanted to give you all some tips on how you can keep track of your assignments and even things that are occurring on campus.

First, did you know that you can set up Canvas notifications to go directly to your email or even to send text message alerts to your phone? When you activate this feature, any updates from professors such as announcements, new assignments and even grades on assignments can be sent directly to your phone. You can set these up by logging into Canvas. Click on the account button on the left hand side of the screenaccount-canvas

and click notifications and then here is where you can adjust what is sent for notifications and where they are sent.

canvas-notifications If you want to add a cell phone, you would go to the settings option that is located on the right hand side. You will click “add contact method” and that is how you can receive text message alerts from Canvas.


Second, your Salem State email is extremely important. This is where professors will be contacting you, updates about the university will be sent here. Also there is an email that is sent out that outlines events that are occurring during the week. The subject of this email is “What’s New and What to Do @ SSU!” Within this email you receive events that are going on around campus and even local events that are occurring in the community.



Third, I remind you to routinely check your student email and your Canvas account to keep yourself up to date. These tools are very useful to help you reach success here during your journey as a Viking student!


If you have any questions/concerns that arise, don’t hesitate to come down to the First Year Experience Office that is located in Meier Hall 100A.

– FYM Mikaela

Crafty Pinterest Party!

Hello First Years!

Isn’t it insane that it is already the first week of December and we only have a couple of weeks left and then the fall semester is finished! I bet you are running around attempting to get things done such as final projects, presentations, final papers and studying for those exams because I sure am! Also on top of that getting ready for the holiday season whatever that entails for you.

Are you crafty or want to try and be crafty during this holiday season?! Well you are in luck because the club Student Education Association of Massachusetts (S.E.A.M) Salem State University Chapter which I am the treasurer of is hosting a Pinterest Party this upcoming Friday December 9th at 6pm in the Ellison Campus Center. The party will be in the Metro Room which is located in the basement of ECC. Anyone is welcome to come and join us in making some crafts during this season of giving!


We are also having food catered to the party. We will be having assorted calzones and then smaller snacks along with beverages. For the crafts, we plan on decorating sugar cookies, making a Popsicle stick picture frames, salt dough ornaments, a sugar scrub mixture and watercolor painting! You can come and show your artistic expression through any of these wonderful crafts and maybe even give one as a gift to someone this holiday season!



You still have time to purchase a ticket! We are selling the tickets in the Education office for $3. The office is located on the third floor (Room 304). You can just tell the secretary Danielle that you would like to purchase a ticket. Also if you are unsure but think you still will want to come on Friday night, we will be selling tickets the night of the event as well. Tickets will be sold for $5 Friday night. We just request that you try and bring smaller bills to the event if you plan on paying then!

I hope to see you there and meet some new faces! We love having people come and join our events! Have a wonderful rest of the semester and keep pushing through, you’re almost there! Strive for nothing but the best!


-FYM Mikaela

Being Yourself!


College is place where you encounter a plethora of experiences. There are going to be some of the most amazing times that are memorable and even hardships that will stick with you. You will encounter a diverse set of people in your college career. Each person that you meet will be different from the next. I just want you to remember that checking in with yourself and doing what is best for you is the way to venture through this journey we call college.

You probably have heard the phrase “be yourself and that’s all that matters”. I cannot tell you how much I agree with this statement. There will be times that you may come to doubt who you are. But I just want you to remember that there is ONLY ONE YOU! You’re a unique person and nobody can ever replace you. I have recently learned that you being yourself is the best thing not only for you but for others that are involved in your life. I had someone tell me that they have gotten over hard times because I was present in their life and that truly was one of the best things that I have ever heard. It was a memorable moment that will stick with me forever.

Being yourself is only going to be beneficial in the long run. It gets too tough trying to fit it and be something that you are not. Be you and you will succeed in whatever your endeavors are! Good luck with the rest of the fall semester and keep pushing through!



-FYM Mikaela

Tips for Writing Papers

You’ve made it through more than half the fall semester and only have five weeks left! Remember to stay on top of your work and finish out the semester strong. I bet that you have papers to write, so I am going to give you some tips on how to successfully write a paper.

First, I suggest that you write a rough draft completely through. Start with the parts of the paper that you are most comfortable with and then work on the parts that you are having a harder time with. Don’t worry about the grammar and the spelling at this point, just do stream of conscious writing. This means that you are just getting all of your ideas out in the paper and not worrying about the mechanics of writing.


Second, take a look over the paper now and revise to make sure that you are getting your point across. Try to make your thoughts clear and concise! You don’t want to ramble on and on about the same idea in three consecutive sentences. If you need to say something over multiple sentences, attempt to find a different way to say it. For instance, change up the sentence structure!

Third, have another pair of eyes look at your paper. You could have a classmate or friend peer edit your paper. If you are a resident student, visit one of the Academic Mentors of your building to have them look at your paper. You can also take that time to talk it out with the AM to make sure your ideas are getting across the way you want. You can also utilize the Writing Center! Just make an appointment before the paper is due and have someone look it over with you and talk about what the paper is asking you to do. Another option is to visit your professor during their office hours to discuss your paper. The professor can tell you what is on the right track and help you to better understand the assignment if there is any confusion.


Fourth, once you believe that your paper has all the content in it. Then go back and edit words so that there are not many repeats. Use a thesaurus to look up synonyms to common words. Here’s a link Also ensure that you have capital letters and punctuation at the end of your sentences! Yes sometimes it does happen with typos!! Use Spell check/grammar check on your computer!check-spelling-grammar-and-style

I hope that these tips find you well! Happy Monday and I hope you all have a great week! Just remember that there are no classes on Friday 11/11 so you all have a long weekend to look forward to!

Focusing is Key


We’re currently in the season of midterms, it’s close to Halloween and we are about half way through the semester! Are you feeling overwhelmed? It is inevitable to feel stressed during this time of year but figuring out how to handle this stress is beneficial to you. You may feel that you have too much to do and don’t know where to begin or so much work that you feel you want to get it all done at once. The key to this is understanding what helps you to focus to make sure that you are doing your best work. I am going to give a few tips on how to help yourself when you feel you are getting distracted while completing work.

One thing that I find beneficial is making sure my work environment is clean or even changing the setting. Before you begin, try and be sure that your work area is clean. It should have ample space for you to have all your work in one place so you can look at it all the materials you need at once. Also changing your setting of work can sometimes help. Your brain starts to get used to habit but change can help you focus better. For example if you usually study/do homework in your room, try going to the library, Starbucks or even the Bertolon Café to work on homework. These are different spaces around campus where you can go for a change of scenery.

Another thing is if you feel that you cannot focus on a particular assignment, try leaving it for some time and then coming back to it. With midterms, potentially there are lots of papers that you need to write. If for some reason you get writer’s block, try and take a break. This can include just going outside for a walk to clear your head or going out to get a coffee and then coming back. This time away is good! Taking this time away from the assignment is beneficial because it allows you to let go for a short time and then when you come back to it you can refocus all your energy into it!

A third thing is maybe trying to set up study groups with classmates. With midterm exams happening, studying can be hard to go about on your own sometimes. A group can be helpful because you can all bounce ideas off of each other. Another group member may understand a concept that you are struggling with and explain it to you in a new way that helps you to comprehend it better. Study groups help you to achieve an academic goal but you also get some time with friends as well.

I hope that these few tips can help you to better focus on your midterms and upcoming assignments. Remember that you are doing great and that you are about half way through your first semester of college! That is a huge success to be proud of! You can also reach out to First Year Experience if you are seeking more assistance and we are more than willing to help you!