End of the Year Reflection

Hey First Years!

I cannot believe we are in our last full week of classes. As the year comes to the close I like to take some time to think back on what happened reflect on myself and the world. It is great to reflect on your big accomplishments or things you achieved during the course of an academic year to help motivate you. You may also have experienced some hardships this year. This is a perfect time to think about those, and how you may have overcome those challenges and moved forward! This blog is going to offer some questions for discussion on self reflection as well as talk about some of my personal experiences this school year.

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Here are a list of questions that you can ask yourself:

Did I achieve a goal that I set for myself this year? If not, why? Is there something I can do or change to achieve what I want?

What was my proudest moment this year?

When was a time where I struggled but was able to break through and overcome my obstacles?

What is something I learned about yourself this year?

Is there something that I want to improve about myself?

What skills or talents did I use this year? Which ones did I not use this year?

What kind of environments do I work best in?

In what areas do I need further development?

What am I looking forward to next year?



I feel as though it may be beneficial if I share some of my experiences with you as you think about some of these reflecting questions. The 2016-2017 school year has been a school year full of ups and downs! Some of my largest academic accomplishments happened this year but also I had a really hard time struggling with personal issues and life. So here are my thoughts.

A personal goal of mine this year was to be very involved with our schools radio station WMWM Salem. This year I served as treasurer and Music Director of the station. I was successfully able to plan and execute two conferences as well get us different donors and I even did a give away with concert tickets to the Proximity tour on campus!

My proudest moment… I have a few… One, I was thrilled to be able to work as a volunteer for the Salem National Parks and receiving my volunteer uniform made me so honored and humbled and proud! I was really proud of myself being elected Music Director for next year. I was also really proud of myself when I won a leadership award in the Honors Program and I got inducted into the National Language Honors Society!

One of my biggest struggles this year was a severe depression that I went through for about 2 months. It was after a surgery that I had done during Winter Break and I was going through a breakup. Thankfully I had amazing friends on campus and was able to utilize on campus counseling from the Counseling and Health Services. I am really happy to be overcoming that because it took a huge toll on my school work, my job and day to day activities.

Something that I learned this year about myself is that it is OK to ask for help. I realized I cannot be perfect at everything and that it is okay to struggle. There are so many resources on campus that are available to help you academically, socially and work related so why not use them.

Something I am looking forward to next year is getting to work with an incredible group of people I met through the radio and to continue my passion for music and continue to help and meet new people that are involved.  I am also looking forward to continuing my studies in the geology dept. and hopefully will get an internship next year!


Self reflecting is really crucial to helping people grow and learn. It is important to think and discuss what you do well and what you can improve on. Taking things into consideration may help you to meet new people or find different and new opportunities. Take these last few days to reflect on yourself, Vikings! Good luck with finals and have a great summer!

SSU is getting a NEW website!

Something is changing at SSU! April 12th, salemstate.edu will have a completely new look.

Here is a message from Scott James the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Life and Marketing

  • The website is primarily a recruitment tool to attract prospective students and to help current students find information and support their needs.
  • This project is more than just a new website, the university also developed a fresh content strategy and developed other portals, including Polaris, to support this approach. Nearly all of the internal campus content has been moved to Polaris, Canvas or Ask the Viking.
  • With a growing visitation on smart phones, the concept of this site is mobile first.
  • I’m proud that this site currently meets the highest standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. We will need to continue to work diligently to maintain this status.
  • You’ll notice that this site has limited drop-down menus and navigation. This search based site was constructed to support how students find information.
  • ITS has launched a Google Search appliance that scans all public portals—website, Ask the Viking, athletics’ Viking site, Digital Commons, and public Canvas courses for information.
  • When the new site goes live, please bookmark salemstate.edu/current-students as this link directs you to several logins and tools such as campus email, Canvas, Polaris, and more. You may also choose this page from the “info for” menu at the top.
  • We are still making improvements to the new site, such as the calendar, news and the directory pages, and other features.


Monday April 24th at 11 am there will be a community wide forum that you can attend in Viking 123.

In addition to that IT created a survey to address your thoughts which can found here.



What’s Happening at SSU!

Hey Vikings! Welcome back from Spring Break!

Hopefully everyone is in full gear ready to take on the end of the semester!

As you are coming back into school I thought I would let you know what kind of events are happening on campus!

Going to events and being involved is a great way to support Salem State, make new friends and even experience some new things.

Monday March 20

Tickets on sale now for LASO’s Boston Cruise: We are selling tickets on March 20th for our annual Boston cruise on April 13th. Contact any LASO e-board member for tickets or contact us on social media! **TICKETS SELL OUT FAST**Students 20$Non-SSU 25$
Must have proof of ID when buying tickets!! No ID= No ticket

Tuesday March 21

Chartwells Meet & Greet: We are hosting a gathering  in the faculty dining room at North at 6PM. We want everyone to come who has suggestions, critiques, and ideas on how to make your dining experience(s) better.

Wednesday March 22

Women’s Self Defense Class: Self Defense specialist Elizabeth Cohen will be on campus to teach us how to protect ourselves. Join the SSU Hillel for an opportunity to gain useful skills for all those times you are walking alone. All are welcome to join us. This is free! This event is being held in the MLK Room in Ellison Campus Center  from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Commuter Appreciate Day: Commuters come one, come all. It’s time you feel appreciated! Come to the Commuter lounge from 11am – 1pm and enjoy some novelties, cotton candy, popcorn and more!


Thursday March 23

Clash of The Decade’s Dance: Come to the 80’s 90’s dance hosted by WMWM. Dress up as characters from either time period and you may be able to win some cool prizes like a pair of headphones or clippercash. Pick a side and jam out. Only open to SSU students. This event is in the Underground and Metro of Ellison Campus Center at 7PM.


Ebony Stewart: Former Sexual Health educator, now touring spoken word poet and artist graces the stage to educate about the mind, body and struggles of women. Come listen as she displays her lyrical prowess for the community of SSU. This event is at Starbucks on Central Campus from 7pm to 10pm


Saturday March 25

New York City Trip: Enjoy the MET or any part of New York City for the day! Tickets are on sale from Wednesday March 1st at 10am to Friday March 24th at 12pm. Tickets are $10 and are for SSU students only. You can purchase your ticket at the Information desk in Ellison Campus Center. We will be leaving Salem State at 6am on March 25th from the bus pick up outside of the library. We will be leaving NYC at 4pm.




John Legend at Salem State

Hey First Years!

Guess what? First Year Experience is doing a free raffle for 5 winners to receive a set of tickets to the Salem Speakers Series featuring John Legend.


All you have to do in order to enter is stop by the FYE office and fill out a raffle ticket. Our office is open 9:00AM-5:00PM weekdays and we are located in 100A Meier Hall. In addition we will be tabling in Lower North Dining and Dunkin Donuts throughout the month.You can visit this table to enter the raffle. The winners will be drawn on March 23rd.

This event is being hosted by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice.

“Legend has worked throughout his career to make a difference in the lives of others. He launched the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty, in 2007 and has received numerous awards for his leadership, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award. In 2015, Legend initiated the #freeAmerica campaign, designed to change the national conversation to make change in America’s criminal justice system.

The Series were founded  in 1982 as one of the first high-profile speaker series in the country, the Salem State Series has hosted countless world leaders, artists, athletes, and intellectuals on its suburban North Shore campus. Annually, thousands of patrons come to Salem State to hear what Series speakers have to say on a wide variety of subjects.

A self-supporting community enrichment program presented through the generous and dedicated support of corporate and individual sponsors alike, the series is but one facet of the university’s progressive public education mission.”

Be sure to enter the raffle to be part of this awesome experience!

The event is March 30th from 7:30Pm to 8:30PM.



Valentine’s Day: What’s the big deal?



February 14th: Valentine’s Day. A day of love, romance and chocolates? Image result for valentines chocolate gif

But let me ask this; do you know where Valentine’s day originated?

Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine. Though there are about three different accounts of Saint Valentine, legend has it that he was a martyr who was a priest in the third century of Rome. The emperor at the time decided that single men were better soldiers because they were not distracted by loved ones so he banned marriage. Valentine found injustice in this demand so he continued to pechowder.gifrform marriages for young lover in secret. He was ordered to death for this.

At the end of the 5th Century, Pope Gelasius named February 14th St. Valentine’s Day. However, it was not until many years later that the day was associated with love. Now-a-days Valentine’s Day has become purely commercial. It has become a staple for selling jewelry and candy and lots of greeting cards.giphy.gif

Alas, with love in the air and on every single social media and news station you could imagine, it may be hard to deal with when you are single.

There are quite a few ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even if you are alone!

If you are feeling sad on Valentine’s Day, get some perspective. There are a lot of people experiencing Valentine’s Day by themselves as well. A great method for boosting your self-esteem is by embracing the single life! Focus on the benefits rather than the drawbacks, you can even write out a list to see how being single helps you! Plus, no money wasted on candy retailers, florists or restaurants.

Keep in mind that you do not need a significant other to have a Valentine. A Valentine could be a family member, friend or even a pet!


Remember to love yourself this Valentine’s Day and every other day!

-FYM Hannah


The Benefit of A Peer Tutor

Hey First Years!

As you are diving into your second semester here at SSU you may find yourself to be more comfortable and acclimated to the school. We are so happy to see everyone back on campus! Some students may find that college is not as easy as just making friends and joining clubs. Sometimes courses can become challenging. If you find yourself struggling in a class, I suggest you look into peer tutoring!

Getting a peer tutor is very simple and it is free! The Center for Academic Excellence provides this service for students and it is accessible to sign up for right from your Navigator account.

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Signing up for a tutor is easy! Just log into your Navigator account and locate the Quick Links tab on the left. If you click “Request a Peer Tutor” you will be sent to the site called TutorTrac!


Using your Navigator login you will be signed into TutorTrac where you can schedule an apt for any class you are currently enrolled in.

Peer tutoring can be very helpful, even if you just someone to explain what you are learning in a different way. Sometime you just need another method to approach problems.

Depending on the course there can be multiple tutors for subjects. This is helpful when you’re really struggling and need multiple different sessions to fit into your schedule! Tutors can help you with homework, explain general ideas, give you test preparation and study skills and more!

Last year I personally struggled with Calculus and the Peer Tutoring service really helped me boost up my grade. The concepts I was learning about became easier when they were explained in a different way than the professor.

Here is a list of all the programs that CAE provides:


This center located in the library can be a huge help from tutoring to requesting a minor!

There is no shame in requesting a tutor! Professors love to see students getting extra help if they need it. It also shows your teacher that you are putting in a lot of effort to keep up your grades. Good luck, First Years!


Campus Safety at SSU

As the New Year starts and classes begin, students get excited to meet up with friends and reconnect. One of my favorite things about being back is being surrounded by some of my favorite people and having fun! However, it is important to remind ourselves that amidst all the fun, there are necessary steps to maintain a safe space at Salem State. This is to not only help your well-being, but those of others as well.

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As you may know Salem State has campus police located on Central Campus in between Meier and Bertolon. There are patrols on foot, bike and in vehicles and there services are available 24/7 year round. Some of their services in addition to patrol are medical emergency responses, crime prevention education, parking services, lost and found, and traffic support.

Contact Info:

Emergency Phone Numbers

Call ext. 6111 from a university phone or 978.542.6111 or 911 from a cell phone or non-university phone.

Alternate emergency phone lines to be used only when university phones are not working:

Living on campus may also be fun but there are ways to ensure safety in the residence halls. Res Halls are mandated 24 hours by desk receptionists and contain locked entry door ways and alarm systems to maintain security. Res Life provides the tips below to help you:

  • Keep your doors locked at all times, even when you are inside your room or apartment; never leave your door unlocked when your room or apartment is unoccupied, even if you leave for only a short period of time
  • Carry your keys, swipe card and ID with you at all times
  • Never prop open entryway, stairwell or fire exit doors, or exit through emergency doors, as both allow non-residents to slip into the building after you leave
  • Ask university police to engrave valuable items such as stereos, televisions, VCRs, and DVD players for you; the service is free, and might help you identify stolen items in the future
  • Never attempt to free yourself or someone else from a malfunctioning elevator. If you are in an elevator that suddenly stops, stay calm and press the emergency button. Should you find someone stuck in the elevator, contact the front desk immediately. Talk calmly with the person in the elevator until a staff member arrives. It is extremely important to follow elevator guidelines for the maximum number of occupants, as posted by the staff.
  • Keep valuables and money out of sight, even in your room; take important belongings home with you over breaks
  •  Immediately report any  guests and suspicious people or activities to the residence life staff or to university police
  • Do not sign people you do not know into the building; at the Bates Complex, do not buzz people into the entryway unless they are coming to see you

Remember too that your resident assistant (RA) will be of great assistance as they have resources to help you.

Another great resource at Salem State is Counseling and Health Services. Counseling services offers free and confidential professional counseling or therapy to support student development and assist students with their mental health needs. Personal concerns and challenges are a normal part of the college experience. Students frequently seek counseling to deal with a variety of life issues including stress, depression, relationship difficulties, loss, anxiety, adjustment, and others. They offer short-term individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and emergency services during regular working hours, workshops on requested topics, consultation and community referrals.

To contact counseling services call 978.542.6410

There are many resources to ensure safety on campus, and remember if you are ever walking on campus and feel unsafe you can locate an emergency call box which may also be referred to as a blue light.

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New Year, New Me

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


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

Salem State Brings Travelling To You!

Salem Eats just dropped some great news! Every Thursday from now on will be “International Food Days” in the dining halls.


The week of November 14th-18th The Center for International Educations and Salem Multicultural Student Groups collaborated with Chartwells to create an International Education Week!

During International Food Week the dining halls served up dishes like Moroccan grilled salmon, falafel,  arroz con pollo and bok choy. If you loved this then you will love International Food Day. Now you can experience different cultures and countries with out even leaving home!

Salem State University is proud to have students from all around the world and with so many great foods from these varying cultures everyone can have a taste.

Have a suggestion for a dish you’d like to see?  Chartwells is really receptive to making sure your voice is heard. You can easily shoot Salem State Eats a Facebook message as they respond pretty quickly with any questions, suggestions or concerns you may have.Salem State Eats's Profile Photo

Enjoy 🙂

Whats the buzz about safety pins?

You may be like me and think to yourself why am I seeing all these safety pins on social media, pinned to people and in daily conversation. In light of the results of the election, wearing a safety pin is a demonstration that signifies they are an ally or a safe person to people who are threatened by hatred.

Following the “Brexit” vote, many people in the UK took up the Safety pin to show their solidarity with people who are threatened by hatred and fear- so that without a word, people may see your safety pin and know that you are a friendly face, that they are “safe with you”

At Salem State, we support each other. The First Year Experience office will be distributing safety pins so you can participate too.

“I wear a safety pin to show that I care and will do all I can to combat homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism, sexism, and ableism.”