December 2009 Archives

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all had a great holiday. I know I did. I got to hang out with my family and see my cousin from New York. It has been great to just take a step back and breathe. Winter break is perfect for that. A month full of breathing. 

Over the holiday, I got all of my grades for this semester. I got an A in Research III, an A- in Poetry and in Acting, and a B+ in Politics. I have to wait for my ASL grade to transfer in from Northern Essex, but I'm 99.9999% sure I passed it. (It transfers in as Pass/Fail) Not too shabby I think.

On a more serious note, 2010?!?!?!? Really?!? I can't believe that 2010 is right around the corner. Who woulda thunk it!? 2010... my graduation year... it's crazy. So for my last semester, I am setting some resolutions for myself in honor of the new year. I figure if they're in writing, I'm more likely to keep them.

#1. Get into Graduate School. Accept. Figure out the financial stuff. I'm getting there now, but I have to keep up the good work next semester.

#2. Go to Graduate School. I can get accepted, but taking the leap and going is another story.

#3. Keep my GPA above a 3.6. (That's right, I kicked butt this semester and got my GPA to a 3.6) None of this senioritis stuff, I have to keep it up! I want to graduate with honors.

#4. Meet new people. So what if it's my last semester? It never hurt anyone to make new friends. I don't want to leave any stone left unturned at UML.

#5. Excel at my job. I want to walk away from my job knowing that I made an impact and that I left my mark in Residence Life.

I think they these are pretty decent resolutions. I know that I want to achieve a lot in my life and 2010 and the turn of a decade seems like a perfectly good time to hit the gas and get it going.

Everyone should comment with their resolutions for their next year. Especially academic resolutions. Power in numbers, folks!


As always, thanks for reading!!!!
Sam
Hey everyone,

Finals are almost over for everyone. I finished my last paper today. It feels so crazy to say I survived the semester! I have to admit, there were times when I thought I would just fall asleep standing up in the middle of the campus. But I didn't. YAY!

I would also like to say that I've continued my record. I have been in college for 7 semesters now and I have never pulled an all-nighter to study or get things done. I like my sleep and I can't imagine pulling an all-nighter than having to stay up the next day and go to classes and work. It just seems slightly ridiculous. Ask me again when I'm in grad school though!

So I just finished my last paper, like an hour ago. It was for Research III. I had to write my research paper on my project. Our project was on Sports and Character. We had approx. 200 General Psych students take a survey (for credit) and then we used SPSS (a statistics computer program) to look up the details and data. We found a lot of significance in our study. I won't spoil it for you though and tell you the results. There is a possibility that we may get published because of our results, you can wait for that! :)

I don't think I can express to you the weight that has been temporarily removed from my shoulders. I say temporarily because I'm well-aware that next semester is going to be just as hectic (minus Grad School stuff) but I'm NOT thinking about that now.

Well, I hope that holiday shopping and finals are going well for you all...

- Sam
Hey everyone,

One step closer to Grad School! GRE's are done! I'm satisfied with my scores (even though my top school doesn't require them!) and I have to thank number2.com mostly. Number2.com was sent to me by one of my supervisors and it was heaven sent! It gives you questions from each type of question they ask in both the verbal and the quantitative THEN (here's the best part) it tells you why your answer is right or wrong. This was perfect for the math because it refreshed my memory on a lot of things I forgot. It also let you go back and figure out the right answer once you were prompted. Then it calculated what percentile you would be in (compared to others that use their website). I have to say, the books are handy but this website just made it seem a lot more real. If you're taking the GRE's give it a shot.

The only thing that the website didn't really help prep for was the essays. I had done some further research on what the essays looked like and how much time was given to write them. I got to choose between two prompts for one of my essays and I felt really confident about my writing so *fingers crossed*. 

The cool thing about the GRE's are you can send your results to 4 schools for free (normally $80) so I sent my results to my schools and that's one more thing done and over with.

So now that GRE's are done. I'm 1 final paper, 1 acting presentation and 1 final exam away from winter break. 


WINTER BREAK PLEASE GET HERE SOOOOOON!
- Sam

Hey everyone,

Let me start off by saying I am one overwhelmed college senior. Classes, working and grad school stuff is really bogging me down. I wish that I could just add a few hours to every day. Or have a snow day, but mother nature isn't feeling that one right now.

So what does one do when one is stressed out beyond reason? One MAKES A PLAN! I have outlined my life over the next two weeks. I have when I am going to write my papers, continue studying for the GRE's, memorize my acting final script, mail grad school stuff AND sleep (maybe).

Time management has become a huge part of my life in college. Before college, I was fortunate to be one of those people that didn't have to study to get good grades. I was involved but no where near as involved as I am now. Basically I never had to juggle anything, it all got done and I was always in bed by 11pm (to be fair, I used to wake up at 5am).When I started working in the Honors Office when I was a freshmen, I was required to read these packets on  Time Management, Study Skills and Note Taking to become a peer advisor and to hold workshops. When I read the Time Management one, I scoffed and said that I wouldn't need to do that. Basically, finals approached and I learned I was very, very, very wrong. So I re-read the time management packet, photo copied a few the sheets and organized my life a little better. I learned that time management took a lot of work, but it was worth it when I finished work and was in bed by 1am (to be fair, I didn't have to wake up until 9).

I think that if you're one of those people coming out of high school and you coasted through senior year, hold on, because you're in for a bumpy ride. Do yourself a favor, and google time management strategies or go to the Centers for Learning and sit in on a workshop. They really are helpful.

Tonight though, I am treating myself to one last night out before I really crack down. I am going to see Brothers in the movies. Luckily for me, I bought discounted tickets at the Student Information Center ($7 tickets for the Showcase Cinemas). I don't know how I'm going to function when I'm not a UMass Lowell student. I'm definitely going to have to budget my money a little bit better without all these discounts and student prices.

 

Well I'm off to make a list or six... Thanks for reading!

Sam :)

Hey Everyone,

How are you? I hope that you and your families had a great Thanksgiving! (And a GREAT Black-Friday & Cyber-Monday!)

So the other day I almost did something that I've taught almost every freshman and transfer that came through Orientation NOT to do. I almost dropped a class because I wanted to add a different one in the Spring. So I logged onto ISIS and I had all the numbers ready to go and I clicked the "Drop Classes" link. Then I highlighted the right class.. THEN I realized that I was commiting an ISIS no-no (not really, it will let you do it, it just isn't smart). So then I quickly quicked the "Swap Classes" link and entered in the class number I wanted to add next to the one I wanted to switch it with. THIS is a much smarter idea. If you change classes under the "Swap" function, you won't get dropped from your first class until you get into the second. It is always a safer thing to do. What if you dropped one class and your new class was full?! And then someone took your spot in your first class?!? Now you're doomed (well kind of). So basically, on ISIS, you never want to DROP a class if you have intentions of adding another one. Got it?! Don't forget it! It's handy information.

 

On another note, I delivered all of my Letters of Recommendation packets to people that agreed to write them. I provided them with tons of information (probably too much) including my resume and personal statement draft. I never understood why people asked for so much, but I realized that they need all of that information to write about you in a more well-rounded way. If my supervisor didn't know that I had a 3.59 GPA, she couldn't write how I balance my academics and my job. Same if my professors know that I do well in class, but don't know how much work I do around campus. It helps them fill in the gaps about what they don't know.


I'm also almost done filling out the applications themselves, which means this process is almost done.

 

WOOOOHOOOO!

 

On the note, Thank you for reading...

Sam :)

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