I woke up this morning to a white world. The ground was covered in a clean white powder that had yet to be turned into grey slush by the many feet of students walking to class. Trees had a soft white blanket covering their branches and as I got ready for the day, winter continued to descend upon the world one snowflake at a time.
The first snow fall of the season represents many things. It reminds us that first semester is coming to a close, it makes us excited to sit in front of a warm fire with loved ones, and it makes us even more anxious for the coming spring while reminding us how lucky we are to live in New England.
Enjoy the change in season with the UML community and swing by the University Suites courtyard for UMass Lowell's first Annual Tree Lighting and Winter Celebration. There will be free photos in snowflake frames, free cookies and cocoa, and a candy-cane-grams fundraiser. We hope to see everyone there!
Anything written in this blog represents the opinions of the author, and no one
else. Each blog is written lightly, and is not intended to offend any of the
mentioned businesses, locations, students, or staff.
The damage is done. I write to you as I gasp for breath from underneath all of the projects and papers that consume my life at this time of yearÖIíve been too busy to write a blog for Thanksgiving, I was too busy to perfect the My Math Lab assignment I had due today, I know that Iím already too busy to wear anything but UGGs this week, and I may or may not be too busy to go to Financial AccountingÖ Just kidding, I have to go Ė considering I donít understand even the basic principles of accounting.
Iím regretting spending too much time on painting my nails and making my dorm look pretty this semester, and wondering how much smarter I would be right now if I forgot about the appearance of my nails and never cleaned my dormÖ Iíve decided I would be much smarter.
The reality is finals are around the bend. We can hide behind the bend as much as we wish, but finals are going to show up no matter what. And yes, we will receive a zero if we donít show up.
Below is a Pic Stitch photo with all of the things that will be getting me through finals.
First is my laptop. My laptop holds all of my assignments, rubrics, papers, notes, etc. Without it, there would be close to no record of my academic career.
Second is a quote I that inspires me. I find that letting yourself be silly can actually help you focus more when needed.
Third is a playful photo that one of my friends shared on Twitter. This reminds to be gentle with those around me (like the dogs are being with each other) even when I want to be grumpy and vicious (just like huskies can be) because I donít want to study for finals.
Fourth is a picture with me and my suite mates. This reminds me that I have a terrific support system to get me through the next couple of weeks. Shout out to my suite mates for being the bomb!
Last is coffee. Sweet, sweet coffee. This is a reminder that coffee is my friend during these sleepless nights filled with studying, but that it can also be my enemy if consumed in excess. Moderation is the key!
I would love to see a Pic Stitch with your finals week essentials. Feel free to comment them or to share them on the MSB Facebook page!
Iíve got to go nowÖThe weight of these papers is pushing me back into the ominous homework pileÖ
Did you notice I changed my font?
written in this blog represents the opinions of the author, and no one else.
Each blog is written lightly, and is not intended to offend any of the
mentioned businesses, locations, students, or staff.
I was an extremely ill-prepared high school student my senior year. I decided to go to UMass Lowell on a whim and never looked back. Fortunately for me, this proved to be one of the best decisions I have made in my short lifetime.
a senior, I never attended welcome days, preview days, or any informational
sessions that UMass Lowell provided. Because of that, I had a whole lot more
work to do as a freshman. I was a mess. I didnít know what my dorm would look
like, I had no idea who my roommates would be, on what campus most of my
classes would be located, the size of the business school, if there was a
tutoring center, etc. Because of this, my first semester freshman year of
college consisted of a whole lot more running to class, emails to professors,
and overall fending for myself that I was not emotionally prepared for at such
a vulnerable time in my life.
This is a picture of me and my two friends who were generous enough to deal with the mess that I was and help me move in to school. This was taken in my freshman dorm on the ninth floor of Fox Hall!
I am so proud to say as a sophomore that WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! UMass Lowell and the Manning School of Business want to help you and share with you the resources available to help you.
One of our tools to help you is Fall Preview Day. Thank you to everyone who attended Fall Preview Day this past Saturday. It is so wonderful to see that you all are interested in being proactive about your future Ė unlike me at your age. It was a joy to meet all of you and I hope that I can continue to help you throughout your journey with the Manning School of Business. If you donít remember who I am, I was the girl with the long blonde hair who wore a light blue button-up and spoke with the two other students about the Manning School of Business. If you donít remember me still, I was the girl in front with the other speakers who sneezed in the middle of the presentation. I hope that helps!
Again, thank you all for joining us this Saturday. If you have any more questions, I encourage you to inquire through the MSB Facebook page (www.Faceook.com/UMLMSB) or through Twitter @UMassLowell_MSB. If it is a personal question, you can email me at Thalia_Chodat@student.uml.edu, the Coordinator of Student Success for the MSB Lisa Armstrong at Lisa_Armstrong@uml.edu, or the Associate Dean of the MSB at Frank_Andrews@uml.edu. Let us help you have a smooth freshman year!
Disclaimer: Anything written in this blog represents the opinions of the author, and no one else. Each blog is written lightly, and is not intended to offend any of the mentioned businesses, locations, students, or staff.
Iím a phony. Every time I accomplish something, I feel like itís just a matter of time until someone calls me out on it. I stand in front of the audience and the first thing I wonder is can they tell I have no idea what Iím doing? In the back of my head there is always a voice telling me that I didnít do it right, or that someone can tell that I wasnít 100% sure how to do it, or that I simply did everything completely wrong. The guy in the corner just put his hand under his chin. Does that mean I said something wrong? I have no idea why, but this voice follows me everywhere, no matter how well I do on a project, interview, test, presentation, etc. Did she mean to write an A on this? Iím pretty sure she meant to erase the line on the right side and add an extra one on the top.
I have no idea what is wrong with me. Self-criticism always finds a way to flood my mind. The thing is Iím pretty sure that Iím not alone. I think that this is a normal feeling. Even the most confident people, feel phony. In order to simmer down the negativity, I have created a reminder list. I go through it before I hand in an assignment, or give a presentation. It includes the following steps:
1) Breathe. When your heart begins to race, stop and breathe until it slows down to a regular pace. It is impossible to feel confident when you can barely catch your breath.
2) Remind yourself that you do know what youíre doing. You did the work, right? So flaunt it.
3) Everyone messes up. Weíre human, itís in our nature. Being human is what makes you who you are. If anything, showing how human you are makes you more relatable and attractive to others.
The point is, youíre not the first person whose face gets red when they give a presentation Ė and neither am I. Thereís a whole lot more in the world to be afraid of.
I am experimenting with fonts today. In my Professional Communications class, we watched a video of a comedian speaking about the boredom of PowerPoint presentations. One of his comments was that those who use Times New Roman are boring, lazy, and donít care enough to choose anything other than the default font.
My feelings were hurt when I heard this. I love Times New Roman. Times New Roman and I have a great relationship. It is always reliable and professional. I am beginning to think that I need to expand my boundaries thoughÖ
What font do you use? Do you think that using a more personalized font is less professional or does it make you more unique (therefore a more desirable student/employee)? Do you think it changes whether or not you are using it in regards to business? Comment on this post via Facebook and let me know what font you use and why!
I was peacefully doing homework in between class when it happened. A student, who seemed about my age, was hollering to himself about his day. While the rest of us sat peacefully and respectively at our seats passing the time in between class, this student thought that he had the right to broadcast his experiences and thoughts throughout the hallway.
That was when I saw it. His phone was lying on the table beside him recording every word that came out of his mouth. Apparently, he was texting someone. He was multitasking just like everyone else in the hallway - in the most obnoxious way possible.
Technology is great. It has allowed us to advance in efficiency, in the science and medical worlds, and so many ways we would have never imagined just a few short years ago. At the same time as it helps us, it hinders us in just as many ways.
What technology do you believe we would be better without?
Hello, all! I want to apologize for my disappearance this week. No matter much I love college, I will NEVER get used to weeks full of tests and stress, stress, stress.
To sum it up, Iím having the kind of week where I want to hug the person who made sticky notes and I feel like my pillow has become a long lost family member. Also, why is it that the weeks I need it the most, my brain decides to go on vacation? Do you ever feel like that? Anyways, Iím still alive!
Even more important, I have some wonderful news: Fox Boston will be broadcasting the morning news live from our home turf! On November 14, they will be at the Campus Recreation Center on East Campus from 6:00am-10:00am for a Campus Tour stop. Wake up early, show your support, spread the word, and wear blue! Go River Hawks!
I'm sooo tired. I haven't slept a winkÖ I'm so tired. My mind is on the blinkÖ I feel like one of the Beatles today. I feel so much more tired on Fridays than on any other day of the week. Somehow, though, I wake up as soon as 5:00pm passes. Itís as if while Iím in class my eyes have bricks weighing them down and as soon as I walk out, the pressure is released.
How do you feel on Fridays? Do you have classes? Do you work? Both? Neither? Are you especially tired or more energized on Fridays? Do you enjoy the fact that most Business classes donít meet on Fridays, or would you prefer it if they did? Share your thoughts with me and the Manning School of Business by commenting!
Imagine moving to a new state, transferring to a new college, becoming a new mother, switching from a full-time day student to a full-time night student, and being a student leader on campus. That is Rebekah Dufrene in a nutshell.
Not long ago, Rebekah moved from the small town of Raceland, Louisiana to Vermont and then to the growing city of Lowell. After earning her Associates in Business at Middlesex Community College in the spring of 2012, Rebekah entered UMass Lowell the following fall. When she was expecting her son in the spring of 2013, Rebekah took off the semester. She began this fall as a full-time mother and a full-time night student.
Rebekah was drawn to UML because of the convenience and affordability. She knew that she would be able to learn in a comfortable and diverse environment, while not going into debt. Specifically, Rebekah finds the online courses offered at UML to be a huge benefit. Now, she can reach her goal of earning her MBA while also raising her now seven-month-old son.
Rebekah held several leadership positions at Middlesex Community College. The positions included Vice President of Student Government, Vice President of the Honors Council, Vice President of the Womanís Leadership Council, and being a member of Phi Theta Kappa (a national honors society for two year colleges).
Recently, Rebekah has become a member of the Deanís Student Leadership Council at UML. There she, along with ten other students, assist the Dean and the Associate Dean of the Manning School of Business and represent the MSB on campus and at events. Rebekah continues to be a motivated student and an active member of the MSB community. Welcome, Rebekah!
Manning School of Business Advising Center: http://www.uml.edu/MSB/Current-Students/Advising-Center.aspx
Believe it or not, the end of the semester is near. This means that the advising period is upon us. Don?t be stressed ? we are here to help you!
As beneficial as individual advising sessions can be, they aren't always convenient. Both students and advisers are very busy and it isn't always easy to schedule a timely meeting. Also, it isn't always easy to develop a comfortable relationship with an adviser that you only see a couple times a year. These factors combined make it easy to avoid an advising appointment altogether.
understand. That is why the Manning School of Business has scheduled group
advising sessions for all concentrations. Group sessions can be used as an
alternative to, or in addition to, an individual advising session. All sessions
will be held in Pasteur 309. The schedule is listed below.
Finance: Monday October 28 11:00am-12:00pm with Saira Latif
Accounting: Tuesday, October 29 11:00am-12:00pm with Lisa Andrusaitis
Entrepreneurship: Wednesday, October 30 11:00am-12:00pm with Ying Yang
Marketing: Thursday, October 31 1:30pm-2:30pm with Joan Crooker
MIS: Monday, November 4 11:00am-12:00pm with Ed Chen
Operations Management: Tuesday, November 5 11:00am-12:00pm with Dave Lewis
International Business: Wednesday, November 6 2:00pm-3:00pm with Ying Huang
Management: Thursday, November 7 2:00pm-3:00pm with Brooke Hargreaves-Heald
Open Session: Monday
November 11 11:00am-12:00pm
These sessions are led by professors who specialize in the concentration and are meant to make the process more comfortable and convenient for you. We hope to see you there!