Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick’s Day


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Whether you are Irish or not, chances are you have partaken in some sort of festivities for Saint Patrick’s Day.  Of course Saint Patrick was a patron saint of Ireland, but how did millions of Americans come to celebrate his day?  Here are some quick facts to get you caught up:
  • The Patron Saint of Ireland died on March 17, 461 AD. 
  • The day was made an official Christian feast day (Feast of Saint Patrick) in the early 17th century.
  • When millions of Irish immigrants came to America in the 1800’s they brought their potatoes, shamrocks, Guinness, and love of Saint Patrick. 
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in Boston in 1737
  • The largest St. Patrick’s day parade is held in New York City, with over 2 million spectators
  • Chicago uses over 40 pounds of dye to turn its river green for the day
  • Most people celebrate by wearing green, decorating, making special Irish food, and partaking in Irish festivities
  • 34.7 million U.S. Residents claim Irish ancestry, which is more than 7 times the population of Ireland

So what does all of this mean?  We American’s love celebrating the Feast of Saint Patrick, whether we have an Irish ancestor or not.  I myself have the Irish blood so I will be celebrating with my family and fellow Irish American’s tonight.  

With spring break ending this weekend it’s time to starting getting back to into the normal school routine.  That means picking up those books, checking your emails, and continuing to write that term paper that is due in a couple weeks. 

Were more than half way to the end of the semester so hit the books hard and finish strong! 

-Eric

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring Break

Spring break represents the half way point in the semester and it also means were half way till summer!  It is a great time for students to relax and unwind from the tests, papers, labs, and stress they have gone through the past 8 weeks.  

Some students choose to go home for break, some choose to relax on campus to unwind, and some choose to travel to a beach to relax.  According to a survey by Cheaptickets.com, more than 50% of students in the northeast part of the country will travel south for spring break, and most land in Florida.  Florida has 5 of the top 15 spring break destination beaches in the world, 3 of which (Miami, Panama City, Daytona) are in the top 5.  

All of this means there will be an abundant amount of students kicking loose in Florida and while it is important to have some relaxation time, it is also important to be safe.  An alarming number of drinking, arrests, and reported cases of sunburn occur during spring break.  So no matter what you choose to do, remember to be careful, be safe, be responsible, and make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen!  Unfortunately, I will not be traveling south, instead I will be working and trying to relax at home.  Maybe I can get lucky and another sunny, 70-degree day will come along so I can catch some rays like everyone else. Have a great spring break everyone! 

-Eric 


Friday, March 3, 2017

Finding The Balance

Grad school requires an intense amount of work and studying to be successful.  Everything from mid-terms and finals, to oral presentations and twenty-five page papers.  As a new MBA student getting back into the swing of things has been a challenge to say the least.  I have heard all the stories of coffee binges, all-nighters, and sleeping at your kitchen table when you pass out after studying for a final.  All of these are required to be successful in grad school, but as a student you also need to find the balance.  Most grad students, especially in the MBA program, work full time to support themselves and their family.  This provides an added challenge because students have to log 40-50 hours per week at work, attended to their children, family, or even pets, and then fit in time for their schoolwork.  You need to find the perfect balance between work, school, and family.  When juggling these three tasks you need to prioritize which takes precedent at that moment.  Time management becomes one of the most important skills to have in this situation.  If you work until 5 o’clock, have class and homework due at 6, and you need to feed your dog, how do you accomplish all of these at once?  This is finding the balance.  The good news is that it is possible and once you find your balance, it becomes easier the more you do it.  Hang in there grad students you are half way there and spring break starts next weekend!

-Eric 



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Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year & New News for Our Graduate Programs!

Stockton has achieved many accomplishments and is continuing to grow. As the growth is occurring, the graduate programs are making advances too. Below are just some of the recent accomplishments that we would like to recognize programs for:

  • The Master of Science in Communication Disorders program has officially received accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology!


  • The Master of Business Administration has also received prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)!


  • The Master of Arts in Instructional Technology program is now offered completely online!


  • The Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies program is now offered online as well as offering a new Genocide Prevention Certificate program!


  • The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is kicking off the school year with a new concentration in Administration and Leadership!



  • The Education program now offers many endorsements online including: Bilingual/Bicultural Education Endorsement; English as a Second Language; Special Education Endorsement; and the Principal/Supervisor Endorsement!



WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE PROGRAMS ON THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!



To learn about all the opportunities that Stockton has to offer you can visit our website at the following link: http://intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=73&pageID=266.


-Steph J., Matt, & Steph W.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pet Therapy: The BEST Medicine


Meet my fur babies Chloe and Zoey 💕

Chloe (my fist fur baby)

 Zoey (my second fur baby)


These two are the perfect stress relief to get through finals. I was actually reading an article the other day that dogs have shown to decrease anxiety and reduce blood pressure. I feel as though any cute animal can make anyone feel better. Here are just a few reasons why fur babies can help you get through stressful times like finals:

·         They know when you need a break from schoolwork.

·         Sometimes when they are up to no good, they make you laugh.

·         They are the perfect pillow for when you need a quick power-nap.

·         They are always there to listen...or help you when you cry.

·         They are always there for a quick hug or cuddle moment. 

Now, I am not saying you should go buy an animal, but maybe you could go visit a friends.Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, money, and time, but they are totally worth it. Sometimes playing with an animal is the perfect break you need from studying. It is good to just take a mental break and walk away for a little bit. Let's also not forget about food, sleeping, chocolate, and coffee- the essentials. I am so grateful to have my two fur babies as my mental break and to keep me sane throughout grad school.


GOOD LUCK ON FINALS!



-Steph J.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Semester is Almost Over- You Can Do it!

It is now time to finish the semester strong! I know going back to classes today was dreadful after having a nice little break because of Thanksgiving. But I was soon reminded that final exams are going to be soon approaching, so I have to stay focused. That is when I grabbed that extra cup of coffee in order to catch up on school work. Since finals are right around the corner, I want to provide you with some study tips that I have found helpful:
1.      Have time management- Even though you may feel that you have two weeks to study, it will approach really fast. You also need to make a schedule that works for you. Cramming may work for some people, but do you really retain that information? No. By making a schedule it can help you maintain your time management, so you are not that person that is cramming to remember information and setting your standards lower due to time restraints.
2.       Alternate study spaces- Studies have found that changing your study space can be helpful in retaining information. You also want to pick a space that you would be the most productive and feel comfortable in. For example, I am not good at studying in the library because I get distracted by people easily. Your personal study space preference could be different, but maybe change it up to find new spaces that may help you memory new information.
3.       Make a study group- I have found that study groups are the perfect thing to do before an exam. I know that myself and my peers will study separate and then come together into a study group in order to quiz each other. When working as a team, your friends could help you find a better way to remember information or provide you with a great explanation when you don’t understand something. Working in a group can also help you divide and conquer the schoolwork, like making a study guide.
4.       Make flash cards- I LOVE flashcards. This is the best way for me to remember information for a test and an easy way to quiz myself as well. Everyone has their own way to study though. I know other people who like to rewrite things over and over again. Personally flashcards are my go to when it comes to studying. I feel like flashcards are great because I am required to write down the information and then see it over and over again.
5.       Take mental breaks- Sometimes you brain needs a break! When making yourself a schedule, remember to include breaks. You also need to consider when you will be the most productive. Will you be more focused after eating a meal or following a gym session? I know that I will study for an hour and then give myself a break. Sometimes I just need to walk away, take a breath, and refocus myself before going back to studying.
6.       Don’t multitask- Even though you may think that you can multi-task- don’t! By only focusing on one thing, it can help you better retain the information. I remember in class participating in an activity that required divided attention and I learned how much information I was actually missing by trying to multitask. Even though I do catch myself trying to do more than one thing, I have found that when I do focus on one task it has truly helped when studying.
7.       Sleep!-I know that I will catch myself trying to stay up studying, wanting to just remember one more thing for the exam. That is when someone usually reminds me how important sleep actually is. As much as I don’t want to admit it, sleep is important and necessary. Just remember that finals are only going to be going on temporarily, so try to get a little extra sleep.
8.       Coffee and chocolate are essential, so keep them on hand :) - We all dread and hate finals! Always have chocolate handy for those moments when you feel a break down coming on. You also may find yourself drinking coffee a little- it helps!
Finals will be over before you know it! Hopeful my study tips above will be helpful. Please feel free to share any tips that you may have. The semester is almost over, don’t give up now!



 Thank you for reading!
-Steph J.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Have an Escape

Graduate school is going to hit you with its fair share of work (who woulda thought?). At the end of some school weeks, it will feel like Monday was a month ago. We all know what we signed up for and that requires us putting in major time and major effort to accomplish our goal of acquiring a higher degree. Putting in hours and hours of time on school work daily is stressful. When you feel that you have put in enough time (for now), you need to have an escape. The purpose of having escape is so you don’t absolutely lose your mind.

An escape can be a reward for all the work you have done or an escape can be something that is physically needed for you to continue on with your work a couple hours later or the next day. Everybody has a different escape plan. Some people escape to the gym to work out frustrations and let the mind be free, while others go out for ice cream with some friends (treat yourself!). Other escapes can be watching a movie, going for a walk, or the ultimate escape, sleeping.
I have several escape plans myself. Whenever I feel my stress boiling over I know it’s time to put one of them into effect. One of my favorite stress relievers is singing. I usually call up my friend who plays guitar and we sit around for a few hours and sing whatever comes up. They say music is good for the soul and I think there’s no better way of describing it. When I have the time, another escape of mine is cooking. There’s nothing better than having a home cooked meal. Cooking a good healthy meal is rewarding and takes your mind off of everything else temporarily. When you eat good, you feel good.
Finally, my last escape is my internship. Every couple Sundays I take the trip up to East Rutherford, New Jersey where I intern for the New York Jets. Walking into Met Life Stadium absolutely clears my mind. I grew up a huge Jets fan, so it’s still surreal to me that I get the opportunity to work for them. Being within that atmosphere and witnessing the games is the ultimate escape for me (although this season hasn’t gone as planned). The perk about my final escape is that I also get to see my family when I go North for the games. When you think you have had enough, go to your escape, and then come back with a determined attitude ready to take on whatever is next.



 
No better escape than spending time with your dog!
                                                                                                                    - Matt

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Feel About Your First Day of Graduate Classes.



Anxious, nervous, excited, worried; as I mentally prepare myself for my first day of graduate classes starting this September, I have felt all of these emotions. Do I really want to put myself through two more years of writing papers, late night studying, and everyone’s favorite in-class presentations? And time and time again my answer is… yes.

As the first day approaches, the usual jitters are normal. Remind yourself that you got into grad school because of what you have accomplished so far as a student and an individual. These combinations of emotions are all acceptable. As an undergraduate moving on to graduate school, you are jumping into the ‘unknown’.

The ‘unknown’ is scary, but it’s also awesome! If you think of every new step you have taken in your life you can look back and truly see how far you’ve come. If you are anything like me, you have anxiety about everything. I get anxiety thinking about anxiety. The one thing I have learned however, is that you cannot let anxiety dull who you are. Have a voice in class, be professional, and remember to take everything in before it’s all gone. This will also translate to who you are as an individual in the real world. You can feel how you want about the first day of graduate classes, but the fact is that they’re right around the corner.

You can have all of the feelings and emotions in the world, but alongside these sensations, what you should feel is READY.

Go get ‘em!

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