Friday, April 21, 2017

Lake Pam

Now that the weather is beginning to turn from frosty to sunshine, it’s time to come out of hibernation and check out the beautiful scenery that Stockton has to offer.  Most of you graduate students are working on papers, projects, and studying for tests, (See my last post on Procrastination) but it is important to take a break to get some fresh air.  Everyone knows about the most iconic lake on Stockton’s campus in Lake Fred, but few know about his sister Pam.  Lake Pam is a natural lake located in the woods across from Parking Lot 1 and next to the Garden State Parkway.  Pam is a peaceful lake that is clear as day on a nice afternoon and perfect for relaxing or even a little studying.  Pam is smaller than Fred, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in scenery.  The lake has various spots around it that differ in height, so they give the onlooker a unique perspective depending on where you actually stand.  Lake Pam is always one of my favorite spots to go for a run or just relax at, so it’s definitely worth a look.  The semester is almost over so it is crunch time, but don’t forget to take a break and see the natural scenery that surrounds out big school in the pines. 

-Eric
 


Friday, April 14, 2017

Three Years Later.. A Brief Flashback Look into my Journey to Stockton



For those who don't know me, my name is Ike and this semester (spring 2017) will be my 3rd year and 6th semester at Stockton. I currently serve many leadership positions on campus including being a student representative on the Board of Trustees. Looking back at my experience at Stockton, its hard to believe I've come this far.

My journey to Stockton University was a rather unique one. Stockton was a school I initially applied for as a high school senior but decided not to go to; I never imagined I'd end up here. During my transfer process I considered many schools, but I chose to come to Stockton because of their Dual-Degree program. Stockton's Criminal Justice program offers a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice with several different tracks (I choose the Homeland Security Track). Although Stockton wasn't the only school that offered the Criminal Justice Dual Degree program, it was the only school that offered me direct entry into the program as a transfer student. It's safe to say this program brought me to Stockton, it's hard to believe that I'm more than half way done with the program.

Looking back at my journey, I truly believe that Stockton University has truly helped me develop many professional skills . Many of the skills I've learned are due to my involvement on campus in various leadership roles. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything!

Procrastination

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It is a simple word that college students know all too well.  By definition it is the action of delaying or postponing something or to a college student, it means finding something better to do.  Now maybe you are one of the few that plans accordingly and gets all of their work completed without any stress.  If that’s the case, then that’s great and this post is not for you.  If you are like the rest of the student population, procrastination plays a major part of your college career.  It is not something planned, however it is something that happens.  You wait until the last minute to start a paper, project, or study for a test because you were checking Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat or using Google Earth to get better acquainted with the country of India, as Tim Urban puts it.  This has happened to everyone and sometimes comes back to haunt us in the last month of the semester.   Maybe it wasn’t your fault because something legitimately came up or there was an emergency, but if that’s not the case here are some tips to help you stop procrastinating in the future:
  1. Stop thinking. Start doing. ...
  2. Don't blow a task out of proportion. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
  3. Just take the first step. ...
  4. Start with the hardest task of your day. ...
  5. Just make a decision. ...
  6. Face your fear. ...
  7. Finish it.

Here is a great Ted Talk by Tim Urban titled Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.  It is a short video that discusses how a procrastinator thinks and how, on some level we are all procrastinators. 



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-Eric 


Friday, April 7, 2017

Lend A Helping Hand

Image result for lend a helping handAs we head into the final month of the semester it is important to remember that as graduate students, we are all in this together.  Whether you are in the MBA program (like me), the Master of Social Work program, or even the Doctor of Physical Therapy program we are all striving to earn our degree.  A degree that represents an opportunity to better our lives and the lives of our families through education.  It does not matter if you just started the program or you are walking in May, we all need to look out for each other.  If you see a friend struggling to think of an idea for their research paper, help them brainstorm.  If you see someone in your class studying for a the final you both have in a couple weeks, offer to study together.  Even if you just see someone who looks like they have pulled an all-nighter to finish a project, offer some words of encouragement or buy them a coffee.  The Grad Lounge is a great place to link up with your fellow grad students to work together or even plan an activity to get a much needed break.  As a grad student you are never alone because we are all in this together so it’s time we start lending a helping hand.

A great song that embodies this sentiment is "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers. Take a listen below!  

-Eric 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Research Papers

Image result for research paperWith Spring Break over and classes resuming this week it’s time for most of you to start that research paper that is due at the end of the semester.  You said that you weren’t going to put it off this time and you were going to write a little bit here and there, but you didn’t.  Procrastination is never something planned, but often the product of a busy schedule and unfortunately it’s the life of most grad students.  Luckily, I am here to help with some tips to tackle that tough research paper!

1.       Focus in on a research topic- pick a topic that interests you and that you can explain thoroughly.
2.       Sources- make sure you use a plethora of credible sources and ideas to back your paper up. Stockton’s various online databases and the Library are a great start.
3.       Organization – making sure you are organized is just as important as making sure your paper is organized.  Notecards are key!
4.       Rough Draft- creating a rough draft allows you to get your thoughts on paper first so you can revise afterwards.
5.       CITE- make sure you cite and document your sources! It’s called plagiarism if you don’t!
6.       Get a Second Look – reviewing and editing a long term paper can be strenuous for students, so getting a second pair of eyes always helps.
7.       Final Draft- after your revisions write your final draft and make sure that you have clearly defended your point on the topic.
8.       RELAX

Research papers are something that every grad student has to deal with so you’re not alone. I myself have a large research paper on workplace differences and how to manage them effectively due soon so I am in the same boat!   Just keep your head up, drink enormous amounts of coffee, and know that the semester is almost over!

In honor of National Puppy Day yesterday here are just a few cute pups to brighten your day!

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-Eric