Apr 03 2019

Understanding the UACDC

by blogemu

The University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC) is located in 200 McKenny Hall. Students can be seen in the UACDC getting assistance from both Academic Advisors and career service professionals. There is also a satellite Career Service office located in the College of Business for those students that are not on main campus.

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Academic Advisors specialize in working with exploratory students, but they’re ready and able to assist any undergraduate student with questions about the General Education program and their program requirements. Advisors meet with students to discuss upcoming and current courses, academic standing concerns, transfer course equivalencies, general education questions, and more. They assist students in understanding program progression and academic requirements. Some advisors in the UACDC also work with specialized groups of students, such as Military/Veteran students, International students, Individualized Studies Program (ISP) students, Second Bachelor’s students, and Dual-Enrolled students.

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The UACDC provides career coaching and corporate relation management, which are two types of career development services. Career Coaches meet with students to help with major and minor exploration, resume assistance, and to discuss grad school options. Career Coaches assist students in exploring possible career paths through career assessments such as MBTI, StrengthsQuest, and Values/Motivated Card Sorts. These assessments help build a foundation for students to identify their top interest areas. Corporate Relations Managers meet with students for resume and cover letter assistance, interviewing skills, job search strategies, networking, job fairs/on-campus recruiting, and internship assistance. Career development staff work with current students, EMU alumni, prospective students, and employers.

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The UACDC offers many programs during the fall and winter semesters to help students in their success at EMU. These programs include career fairs, Fast Track, group advising for Exploratory students, Eagle Expo, Registration Blitz, and First-Year Experience events.

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“WeSupportYourGoals” is the mission statement shared by the UACDC and the five college advising offices. It means that staff will welcome any questions and concerns and will work with you to find the appropriate solution and resources to help solve your problem. The UACDC staff is here to help and want to see to it that you are successful here at EMU.

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About the Writer:

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My name is Kaleyn Rice and I am currently in the Educational Leadership for Higher Education/Student Affairs Master’s Program. I have been at EMU for Six and a half years now since the start of my undergraduate program. I am currently an Academic Advisor in the UACDC.

Mar 28 2019

Surviving Finals

by blogemu

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Finals are a drag, no matter if it’s your first year or your fifth year. As an upperclassmen, I’ve survived countless all-nighters in the library and dozens of exams, and I’ve gained some pretty useful information and tips along the way!

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CAFFEINE!! Yes, I ‘m aware that this is pretty basic. I would say I have an addiction to caffeine, as well as most of you might. You’ve gotta drink the caffeine at the right time. If I have an exam around noon, I’ll down an energetic drink around 9 am so I’m not too jittery during my test. However, if I have to stay up all night studying for the next day, I’ll drink some caffeine around 8 or 9 pm, helping me stay up all night and not crash halfway through the day!

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Get a Group Study Room! The library reserves rooms all year long, and studying is always better (and less boring) in groups! Grab a group of classmates and reserve a library room! You can also bring dry erase markers or rent them out at the front desk.

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Scheduling is everything! This is something you have to think about when registering for classes, but scheduling is key. I only take classes two days a week, which is killer during exam season. To lighten your load, evenly disperse your classes on M/W and T/TH. This will ensure finals season doesn’t creep up and you have 4 tests on the same day (which trust me…does not go well!)

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Color Coding. This is something I’ve just recently started doing, and it works so well! I color code my information with highlighters based on information I really know, information I kind of know, and information I need to focus on studying. This helps me narrow down my studying and focus on the things that I really need help with! It also is great for visual learners, because you can easily see how much you need to learn.

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Give yourself some breaks. The most important part of finals week is cutting yourself some slack. You’re in college, and that’s a huge accomplishment already! Take breaks, go eat, and get rest. Your body will thank you, and your grades will be better if you have a healthy mind and body going into finals week! Don’t forget, you’ve got this!


About the Writer:

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Hey everyone!  I’m Sami, and I’m a junior here at Eastern!  My majors are both marketing and communication, and in my freetime I work at DTE Energy as a photographer, and for the Detroit Tigers on their DTE Energy Squad!  

Mar 20 2019

How To Manage Your Time In College

by blogemu

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Proper time management is an important skill to practice in college. Without being able to plan properly, your ability to fulfill daily tasks could suffer. Here are some tips on how to balance your schedule in college!

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Set Concise and Attainable Goals

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The most pivotal step in being able to manage your time requires goal setting. Be specific about what you want to achieve and construct an approximate timeline of when you want to attain the goals. Learn how to prioritize your most important tasks and think about how you will complete them effectively. Don’t just say what that you want to have “good grades”. Be specific about the GPA you desire to accomplish, how long you plan to study for each day, and how you will achieve this goal.

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You Can’t Do Everything

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.Getting involved in student organizations can be a great way to build your resume and establish new relationships with peers and possible mentors. However, when you begin to overextend yourself by joining everything, you defeat the purpose of being involved in the first place. Try to get involved in the organizations that will be the most beneficial to you but don’t overdo it. Managing your schedule will become a lot easier when you narrow down your involvement on campus to the extracurriculars that are the most important to you.

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.It’s Okay to Say “No”

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If you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to turn things down. Not all opportunities are worth your time. When offered opportunities, use your best judgement to determine which ones will be the most beneficial. It’s better to do a few things and do them well rather than being involved in everything and doing an awful job.

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It’s really difficult to manage your time properly if you wait until the last minute to do everything. If you procrastinate for any assigned task, eventually, you WILL fall behind. Mark due dates in an organized planner or notebook. If neither of those work, try using your cell phone! Putting things off for a long time can only hurt you. There are many factors and people that will try to negatively impact you. If you fall behind in certain aspects of your life, it’s okay to take some personal time for yourself. Taking the time that you need to focus on improving yourself does not make you a bad person.

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About the Writer:

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Hello! My name is Dominick Brooks and I am a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. I truly enjoy working for the Division of Communications as a Go Social Team Member. When I am not working, I take pleasure in singing and performing on trumpet. I am the lead male vocalist for the EMU Jazz Ensemble and perform at venues in Ypsilanti, Belleville, and Ann Arbor.