EMU Blog

Jun 14 2019

Update: Renovation at the Rec

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The Rec/IM is excited to announce that in Fall 2019, the first phase of renovation will be complete. This phase includes floors three, four, and five. Returning students will be able to access the basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts on floor three, while floor four will host the new track and fitness areas. The fifth floor is reserved for meeting and gathering space and will be available for rental upon completion of renovation. “The entire renovation is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2020,” according to Rec/IM facility director, Wesley Howell. This includes floors one and two, which Wesley has indicated will now include a dining option. “We’re not sure exactly what that option will be,” he added, stating that the campus dining service (Chartwells) will be managing this part of the renovation.

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The newly renovated weight and cardio rooms will open in Fall 2020. Until then, patrons can use the weight room located in Warner 134B and the cardio room in Warner 208.

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As of April 2019, the Rec/IM facility closed for renovations but continues to serve the community out of their temporary location inside the Warner Building. The temporary facility hosts a basketball court as well as cardio, weight, and spinning rooms. Members can also attend group fitness classes for free and take advantage of the pool facilities, hot tub, and sauna.

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As a thank you to patrons during the renovation process, the Rec is offering 25% off full-price summer memberships. Summer memberships are valid through August 16, 2019. These memberships include faculty/staff, non-affiliate and Alumni, as well as the partners, children, and dependents of those members. This does not include memberships already offered at a discount, such as the $35 continuing student summer membership and day passes. Returning students who choose to accept the $35 fee in the fall can also sign up for intramural and club sports for only $10. The first intramural leagues coming up in September will be flag football and soccer. Interested students can contact asofia@emich.edu for more information on club and intramural sports.


                             About the Writer:

Hi! I’m Pamela, a senior studying Communication Technology. I’ll be starting the graduate program for Creative Writing this fall. You can usually find me around campus covering events for the Eastern Echo or working at the Rec/IM. I’m passionate about health, music, happiness, reading, wine, and cats.

Jun 07 2019

Best Ways to Document Summer Memories

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.“A picture says a thousand words”. Most millennials choose to document their outings with photographs. With the assortment of technology at your fingertips, you can document in a multitude of ways. From the camera that’s constantly at your fingertips (aka a cellphone) to digital cameras and Polaroids, the medium you use to take your pictures is endless.

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In the days of technology, posting on social media is one of the main ways to document your summer memories. Whether you’re going to an amusement park, beach getaway, or a road trip to your favorite eatery, posting it to your favorite social media platform is one of the best and easiest ways to document summer memories. Snapchat and Instagram are probably some of the easiest to document, many of my friends have “summer 19” story highlights on their page.

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Another fun and easy way to document these summer memories is to make a scrapbook. On a rainy or cold day, this is a fun way to kill time. You can print the best pictures you have from all of your trips and make even more memories. Grab a scrapbook from your local craft store, call some friends, and pull out the glitter. This is a way to capture the best of summer while creating even more memories.

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.A personal favorite of mine is to hang pictures up in your room. Whether you live at home or spend most of your time in the dorms, hanging pictures up on a bulletin board or your mirror is a great way to show off your memories. You can reminisce on the good times during the stress of school.

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.Many college students spend their summer at Cedar Point, especially from my hometown. I see pictures constantly on my Instagram or Snapchat from views on top of rides or the typical Snoopy pictures. I also see a lot of people post on their vacations. You spend your summer living your best life, and you want people to know. Whether you take a quick weekend to Michigan to camp, or go to Florida to tan, people want to hear about the fun you’re having (and you want to tell them).

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.There are many more ways to document your summer, but there is only one way to live your summer. Go out and make your memories, or else you have nothing to document. One of the sayings to live by is “YOLO”. So live your life to the fullest and share it for everyone to know.

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                        About the Writer:

     My name is Elizabeth Erne and I am a public relations major, starting my freshman year at EMU. In my free time, I am an avid reader and spend my summers working at an ice cream shop and helping with their social media. 

May 31 2019

Top Ten Travel Tips

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“Where are we going for summer vacation this year” (asks every senior who just graduated high school and every college student when they go home)? Vacations are meant for traveling aren’t they? As you use that statement to persuade your parents to take you somewhere, remember that traveling is hectic and honestly seems so fun before getting into the process and wishing there was an easy way out. So, before planning your next trip, keep these ten tips in mind!

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1) Plan Plan Plan in Advance!!

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Planning last minute is fun but it leaves you feeling drained of energy, stressed, and under pressure. Knowing that you are traveling either with family, friends or alone in advance can save you so much time and also can make you feel relaxed throughout the process!

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2) Know Where You Can Get a Deal on Your Ticket!

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Vacations? Traveling? They cost money!! They are so expensive!! Looking for tickets online and looking in advance could save you money! Catching good deals in advance and comparing prices are just another way to get away from stress of booking a last minute expensive flight!

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3) Know What You Want to Do!

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Knowing the resources that a hotel or vacation destination offers can save you a lot of time. Try to get as much knowledge about a particular area before traveling. Nothing is worse than not knowing where to get something that you need or where to go to have fun.

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4) SAVE Money!!

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When traveling, make sure you have money! Know how much the ticket, housing, and activities will cost. Carrying extra cash could never hurt.

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.5) Only take the Necessities!

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Some people might not agree with this, but by only taking necessary items, you’re saving yourself a lot of space and weight! What I mean by only taking the necessities is things that you can’t buy anywhere else or things that you can’t live without!

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6) Buy Souvenirs!

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.While traveling, you want to buy things that can remind you of your trip. This can be anything, including journals, keychains, and articles of clothing. Something that could easily give you the feeling of being back at the location! Something that isn’t costly but does play a huge role!

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7) Invest in a Polaroid!!!

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A Polaroid has to be the most important thing to have. When going places, you would want to capture moments. A Polaroid comes in handy much of the time, even if you don’t want to spend so much money! IT IS worth a one time buy!

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8) Download Videos from Netflix or Any Other Source!

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Nothing’s worse than sitting in a flight bored out of your mind. By downloading some videos from Netflix or another source, you can guarantee yourself a great way to pass time and have a fun flight!!

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9) Window Seats are a MUST!

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Whenever you can, make sure you can get the window seat!!

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10) Have the Time of Your Life 🙂

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(Photo by Dominick Brooks)

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                                                                                                                                                                        About the Writer:

.My name is Ayesha Syeda. I am a second year student with a major in Psychology and a double minor in communication and health education. Writing has always been a passion for me, which made me become a writer for EMU Odyssey while starting my first year at EMU. Recently, I joined the psychology club and started writing for Blog Emu to get more out of my experience in college.

May 15 2019

EMU School of Social Work Provides a Captivating Study Abroad Experience for Social Work Students

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One love. The motto of Jamaica is the briefest way to describe my study abroad trip in this beautiful country. Through the School of Social Work, I was able to study abroad in Bluefields, Jamaica for the week of spring break 2019. The community we stayed in felt like a whole new world, with lush green mountains, clear blue waves, and a hidden “off the beaten path” kind of atmosphere. Bluefields is a community that prides itself on supporting small businesses and embodying the ‘one love’ motto. Wolde Kristos, our tour guide, and his team at Reliable Adventures Jamaica greatly exemplify these ideals.  

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                   The house that we stayed at for the week
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                                                 Wolde, Tour Guide

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Wolde was our tour guide for the week, and he and his team of tour guides, chefs, and security kept us safe, well-fed, and happy for our entire trip there. During our visit, we were able to visit multiple local business-people. I met two artists in the area: Jerry, a woodcarver, and Jah Calo, an artist. Their work was absolutely stunning and they took so much pride in the items they created. We ate at local restaurants including Dor’s, where I ordered the well-known fried chicken. Our chef, Veda, also cooked us stunning and delicious dinners each night which allowed us to try the local cuisine. I was most excited to try the national fruit, ackee.

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Jah Calo’s outstanding artwork: photo by Ariel Roberts

 

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.This class served as the social work elective “International Service Learning”, and in Jamaica, our objective was to provide knowledge on various topics through service projects in the community. We were split into five groups, each of which worked in different capacities to serve the Bluefields area. Two groups worked at the community center, one focusing on the intersections of teen pregnancy and confidence and the other educating the community on human trafficking. Another group worked at the Basic School, which is their local elementary school, assisting teachers in their classrooms. The final two groups worked at the Belmont Academy, a high school in the area, with one group educating parents and students on how family involvement impacts success and the other group teaching how to do peer mediation to a group of students. I was in the peer mediation group and we had a great time educating fifteen students about what peer mediation is and how they can implement a peer mediation program in their school. They had so much fun learning and participating in the role plays and were so proud to receive their certificates of completion at the end of our program.

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Belmont Academy (photo by Pallas Schuster)

 

While the work was important, we didn’t forget to have some fun too. We went on multiple adventures over the course of the trip. The first was a community tour where we trekked up the mountain to see the most beautiful view I have ever witnessed. On our way up we learned about the community and the nature that inhabits it. We saw banana trees, allspice plants, and goats grazing on grass. We were also able to see an allspice factory and learn about how the natural allspice is used and produced. Another adventure included going to YS Falls. The waterfall park was beautiful, and the pictures speak for themselves. We had so much fun swinging on the rope swings and splashing through the water. We also had the opportunity to tour the fish sanctuary in Bluefields. It was once a huge fishing destination, but fishing is now banned in hopes of preserving the natural environment in that area.

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Some of our group members at the beach (photo by Faith Salsbury)

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.Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I have had, and I am so thankful for the EMU Study Abroad Office for their help through the process and for the School of Social Work for creating such an educational, fun, and meaningful experience. I learned so much in a week and gained so many new friendships. If you ever get the chance to participate in a study abroad here at EMU, I highly recommend you find all the scholarships available and go for it. You won’t regret it.

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#truEMU (photo by Angela Davis)

 


About the Writer:

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Hi! My name is Pallas Schuster and I am from Cadillac, Michigan. I just finished my junior year at EMU and I am double majoring in social work and psychology. I am a member of Active Minds and the Social Welfare Action Alliance and I work as a Certified Tour Guide in the admissions office as well as a student assistant for Donor Relations!

 

 

 

 

Apr 24 2019

What’s Up With The Rec?

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If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what is going on with the Rec these days! What’s with all of that construction, anyway?
Well, it turns out EMU’s Rec/IM facility is getting a major facelift! There will be a lot of exciting changes coming with its renovation. In the meantime, students can still access the Rec in its current building until the official move date. The Rec will be closed from Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 2 in order to move all of the equipment and get ready to reopen. Wesley Howell, Director of the Rec/IM stated, “The Rec is currently in phase one of the renovation”.

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Renovations for the Rec/IM will take place through the summer of 2020.

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“The 3rd-5th floors are being worked on, which we expect to be completed in August of 2019. In late April, we will begin phase two. This includes the 1st and 2nd floor. We anticipate this phase to be completed in August of 2020.” He also stressed that the Rec facilities will remain available during this process. Starting May 3, head over to the Warner building and follow the signs to find your destination. You’ll still be able to lift weights, play basketball, and attend classes. Of course the pools will also remain open, but you’ll have to access them from a different route. Another change that’s coming with the reopening of the Rec is the unfortunate closing of the Competitive Edge Pro Shop. For years, the staff at the Pro Shop has been delighted to serve EMU athletes and students with a variety of healthy snacks and lots of protein options. Here is a statement from management at the Rec/IM regarding the Pro Shop closure:

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“The Competitive Edge Pro Shop has been honored to serve you for 28 years. Shopping with us has impacted us in many positive ways. Student employees learned skills outside the classroom and all profits were used to support the facility. Throughout this journey, we established great friendships, offered a variety of nutritional options, apparel, and basic necessities. We closed our doors on April 15, 2019. Thank you EMU community. We have loved serving you!”

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.We’re fortunate at Eastern Michigan University to have such an amazing facility to use! If you’re not sure about how to use the equipment at the Rec or what kind of workout plans are best for you, stop by their front counter today to get some advice and sign up for training sessions. You can also locate their class schedule here https://www.emich.edu/recim/.

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Working out is a great way to stay healthy, make friends, and spend some downtime between classes. The Rec is also open over the summer, just check their website for updated hours of operation. If you’re not currently attending any classes at the Rec, I encourage you to come and check them out. There’s literally something for everyone. 

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Starting May 3, the Olds/Robb building entrance will be closed and patrons can access the Rec’s facilities from the Warner Building.

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About The Writer:

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Hi! I’m Pamela, a senior studying Communication Technology. I’ll be starting the graduate program for Creative Writing this fall. You can usually find me around campus covering events for the Eastern Echo or working at the Rec/IM. I’m passionate about health, music, happiness, reading, wine, and cats.

Apr 03 2019

Understanding the UACDC

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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

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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

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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.

Mar 15 2019

A Little “Herstory” For You During Women’s History Month

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As we transition into the month of March, we can begin to celebrate what we should be commemorating year round, and that is women. Women have collectively made amazing contributions and continue to do so every single day. Whether it be big or small, you can see many women around the world showing the range of what they can do to make a difference in the society we live in today.

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.I would like to share with you an amazing woman that has made momentous strides in fighting against gender discrimination and advocating for women’s rights throughout her career.

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The woman I want to celebrate is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Still alive today, she is the second woman to be elected as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice out of a total of four women that have ever been appointed. Ginsburg has spent a lifetime of fighting against inequity. As Ginsburg progressed in her career, she fought against the discrimination she found in her education at law school in addition to finding work after graduating. Ginsburg eventually became Columbia University’s first female professor to earn tenure. Ginsburg was also a leader in the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union where she fought not only for women, but also men. As director of the project, she argued for six landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. After some time, she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia for many years before being appointed as Supreme Court Justice by Bill Clinton in 1993.

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As Ginsburg still fights for justice today, her track record alone shows her commitment to the cause of gender equality and deserves a tremendous amount of appraise for her service to women and men alike.

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.This is only one small look into one woman’s history for this month and I implore you to look up more women to celebrate. Besides looking up other women, celebrate with the women around you that are kicking butt in making a difference in their community. No woman should go unnoticed this month as we start to celebrate a mass of contributions, history, culture, and society of women worldwide!

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About the writer:

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Hi! My name is Cheyenne Glassburn. I am currently a junior majoring in English Linguistics with a minor in Theatre Arts. I have helped a lot with theatre shows here on campus, but besides that I enjoy reading and hanging out with my boyfriend and friends!

Mar 08 2019

Student Friendly Places to Visit In Ypsilanti

by blogemu

Looking for a fun place to hang out with friends? Need a quiet place to study? Want to grab a bite to eat? Ypsilanti, MI offers a wide variety of student friendly places located conveniently around campus. Here is a list of some of the most popular places:

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Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

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Located at 735 W Cross St. near the Ypsilanti Water Tower, Sweetwaters offers a wide variety of coffee, tea, frozen drinks, light fares, pastries, and desserts. This is a relaxed and quiet place to work on homework, catch up with friends, or just grab a quick bite to eat on the way to class.

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https://www.sweetwaterscafe.com/ 

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Cultivate Coffee And Tap House

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Located at 307 N River St. in the heart of Depot Town, Cultivate Coffee and Tap House is a community-based business that is best known for providing its resources and time to help others in the Ypsilanti area. Cultivate is a perfect place to grab your morning coffee, dinner with friends, or decompress from a long day in the outside seating area.

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https://www.cultivateypsi.com/

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Frog Island Park

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Located at 699 Rice St. and conveniently near Depot Town, Frog Island Park provides 5-acres of land that includes a community garden, soccer field and running track. Frog Island Park is the perfect place for students to spend some quality time outside studying, working out, or simply de-stressing after a long day of classes.

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https://cityofypsilanti.com/facilities/facility/details/Frog-Island-Park-2

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Depot Town

Located down the street from Eastern’s campus, Depot Town offers many restaurants and chill spots for students. Some of the more well-liked restaurants include Maize Mexican Cantina, Sidetrack Bar and Grill, Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill, and many more. Depot Town is a diverse and popular area for students to come and hang out, eat, and socialize!

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https://www.visitannarbor.org/play/ypsilanti-depot-town

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About the writer:

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Hello! I’m Hannah Nowaske. I’m a senior at Eastern Michigan University from Canton, MI majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Graphic Communication. I am a member of PRSSA and the EMU Love Your Melon campus crew. I also work in the Division of Communications as a GoSocial Street Team member. In my free time, I love to travel and be outdoors!

Mar 06 2019

The Perks of Living On Campus

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Senior Kerry Ryan and Junior Emily Louria participate at the Paint and Pour event held inside of the EMU Student Center

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Deciding whether to live on campus or to commute from home can be a difficult choice. Personally, I did not struggle with this decision due to my hometown being 5 hours away, but the benefits of living on campus cannot be denied.

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Living in the residence halls provides you with great opportunities that allow you to develop into the person you desire to be. The friendships and memories that you make are what you’re going to look back on at your time at Eastern and smile. Also, the proximity of the halls to your classes is something you just can’t beat.

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On paper, it sounds kind of crazy. You have the opportunity to share a living space with people you may have never lived with or even met for an entire school year! The residence halls are where you are able to develop strong interpersonal relationships and find your “forever friends.” These are the people that you stay up with until 3 am “studying”, schedule weekly dinner dates, or complain about a class (or five) to.

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Living on campus gives you the freedom to meet new people, try new experiences, and find yourself. Your room becomes a collage of personalities over the course of the year as your decor grows with pictures of homecoming, or those Bob Ross paintings you and your roommate made that one night you simply could not do any more homework. You have the freedom to just be yourself.

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When talking about living on campus, you cannot overlook the true benefit of having a 9:30 am class and being able to roll out of bed at 9:15 am and make it with time to spare. Yes, the hills on campus are killer, and you may have your first class in the Science complex when you’re all the way over in Putnam, but keep this in mind. You didn’t have to wake up two hours before your first class, fight traffic on your way in, struggle to find a parking spot, and then book it from the opposite end of Green Lot across campus. Does Putnam sound pretty good now?

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In addition, living on campus opens you up to become more involved. There are countless opportunities and activities planned for you by your Resident Advisor (RA) and by Campus Life. There are several student organizations to join and living on campus makes it easier to commit to being there. Are you unsure about what to do? Feel free to speak with your RA or the front desk to see what events are happening on campus. You can also talk to someone on your floor who could assist you with finding the perfect club for you.

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Living on campus opens up a world of opportunities that you may have never known about. You meet your forever friends, you find yourself, and you get some extra time to sleep in the morning. What more could a college student ask for?

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About the writer:

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Hi! I’m Kerry, a senior majoring in arts and entertainment management. I live here on campus and love it. I am the co-president of the student org Amplifying the Arts, and I work for the Division of Communications as a member of the Go Social Team. My best advice is to join things. You never know where something could lead.

Mar 01 2019

An Open Letter from a Mentor

by blogemu

For the students who feel like there’s no hope and nobody to turn to, this letter is for you. I understand what you’re going through. I realize that you may not know that, but I’ve been there before and I understand.

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I have been so poor that I was unsure if I had enough gas in my car to make it home from class. I have watched other people carelessly drive around with jealousy. I have scraped change together just to buy the most basic toiletries. I have foregone food in order to do this, because despite needing food to live, it was more important for me to not be ridiculed by my peers. I have felt like no one was there for me. I understand.

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I have been confused about simple processes that I had to follow in order to do simple things. I have let my license plates expire because the thought of learning that new process seemed overwhelming to me. I have refused to ask for help because I thought I would appear stupid, or weak. I have paid bills late because I didn’t know that I could ask to move my payment date. I have wasted money refusing to ask for help. All it did was make me feel worse about myself. I understand.

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I have been unsure of my sexuality. I have been surrounded by people that wouldn’t speak openly about it. I have argued with my family and not spoken to some of them for years. I have lost friends by being open and honest with them. I have had my feelings hurt by their actions. I have felt like I couldn’t tell them how much they hurt me. I have been single. I have been engaged. I have dated boys and I am currently dating a girl. I understand.

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I have been insanely happy. I have been dangerously sad. Sometimes I blame myself for feeling this way and it makes me not want to reach out to anyone. I get lost in my own head. I overthink things. I have panic attacks. I have been depressed. Sometimes, I don’t sleep for days and other times it’s all I want to do. I understand.

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I have been hurt by my partner. I have left with nothing but the clothes on my back. I fought the battle in court. I got support. I reached out. But most importantly, I left. I moved out of town, then out of state. I started a new life and a new career. I couldn’t have done it without help. I’m here to help you. I understand.

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I am only one person, but I understand. There are more people like me, available for students like you that need someone who understands. We’re called mentors and we’re waiting to meet you. We want to help you.

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EMU has an amazing mentorship program available for students. You can contact any of the available resources listed at the bottom of this article for a number of different services. You can contact all of them if you want. But please, if you have ever felt sad or anxious or if you’re tired of being alone, reach out. We can’t wait to meet you. We’re here to help and we understand.

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EMU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center offers support meetings around campus and an opportunity to connect with a mentor. You can find meeting times and the mentor application here.
There’s an amazing group that specifically assists youths or current EMU students who have been in foster care or experienced homelessness. Mentorship Access Guidance in College (MAGIC) is here to help you be your best and most successful self. Find out more about the assistance they offer here https://www.emich.edu/asp/programs/magic//. 

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The Mentor Collective aims to connect people who need guidance with someone who has a similar background and experiences in order to be matched with a mentor that understands them. Learn more about that program and sign up here https://emich.edu/mentor-collective/.

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Are you struggling with academics? Learn about the program being offered by the Holman Success Center (or sign up to become a peer mentor) here.
Anxious about your future career? The University Advising and Career Development Center is available for all students, even if they’re not currently enrolled. You can find out more about their services here https://www.emich.edu/academic-support-programs/hsc/peer-mentors/index.php.

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If you’re experiencing severe anxiety or depression, don’t wait to reach out. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. You could also chat with them online (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) if you don’t feel comfortable about calling them. 


About the writer:

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Hi! I’m Pamela! I am a senior at EMU studying communication technology. When I’m not at school, I’m working at Ann Arbor’s Community TV Network or spending time with my girlfriend. I’m also passionate about cats and wine. When I grow up, I want to be a writer.

 

Feb 22 2019

I’m Sick at College and I Don’t Know What To Do

by blogemu

Just like most college students, you probably have no room in your schedule to get sick. Unfortunately, it tends to happen to the best of us at the most inconvenient times. If you’re sick at college and have no clue what to do, you’re in luck! Here are some tips on how to cope with your cold!. Image result for sick college student

Prepare For Your Cold Before it Even Happens

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.If you can, stock up on cold medicine before you become ill. This includes pain relievers, cough syrups, fever reducers, and other medication as needed. Promote good health by practicing healthy hygiene. You would be surprised by the number of people who FORGET to wash their hands after using the restroom or before meals. This could put your health and others at risk.

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.Hydrate or “Die-drate”

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.Drink fluids as often as you can. Consuming beverages like water, juice, and hot tea can help prevent dehydration and thin mucus. If you are already feeling ill, a lack of liquids in your body could have a worse impact on your well being. Try to consume drinks that are high in nutrients or electrolytes to feel more replenished.

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Communicate With Your Professors

Some professors have strict attendance policies. If you fail to contact or provide them with proper documentation (note from your doctor), it could result in your grade being lowered. Also, you don’t want to tarnish your reputation with a professor. One day, you may need a letter of recommendation from them and if you constantly miss their class with no explanation, it could leave a negative impact on your relationship with them.

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Take the Time that You Need to Take Care of Yourself

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Self-care is important! Don’t stress about having to take the day off. At the end of the day, your physical and mental health are more significant. It’s very important to give yourself some love and attention.

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Get Some Rest

.If you don’t get enough sleep while being sick, you won’t function well. “It’s not always easy, but getting the proper amount of sleep each night is fundamental for your physical and mental health. Don’t burn yourself out by forcing your body to stay up for long periods of time when you need sleep to function” (Madelaine Coy ‘20, Public law and Judicial processes major with a concentration in Civil Rights and Liberties).
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Good luck, and stay healthy!


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About the writer: 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.

Feb 20 2019

Interesting Undergraduate Classes to Take

by blogemu

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Every undergrad needs a couple of fun classes thrown in the mix of all the rough stuff we go through. Do you need to fill a couple of credit hours? Want to take a fun and unique class? Here are a few of my favorite undergraduate classes I have taken that were both beneficial AND fun!
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Drama and Play (CTAR 222): Drama and Play is exactly what it sounds like…play! I took my class with Mark Isler, and it was by far my favorite class I have had here at Eastern. In addition to playing tons of fun games, he explained the importance of play in day-to-day life. Having fun is healthy, and Mark genuinely cared about our wellbeing and about our class! If you need more convincing, it counts as an Art GenEd requirement!
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Intro to Philosophy (PHIL 100): Though Philosophy doesn’t sound like it would be all that fun, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our class was very discussion based, and we got to debate tons of philosophical topics. It also fulfills a GenEd requirement.
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Exploration of the Universe (ASTR 105): Have you ever wondered what was in that big, giant ball in the Science Complex? Turns out, it is the EMU Planetarium and that is where this class is held! Fulfill a science GenEd requirement while searching the stars and learning all about our universe, which is massive! My favorite part of this class was the days we got to recline in our chairs and watch the stars move above us. It’s truly something amazing!
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Harry Potter: Literary Allusion, Children’s Literature & Popular Culture (CHL 137): Though I have never personally taken this class, I know SO many people who have and loved it! The whole class is based on the Harry Potter series and uncovering the meanings in the books and other pop culture staples! If you are a fan of the books, there is no doubt this class is for you!
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Ballet Fundamentals for Non-Majors (DANC 100): This is a super fun way to fulfill an Art GenEd requirement as well as learn something new! Ballet helps strengthen your body and is very interesting and fun to take with your friends. If you are looking for a class that is multi-purpose, Ballet may be the way to go!
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Of course, I’m sure EMU has so many fun classes available to students, but these are some that I personally found super unique and also fulfill some GenEd requirements! Good luck, we hope you enjoy!


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

Feb 13 2019

Valentines Day At EMU

by blogemu

Well, it’s that time again.
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Nope, not another polar vortex. Worse…Valentine’s Day.
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Whatever your situation is, these two words can easily instill panic. But never fear – BlogEMU has you covered.
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For all you couples out there with no idea what to do, Campus Life is throwing their very first Dinner and a Movie night. For only $10 you and your date can dine on delicious Italian food, provided by EMU’s catering service. Dinner starts at 7:30 in the Student Center Ballroom and includes salad, pasta, bread, and dessert, with gluten-free options available. Every couple that attends will walk away with a free gift (it’s super secret, I couldn’t even get the deets). Following dinner, there will be a movie screening of – you guessed it – Valentine’s Day (2010). Everyone is welcome to come out for the movie – it’s free and starts at 9 pm in the Student Center Ballroom. So while you don’t need to purchase a dinner ticket to attend the movie, any ticket purchased for dinner will get you in the running for an extra special, super-comfy front row seat.
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Jarrod Stober of Campus Life says that despite this being the first year, they’re still anticipating a decent turnout because it’s a great “opportunity for students to have a nice sit-down meal that is a little fancy at a low-cost rate.” Tickets are available on the Eventbrite website and can only be purchased for couples, so make sure you come hungry and bring a buddy! Hope to see all of you lovebirds (or spaghetti lovers) there!

Eastern Alumnus, Jake Iwaniec and WCC student, Meredith Osswald cheers breadsticks at Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill in Depot Town. Photo courtesy of Pamela Mohar.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you single students out there! A quick Google search will provide you with tons of opportunities around Ypsilanti to help you revel in your single-ness this Valentine’s Day. The Ypsilanti 20s and 30s Singles group on meetup.com is sponsoring an event on Valentine’s evening at Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill in Depot Town. Come join them for some pizza, shuffleboard, pool, and (of course) lots of singles to mingle with! You can find all the details about this event HERE. 
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So Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! No matter what you do have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to spread some love every day.


About the writer:
Hi! I’m Pamela! I’m a senior at EMU studying communication technology. When I’m not at school, I’m working at Ann Arbor’s Community TV Network or spending time with my girlfriend. I’m also passionate about cats and wine and when I grow up I want to be a writer.