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Apr 24 2018

The “Real World” What to Expect After College

by blogemu

I think we all have an idea of where we want to be after we graduate from college. Some aren’t really sure; others are very calculated. The “real world” holds endless opportunities for the hopefuls who endure years of education for this: freedom.


For me, I knew I was to move across the country after my internship drew to a close at the end of the summer. Beyond that, nothing else was set in stone. The summer came and left me in the blink of an eye and before I knew it, I was packing up my entire life to move to Seattle.


Flash forward four months, and here I sit, still a hopeful who applies to every position possible and who goes out of her way to get interviews. The real world holds endless possibilities for those who embrace them, but here are some tips to take into consideration if things don’t go exactly as you might have hoped:


Not everything will go as planned I’m a very calculated person. I knew for four years that I would move to Washington State after college. I’m very punctual and I take pride in my organization. That being said, it’s a hard pill to swallow when things don’t work out. It’s better to know that not everything will go your way – that way the punches don’t seem so earth-shattering.


Don’t give up on your goals This sounds über cheesy, I know. Despite my stumbles along the way, I’ve never given up on my ideal career and life goals. At times, it will be hard to remain positive but it is imperative that you maintain a positive mindset and focus on what you can do to maintain your knowledge and continue to further it.


Learn to go with the flow This was a difficult one for me. As mentioned before, I’m very calculated. That being said, I used to be a person who didn’t adapt very well when something didn’t go as planned. Be an adaptable individual – if nothing else, I’ve learned that humans are endlessly susceptible to learning. Take the hiccups in your stride and keep your head up; it’s most important to remember that your journey is only just beginning.


You earn what you give – Don’t expect to be handed things after college. A perfect career or job will not fall into your lap (although that would be pretty great). You must always put forth your best effort and results will follow. Your world won’t change in the blink of an eye, but your hard work will eventually pay off.


Keep your chin up – It’s most frustrating when things don’t happen as you may have imagined but there is always a silver lining. You may not have secured the past few jobs you applied for but at least you practiced your interviewing skills. Think of a positive factor in every outcome – whether it be seemingly insignificant or monumental – you’re constantly lighting the pathway to the job you’re meant to have.


The “real world” is what you make it. There will be difficult times and there will be joyous ones. The most important thing is that you enjoy where you sit and your passion drives your next steps. Make the most of your youth and allow yourself to learn everything you possibly can. Who knows, we may see you on the covers of magazines one day.



Courtney Schultz is an EMU alum who holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications. She currently resides in the greater Seattle area. Contact Courtney via Twitter @cschulPR.

Apr 17 2018

Student Stories: How I Became A Filmmaker

by blogemu

How I discovered my passion for filmmaking is a pretty interesting story actually. It first started when I was a freshman in high school. I decided to take an elective film class just for fun. At first, I anticipated that it would be fun, but would have never expected to enjoy it as much as I did.

Fast forward to my senior year, and I was taking all film, art, and graphic design courses. At this point, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in film or media going in to college. Thanks to the unending guidance, support, and wisdom from my high school film teacher, I was really able to discover my true passion for filmmaking.


When I finally arrived at Eastern for my freshman year, I declared my EMFS major and ever since then, I have been having the time of my life getting to study what I love every single day. I have gotten the opportunity to work on many amazing video projects including President James Smith’s inauguration, EMU Homecoming events, and even TruEMU Night at Comerica Park all as part of my job within EMU Marketing.


The best advice I could give to someone following in my footsteps would be to just go for it. By this I mean, do not be afraid to get involved as much as possible and get your name out there. By getting involved, working hard, and making as many connections as possible, anything can happen.




Camren Clouthier is a Junior at EMU currently studying Electronic Media and Film Studies (EMFS). In his free time, Camren enjoys making short films, taking pictures, and hanging out with friends. Camren also works in the Marketing department at Eastern and serves as one of the university’s student videographers.


Apr 12 2018

Finals Study Tips

by blogemu

It may seem like we’ve all just began our fall semester of school but guess what, final exams are just around the corner!


Yes, final exams can be pretty tough because despite all the homework assignments and group projects you’ve done over the semester, your final exam plays a huge role in your overall grade. Even though finals are quickly approaching there is no need to stress!


I’ve come up with 5 great tips to help you study for your exams.


The first tip is PLAN.


Planning is major. Plan out when you are going to study for your finals and how long you’re going to study for a certain class. Some classes you may need to spend a little more extra time on. If you put in the work up front to plan out your study schedule in accordance with everything else you have going on, you will be a lot less stressed in the long run. Plan! It’s worth it, I promise.


The second tip is don’t be afraid to get help and ask questions.


Eastern Michigan University has multiple resource centers dedicated to help you. Some resources are the Math Lab, The University Writing Center, and even the Academic Projects Center.


The third tip is to study in groups or with someone else.


Try to study with people that won’t get you easily off track. It can be helpful to study with others because a peer might have the information down and everyone participating in the studying group can divide the chapter and conquer it all.


The fourth tip is to change it up.


Don’t continuously study using the same plain white note cards. Try using multicolored note cards, highlighting in different colors, or even trying using different mnemonic devices to remember pieces of information.


The fifth and final step I have is get good sleep before each exam.


Sleep is so very important. When you don’t get enough sleep you can not fully focus on the task at hand, and we want to be able to focus during out final exams.


It’s okay to be stressed about exams just remember to do your best and you got this!


-My name is Chassidy Donaldson. I am a 3rd year student here at Eastern Michigan University. I am  majoring in Communication with a minor in Leadership and Media and Film studies. Currently i am an RA in Sellers Hall while also being apart of the street team.

Apr 10 2018

College of Technology Student Highlight: Bre McKamie

by blogemu

When she came to Eastern Michigan University in 2004, Bre McKamie didn’t have many people to lean on. “In terms of a support system,” Bre said. “I really just had my mother.” Without a great sense of where she wanted to go in college, she chose to major in communication. However, after her participation in a career seminar at the end of her first year and meeting with PR advisor Lolita Cummings-Carson; Bre decided to pursue a degree in public relations instead.


Yet it was her interaction with Dr. Melissa Motschall that really changed her life. “She really pushed me out of my comfort zone,” Bre said. “She also showed me that an advisor could do so much more than just create a course schedule. It’s about being a coach and a resource.”


After graduating with a degree in PR, Bre got a job with a foster care agency where she helped youth between 16-21 years old transition into adulthood. Bre found that her role was much larger than she had originally thought, and found herself being a parental figure to the youth that she worked with.


With this experience under her belt, she decided to go back to Eastern to pursue her master’s degree in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education and student affairs. While in the master’s program, she got the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant in the advising office at the College of Technology. Upon graduating, she was able to get a part-time job working in advising for the COT and that eventually transitioned into a full-time position.


For Bre, the most rewarding aspects of her work comes from the students that she interacts with. “One of the best feelings is when you have a student come in and tell you that one of their friends suggested that they come see me for help,” Bre said. Another major source of inspiration for Bre is her advising work with the BrotherHOOD and SisterHOOD (HOOD stands for helping others obtain degrees) programs at Eastern. “It’s so great to be able to work with kids who all come from similar backgrounds as I do and help them envision and achieve their own success in school and their future careers.”


Looking ahead, Bre says that she is considering going on to get her PhD in higher education and pursuing a career in university administration. Always thinking of others, Bre is constantly looking for ways that she can help those around her. “At the end of the day,” Bre said, “I gauge my success on the success of my students.” Regardless of what path she may choose, Bre is sure to do great things and impact an even greater number of people along the way.


This blog was brought to you by the College of Technology.

Apr 05 2018

Moving Out of the Residence Halls

by blogemu

You finally feel free – classes are done for the summer and you (hopefully) passed all of your exams. But then you realize you have to somehow move everything out of your dorm without chaos ensuing. You definitely thought you needed those nine pillows but now it’s dawning on you that your car just might not be big enough. To ease your mind of these stressful situations, here are some tips to remain sane come move out day:


  • Take Things Home Over Time – instead of trying to take everything home at once, take stuff back periodically. Going home for the weekend? Pack the car with things that you won’t be using. Friends or family coming up to visit? Send some things back with them. This makes the end of the year packing much easier.


  • Pack AheadDon’t wait until the last minute to put things together. Plan ahead and start packing a couple days before you want to leave. Things can take a lot longer than you think and you don’t want to be rushing. Start with the stuff that you don’t use on a daily basis (decorations, desk items, etc.) and then pack the necessities your last day you plan to stay.


  • Don’t Stock Up on Food it’s easy to continue your habits of buying food up until you leave. But whatever you buy, you’ll have to take home. It’s best to keep spending to a minimum so that everything will fit in the car.


  • Consolidate when packing, put your things in any organizers you brought with you. Instead of grabbing an extra bag to pack things up, use the storage container you used to store things during the year. This lessens how many large bags/containers will take up space.


  • Double and TRIPLE Check the worst thing to happen would be to get home and realize you left your charger in your desk drawer. Make sure all the drawers are empty and that nothing has fallen behind the furniture. You wouldn’t want to wait a whole summer to get your stuff back.


Olivia Wash is a sophomore at EMU and is currently majoring in marketing with a minor in apparels, textiles, and merchandising. She is involved with BlogEMU, AMA and the Honors College. When she’s not working for the Marketing Street Team or in class, you can find her working at Urban Outfitters in downtown Ann Arbor.

Apr 04 2018

7 Study Tips Every College Student Needs

by blogemu

We’ve all been there – we get stuck in a rut and need some extra motivation to get us through the semester, especially around finals. Here are seven study tips to help you out so you’re ready to do your best.


  1. Rewrite your notes. This will help you memorize information and retain it better than if you were to type it out and not go back and redo it. This also helps you to practice your penmanship as well – who doesn’t love pretty handwriting?


  1. Find your space, whether that be a quiet corner in Halle Library, the Starbucks in the Student Center, or your room. Finding somewhere you won’t be distracted is important so you do your best work.


  1. If possible, practice old exams. Once you know your teacher’s exam style, you will be better prepared for future exams (or at least be prepared for what the exam will look like so you’re kinda ready.)


  1. Study in groups. That way you are working on the same material with people who need to know the same things as you and you are able to collaborate on work. Being able to explain your work out loud helps sometimes, too.


  1. Ask for help if you need it; it shows that you’re working to success by working towards becoming your best self. Eastern offers a multitude of resources to help you in case you get stuck, whether it’s visiting the math lab in Pray Harrold or going to study sessions held by your supplemental instructor for your PSY 101 class.


  1. Study every day. Make use of your time so you’re not cramming later on; this way you will avoid stress and you’ll know the material better.


  1. Take a break. Cramming never helped anyone. This will give your brain a break and help keep you from getting overwhelmed.


Bonus: follow the link here to learn what your learning/study style is to better make use of your time. https://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-assessment


Do you have any study tips you swear by? Share them down below!


This blog was brought to you by Housing and Residence Life.

Mar 28 2018


by blogemu

As a swimmer here at EMU, I once sat in a mandatory lecture for Eastern’s athletes. During this lecture the speaker was talking to all of us athletes  about being responsible adults.


The speaker went over the basics such as “don’t drink,” “don’t smoke,” “go to class”… the standard bits of good advice.


This guy was definitely put in a challenging position, and didn’t seem to get much applause.


While the lecture was somewhat boring, there is one story that the lecturer told that has stuck with me.


The lecturer was explaining to us that when policemen are trying to “crack” a suspect and get them to start talking, something they do to distress the suspect is to allow them to go to sleep for say 3 to 5 hours, but then they wake them up again.


This is a trick! The lecturer explained that policemen do this to, like I said, put the person in a state of distress from lack of sleep.


The lecturer then explained that the average college student gets 5-7 hours of sleep per night. “Congratulations?” he said.


If you are like most college students, chances are you’re not getting enough sleep. The preferable amount of sleep is 7-8 hours per night, or even more, but why is this important?


Without proper sleep you won’t be able to function at your best level. Good sleep is essential to being successful as well as feeling good.


In order to encourage you to get good sleep read the following reasons that sleep can improve your life!



  1. Strengthen the immune system and curb inflammation


According to a study conducted by the University of Texas Sleep Center, people who regularly get 8 hours of sleep every night have a stronger immune system and lower blood pressure than those who sleep 6 hours or less a night.


It’s not that sleep directly makes the immune stronger, but regular, adequate sleep keeps your immune system primed for attack!


“Sleeping Beauties” are also less likely to experience depression and they are more likely to have lower stress levels.  This is because emotional stability is correlated with good sleep!


So, if you are wondering why you tend to feel a bit blue and sad, maybe you should ask yourself how many hours of sleep you are getting per night?



  1. Strengthen Your Memory – “Tired minds don’t sleep well. Sleep first, plan later.” – Walter Reisch


People tend to remember things better the next day. According to a study done by the University of Texas Memory Medic, good sleep is like a shield of protection against disruptive interfering experiences that are inevitable during wakefulness.


In other words, sleep help you maintain your memories, and arrange memories according to their relative importance, the person’s expectations, and what people need to remember.



  1. Spur Creativity – “The future is shaped by our dreams, so stop wasting time and go to sleep!” – Anonymous


Isn’t it ironic that you can lay in bed all night stressing about ideas for your class project when what you really need to do is go to sleep?


Sleeping is untying your left side of the brain. This side of your brain  is responsible for imagination, music, insights, intuition and creativity.


The left side is constantly working hard even when you are not, and even when you are sleeping it is responsible for your dreams.


o, give it some rest if you want to use it properly!



  1. Better Athletic Performances


A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina.


Not trying to throw anyone under the bus; but, hey eagles! How much sleep are you getting?! MAC is waiting for us to conquer it!



  1. Better Grades


It’s very simple! More sleep equals feeling more awake and less tiredness!


Less tiredness equals more focus in school and better performance throughout the day. We already said that sleeping unwinds  the  brain, spurs creativity, and protects your memory – all good things for a student!


If that still doesn’t convince you to sleep more, you should also know that enough sleep sharpens attention as well.  Each of these gives you the opportunity to improve your grades!



  1. Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight


Besides the obvious fact that you cannot eat when you are sleeping (unless you are a creepy sleepwalker), a research study conducted by the University of Chicago, shows that people are more hungry when they are tired, because they need to fuel their body with an energy source.


“Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain,” Dr. Rapoport says in the study. “When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.” Rapoport said.


Nevertheless, good sleep increase your metabolism and helps with weight balance.



  1. Better Driving


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013.

Can you imagine?! 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by sleepy drivers. That’s ridiculous!


If getting proper sleep can help save lives, sign me up!



Overall, good sleep holds the key to several different aspects of obtaining good health in our lives. Although a well night’s rest may seem daunting, it really is simple. Make new habits, get to bed early, visit Snow Health Center, drink some warm tea- whatever you need to do to get good sleep.


And just remember Eagles, don’t give up on your dreams, and GET TO SLEEP!






Michal Liberman is an swimmer at EMU. She is a junior, majoring in public relations. Michal is from Israel originally, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications, and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.

Mar 21 2018

It’s a Family Affair! Are You Ready For Lil’ Sibs Weekend at EMU?

by blogemu


Lil’ Sibs Weekend is quickly approaching, and there are a few things you should know about this annual event held by Housing and Residence Life and the Residence Housing Association.


We have a lot planned! Love animals? Nelson’s Wildlife Safari will have two shows, as well as fun activities in the different residence halls and Late Night at the Rec! Schedules will be posted around the halls for your reference.


You can bring up to two sibs with you – and they don’t have to be your sibling, either. They can be your cousin, friends, neighbors, etc. As long as they are between 5 and 17, they can come hang out for the weekend. Any person without a wristband under the age of 18 will not be able to stay in the residence halls for the night.


Check-in runs from 4 pm to 11 pm on Friday, March 23rd and 9 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, March 24th in the Walton/Putnam lounge. The resident must be at check in with their lil’ sib, and check-in will be faster for those who pre-register online via PayPal…


…but you can register the day-of with cash (checks will not be accepted, sorry!) No one will be able to check-in outside of the registration times, so make sure you plan accordingly.


Wristbands are needed to get into each event. EMU students without wristbands will not be allowed into events during the weekend, including Late Night at the Rec. Parents and guests without wristbands will only be allowed at the ice cream social on Friday night, but only those with a wristband will get a treat!


If you have any more questions, please call (734) 487-1300, email housing@emich.edu, or go to http://www.emich.edu/residencelife/lilsibs. We can’t wait to see you and your sibs!



Josie Bobeck is a senior studying public relations. She is the office manager of Hill Hall, as well as the social media intern for Housing and Residence Life. She enjoys adventuring to new places, writing as much as she can, and learning Korean.

Mar 14 2018


by blogemu


Counseling and Psychological Services, also known as CAPS, is located in the Snow Health Center and is dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of Eastern Michigan University students.


CAPS provides each student with 12 free appointments per school year. They offer a variety of services including groups and workshops, psychiatric services, referrals, consultation, and they also offer special events.


There are many reasons that a student might go to CAPS for counseling, some common examples include students struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, concerns relating to sexuality, or abuse.


The CAPS website provides The Mental Health Screening, a free confidential screening to help you determine if you could benefit from professional help with mental health, eating or alcohol use. This screening as well as more information about CAPS can be found here.


Their services typically require an appointment, but they do offer emergency appointments when needed. You can contact the CAPS staff by emailing counseling.services@emich.edu or calling (734)481-0050 during their business hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.


For emergencies outside of business hours, students my call their After-Hours Phone Service by dialing (734)487-1118.


Students who take advantage of the free or paid services provided by CAPS have said that they have been able to better focus on their studies by talking out their problems with their helpful staff.


The students have also stated that they felt “overall happier” and “like a weight had been lifted off their shoulders.”


One student I spoke to said “talking about my problems with the professional staff made it easier for me to talk about those same problems with my friends and family, which ultimately made me feel closer to them.”


Another student shared that the services “…Helped save my relationship. I learned that talking about my feelings with my partner was super important to the health of our relationship.”


The services that CAPS offers students can be incredibly beneficial. I encourage all EMU students to check them out and give it a try!






Joshua Young is a sophomore at EMU studying Marketing with a minor in communication. He is originally from Brighton, Michigan. Josh works for the Eastern Michigan University Street Team and the Ad Sales Department for The Eastern Echo. He is a member of The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, The Honors College, NSCS, NSOA, The American Marketing Association and the College of Business Mentor Program.

Mar 12 2018

Sew Into Your Future Through EMU’s ATM Program!

by blogemu

When Roopkatha (Roop) left India in 2015 to earn her master’s in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising (ATM), she had no idea what was truly in store for her.


She didn’t know that she would become a Doctoral Fellow studying engineering technology and she certainly didn’t foresee that all of her lab hours would lead to the invention of a revolutionary product.


Roop has worked tirelessly to find opportunities for herself and make her own luck.


It is easy to hear about the ATM program and associate it with clothing design and the world of fashion. And while there may be a sliver of truth to that statement, in general, that is not the case.


Back in Calcutta, India, Roop studied textile technology, which is what led her to EMU.


“When I toured the campus, I found that EMU just has the facilities that we did not in Calcutta,” Roop said. “I got really excited (about EMU) right away.”


Textile technology isn’t something that gets talked about often, and as Roop noted, is something that is very overlooked. Textile technology involves taking a fabric and chemically modifying it to have new properties without destroying the natural qualities of the original material.


“This challenge is what I love so much,” Roop said. “My work is in adding functionality to the textile without letting it forget who it is.”


Roop’s academic success has allowed her to intern at Adient, an auto industry supplier, as an engineer in the Complete Seats department. There she works on things like trim, foam and seat design for many auto companies, including Tesla.



While working with Adient, she attended the NAIAS Auto Show in Detroit and realized that there was a large demand for fabric that was both water repellent and didn’t stain.


After conducting research, Roop decided that she needed to come up with a fabric that was superhydrophobic, which is both water repellent and stain proof.


Along with the help of her advisor, Dr. Subhas Ghosh, Roop came up with a combination of chemicals and a unique treatment process, that is able to make fabric superhydrophobic.


This means that when a liquid comes in contact with it, the liquid is repelled and rolls off revealing a clean and dry fabric. Roop’s fabric has been tested to effectively repel water, coffee, coke and tea with more testing to be done in the future.


Even though Roop has seen great success so far, she is hungry for more. “I want my work to be remembered,” she said. “I want to work on projects that make all the time and work worth it.”


With that mentality and her work ethic, Roop is sure to make an impact in her field.


Until then, she will continue pursuing her Phd at EMU and leave us all excited to see what is in store for her.





This blog was brought to you by the College of Technology.

Mar 07 2018

Make Failure Your Friend

by blogemu

I’ve been a swimmer for almost ten years now, and I currently swim for Eastern Michigan University.


This sport has taught me priceless lessons that will accompany me for the rest of my life. The most important lesson I have learned is that “The battle is not over until you win.”


My dad, an athlete in his own right as a marathon runner, would always tell me over and over, “the battle is not over until you… win.”


For years, I could never truly figure out the meaning of this statement. It just didn’t make sense to me.


I often began to think, “What happens if the battle is over and the results aren’t in your favor?” You must accept it. That’s life.


I remember what it was like being a young swimmer. Everything was much easier, expectations were blurry, and the pressure was minor.



At the age of 16, I began to learn the importance of setting goals for myself and how to work hard to achieve them.


One winter night, my dad and I were driving back after an important championship, where I experienced failure for the first time.


After taking first place at the previous championship, seeding second for this race was a hard pill to swallow.


The determination to win was running through my veins for this race, I was sure I was going to win.


I even told myself: “You must protect the champion title!” With all the pressure I put on myself, I false started my race, got disqualified and was forced to finish my championship without racing.


While driving home after the exhausting four-day swimming championship, in pure silence and my  body swollen in the car seat, my dad said to me,


“Michal, the battle is not over.”


I responded with rage,


“Yes, it is.”


“NO!” He attacked back.


“The battle is not over until YOU WIN,” he said, “You will come back next time and you will claim that win. You will work harder, wish stronger, focus better, and then you will win it. It’s over when you say it’s over.”


I sat in the car silently and finally understood what he meant. This battle is personal.


This win was a deeply personal goal of mine. I had to tell myself “I will come back next championship, better, stronger, and wiser – and I will win.”



Winning is an abstract and subjective achievement, not a fixed task determined by others. No one else can tell you if you have won your battle, but YOU.


I will come back, I said to myself, and I will win.


I sat quietly in the car as a tear dropped down my cheek. On that day I faced failure for the first time, but it was one of the best things that could have ever happened to me.


The lesson I learned from that day has followed me ever since. It has become a dear friend.


Two years later, I didn’t only win in my age group, but won the entire meet!



Still, every time I fail, I remind myself, the battle is not over until you win.


As a swimmer for Eastern Michigan University the goal now has become to win the MAC conference with my team, EMU women swimming and diving.


Together, we will WIN! It’s not over yet.







Michal Liberman is an swimmer at EMU. She is a junior, majoring in public relations. Michal is from Israel originally, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications, and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.

Mar 05 2018

LLTCs – What Are They?

by blogemu

EMU Housing and Residence Life offers a multitude of living, learning and theme communities, otherwise known as LLTCs, for residents to live in across campus.


From Arts Appreciation to Health and Wellness, there is something for everyone – below is a short overview of what each entails:


Honors Community – Available in Best and Downing Halls, the Honors Community focuses on professional development, civic engagement, scholarship and research, and community. Residents living in this community will have greater access to Honors College professors and staff, as well.


Arts Appreciation Community – Available on the first and second floors of Walton Hall, this community focuses on music, dance, literature/art and theatre/film appreciation. This community is open to students from any major and allows for residents to showcase their talents while sharing different perspectives on the arts.


Health and Wellness Community – Available on the second floor of Sellers Hall, residents can learn about health and wellness, community involvement, leadership, and support. Students in this community gather around ideologies of promoting personal change and encouraging personal growth.


SPECTRUM Community – Found on the eighth floor of Hoyt Hall, residents here commit to learning about identity, advocacy, visibility, and inclusion. Here residents can expect to be closely linked to the LGBT Resource Center as well as creating a close-knit support system.


Transfer Community – Found on the second floor of Pittman Hall, this community is specifically developed for students who transferred into the university as upperclassmen. This community focuses on academic integration, connection, community involvement, and personal development.


BrotherHOOD Scholars – Located on the ground floor of Sellers Hall, this community is specifically dedicated to men of color regardless of prior academic achievement. This community focuses on healthy relationships, productivity and goal setting, achievement and leadership, and persistence and completion.


Trio/SSS – Students in the Trio/SSS program are provided unique opportunities in regards to academic achievement, basic college requirements, and are provided with motivation to successfully finish college.


Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience – Located on the third floor of Walton Hall, the CSIE program connects students in STEM programs with faculty and community projects. This program also offers a book loan program and a free mentoring/tutoring program. This community focuses on the ideas of academic preparedness, professional networking, and academic service-learning experiences.


Multicultural Leadership Community – Located on the eighth floor of Pittman Hall, this program allows for students to grow interpersonally as leaders through two years and two specific pillars. Students must apply to live in the community.


To learn more about LLTCs, head over to emich.edu/housing. The application for incoming students to live on campus is available March 1, and returning students can begin applying March 14. We can’t wait to have you on campus!






This blog was brought to you by Housing and Residence Life.

Feb 21 2018

Are you branding yourself for success?

by blogemu

Eastern Michigan University’s graduates are notorious for our hard work ethic and our ability to transition smoothly into the workforce.


We work diligently to climb the ladder in our career fields; our students strive to earn their degrees rather than being handed them.


While hard work plays a significant role in achieving career goals, self-promotion and self-branding are imperative to overall success; especially for young people looking to start their career.


In today’s climate, candidates must go above and beyond to illustrate their ability and willingness to acquire a job – hard work is no longer the driving factor in the eyes of potential employers.


We all work hard, we all have a commendable work ethic. We complete projects that we are proud of while working numerous jobs to afford tuition and living costs. The current work climate dictates more than just that – if you fail to promote yourself in the industry, chances are you won’t get to where you want to be.


So how do we brand ourselves?


Step one: Internal change, walk the walk.


“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”.


Be THAT person, live as the person you aspire to be and shape your goals accordingly. If my professional dream is to become an agent, I should wake up every morning in that mindset nevertheless conveying confidence and charm to the world.


The way you present yourself is what matters the most. Looking, thinking and behaving like the professional you want to be helps instill these behaviors. While catering to your speciality is important, it’s also critical to remain yourself. Don’t alter your personality so much that you no longer recognize yourself.


Step two: external change, talk the talk.


“Actions always prove why words mean nothing”


After you put some thought into the way you should think, look and behave – it’s time to put it into action. You want to be the type of person who is undeniably reliable.


Let your actions speak louder than your words – this will become one of your most admirable attributes in the eyes of your coworkers and your employer.


I often meet people who say things with no intention of pursuing them. Those who say we should catch up sometime but fail to follow up with plans; “friends”  saying they are always there for me but are conveniently not available when I need them; acquaintances who often spout outlandish expectations and goals only to never follow through or attempt to accomplish them. Don’t be this type of person.


Be a friend that people can depend on – that person who gets the job done quickly and effectively. Be a team player – convey your sense of responsibility and set high expectations.


Step three: The most effective way to do it, is to do it.


“Don’t should yourself”


There are countless opportunities to get your name out there and to promote yourself. You want to be a writer? Write blog posts for an established organization. Better yet? Start your own blog. You want to further your skills and knowledge in your field? Volunteer at events that relate to your area of expertise.


Follow the top professionals from your field on social media to be up-to-date and have some inspiration.


Joining an organization with people who pursue the same major as you can be a game changer. Student organizations keep you current with your field and provide you with countless opportunities to network and experience various aspects of your career field.


Talk to as many people as possible – ask questions, open your mind  to new ideas and experiences! Be active and make a name for yourself.


Step Four: Watch what you say and do online.


“Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.”- Erin Biry


Let’s not forget our social media accounts! Social media is not what it used to be –  now that you’re an adult, you must be strategic with public posts.


DON’T post drunk pictures from last weekend’s party or things that will send irresponsible messages to potential employers.


Instead, post valuable things that tells your audience about you, your beliefs and skills. Post things that contribute to the overall discussion and share things that interest you.


While letting people know about your personal life can be entertaining, remaining professional across all social channels puts you leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.


Personal branding is crucial not only as a student but as a professional. We live in a world where we must go above and beyond the ordinary to truly succeed and fulfill our potential! So walk the walk, talk the talk – you will thank yourself later down the road!


Agree with me? Leave me a comment and let me know how these tips help you brand yourself!






Michal Liberman is an swimmer at EMU. She is a junior, majoring in public relations. Michal is from Israel originally, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications, and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.

Feb 14 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!

by blogemu

Happy Valentines Day, Eagles!


Today we celebrate love and romance with candy, chocolates, flowers and hearts.


Traditionally, couples celebrate valentine’s day, however, today is about love so whether you’re in a relationship or not, be kind today – spread love.


Here are a few things you can do today to celebrate this annual holiday of love:


  1. EMU Women’s Basketball vs. Ohio



For the LOVE of FOOD! Head on over to the Convocation Center and watch EMU Women’s Basketball take on Ohio at 7 pm. Students get in free with their student ID.


In addition, student will also receive FREE Aubree’s Pizza Buffet in the student lounge. The best part about a night at the convocation center, during half time another 10k Putt will take place. Last 10K Putt Night, an EMU Student won $10,000!


  1. Formosa Quartet


This week, EMU’s School of Music & Dance welcomes the award-winning Formosa Quartet for a week-long residency (Feb. 12-17). Praised for their “spellbinding virtuosity” (BBC Music Magazine), Formosa will lead a series of master classes, rehearsals, presentations focusing on performance, community engagement, and career development.


Join the Quartet for the final concerts February 15th at 7:30 pm in Pease Auditorium and February 16th at 7:30 pm in the Honors College. To learn more information about the Formosa Quartet and their week-long residency click here!


  1. Tower Inn (https://www.towerinncafe.com)


If the free pizza buffet at the EMU Women’s Basketball game, head on over to Ypsilanti’s beloved Tower Inn for a heart-shaped pizza to celebrate this day of love. Enjoy the night with their late night happy hour appetizer specials so you don’t break the bank!


  1. Justin Moore Concert



Are you a country music fan? There is still time to purchase tickets to country music star, Justin Moore concert this Saturday, February, 17th at 7pm. The concert is taking place at EMU’s very own Convocation Center. For details on the concert and to purchase tickets click here!


Whether you’re in love or you’re spreading the love, enjoy this Valentine’s Day with the ones who mean the most to you and the homE that means the most to you! Happy Valentines Day, Eagles!


Feb 07 2018

College of Technology Student Highlight- Kyla Berry

by blogemu


After her plane landed in Costa Rica, Kyla Berry took a small boat five hours down a river until reaching the heart of the rainforest. This was the place that she would call home for the next two years.


Kyla spent some time educating local children which she found to be very challenging, asthe humidity kept them from using books or electronics.


After spending two years in the rainforest, she got a change of scenery and spent a year living on top of a mountain before ultimately deciding to return to the United States.


Before she retired to Costa Rica, Kyla worked as a lead & standards flight crew member for the automotive industry. Her responsibility was to be on board of aircraft owned by automotive companies to ensure that all FAA standards were being satisfied before, during and after flights.


This line of work gave Kyla the opportunity to travel the world and see more places than most people could ever dream of.


But it just wasn’t right for Kyla, and she wanted to do something different. Sensing a decline in automotive industry flight departments around 2010, she decided to jump on the opportunity to retire early, and spent three years living in Costa Rica.


After returning to Ann Arbor in 2013, Kyla focused her energy on continuing her education and has earned a BBA and MBA. She is currently a doctoral fellow at EMU, and will earn her Ph.D after completing the winter 2018 semester.


Her thesis is on unmanned commercial passenger aircraft, which she believes is the next big thing in aviation technology. She is also teaching classes within the Technology Management program.



In order to present on her thesis at events such as the 2018 NAIAS Auto Show, Kyla utilizes drones as a visual aid. Because of this, Kyla has serendipitously become known as Eastern’s unofficial “drone person.”



Since getting involved with drones, she has also become a fully certified drone pilot.
Most recently, Kyla has been working to bring a unique drone product to market.



Set to go on sale summer 2018, there are only a few details that Kyla can share. “Essentially, it’s a drone
product developed with a focus on STEM education,” Kyla said. “It’s the first commercial drone
to be marketed as 100% made in Michigan.”



Looking to the future, Kyla has no limit for what she hopes to achieve. “You have to be fearless,”
Kyla said. “You also have to be flexible with your career path and not be afraid to walk through a
door when it opens, no matter how unlikely the opportunity may seem.”



Armed with that mentality, Kyla hopes to continue her work as an educator as well as consult with companies on technology implementation in the workplace. Finally, she sees a massive opportunity to utilize Detroit as a manufacturing hub for her educational drone company. “Detroit has the infrastructure, the talent and the workforce to be a real competitor,” she said.



After being unsure of her future upon returning from Costa Rica in 2013, Kyla has earned two
degrees, has almost finished her Ph.D, has built a program at EMU from the ground up and is
almost ready to bring a brand new product to market.



Not a bad way to spend five years. Kyla, on behalf of the College of Technology, we can’t wait to see what heights you will reach!





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