EMU Blog

Apr 03 2019

Understanding the UACDC

by blogemu

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Writer:

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

Mar 28 2019

Surviving Finals

by blogemu

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

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

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

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

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

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


About the Writer:

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

Mar 20 2019

How To Manage Your Time In College

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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

by blogemu

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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

by blogemu

 

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

Science Complex Planetarium

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.

Feb 13 2019

How to Schedule Classes

by blogemu

Are you struggling with compiling your class schedule? Not sure how to sign up for classes? When it comes time to register for classes each semester, it is often stressful and confusing for students so here is a step-by-step guide to help you schedule your classes to minimize stress & confusion and maximize your time!
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1. Make sure you’re aware of what classes you need to take. 
It’s important to know this ahead of registration time. Look through a course catalog and write down the CRN of all the classes. Meet with your advisor if you need extra help planning out your class schedule.
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2. Make sure you’re conscious of your assigned registration day and time. Each student’s registration period is different depending on completed credit hours. Check out the “Registration Appointments” tab at https://www.emich.edu/registrar/ for information on your specified date and time which will be made available closer to register period.
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3. Be aware of dates and deadlines. You don’t want to sign up for classes too late! Be aware of when registration begins and plan ahead. You can find this information under the “Dates and Deadlines” tab at https://www.emich.edu/registrar/.
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4. When it’s time to register for classes, log into your personal my.emich account. Click on the “Student” tab and make sure “Student Services” is selected, then click on “Registration.”
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Student > Student Services > Registration

5. Under the “Registration” tab, it’s time to add your classes & create your schedule! Click on “Add or Drop Classes” and select what semester you are registering for. In this case, you will only be able to register for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019.
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6. Now, remember those CRN numbers you have previously wrote down? Pull those out and insert each CRN into one of the empty boxes at the bottom of the page.

7. Once you’ve finished, click SUBMIT and your registration is complete!


About the writer: 
Hello! I’m Hannah Nowaske. I’m an Eastern Michigan University senior 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!

Feb 06 2019

Black History Month: What it Means To Me Now

by blogemu

Source: The Stranger

Black History Month or African-American History Month is a celebration of some of the greatest heroes and events that have happened in the black community. In the United States, we celebrate Black History Month annually from February 1st to February 28th. Here at EMU plenty of events are taking place this month to celebrate, including the popular Unity Ball event put on by the Black Student Union happening January 31st, 2019 in the Student Center Ballroom. Black History Month is even celebrated in other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom (That’s awesome!).
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As a 22-year-old African American male, many of the individuals we celebrate this month were my heroes growing up and still are today. Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and Thurgood Marshall were revolutionaries in their time. The sacrifices they made and battles they fought are the only reason I’m writing this today.
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As I’ve become older the appreciation I have for them becomes stronger. Ordinary people become extraordinary by standing behind righteous causes such as the Civil Rights Movement or the abolishment of slavery. From Harriet Tubman, who guided slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad to Rosa Parks, refusing to give up her seat on the bus – we’ve seen the power ordinary people have to do extraordinary things and spark change in an entire country.
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As I type this today, we still are fighting the long fight of race and discrimination here in the United States. From being shot in the street by (bad) police officers, to facing discrimination at our workplace, we still have work to do. This is what this month means to me now that I’m an adult, that the work isn’t done and even though I’m an ordinary person I can help an be apart of an extraordinary movement that can benefit the future generations down the line. You reading this can help too! Going to discussions on campus and becoming more knowledgeable about issues is the first step to activating change.
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To end on a happy note, I just saw an article the said the rate of black college graduates is at an all-time high. What a great thing to hear in my senior year here at EMU!


About the writer:
My name is Kevin Hillman and I am a Senior here at Eastern Michigan University. I am studying Public Relations and I really enjoy going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Feb 01 2019

My College Bucket List: EMU Edition

by blogemu

Everyone should know what a bucket list is and if you don’t, it’s a list of really crazy, cool or awesome things you want to do before you well… kick the bucket. I think it is cool to have a bucket list for college too. Basically, it would be things you want to do before you graduate here at EMU. It could also include events EMU is apart of or it could just be about things to do in Ypsilanti in general. Plenty of us come from different cities, states, or even a different country altogether. You may not live in Ypsilanti year round or be around Eastern campus once you graduate so you should make a list of things you want to do before you walk across that stage. The list will motivate you to get out of your normal routine and stop and “smell the roses”. I personally made a list of things I would like to do here at Eastern and in Ypsi before I leave. Check it out, what would be on your EMU bucket list?

  • Be in an EMU Theatre production
  • Help volunteer on Eastern’s campus
  • Go to a basketball game decked out in all EMU gear
  • Go to a football game and sit in the first row of the student section
  • Attend a Comedy Night in the Student Center
  • Play the classic arcade games in the newly built Eateries
  • Try all the desert foods in The Commons and see which one is the best
  • Go to a new program in each Residence Hall
  • Go to a potluck dinner or a family dinner with friends
  • Perform in Poetry Society Showcase
  • Order a double meat burger from Smashburger
  • Take a yoga class at the Rec/IM
  • Join an intramural basketball league at the Rec/IM
  • Take pictures over Ford Lake
  • Have a photo shoot on the top of the parking garage in the summer
  • Play tag in Pray Harrold
  • Be in a Dodgeball tournament
  • See the leaves changes colors in the fall one last time
  • Try to run for Homecoming King
  • Meet President Smith

About the writer:
My name is Kevin Hillman and I am a junior here at Eastern Michigan University. I am studying Public Relations and I really enjoy going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Jan 30 2019

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

by blogemu

Congratulations! You took a huge step towards being independent. You are finally able to embark on a new journey and further discover your own sense of identity. Before you start this new chapter of your life, let me offer some key tips to have a successful college experience.
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Pictured: Dominick & fellow Eagle Band Members

Don’t Stress About Your Major
You have so much time to make a decision about what you want to do with your life. I have had FOUR different majors in my time at EMU ( and I’m a sophomore). The best way to find out what you are interested in is to make an attempt to join organizations on campus. Some of my best experiences from this school year took place during my involvement in student organizations.
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Don’t Skip Classes
Skipping classes regularly is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in college. Most professors will deduct points from your grade if you miss their class constantly. If your professor does not take attendance on a regular basis but you still decide to skip class, you will miss out on important information all of the time. Don’t waste your own time and money by purposely missing classes.
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Pictured: Dominick with friends

Treat Your Professors with Respect
Try your best to be attentive in class and have positive interactions with your professors. One day, you may have to come to them for a Letter of Recommendation. Also, if you find yourself struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to visit the professor during their office hours! Some professors tend to explain concepts more elaborately when speaking to an individual rather than a group of students, individual attention from a professor could lead to a better understanding of the content they are teaching.
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Cherish Your Friendships & Don’t Be Too Involved
Unfortunately, I lost a dear friend who was the most influential person that I met at EMU. His death was very unexpected of course, but I truly wish that I would have spent more time with him instead of trying to be involved in nearly every organization on campus. Cherish the true friendships that you establish during your time in college. It’s great to be involved, but don’t overdo it to the point where you never see the people that you care about the most. Please do not take them for granted.
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Pictured: Dominick with his friend, Laz who recently passed away

I hope these tips have helped and I wish you the best of luck with your college experience!!!


About the writer:
My name is Dominick Brooks and I am a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in marketing. I am a member of the Go Social Team and I thoroughly enjoy working for the Division of Communications. When I am not working, I love to sing and perform on trumpet. I am the lead male vocalist for the EMU Jazz Ensemble and perform at venues in the Ypsilanti area.

Jan 28 2019

Housing Application Launch

by blogemu

The housing application for the 2019-2020 school year is now live and active! If you haven’t applied for housing yet, you should do so as soon as possible as the priority period closes February 22nd, 2019 at 11:55pm.
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Here are steps to follow to apply for housing:

  1. Go to www.emich.edu/residencelife/applications and select which category you fall under for your application (first-year student, current residents, transfer students, winter/summer housing, graduate students)
  2. You will be taken to a page that outlines detailed information and important dates (make sure to read all of this as certain things may pertain to you).
  3. Enter the housing portal and login using your emich username and password.
  4. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit.
  5. Fill out the forms for housing and dining contracts, emergency contacts, resident and roommate information, any needs/accommodations, and if you have a preference towards a specific Living Learning Theme Community (LLTC).
  6. Write a personal description for potential roommates to find you. If you already have people you want to live with next year, make a roommate group to make it easier when room selection time comes.
  7. You’re done for the moment!

The application will close on February 22nd, 2019 at 11:55 pm. Housing will email out lottery times during the winter break at the end of February for students that applied during the priority period. The time slot will give a date and time for students to go back into the portal to pick their space between March 4th, 2019 at 10:00 am – March 11th, 2019 at 10:00 am. If you are in a roommate group, only the group leader has to pick the space. Once the room has been selected, users must finish their application by choosing a meal plan. Students in roommate groups will have to individually go in and pick their meal plan as the group leader cannot do this for each student. After this, no further action is necessary.
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Anyone who didn’t apply during the priority period or who was not permitted to apply then, the application will reopen on March 11th, 2019 at 10:00 am for any remaining students to apply, select their space and pick a meal plan.
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Read through all the information carefully on the website to answer any other questions you may have. Feel free to contact housing by email or through their social media platforms!
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Happy Housing, Eagles!