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.
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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 Ahead – Don’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.
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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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