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!