Jan 10 2020

Five Tips For Transfer Students

by blogemu

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  .You have decided to transfer to a new school. Despite your parents’ advice and what some of your close friends are saying, you desire a change. A part of you is afraid that you’re making the wrong choice. But, you do not have to experience a scary transition if you do not want to. Read along to learn about five tips to make transferring a breeze:

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Credits, Credits, and Credits

Before matriculating into any university, you must meet with an academic advisor. Be sure that you and your advisor come up with a detailed educational plan. Also, be aware of the credits that you may have from previous schools. Those credits may or may not transfer. This could potentially change the course of your educational career.

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Get To Know Your RA

If you are a transfer student moving into a residence hall, you should definitely become acquainted with your Resident Advisor. Most college dorms have a Resident Advisor on each floor. Resident Advisors are there to help you transition into your new collegiate environment. Resident Advisors can refer you to campus resources, assist with roommate conflicts, and simply be a confidant in your times of need.

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Make Friends With Other Transfer Students

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There are some things that other students will not understand. Find other transfer students to bond with. They will be able to resonate with your feelings of homesickness and awkwardness. Additionally, they will be able to help support you as you transition into your new college.

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Join Clubs

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Being able to have a group of people that share your interests is an amazing feeling. Student organizations give you something to look forward to outside of schoolwork. It will help you achieve balance between your social life and academic life as well. Go to Eagle Sync and pick a club that you might want to join. Then, attend the organization’s meetings and take it from there.

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Do Well In School

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It’s no secret that transfer students usually are leaving institutions that did not benefit them academically. Whether you are a transfer student with a stellar GPA or in need of a do-over, be sure to do well during your first semester at a new college. This will leave a great impression on your professors and set you up for future academic success.

Being a transfer student is not easy. Once you make the decision to leave one university to attend another, you are taking a giant leap of faith. The best way for you to make the most of your situation is to keep a positive attitude. Also, always keep in mind that things will look up in due time.


About the writer:

   Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.

Dec 20 2019

Happy Holidays from EMU

by blogemu

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.   Hello fellow eagles! Finals are finally done and it’s time to get a fresh start and relax our brains with a well-deserved break! While most of us will be going home for the holidays, some of us will still be in our beloved Ypsilanti community. No matter where you are in the world in the next couple weeks, I want to encourage you to take this time to relax and regenerate your mind.

There are so many fun things to do in Ypsilanti over break like visits with Santa, New Year’s celebrations, and Winterfest events! No matter how old we get, it’s important to allow ourselves to appreciate the little things so that we can stay motivated for what’s next in store for our futures. Some of the events are as follows:

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December 20

The Santaland Diaries – A 21 and over event with David Sedaris acting out the retail world for a failing actor who can only land a job as Santa’s elf at Macy’s.

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December 21

The Santaland Diaries
Santa Clay at the Co-op – Come get a photo with a clay Santa and spread the holiday joy!
Santa Visits Yankee Air Museum – Free event all day to see Santa and do fun Christmas activities.

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December 22

The Santaland Diaries

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December 28

Spotlight New Year’s Celebration – A night of West Coast Swing dance and fun at the Ypsilanti Marriott.

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December 29

Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest – A three-day celebration of North American talent serving communities across the country to build the continental kizomba/ urban kizomba community. This event teaches you how to dance and grow with the community.
Spotlight New Year’s Celebration

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December 30

Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest
Spotlight New Year’s Celebration

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December 31

A Stellar New Year’s Eve – Arbor Brewing Company bringing in their own celebration to the New Year with different music and food options.
Dawn Farm’s Umbrella Ball – New Year’s Eve Dance and Celebration with raffles, music, and dance.
Dragin for a Cure for HIV NYE Party – 18 and up benefit event for Unified with entertainment, performances, and dancing! An Iconic New Year’s Eve – Queer burlesque performers of Kitty Delicious Queer Burlesque. An event with dancing, and New Year’s celebration.
Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest
Roaring 2020 Party – Cultivate presents a roaring 20’s party for the new year with live music, dancing, and toasts to the new year.

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January 1

Bike Ypsi – Riding into the New Year at 12:30 am in an annual ride starting at Arbor Brewing Company. Spotlight New Year’s Celebration location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, Ypsilanti Charter Township, MI

There is plenty to do in Ypsilanti during break if you find yourself not being able to go home for the holidays, or if Ypsilanti is your home. Have a wonderful break Eagles, and happy New Year!
(For more information on events, please see YpsiReal.com)


                            About the writer:

 Shayla Parham is a first-year student at Eastern majoring in Public Relations. She works as a desk assistant at the Leadership and Counseling Office as well as being a team member of the Go Social Media Team. Shayla is a member of Optimize Eastern and University Christian Fellowship. Shayla enjoys music of all genres and quality time with her friends.

Dec 13 2019

How to Have a Successful Finals Week at EMU

by blogemu

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   Hi all! It’s easy to get stressed out with finals coming up, so I wanted to share some tips on how to be successful during finals week!

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  An important thing is to not procrastinate and to attend all of the classes leading up to the exam. It’s better to study in blocks of time rather than one late night cramming session before the exam. Some other helpful ways to study are to rewrite notes, use flash cards to test your memory, and to quiz yourself or have someone else quiz you. Another tip is to create a music playlist with songs to help you study! I have one with classical music because it makes for nice background noise and isn’t too distracting. Probably the most important thing is to do is to get enough sleep! Your brain uses sleep to process and retain information, so by going to bed at a reasonable time, you won’t have that brain fart on a question in the middle of the test.

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  When you feel like you’re not really paying attention to what you’re studying anymore, take a break. Taking a walk, playing on your phone, and watching a YouTube video a few activities that I enjoy between studying.

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  Depending on where you study, sometimes it’s good to switch up your study spot too. If I’m studying in my dorm for too long, I start to not study at all. Usually, I’ll go to the library or the student center and then resume my work there. The Halle Library is definitely a great space to study! Each floor has a lot of great places to study and it’ll be nice and quiet so you can concentrate. Personally, I love going to the second floor and sitting by the windows. That way I can get work done, but still have the light coming in from outside.

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  Finally, make sure you check your exam schedule! Some exams start earlier than normal class time so make sure you show up on the right day at the right time! Set extra alarms, reminders, or write your exam schedule down so you won’t forget it.

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  Well, I hope you found these study tips helpful! Best of luck to everyone on their finals and have a great winter break! 


                      About the writer:
   Hi! My name is Paige Wendt and I’m a second year student and a communications major. I love musical theatre, reading, baking cupcakes, and dancing. I’m involved with Best Buddies here on campus as well as the CloseUp theatre troupe. Besides the Division of Communications, I also work in event ticketing for the university (in simple terms: selling tickets for plays, sporting events, concerts, etc. that happen)