EMU Blog

Apr 30 2020

Advice for Choosing a Major or Minor at EMU

by blogemu

Eastern Michigan University

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  .       College is hard. We can all admit that. It’s even harder when you don’t know why you’re here or what you want to study. Trust me, I’ve been there. I have changed my major from pre-business to nursing and then to communication. I will be sharing personal tips that I have learned throughout my college journey that have helped me pick a major and minor that matters to me.

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Take off the pressure

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The moment that you start applying for college, there are multiple people telling us what we’re supposed to be. A doctor. A lawyer. A dentist. All of these professions are great. But if they do not set your heart on fire, please beware. Who cares what other people want and like? Figure out what you like. Do you write well? Do you speak well? Do you like to problem solve or are you a great organizer? Knowing these things can be beneficial in choosing your major. Take online quizzes. Ask around. One day, you’ll wake up and know exactly what you want to do. It might not be today. Breathe.

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Trial and error

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Nothing like good ol’ trial and error. We sometimes have to take the journey less traveled and just experiment. That’s what I’ve done in terms of my college major and minor. I would recommend utilizing GenEd classes to discover what naturally piques your interest. After taking Philosophy or Africology, you might realize that you want to take your career in a different direction. Don’t be afraid to make changes as you go. You can declare a major and then decide on something else. Just know how important time is. Don’t waste it.

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Advisors are great

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As a transfer student, I was in an interesting place. I had 30 credits from my first institution and some community college courses under my belt. Yet, I was interested in starting over new. When I went to Eastern Michigan University’s Transfer Open House, I had Communication & Theatre Arts as my major. The advisor looked at me and said I should major in Communication. The Communication course curriculum resonated with me and Communication became my major. Now, my experience was unique. I was given direction by an advisor and it clicked. For you, it may not be that easy. That’s perfectly fine. Go to your advisor at the University Advising and Career Development Center (https://www.emich.edu/uacdc/index.php) with a list of jobs you might be interested in. They can easily help you pick a major revolving around that career path.


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.

Apr 23 2020

Day in the Life of a Quarantined Dietetic Student

by blogemu

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. Over the last several years, I developed some healthy habits that I believe are crucial to my everyday well-being. With a busy schedule and constant due dates, I sometimes questioned the importance of these habits and their impact on my health. Then, in an instant, COVID-19 (coronavirus) made the world come to an abrupt halt.

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A few days into working from home, I realized that “stay home, stay safe” does not mean quit my daily routine. Rather, this time in quarantine has allowed me to embrace my healthy habits as much as I can and recognize how important they are to my sanity. These healthy habits have helped me cope with the chaos and uncertainty that COVID-19 has created.

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Here is a breakdown of a day in the life of a quarantined dietetic student:
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Wake & Breakfast: I start each day of quarantine by waking up around 8-9am, or whenever my body wakes me up. I like to drink a big glass of water as the body gets dehydrated during sleep. Then, I make a delicious oatmeal breakfast consisting of oats, banana, cinnamon, nuts, raisins and peanut butter. My oatmeal is definitely my favorite thing about my mornings. I also drink coffee while eating and studying for my next upcoming exam.

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Exercise: The next thing I like to accomplish is getting my workout out of the way. Getting it done early in the morning helps me feel more productive for the rest of the day and helps me focus on any homework. I try to exercise every day through a walk/run, weight lifting, or yoga. Lately, I enjoy walking on an inclined treadmill for 30 minutes while listening to a recorded lecture. Studying while exercising is a win-win.

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Drink, drink, drink! A habit of mine is always having my water bottle with me. I try to drink 8 glasses of water a day because it helps me feel more alert and awake.

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Planning: In order to maximize my productivity in the day, I use a planner to keep track of the tasks, homework, activities and other things in my busy life that I need to accomplish either that day or that week. I have used a planner for 5 years now and without it, I would have undoubtedly fallen apart. Just 15 minutes of planning each day keeps me organized and on task.

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Pampering: With my busy schedule, another habit I maintain is setting time aside to de-stress. I do this by either taking a bath, putting on a face mask, painting my nails, baking, or drinking a hot glass of tea. Just one relaxing, pampering activity helps me recharge for the next day.

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Bedtime: My last healthy habit for the day is reading 10 pages of any book each night before bed, but NOT textbooks. Bedtime is around 10-11pm and reading helps me mentally wind down for the day. Maintaining a consistent bedtime means that I wake around the same time each morning, keeping the rest of my healthy habits consistent.

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About the writer:

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Hello! My name is Laura Holton. I am a dietetics student in the Bachelors program here at EMU. My hobbies include exercising, being outside, baking and cooking. 

Apr 23 2020

How to Use Your Quarantine to Start a Food Journal

by blogemu

. If you’re stuck at home as a result of the Coronavirus quarantine and have established a few unhealthy snacking habits, then chances are you may put on a few excess pounds. To counteract this, consider tracking your intake during quarantine. Food journaling has shown to help with weight loss; and the best part? It can be as personalized (that is, as vague or as detailed) as you want it to be.

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What’s a food journal? It’s a tool that is used to track your meals, snacks, fluid intake, among other stats. Food journals can be helpful to self-reflect or identify unhealthy eating patterns, and help identify how your intake relates to certain times of the day or emotional states. In addition, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says journaling can help positively reinforce new healthy behaviors, promotes mindfulness, accountability, and can lead to more good choices.

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How should you track? This decision is totally up to you. While most people today keep digital food journals, “pen-and-paper” types might find that keeping a physical journal is more effective. Even more creative still, there are those who use photo-journaling to track their intake. One new app, called Bitesnap, does just this. Other digital apps like MyFitnessPal or CalorieKing are more common, but you can also make your own template on word processing software such as OneNote.

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What should you track? In addition to food and fluids, tracking other measurements like weight or minutes of physical activity can help you monitor and achieve other fitness goals. However, beware of the temptation of making a food journal too detailed starting out. While some people find it helpful to track calories or grams of macronutrients for each food item, this can be time-consuming, overwhelming, and discouraging to those with busy lifestyles. Start with the basics, then add details as you go.
The name of the game is consistency. Since it takes around 6 months (and not the 21-days we’ve all heard before) to establish a habit, the thought of keeping a daily food journal may seem daunting. Keep in mind, your journal doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective. Research shows that those who track their food intake, even just most of the time, are more successful with weight management than those who don’t track at all. For more tips and information on how to successfully keep a food journal for weight loss, visit https://www.eatthis.com/food-journal-guide/.

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About the writer:
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My name is Eduardo Paredes, and I am a proud Master’s Dietetic student here at EMU. I am passionate about food, and enjoy cooking, binge-watching TV shows, or spending time with my three toy poodles. Being in quarantine has made me miss dining out with friends.

Apr 20 2020

Things To Do During Quarantine

by blogemu

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. We are in the midst of a mandated quarantine. That’s right. Therefore, it’s important that we all stay in, stay safe, and stay hopeful. If you are struggling to find inner peace and are running out of things to do, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your downtime:

Practice self-care
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Light candles. Write in your journals. FaceTime family and friends. Take virtual classes. Get on TikTok. This is a moment to relax and reclaim your time. You do not need to feel like you can’t take a break. While this quarantine is here to keep citizens safe, it is also a chance to figure out what your next moves are in life. See it as a stoplight that will eventually turn green one day. It isn’t a roadblock you’ll never get past.

Do your homework
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I know it’s hard to stay focused, but don’t let schoolwork get away from you. Please remember that an education is a terrible thing to waste. You have worked hard to get to this point. Whether you are a freshman or someone crossing the finish line, please be persistent. Also, be kind to your professors at this time. They had to make face-to-face classes adapt to an online format. So, do your part by meeting deadlines-and sending emails if you need extensions.
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Advocate for yourself and your community
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Don’t forget there are people on the front lines fighting for the health of this country. Stand up for them. Understand that we must all come together to protect one another. Do not buy all the gloves, hand sanitizers and face masks. Health personnel need those supplies to save those affected by the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, if you see someone mistreating essential workers, people of certain ethnic backgrounds, and not adhering by the CDC rules and regulations, speak up. No one deserves to be disrespected or put in a compromised position, especially in the face of a pandemic.
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Lean on family and friends
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If you never showed love to the people who love you, this is the time to do so. People are sadly losing their lives and not getting a chance to hear from their loved ones before passing. Stay in contact with your family and friends. Let them know you miss them, you love them, and are concerned about them. If anything, this virus showcases the importance of family. Materialistic means are nothing without people to enjoy it with.
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These are just some things you can do to be of assistance to the world. Don’t be afraid to watch the news. Take time for yourself. Try to not let anxiety consume you. We will get through this. We are Eagles and we are stronger together.

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About the writer:

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. 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.

Apr 19 2020

Five Ways To Practice Self Care During Quarantine

by blogemu

  

. With all that is going on in our world today, it can be a bit overwhelming. Being cooped up in the house for long isn’t good for anyone. While most of us are being restrained to our homes, we still have work that needs to get done. With work getting done and the stress of what’s happening in the news, we often forget to take care of ourselves. This is a time where using self care can be the most beneficial. It allows you to take a break from the news, from your work and stress and gives you a chance to enjoy yourself. There are so many different ways to replenish the different aspects of yourself but here are five ways you can practice self care during quarantine.

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. One way would be to start a new light physical activity. While we are on lockdown, you are still able to go on walks or bike rides. Getting out of the house for just an hour can be very refreshing. You’re also getting active while enjoying nature and the fresh air it provides. There are also plenty of ways to stay active indoors. You can find workout routines on Youtube or Pinterest for all different skill levels as well as routines that don’t require any type of workout equipment.

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The second way you can practice self care is picking up a new hobby. Finding something new that sounds interesting or maybe something you’ve always wanted to do. You can go back to an old hobby you’ve gotten too busy for. Whether it be painting, knitting, reading books, or writing. There are plenty of things that can be done inside and if you don’t have what you need, try to order it online so that way you’re being safe and keeping everyone around you safe while still keeping yourself entertained.
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This is probably the most common way people have been keeping occupied but try watching some television. Sure, this does not initially sound like self care but watching an episode or five of your favorite TV show or something new is a good way to take a break. It can be a break from school work or from keeping up with what’s going on in the news but either way it allows you to focus on something lighter or maybe someone else’s drama instead of focusing on quarantine.

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The fourth way you could practice self care in quarantine is to reorganize your living space. Your living room, bedroom, office, or any space that you feel could use a change or some livening up. This gives you some activity to focus on and once it’s all done it gives you a new, cleaner space to work with. Having that more organized space can also be a mood booster compared to working in a messier, disorganized space.

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The last way you can practice self care during quarantine is to watch some TED talks or find some educational podcasts. These can cover so many different topics from spirituality to self discipline. The TED talks app and youtube page has an extensive catalog that can be utilized for free. Spotify and Apple also have a huge selection of podcasts that can be found for topics like these as well from language learning to what’s going on in the world of science. This can be a great way to educate yourself or better yourself in a time like this.

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Hopefully you find all of these different ways to practice self care useful and are able to try some of them soon. Trying them could just give you something good to feel about and something positive to look forward to. They could also help keep the boredom away for just a bit longer until this quarantine ends. Remember to stay home and stay safe!

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About the writer:

Hello! My name is Jaleia Woods and I am a junior studying German and geography. I enjoy learning about German culture and playing with my cat Vega!

Apr 09 2020

How to Eat Healthy During the COVID-19 quarantine

by blogemu

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.    Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables can be tough, but it’s been especially difficult now that fresh fruit and vegetables are racing off the store shelves. The “stay home, stay safe” mentality has people buying items in bulk causing shortages, and one can see from the bare spots in the produce aisle the truth in this.

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So, out of the produce aisle, and into the canned section we go! Get your nutrients while minimizing grocery store trips during quarantine by choosing canned fruits and vegetables.

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Follow these 3 simple tips to choose healthier canned foods:

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1. When purchasing canned fruit, look for options that contain 100% fruit juice or “in own juices.” This will help to cut down on added sugars from heavy syrups. Pears, peaches, mandarins, and even applesauce can be good choices.

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2. When purchasing canned vegetables, look for labels that say “no salt added” or “low sodium.” Another way to cut down on sodium is to drain the liquids, then rinse canned vegetables and beans, washing away excess salt.

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3. Make sure to avoid cans with dents, bulges, cracks, and leaks. This may be a sign of a harmful bacteria growth called Clostridium botulinum, which could cause a food-borne illness.

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During this time of caution and care not to spread the Coronavirus, it is always good practice to thoroughly wash the top of canned goods before using a can opener to cut the lid. Without washing, any bacteria or virus that is on the outside of the can may contaminate your food. Here’s to staying healthy during COVID-19!


About the writer:

Hello, I am Kathleen Schaaf, a junior at EMU majoring in Dietetics. I enjoy being involved on campus and connecting with fellow students. During this time of quarantine, I study and spend my time staying active through online workout videos. 

Apr 09 2020

Top Ten Tips For Staying Productive at Home

by blogemu

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    I will admit, it is quite nice listening to lectures in the comfort of my home, in pajamas of course! Before adjusting to the new routine with fully online courses, my first week wasn’t productive as I was in a “break” mindset. After some trial and error, I’ve come up with a list of 10 ways to stay productive during this quarantine.
Keep yourself accountable.

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  .   I had to remind myself that this isn’t a break, it’s working from home. Keep a calendar out with deadlines and assignments and cross them off as you complete them. I found it helpful to make a list of daily tasks with personal deadlines. This gives you a goal for the day and helps keep tasks manageable.

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Clean your space.
A clear environment creates a clear mind. Organize, and get rid of clutter so that your mind is not focused on it when you are trying to get other things done.

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Incorporate physical activity
The gyms are closed, but that doesn’t mean exercise can’t happen. Go for a run or walk outdoors or do an at-home workout. I found some great workout routines under 25 minutes on Pinterest.

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 Prepare meals in batches.
Since it is important to practice social distancing during this time, take this opportunity to cook so that you don’t have to rely on ordering take out or delivery. It’s a healthier and cheaper option. Make a big batch today and eat for a week, or freeze some for next week.

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Schedule Skype dates with friends and family.
Reserve a day and time each week to catch up with your loved ones virtually. Motivate yourself by seeing this as a reward for staying on task with your school work. More than ever, we need to have human interaction as part of our routine.

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Keep your mind active!
Play board games with your roommates, or virtually with friends online. Scattergories, Codenames, and Skip-Bo are my favorite!
Take an online workshop to improve on a hobby or skill.
www.shawacademy.com offers free 4-week courses to learn a new skill or sharpen your knowledge. I recently signed up to learn Adobe Photoshop!
Set aside time to relax.

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Read a nice book or watch your favorite show on Netflix, but don’t get too carried away! Limit your leisure screen time to 2 hours a day.
House projects. Now that you’re home more often, take time to fix or rearrange items that were put on the back burner.

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Get some rest!
Good sleep is essential to have a productive day. Use this time to establish a healthy sleep cycle so you can feel refreshed in the morning and get more done!


About the writer: 

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    Hi, my name is Sapthalee (Lee for short). I’m a dietetics student in the Master program here at EMU. I am an intern at Eagle Nutrition Services this semester and work at Swoop’s Food Pantry. When I’m not studying, my favorite things to do are cooking, being active and spending time with friends and family.

Apr 03 2020

How to Stay Active During Self-Quarantine

by blogemu

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.        It’s Corona time. No, sadly I don’t mean the beer. COVID-19 is sweeping the world. Gyms are closed, grocery store shelves are empty, and many of us are on lock-down at home in an effort to flatten the curve. On March 23, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared the State of Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. I don’t know about you, but most of my days now consist of lots of screen time. As a dietetics Student, I know this is not okay for my overall physical or mental health.

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.  So, how do you stay active if you’re confined to your house? Quarantine could be a good time to relax, but can also a great time to create new, healthy habits to maintain balance. Fortunately, a gym isn’t necessary to be physically active. As long as there is an open space somewhere in your house (or outside) that allows for full body movement, you’re good to go! Below, I have put together a quick workout routine that has helped me get off the couch and get my heart pumping. Each of the following exercises are body-weight movements. However, feel free to use dumbbells for extra resistance!

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.      If you don’t have any dumbbells, but wish to increase resistance, it’s okay to get creative! Containers with handles, such as laundry detergent or milk/water jugs work just as well when doing bicep curls, squats, rows, and side/front raises. Obviously, the fuller the containers, the more resistance you will have and these objects can be filled with water to meet the desired resistance weight. Other options that don’t have handles, but work are water bottles, canned goods, or a 5lb. bag of sugar/flour (make sure it’s sealed tight or you’ll have a mess everywhere!).

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Full body workout: Complete 4 rounds of Circuit 1, then move on to complete 4 rounds of Circuit 2.

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Circuit 1:
Squats – 10 reps
Stationary lunges – 10 on each leg (or if you prefer- complete moving lunges anywhere you have room (e.g. down a hallway)
Push ups – 10 reps
Dips (using a chair or stool) – 10 or until failure
Russian twist – 10 reps

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Circuit 2:
Burpee – 10 reps
Crunches – 10 reps
High knees – 30 seconds
Jump lunges – 10 on each leg

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.. .  While this is only one workout routine, there are fitness centers, like Planet Fitness, offering free “Home Work-Ins” daily on their Facebook page for members and non-members alike. Moreover, the clothing brand, Gymshark, offers free in-home workouts on their app. Both of which include a variety of options to choose from. Or, if you enjoy dancing, you can take all this down-time to learn the newest TikTok dance! Exercise does not have to revolve around your typical “weight-lifting” regimen, and it can be fun if you find something you enjoy doing! Facetime a buddy to do a workout together. If the weather is nice, go out for a walk or jog. Just remember to practice social distancing and to stay away from large groups.


About the writer:

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Hello, my name is Miranda Greene. I’m a junior in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at EMU. Although I’m not yet a Registered Dietitian, nutrition and fitness have been big interests of mine for many years now. Finding unique ways to stay fit is a passion of mine.

Mar 30 2020

How to Make TRUEMU Shamrock Cookies

by blogemu

 

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 .     As cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) continue to increase globally, we are all stocking up on groceries, staying at home more frequently, while some of us self-quarantine. It’s no secret that when someone appears to have symptoms of being sick, we tend to avoid them. However, as we often have no way of knowing who is carrying COVID-19, it is important for us to stay at home to avoid catching and transferring the virus to others.

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    .With everything that is happening in the world, now is the perfect time to bring out your favorite cookie cutter and make some delicious #TRUEMU shamrock cookies! Baking could be beneficial for your mental health, appeal to different senses, and provide feelings of comfort.

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 .  Here is a step by step guide on how to make “block E” shamrock cookies, inspired by Eastern Michigan University Dietetics.

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   .*Necessary ingredients for the cookie dough:.
-¾ cup of softened butter1 cup of sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 tsp of vanilla
-2 ½ cups of flour
-1 tsp of salt
-1 tsp of Baking Powder

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Step 1) Empty all ingredients into a mixing bowl

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Step 2) Mix all ingredients using a large spoon

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Step 3) Place the dough in your refrigerator for 1 hour

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Step 4) If you have a cookie cutter, do your best to make an “E” shape. If not, roll the dough with your hands and tear out individual strips to form small E-shaped letters.

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Step 5) Bake the cookies at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 7-9 minutes.

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Step 6) Gather ingredients for frosting!

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Necessary items for frosting:


-1 cup of powdered sugar
-2 tsp of water
-2 tsp of corn syrup
-¼ tsp of almond extract
-Green food coloring

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Step 7: Mix all of the ingredients for the frosting together in a bowl.

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Step 8: Dip the cookies in frosting to place on racks so they can harden.

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Step 9: Enjoy your EMU Shamrock cookies!

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If you still need to practice social distancing, there’s no need to worry! EMU shamrock cookies can be made all by yourself. Let’s continue to stay home and flatten the curve to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 while enjoying our delicious quarantine cookies.

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                                  About the writer:

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Hello! My name is Demeatry Dominick Brooks and I am a junior at Eastern Michigan University. I am very passionate about studying and performing music. I sing and play trumpet at venues in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Belleville, and Detroit. I am always looking for more opportunities to grow as a musician.

Mar 19 2020

Scheduling Tips For Online Courses

by blogemu

College life can be very challenging as we attempt to transition from face-to-face to online classes. It can be especially difficult to have a structured schedule with everything being online.

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Here are some scheduling tips for taking online courses at EMU:

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1)Make sure your sleeping and eating patterns are the same.

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-Set a timer or an alarm for when it’s time for you to go to bed.

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-Create a time frame where you will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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*Eat healthy snacks and drink water in between classes and virtual meetings

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2) Use a planner for writing down homework and extracurricular activities..

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*Write your classes in order from Monday-Friday

Highlight important dates (finals, essays, and tests)

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3) Find free time between your classes and job scheduling

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-Any free time between your classes, eat or work on homework, etc.

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4) Remember to Relax!

-Make sure you take breaks

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-Recharge your brain by reading your preferred books or magazines

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Take time for yourself. Feel free to take a break away from your phone, laptop, and other electronics.

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BONUS TIPS:

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If you find yourself having a hard time dealing with online classes, the Holman Success Center aims to support students. Success Coaches: https://bit.ly/2w9I008

Supplemental Instructor: https://bit.ly/2vpn450

Tutoring: https://bit.ly/2QnhV4S

Peer Academic Coaches: https://bit.ly/2WjPiJw

For mental health needs and crisis intervention, talk to Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) (https://www.emich.edu/caps/)


About the writer:

Hello, My name is Bianca Ramsey and I am currently a Junior at EMU. I am pursuing a BA in Media Studies & Journalism with a minor in Communication, in addition to being a reporter & writer for the Eastern Echo.

Mar 13 2020

Tips for Finding a Summer Internship

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       . Gaining an undergraduate degree is an amazing accomplishment. Yet, what helps students get jobs is experience. “How do I gain experience?”, you might ask. You gain experience through internships. Though internships are hard to come by, you can secure one-with a great strategy and a positive attitude. Read along to figure out tips to help you get the summer internship of your dreams:

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 .  Use on-campus resources. There are so many resources on campus available to assist students in their career developments. Reach out to the University Advising and Career Development Center in McKenny Hall. They will provide job listings and contact information to employers you are interested in. Also, they can review your resume. (Nowadays, it’s important that an applicant’s resume matches the keyword in the job descriptions). Be the candidate that has an incredible cover letter and resume that tells a story as well as good interviewing skills.

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.  Attend events. If you are not finding the connections you need, then it might mean you need to step outside your comfort zone. Get out to networking events and learn whose doing big things in your industry of choice. Exchanging business cards can lead to an interview, especially if you come across as a genuine, hard working person. Also, go to internship fairs. EMU puts on internship fairs throughout the year. Research the companies beforehand and put your best foot forward.

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.  Utilize organizations and fellowships. Google organizations such as Emma Bowen Foundation, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and others that are genuinely helping all students obtain top-notch internships. These organizations are great starting points for an internship search.

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 . LinkedIn. LinkedIn is an online platform meant to help professionals meet others in their fields. You can easily send a connection request to a job recruiter or someone working at a company you love. Putting yourself on the radar of employers is a step in the right direction. You’ll snag an interview in no time.

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. Throughout your internship search, do not get discouraged. Lean on the encouragement of family and friends because you will get rejected. But, know that rejection will lead to the perfect opportunity. Good luck on your internship search!

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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.

Mar 06 2020

How to Finish Your Semester Strong

by blogemu

The community I have chosen to be a part of and be vulnerable with, University Christian Fellowship

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.   .     We are officially half way through the winter 2020 semester! With every new year, it’s very common for us to make a New Year’s Resolution. In general, I don’t witness many people sticking to their resolutions or goals. It’s especially hard as a student to stay motivated when so much change is coming at you in all directions, not even counting the classwork that sneaks up on you with the new semester.

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This year, I am going to look forward to different things that I am setting out only to succeed at. If we do it as a goal, then we are almost allowing ourselves to have something to fail at. For the rest of this school year, I am looking forward to a few things.

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This year, I am going to stay motivated. Don’t let one bad day take over my mindset in everything I have already worked for.

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This year, I am going to pick up shifts when I can. If you have the opportunity to make money, do it. We don’t need to always be the broke college students.

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This year, I am not going to sleep all day. Rest when needed, but don’t hold yourself back from what could be a great day.

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This year, I will work on assignments as they get assigned. We are at this university to get a degree. Actively work towards your future and it will pay off.

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This year, I will not procrastinate. Life as a college student is stressful enough, no need to stress about one assignment double time because you are doing it in the last minute.

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This year, I will be active in my student organization. Did you get involved last semester? Were you actively working to do more in your student org? If not, be present and share your voice.

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This year, I will not rely on anyone else to make me happy. Sometimes we give too much responsibility over our happiness to people who don’t deserve it and will never satisfy. I encourage you to be responsible for your own happiness because you can’t be disappointed by people any longer.

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This year, I will focus on my mental health. It’s okay to put yourself first, but we have this stigma that it’s selfish when it is in fact not.

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This year, I will be active in class discussions. Be present and let others see what you have to offer.

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This year, I look forward to being a better person. We can always do more to improve ourselves and this year let’s do that together.

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Whether your goal is to finish the semester strong or have a better year in general, you can do it. The main thing to remember is that you have the power to do anything you set your mind to. If I can ask one thing of my fellow eagles, don’t let a bump in the road throw you off course because you deserve better.


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.

Feb 21 2020

How To Make the Most out of Winter Recess

by blogemu

Eastern Michigan University 2018-19 general fund budget underscores commitment to academic programs and facilities, student success, fiscal stewardship

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..   Finally, it’s the time we have been waiting for since winter semester began, right? WINTER BREAK! I’m no travel agent, but I am a college student and I know how to have fun. Being a college student means I am just as broke, if not a little more. Also, knowing how to have fun means that I love being out and about exploring new things.

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. The key to an amazing winter break is having supportive friends and family surrounding you. That’s the key to a good time at any time because you need to laugh and give your mind a break. Good family and friends have innate nature to make sure the people they surround themselves with are having a great time.

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.  The next step to having a successful winter break is to get out of the house and explore something. Dig deeper into something you enjoy doing. Take a road trip somewhere. The road trip doesn’t have to be the whole week you are out, it could be an extended weekend. If you are driving, make sure everyone who’s riding has gas money. If you are riding, make sure you have gas money.

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.  Airbnbs are the new wave. Most times, they are really good prices and they are really nice and clean. Also, customer service is very helpful and responsive. The prices jump really high around holidays and if a special event is going on around the city. In that case, make sure you book as early as possible. If not, try to book really late because sometimes they have “last minute” prices. Hotels are always a safe bet when traveling to unknown areas. Look at multiple sites, and compare prices before booking.

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.  If all fails because you are not financially stable, I suggest working and saving any extra money during the break to put towards another break. Keep in mind that a break could be as short as an extended weekend or as long as two months. Seize every break because most professions have no such thing. Look at places you would like to experience and do research on prices to travel, stay, and function (eating, shopping, and transportation). Start a group message with people you’d like to spend your breaks with.

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.  Last but not least, be open minded when dealing with other people. The more people you travel or spend time with, the more flexible and open minded you should be. Be optimistic and positive about every situation.


About the writer:

My name is Sydney Bierria. I am a transfer student ( in my junior year) here at EMU. My major is communication and I plan to build an empire as a TV personality. Besides the GoSocial Street Team, I am not in any other organizations, although I should add that I am interested in the Black Media Association, and other social organizations that promote loyalty, friendship and growth!

Feb 14 2020

The Color of Drums at EMU

by blogemu

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 .    Founded in 2001, Poetry Society hosts The Color of Drums (TCOD) in Pease Auditorium annually. The Color of Drums was initially founded by a Poetry Society oldhead; “Blake”. TCOD is the only staged event on campus where modern poetry and acting collide. This TCOD cycle, There were 8 skits guided by different titles, Crossing Lines, TRIGGER WARNING, 6 Feet, Watch the Throne, Masterpiece, Doors Up, and RockStars. This year, The Color of Drums was completely dedicated to honor the legacy of Tiran Maion Burell, a poetry society old-head who recently passed away at 29. To break the skits up, there was a halftime performance given by the Diversion Dance Troupe (Poetry Society’s sister org) and the Alpha Phi Alpha (The Fraternity Tiran pledged). TCOD works this way: the theme is declared by the MLK committee and then PS has a sub theme for the show itself. This is also the biggest show for PS. Our newbies who plan to earn membership in PS tend to do their first major show with us after months of grounded group work.

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  This event impacted my life because Tiran was the closest thing I had to a black hero. Without Tiran, my experience at EMU would be completely different. Tiran was the coordinator of BrotherHOOD, a coalition Living Learning Experience with the mission to further extend wisdom. BrotherHood provides resources for black boys from underprivileged communities or families, and assists them with navigating the college experience. Tiran was also a prominent member of the EMU Poetry Society (PS) and the reason I was introduced to PS. This show was dedicated to him because Tiran is a legacy in and of itself, as he has done 7 TCOD cycles which is the most done in PS ever. Tiran also helped me get my first real job, which was working in the Office of Urban Community Development and International Outreach in Porter. I was fortunately able to work on most of my poetry and learn more about professionalism. With Tiran, it feels like a part of me no longer exists. But in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, it is a timeless necessity to reflect on not only the famous figures who paved road the way as activists, but also the black role models who made the road easier to travel down.


About the writer:

Hello! My name is Mack Colston Jr. and I am a junior at EMU. Although I am actively involved in Poetry Society, I also enjoy singing and playing my guitar.

Feb 07 2020

Black History Month at EMU

by blogemu

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.According to History.com, Black History Month was first established in 1915. Throughout the centuries, the significance of this particular month has played a huge role in defining the true meaning behind African Americans and their culture. Whether it is breaking records or creating a platform for other minorities, African American identity plays a huge role in the United States as a whole.

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Historical African Americans and Places:

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Garrett Morgan Sr. ( the inventor of the first traffic lights)
website of Garrett Morgan Sr.

  • Born in Claysville (Harrison County, Kentucky), Morgan later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 14 years old due to employment.
  • Later on, Morgan established his own business in Cleveland, Ohio, dealing with sewing machines. Throughout his time in Cleveland,  Morgan was able to develop his own invention of a belt fastener for the sewing machines, establishing a patent in 1912.  
  • Years later, Morgan invented the smoke hood (a fireman’s mask) and traffic signal light between the early 1900s.

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Black Wall Street of America: 

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Documentary of Black Wall Street

  •  Black Wall Street was fully Developed on May 31st, 1921, located in Greenwood District, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
  •  This Historical place  had the significance of establishing African Americans within  their communities.
  • Black owned businesses created economic growth amongst the African American communities.
  • Race riots brought it to an end on June 1, 1921. 

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Interesting Books and  Movies by African Americans:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X 

Authors:  Malcom X and Alex Haley 

  • This books talks about the life behind human right activist Malcom X.
  • Throughout the book, readers are given life lessons , which can be used today.
  • Topics dealing with self esteem & unity

The Great Debaters Film (2007)

  • Directed by Denzel Washington

Higher Learning

  • Directed by John Singleton 
  • Dealing with incoming college students from different backgrounds, who face challenges amongst each other.

The New Jim Crow

Author Michelle Alexander

  • Deals with the mass incarcerations amongst African American and other minorities across America.
  •  Focus on the true meaning of behind the word “ justice” in America.

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Here is Eastern Michigan University’s campus event schedule for this upcoming week for Black History Month:

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Sun Feb 9, 2020:

The Intersection at the EMU Student Center

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Fri Feb 7:

“North Star”
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Quirk Sponberg Theatre

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For more information on events, please visit

https://today.emich.edu/calendar


About the writer:

Hello! My name is Bianca Ramsey and I am currently a junior at EMU. I am pursuing a BA in Media Studies & Journalism while being a reporter & writer for the Eastern Echo.