Jan 31 2020

EMU CloseUp Rises Up Against Injustice

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Hello everyone! Over the weekend, there were lots of events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but I wanted to share my experience about performing in my first CloseUp show. It was very emotional because it was my directors’ last show before stepping down from their positions, but also just the nature of how raw and real some of the scenes were made for a very impactful show.

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.For those who don’t know, CloseUp is a theatre troupe located right here at EMU. Often times, you can see us perform at orientation for the incoming first year students or on MLK Day. We talk a lot about the things other people are afraid to talk about. For this MLK show, we really wanted to do our directors justice by performing the scenes they wrote to the best of our abilities. Some of the topics in our scenes included: hypersensitivity, racism, sexual assault, masculinity, and stereotyping. In the troupe we had a lot of diversity; from the black community, the Muslim community, the LGBTQ+ community, and immigrant community. We, the troupe felt that those who were minorities should tell their stories in the most real way possible. A lot of the time, the stories that we were telling on stage were our own and the emotions that we used to deliver those stories were real. In CloseUp, we strive to give our audience a deeper meaning to the scenes so that when they leave, they will feel changed.

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.My takeaway from this show was just how important it is to speak your truth, no matter how hard it is. It’s important to talk about the difficult subjects and stand up to the injustices you see around you; whether that be here at EMU, your home, or even for a stranger. MLK Day may be one day a year, but we can continue to speak out and rise up against injustice every day.

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.We had two very successful shows and I’m so proud of my troupe. I wish everyone could have seen this show because I believe it really has the power to move people. For those who saw it, thank you so much. For those who were unable to make it, we hope you join us next time.

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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)

Jan 24 2020

Challenges of Being a Freshman

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           .Coming to college as a young adult is quite challenging. In my experience, I was constantly thinking about what it’s like to be completely independent and on your own? I also didn’t think it’d be a challenge, like how hard could college really be? Little did I know, college isn’t easy by any means, in terms of classes and staying active in all your student organizations, but the hardest part is allowing yourself to be exposed and talk to people.

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..  As we get older, we tend to think to ourselves that adulting is about being completely on our own. It’s a valid point because not just anyone is going to pay your bills, but part of maturing is knowing how and allowing yourself to be in a community. At Eastern Michigan University, I have never failed to feel cared for in all aspects of interactions with people I see on a day to day basis. My employers care about my schooling. My professors care about my mental health. My mentors care about me thriving. My friends care about my goals. There is someone always cheering me on and you never have to feel alone.

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.  .I expected to come to college and be fine because I’ve already lived the life of being independent. What I found out was it’s not just about being alone, it’s about taking responsibility for yourself in ways that not many talk about. I found it less challenging to manage my time, but more challenging to acknowledge when I wasn’t feeling like myself. When I wasn’t feeling myself, I had to take it upon myself to talk to someone and get brought back down to earth. Part of being independent is also being self-aware because no one else can do it for you. At Eastern, there are so many great resources to keeping your mental health in check. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is very helpful to many for counseling and guidance in adjustment to life in college and maintaining mental health. Having Residential Advisors (RAs) that check to see how you are doing is very helpful as well.


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.   .When entering a new atmosphere, it’s important to check in with yourself mentally and make sure all is well. If you are having a hard time doing that, it’s okay and totally normal! I recommend putting yourself out there, and being vulnerable. It’s alright to let others know that you are struggling with something. At Eastern, you never have to feel like you are doing anything alone.


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.

Jan 10 2020

Five Tips For Transfer Students

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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.