Thursday, December 04, 2014
Reflections from My First Encounter
Today I had my first meeting with my mentee and I was more than excited to share all of my experience with being a college student. To my surprise, she was just as excited to meet me. She shared with me her difficulties with adapting to her college work load and how she was not aware of the amount of time it takes to stay focus. She also struggled with commuting back-and-forth to school to complete her work and trying to build relationships with new people. She was very upfront and honest about her uneasiness with making new friends and having time to study.
As her mentor I tried to put forth my best and most genuine advice of how to handle the college lifestyle. Though we are in college we can still enjoy ourselves as much as possible because once this road is complete there is no turning back. I tried to encourage her to plan accordingly and divide her time between completing work for her classes and making friends because they are equally important to having the “College Experience” so many of us covet.
In order to be a successful student one must be mindful of their work-load. Mental preparation precludes time management and great organizational skills. In the same token, I also explained to her the best way to make friends is by joining on-campus organizations. This is the start to create new and heartfelt bonds with students who live on campus. I recommended WINK, it is a group that is dedicated to females and supports young girls on campus. WINK is a female empowerment group that seeks to promote confidence, self- awareness and unity among females. Our goal is to raise self-esteem among young women and girls by providing a safe haven for them to speak and openly provide encouragement to those throughout the community.1As her mentor, I am willing to do my best in helping her navigate through the everyday challenges of school, society, and the community by drawing upon my greater knowledge and experience and open concern for my mentee.
Antoinne, Fall 2014 Commuter Assistant
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
INKED hosted “A Day Without Stigma” fair. The fair was designed to encourage students and others to fight the stigma surrounding mental health disorders and treatment. This event helped to promote the Salisbury University Counseling Center, allowing all SU students to gain access to free counseling to help them deal with the pressures of being a college student. It is absolutely vital that college students everywhere understand that feeling stress is normal. Please, never be afraid to reach out for help if ever you feel that the pressures of everyday life are beginning to weigh you down.
Your Commuter Assistant,
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Foot for Thought
Hello commuter friends,
I’d like to say a word or two on footwear. Yes, shoes. And that is to choose wisely, or you will lose your feet. Of course the last bit is an extremity and the chances are rare to none. However, many of you may not realize that the wrong shoes will greatly impact the commute to campus. For those who park farther away from campus like in the Dresser Parking Lot and have quite a haul from the parking garage/space to campus grounds it may not be the worst choice you made today if you wore comfortable shoes.
I must admit that we are extremely lucky to have such a picturesque campus and some days it is an absolute joy to simply enjoy a nice walk. But I must warn you. Once you are on campus grounds you may think oh, no worries Fulton is right there. Let me tell you that Fulton is not right there. Fulton is never right there. And that is where your next haul begins.
Maybe I'm exaggerating but then again, maybe I am not. I have experienced the blistering and aching feet. So I caution you, choose loose and thicker soled shoes--choose the worn out pair over the newer pair. Breaking in new shoes is not smart when you have longer distances to travel. Anything with too big of a heel or too small of a sole will begin to hurt your feet as the day nears to a close. Maybe go nomad style and walk barefoot. No, don't do that.
Smart shoe choices are rubber flips flops, Birkenstocks, Vans, Toms, Moccasins, and Uggs
Not so smart shoe choices,I repeat, are anything with too BIG of a heel or SMALL of a sole!
This is Noor Shahzad cautioning you to take care of you soles, commuters! Tweet us @SUCommuters!
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Miss those loud and rambunctious family game nights back home? What about those leisurely comical bingo games you may or may not have been forced to attend with your grandparents? Or maybe the ongoing reruns of Jeopardy have driven you mad.
SU’s very own Guerrieri University Center hosts GUC events: a University-sponsored program with weekly events planned by GUC Event planners Sara Grantham and Christine Cocca. GUC Events has become the melting pot of campus, where our student body comes out to events/activities that they find not only fit their interests, but also to dabble at new things and make new friends.
Some popular events include:
-Cooking Classes (Sushi Rolling and Cake Decorting0
-Ping Pong and Pool Tournaments
-Video Game Tournaments
-Thursday Trivia Nights
-Seasonal Crafts (Pumpkin Decorating)
Activities are both engaging and enriching, keeping students involved on campus as well as helping them develop overall as better problem solvers apt to seek challenges, think creatively and involve in more diversity socially. All GUC Events are held weekly in no place other than the Guerrieri University Center. So come see what the buzz is all about and join in!