About Tori Lynn

Call me Tori. I supply my own happiness, but I always accept extra. I'm as excited as ever to take on spontaneous journeys and to welcome the small-but-important every day opportunities and blessings that come my way.

How to Get a Job

There is one piece of common ground that most people of the world share: the desire to have a job. As college students and aspiring professionals, this is our main goal. But how does one get a job? Let’s get right into it and explore the first steps in conquering your career.

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What you need to get a job:

-Education

Whether you’re taking the work route right straight out of high school or choosing a college major, perhaps the most important thing you must do is get educated on the basics of whichever path you explore.

If you want to work in a company, find out whatever you can about the company: What is its service or product? How many people does this company employ? How many branches exist? What working skills does this company need in an employee (and do I have these skills)? Consider abstract ideas as well: Will this company thrive in the future? Can I lose my job to a robot? Will I have a job here in ten years? Will this job require me to move to another location? Will I like this job? Is the salary worth my effort?

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Before you head into a job interview -ANY kind of interview, for that matter- find out the most important details. No employer wants to hire someone who has no idea what he or she is applying for, so aim to impress with your knowledge. Studying the details will definitely benefit you in the end.

-Experience

Employers like to see what you’ve done in the past in order to consider what you’ll be capable of in the future. Everything you’ve done in your life up to this point has the potential to be something beneficial in job-seeking. Experience can include anything from babysitting your neighbor’s rambunctious children to volunteering at an animal shelter to your part-time job cleaning up spilled popcorn at the movie theater. Your experience can also include your extracurricular activities such as student government treasurer, high school softball team captain, National Honor Society member, Relay for Life team captain, and anything else: the more well-roundedness you prove, the better. If you truly believe you have not accomplished anything, start cracking now!

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-Work ethic

Every restaurant employer wants to know that between taking orders and serving food a waitress is cleaning up the spill at table four and filling up the salt and pepper shakers. This is a great example, to me, of work ethic. The point of work ethic is that even when nobody is watching you’re still striving to do a great job. My advice for this section to take pride in the work that you do, and never just do a job to get it done! There is always some way to make your job better than just going through the motions. For example, I work at a nursing home. When I’m done serving food to the elderly residents (yes, you guessed it- the previous example was, in fact, reflective of my job), if I have a few minutes of down time I walk around the dining room and ask people how they’re doing and I try to make their days brighter. What usually happens is they turn it around and brighten MY day! One day while I was mingling with the residents, trying to make them smile, a few different people said I’m “a professional,” “the best worker” there, and that I have the most beautiful “bright blue eyes.” As I was trying to cheer everyone else up, this is what I got in return, and THAT is why I enjoy what I do. I also love the friendly and funny work environment my coworkers and I have created; Who said we can’t do our jobs and have fun at the same time? I relate my personal work ethic to karma: If I make the best out of my job just for the sake of doing so, my job gives back to me.

In essence, find your work ethic. Don’t just do your job; make it YOURS.

'Any recommendations besides these report cards saying you work well with others?'

-A resume

This is important! Although the best way to get a job, in my opinion, is to get someone in person to know your name, experience, and skills, the next best thing is to have it written down concisely, clearly, and honestly to give to the same person you just impressed to review later. Think of a resumé as an advertisement of you. As a side note, I recently met Dr. Temple Grandin and listened to her speak, and a quote that stuck with me sounded something like, “You are selling your service, not yourself.” A resume is your chance to sell your services through short but super effective snippets of your skills and experience.

If you attend the same school as me, there are workshops offered in making an awesome resume, but if you can’t make a session on time just go to the Insalaco Center for Career Development to learn some tips. Another great option is to Google “How to write a resume” and gawk at the hundreds of results and put what you learn into action. Even if you graduate in five years, the best time to develop your resume is now.

'Your resume is written in crayon, and under experience you have computer games. You've never had a real job, have you?'

-References

You’ve met thousands of people throughout your lifetime. The question now is: Which of these people do you trust to talk to your could-be employers? Consider using teachers, coaches, volunteer supervisors, and past employers as references only if you think they will back you up and make you sound great if your could-be employer calls them. The trick is to choose people who will be absolutely honest but still make you sound good (because hey, you ARE good. You’re remarkable, really. Believe it.). Form strong relationships with professors, bosses, coworkers, faculty, staff, fellow volunteers, your priest, the mailman, your hairdresser, and anybody else who you interact with that you think might have your back sometime later in life. I mean, don’t just be friends with them so they’ll write you a recommendation letter later in life, but always keep it in mind.


So, the point of this post was not just to read for pleasure. The point is to get started, hop to it, and get moving on your job search. Stay confident and committed!

Here is a photo of me with Dr. Temple Grandin. If you don’t know who she is, incorporate her into your job-related research! She has a lot of useful information to say about jobs!

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Photos retrieved from:

http://www.wpic.pitt.edu/research/adhd/resources/Job_Strategies.html

http://www.pdfsupply.com/blog/will-automation-take-your-job/

http://themetapicture.com/why-people-stay-unemployed/

http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/j/job-experience.asp

GO AWAY: Ireland Edition

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“Go away.”

That’s what Misericordia’s president, Dr. Thomas Botzman, likes to tell students. I’m sure he means it in the nicest way possible, right? Right.

What Dr. Botzman means by telling students to “go away” is to explore the world beyond the walls of campus.

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Step out of your comfort zone and travel, doing good deeds in your path. Discover the satisfaction and adrenaline that come along with following your heart to far off lands.

Don’t push off the idea of international travel without giving it proper thought. Misericordia offers a few trips to allow students to make a difference even across the globe. How cool is that?!

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Students have done service work throughout the United States as well as in Jamaica, Peru and Guyana.

I recently returned from a trip to Dublin and Belfast in Ireland. IRELAND. I WAS IN IRELAND! Wow. It still doesn’t feel real. 🙂

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In Ireland I attended a Mercy Leadership Conference with seven students from MU and two lovely chaperones. Roughly sixty students from Mercy schools in the USA, Ireland, England, and Australia graced the conference with their presence. Each of these students has proven to show signs of leadership on their campuses. The theme was “Now is the Time.”

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What happens when you put sixty leaders/strangers together in one room? Well, you would think things could get a little competitive or tense when people are so similar. Or perhaps you might think it’d be an awkward environment. But life isn’t always what you think.

The result? Remarkable.

During my stay in Ireland I was lucky enough not only to soak in the beauty Ireland has to offer but also to establish meaningful connections with students who have the same mindset as myself as a recognized leader.

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Although we are all different, each person at that conference undeniably had one thing in common: we were all there. And that was good enough for us.

Picture this: sixty students who might never see each other again, smiling together and crying together, building lifelong relationships in a matter of four days…in Ireland. 😉

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The conference stretched my thinking and allowed me to explore the world from another perspective- the perspective of being in another person’s shoes (preferably size eight and a half).

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Learning about the United Nations and social, political and economic analysis is not a topic I thought I’d encounter at this international gathering, nor did I think I’d ever hear a Sister say, “Hi, I’m Sister Karen, and I’m addicted to mercy.” But these things happen, I suppose, and who am I to judge someone addicted to mercy when I myself am having withdrawal?

When sitting on the airplane hovering over enormous puffs of cloud and riding tour busses overlooking endless pastures of green, it’s impossible not to feel small sometimes.

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But every fertile farm begins with one blade of grass and every cloud begins with just one drop of water.

What I took away from this Mercy Leadership Conference in Ireland was that I am capable of being that one blade of grass or that one drop of water that turns into something bigger.

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Be that one.

Travel every chance you get, especially through MU, and meet the inspirational individuals that surround you in this world.

Misericordia was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, which is why MU is considered a “Mercy” institution. Since the Sisters of Mercy founded other schools besides MU, that makes these other schools Mercy affiliations. Although I knew these other Mercy schools existed, I never really realized how cool it is that there are people outside of MU that “get it.” These Mercy schools “get” the mission of MU and understand what it’s like to have a small campus and they “get” that Catherine McAuley (founder of the Sisters of Mercy) is essentially a celebrity. (And the conference was held at the first building she opened on Baggot Street to house, feed and care for the needy year ago!)

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It’s kind of like this: Imagine you are part of one of the very few chess teams in Pennsylvania and then you go to Ireland and you find sixty other people from chess teams and you think, “This is great- I felt like I was the only person on a chess team!” knowing in the back of your mind that surely there HAD to be another chess team out there somewhere, just too figuratively distant to fathom. Well, if that makes any sense to you, it’s kind of like that. It’s a great thing.

In Ireland we had the chance to be tourists for a few days, but I’ll save the stories about the infamous Paddy’s Palace (hostel) and roast beef potato chips for another time.

Now is the time…go away.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

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Check out the scoop about the Young Mercy Leaders Conference and more photos from my amazing experience at this website!

http://www.mercyworld.org/news_centre/view_article.cfm?loadref=1&id=1004

Real Estate: It’s All About Location

Location, Location, Location 

Whether you’re a resident student living on campus or commuting to school, location plays a huge role in the college experience.

People living in different locations face different situations and issues when the school year rolls around. 

For example, as a resident student I’ve faced the issue of not seeing my family and friends for weeks or even months at a time. This is because I am very involved in school outside of class and I stay on campus most weekends for my activities rather than going home. The cost of room and board is not pocket change. Since I live on campus it’s not essential that I own a car at this point in time, although it would sure be convenient not to ask people for rides when I want to go somewhere. (Although lately I’ve needed to venture off campus to important places like work and the doctor’s office, I strongly dislike asking for rides even when I really need to get somewhere.) Getting my friends outside of Misericordia together to hang out during the school year is a stretch because we all live on our own campuses. Being so far away from everyone and being so busy creates distance between all of us that is often hard to cover, especially without a car. I miss home-cooked meals and how my dogs get excited when my parents come home from work and hanging out with my little cousins. As much as I love school and the people here, sometimes I just need to get away from it all. That can be hard when I’m living in the middle of it.

I can’t say I’ve commuted to school from off campus, but I’m sure most commuter students have their own issues. I know from personal accounts that it can get annoying to live at home. It’s rough trying to get a car to campus in the relentless winters and even worse trying to find a decent parking spot every day. Commuter students might feel distant at times, not wanting to drive back to school or stay at school long enough to attend on-campus events. And gas prices…we won’t even go there. Dare I mention car problems like a dead battery or flat tire? Although resident students might miss their families and friends back home, students commuting might feel smothered by seeing these people so often and living by the same rules as ever. Just because you have a car doesn’t make you a taxi service. (Don’t you just hate when people ask you for rides? Ugh, so annoying.) 

The problems are endless if you keep thinking about them. But to any student- have you ever explored the solutions?

If you’re thinking about reaching out to someone, you probably should. I’m convinced that the times I’ve called my aunt or grandmother randomly between classes just to check in made their day. And although they may not say it, I like to think that my parents appreciate when I give them a little ring on the ‘telly.’ Heaven knows my little cousins love hearing from me! Visit your friends and family when you can whether you live on or off campus. College is a lot to handle between studies and activities, but make sure you keep in touch with people who mean something to you. Send a letter when you can and give a call when you think you should.

Commuters: Make friends who live on campus.

Residents: Make friends who live off campus.

This is a vital piece of advice. No matter where you live, it gets old every now and then. Reach out and make friends from everywhere. If you need to get away from the stress of school for a while, go hang out off campus at someone’s house. And if you need a break from doing your chores at home or listening to your dog bark, head to campus and chill with your resident friends. If residents have leftover meals from their meal plan, give commuters first dibs. In turn I’m sure your commuter friends wouldn’t mind having residents over for homemade dinner every now and then. When the weather is nasty, share your on-campus residence so commuters don’t have to drive in dangerous conditions. (Make sure you fill out the necessary overnight guest form online! Ask your RA where to find it.) When you know your pal needs to get to the store but feels bad asking, offer a ride. Feed each other. Help each other. Have sleepovers. Take advantage of your differences and everyone will be a winner.

 Remember how good you have it. Let’s face it- there are going to be little problems no matter where you live. Keep in mind that if your parents annoy you by calling you twice a day it’s because they care about you, and if your parents are at home smothering you it’s for the same reason. At this point you are blessed enough to be able to attend school and receive an education- something millions of people will never have the opportunity to do. Try to outweigh the little problems and complaints by focusing on the good things in life. College is about learning and growing. Don’t let anything keep you from doing just that!

Orientation!

First-year orientation. 

It’s an occasion some are eager for, yet some dread. No matter what your feelings are toward this wonderful welcome to college, here is one piece of useful advice: you’d might as well make the best of it.

Academic sessions, resident and commuter life discussions, listening to speeches, sitting in on panels, icebreakers, telling a hundred strangers your major in just a matter of hours…it all sounds like so much fun, right?! RIGHT!!

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The truth is, orientation is only what you make out of it. Misericordia offers a “one-day orientation” in which students and their families are welcomed to campus and provided with a day packed with information that’s good to know before showing up at school. This one-day orientation provides the best opportunity to ask questions to Misericordia faculty, staff and students face-to-face.

In the few days before classes start, first-year students will participate in the “four-day orientation.” This orientation is jam-slammed with critical information and cool pointers on how to survive thrive in college. Honestly, it’s fun, too! There is a game show, a volunteer project, ice cream, a giant outdoor movie screen, and more. You’d might as well get your tuition’s worth in free popcorn.

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Here is some (hopefully) helpful advice for orientation:

  • Participate in the icebreakers. Sure, they can will be awkward and funny, but participating in icebreakers is often the easiest way to meet new people that have potential to be your friend. Also remember that if you’re a resident student, everyone you meet has the potential to be your randomly assigned future roommate. Not that you should always jump on the bandwagon, but if everyone else is doing the icebreakers, why not participate, too? Meeting people during icebreakers is how some close friendships begin!
  • Talk to the orientation leaders/current students. Get the lowdown on what this school is actually all about. The orientation leaders and coordinators are so eager to answer your questions that they sometimes throw punches over it. Well, not really…but seriously, on behalf of the orientation team, please do feel free to ask us anything. Anything. We’re students, not commercials, so we’re going to be real with you in the most polite way possible. We were freshmen once, too, so we get how it is.
  • Ask questions. What is a meal plan? Should I buy my books online or in the bookstore? How do I know what books I even need? Can I have my car on campus? Where do I find my class schedule? What if I play  a sport and I have a game during class? Why look this stuff up on the internet or send a thousand emails when there are a hundred people around you just waiting to help you with your questions?
  • Pay attention. There is a reason you’re sitting in a boring panel listening to a speaker for an hour- it’s because he/she has something important that you need to know! The faculty and orientation volunteer staff’s time is just as valuable as yours, so trust me when I say we’re not messing around when we shove this information down your throats. Listen to what is being said so you’re not “that guy” who is asking two hundred questions that have already been answered.

Orientation is going to throw a lot your way, but with this smiling orientation team on your side, the future’s so bright!

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me

As you journey through life, the truth is that your relationships with people are constantly going to change along the way. There is no avoiding this; change is simply inevitable.

However, change is not necessarily a bad thing. You might grow closer to some friends with time and distance but drift away from others with whom you thought you’d be “friends forever.” And the thing is…that’s okay. 

Here are some common side effects of life in action.

1) You are not going to be friends with all of the same people for the rest of your life. 

I’m sure everyone would love it if it were that easy- you make a few friends early on and they stand by your side forever and they are honest when you ask them how your new shirt looks and they pick you up when your car breaks down and tell you when there is something in your teeth and hold your hair when you get sick and you never have to worry about meeting new people because these friends are perfect. 

Ah, if only it were that simple. If you’re lucky there will be a couple of people who stick around to the end, but don’t expect to stay BFFs with your entire high school clique or basketball team forever. 

2)  You are going to drift away from people.

Drifting apart in relationships really stinks, but it happens, and sometimes you just can’t help it. This is not a sign of defeat; it’s a sign of growing up.

Don’t give up on your friends, but also don’t let hanging onto relationships control your life. It’s okay to let go.

Sometimes what a relationship needs is a little space so later you and your friend can reconnect, jump into each other’s arms and admit how much you missed each other.

3) Despite all life changes, there are people who will stick around.

Maybe it’s your glue-eating classmate from kindergarten or that all-star teammate from your travel soccer team or that crazy guy from fifth period calculus…chances are, someone you’ve met a while ago is going to stay in your life one way or another.

This question is for you to answer yourself: Do you want these people in your life?

4) Social media has a major effect on relationships.

You’re going to scroll through your Facebook news feed and see people post photos and statuses. There are a few reactions you might have: I’m so happy for her! Who even is this person? Omg she is so annoying. Why does this person always complain? Wow I really miss him and I cannot wait to see him! 

Social media can be used for good in relationships. You can communicate with people in far off lands, stay connected to current friends, reconnect with old pals, and organize reunions and events. Take positive advantage of this side of social media. But using social media can have a negative impact on your relationships, too. Don’t scroll through your news feed viewing posts of your friends getting drunk at parties if it annoys the harry out of you. Don’t compare yourself to that one friend who constantly posts photos of how much weight she’s been losing. 

If you don’t want to be friends with someone on Facebook anymore because they annoy you or bring you down or you don’t talk to them anymore, delete them. It’s very easy and liberating. If you want to be friends again later, there’s an “Add Friend” button for that. 

 5) Long distance relationships are tough, but absolutely possible. 

This goes for both friendly and romantic relationships. If you were meant to be friends with someone, it will happen. Don’t let distance be an excuse.

If you’re going to keep people in your life you’d might as well choose the people you want, regardless of location. If the people you choose don’t happen to be around you often, go to them. If you want it, make it work and it’ll be worth it in the end.

6) Your relationships don’t define you, but they do influence you.

If you’re hanging around with someone who is robbing a bank, that doesn’t make you a robber. But it does mean you are more likely to drive the getaway car than someone not hanging out with that person.

 

-T. L. L. D.

What All College Students and Their Guardians Need to Hear

Well, this is it.

Your son’s high school graduation came and went a month ago already. He celebrated with a nice graduation party and a huge cake last weekend with his closest friends and the entire family, right down to the infamous cheek-pinching aunt and that one uncle who pulls the coins out of his ear and tells the same jokes. Your son is booked every weekend throughout the entire summer attending his friends’ graduation parties…that is, if he’s not too busy loafing around the house neglecting his chores. And then…college.

How is this all happening so fast?!

Okay, parent/guardian of a college student, take a deep breath and relax. We’re going to get through this. I’ve had an obvious realization that students are not the only ones adjusting to the whole college transition. So, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and all guardians alike, this one’s for you!

What if my student…


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…gets sick at school? There is a health center located in the Anderson Sports and Health Center for ill students. Your student’s Resident Assistant (RA) can direct your student there. The Health Center is the place to go to acquire medical assistance or suggestions for further care. The Health Center provides treatment for common illnesses by a nurse practitioner as well as tips on how to stay healthy during college under different stressors. There are walk-in clinics, doctors’ offices and hospitals in near-by Wilkes Barre if more serious care is necessary.

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…needs money? There is an ATM on campus to make withdrawals for a fee. Instead of paying the extra charge (it adds up!), consider having your student make withdrawals at your personal bank before arriving on campus. There are banks in the area students can also use instead of paying extra fees.

Do you want your student to have money available in case of emergency, but you’re afraid he/she might not save it up? Consider giving your student a bank card or prepaid card that YOU control. I have a card from my bank that my dad controls online, so if I need $50 for gas, he can just make some clicks online and there is money on my card seconds later for me to use at the pump. This is a good way to provide your student a valuable resource but not to let them take advantage of it.

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…is an athlete? Who pays for her team expenses like travel and food? If your student is an athlete, her schedule is going to be very different than non-athletes, naturally, but her time management skills will be impressive. The athletics department pays for most team expenses, depending on the team’s budget. The University will provide the uniform and also wash the uniform after games/practices. I was on a team and we had to pay for our own team sneakers because we did not have enough money fundraised…and this is why most teams participate in fundraisers. Teams are credited with a certain amount of money during each away game for food, so your student will be fed on behalf of MU even when off campus and travel expenses to regular season games are covered by the school.

If your student plays a fall sport she may be required to move onto campus early to start training or conditioning before classes begin. During this “pre-season” time period, your student will be provided with meals in the cafeteria paid for by the athletic department.

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…has problems with his/her roommate? The first person your student should confront is his roommate for possible solutions, but if things aren’t working out, your student needs to go talk to his RA. This RA is going to be your student’s guardian angel and go-to person for quick answers and problem fixes. If the living situation is just not working out, after the first few weeks of school there is a grace period in which students can switch roommates with other students who are not getting along with their roommates. If you’re going to live on campus you’d might as well live comfortably. The chain to follow is talk to your roommate, your RA, your Resident Director (RD) and if necessary, the Residence Life office to change roommates.

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…doesn’t like the cafeteria food? Coming to college the food is much more abundant and diverse than in any high school cafeteria. There must be something that your student can enjoy, but if not, the Den is a made-to-order offset of the cafeteria with its own menu. The Misericordia cafeteria has a grill, a deli and a main entree station, each of which has a different special every day. The grill serves items such as hamburgers, turkey burgers, hot dogs, fries, grilled chicken, etc. The deli serves cold or toasted sandwiches made to your liking. The main entree station serves different meals every single day. The first part of the entree station includes any available hot food item served to you, and with the second part of this station  students can be more particular about what specifically they want in their meal. For example, at the second part of the entree station on taco day, students can choose if they want chicken/beef, cheese, sour cream, hard/soft shells, tomatoes, guacamole, etc. on their tacos. It’s nice to have some say in your meals. Cereal, a bread bar and a toaster are always available, as is a full salad bar complete with many different and changing toppings and dressings. Desserts, vegan options and drink stations are also available. There are options available for students with special diets (such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc.).

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…is not doing well in a class? Your student can sign up to receive free peer tutoring in the Student Success Center (SSC). Many students receive this tutoring even when they are doing well in class because going to regular tutoring sessions is a surefire way to make time to review and study with classmates. The tutors are Misericordia students tutoring classes in which they have received an ideal grade (as approved by the SSC) and professor approval to aide other students in learning the material. Peer tutoring is a great way to find out tips from upperclassmen who have already taken the course with the same professor your student is taking. Tutors often explain what to expect from the professor concerning things like tests, attendance, quizzes, homework, etc.

Students should definitely take advantage of their professors’ office hours. Professors are required to be on campus and available to students a few hours each week, so your student should definitely stop by even to say hello and have the professor remember his/her name. The professors are available to answer any questions about class projects or assignments, and in most cases professors don’t mind lending an ear to hear about a tough day.

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…wants to change his/her major? Your student should first talk to his academic advisor. This advisor is assigned to your student before arriving on campus. The advisor will discuss as many details as possible with him about the transitioning process between majors and what will be required of him to do. Actually changing the major requires filling out a slip of paper, getting it signed and handing it into the Registrar’s office. Your student’s academic advisor will guide him along the way, reminding him of what classes he has taken and what classes are required. His new academic advisor (which comes along with switching majors) will remind the student what classes he now needs to take to get on track with his new major.

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…wants a job on campus? Getting a job on campus depends on whether or not students qualify for Federal Work Study. If you need to learn more about that, contact the financial aid department. Applying for on-campus jobs is simple. Your student will log into her e-MU account, find the Student Services tab and click on Student Employment. On the page that appears, she will click on the obvious Student Jobs tab and scroll through the options for jobs available. Your student can create one resume and send it to multiple departments at once, which is recommended because jobs fill up quickly. Advice for your students: Make personal connections with professors and other staff members because these are the people who hire students for these jobs. Students will receive a confirmation email of their application and will receive an email to either deny or accept the job request. Try to find a job within your major so you can learn more about the department and gain experience in your field. If you know of the person hiring, talk to that person about the job. It definitely wouldn’t hurt to stop by and say hello.

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…has to walk somewhere at night? Although campus is secluded and generally very safe, your student can call Campus Safety and an escort will walk with your student between buildings on campus at any time. Campus Safety patrols campus by vehicle and by foot 24/7.

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…wants to bring his/her car to campus? First-year students are not permitted to have vehicles on campus. It’s nothing personal…there just isn’t enough room for everyone to bring their cars. There is a charge for having a vehicle on campus. However, students with special requests to bring their vehicles onto campus for personal reasons can bring up the issue to student affairs when coming into school. Only students with valid reasons are permitted to have their vehicles on campus. If you do bring your car, good luck finding a parking spot!

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…needs to get somewhere but doesn’t have a car? A shuttle service is provided free of charge to Misericordia students on Tuesdays and Friday-Sunday. The shuttle service travels to places like Walmart, the mall, Movies 14, downtown Wilkes-Barre and Francis Slocum just to name a few points of interest. If your student befriends a commuter or another student with a car, that’s an easy way to get to the grocery store a few minutes down the street.

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…has to do laundry? Multiple washers and dryers are available in each residence hall. As of summer 2014, these services will no longer be coin-operated, so a laundry fee is included in resident students’ room and board. Make sure your student brings along detergent and dryer sheets (and knows how to do laundry).


Do you have any more questions? Go on, ask away! I’m a real, live college student and I’ve been through this, so I know the ropes. And I work in first-year student orientation, so I’m prepared to help answer both student and parent questions alike. Stay tuned for more advice!

High School vs. College: Internalized

High school

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiing, riiiiiiiiiiiiiing, riiiiiiiiiiiiiing.

8:03 a.m. Great! I think sarcastically to myself as I walk to my first period class. I just love the sound of the high school bell on Monday morning. I wonder what college will be like. I’m imagining no annoying bells, no annoying dress code and no rules. Well, maybe there will be some rules…but I heard some professors let you snack in class, so that’s something to get excited about. Until then I guess I’m stuck here. Not that I hate it…I mean, I actually kind of like high school. I’m just looking forward to some change. Oooompf. Well it’s a good thing I just tripped in front of everybody in the entire hallway. Okay yeah, I can’t wait to get out of here.

Thus begins yet another week of prying open my jammed locker with a crowbar and drinking chocolate milk for lunch like I have for the past twelve years of my life.

10:39 a.m. Sheesh, second period couldn’t have dragged on any longer, and I actually ENJOY English class. Good thing I have long enough hair to cover my face so the teacher couldn’t tell I had my eyes closed the entire time. These are the practical things I learn in high school. Like, what’s up with calculus? When am I EVER going to need to know this stuff in the future? Math class can keep its problems…I have my own. Their names are Chemistry, Physics and Ceramics 101.

11:44 a.m. I’m so glad I decided to tuck in my polo today. I’d hate to be that boy who just got detention for forgetting to tuck in his shirt after using the bathroom. You’ve got to love this school’s dress code, really. Nothing screams individualism like five hundred pairs of knee-length khakis.

12:00 p.m. It’s Beef n’ Cheddar Sandwich Day in the cafeteria?! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THIS IS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

12:53 p.m. Oh, you poor girl, let me help you pick up your books that Mean Marnie knocked out of your hands again. Like, who does she think she is? Somebody needs to set that girl straight.

1:28 p.m. Drama Club practice got switched to 5:00? What?! No! Thanks a lot, Mr. Rooney! Now I’ll have to go to the National Honor Society meeting before softball practice and I’ll only have seven minutes to eat dinner before my scene because afterward I have to do my Student Council volunteer project and I need to collect Relay for Life donations before I go to band practice. Good thing I didn’t want to leave school until midnight anyway.

2:38 p.m. COME ON COME ON COME ON GO BABY GO YOU CAN DO IT MISTER CLOCK ONLY FOUR MORE MINUTES! We’ve only got four minutes to save the world! Heh heh. A punny reference to a song about having four minutes left. Gotta love Madonna.

2:42 p.m. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiing, riiiiiiiiiiiiiing, riiiiiiiiiiiiiing. I…I did it. I’m alive. I’M FREEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!


 

College

11:07 a.m. *Roll over. Yawn. Stretch.* Mmmmmmm. Wow, what a fantastic night of sleep! And that dream about not having a quiz today was simply magnificent. I haven’t slept this well since the night after I stayed up for nineteen hours straight studying for my Shakespeare exam. But I guess it’s time to enter the real world and get ready for my 11:00 a.m. class. Weird…I didn’t even hear the alarm clock sound on my phone. Speaking of which, where is my cell pho…

11:09 a.m. WHAT!?! I’M LATE FOR CLASS!!! Ooompf. Seriously, who put that chair there? Gaaah, of course I lost my other shoe. Go figure my roommate is still asleep so I have to be quiet while I’m running around being all late and whatnot. Oops, that wasn’t my toothbrush. Uggh, where is my notebook?! My 11:11 wish is for the professor to start class fifteen minutes late. Is it acceptable to wear what I slept in to class? …Absolutely.

11:17 a.m. Phew, only seventeen minutes late. Alright, self…act natural walking into class.

11:17:33 a.m. …Where is everybody? 

*Written on chalkboard: “Class cancelled today. Quiz postponed. Have a good day. :)”*

Okay, so that happened. Now what? I guess I can go to the library to start studying my manual for my lab practical on Friday. I’m not too worried about it…after all, I already know what’s on the test because those nice nursing majors who took the same class last semester let me borrow their notes and even helped me study. Making connections with upperclassmen is a major key to success. Gosh, I love knowing college hacks.

12:59 p.m. All of this studying is making me hungry, or is that because I missed breakfast? I seriously never realized how important breakfast is until I came to college. I also wish my parents would still wake me up in the morning for class so then maybe I wouldn’t miss breakfast. Or miss seventeen minutes of class, for that matter. But I’m in college now and I’ve got to start being more independent. I AM MY OWN PERSON. Breakfast, alarm clocks and sleep are the essentials. I’m definitely feeling this grilled chicken salad today. Mmmm.

1:45 p.m. I wonder how many participation points I have in this class. I raise my hand to answer, like, every other question. Does participation even count toward my final grade? Well, it depends on the professor. Wow, I’m answering my own questions in my head. I definitely need to organize a movie night later for some socialization.

3:21 p.m. I cannot believe I’m not the only person who brings three pencils to class on exam day. I finally fit in.

4:10 p.m. So begins the fun part of my day- scheduling the good stuff. Should I go to my Student Government meeting before or after I get the free food and goodies from the career fair? Do I want to go to the gym to work out with my roommate or with my volleyball team? Should I go see the magician on campus or watch the free movie in the library? What should I snack on while I’m reading over my notes from lecture in case we have a pop quiz? Decisions, decisions.

7:44 p.m. Going to gym and then dinner is a good idea, I’ve decided. I feel like after working out I’m inclined to eat more carefully. Seeing “The Freshman Fifteen” come alive for some people has made me want to take better care of my own body.

9:01 p.m. I missed my nap today since I was running around so much after my classes. I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight, metaphorically speaking. Once this movie night is over I’m going to pass out on top of my superhero sheets. YIKES the popcorn is burning!!! If I set off the fire alarm the entire building will have to evacuate…pleeeease oh please don’t let me be “that guy” who sets off the fire alarm!!!!

10:47 p.m. It was so nice talking to my parents on the phone today. I know I’m always so busy but I realize how much it means to them when I call them or any of my family members just to say hello. Very well, then. Teeth brushed, alarm set, breakfast and backpack ready for the morning. Here’s to another beautiful night that will turn into another beautiful morning.