College is a lot of fun, but it can also be extremely stressful at times. Mackenzie (‘22, Mill Creek, WA), is a rising sophomore in CAS at UP, pursuing a degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry & Neuroscience. In no particular order, Mackenzie would like to share a few of her best tricks in beating the stress that college (often) throws at you, as well as some of her personal experiences in stressful times during her freshman year.
So you’ve moved away from home, and doing the whole “being independent” thing. Perhaps you go to the store by yourself for the first time, and you realize how expensive avocados are, and you wonder how you’re going to get by. Well, here are some tips from our student office assistants.
Self-serve is a system accessed through your UP portal that you will utilize often, and grow to love (hopefully, or maybe grow to strongly dislike…we’ll see 😉). But in all seriousness, self-serve is a life saver! It has just about everything you need in order to navigate registration, financial aid, final grades, and so much more. This post will take you through how to use self-serve, what you can find on it, and tips and tricks for efficient navigation.
Of course, everyone has their own personal items that they’re going to bring to college with them because they can’t live without them. Mackenzie (’22) has put together her list of things that she can’t do without during the school year. Maybe this will inspire you to bring these things too, or to think about what your “college essentials” are!
Coffee is obviously number one on my list! Wow, I can’t imagine what my days would be like without my morning java. Coffee is the ultimate college-kid beverage. Or, I guess, energy drinks, if that’s your thing. I’m more of a simple, black coffee kind of gal. There were even a few nights where I had coffee or an espresso drink with dinner because I knew I still had hours ahead of me in the library. My coffee addiction is not something I am super proud of, but the caffeine is essential in the life of a college student!
2. Hydroflask or Water bottle
This is an absolute necessity in college. Your days will be full of classes, studying, and many activities that will require you to be on your A game! Hydration is the best possible way to improve energy, mood and to encourage your body to perform at its best. Any water bottle will work, but I personally prefer Hydroflasks, as they will keep your water cold for a long time! And I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say that cold water is far better than room temp water 😊
Again, headphones are an absolute staple item in college. I wear my headphones constantly — when I’m getting ready in the mornings, when I walk to and from class, while I study, while I eat meals (if I’m alone). So get your playlists ready, because you’ll be constantly listening to your jams!
4. A good pair of walking shoes!
It doesn’t matter if you live in the closest or farthest dorm from the academic quad on campus — you’ll be doing a lot of walking in college. I learned the hard way by wearing my converse almost every day at the beginning of the year – big mistake! You’ll want to change up what shoes you wear so you avoid blisters and such. I did tend to wear my nikes a lot due to the comfort factor.
Here’s a short post about some tricks and tips for the first week of the semester: when you start receiving your syllabuses.
The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) just wrapped up their National Meeting in Washington DC this year over the weekend. This 5 day conference was a fantastic learning opportunity for UP’s pre-health advisors who got to hear from institutions across the US about national and local trends, admissions, and programming. [Read more…] about NAAHP 2018 National Meeting
Autumn (’20) is one of our Student Office Assistants in the College’s Advising office. She is entering her junior year, studying Organizational Communications and Political Science. Autumn hails from a small town in Idaho and just returned about a month ago from a year-long study abroad opportunity through UP’s Salzburg program.
Katelyn (’21) is one of our Student Office Assistants in the College’s Advising office. She is entering her sophomore year, studying Biology (BS) with aspirations for pharmacy school after graduation. A native of Vancouver, WA (just north of Portland), Katelyn has a unique perspective as a rare freshman commuter student.
Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences, which placed second in total donors in #PilotsGive! Thanks to your efforts, 128 donors made contributions to CAS, surpassing our minimum goal of 100 donors to unlock the $200,000 pledge from Kunal Nayyar! Great job, everyone! Together, we all add UP!