Packing For Move In

July 9th, 2014 by tstjohn

You survived Summer Orientation or are about to enter Fall Orientation and are looking around your room thinking to yourself, “Where do I begin?” Well, to start off, don’t get overwhelmed! I know that’s easier said than done, but UNE’s Residential Education and Housing office has developed a packing list for you! You can find it online at the link below!


Also, be sure to contact your new roommate(s) to avoid bringing too much! It’ll be a great way to introduce yourself and share any concerns you have with your roommate(s) while also working out who will bring the TV or mini fridge! Don’t be afraid to just send them an email and get the conversation started!


Remember that if you forget something it isn’t the end of the world! When coming to college, it’s okay if you don’t have everything! You can always ask someone to borrow a mixing bowl or a movie. It’s a great way to get to know more people! Plus, you can always grab what you left behind during your next trip home!


So breathe easy and have fun while packing for college! There’s no need to stress about it!

Advice from an Orientation Advisor

May 30th, 2014 by tstjohn

Hello there! My name is Hanna and I’m glad you chose UNE! The next step is attending Orientation. This is something many new students lose sleep over and I’m not sure why! I was in your shoes once. I had just freshly graduated high school two weeks before my Orientation session (I chose the first summer session with the one-day kayaking Trailblazer). Was I nervous? I certainly was. But another feeling overwhelmed any nervous bones in my body: excitement. College is a new, fresh start. And Orientation is only the beginning.

Now, going into my senior year, I work as an Orientation Advisor. My job is to help plan and implement New Student Orientation and make sure that you are prepared and eased and ready to go in August. So you can basically say I’ve been around the block a couple times. In order to help you out, I’ve decided to share some of the wisdom I’ve compiled over the short few years I’ve worked with New Student Orientation. Check it out!

Let Down Your Guard
At Orientation, just about every student is in the same boat: just graduated/are about to graduate, never been to college, nervous, excited, curious, overwhelmed, etc. This makes it easier to connect with each other and get to know each other. Let down any guards you may have had in high school. College isn’t high school and you can have a new start here if you so choose. That new start begins with Orientation. Be open to new people and meet as many as you can and don’t let your past dictate your furture!

This may seem like a strange “tip” or “piece of advice” but you probably have no idea how much good a smile can do! Some students are going to have a harder time adjusting to college life and this may show at Orientation. Be a friendly face to your incoming peers. They’ll certainly appreciate it!

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
This may seem like a traditional college cliché, but it really is great advice. I remember students at Orientation who step up and stand out. You may not be comfortable getting up and dancing in front of people but heck, if it looks like a good time why not join in? Challenge yourself each day to do something you wouldn’t traditionally do. College is about discovering yourself and seeing what you’re made of. This is one way to start!

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
So many students come to Orientation with one thing on their mind: course schedule. There are so many other important pieces to Orientation that you should be aware of and focus on besides your schedule. Don’t let your overarching desire for knowing your classes ruin your experience! You’ll get your schedule the last day you’re here for Orientation and will have a chance to paw through it. Until then, enjoy yourself. Absorb as much information as you can! Don’t let other little minor issues ruin your experience here.

Be Present
The past is the past and the future is on its way so just live in the moment. This is a crazy time in your life when what you’ve always known/done won’t be the same as what you are about to know/do. At Orientation, be present in the moment. Push things back home aside in your brain and try not to drive yourself insane thinking about your future. Being present will help you get the most out of Orientation so you’re better prepared for the fall.

Lastly, Have Fun
Transitioning to college can be extremely stressful, considering finances, roommates, housing, classes, and growing up in general. We design Orientation to be super informative but also fun. Why would we make you stay here for two and a half days (or longer if you’re participating in a Trailblazer) if we didn’t want you to also have a good time? Go to Hang Time Activities, play Nuke’Em, dance your behind off at the Campus Center Blowout, and just enjoy yourself. This may be a stressful time in your life, but it can also be an incredibly fun time!

With all that said, I know the Orientation staff as well as myself cannot wait to meet you! Take it easy, finish up your senior year strong, and we’ll be seeing you soon! 🙂

Welcome to UNE!

March 29th, 2014 by tstjohn

College selection is not easy. It’s hard to decide in a matter of months where you belong. So why choose UNE? Well, check out the list below for all the great opportunities the University of New England offers its students:

– A quality, well-rounded liberal arts education

– Professors that care

– Small classroom sizes

– Leadership development and advancement opportunities

– Division III Athletics

– Research experience

– Over 70 clubs and organizations

– Exciting traditions

And of course, a beautiful campus on the coast of Maine!

If you’re interested in learning more about what the University offers, browse through the website at

Who knows, after all your searching, UNE may be just what you’re looking for!


Prepping for Finals!

December 2nd, 2013 by tstjohn

The words “final” and “exam” are harmless until they are put together in the dreaded sequence “final exam.” Here is a public service announcement: final exams are scheduled to begin a week from today. Stressed? No way, you got this! Below are a few tips to help you minimize stress and maximize your confidence come exam time.


Sleep is a precious thing. That’s why babies look adorable while sleeping. If you can say that you got enough sleep 85% of the semester, congrats and skip ahead. If you can’t, then pay attention. Sleep is important for brain function- that’s common knowledge. Your body needs rest, especially during this high-stress time period. Start planning and implementing a sleep schedule now. It may seem crazy going to bed at 11:00 in college, but it is possible. Allow yourself to get enough sleep at night and soon you will be waking up refreshed and ready to go rather than groggy. Start sleeping properly now and your body will get plenty of rest come exam time.

Flashcards aren’t always the answer.

Many courses, while emphasizing understanding, tend to lean toward memorization and regurgitation of material. This then coerces you to the go-to method of making flashcards. However, flashcards are only useful in memorization. In courses where you have to understand large concepts or mechanisms you may find flashcards counterproductive. Instead, try drawing out concepts and mechanisms on copy paper. If you have to understand blood flow in a heart, print out a basic (but unlabeled) hear diagram and use red and blue pens to show direction. Also try explaining things to yourself out loud. This may help you catch where things don’t sound correct.


Spending so much time studying in the library leaves little time for proper consumption. Don’t let yourself get caught up in ramen, poptarts, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It is important to eat properly in order to provide your body the right fuel for getting things done. Eating sugar, caffeine, and carbohydrate loaded foods may give you incredible energy at first but also come with a quick drop in energy after some time. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, protein, and drink plenty of water in order to ensure your body can operate at maximum potential.

Hitting the gym isn’t a waste of time.

Many students find that spending time at the gym versus studying is a bad idea. Wrong. Your body needs to move. It’s also a great stress relief. Going to the gym can also be productive. You can study while you work out! Equipment like the bicycles and ellipticals have little shelves on them you can use to hold papers, flashcards, and books. You may need to learn to multitask, but it can help use your time wisely if you’re in a crunch. Just be sure to exercise a few days of the week during this week and next to make sure that your body gets enough movement and minimize stress.

Finals week won’t be so scary if you start preparing ahead of time. Take steps now to make sure that you are fully ready. Start hitting the books now on the topics that you struggle most with. Sleep, eat, and exercise. Most importantly: just breathe. Hard work pays off and within a few days you’ll be able to return home and relax for nearly a month! What could be better? Good luck!

It’s November already?!

November 4th, 2013 by tstjohn

This may be a question you or your peers have been asking lately. November: a little over a month until the semester ends. Where has time gone?

Well, being the studious and achieving student that you are, time has flown by while you were making flashcards, writing essays, completing handouts, finishing lab reports, and ripping through your textbooks all in an effort to have a strong first semester.

If you weren’t said studious and achieving student, time may have flown by while you were eating, playing video games, or watching television.

However, whichever student you are, one thing may be common: the “full steam ahead” attitude that enveloped you at the beginning of the year may have reduced itself significantly. Closely compared with Senioritis (lack of will to do anything school related found prominently in American high school seniors), First-Semesteritis shares many characteristics that get you down in the dumps and ready to be done.

First off, while near, the prospect of going home still seems so far away. No-Shave November also can be Nostalgia November. As the air cools and the leaves drop, you are reminded of how this time of year you would watch football with dad or bake pumpkin bread with mom, or vice versa, depending on your family. Strong feelings of homesickness may occur. Hang in there though. You will be home in a blink of an eye. Try to remind yourself to live in the moment. Do the things you would typically do with your family with your friends instead. Plan football parties, apple picking trips, or “family” dinners with them. Make the most of your time here because the semester really will be over soon!

Secondly, academics are in full swing and some classes may be harder than others. Grades not where you would like them to be? Rather than upsetting yourself, seek out all the resources the university provides to assist students academically. This is a institution of higher education, after all-education being the key word. The professors don’t want students to fail! If you haven’t seen your professor yet this year and are struggling in the class, don’t wait until the week of finals to get help! Make an appointment today to see them or plan to when they have office hours. Also, pick up a schedule to the Student Academic Success Center to see when tutors on your subject(s) are available. Take advantage of what the university offers. There’s no excuse for doing poorly when you haven’t sought help!

One last little tid-bit of advice going in to November is to remember to have fun. Winter is fast approaching, if you couldn’t tell already. Snow showers are in the near future. Winter is usually considered dark and gloomy. Don’t let the cold, cloudy, and snowy/rainy weather bring you down. Still try your best to have fun and smile. It’ll not only help you but also those around you!

So there you have it: quick fixes to some common issues. Enjoy November because all too soon it will be December and you will be home. Who knows, you may even miss UNE a little!