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 une.edu.

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!

Make the Most of Your Books!

October 3rd, 2013 by tstjohn

Welcome to college, where your professors assign textbooks that you pay hundreds of dollars for and never open. Not once. Right?

Wrong. If a professor assigns a textbook, there must be good reason. It’s what you choose to do or not do with that textbook that makes the difference.

If you have books that you feel you have no use for, keep reading. I have found textbooks are great for a multitude of reasons. If you feel that you really value your books, well, keep reading anyways. You may learn something new! Below I share with you some great ways to get the most out of the money you spent for your books.

Attention to Details

Ever notice how your textbooks in high school had bold-faced print on terms that were critical as well as a definition on that same page or in the back section called the “glossary?” Well, as you may have found out, college books aren’t always so explicit. Go through your books and familiarize yourself with how each is set up. Some may just contain pages of nothing but text. Others may have pictures, graphs, bold text, and sample problems. Getting to know your books and how they are organized is the first step in knowing how to make them useful.

When You Read Can Make a Difference

Many professors assign in their syllabi what chapters should be read for what lectures. Use that more as a guideline rather than a definitive assignment (unless your professor also provides quizzes each class, a case in which you will want to abide by your syllabus).  I have found that reading after a lecture helps the material sink in better since I have already been acquainted with the material. Textbooks generally prescribe in-depth detail that professors may not go over in class or even use for exams. In order to avoid any confusion as to what the professor is trying to teach you, try waiting to read after class. Then you can focus more on the topics the professor emphasized and touch upon the finer details without overwhelming yourself.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Does your book have pictures, graphs, tables, diagrams, or any other figures? If yes, then pay attention! Much thought goes into selecting the most appropriate figures in textbooks. Many texts are written by people with doctorate degrees or who have taught. These people wouldn’t place a figure in your book they didn’t find educational value in! Pay attention to figures and images as well as tables. Read any captions that go along with them and look for any extra descriptions of them within the main body of text. Pictures and images are very useful, especially for visual learners. Use them as examples rather than just things to spice up the page.


Highlighting is NOT Enough

When reading for a class, you may find yourself highlighting words, statements, sentences, or even paragraphs that you find important. Good for you for picking out important parts. But why are these parts highlighted? Highlighting a book takes little to know effort at all. Make sure you are attentive about what you are highlighting and ask yourself, “Why is this important?”  Too many times I have found myself mindlessly highlighting a statement while I was thinking about things other than the actual words I was highlighting. I would then look back and ask myself what I was thinking? Avoid  mindless highlighting and really focus on what you find important and why!

Lastly, if after reading my advice you still feel your textbooks aren’t useful, hang in there! At some point your professor may whip out the book and start lecturing from it. If you absolutely never use it, at least it looked good on your shelf. Maybe your friends even commented on it and how smart you are for having to read such a developed text! They don’t have to know that it’s collected more dust than your family’s set of encyclopedias!


August 6th, 2013 by tstjohn

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