Balance as a First Year Student

August 29th, 2011 by tstjohn

Mat Brown is a 2nd year Nursing major from Charleston, ME. He is a Trailblazer in the Community Guide, member of the Men's Golf Team and a Resident Advisor in Frederick Hall.

Being a first year student, last year,  I can tell you that your life is going to change and not just because of living in the residence halls, but everything else that you’ll encounter. There are so many things that go on during every hour of the day; so many events that you and your new friends will want to attend.  If you think that, there is time during the day to see all of the things that are going on, you are WRONG! Yes, there are many new things to do but most importantly there’s your school work. Remember, school is important so just don’t put it on the back burner.  You have to balance your time. Being an athlete, a class officer, an Orientation Leader, a Resident Advisor, and a social butterfly I have had to learn to manage my time.

Remembering back, during orientation sessions the Orientation Leaders put on skits displaying what events and situations that could be encountered. The first skit was about time management, they demonstrated using Google calendar and other applications to help manage time. I strongly suggest you have something to keep track of everything because there will be some days and maybe weeks that will be hectic. MID-TERMS and FINALS!!!

For the athletes out there, use your study hall. It may be the quietest place ever known to civilization and maybe a bit boring but it’s a great way to get away from everything and get your work done.

Basically what I am trying to say is:

A)    Spend your time wisely and learn how to manage what time you have

B)   School(work) comes before play

C)   There are many opportunities for you on campus

D)   Have fun and enjoy!!!

Campus Dining Options

August 11th, 2011 by tstjohn

FMI Contact Sodexo Dining Services at 207-602-2369

Resident Meal Plans

New resident students are automatically enrolled in the 17 plus meal plan. All returning resident students will automatically have the same meal plan they had the previous semester. Meal Plan choices for residents, carry over from semester to semester and year to year until the student changes them on line. At the beginning of every semester, all new and returning residents on the Biddeford Campus will receive an initial $75 Board Flex. Once all meal plan changes are done, if your meal plan choice was something other than the 17, the remainder of the Board Flex will be issued. This is usually completed about two weeks or so into the semester.

If you’re happy with the meal plan you had during your previous semester there is no need to change it, it will remain the same. At the beginning of the semester you have two weeks to change your meal plan. After those two weeks meal plan choices are final until next semester. The Board Flex is made available as a debit on your student I.D. and can be used for purchases at any dining retail unit on either campus or to bring a guest to the dining hall.

17 Meal Plan per week plus $75 Board Flex per semester

12  Meal Plan per week plus $125 Board Flex per semester

8 Meal Plan per week plus $175 Board Flex per semester

NOTE : For all returning Resident Students, if you’re pleased with the Meal Plan you chose for fall semester, you DO NOT have to do a Meal Plan Change. It carries over from semester to semester and year to year. If at any time you do want to change it, you may do so at the begining of each semester for two weeks at

Nor’easter Dollars

How about a slice of pizza from the Hang or bringing a friend to dinner at the dining hall? The Nor’easter Dollars account enables you to supplement your meal plan with extra purchasing power for occasions just like these. You can open your Nor’easter Dollars account by making a deposit of $35 or more, and you can increase your balance as often as you like by visiting Decary Dining Office on the Biddeford Campus or Alexander Dining Office on the Portland Campus. You may also call Pat Grigware at 207-602-2836 or the best way to accomplish this in a timely manner is to email You’ll never have to worry about not having enough cash in hand to pay for that snack-attack, just present your card at any on-campus dining facility.