Get Involved in Research!

March 28th, 2013 by tstjohn

Interested in becoming involved in research? You came to the right university! The professors, faculty, and staff here at UNE are all extremely helpful when it comes to pursuing your goals. When considering research, look for something you are passionate about. This is something that you will be collecting data for as well as analyzing that data and drawing conclusions from it. Why put yourself through so much work if you’re not even interested in the topic?

Consult with your professors about your interests. Odds are, if they are you’re in your field of study, they will have knowledge on the subject and can give you advice on where to go. Professors and other faculty and staff in the area of study you’re interested in are a great resource when it comes to research. In order to be a professor, many have to have ongoing research and publications. You can look at them as research experts!

Not sure what research here at UNE is all about? The university hosts research symposiums throughout the year that allow students to present their findings. Attend one of these if you are unsure about conducting research. The students at these symposiums not only provide data on their research, they can be a great resource for what participating in research as a student is like. Take advantage of these symposiums and get informed!

If you are looking in to participating in research, talk with your academic adviser! Research is a time commitment that could be overwhelming with a heavy schedule and other student involvement activities. Your academic adviser will be able to put things into perspective and help you decide if now is the time or if you should consider participating in the future instead. Also, a research seminar or research-based course may be required before you dive into your research. Your academic adviser will be able to help you with selecting possible courses and registering for them.

Research is a great way to get involved with your studies and help you solidify your passion. It also can help you prepare for your future career. Visit research symposiums to get an idea of what student research is all about. Talk with your professors and find out what they are researching as well as how to get involved. Meet with your academic advisers and plan what courses you need to take in order to participate in research. You are in charge of your future! Take the time to participate in research and see what your future has in store!

Fun, Subtance-Free Activities

March 4th, 2013 by tstjohn

Media has always portrayed college to be this crazy, reckless time in a person’s life.  It depicts college as  carefree, responsibility-free, and an easy ride that is meant to be one big party until graduation. What the media doesn’t show is that many universities actually have strong alcohol and drug use policies. It doesn’t show how partying can impact your studies. The media glamorizes alcohol and drug use as well as some of the negative consequences of it.

As students, it is your job to make good decisions. An underage student participating in alcohol use can get into some serious trouble. Why take the risk? There are so many things to do instead of drink! Don’t use boredom as an excuse to break laws. There are plenty of activities supported by the university as well as activities you and your friends can come up with! Here are just a few ideas.

Dinner Party

Invite your friends to a dinner party! You can be as fancy or casual as you want! Be sure to plan at least a week in advance to give you and your guests time to prepare. It can be pot-luck style where each guest brings a dish, or one person can contribute most of the meal and the cook switches off every dinner party. Whichever you choose to plan, it is sure to be a good time. What could be better than food, friends, and tons of laughter?

Cup Cake Decorating

Even though you might not be the most artistic, cup cake decorating is a fun way to hang with your friends. It’s a fun activity for all, from frosting the cup cakes to eating them, everyone will have their favorite part!

Game Night

Plan a game night with your friends. These can be traditional board games, video games, or games you invent yourself. It’s a great way to be with your friends as well as meet new people. It’s competitive but fun. Have snacks and music playing and you’ve got yourself a great time

Movie Night

Get out your popcorn! Have a movie night with your friends! Choose new releases, classics, or even attempt to watch an entire series! Movie nights can be a relaxing evening with a few or many friends. Choose movies with actors and actresses that you and your friends all really like, or choose movies that you normally wouldn’t ever watch. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Video Game Tournament

Many of the popular video games have multi-player modes or split-screen modes that allow you to play with your friends. Try creating a tournament out of this! It can be a fun way to play with your friends but keep a competitive edge. Try one-game elimination and maybe make a prize for the winner or something for the loser!  This will make it more interesting but keep things fun.

The university also has many activities taking place on both weekends and weekdays. Be sure to keep up to date with what’s happening by going to for the latest events and activities.

There’s no reason to say you’re bored! Between fun activities you can create yourself, local community activities, and university activities, there’s always something fun to do! Remember that when you drink, you take responsibility for yourself and your actions. You are taking a risk. The university has a no-tolerance policy for underage drinkers. Why risk it when you could do so many other fun things?

Suite Shoppers

February 24th, 2013 by tstjohn

With great housing options on the Biddeford campus it may be hard to choose which one is perfect for you. Click the link below to watch a video that may help you make your decision!

Click here to watch University of New England’s Suite Shoppers!

Healthy Relationships

February 14th, 2013 by tstjohn

It’s that time of the year when love is in the air, so to speak. Relationships aren’t just about who you love. They include your family, your friends, your classmates, and even the acquaintances you run into in the library or at the Harold Alfond Forum during an athletic event. To elaborate, people are interconnected through many different interactions and relationships with each other. Just picture a web extending from you. Each string on the web connects to some other person you have met. Each person forms their own web. You can see how this can get completely intertwined. Relationships are fundamental to being human. Humans are social creatures, even those who thrive on seclusion still enjoy the feeling that comes with having a few close companions.

The added stressors accompanied with college  can really strain a healthy relationship. New relationships are formed and many broken down. It’s what you call “a part of life.” But with some steady effort put in from both sides of a relationship, it can be maintained. The key to a healthy relationship is equal effort. If one person is always there, always comforting, and always listening, and the other is none of these, the relationship is destined to fail. Below are a few general guidelines to having a successful relationship.

Communication. One of the most important aspects in a healthy relationship is communication. Sharing thoughts and ideas can really help a relationship and build an intimate foundation. It is important to be able to communicate how you are feeling and also be able to listen to how the other is as well. Communication can build trust in a relationship which is one of the qualities that really define the relationship as successful.

Expectations. A relationship built on unrealistic ideals will not last. In a relationship, realistic expectations are necessary. For example, expecting your close friend to ALWAYS answer your calls, especially in college, is an unattainable expectation. Extreme expectations lead to conflict. Instead, try setting a date that works for both you and your friend to chat on the phone.

Flexibility. Not everything works out according to plan in this universe. Be flexible in a relationship. If you had plans with a friend that fell through last minute, having a tantrum will not help the situation. Instead, suggest a rain-check and plan another time when you’re both available. Things come up all the time. A healthy relationship involves the flexibility of both partners and the ability to fix and mend plans.

You. In order for you to give your all in a relationship, you need to be ready. Take care of yourself. How can you be able to be there for someone if you yourself are having a rough time? A relationship is healthy when the people in it are. Take time for yourself and don’t overwhelm yourself with the demands of relationships. If someone is overbearing, tell them you need a break. You can only give 100% when you are feeling 100%.

These are just a few reminders of what makes a healthy relationship. Every relationship is unique and will require different pieces to the overall puzzle. While college seems like an obstacle for many relationships, see it as a time to build on them. Meet people, do things, and expand your horizons. You never know who you will meet and what may come of that relationship!

For more information on healthy, successful relationship building, check out the links below!

Healthy Relationships from the Kansas State University

This website includes information for building and maintaining all kinds of healthy relationships.

Love is Respect

This site is about how to keep you and your partner’s relationship healthy.

Maintaining Healthy Relationships: Geneso

This is a guide to maintaining relationships, whether they are your friends, roommates, or partners.


Also, be sure to check out Speed Connections, sponsored by APB tonight from 8pm until 9pm in the Campus Center! Get connected and have a ton of fun while doing so!

Make the most of this semester and get involved!

February 4th, 2013 by tstjohn

Some people come to college to secure a great job. But maybe you’re not “some people.” Maybe you came to college expecting to get everything on your check list and more: to learn, meet new people, make new friends, be a part of various activities, AND graduate with a degree you’re passionate about. Regardless of what type of person you are, it’s always a great idea to get involved on campus!

For those of you who have joined a club or have gone to campus events and activities, fantastic! For those of you who haven’t, check it out! Why pay for a car with all the “bells and whistles” if you’re never going to use them? The same idea can be applied to college! Make the most of your experience here!

If you haven’t been involved in any clubs or organizations and are looking to join one, that’s great! If you’re nervous, try going to meetings with a friend who is already in the club. That will relieve some of the pressure of being the “new person” and it’s always comforting to have a familiar face nearby. If you don’t know anyone who is in the club already, try going with a friend who may also be interested! Walking into a room with people you don’t know is never easy so ask a friend to come along. Maybe even grab lunch or dinner beforehand. Whatever makes you happy! What if you have found the club or organization that is perfect but you don’t know who to contact about when meetings are? Not a problem! Visit the Student Involvement interns in their office or contact them through email! Their email is They will be able to point you in the right direction and help you figure out what club is right for you!

Maybe you have joined a couple clubs but you never know when things are happening on campus. Well, luckily for you, a new site was recently launched that has a calendar which displays what’s happening on campus. This calendar contains everything: the Ice Rink schedule, the Outdoor Recreation schedule, Nor’easter News releases and even athletics! It also has everything listed to fulfill your workout schedule! It’s a one-stop-shop that’s easily accessible and easily used! Click here to access this great new calendar and see what activities are going on now!

Here at UNE, it’s easy to get involved! This week there will be The Student Involvement Roadshow sponsored by the Campus Center and Student Involvement as well as Residential Education and Housing!  Check out the poster below for dates, times, and what it’s all about!

Student Involvement Roadshow Poster