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Stress-Less Week: The President’s Breakfast

The President’s Breakfast, the last event of CHEW’s Stress-Less Week, was hosted on the third floor of The DeNaples Center on Monday night. The breakfast helps students take time away from the books and their notes for a much-needed study break. Professors took a break from preparing the students’ final exams to serve some staple breakfast foods: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, french toasts. Professors brought the meals to the students to help ease the stresses of finals week, even if only a bit, as well as to interact with the students and impart some words of wisdom about how to prepare for the exams and how to stay just a little less stressed. Even Fr. Keller was on third floor doing some rounds to say hi and chat with the students and the CHEW helpers.

“It’s so nice to see the professors outside of the classroom. I’ve come to this event every year because it really does let me take a breather from all of the hectic studying,” said Justin Cardino, a senior.

The President’s Breakfast is a tradition of sorts for most of the students that go, it gives them a chance to bond and relax in the midst of a chaotic week — the free food is an added bonus. CHEW’s Stress-Less officially ended on Monday and it ended with a bang — the good feelings of knowing that there are organizations like CHEW that are willing to look out for you is yet another thing that make The University of Scranton feels like home.

For more information on CHEW, check out their page.

To watch the Instagram story from the President’s Breakfast check out our Flickr.


CSA and Art Club Host Coloring and Pizza Stress-Less Coffeehouse

When final exam season rolls around, it’s common to let your mind wander to simpler times of elementary school days when your hardest decision was what crayon to pick from the box.

This passing daydream was made a reality Wednesday by the Commuter Student Association  (CSA) and the Art Club. Both clubs teamed up to create a coffeehouse event for students in need of a little rest and relaxation through coloring and pizza.

CSA president William Sauers thinks this coffeehouse is one of the most important events the club puts on.

“This is good because it provides a mindless task to get your mind off of school work, stress and classes. It’s an hour or two just to yourself. It’s important for having a focused mind in school,” Sauers said.

Coffeehouses are set up four times a semester, and this stress-less event was the last of the spring. Look for more next year!


Finals Advice from Upperclassmen

By Christina Brannon

With final exams rapidly approaching, it’s easy to get stressed, cram and eat that entire pint of ice cream from the P.O.D. that you were saving for emergencies. Dead Week may even have you feeling a little dead. However, when stress feels overwhelming, look no further than the students who made it to the other side and live to tell the tale: upperclassmen.

So, if you’re still a little disappointed your professor hasn’t handed you the answer sheet for the final, going to an upperclassman for help just might bethe next best thing.

Senior Olivia Adams has five keys to acing your finals.

“Don’t underestimate the importance of a cubicle, studying with friends is nice but third and fourth floor cubes are important for actually getting work done. Write out your study guides rather than typing them, you’ll remember the information so much more. Use color gel pens. The bookstore has some great options and they make making the study guides so much less mundane. Don’t forget to eat! Your body will not function if you don’t give it fuel. Also, don’t be afraid to eat your food in the library for ultimate time-saving. POD candy is essential for energy.”

If you think you’re going crazy, take a lap around the library, call a friend or your parents. Fresh air is the best thing you can do for yourself,” Adams said.

While seniors have taken the most finals, juniors also have a pretty good idea of how to stay calm, cool and collected when you’re actually none-of-the-above. Junior Madonna Mantione believes in early preparation and taking time to just breathe.

“If you start a few weeks early in advance and have a plan of attack in place, you won’t feel rushed or the need to cram. If we’re being real, no one remembers what you learn if you’re cramming past 2 a.m. You need to take care of yourself both mentally and physically, and it will translate into better final grades. When you’re feeling really stressed, step away from your work and just breathe. Center yourself, take a break and come back when you’re ready. You can’t push yourself past a healthy limit, no grade is worth making yourself sick. So, just prepare in advance, listen to your body when you’re exhausted and just do your best. You’re always smarter and more prepared than you think you are,” Mantione said.

This finals season, stress less. Take advice from upperclassmen who have that insider knowledge that comes from taking final after final in stride. And soon, you’ll be an upperclassman wondering why you ever worried in the first place.

#USGrad18 My Senior Year Reflection

Sitting down to write this, I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that graduation really is right around the corner (I still refuse to have an accurate countdown, though, because I definitely cannot handle that). The feeling is definitely bittersweet — new opportunities and a new chapter lie just beyond graduation, but that carries with it the reality that I won’t be coming back to campus in the fall for another year at The University of Scranton. My time here at the University has, in every sense, changed my life for the better. These four years here have been so precious to me and I have so many people and experiences to thank for that.

Being at the University has drawn me out of my comfort zone and into the habit of welcoming the unknown. I learned from the people around me and from my experiences here that not everything requires meticulous planning because why not be spontaneous — you never truly know what good could happen. If it wasn’t for this lesson I never would have done half of the things I experienced on campus. I would never have met some of my closest friends. I would have been stuck in a routine that wouldn’t have gotten me anywhere. But, the warm and welcoming atmosphere that I found when I first visited the University drove me to reach out and to try new things. I knew deep down that here, at the University, is where I belonged. And, it was in this sense of belonging that my love for The University of Scranton grew.

I want to leave some advice to the current students and the incoming first-years: Be open to the people and things around you. Welcome them in because that’s where you will find the most love for this school and for what it offers you. Cherish the little moments, as well as the big ones. When I look back on these four years, it’s not always the big things that stick out to me. It’s downtime I spent with my friends after classes, gathered in one of our rooms sharing stories of the day or cracking jokes and teasing one another. It’s all of my friends getting dinner every day exactly at 5 o’clock sharp. It’s watching the Dionne Green get crowded with students playing with frisbees and dogs and basking in the sun on the first warm day after a brutal Scranton winter. It’s realizing you can actually make jokes with your professors without getting in trouble. It’s every second of every day at The University of Scranton where you see a tight-knit community come together and form to create a place you never want to leave. This is why I love my four years here at The University of Scranton, and this is why I want you to love yours too.

Ask the Career Center: Seniors, What to do now?

Seniors (but this goes for the other class years as well), no need to fear, the Career Center is here to help with any and all of your burning questions about finding a career and the process it can involve. We got in touch with Chris Whitney, director of The Gerald Roche Center for Career Development, to see what she had to say:

Q: As we get closer to graduation, how can seniors use the services of the Career Center (in general, what do you offer that seniors can turn to)? Where do we, “the seniors”, go from here?

A: The Center for Career Development is available to all students and alumni to help at any stage of your career path. If you are trying to figure out where to go or what to do after graduation, I suggest talking to one of the career coaches. You can reach a member of the team by calling (570)941-7640 or emailing careers@scranton.edu.

You can also explore what options are available by going to Handshake, our job posting site at scranton.joinhandshake.com/login There are currently more than 4,000 active listings in all parts of the world.

Q: What are some tips and tricks and advice that the Career Center can offer seniors in the pursuit of a job and/or how to properly enter the workforce?

A: The Royal network is mighty! We have alumni all over the world that are willing to help students along their path to success. LinkedIn is a great tool to locate alumni in the city or industry that you are most interested in. When getting ready to apply for a job, I suggest that you try to find alumni that work there to get some insight to what the company culture is and how you could be most competitive.

Q: What kind of work the Career Center does with resume-building, networking/finding alumni connections, practicing for interviews?

A: As our seniors get ready to be competitive in the job market, we can walk with them every step of the way. We can review resumes and help prepare for interviews through in person or online mock interviews. We can guide them through the networking process to help them reach out to alumni.

Leaving campus to enter the world of work can be a little nerve-wracking. My advice to seniors as they prepare for this is to take a deep breath. Remember that you will never be alone. We will always be here to serve you – Once a Royal, Always a Royal. We are a phone call or email away.

For more information about the Career Center or for any other questions check out their page, here.

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