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Mid-semester Advice from Dr. Tadros

Billie Tadros, Ph.D., teaches poetry and first-year writing at The University of Scranton.  She has completed bachelor’s degrees in creative writing and in music at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in writing at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and a doctoral degree in English and creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She previously taught at universities in Alabama and Louisiana. This is Dr. Tadros’s first year teaching at Scranton.

What are some helpful tips to avoid a mid-semester slump?

Make sure you’re taking care of your body, not just your brain. Eat real food. Hydrate. Sleep. (Do as I say, not as I do.) And, as far as your brain goes, be sure you’re addressing your mental health—not just your grades. Take advantage of the resources available to you on campus, including the university’s Counseling Center, and recreational sports and the fitness center.

If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself, or if you’re stressed out, talk to your friends about it. Though people often present a façade that suggests they’ve totally got it together (especially on social media—some of y’all still use Facebook too, right?), the likelihood is that you’ve got friends who are stressed or struggling too. Sometimes just knowing you’re not alone in that can helpful, and what’s even better is when you’re able to support each other—maybe just by chatting and checking in, or maybe by having accountability study sessions where you sit together for two hours in the library or in DeNaples and work separately on what you need to get done in each other’s company.

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Club Spotlight: Literature Club

We caught up with Kody Fitzgerald (pictured here, center, with other officers), Literature Club president, to find out all about the Literature Club.

What is the goal of the literature club? 

Our club exists to foster the love of all things literature! Whether someone has a passion for writing, reading or grammar, we hope to further those passions. And, for those people who may just be curious about the literary arts, we hope to provide a community from which they can learn.

What kinds of books will you be reading? 

Our club will choose, read and discuss a new book each semester. This semester, our members voted to read a classic in Japanese literature: No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. It happens to be one of my favorite books, so I’m excited to discuss it with my club members!

Why is it important for Scranton to have this club?

Scranton’s club communities don’t exist just so our school can say, “We have this many clubs.” I believe our communities exist to stimulate discussions, whether those discussions explore cultures, politics or any of the other subjects Scranton clubs have been founded on. Before this year, Scranton’s club communities lacked a club focused on literary discussion, so this club provides an important outlet for that discussion. Without a club like the Literature Club, Scranton students would not have an accessible outlet for this kind of discussion anywhere else on campus. Continue reading

RA Spotlight: Colleen Boyle

World Mental Health Day 2018

October 10 is recognized as World Mental Health Day. However, every day is an opportunity to practice self-care for your mental well-being.

College can be both an exciting and difficult time with major life changes, newfound independence and challenging situations in the classroom and out. Between classes, exams, extracurriculars and social events, a focus on our mental health can be pushed aside.

Reaching our fullest potential can seem impossible when your mental state doesn’t match how we think we should be feeling, but the good news is that there are always outlets for help. Here are a few easy ways to practice self-care on campus.

Make time for exercise. Exercise is a great way to release endorphins and it’s a proven mood-booster. The University of Scranton offers fitness and yoga classes regularly (for free!) and heading to the Fitness Center, Byron Center and pool are great ways to let get your body moving when feeling anxious or in a slump. You don’t need to run a marathon on the treadmill either, even just going for a light walk is enough to stimulate your body.

Take time out for your passions. With the heavy workloads that come along with being a student, it’s easy to get tied up in the mentality that you need to work 24/7. However, you can’t give up your favorite hobbies or pastimes to focus solely on schoolwork; that’s how you get burned out. Overall, college should be enjoyable. Do your best working toward your degree, but keep doing what you love on the side.

Implement a healthy sleep schedule. Catching those zzz’s is more important than you think. There is no glory in pulling all-nighters or staying up so late that your eyes and brain hurt. Getting eight hours is quite the luxury in college, and can only be attained every-so-often, but striving for six or seven should be a baseline. You can’t be your best with no energy!

Implement a schoolwork routine. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when you have three exams, two presentations, three papers and an advising meeting all in one week. It tends to get stressful when it all piles up, but that stress can be reduced if the pile-up never happens. Blocking out designated times to study or complete homework is an easy way to settle into the comfort of a routine during hectic times. Of course, there will always be a wildcard, but having a routine that allows you to allow the time you need to get all of your work done is a way to curb feelings of being overwhelmed and overworked. Continue reading

Club Spotlight: Art Club

By Kristen Gensinger

For many, art is a great stress release, as well as a creative outlet. Scranton’s Art Club gives students a chance to express themselves through art while in a fun, social setting.

Shandon Black, Art Club president, sums up the club’s mission, “Our club was formed to provide a platform of support for growing artists and to create an environment for all artists and students to vent, relax and express themselves while keeping their minds exercised.”

Students come together to use their abilities to create something beautiful. Pictured here is a collaborative mural, made by officers of the club and participants of the Commuter Student Association (CSA) Carnival, on campus. The officers created the outline and participants filled it in with color.

No artistic experience is needed to join Art Club. It is open to any students interested in art, and members enjoy the break the club gives to their academic lives.

“It allows students to release from schoolwork, relax, meet new people, learn new skills and challenge the mind in critical/creative thinking,” Black said.

Club meetings vary depending on events. For more information, visit Art Club’s Royal Sync page.


C-SPAN Bus Visits Campus

On Friday, Oct. 5, the C-SPAN bus visited Scranton.

C-SPAN is a private nonprofit company with “a mission of making government more open to the people.” One way in which C-SPAN does this is through their C-SPAN bus program. The bus is currently on its 50 capitals tour.

The C-SPAN bus is a multi-media interactive experience and a powerful resource to learn about politics, especially upcoming elections.

C-SPAN’s goal is to provide political information in an interesting way. The bus is equipped with touch-screen computers that house informational videos about public affairs. It also offers interactive quizzes and a selfie station.

Students love that the bus is a fun and interactive way to learn about politics in an unbiased environment. C-SPAN aims to provide information, not to favor a political party. In today’s political environment it is more important than ever for college students to have a resource to access information directly from elected officials.

More information about C-SPAN can be found here.

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