#USGrad18 Countdown to Commencement: Senior Q and A: Nicole Borrelli

Q: How has Scranton changed you?
A: I have definitely learned the importance of the saying “You only live once” and to take risks and try new things. It has helped me grow — especially in becoming more independent and helping me grow into an adult who is ready for the real world.

Q: What is the one thing you will miss the most about your time in college?
A: There are so many things it’s hard to pick just one but a few things are: my best friends, the adventures, the spontaneity of college life and the helpful professors around campus.

Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming or current students at The University of Scranton?
A: Experience everything you absolutely can. And, of course, studying is important but don’t forget to have fun! There are many ways to balancing and budgeting your time so that you can experience all that the University has to offer.

#USGrad18 Countdown to Commencement: Senior Q and A: Courtney Sobotka

Q: How has Scranton has changed you?
A: I have grown more independent and I have learned how to act more responsibly on my own. I feel that I will take the Jesuit values that I learned at the University with me and integrate them into my future profession as a teacher, hopefully passing on some of those ideals to my own students.

Q: What is the one thing you will miss the most about your time in college?
A: I will miss being able to do anything, anytime, anywhere with my best friends. There is definitely a certain sense of freedom that I will miss once we graduate, just being able to have free time and spending it with my friends. The real world will hit and I know, for sure, that I’ll miss being a “kid”.

Q: What is one piece of advice you have for incoming or current students at The University of Scranton?
A: You have four years to pick a major so find something you really love. And, if you don’t like your major- change it. Live your life to the fullest and make sure you do everything that makes you happy not what others want you to do.

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

A month after the New Year’s ball drop and us confirming our resolutions for 2018 there is a chance that some of us may have slipped-up on those New Year’s promises already. It happens to the best of us, whether we swear off junk food in hopes of eating healthier or promise to start exercising more or stop using our phones as much — odds are, we may have already neglected our resolutions.

Research shows that 30 percent of those “new year, new me’s” give up on their resolutions by the two-week mark. But, just because you slipped-up a little early doesn’t mean you can’t come back from it. According to John Norcross, a professor of psychology here at The University of Scranton with co-authored work published in Time magazine, “Early slips do not predict failure. In fact, many ultimately successful resolvers report — even as they experience them — that the early slips strengthen their resolutions.”

However, he offered five scientific ways to restart and keep on track with those resolutions:

1. Give yourself a reality check: Instead of being bothered by failure, give yourself a break and realize that changing your behavior is basically learning a new skill, Norcross says.

2. Reframe your resolutions: Research also shows that people are more likely to achieve their resolutions if they bring immediate gratification, rather than delayed. So, pursue the resolution day-to-day and provide present motivation.

3. Find a buddy: “Having a resolution buddy doesn’t make much of a difference right away, but social support starts to make a big impact around February, or about a month in,” Norcross states.

4. Change your environment: “Chances are, something triggered your resolution lapse, whether it was a person, place or bad habit,” says Norcross, “Avoiding those triggers, and replacing them with people, places and things that will help you stick to your goal is crucial.”

5. Restart at the right time: Research shows that beginning a behavior change on a day of psychological importance—whether that’s the first of the month, a birthday or an anniversary — may improve your chances of success, according to Norcross.

Back on Campus!

Returning to campus after a (rather long) intersession break can be just as hard as an adjustment as starting a new school year after a summer at home. That’s why we asked Dean Rivera, the associate vice provost for Student Formation & Campus Life and dean of students, her thoughts on what students should keep in mind as they settle back into life on campus and hunker down for another semester at The University of Scranton.

Develop a schedule:

“As students return for the start of a new semester with new courses, it’s important to remember to develop a new schedule to manage your time wisely, establish relationships with your faculty, and ensure you are connected to the appropriate support, for example, tutoring and counseling. Don’t wait until you are struggling to do these things!”

Get involved:

“Sometimes people, especially first-year students, are reluctant to get involved in clubs, service, retreats, etc. in the fall semester for fear of being overwhelmed. With the fall semester behind you, challenge yourself to get involved in 1-2 positive campus social experiences. You won’t regret it!”

Help others:

“Remember how special our community is and do your part to foster this! Be active – in the classroom, in clubs and in service. Help others in need – it’s what Royals do! Honor your commitment to the Student Code of Conduct.”

So, as we all look to the semester ahead keep Dean Rivera’s advice in mind!

Have a great semester and welcome back!

Intersession Roundup

As students wind down from a week of final exams, papers and presentations, intersession quickly approaches. Intersession is our two-month “break” from school. Students choose to do a variety of things over intersession.

For example, Josef Kampfe and Emily Calderone, senior nursing students, along with a group of other nursing majors, are going on a service trip to the Dominican Republic on a medical mission to provide medical services and supplies to hospitals in the region.

Or, like Kelly Lappin, senior captain of the swim team, you may stay on campus to participate in Division III athletics and be with your team. Others, like like Nicole Borrelli, a senior, will be working. Borrelli is going home to work two part-time jobs at a restaurant and Journey’s.

There are also some students, such as junior marketing major Kassie Dunn, studying abroad during the break. Dunn will be studying international marketing in Spain throughout the month of January, an opportunity she is looking forward to.

Others are taking courses at the University in everything from art history to statistics.

My advice? No matter what your intersession break plans are, students should find some time to make new memories with family or friends and rest up for the upcoming spring semester!

Have a great intersession! Happy Holidays!


Campus Corner will be back in February!

On Campus: Study Tips and Spots

Mid-way through Dead Week, we asked students on campus for tips on getting through studying and exams. Read below for some advice from your fellow Royals:

“Remember that this is the last leg and then you have plenty of time off with your family. You can do this!” -Brianna Johnson




“No matter how tired you are or how little you sleep, make sure to eat a good breakfast every morning to keep you going.” -Nina Abate


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