Praying For The Victims

I would first like to take this time to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been affected by this storm.  It is times like these that we realize how important it is to not take anything for granted.  We must always be thankful for our blessings because we never know when they may be taken unexpectedly from us.

I would like to give a special thanks to all the faculty and staff who helped to prepare the campus and keep us all safe during the storm. Stay safe everyone!

Also, a reminder that classes will be resuming tomorrow, Wednesday October 31st.

On a happier note, I hope everyone enjoyed their very extended Halloween weekend.  I saw some great costumes and had so much fun.

My favorite part of the weekend however was the Safe Trick or Treat Program.

This program offers a way for kids in the Scranton area to spend a few hours with a student and go trick or treating to dorms on campus.  It provides them with a safe enviornment to collect their sugary treats.

Another event hosted by the U was a trip to Hershey Park!  Students were provided with transportation and admission to the amusement park for the day to enjoy the great rides and some delicious chocolate.

I can’t believe Novemeber is just two days away!  This semester is flying by and it’s important to keep some things in mind at this time:

1. Although you may think you have plenty of time to finish big projects that aren’t due until the end of the semester, it will be here before you know.  Get started with whatever work you can now to save yourself the stress during finals week.

2. Class registration will be happening soon. Make sure you have your spring semester classes planned out so you are prepared when registration day arrives.

3. Stay focused.  Half way through the semester I always find myself getting lazy and trying to take the easy way out of things. Just remember, “Keep your head in the game.”

Enjoy your week!

Kara

 

OT FUN!

Hey everyone!

As you know, I am a junior Occupational therapy major. So far, this year has been so much fun between my classes and service learning activities. This semester I am taking a Practice Pediatrics course to prepare for my first Level I Fieldwork in January. One of our assignments was to complete a classroom observation of a Pre-K or Kindergarten class. I completed mine this past weekend at Blessed Sacrament School on Staten Island, NY (my hometown!) Going in to the class and watching the students as they interacted with the teacher and with each other was so interesting and fun. I had never realized how much you could learn about a child just by watching and observing their everyday activities. Completing this assignment got me so excited to begin my fieldwork.

This weekend was Open House for prospective students. Campus tours were given and information tables were set up in the Long Center. Occupational therapy students were also present in the Leahy building answering any questions parents or students had about the school or the OT program. I always find it exciting to see new students who are interested in attending Scranton. I love sharing all the wonderful, positive experiences I have had at this school so far and hopefully helping students make their college decision process easier!

I would also like to congratulate the Women’s Field Hockey team on their victory over nationally ranked Catholic University this weekend. It was also Senior Day, which made the win even more memorable. Senior Gretchen Kempf scored a goal in overtime to lift the team to victory. Congratulations girls and good luck with the rest of your season!

Have a great week!

Kara

OHHHH, WE’RE HALFWAY THERE!

Can you believe the semester is just about halfway over?  I feel like it was just last week that I was moving all my things into my apartment. With Fall Break just around the corner, I’m sure everyone is ready to give up on work and just go home already.  However, it’s important to stay on top of your work and not let yourself get behind.  Falling behind halfway through the semester can be detrimental to your overall grade once finals come around.  If you’re finding it hard to concentrate and stay focused this week, here are some tips that I find useful:

  1. Stay motivated! Keep reminding yourself that break won’t get here any quicker if you don’t do your work.  If anything, keeping up with your studies will keep you busy and help the week to fly by!
  2. Go to the library! Studying in your room may tempt you to just lay in bed or watch t.v.  Going to the library will force you to stay focused and get your work done without any distractions.
  3. Time management!  You may not want to do your work because you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount you have.  It’s important to schedule your time appropriately based on how much work you have so you don’t stress yourself out too much.
  4. Eat right and stay healthy!  I’m sure we are guilty of stress eating junk food. I know I am!  Remember eating right and staying active will not only keep our bodies healthy but also our brains.
  5. Get some rest!  We’ve all been there studying all night for a midterm the next day.  It’s actually worse to stay up all night before a test because our brains need to rest just as much as our bodies do. Remember to get some sleep so you are awake and alert for any tests you may have.

Good luck with the rest of the week & enjoy your breaks!

Kara

Family Time Is A Good Time

Howdy everyone!

Not even this rainy weather could break the good mood I’ve been in. Why you may ask?  My parents visited my sister and I for Family weekend!  This is an annual event hosted by Scraton for all the friends and family of students to come spend a weekend here at the U.  Both of my parents were here and we had a great time.  There were so many great events and activities that we were able to attend.  Some of these included Family Bingo night, the play “Prelude To A Kiss” presented by the U of S players, a beautiful mass in the Byron center, and USPB Casino night.  We also enjoyed a delicious dinner at a local pizzeria/restaurant called “Alfredo’s” and got a discount as part of the Family Weekend package!  It was an overall great weekend with some quality family bonding time.

This weekend was also a good weekend for Scranton athletes.  The Women’s Field Hockey team won both of their games advancing them a 4-0 winning streak.  The Men’s Soccer team defeated Merchant Marine in 2-1 game, helping them climb to fifth in the Regional Rankings.  The Men’s Rugby team played its annual “PINK game” to help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.  All proceeds of the game went to the American Cancer Society.  Congrats to all the athletes and keep up the great work. Go Royals!

Here’s the link for the Scranton Athletics twitter page. Follow them to keep up with team schedules and results for all our sports:

https://twitter.com/RoyalAthletics

Happy October!

Kara