Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet Your Peer Bloggers!

The Undergraduate Advising Blog is proud to introduce six wonderful undergraduates who will be writing for us. These six students are more than happy to answer questions and give advice. Read their weekly posts and be sure to see them at The Academic Advising Link!




Haley Harrington; '15
CLASS, MAJOR: Senior, Communication Disorders with an Education and Psychology minor
LIKES BEST: I love helping first-year students learn how to navigate UMass. It's a big place and can be very intimidating at times! Knowing that I've had a positive impact on their experience here puts a smile on my face.
ADVICE: Be your own advocate! Make sure you meet with your advisor - they can lead you to great resources and future contacts. Try new things! Get involved and find your niche.



Joe Lawrence, '15
CLASS, MAJOR: Senior, Applied Physics with a concentration in Mathematical Modeling
LIKES BEST: The best thing about being a peer advisor is getting to help students have the best possible experience at UMass. I love passing along all the tips and tricks I've learned in the past 3 years.
ADVICE: My number one piece of advice would be to explore, explore, explore! It's great to find your groove, but don't forget to see what else is out there before it's too late. You could join a club,  even go to school in another state or country, but not if you don't get out there and do it!


Alex Perry; '15
CLASS, MAJOR: Senior, Communication Disorders and Psychology
LIKES BEST: Empowering other students to take control of their academic paths, and helping them explore all of the opportunities that UMass Amherst has to offer.
ADVICE: Be proactive! It's up to you to take responsibility of your experience here at UMass, so dive right in by asking questions, getting involved, and being open to new and exciting things.



Victor Ramos; '16
CLASS, MAJOR: Junior, Communication with a Film Studies Certificate
LIKES BEST: I really enjoy being able to help new and old students with navigating through the university and also being a resource for students who need help with class or major issues.
ADVICE: Ask questions! Ask a million questions all the time, even if you think you already know whatever it is you are learning (because you don't!), ask another question. There is always room to learn more and master your craft, so always ask questions. Don't be discouraged by others into thinking your question is stupid or useless, because other people might have the same one! And in most cases, professors (and people in general) usually love answering questions about things they are passionate or informed about, so never feel afraid to ask somebody a question! Overall, by asking questions  you are able to not only expand on your own knowledge of a certain subject, but you are able to help test others knowledge, so you are really growing together! The only stupid question is the one you never asked!
Shaylene Riley; '16
CLASS, MAJOR: Junior, English and French and Francophone Studies
LIKES BEST: I love being able to help people and enjoy seeing people discover what they're passionate about when they sign up for classes or decide to declare a certain major. 
ADVICE: Find what you love and stick with it. Talk with your advisor often and explore different departments and majors to find something that excites and interests you. The best feeling is when you're able to declare a major and know that it's perfect for you.


Eric Shaw; '17
CLASS, MAJOR: Sophmore, Finance
LIKES BEST: I like the interaction with students, but also being able to help get students on the right track and pursuing the majors they want.
ADVICE: Constantly check the blog. It is nice to have something remind you or helping you along the way than you always trying to remember yourself.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Computer Science Deadline!


Interested in Computer Science? Planning on declaring your major or minor? Wednesday, October 1 is the deadline to apply in order to take Spring 2015 majors only classes. Stop by the CS Undergrad Advising Center (ACE) in the USpace, 144 CS Building with your questions. Click here for the application and more information.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly Preview: September 29 - October 3

Fall is officially here and things are getting busy!  Be sure to update your planner with deadlines, information sessions, and meetings.  Worried about your classes?  Visit the LRC and Writing Center or schedule an appointment with an Advisor to explore your options.  And don't forget about your Peer Advisors in the Academic Advising Link in the Learning Commons in the Library!     




All UMass students are invited to the What (Not) To Wear: Career Fashion Show on Monday, September 29 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in CHC Events Hall. See models in professional attire, get fashion advice for all, learn how to tie a necktie, get a photo taken for LinkedIn or even wear your favorite interview outfit (or bring a selfie) for a professional critique.






Interested in Computer Science?  Planning on declaring your major or minor?  Wednesday, October 1 is the deadline to apply in order to take Spring 2015 majors only classes.  Stop by the CS Undergrad Advising Center (ACE) in the USpace, 144 CS Building with your questions.  Click here for the application and more information.


The Engineering, Technology and Science Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 1 from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Campus Center Auditorium.  Meet companies seeking candidates for engineering, computer science, IT, or science positions.  Learn about co-ops, internships or full-time positions.  View the list of registered organizations, by clicking here.  Additional questions? Please email Todd Butynski at tbutynsk@umass.edu   Not sure how to prepare?  Reread our earlier post about attending Career Fairs and visit Career Services to get ready.



You are warmly invited to the CMASS Open House on Thursday, October 2nd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in 201 Wilder Hall.  The Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success provides academic support, cultural enrichment, student development as well as support for institutional diversity on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.  Come and check out the activities and events for the whole academic year.  There will be games, prizes and surprises.  Light refreshments will be provided.


There will be an iCons Information Session on Thursday, October 2 at 7:00pm in ISB 145.  iCons is a 20-credit academic program offered by the College of Natural Sciences.  Is iCons right for you? What are the program requirements? Will it fit into your schedule?  Click here to learn more about the program.



Are you curious about LinkedIn?  Learn how to set up a LinkedIn profile for job networking and professional purposes.  Join Career Services on Thursday, October 2 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Du Bois Library, Room 1685.  For beginners or students interested in more advanced needs, bring your laptop or use one there.  Stop in any time!



 





Thursday, September 25, 2014

Alex's Tip of the Week: Attend Some Info Sessions!!!

Hi Everyone, hope you're having a great start to your semester! My name is Alex and I'm a Peer Advisor with Undergraduate Advising, ready for anything from assisting you with the course selection process, to answering questions about academic requirements, to promoting major exploration and more!

First, let me start by asking you a few questions: Are you considering declaring a major, adding another major/minor, or changing your current major? Do you find yourself wondering about which classes to take, or how to apply to certain majors on campus?

One of the best ways to get information, ask questions, and learn about all of the exciting programs that UMass has to offer is through attending an Information Session!

Knowledge is power, and attending an information session can give you the confidence you need to explore your areas of interest and start making informed decisions regarding your educational future. Attending an info session allows you to check out whether or not various departments on campus are a great fit for you, and ask any questions you have about their specific programs. Through attending an information session you might receive 
  • an overview of the department.
  • the requirements for that major.
  • how to apply and what the next steps are for you.
Info sessions are also awesome ways to meet undergraduate program directors, advisors, and other students--all of whom can offer their unique perspectives and experiences within the department. You never know, this could be a pivotal moment of decision-making in your college experience. Hit the ground running this semester and attend an information session!

Please continue to check the Undergraduate Advising Blog for the most up-to-date information regarding when/where Info Sessions are being held on campus.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Career Fairs: What are they, why do you go, and how do you prepare?

Many employers use career fairs to promote their job opportunities and to pre-screen applicants. Most of these fairs consist of booths and tables staffed by recruiters and other representatives from each organization. For students, a career fair can be an excellent place to gather information about potential employers, make contacts that could lead to a job, learn more about an employer’s application process, and discover new possibilities.


UMass Amherst Career Services sponsors a number of career fairs throughout the year and several will be happening in the coming weeks...be sure to check out their on-going calendar of events.

Not sure how to proceed? Stop by Career Services on the 5th floor of Goodell during their walk-in hours, Monday-Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. You can also visit Career Services online to see the planning timeline recommended for each year and download their handouts on "Make Your First Professional Contacts at the Career Fair" and "Sell Yourself at the Career Fair" for tips on making the most of these events.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tutoring & Extra Help!!



Need extra help on homework questions or writing a paper ? 

Check out the Learning Resource Center & Writing Center!


The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is located on the 10th floor of the DuBois Library! Open Sunday-Thursday 1:00 pm-10:00 pm, the LRC provides tutoring and supplemental instruction in courses that students often have trouble with. Check out their website for more information on their tutoring and SI schedules.



Writing a paper and want another opinion on it?  Go to the Writing Center located in the basement of the library. Here, a tutor will critique and help improve your essay, whether you are just brainstorming ideas or already have a draft finished. It's always nice to have another person look over your writing. The tutors at the WC are trained and experienced students who may seem less intimidating than a professor. You can even schedule an appointment online.



Monday, September 22, 2014

Check Out Campus Pulse!


Part of what makes UMass so great is that it has such a large campus, which means that there is always something going on every night of the week. Be it a club meeting, a lecture, or a movie night - if you're looking for something fun to do, check out Campus Pulse! The website has a calendar of exciting events going on campus as well as a list of the many RSOs to join. There is something for everyone, so be sure to check it out and get involved!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekly Preview: September 22 - 26



Are you interested in working for a startup?  On Monday, September 22 at 5:30pm in the Integrated Sciences Building Atrium, ThinkB1G will lead a discussion on what startups are looking for, the skills to develop to become a highly sought after candidate, how to obtain them both inside and outside the classroom, and best practices in communicating all this when engaging startups. They'll be bringing in founders and heads of engineering virtually so you'll have the opportunity to hear directly from startups.  To register, please click here.


Curious about internships and co-ops?  It is never too early to start thinking about getting some experience!  Join Career Services for Internships and Co-ops Information Sessions every Monday at 12:30 pm in 508 Goodell.








Thursday, September 18, 2014

Joe's Tip of the Week: Time Management

Hey UMass! I'm Joe, your friendly neighborhood peer advisor! On behalf of everyone here at Undergraduate Advising, allow me to welcome you to the new school year! If this is your first semester, you might have expected the workload to ramp up slowly. If so...

 SURPRISE!
(If you haven't seen Zoolander, you'll need to watch it now. Go ahead. I'll wait.)

Time management is a critical skill in college, because most of the work you do is outside of class on your own time. If you can't use your time wisely, you're going to have a rough start to your semester. Now, I understand some of you are still adjusting to life back at school...

...but it's time to shake it off and get crackin'. Here are a few tips I use to keep myself from wasting time.

1. Get Moving!

You might have a rough start and just feel like getting back in bed, but don't give up! NEVER GETTING STARTED is the greatest enemy of productivity. If don't start, you'll never finish.

2. Make a Plan!

So you're up. Good. Now what are you going to do? Save yourself the time consuming task of checking each class on Moodle every time you sit down to do work. Instead, keep a record of things you need to do, including homework assignments, projects, test dates, and whatever else is on your plate. If you're "organizationally challenged" like me, the best way to do this is to keep a simple to-do list with due dates. Bring it everywhere, and update it constantly. If you're a pro at thinking ahead, get yourself a planner! Before you get your hopes up, none of the official UMass planners come in "Blue Steel."

3. Start Small!

If you're not doing anything, you're not managing your time wisely. I keep myself busy by putting every little thing I've got to do on my planner. Real-life examples from my current to-do list include:
  • Call Mummy (Yes, I call my mom "Mummy." Sue me.)
  • Put up poster of The Dude
  • Email Professor D.
  • Make hair appointment (It's not easy being really, really, ridiculously good looking.)
There are few feelings in life as satisfying as crossing something off your list. The benefits of this are twofold: One, you'll get motivated once you see your list of tasks start to shrink. Two, the less little things you have to do, the less excuses you'll have for avoiding the big tasks. I think everyone knows the feeling of having so much to do that you clean your room instead.

Congratulations! You're now a graduate of The Derek Zoolander School for College Kids Who Can't Plan Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too. Remember, if you apply these tips and keep using any other strategies that work for you, you could even save enough time to grab an orange-mocha-frappuccino!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Career Service's Career Carnival

Step right up! Step right up! The career carnival is finally here! That's right! Career Services is holding a Career Carnival in front of Goodell on Wednesday, September 17th from 1-4pm. Are you unsure about your resume? Have your resume reviewed at the carnival! Just in time for the Fall Career Fairs too! Speaking about careers, talk to a career advisor while you're there and get some advice! There will be free popcorn and ice cream in addition to lots of games and prizes. Don't miss out on all of this fun!