Tuesday
01/20/09

Join READY @ UB: A Unique Discussion Group that Meets In-Person AND Online!

Posted January 20, 2009 in Exploring Majors & Careers, General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, New Students

Undecided on a major? Confused about the degree programs that UB offers? Thinking about changing your major? Looking to add another major or minor that compliments your current program? No clue where to find answers to your academic questions? If you answer yes to any of these questions you should consider joining READY @ UB!  READY @ UB is an in-person discussion group and an online Facebook community for students who are exploring academic options. This group provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in conversations with other UB students who are undecided or confused about majors and degree programs at UB. READY @ UB is sponsored by Student Advising Services (SAS) and officially sanctioned by the University at Buffalo. The Facebook and discussion groups are led by Caitlin Haskell and Jillian Reading, SAS Graduate Assistants.

Are you on Facebook? READY @ UB is! Join the group page and start exploring your academic options. This page is utilized in addition to the meetings, and is great for students who cannot attend the in-person discussions due to other time commitments. Check out the Facebook Group Page by logging into Facebook and searching for “READY @ UB.

If you haven’t joined READY @ UB yet, now is the time to get involved!

Questions?
Contact: Caitlin Haskell and Jillian Reading
Location: 107B Norton Hall
Phone: 716.645.6484
E-mail: sas-peer@buffalo.edu
Web: http://sas.buffalo.edu/ready

Friday
01/02/09

Do You Know the ABC’s of Spring Semester?

Posted January 2, 2009 in General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, Study Tips

Caitlin is one of two Graduate Assistants in the office of Student Advising Services who wants to help you! Her advice to fellow UB students on the ABC’s of Spring Semester are:

A is for Agenda

Make sure you are looking over your syllabi and are jotting down all important dates including exams, due dates, class cancellations, etc. Also, know important UB deadlines and cancellations by printing out student calendars that can be found on the Student Response Center web page.

B is for Bills

Did you pay your tuition yet? You can view your account balance on MyUB under Finances. Make sure you stay on top of your other bills, too!

C is for CURCA

CURCA stands for Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Check them out and get involved in research and other projects on campus this semester!

D is for Decisions

Have you decided on a major or career path? This is the semester to explore your interests and figure out what you really want to study! See your advisor if you need some help with major decisions.

E is for Email

Check your UB email account on a regular basis as important information from instructors, students, advisors and organizations on campus will use this account. Also, many instructors and staff at UB prefer you to use your UB account when contacting them.

F
is for Facebook

Make sure your facebook profile is a good representation of yourself. Instructors, employers, and other students have access to your pages and you want to make a good impression. According to CareerBuilder.com, 63% of hiring managers did not hire someone because of the information they found online!

G is for GPA

Everybody starts the semester with an A in each class. Maintain that A by going to every class, taking good notes, studying well in advance, asking the teacher questions and seeking tutoring if you need more assistance.

H is for Health

Stay healthy! Keep warm in this cold Buffalo weather, be sure to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise at lease 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes and be sure to get enough sleep! Stop by Wellness Education Services for more tips on how to stay healthy this spring.

I is for Internships

There is still time to land an internship for this semester, and it’s not too early to begin looking for the summer and next fall. Visit Career Services for help with internships and jobs.

J is for Joining a Club

UB has over 100 SA Clubs on campus and there is something for everybody. Find something that fits your interests.

K is for kindness

Be nice to people on campus – hold the door for the person behind you, wait for someone to cross the street when you’re driving around campus looking for a parking spot, let someone have your seat on the stampede, or simply smile at people coming your way.

L is for Library Skills Workbook

Have you completed your Library Skills Workbook yet? You need this to graduate, so if you are a senior and graduating in June, make sure you do this soon!

M is for MyPage

Customize your MyPage so it suits your personal needs as a student! There are online tutorials to help you do this.

N is for New Year

When you’re signing your name and date on a paper, don’t forget it’s 2009!

O is for Overload

Don’t overload yourself with too many credit hours or take on too many responsibilities. A good rule of thumb is to stay around 15 credit hours and if you are working part-time, try to keep it around 10 hours a week.

P is for Procrastination

Stop putting things off! Use post-its and make lists of things you have to do today, things that should be done sometime during the week, and any other lists that will help you to not procrastinate.

Q is for Quitting

It’s a new year and it’s time to make a resolution – or two. Kick those bad habits and start this semester off on the right foot.

R is for Resume

Build your resume this semester by improving your GPA, getting involved in research, an internship, an SA club, or volunteering!

S is for Sleep

Make sure you are catching enough zzz’s every night! You’ll laugh, but you should shoot for 7-8 hours every night.

T is for Time

It’s not always easy managing a billion things at once, but it is easy to waste time. Make sure you are aware of your priorities and responsibilities before spending hours using the new application on facebook or trying to master your roommate’s guitar hero!

U is for Undergraduate Catalog

Use the online version of the undergraduate catalog to look up course descriptions, the various academic programs, policies and procedures at UB, and more!

V is for Volunteering

Give a little bit of yourself this semester! You’ll enjoy doing it, and it looks good on a resume. Check out some great opportunities and learn more about how you can volunteer at United Way.

W is for Workshops

Attend Life and Learning Workshops! There are so many workshops in a wide array of topics – check one out this semester.

X is for XLIII

Whether you’re in it for the football or commercials, don’t forget to get together with some friends to watch the Superbowl XLIII on February 1st!

Y is for Yourself

With all your responsibilities and obligations during the semester it can be hard to find some time for yourself, but make sure you are still enjoying some “me time”!

Z is for Zoo

Visit the Buffalo Zoo this semester! Go check out all of the animals, events and more!

Friday
08/15/08

Join READY @ UB!

Posted August 15, 2008 in Exploring Majors & Careers, General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, New Students

Be sure that you acquaint yourself with the Facebook group entitled READY @ UB (Researching, Exploring And Developing Yourself). Sponsored by Student Advising Services, this interactive discussion group is for undergraduate students who are undecided or confused about a major and/or career, considering changing majors, as well as anyone who is looking for more information on these topics. Learn about helpful resources on and around campus to help you explore majors and careers!

If you are on Facebook, visit the following link and check out (and Join!) the group: http://buffalo.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7214834258
For more information, visit us on the web and view our brochure!
Web: http://sas.buffalo.edu/ready
Brochure: http://sas.buffalo.edu/pdfs/ready_brochure.pdf

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Student Advising Services’ Graduate Assistants, Caitlin Haskell and Jillian Reading, at sas-peer@buffalo.edu.

Monday
04/28/08

Looking for Last Minute Test-Taking Tips?

Posted April 28, 2008 in General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, Study Tips

As Final Exams Week is here, UB’s Student Advising Services has compiled a list of study and test-taking tips to help YOU! From UB’s Counseling Services, to Texas A&M University, and so much more, be sure you review the following web sites to help YOU succeed on your final exams!

  • Tips on study habits, reducing test anxiety, and more. Visit the self-help materials and resources from UB’s Counseling Services!
  • From general test-taking suggestions, including how to best answer different types of exams, visit Texas A&M University!
  • Want to learn several study tips from current UB seniors? Or interested to learn how UB’s Methods of Inquiry (GSE 155) class provides excellent information on preparing for tests, studying, and so much more? Then be sure you visit the Be Advised web log TODAY and search for information listed under our Study Tips category!
Wednesday
04/09/08

READ these Important End of Semester Tips!

Posted April 9, 2008 in General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, Study Tips

Caitlin, a Senior at UB and Peer Assistant in the office of Student Advising Services wants to help YOU! Read her end of the semester tips to help you succeed as the final weeks of the spring semester are upon us.

  • Dreading End of the Semester Assignments? Most of you are probably bombarded with research papers, group projects or preparing for final exams – I know I am! And most of you are probably not looking forward to them. However, usually the last projects, papers or exams are weighed pretty heavy in the final grade for the class, so doing well on these assignments can really help. So, instead of dreading these final weeks of classes and procrastinating, see these last assignments as opportunities to bring up your final average for the class!
  • Thinking about Taking Summer Classes? Whether you are staying in Buffalo or going back home for the summer, you might consider taking summer courses. I have found it really helpful to take a course or two during the summer, as it lightened my course-load during the fall and spring semesters. Since I always went back home for summer vacation and took courses through a community college, I used TAURUS and met with an Academic Advisor to make sure the courses I was taking were going to transfer to UB. If you have the time and money to take a course, I strongly recommend it!
  • Looking for a New Place to Study? While the UB Libraries are great places to study, sometimes we all need a little change of scenery. Here are some suggestions:
  • It’s officially spring and the weather is slowly but surely warming up. We’ve been stuck inside all semester, why not go outside and get some fresh air? Some great places on campus to study outside are Founder’s Plaza located on the Academic Spine, the quad outside of Harriman Hall, at The Commons or anywhere you can find green-space, a bench or a table!
Thursday
03/20/08

Are You R.E.A.D.Y. to Choose a Major at UB?

Posted March 20, 2008 in Exploring Majors & Careers, General, Have You Heard from Your Peers

Researching, Exploring And Developing Yourself

Search FACEBOOK.COM for: “READY @ UB” and join today!

READY @ UB (PDF) is an in-person discussion group and an online Facebook community sponsored by Student Advising Services (SAS). READY @ UB provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in conversations with other UB students who are undecided or confused about majors. The READY @ UB Discussion Series is facilitated by Jillian Reading, SAS Graduate Assistant and Caitlin Haskell, SAS Undergraduate Peer Assistant.

READY @ UB is for undergraduates who are:

  • Undecided or confused about a major or minor
  • Thinking about changing their major
  • Seeking help with career exploration or navigation of UB resources

The READY @ UB FACEBOOK page includes:

  • An interactive discussion board
  • Contact with other students
  • Student videos and tutorials
  • Updated posted items with links to web resources on exploring majors, career information and much more!!

Visit us on FACEBOOK.COM for more information and find out how you can join READY @ UB today! Group Name: “READY @ UB”

Wednesday
02/27/08

Peer Assistants Are Here to Help YOU!

Posted February 27, 2008 in General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, New Students

Please be reminded that Student Advising Services’ (SAS) PEER ASSISTANTS are available to help YOU throughout the spring semester!  Caitlin and Vanessa are both senior Psychology majors at UB who would love to talk with you and help you in any way that they can! Here are some ideas of what they would love to help YOU with:
• Helpful hints for registering for classes.
• Searching for interesting elective courses.
• Navigating MyUB and setting up a MyPage.
• Setting up your UB email and tips to writing professional emails.
• Finding research positions, internships, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to get involved.
• Exploring numerous campus resources.
• Setting academic and personal goals.
• Advice on exploring and choosing majors.
• Their stories on how they chose their majors and what they are planning to do when they graduate.
• And more!

Visit Caitlin or Vanessa soon! They are located in 104E Norton Hall, Mondays through Thursdays, during the following times:
• Mondays – 9:30am – 11:30am
• Tuesdays – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
• Wednesdays – 1:30pm – 3:00pm
• Thursdays – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Can’t make their hours? Send them an e-mail with your questions at sas-peer@buffalo.edu!

Wednesday
02/27/08

Things to do BEFORE Spring Break!

Posted February 27, 2008 in General, Have You Heard from Your Peers

Caitlin is one of two Peer Assistants in the office of Student Advising Services who wants to help you!  Read her advice on the Things to do BEFORE Spring Break.

Can you believe Spring Break is almost here?? Spring Break begins on Monday, March 10th with classes resuming on Monday, March 17th. Here are some things you might want to think about before you go to the sandy beaches in Florida or head home for the week:

• If you are heading out early and are going to be missing a class or two, it’s important that you speak to your instructors prior to leaving. This way you can complete any work ahead of time or make any provisions so your grade will not be negatively affected.
• Many professors assign a research paper or some type of project that is due after the break.  Realistically, most of us do not want to be stuck writing a paper over break, so buckle down NOW and get it done! It’ll be one less thing you have to worry about during break and you can laugh when your classmates are worried about getting things done when they get back!
• If you are struggling in any of your courses, see your professor or TA now! Don’t want until it is too late. Once we get back from break the semester seems to fly, so take care of any issues now!
• I know it seems soon, but it’s not too early to start thinking about what classes you want to take this summer and/or next fall. The UB Summer and Fall class schedules are available online so check them out today!
• Attend a Life and Learning Workshop! There is even one about going home for break! Check out the various workshops – there is sure to be one that peaks your interests!
• If you are traveling somewhere for break, make sure you have all the phone numbers and addresses of the places you will be and give that information to your family and any close friends.
• Keep working hard these next two weeks and then you can get in the mindset to enjoy your break. It’s almost here!

I hope you all enjoy your Spring Break and if you are going somewhere, I wish you safe travels!

Thursday
01/17/08

Do You Know the ABC’s of Spring Semester?

Posted January 17, 2008 in General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, Study Tips

Caitlin is one of two Peer Assistants in the office of Student Advising Services who wants to help you! Her advice to fellow UB students on the ABC’s of Spring Semester are:

A is for Agenda

Make sure you are looking over your syllabi and are jotting down all important dates including exams, due dates, class cancellations, etc. Also, know important UB deadlines and cancellations by printing out student calendars that can be found on the Student Response Center web page.

B is for Bills

Did you pay your tuition yet? The first bill was due January 8th! You can view your account balance on MyUB under Finances. Make sure you stay on top of your other bills, too!

C is for CURCA

CURCA stands for Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Check them out and get involved in research and other projects on campus this semester!

D is for Decisions

Have you decided on a major or career path? This is the semester to explore your interests and figure out what you really want to study! See your advisor if you need some help with major decisions.

E is for Email

Check your UB email account on a regular basis as important information from professors, students, advisors and organizations on campus will use this account. Also, many professors and staff at UB prefer you to use your UB account when contacting them.

F is for Facebook

Make sure your facebook profile is a good representation of yourself. Professors, employers, and other students have access to your pages and you want to make a good impression. According to a survey by CareerBuilder.com, 63% of hiring managers did not hire someone because of the information they found online!

G is for GPA

As Vanessa has said before, everybody starts the semester with an A in each class. Maintain that A by going to every class, taking good notes, studying well in advance, asking the teacher questions and seeking tutoring if you need more assistance.

H is for Health

Stay healthy! Keep warm in this cold Buffalo weather, be sure to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise at lease 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes and be sure to get enough sleep! Stop by the Wellness Center for more tips on how to stay healthy this spring.

I is for Internships

There is still time to land an internship for this semester, and it’s not too early to begin looking for the summer and next fall. Visit Career Services for help with internships and jobs.

J is for Joining a Club

UB has over 100 SA Clubs on campus and there is something for everybody. Find something that fits your interests.

K is for kindness

Be nice to people on campus – hold the door for the person behind you, wait for someone to cross the street when you’re driving around campus looking for a parking spot, let someone have your seat on the stampede, or simply smile at people coming your way.

L is for Library Skills Workbook

Have you completed your Library Skills Workbook yet? You need this to graduate, so if you are a senior and graduating in May, make sure you do this soon!

M is for MyPage

Customize your MyPage so it suits your personal needs as a student! There are online tutorials to help you do this.

N is for New Year

When you’re signing your name and date on a paper, don’t forget it’s 2008!

O is for Overload

Don’t overload yourself with too many credit hours or take on too many responsibilities. A good rule of thumb is to stay around 15 credit hours and if you are working part-time, try to keep it around 10 hours a week.

P is for Procrastination

Stop putting things off! Use post-its and make lists of things you have to do today, things that should be done sometime during the week, and any other lists that will help you to not procrastinate.

Q is for Quitting

It’s a new year and it’s time to make a resolution – or two. Kick those bad habits and start this semester off on the right foot.

R is for Resume

Build your resume this semester by improving your GPA, getting involved in research, an internship, an SA club, or volunteering!

S is for Sleep

Make sure you are catching enough zzz’s every night! You’ll laugh, but you should shoot for 7-8 hours every night.

T is for Time

It’s not always easy managing a billion things at once, but it is easy to waste time. Make sure you are aware of your priorities and responsibilities before spending hours using the new application on facebook or trying to master your roommate’s guitar hero!

U is for Undergraduate Catalog

Use the online version of the undergraduate catalog to look up course descriptions, the various academic programs, policies and procedures at UB, and more!

V is for Volunteering

Give a little bit of yourself this semester! You’ll enjoy doing it, and it looks good on a resume. Check out some great opportunities and learn more about how you can volunteer at United Way.

W is for Workshops

Attend Life and Learning Workshops! There are so many workshops in a wide array of topics – check one out this semester.

X is for XLII

Whether you’re in it for the football or commercials, don’t forget to get together with some friends to watch the Superbowl XLII on February 3rd!

Y is for Yourself

With all your responsibilities and obligations during the semester it can be hard to find some time for yourself, but make sure you are still enjoying some “me time”!

Z is for Zoo

Visit the Buffalo Zoo this semester!  Go check out the new Amur tigers that were born last fall – I hear they are becoming quite playful!


Thursday
01/17/08

Join READY @ UB!

Posted January 17, 2008 in Exploring Majors & Careers, General, Have You Heard from Your Peers, New Students

READY @ UB (Researching, Exploring and Developing Yourself) is a program sponsored and supported by Student Advising Services, housed at the University at Buffalo. I am a graduate assistant advisor at the center and am working closely with our peer assistant, Caitlin, to lead this group.

We are offering UB undergraduate students with a unique experience to engage in conversations with other UB students who are undecided or confused about majors, thinking about changing majors, or have any other questions or concerns regarding majors and careers. This is not a lecture-based program. Our belief is that students will benefit from a discussion-based group where you talk about your own experiences to learn from each other, and you can realize that being unsure or confused is completely normal and very common among students. Ultimately, we will provide a relaxed environment (with FREE FOOD and PRIZES) where you can come and feel comfortable while discussing majors and careers!

We are not afraid of going off on tangents, but we do have some topics of discussion we thought you might be interested in. Here are some ideas:

  • Myths and Realities – unraveling the myths of majors, minors and careers
  • Stress Management – feeling overwhelmed by choosing a major or career
  • Soul Searching – discovering your interests and what motivates you
  • Registering for Classes – figuring out what courses to take
  • Learning Outside the Classroom – internships, research, volunteering, etc.
  • Professionalism and Networking – how to better present yourself & facebook
  • Jobs in the Media – is that what it’s really like?

READY @ UB begins Wednesday, February 6th from 12pm – 1pm in 210 Student Union. We will meet every Wednesday through April 20th (except March 12th). Each week we will be bouncing between 2 rooms in the Student Union, so please take a look at the schedule below so you are aware of which room we will be in each week:

February 6- 210 SU

February 13- 210 SU

February 20- 145B SU

February 27- 210 SU

March 5- 210 SU

March 26- 145B SU

April 2- 210 SU

April 9- 145B SU

April 16- 145B SU

April 23- 210 SU

April 20- 210 SU

 

Join READY @ UB! Signing-up is easy and there are a few ways to do so:

#1 Join our group on FACEBOOK: READY @ UB

#2 Fill out a registration form in 109 Norton Hall (Student Advising Services)

#3 Email us at sas-peer@buffalo.edu (include your full name and email address)

We look forward to seeing you at our first meeting on Wednesday, February 6th from 12pm – 1pm in 210 Student Union! Lunch is on us: pizza, drinks and baked goods! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: sas-peer@buffalo.edu.

Jillian Reading, Graduate Assistant, Student Advising Services