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Happy 2014!!! Now What?!?

Amongst the holiday celebrations, on the back of some people’s minds is creating a resolution or a change for the upcoming New Year. While others have similar thoughts to this Calvin (see picture below):

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Resolution or not, set a goal for yourself, whether it is an academic goal of completing your major requirements, speaking with a faculty advisor about internship opportunities or a personal goal of reaching a 3.5 cumulative GPA this upcoming semester. No matter what your thoughts are on traditional new year’s resolutions it is important to reflect on the past year and/or past semester in order to accomplish your goals. Reflection allows you to assess where you stand in achieving your goal.

12 Days before the End of Finals (1 Day)

Of the 12 days of finals, my advisor reminded me. . .

One Road to graduation

(unique to each student)

Meet the entire Academic Success & Retention Programs (ASRP) staff in our first office commercial and first winning commercial. . .

asrpThe end of finals are here. Enjoy your break and rest up for the new semester. We look forward assisting you on your unique road to graduation.

Feel free to stop by Webster Room 321 to ask any lingering questions you may have or just say hello.

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11 Campus Sports Teams

10 Student Staff Jobs

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8 Sleeping Choices

7 Days Exam-ing

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5 Common Holds

4 Construction Projects

3 Types of Learners

2 Types of Advisors

 

The 12 Days Before the End of Finals (2nd Day)

On the 2nd day before the end of finals, my advisor reminded me. . .

Of the two types of advisors .

Montclair State wants their students to be on the right path to success therefor each student is given TWO advisors to ensure that success. Advisors assist students transition into their new learning environment, guide students as they choose a field of study  and offer advice to students as they choose courses to fulfill the requirements of that study ,  and discuss post-graduation plans. However, don’t be fooled. Although they share the same title as an advisor, they assist students in different ways. Each student has a Faculty/Department advisor who is a students primary connection as well as an Academic advisor who is the secondary connection! So what exactly do these awesome advisors do?

Faculty advisors assist with course selection, scheduling, and academic planning for degree completion. They assist with developing, clarifying, and evaluating, educational plans and goals. Faculty advisors have extensive knowledge within their field of study and can provide insight on the trends in the job market. A Faculty advisor serves as a students best network contact! 
Academic advisors can be found within many departments such as the Academic Success and Retention Programs (ASRP), the Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) (SAA), and the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF). These advisors help students identify and explore major and minor selections or alternatives. They clarify university policies, and solve academic problems. Academic advisors are knowledgeable campus resources and are constantly assisting students identify and explore all that Montclair State has to offer!  Yet, the most important goal they share together is to serve students like YOU in becoming strong, intelligent individuals leading fulfilling careers in the direction of your choice.
 
P.S. Remember to reach out to your advisor each semester to make sure that you are on the right path towards your destination. 
 
Success is a journey, not a destination.” -Ben Sweetland

12 Days Before the End of Finals (3rd Day)

On the 3rd day before the end of finals, my advisor reminded me. . .

Of the three types of learners . . .

3 types

Since everyone learns differently it is important for you to understand your specific learning style. This will help you be more efficient when tackling the books to retain an entire semester worth of information.

 

Helpful Tips

Visual

• Turn notes into pictures, charts, or maps

• Avoid distractions (windows, doorways, etc.)

• Learn the big picture first and then focus on the details

• Make mind and concept maps instead of outlines

• Color code parts of new concepts in your notes

• Use flash cards when trying to study vocabulary

 

Auditory

• Record lectures and then listen to them

• Repeat material out loud and in your own words

• Discuss materials in your study groups

• Read textbooks aloud

• Listen to wordless background music while studying

 

Kinesthetic

• Take study breaks often

• Learn new material while doing something active (e.g., read a textbook while on a treadmill)

• Chew gum while studying

• Work while standing

• Try to take classes with instructors who encourage demonstrations and fieldwork

 

Contact Career Services for more information on how to hone your learning style to benefit your studying.

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5 Common Holds

4 Construction Projects

12 Days before Finals End (4th Day)

12 Days Before the End of Finals (4th Day)

On the 4th day before the end of finals, my Advisor reminded me…

Of the 4 construction projects…

“There can sometimes be bumpy roads and obstacles on the road to graduation.”

Much like the road to graduation, the roads on the Montclair State University campus may have bumpy roads and occasional detours.  However, while it is a daily hassle to avoid this chaos, it is important that we are aware of the great things that are being done to benefit future students.  To learn more about these projects, click on the links below, so you can get an idea what the future of Montclair State University has in store for you!

Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power Project (Click for more info!!!)

This project is located on Yogi Berra Drive, directly next to CarParc Diem. The project’s development will result in more cost-effective, efficient, and reliable delivery of heating, cooling, and electrical services, distributed to all campus buildings. The plant will provide natural gas-fired electric generation, chilled water for cooling, and steam for heat. This is one way that Montclair State University can be more autonomous.  It is also the cause for frequent renovations around campus on walkways and roads, as Montclair works to provide the most efficient dispersal methods possible.

Center for Environment and Life Sciences (CELS)  (Click for info and a projection of the new project!!!)

This beautiful new addition to the Montclair State University campus is being constructed directly next to Memorial Auditorium. It will include the following:  seven trans-disciplinary research lab group suites, six core research labs, a large lecture hall, five office suites, and lounge/study areas for students. This building will be more convenient for students currently studying Environment and Life Science!

School of Business (SBUS)  (Click for more info and a projection of the new project!!!)

This new building, located adjacent to University Hall, will have the same Spanish Mission architectural design as University Hall and is going to consist of instructional spaces, administrative offices, conference and seminar rooms, departmental suites, group study rooms, large common lobby and lounge spaces, a café, and an open parking lot. By the looks of it, this will be a great addition to our campus!

And last but certainly not least…

Look for changes being made to Morehead Hall, located adjacent to College Hall. The building is pre-bid, which means that information in regards to the future use of this building is still undisclosed! However, there are currently renovations being done to restore it to brand new conditions!

Look for more information and updates on the Design and Construction Website or check out Map of the construction areas.

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Keep checking in on Twitter for more updates and details @MSU_ASRP

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11 Campus Sports Teams

10 Student Staff Jobs

9 Commuter Car Lots

8 Sleeping Choices

7 Days Exam-ing

6 Peers Ad-vising

5 Common Holds

 

The 12 Days before Finals End (5th Day)

On the 5th day before the end of finals, my Advisor reminded me…

Of the 5 Common Holds…

Are you stuck, no classes for the Spring?!? Can’t request an official transcript?  What are the 5 most common holds? (by no means the only ones I promise!)

5.) “Faculty Advisement Needed”

What not to do: Ignore it; they don’t know what I need anyway, how dare they!

What to do: Contact the Department…Like, Now!  Find your faculty advisor on your WESS account by logging on and scrolling to the bottom left of your screen under the Student Records tab.  There you will see a link for your advisor within that department.

4.) “Health Charges”

What not to do: Ignore it; I already did that, it will go through and/or I did my Immunizations at my old school, I’m fine and/or I paid for that already and/or another reason.

What to do: Get to Blanton Hall, get in touch with the University Health Center, find out what you owe and why.  You may have already done something somewhere else (Immunizations, etc.) but you may need to update with MSU.

3.) “Parking Services Hold”

What not to do:  Ignore it; take a stand and wait it out, they were obviously wrong for putting a hold on your account in the first place.

What to do: If you are appealing a citation… appeal…if you are not, get in touch with parking services about ways to work out the citations.  Contact the department to determine why the hold is there and what you can do to have it removed.

2.) “Action Hold”

What not to do:  Ignore it; it will go away at the end of the semester.

What to do: Not ignore it…It’s not going anywhere.  You must see an advisor to have the hold removed.  Contact the office of ASRP if you have more than 60 credits or the CAST department if you have less than 60 earned credits to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

1.) “Bursar Hold/Financial Aid Hold”

What not to do: Ignore it; the money will come somehow, most likely someone else will take care of it.

What to do: Someone else will not take care of it.  Contact the Bursars Office and find out your options for paying back your loans, or figuring out your holds.  There are multiple options available, find out which ones can be applied to you.

Continue to follow us on Twitter for more updates @MSU_ASRP

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12 Dining Options

11 Campus Sports Teams

10 Student Staff Jobs

9 Commuter Car Lots

8 Sleeping Choices

7 Days Exam-ing

6 Peers Ad-vising

The 12 Days Before Finals End (6th Day)

On the 6th day before the end of finals, my Advisor reminded me…

Of the 6 Peers Ad-vising

Have some free time in the midst of finals?!?  Come visit our Student Staff of Peer Success Advisors today.  Need help getting engaged?  Questions about campus?  Just to say hello?  Stop by Room 318 in Webster Hall or visit them on their webpage.

Find out more about our staff!!!

 

Alexis

 

Brianna

diondra

Kyle

Randi

Taylor

 

Follow us on Twitter for more updates @MSU_ASRP

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12 Days before Finals End (7th Day)

On the 7th day before the end of finals, my Advisor reminded me…

Of the 7 Days Exam-ing (Get it?)

7 Calendar

Fall 2013 Final Exam Schedule

We sort of hope we don’t have to remind you but…Finals are here!  Unsure of when they are?  Check out the link above for more details regarding the dates and times of all finals at MSU.

Check back in Tomorrow for more information regarding Finals and ASRP or follow us @MSU_ASRP

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12 Dining Options

11 Campus Sports Teams

10 Student Staff Jobs

9 Commuter Car Lots

8 Sleeping Choices

 

12 Days Before the End of Finals (8th Day)

On the 8th day before finals, my Advisor reminded me. . .

Of the 8 Sleeping Choices. . .

Here they are on campus-

The Heights

Bohn Hall

Blanton Hall

Freeman Hall

Russ Hall

Hawk Crossings

The Village Apartments

Frank Sinatra Hall

It’s finals week, and students all across the Red Hawk nation are gearing up to power through all-nighters. Coffee in one hand and Red bull in the other, library hours are extended around the clock to being open 24 hours, and most students have kissed the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep goodbye. While most students think that cutting hours of sleep makes more time for cramming, studying, and writing to produce the desired grade, losing sleep often causes more harm than good. To perform at your best, your body needs the rest it deserves.

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12 Days Before the End of Finals (9th Day)

On the 9th day before the end of finals, my Advisor reminded me…

Of the 9 Commuter Car Lots

It’s FINALS TIME! As if studying isn’t stressful enough, add parking into the equation. While you’re cramming in the library, Montclair State University roadways are going to be cramming with heavy traffic, which poses the forever-old issue of where to park on campus. We know that parking can be touchy subject with busy commuter times.  But don’t worry, the ASRP team is here to help you! Follow this simple guide for places to park on campus!

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In regards to parking, you may want to take into account some helpful tips!

 

  1. Arrive early, make sure that you are leaving your house with ample time to get to your scheduled final! Assume that campus is going to be crowded and allow yourself a time cushion so that you will always be on time!
  2. Not sure if you are allowed to park somewhere? Don’t hesitate to call Parking Services at (973) 655-7580!
  3. Avoid potential issues…Arriving early will help alleviate problems stemming from not finding a sport or not knowing what is still available.

What’s still open?!? Download the Parker App or Nextbus to figure out when a shuttle will come by.

As you can see on the Campus Parking Map below, General Parking is located in all of the yellow regions, signified by the little red cars! Also, feel free to park in the NJ Transit Deck ($3.00 per day), Red Hawk Deck, or CarParc Diem!

You know what to do, Follow us on Twitter @MSU_ASRP for more info.

Authored by Randi Freedman, PSA-ASRP

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