No Need to Get Burned Out

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am already struggling with my stress. Between School,  work, and extra activities I am starting to get burnt-out already. There are so many sites out there that tell you how to lessen your stress but a lot of them are not realistic when it comes to college students. So I decided to form my own list of how to reduce stress.

Lessen your caffeine intake!

I know, this sounds impossible. I tend to drink a lot of coffee in the mornings, but it is a stimulant and will increase your stress. Now most people will say to avoid caffeine all together, but as college students who have to get up early or stay up late, it’s not always possible to do so. I have reduced my caffeine intake to one cup of coffee a day.

Try to fit physical activity into your routine!

While you may not be able to find time to go to the gym everyday, try to make it there a couple of times per week. Stressful situations increase your level of stress hormones, so, taking time to exercise is a great way to lessen your stress. If you don’t want to go to the gym go for a long walk or run.

Get More Sleep!

This is probably the hardest one for me. As a college students it is hard to get to bed at a reasonable time and depending on work / school schedules you may need to get up early. Don’t procrastinate till the night before on homework. This will allow you to get to bed at a reasonable time. Studies also show that using devices before bed isn’t a good idea. They stimulate your brain making it harder to go to sleep. Check out this link for more information:

How and Why Using Electronic Devices at Night Can Interfere With Sleep

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation Ninety percent of people in the U.S. admit to using a technological device during the hour before turning in, and children often use electronic media to help them relax at night.

Find a relaxation technique that works for you!

Yoga could help you relax, but this isn’t true for everyone. Try out a few relaxation techniques and see what is best for you. If you need help with finding different techniques then try this website:

Six relaxation techniques to reduce stress – Harvard Health

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Talk to someone!

Millersville University offers counseling! If you don’t feel comfortable going to a someone you don’t know then try talking to a parent and / or friend.

Saying ‘No’ and managing your time!

Another habit I am guilty of is not being able to say no to people. So, instead of saying ‘no’ I end up having a million things to do! This makes it harder to manage your time. If you really can’t do something then you need to speak up. Some will understand, others will not, but you need to put yourself first.

Lastly, if you are sick, REST!

It is hard to miss class and work, but if you are sick then take some time to rest. If you feel like it is impossible to miss your class or work then don’t go to that party, club meeting, or whatever extra thing you have going. It will help you in the long run.

It is important to take care of yourself! You can’t do everything and if you try, you will definitely get burned out.

My name is Stephanie Wenger and I am the Marketing Intern for the Department of Housing and Residential Programs. I am an English BA major with a minor in History.

Room Selection Info Session

Come one, come all! It’s time to start thinking about where you want to live during the 2020-2021 school year. If you are unsure of how to prepare for room selection then join us for the Room Selection Info Session! Here you can get tutorials and help from the Department of Housing and Residential Programs as well as the RAs in the room selection process.  If you need a few pointers for how to prepare then stop on by.

Even if you don’t think you need help you can still join us! We will be having games, treats and a photo booth for all those who come. Who knows maybe you will think of questions while spending time hearing about the room selection process or other people’s questions.

There will be some big prizes such as, entering to win a $200 waiver on your housing deposit or Early Room Selection!

The Room Selection Info Session will be from 6 pm – 8 pm on February 5th. It will be held in South Village’s Great Room.

We hope to see you all there!

To Join An Organization, Or Not To?

When you think about your classes and work schedule, it can be intimidating. You may not want to do anything else, but it is important to find people who have similar interests as you. By joining an organization you open yourself up to so many great opportunities. Here is why you should join an organization:

To Make Friends

This is one of the most commonly known reasons for joining an organization while in college. It is hard to make friends and form solid relationships while in class. By joining an organization you can meet people with similar interests as you.

To Build Your Resume

By being apart of an organization you can show future employers your skills and interest. It is even better if you can work your way up to being a leader in an organization.

To Develop Soft Skills

This one goes with building your resume. By being involved in an organization you can develop people skills. You will be working with others which looks good to employers. If you become a leader in an organization it can also showcase your leadership skills.

To Learn More About Yourself

By joining an organization you can learn more about your goals as well as your strengths and weaknesses. This could help you work on improving your weaknesses.

To Gain Networking Opportunities

It may not occur to you now, but the friend you make in an organization could help you find a job in the future. When looking for leads on jobs you typically ask around. Having people you know from an organization can be helpful because you know they have similar interests meaning at least some of the leads will be useful.

To Get A Break

College can be stressful! You need to find a way to get away from the school stuff and just have fun. By joining an organization you will be giving your brain a break from the academics and focusing on your interests.

If you are unsure of what clubs are out there, then come to Org Outbreak on January 23rd! It runs from 11:30-1:30 in the Student Memorial Center.

Org Outbreak Spring 2020 – Poster 8.5×11

Welcome Back Marauders!

Spring 2020 Semester has finally arrived! Hope everyone has gotten settled in for a brand new semester/year. This can be a difficult time of the semester for some, what with getting settled back into Residence Halls, getting back into a routine, and new classes/professors. It can be a bit overwhelming but it is not impossible.

Here are a few ways of getting back into routines and Residence Hall life:

Print out your class schedule

It is important to know your class schedule. Having a print out of your classes will definitely help you the first couple of weeks, at least until you have it memorized.

Consistency

Once classes and work start, it is important to find consistency within your schedule. This may have seemed easier in high school when you had a strict schedule everyday, but once you figure out your classes and work schedules it can be easy in college as well. Balancing your priorities will make it possible to find consistency in your college routine.

Look over your syllabus before class

This may not be possible for every class. Some professors prefer to give you a printed copy on the first day. If you can get the syllabus early, though, it would be a good idea to take a look at it before the first day.

Have a planner ready

A commonly used phrase among college students is “I will remember that later.” We all say this yet most of the time we forget. It is a good idea to get some sort of a planner for the semester. If you are in need of one then stop by the school store.

Set your alarms

After being home for a while and getting out of your routines, it is easy to forget to set an alarm in the morning. Don’t forget to set an alarm because you do not want to be late on the first day of classes!

Try to get ahead of your work

There is nothing like getting behind the first couple of weeks of school. This will not only cause you stress but can also foretell what the rest of your semester will look like. If you get ahead of your work it will make the first couple of weeks smoother and help you for the rest of the semester.

All these tips are great but don’t forget to eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep. If you keep yourself healthy there is a good chance you will be better prepared for class and work.

I want to wish you all a great start to your semester! I know you will all do well this semester!

Important Dates!

With the start of the semester right around the corner, it is important to start planing out your semester. You don’t want to fall behind and forget anything important. So, here are some of the important dates to keep in mind when it comes to the Spring Semester:

January 2020

  • 19th – Residence Halls Open
  • 20th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day! (No Classes)
  • 21st – Classes Begin
  • 23rd – Org Outbreak

February 2020

  • 5th – Room Selection Event
  • 14th – Valentines Day

March 2020

  • 3rd – 5th – Same Room Selection
  • 6th – 9th – Matching Roommate
  • 9th – Shenks Room Selection
  • 10th – 31st – Open Room Selection
  • 16th – 22nd – Spring Break

April 2020

  • 9th – 17th – Early Undergraduate Registration for Undergraduate Registration for Fall 2020

May 2020

  • 4th – Last day of classes!

Now this list isn’t all the important dates when it comes to the semester, but for those of you who are planning on staying in the residence halls for the 2020-2021 school year this is the perfect list of dates. To find more dates of important times you can use this link:

Spring 2020 Academic Calendar

JAN 21 Classes begin Late registration online Drop/add period begins online JAN 29 W grade period begins. If course starts or ends outside of the regular Spring 2020 term (1/21-5/9), the withdrawal deadline will differ. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.

Don’t forget to put these and any other important dates into your planers! It will really help you plan ahead.

Spring 2020 Is Coming Soon!

It is almost time for the Spring 2020 semester to start! Residence halls will open January 19th at 12 pm for those of you who live on campus and classes will start on January 21st. This may not seem like a lot, but trust me it can be overwhelming. It’s tough to get back to campus and only have one day to settle back into dorm life. However, there are a few life hacks you can try to make this time of the semester less stressful.

  1. BUY YOUR TEXTBOOKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

It is important to be prepared for your classes and most of your professors are going to want you to have them right away. If you end up not needing them it can’t hurt to return them.

2. GET YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES:

This goes along with number one. Some professors like to get started right away. Make sure you have your notebooks and writing utensils on hand, just in case.

3. TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR PAPERWORK:

Make sure your tuition is paid! You don’t want the added stress of finding out that you still owe money for your tuition. Also any kind of paperwork that needs to be done should be done as soon as possible. This may include, but not limited too, major or minor forms or graduation application.

4. GIVE SOME OF YOUR TIME TO YOUR TEXTBOOKS:

If you read the introduction of your textbook before you get to class you will have a better understanding of what your semester is going to look like. Similar to numbers one and two, this will help you be prepared for the first day of class.

5. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO DO NOTHING:

Before the semester starts, make sure that you give yourself a little break. The holidays can be stressful and soon after the semester starts. It is important that you have some time to not worry. Some things to get your mind off of everything are:

  • Reading a good book
  • Watching a movie or TV show
  • Spending time with a few friends or family

It’s easy to get overwhelmed at the beginning of the semester with everything you have to do. Try not to add to your stress by not being prepared for classes and procrastinating on important paperwork. By following these steps the start of the spring semester will go smoothly.

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Fall 2019 Success for Social Advocacy LLC

Fifteen students majoring in psychology, social work, sociology / anthropology, and business have participated in the Social Advocacy Living Learning Community throughout Fall 2019.  The Social Advocacy LLC program empowers students to be aware of cultural and social diversity within our society. They are surrounded by fellow students who are enthusiastic about advocacy, equality, social justice, and social inclusion. The students in the program gain skills such as increased self-awareness, knowledge of rights, effective communication, leadership, networking, and the ability to work in diverse environments. The program is made possible by successful partnerships between the Department of Housing & Residential Programs and the Social Work and Psychology academic departments.

The students have accumulated over 427 hours through their participation in various activities, including attendance at education programs, LLC bi-weekly meetings, and participation in service projects. Housing scholarships totaling $30,000 will be awarded to the 15 students in the program who successfully met various participation and service requirements.

Educational programs included:

  • Day-long Leadership Summit
  • Courageous Conversations
  • Documentary and Dialogue Series
  • Breast-A-Ville
  • Project Condom
  • Poverty Simulation

Service projects included:

  • United Way Day of Caring
  • Otter Creek Cleanup
  • Food distribution to homeless in downtown Lancaster City
  • PrideFest
  • Multicultural Showcase

Social Advocacy LLC students were also involved in various clubs and organization on campus, including Alliance for Social Change, Food Recovery Network, Circle K, The Snapper, and Helping Paws.  Finally, during a screening of the documentary Suicide: The Ripple Effect, the program students created and displayed an expressive arts exhibit to offer insight into internal struggles one with mental illness may experience, as well as offer messages of hope and encouragement to others who may be struggling.

The Department of Housing & Residential Programs is very proud of the Social Advocacy Living-Learning Community and very thankful for our faculty partners leading this highly impactful LLC, including Drs. Karen Rice, Kat Walsh, and Shaun Cook.

Millersville University Residence Hall Winter Break 2019-20 Bulletin

The residence halls will close for the Winter break with residents expected to exit the residence halls as follows:  Residents not actively engaged and mandated to be present for commencement activities are expected to exit the residence hall by Noon on Saturday, December 14, 2019.  Residents actively engaged in commencement activities are expected to exit the residence hall no later than closing at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2019.  Residents who need to stay in residence overnight on Saturday, December 14, 2019 must contact the Residence Area Director of your assigned building to make this arrangement.  This includes those who are actively engaged in commencement activity.

Winter Break housing will start at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2019.  The residence halls will be closed during the Winter Break. Resident Students who are continuing in the residence halls to spring 2020, and who have an approved reason for requesting Winter Break Housing may request break housing for all or portions of the Winter Break by completing the MyHousing registration for Winter Break Housing through the MAX account no later than Noon on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  This includes requests for both the December and January portions of the Winter Break.  All Winter Break Housing is in the regular residence halls.  If you are requesting Winter Break housing and you have scheduled a room change for the spring semester, you must complete the room change before the start of the break.  Please see your Residence Area Director to make that arrangement.  If you are not scheduled to live in the residence halls for the spring semester you are not eligible to request housing during the winter break.

To request Winter Break Housing please follow these instructions:

  1. Open MAX (for best results please use Google Chrome, or Firefox, do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Log into your My-Housing account.
  3. Select Application from the menu in black and then choose Break Housing 2019 on the drop-down menu.
    • You may get a message that says “Records indicate that you submitted this application on (date) at (time), what would you like to do with this application?”
    • From the drop-down menu select “Revisit/Update This Application” and press submit.
    • Select Winter Break.
  4. Complete the required information.
  5. You must select a reason for requesting break housing from the drop-down menu.  If you select other, you must explain it in the next box. Be brief.
  6. Select “Continue” to submit your application.
  7. You only need to request Winter Break Housing if you need to continue your housing during any portion of the break period – Sunday, December 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m., through Sunday, January 19, 2020, Noon.

The Residence Hall Staff will conduct Health and Safety Inspections in each residence hall suite at the start of the Winter break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

Winter Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be closed during Winter break except for returning residents who have requested winter break housing.
  • Card access for all resident students will be discontinued during the Winter break.  Only returning residents who have requested Winter break housing will have card access privileges.
  • Guests and Visitation are not permitted during the break.
  • All University Administrative Offices will close for the holidays after Noon Tuesday, December 24, 2019 until 8:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020. Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services websites for hours of operation.
  • SMC Desk will close for the holidays Noon- December 24 to Noon December 26, 2019, and Noon December 31, 2019 to 7:00 a.m. January 2, 2020.
  • For non-urgent police and campus calls during holiday closing times dial (717) 871-4357.  Fire, Police and EMS Emergencies dial 911 at all times.
  • Students assigned to continue housing in the residence halls for spring 2020 are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staff will be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that may require entrance to resident rooms.  The Housing Staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied during the Winter break.  This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking.  Please leave it in place for the duration of the Winter break.
  • All students assigned to the residence hall for fall 2019 are assigned to continue in the residence halls for spring 2020 unless: you have filed an official withdrawal from the University, filed and been approval for an official leave of absence for spring 2020, filed for leave of absence due to call to active military service for spring 2020, filed or been approved for study abroad for spring 2020, are a current study abroad visa international student not returning for the spring 2020 semester.  All of these circumstances require that you are not registered for classes at Millersville University for spring 2020.

Winter Break Preparation Procedures:
Prior to the start of the break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • Defrost your refrigerator.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have a Learning Services approved animal in your room, you must take the animal with you.  You may not leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

Planning is Suite!

On December 4, 2019, Housing and Residential Programs teamed up with PSECU to help current residents start budgeting to pay for their housing deposit and residence hall expenses for the 2020-2021 school year. Current residents who stopped by the table in the SMC were able to win a free 43″ Samsung TV or one of five housing deposit waivers.

Students unfamiliar with paying the housing deposit were also given instructions on where to pay the non-refundable deposit within their MAX account. On the Main Menu, students will click on the Housing Deposit link towards the bottom of the page.

(The student view of MAX will look a little different, but the Housing Deposit link is still the second from the bottom.)

Students will have the option of paying with a credit card or an electronic check.

The non-refundable housing deposit guarantees a room for Fall 2020, but it is applied to the Spring 2021 bill. Simply, your Spring 2021 housing bill will be $200 less than your Fall 2020 bill because you’ve already paid the $200 the prior Spring.

64 residents stopped by the table and entered the drawing. Yalina Ramos was the lucky winner of the free TV! Congrats!

717-871-4200 | housing@millersville.edu

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