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Tips for Increasing Your Productivity

Some days, productivity can be hard to come by. It’s easier to say “I’ll do that tomorrow” than to actually do what you need to do. When tomorrow comes around, the vicious cycle starts all over again. So, how do you motivate yourself to be productive? How do you turn “I’ll do that tomorrow” into “I’ll do that today”? First, it’s important to remember that it’s normal to want to procrastinate. Sometimes it’s okay to leave things for tomorrow as long as you stick to your word. There’s no magic trick or method that will turn you into a super productive person overnight (as much as we all may want that), but there are some tips that can help you improve your productivity:

Plan your days ahead of time

When you create a schedule for yourself, you’re more likely to complete your tasks because you’ll feel encouraged to do what you said you’d do. I recommend planning out your whole week at the start of the week. First, I write down everything that I need to get done during the week I’m planning. Then I write out each day of the week and put a list of what I need to get done under the dates. Doing this helps me stay on track with due dates and exam dates. I also plan for times to relax or do something I enjoy, not just schoolwork. This helps me feel less overwhelmed by the tasks I have to do.

Dedicate a certain amount of time to assignments

When I plan out my week, I like to allot times to each activity. For example, I might plan to work on an essay from 12pm to 1pm. Sometimes I don’t use specific times and just decide that at some point during the day, I’ll spend one hour working on the essay. Doing this helps me stick to a schedule and encourages me to spend the designated amount of time on the assignment. This has been extremely helpful for me throughout college, but especially the past two semesters where I had asynchronous classes. For classes that didn’t meet virtually or in-person, I decided to concentrate on assignments for those classes during what would have been the class meeting time. This also helps me maintain a daily routine which has helped me get through quarantine.

Reward yourself

Sometimes finding the motivation to work can be hard, even if you plan out your days. To help with this, I give myself incentives to get my work done. I typically tell myself “if I do this, then I’ll get this.” For example, I’ll say “if I study for half an hour, I’ll get to go on my phone for 15 minutes.” I also like to decide on a reward that I’ll give myself after I do well on an exam or big assignment. Typically, I buy myself a food I like that I don’t usually buy for myself. College can be difficult, you deserve to reward yourself for getting things done!

Remind yourself of your goals

In the moment, it usually feels pretty good to log out of D2L and turn on Netflix. In the long run, though, procrastinating never feels good. The assignment or studying that I’m putting off will eventually need to be done, so why not get it over with rather than drag it out? One way I motivate myself to get my work done is by thinking about myself a few months from now. I imagine when final grades are released and how good it will feel to see A’s on my degree audit. I picture myself getting the email or phone call that I was hired for my dream job. I think about how those things would feel and use those feelings to encourage myself to try my best. Putting in the work now means reaping the benefits in the future. Sorry, Grey’s Anatomy.

Do you have any other helpful tips you use to increase your productivity? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Apply Today to Work as a Summer Conference Assistant!

Apply today to work as a Summer Conference Assistant!

Looking for a summer job and want a free room on-campus? Summer Conference Assistants (SCA’s) provide desk and operational support for University guests residing in the residence halls during the summer conferencing period. Learn more by viewing our application. The deadline to apply is May 1st, 2021. 

Visit https://www.millersville.edu/housing/student-info/student-employment.php to apply, or scan here:

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Supporting Your Residential Student During COVID

Parents, supporting your college student is always important, but it’s especially important now that college looks so different because of the pandemic.  Keep reading to find out how you can motivate your student to learn and support them in their journey towards a college degree during COVID.

1. Check in with them regularly: It’s important to check in with your student about their academic progress and general well being throughout the semester. Consider having your student send you their class schedule so you can check in with them before or after a class, especially on days where they have a presentation or a test. Follow different Millersville University accounts on social media to find out about events happening for both students on and off campus, and encourage your student to attend and participate.

2. Offer your student help: If your student is having trouble keeping up with their classes, ask them what is making their classes so challenging and if there is anything you can do to help. Encourage them to contact their advisor and visit the Millersville University website for helpful resources. Knowing that they have your support and that they can come to you when they are struggling is extremely important, even if there isn’t much you can do to help with their specific situation. If they’re discouraged about the fact that most classes and events are virtual, simply listen to how they’re feeling and sympathize with them. Sometimes the best help you can offer is being a good listener.

3. Make sure they have a suitable learning environment: The main way you can positively impact your students learning environment while they’re living in the residence halls is by making sure they have the proper technology to take classes and get their schoolwork done. Having the appropriate technology is important so that students can stay connected in class and can attend every class session without issues. Laptops and computers can be a bit pricey, so if your student needs a new one, we encourage you to let them know about student discounts like this one or this one. 

4. Encourage your student to overcome challenges: Having some or all of your classes online can be difficult, but it is doable. Remind your student that it is there responsibility as a student to make the most of their classes by attending each one, paying attention, participating, and completing assignments on time. If they are a first-time student, remind them that college is an adjustment and it may not be easy now, but will get better with time and hard work. Remind them that they’re not alone – every college student is experiencing challenges. Showing that you’re not giving up on them will help your student not give up on themselves.

5. Remind them they can still be involved in campus life: College students who are living both on campus may feel like they’re not connecting with other students because most classes are virtual. Fortunately, Millersville is offering lots of virtual events and activities for all students to participate in and make connections at. Students can also still join clubs and meet new people through virtual club meetings. They should also reach out to students in their classes, especially classes they may be struggling with, to get help with assignments, hold virtual study sessions, and just have someone to talk to who can relate to what they’re going through. Tell your student these things if you think they’re feeling disconnected from campus life.

6. Show enthusiasm about their success: Students willingness to do their best work  is heavily influenced by the support or lack thereof from the people in their life. As a parent, it is important that you encourage your student to have a positive attitude about college. Boost their confidence by telling them you believe in them and that you’ll be proud of them as long as they try their best. Remember that every student’s “best” looks different, so it’s important to know what your student is capable of and not push them past their limits.

Here are links to some helpful resources:

Whether you went to college or not, or whether your student is a graduate student or a freshman, there are plenty of ways you can support them during their time in college. Be there for them and tell them about the resources Millersville offers students to help them do their best and enjoy their college experience. Remember that you’re on this journey along with your student, and your support has a major impact on their success.

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Spring 2021 Parking Reminder

Residential students, please remember to only park in your assigned blue lined parking space when you are at your residence hall to avoid receiving a fine. If you have not done so already, be sure to apply for a parking permit.
Click here to visit the parking division webpage to learn more about how to apply for a parking permit and other important parking information.

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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How to Be Successful This Semester

Happy first week of classes, Marauders!!!!

Does anyone else feel like winter break is flew by? It seems like just yesterday we were taking finals and excitedly waiting for 2020 to be over. Now that the spring semester is here, it’s time to shift gears and work hard to accomplish great things. Here are some tips to help you succeed this spring semester!

Reflect on Last Semester

Take some time to think about what you can learn from last semester. Think about any areas for improvement. For example, if you didn’t participate in your classes often during the fall, you might want to commit to asking questions or volunteering more in your spring semester classes. If you found yourself getting easily overwhelmed by your workload, take this time to learn about how to handle stress in a healthy way (like by reading our blog post about dealing with stress). If you feel like you did really well last semester, think about what you did to be successful and continue doing those things in the next semester.

Set Goals for Yourself

Jot down some things that you hope to achieve during this semester. As time goes on, remind yourself of those goals and keep track of the progress you’re making towards reaching them. Setting goals that you feel confident you can achieve will help you start the semester on the right foot. When you’re setting your goals, make sure to also list the reason(s) why you want to achieve them. That way, when you’re feeling particularly unmotivated to do schoolwork, you can look at those goals and the reasons you gave for setting them and feel inspired to keep up the hard work. Not sure where to start? Fortunately, we have a blog post all about how to set and achieve goals! Click here to check it out.

Check D2L and Your Millersville Email Everyday

It’s always a good idea to check D2L on a daily basis, especially now that most classes are held virtually. Remember that the syllabus is a guide you should refer to throughout the semester, not just during the first week of classes. I highly recommend either writing down important dates and deadlines in an agenda or putting them in the calendar on your phone.  It is your responsibility to keep track of what is due and when it is due, so prioritize staying organized and checking D2L everyday. I would also recommend checking your Millersville email daily to see if any of your professors have contacted you about their class. If you have questions about the information on D2L, contact your professor for clarification. Make sure to check the class syllabus before reaching out to make sure you are following any communication guidelines they may have set.

Grow Both Personally and Academically

Doing well in your classes is very important, but it isn’t the only thing that matters during your time in college. You’re only a college student for a limited amount of time, so make the most of it! Join organizations and participate in events that interest you. Make connections with professors in your field of interest and your fellow students. Explore your passions. If there’s a subject you really enjoy but aren’t interested in majoring in, consider minoring in it. Click here to read our blog post to find out if getting a minor is the right decision for you.

Take Care of Yourself

Your mental health has a major impact on your ability to succeed in your classes. Take care of yourself throughout the semester not just to stay physically healthy, but to stay motivated to do your best work as well.  Get plenty of sleep, keep a positive attitude, and take time to do the things you enjoy. No matter how busy you are, you  can always take some time to relax and enjoy yourself – you’ll be grateful you did.

We can’t wait to see what you accomplish this semester! What class or activity are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Free SHOWTIME ANYTIME for Residential Students!

SHOWTIME ANYTIME gives you unlimited on-demand access to award-winning original series, hit movies, sports, docs, and more on your TV, tablet, phone, and computer. If you are an on-campus student – meaning you either currently live in or will be living in one of the residence halls (East Villages, South Villages, West Villages, Shenks Hall, or Reighard Hall) during the Spring 2021 semester – you can access SHOWTIME ANYTIME from anywhere on or off campus for FREE! Follow the steps below to start streaming:

In the app:
  1. Download the SHOWTIME ANYTIME app
  2. Click “MENU” and then click “LOG IN”
  3. The following message will pop up on your screen: “Allow ‘SHO Anytime’ to use your TV Provider subscription?” Select “Don’t Allow”
  4. Select “SEE ALL PROVIDERS” and click on “APOGEE”
  5. In the search bar, type “Millersville University”, then click “Continue”
  6. Log in to SHOWTIME ANYTIME with your Millersville username and password
On the website:
  1. Go to SHOWTIMEANYTIME.com
  2. Click “LOGIN”
  3. Select “SEE ALL PROVIDERS” and click on “APOGEE”
  4. In the search bar, type “Millersville University”, then click “Continue”
  5. Log in to SHOWTIME ANYTIME with your Millersville username and password

Residents, enjoy watching episodes of your favorite shows like Shameless and much more for free anytime, anywhere (just one of the many perks of living in the residence halls)!

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Best Student Discount Sites and Deals Part Two

Love saving money? So do I! That’s why I wanted to make a part two of my previous blog post, “Best Student Discount Sites and Deals”. If you missed out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, don’t worry, there’s plenty of other deals out there for you to take advantage of just in time for Christmas. Here are some more helpful links to sites and discounts that will make you and your wallet happy (again): 

*Disclaimer: We are not endorsed by any of these sites or brands. This post is simply offering suggestions based on popular student discount sites and deals*

Sites

1. BrokeScholar

BrokeScholar | Scholarships for college, Scholarships for college students, School counseling

BrokeScholar is a great resource for students to find tons of student discounts. They have a web page dedicated to showing student discounts for a variety of brands like Target,  Apple, Nike, Levi’s, Gymshark, and much more. 

2. Offers.com

Offers.com: Today's Best Coupons, Promo Codes & Deals

Offers.com is a website that posts coupons and deals for various stores and brands. They have a blog called “Saving Tips” where they offer advice and recommendations for how to save money. They have a blog post titled “100+ Student Discounts for 2020” which was written by Lisa Davis. The post shares student discounts in a variety of categories such as Tech and Software, Clothing, Food, and more. 

3. Dealhack

Dealhack Press Kit

Dealhack is another site that shares promo codes, coupons, and deals. They created a student discounts guide, which is a massive compilation of deals for students to take advantage of. The guide breaks down discounts into 17 categories and is also available in PDF format. Click here to access it and download the PDF. 

4. The University Network

The University Network is a website that has tons of student resources such as college prep, internship and job opportunities, student budgeting advice, and much more. A section of the site is dedicated to sharing student discounts, coupons, and deals. They have a “student save engine” which is a search engine students can use to lookup their favorite stores and brands to find deals. 

Deals

  1. Keds: Students as well as teachers, nurses, first responders, and military can receive 20% off their purchase at Keds if they have an ID.me account. 
  2. Champion: College students can get 10% off at Champion by verifying that they are a student with ID.me.
  3. New York Times: The New York Times is giving students unlimited access to articles from any device for $1.00/week.
  4. Vineyard Vines: Students save 15% at Vineyard Vines once they verify their student status on the website.
  5. Best Buy: Students can create a Best Buy account (if they don’t already have one) and can sign up to receive student deals which are accessible through their “Member Offers” page.
  6. Pacsun: Pacsun is offering students a 10% discount when they register through UNiDAYS, a site that offers a variety of student deals.
  7. Caseable: Students can get a 40% student discount at Caseable, a shop where you can create custom phone cases, through StudentBeans, another site for student deals.
  8. Missguided: Get a 15% off discount code for Missguided when you verify your student status with StudentBeans.
  9. Adidas: Students get a 15% off discount at Adidas when they verify their student status through UNiDAYS.

Happy shopping!

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Advice From a Senior: How to Survive Finals Week

Finals week is a stressful time for any college student. Preparing to take your final exams can feel very overwhelming, especially during a pandemic. Fortunately, there are ways you can manage the stress of finals week and feel confident that you’ve done the best you can to prepare yourself for your exams. Here are some of my favorite pieces of advice for surviving finals week:

  1. Get your priorities straight: Sometimes, finals week consists of not only exams but final projects, papers, discussion posts, and so on. I recommend writing out every assignment/exam for each of your classes and indicate which ones will take the longest to do or the ones that you feel will be the most difficult. Prioritize those assignments or exams.
  2. Plan study times: I would highly recommend designating certain time slots throughout finals week for studying. Creating a schedule will motivate you to stick to it and will help you feel less overwhelmed. You can also schedule times for breaks to reward yourself once you’ve studied.
  3. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed: I know firsthand that it’s much easier to let yourself get overwhelmed by the pressure of finals week than to try and fight it. However, panicking will do more harm than good. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a step back from your work, take a few deep breaths, and get back to it when you feel ready. You may feel like taking a break will leave you with less time to study, but giving yourself time to relax will actually help you be more productive when it’s time to study again.
  4. Don’t forget to take care of yourself: During finals week, it can be tempting to pull an all-nighter. Although it may seem like a good idea at the time, it will end up making you feel exhausted which is never a good way to feel before taking a test. Remember to get some sleep and use the free time you have during the day to study rather than staying up all night.
  5. Remind yourself that it’s almost break: Whenever I’m studying really hard for a final exam (when all I actually want to be doing is watching Netflix), I keep reminding myself that by next week, the stress of the semester will be a thing of the past. I constantly tell myself that if I work hard now, it’ll pay off once final grades come out. Remembering those things always motivates me to study.

Good luck on your finals!! Remember: Don’t panic,  do the best that you can, and remember that hard work DOES pay off!

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Lydia Shaloka is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing.  When she graduates in May 2021, Lydia hopes to work for a digital marketing agency either in or near her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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Meet the RA’s: South Village RA’s Jenna Masenheimer and Logan Vandeweghe

Welcome to the fourth post in our series “Meet the RA’s”! This series consists of posts that will help you get to know more about some of the RA’s that help make the residence halls great. This post will be about South Village RA’s Jenna Masenheimer and Logan Vandeweghe!

Jenna Masenheimer

Where are you from?

Jenna (J): Fleetwood, PA

What is your major?

J: Music Industry with concentrations in Music Management and Live Audio

What is one fun fact about yourself?

J: I have an emotional support cat living with me named “Keys” who likes to cuddle

What is your favorite hobby/pastime?

J: Dungeons and Dragons

Who do you see as a role model?

J: Claire Wineland

What advice do you have for new Marauders?

J: Learn to budget your time. It’s a skill that is never not useful.

What are you looking forward to most as an RA this year?

J: Helping navigate the unknown climate residents are in right now.

What do you plan to do after graduating from Millersville?

J: My goal is to work for a live theatrical venue and work to make performances accessible.

Logan Vandeweghe

Where are you from?

Logan (L): Pottstown, PA

What is your major?

L: Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science

What is one fun fact about yourself?

L: I love playing Magic the Gathering

What is your favorite hobby/pastime?

L: Watching YouTube or Twitch

Who do you see as a role model?

L: My parents

What advice do you have for new Marauders?

L: Don’t be afraid to ask people for help when you need it.

What are you looking forward to most as an RA this year?

L: Getting to know all of the residents and fellow RA’s.

What do you plan to do after graduating from Millersville?

L: Go into environmental conservation

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Stay tuned for more posts in this series! If you are a resident and your RA is either Jenna or Logan, let us know what you love about them in the comments.

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Grubhub Now Accepts Marauder Gold!

Great news! Millersville University students and staff can now use Marauder Gold as a payment option within the Grubhub app!

Here’s how to add Marauder Gold as a form of payment for Grubhub:

  1. Download, install, and login to GET (if not already done)
  2. Download and install the Grubhub app (if not already done)
  3. Launch the Grubhub app and create an account (if not already done, does not need to be MU email)
  4. Click this link and follow the steps below to add Marauder Gold as a payment option in the Grubhub app:
      1. Click “My Grubhub” at the bottom of the screen
      2. Click the gear symbol in the upper right hand corner
      3. Click “Campus Dining”
      4. Click “Find Your Campus”
      5. Type in “Millersville University”
      6. Click “Add Affiliation”
      7. Add your campus card

To deposit money into your Marauder Gold account, login to GET and click the “+ Add Funds” button located below where it shows your Marauder Gold balance.

Parents, guardians, and other relatives who would like to deposit money into a student’s GET account, click here and click the button that says “$ Deposit Into A Student’s Account”

So go ahead and grub using your Gold today!

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