My biggest advice to any new student is to “READ YOUR WHATS-UP E-MAILS!” And for good reason! If the whatsup e-mail did not exist, each one of those messages in a whatsup would arrive to your mailbox one. at. a. time. And who wants that?? Additionally, each student organization, academic group, professor, or really anyone can send an all-campus e-mail to promote their organization or event. And this promotion is a good thing! These events are held for you, the student, and they want you to share in their experience!
Let’s take a look at the most recent whatsup:
Interested in service? – Walk for Water!
Golfing? – Alpha Kappa Psi charity tournament!
Multicultural education? – Hillel’s Chocolate Seder!
Prizes? – GSTV and Face Aids!
Awards for your professor? – AAC
Political action? – College Democrats and Republicans Education Debate!
Concert Information for MGMT? – AC!
And that is not even listing all from this one e-mail! The Geneseo community is astoundingly active, and if you ever find yourself bored then these e-mails will change your life. Why not attend a business seminar? What’s the harm in participating in a game show for a prize? Why not turn your night into something memorable? I always like to say this line to prospective students when they are visiting the campus, “If you are bored at Geneseo, it is not Geneseo’s fault. You just need to leave your room!”
So get up, get out, and go play! Take these years of college to try new and exciting experiences and attend things you never would have normally attended. Oh, and a word of advice regarding the Whatsup e-mails. At the top of each whatsup e-mail are two links. The first one tells you where to send your own announcement. (Do not hit reply! You will send a duplicate e-mail out). Also, make sure the subject line is what you want to appear next to the number at the top of the e-mail. The second link at the top of each e-mail is a link to unsubscribe from whatsup e-mails. It is a simple process should you truly desire to stop receiving them, and it is unnecessary to storm the union to get yourself off the list. Otherwise, enjoy the whatsup e-mails and the many places it can take you!
Have a lot to get done?! Don’t go running back to your room just yet. Take advantage of the huge variety of study areas in the MacVittie College Union, find a free spot in Milne Library or one in the academic halls. Being in a place of study will facilitate work; much more so than in a room full of distractions. Take a minute to consider how distracting your room is – friends, television, and “just one game” of FIFA on your Xbox. Maybe you tell yourself you’ll only check Facebook for “a minute.” These all contribute to an environment that will limit your ability to get stuff done.
For those of us who live a bit of a walk from the academic halls, going all the way home between classes is very inefficient. Instead, try finding a place to get some quick work in before your next class. There are seating areas in the MacVittie Union Lobby, on the stairwells, in both corners of the third floor, and downstairs in the mailroom. If you want to be near people, you can grab a cup of coffee or peppermint hot chocolate at Starbucks and find a cushy chair for an hour or two. You could also find an empty booth in Books and Bytes. The Library has a large number of study areas throughout as well, and even an empty classroom can be the perfect place to get away while staying on campus.
So consider bringing that extra notebook with you when you leave in the morning and sticking around campus for a while. There’s no shortage of spots to sit and work on campus and you’ll be sure to see others working as well. You may just find that you get a lot more stuff done during the day.
It’s no surprise that the MacVittie College Union is a great place to do work either independently or with your friends. Sometimes it is great to sit in a conference room or Starbucks as you study for the next test. Yet when it’s crunch time and that paper is due tomorrow, you need a place with no distractions so you can focus. That is why Geneseo’s smartest students take advantage of the study areas on the Union’s first floor.
The quiet study room on the first floor (CU 134) is a great place to get work done, especially if you are the kind of person who needs their peace and quiet. There are many comfortable places to sit in the room, including some awesome beanbag chairs! The MOSAIC room is a great place to study as well, and its large tables can accommodate a study group of any size. In addition, there are a few tables in the Cave if you wish to study in a quiet, secluded area. If you need to print something out, don’t worry! The Computer Project Area (CoPA) has you covered, and you can even set up your personal computer to print to the union’s printers!
So, next time you have to study for a test or write a paper for class, consider the MacVittie College Union for your study spot. Whether you like working with others or alone, the Union has you covered. We hope to see you here real soon!
"Share Your Square" project
So, the semester has kicked off and things are in full swing! You attended the Student Organization Expo a couple weeks and signed up for about 30 clubs or organizations. You’ve received all those emails with details for the first meeting of the semester. It’s time to begin going to some of these meetings!
The time has come.
The MacVittie Union Interns are moving to a new home.
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