What’s New at Stevens?

Hi there! My name is Jon Darlak. I’m a Peer Leader here at Stevens studying Mechanical Engineering and working towards a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Stevens’ Campus has been undergoing a lot of renovations over the past couple of years. In order to keep up with the modern needs of the students and expand upon the current learning and living spaces, some offices have been moved, patios have been remodeled, and a towering dorm is “On The Rise.” There are projects that are in progress and some that will be wrapping up for the Fall 2019 session. Read on to learn more!

New Residence Hall

Jon 2Stevens has recently started building two tower-style dorms that will house 966 students. This project will hopefully be finished in the 2022 timeframe. There are plans to have an open patio at the base of the dorms with plenty of room for recreational sitting-around and conversing with others in between classes. There will be a new Fitness Center for the general student population at the base of these dorms, and the current fitness center will go to varsity athletics once this new one opens.

The Gateway Academic Center

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The Gateway Academic Center will be the home of primarily Computer Science and Cybersecurity specific classes. It will have a catwalk that reaches over the 6th street entrance to campus that many returning students will be excited about as it has been closed off for the past two years. Large window panes facing towards Hoboken will provide nice sunset views for those taking evening classes as well.

McLean Patio

With many students coming in and out of McLean for research, labs, lectures, and exams, the original patio has become another popular hangout spot. The patio has now been re-done with more neat, curved stairs and there is a concrete patio for bikers leading straight off of the sidewalk to the bike racks.

Humphrey’s Walkway

Starting from just outside of Humphrey’s Hall, wrapping around the volleyball court, and down Castle Point Terrace, a new brick-layed walkway has been cemented for safe student transit while vehicles pass through campus.

Alexander House

The Alexander House is located in between Humphreys and Jonas, near the North Building. This building will be home to offices and rooms for student organizations to meet and store supplies. It will be complete in November 2019.

Student Wellness Office

The Student Wellness Center has been relocated to the north end of campus. Here, students are able to receive treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Office of Disability Services.  

Soofa Benches on Babbio Patio

There are two solar-powered Soofa Benches on the non-Manhattan-facing Babbio Patio where students can charge their devices and complete work in between classes or just to enjoy some time outside and not be limited by a low battery.

Don’t let the construction zones around campus make you believe you’re missing out on Stevens’ beautiful campus. Workers have been very good about paving walkways where original paths have been blocked off for easy transit. An extreme majority of the greenspace is still available for student’s leisure as well. Feel free to stop by The Office of Student Life on the 10th floor of The Howe Center if you have any further questions while you’re on campus or visit their website HERE!

Mental Health and Asking for Help

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Molla and I’m a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from Staten Island, NY. Coming to college is a big transition that you may or may not be prepared for. This milestone in your life means you will encounter challenges and changes that come with levels of responsibility and independence that you may not have experienced before. You’ll ask yourself: What if my classes are too tough? What club or activities should I be a part of? How do I go about making new friends? Is it worth studying for this exam or go out for the night? You may start to become overwhelmed focusing on the educational and social aspects of Stevens that you forget to take care of your health; in particular, mental health.

People will always tell you about ways to maintain your physical health in college: go to the campus gym, be careful in the dining hall, cook your own meals, etc. It’s easy to forget that focusing on your mental health is just as important as maintaining your body physically. I’m here to tell you all about the great resources Stevens has to offer and why you should never feel anxious about asking for help. Stevens is a ‘Stigma-Free’ campus, meaning that we are a community of people who are aware of mental illness and who strive to further educate ourselves and help others.

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One of the newest additions to campus this past year has been our Student Wellness Center, located on the North end of campus next to the North Building and just a short walk from Castle Point Hall. The center provides students with a wide range of services that are geared towards their physical and mental well-being. The Stevens Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the wellness center provides many opportunities such as short term counseling, urgent care services, workshops and training seminars, group therapy, and psychiatric services for students who cannot access healthcare. Even with all the great resources CAPS has to offer to maintain your mental health, it can be difficult to evaluate exactly what help you may need. Stevens offers frequent free mental health screenings that could provide you with the information you may need to get a better idea of your personal needs. Even if you feel that you may not need to take advantage of these services, always remember to look out for friends and people you know and utilize the campus’ CARE team if you believe someone is going through a personal mental struggle.

At Stevens, there’s no need to hesitate when asking for help. Everyone around you is willing to lend a helping hand whether it be your professors, RAs, peer leaders, friends, and even family. You may not always know what you need, but by reaching out to the people around you and taking advantage of what Stevens has to offer, you’ll always be guided in the right direction.

Academic Success and Study Tips

SONY DSCHello hello! My name is Kesha Shah and I’m a 3/4 Chemical Biology major from Parsippany, New Jersey. College can be daunting for a lot of reasons, one of them being the coursework you have ahead of you. I’m here to share some of the best ways to stay afloat each semester. 

Tip 1: Manage your time wisely!

With all the events that go on everyday, it is beyond easy to push off assignments. We’ve all been there and while it doesn’t always lead to disaster, it almost always leads to unnecessary stress. The best way to combat the pesky desire to procrastinate is to break up large assignments and work on them daily. Now I’m not saying start your assignments the day they are given to you, but set your own mini deadlines and meet them to the best of your ability. Even if you don’t stick to it 100% you’ll have at least worked on a fraction of the assignment well before its due.

Tip 2: Optimize your study space!

The best way to make sure you are working as efficiently as possible is to make sure you’ve created the most productive atmosphere and area for yourself. This may differ from person to person and it may not even look like your typical study space, but as long as it enables you to work at the pace you would like, thats all you need! Believe it or not, I can’t get anything done in the library. 9 times out of 10, you’ll find me sitting in a random nook in Babbio. Finding your spot often takes some exploration and trial and error.

Tip 3: Proactively study!

Everyone knows that studying is essential for success, but when you start studying is what really gets you the grade you want. If you have a specific class you are dreading the most, the best advice I have is to start studying as soon as possible. Do little things everyday, a week before the test so its less overwhelming the day before. This can be in the form of flashcards, rewriting notes, making a quizlet or even just reviewing your notes. Any form of studying is better than no studying! 

Tip 4: Tackle the little assignments first!

With a heavy course load, things can get overwhelming fast. Getting the easier and shorter assignments out of the way helps decrease the stress. 

Tip 5: Ask for help!

Going to a small school is a blessing because of all the resources available. Whether you ask the professor, a TA, a friend, or a tutor, don’t hesitate to ask for help. The best way to stay on top of things is to air out questions early on. Office hours with a professor are the best place to get one-on-one help. If that doesn’t work out, TA’s also have office hours and often times can better answer questions you may have on assignments. If you need some help, but office hours are over, there is always the walk-in tutor center! There are plenty of tutors who will do their best to help you through the toughest courses.

All of these tips may help you be successful, but they won’t amount to anything if you don’t take care of yourself. Prioritizing your mental health and knowing your limits is an absolute must to help you do your absolute best. Study hard, but don’t forget to have fun!

Getting Involved on Campus

Hi everyone! My name is Claire Korbas and I’m a sophomore majoring in physics and Claireminoring in literature. 

Over the course of my freshman year, I’ve done so much more than pursue a degree. I’ve done mission work in Appalachia with the Newman Group, attended concerts with the Entertainment Committee, saw Broadway shows with Stevens Dramatic Society, explored Europe with members of Stevens Physics Society, and made memories that have elevated my college experience tenfold. Getting involved has helped me meet so many friends and turn campus into my home.

Now it’s your turn to see what Stevens has to offer. Here are some tips to help you get your flippers wet and rock the flock!

  1. Go to the involvement fair! During orientation, there will be a period where all of the student organizations will set up booths with information about their club. You can choose which booths to go to and can sign up for their email list. I recommend going to every booth that catches your eye because you might click with people from a wide variety of organizations. Also, being on the email list will keep you in the loop about different events throughout the semester!
  2. If interested, seek Greek. During the first semester, Greek organizations have events that you can attend to meet sorority/fraternity members and learn about Greek life. Going to these events is a great way to meet people of all ages and majors. Greek organizations also provide a network that can help you get involved in volunteering, philanthropy, and other campus-events!
  3. Remember that being involved isn’t restricted to joining a club. There are various events throughout the year, such as grocery bingo, midnight breakfast, or SPS trivia night, that you can attend. You can always find advertisements for these events on your way into the dining hall or posted throughout campus. Going to smaller events is a great way to meet people and it keeps your experience fun and interesting! 
  4. Lastly, take a chance. Being in college gives you the opportunity to try the things you’ve always wanted to try. Explore clubs that are exciting to you and attend random events that sound interesting. Your college experience is what you make of it and there are so many amazing people that you’ll want to meet! 

Best of duck!

Pre-Orientation

Hi all! My name is Olivia Shanahan. I am a 4/4 Science, Technology and Society major! This is my third year being involved in orientation and I am more excited than ever. As an orientation leader and now a peer leader, I am well versed in the operations of pre-orientation or “pre-o”. Pre-orientation is a four day period before the start of orientation during which the student meets new people and does activities with other members of their class who share common interests! There is a wide range of activities catering to many.

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I have been a leader for the Sports and Fitness pre-orientation two years in a row and it was a blast! We’ve worked out on the Brooklyn Bridge, gone to see Yankee games and received a tour of Central Park on our bikes. This was so much fun and a great way to stay active during the beginning of college. If sports aren’t your thing, there are many more options! Performing Arts pre-orientation offers up close experiences with Broadway plays, behind the scenes activities and even some time for students to become the stars themselves! Last year our performing arts pre-orientation group attended both vocal and Shakespeare acting workshops! It does not matter if you have never acted, sang or played an instrument. If you are interested in learning more about all or any aspects of performing arts or even just seeing a Broadway play, this could be the place for you.

Neither Performing Arts or Sports and Fitness are your thing? Well, we have even more options to choose from! Manhattan can be intimidating especially if you have not experienced such a large city. Both our City Life and Flavors of New York pre-orientations will allow you to explore Hoboken and Manhattan. During City Life, you will take a guided tour through Hoboken and various neighborhoods of New York City, visiting popular landmarks including Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial. Our Flavors of New York pre-orientation presents a unique view of Manhattan. Students are able to taste foods in different neighborhoods in New York every day. Although the pre-orientation is about the food, students will also understand the culture and history behind these amazing dishes. While these are wonderful ways to become acclimated to Hoboken and Manhattan, our Outdoor Adventure pre-orientation takes you on a camping trip to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains where you can escape the city.

All of the options are a great way to become more comfortable adjusting to student life here at Stevens! Pre-orientation is a short period where each student can experience new things and get to know each other. If you are not on a pre-orientation, do not worry! Orientation offers so many ways to meet new friends and more than enough time to get used to your place at Stevens. We cannot wait to meet you all in August!

Traveling from a Distance

Hi everyone! My name is Madie DeJong, and I am a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major. One of the most stressful parts of preparing for freshman year was packing. I am from Rochester, Minnesota which is just over 1000 miles and a three hour plane ride away from campus. Having to move all of your things to campus in a plane can be challenging, so it is important to pack as smartly as possible. There are two parts to packing: the things you bring from home and the things you buy once you arrive on campus.

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The things that you want to pack and bring from home are all of the things that you can’t buy on campus. This includes any personal items, keepsakes, or pictures you’ll want throughout the year, and, of course, clothes and shoes. Clothing will make up the largest chunk of things to pack, so it is important to ask yourself this question: Can I imagine a scenario where I would wear this item more than once? If you answer no, then this item should be at the bottom of the packing list.

Once you’ve decided what to pack, figuring out how to get everything from your house to campus can be a little stressful. For me, it made the most sense to check multiple bags when I flew to campus. If you also find yourself checking bags remember that airlines have baggage weight restrictions. One way to keep each bag as light as possible is to spread out the weight by mixing heavier winter clothes with lighter summer clothes and by dividing shoes evenly because they weigh the most. Remember that if you bring a lot of large bags, you will probably not have room to keep them in your dorm, which means they have to be checked back home. You can cut the costs of this return trip by packing suitcases of different sizes. This way you can put the smaller ones inside of the bigger ones and then check less bags. Additionally, if you know that you will be going home before the seasons change too much, you could always leave some of your more winter-y clothes at home and wait to bring them to campus until later.

When you arrive on campus you will want to buy the rest of the things you will need which will include all of your toiletries (this category includes obvious things like shampoo and toothpaste, but also items like nail clippers and tweezers, so make sure to walk through your bathroom at home and make a list of everything you need), bedding and towels, school supplies, and snacks. You can buy all of these items in nearby Jersey City, where there is a Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, the Newport Mall, and many other stores. It is important to make a list of everything that you want to buy to make sure that you don’t forget anything.

When I moved out to New Jersey, both of my parents came with me, and we actually arrived a day and a half prior to move in. We stayed at a hotel in Jersey City and rented a car. This made it easy to get around and easy to do all of our shopping without feeling rushed. Another benefit of having a car was that move in day became much simpler because we could follow the same process as someone who moved from a closer place. I would highly recommend arriving a day early and having a car, but it is still very possible to move in straight from the airport; however, you won’t have very much time to shop. If you don’t want to rent a car, getting an Uber is a great option for transporting luggage. In general, Hoboken is a very walkable city, but for move in day having a car makes the process much easier.

After you’re officially moved in and going about your daily life, you will likely realize that you did forget something. If the forgotten item can be easily bought at a store, a quick Target run will fix the problem. There will be shuttles running between campus and Target during orientation which makes transportation easy. I have also walked to Target before, so that is also an option. If the forgotten item is something from home, don’t panic. All students have a mailbox on campus, and it is easy for your parents to send a forgotten item or a care package from home (Amazon Prime is a great investment). In general, packing can be stressful, but it is important to remember that it is always possible to get whatever you need or forgot. I hope you found this blog helpful, and can’t wait to meet you all this fall!