Getting Involved on Campus

Hi everyone! My name is Sam and I’m a ¾ Mechanical Engineering major from Staten Island, NY and this is my second year as a Peer Leader! Coming to college is a big transition that you may or may not be prepared for. This milestone in your life means you’ll encounter levels of independence that you may not have experienced before. From my experience at Stevens I’ve learned that there is so much you are able to do on campus and the opportunities are endless to explore your interests and passions.

As a school that is on the smaller scale, Stevens is able to naturally harbor a close knit community. But just because we’re a small school doesn’t mean that we’ve limited ourselves to what clubs and activities we can be a part of, in fact, it makes it a lot easier to know what’s going on around campus because someone will always know. Some great resources I’ve always used to see what events are happening around campus or even in Hoboken are through Ducklink, the Corq app, and our Instagram pages @followstevens and @stevensstudents. We’re always on social media, so it’s really convenient being able to open an app that shows all of our campus or events or go to a website that shows you all of our organizations and when they have meetings and cool opportunities to take advantage of.

Stevens does a really great job at giving its student

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s the chance to find their home away from home. There are endless organizations to get involved with: Greek life, club sports, political clubs, professional societies, arts and music, Student Government Association, cultural and identity-based organizations and so much more . Every year, we have Flock Party, which is a great event that gives you the chance to meet people from different organizations and really see which ones you’d be interested in. It may seem intimidating at first because you could like a ton of clubs and not know which ones to devote most of your time to at first, but it’s always best to try everything out your first year and prioritize where your interests truly lie and what you’d like to stay committed to while at Stevens. Even if you miss bigger events like flock party, you’ll always be able to find orgs on either social media or their Ducklink page and just contact them for more info! Like I mentioned, Stevens may be a smaller campus, but it definitely pays off because you’re bound to find people with similar interests as you and really click with them, but it’s also super easy to try new things and broaden your horizons!

Getting involved definitely extends beyond just clubs and sports on campus. Maybe something you’d like to devote time to is more academic or career-oriented. One of the things I love most about Stevens is the great research projects you could find through talking to different professors and faculty members across campus. After both my freshman and sophomore year, I was able to work on research over the summer that was funded by places like NASA and the Air Force. Aside from research, you could get involved by becoming a tutor for one of your favorite classes or even becoming a teacher’s assistant or grader after your first semester or year at Stevens. The professors at Stevens are truly the best and always encourage innovation and collaboration, so don’t hesitate to reach out to any faculty member about a class, project, or even just academic and career advice! In addition to our faculty, the career center does an amazing job at guiding Stevens students through their careers and I highly encourage you to take advantage of the resources that they have to offer and the weekly workshops they hold throughout the semester.

Last, but certainly not least, make sure that you not only get involved on campus, but within the Hoboken community as well. We’re located in arguably the best town in New Jersey, which means that a lot of Hoboken culture overlaps with Stevens culture. There’s always opportunities to volunteer across the city and to truly embrace all of the local shops, restaurants, and festivals that makes Hoboken the perfect college town. Definitely take the chance and try some new food, spend an afternoon on one of the piers, and make Stevens your home by taking advantage of everything it has to offer.

Samantha Molla, Mechanical Engineering

Hey everyone! I’m Kyriakos Chatzis I’m a 3/4 Biology student with a minor in Entrepreneurship and let me be one of the first to say, you made it! Your first day of college is finally here! Here are some tips to make that first day of classes as smooth and memorable as possible.giphy (1)

 

  1. Familiarize yourself with your schedule. A day before classes start, you should walk around campus to find the rooms that your classes will be held in. Start with your first class of the day and work your way down to see what routes are the fastest to your next class. This can save you a lot of headaches on your first day.
  2. Review your classes syllabi. More often to not, your professors will upload the class syllabus before in person instruction begins. Take that opportunity to see what’s expected of you throughout the class by reviewing the syllabus. There will be information such as % breakdown of your final grade, course material covered, dates of exams, etc. Some professors like to go over their syllabus in class and others upload it online and expect you to go over it on your own.
  3. Wake up early and get a good breakfast. It is extremely important to be awake and alert for your first day. There is going to be a lot of information thrown at you by your professors and you don’t want to miss any of it. Get to your class at least 10 minutes early so that you could situate yourself, pick a good seat, and familiarize yourself with the classroom.
  4. Be ready. I hate to say it but Syllabus week doesn’t really exist at Stevens. Because most of our assignments and class material is online, professors tend to just jump into course material on the first day. I was not ready for this on my first day and was caught a bit off guard so make sure you have proper notebooks for each class and are ready to learn!
  5. Have fun with it! You are entering one of the most interesting and amazing times of your life. You going to learn an insane amount, both inside and outside the classroom and I think it’s important to embrace that. Go into every class with an open mind and an eager spirit, no matter the subject and you will come out of it a better person.
  6. Don’t stress it. Every single one of your professors knows and understand the uncertainty the first day of college classes can bring. They will be extremely available to you for any questions you might have and are always there for you to help ease your transition. They are your friends, not your enemies!

 

A fun way I like to think about first days is in the eyes of the professor. It’s also the professors first time teaching this new group of students and they want to make just as good of an impression on you as you do! I hope you can take something away from this and wish you all the greatest first day of classes ever!

Kyriakos Chatzis, Biology

Staying Safe on Campus

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am a 4/4 Music and Technology major!  From my 3 years of experience at Stevens, I’ve learned so much about how to make the most of our campus! With the start of your college career comes a new environment filled with lots of new friends and opportunities!  While this year may not be as traditional as most, there are so many ways to make the most of your campus experience while also being safe and healthy.  For starters, Stevens has lots of room to hang out on the different lawns like Schafer lawn, Palmer lawn, and MPK (Morton, Kidde, Pierce) lawn!  Take advantage of the outdoor space to socially distance and hang out with new people.  Hoboken also has many outdoor dining areas and great spots to enjoy both the beautiful weather and the view on the piers!  You can also use your meal plan swipes to eat at different restaurants in Hoboken that are a part of Washington Street Wednesday, so you don’t always have to order from the dining hall. IMG_6679

You can still stay connected with your peers virtually through group chats and video calls so make sure to utilize applications like Groupme and Zoom to communicate with other students!  You can still hang out despite not being physically together.  Utilizing resources like your Peer Leader group is also a helpful tool to not only meet others who are studying a similar major but you can also get lots of advice from your PL on how to get more involved on campus!  Clubs and organizations are still going to be present and so there is no reason why you shouldn’t look into trying new things and joining them!

Most importantly, make sure to take care of yourself, because pandemic or not, this is a whole new experience and you need to prioritize your health, both mentally and physically.  Try your best to eat healthier (it’s not going to happen all of the time and that’s okay too) and get fresh air. You can always go for a walk or a run on the pier!  In terms of mental health, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) is available with people who you can talk to if you are having a difficult time adjusting, are dealing with a personal issue, or even if you just want to talk and don’t necessarily have a reason. It is full of kind and helpful individuals who want to help make your college experience amazing and want you to be healthy! Last but not least follow social distancing and masking guidelines, they’re for your safety and the safety of those around you.

Despite the circumstances, there are so many different opportunities that will still be offered to you at Stevens, so make sure to take full advantage of that to make the most of your first year of college!

Sophie Starkman, Music and Technology

Move In Day

Hello everyone! My name is Reva and I am a sophomore Industrial and Systems Engineer from Princeton Junction, New Jersey! I’m so happy to be welcoming you to Stevens and sharing my experience from moving in just last year. I know there is probably so much you are preparing for but try not to worry too much! Orientation and meeting new people is going to be so exciting and take your mind off of the transition to college.

With the new safety precautions, moving in is going to look different as you will move in with your family instead of everyone at the same time. Still, going to see your new dorm or suite is so exciting and can be a fun experience!

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If you’re like me, and love packing and organizing, here are a few tips to make moving in more efficient! I recommend having your smaller things in boxes and secured so other people can move your things without damaging them. It is also extremely helpful when your suitcases and boxes are labeled with your dorm and room number. I remember bringing along some small cleaning supplies for the desk and dressers before I unpacked as well. I truly enjoy this so if you have any questions or want to talk more please reach out!

When you return to campus for the first day, it might seem overwhelming with so many things going on and staying on campus when your family leaves. Try to keep a positive attitude and an open mind going into orientation, and your awesome peer leader and staff are always there for you. I hope this helped and we can’t wait to meet you!

 

Reva Grover, Industrial and Systems Engineer

What’s New on Campus

Hey everyone! My name is Jayden Pereira and I am a junior Computer Engineering student. I’m from Woolwich Twp, NJ (20 minutes from Philly and Delaware). I do a lot of things on campus including being a Peer Leader, iSTEM, and being a part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Since coming into Stevens, I’ve seen this campus quite literally grow – here’s some of the newest things on campus to look out for!

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Gateway Academic Buildings – Okay, I’m not going to understate how awesome the study areas are and just how nice these new academic buildings are. Whether you are there just for classes or just need a place to study, it’s arguably the nicest place on campus (unless there’s a view to NYC because I’m a sucker for the skyline). There’s tons of spaces like the super comfy chairs in Gateway South and the really cool recessed tables on the second floor of Gateway North.

Gateway Cafe – New small spot on campus to order food. If you’re around Babbio or Burchard and Red and Grey Cafe is too full, here’s a reminder that you don’t have to walk all the way to America’s Cup (ACup) or Colonel John’s (CJ’s). This new place is also really great for anyone living in River Terrace!

New Student Center – Formerly the Alexander House, it’s been fully renovated and is currently home to the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Student Life, and the Office of Community Standards and Title IX. It also is home to a few Student Organizations like The Stute (our school newspaper) and the Student Government Association (SGA).

Student Housing and University Center Construction – Over the summer, there’s been some exciting progress towards the new construction for a 3 story university center and residential towers. Everything is on schedule for a Fall 2022 opening and the towers already are above the 12th floors! Workers have been completing the floor of each tower every 4-5 days which is super exciting to see and I can’t wait to utilize the state-of-the art university center when it’s all done!

Jayden Pereira, Computer Engineering

Transfer Student Advice

Hey! My name is Matt Marsh and I am a junior Civil Engineering major from South Kingstown, RI. I transferred to Stevens before the spring of 2019, and I am more than happy with my decision.

At this point, I have taken classes at three different universities, and like me, I’m sure that you will find that Stevens is quite different from other institutions. Thus, it is important to figure out what makes you feel comfortable on and off campus in order to make your adjustment to Stevens life as seamless as possible! Obviously, the irregular circumstances of the upcoming semester pose a challenge with getting immersed in our campus life, but there will still be plenty of virtual events to attend!

Transfer Orientation, though in virtual form this year, will definitely introduce you to other transfer students, however it is important to get involved on campus as soon as possible. The Transfer Student Association is a great place to meet fellow transfers, and it is nice to have other students in your same situation to lean on for help or general advice! Additionally, simply knowing names and faces around campus will help you feel more comfortable during your time acclimating to Stevens.

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I would also encourage branching out and trying something else offered at Stevens. There are hundreds of unique clubs where you can meet many diverse students. The Corq app allows you to browse through all our organizations and see when they will be meeting. These connections with your more seasoned peers can be a great asset when you are lost or confused. I was happily surprised to find that almost anyone on campus is more than happy to help when you encounter a problem!

Remember, I was in the same position as you just a few years ago, so feel free to reach out to me at mmarsh@stevens.edu, or any of the other Peer Leaders with any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you all online this fall, and hopefully around campus this spring!

Matt Marsh, Civil Engineering

First Year Read!

Welcome to Stevens! My name is Grace Miguel and I am a junior software engineering major. I am from Washington Township, NJ(the one in Bergen County). 

By this time, all of you should have received your summer reading book, What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha. I highly encourage you to read this novel because it is relevant and applicable to today’s world.

 At Stevens, our ideology is to apply our knowledge in the classroom to the real world. We don’t learn isentropic processes and big-O notation to plug and chug into equations just to get a decimal number that is meaningless to us. Stevens students are curious. We take concepts from our courses and apply it to what is meaningful and purposeful to us. For example, in my independent software engineering class, I had a semester long project. The only directions I were given were, “Create something with code, it can be a website, a game, anything.” Initially, I was taken aback, I’ve always been given directions for what exactly I should do. This was an opportunity to pursue something meaningful. Because I love spending time outdoors, I decided I wanted to create a website that gives Stevens students directions to mountains and trails based on the wanted intensity of the hike and the distance from campus. This was the most rewarding project I’ve done because it was something I cared about. 

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The reason why I think you should read this book, or at least skim through the chapters is because it will open your eyes to the grander picture. College isn’t all about getting an A in every course and reading the textbook under your desk lamp into the wee hours of the morning. College is immersing yourself in your classes and putting your knowledge to use. The themes highlighted throughout the book such as ethics, leadership and technology will stay with you throughout your time at Stevens.

What is happening in Flint, Michigan is very real. Mona Hana-Attisha is not just a pediatrician, she is an activist for Flint children and a person who looks beyond her office. I implore you to read this novel not just to understand the crisis in Flint, but to understand that anyone can make a difference. 

The Samuel C. Library is a great resource to find academic databases and journals for research papers and research guidance. You may also borrow books, newspapers and magazines from the library as well. For more information about the library click here. They even put together a research guide for the book which you can find here.

Another reason you should read the book is because you can enter the Summer Reading Contest! It is optional, but there are three options: 

  1. Essay: Discuss one of the book’s themes and relate it to a unique cause or solution to What the Eyes Don’t See -No longer than 1,000 words
  2. Art Activism: Create a piece of art that represents the theme of activism in the reading or that reflects current cultural or political power structures in the United States.  This art can be visual, literary, digital, or whatever form you see most fit.  -Submissions that are physical can be sent in by taking a photo(s) of the piece.
  3. Video-Present one of the book’s themes and relate it to a unique cause or solution to What the Eyes Don’t See -No longer than 2 minutes. 

First place will receive a $200 bookstore credit. Second place will receive a $100 bookstore credit. All submissions can be submitted by August 16, 2020 to student_life@stevens.edu 

Grace Miguel, Software Engineering