Thursday, April 17, 2014

I scream, you scream...

We all scream for ice cream!!!

How many are you excited for SUMMER BREAK? I know that I am! With all these exams, papers, and projects, I am ready for a break!

However, before we go on break, the Transfer Student Network is hosting a Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, April 30, from 12:00-1:00pm in Lower Flat Tuesday's! 

Come and meet transfer students from last semester, as well as the current transfer students! Also, get some ice cream and relax with the Transfer Student Network!

Who DOESN'T want some free ice cream and socialization before finals?!

We can't wait to see you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Transportation Solutions!

UMBC Transit and Parking is holding a Q&A in UC312 (12-1:30pm) TODAY!

A chance to get your questions answered and grab some FREE lunch. 

A panelist of campus community members actively involved in sustainable transportation initiatives and programs at UMBC will discuss their work. A Parking Services representative will be here to address students' parking concerns. 

A discussion will be held on the Cities on Speed: Mumbai Disconnected Documentary, sustainable transportation, and UMBC Transit and Parking.

You won't be able to make it today? Swing by Lower Flat Tuesdays this Friday 12-1pm for Commuter Connections "Start Spring off Green" event. Another chance to learn more about sustainability at home and in the UMBC Community. There will also be free food, fun activities, and creative crafts for you to partake in. We will have office reps there to answer any questions you may have and to point you into the right direction to get those questions answered. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Model United Nations 2014, New York!!

Hello there Commuters!
By this time I bet everyone is almost getting done with their midterms and some of us have even started preparing slowly for the upcoming finals in May!

Do not worry I am not here to enlighten you with tips for getting started for the finals or something of that sort.I just wanted to share something amazing that happened on the last week of March as a group of 31 talented individuals went on to represent UMBC at one of the most prestigious conferences, National Model United Nations 2014 that took place in New York.

The delegates of UMBC as they are referred as at the conference was representing Kingdom of Spain at this years conference.The conference went on for 5 long days from March 31st till April 4th and  I was honored to have been a part of every minute of  this occasion.

As the name suggests the conference is basically a model version of the United Nations and how different world issues are resolved with the participation of the different member states.The different member states works together to come up with a solution to each issue and they vote on it and if the majority is on board with it the resolution gets passed and it gets recognition as a new resolution of the United Nations.

We had the opportunity to talk to people from all over the world who came all the way to attend this conference representing a specific country of their own.The best thing is you get to meet so many people!

Take Back the Night!

 Tonight, the Women's Center is hosting a big event from 6:30-9:00! Come on out to support this event, as it deals with many important issues that affect everyone.  Here is the info:

"In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join the Women's Center and UHS on Commons Main Street and let's take back the night!

Events and activities include:
Community Resource Fair (includes FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Hollaback Baltimore, Hope Works, and Turn Around)
The Clothesline Project
The Speak Out Forum
March Against Sexual Violence
Solidarity Performance (in the Commons Sports Zone) featuring an acoustic set from Last to Fire.

Stay tuned by liking the Women's Center at UMBC and Critical Social Justice on Facebook and following our Twitters:

Also, #UMBCtbtn is the official hashtag, so follow us there, too!

Wanna learn more about what Take Back The Night is?

Visit for more information.

This event is co-sponsored by:
The Women's Center, UHS Health Education, and the President's Commission for Women

Check out Last to Fire:

Please note the Women's Center will be closing at 6pm on April 15th to help staff TBTN!

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The Women's Center acknowledges that this event takes place during Passover and we express our regrets to those in our UMBC Jewish community who wanted to attend TBTN but will not be able to this year. For anyone in our UMBC community that is a survivor of sexual assault and would like a space to share your story/experience and/or needs access to resources, please contact the Women’s Center."

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Indian Way

India in known for its rich culture, beautiful landscapes and economic infrastructure but what do you know about commuting in India? More specifically the daily commute in Mumbai. India is one of the top countries that is the most populated coming in second place only to China. How does a grand population affect commuting you may ask. Well come find out today at our documentary screening of Mumbai Disconnected! There will be free refreshments and popcorn. Come have fun and learn about how other parts of the world deal with commuting. The documentary is being showed three times today:  12PM-1:20PM, 3PM- 4:20PM, 5PM-6:20PM in The Commons SportsZone. Come join us!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time to schedule for those classes

It's that time of year again, where the advising sessions begin and the process of selecting your next classes start too. I'm sure that everyone, I hope, is doing alright with their classes. I feel like this semester has been really rough for everyone, I would know because I'm feeling it too. Everyone has their own way of scheduling their classes. Whether it's take all your classes in the morning and rest in the afternoon or wait til the afternoon to take your classes and so forth. Some people would take a day off just to rest and relax.

I remember my entire freshmen year I had my classes in the afternoon and had Fridays off, it felt pretty nice to have a three day weekend and it gave me time to work on my homework. Now this year I have classes Monday to Friday in the mornings which isn't that bad, I kinda like enjoying the rest of the day relaxing or catching up on homework instead of thinking about classes.

Which is a good thing to seeing how I'll continue to have morning classes throughout the rest of my college career, which I suppose will be a good thing since I will be working in the mornings and the afternoons, so having a constant schedule is alright.

So what about you? Have you decided your classes and when to take them? Would you get them all out of the way and relax for the rest of the day or maybe enjoy the mornings to yourself and start tackling those classes later throughout the day. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TSN: Follow-up Workshop Today!

Hey guys! 

We are having a follow-up workshop today! 

Time : 12pm to 1pm 

Where: Sondheim 202

Description of Workshop: 

This workshop will be about the services of the library and resources that are available for research.Lunch will be provided!


I hope to see everyone today! 



Monday, April 7, 2014

Thinking about your future?

Hi everyone! I hope you all are keep dry and warm out there on this chilly rainy day. Have you ever sat down and thought about your future and how to get to the place you see yourself in the future? If you answered yes to this than I think I might have the perfect advice for you. When I think about what I'm going to do with my life I always picture myself traveling and working for the World Health Organization, but how do I get there? Simple! Work experience, volunteering and internships. Some great things that UMBC offers is research work both on and off campus in the summer, winter and all years around! This is a wonderful opportunity to be apart of something big and not only help change the world but these research opportunities will also change you too. If you want to do some summer research next summer you have to research the programs you're applying to and send in your application early. Sooner is always better than later! It's easy to apply to programs, most programs want an unofficial transcript in PDF form, 2 letters of recommendation, and a research statement. Also ask for recommendations as early as possible. I would suggest that you send your teachers an email stating what specific program(s) you're applying to, attach your personal statement to the email and link the website to the programs you are applying to with more information about the program(s). Also if this is your first time applying to summer research I recommend that you apply to no less than 9 or 10 programs. I know this seems time consuming and it is but it will give you a better chance at getting accepted to a program. Good luck everyone! More information on summer undergraduate research can be found at Join the Undergraduate Research group on my.UMBC!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This week on campus

Hi everyone! SEB is putting together a movie showing of Captain America: The Winter Soldier Midnight Premiere on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11 PM - Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3 AM.  It’s going to be off campus, so check on their website for more information.

Commuters!  The Career Week Committee has put an event together this Friday and Monday for students looking to build up their business attire.  The clothes are free of cost and yours to keep forever.  Stop by University Center room 312 on either Friday or Monday to pick up a suit, tie, skirt or blouse to make that good impression! You must be a UMBC student to participate! Also, come out this Saturday, April 5 on Erickson Field to join your peers in UMBC's second annual color run!  Don't worry, the course is only a mile but tons of fun and most importantly FREE! Wear a white shirt, and if you don't have one, shirts are available at the event. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Things to look for on campus!

Hey guys,

With a little over a month left of school there are some things to look forward to besides finals.

Quadmania 2014: Saturday, April 26, 2014
 Elephant rides, carnival rides, food trucks, and fireworks! These are only a few things that will be available during the yearly event! Stop by the SEB group page on myUMBC to check out exactly who is playing and what other things to look forward too.

Commuter Carnival: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
This year we will have our popular climbing wall, t-shirt tie-dye, caricaturists, photo-booth, face-painting, balloon animals, and many games and prizes! Guess what?! IT'S ALL FREE!!!

Save the dates and stop on by. De-stress from school and enjoy a day or two off from school while you're at school!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Be Productive This Summer!

As we move closer to the end of the semester, it becomes more important to begin looking for a way to be productive with the upcoming break. Finding a job or internship is one of the best things a student can do to prepare for the future. Either one can lead to money or experience. It can be daunting to find opportunities for a job or internship however. Fortunately, UMBC offers a great service with both the Shriver Center and their online tool UMBCworks. Both of these will aid in creating a resume and finding places that fit your needs. To begin using these tools, log in to your myUMBC account and go to Topics >>> Jobs and Internships and click on the UMBCworks link. Fill out all the information, draft a resume based on their examples, and schedule an appointment with the career center to meet with a knowledgeable counselor who will look over your resume before approving it so you can begin looking for an opportunity that matches your needs. Getting your resume approved should only take a day or two. Good luck and enjoy the time you have before break!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Our Biggest Event of the Year!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend despite the rain and snow craziness. The semester is almost over. Only 6 weeks left! But before we leave for summer break there is a huge OCSS event coming up next month. What event is it you ask? It's Commuter Carnival! Commuter Carnival is a fun social event held on the quad (mainstreet if it rains). We're gonna have a bunch of FUN games, FREE foods and prizes!There will be a climbing wall, t-shirt tie-dye, caricaturists, photo-booth,  face-painting, balloon animals, and many games and prizes, all FREE of charge! We'll also have snow cones and cotton candy. I know everyone can fit a fun few hours into their hectic schedules so take some time out to come have some fun with your friends and have some good food (and we promise there will be good food). Come join us on May 7th on The Quad from 11:30am-1pm. We hope to see you all there!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's Allergy Season

Itching, swelling, and runny's that time of year again, allergy season. Even though the weather is still chilly and there is no pollen in the air we somehow get allergies. Easiest way to get rid of them is taking medicine, but we can't always rely on medicine. So let's step away from the medicine and try these natural remedies from Dr. Oz. 

1. Got hives? Try a colloidal oatmeal mask! All you need is 1-2 TBSP colloidal oatmeal and warm water! Add water to the oatmeal until the desired consistency and spread it all over you face for about 5 minutes!

2. Puffiness around your eyes? Try cold potato slices on your eyes! Just slice up a cold potato, lay on your back, and relax like you're at a spa!

3. Sinuses? Try pepper and sesame oil! Just mix it together and place it under your nose. Breathe it in and it will start to clear up your sinuses; also make you sneeze.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Get ready for Registration!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break. I cannot believe how fast this semester is going! It seems like only yesterday we started classes. Now, we are midway through the semester and summer will be here faster than we think! However, we also must think about our fall semester and the classes we will be taking.

I know that it seems that it is far away now, but it will be here quicker than we know.

Registration for undergraduate students starts April 1, 2014. This is right around the corner! Students register based on the number of credits they have prior to the current semester. Registration dates are not determined by the in progress courses. Therefore, you need to be careful when you look at the registration times.

Students should also be aware that they will need to have approval from their advisors to register.  If a student does not meet with his or her advisor, then he or she will not have authorization to register. If you are able to meet with your advisor, please meet with him or her as soon as possible! It will help you stay on track with registration and scheduling.

Students can find the Registration time sheet located on the Registrar's website, or listed here: 

If you have any questions about classes, graduation, or any troubles you may be having, it is important to stay in touch with your advisor. He or she will be able to help you or direct you to someone who can better answer your question. Remember, your advisor is there to help YOU! You just have to take the initiative and be proactive!

Also, talking to fellow classmates or friends is important. They can help guide you and tell you about certain classes that were beneficial to them. However, it is also important to not solely base your decision off of what they say. Everyone has a different opinion -- you just have to know which one will work best for you. 

If you have any questions at all, remember to communicate to your advisor. Talk to your classmates and friends! You can also talk to any of the CA's! We know how you feel and you are not alone!

Have a great day and rest of the semester!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A break worth needing

It's nice how spring break lands on the middle of the spring semester, before a lot of classes get to prepare for their next exams, which would probably happen sometime next week or the week after we get back. It's nice for us students and faculty to take a nice week break to wind down and relax, or to catch up on stuff for students who are behind.

While many of us are probably out of town to go somewhere nice and warm, and while others are helping out in their community (like UMBC's Alternative Spring Break), I for one are among the few who returned home to our families and just spent some time with them or spend time with old high school friends who had started their spring break too.

Spring break for me personally is a good way to relax and let your mind rest for a couple days before getting yourself back to the college school life. I've been at school since January and believe me I'm not sure how I would have been able to manage a couple months of work without some sort of break.

Though I think now that we're back, a lot of us would probably want to have a longer break, but for me however, I think I'm ready to tackle the rest of the semester. We're halfway there and spring break was our little break period. Now it's time to get back to basics.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Back to Basics

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice relaxing break. I know this break was much needed but sadly it has already come and gone. But don't fret, we only have about a month and a half left of school then we can look forward to summer break! But while we are counting the days till summer break here are some tips to get back into the swing of things after Spring Break.

1. Never fall too behind while on break, whether this is Spring Break or a general holiday break, you never want to do this!
2. Assess what things have and haven't been working for you this semester. 
3. Get back in the swing of studying and homework slowly so that you don't overwhelm yourself.
4. Remember you always need that outlet of me time during the school week
5. Do some spring cleaning and get reorganized! This will help not only de-clutter your surroundings but also de-clutter your mind.
6. Don't give up! We're almost to the end just a few weeks more.

Good luck everyone!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's easy to give up when we're so close to the halfway point of the semester. There's nothing less motivating than having a break approaching because, for some reason, we want a break right now.  

That's why I love this quote! It reminds me what it means to do something well, with determination and discipline.  It reminds me that we're not on break yet and that we're here to learn. 

So here's some Thoreau advice on finishing well what you have started:

"All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour's toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers."  

 -Henry David Thoreau

        You can do it! Run the last mile so you can be proud of yourself.
                            Here's an inspirational video if you need it:

Apply to STRiVE!

Apply to STRiVE!

I am excited to announce the 7th UMBC STRiVE Leadership Retreat will be held May 27 - 31, 2014. Because of growing demand, Student Life is offering this summer session to give more students and staff the opportunity to be a part of STRiVE.
STRiVE is an intensive and engaging off-campus leadership retreat (5 days, 4 nights) developed to inspire students to become more effective leaders on campus and in their lives. The STRiVE Coaches (consisting of 12 UMBC students and staff) tailor a curriculum that encourages the 50 participants to make new friends, learn about themselves, reflect on values and ethics, work in teams to develop practical plans for making a difference on campus, and tackle both simulated and real leadership challenges. STRiVE has been developed by Student Life in partnership with the Student Government Association.
You are invited to apply to be a part of the 2014 STRiVE group.
Applications are due Wednesday, March 26 at
An optional information session will beheld on March 10 at 6pm in Commons 331
 If you have any questions, please contact me (Virginia Byrne in Student Life) More information on this program is available below.
Virginia Byrne, Student Life Coordinator for Leadership Development & Education
Make friends!
Make a difference!
Have a ton of fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is STRiVE?
STRiVE is an intensive and engaging off-campus leadership retreat (5 days, 4 nights) developed to inspire students to become more effective leaders on campus and throughout their lives. The STRiVE Coaches (consisting of 12 UMBC students and staff) tailor a curriculum that encourages the 50 participants to make new friends, learn about themselves, reflect on values and ethics, work in teams to develop practical plans for making a difference on campus and in society, and tackle both simulated and real leadership challenges. STRiVE is funded by Student Life, the Student Government Association, alumni donors and participant fees.

Do I have to be an “involved” student to attend STRiVE?
Absolutely not! STRiVE will be helpful to any student regardless of previous involvement or leadership experience. No prior experience is necessary! We are looking for a diverse group of students committed to developing their leadership skills and applying them to create positive change in the campus community. The application asks about campus involvement only to give the STRiVE planning team a sense of the different perspectives participants will bring to the retreat.

Where is STRiVE being held?
STRiVE will be held at an Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Retreat Center in Jefferson, MD (round-trip buses will be provided to participants). Participants will stay in cabins in a community (sharing rooms) and all activities will be held on site.

How much does it cost?
UMBC covers most of the cost of each participant’s attendance. However, there is a $100 participation fee that helps cover some of the cost of transportation, lodging and food. Money should not be a barrier to attendance, however, and there is a section of the application where any participant can request financial assistance. 

What is the “Vision Selection”?
STRiVE participants will devote a portion of the retreat to developing plans to make an impact in connection with an issue or problem about which they feel passionate. In the Vision Selection portion of the application, participants are asked to rank a few social topics so that we can group students with similar interests. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to interact with all STRiVE participants outside of the Vision Group. Please note that the planning team will make every effort to place participants according to their choices; however, we are unable to guarantee participants any specific topic at this time. We encourage participants to be open-minded and flexible when considering their vision selection.

When is the participant application due?
Applications will be available March 3 and will be due March 26Applications can be found on March 3

When are accepted applicants informed?
Applicants will receive an email in April with additional details about participating in STRiVE.

How can I find out more information about STRiVE?
For additional information, please contact me (Virginia Byrne) at or come to the optional information session on March 10 at 6pm in Commons 331.

Virginia Byrne
Coordinator for Leadership Development and Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

The Commons, Room 2B15
(410) 455-2318