The Importance of Extra-Curricular Activities

By: Joe Urbano Campus Sherpa Blog Contributor, RIT College and high school are vastly different. There are more responsibilities, obstacles, and environments. But it’s also about starting fresh, and finding a place to fit in can really be a challenge. That being said, “finding your niche” and the people that come with it is one of the most rewarding parts of the college experience. Whether it’s one club you’re super involved in or many clubs that you’re a part of, don’t miss out on extracurricular activities. I’ve learned a thing or two, and hopefully you can find my experience a bit helpful. The school I attend, RIT, is not exactly known for its thriving social scene. I followed my RA’s advice and left my door open year-round for anyone to come by and chat. Ultimately, that was unsuccessful. I made a couple friends on my floor, but they were all mechanical engineers and got swarmed with work immediately. I hadn’t met many of the kids in my own major just yet, for we didn’t experience the same “hit the ground running” start that the mechanical engineers did. I tried going out for ultimate frisbee but it wasn’t for me, and …

Freshman Life at Harvard

By: Joseph Luongo Campus Sherpa Blog Contributor, Harvard University At Harvard, housing is very different and unique. Almost everyone lives on campus, approximately 97% all four years, and that is due to our housing system. As a freshman, students are required to live on campus. Over the summer, students fill out a housing questionnaire, more like a test, so Harvard can pair students with roommates that won’t be at each other’s throats. Housing is completely random freshman year, students do not get to request or choose whom they live with. They ask you questions such as: Are you neat? What time do you go to bed? Do you like a quiet room?, and so on and so forth. Then they send the students’ parents the same questionnaire and ask: Are they really neat? What time do they actually go to bed? How loud are they actually? They take forever to sort roommates and dorms because everyone is hand selected by Harvard for each other, which is why Harvard tries to get a very accurate description of students. At Harvard, all dorms are co-ed and all have different things about them such as room size, bathrooms, configuration, number of roommates, study …

Quick and Dirty Relaxation Tips for Midterm Season (Or Anytime You’re Feeling Stressed)

By: Alex Cole Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, William and Mary University Depending on your campus’s academic schedule, midterms might be a week or two away, or you may have the bulk of your exams behind you. Regardless of when your midterms are scheduled, it’s probably inevitable that you’re going to be stressed at some point soon in the semester. Luckily, you don’t just have to suffer through a stressful day (or week, or semester); as a college sophomore and a soon-to-be yoga instructor, I have plenty of tips for keeping calm despite a heavy workload. Breathe Through It Breathing is so instinctive that we often taken it for granted. But breathing is connected to your heartrate, so slowing down your breath is the quickest way to sooth racing thoughts and sweaty palms right before heading into an exam or when studying is making you feel anxious. Focus on taking slow, deep breaths, being conscious of completely filling and then emptying your lungs. Try taking at least five deep breaths and then check in with yourself. Feeling calm yet? Try Meditation Meditation isn’t just for Tibetan monks; there are apps for it! Calm.com is both a website and an app that …