Albers School of Business and Economics

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  • Comfort Zones

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 12/1/2014 03:59:32 PM

    I had a hard time leaving home and coming to Seattle University four years ago. When my parents were packing up the car to take me up I was sobbing uncontrollably. If you’re interested in a visual, think a two year old having a melt down in the grocery store when they don’t get the piece of candy they’ve been eyeing.

    I have always been a creature of habit and routine. I don’t like when my days aren’t planned out, I don’t like feeling unsettled, I don’t like change. So, naturally moving to Seattle from my home in Eugene, Oregon was a huge adjustment. The things I took comfort in were gone. No longer could I see my best friends, get coffee from my favorite coffee shop or go running on familiar trails.

    Of course, as time went on I started finding comfort from things in Seattle. I made new friends, discovered new trails and coffee shops that actually had better coffee. I started forming new routines and feeling more settled as each day passed. As a senior, I can happily say that Seattle is my home.

    In six months I will be graduating and am fully aware that change is once again on the horizon. I am happy to report that this doesn’t scare me like it used to. The most important thing I have taken away from my time at Seattle U is that living outside of your comfort zone is the best way to live. My advice to you, no matter what year you are, is to try and do this more often.

    Accept the invitation to hang out with new people, join the club you’ve been thinking about joining for months, ask out the person you think is cute from class, check out some concerts, study abroad or head somewhere new for coffee. While I did find my rhythm and routine in Seattle the things I’ve enjoyed the most here were the things I didn’t plan.

    Changing things up in life can be incredibly rewarding. It might seem scary or unsettling initially but take it from someone who used to think the only way to live was to live in their comfort zone. The best people, experiences and moments are waiting just outside of that zone.


    Meghan Manwill New Student Mentor


    Holistic Education: All About Being Active!

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 12/1/2014 10:43:32 AM

    Some of us go to the gym on a regular basis and others spend their free time exploring Seattle and the communities around them. The word “active” means a lot of things to different people, but instead of defining active, ask yourself; How do you represent it in your daily routine as a student?
    Here are three ways that you (yes YOU) can be active in what you do:

    1. Active Learning
    It is safe to say that most of you came to Seattle University, a rigorous private Jesuit institution, to educate yourselves and develop a way of thinking that you will bring to your field of work in the future. You have a priceless opportunity to absorb information taught by knowledgeable faculty in your classes so take advantage of it while you can! Be active in your classes by staying engaged, asking questions, meeting with your professors and picking their brains on the concepts from class. For me, it has always helped sitting in the front row of my classes as it keeps me engaged, shows the professor I care and allows me to be more present in the class.

    2. Active Lifestyle
    Listening in class is important, but is very hard to do if you are not healthy. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that people who work out regularly are more focused, happier and overall physically healthier than those who do not. When you have some free time, remember that the gym has a ton of facilities and classes available to all Seattle U students so check out their new weights and different group classes to help you reach those fitness goals!

    3. Active Community Member Classes and the gym are both important but let's remember that Seattle University is located in one of the most diverse and exciting parts of Seattle! There are so many things to do off campus with Capitol Hill a few steps away and Downtown just a short walk down James Street. Take some time out of your busy schedules to explore all that this city has to offer from the great food, gorgeous views and diverse communities. Show your student leadership by volunteering through the Center for Service and Community Engagement at many locations right next to campus.

    College is what you make it. The best way to take advantage of all the opportunities around you is by staying active and being present in the all that you do!

    Sergiu Ipsas | New Student Mentor

    Homesick for the Holidays

    Posted by Erik Hagberg on 11/29/2014 01:30:01 PM

    Freshman year (and really any year in college) can be the best, and the worst, particularly when it comes to homesickness. It can happen at any time, unexpectedly (like in the middle of April) or more expectedly (like right before finals), and it's different for everyone. As much as we all can't wait to be away from home after high school or after a long summer break, it's almost certain that at some point within your college career you will feel a longing for home-cooked meals, your old bed, and having your laundry done for you. I mean, who doesn't like that? The important thing to remember when feeling homesick is to not fight it, feel embarrassed about it, or let it take you over. Like so many things, it's all about awareness. 

    I'll never forget the first time I felt homesick in college. So, here are some quick tips to combating homesickness: 

    1. Keep things interesting: 

    Part of the problem with homesickness is that you get tired of pretty much everything around you. When I feel homesick, the entire city of Seattle seems to lack any fun or enjoyable thing to do, which is just downright silly of me to think. Remembering all of the neat things to do around you can help remind you of the excitement and variety of experiences around you, something we all feel during our exciting college careers. Try to get out and do something you've always wanted to do, or try challenge yourself to a completely new experience altogether. Even if it's just one time, it can help distract you from thinking about home and add a refreshing perspective on things. 

    2. Don't slack off:

    It can be so easy to just give up on school work when you want nothing more than to be at home. You're tired, over-worked, and downright exhausted from weeks of doing homework, studying, tests, presentations...the list goes on. However, pushing all of your finals work further and further towards that impending deadline will only stress you out more. Rather than adding stress on yourself to a near breaking-point right before you leave for break, work on your assignments and studying just a little bit each day so your workload seems more manageable and so you can actually see the progress you're making. This will help make the end of the quarter/semester a lot more tolerable. 

    3. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good: 

    When you feel homesick a part of you is longing for the comfort of loved ones back home, whether it's your friends or your family, maybe a local community member. Yet, no matter how lonely you may feel at school, there's always someone there who cares. It can be a close friend or group of friends, your advisors (like the New Student Mentors here in Albers!), staff members on campus, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, and your professors. They all care and want to see you do well, and most importantly to be happy. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good, and I think you'll find yourself feeling better a whole lot faster than you think. 

    Try these tips out when you're starting to feel the homesick blues, and remember that it all goes much faster than you think! Enjoy the time you have in your classes, with your friends, and working on your studies because it goes so fast! Most importantly, be easy on yourself when you start to feel down. You got this! 
    Erik | New Student Mentor 

    3 Tips to Get Healthy This Year

    Posted by Kerstin Abbey Fajardo on 10/28/2014 10:56:24 PM

    Over the summer, I was a little bit of a health and fitness junkie. Of course, this was when I basically had as much time as I wanted to prepare meals in advance and have longer workouts. With school, two jobs, and an internship, I’ve found myself stray away from my path to a healthier lifestyle. When I don’t have time, I tend to buy anything from whatever is nearby. Let’s be real, the food on and around campus is pretty good! (Delivery services like Postmates just adds to it!) Then there are those late night study sessions that don’t seem like such a good idea the next day... We’ve all been there!

    Here are some easy, helpful tips to get you started!

    1. SLEEP!

    Managing your own sleep is one of the hardest things to do.  I know that I definitely struggle with it! Most people either get too little or too much, but by getting just the right amount of sleep you can have a stronger immune system and a good amount of energy for the day. Research suggests that people need an average of 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep, but it differs for every person. Not getting enough sleep can result in low-energy, falling asleep in class, or struggling to get up for class. You might love late nights watching The Walking Dead, but try and sleep a little earlier to get your body the rest it needs. 

    2. Have a Party on Your Plate! 

    No, I’m not talking about having an entire plate of party snacks. I’m talking about adding color to your meals! Adding fruits and veggies into your diet is an easy way to ensure you’re getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients your body needs. It might be hard to stray away from that burger and fries, but try mixing up lunch/diner with a salad, adding more veggies to your sandwich, or adding a piece of fruit to your breakfast or snack. Definitely try red or golden beets! I think that golden beets kind of taste like baby corn.. but with more nutrients! 

    3. Make a Bet 

    Making goals for yourself to workout are great, but it’s even better when you have a nice prize for yourself at the end of everything! Whenever I tried to get myself motivated on my own, I usually found that I started to make excuses once I started getting really busy. Get a friend involved in your workout and you can bet something as simple as a meal at The Bistro or C-Street! Inviting a friend and having an end reward can definitely influence your motivation. You won’t even notice that you’re “feeling the burn” with all the fun you’ll be having! 

    I hope these tips help you out! People always say, “School first”, but you shouldn’t forget that taking care of yourself is also extremely important! Taking care of yourself will ensure that you are ready to take on each day (:

    Abbey Fajardo | New Student Mentor


    Dress Well, Test Well

    Posted by Mitchell Chinn on 10/9/2014 08:53:41 PM

    I think clichés are dumb. However, they wouldn’t exist if they didn’t actually some meaning or value to them and unfortunately, the one piece of advice that I want to pass on is a cliché: dress well, test well.

    Now, I don’t mean literally wearing a suit to every single class or every test, but when you “dress well”, it really can change your attitude for the day. Imagine that cold, dark winter day where there is only 6 hours of sunlight (yes, these days do exist) and you have the choice to wear sweatpants and a hoodie or jeans, a shirt, and a wool jacket. What kind of attitude would you relate to the sweatpants wearer? This person is probably just trying to get through the day, lacking enthusiasm and drive. Now, what about our wool jacket student? This person most likely got ready for the day not necessarily with the expectation that it would the best day ever, but with a positive outlook, energized and ready to tackle challenges head on.

    From this scenario, it should be easy enough to guess who will “test well”. Our sweatpants friends won’t be putting themselves out there at a networking event, but wool jacket people might be more ready to attack this event with purpose. Testing well isn’t just about tests, it is the daily tasks that we as students, have to balance everyday.

    We often judge each other within the first seven or so seconds, so impress them with the way you dress. At least don’t leave them thinking about how your pajama pants had giraffes on them. Let them see your confidence, resolve, and poise. My point is this: looking like you care will in many ways, translate into actually caring. Caring about yourself, and in this case, how you look, may help you walk a little taller or even with a bit more swag. Especially as the quarter creeps up on midterms and as the days descend into darkness, the best way to stay positive and confident is to perceive that you are. That vibe is infectious too; it will get passed to others and then they will pass it back to you.

    I think I just gave everyone an excuse to go spend copious amounts of money on a brand new winter wardrobe. Make sure to ask your parents for money.

    Mitchell | New Student Mentor

    Albers: Come Hungry, Leave Happy

    Posted by Nantaporn Carlson on 10/3/2014 03:08:43 PM

    I know I am not the first to say this, but - welcome to the Albers School of Business and Economics!

    Now in my second year as a New Student Mentor, I am finally starting to feel confident in the advice I am giving to my mentees. I have seen my new students experience their share of triumphs and tribulations in their first year. There are two distinct categories of freshmen - the rockstars, and the floaters. One thing that we constantly struggle with as peer mentors is reaching out to these floaters. We have mentees that are going to succeed no matter if or if they don't have a NSM (the rockstars), and then we have those that are constantly waiting for the next break so they can run to The Bottom Line. The best piece of advice I can give a new student is to truly want "it", no matter what "it" could be. This advice follows what I consider to be the golden rule of business school:



    No, I am not trying to be ironic by using IHOP's slogan when there is a 24 hour IHOP across the street from campus (but I'll admit that did work out well). Business school is really about constantly setting goals and understanding the means to achieve them. Need an internship? Start looking online, maybe consider coming to the Placement Center for some extra help. Want to get that 4.0 GPA? Say no to your friends a couple times a week and spend those extra hours studying. That's the real beauty of college - you get out of it what you put into it. Although as NSMs we can help you with guiding you to resources and connecting you with the right people, it all begins with you.You are now the sole captain of your life ship, and it's time to conquer the college seas (am I killing it with the metaphors yet?). Surround yourself with the best crew that you can, and make sure you have a strong compass towards your goals.

    Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.


    Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor



    Making the Most of Summer Vacation

    Posted by Margaux Helm on 6/2/2014 11:42:50 AM

    The concept of “summer vacation” doesn’t exist in the real world. As a senior graduating in two short weeks, the reality of this statement is finally starting to hit me. Unless I become a professor, this is the last summer vacation I will ever have. Not to be dramatic, but after 16 years of carefree, three month-long summers, the prospect of having to work in an office for 40 hours a week when it’s 70 degrees outside seems pretty bleak. Never again will my summer days consist of morning beach time, an afternoon water fight (plus Popsicle break), then a leisurely evening of reading in the warm air.

    But this post isn’t to bemoan the realities of the summer vacation-free working world; it’s to encourage you undergrads to savor your remaining summers! I’ve worked full-time every summer since I was 16 years old, so I’ve had to figure out how to enjoy my summer anyways. For those of you with summer internships or jobs, here’s how:

    • Don’t let your workday stress you out! Take advantage of the fact that you don’t have homework and try to disconnect from work once you leave for the day. You’ll be happier and more productive if you leave work where it belongs: the office.
    • Get out and have fun in the evenings after work. I know it’s tempting to lie on the couch after a long day, but go make some fun memories instead. Here are some low-key activities to get you out and about in the evening:
      • Go for a leisurely bike ride along a nice bike path. There are plenty in Seattle!
      • Catch those last rays of sun and head to the park to read, throw a Frisbee, or just sit and chat.
      • Go for a run or walk to someplace new: a coffee shop, a pretty viewpoint, a different neighborhood, etc.
      • Go to happy hour! It’s a fun way to unwind after a tough day and even if you’re not 21, you can fill up on delicious (and cheap!) bites to eat. Check out some of Seattle’s best happy hours here.
      • Go see an outdoor play or movie. From Shakespeare in the Park to movies like Pitch Perfect, Seattle has it all!
    • Take weekend trips – you’ll feel like you’re really on vacation if you get a change of scenery. Whether that’s going home to spend a weekend with family, going hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, taking the train to Portland, or heading out to a friend’s cabin, it's refreshing to get away from your daily life and enjoy all that summer has to offer.

    I hope this helps you take full advantage of your summer vacation this year! Enjoy your friends, get out in the sunshine, and relax before the new school year begins.

    Margaux Helm | New Student Mentor