Friday, April 17, 2015

Tips for Studying Abroad

It’s that time of year again!  It seems like all of my friends are going on adventures abroad this summer.  If you’ve caught the travel bug, here are some invaluable tips and tricks when going abroad:

  • MAKE COPIES.  It’s okay to chop down trees when you’re travelling abroad.  Be sure to make copies of your passport, visas, trip itinerary, US Embassy information, bank information, etc. You never know what can happen when you travel, and you’ll need all of this information to get back home if you lose your passport!
  • TRAVEL LIGHT.  This may seem impossible if you’re studying abroad for 6-8 weeks.  Have no fear; Pinterest is here! This website has fabulous idea for packing lightly!
  • MED CRAZY.  Be sure to visit your physician before going abroad.  Some countries require certain vaccinations for you to even get on the plan, so check out the CDC’s recommendation for your country.  While you’re at it, see if your family doctor thinks you’ll need some nausea and anti-diarrhea medication.  Better safe than sorry!
  • CHOOSE BAGS WISELY.  Sure, you want to look trendy abroad, but be sure to think about the safety of you and your stuff! It’s recommended to bring a small, cross-body bag.  Maybe even check out a money belt that can be hidden under your clothes.
  • MONEY MATTERS.  Don’t forget to make sure what currency the country you’re travelling to uses.  It’s often cheaper to change money over in the U.S. rather than while abroad. Also, check with your bank to see what kind of fees they give you if you use an ATM while abroad. You’d be surprised!
  • KNOW THE U.S. EMBASSY’S NUMBER.  They’ll be the ones to help you get home in case of an emergency.  While you’re at it, register with the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) at .  If anything is going on in the country you’re visiting, they will make sure you get out safely!
  • LEARN THE LINGO.  You may not need to be fluent in the language of your country, but it’s important to know some of the language so that you can get around.  Phrases like “Thank you,”  “Where is the nearest bathroom,” and “How do I get _____?” are important to know!
  • GET INSURED.  Make sure that you enroll in a study abroad health insurance policy.  It will save you major bucks if you get sick or injured while abroad!
  • DON’T MAKE YOURSELF A TARGET.  Being abroad isn’t the time to be noticed.  Make sure you research cultural customs, don’t show all of your money when paying for something, and mirror what see others doing around you.  You never want your actions to make you look like a tourist.
  • TAKE PICTURES AND KEEP A JOURNAL.  Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Be sure to take lots of pictures, and journal or blog about your experiences! You’ll be happy to recorded your raw emotion in years to come!

Remember, be safe and have fun! The world is yours!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Suite Life Gives Back: The SuiteHearts Program

On March 31, 2015 I hosted an Act of Kindness Event called ‘SuiteHearts’. At this event, residents came out and created beautiful baby onesies and socks. All items were donated to the YWCA Battered Women and Children Shelter in Marietta, GA. 

This event partner sponsor was The University Village Suite Council. A total of 48 onesies and 7 pairs of socks were created to donate during this event. The YWCA has a long and rich history of providing services to women. It is, in fact, “the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world” supporting women across boundaries or race, religion and heritage. Among the many good works of the YWCA is the Sheltering Hands & Battered Women’s Shelter. Two locations serve northwest area. 

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance from the Shelter, I urge you to contact the shelter immediately. You can do so by phone (770) 423-3560.

Monday, April 13, 2015




First, you can easily check out the KSU website ( to find out which positions are open on campus!

Do your research
Who is hiring? When you find the job you want, check out the company and department. What is their mission? What are the qualifications for that position? This will help you develop key terms to use in your resume and interview.

Tailor your resume
Are you applying for your first “real” job? They may not care about the one month you spent bagging groceries when you were 14 years old or the fact that you were in Student Council in 5th grade. Use skills you have NOW and use general terms to make them fit the job you want. “Customer Service” “Task-oriented,” and “Self-motivated” are examples of good buzz words.
Be prepared
Have a stash of resume’s in your car, purse, or backpack. Jobs opportunities come from anywhere!

Look the part
What are the main colors of your organization? Maybe wear a blouse or tie to reflect them! Employers will subconsciously envision you in the organization!

“Early is on time; on time is late”
I think this is self-explanatory.

Shake hands
Yes! Confidence and physical contact can go a long way. Don’t be hesitant to initiate anything- show them you can conquer this new environment be being straight-forward and welcoming.

RELAX; you know the answers!
You chose this position because you expected it to be a perfect fit for you. Why? This is all they are asking! What did you do in your last job? Explain. Why should we hire you? You can learn a lot from this company and you are ready to take a fresh step in the direction they are going!

Follow up
I promise you are not “brown-nosing.” Send them a brief email detailing your appreciation for the time they spent interviewing you, and outline main points you want them to remember about you. This shows you are INTERESTED and they will consider your effort.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Make the Most Out of Your Space [DIY Hack]

Making the Most of Your Space

It’s difficult to get everything you want to put in your dorm room to actually fit. Rooms often become overcrowded and cluttered due to too much stuff and no organization. Thankfully, there are some super easy ways to help open up more space in your dorm! Check out some of these ideas to make the most of your space!

Magnetic Makeup Board/ Bobby-pin Holder:

This is a great way to save your bathroom counter space! Simply purchase a magnetic board and some magnets and you now have a way to keep your makeup off the counter and organized! You can use hot glue or super glue to adhere the magnets to your makeup, and a long magnetic strip to place your bobby-pins on. No more clutter and no more losing bobby-pins!

Jewelry Bulletin Board:
This is a great way to keep your jewelry untangled and visible!  This simple DIY project functions as both a way to organize your jewelry and a decoration piece!

Over the Door Hamper:
A simple solution to help free up a corner in your room or space in your closet! Simply hook one of these onto your door and you’re ready to go! And they’re easy to take and go when it’s time to do laundry!

Over the Chair Pockets / Shower Caddy Self:
Desk space can be very limited when a computer and printer are taking up most of the space. Try one of these ways to free up space so you can actually have room to work at your desk! You can use a shower caddy or over the chair pockets to keep your school items organized, clean, and out of the way.

Rolling Shirts:
 Too many shirts? Not a problem! This easy solution helps save tons of space in your drawers! Simply rolling a shirt as opposed to folding it allows you to put more shirts into one space! Ta-da!

Stacked Hangers:
There is no need for a larger closet when you can use stacked hangers! You can fit almost three times more clothes in one space using this simple closet hack. Clothes stay wrinkle free, organized, and easy to find!

Under the Bed Storage:

A classic solution to making the most of the empty space under your bed! You can keep books, shoes, toiletry items, food, clothes, and really anything you like in one of these! Just fill it up, and slid it under!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Are You Commencement Ready? [Graduation & Life After Checklist]

Learn about everything there is to know about Spring 2015 Commencement and Life after KSU!

If you are a Senior graduating this May or July, you’re most likely counting down the last days of your semester. With that being said, there are some fundamental things to know about your special day:

Commencement Dates:

Kennesaw State Spring 2015 Commencement:
2:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Coles College of Business
College of Science & Mathematics

7:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 13, 2015
All Postgraduate Students

10:00 a.m. - Thursday, May 14, 2015
College of the Arts
Bagwell College of Education
WellStar College of Health & Human Services
University College

3:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 14, 2015
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kennesaw State Summer 2015 Commencement:
10:00 a.m. - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
College of the Arts
Coles College of Business
WellStar College of Health & Human Services
University College

3:00 p.m. - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Bagwell College of Education
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
College of Science & Mathematics

7:00 p.m. - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
All Postgraduate students
(Doctorate, Specialist, Masters)


All Commencement Tickets will be available through Ticket Alternative.
Graduating students will be able to access their tickets through Ticket Alternative by March 14, 2015 for the Spring Ceremonies. Tickets will be available until Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 5 p.m. On Monday, May 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., any remaining tickets will go on sale for $2.00 per ticket, and students may claim up to 10 tickets, pending availability.
If students have issues claiming their tickets, they should call Ticket Alternative at 1-877-725-8849.

Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremonies' Ticket Allotment:

2:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (5 tickets)
Coles College of Business
College of Science & Mathematics

7:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (8 tickets)
All Postgraduate Students

10:00 a.m. - Thursday, May 14, 2015 (6 tickets)
College of the Arts
Bagwell College of Education
WellStar College of Health & Human Services
University College

3:00 p.m. - Thursday, May 14, 2015 (5 tickets)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

General Information About Commencement

Information about the ceremonies can be found at As well, the graduation tab under lists important information about qualifications for graduation.

Where do I buy my cap and gown?

The KSU Bookstore is the place where you can order your cap and gown. You can order it either in store or online at For more information, please contact the KSU Bookstore at 470-578-6261.

Volunteering at Commencement

If you want your friends to attend your commencement ceremony, but are running low on tickets, make sure to tell your friends to volunteer at the commencement ceremony. Information about volunteering can be found via Volunteer KSU.

Make sure you double, and triple check your petition status

Check with your advisor, check on Owl Express, and check your student emails for any correspondence from the GATES department, from your Petition Auditor, and from the university. Make sure that all your classes are going smoothly, that you have completed everything, and that there aren’t any hidden surprises.

Quick reminder:

Just because graduation is here, doesn’t mean your classes are over. Don’t assume professors will be lenient if you miss class, miss an assignment, or miss a test. Try to meet with all of your professors before or after spring break so you will know exactly where you stand.

It’s time for transitioning

Meeting with your professors doesn’t have to be scary thing, especially since you’re close to graduating. Ask your professors for career advice, for help on when to start applying to jobs, and the best areas to look for jobs. Start thinking outside of the box and view your professors as people that can vouch for your skills and talents.  As well, start compiling and updating resources so that you can put your most professional self forward so that you can succeed.

Being commencement ready means more than buying a cap and gown and securing tickets; It means you have to be proactive, be prepared, and be ready to embark on the beginning the next step in your life! The Career Services Center at KSU offers many wonderful resources to help you succeed during your job hunt, such as resumee reviews and mock interviews, just to name a few. They also are offering Career Fair Week on the days of March 16-20, with many workshops and employers coming for career fairs. You can look at their full calendar to pick which workshops will work best for you.

Once you’ve walked across the stage… 

After the Office of the Registrar receives final grades from faculty, a final audit of the student's academic record will be completed and diplomas will be mailed to eligible graduates as soon thereafter as possible.  The diploma is mailed to the mailing address submitted at the time of petitioning. For any changes to the diploma mailing address, contact GATES in the Office of the Registrar at registrar@kennesaw.eduDiplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after graduation.

Also, consider the perks of joining the KSU Alumni Association. Learn about the different perks, donating opportunities, and how to help build the legacy of KSU at or By becoming a paid alumnus, you can continue to have access to your student email, have discounted rates for parking, and have access to the gym and recreation center.

That being said…

You have to start preparing financially, too. Visit the Financial Aid Office or to learn more about loan repayments, repayment calculators, and loan consolidation topics. As well, find out information about your Credit Report and FICO score. Research good credit practices and things to do for successfully applying for an apartment, for buying a car, and other adult expenses.

Preparing to leave the nest is never an easy thing to do. However, it’s something all KSU Owls have to do in order to take flight. Good luck to everyone graduating this Spring and Summer.