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Office of Undergraduate Education

October 2009 Archives

URA Scholar on Air

Tune in to "The Signal" on Friday, October 9, for their feature on the work of URA Scholar Patrick Rife and his creative work “The Cyclical Nature of Obsolescence.” You can hear "The Signal on the NPR affiliate WYPR at 88.1 FM at 12 noon and 7p.m. If you can't get to a radio during that time you'll be able to download a podcast of the segment from "The Signal's" website.

The Transfer-Commuter: Erica's Blog

Hello All,

So it has been a while due to a schedule that is picking up pace and beginning to get in the "thickness" of the semester. Last week, the school hosted the American Red cross for a blood drive that was being held in Commons and the University Center. I was excited because this was my first time giving blood and was grateful for the opportunity to be able to save a life. I love that this school has wonderful opportunities available for students. A problem that I notice is that many student don't use the opportunities laid out for us. There are so many available events on campus and it is unfortunate that many do not know about these events or just refuse to take Nike's advice and "just do it". I hope that I can help change advertisement in this school over time and help the new students such as myself learn to research and join something to gain the FULL "college experience".
Homecoming is coming up soon and I am hoping that the events will go well. Now that I am a member of SGA, I will be helping out for this event so be on the look out for me. I will be sure to let you know whats going on during the events.
Well I have to go, because the work is piling up as I speak.

PS--- If this is the case for anyone reading, just remember to take papers, studying , and any other assignments little by little. Don't let them stress you out. [smiles]

UMBC Undergrad on The Signal

Tune in to "The Signal" on Friday, October 9, for their feature on the work of UMBC undergraduate Patrick Rife and his creative work “The Cyclical Nature of Obsolescence.” Rife is developing this creative project with an Undergraduate Research Award (

You can hear "The Signal" on the NPR affiliate WYPR at 88.1 FM at 12 noon and 7p.m. If you miss the broadcast, you can download a podcast of the segment from "The Signal" website.

The Transfer-Commuter: Erica's Blog

Hello All,

If anyone has been following my blogs, you will notice that I haven't been posting a frequently as I have wanted. There is word that can can explain the reason for this....*cues scary music*....MIDTERMS. It has been a challenging experience for me to transfer into an honors college. I feel very privileged to be able to come to this school. I transfered from a school that was not at all as challenging as UMBC. I don't know how many other transfers feel this way, but I have noticed a huge change in the quality of work here at UMBC verses the previous institution I attended.
The only thing that I can suggest to help anyone feeling the same way I do is to make sure that your time management is something that you learn and fast! In my opinion, it is very important to stay organized and on top of your work. I know that I can easily type this is my blog and make it seem as easy as say, maybe blinking, but it is not. There are workshops on campus that can help you to do this. If you aren't able to find these resources, asking a professor to help you with this is as easy as ever. All it takes is a conversation and they ARE willing to help you. I am not afraid to ask professors for help just because I realize that they really WANT to help not matter what anyone has said.
I hope that this can bring all reading this some sort of comfort and hope.

Erica Jones

Ps--- Although stressing about a large project or an exam may seem like it is impossible to avoid, just know that you CAN get your work done, get an A on your exam, and succeed in anything you do!

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