Time Management

Hey again Class of 2020! In this post I wanted to stress the importance of time management. I know we all hear this a lot, how time management is so important. However, we don’t understand how seriously it can affect us until the end of first semester when we first shed eyes on our report cards and wonder what we could have done better. Here’s what you can do to make sure you’re on the money with your classes:

1. Prioritize your learning above all things.

The whole purpose of going to college is furthering your education. However, some of us loses that memo somewhere along the lines of club activities, partying, sports events, concerts etc.. It’s liberating finally being an adult, finally being able to do what you want to do. The feeling is so new that we don’t know what to do about it and in the end we take advantage of it way too much. Remember, managing what we want to do and what we have to do is all a part of the journey of adulthood. Therefore, you must put what’s more significant to the aiding of your future before anything else. Learn now before it’s too late and you find out in the end you just don’t have enough credits to graduate.

2. Handle a minimum of three extracurricular activities (all depends on the kind of person you are).

During NSO my Orientation Leader once told my group that during his freshmen year at Rutgers he joined a lot of clubs. He was so excited by the variety of clubs and organizations the school had to offer and took more than he could handle. Near the end of his freshman year he had cut the number of activities he joined to 3 and that suited his schedule very well. Now I doubt anyone could be in 30 whole groups and still be able to concentrate on their studies, but if you believe you can manage more than three, then do it. What works for others won’t necessarily work for you, but 3 is a start.

3. Have a visual.

Always have a visual of how your schedule will pan out to be. Whether each week or each month, you have got to be one step ahead of any vicissitudes. Plus, it’s hard to make a mistake when everything you have planned it for yourself is written down (preferably on a large calendar or small planner). If you’d like to go digital because it works for you then I encourage you to do so, but don’t knock out writing. The other two options well and truly keeps your brain working and on point.

4. Make sure to fit in help whenever you can.

Cramming is the worst, especially an hour before the big test. So to avoid failing the semester or the year you better knock out all those inconsequential plans and fit studying in your plans. Study in your dorm, go to the library, go to the learning center, receive help from a tutor. Just do whatever you can to fit in help substantially way before the big day is here. There are a lot of  places you can receive help to conquer the class your struggling in. Remember, you can’t experience all those fun events/ activities later on if you don’t go here….

And that is all I can give you for now. Hope you take heed of my advice and that my tips will somehow guide you through your freshmen year.





Check out Rutgers Gardens!

One thing to know about me is I love to travel, whether all around my home town/state or around the world. I visited Rutgers Gardens for the first time this summer, and the place is beautiful. The visit added to my excitement of moving in, and if you’re by the area, you should definitely go! HOWEVER, I suggest covering up. Although everything was pretty, the bugs were ferocious.

The gardens feature a flower garden, a vegetable garden, trails through tall trees, bamboo, ponds, and more. There are chairs and a gazebo surrounded by greens. The first picture below is of me in the flower garden and the second is of my friend in the gazebo. Everything was so picturesque, and it’s more than ideal for dates (:

The adventure was quick but definitely worth the time. Besides, admission is free!

Happy travels,



A New Beginning

Hey guys! My name is Kimberly Celario, and I am an incoming freshman from Piscataway, NJ. I’ll be attending RU New Brunswick SAS and staying on campus in the Honors College.

Even though Rutgers is practically in my backyard, I’m both excited and very scared. Move in day is tomorrow, and I really don’t know what to expect. I remember high school was full of trials, all a part of my coming of age. However, some of these experiences still make me afraid; I doubt myself in achieving my goals, in being confident… I’ve shied away from too many opportunities, and this is something I’m determined to change once I’m on campus.

Also, right now, I don’t really know what to do with my future. I’m going into biological sciences, thinking about pursuing medical school, but I really don’t know. My parents pester me about becoming a doctor, and you could say I’m afraid of disappointing them. But my biggest fear is that I still won’t know what to do with myself later in life.

I’m hoping for a fresh start when I get to RU. I want to get involved, really pay attention in class, and talk to people. People may think I know what I’m doing, being from Piscataway or being in the Honors College. Truthfully, I’m just as lost as many other freshman and hoping that I’ll figure life out along my journey. I’m determined to make the best of my stay, and I can’t wait for this new beginning.

Here’s to my class of 2020~


New School Tips!

Hello to Rutgers with a big shout out to the Class of 2020! I am an incoming freshman and my name is Maria! I will be covering everything Rutgers from access to clubs and resources to my monthly favorites and dorm necessities. We all as freshman are either scared, or like myself, very eager for move-in day to come already. There are so many things coming our way and many of us don’t know where to start and that is where I come in to help guide you as a peer. Below are a couple of tips and tricks when moving in and starting your first weekend and week here at Rutgers (mind you I am a SEBS EOF student so I got to spend a wonderful summer on Cook as well as learn more about the school than I already knew)!

Tip #1: Complete ALL your mandatory new student education programs especially Not Anymore in order to receive your dorm room key on move-in day. If you do not complete all these education modules you will not be able to register for Spring 2017 courses so get on it! Deadline is TOMORROW!

Tip #2: Make sure you have EVERYTHING you need to be living on your own. If you are living on campus, make sure you have enough of all the things you use on a daily basis to last you the semester. You will regret not stocking up on your favorite cologne, shampoo, or even body lotion. So to help make sure you are packed and ready to go, check off your list on the College Checklist app on the App Store!

Tip #3: It is time to leave home and we need to realize it’s for a reason. Being accepted into Rutgers is an achievement many high school students wish to fulfill. The next achievement we should all focus on is being accepted into a graduate school with a Rutgers degree. So do not visit home too often on the weekends because there will be a lot of studying to do (2 hours of studying for every 1 hour in class) and it’s also the best way to prevent being home sick (which is a reason why technology is so amazing to communicate through).

Tip #4: Look into your resources! There are many free services offered to us as Rutgers students. To start off, you have a designated student center on each campus which can help you find all the resources you are looking for so go in and do not hesitate to ask any questions! Then below I’ve put some helpful sites that may or may not be of great use to you!

Tip #5: Time yourself! It is one of the major keys you need to succeed here at Rutgers. Schedule and plan out your day around classes, homework, and work if you plan on working. Many of us will have longer days than others but you should always be on top of your academics regardless the lack of sleep; IF you do schedule your day accordingly you should be able to have a good nights rest and start all over!

That is it for now but I will be posting randomly and often! Let me know if some of these tips and websites helped you out via one of my social media accounts or email maria.menendez@rutgers.edu! Any questions or more tips you want please don’t hesitate to email me! Till next time, stay revolutionary!


The Goal That Appears Unattainable

In less than a week I’ll be starting my second year at Rutgers – that itself is incredible to me. My freshman year of college went by faster than I could anticipate and taught me more than I could have imagined. I’m not one to readily admit my mistakes, but the one mistake that I confess to is the way I went about setting goals during my first year.

You’ll probably receive advice at some point in your college life to set goals that are challenging yet doable. Goals that will feel like true accomplishments once achieved. And while I don’t disagree with the practicality of that advice, I say do the opposite. Why not set a goal that’s a little more challenging, a little less doable, and seemingly more difficult to achieve? I’m not saying that we arbitrarily set a goal which we have no intention of working towards, but why not set one goal aside every semester, whether it’s a benchmark for academics or a personal goal to improve your college experience.

There’s more sense in the idea of reaching for the moon than you might believe. Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars. Be a little impractical, believe a little more, and challenge your limits.

Surviving the First days at Rutgers

Its the first few days at college,  you’re adjusting to living on your own, trying to build a relationship with your roommate, trying not to get lost on campus, meeting new people and to add to that you’re an international student so you are battling jet lag, missing your home county and trying to adjust to life in the US.

Everything seems overwhelming,  you’re trying to sort it out and at the same time maintain the excitement of starting college. Here are a few tips to keep yourself above the water.

  • Be Organized- I’m not the most organized person but this has helped me greatly. There are many activities setup for this week and to be honest you want to go for most but they just seem to clash. Don’t worry; use your calendar. Input all the different events you have to attend across the week and luckily all the events take place at least two times so if you miss the first you could attend the other. SET UP ALARMS so you don’t miss any the activities.
  • Talk to other Students – There are literally thousands of other people who are going through this process with you and making some friends will not only give you company but also they may know understand aspects of this orientation and the school that you are yet to figure out.
  • Communicate wit h your RA’S- They are here to help and have been in the school  for at least a year before you. They know where buildings are located, the best places to go shopping or just general advice on life at Rutgers. This does’t only apply for this first week but also throughout the year.
  • Call your family, friends or people back home- This will help to keep you grounded and also talking to someone back home might be just what you need in a new or stressful situation.
  • Try new things and HAVE FUN- This is one of the most important. There are so many activities open to us this week. You can take a fitness class (P.S Zumba today was amazing ), go for a welcome event or a social ( free food especially as the dining halls aren’t open) etc. There are so many things to do ( its also a way of meeting new people).

Those are my tips for surviving the first few days of college. So have fun and enjoy the first week of the newest  chapter in your life.

How To Conquer Move-In Day

With move in day right around the corner for the majority of students, us Rutgers freshman are feeling an abundance of emotions. Whether it is nerves, excitement, anxiety, or a combination of all three – have no fear! Here are some tips to make the experience painless and fun.

1. Enjoy spending the day with your family.

Chances are you won’t be seeing your family for a month or maybe even more after they move you in, so enjoy these little moments with them and let them help you set up your dorm! Although it may be hard to say goodbye to them at the end of the day, they are without a doubt proud to see how far you’ve come.

2. Introduce yourself to people in your hall.

Yes, the thought of making new friends can certainly be nerve-wracking, but try to be outgoing and kind to those who are living by you! You never know who you can meet.

3. Stay calm!

Relish in the comfort that there are over 8,000 other incoming freshman going through the same thing as you; you are not alone! It may seem strange to be finally starting college, but you got this.

4. Go to the school’s planned activities for freshman.

Whether it is the carnival after convocation, or the involvement fair on College Ave, attend at least some of the events Rutgers has planned! They are a great way to meet friends and get involved on campus.

Get ready, Scarlet Knights! We’ve got a great year ahead.


Class of 2020 Get Ready!

For a lot of you students summer is officially over. Your move in day had come and it’s time to get ready for the upcoming hurdles Rutgers life will throw at you. Hopefully, you all went to the very exciting and informing New Student Orientation where you not only make new friends with various Freshman students such as yourselves but also bond with current Rutgers students like your assigned Orientation Leaders. Other experiences and benefits in addition to that included spending one night in Livingston Campus famed apartments, eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the campus’s dining hall—the kitchen staff really put in that work on the stove—go through several eye-opening presentations, travel around each campus, and more.

I’ll admit after a tiring day of touring Livingston Campus and viewing presentations on campus life and health, the Game Show was admittedly a fun experience. A night of testing our Scarlet Knight knowledge had guest starred opposing students from TCNJ, Princeton, and William Paterson (haha, that Tuck!). Of course, Scarlet Knights won and afterwards we danced, did a little karaoke and arts and craft, played Jenga, and overall socialized. A completely fun and exhausting day.

The next day we received advice on how to use social media to brand ourselves and give a positive picture of who we really are. Then, it was my groups time to tour of College Ave. We saw the calm before the storm of the roaring campus and it was honestly lovely. Those of you who are living on College Ave would find it very convenient that Barnes and Noble is stationed there right near New Brunswick train station and other stores and offices can be found within about a one mile radius. We were also told about plenty of spots such as the RAC—shh, do what you will with this information but you never heard it from me—that are not used as often as they should and, contradicting it’s original purpose, can serve as a nice, quiet study space.

NSO was certainly a lump of good advice, tips, and rumor-busting information to swallow. The free stuff is freshmen student received from the mini involvement fair and other places were nice little bonuses, too. It all made coming to Rutgers wonderful and exciting. There are so many clubs to get involved in and so many interesting classes you’ll want to take. The possibilities are endless and it seems like there are no bounds to the number of clubs, community services, and events you can open yourself to.

Thus, with that being said, Class of 2020 get ready! Even if you missed out on the New Student Orientation, the fun does not end there. Rutgers is here for four whole years, if not more, and you have bother the time and freedom to experience all it has to offer.



The Rutgerian Chronicles – Great American Dream 

The longest day in my life, a journey from across the globe, that I earned it brought chills of excitement about the place I always wanted to be in. Apart from the immigration process, the landing at JFK, traveling to the Garden state and arriving in the peaceful beauty of Springfield made an overwhelming statement in mentally, physically and spiritually. As I am staying with my cousin here, someone you know well, someone who supports you a lot and someone because of whom my initial setting up in USA was at ease. Really, family or friends, who you know prior to coming to US, helps you a lot to get acquainted with the culture, mental and emotional transition.

On the first day itself, I made a tour to the birthplace of college football. From Downtown New Brunswick to the Allison road classrooms, from B&N to Tacoria, the university’s campuses are huge, the buildings are splendidly built and the college settings on the shores of Raritan are perfect blend of Historic (Hogwarts-kind) and Modern architecture. I am really proud of my decision to be a Scarlet Knight.

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