How to reduce end of semester stress

Do you have a long list of things to do before the end of the semester? With all of the last minute projects, papers, and presentations, it is easy to get stressed out. Here are 7 tips to reduce your end of semester stress.

1. Don’t stress about being stressed.

This is the most important tip! Don’t beat yourself up about being stressed. It is important to recognize that this is normal. All you have to do is figure out the most effective coping mechanisms. Focusing on your stress will only make it seem worse.

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2. Get sleep.

While it may be difficult to have a set sleep schedule in college, it is imperative that you make it a point to get as much sleep as possible. Getting more sleep will help your mind and body recharge, refocus, and re-balance. Pick a night each week to go to bed early. Take a nap in between classes. This will help you feel more energized and ready to tackle the rest of your school assignments!

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3. Eat food.

Because of our sleeping habits, our eating habits are often poor. We are always on-the-go, looking to have a meal that is quick and easily accessible. With all of the late night study sessions, we tend to get hungry late at night. Be more aware of what (and when) you are eating. Go for the healthier and balanced food options: fruits and veggies, whole grains, and protein. These foods will fuel your body and give you longer lasting energy.

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4. Get exercise.

Exercising can be a great way to reduce stress. At minimum, try to do a 30-minute workout each day. You can rock out to your favorite music while on an elliptical at the gym. Another option would be to walk to your favorite restaurant for dinner. Look for ways to add exercise in to your daily routine! You will feel so much better!

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5. Have quiet time.

When was the last time you had alone time in college? We are constantly surrounded by people, whether it be in our dorm room, house, gym, dining courts, restaurants, classes, etc. Finding some peace and quiet every once in a while could get you back on track and reduce your stress.

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6. Have some fun.

It is important to have study breaks to give your brain time to rest. During these study breaks, get your friends together and have some fun. By being together, you may help each other reduce the stress you are feeling from school.

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7. Keep trying.

Lastly, if there comes a time when you feel like you simply have too many school assignments to do, you must keep trying. Make yourself a schedule to plan when you will complete all assignments, exercise, eat, and sleep. While this may seem a little excessive, it will make you feel like you have a better handle on your life!

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The day will come when you are completely finished with everything. We’re so close to the end of the semester! KEEP GOING!! Don’t let anyone stop you from trying your best.

Internship Spotlight: Cameron Fevig

Cameron_FevigMajor: Computer and Information Technology
Year: Junior

Where did you work this summer?
JPMorgan Chase in Chicago

What was your role?
Application Development Summer Analyst

What were your duties?
I collaborated with an agile application development team by participating in code reviews and iteration planning. I also completed an error report for an extensive data analysis project working with a major banking application

What were your objectives/goals/desired outcomes for this internship?
Gaining a better understanding of how technology is used in the financial services industry

Did you meet them?
I learned a great deal about the different technologies used in financial services, so yes

What part of your internship did you enjoy the most?
Living and working in downtown Chicago

How did you learn about the position?
Industrial Roundtable

What was the application process like?
Applied in the fall, submitted resume and applied online, 1 on-campus interview, and then received an offer a few weeks later

Any tips for landing an internship?
Do your research and prepare for career fairs. Don’t be afraid to tell a recruiter exactly what you are looking for and why you are interested in the positions they offer. Network!

Fellowships Opportunities in Greece

Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece is offering fellowship opportunities to students graduating in May 2015. Anatolia College has been hosting recent US college grads for one-year academic fellowships. The program focuses on those students interested in applying their liberal arts, human and international relations skills in an educational setting.

Anatolia is a private educational institution with 3 subdivisions: Anatolia Elementary, Anatolia High School, and the American College of Thessaloniki (a four-year NEASC-accredited university-level division with undergraduate and graduate studies).

Fellows will engage in activities ranging from teaching English and leading student clubs to auditing undergraduate and graduate courses.

All fellows are provided full room and board plus 1000 Euros for one round trip to/from Greece and a monthly stipend of 400 Euros (approximately 500 USD).

Types of Fellowships Offered

Art Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is working as a teaching assistant in the Anatolia College Art Department. The fellow will assist faculty during elementary, middle school and high school art classes, with guidance from the Art Department faculty. The fellow will also work with individual students on portfolios, personal, statements, etc. for their university applications. Additionally, the fellow will advise one of the extra-curricular school clubs.

College Counseling Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the college counselors in the US College Counseling Office. The responsibilities of the fellow will include working with students in the college application process (working with students to enhance their profiles for US colleges, to understand the US educational system and application process, and to express themselves in writing), as well as assisting in the organization of other special programs run through the office.

Elementary English Fellow
This Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the English teachers in the Anatolia College Elementary School. The fellow will assist with English lessons, taught within an interactive, communicative framework. With the supervising teacher(s), the fellow plans storytelling, games, read-aloud activities, and other creative projects that keep the children engaged, while fostering their English-speaking and English-literacy development.

Middle/High School English Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to the English Department (7th-12th grades) of Anatolia College. The responsibilities of the fellow will include assisting teachers in the classroom, creating and executing lessons, working with students after school, and pursuing educational research projects. Additionally, the fellow will advise one of the extra-curricular school clubs.

Resident Assistant/Admin Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is as a Resident Assistant in Anatolia College Boarding Department. The fellow is responsible for the supervision of students and duty hours in the Boarding Department Office. The fellow is required to be on duty in the evenings and on weekends. The fellow will also advise one of the extra-curricular school clubs.
Additionally, the fellow will work 5 hours per week in the President or Vice President’s office on various projects/administrative tasks, including research, grant writing, etc.

Student Services Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the staff in the Student Services Office with various daily administrative tasks. Other responsibilities include assisting in the organization of extra-curricular activities (theater productions, athletic tournaments, Forensics, etc.) and helping club advisors. The fellow will also work closely with the advisors of English-speaking clubs (newspapers, magazines, musicals, Forensics, MUN, etc.).

School Counseling Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the psychologists in the Office of Psychological Services. The responsibilities of the fellow will include facilitating workshops on time management, study skills, etc. for high school students, as well as meet with individual students as necessary. The fellow will also provide academic support to special education students, as well as work with teachers regarding students’ accommodations. Additionally, the fellow will assist with various administrative tasks. The fellow will also advise or co-advise one extra-curricular school club.

Service Learning Fellow
The Fellow’s primary appointment is to assist the Student Development Center Offices to implement, track, and evaluate the various service learning opportunities offered to students on and off campus. The fellow will also assist in teaching a service learning course to all high school students involved in a service project. Additionally, the fellow will assist the Director of US College Counseling to find internship/mentorship opportunities, as well as new summer program opportunities for students. The fellow will also advise or co-advise one extra-curricular school club.

How to Apply:
To apply, you must first attend a mandatory informational webinar (offered on multiple dates in December and early January ). After attending the webinar, you will receive a link to the online application and further instructions to complete your application (including how to submit your CV/Resume,Statement of Interest, and Two Recommendation Letters).

To register for the informational webinar, please email Ms. Leighanne Penna, fellows@anatol ia.edu.gr.

For more information download the brochure

Introverts, Extroverts, and How to Work with Them

This blog was contributed by CCO Ambassador Andy Kapitan

You often hear the words, “Introvert” or “Extrovert” thrown around but do you really know what they mean? Unfortunately these characteristics can sometimes carry negative connotations with them but the truth is they are a legitimate part of one’s personality.  These personality differences may even be caused by a structural difference in the brain!

So let’s start at the brain. Studies have shown that an introvert’s brain is highly reactive, while an extrovert’s is less reactive. This means that for introvert’s, they are receiving tons of stimulation from the outside world, and as a result need to spend more quiet time to process all this information. Extroverts however, receive a lot less stimulation from the outside world which causes them to strive to be around people more and receive as much stimulation as possible.  There have been experiments using a drop of lemon juice on test subjects’ tongues, and the introverts produced noticeably more saliva than extroverts!

So now that you know the basics of why someone is an introvert or extrovert. Here are some examples of commonalities among each personality type:

Extroverts Introverts
Attuned to external environment Drawn to their inner world
Work out ideas by talking them through Work out ideas by reflecting on them
Learn best through doing or discussing Learn best by reflection, mental “practice”
Have broad interests Focus in depth on their interests
Sociable and expressive Private and contained
Readily take initiative in work and relationships Take initiative when the situation or issue is very important to them

So you may have noticed that you have qualities that fall into both categories, which is normal because not everyone is the same. However, despite these differences you will often find yourself working with someone who is the opposite personality type of you. This can indisputably become difficult at times, but we’re here to help. Here are some tips for working with each personality type:

Working with Extroverts Working with Introverts
Allow extroverts to openly brain storm and refrain from judging any ideas Provide time and space for uninterrupted thoughts
Allow extroverts to work with others as much as possible Run your meetings with an agenda and have pre-assigned tasks
Encourage their enthusiasm (especially in front of others) Get to know your introverts one-on-one
Let them dive right into the work Communicate in writing
Inform them of any change in plans as soon as possible

CCO LinkedIn Discussions: Oct. – Nov. 2014

Here are all the Discussions posted on the Purdue CCO LinkedIn Group from October to November 2014. Enjoy!

1. Career Fair and Interview Tips from Purdue Alumni and Recruiters

Alumni, from experience, what advice do you have for students going to the career fairs and preparing for interviews?
Recruiters, what are some of the things students have done to impress you at career fairs or during interviews?

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2. What is YOUR Dream Company?

Share your dream company to work for and WHY you want to work for them. Recruiters and alumni: see students identifying your company? Check out their profiles!

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3. Things to do Before You Graduate

Students and alumni, what are some of the things you think students should so before graduating? Feel free to share some of your personal experiences.

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 4. How to Research a Company Before an Interview

Students, alumni, and recruiters, what are some of the ways you would recommend researching a company before an interview?

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5. How do You Make Your Day More Productive?

The final stretch of the semester is underway and workload is increasing for many students. Alumni, recruiters, and students: what are some of the things you do to get more done in less time? Read our blog, ‘7 Ways to Improve Your Productivity‘ for more tips!’

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Want to get join get involved in future Discussions and get updates when new discussions are posted? Join the Purdue CCO Linkedin Group!

Jobs 4: The Creative

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Consider yourself a “creative”? Typing the word “creative” in the search bar on MyCCO elicits 318 results, and it’s not even prime recruiting season. Not familiar with MyCCO? Don’t worry, we can catch you up through this blog. These jobs are specifically posted for Boilermakers, and we wanted to share ten of the results to get you started in your job search.

1) Marketing Intern, Farmer’s Insurance

Looking for a paid summer internship? Located in Northwest Indiana, this internship will allow you  work in a fast-paced team environment, and finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing. There’s no doubt that you’ll utilize your creative abilities through communication and marketing. Search job no. #779806 in MyCCO to apply.

2) Digital Art Director, SWC Technology Partners

Located in Chicago, this full-time position is looking for someone who will be responsible for the creative development of client and internal websites as well as various interactive marketing projects. Applicants must be ready to work in a fast paced and collaborative environment. Search job no. #775267 in MyCCO to apply.

3) Lead Mechanical Design Engineer, Kaleidoscope

 This innovative company is looking for a hands on candidate ready to solve customers most difficult problems in areas such as wearable technology, eye surgery, water filtration, blood analysis or man-machine interfaces just to name a few. Search job no. #780289 to apply.

4) Senior Interface User Designer, ESRI

This full-time position in Redlands, California is looking for an innovate interactive designer, ready to work with wireframes and conceptualize big and bold ideas for key campaigns. Search job no. #779696 to apply.

5) Account Executive, WHMB TV

Located in Indianapolis, this position allows for candidates interested in advertising to deal directly with WHMB TV clients in selling commercial time, program time and production services. Applicants must be highly creative and motivated. Search job no. #780413 to apply.

6) Marketing Associate, Moxtra

This position, located in Cupertino, California, is looking for an enthusiastic candidate ready to engage specific communities through target audience analysis and has an excellent eye for detail. Travel for the job is required. Search job no. #779681 to apply.

7) Packaging Engineer, Hasbro Inc.

This position, located in Rhode Island, is a great experience for those interested in working with well-known brands like Monopoly, Transformers, and My Little Pony. As a packaging engineer, you will execute brand vision by collaborating with designers and gain experience in the design and development of innovative packaging. Search job no. #774506 to apply.

8) Product Marketing Internship, ULine

This paid internship is looking for hardworking and organized students looking to gain experience in their fields of study. Located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, the internship responsibilities include suggesting new products based on consumer feedback, analyzing data reports and acting as a liaison between the creative and merchandising departments. Search job. #778636 to apply.

9)  Creative Services Intern, State Farm Insurance

This paid internship, located in Bloomington, Illinois, is looking for creative go-getters ready to get involved in a collaborative environment. As stated in their job description “Yes, we work for an insurance company, but we’re like an agency plopped right in the center of State Farm.” Search job no. 779914 to apply.

10) Page Designer, Lee Enterprises (NWI Times)

Located in Munster, Indiana, this full-time position is looking for a candidate with strong layout and composition skills who work well in a fast paced environment. This company produces a daily newspaper serving Northwest Indiana residents and businesses. Search job no. #780334 to apply.

The Internship Mindset

The internship search can be daunting. You have the opportunity to intern anywhere in the world doing anything you want. In the midst of an infinite amount of opportunities, we tend to only focus on a few. If, by chance, those few internship placements don’t work out for us, we tend to lose confidence, drive, and patience. We tend to forget this:

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As you keep persevering, here are a couple tips to keep in mind.

Think outside the box.

If your experiences or schedule doesn’t fit the needs of the employer, ask the recruiter if there are any other positions that might be a better fit. They could refer you to a different position within the same company where your expertise would be most beneficial. Another option would be to log in to your myCCO account to search for job postings specific to Purdue students as well as your specific major. There may be hidden opportunities, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box when searching for internships.

Believe in yourself.

Be as prepared as possible during the application and interview process. The CCO can help make sure your resume and cover letter are well written. The CCO also offers interview preparation as well. These three services are a part of our drop-in services. Drop-ins are Monday-Friday 10-4pm. After a trip to the CCO, you will be feeling like you can tackle anything that comes your way. It may even be the difference between landing the internship and not landing the internship.

Perseverance and patience are key. Good luck in your internship search process! To those who already have an internship lined up, congratulations!