Monday, March 19, 2018

A Women's World

by Michaela Browne

Thursday, March 8, was an important day. It was a day of celebration of the strongest people on earth: women. This day is called International Women’s Day. It is a wonderful day of gratitude to all the women in our lives that help shape the world around us. It is a look back at the accomplishments that women have made throughout history.

I recently had the opportunity to volunteer for a speaker series event with Tessa Trelz on March 15, a week after International Women’s Day. Tessa is an attorney at Armstrong Teasdale. Tessa talked about inspirational women, how there is a silver lining in situations when life knocks us down, and how not to be afraid to seize opportunities when they arise. One of Tessa’s personal stories was that she was waitlisted for law school at Wash U and decided to go to SLU. Although at the time, she saw this as a bad thing, it ended up being good because she met her husband there. She mentioned inspiring women such as her mother, Sandra Day O’Conner, Madam C. J. Walker, and Elizabeth Warren, and how these women were able to claw and fight their way through adversity and obstacles that would detour many from achieving their goals. However, in doing so, they overcame with remarkable success stories. Her eloquent speech reminded all of us that everyone, including these wonderful women, have an element of self-doubt, which can be overcome through perseverance.

I am surrounded by inspirational women in my life including women in my family like my mom, women I have met through Ambassadors like Amy Beaman, Coordinator of University Events, Amanda Wilens, Manager of University Events, and Tessa Trelz, as well as some amazing professors, and so many more. I look up to all of these women and their accomplishments. I am grateful to be a part of speaker events like Tessa’s where women are praised and remembered.

It is important to let the women around you know how appreciated they are, not only on International Women’s Day, but when any opportunity arises. Today, I would like to thank the women in my life for inspiring me every day. I challenge everyone reading this to thank a woman in their life.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ambassadors to Assist with World Ecology Award Presentation

by Jonathan Klunk

The Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center in the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis recognizes individuals who have contributed to the conservation of biodiversity within the environment with the World Ecology Award. This year on April 20th the Ambassadors will assist with the presentation of this honor to Dr. Edward O. Wilson at the St. Louis Zoo.

In 1955, E.O. Wilson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has since authored twenty–eight publications, established the disciplines of evolutionary psychology and sociobiology, and formulated the theory of island biogeography. He has served as a consultant for the American Museum of Natural History, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the New York Botanical Garden. Additionally, he has been bestowed with two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Medal of Science, and the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy. In 1995, he was selected as one of the twenty–five most influential Americans by Time Magazine. Today, E.O. Wilson is the Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University, where he conducts research on the biogeography and systematics of ants.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My First Semester as an Ambassador

by Rod Alyatim 

I was told about the UMSL Ambassadors by one of my friends. I was looking for a fun way to volunteer and be more involved on campus. In August 2017, I applied for a position. I knew that being in the Ambassadors is an honor and that being able to work so closely with the Office of University Events would be a great way to be more involved. Within a week I got an email asking me to interview! The interview was very enjoyable and quick. Before I knew it I had been accepted.

The Ambassadors meet every month and the first meeting of the year is orientation. After orientation, I started volunteering at events and got to meet so many great people. My favorite event by far was Founders Dinner. It really shows how amazing the UMSL community is! Volunteering at commencement was quite an interesting time because I got to help all the graduates on their special day.

If anyone is looking to be a big part of the UMSL community I would definitely recommend the Ambassadors program! To learn more about us, follow us on Instagram @umsl_ambassador.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Leslie Jones to Headline Mirth Week

by Sydni Jackson

I, along with Awa Konte, are both a part of the Ambassador Team. We also work as the Executive Chair and Administrative Chair, respectively, for the University Program Board and are working now to help bring Mirth Week to life this April.

The University Program Board has announced that for their headlining show they will be hosting Leslie Jones for a stand-up comedy show during Mirth Week on Friday, April 27th. The University Program Board has a history of bringing big names to campus for this annual event. Performers such as Cee Lo Green, Tyga, B.O.B., Miguel, Neon Trees, and Trevor Noah (this past April) have graced the Blanche M. Touhill Anheuser-Busch Auditorium stage for a Mirth Week (formerly known as Mirth Day) headlining show. Last year, tickets for Trevor Noah’s comedy show sold out within 24 hours of being released to the public.

Tickets go on sale for students on February 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Touhill Box Office for $15 (limit two per student ID) and tickets for the general public go on sale on March 19th at 10:00 a.m. for $35 (limit four per person). If last year is any indication of how fast these tickets will sell out make sure to get yours early

Monday, December 4, 2017

Preparing for Success in Your Upcoming Finals

by Yazan Alkharabsheh

As we are approaching the end of the semester and face an incoming wave of
final exams, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to motivate and give advice for success. 

Experiencing difficulty as a student in inevitable. However, experiencing difficulty should not be interpreted as something that will inherently limit success. It is natural for any student to be worried when making a great effort to prepare for exams. This fear is normal, provided it does not become so frustrating that it affects test taking ability. 

To enhance your ability to study and navigate future tasks, try to go to sleep early the day before each exam. Medical research confirms that late night studying reduces 30% of a student’s learning rate, especially after 11:00 p.m. Lack of sleep reduces the ability to think and work the next morning. ‏The body needs at least six to eight hours of sleep each night. Students should prioritize going to bed earlier and waking around sunrise. Waking up early to study is essential since the brain is most productive and capable of absorbing information at that time. Additionally, it is important to eat light and healthy meals consisting of mainly vegetables and fresh fruits. While studying, refrain from the habit of sitting in a chair with feat raised, or stretching out comfortably in bed. This may lower your capacity to study. Instead, sit in front of a desk with your feet fixed on the ground. Most importantly, keep away from over using any substances such as coffee to increase hours of vigilance. After extended periods of use, substances of this kind reduce concentration during studying and exam taking. Lastly, effective study habits include readings notes and lectures carefully, summarizing readings, and making study guides and visual aids. 

Remember, failure to achieve a certain grade in the past is not the end of the world. There is always an opportunity to learn from failure. Learn from past failure to improve as students, do the best you could possibly do, and achieve your goals. Life is like a glass of water: it can be half full or half empty. Our job is to use our experiences to fill that empty half of the glass with new successes.

I am confident that UMSL Ambassadors are able to accomplish any task if they put their minds to it. The fact that you are all UMSL Ambassadors means that you are successful students who are capable of great accomplishments. I truly believe that you will all do great. So, work hard and fill that empty half of the glass to the brim.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Sajah Alkharabsheh

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Although not everybody celebrates the traditional Thanksgiving, it’s always good to remember to be thankful for what we have. I myself am very thankful. Being able to grow so much as a person and a student this year has been a wonderful achievement.

This week is also the beginning of a break that many students long for across the nation. After months of hard work, it's wonderful when we get to lay back and relax (or at least not worry about school every minute). Some students are going out of town while others are working or even binge watching Friends. Other students might also be studying ahead of time for finals.  

This is a great time of year for family and friends to gather. The time when everyone sits around a big table with the most scrumptious food that leaves us in a state commonly known as a "food coma". For this one week in November, our families will reunite to spend a day together whilst also being thankful for everything we have in life. After dinner, we all sit around reminiscing on old memories and making plans for the future. 
Be sure to stay safe over this coming week because many people love and care about you. Enjoy your time with your loved ones and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coming to UMSL: A Story of an International UMSL Ambassador

By Prachi Talwar

Being a thousand miles away from home, a place which shaped my soul inside out has been the most challenging part of my journey at University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL). This is best understood by my fellow international students. My journey from India to the United States as a student has been a rollercoaster ride that has made me into a more adventurous and responsible person.

Being an international student brings new challenges every day. From language to culture, everything requires my utmost attention. I still remember my first day of college, where I had to find my way around campus as well as having to attend orientation. Like most international students I socialized with students with whom I share the same origins. But as time passed I was able to befriend a group of students who were a mix of locals and other international students from other countries.

Since starting school here I have been participating in school organizations and leadership programs. UMSL Ambassadors is one of them. It has provided me with an opportunity to meet many student leaders with rich backgrounds and ambitions. However, the Ambassadors program helps people meet with more than just students. It opens the door to networking with professors, the chancellor and others in the campus community.

Through my experience with the program and UMSL, my approach towards life has come to be more diversified and unique. The monthly meetings and the icebreakers that are played at the beginning of each meeting has helped ease the transition to the new American lifestyle. We were lead into projects which promoted team work.

UMSL has a diversified range of cultures and cultural events and being able to share a part of each other’s culture and traditions not only bonded us more to each other but also broadened our perspective of the world around us.

As months passed by, my anxiety of being away from home had started to wash away with the flow of time. The constant support of our professors in every aspect of my day to day life is always a stress buster in my struggle as an international student.

Over the first year of my college experience, connecting with people from all around the world has not only shaped my conduct but also made me a better student and person. The UMSL Ambassador program has taught me to be an independent and a hardworking learner. It has shaped my instincts while providing me an insight into my potential and aspirations, unlocking my capabilities to socialize and learn something from everything I experience. Further, helping me to grow with focus and zeal. Over the time I have spent at the university overcoming all my personal barriers, it is my heartfelt gratitude now quoting “My UMSL, My Home”.