How to Find Mid-Semester Motivation!

March 26, 2012
 Plaza College
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As the end of the spring semester is approaching, many college and graduate school students are finding it hard to stay motivated and keep up the energy levels they had at the beginning of the semester. Throughout the semester, students find themselves consumed in extracurricular activities, work, studying, projects and internships. Considering there are only “so many hours in a day”, this is a normal time for students to find their motivation and energy levels on a steady decrease.
Courtesy of a graduate student at the College of Saint Rose, here are some tips to find that mid-semester boost of motivation you’ve be looking for.
The first tip is, Keep Your End Goal In Sight. When you find yourself losing your motivation, remind yourself how close you are to the end and achieving your goal. Whether your goal is just reaching the end of the semester, finishing a term paper or project- don’t lose sight of your goal!
The second tip is, Look for Inspiration. Sometimes hearing news stories or listening to someone else’s experiences can provide some inspiration. Try listening in about a friend’s promotion or listening to a news story about charity reaching its fundraising goal. These stories can help lift your spirits and inspire you to keep up your motivation.
Thirdly, Celebrate the Small Accomplishments. I can assume that many students are weighed down this the semester with projects, research papers, and tests. Keep up your motivation by celebrating your small accomplishments. Pat yourself on the back if you finished the first half of your project. Buy yourself a coffee from Starbucks after you passed your next test. If you don’t take a step back to acknowledge your small accomplishments, you may lose sight of the end goal.
And finally, Lots of Coffee! Just kidding. Well, not really. What I mean by this is that you should do whatever keeps you running and focused. For some, it’s coffee. For others, it’s exercise or meditation. You know yourself best, so you know what keeps you motivated and ready to go!
What keeps you motivated mid-semester? Share your tips with us on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Spring Cleaning with Martha Stewart!

March 23, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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With the warm spring weather coming a little early this year,  what better way to celebrate the sunshine then by starting your spring cleaning? With a couple of quick and easy tips from Martha Stewart, your spring cleaning will be done in no time!

Martha’s first tip is for polishing up those window panes. Cleaning the window panes will be no problem when you use rubber-edged squeegees, which are quicker and more effective than cloth or newspaper. They come in a variety of sizes and a screw on extension that will let you reach high spots! To start, dip a sponge into a bucket of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Wet window; rub dirt away. Dampen squeegee; starting at an upper corner, draw it down pane from top to bottom. Repeat, overlapping strokes and wiping rubber edge with sponge after each stroke. To finish, dry windowsills with a cloth!

Clean WindowsA second spring cleaning tip is one for dusting lightbulbs. Although it may seem that your light bulbs are never actually clean, this tip should be sure to solve that dust problem! Unscrew lightbulbs and polish the bulbs with a microfiber cloth dampened with water (avoid wetting the metal screw base). Clean the bulbs in recessed ceiling fixtures with a telescoping lamb’s wool duster.
Blinds often tend to be one of the steps in spring cleaning we all like to skip over! But with these easy tips from Martha Stewart, washing the blinds in your home will never have seemed so easy! Once or twice a year, wipe wooden blinds with a few drops of gentle wood cleaner on a nearly dry sponge. Aluminum blinds can be washed outdoors: Place them on an old sheet on a slanted surface, and scrub with water and a noncorrosive cleaner. Use a hose to rinse well, and then dry the blinds thoroughly with a towel to prevent rust.

Are you tired of staring at the same duvet cover or bedspread every single night? Here are a couple of quick, cheap and easy tips to spruce up your bedroom this spring! Updating your bed linens is an easy and quick way to make your bedroom look fresh and new for the spring. Replace your bedding for a quick makeover. For an easy custom duvet cover, use two flat sheets. Place sheets back to back, and sew around the perimeter, allowing for a 1/2-inch seam; leave an opening at the bottom. To close, sew twill-tape ties or velcro tape to the inside edges.

Cleaning out the refrigerator is definitely one of those spring cleaning tasks that is usually pushed to the bottom of the list. These tips will have your refrigerator clean in no time and sparkly clean all throughout the spring! This task is a daunting undertaking; make it more manageable by breaking it down. The first step is to wipe up spills immediately so surfaces won’t become stained. Make it a habit to throw out old food once a week. Every few months, wash the interior with a solution of two tablespoons of baking soda for every quart of warm water. Wash removable shelves and drawers in the solution (let glass shelves come to room temperature first so warm water won’t crack them). Loosen hardened spills on fixed parts by wetting the area with the solution, allowing the residue to soften. Use a toothbrush to scrub crannies. Twice a year, vacuum or brush dust from the condenser coils to keep the system from overheating.
Are you doing any Spring Cleaning this weekend? Tell us on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE! Take some pictures of the finished product and share them with us as well! 

The Hunger Games Gets A Win With Critics

March 22, 2012
Plaza College
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Academy Award nominee (Winter’s Bone, 2010) Jennifer Lawrence wowed us again as she bravely took on the role as “Katniss Everdeen” in The Hunger Games. The young film heroine faced immense pressure due to the enormity of the book trilogy’s popularity, but came through with sound acting and conviction.
For those who have not read Suzanne Collin’s future-shock adventure thriller, the story is about a young ingénue that enters a deadly contest in a fantastically primal world, which most would fear. Despite the archaic acts of violence and mercilessness, it’ll be hard to take your eyes off the colorful display of competition and honor.
Katniss proves that although she lives in a cruel environment, her intentions are clearly humane. Audiences will not have to dig too deep to get into the mood of this young blockbuster, and we promise you’ll enjoy the exploration into this fantastical universe.
The Hunger Games is now playing in theaters. Are you planning on seeing the film? Let us know on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE

Munch On A Traditional, Festive Snack For St. Patrick’s Day!

March 16, 2012
Plaza College
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Before you head to the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, make yourself a traditional Irish Snack!
Here are a few delicious Irish meals that will have your taste buds step dancing!
Corned beef and cabbage– You can make the classic version of this traditional and popular dish or you can cook it in your crock pot!
 
Irish Soda Bread– The old world bread has a golden-colored crust on the outside, and a wonderfully moist consistency from within. If you’re going to prepare a loaf, be sure to make it the day before in order to enjoy all of the delightful flavors. Use butter and jam for your slice, pair it off with a warm cup of tea and you’re sure to enjoy an excellent pre-supper treat!
Irish Oatmeal– Festive meals don’t always have to take a long time to cook or bake. Irish Oatmeal is a quick and easy meal that’s low in sodium and calories and has fiber to reduce heart disease.
For more edible St. Patrick’s Day ideas, view the full article HERE.
Take pictures of your homemade festive meals and post them to the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE!

NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2012: Everything You Need to Know!

March 14, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of our city’s greatest traditions.  The first parade was held on March 17, 1762 – fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted – and has marched its way to the largest parade in the world today!
The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York was held on lower Broadway by a band of homesick Irish ex-patriots and Irish military who served with the British Army stationed in the American colonies. For the first few years of its existence, the parade was organized by military units. After the War of 1812, the Irish fraternal and beneficial societies took over the duties of hosting and sponsoring the event.
Originally, the Irish societies joined together at their respective meeting places and moved in a procession toward Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Lower Manhattan on Mott & Prince Streets, where the Archbishop of New York would address the crowd before revelers dispersed to celebrate.
The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11:00 am and is held every March 17th, except when March 17th
falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated the day before, Saturday the 16th due to religious observances.
The parade marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes at around 4:30 – 5:00 pm.
Your best bet is to leave your cars at home and take an MTA train or bus to New York City to join the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Some of the best viewing spots are on the upper steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and 86th street, where the parade ends and the marchers disperse.  This is an especially great spot if you have children with you would like to meet some of the many police officers, firefighters, and other participants!
Are you planning on attending this year’s St. Patricks Day Parade? Tell us on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Plaza College, Home to Sigma Kappa Delta’s NATIONAL CHAPTER OF THE YEAR!

March 12, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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This past weekend, Professor Tortora and Professor Howle, along with Plaza College students Alexandra Palma, Sigma Tau Delta President, and Neresa Joseph, Sigma Kappa Delta Secretary, attended the Sigma Tau Delta/Sigma Kappa Delta International Convention in New Orleans, LA. 
We didn’t come home empty handed! At an Awards Ceremony sponsored by Sigma Kappa Delta, Plaza College won two HUGE awards! 

  • Plaza College student Neresa Joseph won the Dr. Susan LeJeune Service Scholarship, awarding her $750 based on her service to the college, her essay application, her grades and her letters of recommendation! She competed against nearly 1,200 other students from around the country. Everyone at the conference was amazed by Ms. Joseph, and we are so proud to call her one of ours!
  • Then, Plaza College’s chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta won the National Chapter of the Year Award! Plaza College competed against 125 colleges from around the nation for this award, and won! When you enter the competition, you have to create a portfolio highlighting your chapter’s best activity of the year. Plaza College’s chapter decided to submit last March’s poetry slam, “Sisters Without Voices.” This poetry was part of Plaza College’s VDAY celebration and raised $3,800 for Safe Horizon.
Please join Plaza College in congratulating Ms. Joseph, Ms. Nixon and all the members of Sigma Kappa Delta! You make us proud! 
If you would like to qualify for our NATIONALLY RECOGNIZEDchapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, make sure you earn a B average or higher in LL254 and maintain a 3.3 GPA. Looking for further information about Sigma Kappa Delta? Email Professor Howle at JHowle@mail.plazacollege.edu.

How Did You Celebrate Women on International Women’s Day?

March 8, 2012
  Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Yesterday was International Women’s Day- an entire day to celebrate women’s accomplishments and advocate for gender equality. Here are a few ways women decided to celebrate their special day around the world, provided by The Washington Post:
  • Take the day off: In countries where the day is a public holiday, like Armenia, Burkina Faso, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, workers get the day off to celebrate! In other countries, like China, only women get the day off.
  • Give flowers to women Flowers are a symbol of International Women’s Day, and many countries celebrate by decorating with flowers or giving them to women as a present. In Italy, yellow mimosas are popular, and in Russia red roses and other varieties of flowers are common. In Vietnam, it’s not just boyfriends and husbands giving flowers to the women in their lives; but also bosses and colleagues.
  • Protest International Women’s Day was born of activism, beginning in 1910 when a German woman named Clara Zetkin proposed that every country devote a day to the needs and political demands of women. While many women around the world look at it as a sentimental holiday like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, other women use March 8th as an opportunity to fight for political freedom, equal pay and working rights, among other causes.
  • Stand on a bridge: Part of the “Join Me On the Bridge” campaign for women’s equality started with Rwandan and Congolese women who met on a bridge, joining their two countries as a demonstration that women could build bridges of peace. This year, women will march on bridges in London, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto and NY for International Women’s Day.
  • Check out some art In Pakistan, theatrical performances, poetry readings, songs, films and a two-month long visual art show will be a part of the celebration. A friend living in Afghanistan reports that in her village, speeches and songs were performed and the highlight was a play put on by some teenage boys “encouraging men to be thoughtful when marrying off their daughters.” In Washington DC, it would be a good day to patronize the National Museum of Women in the Arts, currently featuring an exhibition by French female painters.

To read the full article on International Women’s Day Celebrations, click HERE. How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? Tell us on the Plaza College Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

The Growing Trend: Biking Through the Boroughs!

March 6, 2012
 Plaza College
# 202, 74-09 37th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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The Queens Courier recently published an article reporting that more NY residents are turning to pedaling their bicycles around town then getting behind the wheel. 
“As New Yorkers spin their wheels thinking of ways to save money with the nation in the midst of a recession and gas approaching $4 per gallon, a record number of residents are spinning a different set of wheels… The New York City Department of Transportation announced recently that biking has doubled over the last four years, and almost 10 percent more New Yorkers are taking to their bikes compared to last year,” (QueensCourier.com).
An average of 18,846 cyclists were observed each day throughout locations across the five boroughs – Staten Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Queensboro Bridge and the Hudson River Greenway at 50th Street. This is more than double the number of riders recorded four years ago (QueensCourier.com).
With the growing number of bikers, the city is forced to increase the number of bike lanes across the city streets. “Over the past four years, more than 250 miles of bike lanes have been added in the five boroughs,” (QueensCourier.com). 
A recent Quinnipiac University Poll found: 53% of Queens Residents were in favor of expanded bike lanes, finding cycling to be a greener and healthier alternative in transportation. Additionally, residents were also overwhelmingly support a city program that will allow New Yorkers to rent bikes – what a great idea! “Over two-thirds of borough residents approved of New York City Bike Share, which is planned to launch next summer. More than 50 percent of residents favor having a bike rental lot in their neighborhood,” (QueensCourier.com). 
Thanks to munimeters, the city is converting individual parking meters into bike racks throughout NY. The Department of Transportation has installed “175 of the parking meter bike racks throughout the city, including along 37th Avenue between 73rd Street and 77thStreet,” (Queens Courier.com).  
Have you used the new bike racks yet throughout the city? Do you prefer biking or other means of transportation? Let the Plaza College Community know on our Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 2, 2012

Plaza College
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Do Green Eggs & Ham, Thing 1 & Thing 2, and how about the Grinch, mean something to you?

On March 2ndin 1904, Theodor Geisel, better
known as Dr. Seuss, and the author of some of the most memorable and popular children’s books, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Geisel graduated from Dartmouth University and then went on to study also at Oxford University, where he met his first wife, Helen Palmer.

It was HelenPalmer who encouraged Geisel to become a professional Illustrator.

The first book Geisel wrote and illustrated, “And to Think I saw It on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by more than two dozen publishers before making it into press and becoming his first best seller.

Geisel went on to write 48 books and sold over 200 million copies, which have been translated into multiple languages, across the world. Some of his most popular books were “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “Fox In Socks,” and “The Cat In The Hat.”

He lived and worked in an old observatory in La Jolla, California known as “The Tower,” and died September 24, 1991, at age 87.

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The Apple Takeover!

March 1, 2012
Plaza College
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With Apple’s sleek designs, high quality and service, the company is now worth a little over 500 Billion dollars- making it now one of the five most-valuable companies at any point history (CNN.com)!

Apple’s valuation is now higher than the domestic rate of Sweden, Poland, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan (CNN.com). Only one month ago, Apple’s market valuation rose to $400 billion for the first time, passing ExxonMobil as the top runner in the stock market (CNN.com).


Apple has a more than a predictable chance of superseding Microsoft, which has reached the highest company value at $600 billion dollars, becoming one of the fastest growing technology companies world-wide (CNN.com).

Despite Apple’s technological prestige, shares come at an impressively reasonable price. The company’s gains in stock have not kept pace with its earnings (CNN.com)

At the tender age of 35, Apple’s earnings have gone up from $10 to half a trillion dollars in ten years (CNN.com)

To learn more about the Apple uprising, check out the article published on CNN.com, linked HERE


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