Blackboard 101

You all learned how to use SiS over the summer at orientation or registration, but you may not have learned how to use Blackboard yet. Blackboard is a place for professors to get in contact with you while you’re not in class, as well as a place to post assignments and even take home quizzes and tests. As a new freshman, Blackboard was a mystery to me, but a requirement for many of my classes. Even if you have no classes this semester that use Blackboard, it is a good idea to become familiar with it because you will use it soon in at least one class. Also, after first semester many professors will assume you already know how to access Blackboard.  For those of you who are still uncomfortable with Blackboard, here’s a short step by step guide on how to access the site with ease.

Step 1. Go to and click on the link on the top of the screen that says Blackboard.

2. You’ll see this screen when you click on the Blackboard link. If you do not have your log in info yet, click on ” Fall 2015 Students: Get your blackboard username and password.”

3. Type your Student ID number, your first name and your last name into the specified boxes and click “Find Info.”

4. It will then ask for an email. Type in your email and click next.

5. You will then have to agree with the Terms and Conditions on Blackboard, then hit next.

6. You will then see your username and password, highlighted in red, with all of your classes that use Blackboard that semester. Go back to the home screen and log in.

7.  This is your Blackboard home screen. In the middle, you will see all of classes using Blackboard. To the left you will see your messages and announcements. On the right there is info about tutoring services. And in the top right hand corner are your notifications. Click on a class to see more information.

8. Here is an example of a class page. On the left side, you’ll see links to the home page, announcements from you professor, your grades and assignments. In the center, your professor can post links, such as a course syllabus, office hours and information about the class and assignments.

9. Take time to explore the rest of the site and the information on all of your class pages.

I hope this helps!

The Unthinkable, Unconceivable… Freshman 15

Hi everyone,
I’m back, and here to give you some of my Exercise Physiology insight on (dun dun dun) the Freshman 15. Not sure what that is? Well, over the course of a student’s first year of college, they learn they have much more freedom, and tend to overeat, which lets to weight gain. The average weight that freshman put on is about ten to fifteen pounds, and freshman fifteen has such a nice ring to it, right? (ha ha) I know many of you have no interest in gaining the freshman 15, and that’s why I’m here. Being healthy is super important, and here is some advice on how to stay healthy and fit throughout your time at college.
Staying fit has three different components for me; food/drink, exercise, and mentality.If you’re missing one of the three, chances are you won’t see results, or at least for a long time. They are all equally important.
First and foremost, come up with your goal. Do you want to lose weight? Maintain your weight? Or just become more in shape?
Second, make a plan of action on how to achieve your goal. For example, if you want to become more in shape, one thing you can do is to start weightlifting.
Third, get started, but think of the three components. Let me explain them a little more.

Food/Drink: Eating and drinking unhealthy foods is the main reason why the freshman 15 exists. The best way to improve your diet is to slowly cut unhealthy foods out of it. For example, I cut soda out of my diet, because of the sugar and empty calories. This doesn’t mean that you can never drink soda again, but keep it in moderation. For example, having a reasonable size glass once a week (try to stick to serving sizes). Try to also eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Lastly, use a calorie counter to keep track of what you’re eating throughout the day. I use My Fitness Pal, which is a smart phone app. It will tell you how many calories you need to eat a day based on the information you provide. You’ll be able to see everything you eat, so you can avoid mindless snacking at late hours in the day.

Exercise: Try to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. This is how you can burn extra calories and build muscle and endurance.You could go for a walk, a run, or hop on the treadmill at the Rec Center, ride a bike, lift weights, dance, just get moving.

Mentality: This is the hardest part. Have a positive mindset towards your goal and progress. Remember, you won’t see results for about six weeks, because change takes time, so don’t be discouraged when it’s not instantaneous. Stay motivated by getting your friends involved. Having support from others is the best way to keep you going. Even when times get tough, remember that you’re working towards a happier, healthier you, no matter your goal. 🙂

Here’s a little motivational quote to keep you going.

Stay beautiful,

Libraries : One of Your Greatest Resources

Hey everyone!

 As we continue to buckle down into school work, I thought I’d share some information about my tried and true study spots; O’Leary and Lydon Library!
As each library is so big, this post will be on O’Leary Library, and there will be a second one next week all about Lydon.
(Disclaimer: I’m probably terribly biased towards O’Leary as a study spot, since I had a Work Study Job there for 4 semesters and 2 summers)

It’s a wonderful rule of thumb to assume that the higher up in the library you are, the quieter the studying is expected to be.  This means that the first floor is available for group study, furnished with couches, chairs, white boards, computers (both Mac and PC) and individual study rooms with white boards and monitors.  (These can also be signed out via the Dibs! System).  As long as you are using an indoor voice, you probably won’t be shushed by a librarian.

On the mezzanine floor, there are numerous tables and outlets for study.  A quiet conversation would be accept, but any louder than that would be inconsiderate to your fellow students.

On the forth floor, there’s an array of tables, desks, and comfy chairs spread out for study, both in and out of the stacks, computers, and a scanner, as well as the majority of the books in the library. Anything more than a whisper, and you’ll be sure to get a librarian’s attention.

There are also numerous areas throughout the library to curl up and study, on almost every floor.

However, there are tons of other resources available at O’Leary Library!

Located on the first floor is the Reference Desk, Career Counseling, and the Centers for Learning, all available to aid you in being as successful as possible.  The Starbucks nestled in the first floor, to make sure you are as awake as possible.
On  the second floor is the Media Services, with computers and available equipment for video, audio, and photography projects.  

Located on the third floor is the Honors College, available for those who would like to up their education to the next level.

On the fourth floor, is the English Department, along with all the books pertaining to the Fine Arts Health, and Social Sciences, as well as a collection of 10000+ CDs (just go to the desk and ask for the CD Binder!)  This is also the location of any books your professors have out on reserve, adn where you would pick up any Inter Library Loan books.
This may be a lot to take in, but give it a go, and you might find O’Leary to be one of the most integral and useful parts of campus life. 
If you want to know more about O’Leary, or check their hours, go to

Boott Mills Trip

Hi friends!

So today I went on a lovely tour of the Boott Mills with one of my classes. Although initially I was not exactly thrilled, I actually learned a lot about some of Lowell’s history and found out some very interesting facts about Lowell!

From 1821 to 1850, Lowell created multiple canals that made it the mill city it is known as today. Lowell was the center of the Industrial Revolution due to its proximity to the Merrimack River. What makes Lowell so unique is the 37 foot drop in the river. The drop was able to generate enough energy to power the mills in Lowell. When mill cities were attempted in other areas, they lacked this energy, which made it more difficult for them to power the mills.

Here is a not so great picture of one of the water wheels we tested on. Basically the point was to see what type of water flow and what type of wheel design could move water the fastest as well as handle resistance. We performed multiple tests and were able to find out that a bucket wheel and an overhead drop was the most efficient way to power a mill.

This area of Lowell is such a great place to walk around. Spending an afternoon walking around the mills was a nice break from studying and gave me a chance to learn more about the history that takes place here.  
The Boott Mills are open from 9:30am to 5pm all week long so definitely try to get down there and see some great history!

Thats all!

Introduction to Us!

Hi Everyone!
Now that we are starting to get into September, we thought this would be a great time to introduce ourselves to all of you!

Name: Kelsey 
Major: Psychology, with a double minor in Fine Arts and Art History.  
Involvement on Campus: President of F.R.E.E. (Feminism Represents Equality for Everyone) and plays mellophone in the marching band (which she knows no one has heard of), Orientation Leader.  
Fun Facts: She enjoys comic books, roller derby, and going to museums.

Name: Katy C.
Major: Exercise Physiology
Year: Sophomore
Involvement on Campus: Club Track and Field president, Honors College, Exercise Physiology Student Ambassador, Orientation Leader, Exercise Physiology Club
Hometown: Auburn, MA
Fun Fact: I am a huge Patriots fan and Tom Brady is #1 in my heart. 

Name: Elise
Major: Business Administration: Marketing and Operations
Year: Junior
Involvement on Campus: Residence Life, Honors College, Orientation Leader, Co-Op Student
Hometown: Westford, MA
Fun Fact: I love going out longboarding and I really like donuts.

We can’t wait to get to know you all better throughout the year, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to send us a message!

Club Fair Kick Off

The other day, UMass Lowell kicked off the 2015-2016 school year with it’s annual Club Fair. It was a beautiful day, and everyone was excited to be back, or here for the first time. Not only did our students, both freshman and upperclassmen, have the opportunity to see all the organizations, teams and clubs that are available to them, but were given a free barbecue lunch as well (nothing’s better than free food right?).
After Convocation was completed inside, the lawn behind the Tsongas Center came alive as groups promoted themselves with candy, beads, and many other small items to wide eyed and curious freshman.
As the new president of the young Club Track and Field team, I sat with my team, giving me the opportunity to observe the Club Fair from an upperclassman point of view. It was different from last year, as I was a freshman signing up for anything I thought I liked. I remember signing up for all sorts of clubs from Ice Skating Club to the Pre Health Club. Signing up for many clubs is not a bad thing, because it gives you the opportunity to see what fits in your schedule best, and where you feel most comfortable.
This year, over one hundred groups attended Club Fair, and it was extremely successful. My team received over forty sign ups, which is amazing for a small and growing team. Other clubs received more than that, which is absolutely amazing. For example, Student Government Association received over two hundred signatures.
I also got to see the annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, which raises awareness of sexual violence against women. If you didn’t get to see this, men will put on red high heels and walk a mile along the Riverwalk behind the Tsongas. Walking in heels physically puts men in women’s shoes, but also symbolically represent what women go through. It is funny to watch your friends trip over themselves in heels, but even better knowing it’s for a good cause.
With that, I’m going to give some advice on navigating future club fairs and joining clubs.
  1. It’s never too late to join! Clubs are willing to accept year round.
  2. Didn’t see something you liked at the club fair? Not all clubs were represented, but you can find a complete list of all of our clubs on Collegiate Link.
Here’s the link →
OR download the corq app on your smart phone!
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  1. You can also find all of clubs contact information on Collegiate Link as well!
  2. At our Club Fair, the best thing you can do is sign up for a lot of groups, and narrow it down once you decide what fits in your schedule as well as where you feel most comfortable.
  3. If you would rather talk to someone in person, our Office of Student Affairs is located on the third floor of University Crossing.
  4. And last but not least, GET INVOLVED!!

Stay beautiful,