March 2015: Letter from the Editor

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” — Albert Einstein 

You must be well underway with your classes by now and hopefully managing your time well. If there is one important thing I can stress to you after this month’s production of the Post, it’s time management. Keep your eye on those deadlines. You may think they are far away, but a month passes very quickly. Stay ahead of the game and be proactive. Your first major paper isn’t due until mid-March? DVR TGIT and watch it on Sunday evenings like I’ve been doing and get your paper out of the way now—your professor will thank you for it and so will you. Sure it’ll mess up your live tweeting game, but I promise you the Scandal and How to get Away with Murder cliffhangers will still be as awesome. In fact, there are certain tv shows that I don’t watch at all during the semester. I DVR them so that I can binge watch them as a reward at the end of the semester— just make sure to run past the water cooler with your fingers in your ears the morning after those shows air.

I hope you stayed warm through Octavia and whatever this frigid business was. I mean really, if I wanted to live in Alaska … but seriously, 30 minutes of exposure in this type of weather can lead to frostbite, so make sure that you are limiting your time outdoors when the temperature is in the single digits or dips below zero. Hopefully, you have winter coats that are appropriate for this weather, but if you don’t the MSA did a coat drive in December and I’m sure if you reach out to those folks, they’d be happy to refer you to their contacts to hook you up. Last thing we need is those digits so frozen they can’t type the aforementioned papers.

I think we have a great issue for you this month with lots of interesting content, including an update on the new library and two fabulous travel photo essays, each of which are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum to inspire you to make spring break or summer travel plans.

We’d love to hear from you! What are we missing? What do you want to see more or less of? Let us know! Please email me at editor@ubpost.org. Also, don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@theUBPost), and subscribe to our newsletter (www.ubpost.org).

Yours Truly,

Jessica Greenstein Editor-in-Chief

Follow me on Twitter @lawofcooking 

February 2015: Letter From the Editor

“Won’t it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” -Maya Angelou

Welcome back! I hope you had a fantastic winter break; I know I did. I just returned from the Caribbean and Central America and was so sad to see it end. Trust me, if it weren’t for school, I would not have come back. Stay tuned for our March issue, which will feature a photo essay of my trip.

But as all good things, winter break must come to an end and with it we usher in the Spring semester. For many of us, like myself, this means graduation is only 15 weeks from now. For everyone, it means that it’s time to buckle down and start studying. For those new to UB, and even those returning, the best advice I can give is never put off tomorrow what you can do today. This is particularly important when it comes to due dates—don’t wait until the last minute; start studying now and turn those papers in as soon as possible. You absolutely never know what life may bring your way to derail your study plans, so it’s better to get a jump on it while you have the time. Also, make sure that you have a system to keep yourself organized. If you work better electronically, make sure you put deadlines, reminders, and even reserve study time in your calendar; if you prefer the old school paper method, invest in a fun, trendy, and personalized planner—I recommend the Academic Agenda from May Designs (www.maydesigns.com), in fact I bought all of the Editorial Board members of the Post one last semester to help us manage our school and production deadlines.

I’d like to welcome our new Business Manager, Keiya West, onboard. Keiya will also be our Publications Intern this semester and will be writing a monthly column on awareness. She will be supplementing her monthly columns with weekly columns at www.ubpost.org about topics of her choosing.

This semester is all about “lasts” for me. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll be graduating at the end of this semester and this is my last first issue of the semester, so please join me for the ride this semester as I say “see you again sometime” to the Post and to all of you. But enough about me! I need to give my Post family the shoutout they deserve and recognize their hard work on this issue over the winter break. Without all of their sacrifices, while you’re enjoying your time away from those heavy books, they have been diligently working to bring you a fabulous February issue to welcome you back school!

We’d love to hear from you! What are we missing? What do you want to see more or less of? Let us know! Please email me at editor@ubpost.org. Also, don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@theUBPost), and subscribe to our newsletter (www.ubpost.org).

Yours Truly, Jessica Greenstein

Follow me on Twitter @lawofcooking