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BC: D | Make sure to sign up for a checkout time with your RA 24 hours before you leave for the summer! | DATES TO KNOW April 28: 24 Quiet Hours Start May 5-10: Finals week May 11: Housing contracts end at Noon Everyone must check out of their room with their RA 24 hours after their last final..

FC: Welcome to | James Stukel Towers | JST JOURNAL APRIL 2013

1: ""Surely as cometh the Winter, I know there are Spring violets under the snow." - R. H. Newell | The weather is beautiful and so are you! I hope that you all are truly enjoying this spring season. Spring represents growth, change and transition. The trees will soon be kissed with vibrant green leaves while warm, fresh breeze whispers “Y.O.L.O” in our ears..the semester is almost over! We live in Chicago and there is so much to do here. Go out and get lost exploring the city. Try something new! Make memories with those you’ve met this year. I encourage you to embrace these moments with your current friends, classmates, roommates, cluster mates, RAs and PMs. Cherish these days and appreciate the good times you’re having and try to learn from the challenges of this season. With busy schedules, tons of papers and countless exams it is easy to focus on the craziness spring semester brings but you’ll never get this time back so enjoy it. -Nije Capri

2: Hi Ally, I asked this guy out on a date and now I’m freaking out because I have no idea where to take him. I want to seem cool so I don’t want to just take him for dinner and a movie. Ideas? | ASK ALLY | Hey, kudos on asking him out!! Super brave. So you’re ALREADY cool. So now you just gotta find the perfect place to go, yes?Here are some excellent Dinner and a Movie alternatives: -Art Gallery and Cafe. Way cool. Discuss rad art over radder espressos. -Park and Dessert. Bring sketchpads and pencils and spend the day drawing. And then have cupcakes. Bonus points if you make them yourself. -Dinner and a Concert. Grab a light dinner and then go see an awesome band play -Learn Something Together and Tea. Take a class together or attend a workshop based on a mutual interest (you should scout this out ahead of time). And then get tea and laugh at yourselves–and pat yourselves on the back for trying something new -Arcade and Burgers. Annnnnd he loves you forev -Ally | Have something to ask Ally? Email her at jstjournal@gmail.com

3: JST Birthdays: April | 4/1- Hinjal Jha, Rossana Castro 4/2 - Kelly Lyons, Kamille King 4/3 - Zachary Wood, Liridon Ballazhi, 4/4 - Nathan Gill 4/5 - Jay Patel, Evan Speckhart, Umar Farooqui 4/8 - Biren Patel, Amy Halder 4/9 - Ijeoma Nwosu 4/10 - Alyssa Hogan 4/11 - Adam Solowiej 4/12 - Mariela Kruthoff, Angela Chung, Ismael Rosas, Sotheara Ith, Tori Booth, Caitlin Garant, Eleanor Brannaman 4/13 - Christopher Tobias 4/14 - Zane Qureshi, 4/15 - Kristen Martin, Upesh Desai, 4/16 - Torianna Crawford 4/17- Tran Do, Muhammad Tabani 4/18 - Courtney Kelly, Driton Lumani 4/19 - Terri Bender 4/20 - Brittany Beall, Francisca Corona, Monique Llorens, Alyssa Fischer 4/21- Courtney Shekleton 4/22 - Jesse Rodriguez, Robert McQueen 4/23 - Lucy Zhong 4/24 - Alexander Mondero, Anil Sharma 4/25 - Jay Gosalia, Aleksa Anderson, Tenia Porter 4/26 - Alexander Heinz, Keane Hensley 4/28 - Krishna Modi, Jeremy Scott, Thomas Raymond 4/30Brenden Jacobs

4: ACADEMIC S | STUDY TIPS FOR FINALS 1)Study in chunks and take breaks! .Although it's tempting (and sometimes inevitable) cramming really isn't the best way to study. According to the Dartmouth Academic Skills Center, you should study in 20-50 minute increments and give yourself a 5 to 10 minute break between each session. For best results, study throughout one full week. 2)Listen to Mozart! Certain types of music, like Mozart's compositions -- which follow a 60 bpm (beats per minute) pattern -- have been shown to activate both the right and left sides of the brain in listeners. Stimulation of both sides is linked with increased recall, and so listening while studying can help increase the likelihood that you will retain relevant information. 3)Alternate Study Spots! Earlier this year, the New York Times explained that rather than sticking to one study spot, you should switch things up when reviewing for exams. Math, Stats, and Computer Science Lab Location: Science and Engineering Offices (SEO) 430 Walk-in Hours: Monday – Friday from 8am – 6pm http://www.math.uic.edu/undergrad/mslc/ Science Learning Center (peer study groups and TA office hours): Location: 201 SES Walk-in Hours: Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm http://www.chem.uic.edu/slc/ Support Programs (located at SSB) Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Workshops available on Time Management, Critical Reading, Test Taking Strategy, Vocabulary Building, Note Taking http://www.uic.edu/depts/ace African American Academic Network (AAAN) 5 – 7:30 PM – Study Nights and Tutoring http://www.uic.edu/depts/aaan/docs/AAAN LRC.jpg Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) Latino Mentorship Program (call Luis Dante @312-996-3356) http://www.lares.uic.edu/mentorship.php Native American Support Program http://www.uic.edu/depts/nasp/programs.shtml

5: 4)Drink Cocoa! It's packed with antioxidants as well as cognitive and mood enhancers But once it is processed into chocolate bars, cacao's healthy benefits are overpowered by sugar -- which will provide a spurt of energy followed by a longer crash. To take full advantage of cacao, dissolve a spoonful of cocoa into a hot milk of your choice and add cinnamon, 5)Form A Study Group! Study groups can motivate you to get started when it's hard to motivate yourself -- plus, explaining difficult concepts out loud will help you figure out what you understand and what you still need to go over, and getting a group together will allow you to divide and conquer definition of terms and explanations of concepts. And if you can get each member to bring a snack, that's incentive to actually meet. 6)Jog Around Campus! According to some, just 20 minutes of cardio a day can help improve your memory. And for those of you who can, cardio outside is even better -- taking a break in nature is more relaxing than taking a walk down a city street, which calls upon you to engage actively with your environment. You can always take a quick dance break. 7)Manage Your Time! Make a realistic study schedule for yourself. Leave yourself time for breaks -- you'll be taking them anyway -- and be sure to prioritize according to which class you'll need to study for the most.

6: ETERNAL DISTANCE BY TRI N TRAN Tarnishing gray, cold winters, fading joy, The sky is no more than a dying person, Waiting to be cremated by the darkening hours of December. Four long decades, in the vortex of the western world, I, a sailor, away from home, lost my quill and papers, Unable to finish my love letter to my dearest wife.

7: jst jargon. release the ramblings. | SAHARA DESERT RIDE by Heidi Mayer Hurst | Have some poetry, photography, work of art or any ramblings you'd like to share? Submit it to either your RA/PM or email it to jstjournal@gmail.com | Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. Pamela Vaull Starr

8: Hall Council Corner | Hall Council is putting on many programs in May and we hope to see you at all of them! Hall Council has already started their Spoon Assassins tournament, so let the assassinating keep going strong. We will be having a Pokemon Scavenger Hunt all over JST on 4/28 – look out for those advertisements! There will also be a Chicken Nugget Bar for those who participate (we will be having vegetarian chicken nuggets, as well). Also, we will be having a finals program where you all can just relax and enjoy some health snacks during finals week! SWEATPANTS are also now in! Stop by the Hall Council Office (by the Computer Lab) to see when you can pick those up!

9: NRHH/ RHA HUB | In the month of April, NRHH has had some fabulous events. We had a Recognition night, where we made thank you posters for Facilities workers, Cafeteria staff and Housing Central Staff. Our Alumni Panel, where past Campus Housing leaders came in to speak with us was also a great success! | Hey JST! RHA has had some fabulous events in the past month! Our last meeting was 4/17 and members got to Pie the E-board in the Face! This past Saturday we also had our Chicago Scavenger Hunt. Look out for our carnival, on East Campus this Friday. There will becorn dogs, funnel cakes, games, prizes and more!

10: Taking summer classes. -Hannah | Studying abroad in Tokyo! -Charlotte | What are your plans for summer?

11: Getting married and moving to Indiana! -Micha | Studying furniture design in Copenhagen. -Emily | Possibly going to Paris. -Jeremy

12: Free Things to Do in Chicago! | 1. Explore the different neighborhoods in Chicago. | 2. Visit a Museum during the FREE dates! | 3. Go to Lincoln Park Zoo. | 4. Go bowling at SCE on the first Monday of the month at 1pm (it’s free!)

13: Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. -Joseph Campbell | 5. Take the 12 (or run!) down Roosevelt, and then walk or run along the lake front. | 6. Go to either North Avenue or Oak Street Beach. | 7. Find free events to attend on metromix.com. | 8. Go to the Maxwell Market (Des Plaines St and Roosevelt St).

14: FEATURED JST EVENTS | On 4/19/13, JST was very happy to hose TedxUIC in the Events Center. There were about 70 attendees who came in to watch Dr. Daniel Swartzman, Dr. Kim Potowski, Nick Scarpino, Sally Nuamah, Sam Killerman and Toby Chow speak about topics ranging from the importance of bilingualism, how to get people to care more, the importance of social movements, and the importance of education all over the world. TedxUIC definitely achieved its theme of igniting desire and firing up change. | TedxUIC

15: The residents of C11/12 had a birthday party on 4/13 to birthday of Ellie and Ishmael. Many of the residents that live on C11/12 first headed out to Chipotle to celebrate with a scrumptious dinner. They then also headed back to JST and celebrated with two cakes and a Piñata in the study lounge. | C11/12 Birthday Party

16: The Office of Career Services is located on the third floor of BSB. HOURS: 8:30- 5PM Website: http://www.uic.edu/depts/ocs/index.shtml Phone number: (312) 996-2300 TIPS FOR CALMING YOUR INTERVIEW JITTERS 1) Arrive early. 2) Take your time answering. 3) Breathe. 4) Smile. 5) Remember, they want to talk to you! 6) Visualize success. TAKEN FROM THE OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES WEBSITE

17: Drop-In Advising: The OCS can answer your questions about your resume/cover letter,salary information,career opportunities, researching employers, working a job fair, networking, beginning a job search, UICcareers.com, individual Career Counseling and other career related issues Individual Career Counseling: A staff of professional personnel is available to work with each candidate in their specific career search. Videotaped Mock Interviews: Video-taped mock interviews are practice interviews conducted by a career services staff member, where a student will be evaluated on professional appearance, non-verbal communication, self-confidence and enthusiasm among other things. On-campus Interviews: The on-campus interviewing service is a service for graduating students. Once students are registered, they may search for, and interview with, employers who are hiring for full-time jobs that begin after graduation. SIGI-3: SIGI-3 is a software which can help you figure out what to major in, which careers would suit you and your strengths and weaknesses. Webinars: Find out which webinars are being offered on the Office of Career Services website. Resume Services Taken from the Counseling center website. | SERVICES OFFERED

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