Tips on how to successfully prep for finals

Finals are coming sooner than you think. The best way to knock out finals is to prep in advance. Avoid the last-minute cram. If you’re lucky you have a final paper or project. If you’re not lucky, hopefully your final is not cumulative. It’s important to stay motivated. It’s getting close to the end of the semester and summer, so its easy to lose focus. But remember, finals may be a big percentage of your grade or one of the few grades in the course.

Here are some prep tips for finals 

1) Keep your eye on the prize. 

In order to graduate you must pass your classes for the credits to count. Dont lose too much  focus that your grades suffer as a result.

2) Decide on a semester reward.

Semester reward is a gift you buy yourself for successfully finishing the semester. So that Michael Kors bag you been eyeing, buy it but only if you ace your finals.

3) Set weekly study goals.

Set aside a few hours each day to study for finals to help keep you on track. Set study goals for the week. What chapters do you want to review or what topics? This way your only studying a little at a time versus trying to study everything at once.

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4) Give yourself little rewards along the way.

Treat yourself to a dinner, mani/pedi, movie or something else after you complete a certain number of studying hours.

5) Take breaks.

Dont burn yourself out. Take a day off to go out and have fun. Give your mind some rest.

6) Find a study buddy.

Sometimes studying can be fun and even better with a study buddy.

7) Find stress-free activities 

Finals are stressful but its important health wise to keep those stress levels to a minimum.

If you start prepping in advance, you won’t have to pull all nighter the week of finals. The more you see the information, the better chance you will have of being able to recall it later. Finals can be stressful but rewarding yourself along the way can keep you motivated. Also, taking breaks can help maintain your levels of stress.


Daizchane Baker

Letters of Intent are due Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The 2015-2016 e-board elections are coming up! E-board positions are not only great for your resume but are great skill builders.

Important Dates
April 7: Letters of Intent due
April 14: Elections

To apply for any e-board position, members must submit a letter of intent (a cover letter) that states why they would be a good fit for the position and why they want the position. Please submit a resume with your letter. Letters of intent should be emailed to Gina (  or Ken ( .



Positions available include:

President: Ensures that everything EMU PRSSA runs smoothly by communicating with e-board members and running PRSSA e-board and general meetings. The President. The president serves as a liaison with faculty and advisor.

Vice President (of Professional Development): The vice president of professional development is responsible for stepping in for the president if they are unable to attend a meeting. This person helps members find internships. He/she schedules agency tours in conjunction with the vice president of special events, plans the spring gala and assists the president with finding speakers for the meetings.

Chief Financial Officer: The CFO is responsible for collecting EMU PRSSA dues, sending dues to PRSSA National and acts as the principal advisor for fundraising.

Vice President of Communication: This person is responsible for managing the EMU PRSSA email account. They must record meeting minutes (eboard and general meetings) and send them to members via email within 24 hours of meetings.

Vice President of Member Relations: This person helps organize speakers for meetings and events, communicates with members to find out what they want out of their PRSSA membership, and coordinates outreach to journalism, marketing and PR classes at EMU.

Vice President of Public Relations: This person is responsible for all public relations for the Chapter, including creating flyers for events and meetings. They are responsible for EMU PRSSA social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram). This person should have a basic understanding of how social media and graphic design programs (InDesign, Publisher) work.

Vice President of Special Events + Programs: This person plans the annual Student Development Conference, assists with the planning of agency tours, Fajita Fest, kickoff meetings, social events and Speed Mentoring.

Vice President of Community Relations: This person plans community outreach programs, builds relationships with the community and nonprofit organizations and assists with special projects as needed.

Editor-in-Chief: The EIC is responsible for the EMU PRSSA blog and website. They are in charge of planning and organizing the blog, managing the overall process of deadlines, layouts, design and placement of articles and keeping members up to date with news and information. Experience in blogging, copywriting and editing experience and be familiar with the WordPress platform is a plus.

University Office Technologies Public Relations/Marketing summer internship

Position: Part time, 12-18 hours per week; willing to work with class schedule, on school breaks, if taking summer classes etc. Flexible hours.

Compensation: To be determined; College credit and/or monetary compensation commensurate with candidate skills & attributes.

Job Responsibilities:

Digital Marketing

o   Monitoring and posting to multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn on behalf of the company, employees and clients.

o   Assistance generating quarterly email newsletter.

o   Website maintenance and updates, search engine optimization, keyword research.

o   Consistent digital branding and potential rebranding support.

o   Valuable content creation including thought provoking blog posts, case studies, articles, web content and more.

Community Relations

o   Attending & reporting on networking events including activities with the local chamber of commerce, non-profit organizations and other UTEC affiliates.

o   Community outreach and involvement from community service and “give-back” standpoint.

o   Company branding consistency.

o   Generating ideas for fundraising and alertness to affiliate opportunities.

Media Relations

o   Assistance crafting and editing press releases, articles and other promotional/marketing materials as needed.

o   Creating relationships with media personnel and journalists.

Desired Qualifications

  • Must be a student, preferably in close proximity to our office, with a Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or similar major.
  • Excellent communications, writing and people skills. Application will require writing submission.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks at once. Problem solving and critical thinking, as well as creativity, are essential.
  • Self sufficient and self-starting person with ability to work independently and in team settings interchangeably. Ability to work under light to moderate supervision.

If interested apply here.

Internship Alert: Detroit Employment Solutions

Internship is paid ($10/hour) and academic credit is required.


  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Assist in planning, writing, and managing e-blasts and e-newsletters.
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communication.
  • Draft and develop, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts, and other stories.
  • Assists in the development of communication materials and social media content.
  • Ensure accuracy of social media and website content, including sourcing photography and securing media releases / waivers.
  • Attend meetings and trainings as required.
  • Other responsibilities may include daily news briefs, Friday e-blast, follow up stories, and ad hoc.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or required.


  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook calendar management).
  • Solid organizational skills, as well as resourcefulness, flexibility, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate proofreading, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to demonstrate web-based, WordPress experience.
  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone.
  • Must be a self-motivated starter.
  • Must possess skills for accurate note-taking.
  • Ability to closely follow directions


Must be currently enrolled in an Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, or Master’s degree level program in the following areas; Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or English, Marketing, or a communications related field such as Digital Media. Work experience within a non-profit environment is preferred, but not required.

To apply send cover letters and resumes to

EMU PRSSA is hosting its first Talent Forum on March 26, 2015

Join EMU PRSSA as we host our first Talent Forum tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6 p.m.  Performers for the Talent Forum includes, D. James, Ken Bowen, Jess Salisbury, Dancers of David and The Vade Experience. The Talent Forum will take place in McKinney Guild Hall.

Special thanks to our sponsors Franco Public Relations Group and Izea.

10 Phone Apps I Adore

Like most people these days, I’m always on my phone playing with apps. Here are the ten I can not live without.

  1.  Instagram – I love taking photos and looking at people’s photos. There’s so much beauty in the world like nature, architecture, and food.
  2. Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff – I love Family Guys so much. It’s like Sims for Family Guy fans, gigity.
  3. Yahoo Fantasy Sports – I’m a huge sports buff and I play in competitive leagues for money, so I definitely like this app which lets me, Coach Mullin make sure my players are playing up to snuff.
  4. Trivia Crack – This game is like crack. I can’t get enough of beating people at trivia.
  5. Calculator/Calendar – When I hear about an event on the 24th, I always break out the calendar to make sure it’s a day I can attend. If not, I will request it, but I’m always using it. As for the calculator, it definitely comes in handy when shopping online and doing bills. I don’t want to be broke or late on my bills because there’s a sneaker sale online.


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  6. Yelp – I’m always visiting new cities. I use Yelp to help me make sure I’m going to find somewhere good to eat that isn’t infested with bugs or mean employees.
  7. Snapchat – Its funny seeing what kind of dumb things your friends are up too.
  8. Google Maps – It prevents you from getting lost on your travels.
  9. YouTube – I use it to listen to songs that pump me up while on a work break during a busy day. Every little motivational help counts sometimes.
  10. Google Play Store – It helps inform you of many new apps out there that are free and useful.

Those are the apps that mean the most to me on my phone. I’m not really big on Twitter and if I want to use Facebook, I just go to a computer, but sometimes you need to stay away from the internet sometimes; less stress, however sometimes when I check my Fantasy Sports app, I will get freaked out about Michael Carter-William’s shooting percentage.

Scott Mullin
VP of Communications

Power through the semester

I sat down and was thinking the other day that EMU is more than half way through the semester! With that being said, my nerves and stress are at an all-time high… and so is the senioritis. I find myself cleaning my room rather than doing homework. I’m sure every college student will try to find the benefit in everything other than those papers that ad up and the assignments that only make up .05% of your overall grade. It’s beyond tough to decide to start your paper when you can decide to cook yourself a meal.

It’s difficult for all of us so here are some ways to rock out the rest of the semester:

  1. Get Sleep

Your body isn’t fully prepared for the day unless you get the right amount of sleep. You may think that 4 hours of sleep each night because you stayed up doing homework is good. It’s not. I know whenever I pull a late night, I don’t feel so hot in the morning and even later in the week.

  1. Set Specific To Do Lists

I’ve never been the type to be able to keep track of all my responsibilities bundled up in my brain so I utilize a planner and to do lists. Each week, I write out a list of all the assignments that I need to tackle. It can be something as simple as “Sign up for Relay for Life” or as complex as “Start/ Finish my class paper.” To do lists really keep my life in order sometimes.

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  1. Take a Deep Breath

At midnight when you have a paper due in your 9:30 a.m. class, you may feel overwhelmed. This semester in general has been pretty overwhelming for everyone that I’ve talked to. So just remember to take a deep breath. Sometimes that’s all you need to calm you down. It could always be worse so be happy with what you have.

  1. Be Sure to Eat Right

A diet can really make or break your life. It’s difficult to eat all the necessary food groups while on the college budget but don’t go out for pizza every night. Use your money wisely and get chicken breast and fresh produce. Just remember to not let it spoil!

  1. Have Fun 

School and life can be insanely stressful but take the time to do something for yourself. Whether you’re going for a run or hanging out with friends, always make time for yourself. I’m not sure who said this but you will never regret what you did, only what you didn’t do.

Comment with some of your tips! How are you keeping yourself focused during this tough semester?

Raven Gardiner
VP of Member Relations