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Welcome To UJ! Advice For Your First Weeks of College Life

By Madison Solwey

  1. Try. That’s all you have to do is put in a little bit of effort. In your classes, relationships, studies, or going outside of your comfort zone. Try new clubs and intramurals. If a campus organization even mildly peeks your interest, try it out. Go to a sporting event or cafeteria by yourself because you will meet people. You get out of it what you put into it. If you are trying to make friends or just want to check out something new, you are making an effort and that is all that matters.
  2. Procrastination is NOT your friend. I was a major procrastinator in high school, and even though I managed to scrape by, I brought so much anxiety and stress upon myself. College is a whole other playing field. Even if writing that Freshman Comp paper is the last thing on your mind, do it anyways. You will feel so much better once it is done. Putting off a giant presentation until the night it is due will only cause you pain and suffering. Work on things a little bit at a time to ensure you are getting the maximum quality that you can out of yourself.
  3. Manage Your Time. Getting a planner or monthly calendar to hang on your wall will help you out tremendously. Schedule everything that you believe to be important. That includes homework, clubs and activities, social outings, and even some down time. The last thing any of us college students need is to burn out. There will be too many things going on to be stressed. Having a planner will not only keep you more organized, but it will help keep your mental health in check. With less stress and more organization, you will be so much better off.

How to Approach Studying Abroad

By TIffany Meier

Many people want to experience the world, but do not know the first step in approaching the matter.

Studying abroad is an option that all students have an opportunity for, but are just unsure of where to start. I should know, I used to be one of them. That all changed when I walked into the Study Abroad office and began planning my trip for the fall semester of 2019. So if you are like me and want to discover other parts of the world, here are a few tips and guidelines to help you along as you embark on your journey.

The first step to figuring out study abroad opportunities is to talk to Lexi Lueck. Lexi is the study abroad counselor at UJ and is full of great information. So make sure to hit her up early in the fall semester and keep going back to her throughout the year. Quit saying “Yeah, I’ll go tomorrow” and just do it already. Ask for options and just sit and talk to her. It may seem extremely overwhelming but remember one step at a time. .

The second step would be to get your four-year plan done. Attempt to have one semester empty if possible, which sounds impossible depending on your major. If you really want it, you can make it work. If you need help with this go to your advisor or the Registrar’s Office in Taber Hall. They can help you organize your classes and guide you through the best ways to set up your schedule to allow you to study abroad.

Third, really take into consideration all the options Lexi mentions and find the best fit. What works best with your major and other things going on in your life? Should you go in the summer?… a semester?… do an abroad internship? Once you decide the best time to go for you then start looking at the different programs Lexi mentioned.

The fourth step is to talk with Financial Aid and figure out the cost for the programs. Some programs are expensive and may seem overwhelming at first. By talking with the Financial Aid office you’ll be able to find a sense of comfort and maybe even some answers to the questions you don’t quite understand. The Financial Aid program is absolutely phenomenal on our campus. I spent many afternoons with them and exchanged many emails during my application process. You would be surprised by how many people are willing to support you through a study abroad trip. I speak from personal experience here.

The fifth part I am recommending is to make sure you pay attention to the application process. You do not want to miss out on a program because they filled up or you missed the date to send your confirmation payment in. Really try to stay on the ball and work ahead. Again Lexi is a great resource to have. She offers great advice and will help you take things one step at a time, if you ask her to send you a reminder she definitely will.

If you absolutely cannot make any of these study abroad options work, definitely consider taking one of the classes that offers traveling. There are many different options with this; a biology class goes to Canada every summer, nursing goes to Kenya every year, foreign language classes go on trips often, and band and choir go on international trips every few years. These are just a few of the many options for traveling from being in a class. You do have to pay extra to take these classes, but they work really well with a busy major.

Overall, any major can study abroad at some point because there really are so many different options. If you manage to graduate from the University of Jamestown without getting out of the country, you must have tried exceptionally hard. Get out of your comfort zone and go see the world!

Moving Out: Living at UJ

By Jacob Just

In July, incoming UJ freshman received their housing assignments for the upcoming school year.  You may be super excited to move out and have a roommate, or maybe not so much.

Take a deep breath and get ready because move in day will be here before we know it.  

When you receive your housing assignment, it’s probably tempting to look them up on Instagram or Facebook if you don’t know them.  Before move in day, message or email them to introduce yourself and maybe coordinate things, such as who is bringing what for the dorm.  You’d rather be safe than sorry and have too many things in the dorm.  

When preparing to move into the dorms, remember that you don’t need to bring your entire room.  Bring enough clothes to last you a while, bring your mini fridge, TVs, and school supplies, but remember that you are living with someone else who also has things to bring, so keep the packing list in moderation. 

A big tip for me is that you don’t necessarily have to have the most decked out dorm room.  Remember – you’re going to be a broke college student soon, so save as much as possible. Go to the thrift store to look for clothes, dorm supplies, etc.  If you can reuse notebooks and school supplies from high school, do so!  

My suggested packing list:

  • XL Twin size Bedding (Sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry stuff (hamper, detergent, etc.)
  • Garbage can
  • 3M Hooks (These are SO helpful)
  • Money – I would recommend that you have enough saved up to last you at least the first few weeks of class. Who wants to work those first few weeks of classes?
  • Devices (Phone, Laptop, etc.)
  • TV – Everyone will bring their own TV, trust me.  
  • Microwave – You really only need one microwave in each dorm room.
  • Winter Gear – I forgot to bring this until like November my freshman year.
  • Accessories (lamps, rugs, pictures, etc.)

To all of the incoming freshman, I welcome you to Jamestown!  If you have questions about moving, feel free to email me:

Hula’s Fire Grill Adds New Cuisine to Jamestown

By Kelly Halverson

Jamestown, North Dakota is your typical Midwestern town, but recently a new restaurant opened its doors, bringing some island flavor to the city.

Hula’s Fire Grill is located at 110 Second St. NW and offers a menu full of mouth-watering food.

Hula’s Fire Grill opened its doors in February and has seen a steady flow of traffic from the surrounding community. The owners, Sandy and Jerry, both grew up in small Hawaiian towns. They recently celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary.

Sandy, the mastermind in the kitchen, derived most of the menu items from her great grandma’s recipes. Before a new item is added to the menu, Sandy will cook it for her employees, and it has to earn their approval to land on the menu.

Ribs, chicken wings, and fried rice are some of the most popular dishes on the menu. Photo: Kelly Halverson

“I am speechless when it comes to Sandy’s recipes. They remind me of home and the taste of the island,” said the manager Flo, when asked to describe Sandy’s cooking.

Sandy opened her first restaurant in Williston after moving to North Dakota with only 300 dollars. The Jamestown location is an offshoot of the successful Williston restaurant. Sandy and Jerry’s adopted niece Flo is now the manager of the new restaurant, and she considers it her pride and joy.

She was trained by Jerry and worked her way up from waitress to delivery driver to cook and finally, to manager in Jamestown. She can be found at the restaurant every day from 8:00 am to 11:30pm, making sure that everything is running smoothly.

“It’s starting to feel like home. I enjoy my employees’ company, they are family,” said Flo when asked about her time so far here in Jamestown.

Their menu offers wings, ribs, Aloha hotdogs, fried rice,and much more. The portion sizes are generous and offer a little taste of island life right here in Jamestown. As the menu states, “Hula’s food is not fancy. It’s just simple, lots of it,and ‘Ono’ (delicious).”

The restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere, with an interior full of bright colors and delicious smells wafting from the kitchen. Their motto is “ohana” which means family, and it is clear to see that the employees behind Hula’s Fire Grill are just that- a family.

They are open 11am-9pm daily, and now offer delivery between 11:30-1:30 & 5:30-8:30.

Honors Day A Success At UJ

By Zach Miller

A quality education for students has been the forefront of the University of Jamestown’s mission ever since its inception in 1883.

This year, 2019, is no different. Some of UJ’s finest students were honored earlier this month at the Honors Convocation for their exceptional efforts in pursuing their education here at UJ.

Many of UJ’s students and their families gathered at the Voorhees Chapel on Thursday, April 4th to receive their awards. The UJ Honors Convocation is a way for students to be recognized for their hard work, but also for the family members to witness the progress of their loved one and feel proud for their accomplishments.

The ceremony lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes with a speech from President Polly Peterson and the announcing of the Honors students by UJ Provost Paul Olson.

UJ senior Tommy Voss was one of the students being honored and had this to say about the experience, “I think that Honors Day is a great way for students to be recognized for all the hard work they have put in so far here at UJ.” Tommy is an Exercise Science major and was recognized as the Merle and Peggy Foss Most Outstanding Major in Exercise Science. After finishing up his undergraduate degree, Thomas plans to apply to Medical School.

Faculty were also recognized for their efforts this year. Athletic Trainer Gene Crabtree was named Staff Person of the Year, and Professor Liz Hunt won Professor of the Year.

UJ Professor Liz Hunt accepts her award as Professor of the Year at the Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 4th. Photo: Zach Miller
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