Ethics Definitions

Hi E-STEM Folks,

For our last ethics module of the semester, we have Kait recounting our activity. Next week will be our annual holiday party then a much deserved break for all.

“This ethics session was all about each person building themselves as an ethical being and defining our personal values. Defining our personal values help us to project the best version of ourselves as well as to balance our life priorities. The activities geared towards developing our inventory of personal values, values in regard to others with how we want to treat people and how we want to be treated. Most people seemed to value family, honest, and integrity above all else.

In the second part of the session involved wisdom and good virtue. We defined the vice of excess and vice of deficiency of several virtues. For example, my group defined the word ‘commitment’ and said that the deficiency of commitment is ‘reluctant’ and that the excess of this was ‘compelled.'”
We wish all a happy and healthy holiday!!
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T

Peer Mentoring Sesh

Hello E-STEM folks,

We are back to Kait reviewing the past peer mentoring session for some words of wisdom;

“In the past peer mentoring session, students shared the most and least supportive/helpful things that they had experienced or had told someone, as well as created a plan for mindfulness. This could have been committing to trying something new, leaving time for one’s self to reflect, or reach out to someone that they hadn’t spoken to in a while.

Some of us admitted to saying things that were unhelpful to our friends, all the while still reflected on positive comments that we had contributed to our peers.

In terms of being mindful to one’s mind, body, and surroundings, it is important to remember that everyone has different mechanisms for controlling their levels of stress, anxiety, or staying on top of their academics. Everyone created a plan for mindfulness this past E-STEM session. Personally, I came up with the 4 L’s of survival to a mindful lifestyle: Lists, Lift yourself up, Learn from others, and Love all that you do.”

We look forward to continuing a mindful and positive future!

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T


Old Fashioned Study Hall

Hello E-STEM folks!

This past study skills week was a bit more traditional of an approach- actually getting to STUDY.

Being in a room full of peers who are studying the same topics, in the same classes, allowed for functional discussion and work. Sometimes having a space and time dedicated to studying is really all you need to succeed!

 

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T


Social Good

Hello E-STEM folks,

Often it is difficult to take time to do nice things or to be good to ourselves when we are feeling stressed and insecure. So, in this social setting, supplemented by Halloween candy, we will hear from Kait about her experience this week;

“This past week in ESTEM we had a social event. We wrote notes to every E-stem member, giving them motivation at a tough point in the semester. A compliment or a bit of advise from an upperclassman can go a long way. This was also a way for us to get to know the new students in ESTEM more, and if we didn’t know them well, it was a great way to introduce ourselves. As a senior, most of my compliments followed a piece of advise: ‘Remember that there are going to be ups and downs on your academic road, but it will be worth it’. Social events like these bring our E-STEM family closer together, and remind us that we are here for each other, every step of the way.”

Thanks, Kait for the reflection.

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T


Ethics Among Us

Hello E-STEM folks,

For this session, the upper-class students did not need to attend, so you won’t be getting a direct update from the mentors.

Instead, this week was a split cohort, which allows us to be able to hold a session without the whole group, for those who haven’t seen new information. New information includes everything from how to address ethical questions to central tenants followed in ethics.

Next week is our social event, so we will hear from Kait about her experience!

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T


Peer Mentoring from a Mentor Perspective

Hello E-STEM folks,

We are back with a peer mentoring update, from Jordie!

“We had peer-mentoring sessions this Thursday. We split into our mentor groups and talked about our personality strengths and weaknesses. We discussed ways to showcase our strengths and work on our weaknesses. The rest of the session turned into how we were going to take the strategies we discusses and apply them to this semester. My groups overall weakness was procrastination and some of our solutions were organize a planner and consistently use it and start saying no to clubs and organizations that need help. As a first-timer mentor, I am excited to check in on my group and see how their semester is going once these strategies get going.”

Til next week!

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T


Studying Skills in Study Skills

Hello E-STEM folks,

We are back to study skills with E-STEM for this week.

Check out Jordie’s review;

“E-Stem was study skills which meant Dr. Hellings took the lead. He gave us a short presentation on how to and how not to present. After his talk, we all prepared a short 4-5 powerpoint presentation making sure we used all the tips he taught us. We got to pick the topic of our presentation which made it very entertaining to see what everyone came up with. This session meant a lot to me since as a STEM major, I have a lot of important presentations in front of me such as SEPCHE research and my thesis. It’s great that we get a refresher on how to present efficiently and well.”

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T

 


Social Chipotle

Hello ESTEM folks,

Jordie is back with us to tell us all about the social event of the week!

“Thursday was our kickoff social event! We all participated in a scavenger hunt around campus. The prize was chipotle gift cards so you can imagine how seriously we took this session. The clues were all STEM related with answers such as doorknobs and pinecones. Social events are always such a nice break from our rigorous schedule where we can hang out with our “science” friends without the pressure of studying. ”

Gotta love bribing students with gift cards… I mean… incentivizing them.

 

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T


Ethics Session- Starter Style

Hello E-STEM folks,

This past week we had our introductory ethics session. Since the session is intended as an ethics primer for new students, we were able to split up between first years and those who have been in E-STEM for more than a year/ not their first year.

Dr. M led the session and had this to say, “Last week in E-STEM I gave the introductory lecture on ethics, why ethics is important, why it is especially important in the sciences, and why it is a component of the E-STEM program.  We had a fairly lively discussion of examples of ethical dilemmas and examples in science!”

We look forward to many more lively discussions and ways to incorporate ethics into our E-STEM program, throughout the year!

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T


Study Skills and Study Hall

Hello E-STEM folks!

This week, we have Jordie providing an update on our E-STEM study skills session.

“The focus of E-Stem today was to dust off our study skills since the new semester is fully upon us. The “old timers” and the new members of E-Stem were divided. Dr. Hellings took new members and lead a discussion on how they study and what methods and techniques work for them. The people that had been in E-Stem last year, headed down to the computer lab and had a full hour of study hall. Study hall within E-Stem is so helpful since you are surrounded with peers who are taking or have taken the course you are working on. It makes us closer as a group since we learn to use each other to help us– and gives us some time to get work done.”

Leave a comment to find our more about methods and techniques, like those Jordie alluded to in her post!

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T