Procrastination, #SMP5DayChallenge, Getting Involved
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"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm"
~Winston Churchill


Hi <<First Name>>

As the end of your first semester nears, it's important to remember all the great things you have accomplished. No joke, if you just sit down and really think about everything that lead you up to this point in your life, you will be able to list a few struggles you had to overcome. The next time you're feeling down on yours, recognize this too shall pass, but it may take some work. After all, where's the fun in life if everything came easy, hmm? 

A few notes, our annual Thankful Social is this Friday, the 21st. You received an Evite a short while back; remember, if you're planning to attend (it's going to be amazing BTW!), make sure to RSVP by clicking "yes" on the Evite no later than tomorrow (Tuesday 18th). If you do not RSVP you will not be able to attend.

Finally, just a heads up, SMP is going live today with a campus wide social media contest. There is a chance to win prizes so be sure to participate and share your Bobcat spirit! See below for details. 

Hang in there, <<First Name>>, almost at the finish line. =]

P.s. As was mentioned a couple of emails ago, if you are in need of food assistance, the UCM food pantry is available for you. Deadline for signups for food distribution for this month is tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th. You can sign up here.


Managing Procrastination

If you constantly find yourself struggling to stay focused and need some help, how about asking your professors? Being a small campus, we have the luxury to easily communicate with our professors in person and even by email without waiting too long for a response. Below, three well-known professors have provided wonderful insight from their experience over the years teaching. Consider their words of wisdom. Who knows, they may just have the answers you've been searching for!

Mark Vidensek
Chem 01 Lecturer

“Success in Chemistry requires preparation for lectures and discussion. I recommend that you briefly preview the pertinent posted PowerPoint lecture slides and briefly read the proposed lecture material in the text prior to lecture and discussion.. " To read Professor Vidensek's complete statement, click here!

Wil Van Breugel
Core 01 Lecturer

"My advice to them would be to get themselves organized and avoid becoming addicted to the numerous distractions throughout one's daily life, such as social media, computer games, TV and internet surfing. Only then a measure of self control may come about which is necessary 'to avoid procrastination'." 

Tom Hothem
Core 01 Lecturer

"I'm actually a fan of what I like to think of as "structured procrastination"—where one allows time for reflection and the fresh ideas that come of it. This approach is particularly useful with writing, as it's best to write a bit at a time and pace oneself toward the completion of an assignment. It's very hard to write an essay all in one sitting (as procrastinators often do) because it's too easy to lose the perspective one needs to analyze material and explain it clearly.."



Participate in SMP’s Instagram Contest. After posting a photo each day corresponding to the five themes listed below, you will be entered to win a grand prize. All you need to do is use the hashtag #SMP5DayChallenge and the theme of the day. The contest launches today! For details and examples, check out!

Monday, Nov 17th - “Motivation Monday”
Post a picture of you and your study buddy at UC Merced! Who or what motivates you?

Tuesday, Nov 18th - “Transformation Tuesday”
Post a picture of you at your high school graduation along with a picture of you at UC Merced!

Wednesday, Nov 19th - “Bobcat Wednesday”
Take a picture posing with the Bobcat statue on campus, BE CREATIVE!

Thursday, Nov 20th - “Throwback Thursday”
Post a picture of your favorite memory from any UC Merced event this semester. Why was it your favorite?

Friday, Nov 21st - “Happy Friday”
Post a picture of what makes you happy on campus!

Getting Involved

Phi Delta Epsilon presents:
2nd Annual Fun Run

What: 5k Run/ Walk
Date: Saturday Nov. 22nd
Time: 9am - 12pm
Registration Fee: $10

The Pre-Medical Fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon is proud to host their 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network in Central California. The Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for children's hospitals to provide healthcare for children of families that cannot afford it. All proceeds from the Fun Run will benefit the children's hospital in Madera, California. 

At the Fun Run, the first 50 participants will receive a free t-shirt and there will be medals for finishers. The Fun Run is a family friendly event followed by a carnival celebration with free food, prizes, and drawing giveaways. There will be a variety of fun filled activities and games for all ages including an inflatable obstacle course, photo areas, and face painting. So this Saturday, help make miracles possible for the children by participating in this event.

To register and to find out more information about the event, click here

Approved Events

SMP Events
Mind Over Money
Monday November 17th 11:00-12:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Tuesday November 18th 11:00-12:00 pm
COB 264

Help yourself be more jolly with a fatter wallet! Learn some tips and tricks from some Success Mentor elves to spread cheer without spreading your finances thin for the holiday season!

Jam Don’t Cram
Tuesday December 2nd 11:00-12:00 pm
Friday December 5th 12:00-1:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

The semester is coming to an end but there’s no need to stress out about it. Learn how to get into the holiday spirit while also finishing the semester strong. This workshop will provide you with study strategies that will keep you motivated through finals week by embracing all of the hard work you have put into the semester.
Additional Approved Events
The Leading Edge: Workshop 10 Seminar Series
Monday November 17th 12:00-1:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event Link

Burnt Out?
Tuesday November 18th 5:00-5:50 pm
Alpine Room (Tenaya 170)
Event Link

B.L.S. Controversy With Civility Part 2
Tuesday November 18th 6:00-7:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event Link

Resume Workshop
Wednesday November 19th 10:00-11:00 pm
SSB 250
Event Link

Money Wise Bobcat Institute – Financial Roundtable
Wednesday November 19th 4:00-6:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event Link
Research Experiences for Undergrads 
Thursday November 20th 4:00-5:00 pm 
SSB 250 
Event Link

The Leading Edge: Workshop 11 Seminar Series
Monday November 24th 12:00-1:00 pm
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)
Event Link

Interviewing Workshop
Wednesday November 26th 10:00-11:00 AM
SSB 250 
Event Link

How to get an On-Campus Job 
Wednesday December 3rd 10:00-11:00 AM 
SSB 250 
Event Link
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