Immigration Information Session

Dear Residents,

The ISO Information Session on Immigration Enforcement Priorities (2/23) & Other Resources

The ISO and other University offices are actively trying to inform and support members of our international populations during this time of change and executive action related to US immigration policy. There has been a lot of attention on the impact of ordered travel restrictions and limits to the refugee program. While recent court rulings have meant that certain provisions of the order are not being implemented right now, these actions have created uncertainty and anxiety for many in our community. We recently held a session called “Know Your Rights: When Foreign Nationals encounter Government Officials” to help explain some of the rights and requirements you have during your time here. Please see ISO’s Event Archives page for presentation materials from this and previous sessions.

With the necessary attention on targeted travelers and on-going legal challenges, other Executive Orders issued recently have not received the same level of public attention. However, the ISO has continued to monitor those developments and is committed to educating our campus community about other issues related to immigration policy. Specifically, two orders issued on January 25 call for renewed and expanded focus on immigration enforcement priorities, which may include deportation of individuals who overstay or violate their status and/or are involved in activities that could be viewed as criminal. In our experience, foreign nationals have sometimes found themselves in situations that unintentionally escalated to require court proceedings or other legal resolution. Now, these new Executive Orders could carry more serious immigration consequences for similar situations. The ISO is holding another information session to cover some of these issues. Even though this topic is not easy to discuss, nor something we can plan for in advance, it is very important for our international students and scholars to be aware of certain risks and the impact of new enforcement policies.  Details for the upcoming session are below, and on our Events page.

Recent Immigration Actions: Executive Policies on Immigration Enforcement
Thursday, February 23 at 3:30 pm
Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary, River Campus
In addition to the recent Executive Order that implemented travel restrictions for certain foreign nationals, there were two other Executive Orders signed on January 25 that may impact our international populations here at UR. The provisions of these orders have not yet received the same public attention as other administrative actions, but there are important implications that our community should be aware of! We will review new enforcement priorities for individuals who fail to maintain their status, face criminal charges or accusations, or are undocumented. This session, hosted by UR’s International Services Office and immigration counsel from the Legal Aid Society, will also offer realistic situations international students and scholars may face, strategies to avoid them, and how to handle potential enforcement issues. We hope you will participate in this important conversation! The Immigration Action Question & Comment form may be used to submit concerns about this topic in advance.

Taken from the ISO webpage

On Campus Graduate Groups

Hello All,

Here is a list of Graduate Groups that exist on campus:

Yellow Lines- Winter Drive

Hello Goler House,

I hope your day is going well. For those of you who hold a parking permit at Whipple Park, I am writing to update you on the solid yellow lines placed down Murlin Drive. Some of you may have already seen this new addition to our community, but I wanted to send out an official notice to let you know it is important that when driving we remain on the proper side of the road and not attempt to pass another vehicle no matter how slow they may be driving. Failure to yield to these traffic rules may cause an accident.
Also, with winter just around the corner and weather conditions making driving more challenging it is important we drive slowly and attentively throughout our community.
If you have little experience with driving in the snow or need a refresher on some helpful tips – here is a good resource:

Study for Finals Week

20 Study Strategies for Finals Week

By: Elizabeth Hoyt; October 20, 2016

Finals week can be the most stressful time for a student, whether in high school, college or graduate school.

Finals week can be the most stressful time for a student, whether in high school, college or graduate school.

Ensure you’re prepared for your exams with these study tips, which can help you conquer your finals.

Follow this list as finals week approaches (the earlier you prep, the better) so you can ace your exams from start to finish:

  1. Create your own study guide.

While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Outlining the important information you need to learn can be helpful, both in creation and to refer to during your studies.

  1. Ask questions.

Your professors and TA’s are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.

  1. Attend the review session.

Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.

  1. Start early.

If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!

  1. Organize a group study session.

It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.

  1. Study things not on the study guide.

Study guides aren’t always comprehensive – they’re just suggestions of the main concepts to learn. Use your study guide for its intended purpose: a guide. Be sure to fill in the blanks with related information.

  1. Take breaks.

You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.

  1. Stay well-rested.

There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams.

  1. Create a study schedule – and follow it.

Splitting the material into chucks you can actually achieve can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed.

  1. Prioritize your study time.

Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.

  1. Study for the style of exam.

If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.

  1. Quiz yourself.

If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.

  1. Meet with your professor or TA.

Often times, meeting with an instructor, whether it’s a professor or a TA, can give you helpful hints for what to study and ways to prepare for the exam.

  1. Reorganize your notes.

Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what’s important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand.

  1. Pace yourself.

Make sure you stay focused and don’t burn yourself out. A great way to do so is to pace yourself rather than opting for the dreaded all-nighter. You can easily pace yourself by following tips like starting early, creating a study schedule and taking breaks when necessary!

  1. Teach classmates.

Learning by teaching is a method that really works! If you work with a study buddy and explain concepts to one another, you’re re-learning the material all over again. It’s a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned and help someone in the meantime!

  1. Revolve your focus.

Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over! That way, you can keep studying for longer periods of time while maintaining your focus.

  1. Color code it.

Create a system that allows you to color code material that’s going to be on the exam by what’s most important, less important, etc. This will help you focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material.

  1. Visualize.

If you’re a visual learner, it can help to create mind maps or diagrams to visualize how the concepts you’re learning relate to one another. This is especially beneficial when learning concepts that build upon the understanding of one another, like in science courses.

  1. Make it fun.

It’s easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan – literally – that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each.

For example, why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you’ve accomplished a new chapter or allow yourself five minutes of free time for every chunk of material you digest?

You can even add in fun factors like power-ups every time you learn a new definition and lose a life, which means you add another definition to your list, when you get an answer wrong!