Meet Mailin Seipp: COB Student and Traveler Extraordinare

Mailin in Hawaii

Mailin spent 6 weeks in Hawaii this summer.

Mailin Seipp, a College of Business graduate student, has traveled quite a bit in her life. You may have seen her around the computer lab or heard her German accent around campus, but she has visited more exciting places in her 25 years than can be counted on one hand. I sat down with her to find out more about her experiences abroad.

SQ: Why is traveling so important?

MS: Experiencing new cultures and the way other people live is always interesting to me. Trying new foods is always an adventure, and seeing the different landscapes and perspectives is fun, since I always enjoy being outdoors.

SQ: What are some of the most memorable places you have traveled, and how have they impacted your life or career goals?

MS: In the summer of 2012, I hiked from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain along the Way of St. James.

Mailin traveled along the Way of St. James for 10 days.

Traveling with only what could fit on my back for 10 days taught me to live with less, and that tangible things aren’t the most important things in life. I intended to finish the hike for fun and as a way to push myself physically, and I didn’t expect to end up thinking about my life and myself so much, but I guess it was inevitable with so much time on my hands.

There is a story of a millionaire who gave away all of his possessions before hiking along the Way of St. James. A lot of people use the trail as a way to get to know themselves and be reflective. It was an incredible experience to also meet new people along the way, and a time I will always remember.

Another memorable trip was this summer, when I was in Hawaii for 6 weeks. I was there longer than the average tourist, so I got to know the culture and explore the area. Although it is a part of the United States, Hawaii is a mix of nationalities, very diverse, and has its own way of life. I loved that there were both beautiful natural parts of Hawaii and also a city area. After I graduate in May, my plans are to move to Honolulu on the Oahu island.

SQ: How do you think coming from Germany gives you a unique look at business and the world in general?

MS: In Germany, I was taught to have a lot of persistence and to work hard to achieve my goals. I’ve also noticed that compared to American schools, European schools teach more international history and encourage you to experience the world. At my high school, we had exchange programs with France, England and North and South America. We were encouraged to see the world starting early and to learn foreign languages–that’s why I know English well!

SQ: What have you learned from your adventures?

MS: I have learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned to accept different lifestyles and ways of living and not to judge them and compare them to own way of life. Different lifestyles are not necessarily wrong, they are just different.

One time in Spain, I ate octopus, because it was one of their delicacies. I tried it, I experienced it, but it wasn’t for me.

I’ve also learned how people’s values differ across the world. Some cultures value time with family much more than earning money, and others put money above all else.

SQ: Do you have any advice for students who haven’t done much traveling?

MS: Two words: start traveling. Try to get to know different cultures. Even if you can’t leave the area, experience the cultures at ECU. There is the First Friends Program, and the international management classes through the College of Business will teach you about different countries’ practices.

If you can, go out of the state or even just out of Greenville. It doesn’t need to be a big trip, but getting out of your comfort zone is important to grow and learn more as a person.

If you do find yourself in a foreign country or area, try not to follow the tourist attractions. Those are fun, but you will have more memorable experiences getting to know local people and practicing the local ways to truly learn the culture.

Traveling provides unique insight into the world, cultures, and ultimately helps us see what we are truly passionate about.

If you are interested in studying abroad, the College of Business takes a trip every summer! Follow this link to learn more.

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Don’t Stress, They’re Only Finals

Finals can be stressful.

Stress can take a hard toll on your body, making studying difficult, and the vicious cycle continues.

 

This semester, refuse to give in to stress with these 10 ways to stay calm and collected during exam week.

1. Take breaks.

One thing many people try to do–with the best intentions–is power through all of their subjects in a row. Just like how your car takes a second to switch between gears, your brain also needs time to adjust to different material. 5-10 minutes of walking, listening to music or grabbing a snack will actually help your brain stay more alert by concentrating on one subject at a time.

 

2. Sweat it.

I once knew a girl whose father made her study for her SATs after running 5 miles, and then made her run the same distance before taking the actual exam after she had earned a low score on a previous attempt. What happened? Her score almost doubled.

 

3. Make a plan.

Grab yourself a desktop calendar from Walmart and write out your study schedule. Write in the actual exam and term paper due dates, then on the days leading up to each exam, write exactly what material needs to be studied. Bonus points if you use different colors for each subject.

 

4. Clean your desk.

Close your eyes and watch the clutter disappear. Better yet, actually organize your desk and feel the cobwebs in your brain leave with the ones from your desk. Decluttering your study area will let you truly focus on what matters without the dust bunnies distracting you.

 

5. Find some fur.

Countless studies have proven that petting dogs or cats relieves stress. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, combine a few stress relieving techniques and take a study break by going for a run with your dog.

 

6. Breathe.

We do it so instinctually that we sometimes forget we even need to do it, but closing your eyes and concentrating on your deep breaths are not just one of Leonard’s anger management tactics from The Big Bang Theory. Mindful breathing has been shown to slow heart rates and thus reduce stress.

 

7. Get off Facebook.

How often have you logged in to Facebook only intending to find out a friend’s birthday, but when you look at the time and 3 hours have passed? If you truly can’t muster the self control to unplug from social media while studying, use the Firefox plugin Leech Block to do it for you.

 

8. Get outside.

Not only is fresh air invigorating, but getting enough Vitamin D is essential to be fully healthy–especially during finals week. 10-30 minutes outside each day is enough for your body to soak in the nutrients it needs. Extra credit if you get some exercise in the great outdoors.

 

9. Eat smart.

It has been drilled into us from birth the importance of starting the day right with a nutritious breakfast, but it doesn’t stop at our first meal of the day. If “you are what you eat,” would you be a sluggish jelly donut or an energized bowl of oatmeal? If you need some help making smart choices, Live Better America has you covered.

 

10. XYZzzzzs.

Getting adequate sleep is always vital for optimum performance, so don’t put it off one second longer. Try unwinding before bed: it can be a few gentle stretches or yoga, reading a book for pleasure, taking a soothing bath, or enjoying a warm cup of non-caffeinated tea. You’ll be counting those sheep in no time.

Sure, finals can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. If you plan ahead and stay healthy, there is no reason you can’t feel completely prepared for each exam and feel confident when the time comes to bubble in your answers.

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Meet Thomas Frank: “College Info Geek” Blogger, Doer of the Impossible

College can be stressful.

Ultimately, though, we all just want to make our time here awesome.

 

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Thomas Frank, College Info Geek creator and blogger, knows all about awesome.

Despite his packed schedule, Thomas agreed to answer a few questions for the inquiring minds at ECU’s College of Business.

SQ: Where did the idea to create College Info Geek come from?

TF: Like the ancient Chinese philosophers did before me, I sought the wisdom of the gods by looking at the cracks in turtle shells. Where the Chinese found the symbols that would become kanji, I was presented with a message that said, “Start a blog about college and don’t write about your anime figurines.”

Ok, maybe that’s not true. All good stories deserve embellishment, right? The real story is that I actually never intended to start my own blog. When I was a freshman, I was a huge fan of HackCollege. This was back when Kelly Sutton – the founder of the site – was still running things, and I wanted to be just like him.

Well, my opportunity presented itself near the end of said freshman year. HackCollege announced that they were looking for writers, and that any student could send in their resume and a finished article to be considered. Boom. Tom’s hands hit plastic keys at lightning speed and HackCollege receives the best application ever a few hours later.

The KGB must have blackmailed them or something, though, because I got rejected. Yep. No writing on HackCollege for me. No being the next Kelly Sutton. Great dishonor.

However, I still had that guest post on my computer, and I didn’t want it to go to waste. I had been designing websites since high school, so I figured I could start my own blog. And that’s how College Info Geek came into being!

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Student Spotlight: Neshe Bond-Folefac

Have you ever stopped to consider how interesting the lives of students around you are?

Some students have had amazing internship experiences, some have inspirational trumphs, and some have made big plans to take effect upon graduation from East Carolina University.

It can be difficult to find these interesting people and strike up a conversation with them all, so the Student Spotlight will do the work for you.

This time, the Student Spotlight is shining on Neshe Bond-Folefac.

You may have seen her working in the Bate 3001 computer lab, or in any of her marketing or finance classes.

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When the spotlight is on you, what is it that makes you interesting?

What makes you stand out?

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