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Hi-ya there! First of all, I am sorry for not posting in a while. But fear not! I am here now to give an update on my educational career and how I'm spending my summer. 

Summer Camp 

One piece of advice that I can give to prospective students is to make the most of your summers. This can be done by working, finding an internship in your prospective field, or volunteering. Last summer, I was a camp counselor at the Gow School summer program. I had helped students with an array of learning disabilities. The Career Services Office at NU helped me create and edit my resume. To make it even better, it was all free! So this summer I'll be back for another summer at Gow!

Teaching Certification

If you are a prospective teacher in the state of New York, you must take some certification exams. Some exams, like the Educating All Students (EAS), are taken by all education majors. However, there are some exams, like the CST-Students with Special Needs, that are specific to your programs. To alleviate some pressure from the school year, I am taking two of the CST exams this summer. No need to fret, the faculty and staff in the College of Education are happy to help prepare you in doing well in these exams.


It is tough trying to fit in recreational reading during the school year. The summer is a great time to start reading! Believe me, when I was a kid, I looked at reading as a chore. But as I have gotten older, my apprehension has subsided. I think it changed once I figured out what kind of books interested me. I recommend to everyone The Hunger Games and the Divergent trilogies. Also, The Fault in Our Stars is an amazing novel. 

Take a Break

Don't push yourself too hard! Everyone needs to take a break here and there. In about a week, I'm taking a two-day trip to Cleveland with my friend, Margot. I need to get out of the house sometimes!

I am excited to be coming back as a junior at NU this fall. Plus, I got into the on-campus apartments! I hope I will see some of you at the Fall Orientation where I should be an orientation assistant again.

By all means. if you have questions about virtually anything about Niagara University, send me an email and I will be happy to help you! 

Cya later,
Michael Stilson