C4S Advice Guru Newsletter

January/February 2014 Newsletter: Issue 3, Vol 4

Message from the C4S Program Coordinator!

I hope everyone is having an amazing Reading Week!

Here is your copy of your January/February 2014 C4S Advice Guru Newsletter. I've tried to change it up a bit and make it more interactive for everyone by including many links and videos throughout the newsletter.

I also included my updated drop-in hours and contact information below.

Finally, Sydney, your new C4S Program Assistant wanted to say a few words about her experience thus far with Connecting4Success, I'll let her take it away...ENJOY!


Christina's Office Drop-In Hours

Tuesday through Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Message from the C4S Assistant!

Hi Everyone!

My name is Sydney Murray and I am in my fourth year of History with a minor in Political Science at the University of Windsor. I have really enjoyed my position as your C4S Program Assistant thus far, and had a lot of fun reading through your January reports! You are all doing a great job at providing amazing advice to your mentees. It is great to see that a lot of you are getting your mentees to think about getting involved and encouraging them to do their best academically.

In terms of overall suggestions, if your mentee wants to improve their learning strategies, or wants workplace experience, I would highly suggest (as many of you already know!) promoting the the Student Success Centre's “Service of the Day” to your mentees. This great resource offers daily sessions on topics like how to improve your learning and study skills, how to get involved on campus and utilize the CCT, how to get workplace experience, and can assist you with career planning and job searching. For more information, visit http://www1.uwindsor.ca/cce/success-service-of-the-day.

Midterms can be a stressful time for everyone. If you or your mentee is feeling overwhelmed this month (or anytime during the semester), check out the Peer Support Centre in the CAW Student Centre. Sometimes just talking to someone can help, and the Peer Support Centre is a place where you can find someone supportive to talk to. Remember, you are never alone!

You are all doing an absolutely wonderful job as Advice Gurus, and I just want to let all of you know how much I genuinely enjoy reading your reports and giving you positive feedback. If you ever want to stop by and say hi (I’d love to meet you!) feel free to visit me in the Student Success Centre (South) in the basement of Dillon Hall Mondays from 8:00a-3:00p.


Finding a Summer Job Workshop - RSVP Below!

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 4-6pm

Dillon Hall Room 351

This would be a great workshop to recommend to your mentee if they've mentioned wanting to look for a job this summer!

For full event details and to RSVP, please visit:


Fighting the Winter Blues with Yoga

It has been shown that Yoga is beneficial for college students, especially as a form of motivation and encouragement for us to do well in our studies and for a healthy mind and body in the long term.

Benefits include:

  1. Improves your concentration and refreshes your mind through gently exercising the muscles of your brain and body
  2. Reconnect with your inner self through deep breathing exercises and clear away the stresses of your mind.
  3. Stretch away the tense muscles and strengthen the body for endurance.

The University of Windsor offers Mind and Body Classes through Campus Recreation in the areas of Yoga, Pilates and Qigong. You can learn about the different yoga poses and their meanings to help you battle the harsh ways of university life and lower down the stress.

Be sure to check them out and sign up for a class or a private instructor at:


-Sarang Upneja

Other Winter Blues Resources

Yoga for the Winter Blues

This Month's Easy Meal is...French Toast!

Prep & Cook Time: 10-15 minutes


  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6-7 Teaspoons of Sugar (Depending on your taste for sweetness)
  • White Bread Slices


  • Mix the eggs, milk and sugar in a bowl and whisk till smooth.
  • Dip the bread into the mixture.
  • Place on a medium heated pan and flip till each side is golden brown.
  • Serve with a glass of milk or orange juice.
  • Top it with your favorite berries!

-Sarang Upneja

8 Essential Study Hacks- Brought to you by Buzzfeed

Feel free to share this video with your mentees, as well as try out some of these tips yourself!

Just remember, if you plan on recording a lecture, you must get permission from your professor beforehand.

8 Essential Study Hacks

Study Playlist

One of the above 'hacks' involves listening to instrumental music instead of music with lyrics. Check out this playlist below and feel free to share your own playlists that you might use to study with your mentees.


Slow Smooth Soothing Instrumental Music – for relaxing, studying, work – relaxdaily N°063 by relaxdaily

If your mentee has expressed they are experiencing anxiety over managing their money (especially if they are receiving financial aid), feel free to suggest they download one of these awesome (and free!) budget tracking apps.

1. Toshl Finance

2. Pocket Expense

3. Mint Personal Finance

4. Life Lock (Formerly Lemon Wallet)

For a full review of each, please visit the below link.

Source: http://www.survivingcollege.com/4-awesome-and-free-budget-tracking-apps/

The Canadian Conference on Student Leadership

Thursday, March 6th, 3:30pm to Sunday, March 9th, 11:30am

1280 Main St W

Hamilton, ON

In March 2014, McMaster will host a three-day conference organized “by students for students”. The Canadian Conference on Student Leadership (CCSL) brings together over 350 post-secondary students from across the country to participate. YOU are invited!


How to Ace Your Next Paper (Student Health 101 Preview)

By Brandy Wind with Rosemarie Driscoll

It's time to write a paper. Here are the steps for filling up that blank screen with a winning composition.

Step 1: Do your Research

Step 2: Document Resources

Step 3: Create a Structure

Step 4: Tailor Your Style

Step 5: Develop Your Voice

Step 6: Polish It Up

For the full article, please visit February's Edition of Student Health 101

Student Health 101 February Issue

Please share this link with your mentees, as well as take a look yourself for some valuable information on cooking, managing your finances, nutrition, relationships, mental health and more.

Special Thanks...

Special thanks to Sarang Upneja for helping with some of the articles featured in this newsletter.

Bio: My name is Sarang Upneja. I am a 4th Year Biology Student here at the University of Windsor. My ultimate goal in life is to become a physician in the near future. I have been a volunteer for the Connecting4Success program for the past year and its been a great opportunity for me to help others and to learn about them. I love writing articles for this newsletter because it is a great way for me to share with you helpful things that I, myself, have learned of and experienced in my University career. I hope you enjoy the articles & good luck in your studies! - Sarang U.

If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail christina@uwindsor.ca.