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Breaking into Baseball—Lessons Learned from Mark Smith at the Oakland A’s

By Jeannie Liakaris, Director, Wasserman Center for Career Development@SCPS

The Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management and the Wasserman Center for Career Development@SCPS co-sponsored a workshop on “Breaking Into Baseball” hosted by Mark Smith of the Oakland A’s. Here is what he had to share.

First and foremost, there is no magical path to break into baseball. Mark himself started as an aerospace engineering student, entered into the Air Force for 8 years, and parlayed his passion for sports photography to break into baseball starting as a volunteer with the Utah Grizzlies and Ogden Raptors.

Here are his top tips:

1. You have to start somewhere, begin with your passions, interests and show it with a portfolio of those passions.

2. Become a “professional” ditch the “fan hat”; having an intricate understanding of the game, operations, skillsets and experiences in the industry will certainly help you in your journey, but don’t get caught rooting for the wrong team.

There are two arms to baseball, the “business side” which includes Legal, Accounting, PR, Marketing, Finance and so forth, and “player operations” which include Baseball Operations, Scouting and Player Development. Learn and understand the difference of each area. In addition to team jobs there are numerous ancillary companies that teams use for various functions throughout the season. Baseball America Directory, Baseball America Magazine, and Sports Business Journals are good publications that showcase the companies involved with sports teams.

3. Be aware of the various job categories that exist, such as: Administrative Services, Broadcast Media & Journalism, Communication, Executive “C” Level Management & Athletic Administration, Facility Operations, Information Technology, Marketing Management & Product Development, Professional Services, Retail & Supply Chain Management, Selling & Sales Management. Know the areas that you are targeting, as well as your value add for your specific areas of interest.

4. Be open to gaining experience in various market segments that are transferable, such as: Amateur Athletics & Governing Bodies, Corporate Arena/Sports Marketing Suppliers, Facilities/Live Events/Leisure, Health & Fitness, Sporting Goods Brands/Consumer, Strategic Alliance Groups and Teams & Professional Leagues.

5. Have a plan. Develop daily, weekly, monthly and yearly plans that are strategic and thoughtful in your approach to break into baseball. Mark recommended that students talk to at least 80 people in the industry to get a clear understanding of the roles and expectations that will be expected of you. He planned his exit strategy from the Air Force for a few years until he made his transition, and continuously refined his plan.

6. Foster and grow your network. Begin with friends, colleagues, professors and the NYU community to share personal and professional updates. It is never about “a job” but rather combine your skill set and experience into what you
are exploring next. Think about ways to provide value to your network before asking them for something (i.e. an introduction). Also, never let your relationships dwindle; keep them up as you move throughout your career.

7. Know the tools that are needed to be successful in your area of interest. For example, if you’re into Baseball Operations understanding the various topics in the industry is KEY; therefore reading FanGraphs,Journal of Quantitative
Analysis, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus in Sports is a must!

8. Be strategic with your resume. Put in metrics and accomplishments and be specific with your objective/profile.

9. Have a plan A, B, C, and D, and remember that you are never asking for a job, it is about having quality conversations about industry, trends, best practices in your field/discipline that will keep you top of mind with your network.

To learn more, follow Mark on Twitter @MarkASmith6, connect with him on LinkedIn, or email marka.smith6@gmail.com.

As an NYU student you have a vast amount of resources available to you to help plan your own personal career action plans. To get started, or help refine your strategy, schedule a career coaching appointment with the NYU Wasserman Center, NYU Wasserman Center@SCPS, and/or the NYU Tisch Center team to hone your approach. As we like to say, leverage all the resources
available to you!

Healthy Eating for the NYU Student During the Most Stressful Time of the Year!, Part II

Destiny Arturet is a Wasserman Center Graduate Assistant and a Master’s Student at Gallatin. As part of our Wellness Series, she offers some advice on healthy eating habits. If you missed Part I of her series, click here for a recap. There, she advised students to: 1) Know their finals schedule, 2) avoid those sugary drinks during all-nighters, and 3) steer clear of binge-eating during finals. Below, you’ll find her next four tips. And, be sure to scroll to the bottom for the latest installment of our Wasserman Playlist.

4.  So, you have a long day ahead of you:

  • Eat a large breakfast!  The best kinds of breakfasts are packed with protein because they keep you fuller longer.  Try oatmeal with walnuts, half a banana (chopped), and semi-sweet chocolate morsels, or huevos rancheros.  Additionally, the Health Promotion Office (726 Broadway, 3rd Floor) is offering a free cereal breakfast each weekday morning from May 7th through May 20th.

  • Pack snacks the night before and store them in your bag or in the fridge in case you don’t have time to do it in the morning!  Having something to snack on during the day will keep you going.

  • Do not skip meals!  If you know you have a busy day ahead of you, try cooking or packing lunch or dinner the night before.  If you have a meal plan, take your lunch or dinner to go.  Eating throughout the day will keep you fueled and energized!

5.  Limit your alcohol intake:

Finals can be stressful and you might feel like you want to blow off some steam or be social after finishing a paper or completing a final.  Instead, take this time to rest and prioritize your upcoming projects.  If you decide to head to the bar or attend a party, have one drink so as to not overindulge and keep yourself on track throughout finals.

6.  Drink plenty of water:

Stress can affect more than just our mental and emotional state.  It also takes a huge toll on us physically.  Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and regulated.

7.  Lastly, reward yourself!

Finals are a doozy.  And if you maintain healthy eating habits throughout the most stressful time of the year, you deserve to reward yourself.  Eat that slice of cheesecake, order the tater tots, or drink that milkshake.

Lesia Harhaj: Assistant Director: Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” – it’s the first song on my running playlist and is always especially inspiring for runs on the New York City streets!

Heather Morgan, Assistant Director Wasserman SCPS: Sigur Ros: Anything by the Icelandic band, Sigur Ros.

Tanya Hodges: Wasserman Center Front Desk Staff: “Copernicus” by Basia. It’s light and bouncy, and one of my favorite songs for that “happy feeling”.

Healthy Eating for the NYU Student During the Most Stressful Time of the Year, Part I

Destiny Arturet is a Wasserman Center Graduate Assistant and a Master’s Student at Gallatin. As part of our Wellness Series, she offers some advice on healthy eating habits. And, be sure to scroll to the bottom for the latest installment of our Wasserman Playlist.

It’s no surprise to NYU students that eating and living healthy in New York City can be quite expensive and even stressful.  But as a student, you have plenty of resources on campus that can help you stay healthy, energized, and active.  As finals are approaching, we have some tips for staying in the right mindset when it comes to eating well!  Below are my first three tips. Stay tuned for tips 4-6 later this week.

1.  Know your finals schedule:

Knowing what’s to come will give you a leg up on making the right decisions. Write down your finals schedule in your calendar or enter it in the calendar on your phone.  This way, you can plan when you’re going to wake up, eat, and even exercise!  Sleep, fuel, and exercise are incredibly important during finals to keep the stress from building up.

2.  For those all-nighters:

Instead of fueling with sugary energy drinks or tons of coffee (which can be addictive!) try drinking green tea.  Although it doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee, it is a healthier way to stay awake when you need to cram for tomorrow’s exam.  According to Lara Rondinelli, diabetes educator at Rush University, “Large quantities of caffeine are not good for anyone and even if these drinks are fortified with some vitamins this does not classify them as a health food.”  She suggests eating healthy throughout the day with lean meats, vegetables, fresh fruit, and low-fat dairy products to keep your energy up throughout the day.

3.  Avoid binge-eating under stress:

Finals can induce large amounts of unwanted stress and it’s tempting to eat your favorite foods under pressure, especially if you’re working throughout the night.  Before finals week, go grocery shopping to stock up on healthy ingredients for meals and snacks.  Here are some tips for grocery shopping:

  • Eat a snack before you venture to the grocery store!  We tend to make rash decisions when we’re hungry and we might buy food that we don’t need but look appetizing on an empty stomach.  Eat a granola bar, fresh fruit, or nuts, or have a smoothie before you leave apartment or dorm.

  • Make a list!  Making a list can be difficult if you don’t know what you want to buy.  We suggest looking up healthy recipes for meals (online or in a cookbook) and buying those ingredients.  But there are some staple pieces that you should always have on hand:

    • Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables

    • Canned vegetables and beans (great for soups)

    • Frozen fruit (great for smoothies)

    • Whole grain breads (or a gluten-free substitute if you have a food allergy)

    • Lean meats (or a vegetarian substitute if you do not eat meat)

    • Eggs (or a vegan substitute if you are dairy- and meat-free)

    • Rice or pasta

    • Cereal or rolled oats

    • Low-fat dairy products (or a vegan substitute if you are dairy-free)

  • Buy store-brand items!  They are often cheaper than the name-brand and have the exact same ingredients.

  • Make sure the ingredient list on the package is short!  This is a good way of making sure that there are no additives or preservatives in your food.  Basic rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it.

  • Find the best deals!  Trader Joe’s is an excellent place to shop as a college student because it’s inexpensive (despite the terribly long lines but if you’re patient enough, they move quickly.)  If you prefer not to venture to Union Square to take on the crowds at Trader Joe’s, see what grocery stores near you are having deals.  And don’t forget to frequent your local fruit and vegetable stand.

  • Always have snacks on hand!  It’s easy to get hungry when you’re tending to last minute responsibilities and finals as the end of the year approaches.  But be sure to always have some healthy snacks in your bag to keep yourself from venturing to the nearest fast-food restaurant.  Some great options are chopped fruits and vegetables, hummus with pretzels or pita chips, granola bars, and Nabisco 100 calorie snacks.  It’s healthy for you and your wallet!

If you don’t know how to cook:

  • YouTube!  If you want to learn how to make rice, pasta, hard-boiled eggs, or baked chicken, there are cooking tutorials on YouTube. YouTube isn’t just for your beloved cat videos.

  • Ask a friend!  You most likely know a friend who has some basic cooking knowledge.  Ask him or her!

  • Learn how to use a microwave effectively!  If you don’t know how to cook or don’t have a stove, or oven there are ways to cook your favorite meals in the microwave.

If you have a meal plan:

  • Download the CampusDish Mobile App on your phone to search today’s menu.  You can search by venue, calories, nutritional information, and more!

  • Look for the “Healthy for Life” logos on campus menus to help you make better choices about your breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner!  To learn more about NYU’s Healthy for Life program, please visit their website at http://ow.ly/w8eI4.

  • Do a walk-through!  Scope out all of your dining options before you grab a plate.  You can make a better decision about eating healthy before you sit down for dinner!

If you have to eat fast food:

  • Make smart choices!  Instead of ordering the cheeseburger or the most loaded item on the menu, choose an item with lean meat or with greens, substitute ketchup or mustard for mayonnaise, and drink water (it’s free)!

As promised, here are some more musical selections, with a particular emphasis on the “Bons”.

Destiny Arturet, Wasserman Center Graduate Assistant: Anything off of the Bon Iver, Bon Iver album is great and highly recommended.

Gracy Sarkissian, Associate Director: Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” in honor of New Jersey!

Lauren Lipsky, Manager of Alumni Career Programs: Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer”. I think it has a great rocker beat that can get people moving to action, whether in school, work or personal lives.

International Student Discussion About Internships

On Thursday, April 17, Jinyue Zhang, a Masters student in the Management and Systems program at SCPS attended a special workshop hosted by the NYU Wasserman Center @SCPS called “Succeeding in Your Internship: International Student Roundtables”.

During the event, students had an opportunity to meet with NYU-SCPS international alumni and second-year graduate students who have interned at fantastic companies. The guests were settled at one of the roundtables, and eight or nine students as a small group asked questions and learned about the background of the guests. The discussion rotated every eight minutes. Soon after the rotation started, both the students and the guests became highly focused on the discussion. And after an hour and a half of talking and laughing, everyone found they gained great insight from the guests and generated a clearer direction about their internship search.

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Here is some of the valuable advice offered forth by the special guests.

Tips about searching for the internship:

1.     Be fully prepared: “Spend 80% of your time building skills and your personal brand.” Said Mark Li (graduate degree in Integrated Marketing). Success is the accumulation of everyday effort. There are many things to do before you worry about how to network. You can sit down in the library to work on a resume that can highlight all your skills. You can read newspapers and blogs to become more familiar with the culture and job market in the US. You can also try to write a blog, or even an eBook, just to show your expertise in the specific industry.

2.     Be proactive: What’s the next thing you should do after the preparation work? Networking. That’s when you can show your knowledge, and impress people around you. Having a positive attitude is crucial. This is also important for an interview. During the interview, always remember to be confident, ask questions and be humble about learning.

3.     Take advantage of the resources: Luckily, there are plenty of resources we can use as NYU students. Search information on NYU CareerNet, make an appointment with one of the great career coaches, or join the Mentor Network. Finally, the use of LinkedIn cannot be overemphasized. Building a professional profile and participating in specific groups on LinkedIn will always help.

Tips about relationship building:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask: When you are already a part of the company, never hesitate to ask questions. This is when a new stage of networking begins. People are always glad to answer thoughtful questions. By asking questions, you’re able to have a better understanding of the corporate culture, and maybe gain more hands-on experience.

2. Dealing with culture shock: Many international students find themselves facing great differences in the working culture here. However, when you are knocking your head against the wall trying to fit into the new culture, don’t forget you have your own culture to help showcase your personality. For instance, instead of drinking coffee, Bill Yao (second-year M.S. Sports Business candidate) always makes himself a cup of tea in the office. And surprisingly, he found that people started a good conversation with him about Chinese tea.

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As a first-year international graduate student in SCPS, I found this event more interesting and helpful than any others I’ve been to. More importantly, when talking to the second-year graduate students, I can’t help but think about what my career path will be by this time next year. Looking at what others have achieved will always motivate you to work harder. If you didn’t have a chance to attend this event, don’t miss another workshop like this in the future!

Still Hunting for a Summer Gig?

By Terri Burns, CAS Class of 2016 and NYU Wasserman Peer in Career Member

Howdy. My last blog post was all about starting off the semester with a bang. Seems like it was just yesterday, right? Yet somehow we’ve made it this far, with (semi) warm weather, finals around the corner, and summer on the horizon. For those of you who’ve locked down awesome summer jobs and internships, congrats! I hope you’re gearing up for a summer of hard work, learning, and fun. For those of you who are still on the hunt, don’t fret.  Though April is soon coming to a close, don’t think that there aren’t great opportunities still out there. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling on snagging a last-minute position:

Chat It Up

Email professors. Call former employers. Gchat with coworkers.  Inform your professional connections that you’re interested in work in order to market yourself as a possible hire.

CareerNet/ Wasserman Counselor

Log into CareerNet to search through job positions within your field of interests. For tips and tricks, be sure to come into the office for a 30 minute appointment with a counselor. There are also walk-ins, and you can even call or Skype if you’re overloaded with end-of-the-semester to-dos.

Do More Research

In addition to Career Net, there are other fantastic resources that may be helpful. Some useful places:

Consider Your Options

Having a summer job or an internship is great, but there are also other options from which you can gain valuable experience that also looks good on your resume.  Summer research and projects are a great option.  Get in contact with friends, professors, and mentors (either in NYC or in your hometown) to discuss working on an interesting project over the summer. (And who knows? You may even get paid for it!)

Don’t Give Up

Luckily for NYU Students, we are in a hub of resources to help us get places. So don’t give up! Take advantage of it. If you’re done with midterms, you may have a few weeks to cruise before the insanity of finals kicks in.  This is a great time to keep searching for those who are still on the job hunt. Good luck, and remember, there’s a whole team of people who can help you at NYU Wasserman!

And, as a bonus, here are more Wasserman Staff selections for your summer gig search listening pleasure:

Heather Tranen, Associate Director: “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen.

A Jersey gal at heart, anything by the Boss gets me up and moving. However, something about the tempo and message in the Rising makes it a go-to for me. Whether meeting a deadline, going for  a run, or prepping for a presentation, Bruce gets me through it!

Rebecca Salk, Assistant Director: “Hammer and a Nail” by Indigo Girls – I was obsessed with this song in college – I listened to it all the time whenever I needed a pick-me-up!

Paula Lee, Director: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

Stress Reduction for Working Well, Part III

Sheila Lynch is a Master’s student in Steinhardt’s Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Program. She also works at the Wasserman Center front desk where she’s probably helped you log in for an event or appointment. Here, she offers the second in a three-part series for managing stress. Check out Part One here and Part Two here. Be sure to scroll all the way through to check out the latest selections in the Wasserman Center Playlist.

  • Step 3: Take action! Now that you’ve done the evaluation, what can you do to directly impact the stressor(s) or cope with the effects of the stress? Think of the 4 R’s:

Resolve. Reduce. Rethink & React.

    • Resolve: Do you have a lot of control over your stressors? Can you resolve it so it no longer produces negative effects? For example…
      • Stressor: Midterm paper due next week. Pages completed: 0
      • Resolve it: Get it off your plate and out of your mind! Break the paper down into smaller tasks: research, outline, write, edit, print. Keep breaking it down into manageable chunks. Make a list and give yourself a deadline for each item. Then start crossing things off, one at a time.
    • Reduce: Even when we don’t have complete control over our stressors, we may be able to reduce their negative effects by taking action to directly impact the stressor in some way. For example…
      • Stressor: Getting to work late via subway. Panic sets in every morning as you sit below ground unable to communicate to your boss that the train is running sooo sloooowly.
      • Reduce it: Leave earlier! If you’re regularly late, it’s time to re-evaluate how much time you need to get to work. Trains will be trains and we need to allow extra time for delays. Extreme delays and sick passengers are a part of using public transportation that we cannot control, but we can impact how many times we hit the snooze button each morning.
    • Rethink & React: Sometimes there is very little we can do to impact our stressors directly in a significant way. When this is the case, it can be helpful to rethink the situation and take action by deciding how you will react. Some ways of doing that are…
      • Finding acceptance: “I can’t control this situation, and that’s okay.”
      • Future-thinking: “The semester ends in three weeks!”
      • Coping: “I can’t avoid this interview, but I can still reduce my anxiety by…”
        • Talking with a friend, family member, or trusted colleague
        • Talking to a professional:

 

Desalina Allen, Senior Assistant Director: “River of Dreams” by Billy Joel is a stress-reducer that always takes me back to childhood.

Tara Schwartz, Assistant Director: Oasis’ “Wonderwall”

Rachel Frint, Assistant Director Wasserman Center SCPS: “Samson” by Regina Spektor.

How to Make the Most of Your Internship: Hosted by Swiss Post Solutions

On Wednesday, 4/23 at 12:30pm at the Wasserman Center, join Swiss Post Solutions and learn how to stand out at your internship!

Gain insider information about what makes a successful intern, how to expand your professional network, and strategies to turn your internship into a full-time offer.  RSVP Here!

 

Dr. Paul Ortega has been in the education, training and development industry since 1989.  Dr. Ortega is the National Director of Training & Organizational Development for Swiss Post Solutions North America.  Swiss Post Solutions (SPS) is a premier provider of business process outsourcing and digitization solutions.  Dr. Ortega is a member of the Board of Directors for the Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI).

Dr. Ortega is one of the key executives in SPS responsible for the hiring, in-depth development and mentoring of its employees. He has instituted high standards for the SPS organization providing a curriculum with more than 800 hours of voluntary professional development programs (compared to the industry standard of 200 hours). He further developed an intensive Leadership Academy Program which immerses interns looking to find career opportunities with SPS in classes designed to fortify their skills and professional behaviors.

In recent years, Dr. Ortega served as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, executive coach, leadership educator at professional conferences and educational institution throughout North America. Holding a degree in education from the University of California Los Angles, Dr. Ortega earned his MBA and PhD from the Anderson School of Management.

Stress Reduction for Working Well, Part II

Sheila Lynch is a Master’s student in Steinhardt’s Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Program. She also works at the Wasserman Center front desk where she’s probably helped you log in for an event or appointment. Here, she offers the second in a three-part series for managing stress. Check out yesterday’s Part One here. Be sure to scroll all the way through to check out the latest selections in the Wasserman Center Playlist.

  • Step 2: Evaluate. Once you’ve identified the stressors, think about each one and ask yourself, “How much control do I have over this?” How much control do you have over the various parts and effects of your stressors? Is there a problem that can be fixed with a little help, time, or focused attention? Is it an event or series of events (perhaps an interview or two) that have an end date in the near future? Is it a part of your life that’s here to stay for a while (chronic illness, caring for a loved one, paying loans)?

It’s not unusual for a stressor to feel more or less in your control depending upon the circumstances or timing of its arrival. However, sometimes a new perspective can make all of the difference. Perhaps you didn’t realize how much you can influence your stressors or how helpful it might be just to recognize the extent of your control. Regardless, in many cases, there is more than one way to take action (and thankfully, when it comes to interviewing, we can help).

Jeannie Liakaris, Director at Wasserman Center, NYU-SCPS: Jump in the Line by  Harry Belafonte — this song puts me in the best mood, no matter how tough the day is.

Dexter Hazelton, Systems Administrator at the Wasserman Center: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley is a great stress-reducer.

Manaf Mansure, Assistant Director: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is definitely my pick!

Stress Reduction for Working Well, Part I

Sheila Lynch is a Master’s student in Steinhardt’s Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Program. She also works at the Wasserman Center front desk where she’s probably helped you log in for an event or appointment. Here, she offers the first in a three-part series for managing stress and offers a song below as part of our ongoing music playlist.

We thought it would be a good idea to start our series on “Working Well” with some stress-busting basics. Then again, whether you’re in undergrad, graduate school, or dusting off your diploma– you’re probably already an expert on the topic. Perhaps you learned about the flight or fight response in Intro to Psych, or discovered the difference between eustress and distress when your sister transformed into Bridezilla last spring. Maybe you just deal with it Every. Darn. Day. Point is, you get it: some stress is good, too much stress can be trouble.

But we all get to a point (be it monthly, weekly, yearly) when the stress gets to be too much, and suddenly we don’t feel so well-equipped to deal. So what can you do when the pressures of work and school start piling up and the usual quick fixes aren’t working?

Next time all of your responsibilities are crowding your plate (and your judgment), try using this three step process to start clearing a path:

  • Step 1: Identify. What’s the source of your stress? Is there just one source, or can you identify a few? Write them down. Try prioritizing them according to which ones are giving you the most grief.

    • Need help identifying your stressors? Here are some common sources of school- and work-related stress to get you started:

      • School: adjusting to new environments, borrowing money, taking exams, finding employment, pressure to achieve, time management (Read more.)

      • Work: feeling powerless, unclear job description, poor job fit, poor working conditions, job insecurity, commuting, traumatic events (Read more.)

According to The American Institute of Stress, when it comes to workplace stress,“It is not the job but the person-environment fit that matters.”

No doubt, stress in one area tends to affect another. See if you can trace the stress back to its root(s). It can take time and serious self-reflection to understand if the stress you experience around midterms is in anticipation of the tests… or if it seems like something more than your average exam anxiety. Perhaps roommate troubles? Chronic illness? Internship search…?

(Check back soon for Step Two of Three…)

Sheila Lynch, Wasserman Center Staff: I never paid much attention to the olympics until the summer of 2012 when, having recently discovered my own inner athlete, I began running home to watch swimming, diving, track, and (my favorite) gymnastics. I even liked the promos: hands clapping, chalk dust flying, pre-performance jitters being shaken from limbs, and Philip Phillips’s “Home” playing in the background. That song has become my own personal anthem– fueling my excitement and helping me gather courage as I prepare for a race, interview, or the start of a new school year. If you ever feel out of your comfort zone, give it a listen and you might make that zone your home.

Thande Shange, Career Coach: My current go-to stressbuster is “Winelight” by Grover Washington

Lindsay Unger: Manager of Global Career Development: My choice is “Pompeii” by Bastille. This song helps me unwind and lighten my mood if I’m stressed. It reminds me of my wedding when we played this song before it was on the radio and no one knew what it was. As expected, the dance floor cleared but my husband and I owned it and slowly but surely others were motivated by our enjoyment to join us. It was just a happy, liberating moment that I like to relive when I’m stressed.

Relaxing After a Tough Day

“There’s nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.”-Mickey Hart

It’s important to find a couple of minutes each day to step back and take it all in. Maybe you had a crazy meeting at your internship that lasted longer than expected. Maybe your test contained questions that the professor pulled out of thin air and all that study time went by the wayside. Maybe, too, it snowed again. (Yeah, that happened today…on April 16th!). Regardless of the situation, take some time to relax and let go of the worry, stress, and anxiety that the day can compound. A great way to do that…listen to music! Here are three more particularly relaxing suggestions from the Wasserman Center Staff.

Robert Caparaz, Associate Director: Cucurrucucu Paloma (version sung by Caetano Veloso). The singer looks like my maternal great-grandpa, except he’s Brazilian, and with long hair. Very understated singing, and a lullaby voice.


Lisa White, Assistant Director-SCPS:

My song is “Fantasia on a Theme” by Thomas Tallis (Ralph Vaughn Williams).

I have been playing the cello since elementary school, and I still continue to play in a community orchestra in NYC. Classical music is a great stress relief for me and I often play classical music in my office when I need some background music. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Ralph Vaughn Williams) is one of my favorite orchestral pieces.

Jenn Parson, Wasserman Center Graduate Assistant: My song is “Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I love it because it reminds me of my time in Hawai’i and immediately transports me to driving my car through the mountains of Oahu. Aside from that, the song has a great message and the tempo and style is very soothing. It’s like a lullaby for adults!