Rae Coleman

Class Year: 2016

Hometown: Erie, PA

Area of Study: Business Administration

Interests: food, music, reading, blogging and Netflix!


Hey there! My name is Rae and I am a senior here studying Business Administration. More importantly, I am super excited to start blogging for SJU.

I am an RA, a Late Night Co-Chair for the Student Union Board, Secretary of the Latino Student Association, and President of Bridging the Gap.

If I’m not working on one of  those organizations then I’m probably reading, sleeping or watching Netflix!


Administrators who have impacted my college career

Dr. Kim Allen-Stuck – Assistant Vice President of Student Success and Educational Support

  • I think I first met Kim during Running Start when I was a freshman. She was talking to us about Student Success, time management and how to plan out schedules (If you need help with time management, go see her). For the past year, Kim has been acting as the Interim Director  of Inclusion and Diversity and she has been doing a wonderful job. I know that she loves Student Success so if we could clone her and have her run OID too, it would be exactly what the university needs.


My favorite professors at SJU

These are in no particular order, but these are some of the professors that I’ve had in the past four years that I’ve really enjoyed having:

Dr. Divya Balasubramaniam – Introductory MicroEconomics

  • Dr. Divya is one of the greatest professors on campus. As a business major, I was required to take micro and macroeconomics. This wasn’t a topic that I was too interested in, but she made it so much fun. She is an amazing teacher and is always willing to help. Four years later, we always say hi to each other on campus and I usually get to see her at the Interfaith Service in the beginning of the spring semester.


The 411 on being a Business Administration Major

Before I came to college I knew for sure that I would be a business major. I was also certain that I wanted to do something relating to management. The BA major here is exactly what I was looking for. It’s pretty flexible, covers a lot of aspects in overall business, and you get to have a lot of say in the courses that you take. Students typically take five courses each semester. If need be, you can also take courses over the summer and during breaks

There are ten core classes that you have to take aside from the GEP (General Education Program) requirements:

  • ACC 101 – Concepts of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 102 – Managerial Accounting
  • DSS 200 – Introduction to Information Systems
  • DSS 210 – Business Statistics
  • DSS 220 – Business Analytics
  • FIN 200 – Introduction to Finance
  • MGT 110 – Essentials of Organizational Behavior
    • or MGT 120 – Essentials of Management (it doesn’t matter which one)
  • MGT 360 – Legal Environment of Business
  • MKT 201 – Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 495 – Business Policy

In addition to these you also will complete ACC 100 – Excel Competency online.


College is more than building your resume

Many students have a hard time a hard time figuring out what extra-curricular activities to join in college. Luckily, at Saint Joe’s we have an Activities Fair at the beginning of each semester. This allows students to see all of the organizations that campus has to offer and sign up for the ones that they are interested in. 9 times out of 10, students sign up for more organizations than they could ever actually keep up with.  That’s perfectly okay, you’re not expected to stick with all of them. The purpose is to explore your options, and pick the ones that you would most likely enjoy.


Recovery Awareness Week

This week is Recovery Awareness Week hosted by The Flock and Peer Educators!

The Flock is a student run organization out of the Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education Office located in Campion 212. The Flock’s mission statement is below:

The mission of The Flock is to have an open and honest platform of communication on the topic of addiction and recovery. Our ultimate goal is to support our fellow students that are affect by addiction and to spread awareness within the student body at SJU.

The week of events kicked off last Friday with Leadership Lessons: How to Be Successful in Life and in Recovery featuring Doug Tieman,


Fighting back against the April Slump

It’s grind time! During this time of year everything is coming at us all at once. We’ve got exams before finals, group projects and presentations, and term papers that we may or may not have started yet. If you’re an RA, we’ve got last minute programs and bulletin boards to submit. If you’re on an executive board, there are elections to look forward to along with any end of the year campus wide events or study breaks to plan. Of course, if you’re a senior, then we’ve got the future to think about.

This time of year can get a little overwhelming.


Hand in Hand Awareness Week!

Until this year I somehow always had a scheduling conflict when it was time for Hand in Hand. This year I will finally be able to volunteer and I cannot explain how excited I am about it. In case anyone is unfamiliar with what Hand in Hand does here is a description along with the events they have planned!

 Hand-in-Hand is an organization that hosts an annual spring carnival held at Saint Joseph’s University. Our mission is to spread awareness, increase interaction, and create unity among the Saint Joseph’s University community and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.”

Hand in Hand is celebrating “Around the World in Forty Years” and have a ton of events leading up to the big carnival.


Admitted Students Weekend

Even though I never got to attend the festivities of Admitted Students Day when I was a high school senior being behind the scenes as an RA proved to be just as fun. Once you’ve received your red envelope there are three major events that can help you seal the deal:

  1. Multicultural Admissions Program (MAP) – April 1st: MAP is both fun and educational. The purpose of the program is to show incoming students the importance of diversity and inclusion on campus. Prospective students get to spend a night in the residence halls, get familiar with some upperclassmen,


My Journey as a Student Leader: Part 2

As much as I love being a student leader, I’ve learned that there are times when it’s not all that great. Here are the top three reasons that have sometimes made me wish that I wasn’t so involved:

The work load can get overwhelming – The position that you hold in an organization typically determines the amount of responsibility that you have. Along with that, you are also taking classes, maybe working and/or playing sports. Balancing all of these things is not always easy no matter how good your time management skills are. Sometimes life happens and you fall behind.


My Journey as a Student Leader: Part 1

There are a lot of ups and downs to being a student leader, so you have to be prepared for the good, the bad, and the ugly. For now, we’ll just focus on the good.

One of the things that I love about Saint Joe’s is that there are tons of student run organizations to join that allow you to find where you fit as a student leader. Throughout my four years here, I have been an executive board member on our programming board and two organizations within The Office of Multicultural Life, an ambassador for a freshman early move-in program,


Working out without going to the gym

When I came to college I stopped playing sports because I no longer had the time to dedicate to practices and to games. To make up for the lack of physical activity that I attempted to go to the gym a few times only to realize that it just wasn’t for me.

To be honest, I hate using the machines at the gym. They’re large, bulky, and anything that I have to pull down is difficult to use because I’m barely tall enough to reach anything (I’m only five feet tall). I prefer to use free weights so working out in my apartment saves me the trouble of having to travel back and forth between campus and my apartment just to get a little bit of exercise.


Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference 2016

After joining the Student Union Board here on campus, I realized that planning events for college campuses was something that I enjoyed and was pretty good at. So I started talking to a few administrators around campus about pursuing a job in Student Affairs. This includes all of the departments that oversee RAs, orientation leaders, programming boards, Greek Life and much more.

On Friday, I attended the 42nd Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference with another student from SJU. She and I were serving as interns for the conference, which was an initiative that was implemented for the first time this year.


Trying to eat healthy in the dining hall

I always say that I’m going to eat healthier, but this semester I decided that I really wanted to give it a try. It is not always easy but so far I have been doing pretty well. What I’ve realized is that my best option for a well-rounded meal (or as well rounded as it can get in a college dining hall) is to go to the Home Zone (between the Grill and Dessert stations if you don’t pay attention to the names). For example, a few weeks ago they were serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and roasted cauliflower. The cauliflower is surprisingly really good when it’s roasted,


Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

As we all know, we had a break from classes yesterday in observance of MLK Day. This week there are lots of events and activities scheduled by the Diversity Awareness Committee to continue celebrating his legacy:

Tuesday, January 19th:


Tips for keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Some people make New Years Resolutions every year, but how many us actually stick with them? Here are a few tips to make sure that you reach you goals this year:

  1. Make sure your resolutions are things that you really want.
    • Your resolutions should be something that you want to achieve, not what others think you should achieve. Sure we can all go to the gym more often, but do you really want to? If the answer is no, then you may not have enough motivation to work for it. If you’re not motivated, then why make it a goal in the first place?


Preparing for spring semester

Congratulations to everyone that has already finished their finals and is ready to head home! Another semester of school in the books! If you’ve still got one or two left, keep pushing through, you’re almost there!

Many people may think that it’s too soon to start thinking about next semester but, I say it’s never too early! So once your finals are over take a good week or two to relax and enjoy the break. After that, slowly start to prepare yourself to return in the spring. To do that, there are a few simple things that you can do:

  • Buy your textbooks over break (if you haven’t already) so that you have them when classes start.


Finals Tips

Just a few things to remember as we head into finals week:

  • Don’t wait until the night before. Seriously don’t, it’s always a bad idea.
  • Ask your professors about anything that you’re unsure of. There’s no such thing as a stupid question.
  • Stock up on brain food. This can be healthy or junk food. Whatever keeps you going. (Most people tend to prefer Wawa because it has everything).
  • Attend all SI sessions and talk to your TA if you have one (even if you don’t think you’ll need the extra help).


The Truth About Business Policy

Surely everyone has heard the horror stories of Business Policy. It’s the capstone for everyone in the Haub School of Business. It’s four credits instead of three, and worst of all….it is a semester long group project.

I officially finished Policy on Wednesday, and since then a lot of people have been asking me if it’s really that bad. And the truth is…yes.

It is a lot of work, it is hard to handle at times, and you will have late nights because of it. Sometimes you may even question your major.

BUT, the feeling of finishing this course is extremely satisfying.


CIP Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year, the Center for International Programs (CIP) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner that allows International and American students to come together, mingle, and enjoy a good meal. For many of the students, this is their first American Thanksgiving dinner so they were excited not only to meet new people, but also to celebrate the holiday.

A few months ago the executive boards of the Asian Student Association (ASA), Latino Student Association (LSA), and International Student Association got together to talk about why there was no overlap of students in our general members. We all agreed that we should start working together in order to support each other’s organizations and help increase each other’s membership.


Drug Awareness Week

This week is Drug Awareness Week!

There are three events this week that everyone should try to attend, but it is a crazy time in the school year so maybe make it a goal to attend at least one!

Addiction Speak Out

Wednesday November 18th at 6 pm in the Perch

Panelists will share their experience and there will be Q&A session.


Drugs over Dinner

Friday November 20th at 5:30 pm in Villiger Lounge

Watch a short video about prescription drug abuse and then discuss it over a Thanksgiving style meal.


Mental Health Day

Now that finals are approaching, some of us are reaching the point where we spend more time in the library than in our apartments because we’re trying to stay on top of everything, but somehow keep slipping behind, and as a result we are sleep deprived beyond belief.

If you fall into this category, then hopefully you will find this useful.

Sometimes, the best thing that you can do for yourself, is take a mental health day.


Let me start by saying that just because you are taking a mental health day,


Group Projects

We all hate them, and yet, professors still make us do them. Usually the excuse is because in the “real world” we will have to do them so, we should practice now.

The thing is, group projects can be fun, but only if you like the people who you work with. If you have friends in the class and you can choose to work together, you know that you can trust them. When groups are assigned, there is usually that one person that hardly does their part, doesn’t show up for meetings, but somehow gets the same grade as everyone else.


Unity Week!

Tomorrow is the beginning of Unity Week! This week is dedicated to LGBTQ identities and for that reason there will be a lot of LGBTQ centered programming. Here’s the schedule:

Sunday Nov 1

  • Movie Viewing: “For the Bible Tells Me So” – Cardinal Foley Center 4pm
    • A film exploring how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Followed by discussion with special guests from the Waldron Mercy Academy
    • Moderated by Sr. Elizabeth Linehan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Opening Liturgy Eucharistic Celebration – Chapel of Saint Joseph 7pm

Tuesday Nov 3




If you don’t already know, this week is Alcohol Awareness Week and today was Black Out Day. This week takes place every year, right before Halloween and is hosted by the Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) office. Black Out Day is a day where students sign up to take a vow of silence from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to honor those who are in recovery, or have been lost to alcohol related tragedies such as overdose, addiction, and suicide.

Not only do we help spread awareness about the dangers of alcohol use, but everyone who participates is educated on the signs of alcohol poisoning.


Midterm Grades

So by now everyone has gotten their midterm grades. (If you haven’t looked at them yet, then you should go do that!)

The thing about midterm grades is that they let you know exactly where you stand, which is helpful, but sometimes they are misinterpreted. Just because you have an A in the class after midterms does not mean you’re free to slack off for the rest of the semester. The amount of work you put in the first half is the same amount you should continue to put in.

On the other hand, if your grade is a little lower than you expected,



At some point in your college career you should definitely go on a retreat. I am currently in the Poconos for the OML (Office of Multicultural Life) Retreat and it is the highlight of my semester so far.

The thing about retreats is that you already know that its going to be good time, but afterwards it ends up being ten times better than you originally imagined.

Retreats can be a time to reflect, a time to meet and connect with new people, a break from school work or just an escape from campus for a weekend.


Reasons to stay on campus for Fall Break

If you’re like me and live too far away to travel home for only 4-5 days, then you’ve probably noticed that very few people are still on campus right now. However, that’s not really a bad thing. At least I don’t think so. I’ve stayed on campus for every Fall Break for the past four years and I have to admit that I love it. Here’s why:

  1. Silence – I don’t have to go to the library to get work done. There are no distractions whatsoever, and if you did decide to go to the library, you don’t have to worry about it turning into social hour
  2. Campion is never crowded –


Why Pinterest is important for RAs

Pinterest is probably one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored, need to wind down or take a break from working. However, it can also be useful when I need to be productive as well.

As an RA I’m required to make useful bulletin boards and decorative name tags for my residents, but I am not a creative person. I have no artistic ability (except for one picture that I drew a long time ago) and I can hardly draw a straight line.

So when I need a little inspiration, I turn to Pinterest.


Think Pink Week!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the first full week of October (10/5-10/9) at SJU is Think Pink Week!

This year the week is Philly themed and all proceeds will go to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition! (For more information about the PA BCC click here

As always, the t-shirts this year look awesome! They will be sold for $10 each. Make sure you get one early because they will most likely sell out before the end of the week.


Below is the schedule for the week so you know exactly where to be and when:

  • Monday
    • Bake Sale in Mandeville 11am-2pm
    • T-shirt and raffles sale
  • Tuesday
    • Cake pops in the library 11am-12:30pm
      • 1 cake pop for $1
    • Guest speaker event,


Once in a Lifetime Moment



Although I am not Catholic, I fully understand and appreciate what it means to have a Jesuit education. I also recognize that Saint Joe’s has given me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t find at many other universities. From access to certain resources to attending a national conference for free, SJU has provided life changing experiences that are not available anywhere else.

Today  I was among hundreds of Saint Joe’s students that gathered around the chapel waiting for Pope Francis to bless our new statue. As I said,


LSA Week

Starting on Tuesday, the Latino Student Association will be hosting events all week-long for the entire student body!

If you don’t remember from my previous post about the Office of Multicultural Life, “The mission of LSA aims to preserve and promote the richness and diversity of Latino culture. Campus wide programming, collaborations (both on and off campus), and community service are used as vehicles to educate the SJU community, celebrate and explore various dimensions of culture, and develop appreciation and pride within the Hispanic community.”

In a nutshell, this organization allows Latino and Hispanic students to share and express their culture,


What to do during Pope Weekend!

It has begun! Pope Weekend is upon us. If you’re heading home this weekend…good for you! But for those of us that don’t have that option, here’s a little guide to help you through the madness:

Step 1: Go to Acme, Giant, or Target either tonight or in the morning to stock up!

Step 2: If you don’t have class tomorrow, enjoy getting a little extra rest (or sleeping all day)

Step 3: Use this time to catch up on work, maybe study for that upcoming exam that you forgot about (You’re welcome for the reminder 🙂 )

Step 4: After you been as productive as possible,


The Inauguration of our 28th President

I have been lucky enough to witness two presidential inaugurations during my time at Saint Joe’s. However, each time was a completely different experience.

My freshman year was the year that Father Gillespie became our 27th president. Of course classes were cancelled and as a freshman I thought that it was a great opportunity to witness a part of campus history. My friend and I got out of bed early, got dressed up and then headed over to Hagan Arena. Because it was so long ago I don’t remember most of the details, but I remember thinking that it was a very nice ceremony as I watched from the seats that oversee the arena.


Inside the OML

The Office of Multicultural Life is located in Campion Student Center room 229. The OML’s mission is to  enlighten and educate the university community at large through programming that focuses on inclusion, embracing and understanding our cultural differences. The OML is housed within the Office of Mission and provides a myriad of campus programs and services that stress the importance of a) student advocacy and campus inclusivity, b) provide mentorship relationships and various levels of advising, and c) develop leadership skill sets through campus programming, workshops, and trainings. Serving also as a bridge of support for students of color, the Office of Multicultural Life is central to rooting students to the campus community.


What is SUB?

The Student Union Board is a student-run organization that maximizes the college experience by providing engaging events for the entire student body on a college budget!




So in a nutshell, we are the programming board on campus and all year-long, we plan amazing events for you – both on and off campus – that are either heavily discounted or free! (In case you’re wondering, I’ve been a Late Night Co-Chair for SUB since I was a freshman) Our executive board is made up of 11 students that have a knack for event planning and want to provide entertainment and fun for the undergraduate community.


One Week Down!

Hello Friends!

We have officially made it through the first week of classes! I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted already.

Most of campus will spend this weekend relaxing without a care in the world, but not me. This weekend I am starting Operation: Get Your Life Together. The next three days (including today) will be spent reading, studying and getting a head start on the upcoming weeks. I know its early to start thinking about exams but I really want to be prepared. Here are a few tips for anyone that’s interested in staying ahead in class (hopefully that means everyone).