#truth: What’s not to like at Pasadena City College

May 2, 2015 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Career, Colleges

Everything always seems better in the beginning. Starting college for me was becoming an adult, becoming myself, and getting to make my own decisions. Pasadena City College was not my first choice college, but it is definitely a great start for someone looking to improve their grades or someone who is still figuring everything out. But before saying “I Do” to the acceptance letter, here are a few things I would change and a few things to consider:

 

1. When Your College Is Not Internship Friendly

 

I’m a lover of internships. I mean, who doesn’t love a great opportunity in a career setting? So mixing school and internship should be a perfect blend, right? Uhh… WRONG. At least at Pasadena City College, your internship needs in-country, in- state, and practically in-city (at least if you want credit for it, which we all would, right?). I was so excited when I got accepted into the Disney College Program and I couldn’t wait to work for my dream company. So when I found out that PCC offered an internship “class”, I was beyond thrilled to still be able to build my college transcript. Then, the class meeting schedule came out. #uhmmwhat? I was going to be in Florida working at Disney World for five months, how could you expect students participating in internships to come to a class? When I asked the professor if there was any way to gain credit for my internship, she responded by saying, “Apply to a college over there.”  And this was me: #wow #rude #unprofessional #byefelicia. With that said, if you want an internship friendly college, PCC is NOT for you. #iwenttofloridaanyway

 

2. When Your College Is Overpopulated 

 

Meeting new people? Heck yes! Having 40 people in a class? It’s possible. Pasadena City College is notorious for being overcrowded. It’s great at first because you get to meet so many new people, but you know its bad when your class is so large, that there isn’t enough seats. Education is something I pay for, so why wasn’t I getting it? It is difficult to learn when education isn’t personal. I practically had to wait in line to have my questions answered. I felt like my teachers hardly had time for me, and what student  PERSON wants to feel left behind? (And not pass a class?)

3. When You Don’t Graduate On Time… Because The One Class You Needed Was Filled

 

I think this might be a struggle every student deals with. Except PCC is notorious for it. This is another issue in overpopulation. I am in no way graduating any time soon, but I also know not to expect to graduate on time.   Many of the classes I needed just were not available because of priority. I wasn’t even able to get into my math class (which I needed prior to college math). #thestruggleisreal Many of my friends who go to neighboring colleges have had better luck getting the classes they need. HOWEVER, Pasadena City College has an amazing transfer rate… to stay or not to stay…

 

 

 

Unique Phobias

May 2, 2015 in Alive Campus

Phobias are a traumatic event that are link to an object and causes a fear and anxiety towards that specific object. For example, the majority of people are scared of heights. It is a common trauma that can happen for many reasons. A person may have been left alone for a little while in a high chair or have fallen off a high chair that may have left a negative impact on them. Some of these phobias are developed at an early age and are followed throughout life. Here is a list of the uncommon phobias I have heard of before writing this article:

Phobias

Phobias!

Malusdomesticaphobia (afraid of Apples): okay, let me be honest this is one of the weirdest phobias I have ever heard. I do have an uncommon phobia too, but I do not understand how can a person be afraid of an apple. What kind of traumatic event could a person go through to even be afraid of an apple? After thinking this, my next thoughts are how easy, in some ways, it is to avoid apples. When you go to a supermarket you can just not go to the fruit section, and that is it unless someone brings an apple to work as part of their lunch. Another question about this phobia is can a person eat an apple, without them knowing, and still be afraid for example, like in an apple pie. So many questions, but so little answers yet it’s interesting to know this phobia exist.

The next phobia is being afraid of chairs or (Seatophobia). Okay this phobia is more difficult to avoid and live with in a person’s daily life. Chairs are everywhere; we use it when we get in a bus, train, and in waiting rooms. We even use chairs at put homes and there is only so much time a person can stay standing up without getting tired. Also the same question as the apple phobia, what kind of traumatic event could a person go through to be afraid of chairs? The only way I can see this phobia not affect so much the daily lives of a person is if they are afraid of a specific chair like a rocking chair. Then, they can just avoid that chair and they will have a life without having anxiety attacks everywhere they go.

The next and last phobia is somewhat personal to me. As mentioned before, I have a phobia that I have lived with all my life and that is Emetophobia, it means that I am afraid of seeing/hearing someone vomit and I am afraid of vomiting. I have had this phobia all my life and do not know the root behind this fear. It’s not difficult to live with this phobia, as long as I do not see a person who is vomiting or if I feel like vomiting, which rarely happens. I do not like to tell people of this phobia of the fear of having them testing it out if it’s true of not by making themselves though up which I find really mean. It has happen to me a few time growing up, so now the only people that know of this phobia are my family and my closest friends.

Phobias can be difficult to live with, as some interfere with our daily lives. The only solution is to go to therapy and get help by slowly figuring out what the source of the fear comes from and why and facing our fears in a control setting that is controlled by a professional

Music at VMI (Virginia Military Institute)

May 1, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

The Pipe Band

The Pipe Band

One of the many things I love in life is music. I don’t know where I would be without it. Music has been a big part of my life because I have grown up with it. I have been singing since I was seven and playing the alto saxophone since I was eleven. Additionally, I listen to music all the time. Without music life would not be worth living.

My taste in music is somewhat versatile. However, I do lean towards two specific types. My two favorite types of music are pop and country. However, I like to listen to a little bit of everything. I’m the type of person that if I hear a song I like I don’t care what genre it is, that is why I like the Billboard Top 100 because it has a variety of different songs.

At VMI, our exposure to music is kind of limited. However, that doesn’t stop cadets from listening to music. Cadets love blasting music from their rooms, especially on a nice day or right before a parade in order to get hyped. From what I have heard, most cadets like to blast the top songs and/or country. Sadly, our opportunities to listen to live bands or go to music events are limited. Since we do not have much time for ourselves in the first place, it is extremely rare to have the time to go see a concert. Additionally, most big concerts are nowhere near our school. VMI is located in the Shenandoah Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding it. Therefore, almost everything worth doing is about an hour away. The one time I went to a concert as a cadet was during Easter break to see Hunter Hayes and it was an hour away in Roanoke, Virginia. Nevertheless, there are a few small concerts on campus and in the town throughout the year, but they are more of either classical or folk music and most cadets are not into those genres.

Additionally, there are a few music groups within the Corps. We have a regimental band, a jazz band, a glee club, a brass quintet, a men’s acapella group, pipe band, herald trumpets, and the buglers. I am part of the regimental band, the jazz band and the glee club. These groups helped me get through this school because they were my relief from all the stress, especially my rat (freshman) year.

Also, plenty of cadets and professors alike have their own bands or play instruments on the side for stress relief and a form of self-expression. Music is a big part of many cadets’ lives and they use it to help get them through this place. Conversely, when you are a rat (freshman) you are not allowed to listen to music for the first six months, which becomes difficult for a lot of people. One of the many struggles you have to overcome your first year here. So even though we go to a military college, cadets find ways to express themselves musically.

Controversial/Political Issues at Assumption College

April 30, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

There are two things that I want to talk about in this post that might offend some people, but I think they are pretty important to talk about. Assumption College is a private, catholic institution, so you can imagine that there are some controversial things that go on that not everyone agrees with. The two things that I am talking about are the Pro Life campaign and the AC allies group under campus ministry at Assumption. These are things that I have heard many other students talk about and discuss as a controversial/political topic, so I figured it would make sense to write about them.

Opposing sides

Opposing sides

At Assumption there is a group that call themselves “Advocates for Life.” Basically, they are a group of students that believe in individuals rights for every human life overall. They host a “Respect Life” week sometime during March each year that highlights certain issues such as domestic violence, hunger, and abortion. I have heard people express their frustration with this group for a couple of reasons. The biggest issue that I have heard is that the group uses “pro life,” “pro woman,” and “pro baby,” interchangeably. After talking to some students on this issue, they explained that it doesn’t make sense to use “pro life”  and “pro woman” because “pro life” is taking away woman’s rights and “pro woman” is for women’s rights.

I have also heard about another problem with the most recent campaign that they had a few weeks ago. During this campaign week one day was strictly for the issue of pro life. On this day, “human rights are not optional,” and other sayings going against “abortion” were written largely in chalk across campus. Some students had an issue with this because it seemed like it was being shoved in their face. Although the language that they used didn’t straight up say that abortion isn’t okay, it was clearly implied. The issue that students had with this was that it was sort of being pushed in their face and they felt that it wasn’t fair if someone had to walk past it who had experienced an abortion in the past. For example, if someone had an abortion because of medical reasons or if they had been physically abused and had an abortion as a result of it, it really would not be fair to make them walk past those sayings and feel like they were being judged. Overall, I think that this group on campus is trying to do good things, but they need to be careful because it is a controversial issue. A group like this is always going to offend one or two people, so they just need to be mindful of that.

The next issue that I am going to talk about is the AC allies group being under Assumption’s campus ministry. I personally don’t know much about this topic, but I have heard people on campus saying that they had an issue with this. AC allies is a group on campus that is basically a gay-straight alliance. Some people have a problem with this being under the campus ministry because the Catholic church does not support gay rights. Some people have even expressed that they have avoided joining AC allies because it is located under campus ministry.

I think that both of these issues are especially controversial because Assumption is a catholic college. People on this campus either have very strong religious opinions or they don’t have any at all. Overall, I think that everyone means well, but there are some lines that you can’t cross when an entire campus is involved.

Pre-Graduation Jitters

April 30, 2015 in Alive Campus, Career, Colleges

You’re a senior that’s graduating in just a few days, and you’re having your quarter-life crisis about where your life is headed after you walk across that stage. You’ve just reached a huge milestone in your life, but you can’t help but think of all the possible things that can go either completely right or entirely wrong. Will you get a job? Will you have the chance to move to your dream city? Will you find your soulmate? The questions are endless, so here are just a few thoughts I compiled to make you feel just a little bit better about your potential future.

Career: Finding a job is hard. Chances are, you won’t get a job right out of college, and that’s completely okay. Statistics show that it can take about 8 months to find an entry-level job, even with an outstanding Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. So take those few months to enjoy your free time, because as we all know, college is extremely stressful. Everyone deserves a break at some point to enjoy themselves. Also note that your first job may not always be completely related to your degree. That’s normal, because this is what will ultimately allow you to work your way up to your dream job. Don’t become discouraged and take it personally when companies don’t email you back after you sent in a picture-perfect application. There are so many factors involved in the hiring process that it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly what a job may be looking for. Expect rejection at some point, and stay positive no matter what. You WILL get hired at some point.

Getting Engaged: The norm has become getting engaged immediately after graduation or even during senior year of college, but don’t think that you’re obligated to just because everyone else is. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with your significant other. Finding a job and supporting yourself is important to do before completely settling down with someone else. You should always follow your dreams and your career plan first. If your significant other loves you, they will support you no matter what. So don’t panic if your boyfriend isn’t down on one knee immediately after you graduate. Really, there’s no rush!

Living on Your Own: There’s a good chance you’ll have to live back at home with your parents for a few months or even a year as you work. This is probably the best option so you can save up for an apartment. We’ve all said at some point that we can’t wait to be officially living on our own, but there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of your parents’ home for just a little while longer. This will allow you to save up and won’t put you in even more debt so you can comfortably live on your own when the time comes.

Salary: Don’t be picky when it comes to earning a salary. Entry-level jobs are just to get your foot in the door. As much as we’d all love to be making a huge salary our first year of working, this probably won’t be the case. Just remember that you’ll eventually be able to work your way up the ladder. Whatever a company offers you, take it, because they’re essentially offering you the chance to jumpstart your career.

Take these pointers into consideration as the real world welcomes you with open arms. Always have patience and stay optimistic. And of course, a big Congratulations to all of those graduating this spring! Embrace this wonderful moment, because I’m sure you’ve worked extremely hard to get where you are. Take a moment to breathe, toss your cap, and just remember that it’ll all work out.

Congratulations to the Graduates!

Congratulations to the Graduates!

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