Books to Read in College

November 21, 2014 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Reviews

I have read many different books in college. From novels, magazines, newspapers, to textbooks. Each of these readings helped me gain new information about the world and a new view point that help me shape my personality and thinking. There are many books that I loved, but the books that stood out the most were The Piano Lesson, Moby-Dick, Hamlet, and Kindred.

Read Books!

Read Books!

The Piano Lesson: I read this book during my freshman year in college and now in my senior year. It is a story about an African-American family divided by the decision of selling a piano that has the history of their ancestors carved in it or not sell it. The play is a wonderful example of how to maintain African roots and remembering/honoring ancestors. If you have nothing to read this is a great book to pick up at any local library. I highly recommended to every college student.

Moby-Dick: First, let me say this is not one of my favorite novels I have read in college, but one of the most difficult and challenging book I have read in my entire life. I will never forget this novel and recommend this book to people who like to read challenging literature. The only interesting part of the novel were the first 23 chapters, after that, it went downhill by becoming difficult to understand. It was like I was reading another language. Yet, it was an interesting experience to have read this novel.

Hamlet: Shakespeare. Yes, another difficult book to read. We all have been reading Shakespeare since middle school all the way to high school. For those who are literature majors then probably in college too, just like I have. After reading Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream so many times, I was tired of them. I wanted a new book to analyze, so I took a shakespeare class and read Hamlet. It’s a great revenge story that should be given a chance despite its difficult language.

Kindred: BEST NOVEL EVER! I have never read a novel like this one. Kindred is a time travel story and about slavery. Yes, it’s a unique combination, but this author created a wonderful story. It is about a women who travels back in time to the slavery times to save her family lineage and make sure her birth happens by setting up the birth of one of her ancestors. While making sure that the child is born, to secure her birth, she experiences the traumatic event of being treated like a slave and being beaten by a white master and experiencing extreme pain. I highly recommend this novel to everyone who wants to read a book that has an exciting plot and is unique.

Reading books in college is inevitable, but the type of books college students are reading is different for everyone. Some students are reading interesting novels and other are not. It is to each person to remember and recommend those books that they like to others because it will help spread the word of unnoticed, but amazing books. 

UMaine culture events

November 21, 2014 in Campus Life, Events

At the University of Maine there are many cultural events that are planned on campus at the Collins Center for the Arts. It is the main auditorium for the University and holds concerts, comedians, plays and hosts an art gallery.

One of the great things about the University is that it brings in many artists from around the area of Orono as well as around the world. It is a great way for people to experience different cultures. For students to attend most of these events it is free to enter by showing their student ID card. For events that are not free, students are allowed two free tickets per semester to use towards any event.

During this year the University is hosting many holiday events to bring in people from the community, this year they are having the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on December 9 at 7:00 p.m. This is a holiday concert event is produced by Chris Davis, a Grammy award winner, is a mixture of holiday music and multimedia effects. Later on December 20 and 21 the university will be hosting a special presentation of the Nutcracker. It can’t be considered the holiday season without having a presentation of the Nutcracker.

Another event that is taking place this holiday season if you have a young family is an Art factory family fun day. It is free for families to attend and all art supplies are supplied as well. What better way to kick off the holiday season as a family than attending an art factory fun day.

UMaine does a great job at hosting multiple events that will appeal to all audiences not only just adults. It is a great way for the entire community to feel involved. Many other cultural art venues forget to add family events to their schedule. It is one way to build a strong relationship that will last.

UMaine really does a great job a promoting these events to people who are in the community and from far away. The marketing department sends out reminders and promotions for their events to ensure that they receive proper turnout. Social media has also become really helpful to reach out to even more people that aren’t in their e-mail list.

Not only do they focus on the arts, but on other cultures as well. UMaine hosts an annual multi-cultural event once a year. With many international students attending UMaine it is a great idea for them to express their own culture to their new surroundings and friends. Not only does it give students a chance to express their own culture, but it gives other students a chance to learn about other cultures.

Being in the state of Maine, it is very hard for many to experience different things. UMaine does a great job to help students experience different events and cultures that they wouldn’t exactly have the opportunity to do. Because of the size of the school it is able to attract artists, musicians and events because of the size of the school.

Considering Communication Studies or German?

November 21, 2014 in Academics, Career, Colleges

Longwood public speaking class in CSTAC.

Longwood public speaking class in CSTAC.

I major in Communication Studies: Mass Media.  I also have a minor in German.  My studies at Longwood University are some of the best in the business.

My major in Communication Studies: Mass Media and I absolutely love it!  I want to become a journalist one day, and if you are considering any profession in the field of mass media, this is the right major for you.  We get to do a lot of fun, hands-on field work.  We work a lot with cameras and editing software and also dip into many different topics like news broadcasting, opinion writing, digital page design, media law, and more.

For people who think that they have to be the prettiest, or the most technologically smart to be in the major, you are wrong.  People who major in Mass Media, are diverse and come from all different backgrounds and experience levels.  We get first hand experience on how a newsroom would operate, and also how it would be working in the real world inside of a communications department.

Communication Studies in general at Longwood has two different concentrations.  We have Public Relations and Organizational Communication, that goes along with Mass Media.  The two will give you valuable experience in the classrooms in the beautiful building called CSTAC on its campus.

Also, especially for Mass Media concentrations, across campus from CSTAC, there is a building with a full television studio and a radio station that are both student run.  Communication Studies majors are also some of the most involved on Longwood’s campus.  They are involved in internships and job in the public relations office, on The Rotunda newspaper, do social media marketing and management for various offices, and have radio shows on WMLU 91.3FM.

I am also a German minor at Longwood.  For all of you who hate languages, I did too at the beginning.  I really thought it was going to be a 4 semester journey, just to knock out my general education goal.  But, I found that German taught me a lot about diversity and learning in a completely different way, so I decided to make it my minor.  I enjoy the small program, and learning in fun and unique ways.  I also think that it helps me with my journalism aspirations, because it is helping me learn a language, and making me more marketable.

I also enjoy both of the programs that I am in because of my awesome and fun professors.  They are very hands on and know all of the students in the major/minors name.  They make your experience in the program really interactive and more flexible, and I really enjoy that aspect of my major and minor at Longwood.

If you are looking for a major or minor with that will give you real life experience, that broaden your horizons, with small class sizes, and motivating professors, Communication Studies or German would be a great fit for you.

My advice to potential students who are looking to find a major or minor that is fit for them, I would just tell them to be passionate about their future and their career aspirations!  Also, I would tell them to challenge themselves.

The Websites One College Man Uses Daily

November 21, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

The Websites One College Boy Uses Daily

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You want me to list websites on hot babes, pornography, or any of the above that you would think most guys would be visiting on a constant basis. Needless to say, I’m not going to be doing that. Whatever men do in their personal life is up to them. Nobody needs to make that public unless it’s through willing consent. However, what I will be writing about is the websites I use on a constant basis and how they are a key portion of my day. Let’s get started.

1)      Youtube

Youtube is my most visited website. There are many video producers that I follow on a daily basis, so seeing them post their upcoming video in a series I’m watching is part of my downtime in general. This also gives me the chance to follow multiple different types of channels with their unique personal flares/topics they like to discuss. For example, some channels I watch cover the daily news while others are video game walk throughs on games I like to play. Overall, it’s a website that’s extremely a part of my life and gives me the opportunity to look for new ways of creating content.

2)      Facebook

Well, who is a college student that doesn’t have a facebook? I do know some, but a very high majority of college students have facebook. From facebook messaging to statuses to group conversations, it’s a very key website to spread the word out about new events coming up on campus, when club meetings are going to be, and asking people to dinner who may have dropped their phone in the toilet. It’s a good way to pick up on communication around campus and an excellent way to keep everyone updated on the upcoming happenings.

3)      Email(s)

I have two different emails, one that I use for personal/professional usages and one that the school has provided for me. The personal one includes all the deals that I may receive from my favorite stores/food places and potential job opportunities while the other sits there to take in emails from professors/school administrators. The most important emails I receive on my school account are safety, senior status updates, and my professors asking me to meet up with them about my senior portfolio. Boy, being a senior is hard.

4)      My Bank Account

Yes, constantly checking my bank account is important. I don’t want to be using my credit card to the point of no return. Checking this has become a constant daily routine as to how much money I have to spend on potential food runs/any other money type purchases.

5)      Netflix

For the same reasons as youtube, it’s nice to be able to fulfill my creative juices with new content. In Netflix’s case, it allows me to view shows I may/may not have heard about and continue binge watching over a weekend that I may or may not have procrastinated. Although it does not feel useful, it does help in the long run as far as my sanity goes.

Also, I’m on alivecampus.com a lot. Each week posting in our forums and also posting an article like this one! Of course, these websites are only the most frequented ones that I use, because each day is always changing itself up on me. I’d suggest thinking about what websites you frequent and how they become helpful to you. You’d be surprised how much information you’ve gained simply from being on youtube all day.

10 Things You Need to do Before You Graduate College

November 21, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

Before graduating

Before graduating

Being a college student is another chapter in your life and you should make the best of it. College is four years long (give or take) and you should experience several different things before you move on to the next part of your life. These are a few things you should do before graduating and moving on to bigger and better things.

  1. Meet new people

This can be scary at times…I know. However, your freshman year you don’t know anyone, but you can make the best of it. Meeting new people is a good thing because it opens friendships you never thought you would have. And the friends you make in college will probably be with you for the rest of your life.

2. Try something you’ve never done before

Everyone needs to experience something they are uncomfortable doing because it gets you out of your shell and breaks the monotony of everyday life. This could be anything from trying a new sport to taking a random class that you aren’t sure you will like. It doesn’t matter what it is, just as long as you’ve never done it before.

3. Get a job

Being in college is the start of living on your own. You don’t want to solely rely on your parents anymore so getting a job allows that. It could be a job on campus or in the town your college is in. Maybe you’ll even be lucky and get a job in the career field you want to go in.

4. Tour the town your college is in

It’s important to explore the area where your college is located. You never know what you might find and it allows you to find the fun places to hang out. Also, the town may have some historical significance that may be interesting to learn about.

5. Study abroad

I’m sad to say I did not get to do this one even though I really wanted to. However, I still think it is important to at least try to study abroad. Studying abroad allows you to see the world and experience different cultures. It opens your eyes to realizing there is so much more than the small world it feels like you’re living in at your college.

6. Pull an all-nighter

Again, I have never done this one either, but I have stayed up really late writing papers. I feel like pulling an all-nighter is common for a lot of college students and it is one thing they feel like they have to do because it is the thing to do. Procrastination is common and then an all-nighter is necessary. Or sometimes you just have so much work and you just need to pull an all-nighter.

7. Change your look

College is the experimental years. Try a new hair color, get a piercing, get bangs, and figure out what your style is and then realize later that it isn’t for you. Either way, change things up a bit. For me, I had to change my look when I was a freshman because when you are a freshman at VMI (Virginia Military Institute) you have to get your hair cut really short. Now I know I never want short hair again.

8. Attend a sporting event

Even if you aren’t in to sports, show some school spirit and attend a sporting event. This can be going to a football game, basketball game, or any other sport your school has that you may be interested in attending. It allows you to socialize with your friends while still supporting your school.

9. Get a college ring

This may seem weird for a lot of people but I think college is more important than high school. I know it is for me and getting a college ring symbolizes the obstacles I have conquered and shows the accomplishments that I have made as well. At VMI, the ring represents so much more than just the school, but it represents the bond that we have with one another and the brotherhood we have joined.

10. Attend at least one party

College is about having fun along with figuring out what you want to do with your life. Going to a party is part of the process of experiencing what it is like to be a college student. Let loose and make mistakes but remember to learn from your mistakes as well.

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