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How Plagiarism Affects You

September 19, 2016 in Alive Campus

Plagiarism can get you into a lot of trouble, that’s why it’s important to know how to avoid such costly mistakes. Many people think that slightly adding information to an existing source or not giving complete credit when doing so is OK. However, any time you take some information that is not yours and present it as your own it is plagiarism or false representation.

College students are not the best when it comes to keeping deadlines. There are many events that you can go to in college, parties to attend, people to meet, classes to take, sports to play, trips to take, you get the point… As a result, many college students procrastinate and sometimes end up in situations where plagiarism seems like a last resort. Have you ever been up all night and thought wow this could be a lot easier if I found existing material on this topic? It is not uncommon for students in college to pull all-nighters just to get work done for school and their judgment is not as good after not sleeping for an extended period of time. However, the consequences of plagiarism can be severe and life-changing.

Students who plagiarize risk a slew of consequences ranging from getting an F on a paper, to failing and entire class, to a hearing board, or even expulsion and public humiliation. Have you ever had a friend who failed a class and didn’t want to tell you why? It could be that they were plagiarizing and felt very ashamed as a result of their actions. Plagiarism is simply not worth it and we never recommend plagiarism.

There are many notorious examples of students who were doing very well, or even political leaders, or prominent business people who were sidelined and lost their careers as a result of plagiarism. One should never rely on plagiarism to become a part of a professional career. If you are going to use someone else’s work it MUST be cited and appropriately referenced with all due credit given.

Have you ever felt the need to borrow someone else’s work? Think of the consequences. Your family will be very hurt when the public finds out what you have done. Your reputation will be destroyed with people who know what you did. Many will think you are a liar or they will not trust you anymore as a result of your actions. It is not uncommon for people who were once close to you to distance themselves as a result of your actions that are viewed unfavorably by society. Thus, make sure to think twice before ever considering any form of plagiarism.

There are many tools online to help combat plagiarism both from a professor’s side and a student’s side. Some are free and some cost money. However, one thing is certain: plagiarism never pays. One site called Plagiarism Search is a professional plagiarism checker that allows you to see if you are in fact committing an error and plagiarizing someone else’s work. We recommend thinking about the next time you want to plagiarize and the potential consequences that might occur.

Finding The Best Nursing School

October 19, 2015 in Alive Campus

When you begin looking for nursing colleges, there are a few things to keep in mind so that you attend a school with the best courses and clinical options.

Before you attend college, you should take as many science and math courses in high school as possible. This can help reduce some of the academic stress of taking similar classes in college as these will be an important part of what you learn. You should also take an anatomy course so that you have a general understanding of the human body. Search for a school that specializes in nursing. There are some schools that might have nursing courses but specialize in computers or teaching. Make sure the courses you take will transfer to another college if you want to further your education.

Think about the location of the school and where you plan to live. Most community colleges offer an RN program, but they usually don’t offer campus living options. Larger schools will often have dorms that you can live in, which will be easier if you plan on moving to another area of the state or the country. Look at the class schedules to see if some are offered online in case you have a job. This is a benefit if the school is farther away. Talk to some of the teachers to see if they are accredited and to get an idea of their teaching style. You can tell a good bit of what information will be given in class if you talk to the teachers and view some of the classwork that is required.

Financial aid is something else that you need to look at if you are paying for school on your own. There are several scholarships for nursing students, but you need to check with the school to see if there are specific scholarships that are only for students who attend. Some Pittsburgh Nursing Colleges might offer different amounts than a college in California. You also need to apply for any kind of government scholarships, making sure that each school you apply to receives the information as soon as possible. Check to see what is covered by the financial aid, such as books or housing.

Getting Involved at FSU

October 4, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

There are over 600 student-oriented clubs offered at FSU, which can undoubtedly be overwhelming to incoming freshman looking to get involved. Ranging from the skydiving club to medical and law-based clubs, the question is, where do you even begin? It’s best to look online through all of the clubs offered, and then choose one or two you think will suit your interests. The point of joining a club is to enjoy it; not for it to be another stressful obligation on your plate. Whatever you are studying in school may be a great place to start in regards to finding the right fit. I will narrow it down to just a few clubs that are most recognized here at FSU.

Advertising Club: While it’s one of the more expensive clubs to participate in, it’s very beneficial for those majoring in Advertising, Communications, English, etc. The club works with several big advertising agencies and provides students with real world experience, making it a great investment. The club also takes a trip each year to visit major agencies; this year, the trip was to New York!

Her Campus FSU

Her Campus FSU

Her Campus: While this is generally geared towards a more female staff, males are certainly not excluded if they are interested in writing for this huge global site. FSU has its own Her Campus chapter that is progressing more and more each year. The student-based staff provides the latest on entertainment, career, fashion, and so much more. It’s a great community to get involved in and is recognized by several other schools, which also have accessible links on the Her Campus site. If Her Campus doesn’t interest you, there are plenty of other clubs offered for those passionate about writing and editing. The Kudzu Review and the The Eggplant are two of which, and are more geared towards a gender-neutral staff.

Bowling Club: The bowling club at FSU is popular since we have a bowling alley located on campus, making it convenient for those interested in joining. What many students enjoy about this particular club is that it promotes recreational activity and can be enjoyed any time throughout the year without the worry of weather. Members even have the privilege of participating in tournaments and exhibitions to represent FSU as a team.

Center for Global Engagement: This organization works to increase global awareness and diversity at FSU, participating in several cross-cultural exchanges. This is an important program, and is especially beneficial for those passionate about studying abroad and learning about different cultures around the world.

Healthy Noles: College students are more aware of their health than ever before, which is why this is a growing club at FSU. It facilitates and promotes the understanding of leading a healthier lifestyle through proper diet and exercise while in college, which we know can be a difficult task between drinking and cheap fast food.

Healthy Noles

Healthy Noles

Habitat for Humanity: This nonprofit organization takes part in several community service events to promote housing for those suffering poverty. If you are better at hands-on activities and enjoy being in the outdoors, then this may be the club for you.

Fraternities/ Sororities: While Greek life technically only constitutes 16 percent of the FSU population, it still seems to play a very significant role at the university. If you’re interested in narrowing down your group of friends at such a large school, then a fraternity of sorority may be the best organization for you. Not only does it allow you to meet people that will become practically like family, but it also increases your social life by engaging you in different activities and participating in multiple events throughout the year. In the end, it always seems to be rewarding for those who are really passionate about joining.

With these only being a few of the many beneficial clubs to join at FSU, there is simply no excuse to not get involved during your time at the university. Be sure to attend the first-day meetings to see if you think it’s the right pick for you, and do your research beforehand to pick out what you think suits you best. It’s all about enjoying these extracurriculars as a small break away from school and making friends with students who share the same interests as you. FSU offers a site that allows you do limit your search by simply typing in your interests. Click on the link provided to begin your quest, and get involved!

A Word of Advice for College Seniors

September 22, 2015 in Alive Campus, Career

The Job Quest for Millennials

The Job Quest for Millennials

One of the burning questions we consistently ask ourselves throughout our senior year is whether or not we will be able to successfully enter the working world. We’ve pulled countless all-nighters to finish that paper and study for that ridiculously hard final, yet there’s no guarantee that we will be rewarded for our hard work. We’ve interned, worked part-time jobs, held decent grades, and still, we’re still unsure of where all of this exhausting work will lead us. The real question is, why is finding a job so difficult for college grads?

About 35 percent of the average American holds a Bachelors’ degree, and that’s only increasing with time. Naturally, there has become an increased competition rate for entry-level positions that all seniors desperately seek upon graduating. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to find a job as the time of our parents’ generation, where an Associate’s degree was plenty. We, as millennials, have been challenged for our skills, defined as lazy, told we’re not team players or hard workers, and the list goes on. However, what some companies may not recognize is that we are the generation who is most technologically proficient, which is essentially what all companies are turning to in regards to work. Some companies have moved to only working digitally since it’ progressively becoming the dominant method through which we complete tasks. After all, it’s efficient and speedy, so it makes the most sense.

I think there are a number of reasons why the job process has become nothing short of arduous for recent graduates. To name just a few, there’s the problem with not having experience, more students overall searching for jobs, the need for particular degrees to fit a certain position, lack of connections, lack of job openings, etc. The truth is, you may spend months or even close to a year searching for an entry-level position. I think one of the biggest words of advice I can provide is to never give up the search, no matter how many times you receive a rejection email. Those are bound to happen more often than not. While I am not in that position myself, I have watched close friends search up to a year to finally land a job related to their future career. The unfortunate truth is that you oftentimes need to have connections to even be considered for an interview. That’s why interning is key in college, but this still does not necessarily guarantee a job after you graduate. Another issue is that several companies also seek to hire people with experience in the field. How, though, how can we have experience if these companies never give us the initial chance to start?

Job Search

Job Search

It’s evidently difficult for people who haven’t experienced it to really know how current college students and graduates worry about their future. 83 percent of college students do not have a job lined up before graduation, despite their active search through various career sites, attending job fairs, etc. Finding a job is so demanding and exhausting, yet we’re still criticized for being lazy. As a senior who graduates in just 7 months, I have been asking myself the question more than ever. What happens when I graduate? Unfortunately, I don’t have all the answers, but I like to tell myself it will all unfold properly in the end. If we can get through a difficult 4 plus years of college, then we can certainly get through the long and frustrating process of job searching. Tackle it just like you did that biology final, and you’ll eventually be rewarded in time.

Controversial Issues at Florida State

September 14, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

A number of controversial issues can be found at every university. At Florida State, there are so many students attending that it’s nearly impossible to not have topics up for debate. There are a few issues in particular that have been stirring for the past few years. The biggest and most recent one is the question of whether or not guns should be allowed on the campus. There are so many sides to this argument that it needs to be examined in full detail.

Almost a year ago, there was a shooting at FSU’s main library, in which we were lucky enough to have escaped with no fatalities excluding the gunman. However, three students were seriously wounded because they were unable to protect themselves. After this situation, the question arose of whether or not students should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus as a form of protection. While no laws have been passed approving this notion, there is still debate as to whether it not it will improve campus safety, or if it will only increase threats. The argument lies in the idea that innocent, unarmed students have no way of saving themselves if more situations occur like the one in the library.

As of right now, students with valid permits are only allowed to leave guns locked in their cars during football games, which is something that has only recently been approved. It is still not acceptable for students to carry concealed weapons across campus. In my personal opinion, the idea that several students could be walking the campus carrying a concealed weapon is more dangerous than not, and therefore should not be permitted, Although students should certainly have the right to protect themselves, the more that possess guns, the higher chance of more tragic situations occurring. For example, if a student is drunk on campus, stressed over finals, fighting, or whatever the case, a weapon may become their go-to. These weapons are not things that should be taken lightly. If the campus wants students to have more protection, then security should be increased instead. Police officers and security guards should be the only armed individuals on campus, being that they are trained and know to use them in only dire situations.

The Prevention of Hazing

The Prevention of Hazing

Another controversial issue that occurs at FSU deals with Greek life. While I will not name any organizations in particular, it’s a known fact that some of the sororities and fraternities oftentimes participate in hazing during rush and initiation week. This is something that I do not agree with. These organizations are meant to accept you as a person and make you feel as if you have become a member of a small family. Therefore, placing these students in uncomfortable and sometimes very dangerous situations is not how to make them feel “at home.” I think greater prevention measures need to be taken in order for hazing to be completely avoided at all costs. There is currently a site dedicated to this issue, which FSU pledges that hazing should never be utilized. This is certainly a step in the right direction. However, more needs to be done to ensure it never occurs. There are so many situations in which students are desperate to be initiated as members of an organization that they never reveal what their initiation tasks consisted of, even if they were life-threatening. Unfortunately, it leaves too many organizations to do things that are often left unsaid.

So with these two issues stirring at FSU, I think it’s important that everyone provides their opinion on the matters and acts upon them. Controversial issues will always take a while to be resolved, but it is ultimately up to us to make a difference.