Top Movies for the College Student

August 24, 2015 in Alive Campus

Watching movies is an ideal way to relax and pass time while in college. Sometimes, leaving the house simply seems like too difficult a task after a long week of classes. It’s also a very cost-effective way to enjoy time with friends instead of spending money going out to the bar every night. Here are just some of the movies I feel every college student should watch:

Animal House

Animal House

Animal House: While it may be an older movie, it’s still a college classic that everyone enjoys. If you don’t watch any other movies on this list, be sure to watch this one. The rebellious Delta fraternity brothers will be sure to provide you with a good laugh.

The Breakfast Club: This is another classic. While it’s essentially based on students in high school, the plot can certainly relate to college students as well. Five teenagers of completely different backgrounds and stereotypes all find a way to unite as friends while serving detention together.

The Social Network: Social media fanatics, which is a label that most college students have earned, should definitely look into seeing this movie about the beloved social media site commonly known as Facebook.

Pitch Perfect: This is a great movie to watch on a Saturday night with girlfriends when you want to stay in, wear sweatpants, and drink wine. The humor and songs in the movie performed by a group of female college students leaves for a great plot.

Adventureland: A college student’s dreams are crushed when his anticipated trip to Europe no longer takes effect due to his parent’s unfortunate financial situation. Instead, he is stuck working at an amusement park for the summer, but his dull mood quickly turns when he falls for a female co-worker.

The Internship: This is a great comedy based on two salesmen who land an internship at Google, but are challenged when they realize all of the technological skills they must develop to officially earn the position. Competing with a younger market, the two men must complete several obstacles that leaves room for several laughs.

Accepted

Accepted

Accepted: When a student is officially rejected from all the colleges he applied to, he decides to start up his own university so he doesn’t have to tell his friends. However, with all of his plans set in place and the popularity growing on the Internet, the fake university quickly spirals out of control. The South Harmon Institute of Technology becomes all too real.

Wolf of Wall Street: Who doesn’t love a good movie with Leonardo DiCaprio? It’s actually based on a true story involving corruption and fraud that happened on Wall Street. The film is ultimately ideal for those who enjoy intense films.

Insidious: I had to include a horror movie, and this one still stands to be my favorite. A family believes their home to be haunted with all of the paranormal situations occurring, especially when their son seems to be possessed by en evil entity. It’s not your typical corny scary movie, so I would highly recommend if you don’t mind a good scare.

The next time you’re twiddling your thumbs on a Saturday night, kick back and enjoy one of these entertaining movies. There’s an array of options to choose from, and your wallet will be thanking you! Wine night, anyone?

Going Green at FSU

August 21, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Going green and making the effort to sustain resources has become increasingly popular at universities. FSU is no exception to this, and has worked even harder at doing so in the recent years. With multiple green clubs and resource conservation options offered along the campus, there is no excuse for students not to participate in going green. After doing some detailed research on how FSU participates, I found several unique ways in which it works to eliminate waste, sustain resources, and maintain a clean environment.

Garnet and Gold Team Eliminates Waste at Doak

Garnet and Gold Team Eliminates Waste at Doak

Recycling Bins: There are recycling bins located all over the campus. With easy access to these bins, it’s easy for every student to participate in going green by simply recycling an empty water bottle rather than tossing it in the trash bin. There are also bins for paper products to be disposed and recycled separately, in addition to ones designated for bottles and cans only. The recycling team visits the paper bins each week to collect office paper to eventually be reused for different purposes.

Garnet and Gold Goes Green: This is a green club offered at FSU, in which students specifically work around the stadium. About 30 to 40 volunteer participate in cleaning Doak before and during the football games. This helps to reduce the mass litter that the crowd brings on game days.

Green Fund: This is an organization that contributes in assisting environmental progress at FSU. The projects are student led and essentially focus on reducing the amount of waste generated on the campus.

Hydration Systems: All of the buildings on campus have water fountains that are specifically built to fill reusable water bottles. New ones have recently been installed in all three libraries on the campus.

Recyclable Bin

Recyclable Bin

ReCycle: ReCycle is a campus bike program offered to students at the beginning of every summer. The idea is for a student to rent a bike to conveniently get around without the use of a car. It only costs $35 for the entire semester, and includes a lock, light, and helmet. This is a great means of transportation, as several students do use bikes since the campus is compact and does not necessarily require a car. Bike parking is located in several spots outside each of the buildings for convenience.

Grounds: This is the department at FSU that maintains the athletic fields across campus, covering 547 acres of land. A simple way in which they eliminate wastes is reusing concrete from construction projects to reduce their amount of landfill.

With a variety of ideas that FSU offers to go green, it’s obvious of how important a notion this is for college campuses in general. Students have increasingly immersed themselves into these habits of recycling and eliminating waste as much as possible. I have personally noticed that most students at FSU carry around refillable water bottles as opposed to disposable ones, which can significantly go a long way. If people continue to participate in these practices, going green across campuses will be a huge success.

Roommate Nightmares from a Rhody Ram!

August 21, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges

Roommate Nightmares

Roommate Nightmares

Whether or not you’ve decide to choose your roommates or go into your housing situation at school blindly, roommate stories are inevitable. Putting multiple guys, let alone ladies into a small room is a recipe for disaster, which is why I’ve put together the most common roommate nightmares for a college student at the University of Rhode Island.

My roommate is stealing my things: First off, if you know for a fact that your roommate is stealing your things tell your RA (Residential Assistant). They’re there to help mediate any situation, especially one that involves theft. If you are unsure that your roommate is stealing your food, clothes, and other belongings, simply ask them. There’s no point in trying to be Inspector Gadget and set up traps for them to fall into. Be honest and ask them upfront. They may have come home one night and have wanted some food to munch on and your pizza bagels were looking pretty good. Your roommate could have even forgotten that they took your food or favorite shirt. Don’t assume, just ask!

My roommate is always bringing guys/girls home: Don’t get on your roommates the case the first couple of times that this happens. It’s college and maybe they’re just trying to have a good time. My advice is that once this becomes a usual weekend scenario for you, bring it up to their attention. Maybe they haven’t realized that it makes you feel uncomfortable to hear them having sexual intercourse at 3AM or maybe they just don’t care. Whatever the case may be, if you feel unwelcome in your own room because your roommate is using your bedroom as the smush room, say something!

My roommate comes home drunk every night: If at this point your roommate is not concerned for his/her own well-being, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Getting drunk every so often while you’re at college is completely acceptable, but once partying gets in the way of school and your life, someone need’s to intervene. My advice would be to express your concern for them first, don’t attack them even if they threw up on your carpet! Once you have brought it to their attention, but they continue to do it, bring in your RA or even a few of your mutual friends. Your roommate may not thank you at that moment, but a few months down the road, they’ll thank you for setting them straight.

My roommate is messy: There is absolutely no excuses for a dirty, messy, unorganized human being other than the fact that they were probably not taught any better. Don’t let these bad habits slide because sooner or later you’ll be trying to avoid your room as much as possible and nobody wants that. A few tips to avoid the messy roommate situation may be to schedule a day and time to clean the room together or even assign chores like taking out the garbage or vacuuming the rug. Unless you’re the messy roommate in this situation, do your best to avoid this nightmare from the beginning. No one likes a sloppy incoherent roommate coming home in the middle of the night.

Some students never go through roommate nightmares, but for many these nightmares are all too realistic. Go about any situation with a clear state of mind, but with a goal in mind as well. The room you are sharing is also your property, therefore it should be shared and taken care of like a home. People aren’t always going to agree with your ideal way of living, but it is important to feel welcomed and at home in your dorm room!

Best Online Teaching Tools

August 20, 2015 in Alive Campus

In the present day and age of technology, access to education is no longer as hard as it was before. One can access online libraries, videos and other educational materials. Technology has not only made it easier for students to study but also for teachers to teach. Teachers can now upload lesson materials online before class so that the students find it easier to learn.

Teachers can also create websites where the students upload class work and essays. Students can also get online help on my assignment help website. This essay explores several online tools that can be invaluable to teachers. The good thing is that all four of them are absolutely free.

OF THE BEST FREE ONLINE TEACHING TOOLS FOR EASIER TEACHING

  1. WEB COLLABORATOR

This is a tool that makes group work and group projects easier to do. It provides a platform for students and teachers to share papers without any hard copies having to be made. This is both affordable and environmental friendly as the only paper that needs printing is the final copy of the project. Students can make adjustments to the work done, while teachers can offer insight on any corrections needed. The good thing is that this application not only makes it cheaper to connect but it also helps keep track of any changes made.

  1. RUBISTAR

For one to use this application, one has to register. Fortunately, the registration details needed are just names, user email and one is good to go. The application helps teachers prepare rubrics. Rubrics are good as they offer guidelines and outlines for the whole semester. They are however difficult and time consuming to make. Rubistar, a product from 4teachers.org makes it easier to make the rubrics. It even has a tutorial to help show the steps to follow.

  1. SURVEY BUILDER

This is an application from the George Mason University department of History and New Media. It helps create questionnaires, course evaluation projects, oral history feedback forms or just any materials that require internet based feedback. This application helps in creating and managing online surveys. Survey builder has a built in editor that helps someone generate a unique page that can be seen by people who can then fill out and submit the needed data. The teachers can use this tool to get feedback on class work and other relevant surveys. There are other online tools that help manage online data that can be useful. They include: Web Scrapbook, Poll Builder and Timeline Builder.

  1. BLOGMEISTER

Blogging is the new way that students and teachers interact. It also promotes educational creativity. Blogmeister is a platform where students and teachers alike can write, cite, edit and publish coursework. Essays are first submitted to the concerned supervisor and lecturers who then edit and give the green light for publishing. Blogmeister also has other different but useful tools like Rubric Machine and Citation Machine. The Citation Machine as the name suggests helps students make proper citations. It also helps with proper formatting guidelines. The Rubric Machine on the other hand helps create rubrics. These four teaching tools that we have explored cannot possibly be the be it and end it all of free online tools. There are more out there. One can make sure they are in the loop of the trending online tools by joining a network of fellow teachers or students. One such network is EDTECH. The internet is the proverbial oyster, let’s all take advantage of it! Happy teaching everyone!

Cultural Involvement at Florida State

August 7, 2015 in Alive Campus, Colleges

It can certainly be argued that Florida State makes an effort for its students to be culturally involved, whether its through its academics or the several different programs and events offered throughout the semester. No matter your personality, there are multiple ways to explore a variety of cultures at FSU, even if it’s simply by taking a language class for a semester or two. For those who are more interested in becoming extremely involved, here are some suggestions:

First Year Abroad: Florida State strongly encourages students to study abroad, especially out-of-state students. If an incoming out of state freshman studies abroad for their entire first year, they will receive in-state tuition for the remainder of college, which is a huge plus for those paying full price out-of-state tuition. It also is an amazing experience that students should take advantage of if they are passionate about traveling. The few students I spoke to that studied abroad their first year have claimed it was the best of their college experience yet since they were able to completely immerse themselves in another culture.

Academic Classes: Several international classes are offered as general electives to students, which are always good to take senior year when trying to fill your schedule. Additionally, there are many unique language classes offered, such as Chinese, Japanese, French, and so on, which are surprisingly popular here at FSU. This coming semester, I am registered to take an International Food and Culture course as a general elective.

The School of Theatre is huge at Florida State and one of the most popular majors at the university, as it certainly works to highlight diversity. The arts program holds multiple dance and theatre performances throughout the year, in which talented students of different backgrounds perform over 500 times. The College of Fine Arts every year hosts the Paint Around Gala Auction, which is an event held in order to support Art and Dance Education at FSU. Jazz music is played throughout the event and students paint at their canvases while students mingle. The event raises thousands of dollars that goes towards scholarships in art and dance for the FSU community.

Greek Life: There are tons of sororities and fraternities to choose from at Florida State. Students are given the opportunity to become involved with a diverse group and learn about one another through common interests. It certainly is one of the best ways to become culturally involved at FSU, especially with all of the community work that these organizations do.

The Center for Global Engagement is offered at FSU in order to allow the students to become more globally engaged and communicate across different cultures. Held in the Globe building on campus, different events are offered throughout the year in order to increase global awareness.

It’s exceptionally important that large and diverse universities, such as Florida State, are culturally involved since there are so many students attending at once. With all of these events and programs to consider, there is something for every student at FSU to take advantage of.

Florida State offers several international programs to students.

Florida State offers several international programs to students.