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The Best Classes To Take at Wheelock College

May 23, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Reviews

Classes, classes, and more classes. Selecting which classes you want to take each semester is difficult and very stressful. I know I would want to take a class that fulfills my requirements and at the same time be fun and interesting. Luckily at Wheelock, there are many classes to choose from that are challenging and fun at the same time.

The following classes are what I considered fun and interesting that Wheelock offers :

Racial and Cultural Identities: Short for RCI, this class is a challenging and interesting class to take at Wheelock. A mission of Wheelock is to make sure its students learn about diversity and about themselves. Even though it’s challenging taking this class is rewarding because you learn about your own race, identity, and culture, and also about other races, identities, and cultures in dept. This class has to be one that many students at Wheelock take, especially if you are majoring in Elementary Education. At times, it can be difficult because talking about race and culture can be awkward, but at the same time it’s a life changing experience. This class will make you think outside your comfort zone, which can be hard, but important at the same time.

Learning while having fun like a kid!

Learning while having fun like a kid!

Positive Psychology: An interesting class to take at Wheelock because it teaches student about what is positive psychology, how positive psychology can help people, and what you need to do in your everyday life to become more happy. This class is interesting because you get to do a semester long project where you measure your happiness level through a set of questionnaire and then do exercise, positive logs, and kind of kindness ( these are the key elements positive psychologies found to increase happiness) for the whole semester once a week. At the end of the semester you present if doing those activities made you more happy or not.

Cognition in the Deaf and Blind: Do you want to learn more about children who are deaf and blind? This class is helpful for students majoring in developmental psychology and those students who want to learn more about the deaf and blind community. After taking this class your views on deafness and blindness will change.

Psychology Goes to the Movies: Do you like to watch movies? Do you like psychology? Well, why not combine them together? At Wheelock, there is a class call Psychology Goes to the Movies in which students watch movies and analyze them. The theme of the movies are children and families and how they react and feel on certain situations such as the death of a parent or divorce.

The Idea of the Witch in History: Have you ever wonder about the origins of the word witch? When did the term witch appear and why? Do you like history? This class will take you through the history of witches and how they came to exists and why. At the end of the class you will perform a mock court trial which witches use to go through. You will be able to identify, analyze, and accused a person of being a witch like a person from that time period would.

The Physics of Sports: Do you like physics? Do you like sports? Once again, here at Wheelock there is a class that combined both of these interest. Exploring football, soccer, golf, and other sports, you will learn different physics terms and have fun at the same time. Conducting many experiments and a final group presentation on a sport of your choice, you will have a great time while learning physics without realizing it. 

by Abby

The Best Classes I Took at UNH

July 4, 2013 in Academics, Alive Campus

Most people only think of the social part of college when they think about college, but the truth is, the most important part of college is actually the part you spend in the classroom.  And it’s really important to pick the right classes so you don’t end up wasting your time.  So I’m going to share with you a few of the best classes I took at my school.

Mythology was without a doubt the best class I ever took at UNH.  Why?  Well, because it was easy, that’s why.  About half of what I was tested on I knew from reading Percy Jackson.  But it wasn’t only easy.  It was fun and hilarious.  Because Mythology is a fun and hilarious subject.  It involves a lot of godly adultery and women being impregnated by animals and many headed beasts.  I took Mythology with my roommate and we spent every class trying not to roar with laughter during lectures.  We loved hearing the backstories to all the heroes we’d heard about all our lives.  Hercules and Achilles?  Turns out that they were both first class jerks.  All the film adaptations you’ve seen about Greek and Roman gods?  Turns out they were completely off base.  I learned so much in Mythology and even though it may seem like a useless subject, it’s really not.  It’s probably one of the most useful classes I’ve ever taken because it’s been relevant to me in real life situations.  It can also be applied to English classes since it’s referenced all over the place in literature.

Another good class to take at UNH is Germs.  You need at least twelve science credits to graduate from UNH and if you hate science (like me) your best options for easy classes are Germs and Making Babies.  Now, I know that neither of those sound like real classes.  That’s mostly because they’re both really easy.  The professors will tell you straight up that their class is an easy A if you pay attention.  In my opinion, Germs is more fun than Making Babies.  They’re both gross, which you could probably tell from their names, but Making Babies is gross in an awkward way since there’s a lot of sex talk.  Germs is gross too, but whenever something would get super gross, the professor would show us a funny video or some pictures of puppies to counteract the grossness.  She was hilarious and because of her great attitude the class was not only easy, but fun.

As an English major, the most rewarding class I took was probably Contemporary American Literature.  I gained so many new favorite books from that class.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Less Than Zero, The Road…the list goes on and on.  And then the discussions in that class were amazing– mainly because the professor was amazing.  She was so passionate and genuinely interested in what everyone had to say.  The best professors are always the passionate ones.  Luckily, in the English department, you tend to come across a lot of passionate people.  Anyway, the class was great on so many levels.  For instance, even though the class was Contemporary American Literature, I was allowed to give a presentation on Harry Potter because it was such a huge phenomenon in contemporary America.  That was probably one of the only times in my life I’d ever been excited to give a presentation.  The class had such a great, animated discussion about it and I felt really lucky that I got the chance to talk about something that I really loved.

Those classes were definitely the most fun classes I ever had and if you ever get a chance to take a class like them, I definitely recommend that you do.  It’s a lot easier to learn when you’re having a good time.

This guy, Zeus, was pretty much the biggest playa in all of ancient Greece.  Almost all of Greek mythology revolves around him being a jerkface.

This guy, Zeus, was pretty much the biggest playa in all of ancient Greece. Almost all of Greek mythology revolves around him being a jerkface.

by Rachel

Act Like A Freshman: 10 Musts for a University of Arizona Freshman

March 2, 2013 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

University of Arizona Stadium

University of Arizona Stadium

 

This is a list of ten things you MUST do during your freshman year at the University of Arizona, in no particular order.

Think standing in a fountain at three in the morning is dumb? (Refer to number six).  That’s okay, you’re a freshman.  Do it. You can get away with it.

  1. Get a Highland Burrito- You may be wondering, “What’s a Highland Burrito?” If you’re a Southern California native you may also be thinking that the god of all burritos is the, “Californian”, typically found in the sunny paradise known as, San Diego. But, you my friend are very wrong. The Highland burrito has magical powers that can cure any drunk two in the morning woe on a Thursday through Saturday night. Didn’t get to dance all night with that hot frat star? “Actually thought that way-too-accessible-handle of “Grey Goose” was really Grey Goose? Got ditched by your BFF and can’t find your dorm room? That’s all right, those issues are meant to be settled at another time. For now, make your way over to Highland Market and pick up one of those handy-dandy slips and select your toppings. Finally, don’t even worry about the calories you’re guzzling down, that too, is a worry for another time, another year.
  2. Live in Arizona-Sonora or Coronado- Why yes, I did just recommend that you live in the infamous, “Party Dorms”. Why is that you ask? Because anything can happen in these dorms. No, really…anything. I once saw a duck waddling out of the showers on a Tuesday night and a kid getting written up for tasering an RA. While these moments and more may not seem great while they’re happening, especially if it’s you getting written up for hosting the weekly, “Tuesday Booze day”, they make for great stories when you’re a senior hanging out at the Dub reminiscing about your glory days.
  3. Go Through Rush- No really, please go through Greek Recruitment. While you may be thinking the Greek scene is simply not for you (hey, maybe it isn’t), but you owe it to yourself to at least experience it. Some people say, “I don’t want to pay the $25.00 to walk through a bunch of houses with a lot of hyper girls singing and clapping at me”. However, it’s more than that. It’s something to experience. If you decide by Wednesday, you just can’t handle it anymore, then drop out. Trust me, you won’t offend anyone already in a Sorority- they’ll be happy to talk to one less girl that is not interested, but if they see a glimmer of hope in you, maybe they’ll be able to convince you to stay! Maybe, you’ll find out that sororities are more than matching shirts and incredible hair volume.
  4. Buy a Zona Zoo Pass- I’ll even make it easy for you. Here’s the link: http://www.arizonawildcats.com/ot/zona-zoo.html. Now all you need to do is click, “Become a Member” in happy, bold letters at the top of the screen. What does this fabulous pass do for you? It get’s you into the student section at sporting events, like football and basketball! Who doesn’t want to paint their body red and scream “BEAR DOWN” till you lose your voice, eat gross- yet delicious stadium food, decorate and cut up a U of A t-shirt and just overall have an awesome time? I do. I want to do this, but I can’t… because I’m not a freshman. So let me live vicariously through you. Buy your Zona Zoo Pass.
  5. Go Out Every Night During Homecoming Week- This wonderful week only happens once a year, so you only have one opportunity to do this right. The only way you can mess this week up is by missing a day, so don’t miss a day! Frats usually host different parties every night and luckily at the University of Arizona we have a lot of fraternities. So you have a lot of options. Drink, be dumb, support the school and stay alive. This is one of the few times I’ll say that class is optional. (Normally, you should pull your dead corpse out of bed and get to class- on time is always another story).
  6. Take Pictures in the Fountain by Old Main- Let me clarify: I don’t mean take a picture in front of the fountain during orientation/welcome week or while visiting with your parents. You may do those things as the fountain makes a nice background for any occasion. However, I mean go out, have a crazy night with your BFF’s or your guys or your pet sloth or whatever and somehow end up IN the fountain. Then while IN the fountain, have someone take your picture or utilize self-timer and get the whole group in one swift shot. Whatever the method, do it. Then post the picture on all of your social media sites and be the annoying freshman that you should be.
  7.  Go to Espresso Art Café- Venturing into this indie spot will do wonders for your instagram traffic. There are so many cool little bookshelves and romantic couches to create the perfect hipster photograph, you just have to get the right angle and use the willow filter. Minimum 20 likes, guaranteed. Plus whatever you order comes in a cool coffee mug, so if you’re not feeling like reorganizing the feng shui of the café, take a picture of your latte. All the cool-kids are doing it. Please ignore the urge to walk into the Starbucks that is so rudely located next door. Do something different, and embrace the weird coffee shop, at least for a day.
  8.  Go To Xoom- I swear I’m not a foodie, Tucson just has really great food. Xoom smoothies are perhaps the best smoothies on earth. No, that’s not an overstatement. Once you’ve tasted a Xoom Acai bowl on a hot day, and let’s face it there are a lot of hot days out here in Arizona. You’ll be buying one every day. Worried that it won’t work well with your freshman budget? Fear not! They have a great rewards program, buy 7 get 1 free! This is a great discount because their smoothies and bowls are so filling, natural, healthy and delicious that you won’t need to worry about breakfast or lunch for the day. So think of it as two meals in one.
  9.  Don’t Buy Every Book- You’re new, so I don’t blame you for actually listening to your professors, but really there is no need to make the same mistake both semesters. If you find that you ACTUALLY need a book and will ACTUALLY use it, try renting the book, getting the online version or checking to see if there is a copy you can use from the library for free. Books are expensive, they add up quickly and they deplete your “fun” money fast. So try to avoid wasting money on books that will end up on your desk only to be used when you can’t find a paper towel for the spilled beer during your “dorm party”.
  10.    Day Rage- The title is pretty self explanatory, rage… in… the… day. You moved to Arizona, this is what you wanted, 365 days of sunshine. So take advantage of it. Drink for all the poor fools that decided to go to schools in the Midwest. They can have their blizzards while you enjoy your ice-cold beer.

 

Where Highland Burrito

Where Highland Burrito’s Come From

 

by kristin

The Best and Worst Food on Campus

January 9, 2013 in Campus Life, Colleges, Health, Reviews

Campus Dining Halls

Campus Dining Halls

There’s always that one aspect of a college that matters the most – FOOD! Whether we want to admit it or not, we as students are always curious about what the food selection is going to be at our colleges. At every college, especially mine, there are those “hot spots” to go to in the cafeteria and then there are those food stations that you know you need to avoid.

At my particular school, we have two options for dining on main campus. There is the cafeteria and then there is the “Bobcat Den.” As a Freshman, and to this day, I prefer the “Bobcat Den” way more than the cafeteria. Despite the fact that both are always crowded, the Bobcat Den, in my opinion, has better quality food then the cafeteria. The Bobcat Den has a different special meal every night for dinner, and let me tell you, they are all a hit! My ultimate favorite special meal is Taco Tuesday! Not only do I love tacos, but there are so many various options to choose from at the taco station. Don’t get me wrong, I wait at least an hour every night to obtain the amazing taco. The Bobcat Car, in addition to its special weekday dinner meals, has a fruit bar, sushi station, burgers, grilled cheese, and various other options that are endless! The meals are cooked right in front of you, therefore, I always know it hasn’t been lying around for a while, which is always a good feeling for any student.

Now moving onto the good old cafeteria at Quinnipiac. Let me put it this way, it is a typical cafeteria where students go if they are on the run or late to class in order to grab something quick.  I personally never really purchase meals from the cafeteria because it is the same options every day and night and I can not eat the same thing all the time. At least at the Bobcat Den there are different meals every night so it keeps my mouth watering for whatever special meal is next. The cafeteria on my campus is also very expensive and there is not a lot of options. I feel as if the salad bar is never really refilled and it is the same lettuce and food lying around all day. Furthermore, I do not really eat much at the cafeteria unless there is broccoli cheddar soup – which is a huge hit in the cafeteria. If there is a line at the soup station, you know it is because there is broccoli cheddar!

I wish that my college had actual restaurants, such as a Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts, Sbarros, or Wendy’s. I know at a lot of other colleges, they have campus centers which include various restaurants and coffee places to eat from. I believe my college would not hear numerous complaints from students if they upgraded on their food options. Just even having a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts on campus would be very helpful. This past winter, the one upgrade that my college made was adding Au Bon Pon into the cafeteria. The only downfall is they are only open 3 days a week and you are never able to get breakfast or lunch because the lines are always so incredibly long. I think that my school should see how big of a hit the new addition of Au Bon Pon is and continue to add more real restaurants into the campus.

Food is an important aspect of every college and although having options are nice, having healthy places to choose from is also important. Being a student on a campus where there are only 2 places to choose from everyday of his or her school year does not scream diversity. Therefore, colleges should keep in mind having many options for students so that they do not become bored with the dining halls and food options on campus.