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The Typical Day of a Seminole

September 7, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

The typical day of a college student varies significantly. Some work, others are members of several clubs on campus, others intern, and some may just strictly focus on classes if they are in a difficult major. A typical day in college for me is certainly a busy one. With Tuesday/ Thursday classes only, I keep my schedule open to work my part-time job as a waitress at a popular local sports bar. I completed my required internship over the summer so classes, working, interning, and attending club meetings wouldn’t be too overwhelming all in one semester. My three classes, twice a week, go straight through from 9:30 to 1:45. I wake up around 8 to give myself time to have coffee and eat breakfast. Some days, I may even wake up earlier to do some homework or study before walking to class. Once I complete my classes for the day, I walk home to my apartment, eat lunch, and get ready for work, which usually starts sometime between 3:30 and 5. I usually work until about 10, depending on how busy the night is at the restaurant. I then drive home, eat dinner, and unwind at home by doing some homework if needed, or simply reading a book to fall asleep. I also take an online course, so I make time for that either at night or on my days off.

I organize my schedule so I can work and attend class all in the same day. By doing so, I can have a full day off to take care of homework, grocery shopping, seeing friends, etc. These are usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. On my free days, I’ll either go to the pool with friends or simply relax at home while doing work on and off. With a busy schedule, I sometimes cook all of my food in advance for the week ahead so I’m not constantly buying food out. I keep my evenings open for meetings, specifically for Her Campus- a known organization that has its own FSU chapter. If there is no meeting to attend, I catch up or get a headstart on my homework for the week, which usually consists of several pages of reading, papers, and blogging. I also make time on my days off to exercise, which totals about four times a week.

Time management is key in college!

Time management is key in college!

Finally, my weekends always vary. Since I work in a restaurant, it’s important that I’m available to work almost every Friday and Saturday night. However, depending on my shift, I sometimes will be done early enough to go out with friends afterwards. Unfortunately, that’s a commitment you have to make and plan your schedule around if you want to work as a server. If I have the mornings or afternoons off, I am always making sure to attend the football games- a fall tradition that makes you wish every day was Saturday throughout the semester.

It’s important to stay busy and productive throughout college to build your resume, but always find the time to relax no matter how crazy your schedule may be. Sometimes, there’s just not enough time in a day to get everything done. That’s what weekends are for. Days will always vary according to your agenda and how much work you have. Some weeks will be entirely exhausting, while others will be more relaxing. A great idea is to write yourself notes each day of the tasks you need to complete so it’s all planned out already. It’s all about time management and knowing how to balance free time with productivity.

#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…

 

 

 

The Best Classes at VMI (Virginia Military Institute)

December 19, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life, Reviews

VMI Classroom

VMI Classroom

As an English major at VMI, I have had the pleasure of taking quite a few interesting and sometimes fun classes. Unlike some of my friends in other majors, I have a lot more options when it comes to picking classes. I love being an English major and having the freedom to express myself through words. Here are a few of the classes I would recommend at VMI or if there is something similar at your university.

Genre Studies- Fiction: If you like to read and write stories, then this is the class for you. I absolutely love reading fiction and I have always wanted to write a book, but I had never tried until I took this class. It was definitely harder than I thought, but even though it was hard, I really enjoyed it. The class was structured around reading and writing fiction stories and you end up having to write one short story and one long story. It is hard coming up with topics for the stories, but it is definitely worth it in the end. Who knows, you may be the next famous author?

Visual Arts Studio-Photography: If you love to take pictures or are interested in taking pictures, then this is the class for you. I did not know a lot about taking pictures before this class, but I really wanted to get in to photography, so I decided to take the class. To my surprise, this was not a class on the specifics of how to take pictures. Rather it was a trial and error class on photography. The entire semester was pretty much centered on creating your final project, which was a photo book on a topic of your choice. Even though it may not seem like it is a lot of work, it definitely requires a lot more time than you would think. I absolutely loved the class and know I want to continue with photography.

Film and Performance Studies: If you are a movie buff then this is a class you might consider taking. However, I should warn you that this class is not easy and the movies you watch are older. So, if you are up for a challenge and like old movies, then I would recommend this class. You start off the semester learning the history of film. You then watch movies ranging from Chaplin’s City Lights to The Last Picture Show by Bogdanovich. You learn the techniques the directors used and put them to use for the final project if you so choose. At the end of the semester you can either make a film or write a research paper. Choose your poison wisely.

Arthurian Legend: If you love the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, then this is the class for you. This class is literature based and you spend the semester reading stories of King Arthur and his knights ranging from Lancelot to Yvain. The stories are very enjoyable, especially if you are interested in the subject. However, there is a lot of writing that goes along with this class also, so fair warning.

Overall, these are just a few of the classes in the English department at VMI. If you plan on majoring in English, are already an English major, or need an elective for a different major, I highly recommend each of these classes.

Cool Classes to Take at Longwood University

December 5, 2014 in Academics

Register now for these cool classes at Longwood University!

Register now for these cool classes at Longwood University!

GERM 411 – Studies in Literary Genre Germ- Study of a particular genre in German literature, such as the Novelle, lyric poetry, the German novel, modern drama, short story. Prerequisites: GERM 341 and 342. 3 credits.  This course involves students watching German horror films (sometimes in English) and discussing their effects on culture today.  Students also get to make a movie at the end of the course!

ART 213 – Ceramics I- Forming, decorating, glazing and firing pottery. 3 credits. Also has a 50 dollar course fee to go along with it.

COMM 322 – Media Law- This course examines the impact of law on public communication, with emphasis on ethics and law regarding broadcast, print, and online media. Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 210 (with grades of “C-” or better). 3 credits.

LDST 320 – Leaders and Leadership- This interdisciplinary course will explore the question, “Do individuals in leadership roles necessarily exhibit exemplary leadership?” Through active involvement in this course, students will have the opportunity to explore and evaluate the legacy of both positional and non-positional leaders from several historical and grassroots/social movements. 3 credits.

FINA 250 – Personal Finance- An introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the application of mathematics for the individual in the role of a consumer and/or investor. Special attention will be given to mathematical formulas and their application to realistic situations in economics and finance, in particular personal finance. Topics will include banking, budgeting, credit, taxes, insurance, mortgages, automobile loans, annuities, and investments such as stocks and bonds. Consideration will be given to how changes in the macro and micro economic environment affect these topics. Emphasis is on interpretation of results and the effect on decision making. 3 credits. Students cannot receive credit for both FINA 250 and MATH 114. Fulfills General Education Goal 5.

HIST 350 – The American Presidency- The modern presidency and its role in contemporary politics, emphasizing the constitutional background of the office, the evolution of presidential powers, relationships between the presidency and the Congress and bureaucracy, the presidential election process, and the role of the presidency in policy making. 3 credits.  Also, this course is taught by the president of Longwood University himself, W. Taylor Reveley IV.

COMM 343 – Broadcast Production- In this class, students get hands on experience editing and filming with high-tech cameras.  Also, they get to make audio packages, analyze the news, and have lectures about professionalism and journalism.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of broadcasting, providing both hands-on experience in front of and behind the microphone and camera, and a working knowledge of the important theoretical and practical issues related to a broadcasting career. Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 200 (with grades of “C-” or better). 3 credits.  This course gives students hand-on experience operating cameras, editing newscast, and analysis newscasts.

RECR 350 – Ropes Crs Initiatve Dynam- Provides physical and mental challenges through adventure activities. Leadership, communication, decision-making and problem solving will be enhanced. The development of creativity, ingenuity, and trust are essential elements that will be experienced throughout the course. 3 credits.

*All course descriptions were taken from my.longwood.edu

University of Redlands: Some Classes that You Should Consider Taking

November 14, 2014 in Academics, Campus Life

University of Redlands: Some Classes that You Should Consider Taking: 

Everyone has some requirements to fill for their general education. If your school is a conservatory, then it may be a little bit different. In the first place, you should be looking for classes that may not be as challenging in the subject you’re least passionate in. On the other hand, you might want to take classes that will expand your thought process in general. These are a few of my classes that I felt could be taken by any major, but still have an enjoyable experience overall. Keep in mind, this is restricted to my University.

Chemistry of Art – May Term:

This is one of those classes you should take if you want your lab requirement at the University of Redlands. Not only is it catered to those who aren’t completely into the sciences, but it also is interactive and simple for those who are. It’s also a one-month lab class. This makes it much easier to do, instead of having 4 months of something you may not necessarily enjoy. Maybe it’s because I’m a writing major that Chemistry wasn’t my favorite subject, but this was definitely one of the classes that I enjoyed the most. It’s elusive, but if you get in you’ll have a fun time.

World Religions – Fall/Spring Term:

This class may not be as easy for those wishing to get requirements out of the way, but at the University of Redlands, this could double/triple dip on foundation requirements. This is one of those classes that you will have to come with an open mind into. There’s no doubt about that there are many religions in the world, but this will also include some deities you may not believe in, or necessarily like. But, the main point of the class is not to compare religions. Its purpose is to inform students of other religion’s existence and how people act to them, either good or bad. Who knows, some people come out of this class believing something completely different because a certain religion is what they will relate to. World Religions also brings current events into the class, considering overseas wars/any type of American event that involves religion is somewhat huge in the nation (also completely relevant in class). Definitely check it out, it’s a class that will test your ability to open your mind.

Acting Fundamentals – Fall/Spring Term

I say this class because it has so much use for all majors. As a Creative Writing major, this class allows you to really dig deep into characters. Even if you’re not the best performer, it still allows you to read into a character and see the development happen/immerse yourself into the mind of someone you may not necessarily have related to before. In other majors, effectively communicating in front of a crowd is a must in the business world. In any profession, being able to collect yourself and make yourself presentable is something that should be in every major. At least, in the extent that this is an acting class, so you won’t be heavily judged on your performance. Making a fool out of yourself is a good step to being more comfortable around people. Especially for an introvert like me who may not have even dreamed of being on stage for the longest time. Obviously, that changed!

These are only a few classes that I really enjoyed, but also feel that could be beneficial to any major overall. The rest I could talk about is all my workshops and classes of that nature, which were incredibly fun, but also only specific to my major. Think about what classes you want to take to fulfill a requirement, because sometimes the ones you may not be interested in initially may be some of the most fun.