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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.

Useful Resources When Applying for College

August 15, 2014 in Academics, Admissions, Alive Campus, Colleges

There are a lot of different resources when trying to search the right colleges to apply to and to learn more about them. The most basic resource is a teacher or a program design to help students search for colleges, but the most useful resource that were available to me when I was in high school was the internet. There are many different websites to visit that can provide all the information a student wants to know about a college. There are some resources that are useful but there are some that are not so it is better to ask a lot of people for suggestions and research the schools that you are considering applying to because one source might tell you information that another source didn’t provide.

Resources

Resources!

Teachers /College Helping Program: With this resource, since it is a word of mouth, it should be your staring point of your research for different colleges. Not everyone has the same experience and likes the same environment as you do, so ask a lot of questions to be sure if it is a college you want to spend for four years. Some of the questions can be the school size, class sizes, school’s mission and of course which majors they offer.

The word of mouth is is not the most useful resource because your family members will tell you information from when they attended college or what they heard about the colleges from other people, but the school might be different or might have a characteristic you like so use the internet to further research the colleges.

In addition, I was introduced to a program which helps students pick colleges and with the process of applying to University, it was call ed Bottom Line. These a lot of programs that can provide a lot of resources for students to research any college they want and find out of they have a chance of getting accepted. Take advantage of these programs because they can make a difference between getting or not getting accepted into your dream college.

Collegeboard.org: It’s a website that will be a useful resource for many reasons. First, it will show all the basic information about the college such as school size, rank of school, male to female ratio, tuition cost, private or public school, and the average SATs/ACT scores from students who go accepted. Also this website can provide a lot of detail information such as school majors, school’s mission, a link to the school website, and if the school is a catholic school or other religion college or not.

College’s Website: This is the best resource to find information about the colleges you are considering applying to. Of course, there is more information than in collegeboard.org, an you can read about the student’s experience in that college, the professors they have, and much more. This is the best way to find out about a college since it is a primary resource.

There are many resources that can help a student chose colleges to apply to, but the best resource is the website collegeboard and the college’s website. 

Resources for Your College Search

August 8, 2014 in Colleges

A thorough college search led me to TCNJ.

A thorough college search led me to TCNJ.

I think what students are told most often when they make the decision to continue their education is to meet with a counselor at their high school so that they can discuss various options with the very person whose job it is to give guidance. Unfortunately, in my case, I feel like my counselor is the one resource who gave me the least amount of information. Perhaps this is because I had five different counselors in four years (the guidance department at my school was a mess; honestly, I don’t believe it has improved at all) so my counselor didn’t know me. She’d been given so many extra students to take care of that she didn’t have time for all of the seniors who were desperately scrambling to figure out their futures. The advice she deigned to give me in our single meeting was the exact opposite of what I needed. So where else could I turn?

The first resource I simply used was a Google search to find out which colleges were within a two hour radius of me. This was simple for me because I’d decided I didn’t want to live far from home and two hours was my limit. If your boundaries simply don’t exist, you should skip this step. But if you’re certain you want or need to be close to home or you have a certain area in mind for school, Google certainly can’t hurt.

Then I was on the hunt for more information. College websites can be good resources for the barest of facts but sometimes it can be hard to find out information that might factor into your decision, like what the freshman dorms look like, if the food is inedible, or how large class sizes are. I found forums where students connected about a certain college or simply spoke about their own experience to contribute to a larger discussion. That’s the best advice I can give you during your college search: Go straight to the source. Find students who have lived through that school. And whatever you do, make sure that you’re not only speaking with the school ambassadors. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great people; I have several friends who are ambassadors for TCNJ. But it’s part of their job to attract you to their school. Does this mean they may not be completely honest about what makes them unhappy? Maybe. But you’re probably only meeting the happiest, bubbliest people on campus, who don’t make up the whole.

Speaking to or emailing professors, heads of departments, or other people who can offer you more information about your major is definitely important. This is how you can find out about unique classes ahead of time. It’s especially important to get connected if you’re undecided. You have a lot of time in which to declare your major but it never hurts to spread your wings early on and see what might interest you!

Overall, don’t panic. College applications are stressful and waiting for answers from top schools can be nerve-wracking. If you’re well-informed about a school you’re already one step ahead of the rest!

The Boston University Survival Guide

May 16, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

Boston University

Boston University

So you want to go to Boston University? Or maybe you’ve already committed to Boston University? Or maybe you even go to Boston University right now, but could use some pointers on how to fully navigate and succeed at BU–whatever the case, I’ve compiled three of what I believe to be the most important things for any BU student to remember! Follow these words of advice, and I guarantee you’ll survive your time at BU–and hopefully enjoy it, too!
  • Don’t freak out over your grades:

Grade deflation has been a controversy at BU for a long time–school officials renounce any accusations of grade deflation, though a vast number of students complain about its prevalence. Basically, BU has a reputation for holding back on giving good grades, even when students deserve them. The matter is extremely subjective, and thus difficult to examine precisely. After finishing my freshman year and receiving two semesters worth of grades, I believe that the grades I have received here are, for the most part, fair–classes are challenging, and the workload is generally rigorous, but I feel that most of my grades reflect the effort I put in.

My only complaint is that many of my grades have been difficult to predict, making it hard to assess where I stand in my courses throughout the semester. Receiving final grades is sometimes a shock, as they often haven’t completely reflected what I EXPECTED, despite reflecting what I feel I DESERVED. For example, I somehow got a B as my final grade in astronomy, even though my first two test scores were, respectively, a 47% and a 57%! I also got an A in my literature class, even though I received a B and a B+ respectively on two of my three long papers for the class. I think professors–especially of more abstract courses like art and literature–have a lot of leeway in how they assess students and assign grades; for example, even though two of my three papers were not A’s, my extensive participation and effort in class likely influenced how my professor determined my final grade. Overall, the best piece of advice I have for handling BU courses is to stay on top of your standing in every class as best you can. Check in with your professor often, and discuss how you are doing–that way, you can have a better handle on exactly how you’re doing, and your final grades won’t be such a surprise! Additionally, don’t freak out about every test score or assignment grade–professors often have their own weird ways of calculating grades, and many drop the lowest test grade, or something along those lines!

  • Use every resource:

At a big school like BU, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel insignificant among the huge crowd of fellow undergrads. But don’t forget that BU has plenty of resources available to help you get what you need to succeed–you should never feel alone or helpless here! BU has got its students covered, offering career advisers, job fairs, course selection advice, tutoring services (there are tutors in every subject, from writing to engineering), student health services, and offices for finance-related questions among others!

Figuring out who you need to get in contact with can cause students problems–but luckily, it isn’t hard to do at BU. BU’s website is usually a good place to start–their user-friendly site is easy to navigate, and Google searches almost always prove fruitful. The Center for Student Services, located at 100 Bay State Road, should be your next go-to. Every floor has a directory, or consult the secretary on every floor for directions. The CSS is where you’ll find a lot of the tutoring and career services.

  • Get involved:

My final piece of advice–and the one I most believe in–is to be open and willing to try new things. College is a whole new world, an entirely different chapter in your life–embrace that! It’s the perfect time to try out an activity that you didn’t get to do in high school, or to continue to hone your skills in a setting that’s probably much more intense, productive, and serious than high school clubs. I came to BU completely scared and unsure what to do with my free time. Splash, a big event held early in September that showcases all of the student clubs and organizations on campus, was really useful. I got in investigate all of my options, speak with club members, and sign up for newsletters from clubs that I was interested in. I ended up auditioning (on a whim, as I hadn’t done theatre in about 3 years!) for a play with one of the theatre groups on campus, and am now super involved in the group! Joining the group has provided me with tons of new friends, a great support system, and most importantly, a smaller, more intimate home in the greater home of BU. That sort of environment is incredibly important to have at a big school like BU, and an extracurricular activity is the best way to find it!

The Best of College Lifestyle Blogs

March 28, 2014 in Alive Campus, Reviews, Tech

As fabulous a resource that our very own AliveCampus is for college students, the internet is a vast and endless vortex of online publications and blogs, many of which focus, too, on students’ interests. And I, for one, can’t get enough of them!

Here’s a short list of some useful college lifestyle resources:

College Candy:

collegecandy

www.collegecandy.com

This up-to-date and trendy college lifestyle site goes out to the ladies. Though most articles will not provide academic advice, the love, style, and health content make for great and easy reads that provide helpful hints on how to navigate the social aspects of college life. Plus there’s a healthy serving of entertainment news to feed every girl’s secret (or not-so-secret!) craving for celebrity gossip.

Some of my favorite articles include this showcase of a heartwarming love letter from pop singer Lorde’s boyfriend, and this tutorial on how to dress-up simple and casual clothing—perfect for college students who need to go to job interviews and work with potentially plain pieces.

TalkNerdy2Me:

talknerdy2me

www.talknerdy2me.org/

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars brings us this super informative blog, filled to the brim with great articles in categories ranging from real-life advice for finally entering the “grown-up world” (the BizGeek section) to hints on how to make the most of the college years (CampusGeek) to updates on everything technological (TechGeek).

Favorites of mine include this incredibly useful guide on loans and debt (something most college students deal with, but know alarmingly little about) and this short little article that sums up some of the most useful tips on saving money in college.

College Magazine:

collegemagazine

www.collegemagazine.com

In a similar fashion to TalkNerdy2Me, CollegeMagazine offers a highly extensive array of subject material for its articles. A large chunk of the content falls under the “Campus” category, which has a whopping 7 subcategories, from Study Abroad experiences and tips, to Freshman Year advice, to students’ own personal stories. And of course, no college lifestyle website would be complete without content on dating and current entertainment.

As an added bonus, CollegeMagazine features a handy-dandy Intern category, where you can search for available internships! Though not as extensive as some other internship search engines, CollegeMagazine’s is still a useful resource.

My favorites from CollegeMagazine include this riveting story of one runner’s experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon, and this tongue-in-cheek reality check about post-college life.

Rookie Magazine:

Rookie Magazine

www.rookiemag.com

Though not strictly a college magazine, Rookie is an incredible lifestyle resource for teens and twenty-somethings. Rookie’s staff is quirky, funny, intellectual, and ridiculously talented. The magazine has a monthly theme, and content ranges from style tips, to serious and thoughtful life advice, to music recommendations, to fiction pieces—and that’s just a small sample of what Rookie has to offer!

One of my favorite Rookie segments is “Ask a Grown Man/Woman,” in which a noteworthy—well, grown up(s)—offers up their most valuable life advice for young adults in a short webcam video. Past guests include the Lonely Island boys, Vampire Weekend, Tegan and Sara, and Jimmy Fallon. These videos are always fascinating, because the speakers—even comedians and crazy musicians—take it very seriously, speaking genuinely from the heart.

The number of Rookie articles that I have bookmarked to hold onto for the rest of eternity is shamefully high, but two that jump out as particularly wonderful are this insightful look into misinformed labels and tropes for some women, and this eye-opening article about the importance of peeling our eyes off the computer screen every once in a while.