Getting into Spring 2015 semester

Hey guys, guess what? We have officially survived our first weeks of the Spring 2015 semester! I congratulate you all including myself. Now that the “add/drop with a refund” period for the classes that began on January12 has passed, I encourage you all to put in your best effort to study hard for the classes you have chosen. Some of the courses you might have picked start later in the semester and perhaps you are wondering when is the last day to drop the course and still be able to receive a refund. Or when is the last day to withdraw from a course and not get a WF (stands for Withdraw Failing) on your transcript? Well wonder no more. Here are the steps to locating this information on our college website.

First, go to SCF.edu. Next, click on the Academics tab at the top of the page and you will see a list with a gray background on the left of your screen. From that list you will click on “Academic Calendar.” Once you come to that page, scroll down to where the calendar for Spring 2015 is located and on the bottom there will be “Spring 2015 Add/Drop/Withdrawal Schedule” icon in green. Click on the icon and that will then open up the PDF file for the add/drop schedule for you! This is a very useful calendar to refer to throughout the semester.

I hope you guys find this helpful. Have an awesome week everyone!

Jennifer

Spring Semester! … and then?

And just like that, the Spring Semester is upon us! The warm and muggy Florida days of Winter Break passed all too quickly, and now we’re left to dream about that elusive 98 degree summer horizon. But, before that dream can even come close to finding its reality, there’s classes to find, books to purchase (with what money??), new people to meet, homework to be done, a job to hold down, friends to be talked to, food to be found/consumed, and sleep to be had – seemingly all at the same time – WHAT’S A BROKE COLLEGE STUDENT AT SCF TO DO.

Well, the answer is: Nothing.
“Nothing?!” you ask.
“Yes, nothing.”
“Really, nothing?” you might ask again.
And the answer is still, and will probably always be, “Nothing.”

Why is this? I mean, you have to do something, right? Well, yes, something has to be done. But nothing is really your better option in this circumstance. Now, at this point, “nothing” should be defined for these purposes.

NOTHING
/neTHiNG/

adverb
1. not at all

Think about everything that has to be done. Take a deep breath. Think about how much time you have to get it all done in. Take a deep breath. Think about how stressed you are. Take a deep breath. Think about all of your anxiety. Take a deep breath. Now, allow yourself to apply this definition of nothing into your busied world of somethings.

Next, find a piece of paper and a pen, sit down, take a deep breath (and maybe just one more), and write a list of all the little goals that tug and pull and stress at you now, so you can move that much closer towards your big goals.

 

 

 

Welcome back fellow SCF students!

Welcome back fellow students of SCF and welcome to you all who are new to State College of Florida! It was wonderful to be on break but it always feels too short. No worries though, this semester should be a blast and the faculty and all of us in the student services department are here to help you the whole semester through. I should of course introduce my self to you all. My name is Jennifer and I am the new Venice campus blogger for the SCF Student Blog. Hopefully through my blog’s you all can have a sense of what the campus is like and be up to date about awesome events that happen here, be informed about the many services that SCF has to offer, and also learn something new. I wish you all a successful semester and you all will be hearing from me again soon!

Is it really censorship?

Topping the headlines this week not only in the local newspaper, but also on just about every website on the net is a lot of hoopla about this thing called “SOPA.” Admittedly, I was extremely uninterested about it because I simply didn’t know what it was about. I just recently learned the significance of SOPA and PIPA and thought it would be a suitable topic for the school blog.

We all use the web on pretty much a daily basis. The internet itself is something that we all take for granted, as it’s something that has always been accessible with the click of a mouse — literally.

SOPA and PIPA are two bills that Congress is going to be reviewing this week. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA is the Protect IP Act. The point of these two bills is basically blocking sites that are potentially related to piracy. Search engines would be forced to omit hundreds of thousands of sites just because of a potential piracy issue! Today I have noticed a lot of websites protesting SOPA by either completely shutting their site down for awhile as a protest, or by just putting a SOPA related article front and center.

It really is a big deal. If either of these bills gets passed it will change the internet for the worse. Not only would it block innocent sites, it would also do NOTHING to stop the sites guilty of what the bill is trying to abolish. Either of these bills being passed would not only ruin your surfing experience, but it would also put people out of work. Lot’s of work. As if our economy wasn’t bad enough, if SOPA or PIPA were to

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be passed, sites like Google, Yahoo, Reddit, Youtube, and even Facebook (Yes, Facebook!) could be shut down if JUST 1 unsubstantiated copyright complaint. Not only will the sites have to be very careful about what is put on their page (really, how can Facebook monitor who puts what on their profile?) but investors across the globe would stop investing into those sites just because of the potential risk.

This is just a small amount of information on SOPA, and PIPA. If you would like to know more about either of these two bills, feel free to check out this website: http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/17/technology/sopa_explained/index.htm

What are your thoughts on SOPA? Voice your opinion now with an email to: studentblogger@scf.edu.

The Career Resource Center

Ok, so I’ve been slacking off this  blog. To be honest, I haven’t had much to write about. It’s hot outside, and I’m pretty sure my brain has been cooked by the heat. Anyway, today I’ll be giving a quick overview of the Career Resource Center.

1. Where can I find it?
It is room 207, and it’s located on the second floor of building one.

2. What is it for?
Anything career or job related. If you’re looking for a job, they can help you find one. If you’re looking for students that can work for you, they’ll put out the word. They can also help you research careers, which can help you pick the right one.

3. What kinds of jobs can they find for me?
Off-campus and on-campus jobs are offered. Student assistants are a necessity to SCF, so they are constantly looking for new workers. Also, external companies often are looking for student employees, and they will let the CRC know what jobs they are offering.

4. If I want a job that relates to my major, can they help me find one?
Of course! They can help you find paid internships or jobs that relate to your career.

5. What if they can’t find a job that suits me?
Then they will probably refer you to the College Central website. College Central is a site that helps students find jobs based on their experience and needs. You can upload your resume and send it to recruiters that are seeking job candidates. It’s a great resource to have.

All in all, if you’re in need of a job or in need of employees, the Career Resource Center is the place to go. I hope you all are having a great summer!

The Summer Semester: Lots of Hard Work

So today’s post is going to be relatively short. I wanted to give an overview of what the summer semester is like and I also wanted to give some tips on how to succeed during the summer semester.

The summer semester is a lot of work consolidated into a short amount of time. If you have a job which may require you to miss a few days of class it might be a better idea to skip the summer semester. Missing even one day of class can set you way back in terms of announcements and information. Summer classes are not for procrastinators; in fact, you won’t even have time to procrastinate because everything moves so quickly. Most summer classes involve a lot of effort and dedication. All that being said, taking classes in the summer is a great way to get ahead and take advantage of vacation. If you take enough classes, you can even graduate a bit earlier than you would if you didn’t take summer courses.

To survive the summer semester, it is important to keep a few things in mind:

1. Check ANGEL and SCF connect emails: Professors often leave updates and announcements online. Also, some professors may need students to complete certain assignments at home because of the time constraints and they may announce it on ANGEL.

2. Don’t delay: Get reading and assignments done as soon as you can and start studying for any exams the first day. Time flies during the summer and all these things can sneak up on you.

3. Read ahead: If you have free time, read ahead. If you get reading done early, you’ll have more time to review later on and you won’t be stressing out the day before an exam. Also, the more you get done early, the less you’ll have to do later on.

That’s it for today’s post. I really should get back to studying and reading (cries internally). Hope you all are having a nice day!

SCF Databases

Ok, it’s been way too long since I made a new post, but my brain has been in “school’s almost out” mode. Today, I’m going to briefly overview the SCF databases.

The SCF databases are basically online libraries filled with information from articles, journals, books and much more. They really come in handy when you are doing research papers or speeches. All the sources on the databases are legitimate and you can find tons of useful information. The best thing about them is that they are completely free to use for SCF students.

To use the databases, you must first go to the SCF main page. Then, you click on library. Once you are on the library page, you can click on one of two things “Databases A-Z” or “Databases by Subject.” I tend to prefer the alphabetical style, but whatever floats your boat. Once you click on either one of those links, you will be asked to log in. Your username is going to be your G00 number, and your password will be the last four digits of your G00 number. After being logged in, you will be able to see the wonderful array of databases at you disposal. You can explore them and see which one you find most useful. The ones I tend to favor are Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) and Virtual Reference Library (Gale). I also like using CQ Researche Plus Archive if I’m looking for more specific articles.

After picking a database, you can type your topic and/or any keywords into the search engine and a list of different articles and texts will appear. Some articles are not full text, and they only have a summarized version on the databases. Most databases give you the choice of looking at only full text articles.

I personally love using the SCF databases for research projects. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth looking into. They’re very convenient and there’s SO much information on them. Anyway, I’m off! Hope you all are having a nice day :).

Getting what you pay for

Have you ever purchased that expensive ticket to a brand new movie that you’ve been dying to see, only to have it ruined by another patron sitting in front–or even behind– of you, talking loudly, or texting the entire time? It makes me feel like I threw away money, because honestly I was so busy thinking about how rude they were, it took away from my enjoyment of the show.

Well, I have been experiencing this in a couple classes lately too. I feel like we are in class to learn, not text or facebook, but apparently others don’t agree. I may be

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ranting so to speak, but I feel that it’s just rude to text in class.

Not only does it show a very large amount of disrespect to the professor, but when you are texting your bestie, you aren’t paying attention to what’s going on in the class. (Or even on the road!!) I can understand an emergency, that’s totally fine. But non-stop for an hour? Not only are you, the student who is paying to be there, not paying attention, but you are distracting others who are trying to.

My reason for this rant, is because I cannot think of a nice way to ask students who feel compelled to do everything in the classroom except learn, to stop or at least relocate to another area to limit from distracting others. Obviously the professor doesn’t want to waste time addressing the issue, so how can the students who are bothered by this say something in a polite manner? I feel like since I am paying for the class, I should have the right to learning, not have a student sitting in the desk in front of me browse their facebook the entire time. It just seems to me to be a Lose-Lose-Lose scenario, yet it happens every day.

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on the subject? Am I the only student who feels the urge to ask the texters to cease doing so during class? If enough of us have similar views, I’m sure there’s something we can do to get it worked out. studentblog@scf.edu.

Buying Your Books

It’s almost the end of the spring semester, which also means it is almost the beginning of the first summer semester. New semester=New Books. Textbooks can be expensive, so here’s a few tips to help you save money on them.

1. Check with your teacher to make sure he/she uses the book
Some teachers do not use the textbook, and buying the book would be a waste of money. Shoot an e-mail their way and ask if and how often they use the book.

2. Try finding used books at specialized stores
The value of a used book is much less than that of a new one. There are stores that buy and sell used textbooks, so check those out (there’s one right by the SCF Bradenton campus).

3. Look at the announcement boards around campus
A lot of people sell the textbooks they no longer need and advertise on the bulletin boards around campus. People usually sell their books for a much cheaper price than the bookstores, so this is a great option.

4. The SCF wellness program
I’m not a part of this, but from what I’ve heard, this is an awesome program. You get wellness points by attending events on campus, such as yoga. Some events are free, while others have an affordable attendance fee. Wellness points add up and you can use them to buy textbooks at the SCF bookstore. How neat is that?!

5. My Secret Weapon
Slugbooks. It’s a website that compares the cost of textbooks among different websites and lists the best price. A lot of the time, you can even get new books for cheap. They compare the prices on e-books, as well as on textbook rentals. Unless you’re weary of online shopping, definitely check this out.

Those are my tips for saving money on books! I hope you all are having a great day :).

Enroll for Summer

Hi everyone!

Today’s post will be a quick one. I wanted to remind you all that yesterday course registration for summer opened. If you haven’t picked out your courses yet, get on the ball and get it done! If you don’t do it soon, you may not end up taking the classes you want or getting a schedule that works well for you.

If you haven’t ever taken summer courses and are nervous that it’ll be too much work, don’t be. It’s just like taking a regular course, just over a shorter period of time. I’d recommend taking at least two courses and no more than four courses over the summer. The reason why I say no more than four courses is that you don’t want to overload yourself with homework, since you will have to get it done in a shorter period of time.  Luckily, most teachers understand the time constraint, and they plan their curriculum accordingly. I took two courses last summer, and the workload was not hard to manage at all.

Taking courses over the summer is a great way to be productive and get ahead of the game.  You should definitely consider it as an option if you haven’t already.