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Top 3 Reasons to Attend Graduation

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Spring break officially ended on Sunday March 24th at 11:59PM. Since then, I have literally received over 20 text messages and e-mails regarding the student body’s excitement for graduation. I must admit, I’m excited too, especially since there are 5 weeks left in this spring semester. Despite it being a threshold in your education and a ceremony that 4-year-college-goers miss out on, I have devised the top 3 reasons why students really attend the graduation ceremony [as a graduate].

3. It’s a way to get gifts and presents
This reason is kind of selfish but… it’s true. We know that we can invite our friends and family to this event and they will not show up empty handed. A few “I’m proud of you” comments and maybe a nice dinner somewhere will bring a smile to your face… but the majority of the people will not be able to make it and give you monetary compensation instead.

2. It’s an opportunity to add yet another diploma on the wall
Imagine, having a community college diploma right next to your high school one. You would be waking up everyday feeling more accomplished and ready for the world than ever before. Soon enough, people will think you’re collecting those things. Everyone who sees you will say “You need to stop being so smart and getting so many diplomas!”

1. It’s an excuse to have fun and party
We all love the way that Pomp and Circumstance is stuck in our heads for days after the ceremony. Do you know what else will get stuck in your head? The answer is all memories of your graduation that you will keep for the rest of your life. It is one final opportunity to truly see your graduating class in one place together, perfect time to take pictures and go out with friends.

You only graduate from a community college once. It is a symbol of your perseverance, a symbol of being half-way to completing a Bachelors degree or a symbol of completion of school before moving into the work force. Everyone should be proud to be a Manatee Alumni therefore they should share their joys in this final reunion together before they disperse.

The Tipping Point…

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Over Spring Break I started reading “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. It is about how little things can make a big difference. The Tipping Point is known as that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips and spreads like wildfire. Gladwell uses many examples of how this happens in society some of them include how a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, as well as a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product or a drop in the crime rate. In this book Gladwell also explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon and it has changed the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas. This book is a widely acclaimed bestseller and I can tell why. It’s very good so far and the concept is interesting.

This book was recommended to me by someone who is a Social Worker. She has read all of his books and said that she liked the way he wrote and valued his thoughts and opinions so I decided to check them out. “The Tipping Point” is his first book, followed by “Blink” and “Outliers”. I am looking forward to reading all of his books and I hope they will help me to better understand the world

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Post Spring Break Lazy

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I usually come into a new blog with an idea of what to write about. In this case, my mind has been on vacation over Spring Break. I travelled to the beach a few times, had some decent dinners

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Yet here I am. I’ll still grab my cup of coffee in the morning so that I can make it through to my next cup of coffee. So plug your brains back in and get moving back to class – there’s only six more weeks of school left. Don’t lag behind in the last leg of class work!

Carpe Diem

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We all know that rare feeling of accomplishment; that feeling of completeness, triumph and anticipation for the time ahead. When you have time to sleep all day, work as much as you want and even gain a few pounds. I am talking of course about spring break, it is just too bad it only lasts a week.

While most people use spring break as a means to stay in town and work or relax, I use

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Through the school work and studying, most of us forget to live life to the fullest. Your college years only come once in your life, therefore, you must use it efficiently. Once you have a professional career it will be much harder to obtain leisure time. Things to do during spring break include [but not limited to]: skydiving, new foods, IMAX movies, road trips, college visits, new restaurants, resorts, get in contact with old friends, internships and new foods. Just remember to “seize the day” as it is translated from the Latin term “Carpe Diem”, because as Mae West once said “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Spring break!

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I can’t believe it’s already Spring Break! This semester is flying by I didn’t even have time to count down the days until Spring Break was

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I was just thinking I’ve never really done anything special for Spring Break so I’m promising myself now I am going to do something next year for sure. At this time next year it will be my first semester at USF working toward my Bachelor’s so I’m sure it will be much needed then. We all deserve to treat ourselves to a nice break and vacation every once in a while to get away from the hectic college life.I hope all of you have a fun and safe Spring Break! I look forward to coming back rested and ready to finish the rest of the semester off with a bang!

Don’t lose your enthusiasm…

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Have you ever been so excited about your passions only to become disappointed when people around you don’t seem to be excited for you or are not interested in helping you reach your goals?

I have had that happen to me a couple of times this week. I went to a schizophrenia seminar this past weekend and really enjoyed it, learned new things and was encouraged and inspired to learn

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At first I became a little discouraged just because I have such a passion to get involved and help out, but then I decided… you know what… I’m not going to let this get me down! So I am going to continue to look for more opportunities and continue to contact people.

So with all of that being said I just wanted to encourage everyone to not lose your enthusiasm…I’m sure some of you understand how I feel because you’re just so passionate about what it is your going to school for that you just want to get involved in the field in any way possible. Even though sometimes things don’t work out how we had hoped and planned there is a reason for everything and in the end it will all work out – even if that does mean your first experiences involve doing things that don’t exactly excite you or make you feel like you are making a difference.

Two Rules for Life

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I had the priviledge to listen to Michael McKeever speak at MCC this last week. Michael McKeever is an established playwright with a wonderful insight into the world. Although my following points could have come from someone like your grandfather, they are my new key rules for life as a college student as learned from Mr. McKeever.
Firstly, he said not to let anyone tell you that you cannot do something… Something like a college career you’ve set your mind to and are loving the results. For example, my career is based in writing journalism and according to Salary.com (a very helpful site you should visit) I won’t be bringing in the most comfortable lifestyle. Yet I’d rather be doing something I absolutely love than something that I don’t. That’s not to say that following something you enjoy won’t have its obstacles. But you cannot live with regrets.
The second key deals with the fact that you’ll be writing papers as a college student, a high school student and beyond college. The rule is that the first draft of anything you write is allowed to be absolutely terrible (in your eyes). It’s hard to just start writing a paper or anything for that matter. Once you get to the end,

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The Oldest Habit

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Weird Word of the Week: Pusillanimous: adj. lacking courage; cowardly; faint-hearted.

Wow, we are half-way through the semester and one week away from Spring Break, so I would guess the new phrase is “Time flies when you’re in college”? I don’t know about you, but I can practically smell Spring Break around the corner.

There is a pattern that occurs right before a mini break like this one: First you will receive tests in all of your classes the week before the break. Second, your procrastination level will be at an all-time high unless you do something about it.

Let’s do simple math:

Procrastination + Multiple Tests = Bad

I know how you feel… I personally have plans of traveling around Florida and possibly taking a ferry from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas… but all of this has to wait.

A teacher once told me “The hardest part of a task is starting it.” In order to focus on spring break for an entire week, you must focus on school for an entire week also. I do not feel that Spring Break would feel rightfully earned if I do not do well on my tests. My

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There are however, many other methods of studying for multiple tests. I have friends who divide the subject in the categories of “Left Brained” and “Right Brained” and manage to study two subjects a day, back to back, for an hour or two each.

Perhaps the most famous procrastinator was Leonardo da Vinci. He delayed finishing the Mona Lisa for 20 years and finished The Last Supper after his patron threatened to cut off his funds. Most of his work was half-completed at the time of his death, and he felt that he could have accomplished more if he had not procrastinated. What I am trying to say is: time is all we have, use it wisely.

“Procrastination is for the pusillanimous”
-Anonymous-

Research

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I have three oral research reports due before Spring Break. While it’s handy that they’re scheduled for the same week, it’s also nice that I have tools already provided by MCC for research. One tool is the Library Databases. You can access this by going to the MCC website and under the tab “library” at the top click on “Online Journals & Magazines.” This takes you directly to the database login. The databases are peer reviewed essays, statistics and other content. When I say “peer reviewed” I mean that the information is correct and reliable. Unlike when you Google your topic and are unsure of the facts.

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Well, I’m off to continue my homework.