We are well into the second half of the semester, and things are heating up as we near the end. The week Robert Olen Butler came to campus felt like the semester’s hump for me, but things continue to get even more hectic. I am sure we all feel the same way.
Currently, I am focusing hard on Elektraphrog, SCF’s online literary magazine. Producing a magazine always gets rough the closer we get to publication. Tasks include: finalizing publishing decisions; creating web pages; emailing submitters with our decision to publish their work or not; finalizing the web pages; editing/proofreading published submissions; and hosting a party for staff, faculty, and contributors. It gets rough, but I love doing this stuff. For anyone who is interested in taking the Journalism course and producing a magazine, search for the course titled, ‘Journalism 1440L.’ I am finishing up the second level of the course this semester, as Editor in Chief for the second time. I will participate in the production, but not take the actual course, in the Spring. If you wish to participate, please feel free to sign up. It is a one credit course as we meet only once a week for one hour (Wednesdays 12 -1pm).
In the past couple of months I have been a part of a few charity walks/runs and each one has been such an awesome experience! The first one was on October 3rd with SPARCC (Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center) it was a walk against domestic violence. It was a 3.5 mile walk in Sarasota over the John Ringling Bridge. My second was a 5k run on Halloween; it was at the MTI law enforcement academy in Lakewood Ranch. The proceeds went to help the academy students to be able to attend Skills USA. My most recent walk was on November 14th and I was able to attend with Phi Theta Kappa which was a cool experience because I was able to participate in something I love to do and be involved with an organization at school at the same time. This walk was at New College in Sarasota it was 1.25 miles around a gorgeous neighborhood near New College. The turnout was great and 13,000 dollars was raised for the AIDS community in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
I guess you can say participating in charity walks has become a new hobby for me. I have found that they are a lot of fun, a good form of exercise, a great way to support different causes in your community and a great way to spend time with friends and meet new ones! I plan to keep being involved in charity walks and I would like to encourage you to get involved as well. You might suggest a charity walk as an idea to any clubs or organizations you are involved in. The morale at the walks is amazing and you feel great about yourself for being a part of them. I’ve found the easiest ways to find out about charity walks is to Google charity walks in Manatee/Sarasota County or to look around at local businesses. Businesses often have flyers hanging up with information about charity walks they support. I’m sure there will be a few to choose from with the holidays coming up!
So happy walking!
After a bout with the Swine Flu, I am back on my feet.
Last week was a great week for the SCF literary club, Swamp Scribes. Tuesday was the Arts and Letters Day we participated in by holding an open mic reading underneath the amphitheatre. I missed it due to the Swine, but it went well if I understand correctly. On Thursday, I was able to participate in the event with Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler, who came to campus to spend some time with us. Many people who attended will, I am sure, never forget the moment as some were great fans of Butler’s. Butler is a famous author, who is also the Literary Envoy for the U.S. State Department. He signed many books for fans, and also signed extra copies of his new novel, Hell, that can be purchased in the SCF Bookstore.
In the past few weeks I have come to realize how important time management is, and I’ve realized I need to learn how to improve my time management skills a little bit. The semester is dwindling away, as I continue working full time while applying and preparing to transfer to USF. TIME has become a precious thing for me; not to be taken for granted or wasted. Several things are helping me stay balanced: prioritizing, making lists, using my planner, organizing, setting personal deadlines and goals, as well as staying aware of deadlines.
HELPFUL TIP!! Take advantage of “stolen” time by studying on your lunch break, or anywhere you have waiting time.
Don’t forget how important it is to fit in a little fun time with family and friends so you don’t become burnt out and out of touch. I think we all struggle with this from time to time (no pun intended) so don’t be too hard on yourself. Just take a step back to reevaluate things if needed.
Don’t ever forget why you’re doing what you’re doing, and that all of your hard work will pay off. Nothing worth having comes easy.