Archive for February, 2010

Coffee, Meet Shirt.

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     As I was driving into school today, spilling coffee on my Tshirt, I knew it would be a good day (spilling coffee = good day).  Of course, by the time I got to school my coffee was cold.  But the sun was still shining, and the weekend was a warm promise.  I also felt lucky to attend school. 

     All this brought to mind a blerd I was thinking of this past week.  That blerd is pastiche, which means “an artistic composition made up of bits from various sources” (Webster’s New World Dictionary).   For this particular word, I like to envision my brain cut in half, and a nature scene blooming inside.  The nature scene would consist of my ability to play poker, the trivia I learned from Planet Earth (Purple Sea Urchins are much scarier than the ones I’ve seen at the beach), and how to properly wash a do-rag.  The sea urchin would look nicer in my brain scene than a do-rag, but the point is that the things you do each day, the stuff you memorize in class, is all going into your brain to create yourself.  With that said, I hope you can find a balance between school and play.  I hope that it overlaps in some cases, otherwise you may need to take a second look into what you’re studying.

Things are Heating Up

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A month has gone by and I feel exhausted by it all already. It does not help taking on multiple literature courses, participating in a magazine, being president of a club, and other things. I wish the school handed out vacation time to students. I could use one. That’s all part of life, though, right?

There are a few exciting things happening in the next week. On Thursday on the Venice Campus, February 18th, my very own club, Swamp Scribes, will be hosting a Poetry Reading in the Student Union at 7pm. The turnout last semester was incredible. Not once did we have less than 45 people attend, and the least amount of people who read was 23. Those are incredible numbers compared to things I have seen in the past. Some literary professors are offering extra credit for someone to read their own poetry, check with yours to determine if that is true of your professor. If you wish to read, there will be a sign-up sheet at the event.

On Friday, February 19th, the Venice Provost, Darlene Wedler-Johnson, is holding a Venice Campus Green Team Meeting from 2-3pm in the Selby Room. If you do not know where the Selby Room is, it is the very large room on the first floor of the 800 building. It located directly in the center. Also on this day is another ICC (Inter Club Counsel) meeting at 12pm. If you are part of a club and would like to represent your club, the meeting will be held in room 847.

Until February 26th, building 300 in Venice is holding a Women Contemporary Artist Juried Exhibit. It is free to take a look and runs all day (8am to 9pm). For those interested in art, this is an ideal event to attend, so be sure you make it in before it is over.

There have been reports of sightings at SCF of Dracula. To let everyone know, these reports are true. Dracula has come to the college. On February 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th, Dracula will be performed by the theatre department in Bradenton. The shows begin at 8pm and cost $10 for general admission, and $5 for students. On the 21st, and 28th at 2pm, there will be a matinee. For more information, visit the SCF calendar from the homepage.

How to Make $42,000 a Year!

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     This is my last semester at SCF, and as such I have been thinking about exactly what I want to do with my degree.  Granted, I am attending two more years of college, but if I could find what career path I wanted to take, I might not flutter around and take five semesters at my next university. �
     In my search I went to the Career Resource Center and found a website on Vocational Biographies.  The site was helpful to search the career you already have in mind, or under a general idea, like english and writing.  I went and found Technical Writer, which gave an article about a woman who holds that job title.  Then it goes on to offer what education you need, what personality traits (it didn’t list being poor and weary as a trait), and more websites for information!�
You do need a username/password to log on.  User: scf  Pass: Bradenton�
      There was one other fun website that I remembered called Salary.com.  It’s really easy, you just insert your desired job, and area code and you’re off!  Once you find the job you can change your education level and read a salary range.  If I were to become a Technical Writer, I would probably earn around $42,000 at entry level.  Not bad!  There’s really a lot of stuff you can do with this website that gives you an idea of what your future can be.
     Even if you are in high school, or attending SCF, I think both of these sites work hand in hand to developing ideas.  I still don’t know what I want to do, I doubt I want to write instruction manuals, but I’m still stepping in the right direction.

A Little Bit of Info

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Sorry for the tardiness of this post. I should have had this done Friday, but Friday proved to be a busy day for me. The entire past week was busy, actually. It seemed as though I had meetings after meeting – I have another one this afternoon. Crap!

In any case, I do have some more information for you. This Friday, from 1pm – 4pm, there is going to be a Game Night (not really night, but whatever) for the college. Unfortunately I do not have all of the information as I am unsure the room number, but it will be a great event for everyone. By game night, we are not talking board games, we’re talking XBOX, Playstation, Wii, etc. You get the picture.

On Friday, April 2nd, from 6-10 pm, there will be a talent show. More information on that will come in as I get some. Keep your ears open for that one, though. It sounds like it will be a great time. If you are interested in participating, I will bring more information to you as I get it.

Spring Fling… not this year. This year it is, Spring Fairival. This year the clubs will be able to do whatever they want to promote their clubs, as long as it does not violate student code, of course. There will be a lot of things to do this year. Rock climbing, an obstacle course (a blow up obstacle course), a huge slide connected to a blow up rocket ship. Food and drink. It is going to be an awesome event. I am excited for this one. This will happen on March 3rd, from 9am to 2pm. That is a Wednesday.

Aside from that, I have no other news at this time. As I get more information in, I will keep everyone up to date on it all.

The Two Week Swing

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I think I’m finally starting to get into the swing of school. There was a kid in my class the other day who informed our teacher that he was now mentally there (after two weeks). That got me thinking. I had been doing my homework and blogging, but I wasn’t getting the ideas I was hoping for. My heart and mind took a little while to catch up to one another.

I also had another shiny revelation today: exercise really does help you focus! Usually I just feel more centered with myself after exercising. Then there I was today, sitting on my leopard printed couch, firing through my Spanish flash cards. To clear up any questions, the couch is covered with a leopard print comforter…and it is not mine. Either way, my memory was working overtime with ease, and it was swell.

That brings me to my Blerd (Blog Word…I added the e just for grammatical spite). That word is Focus. You all know what focus means, but I found it interesting that Webster’s Dictionary said it was “the point where rays of light, heat, etc. come together…” Meaning, the light in your brain coincides with the heat you’re producing from that cardio session.

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