~ Nerd Terror ~

You studied hard all weekend, and now you’re sweating in the hot seat in class as if it’s an electric chair waiting to have the switch thrown. Your professor walks in and starts handing out your exams wistfully, with a hint of a smile. You’re tapping your pencil, chewing your lip, and asking yourself, “What’s going to be on this one? Did I forget anything? Will I remember when I see the questions?” You might also add, “I think I drank too much coffee. Curse that Dunkin Donuts Express in the Hess Station!” Oh, that’s if you’re me, they get me every time now, but I digress. So, you’re freaking out and you need to take this exam. What do you do? Here are a couple things before the big test that may help you out and or boost your confidence level.

1. For crying-out-loud! Don’t forget to breathe! They say that if you take a few deep breaths and stretch your legs and arms before an exam, it may help you collect yourself.

2. If you like chocolate I’ve read that eating it before study time and afterwards can increase your ability to store the information. Dark chocolate is supposed to have a greater effect than milk chocolate.

3. Studying while listening to classical baroque music, or some light jazz is shown to improve your chances of absorbing the material too. There’s a little trick to it though- you need the music to maintain a steady tempo, so make yourself a mix with songs of the same general speed on it. It’s best not to include songs with vocals however as that may

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4. I know you’ve heard this one before, but try to get a good night of rest and eat a moderate breakfast in the morning. You need that energy to think ya know.

5. Here’s one more. Make sure you take plenty of breaks when studying, even if that means just walking away for a few minutes to stretch after an hour or so. Doing study marathons is not so great. I find that when I start to screw up when I try to write something down or I am getting jumbled up is a good indication that you need a break.

Anyway, keep your head up okay? Don’t let the exam terror pull you down. Instead, just let it wash right over you, acknowledge it, and then rock that exam the best you can. That’s all you can do, right? Make

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it worth the sweat, Ha! Have a good one, guys and gals!

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~ Growing and Graduating ~

 Hello there, believe it or not there are a couple interesting things happening soon so I thought I would hop on here and alert you. Both of these things happen to occur on a Friday. Okay, so this Friday the 22nd of April @ noon on the Venice campus along the rear walk way, where we usually set up all our tables for Spring Fling and Fall Ball, there will be a tree planting ceremony. I wish I could be there but I will not be able to make it. Anyhow, live oak trees have been donated by the Phi Theta Kappa and Green Team to provide shade along that blistering hot walk-way when we have events. I don’t know about you but that sounds great to me! The oaks donated will be under the care of each of the school’s clubs on campus, so “thanks” in advance!

   Now the Friday after, April 29th in the Selby room, there will be an honors award ceremony for individuals that the faculty feels are deserving of praise due to work exhibited or improved efforts. I am not sure of the time of this event but if you’re interested in attending there may be a posting in the lobby of the Selby building. Congrats to all those nominated!

   Something else I’d like to mention is that Lisa Rydzenski Joseph will be assuming the position of President of our Venice chapter’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, called Alpha Mu Upsilon. Yay Lisa! She will be your new contact person for any PTK inquiries as Jodi Jeffries Rossi will be graduating. Congrats to Jodi! We are losing a few officers to graduation this semester as well, so I want to say congrats to Taylor, Kimmy, and Sasha also! You know what this means PTK members, we need new officers! So, if you are currently a PTK member and are interested in becoming an officer please contact Lisa on Angel.

   I’d just like to say a warm thank you to Jodi for all your time and hard work as a member and more, being such a worthy President of our chapter. Your motivated charm and diligent care to attention will be greatly missed on campus. By the way, thanks for leaving us in the hands of such a great candidate for President too. Have a good one!

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~ Professor Appreciation ~

Hi there! Something occurred to me last night after a nice talk with one of my professors. If there isn’t one already, that I’m not aware of, there should be a professor appreciation day. Our professors come from all walks of life and lead very interesting lives often times. Many have been many places and have a great deal of experience with all sorts of things so why not take time after or before class to chat with them? You might be surprised how much you have in common or simply feel less intimidated by them. They are not scary, ruler-wielding types usually, haha.

Try this on for size…you spend years and years going to school studying something you find fascinating

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Our professors go over and over the same material and the one thing that sets everything off is your input and opinions on the matter you know. Otherwise, it’s the same thing day after day. How would you feel about coming to that every day? I’m just saying, just put yourself in their shoes for a moment. You really can make class more interesting by sharing your ideas or views, in fact, that’s what we’re here for! Well, thanks to all the professors here at SCF. Your blood sweat and tears don’t go unnoticed by this student! Have a

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~ The Venice PTK Thanks Chrissie Siracuse and The Art Department! ~

 Hello there, fellow students! I wanted to hop on here and say a thank you to our Art Department for getting together and designing our new Venice Chapter Phi Theta Kappa T-Shirt to our specifications!  The winner was Chrissie Siracuse !! It’s green and has the “Why squeak by, when you can soar?” slogan on it with the outline of a mouse and hawk. It looks pretty nifty! Thank you very much!

   The PTK has been quiet on campus as far as activities recently, I should mention, because there was a PTK convention in Seattle. Our lady officers jetted off to fill their minds with all the latest information and leaderships skills offered at these great conventions.  Since I’m on the topic of our school’s chapter, I would like to mention that we are currently accepting new officers if you happen to be a member already and you would like to hold a position. If you feel you would like to simply be a member you must have 12 (completed) credit hours and a 3.5 gpa. The honor society has some great benefits for your future and affords you the opportunity to give back to your community.

   If you’re interested please contact Jodi Johnson at jjohn193@student.scf.edu she is our current President for the remainder of this semester. We could really use some motivated people on our team, so don’t be shy! Contact her and find out what you may be able to do okay?  Again, thanks to the Art Department for all your design  efforts! Have a good one!

~ Spring is Here! ~

Ah, Spring…that wonderful time of year when the critters are foraging, birds are singing, buds are blooming. Let’s not forget those other birds, the snow birds, who are likely packing and getting ready to make their seasonal exodus around Easter. Droves of RV’s and Cadillacs will mob 75 and 41 making your trip to school bitter sweet, bitter for having to leave early and sweet for lowering the accident ratio once gone. Pheeew! The lines at Dunkin Donuts will be shorter too, yay!

By the way, there is a brand new Dunkin Donuts Express inside the gas station next to the McDonalds in North Port, coffee fanatics! You can make your own just the way you like it! Can you tell I’m excited?

There’s something more we must look forward to though and that’s nasty weather. In case you haven’t heard, the weather prediction “pros” are saying Florida is likely to get slammed with Hurricanes this year. Don’t they say that every year? I’m starting to think Home Depot and Lowes are in cahoots with the weather stations. Anyway, what can you do? Just be aware of the possibilities and take basic precautions. If you’re out and the weather appears to be deteriorating quickly, don’t speed up so you can get home quicker. That’s how accidents happen, people. Slow down, be careful and put the radio on a channel with

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You’re in school for a reason and that’s to make your future better right? What a waste if you’re not thinking of the little things though that could really snow-ball as it were…like getting into an accident or ignoring emergency information that you might otherwise have gotten. So, save yourself some trouble and go into the students tab under the Self Service Banner. Get into your personal information file and make sure your contact info is updated so the school can contact you in an emergency or cancelation situation. They even have it so you can add a text number under the Phones drop box. They sent this info in your email but I thought I’d tag team that information here so you can’t miss it. Well, stay safe this hurricane season and have a good one today!

~ Stormy Weather ~

 

Hey there everyone, how did you like getting blown to kingdom come yesterday at school? They said the storm wouldn’t reach Venice yesterday but alas, weather predictions are about as accurate as a crystal ball! Cloudy! The rain hitting the library roof sounded like a stadium full of applause from the inside, lol. I had a feeling my class might get canceled but I showed up and studied to pass the time anyway and then lo and behold…CANCELED!  I love class but there is something really fun about getting to go home, kick your sneakers off and drop onto the couch when you shouldn’t be there. You glance over at the clock with satisfaction and say to yourself “Yep…I’d still be there.” as the time ticks by. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself an evening of complete and utter uselessness right? Ha ha ha. After all, it’s not a waste if it regenerates you! I was totally zonked yesterday anyway; it must have been the weather. I wanted to crawl into a corner and take a nap while I was sitting in the library. Funny how reading that cancelation sign on the door gives a person a second wind huh?

   Well, I hope you were all safe and enjoyed your cancelations, if you had them, and made perfectly good use of the time like I did. Cancelations don’t happen often at SCF. It reminds me of a particular place in New England where they had cancellations at the very first sign of a snow flake and we’d hear “No school Foster / Glocester!” If you’re from R.I. you know exactly what I’m talking about. We’d always say, “Those poor kids will never graduate!” We’d say a few other things, that I shall not type here too haha sorry Foster/Glocester- I cannot tell a lie.  Rhode Islanders can have a biting humor just like the cold up there. Ya gotta love it! Well, at least we don’t have to shovel our way to the car anymore here, or slide across the street, right? Can you imagine the elderly driving snow covered roads down here? It would be like a demolition derby on ice. They have a hard enough time traversing dry roads!

  Okay, said enough on that account. So long for now, have a great weekend and thank your lucky stars the earth’s poles haven’t shifted enough to make Wal-Mart stock tropical snow shovels! Have a good one!