Archive for May, 2011

~ Fare Thee Well ~

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Well, it’s hard to believe it’s here so fast, but this is my final blog entry. I have to take the summer off and so I must regretfully decline from being your host. I must say the experience was a very welcome one and, if policy permitted me, I would gladly take up the opportunity again sometime. Special thanks to Dr. Glanville of the English Department, who urged me to go for the position, and Ms. Tamara Kerns, my gracious supervisor, who stuck with me through the glitch-gauntlet. We made it!

So, now I turn my attention to you. I hope that I touched on things that made you laugh, and things that provoked your thoughts. I hope I encouraged you to give it all ya got and also taking the time to know and respect your professors as people too. My deepest intention, amidst my words or thoughts, however was to remind you how important you are as an individual. We take on so much when we come to college, and it isn’t all just fun and games, I know. Being here is a transformation of many sorts, and beyond it all an opportunity to challenge ourselves and mold ourselves into something we can be proud of. So, I implore you to remember yourself. Does that seem silly? I don’t think so. What I mean is, always remember why you came here in the first place and hang onto your dreams because no one is going to dream them for you. When things get tough, just remember yourself…you deserve to succeed. See the faces around you here at SCF as not strangers, but friends with a common goal striving to create their reality too. If you happen to see my face on campus, know that you have a friend in me too.

There’s usually always one of those subjects where we fight tooth and nail to make it, and for me that’s math, as I have mentioned before. So, needless to say, in the fall I will be face to face with my greatest challenge as many of you will be with yours. Let’s not let it get the best of us! Whatever that class or subject may be, let it not deter you from your road. Yes, it’s likely to rattle you, and perhaps drive you to the brink, but just think of how much better the taste of victory will be when you overcome it. That’s what I keep trying to tell myself. I will shoot for the A, as I

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always do, but I will not kick myself for something less if I gave it my all, and neither should you. So, though I am not at the helm of your blog any longer, let’s make a pact here and now…to remember ourselves when the going gets tough and at the end of the day, still manage to have a good one!

Thank you very much for reading my blogs, and if you’ve anything personal to say feel free to email me at jbourge3@scf.edu or contact studentblog.scf.edu.

~ It’s Raining…Love Bugs? ~

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    Hey! Who ordered the rain today, huh? Was it all you recovering from Cinco De Mayo? I wanted to crisp in the sun today on my first full day of summer vacation. I hope you’re happy! Well, we needed the rain I guess. Maybe it’ll knock all of those love bugs floating around out of the sky. It’s been like driving around in an Alfred Hitchcock movie or something. Smart move for Florida trying to manufacture a bug that eats mosquitos and instead brings on a full scale bug massacre with your windshield, ay? I hope they don’t release a love bug eating bat next. I wager those will be harder to scrape off haha. Yech. Ah hem, leave mother nature alone please.

   So, you poor students on the Venice campus today, wishing there were canopies on the walkways. It’s not all bad right? This is probably your last day for finals. Which reminds me, this is the time of year there are graduation parties or end-of-the-semester parties right? Well, I hope you have a great time while keeping in mind that it would be nice to have a tomorrow too. You know what that means, right? Be aware of your surroundings, don’t drink and drive, and keep an eye on your friends too. That’s what friends are for after all. I’m going to a party tonight myself and you can trust that I won’t be among those weaving on the roads. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Just be responsible so you can go out and do it again sometime, huh?

   Well, I wish you the best of luck on your finals and great times when you get a chance to kick back and dodge the love bugs.  Have a good one party go-ers !

~ The Last Hurrah aka The Anatomy Final ~

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Hey there! Today I took my final for Anatomy & Physiology I , my last hurrah for the semester! Pheeew! I haven’t slept well in two whole days so I was totally discombobulated during my final, but I think it turned out well enough in the end. What a challenging class! Talk about getting a run for your money, hahaha. That was an uphill climb with a camping pack! I would do it all again too, funny thing huh? Am I a glutton for punishment? Nah, I just love a challenge and the human body is like a carnival of activity to learn about. So, this class was extremely interesting if you ask me. Thank you, Ms. Elrod, for making class fun and informative at the same time and also for answering my myriads of questions! I’m coming back for more in the fall, I bet you can’t wait , haha. “ Oh nooo Mr. Bill!” (SNL)

I’m going to use my parasympathetic responses for the summer AKA relaxing! Atleast for the first week or so , then I need to crack down and brush up on my math skills so I can take that placement test for the fall. I wish I could view it, as so many do, like it’s all fun puzzles and what not. It’s been a source of anxiety since I can remember, but this time around I am determined not to let anything get in my way, least of all a four letter word like MATH.

Let’s not focus on math though, for the moment. I just want to wish those in my A+P lab class success with A+P II during the summer. Thanks for those extra study crunches before classes, they really helped!

I’d like to say thank you to Dr. Weber, my professor for philosophy and ethics, who shed some light on some very interesting characters throughout the history of both subjects. Who would have thought how vast the ideas of mankind can be on topics that seem, outwardly, to be so simple. When people do not challenge themselves or their own opinions, by listening to all sides of a matter, this is where the opportunity for knowledge can be stunted. I learned that we often do not take the time to question what we feel we already know, but that’s just it…if you don’t always keep an open mind,

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ever searching, and curious then you are further from the light of knowledge than you suppose. There is an actual process for determining if something is a worthy argument and it works much better than “ because I said so.” Lol Right on, Dr. Weber.

Have a good one

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~ Fresh Out of High School? ~

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   So, you’re thinking about being a freshman or freshwoman (for the politically correct) are ya? Well, have I got a blog for you! I noticed this was a category in this blogging forum and I thought, what a great opportunity to try to help those fearful or intimidated by the idea of coming to college.

   Well, let me start by admitting that it really is different than high school. You’re used to taking several classes in one day at high school, and most know that you are the master of your own schedule at college. I know some of you may think that since you used to have about 6 or so classes, that means you can easily handle 6 in college. I must say to you however, think again. The trick is that some classes here are much more demanding than others. For example, Anatomy & Physiology I is extremely demanding and some suggest you should only take one other class with it. That’s right, just one!  If there are some classes you are thinking of taking, I strongly suggest you contact an advisor, talk to friends on campus if you know any, or visit the web.  This will teach you the first valuable lesson at college and that is that you are your own advocate. So, get used to asking questions and you’ll see it’s really not that scary after all. Besides, what’s scarier? Having the needed info or wandering aimlessly in the dark? Haha, I think you know the answer to that one.

 Another thing you should know about is financial aid.  It’s really not a good idea to take a whole bunch of random classes anymore to see how you like this or that. Why you may ask? Well, you may run out of financial aid before you finish your degree. You know those perpetual students ya hear of? So, what this means for you is that, since you may not know what the heck you want to do with your life yet, you should probably stick to general required courses until you have a clear idea what your interests are. Just keep in mind that if you change directions you need to keep track of how many classes you are racking up. If you are undecided you really ought to seek the help of the Career Resource Center.  Make sure you clearly explain whether or not you plan to transfer after your associates degree or stop there. This makes quite a huge difference! If you plan to transfer out of SCF eventually, your University may have different class requirements than what SCF requires. See why might it be good to have a heads up? 

   One more thing I’d like to mention is that if you pay full price for books and you plan on selling them back, do not expect to get anywhere near what you paid for them. You may have better luck selling them on the web or selling them to other students rather than selling them back to the bookstore. You still won’t get anywhere near what you paid for them but you might do a touch better.  Just something to keep in mind before you decide to buy new or used with your grant/loan/ pocket money.

 Okay, I know it seems like some of this sounds pretty serious. Guess what? It is serious, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun too. There are some nice clubs you may like to be a part of in your spare time, by the way. You’re leaving your childhood behind basically and becoming a true adult. Responsibility comes with this change, but don’t fear it. Instead make it a part of who you are or want to become and be thoughtful and considerate along the way. Small kindnesses can carry you further than you can imagine so leave all the petty and aloof “too cool for school” stuff back in high school. Here, it will only make you seem… well, petty and aloof. People who come to college should be ready to work on themselves after all, you see. If you are ready to do something worth your time and effort finally, that will give you something back later, a career hopefully, than to you I say, “Welcome to the State College of Florida.” Remember that the only thing to fear… is fear itself! Have a good one!

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~ Honors Convocation 2011 & Honoring the Future ~

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Hello fellow students and readers. Well, I attended the Venice campus’ 2011 Honors Convocation today (Friday April 29th) as promised! I must say that the event was a pleasure to be at. First, I would like to congratulate all the honorees who were awarded by their professors and department heads today! I would love to name you all here but there are simply too many of you to list! In case you don’t know what the Honors Convocation is, it is held to recognize undergraduate students for their exceptional academic initiative and achievements during the year. All honorees were awarded with certificates, some with books and others with actual scholarship money! This year we in the Phi Theta Kappa donated a beautiful cake, which was delicious as usual, and beverages to honor those awarded. We even had the pleasure of seeing one of our own members honored today, former PTK president Jodi Johnson. She won the Coca Cola Scholarship, and is SCF’s very first All-Florida Academic Scholar! Woo hoo Jodi! Jodi happened to be honored by, who will be, our former PTK advisor Stephanie Cook and she really had great things to say of her. Special thanks to Stephanie Cook for being a fantastic advisor for the PTK!

So, what was it like to be there today? I’ll tell you…it was inspiring! Did you know that SCF awarded a small group of single-mothers for their outstanding effort and achievements? You do now! Fantastic ladies! I think they have sent a great message of inspiration to their families and other single parents out there, don’t you? As was mentioned during the ceremony, many people today are struggling with hard times, children, work, and their academic career. Gas prices alone are enough to make you kick and scream or consider driving one of those ridiculous

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Seriously though, most could not be honored today but I say you should still be very proud of yourself for juggling all these things so well. If you’re still doing it at all, you’re doing pretty good right? Keep up the good fight you fellow student warriors, in these hard times, and someday the applause will be for you too. This reminds me of something that very important, that we in the Honor Society are trying to embrace and pass along and it’s the need for students to commit to complete their education. I’m not just talking about SCF students, but students all across the Nation. Students in dire times, or sometimes simply at a whim, will drop out of college and we are urging everyone to make a commitment with us to complete your degrees. Our country has a huge drop-out rate, but we can reverse that with some good old tenacity and endurance! SCF happens to be a leading college in our country as far as graduates is concerned, did you know that? I know we can keep this up with you a part of the commitment! These hard working single parents can do it, and so can we. So, spread the word that you are a part of something bigger than simply yourself, which is of course a great cause, but that you are working to put some pride and faith back into our country’s future. When the going gets tough, don’t flake-out okay? Get tough right back!

By all means, please have a good one!

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