Archive for March, 2012

Hunger Pains

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I’ve mentioned before how I can’t hold my focus when I’m hungry. This usually means that if I’m sitting through more than a couple hours of class, its a smart move on my part to have a snack on hand!

Sometimes I’ll pack something simple like a small container of grapes or a banana. Sometimes I’ll make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or an egg sandwich. For the days I’m on campus all day, I’ll pack a lunchbox full of things (leftovers, instant oatmeal, fruit, etc.)! And sometimes I’m lazy the night before and walk to Subway instead. Eat a big breakfast, snag some hummus and pretzel chips from the Student Union, and a foot long can last me lunch and dinner! I’ve noticed that not letting myself get too hungry is really crucial around seven, the beginning of my three hour evening class. If I don’t eat something then, by eight o’clock I just want to bang my head into things! There’s nothing wrong with the class, besides being long, and I do like the professor a lot. But ugh, who wants to hear about the War with Mexico when your stomach hurts and your head hurts and ugh! You see what I mean?

Surely I can’t be the only person who has this problem! The point of this, really, was to ask you guys a few questions. :) How do you handle your hunger pains? Do you pack foods? If you do, what sort? Or do you rely on the student union and it’s row of snack machine? Or do you venture further off campus and eat at one of the many surrounding restaurants? Please, share your wisdom with me! I’ve got to admit, I’m tired of eating Subway or croissant sandwiches whenever I forget to pack food, haha. Our email is studentblog@scf.edu, I’m looking forward to your replies.

Only a few more weeks!

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Yesterday I took that dreaded chemistry exam I have been telling you about.. Ehh… I feel I did alright, I am anxiously awaiting my grade to be posted though. Chemistry is a great subject and very interesting if you are into that sort of thing. One thing I have discovered is that it is not my forte. I went in to this class thinking I was going to continue in the medical/chemistry career by becoming a Veterinarian, but have since learned that is not where I was destined to go.

One thing though, is that the class is interesting! I am not bashing chemistry or what it’s about, I’m simply saying that it’s not for me. But I guess knowing what you DON’T want to do is just about as important as knowing what you DO want to do, right?

After this chemistry class is over, which is only a few more weeks, I think I am going to try one more course, just to see if I can get the hang of it and get into a better rhythm than I am now. I am studying my can off, and only have a measly 86 B in the class. (At least, that is prior to my exam grade being posted xD) … I am the type of person that, when goes for a grade, let’s call it an A.. Anything less than that is a failure.. So I find I am putting a lot of stress on myself and it just isn’t helping me to learn the material better.

I think the point of today’s blog is to communicate to everyone something along the lines of this: If you end up not liking a subject or finding out it’s not for you, that’s great in a way! You have eliminated a possible path from your list, and the path you are meant to be on is one step closer to being under your feet.

Until next time, it’s Steve signing out! :)

What is your favorite subject? Mine would have to be math. Or recess.. LOL. I’d like to know what your favorite subject is and why! Email me and who knows, maybe we can end up taking a class or two together! :)

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Sometimes it’s Fixable

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I’d like to share a little story with you guys. Back in October I visited FSU, talked to a few professors and toured the school, and made the decision that it was the school I wanted to continue at. I put in my transfer application, sent in all of my paperwork, and then I waited. There were a couple of speed bumps, a couple of delays, but when I checked my “Status Check” page online last Saturday, my results were in!

I’d been rejected. Because I was missing a “milestone marker” for major. What did this mean?! I’d checked and checked and talked to the head of the department I was going into, what “milestone” could I possibly be missing? Surely it wasn’t my G.P.A. I was pretty devastated, not going to lie. I’ve already signed my lease for an apartment in Tallahassee, I’m moving up one way or another.

I think the worst part of reading that decision on Saturday was the fact that I couldn’t do anything about it until Monday. But when Monday rolled around, I was all over the FSU website. I found the numbers I needed (the professor I’d spoken with and undergrad admissions) and I got started. My first call went to the head professor of the Chinese department. He was equally baffled, stating that since I had not been attending FSU for my first two years, he didn’t understand how it was expected that I should have met any program “milestones.” That phone call was not necessarily helpful in finding out why I hadn’t gotten in, but it was comforting to know that somebody higher up was equally confused. It also turned out to be very important later one. My next call went to the admissions office, and after being transferred a few times, it was revealed that I had been rejected because I “lacked proficiency in Chinese.”

This was also confusing. Some personal background, I studied the Chinese language for three years in high school and have also been to China. Alongside both of these facts, the language is spoken every day at home between my step-mom and little sister. Finally, I got to the last person. The Chinese department was under the mass-umbrella of the College of Arts and Sciences, and I needed to speak to the head of that department specifically because she was the woman who reviewed applications for admission. What happened was that when a student gets an A.A. degree, colleges that they are transferring to no longer look at their high school transcripts. The head of the department was under the impression that I had never studied Chinese, as the only language class I have taken at SCF was a semester of French. I explained how and where I had studied Chinese and she told me something magical.

My admission would be reversed. By that Friday, I had been accepted to FSU. The reason this was so simple was because in my case, the only thing holding me back was my supposed lack of experience with the subject that I planned to major in.

So sometimes, its just a misunderstanding. I’m not saying that getting into a university is an easy task, you still have to work hard and stay on top of your game. But if you ever get the dreaded rejection letter, keep in mind that you can always call the university to at least

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find out what was holding you back. For SCF’s graduating students, what are your plans for after your degree here? Do you have a job in mind, or education continuation plans? Let us know in an email to studentblog@scf.edu!

Alas, Spring Break is Over :/

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Hopefully you remembered to set that alarm clock this morning. A lot went on over spring break for me personally! The clocks “springing” ahead, hanging with friends, and catching up on some well needed sleep come to mind when recalling the events of my break. Why such a dull spring break you ask? Well, it wasn’t really much of a break for myself, and I’m sure a pretty large percent of us Manatees agree when I say that “It’s not much of a break when you still have to clock in!”

Some might think that it’s a bad thing, to this I respond saying something along the lines of  “It’s nice to get a paycheck!!!” Haha.

I know for some it was extremely hard to wake up this morning, but fear not! We only have a couple more months of this semester, then summer will begin. (Wow.. It’s crazy how fast time flies isn’t it?)

Now that my brain has had the chance to r-e-l-a-x, it’s time to start stressing again.. (How lovely..) I will be studying for my exam in Chemistry this Wednesday. It’s almost bitter-sweet though. I am just thankful I have the chance to go to such a great college, be around such great students and staff, and share great memories with them.

How was your spring break? Email me the most exciting thing you did over spring break, and we can compare with each other and see who had a more exciting time :) studentblog@scf.edu

Spring Break & Spring Fling

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Aahh, vacation, you leave us so quickly.

Alas, the time has come for classes to resume. I already miss my dear bed and my video games and my books. And my fish, I did a lot of betta fish things over break. But those days are over! For a couple more months, at least. For anybody getting too nostalgic for our mini-vacation, the school did through the Spring Fling!

Did any of you attend this? It was a really fun event! I wasn’t able to stay for the whole thing because of classes, but I caught two of their live music performances. The first one I caught was the Jazz Band, which was fantastic. It was only instrumental, they had a couple of pieces where there was singing. I sadly missed the names of the singers, but they sounded great. While Jazz Band was performing, I went ahead and got one of the free funnel cakes. It was (thankfully!!) nice and small. Tasty fair food in more manageable portions, very good. I had to leave for class after the Jazz Band packed up, but when I returned there was a rock band playing. They did some covers and some original pieces, all of which sounded awesome. I’m glad I was able to visit this! I was with friends so I didn’t really get around to the booths, but there were a lot of cool things set-up. For example, you could make your own flip-flops.

And to top it all off, the Bloodmobile was at the school as well!

I hope you guys were able to visit at least one of these places! If you did, tell us your favorite part in an email to studentblog@scf.edu, we’d love to hear from you!

A College Education

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With all of the news stories heard daily, sometimes it can be hard to wonder where this world is headed. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about Joseph Kony. For those of you who don’t know, Joseph Kony is just about the worlds most hated man right now, and for good reason. The things he has done are tragic.

The light shining on Africa right now with this situation has made me think a lot about the contrast between other countries and here in America. There are kids, teens, and even adults that struggle on a day to day basis to find water fit to drink, or food that hasn’t gone bad or won’t make them sick. It’s astonishing to me to think that it could just as easily be us in the same situation. As a college student, I sometimes do take my education for granted… As a matter of fact, I think we all do. We’ve got something that is truly one of a kind. Not many people can say they have a college education!

While stressing over your exams, cramming, doing homework assignments, dreading that screeching alarm clock every morning, try to keep in mind the reason you are doing it all. For an education! It’s something people literally would kill for.. Something that can not be measured in a dollar amount (although, it is a bit pricey at our age), because it is not something bought. It is something earned. It

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Some people say school is expensive, and not worth the hassle. I strongly disagree. We are fronting money to the economy, and the interest we earn back will be a hundred fold! An education is not something that can be taken away from you. It is the most prized possession one can wish to acquire.

The purpose of this blog, to me, is to try to convey to you, my audience, that you should not doubt yourself. This is simply an investment, and like the stock market, what you put in, you (hopefully) get out two or three fold.. Who knows, maybe even more!

When the economy finally picks up, and all of us have our degrees, we will be glad that we stuck with it when we did. We will be living like royalty, reaping the benefits of our education. Something few across the globe will be able to claim. So keep your chin up! Look at the bright side of things! We are going to college! Not many can say that, especially in the trying times we are in.

Try to seek happiness in the small things in life. Be glad you are stressing over that exam, or dreading that homework. (I know, sounds odd doesn’t it?) You will be glad you did in a few years, when things are drastically different.

What are your thoughts on a college education? Email me what you think about it! studentblog@scf.edu

Hair Care

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We’ve all got hair issues, I think. Some people lose hair, some people’s hair is too brittle. Some people wish their hair was straight, some wish for curly, some wish for different colors. Thats a lot of insecurities, and sometimes keeping up with making yourself feel better about them can be really time consuming. Who has the time and the money to dedicate towards “fixing” all of these issues? It can be a real challenge! So many of us are on campus every day, we have homework, tests, and projects, not to mention work. Alongside that, books are not cheap! And neither is the gas it takes to get to school. The drive alone is thirty-five minutes for me, and I know that personally, my days are chock full as it is.

Well, sometimes it doesn’t have to be as hard as you think it might be! If you just change up your routine a little bit, you could save a lot of the dollars and hours

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For those losing hair or have hair that breaks too easily, go to your doctor and ask if it’s a reasonable worry that you might be iron deficient. My hair is naturally very thin, so I’m of the opinion that that is why it breaks. But sometimes not having enough iron in your diet can also cause this, and as long as it is doctor approved, you can go out and purchase iron supplements. Another option is a vitamin called Biotin! These vitamin helps strengthen the keratin your body produces, making it good for hair and nails!

When you’re a student, its always a great idea to look into the less-expensive options. High quality boxed hair dye, vitamins, and home hair treatments are all just a few things that could help you out! Why dedicate an hour or two alongside $70 at a salon when you can accomplish the same results at home, while getting school work done at the same time. Have you tried any of these home ideas? Or have any other suggestions? Drop them into an email to studentblog@scf.edu, we’d love to hear about them.

EXAMS!!!

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Wow guys! I can’t believe I am blogging about midterms already.. Seems like life is flying by. Best part about this week? Spring break!! I cannot wait! But, stress before play they say! (Wait.. that’s not right!) I’ve got to take my exams and study study study before I get to go on my break. Best part about my break? I don’t actually have spring break, because I get to work!! :/ But that’s ok, I like getting that paycheck :P

Well, I’m logging off to study. My Mac1140 exam is Friday, and I want to make sure I ace it!  My favorite method to use with math is repetition. If I get one minute thing wrong, I do a similar problem until I don’t make the mistake I made initially.  Each subject gets a different study method for me. What are your study habits? Any suggestions? Let me know. studentblog@scf.edu

“An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge”

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In my ENC 1102 class this week, one of our assignments was to read a short story called “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” At first glance, it doesn’t really look like an outstanding story, but the saying stays true that “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”

I don’t want to give away too much detail about the story, mostly because I think that you should give it a read, and see how wonderful it is for yourself.  I have not often read books, or stories, or anything written down for that matter.. that was as descriptive and colorful as this story was. In our class, we are to read and analyze a given short story and, up until this point, the stories haven’t been particularly interesting to me. I am the type of person who likes action, blood, violence, and a good plot. A “good vs evil war story” if you will. Some stories can be exceptions; Harry Potter of course was one of them, but mostly I find the stories that catch my attention are typical for my gender. (Funny how that works out isn’t it?) This short story we read as an assignment was one of the few stories that I actually read over again just for the enjoyment! I will say that it does take place in a war, and there is such colorful detail and description in this story, it’s just amazing. I simply cannot convey to you how excellent I find this story to be. Watching action movies a lot, I can say that you just cannot compare the detail to this story. It’s a relatively short story as-well, ending after only a few pages.

It’s left me wanting more. Some may say I am easily impressed with stories and books of this genre, but I disagree. It takes something special to make me rant and rave over it like I have for this blog!

Also a little reminder, tomorrow is Student/Faculty development day! Unless you have a class scheduled after 4pm, there are no classes!

What type of story do you prefer to read? I really crave to find another story like this one, so if you have read this story and know of one similar, let me know! studentblog@scf.edu

Important Reminder!

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Howdy ya’ll. Hope you are having an outstanding week. I know I am. It’s great this time of year. Not too hot, not too cold, the sun is shining and birds are singing.. It’s great. The sun is starting to go down a little later each day, and before you know it we will be right back into summer again!

The point of this blog is just to remind you all that Friday is Faculty/Staff Development Day. There won’t be any classes or academic support labs! The only exception is for classes that are scheduled for 4 p.m and later. They will all meet as usual.  I know, it is a bit confusing, but trust me. The original date this was set for was changed, and the student planners were already printed with the incorrect date, so that is why you don’t see it in your agenda. Make note though, because if you are here on Friday you will be all alone.. Lol!

It’s a great day to sleep in, and get a head start on studying! Instead of being in class the entire time, look at it as an opportunity to catch up on all of your classes. For those of you who are only going to school, look at it as a freebie 3 day weekend! For those of you that work and go to school, I’m sorry, but you will still have to clock in like normal. (Nannie nannie boo boo!!!! >:P  )

*Ahem*

Anyways! … Be sure to write down that there are no classes before 4p.m on Friday. I know that for me personally, it is going to be a well needed break. Almost like a preview for Spring Break!!!!

What are you going to do on Student/Faculty Development day? I would love to know.

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