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~ 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 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, 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 and easy breathing! For now, haha.

~ 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 scooters, lol.

   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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~ Nerd Terror ~

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 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 distract you from the words you’re trying to memorize.

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

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~ Growing and Graduating ~

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 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 ~

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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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and you work your way through the employment gauntlet to land yourself a spiffy job as a professor with the opportunity to mold minds in hopes to inspire that same enthusiasm you felt yourself. Then you construct a great lesson plan that takes hours per lesson, you set up shop, the students flood in and sit down and then you begin. Then this is what you see as look out among the class…people looking into their laps at their smart phones, or texting, some are staring at the clock repeatedly as if they can’t be bothered, others whisper constantly to their neighbors, and some just look completely dazed and confused. “What a day!” you must be thinking, right? This happens every class period though guys! This may be totally rude but, WAKE-UP! Put the “smart” phone away and do some computing of your own, huh? I don’t know how our professors put up with this on a daily basis, seriously. If that were me standing up there I would probably blow a gasket or lose all hope for the future left in the hands of people eternally asleep.

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 good one, and hang in there!

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

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 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! ~

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 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 warnings instead of blasting your tunes. You may need to get out of the way of emergency vehicles anyway.

  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!