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     I had my last class of the semester yesterday.  Even though I’ll be back for Spanish II next semester, I’m finally graduating on to a university!  Hopefully I’ve imparted wisdom onto you students, and faculty, or whoever reads this blog.  I have yet to know if more than five people read the blog and follow mine and PJ’s ramblings (sorry to group you into my ramblings PJ).  I know I’ve learned extensively about writing, and yet I still feel like it’s a tiny pea in comparison to a feast.  So long, and good luck to the rest of your time at SCF.

    

      I would like to amend my previous post, and if you want to be part of PTK simply ask Stephanie Cook if you’re eligible, and if you are you will be invited!  It’s never too late, because now I’m an official member as well.  Thank you Stephanie.

PTK!

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     There was an article in the newspaper a few weeks ago about an Honor Society induction in Bradenton for SCF.  I thought, “Honor society?  What honor society? And why aren’t I a part of it?”  After poking around for awhile, I found the club advisor of the Alpha Mu Upsilon (honor society chapter in Venice) and she answered my questions.
     Having no knowledge of those Greek lettered clubs that exist on every college campus, I came to find out you must be invited into the honor society.  However, being invited relies on your academic status of a 3.5GPA and at least 12 credit hours taken at SCF.
     The biggest perk for inductees is scholarships available only to members!  The honor society is part of a nationwide organization named Phi Theta Kappa.  This Spring a total of 41 students were inducted.  Those students can stay in the club and even transfer to a PTK in their university!
     After finding this information out, I had a chat with two girls who are members of PTK!  They said it was a wonderful experience to offer community help, and go on trips.  In fact, they’d just arrived back from a PTK internation trip to Orlando, where the “chapter was awarded a 5-Star Chapter Development Award for participation…” (Stephanie Cook, club advisor).  The two members also went on to say the list of possible inductees had been messed up the last two years.  That’s when I said, “Ohh, that explains why I wasn’t invited!”  My advice to you, if you want to participate is to get in touch with Stephanie Cook and find out if you’re eligible for next semester.

FAFSA, Finals, and Freezing.

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     Another busy week.  It feels like we’re all racing to the finish these last few weeks of classes.  I was able to squeeze in a FAFSA application, though.  To my surprise it took all of 10 minutes to finish!  If you’re planning to fill it out, I suggest having your tax return ready, and also get your FAFSA PIN.  Lucky for me, all the money I didn’t make is paying off.
     Also, if you don’t know your finals schedule, it is posted here.  Just match the days and times of your class to find when you have the exam.  Had I relied solely on my teacher, I’d have come on the wrong day for a final.
     I know the sun is now drawing you to its beautifully humidless clutches!   Which means wearing shorts to class, right?  Well, not when you sit down and freeze the whole lecture.  My car is boiling, and the classroom is cold.  Hmm…
     This concludes my thoughts on the FAFSA, finals, and freezing.

Next Semester is Coming Fast!

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     I parked at school last week next to a large beat up van.  On the window the owner painted, “5 Mill O.B.O.”  It made me feel like I was at college with real students.  So many people opt for these refined pieces of chrome nowadays, but now my dented gray automobile fit right in.
     As per the good news: I found a lot of scholarships!  For the bad news I missed the deadline for transferring SCF Foundation Scholarships, but if you’re a student continuing at SCF next semester you still have until April 1, yes that is seven days away!  There are also private foundation scholarships available that have varying deadlines, with the earliest being March 31.  I know it feels like no time to consider next semester when this one is just half over, but don’t miss the deadline like I did.�
     Well my scatterbrain has more homework to do, including a few scholarship applications- know anyone who would write me a letter of recommendation?

“Portal: A door, or entrance”

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     SCF has added a new facet to their website called SCFconnect, or The Portal.  I personally like the word portal better, because it makes me think of teleporting myself.  In a sense, the new portal does just that.  When I first logged into the new system and looked around, it struck me: there is so much that SCF was doing that I didn’t know about!

     The first thing that stuck out was the email.  I didn’t have to sign into my email account separate, it was right there in a box on the screen!  When I get a bill from my car insurance company, however,  this isn’t quite as exciting.   Then I switched tabs to the Student section.  I found a lot of helpful links, like Angel is there front and center.  I’m told that we won’t have to log in to Angel anymore either, once they progress to the second step of SCFconnect.

     The part that I really geeked out on was the announcements in the Student section.  I scrolled down and saw info about the Student Wellness Program, which I’d heard about but never gave it much thought.  It turns out you can participate in health events (exercise, fundraiser walks, dental cleanings, etc) and earn points which you turn in at the end of the semester for prize drawings and tuition drawings!  Turns out I do need to clean my teeth every few years, and I love to exercise.  I literally got out a notebook and starting taking notes on this program.

     To further my journey was the Student Finances area that had a really helpful little spot for financial aid.  Actually the whole page had FAFSA facts, deadlines, and links to SCF foundation scholarships which I was amazed to find so many listings of scholarships available.  They’re available to students transferring out of SCF as well!!  Deadlines for that are April 1, 2010 and March 14, 2010 respectively.

     Then I went to the Library tab, where I found the online databases right there for everyone to see.  Not hidden away anymore, within a series of clicks and quirks.  Ah, researching will now be a breeze.

     The last section is the My Tab.  Hehe.  I was able to go in (under the tiny link at the top called ‘content layout’) and put the “Word of the Day” in there, the Wellness Program, and the weather.  I religiously check the weather every morning, so that will be handy.  I just have to figure out how to paste a picture of myself in the middle of the screen now.

     Oh man, I could talk about the portal for quite awhile.  The new change was a fantastic one.  I can’t wait to see how else they fine tune it, and what else will be added.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say, once I stumble onto the other points of the portal.  In the mean time, it will be 74 degrees on Monday, and I won’t be stranded indoors.  Mwhahaa.

Zoning Already

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     I can almost hear the bells jingling for us to run out of our classes, throwing books, papers, and other paraphernalia up into the air because Spring break is coming!  Oh wait, we still have one more week of that last test or paper that every professor wants to squeeze in.  While I like taking classes, I do find myself on brain overload.  The one week down time to let every thought and equation run out of your ears and onto the sand is welcomed.  The sand I’m referring to will be at the beach, where I’ll hopefully get rid of my pallid hue that makes me look like a northerner.  So let’s plug in for one more jolt through this week.  No getting lazy now.  Then we can all come back on the 15th with blank slates.  I mean, with fresh minds.

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.

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.

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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Eh, okay, I agree that’s a stretch of the imagination, but still way more fun than what Mr. Webster meant.

Blerd

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     In writing this blog I looked through the academic calendar to see what news may behold in our near future, and there is really not much to report.

      So onto bigger and brighter things…I had an idea to make a sort of “Blerd” (Blog Word) type thing.  I came across the word “whilom” in one of the stories I read this week.  It interested me because of the awkward way you pronounce it.  I even said it over and over to try to grasp some sort of normality.  I looked it up and it simply means (according to the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary) Former.  As in, “Albert formerly held a job here.”  Or, “Albert is a whilom employee.”  Haha.  

     While on the subject of dictionaries, I have realized a pitiful thing for an English major to come across.  I have no dictionary.  What’s worse: I have a Spanish dictionary!  Not to say that a Spanish dictionary is a bad thing to have, I purchased it because I wanted to broaden my horizons for my class.

     Happy classes, everyone.