The Career Resource Center

Ok, so I’ve been slacking off this  blog. To be honest, I haven’t had much to write about. It’s hot outside, and I’m pretty sure my brain has been cooked by the heat. Anyway, today I’ll be giving a quick overview of the Career Resource Center.

1. Where can I find it?
It is room 207, and it’s located on the second floor of building one.

2. What is it for?
Anything career or job related. If you’re looking for a job, they can help you find one. If you’re looking for students that can work for you, they’ll put out the word. They can also help you research careers, which can help you pick the right one.

3. What kinds of jobs can they find for me?
Off-campus and on-campus jobs are offered. Student assistants are a necessity to SCF, so they are constantly looking for new workers. Also, external companies often are looking for student employees, and they will let the CRC know what jobs they are offering.

4. If I want a job that relates to my major, can they help me find one?
Of course! They can help you find paid internships or jobs that relate to your career.

5. What if they can’t find a job that suits me?
Then they will probably refer you to the College Central website. College Central is a site that helps students find jobs based on their experience and needs. You can upload your resume and send it to recruiters that are seeking job candidates. It’s a great resource to have.

All in all, if you’re in need of a job or in need of employees, the Career Resource Center is the place to go. I hope you all are having a great summer!

The Summer Semester: Lots of Hard Work

So today’s post is going to be relatively short. I wanted to give an overview of what the summer semester is like and I also wanted to give some tips on how to succeed during the summer semester.

The summer semester is a lot of work consolidated into a short amount of time. If you have a job which may require you to miss a few days of class it might be a better idea to skip the summer semester. Missing even one day of class can set you way back in terms of announcements and information. Summer classes are not for procrastinators; in fact, you won’t even have time to procrastinate because everything moves so quickly. Most summer classes involve a lot of effort and dedication. All that being said, taking classes in the summer is a great way to get ahead and take advantage of vacation. If you take enough classes, you can even graduate a bit earlier than you would if you didn’t take summer courses.

To survive the summer semester, it is important to keep a few things in mind:

1. Check ANGEL and SCF connect emails: Professors often leave updates and announcements online. Also, some professors may need students to complete certain assignments at home because of the time constraints and they may announce it on ANGEL.

2. Don’t delay: Get reading and assignments done as soon as you can and start studying for any exams the first day. Time flies during the summer and all these things can sneak up on you.

3. Read ahead: If you have free time, read ahead. If you get reading done early, you’ll have more time to review later on and you won’t be stressing out the day before an exam. Also, the more you get done early, the less you’ll have to do later on.

That’s it for today’s post. I really should get back to studying and reading (cries internally). Hope you all are having a nice day!

SCF Databases

Ok, it’s been way too long since I made a new post, but my brain has been in “school’s almost out” mode. Today, I’m going to briefly overview the SCF databases.

The SCF databases are basically online libraries filled with information from articles, journals, books and much more. They really come in handy when you are doing research papers or speeches. All the sources on the databases are legitimate and you can find tons of useful information. The best thing about them is that they are completely free to use for SCF students.

To use the databases, you must first go to the SCF main page. Then, you click on library. Once you are on the library page, you can click on one of two things “Databases A-Z” or “Databases by Subject.” I tend to prefer the alphabetical style, but whatever floats your boat. Once you click on either one of those links, you will be asked to log in. Your username is going to be your G00 number, and your password will be the last four digits of your G00 number. After being logged in, you will be able to see the wonderful array of databases at you disposal. You can explore them and see which one you find most useful. The ones I tend to favor are Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) and Virtual Reference Library (Gale). I also like using CQ Researche Plus Archive if I’m looking for more specific articles.

After picking a database, you can type your topic and/or any keywords into the search engine and a list of different articles and texts will appear. Some articles are not full text, and they only have a summarized version on the databases. Most databases give you the choice of looking at only full text articles.

I personally love using the SCF databases for research projects. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth looking into. They’re very convenient and there’s SO much information on them. Anyway, I’m off! Hope you all are having a nice day :).

Buying Your Books

It’s almost the end of the spring semester, which also means it is almost the beginning of the first summer semester. New semester=New Books. Textbooks can be expensive, so here’s a few tips to help you save money on them.

1. Check with your teacher to make sure he/she uses the book
Some teachers do not use the textbook, and buying the book would be a waste of money. Shoot an e-mail their way and ask if and how often they use the book.

2. Try finding used books at specialized stores
The value of a used book is much less than that of a new one. There are stores that buy and sell used textbooks, so check those out (there’s one right by the SCF Bradenton campus).

3. Look at the announcement boards around campus
A lot of people sell the textbooks they no longer need and advertise on the bulletin boards around campus. People usually sell their books for a much cheaper price than the bookstores, so this is a great option.

4. The SCF wellness program
I’m not a part of this, but from what I’ve heard, this is an awesome program. You get wellness points by attending events on campus, such as yoga. Some events are free, while others have an affordable attendance fee. Wellness points add up and you can use them to buy textbooks at the SCF bookstore. How neat is that?!

5. My Secret Weapon
Slugbooks. It’s a website that compares the cost of textbooks among different websites and lists the best price. A lot of the time, you can even get new books for cheap. They compare the prices on e-books, as well as on textbook rentals. Unless you’re weary of online shopping, definitely check this out.

Those are my tips for saving money on books! I hope you all are having a great day :).

Enroll for Summer

Hi everyone!

Today’s post will be a quick one. I wanted to remind you all that yesterday course registration for summer opened. If you haven’t picked out your courses yet, get on the ball and get it done! If you don’t do it soon, you may not end up taking the classes you want or getting a schedule that works well for you.

If you haven’t ever taken summer courses and are nervous that it’ll be too much work, don’t be. It’s just like taking a regular course, just over a shorter period of time. I’d recommend taking at least two courses and no more than four courses over the summer. The reason why I say no more than four courses is that you don’t want to overload yourself with homework, since you will have to get it done in a shorter period of time.  Luckily, most teachers understand the time constraint, and they plan their curriculum accordingly. I took two courses last summer, and the workload was not hard to manage at all.

Taking courses over the summer is a great way to be productive and get ahead of the game.  You should definitely consider it as an option if you haven’t already.

Being Prepared: The College Emergency Kit

There are many mishaps that can happen to you while on campus. Many of them can be solved just by keeping a College Emergency kit in your car, your locker, or your backpack. What is a College Emergency Kit? It is a group of items that can potentially save you from embarrassment or discomfort. This is my list of items I think are important for the CEK.

1. A sweater or coat: For some reason, I always feel cold when I’m in class. I’m not sure if it’s just me or if someone likes keeping the thermostat at unusually low temperatures. For this reason, I always carry a sweater, jacket or coat with me. Also, if you ever get a rip in your pants (it happens), you can tie your sweater around your waist and be spared any embarrasment.

2. Hand-sanitizer: All day, you’re touching door-handles, desks, and chairs. Guess how many people touched those things before you? Exactly. You can use your hand-sanitizer before meals or after touching something particularly used. Using it can help you prevent illness and it is generally a good habit. I always carry one of those little pocketbacks in my bag.

3. Some spare change: Oh no! You forgot to print that super important research paper. You don’t have any cash on you, so what do you do? You grab a dollar bill from your handy-dandy College Emergency Kit, that’s what! I’d recommend having a couple of dollar bills and some quarters. They come in handy for those times when you need to pay in cash, and you don’t have any in your pockets. Always remember to refill your cash-stash after using it.

4. A stain-remover pen: Ok, I don’t carry this one around, mostly because I don’t eat on campus. If you do eat on campus, you are at risk of spilling something on your shirt. You could walk around campus with a stain on your shirt all day, or you could pull out your handy-dandy stain pen and remove it!

5. A change of clothes: If you have a locker or car to store larger things in, take a change of clothes. If something large spills on you (for example, a milkshake), you can change into that instead of walking around with sticky clothes and the smell of chocolate/vanilla/banana/etc. Also, if it rains, you can change into dry clothes to avoid getting sick.

6. A water-bottle: It’s important to drink a healthy amount of water per day. Sometimes it can be easy to forget to take a drink, especially if you’re rushing from class to class. Instead of buying a soda, save yourself the calories and the money and take a water-bottle to class. If you leave it in your car make sure you freeze it before leaving your house so that it remains cool on those hot, Florida days. If it runs out, you can always refill it at the water-fountains.

That’s all I can think of today, folks. I hope you all are having a great week! I will talk to you all soon :)

Spring Graduation

Hey everyone,

I’m just dropping off this quick announcement about the upcoming spring graduation.

Graduating Spring 2014? Take the next step. SCF students who have already applied to graduate in May now need to take the next step and submit the online form to walk at Graduation.


The form is located at and must be completed by Friday, April 4.


Graduation will be held

Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL


Be sure to get the form in as soon as possible!



The SCF Choir

This semester I took a Music Appreciation. I needed a break from the science and letter courses I took in the Fall semester. So far, I have learned so many different things, and I see music differently. In the course, I am required to attend three concerts and write a report about them.

Today I attended a performance by the SCF choir, and it was amazing. The performance was very well put together. The sound, lights, and positions of the performers all came together to create a great atmosphere. There was a visual presentation above that displayed images of the earth and the universe. The lighting changed according to the songs. The performers would move around the auditorium to give a different feel to the music. At many points, I felt as if the music was surrounding the audience.

The choir itself was great. The high and low voices came together beautifully. There were almost no moments where the music did not sound harmonious. The emotion for each song were expressed through the voices of the performers. I loved the solo performances as well. The lone voices contrasted wonderfully with the unified sound of the rest of the choir. It was noticeable that the choir had been practicing a lot before giving this performance.

Although I’m not a music expert (and I will never claim to be so), I thought this concert was amazing. I’m not saying the performance was perfect, but it was still fantastic. I would definitely pay to hear the SCF choir again, and I recommend their concerts to anyone who enjoys listening to peaceful music.

Human Relations

This semester, I decided to take a course on Human Relations. So far, I really like the class, and I find it very interesting. The course provides a lot of practical information that students can apply to their own personal life (*cough* unlike algebra *cough*). The information is very general at the beginning of the course, and it becomes more detailed as the course advances.

The book used is a great guideline for the course, and it gives many different tips and strategies for the workplace. It provides the student with great problem-solving strategies and with tips on improving communication. The book also provides examples to help the reader understand the concepts. Some examples of topics covered in the book are:
*Incompetent managers and how to deal with them
*Ethics and etiquette in the workplace
*The importance of listening
*Managerial Styles

My teacher is also great for the course. He often applies the information from the book to situations he has dealt with in the past. He gives examples for most of the concepts and he focuses on the important information. He also lets students ask questions about their own problems in the workplace and then uses the information from the book to solve the problem.

Overall, I think this course is great for everyone. Most people will face workplace problems one day and this course is great for learning how to deal with those problems. The course is also great for those who plan on owning businesses, since the course has a lot of information on employee productivity and satisfaction. The information is clear and easy to understand and the course itself does not entail loads of work. I think anyone who would like to improve their relationships with other people in the workplace should definitely take this class.


A Much Needed Break…

Spring break came at just the right moment. After weeks of working hard on group projects, papers,and quizzes, I can finally take a breather. I feel like my motivation is at an all-time low halfway through the semester. Spring break gives me a chance to relax and get my life back on track. I recommend using a couple of days of your spring break to get organized and get up-to-date on any late work. If you have take-home work try to get it done as soon as you can so you have nothing left to worry about and so you don’t forget.

In any case, this is going to be a short post. I’ve been having a case of writer’s block for a week or so, so you’ll have to forgive the lack of posts. I wanted to ask, what do you guys like to read about? Do you like posts about college life in general? Do you like learning about more SCF-specific activities? Do you want to hear about class recommendations? Would you like to hear about my career? If you have any preferences, leave a comment down below and I’ll be sure to read it.