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This week in my ENC 1102 class, we started reading poems. I personally am not much of a poem type person.. Roses are red, violets are blue (you’d think they would be violet, not blue..?) Anyway.. Not much of a poet.

We started on what poems tend to be written on the majority of the time (in my opinion anyway): Love poems! There are of course the typical love poems you would think someone like Romeo would recite to Juliet, or something along those lines. Today however, we were assigned to read about love poems of a different breed. I’m not even sure how to convey the type of poem to you. It most definitely is a love poem, but it is not the kind often associated with the word. I wish there was a way to describe it. Well, I can try!

We were assigned to read five poems and take notes if we chose to, to come back to class with a good understanding of each poem. The first poem I have provided below. It is extremely beautiful, and it kind of makes me sad inside, but in almost a good way.. Kind of one of those axioms that nobody can describe but everyone understands.

“On My First Son” by Ben Jonson
Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy:
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.
O could I lose all father now! for why
Will man lament the state he should envy,
To have so soon ‘scaped world’s and flash’s rage,
And, if no other misery, yet age?
Rest in soft peace, and asked, say, “Here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry.”
For whose sake henceforth all his vows be such
As what he loves may never like too much.

This poem is surely a love poem, but it is not typical. It talks about the love of the mans first child.. Talks about his memory and love for the boy.

This is only the first poem, but as you can see it is quite serious as compared to the contrasting side of “love.”

Several others go on to talk about the love of other family members lost, be it a wife, son, grandfather, etc. Several also talk about the love of ones childhood, and boy did that bring back memories for me personally. It’s amazing how detailed and specific these poems are. I constantly find myself amazed at how well they are written, and can even achieve describing something as difficult to define as “love.” (Try it! It’s not something you can easily define.. But again, it is sort of an axiom that everyone understands and doesn’t need to be described.) But hey, I guess that’s why it’s in the course curriculum right? Haha. Anyway.. I just found myself to be more interested in poetry than I previously envisioned myself to be. Who knows, maybe I will end up being a poet! Let me try!

Roses are Red,

Violets are Blue,

… Still got nothing..

Oh well. I tried. :)

What is your favorite poem? Do you not have any specific faves? Maybe a favorite poet? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter.

Hit me up!

studentblog@scf.edu

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks!

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was sure busy… Lot’s of schoolwork kept me out of trouble! I am excited about this week though!

Some kind of cool news! SCF’s baseball team is going to be playing the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow, (Tuesday, April 3rd) from 1-4PM at Ed Smith Stadium!! How outstanding is that?!

Tickets are only $3 and all proceeds go straight towards SCF Manatees Athletics Department to support scholarships and athletic department operations. Some other contact information is below if you are interested. It’s a great opportunity to support your school and see a baseball game at the same time!

SCF Athletics 941-752-5261 http://scf.edu/athletics

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 1:05 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Ed Smith Stadium 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, Fl
What is your favorite sport? I would have to say mine is Competitive Shooting. It’s extremely fun, and challenging, and there’s nothing quite like it! Let me know! studentblog@scf.edu

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! :)

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

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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is an investment you make in yourself.

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

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.

studentblog@scf.edu

Eight Weeks In

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This week marks a great thing. That’s right, this is the 8th week of the 16 week Spring semester here at SCF. It’s bitter-sweet, I will say, but I am glad it is here.

Time flies.. It’s astonishing to me how fast it really does go. It’s so strange, while you’re living it, it seems like every minute is a day, but looking back it’s like “Where did the time go?” Especially noticeable for me are the days. Now that I have a full schedule, it seems like the days are gone so quickly, I don’t get a chance to enjoy them. As young as I am, I find it somewhat scary to think that life is going this fast.. But at least I am realizing this at a young age right? Enough with my little rant.

This is such a great week. We are half way over with our semester this week, and spring break is soon. I don’t know about you, but I personally could use the break. It will give me a chance to not only catch up on my sleep, but to catch up on my studies, and even give me some free time to relax. (THAT is something that is very rare for me these days!)

The point for this blog? It doesn’t really have one. I guess if you had to put a reason or a meaning behind it, is to “Enjoy each day, and make it last. As difficult or long as it may seem, it will be here and gone before you know it.”

How are you doing in your classes? Are you glad we are into week 8 out of 16? Let me know. studentblog@scf.edu

Farmers’ Market

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Howdy y’all! Hope you are doing great on such a lovely day. Today the blog will be about 10,000 words, mostly informational, and super boring!!

I kid. However, I do want to give you some information! For those of you who don’t know, on the south side of the Bradenton campus, between buildings 8 and 9 there is a Farmers Market. It’s every Wednesday from 10AM-2PM, and it’s great! Not only is there a wide variety of greens to choose from, a great bonus is that it’s all grown locally. That means your dollar stays right here, and doesn’t go overseas. It’s important to keep our local vendors local, and grabbing up some of these veggies is a great way to do so.

As I understand it, all of the food is local, some is hydroponically grown, and some organically.  They also have honey, bread, pasta, cookies, muffins, and more! All grown right here. It’s a win-win situation, because you even earn Wellness Points for every dollar spent! How great is that?

Give me a shout if you see me there! Or, even if you don’t, you can give me a shout over email. studentblog@scf.edu