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Buying Your Books

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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 :) .

The SCF Choir

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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

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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.

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What Not to Eat in A Classroom

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Many teachers in college will allow you to eat during class as long as you are paying attention. This is great for people who don’t have a break between classes and/or have a very long class schedule. I have to say, though, there are many foods that should not be eaten in a classroom because they can be distracting to others, be messy, and/or make the whole room smell like food for the rest of the day.These are my guidelines to what you should avoid eating in a classroom.

1. Loud, Crunchy Foods

Chips, Doritos, Fritos. These are good examples of foods that make that annoying crunch. It’s hard to pay attention to a teacher when all I can hear next to me is CRUNCHCRUNCHCRUNCHNOMNOMCRUNCH. The noise distracts me to the point of wanting to throw the snack-filled bag out a window. If you do plan on eating a bag of crunchy snacks, try to finish them before the lecture starts.

2. Anything that involves a hard-boiled egg

Hard-boiled eggs are delicious. I know. But the smell of them can linger in a classroom for hours. I doubt many people would like to sit in a classroom that smells of egg. Save this snack for when you’re in a well-ventilated area.

3. Tuna

Do I really need to explain this? I’m sure we all know that the smell of canned fish is not the most appealing thing, so maybe eating it

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4. Pasta with Sauce

It’s messy. It usually smells of garlic. It makes the people around you hungry. There are many reasons why you should avoid eating saucy pasta in a classroom. In addition, if you’re not careful, you may end up with a lap full of noodles. If you’ve got another class to get to and no time to change, you’ll end up walking around stained and smelling like vampire repellent.

5. Unpeeled Oranges (and other juicy fruits)

They’re juicy, which means they’re messy. They’re also very sticky. Unless you happen to have an arsenal of napkins and wet wipes in your backpack, don’t eat oranges. Even then, having to clean up after eating an orange would be a hassle to do in the middle of class, and you would probably end up distracting your clasmates. Avoid any kind of fruit that’s extra juicy. A fruit salad is fine, so long as you have a fork.

6. Bananas

I do not want to stare at another person’s banana peel while trying to take lecture notes. I wouldn’t even want to look at my own banana peel during class.

So that’s my list of foods that should be avoided in classrooms. There’s more, but making that list would take forever.

Basically, if it smells strongly, don’t eat it in class. If it is messy, don’t

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I hope everyone is having a great semester so far!

Speaking To Your Audience

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This semester I elected to take SPC1608. For those of you that don’t know, SPC 1608 is a speech class. Most of the students in the course are taking it simply because they need to fulfill the General Education requirements for the AA Degree–but there are some students that chose to improve upon their public speaking skills on their own.

Regardless of the reason for taking the course, all students have one thing in common. We must all get in front of the class, and speak. Multiple times!

After discussing this with my classmates I came to the conclusion that not only myself, but everyone was nervous about this. We have no problem giving a speech to a family member or a friend, but when a group of fellow classmates is in front of us we freak! My professor has spent the first 4 weeks of this semester preparing us for the dreaded moment, and it seems as though it’s not really all that bad after all.

After coming up with my own presentation, making the slide show, rehearsing it, and stressing the entire time, I can speak from experience when saying “You can do it.” Last week I nervously gave my first speech in college, and it was actually quite fun! I will admit, I was very nervous, and I will probably be nervous when the next speech comes around… But it was a great learning experience and I think it is something everyone should try.

The first thing I learned would be practice. I rehearsed several dozen times, and I swore I knew my speech by heart.. (and I did.) When you get up in front of those folks and try to focus, it’s easy to get off topic and forget what you were supposed to say. Luckily, I have experience making powerpoints (or slide shows, if you will) so I was able to use that as a crutch to keep myself on track.

The second (and most significant) thing I learned when presenting to the class, is to bring water! I thought a

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The semester is quickly passing us by, and every day I am learning something new. The everyday experiences we have continue to teach us many things. I know now that my next speech will be a lot easier than the first one, and I believe that the more we are in front of people the better our experiences will be.

What are your experiences with Public Speaking? Drop me a line and tell me your story by emailing me at studentblog@scf.edu

The end is near!

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Go figure, the week that I have to make it to the graduation meeting and attend the Spring Fling (which was fab!), is the week my friend and co-volunteer at my Tae Kwon Do school has to take the week off in order to perform in her school play. So here is my master, expecting me to fill in for her, which put me in the position of sooo much driving back and forth from Bradenton to Sarasota and back and goodness gracious I felt like the biggest waster of gas ever. But I think it was worth it over-all. The Graduation meeting was helpful, I got myself switched into the 10:30 commencement ceremony instead of the 1:00 one because my cousin has to be in the 10:30 and we have ailing grandparents. And I definitely enjoyed the Spring Fling from last night, all of the groups performed beautifully. I hadn’t realized SCF had such an outstanding Jazz Ensemble!

I hope everybody is doing well, what with finals coming up next week and then our break before summer semester kicks in. Let us know if you’ve got any fun sort of plans? Any studying tips? I’m sure we could all use those, phew! Our email is studentblog@scf.edu!

Preparing for Finals

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Plan your study times ahead of schedule. I find that after a weekend of review for all subjects, studying 2 days before your exam for your specific class can really help. This is not to be confused with cramming… Assuming you know the material, and have been reviewing ahead of time, a quick recap the 2 days before is ideal. It lets you review those items you didn’t really do so well on before, and if you have any last minute questions, you will probably have enough time to get them squared away.

2. Generalize. Take a look at your previous tests and quizzes for your class. What questions are asked more often than others? Is there anything you went over extensively in class? These are all hints to what you will find on the final exam. Don’t try and study every single thing you went over in class during the last 16 weeks. Summarize the most important things in your own words, and review your summaries. I find it helps extremely well, because not only do you retain information you have written down better, but you also have to think about how you will rewrite the given material into your own words. Having things in your own lingo will stick better than bland textbook material, even if it covers the same topic!

3. FLASHCARDS! This is almost the same as generalizing, but it helps with the more specific generalizations. (Oxymoron.. I know.) What i mean by this is, items you may have struggled with in your overview! Put those suckers on flashcards, and have at it! Bring them with you. A trick I use is, whenever I want to turn on or off a light, or change the channel on the tv, I have to recite something on one of my flashcards before I do it. You’d be surprised how fast you learn the material that way. :)

4. SLEEP!!! My personal favorite, and possibly the most important of them all, is getting enough sleep the night before. It doesn’t matter how much you study or think you know the material. Fail to get enough sleep the night before, and you will be only hurting yourself on the exam! Think of it like this. If you don’t get enough sleep the night before, (you shouldn’t have been cramming, since you planned ahead and scheduled study time anyway!) you will be a walking zombie at the worst possible time to be one. (Halloween is the only good time to be a zombie.) So, the day before your exam (I said DAY!!) get some exercise. Play with your pets, go for a run, bike ride, whatever

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Relax. You’ve studied your behind off, and now you sit at your desk staring at that dreaded test. Don’t stress! You did well. Not only did you study ahead of time, but you also took care of any other questions you had, and you got a good nights sleep, along with a healthy and hearty breakfast. Take your time, and most importantly take your test! :D

I know it’s easy to do, but stressing is unhealthy. Try as hard as you can not to over stress yourself. Some anxiety is normal, but you shouldn’t get so worked up you turn purple during the exam. Take a breath, count to 10, think of a cute little puppy, or a kitten, frolicking in a beautiful meadow, and then resume your test. You can do it.

Question of the day: What do you do to maximize your studying time? It would be interesting to see how others study, and see how not only myself, but everyone might be able to improve their strategies. studentblog@scf.edu

Almost there!

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As we progress through this lovely Spring Semester of 2012, we constantly make positive choices that will echo throughout not only the campus, but our personal lives. I have personally experienced this and to be honest, I am not so sure I am enjoying the changes it brings.

For me personally, being positive is not only extremely important, but extremely helpful. I have my schedule maxed out as of late, and it is extremely tiring. If I do not maintain a positive outlook on everything, I think I would surely lose my sanity. (What little I may, or may not have left. LOL!) Having two jobs, and being a full-time student is not a lighthearted task, especially when taking on the challenge of maintaining a high GPA. These are all goals I have set for myself, and thus far into my “journey” I have done just that. However, things seem to be changing in my life, and it is a result of the choices I have made.

The changes I am discussing are in no way negative. Just the opposite in fact! Things are changing ever slowly, but constantly in our lives, and thankfully I have made the correct choices over the course of this academic year, which causes the changes to respond in kind. I can say with confidence that I would not be where I am today had those choices not been made.

However..

I am not the kind who takes changes in stride. They are not my forte. (For lack of a better term.) I think most people can at the very least relate to how I am currently feeling. It is becoming apparent that my first academic year at  SCF is coming to a close. We are slowly winding down. New material seems to be coming to a halt. (If it has not yet stopped for you, don’t worry, you’re almost there!) In what seems like no time at all, we will be finished with final examinations, and enjoying summer. (I will at least!)

I recently heard a commercial on 106.5 CTQ that I didn’t really think about much initially, but I find myself reminded by it from writing this blog. The opener was something along the lines of “Blink your eyes twice. Now your lunch break is over, and you’re back to work.” It then went on and on about how their restaurant is so quick, that you won’t miss much of what little time you get for lunch. On the surface, it just seems like good advertising, but I think it is almost true for day-to-day life.

As stressful as school, or work may be, (or even a combination thereof..) try to enjoy it as much as you can. Take a moment to reflect on why you are here, and what goals you have set for yourself. If you can say to yourself “Man.. It’s been difficult, but it’s worth it.” then you are on the right track! Life may not be easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth that struggle.

I have been doing a lot of reflection lately. Looking at the tasks I have overcome, and the odds I have beaten. I am glad for them, because they are what made me who I am. I have recently come to a curve in the road. I have taken some classes at SCF that not only taught me about a given subject, but something so much more important. What you enjoy doing in life. At the beginning of this semester, had I been asked what I planned on doing for a career, I would have told you I wanted to be a Veterinarian. Now that this semester is coming to a close, I can say with confidence that it is not what I was meant to do. Chemistry is a great course, it is just not for me. That is something taking Intro to Chem has taught me, that is more important than balancing equations, or even stoichiometric equations.. Eliminating extraneous solutions. (Yes, I am a math junkie!) That is what I have done this semester, on top of other things too of course. Now that I have eliminated an extraneous solution, I will look into plugging other answers in, and seeing what the final answer turns out to be. I am just kind of nervous about it. It had made me realize that I am very quickly growing up, and soon I will be a successful <Enter whatever I end up being here>. Until then, it’s a mystery! I am just going to do what I can to get there in one piece, take my time, and enjoy the ride! :)

Have you learned anything from your classes that wasn’t necessarily in the class description? I’ve explained my experiences, and am curious to hear about others’ choices and career goals. Feel free to email me at studentblog@scf.edu

Exams, and Snowbirds!

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Only a few more weeks left of the Spring 2012 Semester! I know I have said this several times but seriously.. Where has the time gone? It’s astonishing to me.

One thing I have noticed that says “Summer is here” more than anything, is the vast majority of out-of-state drivers that have flocked here recently. That will always be a great indicator of the season– Weather it’s hot or not. (haha, see what I did there?!)

It has gotten so bad on I-75, that I don’t even use the interstate to get to/from work/school/home anymore.. I just take the back roads. It may take longer than usual, but compared to the large number of wrecks and slow drivers out there right now, I would say it is the fastest possible way to get around!

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know one thing for sure, exams are here again. (For me at least.) It seems like we just took mid-terms! Goodness! I am spending most of my time trying to study for my Chemistry class. It is by far the hardest class I have, and I am struggling the most with it. It is fun at times, but it is also challenging.

What is your favorite class? I would have to say mine is “Math.” Not really a specific course, but I do very well with math and I enjoy it. Hit me up. studentblog@scf.edu

Busy Busy Busy!

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Hello All! I apologize for not writing at all until now. This week has been extremely busy for me. I actually had to take a day off of work just so I could get caught up on my school work!

Overall I am doing well. Last week I told you guys I would keep you posted on my Chemistry exam. I ended up getting an 81%, which wasn’t bad but not exactly what I was hoping for. I am doing my best to live every day to the fullest, and enjoy everything about every day. Afterall, you aren’t here for a long time, you’re here for a good time! (George Strait song is playing right now, and it’s my favorite!)

In my ENC 1102 class, we have been assigned to write a Literary Analysis for one of the short stories we’ve read during class. As I’m sure you guessed, I picked an “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” (If you follow my blog I mentioned awhile back how much I loved that story!!) This literary analysis has been one of the most challenging assignments I’ve ever had to do.. Actually THE hardest. I’ve never had to do anything close to this before and it has really opened my mind up to trying to learn new ways of reading..

You see, (for me at least) I have settled into this “groove” that hasn’t changed or needed to change up until now.. I was so used to reading the story and getting it done and over with, that I never really analyzed the literature before. (Yes, I know you are meant to do that in grade school, but I never did it to the extent that I am now.) That is one of the beautifully frustrating parts I have been dealing with. It is almost bitter sweet… I am struggling, but it is almost nice to struggle. (No, I’m not trying to be cocky.) I feel like the best lessons learned are the ones you struggle to understand.. Sort of like when you LOSE, you learn from it more than if you WIN. It’s the same thing with me. I like winning, don’t get me wrong, but every now and then it is sobering to realize that you’ve lost.. What’s more is since you’ve lost you now need to get up and wipe the dust off, and learn what you did incorrectly. This is something that admittedly I have not done too much of over the course of the past few years. I have done fairly well in all of my classes.

So, what do you like the most about learning? email me at studentblog@scf.edu and let me know! :)