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Hunger Pains

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I’ve mentioned before how I can’t hold my focus when I’m hungry. This usually means that if I’m sitting through more than a couple hours of class, its a smart move on my part to have a snack on hand!

Sometimes I’ll pack something simple like a small container of grapes or a banana. Sometimes I’ll make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or an egg sandwich. For the days I’m on campus all day, I’ll pack a lunchbox full of things (leftovers, instant oatmeal, fruit, etc.)! And sometimes I’m lazy the night before and walk to Subway instead. Eat a big breakfast, snag some hummus and pretzel chips from the Student Union, and a foot long can last me lunch and dinner! I’ve noticed that not letting myself get too hungry is really crucial around seven, the beginning of my three hour evening class. If I don’t eat something then, by eight o’clock I just want to bang my head into things! There’s nothing wrong with the class, besides being long, and I do like the professor a lot. But ugh, who wants to hear about the War with Mexico when your stomach hurts and your head hurts and ugh! You see what I mean?

Surely I can’t be the only person who has this problem! The point of this, really, was to ask you guys a few questions. :) How do you handle your hunger pains? Do you pack foods? If you do, what sort? Or do you rely on the student union and it’s row of snack machine? Or do you venture further off campus and eat at one of the many surrounding restaurants? Please, share your wisdom with me! I’ve got to admit, I’m tired of eating Subway or croissant sandwiches whenever I forget to pack food, haha. Our email is studentblog@scf.edu, I’m looking forward to your replies.

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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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

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.

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That time

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Its that time again…

Midterms… Those awful tests that are just as bad as finals, in my opinion!

Okay, its not all that bad. I’m just stuck in the throes of distaste, studying and trying to cram for my first midterm of the semester. I’m not ready! Actually, I’m probably more ready than I give myself credit for. Thats the wonders of a good professor! I’m really glad for the professor I have for American History this semester. I’m not going to lie, I am not a fan of history. Not so much because I find the subject itself unpleasant, but more that is is always written or explained in such uninteresting ways! Give me a book of good historical fiction or a documentary though, and I am so ready to dig into them. This time around though, this

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is not the case. This professor is great at keeping class interesting. He cracks jokes, he relates it to modern day issues, and so on and so forth. He’s an easy guy to get along with too, something I can always appreciate.

So what makes a class more enjoyable for you? Do you like it when a professor is more down to earth? Sort of along those lines, what are some of your favorite? I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying American History this time around, but I usually really love classes like Creative Writing, Visual Literacy, and Figure Drawing. Let me know what you like in an email to 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

Reflection Pond

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How many of you knew out SCF’s reflection pond?

Its pretty out of the way, snuggled between two parking lots and the Neel Auditorium, and it is a place I think everybody should check out. I have a slightly annoying habit of setting my classes up so that there is at least one day a week where I am on campus all day. But it didn’t take me long to realize that this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing!

There are a lot of things to do on campus. For example, this semester my on campus day is a Wednesday. Did you know about the Farmer’s Market? I’ve mentioned it before, but I’d like to tell you about it in a little more detail. There are multiple booths set-up near the library and social studies buildings. They sell all sorts of thing! There’s a raw booth, a booth that sells snacks and meal replacements for anybody feeling adventurous and willing to try eating nothing but raw food (a very healthy choice, if one manages it properly!). There’s another one that sells Mediterranean food, and another that sells baked goods.

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You can even purchase naturally made body products and essential oils at one of the booths. Its a very nice experience.

For anybody stuck on campus around lunch time on a Wednesday, how about you try something new? Drop by one of the food booths, grab something to eat and head on over to the relfection pond. There are picnic tables and the wifi reaches out there. You can watch some of the geese that live on our campus and watch the snake birds and the ducks. You might even come across some ducklings.

Have you been out to the reflection pond? Or checked out the Farmer’s Market? Share your experience with us, our email is studentblog@scf.edu!

Study Methods

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end of my PreCalc class today, as I was leaving the room my teacher said not to forget to study, because our midterms will be soon. WHAT!?! It’s crazy to be hearing that.. To think that the semester is almost half way over already is just incredible. What throws me off, is the fact that my first class is English, and we don’t have exams in English. (What are you going to show that you haven’t already shown during the class with your writing?) It creates this illusion that the class just started. It’s amazing to think that time is flying by at this pace.

My point of this, is yes I have been studying a bit, for the normal homework and stuff, but I haven’t been studying for the exam, because it seems like we just had one. My studying tactics are different for typical class studying, and exams, so I’ve started my “2 Minute Drill” for studying.

To start with, I go back into the text book to refresh my memory on certain items that I remember struggling with beforehand. This is great because if I find that I still have questions about the material, I’m not pressured by the clock (as much) as I would be if the exam was 3 days away. Some friends of mine say it’s a bit on the extreme side, but I feel that it’s necessary in order to pull off those good grades!

Another thing I do to study for exams, is test myself on the material. A lot of the time I will not only do the homework assigned, I will do extra homework just for the practice. It really doesn’t take that much extra time, because if you’re going to be doing homework anyway, what’s the difference of 15-20 mins? If my teacher assigns odd problems for instance, I will do ALL of the problems, just for the extra practice.

What are your methods for exam reviews? Do you cram? Do you listen to your class lectures? Just wing it? I’d love to have some more ideas that could potentially help me with my exams, so your input is appreciated. studentblog@scf.edu

Chemistry

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Last evening I had both my Intro to Chemistry class, and my Chemistry lab. In my lecture class, we received our exams back, and I was ashamed to see that I only got a “B” on the exam. I had studied and was very confident that I would get an “A,” almost to the point of being cocky about it! I guess there is a lesson to be learned in there somewhere.. Maybe it’s something like: “Don’t let your guard down on a test, or you will make silly mistakes and get a lower grade than you thought you would..” or something along those lines. Personally, it felt like I failed it anyway, because when I go for an “A” anything less is not meeting my goal, and that means I failed. Luckily, this was only the first exam, and I have several more to go. We are learning about orbitals, and electromagnetics and whatnot in chemistry right now, and to be honest it seems to be a lot going on in a short amount of time. I think I’ve got my head wrapped around the concept of it, but it’s still not an easy task. It’s funny how in chemistry there is ALWAYS an exception to the rule, whatever that rule may be. It’s also amazing that throughout the years, people have been able to slowly piece together what we now learn in a matter of 16 weeks. To me it is just mind-blowing.

Following the lecture, I had lab. It was a “wet lab” in which live chemicals are present and proper safety procedures need to be followed. (Lab coat, closed shoes, goggles, etc..) It was interesting, because the lab experiment was on chemical reactions. Seeing what each chemical did when mixed with another chemical, and seeing any byproduct or gas that was formed. Totally radical! I had fun, but was glad to get the class over with! My day starts very early, and with the class ending at 9:50, with a long drive home and dinner/homework to do, I don’t get to bed until late. But I guess that’s what being a college student is all about right? I’m not complaining, I actually enjoy being busy. Next semester though, I think I will go with fewer classes, just to be on the safe side.

What is/was your favorite experiment in Chemistry? I would like to know, as I plan on staying in chemistry for quite a long time, and would like to know what I have to look forward to! Send me an email at studentblog@scf.edu.