Chemistry

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

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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.

Good reads?

Hey everyone. Hope you are enjoying your week so far. Mine has been hectic, but rewarding as well. Today I just weighed in, and am happy to report that I have lost 9lbs in two weeks!

In my ENC 1102 class, we have been reading short stories, and basically summarizing them up and discussing them in class. Last week, was a very interesting short story called “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, and I found it to be an attention grabber! If you haven’t read it, basically it’s a murder/mystery short story that almost forces you to read it through in one sitting. It’s that interesting! I don’t want to spoil it, so

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What we are reading now, is a story called “The Jewelry” and I think this one is rather dull. :( Basically it takes place in France back in the mid-late 1800’s, and is about a man and his wife, who loves fake jewelry. There is a bit of drama, where his wife dies, and he goes to sell the fake jewelry because he is short of funds, and finds out that the jewelry isn’t fake after all.. That part is pretty interesting, but overall the story to me is a bit on the dull side. This could be in part, to my taste in books and what I find interesting.

The point of this blog, was to give a little insight on what I am currently doing in my English class. Thinking about what stories I find interesting, or dull, or just plain bad, makes me wonder how other people feel. Have you ever read these stories? What is your take on them? Do you enjoy them? What style of book do you enjoy reading? These are all things I would love to know, so feel free to email me and talk about it! studentblog@scf.edu.

Time Flies

I cannot believe this. I feel like the semester started but a couple of weeks ago, only to end my American History class with the announcement that in two weeks, we’re taking our Midterm! How did it get to be midterm time already? I suppose that this means its time to crack down on the studying. Thats the thing about history classes, there’s just so much to remember.

Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying my Wednesdays on campus all day. This past Monday I made the awesome discovery that the Smoothie King in the library now sells hummus with pretzel chips. For those of you who are unsure of what this is, hummus is a dip/spread made of chickpeas and other vegetables. They have classic hummus, hummus with chili peppers, and hummus with garlic. There’s actually more than enough in the package, too! This pulled me through to lunch today, and I was glad to spread my leftovers on a sandwich. I thought that was pretty cool. Another cool thing is the Wednesday markets. Today, I tried some of the food sold at these booths, and it was really good! Home-made, affordable, and delicious. Just the way I like my food, haha.

Do you guys eat on campus very often? There are a lot of options available, right at your fingertips! There are also a lot of restaurants surrounding the school, many of them within walking distance. Do you have any suggestions or favorite places to visit? Share them with us in an email to studentblog@scf.edu!

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Luckily, I have come up with some tips to save cash by being smart at The SCF Store (bookstore)!

1.) Buy a used book! A lot of people tend to pass right by the “Used Book” Section, and go to the brand new ones. Some student’s aren’t familiar with The SCF Store’s buy back program. This is excellent for students all the way around! When you are finished with your book and you no longer need it, you can sell it and make some of the money you purchased it with back! It’s like recycling, only you end up with money in your pocket! The SCF Store can then turnaround and sell your book as “used” for a more affordable price next semester. To me, this seems to be the intelligent thing to do. It saves trees, saves money, saves resources, and you are getting the same information that you would have from a brand new book.

2.) If buying and selling isn’t your thing, rent your books! The SCF Store has just recently started renting, and I think it’s a great idea. As of right now, they have 5 titles that can be rented, and of course as time goes on they will have more options to choose from. This is a great alternative to buying and selling books, because all you have to do is check it in when you are completed with your class. You don’t have to worry about selling your book to the school, or other students.

3.) Yet another less expensive option to keep in mind for those of you who like to read books using an iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc. is to look for your required text in ebook format. You can find that information by visiting The SCF Store or by looking online at The SCF Store Ordering Center.

To be honest, utilizing The SCF Store is the most efficient option you have. Only at The SCF Store can you use your Financial Aid to pay for your books, whether you buy, sell, or rent them. All you need to do is bring your ID, and they do the rest. You don’t need to bring in any cash, or do any extra paperwork.

Hopefully you’ve taken some notes, and learned a thing or two about book saving. It’s important that you make each dollar count, and books are where a lot of dollars are spent. Now you can be ahead of the game, getting the same books and learning materials for a lot less!

Do you have other strategies for saving on school books? I’d like to know! Share your strategies with me at studentblog@scf.edu.

SCF One Amazing Card!

Well, today is definitely a great day! To start with, it’s Friday! Who isn’t happy about a Friday? The weather is fabulous, and the weekend is almost here. What makes this Friday extra special for me however, is the great news about my SCF One Card. Today I got a refund back. I’m so excited!!

It made me think.. Hmm.. I wonder how many students utilize their SCF OneCard? At first, I was kind of confused about it, but after my student advisor explained it to me, I was set. If a student has excess money or is entitled to a refund, the money will go to their SCF OneCard. This is my second semester at the school, so I’m still somewhat of a rookie to “the system.” It’s such a cool feature that they have given us, and it doesn’t seem like many people even know it exists! It’s a great feature, and I am very happy they have given us the opportunity to

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Sorry for such a rant! But what can I say? I’m excited! This week has been stressful for me, with tests, studying, work, and typical drama we all go through. I’m just tickled that it’s ending in such a positive way.

How do you use your SCF OneCard? You know the drill.

Send me an email at studentblog@scf.edu.

Friendly Reminder

Howdy everyone!

Hope you are well. I know this week has been a bit stressful for me personally, I had a math test to take on Wednesday, and to be honest I was worried. I studied, but still didn’t feel very confident I would do well. Luckily, the test wasn’t as bad as I had expected, (Don’t tell my professor!!) and I think I did well. Time will soon tell.

Anyway.. Just a friendly reminder, in the student planners it says Friday there won’t be classes unless they are after 4 p.m. and I wanted to let you all know that this is false information. They moved the date back to March 2nd, so this Friday there ARE CLASSES!! Don’t be fooled by your planner. It was printed during the summer, and they changed the date post summer -(Obviously..LOL.)- so the date in it is incorrect. Be sure to mark March 2nd as the new date!

Hope you have a great week! Go Manatees!

studentblog@scf.edu

A Step Closer to Virtual Classes

We all have a special place in our hearts for the current “Learning Management System.” Most know it as ANGEL. For those of you that haven’t taken an online or blended class, it’s what students use to communicate with peers and professors, gather homework, take quizzes, and check grades.

Some standard lecture classes use ANGEL for similar reasons, albeit not as much as the online and blended courses do.

Today I attended a presentation for students interested in giving their thoughts on a new “LMS.” Not only did I receive extra credit for attending, (honestly it’s one of the only reasons I opted for attending. I’m an extra credit nut!!) I learned a LOT about other systems out there.

It has just come out recently that the State College of Florida is upgrading to a more “21st century learning system.” What’s really cool is they are soliciting students’ feedback on the selection of the new LMS (Learning Management System) that will be replacing ANGEL.  I really feel that now is a critical time to voice your opinion, and let the college know what you feel would make your experience better.

From the presentation I went to this morning, I can say I’m very excited to see ANGEL go. There are ideas floating around about the ability to video conference with your teachers and peers, and that to me sounds like a very cool idea. This isn’t the only new addition of course, but I’ll let you hear about the rest for yourself. ;)

Now, they only have a couple more presentations available, and they are both VERY soon. Sorry for the short notice, but I just recently found out myself. Below are the next presentations, which I highly recommend you go to, so you can voice your opinion!

Bradenton Campus, Tuesday 01/31/2012 7:00-9:30 PM Building 5 Room 123 (ARC)

Lakewood Campus, Wednesday 02/01/2012 4:00-5:30 PM Main Building Room 201.

If you can’t make it to one of these meetings and see the new features for yourself, send me an email with some features you would love to see in a new LMS.

studentblog@scf.edu

A Great Balancing Act

Have you ever felt really amped and excited to pick your classes before the new semester comes? I know it may sound a little nerdy, but I have to admit that I do. It’s a superb way to start over fresh, and learn new things, and meet new people. I tend to go a little overboard sometimes, and have wanted 6 or 7 classes in one semester! Luckily, my student Advisors are there to help talk some sense into me, for which I am thankful.

I remember finishing up my first semester, thinking about how well it went and, as the ending was becoming closer, the thoughts of a new semester started to come forth from “the mist.” I really wanted to take tons of classes and get things done sooner. WRONG!!

Looking back I can see how foolish I was for thinking that way. Sure, it’s always good to be a go-getter, but you need to have a little spare time in your schedule. I personally work every day from 11:30-4:30, and I have school scheduled around that. I am at the Bradenton Campus both before and after work, and its great! The only issue is when something unexpected comes up. I simply did not plan to have any trifles thrown my way, and I have learned my lesson.

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You see, on my way to class early Monday morning, my vehicle broke down. Not a common occurrence, nor something that many of us think of when scheduling our classes. Because my schedule is so “perfectly arranged” not only did I miss classes, but also came in late for work. Had I had some spare time I probably would have been able to get to both class and work on time, but that is neither here nor there.

My only reason for sharing this story with you, is to simply help you plan ahead. When you think you have your schedule worked out perfectly at the beginning of the semester, just try to think about how you can improve upon it by planning ahead. Sometimes being an over achiever can really bite you.

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So whats your deal, audience? How do you keep your grades up, what sort of learning suits your needs best? Better yet, whats your favorite subject to study in? Feel free to drop an email to us any time at studentblog@scf.edu.

Welcome to the next chapter in your life!

Its that time of year again… Spring semester has arrived, alongside a shiny new year! I hope everybody has their classes sorted out and their books purchased.

I also hope everybody had a fantastic vacation! I know that I had a good time. A lot of my break was spent just laying around and enjoying the comfort of my bed, but when I was out and

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Did anybody else have a fun vacation? Did anybody go to an aquarium or a theme park, or even fly out of state?

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Welcome to 2012, everybody! :D