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Ahh, Memories.

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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!

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Hair Care

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We’ve all got hair issues, I think. Some people lose hair, some people’s hair is too brittle. Some people wish their hair was straight, some wish for curly, some wish for different colors. Thats a lot of insecurities, and sometimes keeping up with making yourself feel better about them can be really time consuming. Who has the time and the money to dedicate towards “fixing” all of these issues? It can be a real challenge! So many of us are on campus every day, we have homework, tests, and projects, not to mention work. Alongside that, books are not cheap! And neither is the gas it takes to get to school. The drive alone is thirty-five minutes for me, and I know that personally, my days are chock full as it is.

Well, sometimes it doesn’t have to be as hard as you think it might be! If you just change up your routine a little bit, you could save a lot of the dollars and hours

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spent in hair salons. First off, its important to make sure you pick out shampoo/conditioner that suits your needs. Sound expensive? Have no fears! You don’t have to buy salon brands like TreSemme to get products that treat you well. It may cost three or four dollars instead of one, but lots of stores have shampoos, conditioners, and styling agents that are specified to different types of hair (long hair, curly hair, dry hair, flat hair, etc.). Meanwhile, there are home remedies that also work well. You might have heard of women putting mayonnaise in their hair and wondered to yourself, “Why would they do that?” The answer is actually quite simple! Two of mayonnaise’s main ingredients are eggs and oil, both of which are very good for hair. For those who don’t relish the idea of putting a condiment in your hair, consider this: Heat 1/4 a cup of olive oil in the micro then mix it with a beaten, raw egg. Gently rub it into your scalp and roots, lightly through the length of your hair, and into your tips as well. Let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Go do some homework or cook dinner while you let it soak! It may sound a little gross, and it may not feel too great when its all over your fingers, but after you wash it out with shampoo and conditioner, you hair will feel healthier already.

For those losing hair or have hair that breaks too easily, go to your doctor and ask if it’s a reasonable worry that you might be iron deficient. My hair is naturally very thin, so I’m of the opinion that that is why it breaks. But sometimes not having enough iron in your diet can also cause this, and as long as it is doctor approved, you can go out and purchase iron supplements. Another option is a vitamin called Biotin! These vitamin helps strengthen the keratin your body produces, making it good for hair and nails!

When you’re a student, its always a great idea to look into the less-expensive options. High quality boxed hair dye, vitamins, and home hair treatments are all just a few things that could help you out! Why dedicate an hour or two alongside $70 at a salon when you can accomplish the same results at home, while getting school work done at the same time. Have you tried any of these home ideas? Or have any other suggestions? Drop them into an email to studentblog@scf.edu, we’d love to hear about them.

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

Breakfast

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My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. Largely because I’m good at making all sorts of breakfast foods (eggs, omeletes, biscuits and gravy, french toast, bacon, mmmmmmmm), but also because I think it all tastes really great! Did you know that breakfast is actually one of the most important meals of the day?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who sacrifices this meal though. I have some friends who can’t stand to eat food in the morning, so they don’t. Personally, its more of a case of sleepiness. I could get up half an hour earlier to eat… or I could sleep an extra half hour and eat later, haha. While this isn’t really the best choice to make, we all know how comfortable beds are in the morning, plotting against any plans that have been made for the day. But I digress! There are a lot of reasons breakfast is such an important meal, all of them related to how your body works.

Theoretically, in order to keep your metabolism running smoothly, it is best to eat every three hours. This doesn’t mean you have to eat a whole meal, but say maybe, a snack. Eat some almonds or a cliff bar, something to tide you over to your next meal. Keeping this in mind, think about how much sleep you get each night– I sure hope its more than three hours! This means that your body is extra groggy in the morning, and it really needs that kick in the stomach to get it going again. Alongside this, I know that I get really distracted when I’m hungry. When I’ve gone too long without food, I honestly cannot focus on anything. Most of the time, you’re getting up in the morning to go do something, in most of our cases, to go to classes. You haven’t eaten for hours and hours! Your body needs that meal, even if its a small one, to help focus and ground it in preparation for the day ahead.

Do you eat breakfast? If not, how come? What are some of your favorite meals? I’d love to hear about all of these things, so please email us your point of view at 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

SCFmobile

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This morning I woke up to an email in my inbox. It was from the school, and it brought exciting news. Apparently, just released is an app for both the iPhone lovers, and the Android junkies too. It’s called SCFmobile.

Once I opened up the App Store on my iPhone, I looked it up and downloaded it. I can honestly tell you that it does indeed make life a LOT easier.

You know those times where you are anxiously awaiting your grade to be posted on ANGEL, and you try and get your grade from your phone? This app is great because it has an interface, that takes you straight to SCFconnect with literally one tap! From there just sign in and proceed to ANGEL just like you are on the good old desktop. It really makes it easy to check your grades, send email to your professors, or just

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keep tabs on things around the school.

There are also other icons I find useful. They include a staff directory button, where you can simply search for your professor and make a call or email to them without the hassle of getting to a desktop to do the same deed. It’s great how now the functionality of the SCF website has just grown.

Other great features of this new app include Courses, Maps, News, Videos, Images, an Emergency Contact for the school, and even access to the SCF Library. This app is amazingly useful to me, and I already find it hard to believe I was able to function without it.

Seriously though, cliches aside, this is a great app. Plus, at the stunningly low cost of FREE, you can’t beat it for what it is. Who knows, maybe with time they will even include a SCF Blog button!

I know that I find this app to be very useful, and I’ve only just heard about and downloaded it. I know once you give it a try, it will be on the main screen of your phone, as it is on mine. Let me know how much you love this app! studentblog@scf.edu

School Books

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school books can be. What’s worse is that they’re mandatory! We cannot pass the class without the expensive book to study from.

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!

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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 take advantage of it.

There’s a lot you can do with it. You can withdraw money from an ATM, deposit into your savings account, or leave it in your account and use for books and supplies next semester. The options are pretty much limitless.

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.

~ Fare Thee Well ~

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Well, it’s hard to believe it’s here so fast, but this is my final blog entry. I have to take the summer off and so I must regretfully decline from being your host. I must say the experience was a very welcome one and, if policy permitted me, I would gladly take up the opportunity again sometime. Special thanks to Dr. Glanville of the English Department, who urged me to go for the position, and Ms. Tamara Kerns, my gracious supervisor, who stuck with me through the glitch-gauntlet. We made it!

   So, now I turn my attention to you. I hope that I touched on things that made you laugh, and things that provoked your thoughts. I hope I encouraged you to give it all ya got and also taking the time to know and respect your professors as people too. My deepest intention, amidst my words or thoughts, however was to remind you how important you are as an individual. We take on so much when we come to college, and it isn’t all just fun and games, I know. Being here is a transformation of many sorts, and beyond it all an opportunity to challenge ourselves and mold ourselves into something we can be proud of. So, I implore you to remember yourself. Does that seem silly? I don’t think so. What I mean is, always remember why you came here in the first place and hang onto your dreams because no one is going to dream them for you. When things get tough, just remember yourself…you deserve to succeed. See the faces around you here at SCF as not strangers, but friends with a common goal striving to create their reality too.  If you happen to see my face on campus, know that you have a friend in me too.

   There’s usually always one of those subjects where we fight tooth and nail to make it, and for me that’s math, as I have mentioned before. So, needless to say, in the fall I will be face to face with my greatest challenge as many of you will be with yours. Let’s not let it get the best of us! Whatever that class or subject may be, let it not deter you from your road. Yes, it’s likely to rattle you, and perhaps drive you to the brink, but just think of how much better the taste of victory will be when you overcome it. That’s what I keep trying to tell myself. I will shoot for the A, as I always do, but I will not kick myself for something less if I gave it my all, and neither should you. So, though I am not at the helm of your blog any longer, let’s make a pact here and now…to remember ourselves when the going gets tough and at the end of the day, still manage to have a good one!

 Thank you very much for reading my blogs, and if you’ve anything personal to say feel free to email me at jbourge3@scf.edu or contact studentblog.scf.edu.

~ Nerd Terror ~

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 You studied hard all weekend, and now you’re sweating in the hot seat in class as if it’s an electric chair waiting to have the switch thrown. Your professor walks in and starts handing out your exams wistfully, with a hint of a smile. You’re tapping your pencil, chewing your lip, and asking yourself, “What’s going to be on this one? Did I forget anything? Will I remember when I see the questions?” You might also add, “I think I drank too much coffee. Curse that Dunkin Donuts Express in the Hess Station!” Oh, that’s if you’re me, they get me every time now, but I digress. So, you’re freaking out and you need to take this exam. What do you do? Here are a couple things before the big test that may help you out and or boost your confidence level.

 1. For crying-out-loud! Don’t forget to breathe! They say that if you take a few deep breaths and stretch your legs and arms before an exam, it may help you collect yourself.

2. If you like chocolate I’ve read that eating it before study time and afterwards can increase your ability to store the information. Dark chocolate is supposed to have a greater effect than milk chocolate.

3. Studying while listening to classical baroque music, or some light jazz is shown to improve your chances of absorbing the material too. There’s a little trick to it though- you need the music to maintain a steady tempo, so make yourself a mix with songs of the same general speed on it. It’s best not to include songs with vocals however as that may distract you from the words you’re trying to memorize.

4. I know you’ve heard this one before, but try to get a good night of rest and eat a moderate breakfast in the morning. You need that energy to think ya know.

 5. Here’s one more. Make sure you take plenty of breaks when studying, even if that means just walking away for a few minutes to stretch after an hour or so. Doing study marathons is not so great. I find that when I start to screw up when I try to write something down or I am getting jumbled up is a good indication that you need a break.

   Anyway, keep your head up okay? Don’t let the exam terror pull you down. Instead, just let it wash right over you, acknowledge it, and then rock that exam the best you can. That’s all you can do, right? Make it worth the sweat, Ha! Have a good one, guys and gals!

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