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~ Professor Appreciation ~

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Hi there! Something occurred to me last night after a nice talk with one of my professors. If there isn’t one already, that I’m not aware of, there should be a professor appreciation day. Our professors come from all walks of life and lead very interesting lives often times. Many have been many places and have a great deal of experience with all sorts of things so why not take time after or before class to chat with them? You might be surprised how much you have in common or simply feel less intimidated by them. They are not scary, ruler-wielding types usually, haha.

Try this on for size…you spend years and years going to school studying something you find fascinating

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and you work your way through the employment gauntlet to land yourself a spiffy job as a professor with the opportunity to mold minds in hopes to inspire that same enthusiasm you felt yourself. Then you construct a great lesson plan that takes hours per lesson, you set up shop, the students flood in and sit down and then you begin. Then this is what you see as look out among the class…people looking into their laps at their smart phones, or texting, some are staring at the clock repeatedly as if they can’t be bothered, others whisper constantly to their neighbors, and some just look completely dazed and confused. “What a day!” you must be thinking, right? This happens every class period though guys! This may be totally rude but, WAKE-UP! Put the “smart” phone away and do some computing of your own, huh? I don’t know how our professors put up with this on a daily basis, seriously. If that were me standing up there I would probably blow a gasket or lose all hope for the future left in the hands of people eternally asleep.

Our professors go over and over the same material and the one thing that sets everything off is your input and opinions on the matter you know. Otherwise, it’s the same thing day after day. How would you feel about coming to that every day? I’m just saying, just put yourself in their shoes for a moment. You really can make class more interesting by sharing your ideas or views, in fact, that’s what we’re here for! Well, thanks to all the professors here at SCF. Your blood sweat and tears don’t go unnoticed by this student! Have a good one, and hang in there!

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~ Spring is Here! ~

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 Ah, Spring…that wonderful time of year when the critters are foraging, birds are singing, buds are blooming. Let’s not forget those other birds, the snow birds, who are likely packing and getting ready to make their seasonal exodus around Easter. Droves of RV’s and Cadillacs will mob 75 and 41 making your trip to school bitter sweet, bitter for having to leave early and sweet for lowering the accident ratio once gone. Pheeew! The lines at Dunkin Donuts will be shorter too, yay!

By the way, there is a brand new Dunkin Donuts Express inside the gas station next to the McDonalds in North Port, coffee fanatics! You can make your own just the way you like it! Can you tell I’m excited?

  There’s something more we must look forward to though and that’s nasty weather. In case you haven’t heard, the weather prediction “pros” are saying Florida is likely to get slammed with Hurricanes this year. Don’t they say that every year? I’m starting to think Home Depot and Lowes are in cahoots with the weather stations.  Anyway, what can you do? Just be aware of the possibilities and take basic precautions. If you’re out and the weather appears to be deteriorating quickly, don’t speed up so you can get home quicker. That’s how accidents happen, people. Slow down, be careful and put the radio on a channel with warnings instead of blasting your tunes. You may need to get out of the way of emergency vehicles anyway.

  You’re in school for a reason and that’s to make your future better right? What a waste if you’re not thinking of the little things though that could really snow-ball as it were…like getting into an accident or ignoring emergency information that you might otherwise have gotten. So, save yourself some trouble and go into the students tab under the Self Service Banner. Get into your personal information file and make sure your contact info is updated so the school can contact you in an emergency or cancelation situation. They even have it so you can add a text number under the Phones drop box. They sent this info in your email but I thought I’d tag team that information here so you can’t miss it. Well, stay safe this hurricane season and have a good one today!

Why squeak by when you can soar?

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Have you ever heard someone on campus say, “C is a degree!” about an upcoming test or even about an entire class? I have, in fact I did just last semester. I have to say, when I heard that I didn’t think, “Wow, this person is pushing themselves to their limits.” It seemed like a comment that says that the only effort needed is the bare minimum required to pass. Wouldn’t you agree?

I’m not trying to pick on anyone with my new blog here; I’m just trying to give a little food for thought. I know there are many people here on campus that really fight to get C’s and to them I say, “Awesome!” or probably “Wicked!”(Since I come from R.I. originally), haha. Anyway, I was just thinking that I’ve seen that bare minimum attitude on campus a lot and I thought about what a difference a simple attitude adjustment can make- in all areas of life really.

I say this because I used to be the person in high school who did the bare minimum. I never was involved with any after school events, or groups- except a rock band. I decided at some point though, that my head might serve a better purpose than head-banging, lol. Now that I’m here at college something occurred to me…I have the potential to make a difference in other people’s lives, including my own- so why sit around waiting for the world to cut me a break?

I don’t know, I guess I have developed a sense of pride in my time here at school and I kind of want to share that enthusiasm with some of you here on campus who don’t have that outlook. Why squeak by when you can soar, is all I’m asking? Do you not believe you can? I believe you can because I have come from that same attitude and did a complete turn-around. In fact, Thursday I’m being inducted as an officer in our colleges Phi Theta Kappa honors society and I feel like all my hard work is finally working to my advantage. I’m ready to make a difference around me and I want to be the kind of person people are glad to be around or come to for assistance. Like I said, some people out there fight hard to get where they are and should be very proud of themselves. So why make your time at college feel like you have nowhere better to be when you can turn it into something that will work for you now and in the future? You know what’s funny, you may see a t-shirt or two around campus pretty soon that says, “Why squeak by when you can soar?” because I shared my idea with our PTK group and they felt it was a good attitude to represent around campus. It feels good when you can make a difference, even in a simple gesture like making a suggestion. Anyway, I just wanted to encourage those out there today that college time, is your time and why not make it an awesome time huh?

Well, I’ll get off my soap box now, haha. I just felt compelled to make a statement on campus attitude since it really does make a difference to think positive. So, have a good one!

Pick It Up!!!!!!!

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I’m starting to get really annoyed.  I know, not the greatest way to start off of a blog, but I can’t help it.  Today, after leaving class, I picked up ANOTHER piece of trash.  Often, if I see something in the parking lot, like a soda can, or an empty fast food bag, etc, I’ll pick it up and throw it away.  I’m not doing it to make myself feel better.  I’m doing it because it’s just the right thing to do.  And so, for some reason, this semester the campus is filled with trash. 

Student Union: people actually just leave the plates and cups they used for lunch on the table. Counting the number of times I’ve picked up another person’s dirty lunch dishes would be impossible. Today, someone left an empty iced coffee cup in the hallway in building 800.  Seriously? SERIOUSLY? It is that hard to pick up one’s own trash?  We’re adults.  Let’s pick it up, throw it out, and keep movin’, because believe it or not, this semester’s almost over!

“It’s Only Ten Cents”

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I’m in the library, and I need and I need to make a copy. It jams, and it’s not the first time. No big deal, right? I ask someone to help me. The student aide fixes the paper jam, and I swipe my card one more time. Yup, it’s jammed again.

Normally, this wouldn’t bug me. But today, for some reason, it did. I wanted to if I could get a refund. So I asked the student aide.

“No,” she said, “it’s only

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I really started thinking about this ten cents…because it truly is more than just ten cents to a great many students. In fact, I know of students who can’t afford to buy lunch. I know of students who have walked to school, because they couldn’t afford the bus. Is it really just 10 cents?

So I did some investigating….Yes, students can get a refund if they experience issues with printing or photo copying. There is actually a form available in the library. It gets forwarded to the Bradenton Campus. I don’t know how long the refund takes, but at least you can get it back. And so I wonder….how many students know about this? And the student aide did not do anything wrong, she just didn’t know. Why? Because, it’s only ten cents, right?

I think that all too often we sometimes accept things as they are, because of the seemingly tiny scale of what they are. But I think that kind of thinking begins to nourish a much broader and all encompassing ideology of looking past the small things, regardless of the principle involved. I’m reminded of a great short story by Irwin Shaw “The Dry Rock.” I read it in Junior High School, and I highly recommend it.

It’s the small things that often keep us going, and it’s the small things, that if ignored, become BIG things that are difficult to fix.

Maybe we should sweat the small stuff after all.

Sleeping in – A shift in the order of sequential events…

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Panic!… “…and panic was lost in a deep understanding…” -Against Me!
It felt like lightening hit my bones when I saw the time… the sleep monster has already eaten two hours of my day (including one class). So, I can’t sit in the stink of self-pity, I have already written an email to my professor… no excuses, just the facts… I think that only Franz Kafka could accurately describe the nervousness and anxiety of approaching a thing without knowing how it will respond. But, putting the judge/victim aside, I also know I will see a few people from my class who will be able to catch me up on the lecture notes. As well as the notes made available on our Angel System. So, now to stoke the fires of disappointment into some motivation and get this meat suit movin’.

Simple, Real, and in Perspective

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There’s a ghost in the men’s bathroom at the Venice campus Library.  I’ve told people this before.  They chuckle.  But I think it’s a nervous chuckle, because they’ve heard what I’ve heard.  It doesn’t happen all the time, but here’s how it goes:

I go in and it appears that I’m alone.  When I’m washing my hands I hear someone exiting one of the stalls behind me.  I wait to see who it is in the mirror. Like clockwork, no one appears, and I turn to look.  I’m alone, as always.  Obviously I’m not dealing with any kind of malevolent phantom.  Ultimately, I just wanted to document my experience.  If my blogs suddenly stop…please check the bathroom.  I might have done something to anger him.

Okay, ghost stories aside, the open MIC last Thursday was a HUGE success.  Over 30 people and 20 readers (which were all terrific)!  It was a great kick-off event for Swamp Scribes.  The next one is coming soon, I’ll keep you posted.

After the open mic a group of us when out to Chili’s.  One of our professors joined us.  It was great fun, and my stomach still aches from laughing.  Sometimes, however, I think students struggle when developing friendships with professors.  It reminds me of something from my Army days. My military superiors would often tell me: “Don’t take my kindness for a weakness.”  Yeah, it sounds harsh, but in reality, it’s the best advice a superior can offer.  Yes, you can laugh and joke with your professors, inside and outside of class; what’s important to remember is that the laughing and joking doesn’t transcend into your professor’s mind when they see your name in the grade book.

Having a good relationship with a professor doesn’t give you an all access pass to free roller coaster riding. And this doesn’t mean you can’t have a friendship with a processor. In fact, it can often enhance the college experience, and lead to important professional contacts in the future.

In a nutshell—keep it simple, real, and in perspective.  Oh yeah, watch out for ghosts too.

82 DAYS TIL GRADUATION!

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The Lottery, and I’m not talking Shirley Jackson.

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Sunday morning, A.K.A. “the day I check my lottery tickets.” Anyone else in the same boat? I ask myself, after successfully completing a Statistics class in the spring, why I still bother to buy these blasted things, but I can’t quit now: I’ve invested way too much. And regardless, we all know that famous lottery saying, right? “SOMEONE’S got to win.” Exactly.
I find that actions like this, however, promote some strange superstitions. There are rituals to everything from choosing lottery numbers (birthdays) to the clothing we wear on college football game days (Alabama t-shirt and lucky socks) to how we set up our workstation before starting an online exam. Cup of coffee to my left? Check. Book to my right? Check. Ringer off? Check. Status update on Facebook something to the effect of, “I’m taking a test, be back soon”? Check. If I allow myself to be this psychotic now, I can only imagine how I’ll be once I hit the workforce. People will cower, but in fear or embarrassment, I’m not sure.

I opted against the Archaeology class this semester, but as Murphy’s Law would have it, when I logged on to my SCF Student tab yesterday morning at 9am to drop the class for a refund, the Add/Drop Worksheet wasn’t allowing me any “drop” option. Hmmm. Scratching my head, I checked my “Student Detail Schedule” to find that the last day to have dropped the class for a refund was listed as Friday the 24th, the day BEFORE yesterday, otherwise known as “the first day of class.” Ouch. However, in a rare system glitch (crazy technology), the class was actually listed with a start date of September 20th on my schedule. Could this, in fact, be the problem? Will I, in fact, be able to drop the class for a refund? Let it be known I immediately penned an email to the records office. I even requested a “read receipt.” I feel so high-speed. Again, I’ll keep you posted. You’ll be forced to be posted, as a matter of fact, because if the class won’t drop,

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I’m staying in it. In which case, I’ll be making constant reference to “can you believe how hot it is in” so-and-so month, and whatnot. Also, I’ll be telling you about my cool archaeological finds.

So here’s the truth: I checked my numbers. I didn’t win the lottery this week, but Alabama’s Crimson Tide sure did. I have a great family, a small house, great friends, a few good dogs and cats, I’m healthy, and I’m getting a great education: It may not be the lottery, but I think I’ve got it made.

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No mas

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     I had my last class of the semester yesterday.  Even though I’ll be back for Spanish II next semester, I’m finally graduating on to a university!  Hopefully I’ve imparted wisdom onto you students, and faculty, or whoever reads this blog.  I have yet to know if more than five people read the blog and follow mine and PJ’s ramblings (sorry to group you into my ramblings PJ).  I know I’ve learned extensively about writing, and yet I still feel like it’s a tiny pea in comparison to a feast.  So long, and good luck to the rest of your time at SCF.

    

      I would like to amend my previous post, and if you want to be part of PTK simply ask Stephanie Cook if you’re eligible, and if you are you will be invited!  It’s never too late, because now I’m an official member as well.  Thank you Stephanie.

“Portal: A door, or entrance”

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     SCF has added a new facet to their website called SCFconnect, or The Portal.  I personally like the word portal better, because it makes me think of teleporting myself.  In a sense, the new portal does just that.  When I first logged into the new system and looked around, it struck me: there is so much that SCF was doing that I didn’t know about!

     The first thing that stuck out was the email.  I didn’t have to sign into my email account separate, it was right there in a box on the screen!  When I get a bill from my car insurance company, however,  this isn’t quite as exciting.   Then I switched tabs to the Student section.  I found a lot of helpful links, like Angel is there front and center.  I’m told that we won’t have to log in to Angel anymore either, once they progress to the second step of SCFconnect.

     The part that I really geeked out on was the announcements in the Student section.  I scrolled down and saw info about the Student Wellness Program, which I’d heard about but never gave it much thought.  It turns out you can participate in health events (exercise, fundraiser walks, dental cleanings, etc) and earn points which you turn in at the end of the semester for prize drawings and tuition drawings!  Turns out I do need to clean my teeth every few years, and I love to exercise.  I literally got out a notebook and starting taking notes on this program.

     To further my journey was the Student Finances area that had a really helpful little spot for financial aid.  Actually the whole page had FAFSA facts, deadlines, and links to SCF foundation scholarships which I was amazed to find so many listings of scholarships available.  They’re available to students transferring out of SCF as well!!  Deadlines for that are April 1, 2010 and March 14, 2010 respectively.

     Then I went to the Library tab, where I found the online databases right there for everyone to see.  Not hidden away anymore, within a series of clicks and quirks.  Ah, researching will now be a breeze.

     The last section is the My Tab.  Hehe.  I was able to go in (under the tiny link at the top called ‘content layout’) and put the “Word of the Day” in there, the Wellness Program, and the weather.  I religiously check the weather every morning, so that will be handy.  I just have to figure out how to paste a picture of myself in the middle of the screen now.

     Oh man, I could talk about the portal for quite awhile.  The new change was a fantastic one.  I can’t wait to see how else they fine tune it, and what else will be added.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say, once I stumble onto the other points of the portal.  In the mean time, it will be 74 degrees on Monday, and I won’t be stranded indoors.  Mwhahaa.