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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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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

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

Study Methods

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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.

Good reads?

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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 I won’t get into any more details about it. The last couple of days of last week, and the first couple of this week, we moved on to a story called “The Shabbat.” It takes place during World War 2, and is sort of a comic type of story rather than a typical book. It told story about a girl in the war, and had a few instances where I found myself biting my nails out of anxiety, wanting to know what happened. It’s also a very interesting read.

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

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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!

School Books

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We all know how expensive those

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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.