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Friendly Reminder

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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!

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A Step Closer to Virtual Classes

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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.

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The shot heard ’round California..?

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By now I’m sure just about everyone has heard about the recent Mythbusters “incident.”  In case you are one of a small minority who hasn’t, here is a summary of what recently happened.

I myself am an avid Mythbusters fan. Before the show however, I always make sure I have all of my school work completed, so I can be sure and watch Mythbusters uninterrupted. Every new episode that airs makes my mouth water and I cannot wait to see all of the new episodes they have coming! Well, recently, the Mythbusters were filming an experiment for their show which involved cannon balls.

If you are a follower of the show like myself, you will know that just about all of the “dangerous” experiments happen at the Alameda County Bomb Range, about thirty-five miles from Sacramento. They’ve done literally hundreds of experiments there without incident.

Ironically, they were doing this experiment to see what other household items could be used as a good cannon ball -  (I wonder if I could do something like this for class? LOL!) It seems as though nothing has the stopping power of the traditional hunk of metal soaring through the field. The recent incident at the range proved that theory right. Not only did the original cannon ball (the dependent variable for all of you science junkies) soar through their target, clear the entire length of the range, jump the berm at the end of the range, it flew over 700 YARDS– Yes that is over 7 football fields away!!!!– proceeded to go through the bedroom wall of a home, through the front door (how rude!) and finally ending its journey with a smash to the family SUV.

As astonished as I was about this incident, I must say I did “lol” when I first heard about it. The scary part is, allegedly there was a 5 year old girl sleeping in the bedroom where the rogue ball intruded. Yeah, I’ll admit it’s not cool that lives where actually in danger, but setting aside that fact it is pretty funny!

These guys have been doing experiments for a combined 18 years and, in a test to see how well the cannon ball performed it literally went off the map (and through a house, into a car we go!). It makes me wonder if they’re still going to air this episode? I sincerely hope they do. <3

Don’t forget to study for Finals and make sure all classwork is done before watching the show! It’s addicting.  Personally… If I don’t have it done before the new episodes, I tend to forget to do it! So make sure you get the school work done before watching Mythbusters!!!

What’s your favorite Mythbusters episode?  Email your thoughts to studentblogger@scf.edu.

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Sources:

http://www.montereyherald.com/state/ci_19495586

http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/VIDEO-ADDED-Mythbusters-accident-sends-cannonball/Q1guxAPlgUep7IVUhW0hXw.cspx

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-57339079-52/mythbusters-make-apologetic-house-call-after-cannon-accident/

Finals Week: No pain, no gain

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Something is coming, looming on the horizon… I think I can see it…

ITS FINALS WEEK!

I can’t believe the semester is nearly over! Where’d all my time go? I have projects to finish, extra credit assignments to kick butt with, homework that’s late– and I don’t want to do any of it. All of those projects have got me spending more time in the library, and whenever I pass through there, well, I can’t not look at the student choices on books. Its gotten to the point where I’ve got eight library books at home with me now, right alongside my netbook and my new PS3. A world of distractions, all on its own! Who wants to study when they can become the ultimate assassin? Or when they can lose themselves in book after book after book? NOT ME, that’s for sure! But like the saying goes: no pain, no gain. Its only two weeks, after all. Which means its time for me to hide that PS3 controller and stack them books on my desk. My textbooks can be my new bed-mates, for extra-easy studying access. Because as much as I want to chill out and have fun, that’s what winter break is for. My grades are more important; can’t get a degree without good grades!

Here’s to all those delightful distractions we like to lose ourselves in! What are some ways you keep yourself focused on school work? Share your strategies with us in an email to studentblog@scf.edu!

Painting, painting… then some painting

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There are a lot of things I enjoy doing, but I know that I flit from one thing to another pretty often. However, art has something I have dedicated years of my life to, from doodling as a child to art classes in high school, all the way up to my college career. I have made a point to include an art class each semester I’ve studied at State College of Florida. Its been a pretty good journey. I’ve been frustrated a lot of times, chaffing at having to start with beginner classes when everything that interested me were higher level ones. I probably could have brought in my portfolio and gotten permission to move into a higher class, but well, as much as I complain about some things, I am a lazy person.

So I never went in and settled with the classes I didn’t particularly want to take. And it’s been a decently good time, I’ve produced some satisfying pieces, learned a few things I didn’t know. Its been a good experience. My latest foray into art education is Color Fundamentals (also known as Color Theory). Its definitely been a learning experience… in learning things about myself! I’m not a dedicated artist, in case that wasn’t obvious from the beginning. And this class has required a lot of dedication to painting, being self-motivated, all that sort of thing. Which are admirable traits, to be sure, and some that I now know I need to work on. Painting at home, my new enemy! I get so distracted! There are video games, books, my little sister, the internet, it feels like there are a million ways to not work on my paintings. Well, I think I’m done adding in art classes. They’ve been fun, but the time has come to focus on things I’m going to make a living out of… and actually dedicate the right amount of time too.

Are there any classes you wish you’d been able to include in your schedule? Any classes you had a great time in and would suggest to other students?

Share your experiences in an email to studentblog@scf.edu.

Thankful for a break

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Aaah, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. A wonderful, eventful time for many of us. A time that we all learn to appreciate from a young age, not only because that is the entire sense of the holiday, but because of the lack of daily homework. It was lovely coming home from classes yesterday and not having to remember my online assignment that was due before five. Why? Because there was none! In fact, they’re actually done for the semester. As bad as my personal record is with homework via the internet, this is most definitely something to be thankful for.

Along with the lack of homework, I’m going to be saying thanks for…

  • My family being awesome and supportive and cooking tons of delicious food for me to eat
  • My friends, who are reliable and loveable and all around awesome
  • The necessities that I don’t have to worry about (yet, haha), like a home
  • Lots more things that would make this post unnecessarily long

Anyways, I hope the Thanksgiving spirit is with you, and that you all have a really great time, however you chose to spend your Thanksgiving day. Want to share your plans? Drop us an email at studentblog@scf.edu.

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!

Lots of Yesterdays…

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Two more finals—that’s it—it starts at 7:30am tomorrow morning.  By the time anyone reads this post, I’ll more than likely have already completed my STATS exam.  I’ve done all the studying I can safely do.  You can actually run this risk of overdoing it. When you reach the point when all the information blurs into one nasty jumble of confusion.  I’ve been down that road before, and it’s ugly.  So, I feel pretty confident about where I stand.  It’s all about balance, and it’s different for each of us.

After my Horror Literature final is over (sometime around 2pm on Tuesday), my course work for the semester will be complete.  I just got a little chill as I typed that last line, because it will not only be my last course work for this semester, but it will be my last at SCF.   It’s times like this that really almost seem surreal, and also help to reassert just how fast time elapses.  This isn’t a bad thing, and I know we say this all the time: “It seems like the semester just started.”  And that’s just it.  Something is always going to seem like it was just yesterday.   Hopefully, for most of us, there will be several yesterdays, because that means we’ve taken on many new endeavors.  That’s how we grow.  That’s how we improve, and continue to solidify our purpose in this chaotic world.

Did I mention that the wind almost knocked me down today?  Ridiculous.  Honestly, though, being from New Hampshire, I’ve endured much worse.  I’ll take cold, gusty winds in lieu of 3 feet of snow any day!

Well, that’s it for now.  I’ll have a few closing thoughts in a few short days.  After tomorrow, I just have to catch my breath.

20 Questions

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I really want some Ben & Jerry’s pistachio ice cream right now, but it’s so cold I think I might shiver myself to pieces if I have some.  I’m sure I’ll break down and have some anyway.  No pain, no gain, or so I’ve heard anyway.

It’s only Tuesday, and I feel like an entire week has already gone by.  I started the day off with Statistics, at 8am.  We got the low-down on what’s going to be on the final.  Only 20 questions! Wow, an entire semesters worth of information compacted into 20 questions.  You know what that means?  The questions are not going to be easy.  And I suppose they shouldn’t be.  I’ll find out one way or the other next Tuesday at 7:30am when I take the final. (Note to self: do not take anymore 8am classes, because 7:30am is just too early for taking a final)!

Tomorrow I have an orientation to attend at USF, then Thursday night is the Poetry Slam, Friday night is the Pop Culture Club Christmas Party, and Saturday, The Veterans Exchange, in conjunction with MOTS (Manasota Operation Troop Support) is holding a Packing Party.  We’ll be packing up all the socks collected during our “Toes For Joes” Sock Drive.  In total, we will be packing 65 boxes for locally deployed troops.   We are starting it at 9am (usually takes about 45mins).  This event is open to the public, and we WOULD LOVE TO HAVE TONS OF PEOPLE THERE!  Here is the address

MOTS Venice Office

7801 Tamiami Trail S., 6A

Venice, FL 34293

 

If you have any questions, please email scfvets@gmail.com.

Well, I at least have my statistics notebook out of my book bag, so technically I have begun studying, right?

Zombies and Heavy Christmas Trees

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I recently read my first Zombie novel. It was freakin’ awesome! If you want to enjoy a great read, pick up S.G. Brown’s “Breathers.” You won’t be disappointed, I promise! This novel was one the last works I’ve had to read for my Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Literature course. I can’t say enough about this class. FYI, if you’re looking for a Gordan Rule class, and you like to read Horror, this is the one for you. Dr. Ford, whom I seem to write about all the time (but he really deserves it), teaches the class (LIT 2310). The only bad thing is that he teaches it every other semester. It won’t be available for the upcoming spring semester.

Zombies aside, I’m moving on, at about 100 plus

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MPH! Down to the last official week of classes, and there is absolutely NO way out of not being stressed. It’s something you kind of just accept—the workload—I mean it IS college, right?

So in between my mini panic attacks, I found the time to drag all the Christmas stuff, to include the world’s heaviest Christmas tree, down from the attic. I did that last week. Just a few hours ago I actually took it out of the box, which had been sitting in the corner of the living room (between you and me, I thought about just putting some lights on the box and calling it good) but I decided to stop being such a scrooge. I am going to try my hardest this year to enjoy the Holiday’s, because I can’t think of any good reason not to.

Well, after I post this, I’ve got some studying to tackle. Two more weeks—man, I’m going to need a bigger coffee pot.