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Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks!

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was sure busy… Lot’s of schoolwork kept me out of trouble! I am excited about this week though!

Some kind of cool news! SCF’s baseball team is going to be playing the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow, (Tuesday, April 3rd) from 1-4PM at Ed Smith Stadium!! How outstanding is that?!

Tickets are only $3 and all proceeds go straight towards SCF Manatees Athletics Department to support scholarships and athletic department operations. Some other contact information is below if you are interested. It’s a great opportunity to support your school and see a baseball game at the same time!

SCF Athletics 941-752-5261 http://scf.edu/athletics

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 1:05 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Ed Smith Stadium 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, Fl
What is your favorite sport? I would have to say mine is Competitive Shooting. It’s extremely fun, and challenging, and there’s nothing quite like it! Let me know! studentblog@scf.edu

Alas, Spring Break is Over :/

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Hopefully you remembered to set that alarm clock this morning. A lot went on over spring break for me personally! The clocks “springing” ahead, hanging with friends, and catching up on some well needed sleep come to mind when recalling the events of my break. Why such a dull spring break you ask? Well, it wasn’t really much of a break for myself, and I’m sure a pretty large percent of us Manatees agree when I say that “It’s not much of a break when you still have to clock in!”

Some might think that it’s a bad thing, to this I respond saying something along the lines of  “It’s nice to get a paycheck!!!” Haha.

I know for some it was extremely hard to wake up this morning, but fear not! We only have a couple more months of this semester, then summer will begin. (Wow.. It’s crazy how fast time flies isn’t it?)

Now that my brain has had the chance to r-e-l-a-x, it’s time to start stressing again.. (How lovely..) I will be studying for my exam in Chemistry this Wednesday. It’s almost bitter-sweet though. I am just thankful I have the chance to go to such a great college, be around such great students and staff, and share great memories with them.

How was your spring break? Email me the most exciting thing you did over spring break, and we can compare with each other and see who had a more exciting time :) studentblog@scf.edu

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.

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

Farmers’ Market

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Howdy y’all! Hope you are doing great on such a lovely day. Today the blog will be about 10,000 words, mostly informational, and super boring!!

I kid. However, I do want to give you some information! For those of you who don’t know, on the south side of the Bradenton campus, between buildings 8 and 9 there is a Farmers Market. It’s every Wednesday from 10AM-2PM, and it’s great! Not only is there a wide variety of greens to choose from, a great bonus is that it’s all grown locally. That means your dollar stays right here, and doesn’t go overseas. It’s important to keep our local vendors local, and grabbing up some of these veggies is a great way to do so.

As I understand it, all of the food is local, some is hydroponically grown, and some organically.  They also have honey, bread, pasta, cookies, muffins, and more! All grown right here. It’s a win-win situation, because you even earn Wellness Points for every dollar spent! How great is that?

Give me a shout if you see me there! Or, even if you don’t, you can give me a shout over email. studentblog@scf.edu

Reflection Pond

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How many of you knew out SCF’s reflection pond?

Its pretty out of the way, snuggled between two parking lots and the Neel Auditorium, and it is a place I think everybody should check out. I have a slightly annoying habit of setting my classes up so that there is at least one day a week where I am on campus all day. But it didn’t take me long to realize that this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing!

There are a lot of things to do on campus. For example, this semester my on campus day is a Wednesday. Did you know about the Farmer’s Market? I’ve mentioned it before, but I’d like to tell you about it in a little more detail. There are multiple booths set-up near the library and social studies buildings. They sell all sorts of thing! There’s a raw booth, a booth that sells snacks and meal replacements for anybody feeling adventurous and willing to try eating nothing but raw food (a very healthy choice, if one manages it properly!). There’s another one that sells Mediterranean food, and another that sells baked goods.

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You can even purchase naturally made body products and essential oils at one of the booths. Its a very nice experience.

For anybody stuck on campus around lunch time on a Wednesday, how about you try something new? Drop by one of the food booths, grab something to eat and head on over to the relfection pond. There are picnic tables and the wifi reaches out there. You can watch some of the geese that live on our campus and watch the snake birds and the ducks. You might even come across some ducklings.

Have you been out to the reflection pond? Or checked out the Farmer’s Market? Share your experience with us, our email is studentblog@scf.edu!

“Blithe Spirit”

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This morning as I walked into my ENC 1102 class, I overheard a fellow student talking about a play that he had just seen the night prior. He and the teacher were talking about it, and it sort of peaked my interest, so I chimed in. I asked what they were talking about, and they told me about a play that was very interesting. The name of the play is “Blithe Spirit” and it was apparently outstanding. I cannot say for sure, as I did not personally see it. (Heck.. I didn’t even know about it until today.) But, I cannot imagine it was anything less than amazing, coming from the Manatees. =]

Anyway, I did some research, and found out that it is still being performed, so if you would like to see it, it is still on from Thursday-Saturday (23-25) in the David S. and Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre, at the Bradenton Campus at 8pm. A matinee performance is  also scheduled at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19. Here is a brief description of the play:

Written by Noel Coward, “Blithe Spirit” is a comedy about a novelist who invites a medium to conduct a séance, which goes awry with hilarious results.

The SCF production is directed by Ken Erickson Jr., director of SCF’s Theatre Program. Cast members include SCF students William Fisher as Charles, Sally Fint as Ruth, Rebecca Moore as Madame Arcati, Rachel Xavier as Elvira, and Andrew Bins as Dr. Bradman. Madeline Heath and Hannah Zachowski will alternate in the roles of Mrs. Bradman and Edith, the maid.

For the general public, admission into the play is $10. For all of the Manatees interested, admission is $5 if you have your student I.D. Tickets are on sale now in the Neel Performing Arts Center box office, which is open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 941-752-5252.

Shoot me an email and let me know what your thoughts are on this play! studentblog@scf.edu

A Great Balancing Act

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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.

One might think that they have fit as much as possible into their day, and it’s perfect. Before you know it the day is past, and the week along with it. It is nice to have a

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very specific schedule. Once you’re in the groove you know exactly to do your homework for each class for instance (or at least that’s how I am.) However, I have learned this week actually… that it’s nice to have a little spare time.

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.

What are your thoughts on planning classes and having a busy schedule? Not only is it stressful to manage week in and week out, but if something goes awry, nothing but catastrophe follows. I would love to hear your thoughts. Email me at studentblog@scf.edu.

Reading Material

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Well readers, I’ve gotten myself started now and I don’t think I can stop. Last post I mentioned a short story I read in an anthology about Scottish women and it really got me thinking about how much I wanted to share some of my favorite authors with you. How many of you like to read books as a hobby? Something to pass time, something you enjoy rather than something you do because classes require it of you.

Well, I am one of those people. I read like crazy. I would actually call myself addicted to reading, to be completely honest, because I will read over all other things. When it hits me that I need to read a story, it does not matter what papers need writing, what food I should be eating, what I should be working on, if I’m in that story I am not coming out until its done. Which is probably one of those cases of too much of a good thing, but we’re not going into that, haha. Instead, I’m going to tell you about a few of my favorite authors.

  • Jacqueline Carey: Jacqueline Carey writes some of the most amazing books I have ever read. They are so in-depth, I cannot even imagine the amount of research that this woman had to dedicate in order to produce such a detailed account of what is essentially ancient world history. Her writing style is pretty prolific, her prose is very thick with description and is very lengthy. Her books are not small… if you don’t want a lot to read, you do not want to read a book by Jacqueline Carey. But they take you everywhere! In the nine books I have read by her, I have vicariously traveled across the entirety of Europe, through the Middle East, gone into Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Egypt (and followed the Nile to its source), and even across oceans into South America. There’s so much, and the way that the religious aspects are interwoven into their very lives, the way that it is more than just a concept, it is a reality…  I could go on, but I wouldn’t stop. Jacqueline Carey is fantastic for anybody who is looking for something deep and heart wrenchingly good.
  • Lynn Flewelling: Lynn Flewelling also writes very large and in depth books, but hers are more on the intrigue side of the spectrum. Where Jacqueline Carey will include lots of romance, lots of religion, traveling, and world issues, Lynn Flewelling focuses more on the world issues, the politics, spys and war and many of the horrors that come with these things. But its not all bad! Because across the span of her books, she pulls in that romantic aspect (not a lot, really), but its just enough to lighten the mood ever so slightly. Its good for me, because her books are so meaningful that I need that breather, that chance to pull out of the darker aspects. Lynn Flewelling also does not write books for people who are not willing to dedicate a lot of time to them, however they are so worth it.
  • Tamora Pierce: Now I’m not sure how many of you might have actually heard of Tamora Pierce. The past two are possibilities as they are aimed towards an adult audience and I’m sure most of my readers are adults. Technically, Tamora Pierce is a young adult author. Either way though, everybody should read her. The world she’s created is so well-crafted, and her books also pull in that awesome religious aspect. In her world, some things are truly magical. There is political intrigue, but its not heavy, I suppose its kind of like a toned down version of the past two authors I’ve given you, except completely awesome in its own completely separate way. It has that intrigue, it has that mystical aspect, and the romance, but it not as intense and not as hard to read through. I’ve read at least fifteen books by her and I have to say that for each quartet, each duology, each trilogy she writes, she does a great job of tying them together. Because they’re all in the same realm, they’re all a part of each other’s history and future. Personally I am a HUGE fan of when stories are tied together this way. Jacqueline Carey does it as well. For those of you who want that awesome in depth fiction, want something that is really good but isn’t so much of a commitment, give Tamora Pierce a try.
  • Julia Quinn: I love romance novels. So it would make sense that I would love Julia Quinn. However, I really hope that some other people out there will give her a try, some of you who usually wouldn’t branch into the romance genre. I know it has quite a reputation, how you often see those books of some woman with clothing draping off of her shoulders and a man gripping her close, smoldering into her eyes, his shirt open and well, you get where I’m going with this. And you see these books and you think, “Oh that looks so cheesy, I do not want to read that.” Let me tell you, that is not Julia Quinn’s books! Whatever impression you have about romance novels, it probably doesn’t apply to her books. She ties all of her books together with common characters and with newspaper articles that are popular at the time. And while there is always that emotional issue that one of the characters has to conquer in order for them to come together in the end, the depth of the each of the characters really draws you in. Its beautiful, honestly, how she can craft such interesting and relate-able people over and over again for each of her stories. And in the end, they find love. And that’s really, for me, the best light reading that you can read. Its a happy story. Yes, there are parts that have so much emotion behind them I can’t help but tear up, but there is always a happy ending. Lets face it, life doesn’t really work out that way, and that’s why stories have always been such a great form of escape. So anybody who wants light reading, reading that will pull you in but won’t consume you, read a Julia Quinn book. She is amazing.

Wow, look at what I’ve done here! I’m sorry this post is so huge, and here I’ve got even more authors I would love to share. But I’ve already gone on far too much. Instead, drop us an email if you’re interested in hearing any more suggestions! You can reach me at studentblog@scf.edu, and please, do email me! Of all the things I’d love to hold a conversation about, it is books. Whether we are discussing new ones to explore or are making suggestions to each other, I really can’t get enough good stories in my life.

Clubs are fun

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If you’re like me, you have a few common interests with some of your friends. Wouldn’t it be nice to find more friends with similar views? The cool thing about the clubs here at SCF, is that you can do just that!

Whether you like chess, math, science, or even ping pong, there are people out there who share the same interest with you. Have you ever considered joining a club to get to know more people like yourself? It’s an obvious idea, but surprisingly enough most people overlook it completely. No matter what you like to do on or off campus, I’m sure there is a club for you.

If you’re interested, check it out! All you need to do is go to the school website: www.SCF.edu From there navigate to Campus Life, proceed to Student Life, and finally the Clubs section. There are quite a few clubs ranging from Art to Music to Politics. If you can’t find a club that is currently at SCF, there is

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Thinking about starting a club? Email me and let me know! I may be interested in joining!

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