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Studying

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We’ve all got our tricks for studying. We have to, or how else would we make it through school?

Personally, I remember things best through repetition on my part. Re-writing, re-reading, talking about it, repeating as much as I can in order to drill as much of it into my brain as I can! But I know that there are probably a lot of people who do things completely differently. Its something classrooms have been trying harder and harder to address, the fact that everybody learns differently. Is it listening that does the trick for you, or watching? Does somebody need to draw or write out an example for it to make sense, or can you read it on the page and imagine it correctly in

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your mind’s eye? I’m sure each and every person reading this has a different answer. Which is pretty great!

Here’s the catch with my personal studying habits: I don’t use them without a motivator, like a teacher who tracks your progress and takes grades. There are so many things I want to learn, mainly, so many languages I’d like to learn. As somebody who plans to move on as a Chinese major, you might have guess that I love languages. This past semester I took French and it was awesome! I’ll admit that I didn’t feel particularly challenged, but I think that is more because of the fast-pace of my Chinese classes. Either way, I had such a great time learning the language. The quirks on how to pronounce things, the grammar, everything, really. And there are other languages I’d really like to learn, such as Korean and Russian (Though, in order, my top choices are Chinese, Korean, and French). Having French as a course was like a dream come true because it was like taking a hobby, learning a language, and being motivated to actually complete it while simultaneously furthering my academic career! I only wish I could do this with the other languages I’m interested in. I have bought so many language text books, cds, phrase books, work books, and not a single one of them gets put to use because I don’t have that motivator to push me into action. This is another reason for why I’m so excited for my move up north. I’ll be in Chinese classes constantly, I’ll get to learn more, nay, I’ll have to learn more!

So whats your deal, audience? How do you keep your grades up, what sort of learning suits your needs best? Better yet, whats your favorite subject to study in? Feel free to drop an email to us any time at studentblog@scf.edu.

Gym

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From what I’ve seen around campus, I know SCF has a lot of athletes here at the school. Does this mean that we also have a lot of people who go the gym? Any we can affectionately title “gym rats?”

I sure hope so! It’s a new year, and while I didn’t make the decision to be a healthier me because of it, I’m sure there are a lot of people who did. Which means a huge influx of gym go-ers. I proud of all of you guys! Heck, I’m proud of me. I haven’t been to a real gym in ages, mostly relying on Tae Kwon Do and maybe some exercise dvds to keep me in shape. Well I’m finally back. A friend of mine has gifted me with a spare gym membership from her family and wowza! We went together, first time weight lifting in months for her, years for me. We focused mostly on legs because she was leading the way and that’s what she wants, and oh my god, I nearly regret it! To

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be honest, I generally adore that post-work out muscle soreness that plagues me days after really pushing myself. But its been so long, I forgot how much it could honestly hurt! By the end of that day (I’ll admit, I don’t know if the forty minute walk and hour of TKD class helped me much), the entire lower half of my body hurt constantly. Walking? Ouch. Laying down? Augh. Minutely adjusting sitting position? Ooow! And the day after was hardly better.

But all of that muscle soreness aside, I don’t think I could possibly enforce how good I felt at the gym. I hadn’t had that work-out induced endorphin high in so long, it was amazing! I felt like I could conquer the world! I learned new techniques and revisited old ones and generally felt like the most capable person ever. I want to go as often as possible, I really hope I’ve got the willpower to work it around all of my other obligations. Because when it really gets down to it, that’s what it takes. The willpower to get up early or stay up late, to pack a lunch so that you can spend your break doing something more productive, that sort of thing. And I really hope that not only I can stay with this sort of routine, but that all of SCF’s New Years Resolution gym visitors can stick with it as well. When something not only makes you feel that good and is also great for your health, how could you say no?

Do you visit the gym? Did you used to? Were you aware that the SCF Wellness Program offers free Yoga and other classes? Whats holding you back now, or whats pushing you forward? Personally, I have terrible knees. Potentially due to an injury that wasn’t properly cared for (though I won’t know this until I get to the fancy, expensive doctor who will tell me so). Lets do this exercise thing together, please share your plans or experiences with us in an email to studentblog@scf.edu.

What a Rush

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Wow, oh wow, that first week of classes went by so fast! There was just so much going on, getting to classes on time, getting the right textbooks (for the right prices!) and adding/dropping classes that did or didn’t suit. I can hardly believe its been over a week since we last talked. We’re all settled in for the semester now, the add/drop with refund option no long available, and now that the mini-vacation of Martin Luther King day has come and gone, I know that I’m finding a routine to work with.

There are just so many things to fit in. Class time, homework time, work time, taking care of myself, paying bills, trying to see friends and stay in touch with the family- I felt so ready for adult life and yet it still continues to surprise me! I’m extremely excited for moving out this summer and living on my own up in Tallahassee (wow, so far away!), but here I am struggling with things in my own. Its going to be a challenge, one that I’m sure I’ll have plenty of complaints about when the time comes. But I am worthy of any

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All of this reminds me of stories family members have shared about their transition into adulthood. My aunt moved out immediately, and had to move back a year later. She tried out every major she could, went to more colleges than many people have heard of, traveled all over, and still managed to complete law school with a degree. Now she’s married with three kids, an involved mother who drives a van. I love to hear stories about how people got to where they are now. It helps my dreams of where I’ll end

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up, even if they change each and every day because I’m still uncertain on where I want to be going.

What sort of plans keep you going? What sort of stories did you live through, or are living through right now? Please tell me your story! We have an email just for that sort of response, studentblog@scf.edu.

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

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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/

~ It’s Raining…Love Bugs? ~

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    Hey! Who ordered the rain today, huh? Was it all you recovering from Cinco De Mayo? I wanted to crisp in the sun today on my first full day of summer vacation. I hope you’re happy! Well, we needed the rain I guess. Maybe it’ll knock all of those love bugs floating around out of the sky. It’s been like driving around in an Alfred Hitchcock movie or something. Smart move for Florida trying to manufacture a bug that eats mosquitos and instead brings on a full scale bug massacre with your windshield, ay? I hope they don’t release a love bug eating bat next. I wager those will be harder to scrape off haha. Yech. Ah hem, leave mother nature alone please.

   So, you poor students on the Venice campus today, wishing there were canopies on the walkways. It’s not all bad right? This is probably your last day for finals. Which reminds me, this is the time of year there are graduation parties or end-of-the-semester parties right? Well, I hope you have a great time while keeping in mind that it would be nice to have a tomorrow too. You know what that means, right? Be aware of your surroundings, don’t drink and drive, and keep an eye on your friends too. That’s what friends are for after all. I’m going to a party tonight myself and you can trust that I won’t be among those weaving on the roads. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Just be responsible so you can go out and do it again sometime, huh?

   Well, I wish you the best of luck on your finals and great times when you get a chance to kick back and dodge the love bugs.  Have a good one party go-ers !

~ Stormy Weather ~

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Hey there everyone, how did you like getting blown to kingdom come yesterday at school? They said the storm wouldn’t reach Venice yesterday but alas, weather predictions are about as accurate as a crystal ball! Cloudy! The rain hitting the library roof sounded like a stadium full of applause from the inside, lol. I had a feeling my class might get canceled but I showed up and studied to pass the time anyway and then lo and behold…CANCELED!  I love class but there is something really fun about getting to go home, kick your sneakers off and drop onto the couch when you shouldn’t be there. You glance over at the clock with satisfaction and say to yourself “Yep…I’d still be there.” as the time ticks by. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself an evening of complete and utter uselessness right? Ha ha ha. After all, it’s not a waste if it regenerates you! I was totally zonked yesterday anyway; it must have been the weather. I wanted to crawl into a corner and take a nap while I was sitting in the library. Funny how reading that cancelation sign on the door gives a person a second wind huh?

   Well, I hope you were all safe and enjoyed your cancelations, if you had them, and made perfectly good use of the time like I did. Cancelations don’t happen often at SCF. It reminds me of a particular place in New England where they had cancellations at the very first sign of a snow flake and we’d hear “No school Foster / Glocester!” If you’re from R.I. you know exactly what I’m talking about. We’d always say, “Those poor kids will never graduate!” We’d say a few other things, that I shall not type here too haha sorry Foster/Glocester- I cannot tell a lie.  Rhode Islanders can have a biting humor just like the cold up there. Ya gotta love it! Well, at least we don’t have to shovel our way to the car anymore here, or slide across the street, right? Can you imagine the elderly driving snow covered roads down here? It would be like a demolition derby on ice. They have a hard enough time traversing dry roads!

  Okay, said enough on that account. So long for now, have a great weekend and thank your lucky stars the earth’s poles haven’t shifted enough to make Wal-Mart stock tropical snow shovels! Have a good one!

A Huge Success

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I can’t talk, but I’m alive!  Sorry I disappeared for a while.  No, I wasn’t attacked by the ghost in the bathroom of the Venice Library, but I was attacked by a werewolf, and it was an absolute blast!  My voice is slowly coming back after four days of screaming. All this week I helped out the POP Culture Club with the annual Haunted House, and it was a HUGE success.  We raised approximately $1000.  It was a lot of sweat, but it was all worth it.  I worked until 10:30ish (along with several other club members) from Tuesday until Thursday night.  Last night we closed up shop at 11:30pm.  While we were all having insane amounts of fun we also had to attend classes, do our homework, and take exams.  I’m telling you right now that it WAS NOT EASY.  And I would like to give a shout out to my friend Casey (President of the Pop Culture Club) who joined me with getting two of the highest grades on our Archeology Midterm this week. We both managed to pull off A’s.  That balance I talked about earlier was extremely challenging this past week.  I think I almost broke, but I managed to keep my cranium from exploding.

Well, it’s Saturday night, and tomorrow at 9am we are taking down the Haunted House.

And now that the Haunted House is over, it’s off to the next club project: The Veterans ExchangeToes for Joes” Sock Drive, which kicks of this coming Wed, November 3rd at the Fall Ball.  We will be placing three boxes on campus in BLDG 100, BLDG 800, and BLDG 600.  It is our goal to collect as many clean and unopened packages of work or athletic socks as possible.  When the drive ends on November 12th, all of the socks will be placed in Personal Hygiene Care Packages which will then be sent to local troops currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Well, that’s enough for now.  I’ll try not to stay away so long next time!

Ramble On…..

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Okay, I can’t seem to get caught up!  It seems as though each time I think I can take a break, put my feet up, channel surf, and hopefully catch up with John Stewart, I feel the “get back to work” bully rapping his (could be her, I’ve never checked) knuckles on the back of my head.  But the reality is, I am caught up, I’m just trying to keep ahead. I know—I’m not making sense.  Okay, in a nutshell, I’m drinking way too much coffee! In fact, most people who see me on campus would think something was wrong with me if I did not have my trusty coffee mug in my right hand.  I even carry and extra stash of instant coffee in my backpack (for emergencies). I ramble—sorry.

I did want to share something that made me feel really good today.  As I was leaving campus I noticed a small group of students.  I noticed them because they were being very loud.  But they weren’t just joking around.  They were having a heated debate about some heavy social issues.  The specifics of their discussion really don’t matter.  What does matter is that they were discussing topics of a social nature.  And to be honest, it’s not something I’ve been seeing very much of these days.  It’s college, and that’s what all this secondary education is supposed to do for us, right?  It’s supposed to make us think.  It’s supposed to make us really look at what’s going on around us. It’s supposed to make see that y=mx+b is more than just an equation.  It’s actually just one tiny little variable in the grand matrix: y=life. So for today, it was working.  People are thinking, and sharing ideas.

As for my fellow blogger Neil…sorry the sleep monster got ya.  I’m in constant fear of doing that myself. That’s why I don’t sleep, or maybe it’s the coffee keeping me up.

To Dig or Not to Dig.

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Debating.

Smack in the middle of week five and I’m still debating the possibility of dropping a class. Don’t worry, though: the class hasn’t actually started yet. I registered for a late-start Archaeology class which is set to start tomorrow, but I’m already in way over my head this semester, with 12 credit hours, one Gordon Rule class, a household to take care of, a lawn to mow,…and I did happen to mention I’m 23 weeks pregnant, right? Yikes, what a semester! Anyway, I need to decide shortly about the Archaeology class. It starts tomorrow and we’re supposed to have read the first three chapters. I haven’t broken the cellophane seal surrounding the book yet.

All this homework, studying, online quizzes and tests, and where is a person supposed to find time for social activities? On the one hand, I’m lucky I don’t also have to hold down a full-time job, considering the fact I am a proud recipient of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. I do, however, miss having time to hang out this semester without it involving lugging my wheeled backpack behind me. It’s like the little sibling who just won’t leave. I will be making time today to visit the tables for the last day of Club Rush on the Venice Campus, and hopefully I can attend Swamp Scribes’ first Open Mic tonight in the Student Union at 7pm. It’s a toss-up,

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seeing as my son’s first grade Open House is also tonight. And there’s a pirate theme. This is why first grade is occasionally just a bit cooler than college. Unless you’re in the Pop Culture club. They also dress-up, but the theme isn’t exactly pirates.

On that note, time to turn my Roomba on and head to class. It’s nice to have a machine vacuum for me while I’m off earning a degree. I’m only upset it took me this long to buy one. Thank you Short Story LIT, with your emphasis on science

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Til next time, to dig or not to dig? That is the question.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Cherstin

what is it about this semester?

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Is the health care debate wearing me down? Is it the recent norovirus flu I had that is messing me up? Am I lazy? overloaded/worked? anxious to graduate? What is it that is causing me to fall behind is just about EVERYTHING! Am I just looking for a way to not do work, or am I really overloaded with work? I feel stressed out,

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I never tried to push myself to the limit, though. I never added more and more on until it was too much. Thus, I have not known just how much I could handle until now. This, of course, is pertaining to responsibilities of work/school load. Trust me, I have had heavy loads before – as we all have. It seems heavy loads is a way of life.

I try to balance my responsibilities vs. entertainment. It seems responsibilities are so great and in such large quantities that I have no entertainment time; and yet, I force entertainment time. I refuse to not be entertained.

I apologize for being quiet this month. I am doing what I can.

Pizza with the President on the Venice campus has been cancelled at this time. It was supposed to be Tuesday, March 23rd. I have not heard of a new date yet.

I hope no one else feels stressed like I do from the work load. Six more weeks left; that’s all! (Seven if you include Finals week.)

I am graduating this semester, but it feels so far away even though it is seven weeks away.

This blog seems just as sporadic as my semester is/has been.