Being Prepared: The College Emergency Kit

There are many mishaps that can happen to you while on campus. Many of them can be solved just by keeping a College Emergency kit in your car, your locker, or your backpack. What is a College Emergency Kit? It is a group of items that can potentially save you from embarrassment or discomfort. This is my list of items I think are important for the CEK.

1. A sweater or coat: For some reason, I always feel cold when I’m in class. I’m not sure if it’s just me or if someone likes keeping the thermostat at unusually low temperatures. For this reason, I always carry a sweater, jacket or coat with me. Also, if you ever get a rip in your pants (it happens), you can tie your sweater around your waist and be spared any embarrasment.

2. Hand-sanitizer: All day, you’re touching door-handles, desks, and chairs. Guess how many people touched those things before you? Exactly. You can use your hand-sanitizer before meals or after touching something particularly used. Using it can help you prevent illness and it is generally a good habit. I always carry one of those little pocketbacks in my bag.

3. Some spare change: Oh no! You forgot to print that super important research paper. You don’t have any cash on you, so what do you do? You grab a dollar bill from your handy-dandy College Emergency Kit, that’s what! I’d recommend having a couple of dollar bills and some quarters. They come in handy for those times when you need to pay in cash, and you don’t have any in your pockets. Always remember to refill your cash-stash after using it.

4. A stain-remover pen: Ok, I don’t carry this one around, mostly because I don’t eat on campus. If you do eat on campus, you are at risk of spilling something on your shirt. You could walk around campus with a stain on your shirt all day, or you could pull out your handy-dandy stain pen and remove it!

5. A change of clothes: If you have a locker or car to store larger things in, take a change of clothes. If something large spills on you (for example, a milkshake), you can change into that instead of walking around with sticky clothes and the smell of chocolate/vanilla/banana/etc. Also, if it rains, you can change into dry clothes to avoid getting sick.

6. A water-bottle: It’s important to drink a healthy amount of water per day. Sometimes it can be easy to forget to take a drink, especially if you’re rushing from class to class. Instead of buying a soda, save yourself the calories and the money and take a water-bottle to class. If you leave it in your car make sure you freeze it before leaving your house so that it remains cool on those hot, Florida days. If it runs out, you can always refill it at the water-fountains.

That’s all I can think of today, folks. I hope you all are having a great week! I will talk to you all soon :)

Spring Graduation

Hey everyone,

I’m just dropping off this quick announcement about the upcoming spring graduation.

Graduating Spring 2014? Take the next step. SCF students who have already applied to graduate in May now need to take the next step and submit the online form to walk at Graduation.

 

The form is located at scf.edu/graduation and must be completed by Friday, April 4.

 

Graduation will be held

Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL

 

Be sure to get the form in as soon as possible!

 

 

The SCF Choir

This semester I took a Music Appreciation. I needed a break from the science and letter courses I took in the Fall semester. So far, I have learned so many different things, and I see music differently. In the course, I am required to attend three concerts and write a report about them.

Today I attended a performance by the SCF choir, and it was amazing. The performance was very well put together. The sound, lights, and positions of the performers all came together to create a great atmosphere. There was a visual presentation above that displayed images of the earth and the universe. The lighting changed according to the songs. The performers would move around the auditorium to give a different feel to the music. At many points, I felt as if the music was surrounding the audience.

The choir itself was great. The high and low voices came together beautifully. There were almost no moments where the music did not sound harmonious. The emotion for each song were expressed through the voices of the performers. I loved the solo performances as well. The lone voices contrasted wonderfully with the unified sound of the rest of the choir. It was noticeable that the choir had been practicing a lot before giving this performance.

Although I’m not a music expert (and I will never claim to be so), I thought this concert was amazing. I’m not saying the performance was perfect, but it was still fantastic. I would definitely pay to hear the SCF choir again, and I recommend their concerts to anyone who enjoys listening to peaceful music.

Human Relations

This semester, I decided to take a course on Human Relations. So far, I really like the class, and I find it very interesting. The course provides a lot of practical information that students can apply to their own personal life (*cough* unlike algebra *cough*). The information is very general at the beginning of the course, and it becomes more detailed as the course advances.

The book used is a great guideline for the course, and it gives many different tips and strategies for the workplace. It provides the student with great problem-solving strategies and with tips on improving communication. The book also provides examples to help the reader understand the concepts. Some examples of topics covered in the book are:
*Incompetent managers and how to deal with them
*Ethics and etiquette in the workplace
*The importance of listening
*Managerial Styles

My teacher is also great for the course. He often applies the information from the book to situations he has dealt with in the past. He gives examples for most of the concepts and he focuses on the important information. He also lets students ask questions about their own problems in the workplace and then uses the information from the book to solve the problem.

Overall, I think this course is great for everyone. Most people will face workplace problems one day and this course is great for learning how to deal with those problems. The course is also great for those who plan on owning businesses, since the course has a lot of information on employee productivity and satisfaction. The information is clear and easy to understand and the course itself does not entail loads of work. I think anyone who would like to improve their relationships with other people in the workplace should definitely take this class.

 

A Much Needed Break…

Spring break came at just the right moment. After weeks of working hard on group projects, papers,and quizzes, I can finally take a breather. I feel like my motivation is at an all-time low halfway through the semester. Spring break gives me a chance to relax and get my life back on track. I recommend using a couple of days of your spring break to get organized and get up-to-date on any late work. If you have take-home work try to get it done as soon as you can so you have nothing left to worry about and so you don’t forget.

In any case, this is going to be a short post. I’ve been having a case of writer’s block for a week or so, so you’ll have to forgive the lack of posts. I wanted to ask, what do you guys like to read about? Do you like posts about college life in general? Do you like learning about more SCF-specific activities? Do you want to hear about class recommendations? Would you like to hear about my career? If you have any preferences, leave a comment down below and I’ll be sure to read it.

Getting Things Done

I’m the queen of procrastination. Getting things done at last minute has become a talent of mine. Now, I know many people say it’s bad to leave things for the last moment, but I seem to work better when a deadline is approaching.

Now, sometimes we can procrastinate by accident. We forget about something until it is due the next day. Something happens that leaves us with only a little bit of time to get things done. The teacher decides to change the deadline. We realize we did something horribly wrong and we have to redo everything. Here are some tips to help you get things done at last minute:

1. Don’t Stress Out
Stressing out is the worst thing you can do. It doesn’t help you get things done and it can actually make you make more mistakes. So, relax. You can’t go back in time and you can’t do anything to change the situation so calm down and work with what you have.

2. Get Rid of Distractions
If you’re running short on time there is no room for distractions. You have to concentrate on getting your work done and doing it right. Turn off your phone. Get off social media. Tell the people in your home to not interrupt you for the next few hours. All those things can wait until later.

3. Break Up the Work into Parts
Set small goals for yourself. This helps to keep you organized and motivated. It also makes the task seem less daunting because it is no longer one giant project. It helps to keep a check-list for all the goals you have, so you can see the progress you’re making.

4. Take a Break
This may seem a bit counterproductive, but breaks are necessary. They keep you from getting bored and/or overwhelmed. Once you have about half of your task done, take a ten to fifteen minute break. Stretch your legs, get a snack or give a friend a quick call. Make sure your break doesn’t go over the fifteen minute mark so you don’t forget the task at hand.

5. When Finished, Reward Yourself
Whoo! You got it all done. Treat yourself for working so hard. Buy yourself something nice or allow yourself a few hours of relaxation. You deserve it and it motivates you to get more work done.

Alright guys and girls, I’m off. Have a nice day!

 

What Not to Eat in A Classroom

Many teachers in college will allow you to eat during class as long as you are paying attention. This is great for people who don’t have a break between classes and/or have a very long class schedule. I have to say, though, there are many foods that should not be eaten in a classroom because they can be distracting to others, be messy, and/or make the whole room smell like food for the rest of the day.These are my guidelines to what you should avoid eating in a classroom.

1. Loud, Crunchy Foods

Chips, Doritos, Fritos. These are good examples of foods that make that annoying crunch. It’s hard to pay attention to a teacher when all I can hear next to me is CRUNCHCRUNCHCRUNCHNOMNOMCRUNCH. The noise distracts me to the point of wanting to throw the snack-filled bag out a window. If you do plan on eating a bag of crunchy snacks, try to finish them before the lecture starts.

2. Anything that involves a hard-boiled egg

Hard-boiled eggs are delicious. I know. But the smell of them can linger in a classroom for hours. I doubt many people would like to sit in a classroom that smells of egg. Save this snack for when you’re in a well-ventilated area.

3. Tuna

Do I really need to explain this? I’m sure we all know that the smell of canned fish is not the most appealing thing, so maybe eating it in a classroom isn’t the best idea. Again, save this for well-ventilated areas.

4. Pasta with Sauce

It’s messy. It usually smells of garlic. It makes the people around you hungry. There are many reasons why you should avoid eating saucy pasta in a classroom. In addition, if you’re not careful, you may end up with a lap full of noodles. If you’ve got another class to get to and no time to change, you’ll end up walking around stained and smelling like vampire repellent.

5. Unpeeled Oranges (and other juicy fruits)

They’re juicy, which means they’re messy. They’re also very sticky. Unless you happen to have an arsenal of napkins and wet wipes in your backpack, don’t eat oranges. Even then, having to clean up after eating an orange would be a hassle to do in the middle of class, and you would probably end up distracting your clasmates. Avoid any kind of fruit that’s extra juicy. A fruit salad is fine, so long as you have a fork.

6. Bananas

I do not want to stare at another person’s banana peel while trying to take lecture notes. I wouldn’t even want to look at my own banana peel during class.

So that’s my list of foods that should be avoided in classrooms. There’s more, but making that list would take forever.

Basically, if it smells strongly, don’t eat it in class. If it is messy, don’t eat it in class. If it is loud, don’t eat it in class. If you follow those three basic rules, you’ll be fine.

I hope everyone is having a great semester so far!

The First Day Back

Ah…reflecting back on the first few weeks of class. One would think that after three semesters at SCF (if you count summer) that I would be an expert at making my way around, but no. I still manage to feel like Elle Woods on her first day at Harvard. It didn’t help that all my classes are in buildings I have never been in before. I ended up getting lost looking for one of my classes, and I arrived a little bit late. Great. Then there was the added, anxious thought of “Am I in the right class?” even though I had checked the schedule about five times to make sure there were no changes or mistakes. This dreaded thought did not fade away until the teacher finally walked in and said the name of the class. Anyway, I’m rambling. I wanted to give some first-day-of-class tips for any new students at SCF.

1. Write down the location and time of your class: This just helps to keep you on track and in the right place. Do I really need to explain why this is important?

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be punctual everyday, but the first day is especially important.

4. Take a folder: A lot of teachers will give you their syllabus on the first day. You don’t want that poor syllabus to get all wrinkled, do you? Of course not. Taking a folder will help you keep everything nice and neat. I always seem to forget to take a folder on the first day, and I always regret it. Don’t be like me, and don’t forget that folder!

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6. Don’t buy all the books before the first day: If there’s a class you’re unsure of, then don’t buy the book just yet. Go to the first class and see how it goes. If you don’t think you’ll be dropping it within the first week, then buy the book for the next class. Also, some teachers use the books more than others. It would be a waste to spend a lot of money on a book you might not use, so ask your teachers how much they use the book before you buy it.

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Alright everyone, I think that’s a good amount of tips to get you started. I hope they help. If you are nervous, it’s ok. The first day is always a bit awkward. At least, for me it is. Anyway, have a great semester. :)

 

 

 

Introductions

Hell0 everyone,

I figured a blog post introducing myself would be a good way to start off. My name is Silvana McDevitt, and I have been a student at SCF since January of 2013. I want to get my Associate in Arts degree at SCF, and I plan on majoring in psychology at USF. I lived in Peru for five years, so I am fluent in Spanish. I graduated at sixteen in December 2012, and I decided to get a jump start by going into college right away. I try to visit Peru as often as I can because I have close friends and family there.

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One of my strengths is that I am a quick learner. I grasp concepts quickly because I don’t have the patience to dwell on one subject for very long. One of my weaknesses is speaking in public. Actually, scratch that; doing anything in front of a crowd makes me nervous. My knees start to wobble, and I start to talk really fast. It’s not a pretty sight.

Something I love to do is try new foods. I also love watching horror movies, and I spend most of my free time doing that. I also like to read in my free time. Some of my favorite authors are Edgar Allen Poe, Victor Hugo, and Stephen King. I like to listen to different kinds of music, and what I listen to depends on my mood.

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