Breakfast for the Faculty

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Last Wednesday (November 27th) Phi Theta Kappa put together their first annual faculty appreciation breakfast. The turnout was less than expected as there was still a large remainder of food and we ended up calling students in from the Commons … Continue reading

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Keeping up the Momentum


Since the newness of this semester has probably faded for most everyone, I thought I’d try to give some encouragement.  It can be oh-too-easy to start the semester off strong, with the ‘I’m ready to conquer the world’ mentality (especially if this is your first semester), only to fall into poor study habits a few weeks in. 

 

Here is a secret… your final assignment is just as important as the one you are just about to turn in.  Using basketball as a metaphor, the last shot missed is just as important as a shot missed in the first quarter.  People just react differently to the final shot taken at the buzzer.  Every shot counts, missed or not.  If you get a bad grade on an assignment because you put forth minimal effort it is possible to recover, but it requires working yourself harder on future projects.

 

If you have started slacking on your homework, make a resolution to start fresh today (not tomorrow, not next week… definitely not next semester).  Get yourself organized (cough, cough, sticky notes), and go!

 

On a slightly unrelated note, winter is fast approaching.  I highly recommend that all students sign up to receive STLCC alerts on their cell phones so that you can hear about school cancelations.  Simply text “Follow STLCCAlert” to 40404 from your mobile phone.  Despite the fact that these are Twitter updates, you do not need to have a Twitter account (however, if you do have one, you can follow @STLCCAlert ).

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“I am always doing that which I cannot do,


in order that I may learn how to do it.”
-Pablo Picasso

Unlike most of the STLCC student body population, I was home schooled. My parents decided to home school for academic reasons. As a family, we got our fair share of criticisms, especially from relatives. Their primary concern was (of course) socialization, since I am also an only child. Despite all of the accusations and rumors through the years, I was home schooled through high-school. I enrolled in my first class at STLCC Wildwood when I was 14, and became a full-time regular student the following semester.

After enrolling here at STLCC, I was told that it probably wouldn’t work out… I was too immature to handle it, etc. Here I am, a year later, and I’m doing just fine. I am going to let you in on a secret… although I started college early, I am not a genius. Learning is just as much of an effort for me as it is for everybody else. Just like everyone else, sometimes I fall short. But sometimes I thrive.

Put simply, don’t let someone else determine what you can or cannot do. Strive to be a better person.

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School and Work Ethics


Someone once gave me a bit of advice on developing a work ethic, “I’m there for eight hours a day anyway, I may as well do something productive.” The company pays for your time, you should do as they ask; whether it be bussing tables, talking to aggravated customers, or holding a broom up. It isn’t hard to be a good employee, just do as you are asked. Unless your job is public relations, only get on Facebook when you are off work; the company isn’t paying you for that.

I have applied this ethic to school. No, I’m not getting paid, but I am there for however many hours per day, I may as well learn something… and what’s worse, I’m paying to be there. It takes just as much time for me to get my work done and make good grades as it does for me to slack off. The difference is with one, I learn things that I can apply in life whereas the other I will probably forget what I was doing a week later. That is, if I ever even know what I’m doing (I think I was watching a YouTube video?)…

Let me put this in simple terms: Would you pay thousands of dollars for a car that doesn’t work? Probably not. The same mindset should be used when going to college. Why would someone waste thousands of dollars on education without getting the most out of it?

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Hey Look… Free Food!


Food

Do I have your attention? Good.

I have some news for those of you who spend time at the Wildwood campus. This year the college is holding a variety of lectures. The first one was held Tuesday, September 17, and touched on various aspects of the Constitution as well as Natural Rights.

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Bobble Heads

The hour long lecture was given by Donna Babbit, in honor of Constitution Day. During the lecture Mrs. Babbit stressed the connections between the Declaration of Independence (more specifically, we viewed Jefferson’s draft, which did not contain the final verbiage), and John Locke’s work “Second Treatise of Government.” Many of these connections had to do with Natural Rights (for those of you unfamiliar with these, they are the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, rights which, based on these documents, belong to all people), and the belief that “property” is implied within the Declaration of Independence.

Other topics were discussed as well, such as the importance of Chicago Style (used to show sources in historical documents), and how public property becomes private.

Donna Babbit

Be sure to keep an eye on the “Upcoming Events” boards around campus to know when future lectures will be taking place, as well as other events around campus.

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Also, for those of you who might be interested; the History Club meets every Wednesday at 1 P.M. in room 208 on the Wildwood campus.

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Scheduling Tip – Sticky Notes


Let me ask you a question: Do you know everything that you need to do for the rest of this week?

Here’s another: Are you sure about that?

So often, speaking for myself of course, it’s easy to feel like everything is perfectly under control. When the weekend comes along and I have everything done… or not. Suddenly I remember the Psychology test that I have to study for, the Spanish homework that I haven’t touched, and the English paper I still need to write. Don’t even get me started on all of the personal things I had planned to do throughout the week.

“Write things down in a day planner.” People told me. The problem with that is, I would have to get myself in the habit of actually writing down everything I have to do… then I’d have to remember to check the day planner everyday (if not more frequent). Maybe for a so-called “normal person” it wouldn’t be difficult, but I consider one of my many talents to be losing things (my other talent is forgetting… wait, what were we talking about?).

Others say, “Buy a wall calendar.” Sure, that works. It can be kept open in a place where you won’t forget about it. Plus, you can’t lose it! But, you only get a little bit of space to write everything that you need to do down. Unfortunately, some of us don’t write small enough to fit everything into the tiny box.

My solution? Sticky notes! The thing about sticky notes is they can go anywhere, which is great if you need to be reminded more than once. Plus, you can make sticky notes for everything you need to do, from writing your big English paper, to remembering to print out said English paper. Plus, sticky notes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, which can be used to help you organize and prioritize. If nothing else, it adds a splash of color to your room (and potentially your entire home).

The way I do it, each task gets its own sticky note (i.e. Write paper, edit paper, study for Spanish test, study for psych test, etc.), each class has a different color (English is pink, Psychology is green, personal tasks in orange, etc). I then line them up on my wall and as I go about my day I am reminded of what I need to do by the wall of colors. As each task is completed, I take down another sticky note, if I have a new task to complete, I add on to it.

Also, depending on where you shop, sticky notes are relatively inexpensive.

Over all, I have found that sticky notes are an excellent way to keep myself on track with what needs to get done. If you are looking for a good way to schedule yourself, give sticky notes a try!

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Start On the Right Foot


I know, the semester just started and the newness is still sinking in (especially for those of you who are in your first semester).  Many of you probably believe that college means a new kind of freedom, and in many ways, it does.  But I don’t think any of us enjoy failing because we weren’t ready for a test (finals or otherwise) well in advance.

“I’ll just study the night before, I’ll do fine!”  You say.

No, stop it!  Don’t cram the night before a test.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t review the information, but don’t cram.  The night before a test should be spent calmly preparing yourself and getting plenty of rest, not staying up until dawn studying.

Cramming the night before not only keeps you up late (so you’re already not fully functioning), but it also gives you very little chance to grasp the concepts and retain information.  Remember:  You don’t get help when finals roll around.  By that point, it’s all on you.

Teachers typically hand out a syllabus when class first starts, syllabi offer a rough outline that the class should follow.  My suggestion:  Use the syllabus to make your own schedule.  There are many formats that you can use based on what you prefer (from day planners to excel spreadsheets, all the way to sticky notes… more on that later).  Just make sure that you are able to go back and adjust based on how the class goes.

I understand, you’re in college; you might have a job, some of you even have kids!  The last thing you want to do with your time is study things that you won’t need to know until finals.  Or maybe you make promises that you will study tomorrow?  This weekend?  Next week?  Next month?  The time adds up.

Try studying just a little bit a day.  It will help you to retain the information better.  If you start having questions about the material, you can ask your instructor for clarification.  Don’t wait until the last minute, your transcripts will thank you.

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