Am I Doing it Right?


You’re not doing it wrong.

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Out and About: Pappy’s Smokehouse


Hey all,

I’m welcoming you to the first post in a series I’m calling “Out and About.” I will cover restaurants, games, and local events. In this post, I’ll be reviewing a barbecue spot that’s a St. Louis favorite and has appeared on the Travel Channel show “Man vs. Food.”

Located at 3106 Olive, the restaurant’s name itself, Pappy’s Smokehouse, piques my interest. On the food taster scale, I consider myself somewhere between connoisseur and barbecue fan, so I decided to try their chicken and their pork.

Now, when I think of barbecue the first I think of is St. Louis-style, which usually means heavy sauce. However, this barbecue is made Memphis-style, sides on the side and slow smoked over apple and cherry wood meat. They do have sauces for you if want to add them. There’s Pappy’s Original – Classic barbecue sauce, tangy with a kick, Jane’s Sweet Sauce, Holly’s Hot Sauce – Texas style hot sauce, and for the daring there’s the Hoodoo Sauce – 7/10 in heat and 10/10 in flavor.

The decoration is best described like the name: unique. They have everything from pigs to a Blue’s hockey jersey. I thoroughly enjoyed their food from their smoky tasting green beans to their taste-bud hollering ribs. If you leave dissatisfied, it’s probably because they closed early. I recommend visiting the place on a dreary day as the line might not be out the door. They recently expanded taking on an old bar that was next to them about 6 months ago. I enjoyed my time at this restaurant and encourage you all to visit.

If you have any suggestions about what to do next let me know by commenting below.

Signing off until next time,

G.S.

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Staying Motivated


Today, I decided to change things up a bit. Instead of the usual blog text-post, here’s a vlog!

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Time to Set Your Alarm Clock!


Classes start tomorrow. Yep, that’s right! No more winter break. A lot of us will probably have to re-arrange our sleeping schedules to fit our class-periods, or, maybe you’re like me and you’re taking all of your classes online this semester (depending on how many credit hours you’re taking, this may mean no sleep).

For quite a few students, this is their first semester. To all of them, I would like to wish a very warm welcome and I’m sorry I wasn’t around during your orientation. Though, for many of us, this is the last semester before graduation. Many of us are very close to the finish line, just a few more months, a few more classes.

To all of you who have enough credits to call this your final semester, I want you to remember that you are really close to victory. I know you can make it to the end! Don’t lose the momentum. I especially encourage you to end your time at STLCC on a high-note, shoot for the highest grades you can get, get involved in that club you’ve been thinking about joining, help out at activities across campus, this is your time.

Of course, this is also true for all of you who are new or somewhere in the middle of reaching your degree. Get involved, in your education and on campus.

I hope you all have a great semester, and I’ll meet you at the finish line!

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5 Tips to a Stress Free Semester


Hey there guys and gals,

Stress it’s something we all deal with and now that school is starting back up there is a lot less time for students to goof off. School is stressful but here are some ways to cope.

Sleep well – The way you do in school is effected by how you sleep. Getting a good night’s rest will be able to keep you active and alert throughout the day.

Eat a balanced breakfast – Although students tend to live in a lifestyle where there are a lot of choices of what to eat. We all need breakfast. By eating a healthy breakfast the brain off on the right path in the morning, which keeps it full and focused until our next meal.

Seek help – There will always be things that not everyone will understand. However, that doesn’t mean giving up. If you get stuck on homework seek help by going to a tutor or asking the instructor. They will know how to help. Also, this isn’t an excuse to not do you’re work. Attempt it first with your notes if you still are stuck or there’s something you’re just not getting then go to the instructor and tutor.

Don’t procrastinate – Coming off of break you tired and trying to find your way back into the class routine. Trust me, I know where you’re coming from, I’ve been in the same position. That doesn’t give you the right to procrastinate though. As the longer you push off the assignments the later you have to work on them. By scheduling time for yourself to do the assignments you will give yourself the ability to do well in the class. Having trouble getting going? Try This: Start on the assignment for just 20 minutes if you feel like you need a break after that amount of time take a small one and repeat until the assignment is done.

Have a plan – If you find yourself freaking out over the semester and are about to have a mental breakdown then take a deep breath and try this. Write down what is stressing you out then write what about it specifically is stressing, note: “everything” or “I don’t know” isn’t helpful here. After that, break down what you could do to lighten the stress and boom there is your plan. Just stick with it and you’re off.

These have helped me and I’m sure they can help you. If you have some other fun, school appropriate, stress relieving tips feel free to post them below.

Signing off until next time,

G.S.

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Continuing With a Quote


Previously, I made a post based on the quote “Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will, but, if you don’t image, nothing ever happens at all. Imagining isn’t perfect. . . But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in” from John Green’s book Paper Towns. Over the past couple of weeks I have been thinking about that post and what I said (yes, I’m one of those people who still thinks about things that I wrote even a year after I’ve gotten the grade back). I have a few other points to make relating to the ideas of that post.

Primarily, I want to focus on the fact that you can do anything. You may have heard this before, “the sky is the limit.” In so many ways it’s true, even if what you become was not your intent. It is possible to be a combination princess/singer/astronaut/president, the thing is, you are most likely going to be a babysitter and/or a parent when achieving these things. Think about it: you play pretend with the kids, to them, you are a princess (yes, even the guys), a singer, an astronaut, a president, and so much more.

But, sometimes, you do get what you want. Imagining isn’t perfect, but it’s a start. Create an image in your head of what you want to be, and then go for it. Do you want to be an artist? Then draw, paint, and sculpt! It doesn’t matter if you think that what you’re doing is good or not, one day it will be. Maybe you want to be a musician? There are some great bands out there that started out having no idea how to play an instrument. How about a writer? Write anything and everything. As a writer, I can assure you that when you’ve practiced you will hate most of what you write, that doesn’t mean it is bad; in fact, your Spanish instructor may ask for an autograph on a bi-lingual poem you wrote. It doesn’t take much, just a bit of time and elbow grease.

I should have made this clearer in my previous post. Just by imagining yourself somewhere does not mean that that’s where you will end up. Picturing yourself in a position is just the start. It takes work and determination to get there. Last time I asked you to imagine yourself in the situation you want to be in and to write it down (or draw it). Now, I am challenging you to take that image of yourself, and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Does your dream involve going on to a university? Start looking at schools and sending applications! Do you want to be a writer? Start writing anything you can; start a blog, write poems and short stories, or instructions on how to complete a particular task. It will likely be difficult to get where you want to be, you will face a number of struggles. There will be high and low points. Where you end up may not seem like what you wanted when you started, but it’s a place, it’s a way in.

This has been life advice from a 16-year-old.

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A Quick Note to All Students


This semester I am taking all of my classes online, one of my instructors shared this notice with her class:

COSAND CENTER POWER OUTAGE NOV. 23

A power outage at the Cosand Center has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 23, from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since the Cosand Center is home to many of the college’s shared information technology services, this power outage will require the shutdown of core services such as:
•       Banner.
•       BlackBoard.
•       Faculty and staff email.
•       STLCC website.   
These services will be unavailable during that time.

To all students who, like me, are online this semester, I suggest figuring out how you can work around this. Most instructors will give you about a week to work on assignments due in BlackBoard, I suggest trying to get everything done before November 23.

Of course, you may have classes that have stuff due the day after and that is when you plan to do it. Still, I highly suggest getting it done before the scheduled outage.  You never know when there will be an unexpected technical issue, especially after this.

To my fellow online students, what do you plan to do on this school-less day? Me?  I’ll probably write my honors paper, when I get done with that, I’ll probably dance.

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