Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Know Your Limits

So, now you’re a college student. You can eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you want. And it will be delicious. Until you get sick.
This is the time, right in the beginning, where you learn your limits. For better or for worse.

Freedom- You have no curfew, no one will make you do your homework, and you can eat whatever you’d like. Make smart decisions with your time, education, and body.
Restrictions- Make a code for yourself. Think about what your boundaries and values are. Keep to them. Let others know what they are up front so you don’t find yourself in sticky situations later.
Homework- The whole point of being in college is to earn an education. Own your education. What you put into this adventure is what you’re going to get out of it- time, effort, good grades, networking, a diploma.
Responsibility- Take ownership of each and every one of your actions. Remember to vote and pay your bills on time. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Take this opportunity to learn time management in real time.
Expectations- Make goals for yourself. Make sure they are obtainable and measurable. Write them down at the beginning of each semester- what you’ll improve personally vs academically. Then review them after finals are over.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Approaching the Professor


You’ve made it through the first week of classes! But have you personally spoken with your instructors? Professors are here to help you understand content they are passionate about! Here are some tips if you are hesitant to introduce yourself:

1.       Visit during their posted office hours or schedule an appointment with them. Their office hours are time devoted to helping students. You don’t have to try to spontaneously start a conversation before or after class.

2.       Prepare to some extent for your visit. Have questions planned ahead of time, write them down if need be. Topics could include questions about what was covered in class, about how you did on an assignment or test, about their field experiences, further education in their area of expertise, etc.

3.       Visit with an open mind and good attitude. This could be easier for those who enjoy the class versus student who are struggling. But respect your professors for their experience and remember that they are humans and were once students too.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

{Finals}

Finals week is getting close. Now is the time to figure out when you have your finals. The finals week schedule is not the same as every other week. You only meet once for each of your classes and it could be at a different time. But how do you figure out when you meet?

Option 1) Look in the course syllabus calendar. In most cases the instructor will including the date and time for your final.

Option 2) Use the final examination schedule from the schedule of classes. It's included here. How do you read it? You look first for the time that the class usually meets, then the days of the week it usually meets. Once you find that and go across, it will tell you the date and time for that final! Here's an example:
I have class usually at 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Answer: My class starts in the  9:00 hour of Tuesdays and Thursdays which means my final is from 8:00-9:50am on Wednesday, May 6th!

Here is the Final Examination Schedule:

Monday, April 27, 2015

{What can I do with an interest in: Children & Youth}


Possible Personal Characteristics: Enjoy working with a younger population, like being in a leadership role, and are responsible and caring


Majors

  • Leisure, Youth, and Human Services: LYHS allows students to move from theory to application. The focus areas are: Nonprofit Administration, Outdoor Recreation, Community Recreation Services, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism
  • Psychology: Psychology is
    the study of human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the cognitive, emotional, social and biological processes related to that behavior
  • Communicative Disorders: Students will first focus on the basic anatomy and physiology of speech and auditory systems. Students will then move into treatment and diagnosis of problems in speech and hearing. The undergraduate major in Communicative Disorders is designed to provide the academic preparation and experiences required for admission into a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.
  • Special Education: Programs provide teacher candidates with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and learn the best practices necessary for becoming effective teachers responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families
  • Social Work: Students will develop the skills and knowledge to work with a diverse population. Graduates of the social work program find jobs in child and adolescent social work, family practice, probation and parole, medical social work and working with the aged
  • Family Services: The discipline of Family Studies explores patterns of family functioning and how relationship processes and other contextual factors influence individual development and behavior
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Education: Students will learn to teach and work with children from infants through elementary. Provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for becoming teachers who are responsible, reflective decision makers in a global society.

Minors: Coaching; Leisure, Youth and Human Services; Family Studies; Psychology


Career Possibilities: Child Psychologist; Coaching; Education Administrator; Childcare Worker; Counselor; Special Education Teacher; Preschool Teacher; Audiologist; Speech Pathologist

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

{How to: Sellback your textbooks}

At this point in the semester, you are probably wondering how to get rid of some of those textbooks you bought but won't ever read again. Don't worry, there are many ways to get rid of your textbooks and get money back in return! Here are just a few options for you:

Option 1) Sell the book to a friend that needs it

Option 2) Post the book for sale on Facebook

Option 3) Sell the book through an online retailer. For example, Amazon.com has textbook buyback that lets you ship your books to them for free and gives you the money in the form of an Amazon.com gift card. Gather more information here.

Option 4) Sell your textbooks to University Book & Supply and get cash instantly. You can even sell them books you didn't originally purchase through them! Textbook buyback extends through Friday, May 9th. 
(Helpful Tip: The earlier in buyback you sell your textbook back, the more money you usually get)


Do you have other ideas for selling textbooks that you think would be helpful? Comment below and share!

Monday, April 20, 2015

{What can I do with an interest in: Politics & Government}


Possible Personal Characteristics: Critical and abstract thinking and the ability to foresee implications of actions

Career Possibilities: Lawyer; Politician; Marketing Director; Foreign Affairs Officer; Policy Advisor; Research Analyst; Administration Assistant; Special Agent; Public Relations; Social Scientist

Majors

  • Political Communication: Students will focus on basic communication skills and how those influence and can be effectively used in the political domain. Various topics can includes: advertising, mass media and image management. Jobs in this area include public relations for governments and non-profit organizations, campaign management, political journalism in electronic or print media, political speech writing and advertising, survey research, and public opinion consulting. Students who have been active in debate teams, newspapers, student government or community organizations will find that this major allows them to combine their interests in these activities with their academic coursework.
  • Social Science Teaching: Students prepare to teach a broad range of social studies including the fields of economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.
  • History: Students will learn to analyze and interpret a variety of histories, details and timelines. Students will use a mixture of different resources to examine the history.
  • Public Administration: Students will center on public policy by interpreting and evaluating the policies within the government framework. Policies focused upon include federal policy, state policy and local policy. Students take a mix of administration, management and policy courses complemented with a required internship in a public organization. After taking a set of core courses in American politics, public administration and quantitative methods, students concentrate on courses in one of the following areas of public administration: general administration, state and community planning, public law, public personnel, public policy and public service, or international public policy.
  • Political Science: Political science is the study of government and governing systems. Today political scientists are interested in many of the same normative questions that engaged ancient scholars, such as how should governments be structured and how should power be distributed. In addition, modern political scientists are concerned with accurately measuring and explaining a wide variety of political phenomenon, such as voting behavior and international conflict.

Minors: Business communication; International business; International affairs; Political science; Politics and law; Women’s and gender studies


Certificates: Inequality; Leadership foundations; State and local government; International peace and security

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

{Test Better: How to Remember the Stuff you Forget}

Short-term fixes for when your test is next week:
Instead of highlighting your text, try these ideas

  • Ask yourself questions about your material
  • Sketch out diagrams and flowcharts
  • Use flashcards
  • Take frequent practice tests
  • No cramming
  • Switch up where you study
  • Grab a coffee or tea
  • Eat veggies

Long-term fixes for when life is a series of tests:

  • Relish your sleep and exercise
  • Practice a musical instruments

Information retrieved from:http://readsh101.com/uni.html 
 


Monday, April 13, 2015

{What can I do with an interest in: Health Care}


Possible Personal Characteristics: Analytical, caring, team players and excellent communicators


Majors

  • Chemistry: Students will focus on the fundamental building blocks of life and how they work. Students will also focus on how these materials function in the natural world.
  • Athletic Training: Students will learn how to recognize, prevent and assist with physical rehabilitation when there is a physical injury caused by physical activity.
  • Health Promotion: Health promotion promotes the health of the general public using a wide variety of methods in a wide variety of settings. This major helps students acquire the skills and abilities to develop, implement and evaluate health education programs in a wide variety of settings.
  • Gerontology: The multidisciplinary study of the issues associated with aging and the aging process. One setting focuses on long-term care facilities and another focuses on the broader study of aging.
  • Movement & Exercise Science: Exercise science majors study the science of human movement. They also learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition.
  • Biology: Students will focus on the study of living organisms. Biology can focus into a wide variety of careers from being in the health field to field biologists.
  • Communicative Disorders: Students will first focus on the basic anatomy and physiology of speech and auditory systems. Students will then move into treatment and diagnosis of problems in speech and hearing.
  • Psychology: Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the cognitive, emotional, social and biological processes related to that behavior.
Minors: Biology, Chemistry, Gerontology, Health Promotion
Certificates: Substance Abuse Counseling, Global Health, Environmental Health

Career Possibilities: Social Worker, Doctor, Case Manager, Physical Therapist, Health Teacher, Marketing, Elderly Service Provider, Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist

Monday, April 6, 2015

{What can I do with an interest in: Social Services}


Possible Personal Characteristics: Caring, empathetic, strong communication skills, and a willingness to help others in times of need


Majors

  • Family Services: The discipline of family studies explores patterns of family functioning and how relationship processes and other contextual factors influence individual development and behavior.
  • Social Work: Students will develop the skills and knowledge to work with a diverse population. Graduates of the social work program find jobs in child and adolescent social work, family practice, probation and parole, medical social work, and working with the aged.
  • Criminology: Criminologists concentrate
    on studying the various forms of criminal behavior, the causes of crime, the definition of crime and societal reactions to criminal activity, as well as, juvenile delinquency, the effects of crime on victims, and the response of the criminal justice system to crimes and victims.
  • Sociology: This major covers a wide range of interests. This can include race and ethnicity to statistical analysis. Students will learn to view the world through a sociological eye.
  • Religion: Students will gain knowledge of several different religions. Through learning about these diverse beliefs, students will have to use their critical thinking skills and abstract thinking skills.
  • Psychology: Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the cognitive, emotional, social, and biological processes related to that behavior.
  • Gerontology: Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of the issues associated with aging and the aging process. It is concerned with the psychological, sociological, behavioral, and other social aspects of aging. One setting focuses on long term facilities and another focuses on the broader study of aging.
  • Leisure, Youth & Human Services: LYHS allows students to move from theory to application. The focus areas are: Nonprofit Administration, Outdoor Recreation, Community Recreation Services, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism.

Minors: Family Studies; Gerontology; Leisure, Youth, and Human Services; Psychology; Sociology; Criminology; Religion

Certificates: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Family and Life, International Peace and Security, Conflict Resolution, Nonprofit Management and Humanics, Skills in Social Research, Social Identities, Substance Abuse Counseling

Career Possibilities: Social Worker, Criminologist, Case Manager, Psychologist, Parole Officer, Educator, Elderly Service Provider, Youth Services, Public Relations, Social Scientist