Friday, April 24, 2015


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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, has textbook buyback that lets you ship your books to them for free and gives you the money in the form of an 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


  • 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

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Monday, April 13, 2015

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

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


  • 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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

{Meet the PAIRs: Derek}

Name: Derek Potthoff

Residence Hall: Hagemann Hall

Major: Family Services

Hometown: Wall Lake, Iowa

High School: East Sac County High School

Advice: Plan ahead, procrastination is the enemy of most college students

Favorite way to de-stress: Watch Netflix

Favorite restaurant in Cedar Falls: Panda Express and Buffalo Wild Wings


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


  • 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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Walk-in Hours

The Office of Academic Advising will be having walk-in hours. This is a chance for students that have advisors through our office
(which includes Deciding majors) to come in and get quick questions answered or holds removed if you haven't done so already.

April 1st-9th
8:15-11:30 and 1:15-4:30
Gilchrist 102

If you have any questions, stop on by!