Sometimes, studying is hard to do. Sometimes, you would just rather not. And sometimes, you just don’t.
Unfortunately, studying is just a part of the college experience and anyone who wants to stick around long enough to get the full college experience WILL have to buckle down and get to business. There are always a few different approaches you can take to get the job done:
Sometimes, you have to take it as it is:
Sometimes, you need coffee to get you through:
Sometimes, you have to force yourself to stay in the library:
Sometimes, you need a friend:
And sometimes, you just have to be blunt:
“Unless your’e dying or have animal crackers, GO AWAY!” – HAPY resident
Springtime is here!… Well, sorta…. The weather here in North Carolina is so all over the place, I’m beginning to think we might be gearing up for another winter. (Let’s hope that doesn’t happen). But seriously, Sunday was such a tease. The air was warm, the sun was shining, and I was able to break out the shorts.
And then Monday rolled around and the freezing rain sent me running for a sweatshirt and a nice long nap. I know that it’s not exactly time to start laying out in the sun for hours or to go swimming in the river, but SPRING BREAK is NEXT WEEK!!! We need some fun in the sun!
I’ve been gearing up to go to Paris with the Honors group here at Gardner-Webb, and for the last several months, Dr. Jones has been telling us that Paris is probably going to be colder than it is here. Well, at this rate, Paris might actually be an escape from the cold. (A girl can only hope). Here’s to the chance that the weather could change from cold to warm just as quickly as it turned from warm to cold. Happy Spring Break!
We get this question a lot in the admissions office, mostly from fathers of female students looking to live on campus. It’s a very reasonable question, too. Who wants to send their kid out into the world to live somewhere that would put them in danger?
During my time here at Gardner-Webb, I have NEVER felt unsafe. I’ve never felt like I was being followed or that danger would incur if I set foot outside my dorm. With that being said, there is always a chance for isolated events to occur in places with a large amount of people. The sad thing is that we live in a world where bad things do sometimes happen to good people and not everyone cares about the golden rule of doing to others what you would have done unto you. No matter where you attend college, it is ALWAYS a good idea to be aware of yourself and your surroundings in order to be safe. Here are some tips for college students:
1. Be aware of the safety precautions on your campus. Gardner-Webb offers a service where you can call University Police to transport you from one location to another if you feel unsafe at night. Whether you really need to get to the library, or back to your dorm, they got your back!
2. Tell people where you are going and don’t walk places by yourself late at night. No one can help you if something goes wrong and they had no idea you were out. Also, you are much less likely to run into trouble if you have a pal along for the ride.
3. Learn how to defend yourself. Over the last several years, people have become more aware of incidents in which someone has gotten into trouble. As a result, there are many places that offer self-defense classes. Gardner-Webb offers such classes, free to students. Educate yourself!
4. Trust your instincts. If you sense that a situation is sketchy, get away from that situation. It’s cliche, but it’s much better to be safe than sorry!
5. Always watch out for your friends. Even with all of the awareness efforts, you will still have those stubborn friends who think that nothing bad could ever happen to them because they are just that awesome. Awesome or not, be sure to look out for these friends if their awesomeness leads them in the direction of stupidity…
Don’t take all this advice to mean that you should be afraid wherever you go, especially if you live on-campus at the school of your choosing. Take this advice as an opportunity to be aware of yourself and also to build your confidence. Safe people are happy people and happy people have more fun!
A big thanks goes out to Brandon Beach for all his advice in the HAPY hall self-defense lesson!
On Saturday, Gardner-Webb hosted the annual Life of the Scholar conference. (LOTS) This was an opportunity for students to give a presentation on some of the research they have been doing in their classes. You might be wondering, “Who would PURPOSELY sign up to give a presentation on an academic subject when they don’t HAVE to?”
Me. In fact, I was one of around 3o people who signed up to participate in the event. As it turns out, LOTS is a really great place to practice your presentation skills and get some positive feedback from professors who want to see you succeed. You see, presentations are just a part of college life. Yes, I hate to break it to all of you high school seniors who thought that your days of getting up in front of the class were over, you will still have to do presentations in college. Here are some helpful tips to make the most of this situation:
1. Practice. Seriously, practice everything you will want to say in front the group. You will sound much more polished and it will look like you actually took the assignment seriously. Plus, you won’t sound like a fool.
2. Don’t wait until the last minute. This kind of goes back to #1, but if you wait until the last minute to decide what you’ll present on or even to put your project together, you will just look silly when you get up in front of people.
3. Be familiar with the content. There is almost always a time for questions after a presentation. You don’t want to be caught off guard with a question you should know the answer to.
4. Practice in front of friends or teachers before the actual presentation. They can give you valuable advice to help you sound better and they can even help you calm your nerves before doing the presentation for real.
5. Engage your audience. No one wants to sit through a boring class, right? Well, no one wants to sit through a boring presentation either. Find a way to make it interesting for your audience and make sure you are engaging with them.
When you come to college, everyone is going to tell you how important it is for you to exercise on a regular basis. You may even be required to take a health class in which you learn the basics of nutrition and how important it is for your body to be in tip top shape in order to survive the stress that college can bring.
Some of us are better than others at staying on top of their exercise routine.
I am not one of those people.
Exercise has NEVER appealed to me. I was always really bad at sports growing up, and I hated even the thought of doing anything that required physical exertion. I would much rather do something I’m good at than risk looking like a fool in front of my peers.
Well, I’m glad to say that I have finally tried an activity at which almost EVERYBODY looks like a fool, and it’s so much fun. ZUMBA! I know, this craze has been around for a few years now, but like I said, I was too embarrassed to try it. Until now! This is literally the most fun I have had exercising, EVER. The best part? My friends and I attend a class at one of the local churches here and the class is comprised mostly of middle aged women. They are the most fun people to participate with (and to watch). I finally found my exercise niche, a place where I do not look the most ridiculous and where I can actually enjoy myself!
The glory of a good workout!
Every kid loved hearing that there was an upcoming day off from school because of Labor day, President’s day, MLK, teacher work day, etc. Well in college, you don’t necessarily get those days off, depending on your school. However, there is still a beacon of hope for a little time off now and then. CANCELLED CLASS!
Professors always reserve the right to have one of their classes cancelled due to any reason that they choose. In fact, one of my classes was cancelled just this morning!
I walked out of my room at 9:50 to head to my 10:00 class. I passed my neighbor, who is also a member of the class, who then told me that class was cancelled. “Sweet!”, I thought. A little extra time to get ahead.
What did I do with my free time? I got on twitter and facebook for 30 minutes and then took a 20 minute nap before my next class. Soooo productive, right? I couldn’t help it, really, the bed was still unmade and it was beckoning me to crawl back in and do nothing.
The good news is, this is college and you are allowed to spend your time doing exactly what YOU want to do. No one is here to monitor your time and tell you when it’s time to work or when it’s time to play. It’s all up to you. The trick is finding that balance of how to get everything done and still have a little fun along the way, and if you do it right, you will have the chance to reward yourself with a little free time, a little mindless social media, and an occasional nap.
Ok, this post is going to be geared toward the ladies, but gentlemen may gain some insight as well. With Valentine’s day around the corner, many are gearing up for a day of romance. Some are also trying to forget Valentine’s day and hope for a significant other next year. With all of this lovey dovey stuff in the air, it reminds me of a popular degree that many girls come to college in the pursuit of.
The Mrs. degree.
For those of you that had no idea this area of study existed, it isn’t sponsored by any University. This is the notion that many girls come to college expecting to fall in love with a college guy, receive the ring by spring, and marry before or soon after graduating, thus acquiring the Mrs. degree.
While it is perfectly acceptable to find the perfect significant other in college, there are many girls who drive themselves crazy trying to find a guy to fall in love with. Here are my top 4 reasons that you should put pursuit of this degree on the back burner when you come to college:
1. You are in college for your education. That is what you are paying money for. Your education should always come first.
2. College is when you will make the best friends of your life. Seriously the friends I have made here are the absolute best. However, if you spend all your time in pursuit of a guy, you WILL neglect your friendships. I had a good friend freshman year who drifted apart from her friendships when she began spending all her time with a guy. She ended up getting what she really came to school for, the Mrs. degree, but she no longer keeps up with any of the friends she made while she was a freshman here.
3. A guy worth having will do the pursuing. It really is their job. If you have to do all the work pursuing them to form a relationship, you will have to do all the work to keep the relationship working in the long run.
4. There are so many opportunities in college. You will have chances to travel, chances to serve, and chances to enhance your academic career. Many enter college with the ability to balance all of these things and a relationship. However, I can guarantee you that you can’t do EVERYTHING and eventually, you’ll have to pick and choose. Be sure you’re ready.
Have a happy Valentine’s day!
Well folks, it looks like the snow we got a few weeks ago was just a tease. We are out of school for the day and everyone here is gearing up for what could be snowmageddon. I am currently sitting by the window watching the snow fall in a whirlwind, slowly building up on the grass. If it keeps this up, we may even be out of school tomorrow as well!
“I don’t know what your dinner plans are, but there’s spinach-artichoke dip in the caf!”
I cannot explain to you all just how excited I was to receive this text message last night around dinner time. Let me start off with this: no matter where you go off to college, there will be at least one thing that your cafeteria serves that is arguably better than your mother’s or even your favorite sit-down restaurant’s. For me, this is spinach-artichoke dip. Not even Applebee’s can compare to what our cafeteria serves up on spinach-artichoke day.
Unfortunately, spinach-artichoke dip and I have had a rocky relationship for a while now. We always seem to miss each other. I kid you not, I have somehow always managed to miss the days in the caf when it was served for the last couple of years!
Not this time! I have a wonderful best friend who remembered my favorite dish and sent me this text to let me know that whatever I was doing for dinner was about to be changed.
I know this is all a bit dramatic, to dedicate an entire blog post to something as silly as spinach-artichoke dip, but when your school does something so right, you just have to brag about it!
The past two weeks have been really busy around the admissions office! The entire admissions staff has been running around preparing for the University Fellows Scholarship Interviews that have been taking place last Thurs/Fri and this Thurs/Fri. Who knows, maybe some of you guys are participating!
Helping out with this event has inspired me to reflect on my three years at Gardner-Webb and to remember my senior year in high school. I was right where each of these interviewees and where many of you readers are right now!
Deciding which school to choose can be tough, and looking for scholarships can be tougher (I filled out sooooo many applications). But in the end, it is such a relief knowing that you have found the school that you know you can be at home for the next four years. It’s great knowing that you can grow into the person you were meant to be in a place that will best foster that growth.
I was able to give a speech at the University Fellows luncheon with one of my best friends, and I can say that I was so honored to do so. A few years ago, I would have freaked out at the thought of giving a speech in front of any size crowd, and I lacked the confidence to do so. My time here at Gardner-Webb has prepared me in ways that I cannot even describe. I have grown into a confident adult who can now get up in front of a crowd and tell her story to a bunch of strangers. This is the kind of thing that I am thankful for when I reflect on how I’ve grown as a person in college.
Here’s to more growth and confidence as I continue in my time here and here’s to the growth and confidence that could also be yours should you choose one of the best schools around.