Hey everyone! We survived syllabus week! So far, the semester hasn’t been too bad. I haven’t had too much work yet because it’s only the first week. This week was the calm before the storm. Next week, though, things will be kicked up a notch. I will have more homework, more student organization meetings, and I will start working in the lab. So this weekend, I’m taking some time to prepare for the rest of the semester. Here are some things you should do to prepare for an organized and successful rest of the semester.
Read all your syllabi and put them in a safe, yet easily accessible place.
Take the time to read each of your syllabi. Be familiar with your professor’s grading and attendance policies. If it helps, highlight policies you want to double check or reference in the future. It would also be a good idea to create an assignment spreadsheet. (This post by Dani from Dearest will show you how to make an organized semester spreadsheet!) After you’ve looked them over, put them in a safe, yet easily accessible spot. For example, I divide my binder according to class. I keep the syllabus for each class right behind the divider tab in a plastic sheet protector. The plastic sheet protector keeps it safe, while keeping it with the other class documents makes it easily accessible.
As college students, we put a lot of demands on our bodies to get us through college life. College life isn’t easy, and we need our bodies to keep up with our busy lifestyle. Our bodies perform best when we give them what they need. Unfortunately, we often don’t give our bodies what they need, and this causes us to be tired and stressed out. In this post, I want to help you implement healthy habits to give your body what it needs. As a result, you will be happier, more alert, and less stressed.
We know we need to take care of ourselves, but we often don’t do it. It’s hard to get off our butts and go to the gym. It’s hard to pass up a cupcake for an apple. These goals (such as “exercise” or “eat healthy”) are very general, so it’s hard to achieve them. This post is a list of simple, achievable goals that’ll put you on the path to giving your body what it needs.
Chances are, you’re not going to find anything new in this post. It’s likely you’ve heard this before, but it’s important enough that I wanted to remind you.
Set aside time to exercise.
You know that exercise is important, but despite that, it’s hard to actually get up and do it. The way to make it as painless as it can be is to make it a habit, a part of your routine. Set aside the same block of time every week to do it. Write it in your planner and make a note of it in your phone so you don’t forget! Here are some more tips on how to make working out a habit.
Something that distinguishes college from high school is that if you need help, you need to seek it yourself. No one is going to watch your back for you. They won’t ask you if you’re doing okay or if you’re struggling in a class. Thankfully, there are many resources on your college campus that you can turn to when you’re in need. All you have to do is find them and ask them for help. Here are some campus resources I find useful.
Note: Some of these offices may have different names at your school, but do essentially the same thing. Visit your school’s website to find out which services they offer.
Undergraduate research office
If you’re in a research based field, this office will help you find research opportunities, sometimes even for pay. This is useful for those who need to complete a research requirement or for those who want to get more involved in their field. The office of undergraduate research at my school is how I found the opportunity to work in a lab on campus. It’s a wonderful program that is often overlooked. Don’t miss out on research opportunities!
Hi, friends! Getting sick in college really sucks. This past Thursday, I came down with a sore throat, fever, and stuffy nose. Thankfully, I was able to rest this weekend and I feel much better now. It’s hard to stay healthy in college, since students share so many common spaces, so I decided to do a post to help you when you get sick.
The best way to deal with this is prevention. Unfortunately, it’s often too late.
Hi, friends! Over the course of my college career, I’ve heard fellow students talk about how “intimidating” or “hard” their professors are, but I’ve never been able to relate 100%. Of course, I’ve had professors who expected a lot of work from their students, but I wouldn’t use those words to describe them. I think people feel this way because they don’t understand how a professor’s mind works. In this post, I want to break down the stereotype of the intimidating/mean professor by introducing you to Dr. L, one of my favorite professors who works in the college of engineering. I had the chance to interview Dr. L recently, and I asked some questions that would help you gain some insight into the mind of a professor. Without further ado, here is the interview!
Aly: Some students are afraid to get to know their professors. Why should a student take the time to sit in front of the class and introduce him/herself to the professor?
Dr. L: Professors are people, too. Most are in the profession because they enjoy teaching. When you introduce yourself to your professor, you stand out from the crowd as someone who has given more thought to the subject than others. When it comes to grading, professors will remember students who come to them for help. Establishing a relationship with a professor can help you with research opportunities, scholarships, and even acceptance into graduate school. Remember: you are paying a lot of money to go to school. You have the right to ask questions of your professors and they have a duty to spend the time to answer them…
Hey everyone! Recently, I had a Twitter conversation with fellow bloggers. We were talking about how to balance blogging and school. I’m sure many of us have had the same problem at some point, so I decided to dedicate an entire post on the topic. As college students, we have enough on our plates, so trying to juggle another hobby, like blogging, can be a challenge. Still, it’s possible to be an A+ student and an active blogger. Here are some tips on how to balance college and blogging!
Set aside a designated time for blogging.
Setting aside time to blog will make sure you actually have time for your blog. When you don’t intentionally set aside a time block for blogging, it’s easy to let it slip through the cracks when you have so many other commitments to attend to. If you set aside the same time block every week, it’ll help you stay consistent, because you know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing at that time. Intentionally planning to blog will encourage you to actually do it…
Hi, friends! This is a topic that I haven’t seen much about in the blogosphere, so I decided that I wanted to start a conversation on this important topic of the 21st century: online classes! Online classes are becoming a popular thing, even in grade school. Already, a lot of college classes involve some sort of virtual component, but some schools even offer classes that are completely online with no face to face interaction with a teacher or classmates. Clearly, online classes are a trend that’s here to stay.
Before we dive into the meat of the post, let me explain that there are two types of online courses: a full-time online course and a blended course. Your university may have different names for these, so figure out what your University calls them.
A full-time online course is done completely online. All the readings, homework assignments, and tests are virtual. You don’t meet the teacher in person.
Blended courses are done partially online and partially in person. You will have some readings, homework, and/or tests to submit online, and some to submit in person. You do meet in a classroom with other students and a teacher, but not as often as a traditional class…
Hi, friends! It’s easy to let God fall to the bottom of your to do list in college. In high school, your parents would take you to church and youth group, and encourage you to live your faith. Now that you don’t have your parents on your back, you can get so caught up in reading, studying, or hanging out with friends that you simply forget about church and praying. Here are some tips to help you intentionally incorporate God in your everyday college life.
Get up early to read the Bible and pray
Before you freak out, don’t worry: you don’t have to get up super early. Just pick a time block when you’re completely available, and set it aside to pray and read the Bible. In my case, I wake up early every day, since I know I don’t have anything else during that time and I won’t be disturbed. After I spend the first few minutes of my day praying, I feel energized and ready to tackle the day.
I’d also recommend setting aside the same time block every day because consistency will help you form the habit. The first week, it’ll be hard. But if you push through those tough first week, you’ll form the habit of getting up early to pray within a few weeks. It’s worth getting up a few minutes earlier to give the first moments of your day to God…
Now that I’ve been working in the lab for about a year, I’m excited to share this post about the things I’ve learned since then. This is my first college internship/professional experience in the field. Overall, it’s been a great opportunity that I’m very thankful for.
I started working in the lab in the summer of last year through my school’s summer research college internship program. The program had us work full time for 10 weeks. Once a week, we would have professional development seminars, which I enjoyed. At the end of the 10 weeks, we had to present a poster on the research we had done. Thankfully my presentation went well!
Especially considering that I went to sleep super late the night before because I was watching the Vamps in concert. I started off completely confused and not sure about what we were doing.
Now that I’ve been in a lab for a while and I’ve taken cell biology and genetics classes, I understand what we’re doing. Now, I even have my own little portion of the project that I’m very excited about. I’ve gotten to know the people in the lab better. I plan to continue working in this lab, in my little part of the experiment, until I graduate because I am happy there.
Without further ado, here are some things I’ve learned so far during my college internship. Hopefully, you can apply these to your professional life, too.
You don’t have to be bffs with your co-workers
When I first joined the lab, I thought I was going to become close friends with my co-workers, since we would be spending a lot of time together. I quickly realized that I was wrong. The girl who happened to be working on the same project as me had a totally different outlook on life than I do. She was a nice person and we had a good professional relationship. For example, while we were waiting for a sample to cool, we would talk about our pets. We went to Starbucks together once during a break. We would say hi if we saw each other outside of the lab. But our relationship never went further than that. I realized that that’s normal and okay…
Hey everyone! The fall semester is almost here, meaning that it’s time to pick classes! Choosing classes, especially as a freshman, can be challenging. The pressure is on to have a great schedule. Still, choosing classes doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are some tips to make the process easier:
Visit an adviser.
The advising office is the best place to go to start choosing classes. Your adviser will guide you and be an important resource throughout your college career. It’s their job to make sure you’re on the right track to reaching your goal: GRADUATION! They’ll show you which classes to take and when, which will make things clearer and much less intimidating. You’ll feel much less anxious about your schedule after you meet with an adviser…