Everyday a little More

It started with a couple of classes, a lot of work, and some homework. It started with the equivalent of a 14-hour workday. It is often misunderstood. It is the life of those who carry the title of “student.” It is the beginning, and the end. It is a brand new year of classes.

Once upon a time, not so long ago I was talking with a professor at a unamed University. When I described my workload to him he asked me “who in their right mind would let you do that?!” At this time I would like to thank the professor for his comment, but the truth is that nobody is “letting” me do what I do, I have to do it.

College costs money, and the one I attend is no exception to this rule. Today financial “aid” typically consists of a large number of loans, and if you’re lucky, a grant. Scholarships have become more difficult to attain as they are not as readily available – and those that are require time to apply for. If you look at the odds of getting the scholarship in comparison to the money you would make at work in the same time it takes you to do the scholarship application, it’s easier to go for the sure cash, instead of relying on somebody else to provide.

I hope that this can shed a little light on the life of a college student. It’s not always fun and games. Much of it consists of work, pushing to meet deadlines, and trying to get some sleep in between.

What is your college experience?

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I’m the President

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If you were president, what would you do? I have often asked myself this question, and often times I come up with brilliant ideas that, if put into practice, probably wouldn’t work. However, on a small scale, such as being club president, I think that perhaps some of my ideas will be successful.

The last couple of weeks the other officers and myself put together a tentative schedule for the German Club at Walla Walla University. I’m the president of the club, and I’m trying to reorganize it to make it one of the more successful clubs on campus.

Our first project was to make sure that we would be able to tell perspective members exactly what they will get by signing up for the club. So we created events, and some details about each event, so that if someone asks, we can answer accurately and effectively. We also made sure that we have enough events planned – at least one per month – in order to make the club itself worthwhile.

Next, we chose a door prize for the club – the new Kindle Fire HD. I believe that chance to win the Kindle Fire HD will help perspective members see more of an immediate benefit to the club. Also, if someone refers another person to the club, the referer’s name goes into the drawing yet another time.

That’s what I and the other officers came up with. But as you are outside and looking in at my plans – please tell me what I missed. If you have ideas, I look forward to reading them. If you think that I should do something differently, tell me. You’re advice and comments are like gold, and I look forward to learning from you.

A poster I designed for the German Club

 

This summer I have challenged myself to work on and possibly finish a novel and blog about my experience doing it. If you haven’t visited my blog “a writing adventure,” take a look. You might like it.

a writing adventure

Some time ago I was flying to LAX from Walla Walla and I was sitting next to a fascinating woman. I cannot recall her name, but we started talking about SCUBA diving the conversation prompted by a hat I was wearing. She shared with me a number of stories of her diving adventures, and then she asked me what I was working on. I had a 2007 Macbook pro sitting on my meal tray, and before our conversation started I was typing frantically on the keyboard. I told her I was writing a book. She smiled, and asked what prompted me to start writing.

I told her about writing poetry in the 2nd grade. How it always felt challenging, but was like an adventure, something new and exciting. Then I moved on through the various classes, and the variety of teachers that I had that prompted me to write more.

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Shooting for a Head Start

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Yes folks, it has been a very long time since I have posted anything to this particular blog. I’ve been busy. But in all reality, so are we all. Therefore I apologize for starting something and not keeping up with it. In the time since my last post, I have finished a year of college, traveled to Germany, was in a German wedding, and returned to work and study once again.

As a student of Walla Walla University I have the opportunity to enjoy my summertime until the end of September when classes begin. During this time I have decided to take the GRE, and get a head start in kinesiology. So the last few days I have studied 4 chapters, completed 4 assignments, and acquired a book to help me study for the GRE.

I plan to continue this pace, and, hopefully, I’ll be more than prepared when classes begin.

What do you think? Would I do better by relaxing through the summer, or am I on the right path? Leave a comment and let me know!

Effective Time Management

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I started this school year with a time management plan in hand. I scheduled every second of my time to be what most would consider productive.

Between 9-10 I would have class, 10-11 would be homework for that class, followed by yet another class and more time to study. I would then go to work, study some more, workout at some point and go to bed. All of this was METICULOUSLY scheduled.

I bet you can guess how long I kept this schedule. That’s right. It lasted less than a week. I found myself getting out of class thinking “ah just five minutes of nothing, then I’ll get to work” and after a while it was more like “oh I’ll just do it later.”

So you’re reading this post, thinking, “gee he’s lame” or “I completely understand.” If you’re in the first group, well then you don’t really need to keep reading, for you have found the secret to time management. Those of us who fall in the second, I discovered what my error was.

I never scheduled time for myself. This made my schedule almost impossible to keep and completely depressing to look at.

When you make your daily schedule, remember to incorporate time to do things that you want to do. Whatever it is you like – plan on doing it. This will give you something to look forward to throughout the day.

For more tips on managing your time effectively, I found these tips to be useful.

The Very First Post

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One thing I think is absolutely brilliant, is how Starbucks made me a customer. I don’t particularly like their brewed coffee, I believe that many times they are slightly over-priced, but they offer members of the Booster Club at WWU a free drink every time they buy one. So… I often find myself here when I meet with a group for homework, want to find somewhere different to study, or simply have a craving for some tea or coffee and can’t imagine not getting two drinks for my $2. Pathetically,I find myself sitting here during vacation and writing my first post sipping a brewed chai tea with steamed soy and a salted caramel mocha.

I’m curious though, where do you like to drink coffee or tea, or whatever your favorite hot beverage is, and what do you like to drink?