Spring 2018: Class Reflection

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I recently received my final grade report from my college and I am pretty happy with my grades, my classes this semester were pretty challenging due to the fact that I had just started classes for my major. I thought I would reflect back on my classes and the experiences I had in them to provide insight if you guys are taking similar courses! Here is my original post explaining what classes I took spring 2018.

COM 267: Introduction to Debate

  • Much to my surprise, this class ended up being one of my favorites, mainly because of how amazing my professor was. Basically, the class was based on teaching us the basics of debate like the different types of propositions, the structures of debate and different tactics used when debating. We learned the content the first half of the semester and then the second half we picked a debate partner and were randomly assigned different debate topics. These debated were very interesting to prepare for and I ended up getting a 100% on both of them! We also had to write a term paper describing the different things we learned and how we applied them to our everyday life which I got an A on. Overall I ended the class with a B+ which is a lot better than I thought I was going to do originally!

PSY 250: Abnormal Psychology 

  • This class was one of my harder classes, the content was very hard to learn because there was just so much of it. We had 6 exams, each covered 3 chapters which ended up being about 150 pages of reading and note-taking from a huge book which I do not do the best when it comes to studying from a book. The content was however very interesting to learn, some things we learned about were the different types of mental disorders, therapies for disorders, legal aspects of clinical psychology and much much more. I ended the class with a B, I was more than happy to get this grade because I felt as though the class was very difficult.

HSC 203: Leadership for Health Professions 

  • This was probably my easiest class mainly because the content was things like resume building, leadership skills, teamwork and different talks about how to prepare to enter the healthcare field. This was my first class that was not only required for my major but also the first look I got to the Health Administration career which was pretty interesting. I ended this class with an A which I expected to and I made some amazing friends in the class as well.

REL101WI: Introduction to World Religion 

  • I took this class online and man am I glad I did, the class was simple and kind of boring at times. It was a writing intensive meaning I had to write 3 papers throughout the course which I did pretty well on. The content of the class was easy to understand and I learned about the major 5 religions and everything about them between the origin of them and how they are in the world now. I received a B+ in this class which I did earn because I tended to slack off when it came to this class because I would forget to do some things until the day they were do because it was online and I was focused more on my other classes.

HSC 317: Community Health

  • I absolutely hated this class due to the difficulty of the online format. The content was impossible to learn and the exams were some of the hardest exams I have ever taken in my life. The teacher for this course was amazing and if it was not for her I probably would have failed the course and had to retake it. I would recommend taking this class in person just because of how important the content it to know for the future! I barely scraped by with a B- and I am so relieved that I did not get a C in the class as that would have tanked my GPA!

Overall this semester was pretty tough, tougher than my first semester which I was not expecting. Just remember that it is okay to get B’s and C’s, college is hard and it is okay to struggle here and there. Always reach out to professors and other students for help because that is the only way you are going to get help! I wish you all the best of luck in your upcoming endeavors!

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How to Survive Finals Week

With finals week in full swing, I thought I would share some tips and tricks I have learned over my first year at college in order to alleviate the stress and pressure of finals week! I hope you find this post helpful, feel free to comment down below any tips that have helped you through finals week! Don’t forget to follow me on all social media to keep up with me, listed below!

  • Don’t sacrifice sleep to study!

As hard as this is to do sometimes all-nighters can actually hurt you more than they help you! Instead of cramming all in one night try focusing on a certain final more than others or plan times to study for them all separately! For me personally, I need to sit down and focus on one class rather than try to study for all of them at the same time. Instead of pulling an all-nighter, consider waking up early the next day to study before the final, making sure to eat a good breakfast, it will make you feel more refreshed and prepared than an all-nighter would.

  • Make a list of what needs to be done!

When it comes to finals week I always make a list including the chapters I need to study, the things I have been struggling to remember, any last minute assignments that are do and anything I may have going on outside of taking finals. This makes me feel more organized and being able to visualize all the things I need to do and study for it makes it that much easier to get done. It is also easy to add onto the list and cross things off when you are done to ensure you are getting everything done!

  • Find out where you study best!

This is an essential to try and figure out early in the year, for me I don’t do well in places like the library where it is dead silent, I need background noise in order to focus. Knowing where you study best makes it easier and less frustrating because at the end of the day you need to worry about the material you are studying, not the environment around you.

  • Implement a good self-care routine!

Self-care during finals is something that is often overlooked and forgotten about, but it is so important to maintain and keep up with. For me, I give myself an hour before bed to catch up on youtube videos, watch my favorite TV shows, which right now I am obsessed with the show This Is Us, it is amazing! I also make sure to hang out with friends and really do anything I can to take my mind off of finals. Find things you love to do and will take off some of the stress you are facing to ensure you will be refreshed and ready to conquer finals!

  • Don’t over study!

I know this sounds crazy but this is something that happens to people all of the time, myself included. I spend hours upon hours without a break studying for a single subject, only to retain little to no information and man is it frustrating. For this I tend to take breaks when studying so I will study for a half hour then take a ten-minute break to eat, check my phone and so on just to give my brain a chance to retain all of the information I just looked over. This is so important because it will ensure you will retain and remember all the information and will be able to recall it on finals day!

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Where Have I Been?

Hey guys! I know it has been over a month and I am so sorry I haven’t gotten any content out, to be completely honest I haven’t had the motivation to get out posts! College has been kicking my butt lately, between working 16 hours a week and taking 15 credits I have been drained both emotionally and physically.

With that being said I have 2 weeks left, this coming week is the last week of classes and then the following week is exams! I am so excited to be done and be able to relax and actually enjoy summer!

I have been updating my twitter lately just trying to explain where I have been but I truly don’t have an excuse other than I just have been so consumed with college and finals and slowly beginning to move back home. I recently brought my car up to campus just for the rest of the year so it will make the move-out process a lot easier, considering the fact that I have so much stuff.

As far as this summer goes I am taking an accounting class at my local community college, which just so happens to be offered on Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30-9:30… Yea that’s right, 4 fricken hours twice a week learning accounting. With that being said I want to try and have as laid back of a summer as possible, recently I have been looking into nannying jobs for the summer and I have found a couple so I am hopeful that everything will work out and I will be able to be a full-time nanny for the summer!

I have a couple ideas for upcoming posts including my summer clothes wish list, apartment must-haves, how to get through finals, how to schedule classes effectively, a reflection on my freshman year of college and my bucket list for this summer. I am excited to jump back into blogging because it really is something I enjoy doing and I really want to start taking this seriously, eventually, I want to invest in a nice camera and maybe start doing youtube videos!

Another reason my motivation is so lacking is also because of the insane weather we have been experiencing lately, just last weekend we had a huge snow and ice storm that left all of the town around me without any power, and the campus without any hot water. To say the least, the bad weather is reflective of Michigan and I am no longer surprised by any bad weather at this point. But this week looks promising for spring with temperatures in the high fifties and low sixties so I hope that this will make finals that much easier.

I hope you guys are having a good semester! With only a couple weeks to go, it is crunch time and possibly the most stressful part of the whole year! Good luck to everyone on finals, I wish you all the best!

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How I Stay Motivated in College!

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When it comes to college, motivation is something that seems to be hard to keep at a high level, balancing classes, work and social life can get very stressful and exhausting at times making for a rough week. This week for sure has been a hard one, I worked 10-4 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, had a club meeting from 9:30 pm to 10:30, after which we went to applebees. I had 3 papers due and not to mention I worked out everyday as well, so this week has for sure taken its toll on me.

I have never been good with motivation, for me it is hard to keep up and sometimes all I want to do is lay in bed and sleep. However I knew what I needed to get done, and instead of cutting out my workout I pushed through it and I am very happy I did. So here are some ways I stay motivated in college!

  • Plan the week out

So every Sunday night I will go through all my class syllabus and if there is something due that I don’t already have in my google calendar, I add it. I will also block out study times if I have an exam coming up, as well as mark down any meetings I have for the club im in or any social events I have going on. I think this helps me a lot because instead of cramming things in throughout the week I can take each day piece by piece and slowly work at what needs to be done for the week!

  •  Get up early!

I don’t have the typical college schedule, only having class on Tuesdays and Thursdays if for sure a blessing. My first class on those days begins at 11, so I try to get up around 8:30 or 9 to make sure I can get a good breakfast in and just let my body relax a bit before i have to jump into the day. I find I can be really motivated in the mornings so sometimes I will sit down and do some homework or study for something. I also drink plenty of water in the morning because I find it wakes me up and makes it easier for me to get out of bed!

  • Watch college vloggers

I know this may seem weird but when I watch other college students on youtube and see the way they take on college and the different things they do, it leaves me inspired and motivates me to do better! It is interesting to see how college is in different parts of the country and I love to see the different study methods, workout routines and just daily routines different college people have!

  • Remind myself of my goals

This is a huge source of motivation for me because when I look at the goals I set for myself, whether that be personal or college related, it sparks a fire to achieve those goals and makes sure I don’t settle for mediocre. I think a big reason why I lose motivation during college is because I lose sight of why I am doing this and the future I want to have for myself, so through going over those goals and adding new ones it keeps me on track for the future!

  • Surrounded by motivated people!

I try to surround myself with people who will motivate me to do better, when it comes to working out I always go with my friend and we both keep each other on track and remind ourselves of the goals we want to achieve. It is also nice to be able to go to the library with friends and study together because it takes a bit of that stress off and makes you feel like you are not alone.

So there are some ways I stay motivated in college! I hope you enjoyed reading! Don’t forget to follow and subscribe with your email so you never miss a post!

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Figuring Out My Life

When I first applied to Central Michigan I was a pre-physician assistant major, and that was truly what I thought I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a vet or a doctor, so I decided on the doctor path, did some research and picked a major I thought would be right for me, boy was I wrong.

I went to college orientation where I got all my classes and was shown the path I would have to take to get the career I wanted, to say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Seeing all the classes I had to take, patient hours I needed to rack up, GPA I needed to achieve to be competitive, it all killed my passion.

When I say I could not be happier this happened I really couldn’t, the thought now of going through all those classes, science which I am terrible at, math which by no means is my strength, it all would have been terrible.

About a month before I was set to move into college I started to stress out, I truly knew if I continued down the path of Pre-PA I would be absolutely miserable the entire time I was in college and I didn’t want that at all. I started doing research, extensive research to find careers that were more suitable for me and the strengths I had already possessed, I knew I still wanted to work in the healthcare field but I didn’t want to be direct patient treatment.

That is when I stumbled upon the Health Administration career, and words can’t describe how thankful I am that I did. I set up a phone appointment with a academic advisor to rearrange my classes and see if Health Administration would be a good path for me to take. She was super helpful in guiding me through changing my classes so I was on the right path, and the credits that had transferred in lined up perfectly with the classes I needed to take so I was already ahead of the game in taking classes I already needed.

When I entered college I was still a little iffy about the major and if it was right for me, I didn’t know much about it and was still trying to explore my strengths and weaknesses and apply those to what I wanted to go into. The first semester seemed to fly by and I had no troubles completing my classes and earning good grades, which I was more than thankful for.

At the beginning of this semester I stumbled across a club we have hear at central called CHAPS, Collegiate Health Administration Preparatory Society. I went to the first meeting to see what it was really about and fell in love, a club where I could explore the career and meet new people who were passionate about the same things, it was an amazing opportunity and I knew I had to join.

A month later and I am officially a member, attending meetings bi-weekly and events put on that will further my knowledge of the field and provide great networking opportunities that will benefit me in the future. As of right now I do think this field is right for me, being a leader in healthcare is something I would be great at and I would still be able to be in the field of healthcare without giving direct patient care.

I guess in saying this I just want to make it clear that the things you want to do going into college isn’t always what you are going to come out doing. I could still very well change my major and do something completely different, but as of right now this is what I want to do with my life and it is something I am super passionate about.

Take the time to really think about what you want to do with your life, your strengths and weaknesses, what makes you the happiest, it is all a huge decision and one that should not be taken lightly. You have plenty of time to figure it out, everyone I have talked to has changed their major at least once, some three of four times and they are doing just fine and are happy doing what makes them happy.

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How I Stay Organized In College

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Staying organized in college is the key to success, and I suck at staying organized.

Starting the new semester I made it a goal of mine to stay more organized and make sure I am aware of every deadline in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Everyone’s organizational system is different and it takes a while to figure out what works best, but I think the system I have now is pretty good and I have loved it so far. Here’s what I do to stay organized in college:

  • Google Calendar

Google calendar is my absolute holy grail, without it I wouldn’t know what to do. I have tried paper planners in the past and they just do not work for me, at all. So this year I decided to try google calendar for all my assignments, exams and meetings I have. I find that in the middle of class when the professor is giving important information in reference to deadline, it is easier to pull up my calendar on my phone or laptop and put it in. Google calendar also offers a to-do list which is right next to the calendar so I can easily put in things I need to get done while looking at the week ahead and what I have due.

  • Folders

This may be a given but using different folders for each class has made it easier when looking for different handouts or assignments. I have a different color for every class which makes it easier to visualize what folder goes to what class. In addition I use a five-star three subject notebook which provides a divider between each subject allowing me to easily use it for all of my classes!

  • Keeping my desk clean

This is extremely hard for me because I tend to just throw random things on my desk leaving it a mess at the end of the day. I start my morning by cleaning up everything and putting it where it belongs because when my desk is clean and organized it makes me feel more productive and ready for the day. Keeping your workspace clean is so important because often if your workspace is constantly a mess, so are you and that is not a good lifestyle to live.

  • Color-coding

As I said before I color code my folders according to class, I do the same with my calendar. I color code events into different categories like; homework, exams, meetings tasks and so on. I assign a different color to each category which makes viewing my calendar a lot easier because I know what needs to have priority for the week and what things can wait. You can also do this in a written planner!

  • Assignment Spreadsheet

Last semester when I got all my syllabi, I went through and made a google spreadsheet and went week by week putting what was due in the class on what day. This was super helpful and I was able to cross things out and color code them so it was easy to pick out what was important and priority for that week. I also would track my grades as well by putting a column for what I received on the assignment which made it easy to visualize how I was doing and in what classes I needed to work harder in.

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5 Things I Learned My First Semester of College

Now that I am two weeks into my second semester here at Central Michigan, I thought I would reflect a little bit on last semester. Being a first generation college student I didn’t really know what I was getting into and adjusting was hard. So here are some things I learned my first semester! I hope you guys can take away from this and be more prepared for college or relate to it if you are already in college! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

  1. Managing your time in college is hard

I was someone who always on a tight schedule with school and softball so I really didn’t have any time to manage. So when I came to college and had a whole lot more time I didn’t really know how to manage it effectively. I am still learning this and I know it will take a while to get down but I am definitely better at it this semester than I was last. What I mean by managing time is being able to have enough time to study, hangout with friends and just relax. Now that I have a job I have a little less of this but at the same time it is good to be working again and finally making money!

2. Living with roommates is a big adjustment 

Growing up with a brother I never had to share my room so I always had my own space. Coming to college I thought it was going to be easy living with a roommate but boy was I wrong. Getting little to no alone time really started to get to me, it made me a lot more homesick than I was. This is a big reason why I decided to get my own apartment next year, I think I will overall be a lot happier living and managing my own space and I am so excited to do that.

3. It’s okay to get A’s and B’s

One of my goals coming into college was to get a 4.0, which is a good goal to have, however it is quite hard to do. I’m not saying it is impossible but I have never been an all A student and I have had to learn that it is completely okay to get a few B’s here and there, especially in college. Of course you don’t want your GPA to be too low, but being upset because you got a couple B’s is something I have had to learned to deal with.

4. Sometimes you have to let friends go, and that is okay

When I first came to college I was determined to keep all my high school friends, so much so that I didn’t branch out and meet new people which I really regret. As sad as it is, people do drift away, especially when college comes around and everyone is away from each other. You go from seeing them everyday in high school to not seeing them at all and that puts a huge strain on friendships for sure. At first it is hard to let go, but make sure you meet new people who you love to be around and eventually you will be happy!

5. Having freedom is amazing

One things I love about being in college is the freedom I have. If I want to go out I don’t have to ask anyone, I can stay out as late as I want and I can make my own decisions. Sure it is hard at first to be on your own but ultimately I love it. Being able to do what you want is a blessing but sometimes people take it too far and get a bit out of control. Being on your own is a part of life and it is important to be able to maintain the same standards you would living at home to avoid getting in trouble or doing things you will regret.

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What Courses Am I Taking? Spring 2018

So this semester I am beginning my major classes which is super exciting! If you guys didn’t know I am a Health Administration major(for now) and am a freshman entering my second semester! Last semester I pulled a 3.3 GPA which isn’t the best but I did have some tough classes that were challenging and I was just glad to have gotten above a C in. With that being said this semester I am expecting to have to work even harder to get good grades because my classes are going to be harder than last semester. I am taking 15 credits, which I did last semester and did just fine. 3 of my classes are in person and two of them are online!

COM 267: Intro to Debate

  • This class is required to be admitted to my major, I am not excited to take this at all. I like debating and all but a whole class centered around that? Not my cup of tea to say the least. I hope that it is better than I am anticipating and I do better in it than I am thinking I will. As well as I hope the topics provided are actually interesting in the sense of I want to research more and debate why I think it is a good or bad thing!

PSY 250: Abnormal Psychology

  • I am most excited for this class, being a psychology minor I love learning about any form of psychology but I find abnormal to be extremely interesting. I have this class with the same professor I had for my intro to psychology last semester and I absolutely love him and the way he runs his classes.

HSC 203: Leadership for Health Professions

  • This is the first class I am taking that is actually apart of my major. This class is 3 hours long which kind of sucks but only meets once a week so I suppose it is fine. I’m excited to meet new people who share my major and learn even more about the healthcare field and what it entails. This is probably going to be one of my more heavy classes in the sense of there will be a lot to do assignment wise.

REL 101WI: Introduction into World Religion(Online)

  • So this course is a writing intensive which basically just means that it will have more papers than normal to write. I am taking this course online so I am a little nervous just because I haven’t taken an online course yet but I am for sure excited to learn more about religion and the different kinds there are all around the world in a more in-depth sense.

HSC 317: Community Health

  • I am probably most nervous for this class mainly because it is also for my major but I had to take it online because all of the in person classes filled up. However the instructor for this course is the same for my Leadership for Health Professions class so if I do have any questions about the course it will be easy to ask her questions and go to her for help. In all of these courses besides religion I must earn a C+ or higher in order for them to count towards my major, so with that being said I am going to have to work extra hard in order to make sure I succeed.

So that is my schedule for this spring! I am pretty happy with how it turned out because now I have time to get a job and start working!

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1st Semester of College: Wrap-Up

I can officially say I am done with my first semester of college! It wasn’t as hard and I thought it was going to be but I definitely had a few bumps along the way.

As far as final grades go so far I have passed all my classes! However my math professor has not yet entered any of our grades so I do not know if I did good enough in the class to pass it, by far that was my most challenging class.

The best part about finals week was having the therapy dogs come to the library everyday, being away from my dog it was nice to have a furry friend to help take some of the stress off studying.

Ill do a brief summary of all my classes so you can get a better idea of what my semester was like!

COM 101 (Introduction to Communications): I easily passed this class with an A, giving 3 speeches and taking 2 exams it was pretty easy. Our final exam consisted of us going to class, watching sponge bob Christmas episodes and eating pizza at ten in the morning so I can definitely say I ended that class on a high note.

ECO 202 (Principles of Microeconomics): This was for sure one of my most challenging classes just because Economics does not tend to be the easiest subject in the world. However I passed the class with a solid B and I am very happy about that. He actually let us use our laptops to look up all the answers for our final so I got a 98% on that which was a definite grade booster!

SOC 100 (Introduction to Sociology): For being an intro class this was a pretty challenging course. My professor was very nice but did not teach the material in the best way making the exams a little on the challenging side as well as her weekly quizzes. I ended the course with a B which I was kind of disappointed about because I should have been easily able to get an A in.

MTH 107 (College Algebra): I absolutely dreaded going to this class and doing all the homework that went along with it. The majority of the math department at my college tend to be foreign which makes them very hard to understand and my professor was no exception to that. He was a very nice man but made the course very difficult mainly because he did not teach the material well. As I said before I do not know for sure what I got in this class and just am praying for a B.

PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology): Being a Psychology minor this class was very interesting and easy to me. I had no worries about this class and my professor was amazing at teaching and was very fair in grading and making his exams exceptionally easy. I have him next semester for my Abnormal Psychology class and I am already so excited to take the course. I ended this course with a high A and am very happy with the information I retained from the course.

Overall finals week was hell, I stayed up late many nights but overall the finals wen good for the most part and I am happy to be home for the next couple weeks spending time with my family.

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How to Deal With Terrible College Professors

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In college it is impossible to go through your whole degree path without encountering at least one bad professor. Whether it’s the way they teach, talk, grade, lecture, or a combination of these things it is hard to deal with them. So here are some tips to deal with terrible college professors!

1.  Get a new professor 

This may be a given but some students coming in don’t know that this is usually possible. Most universities offer something called a ‘Drop and Add Period’ which usually takes place in the first couple weeks of the term. So if you get to your class and realize that the professor won’t work out well with you then explore the options of either getting a different professor or dropping the class and taking it at a different time!

2. Get to know the people you sit by

This has definitely helped me in my classes, I will talk to the person next to me and exchange numbers to meet up and study. This is also important for when you come down with something or miss a class so they can get you the notes. It’s always nice to have someone who is struggling as well so you can work together to prepare for exams.

3. Get a tutor!

College is so much different from high school, tutors are not only provided but you are encouraged to get help on what you struggle with! I personally have a math center on campus which has tutors who will come around and work with you on homework or help you understand concepts better. There are not just tutors for math, most subjects have tutors! Visit an academic advisor to get set up with one to make your semester a lot easier.

4. Have a positive attitude

This is such an important tip because it is often to blame a grade on a professor instead of taking some of the blame yourself. With the amount of resources available on campus unless you have exhausted them, blaming the professor will not change your grade. I recommend working a little bit harder on the course work or even going to the professors office hours because they may be a better teacher when it is 1 on 1!

 

I hope this was a little helpful, this is based on my own personal experience so it may not be the same for all!

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