Freshman Review!

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Since our  last project was due on finals week, I thought that the best topic for my project would be a review of someones freshman experience. So I called up my old buddy Dwoo and set up an interview! Although, his freshman experience is much more tamer than others you will hear, I think it’s a great way to learn that your freshman year in college isn’t just about social life, it’s about so much more. Through these projects, I have learned so much more about myself and about Western Kentucky University. I hope you have the perfect experience as well. Enjoy the podcast!

Quick Tips for Studying!

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Study Skills!

Over the past semester, I have had to opportunity to write a blog each week and complete various projects about tips and tricks to surviving the freshman experience. Not only have I been able to share advice with new students, I have also learned more about college myself. Western Kentucky University is a huge campus; there are so many things that happen each week. Make sure to go out and enjoy the different activities that are held on campus. It will help you meet new people and become more involved. But, let’s get to the real point of the blog. Hello Finals Week!

As the end of the school year is coming up and finals week is bestowing upon us, I sit here and think: Do I know how to study yet? The answer is yes and no.  I do know how to study, but sometimes I question my ability of studying effectively.

In high school, I never had to study because I knew how to get by with good grades, but not having to try. Let me go ahead and tell you know, that is not a smart decision. College is hard. You are expected to study and no one is going to force you to do it. A test date with creep up on you and you will find yourself cramming the night before to study for a test. Cramming isn’t an effective study habit.

I’ve done some research and found some great tips to learn how to study. I hope that these help you as you make your way into the studying world at college.

  1. Find a study place. If you can find a study place that doesn’t have any distractions, you will be able to study more effectively there. Get together with a study group if your learning style involves interacting with other people.
  2. Take good notes and be involved in class. Use abbreviations in your notes if it helps increase the speed that you take notes. If you have any questions, make sure to ask your professor about it. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to information on an exam. It’s also better to be an active learner rather than a passive learner.
  3. Review your notes. Don’t wait until the last minute to study for an exam. If you can look at your notes every night the week before an exam, you will be able to remember the notes better. While reviewing your notes, you should write notes beside them to help you remember certain points. Remember though while studying, it is better to study starting with the concept, then learning the detail.
  4. Use your textbook. You should keep up with your weekly readings and read the chapter before the class lecture. Highlight information that you should remember or put a question mark beside information if you have a question about it.
  5. Set deadlines for yourself and try to stay ahead of the game. Sometimes, you will have class assignments that just pop up. Instead of stressing out because you have four things due in the same week, start working on things now. Get rid of the procrastination in your life! Just remember, it is better be ahead then be behind.

My advice to you this week is to try to form your study habits early on in college and not to pull an all-nighter. If you can form your study habits early, then you will be able to create a routine for yourself. If you can set aside a certain amount of time each night to study, then you will be able to remember the information better.  I suggest not pulling an all-nighter because that is considered cramming. If you have a test the next day, you will need to have a good nights rest. The best advice I can give you though is to not procrastinate. I hope this helps!

From the Hill,

Samara

Vidcast: Confessions of a College Student

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Isn't this the truth?

Last week as I was avoiding studying for upcoming finals, I started trying to brainstorm about what my vidcast would consist of that was due this week. Then it hit me: Studying. Once I got my idea on track, I immediately started coming up with ideas on how to share how college students study.

Over the past week, I have created a “confession booth” for a few of my friends. They were asked to answer three simple questions and be completely honest. I hope you enjoy listening to the confessions! You can click here to view.

From the Hill,

Samara

Rise and Shine, Baby!

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Got your coffee ready?

One of the best parts about college is scheduling classes. Let’s just look at the great goal for that day: you wake up before 5 a.m. on a school day and try to beat the rest of Western’s students to the classes that you need. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Now, there is more bad news to this day; if the classes that you need are full, you might as well pick another class or prepare a sweet e-mail to the teacher asking if you can get into the class. The good news about registering for classes though is that it means you are one more semester closer to graduating! Now, if any of this is confusing to you so far, let me break it down a bit.

  1. Each student registers (schedules) classes on TOPNET, which is a server for students here at WKU. TOPNET opens up at 5 a.m. on the morning of the student’s registration.
  2. You may be wondering when a student registers right about now. Registration is split up in a number ways. First, there is priority registration for Honor Students and Athletes. (This group is the very first to register.) Next, it is divided up by the number of credit hours you will have at the end of the semester. Then, it’s separated by last name.  This semester, I got lucky and get to register the very last day of the registration period, April 28. (SARCASM!)
  3. I would recommend going on to TOPNET the week before and making sure the classes that you picked out with your advisor are still available. It would be wise to go ahead and make a few schedules for yourself just in case a class you want is filled up. It is always a wonderful idea to have a back-up plan when it comes to picking your classes.
  4. A mass e-mail will be sent out a few weeks before registration begins to let you know when you can meet with your advisor and pick out classes. All students must meet with their advisor before scheduling classes!

My advice to you this week is to set two or three alarms to make sure that you wake up before 5 a.m. on the day that you register for classes. That day would definitely not be the day to wake up late! Also, I would make a note card that has all of your course numbers on it so you can look up your class and immediately sign up for it on your designated registration day. This is just one more way to make sure you get the right class! I wish you the best of luck!

From the Hill,

Samara

How to Survive a Storm

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Storms Ahead!

With the severe weather heading this way I figured this would be the perfect time to write a blog on how to survive bad weather. This will be short and simple but I hope that it’s helpful!

-Find great friends to hang out with top help pass the time until the storm comes. If you are scared of storms like I am, then find little ways to keep busy. You can sit around and talk or play games.

-Make sure to have your cell phone charged just in case the weather did get really bad. You would at least of your phone charged if someone needed to get a hold of you or vice versa. Make sure to also have a flashlight on hand just in case the electricity were to go out.

-Watch the weather channel and be very aware of what is going on around you. You should know the weather that is coming and be prepared to seek shelter if needed.

-If you need to go outside for any reason, make sure to have the rain gear I’ve warned you about before. (Umbrella, rain coat, etc.)

My advice for this week is to always be prepared for anything coming your way. It is better to be safe than sorry. :)

From the Hill,

Samara

Dorm Life 101

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This magazine is just a little guide to better prepare for the dorm life. It includes information about laundry, kitchen use, and the essentials to have in your dorm room. The guide is very basic, just like your dorm room should be. Although it is your home away from home, you must remember you are living in a small space with another person. I hope this becomes a useful tool for you!

Laundry by the Load

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Hope you have your quarters ready!

It’s never to soon to start preparing for college. Have you ever heard the old saying, “Practice makes perfect!”  Although I’m not sure if you can perfect your laundry skills, you can at least learn how to wash your own clothes if you haven’t yet. Even if you plan on taking your laundry home each weekend, there may be one weekend where you can’t go home and you have to do your laundry at school. If this is the case, feel free to refer back to this article to help you get through your first experience!

What you’ll need:

-Dirty Clothes

-Laundry Basket or Hamper

-Money (Quarters or Big Red Dollars)

-Detergent (Liquid Tide)

-Fabric Softener (Downy)

-Dryer Sheets (Bounce)

Five Steps To Do Laundry:

  1. Separate Laundry. Laundry should be divided into piles before you even head down to the laundry room. Before leaving for college, I recommend asking your parents how they do laundry but here are my laundry piles: whites, darks, lights, towels, reds, and jeans/sweatshirts. Sometimes if there are small loads, they can be combined with similar colors. For instance, you could combine the jeans and dark colors together. Just in case though, I would purchase color catcher washing sheets for the first few times you do laundry. Use your hamper or laundry basket to transport clothes to and from your dorm room.
  2. Load the Washer. After treating the stains on your clothes, you are ready to put the load of laundry into the washer.
  3. Pour in the detergent. At the top of the washing machine, there will be a detergent tray you pull out to insert your detergents into. I use liquid Tide as my detergent and Downy as my fabric softener. After putting in the detergent you prefer, you will insert your money. You can either pay using Big Red Dollars or quarters. Don’t forget that each load of laundry costs $1 and the machines only take quarters, not dollar bills. After inserting your payment, you will choose the temperature you want to wash your clothes in. I recommend using cold water unless you’re washing towels; then use warm water. If you use cold water, you are more likely to NOT shrink your clothes. It is always a good idea to look at the washing instructions inside your clothes before washing. Then, press start!
  4. Move Laundry. Put your load from the washer into the dryer, inset your money, choose the temperature and press start! The temperature is completely up to you!  I generally use warm.
  5. Fold. Once your laundry in completely dry, you should fold immediately to prevent wrinkles from settling in.

Advice that I’ve learned:

  1. Set a timer and make sure to go get your laundry as soon as it is complete. There’s nothing worse than finding your laundry on the folding table or having to wait hours for someone to get his or her clothes out of the washer.
  2. Stay with your laundry if you are concerned about it getting stolen. Although I’ve never had anything stolen, you never know what could happen. Always be on your toes!
  3. Bring some form of entertainment to keep you busy; Pack along homework or a magazine. If you’re going to have to sit downstairs and do laundry anyway, you might as well kill two birds with one stone and do something productive. You can study for your next test coming up or work on that assignment that’s due tomorrow!
  4. Get your quarters before you go to the laundry room. The change machine doesn’t work all of the time. There are places on campus but they won’t break dollar bills either. Sometimes if you are lucky, you can put your dollar bill into the vending machine and push the change back button and get out four quarters. I would recommend bring a roll of quarters from home so you won’t have to worry about getting change at school.

Washing your own laundry will help you learn about yourself as well, it will show you how many outfit changes you go through in a week. I have a feeling you will really be surprised; I know I was! I hope these steps were helpful and that you enjoyed the four bits of advice I gave you this week. Good Luck if it’s your first time washing laundry! Have no fear; it does get easier.

From the Hill,

Samara

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