A week left?!

A week left?!

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Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

I love that I live just a short hour away from school because I was able to head home for the short holiday weekend – and it wasn’t too big of a stab into my wallet because of those crazy gas prices!

Today is the last day of classes, can you believe it? It is April 25 and my summer starts in one week … just a few finals stand in between me and a nice, relaxing summer.

Happy Monday, and have a fantastic week!

-samantha

 

Senior Goodbyes

Senior Goodbyes

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It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and in two weeks students on campus will be packing up and heading home to their families for the summer. Last week, we had our “senior wills,” for the seniors in Alpha Chi Omega. Seniors wills is basically a time where we all get together to say goodbye to the seniors and they say goodbye or maybe just “see ya later” to the rest of the sorority. At the senior wills banquet, the seniors’ littles will read letters to them that the seniors’ parents have written. This usually gets very emotional, but is always nice to hear. Then, the seniors will respond by reading a letter to the entire chapter.

After all the emotional stuff is over with, it’s time to hand down presents :] The seniors usually like to “will” down a bunch of their sorority stuff to the younger girls in the chapter. This is mainly because they won’t be using/or wearing it as much after they graduate. It is also because through the years of being in Alpha Chi, the amount of t-shirts and other clothing that you accumulate is insane! I have only been a part of the sorority for two semesters and I already have way too many t-shirts! I feel like before I know it, I’ll be at senior wills giving all of my Alpha Chi stuff away to new girls in the chapter … but I think I’d rather not think about that :]

One piece of advice that was told from all of the seniors was this: “Live it up, and have fun.” So as I end my sophomore year, I’m going to always remember that, because time doesn’t stop for anyone and it goes by way too fast!

Preview and Orientation!!!

Preview and Orientation!!!

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It seems that we can not get enough of all of the April showers … but I have just one question, are they really going to bring May flowers? Well, I’m really hoping so, because May is my favorite month … and it just happens to be when my birthday is! Even through all of these April showers, it’s still good to know that summer is almost here! Summer is THE BEST time of the year for me. Not because I’m not in school, but just because of what it means to me and all of the great opportunities and things I have to look forward to.

To me, summer means vacations on the beach, spending time with family and old and new friends, country concerts, babysitting, PREVIEW AND ORIENTATION and a bunch of other really cool stuff I plan on doing! Preview and Orientation is something I am super excited about for this summer! I was just hired this year and will be working as a Preview and Orientation guide for the new freshmen coming to Mount Union next year! Preview was something I had so much fun at as an incoming freshman and I’m so ready to make it just as fun for all of the new students Mount is welcoming next fall! I think what I liked most about Preview was the fact that we were placed in a group on the first day and stayed with the same group the whole time, playing different games outside and doing different stuff to help us get to know each other.

Coming to college is a big transition, and by attending Preview and Orientation at Mount Union it makes it so easy for all of the students to smoothly start this new chapter in their lives! Preview is not only good for the students, but the parents have a blast too! There are guides who will also have groups of parents and take them around to learn everything about Mount Union and what college life will be like for their sons and daughters.

Next week, as Preview and Orientation guides, we have our final retreat together at Camp Fred. I’ve heard this last retreat is really fun and helps all of the guides to become even closer and really get to know each other well before we start our first Preview session for the freshman in the end of June! Overall, Preview is a really great experience and I can’t wait to see how it goes on the other end of things this summer!

SCHOLAR Day Surprise

SCHOLAR Day Surprise

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SCHOLAR Day is a day in late April when all students at Mount Union get the day off to attend research project presentations by current students. Not only are research projects presented but the school also hosts an end of the year award ceremony. It’s primarily for seniors but Mount always recognizes the success of all undergraduates as well. I was lucky enough to be one of the undergraduates that were honored. At first I had no clue what I was being honored for because all I got was an email telling me to be in the Mount Union Theatre at a certain time. Unknowingly, my parents also got a letter with the same details. Since I knew we did not have classes on SCHOLAR Day I stayed up late and almost decided to sleep through the awards ceremony. However, I did decide to get out of bed before 11 a.m. and head to the theatre. Shortly after arriving at the theatre I got a pamphlet outlining the ceremony, and to my surprise I was chosen to receive the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration Sophomore Student of the Year Award. I was also surprised to see my parents and grandparents sitting in the audience, but the best surprise was yet to come… After walking onstage and getting my picture taken with President Giese I sat down and opened the envelope I received expecting to see a certificate in it, but it was a $450 check for my hard work. I was glad I decided to attend the awards ceremony, and it just goes to show that hard work does payoff.

Procrastination

Procrastination

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Procrastination. This is the one subject all college students become the best in. College is a lot different than high school. Projects are assigned and then due months later and the only reminder sometimes is the syllabus you are given on the first day. One of the only ways to combat procrastination is preparing in advance. I personally use a lot of to-do lists and keep track of all my school assignment due dates in my planner. Despite my best effort to be organized and on top of assignments, procrastination still gets the best of me. I have pulled a few all nighters in the 24 our area of the library at Mount Union and even more nights I’ve went with only a few hours of sleep. It’s not a wise decision to stay up late to finish an assignment but when procrastination gets the best of you, it’s sometimes the only option. My best advice when procrastination gets the best of you is to stay up as late as it takes to finish the assignment properly.

It is not the best experience staying up late to finish a assignment but it is worth it to hand in and assignment well done then an assignment half completed. Almost everyone I know at Mount Union has spent late nights in the library; some are more frequent visitors to the 24 hour area than others. Everyone struggles with procrastination and during finals week when it is nice outside, studying for finals is a difficult thing to accomplish. Personally, I cannot wait for finals week to be over as it will be hectic with studying and working for the Indians. This is one week of the year that I believe I can defeat procrastination, after all once finals are over, it is summer!

Finals

Finals

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I hope everyone does great on all of their finals. In my case, I actually have nine finals. And, with all of the classes I am taking it is lots of work especially at the end of the semester. When getting myself to study I like to watch a video and listen to music. This helps me focus and really gets me to work. I would like to share one of my favorite videos with everyone so that it may help you all with your studying and or if you need a “pick me up.” Enjoy. Hope this information may help all of you!!

The end is near…

The end is near…

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FINALS WEEK is just about upon us … Tomorrow (Monday) is the last day of classes for the semester. I feel like tomorrow everything needs to be wrapped up. Hopefully papers, tests and projects will finally be handed back so we can all know where we stand with our grades before we take final exams.

Tuesday is “Reading Day,” which is basically just a day off of school that students are supposed to use to study.

Wednesday starts final exams but I won’t be on campus because I’m going to the Lady Gaga concert!! :] I’m excited, but I wish it had fallen a week later because I do have a final at 8 a.m. the next morning :[

It will all work out. I'm hoping to study a lot Tuesday and during the day on Wednesday to be ready for my exam. Then I have two exams on Thursday and two on Friday… AND THEN I'M DONEEEEE!!! I'm so excited to be finished with all of the schoolwork for this semester. It has been an insane semester, but definitely a good one.

I'll keep you updated throughout the week with how the finals seem to be going and maybe I'll even write a post about the Gaga concert :]

-Shannon

 

Senior Research Project–Check!

Senior Research Project–Check!

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In one of my last posts, I wrote about the SCE (Senior Culminating Experience). I had to work on a research project for three semesters, write a paper and present to the Department of Communication, all of the communication seniors and our families and friends.

I finished putting my paper together last weekend, and it ended up being 32 pages. Whew. So glad that is done though. I’m very proud of it and all I can hope for at this point is that my professors like it too!

Also, last weekend I finished putting my presentation together and rehearsed my presentation a few times. The SCE Symposium (where the communication seniors present their SCE’s for the professors, fellow students, families and friends) was on Tuesday night. My parents and boyfriend came up for the event and I was so glad to have them there.

The majority of the class presented their research through posters. This portion of the event included the seniors standing by their posters and answering any questions that people had about their projects. After that part was over, it was time for the formal (oral) presentations. I, along with four other students, presented mine this way.

Since it was alphabetical, I was second to present. I was nervous, but confident because I knew exactly what I was going to talk about since I worked on it for the past three semesters. I created my presentation at Prezi.com so it was a little more exciting than a PowerPoint. I got a few laughs throughout my presentation and received a bunch of questions from the professors during my question and answer session.

Overall, I am really happy with how my research project turned out. I’m really glad I did a content analysis of TV show Teen Mom. I learned a lot about the research project, everything that goes into writing a huge research paper and also a lot about the show and its themes.

One thing that I would say future communication students should know is to be very sure of your research so you can be prepared for the questions that the professors will fire at you. It also shows in your presentation when you are confident of the research you’ve completed and when you actually like the topic that you studied.

That’s all for now. So glad that I can say that’s over. :]

-Shannon

Dropbox

Dropbox

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How many times have you been using a computer that isn’t yours and wishing that you could have access to all of your files? This seems to be a common complaint amongst many of the students I have worked with on projects, papers, etc. What if all those files could be accessed anywhere, even if you didn’t have a flash drive or your computer?

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Enter Dropbox. Dropbox is a tiny application that you install on your computer. When you install it, you are given a single folder aptly named your “Dropbox.” Whatever you put inside that folder will be automatically synced to your online account at dropbox.com and will be able to be downloaded and accessed anywhere there is Internet. However, the real benefit of Dropbox comes when you put most of your files in that one folder. Then, you suddenly have access to every single paper, presentation or photo that you want from any computer.

For me, I dragged my entire documents folder into the new Dropbox one after I installed the app. Since then, having all my documents available anywhere has saved my grade many times over.

The elegance of Dropbox lies in how it handles the syncing between web and computer. Whenever you save a file, Dropbox will immediately sync that version you just saved. However, it will also keep a list of previous revisions you have made to that particular file over time. Mess up your paper and want to go back to the original version? No problem. Log into dropbox.com and restore a previous version.

In short, Dropbox is like having a flash drive with all your files everywhere you go. They even have mobile apps so that you can access your files on-the-go.

Of all the neat uses I’ve found for Dropbox over the years, the most recent one was having a quick and painless way to transfer photos from my iPhone to my computer. Before, I had to email the pictures, one at a time, and then go and download them onto my desktop. Now, I just launch the Dropbox app on my phone and upload the pictures there. Within seconds, the photos appear in my Dropbox folder on my computer.

I highly encourage you to check out Dropbox; the first time you use it to download that presentation you forgot to bring with you will prove how useful and efficient it really is. Check out this link here for an extra 250MB tacked on to the 2GB free plan. Happy syncing!

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter!

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I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter! Many of you have family in town or are just taking this time to relax before the week of exams. As for me, I will be spending the better part of the day trying to find my basket (yes, we still do that) and hopefully get in some more studying before the night is through. We are down to one, albeit one tough, week to go; keep the spirits high!

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