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I’m suddenly an arts student!

Posted in Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Fun Times, Kill Jill, Money Honey, Personal, Tra La La, Work on September 26, 2010 by Jill

So, I’m about two weeks into the Interactive Multimedia at College X. Loving it so far, despite the amount of homework it comes with. Learning a lot about design and digital creativity every day.

But it’s tough- going to school, keeping up with school work, working 20 hours a week and trying to have some sort of a life. I go down to 16 hours per week the week after next, so hopefully things will get a little easier.

My class is very, very small. We’re down to 7. And I like it that way. And I can honestly say I like everyone in it. (We had a guy quit. He was less than pleasant. But everyone else is just dandy.)

Here’s my new schedule:

  • Monday: Visual Design
  • Tuesday: Project Management/Multimedia Presentation
  • Wednesday: Web Design
  • Thursday: Audio/Video Production
  • Friday: Flash Design

That’s right, kids. I’m the artsy fartsy student I’ve always wanted to be, not-so-secretly. So, things are pretty chill so far. And my instructor is a very cool chicky who really knows her stuff. I’ll be interested to see where I’m at in a few months.

I’ve been working on a list of goals as of late. The following goals are for this semester (unless stated otherwise).

  1. I will drink more water (and less vodka).
  2. I will keep my part-time job (or stop paying rent).
  3. I will go to bed at a decent hour.
  4. I will apply for at least 12 bursaries/scholarships.
  5. I will leave for school before 8:50am and, therefore, not be late for class.
  6. I will continue working on my novel, and not use lame excuses in order to put it off.
  7. I will continue painting, and not use lame excuses in order to put it off.
  8. I will save cash for Christmas gifts.
  9. I will save enough cash to purchase a 15-inch display Macbook Pro and some design software at the end of the school year.
  10. I will not be impulsive with any purchases over $25.
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25 Basic Study Tips for Students

Posted in Articles, Classy!, College Stuff, General, How-To, On Campus, Tips with tags , on December 10, 2009 by Jill

This guest post is written by Angela Peterson, who writes on the topic of online psychology degrees . She can be reached at her email id: angela_peterson@rediffmail.com

Photo by estebandid.

There’s more than one way to study and each student knows what works best for him/her. But then, there are also some very basic study tips that help you get more done in less time and with greater efficiency. So here goes, 25 great study tips that every student must know:

  1. Paying attention in class is the first step in studying for your exams.
  2. Understand a lesson before you attempt to learn it. When you understand a subject, you’re halfway to learning it.
  3. Set a schedule to study, perhaps an hour everyday even when you don’t have exams coming up.
  4. Doing a little everyday helps you avoid having to cram on the eve of an exam.
  5. When it comes to learning, don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
  6. Don’t sacrifice sleep during exams – a sleep deprived brain does not function efficiently.
  7. Eat more of fruits and healthy foods instead of stuffing yourself with junk food and liters of coffee or going without food when you study.
  8. Don’t hesitate to pick your friends’ brain if you know it will help you study.
  9. When you study, concentrate on the job at hand instead of letting people or situations distract you. Accordingly, choose a location where there is relative peace and quiet and where you will not be disturbed to do your studying.
  10. Take down notes while learning – you remember better this way.
  11. If music soothes you, play some in the background while studying. Some people find it helpful while others feel it is a distraction.
  12. Never study with the TV on because it only distracts you from your purpose.
  13. If you’re using your laptop or computer to study, disable the Internet so that you don’t get sidetracked.
  14. Don’t approach your professors on the eve of an examination with your doubts. Get them cleared well in advance.
  15. Organize your notes and lessons after each class so that you don’t have to scramble for them when your exams are around the corner.
  16. The best time of the day to study is early in the morning when your brain is fresh and rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep.
  17. Use mnemonics and other memory aids to remember names and dates – associate them with people and events that are familiar.
  18. Leave some time to go review and revise your lessons before an exam. Learning them just once is not enough.
  19. When you’re learning Math and other subjects where formulae are involved, practice makes perfect – the more number of problems you solve, the better and quicker you become.
  20. Try combined study with a friend so that you can motivate each other and help each other when your energy and enthusiasm tend to flag.
  21. Alternatively, discuss the subject with your friends. It helps you gain a deeper understanding of what you’re supposed to learn.
  22. Know how to skim when you’re running short of time – when time permits, you can study in detail; but if you lack this precious resource, you must know how to speed read so that you glean all the important points with one or two quick skims of the page.
  23. Some students find that audio lessons help them learn better.
  24. When you teach a friend a concept, you tend to remember it more thoroughly. So if any of your friends come to you with doubts, help them out without hesitation.
  25. And finally, don’t let the stress of examinations get to you. When you’re stressed, your brain stops functioning as it should and all your hard work goes to waste. So stay cool and crack your exams with good groundwork and preparation.

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5 Reasons Why Going Back To School Sucks

Posted in Articles, City X, Classy!, College Stuff, General, Humor, Kill Jill, On Campus, Personal, Tips on September 13, 2009 by Jill

98688066_77354477acSo, this is my last day of freedom before getting back to class. I was super excited about getting back to school… Now I’ve realized I was just excited about getting back to City X. I’ve been here for a week and I’ve been busy- unpacking, working on my blogs, going to rock shows and spending time with pals.

And now I have to fit school into my schedule?! How in the heck am I going to do that?!

And, thus, here and ten reasons why going back to school sucks.

  1. Alarm clocks are the devil. Aren’t these things the worst?! Always waking you up during fantastic dreams and letting you know that you have to get up and, y’know, be not sleeping?! Ugh. Alarm clocks are horrible.
  2. The lack of free time. How dare school interrupt your social stuff? How dare it?! Stupid school stuff. I once read that you will learn more outside of class during college than in the classroom. (OK. Didn’t really read this. But I’m sure someone significant said it at one point in time. Probably.)
  3. Dealing with professors. Ugh, look at them in their silly tweed jacket. Who do they think they are anyway?! And who told them they were allowed to pick on you during class, especially when you have no clue what the answer was. Or even what the question was. Because you weren’t actually listening… Ugh. The nerve of those people!
  4. Dealing with classmates. Sure, you like some of them. Of course. But then there are also the ones who drive you nuts. Like What’s-His-Name in your Whatever 101 class. That guy is a certified idiot and a total d-bag. And how did he end up in more than one of your classes anyway? He’s likely stalking you. Oh, God. And what about What’s-Her-Name? Ugh, she’s horrible, isn’t she? Why do we, as a human race, have to deal with these people anyway? It’s. Not. Fair!
  5. Studying. It is almost 2010, for pete sake. There should be a Smart Pill*** or something by now, shouldn’t there?! A pill that you take before class so you retain everything the professor says during lectures and everything you read. Studying takes up way too much time- time that would be much better spent… I don’t know… watching CSI: Miami or playing World of Warcraft. Obviously.

(*** Don’t do drugs, kids. Even if your friends say it’s a Smart Pill. They’re probably lying. They just want to steal your liver and sell it on the black market. Probably.)

(Oh. And the above photo is by Kaptain Kabold. BTW.)

10 Tips For College Freshmen

Posted in Articles, Classy!, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Links, Money Honey, On Campus, Tips, Web on August 11, 2009 by Jill

(This is an excerpt from a recent post I did for the myUsearch blog. I thought some of my readers would enjoy it.)

Last week, our friends over at Unigo published a great back to school guide with a ton of tips for college freshman, including links and videos with helpful advice for those of you starting college for the first time. After checking this out, it made me wonder what tips I’d give to college freshman. As a wise old sophomore in college, I think it’s my duty to tell you a few things.

Courtesy of foundphotoslj.

Courtesy of foundphotoslj.

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Westwood College: Helping You Build a Better Career

Posted in Classy!, College Stuff, General, Humor, Links, Videos, Web on July 15, 2009 by Jill

Thinking about going back to school to better your career? Check out this clever, funny video. (And even if you’re in college and doing fine, you should still watch the video. It’s pretty funny.)

I mean, really. Who wouldn’t want to be a “road kill detective”??

Westwood College is trying to get more people to like what they do. Heck, you might be in that career for a long time. So, you might as well like it. Westwood College offers 3-year programs in several different states and in programs in areas like technology, design, health care, business and more. Check out the Westwood College for more details.

Eight Things I Miss About College

Posted in City X, Classes, Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Kill Jill, On Campus, Personal, Residence X, Roomie on June 21, 2009 by Jill

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  1. My dorm roommate. She’s not going to be living on campus next year but she plans to live close by. Good. ‘Cause I have a feeling my new roommate isn’t going to just make me chocolate chip brownies whenever I’m feeling blue. Like Roomie did for me this year. (I know, right? Aww.)
  2. Classes. That’s right, I said it. I actually miss learning stuff. Go figure.
  3. My instructors. I saw those guys – the Teddy Bear and the Cactus, as I call them – every day for nearly eight months. I miss the former’s sensitive encouragement and the latter’s sarcastic humor.
  4. My classmates. Well, a couple of them. The ones I talked to regularly, anyway.
  5. My dorm family. This consists of Jenn, Roomie, Caitlin and Canning. You get comfortable with a group of people and then leave them for 4 months. It’s weird.
  6. Drinking. I know, that sounds horrible. But if anything good would happen at college (the end of exams, Christmas, birthdays, Tuesdays), we’d all got out for cuatros margaritas at our favorite downtown restaurant. I miss the laughter that goes along with drinking, not the liquor itself.
  7. City X. Gahd, I miss that town. I miss the music scene. I miss the old buildings. I miss the restaurants. I miss the one-way streets. I miss the culture. I miss the unreasonably high ratio of hipster kids to white gangsters. *le sigh*
  8. Ordering in. As you might guess, Nowhereville doesn’t have an East Side Mario’s. So, I can’t just call them up and have them bring me my favorite meal. Dammit.

(Image by Mel B.)

What does your desk say about you?

Posted in Articles, Classy!, College Photos, College Stuff, Kill Jill, Personal, Tips on January 14, 2009 by Jill

In my dorm room, my desk is a mess. Like, it’s bad. It’s got a pencil jar, a Wizard of Oz music box, an assortment of CDs and blank DVDs, some cash, a photo of Claire and I, random receipts and my Dwight Scrute bobble head. And, of course, Cherry Bomb (my red laptop).

At school, my desk is a little more neat. Well. Kinda. Just don’t look in either of the drawers.

My school desk top.

My school desk top.

I believe that a person’s desk says a lot about them. I took this photo this morning and it’s a pretty good example of what I’m talking about.

  1. My screen is showing my Facebook profile page, which I think shows a lot for my work ethic and ability for concentration in class.
  2. Beside my monitor is my pink mp3 player. (I desperately need a new mp3 player. I’ve had that one for ages. Plus, y’know… it’s pink.) I like my music close at hand at all times. (Wanna hear some new music? Check out the new feature, Music = Life.)
  3. Stuck to my monitor is a Post It that says “Right” which is from an inside joke from someone in my class.
  4. The pink-haired droll is named Edward the Cross-Dressing Troll. Jaclyn came into class one day with a bag of trolls and gave each of her pals one. Why? Well… you’d just have to know her.
  5. I also have several toys from Wizard of Oz that McDonald’s was offering with Kid’s Meals for a while. I also got these from Jaclyn. I guess they were just hiding in the back of her closet for a long time and she knew I was an Oz fan so she gave them to me. And now they keep me company as I’m procrastinating working in class. I think this shows that I’m not a particularly serious person… but Jaclyn found the figures super creepy and passed them off to me. So, I’m not sure what that says about me but whatever…

So, readers. What does your desk (home/school/office/other) say about you?