How College is Different from High School

Recently, I had a conversation with a student in high school. She was telling me how they are learning the writing format MLA. This made me think back to my days in high school when I learned this information and compared it to how my experience is in college now. In high school, the teachers would go step by step showing you how to create the proper header, cite your sources properly, and have a proper works cited page. Now that I am in college, it is much different. First of all, in high school, I was only introduced to the style of MLA. Now in college, I have been introduced to many more styles, such as APA, which I had to research how to do many of the specifics on my own. Compared to high school, in college, you are much more independent and expected to be able to many things on your own free time.

Another way you will notice that college is much different from high school is the amount of studying needed for classes. When I was in high school, a half hour of studying for a test would earn me an A. In college, I find myself studying for hours each day to earn the grades that I get. It can be somewhat of a shock for students at the beginning because they expect college to just be a continuation of high school. The truth is, it is much different. Even though it is different, that doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. You just have to focus and take it seriously.

- Abby, student blogger

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Prayers for Franklin Regional

I am sure all of you have heard about the tragedy that occurred at Franklin Regional High School. It was a tragic day of violence, but it was also a day of bravery. There were many students who were willing to risk their own safety for their classmates. These students displayed bravery and they also displayed kindness towards one another. If students can display kindness during a terrifying time, why can’t we show kindness to each other all the time? If we treated everyone with kindness, it may help to prevent something like this from happening again.

We need to think how our actions can affect others, even if it is unintentional. Maybe you have been having a bad day and you snapped at the person sitting next to you class who just asked to borrow a pencil. They don’t know you are having a bad day, so it can be taken the wrong way. Being shown kindness is something that everyone deserves.

The American Cartoonist Scott Adams once said “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”  Just think, saying hello to someone in the hallway could start your very own ripple effect. Passing along kindness to one another could help prevent more tragedies from occurring and will help to make this world a little better.

I would like to send out kind thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the tragedy at Franklin Regional High School.

 

- Abby, student blogger

Relieve Stress through Yoga

Do you ever feel stressed? Do you ever wish  you could get a good workout throughout the semester? A great way to do that is by taking yoga right here at CCBC. I have always thought of myself as unathletic, but since taking yoga at CCBC, I have learned that I am much stronger than I thought I was. Yoga doesn’t just give a good workout though! It teaches you about meditating, which can help you alleviate stress caused by school or even different factors of everyday life. Also, you learn about the history behind yoga and even healthy eating habits.

My personal experience of yoga has been very beneficial. I signed up to take it on Monday afternoons so I can start my week off on the right foot and it really helps! I take what I learn in class on Monday and from previous classes and I practice it throughout the week. Also, I incorporate meditation into my at-home yoga routines, which helps me to control my stress during the school week.

Taking yoga here at CCBC has allowed me to get into shape and find a positive outlet for my stress that builds up throughout the semester. Everything that stresses me out in my classes, I take with me to yoga and I release it in my poses. I leave class feeling as if the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders. My advice to you is, if you ever feel stressed and want a great workout, think about taking yoga when class registration starts. It may really help you throughout your semester. It has helped me.

 

- Abby, student blogger

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Staying Motivated During Winter Weather

Do you have cabin fever? Are you ready for spring to get here?

This rough winter weather can be a real bummer during the semester. You may find yourself not wanting to study or do your homework. The XXII Winter Olympics, Netflix and hot cocoa are probably your best friends during this winter season. I am here to tell you even though Jack Frost and Mother Nature are not showing us much sympathy; you still need to stay motivated in doing your school work. Summer will be here in the blink of an eye and once it does get here, you will be so proud that you kept your focus and stayed motivated throughout the semester.

The best way to keep yourself motivated is to reward yourself when you do well. If you study for two hours, reward your hard work with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. When you get an “A” on an exam, treat yourself to a movie. Another way to keep motivated during this bitterly cold and snowy winter is to set a long term goal. When you reach your long term goal, you can reward yourself with something extra special during summer break. Tell yourself, “If I make President’s/Dean’s List, I will go to the beach for a weekend!”

If you stay motivated and work towards a goal, these cold winter days will be gone before you know it. Now go set a goal and STAY WARM.

 

- Abby, student blogger

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Staying Organized

Staying organized can be a difficult task to do all year round but, when you throw in the stress of upcoming finals and holidays, being organized can seem to be impossible! But, there is one thing that you can do to make your life a whole lot easier.

The main component that you need to stay organized is a planner. Throughout my time in high school and CCBC, I have always kept a planner to make sure that I do not miss anything. Could you imagine not turning in a paper for a class just because you did not write it down? I know I would be extremely upset with myself if I did that!  You do not need to buy a twenty-dollar planner; all you need is a calendar for the month that has enough space for you to write everything down. Instead of having a bulky planner, you could go onto Microsoft Office Publisher and customize your very own calendar for each month. It would be small enough to carry it in your pocket!

After buying or making your planner, the key is to USE IT! It will be no use to you if you don’t use it. When you are sitting in class and your teacher tells you a due date, write it in your planner. In fact, do that with all of the things you need to remember. If you put all of the information such as exam days, holiday parties, class registration and even the last day of semester into your planner, it will be easier to find what you need since it is all in one accessible place. That is what organization is all about. I understand using a planner will not instantly organize your whole life, but if you stick to it and faithfully use it everything will fall into place.  Trust me!

- Abby, student blogger

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